Illinois State Capitol in Springfield
Movies in Which Illinois Played a Role:
The Breakfast Club
Nightmare on Elm Street
National Lampoon’s Vacation
Presidents: Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama
First Ladies: Betty Ford and Michelle Obama
Military/Politics: William Jennings Bryan, Betty Friedan, Jane Addams, and Chief Black Hawk.
Actors: Gillian Anderson, Raquel Welch, Mary Astor, Gloria Swanson, Jennie Garth, McLean Stevenson, Harrison Ford, Bob Newhart, Charlton Heston, Bill Murray, William Holden, and Rock Hudson.
Entertainers: Florenz Ziegfeld, Quincy Jones, Jack Benny, Preston Sturges, Gower Champion, Richard Pryor, Cindy Crawford, Miles Davis, Walt Disney, Benny Goodman, and Burl Ives.
Authors: Franklin Pierce Adams, Ray Bradbury, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Raymond Chandler, John Dos Passos, James T. Farrell, John Gunther, Ernest Hemingway, James Jones, David Mamet, Frank Norris, Drew Pearson, William L. Shirer, Carl Van Doren, and Irving Wallace.
Athletes: Dorothy Hamill, Lou Boudreau, Rickey Henderson, Jim Thome, Ed Kinsella, and Jimmy Connors.
Weird and Wonderful Facts About Illinois:
The Lincoln-Douglas debates that focused attention on the issue of slavery were held in Ottawa, Freeport, Jonesboro, Charleston, Galesburg, Quincy, and Alton.
In 1893 the world’s first aquarium opened in Chicago.
The early Mormons fled Nauvoo, eventually landing in Salt Lake City.
The first McDonald’s opened in Des Plaines.
The ice cream sundae was invented in Evanston. So named because church fathers objected to its original name, which was “Sunday.”
Chicago is nicknamed “The Windy City.” Though most people believe the name is derived from the breezes off Lake Michigan, the nickname originally referred to the… talkative nature of Chicago politicians.
The Chicago Public Library is the world's largest public library with a collection of more than 2 million books.
The Chicago River is dyed green every St. Patrick’s Day.