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Chicago dominates the Prairie State, with its unmatchable skyline, world-class museums and art galleries, beautiful parks and flourishing bar and dining scene. But there’s much more to Illinois than the Second City. Venture further afield to discover charming small towns seemingly frozen in time, historical monuments by the dozen and plenty of awe-inspiring wilderness. The Midwest is notorious for its extreme seasons, but you’ll find a plethora of options for all weathers, whether you’re exploring the history of the "land of Lincoln’\" or getting your adventure on in the great outdoors. Here are the very best things to do in Illinois. Done something on this list and loved it? Share it with the hashtag #TimeOutDoList and tag @TimeOutEverywhere. Find out more about how Time Out selects the very best things to do all over the world.