Get access to our homeschool planner and more! Sign Up

All About Illinois

State Facts

Illinois was the 21st state to join the union. It became a state on December 3, 1818.

State facts about Illinois

Capital - Springfield

Abbreviation - IL

Nickname - Prairie State

Motto - State Sovereignty, National Union

Song - "Illinois"

Bird - Cardinal

Flower - Illinois Native (Purple) Violet

Insect - Monarch Butterfly

Area - approximately 57,918 square miles

Websites for studying about Illinois

Illinois State Symbols Games

Worksheets and puzzles for kids to learn more about Illinois

A to Z Kids Stuff - Illinois

Fun Educational Activities

The 50 States - Illinois

From TeachersFirst. A comprehensive resource on Illinois

Mr. - Illinois

Mr. Donn has been online for as long as I can remember and he has one of the largest collections of social studies resources available. This is his collection of Illinois resources.

Explore the States - Illinois

From the Library of Congress. Games and stories of America's past.

50 - Illinois

Facts & Trivia about Illinois - Illinois

Unique tourist attractions and landmarks in Illinois

Awesome America - Illinois

Loads of fun facts, photos, and travel information about Illinois.

Illinois Map/Quiz Printout

Illinois State Quarters Coloring Pages

In 1999, the United States Mint began striking a new quarter about every ten weeks to honor one of the 50 states—that is, five new quarters every year—until the program ended. The quarters were struck in the same order as the states' birthdays.

Illinois Virtual Field Trips

Art Institute of ChicagoChicago

Virtual field trip onlineThe purposes for which the Art Institute of Chicago is formed are: to found, build, maintain, and operate museums, schools, libraries of art, and theaters; to provide support facilities in connection therewith; to conduct appropriate activities conducive to the artistic development of the region; and to conduct and participate in appropriate activities of national and international significance;

Historic Auto AttractionsRoscoe

Virtual field trip onlineTake a journey through time where history and entertainment meet. Enjoy more than 70 historic vehicles and hundreds of pieces of history that take you beyond the concept of most auto museums. Travel from the old west days to the days of Al Capone and Bonnie & Clyde to TV land, legends of racing, famous cars & famous stars, and more. You will be amazed at this collection of historical facts and memorabilia. You will be transported to the day President Kennedy was assassinated. See the chair that President Lincoln sat in his famous portrait, the dress worn by Marilyn Monroe, the 1976 Bicentennial money car & Johnny Cash's 'One Piece At A Time Car', Batmobiles, Charlie's Angels, Sanford & Son, Flintstone's and more.

Lincoln's New Salem State Historic SitePetersburg

Virtual field trip onlineStep back in time 150 years and see Lincoln's New Salem the way it looked when Abraham Lincoln was a young adult. Whether you are coming for the day or to stay an entire week, get to to know Lincoln's New Salem before you actually arrive. See authentic blacksmiths and railsplitter. Stop by our country store and browse the handmade items. If you get a craving for something to eat, visit our full service restaurant. Join us for a walk in the woods or for a performance at the Theatre in the Park

More Illinois field trips ...

Thanks to for the state graphics

As featured on

US News & World Report, Forbes, KQED, HuffPost,, Money, Healthline Parenthood, Family Education, Parents, Scholastic