Illinois springs to life with the return of warmer temperatures, baseball and a welcomed chance to get away for spring break. Travelers can celebrate the natural beauty of the season at Illinois’ world-renowned gardens, complete with fields of wild flowers and sculpted blossoms, or experience the splendor of baseball’s opening day. Hundreds of attractions offer plenty of inspiring ways to explore Illinois in the spring.
Frank Lloyd Wright Trail – NEW
Introduced in May 2018, the new Frank Lloyd Wright Trail in Illinois is a self-guided architectural adventure featuring 13 Wright-designed buildings open to the public throughout Illinois.
Titanosaur Joins the Field Museum – SPRING 2018
As the Field Museum celebrates its 125th anniversary in 2018, the biggest dinosaur ever discovered – the Titanosaur – makes its debut in late Spring. It would take about 14 Titanosaurs to climb up Willis Tower.
World’s Largest Loop Coaster at Six Flags – SPRING 2018
At 100 feet tall, the world’s largest loop coaster will open at Six Flags in Gurnee. It will take give riders record hang-time on a gigantic loop before suspending them completely upside down.
Daredevil roller coasters, such as the new 12-story Joker and superfast Goliath, draw families to Six Flags Great America in Gurnee. Besides the world’s fastest and steepest wooden coaster (Goliath), the park maintains 13 additional coasters and more than 30 milder rides. Next door, families share a raft as they whoosh down water slides or float Castaway Creek at Hurricane Harbor, Six Flags’ 20-acre water park.
Nearby KeyLime Cove, an indoor tropical-themed water resort, houses a wave pool, multiple twisty tube slides and a lazy river that winds through the park.
For an outdoor adventure, the nature trails at Glencoe’s Chicago Botanic Garden lead to more than 25 blooming gardens, including the Children’s Growing Garden.
Eleven miles west of Gurnee, gearheads appreciate the Volo Auto Museum, a sprawling complex housing one-of-a-kind autos, such as the Batmobile and tricked-out muscle cars, plus vintage arcade games, coin-operated kiddie rides, antique malls and a pizza parlor.
Launching Pad – NOW OPEN
The iconic Launching Pad Drive-In Restaurant on Route 66 in Wilmington, now under new ownership, is home to the famous Gemini Giant and open as a Route 66 welcome center, gift shop and Americana museum. The restaurant will reopen later this year.
Motorheads – OPENING 2018
Situated on Route 66 in Springfield, the state capital, Motorheads is a new restaurant and museum complex devoted to cars, motorcycles and motorsports, with special attention to Route 66 memorabilia.