Field Trip Ideas in Illinois

Field Trip Ideas in Illinois
Field Trip Ideas in Illinois
Illinois has a rich legacy as home to Abraham Lincoln, one of the most famous presidents in United States history. It's also the home to the second largest city in the U.S. The state has many other points of interest that may not be quite as splashy, but they are interesting just the same. These attractions--along with the Lincoln sites and cultural sites in Chicago--are favorite field trip destinations.
National Historic Sites

The small town of Nauvoo, Illinois, on the Mississippi has a National Historic District which is the first stop on the Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail that leads to Salt Lake City, Utah. The Lincoln Home National Historic Site and Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum are both in Springfield. President Ronald Reagan's Boyhood Home is in Dixon. One of the most significant National Historic Landmarks in Illinois is the Adler Planetarium, which is said to be the first and oldest planetarium in America.

Adler Planetarium
1300 South Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 922-7827

State Historic Sites

Black Hawk State Historic Site and the Hauberg Indian Museum are in Rock Island on 208-acres of wooded banks of the Rock River. Don't miss the 50-foot tall statue of Black Hawk that guards the Rock River near Oregon, Illinois. The Illinois State Museum and original State Capitol, as well as the current state capitol building, are all in Springfield. President Ulysses S. Grant's home is in historic Galena. The Carl Sandburg birthplace home in Galesburg is a state historical site, and it's a popular field trip site because of the author's popularity.

The Carl Sandburg State Historic Site
331 E 3rd Street
Galesburg, IL 61401-6021

Tourist attractions

The Raggedy Ann and Andy Museum in Arcola, the birthplace of Johnny Gruelle who created them, is a popular field trip destination for all ages, but young children are especially enthralled. The Ernest Hemingway Birthplace Home and Museum are in Oak Park near the Frank Lloyd Wright home and museum. Wright's Robie House is in Hyde Park. Popular destinations in Chicago are Navy Pier, which is home to the Chicago Children's Museum and the Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Other Chicago attractions include the Museum of Science and Industry, Shedd Aquarium and Oceanarium Field Museum, and The Art Institute of Chicago, founded in 1879, is both an art school and a museum, hosting a wide variety of exhibitions, lectures and classes for the public as well as for the students enrolled in the school.

The Art Institute of Chicago
111 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60603-6404
(312) 443-3600

Susan Miller has been a professional journalist since 1990. She edited two weeklies for a chain of suburban newspapers and has written for the "Indianapolis Star," the "Indianapolis Business Journal" and several magazines, among other publications and websites. Miller studied design, photography and technology at Purdue University and Central Piedmont Community College.
Photo of Chicago's Navy Pier by S. Miller