When you ask about Illinois, most often you get the following types of responses from people who don’t live within the state: “Isn’t that where Superman was born?” and “Da-Bears!” In answer to the first question: yes, the town of Metropolis really does exist in the Southern portion of Illinois. For anyone who is not a sports enthusiast, “Da-Bears” refers to the Chicago Bears NFL team.
While Chicago, aka the Windy City, is a beautiful place to visit, the city is not known for having the best sports teams. From the curse of the Cubs to the ups-and-downs of the Bears (did we mention that their stadium looks like a toilet bowl), Chicago sports teams may not always win the division championships, but they do have very loyal fans! No matter the season, attending a professional sporting event is a destination-must for any trip to Illinois.
Illinois Fun Facts and Destinations
To help you prepare for your next bus touring trip to Illinois, we have compiled a list of fun facts and must-see destinations for you to enjoy!
- The world’s first sky scraper was built in Chicago, Illinois in 1885.
- In 1865 Illinois was the first state to ratify the 13th Amendment to the Constitution abolishing slavery.
- Des Plaines, Illinois is home to the first McDonald’s.
- The Chicago Public Library is the world’s largest public library; it features a collection of more than 2 million books.
- The Chicago River is dyed green on Saint Patrick’s Day.
On your next trip to Illinois, be sure to visit the following destinations!
- Shedd Aquarium, Chicago, Illinois: Did you know that the Shedd Aquarium is the world’s largest indoor aquarium? Visitors can gaze upon over 8,000 different aquatic animal species. Tickets can either be purchased at the door or in-advance.
- The Magnificent Mile, Chicago, Illinois: If you love to shop, then a trip to the Magnificent Mile will be a dream come true! This mile-long stretch of Michigan Avenue is home to practically every high-end store known to man. From Hermes to Dolce & Gabbana, the Magnificent Mile is the place to shop.
- Starved Rock, State Park, Utica, Illinois: This picturesque state park is open year-round features hiking trails, canoeing, paddle boat cruises, fishing, picnic areas, trolley rides, and cross-country skiing. Visitors can stay at the Starved Rock Lodge or in one of the park’s cabins.
- Blue Sky Vineyard, Makanda, Illinois: Blue Sky Vineyard is a Tuscan-inspired winery and vineyard. The 21-and-over crowd can enjoy wine tastings, relax on the outdoor terrace, stroll through the vineyard, and enjoy all that the beautiful Shawnee Hills Wine Trail has to offer.
Travel Groups that Can Benefit from The BusBank Illinois Charter Bus Services
No matter whether you are traveling as a small family group or planning a corporate retreat, BusBank can meet your specific travel needs.
- Corporate Transportation: Whether you are arranging a multi-destination outing or looking for a daily employee shuttle service, BusBank has your corporate needs covered!
- Sports Team Travel: BusBank offers private, luxury busses that are perfect for transporting a professional sports team and all of their gear. To help keep the media out and your team focused, our busses feature tinted windows and locked storage units. We have worked with the: NFL, NHL, NBA, MLB, NPSL, NCAA, and various local leagues across North America
- Educational Travel and Field Trips: We offer a convenient, reliable, and comfortable travel bus for school trips to both the United States and Canada. Forgo the hassle of trying to keep track of students in busy airports and instead choose a bus trip. With a bus trip your students can enjoy the local destinations, rather than experiencing an airplane’s birds-eye-view as they travel thousands of miles above historical venues.
- Weddings and Family Outings: Each month we exceed the expectations of hundreds of families. No one wants to miss the “I do’s,” and so we do everything in our power to make sure that each family member has a worry-free, enjoyable, and memorable experience.
Did you have another group travel opportunity in mind? If so, simply contact The BusBank with your custom charter request. Whether you need an executive coach, deluxe motor coach, sleeper coach, mini-bus, school bus, or even a trolley, The BusBank can provide you with the perfect Illinois bus shuttle solution.