The National Travel and Tourism Week kicks off on May 7-13, and here in Illinois, the Illinois Made program has expanded with Illinois Made “Art-is-an,” a traveling itinerary of Illinois of experiences featuring artisans and notable independent small businesses that can drive truly authentic local experiences.
Governor Rauner stated yesterday at the press conference that Illinois welcomed 110 million total domestic visitors, 83% of which came for leisure. The increase of domestic travelers visiting Illinois has also increased by 19 million in the past ten years. Illinois Tourism Director, Cory Jobe, also added that Illinois is leading the national average of statewide overnight visitor stays up over 3%.
Illinois Made “Art-is-an” program will drive overnight stays for residents and out-of-state travelers and have travelers decide to stay longer turning those day trips into overnight stays. Here are the itineraries available on www.EnjoyIllinois.com/Illinoismade
- Illinois Made on Route 66: Cruise the state’s iconic Mother Road to experience Illinois’ best and eccentric experiences. Taste classic Illinois Made flavors and explore hidden gems along the way.
- Illinois Made Outdoor Adventures: Witness the natural wonders of Illinois state parks from Peoria and Utica to scenic bike trails in Alton and the Garden of the Gods at Shawnee National Forest.
- Illinois Made in Chicago: Discover the latest local artisans and hangouts in Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods including Pilsen, Logan Square, and Wicker Park.
- Illinois Made Local Flavors: Taste your way through Springfield, Alton and Southern Illinois through local wineries, craft brewers, and hand-picked coffee spots and neighborhood restaurants.