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Did you know Illinois is celebrating its 200th Birthday later this year? Making this an opportune time to plan a staycation and explore all that the Land of Lincoln has to offer. Check out these 5 staycation ideas to help make the most of spring and summer breaks:

Staycation Ideas - A welcome to Illinois sign at the state line near cornfields.

Staycation Idea No. 1:

The skies the limit! Pack a picnic lunch and head outside to a local forest preserve or neighborhood park to admire and study cloud formations. It’s an inexpensive way to take advantage of a sunny day, cultivate imagination and get in a science lesson all at once.

Staycation Ideas - Father and daughter looking at clouds.

Staycation Idea No. 2:

With 70 state parks, Shawnee National Forest and numerous recreational areas in Illinois it’s easy to be one with nature.

Staycation Ideas - French Canyon with waterfall at Starved Rock.

Staycation Idea No. 3:

Check out Illinois’ wild side on your staycation! Look for eagles along the Fox River, visit bison and other indigenous prairie animals at the Nachusa Grasslands or check out the animals at the Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn for an adventure closer to home.

Staycation Ideas- Bald Eagle flying over the Illinois River near Starved Rock State Park.

Staycation Idea No. 4:

Take a cue from Ferris and spend the day in the city! Visit museums, take a walk along the lakeshore, enjoy lunch in Greek Town – the possibilities are endless.

Staycation Ideas- DuSable Bridge at twilight in Chicago.

Staycation Idea No. 5:

Take a step back in time by visiting a local history museum such as Kline Creek Farm, Naper Settlement or Old Graue Mill – all right here in DuPage County. Or if you prefer a road trip, check out historic Galena, Cahokia Mounds near St. Louis or the Lincoln sites in our state capital of Springfield. All pack plenty of fun, educational opportunities for the entire family.

Staycation Ideas - The Gateway Arch and St. Louis from Cahokia Mounds in Illinois.

Whether ordering baklava, purchasing museum passes or heading down state on a staycation save even more money by getting cash back on all your purchases with the DuPage Credit Union Inspire Cash Back Visa® Signature Card.

Do you have other fun Illinois staycation ideas? If so, please share:

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