National Park Service celebrates its 100th anniversaryThe National Park Service celebrates its 100th anniversary this week, and Illinois is home to five properties that fall under its stewardship.

The Lincoln Home National Historic Site in Springfield  has been overseen by the National Park Service since 1972. The only home President Abraham Lincoln ever owned was visited by more than 230,000 people in 2015. He and his family lived there from 1844 until 1861 after his election to the presidency.

•    Click here for a list of upcoming events at the Lincoln Home neighborhood to celebrate the National Park Service’s centennial.
One of the newest additions to the National Park Service is the Pullman National Monument in Chicago. Also known as the Pullman Historic District, the area was the nation’s first planned industrial community and was where the Pullman sleeping car for trains was produced. The district became part of the National Park Service in 2015.

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Illinois park of the month: Millennium Park

Millennium Park is a state-of-the-art public space in an urban area that showcases why Chicago is one of the world’s greatest cities.

Whether you’re a Chicago resident or a tourist, Millennium Park is a place you need to visit. Located in downtown, the park is an epicenter for entertainment, art exhibits, family fun and impressive architecture and landscape design.

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Illinois park of the month: Washington Park

If you are in Springfield and want to spend time outdoors, then Washington Park is a place you should visit.

Located near many gorgeous historic homes, this 150-acre site that’s named after President George Washington offers the opportunity to view nature at its finest. It’s a great place for a family picnic or a relaxing day in the sun.

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5 Notable Illinois Camps to send your kids to this summer

With summer just around the corner, now is a perfect time for parents to start investigating camps for their children that encourage personal growth through the warm months. With a number of great summer camps all over the state there is no need to look far. Here are just a handful of unique opportunities Illinois has to offer.

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pyramid park

Land that once would have been considered unfit for use because of strip mining activity today is Illinois’ largest state recreation area thanks to conservation-minded leaders who reclaimed the land in the 1960s for a natural area.

Pyramid State Recreation Area south of Pinckneyville in southern Illinois has nearly 20,000 acres of rolling terrain, forest, lakes, trails, picnic sites and hunting areas. It also features 24 lakes and bodies of water, 16.5 miles of trails and three primitive campgrounds.

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