Illnois park of the month: Illinois Beach State Park

The beginning of March means that the worst of winter should be behind us and warmer temperatures are on the way.

If you and your family are looking to make memories outdoors this spring and summer, then make sure to visit Illinois Beach State Park.

Known for its stunning beauty, the park stretches 6.5 miles along Lake Michigan’s shore in northern Illinois. It has 650 species of plants, including many colorful wildflowers, as well as vast marshes, dunes and vegetation that will leave outdoor enthusiasts in awe.

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Mascot Madness

We’ve got spirit, yes we do …

There are two Pretzels, the Ironmen are Normal, the Shoes are Wooden and the Farmers beat the Cornjerkers.

Welcome to Mascot Madness, Illinois style.

The IHSA partnered with CSN and CSNChicago for a “March Madness”-style bracket challenge to let the fans and fanatics decide the most unique mascots in the state. The original field of 64 was announced earlier this month. Weekly online voting already narrowed the field to the sweet 16.

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Illinois park of the month: Hennepin Canal State Trail

Constructed from 1892 to 1907, the beautiful Hennepin Canal State Trail is a great place for fun and relaxation. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it was the first American canal built of concrete without stone cut facings.

Hennepin Canal State Trail spans five Illinois counties (Rock Island, Bureau, Henry, Lee and Whiteside) and is a great place to visit when snow falls. It’s where you can find the longest snowmobile trail in Illinois- 91 miles of pure fun. Cross Country skiers are also able to traverse a 4.5 mile trail.

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Illinois park of the month: Kickapoo State Recreation Area

The holiday season is upon us! But don’t let winter keep you away from Illinois’ parks. Many have fun things to do during the colder months of the year.

Located near Danville in Vermillion County, picturesque Kickapoo State Recreation Area is one such place. It features a variety of family-friendly activities when snow is on the ground.

Cross country skiing, sledding and ice skating are popular attractions.

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Illinois park of the month: Pere Marquette State Park

One of the best times to visit Pere Marquette State Park is during the fall when the leaves are changing colors and falling from the trees. Car rides are popular this time of year around the park’s riverside roadways.

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