I've always wanted to see a Cubs game. Last year due to car problems, I was rushed on the back half of my trip. I had to skip some of the places I wanted to visit. Springfield, IL was one such place. So I combined both of those and went back to Illinois this year. I got another history lesson by visiting Lincoln's Tomb, traveled another stretch of Route 66, and got to see my beloved Cubs beat up on the San Francisco Giants. My two days in Illinois were among the most enjoyable of these vacations.
Chicago has been given a "bad rap" in comparison to other large cities. In fact, this year it was designated the "murder capitol of the year". In fact there are two Chicagos. One where the jobs are plentiful and people are friendly. Where even late at night after a ball game the streets are relatively safe. Then there is south Chicago where the unemployment rate is much higher then the national average, where businesses are out of business, where poverty and drugs prevail. I did see parts of both Chicagos on my visit, but the former was where I spent most of my time. The people I encountered were very friendly and obliging. Chicago's Finest were friendly and professional. I guess the answer to how I felt in Chicago lies in the answer to the question, "Would I go back?" Yes, I would.

The Illinois State Capitol

A memorial to early settlers

The Illinois Supreme Court Building

The State Library

Frescos around the cupola

Up into the Dome

From the dome to the ground floor

The Illinois Liberty Bell Replica
Fifty-five bells were struck as part of a savings bond drive held from May 15 to July 4, 1950 with the slogan "Save for Your Independence." They were given to the 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S Territories, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands. The Truman Library in independence, MO has one (Harry was president) and one is in Annecy-le-Vieux, France the city where the replicas were cast in 1950.
The bells were to be displayed for the public and rung on patriotic occasions. Some are rather difficult to locate as they have been relegated to storage and/or refurbishing or to display in universities, libraries and museums.
Those I could find located near or in capitols as originally intended are pictured on these pages.

Chandeliers in the cupola

The dome exterior

Abe Lincoln inside

Stephen Douglas

Abe Lincoln outside

Episcopal Church

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

A church turned Restaurant

Lincoln's Tomb

The Avenue leading to the cemetary

Here lies Abraham Lincoln

Above the entrance to the tomb

Illinois Vietnam Veteran's Memorial

The Vietnam Memorial from a distance

The Illinois Korean War Memorial

Route 66 paralleling I-55

Route 66 and I-55

Plainfield, IL on Route 66

Route 66: Main St. USA

Music is "Illinois"

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