Illinois became the 21st state when it entered the Union in 1818.
Nickname: Prairie State
State Motto: “State Sovereignty, National Union”
State Tree: White Oak
State Flower: Purple Violet
State Song: “Illinois”
- The world’s first skyscraper was built in Chicago in 1885.
- The state’s capital was located in Kaskaskia and Vandalia before moving to Springfield.
- The first McDonald’s was located in Des Plaines.
- The ice cream sundae was created in Evanston.
- Supposedly, it’s illegal for boys–but not girls–to throw snowballs at trees in Mount Pulaski.
- Nabisco, the world’s largest cookie and cracker maker, is located in Chicago.