State Trivia: Illinois


Illinois became the 21st state when it entered the Union in 1818.

Official Web Site          Enjoy Illinois

Nickname: Prairie State

Capital: Springfield

State Motto: “State Sovereignty, National Union”

illinois sealState Bird: Cardinal

State Tree: White Oak

State Flower: Purple Violet

State Song: “Illinois”

Fun Facts:

  • 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.

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