Interesting facts about Illinois

Interesting facts about Illinois

Illinois at night

One of the most popular states in the United States, Illinois has its’ share of interesting and amusing facts which we’re sure will surprise you! Here’s a list of all those facts which you need to know about Illinois:


Before Springfield, Illinois has had two other capital cities! Kaskaskia and Vandalia were the predecessors to the current Springfield.

Illinois literally translates into ‘ordinary speaker’ – it’s a word derived from the native Illiniwek people.

The most loved and tasty ice cream – the Sundae was invented right here, in Illinois! The rest of the world is indeed grateful to Illinois for this lip-smacking discovery!

Illinois is known to be the flattest state in the United States, so much so that it’s the highest point is just 1235 feet above sea level! The highest point is known as Charles Mound.

The flatness of the state had got it into trouble quite a few times before – during the floods, which washed away the state and lead to an outbreak of diseases here. Hydraulic jacks had to be used to raise the buildings which were stuck in the mud by at least six feet.

One of the tallest buildings in the world, the Willis Tower is located in Chicago, Illinois. It held the record of being the tallest int eh world until 2014.

Illinois at morning

Chicago, which is a city in Illinois is home to the largest bakery in the world. Any guessed for its size? 1,800,000 square feet! We’re sure this bakery must be churning out some of the tastiest stuff and that too in huge quantities!

Illinois has contributed many other things to the world too – take the word ‘Jazz’ – it was invented right here in Chicago!

The Chicago River is one of the few rives in the world which flows backward. It required the construction of three canals to ensure the flow reversed, and the river emptied out into the Mississippi instead of Lake Michigan!

Illinois is the sixth most populated state in the United States with Chicago being the most populated city in Illinois.

Lake Michigan is one of the five Great Lakes of Northern America and is partly located in Illinois.

Agriculture holds great significance in Illinois’s economy – the loam here is in abundance and is ideally suited to grow many crops. Illinois is easily one of the most fertile lands in the United States.