There are numerous guidebooks to Chicago, but a comprehensive guide to Illinois is certainly lacking on travel bookshelves. Local author Christine des Garennes guides history buffs, outdoor enthusiasts, wine aficionados, and shoppers alike through the rural and metropolitan destinations of the region: Ulysses S. Grant's home, Shawnee National Forest, wine boutiques, world-class department stores, antique shops, Chicago's Millennium Park, and The Art Institute of Chicago. Moon Handbooks Illinois helps you have truly personal experience, on or off the beaten path. Suggested travel strategies and lists of must-see sights provide you with real insights so you can decide where you should go, stay, and eatwithout hassles or regrets. Christine details where to trek, climb, and mountain bike, and includes a wealth of information about the birds, animals, and plants of Illinois. Complete with maps, photographs, illustrations, and special emphasis on leading destinations, Moon Handbooks Illinois has the tools you need to create your own unique trip.