Interesting Facts The world's first Skyscraper was built in Chicago, Illinois was the first state to ratify the 13th Amendment to the Constitution abolishing slavery. The world's longest street is in Chicago - Western Ave.
The World's largest cookie and cracker factory is in Chicago - Nabisco. The World's largest cookie and cracker factory is in Chicago - Nabisco.
Springfield is the state capital and the home of the National Historic Site of the home of President and Mrs. Abraham Lincoln. The Illinois state dance is square dancing. The worst prison camp during the Civil War in terms of percentages of death was at Rock Island.
Illinois is known for its wide variety of weather. Major winter storms, deadly tornadoes and spectacular heat and cold waves. Chicago has 200 movie theaters. Hillary Clinton was born in Chicago. She was the 1st First lady elected to the U.S. Senate. The top name for boys in Illinois is Michael and Emily for girls.
Metropolis - the home of Superman is in Southern Illinois. The state insect is the monarch butterfly. Chicago is one of the "greenest" cities in America. The world's largest ice cream cone factory is located in Chicago - Keebler.
Strange Laws You may be arrested for vagrancy if you do not have at least one dollar bill on your person. The English language is not to be spoken. Kites may not be flown within the city limits. Law forbids eating in a place that is on fire. It is illegal to give a dog whiskey. It is forbidden to fish while sitting on a giraffes neck.
Famous people Walt Disney film animator, producer