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7 Photos of Illinois That You Won’t Believe Are Real

Ashley Parada

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Illinois is a midwestern state home to many breathtaking natural wonders and popular landmarks like their expansive state parks, lush green forests, and of course the great Lake Michigan, with its vast waves and out of sight horizon. Some of these destinations also offer unique views that you might not even believe are real. Photographers have been able to capture the majesty of Illinois’ natural wonders in a collection of photos, which we have listed below. These 7 photos of Illinois prove just how majestic Illinois actually is. You will surely want to consider making weekend trip plans to visit each of these captivating destinations in Illinois. 

1. Merwin Nature Preserve, McLean County, Illinois

Flickr/Tim
Flickr/Tim

Winter is far from a midwesterners favorite season. But everyone can admit that the yearly snowfall adds a blanket of winter wonder to the grass and trees that surround us. The trees and plants in the photograph have a light pink hue from the sunlight, leaving the photographer with a whimsical snowscape to capture and share with us. 

2. Lake Michigan, Evanston, Illinois

Flickr / Rick Seidel
Flickr / Rick Seidel

This is one of the dreamiest photos of Illinois. It was taken in Evanston, Illinois. One of Lake Michigan’s worn down piers creeps into clear waters. The purple hues from the sky above are mirrored in the water below, taking the viewer on a wondrous journey and then leaving them unsure of whether to believe what they have seen.

3. Chicago Skyline, Chicago, Illinois

Nerdwallet
Nerdwallet

The Chicago Skyline has been featured in countless photographs, but this particular image really captures the sensational parts of that city. From the photographer’s angle, a tiny city, perhaps a model or toy. The city of Chicago has many types of cultural influences, and this photo also does a great job of showcasing Chicago’s north side in the far right corner.

4. Dixon Springs State Park, Golconda, Illinois

Shawnee Hills Outdoors
Shawnee Hills Outdoors

This park is something special to experience and see. The photos people take from this place in Illinois, truly mesmerize the viewers.

5. Lake Michigan At Illinois Beach State Park

Peter Ciro Photography
Peter Ciro Photography

From first glance, some may struggle with accepting that this photo was not taken on a tropical island destination, but rather Illinois’ own great Lake Michigan. Few would expect Lake Michigan to have water so crystal clear as well as to be covered in a picturesque bed of clouds. This photograph captures the majestic nature of Lake Michigan and shows exactly the way locals view it.

6. Hot Air Balloon, Galena, Illinois

Trover
Trover

Galena, Illinois is home to a number of small but beautiful lakes and bodies of water. Although Galena only has about 3,500 residents, it has almost 600 acres of land labeled as a historic property. Captured here is the captivating reflection of a hot air balloon, crossing over a small lake, almost hidden among the trees.

7. Street View, Champaign, Illinois

Dayne Topkin
Dayne Topkin

Hundreds of miles outside of the hustle and bustle of Chicago hides a little gem of a town called Champaign. It is not to be confused with the French Champagne. This typical midwestern town also resembles many others like it in Illinois. This last of the photos of Illinois captures a street view of Champaign. It essentially is the picturesque midwestern town, the type frequently used in films and commercials. And readers might find it hard to believe it actually exists.

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