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5 Reasons Why Everyone In Illinois Should Be Proud Of Their State

Illinois is renowned for its rich history and natural beauty that extends over acres and acres. From the familiar farmland Illinois is known for, or the adventurous state and national parks, there is really something for everyone in Illinois. There are popular products today that were invented or created in the Land of Lincoln. Check out our list of Illinois favorites.

1. The Cell Phone Was Invented In Illinois

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PC Mag

Now that cell phones are seen as a somewhat basic necessity, it is interesting to think about a time when they did not exist. Just a few decades ago, cell phones had not yet been invented and people instead relied on their home phone and pay phones to keep in contact with others. The cell phone was invented by Martin Cooper in 1973. Cooper was working for Motorola in Illinois at the time. He attributes his curiosity related to mobile phones to watching episodes of Star Trek and being inspired by the communicator in the show.

2. Some Of The Best National And State Parks

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Photography By Vix

Illinois is home to a very large amount of national and state parks available for residents and tourists alike. One of our favorites worth visiting is Starving Rock State Park, which features lush forests, breathtaking waterfalls, and beautiful naturally carved rocks. Those looking seeking even more adventure not far from Starving Rock, we suggest exploring nearby Matthiessen State Park.

3. Illinois Helps Feed America

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Lussier Photo

Illinois is home to masses of famous farmland that produces food for those in and out of the state. Illinois is the leading producer of corn and soybeans, both extremely popular crops that most of us cannot live without. There are over 74,000 farms in Illinois, that cover about twenty seven million acres. That adds up to roughly 75% of the total land in Illinois. Not only does this farming provide job and economic stimulation to the area, but it also helps feed the entire country.

4. Originators Of Ice Cream Sundaes

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Mitchell’s Chicago

Okay, well this one might be arguable, as many states try to claim this accolade. But Evanston, Illinois is commonly accepted as the true originator of the ice cream sundae. Evanston has a pretty compelling story to back up their claim. The rumor states that there once was an ordinance that prevented the sale of ice cream sodas on Sundays. In response to this restriction, a shop owner offered the treat without soda, leaving just ice cream and chocolate syrup. The name was allegedly changed to avoid any criticism from locals regarding this Sunday work around.

5. Crazy About Brownies? You Can Thank Chicago

Food Network

Food Network

Brownies are said to have been invented in 1893, in the historic Palmer House Hotel. The rumor suggests that the hotel owner’s wife made a request to the kitchen for a new dessert to premier at the World’s Fair. The chef eventually crafted what is now known as the brownie. The original recipe includes semi sweet chocolate, crushed walnuts and an apricot glaze. Interested in trying out the original brownie? The Palmer House still offers this famous confection on their menu for curious diners.

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