Illinois State Fair Hotels & Vacation Rentals

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Explore The Best of Illinois at the Illinois State Fair

The Illinois State Fair brings together the best of this diverse and unique part of the United States. What's more, Illinois State Fair hotels will give you easy access to this 10-day extravaganza, letting you experience everything it has to offer. From tractor-pulls to tasty treats, discover Illinois at the State Fair on your next vacation.

Must-Try Foods at the Illinois State Fair

Visiting the Illinois State Fair gives vacationers the chance to taste a broad range of different food and drink, with plenty of mouthwatering menus from all variety of vendors. Naturally, there are a few time-honored traditions when you visit any state fair, and here we take a look at a few must-try foods when you head out for the day from your Illinois State Fair hotels.

  • 1. Corn Dog

    Who could take a trip to the fair without feasting on a few corn dogs? Well thankfully, Illinois State Fair has plenty of vendors offering corn dog recipes from the traditional to the intriguing.

  • 2. Pork-Chop on a Stick

    A firm favorite of repeat visitors to the Illinois State Fair, the stick that holds your delicious chop is actually a bone fashioned for easy eating.

  • 3. Elephant Ear

    These oversized, sugar-coated treats are always popular and always delicious. Although, it's probably a good idea to share if you want to save room for something else later on.

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Top Attractions at the Illinois State Fair

There are so many exciting attractions at the Illinois State Fair that it can be difficult to choose how to spend your days. What's more, some of the most popular attractions are usually very busy, and so it pays to plan ahead and decide what you want to do and when. Here's a look at some of the very best the Illinois State Fair has to offer to give you a heads-up on what to expect.

  • 1. Arena

    The Arena is home to everything automotive, with the most popular events drawing huge crowds. Whether it the sheer power of the tractor pull, the thrill of motocross, or the chaos of the demolition derbies, there's sure to be something to entertain people of all ages.

  • 2. Carnival

    The carnival at the Illinois State Fair is a favorite among people of all ages — year after year. Featuring plenty of adrenaline-fueled rides, alongside chances to win big with games of skill and luck, you're sure to leave with a smile on your face.

  • 3. Grandstand

    The Grandstand is the place to be for live music from the best bands and artists from across the U.S. These performances are complemented by horse and automotive races and plenty of vendors selling delicious food and drink.

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Top Tips to Know Before You Go to the Illinois State Fair

To help you enjoy the best of the Illinois State Fair, it's worth planning in advance and being prepared — after all, there's just so much to see and do while you are visiting. Make sure you pick up a map to orient yourself before you arrive and follow these tips to save both time, money, and energy on your vacation.

  • 1. Buy Your Tickets Online

    When you order your admission tickets or carnival passes online, you get to skip the lines on the day you arrive. What's more, you can now enter with your online tickets using your smartphone for even greater convenience.

  • 2. Discount Admission Booklets

    If you're staying with a large party or your extended family in Illinois State Fair vacation rentals, then discount admission booklets are a great way to save some dollars. Good for up to 11, any-day adult admissions, you can save a significant amount on the regular admission rates.

  • 3. Carnival Specials

    If you and your family love the thrill of the carnival, then there are Mega Passes on sale so you can ride until your heart's content. Get unlimited rides for all ten days of the fair plus exclusive access on preview night.

  • 4. Kids Ag-tivity Tent

    If the children are still overflowing with energy but you are exhausted, then take advantage of the Kids Ag-tivity Tent where you can let them play safely and under full supervision while you take the weight off your feet. Perfect for long days at the Illinois State Fair.

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