Illinois is a state in the Midwestern United States. Chicago is its largest city, and the state’s capital is Springfield; other major metropolitan areas incorporate Metro East (of Greater St. Louis), Peoria, and Rockford. Of the fifty U.S. states, Illinois has the fifth-largest total national output (GDP), the 6th largest population, and the 25th largest land area.
With Chicago in the northeast, small industrial urban communities and tremendous farmland in the north and focus, and natural assets like coal, lumber, and petrol in the south, Illinois has a profoundly different economy. Inferable from its central location and geography, the state is a major transportation center: the Port of Chicago appreciates access to the Atlantic Ocean through the Great Lakes and Saint Lawrence Seaway, and to the Gulf of Mexico from the Mississippi River via the Illinois Waterway.
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Illinois Trivia questions
1 The Port of Chicago in Illinois connects the state to global ports via Great Lakes, the Saint Lawrence Seaway, to the Atlantic Ocean and through what famous river?
2 O’Hare International Airport has been consistently ranked as what?
3 In 1847, thanks to lobbying by Dorothea L. Dix, Illinois was one of the first states to create a system of state-supported treatment facilities for treating what?
4 Illinois is the most populous state in what region?
5 In 1967, Fermilab, near Batavia, opened a particle accelerator and it was the world’s largest particle accelerator for how long?
6 Today Illinois’s biggest population center is around what city in the northern part of the state?
7 Striking oil in Marion County and Crawford County lead to a boom and by 1939 Illinois ranked where in U.S. oil production?
8 In what year did Illinois become a US State?
9 How many Stanley Cups have the Chicago Blackhawks of the NHL won?
10 In the 1830s, on the banks of the Chicago River, Chicago was founded on which of the great lakes?
11 In 1942 the University of Chicago conducted the first sustained nuclear what?
12 How many men served in the Union Army During the American Civil War from Illinois?
13 John Deere’s invention of the self-scouring steel plow turned Illinois’ prairie into valuable farmland attracting immigrant farmers from what two countries?
14 What are the names of the three presidents that have been elected to office while residing in Illinois?
15 Which U.S. President was the only one born and raised in Illinois?
16 What phrase has been displayed on Illinois’s automobile license plates since 1954?
17 Metropolis is a city in Illinois?
Illinois trivia facts
18 If you are in Delavan, which direction do you need to go to get to Peoria?
19 Which is the furthest north?
20 Where are the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum located in Illinois?
21 Excavations in Illinois demonstrate that there were about 7,000 years of what?
22 Monks Mound, in the center of an excavation site, is the largest pre-Columbian structure north of where?
23 By 1857, what was the largest city in Illinois?
24 Monks Mound is 100 feet high, 951 feet long, 836 feet wide and covers how many acres?
25 In 1673 what pair of famous French explorers explored the Illinois River?
26 Most of the Illinois western border with Missouri and Iowa consists of what river?
27 The first experimental nuclear power plant in the United States was fired up in 1957 where?
28 In 1680, other French explorers built a fort at the site of present day what?
29 What is the all-time high temperature for Illinois, recorded on July 14, 1954, at East St. Louis,?
30 The British Crown made Illinois part of the land reserved for Indians and as a result very few British or American settlers did what?
31 The Chicago Bulls is one of the most recognized basketball teams in the world, due in a large part to whom?
32 By 1960, Dresden 1, located near Morris Illinois, was the first privately financed” what” in United States?
33 How many cities in Illinois does the U.S. Census Bureau currently lists with populations of over 100,000?
34 Vandalia became the capital of Illinois in what year?
Illinois state trivia
35 In 1837, state legislators representing Sangamon County, under and led by state representative Abraham Lincoln, had the capital moved to where?
36 In 1832, the Black Hawk War was fought in Illinois and what is now Wisconsin between the United States and what Indian Tribes?
37 The winter of 1830–1831 is called the “Winter of the Deep Snow” because an unexpectedly deep snowfall covered Illinois, making travel impossible many travelers what?
38 By 1839, the Mormons had established a city called Nauvoo on what river?
39 Where Joseph Smith,the Mormon leader was murdered?
40 What took place from Sunday, October 8, 1871, until Tuesday, October 10, 1871 in Chicago?
41 How much of Chicago burned in downtown Chicago during the Great Chicago Fire?
42 The town of Cairo, at the southern tip of the state served as a supply base and training center for what army?
43 For several months General Grant had his headquarters in what Illinois city?
44 At the turn of the 20th century, whites were what percentage of the state’s population?
45 During what year did Illinois host the “Century of Progress World’s Fair” in Chicago?
46 With the opening of the Saint Lawrence Seaway in 1959, Chicago became a what?
47 In 1960, what did entrepreneur Ray Kroc open in Des Plaines?
48 Illinois generates more electricity than any other state from what?
49 Where was the first Farm Aid concert held to help out the American farmers, in 1985?
50 What was the all time low temperature ever recorded for the state of Illinois?
51 What is the average number of tornadoes that occur yearly in Illinois?
52 What are the two Major League Baseball teams based in the state of Illinois?
53 How many NFL Championships have the Chicago Bears football team won?
Illinois geography trivia
54 What county is the state capital of Illinois in?
55 What is the second largest city in Illinois?
56 Which of the following cities is NOT on Interstate 74?
57 What Illinois city is the furthest south?
58 Where is Snakeden Hollow State Fish and Wildlife Area?
59 Northern Illinois University is in what city?
60 What river goes through Peoria?
61 The highest point in Illinois is Charles Mound. What is its elevation?
62 According to Rand McNally, how many miles is it between Chicago and St. Louis, MO?
63 How many square miles are there in Illinois?
64 San Jose, Atlanta and Charlotte are cities in Illinois?
65 If you are in Quincy, which state can you see across the river?