Illinois Flag
Chicago's Shedd Aquarium

Welcome to Illinois! Here is a sampling of some interesting facts and trivia you will find in your personal Illinois Souvenir Passport:

  • The Chicago Post Office is the only postal building in the world that you can drive a car through!

    Downtown Chicago
  • The first planetarium built in the western hemisphere is Chicago’s Adler Planetarium.

  • Chicago’s nicknames are: "The Windy City”, “The City that Works”, "Chi-town”, and “The City of Big Shoulders”.

  • An Illinois state law says that a car must be driven with the steering wheel!

Illinois Passports

Illinois Souvenir State Passports cost $5.45 each plus $.70 for shipping and are very easy to order. To purchase this memorable souvenir for yourself, family or friends simply click on the secure PayPal 'Add to Cart' button below:

The information below provides a content preview of your Illinois Souvenir State Passport. Only certain sections are available online, but the entire souvenir Illinois passport can be yours for only $5.45.

Illinois Souvenir State Passport - Table of Contents

General Information
     Welcome to Illinois - The Prairie State!
     Illinois Geography
     Illinois Historical Overview
     Illinois Trivia
     The Museum of Science and Industry
     Chicago Zoos
     Navy Pier
     The Shedd Aquarium
     Business and Industry
     Illinois Vital Statistics
State Information
     Illinois State Flag
     Illinois State Seal
     Illinois State Bird
     Illinois State Animal
     Illinois State Dance
     Illinois State Slogan
     Illinois State Flower
     Illinois State Prairie Grass
     Illinois State Fish and Fish Records
     Illinois State Sports Teams
     Illinois State Insect
     Illinois State Mineral
     Illinois State Fossil
     Illinois State Reptile
     Illinois State Snack Food
     Illinois State Trees and Tree Records
     Illinois Official State Song
     Illinois State Amphibian
     Illinois State Capitol

Welcome to Illinois - The Prairie State!

I, the undersigned, hereby request all whom it may concern to permit the person named herein to enjoy without delay the hospitality and beauty of this great State and to give aid to ensure a safe and pleasant journey to the Illinois Passport bearer named herein.


Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln
16th U.S. President, 1861-1865
Welcome to Illinois

The Shedd Aquarium

The Shedd Aquarium
Located in the Grant Park Museum Complex on Lake Shore Drive, Chicago's Shedd Aquarium, the largest aquarium in the world, offers visitors a treasure trove of underwater animal and plant life. The first exhibits opened in 1930 and current exhibits include the Caribbean Coral Reef with over 70 species including sharks and stingrays. The Oceanarium, a 3-million gallon aquarium, features sea life of the Pacific northwest coast including sea otters, seals, Beluga whales, and Pacific white-sided dolphins. Seals rescued from the Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989 are also included in this exhibit.


  • The first planetarium built in the western hemispehere is Chicago's Adler Planetarium.
  • It is illegal to eat at a place that is on fire in Chicago.

Illinois State Flag

Illinois State Flag   
Illinois has had two official state flags in its history; the first was officially adopted on July 6, 1915. The move to design a new flag came after a logical question of identity--the first flag did not have the state name affixed to it! A bill to amend the original flag was sponsored and passed into law on September 17, 1969, which authorized the new flag to carry the word "Illinois".

The current state flag consists of a symbol based on the perched eagle, prairie boulder, sunburst, grass, lake, shield, olive branch, and scroll (bearing the state motto "State Sovereignty, National Union"). The flag also bears the years 1818 and 1868, which are the dates Illinois became an official state and its state seal was officially adopted, respectively. Finally, the name "Illinois" is now also at the bottom of the flag, over a backdrop of a white field.


  • It is against the law in Illinois to give a lighted cigar to dogs, cats, and other domesticated animals kept as pets.

Illinois Vital Statistics

Land Area: 56,400 square miles, 24th largest state
Illinois Length: 385 miles
Illinois Width: 218 miles
Population: 12,763,371 (2005 est.)
Largest City: Chicago, 2,842,518 people
Second largest City: Rockford, 152,668 people
State Capitol: Springfield, 115,668 people
Highest Point: Charles Mound, 1,241 feet
Second Highest Point: Scales Mound, 1,160 feet
Lowest Point: Cairo, 279 feet
Largest Lake: Carlyle Lake, 24,580 acres
Second Largest Lake: Rend Lake, 18,900 acres
State Parks: 66
State Forests: 4
Number of Counties: 102
Most Important River: Illinois River

Illinois State Slogan Illinois State Slogan - "The Land of Lincoln"

Illinois state slogan commemorates the 16th president of the U.S. Abraham Lincoln, who lived in Illinois for 31 years from 1830 - 1861 before moving to Washington for his presidency. The law designating the "Land of Lincoln" as Illinois's official state slogan was enacted during the 69th General Assembly in 1955. In the same year, the Congress of the United States passed a special act granting a copyright to the Illinois State Government for exclusive use of the insignia.


  • Before becoming president, Lincoln served four terms in the Illinois State Legislature and one term representing Illinois in the U.S. House of Representatives.
  • Griggsvile, Illinois is the "Purple Martin Capital of the World".

Your Illinois State Passport is also filled with many pages of educational state history and science. Here is another glimpse of what this unique souvenir has to offer...

Illinois State Reptile and Snack Food

Now that you've seen just a small portion of what your Illinois State Passport has to offer, hopefully you'll agree that this truly unique souvenir would make the perfect gift after a great vacation. Even better, at only $5.45 + $0.70 shipping each, it's simple and affordable to give this great holiday momento to your whole family!

Illinois Passports

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