Walk in the footsteps of a U.S. President
Illinois is affectionately known as the Land of Lincoln. But the legacy of Abraham Lincoln marks only the beginning of the presidential history you’ll find here. You can also explore the Land of Grant, Reagan, and Obama—three American presidents who also made their home in Illinois. Witness history firsthand as you walk through the well-preserved homes, offices, and town squares that helped shape their view of the world. It’s a rare chance to follow in the footsteps of four men who would go on to change the course of a nation.
Nobody embodies Illinois quite like Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln loved Illinois. And Illinois loved him.
You’ll discover this in everything from the remarkable presidential library and hallowed halls of the Old State
Capitol to the meticulously reconstructed log cabin and village that defined his humble upbringing.
Ulysses S. Grant emerged from the Civil War a hero, having led his Union Army to victory under the leadership of Abraham Lincoln.
Before going on to become our nation’s 18th president, Grant made his home in the rolling hills of Galena.
It’s just one of the sites here that offer a rare glimpse of 19th century America.
Few American presidents have left a more enduring legacy than Ronald Reagan.
Even today, merely invoking his name can stir the passions of the American people.
It’s a passion perhaps most strongly felt in small town America—especially in the three Illinois towns he once called home.
Witness the living history of President Barack Obama in the place he still calls home. Explore his favorite spots in Chicago.
And discover the historic sites where he announced his candidacy for president and later gave his victory speech on election night.