From towns with few hundred residents to the US’s third most populated municipality, Illinois cities come in different sizes and with different unique aspects. Although Chicago constitutes up to a quarter of the population of Illinois, It deflects a lot of attention from the other towns thereby making some of them close to unknown, and most people know the rest of Illinois as small town due to their picturesque landscapes, friendly populations, and cultural hubs. However, the city of Illinois is diverse, and they are quite many. There are a lot of places to live in the state with various minute cultures from the small to their rural towns. Here are some of the unknown cities in Illinois that are still worth visiting.


Elmhurst’s well-known resident is undoubtedly the Carl Sandburg, a renowned Chicago poet that brought a lot of attention to Elmhurst and the state positively. The town was created in the 19th century, and it attracts a vast number of artist and their very wealthy patrons. The College of Elmhurst has an excellent reputation as a very progressive liberal school of arts, and this spills into the town making it want to be for aspiring artists. If you’re looking to find a sleepy town in Illinois where you can get lost in you should be at Elmhurst.


Galesburg is a regarded a town at its best. Modeled by the rolling Prairies that’s round it, Galesburg is like a step back in time. Regardless of your age, you will feel the beauty and reminiscence found in simple living during the time of your visit. For a lot of it, history has been a railway center for the state of Illinois. If you want to travel with your family, you will enjoy the Galesburg Railroad Museum and the Discovery Depot Children’s Museum. The railway has shaped the town, and you will plainly see the influence today. Take a visit to the Lake Storey Recreational Area to enjoy picnicking and swimming during the summer and during the winter season try ice skating and the cross-country skiing. In August, there is always a re-enactment of Civil War during the heritage days.


If you’re a massive fan of fascinating history, you are sure to get all the fun and best of history at Nauvoo. In the 1840’s it was the home to the Mormon Church when they were looking for refuge and a plot of land where they can live uninterrupted or disturbed by the US government. It was at Nauvoo where the Founder of the city was killed by an angry mob which led to the migration of the church to Utah where they are still the present day. There are over 60 historic buildings all around Nauvoo including the Gunsmith shop, several museums, Browning Home, the former home of Brigham Young, a working blacksmith shop and an area downtown where you can watch and learn bread making, candle making and a lot of other pioneer demonstrations.