Ill. travel guide has tips for food, history

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Tourism officials say the 2012 Illinois Travel Guide is available with tips on where to eat, historical tours and state facts and figures.

The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity's tourism office says the guide combines a newsstand magazine look with traditional statewide listings and practical information.

The guide includes whimsical information and background information on tourist sites.

An "Illinois by the Numbers" section offers readers everything from the different types of grapes the state's vineyards produce to how tall Willis Tower in Chicago is. "Steps Through Time" takes readers on trips through historic sites and museums and the bygone era of the preserved Route 66.

Sites are organized by region of the state. A digital edition and tablet app are also available.

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