Illinois

Saying that Illinois has made history is really quite the understatement, as it’s experienced more than its share of firsts. Chicago is home to the first aquarium, which opened in 1893. It also oversaw the construction of the first skyscraper in 1885, not to mention the first McDonald’s in Des Plaines, and the first man-made lake in Carlyle.

However, it’s important to understand that there’s a lot more to Illinois’s story than you’re likely to find out from your average history class, trivia book, or travel guide. Local interest and regional history books can acquaint you with the Prairie State on a whole new level.

Discover the Spirit of Illinois One Story at a Time

When you make the decision to start reading regional interest books, you open the door to a legion of new historical accounts, local heroes, and fascinating stories to love. Illinois’s history is packed with all of the above!

Learn all about the groundbreaking Negro National League when you explore the legacy of black baseball in Chicago. Find out what it would have been like to attend Chicago’s 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition. Explore the many ghost stories that surround the town of Peoria. Discover the many contributions, struggles, and triumphs of Illinois’s Latino population through the ages.

Arcadia Brings History to Life

Each volume in Arcadia Publishing’s expansive catalog of regional interest books is painstakingly researched and lovingly written by a local historian. Each is a unique look at a different slice of history or a window into the inner workings of a different community.

Get to know your hometown and favorite cities on a personal level. Discover an entirely new collection of speakers, entrepreneurs, and leaders to love and be inspired by. Marvel at timeless vintage photography, gorgeous historic postcards, and passionate personal accounts. It’s all right here waiting for you at Arcadia!

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