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Illinois Local & State Resources
Homeschoolers learn as much outside the home as in it. Here you'll find listings of cultural and educational institutions, government resources, libraries, and bookstores. If you need a tutor, this is the best place for you to find one near you.

 
Museums
  Explore the world of art, science, and history by visiting a museum in Illinois. Museum trips can make your lessons come alive and can offer a fun way to spend the day learning.

Zoos & Wildlife
  You can read all you want in a book, but there is nothing like seeing the objects of your study up-close and personal when you visit a zoo, nature preserve, aquarium, or wildlife sanctuary. Visit the animal kingdom here in Illinois, and you'll find a fun and interesting way to learn more about the natural world.

Botanical Gardens
  Share the natural world with your child at these botanical gardens and arboretums. These are wonderful places to go to go birding, work on your nature journals, or simply spend a lovely afternoon outdoors.

Nature Centers
  Nature centers are places where you can see the natural and historical world come alive. Browse through these nature centers in Illinois and introduce your children to the world outside their door.

Theater, Dance & Music
  Visiting and viewing the arts expands your outlook on the world and can an inspiration to both you and your children. Browse through this list of theaters, dance companies, and music offerings in Illinois.

Historic Sites
  Learn through history by visiting interesting historic sites around the state of Illinois. Historic sites let you put a real face on the history that you've read about, making it more exciting for you and your children.

National & State Parks
  Continue your child's education as you explore the natural wonder of national and state parks in Illinois.

Public Resources
  Connect with government and public agencies in Illinois that can offer resources and opportunities for learning.

State School Resources
  A listing of public school resources, including Illinois's Department of Education, school districts, and other useful information.

Libraries
  Libraries are an important resource for homeschoolers. Parents and children value librarians for the expertise they share when navigating the vast amounts of information found in today's libraries. Libraries also provide lending materials, educational materials, meeting space for support groups, and more.

Bookstores
  Where can you find homeschooling books, curricula, and supplies? Where can you get used books? Here is a list of bookstores around the state of Illinois, with a special emphasis on those that are especially helpful for homeschoolers.

Tutors & Teachers
  Are you looking for a tutor? Need some help with a particular subject? Here are some resources to help you.


Our Featured Picks of Resources in Illinois Back to Top
Brookfield Zoo
Brookfield Zoo is home to animals representing more than 400 species. This magnificent collection inhabits nearly 20 naturalistic exhibits within the zoo's 216 acres.
America's Story from America's Library
This Web site is brought to you from the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., the largest library in the world and the nation's library. The site was designed especially with young people in mind, but there are great stories for people of all ages.
A Home Away from Home: Libraries & Homeschoolers
Lora Shinn
According to a 2003 study by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), when homeschoolers were asked about their primary source of books and/or curriculum, 78 percent named their public library. This article offers ideas for outreach and support to homeschooling families, including ideas for creating a homeschool information hot spot, touring the library with homeschool groups, offering targeted programs and more.
Illinois State Board of Education
The Illinois State Board of Education is the departmental agency overseeing public education in the state of Illinois.
Illinois & Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor
The Illinois & Michigan Canal, completed in 1848, connected the Great Lakes to the Mississippi River watershed along a longstanding Indian portage route. The 97-mile canal extended from the Chicago River near Lake Michigan to the Illinois River at Peru, Illinois. It rapidly transformed Chicago from a small settlement to a critical transportation hub between the East and the developing Midwest. The towpath trail along the canal is a State park that runs through a rural and wooded landscape linking a number of towns laid out by the original canal commission.


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