May 25th | 5pm CST
100 Things to Do in Illinois Before You Die | Melanie Holmes
ABOUT THE BOOK
UNCOVER THE BEST ATTRACTIONS PLUS HIDDEN GEMS IN THE STATE’S GO-TO GUIDE, 100 THINGS TO DO IN ILLINOIS BEFORE YOU DIE ST. LOUIS, MO
Reedy Press is pleased to announce the release of our newest guidebook, 100 Things to Do in Illinois Before You Die, by Melanie Holmes. You may know Illinois as the former home of Abraham Lincoln or Chicagoland. But Illinois is more than just the Land of Lincoln or the location of one of the US’s largest cities. 100 Things to Do in Illinois Before You Die introduces you to the state’s rich history, showcasing the places with some of the best food and entertainment Illinois has to offer. Discover Cahokia Mounds and Dickson Mounds State Museum, which reveal sacred sites and customs of indigenous tribes who dwelled here before it became the United States. Experience Mark Twain–style paddleboats, world class museums, and unique lodgings like a train caboose or a treehouse. There are boulders for climbing, hot air balloons for riding, and some of the best spectator sports to enjoy—all just beyond the borders of your neighborhood or region.
Local author Melanie Holmes shares her favorite tips about her home state. Whether you’re a lifelong Illinoisan or visiting for the weekend, you’ll find something in these pages to add to your bucket list. From sandstone-lined waterways to the best of theater, dance, and comedy clubs, Illinois has it all.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Melanie Holmes is an award-winning author, speaker, educator, and lifelong travel enthusiast. Her previous four books focus on history, diversity, art, and family. Born and raised in rural northeast Illinois, she credits her mother with introducing her to the joy of the open road and credits her husband with helping her to collect three more decades of new travel episodes. To all who’ve asked about her road trips, this book holds the answers!