Chicago, Illinois is located right at the southern part of Lake Michigan
Mississippi River borders southern part of Illinois
The Chicago River runs through downtown Chicago, and was at one point used to keep Lake Michigan clean.
5. Landform Info
-Charles Mound at 1235 ft
- Mississippi River at 279 ft
Charles Mound, the highest mountain in Illinois rises 1,235 ft. above sea level, and is near the Chicago-Wisconsin border.
Benton Mound, the second highest mountain, reaches its summit at 1,204 ft.
Monroe, Illinois holds the 2 ndlargest cave in Illinois, Mammoth Cave.It is mapped to be 6 miles long, and holds stalactites and an underground stream!
Nachusa Grasslands is one of Illinois last grasslands. It is made up of grassland, wetland, and prairies. These grasslands are made up of thousands of rare species, and is commonly used today for training on understanding the environment.
Before the European settlers, Illinois was made up of 22 million acres of prairie, and 14 million acres of forest.
The Cache River, originally used by Native Americans, was too wet for farming, but used as a wetland excellent for fishing and hunting.