IT’S OUR 200TH BIRTHDAY
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ON DECEMBER 3, 2018, THE PEOPLE OF ILLINOIS WILL CELEBRATE OUR STATE’S 200TH BIRTHDAY. ILLINOIS BICENTENNIAL WILL BE A 365‑DAY CELEBRATION, 200 YEARS IN THE MAKING. AT THE CENTER OF THE CELEBRATION WILL BE A YEAR‑LONG MULTIMEDIA CAMPAIGN CALLED BORN, BUILT & GROWN. THE CAMPAIGN HONORS THE TREMENDOUS PEOPLE, PLACES, AND THINGS THAT MAKE ILLINOIS SO ENDURINGLY STRONG, KIND, AND BEAUTIFUL. BORN, BUILT & GROWN IS A ONCE‑IN‑A‑LIFETIME INVITATION TO FALL IN LOVE WITH ILLINOIS ALL OVER AGAIN. IT WILL BE BIG. EVOCATIVE. EMOTIONAL. AND INSPIRING.

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Illinois Bicentennial Plaza Rendering Signature Event

Illinois Bicentennial Plaza Dedication

August 26, 2018
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Illinois Bicentennial Route 66 Motorcycle Ride

August 26, 2018
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Illinois Bicentennial Celebration at Jackie Joyner-Kersee Community Center

August 26, 2018
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The Illinois Bicentennial will celebrate all that is great in Illinois: our history, our people, and our communities.
It is a Once-In-A-Lifetime Opportunity, and you are invited to join the celebration!

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From Abe to Obama, Illinois leaders have influenced the world
From Abe to Obama, Illinois leaders have influenced the world
The Bicentennial Veterans Program, HONOR 200, will recognize Veterans all across the state who go above and beyond serving their fellow veterans and their communities
The Bicentennial Veterans Program, HONOR 200, will recognize Veterans all across the state who go above and beyond serving their fellow veterans and their communities
Hand of Fate Brewing Co. of Petersburg created the special birthday brew — 1818… Prairie State Farmhouse Ale — which is being distributed statewide by Breakthru Beverage Illinois
Hand of Fate Brewing Co. of Petersburg created the special birthday brew — 1818… Prairie State Farmhouse Ale — which is being distributed statewide by Breakthru Beverage Illinois
Cubs win the 2016 World Series and the ensuing celebration is one of the largest gatherings in world history
Cubs win the 2016 World Series and the ensuing celebration is one of the largest gatherings in world history
In 1893, the World's Columbian Exposition opened in Chicago, commemorating the 400th anniversary of European exploratory voyages to the western hemisphere
In 1893, the World's Columbian Exposition opened in Chicago, commemorating the 400th anniversary of European exploratory voyages to the western hemisphere
The Bud Billiken Parade provides underprivileged children with the chance to be in the limelight and funds scholarships for the advancement of education in the African American community
The Bud Billiken Parade provides underprivileged children with the chance to be in the limelight and funds scholarships for the advancement of education in the African American community

200 years of history

The people, places, and moments that have made Illinois great

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A statewide multimedia campaign will celebrate Illinois' influence on the world through music, sports, agriculture, literature, commerce, history, technology and innovation, transportation, and art and architecture.

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