The Illinois Bicentennial Commission will lead Signature Events and Signature Projects throughout the yearlong celebration.

In addition, we created a user-friendly, online process for statewide organizations planning activities during our Bicentennial year to apply for Endorsement to become an official part of the statewide celebration. Once approved, event and project leaders will receive an Official Bicentennial Seal of Endorsement for use on their marketing materials, in addition to statewide promotional support. Visit the PARTICIPATE page here for details and to apply.



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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