Some people joke that Illinois is just a suburb of Chicago, but that's simply not the case. The Land of Lincoln has many other promising locations as well, from its burgeoning capital to the hometown of Hemingway. Not sure where to go (or how to get there) in your Illinois rental car? There's so much to see beyond the Chicago city limits. Illinois is a surprisingly varied state, with acres of farmland dominating its southernmost part, several beautiful state parks with world class hiking and camping and a few bustling cities. Whether you're flying into Chicago and taking your Illinois rental car for a spin or coming up from St. Louis, there is no shortage of things to do, see and experience.