Stephenson County is in Illinois. Whether you are a potential homeowner looking for a lot for sale or a builder or developer seeking land for sale for your next project, the perfect property for you may be found in Illinois. Laying claim to the nation’s 3rd biggest city, the Midwest’s number one tourist destination, the country’s two tallest skyscrapers, and the world’s fourth largest gross domestic product (GDP) among metropolitan areas, Illinois is home to the most cosmopolitan of residents as well as those that prefer a more natural setting. Chicago carries most of the accolades, with a population around 2.7 million in its metro area, an incredible impact on the state economy, and its importance as a major U.S. transportation hub. Known as the Windy City (the meaning of which has been debated), Chicago is situated on Lake Michigan in the northeastern corner of the state. The city is at its gustiest in April, summer temperatures can reach into the 90s, and it gets an average of 37 inches of snow per year. It supports several professional sports teams, including two in the MLB, one in the NFL, an NBA team, an NHL team, and a Major League Soccer organization. A massive renovation of the Navy Pier in the 1990s has paid off, transforming the site into 50-plus acres of parks, rides (including a 15-story Ferris wheel), restaurants, and shops that receives 8.6 million visitors each year. Illinois has plenty to offer beyond Chicago, though. The capital city of Springfield in central Illinois was the launch pad of Abraham Lincoln’s career, and there are many historical sites in the area. The other most populous cities in the state include Aurora, Rockford, Joliet and Naperville. Iconic scenic drives are found along Great River Road (550 miles long on the western border of the state), the Meeting of the Great Rivers byway (where the Mississippi, Missouri and Illinois rivers converge), and historical Route 66 (affectionately known as the Mother Road and one of the original U.S. Highways). Outdoor recreation abounds in the Shawnee National Forest in southeastern Illinois, home to the ancient rock formations known as the Garden of the Gods. Step back in time and visit central Illinois’ Amish Country, where you can learn about the Amish culture, take buggy rides and stroll among the many shops. Because of its mix of metro and rural areas, Illinois enjoys a broad economic base. Agriculturally, the state ranks among the top two producers of soybeans and corn (used primarily for production of ethanol), is ranked fourth in pork production in the country, and is a global center for meat processing. The state’s manufacturing supports chemical, machinery and food processing industries, and the service industry has grown tremendously in the past decade, supporting financial trading, publishing and healthcare.
If you are seeking property in Illinois, you will find a wide variety of choices, from waterfront property for sale, riverfront property for sale, lake property for sale, golf course lots for sale, metro-area lots for sale, rural property for sale, vacant land for sale and even cheap land for sale.
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