Illinois Trivia Quiz Questions With Answers
The Port of Chicago in Illinois connects the state to
global ports via Great Lakes, the Saint Lawrence Seaway, to the Atlantic Ocean
and through what famous river?
A: Mississippi River, via the Illinois River.
O'Hare International Airport has been consistently ranked
A: One of the world's busiest airports.
In 1847, thanks to lobbying by Dorothea L. Dix, Illinois
was one of the first states to create a system of state-supported treatment
facilities for treating what?
A: Mental illness and disabilities.
Illinois is the most populous state in what region?
A: Tornado Alley.
In 1967, Fermilab, near Batavia, opened a
accelerator and it was the world's largest particle accelerator for how long?
A: Over 40 years.
Today Illinois's biggest population center is around what
city in the northern part of the state?
Striking oil in Marion County and Crawford County lead to a
boom and by 1939 Illinois ranked where in U.S. oil production?
In what year did Illinois become a US State?
A: In 1818.
How many Stanley Cups have the Chicago Blackhawks of the
In the 1830s, on the banks of the Chicago River, Chicago
was founded on which of the great lakes?
A: Lake Michigan.
In 1942 the University of Chicago conducted the first
sustained nuclear what?
A: Chain reaction.
How many men served in the Union
Army During the
Civil War from Illinois?
A: More than 250,000.
invention of the self-scouring steel plow
turned Illinois' prairie into valuable farmland attracting
from what two countries?
A: Germany and Sweden.
What are the names of the three presidents that have been
elected to office while residing in Illinois?
A: Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, and Barack Obama.
Which U.S. President was the only one born and raised in
A: Ronald Reagan.
What phrase has been displayed on Illinois's automobile
license plates since 1954?
A: Land of Lincoln.
Where are the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and
Museum located in Illinois?
Excavations in Illinois demonstrate that there were about
7,000 years of what?
A: Continuous habitation.
Monks Mound, in the center of an excavation site, is the
largest pre-Columbian structure north of where?
A: Valley of Mexico.
By 1857, what was the largest city in Illinois?
Monks Mound is 100 feet high, 951 feet long, 836 feet wide
and covers how many acres?
In 1673 what pair of famous French explorers explored the
A: Jacques Marquette and Louis Jolliet.
Most of the Illinois western border with
consists of what river?
A: The Mississippi River.
The first experimental nuclear power plant in the United
States was fired up in 1957 where?
A: Argonne National Laboratory.
In 1680, other French explorers built a fort at the site
of present day what?
What is the all-time high temperature for Illinois,
recorded on July 14, 1954, at East St. Louis,?
A: 117 °.
The British Crown made Illinois part of the land reserved
for Indians and as a result very few British or American settlers did what?
A: Move there.
The Chicago Bulls is one of the most recognized
teams in the world, due in a large part to
A: Michael Jordan.
By 1960, Dresden 1, located near Morris Illinois, was the
first privately financed" what" in United States?
A: Nuclear plant.
How many cities in Illinois does the U.S. Census Bureau
currently lists with populations of over 100,000?
Vandalia became the capital of Illinois in what year?
A: In 1819.
In 1837, state legislators representing Sangamon County,
under and led by state representative Abraham Lincoln, had the capital moved to
In 1832, the Black Hawk War was fought in Illinois and what
is now Wisconsin between the United States and what Indian Tribes?
A: The Sauk, Fox and Kickapoo tribes.
The winter of 1830–1831 is called the "Winter of the Deep
Snow" because an unexpectedly deep snowfall covered Illinois, making
impossible many travelers what?
By 1839, the Mormons had established a city called Nauvoo
on what river?
A: The Mississippi.
Where was Joseph Smith the Mormon leader was
A: In the Carthage Jail, about 30 miles away from Nauvoo Illinois.
What took place from Sunday, October 8, 1871, until
Tuesday, October 10, 1871 in Chicago?
A: The Great Chicago Fire.
How much of Chicago burned in downtown Chicago during the
Great Chicago Fire?
A: 4 square miles.
The town of Cairo, at the southern tip of the state served
as a supply base and training center for what army?
A: The Union army.
For several months General Grant had his headquarters in
what Illinois city?
At the turn of the 20th century, whites were what
percentage of the state's population?
During what year did Illinois host the "Century of Progress
World's Fair" in Chicago?
A: In 1933.
With the opening of the Saint Lawrence Seaway in
Chicago became a what?
A: An ocean port.
In 1960, what did entrepreneur Ray Kroc open in Des
A: The first McDonald's franchise.
Illinois generates more
electricity than any other state
A: Nuclear power.
Where was the first Farm Aid concert held to help out the
American farmers, in 1985?
A: Champaign Illinois.
What was the all
time low temperature ever recorded for the
state of Illinois?
A: −36 °F on January 5, 1999, at Congerville.
What is the average number of tornadoes that occur yearly
What are the two Major League Baseball teams based in the
state of Illinois?
A: The Chicago Cubs and The Chicago White Sox.
How many NFL Championships have the Chicago