Illinois gets a lot of negative press, some deserving and some opinionated/uninformed. the Land of Lincoln has a lot to offer, stunning natural views, beautiful cities (large and small), plenty of entertainment, and more. The state is also known to be home to 4 US Presidents, numerous celebrities, and important inventions.

Do you know that some of the most popular inventions have ties to Illinois?


Before I get to the first invention, let me ask you this, where do you see the most blame about Illinois? The answer is the Internet. How ironic because the first-generation top-tier web browser was developed by a group of men in Illinois.

Nuclear reactor

The world’s first artificial nuclear reactor was developed in Illinois.

Dave Stringer Norwich City manager on the phone 1991

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Who are you going to call!?!

Maybe Martin Cooper? He designed the first cell phone in Chicago in 1973, 22 years before the photo above. Crazy, right?

High in the sky

Did you know that the skyscraper of the world, the Home Insurance Building, was built in Chicago in 1885? Ten years later, this skyscraper was built.

Monadnock Building

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tower of joy

In 1893, George Washington Gale Ferris Jr built the first Ferris wheel for the World’s Columbian Exposition. The image below is somewhat similar.

Chrysler Building

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Changing American Lives Forever

The inventions listed above certainly have their own bragging rights, but this could arguably be at the top of the list.


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In 1955, two Illinoisans invited the television remote control.


Say what you want about Illinois, but some pretty important inventions in the world were invented in the state.

[h/t Matador Network]

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