Bucket list: 20 things to see linked to influential Illinoisans

Well, this is it. The last installment of our bicentennial bucket list: 200 things every Illinoisan should do, see, eat or drink at least once in a lifetime.

We kicked things off way back in December with 20 history-related sites, adding 20 more entries a month in various subjects — sports, architecture, culture, etc.

The final category is people, an especially difficult group to winnow down. One way to narrow the field was to limit it to the dearly departed; being alive is a pretty good consolation prize for not making the cut. 

Since this is a “to-do” list, there had to be something actionable associated with each person — tour the birthplace or check out a certain museum, for example. That ruled out a lot of influential Illinoisans. (Hello, Walt Disney. Still waiting for his former home in Hermosa to open to the public.)  

We tried to highlight folks in a wide range of disciplines, from politics to pop culture, and from all corners of the state. 

If someone notable isn’t on the list, it might be because he or she already popped up in a previous category (Jane Addams, Harold Washington and Frank Lloyd Wright, to name a few). See all of the 200 entries at www.chicagotribune.com/bicentennial

What’s that? You looked at all 200, and you still think we missed someone or something? Email us at travel@chicagotribune.com. We’ll round up some of your suggestions for a people’s choice installment that will run closer to the state’s 200th birthday later this year. 

Blair Kamin contributed.

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