Divisions of the Midwest by the U.S. Census Bureau into East North Central and West North Central, separated largely by the Mississippi River.
Steamboat Morning Star, a Louisville and Evansville mail packet, in 1858.
A scene along the Wabash River, sketched in 1778 by Lt Governor Henry Hamilton en route to recapture Vincennes, Indiana during the American Revolutionary War
Scotts Bluff National Monument in western Nebraska
Mississippian copper plate found at the Saddle Site in Union County, Illinois
Built between 1847 and 1849, the Wheeling Suspension Bridge was the first bridge across the river and a crucial part of the National Road.
Forks of the Wabash at Huntington
The Driftless Area as viewed from Wildcat Mountain State Park in Vernon County, Wisconsin
Illinois in 1718, approximate modern state area highlighted, from Carte de la Louisiane et du cours du Mississipi by Guillaume de L'Isle
Cave-in-rock, view on the Ohio (circa 1832, Cave-In-Rock, Illinois): aquatint by Karl Bodmer from the book Maximilian, Prince of Wied's Travels in the Interior of North America, during the years 1832–1834
The former course if the Wabash River, running by the former site of the original Fort Recovery. The reproduction can be seen in the background, but it is not the original fort.
Flint Hills grasslands of Kansas
The bell donated by King Louis XV in 1741 to the mission at Kaskaskia. It was later called the "Liberty Bell of the West", after it was rung to celebrate U.S. victory in the Revolution
Silver Bridge in Point Pleasant, West Virginia which collapsed into the Ohio River on December 15, 1967, killing 46 people.
Sunset Point at Delphi, where Deer Creek joins the Wabash
Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota
In 1818, Illinois became the 21st U.S. state. The southern portion of Illinois Territory was admitted as the state of Illinois, and the rest was joined to Michigan Territory.
A barge heads east on the Ohio River in Louisville, Kentucky.
The Wabash River at Covington, Indiana
Prairie in Effigy Mounds National Monument, Iowa
[[Old State Capitol State Historic Site|
Old State Capitol]]: Abraham Lincoln and other area legislators were instrumental in moving the state capitol to centrally located Springfield in 1839.
The confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio rivers is at Cairo, Illinois.
A small island and water fowl wildlife refuge in the Wabash near Mount Carmel, Illinois
Monks Mound, located at the Cahokia Mounds near Collinsville, Illinois, is the largest Pre-Columbian earthwork in America north of Mesoamerica and a World Heritage Site
Embarkation of Union troops from Cairo on January 10, 1862
The Ohio River as seen from Fredonia, Indiana.
Wabash River historical marker in Mercer County just south of Fort Recovery.
Winnebago family (1852)
Charles Mound, the highest natural point in Illinois at 1,235 feet above sea level, is located in the Driftless Area in the northwestern part of the state.
Natural-color satellite image of the Wabash-Ohio confluence.
Wabash River in Limberlost Recreation Area, south of Berne, Indiana.
Young Oglala Lakota girl in front of tipi with puppy beside her, probably on or near Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, South Dakota
At 279 feet above sea level, the lowest elevation point in the state is located near Cairo and the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers.
Lawrenceburg, Indiana, is one of many towns that use the Ohio as a shipping avenue.
The Wabash River at Lafayette, Indiana, showing the Myers Pedestrian Bridge, and the Amtrak station. The river flows from left to right (north to south). This stretch is notable for large, sandy deposits.
Cumulus clouds hover above a yellowish prairie at Badlands National Park, South Dakota, native lands to the Sioux.
Köppen climate types of Illinois
Glacial Lake Ohio
Natural-colour satellite image of the Wabash-Ohio confluence. Hovey Lake is to the left between the bend in the Ohio River.
c. 1681 map of Marquette and Jolliet's 1673 expedition
Density map displaying the population of Illinois
The Allegheny River, left, and Monongahela River join to form the Ohio River at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the largest metropolitan area on the river.
Lincoln Memorial Bridge over the Wabash River near the George Rogers Clark National Historical Park
Beaver hunting grounds, the basis of the fur trade
The Baháʼí House of Worship in Wilmette, Illinois
Louisville, Kentucky, The deepest point of the Ohio River is a scour hole just below Cannelton locks and dam (river mile 720.7).
The state cessions that eventually allowed for the creation of the territories north and southwest of the River Ohio
The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago at the heart of Chicago's financial center
A barge hauls coal in the Louisville and Portland Canal, the only artificial portion of the Ohio River.
Northwest Territory 1787
Byron Nuclear Generating Station in Ogle County
Cincinnati skyline showing the John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge to Covington, Kentucky.
Louisiana Purchase 1803
Average annual wind power distribution for Illinois, 50 m height above ground (2009)
Carl Perkins Bridge in Portsmouth, Ohio with Ohio River and Scioto River tributary on right.
Ohio River near Rome, Ohio
Soldier Field, Chicago
The Ohio River seen at Sciotoville, from the "Geography of Ohio," 1923
Lake Michigan is shared by four Midwestern states: Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin.
The Illinois State Capitol in Springfield
The Upper Mississippi River near Harpers Ferry, Iowa
Illinois House of Representatives
An animation depicting when United States territories and states forbade or allowed slavery, 1789–1861
Governor J. B. Pritzker (D)
1855 Free-State poster
University of Illinois
A map of various Underground Railroad routes
University of Chicago
Minneapolis, Minnesota is on the Mississippi River
University of Illinois Willard Airport
Omaha, Nebraska, is on the Missouri River
Inside O'Hare International Airport
Cincinnati, Ohio is on the Ohio River
Vandalia State House State Historic Site in Vandalia
Distribution of Americans claiming German Ancestry by county in 2018
The Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago
German population density in the United States, 1870 census
Magnolia Manor is a Victorian period historic house museum in Cairo.
A pastoral farm scene near Traverse City, Michigan, with a classic American red barn
Lincoln Home National Historic Site in Springfield
Central Iowa cornfield in June
The Polish Museum of America in Chicago
Standing wheat in Kansas, part of America's Breadbasket
A Railway Post Office preserved at the Illinois Railway Museum in Union
Soybean fields at Applethorpe Farm, north of Hallsville in Ross County, Ohio
Standard license plate introduced in 2017
The Chicago Board of Trade Building a National Historic Landmark
Standard license plate 2001 to 2016
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland
Illinois license plate design used throughout the 1980s and 1990s, displaying the Land of Lincoln slogan that has been featured on the state's plates since 1954
Mount Rushmore is located in the Black Hills of South Dakota.
Illinois 2020 Population Density Map
The Milwaukee Art Museum is located on Lake Michigan.
The first local meeting of the new Republican Party took place here in Ripon, Wisconsin on March 20, 1854.
Midwestern Governors by party
Midwestern U.S. Senators by party for the 117th Congress
Midwestern U.S. Representatives by party for the 117th Congress
Beaver hunting grounds, the basis of the fur trade

Illinois is a state in the Midwestern United States.

- Illinois

It is located at the boundary of the Midwestern and Southern United States, flowing southwesterly from western Pennsylvania to its mouth on the Mississippi River at the southern tip of Illinois.

- Ohio River

It flows from the headwaters in Ohio, near the Indiana border, then southwest across northern Indiana turning south near the Illinois border, where the southern portion forms the Indiana-Illinois border before flowing into the Ohio River.

- Wabash River

The Census Bureau's definition consists of 12 states in the north central United States: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

- Midwestern United States

Additionally, the Mississippi, Ohio, and Wabash rivers form parts of the state's boundaries.

- Illinois

Major rivers in the region include, from east to west, the Ohio River, the Upper Mississippi River, and the Missouri River.

- Midwestern United States

It also spread northward into Indiana along the Wabash, Tippecanoe, and White Rivers.

- Midwestern United States

Founded by the French about 1720, Vincennes is the oldest European settlement in Indiana, and among the oldest in the American Midwest.

- Wabash River

Wabash River – Indiana-Illinois-Kentucky border

- Ohio River

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Angel Mounds State Historic Site was one of the northernmost Mississippian culture settlements, occupied from 1100 to 1450.
Native Americans guide French explorers through Indiana, as depicted by Maurice Thompson in Stories of Indiana.
Indiana's Capitol Building in Corydon served as the state's seat of government from 1816 until 1825.
Rolling hills in the Charles C. Deam Wilderness Area of Hoosier National Forest, in the Indiana Uplands
The Wabash River converges with the Ohio River at Posey County.
Köppen climate types of Indiana, using 1991-2020 climate normals.
Indiana is home to the third largest population of Amish in the U.S.
Mike Pence at the Indiana State Fair, 2014
Members of the Indiana National Guard at the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center near Butlerville
Indianapolis is home to the annual Indianapolis 500 race.
The Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League have been based in the state since 1984.
Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall, home to Indiana Hoosiers men's basketball
Notre Dame Stadium, home to the Fighting Irish
Lake Michigan's beaches, popular with tourists, are juxtaposed with heavy industry.
Indiana is the fifth largest corn-producing state in the U.S., with over a billion bushels harvested in 2013.
Coal-fired electric plants, like Clifty Creek Power Plant in Madison, produced about 85 percent of Indiana's energy supply in 2014.
The Interstate 69 extension project in Monroe County
A South Shore commuter train in Michigan City
Barges are a common sight along the Ohio River. Ports of Indiana manages three maritime ports in the state, two located on the Ohio.

Indiana is a U.S. state in the Midwestern United States.

It is bordered by Lake Michigan to the northwest, Michigan to the north, Ohio to the east, the Ohio River and Kentucky to the south and southeast, and the Wabash River and Illinois to the west.