General Information

The 2019 Illinois State Fair runs from August 8th through August 18th. The Fairgrounds are open from 7 a.m. to Midnight for the duration of the Fair. The Fair Administration Office is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Buy Online, Save Time:

Skip the lines by purchasing your tickets in advance! The Illinois State Fair will soon be offering an online payment option for gate admission and parking passes.  In addition to purchasing your tickets in advance, the Illinois State Fair will now have the option to scan those online purchases on your mobile phone at all gates. Buy now Coming Soon.


  • Children (0-12) – FREE
  • Adults (13-59) - $10 (see discount days)
  • Seniors (60+) - $3


  • Daily: $5
  • Seasonal (Gate 6, Lot 18 infield): $40
  • *purchase inside Emmerson Building, on-line or by phone (217) 782-6661

Discount Admission Days:

  • Thursday, August 8 (adult @ $5.00)
  • Sunday, August 19 (adult @ $5.00)
  • Sunday, August 11 (Veterans and families free with proper ID)
  • Monday, August 12 (Seniors FREE)

Daily Admission and Parking

Buy now coming soon.

Discount Admission Booklets

One booklet provides eleven (11) any day adult admissions to the 2019 Illinois State Fair. These booklets are available for $45.00 through April 30, 2019 at the Emmerson Building on the fairgrounds, by phone at 217-782-6661 or on-line.

Fairgoer Services

This is a listing of services offered such as Bus and Taxi, Lost and Found, Administrative Offices, Accessibility, Restrooms, etc.

Maps and Directions

This is the place to find Maps and get directions on the Fairgrounds.


Campground now open to all campers. Now accepting campers & reservations. Click the link to learn more about the camping opportunities 365 days a year at the Illinois State Fairgrounds.


This is a listing of live video cameras throughout the fairgrounds. You can select one of these and virtually be at the Illinois State Fair.


A few photos of events and highlights of the fair.

Daily Schedule

This page provides a complete schedule for the State Fair.


The Illinois State Fair has several opportunities for qualified individuals