I'd still do it or give it a try as long as you don't have some place
to be on time. Also, assuming you travel out of state and to other states, other than Illinois, a Florida permit is not a bad thing to work towards. Taking a NRA pistol class is always a good thing... if for no other reason you will probably get to discuss all the above items with others... in person.
I've open carried in Virginia with little or no problem.. even in Alexandria where you could look across the river and see D.C.