Best Day Trips from Chicago

Best Day Trips from Chicago

Best Day Trips from Chicago

Planning a trip to Chicago? Excellent idea! On the Lake of Michigan, Chicago is among the largest cities in the US, known for its neo-gothic Tribune Power, breathtaking skyscrapers and bold architecture. With about 300 bridges adding to its beauty, Chicago has everything one needs for a great holiday, like music, nightlife, food and sports.

But that’s not it! The City of Chicago is also surrounded by beautiful getaway towns and villages that are worth exploring. With a lot to leave you relaxed and refreshed, here are some of the best day trips from Chicago:

1. Milwaukee

A haven for culture lovers, begin your day in Milwaukee with a brunch at the streets of 345N Broadway and watch people eat, drink and talk. Then there are beautiful and dreamy home decor shops, besides the famous Milwaukee Public Market where you get the city’s best vendors dealing in everything from spices and seafood to hand dipped chocolate and wine. Also, don’t forget to trek along the Lakeshore State Park which is a unique 22 acres oasis. Reaching this Cream City takes a smooth drive of 1h 30m. But to truly explore, hop on a BYOB- friendly Amtrak that drops you at the city centre in the same time.

2. South Bend

This city has got culture and food that makes it special. Starting with history, visit the History Museum that was previously owned by a local industrialist and the inventor of James Oliver. Then check out the South Bend Farmer’s Market from where you can shop everything from artisan breads and doughnuts to farm fresh veggies. If hungry, hop into any of the cafes for delicious food. Getting from Chicago to South Bend is easy, as both cars and local trains are available. Cars take h 30m whereas trains take almost 2 and half hours.

3. Evanston

This is a cute little college town located a few miles away from Chicago. Start by visiting the beautiful Baha’i House of Worship, an architectural gem. Next, treat yourself with colourful macaroons, doughnuts and cakes at the famous Benisons’ Bakery. You should also visit the Block Museum of Art to check its latest exhibit. It is free and right in the campus of Northwester University. Do grab the expertly crafted triple at the Cocktail Lounge Ward Eight. Just hop on a train and you will reach Evanston in about 15-20 minutes. If you wish to explore more, a painless drive of 30 minutes will get you here.

4. Lake Geneva

A beautiful resort city on the shore of Lake Geneva, Lake Geneva is ideal to wander in and see big, beautiful houses. Take a walk along the shoreline to have a closer view of the mansion or gawk at them from the water with the Lake Geneva cruise link. You will always have a good time here with the mix of amazing restaurants, nightlife, outdoor activities and beautiful shops. Don’t forget to visit the Yerkes observatory- Einstein’s favourite. Reach this town by train in 2h 30m or drive your way through 127 km and reach here in an hour and a half.

5. Oak Park

This is a self described village which prides itself on its culture, ethnic and religious diversity. Take a walking tour of the Wright District which is an area of prairie-style homes. Also include the Oak Park conservatory and Brookfield zoo if travelling to Chicago with kids. Taking a subway ride of half an hour is the best and cheapest way. Buses also run with a journey of 50 minutes.

6. North Utica

This is a sleepy river town that attracts antique wine and nature lovers. Tourists here find various wineries, flea markets, collectable shops and pottery studios. Famous Grand Bear Resort has cheap day passes to their indoor water parks, restaurants and sports bar. Both buses and train can take you to this town in just h 45m.

7. Starved Rock State Park

From the bustling city of Chicago, head to The Starved Rock State Park for unexpected variations from the flatlands. Drawing visitors for its lush green trees, brilliant views of sandstone bluffs and the Illinois River, there are endless activities you can do here like horse riding, rafting, kayaking and a lot more. Get to this mesmerizing place by train or car, both taking almost 2 hrs to drop you to this city.

So head to Chicago for a holiday like never before and explore these little pieces of paradise!

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