Day Trips in Chicago

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During your exciting Chicago trip, you may decide that you want to take a short break from all of the excitement of the city or you may want to try something different for a night. What’s great about taking a Chicago vacation is that you can take a break for a quick drive or train ride to a nearby city or town. Chicago is just a short drive from Wisconsin, Michigan, and Indiana and hundreds of pleasant suburban areas such as Naperville and Oak Park. Each of these areas has something special to offer -- and some things that Chicago just may not have. Take Indiana, for instance. Here you can spend a night gambling on a riverboat casino. And how about Wisconsin, where you can spend the day hiking, horseback riding or touring Lake Geneva on a steamboat! Many of Chicago's suburban areas have a lot more to offer than you may think. Naperville features a living history museum, the areas famous Riverwalk, and plenty of historic landmarks to explore. Continue reading to learn more about some of Chicago’s most popular day trips! 

June 04, 2008 new by mcburton

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Harbor Country Michigan

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Harbor Country isn't just one place, it's actually made up of eight towns. These include: Union Pier, Three Oaks, Harbert, Grand Beach, Lakeside, Michiana, Sawyer, and New Buffalo. The drive is less than an hour and a half (70 miles) and what you will find here are white sandy beaches, antique shops, wineries, bike paths, and plenty of walking trails. Activities run the gamut from canoeing and sailing to golfing, shopping, dining, and more. The best time to visit Harbor Country is summer, with fall coming in at a close second. Winter is also popular for skiing, snowmobiling, more..

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address:Harbor Country Chamber of Commerce, 530 S. Whittaker Street, New Buffalo MI, 49117

Lake Geneva

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Lake Geneva has always been a favorite weekend getaway for Chicagoans, residents of Indiana, and many cities within Wisconsin's borders such as Milwaukee. At roughly 79 miles from Chicago or around 1-1/2 hour drive from Chicago, visitors from the city can spend a full day at Lake Geneva, and make it back to Chicago in time to see a Comedy show, have dinner or go out dancing. At 135 feet deep and 5,626 acres, Lake Geneva (Geneva Lake) is the second deepest lake in Wisconsin. Visitors can enjoy canoeing, kayaking, boating, swimming, fishing, and steamboat cruises as well as more..

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address:Lake Geneva Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, 201 Wrigley Drive, Lake Geneva WI, 53147


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Naperville has the best of both worlds. It's big enough to still have a city feel (population 140,000, the 4th largest city in Illinois), but far enough away from the city to have a more relaxed feel. Located only 30 miles from Chicago, Naperville is easily reached by Metra Train ( or by car. Major points of interest include: Downtown Naperville and the Riverwalk, Centennial Beach, Moser Millennium Carillon and Moser Tower, and the 13-acre outdoor living history Museum "Naper Settlement" ( The DuPage Children's Museum and more..

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address:Naperville Convention and Visitors Bureau, 212 S. Webster, Naperville IL, 60540
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