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[url=http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en.html]Chicago[/url] is located in the [wiki=dbc53d5e68cc5f00e604110fee9b3c1e]Midwest[/wiki]. It is the third largest city in the [wiki=f253efe302d32ab264a76e0ce65be769]United States[/wiki] with a population approaching 3 million. Chicago is a huge vibrant city and a metropolitan area that sprawls over 10,874km². It's well known for blues, jazz, comedy, shopping, and dining.


As the hub of the [wiki=dbc53d5e68cc5f00e604110fee9b3c1e]Midwest[/wiki], Chicago is easy to find -its picturesque [wiki=b2a0cac2017522d63f266cb0c48f9aa8]skyline[/wiki] calls across the waters of huge Lake Michigan, a first impression that soon reveals world-class museums of art and science, miles of sandy beaches, huge parks and [wiki=fae4078874430add0c96b040698a0292]public art[/wiki], and perhaps the finest downtown collection of architecture in the world.


With a wealth of iconic sights and neighborhoods to explore, there's enough to fill a visit of weeks or even months without ever seeing the end. Prepare to cover a lot of ground: the meaning of Chicago is only found in movement, through its subways and archaic elevated tracks, and eyes raised to the sky.
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    Chicago was known as a fine place to find a wild onion if you were a member of the Potawatomi tribe, who lived in this area of [wiki=66c2b329479ee151b4c6b257c0b7a9b7]Illinois[/wiki] before European settlers arrived. It was mostly swamps, prairie and mud long past the establishment of Fort Dearborn in 1803 and incorporation as a town in 1833. It could be argued that nature never intended for there to be a city here; brutal winters aside, it took civil engineering projects of unprecedented scale to establish working sewers, reverse the flow of the river to keep it out of the city's drinking supply, and stop buildings from sinking back into the swamps - and that was just the first few decades.

    By 1871, the reckless growth of the city was a sight to behold, full of noise, Gothic lunacy, and bustling commerce. But on October 8th, Mrs. O'Leary's cow reportedly knocked over a lantern in the crowded immigrant quarters in the West Side, and the Great Chicago Fire began. It quickly spread through the dry prairie, killing 300 and destroying virtually the entire city. The stone Water Tower in the [wiki=8bd89ec3422669d78e6956635337b918]Near North[/wiki] is the most famous surviving structure. But the city seized this destruction as an opportunity to rebuild bigger than before, giving canvas for several architects and urban planners who would go on to become legends of modern architecture.

    At the pinnacle of its rebirth and the height of its newfound powers, Chicago was known as The White City. Cultures from around the world were summoned to the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition, to bear witness to the work of Louis Sullivan, Daniel Burnham, and the future itself. Cream of Wheat, soft drinks, street lights and safe electricity, the fax machine, and the Ferris Wheel bespoke the colossus now resident on the shores of Lake Michigan.

    As every road had once led to Rome, every train led to Chicago. Carl Sandburg called Chicago the Hog Butcher for the World for its cattle stockyards and place on the nation's dinner plate. Sandburg also called it the City of the Big Shoulders, noting the tall buildings in the birthplace of the skyscraper - and the city's "lifted head singing so proud to be alive and coarse and strong and cunning." But Chicago is a city in no short supply of nicknames. Fred Fisher's 1922 song (best known in Frank Sinatra's rendition) calls it That Toddlin' Town, where "on State Street, that great street, they do things they don't do on Broadway." It's also referenced by countless blues standards like Sweet Home Chicago.

    Chicago is also known as The Second City, which refers to its rebuilding after the fire - the current city is literally the second Chicago, after the one that nearly burned down in 1871. The moniker has stuck as Chicago had long-held the position of the nation's second-largest city. And many know the nickname from Chicago's great comedy theater Second City located in [wiki=53a2761119e43637c2f339a152d8ddee]Old Town[/wiki] which has supplied countless talent to television's Saturday Night Live and many sitcoms.

    During the Prohibition era, Chicago's criminal world, emblemized by names like Al Capone, Baby Face Nelson, and later Sam Giancana, practically ran the city. The local political world had scarcely more legitimacy in a town where voter turnout was highest among the dead and their pets, and precinct captains spread the word to "vote early, vote often." Even Sandburg acknowledged the relentless current of vice that ran under the surface of the optimistic city.

    Chicago is also known as The Windy City. Walking around town, you might suspect that this nickname came from the winds off Lake Michigan which can, on occasion, make for some windy days. Truth be told, Chicago is far from being excessively windy. In fact, according to the United States National Climatic Data Center, Chicago does not rank high on the list of windy cities. The origin of the saying Windy City comes from politics; some saying it may have been coined by rivals like New York City as a derogatory reference; at the time the two cities were battling for the 1893 World's Fair, which Chicago ultimatley won. Others say that the term originated from the city's strong political climate.

    Finally, the city is also known as the The City That Works as promoted by long-time Mayor Richard M. Daley, which refers to Chicago's labor tradition and its willingness to tackle grand civic projects. Daley and his father, former Mayor Richard J. Daley, were continous voted into office for many terms and governed the city for decades. As other manufacturing cities like [wiki=11b915670b63c790160e26af2dac39b7]Cleveland[/wiki], [wiki=1206c1cb107044f291a52d53fc9ec748]Detroit[/wiki], and [wiki=f1e7938d3212351ccc6f200219506d2a]Buffalo[/wiki] went into decline, Chicago thrived, transforming from a city of culture and manufacturing to a city of culture and finance. Chicago now houses the world's largest future exchanges (the Chicago Mercantile Exchange). With Richard M. Daley deciding not to run for mayor again due to his ailing wife, and former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel resigning from that post to become mayor of Chicago, the city elected its first Daley-less administration with Emanuel since Mayor Richard M. Daley was in office from April 1989 to May 2011.

    While the city has many great attractions in its huge central/downtown area, lots of Chicagoans live and play outside of the central district as well. Travelers also go to the city's vibrant neighborhoods to soak up the local nightlife, sample the wide range of fantastic dining, and see other sights that are a part of Chicago. Thanks to the city's massive public transit system, which includes over 140 Chicago Transit Authority subway/elevated train stations, a separate city/suburban Metra rail network, and bus routes criss-crossing the city every few blocks apart, all parts of Chicago are indeed accessible.
    • Chicago Suburbs

      Forest preserves are prevelant on the far north, northwest, and southwest sides, and into the nearby [wiki=61462cabe8446a2992d46010da6fb0a7]Chicagoland[/wiki] suburbs. They are excellent for biking, jogging, picnics, and various outdoor activities.

      * Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL is an outdoor stadium that hosts several sporting events and concerts including the Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer. It is located on Harlem Avenue south of the Stevenson Expressway/Interstate 55. An express bus runs from the Midway station on the CTA Orange Line on event days.

      * The Brookfield Zoo, which is Chicagoland's other world-class zoo, is loacted in nearby Brookfield, IL. Though not accessible via the CTA, the Hollywood station on METRA's Burlington Northern line is 2 blocks away. It is located on 31st Street close to the Eisenhower Expressway/Interstate 290.

      * [wiki=5621c53bd6d14a0d06bd34ea173f2fbe]Evanston[/wiki] is over the northern border of Chicago. In addition to Northwestern University, the city has a vibrant downtown area, some historical homes scattered about, and a lovely lakefront. Just beyond that is [wiki=60647228d49487766544c8973ba7f856]Wilmette[/wiki], with the fascinating Baha'i Temple. Both suburbs are accessible via the CTA Purple Line.

      * The Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe, IL is a 385 acre garden featuring 25 display gardens, four natural habitats, and 2.5 million plants. Though not accessible by the CTA, the Braeside station along METRA's Union Pacific North line is nearby. It is located on Lake Cook Road near the Edens Expressway/Interstate 94 and US Route 41.

      * In the same category as the Chicago Botanic Garden is the Morton Arboretum in western suburb of Lisle, IL. It hosts over 186,000 catalogued plants, the largest restored Prairie in Chicagoland, 16 miles (26 km) of hiking trails and nine miles (14 km) of roadways for driving/bicycling on 1700 acres. The Lisle station on METRA's Burlington Northern line is about 2 miles away. It is located on IL Route 53 near the Reagan Tollway/Interstate 88.

      * [wiki=4d2cfcec90b26a440583307f0ad9f1b7]Naperville[/wiki] has a wonderful and trendy downtown area. It boasts numerous restaurants, shops, and a riverwalk. It is located on The Reagan Tollway/Instertate 88 or near the Naperville Station on METRA's Burlington Northern line.

      * [wiki=771905445678f7266f10b13eca70864d]Schaumburg[/wiki] is the shopping hub of Chicago's Northwest Suburbs. It's home to one of the top 10 largest malls in the United States, Woodfield Mall, and has a wide range of shopping and entertainment offerings. It is located off of the Jane Adams (I-90, Kennedy from O'Hare Airport to Chicago) about 15 miles northwest of the Chicago O'Hare International Airport.

      * [wiki=c36f4caa22f92ee2d071710292b3d557]Oak Park[/wiki] was the home of architecture legend Frank Lloyd Wright. The village boasts many houses that were designed by him and his home and studio are now a museum. Walking tours to see his designs are a must for anyone who appreciates architecture. The museum and beautiful downtown Oak Park are loacted near the Oak Park CTA Green Line station or not too far from the Eisenhower Expressway/Interstate 290.

      * [wiki=61462cabe8446a2992d46010da6fb0a7#Lake_County]Ravinia[/wiki] is the summer home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The arts and crafts style architecture coupled with a dazzling array of acts make this a classic summer destination for Chicagoans and tourists. Bring food, a blanket, wine, and a citronella candle; buy anything you forgot on-site. The Ravinia Park station on METRA's Union Pacific North line stops at the park gates and a return train waits for late-ending concerts. It is located on Half-Day Road about a mile from the Edens Expressway/Interstate 94 and US Route 41.

    • Elsewhere in Illinois

      Six Flags Great America has the biggest and wildest roller coasters in Illinois. It is located off of Interstate 94 in [wiki=4fd4e32c354eb7e6ebb69d9fc6cadc28]Gurnee[/wiki].

      * Historic [wiki=0e5cc20b48b72a1eb22907e6090b87cb]Galena[/wiki], is great for hiking, sightseeing, and antiquing. Drive here in just over 3 hours via Interstate 90 and US Route 20.

      * [wiki=b84101cc04ae61192a110bcde4d4d17f]Peoria[/wiki] is in some ways a miniature Chicago. It is located about about 3 hours southwest of Chicago via Interstates 55 and 74.

      * [wiki=a06e61518895001c35679b226022196b]Springfield[/wiki] is the Illinois state capital and a city closely tied to Abraham Lincoln. This final resting place of the 16th president of the United States is located about 3 1/2 hours south of Downtown Chicago on Interstate 55.

      * Starved Rock State Park, defined by its numerous canyons and waterfalls, sits on over 2600 acres. It is located near the junction of Interstates 39 and 80, about 2 hours southwest of Downtown Chicago.

      * The [wiki=7b18dd1cb21f2a3531496c08409a7703]Quad Cities[/wiki] bridge the Mississippi River forming a unique metropolitan area on the border of [wiki=0daaf4a9abe3920c453a7f1f82a9bb19]Iowa[/wiki] and Illinois. They sit about 3 hours west of Downtown Chicago on Interstates 80 and 88.

    • Indiana

      The [wiki=e1c746f9823308bc543b0fd8d29f6af0]Indiana Dunes[/wiki] are a moderate drive away, and are also accessible via the South Shore commuter rail. If you've enjoyed the beaches in Chicago, you owe the Indiana Dunes a stop - that's where all the sand came from. Taking the Skyway/Interstate 90 to the Indiana Toll Road is the easiest way to visit.

      * [wiki=01d4848202a3c7697ec037b02b4ee4e8]Gary[/wiki] is just over the border on the Skyway, with a skyline that rivals Chicago's for strength of effect - industrial monstrosity, in this case - with casinos, urban ruins, and a few entries by Prairie School architects Frank Lloyd Wright and George Maher. You can drive to Gary on the Indiana Toll Road/Interstates 80/90.

      * [wiki=7f264fbfd800eff20a29e1f7ede264f1]South Bend[/wiki] is about a two hour drive to the east or a simple ride on the South Shore from Millennium Station. It is most famous as the home of the University of Notre Dame but also has a history as the location of former automobile manufacturer Studebaker. Another half an hour drive east to Elkhart County will land you in Northern Indiana Amish country. Both are accessible via the Indiana Toll Road/Interstates 80/90. The South Shore terminates at the South Bend Airport.

      * [wiki=8b9c1179fe8a1c342a1950be99ac9c90]Indianapolis[/wiki] is about a three hour drive southeast of Chicago and is worth a visit if you have time. Just follow Interstate 94 to Interstate 65.

      * Also just over the Skyway (before you reach Gary) is [wiki=a8b686e7704a83ef7f6fc9dd912faca3]East Chicago's[/wiki] bizarre 19th century planned community, Marktown, which looks like a small [wiki=64f607906be7598a02d75dbc1e979662]English[/wiki] village totally incongruous with the gigantic steel mills and the world's largest oil refinery which surround it.

    • Michigan

      Further along the lake from the Indiana Dunes are Michigan's dunes and summer resorts in [wiki=109a8a2039943a1fb596aee6b77aeec2]Harbor Country[/wiki]. Keep your eyes open because notables such as former Mayor Richard M. Daley, University of Chicago President Robert Zimmer, and others summer here. This region, well-known for its wineries and fresh fruit, is about an hour and a half drive from Chicago on Interstate 94.

      * [wiki=479e654fd18f5f41acc7b050702b157c]Saint Joseph & Benton Harbor[/wiki] are two towns about 2 hours northeast of Chicago. St. Joseph sits on a bluff that overlooks Silver Beach State Park and Lake Michigan. The view will knock your socks off - especially at sunset. St. Joseph has numerous shops and various festivals throughout the summer. It is easily accessible via Interstate 94.

      * [wiki=72bb7863865813f614137193f914254d]Grand Rapids[/wiki] is the second-largest metro area in Michigan and is home to a thriving craft beer industry. Annual festivals such as ArtPrize and Laugh Fest draw thousands to the area. Additionally, many great restaurants and activities populate this growing city and Lake Michigan's picturesque beaches are only 30 minutes away. Take Interstate 94 to Interstate 196.

      * [wiki=1206c1cb107044f291a52d53fc9ec748]Detroit[/wiki] has many of Chicago's most hated sports rivals. Although it has fallen on hard times, it has a musical and architectural heritage comparable to the Windy City. It is a little over 4 hours away on, you guessed it, Interstate 94.

    • Wisconsin

      [wiki=a8577f2f664d3e38b010809e88996d8f]Lake Geneva[/wiki], across the [wiki=5aeb407b7ca7f3fe0dc50003b1e0712f]Wisconsin[/wiki] border, is the other big summer getaway. Nearby are the Kettle Moraine state parks, with good mountain biking.

      * [wiki=c4d658dc24c5ccc43d519268ddfaca85]Madison[/wiki] is located about two and half hours from Chicago on I-90 and via Van Galder buses. It is a vibrant city home to the giant University of Wisconsin and is known for its lively downtown, thriving culture, and beautiful scenery.

      * [wiki=effc4bc76d86b41cbeed8e03884dcf87]Milwaukee[/wiki] and its venerable breweries are less than two hours from Chicago on I-94, via Amtrak, and by intercity bus services.

      * [wiki=b68b87586a74bcfe90f1d93eb1eeb107]Spring Green[/wiki] is an easy weekend trip from Chicago, about three and a half hours from town on I-90. It's the home of two unique architectural wonders: Frank Lloyd Wright's magnificent estate Taliesin, and Alex Jordan's mysterious museum The House on the Rock.

      * The [wiki=9bf14ac79e7e6b7b8e0f0ad4dcf40b0f]Wisconsin Dells[/wiki] are another (wet) summer fun destination, just three hours north of the city by car (I-90/94), also accessible by Amtrak train.

      *[wiki=d0984bb4b1da0d1fa298d0c38919665a]Cedarburg[/wiki] is a popular festival town with a charming downtown featured on the National Register of Historic Places. It is located 20 miles north of downtown Milwaukee. Take 1-94 to Milwaukee and continue north on I-43.

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  • filter_dramaDistricts
    The most visited part of Chicago is its large central area, which contains neighborhoods such as Downtown, River North, Streeterville, Old Town, the Gold Coast, Central Station, the South Loop, Printer's Row, and Greek Town among others. Collectively, these neighborhoods contain many skyscrapers, attractions, and highly ranked institutions. But there are also many attractions to be found in the city's other districts. Chicago consists of Downtown, the North Side, the South Side, and the West Side - each Side named according to its direction from Downtown. The Loop is the financial and cultural area located within Downtown. The North, South, and West Sides each contains numerous and varied neighborhoods. Chicagoans tend to identify strongly with their neighborhood, reflecting a real place of home and culture. And the district of taxi drivers who by law can charge a $50 fee per vomit from a passenger, and now other cities like Austin, Texas and states like Florida have similar taxi vomiting fee laws, in fact Austin charges $100 instead of $50.
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    • Chicago Suburbs

      Forest preserves are prevelant on the far north, northwest, and southwest sides, and into the nearby [wiki=61462cabe8446a2992d46010da6fb0a7]Chicagoland[/wiki] suburbs. They are excellent for biking, jogging, picnics, and various outdoor activities.

      * Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL is an outdoor stadium that hosts several sporting events and concerts including the Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer. It is located on Harlem Avenue south of the Stevenson Expressway/Interstate 55. An express bus runs from the Midway station on the CTA Orange Line on event days.

      * The Brookfield Zoo, which is Chicagoland's other world-class zoo, is loacted in nearby Brookfield, IL. Though not accessible via the CTA, the Hollywood station on METRA's Burlington Northern line is 2 blocks away. It is located on 31st Street close to the Eisenhower Expressway/Interstate 290.

      * [wiki=5621c53bd6d14a0d06bd34ea173f2fbe]Evanston[/wiki] is over the northern border of Chicago. In addition to Northwestern University, the city has a vibrant downtown area, some historical homes scattered about, and a lovely lakefront. Just beyond that is [wiki=60647228d49487766544c8973ba7f856]Wilmette[/wiki], with the fascinating Baha'i Temple. Both suburbs are accessible via the CTA Purple Line.

      * The Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe, IL is a 385 acre garden featuring 25 display gardens, four natural habitats, and 2.5 million plants. Though not accessible by the CTA, the Braeside station along METRA's Union Pacific North line is nearby. It is located on Lake Cook Road near the Edens Expressway/Interstate 94 and US Route 41.

      * In the same category as the Chicago Botanic Garden is the Morton Arboretum in western suburb of Lisle, IL. It hosts over 186,000 catalogued plants, the largest restored Prairie in Chicagoland, 16 miles (26 km) of hiking trails and nine miles (14 km) of roadways for driving/bicycling on 1700 acres. The Lisle station on METRA's Burlington Northern line is about 2 miles away. It is located on IL Route 53 near the Reagan Tollway/Interstate 88.

      * [wiki=4d2cfcec90b26a440583307f0ad9f1b7]Naperville[/wiki] has a wonderful and trendy downtown area. It boasts numerous restaurants, shops, and a riverwalk. It is located on The Reagan Tollway/Instertate 88 or near the Naperville Station on METRA's Burlington Northern line.

      * [wiki=771905445678f7266f10b13eca70864d]Schaumburg[/wiki] is the shopping hub of Chicago's Northwest Suburbs. It's home to one of the top 10 largest malls in the United States, Woodfield Mall, and has a wide range of shopping and entertainment offerings. It is located off of the Jane Adams (I-90, Kennedy from O'Hare Airport to Chicago) about 15 miles northwest of the Chicago O'Hare International Airport.

      * [wiki=c36f4caa22f92ee2d071710292b3d557]Oak Park[/wiki] was the home of architecture legend Frank Lloyd Wright. The village boasts many houses that were designed by him and his home and studio are now a museum. Walking tours to see his designs are a must for anyone who appreciates architecture. The museum and beautiful downtown Oak Park are loacted near the Oak Park CTA Green Line station or not too far from the Eisenhower Expressway/Interstate 290.

      * [wiki=61462cabe8446a2992d46010da6fb0a7#Lake_County]Ravinia[/wiki] is the summer home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The arts and crafts style architecture coupled with a dazzling array of acts make this a classic summer destination for Chicagoans and tourists. Bring food, a blanket, wine, and a citronella candle; buy anything you forgot on-site. The Ravinia Park station on METRA's Union Pacific North line stops at the park gates and a return train waits for late-ending concerts. It is located on Half-Day Road about a mile from the Edens Expressway/Interstate 94 and US Route 41.

    • Elsewhere in Illinois

      Six Flags Great America has the biggest and wildest roller coasters in Illinois. It is located off of Interstate 94 in [wiki=4fd4e32c354eb7e6ebb69d9fc6cadc28]Gurnee[/wiki].

      * Historic [wiki=0e5cc20b48b72a1eb22907e6090b87cb]Galena[/wiki], is great for hiking, sightseeing, and antiquing. Drive here in just over 3 hours via Interstate 90 and US Route 20.

      * [wiki=b84101cc04ae61192a110bcde4d4d17f]Peoria[/wiki] is in some ways a miniature Chicago. It is located about about 3 hours southwest of Chicago via Interstates 55 and 74.

      * [wiki=a06e61518895001c35679b226022196b]Springfield[/wiki] is the Illinois state capital and a city closely tied to Abraham Lincoln. This final resting place of the 16th president of the United States is located about 3 1/2 hours south of Downtown Chicago on Interstate 55.

      * Starved Rock State Park, defined by its numerous canyons and waterfalls, sits on over 2600 acres. It is located near the junction of Interstates 39 and 80, about 2 hours southwest of Downtown Chicago.

      * The [wiki=7b18dd1cb21f2a3531496c08409a7703]Quad Cities[/wiki] bridge the Mississippi River forming a unique metropolitan area on the border of [wiki=0daaf4a9abe3920c453a7f1f82a9bb19]Iowa[/wiki] and Illinois. They sit about 3 hours west of Downtown Chicago on Interstates 80 and 88.

    • Indiana

      The [wiki=e1c746f9823308bc543b0fd8d29f6af0]Indiana Dunes[/wiki] are a moderate drive away, and are also accessible via the South Shore commuter rail. If you've enjoyed the beaches in Chicago, you owe the Indiana Dunes a stop - that's where all the sand came from. Taking the Skyway/Interstate 90 to the Indiana Toll Road is the easiest way to visit.

      * [wiki=01d4848202a3c7697ec037b02b4ee4e8]Gary[/wiki] is just over the border on the Skyway, with a skyline that rivals Chicago's for strength of effect - industrial monstrosity, in this case - with casinos, urban ruins, and a few entries by Prairie School architects Frank Lloyd Wright and George Maher. You can drive to Gary on the Indiana Toll Road/Interstates 80/90.

      * [wiki=7f264fbfd800eff20a29e1f7ede264f1]South Bend[/wiki] is about a two hour drive to the east or a simple ride on the South Shore from Millennium Station. It is most famous as the home of the University of Notre Dame but also has a history as the location of former automobile manufacturer Studebaker. Another half an hour drive east to Elkhart County will land you in Northern Indiana Amish country. Both are accessible via the Indiana Toll Road/Interstates 80/90. The South Shore terminates at the South Bend Airport.

      * [wiki=8b9c1179fe8a1c342a1950be99ac9c90]Indianapolis[/wiki] is about a three hour drive southeast of Chicago and is worth a visit if you have time. Just follow Interstate 94 to Interstate 65.

      * Also just over the Skyway (before you reach Gary) is [wiki=a8b686e7704a83ef7f6fc9dd912faca3]East Chicago's[/wiki] bizarre 19th century planned community, Marktown, which looks like a small [wiki=64f607906be7598a02d75dbc1e979662]English[/wiki] village totally incongruous with the gigantic steel mills and the world's largest oil refinery which surround it.

    • Michigan

      Further along the lake from the Indiana Dunes are Michigan's dunes and summer resorts in [wiki=109a8a2039943a1fb596aee6b77aeec2]Harbor Country[/wiki]. Keep your eyes open because notables such as former Mayor Richard M. Daley, University of Chicago President Robert Zimmer, and others summer here. This region, well-known for its wineries and fresh fruit, is about an hour and a half drive from Chicago on Interstate 94.

      * [wiki=479e654fd18f5f41acc7b050702b157c]Saint Joseph & Benton Harbor[/wiki] are two towns about 2 hours northeast of Chicago. St. Joseph sits on a bluff that overlooks Silver Beach State Park and Lake Michigan. The view will knock your socks off - especially at sunset. St. Joseph has numerous shops and various festivals throughout the summer. It is easily accessible via Interstate 94.

      * [wiki=72bb7863865813f614137193f914254d]Grand Rapids[/wiki] is the second-largest metro area in Michigan and is home to a thriving craft beer industry. Annual festivals such as ArtPrize and Laugh Fest draw thousands to the area. Additionally, many great restaurants and activities populate this growing city and Lake Michigan's picturesque beaches are only 30 minutes away. Take Interstate 94 to Interstate 196.

      * [wiki=1206c1cb107044f291a52d53fc9ec748]Detroit[/wiki] has many of Chicago's most hated sports rivals. Although it has fallen on hard times, it has a musical and architectural heritage comparable to the Windy City. It is a little over 4 hours away on, you guessed it, Interstate 94.

    • Wisconsin

      [wiki=a8577f2f664d3e38b010809e88996d8f]Lake Geneva[/wiki], across the [wiki=5aeb407b7ca7f3fe0dc50003b1e0712f]Wisconsin[/wiki] border, is the other big summer getaway. Nearby are the Kettle Moraine state parks, with good mountain biking.

      * [wiki=c4d658dc24c5ccc43d519268ddfaca85]Madison[/wiki] is located about two and half hours from Chicago on I-90 and via Van Galder buses. It is a vibrant city home to the giant University of Wisconsin and is known for its lively downtown, thriving culture, and beautiful scenery.

      * [wiki=effc4bc76d86b41cbeed8e03884dcf87]Milwaukee[/wiki] and its venerable breweries are less than two hours from Chicago on I-94, via Amtrak, and by intercity bus services.

      * [wiki=b68b87586a74bcfe90f1d93eb1eeb107]Spring Green[/wiki] is an easy weekend trip from Chicago, about three and a half hours from town on I-90. It's the home of two unique architectural wonders: Frank Lloyd Wright's magnificent estate Taliesin, and Alex Jordan's mysterious museum The House on the Rock.

      * The [wiki=9bf14ac79e7e6b7b8e0f0ad4dcf40b0f]Wisconsin Dells[/wiki] are another (wet) summer fun destination, just three hours north of the city by car (I-90/94), also accessible by Amtrak train.

      *[wiki=d0984bb4b1da0d1fa298d0c38919665a]Cedarburg[/wiki] is a popular festival town with a charming downtown featured on the National Register of Historic Places. It is located 20 miles north of downtown Milwaukee. Take 1-94 to Milwaukee and continue north on I-43.

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  • filter_dramaGet around
    Navigating Chicago is easy. Block numbers are consistent across the whole city. Standard blocks, of 100 addresses each, are roughly 1/8th of a mile long. (Hence, a mile is equivalent to a street number difference of 800.) Each street is assigned a number based on its distance from the zero point of the address system, the intersection of State Street and Madison Street. A street with a W (west) or E (east) number runs north-south (indicating how many blocks East or West of State St. it falls), while a street with a N (north) or S (south) number runs east-west (indicating how many blocks North or South of Madison St. it falls). A street's number is usually written on street signs at intersections, below the street name. Major thoroughfares are at each mile (multiples of 800) and secondary arteries at the half-mile marks. Thus, Western Ave at 2400 W (3 miles west of State Street) is a north-south major thoroughfare, while Montrose Ave at 4400 N is an east-west secondary artery.

    In general, "avenues" run north-south and "streets" run east-west, but there are numerous exceptions. (e.g., 48th Street may then be followed by 48th Place). In conversation, however, Chicagoans rarely distinguish between streets, avenues, boulevards, etc.

    Several streets follow diagonal or meandering paths through the city such as Clark St, Broadway, Milwaukee Ave, Archer Ave, Vincennes Ave, and South Chicago Ave to name a few. Interestingly, many of the angled streets in Chicago (including Archer Ave., Clark Street and Lincoln Ave.) were originally Native American trails established long before Chicago was a city.
    • Chicago Suburbs

      Forest preserves are prevelant on the far north, northwest, and southwest sides, and into the nearby [wiki=61462cabe8446a2992d46010da6fb0a7]Chicagoland[/wiki] suburbs. They are excellent for biking, jogging, picnics, and various outdoor activities.

      * Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL is an outdoor stadium that hosts several sporting events and concerts including the Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer. It is located on Harlem Avenue south of the Stevenson Expressway/Interstate 55. An express bus runs from the Midway station on the CTA Orange Line on event days.

      * The Brookfield Zoo, which is Chicagoland's other world-class zoo, is loacted in nearby Brookfield, IL. Though not accessible via the CTA, the Hollywood station on METRA's Burlington Northern line is 2 blocks away. It is located on 31st Street close to the Eisenhower Expressway/Interstate 290.

      * [wiki=5621c53bd6d14a0d06bd34ea173f2fbe]Evanston[/wiki] is over the northern border of Chicago. In addition to Northwestern University, the city has a vibrant downtown area, some historical homes scattered about, and a lovely lakefront. Just beyond that is [wiki=60647228d49487766544c8973ba7f856]Wilmette[/wiki], with the fascinating Baha'i Temple. Both suburbs are accessible via the CTA Purple Line.

      * The Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe, IL is a 385 acre garden featuring 25 display gardens, four natural habitats, and 2.5 million plants. Though not accessible by the CTA, the Braeside station along METRA's Union Pacific North line is nearby. It is located on Lake Cook Road near the Edens Expressway/Interstate 94 and US Route 41.

      * In the same category as the Chicago Botanic Garden is the Morton Arboretum in western suburb of Lisle, IL. It hosts over 186,000 catalogued plants, the largest restored Prairie in Chicagoland, 16 miles (26 km) of hiking trails and nine miles (14 km) of roadways for driving/bicycling on 1700 acres. The Lisle station on METRA's Burlington Northern line is about 2 miles away. It is located on IL Route 53 near the Reagan Tollway/Interstate 88.

      * [wiki=4d2cfcec90b26a440583307f0ad9f1b7]Naperville[/wiki] has a wonderful and trendy downtown area. It boasts numerous restaurants, shops, and a riverwalk. It is located on The Reagan Tollway/Instertate 88 or near the Naperville Station on METRA's Burlington Northern line.

      * [wiki=771905445678f7266f10b13eca70864d]Schaumburg[/wiki] is the shopping hub of Chicago's Northwest Suburbs. It's home to one of the top 10 largest malls in the United States, Woodfield Mall, and has a wide range of shopping and entertainment offerings. It is located off of the Jane Adams (I-90, Kennedy from O'Hare Airport to Chicago) about 15 miles northwest of the Chicago O'Hare International Airport.

      * [wiki=c36f4caa22f92ee2d071710292b3d557]Oak Park[/wiki] was the home of architecture legend Frank Lloyd Wright. The village boasts many houses that were designed by him and his home and studio are now a museum. Walking tours to see his designs are a must for anyone who appreciates architecture. The museum and beautiful downtown Oak Park are loacted near the Oak Park CTA Green Line station or not too far from the Eisenhower Expressway/Interstate 290.

      * [wiki=61462cabe8446a2992d46010da6fb0a7#Lake_County]Ravinia[/wiki] is the summer home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The arts and crafts style architecture coupled with a dazzling array of acts make this a classic summer destination for Chicagoans and tourists. Bring food, a blanket, wine, and a citronella candle; buy anything you forgot on-site. The Ravinia Park station on METRA's Union Pacific North line stops at the park gates and a return train waits for late-ending concerts. It is located on Half-Day Road about a mile from the Edens Expressway/Interstate 94 and US Route 41.

    • Elsewhere in Illinois

      Six Flags Great America has the biggest and wildest roller coasters in Illinois. It is located off of Interstate 94 in [wiki=4fd4e32c354eb7e6ebb69d9fc6cadc28]Gurnee[/wiki].

      * Historic [wiki=0e5cc20b48b72a1eb22907e6090b87cb]Galena[/wiki], is great for hiking, sightseeing, and antiquing. Drive here in just over 3 hours via Interstate 90 and US Route 20.

      * [wiki=b84101cc04ae61192a110bcde4d4d17f]Peoria[/wiki] is in some ways a miniature Chicago. It is located about about 3 hours southwest of Chicago via Interstates 55 and 74.

      * [wiki=a06e61518895001c35679b226022196b]Springfield[/wiki] is the Illinois state capital and a city closely tied to Abraham Lincoln. This final resting place of the 16th president of the United States is located about 3 1/2 hours south of Downtown Chicago on Interstate 55.

      * Starved Rock State Park, defined by its numerous canyons and waterfalls, sits on over 2600 acres. It is located near the junction of Interstates 39 and 80, about 2 hours southwest of Downtown Chicago.

      * The [wiki=7b18dd1cb21f2a3531496c08409a7703]Quad Cities[/wiki] bridge the Mississippi River forming a unique metropolitan area on the border of [wiki=0daaf4a9abe3920c453a7f1f82a9bb19]Iowa[/wiki] and Illinois. They sit about 3 hours west of Downtown Chicago on Interstates 80 and 88.

    • Indiana

      The [wiki=e1c746f9823308bc543b0fd8d29f6af0]Indiana Dunes[/wiki] are a moderate drive away, and are also accessible via the South Shore commuter rail. If you've enjoyed the beaches in Chicago, you owe the Indiana Dunes a stop - that's where all the sand came from. Taking the Skyway/Interstate 90 to the Indiana Toll Road is the easiest way to visit.

      * [wiki=01d4848202a3c7697ec037b02b4ee4e8]Gary[/wiki] is just over the border on the Skyway, with a skyline that rivals Chicago's for strength of effect - industrial monstrosity, in this case - with casinos, urban ruins, and a few entries by Prairie School architects Frank Lloyd Wright and George Maher. You can drive to Gary on the Indiana Toll Road/Interstates 80/90.

      * [wiki=7f264fbfd800eff20a29e1f7ede264f1]South Bend[/wiki] is about a two hour drive to the east or a simple ride on the South Shore from Millennium Station. It is most famous as the home of the University of Notre Dame but also has a history as the location of former automobile manufacturer Studebaker. Another half an hour drive east to Elkhart County will land you in Northern Indiana Amish country. Both are accessible via the Indiana Toll Road/Interstates 80/90. The South Shore terminates at the South Bend Airport.

      * [wiki=8b9c1179fe8a1c342a1950be99ac9c90]Indianapolis[/wiki] is about a three hour drive southeast of Chicago and is worth a visit if you have time. Just follow Interstate 94 to Interstate 65.

      * Also just over the Skyway (before you reach Gary) is [wiki=a8b686e7704a83ef7f6fc9dd912faca3]East Chicago's[/wiki] bizarre 19th century planned community, Marktown, which looks like a small [wiki=64f607906be7598a02d75dbc1e979662]English[/wiki] village totally incongruous with the gigantic steel mills and the world's largest oil refinery which surround it.

    • Michigan

      Further along the lake from the Indiana Dunes are Michigan's dunes and summer resorts in [wiki=109a8a2039943a1fb596aee6b77aeec2]Harbor Country[/wiki]. Keep your eyes open because notables such as former Mayor Richard M. Daley, University of Chicago President Robert Zimmer, and others summer here. This region, well-known for its wineries and fresh fruit, is about an hour and a half drive from Chicago on Interstate 94.

      * [wiki=479e654fd18f5f41acc7b050702b157c]Saint Joseph & Benton Harbor[/wiki] are two towns about 2 hours northeast of Chicago. St. Joseph sits on a bluff that overlooks Silver Beach State Park and Lake Michigan. The view will knock your socks off - especially at sunset. St. Joseph has numerous shops and various festivals throughout the summer. It is easily accessible via Interstate 94.

      * [wiki=72bb7863865813f614137193f914254d]Grand Rapids[/wiki] is the second-largest metro area in Michigan and is home to a thriving craft beer industry. Annual festivals such as ArtPrize and Laugh Fest draw thousands to the area. Additionally, many great restaurants and activities populate this growing city and Lake Michigan's picturesque beaches are only 30 minutes away. Take Interstate 94 to Interstate 196.

      * [wiki=1206c1cb107044f291a52d53fc9ec748]Detroit[/wiki] has many of Chicago's most hated sports rivals. Although it has fallen on hard times, it has a musical and architectural heritage comparable to the Windy City. It is a little over 4 hours away on, you guessed it, Interstate 94.

    • Wisconsin

      [wiki=a8577f2f664d3e38b010809e88996d8f]Lake Geneva[/wiki], across the [wiki=5aeb407b7ca7f3fe0dc50003b1e0712f]Wisconsin[/wiki] border, is the other big summer getaway. Nearby are the Kettle Moraine state parks, with good mountain biking.

      * [wiki=c4d658dc24c5ccc43d519268ddfaca85]Madison[/wiki] is located about two and half hours from Chicago on I-90 and via Van Galder buses. It is a vibrant city home to the giant University of Wisconsin and is known for its lively downtown, thriving culture, and beautiful scenery.

      * [wiki=effc4bc76d86b41cbeed8e03884dcf87]Milwaukee[/wiki] and its venerable breweries are less than two hours from Chicago on I-94, via Amtrak, and by intercity bus services.

      * [wiki=b68b87586a74bcfe90f1d93eb1eeb107]Spring Green[/wiki] is an easy weekend trip from Chicago, about three and a half hours from town on I-90. It's the home of two unique architectural wonders: Frank Lloyd Wright's magnificent estate Taliesin, and Alex Jordan's mysterious museum The House on the Rock.

      * The [wiki=9bf14ac79e7e6b7b8e0f0ad4dcf40b0f]Wisconsin Dells[/wiki] are another (wet) summer fun destination, just three hours north of the city by car (I-90/94), also accessible by Amtrak train.

      *[wiki=d0984bb4b1da0d1fa298d0c38919665a]Cedarburg[/wiki] is a popular festival town with a charming downtown featured on the National Register of Historic Places. It is located 20 miles north of downtown Milwaukee. Take 1-94 to Milwaukee and continue north on I-43.

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    • Chicago Suburbs

      Forest preserves are prevelant on the far north, northwest, and southwest sides, and into the nearby [wiki=61462cabe8446a2992d46010da6fb0a7]Chicagoland[/wiki] suburbs. They are excellent for biking, jogging, picnics, and various outdoor activities.

      * Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL is an outdoor stadium that hosts several sporting events and concerts including the Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer. It is located on Harlem Avenue south of the Stevenson Expressway/Interstate 55. An express bus runs from the Midway station on the CTA Orange Line on event days.

      * The Brookfield Zoo, which is Chicagoland's other world-class zoo, is loacted in nearby Brookfield, IL. Though not accessible via the CTA, the Hollywood station on METRA's Burlington Northern line is 2 blocks away. It is located on 31st Street close to the Eisenhower Expressway/Interstate 290.

      * [wiki=5621c53bd6d14a0d06bd34ea173f2fbe]Evanston[/wiki] is over the northern border of Chicago. In addition to Northwestern University, the city has a vibrant downtown area, some historical homes scattered about, and a lovely lakefront. Just beyond that is [wiki=60647228d49487766544c8973ba7f856]Wilmette[/wiki], with the fascinating Baha'i Temple. Both suburbs are accessible via the CTA Purple Line.

      * The Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe, IL is a 385 acre garden featuring 25 display gardens, four natural habitats, and 2.5 million plants. Though not accessible by the CTA, the Braeside station along METRA's Union Pacific North line is nearby. It is located on Lake Cook Road near the Edens Expressway/Interstate 94 and US Route 41.

      * In the same category as the Chicago Botanic Garden is the Morton Arboretum in western suburb of Lisle, IL. It hosts over 186,000 catalogued plants, the largest restored Prairie in Chicagoland, 16 miles (26 km) of hiking trails and nine miles (14 km) of roadways for driving/bicycling on 1700 acres. The Lisle station on METRA's Burlington Northern line is about 2 miles away. It is located on IL Route 53 near the Reagan Tollway/Interstate 88.

      * [wiki=4d2cfcec90b26a440583307f0ad9f1b7]Naperville[/wiki] has a wonderful and trendy downtown area. It boasts numerous restaurants, shops, and a riverwalk. It is located on The Reagan Tollway/Instertate 88 or near the Naperville Station on METRA's Burlington Northern line.

      * [wiki=771905445678f7266f10b13eca70864d]Schaumburg[/wiki] is the shopping hub of Chicago's Northwest Suburbs. It's home to one of the top 10 largest malls in the United States, Woodfield Mall, and has a wide range of shopping and entertainment offerings. It is located off of the Jane Adams (I-90, Kennedy from O'Hare Airport to Chicago) about 15 miles northwest of the Chicago O'Hare International Airport.

      * [wiki=c36f4caa22f92ee2d071710292b3d557]Oak Park[/wiki] was the home of architecture legend Frank Lloyd Wright. The village boasts many houses that were designed by him and his home and studio are now a museum. Walking tours to see his designs are a must for anyone who appreciates architecture. The museum and beautiful downtown Oak Park are loacted near the Oak Park CTA Green Line station or not too far from the Eisenhower Expressway/Interstate 290.

      * [wiki=61462cabe8446a2992d46010da6fb0a7#Lake_County]Ravinia[/wiki] is the summer home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The arts and crafts style architecture coupled with a dazzling array of acts make this a classic summer destination for Chicagoans and tourists. Bring food, a blanket, wine, and a citronella candle; buy anything you forgot on-site. The Ravinia Park station on METRA's Union Pacific North line stops at the park gates and a return train waits for late-ending concerts. It is located on Half-Day Road about a mile from the Edens Expressway/Interstate 94 and US Route 41.

    • Elsewhere in Illinois

      Six Flags Great America has the biggest and wildest roller coasters in Illinois. It is located off of Interstate 94 in [wiki=4fd4e32c354eb7e6ebb69d9fc6cadc28]Gurnee[/wiki].

      * Historic [wiki=0e5cc20b48b72a1eb22907e6090b87cb]Galena[/wiki], is great for hiking, sightseeing, and antiquing. Drive here in just over 3 hours via Interstate 90 and US Route 20.

      * [wiki=b84101cc04ae61192a110bcde4d4d17f]Peoria[/wiki] is in some ways a miniature Chicago. It is located about about 3 hours southwest of Chicago via Interstates 55 and 74.

      * [wiki=a06e61518895001c35679b226022196b]Springfield[/wiki] is the Illinois state capital and a city closely tied to Abraham Lincoln. This final resting place of the 16th president of the United States is located about 3 1/2 hours south of Downtown Chicago on Interstate 55.

      * Starved Rock State Park, defined by its numerous canyons and waterfalls, sits on over 2600 acres. It is located near the junction of Interstates 39 and 80, about 2 hours southwest of Downtown Chicago.

      * The [wiki=7b18dd1cb21f2a3531496c08409a7703]Quad Cities[/wiki] bridge the Mississippi River forming a unique metropolitan area on the border of [wiki=0daaf4a9abe3920c453a7f1f82a9bb19]Iowa[/wiki] and Illinois. They sit about 3 hours west of Downtown Chicago on Interstates 80 and 88.

    • Indiana

      The [wiki=e1c746f9823308bc543b0fd8d29f6af0]Indiana Dunes[/wiki] are a moderate drive away, and are also accessible via the South Shore commuter rail. If you've enjoyed the beaches in Chicago, you owe the Indiana Dunes a stop - that's where all the sand came from. Taking the Skyway/Interstate 90 to the Indiana Toll Road is the easiest way to visit.

      * [wiki=01d4848202a3c7697ec037b02b4ee4e8]Gary[/wiki] is just over the border on the Skyway, with a skyline that rivals Chicago's for strength of effect - industrial monstrosity, in this case - with casinos, urban ruins, and a few entries by Prairie School architects Frank Lloyd Wright and George Maher. You can drive to Gary on the Indiana Toll Road/Interstates 80/90.

      * [wiki=7f264fbfd800eff20a29e1f7ede264f1]South Bend[/wiki] is about a two hour drive to the east or a simple ride on the South Shore from Millennium Station. It is most famous as the home of the University of Notre Dame but also has a history as the location of former automobile manufacturer Studebaker. Another half an hour drive east to Elkhart County will land you in Northern Indiana Amish country. Both are accessible via the Indiana Toll Road/Interstates 80/90. The South Shore terminates at the South Bend Airport.

      * [wiki=8b9c1179fe8a1c342a1950be99ac9c90]Indianapolis[/wiki] is about a three hour drive southeast of Chicago and is worth a visit if you have time. Just follow Interstate 94 to Interstate 65.

      * Also just over the Skyway (before you reach Gary) is [wiki=a8b686e7704a83ef7f6fc9dd912faca3]East Chicago's[/wiki] bizarre 19th century planned community, Marktown, which looks like a small [wiki=64f607906be7598a02d75dbc1e979662]English[/wiki] village totally incongruous with the gigantic steel mills and the world's largest oil refinery which surround it.

    • Michigan

      Further along the lake from the Indiana Dunes are Michigan's dunes and summer resorts in [wiki=109a8a2039943a1fb596aee6b77aeec2]Harbor Country[/wiki]. Keep your eyes open because notables such as former Mayor Richard M. Daley, University of Chicago President Robert Zimmer, and others summer here. This region, well-known for its wineries and fresh fruit, is about an hour and a half drive from Chicago on Interstate 94.

      * [wiki=479e654fd18f5f41acc7b050702b157c]Saint Joseph & Benton Harbor[/wiki] are two towns about 2 hours northeast of Chicago. St. Joseph sits on a bluff that overlooks Silver Beach State Park and Lake Michigan. The view will knock your socks off - especially at sunset. St. Joseph has numerous shops and various festivals throughout the summer. It is easily accessible via Interstate 94.

      * [wiki=72bb7863865813f614137193f914254d]Grand Rapids[/wiki] is the second-largest metro area in Michigan and is home to a thriving craft beer industry. Annual festivals such as ArtPrize and Laugh Fest draw thousands to the area. Additionally, many great restaurants and activities populate this growing city and Lake Michigan's picturesque beaches are only 30 minutes away. Take Interstate 94 to Interstate 196.

      * [wiki=1206c1cb107044f291a52d53fc9ec748]Detroit[/wiki] has many of Chicago's most hated sports rivals. Although it has fallen on hard times, it has a musical and architectural heritage comparable to the Windy City. It is a little over 4 hours away on, you guessed it, Interstate 94.

    • Wisconsin

      [wiki=a8577f2f664d3e38b010809e88996d8f]Lake Geneva[/wiki], across the [wiki=5aeb407b7ca7f3fe0dc50003b1e0712f]Wisconsin[/wiki] border, is the other big summer getaway. Nearby are the Kettle Moraine state parks, with good mountain biking.

      * [wiki=c4d658dc24c5ccc43d519268ddfaca85]Madison[/wiki] is located about two and half hours from Chicago on I-90 and via Van Galder buses. It is a vibrant city home to the giant University of Wisconsin and is known for its lively downtown, thriving culture, and beautiful scenery.

      * [wiki=effc4bc76d86b41cbeed8e03884dcf87]Milwaukee[/wiki] and its venerable breweries are less than two hours from Chicago on I-94, via Amtrak, and by intercity bus services.

      * [wiki=b68b87586a74bcfe90f1d93eb1eeb107]Spring Green[/wiki] is an easy weekend trip from Chicago, about three and a half hours from town on I-90. It's the home of two unique architectural wonders: Frank Lloyd Wright's magnificent estate Taliesin, and Alex Jordan's mysterious museum The House on the Rock.

      * The [wiki=9bf14ac79e7e6b7b8e0f0ad4dcf40b0f]Wisconsin Dells[/wiki] are another (wet) summer fun destination, just three hours north of the city by car (I-90/94), also accessible by Amtrak train.

      *[wiki=d0984bb4b1da0d1fa298d0c38919665a]Cedarburg[/wiki] is a popular festival town with a charming downtown featured on the National Register of Historic Places. It is located 20 miles north of downtown Milwaukee. Take 1-94 to Milwaukee and continue north on I-43.

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    Chicago's Shedd Aquarium is the city's premier location for aquatic life and family fun! With over 32,000 creatures, ranging from fish to crustaceans and everything in between, Shedd is the perfect place for children to learn and inspire curiosity about oceanic and aquatic life! Various exhibits include Aquatic Shows, Amazon Rising, Caribbean Reef, Jellies, Abbott Oceanarium, Polar Play Zone, Waters Of The World, Wild Reef, and A Holiday Fantasea.

    *provides over 90 tours by boat, bike, trolley, bus and on foot of Chicago's architecture. Tours offered every day except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Multiple walking tours through out the day; one bus or trolley tour daily, Chicago River Cruise from April thru November.
    • Chicago Suburbs

      Forest preserves are prevelant on the far north, northwest, and southwest sides, and into the nearby [wiki=61462cabe8446a2992d46010da6fb0a7]Chicagoland[/wiki] suburbs. They are excellent for biking, jogging, picnics, and various outdoor activities.

      * Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL is an outdoor stadium that hosts several sporting events and concerts including the Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer. It is located on Harlem Avenue south of the Stevenson Expressway/Interstate 55. An express bus runs from the Midway station on the CTA Orange Line on event days.

      * The Brookfield Zoo, which is Chicagoland's other world-class zoo, is loacted in nearby Brookfield, IL. Though not accessible via the CTA, the Hollywood station on METRA's Burlington Northern line is 2 blocks away. It is located on 31st Street close to the Eisenhower Expressway/Interstate 290.

      * [wiki=5621c53bd6d14a0d06bd34ea173f2fbe]Evanston[/wiki] is over the northern border of Chicago. In addition to Northwestern University, the city has a vibrant downtown area, some historical homes scattered about, and a lovely lakefront. Just beyond that is [wiki=60647228d49487766544c8973ba7f856]Wilmette[/wiki], with the fascinating Baha'i Temple. Both suburbs are accessible via the CTA Purple Line.

      * The Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe, IL is a 385 acre garden featuring 25 display gardens, four natural habitats, and 2.5 million plants. Though not accessible by the CTA, the Braeside station along METRA's Union Pacific North line is nearby. It is located on Lake Cook Road near the Edens Expressway/Interstate 94 and US Route 41.

      * In the same category as the Chicago Botanic Garden is the Morton Arboretum in western suburb of Lisle, IL. It hosts over 186,000 catalogued plants, the largest restored Prairie in Chicagoland, 16 miles (26 km) of hiking trails and nine miles (14 km) of roadways for driving/bicycling on 1700 acres. The Lisle station on METRA's Burlington Northern line is about 2 miles away. It is located on IL Route 53 near the Reagan Tollway/Interstate 88.

      * [wiki=4d2cfcec90b26a440583307f0ad9f1b7]Naperville[/wiki] has a wonderful and trendy downtown area. It boasts numerous restaurants, shops, and a riverwalk. It is located on The Reagan Tollway/Instertate 88 or near the Naperville Station on METRA's Burlington Northern line.

      * [wiki=771905445678f7266f10b13eca70864d]Schaumburg[/wiki] is the shopping hub of Chicago's Northwest Suburbs. It's home to one of the top 10 largest malls in the United States, Woodfield Mall, and has a wide range of shopping and entertainment offerings. It is located off of the Jane Adams (I-90, Kennedy from O'Hare Airport to Chicago) about 15 miles northwest of the Chicago O'Hare International Airport.

      * [wiki=c36f4caa22f92ee2d071710292b3d557]Oak Park[/wiki] was the home of architecture legend Frank Lloyd Wright. The village boasts many houses that were designed by him and his home and studio are now a museum. Walking tours to see his designs are a must for anyone who appreciates architecture. The museum and beautiful downtown Oak Park are loacted near the Oak Park CTA Green Line station or not too far from the Eisenhower Expressway/Interstate 290.

      * [wiki=61462cabe8446a2992d46010da6fb0a7#Lake_County]Ravinia[/wiki] is the summer home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The arts and crafts style architecture coupled with a dazzling array of acts make this a classic summer destination for Chicagoans and tourists. Bring food, a blanket, wine, and a citronella candle; buy anything you forgot on-site. The Ravinia Park station on METRA's Union Pacific North line stops at the park gates and a return train waits for late-ending concerts. It is located on Half-Day Road about a mile from the Edens Expressway/Interstate 94 and US Route 41.

    • Elsewhere in Illinois

      Six Flags Great America has the biggest and wildest roller coasters in Illinois. It is located off of Interstate 94 in [wiki=4fd4e32c354eb7e6ebb69d9fc6cadc28]Gurnee[/wiki].

      * Historic [wiki=0e5cc20b48b72a1eb22907e6090b87cb]Galena[/wiki], is great for hiking, sightseeing, and antiquing. Drive here in just over 3 hours via Interstate 90 and US Route 20.

      * [wiki=b84101cc04ae61192a110bcde4d4d17f]Peoria[/wiki] is in some ways a miniature Chicago. It is located about about 3 hours southwest of Chicago via Interstates 55 and 74.

      * [wiki=a06e61518895001c35679b226022196b]Springfield[/wiki] is the Illinois state capital and a city closely tied to Abraham Lincoln. This final resting place of the 16th president of the United States is located about 3 1/2 hours south of Downtown Chicago on Interstate 55.

      * Starved Rock State Park, defined by its numerous canyons and waterfalls, sits on over 2600 acres. It is located near the junction of Interstates 39 and 80, about 2 hours southwest of Downtown Chicago.

      * The [wiki=7b18dd1cb21f2a3531496c08409a7703]Quad Cities[/wiki] bridge the Mississippi River forming a unique metropolitan area on the border of [wiki=0daaf4a9abe3920c453a7f1f82a9bb19]Iowa[/wiki] and Illinois. They sit about 3 hours west of Downtown Chicago on Interstates 80 and 88.

    • Indiana

      The [wiki=e1c746f9823308bc543b0fd8d29f6af0]Indiana Dunes[/wiki] are a moderate drive away, and are also accessible via the South Shore commuter rail. If you've enjoyed the beaches in Chicago, you owe the Indiana Dunes a stop - that's where all the sand came from. Taking the Skyway/Interstate 90 to the Indiana Toll Road is the easiest way to visit.

      * [wiki=01d4848202a3c7697ec037b02b4ee4e8]Gary[/wiki] is just over the border on the Skyway, with a skyline that rivals Chicago's for strength of effect - industrial monstrosity, in this case - with casinos, urban ruins, and a few entries by Prairie School architects Frank Lloyd Wright and George Maher. You can drive to Gary on the Indiana Toll Road/Interstates 80/90.

      * [wiki=7f264fbfd800eff20a29e1f7ede264f1]South Bend[/wiki] is about a two hour drive to the east or a simple ride on the South Shore from Millennium Station. It is most famous as the home of the University of Notre Dame but also has a history as the location of former automobile manufacturer Studebaker. Another half an hour drive east to Elkhart County will land you in Northern Indiana Amish country. Both are accessible via the Indiana Toll Road/Interstates 80/90. The South Shore terminates at the South Bend Airport.

      * [wiki=8b9c1179fe8a1c342a1950be99ac9c90]Indianapolis[/wiki] is about a three hour drive southeast of Chicago and is worth a visit if you have time. Just follow Interstate 94 to Interstate 65.

      * Also just over the Skyway (before you reach Gary) is [wiki=a8b686e7704a83ef7f6fc9dd912faca3]East Chicago's[/wiki] bizarre 19th century planned community, Marktown, which looks like a small [wiki=64f607906be7598a02d75dbc1e979662]English[/wiki] village totally incongruous with the gigantic steel mills and the world's largest oil refinery which surround it.

    • Michigan

      Further along the lake from the Indiana Dunes are Michigan's dunes and summer resorts in [wiki=109a8a2039943a1fb596aee6b77aeec2]Harbor Country[/wiki]. Keep your eyes open because notables such as former Mayor Richard M. Daley, University of Chicago President Robert Zimmer, and others summer here. This region, well-known for its wineries and fresh fruit, is about an hour and a half drive from Chicago on Interstate 94.

      * [wiki=479e654fd18f5f41acc7b050702b157c]Saint Joseph & Benton Harbor[/wiki] are two towns about 2 hours northeast of Chicago. St. Joseph sits on a bluff that overlooks Silver Beach State Park and Lake Michigan. The view will knock your socks off - especially at sunset. St. Joseph has numerous shops and various festivals throughout the summer. It is easily accessible via Interstate 94.

      * [wiki=72bb7863865813f614137193f914254d]Grand Rapids[/wiki] is the second-largest metro area in Michigan and is home to a thriving craft beer industry. Annual festivals such as ArtPrize and Laugh Fest draw thousands to the area. Additionally, many great restaurants and activities populate this growing city and Lake Michigan's picturesque beaches are only 30 minutes away. Take Interstate 94 to Interstate 196.

      * [wiki=1206c1cb107044f291a52d53fc9ec748]Detroit[/wiki] has many of Chicago's most hated sports rivals. Although it has fallen on hard times, it has a musical and architectural heritage comparable to the Windy City. It is a little over 4 hours away on, you guessed it, Interstate 94.

    • Wisconsin

      [wiki=a8577f2f664d3e38b010809e88996d8f]Lake Geneva[/wiki], across the [wiki=5aeb407b7ca7f3fe0dc50003b1e0712f]Wisconsin[/wiki] border, is the other big summer getaway. Nearby are the Kettle Moraine state parks, with good mountain biking.

      * [wiki=c4d658dc24c5ccc43d519268ddfaca85]Madison[/wiki] is located about two and half hours from Chicago on I-90 and via Van Galder buses. It is a vibrant city home to the giant University of Wisconsin and is known for its lively downtown, thriving culture, and beautiful scenery.

      * [wiki=effc4bc76d86b41cbeed8e03884dcf87]Milwaukee[/wiki] and its venerable breweries are less than two hours from Chicago on I-94, via Amtrak, and by intercity bus services.

      * [wiki=b68b87586a74bcfe90f1d93eb1eeb107]Spring Green[/wiki] is an easy weekend trip from Chicago, about three and a half hours from town on I-90. It's the home of two unique architectural wonders: Frank Lloyd Wright's magnificent estate Taliesin, and Alex Jordan's mysterious museum The House on the Rock.

      * The [wiki=9bf14ac79e7e6b7b8e0f0ad4dcf40b0f]Wisconsin Dells[/wiki] are another (wet) summer fun destination, just three hours north of the city by car (I-90/94), also accessible by Amtrak train.

      *[wiki=d0984bb4b1da0d1fa298d0c38919665a]Cedarburg[/wiki] is a popular festival town with a charming downtown featured on the National Register of Historic Places. It is located 20 miles north of downtown Milwaukee. Take 1-94 to Milwaukee and continue north on I-43.

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    The University of Chicago's Gothic campus is in [wiki=c7d32f2e653a204407804c77adbd5d49]Hyde Park[/wiki], which is, famously, "home to more Nobel Prizes per square mile than any other neighborhood on Earth."
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    Chicago still loves Carl Sandburg and his poems, but the city shucked off the hog butcher's apron a long time ago. In terms of industry, there's little that distinguishes Chicago from any other major city in America, save for size. The [url=http://cbot.com/]Chicago Board of Trade[/url] and [url=http://cme.com/]Chicago Mercantile Exchange[/url] are among the biggest employers, with stables of traders and stock wizards. [url=http://boeing.com/]Boeing[/url] moved its headquarters to Chicago amid much fanfare a few years ago; [url=http://united.com/]United Airlines[/url], [url=http://abbott.com]Abbott Laboratories[/url], and [url=http://abbvie.com]AbbVie[/url] are other international companies with headquarters in town. The Big Five consulting firms all have one or more offices in the [wiki=90d4e4d1f2b1dbbac358dd5c6e8a9830]Loop[/wiki]. And there's always construction work in the city; the city has a strong union presence.

    For younger workers, the museums in the downtown area are always looking for high-enthusiasm guides, and the retail outlets on the [wiki=8bd89ec3422669d78e6956635337b918]Magnificent Mile[/wiki] and State Street are also good options. And with so many colleges and universities in the city, study abroad opportunities abound.
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    Whatever you need, you can buy it in Chicago, on a budget or in luxury. The most famous shopping street in Chicago is a stretch of Michigan Avenue known as The Magnificent Mile, in the [wiki=8bd89ec3422669d78e6956635337b918]Near North[/wiki] area. It includes many designer boutiques, and several multi-story malls anchored by large department stores like 900 N Michigan and Water Tower Place. Additional brands are available from off-strip shops to the south and west of Michigan.

    State Street used to be a great street for department stores in the [wiki=90d4e4d1f2b1dbbac358dd5c6e8a9830]Loop[/wiki], but it's now a shadow of its former self, with Carson Pirie Scott's landmark Louis Sullivan-designed building now a Target store, and invading forces from [wiki=d97e023dce2bb237a0d44f46d8ee9438]New York[/wiki] holding the former Marshall Field's building hostage under the name Macy's (Most locals still insist that it is "Marshall Field's"). Even Filene's Basement, the famous discount location, is now closed, though a few other discount shops persist.

    For a classic Chicago souvenir, pick up a box of Frango Mints, much-loved mint chocolates that were originally offered by Marshall Field's and are still available at Macy's stores. Although no longer made in the thirteenth-floor kitchen of the State Street store, the original recipe appears to still be in use, which pleases the loyal crowds fond of the flavor - and too bad for anyone looking to avoid trans-fats.

    However, for a more unique shopping experience, check out the fun, eclectic stores in [wiki=8e04ad5cd9206099c6e4b089593e3c5e]Lincoln Square[/wiki], or the cutting-edge shops in [wiki=976bbf77469ab4bfc0c203bea4309e4e]Bucktown[/wiki] and [wiki=bba4b5a3b4a589bfe0cd187433644dc3]Wicker Park[/wiki], which is also the place to go for music fiends - although there are also key vinyl drops in other parts of the city as well. Southport in [wiki=d3cd612a24939ccf3c8af5a9a883c070]Lakeview[/wiki] and Armitage in [wiki=53a2761119e43637c2f339a152d8ddee]Lincoln Park[/wiki] also have browser-friendly fashion boutiques.

    For art or designer home goods, River North is the place to go. Centered between the Merchandise Mart and the Chicago Avenue Brown Line "L" stop in the [wiki=8bd89ec3422669d78e6956635337b918]Near North[/wiki], River North's gallery district boasts the largest arts and design district in North America outside of Manhattan. The entire area is walkable and makes for fun window-shopping.

    Goods from around the world are available at the import stores in Chicago's many ethnic neighborhoods; check [wiki=9cfa1e69f507d007a516eb3e9f5074e2#Ethnic_neighborhoods]See[/wiki] for descriptions and district articles for directions.

    If you are the type that loves to browse through independent bookstores, [wiki=c7d32f2e653a204407804c77adbd5d49#Buy]Hyde Park[/wiki] has a stunning assortment of dusty used bookstores selling beat-up-paperbacks to rare 17th century originals, and the world's largest academic bookstore. Printer's Row in the [wiki=699992dc4e35e9c20edc2fdba8256722]Near South[/wiki] is also a great stop for book lovers.
    • Chicago Suburbs

      Forest preserves are prevelant on the far north, northwest, and southwest sides, and into the nearby [wiki=61462cabe8446a2992d46010da6fb0a7]Chicagoland[/wiki] suburbs. They are excellent for biking, jogging, picnics, and various outdoor activities.

      * Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL is an outdoor stadium that hosts several sporting events and concerts including the Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer. It is located on Harlem Avenue south of the Stevenson Expressway/Interstate 55. An express bus runs from the Midway station on the CTA Orange Line on event days.

      * The Brookfield Zoo, which is Chicagoland's other world-class zoo, is loacted in nearby Brookfield, IL. Though not accessible via the CTA, the Hollywood station on METRA's Burlington Northern line is 2 blocks away. It is located on 31st Street close to the Eisenhower Expressway/Interstate 290.

      * [wiki=5621c53bd6d14a0d06bd34ea173f2fbe]Evanston[/wiki] is over the northern border of Chicago. In addition to Northwestern University, the city has a vibrant downtown area, some historical homes scattered about, and a lovely lakefront. Just beyond that is [wiki=60647228d49487766544c8973ba7f856]Wilmette[/wiki], with the fascinating Baha'i Temple. Both suburbs are accessible via the CTA Purple Line.

      * The Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe, IL is a 385 acre garden featuring 25 display gardens, four natural habitats, and 2.5 million plants. Though not accessible by the CTA, the Braeside station along METRA's Union Pacific North line is nearby. It is located on Lake Cook Road near the Edens Expressway/Interstate 94 and US Route 41.

      * In the same category as the Chicago Botanic Garden is the Morton Arboretum in western suburb of Lisle, IL. It hosts over 186,000 catalogued plants, the largest restored Prairie in Chicagoland, 16 miles (26 km) of hiking trails and nine miles (14 km) of roadways for driving/bicycling on 1700 acres. The Lisle station on METRA's Burlington Northern line is about 2 miles away. It is located on IL Route 53 near the Reagan Tollway/Interstate 88.

      * [wiki=4d2cfcec90b26a440583307f0ad9f1b7]Naperville[/wiki] has a wonderful and trendy downtown area. It boasts numerous restaurants, shops, and a riverwalk. It is located on The Reagan Tollway/Instertate 88 or near the Naperville Station on METRA's Burlington Northern line.

      * [wiki=771905445678f7266f10b13eca70864d]Schaumburg[/wiki] is the shopping hub of Chicago's Northwest Suburbs. It's home to one of the top 10 largest malls in the United States, Woodfield Mall, and has a wide range of shopping and entertainment offerings. It is located off of the Jane Adams (I-90, Kennedy from O'Hare Airport to Chicago) about 15 miles northwest of the Chicago O'Hare International Airport.

      * [wiki=c36f4caa22f92ee2d071710292b3d557]Oak Park[/wiki] was the home of architecture legend Frank Lloyd Wright. The village boasts many houses that were designed by him and his home and studio are now a museum. Walking tours to see his designs are a must for anyone who appreciates architecture. The museum and beautiful downtown Oak Park are loacted near the Oak Park CTA Green Line station or not too far from the Eisenhower Expressway/Interstate 290.

      * [wiki=61462cabe8446a2992d46010da6fb0a7#Lake_County]Ravinia[/wiki] is the summer home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The arts and crafts style architecture coupled with a dazzling array of acts make this a classic summer destination for Chicagoans and tourists. Bring food, a blanket, wine, and a citronella candle; buy anything you forgot on-site. The Ravinia Park station on METRA's Union Pacific North line stops at the park gates and a return train waits for late-ending concerts. It is located on Half-Day Road about a mile from the Edens Expressway/Interstate 94 and US Route 41.

    • Elsewhere in Illinois

      Six Flags Great America has the biggest and wildest roller coasters in Illinois. It is located off of Interstate 94 in [wiki=4fd4e32c354eb7e6ebb69d9fc6cadc28]Gurnee[/wiki].

      * Historic [wiki=0e5cc20b48b72a1eb22907e6090b87cb]Galena[/wiki], is great for hiking, sightseeing, and antiquing. Drive here in just over 3 hours via Interstate 90 and US Route 20.

      * [wiki=b84101cc04ae61192a110bcde4d4d17f]Peoria[/wiki] is in some ways a miniature Chicago. It is located about about 3 hours southwest of Chicago via Interstates 55 and 74.

      * [wiki=a06e61518895001c35679b226022196b]Springfield[/wiki] is the Illinois state capital and a city closely tied to Abraham Lincoln. This final resting place of the 16th president of the United States is located about 3 1/2 hours south of Downtown Chicago on Interstate 55.

      * Starved Rock State Park, defined by its numerous canyons and waterfalls, sits on over 2600 acres. It is located near the junction of Interstates 39 and 80, about 2 hours southwest of Downtown Chicago.

      * The [wiki=7b18dd1cb21f2a3531496c08409a7703]Quad Cities[/wiki] bridge the Mississippi River forming a unique metropolitan area on the border of [wiki=0daaf4a9abe3920c453a7f1f82a9bb19]Iowa[/wiki] and Illinois. They sit about 3 hours west of Downtown Chicago on Interstates 80 and 88.

    • Indiana

      The [wiki=e1c746f9823308bc543b0fd8d29f6af0]Indiana Dunes[/wiki] are a moderate drive away, and are also accessible via the South Shore commuter rail. If you've enjoyed the beaches in Chicago, you owe the Indiana Dunes a stop - that's where all the sand came from. Taking the Skyway/Interstate 90 to the Indiana Toll Road is the easiest way to visit.

      * [wiki=01d4848202a3c7697ec037b02b4ee4e8]Gary[/wiki] is just over the border on the Skyway, with a skyline that rivals Chicago's for strength of effect - industrial monstrosity, in this case - with casinos, urban ruins, and a few entries by Prairie School architects Frank Lloyd Wright and George Maher. You can drive to Gary on the Indiana Toll Road/Interstates 80/90.

      * [wiki=7f264fbfd800eff20a29e1f7ede264f1]South Bend[/wiki] is about a two hour drive to the east or a simple ride on the South Shore from Millennium Station. It is most famous as the home of the University of Notre Dame but also has a history as the location of former automobile manufacturer Studebaker. Another half an hour drive east to Elkhart County will land you in Northern Indiana Amish country. Both are accessible via the Indiana Toll Road/Interstates 80/90. The South Shore terminates at the South Bend Airport.

      * [wiki=8b9c1179fe8a1c342a1950be99ac9c90]Indianapolis[/wiki] is about a three hour drive southeast of Chicago and is worth a visit if you have time. Just follow Interstate 94 to Interstate 65.

      * Also just over the Skyway (before you reach Gary) is [wiki=a8b686e7704a83ef7f6fc9dd912faca3]East Chicago's[/wiki] bizarre 19th century planned community, Marktown, which looks like a small [wiki=64f607906be7598a02d75dbc1e979662]English[/wiki] village totally incongruous with the gigantic steel mills and the world's largest oil refinery which surround it.

    • Michigan

      Further along the lake from the Indiana Dunes are Michigan's dunes and summer resorts in [wiki=109a8a2039943a1fb596aee6b77aeec2]Harbor Country[/wiki]. Keep your eyes open because notables such as former Mayor Richard M. Daley, University of Chicago President Robert Zimmer, and others summer here. This region, well-known for its wineries and fresh fruit, is about an hour and a half drive from Chicago on Interstate 94.

      * [wiki=479e654fd18f5f41acc7b050702b157c]Saint Joseph & Benton Harbor[/wiki] are two towns about 2 hours northeast of Chicago. St. Joseph sits on a bluff that overlooks Silver Beach State Park and Lake Michigan. The view will knock your socks off - especially at sunset. St. Joseph has numerous shops and various festivals throughout the summer. It is easily accessible via Interstate 94.

      * [wiki=72bb7863865813f614137193f914254d]Grand Rapids[/wiki] is the second-largest metro area in Michigan and is home to a thriving craft beer industry. Annual festivals such as ArtPrize and Laugh Fest draw thousands to the area. Additionally, many great restaurants and activities populate this growing city and Lake Michigan's picturesque beaches are only 30 minutes away. Take Interstate 94 to Interstate 196.

      * [wiki=1206c1cb107044f291a52d53fc9ec748]Detroit[/wiki] has many of Chicago's most hated sports rivals. Although it has fallen on hard times, it has a musical and architectural heritage comparable to the Windy City. It is a little over 4 hours away on, you guessed it, Interstate 94.

    • Wisconsin

      [wiki=a8577f2f664d3e38b010809e88996d8f]Lake Geneva[/wiki], across the [wiki=5aeb407b7ca7f3fe0dc50003b1e0712f]Wisconsin[/wiki] border, is the other big summer getaway. Nearby are the Kettle Moraine state parks, with good mountain biking.

      * [wiki=c4d658dc24c5ccc43d519268ddfaca85]Madison[/wiki] is located about two and half hours from Chicago on I-90 and via Van Galder buses. It is a vibrant city home to the giant University of Wisconsin and is known for its lively downtown, thriving culture, and beautiful scenery.

      * [wiki=effc4bc76d86b41cbeed8e03884dcf87]Milwaukee[/wiki] and its venerable breweries are less than two hours from Chicago on I-94, via Amtrak, and by intercity bus services.

      * [wiki=b68b87586a74bcfe90f1d93eb1eeb107]Spring Green[/wiki] is an easy weekend trip from Chicago, about three and a half hours from town on I-90. It's the home of two unique architectural wonders: Frank Lloyd Wright's magnificent estate Taliesin, and Alex Jordan's mysterious museum The House on the Rock.

      * The [wiki=9bf14ac79e7e6b7b8e0f0ad4dcf40b0f]Wisconsin Dells[/wiki] are another (wet) summer fun destination, just three hours north of the city by car (I-90/94), also accessible by Amtrak train.

      *[wiki=d0984bb4b1da0d1fa298d0c38919665a]Cedarburg[/wiki] is a popular festival town with a charming downtown featured on the National Register of Historic Places. It is located 20 miles north of downtown Milwaukee. Take 1-94 to Milwaukee and continue north on I-43.

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    Chicago is one of the great restaurant towns in America. If you're looking for a specific kind of cuisine, check out the [wiki=9cfa1e69f507d007a516eb3e9f5074e2#Ethnic_neighborhoods]neighborhoods[/wiki]. [wiki=9ac8e973bc77a50732f350f333e41db6]Greektown[/wiki], the [wiki=a213b1fa13fbd95396a217c96332c7b0]Devon Ave[/wiki] Indian corridor, [wiki=0ccaff4596ae35b583ee3bfd068afde2]Chinatown[/wiki], and [wiki=c3790de61170b7ad11b10c501d6faae4]Chatham[/wiki]'s soul food and barbecue are just the tip of the iceberg. Other areas are more eclectic: [wiki=8e04ad5cd9206099c6e4b089593e3c5e]Lincoln Square[/wiki] and Albany Park have unrivaled Middle Eastern, German, and Korean food, while [wiki=fbd94bc4d1c38d18748116fd3a704e35]Uptown[/wiki] offers nearly the whole [wiki=ef005ab2b7187e0e4953a0abfdacad42]Southeast Asia[/wiki]n continent with Ghanaian, Nigerian, contemporary American, stylish Japanese, and down-home Swedish a few blocks away.

    If you're interested in celebrity chefs and unique creations, [wiki=53a2761119e43637c2f339a152d8ddee]Lincoln Park[/wiki] and [wiki=bba4b5a3b4a589bfe0cd187433644dc3]Wicker Park[/wiki] have plenty of award-winners. [wiki=8bd89ec3422669d78e6956635337b918]River North[/wiki] has several good upscale restaurants, but don't waste your time on tourist traps like Rainforest Cafe, Cheesecake Factory, or the Hard Rock Cafe. In fact, you should never submit to standing in line - there are always equally good restaurants nearby. No matter what you enjoy, you'll have a chance to eat well in Chicago, and you won't need to spend a lot of money doing it - unless you want to, of course.

    But while Chicago has a world class dining scene downtown, it is the low-end where it truly distinguishes itself. No other city on earth takes fast food so seriously; for those who don't concern themselves with calorie counting, Chicago is cheap, greasy heaven. Head northwest and you'll find sausage shops and old-style Polish restaurants that carry on as if health food and celebrity chefs never happened in Jackowo - [wiki=ba10923fce54ccba75c2bb0fc9120d08]Chicago's Polish Village[/wiki], as well as at [wiki=ba10923fce54ccba75c2bb0fc9120d08]Belmont-Central[/wiki] - an Eastern European culinary heaven. The suburb of Des Plaines on the northwest side of the city near O'Hare is where you can find the world's first McDonalds, or as locals like to say: The Birth of American Obesity. Quite a few other local "culinary specialties" in particular deserve further description.
    • Chicago Suburbs

      Forest preserves are prevelant on the far north, northwest, and southwest sides, and into the nearby [wiki=61462cabe8446a2992d46010da6fb0a7]Chicagoland[/wiki] suburbs. They are excellent for biking, jogging, picnics, and various outdoor activities.

      * Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL is an outdoor stadium that hosts several sporting events and concerts including the Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer. It is located on Harlem Avenue south of the Stevenson Expressway/Interstate 55. An express bus runs from the Midway station on the CTA Orange Line on event days.

      * The Brookfield Zoo, which is Chicagoland's other world-class zoo, is loacted in nearby Brookfield, IL. Though not accessible via the CTA, the Hollywood station on METRA's Burlington Northern line is 2 blocks away. It is located on 31st Street close to the Eisenhower Expressway/Interstate 290.

      * [wiki=5621c53bd6d14a0d06bd34ea173f2fbe]Evanston[/wiki] is over the northern border of Chicago. In addition to Northwestern University, the city has a vibrant downtown area, some historical homes scattered about, and a lovely lakefront. Just beyond that is [wiki=60647228d49487766544c8973ba7f856]Wilmette[/wiki], with the fascinating Baha'i Temple. Both suburbs are accessible via the CTA Purple Line.

      * The Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe, IL is a 385 acre garden featuring 25 display gardens, four natural habitats, and 2.5 million plants. Though not accessible by the CTA, the Braeside station along METRA's Union Pacific North line is nearby. It is located on Lake Cook Road near the Edens Expressway/Interstate 94 and US Route 41.

      * In the same category as the Chicago Botanic Garden is the Morton Arboretum in western suburb of Lisle, IL. It hosts over 186,000 catalogued plants, the largest restored Prairie in Chicagoland, 16 miles (26 km) of hiking trails and nine miles (14 km) of roadways for driving/bicycling on 1700 acres. The Lisle station on METRA's Burlington Northern line is about 2 miles away. It is located on IL Route 53 near the Reagan Tollway/Interstate 88.

      * [wiki=4d2cfcec90b26a440583307f0ad9f1b7]Naperville[/wiki] has a wonderful and trendy downtown area. It boasts numerous restaurants, shops, and a riverwalk. It is located on The Reagan Tollway/Instertate 88 or near the Naperville Station on METRA's Burlington Northern line.

      * [wiki=771905445678f7266f10b13eca70864d]Schaumburg[/wiki] is the shopping hub of Chicago's Northwest Suburbs. It's home to one of the top 10 largest malls in the United States, Woodfield Mall, and has a wide range of shopping and entertainment offerings. It is located off of the Jane Adams (I-90, Kennedy from O'Hare Airport to Chicago) about 15 miles northwest of the Chicago O'Hare International Airport.

      * [wiki=c36f4caa22f92ee2d071710292b3d557]Oak Park[/wiki] was the home of architecture legend Frank Lloyd Wright. The village boasts many houses that were designed by him and his home and studio are now a museum. Walking tours to see his designs are a must for anyone who appreciates architecture. The museum and beautiful downtown Oak Park are loacted near the Oak Park CTA Green Line station or not too far from the Eisenhower Expressway/Interstate 290.

      * [wiki=61462cabe8446a2992d46010da6fb0a7#Lake_County]Ravinia[/wiki] is the summer home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The arts and crafts style architecture coupled with a dazzling array of acts make this a classic summer destination for Chicagoans and tourists. Bring food, a blanket, wine, and a citronella candle; buy anything you forgot on-site. The Ravinia Park station on METRA's Union Pacific North line stops at the park gates and a return train waits for late-ending concerts. It is located on Half-Day Road about a mile from the Edens Expressway/Interstate 94 and US Route 41.

    • Elsewhere in Illinois

      Six Flags Great America has the biggest and wildest roller coasters in Illinois. It is located off of Interstate 94 in [wiki=4fd4e32c354eb7e6ebb69d9fc6cadc28]Gurnee[/wiki].

      * Historic [wiki=0e5cc20b48b72a1eb22907e6090b87cb]Galena[/wiki], is great for hiking, sightseeing, and antiquing. Drive here in just over 3 hours via Interstate 90 and US Route 20.

      * [wiki=b84101cc04ae61192a110bcde4d4d17f]Peoria[/wiki] is in some ways a miniature Chicago. It is located about about 3 hours southwest of Chicago via Interstates 55 and 74.

      * [wiki=a06e61518895001c35679b226022196b]Springfield[/wiki] is the Illinois state capital and a city closely tied to Abraham Lincoln. This final resting place of the 16th president of the United States is located about 3 1/2 hours south of Downtown Chicago on Interstate 55.

      * Starved Rock State Park, defined by its numerous canyons and waterfalls, sits on over 2600 acres. It is located near the junction of Interstates 39 and 80, about 2 hours southwest of Downtown Chicago.

      * The [wiki=7b18dd1cb21f2a3531496c08409a7703]Quad Cities[/wiki] bridge the Mississippi River forming a unique metropolitan area on the border of [wiki=0daaf4a9abe3920c453a7f1f82a9bb19]Iowa[/wiki] and Illinois. They sit about 3 hours west of Downtown Chicago on Interstates 80 and 88.

    • Indiana

      The [wiki=e1c746f9823308bc543b0fd8d29f6af0]Indiana Dunes[/wiki] are a moderate drive away, and are also accessible via the South Shore commuter rail. If you've enjoyed the beaches in Chicago, you owe the Indiana Dunes a stop - that's where all the sand came from. Taking the Skyway/Interstate 90 to the Indiana Toll Road is the easiest way to visit.

      * [wiki=01d4848202a3c7697ec037b02b4ee4e8]Gary[/wiki] is just over the border on the Skyway, with a skyline that rivals Chicago's for strength of effect - industrial monstrosity, in this case - with casinos, urban ruins, and a few entries by Prairie School architects Frank Lloyd Wright and George Maher. You can drive to Gary on the Indiana Toll Road/Interstates 80/90.

      * [wiki=7f264fbfd800eff20a29e1f7ede264f1]South Bend[/wiki] is about a two hour drive to the east or a simple ride on the South Shore from Millennium Station. It is most famous as the home of the University of Notre Dame but also has a history as the location of former automobile manufacturer Studebaker. Another half an hour drive east to Elkhart County will land you in Northern Indiana Amish country. Both are accessible via the Indiana Toll Road/Interstates 80/90. The South Shore terminates at the South Bend Airport.

      * [wiki=8b9c1179fe8a1c342a1950be99ac9c90]Indianapolis[/wiki] is about a three hour drive southeast of Chicago and is worth a visit if you have time. Just follow Interstate 94 to Interstate 65.

      * Also just over the Skyway (before you reach Gary) is [wiki=a8b686e7704a83ef7f6fc9dd912faca3]East Chicago's[/wiki] bizarre 19th century planned community, Marktown, which looks like a small [wiki=64f607906be7598a02d75dbc1e979662]English[/wiki] village totally incongruous with the gigantic steel mills and the world's largest oil refinery which surround it.

    • Michigan

      Further along the lake from the Indiana Dunes are Michigan's dunes and summer resorts in [wiki=109a8a2039943a1fb596aee6b77aeec2]Harbor Country[/wiki]. Keep your eyes open because notables such as former Mayor Richard M. Daley, University of Chicago President Robert Zimmer, and others summer here. This region, well-known for its wineries and fresh fruit, is about an hour and a half drive from Chicago on Interstate 94.

      * [wiki=479e654fd18f5f41acc7b050702b157c]Saint Joseph & Benton Harbor[/wiki] are two towns about 2 hours northeast of Chicago. St. Joseph sits on a bluff that overlooks Silver Beach State Park and Lake Michigan. The view will knock your socks off - especially at sunset. St. Joseph has numerous shops and various festivals throughout the summer. It is easily accessible via Interstate 94.

      * [wiki=72bb7863865813f614137193f914254d]Grand Rapids[/wiki] is the second-largest metro area in Michigan and is home to a thriving craft beer industry. Annual festivals such as ArtPrize and Laugh Fest draw thousands to the area. Additionally, many great restaurants and activities populate this growing city and Lake Michigan's picturesque beaches are only 30 minutes away. Take Interstate 94 to Interstate 196.

      * [wiki=1206c1cb107044f291a52d53fc9ec748]Detroit[/wiki] has many of Chicago's most hated sports rivals. Although it has fallen on hard times, it has a musical and architectural heritage comparable to the Windy City. It is a little over 4 hours away on, you guessed it, Interstate 94.

    • Wisconsin

      [wiki=a8577f2f664d3e38b010809e88996d8f]Lake Geneva[/wiki], across the [wiki=5aeb407b7ca7f3fe0dc50003b1e0712f]Wisconsin[/wiki] border, is the other big summer getaway. Nearby are the Kettle Moraine state parks, with good mountain biking.

      * [wiki=c4d658dc24c5ccc43d519268ddfaca85]Madison[/wiki] is located about two and half hours from Chicago on I-90 and via Van Galder buses. It is a vibrant city home to the giant University of Wisconsin and is known for its lively downtown, thriving culture, and beautiful scenery.

      * [wiki=effc4bc76d86b41cbeed8e03884dcf87]Milwaukee[/wiki] and its venerable breweries are less than two hours from Chicago on I-94, via Amtrak, and by intercity bus services.

      * [wiki=b68b87586a74bcfe90f1d93eb1eeb107]Spring Green[/wiki] is an easy weekend trip from Chicago, about three and a half hours from town on I-90. It's the home of two unique architectural wonders: Frank Lloyd Wright's magnificent estate Taliesin, and Alex Jordan's mysterious museum The House on the Rock.

      * The [wiki=9bf14ac79e7e6b7b8e0f0ad4dcf40b0f]Wisconsin Dells[/wiki] are another (wet) summer fun destination, just three hours north of the city by car (I-90/94), also accessible by Amtrak train.

      *[wiki=d0984bb4b1da0d1fa298d0c38919665a]Cedarburg[/wiki] is a popular festival town with a charming downtown featured on the National Register of Historic Places. It is located 20 miles north of downtown Milwaukee. Take 1-94 to Milwaukee and continue north on I-43.

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  • filter_dramaDrink
    Chicago is a drinking town, and you can find bars and pubs in every part of the city. It is believed that Chicago has the second highest bars-per-capita in the U.S. (after [wiki=f4334fdfa1c728eae375fe781e2e2d9d]San Francisco[/wiki]). Chicagoans have their choice of the hottest clubs or the best dive bars in town. Most areas that thrive on the bar culture do so for the variety, and bar hopping is quite common. Grab a drink or two, have a good time, and then try another place. It is all about variety. Be prepared to be asked for identification to verify your age, even at neighborhood dive bars. Smoking is banned in Chicago bars (and restaurants).

    The best places to drink for drinking's sake are [wiki=bba4b5a3b4a589bfe0cd187433644dc3]Wicker Park[/wiki] and neighboring [wiki=976bbf77469ab4bfc0c203bea4309e4e]Logan Square and Bucktown[/wiki], which have a world-class stock of quality local breweries and dive bars, which can be reached by the CTA Blue Line. These two areas are where the majority of Chicago's hipsters live, with the effect that most of the bars are considered Hipster Bars. [wiki=d3cd612a24939ccf3c8af5a9a883c070]North Center[/wiki] and Roscoe Village are also great destination for the art of the beer garden. Just to the west of the Addison CTA Red Line stop and near Wrigley Field in [wiki=d3cd612a24939ccf3c8af5a9a883c070]Lakeview[/wiki] is the Wrigleyville district with bars that are popular with twenty-somethings. These bars are crowded on weekends and whenever the Cubs are playing. One block to the East of the Addison stop on Halsted Street, is the center of Chicago's gay community, known as Boystown. Boystown centers around Halsted street and stretches from Belmont Avenue to the south to Irving Park Road on the North. Clark Street runs at an angle through the area. This district is filled with many trendy shops, bars, clubs, and restaurants. Housing is at a premium rate in this area. Boystown is busy most nights of the week and very busy on weekends. Just to the south, the [wiki=53a2761119e43637c2f339a152d8ddee]Lincoln Park[/wiki] neighborhood has bars and beer gardens, and some trendy clubs for the neighborhood's notorious high-spending Trixies. This is another very expensive neighborhood.

    Tourists and locals also converge upon the nightclubs of [wiki=8bd89ec3422669d78e6956635337b918]Rush and Division St[/wiki]. This area remains very popular although other areas of the city are becoming increasing popular as nightlife destinations as well. For the last few years the [wiki=9ac8e973bc77a50732f350f333e41db6]West Loop's[/wiki] warehouse bars were the place to be, but more recently the River North neighborhood has become popular. Still, the Rush/Division bars do huge business. Streeterville, immediately adjacent, exchanges the dance floors for high-priced hotel bars and piano lounges.

    Although good dance music can be found in Wicker Park and the surrounding area, the best places to dance in the city are the expensive see and be seen clubs in River North and the open-to-all (except perhaps bachelorette parties) clubs in gay-friendly [wiki=d3cd612a24939ccf3c8af5a9a883c070]Boystown[/wiki], which are a lot of fun for people of any sexual orientation. Halsted St in Boystown has many LGBT bars and nightclubs, for every age and type of music. Take the Redline train and get off at Belmont station.
    • Chicago Suburbs

      Forest preserves are prevelant on the far north, northwest, and southwest sides, and into the nearby [wiki=61462cabe8446a2992d46010da6fb0a7]Chicagoland[/wiki] suburbs. They are excellent for biking, jogging, picnics, and various outdoor activities.

      * Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL is an outdoor stadium that hosts several sporting events and concerts including the Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer. It is located on Harlem Avenue south of the Stevenson Expressway/Interstate 55. An express bus runs from the Midway station on the CTA Orange Line on event days.

      * The Brookfield Zoo, which is Chicagoland's other world-class zoo, is loacted in nearby Brookfield, IL. Though not accessible via the CTA, the Hollywood station on METRA's Burlington Northern line is 2 blocks away. It is located on 31st Street close to the Eisenhower Expressway/Interstate 290.

      * [wiki=5621c53bd6d14a0d06bd34ea173f2fbe]Evanston[/wiki] is over the northern border of Chicago. In addition to Northwestern University, the city has a vibrant downtown area, some historical homes scattered about, and a lovely lakefront. Just beyond that is [wiki=60647228d49487766544c8973ba7f856]Wilmette[/wiki], with the fascinating Baha'i Temple. Both suburbs are accessible via the CTA Purple Line.

      * The Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe, IL is a 385 acre garden featuring 25 display gardens, four natural habitats, and 2.5 million plants. Though not accessible by the CTA, the Braeside station along METRA's Union Pacific North line is nearby. It is located on Lake Cook Road near the Edens Expressway/Interstate 94 and US Route 41.

      * In the same category as the Chicago Botanic Garden is the Morton Arboretum in western suburb of Lisle, IL. It hosts over 186,000 catalogued plants, the largest restored Prairie in Chicagoland, 16 miles (26 km) of hiking trails and nine miles (14 km) of roadways for driving/bicycling on 1700 acres. The Lisle station on METRA's Burlington Northern line is about 2 miles away. It is located on IL Route 53 near the Reagan Tollway/Interstate 88.

      * [wiki=4d2cfcec90b26a440583307f0ad9f1b7]Naperville[/wiki] has a wonderful and trendy downtown area. It boasts numerous restaurants, shops, and a riverwalk. It is located on The Reagan Tollway/Instertate 88 or near the Naperville Station on METRA's Burlington Northern line.

      * [wiki=771905445678f7266f10b13eca70864d]Schaumburg[/wiki] is the shopping hub of Chicago's Northwest Suburbs. It's home to one of the top 10 largest malls in the United States, Woodfield Mall, and has a wide range of shopping and entertainment offerings. It is located off of the Jane Adams (I-90, Kennedy from O'Hare Airport to Chicago) about 15 miles northwest of the Chicago O'Hare International Airport.

      * [wiki=c36f4caa22f92ee2d071710292b3d557]Oak Park[/wiki] was the home of architecture legend Frank Lloyd Wright. The village boasts many houses that were designed by him and his home and studio are now a museum. Walking tours to see his designs are a must for anyone who appreciates architecture. The museum and beautiful downtown Oak Park are loacted near the Oak Park CTA Green Line station or not too far from the Eisenhower Expressway/Interstate 290.

      * [wiki=61462cabe8446a2992d46010da6fb0a7#Lake_County]Ravinia[/wiki] is the summer home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The arts and crafts style architecture coupled with a dazzling array of acts make this a classic summer destination for Chicagoans and tourists. Bring food, a blanket, wine, and a citronella candle; buy anything you forgot on-site. The Ravinia Park station on METRA's Union Pacific North line stops at the park gates and a return train waits for late-ending concerts. It is located on Half-Day Road about a mile from the Edens Expressway/Interstate 94 and US Route 41.

    • Elsewhere in Illinois

      Six Flags Great America has the biggest and wildest roller coasters in Illinois. It is located off of Interstate 94 in [wiki=4fd4e32c354eb7e6ebb69d9fc6cadc28]Gurnee[/wiki].

      * Historic [wiki=0e5cc20b48b72a1eb22907e6090b87cb]Galena[/wiki], is great for hiking, sightseeing, and antiquing. Drive here in just over 3 hours via Interstate 90 and US Route 20.

      * [wiki=b84101cc04ae61192a110bcde4d4d17f]Peoria[/wiki] is in some ways a miniature Chicago. It is located about about 3 hours southwest of Chicago via Interstates 55 and 74.

      * [wiki=a06e61518895001c35679b226022196b]Springfield[/wiki] is the Illinois state capital and a city closely tied to Abraham Lincoln. This final resting place of the 16th president of the United States is located about 3 1/2 hours south of Downtown Chicago on Interstate 55.

      * Starved Rock State Park, defined by its numerous canyons and waterfalls, sits on over 2600 acres. It is located near the junction of Interstates 39 and 80, about 2 hours southwest of Downtown Chicago.

      * The [wiki=7b18dd1cb21f2a3531496c08409a7703]Quad Cities[/wiki] bridge the Mississippi River forming a unique metropolitan area on the border of [wiki=0daaf4a9abe3920c453a7f1f82a9bb19]Iowa[/wiki] and Illinois. They sit about 3 hours west of Downtown Chicago on Interstates 80 and 88.

    • Indiana

      The [wiki=e1c746f9823308bc543b0fd8d29f6af0]Indiana Dunes[/wiki] are a moderate drive away, and are also accessible via the South Shore commuter rail. If you've enjoyed the beaches in Chicago, you owe the Indiana Dunes a stop - that's where all the sand came from. Taking the Skyway/Interstate 90 to the Indiana Toll Road is the easiest way to visit.

      * [wiki=01d4848202a3c7697ec037b02b4ee4e8]Gary[/wiki] is just over the border on the Skyway, with a skyline that rivals Chicago's for strength of effect - industrial monstrosity, in this case - with casinos, urban ruins, and a few entries by Prairie School architects Frank Lloyd Wright and George Maher. You can drive to Gary on the Indiana Toll Road/Interstates 80/90.

      * [wiki=7f264fbfd800eff20a29e1f7ede264f1]South Bend[/wiki] is about a two hour drive to the east or a simple ride on the South Shore from Millennium Station. It is most famous as the home of the University of Notre Dame but also has a history as the location of former automobile manufacturer Studebaker. Another half an hour drive east to Elkhart County will land you in Northern Indiana Amish country. Both are accessible via the Indiana Toll Road/Interstates 80/90. The South Shore terminates at the South Bend Airport.

      * [wiki=8b9c1179fe8a1c342a1950be99ac9c90]Indianapolis[/wiki] is about a three hour drive southeast of Chicago and is worth a visit if you have time. Just follow Interstate 94 to Interstate 65.

      * Also just over the Skyway (before you reach Gary) is [wiki=a8b686e7704a83ef7f6fc9dd912faca3]East Chicago's[/wiki] bizarre 19th century planned community, Marktown, which looks like a small [wiki=64f607906be7598a02d75dbc1e979662]English[/wiki] village totally incongruous with the gigantic steel mills and the world's largest oil refinery which surround it.

    • Michigan

      Further along the lake from the Indiana Dunes are Michigan's dunes and summer resorts in [wiki=109a8a2039943a1fb596aee6b77aeec2]Harbor Country[/wiki]. Keep your eyes open because notables such as former Mayor Richard M. Daley, University of Chicago President Robert Zimmer, and others summer here. This region, well-known for its wineries and fresh fruit, is about an hour and a half drive from Chicago on Interstate 94.

      * [wiki=479e654fd18f5f41acc7b050702b157c]Saint Joseph & Benton Harbor[/wiki] are two towns about 2 hours northeast of Chicago. St. Joseph sits on a bluff that overlooks Silver Beach State Park and Lake Michigan. The view will knock your socks off - especially at sunset. St. Joseph has numerous shops and various festivals throughout the summer. It is easily accessible via Interstate 94.

      * [wiki=72bb7863865813f614137193f914254d]Grand Rapids[/wiki] is the second-largest metro area in Michigan and is home to a thriving craft beer industry. Annual festivals such as ArtPrize and Laugh Fest draw thousands to the area. Additionally, many great restaurants and activities populate this growing city and Lake Michigan's picturesque beaches are only 30 minutes away. Take Interstate 94 to Interstate 196.

      * [wiki=1206c1cb107044f291a52d53fc9ec748]Detroit[/wiki] has many of Chicago's most hated sports rivals. Although it has fallen on hard times, it has a musical and architectural heritage comparable to the Windy City. It is a little over 4 hours away on, you guessed it, Interstate 94.

    • Wisconsin

      [wiki=a8577f2f664d3e38b010809e88996d8f]Lake Geneva[/wiki], across the [wiki=5aeb407b7ca7f3fe0dc50003b1e0712f]Wisconsin[/wiki] border, is the other big summer getaway. Nearby are the Kettle Moraine state parks, with good mountain biking.

      * [wiki=c4d658dc24c5ccc43d519268ddfaca85]Madison[/wiki] is located about two and half hours from Chicago on I-90 and via Van Galder buses. It is a vibrant city home to the giant University of Wisconsin and is known for its lively downtown, thriving culture, and beautiful scenery.

      * [wiki=effc4bc76d86b41cbeed8e03884dcf87]Milwaukee[/wiki] and its venerable breweries are less than two hours from Chicago on I-94, via Amtrak, and by intercity bus services.

      * [wiki=b68b87586a74bcfe90f1d93eb1eeb107]Spring Green[/wiki] is an easy weekend trip from Chicago, about three and a half hours from town on I-90. It's the home of two unique architectural wonders: Frank Lloyd Wright's magnificent estate Taliesin, and Alex Jordan's mysterious museum The House on the Rock.

      * The [wiki=9bf14ac79e7e6b7b8e0f0ad4dcf40b0f]Wisconsin Dells[/wiki] are another (wet) summer fun destination, just three hours north of the city by car (I-90/94), also accessible by Amtrak train.

      *[wiki=d0984bb4b1da0d1fa298d0c38919665a]Cedarburg[/wiki] is a popular festival town with a charming downtown featured on the National Register of Historic Places. It is located 20 miles north of downtown Milwaukee. Take 1-94 to Milwaukee and continue north on I-43.

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  • filter_dramaSleep
    Chicago hosts many major conventions each year and has plenty of places to stay. The majority are either at [wiki=6bd456184698ad38b5cac8642ae2200d]O'Hare Airport[/wiki] or downtown in the [wiki=90d4e4d1f2b1dbbac358dd5c6e8a9830]Loop[/wiki] and the [wiki=8bd89ec3422669d78e6956635337b918]Near North[/wiki] (near the Magnificent Mile). If you want to explore the city, aim for downtown - a hotel near O'Hare is good for visiting one thing and one thing only, and that's O'Hare (although the CTA Blue Line is walking distance from most of them, so access to the city is easy, aside from 30 minutes). However, if you have a specific interest in mind, there are hotels throughout the city, and getting away from downtown will give you more of a sense of other neighborhoods. You'll appreciate that if you're in town for more than a couple of days. Make sure that where you're staying is within your comfort level before committing to stay there, though. More far flung transient hotels will be suitable for those seeking to relive Jack Kerouac's seedy adventures around the country, but may alarm and disgust the average traveler.

    Budget-priced places are usually pretty far from the [wiki=90d4e4d1f2b1dbbac358dd5c6e8a9830]Loop[/wiki], so when you're booking, remember that Chicago is vast. Travelers on a budget should consider accommodations away from the city center which can be easily reached via any of the several CTA train lines. There is a [wiki=4fa7dacf2ebfceef5bf9eff43072be4a]hostel[/wiki] in the [wiki=90d4e4d1f2b1dbbac358dd5c6e8a9830]Loop[/wiki], a hostel in Greektown within walking distance to Union Station, a hostel by Wrigley Field and three others near the universities in [wiki=53a2761119e43637c2f339a152d8ddee]Lincoln Park[/wiki],[wiki=a213b1fa13fbd95396a217c96332c7b0]Rogers Park[/wiki] and in Wicker Park, all of which are interesting neighborhoods in their own right, and close to the L for access to the rest of the city. For deals on mid-range hotels, there are good options far out from the center by [wiki=1de2601f10671cf58bc8a43ff667ce77#Sleep]Midway[/wiki] and in [wiki=8e04ad5cd9206099c6e4b089593e3c5e]North Lincoln[/wiki].
    *
    *Rooftop deck, common room, free breakfast, social atmosphere.
    *
    *5 star, luxury downtown Chicago hotel on Michigan Avenueoffers river, lake and skyline views, accommodations, spa & health club, 5 star Michelin-rated dining, and meeting and wedding venues.
    * Located on Magnificent Mile within walking distance of Navy Pier, American Girl Place, Shedd Aquarium, Millennium Park, Theater and Museum Districts. Hotel has indoor pool, fitness center, on-site bar, coffee shop and restaurant.
    * Located at LaSalle and Adams, this Chicago Loop hotel features an on-site spa, restaurant and bar.
    * Situated on the north edge of the Loop, this downtown Chicago, IL hotel is steps from upscale shopping, fine dining and Millennium Park. On-site spa, fitness center, indoor pool, bar and restaurant.
    * Conveniently located next to Grant Park and the downtown Chicago Loop, the Blackstone offers luxury accommodations and upscale dining.
    * Newly renovated and conveniently located three miles from Chicago O'Hare International Airport, 15 miles from downtown and 'L'-train access just one block away. Features indoor pool, fitness center, on-site bar, coffee shop and restaurant.
    * Features indoor pool, fitness center, on-site bar, coffee shop and restaurant. Located steps from the "L" Chicago Blue Line-O’Hare and offering complimentary 24-hour shuttle service to Chicago O'Hare International Airport.
    *Backpackers Hostel in a residential neighborhood, providing dorm and private rooms.
    *[url=http://www.wyndham.com/hotels/illinois/chicago/wyndham-grand-chicago-riverfront-hotel-71/hotel-overview]Wyndham Grand Chicago Riverfront[/url]',71 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL, 60601, phone 1-312-346-7100, Formaly Hotel 71, this hotel is located near the intersection of Michgan Avenue and Wacker Drive. Near The Loop and the Magnificent Mile. On site restaurant and an event room that can seat 250 people. Rates $129 and above.
    *With spectacular shopping, world-class museums, dynamic corporations and breathtaking architecture, the Windy City has it all and this hotel is located right in the heart of everything!
  • filter_dramaStay safe
    As in almost the entire United States, dial 911 to get emergency help. Dial 311 for all non-emergency situations in Chicago.

    Despite a big decline in the crime rate from the 1970s and 1980s, Chicago is still a big city with big city problems. There are run-down areas within a few blocks of some well-travelled places such as near the United Center and US Cellular Field. The majority of the city's violent crimes occur within a relatively small number of neighborhoods well off the beaten path in the South and West Sides, but given the chance nature of crime, you should exercise the usual precautions wherever you go. Even in a neighborhood with a bad reputation, though, you might still have a perfectly good time, as long as it falls within your comfort level.

    Take caution in the [wiki=90d4e4d1f2b1dbbac358dd5c6e8a9830]Loop[/wiki] at night; after working hours, the Loop gets quiet and dark in a hurry west of State Street, but you'll be fine near hotels and close to Michigan Avenue and the lake. When disembarking a crowded CTA train, especially in the downtown-area subways, be wary of purse snatchers and Apple pickers (thieves who snatch your smart phone--iPhones are a particular favorite--out of your hand and exit the train just before the doors close).

    Homelessness is a problem in the city and seeing people ask for help is common [wiki=90d4e4d1f2b1dbbac358dd5c6e8a9830]downtown[/wiki]. They are very unlikely to pose any kind of problem, though. Most are either holding up a sign asking for some type of assistance while others will actively solicit you for spare change. If you ignore them, they will ignore you. Some do sell a local newspaper called Streetwise to make a living. These people should be wearing a badge of some kind to indicate they sell the newspaper and they keep all the profits they make. If you're feeling generous but want to be safe, those selling Streetwise are your best bet.

    A common scam is for a beggar to come up to you and make remarks about how your shoes need to be cleaned or polished. They can be very friendly though very pushy to the unsuspecting tourist. Before you know it, your shoe is up on their knee and they are asking you for some amount they claimed they told you before they started. If you simply ignore them and walk away they should leave you alone. Not often, but some will continue to follow and harass you. If this happens, go inside any restaurant or store until they leave.

    In general, common sense will keep you safe in Chicago: avoid unfamiliar side streets at night, stay out of alleys at night, know where you're going when you set out, stick to crowded areas, and keep a $20 bill on hand for cab fare as a bail-out option.

    Dress appropriately for the weather. Chicago's winter is famously windy and cold, so cover exposed skin and wear layers in the winter, but heat exhaustion is an equal risk in the summer months, especially July and August.
  • filter_dramaAfter snowfalls
    Stay off the road during a snowstorm. Chicago's streets and sanitation department generally does a good job clearing the major roads in the center of the city, but the neighborhoods can take longer, and the construction-littered expressways are anyone's guess.

    If you happen to be driving in Chicago during or right after a snowstorm, be aware that certain areas have a tradition of parking "dibs" where residents place debris on the street to mark their cleared parking spots when their cars aren't present. If you see broken furniture or wooden crates covering up a potential parking spot, don't move the debris to park as this might result in a serious altercation with residents or deliberate damage to your vehicle (eg slashed tires, broken windows, key scratches, etc).
  • filter_dramaRespect
    Chicago has a reputation of being a segregated city, yet this image has finally started to erode somewhat. In many ways, it is like any other city: What may be okay behavior on one side of the city may get you into trouble on another side of the city. Homosexuality, accepted through downtown and the North Side, and parts of the South Side, may not be as well received elsewhere.

    There are many neighborhoods in Chicago where various races live in harmony, and race isn't an issue whatsoever. There are also neighborhoods that are mainly white, black, or latino and outsiders may be looked at with a curious eye.

    If you get lost, it is recommended that you try and flag down a police officer, as the Chicago Police Department can be quite helpful. You should also have a map with you of the city or area of the city that you intend to explore in case you get lost, so you don't have to bother someone for directions.
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    • Chicago Suburbs

      Forest preserves are prevelant on the far north, northwest, and southwest sides, and into the nearby [wiki=61462cabe8446a2992d46010da6fb0a7]Chicagoland[/wiki] suburbs. They are excellent for biking, jogging, picnics, and various outdoor activities.

      * Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL is an outdoor stadium that hosts several sporting events and concerts including the Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer. It is located on Harlem Avenue south of the Stevenson Expressway/Interstate 55. An express bus runs from the Midway station on the CTA Orange Line on event days.

      * The Brookfield Zoo, which is Chicagoland's other world-class zoo, is loacted in nearby Brookfield, IL. Though not accessible via the CTA, the Hollywood station on METRA's Burlington Northern line is 2 blocks away. It is located on 31st Street close to the Eisenhower Expressway/Interstate 290.

      * [wiki=5621c53bd6d14a0d06bd34ea173f2fbe]Evanston[/wiki] is over the northern border of Chicago. In addition to Northwestern University, the city has a vibrant downtown area, some historical homes scattered about, and a lovely lakefront. Just beyond that is [wiki=60647228d49487766544c8973ba7f856]Wilmette[/wiki], with the fascinating Baha'i Temple. Both suburbs are accessible via the CTA Purple Line.

      * The Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe, IL is a 385 acre garden featuring 25 display gardens, four natural habitats, and 2.5 million plants. Though not accessible by the CTA, the Braeside station along METRA's Union Pacific North line is nearby. It is located on Lake Cook Road near the Edens Expressway/Interstate 94 and US Route 41.

      * In the same category as the Chicago Botanic Garden is the Morton Arboretum in western suburb of Lisle, IL. It hosts over 186,000 catalogued plants, the largest restored Prairie in Chicagoland, 16 miles (26 km) of hiking trails and nine miles (14 km) of roadways for driving/bicycling on 1700 acres. The Lisle station on METRA's Burlington Northern line is about 2 miles away. It is located on IL Route 53 near the Reagan Tollway/Interstate 88.

      * [wiki=4d2cfcec90b26a440583307f0ad9f1b7]Naperville[/wiki] has a wonderful and trendy downtown area. It boasts numerous restaurants, shops, and a riverwalk. It is located on The Reagan Tollway/Instertate 88 or near the Naperville Station on METRA's Burlington Northern line.

      * [wiki=771905445678f7266f10b13eca70864d]Schaumburg[/wiki] is the shopping hub of Chicago's Northwest Suburbs. It's home to one of the top 10 largest malls in the United States, Woodfield Mall, and has a wide range of shopping and entertainment offerings. It is located off of the Jane Adams (I-90, Kennedy from O'Hare Airport to Chicago) about 15 miles northwest of the Chicago O'Hare International Airport.

      * [wiki=c36f4caa22f92ee2d071710292b3d557]Oak Park[/wiki] was the home of architecture legend Frank Lloyd Wright. The village boasts many houses that were designed by him and his home and studio are now a museum. Walking tours to see his designs are a must for anyone who appreciates architecture. The museum and beautiful downtown Oak Park are loacted near the Oak Park CTA Green Line station or not too far from the Eisenhower Expressway/Interstate 290.

      * [wiki=61462cabe8446a2992d46010da6fb0a7#Lake_County]Ravinia[/wiki] is the summer home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The arts and crafts style architecture coupled with a dazzling array of acts make this a classic summer destination for Chicagoans and tourists. Bring food, a blanket, wine, and a citronella candle; buy anything you forgot on-site. The Ravinia Park station on METRA's Union Pacific North line stops at the park gates and a return train waits for late-ending concerts. It is located on Half-Day Road about a mile from the Edens Expressway/Interstate 94 and US Route 41.

    • Elsewhere in Illinois

      Six Flags Great America has the biggest and wildest roller coasters in Illinois. It is located off of Interstate 94 in [wiki=4fd4e32c354eb7e6ebb69d9fc6cadc28]Gurnee[/wiki].

      * Historic [wiki=0e5cc20b48b72a1eb22907e6090b87cb]Galena[/wiki], is great for hiking, sightseeing, and antiquing. Drive here in just over 3 hours via Interstate 90 and US Route 20.

      * [wiki=b84101cc04ae61192a110bcde4d4d17f]Peoria[/wiki] is in some ways a miniature Chicago. It is located about about 3 hours southwest of Chicago via Interstates 55 and 74.

      * [wiki=a06e61518895001c35679b226022196b]Springfield[/wiki] is the Illinois state capital and a city closely tied to Abraham Lincoln. This final resting place of the 16th president of the United States is located about 3 1/2 hours south of Downtown Chicago on Interstate 55.

      * Starved Rock State Park, defined by its numerous canyons and waterfalls, sits on over 2600 acres. It is located near the junction of Interstates 39 and 80, about 2 hours southwest of Downtown Chicago.

      * The [wiki=7b18dd1cb21f2a3531496c08409a7703]Quad Cities[/wiki] bridge the Mississippi River forming a unique metropolitan area on the border of [wiki=0daaf4a9abe3920c453a7f1f82a9bb19]Iowa[/wiki] and Illinois. They sit about 3 hours west of Downtown Chicago on Interstates 80 and 88.

    • Indiana

      The [wiki=e1c746f9823308bc543b0fd8d29f6af0]Indiana Dunes[/wiki] are a moderate drive away, and are also accessible via the South Shore commuter rail. If you've enjoyed the beaches in Chicago, you owe the Indiana Dunes a stop - that's where all the sand came from. Taking the Skyway/Interstate 90 to the Indiana Toll Road is the easiest way to visit.

      * [wiki=01d4848202a3c7697ec037b02b4ee4e8]Gary[/wiki] is just over the border on the Skyway, with a skyline that rivals Chicago's for strength of effect - industrial monstrosity, in this case - with casinos, urban ruins, and a few entries by Prairie School architects Frank Lloyd Wright and George Maher. You can drive to Gary on the Indiana Toll Road/Interstates 80/90.

      * [wiki=7f264fbfd800eff20a29e1f7ede264f1]South Bend[/wiki] is about a two hour drive to the east or a simple ride on the South Shore from Millennium Station. It is most famous as the home of the University of Notre Dame but also has a history as the location of former automobile manufacturer Studebaker. Another half an hour drive east to Elkhart County will land you in Northern Indiana Amish country. Both are accessible via the Indiana Toll Road/Interstates 80/90. The South Shore terminates at the South Bend Airport.

      * [wiki=8b9c1179fe8a1c342a1950be99ac9c90]Indianapolis[/wiki] is about a three hour drive southeast of Chicago and is worth a visit if you have time. Just follow Interstate 94 to Interstate 65.

      * Also just over the Skyway (before you reach Gary) is [wiki=a8b686e7704a83ef7f6fc9dd912faca3]East Chicago's[/wiki] bizarre 19th century planned community, Marktown, which looks like a small [wiki=64f607906be7598a02d75dbc1e979662]English[/wiki] village totally incongruous with the gigantic steel mills and the world's largest oil refinery which surround it.

    • Michigan

      Further along the lake from the Indiana Dunes are Michigan's dunes and summer resorts in [wiki=109a8a2039943a1fb596aee6b77aeec2]Harbor Country[/wiki]. Keep your eyes open because notables such as former Mayor Richard M. Daley, University of Chicago President Robert Zimmer, and others summer here. This region, well-known for its wineries and fresh fruit, is about an hour and a half drive from Chicago on Interstate 94.

      * [wiki=479e654fd18f5f41acc7b050702b157c]Saint Joseph & Benton Harbor[/wiki] are two towns about 2 hours northeast of Chicago. St. Joseph sits on a bluff that overlooks Silver Beach State Park and Lake Michigan. The view will knock your socks off - especially at sunset. St. Joseph has numerous shops and various festivals throughout the summer. It is easily accessible via Interstate 94.

      * [wiki=72bb7863865813f614137193f914254d]Grand Rapids[/wiki] is the second-largest metro area in Michigan and is home to a thriving craft beer industry. Annual festivals such as ArtPrize and Laugh Fest draw thousands to the area. Additionally, many great restaurants and activities populate this growing city and Lake Michigan's picturesque beaches are only 30 minutes away. Take Interstate 94 to Interstate 196.

      * [wiki=1206c1cb107044f291a52d53fc9ec748]Detroit[/wiki] has many of Chicago's most hated sports rivals. Although it has fallen on hard times, it has a musical and architectural heritage comparable to the Windy City. It is a little over 4 hours away on, you guessed it, Interstate 94.

    • Wisconsin

      [wiki=a8577f2f664d3e38b010809e88996d8f]Lake Geneva[/wiki], across the [wiki=5aeb407b7ca7f3fe0dc50003b1e0712f]Wisconsin[/wiki] border, is the other big summer getaway. Nearby are the Kettle Moraine state parks, with good mountain biking.

      * [wiki=c4d658dc24c5ccc43d519268ddfaca85]Madison[/wiki] is located about two and half hours from Chicago on I-90 and via Van Galder buses. It is a vibrant city home to the giant University of Wisconsin and is known for its lively downtown, thriving culture, and beautiful scenery.

      * [wiki=effc4bc76d86b41cbeed8e03884dcf87]Milwaukee[/wiki] and its venerable breweries are less than two hours from Chicago on I-94, via Amtrak, and by intercity bus services.

      * [wiki=b68b87586a74bcfe90f1d93eb1eeb107]Spring Green[/wiki] is an easy weekend trip from Chicago, about three and a half hours from town on I-90. It's the home of two unique architectural wonders: Frank Lloyd Wright's magnificent estate Taliesin, and Alex Jordan's mysterious museum The House on the Rock.

      * The [wiki=9bf14ac79e7e6b7b8e0f0ad4dcf40b0f]Wisconsin Dells[/wiki] are another (wet) summer fun destination, just three hours north of the city by car (I-90/94), also accessible by Amtrak train.

      *[wiki=d0984bb4b1da0d1fa298d0c38919665a]Cedarburg[/wiki] is a popular festival town with a charming downtown featured on the National Register of Historic Places. It is located 20 miles north of downtown Milwaukee. Take 1-94 to Milwaukee and continue north on I-43.

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    • Chicago Suburbs

      Forest preserves are prevelant on the far north, northwest, and southwest sides, and into the nearby [wiki=61462cabe8446a2992d46010da6fb0a7]Chicagoland[/wiki] suburbs. They are excellent for biking, jogging, picnics, and various outdoor activities.

      * Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL is an outdoor stadium that hosts several sporting events and concerts including the Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer. It is located on Harlem Avenue south of the Stevenson Expressway/Interstate 55. An express bus runs from the Midway station on the CTA Orange Line on event days.

      * The Brookfield Zoo, which is Chicagoland's other world-class zoo, is loacted in nearby Brookfield, IL. Though not accessible via the CTA, the Hollywood station on METRA's Burlington Northern line is 2 blocks away. It is located on 31st Street close to the Eisenhower Expressway/Interstate 290.

      * [wiki=5621c53bd6d14a0d06bd34ea173f2fbe]Evanston[/wiki] is over the northern border of Chicago. In addition to Northwestern University, the city has a vibrant downtown area, some historical homes scattered about, and a lovely lakefront. Just beyond that is [wiki=60647228d49487766544c8973ba7f856]Wilmette[/wiki], with the fascinating Baha'i Temple. Both suburbs are accessible via the CTA Purple Line.

      * The Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe, IL is a 385 acre garden featuring 25 display gardens, four natural habitats, and 2.5 million plants. Though not accessible by the CTA, the Braeside station along METRA's Union Pacific North line is nearby. It is located on Lake Cook Road near the Edens Expressway/Interstate 94 and US Route 41.

      * In the same category as the Chicago Botanic Garden is the Morton Arboretum in western suburb of Lisle, IL. It hosts over 186,000 catalogued plants, the largest restored Prairie in Chicagoland, 16 miles (26 km) of hiking trails and nine miles (14 km) of roadways for driving/bicycling on 1700 acres. The Lisle station on METRA's Burlington Northern line is about 2 miles away. It is located on IL Route 53 near the Reagan Tollway/Interstate 88.

      * [wiki=4d2cfcec90b26a440583307f0ad9f1b7]Naperville[/wiki] has a wonderful and trendy downtown area. It boasts numerous restaurants, shops, and a riverwalk. It is located on The Reagan Tollway/Instertate 88 or near the Naperville Station on METRA's Burlington Northern line.

      * [wiki=771905445678f7266f10b13eca70864d]Schaumburg[/wiki] is the shopping hub of Chicago's Northwest Suburbs. It's home to one of the top 10 largest malls in the United States, Woodfield Mall, and has a wide range of shopping and entertainment offerings. It is located off of the Jane Adams (I-90, Kennedy from O'Hare Airport to Chicago) about 15 miles northwest of the Chicago O'Hare International Airport.

      * [wiki=c36f4caa22f92ee2d071710292b3d557]Oak Park[/wiki] was the home of architecture legend Frank Lloyd Wright. The village boasts many houses that were designed by him and his home and studio are now a museum. Walking tours to see his designs are a must for anyone who appreciates architecture. The museum and beautiful downtown Oak Park are loacted near the Oak Park CTA Green Line station or not too far from the Eisenhower Expressway/Interstate 290.

      * [wiki=61462cabe8446a2992d46010da6fb0a7#Lake_County]Ravinia[/wiki] is the summer home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The arts and crafts style architecture coupled with a dazzling array of acts make this a classic summer destination for Chicagoans and tourists. Bring food, a blanket, wine, and a citronella candle; buy anything you forgot on-site. The Ravinia Park station on METRA's Union Pacific North line stops at the park gates and a return train waits for late-ending concerts. It is located on Half-Day Road about a mile from the Edens Expressway/Interstate 94 and US Route 41.

    • Elsewhere in Illinois

      Six Flags Great America has the biggest and wildest roller coasters in Illinois. It is located off of Interstate 94 in [wiki=4fd4e32c354eb7e6ebb69d9fc6cadc28]Gurnee[/wiki].

      * Historic [wiki=0e5cc20b48b72a1eb22907e6090b87cb]Galena[/wiki], is great for hiking, sightseeing, and antiquing. Drive here in just over 3 hours via Interstate 90 and US Route 20.

      * [wiki=b84101cc04ae61192a110bcde4d4d17f]Peoria[/wiki] is in some ways a miniature Chicago. It is located about about 3 hours southwest of Chicago via Interstates 55 and 74.

      * [wiki=a06e61518895001c35679b226022196b]Springfield[/wiki] is the Illinois state capital and a city closely tied to Abraham Lincoln. This final resting place of the 16th president of the United States is located about 3 1/2 hours south of Downtown Chicago on Interstate 55.

      * Starved Rock State Park, defined by its numerous canyons and waterfalls, sits on over 2600 acres. It is located near the junction of Interstates 39 and 80, about 2 hours southwest of Downtown Chicago.

      * The [wiki=7b18dd1cb21f2a3531496c08409a7703]Quad Cities[/wiki] bridge the Mississippi River forming a unique metropolitan area on the border of [wiki=0daaf4a9abe3920c453a7f1f82a9bb19]Iowa[/wiki] and Illinois. They sit about 3 hours west of Downtown Chicago on Interstates 80 and 88.

    • Indiana

      The [wiki=e1c746f9823308bc543b0fd8d29f6af0]Indiana Dunes[/wiki] are a moderate drive away, and are also accessible via the South Shore commuter rail. If you've enjoyed the beaches in Chicago, you owe the Indiana Dunes a stop - that's where all the sand came from. Taking the Skyway/Interstate 90 to the Indiana Toll Road is the easiest way to visit.

      * [wiki=01d4848202a3c7697ec037b02b4ee4e8]Gary[/wiki] is just over the border on the Skyway, with a skyline that rivals Chicago's for strength of effect - industrial monstrosity, in this case - with casinos, urban ruins, and a few entries by Prairie School architects Frank Lloyd Wright and George Maher. You can drive to Gary on the Indiana Toll Road/Interstates 80/90.

      * [wiki=7f264fbfd800eff20a29e1f7ede264f1]South Bend[/wiki] is about a two hour drive to the east or a simple ride on the South Shore from Millennium Station. It is most famous as the home of the University of Notre Dame but also has a history as the location of former automobile manufacturer Studebaker. Another half an hour drive east to Elkhart County will land you in Northern Indiana Amish country. Both are accessible via the Indiana Toll Road/Interstates 80/90. The South Shore terminates at the South Bend Airport.

      * [wiki=8b9c1179fe8a1c342a1950be99ac9c90]Indianapolis[/wiki] is about a three hour drive southeast of Chicago and is worth a visit if you have time. Just follow Interstate 94 to Interstate 65.

      * Also just over the Skyway (before you reach Gary) is [wiki=a8b686e7704a83ef7f6fc9dd912faca3]East Chicago's[/wiki] bizarre 19th century planned community, Marktown, which looks like a small [wiki=64f607906be7598a02d75dbc1e979662]English[/wiki] village totally incongruous with the gigantic steel mills and the world's largest oil refinery which surround it.

    • Michigan

      Further along the lake from the Indiana Dunes are Michigan's dunes and summer resorts in [wiki=109a8a2039943a1fb596aee6b77aeec2]Harbor Country[/wiki]. Keep your eyes open because notables such as former Mayor Richard M. Daley, University of Chicago President Robert Zimmer, and others summer here. This region, well-known for its wineries and fresh fruit, is about an hour and a half drive from Chicago on Interstate 94.

      * [wiki=479e654fd18f5f41acc7b050702b157c]Saint Joseph & Benton Harbor[/wiki] are two towns about 2 hours northeast of Chicago. St. Joseph sits on a bluff that overlooks Silver Beach State Park and Lake Michigan. The view will knock your socks off - especially at sunset. St. Joseph has numerous shops and various festivals throughout the summer. It is easily accessible via Interstate 94.

      * [wiki=72bb7863865813f614137193f914254d]Grand Rapids[/wiki] is the second-largest metro area in Michigan and is home to a thriving craft beer industry. Annual festivals such as ArtPrize and Laugh Fest draw thousands to the area. Additionally, many great restaurants and activities populate this growing city and Lake Michigan's picturesque beaches are only 30 minutes away. Take Interstate 94 to Interstate 196.

      * [wiki=1206c1cb107044f291a52d53fc9ec748]Detroit[/wiki] has many of Chicago's most hated sports rivals. Although it has fallen on hard times, it has a musical and architectural heritage comparable to the Windy City. It is a little over 4 hours away on, you guessed it, Interstate 94.

    • Wisconsin

      [wiki=a8577f2f664d3e38b010809e88996d8f]Lake Geneva[/wiki], across the [wiki=5aeb407b7ca7f3fe0dc50003b1e0712f]Wisconsin[/wiki] border, is the other big summer getaway. Nearby are the Kettle Moraine state parks, with good mountain biking.

      * [wiki=c4d658dc24c5ccc43d519268ddfaca85]Madison[/wiki] is located about two and half hours from Chicago on I-90 and via Van Galder buses. It is a vibrant city home to the giant University of Wisconsin and is known for its lively downtown, thriving culture, and beautiful scenery.

      * [wiki=effc4bc76d86b41cbeed8e03884dcf87]Milwaukee[/wiki] and its venerable breweries are less than two hours from Chicago on I-94, via Amtrak, and by intercity bus services.

      * [wiki=b68b87586a74bcfe90f1d93eb1eeb107]Spring Green[/wiki] is an easy weekend trip from Chicago, about three and a half hours from town on I-90. It's the home of two unique architectural wonders: Frank Lloyd Wright's magnificent estate Taliesin, and Alex Jordan's mysterious museum The House on the Rock.

      * The [wiki=9bf14ac79e7e6b7b8e0f0ad4dcf40b0f]Wisconsin Dells[/wiki] are another (wet) summer fun destination, just three hours north of the city by car (I-90/94), also accessible by Amtrak train.

      *[wiki=d0984bb4b1da0d1fa298d0c38919665a]Cedarburg[/wiki] is a popular festival town with a charming downtown featured on the National Register of Historic Places. It is located 20 miles north of downtown Milwaukee. Take 1-94 to Milwaukee and continue north on I-43.

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    • Chicago Suburbs

      Forest preserves are prevelant on the far north, northwest, and southwest sides, and into the nearby [wiki=61462cabe8446a2992d46010da6fb0a7]Chicagoland[/wiki] suburbs. They are excellent for biking, jogging, picnics, and various outdoor activities.

      * Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL is an outdoor stadium that hosts several sporting events and concerts including the Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer. It is located on Harlem Avenue south of the Stevenson Expressway/Interstate 55. An express bus runs from the Midway station on the CTA Orange Line on event days.

      * The Brookfield Zoo, which is Chicagoland's other world-class zoo, is loacted in nearby Brookfield, IL. Though not accessible via the CTA, the Hollywood station on METRA's Burlington Northern line is 2 blocks away. It is located on 31st Street close to the Eisenhower Expressway/Interstate 290.

      * [wiki=5621c53bd6d14a0d06bd34ea173f2fbe]Evanston[/wiki] is over the northern border of Chicago. In addition to Northwestern University, the city has a vibrant downtown area, some historical homes scattered about, and a lovely lakefront. Just beyond that is [wiki=60647228d49487766544c8973ba7f856]Wilmette[/wiki], with the fascinating Baha'i Temple. Both suburbs are accessible via the CTA Purple Line.

      * The Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe, IL is a 385 acre garden featuring 25 display gardens, four natural habitats, and 2.5 million plants. Though not accessible by the CTA, the Braeside station along METRA's Union Pacific North line is nearby. It is located on Lake Cook Road near the Edens Expressway/Interstate 94 and US Route 41.

      * In the same category as the Chicago Botanic Garden is the Morton Arboretum in western suburb of Lisle, IL. It hosts over 186,000 catalogued plants, the largest restored Prairie in Chicagoland, 16 miles (26 km) of hiking trails and nine miles (14 km) of roadways for driving/bicycling on 1700 acres. The Lisle station on METRA's Burlington Northern line is about 2 miles away. It is located on IL Route 53 near the Reagan Tollway/Interstate 88.

      * [wiki=4d2cfcec90b26a440583307f0ad9f1b7]Naperville[/wiki] has a wonderful and trendy downtown area. It boasts numerous restaurants, shops, and a riverwalk. It is located on The Reagan Tollway/Instertate 88 or near the Naperville Station on METRA's Burlington Northern line.

      * [wiki=771905445678f7266f10b13eca70864d]Schaumburg[/wiki] is the shopping hub of Chicago's Northwest Suburbs. It's home to one of the top 10 largest malls in the United States, Woodfield Mall, and has a wide range of shopping and entertainment offerings. It is located off of the Jane Adams (I-90, Kennedy from O'Hare Airport to Chicago) about 15 miles northwest of the Chicago O'Hare International Airport.

      * [wiki=c36f4caa22f92ee2d071710292b3d557]Oak Park[/wiki] was the home of architecture legend Frank Lloyd Wright. The village boasts many houses that were designed by him and his home and studio are now a museum. Walking tours to see his designs are a must for anyone who appreciates architecture. The museum and beautiful downtown Oak Park are loacted near the Oak Park CTA Green Line station or not too far from the Eisenhower Expressway/Interstate 290.

      * [wiki=61462cabe8446a2992d46010da6fb0a7#Lake_County]Ravinia[/wiki] is the summer home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The arts and crafts style architecture coupled with a dazzling array of acts make this a classic summer destination for Chicagoans and tourists. Bring food, a blanket, wine, and a citronella candle; buy anything you forgot on-site. The Ravinia Park station on METRA's Union Pacific North line stops at the park gates and a return train waits for late-ending concerts. It is located on Half-Day Road about a mile from the Edens Expressway/Interstate 94 and US Route 41.

    • Elsewhere in Illinois

      Six Flags Great America has the biggest and wildest roller coasters in Illinois. It is located off of Interstate 94 in [wiki=4fd4e32c354eb7e6ebb69d9fc6cadc28]Gurnee[/wiki].

      * Historic [wiki=0e5cc20b48b72a1eb22907e6090b87cb]Galena[/wiki], is great for hiking, sightseeing, and antiquing. Drive here in just over 3 hours via Interstate 90 and US Route 20.

      * [wiki=b84101cc04ae61192a110bcde4d4d17f]Peoria[/wiki] is in some ways a miniature Chicago. It is located about about 3 hours southwest of Chicago via Interstates 55 and 74.

      * [wiki=a06e61518895001c35679b226022196b]Springfield[/wiki] is the Illinois state capital and a city closely tied to Abraham Lincoln. This final resting place of the 16th president of the United States is located about 3 1/2 hours south of Downtown Chicago on Interstate 55.

      * Starved Rock State Park, defined by its numerous canyons and waterfalls, sits on over 2600 acres. It is located near the junction of Interstates 39 and 80, about 2 hours southwest of Downtown Chicago.

      * The [wiki=7b18dd1cb21f2a3531496c08409a7703]Quad Cities[/wiki] bridge the Mississippi River forming a unique metropolitan area on the border of [wiki=0daaf4a9abe3920c453a7f1f82a9bb19]Iowa[/wiki] and Illinois. They sit about 3 hours west of Downtown Chicago on Interstates 80 and 88.

    • Indiana

      The [wiki=e1c746f9823308bc543b0fd8d29f6af0]Indiana Dunes[/wiki] are a moderate drive away, and are also accessible via the South Shore commuter rail. If you've enjoyed the beaches in Chicago, you owe the Indiana Dunes a stop - that's where all the sand came from. Taking the Skyway/Interstate 90 to the Indiana Toll Road is the easiest way to visit.

      * [wiki=01d4848202a3c7697ec037b02b4ee4e8]Gary[/wiki] is just over the border on the Skyway, with a skyline that rivals Chicago's for strength of effect - industrial monstrosity, in this case - with casinos, urban ruins, and a few entries by Prairie School architects Frank Lloyd Wright and George Maher. You can drive to Gary on the Indiana Toll Road/Interstates 80/90.

      * [wiki=7f264fbfd800eff20a29e1f7ede264f1]South Bend[/wiki] is about a two hour drive to the east or a simple ride on the South Shore from Millennium Station. It is most famous as the home of the University of Notre Dame but also has a history as the location of former automobile manufacturer Studebaker. Another half an hour drive east to Elkhart County will land you in Northern Indiana Amish country. Both are accessible via the Indiana Toll Road/Interstates 80/90. The South Shore terminates at the South Bend Airport.

      * [wiki=8b9c1179fe8a1c342a1950be99ac9c90]Indianapolis[/wiki] is about a three hour drive southeast of Chicago and is worth a visit if you have time. Just follow Interstate 94 to Interstate 65.

      * Also just over the Skyway (before you reach Gary) is [wiki=a8b686e7704a83ef7f6fc9dd912faca3]East Chicago's[/wiki] bizarre 19th century planned community, Marktown, which looks like a small [wiki=64f607906be7598a02d75dbc1e979662]English[/wiki] village totally incongruous with the gigantic steel mills and the world's largest oil refinery which surround it.

    • Michigan

      Further along the lake from the Indiana Dunes are Michigan's dunes and summer resorts in [wiki=109a8a2039943a1fb596aee6b77aeec2]Harbor Country[/wiki]. Keep your eyes open because notables such as former Mayor Richard M. Daley, University of Chicago President Robert Zimmer, and others summer here. This region, well-known for its wineries and fresh fruit, is about an hour and a half drive from Chicago on Interstate 94.

      * [wiki=479e654fd18f5f41acc7b050702b157c]Saint Joseph & Benton Harbor[/wiki] are two towns about 2 hours northeast of Chicago. St. Joseph sits on a bluff that overlooks Silver Beach State Park and Lake Michigan. The view will knock your socks off - especially at sunset. St. Joseph has numerous shops and various festivals throughout the summer. It is easily accessible via Interstate 94.

      * [wiki=72bb7863865813f614137193f914254d]Grand Rapids[/wiki] is the second-largest metro area in Michigan and is home to a thriving craft beer industry. Annual festivals such as ArtPrize and Laugh Fest draw thousands to the area. Additionally, many great restaurants and activities populate this growing city and Lake Michigan's picturesque beaches are only 30 minutes away. Take Interstate 94 to Interstate 196.

      * [wiki=1206c1cb107044f291a52d53fc9ec748]Detroit[/wiki] has many of Chicago's most hated sports rivals. Although it has fallen on hard times, it has a musical and architectural heritage comparable to the Windy City. It is a little over 4 hours away on, you guessed it, Interstate 94.

    • Wisconsin

      [wiki=a8577f2f664d3e38b010809e88996d8f]Lake Geneva[/wiki], across the [wiki=5aeb407b7ca7f3fe0dc50003b1e0712f]Wisconsin[/wiki] border, is the other big summer getaway. Nearby are the Kettle Moraine state parks, with good mountain biking.

      * [wiki=c4d658dc24c5ccc43d519268ddfaca85]Madison[/wiki] is located about two and half hours from Chicago on I-90 and via Van Galder buses. It is a vibrant city home to the giant University of Wisconsin and is known for its lively downtown, thriving culture, and beautiful scenery.

      * [wiki=effc4bc76d86b41cbeed8e03884dcf87]Milwaukee[/wiki] and its venerable breweries are less than two hours from Chicago on I-94, via Amtrak, and by intercity bus services.

      * [wiki=b68b87586a74bcfe90f1d93eb1eeb107]Spring Green[/wiki] is an easy weekend trip from Chicago, about three and a half hours from town on I-90. It's the home of two unique architectural wonders: Frank Lloyd Wright's magnificent estate Taliesin, and Alex Jordan's mysterious museum The House on the Rock.

      * The [wiki=9bf14ac79e7e6b7b8e0f0ad4dcf40b0f]Wisconsin Dells[/wiki] are another (wet) summer fun destination, just three hours north of the city by car (I-90/94), also accessible by Amtrak train.

      *[wiki=d0984bb4b1da0d1fa298d0c38919665a]Cedarburg[/wiki] is a popular festival town with a charming downtown featured on the National Register of Historic Places. It is located 20 miles north of downtown Milwaukee. Take 1-94 to Milwaukee and continue north on I-43.

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