Starved Rock State Park
For those interested in stepping away from the hustle and bustle of the city, a trip to Starved Rock State Park is an excellent option. Featuring 13 miles of trails, boating, and even a waterfall tour, Starved Rock State Park offers a glimpse into the beauty of the Prairie State.
1830s Reconstructed Village of New Salem
Take a walk through history as you explore the reconstructed village of New Salem, where Abraham Lincoln lived as a young adult. With historical performances, 22 restored buildings, and 700 acres, this historic site is one you won’t want to miss.
The Art Institute of Chicago
Claiming the second largest collection of impressionist art in the world, the Art Institute of Chicago makes for an easy and entertaining day-trip. Founded in 1879, this museum is home to many famous paintings, traveling exhibits, and the memorable brass lions.
The Chicago Theatre
Be sure to stop by the Chicago Theatre when you’re in town! Built in 1921, this landmark theatre is steeped deep in history. You can opt for a backstage tour during the day, or attend a performance at night — either way, you can’t go wrong.