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At the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, white-tablecloth dining and a luxe hotel make for exciting school nights.
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Architecture and nature buffs find much to love in Canton.
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Fly high on the Shawnee Bluffs Canopy Tour or try another adventure in the Shawnee National Forest region.
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Along the banks of the Rock River, Rockford (90 miles west of Chicago) packs in first-rate cultural attractions and a budding local-food movement.
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The journey along the Illinois River Road appeals to birders, hikers and wine-lovers.
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The Great River Road takes the name Meeting of the Great Rivers National Scenic Byway between Alton and Grafton, north of St. Louis.
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Located 23 miles west of Chicago, Glen Ellyn prides itself on its leafy downtown with rehabbed Tudor-style storefronts that make for a perfect girls’ day out.
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The vineyards, winding country roads and memorable lodging in southern Illinois combine for great weekend escapes.
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My local bakery’s spring display of pastel, flower-decorated cakes inspired me to do something I’ve been meaning to do for years ... learn from a pro how to...

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American history unfolds in all its retro-kitsch glory on this journey that starts in Chicago and runs southwest through the state to St. Louis and on to California. Unplug from the modern everyday...

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