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Just 30 miles west of Chicago, Naperville (population: 142,000) melts into the sprawl today but was actually founded as a distinct city in 1831.
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Soaring observation decks and winding park trails show the Midwest’s biggest city in a whole new light.
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Enjoy state parks, memorable meals and history on a drive along the Illinois River Road.
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Swedish roots run deep in this western Illinois colony (population: 128) near the Quad Cities. Founded more than 150 years ago by religious dissidents from Sweden, its attractions include museums and...
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Top-notch museums, fun and funky restaurants, and lovely gardens draw visitors to Champaign-Urbana—an especially appealing destination in summer when students clear out.
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In hilly northwest Illinois, Apple River Canyon State Park offers beautiful scenery for outdoor recreation, including fishing, hiking and camping.
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Victorian storefronts and restored civic buildings surrounding the pretty town square house sophisticated independent shops, art galleries and restaurants.
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When you’re looking for some of the coolest holiday displays in the Chicago area, be sure to check these out.
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Thousands go to the mall in Oak Brook (20 miles west of Chicago) to busily cross gifts off their holiday lists. But for those who delve a little deeper, a quiet getaway awaits.

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