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In the 1800s, the Illinois and Michigan Canal fueled a trail of commerce from the Illinois River to Chicago. Today, girlfriends can follow the canal for a history-infused, shopping-filled getaway.
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A century-old mansion in Vernon Hills, 35 miles north of the Loop, showcases two owners’ contrasting sense of style.
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About 30 miles north of downtown Chicago, Lake Forest draws shoppers looking for an all-American getaway in Marshall Field’s hometown.
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The 300-mile section of Route 66 angling across Illinois lures road-trippers seeking throwback gas stations, Muffler Men and the pleasures of taking your time getting anywhere.
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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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The vineyards, winding country roads and memorable lodging in southern Illinois combine for great weekend escapes.
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Climb past the lush valley retreat to reach the Illinois River bluffs when you stay at Pere Marquette Lodge and Conference Center.
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Brushing away the fog of memory, I distinctly remember a phase in my childhood—older elementary school, I’d guess—when my best friend and I agreed that Heath Bars...

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An hour west of Chicago’s Loop, the Fox River provides a soothing backdrop to towns brimming with indulgent eats, stores housed in historical homes and posh places to stay.

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