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An inventive summer-long Shakespeare festival—including created-on-the-spot plays—stars during weekends in Bloomington-Normal, Illinois.
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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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Enjoy boat trips, swimming, observatory tours, boutique shopping, inventive restaurants and pampering lodgings in this hamlet 80 miles northwest of Chicago’s Loop.
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The romance of river cruises returned to the Mississippi last year with the refurbished American Queen. Slow, luxurious hours aboard balance sightseeing ashore in Kentucky and Missouri.
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After a full season of visiting Midwest campgrounds, we’ve picked these as the best for scenery and amenities.
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Whether you're looking for thrill rides or family time, Midwest theme parks deliver a day (or more!) of fun. Check out our tips to make the most of your trip.
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Take advantage of summer break at the University of Illinois to enjoy outdoor attractions, great restaurants, museums and more in Champaign-Urbana.
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Our favorite Midwest resort destinations range from cozy lakeside lodges to indoor water park behemoths. Dive in to check out our top picks for a fabulous Midwest getaway.
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Explore the Great River Road Scenic Byway towns of Quincy and Nauvoo, Illinois.
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Savor a little European flavor in the Lake Michigan shore town of Holland, Michigan—no passport required.

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