Weekend Getaways Near Chicago
Rockford, Illinois: 90 miles west of Chicago
Illinois’ third-largest city spent years watching travelers whiz by on Interstate-90 on their way east to Chicago. Now, thanks to a revitalized downtown, an emerging foodie scene, new cultural attractions and beautiful public gardens, word is getting out: You’d be crazy not to stop. The tranquil Anderson Japanese Gardens (pictured) is just one of the draws to the area.