Weekend Getaways Near Chicago
Crystal Lake, Illinois: 50 miles northwest of Chicago
A spring-fed lake and the new Three Oaks Recreation Area—with beach, boardwalk, playground, spray park and hiking trails—await visitors. Indoors, try the eclectic shopping and standout dining. You can take the Metra train to Crystal Lake from downtown Chicago, but to enjoy both the beach and the downtown shops and restaurants, it's best to drive.