Illinois

The Land of Lincoln contains top-notch museums, gorgeous parks, to-die-for restaurants and upscale shopping—oh, and the great city of Chicago, too. Explore travel ideas for Chicago, Springfield, Route 66, the Great River Road, the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail, Galena and more.

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The Latest Midwest Travel Recommendations You Need to Check Out

Hot off the minds of Midwest travel writers: A fresh look at where to eat, stay, play, or shop and learn around the region.
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Where You Can Find Must-See Chicago Comedy in 2020

Chicago has been proving grounds for the rising stars of comedy since the birth of improv (which also happened in the Windy City). Here’s where to find them in the year ahead.
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What to See Along I-70 from Vandalia to Marshall, Illinois

As it cuts through the southern part of Central Illinois, I-70 parallels the Historic National Road (now US-40) that opened the state to settlement in the 1800s. Get a taste of history, theater and outdoor rec as you travel through this area.
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A Whirlwind Weekend in Chicago

Mix and match a stop from each category to create your own must-do lineup. The best part? Next time you visit, you can mix it again to create a whole new adventure.
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Scenic Drive from Murphysboro to Jonesboro in Southern Illinois

If you love driving the scenic route, take State-127 between Murphysboro and Jonesboro in southern Illinois. In just 25 miles, you'll cross the Big Muddy River and cut through a rolling region that includes the Shawnee National Forest and Trail of Tears State Forest, plus acres of fertile land turned into orchards and vineyards.
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Teatime in Chicago

No need to lift your pinkie. These trending Chicago afternoon affairs serve up all the elegance with none of the old stuffiness.
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Best Midwest Family Vacations

Head for a sparkling lake, explore big-city science and nature museums, or enjoy hiking and biking in state parks. The Midwest delivers great family getaways in destinations like Branson, Missouri; Brainerd Lakes, Minnesota; the Black Hills of South Dakota; Traverse City, Michigan; Indianapolis and more. Check out two dozen of our top picks for family vacation destinations.
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5 Midwest Resorts for the Ultimate Escape

Sometimes next-level relaxation requires slipping into another world. These Midwest resorts can take you there—overnight or just for a day.
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Getaway to Mt. Vernon in Southern Illinois

Creativity rules in the southern Illinois town of Mt. Vernon. While you’ll want to stroll the historic downtown along Ninth Street with lights twinkling overhead, plan plenty of time for the Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, an 85-acre estate that includes the Mitchell Museum and the Goldman-Kuenz Sculpture Park.