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Chicago
& Beyond

Midwest meets world-class in this northern region of Illinois anchored by Chicago, a traveler’s paradise where you can explore everything from the Magnificent Mile to Navy Pier. Beyond Chicago, you’ll find plenty of outdoor adventure at state parks and theme parks, along with endless shopping, quaint downtowns and more.

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Rockford
Gurnee
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Utica
Great Rivers
Country

Great Rivers
Country

Take in the sweeping vistas of western Illinois dotted with quaint towns, historic sites and scenic vineyards.

Chicago
& Beyond
Land of Lincoln

Land of Lincoln

Experience the living history of Abe Lincoln and Route 66 in this central region of Illinois.

Trails to Adventure

Trails to Adventure

Enjoy hiking, biking, golfing and wine tasting set against some of the most stunning scenery in Illinois.

Regional Highlights
Discover an eclectic mix of travel ideas in this northern region of Illinois.
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Chicago

Explore the attractions of a traveler’s paradise.

Chicago has everything you could hope for in a getaway. Explore a shopping mecca on the Magnificent Mile. Take in the festive atmosphere of Navy Pier. Do some serious museum hopping. And sample cuisine from around the world. Is it any wonder this world-class city appears on the short lists of travel mags everywhere?

Local Highlights
  • Art Institute of Chicago

    CITY: Chicago

  • Millennium Park

    CITY: Chicago

  • Lincoln Park Zoo

    CITY: Chicago

  • The Field Museum

    CITY: Chicago

  • Skydeck Chicago - The Ledge

    CITY: Chicago

  • Buddy Guy's Legends

    CITY: Chicago

  • Frank Lloyd Wright's Frederick C. Robie House

    CITY: Chicago

  • Chicago's First Lady Cruises

    CITY: Chicago

  • Navy Pier

    CITY: Chicago

  • Chicago Children's Museum at Navy Pier

    CITY: Chicago

  • Chicago Symphony Orchestra

    CITY: Chicago

  • John Hancock Observatory

    CITY: Chicago

Rockford

Go back in time, or to the other side of the world.

Rockford greets visitors with a mix of history, natural beauty and artistic touches. Explore a nature museum featuring a T. rex. Stroll through Asian gardens. And discover artwork from David Chihuly and Ansel Adams at the Rockford Art Museum. An impressive lineup of restaurants and lodging offers even more reasons to visit.

Local Highlights
  • Anderson Japanese Gardens

    CITY: Rockford

  • Burpee Museum of Natural History

    CITY: Rockford

  • Coronado Performing Arts Center

    CITY: Rockford

Starved Rock, Utica

Explore bluffs and waterfalls along miles of trails.

The lush forest of Starved Rock State Park, with its serene waterfalls and beautiful lodge, offers a quiet retreat for visitors. Naturalist-led programs draw you farther into this hilly wonderland, located just minutes from the wineries, quaint shops and restaurants in Utica.

Local Highlights
  • Starved Rock State Park

    CITY: Utica

  • Starved Rock Lodge

    CITY: Oglesby

  • I & M Canal State Trail

    CITY: Channahon

Gurnee

A playground of coasters, water slides and shopping.

Just north of Chicago, you’ll find a nirvana of theme parks and endless shopping called Gurnee. Here, you can race down a roller coaster, splash through a water park, and shop the largest outlet mall in Illinois, packed with more than 200 stores.

Local Highlights
  • Six Flags Great America & Hurricane Harbor

    CITY: Gurnee

  • KeyLime Cove Indoor Waterpark Resort

    CITY: Gurnee

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