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.
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?
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 aT. 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.
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.
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.