The days are longer, the breezes warmer and outside is definitely the place to be. So grab the calendar and make plans to get reacquainted with summer... one hiking trail, golf course and roller coaster at a time.

Chicago by Water

Paddle, sail, or cruise your way to stunning skyline views.
Think the skyline views are great from Lakeshore Drive? Try seeing them from Lake Michigan on a ship straight out of a pirate movie. Or during a sunset cruise down the Chicago River. Suddenly, Chicago seems even more stunning.

Where to Go

  • Chicago's First Lady Cruises


    Gaze up at some of the world’s tallest buildings as you listen to stories from Chicago’s past.
  • Odyssey Cruises


    Dress up, dance a little and take in Chicago’s twinkling skyline while sipping champagne.
  • Kayak Chicago


    Paddle along the Chicago River’s urban canyon and out into Lake Michigan’s ocean-like waters.
  • Navy Pier


    Take in the festive atmosphere of a half-mile pier before boarding one of the many boat tours here.
  • Tall Ship Windy


    Help hoist the sails on this four-masted schooner during an afternoon sail or romantic evening cruise.
  • Seadog Cruises


    Want less sightseeing, more adrenaline? Go full throttle on Lake Michigan with slalom runs and 360° spins.
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Hiking Illinois

Discover natural and manmade wonders.
Now is the perfect time to explore the great outdoors on foot. That’s when you uncover magical settings, experience the stillness of nature and rediscover a side of summer you forgot, or perhaps never knew existed.

Where to Go

  • Starved Rock State Park


    Breathtaking waterfalls, canyons and 13 miles of trails greet you at this popular hiking destination.
  • Shawnee National Forest


    Follow winding hilly trails beneath soaring hardwoods and be rewarded with sweeping vistas.
  • Garden of the Gods

    CITY:Karbers Ridge

    Dramatic sandstone formations and 100-foot drops are your payoff at this southern Illinois wonder.
  • The Morton Arboretum


    Hike 16 miles of open and leafy trails among 1,700 acres of woodland, wetland and prairie.
  • Matthiessen State Park


    Hikers agree: Starved Rock’s lesser-known sibling nearby has beautiful views—and less crowded trails.
  • Chicago Greeter Service


    Explore the manmade wonders of a world-class city during these guided walks.
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Golf Getaway

Play those courses you keep hearing about.
From the PGA toGolf Digest, the experts agree: Illinois is home to some of the best places to golf in the country. With courses dotted along a trail, designed by golf legends, and home to PGA championships, Illinois is the perfect golf getaway destination.

Where to Go

  • Cog Hill Golf and Country Club


    Four championship courses await, with Dubsdread ranked in the country’s Top 100 byGolf Magazine.
  • Fyre Lake Golf Club


    Challenge your game at this newly opened course designed by golf legend Jack Nicklaus.
  • Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa


    Play four championship courses, including The General, ranked in the Top 100 U.S. courses byGolf Digest.
  • TPC Deere Run


    Home to the PGA John Deere Classic and ranked among the Top 5 courses in Illinois byGolfweek Magazine.
  • WeaverRidge Golf Course


    Set in rolling hills and forested valleys, this championship course is ranked #1 in Illinois by Zagat.
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Theme Parks

Perfect for the young (and young at heart).
Summer brings out the kid in all of us. School’s out, it doesn’t get dark until late, and the little ones are always ready to head to a park and play. And if that park includes a rollercoaster or a corkscrew water slide, then all the better.

Where to Go

  • Six Flags Great America & Hurricane Harbor


    Twist and turn down roller coasters, then splash your way through a sprawling outdoor water park.
  • Magic Waters Waterpark

    CITY:Cherry Valley

    Plunge into Illinois’ largest wave pool and defy gravity on the Splash Blaster coaster.
  • Knight's Action Park


    Bumper boats coax laughs and mini golf encourages friendly competition at this longtime summer favorite.
  • Raging Rivers WaterPark


    Gaze at the Mississippi River as you glide down the Zoomin’ Cascade Body Flumes.
  • Azoosment Park at Santa's Village

    CITY:East Dundee

    Discover a petting zoo, live entertainment and plenty of rides at Santa’s summer home.
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Discover more travel ideas for summer.

With hundreds of summer attractions, you could fill your calendar from June to August and still not scratch the surface on all the summer fun that awaits here.

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