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28 Affordable Ways to Play and Stay in Chicago This Winter
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28 Affordable Ways to Play and Stay in Chicago This Winter

There are countless ways to experience the best of Chicago during the winter months. Fill your weekend with free attractions, theater and dining deals, and special winter packages at some of the city’s finest hotels.

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Altitude Adjustment
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Altitude Adjustment

Whether you’re standing still or on the move, these are some of the best places to see Illinois from up high.

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Meet the Eagles
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Meet the Eagles

With more wintering American bald eagles than any state outside Alaska, Illinois delivers some of the best eagle watching in the country. Make it a getaway by adding on nearby attractions.

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Shop Local
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Shop Local

Hunt for one-of-a-kind finds at unique boutiques across Illinois.

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Christmas in the City
Chicago Activities
Christmas in the City

A former Midwest resident rediscovers her love of Chicago at Christmastime, swapping Florida flip flops for the magic of the city’s snowy streets and holiday lights.

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Can't-Miss Illinois Winter Events
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Can't-Miss Illinois Winter Events

Get out this winter and enjoy family-friendly events throughout Illinois, including holiday celebrations, snowy festivals, and exciting outings.

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A Haunted Getaway in Galena
Regional Getaways Activities
A Haunted Getaway in Galena

Travel Illinois writer Jess Hoffert takes a ghost tour in Galena—and uncovers the hidden thrills of this charming river town.

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Grateful for the Gardens
Outdoors Activities
Grateful for the Gardens

Kendra L. Williams takes us on a tour of Illinois spring color, visiting the Chicago Botanic Gardens, Morton Arboretum, and Allerton Park—and tells us why this spring means more than the others.

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Making the Shot
Regional Getaways Outdoors Activities
Making the Shot

Thanks to 450-plus public golf courses capitalizing on unique local features across the state, a tour of Illinois golf tests your game in dozens of fresh ways.

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Travel Illinois Magazine

Travel Illinois Magazine

Find unexpected ways to enjoy Illinois in this biannual magazine that explores every corner of the state. Each issue offers a mix of travel stories, stunning photography and timely trip ideas that make the most of each season.

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Order a copy of Travel Illinois and also receive the Illinois State Park Guide and an Official Highway Map.

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Read Travel Illinois magazine online or download the PDF and start exploring trip ideas around Illinois.

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Hometown Pride: Chicago's LGBT Leaders on Their Favorite Summer Activities
Arts & Culture Local Experts Chicago
Hometown Pride

by Kendra L. Williams

One mentioned the 48th annual Chicago Pride Parade (June 25, 2017). Most could barely contain themselves to just five picks.

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Get Your Kicks on Illinois Route 66
Road Trips Local Experts
Get Your Kicks on Illinois Route 66

The 300-mile section of Route 66 angling across Illinois lures road-trippers seeking throwback gas stations, Muffler Men and the pleasure of taking their time.

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Girlfriend Getaway along the I&M Canal
Regional Getaways History Road Trips
Girlfriend Getaway along the I&M Canal

In the 1800s, the Illinois and Michigan Canal fueled commerce from the Illinois River to Chicago. Today, follow the canal for a history-infused, shopping-filled getaway.

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Family Fun and Some History Too
Family Fun Regional Getaways History
Family Fun and Some History Too

by Craig Hensel

Chicago-based photographer and Instagramer Craig Hensel @thecraighensel and his family take a road trip around Central Illinois.

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Q&A with Brett Eldredge
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Q&A with Brett Eldredge

Country music star Brett Eldredge loves Illinois so much, he wrote a love song about it.

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It’s a Date
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It’s a Date

Starting your romantic weekend in Millennium Park might seem surprising, but its variety captures what makes Chicago tick.

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Spring Refresh
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Spring Refresh

Chicagoland has a fantastic variety of shopping, including upscale malls and outlets to help bring any wardrobe up to date.

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What’s New at Navy Pier
Family Fun Local Experts Chicago
What’s New at Navy Pier

From our window in the sky, the view below spread out like an immense watercolor. Turquoise Lake Michigan to one side, the slate gray Chicago skyline to the other and,...

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