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Chicago & Beyond

Northern Illinois

A World-class City with Nearby Adventures

Chicago & Northern Illinois

Chicago may be known as the Second City, but it’s truly first class in all things culture. For globally influential architecture, incomparable museums and theaters, and award-winning restaurants and culinary experiences, there is no city on Earth quite like Chicago—it's voted the best big city in the US for a reason! And the excitement doesn’t stop at the city limits; just outside the city, there’s plenty more outdoor adventures, amusement parks, family-friendly activities and even the start of the historic Route 66.


Northern Illinois

Explore the Magnificent Mile’s shopping mecca, take in the festive atmosphere of Navy Pier, do some serious museum hopping and sample cuisine from around the world. Is it any wonder Chicago appears on the short lists of travel mags everywhere?


Northern Illinois

Rockford greets visitors with a mix of history, art and natural beauty. Explore a nature museum featuring a T. Rex, stroll through Asian gardens and discover work from David Chihuly and Ansel Adams at at the Rockford Art Museum.

Group Walking at Starved Rock

Starved Rock, Utica

Northern Illinois

Starved Rock State Park, with its serene waterfalls and beautiful lodge, offers a quiet retreat for visitors. Explore this lush forest, located just minutes from wineries, quaint shops and restaurants in Utica.


Northern Illinois

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

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