12 days in Illinois Itinerary

12 days in Illinois Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Chicago
— 4 nights
2
Rockford
— 4 nights
3
Springfield
— 3 nights

4
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Chicago is known for museums, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry, learn more about the world around you at Field Museum, and enjoy breathtaking views from 360 Chicago Observation Deck.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Chicago trip maker tool.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Chicago. In July, daytime highs in Chicago are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Rockford.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio
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The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Millennium Park
Millennium Park
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry

4
nights
Rockford

Rockford ©
Rockford is the third largest city in the U.S. Venture out of the city with trips to Galena (Blaum Bros. Distilling Co., The Haunted Galena Tour Company, &more), John Deere Historic Site (in Grand Detour) and Starved Rock State Park (in Utica). And it doesn't end there: experience rural life at Whiskey Acres Distilling Co., see the interesting displays at Historical Auto Attractions, center your mind and body at SaltTreeYoga, and stroll through Stone Bridge Trail.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Rockford trip planner.

Traveling by car from Chicago to Rockford takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway and bus. Traveling from Chicago in August, expect slightly colder with lows of °F in Rockford. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Springfield.

Things to do in Rockford

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Galena, Roscoe, SaltTreeYoga, Whiskey Acres Distilling Co., John Deere Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Whiskey Acres Distilling Co. ©
Whiskey Acres Distilling Co.
The Haunted Galena Tour Company ©
The Haunted Galena Tour Company
SaltTreeYoga ©
SaltTreeYoga

3
nights
Springfield

Springfield ©
Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
Get out of town with these interesting Springfield side-trips: BEER NUTS (in Bloomington) and Funks Grove Church & Chapel in the Trees (in McLean). And it doesn't end there: get lost in a book at Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, steep yourself in history at Lincoln Home National Historic Site, let little ones run wild at Washington Park, and stroll around Union Square Park.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Springfield vacation builder app.

Traveling by car from Rockford to Springfield takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around °F in August, and nighttime lows around °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Springfield

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

BEER NUTS, Funks Grove Church & Chapel in the Trees
Highlights from your plan
Lincoln Home National Historic Site ©
Lincoln Home National Historic Site
Lincoln Memorial Garden ©
Lincoln Memorial Garden

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