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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like The Art Institute of Chicago and Shedd Aquarium. There's much more to do: engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry, learn more about the world around you at Field Museum, try out the rides at Navy Pier, and get to know the resident critters at Lincoln Park Zoo.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Chicago trip itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Chicago. July in Chicago sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. 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
Highlights from your plan
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry
Shedd Aquarium ©
Shedd Aquarium

4
nights
Rockford

Rockford ©
Rockford is the third largest city in the U.S. Kids will appreciate attractions like Starved Rock State Park and Anderson Japanese Gardens. Change things up with these side-trips from Rockford: SaltTreeYoga (in Ottawa), LaSalle Rotary Park (in LaSalle) and Galena (Long Hollow Canopy Tours, The Haunted Galena Tour Company, &more). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Historical Auto Attractions, immerse yourself in nature at Matthiessen State Park, make a trip to Bureau County Soldiers and Sailors Monument, and stroll around Hennepin Canal State Park.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Rockford attractions planning tool.

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, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Rockford, with lows of °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to drive to Springfield.

Things to do in Rockford

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Galena, Utica, Bureau County Soldiers and Sailors Monument, SaltTreeYoga, Rock Cut State Park
Highlights from your plan
The Haunted Galena Tour Company ©
The Haunted Galena Tour Company
Starved Rock State Park ©
Starved Rock State Park
Hennepin Canal State Park ©
Hennepin Canal State Park

3
nights
Springfield

Springfield ©
Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
Bring the kids along to Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and Lincoln Memorial Garden. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Springfield: Peoria (Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum & Grand View Drive). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Lincoln Home National Historic Site, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, steep yourself in history at Dana-Thomas House, and stroll around Union Square Park.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Springfield road trip planning site.

You can drive from Rockford to Springfield in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daytime highs in Springfield are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Springfield

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Peoria, Great River Trail
Highlights from your plan
Lincoln Memorial Garden ©
Lincoln Memorial Garden
Grand View Drive ©
Grand View Drive

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