13 days in Chicago and Beyond Itinerary

13 days in Chicago and Beyond Itinerary

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13 days in Chicago and Beyond Itinerary

Start: Budapest
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Chicago
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Utica
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Nauvoo
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Rockford
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Budapest

4
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Millennium Park and Ernest Hemingway Birthplace will appeal to history buffs. Head to The Magnificent Mile and Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Centerfor some retail therapy. When in Chicago, make a side trip to see Prairie Wolf Slough in Highland Park, approximately 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, admire the striking features of Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, get curious at Museum of Science and Industry, and view the masterpieces at Chicago Cultural Center.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Chicago tour itinerary builder .

Budapest, Hungary to Chicago is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Budapest to Chicago is minus 7 hours. May in Chicago sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Utica.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Oak Park, Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, Prairie Wolf Slough
Highlights from your plan
Millennium Park ©
Millennium Park
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
The Field Museum ©
The Field Museum

3
nights
Utica

Utica ©
North Utica, often known as Utica, is a village in Utica Township, LaSalle County, Illinois. Visiting Starved Rock State Park and Matthiessen State Park will get you outdoors. Get some historical perspective at Weber House and Garden and Farnsworth House. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Utica: Silver Springs State Park (in Yorkville) and Illinois & Michigan Canal State Trail (in LaSalle). There's still lots to do: learn about winemaking at August Hill Winery & Illinois Sparkling Co. Tasting Room, explore the activities along Allen Park, get engrossed in the history at Hegeler Carus Mansion, and make a trip to Washington Square.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Utica travel tool .

Traveling by car from Chicago to Utica takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In May, daytime highs in Utica are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Nauvoo.

Things to do in Utica

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

LaSalle, Ottawa, Farnsworth House, Weber House and Garden, Silver Springs State Park
Highlights from your plan
Starved Rock State Park ©
Starved Rock State Park
Farnsworth House ©
Farnsworth House
Weber House and Garden ©
Weber House and Garden

2
nights
Nauvoo

Nauvoo ©
Nauvoo is a small city in Hancock County, Illinois, United States, on the Mississippi River near Fort Madison, Iowa. Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Nauvoo State Park, deepen your understanding at Historic Nauvoo, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nauvoo Temple. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Rheinberger House Museum, contemplate the long history of Brigham Young Home, then contemplate the long history of Joseph Smith Historic Site, and finally do a tasting at Baxter's Vineyards.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Nauvoo day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Utica to Nauvoo in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in May, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Rockford.

Things to do in Nauvoo

Historic Sites Museums Wineries
Highlights from your plan
Nauvoo Temple ©
Nauvoo Temple
Historic Nauvoo ©
Historic Nauvoo
Nauvoo State Park ©
Nauvoo State Park

2
nights
Rockford

Rockford ©
Rockford is the third largest city in the U.S. On the 11th (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at Severson Dells Nature Center, then look for all kinds of wild species at Kishwaukee River Forest Preserve, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Whiskey Acres Distilling Co.. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Jane Addams Recreation Trail and then identify plant and animal life at Oakdale Nature Preserve.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Rockford online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Nauvoo to Rockford takes 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in May, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rockford

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Freeport, Kishwaukee River Forest Preserve, Whiskey Acres Distilling Co.
Highlights from your plan
Whiskey Acres Distilling Co. ©
Whiskey Acres Distilling Co.
Kishwaukee River Forest Preserve ©
Kishwaukee River Forest Preserve
Severson Dells Nature Center ©
Severson Dells Nature Center