13 days in Chicago & Bloomington Itinerary

13 days in Chicago & Bloomington Itinerary

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13 days in Chicago & Bloomington Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  3​h 45​min
1
Chicago
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Bloomington
— 7 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Washington DC

5
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Step out of the city life by going to Lincoln Park Zoo and Lakefront Trail. The Art Institute of Chicago and Museum of Science and Industry will appeal to museum buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chicago: Cowles Bog (in Chesterton), Springbrook Nature Center (in Itasca) and Edward L. Ryerson Conservation Area (in Riverwoods). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Millennium Park, enjoy breathtaking views from Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, stroll through Chicago Lakefront, and admire the landmark architecture of 360 Chicago Observation Deck.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Chicago trip itinerary planning website .

Washington DC to Chicago is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. In August, daily temperatures in Chicago can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Bloomington.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Cowles Bog, Edward L. Ryerson Conservation Area, Springbrook Nature Center
Highlights from your plan
Millennium Park ©
Millennium Park
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
The Field Museum ©
The Field Museum

7
nights
Bloomington

Bloomington ©
The city of Bloomington, part of the Minneapolis-St.
Visiting National Eagle Center and Spring Lake Park Reserve will get you outdoors. Get some historical perspective at Cathedral of Saint Paul and Wabasha Street Bridge. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bloomington: Wings Over Alma Nature & Art Center (in Alma), Square Lake Park (in Stillwater) and Springbrook Nature Center (in Fridley). The adventure continues: browse the different shops at Mall of America, hike along Elm Creek Singletrack Trail, look for all kinds of wild species at Tamarack Nature Center, and stroll through Lake Elmo Park Reserve.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Bloomington sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Chicago to Bloomington takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Bloomington can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bloomington

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Minneapolis, Saint Paul, Hastings, Square Lake Park, Rock Island Swing Bridge
Highlights from your plan
National Eagle Center ©
National Eagle Center
Mall of America ©
Mall of America
Minneapolis Institute of Art ©
Minneapolis Institute of Art

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