15 days in Chicago & Bloomington Itinerary

15 days in Chicago & Bloomington Itinerary

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15 days in Chicago & Bloomington Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Drive:  11​h 45​min
1
Chicago
— 4 nights
Drive:  7​h
2
Bloomington
— 9 nights
Drive:  18​h 45​min
End: Washington DC

4
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 Chicago Lakefront. Museum-lovers will get to explore The Field Museum and The Art Institute of Chicago. Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Millennium Park, test your problem-solving skills at The Escape Game Chicago, admire all the interesting features of Wrigley Field, and engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Chicago vacation planning site .

Washington DC to Chicago is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Washington DC to Chicago. In August, daytime highs in Chicago are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Bloomington.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Millennium Park ©
Millennium Park
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry

9
nights
Bloomington

Bloomington ©
The city of Bloomington, part of the Minneapolis-St.
Get outdoors at National Eagle Center and Round Lake Park and Beach. Head to Mall of America and Rybicki Cheesefor plenty of shopping. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bloomington: Square Lake Park (in Stillwater), Extreme Sandbox (in Hastings) and Schell's (in New Ulm). There's still lots to do: delve into the lush surroundings at Baker Park Reserve, admire the sheer force of Minnehaha Park, explore the world behind art at Minneapolis Institute of Art, and explore and take pictures at Summit Avenue.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Bloomington trip itinerary maker tool .

You can fly from Chicago to Bloomington in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 64°F. On the 25th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Bloomington

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Minneapolis, Saint Paul, Candyland, National Eagle Center, Baker Park Reserve
Highlights from your plan
National Eagle Center ©
National Eagle Center
Minneapolis Institute of Art ©
Minneapolis Institute of Art
Baker Park Reserve ©
Baker Park Reserve

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