15 days in Illinois Itinerary

15 days in Illinois Itinerary

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Fly
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Chicago
— 5 nights
Drive
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Bloomington
— 1 night
Drive
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Springfield
— 4 nights
Drive
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Nauvoo
— 3 nights
Drive to Quad City International Airport, Fly to Murtala Muhammed International Airport

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Chicago

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Let the collections at The Art Institute of Chicago and Cantigny Park capture your imagination. Visit Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio and Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple for their historical value. When in Chicago, make a side trip to see BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Bartlett, approximately Bartlett away. There's lots more to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Ernest Hemingway Birthplace, get curious at Field Museum, observe the fascinating underwater world at Shedd Aquarium, and admire the striking features of Marquette Building.

For photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Chicago trip itinerary maker tool.

Lagos, Nigeria to Chicago is an approximately 22-hour flight. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Lagos to Chicago due to the time zone difference. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Lagos in April: high temperatures in Chicago hover around 17°C and lows are around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Bloomington.

Things to do in Chicago

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums · Theme Parks

Side Trips

1
night
Bloomington

Bloomington is a city in and the county seat of McLean County, Illinois, United States. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): steep yourself in history at David Davis Mansion State Historic Site, explore the different monuments and memorials at Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Funks Grove Church & Chapel in the Trees.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Bloomington trip planner.

Getting from Chicago to Bloomington by car takes about 2.5 hours. April in Bloomington sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Springfield.

Things to do in Bloomington

Historic Sites

Side Trip

4
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Springfield

Flower City

Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
Appreciate the collections at Lincoln Home National Historic Site and Union Station - Lincoln from History to Hollywood. Your inner history buff will appreciate Dana-Thomas House and Camp Butler National Cemetery. Venture out of the city with trips to Soulsby Service Station (in Mount Olive), Mount Pulaski Courthouse State Historic Site (in Mount Pulaski) and Eversgerd’s Civil War Fort (in Germantown). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Edwards Place Historic Home, let little ones run wild at Washington Park, take in the views from Sugar Creek Covered Bridge, and get a sense of history and politics at Old State Capitol.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Springfield journey planning website.

Getting from Bloomington to Springfield by car takes about 1.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Springfield are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Nauvoo.

Things to do in Springfield

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

3
nights
Nauvoo

Nauvoo is a small city in Hancock County, Illinois, United States, on the Mississippi River near Fort Madison, Iowa. Get some historical perspective at Nauvoo Temple and Historic Nauvoo. Appreciate the collections at Rheinberger House Museum and Kibbe Hancock Heritage Museum. Take a break from Nauvoo with a short trip to Bailey House in Macomb, about 58 minutes away. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Nauvoo State Park, don't miss a visit to Joseph Smith Historic Site, take in the spiritual surroundings of Carthage Jail, and hike along Wildcat Springs Park.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Nauvoo trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Springfield to Nauvoo takes 3 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Nauvoo can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nauvoo

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Illinois travel guide

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Observation Decks · Parks · Art Museums
The Prairie State
The most populous state in the country's Midwest region, Illinois features a diverse landscape that includes both the enormous urban sprawl of Chicago and flat central plains, devoted almost entirely to farmland. With a great selection of things to do, Chicago is the state's centerpiece, featuring world-famous architecture and renowned museums. Farther away from this giant urban center, you can explore historical landmarks dedicated to local heroes Abraham Lincoln and Ernest Hemingway. The state also includes a prehistoric Native American site, one of only 20 World Heritage Sites in the United States, a unique feature well-worth adding to your itinerary.