16 days in Peoria & Chicago Itinerary

16 days in Peoria & Chicago Itinerary

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16 days in Peoria & Chicago Itinerary

Start: Peoria
— 12 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
End: Peoria


Peoria ©
Peoria is a city in and the county seat of Peoria County, Illinois, United States, and the largest city on the Illinois River. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Peoria: Davenport (Vander Veer Botanical Park & Figge Art Museum), Le Claire (Buffalo Bill Museum, Mississippi River Distilling Company & Cody Road Cocktail House, & more) and Walcott (Iowa 80, World's Largest Truck Stop & Iowa 80 Trucking Museum). The adventure continues: get advice or help at Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, steep yourself in history at Lincoln Memorial Garden, get a sense of history and politics at Illinois State Capitol, and immerse yourself in nature at Matthiessen State Park.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Peoria trip planner .

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major airports are General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport, Central Illinois Regional Airport at Bloomington-Normal and Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport. October in Peoria sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Peoria

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Springfield, Le Claire, Walcott, Utica, Davenport
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Peoria Zoo ©
Peoria Zoo
Dana-Thomas House ©
Dana-Thomas House


Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
On the 22nd (Tue), admire the striking features of 360 Chicago Observation Deck, admire all the interesting features of Millennium Park, pause for some photo ops at Cloud Gate, then admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Chicago Cultural Center. Keep things going the next day: get curious at Museum of Science and Industry, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Shedd Aquarium, then admire the local landmark of Buckingham Fountain, and finally admire the striking features of Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Chicago route builder .

Traveling by car from Peoria to Chicago takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in October, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Shopping Childrens Museums
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The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Millennium Park ©
Millennium Park
Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower ©
Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower