18 days in Chicago & Springfield Itinerary

18 days in Chicago & Springfield Itinerary

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18 days in Chicago & Springfield Itinerary

Start: Springfield
Drive:  3​h
1
Chicago
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Springfield
— 15 nights
End: Springfield

2
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): take a stroll through The Magnificent Mile, then explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Millennium Park. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Red Oak Nature Center and then look for all kinds of wild species at Willowbrook Wildlife Center.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Chicago day trip planner.

Springfield to Chicago is an approximately 3-hour combination of flight and subway. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In July in Chicago, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 67°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Springfield.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trips

Red Oak Nature Center, Willowbrook Wildlife Center
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The Magnificent Mile ©
The Magnificent Mile
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Willowbrook Wildlife Center ©
Willowbrook Wildlife Center

15
nights
Springfield

Springfield ©
Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Lincoln Memorial Garden and Lincolns New Salem State Park. You'll explore and learn at Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and Lincoln Home National Historic Site. Change things up with these side-trips from Springfield: Scovill Zoo (in Decatur), Collinsville (World's Largest Catsup Bottle, Kruta Bakery, & more) and Lake Shelbyville (in Shelbyville). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Dana-Thomas House, get a sense of history and politics at Old State Capitol, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Prairie State Park, and take a memorable drive along Pere Marquette State Park.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Springfield trip itinerary planning site .

Do a combination of subway and flight from Chicago to Springfield in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. July in Springfield sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 66°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Springfield

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Peoria, Belleville, Collinsville, Bloomington, Petersburg
Highlights from your plan
Lincoln Memorial Garden ©
Lincoln Memorial Garden
Lincoln Home National Historic Site ©

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