18 days in Illinois Itinerary

18 days in Illinois Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Illinois trip planner

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Chicago
— 5 nights
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Naperville
— 4 nights
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Rockford
— 3 nights
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Springfield
— 4 nights
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Chicago

— 5 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Head to Lincoln Park and Chicago Cultural Centerfor plenty of shopping. Discover out-of-the-way places like Chicago Riverwalk and Lakefront Trail. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chicago: South Bend (Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Grotto of Our Lady Lourdes, &more). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Chicago History Museum, wander the streets of The Loop, admire the masterpieces at Richard H. Driehaus Museum, and see the interesting displays at Money Museum at the Federal Reserve Bank.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Chicago tour itinerary maker.

Stockholm, Sweden to Chicago is an approximately 12-hour flight. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Stockholm to Chicago due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Stockholm in June, with highs in Chicago at 32°C and lows at 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Naperville.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Naperville

— 4 nights
Naperville is a city in DuPage and Will counties in the U.S. state of Illinois, and a suburb of Chicago. You'll explore and learn at Cantigny Park and Batavia Depot Museum. Get some historical perspective at Riverwalk Lot and St. Charles History Museum and The Curious Fox Gift. Explore Naperville's surroundings by going to IL Route 66 Association Hall of Fame & Museum (in Pontiac), Volo Auto Museum (in Volo) and Utica (Matthiessen State Park & Starved Rock State Park). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Springbrook Prairie Forest Preserve and get engrossed in the history at Friends of the Viking Ship.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Naperville holiday maker site.

Getting from Chicago to Naperville by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Naperville can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Rockford.

Things to do in Naperville

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Rockford

— 3 nights
Rockford is the third largest city in the U.S. state of Illinois, the 171st most populous city in the United States, the largest city in Illinois outside of the Chicago metropolitan area, and the city of the 148th most populous metropolitan area in the United States. Let the collections at Discovery Center Museum and Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum & Gardens capture your imagination. Explore hidden gems such as Anderson Japanese Gardens and Thomson Causeway Recreation Area. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rockford: Lake Geneva (Geneva Lake & Geneva Lake Shore Path), Lock & Dam 13 Recreation Area (in Fulton) and Galena (Thunder Bay Falls & Horseshoe Mound).

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Rockford trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Naperville to Rockford takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In July in Rockford, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can go by car to Springfield.

Things to do in Rockford

Parks · Museums · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Springfield

— 4 nights

Flower City

Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Rockcliffe Mansion and Illinois State Museum. Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception will appeal to history buffs. When in Springfield, make a side trip to see Lincolns New Salem State Park in Petersburg, approximately Petersburg away. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Lincoln Tomb & War Memorials, take an in-depth tour of Union Station - Lincoln from History to Hollywood, snap pictures at Sugar Creek Covered Bridge, and look for all kinds of wild species at Lincoln Memorial Garden.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Springfield online travel route builder.

Drive from Rockford to Springfield in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, daily temperatures in Springfield can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Springfield

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

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.