20 days in Chicago & Springfield Itinerary

20 days in Chicago & Springfield Itinerary

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20 days in Chicago & Springfield Itinerary

Start: Kuwait City
Fly:  18​h
1
Chicago
— 9 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Springfield
— 7 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Chicago
— 2 nights
Fly:  18​h
End: Kuwait City

9
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
The Art Institute of Chicago and The Field Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Take a break from the city and head to Bender Park Waterfront and Weko Park. Get out of town with these interesting Chicago side-trips: Saint Joseph (Silver Beach County Park & Fishing Charters & Tours), Hawthorn Hollow - Nature Sanctuary and Arboretum (in Kenosha) and Whihala Beach (in Whiting). There's much more to do: stroll around Millennium Park, take a peaceful walk through Swallow Cliff Stairs, identify plant and animal life at Volo Bog State Natural Area, and grab your bike and head to Lakefront Trail.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Chicago trip builder tool .

Kuwait City, Kuwait to Chicago is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Kuwait City to Chicago is minus 9 hours. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Kuwait City in August: high temperatures in Chicago hover around 33°C and lows are around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to drive to Springfield.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Highland Park, Saint Joseph, Weko Park, Hawthorn Hollow - Nature Sanctuary and Arboretum, Cowles Bog
Highlights from your plan
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Field Museum ©
Field Museum
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry

7
nights
Springfield

Springfield ©
Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Lincoln Memorial Garden and Lincoln Home National Historic Site. Escape the urban bustle at Lake Shelbyville and Pere Marquette State Park. Explore Springfield's surroundings by going to Par-A-Dice Casino (in East Peoria), Lincolns New Salem State Park (in Petersburg) and Wildlife Prairie Park (in Hanna City). The adventure continues: get lost in a book at Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, learn about winemaking at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard, see the interesting displays at Illinois State Museum, and contemplate the long history of Edwards Place Historic Home.

To find ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Springfield trip planner .

You can drive from Chicago to Springfield in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of flight and bus. August in Springfield sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Chicago.

Things to do in Springfield

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Effingham, Lincolns New Salem State Park, Par-A-Dice Casino, Pere Marquette State Park, Lake Shelbyville
Highlights from your plan
Lincoln Home National Historic Site ©
Lincoln Memorial Garden ©
Lincoln Memorial Garden

2
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): explore the world behind art at Richard H. Driehaus Museum, then admire the striking features of Chicago Cultural Center, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Chicago Riverwalk, and finally try your luck at Horseshoe Hammond.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Chicago travel website .

You can drive from Springfield to Chicago in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Fun & Games

Side Trip

Horseshoe Hammond
Highlights from your plan
Lincoln Park Zoo ©
Lincoln Park Zoo
Horseshoe Hammond ©
Horseshoe Hammond
Chicago Cultural Center ©
Chicago Cultural Center

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