3 days in Illinois Itinerary

3 days in Illinois Itinerary

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3 days in Illinois Itinerary

Start: Madison
Drive:  2​h 45​min
1
Chicago
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Springfield
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
End: Madison

1
night
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, then explore and take pictures at Millennium Park, and then admire the landmark architecture of Chicago Cultural Center. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Ernest Hemingway Birthplace, identify plant and animal life at Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary, and then get a taste of the local shopping with The Magnificent Mile.

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Madison to Chicago is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. April in Chicago sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 40°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Springfield.

Things to do in Chicago

Shopping Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Ernest Hemingway Birthplace
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The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
The Magnificent Mile ©
The Magnificent Mile
Ernest Hemingway Birthplace ©
Ernest Hemingway Birthplace

1
night
Springfield

Springfield ©
Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Lincoln Home National Historic Site, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Lincoln Memorial Garden.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Springfield online trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Chicago to Springfield in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and bus. While traveling from Chicago, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Springfield, ranging from highs of 65°F to lows of 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Springfield

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Lincoln Memorial Garden ©
Lincoln Memorial Garden
Lincoln Home National Historic Site ©

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