3 days in Illinois Itinerary

3 days in Illinois Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Illinois attractions planner

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Chicago
— 1 night
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Galena
— 1 night
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Chicago

— 1 night

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): admire the local landmark of Buckingham Fountain, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Michigan, and then admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Swedish American Museum, kick back and relax at Rosewood Beach, then stroll around Millennium Park, and finally don't miss a visit to Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Chicago trip planning website.

Springfield to Chicago is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can drive to Galena.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks · Museums · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Galena

— 1 night
Galena is the largest city in and the county seat of Jo Daviess County, Illinois, with a population of 3,429 at the 2010 census. Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Ulysses S. Grant Home, then sample the fine beverages at Blaum Bros. Distilling Co., and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Galena road trip planning site.

You can drive from Chicago to Galena in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Chicago in August since evenings lows in Galena dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Galena

Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Spas

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.