30 days in Illinois Itinerary

30 days in Illinois Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Illinois journey builder

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Chicago
— 5 nights
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Naperville
— 3 nights
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Rockford
— 5 nights
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Bloomington
— 4 nights
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Springfield
— 5 nights
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Effingham
— 2 nights
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Marion
— 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.
The Art Institute of Chicago and Chicago History Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at The Magnificent Mile and Chicago Cultural Center. Step out of Chicago with an excursion to Baha'i House of Worship in Wilmette--about 44 minutes away. There's lots more to do: shop like a local with Lincoln Park, stroll through Lakefront Trail, explore the world behind art at Richard H. Driehaus Museum, and admire the local landmark of Buckingham Fountain.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Chicago trip itinerary planning tool.

Stockholm, Sweden to Chicago is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -7 hour difference. In June, Chicago is somewhat warmer than Stockholm - with highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can go by car to Naperville.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Naperville

— 3 nights
Naperville is a city in DuPage and Will counties in the U.S. state of Illinois, and a suburb of Chicago. Get in touch with nature at Matthiessen State Park and Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Riverwalk Lot and Pioneer Sholes Historic Site. Venture out of the city with trips to Starved Rock State Park (in Utica) and Volo Auto Museum (in Volo). There's still lots to do: learn about all things military at Cantigny Park and get some fabulous bargains at Chicago Premium Outlets.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Naperville online journey builder.

Getting from Chicago to Naperville by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Naperville are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can drive to Rockford.

Things to do in Naperville

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Rockford

— 5 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. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Ulysses S. Grant Home and Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum & Gardens. Appreciate the collections at National Mustard Museum and Galena Center for the Arts. Get out of town with these interesting Rockford side-trips: Geneva Lake Shore Path (in Lake Geneva) and Galena (Spas & Blaum Bros. Distilling Co.). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Anderson Japanese Gardens, examine the collection at Historical Auto Attractions, learn more about the world around you at Burpee Museum of Natural History, and explore the engaging exhibits at Discovery Center Museum.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Rockford trip builder app.

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 June in Rockford, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Bloomington.

Things to do in Rockford

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Trails

Side Trips

Bloomington

— 4 nights
Bloomington is a city in and the county seat of McLean County, Illinois, United States. Escape the urban bustle at Grand View Drive and Wildlife Prairie Park. Get some cultural insight at Caterpillar Visitors Center and Evergreen Memorial Cemetery. Explore Bloomington's surroundings by going to Wheels O' Time Museum (in Dunlap) and Pontiac (Livingston County War Museum, IL Route 66 Association Hall of Fame & Museum, &more). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of McLean County Museum of History, stop by Beer Nuts, and trek along Constitution Trail.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Bloomington day trip planner.

You can drive from Rockford to Bloomington in 2.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Springfield.

Things to do in Bloomington

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Springfield

— 5 nights

Flower City

Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
Rockcliffe Mansion (Tours) and Illinois State Military Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Edwards Place Historic Home. Step out of Springfield with an excursion to Lincolns New Salem State Park in Petersburg--about 34 minutes away. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Illinois State Museum, get engrossed in the history at The Lincoln Home Visitor Center, make a trip to Lincoln Tomb & War Memorials, and get a sense of history and politics at Old State Capitol.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Springfield day trip site.

You can drive from Bloomington to Springfield in 1.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Springfield can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Effingham.

Things to do in Springfield

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Effingham

— 2 nights
Effingham is the largest city in, and the county seat of, Effingham County, Illinois, United States. Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): get some fabulous bargains at Hodgson Mill, then trek along TREC Calico Trail, then do a tasting at Tuscan Hills Winery, and finally see the interesting displays at Mid America Motorworks, My Garage Museum. Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of The Big Yardstick, then delve into the lush surroundings at Douglas-Hart Nature Center, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Shelbyville.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Effingham trip planning app.

You can drive from Springfield to Effingham in 2 hours. In June, daytime highs in Effingham are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Marion.

Things to do in Effingham

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Marion

— 4 nights
Marion is a city in and the county seat of Williamson County, Illinois, United States. Museum-lovers will appreciate The National Quilt Museum and Paducah Distilled Spirits. Step off the beaten path and head to Garden of the Gods and Rent One Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Paducah (Paducah Riverwalk & Purple Toad Winery) and Giant City State Park (in Makanda).

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Marion trip maker app.

You can drive from Effingham to Marion in 2 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Marion can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. You'll set off for home on the 29th (Mon).

Things to do in Marion

Parks · Museums · Nature · 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.