31 days in Chicago and Beyond Itinerary

31 days in Chicago and Beyond Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Chicago and Beyond travel planner
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Rockford
— 3 nights
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Nauvoo
— 2 nights
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Ottawa
— 3 nights
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Chicago
— 22 nights
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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. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rockford: Oscar Taylor Home (in Freeport), Whiskey Acres Distilling Co. (in DeKalb) and The Eagle's Nest Art Colony Collection (in Oregon). The adventure continues: explore the engaging exhibits at Discovery Center Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Sinnissippi Park, get a new perspective on nature at Burpee Museum of Natural History, and look for all kinds of wild species at Severson Dells Nature Center.

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Detroit to Rockford is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Detroit to Rockford is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Detroit in January, Rockford is little chillier at night with lows of 13°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Nauvoo.
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Nauvoo — 2 nights

Nauvoo is a small city in Hancock County, Illinois, United States, on the Mississippi River near Fort Madison, Iowa. On the 5th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Historic Nauvoo and then contemplate the long history of Brigham Young Home. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nauvoo Temple, then steep yourself in history at Joseph Smith Historic Site, and then steep yourself in history at Nauvoo State Park.

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Traveling by car from Rockford to Nauvoo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Rockford in January, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Nauvoo: temperatures range from 35°F by day to 17°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can drive to Ottawa.
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Historic Sites

Ottawa — 3 nights

Ottawa is a city located at the confluence of the navigable Illinois River and Fox River in LaSalle County, Illinois, United States. Ottawa is known for spas, nature, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: indulge in some personalized pampering at SaltTreeYoga, admire the majestic nature at Starved Rock State Park, learn about winemaking at August Hill Winery & Illinois Sparkling Co. Tasting Room, and see the interesting displays at Ottawa Historical and Scouting Heritage Museum.

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Traveling by car from Nauvoo to Ottawa takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January in Ottawa, expect temperatures between 34°F during the day and 17°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Chicago.
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Chicago — 22 nights

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chicago: Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art (in Elmhurst), Riverwalk Lot (in Naperville) and The Promenade Bolingbrook (in Bolingbrook). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, enjoy breathtaking views from Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, stroll around Millennium Park, and admire the landmark architecture of 360 Chicago Observation Deck.

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Getting from Ottawa to Chicago by car takes about 1.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Chicago are 32°F, while nighttime lows are 18°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to fly back home.
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