33 days in Chicago and Beyond Itinerary

33 days in Chicago and Beyond Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Chicago and Beyond vacation planner

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Fly to Quad City International Airport, Drive to Nauvoo
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Nauvoo
— 2 nights
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Rockford
— 5 nights
Drive
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Utica
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kankakee
— 3 nights
Drive
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Chicago
— 19 nights
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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. Nauvoo is known for historic sites, wineries, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Historic Nauvoo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nauvoo Temple, learn about winemaking at Baxter's Vineyards, and make a trip to Joseph Smith Historic Site.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Nauvoo trip site.

Tampa to Nauvoo is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In August, Nauvoo is slightly colder than Tampa - with highs of 82°F and lows of 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Rockford.

Things to do in Nauvoo

Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums

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. Explore Rockford's surroundings by going to The Eagle's Nest Art Colony Collection (in Oregon), Dixon (Old Settlers Memorial Cabin & Dixon's Railroad Street Arches) and Whiskey Acres Distilling Co. (in DeKalb). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Historical Auto Attractions, admire the natural beauty at Anderson Japanese Gardens, walk around Sinnissippi Park, and identify plant and animal life at Kishwaukee River Forest Preserve.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Rockford road trip site.

You can drive from Nauvoo to Rockford in 4 hours. In August in Rockford, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 62°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can drive to Utica.

Things to do in Rockford

Parks · Museums · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Utica

— 3 nights
North Utica, often known as Utica, is a village in Utica Township, LaSalle County, Illinois. Change things up with a short trip to Weber House and Garden in Streator (about 36 minutes away). There's lots more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at SaltTreeYoga, tour the pleasant surroundings at Washington Square Park, get engrossed in the history at LaSalle County Historical Society & Museum, and examine the collection at Ottawa Historical and Scouting Heritage Museum.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Utica trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Rockford to Utica takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and taxi. In August in Utica, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 62°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can drive to Kankakee.

Things to do in Utica

Parks · Museums · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Kankakee

— 3 nights
Kankakee is a city in and the county seat of Kankakee County, Illinois, United States. Step out of Kankakee to go to Wilmington and see Gemini Giant, which is approximately 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of B. Harley Bradley House, examine the collection at Kankakee County Museum, see what you can catch with Big River Fly Fishing, and look and learn at Strickler Planetarium.

To see photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Kankakee planner.

Drive from Utica to Kankakee in 1.5 hours. August in Kankakee sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 61°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Chicago.

Things to do in Kankakee

Outdoors · Museums · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Chicago

— 19 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Explore Chicago's surroundings by going to Riverwalk Lot (in Naperville) and Wheaton (Herrick Lake Forest Preserve, First Division Museum at Cantigny, &more). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, get curious at Museum of Science and Industry, take in panoramic vistas at Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, and try out the rides at Navy Pier.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Chicago itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kankakee to Chicago in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Kankakee in August, Chicago is a bit warmer at night with lows of 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips