4 days in Chicago & Lake Forest Itinerary

4 days in Chicago & Lake Forest Itinerary

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4 days in Chicago & Lake Forest Itinerary

Start: Chicago
1
Chicago
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
2
Lake Forest
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
End: Chicago

1
night
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): meet the residents at Lincoln Park Zoo, get to know the fascinating history of Millennium Park, then admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, and finally make a trip to Cloud Gate. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: delve into the lush surroundings at Swallow Cliff Stairs and then stroll through Little Red Schoolhouse.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Chicago trip planner .

In May, daily temperatures in Chicago can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Little Red Schoolhouse, Swallow Cliff Stairs
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Lincoln Park Zoo ©
Lincoln Park Zoo
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Millennium Park ©
Millennium Park

2
nights
Lake Forest

Lake Forest ©
Lake Forest is a city located in Lake County, Illinois, United States. On the 2nd (Sun), identify plant and animal life at Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Discovery Center, and then stroll around Independence Grove Forest Preserve.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Lake Forest trip planning website .

You can drive from Chicago to Lake Forest in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in June, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Lake Forest

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Libertyville
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Independence Grove Forest Preserve ©
Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve ©
Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve
Wildlife Discovery Center ©
Wildlife Discovery Center

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