4 days in Illinois Itinerary

4 days in Illinois Itinerary

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4 days in Illinois Itinerary

Start: Springfield
1
Springfield
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Chicago
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
End: Springfield

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day
Springfield

Springfield ©
Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
On the 24th (Fri), take in nature's colorful creations at Lincoln Memorial Garden, get a sense of history and politics at Illinois State Capitol, then get to know the fascinating history of Lincoln Home National Historic Site, and finally steep yourself in history at Dana-Thomas House.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Springfield day trip tool .

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Springfield. May in Springfield sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can drive to Chicago.

Things to do in Springfield

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Dana-Thomas House ©
Dana-Thomas House
Lincoln Home National Historic Site ©

3
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Shop till you drop at The Magnificent Mile and The Art Institute of Chicago. We've included these beaches for you: Millennium Park and Shedd Aquarium. Step out of Chicago with an excursion to Centennial Beach in Naperville--about 46 minutes away. There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, contemplate the long history of Ernest Hemingway Birthplace, enjoy the sand and surf at Oak Street Beach, and pause for some photo ops at Cloud Gate.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Chicago trip maker app .

You can drive from Springfield to Chicago in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Springfield in May, expect nights in Chicago to be about the same, around 52°F, while days are little chillier, around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Chicago

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Side Trips

Ernest Hemingway Birthplace, Centennial Beach
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Millennium Park ©
Millennium Park
The Magnificent Mile ©
The Magnificent Mile
Ernest Hemingway Birthplace ©
Ernest Hemingway Birthplace

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