5 days in Evanston & Makanda Itinerary

5 days in Evanston & Makanda Itinerary

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5 days in Evanston & Makanda Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Drive:  30​min
1
Evanston
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
2
Makanda
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
End: Chicago

1
night
Evanston

Evanston ©
Evanston is a city in Cook County, Illinois, United States, north of downtown Chicago, bordered by Chicago to the south, Skokie to the west, and Wilmette to the north. On the 8th (Mon), admire the striking features of Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple, then admire the striking features of Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, then take in the pleasant sights at Chicago Botanic Garden, and finally explore and take pictures at Northwestern University. On the next day, meet the residents at Brookfield Zoo and then try to win big at Horseshoe Hammond.

To see other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Evanston trip itinerary planning site .

Chicago to Evanston is an approximately 1-hour car ride. In April, plan for daily highs up to 58°F, and evening lows to 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Makanda.

Things to do in Evanston

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Fun & Games

Side Trips

Oak Park, Brookfield Zoo, Horseshoe Hammond, Chicago Botanic Garden
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Northwestern University ©
Northwestern University
Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio ©
Horseshoe Hammond ©
Horseshoe Hammond

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nights
Makanda

Makanda ©
Makanda is a village in Jackson County, Illinois, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Makanda: Garden of the Gods (in Harrisburg) and Metropolis (Superman Statue & Harrah's Metropolis). There's still lots to do: immerse yourself in nature at Giant City State Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Boo Rochman Memorial Park, look for gifts at Makanda Trading Company, and make a trip to Bald Knob Cross of Peace.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Makanda trip tool .

You can drive from Evanston to Makanda in 6 hours. Another option is to fly. In April, Makanda is a bit warmer than Evanston - with highs of 67°F and lows of 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Makanda

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Metropolis, Boo Rochman Memorial Park, Bald Knob Cross of Peace, Garden of the Gods
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Giant City State Park ©
Giant City State Park
Superman Statue ©
Superman Statue