57 days in Illinois Itinerary

57 days in Illinois Itinerary

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57 days in Illinois Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Chicago
— 15 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Springfield
— 10 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Shelbyville
— 10 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Marion
— 10 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
5
Crystal Lake
— 9 nights
Drive + Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: New Delhi

15
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Museum-lovers will appreciate The Art Institute of Chicago and Museum of Science and Industry. Your inner history buff will appreciate Millennium Park and Pleasant Home. Change things up with these side-trips from Chicago: Little Red Schoolhouse (in Willow Springs), Bengtson's Pumpkin Farm (in Homer Glen) and Willowbrook Wildlife Center (in Glen Ellyn). The adventure continues: take a stroll through The Magnificent Mile, kick back and relax at North Avenue Beach, see the interesting displays at The Field Museum, and take an in-depth tour of Ernest Hemingway Birthplace.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Chicago day trip planning website .

New Delhi, India to Chicago is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, taxi, and flight. Traveling from New Delhi to Chicago, you'll gain 11 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from New Delhi in November; daily highs in Chicago reach 11°C and lows reach 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Springfield.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Oak Park, Illinois, Grosse Point Lighthouse, Baha'i House of Worship, Little Red Schoolhouse
Highlights from your plan
The Magnificent Mile ©
The Magnificent Mile
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Field Museum ©
Field Museum

10
nights
Springfield

Springfield ©
Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
Get some cultural insight at Lincoln Memorial Garden and Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Lincoln Home National Historic Site and Vachel Lindsay Home. Explore Springfield's surroundings by going to Pere Marquette State Park (in Grafton), Lake Lou Yaeger (in Litchfield) and Willoughby Heritage Farms (in Collinsville). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, admire the engineering at Melvin Price Locks and Dam, take in nature's colorful creations at The Gardens at SIUE, and don't miss a visit to Rees Memorial Carillon.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Springfield tour planner.

You can do a combination of subway and flight from Chicago to Springfield in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In December in Springfield, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and -3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Shelbyville.

Things to do in Springfield

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Collinsville, Danenberger Family Vineyards, Lincolns New Salem State Park, Christ Apple Orchard, Rader Family Farms
Highlights from your plan
Lincoln Home National Historic Site ©
Lincoln Memorial Garden ©
Lincoln Memorial Garden

10
nights
Shelbyville

Shelbyville ©
Shelbyville is a city in Shelby County, Illinois, along the Kaskaskia River. Get in touch with nature at Lake Shelbyville and Fox Ridge State Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Kickapoo State Recreation Area (in Oakwood), Urbana (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Altgeld Hall Tower, & more) and Lincoln Log Cabin (in Lerna). There's still lots to do: hike along Lincoln Trail State Park, learn about winemaking at Tuscan Hills Winery, enjoy some diversion at Curtis Orchard & Pumpkin Patch, and delve into the lush surroundings at Douglas-Hart Nature Center.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Shelbyville tour planner .

You can drive from Springfield to Shelbyville in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 6°C in December, and nighttime lows around -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Marion.

Things to do in Shelbyville

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Urbana, Casey, Silver Lake Park, Curtis Orchard & Pumpkin Patch, Tuscan Hills Winery
Highlights from your plan
Lake Shelbyville ©
Lake Shelbyville
Douglas-Hart Nature Center ©
Douglas-Hart Nature Center
Fox Ridge State Park ©
Fox Ridge State Park

10
nights
Marion

Marion ©
Marion is a city in and the county seat of Williamson County, Illinois, United States. Get a sense of the local culture at Blue Sky Vineyard and StarView Vineyards. Museum-lovers will get to explore Franklin County Historic Jail Museum and Cedarhurst Center for the Arts. Venture out of the city with trips to Dixon Springs State Park (in Golconda), Garden of the Gods (in Harrisburg) and Little Grand Canyon (in Herod). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Ferne Clyffe State Park, contemplate the waterfront views at Cache River State Natural Area, immerse yourself in nature at Fort Massac State Park, and get lost in a book at Marion Carnegie Library.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Marion travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Shelbyville to Marion takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Crystal Lake.

Things to do in Marion

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Cobden, Makanda, Alto Pass, Metropolis, Little Grand Canyon
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cedarhurst Center for the Arts ©
Cedarhurst Center for the Arts
Cache River State Natural Area ©
Cache River State Natural Area

9
nights
Crystal Lake

Crystal Lake ©
Crystal Lake is a city in McHenry County in the U.S. Get in touch with nature at Red Oak Nature Center and Elawa Farm. Get some cultural insight at Prarie States Winery and Lynfred Winery. Change things up with these side-trips from Crystal Lake: Illinois Beach State Park (in Zion), Waukegan Municipal Beach (in Waukegan) and White Pines Forest State Park (in Mount Morris). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Three Oaks Recreation Area, experience rural life at Blackberry Farm, tee off at Bloomingdale Golf Club, and look for gifts at Kernel's Gourmet Popcorn & More.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Crystal Lake trip site .

You can drive from Marion to Crystal Lake in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Marion in January, things will get a bit cooler in Crystal Lake: highs are around -1°C and lows about -11°C. You will leave for home on the 18th (Fri).

Things to do in Crystal Lake

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Fremont Public Library, Prairie States Winery, Illinois Beach State Park, Kernel's Gourmet Popcorn & More, Waukegan Municipal Beach
Highlights from your plan
Red Oak Nature Center ©
Red Oak Nature Center
Prairie States Winery ©
Prairie States Winery
Three Oaks Recreation Area ©
Three Oaks Recreation Area

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