7 days in Illinois Itinerary

7 days in Illinois Itinerary

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Chicago
— 2 nights
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Galena
— 2 nights
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Utica
— 1 night
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Springfield
— 1 night

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Chicago

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Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
The Art Institute of Chicago and Richard H. Driehaus Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Chicago Riverwalk and Baha'i House of Worship. Change things up with these side-trips from Chicago: Cantigny Park (in Wheaton) and Riverwalk Lot (in Naperville). There's much more to do: trek along Lakefront Trail, contemplate the waterfront views at Chicago River, and paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Chicago online trip planner.

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Chicago. In June, daily temperatures in Chicago can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Galena.

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Cantigny Park
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Galena

Galena ©
Galena is the largest city in and the county seat of Jo Daviess County, Illinois, with a population of 3,429 at the 2010 census. On the 21st (Tue), steep yourself in history at Heritage Canyon, steep yourself in history at De Immigrant Windmill, and then see the interesting displays at Windmill Cultural Center. Here are some ideas for day two: view the masterpieces at Mangelsen - Images of Nature Gallery, stop by Galena River Wine & Cheese, shop like a local with River Bend Gallery, then contemplate the long history of Ulysses S. Grant Home, then identify plant and animal life at Horseshoe Mound, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Market House State Historic.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Galena day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Chicago to Galena takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in June, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Utica.

Things to do in Galena

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Wildlife

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Historic Site
De Immigrant Windmill
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Heritage Canyon
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Utica

Utica ©
North Utica, often known as Utica, is a village in Utica Township, LaSalle County, Illinois. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): walk around Allen Park, examine the collection at Reddick Mansion and Gardens, then see the interesting displays at Ottawa Historical and Scouting Heritage Museum, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Starved Rock State Park.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Utica online visit planner.

Getting from Galena to Utica by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, shuttle, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. June in Utica sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 61°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Springfield.

Things to do in Utica

Museums · Nature · Parks · Outdoors

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Springfield

Springfield ©

Flower City

Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): learn about all things military at Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Museum, get engrossed in the history at The Lincoln Home Visitor Center, steep yourself in history at Lincoln Home National Historic Site, then get engrossed in the history at Air Combat Museum, and finally let the kids burn off some steam at Washington Park.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Springfield online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Utica to Springfield takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of taxi, shuttle, and flight. In June, daily temperatures in Springfield can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Springfield

Museums · Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Outdoors
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Military Museum
Air Combat Museum
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