7 days in Illinois Itinerary

7 days in Illinois Itinerary

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7 days in Illinois Itinerary

Start: Green Bay
Drive:  4​h
1
Crystal Lake
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Springfield
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Harrisburg
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Chicago
— 2 nights
subway + Fly:  3​h
End: Green Bay

1
night
Crystal Lake

Crystal Lake ©
Crystal Lake is a city in McHenry County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): sample the tasty concoctions at Scorched Earth Brewing Company and then sample the fine beverages at Whiskey Acres Distilling Co.. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Volo Bog State Natural Area, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Discovery Center, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Deer Grove Forest Preserve.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Crystal Lake trip planner .

Green Bay to Crystal Lake is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. In June in Crystal Lake, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel to Springfield.

Things to do in Crystal Lake

Wildlife Parks Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Deer Grove Forest Preserve, Scorched Earth Brewing Company, Whiskey Acres Distilling Co., Wildlife Discovery Center, Volo Bog State Natural Area
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Whiskey Acres Distilling Co. ©
Whiskey Acres Distilling Co.
Volo Bog State Natural Area ©
Volo Bog State Natural Area
Deer Grove Forest Preserve ©
Deer Grove Forest Preserve

1
night
Springfield

Springfield ©
Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, then get to know the fascinating history of Lincoln Home National Historic Site, then get a sense of history and politics at Illinois State Capitol, and finally admire the natural beauty at Lincoln Memorial Garden.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Springfield trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Crystal Lake to Springfield takes 4 hours. Traveling from Crystal Lake in June, expect a bit warmer with lows of 65°F in Springfield. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel to Harrisburg.

Things to do in Springfield

Museums Historic Sites Wildlife
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Lincoln Home National Historic Site ©
Lincoln Memorial Garden ©
Lincoln Memorial Garden

1
night
Harrisburg

Harrisburg ©
Harrisburg is a city in and the county seat of Saline County, Illinois, United States. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): stroll through Little Grand Canyon, then look for all kinds of wild species at Garden of the Gods, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Burden Falls.

To find photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Harrisburg trip builder app .

You can drive from Springfield to Harrisburg in 3.5 hours. July in Harrisburg sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 67°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Harrisburg

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Burden Falls, Little Grand Canyon
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods

2
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Rosewood Beach and Kathy Osterman Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Prairie Wolf Slough and Swallow Cliff Stairs. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, look for gifts at Schaefer's Wines and Liquors, don't miss a visit to The Magnificent Mile, and take in the exciting artwork at Skokie Northshore Sculpture Park.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Chicago online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Harrisburg to Chicago takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in July, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks Outdoors Shopping

Side Trips

Highland Park, Skokie, Swallow Cliff Stairs
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The Magnificent Mile ©
The Magnificent Mile
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Chicago Cultural Center ©
Chicago Cultural Center

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