8 days in Illinois Itinerary

8 days in Illinois Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Illinois journey planner

Make it your trip
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Chicago
— 5 nights
Drive
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Springfield
— 2 nights
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Chicago

— 5 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Chicago is known for museums, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, observe the fascinating underwater world at Shedd Aquarium, learn more about the world around you at Field Museum, and engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry.

To see ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Chicago trip maker app.

San Francisco to Chicago is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of subway and train. Traveling from San Francisco to Chicago, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in April, expect Chicago to be slightly colder, temps between 59°F and 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to drive to Springfield.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Springfield

— 2 nights

Flower City

Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
On the 9th (Fri), identify plant and animal life at Lincoln Memorial Garden, contemplate the long history of Lincoln Home National Historic Site, and then get your bearings at Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Dana-Thomas House, get engrossed in the history at The Lincoln Home Visitor Center, and then don't miss a visit to Lincoln Tomb & War Memorials.

To find out how to plan a trip to Springfield, use our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Chicago to Springfield in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Chicago in April, plan for a bit warmer days in Springfield, with highs around 65°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Springfield

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Illinois travel guide

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Observation Decks · Parks · Art Museums
The Prairie State
The most populous state in the country's Midwest region, Illinois features a diverse landscape that includes both the enormous urban sprawl of Chicago and flat central plains, devoted almost entirely to farmland. With a great selection of things to do, Chicago is the state's centerpiece, featuring world-famous architecture and renowned museums. Farther away from this giant urban center, you can explore historical landmarks dedicated to local heroes Abraham Lincoln and Ernest Hemingway. The state also includes a prehistoric Native American site, one of only 20 World Heritage Sites in the United States, a unique feature well-worth adding to your itinerary.