9 days in Brookfield & Chicago Itinerary

9 days in Brookfield & Chicago Itinerary

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9 days in Brookfield & Chicago Itinerary

Start: Rochester
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5​h
— 3 nights
Drive:  30​min
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Rochester


Brookfield ©
Brookfield is a village in Cook County, Illinois, United States, 13mi west of downtown Chicago. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): trek along Little Red Schoolhouse and then meet the residents at Brookfield Zoo. On the 26th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: grab your bike and head to Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve and then get curious at Museum of Science and Industry.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Brookfield journey planner .

Rochester to Brookfield is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Rochester in August since evenings lows in Brookfield dip to 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can drive to Chicago.

Things to do in Brookfield

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve, Little Red Schoolhouse, Museum of Science and Industry
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Brookfield Zoo ©
Brookfield Zoo
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry
Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve ©
Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve


Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Family-friendly places like Silver Beach Carousel and Silver Beach County Park will thrill your kids. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Jasper-Pulaski Fish and Wildlife Area and Beer Tastings & Tours. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chicago: South Bend (Studebaker National Museum, University of Notre Dame, & more), Wilder Park Conservatory (in Elmhurst) and Grand Mere State Park (in Stevensville). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, explore the landscape on two wheels at Lakefront Trail, ponder the design of Buckingham Fountain, and see the interesting displays at Richard H. Driehaus Museum.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Chicago journey planner .

Chicago is just a short distance from Brookfield. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in August, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

South Bend, Saint Joseph, Jasper-Pulaski Fish and Wildlife Area, Grand Mere State Park, Wilder Park Conservatory
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Silver Beach County Park ©
Silver Beach County Park
Silver Beach Carousel ©
Silver Beach Carousel
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago