9 days in Illinois Itinerary

9 days in Illinois Itinerary

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Chicago — 8 nights

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Attractions like Museum of Science and Industry and Field Museum make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from Chicago: Sri Venkateswara Swami Temple (in Aurora), Escapology Orland Park (in Orland Park) and Naperville Bites and Sites Food Tours (in Naperville). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, make a trip to Millennium Park, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Lincoln Park Zoo, and have fun and explore at Chicago Children's Museum.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Chicago trip itinerary planner.

New York City to Chicago is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from New York City to Chicago. Traveling from New York City in November, things will get little chillier in Chicago: highs are around 50°F and lows about 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Parks
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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.