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Best Weekend Getaways from Chicago

Sometimes a weekend getaway or fun day trip is exactly what you needed to shake up the weekly routine. Luckily, when it's time to escape the big city you don't need to venture too far. Chicago's central location offers many great trips all within a one- to three-hour drive. These destinations are all great places to enjoy a change of scenery and recharge the batteries if needed.

  • 1.

    Saugatuck, Michigan

    Saugatuck, Michigan

    This laid-back coastal town offers a perfect retreat about 140 miles northeast of Chicago.

  • 2.

    New Glarus, Wisconsin

    New Glarus, Wisconsin

    Sitting about 150 northwest of Chicago, visiting New Glarus is like taking a weekend trip to Switzerland.

  • 3.

    Galena, Illinois

    Galena, Illinois

    About 160 miles west of Chicago, Galena often ranks as one of the "Top Ten Most Charming Small Towns."

  • 4.

    Indiana Dunes, Indiana

    Indiana Dunes, Indiana

    Drive about 50 miles southeast of Chicago to find some of the best beaches in the United States.

  • 5.

    Starved Rock State Park, Ottawa, Illinois

    Starved Rock State Park, Ottawa, Illinois

    100 miles southwest of Chicago, Starved Rock offers one of the best natural experiences in Illinois.

  • 6.

    Cedarburg, Wisconsin

    Cedarburg, Wisconsin

    Cedarburg is gaining popularity for cozy weekend getaways. It lies about 110 miles north of Chicago.

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