List of the best day trips from Chicago. You’ve seen the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower), eaten a burger at P.J. Clarke’s and ridden the Ferris wheel at Navy Pier. Now it’s time to explore the best day trip locations around Chicago. From Chicagoland to Wisconsin to Michigan, you can shop, eat, play or get close to nature with these top Chicago day trips.
Although Chicago is a major metropolitan area, did you know that you can find natural beauty just outside the city? The greater Chicagoland area contains thousands of acres of protected forest area, but for a real treat, a day trip to Starved Rock State Park might be in order. Hiking trails of all difficulties take visitors to canyons, picturesque vistas, waterfalls and more, but a range of activities are available nearby, including horseback riding, kayaking, cross-country skiing and camping.
And if exploring nature isn’t exciting enough, there’s always a Chicago day trip to Six Flags Great America. Located in Gurnee, not too far from the mega Gurnee Mills mall, the theme park is a destination for Chicagoans and tourists thanks to its thrill rides, entertainment and water park. The adventurous might take a ride on Goliath, which hits speeds of 72 miles per hour.Read this list to find the greatest day trips from Chicago, including those in the state of Illinois and in neighboring states. With so many good, easy, and cheap Chicago trips to choose from, the most difficult part will be choosing just one.
12E from Michigan City. Michigan wine/antique/beach country ends in St. Joseph's quaint brick-paved shopping district. Watch the sun set over historic St. Joseph lighthouse from the train station/pizza shop to end your day!
Beautiful beaches with Chicago's skyline hovering over Lake Michigan like a dream in the distance!
Somber but beautiful architecture both inside and outside the tomb itself.....
Dutch Village with authentic Dutch windmill from Europe. The spring tulip festival is world-famous! The renovated downtown area is vibrant and historic, and the nearby campus of Hope College is one of the most beautiful in America.
Quaint shops selling traditional Amish goods and food, and a huge outdoor country market in the heart of Amish and Mennonite country, and a lovely drive from Chicago. Watch for the Amish horse buggies on the road!
Abraham Lincoln Home Historic Site
The only home Lincoln ever owned before moving to the White House! Nice tour with rooms authentically preserved from Lincoln's time here. He gave his Presidential acceptance speech from the front doorway!