If you live in Chicago or are visiting nearby, here are some day trip ideas outside of the city to consider also.
Amish Country, Indiana
Just 110 miles east of Chicago, Amish Country isn’t just a complete culture shock for the city residents, but it’s also a great experience for all who drive through for the day.
Visitors of Amish Country can Drive the Heritage Trail, which requires an audio tour guide to lead you through all the hidden gems, historical monuments, and interesting places to see throughout your drive. Looking for more of a food tour? Amish Country offers a Foodie Trail for the food lovers, which directs you to the best restaurants and bars in town. If there are girls on this trip, there will be shopping and lucky for you, Amish Country has countless boutiques offering authentic gifts and clothing.
Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
There’s more to Wisconsin than just their great cheese! There’s also Lake Geneva, which may be as equally delightful. Bring a cooler of drinks and snacks and hop in the car for an hour and a half drive to the beautiful Lake Geneva! If you’re looking to spend the day outdoors in a quiet, tranquil, and scenic atmosphere, Lake Geneva is just the place to go. If you happen to drive out on a cloudy or rainy day, don’t stress! There are several excellent places to shop, eat and explore.
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Ann Arbor is about a four-hour drive from Chicago. Even though it seems like it could take a little longer to get there for a day trip, you’ll be impressed by the amount of history and culture you’ll get along with extensive options for dining, drinking, and shopping.
Ann Arbor offers some of the best beer in the country as well as the best food around. The Ann Arbor crowd is a fine mix of young professionals and middle-aged individuals that live and work in this vibrant city.