Side Trips from Chicago Travel Guide
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Those who haven't spent much time in Chicago think that the city is surrounded by corn fields that stretch from horizon to sunset. But we know better—this is no fly-over country. In fact, there are phenomenal weekend destinations for any interest, all located within a few hours drive of the Windy City. From destination spas and lakeside golf resorts to world-class art museums and award-winning wineries, this part of the Midwest delivers on all fronts. But, lest these places become overrun, let's keep the secret going. So if anyone asks, you didn't hear about the charming town of Galena, Illinois, or the adorable beach community of Saugatuck, Michigan, from us.
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Where: Chicago with a friend and her pre-teen daughters
When: Two days in February 2014
Why: After being housebound by what seemed to be a never-ending winter (enough already!), it was time to bundle Read more
In December 2013/January 2014 my wife and I did a three week trip to the USA, with the aim of experiencing a proper North American winter. Read more