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Quaint and quirky winter getaways from Chicago. Door County, WI 3 hrs, 45 mins Peninsula State Park in Door County offers enough winter adventure to please a whole car full of people suffering from cabin fever.

Quaint and quirky winter getaways from Chicago

You can cross-country ski across 16 miles of groomed trails (there’s even a warming house), go snowshoeing or winter hiking, or try your luck at some ice fishing. The park also has 17 miles of scenic snowmobile trails and, for an activity everyone can enjoy, some serious sledding and snow tubing over at the park’s golf course. The February Fish Creek Winter Festival (February 5–7, 2016) has been attracting visitors from across the region for almost 30 years. Chicago’s Five Best Weekend Getaways - Forbes Travel Guide Blog. Chicago is an incredible summer destination in and of itself: miles of lakefront beaches, dozens of lake and river cruises, and all the outdoor arts and culture one has time for.

Chicago’s Five Best Weekend Getaways - Forbes Travel Guide Blog

But just outside the city are a handful of reasons to pack up the car and hit the road. From a stunning Five-Star hotel and spa destination to a picturesque peninsula on Lake Michigan, here are our favorite weekend getaways from Chicago. Madison, Wisconsin A university town located at the crossroads of two stunning lakes, Wisconsin’s capital is a lush, green retreat just two-and-a-half hours northwest of Chicago.

With 6,000 acres of parkland and the vast University of Wisconsin Arboretum, the city is overrun with scenic trails ideal for biking and hiking. Three Oaks, Michigan With fewer than 2,000 residents, the tiny village of Three Oaks, Michigan, is an hour-and-a-half drive from Chicago and offers more than its fair share of culture. Kohler, Wisconsin Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. 10 Best Weekend Road Trips Out of Chicago. 10 Best Weekend Road Trips Out of Chicago No. 10 Milwaukee No. 9 Kohler Waters Spa at The American Club Resort No. 8 Indianapolis No. 7 Elkhart and Amish Country No. 6 Lake Geneva, Wisconsin No. 5 Ann Arbor No. 4 Louisville No. 3 South Bend No. 2 New Glarus, Wisconsin No. 1 Starved Rock State Park.

10 Best Weekend Road Trips Out of Chicago

The 9 Best Weekend Getaways From Chicago: Chicagoist. We love our fair city but sometimes all the noise, traffic, politics and people make us feel a little anxious, craving for a change of scenery just for a few days.

The 9 Best Weekend Getaways From Chicago: Chicagoist

Thankfully we've got plenty of options for weekend getaways that are just a short trip from Chicago. We shared some of our favorites last year and added even more this time around. Whether you crave nature, a relaxing weekend of wining and dining or just a different skyline to enjoy, we share some of our favorite spots to check out the next time you feel a bit restless in the city. (Pleasant House in Three Oaks during a snowy weekend/Lisa White) Union Pier & Three Oaks Michigan Sometimes you just need a breath of fresh air and a slightly slower pace compared to the daily hustle of life in Chicago. After an evening of relaxing, spend the next day doing two of my favorite pastimes; drinking and eating.

Union Pier And Three Oaks (Part of the Harbor County region) are located about 75 miles Southeast from Chicago off I-94. St. St. 10 Best Road Trips from Chicago You Can Do Before Lunch. With summer winding down there's still time for one last spur-of-the-moment road trip vacation.

10 Best Road Trips from Chicago You Can Do Before Lunch

No need for security checkpoints or a black belt in airport ninjutsu, just hit the open road to any of these top 10 getaways within driving distance of Chicago. The Herrington Inn & Spa Geneva, IL Geneva, Illinois Distance from Chicago: 44 miles West; 1-hour drive (or train ride)Why it made our list: An easy 1hr drive or about-the-same Metra ride provides the quickest escape from the city. This cool little town along the Fox River has infinity outdoor restaurants tailor-made for waterfront drinking.

Continue Reading Flickr/phcordner Grand Beach, Michigan Distance from Chicago: 70 miles East; 1.25-hour driveWhy it made our list: This little strip of beach between Michigan City and New Buffalo has long attracted Chicagoans looking for a quick escape from the city, including former mayor Richard Daley, who maintains a summer residence here. Flickr/Wendy Piersall.