5 days in Illinois Itinerary

5 days in Illinois Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Illinois holiday maker

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Utica
— 1 day
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Springfield
— 1 night
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Chicago
— 3 nights
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Utica

— 1 day
North Utica, often known as Utica, is a village in Utica Township, LaSalle County, Illinois. Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Westclox Museum, relax and rejuvenate at SaltTreeYoga, get engrossed in the history at Hegeler Carus Mansion, then admire the majestic nature at Matthiessen State Park, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Starved Rock State Park.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Utica itinerary planner.

Milwaukee to Utica is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. When traveling from Milwaukee in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Utica: temperatures range from 72°F by day to 52°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can go by car to Springfield.

Things to do in Utica

Parks · Nature · Museums · Trails

Side Trips

Springfield

— 1 night

Flower City

Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Dana-Thomas House, then get a sense of history and politics at Old State Capitol, then take an in-depth tour of Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, and finally make a trip to Lincoln Tomb & War Memorials.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Springfield trip builder.

You can drive from Utica to Springfield in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of taxi, shuttle, and flight. May in Springfield sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Chicago.

Things to do in Springfield

Historic Sites · Museums

Chicago

— 3 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Appreciate the collections at The Art Institute of Chicago and Ernest Hemingway Birthplace. Bring the kids along to Chicago Riverwalk and Lakefront Trail. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, walk around Millennium Park, admire the landmark architecture of Chicago Cultural Center, and get curious at Museum of Science and Industry.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Chicago journey maker.

Fly from Springfield to Chicago in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Springfield, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Chicago, ranging from highs of 71°F to lows of 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Illinois travel guide

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Observation Decks · Parks · Art Museums
The Prairie State
The most populous state in the country's Midwest region, Illinois features a diverse landscape that includes both the enormous urban sprawl of Chicago and flat central plains, devoted almost entirely to farmland. With a great selection of things to do, Chicago is the state's centerpiece, featuring world-famous architecture and renowned museums. Farther away from this giant urban center, you can explore historical landmarks dedicated to local heroes Abraham Lincoln and Ernest Hemingway. The state also includes a prehistoric Native American site, one of only 20 World Heritage Sites in the United States, a unique feature well-worth adding to your itinerary.