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Chicago City Driving Ideas Guide


Situated in the Midwest on the shores of Lake Michigan, Chicago is the third largest city in the United States and a popular tourist destination. It is well known for its excellent restaurants, great shopping opportunities and jazz venues.

Chicago has many cultural attractions and its museums are ranked as some of the best to be found worldwide. They include the Adler Planetarium, the Field Museum of Natural History, the Museum of Science and Industry and the International Museum of Surgical Science. The city also has many fine art galleries which include the Art Institute of Chicago and the National Museum of Mexican Art.

Shedd Aquarium, Lincoln Park Zoo and the Museum of Photography are also well worth a visit.

Many areas outside Chicago are well worth a visit, so once you have seen enough of the “Windy City” hop in your rental car and do some exploring!

Chicago to Indiana Dunes National Beach, Indiana

51 mins to Indiana Dunes National Beach, Indiana (39 miles)(62kms) via I-90 E

Situated in the state of Indiana, the Indiana Dunes National Beach is a popular attraction for city dwellers from Chicago. It runs for an incredible 25 miles along the south of Lake Michigan.

Be sure to visit Mount Baldy, a 123-foot dune created by moving glaciers. This dune actually continues to move south at around 4 feet per year! Mount Baldy can be climbed but only along designated trails.

Bird watching is also a favourite pastime in this area, especially at the Little Calumet River, home to many Blue Herons. The best time to see these birds is during spring and fall when they migrate. While in the area, be sure to visit Pinhook Bog, a unique ecosystem. Although this bog can only be traversed by a boardwalk, there are many interesting and weird plants to be found here.

The Indiana Dunes National Park features camping facilities, swimming and hiking trails.

Accommodation in the Indiana Dunes area includes camping, inns, lodges, bed and breakfast establishments and small hotels.

Chicago to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

1 hour 30 mins to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin (83 miles)(133kms) via I-94 W

The town of Lake Geneva sits on the beautiful Geneva Lake. This 5,500 square acre body of water is an extremely popular area for water sports and other outdoor activities. These include parasailing, boating, wake boarding, water skiing, canoeing and diving. There are also four stunning beaches in the area filled with sun worshippers, and they are a great place to work on your tan.

Of course, the town of Lake Geneva has numerous other attractions and hosts a number of festivals throughout the year. Visit the outdoor museum and delve into life in the 1870’s in the region.

Be sure not to miss out on smaller towns near Lake Geneva and their unique charms such as the exotic bird shows and dancing horses found in the town of Delavan.

Accommodation in the Lake Geneva regions includes rental homes, inns, bed and breakfast establishments, cottages and hotels.

Chicago to Galena

3 hours to Galena (165 miles)(265kms) via I-90 W and US-20 W

Situated in the scenic Midwest, the town of Galena is the perfect place to visit if you want to slow things down and relax a little. Galena is home to many historic buildings, the most famous been the home of Ulysses S Grant, the 18th President of the United States as well as Dowling House, which was constructed in 1826.

There are also many attractions outside of the town including the Chestnut Mountain Ski Resort, ballooning, fishing, camping, boating and hiking.

Due to the length of the drive and the sheer beauty of the area, you may choose to stay overnight. Accommodation options in Galena include campsites, resorts, hotels, motels, bed and breakfast establishments and rental homes or apartments.

At Cheaperthancars and Cheaperthanhotels we provide great deals and lots of choice. We believe that the less you spend the more fun you can have when you get there. We really do hope you enjoy your trip to Chicago.

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