From the Back Cover
Need a day away to relax, refresh, renew? Just get in your car and go! This first edition of Day Trips from Chicago is your guide to hundreds of exciting things to do, see, and discover in your own backyard. With full trip-planning information and tips on where to eat, shop, and stop along the way, you can make the most of your time off and rediscover the simple pleasures of a day trip. Explore places you never knew existed, many free of charge, and most within a two-hour drive of the Chicago metro area.
Do something delicious: Taste a kringle (Racine’s signature pastry), a cheese curd (in Wisconsin—where else?), or a Cozy Dog (no corny matter in Springfield).
Do something cultural: Go museum-hopping in Champaign-Urbana, Bloomington-Normal, Madison, South Bend, and Peoria.
Do something positively political: Explore two state capitals—Madison, with its elegant capitol building; and Springfield, where Abraham Lincoln’s legend comes to life.
About the Author
Elisa Drake has covered Chicago area travel for more than a decade, including five years as an editor at Where magazine in Chicago. Working on this book gave her the opportunity to venture way beyond the city limits, rediscovering some favorite destinations and finding several new ones.