With a population close to 3 million, the hum and hustle of Chicago can be invigorating—until it’s not. When the traffic and noise get to be too much, it’s comforting to know that there are quaint small towns, prairie landscapes, and state parks that are just a short drive away. Whatever you’re after, we’ve got you covered with these equal parts charming and captivating Midwestern towns.
Perhaps you’re longing for a weekend on a scenic lake or a tour of architectural marvels and historic buildings? Maybe you need to soak up some nature on a calm, beautiful hiking trail? So, hit the road and explore these 18 towns. Escape for the day or take the whole weekend. The Midwest is yours.
Map points are arranged generally by shortest to longest distance from Chicago.Read More