Chicago, IL

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July 19, 2011

The Windy Cindy is home to astounding architecture, fantastic restaurants, dazzling culture and of course more than a few professional sports franchises. It’s also close to a lot of great things to do and see-all a tank of gas or less away. Whether you want to get out or chill out, there’s no shortage of wonders in the Chicago area.

North

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Places To See And Things To Do:

  • Madison Henry Vilas Zoo – This free zoo is ready to show off their lions and rhinos and bears…Oh my!
  • Fond du Lac Lake Winnegbago – Enjoy the beauty, history, and attractions (not to mention the boating and fishing) around the second largest inland lake in the U.S.
  • Wisconsin Dells Noah’s Ark Waterpark – With 49 rides, 2 wave pools and not one-but four-kids areas, you’ll find splashtastic fun in America’s largest water park.
  • Elroy  Elroy-Sparta State Trail – Hike or bike through three rock tunnels and five small towns on one of the most popular trails in Wisconsin

Places To Eat:

  • Madison The Old Fashioned – Enjoy true Wisconsin fare (including meats, cheeses and other local specialties) at this popular restaurant near the historic State Capitol.
  • Fond Du Lac Gilly’s Frozen Custard – This drive-in is a local favorite that’s been a presence in Wisconsin since the early ’50s.
  • Wisconsin Dells High Rock Café -  Consistently rated one of the top restaurants in Wisconsin Dells, the High Rock features wide variety of menu items including some seasonal dishes.

South

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Places To See And Things To Do:

  • Springfield Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum – For the history buff, take in the heritage and legacy of our 16th president.
  • Indianapolis Children’s Museum of Indianapolis – Admire the five-story Fireworks of Glass sculpture or the immersive Dinosphere at one of the most respected children’s museums in the nation.
  • Fountain City Levi Coffin House – Visit this National Historic Landmark, a prominent stop on the Underground Railroad in the 1800s.
  • Kankakee Kankakee River State Park – A beautiful park for outdoor activities like hunting, fishing, canoeing and camping.

Places To Eat:

  • Springfield Maldaner’s – Established in 1884, this restaurant offers exceptional contemporary American dining in a historical setting.
  • Indianapolis Mug N’ Bun Drive-In – Home of the Mug N’ Bun challenge: a deluxe triple tenderloin, family size fries and a 32 oz drink in 30 minutes. Regular portions also served to those that aren’t looking to stretch their stomach.
  • Terre Haute Umi Grill - Sushi and other Japanese dishes served in a comfortable, contemporary atmosphere.

East

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Places To See And Things To Do:

  • South Bend College Football Hall of Fame – Down, set, hut! Enjoy the tradition of the game through exhibits and events.
  • Chesterton Indiana Dunes State Park – Hike, walk and explore three miles of shoreline and sand dunes or take a dip in Lake Michigan.
  • Coloma Jollay Orchards – Go on a free hayride, pick apples or pumpkins, tour a cider mill or even get spooked in a haunted house…all in one place!
  • Muskegon Michigan’s Adventure – Roller coasters, water slides, shopping, games and restaurants in Michigan’s premier theme park.

Places To Eat:

  • Muskegon The Hearthstone – Local food at its finest, featuring homemade soup and one of a kind entrees.
  • South Bend Barnaby’s – Since 1969, Barnaby’s has been a local favorite restaurant for pizza and sandwiches. We recommend the Special #1—amazing!
  • Allendale The Grand Coney – Specializing in great hot dogs but also serving a variety of delicious sandwiches, salads, burgers, wraps and more.

West

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Places To See And Things To Do:

  • Utica Starved Rock State Park – Explore nature and enjoy a variety of outdoor activities at this beautiful state park.
  • LeClaire Buffalo Bill Museum – The birthplace and boyhood home of William “Buffalo Bill” Cody, this museum also features exhibits on the Civil War, riverboats and local Native American tribes.
  • Cherry Valley Magic Waters Waterpark – Cool off in the largest wave pool in Illinois, or slip slide away in one of the body or tube slides.
  • Galena Chestnut Mountain Alpine Slide – Enjoy the beautiful view as you slide down the 2,050 ft. track to the banks of the Mississippi.

Places To Eat:

  • Utica Duffy’s Tavern – A full service bar that specialized in Irish food. If you like corned beef, this is the place for you!
  • LeClaire Steventon’s – A more intimate option for those looking for a romantic night out, Stevenson’s food is as breathtaking as the view.
  • Galena Procento’s Pizzeria – Mama Mia! Procento’s offers reasonably priced, high-quality pizza and Italian food.