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. Her work has also appeared in a variety of online and print publications including TimeOut Chicago Kids, Self, the official Illinois Travel Guide, ModernMom.com and Recreation Management. She's a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and lives in Chicago with her husband, dog, and two precocious and precious daughters.
Day Trips from Chicago: Getaway Ideas for the Local Travelerby Elisa Drake
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 Wisconsinwhere 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 capitalsMadison, with its elegant capitol building; and Springfield, where Abraham Lincoln's legend comes to life.
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Very good information, however, in some cases, would warrant a definition of a "day trip". There are, for examples, ideas for places in Indianapolis. We are a four-hour drive one-way from Indianapolis if you don't make any stops. For me and my husband, anything over a two-hour drive one-way warrants an overnight stay, if we plan to do and see anything of interest once we get to the destination. And yes, we are in the south suburbs of Chicago. How anyone can think of Indianapolis as a quick drive must be a speed demons. Otherwise, very good little book.
Nothing here that couldn't be found online, but worth buying to avoid having to search.