Road trips away from Chicago this weekend – NBC Chicago
As part of the state’s progress toward a full reopening, authorities have launched a new campaign to encourage road travel throughout Illinois, providing an approved travel itinerary for each destination.
Through the Illinois Tourism Board, the Time for Me to Drive campaign details more than 60 planned trips, organized by category and length of stay.
Take a look at a few places in Illinois:
Close to the house
- Oaks Park: Spend one to three days touring Chicago suburban Frank Lloyd Wright architecture, the Ernst Hemingway Birthplace Museum, and local distilleries
- Chicago for dogs: Illinois Officials Provide List Of Pet-Friendly Activities To Do Across City
- DuPage natural sites: For one to three days, visit the best destinations to enjoy nature in the western suburbs of Naperville and Wheaton to Elmhurst and Glen Ellyn to Oak Brook and Aurora
A history trail
Unique in Illinois
- Haunted path: this one to three day trip takes you to one of the most haunted cities in the country, while offering orchards and vineyards to visit during the day
- The landscapes of southern Illinois: For nature lovers, this four to five day trip passes through a variety of state parks and locally grown bites as you travel further south
For the full list of destinations, click here.
Each route offers the ability to download, as well as click on each recommended location when booking or booking.
“After an incredibly difficult year in which the pandemic has kept us all close to home and away, life-saving vaccines are bringing us back to life and heading for a summer of fun and adventure. Today, I’m proud to launch the Time for Me to Drive campaign – inviting people to see all of Illinois, showing them adventures of all kinds: historic sites and wine tours, state parks and rock climbing, hiking and ziplining, hundreds of craft breweries and thousands of great restaurants across the state, ”said Illinois Governor JB Pritzker.
All of Illinois is expected to move to Phase 5 of the COVID-19 reopening plan on June 11, state and Chicago officials confirmed this week, marking a full reopening after the pandemic.
Phase 5 of the state’s coronavirus reopening plan would remove all remaining capacity limits and restrictions across all sectors of the economy, according to the state’s COVID website. Conventions, festivals and other large events would be allowed to run at full capacity, and masks would not be required for those vaccinated in most settings, according to CDC guidelines.