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Weekend Getaways: Road Trips Away From Chicago This Weekend

As part of the state's progress in toward a full reopening, officials launched a new campaign aimed at encouraging road trips throughout Illinois, providing an approved travel itinerary for each destination.

Through the Illinois Office of Tourism, the Time for Me to Drive campaign details more than 60 planned trips, organized by categories and duration of stay.

Take a look at some spots throughout Illinois:

Close to Home

  • Oak Park: spend one to three days visiting the Chicago suburb's Frank Lloyd Wright architecture, the Ernst Hemingway Birthplace Museum and local distilleries
  • Chicago for the dogs: Illinois officials provide a list of pet-friendly activities to do throughout the city
  • DuPage nature spots: for one to three days, visit the top destinations to enjoy nature in the Western suburbs from Naperville and Wheaton to Elmhurst and Glen Ellyn to Oak Brook and Aurora

A Trail of History

Unique to Illinois

  • Haunted path: this one to three-day trip takes you to one of the most reportedly haunted cities nationwide, while still providing orchards and wineries to visit during the day
  • Southern Illinois' landscapes: for nature-lovers, this four to five-day trip goes through a variety of state parks and locally-grown bites by traveling further south

For the full list of destinations, click here.

Each itinerary provides the option to download, as well as click on each recommended location in case of booking or making reservations.

After an incredibly difficult year in which the pandemic kept us all close to home and staying apart, lifesaving vaccines are bringing us back to life and heading toward a summer of fun and venturing out. Today I’m proud to launch the Time for Me to Drive Campaign – inviting people to see all of Illinois, showing off adventures of all kinds: Historic sites and winery tours, state parks and rock climbing, hiking, and zip-lining, hundreds of craft breweries and thousands of excellent restaurants across the state," Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker said.

All of Illinois is set to move into Phase 5 of the COVID-19 reopening plan on June 11, state and Chicago officials confirmed this week, which marks a full reopening from the pandemic.

Phase 5 of the state’s coronavirus reopening plan would remove all remaining capacity limits and restrictions on all sectors of the economy, according to the state’s COVID website. Conventions, festivals and other large events would be allowed to proceed at full capacity, and masks will not be required for vaccinated individuals in most settings, per CDC guidance.

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