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Road trips, weekend getaways and far-flung escapes from Chicago to all across the world

48 hours in Chicago
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48 hours in Chicago

Only have a weekend in Chicago? We’ve got your itinerary

Things to do in Chicago that locals and tourists will love
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Things to do in Chicago that locals and tourists will love

Experience the best of the city with our guide to the top things to do in Chicago

14 unexpected great vacations from Chicago
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14 unexpected great vacations from Chicago

Check out some of the most intriguing direct flights out of O’Hare

Live like a Hobbit without leaving Illinois
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Live like a Hobbit without leaving Illinois

The final chapter of Peter Jackson's latest Middle-earth-set trilogy, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies hits theaters next week. When we spoke with the director about the possibility of a Tolkien-themed amusement park, he wasn't optimistic, but that doesn't mean you can't get a little taste of the Hobbit lifestyle. You don't even have to pinch your pennies and save up for a flight to New Zealand. A Hobbit-inspired cabin is available for rent just a few hundred miles away in Carbondale, Illinois, and you can reserve your stay for $147 a night. A getaway at this unique and cozy location may be the perfect gift for your favorite hairy-footed fanatic. Just remember to pack enough food for second breakfast.

9 underrated weekend getaways near Chicago
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9 underrated weekend getaways near Chicago

It’s time to cash in those spare vacation days and hit the road for a fall-fueled road trip. Whether you want to stroll through a pumpkin patch, take a scenic drive or discover fantastic seasonal eats and sips, you won’t have to go far. We explored nine Midwestern destinations that are oozing with character and fun. The best part? They’re all within five hours of Chicago.

City spotlights

Travel to Philadelphia
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Travel to Philadelphia

Get the perfect blend of historical attractions, jaw-dropping eats and world-class art

Travel to Harbor Country, Michigan
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Travel to Harbor Country, Michigan

These lakefront cities in Michigan offer a quaint escape and great amenities

Travel to Asheville
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Travel to Asheville

For a southern escape, travel to this Blue Ridge Mountains spot 

Travel to Austin
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Travel to Austin

A trip to Austin should satisfy your cravings

Travel to Nashville
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Travel to Nashville

Don’t leave Nashville without soaking up some of the local music scene

Cool Airbnbs near Chicago

Amazing Airbnb Chicago homes you can rent
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Amazing Airbnb Chicago homes you can rent

Book one of these rentals for a unique alternative to a hotel

Insanely lavish Airbnb homes you can only rent in Chicago
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Insanely lavish Airbnb homes you can only rent in Chicago

Pamper yourself with a stay at some of Chicago’s most lavish and luxurious Airbnb homes

12 beautiful Chicago lofts you can rent on Airbnb
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12 beautiful Chicago lofts you can rent on Airbnb

These loft homes boast high ceilings, plenty of light and spacious floor plans

15 historic homes near Chicago that you can rent on Airbnb
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15 historic homes near Chicago that you can rent on Airbnb

Marvel at the architecture, old-school details and quirky charm of these historic homes for rent on Airbnb

Amazing tiny houses near Chicago you can rent on Airbnb
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Amazing tiny houses near Chicago you can rent on Airbnb

Check out these Midwestern tiny houses, whose creative use of limited space make for a very unique getaway

Secret Escapes best deals

Stay in a Caribbean resort

Stay in a Caribbean resort

Save up to 60 percent when you book your next trip to Antigua, Belize or Jamaica

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Jet off to Asia

Jet off to Asia

Take some time off work and explore Thailand, Singapore or another Asian destination

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Book a hotel on the beach

Book a hotel on the beach

Escape to the sunny shores of Miami Beach, Cabo San Lucas and other beachfront locales 

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Spend some time in Europe

Spend some time in Europe

Gorgeous hotels in Venice, Mykonos and Cannes are waiting for you

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Scenic getaways

Travel to Glacier National Park
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Travel to Glacier National Park

It’s easier than ever to reach Big Sky Country—O’Hare offera a direct four-hour United flight into Kalispell

The best road trips in America
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The best road trips in America

These 11 routes combine history, dynamic scenery and a wide range of geography

The most scenic train rides in America
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The most scenic train rides in America

Embark on one of these breathtakingly scenic train rides across the U.S.

The best extreme outdoor adventures in America
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The best extreme outdoor adventures in America

There’s no need to leave the country to get your thrills

Resources for travelers

The best hotels near O’Hare
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The best hotels near O’Hare

They may not be the most luxurious, but these Chicago airport hotels are convenient

5 things to do at O’Hare if your flight is delayed or canceled
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5 things to do at O’Hare if your flight is delayed or canceled

It doesn't matter where you're flying—eventually you’re going to experience a delay 

The best airports (and worst airports) in America
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The best airports (and worst airports) in America

Some of the best airports in the U.S. are the kinds of places in which you might hope to get stuck

Chicago transit guide
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Chicago transit guide

If you're looking for a way to get around Chicago, the cheapest way to and from the Loop is to hop on a bus or train

The 6 best and 6 worst El stations
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The 6 best and 6 worst El stations

A closer look at some of Chicago's best (and worst) train stations