Caught with a bad case of wanderlust and a short supply of vacation time? Look around the Midwest and you'll discover that Chicago is a launching spot for a host of fun, fast escapes. The best day trips from Chicago are filled with awe-inspiring nature, destination-worthy eats and plenty of beer—so be sure to bring a designated driver. Whether you're looking for a Labor Day getaway or a break from the best things to do in Chicago, there are plenty of amazing cities and towns to explore in Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan. Plus, you'll find some of the best hiking near Chicago along the way. Gas up the car (or buy your train ticket) and hit the road on one of the best day trips from Chicago.
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