In summers past you might have found yourself battling for space on Chicago's best beaches or hitting up popular vacation destinations like California and Portugal. Not so much this year, right? This is the summer where we stay a little closer to home and appreciate everything the Midwest has to offer. These secluded getaways from Chicago have everything you're looking for—beaches, watersports, hiking—and significantly less people. All you have to do in hop in the car and take a roadtrip from Chicago to one of these spots in Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan and beyond, then bask in the nature and solitude.
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