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Weekend getaways from Chicago

From far-flung adventures to family trips, here's everything you need to plan your weekend getaways from Chicago

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Weekend getaways from Chicago are our reward for making it through week after week with hardly any complaining. While we can't always hop on a plane to Maui or even make the shorter escape to Philadelphia, we can almost always find time for a weekend away. Chicago's central location means we're just a day's drive from exploring new farmers markets, craft beer destinations and other great spots for finding regional foods. Whether you're looking for a long weekend spent hitting restaurants and bars, a relaxing staycation or a kid-friendly getaway, we've got you covered with itineraries for making the most of your adventure.

Weekend getaway ideas from Chicago

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If you love craft beer, you’ll love Grand Rapids

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Travel to Harbor Country, Michigan

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Family-friendly day trips from Chicago

These family-friendly day trips will get the kids out on the road sans the "Are we there yet?" soundtrack

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Chicago staycation ideas

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The best Chicago staycation ideas

High-rise hotels, bed-and-breakfasts and even tiny, chic boutique rooms await

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Food adventures from Chicago

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