10 short summer vacation ideas for Chicago families


Looking for a weekend getaway or some short vacation to enjoy with your family? Well, here are ten travel ideas we have to help you plan a summer escape!

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Family day trip to Kenosha

A close and lakeside adventure awaits you less than 60 miles from downtown Chicago. Kenosha, Wis. is home to inexpensive yet fun activities for the whole family to enjoy.


Ann Arbor with kids

Ann Arbor may be a college town, but there is more for families to do and see away from the Univ. of Michigan campus.


A family trip to Hannibal, Missouri, inspired by Tom Sawyer

Five hours away from Chicago is Hannibal, Mo., the childhood home of author Samuel Clemens (also known as Mark Twain). You and your family can enjoy everything from caves to riverboats.


For Chicago families, Indianapolis is a mini trip with major fun

Just a three-hour drive away lies Indianapolis, a wonderful urban oasis of zoos, museums and hotels connected to shopping malls.


Meet me in St. Louis, a city full of free fun

Five hours away from the city is St. Louis, which offers many attractions with little or no cost.


Blueberries and beaches in SW Michigan

Southwest Michigan provides Chicago families with a beaches and blueberries escape.


Grand Geneva offers year-round family fun

Visit Grand Geneva Resort & Spa in the beautiful city of Lake Geneva


Travel Europe without leaving the Midwest

Money and time may keep your family from traveling to your ideal European destination, so explore towns with the same feel of those countries without leaving the Midwest.


Family vacation in Hershey is more than just chocolate

This may be a longer adventure, but who could turn down the chance to take in rollercoasters, buggy rides and tons of chocolate in Hershey, Pa.?


Weekend family getaway to Fort Wayne

A trip to Ft. Wayne, Ind., gives Chicago families a quick yet fun escape.


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