If you are planning a weekend getaway in Illinois, chances are that you have heard of one of its many famous residents. The state is proud of its past inhabitants, with tributes to the likes of Abraham Lincoln and Ernest Hemmingway still to be found in their respective hometowns. There is also plenty else to see in the state, which can be reached by the world famous Route 66.
Planning the best weekend getaways in Illinois
When you think of Illinois the first place to spring to mind is Chicago - and with good reason. If this is your first time spending a weekend getaway in Illinois, then the Windy City is a great place to start your trip. The city is quickly earning a name for itself as a competitor to big cities such as New York, thanks to its abundance of museums and galleries, its never-ending calendar of events from the St Patrick's Day Parade to its famous jazz clubs and its impressive modern architecture.
If you would prefer your weekend getaway in Illinois to be a little more relaxed, consider the town that Lincoln once called home, Springfield. Despite being the state capital, Springfield is a small city that's easily walkable and very affordable. It is also a dream destination for history buffs, with tributes to the former president all around.
Another popular spot for weekend getaways in Illinois pays tribute to the state's other icon, Ernest Hemmingway. His hometown of Oak Park has become a big draw, with a museum dedicated largely to his childhood providing one of the major attractions. The town was also once home to Frank Lloyd Wright, an architect whose studio now serves as a museum to his work.