It is located just an hour and a half from downtown Chicago. This state park is famous for its sandstone canyons, waterfalls, and river.

1. Starved Rock State Park

2. Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

Lake Geneva, is the perfect weekend trip from Chicago. A quick one-and-a-half-hour drive will get you exactly where you want to be—a picturesque lakefront escape.

3. Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Milwaukee sits on the banks of Lake Michigan and every corner of the city is picturesque. It just takes one and a half hours to reach there.

4. Madison, Wisconsin

Cheese curds. Green spaces. Beer. Art. Concerts. If any of those things appeal to you, Madison, Wisconsin is a great option for a weekend trip from Chicago.

5. Grand Rapids, Michigan

Grand Rapids is about 30 minutes east of Lake Michigan and is the state’s second-largest city. It’s full of exciting museums, delicious food, and beer scenes.