Getaway Guide: Weekend Guide to Starved Rock State Park, Oglesby, ILDrive two hours away from everything you thought Illinois was, right into a state park that'll have you falling in love with the state all over again. If you thought everything south of I-80 was a corn field, Starved Rock State Park will show you the error of your ways. With four miles of canyons slicing through sandstone bluffs, seasonal waterfalls, scenic overlooks of the Illinois River, 13 miles of hiking trails, camping and a remodeled 1930s lodge for roughing it in style, a weekend getaway to this little slice of heaven is an absolute must no matter the season.
Getaway Guide: One-Tank Trip to Oak ParkA popular destination for those in Chicagoland, the Village of Oak Park sits just a quick jaunt down the Eisenhower Expressway, easily within one tank of gas. It’s most famous resident, Frank Lloyd Wright, left a wealth of Prairie style architecture behind, but Oak Park also boasts a past and present filled with literary and artistic genius.
Getaway Guru: Weekend Guide to New Buffalo, MINew Buffalo, Mich., a popular weekend getaway for Chicagoans, sits right in Michigan’s harbor country. The official designation for the southwest part of Berrien County, it’s just a quick swing around the bottom of Lake Michigan. New Buffalo features plenty of recreational opportunities, including boating, fishing, swimming, playtime at the Four Winds Casino Resort, and plenty of shops and restaurants to keep you busy in between.