CHICAGO (CBS) — The summer travel season kicks off this holiday weekend.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Regine Schlesinger reports, AAA says 1.8 million people will travel in Illinois for the Memorial Day holiday – a nearly 1 percent increase over last year.

Of those, the vast majority will drive.

The number of Illinois travelers going by air will be down 6 percent from last year, even though AAA says airfares are down 7 percent.

Meanwhile, gas prices appear to be coming down from their highs this spring. finds an average of $4.13 per gallon in the Chicago area.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Regine Schlesinger reports

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