Spring break is a rite of passage for many college students, however funds can be limited and that should not equate to limited fun. For those college students who would like to stay near Chicago and enjoy spring break, these are best options that are fun, economical and appeal to a range of interests. Here you will find the best spring break 2015 destinations near Chicago for college students.

(Photo Credit: starvedrockstatepark.org)

(Photo Credit: starvedrockstatepark.org)

Starved Rock State Park
2668 East 875th Road
Oglesby, IL 61348
(815) 667-4726

Those interested in hiking and nature will be sure to enjoy Starved Rock State Park; the park offers 13 miles of marked trails and 18 canyons. Beautiful waterfalls can also be seen at Starved Rock State Park and by spring break, depending on the temperature, the waterfalls are typically flowing. Lodging options range from camping to the Starved Rock Lodge.

Kalahari Resort
1305 Kalahari Dr.
Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965
(877) 525-2427

The college student who enjoys frolicking in the water will find Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells to be great fun. The resort is open year round and although it may be chilly outside, those who want water and fun will be sure to experience it at the indoor water park and theme park. The resort offers sleeping accommodations from guest rooms and suites to three- to 10-bedroom suites, which would be an excellent choice for a group of college students. Wisconsin Dells offers a range of restaurants and things to do; college students will definitely have great fun at Kalahari Resort and Wisconsin Dells.

Springfield, IL
Lincoln Home Visitor Center
426 South 7th Street
Springfield, IL 62701
(217) 391-3221

College students interested in learning about history and viewing historic sites will be greatly impressed with Springfield, Illinois. Along with the historic sites, attractions and tours, Springfield also offers over 200 restaurants that will satisfy any appetite. The choices of lodging are abundant from bed and breakfasts, camping to hotels, and motels. The range in prices of lodging will also accommodate almost any budget. The Official Springfield Illinois area travel information website listed offers a tremendous amount of information and a free visitor’s guide.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
Indiana Convention and Visitors Bureaus
200 South Capitol Ave., Suite 300
Indianapolis, IN 46225
(800) 323-4639

Indy’s offerings of things to do will surely keep college students busy and happy on spring break. The museums and attractions, shopping, music and nightlife plus so much more will make a vacation stay a time to remember. The top 25 local restaurants are highlighted on the website listed and places to stay overnight are abundant. Be sure to check out the website for helpful guides and maps that will make planning and touring Indy a breeze.

Milwaukee, WI
648 N. Plankinton Ave., Suite 425
Milwaukee, WI 53203
(800) 554-1448

Milwaukee offers some of the best beer and brats in the world, and so much more! The music scene in Milwaukee rocks and finding an excellent concert is easy with the abundance of local venues. If food is more intriguing, there is a wealth of restaurants, cafes and food tours for all taste buds. If there is an interest in baseball, attending a Brewers game can be a fun way to spend the day. Be sure to check out the Brewers home game schedule listed on the Visit Milwaukee website.

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