Though locals insist there's no need to ever leave Chicago, there's
plenty to see and do in nearby locales. Springfield, Illinois' state
capital, is home to the Lincoln Memorial site. Wisconsin provides
endless opportunities for exploration. Milwaukee is known for its
breweries, but it also has a great art museum, area shopping and
galleries. The House on the Rock in Spring Green contains eclectic
collections that shouldn't be missed. And for a great weekend getaway,
head to picturesque Madison or the Wisconsin Dells, the "Waterpark
Capital of the World." There's an artists' colony on the beach
of Saugatuck, MI that is worth exploring, as well as the Meyer May
House in Grand Rapids which was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
And last but not least, racing fans will want to visit Arlington Racetrack in Illinois or take a day trip to Indianapolis to see the Indy 500.