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Destinations near Chicago

Zug
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Destinations near Chicago

Hi,

We are a young couple going to Chicago at the end of January. We have 11 nights and will stay for a week in Chicago and then go somewhere else nearby. We were looking at going to Indianapolis or Milwaukee, but are open to any other suggestions.

Can you recommend a city or perhaps a spa-hotel relatively close to Chicago?

Would you choose Milwaukee over Indianapolis? Or perhaps another city?

Any help is greatly appreciated!

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1. Re: Destinations near Chicago

Will you have a car? If so, how far are you willing to drive?

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2. Re: Destinations near Chicago

Thanks for your response. We might rent a car or go by coach, depending on the destination of course. We would be willing to drive up to around 5-6 hours.

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3. Re: Destinations near Chicago

http://www.grandgeneva.com/

americanclubresort.com/hotel/…tac_index.html

http://www.enjoyillinois.com/

http://www.travelwisconsin.com/

http://www.michigan.org/

amtrak.com/city-guides-dining-attractions-ma…

IMO - Indianapolis and Milwaukee would be better to visit during warmer months.

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4. Re: Destinations near Chicago

Do you want to ski?

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5. Re: Destinations near Chicago

Check out French Lick, Indiana, about 5 hours from Chicago (frenchlick.com). There are two magnificent restored hotels with many amenities (including spas). A really unique experience.

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6. Re: Destinations near Chicago

Thanks for the links, we will definitely check it out. Would you say that perhaps St Louis and Detroit are better in winter?

As we live in Switzerland at the moment, we have plenty of ski options here.

Edited: 21 September 2013, 15:41
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7. Re: Destinations near Chicago

St. Louis is a good option. Detroit - not so.

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8. Re: Destinations near Chicago

No, no, not Detroit. It's too dangerous.

Edited: 22 September 2013, 02:48
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9. Re: Destinations near Chicago

if you plan to spend a week in chicago, don't rent a car, especially if you plan to stay downtown.... not worth the hassles and cost....plus, it won't e needed.....

definitely rent a car when you visit the satellite city.... if you want to do some scenic, outdoorsy stuff, indy is close to some attractions as mentioned in the other post, as well as brown county and the hoosier national forest..... but the city itself is not all that interesting, IMO..... but, if all you want to do is city-type stuff, then MKE is the way to go..... st louis also has it's attributes, and is fairly close to some nice natural attractions.... but it's the farthest of the cities you mentioned....

a recent thread on the subject:

tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g35805-i32-k685103…

if you don't wanna rent a car, MKE, STL and detroit are accessible via AMTRAK.... while other posters advised not to visit detroit (i agree with not visiting the city itself), there are some pretty good attractions outside, but not far from the city, such as greenfield village, the henry ford museum, and the tourist trap-sounding frankenmuth..... check the michigan forums for more details....

overall, as far as visiting another city, of the choices you mentioned, i would go with MKE......

PS-if you plan to visit during summer, instead of visiting another city, i would recommend visiting southwest michigan..... top notch beaches, sand dunes, state parks and wineries.... very excellent area for a short getaway........

beachtowns.org

harborcountry.org

http://www.lakemichiganshorewinetrail.com/

Edited: 22 September 2013, 12:04
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