Day Trip Snippets


As summer is quickly coming to an end and fall approaches, it’s the perfect time of year to plan a few last minute day trips or maybe some weekend getaways during the school year, while the weather is still favorable.

Below I’ve listed a few of our favorite spots that we visit in order to escape the city from time to time. If you have any favorite locations that are not on this list, please feel free to leave a comment and share other wonderful day trip destinations that you and your family love!


* I’ve left comments on a few that I think are definitely worth checking out, especially seasonal destinations. Enjoy!


Fair Oaks Farm – – Located in Fair Oaks, IN this farm is approx. 1hr 15min from Chicago.

(Such an amazing place. Lots to do and see and the dairy cafe’ is extremely tasty)

Starved Rock State Park – – Located in Oglesby, IL. Approximately 1hr 40min from Chicago.

(Gorgeous and totally doable with kids)

Apple River Canyon State Park – – Located in Apple River, IL. Approximately 2hr 30min from Chicago.

Garden Patch Farms – – Located in Homer Glen, IL. Approximately 45min from Chicago.

(Wonderful fresh vegetables to pick)

Morton Arboretum – – Approximately 30 minutes from Chicago.

Kuiper’s Family Farm – – Approximately 1hr 14min from Chicago.

Kohl Children’s Museum – – Approximately 30 minutes from Chicago.

Russell Military Museum – – Approximately 1hr from Chicago.

(Nothing to write home about as far as the groundskeeping, but a cool “graveyard” of many military helicopters, tanks, planes, etc).

Midewin National Tall Grass Prairie – – Approximately 1hr 9min from Chicago.


Jelly Belly Factory Tour – – Approximately 1hr 4min from Chicago.

Palermo’s Factory Tour – – Approximately 1hr 40min from Chicago.

(Probably one of the best tours we’ve been on)

Mitchell Park Conservatory (Domes) – – Approximately 1hr 40min from Chicago.

(Lovely destination that can be paired with Palermo’s)


County Line Orchard – – Approximately 50 minutes from Chicago.

(Loved this place for fall apple picking)

Blueberry Ranch – – Approximately 1hr 40min from Chicago.

(If you can hit this place in July you will find some amazing blueberries)

Thistleberry Farm – – Approximately 1hr 30min from Chicago.

(Corn festival in August is great, but October is fun too)


Stover’s U-pick Farm – – Approximately 1hr 40min from Chicago.

(Our go to place ALL YEAR for u-pick fruits and vegetables. Check out their seasonal calendar for what they have)

Lavender Hill Farm – Approximately 1hr 30 min from Chicago.

(A July trip..but such a cool experience)

St, Joseph MI, Silver Beach – HUGE Splash Pad, Beach, Carousel – – Approximately 1hr 40min from Chicago.

(GO GO GO…the kids totally love this place – so much to do in one location, plus you can pair it with Stover’s U-pick farm)

Red Arrow Highway – Modern (amazing) antique shops line this road. Here is my favorite but many more to see – – Approximately 1hr 20min from Chicago.

(If you and your significant other are looking for cool stuff for the home..head to Red Arrow Highway for sure)!

Dinges Fall Harvest – – Approximately 1hr 15min from Chicago.

(Awesome for Pumpkins/Fall fun – can easily be paired with Red Arrow Highway Shops)

Dudeck’s Pine Country – – Approximately 1hr 20min from Chicago.

(We head here every year and cut down our Christmas tree. Take the kids,  even the dogs, hop on a tractor pulled hayride out to the rolling hills of Christmas trees, find the perfect tree, cut’er down, strap it to the top of the car, stop for some hot apple cider and head back to the city – love this place)!

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