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For many Chicagoans, summer travel isn’t a luxury. It’s a necessity. As the days grow longer and the temperatures climb, people get the urge to move. They just need to be pointed in the right direction.
That’s where Chicago comes in. Here are more than a dozen destinations, all accessible by car and, in some instances, by plane (there’s even a leisurely Great Lakes cruise). We introduce you to some of the region’s plushest resorts, hotels, and B&B’s, as well as to the plum restaurants, cultural attractions, and recreational activities nearby-inland treasures all. So this year, when summer beckons, you’ll know exactly which road to follow.
Photography by Matthew Gilson