Little Towns on the Prairie
If the pace of the city has you stressing, consider a break in Mount Carroll (about two-and-a-half hours from the Loop). This isn’t a one-stoplight town—it’s a no stoplight town. Its one-street, cobblestone business district just 10 miles east of the Great River Road Bike Trail, is home to several marvelously idiosyncratic antique shops and just a short drive away from several wineries. The place is more friendly than fancy—you’ll find town councilmen selling homemade coffee cake at the Saturday farmers’ market.