The pandemic is taking a toll on mental health, and with the holidays on the horizon, the risk of total burnout is real. What can a frazzled Chicagoan do? We found fresh escapes that can heal, inspire, and deliver a new perspective, sometimes without even leaving town.

What’s your dream Ferris Bueller’s Day Off? Just because you can’t spare more than a day away from life’s demands doesn’t mean you can’t scratch those itchy feet. Read more

If you desperately want to go somewhere but have only a couple of days to spare, try one of these seven getaways — all within a three-hour drive. Read more

You don’t even have to leave the city to enjoy a meaningful respite from daily life. Check into one of Chicago’s newest hotels, order room service, and forget all the stresses of home — if only for a night. Read more

Time to use up those vacation days! Hop in the car for an invigorating experience and a much-needed change of scenery. Read more