Discover a whole different world beyond the city limits. Marvel at the amazing architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright, stroll through formal Japanese gardens, and tour Ronald Reagan’s boyhood home
Marvel at amazing architecture in Oak Park’s Frank Lloyd Wright Historic District, where the legendary architect perfected his Prairie style of design in the late 1800s. Tours include a fascinating look inside the preserved Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio. Next, take a nature walk through the Morton Arboretum, home to 1,700 acres of gardens and world-renowned plant collections.
Have lunch at the Arboretum’s Ginkgo Restaurant, which overlooks the lovely Meadow Lake. Afterwards, experience nineteenth-century frontier life at Naperville’s Naper Settlement, a living history museum with costumed villagers and working businesses.
Or head to Brookfield Zoo, where you can catch a dolphin show at the Seven Seas. In the evening, enjoy dinner and a show at the Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook Terrace.
Follow the Blackhawk Chocolate Trail as you travel through Northwest Illinois, where several chocolate shops dot the trail. Marvel at the 48-foot-tall Black Hawk Statue that towers over the Rock River in Oregon's Lowden State Park. Nearby, enjoy a two-hour lunch cruise on the river aboard the Pride of Oregon paddle wheel riverboat.
Then travel to Grand Detour to see the John Deere Historic Site, located on the site of Deere's original blacksmith shop. Walk through Deere’s home, view exhibits and watch a resident blacksmith at work in a replica of Deere's blacksmith shop.
Afterwards, visit the little river town of Dixon to tour the Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home & Visitors Center, restored to the days when the president and his family lived there.