Who knew that so many fun, fascinating stops wait just off the interstates? Midwest Living Deputy Editor, Barbara Morrow, discovers many along the remains of storied Route 66, including Springfield and its Lincoln sites and small towns such as Williamston with the Gemini Giant and main street antiques shops. For more Illinois getaways, check out the special section, Drive, Eat, Shop in Midwest Living’s May/June 2010 issue.
Just because a network of interstates speeds toward Chicago doesn’t mean you always have to stay in the fast lane. Turn off onto historic routes that take their time through serene countryside, and start your getaway with stops at unique main street shops and cafes. Once you reach the Windy City, you’ll also find plenty of reasons to veer off the beaten path, from ever evolving neighborhoods to new attractions, restaurants, lodgings and more.
Come with me as I make the trip from Southern Illinois to Chicago.