Orbitz Originals: Illinois

Orbitz Originals: Illinois

Chicago may be its crown jewel, but there's plenty to do and see across the Prairie State. Let Orbitz and Richard Bangs show you the best of Illinois, where you can sample local wineries, hunt for ghosts and ride some roaring roller coasters. Along the way, you'll also enjoy stunning natural features, family-friendly small towns and some of Chicago's greatest cultural wonders.

Enjoying Illinois

  • Galena: Postcard-worthy small town

    Step back in time with Richard Bangs as he explores Galena and its idyllic Main Street. You haven't experienced Galena unless you've sampled its small-batch beers and popcorn—artisans here are dedicated to the craft movement, and their recipes are as authentically old-fashioned as their charming, historic storefronts.

  • Get back to nature at Starved Rock

    Stray from the beaten track—and onto picturesque dirt trails—with Richard Bangs as he explores the natural wonders of Starved Rock. He uncovers some of the best spots to disconnect from the daily grind, where you can enjoy canyons, waterfalls and forest trails as bald eagles soar overhead.

  • Thrill-seekers and families welcome

    No matter how high your threshold for fun, Gurnee, IL may blow you away. Get your adrenaline pumping with Richard Bangs as he explores the many rides and roller coasters at Six Flags. This town is also home to KeyLime Cove Resort and its sprawling waterpark, where visitors of all ages can let loose on waterslides, in wave pools and along lazy rivers.

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Must-see Chicago

  • Chicago's cultural treasures

    Some of the world's greatest cultural treasures can be found in the Windy City's renowned museums. Together with Richard Bangs, you'll discover a German submarine up close at the Museum of Science and Industry, and peer through the bones of the world's largest T-Rex skeleton at the Field Museum. The Art Institute, too, shows off this city's cultural star power with its collection of works by Picasso, Monet and Chagall.

Chicago Activities

  • Hop on-Hop off Trolley and Upper Decker Tour

    Tour the city on a trolley or open-air, double-decker bus to get to Navy Pier, Water Tower Place and the Museum Campus. See more.

  • The Adler Planetarium

    Explore the universe with immersive sky shows, a massive telescope and interactive exhibits. See more.

  • The Art Institute

    Discover an incredible collection of Impressionist works by Monet, Renoir, Van Gogh, Picasso and Matisse, just steps from Millennium Park. See more.

  • The Field Museum

    See more than 20 mummies, countless ancient artifacts and Sue, the world's largest T-Rex skeleton, at this renowned museum. See more.

  • Seadog River & Lake Architectural Cruise

    Uncover the history of Chicago's famous skyline and gaze up at skyscrapers while cruising the river. See more.

  • Spirit Chicago Dinner Cruise

    Feast on buffet options created by Chopped champion Eric LeVine and enjoy skyline views from Lake Michigan. See more.

  • Odyssey Chicago Dinner Cruise

    Sip champagne, enjoy an upscale dinner and dance amid towering skyscrapers while cruising the Chicago River on a luxury yacht. See more.

  • Chicago CityPASS

    Save 50% on combined admission by buying tickets all at once to attractions like Skydeck Chicago, The Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium and the Art Institute of Chicago—they're good for nine days, and you can skip most main-entrance lines. See more.

  • Go Chicago Card

    Skip the line and save on admission to popular attractions like Shedd Aquarium, LEGOLAND Discovery Center and the Hancock Observatory. See more.

  • Blue Man Group

    The lights, the sounds, the action—Blue Man Group is an explosive sensory experience combining interactive vaudeville, music and lots of blue face paint. See more.

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The Spirit of Adventure

  • Sprawling forests & local libations

    Southern Illinois is a feast for the senses. Sample the area's best offerings with Richard Bangs as he explores wineries tucked into the Shawnee National Forest. You'll also see the remote pathways, sprawling vineyards and forests that make this area an all-seasons destination.

  • Things that go bump in the night

    Face your fears with Richard Bangs as he experiences a brush with the paranormal at Mineral Springs Hotel. It's the most haunted place in Alton, a Southern Illinois town with a spine-chilling reputation.

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Stay in Illinois

From $135

The Talbott Hotel

4 stars
4.6 / 5 1444 reviews

Chicago, Illinois

Last Minute Deal!

From $91

Congress Plaza Hotel at Grant Park

3 stars
3.4 / 5 1225 reviews

Chicago, Illinois

Save 10% on your stay

From $126

Hyatt Regency Chicago

4 stars
4.1 / 5 745 reviews

Chicago, Illinois

Includes Free Valet Parking

From $67

Inn of Chicago, an Ascend Collection hotel

3 stars
3.5 / 5 271 reviews

Chicago, Illinois

From $115

The Palmer House Hilton

4 stars
4.1 / 5 726 reviews

Chicago, Illinois

Rate includes Breakfast

From $92

Warwick Allerton Hotel Chicago

4 stars
4.0 / 5 609 reviews

Chicago, Illinois

From $129

Marriott Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile

4 stars
4.0 / 5 174 reviews

Chicago, Illinois

Rate includes breakfast

From $115

Hilton Chicago

4 stars
4.1 / 5 272 reviews

Chicago, Illinois

Includes Self-Parking

From $302

Trump International Hotel and Tower Chicago

5 stars
4.7 / 5 48 reviews

Chicago, Illinois

From $291

The Peninsula Chicago

5 stars
4.8 / 5 61 reviews

Chicago, Illinois

From $138

Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park

4 stars
4.2 / 5 239 reviews

Chicago, Illinois

Park & Stay, Rate Includes Valet Parking

From $137

Kinzie Hotel (formerly the Amalfi Hotel)

4 stars
4.4 / 5 726 reviews

Chicago, Illinois

From $126

Sheraton Grand Chicago

4 stars
3.9 / 5 282 reviews

Chicago, Illinois

Save 20% on your stay

From $117

Hampton Inn Majestic Chicago Theatre District

3 stars
4.3 / 5 93 reviews

Chicago, Illinois

Free On The House hot breakfast, Wi-Fi

From $162

The Drake Hotel

4 stars
4.3 / 5 195 reviews

Chicago, Illinois

Rate includes Breakfast

From $98

Raffaello Hotel

4 stars
4.0 / 5 297 reviews

Chicago, Illinois

Stay 3, Save 15%

From $93

Club Quarters, Central Loop

3 stars
4.2 / 5 559 reviews

Chicago, Illinois

Save 10% On Your Stay

From $166

W Chicago - City Center

4 stars
3.8 / 5 88 reviews

Chicago, Illinois

Save 15% on your stay

From $126

Embassy Suites by Hilton Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile

3 stars
4.1 / 5 304 reviews

Chicago, Illinois

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