Famed for its art, bold architecture, and skyscrapers, Chicago is amongst the largest cities in the U.S. The city is also known for its well-stocked art galleries and museums. Travellers looking for serene escapades from the noise and bustle of this densely populated city have a lot of options. Here are a few of them.

Rockford, Illinois

Straddling both the banks of the Rock River in far Northern Illinois, Rockford is a beautiful city with lush green gardens and crystal blue lakes and rivers. The destination is located about 90 miles west of Chicago. It is a wonderful place to bask in peaceful surrounds far from the chaos of urban life. There are also lots of museums, art galleries, and classy restaurants here. Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden and the tranquil Anderson Japanese Gardens are a couple of not-to-miss attractions in Rockford.

Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

Lake Geneva, WisconsinThis resort town, located about 80 miles northwest of Chicago has a lively shore dotted with hotels, restaurants, and resorts. Lake Geneva is also home to world class golf resorts, soothing spas, boutique shops, fine dining restaurants, and historical sites making it an ideal getaway. Take a walking tour along historical areas, explore art galleries, go shopping, or watch the latest movies in town. For beach buffs, there are plenty of beaches along the seven-mile-long Geneva Lake. The lake also offers a wide array of water sports.

Fox River Valley, Illinois

Fox River Valley, IllinoisAn hour west of Chicago, the Fox River Valley is a perfect getaway along the winding river. The place has quite a few historical attractions. For outdoor enthusiasts the valley offers activities like Fox River Bike Trail along the Fox River in Northern Illinois. If you love arts and music check out the various galleries, studios, cinemas, and theatres here.  With a choice of charming cafes, bistros, and restaurants, Fox River Valley also boasts a colourful nightlife.

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