7 days in Chicago & Indiana Itinerary

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Chicago
— 3 nights
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South Bend
— 2 nights
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Fort Wayne
— 1 night
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Chicago — 3 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Bring the kids along to The Art Institute of Chicago and Millennium Park. And it doesn't end there: engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Shedd Aquarium, enjoy breathtaking views from Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, and get a new perspective on nature at Field Museum.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Chicago day trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Chicago. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in July, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to South Bend.
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Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Zoos & Aquariums
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South Bend — 2 nights

South Bend is a city in and the county seat of St. Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Pumpkinvine Nature Trail and then identify plant and animal life at Dutch Creek Farm Animal Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sat): stroll through Silver Beach County Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Whirlpool Compass Fountain, then get in on the family fun at Silver Beach Carousel, and finally take in the architecture and design of University of Notre Dame.

For reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the South Bend online visit planner.

You can drive from Chicago to South Bend in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to South Bend due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chicago in July, expect slightly colder with lows of 61°F in South Bend. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can drive to Fort Wayne.
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Fort Wayne — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Fort Wayne Children's Zoo.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Fort Wayne road trip website.

You can drive from South Bend to Fort Wayne in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Indiana travel guide

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The Hoosier State
With an extensive history of motorsports, Indiana's main claim to fame is the popular automobile race held each year in its capital city. A mostly rural state, Indiana is a land of till plains and lakes, its appearance a result of traces left behind by receding glaciers. The central section of the state, mostly flat with some rolling hills, contains some of the country's most fertile farmland. The state also contains almost 39,000 km (24,000 mi) of waterways, including the Wabash River, the longest free-flowing river east of the Mississippi. For a genuine "Hoosier" experience, tour the state's slow-paced small towns, noted for their hospitality and outstanding local cuisine. You'll remember the warmth and charm long after your vacation is over.
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