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Historical Day Trips Around Chicago

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Discover the nation’s rich past by taking historical day trips around Chicago. Many historical sights are a short drive from the Chicago city center and enhance the experience of visiting this great city. Visit president Abe Lincoln’s birthplace and presidential library in Springfield, explore the living history town at Apple River Fort, see historical weapons on Rock Island and walk through ancient burial grounds of the Mississippians.
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270 W Irving Park Rd, Wood Dale, IL 60191, USA
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Located in downtown Wood Dale, the Veterans Memorial park area is a place to pay respect to those who have served in the armed forces. Dedicated on November 11th, 2000, this memorial celebrates of all members of the community who made sacrifices...
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971 N Milwaukee Ave, Wheeling, IL 60090, USA
The oldest school in Illinois was founded in 1835 in what is now Wheeling. And while the building no longer resides in its original location, you can still venture a journey to the landmark at its former spot at 971 N. Milwaukee Avenue. The market...
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413 S 8th St, Springfield, IL 62701, USA
3 hours from Chicago is the home of Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States. His Greek revival home where he lived for 20 years with his wife Mary Todd Lincoln, raised his 4 sons and received the Republican presidential nomination...
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1004, 212 N 6th St, Springfield, IL 62701, USA
Springfield is only 3 hours from Chicago and this presidential library and museum is a great follow up to the nearby Lincoln home. The exhibits cover much of the time period of Lincoln’s presidency, the Civil War, slavery and surrounding topics in...
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Reagan Boyhood Home, Dixon, IL 61021, USA
This white framed house is the boyhood home of Ronald Reagan, the 40th president of the United States. It’s situated in the town of Dixon, just a short 1.5 hour drive from Chicago and is of primary interest to Reagan buffs and anyone with an...
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Elizabethtown, IL 62931, USA
Apple River Fort is a replica of the original built by settlers in the early 1800s during the Blackhawk War. The modern day builders used axes and lathes to recreate the exact manner and methods of the older fort including hand-hewn ladders and...
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Collinsville, IL, USA
This 2,200-acre historic site was formerly the city of Cahokia. It’s the largest archaeological site related to the Mississippian culture and one of the largest earthen constructions in the Americas north of Mexico. Cahokia was inhabited from...
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15588 History Ln, Petersburg, IL 62675, USA
New Salem is a reconstructed living history town on the site of a town where president Abraham Lincoln used to live. The houses are built to reflect the 19th century time period, the general store is staffed with volunteers dressed and acting as...
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1 Rock ISland Arsenal Building 60, Rock Island Township, IL 61299, USA
The Rock Island Arsenal Museum is the Army’s second oldest museum and it opened in 1905. It showcases many obsolete munitions from handguns to cannons and several of the guns on display are the last remaining weapons of their type known to exist...