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On the road in Chicago and surrounds – DriveNow Blog

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In Chicago there are many great things to stop off and explore while you’re on the road. Admire the great city from the sky and discovering its natural surrounds.

Grab your DriveNow hire car at Chicago Airport and you’ll come across these great destinations.

360 Chicago Observation Deck (pictured)
In the heart of downtown Chicago is the 360 Observation Deck. From the 94th floor of this 344m tall building you’ll enjoy panoramic views of the magnificent city and Lake Michigan. On clear days you can see across the lake to four other states. Consider a visit at sunset, to watch the sky change to a golden colour over the city. Enjoy a nice meal at the tower too, so your views last longer.

Chicago Theatre
Take a tour of this legendary theatre to truly admire the history and finer details of the Baroque interiors. Stand on the world famous stage and search for the autographs of your favourite actors on the backstage wall. After organising a tour, it’s well worth booking tickets to see one of the latest stage plays on show now. Tickets are available via the theatre’s website.

Segway tour
Whether you’re an experienced rider or complete beginner, a Segway ride is something that absolutely anyone can do! In the city that doesn’t rest, so neither should you! Find a Segway tour company and have fun whizzing past the locals as you take in the Chicago skyline. Your group guide will also teach you about the city’s history and hidden attractions which few tourists know about.

Lake Michigan
One of the greatest things about Chicago is the beautiful, expansive body of water that sits right next to the city. In the summer months, the Lake is thriving and there are plenty of water activities. Park your car near the lake and hire a jetski for an exhilarating ride, learn to stand up paddle board or even rent a boat to explore the lake at your own pace.

Starved Rock State Park
Drive two hours southwest of the city and you’ll find this stunning state park. It’s famous for its canyons, waterfalls and several hiking trails. Another great thing about this natural wonder is its abundant recreational activities, including picnicking, fishing, horseback riding and camping. A visit to this scenic spot of Illinois is definitely worth the drive!


Brianna Piazza is an Australian television reporter and part-time travel blogger. Originally from Melbourne, she's currently living in Cairns where she works for WIN News and spends her weekends exploring the outdoors Far North Queensland.

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