Labor Day weekend is the last chance for you to celebrate summer before the kids go back to school and things get into full swing at work. Even though the three-day weekend is nearly here, it’s not too late to plan a fantastic trip out of town! If you’re located in Chicago, Wisconsin, or Michigan, celebrate by getting away for the weekend to one of these five locations.


Escape To These Beautiful Labor Day Getaways Near Chicago


1. Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Visit Milwaukee, on the western shore of Lake Michigan for a weekend of beer and culture. The city is known for its many breweries, as well as its museums and breathtaking architecture. Labor Day weekend is also fun because it’s the annual Milwaukee Rally, when hundreds of Harley-Davidson owners ride in for a weekend of music, rides, and food.

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2. Madison, Wisconsin

The Saturday and Sunday of Labor Day weekend will be “Taste of Madison,” a huge food fair where more than 80 restaurants set up shop in Capitol Square and bands perform to raise money for local charitable organizations. When you’re not eating, visit the botanical gardens, the state capitol building, and nearby Lake Mendota. In New Glarus, a charming village only a forty-minute drive south of Madison, you can find a little Switzerland in the Midwest. The town was founded by immigrants and still honors its Swiss origins with traditional food and architecture. Since 1938, New Glarus has hosted the Wilhelm Tell Festival over Labor Day weekend, a play that tells the story of European power struggles in the 13th century. The festival also involves a lot of yodelling.

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3. Waukegan, Illinois

Waukegan is another city on the western shore of Lake Michigan with a host of interesting things to do on a weekend vacation. In addition to visiting the beautiful Waukegan Municipal Beach to enjoy one last summer beach trip, visitors can go to nearby Six Flags Great America and Hurricane Harbor, see a movie or concert at the historic Genesee Theatre, and play miniature golf at one of Waukegan’s many courses.

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4. Indiana Dunes, Indiana

The Indiana Dunes are breathtaking beaches along the southern tip of Lake Michigan. There’s a 15-mile coastline as well as 70 miles of trails for hikers. The area also particularly attracts bird watchers because of the hundreds of species that visit this part of the lake.

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5. Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

If you really want to get away, head to the Wisconsin Dells. If you’re traveling with kids, you’ll be happy to hear that there are numerous water parks to choose from here, including Kalahari Resorts, Noah’s Ark Water Park, and the Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park. Spend a day in nature at Mirror Lake State Park, or relax by the beautiful Wisconsin River.

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This article was written by Alina Dix.