Driving time from Chicago: 3 Hours
If you start driving northwest of Chicago, you’ll reach the charming small town of Galena. It’s a small area behind the Mississippi River that’s wrapped in Italian-style buildings every which way you look.
Galena has been triumphant in preserving the heritage of the 19th century, and you can see it through its architecture. You can get a perfect scenic view of the hilly terrain by taking an enormous hot air balloon ride in the sky.
And while here, take a stroll to visit several quaint churches, some fantastic antique shops, and enjoy the delicious dining to spend a few great moments with your loved ones.