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5 Places Near Chicago That Make for the Perfect Weekend Getaway

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Galena, Illinois

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.

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