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5 Places Near Chicago That Make for the Perfect Weekend Getaway

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Saugatuck, Michigan

Driving time from Chicago: 2.5 Hours

Nicknamed the Art Coast of the state, this trendy resort town that’s a mere two-and-a-half-hour drive away from Chicago is chock-full of boutiques, galleries, incredible dining options, and beaches.

Grab a seat at the counter of the 100-year-old Saugatuck Drug Store, and you’ll get a feel of the town’s more traditional side that’s served up through a classic ice cream soda or malt.

You’ll be in for another nostalgia trip when you hop aboard the chain ferry: Operating since 1838, it proclaims to be the only remaining chain-driven ferry in our country, ferrying passengers across the Kalamazoo River between downtown and Oval Beach.

After dismounting on Oval Beach, beachgoers climb the 300-plus steps to the top of Mount Baldhead and get a bird’s eye view of the location.

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