11 days in Chicago and Beyond & Minneapolis Itinerary

11 days in Chicago and Beyond & Minneapolis Itinerary

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11 days in Chicago and Beyond & Minneapolis Itinerary

Start: West Lafayette
Drive:  2​h 30​min
1
Chicago
— 6 nights
Drive:  7​h
2
Minneapolis
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h 15​min
End: West Lafayette

6
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Farmhouse, Harold Washington Library Center, Baton Show Lounge, and other attractions you added. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, take a leisurely stroll along Navy Pier, and admire the landmark architecture of Chicago Cultural Center.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Chicago trip maker .

West Lafayette to Chicago is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from West Lafayette in September, Chicago is a bit warmer at night with lows of 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Milwaukee.

Things to do in Chicago

Nightlife Tours Shopping
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The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Navy Pier ©
Navy Pier
Absolutely Chicago Segway Tours ©
Absolutely Chicago Segway Tours

2
nights
Minneapolis

Minneapolis ©
Located on both banks of the Mississippi River, Minneapolis salutes the state's love of the outdoors with numerous lakes, wetlands, creeks, and waterfalls--many connected to one another by a national scenic byway great for sightseeing.
Minneapolis is known for fun & games, museums, nature, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get your game on at The Escape Game, have fun at Target Field, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Saint Paul, and admire the natural beauty at Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Minneapolis trip planning tool .

Fly from Chicago to Minneapolis in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Minneapolis can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Fun & Games Shopping Theme Parks

Side Trips

Bloomington, Cathedral of Saint Paul
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Target Field ©
Target Field
Minneapolis Institute of Art ©
Minneapolis Institute of Art
Mall of America ©
Mall of America