Raft, Hike, and Drink Just Outside Chicago
Everyone could use a little summer day trip. Head out of town to Oglesby, Illinois (just an hour and a half away), and immerse yourself in nature. Begin with a whitewater rafting trip, courtesy Vermillion River Rafting. Eddies, slack pools, overhanging trees, and rocky shorelines make for a nice contrast to the Chicago skyline. Don’t forget your fishing pole or picnic lunch. Next, hit the hiking trails at Starved Rock State Park, just four miles away. Thirteen miles of well-marked trails for all skill levels lead visitors to active waterfalls and canyons. On the way home, stop at Tangled Roots Brewing to reward yourself with some craft beer. Book a tour for the full experience.