The Urban Dictionary defines a staycation as “A vacation that is spent at one’s home enjoying all that home and one’s home environs have to offer.”
There is plenty to do in and around Chicago this summer. The Chicago Shakespeare Theatre is putting on Shakespeare in the Park. This year the play is Shakespeare’s Greatest Hits and it is free for all. If Shakespeare isn’t your thing, think about the free events at the Chicago Cultural Center or the Newberry Library. If the outdoors is more your thing, try one of the free events at the Garfield Park Conservatory or Millennium Park.
If you’re in the mood for a drive, there are some greats places and events within a day’s drive of Chicago. My favorite summer event is The Bristol Renaissance Fair. Or you can also travel to Starved Rock State Park, which has a ton of awesome trails. If getting away from Illinois is your thing, why not take a drive up to Lake Geneva? There you can eat good food, walk the lake trail, and enjoy the sunshine.