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Going home for the holidays doesn’t necessarily constitute a vacation. If you need a little getaway after spending too much time with family (with not enough wine), you’re not alone. Here are four easy trips you can take any weekend.


Head to Milwaukee

New Glarus beer isn’t the only reason to visit this booming (really!) town. Just 90 minutes from Chicago by train, the city won’t leave you wanting for old-fashioned cocktails and hip, modern hotels.

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Visit Lake Geneva

If grand, old estates sound appealing after eating turkey in tight quarters, make Lake Geneva your mini-vacation destination. About 90 minutes from Chicago by car (i.e., the length of your typical rush-hour commute), the lakeside town has so much to do. And most of it includes manses.

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Hightail It to Madison

Did you know you can hop in the car, hit the I-90 and be in an alternate universe in less than three hours? A quick jaunt from Chicago, Madison is the ultimate destination for a boho-chic adventure.

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Or Stay Right Here

You don’t necessarily have to hit the road to get a change of scenery. Maybe you have insanely high thread-count sheets, an arcade and free massages at home. No? Didn’t think so. Here are the best local hotel suites to book for a completely luxe overnight stay.

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