5 Warm-Weather Escapes from Chicago
Direct flights are the absolute best
Remember last summer? You were eating pasta al fresco at Piccolo Sogno. And you uttered the words: “I will never leave this city.” Well, it’s amazing what a few months--and a 70-degree temperature dip--will do. If you can’t wait to get out of town, fear not: These direct flights will have you breathing in warm breezes in no time. (Just promise you’ll book a return flight, too.)
ORD to Aruba
White-sand beaches, constant sunshine and 82-degree temps on the daily? Yep, we can dig it. A nonstop flight on United Airlines will have you in Aruba in just over five hours. Quick tip: Make sure to visit the Arikok National Park, which covers 20 percent of the island and has a cave with a heart-shaped entrance.
ORD to Los Cabos, Mexico
Down for postcard-perfect beaches, quaint cobblestone streets and the freshest seafood you’ll ever douse in lime juice? Then you would love Los Cabos. Hop on an American Airlines flight and be slathering on suntan lotion in just over four hours.
ORD to Montego Bay, Jamaica
Picture yourself rocking out to reggae, careening over waves in a Sunfish and tasting crazy-good jerk chicken from a roadside stand. If you can dream it, you can do it. And you can--American Airlines has nonstop service to Montego Bay; the flight is about four hours.
ORD to Miami
Only have the weekend? There’s still hope for sunshine--and deliciously minty mojitos. So, Miami may not be on your bucket list. But it’s 70 degrees there right now, and you can take a United Airlines flight to be on the beach in three hours.
ORD to San Juan, Puerto Rico
OK, pick one: You could A) Sip a cup of tea while shivering in a sweater and a cashmere wrap. Or, B) Sip a daiquiri while wandering down San Juan’s blue cobblestone streets wearing flip-flops. You picked B? Good choice. A Jet Blue flight will have you landing in Puerto Rico in just over four hours.