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Once the holiday hustle and bustle dies down, you have approximately four days in early January when you want to just chill and do nothing. And then the itch to plan returns. Scratch that itch with one of these five direct flights—each one less than $200—just in time to escape the January/February blues.

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ATLANTA (2 HOURS FROM ORD)

Chicago is known as a true foodie town, but the ATL gives it a run for its money. Spend a weekend eating your way through Umi, Buttermilk Kitchen and the rest of Buckhead’s best. Just be sure to move quickly, because the $126 mid-January airfare we found probably won’t last.

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NEW YORK CITY (2 HOURS FROM ORD)

New York is one of the most expensive cities in the world, so scoring a direct flight at $107 is kind of key. Overwhelmed by all the things to do in the Big Apple? We’re here to help.

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NEW ORLEANS (2 HOURS 30 MINUTES FROM ORD)

When you’re sitting at a sidewalk cafe in the French Quarter, devouring a beignet and listening to live jazz, you’ll have us to thank for the $146 round-trip flight in January that made it all possible. We’re so glad we could help.

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DENVER (2 HOURS 45 MINUTES FROM ORD)

What’s the point of snow if you can’t ski? With an $82 fare in early February, you can escape the flat Midwest for the Wild West. There are plenty of ski towns to choose from, but Breckenridge is the winter wonderland that has our hearts.

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PHOENIX (4 HOURS FROM ORD)

Sun. Hiking. Tank tops. None of these things are possible in Chicago in December. But in Phoenix, you can live the dream. With an $87 flight, you can afford to splurge on a luxury stay at the The Canyon Suites at The Phoenician...and maybe even a massage. 

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