Opulence in Illinois

Illinois Office of Tourism Launches ‘Opulence in Illinois’ Road Trip Planner


Experience the epitome of luxury in Illinois, starting with Chicago, a city renowned for its opulent accommodations, culinary delights, and cultural experiences. Voted the number one 'Big City in the US' by Conde Nast Traveler, Chicago offers luxurious options for travellers seeking the finest indulgences. Begin your journey in the heart of the city, where top-rated hotels like Peninsula Chicago, Four Seasons Hotel Chicago, and The St. Regis Chicago await to pamper you with unparalleled service and breathtaking views. Relax and rejuvenate at world-class spas, such as The Peninsula Spa and The Four Seasons Hotel Spa or immerse yourself in the charm of historic Deer Path Inn in Lake Forest.



When it comes to dining, Chicago boasts a culinary scene that rivals any in the world. From the rustic, seasonal dishes of Private Dining by Sepia to the innovative cuisine of Smyth, awarded three Michelin stars, the city offers a feast for the senses. Explore Fulton Market, where former meatpacking warehouses have been transformed into luxury restaurants like Duck Duck Goat and Momotaro or indulge in premier shopping along The Magnificent Mile and Oak Street.


For luxury experiences, Broadway in Chicago offers world-class productions and suite service, with access to a full private bar and first-class attentive waitstaff, while the Art Institute of Chicago provides an opportunity to explore masterpieces by Van Gogh, Picasso, and Warhol on a private tour.



Just 164 miles northwest of Chicago lies Galena, a historic town nestled near the Mississippi River, offering an escape from the city for luxury travellers. Stay in romantic retreats like Goldmoor Inn & Spa or The Inn at Irish Hollow, where hiking trails and country roads await exploration. For a unique lodging experience, consider Jail Hill Inn, a restored former county jail offering gracious accommodations.


In Galena, indulge in local wines at Massbach Ridge Winery and Galena Cellars Wine Tasting Room, or sample top-shelf spirits at Blaum Bros. Distilling Co. Explore the city's shopping district for bespoke artisan pieces, and savour fine dining at Fritz & Frites on Galena’s Historic Main Street, where French and German flavours come together in culinary harmony.



Whether you're seeking the vibrant energy of Chicago or the tranquil beauty of Galena, Illinois offers a wealth of luxurious experiences for discerning travellers. With the ‘Opulence in Illinois' road trip planner, you can seamlessly blend the best of both worlds, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

Enjoy a 4-night Luxury stay in Illinois spending 2 nights in the 5* Peninsula Hotel Chicago and 2 nights 4* Goldmoor Inn Galena from £1,799pp 

Travelbag offers 2 nights staying in the 5* Peninsula Chicago on a room only board basis and 2 nights 4* Goldmoor Inn on a bed & breakfast basis from £1,799pp including direct return flights from London Heathrow with United airlines. Selected June 2024 Departures. Book by 30th May 2024. Base on two adults sharing. To book, call Travelbag on 0203 393 9620 or visit All packages subject to availability.

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Posted on: 18/04/2024

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