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Get away from Chicago for a weekend of relaxing at a spa, a game of golf, boutique shopping and museums. Many nearby hotels, resorts and inns offer affordable room rates and seasonal packages. Whether you are looking to relax on the beach, get pampered at a spa or go on a fun shopping trip, there is plenty to choose from within a few hours of Chicago.

Grand Geneva Resort from $119

Offering great activities for families and couples, Grand Geneva Resort is a newly renovated wellness center and golf resort with water slides, hot tubs, a climbing wall, pools, sauna and many other facilities to enjoy on your weekend getaway from Chicago. The resort frequently offers great packages, such as free golf, discounted rates and spa specials, so be sure to ask when booking your stay.

The American Club, Kohler from $109

The American Club, Kohler is a luxury resort with two accommodation options: The American Club and the more affordable Inn on Woodlake. About two and a half hours from Chicago, this beautiful resort offers great outdoor activities in the summer, and pools and spa relaxation in the winter. Look for couples, family and golf packages, including golf academy especially for women, golf specials, and more.

The Kohler Waters Spa is a destination for the senses, featuring a glass enclosed rooftop deck with a whirlpool, fireplace and lounge. Try the newly renovated couples suite for a relaxing side-by-side massage and other treatments. Yoga on the Lake is a premier yoga studio offering 20 classes a week taught by teachers who hold Yoga Alliance and specialty certifications and have expertise in Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga, Therapeutic Yoga, Meditation, Restorative and other types.

Hilton Chicago Indian Lakes from $129

Located 30 minutes from downtown Chicago, Hilton Chicago/Indian Lakes offers 225 acres of fun, including scenic golf, indoor and outdoor pools, and luxurious treatments. Many dining choices are available, whether you want a romantic dinner for two or a family restaurant. Nightly rates at the Hilton start at $129, including free internet access. The resort often offers special packages for families.

Dunes Walk Inn: Explore Indiana Dunes from $125

Dunes Walk Inn is a charming restored 1881 mansion on the Lake Michigan coastline. Explore Indiana Dunes (about 50 miles from Chicago) and stay at this family friendly inn which sleeps 19 guests. Ask about the "Dining in the Dunes" package at the Dunes Walk Inn which gives you a 15% discount at two local restaurants.

Mansion Hill Inn from $250

Located in downtown Madison, Wisconsin, Mansion Hill Inn is a historic getaway with luxurious guest rooms featuring Frette linens, high-definition flat screen televisions, rain fall showers, and Aveda bath products. If you are planning a romantic getaway, ask for one of the suites with whirlpool baths, in-room gas fireplaces, and access to balconies or verandas with a view. Take advantage of the Pre-Arrival Concierge to customize your stay at the Mansion Hill Inn (www.mansionhillinn.com).

Deluxe Spa Package at the Washington House Inn from $250

Washington House Inn in Cedarburg, Wisconsin, 110 miles north of Chicago, offers stylish accommodations, complimentary, afternoon complimentary wine and cheese social hour and free high speed internet access. Explore Cedarburg's Main Street with more than 70 boutiques, shops selling sweets, and restaurants. The town has several museums: the General Store Museum, Kuhefuss House Museum and the new Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts.

Try the Deluxe Package at Washington House Inn with rates from $250. The package includes: Overnight lodging in any room, Evening social hour in our Gathering room, featuring local wines and cheeses, $100 Spa service certificate at one of the local spas; and Deluxe continental breakfast in the Gathering Room or room service to your room.

More Weekend Vacations from Chicago

Lake Geneva

A popular tourist destination year-round, Lake Geneva offers fun weekend activities which range from swimming to stargazing. The beautiful glacier lake features amazing sunsets, perfect for couples planning a romantic celebration.

Lake Geneva Cruise Line offers a unique perspective from the water and includes a historic tour of the area. You can also go on a romantic sunset cruise or a jazz dinner cruise. If you prefer to explore on your own, rent a kayak from Fontana Paddle Company.

Saugatuck, Michigan

BudgetTravel calls Saugatuck one of "The Coolest Small Towns in America", famous for its galleries, restaurants and a slower pace of life. Saugatuck Center for the Arts supports established and emerging artists with unique art exhibits and music events.

Accommodation options in Saugatuck include hotels, resorts, vacation rentals and charming inns. Check into the BaySide Inn which offers romantic rooms with views of the Saugatuck Harbor.

Milwaukee

Milwaukee is an easy day trip from Chicago - take the Amtrak train which is more relaxing than driving and you won't have to worry about parking when you get there. The train ride takes an hour and a half. If you decide to spend the night, there are several reasonably priced accommodations in town.

Galena

About three hours from Chicago, Galena features historic mansions, wineries and several great spas. Top places to stay in Galena include Chestnut Mountain Resort, Goldmoor Inn and Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa.

Activities in the area include an alpine slide, Mississippi cruises, Segway tours, mini golf and biking. In the winter, there is skiing, snowboarding and kids’ programs.

Indianapolis

Indianapolis is famous for its sports events, White River State Park, museums and an open-air music venue. Downtown has more than 25 hotels, offering accommodations options that range from affordable to upscale. Regardless of your taste in food, you will be able to find something that fits your palate at over 300 restaurants.