Like a lot of newlyweds, a big honeymoon right after the wedding may not be feasible. With the cost of the reception, taking the time off, and just being able to wrap your head around planning a honeymoon while planning a wedding, things can get hectic. But this doesn't mean you can't steal a few days away with your new hubby for a romantic mini-moon. Below are some great getaways just a stone's throw from Chicago.
Lake Geneva (Above)
Lake Geneva is a beautiful resort city less than two hours outside of Chicago. The area offers activities year-round, including skiing, watersports, golf, wine festivals, and much more. Treat yourselves to a relaxing spa day at The Grand Geneva or tap into your inner kid with the indoor waterpark at Timber Ridge Lodge. There's something to do for every type of couple and interest. Read real brides' reviews here!
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Wisconsin's lakeside city may not be as big as Chicago, but it is full of amazing restaurants and trendy bars. In fact, Milwaukee was recently included in Lonely Planet's Best of the U.S. roundup! Take your honey on a brewery tour, or visit one of the city's many amazing museums. For lodging, stay at the industrial chic Iron Horse Hotel, and grab a delicious beer and sausage at the famed Milwaukee Brat House. Read real brides' reviews here!
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Soho House Chicago
While staying in the city seems to contradict the idea of a getaway, a "staycation" can prove to be quite exciting when you get to try out places you'd otherwise pass by. Take this time to finally check-out — or check-in to — the Soho House in the trendy meatpacking district. Hotel guests have access to all the amenities the members-only club offers, such as a posh rooftop pool and state-of-the-art gym.
Photo: Courtesy of Vrooman Mansion
A mini-moon is the perfect time to relax and unwind after months and months of wedding planning. The Vrooman Mansion in Bloomington, Illinois is a charming bed and breakfast where newlyweds can seek some much-needed respite after the big day. Take a stroll to nearby farmer's markets and antique stores at your leisure. Read real brides' reviews here!
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If you and the hubby like to hit the slots, why not plan an overnight at one of the area's ritzy casinos? Rivers Casino in Des Plaines lets you gamble the night away, and, as an added bonus, you're next door to the Fashion Outlets of Chicago where you can spend all your Blackjack winnings at stores like Saks Off 5th and Barneys New York Warehouse.