Chicago is the Midwest’s most populous city, but Illinois is full of opportunities to get away from it all with a special someone. From Chicago, follow the Illinois River, which loosely corresponds to the national scenic byway, to Starved Rock State Park, where trails lead to Council Overhang and 18 wooded canyons, many of them with waterfalls. In the same region, Matthiessen State Park is less crowded and has the same topographical features. Glacial Park preserves 400 acres of kames, marshes, and bogs left by ice age glaciers, which are now home to migratory birds and abundant fish. Kankakee River State Park is a popular spot for bass fishing and river kayaking. Not to mention Lake Michigan’s shoreline, which is lovely and relaxed where it is surrounded by nature and interesting and vibrant where it is surrounded by city. Book a converted grain silo or lakeside cottage near Chicago for a romantic Midwestern adventure in Illinois.