Illinois travelers choose from 50 Best Western hotels.
The frigid midwest air rushes into Illinois, and makes the Prairie State a perfect spot for ol' Jack Frost. Enjoy a winter trip into the Chicago area and all of it's big city flair – hop in the rented car or jump on that chopper and begin the exploration. When you're looking for some fresh powder and local lifts, stay in St. Charles – nearby Villa Olivia is just minutes away and yields a bounty of snowy ski areas. You can also shred up the nearby Four Lakes Village, less than 45 minutes away – there's plenty of outdoor recreation in Illinois. And any winter visit to Chicago should yield a day of fun at the Winter WonderFest.
Winter in southern Illinois features some excellent college basketball, one interesting bridge spanning two states, and winter fishing at Allen Lake in Robinson. Make your way into Carbondale and take in some up and down college basketball action as the Southern Illinois University Salukis slam and jam their way back to the Big Dance. Take a scenic drive into Chester and visit, or cross, the Chester Bridge over the Mississippi River. And more centrally located, you won't want to miss the state capital. Springfield is certainly the place to stay if you want to check out the Ghost Bridge of Lincoln.