It took almost a year but I finally did the trip. My sister stays in Illinois and for almost a year now, I have been meaning to take the trip down there. Summer was the perfect time to visit and also get a feel of the city. I was definitely going no where near Illinois during any other time of the year. Short story, A.E and Cold cannot co-exist when absolutely avoidable.
Even during my visit during summer, nights were chilly and on my night out discovering downtown Chicago, I had to make a quick stop at the store to buy a sweater. Chicago, Dekalb and Springfield were the cities I visited and I had a great time. I had my best time at Springfield with Oreva and Sarah and I totally look forward to making the trip again.
We roamed the city, took amazing pictures and learnt more about Abraham Lincoln than I had in my entire life. Chicago was amazing also, I had watched a lot of crime movie series that were set in Chicago and I was glad to be visiting in person. Dekalb was rural America and although I am a city typa girl, I did enjoy the serenity and landscape.
Illinois is a few hours away from DC. One hour ahead and I would totally love to return. The only misrable part of my trip was my flight. my $35.14 cheap skate return ticket eventually costed me about $200 more than I had initially planned.
I stayed with family and friends across these cities thus the only thing I mostly spent money on was food and flight.I loved every bit of the time I spent there and would totally be heading back.