Peoria Winery

Peoria-area winery

Tour planners putting together girlfriend trips will find unlimited options across Illinois. A combination of festive shopping, top-notch theater and carefree sightseeing, along with tempting hotel packages, make the state a Mecca for ladies-only escapes. Here are three prime areas to consider for the next outing without the boys:

Suburban Chicago

LAKE COUNTY: There is nothing quite like walking in the world-renowned Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe. Walk the 24 gardens with your girlfriends for a relaxing morning during the summer months. Or tour Cuneo Mansion and Gardens in Vernon Hills, an estate completed in 1918. It has been donated to Loyola University and now offers summer concerts, art classes and guided tours of the gardens.

Long Grove Historic Village, with over 80 specialty shops and various festivals throughout the year, is the perfect shopping getaway. Extreme shoppers head to Gurnee Mills, where you will find more than 200 stores and a variety of restaurants.