Chicago is, without a doubt, the greatest city in America (in our humble opinion here at Perillo BMW), but the fast-paced bustle, heavy traffic, and industrial colors of city-living can be exhausting at times. Luckily for Chicagoans, the Windy City is tucked into some of the loveliest landscapes in the Midwest, from the blue shores of Lake Michigan to the woodsy sights of the Chicago “exurbs.”
Now, if you’re a BMW owner, you surely already know the revitalizing properties behind the wheel of a BMW, but where should you roam in your beloved Bimmer? Here are some of the best scenic drives around Chicago.
Spoon River Valley
Fall is just around the corner and there’s no better place to bask in all the fiery colors of the season than in Spoon River Valley. Head west on I-80 for about three hours and you’ll be winding alongside the titular river for miles of gorgeous road.
Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway
For decades, the Route 66 Association has worked hard to beautify and maintain America’s most historic interstate, the renowned Route 66. Hop on I-57 to I-72, and then follow the byway for historic landmarks, beautiful views, and a relaxing jaunt across a classic American landscape.
Of all the scenic drives around Chicago, this is the best if you’d like to pair your four-wheeled cruising with some two-legged strolling. Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois, just 30 minutes from Chicago, includes over nine miles of roads for slow driving in addition to miles and miles of walking paths and trails.
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