It's National Plan A Vacation Day, And Illinois Officials Have Some Suggestions Close To Home

Jennifer Keiper
January 28, 2020 - 7:45 am

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- If you're thinking about a vacation, you may not alone. Tuesday is "National Plan A Vacation Day."

Illinois tourism officials are taking advantage of it by touting what the state has to offer this year.

According to the U.S. Travel Association, Americans had 768,000,000 unused vacation days in 2018.

"So, more than half of Americans, 55-percent, don't use all their vacation days and in Illinois it was nearly 24-percent of people who live here didn't use all their vacation days," said Illinois Office of Tourism spokesperson Marla Cichowski. 

So if you would like to change that, Cichowski said there is a lot to do across the state this year - a year which they dubbed "Year of Chicago Music."

"There's going to be a brand new music festival happening in Chicago this summer, kicking off Memorial Day weekend. A 17-day music festival, as well as special performances at Taste of Chicago," she said.

There is also the NBA All-Star Game next month, from Feb. 14-16. The Radius concert venue, in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood, opens next month. Six Flags Great America in Gurnee will open the world's tallest water coaster - at 86-feet high.

And Cichowski said you don't have to leave the state to have fun. People throughout the Chicago area love to explore the state, "whether it's planning a weekend getaway to Galena - if you live in Chicago, it's the perfect escape for a long weekend or if you are heading to St. Louis, stop off in Shawnee National Forest, which is celebrating its 80th anniversary right now and they are doing some special things down there, as well."

Cichowski said for more ideas, as well as a trip planner, you can check out