The delta variant has altered many travel plans for Chicagoans who yearn for a trip before the end of the summer. But while air travel is risky with many worried about crowded airports, road trips provide a bit more control with the ability to isolate better. As the Labor Day Weekend approaches, here’s a collection of Eater Chicago’s best road trip guides. They’ll hopefully spark travel ideas and allow locals for an escape — whether it’s a trip to America’s Dairyland or the Mitten, or just a short in-state drive to one of the region’s great breweries or restaurants.
As of August 20, the city has mandated that everyone wear facial coverings while indoors. For updated information on coronavirus cases, please visit the city of Chicago’s COVID-19 dashboard. Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; the latest data about the delta variant indicates that it may pose a low-to-moderate risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial transmission. The latest CDC guidance is here; find a COVID-19 vaccination site here.