With a famed city like Chicago, many visitors tend to miss the hidden gems that lie beyond its borders. In the south, between the Mississippi and Ohio rivers, lies the Shawnee National Forest. There, visitors can explore the rich wooded terrain, freshwater lakes, native wildlife, and the ancient sandstone cliffs of The Garden of the Gods wilderness park. Head north to Springfield and visit the tomb of Abraham Lincoln, or travel to the Quad Cities for an endless variety of exciting local attractions along the mighty Mississippi River. Golfers will love TPC Deere Run championship course in Silvis, which hosts the PGA tour’s annual John Deere Classic tournament. And of course, you'll still want to see the sights in the city of Chicago. Located just three hours west of Hillsdale, you won't want to miss out on a trip to the Windy City.