Galena Travel Guide
Citizens of Illinois! Do you hunger for Presidential history yet dread the thought of driving down to Springfield, a capitol city so vile that governor Rod Blagojevich opts not to live there? Head to picturesque Galena, IL, instead. It's about a four hour drive from Chicago. Here you can tour the onetime home of Ulysses S. Grant while you also enjoy the town's charming architecture and seemingly endless supply of candy and antique shops.
And if you really can't live without a dose of Honest Abe, the state's most celebrated resident once gave a speech on the balcony of the DeSoto House Hotel. (If you're still not impressed, a scene from "Field of Dreams" was filmed down the street from the hotel.)