Your Guide to a Fantastic Trip from Chicago to Elkhart Lake


When you feel the urge to enjoy the weather and explore new surroundings, you don’t always have to go somewhere many hours from Chicago. Elkhart Lake has so much to offer, from crystal-clear waters to exciting activities. The best part? Planning a short road trip from Chicago to Elkhart Lake is a breeze! If you’re looking for an exciting way to spend your next trip, The Osthoff Resort is the place for you.  

Whether you’re planning a winter, spring, summer, or fall getaway from Chicago, take advantage of our free Vacation Guide. It contains information about the best restaurants, outdoor activities, events, and attractions to explore during your stay, so making your itinerary will be easier than ever! 

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Buckle Up and Enjoy the Trip from Chicago to Elkhart Lake    

Why choose Elkhart Lake for your next trip? The driving distance from Chicago, IL, to Elkhart Lake, WI, is approximately 150 miles. This is the perfect distance for a quick getaway with a driving time of just over two-and-a-half hours from The Windy City. Whether you’re doing some last-minute planning or just need a few days away, a short trip from Chicago to Elkhart Lake will blow you away. Plus, The Osthoff Resort’s refreshing atmosphere will be a welcome change of scenery filled with serenity and relaxation.!1m28!1m12!1m3!1d1497545.1820053866!2d-87.82283174999998!3d42.853993849999995!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!4m13!3e0!4m5!1s0x880e2c3cd0f4cbed%3A0xafe0a6ad09c0c000!2sChicago%2C%20Illinois!3m2!1d41.8781136!2d-87.6297982!4m5!1s0x88037cb5e5203eb1%3A0x93a11b41b0823709!2sThe%20Osthoff%20Resort%2C%20101%20Osthoff%20Ave%2C%20Elkhart%20Lake%2C%20WI%2053020!3m2!1d43.830408!2d-88.01468!5e0!3m2!1sen!2sus!4v1673542395719!5m2!1sen!2sus

Top Ways to Enjoy Your Getaway to Elkhart Lake 

Go Kayaking on the Open Water  

One of the best ways to explore Elkhart Lake is by spending a day on the water! Pack up your kayak and paddle out onto the calm waters of the lake. Whether you’re an avid kayaker or it’s your first time giving it a try, there are plenty of excellent spots to explore. 

Have a Day Filled with Family Fun  

Planning a family vacation with activities to keep everyone happy can be a challenging task. When you come to Elkhart Lake, there’s no need to worry because we’re here to help! With our excellent resort activities, planning awesome things to do with the kids is simple. Some of our favorite on-site activities include playing games in the arcade, swimming in the indoor swimming pool, hiking or biking on local recreation trails, and grabbing tennis rackets for a friendly match. 

Some of our favorite local kid-friendly activities include:   

Find the Perfect Place to Stay at The Osthoff Resort  

When you’re staying at Elkhart Lake during your trip from Chicago, you’ll need excellent lodging. The Osthoff Resort boasts an array of accommodations of different sizes, from one- to three-bedroom suites, with full kitchens, to suit everyone in your group. 

With gorgeous rooms and suites in a family-friendly atmosphere, found just a few steps from the shoreline, this is the place for you! Plus, our guests enjoy an array of exclusive resort amenities, including multiple swimming pools, tasty resort dining, and a private lakefront. This fantastic atmosphere, paired with the serenity of Elkhart Lake, makes for the vacation of a lifetime!  

Check our availability and book the perfect getaway from Chicago! We can’t wait to welcome you to Elkhart Lake. 

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