Vacations where men can be men.

Consider this a rallying cry to spend some real quality time with the guys. Out of the basement. Away from the backyard grill. And off that municipal golf course you’ve played a kajillion times. It’s time to head somewhere new. Somewhere big. Where you can make some epic stories together. So put the call out to the usual suspects. It’s time to go on mancation.

Golf Like a Pro

Exercise your fundamental right to golf with friends.

A golf getaway is every man’s birthright. (Should be, at least.) So when you take your game on the road, make the most of it in Illinois. Play courses where the pros play. Make your way down a golf trail. And up your game on courses designed by golf legends like Jack Nicklaus.


A Beer Run for Refined Tastes

Head to a brewery for some handcrafted beer.

There was a time when you made a beer run for something cold and cheap. Thankfully your tastes have evolved over the years. Which is why you should point the car to Illinois breweries that give you a tour of the place and invite you to sample a pint of their latest offering—often with a bite to eat.


Wrigley Rooftops

Your own personal ballpark just beyond the bleachers.

Let the 40,000 Cubs faithful have their fun inside the ballpark. You’re heading to a rooftop across the street to watch the game where you’ll get a one-of-a-kind view of the field. During the game you’ll get a luxury-box vibe with burgers, dogs and beer just steps from your seat.


Eat Like a Man

Suit up for dinner on the town, or tackle a man-sized helping of awesome.

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    Chicago Steakhouses

    When it’s time to dine—not just eat—grab a table at a Chicago steakhouse. From the dark-wood-and-leather décor and pre-dinner cocktail to the thick steaks, it’s got all the makings of a throwback dining experience—like the kind your grandfather enjoyed.

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  • ribs

    You’ve gone the backyard barbecue route. Now it’s time to sample some serious ribs, brisket and pulled pork from the best barbecue joints in Illinois.

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    Man-Sized Helpings

    You’ve seen the dishes onMan vs. Food. Now it’s your turn to achieve gastronomic greatness as you devour these famous Illinois delicacies.

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Be a NASCAR Driver

Share a manly memory that will last a lifetime.

Few things in life bond guys together like going 170 mph around a NASCAR® track in a bona fide stock car. And as luck would have it, you can do exactly that at Chicagoland Speedway. Ride shotgun, or climb behind the wheel—either way you’re chasing NASCAR greatness on every lap.


Casino Night

Make poker night a bit more epic.

Take poker night out of the basement and suddenly the night holds more promise. More possibilities. Here you’ll play decadent casinos that look at home on that neon strip out west—offering top-notch cuisine, smart cocktails, live entertainment and well-appointed hotels just minutes away.


Sports for all Seasons

There’s a game in Illinois nearly every day and night of the year.

  • basketball

    The Chicago Bulls may be the main attraction, but you’ll also find plenty of basketball action at Northwestern, DePaul, University of Illinois and other college venues.

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    With the Chicago Cubs on the North Side, the White Sox on the South Side and minor league teams throughout the state, Illinois offers you plenty of ways to catch America’s pastime.

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  • football

    Catch a Chicago Bears game at Soldier Field (along with some legendary tailgating), or head to college campuses around the state, including teams like the Illini, Wildcats, Huskies and Salukis.

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  • hockey

    See the Chicago Blackhawks take the ice. Or get an up-close look at minor league hockey teams that include the Chicago Wolves, Rockford IceHogs and Peoria Rivermen.

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Play the Ponies

Experience some of the finest thoroughbred racing in the Midwest.

When betting on the horses at Arlington International, you’ve got options. You can get box seats perched above the track. Reserve a table in the Million Room for lunch and floor-to-ceiling race views. Or sit in the grandstands to feel the thundering gallop of those fillies passing within feet of you.


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