The State of Summer Fun

America is back on the road at levels beyond even the record breaking levels of last year. Travel & Leisure Magazine and Conde Nast's Traveler agree, 2024 trends show greater appetite for adventure, both internationally and domestically.  Reflecting America's trademark resilience, travel volumes are up on all modes of transportation despite inflation, airline instability, and lingering health concerns. This is good news for local economies, and it's particularly good news for weekend warriors looking for fun.

Local Destination Trends in 2024

The difference this year is an emphasis on food-themed travel, health and wellness, off road adventures, and most recently - luxury travel. "In 2024, travelers will be putting what’s important to them front and center of their plans, valuing deeper experiences that leave a positive impact, time spent with loved ones, and wellness moments that last well after checkout. We’ll be choosing destinations carefully, slowing it down to enjoy the silence and the stars, indulging in our love of food in new and interesting places, and immersing ourselves in wellness practices that help us live longer." Traveler Magazine 


RNLG Recommends travel to Devil's Lake State Park

The Beauty of Illinois & Indiana State Parks

Outdoor vacation fun has never been more popular. That’s why River North Law Group is highlighting the beauty of our local state parks. Their easy access, and underrated amenities combine to create the perfect backdrop to memorable moments. We’ll begin this survey with the farthest northernly state park and work back to Chicago. We’re wishing you a safe, fun-filled, and cherished summer vacation.

Devil’s Lake State Park

S5975 Park Rd, Baraboo, WI 53913. The over 10,000-acre park anchors more than 27,000 acres of parkland and natural areas open to public recreation in Sauk County. Devil’s Lake State Park is located in Baraboo, Wisconsin, and is Wisconsin’s most popular state park with about 3 million visitors per year. Historically Devil’s Lake or “De Wakacak”, which means Spirit Lake, sits on ancestral Ho-Chunk land and contains ancient effigy mounds that are part of their cultural heritage. Learn more about Devil’s Lake here.

RNLG loves to travel to High Cliff State Pk

High Cliff State Park

N7630 State Park Rd., Sherwood, Wisconsin 54169. A 125-acre area within the 1,147-acre park is designated as a state natural area, because it has excellent cliff environments. You'll also discover an undisturbed wet-mesic forest, since it boasts more than a mile of Lake Winnebago shoreline. High Cliff is the only state-owned recreational area on Lake Winnebago, and it's Wisconsin's largest lake. The park has a marina, historic sites, a campground, picnic areas and shelters, a beach, watchable wildlife, an observation tower, and play areas. It's loaded with facilities including an accessibility designed cabin for people with disabilities.

High Cliff gets its name from the limestone cliff of the Niagara Escarpment, which parallels the eastern shore of Lake Winnebago. This ledge extends northeasterly to the Door County peninsula and on to Niagara Falls, New York.

Harrington Beach State Park

531 County Road D, Belgium, Wisconsin 53004. Harrington Beach State Park has more than a mile of beach along Lake Michigan. This 715-acre park also features a white cedar and hardwood swamp, old field grasslands with restored wetland ponds. It also boasts a scenic limestone quarry lake. Camp, sunbathe, picnic, hike, bird watch, fish, or practice astronomy, and an observatory is open to the public. The Jim and Gwen Plunkett Observatory was dedicated on July 21, 2007, and has a 20-inch telescope that weighs over 2000 pounds. The telescope is designed to provide an extremely stable platform for instrumentation. The telescope accommodates four foci: two Newtonian, one Cassegrain and one Coude.

The Forge: Lemont Quarries Adventure Park

Not for the faint of heart, Lemont Quarries Adventure Park features 300-acres of historically significant land, with the largest aerial challenge course, tallest climbing towers, and longest ziplines in the tri-state area. If you prefer to keep your feet closer to the ground, it also offers mountain biking, rock climbing, kayaking, canoeing, and paddleboat excursions. Travel to this Illinois treasure will feed the appetite of adventure enthusiasts looking for unique challenges.

There is also a designated kid's activity zone that promises to excite and engage every young adventurer, in addition to promoting an active outdoor lifestyle, The Forge: Lemont Quarries offers opportunities for guests to engage in educational and entertaining activities such as skills development programs, school field trips, environmental education programming, customized team-building events, and private parties. Learn more here. The Forge

Starved Rock State Park

2678 E 875th Rd, Oglesby, IL 61348. Starved Rock State Park is a world apart from anything else in Illinois! Amazing, seasonal waterfalls are active in the spring and after heavy rains. We have 13 miles of trails to explore and the Illinois River offers fishing, boating, extraordinary views and great places to relax.

The park derives its name from a Native American legend. In the 1760s, Chief Pontiac of the Ottawa tribe, was attending a tribal council meeting. At this council of the Illinois and the Pottawatomie, an Illinois-Peoria brave stabbed Chief Pontiac. Vengeance arose in Pontiac’s followers. A great battle started. The Illinois, fearing death, took refuge on the great rock. After many days, the remaining Illinois died of starvation giving this historic park its name – Starved Rock. Please stay on marked trails at all times. Take out what you bring in and leave no trace that you were here. There is no swimming, wading or rock climbing allowed in the park. Have fun and hike safely.

Starved Rock State Park is loved by River North Law Group StaffKankakee River State Park

5314 IL-102, Bourbonnais, IL 60914. Enveloping both sides of the Kankakee River for 11 miles, in an area 6 miles northwest of Kankakee, the park consists of approximately 4,000 acres. Illinois Routes 102 on the north and 113 on the south frame the park, with Interstates 55 and 57 both providing convenient access. On land treasured for centuries - first by Native Americans, later by traders and farmers, and as early as the 1890's by recreation seekers - Kankakee River State Park offers you its proud heritage in an unspoiled setting. Anglers, canoeists, hunters, campers, hikers, bicyclers, and other outdoor enthusiasts find the park's recreational opportunities unsurpassed. The naturally channeled Kankakee River, listed on the Federal Clean Streams Register, is the focus of the park's popularity.

Whether you enjoy camping, hiking picturesque trails, or gazing at the stars, our state parks have something for you to treasure. In just a relatively short drive you can be enveloped by natural wonders that feel much farther away than you are. All within driving distance, it’s hard to beat the convenience, affordability, outdoor health benefits, and sheer beauty of our local state parks. We hope you’ll visit one this summer.

Maybe you didn't know we've answered the most frequently asked questions about filing a personal injury claim. For more information click here.