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Remember when spring break guaranteed a week off from everyday life? And, if you were lucky, a chance to escape the dreary snow and slush for a sunnier, beach place? Well, now that things like PTO and, maybe, a less-than-optimal bank account balance have taken control of your life, jetting off to Cabo is not always an option.
So, to cure your winter blues, we’ve rounded up seven worth-the-drive weekend getaways from Chicago. No, they may not be of the "spring break 2014!" (insert a "Woo!" and obligatory rock-on hand gesture here) variety, but we’re positive they’ll have you recharged enough to last until warm weather rolls around and memories of the polar vortex are wiped away by music festivals and alfresco dining. Until then, pack your bags, search the couch for gas money, and get out of town!