Whether you're looking to get away for a few hours or a few days, Milwaukee is only about 100 miles from Chicago and now has the world's largest exhibit of mummies and artifacts.
Explore the past civilization at the "Mummies of the World" exhibition that debuted at the Milwaukee Public Museum on Dec. 17 and goes until May 30, 2011.
The collection of about 150 human and animal ancient mummies and artifacts date as far back as 6,500 years and hail from Asia, Oceania, South America, Europe and ancient Egypt.
For more information about the exhibit and to purchase tickets, go to the museum's website.
While you're there, here's where to get your grub, shop and sleep on.
Mason Street Grill, 435 E. Mason St.
Bartolotta's Lake Park Bistro, 3133 E. Newberry Blvd.
Buca di Beppo, 1233 N. Van Buren St.
Dragonfly Vintage Goods & Gifts, 1117 E. Brady St.
Boutique Vieux Et Nouveau, 1217 E. Brady St.
Five Hearts, 153 N. Milwaukee St.