Enjoy the week off: Ideas for the spring vacation

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Spring break. MTV might like to make it sound a time spent on beaches in bikinis. While some do take this route, many don’t have the cash to make it somewhere tropical, and many more don’t even want to get started on swimwear. What are the options for a spring break that is fun and affordable?

First off, know that you don’t have to go far from home. Maybe you can’t afford a plane ticket, but you can likely afford a train ticket to the third most populous city in the United States. Getting from South Bend to Chicago is a piece of cake. For a little over $20, you can buy a round-trip ticket to Chicago on the South Shore Train, which comes and goes regularly from the South Bend Regional Airport. That’s a much better option than paying for gas, and you don’t have to worry about designated drivers that way.

Chicago holds many different shops, museums and tourist destinations, but if you’re not impressed, there are different options. Four Winds Casino in New Buffalo might be the place for you. Poker, fine dining, a hotel, Hard RockCafé and more? You can’t go wrong. Another casino close to home is only as far as Michigan City.

If you’re looking to stay in town for spring break, there’s nothing wrong with that! There are still fun things aroundMichiana. Go shopping in the Eddy Street Commons. Go out to one of Michiana’s unique eateries. Go to a local production. South Bend Civic Theatre is performing Guys and Dolls March 10, and 13-16. For the beer lovers in South Bend, spring break is a perfect time to try new brews. St. Paddy’s Tent Party & Pub Tour kicks off on March 15 in downtown South Bend.

There are plenty of fun ways to spend spring break. With a little bit of research and effort, you could have a great time—whether it’s in South Bend, or further away.

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