TriState? The northern tip of Illinois certainly makes it easy to wander to Dubuque Iowa or head into Wisconsin. Galena has an amazing historic Main street. With restored 19th centurybuildings you can wander the shops and explore the tasty eats. There is much to do in the are as well.
Located approximately 1 hour 36 minutes from Madison WI. Coming from Dubuque Iowa it's approximately 16.5 miles or 24 minute drive. Airports are in both locations.