Best Airbnbs in Illinois
Are you looking for the best Airbnbs in Illinois?
This midwestern state borders Indiana on its east and has the mighty Mississippi River marking its western border.
Nicknamed “the Prairie State” due to its bucolic farmlands and rolling hills, it also boasts forests and wetlands.
And how about spectacular Chicago, one of the largest cities in the United States? Situated in northeast Illinois along the shores of Lake Michigan it is well known for its iconic skyscrapers.
As a midwestern gal myself, here are 11 of the best Airbnbs in Illinois.
11 Best Airbnbs In Illinois
Magnificent Mile Masterpiece In Chicago
Planning a trip to Chicago and looking for a great location? Then this newly remodeled condominium on the Miracle Mile is one of the best Airbnbs in Chicago!
The location can not be beaten and you will be able to walk to many of the downtown attractions that make Chicago so famous.
View Lake Michigan from floor-to-ceiling windows in the living room!
Able to sleep up to 7 guests in two bedrooms with 2 bathrooms, the gourmet kitchen boasts stainless steel appliances and granite countertops.
The bedrooms each have Beautyrest mattresses and there is a large dining room.
Enjoy a glass of wine after a full day of Chicago sightseeing while relaxing in the living room.
Or watch the sunset and view the city from the rooftop terrace.
This Magnificent Mile Masterpiece is one of the best Illinois Airbnbs.
Hidden Gem Spanish Style Villa
Sedona of Rockford is a unique Spanish villa in Illinois.
With plenty of room to host family reunions, wedding celebrations, or corporate events, this spectacular villa accommodates up to 8 guests, with 3 bedrooms, and 2 bathrooms.
A true hidden gem in Rockford, this property has beautiful Spanish furnishings throughout and a fully equipped kitchen with all amenities you need to cook any elaborate meals you desire.
With various patios, an elaborate cantina, hot tub, and balcony off the upper level, this is one of the best Airbnbs in Illinois.
This Amish built home is THE place to relax and recharge!
Located in Lewistown, this barnlike cabin had wooden interiors that give it such a cozy charm!
Able to accommodate up to 8 guests, with 3 bedrooms, and 2 bathrooms you can watch the sunrise from the master bedroom balcony.
An open concept with an eat-in kitchen, this cabin is located close to lots of amenities. Including wineries, an apple orchard, and a wildlife preserve within 5 miles.
You can end your days around the firepit roasting marshmallows and/or making smores.
This Amish-made cabin with so many amenities is one of the best Airbnbs in Illinois.
Blue Steel Lustron – Rare & Retro House
This very unique house constructed with Lustron is like stepping back into the 1950s. Because that’s when it was constructed!
With a recently renovated interior, this historic home is near four state parks, with Starved Rock State Park only twelve miles away.
Able to accommodate up to 5 guests, with 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom, this charmer has a strong retro vibe!
It is situated on a quiet yard for relaxing, yet close to Ottawa’s downtown shopping and dining options.
This quaint retro house is one of the best Airbnbs in Illinois.
Red Roof Retreat Cabin
This rustic log cabin with a view of Lake Egypt is located in southern Illinois.
Able to accommodate up to 6 guests with 1 bedroom and 1 bathroom, but plenty of sleeping arrangements in two lofts.
There is a full kitchen with all utensils, pots and pans and utensils you will need to serve up tasty meals, all linens included as well.
After dinner, hang out on the back deck with a glass of wine stargazing, or by the fire pit making smores. A fireplace keeps things cozy in the winter.
Located across the street from the lake, you have access to a canoe, kayak, paddleboard, and mountain bikes when you vacation here. And there is a dock available for your boat!
With so much to do, this is one of the best cabin rentals in Illinois.
The Owl House In Galena
Located in the charming historic town of Galena in northwest Illinois this lovely house is named after the frosted owl etchings on its front doors.
Built in the 1880s, this newly remodeled commercial warehouse is close to downtown Galena.
Able to accommodate up to 4 guests, with one bedroom and 2 bathrooms it offers its own charm with historic touches throughout.
Think exposed red brick and wooden beamed ceilings.
Offering an open concept kitchen-eating-dining area on the main level for everyone in your party to relax in, this is one of the best Airbnbs in Illinois.
Audrey’s Abode In Jacksonville
Charming from the get-go, this fully restored log cabin was dismantled, relocated several cities away, and rebuilt using reclaimed materials.
You have the entire cabin, which includes the master bedroom (The Barn Room), and the large bedroom space upstairs (The Loft.)
Able to accommodate up to 8 guests, the fully furnished kitchen comes stocked with amenities you need to cook that perfect meal!
You just may want to linger on the front porch with morning coffee or end the day with a glass of wine.
This is nature at its finest and one charming Illinois Airbnb.
Beautiful Hillside A-Frame Chalet
This lovely A-frame chalet is full of rustic ambiance. Located in the countryside surrounding Cobden, you will have views for days!
Able to accommodate 4 guests, with 1 loft bedroom, and 1 bath, everything speaks of modern rustic charm.
With wood floors, and exposed beams, and a wood slab bar in the kitchen, this A-frame is sure to please you.
There are 2 large wooden decks, one in the front and one in the rear of the house. One for coffee in the morning, and the other to end the day with the sunset and a glass of wine.
This is definitely one of the best chalets in Illinois to relax and unwind!
Studio At The Lake (Michigan!)
No need to rent a car if you are visiting Chicago. This furnished studio apartment close to Lake Michigan has city transportation literally at its doorstep.
Located in the historic Margate Park neighborhood in Uptown Chicago, you are just twenty minutes from downtown Chicago via city transportation, or under ten minutes by car.
You will have direct access to Lake Michigan’s beaches through an underground pathway found right across the street.
Lakefront Trail is popular with bikers and runners and leads to downtown Chicago.
This cozy apartment unit Sleeps up to 2 persons and comes equipped with everything you need for a comfortable stay.
Located near Chicago’s Uptown Entertainment District, this is one of the best Airbnbs in Chicago!
Cabin In The Woods
This private cabin is situated on 20 acres of wooded land, with an 8 acre lake. Every room in the cabin boasts an awesome view of either the forested land or the lake!
Located in West Salem, between Effingham and Evansville, close to the interstates and highways, it is off the beaten path cozy.
Able to sleep up to 6 guests in 3 bedrooms with 1 bathroom, it boasts a fully renovated kitchen that has utensils and amenities you will need to cook delicious meals.
It also has a deck/patio area overlooking the lake. Relax at the end of the day on the porch swing with a glass of wine watching the sunset. Or roast smores on the grill.
You will have access to the shared pool and the private lake. There is a canoe and johnboat available and the hosts request you notify them in advance to get them ready.
Lake Cabin in the Woods is one of the best cabin rentals in Illinois.
Converted Firehouse Is Fantastic Airbnb In Chicago
This quirky option is a converted firehouse, located in Chicago’s uptown neighborhood. It is close to a myriad of restaurants, shopping, and gastropubs.
Location! Location! Location! You can be at the beach within a 20 minute walk, and the Red Line is an even quicker 5 minute walk!
With modern and luxury amenities provided, this converted firehouse sleeps up to 4 guests, with 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.
A fully stocked kitchen with new appliances, tv with wifi/streaming services, and one parking space make this one of the best Airbnbs in Chicago!
Packing List For Visiting Illinois
If you will be traveling, either by plane or by car to Illinois, here are some tips on how to pack lightly.
A concealed travel pouch may be one of the most important items you bring along when visiting Illinois. It is always important to protect your personal information. Identity thieves are everywhere.
This unisex RFID blocking concealed travel pouch is lightweight and comes in several colors. It has lots of organization to give you peace of mind.
You can place it under your hiking clothes next to your body to carry your ID safely.
If you have a pouch already that does not come with the RFID protection, as I do, these RFID sleeves are the perfect solution.
This configuration comes with enough credit card sleeves that the entire family would be protected. They are slim too, so they will easily fit into your pouch or wallet.
If you are planning on taking a lot of pictures with your phone you will definitely want to consider an external charging battery. This Anker high-speed phone charging battery is the exact one I carry with me on all of my trips.
It can be used on a variety of phones, not just an iPhone like I have. And wow is it fast!
I like that it holds its charging capabilities for several uses so I do not have to worry about it while out and about, and if I forget to recharge it at night, it will still be good to go the next day.
My daughter gifted me with this FugeTek selfie stick and tripod setup for my birthday. I absolutely love it! It is made of lightweight aluminum and so easy to use.
It has Bluetooth connectivity and is a breeze to use for taking selfies when staying in one of the best Airbnbs in Illinois.
Hydration is so important when hiking. You want to remain hydrated throughout your hikes to support your immune system which in turn will be stronger to fight off any germs you will encounter during your travels.
You will want to bring your own refillable water bottle with you.
I never leave home on a trip without my Bobble filtration bottle. The 18.5-ounce size is perfect for hiking and it fits nicely in the pocket of a backpack.
When filled with water, it is not too heavy to carry. And the charcoal filter ensures fresh clean water whenever you fill the Bobble.
You can find filter replacements here.
Perhaps you are traveling a long distance and packing space is a premium in your suitcase, or in your car.
Then this set of collapsible silicone foldable water bottles would work well for you. Would not take up much space at all.
You will want a backpack or daypack with you to store snacks, your water bottle, phone, extra clothes, etc.. when hiking This foldable water-resistant backpack would be great
It is very affordable and is available in many color options for you to choose from. The fact that it folds down into a zippered pouch will make it easy to pack.
Here I have given suggestions for 11 of the best Airbnbs in Illinois. I hope you find inspiration in one of them! If you do stay at one of the listed Illinois Airbnbs, please let me know in the comment section below how your trip was!
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