Sitting in the midwest part of the country, Illinois provides all walks of life from the city vibes in Chicago to the rolling flats in the western part of the state. Because of this there’s some great places to just get away! We’ve compiled 7 of our favorites for a quick weekend escape:
Bring the entire family to Hilton Chicago Indian Lakes Resort
Hilton Chicago Indian Lakes Resort sits on a 260 acre of Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired architecture. Just 30 minutes from Downtown Chicago, guests can head back to the resort to relax after a day of exploring the “Windy City”. The resort also offers a wide range of activities for the entire family whether it’s golf for Dad, a day at the spa for Mom, or swimming at the pool for the Kids.
Have a quiet weekend at the Green Tree Inn
The Green Tree Inn is a home away from home. Located in the historic village of Elsah, this B&B is a favorite among travelers who want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Whether it’s sitting by the fire or sipping a cup of Chauvin Coffee, guests are guaranteed to have a weekend of rest and relaxation.
Escape the busy city at Pheasant Run Resort
Pheasant Run Resort has been a favorite getaway for guests to escape Chicagoland since it opened in the 1960s. Located in a 250-acre land in St. Charles, this resort is one of the biggest entertainment and family vacation resorts in the Midwest. It offers a wide range of activities from playing sports to watching live comedy shows at Zanies.
Unwind at Aldrich Guest House
Aldrich Guest House is located in Galena, a premier tourist destination rich in history and known for shopping and dining. This charming B&B has its fair share of history too having been originally built in 1845. Guests will surely feel pampered with the many amenities it offers like wine and hors d’oeuvres daily at 5 PM and fireplace in the parlor.
Spend a weekend of fun at Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa
Located in historic Galena, Eagle Ridge Resort is nestled in 6,800 acre of woodlands and open countryside. This world class resort has been recognized as one of the “45 Midwest Resorts We Love” by Midwest Living. It offers a wide array of activities from hiking and biking to fishing and horseback riding.
Enjoy the great outdoors at Harpole’s Heartland Lodge
For more than 20 years, Harpole’s Heartland Lodge has been known as a premier hunting lodge and outfitter. This top notch resort offers a lot of activities to enjoy the great outdoors from horseback riding and bird watching to fishing and sporting clay. Guests can also take the scenic hayride where they can enjoy watching the sunset while viewing the abundance of wildlife along the bluffs of the Mississippi River.
Relax at one of the Cottages at Heron’s Landing
One of Illinois’ best kept secrets, the Cottages at Heron’s Landing has become a popular destination to escape the busy city. Just 90 minutes from downtown Chicago, this “resort within a resort” is a great homebase to retreat for a relaxing weekend after exploring the city. Travelers can rent one of 30 world class cottages with great views of the Marina.