The swanky Chicago hotels might be calling your name, but your significant other or friends are outdoors people and want to go camping … why not compromise? Glamping is all the rage, and rightfully so, as it gives city and country people a perfect meeting ground. Illinois has some phenomenal parks and green spaces, so if you’re feeling a bit adventurous, grab a sleeping bag, and settle in to one of these gorgeous Illinois glamping grounds.
Rim Rock’s Dogwood Cabins
Want to get away but afraid to leave your furry loved one at home? At Rim Rock’s Dogwood Cabins, your pets can enjoy the scenery with you! The cabins are large enough to fit four to nine people, so it can be a family affair. Just a short distance from Shawnee National Forest, be sure to visit the Garden of the Gods for a truly spectacular natural site.
Rim Rock’s Dogwood Cabins, Karber’s Ridge Rd, Elizabethtown, IL, USA, +1 618 264 6036
About 90 miles northwest of Chicago, Kinnikinnick Farm is near the Wisconsin border and is perfect for the nature escape everyone is looking for. The best part is that they offer the Farm Stay program for adults and kids to dive into the life of a farmer by completing some of the daily tasks, such as milking a goat, collecting eggs and much more. The tents are super old-timey and rustic, making this experience historical and exciting.
Kinnikinnick Farm, 21123 Grade School Rd, Caledonia, IL, USA, +1 815 292 3288
Why travel all the way to Napa when The Winery at Shale Lake is right in Illinois? Hunker down in a cabin only a short walk to the lake while sipping wine made on site. Each cabin has a screened in porch to keep those pesky bugs away, the views are absolutely breathtaking, and the wine isn’t half bad, either.
Shale Lake, 1499 Washington Ave, Williamson, IL, USA, +1 618 637 2470
Calling all families planning a reunion—these cabins are for you! Willowbrook has the largest cabins on the list, and their amenities are jaw-dropping—some even include hot tubs. It’s a great site any time of year and perfect for nights spent snuggling in the cold while watching TV, which might be the greatest glamping perk of all.
Willowbrook Cabins, 610 Eddyville Blacktop Rd, Golconda, IL, USA, +1 618 672 4815
Timber Ridge Outpost and Cabins
Timber Ridge is for fans of Peter Pan and even Netflix’s newest hit Ozark. Nestled deep in the Illinois Ozarks, these treehouses will take you to an otherworldly place far from the hustle and bustle. Instead, you’ll be surrounded by the most wonderful greenery. For those city people, there is still a bathroom and a kitchen for all of your homey needs.
Timber Ridge Outpost & Cabins, Elizabethtown, IL, USA, +1 618 264 9091