The Most Luxurious Places to Go Glamping in Illinois

Garden of the Gods welcomes you to Illinois on your glamping getaway
Garden of the Gods welcomes you to Illinois on your glamping getaway | © Panoramic Images / Alamy Stock Photo
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13 November 2020

Glamping is all the rage, and rightfully so – it gives city and country people a perfect meeting ground. Away from the frenzy of Chicago, Illinois has some phenomenal parks and green spaces, like Shawnee National Forest and Matthiessen State Park. So if you’re feeling a bit adventurous, grab a sleeping bag and settle in to one of these gorgeous glamping grounds in the Prairie State.

Rim Rock’s Dogwood Cabins

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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 make it a family affair. Just a short distance away in Shawnee National Forest, be sure to visit the Garden of the Gods for a truly spectacular natural site.

Kinnikinnick Farm

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About 90mi (145km) northwest of Chicago, Kinnikinnick Farm is near the Wisconsin border and perfect for a nature escape. The best part of this site is that it offers 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 or collecting eggs. The tents are rustic but comfortable, making this an exciting, historical experience.

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  • Shale Lake

    Cabin, Winery with Rooms
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    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.

    Willowbrook Cabins

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    Willowbrook has the largest cabins on the list, and its amenities are jaw-dropping – some even include hot tubs. With multiple cabins sleeping up to six or nine people, it’s perfect for small groups or family reunions. Willowbrook is a great site any time of year, and perfect for nights spent snuggling up while watching TV – which might be the greatest glamping perk of all.

    Timber Ridge Outpost and Cabins

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    Timber Ridge is for fans of Peter Pan (1911) and even Netflix’s hit Ozark. Nestled deep in the Illinois Ozarks, these treehouses will take you to an otherworldly place far from the hustle and bustle of the city. You’ll be surrounded by the most wonderful greenery here, and there is still a bathroom and a kitchen for all of your homey needs.
    These recommendations were updated on November 13, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.