Illinois Bed and Breakfast

Sandy Mitchell
Chicago

Illinois bed and breakfast inns offer a picturesque and interesting alternative to big city hotels. Illinois, in the middle of America's heartland, has friendly people, the big city culture and entertainment of Chicago, and sprawling acres of picturesque farmland. It's the land of Lincoln, John Deere, and The Oprah Winfrey Show. Ernest Hemingway was born there, as was Ronald Reagan and Frank Lloyd Wright. It's a fun, relaxed, and educational state to visit. Below are some examples of the bed and breakfast inns Illinois has to offer.

Chicagoland

Chicago is the largest city in Illinois and the third largest city in the United States. With almost three million residents, this bustling city has a little of everything to offer visitors. Major sites include the Chicago Art Institute, the Aquarium and Field House museums, and the many Frank Lloyd Wright-designed homes in and around the city.

  • House of Two Urns Bed and Breakfast - 1239 N. Greenview Ave.; Chicago, IL 60622; (773) 235-1408; (800) 835-9303 - This Illinois bed and breakfast inn is located in the lovely neighborhood of Wicker Park, just two miles from downtown Chicago. The building, built in 1912, was once a Polish bakery. Now the seven-room inn offers cozy accommodations with such modern amenities as high-speed Internet access and satellite TV while still keeping its early 20th century ambiance.

Central Illinois Bed and Breakfast Inns

Central Illinois is the land of Abraham Lincoln. It includes his first Illinois home in Decatur as well as his home after he married Mary Todd in Springfield. Springfield, the state capital, also boasts Lincoln's former law office and a state park that bears his name.

  • The Henry Mischler House - 802 East Edwards St.; Springfield, IL 62703; (217) 525-2660 - This 1897 Queen Anne-style house was formerly a dry goods store. Today, it's a three-story inn, located in the heart of Springfield's historic sites. The five-room inn is decorated with Victorian elegance and features period antiques, lace curtains, and claw-foot tubs. Wine is served in the parlor each afternoon.

Western Illinois

Western Illinois includes historic Mississippi River towns, such as Moline and Quincy. It's also home to the farm capital of Peoria and many of Illinois' wineries.

  • Nauvoo Grand - A Bed and Breakfast Inn - 2015 Parley St.; Nauvoo, IL 62354; (217) 242-0209 - This restored turn-of-the-century inn sits directly across the street from Illinois' oldest winery. The five unique bed chambers are decorated with period antiques and feature such architectural accents as claw-foot tubs and twelve-foot ceilings.

Southern Illinois

Southern Illinois is home to the small, historic towns that dot the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers. The area is also known for its excellent outdoor activities, such as hiking, biking, and kayaking on its many lakes. The region is also home to Southern Illinois University.

  • The River Rose Inn - 1 Main St.; PO Box 78; Elizabethtown, IL 62931;(618) 287-8811 - This elegant Greek revival hostelry, built in 1912, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The inn sits on the banks of the Ohio River and offers guests traditional Illinois bed and breakfast accommodations as well as modern conveniences, such as the outdoor swimming pool tucked in the backyard.
Illinois Bed and Breakfast