Discover a selection of 5,000 vacation rentals in Illinois, US that are perfect for your trip. Whether you’re traveling with friends, family, or even pets, Vrbo vacation homes have the best amenities for hanging out with the people that matter most, including swimming pools and private pools. Prices start at $123 per night, and houses and cabins are popular options for a stay in Illinois. Either way, you'll find a rental for everyone's needs.
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Destination guide

Explore Illinois from vacation home rentals

It's not nicknamed the "Prairie State" for nothing. Illinois is characterized by vast swathes of pretty, flat grasslands which provide a habitat for a ton of wildlife and plenty of possibilities for outdoor fun. To the north, on the banks of Lake Michigan, is Chicago, one of the world's great cities. If you score an Illinois vacation rental here, expect world-class museums, retail spaces to satisfy even the pickiest of shoppers and one of the most iconic skylines in the US. This is the start of Route 66, the epic roadway which has led brave souls out west for centuries. It's a fitting place to start.

History

Historic attractions near Illinois vacation rentals

Illinois is filled with fascinating historic sites to explore on your trip. Vacation rentals are available near places like the Buckingham Fountain, a historic rococo fountain in Grant Park with light and water shows, and the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail, a marked trail commemorating the Lewis and Clark Expedition. You'll also like the Chicago Water Tower, a castle-like stone tower built in the 19th century.

Things to do

Attractions near your Illinois vacation homes

You would need a book to write about all the attractions that are housed in Chicago, let alone the rest of the state. There are some notable highlights, though. If you're lucky enough to nab an Illinois vacation rental in the big city, you'll be treated to a ton of free world-class museums. The Oriental Institute features ancient artifacts from the East, while the National Museum of Mexican Art is the biggest Latino art museum in the country. If you like wildlife, you can stop by Lincoln Park Zoo on the banks of Lake Michigan. Opened over 150 years ago, it's home to more than 1,000 animals.

Activities

Activities near your Illinois summer rental

Whether you're planning to come and stay in an Illinois vacation rental with the rest of the family, or just as a couple, the state's got your activities covered. After you tire of Chicago's shopping scene – difficult for most retail junkies – there's a whole world of lakes, rivers and forests which provide countless outdoor activities. If you saddle up, you can go horseback riding along the prairies. Not adventurous enough for you? No problem. You can don a helmet and life jacket to go racing down the water rapids on rafts, or even hurl yourself out of a plane, with a parachute of course.

Weather

Local weather for your trip to Illinois vacation rentals

It's unsurprising that the summer break sees the biggest influx of family vacationers to Illinois. It's festival season in Chicago and the whole state is drenched in hot weather. It's not necessarily the best time to visit, though. If you plan to stay in an Illinois vacation rental and explore the big city, your best bet is nabbing one during the slightly cooler shoulder months, you'll still bathe in bright skies and a warm climate but the crowds have all but disappeared. Visiting Illinois in winter? With lots to do and rock bottom pricing on rentals there is no reason not to.

Food and drink

Sample regional cuisine in Illinois

Midwestern cuisine is a unique blend of the tastes of Central, Northern, and Eastern Europe and Native North America and focuses on simple and hearty dishes. Illinois is a top producer of corn and soybeans, both of which are prominent in the cuisine, and Chicago-style dishes are common throughout the country. If you want to experience the distinctive flavors of the Midwest, visit a restaurant near your Illinois vacation rental.

What's the best place to stay if you're looking to rent a house for a weekend in Illinois?

If a few days near the water sounds like your idea of the perfect weekend away, check out our vacation houses in Lincoln Park. This natural beauty area in Illinois is home to North Avenue Beach. Go for an early morning walk along the white sand, capture the views of natural beauty or just sit back and watch the tide roll in.

Explore destinations around Illinois

Chicago
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Galena
309 vacation rentals
Marion
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Elizabeth
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