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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.

Natural features

Fascinating wildlife inhabits Illinois' grassy landscape

The Prairie State's miles of grassy land are home to some fascinating wildlife. The once endangered bobcat, similar to a domestic cat but twice the size, now thrives in the state with an estimated 5,000-strong population. If you go walking in rural Illinois, your chances of spotting an eastern cottontail rabbit are good, as is spotting little woodchucks, often called ground hogs. Eastern wild turkeys were once extinct in the state but have been successfully reintroduced and now thrive around the wooded areas. Lake sturgeon are doing rather well too, growing up to 6 feet in the waterways.

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.

How many vacation rentals are available around Illinois, US?

Our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 2,544 vacation rentals around Illinois. From 135 cabin rentals to 816 house rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Illinois?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Illinois. From Vrbo travelers, the top most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Near North Side: 541 vacation rentals
  • The Galena Territory: 233 vacation rentals
  • The Loop: 593 vacation rentals
  • West Town: 512 vacation rentals
  • Lakeview: 262 vacation rentals

And Vrbo offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Illinois! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Illinois?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Illinois:

  • Chicago: 1,473 rentals
  • Galena: 307 rentals
  • Naperville: 202 rentals
  • Carbondale: 103 rentals
  • Nauvoo: 43 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Illinois?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Illinois are:

  • Moline, IL (MLI-Quad City Intl.): 42 vacation rentals
  • Mount Vernon, IL (MVN-Mount Vernon Outland): 19 vacation rentals
  • Chicago, IL (MDW-Midway Intl.): 1,463 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Illinois?

Vrbo offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Illinois. From Vrbo travelers, the top most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Highland Park: 519 rentals
  • Eagle Ridge Resort: 307 rentals
  • Algonquin: 88 rentals
  • Wrigley Field: 1,450 rentals
  • Bradley: 16 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Illinois listed on Vrbo where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

Explore destinations around Illinois

Chicago
1,473 vacation rentals
Galena
307 vacation rentals
Naperville
202 vacation rentals
Carbondale
103 vacation rentals
Nauvoo
43 vacation rentals
Goreville
61 vacation rentals
Creal Springs
41 vacation rentals
Rockford
32 vacation rentals
Oakbrook Terrace
138 vacation rentals
Effingham
16 vacation rentals
Oglesby
37 vacation rentals
Springfield
24 vacation rentals
Oak Park
1,241 vacation rentals
Champaign
18 vacation rentals
Marion
99 vacation rentals
Schaumburg Township
51 vacation rentals
Fox Lake
197 vacation rentals
Brookport
31 vacation rentals
Utica
43 vacation rentals
Evanston
985 vacation rentals