Illinois State Resorts

by Lee Grayson Google

The resorts in the Land of Lincoln feature the lakes, mountains and forests of Illinois. The state experiences four distinct seasons, and resorts offer summer activities including water skiing, golfing, hiking and boating. Resorts that are open in the winter feature both cross-country and downhill skiing, snow boarding and snowshoeing. Many Illinois resorts include separate child-oriented activity programs for family vacationers.

Chicagoland Resorts

The Illinois Beach Resort and Conference Center, less than an hour from Chicago, offers guests a chance to explore the 4,100 acres of Illinois Beach State Park and the coastline of Lake Michigan. The resort features a health club, swimming pool, spa and shopping at the Gurnee Mills Outlet, a 15-minute drive away. Guests have a choice of 92 rooms and suites with views of the park woodlands and of Lake Michigan. The on-site restaurant serves meals on the patio or near the fireside, depending on the season. Indian Lakes Resort in Bloomingdale, less than an hour's drive from downtown Chicago, includes 260 acres and features a spa and a heated pool; visitors also have easy access to nearby golf courses. Eateries include the Master's Clubhouse, Shiraz on the Water, the Cave Bar and Izzy and Moe's Speakeasy. This Hilton resort offers a choice of 308 rooms and six penthouse suites.

Ohio River Resorts

The Ohio River meets the Illinois state boundary in the southeastern part of the state. Cedar Hill River Resort on the Ohio River in Elizabeth, adjacent to Shawnee National Forest in southern Illinois, features accommodations in the River House or one- and two-bedroom cabins that offer full kitchen, fireplace and Jacuzzi tub. Rim Rock's Dogwood Cabins in Elizabethtown, also in southern Illinois, features a choice of cabin accommodations near the Garden of the Gods, Rim Rock and Pounds Hollow Lake. Guests can take advantage of the marked trails around the perimeter of the 77-acre property, as well as walking and birdwatching in the Shawnee National Forest, adjacent to the resort.

Illinois Ski Resort

Chestnut Mountain Resort in Galena, Illinois, located less than a half-hour drive from Iowa in the northwestern part of the state, offers winter skiing and instruction, as well as summer activities that include hiking, bicycling and golfing. The 100-room lodge offers a game room, spa, indoor heated pool, Jacuzzi and casual dining at the Mountaintop Cafe, the Sunset Grille and the Alpine Restaurant, as well as drinks at the Chalet Lounge. Skiing is on 19 runs on 220 acres. Room accommodations at Chestnut Mountain Resort include standard rooms for four to 16 people, the Jacuzzi king suite for up to four guests and the semi-private suite that sleeps up to 14 people.

Illinois Golf Resorts

The 106-acre Eaglewood Resort and Spa in Itasca, Illinois, has a 10,000-square-foot European spa, indoor heated pool, bowling alley, golfing and fine dining. Accommodations include 295 guestrooms with the option to select junior suites, rooftop suites or a penthouse. All rooms have large workstations and balconies. Burnham's, Prairie River, Ogden's and room service offer on-site dining opportunities. The 250-acre Pheasant Run Resort, located less than one hour outside Chicago, features 473 guestrooms, 33 suites and 36 holes of golfing on courses designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. On-site theater productions feature Chicago stage talent. The resort also offers swimming pools and a fitness center. Dining facilities include the Harvest, Jambalaya, Garden Atrium and the Terrace Cafe.

About the Author

*I have written chapters and articles for Oxford and Harvard University Presses, ABC-CLIO, and others. Arcadia Press published two of my local history texts and I have also written for numerous "article sites," including Pagewise in 2002. My "How to become a...real estate agent" is available as an online text from a Canadian publisher. *I taught writing courses at a branch campus of Indiana University. *I held a California real estate license and have remodeled four of my own homes and advised others on financing homes, repairing credit to qualify for loans, and managing construction (including meeting local, state, and federal regulations for restoration and development grants). *I served as an AmeriCorps*VISTA volunteer and wrote nearly $75,000 in small education grants (under $1,000). *My travels include frequent road trips in Canada, Mexico, U.S., and Europe. I attended school at Cambridge University and used this as a base to explore the UK and Europe.