Get us in your inbox

Search
Greenwood in Union Pier, MI
Photograph: Courtesy Airbnb

16 lakefront Airbnbs to rent for a summer getaway from Chicago

Grab your beach towels and get ready for a summer of lakeside getaways

Annalise Mantz
Emma Krupp
Written by
Annalise Mantz
&
Emma Krupp
Advertising

Craving a bit of sun and sand? We might be hundreds of miles away from the nearest ocean, but that doesn't mean you can't book a relaxing beach vacation within just a few hours' drive from the city. For a weekend getaway near Chicago, consider these beautiful lake houses available for rental on Airbnb, which offer everything from stunning waterside vistas to private beaches perfect for taking a dip. Whether you prefer quaint cottages atop the dunes near Lake Michigan, quiet farm stays or massive villas for entertaining a group, you're bound to find something to love among these beachy picks—clear your calendar and starting planning that much-deserved vacation.

This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, click here.

RECOMMENDED: The best Airbnb cabins near Chicago

Lakefront Airbnbs near Chicago

Since it's not far from white-sand Oval Beach, the trail to Mount Baldhead and a plethora of local art galleries, this tiny house would be the perfect home base for a weekend of exploring all Saugatuck has to offer. The candy-apple red cottage might be small, but it has everything you need for a romantic getaway: a screened-in porch, queen-sized bed, kitchenette and outdoor hot tub.

Advertising

It's not a budget getaway—as its title clearly implies—but this ultra-plush lakefront home offers cushy amentities and stunning views of the water nearly everywhere you look. Take in panoramic lakefront vistas from the living room's floor-to-ceiling windows or head outside and explore the surrounding nature areas; either way, you're in for a relaxing Lake Michigan getaway.

Advertising

If you care just as much about a home’s aesthetic as you do its location, reserve this yellow bungalow outfitted with impeccable mid-century modern decor. One-of-a-kind touches like an antique abacus and sketches of Scandinavian rulers adorn the walls, while vintage velvet chairs and minimalist bed frames fill the rooms. Best of all, you’re just a short bike ride away from Traverse City’s boutiques, restaurants and brewpubs. 

Advertising

Expand your sea glass collection at this Door County cottage, which features a leafy backyard overlooking the water and access to a secluded rock beach below. A fully-equipped kitchen invites cooking and baking, and while the tidy white-planked dining room is lovely, we recommend taking your breakfast at the outdoor table within eyeshot of the beach. 

Advertising

Have you ever dreamt of spending the night on a sailboat, falliing asleep to the sound of waves? Book a night or two aboard "Clementine," a 29-foot sailboat docked in Racine, Wisconsin's Reefpoint Marina. Catch some rays on the ship's deck or take a dip in the marina's private swimming pool and hot tub, and make sure to spend at least watching the sunrise over the lake from your shipside vantage point.

Picture this: You spend Saturday morning at the farmer's market in nearby Holland, Michigan, picking up fresh bread, berries and veggies before returning to this little cottage on the lake. Then you head down the private beach below, weaving your way through grass-studded dunes, to have a picnic by the water. Such an idyllic lifestyle could be yours (for a few days, at least) when you stay at this charming rental!

Advertising
Advertising

This cozy one-bedroom hideaway in Union Pier is just a short walk into town, where you’ll find small art galleries, cute cafes, local wineries and a well-loved public beach. After you return home for the evening, you can kick back on the screened-in porch, by an outdoor fire pit or beside the wood-burning fireplace.

Two blocks from both the Downer Avenue shopping district and Bradford Beach, this second-story residence has an eclectic vibe to match Milwaukee’s vibrant art scene. (Think palm print furniture, vintage wall art, a spiral staircase and a gorgeous maroon AGA range.) Four beds and a couch can comfortably sleep up to seven people, so you can round up the whole crew for a weekend getaway.

Advertising

You want a motorboat with your Airbnb? You got a motorboat with your Airbnb. But to be fair this glorious pad on Lake Como would be a draw even without the speeder. It’s at the end of a private road so you’ll get plenty of peace and quiet but if you want to venture out? There’s a great hiking trail on the Hermansen Conservatory just a few hundred yards from the house, plus downtown Lake Geneva is three miles away.

Recommended
    You may also like
      Advertising