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The 13 best secluded Airbnbs near Chicago

Did someone order a portion of peace and quiet with a side of tranquility? Coming right up thanks to the best secluded Airbnbs near Chicago

Morgan Olsen

Traveling to big, bustling cities can be wonderfully exciting, but when you need a break to reset, reflect and recuperate, consider booking a trip that takes you off the grid. These secluded Airbnbs near Chicago do just that, offering land to roam, lakes in which to swim, and cozy nooks built for reading the day away. And because they're located within driving distance of the city, all of the locales on this list make ideal weekend getawaysno flight necessary, so no jet lag!

Book a beautifully modern cabin tucked away in the woods or glamp it up in a yurt beside a peaceful, private lake. Some of these hidden homes even offer easy access to the most scenic hiking trails near Chicago. Pack a few books and board games and don't forget to load up on groceries—these secluded Airbnbs provide the perfect backdrop for a restful getaway. Now sit back and relax…

Updated in April 2024: We love to keep an eye out for even more cozy hidden gems near Chicago than the ones initially added to our curated list – it's kind of our specialty. This time we did some real digging and we found this beautiful Geneva rental, perfect for your next family vay-cay, or this rustic cottage near Lake Michigan.

🚣‍♀️Lakefront Airbnbs you can rent near Chicago

Who makes the cut? While we might not stay in and review every Airbnb featured, we've based our list on our expert knowledge of the destination covered, editorial reviews, user reviews, amenities and in-depth research to find you the best stays. This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, see our affiliate guidelines

Secluded Airbnbs near Chicago

1. Heavenly Cabin in Mapleton, IL

If you're looking for a super secluded but equally adorable off-grid stay near Chicago, Heavenly Cabin is the one. This off-grid stay is ideal for a couple – and super affordable between two – but it sleeps four comfortably, which would make it an absolute bargain. The kitchen is fully equipped, there's a gaming table with puzzles and board games, and pets are more than welcome. In terms of sleeping arrangements, there's a king-sized bed in a cozy loft room with its own balcony, plus a queen-size in the bedroom downstairs. It's situated above a double garage, which means the view from the sun loungers or hot tub on the deck is simply lovely.

Rooms? Two. Sleeps six guests.

Mood? Rustic.

Location perks? Right in the woods, with only the trees, deer, and wild turkeys for company.

Budget range? Bargain.

2. Plāhaus in Nashville, IN

Nestled in the woods of Brown County, Indiana, this wonderfully modern abode was completed in mid-2020. Whether you want to hole up and watch old movies or disconnect over some classic board games, this cabin has it all. But we imagine you'll spend most of your stay on the elevated patio out back, which affords stellar views of the surrounding nature—a focal point no matter the season.

Rooms? Two. Sleeps four guests.

Mood? Hugely Instagrammable.

Location perks? At just a couple of miles from Nashville, you can enjoy seclusion without having to give up last-minute mod cons.

Budget range? Very affordable.


3. Pet-friendly cottage in New Buffallo

Make this one-bed cottage your own with a romantic escape for two hidden amidst scenic trails of New Buffalo. As for the interiors, we're convinced it doesn't get any cozier than wine reds and dark woods with splashes of contemporary prints - very moody and antique. Of course, you'll also get to enjoy lots of creature comforts during your stay, like a full kitchen, whirlpool tub, extra blankets, magazines, espresso maker, and more. But by far, the best part is how peaceful the natural surroundings are. 

Rooms? One bedroom. Sleeps two. 

Mood? Antique chic. 

Location perks? Along with walking trails, this charming rural escape sits close to Lake Michigan and the south branch of Galien River. 

Budget range? In the mid-high ranges, but so worth it for this hidden gem. 

4. Tiny House by Off Grid Inn in Fall Creek, WI

This teeny tiny cabin in the woods will make you feel as snug as a woodland bug. Stylishly minimalist it may be, but there are plenty of hidden comforts (like the queen-size bed and heated blankets). Just be aware that this is an off-grid let, with an electric toilet (that means limited flushes) and a mist shower. Plus spotty internet, naturally. But immerse yourself in the basics and let your imagination run wild while you gaze out over winter snow scenes or a lush summer forest.

Rooms? One. Sleeps three guests.
Mood? Inside out vibes thanks to massive windows.
Location perks? Downtown Eau Claire is a short drive, should you crave a spot of convenience.
Budget range? Low- to mid-range.


5. Cabin on a Century-Old Family Farm in Charlevoix, MI

This cute cabin allows guests to fully escape the hustle and bustle of city life. Inside, there's a queen-size bed as well as a small lofted space that can sleep two more in a pinch. It's worth noting that the bathrooms and shower are located in a nearby events space, which is a short walk from the cabin. Bikers will love the fact that the property is located off of Bicycle Route 35, a 500-mile run that mostly follows the Lake Michigan shoreline through Indiana and Michigan.

Rooms? One. Sleeps two guests.
Mood? Rustic.
Location perks? Three words: private wooded hilltop.
Budget range? A bargrain between two.

6. Isolation Paradise in Henryville, IN

The 2,500-square-foot home boasts four bedrooms and three bathrooms in addition to a full kitchen, private office and spacious living room. Though it will be tempting to stay indoors and enjoy the luxury, the outdoors beckons with a hot tub, fire pit and wrap-around decks and porches that showcase the stunning grounds. So get the gang back together, it's time for a group getaway!

Rooms? Four. Sleeps 13 guests.
Mood? American Dream.
Location perks? It's just outside of Louisville, Kentucky, but the private three acres make it feel like a hidden oasis.
Budget range? A real bargain.


7. YurtCation in Cambridge, WI

This classic yurt feels like it's miles away from civilization. In reality, you're just a stone's throw from Madison, Wisconsin. Guests can enjoy bonfires, go canoeing, read on the deck or venture out on a nature hike. There's a fireplace inside the yurt and a clean Porta Potty onsite, but be sure to arrive ready to disconnect and embrace nature.

Rooms? One. Sleeps two guests.

Mood? Glamping.

Location perks? It's on 40 acres of pristine wilderness overlooking a (mostly) private lake.

Budget range? Affordable.

8. Outpost Treehouse in East Leroy, MI

Inspired by a forest ranger's lookout, this treehouse-style property is located in a white pine forest on a 65-acre working farm. The one-bed, one-bath space sets itself apart with 15 custom windows and a wrap-around porch that allows for panoramic views of wildlife, including deer, turkeys and owls. The host provides a light continental breakfast (pastries and coffee) and wifi is available should you need to plug in.

Rooms? One. Sleeps two guests.
Mood? Big kid vibes.
Location perks? Surrounded by a variety of walking trails.
Budget range? Mid-range.


9. Simple Tiny House Getaway in Charlevoix, MI

Step away from the distractions of city life and get back to basics. This tiny house weighs in at just 200 square feet, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in character. Tucked into the woods in northern Michigan, the one-bedroom property boasts a kitchenette and cozy reading nooks, while a ladder leads up to a lofted queen bed.

Rooms? One. Sleeps two guests.

Mood? Cute as a button.

Location perks? It's surrounded by picture-perfect walking trails and bike paths.

Budget range? Very affordable.

10. Cozy Couples Getaway in Goshen, IN

Take your date night up a notch with a stay at this delightful little cottage. Perfect spots for getting close to your beau include the gently illuminated pergola, the firepit (ask the hosts before you arrive for the marshmallow roasters) and the generously sized hammock. Kick back and snuggle up.

Rooms? One. Sleeps two guests.
Mood? Romantic getaway.
Location perks? There are two genuine, beautifully restored Herman Miller chairs to admire and enjoy.
Budget range? Very affordable.


11. Treehouse Getaway in Racine, WI

Surrounded by lush forest, this rental is part of a split-level home, though guests enjoy the privacy of a separate entrance. The one-bed, one-bath suite has its own dedicated deck and acces to another common deck that houses an epic gazebo with a large dining table that overlooks a rambling creek—the perfect setting for a romantic dinner for two.

Rooms? One. Sleeps five guests.

Mood? Couples hideout.

Location perks? Just three miles to Downtown and Lake Michigan.

Budget range? Mid-range.

12. Audrey’s Abode in Jacksonville, IL

Rent a piece of history when you stay in a fully restored log cabin that was relocated from Lima, Illinois, and painstakingly fixed up using all reclaimed materials. Once inside, guests will have no trouble relaxing in the comfy space. The fully furnished kitchen makes it easy to cook during your stay, and the porch out front is ideal for sipping wine and relaxing while watching the sun go down.

Rooms? Two. Sleeps eight guests.

Mood? Historic beauty.

Location perks? Easy access to Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish and Wildlife Area.

Budget range? Bargain.


13. Charming guesthouse in Geneva

Set in the heart of downtown Geneva, this guesthouse is a cozy retreat, ideal for a mini vaycay for a family of four. Interior-wise, the home is tastefully decorated with a snug luxury feel: warm neutrals, cream walls, and beachy wood-toned flooring, which, by the way, is heated throughout. The property also gives guests access to a cute little backyard area with a patio, where you can hang out during warmer months. Location-wise, Geneva has a great historical and local vibe to it, along with being an easy train ride from Chicago. 

Rooms? One bedroom. Sleeps four. 

Mood? 'Feels like home'.

Location perks? Downtown boasts a ton of boutique shops, cafes, and restaurants for casual days out, while the River Park is ideal for the green space and river views. 

Budget range? Moderately priced.

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