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Venture into the basement of this 1840s home and you’ll discover a secret: In a previous life, it once served as the Illinois Brewery and tavern. The limestone fermenting cellar, Southern pine wood floors on the second floor and hitching post outside are ...


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By Annalise Mantz Posted: Friday January 5 2018 Photograph: Courtesy AirbnbSome people look for giant king beds and room service in a place to stay; others get their kicks from original light fixtures and turn-of-the-century crown moldingIf you fall into the latter category, consider one of these historic homes near Chicago for your next weekend getawayYou’ll find mid-century modern marvels, renovated mansions, 19th-century Victorians and converted Amish barns all within a few hours’ drive of the cityWhether you’re looking for hiking near Chicago or Airbnb cabin rentals, this list of historic homes for rent has something for every sensibility and budgetWhile we could never tire of the most beautiful buildings in Chicago, a change of scenery every now and then never hurt Historic homes near Chicago on Airbnb Plum Hill in Lewistown, IL Discover the simple life (Paris Hilton reference very much intended) at this Amish-built home near a wildlife preserveIn the summer, sunbathe on the large outdoor patio or build a fire in the backyardIf you’re planning a winter getaway, stay nice and cozy inside with the pinball machine and built-in barTwo nearby wineries and a microbrewery will certainly keep you entertainedFrom $130 per night Book Now Advertising Historic Brewery in Galena, IL Venture into the basement of this 1840s home and you’ll discover a secret: In a previous life, it once served as the Illinois Brewery and tavernThe limestone fermenting cellar, Southern pine wood floors on the second floor and hitching post outside are all original, though the rest of the two-bedroom home has been meticulously updatedThe hosts also own the Galena Brewing Company on Main Street, in case you’re hankering for a local brew to drink in the old fermenting cellarFrom $105 per night Book Now Advertising The Historic Florsheim Mansion in Chicago Don’t let the modern furnishings fool you: This residence dates back to 1938, when shoe empire heiress Lillian Florsheim commissioned architect Andrew Rebori to design itIt’s actually two buildings—the main home and Florsheim’s sculptors studio—that were later connected by a black fiberglass galley kitchenCheck out the curved glass panels on the front of the home that give it such an intriguing shape and don't miss the garden and koi pond in the center of the structureFrom $300 per night Book Now Advertising The Castle on Roanoke in Peoria, IL Located in the Randolph-Roanoke Historic District of Peoria, this regal structure stands out among a sea of classic VictoriansThe stone exterior and prominent turret give way to an updated interior with two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a fully equipped kitchenFrom $59 per night Book Now Advertising Frank Lloyd Wright’s Schwartz House in Two Rivers, WI Legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright originally designed this home for a LIFE magazine feature in 1938Wisconsin businessman Bernard Schwartz was so taken with the plan that he built it for his family in Two Rivers, even visiting Wright’s studio in Arizona to have him make a few modificationsVisitors can still read a book in the 63-foot library, cozy up in front of the two original fireplaces and fish from the private dockFrom $375 per night Book Now Advertising Historic House on the Fox River in Little Chute, WI In the 1800s, the Fox River used a hand-operated lock system to move boats through canalsThis historic home in Little Chute was the lockmaster’s house and has since been refurbished and filled with period furniture from the 1930sSince it’s listed on the register of historic places, the home can’t be updated with air conditioning, TV or WiFiNo matter: The nifty refrigerator, push-button light switches and record player add more than enough charm to make up for itFrom $100 per night Book Now Advertising The Pullman Train Car Constitution in Plano, IL If the fact that this Airbnb is an 180,000-pound antique train car doesn't convince you to make a reservation, consider this: It might be your only chance to sleep in the same room as two U.SpresidentsThe train car Constitution served as the 1900s version of Air Force One for Presidents Warren GHarding and Woodrow WilsonThe carefully renovated car includes the original four staterooms, an observation deck, a dining room and a galley, plus a master bedroom, a bathroom and two large living rooms with fireplaces that were added laterFrom $189 per night Book Now Advertising Historic Church Home in Logan Square After taking in the lofted ceilings, arched doorways and belltower of this home, it’s no surprise to learn it was converted from a church built in 1888The expansive space can sleep up to 13 people and features intriguing details like inlaid wooden crosses, antique typewriters and stunning religious muralsFrom $950 per night Book Now Advertising Warm Cozy Family Home Near Lake Michigan in Kenosha, WI Want modern comforts and old fashioned charm? This Victorian home was built in 1907, but renovated in 2015(It even has central air conditioning!) The gorgeous exterior, arched doorways, pristine built-ins and updated landscaping will certainly make your stay enjoyableFrom $210 per night Book Now Advertising Historic Cabin on the Rock River in Oregon, IL The rustic cabin on this pristine stretch of riverfront property looks much the same as it would have in 1907, though it has been outfitted with electricity, hot water and a working kitchen since thenStill, it’s the perfect getaway if you’re looking to connect with nature without sleeping in a tentWhether you hike the nearby Lowden-Miller Forest, kayak the Rock River or just nap in one of the hammocks, you’re in for a treatFrom $145 per night Book Now Advertising Show more Looking for more getaway ideas? Stay in these amazing Airbnb Madison homes Located just three hours north of Chicago by car, Madison, Wisconsin, offers football, food tours and music festivals year-round Read more By: Stephanie Bernstein Posted: Tuesday October 24 2017, 12:00am Advertising Share Tweet 0 Add comment Comments 0 comments &nbsp Get Livefyre FAQ Sign in + Follow Post comment   Link Newest | Oldest You might also like Winter getaways from Chicago Travel to Madison, Wisconsin Ireland's countryside and coast The best Airbnbs for weekend getaways from Chicago Weekend getaways from Chicago Top About us Work for Time Out Privacy policy Website terms of use

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