It's the Prairie State, the eastern terminus of Route 66, and the place where the Land of Lincoln meets the steel-and-glass skyscrapers of tomorrow. Welcome to Illinois, the fifth most populous state in America and home to nearly 13 million people. Whether you're catching a Chicago Cubs game or walking in the footsteps of the 16th president, you'll feel the magic all around you at our Illinois vacation rentals.
With borders that touch the Mississippi River, the corner of Lake Michigan, and the neighboring states of Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, and Wisconsin, Illinois achieved statehood in 1818 and has been a magnet for migration, industry, commerce, and tourism ever since.
Begin your visit in the nation's third-largest city, Chicago, where you can sunbathe on 15 miles of swimming beaches on Lake Michigan, shop your way along Magnificent Mile, and admire the classic architecture on a boat tour of the Chicago River. You'll still have time to sit in the stands at Wrigley Field, stroll through the Art Institute of Chicago, and catch a performance at The Second City or the Chicago Theatre.
Follow Historic Route 66 south to the state capital of Springfield, which today is a living museum of the life of Abraham Lincoln. Pay a visit to the Lincoln Home National Historic Site, explore the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, and pay tribute to the late president at the Lincoln Tomb State Historic Site within Oak Ridge Cemetery. Vacasa offers a wide variety of beautiful homes in Chicago proper, so explore your options and find a home base for your visit to this iconic city.
If you'd rather get out into the great outdoors, take a drive on one of Illinois' seven scenic byways or make your way to Shawnee National Forest in the state's southern reaches. Climb majestic sandstone cliffs, take a hike on the Rim Rock Recreational Trail, and explore the aptly named Garden of the Gods. Lake Michigan, one of the five Great Lakes that borders Illinois to the east, boasts plenty of opportunities for beach days, boating, and more.
Find a blend of the past and future in the heart of the American Midwest - plan your escape to one of our Illinois vacation homes today!
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