Chicago Dopers, Help Me Find a Place to Stay

Hubby and I are considering going to Chicago on vacation, and we’d like to rent a cabin on the lake. I’d like something semi-secluded, and reasonable in price. Unfortunately, I’m having trouble with a search, because I don’t know the names of the communities in the surrounding areas. I’d want to be less than 40 miles away from the city, if possible.

Can anyone help me out, or at least, help steer me in the direction of communities and locations in which to search?

Searching in IMHO would be good, for starters!

Aww, jeeze! Sorry! Wrong board!

Not necessarily…we got lotsa Chicagoland members. Some of whom may even be affluent enough to rent cottages by the shore!

The Indiana Dunes are supposed to be nice. Or were.

New Buffalo Michigan is further away, but not by much. It is a nice community with rental property available. You could also try Michigan City Indiana. I’m not sure what would be available on the Illinois side of the lake, as I don’t even know if there are vacation sites that include cabins along there.

Just about exactly within your distance requirements:

I don’t see anything specifically about cabin rentals, but there are a bunch of links there. I used to live in the area, and it’s nice, if a bit rustic.

I’ll second “Chain o’Lakes”. We spend a fair amount of time hiking there. Nearby “Volo Bog” is a really pretty afternoon trip, despite its name.

Lake Geneva (which is the name of the town as well) is also nice, altho the downtown area is about like Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge/Wisconsin Dells. (i.e., overdeveloped, unless your idea of fun includes a lot of people/gift shops). That might technically be Wisconsin, not sure. It’s a little further out, but the lake is much larger than Chain o’ Lakes.

FYI, If you haven’t been to Chicago before, know that rush hour is apprx 6-8:30 a.m. and 3:30-6 p.m., with traffic picking up again at about 7 p.m. when everybody goes out for the evening (fellow Illini, have I got it right?). I was surprised that the evening rush hour started so early. We live about 25 miles out & sometimes it takes 40 minutes to get downtown, sometimes it takes 2 hours. Avoid I290 if you’re coming from the east - there’s major construction just before it crosses I90. I94 is bad going right into the city, from the east, too.

geez, can you tell I drank too much caffeine!? lights out for me