Daily life can be stressful and draining. Taking time for yourself is imperative for positive mental and physical health. Vacations are a great way to relax and recuperate, but taking a week-long vacation can be cost prohibitive and may not be possible with family or work schedules. A great alternative to an extended vacation is a mini-stay in a bed and breakfast. Locating that perfect retreat can be found both inside and outside the Chicago limits. Here you will find the best bed and breakfasts in Chicago. If you are looking for the best bed and breakfasts outside the Chicago area, be sure to click here to check out B&Bs that made the list.
Flemish House of Chicago
68 E. Cedar St.
Chicago, IL 60611
Flemish House of Chicago is located in the Gold Coast neighborhood in a quiet residential area where rest and relaxation can flourish. However, if sightseeing and action are on the agenda, the vibrant stores, restaurants and nightspots of Michigan Avenue are right nearby. If there is an interest in water-related activities, the lake front and Oak Street Beach are also only steps away. Cultural activities such as Navy Pier and the Chicago museums are minutes away by car, taxi or bus.
Ray’s Bucktown B&B
2144 N. Leavitt St.
Chicago, IL 60647
Ray’s Bucktown B & B is modeled after small European hotels and spas; each of the 11 bedrooms has its own unique character and style along with a private bath. For those who love breakfast, the full cooked-to-order breakfast will be a welcome meal and vegetarian or special dietary needs can be met upon request. For rest and relaxation, a sauna and steam room is available, but if going out is the preferred choice, there are more than 80 restaurants within walking distance.
Wicker Park Inn
1329 N. Wicker Park Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
Wicker Park Inn offers four guest rooms and three apartments. A continental breakfast is included with the guest rooms and the apartments are equipped with a full kitchen, so breakfast is not included. If exercising and working out are a priority, Wicker Park Inn has a partnership with Wicker Park Fitness and guests can enjoy complimentary passes during the stay. Wicker Park and Bucktown are very vibrant areas. There is always a lot going on and concerts and street festivals are regular happenings.
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House 5863 Bed & Breakfast
5863 N. Glenwood Ave.
Chicago, IL 60660
House 5863 Bed & Breakfast is located in the Edgewater Andersonville neighborhood and is a very different type of B&B. The style is contemporary and the feel of the décor is urban and hip. There are five guest rooms available, each featuring a king size bed with a private bath. The guest rooms have a flat-panel television with cable and high-speed wireless internet access. Continental-style breakfast is offered so that guests can serve themselves at their own convenience and after breakfast, if some relaxation is on the schedule, there is a garden and deck area available to unwind.
House of Two Urns B&B
1239 N. Greenview Ave.
Chicago, IL 60642
The House of Two Urns Bed and Breakfast is located in Wicker Park and has been in business since 1991. It is about 10 minutes to the museums and Chicago Loop and 1.5-block walk to public transit and cabs. If relaxation is more in the plans, the House of Two Urns offers a rooftop deck to enjoy the outdoors in the warmer months and a side garden where fruits, berries, tomatoes and herbs are grown. The side garden produces fruits and vegetables that are used on the breakfast menu and as jams year round.
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