Looking for a getaway that is not far from home, but yet feels like it is a retreat from daily life? The best lake house getaways near Chicago are only a short drive away, will aid in alleviating stress of the daily grind and best of all-the getaways can be accomplished in just a few short days if need be.
Eleven Gables Inn And Cottage
493 Wrigley Drive
Lake Geneva, WI 53147
(262) 248-8393
www.lkgeneva.com

Eleven Gables Inn and Cottage is a Boutique Inn and Cottage located in beautiful Lake Geneva, Wisconson. The Inn is approximately 83 miles from Chicago. There are two buildings on the property which both were built in the 1850s. The boutique inn offers six rooms with private baths and three have their own private entrance. The cottage is divided into two units with two bedrooms and one bath in each unit. Eleven Gables Inn and Cottage is one of the only dog-friendly hotels. The Inn does have a private pier and there are boat rental businesses within walking distance of the Inn and the downtown area is only three blocks away. The downtown area of Lake Geneva offers many excellent restaurants and shopping.

Beach Glass House
South Haven, MI 49090
(269) 767-6125
www.vrbo.com/345548

This home on North Beach offers extensive views of Lake Michigan, a lighthouse and the beach. It is located approximately two hours from Chicago. The home sleeps 14 people and it is a great retreat for a large family or group of friends. The amazing sunsets, hot tub and stunning views help to wash away the stress of the busy work week and there are sure to be many wonderful memories made at this outstanding lake house getaway. There are many photos listed on the website and seeing the photos will help to make this a must visit getaway home near Chicago.

Eagle Point Peninsula On Lake Webster
8893 E. Wesley Lane
North Webster, IN 46555
(317) 752-7556
www.lakehousevacations.com

One of the best highlights of this home is the location directly on the Peninsula. The home is surrounded by Lake Webster. This lake home is located approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes from Chicago. The home sleeps eight adults and can accommodate up to 12 for families with children. There is excellent fishing in Lake Webster and amenities available for use are a sandy beach, swimming area, tennis courts and basketball courts. Pets are allowed with an extra cleaning fee.

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Classic Home On Wonder Lake
Wonder Lake, IL 60097
www.flipkey.com/wonder-lake

There are four bedrooms and sleeps 12 comfortably in this classic lake home on Wonder Lake, Illinois. The home is located approximately 1 hour and 25 minutes from Chicago. It is a great home to rent for large families and even offers a recreation room where kids and adults can play foosball, pool and poker, plus an Xbox system with games. There is a coach home next which sleeps six and can also be rented if additional space is needed.

Blue Door Cottages
5312 N.W. Shafer Drive
Monticello, IN 47960
(574) 870-2744
www.bluedoorcottages.com

Blue Door Cottages are vacation cabins located on Lake Shafer in Monticello, Indiana. The cabins are approximately 2 hours (116 miles) from Chicago. There is also a pool, boat docks, playground and fire pits and the cabins are only minutes from Indiana Beach Amusement Park. There are a variety of brightly painted, cheerful cabins available for rent for large groups and small groups. Best of all, the cabins are located right on the lake-perfect for boating fun.

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