Bed and Breakfasts in Lemont Illinois
Instead of the ‘usual’ Chicago visit, why not try Lemont, a historic town with B&Bs offering a welcome respite from the usual Chicagoland hotels? Located on the Des Plaines River, just 29 miles from downtown Chicago and 10 miles from the 294 loop, we offer big-city convenience in a small-town package!
Established in 1836, the Village of Lemont stands as one of the oldest American communities in northeastern Illinois. Originally inhabited by the Potowatomi Native Americans, the town’s influx of eastern Europeans began when building began on the Illionois & Michigan Canal through town, and local population grew to 3000 people by 1848. The Canal helped establish our town as both a dolomite limestone quarrying site, and a provider of building materials, dairy, and grain to the Greater Chicago area.
Despite the population boom over the years, our town has been able to hold onto much of our roots. Visitors will therefore find the historic charm and ambiance throughout many areas sprinkled between newer developments. Our historic district protects the downtown area, including many homes from the 1870s through the early 1900s. Also protected are the older, established neighborhoods outside the downtown area.
Our downtown boasts antiques, unique shopping, taverns and restaurants, and other area businesses. Three other major shopping areas offer large retail stores, more restaurants, and entertainment. Throughout the year, the town features a farmers’ market, a Christmas market, Heritage and seasonal festivals and shows, classic car cruise nights, and other events. No matter when you visit, there is bound to be something going on in our historic town!
Lemont is practically surrounded by National Forest and Nature Preserves, offering nature lovers everything they could want during a northeast Illinois vacation. Several regional bicycle trails also pass through the area for running, walking, in-line skating, and bicycling. Fishing and boating are available in old quarry lakes of the Heritage Quarries Recreation Area. Seven golf courses within a five-mile radius of town let you easily hit the links, and golfers will also recognize our town as the home of the Professional Golf Association’s BMW Championship at Cog Hill Country Club!
Member inns of the Illionois Bed and Breakfast Association welcome you to Lemont. Whether you visit for work or for play, we are happy to host your stay!