Visit — and Stay at — Historic Sites in and Around Chicago

Visit — and Stay at — Historic Sites in and Around Chicago
Courtesy of Emil Bach House

Published Sept. 4, 2019


By Maryann Hammers


Sleep in a Frank Lloyd Wright home? In Chicago, yes you can. The Emil Bach House, designed by the distinguished American architect and designer, is available as a vacation rental. The 1915 home, located one block from the Lake Michigan in Chicago’s East Rogers Park neighborhood, is one of the few remaining examples of Wright’s late Prairie-style houses. It was designated a Chicago Landmark in 1977 and placed on the U.S. Register of Historic Places in 1979. In 2013, the building was restored to its original appearance following a two-year renovation. Active duty, reserve, and retired military members with valid military ID get a 15% discount off vacation stays (six people maximum; two-night minimum). Rates vary by season. November through April, the discount is 20%. Call (773) 654-3959.


Just two blocks from Lake Michigan, Lang House, a 1919 six-bedroom mansion in Chicago’s historic north side, is near Chicago’s shopping, nightlife, and attractions. Available as a vacation rental, the home sleeps up to 16 people and includes a sauna and massage room, two full kitchens, a two-car garage, and two outdoor decks. Military members with valid military ID get a 15% discount May through October (20% discount November through April). Call (773) 764-9851.


The Pritzker Military Museum & Library in downtown Chicago features an extensive collection of books, programs, artifacts, and rotating exhibits covering many eras and branches of the military. Programs include a lending library, the archives, recorded TV shows, podcasts, oral histories, and museum exhibits. Admission is free to all active duty military members and veterans. The museum was founded by retired Illinois Army National Guard Col. Jennifer N. Pritzker. Call (312) 374-9333.


Lincoln Way Inn in the prairie countryside of Northern Illinois, about 90 minutes from Chicago, offers a rustic yet elegant getaway. The inn was built in 1912 and features six guest rooms, including three suites. Amenities include a dining porch and an outdoor patio with a fireplace, free Wi-Fi, free computer use, a hammock and porch swing, guest laundry facilities, free parking, and 24-hour access to coffee, microwave, ice machine, and refrigerators. Full gourmet breakfast is included with stay. Active duty military members get a 25% discount. Call (815) 456-7700.


Deals are available as of Sept. 4, 2019, and may be subject to change.