Chestnut Street Inn
Calling all foodies: The Chestnut Street Inn in Sheffield, Illinois, was a culinary-focused bed and breakfast, serving up comfort and luxury alongside carefully prepared, home-cooked meals. When you visited Chestnut Street, you’d be treated to a Mediterranean-inspired menu, prepared by innkeeper Chef Monika from locally sourced ingredients.
You can sample Chef Monika’s creative and delicious meals, ranging from veggie frittata to a goat-cheese French toast with blueberry sauce. Guests with a penchant for cooking can make meals themselves: Monika offers cooking classes that will resume when safe, introducing guests to recipes made from fresh, healthy Midwestern ingredients. To take the cooking experience home, guests can purchase a custom cookbook, featuring years of Monika’s tried-and-true breakfast and dinner dishes.
Chef Monika’s meals are inspired by her background in cultural anthropology and her extensive travels around the world. Monika and her husband, Jeff, have been hosting guests at the Chestnut Street Inn since 2005. The common areas of this quaint Illinois inn are decorated with a variety of eclectic souvenirs from the pair’s global sojourns.
Private Getaways and Dreamy Decorations
Located in the rural community of Sheffield, IL, The Chestnut Street Inn offers a relaxing alternative to chain hotels. All guestrooms are unique and richly decorated with floral decor, and equipped with fresh linens, private bathrooms, luxurious bathrobes and breakfast in bed options. Each room features a different–and carefully coordinated–color scheme. Guests can choose to relax on a king-size bed in the Rosewood Suite, or to enjoy accents of speciality china in the Blue Room. In the Burgundy Room, dark green and bold maroon hues provide antique accents to frame a decorated writing desk and four-poster bed. A sitting porch with a large TV and a private dining room are accessible from the Green Room; rose-patterned wallpaper and matching curtains perfectly complement the Illinois fields.
Sample the Midwest
The Chestnut Street Inn is conveniently located at the hub of classic Illinois destinations. Guests can visit both an engaging live theater and a quaint historic movie theater; they can attend history tours of the region, visiting museums and restored houses to get a glimpse of the nineteenth-century Midwest.
For fun, socially distanced outdoor options, the town of Sheffield offers close proximity to several different state parks, each of which are excellent settings for wilderness activities–hiking, biking, and fishing.
Sheffield also sits close to two counties, Bureau County and Henry County, both of which are known for their range of recreation, including shopping, golf, spas, and festivals. Henry County is home to the world-famous Good’s Furniture, a mecca for antique enthusiasts that also features a wine cellar.
The nearby town of Princeton, Illinois is a sparkling tourist attraction that draws visitors from around the country.
Before leaving the Chestnut Street Inn, guests should be sure to check out the Psycho Silo Saloon–a popular biker bar, famed for its zany decoration–and the August Hill Winery, which offers a sample of delectable local wines.
From home-cooked meals to idyllic countryside settings, the Chestnut Street Inn is a perfect home base to explore Illinois from. Great for romantic or foodie getaways and girlfriend trips alike, the Chestnut Street Inn welcomes guests to its lush yet cozy atmosphere at the heart of the Midwest.