Camp Aramoni

Chicagoans have long flocked to Starved Rock State Park for its gorgeous waterfalls and vistas, but the surrounding area has traditionally lacked standout lodging. That’s changed thanks to this new 96-acre glamping resort just 10 minutes from the park. The camp (from $450 a night, including breakfast and dinner), which opened in April, boasts 11 elevated safari-style tents outfitted with en suite bathrooms, sustainable bamboo linens, and your own bonfire for s’mores. On the grounds, you can hike or bike winding trails over streams or paddle a canoe on one of the property’s serene ponds. Later, sit down to a private gourmet picnic amid fields of native wildflowers. Need more evidence this isn’t your typical rustic campsite? A boutique general store sells Midwestern-made soaps and honey from the onsite apiary, and a 1971 Airstream Ambassador has been transformed into a coffee and cocktail bar. The camp is planning to host a series of guest chefs from Chicago, including Paul Kahan (September 20) and John Manion (October 11). 818 N. 2219 Rd., Tonica