Nature, luxury, and world-class hospitality combine at this celestial escape from the city clamor.
With winter giving way to spring, those cherished outdoor activities are back on the cards. One thing many will be dreaming of doing now that the days begin getting longer and sunnier is escaping the urban monotony and venturing out to pastures new to enjoy some respite amongst nature. Luckily for Chicago residents a brand new first-of-its-kind luxury campground called Camp Aramoni has just opened up after years in the making.
The 96-acre former brickyard was a work-in-progress for a few years now and, after some Covid-related delays, opened in mid-April for its “Grand Opening” season.
Dubbed “Illinois’ first and premier boutique campground and event venue” guests can expect a five-star luxury experience in a natural paradise just an hour outside Chicago near Starved Rock State Park. The upscale tents and high-end amenities are situated in a picturesque 96-acre setting where it’s easy to disconnect with hiking trails, yoga, picnics, and other on-site activities along the lush Vermillion River.
The now complete natural paradise is roughly 100 miles southwest of Chicago in Tonica, Illinois, and features 11 lavish safari-style tents designed by Bushtec Safari. Each tent draws inspiration from different Illinois wildflowers and all come equipped with personal bonfires, en-suite bathrooms, hardwood floors, and plush king-size beds complete with luxury linens.
The campground is also home to The Barn, a refined rustic lodge that offers state-of-the-art brunches, wine tasting, and now world-class cuisine from the mind of Cleetus Friedman.
Formerly of City Provisions, Fountainhead, and Theater on the Lake, Chef Cleetus is a trailblazer in the culinary scene known for hand-selecting ingredients directly from farmers at the peak of the growing season. He creates unique, hyper-seasonal upscale dishes for public and private events and also boasts an award-winning Bloody Mary mix.
With tents accommodating up to six guests it is an ideal romantic getaway for couples or the perfect full-wedding blowout and everything in between. Whether you’re looking for a laid-back escape with champagne-fueled picnics, wanting to disconnect with private yoga and hiking trails, or in need of a boozy break with friends, this luxury experience in a secluded natural valley is the perfect place to run away to.