Illinois Beach Hotel to Open on April 5, 2024 

(Zion, IL) – Illinois Beach Hotel will reopen for business on Friday, April 5, 2024. Illinois Beach Hotel, the only Hotel located on Lake Michigan, offers overnight accommodations, on-site dining, event space and a gift shop.  

Holly Cir was named General Manager in January of 2024. She sees great potential for this beachfront destination saying, “In addition to being under new management, our unique property is in the process of ecosystem and habitat restoration.” Abby Farrell, Area Manager of Operations/Illinois and General Manager of Starved Rock Lodge, has assisted with the reopening said, “Our dedication to creating an inviting and enriching experience for the community continues, and we look forward to welcoming guests with open arms and warm hospitality.”

One of the best features of Illinois Beach Hotel is its proximity to the beach and Lake Michigan. The hotel has 92 spacious rooms, many with lakefront views to choose from. Rooms promise a beachy feel, comfortable Serta mattresses and amenity upgrades like new LCD TVs, refrigerators & microwaves, coffee makers and hairdryers. 

Illinois Beach Hotel is located within Illinois Beach State Park, just 50 miles north of Chicago. It represents the last remaining undeveloped Lake Michigan shoreline in the state of Illinois. Illinois Beach Hotel guests have access to the private beach and Lake Michigan. Natalie Phelps Finnie, director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, said Illinois Beach is one of the most unique and scenic sites in Illinois’ collection of state parks. “Illinois Beach is truly one of a kind, with beautiful beaches, lakefront views, rare plant and animal life, diverse recreational opportunities, and a wonderful hotel and restaurant on site,” Finnie said, “I encourage everyone to plan an unforgettable trip to Illinois Beach and Lake County this season.”

Upon reopening, Nolan’s (the on-site restaurant) will be open Wednesday through Sunday from 4-8pm. Breakfast will be available to overnight guests. Outdoor seating will be available seasonally at Nolan’s as well as on the Pavilion (located on the east side of the property overlooking Lake Michigan). Illinois Beach Hotel will also be accepting reservations for outdoor weddings with receptions in the Grand Ballroom as well as for special events such as Quinceaneras, corporate gatherings, Mitzvahs, graduation parties and more. The primary event space can accommodate up to 200 guests. A variety of catering options and bar packages are available.  

“We’ve made waves in the pool,” said Farrell, “The biggest goal we have ahead of us is restoration of the hotel’s indoor pool. We continue to work closely with the State of Illinois to bring this project to completion and look forward to welcoming the community back to the pool complex once complete.”  

To make a room reservation or learn more, go to: or call 224-259-2600.

PRESS RELEASE DATE: March 25, 2024
Subject: Illinois Beach Hotel to reopen on 04/05/24 

Contact: Holly Cir, General Manager/IL Beach Hotel /Email: [email protected]