Stone Porch by the Lake
What We Love
- Daily gourmet breakfasts (included in the Jetsetter rate) are served in a dining room overlooking Lake Michigan
- The architects sustainably restored the 126-year-old property, using features that match the original style and introducing a geothermal heating and cooling system
- The property is ideally located within walking distance of Lake Michigan beaches, the Northwestern University campus, downtown Evanston, and the L into Chicago
What To Know
- Children 13 and under are not permitted
- Free WiFi
- Ask for the Lakefront Suite or the Lakeview Balcony Suite for private views of Lake Michigan from your room
- Evanston is just north of the Chicago city limits, making it easy to combine low-key beach days and sophisticated nights out
- A guest kitchen is stocked with coffee, tea and breakfast snacks throughout the day
- Heated garage parking for $25 per night
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
This recently restored landmark property dates back to 1889, when Chicago manufacturing magnate Edward Franklin Brown built the Tudor-style home. Three more families lived in the sprawling stone property before it was converted into a bed-and-breakfast in 2014. Today the decor throughout the five suites and common areas recalls the property’s history without forgetting the details — think freestanding soaking tubs, marble tile bathroom floors and vintage French doors — while the color scheme takes inspiration from Lake Michigan’s many shades of blue, olive and white. Wake up to views of the sparkling water in the Lakefront Suite or the Lakeview Balcony Suite, but rest assured that all guests may feast their eyes on the shores from the main dining room, where gourmet breakfast is served daily. You’ll have the run of the well-manicured grounds, which feature a large bluestone patio with a 15-foot stone fireplace, as well as comfy indoor common areas with fluffy couches and a guest kitchen stocked with hot drinks and breakfast snacks.
In the Area
Urban living meets lakefront charm in Evanston, a Chicago suburb just north of the city limits (and home to Northwestern University). In the summer, walk one block east to Clark Street Beach to tan and splash around with views of the Chicago skyline in the distance. Or hike 1.3 miles up to Grosse Point Lighthouse, a 113-foot brick and concrete tower built in 1873. The Fresnel lens that first topped the lighthouse could project a beam 21 miles over the lake, a safeguard against the shipwrecks that had become common during Chicago’s heyday as a port. Small group tours of the historic property are available on weekends from June through September. In football season cheer on the Northwestern Wildcats at Ryan Field, or simply satisfy your inner college kid with a walk around the 240-acre campus — the oldest building dates back to 1868.
How to Get There
Evanston is a lovely suburb especially with the beautiful Northwestern campus, however, there is a terrible lack of luxury places to stay. Stone Porch by the Lake, and its sister properties, add the style and comfort that you once had to go into the city to enjoy.
It is always a pleasure to stay there and be so close to the university.
The staff is friendly, the rooms are great and so clean, and the breakfast and snacks are just delicious. I could not give it a better review!
We loved our stay. The breakfast was so good. Corrine was absolutely awesome. We will definitely make a return trip. Lake Michigan just across the street was so soothing. Downtown within walking distance a big plus. A busy neighborhood but quiet in our room. Everything was just perfect.
We had long planned a weekend in Chicago to see the musical play, “Hamilton”, and wanted a special place to stay. We found it at Stone Porch by the Lake. It is an absolutely beautiful Victorian B&B just off the campus of Northwestern University and overlooking Lake Michigan. A project to renovate the building began a few years ago, and while the architecture has been maintained, the infrastructure has been totally renovated. The grand staircase, sitting rooms, fireplaces and dining room are all still there in their classic beauty, but they are complemented with modern features such as electronic door entries, heated bathroom floors, and Wi-Fi. Even the air conditioning is now the result of geo-thermal wells sunken beneath the building during its reconstruction. Our bedroom was delightful and extremely comfortable. The breakfast was delicious, filling and on par with everything else at Stone Porch. The only hitch in our stay was a snag in our reservation, but Lisa handled it with grace and kindness beyond expectation. It was the perfect place to stay for a perfect weekend.
This place was fantastk. Lisa the innkeeper was attentive to all of our needs. nothing left undone.Please try this place with family or friends.The hotel richly renovated allowed a great view of the lake.
My daughter and I shared the Tree Top Twin Suite while seeing Lady GaGa at Wrigley Field last night. Stone Porch was a delight! The renovation is very high quality including marble, Kohler fixtures - even brass window casings and door hinges! The decorating is designer quality. The photos do not do it justice! Outside, you will find a fireplace and comfortable chairs on a large front porch. We enjoyed talking with the interesting guests at breakfast. Our only regret is we did not have more time to spend at the Inn. We will definitely be back soon and often.