5 on July 10, 2015
My husband and I stayed at the Chestnut Street Inn for the second time in June. Our first visit was an introduction to what a quaint and special B&B CSI is and what incredibly gracious and dedicated hosts Innkeepers Monika and Jeff are. As a repeat guest we already knew that CSI is a beautiful inn, but what really gives it its life is apparent when you step through the door. Monika and Jeff do not disappoint when it comes to attention to detail with respect to the needs of their guests. What makes CSI truly unique is apparent when you smell the delicious aroma emanating from the kitchen. Monika is a amazing chef who infuses her dishes with a Moroccan flair. Her culinary knowledge extends well beyond the standard restaurant fare as evidenced by Monika's willingness to address virtually any sort of dietary need or restriction. All the while, she is able to maintain the quality as she creates the most interesting and savory dishes. As a guest with a gluten sensitivity, Monika was able to create a veritable feast and I was able to indulge without the worry of whether or not my needs were understood. You have to experience CSI firsthand to truly understand Monika and Jeff's commitment to excellence. We are already looking forward to our return visit.
5 on July 05, 2015
We just returned from our first visit to Chestnut Street Inn and we will be returning! Jeff and Monika are terrific innkeepers with such positive energy. They accommodated a gluten-free eater with no fuss. The gluten-free eater also is allergic to scented household cleaners. Jeff assured us that all linens and towels were laundered separately in unscented detergent including our placemats! Monika's mastery of cooking and meal preparation is far beyond a "5". We are looking forward to signing up for Monika's cooking class at our next visit. While we expect clean rooms and a good breakfast, we were not prepared for the outstanding treatment of these 2 friendly innkeepers. Our dinner at the Inn on Friday evening was the best meal we have had. Kudos to Monika and Jeff!
5 on June 30, 2015
We stayed for our anniversary on June 27. It was our second stay, and we loved it just as much as the first time! The evening meal was absolutely wonderful, especially the sauces on the five courses, Monika is a culinary genius. Jeff was very entertaining, and both were down to earth and so friendly, attentive to every need. The Blue Room had everything we required and was very comfortable. One of us had a breakfast preference, and it was cheerfully accommodated. Breakfast was fresh and delicious. This B & B has all of the right touches. I would recommend it as outstanding.
5 on June 25, 2015
We recently spent another great evening at the Chestnut Street Inn - enjoyed a fabulous dinner, good wine, and good company. Accommodations, as always, were comfortable and relaxing. After three nights in a Red Roof Inn while travelling our stay at the Chestnut Street Inn was most welcome!
5 on June 02, 2015
Accommodations are excellent, dinner was the best meal we have ever enjoyed! Breakfast was also outstanding. The Sudakov's are excellent innkeepers! Our favorite bed and breakfast!
5 on May 28, 2015
This was out 3rd time to visit in the last 2 years. Monica and Jeff always provide outstanding food and service!
5 on May 10, 2015
You can tell Monika and Jeff love what they do. They are imaginative, creative, thorough and kind. Beautiful rooms, lobby, and grounds. We stayed in the Blue Room, with good, logical, arrangement, cute closet and a wonderfully deep tub in the bathroom. Fridge and tv hidden in a cupboard so as not to distract from the Victorian ambiance. Of course dinner and breakfast are terrific, but I really loved how Monika had coffee and the best macaroons you can imagine ready in the back dining room when we arrived. Years ago my daughter and I stayed in what was then called the Maid's Room and now called the Green Room. It's the perfect place for visitors who are not "a couple" because it has separate small rooms. My one and only criticism of our recent stay is that the bathrobes were not as wonderfully fluffy as the ones when my daughter and I visited! I'm looking forward to my next visit when I intend to try out the big room with the fireplace. As for the area, there’s nothing flashy around, but it’s quaint and quiet, and Mautino State Park just south of the town is beautiful. We saw a bald eagle there!
5 on May 10, 2015
OK .. so B & B never really appealed to me! Sharing a house with complete strangers?! Never!!! However, friends of ours convinces us that this was going to be a fun weekend and we could even learn to cook!! Seeing my husband and the male half of our friend couple actually playing at cooking sold me!! Monika is without a doubt the most patient person in the entire world. We took the Moroccan cooking class because it was different. So, we joined her in the kitchen where we were taught the finer art of Moroccan cooking! It is absolutely a hands-on class. The food was truly a gourmet experience. Wonderful aromatic spices - the kind that tickle the taste buds and are just a treat. Breakfast each morning was more than you could ever hope for. An outstanding "different-every-morning" incredible feast!! I cannot say enough about the food!! You really need to try it for yourself! The Inn itself is beautiful... shiny, polished, clean with lots of beautiful touches in the décor. Monika and Jeff make it seem like this is YOUR place and they just take care of it. The bedrooms are richly furnished with lots and lots of comfort. The bedding seemed as if it was brand new and we were the first to use it. Wonder how they do that!! The private baths in each room are spotless and delightfully old-fashioned in décor. The grounds are relaxation inspiring .. beautifully kept lawns and neatly trimmed trees and shrubs and colorful flower beds surrounding the house and exterior patio. The innkeepers are wonderfully friendly people. They are only too happy to share all the information on the history of the house and who they are, personally, and how they came to own this lovely Inn. A true gem neatly tucked away in Sheffield, IL (about 2 hrs. from Chicago). Make plans ... take a trip to Sheffield .. it is a memorable experience. We are already trying to figure out when we can get back!!.
4.0 on May 05, 2015
We are NEVER disappointed at this B & B. We have never stayed here, but we dine here often. We were here just a week or so ago for our anniversary. What a lovely evening it was. The food is like none you'll find anywhere else. It's delicious! And Jeff and Monika are the most gracious hosts that we felt so very welcome. I love this place, and in spite of what it says above, I wanted to make it 5 starts but couldn't.
5 on May 05, 2015
I recently spent the night in the Green Room at this immaculate Bed and Breakfast. Thanks Monica for the delicious breakfast, looking forward to trying your recipes out of your cookbook. This weekend I'll be making the Seared Scallops with Avacado and North African Mango Chutney! Hope to see you again in the Fall. Next time I will definitely make reservations for dinner.
5 on April 26, 2015
My husband did not like any of the B&B's I had taken him in the years pass. But the Chestnut Street Inn turned his thoughts about B&B's around. Monika and Jeff greeted us in the foyer and Monika took my husband on the house tour. Then she brought us upstairs to the Blue Room and explained everything. After she left he said: wow this is very clean here! Yes, Monika and Jeff keep the house spic and span. After a little nap on the comfortable bed we went downstairs. We had reservation for Monika's famos dinner. The theme was "Greek weeding". Yes, she provided us with Windex! I forgot to take pictures of the delicous food we ate. We shared the table with some guests who had lived in Germany and spoke German fluent. We had a wonderful time. My husband and I took a walk around the neighborhood. It was all well lit and we felt safe. We both slept 8 (eight) hours on the most comfortable matress you can amigine. The smell of coffee came up to our room. Jeff had turned the coffee maker on early just for us. At 8 AM we sat down for breakfast. Monika had baked the egg into a bun. What a great idea. Fruit and sausage were delicious, too. Did I tell you that the coffee is roasted Chestnut? Good coffee. What a relaxing B&B! I suggest you book a room AND dinner with Monika and Jeff. You will ask yourself why you have not done that long time ago. We say Thank You, Monika and Jeff!
5 on April 26, 2015
We recently stayed at the Chestnut Street Inn. Jeff and Monika gave us an "at-home feeling". They are a nice, warm and welcoming couple. Monika prepared a fantastic dinner as well as a wonderful breakfast. This is one really extraordinary place to stay.
5 on April 18, 2015
Monika & Jeff are very friendly and easy to talk to. The food was fantastic!!
5 on April 13, 2015
Chestnut Street Inn is a remarkable, quaint, comfortable and delicious place to stay. Monika and Jeff are so personable and fun! The meals, breakfast and dinner, were unique and wonderful. The flavors were surprising and the presentation of the dishes were creative and beautiful. The rooms are so comfortable and our stay was relaxing and comfortable. I would recommend the Chestnut Street Inn to everyone!
5 on April 11, 2015
I spent a lovely weekend at a B&B, eating world-class Moroccan cuisine and drinking gourmet coffee in...Sheffield, Illinois!?! Another reviewer was right, this lovely diamond of a find is in the middle of farming country, away from many things, including busy city life. You wouldn't expect to find such comfort and charm, much less serious culinary talent in such a tiny hamlet, hidden from view. Not only was the room comfortable and well-appointed, the innkeepers knowledgeable, accommodating and kind, the meals a gustatory delight (btw, buy Chef Monika's cookbook, you will not be sorry!) but the atmosphere was relaxing and re-energizing and perfect for a getaway weekend. I only wished I lived closer to experience the Inn more often and to attend the different themed dinner engagements...Morocco, France, Italy, chocolate...mmmmmmmm!
5 on April 08, 2015
The Chestnut Street Inn is a beautiful bed and breakfast in a bucolic setting just two hours outside of Chicago. You can see from the website photographs that the rooms are lovely, the grounds exquisite and serene. But what makes this Inn unique are the hosts, Monika and Jeff. They have an incredible intuitive sense of what each guest needs and they make every individual feel special. And the food! Monika is an accomplished chef and the breakfasts and dinners coming out of the kitchen are incredible...the kind of fine dining usually found in a larger metropolitan city. On this visit, Monika created a first course savory crème brûlée that could be a signature dish at a four star restaurant in Chicago. The Inn is situated in Sheffield, Illinois near the town of Princeton with its charming shops and bakeries, as well as golf courses, hiking trails, state parks, and great antiquing. I cannot think of a better way to spend a long weekend...or longer.
3.6 on March 23, 2015
Friendly and attentive hosts offer culinary delights that are appealing from a traditional to international range. Comfortable and very pretty room was perfect for a restful and relaxing overnight stay. Enjoyed the conversational highlights of the owner's background, historical knowledge of the house, and local sites.
5 on March 05, 2015
We came back for a nice, relaxing weekend before our first child is born. Jeff and Monika didn't disappoint!
4.8 on March 04, 2015
Jeff and Monica are the perfect hosts.Very knowlegable and great conversatinalists.Wonderful food from a great chef.Rooms that are comfortable and not overwhelming.Can't get any better.Congrats to being elected president of the Illinois innkeepers association. Dick and Deb Irvin
5 on February 22, 2015
The food was delicious and Jeff and Monika were superb hosts. Would go back in a heartbeat.
5 on February 13, 2015
We recently stayed at The Chestnut Street Inn. We had dinner reservations as well as a room booked for the night. Monika e-mailed us that morning to make sure we were still coming even though the weather report called for snow. We did go and every bite of dinner was absolutely amazing! We woke up to snow and it was a "leave now and take your chances or stay and be safe" kind of situation. We ended up staying and had a very relaxing time. Monika and Jeff were so kind! They took exceptional care of us. They went out of their way to make sure we were comfortable and had everything we needed. It was fabulous! Too bad we were able to leave on Monday.
5 on January 26, 2015
We were delighted from start to finish with our weekend at Chestnut Street Inn! Monika and Jeff are wonderful hosts, warm and informative and entertaining; the food was beyond delicious, which is no surprise given Monika's expertise; and the B&B is beautiful, comfortable, and so romantic. We will definitely be back!
5 on January 25, 2015
We stayed over a weekend and thoroughly enjoyed. The rooms and atmosphere are clean and charming. Jeff and Monika are professionals. We felt completely at home and relaxed. This B&B is in a rural agricultural area. Monika is able to get produce and meat from local organic farms.She is a fabulous and energetic chef. It is a perfect place to spend time with a partner. Honestly, if you want culture, you will have to dig deep (I grew up nearby, so I know). However, there is a great bicycling/hiking trail nearby (Hennepin Canal) that we use. This place is a real gem.
5 on January 05, 2015
Monika and Jeff made us feel at home from the first time that we stepped into the Inn. Wonderful dinner than evening. Don't miss out on this dinner. It's well worth it and you will not get a better meal.
5 on January 04, 2015
We went here for New Years Eve. We enjoyed a superb dinner prepared by a chef who knows what she's doing. Our room in the Rosewood suite was very comfortable with lots of ambiance, including a fire in the suite's fireplace. Highly recommended if you want a relaxing getaway without the pressure to visit everything nearby.
4.4 on December 29, 2014
Our hope was to just get away for our first overnight without our 1 year old at a nearby destination. Little did we know the gem we had stumbled upon. Our room was even better than the pictures. Everything you could hope for in night away with your loved one: great service, providing great hospitality but also time alone; outstanding locally sourced food; great selection of things to do from relaxing in your room to the the collection of 1,000+ movie titles on hand to the inviting fireplace and sitting area. Needless to say we can wait to return and would highly recommend this destination.
4.4 on December 18, 2014
My partner and I were delighted with our stay at the Chestnut Street Inn. Monika and Jeff are warm and gracious hosts, who go out of their way to make your stay enjoyable. We so enjoyed the time they took to visit with us and share their extraordinary history of becoming innkeepers. Monika is an exceptional chef, destined for stardom! The Chestnut Street Inn is the perfect place for a weekend getaway!
5 on December 01, 2014
My husband and I wanted a quick getaway, not too far from home. I've been hearing about how wonderful the Chestnut Street Inn is for many years, so I thought I would give it a try and I booked the Rosebud Room for a two-night stay. Dinner is not included in the room rate, but I highly, highly recommend staying for Monika's outstanding meals. First of all, the price cannot be beat. Gourmet dining this inexpensive is almost unheard of. Second, there simply are no words for how sumptuous the food is. Monika is an expert with spices and her food is highly reflective of her creativity. The food has a Moroccan flair, but she will accommodate anyone's tastes, diet restrictions, or dietary needs. There is no menu; her monthly menus are posted on the web site and it's easy to see what will be served on the night you are going to dinner or are staying at the Inn. Monika and Jeff, the innkeepers, are very, very gracious hosts and always available. We had no problems or glitches while we were there, but if we had, there is no doubt in my mind that they would have taken care of anything we needed. The Inn is cozy and warm and hospitable. The rooms are decorated with some antiques original to the house and some of Monika's and Jeff's family heirlooms. They have kept the original structure of the house while bringing the amenities into the 21st century. Our room was beautiful -- it has a fireplace and a separate room where we had the option to eat our dinners or our breakfasts. We loved the Chestnut Street Inn so much that we booked another long weekend before we left. I cannot recommend it highly enough!!
5 on November 23, 2014
Wow - is there really anything else to say? Jeff literally welcomed us at their door, and gave us a very informative and nice tour of the home. We met Chef Monika who was preparing for dinner (anytime I saw her during our weekend, she was preparing for some meal or another!). We got to stay in the Rosewood Suite, which I doubt we will stay in another room - I absolutely loved it. Except the King bed, I know this sounds crazy, but it was ginormous! I kept waking up in the middle of the night wondering where my wife was, we always usually sleep so close. I think that might be my only "complaint". Anyone can see from the way they keep the home, how they treated us, and how we were taken care of, that they love this, and the genuinely care. I know that we will be back. The only concern I had with staying in this home, was LGBT friendlieness. I'm certainly not one to want and make people uncomfortable. I respect people's decisions to not support gay lifestyles, and I don't want to press my presence onto them and force them to tolerate me. It only ends with everyone being uncomfortable. Not only are they supportive, they are HUGE advocates - I never could have imagined we would be so welcomed in this small of a town, population less than a thousand. Yeah, and I'm not joking. This is worth every last penny, and then some. Jeff and Monika both make an amazing team. And what they have made out of the Chestnut Street Inn is far from "run of the mill". I have never had such a nice weekend. And sooooo quiet. The only knocks on the door we received were for food time, or when Monika brought us HOME MADE HOT COCOA as a special treat. Really, we didn't even ask. She over heard us mention it, and made it! Really....you're not going to get THAT in a hotel - I can promise you that. Truly, best weekend I've had in a long overdue time. My wife and I will absolutely be back.
5 on November 22, 2014
In town to research my family history, Monika and Jeff were awesome! My family and I went over photographs in the dining room and enjoyed homemade, gluten-free scones. The Green Room was very cool and great to stay in if you are traveling with a friend. The next morning, Monika made gluten-free pumpkin pancakes that were out of this world. Highly recommended, very cool people and the highlight of my trip. I only wish I could've stayed longer.
5 on November 19, 2014
Everything is top notch at The Chestnut Inn. Meals are gourmet, linens and heavenly, Monika and Jeff are most gracious and very congenial hosts.
5 on November 10, 2014
We had a wonderful time there. The dinner was exceptional, with many fresh and delicious plates. Monika and Jeff are warm and friendly people, fantastic hosts. The suite we stayed in was spacious, and even had a separate breakfast room, if we desired. We elected to have breakfast in the common room, because we enjoyed the company of the other guests.
5 on November 08, 2014
Not the first stay and certainly not the last, everything was perfect once again. Highly HIGHLY recommend dinner. I never needed the knife for my steak, and the food was wonderful. We already have our next stay planned!
5 on November 03, 2014
What a nice anniversary surprise to arrive at Chestnut Street Inn for a delicious meal and wonderful overnight stay. It had been several years since our last visit and we can attest to everything being just as we remembered...Fantastic! Monica's meals are superb and the accommodations were perfect. Met new friends and enjoyed Monica and Jeff's conversation and attention to detail! They are the best!
5 on October 30, 2014
The weekend with our friends in Chestnut Street Inn was a memorable one. From our lovely Rosewood Suite with a separate breakfast room, to an intimate dining room reserved for our group and inviting living room with plenty comfortable sofas, armchairs and a fireplace set a tone for a relaxing weekend. Plenty books and DVD's are available just in case the weather doesn't cooperate. There were pastries and coffee available at all times, as well as sodas and bottled water. At our celebratory dinner Monika's Steak Diane with a rich mushroom wine sauce was outstanding as was the rest of her culinary creations. The Inn is spotless and Monika and Jeff friendly and welcoming innkeepers.
4.4 on October 30, 2014
With three other couples, we occupied the entire Inn over one recent October weekend. Some of us brought bicycles and enjoyed riding on the nearby Hennepin Canal trail. We ate two outstanding dinners (prepared by chef Monica with customized dietary accommodation for some members in our party), which are charged separately from the room. Brought our own bottles of wine which Jeff opened for a modest corkage charge. The Sheffield B&B Inn offers nicely-sized, traditionally furnished rooms and well appointed, large living and dining areas, plus a large garden patio. Since we lucked out on the late Indian Summer weather, the patio got plenty of use. Gourmet breakfast with a wide choice of fruit juices is standard here. .
5 on October 26, 2014
My husband and I have been to many Bed and Breakfasts throughout 11 years of marriage and 5 years of dating. We never found one that was so amazing that we had to go back. Then we found Chestnut Street Inn last year and have been back again two times with many more planned. We can't go anywhere else because none of them compare. Jeff and Monika are the friendliest, most genuine and down to earth owners we have ever met. Monika has made some of the most incredible food for both dinner and breakfast that we have ever eaten. As a professional chef she makes homemade gourmet dinners and breakfast that would easily be served in some of the finest restaurants around. All we have to do is come downstairs to our own private table for two to enjoy. With one room that we recently stayed in (Rosewood room) there is an adjoining private dining room just for our room only with wrap around windows that we were served a gourmet breakfast at just steps from our bed. Their rooms are the most warm and inviting of any we have seen, and I think they have found the most comfortable king size beds and pillows made. Overall, Chestnut Street Inn is amazing in every regard. The owners, atmosphere, hospitality, food and surroundings are the perfect combination for a romantic weekend without ever needing to leave the house, which is very much our style. For those interested there are quite a few attractions within close driving distance, of which Monika and Jeff are very knowledgeable about. Definitely the best.
5 on October 26, 2014
My husband and I booked our stay at the Chestnut Street Inn at the recommendation of a friend. We were not steered wrong. The room was gorgeous and comfortable. The grounds were peaceful, colorful, and spacious. I can't say enough about how delicious the food was. We decided to have dinner one night in addition to the breakfasts and it was one of my favorite food experiences ever and I say this as someone with a background in the culinary arts. Monika worked adeptly around my strange list of food allergies and sensitivities as well as my husband's. The best part of the stay, though, is by far getting to meet and talk with Monika and Jeff. They are amazing people and they really take the time to make sure you feel welcome and happy there.
5 on October 24, 2014
Just a perfect getaway. Jeff and Monika were wonderful hosts. For us, as former innkeeper / owners every detail was attended to perfectly. The meals were outstanding. Will return.
5 on October 20, 2014
2 weeks ago a planned stay had to be cancelled - I was really disappointed having been to Chestnut Inn several times before. But I was able to make a dinner reservation for my self and a friend for last night. We were alone in the dining room but Jeff and Monica provided OUTSTANDING food and service. They do a wonderful job of making their guests feel as comfortable as if they were in their own home.
5 on October 01, 2014
This was a return trip for us and we couldn't have enjoyed our stay more! Jeff and Monica are amazing hosts and the optional dinner was amazing as was breakfast the next morning!!! Such a wonderful B&B! We will be back and hopefully for a cooking class next time!
5 on September 30, 2014
A very friendly and charming B&B. Room was extremely comfortable with lovely linens, comfy pillows, nightlights and little flashlights (plus chocolates). Monika and Jeff were warm and welcoming. We had a very pleasant stay; breakfast was delicious with a nice presentation. I would definitely recommend plus would return for another stay.
4.6 on September 28, 2014
Quaint town, and a nice getaway experience.
4.8 on September 27, 2014
Surprise get away for my husband on 45th.anniversary. We've dined often at the Inn,always a excellent experience! Monica and Jeff are professional and friendly at the same time. You feel at Home. WE stayed the nite. Wonderful room. Breakfast was delicious with beautiful views of garden. Of course we return!!!
3.8 on September 26, 2014
Jeff and Monika make everyone feel welcome and are a pleasure to visit with. Monika's cooking is not to be missed, and Jeff's the epitome of 'service with a smile."
5 on September 25, 2014
We had the pleasure of staying one night at the Chestnut Street Inn. The property is well maintained and ambiance charming. The innkeepers Monika and Jeff are gracious and welcoming. Above all, the most exciting part was the truly outstanding food. Chef Monika prepared a personalized dinner based on our likes provided in advance and the breakfast was equally as delicious. The Chestnut Street Inn was highly recommended to us and we will highly recommend it to others. Mark and Mary Lou/Chicago, IL
5 on September 24, 2014
Jeff and Monika are the ultimate great host who give each guest personal attention as if you were old friends. The food is always delicious, even adventurous, as you would expect from a gourmet chef.
5 on September 18, 2014
This was our second stay with Monika and Jeff. The inn is lovely and Monika is a wonderful chef and Jeff is very friendly and helpful. They give you almost free run of the inn encouraging you to help yourself to coffee, tea and bottled water. There is always some tasty baked good on the dinning room sideboard. The rooms are really special and each room is unique and each is different from the others. We go to this part of Illinois with our bikes to ride the Hennipen Canal trail and it is great to have such a wonderful place to stay after our long days of riding.
5 on September 16, 2014
Beautiful accommodations and the cooking class was fun and informative. Am looking forward to a return visit.
4.0 on September 14, 2014
I have been searching for a place for almost a year with food that was prepared to taste great and contain little or no sodium. Monika, the chef and half owner, delivered on all four of the meals we ate with them. We have already made plans to return. I just wish the Chestnut Inn was a little closer. If you like good food, this place is a must try!
5 on September 08, 2014
We came to the Chestnut Street Inn to celebrate our Anniversary. What a great way to celebrate a special occasion! The dinner was amazing! We stayed in the Blue Room, which was decorated beautifully and had a great night's sleep in the comfortable bed. The breakfast was much better quality than you would ever get in a hotel and we enjoyed visiting with Jeff & Monika. We would definitely highly recommend the Chestnut Street Inn to anybody who wants a gourmet dinner, or wants a beautiful place to stay overnight.
5 on August 21, 2014
What a beautiful inn!!! The food was outstanding and the Rose room was so relaxing!! We even enjoyed our dinner in our own private dining room!!! We enjoyed all the courses of delicious hand made food. Exquisite food and room!!! A quiet getaway to chill and catch up with your spouse!!! Thank you!!!!
5 on August 21, 2014
My wife and I were in the area for a class reunion and stayed in the Blue Room for 2 nights. The accommodations were excellent in every way, this property is not only beautiful but very well maintained with many extras for the guests to enjoy. The breakfast was of a quality you would receive at a luxury resort such as the Greenbrier Resort in WV or the Homestead Resort in VA. Due to evening obligations we didn't get to have dinner with Monika and Jeff however we will do that when we return to the area again. They are very gracious hosts in every way, the location was very quiet and the bed was very comfortable we could not have been more pleased, thank you Monika and Jeff for this great experience.
4.6 on August 14, 2014
Food was fantastic and enjoyed ourselves.
5 on August 11, 2014
I had heard of the Chestnut Street Inn from my cousin who said you have got to stay here. With a wedding in Princeton the opportunity presented itself. My wife was reluctant but quickly changed her mind. The Inn is so beautiful inside it is like staying at a small scale version of Mackinac Island Grand Hotel. History is everywhere and I expected to see Christopher Reeves and Jane Seymour pop around a corner. We stayed in the Blue Room and the adornments were perfect and the bed very comfortable. Of course if you are going to The Chestnut Street Inn the hotel is only 1/2 of the treasure. The other half is the incredible food from Chef Monika. She spends hours and hours cooking up a cuisine that you will not forget. Just wonderful. We also had fun chatting with Jeff and the guests. One couple came just for the special dinner and the other were young newlyweds. Check out the menu and make sure you book the dinner as well as the hotel. You will be in for a wonderful memory.
5 on August 08, 2014
We stayed on a Thursday, and were treated royally from the minute we arrived. Lots of little extras, and the culinary experience of breakfast was awesome. This is so much more than a place to spend the night while traveling; this is a place to make a memory. We did! Thank you CSI!
5 on August 04, 2014
Charming and delicious food. Wonderful hosts and very clean!!
5 on August 03, 2014
This B and B is the perfect place to get away and relax! The atmosphere is lovely, the owners are fantastic, and the food is outstanding.
5 on August 03, 2014
Our third stay at the Chestnut Street Inn was every bit as wonderful as past visits. The food and service are exceptional.
5 on July 30, 2014
Wonderful hosts who made us feel welcome and fed us til we were ready to pop! Lovely and charming accommodations that were comfortable and homey.
5 on July 30, 2014
Monika and Jeff are gracious hosts. Our two night stay with a special dinner to celebrate our wedding anniversary was a gourmet treat. We highly recommend Chestnut Inn.
4.8 on July 28, 2014
This was my second time staying a the inn. This time I came with my adult daughter, and the Green Room was perfect for us. Two bedrooms and a separate sitting/TV room...our own little suite! Dinner was AMAZING, utilizing fresh local ingredients (some from their own garden). The colors on the plate were a feast for the eyes as well as the tastebuds! Monika and Jeff are such accommodating hosts and interesting people. We will return!
4.8 on July 21, 2014
My husband and I got married in the back yard of the Chestnut Street Inn, and Monika and Jeff were very accommodating. We reserved the Rosewood suite and were served the best breakfast I have ever had, in our private dining room, at a time of our own choosing--very romantic after our wedding festivities. We will definitely return for another stay and plan to take advantage of the cooking classes offered. Hopefully some of Chef Monika's culinary genius will be absorbed by us!
5 on July 14, 2014
Stayed with Monika and Jeff and they made us feel so welcome. Got in late and they let us have breakfast late and it was perfect. Room was beautiful and atmosphere was so relaxing. Will definitely go back.
4.8 on July 13, 2014
Very stayed with this lovely couple for our anniversary, and would recommend it to all. The evening meal was outstanding, the room was gorgeous, and breakfast was a great start to our day. I would, and will recommend this place to all!
5 on July 09, 2014
Monika and Jeff are wonderful hosts and have thought of everything you might want or need for your stay. Literally everything! Including but not limited to beautiful accommodations; comfortable rooms each of which include a mini-refrigerator and a TV; and wonderful gourmet breakfasts and dinners (dinners require advance reservations). We made reservations for dinner for our first night and enjoyed relaxing over a wonderful meal (prepared by Monika who is an incredible chef!) and a bottle of wine that we selected from their wine list. We enjoyed reading in the parlor/living room and shopping and exploring the area during our two-night stay. We plan to bring our bikes on a return visit to this wonderful B&B as there are bike trails and parks to explore. And, we might even check out the local public golf course. There are many things to do in the area or you can just enjoy relaxing at the Chestnut Street Inn.
4.6 on July 08, 2014
We had a memorable stay at the Chestnut Street Inn last week. We stayed for one night in the Rosewood Suite after antique shopping in Princeton, and before we headed to Goods Furniture in Kewanee. The accommodations were comfy, the meals were fantastic, and the B and B was positively a wonderful stay! The Rosewood Suite had a lovely four poster bed, fireplace with two chairs and an ottoman. The lights beside the chairs were excellent for reading! There was a secretary hutch for journaling or writing a note. There was also a television, with a huge list of available DVDs and videos. The bathroom was equipped with both a bath and a shower. Even the little touches of Doves chocolate and Stash Tea were appreciated. We also enjoyed a spectacular dinner in the Rosewood Suite. Monika made a lovely meal with a shrimp appetizer with mole sauce, homemade rolls with mango, Scallops with chutney, sweet potatoes that were out of this world good!, and asparagus. For dessert, we had crème brulee, with coffee. Monika also had us covered for a before dinner snack! There was homemade coconut macaroons on the buffet, and complementary tea, soda, and water in the pantry. In the morning, breakfast was available in our room, or downstairs in the sun room, which included a lovely scone, frittata, juice and coffee. Many, many thanks to Jeff and Monika for seeing to it that we had such a great time at the Chestnut Street Inn. We deeply appreciate your efforts, and feel blessed to have met you.
5 on July 07, 2014
If Not the Country,, The Chestnut Street Inn is like a Meeting of Top Chef and Better Home and Garden, Monika and Jeff have done what every BnB should have done,,, top shelf attention to detail in every way, Jeff greets you with a hand shake and a smile, and a tour of this lovely 1854 estate. Then upon showing you your room, explains the many entertainment and complimentary options you can enjoy during your stay. The Rooms are steller with a mix of choices,, the sheets and pillows were heavenly and also avaliable for purchase. And now for the Best part of any stay at the Chestnut Street Inn,,, Monika`s Food,, from the Superb Breakfasts to the Optional 5 course Dinners (Which You Should Never Miss) Her Skills are nothing short of amazing, Our two Night were pure Foodie Bliss.. I would go into more details but my mouth is watering just reminising. THANK YOU Monika and Jeff, Nothing could have made our stay more Enjoyable,,well,,, maybe if we could move in.
5 on July 05, 2014
The rooms are clean and nicely equipped. The breakfast and supper are absolutely fantastic---truly gourmet from local organic farms. Don't even think of staying here unless you also stay for supper!! Many local attractions and a slower pace make this a "must-stay" option for B&Bs in Illinois!
5 on July 01, 2014
A stay at the Chestnut Street Inn is like visiting a favorite friend's home. You always receive a warm welcome and are assured of a pleasant experience. The house is beautiful and very comfortable. The living room/library is perfect for relaxing and browsing through Jeff and Monika's many books on travel, the arts and other interesting topics.(I like Monika's ballet books.) The rooms are beautifully furnished with every expected amenity.We always book the Green Room, with its separate sleeping areas and small lounge with a TV and comfy chairs. The grounds are lovely with pretty flowers as well as Monika's own herb garden. It's always interesting to us to see what new improvements and projects Jeff and Monika are working on to enhance the guest experience.(We plan to return in the fall when Jeff has finished the fire pit. S'mores,perhaps?!) The food, of course, is the real star of the show here. Monika's use of locally sourced products ensures freshness and high quality. Her use of spices, both subtle and bold, keeps her dishes not only delicious but also interesting.We look forward to every dinner and breakfast when we stay at this B&B. On top of the great hospitality, comfortable surroundings and wonderful food, there is the added bonus that the innkeepers offer amazing value for the money. The Chestnut Street Inn is truly a unique B&B.
5 on June 27, 2014
Recently my husband and I stayed at the Chestnut Street Inn for a wonderful and relaxing weekend. We found the Chestnut Street Inn on the Internet and could not have been happier with our selection. From the moment we entered the lovely Inn we felt welcome. Jeff and Monika were born to be Inn Keepers as you could see how they truly enjoyed all aspects of their jobs. The food was out of this world and it was great that they made accommodations for my gluten allergy. The Inn is beautifully decorated and immaculate. We will be back and will recommend to anyone wanting a get-a-way. Dorothy and Patrick
5 on June 24, 2014
This was our first stay at a B & B and we were soooo impressed! We really had no idea what to expect. We found all the comforts of home and much more. The decor is beautiful, the service impeccable, the water is always hot, the meals are scrumptious and the hosts are fantastic. Can't wait for our next visit!
5 on June 23, 2014
We and several relatives enjoyed another great stay at the Inn - Monika prepared a sumptuous meal for us on the night of our arrival and great breakfasts during our stay. We have stayed at the Inn many times on our travels to the East Coast and have never been disappointed. Rooms are always immaculate, the food is always exceptional, and the hosts are always outstanding. We would recommend Chestnut Street Inn to anyone who is travelling in the area.
4.8 on June 23, 2014
Monika and Jeff have created a lovely retreat with gourmet food, beautiful accommodations and a warm hospitality to tie it all together. The number of repeat visitors we met while there attests to its unique charm. I would recommend this place to anyone and we will definitely be going again in the future.
4.4 on June 21, 2014
Great Getaway. Thanks for everything
5 on June 19, 2014
The Chestnut Street Inn provides a truly delightful getaway and exquisite dining experience! Betsy and I had heard of a remarkable B&B that serves cuisine with a mid-eastern flair. So we booked a stay to celebrate her birthday. We had a truly marvelous experience, and quite honestly, every aspect of our stay surpassed our expectations! The Inn is absolutely gorgeous and superbly maintained. It is situated in a lovely section of Sheffield, which is a quaint little town about 2 hours west of Chicago and a little less than a hour east of the Quad Cities where we live. When we arrived, Jeff greeted us with a smile. He familiarized us with the Inn's general layout, and then showed us to our room, which was the Blue Room. The bed was large and comfy, and all of the amenities met our needs perfectly. Of course the best was yet to come. After we settled in, we went downstairs for dinner, which is when we discovered the essence of the Chestnut Street Inn experience: the exquisite food prepared by Monika. The evening meal's theme was Greek and each course was a fragrant and tasty delight. Beginning with the vegetarian dolmades, and all the way through to the delicate Greek custard pie served for desert, we felt as though we dining in heaven. Our breakfast the next morning was equally flavorful. We enjoyed playing music in the parlor in the evening and sipping coffee on the patio in the morning. We also had fun walking through Sheffield and savoring the relaxing small town energy. Throughout our stay, we enjoyed chatting with Monica and Jeff, who are very interesting and charming individuals. In summary, we had an excellent experience and plan to return soon. We hope to arrange to meet our adult children here and enjoy the Inn experience together as a family. We highly recommend the Chestnut Street Inn to others who enjoy beautiful accommodations and eclectic fine dining.
5 on June 15, 2014
I only spent one night at Chestnut Street Inn, but it was delightful. The entire Inn was so clean and welcoming. My room was so nice and comfy. Even a mini fridge in the room! I slept like a baby and was fortunate enough to have Monika's cooking not only for breakfast, but for a fantastic gourmet dinner the night I checked in. If I have any reason to be back in the area, this will be the place I stay without a doubt.
5 on June 09, 2014
I've lost track of the number of times my husband and I have dined and stayed at the Chestnut Street Inn. This past weekend I left him and home and went with 3 "long lost girlfriends" . We came from Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, and Colorado. From the time we checked in, we relaxed, reminisced, and refreshed...in the Living Room, over dinner, in the Rosewood Suite, and at breakfast. They had taken me on faith that the Inn would not disappoint and are already planning a return every two years. As for my husband and myself, we are returning in 3 weeks because Monika and Jeff NEVER fail to please.
4.8 on May 31, 2014
My fiancé and I have stayed here before about four years ago and it was wonderful. This time we decided to stay in the biggest suite (the Rosewood), which has its own private dining room for breakfast. Not only are Monica and Jeff absoultely perfect and hospitable, but very giving and helpful. Monica's cooking beats anything you could imagine. Staying here would definitely not be a regrettable decision! Thank you Monica and Jeff!
5 on May 30, 2014
We stayed at Chestnut Street Inn one night on our way home at the end of a long holiday weekend. We opted for dinner too, which was wonderful, the kind of meal we will remember together for some time! The room we stayed in, the Burgundy room, was very comfortable, and the entire Inn was spotlessly clean and fresh-feeling. It was the sweetest mini-vacation for us - we would have liked to stay longer, and we're already talking about our next trip back.
5 on May 29, 2014
My husband and I were given a nights stay and dinner as a gift. It was choosen because of the outstanding food reviews and it did not disappoint! Although we will not go back just for the food; the hospitality, home, company, rooms and town were all wonderful. From the moment Jeff and Monika greeted us as we drove up to the second we walked out the door we felt nothing but welcome! We are already planning our next stay!
5 on May 29, 2014
My Wife and I recently stayed overnite during the Memorial Day weekend. We booked the Rosewood Room and loved it. We had previously attended one of Monika's Dinners in late fall and vowed to return, closer to summer. Jeff and Monika are Innkeepers that appreciate how one would like to be treated and do what is necessary to make the stay not only comfortable but memorable as well. I believe that if they can't provide for your individual needs, you really don't need it! The variety and the level of excellence that Monika brings to the meals she creates must be experienced! Best ingredients infused in 4 Dinner courses, plus Breakfast, will bring a contented smile to all. While serving the food, Jeff brings much humor and history to the effort. We enjoyed sitting on the Patio before the Meal and remarked about the serenity of the location: isolated from the din associated with most towns/ cities. I recommend walking around the neighborhood, after dinner, to view the interesting architecture.We are looking forward to our next stay.
5 on May 25, 2014
The owners we very knowledgable and extremely friendly and easy to talk to. They made us feel like family. The food both dinner & breakfast were AMAZING!! The rooms were comfortable, clean, private, and beautiful. The grounds and manor were gorgeous. My wife & I will be hard pressed to find a more perfect B&B Joe & Jo Tavine
5 on May 18, 2014
My fourth visit to the amazing Chestnut Street Inn felt like coming home. As always, I had a delightful stay with the incomparable Chef Monika and her “host with the most” husband Jeff, who have become like family to me. I thoroughly enjoyed the locally sourced and beautifully prepared delicious food, the wonderful, impeccable accommodations, and the hosts’ easygoing hospitality and stimulating conversation. Monika and Jeff's attention to detail and willingness to accommodate guests' needs is noteworthy. A highlight of the weekend was another incredible cooking class with Monika. Can’t wait to come back!
5 on May 10, 2014
My wife and I absolutely love this place. We visit this area every summer, and we always stay here. Monika and Jeff are great people as well as great hosts. When we show up, we pick up last year's conversation without having skipped a beat. More to the point, everything about this B&B is great. There's the food, the rooms, the food, the amenities, the food, the decor...and did I mention the food? And there are lots of extras, little things that make every stay memorable. I'm writing this review while lodging at a B&B in upstate New York. It's a pleasant place with a 5-star rating, but the Chestnut Street Inn has it beat in every respect. We'll be there for our annual visit next month, and I'm sooo looking forward to it.
5 on May 02, 2014
After another of many visits to the Chestnut Street Inn, I find that I am once again, refreshed and uplifted. I am so taken by the charm and ambiance of this lovely spot. It is an oasis to me; a happy blend of outstanding food, conversation and accommodation. Jeff and (Chef) Monika are, bar none, the best of hosts who draw on their travels and expertise to engage and entertain. I will keep coming back!
5 on May 02, 2014
My husband and I recently stayed at The Chestnut Street Inn for a long weekend in April. We were very happy with our stay. The number one thing about this Inn has to be the food. Monika is a fabulous chef and amazed us each morning with a beautiful breakfast. The rooms were clean and we had everything we needed to make our stay comfortable. Jeff and Monika were available any time we needed them but they also left us to relax without interrupting our stay. I would recommend this Inn to anyone that loves small towns, amazing food and gracious hosts.
5 on April 29, 2014
We SO enjoyed our stay on Friday 4/18 and highly recommend the Chestnut Street Inn. Monika and Jeff were charming and caring hosts and their passion for what they do Is so apparent. The food was amazing-- Monika is the queen of sauces, and she delights in pleasing. The rooms are all beautifully appointed and comfortable, and the little town of Sheffield is a real gem.
5 on April 28, 2014
We have found the perfect oasis for a weekend away - Chestnut Street Inn. Monika and Jeff are a warm and welcoming couple providing amazing service, food and opportunities for relaxation. We will definitely be returning for future stays. Insider tip - sign up for dinner. Monika's cooking is divine. I especially appreciated that she integrated my gluten free meal into the menu so it didn't feel like I was "going without".
4.6 on April 28, 2014
This was a wonderful surprise for us. Monika is an excellent chef and every meal was outstanding. I would give her 10 stars if I could. She went out of her way to accommodate my gluten-free diet and it was awesome. Monika and Jeff are great hosts and the home is very interesting and charming--and clean. Great little rural area to explore too.
5 on April 26, 2014
Monika and Jeff make you feel very welcome and at home. And her culinary background certainly shows in the delicious breakfasts. This is our 2nd stay at Chestnut Street Inn and will be back.
5 on April 24, 2014
We met some relatives for another wonderful gourmet meal. As usual, there was nothing "usual" about the meal - a wonderful meals of adventurous combinations. It was lovely to then retire to the lovely Burgundy Room, where we relaxed and thought about the wonderful evening. It's only an hour away, and we'll definitely return soon.
5 on April 24, 2014
This is a warm, comfortable, and very interesting B&B. The international cuisine options are enhanced by the many beautiful and varied Moroccan artifacts. The beds are super comfortable and a private bath in every room is a welcome convenience. But one of the best aspects of the accommodations is the innkeepers themselves. Monika & Jeff are energetic, well traveled, and upbeat young people. Monika's cooking skills are unsurpassed, as her appearance on a number of TV shows and in many magazine and newspaper articles will attest to. A memorable experience to be re-experienced.
5 on April 20, 2014
Monica and Jeff always make you feel like old friends. Monica always ready to provide delicious foods to meet our special needs.
5 on April 17, 2014
My husband and I spent two nights at Chestnut Inn as part of his birthday celebration. Monika served us an outstanding dinner the first night and two wonderful breakfasts. Monika and Jeff were great hosts, making us feel at home. I will recommend this to our friends.
5 on April 16, 2014
What a beautiful house and great innkeepers. We stayed in the burgundy room which was very comfortable and gorgeous. Our breakfast was wonderful and very unique. Jeff and Monika are very friendly and make you feel at home. We will be recommending this B & B to our friends and family.
5 on April 15, 2014
Were it possible to give the dining six stars, I would do so! My wife and I always love coming back to the Chestnut Street Inn. Monika and Jeff are wonderful hosts, and the cooking is superb! We always come on a Friday night just to make sure that we can get dinner there. The rooms are lovely and feel private, and we've never felt anything other than hospitality there. Highly recommended!
5 on April 07, 2014
Chestnut Street Inn was an absolute joy to visit! Myself and three good girl friends did an overnight which included a cooking class with Monika and it couldn't have been more fun! The food was absolutely incredible! Jeff and Monika, the owners were a complete delight and the accommodations were impeccable! If you are looking for a relaxing break from your routine where your food is out of this world served in a charming house hosted by wonderful people, this is the place! Take my word, you will not be disappointed!
4.8 on April 03, 2014
Two couples stayed on a weekday night in the Blue Room and the Green Room and were served a superb gourmet meal. As the only guests that night, the entire facility was available for just us four, with a pre-arranged dinner ( all courses selected form Monika's varied and interesting menu) to our specifications served. We chose to bring our own wine as we were celebrating an anniversary and had our own choices. The innkeepers were most accommodating in permitting that. The meal included an impressive appetizer of scallops with fresh mango chutney and avocado --a spectacular flavor combination. Breakfast was also interesting and an excellent choice, served in a sparkling room with plenty of coffee.. The only special note is that as guest, you should specify in advance how you prefer your eggs to be cooked should they be on your breakfast menu. The rooms were very clean, tastefully decorated, with fabulous sheets and comfortable pillows. We highly recommend the Chestnut Inn and Monika and Jeff as hosts for a private get-away for couples in a quiet atmosphere with superb service. One should note, however, that guests must be physically able to climb the stairs to get to their rooms.
5 on March 31, 2014
My two daughters and I stayed at Chestnut Street Inn on a Sunday night in March and happened to be the only ones staying that night. We were taken care of very well from the comfortable room to the delicious menu that Monika helped us prepare in a cooking class Sunday night. Try this bed and breakfast; you won't be disappointed.
5 on March 13, 2014
Four siblings and spouses who have a hard time getting together because of work and geography had a perfect stay highlighted by a delicious dinner, lovely accommodations, and an awesome breakfast. My wife and I have been to Chestnut many times, but it was a first for the other family members. Jeff and Monica are lots of fun- not pretentious, and all of us were completely pleased with the stay. We shall return!
5 on March 10, 2014
We had a short stay, one night. It was fabulous. We stayed in the Rosewood room, it is fantastic. The bed is super comfortable and the breakfast was one of the best I've ever had! Jeff and Monika make you feel comfortable and they are very welcoming. We are looking forward to another stay and will plan on being there for dinner. I imagine it's lovely there in the summer.
5 on March 04, 2014
I was just there for a get away weekend with a high school friend. We've gotten together for 20+ years and after this stay we have been spoiled for going anywhere else. The accommodations were charming, the hosts were too and the food was beyond good. I had read reviews and they all set my expectations very high. High enough that I was worried I'd be disappointed. Well, Monika had me worry free after the first hello. I talked to my husband and then made reservations for August, to celebrate our 50th anniversary. I can hardly wait.
5 on March 03, 2014
We stayed in the King Size Suite which had it's own Dining room ... we were offered dinner with everyone else, but took advantage of dining alone. Meal was out of this world delicious. Slept like babies and enjoyed breakfast in our little slice of heaven too ! Thank You !!
5 on March 01, 2014
My husband and I recently spent a long weekend at the Chestnut Street Inn. It far exceeded our expectations. The house itself is historic, decorated in tasteful antiques plus interesting pieces from the owners’ travels to Morocco. We stayed in the Green Room that includes one larger room with a full bed and bathroom, a small room with a single bed and a porch/sitting room with dining and media areas with a large-screen TV. Originally the maids’ quarters, this is situated at the rear of the house and was both cozy and quiet with its own separate stair entrance from the first floor. The Inn has an extensive DVD/VCR collection perfect for fun diversion any time of the year. WI-FI and satellite TV round out the modern media inclusions. Sheffield is quite tiny, but the nearby town of Princeton has an interesting array of shops and antiques stores. However, the true stars of this inn are the charming owners and the incredible meals lovingly prepared by Chef Monika. Jeff and Monika are fascinating people who, as time permits, are willing to share their many adventures with you. A stay at the Inn includes a full breakfast, but a separate evening meal is also available and open to the public. As someone with multiple food sensitivities, I find it hard to go out to eat anywhere. At the Chestnut Street Inn, not only was I provided with food that I could actually eat, I was presented with truly beautiful, delicious, organic, locally-sourced meals from a chef who was not only knowledgeable but sympathetic and viewed my needs as a creative challenge to cheerfully accommodate. Both my husband and I decided that the meals we enjoyed at the Inn were some of the best we have ever experienced including ones at more exclusive metropolitan restaurants. It is no wonder that Chef Monika has been a finalist for famous reality chef shows. But, let’s hope that fame doesn’t lure her too far away—the Chestnut Street Inn is a treasure that I hope many will enjoy for years to come!
5 on February 20, 2014
This B&B serves themed dinners and it is a great place to just go have a gourmet meal, lounge around, and then have an equally great breakfast before departing. They try to locally source as much of their food as possible. Monika and Jeff are attentive and friendly hosts.-Dr. Bob Carter
5 on February 19, 2014
We started off walking into a beautiful house! We got a personal tour from Jeff who was super nice. He showed us our room where the pop and popcorn was that we can help ourselves to as well as the button to push in case we needed him or his wife at anytime time. Jeff recommended a pizza place downtown, Bellucios, I believe. Jeff came up and started a fire in our room. He legally has to, but it was nice to not worry about it anyways. I was amazed by the size of the room. It was perfect for a romantic getaway. Monika made us a wonderful breakfast to finish the stay. We look forward to going back during the summer when you can play bags outside and enjoy the beautiful yard that is currently covered in snow. The house has a lot of history also and it is just beautiful!!
5 on February 16, 2014
My husband & I just returned from Valentine's weekend at Chestnut Street Inn. It was our first time....but it won't be our last. The Inn itself is lovely and well cared for. The decor is both historical and eclectic and the surroundings very comfortable. Monika & Jeff are perfect hosts as they assure your comfort and are very attentive and friendly. The food is fabulous and very well presented. Along with scrumptious breakfasts both days, we also enjoyed Valentine's Day dinner; which was one of the best we have ever had. Monika is no doubt a culinary artisian - the food is gourmet and beautifully presented. It's so nice there we just hung out in our room and watched it snow outside. Jeff & Monika are so down to earth, friendly and fun. In short.....it was terrific! Thanks Jeff & Monka! The Coco's
5 on February 15, 2014
My wife and I stayed at the Chestnut Street Inn last night for Valentine's Day. The Rosewood Room and its private dining is fantastic. The food was absolutely perfect! Jeff and Monika are great hosts!
5 on February 06, 2014
Our friends from Moline suggested we meet again at the Chestnut Street Inn. It was certainly worth the wintery February drive from Chicago to visit and experience Monika's wonderful cooking and Jeff's hospitality. They are both as warm and cozy as their comfortable rooms, always willing to visit with their guests and make them feel at home. We also had nice conversations with a young couple staying for a romantic weekend and folks who came for the dinner - Middle Eastern theme this time. Monika prepares her dishes with locally sourced meat and produce and imported oils and spices. We always look forward to going back. Ed and Carol, Oak Park, IL
5 on February 05, 2014
My husband surprised me for our 2 year anniversary with a stay at the Chestnut Street Inn. Monika and Jeff were amazing inn keepers who made us feel at home. Monika is an amazing chef who made us delicious meals. We felt like we went to another country for the night with the meal! We stayed in the rosewood room and were quite comfortable. We left the weekend very relaxed having had quality time together to celebrate our anniversary. We would highly recommend the Chestnut Street Inn for food lovers and those who are looking for a relaxing weekend away.
5 on January 29, 2014
We spent 2 nights here with dinner each night. The home is beautiful, the food is excellent, and the hosting by Monica and Jeff made us feel like old friends. Some of our party hung out at the Inn all day reading or watching TV, but I ventured out into nearby Princeton and would highly recommend the HUGE antique mall there if you're into that kind of thing. Can't say enough great things about this B&B, and we hope to stay here again in the future.
5 on January 29, 2014
We have stayed with Jeff and Monika numerous times and always look forward to it. The rooms are cozy and beautiful, the dinners and breakfasts are amazing, but most of all, we look forward to chatting with them. They are so hospitable and make everyone feel so welcome. We have stayed at quite a few B & B's, and this is one of our favorites. We only live an hour away, but still love to come for a weekend away. Sharon and Rich
4.8 on January 21, 2014
Monika and Jeff are excellent host. The rooms are beautiful, charming and new ,, especially the Rose room !! The dining is a wonderful experience, with an explanation of the preparation makes it even more delicious.
4.0 on January 10, 2014
My wife and I met Monika at Paula Sands Live in early Feb of 12. Have been wanting to check out the inn, but never seemed to work out. Decided in late August to go for Thanksgiving dinner and stay overnight. Met a couple from Davenport sitting at our table who told us about their church, when we said we'd be looking for one when we move to the QC.
5 on January 06, 2014
Wonderful food and hospitality
5 on January 05, 2014
WOW.. This is a real find. This historic home is magnificent. It is so cozy with a wood burning fire in the parlor or enjoy a fire pit in the backyard. If you are looking for relaxing, this is the place to come. Or if you like activity there is biking in small town and hiking at Starved Rock State Park. There are so many things to do, I can not list them all! But you will find that you will love just to stick around the house. They have 1,000 DVDs, and we came with the full intentions of catching up on some films. But at the end of our 2 night stay, we realized we didn't even watch one, let alone turn on the tv. Monika is such a talented chef and that is reflected in her outstanding optional dinners. Please don't be foolish!! Attend all that you can. Otherwise you will regret it. Jeff and Monika are perfect innkeepers. They will give you your solitude if wanted, or engage you in lively conversation. These two have unusual backgrounds too. We loved everything about this place. We plan on going back many times. Run don't walk!!!
5 on January 04, 2014
The Chestnut Inn is close to where my husband hunts. We have stayed there together a couple of times and have thoroughly enjoyed each time. The style and ambiance is unique while flexible to fit your mood. The main floor is welcoming and allows for sitting alone to read or talking with other guests. Dining is also offered at your private table or together with the other visitors. In a time when everyone is so guarded, this is a nice touch to offer. We have done both- stayed to ourselves and met other guests that we had dinner with. The rooms are very clean, comfortable and decorated tastefully. Monika is truly a gourmet chef, with Mediterranean specialties, a large variety and excellent presentation. She is interested in what types of food you enjoy and makes sure that you are happy with your meals. I know some day she will be famous and I will be honored to say I knew her and have enjoyed the meals she has created. Both Jeff and Monika are very friendly and accommodating as hosts. They are quick to assist with places to go and things to do- if that is what you want. I usually like to relax from a hectic lifestyle and they made me feel comfortable to do so. They serve chestnut coffee (which is delicious if you are a coffee drinker) and they made sure there was a fresh pot all the time. This is a great place to stay and my husband and I would recommend it to anyone.
4.8 on December 22, 2013
We planned a weekend stay for our 14th Anniversary. The Chestnut Street Inn was pretty booked and we had to change rooms the second day. No problem- the switch was easy and effortless. We asked another couple to join us at dinner and breakfast the next morning. Our only regret was that we didn't get to interact with the other guests. Each guest had their own preferred breakfast time and individual table.
5 on December 11, 2013
One of the best. Excellent in all aspects. Unique experience because of the openness and engaging hosts.
5 on December 11, 2013
Would have loved to stay longer! Unfortunately my husband and I were only there for one night and had to leave early the next day. Monika and Jeff were incredibly nice and accommodating. I wish we had a chance to visit with them longer. Plus, Monika is a first class chef. The breakfast she made us was unsurpassed. We would highly recommend Chestnut Street Inn. Diane & John from Rhode Island
4.8 on December 08, 2013
My husband and have stayed at many B&B's in Illinois and the Chestnut Inn is by far our favorite. The home is outstanding as are the accommodations. Jeff and Monica are very personable hosts and make us feel very welcome. Monica is a chef and we always include dinner with our stay in the spacious Rose Suite which features a fireplace and a vintage soaking tub. There is always fresh baked goodies and chocolates to enjoy. We are looking forward to many more visits with them. Mike and Phyllis
5 on November 30, 2013
We booked a room for a one night and wished we could have stayed longer! The food is FANTASTIC! It was so nice to be able to have wonderful meal at the inn and not have to go out to a restaurant after driving on the highway for a long time. The rooms were very clean and the mattress was very comfortable (my husband has back problems and was happy not to wake up sore!). Even though it was only 25 degrees outside, there were no drafts in the room, even in the bathroom, which has an exterior wall. We definitely plan on coming back again.
5 on November 26, 2013
Monika and Jeff put the effort in and really made a great place. From the tour to the departure, everything was really wonderful. We stayed in the Federal room for one night and will definitely stay in the Rosewood Suite next time. We did not experience the dinner, but breakfast was great! There were also these chocolate coconut macaroons that are incredible! They made us very comfortable and had great conversations. The amenities were great and foodies will love the library, food and conversation. Better than any place, hotel or otherwise in a vast area! Stop looking around! If you're looking to get away from stress and enjoy the concept of the B&B this is what you're expecting and wont regret it!
4.4 on November 24, 2013
I happened on the website of the Chestnut Inn while searching for another B&B. I'd never heard of Sheffield, IL but was intrigued by the history of the Chestnut Inn and the present owners, Jeff & Monika. My husband and I only had the chance to stay there one night, but we were welcomed and made very comfortable upon our arrival. Breakfast was outstanding. We were served delicious Apple & flax seed whole grain pancakes with crispy bacon and fresh fruit. The perfect breakfast to set us on our way to hiking in Starved Rock State Park. We can't wait to go back and partake of one of Monika's famous dinners. I would highly recommend this B&B.
5 on November 20, 2013
What an amazing get away...no special occasion, no special celebration...just a mid-week break from everything! Monika and Jeff made us feel welcome, comfortable and at home in their lovely home. Our room was clean and comfortable and had all the nice little touches that show just how much they care about the Inn and the guests. We had a BLAST taking a cooking class with Monika, and learned so many great tricks to try in the kitchen at home. Thanks again for the foil tip! The food we helped create made for an amazing dinner and we went to bed still stuffed from the feast. In the morning, we were greeted by an incredible breakfast and wonderful conversation with our hosts. Thank you so much, we will be back for more!
4.6 on November 14, 2013
We booked a room on both legs of our journey to the heartland of the Midwest. We opted and arrived in time for the optional dinner and were very impressed with the attention to detail of the meal. Not your standard fare by far. As was the delightful breakfast on both days.
5 on November 07, 2013
Jeff and Monika are phenomenal inn keepers. The house is immaculate and beautiful with a rich and interesting history. The rooms are quiet and cozy. The service is outstanding. In all genuine sincerity, the food is better than anything I have ever had in my life. The greatest hyperbolic statements that my language skills could summon could not come close to accurately conveying the impeccable quality of Monika's cooking. Above all, Jeff and Monika are both warm, friendly, and all around great people. They were more than accommodating during our visit and went above and beyond what I would expect of any inn keeper in terms of service and professionalism. I give them both the highest accolades and guarantee that anyone who stays at the Chestnut Street Inn will be VERY impressed and in for a treat.
5 on November 02, 2013
Sheffield? Where is Sheffield? That's the question we were confronted with after hearing about Chestnut Street B&B on a local radio station. Once we found the location we decided to go and try it out. We stayed in the Rosewood suite. I must say it exceeded our expectations. We've been there three times since. Every time we enjoyed it. Monika and Jeff have created a special place in a small town. They intuitively know whether you want privacy or company. A problem at some B&B's. It's clean, cozy, and the food is outstanding. For instance Pork Bellies. I wouldn't think of touching it, but when it's organically raised and expertly prepared it was a feast. That's not to mention the other delicious items on the menu, e.g. Scallops wrapped in Prosciutto, cauliflower puree, but I digress... The point is the food is excellent and there is a different theme every weekend. One week it's bacon , then fish, etc.. Don't forget to bring up Julia Child (Monika's hero). The food is locally and organically grown. And it shows. A wonderful place. Gracious, accommodating hosts, superb libations in a place called Sheffield. N&S
4.4 on October 30, 2013
Our second time here at the Chestnut Inn. This time for our anniversary. Gourmet dining wonderful rooms and friendly and kind service. We plan to keep coming back. Sean and Sally
5 on October 29, 2013
We have been coming to this B&B for the past two years and it has become our favorite place to spend a relaxing day or two. The inn is in a small rural town but there are many things to see and do in the surrounding countryside. A big advantage to staying here is that you can eat dinner here as well as breakfast. Check the website for the monthly menus. There is a modest wine list or you are welcome to bring your own. The guest rooms and common rooms are furnished comfortably with all the amenities one would expect. There is a library-like living room with comfy sofas where we like to enjoy a before-dinner glass of wine and meet and chat with other guests. The inn is furnished in a traditional fashion but not the least bit stuffy. Our first order of business after checking in is to determine what kind of tasty fresh-baked treat awaits under the glass dome that sits on the sideboard in the sunporch. If you are lucky it will be Monika's coconut macaroons! Monika is very accommodating of any special dietary requests/needs/allergies, etc. This is the perfect B&B if you are looking for a quiet, intimate place to celebrate a special event such as a birthday or anniversary. We always meet other repeat guests who also think that they have found "their" perfect inn.
5 on October 28, 2013
Chestnut Street Inn is a remarkable experience that offers fine dining and restful lodging. The setting is a beautiful historic home with large and comfortable guest rooms. The common areas are welcoming and relaxing, and include a wonderful outdoor seating area. Jeff and Monika are friendly and gracious hosts. Do not miss the opportunity to enjoy the gourmet dinner prepared by Chef Monika (be sure to make dinner reservations when you reserve your room). Our Moroccan themed meal was outstanding with each dish perfectly prepared and expertly served. Its obvious Jeff and Monika pour their passion into every aspect of Chestnut Street Inn, and we can’t wait to return.
5 on October 27, 2013
We just enjoyed our third trip to the Chestnut St. Inn. We were fortunate to have shared it with friends. Cannot say enough about the experience. The food is obviously the draw and once again did not disappoint. It was outstanding!! Monika is truly gifted. the rooms as well as the rest of the house were impeccably clean and the attention given to us by Jeff and Monika was second to none.If you are looking for a B&B with excellent food, extremely clean rooms and friendly,attentive innkeepers look no further. This is the place. We had a delightful,relaxing stay. Tom Dzik
5 on October 21, 2013
Beautiful Bed and Breakfast. Decorated with such class. Monika and Jeff are great Innkeepers. My room was so amazing. Beauituful quiet room. Dinner and breakfast were amazing aswell. I recommend this Bed and Breakfast to all my friends and family. It is so worth the trip to this cute little town. Thank you Jeff and Monika. Christine ~
5 on October 17, 2013
We really enjoyed our stay at Chestnut Street Inn. It was interesting and beautiful with gracious and helpful hosts. We highly recommend having dinner there, also, as Monika's talent for creative flavorful and interesting dishes is a wonderful surprise.
4.8 on October 17, 2013
We spent two nights in the beautiful Blue Room and had dinner at the inn both nights. The food and service was outstanding. Monika and Jeff go out of their way to make sure that your stay is memorable and ours certainly was. Breakfast is served on your schedule so feel free to sleep in. This is a quiet area and it is the perfect place to just chill out and relax.
5 on October 14, 2013
We chose the Chestnut Street Inn just because it was in a convenient location for a stop for us during a trip. What a pleasant surprise! It was one of the nicest B&Bs we have ever been in, and we have stayed at many. The hosts were great - very enthusiastic and very professional. We had a chance to sit outside in the evening with a glass of wine and look at the stars. The room was quiet. The breakfast was out of this world. We are looking for a reason to return.
5 on October 14, 2013
We arrived early but were allowed to check in. That was very nice. The evening meal was wonderful. I felt like I would no eat for a week! All 4 courses were so good we almost at it all. Couldn't leave the dessert, wonderful. We had a relaxing evening in our room and slept really good. The breakfast was a pleasant surprise! The decor of the house is very interesting and quaint. Jeff and Monica are very friendly and welcoming.
5 on October 14, 2013
We stayed overnight in the Blue Room and found everything cozy, comfy and charming. Jeff & Monika are friendly hosts, dedicated to their guests' needs. Monika's culinary skills and flair were feted with each bite...best B & B dining, ever! Cindy & Tom C., La Grange, Illinois.
5 on October 11, 2013
This was my 2nd visit to the Chestnut Street Inn and I will be returning in a few months. Wonderful, comfortble accomadations, with delightful Inn Keepers. I was born and raised in Sheffield just two blocks away and knew the owners at that time. In fact, theirs was one of the several lawns I mowed during the summer months 60 some years ago.
5 on October 10, 2013
Furnishings were amazing, food was outstanding, hosts were wonderful, neighborhood was peaceful and relaxing, price was reasonable (Rosewood Suite)...my wife and I are definitely going back.
5 on October 07, 2013
This is a B & B that you MUST stay in! The staff was friendly, the food was incredible and the ambiance was perfect. It definitely exceeded our expectations and they had many amenities (I loved the robes, chocolate in the room and privacy of our dining experience). Thank you Monika & Jeff!!
3.8 on October 07, 2013
We enjoyed our visit to North Central Illinois because of the hospitality and accommodations at the Inn. Jeff and Monika were splendid hosts, We opted for the dinner available, and couldn't have been more pleased. Each course outdid the previous one in quality, taste and attractiveness of presentation.
5 on October 05, 2013
Who knew such a gem existed in the small town of Sheffield, IL? The inn keepers made us feel right at home, the room was comfortable and nicely appointed and the bed was very cozy! The breakfast of raspberry pancakes and bacon was delicious. Great coffee. Great loose leaf tea collection. Very clean. Very nice get away and we will definitely be back!
4.6 on October 02, 2013
We are bed & Breakfast owners ourselves and needed a getaway so were fortunate enough to find the Chestnut Inn. The property is lovely with beautifully furnished, comfortable rooms; our bed was amazingly comfortable. Monika and Jeff are great hosts, lots of fun to visit with, and Monika is a chef extraordinaire. Breakfast was absolutely delicious. It was a relaxing stay and we would highly recommend it!
4.6 on October 01, 2013
Comfortable rooms, first-rate services, extremely friendly proprietors. Dinner and breakfast were both outstanding, with local-grown produce and everything prepared fresh and beautifully presented. Do NOT miss out on the opportunity to dine here during your visit.
5 on September 22, 2013
This a great B and B. My wife and I have stayed here twice in the past 5 months. The food is excellent and he rooms are comfortable and have plenty of character. If you're ever near Sheffield, IL stay here, or at the very least book dinner reservations. This will one of the best multi-course meals you'll experience. Jeff and Monika have a wonderful property with a great seasonal garden, a cozy living room with couches and books, decorations from their travels and awesome rooms.
4.8 on September 22, 2013
My wife and I had a wonderful experience at Chestnut Street Inn. We arrived on a Saturday evening just in time to freshen up and enjoy an amazing dinner courtesy of Monika and Jeff. The meal was truly an amazing experience, with the quality of the food and the ambiance of the environment both contributing toward a great time. We also met and were able to spend some quality conversation with other dinner guests that evening. Following the dinner had a restful evening at the inn and one of the most consistent night's sleep we have had in a long time. Sunday morning was relaxing and easy paced as we woke up to a delicious breakfast and some hot coffee. We were able to eat in the sun porch while watching the sun rise over the backyard and garden. There was a short walk after breakfast in the brisk morning air, then wrapping up our stay and returning home. I short and relaxing trip at a great location.
5 on September 20, 2013
Jeff & Monica greeted us warmly and made us feel like favorite family coming to visit. Dinner was a real gormet delight and breakfast held nice surprises. My best b & b experience.
4.0 on September 17, 2013
5 on September 11, 2013
right away we felt comfortable monica and jeff are great hosts, the breakfast was just right we loved the idea of fresh healthy food very quiet!!!! loved the small town, we will go back
5 on September 11, 2013
My third stay at the Chestnut St. Inn and it never disappoints. Most B&B's are geared towards couples with one big bed in the room. But the Chestnut's Green Room with a double bed and a twin bed in separate areas is great for 2 people who want their own space without the expense of 2 rooms. The Green Rm. also has a cozy enclosed porch (with small fridge) to watch TV or read. Great for a girls getaway. It's also nice that the inn offers dinner too. And the food is delicious. The Chestnut Inn is perfect for a quiet, relaxing weekend.
5 on September 10, 2013
My husband and I had the pleasure of staying at Chestnut Inn for our first anniversary and we had an wonderful experience. The room, food and host were more than we could ask for. We both agreed on the way home that we have found our new go to b and b. Thank you!
5 on September 08, 2013
Monika and Jeff are the perfect hosts and this is like staying at a friend's home. That is if your friend has a beautiful, gracious house such as the Chestnut Inn. This is my third year in a row and I've loved every minute of my stays. I'm partial to the Blue Room, but all the rooms are lovely. Friends and I have been very pleased by the creative dishes prepared by Monika. This is dining at its best. Don't miss this wonderful Inn! Nancy M
4.2 on September 08, 2013
This was the first time we had been to the Chestnut Street Inn. We were needing just a little getaway from the day to day routine and didn't want to go too far from home to find it. This was the perfect place to go. The Inn & our room, The Rosewood Suite is beautiful, comfortable & peaceful. Jeff was a fantastic host (Monika was gone). We definitely will be returning. David & Marla Roller
5 on September 06, 2013
Don't change a thing.
5 on September 05, 2013
Mother and daughter get away was way above our expectation as was the 4course meal and breakfast of gluten free strawberry pancakes and the fantastic chestnut coffee
5 on September 04, 2013
My husband and I stayed at the Chestnut Street Inn in Sheffield Il Saturday - Monday and the Inn and innkeepers were most enjoyable. The Inn is a historic home in beautiful condition. Monika is a gourmet cook and the meals are amazing. She and Jeff (her husband) are amazing hosts too. If looking for a first class place to stay or a romantic the Chestnut Street is an excellent choice.
5 on September 03, 2013
After many years I finally made my reservation at this wonderful B&B for August 27 and 28. Now I wish I waited until my husband could have come with me. I was greeted by an open door and Monika and Jeff. They showed me my room. The room and bathroom were very comfortable and SPOTLESS clean. After a little resting I explored the Inn. Monika was preparing my dinner and Jeff poured me a glass of wine. I ate like I had not eaten all day. Delicious!!! I went to my room and fell asleep in the cozy bed with white linens. Next morning Jeff had my "plain" coffee ready for me. He also cooked a to die for fritata and joined me for breakfast. I did drive to the nearby Quad Cities to visit some friend. But I could not come "home" fast enough. Again - Monika had prepared dinner for me. She had homegrown tomatoes and farm fresh chicken for us. Although I ate more then enough I felt great! The chef (Monika) cooks only with homegrown vegetable and organic raised meat from nearby farms. I could taste the difference. I enjoyed Jeff and Monika's company after dinner on the porch. I slept like a child in that comfortable bed. As a former innkeeper who's husband will not sleep in any other B&B's, I give six (6) stars to this B&B. It is the only B&B I shall return to soon! I can see a great future for these two innkeepers. Good luck!
5 on September 02, 2013
This B and B is a pocket of civilization amidst miles of corn and soy bean fields. The proprietors are friendly and welcoming and make you feel at home quickly. Monika, who does the cooking, has won awards for being an accomplished chef and it shows that she takes pride in the food she offers. Jeff, her husband, used to perform theatrically on cruise ships and he enjoys telling tales of his travels. One drawback: the grounds were not as nicely kept as they might have been earlier in the season. The gardens were under-watered and weeds grew up through the pavers. I consider that a minor flaw given their sincere desire to please their guests.
5 on August 28, 2013
The innkeepers were very welcoming (and entertaining!) There is a lot to see within the Inn, but Jeff and Monika also offered suggestions about nearby places. The food was fresh and soooooo delicious. We have not had the option of dinner before at a B & B, so that was a treat as well. We honestly cannot say enough about the food!! We stayed 2 nights, so after our daytime excursions, we were able to come back to the Inn and enjoy some snacks and simply relax. Everything was extremely clean and the bed was very comfortable. We can't wait to come back for another stay.
5 on August 26, 2013
A girlfriend and I were looking for a peaceful, quiet, relaxing get away. We found it plus some. Jeff and Monika were lovely and most gracious. Beautiful house, extremely comfortable accommodations, rich history and any amenities you desire. The stand out was the food, what a joy it was to taste her creations with fresh and organic foods. Couldn't have been better. We have found a gem and will return as often as we can.
5 on August 23, 2013
This was our first time staying in a bed and breakfast. Other B and B's we stay in will have to work very hard to top our stay at Chestnut Street Inn. The home was lovely. We spent an hour sitting on the porch reading. We said we were glad the porch wasn't on our home because we wouldn't get anything done. The gourmet meal was a tribute to Julia Child. The food wasn't something we would normally order but was delicious. We enjoyed the various tastes of each course. The Blue Room was so comfy and calming. Jeff and Monika were wonderful hosts and we were so glad we were able to visit with them in the morning while we ate breakfast. We would highly recommend Chestnut Street Inn and will definitely be going back for dinners and nights away from home. We have already given their information to friends!
5 on August 12, 2013
Lovely, historic B&B with very comfortable rooms. Monica & Jeff are wonderful hoists and make you feel right at home. The meals are wonderful, the best B&B meals we've ever had. Highly recommend staying here.
5 on August 07, 2013
You immediately feel at home when you walk in the Chestnut Street Inn. I stayed for two days and was very sad I had to leave. The accomodations were very comfortable and clean, the food was incredible and the innkeepers were delightful! I took a cooking class from Monika and was so happy that I did. I drove 6 hours to get there and am already planning a return trip!!
5 on August 04, 2013
I stayed just one night on a road trip/Mommy get away, and wish I had planned to stay at least another two! Monika and Jeff are delightful, the food is FANTASTIC, the Inn & grounds are beautiful and this Mommy slept better than I have in quite some time. Highly recommended!
5 on August 04, 2013
My husband and I are avid B&B travelers and we found Chestnut St. Inn to be as wonderful as any inn we've stayed at over the years. We booked their Rosewood Suite and it was perfect: Antique furnishings, lovely bathroom, and great service all made our weekend special. Jeff and Monica are delightful innkeepers. Monica is an accomplished chef and we enjoyed her dinners during our stay (along with her fantastic breakfasts). Jeff is a delightful host and made sure we had snacks, pop, wine and all the comforts of home. We highly recommend this inn.
5 on July 29, 2013
My husband and I were looking to stay at a B & B not far from our home. This place turned out to be one of the best places we have stayed at. When we first arrived we were given a tour by Jeff and Monika our hosts. They made our stay so enjoyable. This place was decorated nicely and felt so homey. We stayed in the Blue Room and the bed was so comfortable. The food was incredible. If asked if you are staying for dinner, do so. It is so worth it. The breakfast was also gourmet. We can hardly wait to go back!
4.6 on July 19, 2013
My husband and I went there for a couple days - I wish we stayed for a couple more. It is so quiet and peaceful. The AC worked well when it was 90+ degrees outside (a big plus)! The private dining room in your suite was great in the morning while having breakfast. We stayed a while in there drinking the fabulous coffee and reading the paper. My husband loved the pillows so much he had to buy one to take home! I interacted with the innkeeper before arriving which made it more comfortable since this was our first bed and breakfast experience.
5 on July 18, 2013
My wife and I were very impressed with the Chestnut Street Inn. This historic house has lots of history and character. Everything was very clean and well maintained, and Monika and Jeff treated us like royalty. They are very warm, intelligent and personable proprietors who know how to give their guests the perfect amount of attention. The food was so incredible that we are still raving about it! Great attention was paid to the selection of ingredients and preparation of meals. Monika certainly lived up to her reputation!
5 on July 16, 2013
We had a very nice stay at the Chestnut Street Inn, went to Starved Rock, some garden centers and antique stores. The food is outstanding at the Chestnut Street Inn. and I loved the cooking class! We think the food was the best we have ever had and I'm so glad I purchased one of Monika's cook books! Thanks Monika and Jeff for a great 2 days away from home.
4.2 on July 15, 2013
Beautiful home with friendly innkeepers. The service was superior, the food was out of this world, and the accommodations were delightful. I would definitely return and am already planning when!!! Be sure to include a dinner in your stay.
5 on July 14, 2013
I had two breakfasts and a dinner, and each was a gourmet feast. The hosts were wonderful, helpful, friendly, and professional. I throughly enjoyed my stay.
5 on July 08, 2013
Wonderful place. I'm sure the food is the best available in a 100 mile radius!
4.8 on July 07, 2013
We stayed at the Chestnut Street Inn for one night and would have been glad to stay longer. Unlike some inns, which charge for every small thing (like cookies, milk, soda, etc), we were quickly welcomed to those "extras" without any additional cost. In addition, Monika and Jeff made theater reservations (at a discount) and we enjoyed a delightful repast of dinner. The breakfast was also delicious. Because of their great reputation and connection with local farmers, my husband and I were able to buy grass-fed poultry and beef--an added value we didn't even expect! Highy recommend their B&B and believe me, we've been around the B&B block.
4.6 on July 06, 2013
My hubby and I wanted a close to home get away, and it was the perfect B&B! We arrived Saturday evening and sat outside relaxing until dinner was ready. We had a delicious meal and a couple "Horny Goat" Horny Blonde Lagers. How can you go wrong with that?! The next day we drove to Starved Rock State Park, hiked some, then drove into town and enjoyed a wonderful afternoon at a great winery. A fun duo played on the back patio. Then went back to the B&B for a second night. The thing we noted and liked best was the comfort level we felt while we were staying there. Monika and Jeff were very personable, and left us to roam and snack and do what we wanted, without feeling like we were intruding on someone. All in all, we highly recommend staying there. We were very pleased.
5 on July 02, 2013
This is our third visit to Chestnut and without a doubt both my wife and I are in love with this place. Monika and Jeff are the quintessential hosts!! We plan on visiting them again and again. My wife wants to be sure that all who visit Chestnut will leave knowing that not only is the place homely but that the food is without a doubt like dining at a five star restaurant.
5 on July 02, 2013
We just happened to pick a point on the map to stop for the night, and happened upon a great bed and breakfast and a great evening meal too! The food and the room were both wonderful and the hosts were very welcoming and entertaining.
5 on June 30, 2013
One of the best B & B's we've ever stayed in.
5 on June 26, 2013
Very lovely, comfortable B & B. Ample areas for guest to relax, spacious and attractive rooms, and absolutely fabulous food. The dinner was truly gourmet! Much of the food is organic/locally grown and prepared in a unique and delicious way.
5 on June 25, 2013
When looking for a B&B, gluten free dining was on the top of the "must have" list for me. I wasn’t disappointed, the food was incredible. Jeff and Monika were wonderful hosts; all in all it was a great weekend.
5 on June 11, 2013
Just returned from our second annual girls' weekend getaway at the Chestnut Street Inn. Monika and Jeff are the perfect hosts and by now I feel I can also call them friends. The Inn is a beautiful historic home nestled in a small community close enough to activities for those wanting to wander and explore and full of cozy corners to relax with a good book or journal. The four rooms are beautifully and lovingly decorated - lots of attention to detail. And don't let your stay go by without having dinner at the Inn. Monika is a wonderful chef who makes Mediterranean inspired meals using local, organic foods from nearby farms. You will not regret it. To see what I mean check out her menus on the Chestnut Street website! Cannot wait for my next visit.
5 on June 11, 2013
We arrived early and were graciously accepted by Inn keepers, Monika and Jeff. Decor was interesting, comfortable and very clean. We were given a choice of dinner entrees. The meal far exceeded our expectations. Everything was beyond delicious. If only it were a short drive, would be a regular dinning habit! We stayed in the Federal room and the bed and linens made for a perfect nights slumber. Thank you both for a fabulous experience! Dawn & Bill
5 on June 09, 2013
When searching for a different and adventurous way to spend our anniversary we decided on the Chestnut Street Inn since it had good reviews and it was near Starved Rock. We could not have asked for a better weekend! Jeff and Monika were absolutely great. They made us feel welcome from the first minute we got there. Jeff's background in the cruise line industry really shows as he makes great conversation with everybody. As for Monika, we still can't stop raving about her food. We left the Inn completely satisfied with every minute spent. We have already started planning another trip in the fall!!
5 on June 06, 2013
We have stayed with Jeff and Monika quite a few times now on our journeys from Minnesota to New Jersey - and have never been disappointed. We are greeted like old friends, made very comfortable, and fed extremely well. This has become our "home away from home" on our travels to visit our son, and we always feel so welcome at the Inn. We would recommend it to anyone travelling in that area.
5 on June 05, 2013
Monika and Jeff do such a fabulous job. Funny, down to earth people that get life. Had many great conversations. You feel like you're at a friends house. Would recommend Chestnut Street Inn to anyone! Be prepared for any kind of food, or ask for accommodations. Monika will take good care of you!
4.6 on June 02, 2013
This Bed and Breakfast is our first experience and Monika and Jeff have set the bar really high. First order of business, get the dinner included with your stay, you won't regret it as Monika is such a great Chef. The house is old but definitely has much character. The value was the best of all the surrounding B&Bs. Service was excellent, as they were at the door to greet us and accommodated everything that we needed. Monika and Jeff are huge foodies, so talking about food could last forever with them. Going to the Chestnut Street Inn has definitely inspired us to try other B&Bs, and we can only hope others can give us an experience as Monika and Jeff have.
5 on May 29, 2013
All of our eight cousins and some of their spouses gathered at the Chestnut Inn over Memorial Day weekend in 2013. It was a delight and an outstanding experience. Sheffield should be so proud of this jewel in their village. We all thought it to be just wonderful! So thank you to our great hosts and God Bless you in this wonderful business.
5 on May 28, 2013
My wife surprised me with a two night stay at the Chestnut Street Inn. We have 4 children under 9 ands our lives are very hectic at times. I was skeptical to say the least, but from the moment we entered this wonderful Inn time slowed down and I enjoyed every minute. Jeff and Monika welcomed us to a new experience of fine dining. We met new friends from Utah to the Wisconsin Dells. We are planning our next trip soon as my wife wants to cook with Monika and Jeff agreed to take me golfing! Matt and Heather Dingbaum
5 on May 19, 2013
Our family stayed two nights at the Chestnut Street Inn from May 17 and departing May 19. We loved the rooms! The beds were extremely comfortable. We had a dinner for eight of Friday night that was outstanding. We hosted a family lunch for 23 that was absolutely terrific. Monika and Jeff were perfect hosts. We definitely plan to return to this wonderful establishment.
5 on May 19, 2013
It's hard to say what we liked better: the food or the hospitality!? We wanted to get out of Chicago for a nice relaxing weekend, and certainly found that at the Chestnut Street Inn. Monika and Jeff were wonderful hosts and made us feel part of the family. The rooms were clean and comfortable, but the real show-stopper was the food! We highly recommend this B&B and definitely plan on returning.
5 on May 14, 2013
Above and beyond. Jeff and Monica are special hosts. A must do for dinner.
4.8 on May 06, 2013
Our stay in early May, 2013, at the Chestnut Street Inn was a delight for old house fans. All the reviews of the amazing food, thoughtful hospitality and comfy beds are accurate. You can also experience the difference between pre-Civil War and turn of the century residential architecture with a walk around a few blocks. Just think, in 1854 “Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair” was a pop tune. The Lincoln -Douglas debates were in their infancy. A hot technology was the windmill. Steam power was in its heyday. And an elegant Federal style house with a gracious dining room was being completed at 301 East Chestnut Street in Sheffield, Illinois, Thanks to Jeff and Monica for making our 30th anniversary so special. Kent and Cecily Rosenwald
5 on April 22, 2013
2 nights with my sisters in the Green Room (suite). Very accommodating to our needs! And Monika was SO attentive and interested! She made it seem like we were the only guests she'd ever had and did everything just for us!
5 on April 17, 2013
By now, we've lost count of the number of times we have stayed at the Chestnut Inn. But one thing that we've not forgotten is the warm hospitality, lovely rooms, and gourmet dinners that await us each time we visit there. A two hour drive for us, The Chestnut Inn is our "go to" favorite, whether it be a special occassion, to meet up with friends, or a quiet retreat for the two of us. We stay in B&B's several times a year as we travel, and have not yet found one that can begin to measure up to what we have come to expect when staying with Jeff and Monika. Connie and John
4.6 on April 14, 2013
This is our first pleasant experience with a B&B. Jeff and Monica were gracious hosts, outgoing and made us feel at home. They have a beautiful home and are fun and wanted us to enjoy ourselves during our stay. The room was nice and bathroom clean. Decorations were cool, we had the Federal Room. Food was good but there is no selection, you eat what is prepared.
5 on April 03, 2013
Chestnut Street Inn was a wonderful place to stay. Rooms were very nice, dinner and breakfast were interesting and delicious and the hosts were very accommodating and friendly. Highly recommend!
5 on April 02, 2013
Staying at Chestnut Street Inn is always a delightful experience. The rooms are extremely comfortable and luxurious, the food is out of this world and the atmosphere is peaceful. We spent a 3-day relaxing retreat and would recommend it for anyone. There is plenty to do in the area if you desire to be active and the Inn is a wonderful place to come back to in order to relax and rest. I cannot think of a better place to be!
5 on April 01, 2013
I had some of the best food I'd had in a long time. Monika is really a great chef. The inn is pretty and the rooms are cozy, and Jeff made us feel right at home. Jeff & Monika are great hosts, and did everything possible to enrich our stay at the chestnut street inn. I strongly recommend the chestnut-street inn as a great place to unwind, and pamper your palate, body and mind.
5 on March 27, 2013
Imagine a private suite, with the softest linens that your skin has ever touched ~ in a historic home ~ surrounded by all of the amenities that a 4 star place should have ~ you won't find chocolate on your pillows here...you WILL find, however, an ENTIRE BOWL full to the brim next to your bed instead (how sweet is that? lol) ~ and to top it all off, JULIA CHILD is your chef not only for Breakfast, but for DINNER TOO!!! (Okay, so the Chef isn't really Julia Child, but man oh man she's a close second!) Yes, I said DINNER TOO! I have stayed in a LOT of B&B throughout the world and it is VERY VERY RARE to find , not only a B&B that offers you dinner, BUT... one that offers a 4 course (yes 4 courses!!) dinner as an option for that evenings stay! So....to sum it all up, IF Julia Child were to ever open her own Bed & Breakfast THIS would be her competition!!! Love, Love Love The Chestnut Street Inn !!!!!
4.6 on March 17, 2013
Chestnut Street Inn is a beautiful and well maintained old home. Monica and Jeff are welcoming and friendly hosts. You feel right at home there. The Blue room suite had the perfect accommodations for a few friends having a reunion. Lots of space to gather, talk and relax. We chose the dinner option and were very satisfied. Monica cooks with fresh local foods and she has wonderful culinary skills. Jeff and Monica have many interesting experiences to share as well. We will return.
5 on March 11, 2013
We were in the area to spend some family time and have experienced miserable hotel stay in the area, so I decided to do the B&B trip and I must tell you this stay has changed my mind on B&B's. My past experiences have always been mediocre. The Sudakov’s truly make the B&B stay memorable and the food is as good as it gets. You will be missing a great experience if you have the opportunity to stay at the Chestnut Street Inn and pass it up. Try it, you will love it and I’m sure you will return, we definitely will. Mike & Deb
4.6 on March 06, 2013
we stayed 2 nights in the Federal room for our 34 wedding anniversary. On Saturday night we had dinner that Chef Monica prepared, it was a true culinary experience, wonderful meal. The whole weekend was great. Jeff and Monica are wonderful host and made us feel like home.
5 on February 28, 2013
My husband and I were driving cross country and were passing through Illinois and we could not pass up staying a night at The Chestnut Street Inn! The innkeepers Monika and Jeff are so welcoming and just overall amazing people. We arrived just in time for dinner and Wow.. what a treat it was! So fresh and delicious and well to say that Monika is an amazing chef is an understatement. Our room was so comfortable.. from the pillows to the mattress and everything really. Breakfast was again delicious and fresh. The coffee was crazy good. So good that we bought a whole bag of beans to take home with us lol. Thank you Monika and Jeff for being so awesome!
5 on February 18, 2013
We have stayed there twice ow. The service and food is excellent. it is a relaxing get away for us with great atmosphere
5 on February 18, 2013
Monica and Jeff are the hosts of this charming B and B in small town Illinois. My husband and I drove over 2 hours for a weekend of relaxation. This place was perfect. Our room was beautiful with lovely amenities. The living room couches were perfect to relax on and read. The food is outstanding. Breakfast was wonderful shared with many lovely people. Dinner, which is an additional cost, was incredible. Monica's specialty is Mediterranean cuisine which is our favorite. Jeff is full of stories which entertained us. This place is a must. We will return again and again. Bev and Hap Pyster
5 on February 09, 2013
My wife and I enjoy staying at B&B's and have been to many. Chestnut Street Inn is among the best, and we and several of our family have stayed here multiple times. Jeff and Monica are wonderful innkeepers, giving us a comfortable place to retreat from our busy lives. Monica's cooking skills and creativity are exemplary. In addition to her wonderful breakfasts we purchased two optional dinners during our stay, one Moroccan and one American. We thoroughly enjoyed these meals and our stay, and highly recommend this inn.
5 on January 18, 2013
We have been there at least 8 times.Jeff and Monica are the nicest people! Can't say one negative thing.
5 on January 17, 2013
I booked a room for Friday night as a belated Christmas present for my girlfriend. Our room was cozy and clean, and the food was delicious. I couldn't have asked for a warmer or more hospitable environment. We'll certainly be back soon, hopefully for a full weekend. Thanks for everything!
4.8 on January 15, 2013
Everything was so comfortable, clean and low key. Made for the perfect atmosphere for relaxing.
5 on January 03, 2013
Such a terrific place! Great food, great innkeepers, and the most comfy bed ever! Can't wait to go again!
4.2 on December 16, 2012
This was our first stay at a Bed and Breakfast and won't be our last. We had a very relaxing and peaceful weekend. Our hosts were marvelous and made us feel very comfortable. I found the Chestnut Inn by searching on google vegan/vegetarian bed and breakfast in Illinois and the Chestnut Inn was found. Monika accommodated our dietary needs and made the most delicious vegan dishes for us. She definitely is a great chef. We would highly recommend a stay with them.
5 on December 10, 2012
We wanted to get away for the weekend and discovered Chestnut Street Inn on BedandBreakfast.com, which is only a couple of hours southwest from Chicago . We noticed several 5 star ratings on BedandBreakfast.com so we decided to check it out for ourselves. We met the young and hip Inn Keepers, Jeff and Monika who showed us around the pristine Inn. They were lively hosts and entertained us during our gourmet breakfasts. Jeff and Monika are very knowledgeable in the Arts and Humanities, especially in the culinary arts. They shared some incredible stories about their world travels and past experiences at the Inn. This B&B blows away any stereotypes of Bed and Breakfasts as only being for the middle-aged. The truth is that there is something for anyone who wants to be treated like royalty. Would definitely make the road trip down again and hang out for a weekend.
5 on December 03, 2012
The room was cozy and comforting. The bed was so comfortable and the best pillows I have ever slept on. I could smell the coffee when I woke up. It tasted even better than it smelled. The attention to detail could be seen in every part of my stay. Monica and Jeff make you feel like you are at home. They are amazing.
4.8 on December 01, 2012
Celebrated daughter's birthday and crossed another item off my bucket list at the same time. Memorable experience. Good food, good company and good accomodations. Will definitely come back. Pat B, LeClaire, IA
5 on November 30, 2012
We have stayed at a number of bed and breakfasts across the country, but our favorite is the Chestnut Street Inn in Sheffield, IL. Jeff and Monika clearly love their work as evidenced by their enthusiasm and close attention to the details. They offer a gourmet breakfast that never disappoints as well as multiple course gourmet dinners that take this b&b experience to a higher level.. The bedding is exquisite with the most luxurious sheets and pillows I have ever slept on. A stay at the Chestnut Street Inn is a relaxing and fun escape to a small town in northern Illinois. I highly recommend this bed and breakfast as the best of the best.
5 on November 14, 2012
Jeff and Monica went out of their way to make us feel welcome upon our arrival.. The entire Inn is spotless and polished and gives you a very warm feeling. The oatmeal and mint foot massage by the innkeepers was an unexpected pleasure, you had to be there. I can not remember when or where I slept in a bed as comfortable as the Chestnut Inn. The linens and towels were top of the line, very luxurious. There were homemade snacks available all of the time along with wonderful coffee and a full compliment of special teas and soft drinks all included. Monica is an accomplished chef, everything that she touched was fabulous. OK, so maybe there was no foot massage, just a thought. My wife and I get excited about our food and we were not disappointed . Make sure that you experience the dinner the day of your arrival. We made it a point to check in early and take full advantage of all of the comforts and unwind. While driving home I realized how much I needed this getaway, we will be returning.
5 on November 09, 2012
We held our son's wedding at the Chestnut Street Inn, located in Sheffield, Illinois. Monika and Jeff went out of their way to make it a memorable occassion. It was like having our wedding in our own home, beautiful surroundings, without the work of cleaning and cooking. Our guest from Manhattan and Chicago thought the rooms and food were the best they have ever had. They were amzed at the service and how so many people could all be served dinner at the same time. The appetizers were considered the best ever tasted. The rooms are so pretty and are from another world. You can have breakfast in your room, or in the dining room, and at any time you wish. It is truly a place where you can relax and be served in luxury.
5 on November 06, 2012
We have expeienced many B&B's over the years and had no knowledge of the Chestnut Street Inn until our friends mentioned this wonderful "little gem." We were looking for a road trip no further from our home than approximately 2-3 hours away. We also became aware that Monika would prepare terrific food for our special dietary needs. Monika and Jeff, the owners, exceeded our expectations! Our 2-night stay was a "Wow" experience. They have special gifts of serving and accomodating their guests. We could see and feel the warmth in our initial conversations. The rooms are immaculate, inviting, and beautiful. This 1857 plantation home was truly extraordinary. Monika's food preparation was meticulous. Jeff's service was given with smiles and even extra requests were gladly accomodated. We will not soon forget this wonderful, warm, inviting, and cozy establishment. This is a 5 Star B&B. To miss the opportunity here in a quiet setting is your loss! Blaine and Sandra, Huntley, IL
4.8 on November 05, 2012
The Chestnut Street Inn was the perfect location for our wedding reception. Monika and Jeff were awesome. They were complete experienced professionals and because of that we were able to enjoy every minute of our reception without any worries. The food was outstanding and the rooms were clean and comfortable. The Rosewood Suite was beautiful. Would recommend the Inn over and over to anyone looking for an intimate setting with experienced staff and great food.
5 on October 30, 2012
One of the best we have stayed at. Breakfasts were superb, beds extremely comfortable and Jeff and Monika saw to our every need. Good access to the canal and neat little shops around the area. Hope to return in the future.
3.6 on October 29, 2012
although very busy with the preparation of a wedding party that day both Jeff and Monica were extremely attentive to our enjoyment
5 on October 26, 2012
The Chestnut Inn is a quiet, delightful getaway! We enjoyed our time, just relaxing and walking around town. The Inn is warm and comfortable. Monika and Jeff are wonderful hosts, who are always there to make your stay perfect. We also enjoyed the Bacon Dinner special night, which was delicious. Breakfast was sumptuous. The rooms are comfortable and spacious. Lots of charm. Need a break and some pampering? Go to Chestnut Inn!
4.8 on October 25, 2012
After hearing the glowing reviews from my parents who stayed here for their 50th anniversary, hubby and I decided to escape for a night and enjoy Chef Monika's bacon-themed dinner. The inn is beautiful and well-maintained, and you won't find friendlier hosts anywhere! Jeff and Monika treated us like we were great friends and made our stay fun and relaxing. The food was scrumptious and the wine Monika recommended was perfect (and I'm picky about wine!). I'd like to go back sometime with another couple or small group and stay for more than one night. Oh - and I dream of those pear pancakes we had for breakfast! Yum!!
5 on October 23, 2012
Both Monika and Jeff could not have been nicer. They went out of their way to be sure we had a nice time and everything we needed. The Inn is beautifully maintained and it is clear that these two truly love what they do. Monika has a passion for cooking and it is apparent in every single bite. I felt like we were all old friends by the time we left with just the right amount of interactions and privacy. I am already looking forward to going back. This is the perfect spot for a get away that is care-free and relaxed.
5 on October 22, 2012
We spent a great weekend at this B&B! Jeff was at the door to greet us as soon as we arrived and our room was lovely and comfortable. The best feature of this inn is Monika and Jeff's willingness to accommodate to guests. Monika created a wonderful vegan dinner for me the 2 nights that we stayed even though it was Bacon Weekend! She and Jeff even woke up super early the day we left to give us an energy packed breakfast before our pre-dawn departure back to the city for a 5K. We had a perfect stay here and I'm looking forward to coming back soon.
5 on October 19, 2012
I wasn't expecting much in a small town B&B, but The Chestnut Street Inn blew my big city heart away! The home had so much great history and character. It was homey and clean. The food was ABSOLUTELY to die for!!!! The owners are so friendly and warm. The beds were amazingly comfortable and the pillows I wanted to take home with me, so I did :) They were available for purchase. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and would go back in a heartbeat!
5 on October 17, 2012
Outstanding food....very clean...neat...would highly recommend to all. Will be going back for some of their special evening meals....Harold and Peggy Brinkopf
5 on October 15, 2012
Jeff and Monika get all the details right in the Chestnut Street Inn. The linens, robes, pillows, towels, etc. all set just the right tone. We loved the mix of traditional items with Moroccan touches. And the food! Monika is an amazing chef. We had heavenly meals, both breakfast and dinner. The innkeepers made us feel welcome and pampered.
5 on October 15, 2012
Chestnut Street Inn is beautiful, comfortable and Monika is a true artist in the kitchen.
5 on October 08, 2012
Chestnut Inn was a perfect setting for our book club retreat. Wonderful sheets on the beds, comfortable sitting area appointed with interesting memoribilia and books, great food prepared by a consummate chef and quiet, relaxing location. Thanks Monica and Jeff-glad you became innkeepers!
5 on October 08, 2012
Once again, we had a wonderful stay at this charming B & B. The Innkeepers are so personable, friendly, conversationalists, and witty. Perfect for our group! They always exceed my expectations, rating them outstanding. The gourmet meals are tasty, varied, and excellent presentation with each course served. A lovely, relaxing parlor, which was perfect for visiting with our siblings. :-)
4.6 on October 07, 2012
Thanks to Jeff and Monika for a wonderful stay! Your smiles and demeanor were the perfect complement to an Autumn Outing! The Inn is beautiful and filled with such intereting family history that was graciously shared with all of my party of 8. Did I mention the food? What a treat! From the coffee, the breakfasts, and the 4 course dinner I could not imagine better fare in any big city. Definitely will be returning! R. Davis
5 on September 24, 2012
It's always good to make a quick get-away to the Chestnut Inn. Monika and Jeff make us feel immediately relaxed and at home. Monika's breakfasts are always a culinary treat. Thanks for spoiling us again!
5 on September 20, 2012
This was my 2nd time at the Chestnut Inn. We were there for the 'chocolate' weekend.. the food was fabulous! Monika and Jeff make sure that you are comfortable and have everything you need. Really enjoyed sitting outside enjoying the view of the garden. Love the Chestnut!
5 on September 20, 2012
I had a very pleasant stay with the Chestnut Inn. I come from years in hospitality and food & beverage and they are doing an amazing job. From the room to the dining experience to their interesting personalities. Can't wait to get back there.
5 on September 17, 2012
The Chestnut Inn is warm and inviting and from the moment you enter, you feel at home. The food, room and setting are delightful. Monika and Jeff are wonderful hosts! Definitely will return.
5 on September 10, 2012
This was just what we needed! Everything about The Chestnut Street Inn was Wonderful! We really enjoyed the two dining experience's with Jeff and Monika and we look forward to staying with them again!
5 on September 09, 2012
This was our second time staying at the Chestnut Street Inn and we enjoyed it just as much as the first time around! Monika's food was amazing and Jeff tells great stories while he serves dinner and breakfast. They really have the role of innkeepers mastered! Cannot wait to go back again!
5 on September 07, 2012
This B and B is so clean and well kept. Not only are the lodging accommodations outstanding, the food is phenomenal. Monika is a first class chef. My family and I return every year and would recommend this as a MUST for anyone traveling through Central Illinois.
5 on September 06, 2012
From Jeff's warm welcome to Monika's smile & wave, our stay was the highlight of our week-end. The room was perfectly supplied as Jeff & Monika have anticipated all that we could require Satellite TV, video library and private bathrooms are nice features. The main level features a large entry foyer with Moroccan table, a parlor with diverse library and a fireplace, a private dining room and a large sun porch which serves dual functions as a breakfast room for B&B guests as well as a dining room for restaurant guests. The Chestnut Street Inn is unique in that they are available for "any meal, any time, any day, for any one." Just call Jeff, he'll explain if necessary :) The Inn is decorated with items reflecting Monika & Jeff's travels and interests as well as their heritage.....all providing a fertile backdrop to some wonderful & "shocking" conversation. (a Moroccan market story) As for the culinary treats you have yet to experience..Monika's skill is unique in combining the best available ingredients into the most soul-satisfying food...that tastes splendid!Monika's commitment to honoring her guests by developing at-hand menu's is to be respected. The challenge of preparing a menu developed upon ingredients gathered at their peak on that particular day is Monika's specialty. Be sure to pencil in a coconut-macaroon break - it is a must. I am sad to say we did not enjoy dinner on this trip as we had a full schedule. We did enjoy one quiet evening at the Inn with music, a bottle of wine & the parlor library. Jeff & Monika popped in for a short chat then retired to their quarters, leaving us to a very quiet & romantic evening, pointing at which light switch to turn off on our way up. Having grown up in the area, I am thrilled to hear Jeff & Monika refer other guests to local areas of interest with obvious evidence of personal insight and experience. Come stay with Jeff & Monika & get to know the friends you haven't yet met!
5 on September 04, 2012
It was a great experience. Monica's food was excellent.
5 on August 31, 2012
Celebrating my husbands birthday, we spent two nights at the beautiful Chestnut Street Inn. From the time Jeff and Monika greeted us at the door, we felt very welcome. The Inn's atmosphere is so warm and cozy. We stayed in the lovely Green Room suite. If the room is the cake, the frosting on the cake is the delicious gourmet food Monika cooked and Jeff served us, in our room and on the beautiful enclosed porch. Some day we would like to go back, if not to stay, just for a great gourmet meal.
5 on August 29, 2012
We had the pleasure of staying at the Chestnut Street Inn for 2 nights. Monika and Jeff are wonderful hosts.You can tell they take pride in what they do.The Inn was cozy , charming with delicious gormet food.They hit all the right marks.We'd love to go back soon for a stay. Chestnut Street inn-what a gem
4.4 on August 27, 2012
My wife and I went biking on the Hennepin Canal bike trail, and after a couple of hours in 90 degree weather, we were anxious to unwind. We were met by our friendly host who welcomed us into their home and quickly got us a cold refreshment on the backyard patio. This b&b is like no other because the owners actually put our needs ahead of theirs and even mingled with their guests, which gave us the opportunity to really get to know them. Getting to know the innkeepers is very important to us, and most hide in the back until you ring for them. Jeff & Monika were interesting people to talk to and it made us feel more than just customers.
5 on August 21, 2012
We chose Chestnut Street Inn upon recommendation of friends as a great place to relax and appreciated that dinner is available at the Inn. We found the food, service, room, linens--everything to be exceptional! Our desire was for a clean, comfortable place to get some greatly needed rest. Jeff and Monika are wonderful hosts and we truly relaxed during our three days with them. If you're looking for a little adventure in cuisine, this is the place! They provide delicious meals that wake up your taste buds and also provide for special dietary needs. Jeff was very gracious and thorough in making us feel "at home" when we first arrived. He showed us exactly where things are and how to find he and Monika if we needed them. We appreciated the friendly, relaxed atmosphere and the privacy we were afforded. It's definitely a B & B to recommend!
5 on August 20, 2012
Chestnut Street Inn was a fantastic find for us. The location was convenient as we were travelling through and wanted a quiet relaxing get away. I strongly recommend booking the dinner if you can. We had a fantastic four course meal at a great price. The food was wonderful for dinner and breakfast and easily tailored to our dietary needs. Jeff and Monika truly understand hospitality and put into practice all the little touches that make a big difference. I wish we lived closer so we could visit more often.
5 on August 20, 2012
This was our second overnight visit to the Chestnut Street Inn and our fourth dinner visit. We've stayed at B & B's in many states and in several countries. The Chestnut Street Inn is spotlessly clean, quiet and ideally located halfway between Davenport, Iowa and Chicago, Illinois. Great amenities include high quality toiletries , lots of homemade goodies, beverages of all types, Dove chocolates, current magazines, thousands of movies , books and board games. I was in heaven as I enjoyed the large soaker tub, listened to classical music on the CD player and nibbled on dark chocolate-pure decadance! There were three couples in our group and we could have had our meals in the lovely formal dining room but we chose the large enclosed porch where we could enjoy both the sunset and early morning sun. The food is really incredible. If you are the first to book for a particular night you can select your own menu. We had a Mideastern meal of mezes (like tapas) with four starter courses, followed by chicken kabobs and pesto potatoes. Two wonderful desserts (creme brulee and mango sorbet) and chestnut infused coffee ended the meal. Monika and Jeff only cook with locally grown produce, free range chicken, grass-fed beef and the finest spices and oils. Herbs come from their own garden. Monika is a trained chef and she offers cooking classes at both the Inn and other local venues. She's also a favorite guest on local television stations. I highly recommend this wonderful inn!
5 on August 20, 2012
This was our fourth stay at the Chestnut St. Inn & it has become our favorite getaway spot. Jeff & Monika always make us feel more like family than just paying guests. The food & hospitality are the best we have ever had at any B&B. The great thing about staying there is that you can have complete privacy or you can interact with your hosts and other guests as you choose. If you have special requests, they will always do their best to accommodate you. We will be back to stay soon.
4.8 on August 16, 2012
Monika and Jeff are delightful hosts! I would return for another visit.
5 on August 13, 2012
We have stayed in many B&Bs across the country, and this one is our favorite. We have stayed here 4 times now and we love everything about it. Jeff and Monica are just the best innkeepers in the country. They make us feel like valued friends, not customers. The food is just the best we've ever had anywhere. And the prices are very good too. Wonderful stay -- as always!!!
5 on August 12, 2012
My husband and I took advantage of a chance to stay at the Chestnut Street Inn in Sheffield, Il. for two days. We had no idea what we were about to encounter. The house had history and character. Our room was very comfortable and the linens were of 5-Star quality. The pillows were so comfortable, I bought one before I left. If you aren't satisfied with your pillow and want a good night sleep, you need to check these out! Jeff & Chef Monika are the dynamic dual when it comes to hospitality and awesome food. They are very generous with her homemade pastries if you need a snack to get you through the day along with soda in the fridge and hot coffee or tea at your disposal. They have a relaxing sitting room for everyone to enjoy if you want and a patio with seating if you want to enjoy the outdoors. Breakfast was not only healthy but deliicious too. We had one of their evening meals that Chef Monika prepared. We felt we were at a high end restaurant in a big city without the noise, traffic and large Check at the end. If you're looking to de-stress, relax, eat delicious food and be around friendly uplifting people, then the Chestnut street Inn is the place to go.
5 on August 11, 2012
We came to the Sheffield area to check out the Hennepin Canal and Trails and really didn't know what to expect. We decided to stay at the Chestnut Street Inn and were pleasantly surprised to find a really nice bed and breakfast. My husband and I stayed in the Blue Room and my sister and brother in-law stayed in the Federal Room. Both rooms were beautifully decorated, had it's own bathroom, and were very comfortable. The first floor living room was comfortable and inviting and we spent time relaxing and talking with other Inn guests there. We also decided to eat dinner at the Inn. Monika prepared a shrimp appetizer, salad with candied pecans, filet mignon, roast fingerling potatoes, and tiramasu or sherbet for dessert. We enjoyed every bite. Innkeepers, Monika and Jeff, explained to us how they use local, organic food for the meals they prepare. Jeff and Monika were attentive, pleasant and interesting. We would definitely return.
4.8 on August 10, 2012
We stayed two nights and it was fantastic. Jeff and Monica make you feel right at home by giving you a grand tour and showing you where everything is in the kitchen along with the daily snack. They respect your privacy when you want it and they always cater to your needs. The food is amazing and unique. The dinner Monica made was similar to a 5 star restaurant for half of the price. Heads up that the pillows are very firm and in our opinion, very uncomfortable. If you like soft, cushy pillows, bring your own. We will definitely be going back!
Thank you for the lovely review! We would like to note that we are always happy to accommodate any guest needs and do have alternate pillows available. We just need to know the problem exists in order to fix it. We will gladly substitute pillows any time, day or night as we have a bell available to get our attention 24/7. We look forward to your next visit!
5 on August 09, 2012
When you first walk through the front door at Chestnut Street Inn you immediately feel at home. Now it may not look like your actual home, but it feels that way because of the warm welcome you receive from the Innkeepers, Monika and Jeff. My husband and I came Sheffield, Il for a family reunion of sorts, and we left with so much more. It is apparent that Monika and Jeff have poured their love, sweat and tears into the Inn. A beautiful home, steeped in local history has been infused with the creativity of this very talented couple. They graciously shared with us how they came to locate the Inn they planned and aspired to run and how they transplanted to Sheffield from southern California. We also learned that Monika, who obtained her Master's Degree in cultural anthropology, used her experience to cultivate her passion as a chef and infuse a Mediterranean flare within the traditional walls of this historical gem. Certified as culinary professional Monika, shared her talent and special interest in locally sourced, quality ingredients with her guests the evening of our stay. We are from the Washington, DC area and have had many quality meals, but the dining experience Monika provided to us rivaled many of our top meals at home. We spent a comfortable evening in the Rosewood Suite and awoke to a fabulous breakfast. Monika was even able to accomodate our gluten and dairy sensitivity and was well versed in the challenges this can present. We feel very fortunate to have had such a memorable experience and look forward to returning to Chestnut Street Inn in the future.
5 on August 06, 2012
Choosing to have Our Wedding at the Chestnut Street Inn was the best decision we ever made. The owners Jeff and Monika were very accommodating with all of our needs and wants. It was a small affair but very elegant. The food was amazing! The service was excellent! We were able to have part of our reception outside on their patio and it was perfect for music and dancing. There isn't a thing we would change about our special day and we would recommend The Chestnut Street Inn to anyone and all our friends and family for dinner or any special occasion! The Rietgraf's
5 on July 22, 2012
We have stayed in many B&Bs and this is an absolute stand out! Jeff and Monika are welcoming, attentive and knowledgeable hosts who are connected to the area and go out of their way to make your stay memorable. The Chestnut Street Inn rooms are all tastefully decorated with details that invite relaxing and lingering. The bed was fantastic as were the high end linens. The Inn is immaculate and so comfortable that you won't want to leave. In fact, we liked it so much that we cut short a side trip to Chicago to return to their Inn! Chef Monika has a passion for cooking and uses fresh, local ingredients. She puts a creative twist on classics and Mediterranean fare and has a great knack for interesting flavor combinations. One of our daughters has dietary restrictions and Monika happily adapted her dishes with zero loss of flavor. We are a family that appreciates excellent food and couldn't get enough of Chef Monika's cuisine and Jeff's entertaining commentary. Our schedule was unpredictable and Jeff and Monika were always accommodating. In short, it felt like visiting friends. If you're looking for affordable pampering in lovely, peaceful surroundings, look no further than Jeff and Monika's Chestnut Street Inn.
4.6 on July 22, 2012
We stayed in the rosewood suite. Our room was beautiful and made us feel very relaxed. We loved our food at the inn .Monika is a very good chef and both her and her husband Jeff made us feel right at home. They were very friendly and helpful throughout our stay. We would definitely go back again.
4.8 on July 21, 2012
Had a fantastic time! Jeff and Monika are acceptional and very attentive innkeepers. They were very helpful and where there whenever we needed something. We did the Spa Package, which was amazing! The Spa that they have a contract with did a very nice job! Monika's food was brilliant. We recommend eating it as much as possible!!!! :)
4.4 on July 10, 2012
The Chestnut Street Inn is a wonderful place to stay. Jeff and Monika are a delight to be around and the food itself is an experience you can’t afford to miss. The Blue room is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the company of your significant other. My girlfriend and I spent 3 nights here and although there were many things to do in the area we really enjoyed coming back to the INN and watching a movie while drinking a pot of one of the many loose leaf teas available. The Moroccan Mint tea was our favorite especially when you are washing down one of Monika’s delicious Macaroons. If you are in the area or just looking to get away the Chestnut Street Inn is a great place to stay.
4.2 on July 01, 2012
We booked all four rooms for a family surprise party and reunion. We also booked the entire dining room for the party. Food was great, hospitality was great, and a good time was had by all. Monika and Jeff did all they could to keep the upstairs room cool in a very old home in record heat. We will be back this fall when the weather is cooler!
4.8 on June 26, 2012
B & B's always seemed stuffy, and boringly the same types of food served for breakfast. That will never be the case with Chestnut. Superior food, I never miss reserving a dinner when there. Being left to relax in the living area is easy to do, since they have their own living area, they are not parked in the B & B area, so I am often reclined, reading & enjoying. The rooms are spacious and decor it tasteful not overdone. KUDO's Monica & Jeff.
4.6 on June 25, 2012
It would be hard to make this place better and Monika and Jeff were great. It was also easy to coordinate fun stuff within just a short drive from the little town of Sheffield: the Witness tree, great walk along Hennepin canal, fun live theater in Princeton. Great time.
5 on June 24, 2012
We had an excellent time at the Chestnut Street Inn! We have been on a hunt for a romantic getaway to a bed and breakfast and this place meet all we were looking for and beyond! Jeff and Monika are very welcoming and accomadating! We had an outstanding dinner by Chef Monika that you have to make a special trip just for all the mouth watering dishes she prepares! Nice dining setting where my husband and I sat at our own table which I really admire about this place. The room we stayed in we spotless and very comfortable and private. Perfect for a nice little romantic getaway. The coconut macaroons are very fabulous just a little snack you could have anytime of the day along with several beverages. The breakfast was top notch which we enjoyed in our private dining room that was included in our room! We got a chance to tour the other rooms and they were just as wonderful. Every part about the stay just kept getting better and we were never disappointed until we had to leave....but we will definately be back! There are a few wineries in the area that are well worth the stop if you are looking for something to do while you are in the area staying here. Thanks so much Jeff and Monika!
4.8 on June 22, 2012
The Chestnut Street Inn is a real treasure! We had read about it and it's restaurant in Midwest Living Magazine. Having grown up in the area, we were anxious to visit. The Inn is a stately historical home that has been kept in excellent condition. We were greeted by Jeff who had a big smile and great sense of humor. We received the grand tour after he helped us settle in. Our room was larger than we expected and the bed was very comfortable. We travel a lot and a good bed is not always there for us. The Inn is decorated with artifacts they have gathered in their world travels. These precipitate questions and both Monika and Jeff are pleased to discuss them. It was good to have the hosts interact with their guests. Chef Monika specializes in Mediterranean cooking. We really enjoyed talking to her about food and cooking. Unfortunately we could not have dinner there that evening but were surprised and delighted at the Spanish Tortilla they made for our breakfast after our food discussions the night before. This was a welcome change from the usual breakfasts we get at other B&Bs. We will certainly return to stay since the Inn is close to our family. We look forward to enjoying one of Monika's dinners soon. Their location in Sheffield off of Interstate 80 makes it a very convenient place to get to. Larry & Billie
5 on June 17, 2012
I am enjoying my stay here so much in everyway! Will be back again.
5 on May 29, 2012
Chestnut Street Inn could be found in the most in the interesting historical tourist area of the United States but it wasn't. I found it in Sheffield, Illinois a community of less then 1000 that I visited. It was the town that you would pass through going to some large and important city in the mid-west or the north-east but you stopped to visit on old friend from school days and because you didn't want to impose on the hospitality of the friend, you stopped at the Chestnut Inn and found yourself in an era of luxury and warmth with innkeepers that made you feel like the most important person in the world.
4.0 on May 24, 2012
We had a very relaxing stay. The hosts were very attentive and courteous
5 on May 23, 2012
We stayed at the Chestnut Street Inn on our way to the East Coast from Minnesota and on the return trip - and both were good experiences. The Inn is very comfortable, the food is excellent and the hosts are great! We've stayed there so many times it's become our "home away from home".
5 on May 22, 2012
Just returned from spending the weekend at The Chestnut Inn. Quite a wonderful experience. Jeff and Monica, the owners, have created a restful haven where you would least expect to find it. We drove from Brighton Michigan to take advantage of the nice Christmas gift that I was given and not having spent anytime in B&B's I was quite surprised. The accommodations were very inviting and well appointed. Enjoyed staying in the federal room which is at the front of the top floor overlooking the street with windows on 3 sides. Request this room if you can get it. Enjoyed 2 breakfasts and had some of the best pancakes ever. Jeff was quite priud of himself as he filled in quite admirably for Monica and prepared all the meals including a nice roasted pepper soup accompanied by to die for scones and a butter lettuce salad. The filet mignon was also well prepared and for desert - 2 creme brulees - my favorite desert. These owners will go out of the way to make sure your stay is as enjoyable as possible. Enjoyed sampling some of the product from the local farms. Would high recommend this gem to anyone looking for a quiet escape, who enjoys having a glass of wine or having breakfast on the patio overlooking a well maintained garden. An experience to remember. Paul and Nancy May 18 - 20, 2012
4.2 on May 22, 2012
Chestnut Street Inn is amongst the best B&Bs we have stayed at.
5 on May 17, 2012
It's always fun to see and talk to Jeff and Monika. The dinner and breakfast were delicious, Monika thinks of some new twist to the menu each time. We love the Rosewood Suite for its comfortable luxury.
5 on May 15, 2012
Monika and Jeff's home is simply lovely, very clean and the bed linens are heavenly. Breakfast was a gourmet delight served in a small porch off our room. Coffee was excellent...chestnut flavored, of course. Just one of the many small details that these inn keepers see to ! Dinner was the highlight of our stay, beating out even the afternoon nap on side porch off the living room !
5 on May 07, 2012
What a treasure, nestled in farm country but an easy drive from Chicago.!This is a destination for anyone who wants a very comfortable room in a big cozy house on a very spacious piece of property on a very quiet street in a small Illinois town. Innkeeper Jeff is vivacious and so accommodating for anything you might need, and Monika is a gourmet chef. Her scrumptious dinners draw folks from far and wide. Breakfast for the guests is creative, delicious, and beautifully presented.
5 on May 03, 2012
We went here for my wife's birthday, and everything was top notch, especially the food. Very welcoming and we are looking to make this a regular destination.
4.6 on May 03, 2012
My husband surprised me with a weekend away and picked Chestnut Street Inn for the gluten free food. I was very happy with everything about the Inn. The food was outstanding! Monika and Jeff are very friendly and on top of requests before you even ask! I will be going back again!!!
4.8 on May 02, 2012
I have stayed at the Inn five times and my husband has stayed four times. That just about says it all. We would not have stayed that many times if it was not absolutely charming and restful. Thanks Jeff and Monica for making it a great get-a-way.
5 on May 01, 2012
Arrived on a dreary day to a warm welcome from the innkeepers and the smell of soup simmering for that night's dinner. Mmmm. We decided to go for a walk before we were tempted to storm the kitchen to steal the soup. When we got back it now smelled like fresh baked bread. This is like staying with Grandma - if your Grandma lives in a lovely old mansion with all mod-cons.. The Chestnut St. Inn is great. Book a room and dinner, you won't be disappointed.
5 on April 12, 2012
Cozy everything, incredibly nice innkeepers and the most delicious meals you can have! Absolutely perfect!
5 on April 10, 2012
If you're looking for a relaxing get away with fabulous food then the Chestnut Street Inn in Sheffield IL is the place for you. The house is beautiful and Very clean. Our room was great, very quaint yet had all the amenities you could possibly need. The innkeepers Monika and Jeff we very attentive to our needs. Being a vegetarian my meals are sometimes a second thought to the other meat eater guests. But not here, my meal was fantastic. Thanks Monika and Jeff, we'll be back.
5 on April 07, 2012
It is a well kept secret. We enjoyed ourselves totally and plan to return again until we have experience each of the rooms. We have also passed the word to our friends and hopefully they will have an opportunity to experience a piece of serenity.
4.0 on April 02, 2012
We enjoyed a very comfortable eveneing at the "Chestnut Street Inn'' in Sheffield, IL. Our rooms were very comfortable. The bedrooms were nicely appointed with tasteful decoration/ fabrics & furnishings. We savored a sumptious gourmet breakfast in the morning delivered at the time we had requested. The hosts/ innkeepers were gracious & very cordial during our stay. They met all of our expectations! We will definately be planning a stay at their Inn again in the future. (we were traveling from Iowa & Colorado)
5 on March 26, 2012
Having attended Le Cordon Bleu School of Culinary Arts myself, lived in Germany, England and Italy for 10 years and traveled Europe extensively, The Chestnut Inn, with Jeff and Monika as hosts, is a superb experience and a great value for money. The food is excellent. Monika loves her "job" as chef and hostess and Jeff is a most gregarious, affable host and quite a local historian for their gorgeous, delightfully decorated 1870's style home as well. It is most obvious that the little town of 900, where The Chestnut Inn is situated just off Interstate 80, must have something going for it when the Sudakov's can draw as many as 40 people for dinner (reservations only). I will definitely return to sample another delightful, delicious dinner from Monika's kitchen. I even bought her cookbook with some excellent recipes within.
5 on March 22, 2012
Just fantastic...That's what it was. So relaxing and the food was to die for. I haven't slept that good in a long time...My wife and I stayed at the Chestnut Street Inn in Sheffield Illinois on the 16th. and 17th. of March 2012..and it was everything we could have hoped it to be. We are already planning a return visit in December...Thanks again to Monica and Jeff for such a wonderful time.The Ziegler's.
5 on March 14, 2012
We just stayed at the Chestnut Street Inn for two nights. We also had a private cooking class with Monika. It was great! We learned lots of cooking tips, had a delicious meal of the foods we made, and great company of Monika and Jeff for the meal. We have stayed here MANY times and enjoy it more and more each time.
4.2 on March 13, 2012
We had heard wonderful reviews of Chestnut Street's dinners from some of our family friends and were anxious to give it a try. A 30th birthday celebration was just the excuse we needed! After selecting our preferred menu, we booked a reservation and our mouths watered for weeks in anticipation! I enjoyed the appetizer and soup the best, my dad, who doesn't like vinegars (which weren't indicated on the menu) loved the rolls and dessert, but politely ate most of the rest of the dinner. The most disappointing was the somewhat overcooked fish with overly sweet maple sauce. That being said, we really enjoyed visiting with Monika and Jeff and had a lovely stay in the Green Room. Very relaxing stay!
5 on March 03, 2012
From the moment we stepped into the unique entry and were greeted by our attentive hosts, we knew we found a gem to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. We've stayed in many B& Bs in California. The Chestnut Street Inn is top notch and the only B& B where we had the option of having dinner -let alone a 4 course feast lovingly home cooked with the freshest ingredients. Breakfast was a culinary delight also. The Rosewood Suite sparkled.
5 on February 22, 2012
We travel only twenty minutes to find ourselves in another land of wonderment. We frequent the inn for the friendship, fellowship and feast that awaits. We are never disappointed. Having just celebrated our second Valentines with Jeff and Monika we couldn't be happier. The dining and conversation they intertwine with their delicacies are second to none in this area.
5 on February 15, 2012
The food is outstanding, the host and hostess, Monika and Jeff, phenomenal, pleasant, warm. When we're there, we feel as if we come home, only better. There is absolutely nothing lacking in our cozy bedroom either (we generally stay in the Federal Room). They even think of dark chocolates to keep us company. Last time (Valentine's Day weekend), Harry and I fell asleep on the couch, in front of a cozy, crackling fire, with soft music in the background. Jeff covered us with a blanket, asking Monika if maybe he should just leave us there and not disturb us although they were about to go to bed. As it happened, with the music off we woke up, to switch beds.
4.8 on February 07, 2012
The Rosewood room has a working fireplace, and a separate small dining area attached to the room. The food is delicious.
4.0 on January 30, 2012
We spent the night at the Chestnut Inn on recommendations. It is well worth it. Jeff & Monika are the most wonderful hosts. From the time we checked in to the time we left we were treated as wonderful friends. The rooms are very comfortable. The bedsheets are amazing. Monika is a fantastic chef. If you want outstanding food & service I highly recommend the Chestant Inn. Linda & Fred
5 on January 12, 2012
We stayed in the Rosewood Suite and it was lovely. There is a working fireplace, a private dining area, private bath and a very comfortable king size bed. We would definitely stay in this room again. We had dinner in the dining room with other guests and it was fine dining at its best. We had breakfast in our private dining room and it was also wonderful. We would highly recommend this B&B for a night or weekend away.
4.0 on January 10, 2012
Rooms are clean, beautiful and beds are comfortable. The inside decor of the house brings you back to a late 1800 setting. Comfortable and cosy in every way. This Bed & Breakfast gives and opportunity to relax and enjoy a quiet time. The hosts are very friendly and make you feel like part of the family. You must try the evening meals they are outstanding!!!
4.8 on January 08, 2012
My wife and I stayed for three days as our annual getaway, and were excited b/c they were willing to offer gluten free dinners, which allowed us not to worry about bringing food w/us. The room was beautiful, and quiet, and the house was just gorgeous!! We had a great time talking w/ the innkeepers, and got the opportunity to relax and unplug!! Overall, a great opportunity to unwind, recharge and enjoy great food and company. I highly recommend Chestnut Street Inn.
4.4 on January 04, 2012
You can't do better than the Chestnut Inn. Outstanding service, food, and hospitality. Monica and Jeff love their work, and it shows.
4.2 on January 03, 2012
My husband and I stayed at the Chestnut Inn during our Christmas visit with family and friends. The Inn provided a relaxing retreat at the end of the day. The breakfasts (different each morning) were great. Jeff and Monika are excellent hosts and make their guest feel right at home.
4.6 on December 27, 2011
Jeff and Monika have created a delightful haven getaway for couples! The service much exceeds anything I've experienced. Huge thumbs up! Will DEFINITELY be staying here again!!
5 on December 26, 2011
Our first stay at the Chestnut Street Inn was back in April 2008. We had such a marvelous time that we swore that we would return again sometime in the future. We decided to go ahead and make plans to return in November of this year. We spent 3 nights during our stay in November. We spent 1 night in the Blue Room and 2 nights in the Rosewood Suite. Monika is an amazing Chef so we ate all of our breakfasts and dinners at the Inn. We had such an wonderful experience during our first stay that we didn't think that it could be possible for the second stay to be even better than the first. This second stay was even better. All of Monika's meals are nothing short of delicious! I have Gluten and MSG intolerances and Monika is great when it comes to dealing with different food issues. Monika and Jeff are very nice and gracious Innkeepers. They go above and beyond in everything that they do for their guests and it shows. The Christmas decorations were up during this stay and it was so nice being able to enjoy in the festivities at the Inn. We really wish that we lived closer because we would stay more often if we didn't have to drive so far. We have stayed at many places during our travels and we have to say that this is one of our absolute favorites. We highly recommend it. The Chestnut Street Inn is a triple threat-great accommodations, great food and fabulous Innkeepers. You just can't go wrong by staying at this Inn. Hopefully we can return again sometime soon. Lea and Craig H.-Nebraska
5 on December 20, 2011
I rarely speak in hyperbole. Monica and Jeff do a fabulous job at making you comfortable regardless of your reason for travel. I took my wife with me recently. She is begging to go back! It really is a great place to stay.
4.0 on December 19, 2011
My wife and I get away every year to a B&B for some much needed relaxation, and time together. One of my wife's colleagues suggested Chestnut street Inn to us, and we are so happy they did!!!
5 on December 16, 2011
There is just no better bnb than Chestnut Street Inn. We've stayed in the Rosewood Suite many times, and it's fabulous every time, but what Monika & Jeff have done with the dining experience is just outstanding! The breakfast is completely yummy, but the dinners are phenomenal. You absolutely have to have dinner with them - it's a MUST!! They are gracious and warm hosts, and you will love every minute of your stay with them!
5 on December 06, 2011
The best accomodations and food were enjoyed again. Chestnut Street Inn is such a comfortable place where Jeff and Monika accomodate your every need. The unusual thing about this inn is that you can also enjoy an outstanding gourmet dinner along with their incredible breakfast. Thanks again!
5 on November 27, 2011
This was our first stay at the Chestnut Street Inn and it well exceeded all expectations. The house was beautifully decorated for Christmas, the food was beyond delicious and the innkeepers are delightful! Chef Monika even altered the menu to make sure it was safe for my pregnancy. Thanks so much for a wonderful weekend getaway! I would recommend it to anyone.
5 on November 21, 2011
We had just come through a stressful 2 months dealing with a family crisis and needed a getaway that would allow us to do absolutely nothing. The first place that we thought of was the Chestnut Inn in Sheffield. We had been there last year and appreciated the slow pace atmosphere of the community and the high quality of accommodations and food that we found there. It was refreshing to know that Monika and Jeff had remembered us from our first visit. It was like coming to visit relatives. We had the freedom to be alone or to visit with them. They are very genuine people who are very detail oriented in their service to their guests.
4.6 on November 15, 2011
Our stay was short as we were passing through to Chicago. We go in late and had to leave early. What a shame. This place is so cool and Monica and Jeff are the perfect Innkeepers.We got in too late for dinner but the place was packed so you know we missed an excellent meal. We found that out the next morning when breakfast came. It was fabulous.Highly recomended. The next time the Chestnut will be our destination and not just a place us weary travelers to sleep. We look forward to returning.
5 on November 02, 2011
We brought friends to stay with us at the Chestnut Street Inn, and we had really built up the friendliness of Monika and Jeff, the fineness of the inn, and the fabulous food. Everything met our expectations and we were all delighted with our stay.
5 on November 02, 2011
This was one of the bed B%B's we've ever stayed at! Delicious food and every attention to detail was made. Jeff and Monica were fun and attentive hosts!
5 on October 29, 2011
We hadn't realized that such an amazing inn was located in the little rural village of Sheffield. The Chestnut Street Inn is a gem of a B&b. It is located on a quiet, tree-lined street with convenient parking right in front. From the moment we stepped through the door and were greeted by the aroma of freshly baked bread we felt at home and at ease. Jeff and Monika, the innkeepers, are congenial, interesting and enthusiastic hosts who are dedicated to making your visit very special. As their website includes ample photos of the inn and the monthly menu list I won't try to describe the decor or the individual dishes that Monika prepares. Suffice it to say that the rooms (and beds) are comfy, the plumbing and furnace work just fine, and the common areas are well-decorated, comfortable, and more than conducive to relaxing and mingling with your fellow guests. A big plus was having dinner available in the evening after a day of sightseeing. No need to go away from the inn seeking a restaurant. Our meal was Moroccan themed (Monika's specialty) and everything was delicious. The high point of the meal, for me, was the creme brulee which was the best I've ever eaten. The inn also serves the best coffee we have ever had at a B&B. There is a wine list with a limited selection of reasonably priced wines. If you would like to bring your own wine it is easy to check their website to see what is being served for dinner so you can make an appropriate pairing. There is a nominal corkage fee of $5. We had a very pleasant stay at reasonable rates and look forward to a return visit.
5 on October 24, 2011
My siblings and I stayed in the 4 rooms at Chestnut Inn and had a great time. We had dinner there (as well as breakfast, of course) and the food is delicious and presented beautifully. Monika also accommodated a gluten free diet for 2 of us -- even in the snacks she made! The rooms are also beautiful, comfortable and immaculate. A HUGE thank you to Monika and Jeff for making our weekend so special.
5 on October 23, 2011
Had a wonderful weekend with my siblings at Chestnut Street Inn! Comfortable accommodations, delicious food, great conversation, pleasant relaxation! Thanks, Monika and Jeff!
4.0 on October 17, 2011
Our stay at the Chesnut Street Inn was wonderful. Jeff and Monica are great host and are very entertaining! The Inn is beautiful and the food is awesome! The room was great and extremely comfortable.
5 on October 14, 2011
If you want a place to stay that will pamper your every whim and make you feel that you are the only people they have to take care of the Chestnut Street Inn is the place to stay. The place is spotlessly clean, it has a very homey feel to it Momika and Jeff go out of their way to make your stay a great experience one you will always remember.And the food what can I say about the food your taste buds are in for a magnificent treat you can not believe how wonderful food can taste. You owe it to yourself to go and stay because if you do you will not beable to stay away, I know you will be back again. We celebrated our 35th Anniversary with them it was a big surprise for my husband and Monika and Jeff hepled me set it up and pull it off they were wonderful. Norma Thoeming
5 on October 14, 2011
We had an exceptional time! Monika and Jeff are wonderful hosts and served a delightful gourmet meal Saturday evening. The Green Room Suite provded us with some extra space and privacy. The newly remodeled bathroom was delightful. I heartily recommend The Chestnut Street Inn to anyone looking for a quiet get-a-way in central Illinois.
5 on October 07, 2011
Jeff and Monika, the Innkeepers, have created a rural oasis at their beautiful Victorian mansion that is unparalleled. This charming building opened its arms to us, as did our amazing hosts. Inside, I marveled at (and was envious of!) this home. It has been restored to its original grandeur and the spirit of the surroundings settles on you instantly. You feel safe, content and WELCOME. Our rooms were impeccably outfitted to meet every need. The bed linens were a cocoon and I didn't want to get out of bed in the morning! But when the aroma from Monika's kitchen hit my senses, I was up and ready to see what culinary adventure awaited. At each meal, we dined in the beautiful and bright Sun Room. The service is above and beyond what you expect at a B&B. Every need was met, every request was granted with a smile. The neatness and cleanliness of the Inn is beyond reproach. Nothing was out of place; everything sparkled. The antiques and other rare finds that are scattered tastefully throughout the Inn were interesting and fun (the daguerreotype in our sitting room was especially entertaining!). We spent ample time in the community rooms and outdoors on the patio, enjoying the adorable garden. If your goal is total relaxation, the innkeepers have achieved it and then some. You will not be disappointed. The food at the Inn is beyond amazing. Truly 5+ stars...imaginative, creative, succulent gourmet dishes, paired with perfect wines and blissful desserts. The price of the stay, the meals and the cooking class we took were bargains for the luxury of the accommodations, the lushness of the meals and hospitality we experienced. My friend and I were so impressed that we intend to make this an annual trek to unwind from the cares of the world...and we now consider Jeff and Monika to be our friends. Lin Svitko Whiting, Indiana
5 on October 07, 2011
I had the good fortune to stay at the Chestnut Street Inn this week for a mid-week girlfriends getaway. There are not enough superlatives to describe this charming Inn. The home is beautiful in a quiet country setting. The rooms are decorated with lovely antiques and include all the creature comforts - the linens are amazing; warm, cozy bathrobes.... The meals created lovingly by Monika are not to be missed. Make sure you include dinner with your stay...better yet, take a cooking class with Monika. It was great fun and oh, so delicious - and you get to enjoy the fruits of your "labor" and earn a few bragging rights too! Monika and Jeff are wonderful hosts who clearly know how to pamper their guests. We are already making plans to make this an annual tradition. But I have a feeling I'll be back much sooner than that!
5 on October 04, 2011
My husband and I had the Rosewood Suite. It was so comfortable. We did not use the fireplace as it was to warm yet but it would have been awesome to have it going. We loved the private dining room although it would have been fun to eat with the other guests and Jeff and Monika. The service outstanding, the food scrumptious. We can not wait to go back with friends. Jeff and Monika really roll out the red carpet and know how to treat their guests like royality. Cathy and Dean 9/29/2011
5 on October 04, 2011
This was my wife Nan and my first B&B experience, and based on it---we will visit many others. Just a perfect experience. Monika and Jeff were the most charming and gracious hosts and provided us with such a warm and welcoming home. The room was immaculate and beautiful, the breakfast was gourmet, and the service perfect! They think of everything, including snacks in the room, and late-nite cake for a muncher like me. Satellite TV with all the movies, toilet paper like we use in our home, a library, everything to make your stay wonderful. Don't try to get this place when my class has it's next reunion---we plan to book all 4 rooms early! Come and see these people and see why everyone rates this place as 'outstanding'!
5 on October 02, 2011
Can't say enough about our stay at the Chestnut Street Inn. We really wanted a weekend away to relax and this fit the bill. The service was friendly and prompt, the room was cozy (fireplace lit for us every night) and clean and the food was superb. We were particularly pleased that Chef Monika used locally sourced meat and produce when possible. We'll be back soon. About the town...Sheffield is sleepy and quiet, perfect for doing nothing...although their new antique store, Mary Ann-tiques is worth a drop-in.
5 on September 12, 2011
Wonderful evening; chocolate theme dinner. Interesting mix of customers with common goal of enjoying Chef Monika's creations. Rooms are very clean and comfortable with a classic Antebellum feel. Breakfast was stress free fun. A treat we could never make at home. Monika & Jeff are wonderful innkeepers.
5 on September 08, 2011
Great room! Wonderful hosts! Fabulous food! What else is there.
5 on September 06, 2011
My husband treated me to a wonderful weekend for our 25th anniversary with an overnite stay at the beautiful Chestnut Street Inn. The meal we enjoyed was the Chocolate Extravaganza with every course having a touch of chocolate incoporated into the dish, which was appropritate as on our first day he arrived with flowers and chocolate and later told me he knew one or the other would spark my interest. We are both chocolate lovers so this was a real treat to be treated a chocolate-themed dinner and in such a unique and delicious presentation. Our room was lovely and the entire Inn is beautifully decorated and maintained. Monika and Jeff were such gracious hosts and we feel we made 2 new friends that we will look forward to seeing again and again.
4.8 on September 05, 2011
What a perfect B&B for our first time. Very nice and we felt at home. Great breakfast!!
5 on August 30, 2011
Every time we visit the Chestnut Street Inn, we are bowled over by the hospitality and gourmet food. This visit was no exception, and it was all the more enjoyable because we were joined by a dear friend. With four beautiful rooms in this historical property, this B&B is a great place to plan reunions and rendezvous with friends. My husband has enjoyed playing at the two conveniently located golf courses, and I’ve enjoyed days of beauty at Sophisticuts Salon & Spa. The innkeepers at Chestnut Street Inn go out of their way to plan fun and relaxing activities for guests, but the real story about this inn is the food. Dinner the first night was a Moroccan feast, which included Roasted Red Pepper Soup, Zucchini Chips, Roasted Beet, Orange and Goat Cheese Salad, Tagine of Beef with Sweet Potatoes, Cinnamon and Orange Blossom Crème Brulee. Breakfast the next morning was made to order for me since I am on a diet, and included fluffy eggs scrambled in truffle oil with broccoli and fresh local fruits. Chef Monika is the author of two cookbooks, and an award-winning gluten-free, vegetarian, or dietary-specific gourmet food magician. The second night’s dinner was Indian-inspired with Spicy Bean Soup, Cucumber Raita, Tomato and Scallion Salad, Chicken Curry with Rice, Strawberry and Ginger Sorbet. Dinner is only $30/person with huge portions, and the quality of the courses and menu are what one would expect to easily pay $100+/person for in any metro area. The hospitality is top-notch, rooms so well-appointed, beds blissful, and the cuisine is an Epicurean’s dream on Chestnut Street!
5 on August 26, 2011
My husband and I enjoyed the Chestnut Street Inn so much. It was the perfect way to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Monika and Jeff were warm and friendly inkeepers who took care of our every need. The food and service were outstanding so were really did sit back and enjoy!
5 on August 25, 2011
We are so glad we discovered this treasure! Monika and Jeff were warm and welcoming from the minute we arrived, the inn is beautiful, and our four course dinner was exquisite and delicious beyond description!! We can't wait to return.
5 on August 24, 2011
My closest friend and I share a birthday month and I had heard great talk of the Chestnut Street Inn, so we decided to get all the rooms and invite friends to stay!! Jeff and Monika were most welcoming!! We all enjoyed our stay so much. The food was fantastic and we had two of the pickiest eaters and they were so accomidating! Breakfast was fantastic...beds were comfy,,,,we had so many laughs and made great memories!! I would recommend this bed n breakfast to anyone!!! Absolutely perfect for us!!!! Thank you so much Jeff n Monika!!
4.8 on August 18, 2011
We went to the Inn for a quick birthday and anniversary get away. It felt like home away from home . Jeff and Monika are so warm and friendly. They showed us around and to our room , which was beautiful and very comfortable. It was Julia Child weekend , the food was incredible, the service amazing. Very entertaining evening since Jeff and Monika's backgrounds are in theater , we were treated to an impresonation of Ms. Julia and serenaded as well. We will definately go back.
5 on August 17, 2011
Give yourself a treat soon. Go, stay at the beautiful Chestnut Street Inn and meet these lovely people, Monika and Jeff. Their welcome is generous, their home is beautiful, comfortable and yours to enjoy during your stay. We are so glad we have found this charming Inn in the Illinois countryside. A very sweet retreat!
3.6 on August 14, 2011
Beautiful room, delicious breakfast and friendly innkeeper.
5 on August 09, 2011
Everything met our expectations for a wonderful break from "life as we know it"! Thank you Monica, hope to meet Jeff on our next visit.
5 on August 08, 2011
Our overnight stay at the Chestnut Inn was exceptional in every way. The rooms were immaculate and very comfortable. The service was friendly and accommodating while the food was superb! We would like to return to what we would consider the best bed and breakfast in the Midwest.
5 on August 01, 2011
We have stayed several times at the Chestnut Inn and it is our favorite BB. We love the peaceful small town setting and once your in the house you've entered paradise. Jeff and Monica are very personable and their home is outstanding with all the comforts you would hope for. They take great pride in their home and it shows. Monica's gourmet food is outstanding and Jeff always serves it up with a smile! We can't wait to go back. Mike and Phyllis
5 on July 23, 2011
This was our first stay at a bed & breakfast, and I fear we have already experienced the best. Beautiful home, warm and efficient owners, FANTASTIC food. We relished the 4 course dinner and would visit again just for the meals. The crab bisque soup was superb! It was a 100 degree day during our visit, and being too hot to go outside in the evening to enjoy the lovely yard and patio was the only downside.
5 on July 23, 2011
This was my first experience staying at a B&B and I couldn't have been more impressed! Monika's cooking is so good, that I don't believe in letting a single drop go to waste! Jeff and Monika, thank you so much for your hospitality! I look forward to my next stay!
3.6 on July 21, 2011
Jeff & Monika, the innkeepers, of their beautiful, clean B&B. Were very friendly & available when we needed anything! Monika is a great cook!
5 on July 21, 2011
My husband and I enjoyed a get-away weekend stay at the Chestnut Inn the first weekend of April. Monika and Jeff were incredibly personable and accommodating and the food was phenomenal! We stayed in the master suite, enjoying our own dining room for lazy breakfast in our p.j.'s and a soak in the deep, original tub. Lovely as the rooms, both public and private were, it is the amazing food and the friendly conversation with Jeff and Monika which will definitely bring us back again and recommend the inn to others!
5 on July 19, 2011
Jeff and Monika make you feel at home right when you walk in. The blue room is beautiful. The food is great. Can't wait to go again. The perfect getaway!Thanks again, Kim and Chuck
5 on July 18, 2011
We couldn't have been more pleased with our stay. The room was beautiful, the food absolutely delicious and the hospitality of Jeff and Monika was wonderful!! We will definately be back and will recommend to all our friends !!
4.8 on July 14, 2011
Spending a night at the Chestnut Inn in Sheffield exceeded my expectations across the board. Jeff and Monika made us feel like long lost friends. The rooms were spacious and beautifully decorated. The town is peaceful. The stay was delightful even before we started eating, but dinner was probably one of the best meals I have eaten. Each dish was perfectly prepared, perfectly presented, and happily consumed. This was an experience I hope to repeat on a regular basis.
5 on July 11, 2011
Although we've had dinner at the Chestnut Street Inn numerous times (we LOVE Chef Monika's cooking!!!), we had never booked a room and stayed the night since we live nearby in the Quad Cities...but since we decided to celebrate my birthday by signing up for the Gourmet Dinner with Wine Pairings for each of the 7 courses, we decided to book a room, enjoy the wine and food, and spend the night. Not only were the Gourmet Dinner and Wine Pairing perfection (we've never had a better meal...EVER!!!), so were the beautiful B&B and our clean and comfortable room (Rosewood suite). The decor was lovely, the room was spotless, the sheets had an amazing thread count and were ironed and crisp. We had our own restroom and private dining area with original tiles and tub. Innkeepers Jeff and Monika are so friendly, welcoming and pay attention to details without being intrusive...and Monica is the BEST CHEF EVER! We had such a wonderful stay that we decided to bring the entire family together there at the Chestnut Street Inn for our holiday get-together! We HIGHLY recommend this B&B. ~Rod & Becky H from the Quad Cities, IA
5 on July 11, 2011
My mom and I spent a night at the Chestnut Street Inn after visiting Hornbaker Gardens and Princeton. It is beautiful house with awesome hosts. The beds were so comfortable, we had to ask what kind they are! Breakfast the next morning was delicious. It was also nice getting to visit with Monika and Jeff. I highly recommend this inn.
5 on July 11, 2011
My wife and I recently stayed at the Chestnut Street Inn. What a great experience. The house and grounds were very well kept and inviting. We were greeted immediately at the door and made at ease by the innkeepers, Jeff and Monika. They took us on a tour of their wonderful house, and explained that everything was available to their guests at any time. The house is large, clean and comfortable. The room was very well decorated and also very comfortable. We regretted that we did not arrive in time for dinner, but woke to a hearty and delicious breakfast prepared for us in the morning. We enjoyed our discussions with both Jeff and Monika, and found them to be genuinely fun and engaging. The food is awesome. This B&B is great for both travelers and weekend get-awayers. Highly recommended.
4.8 on July 11, 2011
WOW! - We were looking for a place to celbrate our 25th wedding anniversary. I was thinking glitzy hotel in downtown Chicago with dinner in one of the trendy hot spots. My wife had a better idea, with a slower pace outing a couple of hours from Chicago. What a difference! This is a mansion from the mid-1800s which has been updated and the upstairs carved into 4 bedrooms (each with its own bathroom), including the Rosewood suite which has a private dining room - the ultimate en suite!! We had our anniversary dinner in our suite, which was a 6 course gormet dinner with imaginative offerings and wine pairings. The dinner was every bit as satisfying culinariarly as if we judges on the Iron Chef. Chef Monika is certainly a flavorful genious, and husband Jeff adds an enthusiastic flair to the proceedings! The bed in the Rosewood suite was luxurious, and we were asked to name our preferred time for breakfast (which we also had en suite!) for the morning! With hiking and biking trails nearby, a sleepy town, and an outstanding culinary experience - this will be a place we come back to. Please don't tell anyone, or we'll have trouble booking in the future! Oooops!
5 on July 06, 2011
We've stayed at B&B's all over the planet--France, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, and the U.S. The Chestnut Street Inn is the absolute BEST! On a five-point scale, we'd give it a 10! Wonderful food; beautiful decor; comfort, comfort, comfort; Monika and Jeff are beyond gracious; everything is immaculately clean; and beautiful gardens. On a personal note, very few B&B's are able or willing to accommodate gluten intolerant guests; Monika not only provides safe, delicious, gluten-free meals, she wrote the book on it. Her cookbook, "Gluten-free Entertaining for Everyone," is a gem. And did I mention the oh, so comfortable bed, with the 9,000 thread count sheets? I'm probably exaggering a little on the thread count, but the sheets are in a category of their own, like everything else at the Chestnut Hill Inn!
5 on July 05, 2011
We were surprised when we discovered this gem in the midst of rural Illinois and would highly recommend The Chestnut Inn to everyone. The dining experience alone was worth the visit and the overnight accommodations just added to the wonderful time we had during our first stay at the Inn. Monika and Jeff are the most gracious of hosts and we look forward to our future visits.
5 on June 27, 2011
We came after getting married and loved the atmosphere and hospitality. The food was excellent, they were very entertaining, and had a lot of touristry tips that will really help our next trip out a ton. There are a lot of places in the back also to take photographs, and they were very helpful in helping us take pictures too. This is a great B&B!
4.4 on June 26, 2011
We spent two night in the Rosewood suite celebrating our 30th anniversary. We included the four course dinner each evening. The home is beautiful in its decor. We loved our room with its own bath and enjoyed breakfast each morning in our private attached dining room. I truly can not do justice in explaining the meals we were served. Jeff and Monika do an outstanding job in presentation and preparation of each plate. I would recommend this B&B to anyone needing a quiet, relaxing retreat with a fun Mediterranean twist for their meals.
5 on June 21, 2011
The Inn is lovely, Monica and Jeff are so much fun and the food is worth the drive from Chicago alone. Monica has to be one of the best chefs in Illinois. We visit them every year without fail.
4.8 on June 19, 2011
The house and grounds are a treat to your eye. The gourmet food is a treat to your taste buds, but the best thing is the welcoming atmosphere. We wish we could have stayed longer. I'm sure we'll be going back! -Judy and Larry
5 on June 18, 2011
Jeff and Monika are the most enthusiastic and passionate innkeepers we have ever met. They are into details and providing outstanding service. We thoroughly enjoyed our room, the Inn, the yummy breakfast and our warm and gracious hosts. Sheri and Rob Mann, Yorktown, VA
5 on June 14, 2011
My sister and I have enjoyed staying at the Chestnut Inn a number of times. Our grandmother once lived just across the street, and the luxury of Jeff and Monika's fine hospitality right there in Sheffield never ceases to surprise and gratify us. Best wishes for their continued success!
4.8 on June 07, 2011
Situated in the quiet country town of Sheffield IL, the Chestnut St. Inn is a delight. We stayed there recently for a reunion with friends. The inn is nicely decorated with the 4 bedrooms comfortably furnished with all modern facilities. There is a pretty garden and the patio is the perfect spot for relaxing on a summer night. Service is warm and attentive without being intrusive. Add Monika's delicious cooking and you won't want to leave.
5 on June 07, 2011
This was our first B&B stay. We have always avoided B&B's. I can truly say this B&B was outstanding. Monika & Jeff treated us like family. They did everything to make our stay great. The room was very comfortable and the decor was good. We had the Federal Room. The food was excellent. Monika is a great chef and Jeff is a great host. We were sorry to see our stay end.
5 on June 06, 2011
We have stayed at dozens of B&Bs around the U.S. & Great Britain and Monika & Jeff were 2 of the best hosts we've ever had the pleasure of meeting! From the moment they opened the front door to greet us, till we said our 'goodbyes', they made us feel like we were part of their family! Chestnut Street Inn is a lovely home full of treasures anyone would want to 'explore'! Being in a garden club myself, I truly enjoyed their beautiful gardens & landscaping as well as the lovely porch where we relaxed after dinner. And speaking of dinner... you MUST try it there! Monika is an award winning chef & you will taste that in your first bite! And of course breakfast was just as delicious! Our rooms were clean, comfy, cozy & very relaxing! What more could we ask for? The perfect place in a small town setting. That's what we all want at a B&B! Jim & Carol Federoff
4.6 on May 29, 2011
Jeff and Monika have truly found their calling as innkeepers and it is very obvious from the first moment you meet them. Highly recommended for a stay in this quiet, relaxing small town and don't miss out on one of Monika's fabulous dinners.
5 on May 23, 2011
The food was amazing and the perfect portion size and blend of flavors. The wine suggestion was perfect, the room was clean and comfortable, down to the wonderful sheets! Breakfast was amazing. Monika accommodated dietary restrictions with ease. We enjoyed chatting with Jeff and Monika about food, cooking, their travels and ours.
5 on May 20, 2011
From the minute we arrived, we were welcomed as favored guests and graciously encouraged to relax and be comfortable. We were invited to help ourselves to assorted teas, coffee and soft drinks and delicious cookies--homemade coconut macaroons when we arrived--at any time of the day or night. After being there for a couple of hours we felt like members of the family. This home is spacious, beautifully decorated, in a quiet neighborhood, and totally inviting. The bedrooms are lovely, the beds very comfortable, and the sheets are luxurious. Monika and Jeff are warm, delightful people who focus on getting to know each person's likes and dislikes, and they take pride in pleasing each guest. In addition to everything else, the food Monika creates is unforgettable! Breakfast is included and very delicious, but don't miss the opportunity to enjoy her 4-5 course gourmet evening meals. And even if you are not gluten-intolerant, buy her cookbooks for yourself, your family and all of your friends. The Chocolate Expresso Pots de Creme recipe alone is worth the very reasonable price of the book. In the cookbook she shares a wealth of information and each recipe I've created has been fabulous! Unlike some chefs, Monika delights in sharing the secrets that make it possible for you to also be a successful cook. We can't wait to return and take a private cooking class from her during our next stay.
5 on May 19, 2011
A little hidden GEM! Rooms are great, clean, pretty, the whole place has an ambiance about it of antique and modern amenities merging in a wonderful way. Food is outstanding, fresh tasty and unique. A variety of amazing sensations to the palate. But perhaps the best part is the hosts, Monika and Jeff who are not only accommodating, and beyond friendly, they are super fun witty and very entertaining. Just a delight to stay there or just to go to have dinner there. Very highly recommend to anyone. Bravo Monika and Jeff!!!
4.6 on May 18, 2011
The hosts were very friendly and we enjoyed chatting with them. We loved the way Monika experimented with spices in her cooking. If you love gormet food this is the place to go!
5 on May 17, 2011
All I can say is thank you. Two wonderful people Jeff and Monika made us feel special , What a great anniversary. Curt and Cindy Illinios
5 on May 15, 2011
The Chestnut Street Inn was amazing. I would have nothing bad to ever say about my stay. Jeff was very friendly and accommodating, as well as knowledgeable about things to do in and out of the area. Had a lot of fun and would love to stay again sometime!
5 on May 13, 2011
This is a gem in nice and quiet western Illinois. Sheffield is cute and the Inn is a lovely historical building. The innkeepers are the most hospitable and social couple who really make you feel at home during your stay. The food is outstanding, we had dinner and breakfast and both were excellent! We were there for a birthday getaway and we are already recommending to all our friends to go and check in at the Inn!
4.0 on May 10, 2011
I absolutely loved the home, the service, the very warm welcome, the excellent breakfast, and the recommendations for dinner! I will definitely return to the Chestnut B & B when I am next in the area, or passing through that area. I would Highly recommend the inn!
5 on May 09, 2011
It had been a hard year so far for a friend and me. I saw this B & B advertised in Midwest Living and was intrigued. We actually drove 388 miles to get to Sheffield. The room (suite) was fabulous. So comfortable. The food was spectacular. Monika is a wonderful chef. On this trip we only had one regret...and that was we only had one night. We both agreed we wished we had scheduled 2 or 3 nights. We will definitely return. Chestnut Street Inn is easily 5 stars.
5 on May 09, 2011
Beautiful Inn and wonderful food. Monika and Jeff are fabulous innkeepers. Looking forward to my next stay : )
5 on May 08, 2011
We experienced a trip to the Mediterranean (without leaving the country) in a beautiful 150 yr.old home, The Chestnut St. Inn in Sheffield Illinois, which is only a few hours from where we live. The lovely Innkeepers Monika and Jeff are a delightful couple to share a few days with! While Monika is in the kitchen creating incredible meals (which she displays in such a charming way!), Jeff will make sure you are comfortable in all ways. They truly make their Inn a home away from home for visitors! And I have to say something about the sheets on the bed....I have never slept on sheets as soft and inviting as those at the Chestnut St. Inn! The price for the rooms are very reasonable and once you have breakfast you know you are getting more for your money! We had a wonderful experience at this beautiful home and plan on returning again and again. Thank you Monika and Jeff for living your dream and sharing it with us!
5 on May 07, 2011
We had a fantastic stay at the Chestnut inn. Not only were the rooms warm and full of character and the food excellent at every turn, Monika and Jeff were extremely hospitable and welcoming every step of the way. We never felt like we were putting them out, despite my many special requests (keeping a room upgrade and spa package a secret from my wife so I could surprise her, for one). They went above and beyond, even to the point of finding our coats that we carelessly left behind and mailing them to us with a question asked. Their only request for payment was that we return to visit them. Don't worry Jeff and Monika, we will! One more thing, Monika is a master chef and is well known around town for her cuisine. The food at the Chestnut Inn would compete with Chicago restaurants (our hometown), in terms of flavor, quality and diversity, so expect to be impressed (especially if you like middle eastern food!)
4.8 on May 05, 2011
I stayed at the Chestnut Street Inn for two nights on a recent business trip and was thoroughly thrilled. I am normally not a B&B person, but the hotel offerings were grim. I was lured by the promise of good food to Chestnut Street Inn, and Monika did not fail to deliver. The room was very nice; the bathroom impeccable; the guest space private; good wireless internet connection; the breakfasts were cosmic; and the four-course dinner was fantastic. Jeff and Monika are consummate hosts, and I could not recommend this B&B highly enough. Now, if only they could just operate a B&B closer to civilization....
4.4 on May 05, 2011
We enjoyed our stay at Chestnut Street Inn very much. The house is charming, the room was cozy and extremely clean! The bed was comfortable, topped with lots of pillows. The option of having meals prepared for special diets was unexpected and a great find! The hosts were extremely accommodating but didn't hover. We loved the place and its relatively close proximity to Starved Rock State Park. We'll be back!
5 on April 21, 2011
This was our second visit to the Chestnut Street Inn. I wondered if it would live up to our fond memories: we loved it even more the second time around. Don't miss the wonderful food and company!
5 on April 16, 2011
We just keep coming back to Chestnut Street Inn! We can't help ourselves...Every time Monika and Jeff create a splendid stay for us. The evening and breakfast meal will never disappoint! We leave fully satisfied and planning for our next trip back!
5 on April 16, 2011
We truly enjoyed our second stay at the Chestnut Street Inn - this time with the added bonus of an evening meal - which was outstanding and equal to or better than anything I've had in any fine restaurant. As before, the room was comfortable and cozy and everything we needed for a relaxing night away from home was available. Breakfast was another great culinary experience! We already have plans for another stay and another gourmet meal with Monika and Jeff. Oh, and did I mention that our hosts are both very welcoming and fun to visit with....
4.6 on April 15, 2011
We drove 108 miles to spend one night at the Chestnut Street Inn, based upon information we obtained from a brochure and on the Internet. It was well worth every gallon of gasoline! I (the female partner in this venture) took a fun cooking class from Chef Monika, and our dinner was shared with another couple, which was another good experience. We were impressed with the amenities and decor, as well as with the cordial reception we received from Monika and Jeff. We would definitely go back again if the opportunity presents itself. Joyce and Don
5 on April 15, 2011
Although we have been guests at the Chestnut Inn several times in the past, this past weekend was the BEST YET! Monika and Jeff worked with me to plan a surprise retirement/birthday party for my husband. All the rooms were booked for our immediate family, who were there to surprise John at check-in time. Little did he know that there would be 40 people for a private dinner that night, and again for brunch. Once again, Monika and Jeff welcomed up with warm hospitality, making us truly feel like family. Our children now know why we rave about going there. Although I tell my husband he gets only one party, we will return to the Chestnut Inn again and again.
4.0 on April 09, 2011
Couldn't ask for better hosts than Monika and Jeff. Our gourmet dinner was an A+. Having purchased Monika's cookbook, I plan to attempt the asparagus wrapped prosciutto, all the way through to the maple cinnamon Creme Brulee. Our room was comfortable & clean. Breakfast was fun as our hosts joined us for conversation and coffee. We shall return!
5 on March 15, 2011
I spent the night at this most charming B&B and felt completely refreshed when I awoke the following day! It's hard to put in words how it took all my stress away for only a short time but it did! The food is unbelievable good and the innkeepers couldn't be nicer. I am blessed to know them and plan on making it a monthly refresher to the hectic pace of everyday life.
5 on March 15, 2011
I'm so glad to have found the Chestnut Inn. My two stays have been delightful and atmosphere was very comfortable and homey. The dinner hour was enjoyable, and couples could be seated at their own tables, as well. The various courses and entrees I've had were fabulous, and meals were unrushed. Will return about 2-3 more times this year if possible. Although it's a six-hour drive, I would not go anywhere else.
5 on March 13, 2011
I decided to plan a one night get away for my girlfriend and I. It started off with a ballet to see Romeo and Juliet. Then I wanted to surprise her with a night at a bed and breakfast, then do a little sight seeing. I would have to say the Chestnut Street Inn was actually our high light of our get away. Jeff and Monika have a lovely home and they were excellent host. They catered to our every need. The rooms are very beautiful and very comfortable. I know Laurie and I will return again to do more that the Sheffield area has to offer. I highly recommend everyone to visit at least once.
4.6 on March 10, 2011
made us feel like we were at home and catered to our every need!
4.8 on March 08, 2011
Recently I made a trip home for family business and was lucky enough to find room at the inn, the Chestnut Street Inn. In a way, it was better than going home, and I was pleased to see that the owners had adopted the best of the midwest--good ingredients for their fabulous meals and midwestern friendliness. The food was outstanding and the owners could not have been more pleasant and helpful. The inn was comfortable and well run, and it was simply a pleasure to be in town. My sisters and I love staying there, and it was great to see Monika and Jeff again.
4.2 on February 28, 2011
We highly recommend the Chestnut Inn. Stayed one night and had a very positive experience. Monika and Jeff are an engaging and interesting couple with great attention to detail. The food was fantastic and the over-all setting of the home, inside and out, was very well done. Will definitely return.
4.8 on February 27, 2011
We picked a perfect weekend for a getaway - it was rainy and gloomy but we never wanted for a thing at the cozy Chestnut Street Inn. Monika and Jeff are perfectly suited to their roles as innkeepers. Monika is an incredible chef and both are always so willing to take time to talk and share stories about their beautiful home or their fabulous meals with guests, despite their busy days.
5 on February 24, 2011
On Sunday, February 13th, we had a gourmet Valentine's Dinner prepared by Monica at the Chestnut Street Inn. Monica's five course meal was exquisite to the taste buds. The presentation and service by Monica and Jeff was a journey of attention to details and keeping the diners happy. What made the meal and stay so "memorable" was that my wife's sister and husband surprised us by enjoying the magical Valentine's Moments! Going on our 51st year of marriage, it was a time we will never forget!
5 on February 16, 2011
We loved every minute of our stay. Thank you. The staff was great, the rooms and service were outstanding. We will go again!
4.0 on February 08, 2011
My daughter surprised me one weekend with a stay at this wonderful B&B. Hospitality Plus! It was wonderful to chat with Jeff and Monika and enjoy the delicious breakfast! It just felt like a very warm and loving home!
5 on January 17, 2011
My husband and I spent one night at Chestnut Street Inn in January. Cold, kind of icky out. We were on our way home from Eagle watching in the Quad cities. Our room was so comfortable. Our hosts were so comfortable, we felt like we were at a friends home, who just happened to have a really cool house and who happened to be chef. What more could you want? Seriously.. don't take our word.. just go there. You will not be disappointed.
5 on January 16, 2011
I can honestly say that I was made to feel so welcome and relaxed that it was like being right in my own home but with all the special amenities and service that go along with a wonderful B & B stay! And this one is WONDERFUL! The decor, the spacious rooms, the FOOD, and of course Monika and Jeff! I rendezvoused with several other friends from around the state. We were there two nights and got the full treatment (breakfast and dinner). Chef Monika has of course won several awards and now I know why----the meals were culinary delights! I can heartily recommend this B & B with no reservations. Treat yourself and book now!
5 on January 14, 2011
Warm hospitality, comfy accommodations, incredible cuisine and great company were the hallmarks of my recent 2-night stay at the memorable Chestnut Street Inn in Sheffield, IL. The innkeepers, Jeff and Monica, could not have been more accommodating - and the meals cooked by Chef Monica were truly sumptuous. Jeff & Monica, thank you for making me feel like I was part of the family. I'll gladly return for another visit. DKS - Chicagoan
5 on January 10, 2011
When we walked into the Chestnut Street Inn, we literally walked away from our very busy lifestyle and experienced a 20 hour respite which focused on total relaxation and pampering. The Rosewood Suite was absolutely charming with its lovely English decor, fireplace, private dining room and four poster comfy bed. The ambiance was delightful! The innkeepers, Jeff and Chef Monika Sudakov, were amazing. They both made us feel very welcome. Chef Monika's culinary talents complemented the entire experience and our meals, which included a four course Italian dinner, were truly delicious. We will definitely return and will highly recommend this B&B to our family and friends.
5 on January 06, 2011
This is my mine and my wife's third stay. We love to get away in the middle of winter and spend our days by the huge fire at Starved Rock reading (we have little ones, anyone that has little ones understands the draw of this!). Then we love to spend our evenings in this quiet and cozy B&B. This is our 3rd stay over the last 5 years. Fantastic breakfast again, as always. Would have been more stays except for having the kids and not being able to get away some years...see you guys again in '11!
5 on January 05, 2011
I have stayed in many bed and breakfast inns and this one was far and above the most spectacular I have ever stayed in. The innkeepers genuinely care about every detail of your stay and are willing to do whatever they can to make you comfortable, from picking you up at the train station to allowing you to eat breakfast at the time that is best for you. Not only was the inn immaculate, the room comfortable, and the service excellent, but the food was unbelieveable. We ate dinner both nights and were blown away by the beautifully prepared, locally-focused food. Even breakfast is a incredible plated gourmet meal. I still don't think I am hungry even though I left a week ago! I cannot recommend this inn enough. If you'd like to get away to the beautiful countryside but eat well like you are in a big city, this place has it all.
5 on January 03, 2011
My wife and I stayed for one night to celebrate our 14th anniversary. The location was convenient, as it was only 2.5 hours away from our home in the Chicagoland area, and it was conducive to help us relax from our hectic schedules. The food was delicious and very flavorful; and our room (The Rosewood) was spacious, had a fireplace, and had a private dining room where we could eat in a more private and cozy setting. The innkeepers were very friendly and helped to create a welcoming atmosphere.
5 on January 02, 2011
My wife's birthday is between Christmas and New Year. During this time of the year in Chicagoland, there are not a lot of places a couple could escape to. Thanks to this web site I found the perfect place to celebrate my wife's fiftieth birthday. The moment we entered Chestnut Street Inn, we knew we were in for a special treat. Jeff greeted us like we were honored guests. He gave us a quick tour around the beautifully decorated house and and our suite. He then gave us a brief history of the house and the town. The highlight was the dinner. Every ingredient was exquisitely prepared by Chef Monica - tomato bisque, mixed greens with specially prepared pecans, quinoa cakes and creme brule. We both were very satisfied with the food and the stay. It was a memorable event for us.
5 on January 01, 2011
I went to get away for the evening...just me...under a Veterans' Day deal they had going (THANK YOU)!!! Jeff picked me up at Amtrak Station with his Chestnut Inn polo on for recognition...nice for a solo female traveler;) Cozy drive to the Inn where I met the delightful Monika...I decided to take a cooking course (FYI...you are missing something if you don't tap into Monika's knowledge about food and mediterranean culture...you will see her on TOP CHEF someday...I cooked with her...just know that everything, down to the last spice, has been very carefully selected and is 95% nutritionally sound...5% for dessert...but who would have it any other way;)...all of this knowledge, and top notch instruction coupled with cuisine that you might experience in the finest and trendiest restaurants in Chicago...but, without the attitude (or price)!!! Perfect! ...Then I was able to sit with the other guests in the dining room to enjoy the meal I helped cook (that was part of the deal...nice!) My room was super cozy and HUGE...I stayed in the Rosewood suite...I felt like a princess...Was great to have to myself!!! But...wonderful space for a couple...with a private dining room if you cared to get more alone time...sitting area and fireplace...movies if you care to...Highly recommend...You can still have a cooking lesson/eat here, if you are not an overnighter...Don't miss it!
5 on December 27, 2010
What a wonderful experience staying at the Chestnut Street Inn in Sheffield, IL. Who would think such a marvelous place would be in a small Illinois town. We had a delicious meal and the accommodations were beautiful and very comfortable. Monika and Jeff were delightful hosts and were great fun interacting with us, making it a really fun experience.
5 on December 27, 2010
This was my 4th Christmas at the Inn. Jeff and Monika always make sure our stay is perfect. We spent Christmas Eve with a fire in the fireplace, hang our stockings on the mantel and put our presents under the tree. They even called friends to find out when a Christmas Eve service was for us. Breakfast was wonderful! The coffee (their own signature blend) is excellent!
5 on December 26, 2010
The Chestnut Street Inn is quietly tucked away in a small but quaint Illinois town that was conveniently along the way for a holiday road trip to Chicago. Jeff and Monika are friendly innkeepers and offer great attention-to-detail that made us feel especially welcome. In addition to the excellent breakfast, we also enjoyed the meal the evening prior. The evening meal is an optional add-on that we highly recommend. You won't find that offered at many other inns. The food is delightfully aromatic and wonderfully delicious and very deserving of a standing ovation. The beds are fit for a heavenly sleep and the rooms are decorated very beautifully and comfortably. Add this inn to your must visit and stay list!
4.4 on December 26, 2010
As locals only 16 miles away who would think of staying here, everyone say's go somewhere. Well I'm here to tell you this is somewhere. Monika and Jeff are excellent hosts, easy to just sit down and chat with instantly your friends. The food is incredible this lady really knows how to cook. Thanks Monika and Jeff for making our anniversary special.
5 on December 22, 2010
Hospitality in the dictionary would show a picture of and directions to a beautiful Chestnut Street Inn in Sheffield, IL. The food is exquisite, the rooms are beautiful, and the hosts could not be more gracious. I highly recommend this home to anyone wanting to find relaxation and comfort for a night or weekend. Jeff and Monika are warm, inviting people as is the Inn. 5 stars for you and your lovely home.
4.8 on December 17, 2010
We had a spectacular weekend at the Chestnut Street Inn. Jeff and Monika are hosts extaordinaire! We had a Moroccan dinner that was surperb. We had planned to stay only one night but fortune was with us as a total white-out snowstorm "forced" us to spend yet another delightful night at this oasis of relaxation.
5 on December 07, 2010
I choose to stay with Monika and Jeff because the Inn is more like home!! It isn't just another hotel. Last week, their boiler went out the morning I was to arrive. They gave me the option of canceling. Yet, I chose to stay with them anyway simply because they are delightful people and the Inn is more like home. Even when it's cold and no heat, you just cannot go wrong staying with Monika and Jeff.
5 on December 01, 2010
If you have gotten to the point of reading this review you already recognize many of the best things we saw in the Chestnut Street Inn. What you don't know is that your expectations will be greatly exceeded. Monika and Jeff are interesting, attentive, pleasant hosts. The food is to die for. We had stayed in Cincinnati the night before and had eaten at the number one retsaurant in the city. It was great, but Monika's meals were every bit as good -- or even better. Location and parking are convenient. Rooms are charming, confortable and clean. You'll love the place.
4.6 on November 30, 2010
I enjoyed my stay. The dinner and breakfast were delicious and very generous portions. I took a scone with me and enjoyed it the next day, yummy! Rooms are clean and cozy and the house is roomy and eclectic. Thinking about it now makes me hungry for more! Very safe location, plenty of parking.
5 on November 29, 2010
The Green Room was a wonderful retreat for the stay my brother and I just completed. The suite included a sitting/TV room for late night or early morning down-time, a charming single bedroom, a roomy larger bedroom and updated bathroom - providing privacy for each of us. The decorations were charming and not overdone. Monika and Jeff were perfect hosts. We thought that we may have to cancel our dinner reservation, due to unforeseen travel problems, but instead, they just rearranged the time. Monika provided a relaxed gourmet dinner in their beautiful dining room. Each course let us experience food from a different country. The crème brulée was out of this world! Breakfast was another taste treat in their sunny breakfast room overlooking the patio and yard. We look forward to a return visit to this beautiful B & B.
4.8 on November 28, 2010
We enjoyed our suite and the hospitality of Monika and Jeff was outstanding. We had two wonderful breakfasts in our suite-which were superb! Jay & Gwen
5 on November 17, 2010
Staying at the Chestnut Street Inn was the best B & B experience I have ever had. We stayed in a beautiful room which an eating room which was very romantic. The Inn thought of everything for comfort: snacks, bottled water, wonderful soap and shampoo, hair dryer, bathrobes, movies, books, games, etc... The food was OUTSTANDING!!!! Service was so friendly. I have no negative comments to make. A huge recommendation!!!
5 on November 15, 2010
This was our first stay at a B&B and it was fantastic. My wife and I had an excellent time. Jeff & Monika were great and breakfast was very very good!
4.8 on November 15, 2010
Great Innkeepers...always "on" and you feel pampered and cared for. We stayed in the Rose Room and had breakfast in our private dining room while lounging in bathrobes. An extremely special experience for friends and couples.
5 on November 14, 2010
Monica and Jeff are amazingly generous. On 10 Nov, they donated every room in the Inn to Veterans. Many B&B owners participated in the 1 night appreciation for Veterans, but most only gave one room. Monica and Jeff made every single one of us feel like honored and treasured guests. The Inn is gorgeous, the food is splendid, and Monica and Jeff are fascinating and enjoyable Inn-keepers. We have been to many B&Bs - this one is something special.
5 on November 14, 2010
I am often in the US on business and this is the first time I have used a B&B. It will definitely be my preferred choice from now on. The Chestnut St. Inn was fantastic, from the welcome to the room to the excellent food. This is a real hidden gem!
5 on November 12, 2010
Monika and Jeff are the most inviting and friendly hosts we've met. Within minutes, we weren't guests; we were friends. Our stay started with a tour of the Inn followed by homemade Baklava. We were stunned when upgraded from the Blue Room to the Rosewood Suite. Our stay was a gift to veterans from our hosts; this was a pleasant surprise! Dinner at 6:30. First course was butternut squash ravioli with fried sage leaves from the garden. Buttery, fragrant, and paired perfect. Next, baby spinach salad with pomegranate, fresh goat cheese, Chinese 5-spice candied pecans, and D'anjou pear vinaigrette. A well matched salad and very tasty! Main course was salmon with a marinade of pickled lemons, ginger, olives, garlic and more served with bok choy and roasted potatoes with smoked paprika and olive oil. The salmon flaked easily and wasn't overpowered by the marinade. Neither of us could finish the huge meal. Dessert was offered; fresh homemade creme brulee, but we couldn't eat another bite so we passed. Later, we lit a fire, relaxed and watched movies before turning in. The King size bed was firm but comfortable, with plenty of pillows and blankets. Pull down shades kept the room dark in the morning, so sleeping in was no problem. Breakfast at 9am downstairs. Breakfast was fitting for half of what you pay for in a BED and BREAKFAST. She has created a pancake using corn meal and organic flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, ginger, and pomegranate seeds; light yet hearty at the same time. Three pancakes with sausage, kiwi fruit, and banana. Our hosts joined us for breakfast and wonderful conversation. No handshakes when leaving, but hugs were shared between new friends as we said not goodbye, but in true Navy form, said "see ya", intending to cross paths again. We offer our most heartfelt recommendation to anyone looking to stay at an affordable, affable, and gastronomically romantic Bed and Breakfast anywhere. It is worth your visit. Tony and Michelle Gurnee, IL
5 on November 11, 2010
Dear Monika and Jeff, Just wanted to drop you a line to let you know how much I enjoyed spending the night in the Green Room. Everything about the room was just perfect and the bed was comfortable. Dinner and breakfast (what else can I say!!) were great as usual. We had the Apricot glazed Pork roast and it was very good. Then breakfast was the French toast made with scones instead of bread. Outstanding!!!!! We have had dinner with Monika and Jeff several times and have enjoyed everything Monika has ever prepared. However this was our first time to stay overnight and have breakfast. Can't wait to go back. Monika and Jeff are great Innkeepers. (This is the 3rd B&B I have stayed in.) Looking forward to the next time, Carolyn
5 on November 10, 2010
Staying at the Sheffield Chestnut Street Inn was such a refreshing break from the daily grind. The rural community of Sheffield, IL was peaceful and especially beautiful when we visited in the fall. The breakfasts were amazing. Monika is an extremely gifted chef. We also enjoyed the special dinner that she prepared for us (for an extra fee). It was so worth it! Jeff & Monika were warm and friendly.
5 on November 08, 2010
My wife and I stayed at the Chestnut Street Inn this last Saturday (11/6/10) to celebrate our 2 year Anniversary. We could not have been more happy with our first bed and breakfast experience! Jeff and Monica treated us with great respect from our first contact at reservation to our time of departure. Since we were one of the first to make the reservation, Monica asked the foods we liked from the previous month's menu and catered to our specific tastes. This dinner was fabulous on Saturday night and consisted of Chicken Marsala, bread scones, a butternut squash soup, and a few choices of deserts, which were all amazing! Our room was extremeley comfortable and we had an amazing night. Even though this was our first bed and breakfast, we had very nice conversations with other guests who had a lot of experience with them. They all said that Chestnut Street Inn is one the top (if not THE top) B&B that they had had ever been to. One of the couples had been back over a dozen times, celebrating anniversaries and birthdays. In summary, a great B&B, with great food, owners, and atmosphere. We loved it! Todd & Crystal
5 on November 03, 2010
I recently found myself needing a weekend away from life, so I headed to the Chestnut Street Inn to enjoy the wonderful hospitality that is so abundant there. Dinner was excellent, and definitely worth the indulgence. I could eat Monika's creme brulee every day! My room was lovely, and spotless. I love having a robe available, and access to any movie I could think of. When I finally woke for breakfast, it was amazing, and more than enough to get me on the road back home. Jeff was great at providing coffee refills (fresh ground, by the way), and the conversation was great. I could chat with Jeff and Monika for hours because they are such interesting people! The Inn itself is decorated in a Moroccan motif, which is a wonderful accent to the otherwise traditional Victorian decor. I truly enjoyed my time away from home, and will be back sooner rather than later.
5 on October 15, 2010
We stayed in the Blue Room on our wedding night. We were given a gift of the dinner as a wedding gift. This was our first stay at a bed and breakfast and it was a wonderful experience. Monika's cooking was FABULOUS, we thoroughly enjoyed Monika and Jeff's company, and we loved the feel of the house itself. We plan to make this an anniversary retreat for years to come! ~Sara & Justin Alvis~
5 on October 14, 2010
We really enjoyed our stay at Chestnut Street Inn. We found it to be a great place to relax and unwind from the stress of life in Chicago! Jeff and Monika were fantastic and the dinner was really exceptional. We look forward to visiting again very soon. Be sure to buy Monika's cookbook - you won't be disappointed!
4.8 on October 09, 2010
This the by far the best Bed and Breakfast we have ever stayed in. Monika and Jeff are very attentive to every need whether it's food or comfort. The rooms are spacious, comfortable, and well appointed. Sheffield is a laid back small town, very pretty with 100 miles of bike trail just a few miles away. Food is local, fresh, and pure, it's now wonder Chestnut Inn was voted one of the 10 best B&B's in the world for food. Our only regret in giving this recommendation is that it will be harder for us to get a reservation in the future. Steve and Isabel Heaton
5 on October 04, 2010
Jeff & Monika's hospitality is over the top. Monika's dinner & breakfast were outstanding & Jeff's song for our anniversary was the icing on the cake.
4.4 on September 24, 2010
This is a great place to stay. The food is fantastic !! Jeff and Monika are very hospitable. Can't wait to stay here again!!!!!
5 on September 24, 2010
You two are great hosts. Your blog will surely turn into a book, Monika! I like your approach to food. Not many know cooking can be so pleasureful (is that a word?ha) and artful. The book collection reflects much thought and adventure. I am hoping to get together a group for cooking class soon. Judy Kerr (from Macomb) Come see my books when you visit Inselhaus again.
5 on September 16, 2010
We recently stayed at Chestnut Street Inn and it was like coming home. Monika and Jeff are warm and friendly hosts who present delicious food in a casual atmosphere that is the result of meticulous care and attention to detail. We also enjoy the other guests who add to the ambience and provide good conversation on the patio in the afternoon and at breakfast. Each time we stay at Chestnut Street Inn, we hate to leave and look forward to our next stay.
5 on September 15, 2010
this is our fourth time to stay here and perhaps our finest. The food is awesome, the hospitality is outstanding, and you just can't get this kind of elegance within 200 miles of here. We stay at B&B's a lot, and Chestnut Street, is a real keeper!
5 on September 10, 2010
My wife and I live 2 hours away and stayed at the Chestnut Street Inn for a night. We had a great visit with Jeff and Monika and Monika's breakfast was excellent the next day. Jeff was helpful with local information the next day and they took the time to talk to use even though they had a full day to prepare three different meals. Chestnut is a relaxing place to stay and they treated us like we were family.
5 on September 07, 2010
Our stay at the Inn during August 2010 was awesome and memorable, from the the first intro thru the great website, and on to the great assistance from Monika and Jeff in choosing our meal (we were the first to book for that nite). The Moroccan meal was extraordinary, as expected, and the decor in the rooms and around the house was charming, including news reprints confirming the passion that the innkeepers have for their dream. We thank them for letting us share in that dream. Arlene and Bernie, Bartlett, IL.
5 on September 06, 2010
Our stay at the Chestnust Street Inn could not have been better. The room was beautiful....quiet, nice linens and bedding, updated bathroom. Monika and Jeff are friendly, professional and go out of their way to ensure you have everything you need throughout your visit. Monika is an exceptional chef. We enjoyed dinner at the inn as well as breakfast. We can't wait to go back again!
4.2 on September 05, 2010
We think that we have been very lucky to have found Chestnut Street Inn in the village of Sheffield for our last night's stay in the USA before flying home to the UK. Monika was very welcoming on our arrival and showed great enthusiam when showing us her delightful accomodation and by the genuine interest in her 3 guests. Although our rooms were quite small, they were perfectly adequate for our visit: spotlessly clean with nice little touches such as the basket of chocolates! We can see why Monika is well known for her unusual cuisine, and it was nor wasted on our family! Thank you to the party of local farmers dining at the Inn, for making our last night in the USA so memorable. It was lovely to meet everyone, and their warmth and friendliness mimicked the experiences of our entire 2 weeks in the Mid West. The blueberry pancake breakfast was a treat too,(all ingredients organic and locally sourced) coupled with the friendly and interesting banter from Jeff and Monika over breakfast. If you want a taste of real Illinois hospitality - look no further. - A great find - or as the locals say - Awesome!
5 on September 01, 2010
My husband booked us into the Chestnut Street Inn in Sheffield for a get-away to celebrate our anniversary. The home itself is lovely as are the grounds. The sleepy little town of Sheffield made for a very quiet night's rest. We took advantage of Monika's cooking skills that evening enjoying a delicious meal served by her and her husband. I could go on and on about how wonderful the food was but think you might want to try it yourself. Monika posts each month's menus on their website. We are now planning for my husband's golfing group take over the house for a night or two depending on availability. We want to share this "hidden" gem we found with them.
5 on August 30, 2010
All we can say is WOW! This B&B is truly top notch - from the comfy accomodations, welcoming atmosphere, to the delicious gourmet cuisine! We will be back!
5 on August 25, 2010
Enjoyed our stay. The food was very good and well worth the drive.
4.2 on August 19, 2010
A wonderful place to stay. The innkeepers (Jeff and Monika) bent over backwards to make our stay special. Monika cheerfully accommodated our dietary restrictions with flair!
5 on August 18, 2010
If you haven't stayed here, then you haven't been with the most accomodating, generous hosts that any B&B has to offer. Jeff and Monika bring their experiences to Monika's cuisine and Jeff's hospitality services. I have been staying here for four years and never have I been disappointed. My business takes me to this part of Illinois, so business travelers, please note that this is the best alternative from any of the other hotels in the area. I love the Inn for business travel, getting away from the city, and biking the Hennipin canal trail. Please, take the opportunity to stay if you are in the area and treat yourself!
5 on August 16, 2010
Monika and Jeff are gracious hosts. We arrived late in the evening and were warmly greeted and offered refreshments. Our son enjoyed watching a movie from their extensive offerings Breakfast was delicious. Monika makes the finest soufflé. This couple takes a genuine interest in making your stay a great experience.
5 on August 12, 2010
Wanted to write a review a this home away from home for us. From the first moment we met Monika on the side walk coming into the inn, we felt like old friends or family. The food was fabu and the bed was like a cloud. We can't wait to come back. Thanks Monika & Jeff for a great time. Tim & Dwigh
5 on August 11, 2010
Beautiful home. Delicious meals. Delightful company. What more is there to say except comfortable beds!!
5 on August 06, 2010
Several days ago we spent our 35th Wedding Anniversary with Monika and Jeff at their wonderful Chestnut Street Inn. I wanted to wait a few days to give my review so that I had time to reflect on our experience. It was one of the best B & Bs we have ever stayed at. The room was excellent, comfortable, clean and unique. The food, prepared by Monika, was equal to a 5 star restaurant. But the most exceptional part of our stay was the friendliness and caring we received from our Innkeepers. If you are ever in the area, do not miss an opportunity to spend a night at the Chestnu Street Inn and make sure your arrange for Monika to fix you dinner. Mike & Carol, Davenport, IA
5 on August 04, 2010
We stayed here four years ago and liked it so much we are going again this year. The hospitality is superior.
3.8 on August 03, 2010
The innkeepers were very friendly and welcoming. Breakfast was delicious. Would have liked to be able to relax and watch TV with my husband. Not enough room for us both to sit comfortably.
5 on August 02, 2010
This was our second visit to the Chestnut Street Inn and once again it was outstanding. The innkeepers, Monika and Jeff, are friendly, helpful and interesting. The facilities are convenient, clean and attractive. It is a very pleasant inn in a quaint midwestern town.
5 on July 28, 2010
I went to the Chestnut Street Inn for cooking lessons and the experience of a new place...I received much more! Gracious, accomodating, warm, and professional hosts. I enjoyed their company as much as anything relating to the stay. The Blue Room was a beautiful, comfortable, clean, private, (no sounds from other parts of the house) and spacious room! There was everything in the room that I could have asked for. All of the rooms in the house were beautiful and tastefully decorated. It was peaceful and tranquil. The food was absolutely delicious and I did learn a lot about organic food, spices, breads, and preparations. The other guests were also wonderful and the whole experience was positively heavenly! I will recommend my friends & family, and one day I will return. I cannot begin to relate enough positive comments on my stay. Book a room, you will love it too!
5 on July 27, 2010
The Chestnut Street Inn delivers a five star experience. The friendliness and hospitality of the innkeepers is outstanding, the accommodations relaxing and beatifully decorated, and about the food.... I have stayed in more than 100 B&Bs, and Monika Sudakov's food is the most delicious and amazing I have ever had. Jeff Sudakov's knowledge of wine and their wine cellar was also most appreciated! What a surprise and delight to find such a place in Northern rural Illinois. We will be back frequently!
5 on July 23, 2010
We had a wonderful time staying at the Chestnut Street Inn. Monica and Jeff are true professionals and great hosts. It’s a lovely inn and beautifully run. But the real attraction is the food. I was so sorry that I wasn’t able to have dinner, but the world’s best banana pancakes helped make up for it. I’ve stayed at eight B&Bs in the past year, and the Chestnut Street Inn ranks with the very best.
5 on July 23, 2010
My wife and I spent a last weekend at the Chestnut Street Inn. We live in Chicago and wanted a quick get-away weekend. Great location for county fairs, drive-in theaters, biking, and parks. Monika and Jeff (the owners) are wonderful hosts - their BnB is beautiful, clean, very nicely decorated, and it truly feels like "home". Monika's professional culinary training is evident - amazing breakfasts that are thoughtfully prepared, and we opt-ed for dinner on Saturday which was the best prime rib I've ever had. All locally sourced foods, too. We're looking forward to visiting the Chestnut again - to enjoy their food, their BnB, and their company!!
5 on July 19, 2010
7-19-10 This past week-end we stayed at the Chestnut Street Inn . We read the info on their web site, and expected to be very happy with our accommodations. We have stayed at two other bed and breakfasts and had pleasant experiences at both. But..oh my...were we in for a surprise! From the minute we entered the Inn and were warmly greeted by Jeff and Monika until we left we could not believe how wonderful everything was. We had NO idea such a place existed! The room ( Blue Room), the meals (over the top in every way), the warm conversation, the feeling of being with hosts who truly cared about us just made our time exceptional in every way. We now seriously wonder if we will ever try another bed and breakfast. One thing we know for sure...we plan to return to the Chestnut Street Inn whenever possible. Truly Jeff and Monika are experts at what they do. We are spreading the word as quickly as possible! Dave and Jane Doty Antioch, Illinois
4.0 on July 11, 2010
We have enjoyed Monika and Jeffs hospitality twice in the last two weeks when we came to the area to see productions of Festival 56, the local summer stock theatre company. The physical property is outstanding but was superceded by the warmth of of our hosts and Monika's incredible cooking skills. We will be back again this month!
4.4 on July 07, 2010
Monika and Jeff are very skilled and attentive innkeepers. We came to try the highly regarded dinner offering, which should'nt be missed. Breakfast met an equally high standard. We had nicely appointed, very clean and comfortable accomodations. Our June 30, 2010 stay was a very pleasant outing for us. Dolores and Roy Douglas.
5 on July 05, 2010
Thank you so much for a great stay in your beautiful home. We loved everything about it. We will be telling others, and hopefully we will be back soon.
5 on July 04, 2010
I surprised my wife with an anniversary stay at the Chestnut Street Inn. The hosts were extremely gracious and made us feel so welcome. We stayed in the Blue Room which was absolutely charming. The breakfast cuisine was outstanding. They took the time to talk with us and shared the history of the beautiful old home. We would highly recommend this to anyone who wants a wonderful getaway place to stay.
4.4 on June 25, 2010
Monika & Jeff were a delight. The room was well supplied and thought out. But our absolute favorite part of the whole trip was the food. Monika is a chef supreme. The energy she poured out was impressive and delightful. Jeff's ready smile made you feel comfortable. We stood in hallways conversing. The town is quaint and enjoyable to walk around in the cool of the eve. Things to do were not in town, but we found them plentiful & close enough. The dinner was superior to many of our 4 star restaurants and much more intimate. Sorry but as often as I am critical of imperfections, I am hard pressed to find anything to consider below expectations.
5 on June 22, 2010
We had a marvelous time. Each day we looked forward to coming home to relax at our B & B. The innkeepers, Jeff and Monika went beyond the "call of duty" to make sure everything was great! We enjoyed visiting with them and learning about the inn. Chef Monika prepared the meals and they were superb! The inn was beautifully decorated and very clean. We look forward to our next stay at the Chestnut Street Inn in Sheffield, Illinois. Thanks you Jeff and Monika.
4.6 on June 21, 2010
We met friends for a weekend of biking on the Hennepin Canal Trail and they recommended the Chestnut Street Inn as a place to stay. What a great recommendation! The hosts were interesting & cordial, they served tasty breakfasts and we enjoyed FANTASTIC evening meals! Monica has promised to send us some recipes, including spice resources, for several of the featred meun items. You would never expect such varied & interesting cuisine in this area of Illinois. We also appreciated the fact that one of the rooms is actually a "suite" which includes 2 separate bedrooms and an enclosed porch. This is highly unusual for a B&B, but suits us perfectly since I am now a very restless sleeper. The porch worked perfectly as a computer room where we stationed our PC to check email and weather forecasts during the weekend. Many B&Bs only offer a room w/a Queen bed, which just does not work for us. Having 3 separate rooms was fabulous! There were many other extra touches that make this B&B one of the best and I recommend it if you are anywhere near the Sheffield area. If you can't stay, at least make a reservation for one of the gourmet dinner meals, since they are open to the public!
5 on June 21, 2010
Our stay was wonderful, and included one of the finest meals we have ever had anywhere. Monika and Jeff are outstanding hosts who really make you feel at home. We loved the Chestnut Street Inn!
4.6 on June 18, 2010
I recently spent 3 nighta at the Chestnut Street Inn. We were there for a wedding in Kewanee. 2 other couples of the wedding party also stayed here and a family brunch was held here the morning after the wedding. This was my first experience at a b & b and I was quite impressed. Jeff and Monika are friendly and make you feel at home and cater to your needs. we only had breakfast here since we ran around the rest of the day. the breakfasts were great. It is located in a nice quiet neighborhood which we walked and enjoyed seeing the old homes, flowers and trees. The homes had window units and basement nothing like what we are use to back home thank you Monika and Jeff for a very pleasant time
4.8 on June 16, 2010
Delicious, delicious food, a beautiful, comfortable house. Jeff and Monika clearly love what they are doing and it shows. They went out of their way to accommodate special requests and make us feel welcome. We look forward to our next visit.
5 on June 16, 2010
The inn is beautiful and charming and Jeff and Monika are friendly, generous hosts. It was a perfect experience. We can't say enough about the food. It was of the highest quality and perfectly prepared. We will be visiting Jeff and Monika often for dinner.
5 on June 11, 2010
We spend three days bike riding the Hennepin Canal trail, which is only three miles away from the Chestnut Street Inn. It was great to stay in such a clean, comfortable and reasonably priced inn. The accommodations were wonderful and the food prepared by Monika was fantastic. We would definitely recommend the Chestnut Street Inn to anyone looking for a great place to relax after a day of bike riding or just looking for a weekend getaway. Jack, Jan & Joan St.Louis,MO
4.8 on June 03, 2010
Jeff and Monika have learned the fine art of being inviting while not being intrusive to their guests. They have a lovely home that really works as an ideal B & B. The fact that they offer dinner as well as breakfast is a huge plus in my book. I highly recommend them to one and all.
5 on May 26, 2010
From the friendly greeting and tour, through the delicious and hospitable breakfast, my stay at the Chestnut Inn topped off a wonderful weekend that I spent in Sheffield for my Granddaughter's graduation. Can't wait to visit again, and this time I hope to enjoy the dinner.
5 on May 08, 2010
What a find! Beautiful rooms and gourmet food -- you can't beat that combination. The hosts have thought of all the big things (great beds, tasty breakfasts) and little extras (fresh flowers, snacks, WiFi) that make a B&B stay here a truly memorable one. In addition to a most delicious breakfast, we also ate our evening meal here. It was outstanding!!
5 on May 06, 2010
I was really delighted to find this charming historic B&B, which was thoroughly renovated and extremely clean. Monika and Jeff are wonderful hosts, and the food was wonderful. I was traveling on business, but actually had fun at Chestnut Street Inn.
5 on April 27, 2010
Our two nights at the Chestnut Inn proved to be one the nicest "get-aways" we've experienced. Jeff and Monika provide a unique blend of hospitality, graciousness, comfort, and sensitivity to small details which show care for their guests. The meals were wonderful! The atmosphere at the Inn is one of being in the home of pleasant friends, who have time for conversation over a cup of tea yet provide for privacy and relaxation when needed. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, and would love to return!
4.8 on April 07, 2010
I am so delighted that we found the Chestnut Inn. Monika and Jeff gave us a very warm welcome and were great host/hostess. There were so many little touches to our room and throughout the house that would not have been necessary, but which made our stay that much better. We had conversation Jeff and Monika when we wanted it and quiet relaxation when we wanted that. Monika made us a meal one night and it was outstanding, as well as the two morning meals. I also appreciated the fact that she uses natural foods. In all, I think it was the best short get-away that I have ever had. I am already planning another visit! Janet
5 on March 19, 2010
I had a wonderful stay at the Chestnut Street Inn! I cannot get over how wonderful the innkeepers (Jeff and Monika) are. They are great people who, not only cater to each guest's needs, but make everyone feel SO comfortable. After being there for mere hours, I felt like we were old friends. They're fun to talk to! The rooms and the entire house if beautiful! The beds are lush, with perfect sheets, towels, robes, etc. Everything was immaculate! The history and feel to the house was great. And the most outstanding thing of all is the food. I doubt there are other bed and breakfasts with such gourmet cooking paired with that unbelieveable service. I stayed there on business, but will definitely be back to stay for pleasure (and I'm bringing people with me to show it to them)! I've been bragging about my stay all week! It really is a gem of a place and lucky find! ENJOY! :)
5 on March 17, 2010
From the minute we walked in the door we felt at home! The food was delicious! When I left I felt like I had added a couple people to my family in the innkeepers Jeff and Monika. They were absolutely wonderful people. I am not a B&B expert but I know I will be back many many more times!
5 on March 12, 2010
This spacious and beautiful home is a feast for the eyes, the appetite and the soul. Monika and Jeff, the innkeepers, will match your energy, your creativity, your joie de vie and the delicious restorative effects of occasional Silence if that is what you seek. Come alone, come with a partner or a little crowd. This Haven will provide the backdrop you need for renewal of body, heart and mind.
4.4 on March 08, 2010
We stayed at the Chestnut Street Inn for 4 nights. Everything was wonderful: the rooms are comfortable, the food was amazing and the inn keepers are friendly and helpful. Jeff and Monika have so many little extras that make your stay special: fresh flowers in the rooms, a candy dish (with chocolates) throughout the inn, use of phone and internet for guests, etc. I could go on, but you get the idea. You can really tell that they love what they do. We certainly did.
5 on March 07, 2010
We had such a fabulous weekend at the Chestnut Street Inn! The rooms and the house itself was beautiful and the food was spectacular! We will definitely be back! Jeff and Monika, you are wonderful people and we enjoyed your company and hospitality! Thank you so much! Dakota and Josie
5 on February 27, 2010
My husband surprised me with a night at the Chestnut Street Inn to celebrate our anniversary. From the moment we drove up to the inviting house we experienced a magical experience of gracious hosts, charming rooms, spectacular meals...and blessed peace and quiet. Monika and Jeff gave us a tour of the home, inviting us to enjoy the candies, snacks, and soft drinks at any time, giving us tid-bits of helpful information, but most of all, made us feel like cherished guests. Monika is a gourmet cook so we dined on a luscious meal of prime rib in the cozy dining room. The wine list offered a variety of choices at reasonable prices...yum. Jeff was our waiter and couldn't have been more attentive. Our short walk back up stairs to our room to watch the Olympics, curling up in the luxurious bed... was wonderful! We were asked what time we would like to have breakfast...and once again dined on amazing food. Not only was the food delicious but the presentation was eye pleasing. Conversation with Monika and Jeff was interesting entertaining. We left Sheffield and the Chestnut Street Inn feeling rested and content. And... as our title infers...a beautiful room, outstanding meals and warm hosts...PRICELESS!
4.0 on February 25, 2010
The Chestnut Street Inn is the best kept secret in Illinois. My wife and I have touted their food and their Inn from the Quad Cities to Texas and have never been disappointed in our recommendation of ANYTHING they do there. Not only is the Inn a beautiful B&B, but the featured meals there and their teaming with Festival 56 is truly one of the best times one can have! Try it! Any of it! You will be richly rewarded. Bill and Jackie Harris
4.6 on February 25, 2010
We have stayed at Chestnut Street Inn several times. Living in Iowa, it's perfect for a night away or a midway stop on a longer trip. The rooms are clean, comfortable, and private, but what sets Chestnut Street Inn apart from other B&Bs is the food and the service. Monika uses fresh, local foods with liberal dashes of ethnic flair and creativity to prepare mouth-watering meals. Jeff and Monika are always hospitable. We've enjoyed many conversations with them, too.
5 on February 21, 2010
Jeff & Monika are outstanding Innkeepers! The Chestnut Street Inn is a fabulous B&B, the best we've ever stayed at. The Inn itself is full of history and is very unique. We came for a wine tasting dinner party and stayed in the Blue Room. The food was incredible. The sheets on our bed were unbelievably comfortable. The price for our stay was a bargain. Try it -- You will like it!!!
5 on February 17, 2010
We spent the Saturday night before Valentine's Day at Chestnut Inn. It was WONDERFUL! Monika and Jeff had fresh brownies, coffee, tea and soda waiting for us. The B&B is extremely clean and well cared for. Monika prepared a special Valentine's Dinner for us. One of the great features of her cooking is that she uses locally grown and organic foods whenever possible. Breakfast in the morning was delightful, too. We sat on the sun porch and were able to visit with Jeff and Monika before our stay ended. We're definitely going back!
5 on February 15, 2010
We were so happy to finally get back to Chestnut Street Inn with Monika and Jeff. They delivered a top notch Valentine dinner and evening! The two of them make the pefect team for providing an extraordinary stay. Can't wait to return. Monika's cuisine is top notch in the country! No one will be disappointed!
5 on February 07, 2010
Once again a delicious dinner in the private dining room in the Rosewood suite, a comfortable night in the comfy king size bed, a delightful breakfast, and the charming company of Monika and Jeff.
4.6 on February 03, 2010
Great food,Great hospitality.Jeff and Monica are well educated in their business.Fun to talk to!
5 on January 31, 2010
We booked two nights at the Chestnut Street Inn in Sheffield and are so glad that we did! We arrived late for the gourmet meal that was scheduled and the hosts graciously "caught us up" with the rest of the dinner crowd without making us feel like we had inconvenienced them at all. The rest of our stay was wonderful as well. The room was clean and beautifully decorated. The company provided by the hosts and other guests was enjoyable. The food we had at the Inn was, we both agreed, the best we have ever had anywhere. We are looking forward to returning for both a fabulous getaway and the wonderful meals. It truly is a hidden gem!
5 on January 28, 2010
The perfect stay - away from it all. Gourmet food, comfortable surroundings, the ultimate in pampering and service. Definitely will return.
5 on January 21, 2010
We are repeat customers at the Chestnut Street Inn. While we have planned our other visits around local events and activities, the purpose of this visit was simply to relax and enjoy a great meal. Chef Monika did not disappoint, and both Jeff and Monika are warm and wonderful hosts. We'll definitely be back!
5 on January 20, 2010
Beautiful home, quiet setting, wonderful food and very plesant, interesting hosts
5 on January 19, 2010
This was our first visit to Chestnut Street Inn, and we're sure it won't be our last. From the moment we arrived the innkeepers, Monika and Jeff, made us feel right at home. Their friendliness, wittiness, and enthusiasm make Monika and Jeff the perfect hosts. The inn and our room were beautiful, comfortable, and clean. We especially enjoyed relaxing by the fire in the cozy parlor while enjoying a game of chess and some great music. Monika's gourmet cuisine is fantastic! Both breakfast and dinner were a special treat. Our only regret is that we only made dinner reservations for one night during our stay. We should have made reservations for both nights! We enjoyed our stay immensely and can't wait to go back!
4.0 on January 07, 2010
Most B&B's are run by good cooks; this one has a great chef. Monika's breakfasts are anything but routine. Do plan on having dinner here. We have never been more thoroughly enertained by a meal. Take time to get acquainted with Monika and Jeff. Their joy and enthusiasm are infectious.
4.6 on January 05, 2010
We stayed there for New Year's Eve. It was our fourth visit to the Inn. The food buffet was a gourmet feast, the jazz trio kept us entertained along with a Trivia contest, and the Inn Keepers created such a friendly atmosphere that everyone felt at home. It's a combination of the atmosphere, the lovely rooms and Monika's cooking talents that make you want to keep returning, and that is something we will continue to do.
4.0 on January 04, 2010
Our New Year's Eve celebration at the Chestnut Street Inn definitely exceeded our expectations. We were greeted warmly by the innkeepers Monnika and Jeff and proceeded to enjoy a lovely room as well as a lovely New Year's celebration that included homemade hot appetizers, choice of beer or wine, and wonderful entertainment by a small jazz band. Champagne was served at midnight and we were kept busy with dancing and a innovative trivia contest. It was great fun in a friendly, warm atmosphere that reminded one of an intimate house party. We would certaingly recommend Chestnut Street Inn for the wonderful food and service as well as the friendly atmosphere.
4.2 on December 31, 2009
Highly recommend for those who appreciate fine food and a small town atmosphere. For our anniversary, we took advantage of the dinner, theater, and B&B special and stayed in the Rosewood suite. Jeff and Monika pampered us! Food was so good we bought Monika's cook book and are fixing her bacon wrapped shrimp recipe tonight for friends.
4.8 on December 29, 2009
The setting was picturesque, hospitality great, and the food superb. The room was inviting and very comfortable. I felt like it was a special treat to be able to stay at the Chestnut Street In.
5 on December 20, 2009
The innkeepers were wonderful. Monika & Jeff were so friendly and the food was outstanding! I will definitely be a return customer. Loved it!
5 on December 06, 2009
This was our first time ever to stay in a Bed and Breakfast. We are hooked and will be back again! Jeff and Monika are wonderful hosts and provided us with an extraordinary experience. The food was fantastic and the room we had was wonderful. I will be telling all our friends about the Inn and recommending that they go and visit. We went antique shopping for awhile and then just went back to the inn and "hung out" for awhile. It was relaxing and my husband and I definitely will be back for our anniversary. Thanks Jeff and Monika-you are the best!
5 on December 06, 2009
excellent food and accomodations. Highly recommend this B and B
5 on November 29, 2009
I was looking for a place for my whole family (8 of them) to stay while they visited us for Thanksgiving. My only experience with the Chestnut Inn before this was when my husband and I went there for a special dinner. We had Monika's Moroccan feast. It was incredible and based on that and the beauty of the decor downstairs at the Inn, we decided to house my family. They loved it! They thought the rooms were beautiful and clean and homey. And we had another Moroccan dinner with the whole family. It was again excellent. Monika is a gourmet chef who uses fresh and mostly local ingredients and she could charge so much more than she does for dinner. She and Jeff are very friendly and engaging and we not only enjoyed the food and the lodging but their company as well. Thank you Chestnut Inn!
5 on November 21, 2009
October 3, 2009 Monika and Jeff provided an extraordinary experience; we will definitely return!
5 on November 10, 2009
We loved our visit to Chestnut Street Inn. During the day we wandered around the area doing some antiquing (from Peru and Princeton out to Geneseo), and in the evening we enjoyed amazing food and a lovely fire in the Rosewood Suite. Breakfasts were healthy, hearty and delicious, and the dinner we had at the Inn was one of Monika's "chocolate-themed" dinners. We were astounded that this four-course meal, with chocolate in every course could have been so delicious (and not sweet). Even if you can't stay overnight, call for dinner reservations - you won't regret it! As to our hosts - Monika and Jeff were personable, gracious and friendly. We liked them very much and only wish that we'd had a little more time to chat with them. We definitely plan to return!
4.8 on November 08, 2009
Inkeepers were very nice, Other guests were very nice, food was above exceptional, home was beautiful and very clean. We will be back!
4.8 on October 21, 2009
During our initial step into the entry of this beautiful home, Jeff greeted us with a cordial smile which made us immediately feel the warmth of the home. Monika was close behind, stepping away from a ladies luncheon she was serving in the sun room. She further enhanced our welcome. We were then shown our delightful room and the many other available services of the Inn. This transformed us from guests to family. Before our arrival we had selected our evening gourmet dinner from the Inn's extensive menu. Monika, who is a talented Chef, prepared the dinner. This dinner would have pleased the most sophisticated palate. The outstanding breakfast prepared by Monika was included in our room rate. When one is seeking tranquility, superb food and great hospitality look no further than The Chestnut Street Inn in Sheffield, Illinois.
5 on October 20, 2009
Jeff and Monika did everything under the sun to please and pamper us. A very memorable experience!
5 on October 15, 2009
My husband gifted me with a trip to Sheffield, IL complete with a massage in Princeton, IL. Not only was it a beautiful location, but the warmth of Monica and Jeff was outstanding. Our meal was amazing - plus we had our own private dining room! Slept so well and woke up to wonderful breakfast - couldn't have asked for a better time!
4.8 on October 15, 2009
We felt completely at home and cared for at this wonderful inn, run by two energetic and gifted innkeepers. They strike a joyous balance of style (a meticulously restored Greek revival mansion, artfully presented, skillfully executed dinners w/French and North African influences) and comfort (plump pillows, plenty of towels and blankets, deep vintage tubs, and a feeling that it's ok to put your feet up on the sofas in the beautiful living room/library). Jeff and Monika are always available, but you don't often need them: they give you the run of the place, including a butler's pantry stocked with fine teas, fresh coffee and soft drinks, and they make sure things are at hand. Need a fresh baked macaroon, Irish cream brownie, or scone w/ your tea as you read in the library? They're right there on the sideboard. We stayed three days, and spent our afternoons biking the beautiful Hennepin Canal tow path, through landscapes little changed since Lincoln rode through here, then reading for pleasure and soaking in long hot baths, before repairing to the dining room for one of Monica's wonderful meals, which are influenced by her study of French cooking and culture, and her graduate study in Morocco and among its chefs. In addition, both Monica and Jeff are fun! Easy to be around, yet not intrusive. We plan to return often. The town of Sheffield is a bit down at the heels at the moment, but still quiet and rural and a good place to relax. Nearby Princeton is bustling and full of antique shops and eateries, although the best dining in the area is clearly at the Inn (which would be fine dining anywhere). A summer festival, civil war reenactments, antiquing, biking and hiking are all good reasons to come to Sheffield, but the best is simply to relax and unwind, which is easy and very pleasant to do at the Chestnut Street Inn.
5 on October 14, 2009
From the time we pulled up to the house until we pulled away to continue our journey we experienced an exquisite banquet for the senses. We were warmly greeted by our host and escorted into the magnificent foyer decorated with an Moroccan influence. The unusual staircase beckoned us to tour the home and eventually our room for the night, the delightful maid's quarters. Monika and Jeff were quietly attentive to our every wish or whim. Warm and personable, they left us to enjoy their home but seemed to magically appear if needed. Snacks and drinks were everywhere you could wish for your pleasure, and the meals were delicious and different. Nowhere could one experience such hospitality, food and comfort for such a pitance.
5 on October 13, 2009
Our hosts Monika and Jeff were wonderfully attentive without being intrusive. Monika's cooking is outstanding, blending the Hungarian influence of her grandmother with Morrocan cuisine from her days as an anthropology student and many other international flavors. The cheese souffles and apple-raspberry-blueberry bread at breakfast were heavenly, and the dinner the night before was scrumptious and imaginative. I would recommend this inn for the food alone. But the rooms were also lovely, furnished with antiques, but including the modern convenience of satellite television and internet access. Everything was in perfect order, clean and beautiful. Be sure to read the interesting history of the house and admire the three story spindle staircase. I hope I have a chance to return and luxuriate in the care of the innkeepers and the historical house.
4.6 on October 10, 2009
This is a beautiful and beautifully restored home in a quiet neighborhood. Jeff and Monica provided terrific service and gave helpful hints on what to see and to do in the area. The food was way above expectations. Also, this is located near the Hennepin Canal Parkway.
5 on October 03, 2009
This beautiful old house has been meticulously restored and the rooms are well-appointed with comfortable and tasteful furnishings. The decor is fancy but not fussy. We slept well in our soft canopy bed after enjoying a starry country sky you can never see back home in Chicago. The hosts were friendly and eager to do whatever they could to make our stay enjoyable, but they were not intrusive and allowed us space when we wanted it. The dinner they prepared for the other guests smelled wonderful, but we decided to explore another excellent restaurant in town that they recommended. They cooked a delicious breakfast at the early hour we requested the next morning and kept us company while we ate, telling stories about their interesting experiences. Ask Monika about Morroccan tea rituals. Her story will take you to far away places with fascinating ways. We look forward to returning in the near future.
5 on September 30, 2009
Monika and Jeff worked with us for almost a year to craft the perfect menu and wedding at their lovely B & B. The food was out of this world (our family and friends are still talking about it! Thanks Monika!) and our room, the Rosewood Suite, was exactly what we needed at the end of our big day. Breakfast the next morning was amazing. Monika and Jeff made our wedding day truly unique! We hope someday to celebrate an anniversary at the Chestnut Street Inn.
4.2 on September 28, 2009
Warm welcome, smiling faces, delicious food, comfortable bed, & a relaxing atmosphere is the best way to explain what we experienced during our stay at Chestnut Inn. Highly recommend this B & B. Dedicated to customer service...Excellent innkeepers! Thanks Jeff and Monika!
5 on September 23, 2009
Second time here--best experience yet at a b&b.
5 on September 23, 2009
It was a beautiful B & B. We would recommend this place to our friends. It was so nice to choose our own breakfast time. Good service.
4.6 on September 23, 2009
All my household goods had been packed and put into storage that hectic Saturday (9/19/09). Exhausted, I drove to the 5 hours to Sheffield, not knowing what to expect. I found: beauty, rest, comfort, and most of all, 2 lovely, accommodating people. I didn't have reservations for dinner and didn't want much. Monika, a gourmet chef, made me the perfect supper. I spent 2 nights there - expecting to only spend one, and now that I've arrived in Colorado, I realize I owe my rejuvenated start to Monika and Jeff. Their intelligence and warmth shines through all they do. I could say so much more about my experience, and I realize that anyone would feel as I did: that I was seen as a real person, not just another guest, but as a fellow human being. Lovely people, marvelous place.
4.0 on September 22, 2009
Our kids sent us for a surprise gift; never been to one before. Wonderful company and extremely good food. Will stay again.
5 on September 22, 2009
A wonderful B&B! I recently came back to the midwest for my 20 year reunion. It had been years since I had been back and was unaware of the Chestnut Street Inn. A dear friend of mine recommended it and I am so happy she did! I have stayed at wonderful B&B's in Napa and this was just as nice. Wonderful Innkeepers, excellent food, beautiful home/rooms, comfortable, and quiet. I wish I could of stayed longer! I highly recommend the Chestnut Street Inn to anyone staying in the area or looking for a quiet getaway.
5 on September 10, 2009
We have stayed at many Bed and Breakfast in the past 20+ years and this one ranks very high. The house is beautiful, the inn keepers very gracious and the food spectacular. A must stay!!!!!!!
4.8 on September 08, 2009
We stayed at Chestnut Street Inn in the Rosewood Suite for our 10th wedding anniversary. We have never stayed at a b&b before, but have dined at CSI a couple of other times. Last year when we ate there for our 9th anniversary we booked it for our 10th. What a relaxing and refreshing weekend we had! The service & food are SO WONDERFUL! We will definitely go back for meals & a stay, and will recommend it to ALL our friends. Thank you, Jeff & Monika for a fabulous weekend getaway! Now, unfortunately, it's back to reality.
4.0 on September 08, 2009
The inn was a real treat (literally there is chocolate EVERYWHERE!) I felt like Julia Child must have been hiding in the kitchen for our Fri nite feast. The inn was very quiet and comfortable. I appreciated them contacting us for a last minute opening for the dinner Fri night. Breakfast was yummy and the inn keepers were a delight to visit with. We hope to go back.
4.6 on August 28, 2009
From the delicious and elegantly displayed food, to the attention to every detail throughout the house, to the warmth and friendliness of Monica and Jeff- It was simply a delightful stay!
5 on August 25, 2009
Exceptional food, exceptional service -- absolutely beautiful home & grounds. Jeff & Monika love what they do!
4.0 on August 20, 2009
Sheffield is a picturebook small town with sleepy streets, generous lawns and beautiful old houses. Of these, the Chestnut Street Inn is the best. Rooms are large, luxurious and comfortable. The food was exceptional and generous. We took advantage of Chef Monika's dinners both nights we were there. One was prime rib; the other was Moroccan. Both were delicious and reasonably priced. Highly recommeded.
5 on August 14, 2009
Whether it's a girlfriend's getaway or a romantic overnight with your sweetheart, Chestnut Street Inn has it all. Monika and Jeff are incredible hosts that from the moment you meet them you feel like old friends. The rooms are elegantly comfortable with so many extra touches that you never want to leave your room. Monika is an amazing gourmet chef, and Jeff is a delightful host. Their teamwork is such a breath of fresh air. The view of the gardens outside and the international flair of the decor inside, bring an extra interest to your visit. I would highly recommend unwinding at the Chestnut Street Inn. After all it's everything you'd ever want.
5 on August 13, 2009
My wife and I returned to the Chestnut Street Inn because, having stayed there before, we new that Jeff & Monika would take very good care of us! The rooms are comfy and the food is fantastic! You really can't go wrong with this B&B!
4.8 on August 06, 2009
My husband and I were looking for the perfect "Eden" to hold our private wedding ceremony. We found the Chestnut Street Inn and everything seemed to fall into place after that. Monika took the time to sit down and plan out the entire evening with me. Between countless e-mails she created an exquisite menu for the adults and a separate menu for the children. She even made a special vegan dish for a family member! Never once did I hear them tell me they "couldn't" do something or that what I wanted was unable to happen. They opened their entire Inn to us by allowing us use of their backyard for the ceremony, and the entire downstairs for the reception. They managed to be there when we needed something, yet at the same time giving us the privacy we appreciated. Our room was a perfect hideaway for the new Mr. & Mrs.!! We will definitely be back for a return visit, to enjoy the beauty and the company. Monika and Jeff found their niche in life and that is the Chestnut Street Inn.
5 on August 03, 2009
We had a very enjoyable stay at the Chestnut Street Inn - accommodations were exceptional as were the meals and our hosts! It was truly one of the best B&B experiences we have had, and we have stayed in B&Bs on many of our travels. We would recommend this B&B to anyone travelling in the area!
4.8 on August 03, 2009
Jeff and Monika are terrific. My friend and I truly enjoyed the experience at Chestnut Inn. Beautiful B&B in a beautiful small Illinois town.
5 on August 02, 2009
This was one overnight stop during an 800 mile bicycle trip. The quality of accommodation and dining experience was totally unexpected and outstanding in every way. The hosts are "retired" performing artists and have made a new career of hospitality and superb cuisine. Unfortunately, our bike route didn't allow more time spent here, but it would be a wonderful place to relax and do nothing for a few days while being pampered with wonderful food. Well worth a detour if traveling through northern Illinois.
5 on July 29, 2009
Rave reviews and huge thank you to innkeepers Monika & Jeff for a delightful stay; impeccable service, incredible food and beautifully decorated rooms. To think that this was not in california or some other exotic location -- what a surprise!
4.4 on July 29, 2009
To celebrate a recent anniversary, we stayed at the charming Chestnut Street Inn, a gem where innkeepers Monica and Jeff greet us with warm smiles and hugs. They take care of every detail to ensure the comfort of guests. The rooms are lovely with carefully selected amenities. The meals are wonderful - delicious food that has made us fans of Moroccan cuisine. The friendliness of Monica & Jeff is the real key, however, to making us want to return as often as we can.
5 on July 23, 2009
We couldn’t have had a better setting to kick off our family reunion. Dinner was delicious and the accommodations were perfect. You both always make us feel so comfortable and welcome. Feedback from the group – “Best reunion yet!!!”
5 on July 14, 2009
My husband and I have stayed here several times and have eaten perhaps six gourmet dinners here, the equal of that in the finest restaurants in Chicago were we live.The inn is very attractive and well-kept up and the hosts are exceedingly gracious.
4.8 on July 03, 2009
I have to say I had a wonderful stay at Chestnut Street Inn. Monika and Jeff are both beautiful persons, the inn is charming and cosy and the food just great. Thank you and keep it up
5 on July 02, 2009
My wife and I stayed for a Tuesday nite in June while traveling to our wedding. The inn was in a nice rural location, the rooms were antique-y without being annoyingly "quaint" (in other words, everything worked great), the inkeepers were really fantastic at service (very usefully helpful and great at thoughtful extras like a wonderfully stocked refreshment pantry), the common areas were stocked with some great reading books and magazines and other stuff, the house was really comfortable with interesting architecture, and finally the creativity (unusual but thoughtful ingredients) and the quality of our three-course breakfast was REALLY fantastic. My newlywed wife said it was the best B&B breakfast she has ever had. It was a great value.
4.8 on July 01, 2009
The Chestnut Street Inn was even better than pictured on its site. Our room, the "Blue Room", was absolutely charming. Food was great. And our hosts, Monika and Jeff, were absolutely the best! They will do anything to make their guests happy. We'll be back next year.
4.8 on June 24, 2009
From the moment we walked in the door, we knew this would be a special weekend. Jeff and Monika were warm and great to spend time with. The room was very nice, and the food was so good, we will return just for dinner!
5 on June 23, 2009
We had a great time, the room was lovely, the conversations great and the food is to die for. Monica is one of the best chefs in Illinois. We had a authentic Morrocan dinner which was excellent. It includes several salads, a couscous dish with roasted vegetables, tea, wine and a homemade flan. Yum! Breakfast was just a good. Even if you can't stay at the B&B, stop and try the meals. Fabulous place, I highly recommend the Chestnut Street Inn. Nancy
5 on June 22, 2009
Simply put --- The Chestnut Street Inn is a wonderful place for a getaway. The house is nicely appointed and comfortable, and Monika and Jeff are great innkeepers. I enjoyed their conversation and hospitality; and really appreciated their ability to accomodate some last-minute plans. Fantastic breakfast .... just read all the other reviews about the good food. Everyone loves Monika's cooking!Sheffield is a a nice little town, too, and people were very friendly. Such a nice relaxing experience away from the craziness of busy lives ... Thanks!
4.8 on June 22, 2009
Great Place....Room was excellent & so was food. Dinner a little pricey but you can't get food like this elsewhere. The wonderful breakfast is included, so really not bad if you divide the price between the 2 meals. Dinner is way more than you can eat, but they will pack up your leftovers for your trip the next day. Great time & good company.
5 on June 22, 2009
We've stayed at quite a few B&Bs, but Chestnut Street Inn is our favorite by far. As soon as you walk in the door, you immediately feel relaxed. Monika and Jeff are warm and welcoming, and make you feel right at home. The rooms are incredibly clean and comfortable, but you don't want to miss relaxing in the beautiful living room with wall-to-wall bookcases, spending time in the gorgeous sunroom, or wandering the garden. The two factors that make this our favorite B&B are spending time talking with Jeff and Monika -- who are both fascinating people with many interesting stories to share -- and eating Monika's incredible food -- she truly has a gift. Breakfast is always delicious, but having dinner there is a special treat and always a highlight of our stay. We highly recommend Moroccan night. Sheffield is a small town, so you do have to drive to find things to do, but since we go there to get away from it all, that's never been an issue. We've spent our anniversary here for the last several years, and we look forward to next year. Thank you, Monika and Jeff, for a consistently outstanding experience. K&B
5 on June 18, 2009
While on a business trip from France to the USA, we had the pleasure of spending a night at the Chestnut Street Inn in Sheffield! We were really blown away by the B&B, the people, and of course the FOOD!! The house is a very large, fully renovated property. It has really big rooms, and the entire house is extremely comfortable. I would jump at the chance to stay there for weeks on end if I ever got the chance. Monika and Jeff are both really warm, attentive, and genuinely interesting people who grew tired of corporate life and wanted to get away from it all. This B&B is the realization of a dream for them, and they show it in the passion with which they spoil their guests! This review would not be complete without mentioning the glorious food prepared by Monika. Monika has studied culinary arts internationally for many years. We live in Paris, so our expectations of food are rather high! Let's just say that anyone would be hard-pressed to find this quality of food in a big city like Chicago or New York, so to find it in a small B&B in a small town like Sheffield is a true surprise to any traveler! I would encourage anyone to literally go out of their way when traveling in Illinois in order to go through Sheffield and either dine and/or sleep at the Chestnut Street Inn!
4.0 on June 17, 2009
We stay at the Chestnut Street Inn at least two times a year, and have done so for about the last 9 years. Jeff and Monica are wonderful hosts and Monika always manages to cook up some absolutely fantastic meals. We feel like family and have a great time with them. A wonderful place to bit a little bit spoiled! Linda and Con Hewitt Napa, California
5 on June 15, 2009
I've stayed at a dozen or more B&B's, and this one is the best so far. The town of Sheffield is easy to get to and charming. The Inn itself is beautiful, inside and out, with lovely gardens. Monika and Jeff have done many things, small and large, to make this place feel welcoming. The cooking is outstanding. The rooms are immaculate. Every room has its own bath. My sister and I stayed in the Maids Quarters which were perfect for us with 2 twin beds and a private sitting porch with tv and over 800 dvd/video's available to watch. We talked with our hosts at length and found them charming and informed. At http://www.fermatainc.com/il/trail_1.html we obtained many ideas of things to do. We had such a ball driving the back roads to many places (history at Bishop Hill, parks to hike in, a winery, a historic canal, flower nurseries, etc) that we will be back soon to do this again. And the prices are very fair for such luxury. Do try this place, you won't be sorry.
5 on June 11, 2009
Couldn't have asked for more! Excellent service!!
5 on June 11, 2009
My husband and I decided to stay at the Chestnut Inn to celebrate our anniversary. We had never been to a BandB and weren't sure what to expect. Monika prepared some of the best food we have ever had! Both Jeff and Monika made us feel like we were 'home' and this made it a very relaxing and wonderful mini vacation! We will be bringing our friends here for dinner and plan to spend many future anniversary nights at Chestnut Inn!
4.4 on June 11, 2009
It was a relaxing and enjoyable stay. Monika and Jeff were outstanding hosts and a lot of fun to visit with. We stayed and talked about two hours after breakfast. The breakfast was wonderful and the suggestions of things to do were very good. We would not hesitate to refer this B & B and will certainly return there again in the future.
4.2 on June 10, 2009
Impressive and cordial service made us feel extremely welcome. We especially enjoyed the beautiful landscaping on the grounds that contributed to a relaxing atmosphere. The dinner menu was exceptional based on the special theme entrees and the breakfast was delightfully robust. The innkeepers were extremely cordial sharing personal experiences related to their adventures contributing to the warm hospitality.
4.4 on June 09, 2009
Jeff & Monika were both fantastic hosts and really went out of their way to chat with us and make sure that we had everything that we needed. Breakfast was awesome (we went out to dinners with family each night but those smelled GREAT!). We were really glad that we chose Chestnut Street Inn and will definitely stay again if we're in the Sheffield area. Highly recommended.
4.8 on June 08, 2009
A pleasant, awesome, relaxing getaway! Private dining for our evening meal- which was absolutely delicious...service impeccable- just outstanding!! Fabulous experience!
4.6 on May 28, 2009
Delicious food; beautiful home; enjoyable, young hosts who offer lots of good travel advice.
4.4 on May 26, 2009
Jeff and Monika go out of their way to provide great service. With great food from Monika and clean, neat accommodations they have their act together. Jeff will amke sure you get to the golf course or the train or where ever you need to go.
4.8 on May 19, 2009
Marvelous meals, lovely surroundings, delightful innkeepers, wonderful conversations!
4.6 on May 18, 2009
A great gourmet meal by Monika and lots of good conversation from Jeff. A classic inn in an off-the-beaten-path town, the Chesnut Street Inn is a lovely step back in time.
5 on May 05, 2009
very comfortable and private surroundings. Dinner in our own private dining room-doesn't get any better than this!!
5 on May 04, 2009
I can't say enough about the deliciousness of the cuisine (Monika is extremely gifted!); the warmth/friendliness of the hosts; the beauty of the house and grounds; and the cleanliness of every aspect of the inn. I highly recommend staying here! If you go, don't forget to hike the Hennepin Canal a few miles outside of town.
5 on May 02, 2009
My family had to spend Christmas in a hotel. Monika and Jeff made sure our Christmas was warm and cozy. We hung our stockings on the fireplace, had hot chocolate and coffee after midnight eve service with homemade snacks. What could have been a depressing holiday was one of our best!
4.4 on May 02, 2009
SPECIAL VALENTINE CELEBRATION WITH GREAT FOOD AND HOSPITALITY. COMPLIMENTARY BREAKFAST WAS WONDERFUL AND THE WEEKEND DINNERS AVAILABLE PER RESERVATION, WHICH ALSO INCLUDED THE PUBLIC, NOT JUST THE INN GUESTS. MONICA's FOOD CLASSES ARE SOMETHING UNIQUE TO THE INN. THEY MAKE YOU FEEL AT HOME. MIKE and DEE
4.8 on May 01, 2009
A delightful place to stay-rooms are charming and the breakfasts are to die for. I could just move in....
4.0 on April 29, 2009
Felt like we had arrived home. Food was simply wonderful. Room was charming and graciously appointed. We will return.
5 on April 27, 2009
We have stayed at the Chestnut St. Inn a few times now and they have all been enjoyable. The Inn is extremely clean and we have always felt at home. Jeff always has wonderful stories about the history of the Inn and the town of Sheffield. Monika is a wonderful chef (self taught). When we stay we always plan to stay for dinner because no matter what cuisine she cooks it is always fabulous. And certainly her breakfasts are just as good. These two young hosts are truly the best. We look forward to our next visit.
5 on April 27, 2009
The Chestnut Street Inn is located in the small, quiet, and attractive community of Sheffield, IL. The Inn is an historic home that has been faithfully restored and tastefully decorated without being overdone. Rooms are very comfortable and cheerfully decorated. Innkeepers Jeff and Monika have a particular interest and talent for cooking. Meals are superb, interesting, delightful, and memorable. Perhaps the finest ornaments the Inn possesses are its Innkeepers who, without ceremony or artifice, make you feel that you are the only guest at the Inn and that they have been just waiting to meet you! You will find it difficult to leave The Chestnut Street Inn and sensible to return when you can. Craig Johnson
4.8 on April 25, 2009
We stayed two nights for our anniversary, and had dinner there one night. The food was exceptionally good, and we also enjoyed being able to have time together in a quiet small-town setting. We enjoyed day trips to the Hennepin Canal, Hegeler Carus house and Ronald Reagan homes in Tampico and Dixon. Many thanks to the Sudokovs for making our anniversary special and memorable!
4.8 on April 17, 2009
5 star- excellent!
4.0 on April 06, 2009
We have been to the Chestnut Street Inn many times and it is like coming home each time we arrive! I was raised in the area as a child and we come back often to visit my best friend and family. Jeff and Monika are wonderful hosts and the Inn is beautiful, clean and very comfortable. We always try to eat dinner when we are there because the food is just great and if you call far enough ahead you may be able to help plan the menu. Thanks so much Jeff & Monika - for all of your hard work making the Chestnut Street Inn such a wonderful place to stay! Dave & Julie
5 on April 03, 2009
The Chestnut Street Inn is a beautiful place that is appointed for comfort and luxury at a very attractive price. The rooms have lovely furniture, delightful cotton bedding, clean pleasant bathrooms, and cable TV plus a huge movie selection. The breakfasts are hearty and delish and the service is like being spoiled by wonderful relatives. If you book for dinner Monika, a trained chef will provide you with a four course meal you will never forget at a price that will make you smile. Everything is homemade from the bread and soup, right on to the dessert. Can you say creme brulee to die for? Keith and I have been back four times and always come away refreshed and renewed and dreaming of Monika's food. Two days with the Sudakovs gives us a new lease on life! Go for it! Deb and Keith Ryder
5 on April 01, 2009
We stayed overnight along with friends who came from a distance, although we live in the same county as Chestnut Street Inn. The stay was wonderful, and we felt so pampered. Our breakfast of blueberry pancakes was delicious, and our room was beautiful and comfortable. It was easy to imagine we were far from home! Thank you, Monika and Jeff, for your wonderful hospitality!
5 on March 28, 2009
It is a pleasure to see two relatively young people working hard to provide a quality experience for their guests! From the bowls of snack individually wrapped chocolates, to the guest pantry for midnight noshes for free, to the beautifully refurbished turn of the 20th Century guest suites (including two small maid's quarters that would be a total blast for kids along for the trip or that extra relative along for the trip), to a quiet locale 2 hours or so from Chicago and just off I-80 and less than an hour North of Peoria and a skip over from the Quad Cities, to a gourmet repaste that will knock your eyes out onto the plate served as a four-course meal,. the whole experience was a welcome respite from daily cares on a coolish March day waiting for Spring to arrive. The only problem was that there were only actually 4 to 5 guest "suites" to be let in the high tourist season. But a bang for your buck is hardly ever found these days, especially one that is a refreshing alternative to the usual chain hotels that charge as much or far more. It was a supererlative experience in every possible way. There ought to be a catergory beyound "good, better, or best", because this one would qualify.
5 on March 22, 2009
We have stayed at this B&B several times over the last few years. Jeff and Monika are fantastic hosts. We feel very comfortable discussing the history of their Inn or the possible future endevores in the near future, their travels, ours or just every day experiences. Do not miss the goumet food that Monika prepares. Unbelieveable!!!
5 on March 22, 2009
I LOVE visiting the Chestnut Street Inn! Jeff and Monika spoil me rotten. Monika fixes fantastic food and even takes the raisins out of the granola for me! The rooms are beautiful and comfortable. Of all the B&Bs I have gone to over the years it is by far my favorite.
4.8 on March 19, 2009
Comfortable rooms, clean, great meals (breakfast and dinner).
5 on March 18, 2009
Everything about our stay at Chestnut Street Inn was exceptional. The Inn is tastefully decorated, very comfortable and inviting. Jeff and Monika were energetic and happy to share information and history of the Inn and about the area. We loved hearing about their interesting backgrounds. Breakfast on both morning was fantastic. Monika's cooking is a highlight for anyone staying here. We also enjoyed a gourmet evening meal in the private dining room in our suite. The location is centrally located and a short drive to Bishop Hill, Peoria or The Quad Cities. We hope to have the chance to return and try another one of the rooms.
4.8 on March 17, 2009
We drove into Sheffield and arrived at the Chestnut Street Inn on a dark and rainy evening and was welcomed by Jeff at the door. My adult daughter and I were in the maid quarters which reminded her of her doll house that her father built. A dream any young girl has to stay in room that was warm, beautiful and decorated to the period the house was built. Being a business woman she was able to log in and send the emails and her projects to the people that needed to receive them before morning. The breakfast the following morning was four start, the yogurt had a special flavor and the coffee was great. In fact we order coffee from Monika for home use. The aroma brings back the great memory of our stay in the Inn.
5 on March 14, 2009
I have been here twice, once with my husband for our anniversary, and once with our daughter for her 16th birthday. Each time was fantastic! One of the best b & b's I've ever been to. The rooms are charming and sooo clean, and the gourmet food is as delicious as it looks. I would definitely stay there again!
5 on March 08, 2009
We stayed at the Chestnut Street Inn this weekend and thought it was fantastic! The dinner was amazing and the rooms were lovely. The breakfast was also delicious. Make your reservations way ahead of time and you might get to help plan the menu for dinner! Jeff and Monica were very gracious hosts. We hope to return!
4.6 on December 01, 2008
The Chestnut Street Inn was a delightful place to stay during our recent trip to Illinois. The atmosphere was warm and inviting and the food was spectacular. We are already planning our next trip and we'll definately take one of Monika's cooking classes. Hopefully it will be during a warmer time of year so we can enjoy the grounds.
3.6 on November 17, 2008
The previous owner of this charming little mansion restored it impeccably. The new owners have added some exotic touches, especially to the menu. Monika is an accomplished young cook. Portions were abundant, and interesting and tasty. Better reading light in the rooms would be nice. Also, they didn't ask about their guests, in addition to sharing info about themselves. They are vibrant and warm young people.
5 on November 10, 2008
Very nice B&B- delicious food and excellent host and hostess. Spent our wedding night there 10 years ago!!
4.6 on November 09, 2008
One of the best B&Bs we've stayed at. Wonderful service, FANTASTIC food. Highly recommend the suppers. Reserve ahead of time!
5 on October 23, 2008
Monika is a wonderful cook and taught me alot about spices and techniques. Jeff, nice choice of wines. Thank you both for sharing a great day of golf. Hope to visit you soon again. Sherry and Walter
5 on October 14, 2008
Monika and Jeff Sudakov do a superb job of running Chestnut Street Inn B&B. From the minute you arrive at their B&B until the moment you leave they make you feel a part of their family. They do everything possible to make your stay enjoyable. You will find yourself checking your schedule to decide when you can make a return trip. Monika and Jeff take pride in their work and it shows! This was our fourth trip to the B&B (three times under Monika and Jeff's management) and we will be making future visits. I highly recommend this B&B to my family and friends!
4.4 on October 10, 2008
This was a repeat visit, but the first with the new owners Jeff and Monika. It was wonderfull!! Monika is a gourmet cook and dinner can be had with advance notice. We did and it was absolutely delicious. The inn was clean, comfortable, and the owners were there to help you enjoy your stay without being in the way. We will visit again on our next trip through Illinois.
5 on August 09, 2008
We've been coming to the Chestnut Street Inn for years, even before Jeff and Monika became the Innkeepers, and we've always enjoyed it...but I have to say that since they have taken it over everything has gotten even better! They are so very friendly and engaging, while also respectful of your space to relax. Their meals are absolutely delicious and they offer so many interesting options for dinner. Breakfasts are yummy, too. We've held some holiday parties there and Monika was more accomodating than we could've asked for. We will be back again...and again!
5 on July 21, 2008
We have stayed at many B&B's all over the country. Chestnut Street Inn ranks up there as one of the best. The unique offering of dinner is so far beyond expectations. We will drive the four hour round trip from Chicago ANYTIME for this special gem!
5 on May 27, 2008
My husband and I spent two nights in the Rosewood Suite. We had a marvelous time during our stay. Monika and Jeff were very friendly and accomodating. The meals were absolutely delicious!! We had dinner both nights in our own private dining room in the Rosewood Suite. It was so romantic. Sheffield is a neat little town. The Chestnut Street Inn is just one of the many hidden gems of this area.
4.8 on May 07, 2008
6 of us from various parts of the state stayed 2 nights at the Inn. We loved the food, the setting, & rooms. The innkeepers were just delightful & very helpful with everything. They are very friendly & energetic. They really want your experience in Sheffield to be perfect.
4.6 on February 04, 2008
We stayed over our wedding weekend and were spoiled with excellent service and excellent food. We have had multiple meals at the Chestnut Street Inn in addition to the ones during our stay including wedding shower brunches and formal dinners. We can't find anything we dislike!
5 on January 25, 2008
Tucked away in the small village of Sheffield, IK is a fantastic inn. The 4 course dinner was superb. Our suite with private bath was very elegant and comfortable The sitting porch adorned with wicker furniture was the perfect relaxing area to view the gardens and listen to the birds. The spacious yard was perfect for playing yard games. To top off our stay we had a gourmet breakfast. They are very gracious and accomedating hosts.
4.8 on November 13, 2007
The house, rooms, and innkeepers are special. The gourmet dinner was even better. Breakfast was good. Our 30th Anniversary was perfect.This is the B&B you are looking for. I hope to stay there again soon.
4.6 on November 04, 2007
The Breakfast was just scrumptious. The dinner was ta die for !! Real nice innkeepers that helped with anything they could. Real Nice little quiet town. WE all got awesome night rests, in the very comfortable beds. My husband, daughter and I loved it here! We will be back here soon.
5 on October 22, 2007
We won our two night stay on the Action Auction and we were thrilled to stay at the Chestnut Street Inn. It is a breathtakingly beautiful home with outstanding inn keepers. The Rosewood Suite was heavenly and so romantic. We loved our dinner which was exquisitely served in our room with fancy linens and lovely music. Monika is an excellent hostess and serves her inn stayers to a five star rating. The Inn is beautifully placed in a quiet setting which is peaceful and a great getaway from everything that keeps us busy. An outstanding Inn to take that special someone and escape, for a day or weekend.
4.6 on September 21, 2007
This Inn was outstanding.
4.4 on August 14, 2007
Jeff and Monika are fantastic hosts. Be sure and eat dinner there- the food is amazing and a great value.
5 on May 22, 2007
I have stayed at Chestnut Street for both business andfun. It is quiet, serene and the inn keepers Jeff and Monika are great people. The food and coffee are wonderful and the rooms are super comfy. Feels more like staying at a friend's place than a BnB. It is sooo relaxing and a beautifulsetting
5 on May 15, 2007
Had a wonderful time in a quiet Central Illinois town. The Chestnut Street Inn is in a beautiful and QUIET setting. Lovely rooms and the food...wow!!! Very close to some great semi-off road biking (Hinnepin Canal Trail). Jeff and Monica (owners) are wonderful...This is a 5 star experience all the way!!
5 on January 17, 2007
This was our first experience at a B&B and Monika and Jeff, the innkeepers, made it a wonderful memory for us. Their hospitality was above and beyond our expectations. Not only did we get a wonderful breakfast in the morning, they offered snacks & beverages throughout the day and evening. They also gave us the option for an additional charge to have a gourmet meal in the evening cooked by Monika who is an excellent chef with an international repertoire. She is also responsible for cooking the large, filling, flavorful breakfast every morning that is served by Jeff. The facilities and rooms were wonderful and clean with modern amenities. The Victorian style decor made us feel like we were in the late 19th / early 20th century. If you are looking for a quick getaway where you can either get some R&R or stay while you visit Small Town America, then stay at the Chestnut Street Inn. They even have high speed wireless internet so you can stay in touch if you need to. My wife and I highly recommend them!