The ultimate foodies bed and breakfast, this award winning property was recently featured in Midwest Living Magazine as one of the 30 top B & B's in the Midwest. Chef Monika creates Mediterranean inspired gourmet dinners using locally grown organic foods from several farms. Enjoy big city dining in a small town atmosphere.
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.
This spacious suite offers two bedrooms, one with a full size bed and the second (Buddy's Roost) with a single bed. The private bath of this suite has a spacious standing shower with no tub. A separate sitting porch has Satellite TV/VCR/DVD with over 1000 titles and a private dining room. Amenities include plush robes, silky sheets, snacks/bottled water, signature toiletries and small refrigerator.
Nightly Rate: $119 - $129
This elegant suite features a King sized bed, fireplace, private bathroom with standing shower and soaking tub and a private dining room. Amenities include Satellite TV/DVD/VCR with over 1000 titles, plush robes, silky sheets, snacks/bottled water, mini refrigerator and signature toiletries.
Nightly Rate: $169 - $179
This room features a king sized bed. Light blues, yellows and whites adorn this suite and it features unique blue plates from all over the world which adorn the walls. The suite has a private bathroom and a walk in closet. Amenities include Satellite TV/VCR/DVD with over 1000 titles, plush robes, silky sheets, snacks/bottled water and signature toiletries.
Nightly Rate: $129 - $139
This suite features a queen sized bed. The room is distinguished by its rich decor of dark burgundies, greens and blues. The suite has a private bathroom. Amenities include Satellite TV/VCR/DVD with over 1000 titles, plush robes, silky sheets, snacks/bottles water and signature toiletries.
Nightly Rate: $119 - $129
Countryside, Small town, Village
Peoria, IL (PIA-Greater Peoria) 50 miles
50 miles North of Peoria on Route 40 or halfway between the Quad Cities and Chicago just off Interstate 80.
Antique Shopping, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Bishop Hill, Hennepin Canal, Festival 56/November 10, Hornbaker Gardens, Starved Rock, Goods Furniture, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Vineyard, Winery
Other, Bed and Breakfast, Country Inn, Historic Inn
Air conditioning, Board games, Computer, Copier, Internet Service, Library, Telephone, Washer/dryer, Wi-Fi , Signature Toiletries, Full Hot Breakfast, Gourmet International Dinner Available, LGBTQ Friendly
Alarm clock, Bath robes, CD player, DVD Player, Desk, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, VCR, Videos
Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Canoeing, Cross-country ski trails, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Hunting, Antiquing, Historic Sites, Wineries, Spa Services, Geocaching, Letterboxing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Tennis courts
Monika and Jeff Sudakov
Hungarian, English, French
Chef Monika has a Master's Degree in Cultural Anthropology with an emphasis in Food and Culture. Her particular area of interest is foods of the Mediterranean. She teaches cooking classes at numerous venues and makes regular appearances on a local Quad Cities television show. Jeff is an avid golfer and movie buff.
Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian , Gluten Free, Dairy Free
Spanish Tapas, French, Italian, Greek, Middle Eastern, Moroccan and more. Monika utilizes the best locally available meats, produce, eggs and more to create exotic and flavorful cuisine which will not only please your taste buds but educate you in the foods of cultures you may not be familiar with.