Here’s Where to Rent a Mansion in Illinois

Because of the high cost of designing, building, and furnishing these residences, mansions tend to have a ton of character. They range from ostentatious and almost garish, to classically inspired, to modern and clean-lined. Here’s where to rent a mansion in Illinois. They’re all available on Peerspace, which provides hundreds of unique spaces throughout the state, giving you creative places to build mansion-sized memories.

And if any of these spaces don’t come equipped with some of the items you require, you can Communicate directly with the space’s host to coordinate logistics or use Peerspace’s Concierge Service to have gear or food or personnel delivered straight to your rental. On occasion, the ambiance of a mansion is so special that it can serve as a memorable component of a movie, commercial, music video, or still photoshoot. Whether you’re holding an off-site business meeting, an intimate wedding or shower, or a small popup dinner, a mansion is a perfect unconventional setting for your photogenic get-together.

1. Science Museum

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Seldom does one come across a mansion with an obvious theme, and this Gold Coast lakefront home is an exciting exception. Imagine filming a classroom scene or a gothic noir film in a beautiful historic residence, which now operates as a fully appointed private science museum. The 1917 residence was designed based on Marie Antoinette’s chateau in Versailles, and a local architect added features like a fourth floor and a carriage drive.

There are eight fireplaces, tons of brass fixtures, full-sized statues, many, many bookshelves, and even a museum gift shop. While most people opt to rent this Illinois mansion for workshops and receptions, it would make a wonderful setting for various genres of photography and videography.

2. Wicker Park Special

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With five roof decks, 4,600 square feet, and glass on up to three sides of each room, this angular Wicker Park mansion has your number. The city view from the top deck provides a nearly panoramic view of glitzy Chicago, which could serve as a backdrop for your photoshoots. The mansion is spacious enough to spread out personnel, guests, and gear. One of the coolest things about it is that it features a home theatre, so you might film a project onsite and, later, screen it in the same venue.

3. Midwest Mansion

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This Warrenville farmhouse on two acres was hand-built for someone really into cars. For example, it has a multi-vehicle garage, and a lift to bring up to four cars from below the home to the heated ground level car park. It’s full of bright windows, warm-hued wood, and includes a dressing room to make your video or photoshoot dreams come true.

Across the street in this country setting is a horse farm and a forest preserve, and while it’s semi-rural, it’s convenient to a number of major highways and roads. In fact, it’s a bonus that it’s out of the city—you can still rent an Illinois mansion without dealing with all the traffic.

4. Hugely Convenient

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Production-friendly and photogenic, this Hinsdale home would be an ideal place to shoot. It’s spacious and tasteful, and yet just glamourous enough to shout “classy!” The semi-formal dining room, sparkling kitchen, and newly constructed outdoor swimming pool would each make excellent backdrops for your photoshoot or commercial video project. And for your production convenience, there are plenty of places to change clothes—like an official dressing room—and store equipment, an important logistical concern too often overlooked.

5. Props in Pilsen

Pilsen Community Showcase Home for Photo and Film Shoots illinois rental
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Clocking in at 4,000 square feet, this newly constructed showcase home is brimming with props you could use to enhance the style of your project. It’s situated in the Heart of Chicago neighborhood, and easily accessible by bus or the El. The residence well-appointed and ready for filming, even including a green screen and video equipment available with the rental. The front and back decks and the yard are also available for videography or photo sessions.

6. Industrial Design

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Wicker Park is one of the best places to rent a mansion in all of Illinois. Case in point, that’s where you’ll find this warm industrial-style residence with 3,000 square feet of production space. While the structure was planned and built about a century ago, the interior was designed by a famous commercial architect. Think steel, stone, exposed brick, and fireplaces in a maneuverable space for all kinds of equipment. One fun detail is a working gas fireplace with a fabulous façade straight out of the 1700s.

7. Minimalism Meets Art and Antiquities

Minimalist Home with Ancient Artifacts illinois rental
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At 3,500 square feet, this Chicago home accommodates 50 people and all your gear. The open floorplan architecture is modern and minimal, which equates to versatility. The unique draw of this venue, though, is the original art and amazing archaeological artifacts inside. The walls are antiqued to look ancient, and most of the floors are poured concrete. It’s almost like a museum, but without any stodginess. You can also use the outdoor spaces and decks. Rent this Illinois mansion for photoshoots, video productions, and smallish gatherings.

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