Homesteading in Illinois

Homesteading in Illinois – here is a summary of some of the important considerations for starting off your homestead journey in this state.

homesteading in Illinois

Climate  – Click on the city/town links for more ‘local’ data

Geography – general geographic information

Geology  – geologic information (what rocks do we find)

Legal/Tax considerations

Building codes

Agricultural statistics

Home schooling

Average land price per acre (2013) : $7,520


Homesteader Comments

Read below what real homesteaders in this state think the pros and cons for living and homesteading here.  Add your own in the comments!

Pros: The weather is normally fair.  I can raise several different animals and grow a variety of plants and trees.   Predators aren’t to bad in the area either. I have very nice neighbors that don’t mind us.

Cons: Honestly not much I have a little problem with fox and coyotes.  so far we haven’t had many problems.

Kelley, 5 acres



3 thoughts on “Homesteading in Illinois

  • July 27, 2015 at 4:10 pm

    I’ve only been at it for about 8 months now so take this with a grain of salt. Illinois is home to second most fertile soil in the world (behind Iowa) according to the documentary Food Inc. If true this seems like a major pro. As mentioned already you can grow a large variety of plants. The summers are hot but you can still grow cold weather veggies like broccoli, cabbage, bok choy, kale, radishes, beets, etc.

    Sometimes the winters get bad and last year we had the worst winter in years but it still wasn’t that bad. Which to me means I don’t really need to worry about having a 4×4 to get around 3 months out of the year. Worst case scenario you’re stuck at home for a few days. I don’t even have a truck (yet) and I was able to get out in the winter with a chevy cobolt despite being the worst winter in years. I should mention I live in southern IL so the winters may be worse in central and northern IL.

    • September 2, 2016 at 4:49 pm

      I hope you all are doing well since you posted this.

      I am looking for a retirement into a small farm and curious if you would mind having a trainee on your farm who can pay and learn from your experiences.

      Thank you,

      Sreenivas Pondicherry

      • September 13, 2016 at 9:20 pm

        I would be interested as i am looking for a live in farm hand for room n board w 3 days a week to urself.


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