Dining in nature is not just for picnics and outdoor seating at the mall. Nestled right in the Shawnee National Forest, there is a charming lodge offering more than just room and board for the night.

This little-known Illinois restaurant will have you itching to go camping and to rediscover nature in one of the most beautiful pockets of the state. Keep scrolling for all the delicious details.

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Giant City Lodge is located at 460 Giant City Lodge Rd. Makanda, Illinois, and you can get more information on the restaurant’s website or Facebook page.

If you’re looking for more to do in the forest, check out eight hikes you need to take through the Shawnee National Forest.

Have you dined at this unique restaurant? Tell us about it in the comments below!

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