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Camping area in the Chicago area??
« on: August 26, 2010, 10:17:27 PM »
Looks like we are going to take our Bounder to flexsteel in October to fix some of the issues we are having with the leather.  We though we could possibly stop by Chicago for a little if we have time & also catch a soccer game (my team plays the Chicago Fire the week we plan on going).

Any ideas on possibly camping areas around the Chicago area?? 

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Re: Camping area in the Chicago area??
« Reply #1 on: August 26, 2010, 11:42:32 PM »
The Chicago area is a wasteland of campgrounds. We always try to leave our coach in Elkhart for repairs and drive back to Chicago. I may be off a few miles but I don't think that there is a CG within 50 miles of downtown.
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Re: Camping area in the Chicago area??
« Reply #2 on: August 27, 2010, 08:20:31 AM »
that's what we figured, nothing close ..... any suggestions that are withing a hour or so away? 

Such a huge city I figured 50miles is probably still the suburbs
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Re: Camping area in the Chicago area??
« Reply #3 on: August 27, 2010, 09:34:47 AM »
We stay at Fish Lake Resort in Volo. They have a commuter train in nearby Fox River which has service to down town. We will be there Friday Sept 3. There are some further away.

Algonquin has one but I haven't checked it out.  I think there is also one in the southern part of Chicago.
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Re: Camping area in the Chicago area??
« Reply #4 on: August 27, 2010, 12:21:44 PM »
As Bernie put it, the Chicago area is a wasteland as far as camping grounds go, in fact it is quite dismal If you are not familiar with the area, you are in trouble, as far as camping and the traffic is concerned. Fortunately we lived in that neck of the woods for many years.

When in that part of the world, we usually stay at Indiana Dunes State Park CG, in the Chesterton ID area, on Lake Michigan.  This is a beautiful campground, the downside is; only electric hookups, with a station for dumping and water. Staying there, you would never know that you are that close to such a big metropolitan area. It also is quiet at all the times.

The South Shore Line - electric commute train into Chicago - is close by as well. In fact the terminal station is at Millennium Park.

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Re: Camping area in the Chicago area??
« Reply #5 on: August 27, 2010, 02:02:59 PM »
I am looking for one next summer as we venture on a 5 week excursion from Cambridge, Ontario to Vancouver, BC (via MI, IN, IL, MN, SD. WY, MN).

Chicago or somewhere thereabouts is our day one stop. I checked out Indiana Dunes but it seems that a minimum number of days stay is required (ie. 2 days). I really only want to stop there overnight and then head for the northwest side of Chicago. We plan to stay there for two or three nights and catch a Cubs game at Wrigley and maybe head downtown!

I've been using this website:

http://www.epgsoft.com/CampgroundMap/

hoping it's accurate enough to pinpoint some spots to stay at!

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Re: Camping area in the Chicago area??
« Reply #6 on: August 27, 2010, 02:11:30 PM »
    Last year we stayed at a private park in Michigan City and drove to and from Chicago.  There was a park attached to a Casino that was supposed to be closer, but it was closed last year because of a fire at the casino, it may be open again by now.  However, as stated, there is nothing really close to Chicago.

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Re: Camping area in the Chicago area??
« Reply #7 on: August 27, 2010, 04:26:45 PM »
Have not stayed at any of the following. Used to go to shows in St. Charles and looked into campgrounds but have not been back.


Oasis RV Park at Empress Casino Hotel in Joliet
Address:   2300 Empress Dr
Joliet, IL 60436
Phone:    (815) 744-9400


Burnidge Forest Preserve (Paul Wolfe Campground) in Elgin
Phone: 630-232-5980

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Re: Camping area in the Chicago area??
« Reply #8 on: August 27, 2010, 06:41:09 PM »
We are currently parked at Leisure Lakes Membership Resort at the junction of I-80 and I-55 just SW of Joliet. It is a private membership park but accepts Passport America members. We have stayed here for the past 5 years while visiting our kids in Plainfield and Mike the manager has been working diligently to improve the park. It has nice sites many of which have been upgraded to 50 amp and sewer in the past two years. We are close to the I-80/I-55 intersection but keep the a/c fans running as white noise while sleeping.

It is 46 miles (50 min after rush hour) to the loop via I-55 or you can use one of two Metra lines running from the Joliet station 10 minutes from here.

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Re: Camping area in the Chicago area??
« Reply #9 on: August 27, 2010, 07:00:45 PM »
Sometimes, where you plan on being can make some locations more palatable. Our family live on the north side of the city or the north suburbs. We took a look at the campground at Illinois Beach State Park on Lake Michigan next to Zion, IL. Nice looking campground. You can pick up a CNW commuter train in Zion that takes you to the Loop, about a 48 mile train ride.
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Re: Camping area in the Chicago area??
« Reply #10 on: August 27, 2010, 11:29:37 PM »
thanks everyone for the info, we are looking into the options
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Re: Camping area in the Chicago area??
« Reply #11 on: August 29, 2010, 07:58:19 AM »
The problem that I have with Zion is that it's too far north of our intended path.

I'm looking at a couple of campgrounds:

One is Chicago Northwest KOA....looks like it has terrible reviews but I'm camping there for 1 or 2 nights....not a week. With a fully enclosed trailer, how bad can it be?

Our intended path leaving the Windy City is via I-90 west.

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« Reply #12 on: August 29, 2010, 09:37:35 AM »
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Our intended path leaving the Windy City is via I-90 west.

Depends on where on I-90 you are going. If west of WI, from Zion you take US 41 north to WI, merging with I-94 to Milwaukee and west to the I-39 merger. You'll eventually come to the I-94 split and then the I-90 split about 40 miles east of LaCrosse, WI.
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Re: Camping area in the Chicago area??
« Reply #13 on: August 29, 2010, 09:41:35 AM »
That would be a good alternative!

We're heading for Sioux Falls, Mount Rushmore and Yellowstone areas and looks like that might work.

What's it like going through Milwakee traffic wise around 9:00 am? I'm sure no where near as bad as Chicago, but still.....

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Re: Camping area in the Chicago area??
« Reply #14 on: August 29, 2010, 09:57:42 AM »
From the IL-WI state line to I-894 in Milwaukee there is road construction.  If you do come up on I-94 take I-894 around Milwaukee and you should have no problems after 0900.  An alternate is to go west and pick up I-39 and that will take you to I-90/94 at Madison and avoid the construction south of Milwaukee.
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Re: Camping area in the Chicago area??
« Reply #15 on: August 29, 2010, 09:58:50 AM »
     Mike, we stayed in southern Milwaukee last spring.  We drove one way on the interstate, and the other on back roads, as there was construction on the interstate.  Either way was not overly stop and go due to traffic.

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Re: Camping area in the Chicago area??
« Reply #16 on: September 04, 2010, 08:42:52 PM »
Just a note that Windy City CG and Beach In Tinley Park is CLOSED

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Re: Camping area in the Chicago area??
« Reply #17 on: September 05, 2010, 01:40:38 PM »
A few more suggestions for Chicago area camping:  There is a nice campground in Sycamore, Ill about 60 miles from Chicago. We have stayed there on 2 separate shakedown trips with new trailers. Small private park with catch and release fishing and pretty sites. There also is a campground in Plainfield Ill which is also about 60 or so miles south of Chicago. The Empress Casino campground is in Joliet Ill. Train goes into city if needed. I'm sorry I don't have campground names as all my books are in my trailer right now but I'm sure you can find them in campground directories.

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Re: Camping area in the Chicago area??
« Reply #18 on: September 05, 2010, 02:13:55 PM »
Bob:

The next time you are near the directory could you get the name of the campground in Plainfield for us? We would love to be closer to our kids when we visit.

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Re: Camping area in the Chicago area??
« Reply #19 on: September 06, 2010, 11:22:34 AM »
Jeff: I'm sorry, I was thinking Plainfield but meant Yorkville. Hide a Way Lakes Campground in Yorkville was pretty good last time I was there (5 years ago). Just a suggestion. Hope it helps.

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« Reply #20 on: September 06, 2010, 01:42:53 PM »
The next time you are near the directory could you get the name of the campground in Plainfield for us? We would love to be closer to our kids when we visit.

Jeff

If you do find something in Plainfield or closer, please let us know. My 50th college Reunion is next June and the possible sites on campus (UofC, Hyde Park) don't work. Had a hard time getting in and out at my 40th. We're thinking if we could find something within about 45 minutes, we'll just commute daily.
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Re: Camping area in the Chicago area??
« Reply #21 on: September 06, 2010, 05:47:29 PM »
I saw the reviews for "Hide a Way Lakes Campground in Yorkville" it would be low on my list.

As I mentioned before, I like Fish Lake Beach Resort in Volo. It is about 50 miles north of downtown Chicago. We are there now and will be here for about 3 weeks.

Our son lives in Lincolnshire which is about 15 miles from the CG. We have been staying here each year for about 10 years. We stayed at another once but it is gone and replaced with Condos.
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Re: Camping area in the Chicago area??
« Reply #22 on: September 06, 2010, 08:15:38 PM »
Wayne:

We spent a month at Hideaway six years ago and it was one of the worst camping experiences of 35 years of RVing! Sue went for a walk one morning and came running back because of some of the occupants back in the rear of the cg. We were settled on the edge of a large wooded area that got turned into a heavy metal concert with the band about five feet from the reat of our m/h.

Every time there was a problem whoever went to the office was told to call the Yorkville police.

When I parked I questioned the wisdom of parking a heavy m/h on what appeared to be like rutted grass but was assured it would be fine. Two weeks later it rained for a week and the jack pads I had down went out of sight. It took the remains of a half dozen picnic tables to create a platform to get out.

It is the closet cg to our kids but we have never been back.
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Re: Camping area in the Chicago area??
« Reply #23 on: September 06, 2010, 08:35:09 PM »
Jeff

The reviews for the campground I read, all said about the same thing you did except using different words. Don't think I will be going there.

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« Reply #24 on: September 09, 2010, 07:38:57 AM »
We stayed at the Empress Casino in Joliett for one night last month. The approach is through an industrial area, which had us a little worried, but once at the casino, found it to be very nice.  The RV park was part of a recent renovation.  It was well maintained and quiet.  The sites have water and 50 amp service.  The park has a dump station.  $33 with tax. 

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Re: Camping area in the Chicago area??
« Reply #25 on: September 09, 2010, 07:51:11 AM »
The Empress is always our second choice but with no sewer, and IIRC a seven day limit, and being another 5 miles away it doesn't quite fit our plans as well.

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« Reply #26 on: September 09, 2010, 09:49:07 AM »
We had been thinking about staying at the Empress during my college reunion and since it is only a long weekend, shouldn't have a problem with hook ups. Were hoping for something closer to Hyde Park to cut down on the commuting.
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Re: Camping area in the Chicago area??
« Reply #27 on: September 09, 2010, 10:42:31 PM »
Heck Bernie some of the streets around UofC aren't even car friendly!
They leveled the home I lived in as a kid at 57th and Kenwood.

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« Reply #28 on: September 09, 2010, 11:09:23 PM »
Heck Bernie some of the streets around UofC aren't even car friendly!
They leveled the home I lived in as a kid at 57th and Kenwood.

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Lots of Chicago is like that. We grew up on the north side and the building that I lived in until we got married was torn down many years ago.
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« Reply #29 on: September 14, 2010, 08:15:39 AM »
Heck Bernie some of the streets around UofC aren't even car friendly!
They leveled the home I lived in as a kid at 57th and Kenwood.

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Re: Camping area in the Chicago area??
« Reply #30 on: October 02, 2010, 09:52:42 PM »
This may be too late for your October trip, but we recently stayed at the Burnidge Forest Preserve/ Paul Wolff Campground in Elgin, IL about 40 miles northwest of Chicago. It's a beautiful campground with 50 amp service and water spigots scattered that you can hook up to if it's not too busy. I'm pretty sure they stay open until October 31. The sites are very large, paved, level and quiet. There are hiking trails. Good cell service. 2 convenient dump stations. I believe it's $25.00 per night.
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Re: Camping area in the Chicago area??
« Reply #31 on: October 19, 2010, 07:51:26 PM »
Plainview IL:

Beaver Dam State Park - No water or sewer  Website: http://www.rvparkreviews.com/regions/Illinois/Plainview.html

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