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Old 06-14-2018, 07:11 PM   #1
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We are going to be in the Chicago area for a couple of weeks this summer and would like to find a nice place in the suburbs to RV camp. However, we’d like it to have proximity to mass transit so we can get to and from Chicago conveniently. Any suggestions? Thanks!
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Old 06-14-2018, 08:03 PM   #2
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I am originally from Cook county and have family still there that I hope to visit someday with our new TT and was wondering about this myself. When I was a kid we used to go to these forest preserves for picnics and family reunions so I looked it up and I read that the county recently invested money into bringing camping back to these places. I know for sure there's a train station in Oak Forest which is same town as the Sullivan park and near where a family member used to commute to downtown. Also, looking on a map, I see a train running right near Camp Bullfrog Lake. It would be a fair assumption that trains are probably not too far from the other parks as well as I recall so many trains living and visiting there in the past. Hope this helps! Would love to hear how your trip goes if you're so inclined to report back. I'm not a city girl but I do love Chicago!


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Old 06-15-2018, 06:34 AM   #3
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We live on the northwest side of Chicago, so I can't speak to the far south side of the city. There is nothing within 30 or 40 miles of even the outer limits of the city due to the sprawling suburbs, and nothing near mass transit that I'm aware of. Try using the free RVParky app on your phone. If I've missed one and you find it, let us know. Good luck.
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Old 06-15-2018, 07:09 AM   #4
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We live on the northwest side of Chicago, so I can't speak to the far south side of the city. There is nothing within 30 or 40 miles of even the outer limits of the city due to the sprawling suburbs, and nothing near mass transit that I'm aware of. Try using the free RVParky app on your phone. If I've missed one and you find it, let us know. Good luck.
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Thanks much for the reply. I’ve been told about a couple of nice county parks with full hook ups that are in the vicinity of Elgin, which I understand has a train station. At this moment, that stands as plan “A” but we are looking for other options because those parks only allow a one-week stay, so we would have to move in the middle of our stay.

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Old 06-15-2018, 02:47 PM   #5
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There is a KOA that offers full-hook ups and is close to Chicago, it is in Union IL. You can hop on to US20 than I90 that can take you into Elgin IL to catch a train from there. Or you can go to Crystal Lake to catch the train to Chicago both are about 22 +/- 3 mins from the KOA in Union IL.
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Old 06-15-2018, 03:07 PM   #7
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The one outside of Elgin is a Kane County forest preserve. Very nice. Stayed there a few times. First come first serve, I don't think they take reservations. Large lots with water and electric (dump station only for sewer as of last year). About 10 minutes from the train station 5 minutes from local shopping. Still a good hour train ride to downtown once you get to the train station. If you go to the KOA in Union, there are several other private campgrounds in the same area, but again, even driving, you're close to 90 minutes drive time to downtown IF traffic is good to you. The Camp Sullivan site is south of Chicago, so I can't speak to it.
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I think maybe the link I posted was missed because it looks like part of my signature (newbie). But the closest camping to downtown are at these places in Cook county south of the city and some I know are fairly close to train stations.


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Old 06-15-2018, 10:22 PM   #9
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Maybe not what you’re looking for, but Indiana Dunes State Park, about an hour out of city. Electric only. South shore line station nearby (5 nun ride or 10 min via bicycle trail.
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Old 06-15-2018, 11:53 PM   #10
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+1 on campgrounds in northwest Indiana. There are a few public and private campgrounds in that area. We're trying one in July where I plan on commuting to Chicago to work. If you have your heart set on camping in IL, you could try Jellystone Park in Milbrook IL (full hookups, lots of activities, expensive). Or Big Rock Campground (water and electric only, no activities, good trails and fishing nearby). Both are about 30 mins from the Metra Station in Aurora. From there, it's another hour train ride. We like both of campgrounds, but they are very different.
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