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Old 10-12-2019, 01:19 PM   #1
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Around Chicago RV camp end of october

Hello, I plan a trip to Chicago
at the end of October
and then go down to the
south, I'm looking for
a place where camping
and vesiting the city
of Chicago can anyone help me.

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Old 10-12-2019, 02:42 PM   #2
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There is very little in Chicago for visiting the city. It's best to stay along the 'L' transportation line and take the 'L' into the city.

If you can do dry camping here is a good spot but it requires driving right in the city. https://www.gonewiththewynns.com/dow...ago-rv-camping

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Old 10-12-2019, 08:30 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by twogypsies View Post
There is very little in Chicago for visiting the city. It's best to stay along the 'L' transportation line and take the 'L' into the city./
The train you're thinking of is not the L, but Metra. The L has frequent service all through the day (and in some cases 24 hours/day), but is only close in to Chicago and doesn't go out to where the RV parks are.

Metra is a commuter rail line, with schedules that are designed for commuters and may not work well for tourists. There are some campgrounds not far from Metra stops (Paul Wolff is 5 miles away from a weekday-only Metra station, while most others are about 10 miles, or more). Once on the train, it will take a little over an hour to get into the city.

But be aware that most campgrounds close for the winter. Some close in mid-October (KOA Northwest Chicago and the Hollywood Casino in Joliet) and some on October 31 (Paul Wolff and Sycamore RV Resort west of the city).

Illinois Beach up in Zion is open through December 30. It's very near the last stop on a Metra line, but since it's the last stop, not all trains go that far out, making the schedule even more limited.

Good luck. Pretty slim pickings in Chicago, even without dealing with winter closures.
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Old 10-13-2019, 07:02 AM   #4
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You have gotten an almost complete picture already. I haven't seen mentioned Fish Lake Campground in Volo, or Camp Rhineburg in the Cook County Forest Preserve in Palatine. We will be at Camp Rhineburg next week so I know it is open second half of October. I think it stays open later than that.
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Old 10-15-2019, 07:20 PM   #5
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I have heard of an Encore park called Lakeside along the South Shore Railway. I stopped there once on a Sunday but the office was closed and no one around. Has anyone been there?

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Old 10-16-2019, 07:37 AM   #6
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Best we ever came up with was staying at https://www.hollywoodcasinojoliet.com/hotel/rv-park. Not a bad RV park.
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Old 10-16-2019, 09:39 AM   #7
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Camp Bullfrog Lake

We stayed here in our 40 footer. About a 30 to 40 min drive to downtown Chicago. Cook Couny Parks
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Old 10-16-2019, 12:21 PM   #8
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We stayed here in our 40 footer. About a 30 to 40 min drive to downtown Chicago. Cook Couny Parks
But be aware that this is on their website: "Campgrounds close at 10 pm. While patrons may leave at any time, re-entry is only allowed from 7 am to 10 pm."

Someone mentioned the South Shore Commuter Line, which reminded me that Indiana Dunes State Park is out that direction. I looked at their reservation website and sites are almost completely booked up from October 23-26 for some reason (Wednesday and Thursday all booked up??), but there's a lot of availability after that. The sites are electric only, with places to fill and dump your tanks.

I've never even seen the place, but apparently there's a train station nearby; it takes about an hour and 20 minutes to get into town. But it's a commuter train with infrequent service, especially on weekends, so check the schedule before staying there to make sure it'll work for you.

This campground has a weird system, where campers pay a vehicle entry fee when they first get there, and it's good for the rest of your stay. I'm not necessarily complaining--it beats the Texas state parks system, where campers pay separate entry fees every day. Anyway, this is in the fine print on the reserveamerica site:

For Indiana Dunes, the in-state vehicle entrance fee is $7 and out-of-state is $12 per vehicle. For pedestrians, bicycles, buses and passenger vans, the entrance fee is $2 per person. When staying overnight, you will be required to pay the entrance fee the first time you enter and your receipt will serve as your in/out pass the remainder of your stay.

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