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Old 01-18-2015, 05:25 PM   #1
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Chicago???

Anywhere to stay in Chicago? If not, nearest? I'm coming up empty. Even boondocking.
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Old 01-18-2015, 06:11 PM   #2
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There are no campgrounds either in Chicago, or in any of the close in suburbs.

The camp ground at Illinois Beach State Park has electric hookups, but no full hookups. It is about 50 miles north of downtown Chicago, but it is close it I94 which will take you right into downtown. It is even closer to US 41 which runs into I94. The travel time would be about 75 minutes if you can avoid rush hour. During rush hour, you could expect two hours on a good day, and sometimes, much longer. Ihere is also easy access to a Metra train station (Zion).

Fish Lake Beach Resort is also about 50 miles north, and does have full hookups. It is within about a five minute drive from a Metra train station (Round Lake) that will take you downtown. Fish Lake Beach Resort - Camping near Six Flags Great America, Gurnee and Family & Corporate Picnics, Swimming and Fishing in Lake County, near Chicago

The Metra prices are reasonable, and there is free parking at most of the stations. I know that the Round Lake station has free parking. I am not sure about the Zion Station. Metra Mobile

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Old 01-18-2015, 06:26 PM   #3
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The Moose Lodge at St. Charles allows RV parking. It is beyond a doubt the friendliest Moose Lodge I have ever been to.
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Old 01-18-2015, 06:59 PM   #4
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I almost hate to reply to this and broadcast this, for possibly ruining a good thing, but here goes anyway...

Last October I needed to attend a medical convention held at the McCormick Convention Center in south downtown Chicago. Hotel rooms to be booked in the Loop area for $300/night and up... and since I have my RV, I have come to a severe distaste of (expensive) hotel rooms. So, a little Google research...turns out the only place within 50 miles of downtown Chicago that even allows RVs is the McCormick Place Marshalling Yard. Right next door to my meeting location . Turns out the Marshalling Yard is one very large parking lot where the semi rigs are parked after they bring in the exhibits for the conventions. But they allow RV's.... So...

I checked it out closely on Google Earth. I allowed myself PLENTY of time, and drove my 39' RV through Chicago traffic to downtown Chicago... you take the first two rights after the Interstate ends on Lake Shore Drive, and you will find the entrance to the Marshalling Yard. Check in at the gate...(call ahead to make sure they have space...), drive around until you like a place, and park ... level the rig, put out the slides, and enjoy your favorite beverage....

However, NO hookups. Pure boondocking. Generators OK though, and clear satellite reception from your dish if so equipped. I parked and backed up to area bordering the rail line, which didn't disrupt me too much as they quit after 10 or so... If that is too much, then park closer to the Lake Shore Drive side. I felt pretty safe there, as they have 24/7 security car driving through the lot. The best part- about $33-35 per night.... It was a brisk 10-15 minute walk to my meeting.

Because it is the only place in town, so to speak, don't be intimidated by the 6-7 Prevost coaches you will see- I suspect the high end coaches from whoever is in concert in town have to park somewhere.....

The pros-
1) Price
2) Proximity to downtown Chicago - the Shedd Aquarium, Field Museum might be in walking distance

The cons-
1) Navigating Chicago traffic in an RV- but hey, if the 18 wheelers can do it, so can I
2) If you are not pulling a toad, you have to rely on cabs, and you are out of the usual traffic patterns for cabs. I was lucky to catch a nearby cab twice or so, but you can expect to have to call one and wait 20-25 minutes.
3) No hookups

I intend to take my family with my 8 & 10 year old children for a 4 day weekend to Chicago in April. I will probably pull our toad (Ford Explorer), or maybe just rely on cabs. Thursday Shedd Aquarium, Friday Field Museum or Museum of Science & Technology, and Saturday for fun at the Navy Pier, home on Sunday....
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The nearest FHU RV park/resort to Chicago I found, and use, is Leisure Lake Resort, Joliet, IL. It is a membership park, and does have visitor RV sites, long-term and short-term. It's a bit unnerving the first time to drive through the one-lane cement tunnel under I80 (it's in SW corner of I80/I55, but adequate height and width for the largest MH+towed.
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The Empress Casino in Joliet has an RV Park. Nice, quit and safe. That was the closest I could find from downtown Chicago.
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Had a flat on the toad going through Chicago and stopped at a Wallie World, they fixed us up with a new tire, supplies, and we stayed there for 2 days and explored Chicago, don't remember what exit it was off of, sorry.
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There is a KOA near Rockford that we stayed at. Took the Metro into town each day. We had the grand kids with us and it was their first train ride. About an hour each way and do not buy the tickets on board as there is an extra charge.
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County park in Elgin.... Water and electric! But can't remember it's name. You can google it. That's how I found it.
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The Empress Casino in Joliet has an RV Park. Nice, quit and safe. That was the closest I could find from downtown Chicago.
They must have re-opened it. Last I heard their RV park was closed.
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Thanks all. Been on the road and reading these. Appreciate it.
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If you are still interested there is a new county RV park that Kane County opened just out side Sugar Grove IL. The park is actually located in Big Rock IL and called Big Rock campground but the park is less than 2 miles from RT 56 that will take you right on to interstate 88 to Chicago which is less than 40 miles away.

The park does offer water and 50/30 amp hook-ups and parking pads with a dump station located in the park. Here is the link: The fee is only $25 a night for non-residents and $15 a night for county residents per their website.
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