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Old 06-28-2015, 09:50 PM   #1
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Anyone have experience and recommendations on closest RV parks to Chicago and taking the train into the city?
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Old 06-29-2015, 07:17 AM   #2
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In August 2013 we stayed at the Chicago Northwest KOA. The campsite was very nice, though we spent most of our time catching the train from a nearby station into the city...Crystal Lake, I believe. Was so happy not to drive into the city!!!
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No hook ups. 24 hour security. train station real close, Very good location for touring around chicago.


Chicago McCormick Place Parking:
31st Street Lot: $14.00 per day for passenger vehicles, $30 for Bus/RV's. Overnight parking is available for bus/RV only. Located at 31st St. near Lake Shore Drive, this open-air lot holds 2,250 cars. To get to the 31st St. lot from I-55, take southbound Lake Shore Drive and exit at 31st Street. Turn right and follow the parking signs. From downtown Chicago, take Lake Shore Drive South and exit at 31st St, turn right and follow the parking signs to Lot B.

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I live in the Chicago area and agree with both suggestions so far. Just understand that the McCormick Place one is simply a parking lot with lots of semi deliveries and few RVs. The train ride from Crystal Lake is about an hour and a quarter.
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Old 06-29-2015, 09:23 AM   #5
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There really no camp grounds very close. Fish Lake Beach is a nice place. and is a 5 minute drive to yhe Round Lake Metro (train) station, where there is free parking. Fish Lake Beach Resort - Camping near Six Flags Great America, Gurnee and Family & Corporate Picnics, Swimming and Fishing in Lake County, near Chicago

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Leisure Lake is in Plainfield near where I-55 & I-80 interesct, it's a private campground but they will rent sites if it isn't full.
You can drive up to Naperville ( this is a real nice town with many resturants) from there hop on a Metra train to downtown Chicago, it's about a 30 min train ride.
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Anyone have experience and recommendations on closest RV parks to Chicago and taking the train into the city?
Try this new county park in Kane County IL., Big Rock campground outside of Aurora IL. Here is the link to the park. This park has 50 AMP service and water access with parking pads; $25 a night for non-residents. Forest Preserve Property

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I live in the Chicago area and agree with both suggestions so far. Just understand that the McCormick Place one is simply a parking lot with lots of semi deliveries and few RVs. The train ride from Crystal Lake is about an hour and a quarter.
Do you feel McCormick Place is safe? We will be in the Chicago area for 3 or 4 days, don't mind that there are no hookups. Will be spending the days meeting relatives and seeing the sights.

I don't like the idea of having to drive an hour or more into the city each day, but want to be safe.

Any thoughts?
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Do you feel McCormick Place is safe? We will be in the Chicago area for 3 or 4 days, don't mind that there are no hookups. Will be spending the days meeting relatives and seeing the sights.

I don't like the idea of having to drive an hour or more into the city each day, but want to be safe.

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I have never camped there or even seen the exact lot they park RVs in. McCormick Place is a busy place though. Always setting up next show or breaking down last one. I would think there would be a lot of truck traffic in and out of there. Bad for peace and quiet, but good for scaring off crooks. Maybe the website indicates whether the lot is fenced and gated. That would make me feel better about it.
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Like others have stated McCormick Place Staging Lot is a very busy place, there is always a lot of activity 24 hours a day & the place is covered with cops.
I won't have a problem with security but the location is right downtown, if that's where your spending most of your time it's a good choice. If your Freinds & family are in the suburbs you might want to stay near them & take the train into the city.
The Metra train is a nice way to get around.
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Thanks for the info.
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We stayed at McCormick last July for 2 nights with no problems. There's a dog friendly park on lake Michigan right across the highway. The wife and I walked our chiwennie over there with ease. It was fine. Think is was called Navy park. Yes, u will have to boondock, OK to leave genset on 24/7. Has security gate with pass to get in. We stopped in Chicago for the pizza of course. Went to China town also, it was awesome. Hope that helped.
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We were there last month and stayed at Illinois Beach SP about an hours drive north. Traffic wasn't bad and no tolls. Didn't mind the drive each day.
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Leisure Lake is in Plainfield near where I-55 & I-80 interesct, it's a private campground but they will rent sites if it isn't full.
You can drive up to Naperville ( this is a real nice town with many resturants) from there hop on a Metra train to downtown Chicago, it's about a 30 min train ride.
That place is popular with boomers when there's a turnaround going on in a local refinery or powerhouse.

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