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Sandstone Cliff by Michael Jeffords – Via Wikimedia Commons.



Chicago is one of the biggest cities in United States, and it has very interesting wilderness campgrounds nearby. These campgrounds offer many comforts, such as wireless internet connection, swimming pools and other outdoors activities. Here are the top 5 campsites near Chicago for your next camping trip.


Starved Rock State Park

The Starved Rock State Park offers more than 125 campsites equipped with electricity, shower facilities, flush toilets and a playground, and it’s only 2 hours from Chicago by car. Hiking is one of the outdoor activities you can enjoy at this State Park, with 13 miles of beautiful trails which allow you to explore more than 15 canyons on the way. Some other activities you can do while camping here are: paddle boarding, horseback riding, canoeing, kayaking or jet skiing.

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Illinois Beach State Park Lakefront” by Wrongdave. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Illinois Beach State Park

How about camping on the beach? Illinois Beach State Park has more than 240 sites with showers, firewood and electricity waiting for you! This State Park is open during all seasons of the year and it is recommended that you call for reservations during peak season, which goes from May to the end of September. Some of the activities you can do at Illinois Beach State Park are: swimming and relaxing on the beach, fishing, hiking through the marshes and dunes, and mountain biking at the bike trails.

Kandakee South KOA

Trailer parked at Kankakee by KOA Campgrounds

Chicago Northwest KOA

Chicago Northwest camping area by KOA Campgrounds

Kankakee South KOA

Just an hour south of Chicago you can find the Kankakee South KOA, a great place for camping. The site offers electricity, wireless Internet connection, a playground, swimming pool, game room, and basketball and volleyball courts.

Chicago Northwest KOA

The Chicago Northwest KOA is open all year round, 24/7. It offers wireless Internet connection, a propane station and sites with up to 50 max amp hook-ups. This cool site offers many amenities and activities for everyone in the family; some of them are: swimming pool, playground, basketball and volleyball courts, bike renting and a mini golf court. With these and more stuff to do here, the Chicago Northwest KOA has a little bit of everything.


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