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PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2015 5:11 pm    Post subject: any camping near Chicago? Reply with quote

Is there anything closer to downtown Chicago than Indiana Dunes State Park?

We need to head back East and not much is coming up that's less than an hour from the city.

Thanks.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2015 7:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

House (driveway) in the woods, borders a park, fire pit, utilities, shop with tools, ten minutes from Metra. PM if interested. Very low rate.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2015 7:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I live in Lakeview around a mile south of Wrigley Field. Your welcome to take a parking pass from me and stealth camp on the street. We've did this once before with a few brothers traveling from Canada and they had the top popped all night and everything. No one bothered them. We're a block from the Wellington Brown Line stop.

I always go kinda far to camp, not much around Sad
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2015 8:08 pm    Post subject: chi town camping Reply with quote

hey all i too live in lakeview and have a westy. Definitely check out starved rock state park that and just outside of milwaukee between chicago. Couple of great small spots.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2015 8:10 pm    Post subject: Re: any camping near Chicago? Reply with quote

blemon wrote:
Is there anything closer to downtown Chicago than Indiana Dunes State Park?

We need to head back East and not much is coming up that's less than an hour from the city.

Thanks.


Just read your whole post. I have an office with gated parking power and water hook ups like 10 blocks west of downtown loop. Put up a fellow samba user two years ago. Very safe and very free
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2015 5:32 am    Post subject: favor Reply with quote

do yourself a favor and go to starved rock in ottawa area (~1.5 hrs west from city) or the kankakee state park (1.5hrs south of city)
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2015 6:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have some space in Hammond, IN (shop parking lot), Space in Willowbrook, IL, Space in Hyde Park (Chicago south side), and I know of areas that guys have stealth camped for free right on Randolph in front of Oprah's studio...
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2015 8:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Evergreen park Walmart was where we slept for two days
it`s in Chicago area....
2500 west 95th street , Evergreen Park .

advice ; take the bus ot train to go to downtown ....
I went with my westfalia . error !!!! they are crazy !
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2015 8:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Many years ago I parked infront of the Swiss Hotel at the cabbie turnaround on 25 cent meters- any thing after 5 was free- Don't tell any one.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 20, 2015 7:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Before the Masters of the Universe bought up all the tickets for the Dead show in Chicago, I was looking into camping near downtown.

I emailed the city parks department about camping at Northerly Island which is supposed to open this summer. I won't paste the entire email thread as I do not believe the person from parks and rec who responded to me intended to share the whole internal parks dept thread but from what I can infer, the city has apparently been inundated with camping requests and don't want anything to do with camping near downtown, i would guess, until after the 7/4 weekend. Here is the response that I can share:

"Good afternoon.

Thank you for contacting the Chicago Park District.

Unfortunately, the Chicago Park District do not have campgrounds at this time.
We do host instructional camping programs including our Family Camping Overnights on select dates each summer session, however, those specific programs are the only type of camping that we facilitate at this time.

For campgrounds in the area, check with the Forest Preserve District of Cook County at http://fpdcc.com/camping/ as they will open five new campgrounds beginning summer 2015.

Thanks so much for reaching out to us. Please let me know if you have any other questions."
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