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Top 10 Campsites Close to Chicago to Take Your TAXA for a Quick Getaway!

Camping in and around Chicago provides ample experience to take in the Lake Michigan shoreline, try your luck at some slot machines, or explore the lakes and rivers west of the Windy City. Here are 10 of the best campgrounds to visit with your TAXA for a quick getaway from Chicago. 

1. Camp Bullfrog Lake

Camp Bullfrog Lake is a camping spot and recreational area 22 miles from Chicago, centered around Bullfrog Lake. It’s small and personable but has amenities, like kayak and canoe rentals, educational activities, and trails for walking your dogs. 

Sites vary with mulch, gravel, or paved pads; 15 of the RV sites have 30/50 amp electric, and 11 others have 20 amp. 

  • Price: $22-143
  • Number of sites: 31
  • RV sites: Yes (max length 40’)
  • Hookups: Yes
  • Fires allowed: Yes
  • Pets allowed: Yes

Great fishing and the fire pit at night just topped it off.” – Paul G.

2. Illinois Beach

With over 6 miles of sandy beaches stretching along the shore of Lake Michigan, there’s always something to do when you camp at Illinois Beach

The sandy ridges of the park, unique to this lake area, are topped with black oak for an incredible backdrop. You can fish from the shore or at one of the many fish ponds a little inland, but be forewarned, there are no lifeguards on duty. 

  • Price: $21-40
  • Number of sites: 244
  • RV sites: Yes (max length 30’)
  • Hookups: Yes
  • Fires allowed: Yes
  • Pets allowed: Yes

This location is an absolute treasure. The beach is stunning, and the trails are awesome.” – Ranko K.

3. Camp Reinberg

Hikers love Camp Reinberg for its miles of unpaved trails and private, untouched beauty. There are only 4 sites here, but you have loads of space and the pathways meander through meadows, forests, and long lily-pad-covered ponds. Amenities are basic but clean and well-maintained. 2 RV sites are paved, and the 3 others are gravel, but all have hookups.

  • Price: $28-62
  • Number of sites: 5
  • RV sites: Yes (max length 40’)
  • Hookups: Yes
  • Fires allowed: Yes
  • Pets allowed: Yes

There are so many wildflowers everywhere!” – Susan L.

4. Blackwell Family Campground

All the sites at Blackwell Family Campground are situated around the campground’s road, which is in a figure-eight configuration. There’s tons to do in the area, like archery, birding, fishing, or tubing. Flushing toilets, showers, and partial hookups are also available. 

  • Price: $20-30
  • Number of sites: 64
  • RV sites: Yes (max length 40’)
  • Hookups: Yes
  • Fires allowed: Yes
  • Pets allowed: Yes

The grounds include a lake for boating, hiking trails, and bike paths.” – Jen E.

5. Indiana Dunes State Park

The main reason that campers and RVers love to visit Indiana Dunes State Park is the natural setting. Though it’s exactly an hour’s drive from Chicago it’s worth it to take in this epic landscape. With sandy dunes towering 200’ over the shore, the location of the campground is the showstopper. 

Amenities include a sanitary dump but only partial hookups. You don’t get a water hookup at every site, but there are water spigots scattered throughout the grounds.

  • Price: $21-40
  • Number of sites: 140
  • RV sites: Yes (max length 40’)
  • Hookups: Yes
  • Fires allowed: Yes
  • Pets allowed: Yes

It’s a wonderful place to go to during the summer, and the kids will have a blast.” – Debbie S.

6. Camp Sullivan

You can’t miss the red barn that greets visitors at the entrance of Camp Sullivan, only 26 miles from Chicago. Some RV sites have gravel pads and timber edges, some are gravel, some are paved, and all are spacious and shady. Toilets, showers, dump stations, and complete and partial hookups round out the amenities at this charming camp.

  • Price: $22-65
  • Number of sites: 25
  • RV sites: Yes (max length 40’)
  • Hookups: Yes
  • Fires allowed: Yes
  • Pets allowed: Yes

There is an activities barn with a rock climbing wall.” – Shane S.

7. Big Rock Campground

At Big Rock Campground, you camp in the middle of a flat grassy plain with clean, well-maintained washrooms, water spigots throughout, and access to partial hookups. There are lots of stars and sunny skies when you camp at this conveniently located mid-sized campground near Big Rock Forest Preserve and it’s under an hour from Chicago

  • Price: $12-75
  • Number of sites: 109
  • RV sites: Yes (max length 50’)
  • Hookups: Yes
  • Fires allowed: Yes
  • Pets allowed: Yes

Wide, open spaces for kids to ride bikes and explore wildflowers. Duck viewing. Quiet.” – Amanda K.

8. Paul Wolff Campground

Close to the town of  Almora in the Burnidge Forest Preserve, you’ll find Paul Wolff Campground, a mid-sized campground. Every RV site has water and electric hookups, and there’s a lovely trail system with equestrian access. They only take cash or checks, no credit cards. The campground is first-come, first-serve, so plan travel accordingly.

  • Price: $10-35
  • Number of sites: 89
  • RV sites: Yes (max length 50’)
  • Hookups: Yes
  • Fires allowed: Yes
  • Pets allowed: Yes

This area is very nice, lots of lakes that are close to each other.” – Robin M.

9. Lakeshore Camp Resort

When you stay at Lakeshore Camp Resort, you’re close to Chicago (only 42 miles) though you’ll cross the border into Indiana. The location of the campground is full of lovely sights and sounds from the Lake Michigan shoreline. This is a large resort with tons of family-friendly activities and DJs or bands playing during the peak seasons. Tons of patrons are return guests who can’t get enough of this area. 

  • Price: $41-70
  • Number of sites: 940
  • RV sites: Yes (max length 60’)
  • Hookups: Yes
  • Fires allowed: Yes
  • Pets allowed: Yes

This is a great place.” – Jenny S.

10. Hollywood Casino and Hotel RV Park at Joliet 

You have access to I-80, casinos, and other restaurants in Hollywood Casino and Hotel at Joliet, a medium-sized campground with a free dump station at the entrance and exit. Well-lit at night with security patrols regularly making rounds, the casino and hotel provide ample opportunity for fun right at your RV’s doorstep.

  • Price: $21-53
  • Number of sites: 80
  • RV sites: Yes (max length 70’)
  • Hookups: Yes
  • Fires allowed: Yes
  • Pets allowed: Yes

Friendly staff who were quick to respond to any issues.” – TK n E

You can’t go wrong with these 10 enchanting campgrounds under 50 miles from Chicago, Illinois. Whether you need a quick place to crash or are looking for a jumping-off point for extended expeditions, you have tons of options available to you. For more, check out The Dyrt’s complete list of camping options close to Chicago.

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