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Old 01-08-2017, 02:17 PM   #1
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I am considering a trip to Chicago from NJ in May. I'm interested in a campsite with full hookups near the city or at least close to Rail transportation. Anyone out there have suggestions. Thanks in advance.
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Old 01-08-2017, 03:26 PM   #3
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Ain't none.. NORTHWEST KOA is probably the closest.
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In the northern suburbs you will not be close to rail. At best 30 to 45 minutes away. Then an hour by rail. Unless someone built a place since I moved.
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In the northern suburbs you will not be close to rail. At best 30 to 45 minutes away. Then an hour by rail. Unless someone built a place since I moved.
And Tinley Park CG is now an office complex.
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Ain't none.. NORTHWEST KOA is probably the closest.
I stay at the Chicago Northwest KOA regularly when visiting my Illinois family, never had any problems while staying there. The water isn't the greatest, I always use my portable softener there.

The campground isn't particularly close to any METRA stations, the closest are Crystal Lake or Elgin (Big Timbers). The campground is just a few minutes from I-90 (Northwest Tollway) and at the tollway exit (U.S. 20) there are a couple of truck stops to take care of fueling needs.

If you end up traveling the Illinois Tollway I strongly suggest you have a pass such as an EZ-Pass or Illinois' I-Pass. You save on tolls compared to paying cash, but more importantly can use the Open Road Tolling lanes rather than have to stop and pay cash at the booths. The tollbooth lanes can have significant backups, a not-so-subtle push by Illinois to encourage travelers to have a pass!
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Not sure what you're after, but...

There's an Amtrac stop in Burns Harbor, IN, about 50mi east of Union Station. The Camp-Land RV Park is about 4mi from the Burns Harbor Station.

There's Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park near Fremont, IN about the same train ride from Union Station, but a bit further to the rail stop in Burns Harbor.
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The members here are GREAT!!! There is a lot of GREAT information to be found here. I am sure that you will have information and pictures to share with us... so please do!!

There are some CG's about 30 Miles southwest of Chicago toward Joliet. You can Google campgrounds southwest of Chicago and should find them. The commuter train runs out that way. .

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Illinois Beach State Park if you want to stay on Lake Michigan.
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