Places to Camp near Chicago, IL

The Windy City isn’t exactly synonymous with camping and the outdoors. However, if you know where to look, you’ll be surprised at just what you can find. With a handful of lakes, parks, and conservation areas, you may just find a hidden gem in Illinois.

The best camping near Chicago is found south of the city in the Des Plaines State Conservation area, near Joliet, IL. If that doesn’t suit you, head to the campgrounds at Camp Bullfrog Lake in the Palos Preserves area. This is actually recognized as an International Dark Sky place, so you’ll be able to enjoy unbridled night skies while still remaining close to the city. Best of all, they offer tent and RV accessible campsites.

Best Camping Sites Near Chicago, IL (67)

    Camper-submitted photo from Dunewood Campground — Indiana Dunes National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Dunewood Campground — Indiana Dunes National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Dunewood Campground — Indiana Dunes National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Dunewood Campground — Indiana Dunes National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Dunewood Campground — Indiana Dunes National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Dunewood Campground — Indiana Dunes National Park

    1.

    Dunewood Campground — Indiana Dunes National Park

    116 Reviews
    316 Photos
    420 Saves
    Beverly Shores, Indiana

    Overview

    Indiana Dunes National Park hugs 15 miles (24 km) of the southern shore of Lake Michigan and has much to offer. Whether you enjoy scouting for rare species of birds or flying kites on the sandy beach, the national park's 15,000 acres (6070 ha) will continually enchant you. Hikers will enjoy 50 miles (80 km) of trails over rugged dunes, mysterious wetlands, sunny prairies, meandering rivers and peaceful forests.__

    Recreation

    There is no one-size-fits-all trip to the dunes. Each season offers new and different ways to enjoy Indiana Dunes National Park. Spring splashes the river banks of the Heron Rookery with an abundance of colorful wildflowers in this birder's paradise. Lake Michigan summer sunsets paint the skies with vibrant rays that offer a picture-perfect picnic setting. In the fall, Maple trees burst with warm red and golden hues crafting a spectacular backdrop for a hike by the Chellberg Farm and winter brings a scenic canvas of virgin white snow begging for a cross-country skiing adventure in the Glenwood Dunes.__ As the seasons change, so do the recreational opportunities, park facility operating hours and closures and safety concerns. Here is a list of some of the activities that occur in the National Park: Beach-going & Swimming, Biking, Bird Watching, Camping, Fishing & Boating, Hiking, Geocaching, Historical Sites, Horseback Riding, Interpretive Programs, Picnic, Winter Activities and Guided Tours. Check the Calendar page on our website for our list of Ranger-led programs.

    Facilities

    There is no one-size-fits-all trip to the dunes. Each season offers new and different ways to enjoy Indiana Dunes National Park. Spring splashes the river banks of the Heron Rookery with an abundance of colorful wildflowers in this birder's paradise. Lake Michigan summer sunsets paint the skies with vibrant rays that offer a picture-perfect picnic setting. In the fall, Maple trees burst with warm red and golden hues crafting a spectacular backdrop for a hike by the Chellberg Farm and winter brings a scenic canvas of virgin white snow begging for a cross-country skiing adventure in the Glenwood Dunes.__ As the seasons change, so do the recreational opportunities, park facility operating hours and closures and safety concerns. Here is a list of some of the activities that occur in the National Park: Beach-going & Swimming, Biking, Bird Watching, Camping, Fishing & Boating, Hiking, Geocaching, Historical Sites, Horseback Riding, Interpretive Programs, Picnic, Winter Activities and Guided Tours. Check the Calendar page on our website for our list of Ranger-led programs.

    Natural Features

    Indiana Dunes National Park is a treasure of diverse natural resources located within an urban setting. The national park features communities that have both scientific and historic significance to the field of ecology. In addition, four National Natural Landmarks (including Pinhook Bog and Cowles Bog ) and one National Historical Landmark (the Bailly Homestead ) are located within its boundaries.______ The park is comprised of over 15,000 acres (6070 ha) of dunes, oak savannas, swamps, bogs, marshes, prairies, rivers, and forests. It contains 15 miles (24 km) of Lake Michigan shoreline spanning the distance from Gary to Michigan City. Lake Michigan is part of the largest complex of freshwater lakes in the world. The national park's beaches are the park's most significant recreational resource.____ For more information on our natural features visit the Nature and Science page on the park website.__

    Nearby Attractions

    Located close to the campground is Lake View Beach on Lake Michigan which is located 1.5 miles north of the campground. Several other national park beaches are within easy driving distance. Do NOT park in the Town of Beverly Shores' beach parking lot, which is located just to the east of the Lake View lot. You will get ticketed. The town is very strict. A gas station / convenience store is located __ mile north of the campground at the intersection of U.S. Highway 12 and Broadway Avenue. The Beverly Shores South Shore Railroad station with passenger service to Chicago and South Bend is located on Broadway Avenue, __ mile north of the campground. Indiana Dunes Tourism and LaPorte County Convention & Visitors Bureau have lists of other activities in the area.

    Charges & Cancellations

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group

    $25 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Camp Bullfrog Lake
    Camper-submitted photo from Camp Bullfrog Lake
    Camper-submitted photo from Camp Bullfrog Lake
    Camper-submitted photo from Camp Bullfrog Lake
    Camper-submitted photo from Camp Bullfrog Lake
    Camper-submitted photo from Camp Bullfrog Lake

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    Camp Bullfrog Lake

    24 Reviews
    32 Photos
    353 Saves
    Willow Springs, Illinois

    Camp just steps from the water in the heart of the vast, hilly Palos Preserves. Camp Bullfrog Lake offers year-round camping, group activities and water-based recreation such as canoe rentals and fishing. Just around the corner from Maple Lake’s boathouse and the Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, it’s also a perfect launching pad for hiking, mountain biking and birdwatching adventures on Palos’ 50-plus miles of trails.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $20 - $138 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Blackwell Family Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Blackwell Family Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Blackwell Family Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Blackwell Family Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Blackwell Family Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Blackwell Family Campground

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    Blackwell Family Campground

    22 Reviews
    97 Photos
    283 Saves
    Warrenville, Illinois
    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $20 - $30 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Adeline Jay-Geo Karis Illinois Beach State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Adeline Jay-Geo Karis Illinois Beach State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Adeline Jay-Geo Karis Illinois Beach State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Adeline Jay-Geo Karis Illinois Beach State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Adeline Jay-Geo Karis Illinois Beach State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Adeline Jay-Geo Karis Illinois Beach State Park

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    Adeline Jay-Geo Karis Illinois Beach State Park

    65 Reviews
    130 Photos
    292 Saves
    Zion, Illinois

    The campground in the southern unit at Illinois Beach provides 241 Class A Premium sites with electricity and access to showers and sanitary facilities. You must obtain a camping permit from the park staff, and must have a camping unit upon arrival.

    The campground is open from April 1 through December 30. Reservations can be made up to 180 days in advance at ExploreMoreIL™. Reservations are only accepted from May 1 - September 30. Due to the high use of this area on holiday weekends, reservations are recommended. Campsites also are available on a first-come first-serve basis, but understand that the campgrounds fill up early on Fridays during the summer season. Six handicap accessible campsites are present in the campground near the accessible restrooms and a dump station.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $25 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Indiana Dunes State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Indiana Dunes State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Indiana Dunes State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Indiana Dunes State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Indiana Dunes State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Indiana Dunes State Park Campground

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    Indiana Dunes State Park Campground

    44 Reviews
    96 Photos
    604 Saves
    Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Indiana

    Camping options: Dunbar Group Site and General Camping

    Dunbar Group: The Dunbar Group Site holds up to 30 people and is located less than 500 feet from the beach. The site overlooks the Great Marsh and Lake Michigan. Parking and restrooms are located in the Dunbar Beach parking lot, 400 feet from the site.

    Indiana Dunes consists of 2,182 acres of primitive, beautiful, historic, and unique Hoosier landscape. It lies at the north end of State Road 49 in Porter County and includes more than three miles of beautiful beach along Lake Michigan’s southern shore. In the early 1900s scientists, recreationists, and nature enthusiasts, recognizing the value and potential of the Indiana dunes area, fought to have the region preserved. As a result, in 1925, the state park was established.

    Large sand dunes, located beyond the entire shoreline, have taken thousands of years to form, and tower nearly 200 feet above Lake Michigan. A wide range of habitats and plant species are found in the park, with vegetation stabilizing some of the sand. These habitats provide homes for many types of plants and animals. The lake also provides a habitat for many aquatic species, as well as a constantly changing fishery.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $12 - $44 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Camp Sullivan
    Camper-submitted photo from Camp Sullivan
    Camper-submitted photo from Camp Sullivan
    Camper-submitted photo from Camp Sullivan
    Camper-submitted photo from Camp Sullivan
    Camper-submitted photo from Camp Sullivan

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    Camp Sullivan

    13 Reviews
    22 Photos
    52 Saves
    Oak Forest, Illinois

    Welcome to Camp Sullivan, nestled near Oak Forest, IL. This spot is a solid choice if you're looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life without straying too far from Chicago. The campground offers a mix of tent, RV, cabin, and even glamping accommodations, so there's something for everyone.

    One of the standout features here is the abundance of shade on the tent side, making it a comfortable spot to pitch your tent even on warmer days. The campground is big rig friendly, but be aware that some RV spots can be a bit tight. If you're in an RV, you’ll find electric hookups, but you'll need to fill your water tanks at the bathrooms since there’s no water hookup at the sites themselves.

    Camp Sullivan is also pet-friendly, so feel free to bring your furry friends along. There are plenty of trails for hiking and road biking that you can access directly from the camp, offering a great way to explore the natural surroundings. The staff here are generally friendly and helpful, and they even provide free firewood, which is a nice touch.

    For those who enjoy a bit of convenience, there’s a market on-site, and you can also find picnic tables and fire pits at most sites. The bathrooms and showers are generally clean, though some visitors have noted that maintenance can be hit or miss.

    Overall, Camp Sullivan is a decent spot with a good location, especially if you’re looking to visit Chicago but still want to enjoy some greenery and solitude. Just be prepared for a few quirks, and you’ll have a great time.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $35 - $250 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Camp Reinberg
    Camper-submitted photo from Camp Reinberg
    Camper-submitted photo from Camp Reinberg
    Camper-submitted photo from Camp Reinberg
    Camper-submitted photo from Camp Reinberg
    Camper-submitted photo from Camp Reinberg

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    Camp Reinberg

    12 Reviews
    52 Photos
    199 Saves
    Palatine, Illinois

    Camp Reinberg’s tent sites and heated year-round cabins—plus dining hall and outdoor gathering areas—make it perfect for a group event or private getaway. Set in the oak woods of historic Deer Grove, Camp Reinberg provides access to miles of trails, beautifully restored landscapes and nearly unlimited recreation opportunities.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $45 - $60 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from The Vaudeville
    Camper-submitted photo from The Vaudeville
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    Camper-submitted photo from Paul Wolff Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Paul Wolff Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Paul Wolff Campground
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    Camper-submitted photo from Paul Wolff Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Paul Wolff Campground

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    Paul Wolff Campground

    18 Reviews
    32 Photos
    130 Saves
    Elgin, Illinois

    Within Burnidge Forest Preserve is Paul Wolff Campground. Paul Wolff Campground contains 89 improved, vehicle camp sites with 50-amp electrical service, water access, parking pad and fire ring. Improved camp sites are available to vehicle campers or tent campers. Each improved site is capable of handling a 50-foot motorhome. There are also 5 equestrian camp sites, where you may camp with your horse(s); and 10 primitive, wooded sites for tent camping only, away from the main camping area. Primitive sites do not have electric service and are available, weather permitting. All camp sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis; reservations are not taken.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • ADA Access
    • RVs

    $12 - $35 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Lakeshore Camp Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Lakeshore Camp Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Lakeshore Camp Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Lakeshore Camp Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Lakeshore Camp Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Lakeshore Camp Resort

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    Lakeshore Camp Resort

    16 Reviews
    16 Photos
    9 Saves
    Portage, Indiana

    Lakeshore Camp Resort Portage, IN is a 940 site Membership park. We have 115 full hookup campsites and 12 cabins available for rent to the general public. We offer you and your family a fun filled camping experience with access to our many amenities that include: 22 Acre lake, 4 pools, beaches, fishing, boat rental, mini golf, daily recreational activities, weekend entertainment, and much more!

    We are conveniently located 10 miles from the Indiana Dunes National Park, and approximately 45 miles from downtown Chicago, IL. Area attractions include; Deep River water park, Chicago train system, casinos, bike trails, zoos, and museums.

    Whether you are enjoying activities in or out of the park there is much to do.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $49 - $57 / night

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Frequently Asked Questions

Which is the most popular campground near Chicago, IL?

According to TheDyrt.com, the most popular campground near Chicago, IL is Dunewood Campground — Indiana Dunes National Park with a 4.3-star rating from 116 reviews.

What parks are near Chicago, IL?

According to TheDyrt.com, there are 2 parks near Chicago, IL that allow camping, notably Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and Indiana Dunes National Park.