What’s the closest campground to Chicago? Try Channahon State Park in Illinois, which is just 50 miles from the Windy City.
Illinois Beach State Park is great because its campground permits alcohol and is easily accessible by bicycle.
One of the best places to go backpacking near Chicago is the Forest Glen Preserve in central Illinois.
Moraine View State Recreation Area is a Chicago-area campground in central Illinois offering camping and hiking, with lots of geese on its lakes.
White Pines Forest State Park provides 103 camp sites in northern Illinois as well as hiking and fishing.
Chain O Lakes State Park is one of the best campgrounds near Chicago for boating and fishing.
Michigan’s Van Buren State Park offers 220 camping sites with a mile of sandy beaches and dunes.
Blue Mound State Park in Wisconsin offers 77 wooded camp sites and it’s open year-round.
The former Native American site Kankakee River State Park in Illinois features a whopping 260 camping sites.
Fuller’s Resort is a good a place to go camping near Chicago in September or October.