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campinggirl1964
post Jan 5 2013, 11:48 AM
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We're thinking about heading to the Chicago area for a few days in the summer. I've been checking out rv parks in the area and there really doesn't seem to be much...or at least, nothing that has good reviews. Any recommendations? We don't mind travelling 45 min. to an hour to get into the city. Ideally would like full-hook-up for a 35 ft fifth wheel. Thanks!
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Jerry S.
post Jan 6 2013, 01:45 PM
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John: Thanks for the pressure!

Over the decades, I have been to about half a dozen local RV parks as first or last night stops on my trips. Of the parks (Lehman's Lakeside in Marengo, Chicago Northwest KOA in Union, Holiday Acres in Garden Prairie, and Sycamore RV Park in Sycamore) northwest of the city, I think Sycamore is probably the best if all you want is a FHU site as a base camp for going into the city. I was just there in September - see my review. In the southwest, there are 3 parks near Joliet. I have been to the Hollywood Casino park numerous times but, as John noted, there are no sewer hookups at the sites. There is a fairly convenient dump station but that can sometimes have a backup line as people leave the park in the morning. There are 2 other RV parks (Martin Camper Park and Leisure Lake Membership Resort) near Joliet. Check the reviews for those parks.

I think the parks in Joliet are more convenient for traveling to and from downtown Chicago. I believe they are closer mileage-wise than the northwest parks by about 10 miles and the route to downtown is more direct (easy access to I55 or I57) than the NW parks. Also, the two interstates (I90 and I88) northwest are tollways. From either direction, the travel time you are facing is subject to time (rush hours) and traffic (accidents, construction) constraints. If you can do the speed limit all the way from Joliet to downtown, the trip is about an hour. Any problems, and that can double or triple. During rush hours (7-9AM and 4-7PM) I would allow 2 hours on any weekday. Taking he train John mentioned is probably your best bet or going to and from downtown.

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