3 Parks near Brookfield, Illinois
We did however find 3 campgrounds within 25 miles of Brookfield. You can also find a list of cities with campgrounds or RV Parks near Brookfield in the left hand column.
Sep 2016 - $35.00
We welcomed the "adventure". We felt the location warranted the discomfort. We are generally comfortable staying at Walmarts, casinos and truck stops as necessary. In attempting to use the online system to purchase "tickets" (one ticket for each 24 hour period), we had tech problems. Customer Service was responsive, resolved the situation, issued our tickets and refunded a duplicate charge to our credit card. So far, so good. The day before we were to check-in, we drove to the lot in our toad to check for low bridges and preview the layout. The lot attendant told us the lot was closed and that, if we showed up the next day, we would be turned way regardless of our protest that we had prepaid tickets. He suggested we call his mgr. We did and never received a return call. We decided not to go. We did not want to be stuck in downtown Chicago with a 40' rig plus toad. We contacted Customer Service and were granted a full refund. I suspect the "closed lot" tied into the the fact that there was a Bears Monday Night Football game two days out (not that makes it ok). Bottom line - this is not an RV park and doesn't act like one. We would be willing to try it again one day but would have a contingency plan. - GottaGoNow
Aug 2016 - $35.00
I won't repeat too much other than what was said already. You're parking in a truck marshaling yard with ZERO amenities. You can call 1-312-808-3138 for rates and availability. My understanding is that sometimes the marshaling yard is so full that they won't allow RVs in, but I've never had any trouble. I'd call ahead though to make sure. When I stayed here it was $35 per night, cash only.
Keep in mind that you can't drive your RV on Lake Shore Drive as there are no trucks/RVs/pick-up trucks allowed. You'll get a ticket if a cop spots you.
The entrance to the guardhouse is about 1000 feet north of 31st Street on Moe drive. After you pay at the guardhouse, turn right and keep driving north until you see all the other RVs likely to be parked there. I wouldn't park amongst the trailers, although I guess you could if you wanted to. There are a few small grass/tree "islands" towards the north end of the lot if you want to park under a small tree. You can put your slides out and run your generator no problem. There are trash barrels scattered about where you can dump your trash.
It's about $13 for an Uber from the marshaling yard lot to downtown Chicago, although you'd better give the Uber driver a call once you're assigned a driver as they're not going to be familiar with the location at all. Just tell them to find their way to 31st street and pick you up on Moe Road. The marshaling yard isn't gated along Moe Road, so you can just walk straight from your RV to Moe Road to pick up your ride. You also could walk south on Moe Drive to 31st, then east directly to Lake Michigan (5 minute walk in total) where there is a very nice beach and walking/biking trails that run both directions all the way to the city. On a nice day there will be many people swimming, biking, etc. I'd be a little hesitant to do that at night, though.
Security patrols the parking lot. The parking lot is well lit. I felt perfectly safe with my family there. - ualdriver
May 2016 - $35.00
We are dry camping a couple days at the McCormick Place Marshalling Yard, in the downtown area. Ours is one of 6 coaches (parked by the truck scales) amongst at least 4-500 truck trailers. This is a working truck yard, but our section has seen little traffic.
Not a resort, but the closest-in access for a downtown visit--that alone makes for 3 stars. For that privilege they charge $35/night. Not a place for lengthy stays--the setup is for trucks, not RVs--but great as an in-town base for visiting downtown. You are not more than 10 minutes from nearly everything there. We see no problems with it, but I've read reviewers who are, I suspect, leery of being 1) in a truck parking lot and 2) in Chicago period. We felt perfectly safe--in fact, in two days we saw at least a dozen cops. This is probably the best option if you want to visit the major attractions here. The yard is huge; all the RVs were in the vicinity of the scales--you wouldn't want to be between trailers. - ragtop45
Sep 2014 - $20.00
Maybe I just happened to pick a bad weekend, but this first visit to this campground was completely miserable. Perhaps had I come to tent camp and never expected to leave the campground the whole weekend, I'd have a different opinion. First the good points-- nice graveled campsites (and all have electric), plenty of shade and privacy between the sites in this heavily wooded campground, fairly clean bathhouse, and a nice lake nearby. If you happen to be a resident of DuPage county, the $20/night rate is not bad either. Sadly, the good points end there. The campground is located at the very back of the park and requires driving over 6 large speed bumps to come and go. The campground roads are narrow gravel with tight turns and hills. Most sites are only suitable for tents, pop-ups, vans, or RVs less than 25'. The only available water is from non-threaded spigot pumps. The dump station is small and tilted the wrong way to empty most RV tanks. The campground is only open 2 or 3-night weekends from May through Sept. But perhaps the biggest negative-- both the campground and forest preserve gates are closed and locked just after sunset every night. If you want to enjoy a nice dinner beyond the park boundaries, or visit friends in the area, forget about it! One final negative-- when I visited, the park was literally overwhelmed with mosquitoes. So bad I had to wear a bug jacket to cover my head and upper body! In the future, I'll stay at the Kane Co. Forest Preserve campgrounds-- much MUCH nicer parks that have been built with RVers in mind. - WinnieViews
May 2014 - $20.00
This park is a bit hard to locate. It is actually located in Warrenville. Any RV campground in the Chicago is a rarity so even with some drawbacks we were glad to find this one. It is a large, beautiful and heavily-wooded oasis in a pretty congested area. Staff very friendly. Restrooms were immaculate even with heavy usage on a holiday weekend. The drawbacks are: (1) it is only open for Fri. and Sat. night camping except on holidays, (2) no and or sewer connections and the few water spigots will not allow for a hose to be connected so to fill your tank requires carrying water in containers to your RV. Sites are level and very spacious with site #64 being best located for the restrooms with showers. One unusual plus is that those over 65 get 1 free weekend per year. We would camp here again. - judb
Jun 2013 - $20.00
We've been visiting Blackwell for almost 40 years, but this is the first time we've camped there. We only live about 7 miles from there so it's an easy weekend. This is an oasis in the middle of suburbia. Heavily wooded sites, with level crushed gravel pads and now, electric at all sites, according to the attendant at the gatehouse. There are no water or sewer hookups, but there are spigots throughout the park. There is an adequate dump station, although it is not all that level, so your tanks may not fully empty. I remarked to my wife that whether we traveled three hours to Wisconsin or drove 7 miles to Blackwell, the end result is the same. Quiet camping in a lovely area. The one downside to this campground is that it's only open on weekends, except for holiday weeks when it's open for the entire week. Also making reservations entails calling the District HQ and booking over the phone. There is a three day reservation window which pretty much eliminates spur of the moment camping. The camping permits arrive by snail mail, so very last century. Still, it adds to the charm I suppose. We'll be back often. In the summer the crowds in Wisconsin can be frustrating, so this is a nice alternative if you just want a quiet weekend to camp without dealing with all the traffic. - baraff
Sep 2016 - $32.00
We just stopped here overnight on our way east and I am glad that we only stayed overnight because I wouldn't want to be here for two nights. Very little improvements have been done in this park, just a grass area with hookups and poor gravel roads. Even the office is in poor shape. Grass has grown up about a foot high around a lot of the campers which means that they are there long term, mostly people that work in the area. I definitely wouldn't want to stay here again. - Linda Allan
Apr 2016 - $42.00
This park has very unlevel, very close, sunny/open grass only sites. Very rude people as well as workers living there. Not worth the time or money to put up with drunks throwing things. Very scared! It was better to leave. - Sheilagramm
Jul 2013 - $28.00
This park is old, but the staff tries to keep it working and the grass mowed :). It is very close to I-80, many sites are not level, and the park is full of pipeline workers staying for several months - they were very friendly though. - Bay Area Early retirees