7 Parks near Buffalo Grove, Illinois
We did however find 7 campgrounds within 25 miles of Buffalo Grove. You can also find a list of cities with campgrounds or RV Parks near Buffalo Grove in the left hand column.
2601 E Paul Jones St Naval Station Great Lakes, Illinois 60088 (map) | (847) 688-6675
Sites: 20 | Latest Rate: $20.00 | 10 Reviews
Jul 2015 - $20.00
We agree with other negative comments: filthy outhouse, muddy potholed roads, and horrid customer service at the hotel. The base Commanding Officer should address these issues. Bright spots: The view of the Lake is great and other RVers were neighborly and enjoyable. The laundry is in the Marina bldg and is wonderful. We will not return to this base. Would rather do Walmart. - LFClary
Jun 2014 - $17.00
First the only thing this has is the view of Lake Michigan. It's right on the lakefront. Problems: The check in process at the hotel is a joke. After three years they should have it down. Asked on the phone for a particular site and was told we don't reserve sites. Asked about a site when booking in and was told that it was reserved! Which is it? Got to the site and someone was in it. Assigned another and there was a heavy (very) picnic table on the pad. Seems the grass cutting crew put them there and never put them back. It had rained and some of the sites were flooded. Was told it happens whenever there is heavy rain. So step out the door into mud. This place could be a jewel if management would get a grip. - K&J
Jun 2014 - $17.00
Only positive thing about this place is the view (on the lake) and the price. Facilities not clean, had to travel to the gym for a shower. Muddy not level back in sights. The hosts were not present. - pinkarmygal05
Aug 2016 - $45.00
This was an experience. First I'll say the staff is a 12 on a 10 scale. Our situation required some patience and extra effort from them: they came through with flying colors. The park is as others have described a throw back to the 50's & 60's "at the lake camping experience."
The park is mostly permanent residents (at least seasonal) in modular trailers. Each site personally decorated/landscaped by the owner. And awards are given with a proudly displayed wood carved plaque "Super Site 1999" etc. Thus you have that area kept up nicely by both the maintenance crew and by the owners.
We were assigned a vacant seasonal spot as the standard RV sites were booked. Ultimately, due to narrow roads in the park at my site, coupled with our pulling a 33' Fifth-wheel with our crew cab, long bed, 4x4 one-ton truck (with a turning radius of a half-block!), they used a hitch equipped tractor to get my trailer into the space. Well done.
My only complaints of substance are first: that since this is a very heavily wooded (beautiful) park our satellite would not work, and they had no cable in our site. And there is WiFi only at the office area, not throughout the park. Odd.
Yes, we'd stay here again: but likely in a dedicated site for RV's. - TPDBOB8687
Sep 2015 - $35.00
This is a fantastic park outside Chicago. Stayed here while visiting family. Yes the roads are narrow and sites can be difficult to maneuver, but it is 70+ years old. The setting is beautifully treed and the winding little roads gave it character. It actually reminded us of the 50's or early 60's...just made us smile as we walked around. Even though we were camping there over a busy weekend, we never felt that close to our neighbors, who were all very respectful and quiet. It is approx. 90% full-timers in (mostly) very cute park models. There are lots of things for kids to do including the lake and beach, miniature golf, the pool, basketball... The staff is fantastic. Our dog had developed hives from some type of allergy and they recommended an excellent (very reasonable) vet. Will be back, maybe next year. - SAU51
Sep 2015 - $32.00
This campground/resort is an unexpected surprise. It has a feeling of summertime in the 1950's and 60's. Most sites are shaded by lovely trees and very roomy. Actually the entire place is in one big grove of trees. There is a smaller lake to fish. The grounds are large but feel comfy. Home to seasonal manufactured trailers with a good size area for RV's. For the size of this place, it is very clean and well maintained. Clean pool, nice play areas, paved roads for bike riding. The staff is excellent. They are not on constant patrol like some campgrounds. The patrons are very respectful and it is really quiet here, day and night. We are here in September though. We will definitely be back. Have met some nice folks. - Billy2015
Jul 2008 - $1.00
This campground is now closed. Park is only for day use. - WinnieViews
Jun 2006 - $15.00
This was okay, but we were driven away by a bunch of tiny flies. No biting, just swarming all over everywhere. Pit toilets, no showers, best for self-contained only. - Janjanjan68
Sep 2016 - $25.00
There is a $5 fee if you use reserveamerica.com - well worth if planning to visit during the busy summer months especially on a weekend. Verizon cell and Sprint Myfi worked well. This is a lovely, large campground inside of a huge state park along side Lake Michigan. There is lots of green grass and big trees with walking/biking trails for miles plus there is the nearby beach/lake. The sites are nicely cleared and level. While the park does not offer water/sewer at the sites, there are many locations to obtain fresh water and there are bath houses and toilets throughout the campground. There are ADA accessible sites, a place to purchase firewood & ice and a large dump station (two lanes) with ability to obtain fresh water. We found the staff to be VERY friendly - not only at check-in but also when we added on days (since we loved it so much) and again when we inquired about how to take the train to Chicago. The Permit Booth has train and L/Bus schedules to help you plan your trip. Because we wanted 50 amp, we were in the paved section but you still have a "camp feel" with a large sites, grassy area, picnic table and fire pit. We were able to obtain a DirecTV signal but some sites might not allow it due to trees. The nearby Camp Host was available and helpful. There are conveniences close by including an OscoJewel and Walmart. We highly recommend this park. - GottaGoNow
Aug 2016 - $25.00
This park is right on Lake Michigan it has an area with pine trees that is wonderful. Nice breeze lots of shade.
They seem to be tearing something down close by as there is quite a lot of daytime noise but it didn't really bother us too much.
There is a bike trail right adjacent to the park we are going for a bike ride in a little while. - gypsyrunner
Jul 2016 - $25.00
We stay at this park occasionally when visiting Chicago. Sites are very generous. The beach is small and rocky and some buildings are in disrepair. - jahiggins
Oct 2016 - $25.00
Very nice park. Wide, paved roads. Paved and level campsites. Only 3 pull throughs. Spacious sites. Friendly staff. Closest RV Park to Chicago. Easy access off I-90. - Johngflyer
Sep 2016 - $25.00
Nice park. Many sites. Very friendly staff. Spacious sites. - Maltaman
Aug 2016 - $25.00
We love staying at this campground. It is the only one in the area. We visit friends & relatives while here. It is convenient to a multitude of restaurants & shopping of all kinds. The sites are spacious, hook ups well situated, it is quiet & the people are friendly, & satellite signal & over the air antenna signal are easy to get. The drawbacks are there is no sewer hook up but there are two dump stations. There are no reservations & you can only stay two weeks. - Connie's Co-Owner
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
Aug 2016 - $25.00
Love the place, hate their parking policy.
Other than the parking issues, this is a lovely campground set off the beaten path. A great place to relax and enjoy the outdoors. - DMAC57
Jul 2016 - $25.00
We have never had a bad experience at this campground. It's a well run State Park and the staff is always friendly. We camp here at least 3 times per season. There is so much to do... Canoeing, Kayaking, Horseback Riding, Biking and Walking Trails. Or just set up camp and relax! The sites are nicely sized and have a fire ring & picnic table. Give this place a try if you haven't been yet. - VJean
Aug 2015 - $25.00
Stayed during Labor Day, and park was almost filled to capacity. There was a 20 minute wait to check in. The hosts were friendly (probably the nicest hosts I've ever met). Long, winding road with a few tight corners and low branches that might make big rigs a little nervous. Even with it being VERY busy, the bathrooms were clean (but had a rest area feel) and the campground was clean as well. We backed in to one of the last spots they had available, and while it was a bit tight backing in, the useable area of the spot was wide, clean, and surrounded by trees & brush, almost to the point where you couldn't tell there were other campsites. Noise after quiet hours was acceptable, but there was music coming from a bar a few miles away, but it was tolerable. If you like trains, there was a far-off rumble (was nowhere near close to the camp, just that noise that lulls you to sleep). - Medford