5 Parks near Calumet Park, Illinois
We did however find 5 campgrounds within 25 miles of Calumet Park. You can also find a list of cities with campgrounds or RV Parks near Calumet Park 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
May 2013 - $35.00
While the setting for this campground is excellent, the execution is just shy of horrible! The only reason we stayed at this park was its proximity to family and friends. I would never do so again. Go across the border to Indiana, do not come here! The bathrooms are all but unusable, and my wife has refused to use the shower in the ladies room. I didn't think the previous reviews could be true, but believe them. - Phil_S
Mar 2013 - $42.00
This is a very rustic campground with no paved roads or concrete pads. We were very disappointed in the general conditions present and the mud was so bad from the rain the previous day that we nearly got our dually stuck twice just getting to the site. We opted to leave and stay at another park due to the conditions we found in the winter time. It may be more appealing in the summer months, but we cannot recommend it during any kind of wet weather. - RVGFulltimers
Aug 2010 - $42.00
We are here for the location. It is the closest to Chicago we could find at 39 miles to Navy Pier. The posts below sum it all up. Could be a really nice park, just needs new owners and an overhaul. Nice quiet location. Our site has 2 sewer connections under our awning, and next to us there is a 30 yr old junk trailer with some one living in it. Not a very appealing park. - RIchardBursch
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
Sep 2016 - $44.00
Hookups are shared so you may need extensions. Our power cord just reached. Safe area to leave trailer when we spent a night in Chicago. Host was gone so we checked in at office but had to find it first because map given to you at the office. - sp123
Aug 2016 - $44.00
Stayed 4 days while visiting family in the area. This is a very quiet park on the grounds of a large Christian conference center on Cedar Lake. Road and sites were gravel. Sites were level. Utilities worked well, but the locations for water and electric were a little strange (shared posts) so we needed our electric and water extensions to reach. Good WiFi - the best we've experienced in our 3 month trip! No cable. Lots of trees on most sites, so you've got shade, but satellite would be difficult on most sites. Restrooms and showers convenient and clean. No laundry. Close walk to lake and small beach. Very quiet at night. Someone else mentioned the railroad tracks and train. We counted 2 per day - one in the morning and one in the evening....that's it. Very friendly staff. A peaceful, restful place. We will definitely return when back in the area. - FireFlyer
Jul 2016 - $24.00
Small campground, Very quiet, but beside a train track with occasional traffic. We used the restrooms that were very clean. Camp host came by to welcome us. Alcohol was prohibited, but our beer on the table was no problem. Playground was simple, but at the office there was a possibility to borrow sports equipment. Lake was beautiful, with a small beach and a shelter. - Bisan
Sep 2015 - $29.00
The place is huge. Has pool, lake, tennis, everything. I'm sure it's a happening place in summer but very poorly maintained. Big potholes in the very bad travel roads. Mostly occupied by seasonal and permanent residents that have old decrepit RVs and misc structures. The only WiFi is at the main office. Grass is overgrown and our site was loaded with dog poop. But there is a big field where we threw a ball for the dogs. - User2989
Aug 2015 - $48.00
We stayed here for my son to have a good time at a campground designed for kids. Unfortunately, mini golf closed at 6:30. Which I understand, however, the pool was for 21 and up, and the main station smelled like a bar. - slinke
Jul 2015 - $38.00
Very run down. This mighta been a great place 35 years ago but it's obvious nothing has been reinvested in it. Way to many long-termers with all the junk that they accumulate if allowed to. Way to many old RVs that should be in the junk yard by now. The trailer next to me has a red tag hanging on the door. Streets are badly neglected. Jellystone Inc should pull any affiliation from this place. Surprised they haven't. We are here at the height of vacation season and took what was available. Otherwise we wouldn't have considered it. They charged $16.00 for electric and $16.00 for service for a four night stay on top of the $38. I requested a sat TV friendly site ahead of time and they accommodated me with that. - wazafarmer