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Union, Illinois

Chicago Northwest KOA

Union, Illinois



8404 South Union Road
Union, Illinois 60180
Phone: (815) 923-4206

Sites: 142
Recent Rate: $24 9/2015

Latitude: 42.2061300885007
Longitude: -88.55015873909

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets no
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities yes
  • $2.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 2.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available yes
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • RV Wash RV Wash no
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking yes
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • WiFi WiFi yes
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service yes
  • Verizon Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers Verizon
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access yes
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area yes
  • Waterfront Waterfront no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse yes
  • Camp Store Camp Store yes
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Business Center Business Center no
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities no
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services no
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) no
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room yes
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Beach Access Beach Access no
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp no
  • Marina Marina no
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals no
  • Fishing Fishing no
  • Golfing Golfing no
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) no
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals yes
  • Hiking Hiking no
  • Spa Spa no
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit yes
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball yes
  • Sports Field Sports Field ?
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games ?
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment ?
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre no
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf yes
  • Billiards Billiards ?
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong ?
  • Lake Lake no
  • Pond Pond no
  • River River no
  • Creek Creek no
  • Ocean Ocean no
  • Water Park Water Park no
  • Casino Casino no

Review Details

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65 Reviews

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Jerry S

Review Count: 616
States Visited: 27
Helpful Reviews: 36

Date of Stay: September, 2015 - $44.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed here years ago in the early 1990s when we had our first RV and I was still working. I have no recollection of what it was like back then but it is certainly a nice park now. We had a level, gravel, FHU, pull-through in the far eastern section of the park that was satellite friendly. There is no cable TV but you should be able to get some network channels over the air from Rockford or Chicago. We didn't bother with the antenna since our DirecTV gets the Chicago (our home base) channels. Their 802.11 network was mostly OK (we did lose the connection about 10 P.M.) since there were only about 40 other sites occupied the night we were there just before the Labor Day weekend. I don't think I would want to be here if the park was full. The center and east side of the park has about 110 RV sites of various types (FHU, W&E, back-in, pull-through, 50 amp, 30amp, etc.) The RV sites are a decent size, but, larger rigs may have to disconnect. Like most parks, many would complain about a lack of privacy. The west side has about 40 tents and pop-up sites (with and without hookups), 7 cabins, and most of the park's recreational facilities (pool, playground, (a very sad) basketball hoop on small asphalt court, volleyball net, horseshoes, mini-golf, etc.). There is a laundry and bathroom/showers in the main building and clean. There is a second bathhouse in the RV section. I did not see a shower in the men's room but their map indicates that there is a shower there. With 40 tent and sewer-less sites, the bathroom facilities are certainly not sufficient if the park is anywhere near full. Their map also shows a recycling dumpster, but I did not see or use it. Some staff were fine but others were a bit aloof. We camped at Chicago Northwest KOA in a Motorhome.

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runamuka

Review Count: 92
States Visited: 31
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: September, 2015 - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

Good quality gravel interior roads and sites. Sites grassy and close together, trees-clean, well kept park. Staff and owners easy to work with, flexible and very helpful. Good wifi. Easy on and off tollway-close to Chicago. Were here for a month-would stay again. We camped at Chicago Northwest KOA in a Motorhome.

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TomF94

Review Count: 4
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $45.00
Overall Rating:      

A very nice park, sites aren't the biggest, but overall we had a good stay. Staff helpful about getting you into Chicago using the CTA. We camped at Chicago Northwest KOA in a Fifth Wheel.

Tips for other Campers:

Park at the Cumberland Park & Ride, take the blue line into Chicago downtown. A $25 Ventra card gets you unlimited 3 day pass to CTA train and bus usage.

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RvTravelerNTechie

Review Count: 89
States Visited: 33
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $49.00
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We stayed one night at this KOA on our way north to Wisconsin. It is a nice destination park with plenty for families with kids to do, although it's a bit far away to use as a base for exploring Chicago. There are quite a mix of site amenities (50A, 30A, full hook-up, water/electric only, tent sites, pull-thrus and back-ins. We were parked in a terraced area looking at the back of the office (it's a little confusing, as you have to walk up and around to the other side for check-in), and the slope was so severe that I backed out of our pull-thru site rather than drag on the ground exiting. The pet area isn't off-leash, but was quite large. Some of the pull-thrus are semi-circular, so might be oddly shaped for very large RVs. There is a mixture of shaded and open sites. There are seasonal campers, and most rigs were kept up pretty well; we didn't see perma-rigs with long-term residents. WiFi was poor, as expected. There were a lot of kid-oriented activities going on, with loudspeaker announcements for some events. We camped at Chicago Northwest KOA in a Motorhome.

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NMCamper

Review Count: 8
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: September, 2014 - $40.00
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We arrived with a reservation for one night and ended up spending eight nights here. The reason is that we were planning to visit family and friends spread throughout Chicagoland and didn't know if this KOA was too far out for that. Turns out, it wasn't. There's quick access to I-90 to get to Chicago and close-in 'burbs, and other roads to take us elsewhere. Next year when we do this, we'll book for an entire week with confidence. Our experience with the wifi was great. We often had two laptops on the Internet at once without problems. Login was quick and easy, and the connection was hardly ever dropped. This is a beautiful, quiet campground. We enjoyed being there a full week. We camped at Chicago Northwest KOA in a Motorhome.

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Jackson W

Review Count: 64
States Visited: 33
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: August, 2014 - $50.00
Overall Rating:      

Site was not level --- when are campground owners realize that their patrons want level sites? No cable. Wi-Fi was very weak --- kept kicking us off. Wouldn't stay here again. The lady in the office who checked us in was very nice, though. We camped at Chicago Northwest KOA in a Motorhome.

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rovingnomad100

Review Count: 5
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: June, 2014 - $48.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice campground. We've been here several times in the past and have always enjoyed it. Sites are a little close to each other and there are lots of trees so satellite was hard to get the signal. Wi-Fi was slow and also hard to keep the signal. A little costly for one night but in line with all the campgrounds here in Illinois. I would stay here again. We camped at Chicago Northwest KOA in a Travel Trailer.

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dckunkle

Review Count: 4
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2014 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

The campground is clean and quiet. There are a lot of activities (playground, basketball, pool, movie, candy hunt, etc.) However my family had more fun catching toads that are plentiful on the property. We might have spent more time in the pool if it were heated. My four year old could only swim for 20 minutes before she was too cold. The air temp was 87 degrees, but the pool was still cold. They have individual showers which were very clean and nice. We were in a pull thru site with full hookup. No complaints except the size of the site was pretty small. We camped at Chicago Northwest KOA in a Travel Trailer.

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Dave Hole

Review Count: 35
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2013 - $52.00
Overall Rating:      

This park is gated, you use a card key to enter the park (there is a deposit for the card). Great check-in procedures; met us at the entrance (we had a reservation), had an escort to our site, set up and then returned to the office to finish checking in. Park was full when we were there, but didn't seem overcrowded. There were activities like ice cream social, movie, face painting. Sites and roads are gravel, mostly level. Sites are close together, but not crowed on top of one another. Interior roads might make some in big rigs feel tight but we were able to get around with our 36' rig. Entrance road is narrow, but manageable. We camped at Chicago Northwest KOA in a Fifth Wheel.

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NHIrish

Review Count: 34
States Visited: 22
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: August, 2013 - $45.00
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This was an overnight for us on a 50 amp full hookup pull through. This is a spotlessly clean KOA with nice landscaping. Sites are typical KOA tight. Sites have very good power and water. Led to site and nice, courteous and helpful check in process. Gated for security. Seasonal sites nice and clean...no noise and fairly easy access from highway. Also diesel truck services at exit. We would certainly return. We camped at Chicago Northwest KOA in a Motorhome.

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SubSailor

Review Count: 86
States Visited: 28
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: August, 2013 - $45.00
Overall Rating:      

The office is located on the opposite of the road where you enter. Big rigs block the entry road and the wait can get long when you have to walk all the way around and up the hill to get to the office. Dirt sites with poorly maintained grass areas. Several long term residents here. Pull thru was fairly level and hook ups worked well enough. We probably won't stay here again. We camped at Chicago Northwest KOA in a Fifth Wheel.

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RVInn

Review Count: 28
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2013 - $47.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice campground with friendly hosts. Narrow entry road, but short. Next to an amusement park, but it presented no noise issues. About 45 mins to Chicago. Verizon was strong, AT&T sometimes. Restrooms were clean, but difficult to shower due to the large number of mosquitoes. Rating dropped due to the levelness of the sites. Our front step was 22" off the ground. They could level the sites front to rear and crown them like the roadways for drainage. Still, we would stay here again if visiting Chicago. Access was adequate. We camped at Chicago Northwest KOA in a Motorhome.

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User3168

Review Count: 13
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2013 - $51.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed here one night. The staff was very friendly. We were guided to our site. The site was a pull-through. Length was good, width was snug. The campground has cabins and smaller sites in the front, then pull-through larger sites on the upper half. The pool was clean. Cable was good. If in the area would stay here again. We camped at Chicago Northwest KOA in a Fifth Wheel.

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Bill B

Review Count: 61
States Visited: 28
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2013 - $51.00
Overall Rating:      

This campground is not for children. There's really not much for them to do here. Wi-Fi is very sporadic. We camped on site 80 and could NOT get Wi-Fi. We had to go up by the office. There are gravel roads with gravel sites and grass between sites. Though the sites are narrow we could fit in with a 35 foot trailer with 3 slides. Would go back primarily because there are really no other full hookup campground close to Chicago. The toll roads will eat you up!!!! We camped at Chicago Northwest KOA in a Travel Trailer.

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RFCN2

Review Count: 86
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 11

Date of Stay: August, 2012 - $42.00
Overall Rating:      

Pluses and minuses in this park. It is grassy and the utilities work fine. Tall trees blocked our internet sat dish even after I told the check in I wanted to be clear of the trees. Nice pool. The interior roads are tight and very dusty. We have a 42 foot rig. People with 45s should be skilled drivers or don't come here. Wifi was intermittent. And I did get the vibe that you were "under watch" during our stay. This was reinforced by the policy of charging a friend of mine to stay and visit for a few hours. Sort of a strange policy. I did not find the staff rude, but they did seem to be "watching" us. This park is a long drive from the city of Chicago. So if you plan to visit the city a lot be prepared to spend some time driving. Steak house next door is good. We camped at Chicago Northwest KOA in a Motorhome.

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