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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: $49 8/2016

Latitude: 42.206130088501
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 yes
  • 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 yes
  • 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

Ratings overview

70 Reviews

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

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $49.00
Overall Rating:      

As a retired couple we normally don't stall at KOAs, as they are more kid/family oriented and have amenities (pools, playground, etc.) that we don't use. But we stayed here 4 days while meeting up with relatives travelling cross-county, and they picked it for being closest to Chicago with full-hookups (and decent ratings). We are glad we did. The campground is clean, well-maintained, with a fairly new and clean shower-house (in the RV section, we did not try the one in the tent-camping area). Campsites are gravel/dirt and fairly level, all are grass-separated with picnic table and fire-rings. There are about 25 full-hookups, and some are tree-shaded. Entrance requires a key-card, and they charge for visitors. The pool looked clean (didn't use it) and they have a 9-hole, par 2 miniature golf course. No cable TV available, but lots of Chicago/Rockford stations available.

The only downside I saw was the front entrance drive (about 100 yards long) is a single lane with a 90 degree curve at the office. On the slight chance you meet someone coming the other way, it will be an issue if you can't back up. And in the last hour before checkout deadline, the road can get crowded with people stopping at the office to check out. We camped at Chicago Northwest KOA in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
90
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Wild West Park is next door, a place for kids so we didn't go. But the town of Union has 2 outstanding museums: 1) a massive railroad museum, the largest in the U.S. It has 500 units on display, in 12 buildings, and two on-site rail lines. 2) McHenry County Historical Museum, an excellent facility with lots of items even non-locals will appreciate - the "history of humanity" chart in the attached schoolhouse is amazing!

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CamperSupport, employee at Chicago Northwest KOA responded to this review

Thank you so much for staying with us - your relatives have good taste! :) We are glad you enjoyed your campsite, our grounds, facilities, and security with our key card entrance. If you're ever back in the area, we'd love to have you stay with us again! Thank you for your kind review!

Review Count: 15
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

We have stayed here before since it is the closest park to Chicago where our daughter lives. They have done a nice job of landscaping this park and welcoming. It is very clean and tidy. The dog park is new and our dogs enjoy it. There is some shade in the sites but not consistent. We wish our site was a bit more level. Lots to do here if you have kids. Union is close to other towns if you want to get out of the park and shop, see a movie, enjoy a restaurant. We camped at Chicago Northwest KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Woodstock IL and Crystal Lake IL are nice towns to visit and find entertainment and shopping.

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CamperSupport, employee at Chicago Northwest KOA responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words 'cmiller'! We appreciate your feedback and have passed along your comments to our management team. We hope that you had a wonderful visit with your daughter during your last stay with us.
We look forward to seeing you again the next time you are in the area. Take care!

Review Count: 36
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 10

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $53.00
Overall Rating:      

A KOA that is close to Chicago. Park is clean and well kept. The hosts were very nice and efficient and the usual escort to the site. Roads are a bit narrow, but not bad to navigate. The office is on the other side of the building from where you park for check in. There is a nice pool and many lawn games for use, there is also volleyball and horseshoes and a playground. The miniature golf is open. Wifi is slow and not dependable. Verizon signal is good. The sites are gravel as are the roads. Good selection of pull throughs for larger rigs. Most are level, sites 112 to 115 seemed to need a board under the front wheels to level. If you can get sites 101-104 great for larger rigs, level and face a nice open grass field. They are also sat. friendly sites. Also good for dogs. The park has a dog enclosure not quite big enough for a good run but it is fenced in. There is lots to do for children in the park. When reserving make sure your site has 50 amp if you need it. Not all pull throughs are 50 amp. There is no park cable, but there seem to be enough over the air stations. We would stay here again. We camped at Chicago Northwest KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
102
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Some Shade, Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

There is a coupon for General RV in the brochure for a discount on parts.

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CamperSupport, employee at Chicago Northwest KOA responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review of your recent stay at our campground! We are so thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your time here. We do hope that you will stay with us again the next time you are in the area.
Take care!

Review Count: 7
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $45.00
Overall Rating:      

Our first impression was a good one when we pulled into the park. As you enter you can see that the campground is well taken care of. We were greeted by an attendant who looked up what site we had and then had another employee escort us to the site. We stayed in a pull through site that was level and the hook up all were in good order other than the sewer hook up was a little far away from us and I did not have a long enough sewer hose to reach it. The campground also has a kid park that was decent, a very nice pool that was very relaxing, a mini gold course that is free but is under renovation so don't expect much. The campground also have games you can play, activities on the weekends such as movies and hay rides, and they also have bikes for rent. This is not to mention a fairly well stocked campstore. The campground also has a gate that if you are coming and going you have to get a key card to open the gate. The showers were clean and free. The bathrooms also were clean and well taken care of. The campground also does have free wifi but it was very slow so don't expect a whole lot from it.

Overall this was a great stay. We had a fun weekend at a nice park. We camped at Chicago Northwest KOA in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
89
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

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CamperSupport, employee at Chicago Northwest KOA responded to this review

Thank you for your wonderful & detailed review of your stay at our KOA! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your weekend visit with us! We are sorry to hear about that the location of the sewer hook up didn't work for you. If you would have notified us during your stay, we would have done the best to accommodate you.
We do hope that you will camp with us again the next time you are in the area. Take care!

Review Count: 4
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: April, 2016 - $43.00
Overall Rating:      

The people who run this campground are Very nice. Phone representative was very pleasant on the phone, checked me in quickly, and had the campground staff escort us to our site via a golf cart. The staff came by to make sure everything was OK while we were setting up. The campground itself is very clean. All the lots are gravel and level. I wish they had more trees, though. Some of the lots have nice swings you can sit in to relax. We had WiFi, but it was a bit slow. Fast enough for general web browsing and e-mail, though. The campground is very clean and well taken care of. I would recommend a stay here if you're in the area. We camped at Chicago Northwest KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
94
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

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CamperSupport, employee at Chicago Northwest KOA responded to this review

We are so glad to hear that our staff helped make your stay with us at the Chicago Northwest KOA! We hope to see you again the next time you are in the area!

Review Count: 672
States Visited: 27
Helpful Reviews: 45

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.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
98
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

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Review Count: 97
States Visited: 32
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.

Site Details

Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 2

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.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
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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Review Count: 89
States Visited: 33
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $49.00
Overall Rating:      

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.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
58
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Some Shade

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

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

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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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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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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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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Review Count: 48
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 1

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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Review Count: 34
States Visited: 22
Helpful Reviews: 2

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

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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