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Chicago Northwest KOA

Union, Illinois


8404 South Union Road
Union, Illinois 60180
Phone: Click to view

Sites: 142
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 42.20613
Longitude: -88.55016

Elevation: 886' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ 55+ no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts yes
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup yes
  • Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP)
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • Phone Phone no
  • Water Water yes
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi yes
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities yes
  • Camp Store Camp Store yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area yes
  • Propane Available Propane Available yes
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse yes
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault no
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access yes
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails no
  • Rec Room Rec Room yes
  • Casino Casino no
  • Fishing Fishing no
  • Beach Beach no
  • Biking Biking yes
  • Boating Boating no
  • Golf Golf no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes yes
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf yes
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts yes
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access no

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85 Reviews

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

Date of Stay: August, 2018 - $60.00
Overall Rating:

Not big rig friendly. Entrance/Exit road is single lane. Had to back out of our pull through site due to a clearance problem. Site not level. Stayed in a 44 foot motorhome towing. Good park for smaller rigs, however. 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
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Not big enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Poor Conditions
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: August, 2018 - $58.00
Overall Rating:

Everything was good in our one night but they need to do something about the entrance to the office. Ridiculous location on the opposite side of the building. Also, one-lane entrance/exit driveway is strange and annoying. Very attractive, friendly place. We camped at Chicago Northwest KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
79
Site Surface
Grass
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Interior Roads
Tight Turns
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 6
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2018 - $70.00
Overall Rating:

We had trouble the first night and lost power. Just us and the neighbor - KOA's fault, not ours. After repairman came and worked several hours, we were able to move to a different site. It was miserable but only due to extreme heat -- no one's fault that it was super hot. I had hoped to get a discount due to the malfunction, but no. Showers and bathrooms were PRISTINE. Pool was great. Loved the 2 person swing at our site. Office/pool entrance were a bit unexpected...on the complete opposite side of the entrance. We camped at Chicago Northwest KOA in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2018 - $44.00
Overall Rating:

Like all KOAs, it is well-maintained and the staff is excellent. My only complaints are that K-9 Corral pet area is located at an inconvenient distance from most of the park, as are the garbage containers. Many KOAs offer trash pickup if left at your campsite between certain hours. This one does not and the garbage dumpsters are another long hike. People with mobility issues generally must drive to the pet corral or the garbage dumpsters. We camped at Chicago Northwest KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Metra train station is 15 miles away, $8 weekday to Chicago, $10 for a 2-day weekend pass Sat & Sun--worth every penny!

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Review Count: 21
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: September, 2017 - $62.00
Overall Rating:

Tight entrance to park. Park is on the small side. Site 115 required 3 pads on front right tire to level without tire coming off ground: in other words sewage line (for my coach) had to run up hill. All staff was very friendly. Long pull thru sites. Was quiet at night. Very family oriented. We camped at Chicago Northwest KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
115
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

An hour from Chicago on a toll road. Road Runner and T/A Diesel stops very close. Donley's Wild West Town (theme park?) next door.

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Review Count: 67
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 34

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $70.00
Overall Rating:

The price does not reflect the value, its too high. $45 sb the cost. Road coming in is too tight for 2 rigs to pass, make sure there's nothing coming the other way going in or out. Sites are a bit too tight, we had to move a picnic table and fire pit to get out. Staff is very friendly. Water is a problem here, do NOT drink it! Apparently Illinois has this problem state wide. Wifi was very good, one of the better parks. Water pressure only around 40 PSI. Gravel roads and sites. I'd look elsewhere if I came through again. We camped at Chicago Northwest KOA in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
79
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
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, Not Convenient
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Review Count: 114
States Visited: 32
Helpful Reviews: 42

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $54.00
Overall Rating:

A KOA that is close to Chicago. When checking in, the office is on the opposite site of the building. Escort to site. There is a entrance gate, and a deposit for the key card. Roads are gravel and a bit narrow but not a problem. Escort to site. We were in 109 found water pressure drop to 20 lbs at peak times (park full). Site 109 not satellite friendly. Many sites are satellite friendly. Also many shaded sites. Site are gravel and mostly level. Sites 112-115 may need a board under front to level. Sites 101-104 and 109-110 are side pull throughs next to grass field, great if you have a dog, and satellite friendly (not 109). Not all sites have 50 amp. or sewers. No park cable. Park has many activities for kids. Nice pool, game room, volleyball, horseshoes, mini golf, and more. Many planned activities for children on weekends. Bring bug repellent, for mosquitos. Verizon and T-Mobile signals good. Wifi in park mostly unusable. Park has nice cabins and tent areas. K-9 fenced in park. Park is very clean and tidy. Staff were friendly and efficient. 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
109
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Large railroad museum in area. Big wild west park next door. Go to Union good resturants.

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Review Count: 31
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 11

Date of Stay: July, 2017 - $49.00
Overall Rating:

Nice family park. They have provided many things for kids to play in and with along with a clean comfortable pool. We were not here long enough for a weekend activities that may occur in the theater but there is an enclosed area for for that. During the time we were here there was a heavy rain wind storm and the campground is not equipped for the drainage of that water. On the other hand the following morning most of it had gotten absorbed into the ground. This campground is apparently often used as a way station as people travel out of Chicago in their travels. I should also mention that it was very quiet and the campers while we were there seem very respectful of one another regarding noise and their allotted space. We camped at Chicago Northwest KOA in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
88
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for 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
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The campground is located right next-door to the Wild West Park, which I am told is great fun for kids and adults alike. We did not go there but went to the Illinois Railroad Museum which was dynamic. It is really more adult oriented during the week but on the weekends apparently looking at their activities kids could be involved as well. The extent of the trains there and the information provided is almost overwhelming. The uniqueness of this museum is that the trains are all still operational and apparently they get different ones and out at different times for the weekend riders. We enjoyed that little town of Union and had a delicious hamburger at Clausson's bar and Grill and then walked around the town.

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

Date of Stay: July, 2017 - $49.00
Overall Rating:

Stayed a week there to be near friends who were seasonal campers there. Very disappointed in the overall condition of the place. Very busy park and I get the impression that they have as much business as the need. Laundry room was filthy perhaps as a result of some flooding but in general it looked pretty shabby. For the money we paid I expected a lot more. Poorly designed entry and exit with a single long road the only access and barely able to accommodate two passing rvs if even possible. My biggest gripe is the quality of the water. It was disgusting and we couldn't wait to leave so we could move on to the next place, drain the tanks and water heater in order to finally take a clean shower to get the smell from our skin. If it had not been for wanting to be with friends we would have left the first day although I doubt very much we would have received a refund. Sites are tight but usable. We camped at Chicago Northwest KOA in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 45
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $59.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed here for a week over the 4th of July. The park had lots of activities for the 4th of July, some free and some very expensive. Our site was a deluxe site on the end with a nice swing and fire pit with lots of shade and lots of mosquitoes. The pool was nice and clean and VERY crowded over the July 4th weekend. We explored downtown Chicago while there and drove an hour to the city but there is also a train nearby that drops you off downtown. Be sure to visit the nearby Illinois Railroad Museum - fun and informative for kids and adults. Nice park but everything was terribly overpriced. We camped at Chicago Northwest KOA in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
111
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 28
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $48.00
Overall Rating:

HUGE place. Lots of activities and open spaces. A little high for normal KOA but may be normal for the area. Very clean, staff was friendly enough. Weird that you have to park and set up and then walk back to office to register. I have never built a park but I don't understand why so many (most?) of the sites were water and electric only. If you have kids and want to stay in one place several days, this would be a great spot. We camped at Chicago Northwest KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $65.00
Overall Rating:

Nice Facility and Location that met our needs. Very Friendly Staff. If In the Area we will stay here again. We camped at Chicago Northwest KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
116
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
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 40
States Visited: 19
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $53.00
Overall Rating:

Nice KOA campground with the usual nice KOA features: receipt sent by email, dog park, kids activities. Spotty WIFI but Verizon hotspot did work. We camped at Chicago Northwest KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
56
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
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: September, 2016 - $54.00
Overall Rating:

What a beautiful campground. It is very large and evenly split between RV and Campers. The campers are mostly up front where you enter the park. They have an extremely large area for campers. There are some tight fitting RV sites with full hook ups. Large dog park, bathrooms and laundry facility. Our site was right on a hill so leveling our RV was difficult. The park offers, Mini Golf, Frisbee Golf, and several other games. My biggest complaints were the flies and mosquitoes. The weather was perfect when we were there in August and the local town offered some great family owned restaurants. We camped at Chicago Northwest KOA in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
second row RV
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
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
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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CamperSupport, employee at Chicago Northwest KOA responded to this review

Thank you for such a detailed review! We are so glad you enjoyed your time with us, including our dog park, facilities, mini golf, and other amenities. We appreciate your choosing us, and hope to see you again sometime soon!

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

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

The grounds were so pretty. Hardest working people you'll ever see. Level, gravel sites. We stayed 3 nights. Not much choice of campgrounds in the Chicago area. We don't stay at KOA's much because they are a little pricy, but this is a great place to bring your kids. Nicest tent area I've seen - grassy and shaded. We camped at Chicago Northwest KOA in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
54
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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