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4 RV Parks near Franklin Park, Illinois
We did however find 4 campgrounds within 25 miles of Franklin Park. You can also find a list of cities with campgrounds or RV Parks near Franklin Park in the left hand column.
Sep 2018 - $35.00
As you all know, this is the only option for RV parking anywhere near downtown Chicago. Everyone warned us that this is only a truck yard with no amenities, but here's why it sucked. Going to a volleyball tournament at Oak Street Beach, so staying here would be cool because we could ride bikes along the waterfront, walk to Chinatown, etc. Called three times - a month out, 10 days out, and the day before. "Sure, we have plenty of room - bring $35 cash per night and you're all set!" But when we arrive, someone has rented out the entire yard for a trade show. I get it-that's what the yard is for. But don't tell us we are good to go three times, have us drive all the way there without a TOAD, and then tell us tough luck. - Doug2518
Jul 2018 - $35.00
What everyone has said: It's a parking lot between a rail line and two freeways with semis coming and going at all hours. There is nothing to recommend this place except its location. Come with full water tanks, there is none there. Note: the entrance is the one where the yard office building is, the first left after turning onto Moe St. Park as near to the (only) islands of trees at the McCormick end of the yard as you can. Avoid parking between trucks, one might back into you at night. We had no security concerns. There is a guard circulating somewhere in the lot all night. There is a bike path, a nature trail and a seawall that go for miles. Good AT&T, no Wifi, and surprisingly only 4 channels OTA. - bobcovey
Jul 2018 - $35.00
We only stayed here one night. It's not really a campsite, it's a big trucks and buses parking area that is comfortable for RVs too. Very close to the city center (Millennium Park is 5 min. by car). UberXL (6 people) costed 17$ to the Millennium Park. On the night we were there, there were a few more RVs. Can use generator - nobody cares, there's a lot of noises from the road and a train. But as I said, it's in the middle of the city. - chenof
Jun 2018 - $60.00
Nightly rate reflects weekend, non-Cook County resident fee. Very nice park with adequate campsites. Nice views of lake. Shower/restrooms were clean and usable. Only problem was the well water at the campground. Since there are no water connections at the sites, you had to fill the camper water tank. They claim the water is not drinkable, so we brought good water in containers. What we discovered is the well water contains iron, which makes it look rust colored. They were working on a water purification system while we were there. Overall, we enjoyed that campground as a base for exploring Chicago. There were transit stations nearby to get into the city. - AlreadyGone
May 2018 - $45.00
Had a nice site overlooking the lake. The MAIN reason we stayed here was its proximity to Chicago. 1/2 hour to 45 minutes depending on traffic. Great to be able to set up shop that close to the city. - ianschneiderman
May 2018 - $60.00
Lakeside tent and RV sites in forest near Chicago. Beautiful, quiet setting. Narrow paved roads and, narrow, level gravel sites, but back-in access was acceptable (most sites have gravel turning apron). Park is new, with lots of grass and young trees. Lots of dog walking area around lake. There are fire rings and picnic tables at each site. Restrooms are clean, but showers are not (women's side had dirt under bench and mulitple day hair buildup on the floor. Also, well water has caused brown rust stains on everything, so it looks unappealing, and water has a very unpleasant mineral odor and taste. A sign claims they are intending to install a filtration system. RV sites have 50/30/20 electric, but no water. There is one spigot at the office, but it is connected to a garden hose and I would not put that water in my tank anyway, so bring your tank full from outside. There are variable length sites, so choose carefully. There is room at front of RV sites to diagonally park a vehicle. No at-site sewer, but there is a dump station. Very over priced based on lack of at-site sewer and water issues. This place would be an 8 if it had at-site, decent water. We would not stay again unless they improve the water quality. - LoneWolf
Nov 2017 - $25.00
This is a tiny gem in Chicagoland with a lot going for it. Only five RV sites, plus tent sites and cabins. We have only camped here in off season, $50/nite in the summer is not worth it to us when we only live 6 miles away. But they have a lot of activities in the summer, check the website and reserve early. The good: 1. It is in a forest preserve with an extensive network of hiking trails and a paved bike path. 2. The Metra station is less than 3 miles away, you can be in downtown Chicago in less than one hour. 3. Restaurants and shopping nearby at Deer Park Town Center. 4. Propane, ice, other supplies are also very close. The bad: They need to work on their logistics. Much of the information on the website is wrong, like hours and phone numbers. On some sites, the fire ring is too close to your trailer for a safe campfire. The electric hook up is on the wrong side of the pad (really). No water hook ups (oddly, they have sewer though) and no spigots. You will be hauling water, unless their hose will reach your site. They told when we reserved that we could have it (hose) for our stay but then someone pounded on our door at 9:00 at night and told us that was wrong. He did allow us to fill our fresh water tank before he took it though. This place is geared for giving an outdoors experience to locals. They have classes like Camping 101, they rent equipment like bicycles and snowshoes and even a complete tent set up with sleeping bags. If you are not local, the main reason for going there is to have a convenient way to visit Chicago. - janci
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