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Discover Chicago, IL

In the 19th century, Chicago became an important transport hub because it connected the eastern United States to the west. Today, the tradition continues not just in terms of commerce and trade, but most especially tourism. Renting an RV in Chicago allows you to embark on an epic journey on the Great River Road and follow the course of the Mississippi River on US Route 61 all the way north to Minnesota or south to Louisiana. Or go bolder and hit the open road all the way to California following the iconic Route 66.

You may choose to keep it within the state and follow the lead of the Illinois River. The Illinois River Road Scenic Byway takes you through a combination of bottomland forests, backwater lakes, savannah, floodplain wetlands and tall grass prairie home to a wide variety of birds and other wildlife.

Whichever way you drive your RV rental from Chicago, IL you are bound to come across marvelous outdoors, frontier towns (most now abandoned), amazing wildlife, and history carved out by Illinois’ waterways.

The Great Outdoors

Follow in the footsteps of early French explorers as you drive your Chicago camper rental on the Illinois River Road National Scenic Byway. Beginning in Ottawa about 90 miles southwest of Chicago and ending in Havana 130 miles farther south, the scenic byway is an outdoor lover's gateway to more than 100 nature-based destinations throughout the Illinois River Valley, the most famous of which are Starved Rock State Park famous for sandstone canyons and waterfalls; Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuge for its massive population (250,000) of waterfowl and shorebirds; and Matthiessen State Park for its collection of fascinating rock formations.

Follow the Illinois section of the Great River Road and retrace, in reverse, the steps of African-American migrants from the Deep South who flocked to Chicago between 1916-1970 to look for jobs and a better life. Hiking, boating, mountain biking, hunting, climbing, horseback riding, fishing, and eagle-watching await the adventurous. There are plenty of camping sites for Chicago RV rentals along the way, so it's easy to convert this into a weeklong getaway covering all of the Great River Road.

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Much of downtown Chicago today rose from the ashes of the Great Fire of 1871, so some of the streets may not be wide enough to accommodate a travel trailer rental in Chicago. For RV campers this means parking an hour out of the city and taking the train into downtown.

A fantastic option is just beyond the state line. The Indiana Dunes State Park on the south shore of Lake Michigan is, in fact, much closer to all other Illinois RV parks and much more equipped, with the following amenities that RV campers would find useful: onsite water fill-up station and dump station, and within 10 miles, access to fuel, propane and RV/camper maintenance. And there’s a Walmart not 15 minutes away.

Heaps of outdoor activities in the state park and nearby are more than enough to get you entertained over the weekend. If you want to get back to civilization, the South Shore Rail Line has a stop just outside the park, which makes the hour-long commute into downtown Chicago a breeze.

If you're coming from the north, it may not make sense to park your RV trailer rental in Chicago on the south shore. A much closer alternative is pet-friendly Chicago Northwest KOA campground in Union linked to Chicago by Metra Rail. The Woodstock and Crystal Lake stations are about 16 miles from the campground. Full hook-ups are available. There are plenty of Walmart Supercenters within 30 minutes' drive, with two 24-hour stores 15 minutes away. The closest gas station is less than 10 minutes' drive. If not available, several are within 30 minutes away.

Exploring the City

Chicago, the largest city not just in Illinois but in the entire Midwest, is not just all about steely skyscrapers, thumping nightlife (with a nod to its speakeasy past), a fusion of culinary delights, posh shopping districts, electric summer festivals, and happening art scene. It's also about public parks and green spaces: Within the city alone, there are more than 580 parks taking up over 7,000 acres of land. When you book an RV in Chicago, you’ll find something to enjoy, no matter what you’re after.

Rising on the southwest bank of Lake Michigan, Chicago's lakefront is lined with 26 miles of sandy beaches, 26 public beaches, and 18.5 miles of Lakefront Trail where locals go to bike, jog, walk and skate.

While Chicago has an excellent rail, bus, tram and ferry network, it is a pedestrian-friendly city, and nowhere is this more evident than in the Lakefront Trail, which offers convenient access to the Loop less than a mile inland.

The Chicago Loop encompasses the 500-acre Grant Park (venue of summertime Lollapalooza), Art Institute of Chicago, several museums, theaters, operas, cultural centers and commercial districts.

For shopping, you might want to head to the Magnificent Mile about a mile and a half north of the Loop. The Mag Mile is also the heart of the city's dining scene and nightlife. And if you want a sweeping view of the city, nothing beats the 360 Chicago Observatory at the top of the John Hancock Center.

For fans of Chicago Cubs, Bulls and Blackhawks, the Mag Mile is a must-stop to pick up a hat, jersey or some other sports memorabilia. Wrigley Field and the United Center, packed to the rafters during the season, are just five miles away. If you’re a motorcycle fan, drive your RV rental from Chicago to Milwaukee less than 100 miles north for a good look around the Harley-Davidson Museum.

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RV Rentals in Chicago, IL

Chicago, IL is the perfect spot to start your next road trip.

There are many popular rentals in Chicago. Outdoorsy's Chicago RV rental marketplace allows renters to choose from rental options from professional RV rental agencies as well as RVs for rent by owner.

RV and Motorhome Rentals Nearby

Nearby to Chicago are a number of National, State and Local parks. Travelers can easily rent RVs and motorhomes near Starved Rock State Park, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Effigy Mounds National Monument, Pinckney Recreation Area, and Morgan Monroe State Forest.

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Local Hiking Trails

Hiking Trail City State
Palos Orange Trail Willow Springs Illinois
Lover's Leap Overlook Trail Oglesby Illinois
Dells Canyon and Bluff Trail Oglesby Illinois
Lake Katherine Trail Palos Heights Illinois
Cap Sauers and Swallow Cliff Loop Trail Palos Park Illinois
Saw Wee Kee Trail Yorkville Illinois
John Muir Blue Loop Trail La Grange Wisconsin
Starved Rock and Sandstone Point Overlook Trail Oglesby Illinois
Cowles Bog Trail Chesterton Indiana
Waterfall Glen Trail Willowbrook Illinois

Nearby Campgrounds

Emerald Trails Campground

campground Oak Park, IL
Emerald Trails Campground is a beautiful, relaxing outdoor paradise. A beautiful lake at the center of the campground is fully stocked with fish, and is visited by geese, swan and ducks, creating a perfect ambiance to unwind from your daily life. Enjoy swimming in the swimming pond, shooting some hoops on the court or racking a game of pool.

Rialto Square Theatre

attraction Joliet, IL
When in Joliet, Illinois, it?s easy to be taken in by the abundance of places that allow petrolheads to let loose and get in as much of muscle cars and speeding as they possibly can, however, Joliet has another gem up her sleeve. The Rialto Square Theatre provides more than just arias and operas, as the productions are aimed at getting the whole family a glimpse at the wonders of the performing arts. Those who intend on staying in Joliet for a while may want to consider signing up for the membership program, which allows guests access to star treatment and a whole host of goodies and special events. The theatre is known to put on performances such as The Wizard of Oz, Teddy Bear Tea, The Sound of Music Interactive, and more. The theatre is also the ideal venue for those who wish to host a special event while in town.

Lord's Park

attraction Elgin, IL
Lord's Park in Elgin, Illinois is a connection to history. The park has playgrounds, a swimming pool, a zoo, picnic areas, and a pavilion dating back to the 1800s. The park was the site for concerts and events in the 1800s, and the zoo dates back just as long. The bison are a connection to this history of the land. They used to roam freely in the tens of thousands over what is now Illinois. While few remain, it is nice to see that there are still some bison or buffalo still living here. The park provides tennis courts and soccer fields to play on, and picnic tables to sit and watch or enjoy your lunch. The park is a pleasant green space in the city, with a history going back centuries. Spend time in this park, and you will be doing exactly what generations of people have been enjoying doing, on this spot, in Elgin.

Birthplace of Ernest Hemingway

attraction Oak Park, IL
The birthplace of Ernest Hemingway is a beautiful, restored home that has been converted into a museum. Come learn about Ernest Hemingway, the Nobel Prize winning author who was born in 1899, by visiting the home in which he spent his early life.

Cernan Earth and Space Center of Triton College

attraction Oak Park, IL
Cernan Earth and Space Center of Triton College is an incredible place to experience incredible shows and learn about earth and space. Featuring shows about earth and space, laser light shows and many different exhibits, the center is a wonderful place to learn, have fun and spend your day!

Cedar Lake Bible Retreat & RV Park

campground Cedar Lake, IN
The Cedar Lake Bible Retreat & RV Park is open all year round and offers a peaceful and refreshing stay to visitors in the Hammond, Indiana, area. The campground has lots of trees, is very quiet and located on the grounds of a large Christian conference center on the shores of Cedar Lake. The camping sites are all gravel, and the are leveled to accommodate RVs. Each site includes a picnic table and fire ring, and full hookups including 30 and 50 amp electric, water, sewer, and free wifi. The park is right alongside the beautiful Cedar Lake, which is a great spot for fishing and swimming in summer, and there is good beach access. Firewood is available aplenty at the park, and pets must be walked on a leash. As might be expected at a Christian conference center, the campground is alcohol, drug and smoke free. While some may consider this a con, the flip side is that you're unlikely to be kept awake late at night by rowdy visitors. Altogether, Cedar Lake Bible Retreat & RV Park makes for a great outdoors beak away, with good access to Chicago.

Jellystone Park?

campground Oak Park, IL
Discover the Experience at Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park! With two heated swimming pools, tons of children's activities and a friendly staff (Including Yogi and friends), JellyStone Park is the ultimate destination for parents who want some time to relax while the kids stay occupied. Kick back and enjoy YOUR vacation also. This is a great destination to take the family in the RV rental just outside of Chicago. It is just far enough to get away in your RV rental from Chicago, but close enough not to bore the kids with a long drive! Get Outdoorsy, rent an RV and have fun with the family in Chicago-land!

Illinois Beach State Park

campground None, IL
Illinois Beach State Park just north of Waukegan, Illinois, is a campground with spacious sites! This state park has some dog-friendly hiking trails, and plenty of other walking and biking trails. The long beach areas on Lake Michigan have some sandy areas, and some areas perfect for rock collectors. Many of the rocks have crystals in them and are very smooth from the constant action of the waves. Most campsites have some shade, the washrooms are functional and shower houses have great water pressure. There is a hotel with a restaurant, so you can still eat if you don't feel like cooking. The sites are asphalt and there is a dumping station. The park is very close to the town of Zion, as well as not far from Waukegan, so you are never far from grocery stores or services, even though it may not feel like it as you listen to the waves lapping and the crickets chirping.

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