Who says you can’t camp out in Chicago? Not David Berkowitz. An avid outdoorsman and nature photographer, he knows it’s possible to go camping outdoors and still experience all that the Windy City has to offer.
First, there’s Starved Rock State Park near Utica, Illinois. It’s only a two-hour drive from the city, and only $35 per night. It has a stunning waterfall, as well as electricity, showers and toilets. You can bring your pets, but leave your alcohol in the city. There are over thirteen miles of hiking trails there, and if canoeing and kayaking are your thing, there are opportunities nearby for you to do that as well.
There’s also Illinois Beach State Park in Zion, Illinois. This beautiful beachfront park has access to showers, firewood and electricity. As a bonus, it’s only an hour and a half from Chicago. This park is David Berkowitz’s personal favorite, as there are plenty of hiking trails that take you through marshes or dunes. There are also plenty of bike trails if that is your preference.
The LaSalle/Pero KOA has very favorable online reviews. There are unique rock formations lining the campgrounds. The hiking trails here lead to some waterfalls and even a small canyon, and only two hours away from the city to boot. Berkowitz has yet to camp overnight here, but he has taken photographs of the rock formations.
As David Berkowtiz Chicago knows, it is possible to get the urban experience of Chicago while enjoying the beauty, peace and quiet of the great outdoors.