Cook County Opens 5 Campgrounds In The Chicago Suburbs

I was reading the Chicago Tribune website earlier today when I spotted an article about camping on Northerly Island, the 91-acre man-made peninsula along Chicago’s lakefront. The site of the Adler Planetarium (one of my favorite places to visit downtown) and formerly Meigs Field, I was pretty impressed that the venue is being made available to the public for an overnight campout.

After reading the piece, I noticed there was a link to a related article entitled “Cook County Forest Preserve to open campground in Northbrook.” Camping in the Chicago suburbs as well? Local venues where Chicagoland preppers/survivalists can develop/practice skills? Dayna Fields reported on the Tribune website back on June 30:

For the first time in 50 years, Cook County is opening camping grounds across the Chicago suburbs, and staff is encouraging everyone to spend a night under the stars.

“A lot of people think they have to go to Michigan or Indiana or something to be outdoors, but you can do that in Cook County now,” said Lambrini Lukidis, director of communications for the Forest Preserve District of Cook County.

In honor of its 100th anniversary, the county is reinstating camping on its grounds with the launch of five campsites. Camp Shabbona Woods in South Holland opened June 20 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Camp Sullivan opened in Oak Forest on Memorial Day weekend, and Camp Reinberg in Palatine is expected to open in late June. Both camping sites were previously open only to organizations like Boy Scouts and underwent significant renovations.

Other new sites to open include Camp Dan Beard in Northbrook and Camp Bullfrog Lake in Willow Springs, both expected in July…

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

Fields added that the campground areas will be staffed 24 hours a day, and more campsites could open if the demand is there.

Accommodations vary by location, but could include/permit tents, small/large cabins, small/large bunkhouses, (pop-up) campers, and recreational vehicles. Up to 6 consecutive nights may be booked. Gear is available for rent or purchase at all campgrounds.

Plus, there are a number of programs being offered to campers to really enhance the experience. From the Forest Preserves of Cook County Camping web page:

Every weekend during peak season (April through October), Forest Preserves staff lead free programs open to all registered campers, including:

• Friday and Saturday night campfires
• Special Friday and Saturday evening programs
• Saturday afternoon activities and hikes
• Camping skills demonstrations

Plus there’s something called “Camping 101.” From the site:

Camping 101 is a free hands-on workshop designed to teach anyone basic camping skills. Topics will include tent setup, campfire cooking, camping fun, dressing for camping, camping etiquette and more.

Open to campers and the general public, Camping 101 sessions are held at campgrounds across the forest preserves. No registration required.

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

For more information, head on over to the Forest Preserves of Cook County website here.

Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (


Fields, Dayna. “Cook County Forest Preserve to open campground in Northbrook.” Chicago Tribune. 30 June 2015. ( 5 Aug. 2015.

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