Renting a recreational vehicle might seem like a challenge at first, but RVshare makes it easy to understand the different classes of RVs and their various features. If exploring is your passion, then with an RV, the entire North American continent is your backyard. Whether you’re looking for the most scenic trails, untouched beaches, or regional cultural experiences, RV rental in Chicago gives you the chariot to fulfill your passion for exploration.
Some of the most popular Chicago RV rentals are travel trailers, including pop-up camper rentals in Chicago, fifth wheelers, and toy haulers. There are large fifth wheel trailers that can sleep up to eight people, but for the most part, people like pop-up campers and toy haulers because they're lightweight, easy to tow, and just the right size for a couple and a pet.
If traveling in something similar to a five-star hotel is what would suit you, then Class A RVs give you luxury like no other home on wheels. They're quite large, and they can accommodate up to 10 people. You can expect to find state-of-the-art furnishings in the interior, appliances in the kitchen, and accessories in the bathroom.
Class B RVs, referred to as campervans, are a smaller version of Class A motorhomes, and they're easier to maneuver. They also have better gas mileage. Class C RVs are like a hybrid of Class As and Class Bs. They're popular because they offer lots of space but are also easier to drive and more cost-effective than large Class A motorhome rentals in Chicago.
Some of the best places to camp in Chicago don’t require a long haul and could be done as a weekend trip. Whether you’re looking for a holiday in natural surroundings or your idea is to head into the city to enjoy the culture and nightlife, there's the perfect campground for you.
Kankakee South KOA is located away from the hustle and bustle of the city. This campground has a pool, and you can even bring your pet. LaSalle / Peru KOA Campground is closer to the action of the city and has a hiking trail, a pool, and pets are welcome.
Chicago has its share of beautiful parks, but does not have any that are considered national parks. Henry C. Palmisano Nature Park has an interesting history, and you can learn more about it as you walk while listening to an audio track presented by the Chicago Park District. The nature park encompasses wetlands, trails, an athletic field, a running track, a hill that offers views, and preserved quarry walls.
Another oasis exists in North Park Village Nature Center. When you feel overwhelmed by urban life, this escape on Chicago’s north side will provide the perfect getaway.
Bullfrog Lake is located just south of the city and offers access to the Palos Preserves and all of the fishing, hiking, and mountain biking you want to do. Illinois Beach State Park is a short drive from the city, and you can set up camp close to the beach.
Affordable RV storage is easy to find in Chicago. Whether it’s temporary or year-round storage that you need, there are indoor and outdoor storage facilities that are available in different sizes. Storage Mart has a location in the Chicago metro area. Other options include Alpha Self Storage and Autotruck Parking and Storage.
Dumpstations near Chicago include Republic Services Loop Transfer Station, Chicago Metro Transfer Station – Laramie, and Republic Services Loop Recycling Center and Transfer Station, to name a few
Gather your family together and use RVshare's trip planner to create a vacation that everyone will enjoy. Consider Starved Rock State Park, as it was voted the No. 1 attraction in the state, and camping is available in the park itself. Another campground that's nearby is the Hickory Hollow Campground where you can enjoy a swimming pool, a game room, a playground, free Wi-Fi, and a general store.
The "Windy City" is home to a vibrant arts scene, excellent shopping, beautiful architecture, and many different cultural events. The following are some of the most popular attractions in Chicago that you may want on your to-do list for your next RV trip to Chicago.
Art Institute of Chicago: The Art Institute of Chicago is a world-class institution known for its collection of Impressionist and post-Impressionist paintings.
Millennium Park: Millennium Park is located in downtown Chicago. The centerpiece is a 110-ton sculpture with a polished mirror-like surface made out of stainless steel that reflects the surrounding sky, buildings, and people. As this is located close to many other attractions, it's a good place to base yourself.
Navy Pier: The Navy Pier is made up of restaurants, shops, concert venues, and 50 acres of gardens. There's also a Ferris wheel and a historic carousel.
The Chicago Blues Festival is a free annual event hosted by the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. Always occurring in June, the festival features three days of performances by talented blues musicians, including old favorites and those emerging onto the scene. Although the event had always been held at and around Petrillo Music Shell in Grant Park, it changed venues to the nearby Millennium Park in 2017.
A Chi-town tradition dating back to 1980, Taste of Chicago is one of the most famous outdoor food festivals in the States.
Chicago is one of 10 cities in the United States to host five major American professional sports teams, including the Cubs, Bears, White Sox, Bulls, and Blackhawks. The city has been named the Best Sports City three times. Soldier Field, Wrigley Field, United Center, and Toyota Park are some of the major sporting venues where you can catch a game.
If you're looking for entertainment besides sports, prepare to be amazed, as Chicago offers incredible art, architecture, and theater. On any day or night, at one of Chicago's theaters, you could see a modern and edgy original play or a Broadway world premiere.
The Kennedy (I-90) is the major highway that runs north to south in Illinois. The Chicago Skyway, the second half of the I-90, goes southeast to Indiana. The Eisenhower (I-290) and Stevenson (I-55) run east to west and connect to the Kennedy (I-90).
If you are considering a rental from RVshare, then you will need to be 25 years of age to be approved.
Just like any vehicle that you rent, with camper rentals in Chicago, IL, you are going to need to have insurance that will cover the vehicle in the event that there is an accident. If you do not have insurance that you can use for the rental, then take a look at our insurance page for more information about your options.
When you rent an RV, it’s a good practice to bring the RV back with a full tank. At the same time, not all owners require it, so be sure to communicate with the RV owner before you rent so that you understand his or her refueling requirements.
One-way RV rentals in Chicago, IL are available, but it is not always an option with every RV owner. It's important to ask the renter if a one-way rental is an option prior to renting your vehicle.