Chicago is easily one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country. With so many awesome parks, museums, and entertainment options, it’s pretty easy to see why. Unfortunately, this is also a very expensive city to visit. Even the most humble hotel can easily cost $200 or more per night, meaning those of us with lower travel budgets won’t be able to make it work.
This is where camping comes into play. Campgrounds tend to have much more affordable rates that hotels, and RV camping means having your own kitchen, bathroom, and comfortable bed with you while you explore the city.
Of course, not everyone owns an RV. Fortunately, there are plenty of options when it comes to RV rentals Chicago, meaning anyone can enjoy the comfort and affordability of RV camping in the Windy City. Whether you’re looking for a fancy class A motorhome or a simple pop-up camper rental Chicago, there’s an option for you.
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Ready to book one of the many fantastic motorhome rentals in Chicago and start planning your trip? There are tons of amazing things to do and see in this city, and narrowing your options can be difficult. Lucky for you, we’ve done the legwork and created this guide to visiting the area.
Pick and choose from the lists below and you simply can’t go wrong.
Many RVers also happen to be nature enthusiasts. For this reason, some are skeptical about the idea of visiting a big city such as Chicago. The good news? There are plenty of gorgeous outdoor attractions in the area.
Of the three national parks sites in and near Chicago, two are amazing places to learn about history, while another offers a lovely visit to nature and some fantastic opportunities to learn about sand dunes. Check out our National Park pages here.
As far as state parks go, there are a number of amazing choices. The following parks are all within an hour of the city, and all four offer fantastic outdoor recreation opportunities, making them wonderful places to spend a day:
Obviously, you’re going to need some place to set up your Chicago, IL RV rental while staying there. Unfortunately, there aren’t any camping options in the city itself. However, there are plenty of great RV parks and campgrounds just outside of Chicago.
As the name suggests, this campground is located about an hour northwest of Chicago. As it is a KOA, you can expect a family-friendly atmosphere with plenty of wonderful amenities, including full hookups, a pool, and more. These things make this an ideal place to return to after a day of exploring the city.
Another wonderful option just outside of Chicago is Camp Bullfrog Lake. This is an excellent place to escape into nature, making it a popular destination for the people of Chicago. Because it’s located right on the lake, it’s a great place for kayaking and other water sports. Birdwatching is also very popular in the park.
Prefer a state park setting? Illinois Beach State Park is about an hour away from Chicago and boasts a lovely campground. Because it is a state park, rates are incredibly affordable, and a bathhouse, dump station, and electric hookups all work together to ensure your needs are met while there.
So far, we’ve only listed options outside of the city. The reason for this is the fact that there aren’t any campgrounds in the city itself. Nonetheless, we do have a solution for those who wish to stay in the city.
You see, the McCormick Center offers reservable bus parking and allows RVs to park there overnight. While there aren’t any hookups available, it is a place to sleep right in the middle of the downtown Chicago action, and for an affordable price, too.
Want more ideas of things to do while in Chicago? Lucky for you, there are plenty of wonderful attractions to choose from. Many of these are famous all over the world, and not seeing them would be a shame to say the least, so make sure you make time to get out of your Chicago camper trailer and see several of the attractions on our list.
Home of the Cloud Gate “silver bean” art installment, the Crown Fountain interactive video sculpture, the McCormick Ice Rink, and even more of Chicago’s famous sights, Millenium Park is a must-see. This enormous park offers lovely things to see, green spaces to relax in, and a perfect taste of what Chicago is all about.
It may not be the tallest building in the world anymore, but at 110 stories, it’s still pretty darn tall, and riding up to the Skydeck on the 103rd floor is an intense experience.
A glass balcony extends four feet outside the floor, offering a view straight down onto the streets of Chicago. Meanwhile, huge windows allow guests to look out into the city and take in the view. It’s especially gorgeous at night, with city lights twinkling into the distance.
So named because it was once used by the US Navy, Navy Pier is now a 3,300-foot pier offering all kinds of exciting entertainment. Whether you’re looking for shopping, dining, or fun rides, there is something for you at this exciting attraction.
Art enthusiasts will definitely appreciate The Art Institute of Chicago. As you might have guessed, this art museum is easily one of the best in the country, and is definitely worth a visit. To make your field trip extra exciting, consider visiting during one of the museum's special events.
Easily one of the most exciting aquariums in the country. Shedd Aquarium is a full-day attraction for sure. The collection of water creatures here is sure to delight visitors of all ages, and the demonstrations are top-notch. For additional fun, consider a 4D experience, behind-the-scenes tour, or animal encounter.
The Field Museum is famous for a reason. This enormous natural history museum has a little bit of everything natural history related, meaning there’s something for everyone. Not only that, every single topic is also well-presented in a way that is both engaging and educational.
This is another full-day experience in our opinion, so be sure to give yourself enough time.
Looking for something fun and free to do in the city? The Lincoln Park Zoo is just the thing. This zoo has been going strong since 1868, making it one of the oldest zoos in the country. They have a wide variety of animals and offer special experiences and events.
Located very near the Field Museum and Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planetarium is another great Chicago attraction. Here you’ll learn all about the wonders of the universe through a fun, well-organized museum with entertaining planetarium shows.
Finally, there is the Museum of Science and Industry. By far one of the best science museums in the country, this attraction is perfect for kids and adults alike. Here you can learn about all things science-related while playing in interactive exhibits unlike any you’ve seen before.
Besides all of the amazing attractions listed above, you’ll also find plenty of opportunities to be entertained while in Chicago. In fact, Chicago is one of the very best places to visit for both sports and entertainment, and anyone who spends any time there at all should be sure to catch at least one game and a show.
Chicago is home to a huge number of major league teams and an even bigger collection of minor league teams. This makes the Windy City the perfect destination for sports fans of all sorts. It’s an especially great place for baseball fans, who flock to the city’s Wrigley Field to see the sport being played.
Looking for entertainment? Chicago is the place to be. The city offers bars, nightclubs, and incredible, world-renowned comedy clubs. Broadway-caliber shows grace the stages of this entertainment hub, and shopping opportunities tempt shopper around every corner. Clearly, if you’re bored while in Chicago, it’s your own fault.
Want to learn more about Chicago area entertainment? Check out this article on the topic.
Eventually, you will need to dump the tanks on your motorhome or travel trailer rental in Chicago. In most cases, you’ll be able to dump at the campground you call home during your getaway. That said, those who choose to park their Chicago RV rental in the McCormick Center lot (or anywhere else without hookups) will need to find a dump station.
Fortunately, there are options:
Want to learn about all the best dump stations in the state of Illinois? Check out our Illinois dump stations page and you’re sure to find a great place to empty the tanks on your Chicago RV rental.
Getting into and around Chicago can be a bit overwhelming if you don’t know the area. For this reason, we recommend getting to know the city before you ever even leave to pick up your motorhome rental in Chicago.
Chicago is home to two major airports, making it a cinch to fly into the city to pick up RV rentals. Whether you choose to fly into O’Hare Airport or Midway International Airport, you’re sure to be pleased with just how easy it is to get into Chicago by plane.
As far as highways go, there are three major thoroughfares you’ll want to be aware of before driving private RV rentals Chicago. The first of these is 1-90, which runs north and south through the city. I-290 runs east and west through the city, as does I-55, and both meet up with I-90.
Ready to check out the Windy City and see some of these amazing sights for yourself? Why not find the perfect RV for rent Chicago and book today? The sooner you do, the sooner you can hit the road!