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Why Camping in Chicago is an AWESOME Idea

Updated: Nov 20, 2021

When you think of RV travel and camping, Chicago may not be the first destination that comes to mind. What comes to mind may be a green forest you can get lost in or snowcapped mountains in the distance that take your breath away.

The amazing thing about RVing, is it can take you anywhere! The truth is sometimes the scenery is the backdrops I mentioned and sometimes…well it can be a Walmart parking lot. Which makes putting groceries away super handy, but doesn’t offer the most majestic of views. 

Life on the road can take you to some amazing places. What we have discovered, is that our RV is the vessel and the destinations are endless. We enjoy camping in nature, but we also enjoy seeing all the country has to offer. While camping in a city may not be for everyone, having this as an option is a time saver.


When searching for camping locations in Chicago, the search was coming up empty. There were not a lot of camping options within an hour of the city and we almost gave up until we discovered the perfect solution.

McCormick Place in the heart of Chicago is the largest convention center in the United States. They have a large parking lot for tour buses at the McCormick Place Truck Marshaling Yard. Thankfully, this is an available option and you can pay a fee to boondock without hookups (water, electric, and sewer) in this spacious parking lot.

The cost was $35 a night. However, being this close to downtown we were able to ride our bikes to the amazing things Chicago has to offer. Not to mention, it offered 24‐hour staff and 24‐hour security cameras. We felt safe and had a great location for our home on wheels. Here are a few of our favorite reasons why you should try camping in Chicago.