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Old 08-13-2003, 02:12 PM   #1
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We are planning a trip to Chicago this weekend. Anyone know of a good place to camp out close to Orland Park, LaGrange Park and Frankfort area?
This will be our first shake ??? down cruise for the 78 Minuet after replacement of the axle, tires and hot water heater!!! We hope we have all of the major problems figured out!
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Old 08-13-2003, 06:14 PM   #2
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We are planning a trip to Chicago this weekend. Anyone know of a good place to camp out close to Orland Park, LaGrange Park and Frankfort area?
This will be our first shake ??? down cruise for the 78 Minuet after replacement of the axle, tires and hot water heater!!! We hope we have all of the major problems figured out!
I think that Silvertwinkie has some space behind his garage in Chicago now that the tree that crashed down, narrowly missing his Bambi has been removed... I'm sure that he wouldn't mind if I offered you his driveway and/or yard as a campsite!!!

Actually, he has some pretty extensive knowledge of the parks around Chicago and could probably offer some ideas... Eric?

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Old 08-13-2003, 08:10 PM   #3
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Already covered the info offline...I was hoping some other Chicagoland folks could help as I only knew of the state parks.... but they were not near the area desired....

That darn tree.....I miss it....but what can ya do...... rebuild and move on....

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Cruisin' there anyway

This shake down trip may be more shakin' up. Water pump bit the dust today. Holding tank valves stuck shut, then started leaking. Sounds like valves need replacing and seals too. Larry has been researching on this site most of the evening. Thanks to everyone for details on all of that. The pump will be the chore of the morning before we take off for Chicago. Guess the other will wait until we return to OH.

We are thinking of camping at Kankakee State Park and driving in to the big Windy City. Will let you know how it goes.

If anyone heads to OH in the near future, we have an available camping spot in our yard, for real, our trees are still standing so far.
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I'd like to meet up with my brother in Downers Grove, when he comes in to visit his daughter, but as far as everyone knows there isn't anything closer than a hour away. Or is there?
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Just a point about camping in the Chicago area.
Indiana Dunes State Park is located on Lake Michigan in the Chicago area. Just outside the park, there is a train station that provides service to downtown Chicago.
I have stayed there several times, using the train to go to the city, and returned in the evening to the camper.
I assume that you could make connections to the other suburbs of Chicago via train from the Loop.

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Little late for your trip but if you go next time....Chgo area is not the best for campgrounds. In the S.W. Orland, LaGrange, try Windy City and one just West of there near Joliet. Both are just off I-80 and much noise. If you want to drive another 45 min. , try Kankakee S.P.. Cheap, quiet, nice place
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Back from Chicago

Thanks for the info. We could not find a very good place close to LaGrange Park. We did not get an opportunity to look at Tinley Park which was the only one we saw in the camping book. We landed at Kankakee State Park, Potowatomi Camp, and you are right about that one. Quiet, cool (due to lots of shade trees), level spots which were nicely spaced and easy to get into, with electricity. Nice people and great staff. One drawback was that the gates are locked at 10 p.m. and you really get locked out! We arrived late and found that out. But the ranger doing rounds was very cooperative and we were able to get back in.
It fills up quickly on the weekends. Lots of fishing, biking, trails etc.
One drawback were the push button showers which had lots of hot water, but were a pain to have to keep hitting that button.
Pit toilets nearby camping spaces, and flush toilets in the shower house, which was away from the camping area.
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Kankakee SP was about 45 min. from LaGrange Park. Tinley Park might be one to check out. It is just north of Rt.80. We found info in our Campground guide but did not have an opportunity to get there to see what it was. The book shows it to be considerably more expensive. Kankakee SP was only $11/night, with electricity. It does have a dump station.
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One drawback were the push button showers which had lots of hot water, but were a pain to have to keep hitting that button.
For future reference...a small pocket knife blade works wonders. Push the button in and hold it while you slip the knife blade in along side the button. The blade should wedge the button and hold it in while you enjoy uninterrupted water flow.
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