Scenes from an autumn visit to Illinois Beach State Park just an hour from Chicago.
Sand Ridge State Forest in central Illinois offers hiking trails, regular campsites, and backcountry camping.
Enjoy photos of the flowers, wildlife, and lakes of Chain O Lakes State Park.
Looking for state parks near Chicago? Take a look at a list of parks within driving distance of the Windy City.
What’s the closest campground to Chicago? Try Channahon State Park in Illinois, which is just 50 miles from the Windy City.
Illinois Beach State Park is great because its campground permits alcohol and is easily accessible by bicycle.
One of the best places to go backpacking near Chicago is the Forest Glen Preserve in central Illinois.
Moraine View State Recreation Area is a Chicago-area campground in central Illinois offering camping and hiking, with lots of geese on its lakes.
White Pines Forest State Park provides 103 camp sites in northern Illinois as well as hiking and fishing.
Chain O Lakes State Park is one of the best campgrounds near Chicago for boating and fishing.