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10 best places to camp near Chicago

Pitch a tent near lakes, rivers, dunes, and canyons

A camping trip is the perfect way to ease out of summertime in Chicago and into the cozy, coolness of fall. Just imagine those crunchy fall leaves, a crackling fire, and no downtown skyline in sight.

Although the city keeps us busy, Chicago is surrounded by beautiful natural areas excellent for winding down. Take a day trip to small town retreats or go for a great fall bike ride on these natural trails accessible by public transit.

There is a lot to see in the Midwest: Illinois’s Starved Rock State Park has canyons and waterfalls, nearby Indiana offers sand dunes and beaches, and Wisconsin has something for everyone.

We’ve compiled a list of our 10 favorite spots perfect for pitching a tent, building a campfire, and breathing in some fresh air. Don’t see your favorite spot? Let us know in the comments.

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