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Camp in south suburban Cook County


For decades, camping in the forest preserves has been available only to organized groups such as the Scouts—until now. This summer, the Forest Preserves of Cook County is opening five new and revitalized campgrounds to families, groups and individuals of all ages and interests.

Whether you’re staying in a tent, a cabin, a bunkhouse or an RV, you’ll get an immersive, round-the-clock nature experience, a chance to hear owls, paddle a canoe, stargaze and watch the sun rise over the trees. Or you can try one of our many free programs to learn about local nature or hone your outdoor skills.

Camp Shabbona Woods SOUTH HOLLAND – Camp Shabbona Woods features small three-season cabins, mulch tent pads and a clearing for activities. Sand Ridge Nature Center is just a short stroll away through an oak woodland. Camp staff help coordinate activities and programming at the campground.

Camp Sullivan OAK FOREST – An iconic red barn greets visitors to Camp Sullivan, where large groups can rent bunkhouses and families will soon be able to enjoy tent camping tucked within the beautiful 612-acre Tinley Creek Woods. With access to more than 13 miles of trails, Camp Sullivan is a perfect destination for nature exploration and group gatherings. Even the barn, currently being renovated with a climbing wall and other adventures, will be a hub of activity. (Tent campsites and barn not yet open.)

Read more here. Click here for information about gear rental.

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