The Run Down

There’s something about pitching a tent and sitting around a campfire to make us forget about our worries. For Chicagoans, a camping trip normally means driving over an hour outside of the city into Michigan or Wisconsin. While those types of trips can be great, they also can be a hassle to plan out when all you’re looking for is a quick retreat from the city. 

This guide is for those times when you’re looking for a quick overnight getaway, and you’re looking to leave now. We’ll be camping at one of Cook County’s forest preserves to do a bit of hiking, grilling, and star gazing. If coming from downtown Chicago, you can be out the door to having a camp site set up in about 45 minutes. 

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