Have you visited Chicago in the summer? It’s hot, and we’re not just talking about the weather. Festivals and events crowd the streets and parks—and there’s a dry camping opportunity in the heart of the city. A Campendium reviewer tells you where!
McCormick Place Lot B
The early summer months in Chicago are filled with fun events, including the Pride Parade (June 25), the Eyes to the Skies Balloon Festival (June 28), the Windy City Ribfest (June 30), the African Caribbean International Festival of Life in Union Park (July 4), the Taste of Chicago food festival (July 5), the Square Roots alt-country and Americana music festival (July 7)—and the many Independence Day celebrations, to name a few.
McCormick Place is the largest convention center in North America and “the best solution for RV friendly wild camping in the heart of the city,” writes Campendium reviewer “Gone With The Wynns”.
Bus and RV Parking is available in McCormick Place Lot B —an outdoor surface parking lot located at 31st Street near Lake Shore Drive South and Moe Drive. The parking rate is a flat fee of $35 per day with in-and-out privileges. Overnight parking is permitted, and reservations can be made online.
The lot is noisy and busy with street traffic but “the good part about this lot is the security office is right there so it might help set those who worry at ease to know that people are there in the office 24/7,” stated the Wynns.
“This is boondocking, so there is no electricity, no sewer and no fresh water,” they said on the Campendium website. “In fact the nearest dump station we found was a Travel Center about 35 miles away.” The Wynns, who have an extensive solar setup and large freshwater storage system, “survived for ten days no problem.”
“There is a “driver center” at the 31st street lot so you can probably fill up jugs of water but I’d call and confirm before you assume anything.”
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