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Top Spots To Explore In Chicago and Where To Camp

Visit and camp in Chicago

For an incredible getaway that isn’t too far from home, choose one of the most exciting cities in the Midwest! Chicago features practically endless opportunities for fun with everything from sightseeing and museums to shopping and eating (and everything in between)! Here are some amazing top spots to explore in Chicago and some suggestions on where to camp, so you can bring along your RV from the best RV dealer in Muskegon—Lakeshore RV!


There’s no shortage of fun places to visit while touring Chicago! The beauty of Chicago is that there are seeming endless activities and destinations unique to the Windy City, so make sure you plan to stay for a few days so you can experience every neat attraction!

Millennium Park

Shedd Aquarium

You’ll love just how beautiful Shedd Aquarium is. Not only will you get an up-close look at over 8,000 water-faring species, but Shedd Aquarium is the largest indoor aquarium in the world! Watch the otters zoom around in the water, catch a dolphin show, or even propose to the one you love most!

Millennium Park

If you’d like to take a leisurely stroll and enjoy the culture of Chicago, check out Millennium Park! From concerts and one-of-a-kind art exhibits to beautiful gardens, this is a fantastic way to spend a sunny afternoon in Chicago. Don’t forget to stop by the Cloud Gate sculpture for your token “weekend in Chicago” picture!

Museum Of Science and Industry

Chicago likes to do it big! The Museum of Science and Industry is the largest science center in the Western Hemisphere, and features hundreds of exhibits that are sure to stimulate and inspire minds of the young and old alike. Even if you’ve visited before, you should stop by and see what’s new!
Shedd Aquarium in Chicago

Science and Industry

Visit the Skydeck in Chicago

Field Museum of Natural History

The Field Museum is perfect for those with curious minds wanting to learn more about the natural world around us. You can learn about ancient civilizations, plants, and even dinosaurs. Be sure to stop and say hi to Sue, the T-Rex skeleton. She's hard to miss at 40.5-feet long!

Lincoln Park Zoo

Calling all animal lovers! Bring the family by for a visit to Lincoln Park Zoo, which over 230 species of animals call home. No matter your favorite animal, this zoo probably has it. The best part? It’s free to the public and open 365 days a year, so no matter when you choose to explore Chicago, you can add Lincoln Park Zoo to your itinerary!


If you’re afraid of heights, this is an attraction you might want to skip! But if you're brave enough, the views you’ll get of Chicago from the Skydeck are nothing short of stunning! Located on the 103rd floor of Willis Tower, The Ledge is where you can take a daring step out onto glass boxes that let you look down 1,353 feet below and out onto the Chicago skyline as far as you can see!
The Field Museum

Visit Lincoln Park Zoo

Magnificent Mile in Chicago

Navy Pier

Whether you’re looking for a fun day with the kids or just finding your inner child, Navy Pier is one of the most fun spots in Chicago. Spanning over 50 acres, it features an amusement park, children’s museum, IMAX theater, boat cruises, and is home to tons of dining options! There are always fun events going on too, so check out the calendar of events to see what’s happening!

Magnificent Mile

If you want an easy and true Chicago experience, stick to the Magnificent Mile! This stretch along Michigan Avenue features many of Chicago’s best restaurants, stores, major sightseeing stops, hotels, and much more!

Art Institute of Chicago

An art lover’s Mecca, the Art Institute of Chicago is one of the best art museums in the country, and even the world! It is not only home to some of the world’s most iconic pieces of art like American Gothic, A Sunday on La Grande Jatte, and many more, but temporary exhibits bring in famous works, interactive exhibits, and modern pieces that you shouldn’t miss!
The Navy Pier in Chicago

Visit the Art Institute of Chicago


Aside from all the fun things to do, make sure that you come to Chicago with a big appetite! The Windy City has everything from quaint brunch spots to elegant dinner restaurants, but don’t miss out on the favorite Chicago staple—deep dish pizza!

Eat at the Purple Pig in Chicago


Take dining to a whole new level! It’s as much of an experience in modern art as it is cuisine, making it perfect for art lovers or those who crave a more sensory experience with their upscale dining. This meal will cost you, but with all the money you saved by purchasing your RV from your favorite Muskegon RV dealer, Lakeshore RV, you’ll be able to afford it!

The Purple Pig

What could be better than meat and wine? The Purple Pig combines the two for an upscale experience that will have foodies drooling! There is even an in-house sommelier to help pair the perfect wines with your delicious picks! And with a beautiful atmosphere, you may never want to leave!


It is honestly very difficult to narrow down the best pizza place in Chicago, as everyone seems to have their favorite! All we know is that you can’t leave the city without chowing down on a slice of ooey, gooey deep dish pizza! Giordano’s has always been a top favorite, or Lou Malnati’s with its multiple locations! Pizano’s is delicious too, but if you’re tracing pizza lineage, Pizzeria Uno is the way to go, as they can boast as being the inventor of the deep dish! It’s up to you to pick which pizzeria to try, or go ahead and try them all! Can you really ever have too much pizza?
Experience a new kind of restaurant at Alinea

Don't forget to try Chicago-style pizza while in the windy city!


Before you come to explore in Chicago, make sure to save up so you can go on a shopping spree and splurge! Chicago features incredible shopping options for any tastes so you can get exactly what you want and treat yourself!

Chicago has plenty to offer kids including the American Girl Place

Dylan’s Candy Bar

The kids won’t be the only ones drooling over this mind-blowing candy shop! Dylan’s Candy Bar features two floors of mouth-watering candy goodness, with an almost overwhelming amount of choices. Any sweet tooth could easily spend hours picking out an array of treats!

Woolly Mammoth Antiques, Oddities, & Resale

For those who love antiquing and can appreciate interesting finds, stop into Woolly Mammoth and take a look around! You’ll be sure to find things that will wow you, shock you, and items that you just can’t live without!

American Science & Surplus

This is the store for nerds of all types! This neat store has trinkets, accessories, and fun items for those who love science fiction, cartoons, literature, and more! No matter what you’re passionate about, this store probably has something to help you show your love!

For The Kids

After getting all hopped up on candy from Dylan’s, your little campers will be begging to shop too! The Magnificent Mile features both the Disney Store and the American Girl Place, so your kids can pick up some accessories and toys from their favorite Disney films, or get some new clothes for their American Girl doll! Make sure the kids save up their allowance!
Satisfy your sweet tooth at Dylan's Candy Bar in Chicago

Woolly Mammoth


Exploring Chicago will definitely wear you out, so return to your RV after a long day of fun and relax! Here are some campgrounds close to Chicago so you can bring your RV along for the adventure!

Camp at Chicago Northwest KOA while in the Windy City!

Chicago Northwest KOA

This comfortable campground is perfect for families! With fun activities throughout the summer, it’ll give everyone something to do during your downtime between Windy City adventures! It’s near other large attractions like Six Flags and Santa’s Village AZoosment Park, and makes it easy to get into Chicago as it is located near the Metra train! Visit their website for more information!

Camp Bullfrog Lake

Camp comfortably on the lake at Camp Bullfrog Lake! This campground is open year-round and is nestled in the lovely Palos Preserves! It’s a great recreational spot with over 50 miles of trails, fishing, boating, and more, which is a nice change of pace from the bustle of Chicago! Click here for more information!

Camp Sullivan

Camp Sullivan is perfect for those who appreciate nature and adventure! It’s a 45-minute drive to Chicago, but is incredibly fun with hiking trails, free programs so you and the kids can learn more about nature, and even features an indoor rock climbing wall! Visit their website to make a reservation!
Stay at Camp Bullfrog lake while in Chicago

Stay at Camp Sullivan while in Chicago

Ready to explore Chicago? Which of these top spots will you want to check out first? We hope that these suggestions of what to see and where to camp will make your grand Chicago adventure one that you’ll always fondly remember! Whether you’re looking to trade-in or make your first RV purchase, Lakeshore RV works hard to make the experience easy for you! As the leader of Michigan RV sales, we guarantee you’ll have more money for your Chicago trip with our wholesale pricing and excellent easy no-money-down financing! Bon voyage and enjoy your trip to the Windy City!
2024 Summer Vacation Special
2024 Summer Vacation Special
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