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Working together to get the tent up at a Family Caming event at Northerly Island.
Exploring and enjoying nature at a Family Camput.
Camping out overnight at Garfield Park.
Taking a nature walk at a Family Camping event.
Enjoying the company of fellow campers at Northerly Island.
Sharing stories around the campfire on a Family Camp Out.
The amazing view appreciated by campers at Northerly Island.


Family Camping 

Campout overnight with your family in a Chicago Park District park! Take a nature hike, go fishing, learn basic camping principles and enjoy a campfire. Learn basic camping skills from our experts, camping and fishing equipment will be provided. After experiencing Family Camping you'll have all the know-how you need to camp on your own.  Parent or guardian must participate, up to six family members, age six and up.

June 22-23:
Northerly Island

August 17-18:
Palmisano Park
Registration is full, but we encourage you to get on the wait list.

September 14-15:

Gompers Park
Registration is full, but we encourage you to get on the wait list.

September 21-22:
Cook County Forest Preserve

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October 5-6:
Jackson Park’s Wooded Island

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The North Face Explore Your Parks Camping 101
Explore Your Parks: Camping 101 Program is the perfect opportunity to reconnect with your family and with nature. We create a safe, comfortable and relaxed setting for beginners to experience the outdoors and create new memories with your State Park Family.


Check out The North Face Explore Your Parks Activity Guide Chicago.
It features information on camping, biking and other exciting outdoor activities you can do this summer in Chicago’s parks.  Thanks to The North Face for making this possible.





Wilderness Camping 

Wilderness camping is an outdoor adventure program designed to build confidence, a sense of knowledge of the natural world and sense of community for youth ages 13-15.  Through this two-week program, youth will visit an adventure course, fish, learn camping, archery, shelter building skills and more.  Campers spend the overnight on Northerly Island during week one.  The second week is an intensive two night, three day trip to the Cook County Forest Preserve, camping on a hike-in/hike-out location. Youth will travel with all of their supplies in their packs for this three day trip.  Get ready for some fun.
The program runs Monday-Friday of the first week, with an overnight Thursday night at the park, pick up Friday morning at 10:00 am. In the second week, campers are at the park on Monday and Tuesday, then stay overnight Wednesday through Friday at Pulaski Woods, Willow Springs, IL 60480, pick up Friday at the park.

July 1 - 12:
Gompers Park


July 15 - 26:
Northerly Island


July 15 - 26:

Union Park
Note: Program takes place at Northerly Island.
Bus transportation will be provided from Union Park to Northerly Island.