After we talked about camping last week on the City Cast Chicago podcast, we learned sociologist and author Eve Ewing is a regular camper and had more tips to share with the class.
Camping skeptics, don’t fret: There ARE often bathrooms at national and state parks with running water, toilets that flush, and showers. Ewing said she brushes her teeth and does her regular skincare routine in these facilities.
TL;DR: You don’t have to go to the bathroom in the woods!
Most national and state parks — including many in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Indiana — also have online reservation systems (which do cost). Ewing recommended camping at:
- Indiana Dunes, 38 miles from the Loop. Ewing said it’s a good spot for beginners since you can get home quickly.
- Illinois Beach State Park, 48 miles from the Loop. The beach’s proximity to the campsite and food to order are big pros, Ewing said.