Camp Shabbona Woods

Camp Shabbona Woods was the second of Cook County’s brand new camping sites I decided to check out. Located about 30 miles from Logan Square, and almost entirely on trail, Camp Shabbona Woods definitely hits a lot of the “good for beginners” check boxes while keeping the same cyclist friendly¬†reservation and occupancy structure as the […]

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DIY Fire Starter

While there are a lot of things to love about bike camping in the Chicago region, accessibility to dry firewood is not one of them. It’s definitely more of an exception to encounter firewood that is dry enough to light with just kindling than a rule. It’s also hard to find kindling at campsites at […]

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Burnham Greenway

This is not my favorite trail. The Burnham Greenway runs between Chicago’s East Side neighborhood and Munster, Indiana. While the Burnham Greenway is somewhat useful as a connection between other trails, it definitely has one glaring 2 mile hole and not a lot of excitement on either side.   The Burnham Greenway is entirely paved, […]

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Camp Bullfrog Lake

  When Cook County announced it would finally be opening some of its forest preserves for camping in 2016, I was thrilled. It seemed so silly that there was all of this great land, but nowhere for sanctioned camping on any of it. After looking over the new sites, I determined that 3 of them […]

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