Welcome to the Midwest! Chicago campervan rentals are a great way to explore everything the Midwest has to offer. Chicago is not only the gateway to one of the most iconic road trip routes in the US – Route 66 – but it is the perfect location to kick off an unforgettable camping adventure through the Great Lakes, Minnesota or Wisconsin. At a mere 6 hours from Chicago, Minneapolis is a great option for a round trip adventure exploring nearby destinations like the boundary waters, Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, Duluth/North Shore along Lake Superior, Isle Royale National Park, the Upper Peninsula, and more. Or, if you have more time, map out a bucket list cross country road trip and head west through South Dakota and visit Badlands National Park, the Black Hills and Custer State Park. Explore the crystal clear lakes while kayaking, canoeing, biking or hiking. A great jumping-off point for your road trip, Chicago is also a destination in and of itself. Be sure to check out the local food scene, the Bean at Millennium park, the world-renowned theaters and shows, and the trails surrounding the lake Michigan waterfront. If you’re lucky you’ll snag a few tickets to a Chicago Cubs baseball game at Wrigley Field!
When you rent a campervan in Chicago, there’s a wide range of places you can visit. You can opt for a round-trip adventure throughout Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan or Indiana. But don’t forget to consider a one-way trip to one of our other depots like Denver, CO or Salt Lake City, UT to the West, or New York to the East.
Our Chicago Campervan Location is:
1.5 hours from Lake Geneva, Wisconsin (voted one of America’s best lake towns)
2 hours from Starved Rock State Park, Illinois
2.5 hours from Elkhart, Wisconsin (where you’ll find endless hiking, biking, fishing and swimming)
5 hours from Traverse City, Michigan
6 hours to Minneapolis
Looking for Chicago campervan road trip ideas? Visit our blog and itinerary pages for inspiration! Our Reservations team and Adventure Specialists are also happy to give travel ideas and tips for your upcoming trip. Just call 1-877-270-8267 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Camper Vans Available for Reservation in Chicago, IL
A Fleet Tailored to Your Wanderlust
At Escape Campervans Chicago, we don’t believe in one-size-fits-all. That’s why our curated fleet is designed to meet the individual tastes and needs of every intrepid traveler. Whether you’re a couple seeking a romantic getaway, a family wanting quality time in nature, or a group of friends yearning for a road trip of a lifetime, we have the perfect camper van just for you.
Mavericks: The Ultimate Getaway Vehicle
Craving a cozy, intimate road trip with all the practicalities you could ask for? Meet Mavericks, your ultimate home-away-from-home on wheels. This gem is perfect not only for couples but also for small families and friend groups. The Mavericks comes fully equipped with:
A luxurious, queen-sized bed.
A functional kitchen that boasts a 2-burner propane stove, dual-powered refrigerator, and a handy sink.
Ample storage space for all your road trip essentials and souvenirs.
A foldaway in-van table and benches, converting easily into your big comfy bed for the night.
Fuel efficiency of 14-17 mpg and a range of technical specs that guarantee a smooth ride.
An optional rooftop sleeper.
Mesa: When More is Merrier
Traveling with a bigger crew or a family that needs a little extra room? Say hello to Mesa, the expanded, tricked-out sibling to our beloved Mavericks model. Perfect for those who never want to compromise on space or amenities, Mesa is about two feet longer than the Mavericks, allowing you to keep the rear bucket seats up even when the bed is down—ideal for families with car seats. When traveling in the Mesa, you’ll have the following at your disposal:
A queen-sized bed that promises sound sleep under the stars.
Advanced kitchen facilities featuring a 2-burner propane stove, a dual-powered refrigerator, and a sink with a 5-gallon water tank.
Additional drawers and compartments underneath the back benches offer extra storage and organization.
Aux and Bluetooth capabilities, allow you to curate the soundtrack for your adventure.
Optional rooftop sleeper accommodations.
Fuel efficiency of 14-17 mpg.
Camper Van Road Trip Ideas From Chicago, IL
Wondering how far the road ahead can take you? Here’s a sneak peek at some iconic destinations and the time it’ll take you to get there from our Chicago hub:
The Great Lakes
Chicago’s proximity to the Great Lakes makes it a prime starting point for a waterside adventure. Picture this: you, your crew, and your camper van parked next to a sparkling lake as the sun sets. Whether it’s kayaking in Lake Michigan or enjoying beach bonfires in Lake Erie, the Great Lakes region offers myriad experiences to make your road trip truly epic.
If you’ve ever fantasized about cruising down America’s most iconic highway, now’s your chance. Pick up your camper van in Chicago and head off into the sunset on Route 66. From the kitsch and the quirky to the absolutely breathtaking, the “Mother Road” is an unforgettable journey through America’s heartland.
Major Destinations Near Chicago, IL
Lake Geneva, WI
Just a 1.5-hour drive from our Chicago hub, Lake Geneva is a veritable playground for water enthusiasts. From jet-skiing to paddleboarding, this lake offers a wide array of aquatic activities. Looking for a slower pace? Anchor down at a secluded spot and let the day drift away with a book in hand. For the perfect end to your day, enjoy the panoramic sunset views that this destination is famous for.
Starved Rock State Park, IL
If you’re after a more earthbound adventure, point your camper van toward Starved Rock State Park. Just two hours away, this park offers 18 canyons, seasonal waterfalls, and over 13 miles of hiking trails that lead to breathtaking overlooks. This is the kind of place where your camera roll fills up quickly but the memories last even longer.
Traverse City, MI
Wine aficionados, rejoice! A 5-hour drive will get you to Traverse City, Michigan—a region peppered with vineyards producing world-class vintages. And that’s not all; the city is also renowned for its pristine beaches where you can sip the local wines as you listen to the calming sounds of the waves. Your perfect day is just a drive away.
Dust off your boots and head down to Nashville to experience the rich culture and southern charm of Nashville. Music lovers can immerse themselves in the country music scene with visits to the Country Music Hall of Fame and an array of music venues with lots of local talent. Whether you are drawn to the endless music experiences or the lush landscapes of Tennessee, this is an unforgettable experience for all visitors.
Camper Van-Friendly Campgrounds Near Chicago
Illinois Beach State Park 1 Lake Front Dr, Zion, IL 60099
Imagine waking up to the tranquil sounds of Lake Michigan—this dream becomes reality at Illinois Beach State Park. Offering camper van-friendly sites, this park is just an hour’s drive from Chicago.
Kettle Moraine State Forest, WI W7796 Kettle Moraine Drive, WI 53190
If you’re willing to cross state lines for your camping experience, Kettle Moraine State Forest in Wisconsin is well worth the trip. From hiking and mountain biking to fishing and kayaking, this campground offers a buffet of outdoor activities. And the best part? It’s camper van-friendly, ensuring you’ll have all the amenities you need.
Indiana Dunes National Park Porter, IN 46304
Less than two hours away from our Chicago hub, Indiana Dunes National Park offers a unique blend of beach and forest. Surf on Lake Michigan’s waves by day and stargaze amidst the quiet rustling of forest leaves by night!
Grocery and Liquor Stores Near Chicago To Stock Up For Your Van Trip
Mariano’s 345 W Roosevelt Rd, Lombard, IL 60148
With one of their stores a short drive away from our Chicago location, Mariano’s offers a vast selection of fresh produce, quality meats, and a delightful array of baked goods. Whether you’re looking for organic veggies, gourmet cheese, or locally sourced meats, Mariano’s is the go-to spot to fill your campervan’s pantry. Plan a stop here to ensure you’re fully equipped with everything you’ll need for your culinary road trip adventures.
Binny’s Beverage Depot 1500 16th St, Oak Brook, IL 60523
No road trip is complete without your favorite beverages to sip around the campfire. Binny’s Beverage Depot, located conveniently near our hub, offers an impressive selection of craft beers, fine wines, and spirits. From local brews to international labels, Binny’s is your libation destination, allowing you to toast to the good times ahead.
Outdoor Stores in Chicago For Your Van Adventure
REI Lincoln Park 905 W Eastman St, Chicago, IL 60642
Did you forget your portable stove or need a new pair of hiking boots? No worries. REI Lincoln Park comes packed with a comprehensive selection of top-notch outdoor gear. From cookware to clothing and everything in between, REI is the adventurer’s dream store. And if you’re a newbie to camping, their knowledgeable staff can guide you through your purchases.
Moosejaw 1901 N Clybourn Ave, Chicago, IL 60614
Situated in the Lincoln Park neighborhood, Moosejaw offers a quirky and fun environment along with top-notch outdoor gear. Whether you’re an avid mountaineer or a weekend camper, Moosejaw has a wide selection of gear that can accommodate any outdoor activity. The staff is always eager to share their expertise, so you’ll not only leave with the right gear but also with a wealth of useful information for your upcoming journey. Don’t miss their climbing gear section if you’re looking to add some vertical adventures to your road trip.
Book Your Van With Escape Campervans Today
At Escape Campervans Chicago, we aim to make your journey as smooth as possible, right from the get-go. That includes pointing you in the direction of all the essentials you’ll need along the way. So, fill your cart, pack up, and hit the road. Your dream road trip awaits – so book your van today!