Suburban Chicago Campground Closes
Recreational vehicle enthusiasts looking to stay near Chicago will have to find a new south suburban home now that Windy City Campground and Beach in Tinley Park has closed.
A popular destination for road campers for more than 30 years, Windy City closed Nov. 15 after the owners sold it to Panduit Corp., according to the Chicago Tribune.
The campground, on 30 acres at 80th Avenue just north of Interstate Highway 80, offered RV travelers year-round access to 75 campsites and boasted a sandy beach and small lake. But its location, 4 miles south of Panduit's current corporate headquarters in Tinley Park, made it ideal for the company's relocation plans.
Panduit, a manufacturer of products for wiring and communications applications, now plans to move to a 52-acre site in Will County that encompasses the Windy City campground.
John Greuling, president and chief executive of the Will County Center for Economic Development, said Panduit would restore the lake area as wetlands, making it part of the landscape for the 250,000-square-foot, five-story global headquarters. It's expected to be completed in 2009.
Although the closing of Windy City eliminates the south suburban campground closest to Chicago, other campgrounds in the area that cater to RVs remain in operation. They include A-Ok Campgrounds in Frankfort, House of Camping in Bridgeview, All-Seasons Campground in Beecher, Enchanted Shores in Peotone and Martin Campground in Joliet.