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Woodland Village RV Park, near Chicago, Illinois

Woodland Village RV Park, near Chicago, Illinois

A Target Destination on the Phoenix's Grand Fossil Tour

By Jim Fulton

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I spent a week near Chicago, Illinois, with the goal of visiting the Field Museum. This is one of the BIG museums, with the money and power to acquire whatever specimens it wants, and to exert mighty influence over the entire field of paleontology. My bias against monopolistic power aside, they do have an amazing collection of fossils, and I wore myself out viewing and photographing.

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Id Flights_GFT_2017_1027
Title Woodland Village RV Park, near Chicago, Illinois
Subtitle A Target Destination on the Phoenix's Grand Fossil Tour
Keywords Chicago, Illinois, Woodland Village RV Park, Field Museum
Author Jim Fulton
Author's URL https://fenixnest/Phoenix/
Copyright 2017
Status Published: 2018/3/27
Last Revised 2018-02-28

Chicago, Illinois

Arrived 2017/10/27
Day of Tour 97
Nights Stayed 7
Departed 2017/11/2
Map miles from last stop 211
Mileage on arrival 25,000
Actual miles from last stop 398
Accumulated miles for trip 8,095

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I crossed down through lower Wisconsin and southeast Illinois to spend a week in the upper northwest corner of Indiana. It was a gray day on lots of competing interstates and toll roads. I was glad to have it over.

I discovered two things this trip:

  1. Google Maps has a No Toll Roads option. I just wish I'd discovered this BEFORE paying $50 in tolls for the trip.
  2. My WiFi hot spot works in the truck. I plugged it into my lighter socket-110 volt adapter, and my phone had WiFI. It could find servers, especially the GPS server, that it couldn't before, and now Google Maps can reroute en route. Yahoo!
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Woodland Village RV Park

This campground is old and showing its age. It was laid out before the age of big rigs, with back-in spaces perpendicular to the lanes; and the spaces are barely long enough, so towed or towing vehicles tend to stick out into the lanes, compounding the tightness. So getting my trailer into the space was a challenge. The staff was very helpful, though, and with his guidance and several back-and-forths, I got it in.

You have to have a good reason to camp anywhere in the greater Chicago area; it is definitely not a resort region as I have come to know them: it is old, shabby, verging on decrepit. My reasons for choosing Woodland Village were because it was close enough to Chicago to allow a day's visit to the Field Museum, and also it provided a reasonable follow-on drive to Elkhart, where I planned to have some work done on my trailer. The Field Museum is definitely worthwhile, but if I were to return, I would look for a campground further south or west, out of the metropolitan sprawl.

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Woodland Village RV Park
Woodland Village RV Park
Woodland Village RV Park
Woodland Village RV Park
Woodland Village RV Park
Woodland Village RV Park
Woodland Village RV Park
Woodland Village RV Park
Woodland Village RV Park
Address 5757 US Highway 20
Portage, Indiana 46368
Home Page https://wvrvp.com/
Phone (219) 762-6578
Associations
  • none
Rate (net US$) $35
Pros
  • Convenient to Chicago
  • Staff friendly and very helpful
Cons
  • Perpendicular back-ins difficult for big rigs
Reviews (as of 2018/1/27)
Reviewer Rating Out of
RV Park Reviews 7.5 (Good) 10
Good Sam 5 10
Tripadvisor n/a 5
Phoenix 6 10
  Site Type back-in  
  Site Size 6 10
  Ease of Access 6 10
  WiFiPhoenix 8 10

Points of Interest

There are many things to do and see in the Chicago area, but I limited myself to one biggee: the Field Museum.

Field Museum

The Field Museum is one of the BIG museums, with the money and power to acquire whatever specimens it wants — local collections be damned — and to exert mighty influence over the entire field of paleontology. My liberal bias against monopolistic power aside, they do have an amazing collection of fossils, and I wore myself out viewing and photographing (fossil photos below). And their fossil collection was only one of many collections, the rest of which I had neither time nor energy to enjoy.

Photo Gallery for Field Museum

Field Museum
Field Museum
Field Museum
Field Museum
Field Museum
Field Museum
Field Museum
Sue, the Tyrannosaur at the Field Museum
Field Museum
Looking out over Soldier Field as I left the Field Museum

Fossils at the Field Museum

The Field Museum has an excellent fossil collection, the most comprehensive I've seen, and I took lots of photos. As of right now, however, I am unable to show them to you, since my fossil photo collection is under major redevelopment, and I would rather organize them once and for all than take time now for a temporary local collection. evem one as fascinating as this. They will come, I promise you. It's only a matter of correcting a few bugs in the programming, thereby generating a few new bugs and correcting those, thereby ....

Onward

Unfortunately, my next stop after leaving Chicago was not to see fossils, or some marvelous new part of the country. It was to get some repair work done on my mobile-if-you-get-me-fixed home.

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