Red circles on this map of Chicago shows locations of five new campgrounds proposed for suburban Cook County, Ill.

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The Cook County Forest Preserve District in Chicago wants more people consider it as a camping option.

The district plans to spend upward of $20 million on improvements at between five and nine camping facilities across suburban Cook, CBS Radio reported.

That includes Camp Reinberg in Palatine, Camp Sullivan in Tinley Park, Camp Pine Woods in Northbrook, Camp Bullfrog Lake in Willow Springs and Shabonna Woods in South Holland.

Superintendent Arnold Randall explains some of the changes while at Camp Sullivan in Tinley Park.

“Renovating existing structures like you see here today, building new structures, building quality bathroom and shower facilities because we know for families that is a really big deal to have those kind of amenities on site,” said Randall.

He says in the past, the forest preserve has only hosted boy scout troops and organizations to camp.

Now they want to expose new people to the 68,000 acres of open land in the county.

Randall says they’re looking at experienced campers and novices.

The initial phase of work would start in the summer and finish by the end of the year if commissioners approve.

The district will introduce the plan at the commissioner’s meeting on Wednesday (Jan. 16).

Click here to read an earlier story in Woodall’s Campground Management about this project.