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HMC is the Cook County Residential Site for UIC Illinois Extension 4-H Program.   Join our local 4-H cub and be part of the magic that happens when you change the world, as you change yourself. Innovative programs, projects, and events. Serving ages 5-7, and 8-18.


  • Dee Hilbert, 4H Organizational Leader - - 847-636-6355

  • Amy Osterman, Program Director - - 847-818-2901

  • Cheryl Yenter, 4H Leader, Creative Clovers - - 847-922-6586

The Estate Shoppe

June - September

The Estate Shoppe. A hidden treasure nestled amongst the beautiful oak trees. One of our fabulous quaint cottages has been transformed into a showroom of items collected from around the historic cottages.  You will find antiques, vintage items, and unique upcycled items, pieces of the past restored for the present!

Throughout the season, we are open on Saturday's 12-4 with plans for expanded hours next season.  Classes also are forming for the fall around upcycled projects.  Private appointments available - please contact Peg at Check out these handmade one-of-a-kind finds to that perfect gift! 


We also accept donations of your once loved gently used items (no clothes) at any time. Please stop by, we have new stuff all the time!


Open Saturday 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

June 1st –  September 30th


Contact: Peg Saintcross  E:

Weekly Worship Services

June - September

Join us for worship in the Wesley Tabernacle every Saturday at 4:00 PM the first Saturday in June through Labor Day weekend.

Bible Study is held Thursday night, May-October in the Heritage Parlor of the Red Gables Hotel (across from the Dining Hall, near Grove 3). For more information, contact Barbara Pierce (

Peace Fire Circle

April - October

We are honored to have a Peace Fire Circle, at the Historic Methodist Campground in Des Plaines, IL to provide a safe space for the next generation to experience the wisdom of the elders.  


"Fire has been used for 1.5 million years," Marshak states in The Roots of Civilization.  It is the one element that has been valued by all cultures.  Fire connects us to the past. It forges a reverence for the natural world and brings back feelings of interconnectedness that have been lost. Fire is the one element that can help forge our energies in a more positive way to change the direction in which the world seems headed.  Fire is the one element that connects all cultures at the heart level.

This Peace Fire is from the eternal Fire of the Potawatomi's and comes to camp for ALL people.

Guided Tours

Year Round

Take a guided tour and learn to discover the history of the Historic Methodist Campground established in 1860, and learn more about the revitalization plans to preserve, restore, and renew this vital regional historic campground. Guided tours available by appointment only. $5.00 per/person - min. group size - 5 people

Contact Cindy Nielsen-Morgan ( or call 773.800.9174

Cottage Rentals

May - October

For information regarding cottage sales & rental please contact Karen Tate (

Available upon request: Cottage Rental Application, Application for Lease Purchase, Pledge For Participation, Full Disclosure Letter.



May - October

Picnic areas are available for rent. Celebrate under the great oaks! Reservations are required.  For reservations or more information, contact Sally Thomphsen <>


June - September (CLOSED FOR REPAIRS)

Pool Opens Saturday, June 7th at Noon

Weekdays:   2:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Weekends: 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Back to School Hours: 

Weekdays:   4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Weekends: 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm

For general information during pool hours call 847-827-8159. 

For Group Reservations, call 773-351-0135 or contact Amy Lane (

Admission Prices: 

  • Adult $7.00

  • Child (2-12 Years Old) – $6.00

  • Child (under 2 Years Old) – Free

  • Individual Season Pass – $85.00

  • Family Season Pass – $110.00 w/4 passes

  • Additional Passes, Up to 2, $15.00 each

  • Eligible Cottagers receive 6 season passes 

  • Extra passes $ 10 each 

Pool Closing Policy:  When temperature below 65 degrees or if thunder or lighting is present.

Meeting Spaces & Rentals

May - October

Historic Buildings available for your next event. 


  • Wesley Tabernacle

  • Epworth Dining Hall and Commercial Kitchen

  • Red Gables Hotel, Heritage Parlor, and Kitchen

  • Waldorf Tabernacle*

  • Mr. Ruley's Snack Shop

*The Waldorf Tabernacle is not currently available for rental.

Contact: Sally Thompsen <>

Mr. Ruley's Snack Shop

May - October

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Find us: 

The Chicago District Campground

1900 E. Algonquin Road

Des Plaines, IL 60016

1 (847) 636-6355

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