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Gear up for Camp Northerly!

Camp out under the stars on Northerly Island


If you’ve always fancied yourself the outdoors type, but have never actually been able to pull it together to pack up a tent and gear and head out to the woods in Northern Wisconsin, now you have a chance to show you can really rough it. Sort of. On Friday Aug. 5, the Chicago Parks Foundation will host Camp Northerly, an urban camping experience that serves as a fundraiser for the city’s parks.

This adults-only event starts at 5 p.m. and when you check in, you’ll get your tent location (you can bring your own or pay a little more to get one from CPF) and start the fun. Activities include after-dark LED bocce, twilight hikes, a live fireside concert by Waxahatchee and sunrise yoga. There’s a barbecue by Chop Shop, a Goose Island bar, a Clif Bar s’mores station and hot breakfast with Dark Matter coffee. Don’t worry that you’ll have to brave the elements too long — the whole thing wraps up at 10 a.m. Saturday. Tickets cost $165 (bring your own tent) or $185 (supplied tent). If you want to experience the nighttime fun, but can’t stay overnight, you can still attend for $95.

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