New Life for Sullivan Barn Means New Adventures for Campers

How do you beat the weekday blues? A staycation—camping close to home, recharging surrounded by nature and… rock climbing inside a historic barn.


The 80-year-old barn at Camp Sullivan has been completely renovated for a second life as the camp’s activity hub. The centerpiece of the new barn is a 28-foot climbing wall featuring an auto-belay system—perfect for new and advanced climbers. The climbing wall is run by certified facilitators and is free for all registered campers. Other highlights include a store to purchase snacks and supplies, an indoor dining hall and an outdoor deck and patio space to relax and eat.


Tucked within the beautiful Tinley Creek Woods, Camp Sullivan is surrounded by 612 acres of forest preserves, has access to 13 miles of paved trails and is a short distance from two fishing lakes. Accommodations at Camp Sullivan range from a simple tent pad to a 36-person bunkhouse featuring bathrooms, showers and a full kitchen and dining area.


With peak camping season approaching, and the activity barn at Camp Sullivan now open, it’s time to gather friends and family for a weekend adventure that doesn’t require hours in the car. Book now!


The new climbing wall at Camp Sullivan is for registered campers only. Visit to book your trip today.

Visit two of the treasures of the Forest Preserves of Cook County