Our amazing staff along with your hosts, Thomas and Sylvia, are featured in the images above. Some of these fantastic people have worked with us in years past and others you will meet during your next visit to the Chicago Northwest KOA.

Thomas and Sylvia moved from Switzerland to the U.S. early 1998 with their two young boys Stephan and Andreas. Thomas had accepted a foreign assignment for a large global insurance company, and the family followed, even though Sylvia had to sell her physical therapy business in Zurich.

Already in Switzerland, first in a motorhome and then in a travel trailer, the family enjoyed most of their vacation camping, a “bug” acquired by Sylvia and Thomas when traveling nine weeks through New Zealand in a motorhome.
It did not take long for them to find out that America was a Camping Nation with incredible outdoor opportunities. With their new American travel trailer, they started to explore the country.

Attracted by the KOA Yellow and the consistent quality of the parks they visited along their travels, Thomas and Sylvia started talking to the owners of these campgrounds. Amazed by the many upbeat people they met and their positive experiences as camping hosts, the thought of owning once a KOA was a natural process. When the opportunity arose to acquire the Chicago Northwest KOA Campground both were ready to make their dream happen.

All of the family are U.S. citizens in the meantime. Sylvia spends most of her free time with gardening and reading books, Thomas as an avid outdoorsman with hunting, fishing and his German Shorthaired Pointer puppy Orvis S’more.      Stephan works for a large global insurance company and Andreas is studying for his engineering degree.