Plan for summer fun in Lake County, Illinois – just north of Chicago.
What does summer mean in Lake County? A winding, 10-mile bike ride through a forest preserve, a rush of adrenaline from the first drop on a rousing coaster or perhaps the sweet sounds of your favorite band wafting through the night air. Whether your brand of fun comes in the form of a thrill ride or a leisurely stroll, you can plan on enjoying it all in Lake County. We’ve got hundreds of hiking trails, 75 lakes and 23 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline. Take to the water to boat, sail, canoe, paddleboard, kayak or fish. Or enjoy the fairways of our many golf courses.
Pack up the car and hit the road to Lake County to experience a fun-filled array of kid-centric attractions starting with 14 thrilling coasters at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee. New in 2016, Justice League: Battle for Metropolis – a 4D interactive thrill ride. Don’t miss “summer’s best fest,” the Lake County Fair July 27-31. For indoor fun visit Volo Auto Museum with a collection of fabulous Hollywood cars or the Great Lakes Naval Museum.
You will find plenty of shopping options too from mega malls like Gurnee Mills to charming downtowns with distinctive boutiques and friendly neighborhood restaurants. Love browsing for antiques and collectibles? Visit the Gurnee Antique Market, Volo Country Village or Historic Downtown Long Grove.
In the evening, it’s time to be enchanted by the vibrant music and theatre scene. Enjoy a concert under the stars at Independence Grove or one of our many community parks. Pack a picnic and blanket and head to renowned Ravinia offering 140 concerts this summer from world-famous musicians of pop, rock, country, jazz, blues, classical and more. Catch a musical at Marriott Theatre or see a live performance at the magnificent Genesee Theatre.
Enjoy winetasting at Vigneto Del Bino, Valentino Vineyard or Lynfred Winery. Craft beer lovers have plenty of options from Mickey Finn’s Brewery to Onion Pub & Brewery and the new Half Day Brewing Company. Or sample handmade spirits at North Shore Distillery and Copper Fiddle Distillery.
What’s the best way to unwind from a full day of fun? Kick up your feet and relax at one of our many hotels. Lake County offers a wide selection including three resorts - KeyLime Cove Indoor Waterpark Resort, Marriott Lincolnshire Resort and Illinois Beach Resort on the shores of Lake Michigan.
If it’s family fun you’re looking for, there are activities and attractions for everyone to enjoy. Grab your friends, grab your kids, and plan for fun next weekend in Lake County, Illinois.