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Lake County Outdoor Guide
Come explore our scenic lakes, rivers and land...

The snow has melted and we finally are starting to see greenery around Lake County. Spring has arrived in Lake County. There are numerous outdoor venues to explore like the state parks: Illinois Beach State Park in Zion off the shores of Lake Michigan and Chain O’ Lakes State Park in Spring Grove. With 170 lakes and rivers, plus over 30,000 acres of land to explore at the Lake County Forest Preserves, Lake County offers the outdoor beauty and trails for individuals interested in hiking, boating, fishing, bird watching, golf and many other activities. Be sure to take advantage of Lake County’s outdoor adventures.

Spring
What are you doing Next Weekend? Enjoy spring fun and adventure at the Forest Preserves, Chicago Botanic Garden and many spring events.
Outdoor Beauty
The greatest thing about having so much outdoor beauty is the seasons that come with it.
Run, Hike, Bike
No matter the time of year, you can find a beautiful place to run, hike or bike in Lake County.
Recreation
Lake County’s parks and facilities offer a large range of recreational opportunities to people of all ages, no matter what your interests.
Beaches
Soak up the sun while escaping to paradise at our beaches including Lake Michigan and the Chain O' Lakes.
Golf
Tournament quality courses with a scenic backdrop, Lake County, Illinois makes the ideal golf getaway.
Birdwatching
No matter the time of year, get away from it all and enjoy a kaleidoscope of colors and beauty that our trails offer.
Farmers Markets
Find the freshest, locally grown, and deliciously ripe fruits and vegetables of the season and enjoy homemade goods and family friendly atmosphere.
Boating Lake County
Your information resource for all your boating needs from finding a launch ramp to safety requirements.
IL Beach State Park
Encompassing over 6 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, IL Beach State Park is a must-see attraction for any outdoor enthusiast.

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Lake County Outdoor Events

07/22/16 - 07/23/16 Long Grove Craft Beer Days
07/23/16 - 07/23/16 Venus de Miles All Women Road Ride
07/23/16 - 07/23/16 5th Annual All Camaro Show
07/23/16 - 07/23/16 Bluebird Home Tour
07/23/16 - 07/23/16 Chicago Symphony Orchestra 50th Gala Evening
07/23/16 - 07/23/16 Nature Nights: Mystery Mapping
07/23/16 - 07/23/16 Competition Bassmasters of Northern Illinois' Annual Fishing Should Be Fun Fishing Derby
07/23/16 - 07/23/16 Nature Open House: Heron Creek
07/23/16 - 07/23/16 5th Annual Northwestern Medicine Criterium Bike Race & Block Party
06/25/16 - 07/24/16 Family Summer Camp at Bass Pro Shops
07/19/16 - 07/24/16 UL International Crown at the Merit Club
07/24/16 - 07/24/16 Summer Sampler Featuring Midwest Dueling Pianos
07/24/16 - 07/24/16 Kenny Rogers’ Final World Tour: The Gambler’s Last Deal at Ravinia
07/24/16 - 07/24/16 Summer Concert Series Featuring BeauSoleil Trio with Michael Doucet
07/24/16 - 07/24/16 Outdoor Summer Concert Featuring The Buffalo Grove Symphonic Band
07/24/16 - 07/24/16 Wauconda Triathlons
07/24/16 - 07/24/16 International Bog Day
07/24/16 - 07/24/16 Tempel Lipizzan's Performance
07/24/16 - 07/24/16 7th Annual Veterans Pig Roast & Concert
07/25/16 - 07/25/16 Friends Summer Concert Series Featuring Hungrytown
07/26/16 - 07/26/16 Cool Jazz Concert at Centennial Plaza
07/26/16 - 07/26/16 The Waukegan Band's Summer Concert Series
06/13/16 - 07/27/16 Rec-Mobile Visits Gurnee Parks
07/27/16 - 07/27/16 Summer Concert Featuring Midwest Dueling Piano
07/27/16 - 07/27/16 Diana Ross at Ravinia
07/27/16 - 07/27/16 Family Nature Walk: Dragonflies
07/27/16 - 07/27/16 Eat to the Beat Featuring Wendy & DB
07/27/16 - 07/27/16 Vernon Hills Motors on Milwaukee Cruise Night
07/27/16 - 07/27/16 Tempel Lipizzans Matinee Performance
07/27/16 - 07/27/16 Live Music in the Park Featuring Bella Cain
06/16/16 - 07/28/16 Concert on the Square Series
06/23/16 - 07/28/16 Rose Garden Concerts
07/28/16 - 07/28/16 Summer Concert Series Featuring Cowboy Jukebox
07/28/16 - 07/28/16 Sunset Stroll at Van Patten Woods
07/28/16 - 07/28/16 Concert in the Park Featuring One Foot in the Groove
07/28/16 - 07/28/16 Arbortheater Summer Concert Featuring R Gang
07/29/16 - 07/29/16 3rd Annual Cruisin' With Cops
07/29/16 - 07/29/16 Lake Zurich's Blue & You
07/29/16 - 07/29/16 Lincolnshire's Food Truck Fridays
07/29/16 - 07/29/16 Hawthorn Woods Concert in the Park Featuring Evo II Band
07/29/16 - 07/29/16 Summer Courtyard Concerts Featuring Hungrytown
07/29/16 - 07/29/16 Parks & Play at Bowen
07/29/16 - 07/29/16 Ya Gotta Regatta
07/29/16 - 07/29/16 Family Fun Fridays - Pirate Day
07/29/16 - 07/29/16 Movie in the Park Featuring Princess Bride
07/29/16 - 07/29/16 Out to Lunch
07/28/16 - 07/30/16 Barrington Annual Sidewalk Sales Days
07/30/16 - 07/30/16 Walk on the Wildflower Side
07/30/16 - 07/30/16 Paddling Clinic Saturdays
07/29/16 - 07/31/16 Citadel Theatre Presents Spoon River Anthology at Brushwood
07/30/16 - 07/31/16 Great America Family Campout
07/31/16 - 07/31/16 Summer Sampler Featuring Johnny Russler and the Beach Bum Band
07/31/16 - 07/31/16 Family Golf Day at Renwood
07/31/16 - 07/31/16 Jeff Beck & Buddy Guy at Ravinia
07/31/16 - 07/31/16 Gospelfest at the Greenbelt Cultural Center
07/31/16 - 07/31/16 Outdoor Summer Concert Featuring Hurricane Gumgo
07/31/16 - 07/31/16 Canoeing the Des Plaines River
07/31/16 - 07/31/16 Antioch Lion's Club Chicken BBQ, Pig Roast & Auction
07/31/16 - 07/31/16 7th Annual Bloody Mary Fest
08/01/16 - 08/01/16 Wonderful Water
08/01/16 - 08/01/16 Movie in the Park:The Good Dinosaur
08/02/16 - 08/02/16 Antioch's 5th Annual National Night Out
08/02/16 - 08/02/16 Vernon Hills National Night Out
08/02/16 - 08/02/16 Mundelein's National Night Out
08/02/16 - 08/02/16 Round Lake Beach National Night Out
08/02/16 - 08/02/16 Buffalo Grove's National Night Out
08/02/16 - 08/02/16 The Waukegan Band's Summer Concert Series
08/02/16 - 08/02/16 Playdate with Nature
08/02/16 - 08/02/16 Children's Concert Series Featuring Istvan & His Imaginary Band
08/03/16 - 08/03/16 Summer Concert Featuring SHiNDiG
08/03/16 - 08/03/16 Live Music in the Park Featuring Modern Day Romeos
08/03/16 - 08/03/16 Lake Zurich's Cruise Night
08/03/16 - 08/03/16 Little Sprouts: Eggcellent Adventures
08/03/16 - 08/03/16 Lake Forest Day 2016 5K Fun Run
08/03/16 - 08/03/16 Eat to the Beat with Scribble Jim
08/03/16 - 08/03/16 Tempel Lipizzan's Performance
06/16/16 - 08/04/16 Antioch's It's Thursday Concerts
08/04/16 - 08/04/16 Barringon's National Night Out Celebration
08/04/16 - 08/04/16 Arbortheater Summer Concert Featuring 1976 Classic Rock Band
08/04/16 - 08/04/16 Sounds of Summer Featuring 7th Heaven
08/04/16 - 08/04/16 Concert in the Park Featuring Saturday June Band
08/04/16 - 08/04/16 10th Annual Grayslake Oasis Golf Outing
07/01/16 - 08/05/16 'Bogs in Art' Art Show
08/05/16 - 08/05/16 Movies in the Park - Inside Out
08/05/16 - 08/05/16 Lincolnshire's National Night Out
08/05/16 - 08/05/16 Movie in the Park at Bevier
08/05/16 - 08/05/16 Hawthorn Woods Concert in the Park Featuring Second Time Around
08/05/16 - 08/05/16 Parks & Play at Bevier Park
08/05/16 - 08/05/16 Family Fun Fridays - Carnival
08/05/16 - 08/05/16 Summer Courtyard Concerts Featuring Piper Road Spring Band
08/05/16 - 08/05/16 Out to Lunch
08/06/16 - 08/06/16 Annual Big Trucks Event
08/06/16 - 08/06/16 Bryan Ferry at Ravinia
08/06/16 - 08/06/16 LLV Chamber 5K Mud Run
08/06/16 - 08/06/16 Venetian Night
08/06/16 - 08/06/16 Nature Nights: Sculpture Scavenger Hunt
08/06/16 - 08/06/16 Joyous String Quartet at Ravinia
08/06/16 - 08/06/16 Cardboard Regatta
08/06/16 - 08/06/16 Walk with a Naturalist: Greenbelt
08/06/16 - 08/06/16 Summer Night Walk at Grant Woods
08/06/16 - 08/06/16 MainSweet Dessert Walk
08/05/16 - 08/07/16 Citadel Theatre Presents - Spoon River Anthology
08/07/16 - 08/07/16 Summer Sampler Featuring Wild Daisy
08/07/16 - 08/07/16 Summer Concert Series Featuring Alfonso Ponticelli & Swing Gitan
08/07/16 - 08/07/16 Outdoor Summer Concert Featuring B-Side Band
08/07/16 - 08/07/16 Guided Nature Paddle: Aquatic Mammals of Lake County
08/07/16 - 08/07/16 Music by the Lake in Grandwood Park
08/07/16 - 08/07/16 Tempel Lipizzan's Performance
08/08/16 - 08/08/16 Friends Summer Concert Series Featuring Makani & Friends
08/08/16 - 08/08/16 Astronomy Under The City Lights
08/09/16 - 08/09/16 The Waukegan Band's Summer Concert Series
08/09/16 - 08/09/16 Hikin' Tykes: Hummingbirds
08/10/16 - 08/10/16 Summer Concert Featuring Fortunate Sons
08/10/16 - 08/10/16 Bowen Blues
08/10/16 - 08/10/16 Chicago Symphony Orchestra Night of Brahms Symphony No. 4 at Ravinia
06/06/16 - 08/11/16 Arts Park
08/11/16 - 08/11/16 Concert in the Park Featuring Second Hand Soul
08/11/16 - 08/11/16 Summer Concert Series Featuring Patchouli
08/11/16 - 08/11/16 War & Los Lonely Boys at Ravinia
08/12/16 - 08/12/16 Lincolnshire's Food Truck Fridays
08/12/16 - 08/12/16 Hawthorn Wood's Concerts in the Parks Featuring Deja Vu & Cruise Night
08/12/16 - 08/12/16 Summer Courtyard Concerts Featuring Low-Reem & the Maxwell St. Market Blues Band
08/12/16 - 08/12/16 Parks & Play at Belvidere Park
08/12/16 - 08/12/16 Out to Lunch
08/12/16 - 08/12/16 Skokie Valley Astronomers at Ryerson
08/13/16 - 08/13/16 Tony Bennett at Ravinia
08/13/16 - 08/13/16 Chicago Highlanders Pipe Band to Perform at Centennial Park
08/13/16 - 08/13/16 Classic Car Cruise Night at Miller's
08/13/16 - 08/13/16 Tempel Lipizzan's Evening Performance
08/11/16 - 08/14/16 44th Annual Gurnee Days Celebration Celebrating Heroes
08/13/16 - 08/14/16 Gardeners of the North Shore Show & Sale
08/13/16 - 08/14/16 Chicago Botanic Garden's Annual Kite Festival
08/14/16 - 08/14/16 26th Annual Pig Roast
08/14/16 - 08/14/16 Summer Sampler Featuring Spoken Four
08/14/16 - 08/14/16 Classic Car Show
08/14/16 - 08/14/16 Outdoor Summer Concert Featuring Brass From the Past
08/14/16 - 08/14/16 Barrington Honor Ride & Run
08/14/16 - 08/14/16 Music by the Lake in Grandwood Park
08/14/16 - 08/14/16 Rally by the Lake Bike and Car Show
08/14/16 - 08/15/16 Don Henley at Ravinia
08/16/16 - 08/16/16 Wauconda's Cruise Night
08/16/16 - 08/16/16 The Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma at Ravinia
08/17/16 - 08/17/16 Car Fun on 21
08/17/16 - 08/17/16 Miriam Fried Complete Bach Sonatas and Partitas for Unaccompanied Violin, Part 1 & Part 2
08/17/16 - 08/17/16 Chicago Symphony Orchestra's You’re the Top! Cole Porter’s 125th Birthday Celebration ar Ravinia
08/17/16 - 08/17/16 Fishing at Independence Grove Day
08/17/16 - 08/17/16 Tempel Lipizzan's Performance
06/16/16 - 08/18/16 Ravinia District Artisan Market
08/18/16 - 08/18/16 Judy Collins Sings Sondheim at Ravinia
06/24/16 - 08/19/16 Out to Lunch
08/19/16 - 08/19/16 Movie in the Park - A Bug's Life
08/19/16 - 08/19/16 Out to Lunch in Cook Park
08/19/16 - 08/19/16 Community Campfire Friday Nights
08/19/16 - 08/19/16 Hawthorn Wood's Concerts in the Parks Featuring The Allstars
08/19/16 - 08/19/16 Summer Courtyard Concerts Featuring Kraig Kenning
08/19/16 - 08/19/16 The Go Go's, Best Coast and Kaya Stewart at Ravinia
08/19/16 - 08/20/16 Bands in the Sand 2016
08/20/16 - 08/20/16 Fred Fest
08/20/16 - 08/20/16 Film Festival in the Woods
08/20/16 - 08/20/16 Itzhak Perlman and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Ravinia
08/20/16 - 08/20/16 Footgolf Tournament
08/20/16 - 08/20/16 Nature Nights: Sculpture Scavenger Hunt
07/10/16 - 08/21/16 Bluffinia Summer Concerts in Lake Bluff
08/19/16 - 08/21/16 Blarney Island's Fantasy Fest Weekend
08/19/16 - 08/21/16 Mid-America Bonsai Society Show & Sale
08/19/16 - 08/21/16 Fox Lake's Land & Lake/Tatoo Festival
08/19/16 - 08/21/16 139th Annual Summer Festival Oktoberfest in August
08/20/16 - 08/21/16 Long Grove's Vintage Days
08/21/16 - 08/21/16 Free Summer Concert Featuring Comstock Lode
08/21/16 - 08/21/16 Summer Concert Series Featuring Special Consensus
08/21/16 - 08/21/16 Disc Golf Tournament
08/21/16 - 08/21/16 The 19th Annual Cardboard Cup Regatta
08/21/16 - 08/21/16 Music by the Lake in Grandwood Park
08/21/16 - 08/21/16 Tempel Lipizzan's Performance
06/07/16 - 08/30/16 Music on the Esplanade Evenings
06/08/16 - 08/31/16 Dancin' Sprouts
06/15/16 - 08/31/16 Highwood's Evening Gourmet Farmers Market
06/02/16 - 09/01/16 Thunder on the Chain Drag Boat Races
06/02/16 - 09/01/16 Cruise Nights - Barrington
06/09/16 - 09/01/16 Hot Summer Nights Music Series
05/28/16 - 09/05/16 Butterflies & Blooms Exhibit
06/06/16 - 09/05/16 Carillon Concerts
06/03/16 - 09/09/16 Lake Zurich's Farmer's Market
06/19/16 - 09/11/16 Tempel Lipizzans 2016 Performances
06/06/16 - 09/12/16 Shirl's Drive-In Cruise Night
06/01/16 - 09/21/16 Grayslake's Summer Farmers Market
06/02/16 - 09/29/16 Antioch's Farmers Market
06/16/16 - 09/29/16 Zion's Farmers Market
06/10/16 - 09/30/16 Gurnee's Farmers Market
07/15/16 - 09/30/16 Village of Wadsworth Farmers Market
06/17/16 - 10/07/16 Mundelein's Farmers Market
05/28/16 - 10/08/16 Garden Chef Series at Chicago Botanic Garden
06/18/16 - 10/08/16 City of Lake Forest's Open Air Farmer's Market
06/12/16 - 10/09/16 Buffalo Grove's Farmers Market
06/23/16 - 10/13/16 Barrington's Farmers Market
06/10/16 - 10/14/16 Lake Bluff's Farmers Market
05/01/16 - 10/15/16 Fish Lake Beach Open To The Public
06/18/16 - 10/15/16 Deerfield's Farmers Market
05/01/16 - 10/16/16 Fish Lake Beach Campground & Six Flags Great America
07/12/16 - 10/18/16 Pepper Road Farmers Market
06/23/16 - 10/20/16 MainStreet Libertyville Farmers Market
07/08/16 - 10/21/16 Didier Farms Farmstand
06/08/16 - 10/26/16 Ravinia Farmers Market
06/02/16 - 10/27/16 Harbor Plaza Cruise Nights
05/07/16 - 10/30/16 Model Railroad Garden 'Landmarks of America'
05/06/16 - 12/16/16 Radical Root Farm Farm Stand
Ongoing Spice Restaurant's Outdoor Patio is Open
Ongoing Guided Tours at Volo Bog


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LakeCounty
No matter which route you take, all roads lead to fun in Lake County, Illinois, which is located halfway between Chicago and Milwaukee. Lake County is home to 170 lakes and rivers, 30,000 acres of lush forest preserves, miles of hiking and biking trails, Six Flags Great America, Naval Station Great Lakes, Ravinia Festival and sandy beaches along Lake Michigan's shoreline. Family adventure is around every turn and awaits you in Lake County.
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