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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

06/22/16 - 06/26/16 Summer Slam Lincolnshire 2016
06/24/16 - 06/26/16 Long Grove's Summer Fest 2016
06/24/16 - 06/26/16 Key West Fest at Blarney Island
06/25/16 - 06/26/16 Family Camp Out
06/25/16 - 06/26/16 Fox Lake Fireman's 58th Annual Festival
06/26/16 - 06/26/16 Free Summer Concert Featuring Special Consensus
06/26/16 - 06/26/16 Summer Sampler Featuring ABBA Salute
06/26/16 - 06/26/16 North Shore Garden Stroll
06/26/16 - 06/26/16 2nd Annual Dog Show
06/26/16 - 06/26/16 Family Golf Day at Renwood
06/26/16 - 06/26/16 2016 Waukegan Tour of Homes
06/26/16 - 06/26/16 4th Annual Good Vibrations Bike Run & BBQ
06/28/16 - 06/28/16 The Waukegan Band's Summer Concert Series
06/29/16 - 06/29/16 Tempel Lipizzans Matinee Performance
06/29/16 - 06/29/16 Live Music in the Park Featuring Infinity
06/30/16 - 06/30/16 Summer Concert Series Featuring Retroactive Oldies
06/30/16 - 06/30/16 Concert in the Park Featuring Fullscore Chamber Orchestra
07/01/16 - 07/01/16 Movies in the Park - The Minions
07/01/16 - 07/01/16 Family Fun Fridays - Celebrate the USA
07/01/16 - 07/01/16 Lincolnshire's Food Truck Fridays
07/01/16 - 07/01/16 Summer Courtyard Concerts Featuring Donna Herula & Tony Nardiello
07/01/16 - 07/01/16 Woodstock MX - Stadium Series Motorcross Racing
07/01/16 - 07/01/16 Out to Lunch
07/01/16 - 07/01/16 Indigo Girls & Shawn Mullins at Ravinia
07/02/16 - 07/02/16 Chicago Metropolitan Brass Ensemble Patriotic Concert
07/02/16 - 07/02/16 4th Annual VooDoo A-Go-Go a Tribute to George Barris
07/02/16 - 07/02/16 Steve Miller Band at Ravinia
07/03/16 - 07/03/16 Movie in the Park - Max
07/03/16 - 07/03/16 Chris Cornell at Ravinia
07/03/16 - 07/03/16 Firecracker 5K and 2-Mile Walk
07/03/16 - 07/03/16 Tempel Lipizzans Matinee Performance
07/01/16 - 07/04/16 Fourth of July Festival - Brat Tent
07/01/16 - 07/04/16 Blarney Island 4th of July Festival Weekend
07/04/16 - 07/04/16 37th Annual Freedom Classic 5K and Fun Walk
07/04/16 - 07/04/16 Chick Corea Trio, Ms. Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton at Ravinia
07/04/16 - 07/04/16 Lake Bluff's 4th of July Celebration
07/04/16 - 07/04/16 Family Fitness Run 5K/10K /2K Fitness Walk
07/04/16 - 07/04/16 Barrington's Annual 4th of July Parade
07/04/16 - 07/04/16 Buffalo Grove's 4th of July Concert and Fireworks
07/04/16 - 07/04/16 Island Lake's 4th of July Parade and Picnic
07/04/16 - 07/04/16 2016 Antioch Run for Freedom
07/04/16 - 07/04/16 Waukegan's July 4th Fireworks Show
07/05/16 - 07/05/16 Koncerts for Kid's Featuring Productions
07/05/16 - 07/05/16 Emerson String Quartet at Ravinia
07/06/16 - 07/06/16 Eat to the Beat with Jimmy Mac
07/06/16 - 07/06/16 Live Music in the Park Featuring the Lakes Area Community Band
07/06/16 - 07/06/16 Lake Zurich's Cruise Night
07/06/16 - 07/06/16 Tempel Lipizzans Matinee Performance
07/07/16 - 07/07/16 Neil Finn of Crowded House and Guster at Ravinia
07/07/16 - 07/07/16 Summer Concert Series Featuring The Limited Edition Big Band
07/07/16 - 07/07/16 Waukegan's Annual Tanabata Festival
07/07/16 - 07/07/16 Sounds of Summer Featuring 52nd Street Band
07/07/16 - 07/07/16 Concert in the Park Featuring Lisa Rene Band
07/08/16 - 07/08/16 Duran Duran With Chic at Ravinia
07/08/16 - 07/08/16 Family Fun Fridays - Miniature Golf
07/08/16 - 07/08/16 Hawthorn Wood's Concerts in the Parks Featuring Comstock Lode & Cruise Night
07/08/16 - 07/08/16 Summer Courtyard Concerts Featuring Beki Hemingway
07/08/16 - 07/08/16 Beginning Paddling Class
07/08/16 - 07/08/16 Free Concert in the Park Featuring Pirates Over 40
07/08/16 - 07/09/16 Scoop Waukegan 2016
07/09/16 - 07/09/16 Summer Beach Fiesta
07/09/16 - 07/09/16 Duran Duran With Chic at Ravinia
07/09/16 - 07/09/16 Bee Linked 5K Run
07/09/16 - 07/09/16 14th Annual Fishing Derby
07/09/16 - 07/09/16 Free Garden Walk
07/09/16 - 07/09/16 13th Annual Barrington Brew Fest
07/08/16 - 07/10/16 Camping Under the Stars
07/09/16 - 07/10/16 11th Annual Family Campout
07/09/16 - 07/10/16 25th Annual Civil War Days
07/10/16 - 07/10/16 Summer Sampler Featuring Out of Storage
07/10/16 - 07/10/16 Outdoor Summer Concert Featuring One Foot in the Groove
07/10/16 - 07/10/16 Phillip Phillips & Matt Nathanson at Ravinia
07/10/16 - 07/10/16 Lake Zurich Area Triathlon
07/10/16 - 07/10/16 Blue Oval Performance Car Club Show
07/10/16 - 07/10/16 Tempel Lipizzans Matinee Performance
07/11/16 - 07/11/16 Ladysmith Black Mambazo & Sweet Honey in the Rock at Ravinia
07/11/16 - 07/11/16 Friends Summer Concert Series Featuring Miles Over Mountains
07/12/16 - 07/12/16 The Waukegan Band's Summer Concert Series
07/12/16 - 07/12/16 Hikin' Tykes - Turtles
07/12/16 - 07/12/16 32nd Annual Lambs Farm Golf Day
07/12/16 - 07/12/16 Chicago Symphony Orchestra's American Premiere of Marsalis Concerto
07/12/16 - 07/12/16 Children's Concert Series Featuring Miss Jamie From the Farm
07/13/16 - 07/13/16 Summer Concert Featuring Second Time Around
07/13/16 - 07/13/16 Eat to the Beat with Super Stolie
07/13/16 - 07/13/16 Bowen Blues
07/13/16 - 07/13/16 Chicago Symphony Orchestra Perform With the Film The Planets–An HD Odyssey
07/13/16 - 07/13/16 Live Music in the Park Featuring 7th Heavan
07/14/16 - 07/14/16 Summer Concert Series Featuring The Wave Runners
07/14/16 - 07/14/16 Concert in the Park Featuring The Piano Man
07/15/16 - 07/15/16 Movies in the Park - The Good Dinosaur
07/15/16 - 07/15/16 Takács String Quartet With Anthony McGill at Ravinia
07/15/16 - 07/15/16 Lincolnshire's Food Truck Fridays
07/15/16 - 07/15/16 Hawthorn Wood's Concerts in the Parks Featuring Chuck-A-Roo & the Fabulous Memories
07/15/16 - 07/15/16 Summer Courtyard Concerts Featuring Back Porch Moon
07/15/16 - 07/15/16 Family Fun Fridays - Lifeguard Olympics
07/15/16 - 07/15/16 2016 Knauz Cruise Night
07/15/16 - 07/15/16 Out to Lunch
07/16/16 - 07/16/16 32nd Annual Antique & Classic Boat Show
07/16/16 - 07/16/16 Chicago Symphony Orchestra: Beethoven's 5th Symphony
07/16/16 - 07/16/16 2nd Annual Lake County CareAffaire
07/16/16 - 07/16/16 Grayslake's Annual 5K Family Fun Run
07/16/16 - 07/16/16 Tempel Lipizzans Evening Performance
07/16/16 - 07/16/16 Cops N' Bobber's Fishing Derby
07/16/16 - 07/16/16 Community Yard Sale
07/15/16 - 07/17/16 Blarney Gras Weekend
07/16/16 - 07/17/16 Wauconda Chamber of Commerce 52nd IPRA Championship Rodeo
07/16/16 - 07/17/16 Chicago Botanic Garden's Farmers Market
07/17/16 - 07/17/16 Summer Sampler Featuring Mason Rivers Band
07/17/16 - 07/17/16 Tom Chapin & Friends Kids Concert
07/17/16 - 07/17/16 Outdoor Summer Concert Featuring Wild Daisy
07/17/16 - 07/17/16 Mayor's Cup Men's Soccer Tournament
07/18/16 - 07/18/16 Lyle Lovett & His Large Band With Emmylou Harris at Ravinia
07/19/16 - 07/19/16 The Waukegan Band's Summer Concert Series
07/19/16 - 07/19/16 Koncerts for Kid's Featuring Rock Your Rhythm
07/19/16 - 07/19/16 Children's Concert Series Featuring Jeanie B & The Jelly Beans
07/19/16 - 07/19/16 Chanticleer 'Over the Moon' at Ravinia
07/19/16 - 07/19/16 Wauconda's Cruise Night
07/20/16 - 07/20/16 Summer Concert Featuring Dixie Crush
07/20/16 - 07/20/16 Eat to the Beat Featuring Rick Kelley
07/20/16 - 07/20/16 Family Olympics Day at the Hunt Club Aquatic Center
07/20/16 - 07/20/16 Chicago Symphony Orchestra with Jean Yves Thibaudet at Ravinia
07/20/16 - 07/20/16 Tempel Lipizzans Matinee Performance
07/20/16 - 07/20/16 Car Fun on 21
07/20/16 - 07/20/16 Live Music in the Park Featuring Maggie Speaks
07/21/16 - 07/21/16 Summer Concert Series Featuring Tom Sharpe
07/21/16 - 07/21/16 Matthias Goerne at Ravinia
07/21/16 - 07/21/16 Sounds of Summer Featuring Bella Cain
07/21/16 - 07/21/16 Concert in the Park Featuring Three Guys Named Moe
07/22/16 - 07/22/16 Hawthorn Wood's Concerts in the Parks Featuring K Michaels Band
07/22/16 - 07/22/16 Summer Courtyard Concerts Featuring West End Jazz Band
07/22/16 - 07/22/16 Family Fun Fridays - Sand Creations
07/22/16 - 07/22/16 Julia Hsu and Peter Serkin at Ravinia
07/22/16 - 07/22/16 Out to Lunch
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 Chicago Symphony Orchestra 50th Gala Evening
07/23/16 - 07/23/16 Competition Bassmasters of Northern Illinois' Annual Fishing Should Be Fun Fishing Derby
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
07/18/16 - 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 Outdoor Summer Concert Featuring The Buffalo Grove Symphonic Band
07/24/16 - 07/24/16 Wauconda Triathlons
07/24/16 - 07/24/16 Tempel Lipizzan's Performance
07/25/16 - 07/25/16 Friends Summer Concert Series Featuring Hungrytown
07/26/16 - 07/26/16 The Waukegan Band's Summer Concert Series
06/13/16 - 07/27/16 Rec-Mobile Visits Gurnee Parks
06/16/16 - 07/28/16 Concert on the Square Series
06/23/16 - 07/28/16 Rose Garden Concerts
06/16/16 - 08/04/16 Antioch's It's Thursday Concerts
07/01/16 - 08/05/16 'Bogs in Art' Art Show
06/06/16 - 08/11/16 Arts Park
06/24/16 - 08/19/16 Out to Lunch
07/10/16 - 08/21/16 Bluffinia Summer Concerts in Lake Bluff
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 for Daily Picnicking and Swimming
06/18/16 - 10/15/16 Deerfield's Farmers Market
04/23/16 - 10/16/16 Fish Lake Beach Campground & Six Flags Great America
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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