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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.

Dog Parks
Searching for a place where canine's can mingle, play, roam and splash? Visit a dog park in Lake County so your best friend can get a breath of fresh air.
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

08/12/16 - 08/28/16 Fall Hunting Classic at Bass Pro Shops
08/26/16 - 08/28/16 Lake Michigan In-Water Sailboat Show
08/26/16 - 08/28/16 Taste of Highland Park
08/27/16 - 08/28/16 Heirloom Tomato Weekend
08/27/16 - 08/28/16 23rd Annual Potawatomi Trails Pow Wow
08/28/16 - 08/28/16 Final Beach Bash
08/28/16 - 08/28/16 Nearly Sane Trail Half Marathon
08/28/16 - 08/28/16 Summer Concert Series Featuring Sons of the Never Wrong
08/28/16 - 08/28/16 Bike the Garden
08/28/16 - 08/28/16 Seal at Ravinia
08/28/16 - 08/28/16 Fort2Base Race
08/28/16 - 08/28/16 9th Annual Cruisin For The Kids Car Show
08/28/16 - 08/28/16 Learn About Hummingbirds at Volo Bog
08/28/16 - 08/28/16 Fact or Fiction at Van Patten Woods
08/28/16 - 08/28/16 Family Golf Day at Renwood
08/28/16 - 08/28/16 The Acoustic Generation at Lindy's
08/28/16 - 08/28/16 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
08/31/16 - 08/31/16 Little Sprouts: Mooing & Milking
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
09/02/16 - 09/02/16 Hawthorn Wood's Concerts in the Parks Featuring Gray Rock
09/03/16 - 09/03/16 15th Annual Labor Day Cardboard Boat Races
09/03/16 - 09/03/16 5K for Labor Day
09/03/16 - 09/03/16 Nature Nights: Harvest Hootenanny
09/03/16 - 09/03/16 15th Annual Mustang Car Show
09/03/16 - 09/03/16 Bonnie Raitt at Ravinia
09/04/16 - 09/04/16 O.A.R. at Ravinia
09/04/16 - 09/04/16 Full Score Orchestra Presents Broadway & Hollywood Busters
09/04/16 - 09/04/16 Twilight Shuffle 5K Run
09/04/16 - 09/04/16 Tempel Lipizzan's Performance
05/28/16 - 09/05/16 Butterflies & Blooms Exhibit
06/06/16 - 09/05/16 Carillon Concerts
09/01/16 - 09/05/16 Buffalo Grove Days 2016
09/03/16 - 09/05/16 Long Grove's Irish Days
09/07/16 - 09/07/16 Lake Zurich's Cruise Night
09/07/16 - 09/07/16 Tempel Lipizzans Matinee Performance
06/03/16 - 09/09/16 Lake Zurich's Farmer's Market
09/09/16 - 09/09/16 Lincolnshire's Food Truck Friday
09/09/16 - 09/09/16 Hawthorn Woods Concert in the Park with 8 Miles South & Classic Car Cruise Night
09/09/16 - 09/09/16 Free Concert in the Park Featuring Off The Record
09/10/16 - 09/10/16 Dead Last Zombie 5K Run/Walk
09/10/16 - 09/10/16 18th Annual Venetian Night on Island Lake
09/10/16 - 09/10/16 Touch a Truck
09/10/16 - 09/10/16 Stories & Strollers at the Hunt Club Park
09/10/16 - 09/10/16 Fall Car Coral at Volo Auto Museum
09/10/16 - 09/10/16 MuckFest MS - Chicago
09/10/16 - 09/10/16 Round Lake Heights 23rd Annual Festival
09/10/16 - 09/10/16 19th Annual Rotary Race
09/10/16 - 09/10/16 Bud's Trail Run 5K Run/Walk & 10K Run
09/10/16 - 09/10/16 2016 Oakwood Cemetary Walk
09/10/16 - 09/10/16 Classic Car Cruise Night at Miller's
06/19/16 - 09/11/16 Tempel Lipizzans 2016 Performances
09/10/16 - 09/11/16 Antioch's Fall Arts & Crafts Faire & Fall Apple Fest
09/11/16 - 09/11/16 Superhero Fun Run
09/11/16 - 09/11/16 Mis-Shifts Car Club Cruise
09/11/16 - 09/11/16 The 38th Annual Alpine Races
09/11/16 - 09/11/16 Tempel Lipizzan's Performance
06/06/16 - 09/12/16 Shirl's Drive-In Cruise Night
09/12/16 - 09/12/16 Astonomy Under The City Lights
09/16/16 - 09/16/16 2016 Knauz Cruise Night
09/16/16 - 09/17/16 Maze Til Midnight at Richardson Adventure Farm
09/17/16 - 09/17/16 Vernon Hills Worldwide Day of Play
09/17/16 - 09/17/16 4th Annual Rock the Block Party
09/17/16 - 09/17/16 Dynamite Disk Golf
09/17/16 - 09/17/16 George Bridges 5K Run & Day of Play
09/17/16 - 09/17/16 Volo Auto Museum's Annual Hot Rods for Huntington
09/18/16 - 09/18/16 Pig Roast Scramble
09/18/16 - 09/18/16 Fall Trap Shoot
09/18/16 - 09/18/16 Military Family Footgolf Day 2016
09/20/16 - 09/20/16 Wauconda's Cruise Night
06/01/16 - 09/21/16 Grayslake's Summer Farmers Market
09/21/16 - 09/21/16 Car Fun on 21
09/24/16 - 09/24/16 Deerfield's Harvest Festival & Touch A Truck
09/24/16 - 09/24/16 Fall Festival Pig Roast
09/24/16 - 09/24/16 NICC Youth Event
09/24/16 - 09/25/16 Farm Heritage Festival
09/24/16 - 09/25/16 Family Fun Camp-Out
09/25/16 - 09/25/16 Lake Forest Open Land's Annual Bagpipes and Bonfire
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'
09/03/16 - 10/30/16 Richardson's Largest Corn Maze is Open
08/01/16 - 11/30/16 Des Plaines River Trail Challenge
08/15/16 - 11/30/16 Hike Lake County Challenge
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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WHERE IS
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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