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

There are numerous outdoor venues to explore nature in Lake County! With 170 lakes and rivers, enjoy Illinois Beach State Park in Zion off the shores of Lake Michigan and Chain O’ Lakes State Park in Spring Grove. Plus, with nearly 31,000 acres of land to explore at the Lake County Forest Preserves, Lake County offers outdoor beauty and trails for those interested in hiking, boating, fishing, bird watching, golf and many other activities. Be sure to take advantage of Lake County’s outdoor adventures.

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.
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.
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.
Outdoor Beauty
The greatest thing about having so much outdoor beauty is the seasons that come with it.
Sledding & Tubing
Once the snow hits the ground, kids (and children at heart) gravitate towards these snow hills to race their friends and family.
Hit the Ski Trails
See winter in all its splendor when you cross-county ski Lake County's miles and miles of trails.

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06/27/17 - 06/27/17 The Waukegan Band's Summer Concert Series
06/27/17 - 06/27/17 Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs at Ravinia
06/28/17 - 06/28/17 Highwood's Inferno Fest
06/28/17 - 06/28/17 Crusen Antioch
06/28/17 - 06/28/17 Tempel Lipizzans Matinee Performance
06/28/17 - 06/28/17 Live Music in the Park Featuring Second Hand Soul
06/28/17 - 06/28/17 Diana Krall at Ravinia
06/29/17 - 06/29/17 Kids' Concert Series Featuring The Peking Acrobats at Ravinia
06/29/17 - 06/29/17 Summer Concert Series Featuring Retroactive
06/29/17 - 06/29/17 Concert in the Park Featuring Fullscore Chamber Orchestra
06/29/17 - 06/29/17 Rose Garden Concerts - Libertyville Village Band
06/30/17 - 06/30/17 Family Fun Fridays - Celebrate the USA
06/30/17 - 06/30/17 Lincolnshire's Food Truck Fridays
06/30/17 - 06/30/17 Movie at the Beach - Christmas Countdown
06/30/17 - 06/30/17 Free Movie in the Park
06/30/17 - 06/30/17 Summer Courtyard Concerts Featuring Patchouli
06/30/17 - 06/30/17 The Moody Blues at Ravinia
06/30/17 - 06/30/17 Out to Lunch
06/30/17 - 06/30/17 Summer Astronomy at the Heller Nature Center
07/01/17 - 07/01/17 Annual Freedom Classic 5K and Fun Walk
07/01/17 - 07/01/17 VooDoo A Go Go # 5, The Final Show
07/02/17 - 07/02/17 The Beach Boys & The Temptations at Ravinia
07/02/17 - 07/02/17 Firecracker 5K and 2-Mile Walk
07/02/17 - 07/02/17 Tempel Lipizzans Matinee Performance
07/03/17 - 07/03/17 Ryan Speedo Green at Ravinia
06/29/17 - 07/04/17 Blarney Island 4th of July Festival Weekend
07/04/17 - 07/04/17 July 4th Celebration in Lake Zurich
07/04/17 - 07/04/17 Lake Bluff's 4th of July Celebration
07/04/17 - 07/04/17 Family Fitness Run 5K/10K /2K Fitness Walk
07/04/17 - 07/04/17 Barrington's Annual 4th of July Parade
07/04/17 - 07/04/17 Buffalo Grove's 4th of July Concert and Fireworks
07/04/17 - 07/04/17 Island Lake's 4th of July Parade and Picnic
07/04/17 - 07/04/17 2017 Antioch Run for Freedom
07/04/17 - 07/04/17 Waukegan's July 4th Fireworks Show
07/05/17 - 07/05/17 Lake Zurich's Cruise Night
07/05/17 - 07/05/17 Midweek Break on the Lake
07/06/17 - 07/06/17 Summer Concert Series Featuring The Senn Alan Band
07/06/17 - 07/06/17 Booker T. Jones & Suprise Headliner at Ravinia
07/06/17 - 07/06/17 Sounds of Summer Featuring 52nd Street Band
07/06/17 - 07/06/17 Concert in the Park Featuring Chicago Soul Revue
07/07/17 - 07/07/17 Movies in the Park - The Secret Life of Pets
07/07/17 - 07/07/17 Family Fun Fridays - Bugs and Butterflies
07/07/17 - 07/07/17 Hawthorn Wood's Concerts in the Parks Featuring K Michaels Band
07/07/17 - 07/07/17 Sheryl Crow With Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real at Ravinia
07/07/17 - 07/07/17 Summer Courtyard Concerts Featuring Ian Gould
07/07/17 - 07/07/17 Waukegan's Annual Tanabata Festival
07/07/17 - 07/08/17 Waukegan Scoop 2017
07/08/17 - 07/08/17 Tempel Lipizzans Evening Performance
07/08/17 - 07/08/17 14th Annual Barrington Brew Fest
07/08/17 - 07/09/17 Annual Civil War Days
07/09/17 - 07/09/17 Chicago Metropolitan Brass Ensemble Patriotic Concert
07/09/17 - 07/09/17 Summer Sampler Featuring Neverly Brothers
07/09/17 - 07/09/17 Lake Zurich Triathlon
07/09/17 - 07/09/17 Outdoor Summer Concert Featuring Jazz Spectrum
07/10/17 - 07/10/17 Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute: Program for Piano and Strings
07/10/17 - 07/10/17 Friends Summer Concert Series Featuring Jubal's Call
07/11/17 - 07/11/17 The Waukegan Band's Summer Concert Series
07/11/17 - 07/11/17 33rd Annual Lambs Farm Golf Day
07/11/17 - 07/11/17 Chicago Symphony Orchestra: Yuja Wang on Piano
07/12/17 - 07/12/17 Summer Concert Featuring Sons of Bildor
07/12/17 - 07/12/17 Bowen Blues
07/12/17 - 07/12/17 Joshua Bell & the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Ravinia
07/12/17 - 07/12/17 Tempel Lipizzans Matinee Performance
07/12/17 - 07/12/17 Guided Bilingual Nature Hike
07/12/17 - 07/12/17 Live Music in the Park Featuring Hi Infidelity
07/13/17 - 07/13/17 Summer Concert Series Featuring Kevin Purcell
07/13/17 - 07/13/17 Concert in the Park Featuring Pirates Over 40
07/13/17 - 07/13/17 Rose Garden Concerts - Libertyville Village Band
07/14/17 - 07/14/17 Family Fun Fridays - Miniature Golf
07/14/17 - 07/14/17 Lincolnshire's Food Truck Fridays
07/14/17 - 07/14/17 Hawthorn Wood's Concerts in the Parks Featuring Today's Trade & Cruise Night
07/14/17 - 07/14/17 Summer Courtyard Concerts Featuring Jim Green
07/14/17 - 07/14/17 Out to Lunch
07/14/17 - 07/15/17 OneRepublic With Fitz & the Tantrums at Ravinia
07/15/17 - 07/15/17 The Crab Tree Farm Tour
07/15/17 - 07/15/17 2017 Garden Walk & Raffle
07/15/17 - 07/15/17 Rx for Health: Walking in Nature
07/15/17 - 07/15/17 Grayslake's Annual 5K Family Fun Run
07/15/17 - 07/15/17 Boating Safety Course
07/15/17 - 07/15/17 Cops N' Bobbers Fishing Derby
07/15/17 - 07/15/17 Kids Concert Series Featuring Laurie Berkner at Ravinia
07/15/17 - 07/15/17 Community Yard Sale
07/13/17 - 07/16/17 Blarney Gras Weekend
07/15/17 - 07/16/17 Wauconda Chamber of Commerce 54th IPRA Championship Rodeo
07/15/17 - 07/16/17 Harbor-Q Smoke on the Water
07/15/17 - 07/16/17 Chicago Botanic Garden's Farmers Market
07/16/17 - 07/16/17 Summer Sampler Featuring Mason Rivers Band
07/16/17 - 07/16/17 Outdoor Summer Concert Featuring DuPage Band
07/16/17 - 07/16/17 Tempel Lipizzans Matinee Performance
07/16/17 - 07/16/17 Mayor's Cup Men's Soccer Tournament
07/17/17 - 07/17/17 Pianists Angela Hewitt at Ravinia
07/18/17 - 07/18/17 The Waukegan Band's Summer Concert Series
07/18/17 - 07/18/17 Open Mic Night at the Beach
07/18/17 - 07/18/17 Koncerts for Kid's Featuring John Measner Magic
07/18/17 - 07/18/17 Children's Concert Series Featuring Ben Tatar and the Tatar Tots
07/19/17 - 07/19/17 Summer Concert Featuring HiFi Superstar
07/19/17 - 07/19/17 Eat to the Beat with Super Stolie
07/19/17 - 07/19/17 Live Music in the Park Featuring Modern Day Romeos
07/19/17 - 07/19/17 Tempel Lipizzans Matinee Performance
07/19/17 - 07/19/17 Car Fun on 21
07/20/17 - 07/20/17 Summer Concert Series Featuring Pirates Over 40
07/20/17 - 07/20/17 Chicago Symphony Orchestra Beethoven and Sibelius with Susanna Mälkki at Ravinia
07/20/17 - 07/20/17 Sounds of Summer Featuring Bella Cain
07/20/17 - 07/20/17 Concert in the Park Featuring Risky Business
07/20/17 - 07/20/17 Rose Garden Concert - Libertyville Village Band
07/21/17 - 07/21/17 Movies in the Park - The Good Dinosaur
07/21/17 - 07/21/17 Hawthorn Woods Concert in the Park Featuring Latest Rumor
07/21/17 - 07/21/17 Summer Courtyard Concerts Featuring The Dixieland Jazz Cats
07/21/17 - 07/21/17 Chicago Symphony Orchestra with Beethoven and Sibelius with Susanna Mälkki at Ravinia
07/21/17 - 07/21/17 Family Fun Fridays - Beach Bingo
07/21/17 - 07/21/17 Out to Lunch
07/22/17 - 07/22/17 Flick and Float
07/22/17 - 07/22/17 NICC Family Fun Days
06/24/17 - 07/23/17 Family Summer Camp at Bass Pro Shops
07/23/17 - 07/23/17 Summer Sampler Featuring Out of Storage
07/23/17 - 07/23/17 Outdoor Summer Concert Featuring The Buffalo Grove Symphonic Band
07/23/17 - 07/23/17 Andrew Bird at Ravinia
07/23/17 - 07/23/17 Wauconda Triathlons
07/23/17 - 07/23/17 Tempel Lipizzan's Performance
07/23/17 - 07/23/17 8th Annual Veterans Pig Roast & Concert
07/24/17 - 07/24/17 Friends Summer Concert Series Featuring Patchouli
07/24/17 - 07/24/17 Emerson and Calidore String Quartets at Ravinia
04/05/17 - 07/25/17 Camp Adler Enrollment Open
07/25/17 - 07/25/17 The Waukegan Band's Summer Concert Series
07/26/17 - 07/26/17 Summer Concert Featuring Cadillac Groove
07/26/17 - 07/26/17 Eat to the Beat with Jimmy Mac
07/26/17 - 07/26/17 Steven Stills and Judy Collins at Ravinia
07/26/17 - 07/26/17 Tempel Lipizzan's Matinee Performance
07/26/17 - 07/26/17 Live Music in the Park Featuring Dueling Pianos
06/15/17 - 07/27/17 Concert on the Square Series
06/15/17 - 07/27/17 Concerts in the Square
07/27/17 - 07/27/17 Summer Concert Series Featuring Patchouli
07/27/17 - 07/27/17 Apollo's Fire: Vivaldi’s Four Seasons: Rediscovered at Ravinia
07/27/17 - 07/27/17 Concert in the Park Featuring Rockin Fenderskirts
07/27/17 - 07/27/17 Arbortheater Summer Concert Featuring Satuday June Band
07/27/17 - 07/27/17 Rose Garden Concert - Libertyville Village Band
06/15/17 - 08/10/17 Antioch's It's Thursday Concerts
06/05/17 - 08/11/17 Arts Park
06/06/17 - 08/29/17 Music on the Esplanade Evenings
06/07/17 - 08/30/17 Dancin' Sprouts
06/14/17 - 08/30/17 Highwood's Evening Gourmet Farmers Market
06/01/17 - 08/31/17 Thunder on the Chain Drag Boat Races
06/01/17 - 08/31/17 Cruise Nights - Barrington
06/08/17 - 08/31/17 Hot Summer Nights Music Series
05/27/17 - 09/04/17 Butterflies & Blooms Exhibit
06/05/17 - 09/04/17 Carillon Concerts
06/02/17 - 09/08/17 Lake Zurich's Farmer's Market
06/18/17 - 09/10/17 Tempel Lipizzans 2017 Performances
05/31/17 - 09/20/17 Grayslake's Summer Farmers Market
06/01/17 - 09/28/17 Antioch's Farmers Market
06/15/17 - 09/28/17 Zion's Farmers Market
07/14/17 - 09/29/17 Village of Wadsworth Farmers Market
05/03/17 - 10/04/17 Lake Zurich's Cruise Nights
06/16/17 - 10/06/17 Mundelein's Farmers Market
06/17/17 - 10/07/17 City of Lake Forest's Open Air Farmer's Market
06/18/17 - 10/08/17 Buffalo Grove's Farmers Market
06/09/17 - 10/13/17 Lake Bluff's Farmers Market
06/17/17 - 10/14/17 Downtown Highland Park's French Market
06/17/17 - 10/14/17 Deerfield's Farmers Market
05/01/17 - 10/15/17 Fish Lake Beach Open To The Public
05/01/17 - 10/15/17 Fish Lake Beach Campground & Six Flags Great America
07/02/17 - 10/15/17 Pieces of the Past
06/01/17 - 10/19/17 MainStreet Libertyville Farmers Market
06/15/17 - 10/19/17 Barrington's Farmers Market
06/07/17 - 10/25/17 Ravinia Farmers Market
06/01/17 - 10/26/17 Harbor Plaza Cruise Nights
04/01/17 - 10/29/17 Lambs Farm Farmyard Open for the Season
05/13/17 - 10/29/17 Model Railroad Garden 'Landmarks of America'
07/12/17 - 10/31/17 Didier Farms Farmstand
05/06/17 - 12/16/17 Radical Root Farm Farm Stand
Ongoing Round Lake Area Farmers Market
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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