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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.
Fishing
Hooked on fishing? Reel in the 'catch of the day' in one of Lake County's 75 inland lakes.

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Lake County Outdoor Events

08/18/17 - 08/19/17 Mid-America Bonsai Society Show & Sale
08/19/17 - 08/19/17 Fred Fest
08/19/17 - 08/19/17 Beach Park Fest & Car Show
08/19/17 - 08/19/17 Boating Safety Course
08/19/17 - 08/19/17 Classic Car Cruise Night at Miller's
07/09/17 - 08/20/17 Bluffinia Summer Concerts in Lake Bluff
08/17/17 - 08/20/17 Blarney Island's Fantasy Fest Weekend
08/19/17 - 08/20/17 Long Grove's Vintage Days
08/19/17 - 08/20/17 Land & Lake Days and the Annual Cardboard Cup Regatta
08/20/17 - 08/20/17 Island Lake Lions Club's Annual Cornfest
08/20/17 - 08/20/17 Taste of the Towns
08/20/17 - 08/20/17 Summer Concert Series Featuring Maxwell Street Klezmer Band
08/20/17 - 08/20/17 Footgolf Tournament
08/20/17 - 08/20/17 Free Summer Concert Featuring Mr. Myers
08/20/17 - 08/20/17 Tempel Lipizzan's Performance
08/21/17 - 08/21/17 2017 Eclipse Viewing Party
08/21/17 - 08/21/17 Solar Eclipse Viewing Party
08/21/17 - 08/21/17 Solar Eclipse Viewing at Public Library
08/21/17 - 08/21/17 Solar Eclipse Viewing
08/21/17 - 08/21/17 Chicago Botanic Garden Solar Eclipse Viewing
08/21/17 - 08/21/17 Total Eclipse of The Sun Viewing
08/21/17 - 08/21/17 The Great American Eclipse Viewing
08/21/17 - 08/21/17 Solar Eclipse Celebration
08/21/17 - 08/21/17 Solar Eclipse Celebration
08/21/17 - 08/21/17 Waukegan Total Solar Eclipse Party
08/21/17 - 08/21/17 Behzod Abduraimov at Ravinia
08/22/17 - 08/22/17 Lucerne Symphony Orchestra at Ravinia
08/23/17 - 08/23/17 Lucerne Symphony Orchestra at Ravinia at Ravinia
08/23/17 - 08/23/17 Highwood's 7th Annual Garlic Fest
08/23/17 - 08/23/17 Tempel Lipizzan's Performance
08/24/17 - 08/24/17 Twin Pianos The Naughton Sisters at Ravinia
08/25/17 - 08/25/17 Lincolnshire's Food Truck Fridays
08/25/17 - 08/25/17 Hawthorn Wood's Concerts in the Parks Featuring The Allstars
08/25/17 - 08/25/17 Summer Courtyard Concerts Featuring Kraig Kenning
08/25/17 - 08/25/17 Alanis Morissette at Ravinia
08/25/17 - 08/25/17 Late Summer Garden Stroll
08/26/17 - 08/26/17 2017 North Shore Wine, Beer, Cigar & Food Festival
08/26/17 - 08/26/17 10th Annual Chain of Lakes Raft-up Party
08/26/17 - 08/26/17 5th Annual Grayslake Color Aloft Balloon Festival
08/25/17 - 08/27/17 Bands in the Sand 2017
08/26/17 - 08/27/17 Heirloom Tomato Weekend
08/26/17 - 08/27/17 24th Annual Potawatomi Trails Pow Wow
08/26/17 - 08/27/17 John Mellencamp at Ravinia
08/27/17 - 08/27/17 “Luck of the Draw” Bikers for Books
08/27/17 - 08/27/17 Summer Concert Series Featuring Reggie Harris & Scott Ainslie
08/27/17 - 08/27/17 Bike the Garden
08/27/17 - 08/27/17 Fort2Base Race
08/27/17 - 08/27/17 Family Golf Day at Renwood
08/27/17 - 08/27/17 Tempel Lipizzan's Performance
08/28/17 - 08/28/17 Pentatonix at Ravinia
06/06/17 - 08/29/17 Music on the Esplanade Evenings
08/29/17 - 08/29/17 Lifehouse & Switchfoot at Ravinia
06/07/17 - 08/30/17 Dancin' Sprouts
06/14/17 - 08/30/17 Highwood's Evening Gourmet Farmers Market
08/30/17 - 08/30/17 John Adams: Road Moves at Ravinia
08/30/17 - 08/30/17 Tempel Lipizzans Performance
08/30/17 - 08/30/17 John Butler Trio at Ravinia
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
09/02/17 - 09/02/17 5K for Labor Day
09/02/17 - 09/02/17 UB40 at Ravinia
09/02/17 - 09/02/17 Nature Nights: Colors From Nature
09/03/17 - 09/03/17 Aretha Franklin at Ravinia
09/03/17 - 09/03/17 Tempel Lipizzan's Performance
05/27/17 - 09/04/17 Butterflies & Blooms Exhibit
06/05/17 - 09/04/17 Carillon Concerts
08/31/17 - 09/04/17 Buffalo Grove Days 2017
09/02/17 - 09/04/17 Long Grove's Irish Days
09/05/17 - 09/05/17 Bryan Ferry at Ravinia
09/06/17 - 09/06/17 Lake Zurich's Cruise Night
09/06/17 - 09/06/17 Tempel Lipizzans Matinee Performance
09/06/17 - 09/06/17 Midweek Break on the Lake
06/02/17 - 09/08/17 Lake Zurich's Farmer's Market
09/08/17 - 09/08/17 Lincolnshire's Food Truck Friday
09/08/17 - 09/08/17 Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons at Ravinia
09/08/17 - 09/08/17 Free Concert in the Park Featuring The Dupage Band
09/08/17 - 09/09/17 1st Annual Fox Lake Fish Fest
09/08/17 - 09/09/17 Fox Lake Fish Fest
09/09/17 - 09/09/17 5th Annual Rock the Block Party
09/09/17 - 09/09/17 Island Lake's Annual Venetian Night
09/09/17 - 09/09/17 Nature Nights: Color From Nature
09/09/17 - 09/09/17 20th Annual Rotary 5K Run & 3K Walk Race
09/09/17 - 09/09/17 2076 Oakwood Cemetary Walk
09/09/17 - 09/09/17 Classic Car Cruise Night at Miller's
09/09/17 - 09/09/17 10th Annual Twilight Run/Walk/Roll
06/18/17 - 09/10/17 Tempel Lipizzans 2017 Performances
09/09/17 - 09/10/17 American Dahlia Society National Show
09/09/17 - 09/10/17 Stevie Nicks at Ravinia
09/10/17 - 09/10/17 Tempel Lipizzan's Performance
09/14/17 - 09/14/17 Gustavo Dudamel Conducts the National Youth Orchestra of Vene at Ravinia
09/15/17 - 09/15/17 Smokey Robinison at Ravinia
09/16/17 - 09/16/17 Glow Ball at the Deerpath Golf Course
09/16/17 - 09/16/17 MuckFest MS - Chicago
09/16/17 - 09/16/17 Love the 90's The Party Continues at Ravinia
09/16/17 - 09/16/17 Rx for Health: Walking in Nature at Grant Woods
09/16/17 - 09/17/17 Hainesville's Civil War Encampment & Battle
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
05/27/17 - 10/08/17 Garden Chef Series at Chicago Botanic Garden
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
06/15/17 - 10/15/17 Brazil in the Garden
07/02/17 - 10/15/17 Pieces of the Past -Waukegan
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'
09/02/17 - 10/29/17 Richardson's Largest Corn Maze is Open
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 10th Annual GLASA Twilight Run, Walk or Roll
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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