Trip Planning Tools
The Lake County, Illinois Convention & Visitors Bureau wants your trip to Lake County to be as smooth and enjoyable as possible. Below we've included some additional information and tools to help make your planning a little easier.
Please also feel free to contact the Bureau office with additional trip planning questions at 847-662-2700 or 800-LAKE-NOW.
For tour suggestions, see our Sample Itineraries.
Calendar of Events
Seasonal celebrations and family festivals abound in Lake County, Illinois! Whether you're interested in Summer festivals, Fall apple picking, Winter carriage rides, or Spring gardening, your calendar will be full of fun things to do! Check out our Lake County, Illinois Calendar of Events.
Special Offers and Coupons
Lake County attractions, hotels, restaurants, and businesses offer valuable coupons to help make your trip as affordable as possible. Check out our Lake County, Illinois Special Offers and Coupons page.
Today's weather conditions in Lake County, Illinois are posted below. For additional area conditions, click to visit the Weather Channel.
Maps & Driving Directions
To generate an interactive map and driving directions, click here to visit MapQuest. Below are additional maps available for printing.
For real-time traffic conditions, construction notices, road closures and highway cameras, visit Illinois Tollway, AccuTraffic or Lake County Passage Live Traffic. For additional public travel information, click here to visit the Illinois Department of Transportation.
Continue here for important Lake County Construction Updates!
- Continental Go Airport Express
Airport shuttle transportation to and from the airports (O'Hare or Midway) to suburbs and downtown Chicago. GO Airport Express (Continental) is a city and state utility and because of this our vans are the only vehicles to load on the inner curb just outside of baggage claim. Passengers won't have far to walk to reach their transportation provider. No other company can offer you this service! Now offering an executive/business class limousine and sedan service between your home, hotel or office and O'Hare and Midway Airports. Charter buses/vans rentals accommodating 10 to 55 passengers also available.
- General Mitchell International Airport
Chicago's third airport, General Mitchell International (MKE), is easy off I-94 south of Milwaukee 45 minutes from the Lake Forest oasis. MKE welcomes northern Illinois travelers to experience competitive airfares; close, affordable parking; relaxed atmosphere and upgraded amenities. Nonstops to 50+ popular U.S. and Caribbean destinations. Compare fares at flymke.com.
- Metra Commuter Rail Service
(312) 322-6777 weekdays 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CST or (312) 836-7000 weekends and evenings. Metra lines that service Lake County: Metra Union Pacific North Line, Metra North Central Service, Metra Milwaukee District North Line. Ogilive Station located at Madison & Canal Streets, Chicago: (312) 496-4777. Union Station located at Canal Street, between Adams & Jackson, in Chicago: (312) 322-4269.
- Midway Airport
Located south of Chicago off Interstate 55. From Midway, take I-55 South/West toward St. Louis to I-294 North. Take I-294 to I-94 North into Lake County.
- O'Hare International Airport
Located northwest of Chicago. Follow signs from O'Hare toward I-294 North. Take I-294 to I-94 North into Lake County. Closest airport to Lake County, approximately 30 miles.
- Pace Suburban Bus Service
- Waukegan Regional Airport
The Waukegan Regional Airport is an aviation facility categorized as a reliever airport for O'Hare. It is the second busiest Illinois airport for international arrivals with U.S. customs, with a 6,000-foot ILS runway, state-of-the-art general aviation service facilities, and recently-installed radar in our control tower. Conveniently located between Chicago and Milwaukee.
Stop by our Visitor Information Center on Grand Avenue in Gurnee or our 24-hour Visitor Information Kiosk at the Lake Forest Oasis on I-294/94 for more tourism information. Click here for directions and contact details.