As vaccines are dispersed across the state and COVID-19 infection rates decrease, Lake County is slowly reopening its restaurants, attractions, museums, sanctuaries and various other tourism venues.
In the land of lakes, we long for our days screaming on a coaster at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, bob your head to the music with a wine and cheese spread at Ravinia Festival in Highland Park and Genesee Theatre in Waukegan, lose yourself with the talented thespians performing on the Lake County center stage theatres and various other travel attractions that peak our interest.
By practicing ideal coronavirus protocols like social distancing, wearing a mask, getting the vaccine and waiting this thing out patiently, we'll be back to all of the Lake County adventures we work for all year round. This piece also provides information about what venues have received permission to reopen.
As of March 18, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker new metrics and guidelines aimed at transitioning the state to a full reopening, unveiling what he called a "Bridge Phase" that would allow for higher capacity limits prior to entering Phase 5. The new phase allows for higher capacity limits at places like museums, zoos and spectator events and increased business operations. But masks will continue to be mandated. The updated guidelines bridge the gap between Phase 4, which the state is currently in, and Phase 5, which would mark a complete reopening and requires a widely available vaccine or highly effective treatment.
We're in this thing together! Let's ride this thing out safely, In the meantime, here are 50+ socially distanced things to do in our fair county. #LetsGoLakeCounty!
- Anchors Aweigh! Launch your water vessel in one of over 75 inland lakes here in the county. "Ride, captain ride, upon your mystery ship. Be amazed at the friends, you have here on your trip." INFO»
- Art is everything, especially in Lake County. Whether it’s a mural sketched on our favorite store or installations popping up all around town, the knack for art is fluent in the land of lakes. Take in the art scene in land of lakes INFO»
- Aaaaawhooooo. Be one with the wolf as you slip down water slides, swim against the currents of the wave pool, pick up your sticks in arcade games and just flat out relax in the Northwoods-themed Great Wolf Lodge. INFO»
- If you're looking for a place for Lassie, Sounder, Old Yeller or any REAL-life canine to play with, have the dog parks in Lake County tickle the fancy of your bestie. INFO»
- The land of lakes is one of the most scenic places to be in the state. Mr. Golden Sun makes his presence known year-round, waking up over Lake Michigan and taking a nap on the county's west side. Grab your lawn chairs for the show of a lifetime. INFO»
- Take a walk or enjoy the sights around the Richardson Farm 36 acre lake as the Spring Grove farm launches its Tulip Festival in the spring.It's the place to pick up a pumpkin and get lost in a corn maze as well as a spot to pick up your family holiday arbor. INFO»
- Take a selfie at the end of Amstutz Expressway in Waukegan before Batman disappears into the Bat Cave. Or you could try to escape Punxsutawney, PA, like weatherman Phil Connors attempted to do in "Groundhog Day." The end of this expressway is where the 2005 film 'Batman Begins' was shot. INFO»
- Recline and relax in pure lavish bliss at one of Lake County's comfy accommodations. Our Hotel Spotlight of the Month is a great starting point. INFO»
- FORE! Get out there and hit the links at one of over 46 golf courses with pristine wall-to-wall fairways and greens. INFO»
- Nature is always the hot spot when your social distancing. Visit the 552-acre Ryerson Conservation Area and meet some critters, snap one for the gram or just bask in the glory of one of the National Register of Historic Places. INFO»
- "Sometimes in the waves of change, we find our true direction." Say namaste as you pose in warrior one through three on a Lake County beach. INFO»
- 'Let's go fly a kite and send it soaring, up through the atmosphere, up where the air is clear.' Have the time of your life watching your canvass float through the air along Lake Michigan. INFO»
- Take a page out of Beyoncé's book and "Upgrade U" or your brunch experience in Lake County in person or via curbside pickup and takeout. INFO»
- Plan your next vacay after perusing the unbelieveable shots via super satellite snaps captured by Google Earth. INFO»
- Retrace the steps and snaps of the shutterbugs that competed in the #LetsSnapLakeCounty Photo Contest INFO»
- Get comfy and cozy on your couch and queue up your Lake County Stay-at-home Playlist featuring born and bread land of lakers. INFO»
- From the Bluesmobile to the batmobile to the snowmobiles, Volo Auto Museum has it all and beyond, and they're reopening on May 14. INFO»
- If the land of lakes freezes over before spring comes, twirl, twizzle and triple lutz on the Lake County ice in various locations. INFO»
- From delectable culinary cuisine to Afrocentric threads, to cultural landmarks and so much more, black entrepreneurship is an integral piece of the land of lakes. Shop Black-owned business in Lake County. INFO»
- Recline and relax at the Lincolnshire resort centralized in the village with a scenic natural background. The Lincolnshire Marriott Resort is located on 157-wood acres, stretches 40,000 square feet of meeting space, attains an 18-hole PGA Championship Golf Course and two on-campus eateries in the upscale Three Embers Restaurant and Lake County Libation Trail partner Wright's Brew & Bistro.
- Compete with some friends in a match of disc golf. There are many courses lofcated throughout Lake County like Bevier Park (Waukegan), Keller/Sheppard Park (Deerfield), Adler Park (Libertyville), Tim Osmond Sports Complex (Antioch) and many more.
- We may not understand the science behind building a structure, but we can point out cool Lake County architectural gems. While you stay indoors and/or go outside, check out the inspiring buildings standing in and around the land of lakes. INFO»
- Channel your innner Kevin McCallister from "Home Alone" when the fumes rise from your carryout pizza box. As that beautiful pie stares back at you all you can do is reply "A lovely cheese pizza just for me. EVeryone's feeling like pizza tonight in Lake County. See where you can get it. INFO»
- The quintessential coaster and water slide experience in Six Flags Great America and Hurricane Harbor Chicago is slated to reopen its doors April 24. Extensive social-distancing protocols are implemented at the Gurnee amusement park. INFO»
- Shoot a bow and arrow, ride a horse, go hunting and so many other nature activities at the Chain O'Lakes State Park. This land of lincoln spot in Antioch obtains the largest concentration of natural lakes. INFO»
- Stop and smell the roses as the fragrance from Chicago Botanic Garden wafts through the air near southern Lake County. Packed with 27 gardens and situated on nine islands surrounded by tranquil lakes, the Glencoe sanctuary is the ideal location for blissful zen. INFO»
- The land of lakes has one of the best mom-and-pop shopping scenes. These quintessential boutiques and supply shops give Lake County its personality and character. INFO»
- PHO real, there's nothing like Lake County Asian cuisine. We're clearly SOY into it. UDON even know how many options are in the land of lakes. Keep calm, take home some Asian cuisine tonight and curry on. INFO»
- View the monthly explosion of art in downtown Waukegan as ArtWauk returns to Genesee Street. INFO»
- Test your teamwork at 60 to Escape at Gurnee Mills, where you'll have 60 minutes to discover codes, solve puzzles, open locks and find secret entrances all to complete your mission and escape the room. INFO»
- Embark on a treasure hunt and explore all of the filming locations of Dylan Kroll's song and video ‘Lake County: The Bounty of Illinois.’ Kroll was the winner of Visit Lake County's I Love Lake County Song Search in 2015. INFO»
- Exclaim cowabunga as you land an ollie in one of Lake County's skate park halfpipes: Warren Township Center Skate Park, Viking Park, Betty Russell Community Park and Churchill Hunt Park (Gurnee), Jewett Park Skate Park (Deerfield), Williams Park (Antioch), Daniel Barry Memorial Skate Park (Grayslake), Waukegan Skate Park and Sullivan Community Center. INFO»
- Take in all four seasons as Lake County's outdoor scene is second to none. INFO»
- Eat and drink local by dining in, devouring bites alfresco-style or ordering carryout and/or curbside pickup from our various restaurants and Lake County Libation Trail partners. Let's feed the bellies and our economy. INFO»