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Miles of lakefront fun waiting for you...

Put on your water shoes, grab your favorite beach towel, and head to the beach this summer! Find the perfect patch of sand at the numerous area beaches. Overlooking beautiful Lake Michigan is the Waukegan Municipal Beach, featuring a mile of sand that is groomed daily, some natural sand dunes, and with lifeguards on duty from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., you can rest assured that you and your kids will be kept safe. Besides sunbathing, swimming, picnicking and sand volleyball, kite boarding and surfing are also some favorites for this hot spot! On a clear day, be sure to look for the Chicago Skyline off in the distance! Enjoy weekly concerts during the summer season at the band shelter, and let your stress drift away with each wave.

Another beach that I like to enjoy on hot day is the Paulus Park in Lake Zurich. Young kids will absolutely love this beach and the ever popular sprayground water play area! It is perfect for the young ones to run around in while you sit back and soak in the rays. Not to mention the amazing playground that makes every adult feel like a kid again.

Other beaches to relax and cool off on a hot day are Illinois Beach State Park, Forest Park Beach in Lake Forest, Antioch Turtle Beach Marina, Spring Lake Beach in Lincolnshire, Lindy's Landing in Wauconda, Diamond Lake Beach in Mundelein, Lake Front Park in Round Lake, Fish Lake Beach in Volo and Bangs Lake Beach in Wauconda. No matter how hot it gets, there are plenty of places to kick back, relax and cool off.

For more on each, check out our "Life's A Beach: A Guide to Lake County's Beaches"

For today's Beach Advisory information, continue here.

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Bangs Lake Beach & Marina (Wauconda)
Bangs Lake is a natural glacial lake located in northeastern Lake County and is considered a popular destination for family recreation in the Chicagol...Read More

Diamond Lake Beach & Recreational Center (Mundelein)
Diamond Lake Recreation Center is 100 acres. It includes a pristine lake, sand beach, grassy areas, and shaded picnic grove. In summertime, the facili...Read More

Fish Lake Beach Campground (Volo)
Come to Fish Lake Beach for family fun! Play for the day at our sandy beach which offers lake swimming and fishing OR camp overnight or create a sum...Read More

Illinois Beach State Park (Zion)
Illinois Beach State Park is located along the shores of Lake Michigan from Waukegan to the Wisconsin state line. The park offers a campground, full ...Read More

Independence Grove Forest Preserve (Libertyville)
This scenic 1,135-acre preserve offers a wide range of outdoor recreation and education opportunities centered around a 115-acre lake reclaimed from a...Read More

Jones Island Community Park (Grayslake)
This park offers 5 acres of fun located on Grays Lake. Activities include a swimming beach, fishing, picnic shelter, ice skating, playground, ramp for...Read More

Lake County Forest Preserves (Libertyville)
As principal guardian of Lake County’s open space and natural areas since 1958, the District manages nearly 31,000 acres of land and offers innovative...Read More

Lake Minear Beach (Libertyville)
Lake Minear Beach is Lake County's premier member-supported 72-acre lake with swimming in the summer, year-round fishing, and a schedule of fun events...Read More

Lakefront Park of Round Lake Beach (Round Lake Beach)
A beautiful park that is open to the residents and the public. Ancient oak trees line the shore and the park. A great place to bring the children and...Read More

Openlands Lakeshore Preserve (Highland Park)
The Openlands Lakeshore Preserve presents a rare opportunity to visit one of the last remaining ravine and bluff ecosystems in the Chicago region. The...Read More

Park Avenue Beach & Boating Facility (Highland Park)
Park Avenue features a concrete ramp and sand launching ramp, two parking lots, three boat storage and is home to the North Shore Yacht Club. The faci...Read More

Park District of Highland Park (Highland Park)
The Park District of Highland Park, founded in 1909, operates and manages over 650 acres of land in 44 park areas, and offers approximately 3,000 recr...Read More

Paulus Park (Lake Zurich)
A popular visitors destination, as well as a favorite gathering spot for local residents featuring a picnic area, playgrounds, beach, athletic field, ...Read More

Spring Lake Park (Lincolnshire)
Spring Lake Park is the "heart of Lincolnshire". This park is now a beautiful lake with shallow area for small children and slide for older children. ...Read More

Sunrise Beach (Lake Bluff)
Sunrise Beach offers two guarded swimming beaches, play equipment, two shelters with fireplaces, charcoal grills, restroom facilities, complimentary g...Read More

Turtle Beach Marina (Antioch)
Turtle Beach Marina has the largest beach on the Chain, perfect for sunbathing, volleyball and Jet Ski parking. A children's playground, 4 cute cottag...Read More

Waukegan Municipal Beach (Waukegan)
This beach features 1 mile of sand along with some of the only remaining natural dunes in the area. Protected by natural sand dunes and has the clear...Read More

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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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