2017 Lake County Year in Review

By: Jonathan Jones 12/21/2017

Lake County's 2017 was a fantastic year.

None of this would be possible without you reading, visiting and sharing, while also exploring and vacationing in Lake County.

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The communities, restaurants, shopping areas, family fun zones, hotels and resorts, unique specialty and, well, the glorious nature we have in this great county featuring our scenic lakes is what makes our area thrive.

Here's a timeline of all the magnificent happenings and accomplishments as we take a look at the 2017 Lake County year in review.

January 2017

Wilmot Mountain reopens its doors after Vail Resorts invested $13 million in the establishment.  More Info >>

Floor & Décor open at Gurnee Mills.  More Info >>

February 2017

Great Wolf Lodge buys KeyLime Cove Waterpark Resort and is slated to open in summer 2018.  More Info >>

The Village of Antioch celebrated its 125th birthday.  More Info >>

March 2017

Long Grove Confectionery Company moves the retail location to Historic downtown Long Grove.  More Info >>

Michael’s Red Hots in Highland Park celebrated their 40-year anniversary.  More Info >>

The Shanty Restaurant in Wadsworth begins expansion and renovation to quadruple their eatery’s size.  More Info >>

Wildlife Discovery Center in Lake Forest turned 20 years old and just a week later a loveable two-toed baby sloth arrived.  More Info >>

Christina Hovorka of Gurnee qualifies for American Ninja Warrior. More Info >>

Visit Lake County wins Illinois Excellence in Tourism Award for ‘Best Cooperative Partnership’ with Six Flags Great America, KeyLime Cove Waterpark Resort in Gurnee and the Lake County Fair in Grayslake.  More Info >>

Illinois Beach Resort in Zion in 2017 completed a $2-million renovation project featuring upgrades to all 92 rooms, floors, bathrooms and added a 32-inch flat screen television to each chamber.  More Info >>

April 2017

KeyLime Cove Waterpark Resort officially closes doors.  More Info >>

Illinois Office of Tourism launched their new website.  More Info >>

USA Today ranks Chicago Botanic Garden in the Top 10 Best Botanical Gardens.  More Info >>

Caterpillar moves its headquarters to Deerfield.  More Info >>

Construction crews begin work on Mellody Farm in Vernon Hills. The $200 million project that will be a mix of high-end apartments and a 272,242-square foot shopping center is slated to open in fall 2018.  More Info >>

Crane’s Landing Golf Course rated best golf value in Chicago’s North Shore by Windy City Public Golfer’s Guide.  More Info >>

May 2017

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June 2017

July 2017

August 2017

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September 2017

October 2017

November 2017

December 2017

To find more information about other news about the 2017 year Lake County year in review, continue here.

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