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Cruise to Brews
Let the ride take you...

Lake County has seen a boom in micro-breweries in the last few years; we now have close to 20 establishments. So grab your designated or motorcoach driver and experience our two largest local breweries to create a fun and frothy tour!

Start your cruise at Lake County's first brewpub - Mickey Finn's Brewery. Since opening in 1993 Finn's has won a trophy case full of national and international awards for their beer. Beer enthusiasts all over the country know to make Mickey Finn's an essential stop when on a 'beer pilgrimage.'

Dine privately in their Amber Room and depending on the time of the year, your group's beer flight can include these brews ontap: Pineapple Express, Bear Down Brown Ale (Packer fans may not want to drink this one), Red Menace, Misty Mountain and more including the wildly popular Santa's Magic for the holidays!

So as not to miss any other spirits lovers, we can customize your mid-day tour to include one of our distilleries and wineries - North Shore Distillery and Vigneto del Bino Vineyards. A few culinary options sprinkled in such as The Popcorn Factory Store and The Long Grove Confectionery Nut & Candy House allows your clients to stay thirsty and pick up snacks to go with your new found fave beverages.

Later in the day, a visit to Half Day Brewing Co. ties in well with the local legend. Perhaps the most intriguing information about Half Day is its name, which provokes more interest and debate than any other place name in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Contrary to popular theory, the town of Half Day was not named because it was a half day's journey from Chicago. The town's true name was Halfda in honor of a friendly chief. Chief Atakisic (Aphis), of the Potawatomi tribe, was a Native American leader of great standing in this area in the early 1800s. The friendly tribes of Potawatomi Indians were the first settlers to arrive in 1730 in what is now known as Lincolnshire.

Your group can sit in the brewpub and enjoy a cold beer brewed just feet away. Sit at the bar or when the weather permits, enjoy a nice breeze from the large open garage doors connecting to the patio. Or camp out by one of the outdoor fire pits or have a seat at one of the tables inside by the warm fireplace. They have several indoor group seating options as well depending on the group size.

But you came for the brews, so choose from rotating handles that include Chieftain Session IPA, Full Day IPA, Big Sky Steam Lager, Tomahop Imperial IPA, Iron Horse Porter and Warrior Paint Imperial Coffee Stout.

Stay for dinner in The Great Hall anchored by a large timber frame cathedral ceiling that overlooks a beautiful 11-acre lake. Their private lake is surrounded by wildflowers and a cascading waterfall which flows outside the room and past a cantilevered patio. Your guests can enjoy a toast under a canopy of bistro string lights with the sweet sound of flowing water before heading inside for dinner.

Should you decide to stay over in Lake County to 'sleep it off,' as they say; we have over 20 group-friendly hotel brands and resorts. For evening fun, catch a musical at the Marriott Theatre, a concert or show at the opulent Genesee Theatre or experience Ravinia Festival which, guess what - the lawn seats are BYOB!

Wherever the ride takes you in Lake County be sure to share your experience with #VisitLakeCounty.

Jayne Nordstrom, Group Tour Manager, Visit Lake CountyContact Jayne for free planning services to get started on this 'satisfy your thirsty taste buds' tour - Jayne@lakecounty.org or (800) 525-3669.

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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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