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Lake County Illinois CVB

Below is the latest edition of our Group Tour newsletter. Enjoy!

For more information, please email jayne@lakecounty.org, call 800-LAKE-NOW or complete our request for proposal.

Flowers, Franks, Feather & Fur
An active daytrip to the Chicago Botanic Garden, lunch at Michel's Red Hots and to the Wildlife Discovery Center.

This would make for a wonderful intergenerational tour!

Your morning starts off with a visit to the Chicago Botanic Garden.  Experience the Garden's 27 gardens and four natural areas, uniquely situated on 385 acres on and around nine islands, with six miles of lake shoreline. The Garden also has a renowned Bonsai Collection and Model Railroad Garden.  Your active clients will want to explore the gardens on their own and others may schedule to take the Grand Tram tour that is on the perimeter of the garden.  Smaller groups can take the intimate Bright Encounters Tram tour.  

Lunch is at a local favorite, Michael’s Red Hots in Highland Park.  Known for serving the finest Chicago-style hot dogs and specialty sandwiches, they also have an amazing 50+ ingredient salad bar, wraps and stuffed baked potatoes.  We suggest groups partake in their private event space, as this local hot spot gets quite busy around meal time as they are known for their high quality food, affordable prices and family-friendly environment. 

Your afternoon tour is at the Wildlife Discovery Center in Lake Forest.  WDC is a living natural history museum and one of the region’s unique hidden gems.  It is a place of learning and wonder, where people of all ages can explore the important concepts of wildlife conservation and environmental stewardship in an intimate setting. The learning journey brings visitors face-to-face with a variety of (many of them rescued) reptiles, amphibians, birds and mammals.  Set on Elawa Farm, which is one of the Armour family’s properties, you will also learn of its history starting as a gentlemen’s farm.   We suggest that you schedule your tour on a day when they have the Garden Market to partake of fresh produce, flowers and homemade soups and breads. 


Should you wish to schedule a sweet stop before heading home, Sweet Pete’s Candy in Lake Forest has scrumptious homemade chocolates and treats.

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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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