Lake County, Illinois Convention and Visitors Bureau - Historic Military Spaces
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Historic Military Spaces

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An Educational Tour of Lake County's Famous Military Places!

Start your day at the Russell Military Museum "where history comes alive". With over 100 vehicles on display, this is the perfect place for students, history buffs and veterans.

Visit the Great Lakes Navy Museum and see how the base was a major recruit training center during World War I. In World War II, Great Lakes was one of the Navy's most important centers for both basic and advanced training, including the first training courses in general Navy ratings for African-American sailors. Port O'Call Banquet Center offers a panoramic view of Lake Michigan. This former officers club is a natural stop for lunch and continues the history of Great Lakes.

Enjoy history and nature on a tour of Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve. Open in 1887, Fort Sheridan was built to maintain order during the violent labor disputes in Chicago. Learn about Ft. Sheridan's fascinating past and view the rebirth of this fort into a beautiful forest preserve on the shores of Lake Michigan. A guided tour of the preserve is available by appointment.

The Combat Zone at the Volo Auto Museum is the museum's all-new military adventure. It features authentic uniforms, weapons and vehicles from all eras displayed in action-packed scenes with heart-pounding sound effects and professional stage lighting. Take time to browse through the antique village and auto museum that houses famous movie and TV cars and classic automobiles.

With more than 60 different lodging properties, your group won't have to experience military barracks on this tour. Get swept away by the scenic view of Lake Michigan at the Illinois Beach Resort or enjoy our four-diamond AAA-rated resort - Lincolnshire Marriott Resort. A delicious dinner at either resort can be arranged.

Evening entertainment can be as simple as a bonfire on the beach or musical at the Marriott Theatre.

The next morning after a fabulous breakfast, take a tour of the Adlai E. Stevenson Historic Home. This National Historic Landmark shows the private life of this influential politician and former Illinois governor.

Jayne Nordstrom, Group Tour Manager, Visit Lake CountyHowever you choose to piece together your tour, your knowledgeable Lake County coordinator Jayne Nordstrom will be happy to assist you.

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