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Lake County Outdoor Guide
Come explore our scenic lakes, rivers and land...

There are numerous outdoor venues to explore nature in Lake County! With 170 lakes and rivers, enjoy Illinois Beach State Park in Zion off the shores of Lake Michigan and Chain O’ Lakes State Park in Spring Grove. Plus, with nearly 31,000 acres of land to explore at the Lake County Forest Preserves, Lake County offers outdoor beauty and trails for those interested in hiking, boating, fishing, bird watching, golf and many other activities. Be sure to take advantage of Lake County’s outdoor adventures.

Run, Hike, Bike
No matter the time of year, you can find a beautiful place to run, hike or bike in Lake County.
Recreation
Lake County’s parks and facilities offer a large range of recreational opportunities to people of all ages, no matter what your interests.
Beaches
Soak up the sun while escaping to paradise at our beaches including Lake Michigan and the Chain O' Lakes.
Golf
Tournament quality courses with a scenic backdrop, Lake County, Illinois makes the ideal golf getaway.
Birdwatching
No matter the time of year, get away from it all and enjoy a kaleidoscope of colors and beauty that our trails offer.
Farmers Markets
Find the freshest, locally grown, and deliciously ripe fruits and vegetables of the season and enjoy homemade goods and family friendly atmosphere.
Boating Lake County
Your information resource for all your boating needs from finding a launch ramp to safety requirements.
Dog Parks
Searching for a place where canine's can mingle, play, roam and splash? Visit a dog park in Lake County so your best friend can get a breath of fresh air.
IL Beach State Park
Encompassing over 6 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, IL Beach State Park is a must-see attraction for any outdoor enthusiast.
Outdoor Beauty
The greatest thing about having so much outdoor beauty is the seasons that come with it.
Sledding & Tubing
Once the snow hits the ground, kids (and children at heart) gravitate towards these snow hills to race their friends and family.
Hit the Ski Trails
See winter in all its splendor when you cross-county ski Lake County's miles and miles of trails.
Fishing
Hooked on fishing? Reel in the 'catch of the day' in one of Lake County's 75 inland lakes.

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06/19/18 - 06/19/18 Waukegan Band Concert Series
06/19/18 - 06/19/18 Wauconda's Cruise Night
06/19/18 - 06/19/18 Seal at Ravinia
06/20/18 - 06/20/18 ShutterBugs Nature Photography Club Meets at Volo Bog State Natural Area
06/20/18 - 06/20/18 Live Music in the Parks: Trippin Billies
06/20/18 - 06/20/18 Car Fun on 21
06/20/18 - 06/20/18 Trail of Twelve Trees at Volo Bog State Natural Area
06/20/18 - 06/20/18 Julliard String Quartet at Ravinia
06/21/18 - 06/21/18 Movie in the Park
06/21/18 - 06/21/18 Free Movie in the Park
06/21/18 - 06/21/18 John Esposito Golf Clinic
06/21/18 - 06/21/18 Well-Strung at Ravinia
06/21/18 - 06/21/18 Hot Summer Night
06/22/18 - 06/22/18 Lincolnshire's Food Truck Fridays
06/22/18 - 06/22/18 Jill Scott at Ravinia with Special Guests the Roots
06/22/18 - 06/22/18 Family Campfires
06/23/18 - 06/23/18 Fun & Fit Family Day 5k Run / 2 Mile Walk
06/23/18 - 06/23/18 Free Garden Walk
06/23/18 - 06/23/18 Rock Paper Scissors
06/23/18 - 06/23/18 Roger Daltry with members of The Who Band and Ravinia Festival Orchestra at Ravinia
06/23/18 - 06/23/18 Summer Bees
06/23/18 - 06/23/18 Families on the Fairway Event
06/23/18 - 06/23/18 2018 Grayslake Arts Festival & Wine Tasting
06/23/18 - 06/23/18 Pokemon Go Event
06/23/18 - 06/23/18 Annual Dog Day
06/23/18 - 06/23/18 Tempel Lipizzan's Performance
06/21/18 - 06/24/18 Key West Fest at Blarney Island
06/22/18 - 06/24/18 Long Grove's Strawberry Festival
06/24/18 - 06/24/18 Summer Sampler - Incendio
06/24/18 - 06/24/18 Guided Forest Therapy Walks
06/24/18 - 06/24/18 Janis Ian at Ravinia
06/25/18 - 06/25/18 Roger Daltry with members of The Who Band and Ravinia Festival Orchestra at Ravinia
06/26/18 - 06/26/18 Apollo's Fire at Ravinia
06/26/18 - 06/26/18 Waukegan Band Concert - American Celebration
06/27/18 - 06/27/18 Live Music in the Parks: Pirates over 40
06/27/18 - 06/27/18 Tempel Lipizzans Matinee Performance
06/07/18 - 06/28/18 Beginner's Open Pickleball
06/29/18 - 06/29/18 Bryan Adams at Ravinia
06/30/18 - 06/30/18 Annual Freedom Classic 5K and Fun Walk
06/30/18 - 06/30/18 Taste of Grayslake Family Picnic & Fireworks
06/30/18 - 06/30/18 Explore the Lake Michigan Water Trail
06/30/18 - 06/30/18 Medicinal Uses of Wetland Plants at Volo Bog State Natural Area
06/30/18 - 06/30/18 HarborFest
06/30/18 - 06/30/18 Kevin Cole & Friends
06/26/18 - 07/01/18 2018 KPMG Women's PGA Championship Tickets
06/30/18 - 07/01/18 Annual Civil War Days
07/01/18 - 07/01/18 Summer Sampler - Rock Therapy
07/01/18 - 07/01/18 Explore the Lake Michigan Water Trail
07/01/18 - 07/01/18 Firecracker 5K and 2-Mile Walk
07/01/18 - 07/01/18 Tempel Lipizzan's Matinee Performance
07/02/18 - 07/02/18 Snarky Puppy, Damien Escobar and Jacob Collier at Ravinia
07/03/18 - 07/03/18 Ksenija Sidorova: Russian Accordian
07/03/18 - 07/03/18 July 3rd Fireworks Over Bangs Lake
07/04/18 - 07/04/18 July 4th Celebration in Lake Zurich
07/05/18 - 07/05/18 Wetland Botany of midsummer at Volo Bog State Natural Area
07/06/18 - 07/06/18 Movies in the Park - Despicable Me 3
07/06/18 - 07/06/18 Lincolnshire's Food Truck Fridays
07/07/18 - 07/07/18 4th of July Celebration
07/07/18 - 07/07/18 The Roadshow Band
07/07/18 - 07/07/18 Classic Albums Live: Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
07/07/18 - 07/07/18 Tempel Lipizzans Evening Performance
07/08/18 - 07/08/18 Summer Sampler - Pirates Over 40
07/08/18 - 07/08/18 Buddy Guy & Jonny Lang at Ravinia
07/09/18 - 07/09/18 RSMI: Brahms and More at Ravinia
07/10/18 - 07/10/18 Waukegan Band Concert Series
07/10/18 - 07/10/18 34th Annual Lambs Farm Golf Day
07/10/18 - 07/10/18 Evanescence and Lindsey Stirling
07/11/18 - 07/11/18 Live Music in the Parks: Hair Band Night
07/11/18 - 07/11/18 Tempel Lipizzans Matinee Performance
07/12/18 - 07/12/18 Joshua Bell & the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Ravinia
07/13/18 - 07/13/18 Yoga on the Farm
07/13/18 - 07/13/18 Alan Cumming: Legal Immigrant
07/13/18 - 07/14/18 Annual Waukegan Scoop
07/14/18 - 07/14/18 Grayslake's Annual 5K Family Fun Run
07/14/18 - 07/14/18 Chicago Symphony Orchestra: Beethoven's 9th
07/14/18 - 07/14/18 Cops N' Bobbers Fishing Derby
07/14/18 - 07/14/18 Tempel Lipizzan's Performance
07/11/18 - 07/15/18 Constellation Senior Players PGA Championship
07/14/18 - 07/15/18 Family Campout
07/14/18 - 07/15/18 Northshore Iris & Daylily Society Iris Show & Sale
07/15/18 - 07/15/18 Summer Sampler - Out of Storage
07/15/18 - 07/15/18 East Grand Farmers & Artisans Market
07/15/18 - 07/15/18 CSO: Sunday in the Park with Audra McDonald at Ravinia
07/17/18 - 07/17/18 Waukegan Band Concert Series
07/17/18 - 07/17/18 Waukegan Band Concert Series
07/18/18 - 07/18/18 Live Music in the Parks: Boy Band Night
07/18/18 - 07/18/18 CSO: Gustavo Dudamel and Yuja Wang
07/18/18 - 07/18/18 Tempel Lipizzans Matinee Performance
07/18/18 - 07/18/18 Car Fun on 21
07/04/18 - 08/03/18 Bogs in Art
06/21/18 - 08/09/18 Zion's Concerts in the Park Series
06/05/18 - 08/28/18 Music on the Esplanade Evenings
05/26/18 - 09/03/18 Butterflies & Blooms Exhibit
05/24/18 - 09/06/18 Thunder on the Chain Drag Boat Races
06/01/18 - 09/07/18 Lake Zurich Farmer's Market
05/02/18 - 10/03/18 Lake Zurich's Cruise Nights
06/12/18 - 10/16/18 Mundelein's Farmers Market
06/14/18 - 10/18/18 Barrington's Farmers Market
05/12/18 - 10/21/18 Model Railroad Garden 'Landmarks of America'
06/06/18 - 10/30/18 Ravinia Farmers Market
Ongoing MainStreet Libertyville's Lunch in the Park
Ongoing NIDBA Boat Races
Ongoing Round Lake Area Farmers Market
Ongoing MainStreet Libertyville's Car Fun on 21
Ongoing Hawthorn Mall Cruise Night
Ongoing Cruise Night at Miller's Dog N Suds
Ongoing Guided Tours at Volo Bog


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LakeCounty
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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