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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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08/17/18 - 08/17/18 Lincolnshire's Food Truck Fridays
08/17/18 - 08/17/18 Coasters after Dark
08/17/18 - 08/17/18 Motocross at the Lake County Fairgrounds
08/17/18 - 08/17/18 Earth, Wind & Fire at Ravinia
08/18/18 - 08/18/18 Beach Park Fest
08/18/18 - 08/18/18 CSO: Igor Levit Bernstein Centennial Celebration at Ravinia
08/18/18 - 08/18/18 Dvorak's Rusalka: A Mermaid's Tale at Ravinia
08/17/18 - 08/19/18 Blarney Island's Fantasy Fest Weekend
08/18/18 - 08/19/18 Long Grove's Vintage Days
08/18/18 - 08/19/18 Heroes and Villians
08/19/18 - 08/19/18 East Grand Farmers & Artisans Market
08/19/18 - 08/19/18 Lake Zurich Area Taste of the Towns
08/19/18 - 08/19/18 CSO: Frederica von Stade
08/20/18 - 08/20/18 Miloš Karadagli?: "Voice of the Guitar"
08/21/18 - 08/21/18 Joshua Bell: The Red Violin - Film with Orchestra at Ravinia
08/22/18 - 08/22/18 Chicago Bears Practice at Vernon Hills HS
08/23/18 - 08/23/18 Sugarland at Ravinia
08/24/18 - 08/24/18 The Beach Boys with Special Guest John Stamos & The Righteous Brothers at Ravinia
08/24/18 - 08/24/18 Timo Andres and David Kaplan
08/25/18 - 08/25/18 Jason Mraz and Brett Dennen at Ravinia
08/25/18 - 08/25/18 Rugged Maniac
08/25/18 - 08/25/18 Salute to Military and Scouts Weekend
08/25/18 - 08/25/18 Northshore Wine, Beer & Cigar Fest
08/25/18 - 08/25/18 Rise & Shine Paddle
08/25/18 - 08/25/18 2018 North Shore Wine, Beer, Cigar & Food Festival
08/25/18 - 08/25/18 6th Annual Grayslake Color Aloft Balloon Festival
08/25/18 - 08/25/18 Muck Fest 5K Mud Run 2018
08/25/18 - 08/25/18 Tempel Lipizzan's Evening Performance
08/24/18 - 08/26/18 Waukegan Music Festival
08/25/18 - 08/26/18 Heirloom Tomato Weekend
08/25/18 - 08/26/18 25th Annual Potawatomi Trails Pow Wow
08/26/18 - 08/26/18 Walk, Ride and Roll
08/26/18 - 08/26/18 Dr. Slate and the Sponges of Volo Bog
08/26/18 - 08/26/18 21st Annual Grant Township Center 5K Run/Walk
08/26/18 - 08/26/18 Bike the Garden
08/26/18 - 08/26/18 Oasis "Cruisin' for the Kids' Car Show
08/26/18 - 08/26/18 Trombone Shorty’s Voodoo Threauxdown — Celebrating 300 Years of the City of New Orleans
08/27/18 - 08/27/18 Moonlit Paddle | Ages 12 - Adult
08/27/18 - 08/27/18 Family Paddle Days
08/27/18 - 08/27/18 Dawn Upshaw Sings New Caroline Shaw at Ravinia
06/05/18 - 08/28/18 Music on the Esplanade Evenings
08/28/18 - 08/28/18 Lyle Lovett & His Large Band
08/30/18 - 08/30/18 John Hiatt & The Goners featuring Sonny Landreth
08/31/18 - 08/31/18 Lincolnshire's Food Truck Fridays
08/31/18 - 08/31/18 Customer Appreciation Day
08/31/18 - 09/01/18 Culture Club, Boy George, B-52s and Thompson Twins
09/01/18 - 09/01/18 Cardboard Regatta
09/01/18 - 09/01/18 Country Nights Pyramid Lights
09/02/18 - 09/02/18 Twilight Shuffle 5K Run
09/02/18 - 09/02/18 O.A.R. and Matt Nathanson
05/26/18 - 09/03/18 Butterflies & Blooms Exhibit
08/29/18 - 09/03/18 Buffalo Grove Days 2018
09/01/18 - 09/03/18 Labor Day Weekend at Six Flags
09/01/18 - 09/03/18 Long Grove Irish Days
09/03/18 - 09/03/18 Jethro Tull 50 Year Anniversary Tour
09/04/18 - 09/04/18 Sir James Galway
09/05/18 - 09/05/18 Peter Serkin at Ravinia
05/24/18 - 09/06/18 Thunder on the Chain Drag Boat Races
09/06/18 - 09/06/18 50 Cent at Ravinia
06/01/18 - 09/07/18 Lake Zurich Farmer's Market
09/07/18 - 09/07/18 Yes featuring Anderson, Rabin and Wakeman
09/08/18 - 09/08/18 Tony Bennett at Ravinia
09/08/18 - 09/08/18 Rock the Block
09/08/18 - 09/08/18 Waukegan Main Street Wine & Art Stroll 2018
09/08/18 - 09/08/18 GLASA Twilight 5K
09/08/18 - 09/08/18 WRLR Remote Broadcast at Miller's Dog N Suds
09/08/18 - 09/08/18 Lobster Boil on the Beach
09/08/18 - 09/09/18 Mundelein Arts Festival
09/08/18 - 09/09/18 Hainesville's Civil War Encampment & Battle
09/09/18 - 09/09/18 Superhero Fun Run
09/11/18 - 09/11/18 In Our Time: Music of Bernstein & Ellington
09/11/18 - 09/11/18 Farmers Market Harvest Fest / Touch A Truck
09/12/18 - 09/12/18 Considering Matthew Shepard
09/13/18 - 09/13/18 Lagrime di San Pietro (The Tears of Saint Peter)
09/14/18 - 09/14/18 Gipsy Kings & Park 88 at Ravinia
09/15/18 - 09/15/18 Johnny Rivers and Jimmy Webb
09/15/18 - 09/15/18 Great Inflatable Race
09/15/18 - 09/15/18 Annual Block Party 2018
09/16/18 - 09/16/18 Fiesta Ravinia with Los Tigres del Norte
09/16/18 - 09/16/18 East Grand Farmers & Artisans Market
05/30/18 - 09/26/18 Grayslake's Summer Farmers Market
05/02/18 - 10/03/18 Lake Zurich's Cruise Nights
05/12/18 - 10/21/18 Model Railroad Garden 'Landmarks of America'
09/15/18 - 10/28/18 Fright Fest presented by Snickers
09/01/18 - 11/04/18 Richardson's Largest Corn Maze is Open
Ongoing MainStreet Libertyville's Lunch in the Park
Ongoing Summer Concert Series
Ongoing NIDBA Boat Races
Ongoing Food Truck Thursdays
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 Mundelein's Farmers Market
Ongoing Barrington's Farmers Market
Ongoing Ravinia Farmers Market
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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