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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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05/26/18 - 05/27/18 Bromeliad Society of Greater Chicago Show & Sale
05/27/18 - 05/27/18 Illinois Brass Band Memorial Day Concert
05/27/18 - 05/27/18 Bird Walk
05/26/18 - 05/28/18 Hurricane Harbor Opening Weekend
05/28/18 - 05/28/18 Grayslake's Memorial Day Parade
05/28/18 - 05/28/18 Lindenhurst/ Lake Villa Memorial Day Ceremony
05/28/18 - 05/28/18 Winthrop Harbor Memorial Day Parade & Service
05/28/18 - 05/28/18 The Essence of Freedom 5K
05/28/18 - 05/28/18 Round Lake Area Memorial Day Parade
05/28/18 - 05/28/18 Wauconda's Memorial Day Parade
05/28/18 - 05/28/18 Mundelein's Memorial Day Parade
05/31/18 - 05/31/18 Outdoor Bags Night League
06/01/18 - 06/01/18 Los Lobos, Lonely Boys and Ozomatli at Ravinia
06/01/18 - 06/01/18 Movies in the Park - The Nut Job 2
06/02/18 - 06/02/18 Tinman Triathlon
06/02/18 - 06/02/18 Grayslake's 6th Annual Craft Beer Festival
06/02/18 - 06/02/18 Diana Ross at Ravinia
06/02/18 - 06/02/18 4th Annual George Weinert Fishing Derby
06/02/18 - 06/02/18 Waukegan Fishing Derby
06/02/18 - 06/02/18 19th Annual Ray Bradbury's Dandelion Wine Fine Arts Festival
06/02/18 - 06/03/18 Northern Illinois Hosta Society Show & Sale
06/03/18 - 06/03/18 Stand Up Paddle Board Class
06/03/18 - 06/03/18 6th annual Lambs Farm Champion Car Show
06/03/18 - 06/03/18 Loverboy and Survivor at Ravinia
06/05/18 - 06/05/18 Alden's Kennels Multi-State Mixer
06/06/18 - 06/06/18 Live Music in the Parks
06/07/18 - 06/07/18 Outdoor Bags Night League
06/07/18 - 06/07/18 Stephen Marley and Matisyahu at Ravinia
06/08/18 - 06/08/18 Lincolnshire's Food Truck Fridays
06/08/18 - 06/08/18 Vladimir Feltsman at Ravinia
06/09/18 - 06/09/18 National Get Outdoors Day
06/09/18 - 06/09/18 MainStreet Libertyville Hosts Annual Historic Home Tour
06/09/18 - 06/09/18 Live From Here with Chris Thile - Live National Broadcast at Ravinia
06/09/18 - 06/09/18 Dash Around the Lake
06/09/18 - 06/09/18 7th Annual Mundelein's Craft Beer Festival
06/04/18 - 06/10/18 Rust-Oleum Championship Pro-Am at the Ivanhoe Club
06/10/18 - 06/10/18 Anita Baker at Ravinia
06/10/18 - 06/10/18 Olympic Day - Free Racing
06/12/18 - 06/12/18 Waukegan Band Concert Series
06/12/18 - 06/12/18 Waukegan Band Concert - Vacation Postcards
06/13/18 - 06/13/18 Live Music in the Parks: Final Say
06/13/18 - 06/13/18 Flying Karamazov Brothers at Ravinia
06/14/18 - 06/14/18 Outdoor Bags Night League
06/15/18 - 06/15/18 Jackson Browne at Ravinia
06/15/18 - 06/15/18 Coasters after Dark
06/15/18 - 06/16/18 18th Annual Barrington Garden Fair & Marketplace
06/16/18 - 06/16/18 Beach Bash & Ninja Warrior Competition
06/16/18 - 06/16/18 Cardboard Regatta
06/16/18 - 06/16/18 Alison Krauss and Tommy Emmanuel
06/14/18 - 06/17/18 2018 Libertyville Days Festival
06/16/18 - 06/17/18 Midwest Wine Festival
06/17/18 - 06/17/18 Summer Sampler - Wild Daisy
06/17/18 - 06/17/18 Tempel Lipizzans Matinee Performance
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 Live Music in the Parks: Trippin Billies
06/20/18 - 06/20/18 Car Fun on 21
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 Well-Strung at Ravinia
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
06/23/18 - 06/23/18 Fun & Fit Family Day 5k Run / 2 Mile Walk
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 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 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
06/26/18 - 07/01/18 2018 KPMG Women's PGA Championship Tickets
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
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 10th Annual GLASA Twilight Run, Walk or Roll
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 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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