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Lake County is the home of two state parks: the Illinois Beach State Park in Zion located on Lake Michigan and the Chain O’Lakes State Park in Spring Grove. We have 170 lakes and rivers, plus nearly 30,000 acres of land to explore at the Lake County Forest Preserves. A local favorite hot spot for outdoor recreation is Independence Grove Forest Preserve. Next weekend, be sure to take advantage of all of the natural beauty Lake County has to offer!


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Adler Park Swimming Pool
If you are looking for a conveniently located, inexpensive, and fun filled outdoor swimming pool for you and your family, Adler Park is the place for ...Read More

Adler Park
Any season is a good time to come to Adler Park. When its warm enjoy the swimming pool, trails, playground, picnic area, frisbee golf, a flower garden...Read More

Almond Marsh Forest Preserve
The highlight of this site is the significant marsh and sedge meadow complex. Approximately 110 acres here enjoy added protection as a dedicated Illin...Read More

Antioch Aqua Center
Built in 2013, Antioch Aqua Center features a 20' foot water slide, vortex whirlpool, grand staircase, zero depth entry, play structure, 6 lane 25 met...Read More

Antioch's Farmers Market
Thursdays, June 6-September 26; 2-6 p.m.
Free to Public The Market features products from produce to flowers and many things in between. Vegetabl...Read More

Bangs Lake Beach & Marina
Bangs Lake is a natural glacial lake located in northeastern Lake County and is considered a popular destination for family recreation in the Chicagol...Read More

Barefoot Bay Aquatic Center
Opened in 2006, Barefoot Bay is a New England-themed, six-acre family water retreat. The aquatic center offers amenities for swimmers of all ages. ...Read More

Barrington Aqualusion Pool
Barrington Aqualusion Pool provides the amenities you and your family need for a great summer-time experience. From a zero-depth pool, activity pool, ...Read More

Barrington's Farmers Market
Thursdays, June 13-October 17; 2-7 p.m.
The Barrington Farmers Market will offer a wide variety of vendors selling everything from fresh fruits, ...Read More

Belvidere Park Ice Rink
The Belvidere Park Outdoor Ice Rink offers programs for all ages during the months of January and February, weather permitting and ice rink condition...Read More

Bittersweet Golf Club
Challenging and scenic 18-hole golf course that offers the public a fantastic practice facility with lighted driving range and natural grass tees. PG...Read More

Blair Park in Lake Bluff
This park offers fun for all seasons. Summer time enjoy a swimming pool, playground, picnics, tennis courts and skate park. In the winter come out for...Read More

Blair Park Pool
The Lake Bluff Park District 's 50 meter Olympic size pool water is heated to provide enjoyable swimming, regardless of weather. The locker rooms have...Read More

Blarney Island
As a one of a kind location with fun and entertainment, Blarney Island is waiting for you a mile off-shore in Antioch, IL! Located on the Chain O’ Lak...Read More

Bonnie Brook Golf Course
Bonnie Brook is one of the most popular public courses in Lake County, boasting a meticulously manicured 18-hole course with rolling, wooded terrain. ...Read More

Bonnie Brook Golf Course Banquet Facility
Enjoy a picturesque view from the banquet facilities that overlook the beautiful 18-hole golf course. Exquisite cuisine will be prepared to perfection...Read More

Boundless Adventures
Opening in June 2019, Boundless Adventures is family owned business empowering and inspiring people to challenge themselves both mentally and physical...Read More

Bowen Park
Bowen Park has been transformed into a public park with the widest possible range of recreation facilities. The park houses the Waukegan History Museu...Read More

Coupon Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods
Located among pristine woodlands in the Ryerson historic home in Riverwoods, Il., Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods promotes the importance of nature ...Read More

Buffalo Grove's Farmers Market
Sundays, June 16-October 13; 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Looking for farm-fresh produce and homemade food items? Come to Buffalo Grove's Farmers Market on ...Read More

C.J. Smith Resort
For 86 years, C. J. Smith Resort has provided everything needed to enjoy a day of fishing and boating on the beautiful Chain O' Lakes in northern Illi...Read More

Captain Daniel Wright Woods
This peaceful oasis among the bustling suburbs offers 4 miles of scenic trails: a short loop for hikers, bicyclists and skiers that circles a pond, an...Read More

Captain Don's Charter Fishing
Captain Don's guide service is a Lake Michigan Salmon and Trout fishing operation located in Waukegan Harbor Illinois. Captain Don is a full time Illi...Read More

Century Park
The Park's 113 acres, 54 of which are water, includes basketball and volleyball courts, fishing, ball fields, concessions, walking and bike paths, 2 p...Read More

Century Park Sled Hill
The sled hill is located on the north end of Century Park on Indianwood Drive. Sledding is permitted when snow is deep enough and a sign will be displ...Read More

Chain O' Lakes State Park Riding Stable
The Chain O' Lakes State Park Riding Stable invites you to "Come Ride With Us". Listen...You can hear the rhythm of your horse against the backdrop of...Read More

Chain O'Lakes State Park
Located in the heart of Illinois' largest concentration of natural lakes, Chain O'Lakes State Park is a water oriented recreation area with outstandin...Read More

Chicago Botanic Garden
The Chicago Botanic Garden, with its world-renowned plant collections and displays, is one of the country's most visited public gardens and a preemine...Read More

Chicago Botanic Garden's Farmers Market
Open July 14-15. Come out for a variety of vegetables, sauces, fruits, dips, meats and much more. Gather seasonal produce, flowers, herbs, and other ...Read More

Christine Thompson Park
Gurnee's Christine Thompson Park offers
  • Baseball/Softball Fields
  • Basketball Courts
  • Pickleball
  • Picnic Shelter...Read More


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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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