Lake County, Illinois Convention and Visitors Bureau - Saints and Sinners

Saints and Sinners

Let the ride take you...

Take a trip to Zion, Illinois where there's a little bit of Saint in its origins and Sinner lurking close by.

The City of Zion was founded in 1901 by Dr. J. Alexander Dowie; it is one of the most representative religious utopias and planned industrial communities of the 20th century. Zion is also one of only a few in the world to have ever been completely planned out before building. Most of the north-south roads were all named from the Bible and it was 'dry' until just a few years ago. Dr. Dowie also started the Zion Tabernacle of the Christian Catholic Apostolic Church which was the only church in town.
The Shiloh House in Zion, IL

Your group will tour Shiloh House; Dr. Dowie's three story 25-room mansion also built in 1901. Many of Dr. Dowie's personal belongings are on display in the house including lovely samples of lace and tools from the Zion Lace Factory, mementos from Zion Industries and volumes of Dr. Dowie's books, writings and the local newspaper. 


Illinois Beach Resort and Illinois Beach State Park in Zion, IL

Lunch is at the lovely grounds of the Illinois Beach Hotel, Illinois' only resort on Lake Michigan. Take the winding roads through the state park and should you have a more active group, a local guide can take you on a walking tour after the meal.

Your afternoon brings a bit of scary with a Behind the Scenes tour of Dungeon of Doom Haunted Attraction. Dr. Dowie is probably rolling over in his grave as it's one of the nation's best 'haunts.' However, we'll leave the lights on and your group will learn the psychology of the scare + mechanics that make this attraction terrifying!


Dungeon of Doom Haunted House in Zion, IL

And lastly, visit the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan for a "Ghost Wauk." Ever since the Genesee opened in 1927, claims of ghost sightings and unexplained phenomena have surrounded this historic theatre. Learn about the paranormal activities that have been reported, the fascinating history of the theatre and the unsettling stories that simply cannot be explained. This tour is frightening fun and sure to get you a little spooked!

Stay overnight at the Illinois Beach Hotel, because it actually has some documented spirits. You can go looking for them or not. A relaxing dinner with some downtime on the patio or a bonfire inspires your group to share their spiritual experiences. 

The following morning after a soulful breakfast, we have several other area inspirational places such as Marytown, University of St. Mary of the Lake, or Monastery Gracanicat to end the tour on a heavenly note!

St. Mary of the Lake (USML/Mundelein Seminary) in Mundelein, IL

Wherever the ride takes you in Lake County, be sure to share your experience with #LetsGoLakeCounty.

However you choose to piece together your tour, your knowledgeable Lake County Group Tour Manager Jayne Nordstrom will be on hand to assist you.

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