Lake County, Illinois Convention and Visitors Bureau - Trains, Plains and Automobiles

Trains, Plains and Automobiles

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Create a unique tour visiting Lake County venues based on the theme and more!

Meet Elaine Silets also known as 'The Train Lady' who was a pioneer in a field that usually didn't attract women. Elaine's work has been featured many places including the John Hancock Center in Chicago and the Christmas windows at Tiffany & Co. This is a unique opportunity by private invitation only to her home, Wandering Tree Estate, featuring scenic train gardens. See the Rose, Pool and Shabui Stroll Japanese Gardens, Woodland Garden with a 400-year old Burr Oak Tree and rare American Chestnut Tree, gazebo on a 4-acre lake and 6,000 square feet of an operating garden railway. This is a grounds tour only that includes a stop in their Model Train Museum featuring miniature trains in and around a backdrop of Chicago.

All that wandering can create a quite an appetite! We feature a quaint restaurant on the plains at Route 41 Roadhouse. The restaurant takes its name from the 550 acres of Lake County Forest Preserve that encompasses its beautiful facilities. Savanna House means "the house on the prairie", and as you dine, take pleasure in observing nature around you. The group menu can include comfort foods such as corn muffins, slow roasted chicken, home style sides and cobbler for dessert.

It's time to see the automobiles and more! The Volo Auto Museum and Historic Volo Country Village pleases the browser and shopper. In addition to the 300 collector autos that are for sale, the museum displays include one of the largest TV and movie car collections ever assembled, a vintage snowmobile collection, marine & boat memorabilia and cycle & scooter collection. And for those looking for a rare find - their shopping malls also now number five - Antique Malls 1 2 3, and two gift and collectible malls - the Mercantile and the Straw Market.

Before heading to your next Lake County venue, visit The Nut and Candy House, a stop & shop filling up on your favorite old-time candy and nuts. For great overnight accommodations, we suggest the Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Lake Zurich, it's just down Route 12. Check in, relax a bit and just around the corner is Copper Fiddle Distillery where you can have a tour and tasting at Lake County's second distillery. Afterwards, enjoy dinner in their production room catered by On Occasion using the Fiddle's products infused into the meal. Bourbon bread pudding anyone?

After breakfast in the hotel the next morning, we can arrange for more nearby tour venues before heading home! Lake County is in-between Chicago and Milwaukee, a unique destination filled with many group-friendly attractions!

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

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