Cozy up to in the serene silence of a fresh snowfall over 30,000 acres of forest preserves. Or grab your friends and family and head to the forest preserves for some sledding, ice skating, and a lot of laughing. Explore the natural wonder of a peaceful winter landscape, surrounded by nature while cross country skiing. Frosts transform rolling hills of grass into a crystalline wonderland, and the brisk cold air of the season gives you just the jolt of energy you need to explore the unique shops on MainStreet in Libertyville or the quaint boutiques just on the other side of the covered bridge in Historic Long Grove.
Catch a sleigh ride at one of the many winter festivals going on around Lake County, and stay warm with some homemade spirits at the North Shore Distillery. Visit Deer Park Shopping Center that features over 70 of your favorite and unique shops and restaurants.
Grab your favorite new scarf that you bought at Gurnee Mills, lace up your skates and head out to Independence Grove in Libertyville for a classic ice skating moment on a lighted pond. Brave the elements for the peace and quiet of ice fishing or bring the kids out for a snow filled day of sledding fun. Feeling sporty or adventurous? Explore 124 miles of cross country skiing or 24 miles of snowmobiling fun.
Celebrate winter on one of Chicago Botanic Garden’s walks and embrace stunning scenes of a calm and sunny winter’s day among 385 acres of gardens. Explore the natural elements on a hike along the shores of frozen Lake Michigan for a stunning view that will transport you to into a scene from the North Pole. No matter how cold the day, Lake County has just the thing to warm your spirit.