Top 10 Things To Do in April 2024

By: Stephanie Wylie 03/29/2024

Greetings, Lake County! Spring festivities are in full swing here in Lake County. With the arrival of warmer temperatures, Six Flags Great America in Gurnee kicks off its season, while boating enthusiasts eagerly anticipate hitting the water. Meanwhile, the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park unveils its much-anticipated schedule (stay tuned for updates), and the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe bursts to life with blooming flora, alongside the scenic beauty of Lake County Forest Preserves. 





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And let's not forget the excitement of the Final Four – if your brackets have survived this unpredictable tournament, find out where to catch all the March Madness action in Lake County. Cheers to a lively and eventful April ahead!

Take advantage of everything Lake County has to offer with these top 10 things to do in April.

1. Lambs Farm





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Prepare for an exhilarating season ahead as Lambs Farm in Green Oaks/Libertyville gears up for its highly anticipated opening day, offering families and animal enthusiasts an immersive journey brimming with unforgettable moments. Home to a diverse array of over 300 furry and feathered companions, from charming lambs to amiable goats, ponies, a camel, and a myriad of other delightful farm critters, Lambs Farm promises endless excitement. Throughout the season, guests can partake in a range of educational programs, engaging animal demonstrations, seasonal festivities, and holiday-themed events. In addition to delightful animal encounters, visitors can wander through Lambs Farm's picturesque environs, featuring quaint shops, scenic gardens, and delectable dining options at the renowned Magnolia Café and Bakery. As Lambs Farm warmly welcomes the community once again, excitement mounts for a season brimming with laughter, discovery, and affection. Explore more about the Green Oaks/Libertyville barnyard experience at Lambs Farm operates on select days through late October, ensuring ample opportunities for cherished memories.

2. Waukegan Harbor Opens for the Season (April 1)





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Waukegan Harbor and Marina reopens its 1,000-slip marina, signaling the start of a new season of maritime excitement. Boasting an extended operating season from April to November, the harbor offers ample time for boating, fishing, and exploration on Lake Michigan. Conveniently located between Chicago and Milwaukee, and with easy access from the nearby Metra train station, it serves as a welcoming stopover for travelers and enthusiasts alike. Beyond its docks, Waukegan Harbor buzzes with activity, providing a social hub for boating enthusiasts to connect and share experiences. With its Ship Store and Harbor Control Building at the center, it offers a place to stock up on supplies and seek guidance from seasoned experts. As the sun sets over the tranquil waters, Waukegan Harbor invites all to embark on a journey of discovery amidst the boundless expanse of the Great Lakes.

3. April Festivals (All Month)





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immerse yourself in the excitement of the burgeoning season as we present a comprehensive guide to the spring festivals awaiting you in Lake County:

4. Concerts in Lake County





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In April, Lake County comes alive with an array of vibrant concerts, offering music lovers a diverse selection of genres and performances to enjoy. From intimate acoustic sets in cozy venues to lively outdoor festivals showcasing local talent, there's something for everyone to experience the joy of live music against the picturesque backdrop of Lake County's natural beauty.

5. Theatre in Lake County (All Month)





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Lake County boasts a dynamic theater scene, offering a rich tapestry of performances throughout the year. From classic plays to innovative new productions, theater enthusiasts can immerse themselves in captivating stories brought to life by talented local and touring performers in venues that range from intimate black box theaters to grand historic stages.

6. Camping in Lake County





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Explore the serene beauty of Lake County's campgrounds, where nature's wonders await your discovery. Whether you're pitching your tent by the tranquil shores of Lake Michigan or nestled within the verdant expanses of a state park, these retreats offer a refreshing escape from the ordinary. Illinois Beach State Park, with its sprawling shoreline and diverse recreational offerings, beckons with 244 campground sites equipped with electricity and modern amenities. Meanwhile, Chain O'Lakes State Park, nestled in the northwest corner of the county, invites water enthusiasts to revel in its interconnected lakes and scenic trails, boasting 150 class A and 87 class B campsites along with convenient Rent-A-Camp options. For a family-friendly getaway, Fish Lake Beach Campground in Volo offers a charming blend of outdoor activities including swimming, fishing, and boating, ensuring unforgettable moments amidst its idyllic surroundings.

7. Six Flags Great America Opens for the Season (April 20)





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Embark on an unforgettable adventure at Six Flags Great America and Hurricane Harbor, both nestled within one thrilling destination. Situated in the heart of the Midwest, in Gurnee, Illinois, this dynamic duo is conveniently located just 45 minutes north of Chicago and a short drive south from Milwaukee. Six Flags Great America promises an adrenaline-fueled experience with its impressive lineup of 17 exhilarating coasters, a sprawling 20-acre water park, captivating shows, a dazzling nighttime parade, and three dedicated children's zones. Don't miss the chance to conquer Tsunami Surge, poised to claim the title of the world's tallest water coaster, boasting an awe-inspiring height of 86 feet! With speeds reaching up to 28 miles per hour, navigate through 950 feet of enclosed tunnels, open-air slides, and a series of gravity-defying blasts, breathtaking drops, and hairpin turns. Dive into a summer of excitement—Six Flags awaits, ready to make memories that will last a lifetime!

8. Outdoor Mini Golf Opens





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Par-King Skill Golf, located in Lincolnshire, stands out as one of America's premier miniature golf destinations, boasting two 18-hole courses. Renowned for its challenging layout, the course features 18 moving obstacles and 7 water holes, promising an exhilarating experience for both seasoned players and newcomers. However, please note that children must be at least 48" in height to participate, and the venue operates on a cash-only basis, with free parking available. Additionally, Kristof's Entertainment Center in Round Lake Beach, offers a diverse array of family-friendly activities year-round, including bowling, arcade games, and a bar and grill. During the summer months, visitors can also enjoy miniature golf, go-karts, and batting cages, making it a perfect destination for seasonal fun.

9. Farmer's Markets in Lake County





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Exploring the vibrant farmers markets of Lake County isn't just about supporting local growers; it's a wonderful opportunity to savor the warmth of summer while surrounded by family and friends. These markets offer an array of locally sourced fruits, vegetables, prepared foods, spices, meats, pastries, and bread, creating a delightful festival-like atmosphere. Click the information button for a detailed list of Lake County's Farmers Markets, where you can immerse yourself in the seasonal abundance starting in the spring.

10. Illinois Beach Hotel Opens (April 5) 





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Situated along the picturesque shores of Lake Michigan in Zion, Illinois, the newly-renovated Illinois Beach Hotel stands as the premier coastal accommodation in the Land of Lincoln. Boasting 92 guestrooms and suites, each exudes a beachy ambiance and is equipped with plush Serta mattresses, modern LCD TVs, coffee makers, and hairdryers, ensuring a comfortable and relaxing stay. For those seeking extra space and amenities, the two-room suites feature a spacious living area complete with microwaves, refrigerators, and a game table. Under new management, the property has undergone a comprehensive interior makeover, including refreshed lobby and guestroom furnishings, promising guests a rejuvenating and stylish retreat. Indulge in delectable dining options at Nolan’s Restaurant and Bar, serving up delicious lunch and dinner fare, although closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, adding to the charm of this lakeside gem.

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