Community Partners

In addition to its 700,000 residents, Lake County is also home to nearly 28,000 businesses, including dozens of Fortune 500 companies like Abbott Laboratories and Walgreens. Ideally located between Chicago and Milwaukee, getting to and around Lake County is easy — by car or Metra Rail service. Visit Lake County and our community partners invite you to visit and "enjoy the ride."

Visitor Highlights: the gateway to the Chain O'Lakes with boating and on-water recreation with industry leaders like SkipperBud's Sequoit Marina (including boat rentals), enjoy a water shuttle or your own boat to Blarney Island for dining, adult beverages and live music in the heart of Grass Lake, take in the charming downtown with great shops and eateries. Top off a visit with a cozy stay at Dragonfly Bed & Breakfast. Come for wintertime, too, and share the holidays with Dickens Holiday Village and Kringle's Christmas Village. Click here for more.

Visitor Highlights: comfort, convenience and top-notch service with a stay at Chicago Marriott Suites Deerfield, Embassy Suites Chicago North Shore, Hyatt Deerfield. Enjoy the outdoors at Ryerson Woods Conservation Area and Visitors Center or a trek along the Des Plaines River Trail. Year-round popular family events and festivals, too. Click here for more.

Fox Lake
Visitor Highlights: Lake Front Park, Nippersink Lake, the Chain O'Lakes and Millennium Park. Discover the Fox Lake Farmers Market and its summertime concerts, solve your boating needs with Gordy's Marine, plus enjoy great dining at El Puerto Mexican Restaurant (on Nippersink Lake with boat docks) and Studio HotRods Roadhouse, with dishes that go beyond and the music, too. Click here for more.

Visitor Highlights: charming and walkable downtown with eateries and breweries, year-round events and activities at the Lake County Fairgrounds and Event Center, water fun at Grayslake Aquatic Center, a great stay at Comfort Inn & Suites, to special events like late summer's "Balloon Aloft." Click here for more.

Visitor Highlights: home to the Thrill Capital of the Midwest, Six Flags Great America and Hurrican Harbor, Gurnee Mills with nearly 220 retailers, restaurants and entertainment experiences, Great Wolf Lodge Illinois and its indoor water park, eateries like Giordano's (for Chicago deep dish-style pizza), a craft brewery, or the sky's the limit at Extreme Flight Simulation. Click here for more.

Highland Park
Visitor Highlights: Ravinia Festival, North America's eldest outdoor music venue, a bustling downtown area with myriad shops and restaurants, pristine open spaces like Rosewood Beach resting on Lake Michigan and The Preserve and Lake County Libation Trail partners Ravinia Brewing Co. and Lynfred Winery Highland park. Click here for more 

Lake Zurich
Visitor Highlights: Paulus Park on Lake Zurich, logding with Holiday Inn Express Lake Zurich, unique dining options, local festivals and a local distillery with tours and specialty spirits. Click here for more.

Visitor Highlights: charming community and downtown hosting 85 restaurants. Open spaces and recreation including Independence Grove Forest Preserve and Canlan Sports, arts and culture with David Adler Center, and Mickey Finn's Brewery, Lake County's oldest craft brewery. Click here for more.

Visitor Highlights: great lodging including Marriott Lincolnshire Resort (with spa) and its award-winning Marriott Lincolnshire Theatre, Hampton Inn & Suites, Homewood Suites by Hilton Lincolnshire, and SpringHill Suites By Marriott. Great dining from casual to fine, to special events like "Food Truck Fridays" for outdoor-curbside-hot-off-the-truck dishes. Click here for more.

Long Grove
Visitor Highlights: Historic downtown Long Grove with charming and rustic buildings from the 1800s, a unqiue town center perfect for walking, one of the Illinois' oldest taverns and restaurants, The Village Tavern, homemade chocolates, craft brews, and artisans. Click here for more.

Visitor Highlights: great restaurants from pizza with the long-standing Bill's Pizza & Pub to seafood at Dover Straits, lodging with DoubleTree by Hilton Libertyville-Mundelein and Baymont Inn & Suites, championship golf, waterpark fun at Barefoot Bay Family Aquatic Center, creativity and arts with Peter Patterson Glassworks, craft ales at Bosacki's Brewery, to scenic Diamond Lake. Click here for more.

Vernon Hills
Visitor Highlights: unique, stately and one-of-kind Cuneo Mansion and Gardens for touring, Hawthorn Mall for retailers and fashion (140+ stores), great foods and finds, along with the AMC Theatre for the latest movies. Enjoy lodging at Holiday Inn Express or Hotel Indigo, recreation of all sorts from ice skating to summertime fun at Vernon Hills Park District, amazing festivals like the popular "Summer Celebration." Click here for more.

Visitor Highlights: challenging play at Bonnie Brook Golf Course, a great night's stay at Candlewood Suites Waukegan or the Ramada Inn, recreation and sports at the Waukegan Field House and Sports Complex, live performances and headliners at Genesee Theatre, the Jack Benny Center for the Arts, waterside with Northpoint Marina and Waukegan Harbor, craft breweries and distilleries, convenience with Waukegan Regional Airport and Metra Rail. Click here for more.

Visitor Highlights: spend time outdoors with open space, trails and nature at Illinois Beach State Park, play a round of champtionship golf at Shepherd's Crook Golf Course, visit the historic 25-room Shiloh House for tours and dressed for the holidays every winter, and relax and enjoy some of the largest parades and family festivals around. Click here for more.


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