Lake County, Illinois, CVB - Garden Spaces
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Garden Spaces

A trip to beauty, culture and inspiration

Start your day at Chicago Botanic Garden for 385 acres of awe and wonder. Around every bend, you’ll discover something new; sparking lakes winding bridges and paths, breathtaking gardens including a tranquil Japanese garden, even a waterfall garden you can climb.

Hop aboard a tram tour or enjoy a walking tour. You can pair your tour with an exciting special event or a trip to see the trains in the Model Railroad Garden, and then relax in your own private dining space with a delicious boxed lunch.

Continue on to the Cuneo Museum and Gardens. The Mansion with its opulent Venetian style architecture features a 30-foot high great hall with arcaded balconies, sky lighted ceiling and grand staircase. The grounds encompass 75 serene acres with lakes, fountains, formal gardens, antique classical statuary, a private nine-hole golf course and a conservatory housing exotic plants.

Be inspired by the creativity surrounding the Ragdale Foundation, the fourth largest artist’s community in the country.

Located on the grounds of noted architect Howard Van Doren Shaw’s summer retreat; the house and gardens are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Tour the home, grounds and an artist’s studio.

The discoveries don’t have to end. Relax a bit in one of our Restful Spaces. Lake County has over 50 hotels including three resorts!

Unwind on the lawn at Ravinia Festival, the summer home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and well-loved pop concerts. Or take a stroll to watch the sun set in beautiful Ryerson.

Take a late afternoon tour of Lake Forest – the Newport of the West,’ originally conceived as a retreat from big city life providing quiet and beauty to socially prominent Chicago families.

Drive by elegant mansions; see Market Square designed by Howard Van Doreen Shaw and Marshall Field and breeze along curvilinear, tree-lined streets with ravines, beautiful parks and a lovely beachfront.

Where ever the ride takes you in Lake County, be sure to share your experience with #VisitLakeCounty.

However you choose to piece together your tour , your knowledgeable Lake County, Tour Cooridnator Jayne Nordstrom will be happy to assist you.