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The health and safety of our Lake County visitors, residents and fans is our number one priority. Summer is the land of lakes' most cherished season. Take a roadtrip and check out some of the sights, sounds, feels and festivities that make Lake County, Illinois your destination of choice.

While closures may happen, we encourage you to explore our local venues. View the local perspective from our insider's guide on top places to visit, outdoor adventures in a Lake County wonderland, exquisite cuisine, the Lake County Libation Trail and so much more! Some of the land of lakes world renknowned festivals and establishments are reopening: from Six Flags Great America in Gurnee to Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, to the Lake County beaches, to Genesee Theatre in Waukegan and so much more. Top off your land of lakes experience with the best Lake County events and festivities.

Make 2021 the most memorable year as we inch closer towards normalcy!





Whether you're into having a splashing good time or a thrill-seeker or something else in between...see what's at the top of our list in Lake County!

Top 10 Things To Do in June
Top 10 Things To Do in June
Top 15 Trendy Instagram Locations in Lake County
Top 15 Trendy Instagram Locations in Lake County
Lake County Summer Outdoor Guide
Lake County Summer Outdoor Guide
Summer Festival Season Returns to Lake County
Summer Festival Season Returns to Lake County




Time To Eat!

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Take It To Go!
Get It To Go!
Whether you are out playing outside, exhausted from remote learning with the kiddies or at work, be sure to check out our Lake County spots for takeout!

Who's Open?
Cheers to Summer!
Breweries, wineries & distilleries along the Libation Trail. Indoor, alfresco-style, curbside & takeout options to toast while enjoying Lake County Libation Trail Week.

Holiday Dining GuideDining Guide
Experience the delectable eats prepared by the land of lakes makers. Indoor dining is now back! Check out our Dining Guide for open venues in Lake County.



Best way to experience the every season is from one of our local guides. Awesome architechtural gems, stupendous street art, summer recreation and more...
the only part of the story missing is you!

15 Lake County Architectural Gems
15 Lake County Architectural Gems
Lake County is known for it's iconic, eccentric and historical structures. Here are 15+ cool land of lakes architectural gems.

Visit Santa
Street Art and Murals in Lake County
Art is everything in the land of lakes. Whether it's a mural sketched on our favorite store or installations popping up around town, the knack for art is fluent in Lake County.

#LetsSnapLakeCounty Photo Contest
#LetsSnapLakeCounty Photo Contest Winners
VLC selected six winners for the contest run from mid-September to Halloween. Click the wonderful Grand Prize-winning by Benjamin Shirley to see winners and honorable mentions!

Holiday Shopping GuideTasty Tuesdays in Lake County
 Any day is a great day to order out and eat Lake County local. It's tasty Tuesday-o'clock somewhere in someone's mind, Treat your taste buds to our world-class cuisine. 



Next Weekend is just around the corner! Every season in Lake County creates long-lasting memories. While we get through this public health crisis together, start planning your adventure .
View our upcoming events below or visit and search our entire calendar of events.

Breaking Barriers:  Women in the Military at the Dunn Museum
10/17/20 - 06/13/21
For centuries women have helped to defend the nation in times of war and co...

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Guided Tours of Volo Bog - June 2021
06/05/21 - 06/13/21
Spring time Guided Tours of Volo Bog (the only quaking bog in Illinois)! V...

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Father's Day Open House - Make Your Own Planet at Peter Patterson Glassworks
06/12/21 - 06/13/21
Make your own gift for Dad.  A glass planet with colors you choose.&nb...

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Gone Fishing Event at Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World
06/12/21 - 06/13/21
Catch & Release Ponds are back! Live fish in the Catch & Release po...

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North Suburbs Cars and Coffee Ep. 2 at Hawthorn Mall
Cars and Coffee Networking Event is back again for its fifth year! Just be...

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Richard Gilewitz at Copper Fiddle Distillery
Solo fingerstyle guitarist, Richard Gilewitz, performs finger gymnastics wi...

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Behind the Scenes of Third Coast Disrupted at Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods
It’s one thing to explore an exhibition. It’s yet another to ge...

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Sunday Funday with Lucas Jon Acoustic at Harbor Brewing Lakefront Biergarten
Back by popular demand! Lucas Jon Acoustic makes his return to The Biergart...

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