Your Guide to Six Flags Great America

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(Updated April 19, 2024)

Six Flags Great America & Hurricane Harbor Chicago is the quintessential experience for adults and children of all ages. Great America is open in late April through October. Hurricane Harbor Chicago opens Memorial Day weekend and closes Labor Day weekend for the season.

The Gurnee amusement park features 17 roller coasters, amazing live shows, fireworks, delicious dining options, 11-themed areas with other fantastic rides and tons more of excitement. Hurricane Harbor Chicago is highlighted by 25-water slides, a 500,000-gallon wave pool, Skull Island: the world's largest interactive water playground and so much more.

The innovative fun zone is always pushing the envelope. Get set to elevate your thrill-seeking adventures with Six Flags Great America's newest attraction, Sky Striker, debuting in spring 2024. Towering 17 stories high, this pendulum ride promises heart-pounding speeds of up to 75 mph, suspended 172 feet above ground.

Don't miss the opening day on April 20 for an unforgettable experience at the Midwest's Thrill Capital.

As the foremost amusement destination in the Midwest, Six Flags Great America stands out for its exceptional collection of groundbreaking thrill rides, captivating live performances and top-tier culinary options. Spanning more than 300 acres of pure excitement, the park delivers an unmatched spectrum of exhilarating adventures and entertainment, ensuring it's an ideal choice for families, friends and those craving excitement.

This year, Six Flags Great America is introducing a wide variety of new, innovative experiences all designed to enhance the guests’ visit, including Windy City Sports Bar & Grill, a newly reimagined dining concept in Southwest Territory; and Great Summer Nights, an all-new event showcasing live music, an immersive nightly parade and fireworks.

And don't forget about their events schedule, featuring returning guest-favorite events, such as: Pride Celebration, featuring delectable specialty food and beverages, Pride merchandise a brand-new parade and Saturday night fireworks. Flavors of the World, offering a global gastronomic journey with traditional treats from 11 countries, all without needing a passport! July 4th Fireworks Celebration, sponsored by Coca-Cola, featuring thrilling rides, live music and dazzling fireworks.

New this 2024 season, Six Flags Great America will be hosting Great Summer Nights, showcasing live music, top-notch entertainment and classic summer treats, promising an unforgettable seasonal extravaganza! Viva La Fiesta celebrating Hispanic and Latinx cultures with music, dancing and delicious authentic cuisines, all in one vibrant event!

Maxx Force ride broke three records as the tallest and fastest inversion coaster in the world as well as the fastest acceleration in North America taking riders from 0-78 mph in 1.8 seconds. 

Six Flags Great America is also known for Fright Fest. Fright Fest by SNICKERS is the Halloween capital of Lake County boasting thrills by day and frights by night as the park is transformed into a haunted haven from mid-September to late October.

Experience two great parks in one destination at Six Flags Great America & Hurricane Harbor Chicago. Explore a world of thrilling rides, a slew of serious coasters, great dining treats, charming live entertainment, an undying tribute to Looney Tunes and DC Comics and so much more at this renowned mainstay. 

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