Lake County, Illinois
In Lake County, you’ll find the recreational opportunities, natural beauty and charm of the Upper Midwest combined with amenities, facilities and conveniences of the big city.
In the Lake County Forest Preserves, there’s fun for groups of any size or ability, featuring pavilions along pristine lake shores, hiking trails, sports and play fields, and breathtaking views. Independence Grove Forest Preserve offers more than 1,100 acres to enjoy picnic spaces, swimming, shoreline fishing, plus boat and surrey bike rentals.
Six Flags Great America, one of the country’s premier theme parks, features 16 roller coasters and Hurricane Harbor water park. Explore 27 dazzling gardens in the world-famous Chicago Botanic Garden, or entertain the little ones at Lambs Farm’s petting zoo. Gurnee Mills has 200 retailers and restaurants, plus ice skating and interactive games. In Historic Downtown Long Grove, you’ll discover boutiques, galleries and a craft brewery in buildings dating back to the 1800s. Libertyville Sports Complex features a 360-degree rock climbing mountain, driving range and indoor soccer fields.
Choose from 60 group-friendly hotels in every price range. Great Wolf Lodge Illinois boasts 414 suites and an 80,000-square foot indoor water park. The Illinois Beach Resort has 92 rooms in a stunning lakefront location. Full-service hotels include DoubleTree by Hilton Libertyville-Mundelein, Embassy Suites Deerfield, Holiday Inn Gurnee, Hyatt Regency Deerfield, Lincolnshire Marriott Resort, and Marriott Suites Deerfield.
You’ll find plenty of affordable, family-friendly dining options for every taste. And, if you’re planning a day trip to Chicago attractions, such as Navy Pier, the “Windy City” is easy to reach by train, bus or car.
Lake County is easily accessible via Interstate 94 and less than an hour from Milwaukee’s General Mitchell and Chicago’s O’Hare airports.
- 60 hotels and 3 resorts
- Itinerary planning
- Tour Planner Guide/Visitor Guide
- Referrals for local service providers for hotels,
- attractions and more
- Site inspection assistance
- Resources: Reunion Planning Checklist
- Six Flags Great America
- Great Wolf Lodge Illinois
- Chicago Botanic Garden
- Illinois Beach State Park and Illinois Beach Resort
All family members said it was the BEST family reunion we have ever had. The family doesn’t know all of the work that went into the planning, and they don’t know that Kimberly started the ball rolling to what became the BEST family reunion ever!
– Ann Hall-Jones, Jones-Ellis-Sykes Family Reunion