Lake County, Illinois

Reconnect with the ones you love amidst the beauty of Lake County as your backdrop. It’s the perfect destination for kids and adults alike.

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Located between Milwaukee and Chicago, Lake County provides the perfect backdrop for your next reunion

Sunshine or snow, in Lake County, expect to find the recreational opportunities, natural beauty and charm of the Upper Midwest combined with amenities, facilities and conveniences of the big city year-round.

Groups can enjoy nature and the outdoors across 31,000 acres that encompass the Lake County Forest Preserves. With over 205 miles of trails, there are activities for all ages with features like pavilions along pristine lake shores, hiking and biking tracks, play fields, historical and cultural venues, access to Lake Michigan and the Fox River and of course, breathtaking views. Centered around a 115-acre lake, Independence Grove Forest Preserve offers more than 1,100 acres to explore with picnic spaces and boat and bike rentals along with activities like swimming, shoreline fishing and hiking.

For some adrenaline-pumping excitement, Six Flags Great America, one of the country’s premier theme parks with 17 rollercoasters and the Hurricane Harbor water park with more excitement on the horizon with Tsunami Surge that will be the tallest water coaster in the world at a height of 86 feet. Admire 27 dazzling gardens in the world-famous Chicago Botanic Garden or entertain the little ones at Lambs Farm’s petting zoo.

Retail therapy is a treat at Gurnee Mills with almost 200 retailers, restaurants, a theater, ice skating rink and interactive games. In Historic Downtown Long Grove, pop in to boutiques, galleries and a craft brewery in buildings dating back to the 1800s. Get active at the Libertyville Sports Complex that features a 360-degree rock climbing mountain, golf driving range and indoor soccer fields for the entire family to have fun together.

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Water parks, ice skating, tasty candy, basketball, mini-golf and interactive and escape games just to scratch the surface

Choose from 60 group-friendly hotels and three resorts to suit every price range. Great Wolf Lodge Illinois offers accommodation across 414 suites and has an 80,000-square foot indoor water park while the Illinois Beach Resort has 92 rooms in a stunning lakefront location. Full-service hotels in Lake County include DoubleTree by Hilton Libertyville-Mundelein, Embassy Suites Deerfield, Holiday Inn and Conference Center Gurnee, Hyatt Regency Deerfield, Lincolnshire Marriott Resort and Marriott Suites Deerfield. Lake County also has family-friendly dining options from national restaurant chains to standalone cafés and diners for every taste.

If you’re planning a day trip to see the big city attractions in Chicago like Navy Pier, Millennium Park and Willis Tower, the Windy City is easy to reach by train, bus or car.

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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

Why Reunite Here

  • 60 group-friendly hotels plus 3 resorts
  • Great Wolf Lodge Illinois boasts 414 suites and an 80,000-square foot indoor water park
  • 1,100 acres to enjoy picnic spaces, boat and bike rentals, swimming, shoreline fishing and hiking
  • Six Flags Great America, one of the country’s premier theme parks, features 16 rollercoasters and Hurricane Harbor water park
  • 27 dazzling gardens in the world-famous Chicago Botanic Garden
  • Gurnee Mills with almost 200 retailers, restaurants, a theater, ice skating rink and interactive games is a shopper’s paradise
  • Lake County is easily accessible via Interstate 94 and less than an hour from Milwaukee’s General Mitchell and Chicago’s O’Hare airports

Lodging Inventory

  • 60 hotels and 3 resorts

Group Perks

  • Itinerary planning
  • Tour Planner Guide/Visitor Guide
  • Referrals for local service providers for hotels, attractions and more
  • Site inspection assistance
  • Resources: Reunion Planning Checklist

Top Attractions

  • Six Flags Great America
  • Great Wolf Lodge Illinois
  • Chicago Botanic Garden
  • Illinois Beach State Park and Illinois Beach Resort
  • Gurnee Mills

What are you waiting for?

Let Destination Reunions help you plan the perfect reunion.

Kimberly Ghys

Kimberly Ghys

Senior Account Executive