Visit Lake County

Let the Ride Take You

Just an hour north of Chicago, Lake County offers natural beauty and outdoor adventure with hundreds of lakes and rivers and over 30,000 acres of forest preserves. Plan a family adventure at Six Flags Great America, a shopping trip to Gurnee Mills or a weekend getaway to Great Wolf Lodge Illinois or Lincolnshire Marriott Theatre and Resort.
Enjoy miles of hiking and biking trails, boating and sandy beaches, unique dining and much more when you visit Lake County. Explore quaint downtowns from MainStreet Libertyville to Highland Park, Antioch and Historic Downtown Long Grove featuring specialty stores, unique boutiques, lively community festivals and bountiful farmers markets.

For business or leisure, Lake County offers over 60 hotels, several conference and expo centers and numerous sports venues for tournaments. During free-time enjoy the Lake County Libation Trail showcasing over 30 craft breweries, wineries and distilleries.

Our Destination


Maureen Riedy

Jonathan Jones
Marketing Manager

All the communities in Lake County, Illinois

Top Attractions

Six Flags Great America & Hurricane Harbor Chicago, Gurnee Mills, Ravinia Festival, American Place Casino, Chicago Botanic Garden, Chicago Bears Training Camp at Halas Hall, Volo Museum, Independence Grove Forest Preserve, Edward L. Ryerson Conservation Area, Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve, Illinois Beach State Park, Chain O’Lakes State Park, Great Wolf Lodge Illinois, Lincolnshire Marriott Resort & Marriott Theatre, Lake County Fairgrounds and Event Center, Genesee Theatre, Volo Bog State Natural Area, Historic Downtown Long Grove, National Museum of the American Sailor, Lambs Farm, Dunn Museum, Hawthorn, Deer Park Town Center, Historic Downtown Long Grove, Downtown Libertyville, Richardson Adventure Farm, Sock Monkey Museum, The Village Tavern, The Shanty, Long Grove Confectionery Co., Des Plaines River Trail, Lake Michigan, Gold Pyramid House plus over 30 golf courses, 60 hotels, three resorts, hundreds of unique restaurants and 30 craft breweries, wineries and distilleries on the Lake County Libation Trail.


  • Won an Illinois Excellence in Tourism Award for Best Social Media Marketing at the 2023 Illinois Governor’s Conference on Travel & Tourism.
  • Named a Daily Herald Reader’s Choice Best CVB Finalist in April, 2023.
  • Won an Illinois Excellence in Tourism Award for Best Cooperative Partnership with Six Flags Great America and Lincolnshire Marriott Resort in 2017 and 2021.

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Info & Stats

IL House Legislative District
51, 52, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 64

IL Senate Legislative Districts
26, 29, 30, 31, 32

Largest Meeting Facility
Lake County Fairgrounds and Expo Center: 160 acres of outdoor space. Event Center is 65,000 square feet.

Number of Hotel Rooms

Primary Source of Local Funding
Local hotel tax and community and business partnership investments

Total Tourism Jobs Supported

Regional Tourism Expenditures
$1.8 billion in direct visitor spending

Lodging Taxes
5-7% local hotel tax depending on the community

Local Sales Taxes
7-10% depending on the community