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Lake Forest

Exploring Chicago’s Most Sophisticated Suburb

Located on the North Shore of Lake Michigan just a train ride away from downtown Chicago, historic Lake Forest delights visitors with a diverse array of shopping, world-class golf, cultural experiences and outdoor pursuits. It was founded in 1857 and has long been considered one of Chicago’s most scenic, historical, and architecturally significant suburbs.

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Biking & Hiking

  • Green Bay Trail – 18 miles of meandering trail through several parks and downtown areas from Wilmette to Lake Bluff.
  • Illinois Beach State Park – Features 12 miles of trails through woods and protected natural sand dunes.
  • North Shore Bike Path – Two legs run from Lake Bluff north to the Wisconsin border, and west to Mundelein.
  • Charter Fishing – World-class sport fishing for salmon and trout in Wisconsin and great lakes waters. For a list of charters visit great-lakes.org/il/chartlist.html
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Glunz Family
Winery & Cellars

Address:

888 East Belvedere Road Grayslake, IL 60030

Phone:

(847) 548-9463

The Glunz Family Winery & Cellars are producers of small batches of fortified and seasonal wines including a famous raspberry wine. The vineyard has its own tasting room and raspberry picking is also available during the season.

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Illinois Beach State Park

Address:

Zion, IL 60099

Phone:

(847) 662-4811

Illinois Beach State Park is located along the shores of Lake Michigan; the park offers campground services, picnic areas, hiking, biking, trails and nature programs.

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Independence Grove Forest Preserve

Address:

16400 W. Buckley Road Libertyville, IL 60048

Phone:

(847) 968-3499

A new outdoors recreation destination, located in the valley of the Des Plaines River.

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Chain O’Lakes State Park

Address:

8916 Wilmot Road Spring Grove, IL 60081

Phone:

(847) 587-5512

2793 acres located to 3230- acre conservation area bordering three lakes and the Fox River.

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Chicago Botanical Gardens

Address:

1000 Lake Cook Road Glencoe, IL 60022

Phone:

(847) 835-8208

There are 26 Gardens to visit including a romantic English walled garden. The botanical garden has a variety of habitats, plants, and perennials changing along with the seasons. An array of events takes place on a monthly basis at the garden, call for additional information.

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Cuneo Museum & Gardens

Phone:

(847) 362-3042

Venetian style mansion, with its own private chapel, houses a collection of fine antiques and arts. The grounds are comprised of 75 acres with lakes, fountains, formal gardens, classical statuary, a private 9-hole golf course, and a conservatory of exotic plants.
For more details visit lake-online.com/cuneo

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Gurnee Antique Center

Address:

5742 Northridge Drive Gurnee, IL 60031

Phone:

(847) 782-9094

The Gurnee Antique Center is a 24, 000 square feet establishment where everything being sold has to be at least fifty years old. Book, jewelry, and furniture available.

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Westfield Shopping
Town Hawthorn

Address:

122 Hawthorn Center Vernon Hills, IL 60061

Phone:

(847) 362-2600

Over 140 specialty stores and dining options available.

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Main Street
Libertyville, Inc.

Address:

133 East Cook Avenue Libertyville, IL 60048

Phone:

(847) 680-0336

Libertyville is located in the heart of Lake County; enjoy a unique shopping experience by visiting quaint shops, restaurants, and galleries. 

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Historic Long Grove

Address:

307 Old McHenry Road Long Grove, IL 60047

Phone:

(847) 634-0888

A historic experience, shops and restaurants are located in this 19th century German farming settlement.

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Gurnee Mills

Address:

6170 West Grand Avenue Gurnee, IL 60031

Phone:

1-800 YES-SHOP

Over 200 shopping, dining and entertainment options available at this grand mall.

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Deerpath Golf Course

Address:

500 W. Deerpath Lake Forest, IL 60045

Phone:

(847) 615-4290

Public golf facility. Number of holes: 18; Par for course: 70