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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.

Deer Path Inn Golf Course

Deerpath Golf Course


500 W. Deerpath Lake Forest, IL 60045


(847) 615-4290

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

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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


888 East Belvedere Road Grayslake, IL 60030


(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


Zion, IL 60099


(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


16400 W. Buckley Road Libertyville, IL 60048


(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


8916 Wilmot Road Spring Grove, IL 60081


(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


1000 Lake Cook Road Glencoe, IL 60022


(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


(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


5742 Northridge Drive Gurnee, IL 60031


(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


122 Hawthorn Center Vernon Hills, IL 60061


(847) 362-2600

Over 140 specialty stores and dining options available.

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Main Street
Libertyville, Inc.


133 East Cook Avenue Libertyville, IL 60048


(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


307 Old McHenry Road Long Grove, IL 60047


(847) 634-0888

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

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Gurnee Mills


6170 West Grand Avenue Gurnee, IL 60031


1-800 YES-SHOP

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