Activities and Attractions
Looking for something to do in the area? How about visit
Six Flags, just minutes away. How about the Jelly Belly
jelly bean factory? A Charter Fishing Expedition? Maybe
Golf is your thing? Or for the truly adventurous looking
for a full day of activity, both Downtown Chicago and
Downtown Milwaukee are just over an hour away in either
direction. Below is list of some of the popular activities
and attractions in our area.
Illinois Beach State Park
A full range of recreation opportunities complement the
expansive shoreline of Illinois Beach State Park. Interested
in jogging and bicycling? The trails are waiting! Or, is
physical fitness your current pursuit? Whether you're
an active outdoor enthusiast or just interested in a quiet walk along some of the Midwest's most scenic beaches,
this is the place for you!
Stretching leisurely for six and a half miles along the sandy shore of Lake Michigan in northern Illinois, Illinois Beach State Park encompasses the only remaining beach ridge shoreline left in the state.
The 4,160-acre park, consisting of two separate areas, offers ample opportunities for swimming, boating, picnicking, hiking, fishing, camping and just appreciating nature. Visit the website or download the park map to plan your day.
Naval Station Great Lakes
Great Lakes has been transforming civilians into well trained, highly motivated Sailors Since its founding in 1911. With fifteen service schools, support and tenant commands, and the Navy's only Recruit Training Command or "boot camp" there are more than 25,000 military and civilian personnel living, working, and training here at Great Lakes ensuring that we maintain the position as the Navy's largest training facility.
Naval Station Great Lakes is a dynamic environment where training occurs 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It also continues to be a preferred duty station, which attracts the finest Sailors in the Navy to serve as Recruit Division Commanders, instructors, and many other support positions throughout the base.
Too much history can, unfortunately, create the misconception that Great Lakes' best days are in the past. Nothing could be further from the truth. The current Recruit Training Command, for instance, is under-going a dramatic recapitalization program that has created a premiere training environment that is unmatched. Millions of dollars have been spent on modern barracks, dining facilities, classrooms and office buildings. Naval Station Great Lakes truly is a place of challenge and excitement.
Great Lakes Naval Base and Museum
The Naval Station Great Lakes Museum Exhibit is a government-owned and operated museum dedicated to telling the story "boot camp" training in the United States Navy, and in particular, the Naval Station Great Lakes, Illinois. Although originally one of four boot camps, it is now home to Recruit Training Command, the only Navy recruit training command. A special section of the museum is dedicated to the expanding role of women in the United States Navy.
Come Salmon and Trout Fishing with Captain Rick and Windycitysalmon aboard the 34-foot Independence. Located just down the road from the Illinois Beach Resort Hotel, Capt. Rick runs morning, afternoon, and twilight fishing charters out of Waukegan Harbor from April through October. Have your catch prepared afterwards by the Chefs at the Illinois Beach Resort's Lake Side Restaurant. Please visit the website for more details and rates: Windycitysalmon.com . Capt. Rick can be reached at 773-791-7990 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jackpot Sportfishing Charters
The "Jackpot" Is a massive thirty three foot, 3 tiered fishing boat with a huge rear deck for fishing, a large fly bridge and a fully enclosed cabin for your fishing comfort under all conditions. Aboard the Jackpot, you'll find the best of all three! You'll be fishing in the best locations, with a Captain who has thirty years of experience fishing Lake Michigan, with the best equipment available. For more information visit the website or contact Captain Matt Porter at (800) 345-0259.
Jelly Belly Factory Tours
Sweet sensations and a world of delight await you at the Jelly Belly Center, a mouthwatering stop located off the I-94 Milwaukee/Chicago corridor, near the state line. The Center is designed so visitors can take a tour of our warehouse (really, it's fun!) and taste the magic of "the original gourmet jelly bean," Jelly Belly.
You'll start from Jelly Belly Junction, and hop on board the Jelly Belly Express train for a tour inside the large warehouse and distribution center. The 30-minute ride makes stops at a variety of Stations with large screen videos showing the company's century of candy making and how we make candy corn, jelly beans, taffy, gummies and more.
Fun sights make the center a destination for family fun. See a dancing chorus line of Jelly Belly characters and be surprised by "Candy Alley" with its six-foot giant jelly beans suspended from the ceiling. In the large retail store hungry fans can taste samples of the 100 candies we make, or shop for sweet gifts. Visitors can also stop for hot dogs and drinks at the snack bar.
For further tour information call (866) TOUR-JBC (868-7522)
Lake County Convention and Visitors Bureau
For a variety of area activities and attractions, visit the Lake County
Convention and Visitors Bureau website for a one-stop shop experience with hundreds of ideas that will fill
your day with fun and activity. All listed attractions are between 5 and 45 minutes from the Illinois Beach Resort. 1-800-LAKE-NOW.
North Point Marina
Quiet, serene and safe, North Point Marina offers the relaxation you expect and the nurturing you need in a natural and lush recreational setting. Charter fishing excursions are readily available.
A world class marina and a world class value to you, North Point Marina has convenient on-site amenities such as boat maintenance and repair, fuel, dry winter storage, transient slips, club room, beaches, ship's store and restaurant.
In a protected floating dock system of 1500 slips, from 30 to 60 feet the "one price" slip rentals include electricity, water, cable TV hookup, sanitary pump-outs, dock lockers, showers and restrooms, also, reserved parking near your slip and 24 hours security . . . no extra charge.
The largest marina on the Great Lakes is on Lake Michigan midway between Chicago and Milwaukee. You'll reach your slip easily by car via I-94 or US 41 to IL 173 east.
Six Flags Great America
Six Flags Great America is a world-class family entertainment destination with a theme park and water park located in Gurnee, Illinois. The park has four children's areas and 30 rides just for little ones including Wiggles World, not forgetting the 13 heart-pounding coasters for the thrill-seekers, a free 20-acre water park, 35 family rides and spectacular shows and parades! Visit the website for additional information.
23 Million shoppers every year call Gurnee Mills the "Best in the Midwest!" Join them and save up to 70% everyday at over 200 retailers including Off 5th Saks Fifth Avenue Outlet, Nike Factory Outlet, Bass Pro Shops and more!
Prime Outlets – Pleasant Prairie is an outdoor shopping center conveniently located midway between Chicago, Ill., and Milwaukee, Wis. More than 90 brand-name stores include Restoration Hardware, COACH Factory, Nike Factory Store, Hugo Boss Factory Store and The North Face.
Shepherd's Crook Course
Return to the roots of golf at Shepherd’s Crook, the Zion Park District owned and operated layout that offers a passage back to golf’s heritage.
Opened in August, 1999 Shepherd’s Crook has earned rave reviews as a course that is both challenging and exciting to play. Designed by Keith Foster, who has designed some of the most interesting courses built in the last 10 years, is a links-style course that creates a feeling of playing Ireland’s Ballybunion or Waterville courses. Shepherd’s Crook’s design reflects the golden era of golf course architecture of the 1920’s and 30’s with bentgrass fairways, tees, and greens.
“Shepherd’s Crook is routed with classic and strategic design principles that cut features naturally to the terrain. The vision of Shepherd’s Crook returns golfers to the game’s past” (Keith Foster, Architect for Shepherd’s Crook Golf Course).
The Tempel Lipizzans began in 1958 when the late Tempel and Esther Smith imported 20 Lipizzans from the Austrian stud farm in Piber and started what became the largest privately owned herd of Lipizzans in the world. The Tempel Lipizzans originally performed at private functions and charitable events. Their prestigious appearances include several Presidential Inaugurals and special exhibitions at the White House, the U.S. Capitol, the Taste of Chicago, Ravinia Festival, Arlington Racecourse and Madison Square Garden. In 1982, the late Tempel Smith’s daughters arranged for the first public performances at Tempel Farms as a tribute to their parents’ dream of establishing an American center of classical horsemanship that followed in the tradition of the Spanish Riding School in Vienna. In 1997, the President of Austria presented the Smith family with the Officer’s cross, Grand Declaration of Honour for Service to the Republic of Austria, in recognition of their “careful management of a cultural institution with such close ties to Austria.” Tempel Farms is the only place in the United States where these rare white horses are bred, trained, and perform on the same property.
Thunderhawk Golf Course
ThunderHawk Golf Course Ranked Ninth in the Nation - The Lake County Forest Preserves' ThunderHawk Golf Club was named one of the top ten best municipal courses in the United States in the 2008 list of Golfweek's Best Municipal Courses. ThunderHawk, located in Beach Park, Illinois, was ranked ninth on the list, making it the highest rated municipal course in the Midwest. Opened in 1999, ThunderHawk was designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr., and is an 18-hole championship public course. Since opening, the course has received many accolades from the golf industry. The acclaimed course was named one of the "Best Courses You Can Play" by Golfweek, one of the "Best Places to Play" and "Best in State" by Golf Digest, and "5 Stars" by Chicagoland Golf.