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Check our some of our favorite area attractions and exciting local events. Our Staff Picks blog features the best of Lake County so that you can plan your perfect trip to The Prairie State.

  • Spend the Day at the Fall Fun Festival

    November 04, 2019

    With winter right around the corner, there’s no better time to celebrate autumn while it’s still in full swing. If you’re looking for some family-friendly fall-themed fun, look no further: the Fall Fun Festival is coming back to Waukegan! This annual treat is a local favorite and a great addition to your stay.... Read more

  • Halloween Fun in Zion

    October 07, 2019

    Everybody knows that even though Halloween falls on October 31, the holiday is celebrated much longer than a single day. For families who love celebrating an extended Halloween week, there’s no better place to party with other ghouls and witches than Zion Park District’s Trail of Treats & Halloween Fest.... Read more

  • Annual Illinois Beach Hotel Charity Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show

    September 02, 2019

    Rev up your engines because it’s officially that time of the year when Illinois Beach Hotel brings the party from the coast to the parking lot with The Annual Illinois Beach Hotel Charity Car, Truck, & Motorcycle Show. This free yearly event is a car lovers dream and this year will be better than ever.... Read more

  • Shiloh House: A Piece of Zion History

    August 05, 2019

    Zion, Illinois was founded in the late 19th century by Dr. John Alexander Dowie. Dr. Dowie envisioned the land as a religious utopia and industrial powerhouse. Much of the diverse history of Zion can be traced back to its inception and the people who shaped it for generations to come.... Read more

  • Summertime at the Beach

    July 01, 2019

    Warm sunshine and that even warmer summer mood can only mean one thing: beach time! Luckily, Illinois Beach Hotel wasn’t just randomly named. Right in our backyard stretches over 6 miles of pristine beach ridge shoreline. In fact, this is the last of its kind in Illinois!... Read more

  • Transcend Time at the Bristol Renaissance Festival

    June 03, 2019

    With summer comes warmer weather, and with warmer weather comes all of the medieval warfare and funny accents you can handle. Every year, residents of Zion and visitors alike flock a couple of minutes north of the Illinois/Wisconsin border to experience a place trapped in time. In this place, you will find ruthless Vikings, honorable knights, and raunchy bards.... Read more

  • Feel the Adrenaline at Six Flags Great America

    May 06, 2019

    Summer peeking its head around the corner means two things for Zion, Illinois - warm weather, and the annual opening of nearby Six Flags Great America. The park had its official reopening the weekend of April 19th, which means it’s go-time for a heart-pumping summer full of roller coaster extravaganzas.... Read more

  • Brunch, Bunnies and More

    April 01, 2019

    Easter is a time of family gatherings, feasts, and fun. However, planning that fun can lead to a time of stress and worry. That’s where we come in. This Easter, April 21, Illinois Beach Hotel invites you and your family to join us for our Easter Champagne Brunch and Egg Hunts.... Read more

  • Experience One of the Best St. Patty’s Day Celebrations

    March 04, 2019

    Anyone near Chicago on March 17th weekend would be remiss if they didn’t take a trip downtown to experience the way Chicagoans like to celebrate the luckiest day (or should... Read more

  • Take a Romantic Dip Together This Valentine’s Day

    February 04, 2019

    February may not be the time to take a dip in the scenic Michigan Lake, but it sure makes a good time to take a therapeutic bath. Just an hour... Read more

  • Take The Family to See Disney on Ice

    January 01, 2019

    Get ready to “Ooo”, “Ahhh” and sing-along with Disney’s newest ice show. From January 24th to the 27th, Disney on Ice is coming to Rosemont, IL—45 minutes south of our... Read more

  • Make the Holiday Season Whatever you Desire this December!

    December 03, 2018

    The beauty of a stay with us comes down to location. As the only shorefront resort on Lake Michigan, the Illinois Beach Hotel offers unparalleled access to the area’s natural amenities and still manages to be within a forty-minute drive of two major U.S. cities. ... Read more

  • Enjoy the Local Art Culture of Waukegan

    November 05, 2018

    If you’re looking to explore the local art scene just north of Chicago, look no further than Waukegan’s ArtWauk.... Read more

  • The Genesee: Gem of Waukegan

    October 01, 2018

    A sparkling jewel of Waukegan, the historic Genesee Theatre opened on Christmas day in 1927 as a movie palace and vaudeville venue, and today plays host to a variety of stellar live performers.... Read more

  • The Jelly Belly Distribution Center: Great for Kids and Kids-at-Heart

    September 03, 2018

    Like millions of other folks across the nation, we at the Illinois Beach Hotel couldn’t get enough candy growing up.... Read more

  • Journey to the Edge of Escape

    August 06, 2018

    If you’re from the Chicagoland area, odds are you’ve almost certainly heard of the Dungeon of Doom, located right here in Zion and continually rated as the number 1 haunted house by reviewers across DoD’s more than two decades of scares.... Read more

  • Enjoy Live Music at the Concerts in the Park Series

    July 02, 2018

    There’s nothing like a summer evening spent in the park with friends and family. In the month of July, you can grab some picnic blankets, lawn chairs and your favorite snacks to do just that at the Zion Park’s Concerts in the Park series.... Read more

  • Celebrate Dad At Our Annual Father's Day Beer Brunch

    June 04, 2018

    This Father’s Day, we’re happy to announce we’ll be honoring all of the dads out there with our annual Father’s Day Beer Brunch right here at our very own resort.... Read more

  • Unwind at the Natural Balance Spa

    May 03, 2018

    We know the real reason you chose our beachside resort: for the spa. And with high-quality massages that utilize 100% therapeutic-grade essential oils and stones, we don’t blame you for being so spa-smitten.... Read more

  • Celebrate the Season Opening of Six Flags

    April 02, 2018

    It’s springtime at Illinois Beach—even if our weather apps say otherwise—which means one thing for the daredevils of the bunch: it’s time for the Six Flags Great America season opening!... Read more

  • An Afternoon on the Green

    March 05, 2018

    Set up the tee and take to the green at one of the beautiful golf courses just a short distance away from our beach resort.... Read more

  • The Perfect Picnic Day at Illinois Beach State Park

    February 01, 2018

    Plan the perfect lazy day with a visit to the nearby Illinois Beach State Park. With over six miles of land stretching along the shimmering shore of Lake Michigan, the state park is a relaxing, picnic afternoon waiting for you.... Read more

  • Catching Your Own Fresh Dinner

    January 01, 2018

    Make your vacation truly unique by casting a line, catching a fish, and bringing it back to our Lakeside restaurant, where we will prepare it perfectly for you to enjoy.... Read more