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Lake County, Illinois

Unique Entertainment in Lake County, Illinois

By Heike Bachmann

Have you done lots of sightseeing and gotten your fill of culture in Chicago, and now you’re in the mood for a change of pace? Head north to Illinois’ wonderful Lake County region, where I found amazing shopping opportunities and a one-of-a-kind auto museum.

Great Shopping and Entertainment at Gurnee Mills

I loved shopping in Lake County because it’s here I found the largest outlet and value-shopping center in Illinois – Gurnee Mills. There are nearly 200 retailers in one spot, from Hollister and Nike to Sports Authority and Gap. And it gets even better: Much of Gurnee Mills is an outlet mall, where you can find outlet versions of high-end stores such as Saks Fifth and Neiman Marcus. However, I highly recommend you check out their newly added full-priced, high fashion shopping wing where flagship store Macy’s features the latest fashion trends in a classy ambience.

The fun at Gurnee Mills doesn’t end with shopping. Bring the family to Rink Side Sports and Entertainment Center, housed inside the mall. There’s an ice rink for hockey and ice skating, and a family fun center, which includes laser tag and a miniature golf course.

In addition, the food choices at Gurnee Mills are diverse, and you can finish off the day by catching a movie at the 20-screen complex.

Stars and Their Cars at the Volo Auto Museum

If you love great cars, you’ll want to take a trip to see the beauties at Lake County’s Volo Auto Museum. More than 300 models of classic, antique and Hollywood cars are beautifully presented on 14 acres of charming countryside. There are cars everywhere you look. Plan to spend a day at Volo, especially since lunch is served at the fabulous Betty Boop-themed diner. From Elvis’ car to the Blues Brothers Bluesmobile and the authentic Dark Knight Joker semi-truck driven by the late Heath Ledger, you’ll find photo ops like nowhere else at the Volo Auto Museum.

Beyond the great shopping and car culture, I found so many unique things to do in Lake County! Other must-visit family favourites include Six Flags Great America, offering incredible rides for all ages, and KeyLime Cover Indoor Waterpark Resort for year-round fun.

For more information, please visit us:

Lake County, Illinois Convention & Visitors Bureau

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