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Chain o’ Lakes State Park

Located in the heart of Illinois’ largest concentration of natural lakes, Chain O’Lakes State Park is a water-oriented recreation area with outstanding opportunities for boaters, anglers and skiers.

The park borders three natural lakes – Grass, Marie and Nippersink – and the Fox River that connects the other seven lakes (Bluff, Fox, Pistakee, Channel, Petite, Catherine and Redhead) that make up the Chain. In addition, the park contains a 44-acre lake within its boundaries. With nearly 6,500 acres of water and 488 miles of shoreline, Chain O’Lakes State Park is the heart of a water wonderland.

Chain O’Lakes State Park, located in northeast Illinois in both McHenry and Lake counties, became a state park in 1945 when the State of Illinois made an initial purchase of 840 acres. In the 1930s, a Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camp became the Chain O’Lakes Conservation Area, and was incorporated into the state park in 1957.

The park features seven picnic areas and four trail systems. The Nature’s Way hiking trail starts at Oak Grove Picnic Area and is 2 1/4 miles in length. The Pike Marsh North Picnic Area has an accessible trail that a quarter-mile long. The park also contains 8 miles of equestrian trail and a 6 miles biking/hiking trail.

Camping is popular at Chain O’Lakes, with more than 230 campsites, three cabins, and a youth group camp. Camping reservations are accepted at

Fishing is popular in the Chain O’Lakes, featuring bluegill, largemouth bass, walleye, crappie, muskie, northern pike, bullhead, catfish and yellow and white bass -​ as are seasonal hunting programs for dove, waterfowl, archery deer and permit pheasant hunting.

Dove, waterfowl, archery deer and permit pheasant hunting are available at the park. Hunting fact sheets, containing all hunting regulations, are available at the park office. All hunting is by registration only.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Comfort Suites Grayslake

The Comfort Suites® hotel is the only hotel in Grayslake and is minutes from the business centers of Gurnee, Libertyville, Round Lake and Mundelein. Nearby corporate facilities include Motorola, Baxter International Inc., Abbott Laboratories and Cardinal Health. The Recruit Training Command at Naval Station Great Lakes on Lake Michigan is only about 10 miles away. This Grayslake, IL hotel is less than six miles from Six Flags Great America theme park and Gurnee Mills shopping mall.

Esper A. Petersen Foundation Family Aquatic Center

Located in the heart of Grayslake, the Grayslake Aquatic Center sits nestled on five and a half acres conveniently located near IL Route 83, making it easily accessible in minutes from surrounding communities such as Round Lake, Round Lake Beach, Round Lake Park, Hainesville, Volo, Gages Lake, Wildwood, Lindenhurst, Lake Villa and Gurnee. 

Gurnee Mills Mall

Gurnee Mills, the largest outlet and value retail shopping destination in Illinois, provides the ultimate shopping experience with more than 200 stores including Neiman Marcus Last Call (the only one in Illinois), Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, Forever 21, H&M, Guess Factory Store, Tommy Hilfiger Company Store, Abercrombie & Fitch Outlet, Hollister Outlet, Gap Outlet, Nike Factory Store and Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World.

Lake County Convention & Visitors Bureau

Lake County, Illinois is the perfect place to kick-off your summer vacation, with fantastic summer events for everyone. Six Flags Great America is open daily for the season, and features 14 heart-pounding coasters including the Little Dipper. Ravinia Festival is the oldest outdoor music festival in North America and provides world-class entertainment in a natural environment. Lake County offers plenty of value and free fun activities the whole family will enjoy.

Round Lake Area Park District Aquatic Center and Nature Museum

Since 1992, the Aquatics Center and Nature Museum building has been home to some of our most diverse programs.  Whether you enjoy swimming, or learning about nature preservation, this facility has something for everyone.

Six Flags Great America – Theme Park

Rollercoasters, food, and fun!  Conveniently located between Chicago and Milwaukee, Six Flags Great America is just a short drive from many areas.

Volo Auto Museum 

The Volo Auto Museum was established in 1960 by the Grams Family.  The Museum is an automobile museum and collector car dealer in the Chicago suburb of Volo, Illinois.  It is the home to over 33 exhibits and display attractions.  While most of the exhibits are auto related, we made sure to include something for everyone in the family.




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