Fall Fun Guide & Events

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Visit Lake County

Lake County has 170 rivers and lakes as well as 30,000 acres of forest preserves to explore. Home to the Genesee Theatre, Ravinia and Lincolnshire Marriot, Lake County also offers live entertainment. Whether it’s soaring down the tallest peak of your favorite roller coaster at Six Flags or strolling along the sandy shores of Lake Michigan at Illinois State Beach in Zion — wherever the destination, let the ride take you to Lake County.

Located along the Chain O’Lakes, Antioch is your link to old-world charm with modern conveniences. The city offers 56 days of free and fun activities. Celebrate a cornucopia of events with the OctoberFest and Halloween Howl. Get lost in the world’s largest corn maze at nearby Richardson Farm. This year’s theme is The Beatles.

Enjoy autumn favorites in Deerfield at its Halloween Hoopla celebration from Oct. 25-26. Explore the Briarwood Nature Area, and feast on the beautiful fall colors of Deerfield’s natural spaces. Shop the farmers market for the season’s freshest foods.

The largest in the region, Grayslake’s farmers market is your only stop for this fall’s greatest recipes. Artisan bakers offer handcrafted hearty breads and freshly baked goods to add to your Thanksgiving table (downtown on Wednesdays from 3-7 p.m.). Stay warm this fall at the annual Bourbon Fest on Sept. 13 and Rib Throwdown on Sept. 15.

Fall into the spirit at Gurnee. Shop the new Macy’s at Gurnee Mills for a new fall jacket, and explore the newest additions. Get scared silly at Six Flags’ Fright Fest, and enjoy hair-raising shows and haunted houses. Enjoy fall festivals, ghost walks and more.

Lake Forest:
Experience the 2013 BMW Golf Championship at Conway Farms from Sept. 9-15. Watch as PGA’s top golfers, including Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, swing to win. Dine in any of Lake Forest’s fine restaurants or get away from it all at the 29-acre Forest Park Beach along beautiful Lake Michigan.

Lake Zurich:
Take a relaxing stroll along Lake Zurich’s lakefront path, which is the ideal setting for a fall walk. Enjoy a picnic on the sandy beach of Henry J. Paulus Park, and catch an outdoor concert on the stage. Spend these late summer days fishing off the shores of the beautiful Lake Zurich in the downtown area.

Stop in any one of downtown Libertyville’s 100 shops, restaurants and pubs for a unique dining experience. Enjoy walking along MainStreet as turn-of-the-century buildings set the mood in this picture-perfect city that offers autumn fun for everyone.

Didier Farms Pumpkin Fest from Sept. 21 – Oct. 31 is the ultimate fall festival. This month-long celebration includes rides, classic fall foods, a petting zoo, and, of course, a pumpkin patch. Bring the whole family, and pick out your Jack-O-Lantern inspirations.

Long Grove:
Wander through the covered bridges and the cobblestone walks of downtown Long Grove this autumn. Enjoy apple-inspired treats at the annual Apple Fest with a fun-filled weekend of live entertainment and fun for parents and kids alike. Home to more than 80 specialty shops, numerous art galleries and an Oktoberfest celebration, Long Grove is a fall must.

Vernon Hills:
Explore the hundreds of shops at Westfield Hawthorn mall this season. The Cuneo Mansion and Gardens offers everything from an escape into nature or see an exhibition of period style clothing that runs through September.

One of the oldest communities in Illinois, Waukegan’s historic downtown is unmatched. Charter a boat for a fall fishing excursion, see live entertainment at the famed Genesee Theatre or enjoy ArtWauk on the third Saturday of every month.

Cruise along six miles of Lake Michigan beaches with the Classic Car shows at Illinois State Beach in Zion. More than just cars, this event has food and live music from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. Visit every Wednesday evening at 5 p.m. through Sept. 25. This Labor Day weekend is the 65th Annual Jubilee Days Festival, which has been a Lake County tradition offering many activities throughout the weekend.