What is Lake County Life? Well, it’s all of the things that make Lake County, Illinois special. It’s our natural beauty, our schools and businesses, the active and healthy people who live, work, and play here, and so much more. Check out our video and some fast facts about life in Lake County, and then connect with our partners to learn more.

Family Fun & Things to Do!

Shop Gurnee Mills, Hawthorn Mall, or visit our unique downtowns and shop our many charming and quaint businesses, including historic Long Grove. 

classic car

Check out the largest Hollywood car collection in the world at the Volo Auto Museum. 

Enjoy arts and entertainment 
including outdoor music at Ravinia, art galleries, and theaters.

Go to a community festival, farmers market or local winery. Our calendar is full of great events. 

Find thrills at Six Flags Great America & Great Wolf Lodge! 

Swim, fish, waterski, canoe, paddleboard, kayak, and sail on over 200 lakes and 40 miles of Lake Michigan lakefront.

Bike, hike, and cross-country ski on 202 miles of forest preserve trails.


Pet the animals and take a train ride at Lambs Farm.


Take in history and education at the Great Lakes Naval Museum. 

Enjoy our 46 (public and private) golf courses.

Location. Location. Location.



On four Metra Commuter rail lines and 32 train stations



Less than 15 miles from O'Hare International Airport and 40 miles from General Mitchell International


  • Lake Michigan
  • Fox River
  • Chain O'Lakes

We're Active & Healthy!

Out of 102 counties in Illinois, Lake County is ranked #3 for PHYSICAL ACTIVITY, #4 for access to places to be ACTIVE and HEALTHY, and #6 for HEALTH OUTCOMES (measured by length of life and quality of life).


Miles of Trails and Bikeways


Acres of Forest Preserve Land


State Parks




Swimming Pools


Local Parks


Lakes & Rivers

Strong Economy, Excellent Schools & Educated Workforce!

89% of residents 25+ have graduated high school

Median Income: $79,886

43% of residents have a bachelor's degree or higher (#3 in Illinois and 13% above national average)

2 of Illinois' top 10 school districts are here

30,000+ Businesses

12 Fortune 500 Companies

There are numerous higher education and advanced professional development opportunities, including the University Center (which partners with 20 institutions), Lake Forest College, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, College of Lake County, Trinity International University and more! We are also home to Naval Station Great Lakes - the Navy's largest training facility.

We Manage & Invest Wisely.

The three countywide government agencies (Lake County, Lake County Forest Preserves and College of Lake County) have "TRIPLE A" BOND RATING- the HIGHEST possible.

Leaders work together to improve our future by advancing solutions on regional issues like transportation, economic development and sustainability. 

Lake County is INVESTING $550 million toward our transportation infrastructure over the next 6 years. 

Lake County Life Partners

Lake County leaders and community partners collaborated on Lake County Life to highlight what makes Lake County special. We know this just scratches the surface, so be sure to connect with our partners to take advantage of all Lake County has to offer!   

Lake County government is committed to promoting and sustaining a safe, healthy, vibrant and environmentally responsible county. We are delivering on all the things that make us a great place to live, work and do business by investing in roads and infrastructure, preserving open space, and promoting economic development. The county board works collaboratively to ensure residents receive high quality, fiscally responsible services in many areas, including the courts, sheriff’s office, elections, health services, transportation, and more.  Lake County also focuses on strategies to attract and retain businesses, as well as grow and strengthen our workforce.  To learn more about Lake County, visit www.lakecountyil.gov.

Your Lake County Forest Preserves offer endless opportunities for year-round outdoor recreation, nature exploration and relaxation. Today we protect nearly 31,000 acres and are the second largest Forest Preserve District in Illinois. Our preserves across Lake County boast award-winning facilities, miles of trails and acres of open spaces for visitors of all ages to enjoy. Check out www.lcfpd.org to learn more.

Lake County Partners transforms economic opportunities into business realities by facilitating public/private collaboration to improve the business climate in the region. We focus on attracting, retaining and expanding businesses; advocating for infrastructure improvements; and spearheading initiatives that bolster business success. As a result, Lake County maintains and continues to improve its appeal as a great place to live and work. Visit www.lakecountypartners.com to learn more.

Access information and connect with various health services that include preventative care, behavioral health, environmental health, maternal and child health services, healthy living programs, animal control, and more. Visit the Health Department's website to learn more. 

Stormwater Management Commission coordinates the stormwater activities of over 80 local jurisdictions to improve water quality, reduce flood damages, and restore and enhance the natural drainage system. Visit SMC's website to learn more. 

Whether you're planning a family vacation or a couple's getaway weekend, we are here to help. Check out our website for things to do, including our calendar of events, and plan your trip by finding local accommodations, specials offers and coupons. Let the ride take you to adventure, excitement and great memories by visiting www.visitlakecounty.org.