Put on your water shoes, grab your favorite beach towel, and head to the beach this summer! Find the perfect patch of sand at the numerous area beaches. Overlooking beautiful Lake Michigan is the Waukegan Municipal Beach, featuring a mile of sand that is groomed daily, some natural sand dunes, and with lifeguards on duty from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., you can rest assured that you and your kids will be kept safe.  Besides sunbathing, swimming, picnicking and sand volleyball, kite boarding and surfing are also some favorites for this hot spot! On a clear day, be sure to look for the Chicago Skyline off in the distance!  Enjoy weekly concerts during the summer season at the band shelter, and let your stress drift away with each wave.



Name/Description City

Bangs Lake Beach & Marina

Bangs Lake is a natural glacial lake located in northeastern Lake County and is considered a popular destination for family recreation in the Chicagoland area.… Read More


Chain O’Lakes State Park

PUBLIC BOAT LAUNCH - NO FEE! For further boating information, click HERE Located in the heart of Illinois' largest concentration of natural lakes, Chain O'… Read More

Spring Grove

Diamond Lake Beach & Recreation Center

*For best use of the website, please click the 'Diamond Lake Beach' link under the 'Swim/Aquatics' tab* Diamond Lake Recreation Center is 100 acres. It… Read More


Dolphin Harbor

Dolphin Harbor in Old Mill Creek offers boaters and campers an ideal location, right on the edge of Grass Lake.  With seasonal rates for… Read More


Fish Lake Beach

This campground has been family owned and operated since 1939. This is a great place to spend some quality family time or just to get away… Read More


Illinois Beach State Park

Illinois Beach State Park is located along the shores of Lake Michigan from Waukegan to the Wisconsin state line. The park offers a campground, full… Read More


Independence Grove Forest Preserve

This scenic 1,135-acre preserve offers a wide range of outdoor recreation and education opportunities centered around a 115-acre lake reclaimed from a gravel quarry. Visitors… Read More


Jones Island Community Park

This park offers 5 acres of fun located on Grays Lake. Activities include a swimming beach, fishing, picnic shelter, ice skating, playground, ramp for boat launching… Read More


Lake County Forest Preserves

We currently manage more than 29,200 acres of land and offer innovative educational, recreational and cultural opportunities for all ages. Visitors enjoy more than 154 miles of… Read More


Lake Minear Beach

Lake Minear Beach is Lake County's premier member-supported 72-acre beach with swimming in the summer, year-round fishing, and a schedule of fun events for… Read More


Lakefront Park of Round Lake Beach

A beautiful park that is open to the residents and the public. Ancient oak trees line the shore and the park. A great place to… Read More

Round Lake Beach

Openlands Lakeshore Preserve

The Openlands Lakeshore Preserve presents a rare opportunity to visit one of the last remaining ravine and bluff ecosystems in the Chicago region. The 77-acre… Read More

Highland Park

Paulus Park

A popular visitors destination, as well as a favorite gathering spot for local residents featuring a picnic area, playgrounds, beach, athletic field, concert stage and… Read More

Lake Zurich

Pedersen Marine Inc.

PUBLIC BOAT LAUNCH - $20 LAUNCH FEE Pedersen Marina is a family owned marina that offers 80 Boat Slips free of wave action even in a storm,… Read More


Spring Lake Marina & Campground

PUBLIC BOAT LAUNCH! $20 LAUNCH FEE (NO PARKING ON WEEKENDS) Situated on over 8 acres of land, they are conveniently located off of Grass Lake, only 1/4 mile… Read More


Spring Lake Park

Spring Lake Park is the "heart of Lincolnshire". This park is now a beautiful lake with shallow area for small children and slide… Read More


Sunrise Beach

Sunrise Beach offers two guarded swimming beaches, play equipment, two shelters with fireplaces, charcoal grills, restroom facilities, complimentary games, complimentary beach chairs and Kayak rental.… Read More

Lake Bluff

Turtle Beach Marina

Turtle Beach Marina has the largest beach on the Chain, perfect for sunbathing, volleyball and Jet Ski parking. A children's playground, 4 cute cottages, 55 boat… Read More


Waukegan Municipal Beach

Waukegan Municipal Beach is easily accessible by car, train, plane, bicycle or boat and is open daily from 6:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Our 400-acre… Read More