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Brunswick Zone Hawthorn
316 Center Dr., Vernon Hills
(847) 367-1600 |

Go bowling for fun, birthday parties, group events and leagues at two local lanes – Brunswick Zone Hawthorn in Vernon Hills and Lakeside Lanes in Mundelein. Brunswick Zone Hawthorn has 40 lanes and offers bowling, billiards, an arcade, a full bar and food/beverage service. The family-friendly venue also can accommodate birthday parties and other special events.

Cuneo Mansion and Gardens’ Pavilion
1350 N. Milwaukee Ave., Vernon Hills
(847) 362-3042 |

Attend a corporate event or hold a wedding reception at the historic Cuneo Mansion and Gardens’ pavilion. The mansion is currently undergoing a renovation so tours have been indefinitely suspended.

Cuneo Mansion and Gardens, completed in 1918, was the home of Samuel Insull, an original founder of the General Electric Company. It was designed by Chicago architect Benjamin Marshall in the Italianate style.

Its gardens and landscaping were designed by world-renowned landscape architect Jens Jensen. In 1937, John Cuneo Sr., owner of the Hawthorn Mellody Farms Dairy, the National Tea Company, and the Cuneo Press, bought the home. It opened to the public as the Cuneo Museum and Gardens in 1991 and houses the Cuneo family collection of fine antiques, paintings by world-famous artists, tapestries, sculptures, silver and porcelain.

Dave & Buster’s
424 Hawthorn Center, Vernon Hills
(847) 549-2118|

Eat. Drink. Play. Watch Sports. Check out the 40,000-square-foot Dave & Buster’s game arcade, sports bar and sports lounge, located next to Sears, inside the Westfield Hawthorn Mall in Vernon Hills. It features over 150 arcade games, as well as a traditional sports bar with 21 big screen televisions playing every sport from baseball to golf to football to every premier boxing match. Dave & Buster’s has become a favorite with the after-work crowd since the new hot spot opened in March 2014. There is also a sports lounge featuring three 180-inch televisions and six more 70-inch televisions, as well as a full dining room, according to Phil Shabat, general manager.

The million-dollar midway feature the very latest in arcade technology: Flight simulators, app to arcade games like Fruit Ninja & Candy Crush, skee-ball, trivia, air hockey and traditional favorites like Pac-man & Time Crisis. The Winner’s Circle redemption store has hundreds of great prizes to take home!

There is also plenty of room for private events ranging from small birthday parties to corporate events for up to 1,500.

203 N. Genesee Street, Waukegan
(847) 406-3146 |

See a live show at Genesee Theatre, an historic and elegant musical hall and movie palace that now hosts a variety of shows, concerts & local events.

Glacier Ice Arena
670 Lakeview Parkway, Vernon Hills
(847) 362-1222 |

Skating is one of the world’s greatest sports! Skating at the Glacier is fun, challenging and rewarding, and a sport for everyone. Glacier Ice Arena, a local facility offers ice hockey and figure skating programs, travel hockey, house hockey, tot hockey, special events, parties, public skate and a pro shop. There are skate classes for all ages and levels, and much more. Glacier has two full-size NHL ice surfaces that each have spectator seating. Whether your goal is to aim for the Olympics, learn to skate or just have fun on the ice, skating is a sport than can last a lifetime!

Improv Playhouse Theater
735 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville
116 Lake St., Libertyville
847-968-4529 |

Catch a live performance, take a class, do team building or have a party at the Improv Playhouse Theater. This is the most comprehensive performing arts and comedy training center in Lake County. For 15 years, the staff has instructed budding stars in the arts of improvisation and stand-up comedy. It is also the place to enjoy improv, live theater and stand up comedy with your co-workers, friends and family.

KeyLime Cove Indoor Waterpark Resort
1700 Nations Dr., Gurnee
(844) 707-5699 |

Book your splash-tacular tropical getaway at KeyLime Cove! You’ll love the island-inspired guest rooms that include admission to the 65,000-square-foot Lost Paradise Indoor Waterpark.

An abundance of fun is found around every corner, with massive arcade, signature restaurants, entertainment for the whole family, and unique shops. Visit the rejuvenating spa service at the on-site Paradise Mist Spa, or the kids’ spa for guests ages 4-12. Reserve your next event in 6,000 square feet of customizable banquet and meeting space. See you soon in paradise!

Kristof’s Entertainment Center
421 W Rollins Rd., Round Lake Beach, IL 60073
(847) 546-2512 |

Gather up the family! Kristof’s Entertainment Center is an all-in-one family destination and there is always so much to do. Features include a high-tech bowling alley, the latest in Arcade Games, a Miniature Golf Course, Batting Cages, Go-Karts and more! A full restaurant features delicious handmade pizza, burgers, and more – all available for dine-in or carry-out. It’s the perfect destination for birthday parties, group outings, camp and school trips, and celebrations of every kind. Kristof’s bar has plenty of space for adults to have fun too! Pool Tables, Darts, Video Gaming and of course, Drinks, Kristof’s is the area’s best place to hang out, share good times and memories.

Lake County Fair
1060 E. Peterson Rd., Grayslake
(847) 680-7200 |

Come make new history and memories at the Lake County Fair! The Lake County Fair takes place each July at the Fairgrounds. The 88th annual Lake County Fair is scheduled for July 27-31, 2016.

The rich history of the Lake County Fair actually dates back over 150 years. Its traditions and community involvement have made memories and great moments for visitors, year after year, generation after generation. The first Lake County Fair was hosted by the Lake County Agricultural Society in 1851 in Antioch. In the years since, the fair has adopted a variety of names and has been hosted in townships throughout the county. In 1954 the Fair settled down in Grayslake, although it has been held in different locations within that community.

In 1928 the official “Lake County Fair Association” was formed and in the following years they added various livestock shows and exhibits. While it was then, and still remains, an agricultural fair, over time many new exhibits, attractions and events have been added to educate and enrich the Lake County community including arts and crafts, industrial and agriculture innovation, homemaking, and culinary arts. Motor sports, live entertainment and a carnival also make for a great family experience.

In addition to the fair, the Lake County Fairgrounds hosts a variety of events throughout the year, from antique shows to flea markets, expos, sports competitions and weddings, and has been a gathering place for many years.

Lake County Forest Preserves

Fish, swim, canoe, bike, skate or take a hike through the scenic Lake County Forest Preserves, particularly those in the GLMV. The Independence Grove Forest Preserve in Libertyville, for instance, offers outdoor recreation and education opportunities centered on a 115-acre lake. Surrounding prairie and woodlands provide a picturesque backdrop for fun activities from 6:30 a.m. to sunset, daily.

Rent a canoe, kayak, stand up paddleboard, foot-and-hand-powered paddle boats, fishing boat, comfort bike, surrey bicycle or adaptive trikes. Helmets and flotation gear is provided.

The swimming beach offers 400 feet of sand along the lake’s South Bay. Lifeguards are on duty when the beach is open. An entrance fee is charged.

Sensory-rich play environment, located adjacent to the Visitors Center with state-of-the-art handicap-adaptable play equipment and wide-paved pathways makes access comfortable and enjoyable for all visitors.

Catch-and-release fishing (mandatory) is encouraged in a rich aquatic ecosystem with gently graded slopes and underwater islands. Anglers are encouraged to use barb-less, non-stainless steel hooks. State fishing licenses are required. The preserve also offers roughly 6.25 miles of trails, some paved and others made of crushed granite.

Other forest preserves located in the GLMV Chamber area include: The Adlai E. Stevenson II Historic Home, Old School Forest Preserve, MacArthur Woods Forest Preserve, Ray Lake Forest Preserve, Half Day Forest Preserve and two canoe launches – Oak Spring Road and Route 60, plus a large section of the Des Plaines River Trail. Other nearby special facilities include four golf courses and the Lake County Discovery Museum. For more information, check out

Lakeside Lanes
900 S. Lake St., Mundelein
(847) 949-5700 |

Make your next event a bowling blast at Lakeside Lanes! Lakeside Lanes, a family recreation center, is similarly equipped with bowling, billiards, arcade games, full-service bar and the 1950s-themed Dockside Diner restaurant. It has 32 lanes, pro shop, video slot machines, and offers cosmic bowling from 10:30 p.m. to close on Fridays and Saturdays. Leagues, birthday parties, corporate events, tournaments, and fund-raisers are welcome.

Lambs Farm
14245 W. Rockland Rd., Libertyville
(847) 362-4636 |

Since 1961 Lambs Farm has been helping people with developmental disabilities lead productive, happy lives, and connect with the human spirit in us all. Lambs Farm is a place to have a good time. It is also a place where people live and where people work … people with developmental disabilities.

Visit the Dogwood Garden & Pet Center, Farmyard & Attractions, Cedar Chest Thrift Shop, Magnolia Café and Bakery, Visitors Center and the Sugar Maple Country Store at Lambs Farm. The Country Store sells homemade jams, chocolates, cookies, fudge and more. Special events include Train Day, Bunny Brunch, an Antiques Appraisal Breakfast, Champion Car Show, Fun & Fit Family Day 5K Run/2-Mile Walk, Spring and Fall Community Tent Sales, Barn Burner BBQ, Breakfast with Santa and more.

Guests can visit the Farmyard and enter the petting zoo, take a ride on the miniature train, play a round of mini golf and soar high in the bounce house.

Party Fantasy
342 Townline Rd., Mundelein
(847) 837-0010 |

Plan your next party at Party Fantasy! Experience the fun with drop-in play, party rooms, inflatables, a rock-climbing wall, café, arcades, dance floor, go-carts and outdoor racetrack. This 35,000-square-foot facility has attractions for all ages, from toddlers to teens, and adults can relax on comfortable leather couches. With its Fantasy Café on-site, it is the perfect location for birthday parties, fund-raisers, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, Sweet 16 parties, school events and field trips.

285 Center Dr., Vernon Hills
(847) 918-0800 |

Whirl right in for a wild time at WhirlyBall and discover fun and excitement as you play bumper cars as a team sport.

WhirlyBall is a sport that combines lacrosse, hockey, basketball and souped-up bumper cars in a game of skill and chance.

If that’s not enough, add a climbing wall, state-of-the-art laser tag, great food, a fully-loaded sports bar, video games, foosball, pool, and a broad range of customizable catering options from simple to elegant and you’ve got more fun than should be allowed.

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