Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Area Jaunts: Guide to Lake County, Illinois

Lake County, Illinois is due north of the conference hotel. It is the northeasternmost county in Illinois. Lake County is bordered by Wisconsin on the north, Lake Michigan on the east, McHenry County on the west, and Cook County on the south. A nice blend of forest preserves, parks, cities, villages, and farm fields make Lake County a bit less intimidating than a large city. Home to many recreation destinations, it is worth a visit if you have the time.
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The Lake County Discovery Museum
The Lake County Discovery Museum is one of the ten most popular destination spots in Lake County. This nationally accredited, award-winning museum provides a fun, well-rounded experience. View the world's largest collection of picture postcards, take a stroll through the Mall of History, or take a ride through time in the Vortex Roller Coaster Theater. Hands-on interactive exhibits introduce the history of Lake County in a fun learning environment. The Museum also displays the nation’s largest permanent exhibition on the history and significance of postcards.

In addition to the museum, the Curt Teich Postcard Archives and the Lake County History Archives are located here. These archives are great sources of historical images and Gallery hours are Monday - Saturday, 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and Sunday, 1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults and $2.50 for youth ages four to 17, and free for children three years and under. On Discount Tuesdays, admission is $3 for adults, free for ages 17 and under. Parking is free.

The Museum is located at 27277 Forest Preserve Drive, Wauconda, IL 60084

Directions from the Hyatt Regency O’Hare: Take I-294/94 north to Illinois Route 176. Take Route 176 west. The museum is located at Lakewood Forest Preserve, on Route 176 near Fairfield Road. Distance from O'Hare Airport: 30 miles.

Two special exhibits will be running during the NGS conference:

Native American Art: Designs for Life
View over 100 pieces from the permanent Native American collection of the Lake County Discovery Museum. This is the first time these objects have been on public display together. This collection contains exquisite examples of the skill and artistry used by Native Americans as they produced objects that were designed for everyday life. Exhibit runs through August 20.

Tied to the Past IV: The Art of Dennis Downes
This exhibition of work by internationally-celebrated Lake County artist Dennis M. Downes includes research paintings depicting bead patterns and symbols used by Great Lakes Native Americans. Also featured are landscape paintings created while on location in the northern and western United States and abroad. Exhibit runs through June 29.

Cuneo Museum and Gardens
The Cuneo Museum & Gardens is an historic mansion dating from 1914, nestled on 75 acres of vistas and formal gardens. The Italianate architecture is the work of architect Benjamin Marshall, who was commissioned by Samuel Insull to create a summer villa. Owned by the Cuneo family from 1937-1990, the museum is now open for public tours by the Cuneo Foundation. Theatre productions, art fairs and other special events are held here as well.

The Cuneo Museum is located at 1350 North Milwaukee Avenue, Vernon Hills, IL 60061.

Directions from the Hyatt Regency O’Hare: Take I-294/94 north to Illinois Route 60 (Townline Road). Go west on Route 60 to Milwaukee Avenue. Turn right (north). Museum is on the left. Distance from O'Hare Airport: 24 miles

The Volo Auto Museum and Antique Malls
The Volo Auto Museum and Antique Malls is a 30-acre site which contains five showrooms with over 300 collectible and Hollywood cars; four large antique malls with 350 dealers displaying their unique finds; and the Mercantile Mall housing a broad array of gifts and the largest selection of die-cast automobiles in the Midwest.
The Volo Auto Museum is located at 27582 West Volo Village Road, Volo, IL 60073.

Directions from the Hyatt Regency O’Hare: Take I-294/94 north to Illinois Route 120. Go 13 miles west to Volo.

Family Entertainment

Six Flags Great America
Six Flags Great America is a world-class family entertainment destination featuring thrilling rides, spectacular shows and exciting attractions. In all, the park has 13 roller coasters with nearly seven miles of thrilling roller coaster track! In addition to the park's thrill rides are many family attractions including the Columbia Carousel, Great America Raceway and Looney Tunes National Park. Adjoining Six Flags amusement park is Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Water Park, the Midwest’s newest themed outdoor water park. Hurricane Harbor is a Caribbean paradise boasting hundreds of water activities and hours of fun for all ages.

Six Flags Great America is located at Grand Avenue and the Tri-State Tollway in Gurnee, Illinois.

Directions from the Hyatt Regency O’Hare: Take I-294/94 north. Exit at Grand Ave. (Rt. 132) East. Six Flags is located immediately on the right.

CityPark is Lincolnshire's place for dining, shopping and entertainment. Enjoy unique boutiques, the 20-theatre Regal Cinema & IMax, glow-in-the-dark miniature golf, ceramic painting, outdoor summer concerts and a variety of restaurants.

CityPark is located at 250 Parkway Drive, Lincolnshire, IL 60069.

Directions from the Hyatt Regency O’Hare: Take I-294/94 north to Deerfield Road. Take Deerfield Road west to Milwaukee Avenue. Go right (north) on Milwaukee Avenue. CityPark is located on the corner of Milwaukee Avenue and Aptakisic Road, one half mile south of Route 22 and one half mile north of Deerfield Road. Distance from O'Hare Airport: 13 miles

Lambs Farm
Located in Libertyville, Illinois, Lambs Farm is a place that, most importantly, empowers more than 250 people with developmental disabilities to lead personally fulfilling lives. Lambs Farm is also a place where people gather to enjoy the many shops, attractions, and entertainment events. Lambs Farm businesses include the Farmyard, Pet Shop, Country Inn Restaurant, Thrift Shop, and Country Store & Bakery, which benefit programs for people with developmental disabilities.

Lambs Farm is located at 14245 W. Rockland Road, Libertyville, IL 60048.

Directions from the Hyatt Regency O’Hare: Take I-294/94 north to Route 176. Lambs Farm’s entrance is directly across from the exit ramp. Distance from O'Hare Airport: 24 miles.


Marriott Theatre
The award-winning Marriott Theatre has built a national reputation for its musical productions, including classics, seldom done, new works and premiere productions. Performances are Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays at 8:00 p.m., Saturdays at 5:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., and Sundays at 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. The musical State Fair is running through June 25.

The Marriott Theatre is located at 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire, IL 60069.

Directions from the Hyatt Regency O’Hare: Take I-294/94 north to Illinois Route 22 (Half Day Road). Go west on Route 22 to Milwaukee Avenue. Turn left onto Milwaukee Avenue, and then left onto Marriott Drive. The theatre is part of Marriott's Lincolnshire Resort. Distance from O'Hare Airport: 25 miles.

The Genesee Theatre
The Genesee Theatre is Lake County's newest venue for live entertainment. This lovingly restored theatre once hosted Jack Benny (in his home town) and vaudeville shows. The Genesee boasts Broadway shows, musical acts, comedians and more. For more information please visit our website call our Box Office at 847-263-6300 for show times and availability. Box Office open 12:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

The Genesee Theatre is located at 203 N. Genesee Street, Waukegan, IL 60085.

Directions from the Hyatt Regency O’Hare: Take I-294/94 north to the Belvidere Road East Exit. Continue East on Belvidere towards downtown Waukegan. Turn Left on Genesee Street, and continue north to 203 N. Genesee Street. Distance from O'Hare Airport: 34 miles

Enjoy your visit to Lake County!


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