With more than 55 million people visiting Chicago each year, it makes sense for groups to explore options just outside of the city. Two nearby areas represented by NTA DMO members are Lake County and Chicago Southland.
Just north of Chicago on Lake Michigan, Lake County offers year-round activities and attractions for a range of groups. Summer fun includes visits to Six Flags Great America & Hurricane Harbor amusement and water park, as well as water sports and relaxation on Lake Michigan.
Lake County is also home to plenty of indoor options. Groups enjoy Tempel Lipizzans performances by the famous Lipizzan stallions; visits to the Sanfilippo Estate, a privately owned home that houses a collection of antique musical instruments; and tours of area museums including the Volo Auto Museum and the National Museum of the American Sailor.
Located just south-southwest of the city limits, Chicago Southland offers easy accessibility, affordability and appealing activities for groups.
Popular options are the religious tour that pairs a trip to the Shrine of Christ’s Passion (a prayer trail of the Passion of Christ) with a visit to Bible League International, and a historical tour that includes visits to the Method Soap Factory and the Pullman Historic District. Outdoor options include Lake Katherine Nature Center & Botanic Gardens, Pullman National Monument and Park Forest Rail Fan Park. The area also has eight breweries, which form the local Brewery Trail.
Top photo: Pullman National Monument Mural
Photo by CC Flickr/Jay Galvin: bit.ly/2XL04u5