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Lake County’s lands along the lake

Chicago Botanic Gardens, courtesy Visit Lake County

Where is Lake County, Ill.?
Lake County, population 706,000, is in Illinois’ northeast corner. It stretches 30 miles along Lake Michigan.

How do we get there?
The county’s southern edge is 14 miles from Chicago O’Hare International Airport. The county seat, Waukegan, is 50 miles south of Milwaukee’s General Mitchell Airport. Three META train lines run from downtown Chicago through the county. Interstate 94 also runs through the middle of Lake County and connects the area with Milwaukee to the north and via Interstate 55 to St. Louis to the south.

What’s new?
• Visit Lake County has earned accreditation from Destination Marketing Association International.

• Six Flags Great America this summer will open Goliath, the world’s fastest wooden roller coaster with the steepest and highest drop.

Tell me about the main meeting venues.
• There are more than 60 hotels with 8,600 guest rooms in the area.

• The largest is the 389-room Lincolnshire Marriott Resort, with 40,000 square feet of meeting space. Other conference hotels are the 301-room Hyatt Deerfield, with 15,000 square feet of meeting space; the 414-room KeyLime Cove Indoor Waterpark Resort, with 6,000 square feet of meeting space; the 183-room Doubletree Libertyville/Mundelein, with 12,000 square feet of meeting space; and the 210-room Holiday Inn Gurnee, with 10,000 square feet of meeting space. Trade shows appreciate the 65,000 square feet of expo space at the Lake County Expo Center.

• Meetings with technological needs can opt for the University Center of Lake County in Grayslake. Its meeting space includes three computer laboratories and three videoconferencing rooms.