Guide to Spring Break in Lake County

Not every family sneaks away for Spring Break and those of us that do stay behind are usually looking to fill the time and make memories close to home.  Lake County offers so many amazing businesses that we wanted to highlight some to make this Spring Break one for the books!

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Check out our featured places to eat, play and stay locally for your favorite Spring Break yet!

Where to Eat in Lake County | Where to Play in Lake County | Where to Stay in Lake County

where to eat in lake county

Where to Eat in Lake County

Just because you didn’t make it to a great location doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a night out and a new to you restaurant. Check out our picks for some fun Spring Break dining options that will entertain the kids and parents. If you’re wallets feeling light be sure to check out our Kids Eat Free (or Cheap) in Lake County guide.

Lindy’s Landing Restaurant & Marina
115 Park Street, Wauconda, IL 60084  | (847) 526-9789

Nestled on beautiful Bangs Lake, Lindy’s Landing is the place to be winter, spring, summer, and fall. Whether it’s our American-influenced smokehouse menu, floor to ceiling windows showcasing views of the lake, or our annual holiday brunches, there is something for everyone! Mention Little Lake County (this coupon) to receive 1/2 OFF Kid’s Meals Monday – Wednesday for the month of March!

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Luke’s of Mundelein

551 North Lake Street, Mundelein, IL 60060 | (847) 566-9798

Come join the fun at Luke’s of Mundelein! Featuring Vienna Beef Hot Dogs and Homemade Italian Beef. Be sure to try our ‘Never Frozen’ Hamburgers or one of our ‘Carved off the Cone’ Gyros sandwiches!! We have Kids Meals available as well as Milkshakes and Funnel Cake Fries!!

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Chicago Woodfire Pizza Co.
6170 Grand Ave #337, Gurnee, IL 60030 | (847) 855-1201

*Woodfire Pizza, kids play with dough
*Weekly Specials
*See why Jennifer
recommends a pizza outing!



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Daisy’s Artish Cafe
216 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Suite 1, Lake Villa, IL 60046 | (224) 372-7341

*Coffee and treats
*Board games, coloring books to keep kids busy
*See why Natalie thinks this is a great place for a coffee break!



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Dickey's Barbecue Pit GurneeDickey’s Barbecue Gurnee 
6681 Grand Avenue, Suite A-1, Gurnee, IL 60030 | (847) 596-7290

*Fresh, never frozen barbecue
*Kids Meals
*See why Melissa thinks this is worth a trip!


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Hansen’s Ice Cream Parlor
11323 Fox River Road, Wilmot, WI 53192 | (262) 298-5431

*24 flavors
* Jessica says Hansen’s is worth the trip in her review!





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Where to Play in Lake County

Don’t go mad with the kids running around the house and bouncing on the couches. We know  all the best places to play that will make them go WOW this was the best Spring Break ever!

Little Beans Cafe – Evanston
little beans430 Asbury Avenue, Evanston, IL 60202 | (847) 807-3731

Little Beans Cafe is a family cafe with an imaginative and active playspace for kids 0-12 years. We have a full service cafe and open play areas that both kids and caregivers will enjoy! Little Beans offers open play in our play village, ninja course and gym as well as events, camps, classes, parties and more. Read why Melissa says’s it’s worth the trip and take a video tour through the facility!

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Taste Buds Kitchen

2521 Waukegan Road, Bannockburn, IL  60015 | (847) 230-0330

Cooking Show Favorites: Ready, set, cook! Inspired by our favorite cooking shows, we’ll head to the Kitchen for a unique cooking adventure each day. New tastes, techniques, cooking games, and contests await as we take to the Kitchen to learn new skills and create new recipes. Ages: 4-8 years & 9-13 years

Baking 101: Learn to bake like the pros as we master the perfect techniques for Handmade Breads, Pies, Muffins, Cookies & Cupcakes! Each day we’ll learn a new baking skill from creaming butter and sugar for our Chocolate Sandwich Cookies, to kneading dough for our amazing Flatbread, and perfecting crumb toppings for our Berry Crumb Bars. Ages 4-8 years & 9-13 years

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Bess Bower Dunn Museum of Lake County
1899 W Winchester Rd, Libertyville, IL 60048 | (847) 968-3400

*Grand Opening March 24 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
*Explore artifacts from Lake County featured in the new museum space!



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Lake County Forest Preserve Playgrounds

*Our top pick: Hastings Lake Park, Lake Villa ‘mud-free’
*Other playgrounds at the forest preserve
*Best hiking trails




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Rockin’ Jump
950 Busch Pkwy, Buffalo Grove, IL 60089  | (224) 676-0660

* Joust, enjoy the pit and JUMP!
* Special hours for tots
* Chad and his boys enjoyed a day at Rockin’ Jump and think you should too!




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Ultimate Ninjas Libertyville
732 E. Park, Libertyville, IL 60048 | (847) 787-1130

* Open, active play
* Check out Melissa’s review!



Want to take an inexpensive day trip?  Check out our list!

Kids into the train?  What about hopping aboard the Metra for a special day out?  Hop on the Milwaukee North line for a totally different adventure!

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where to stay in Lake countyWhere to Stay in Lake County

Make it a staycation and let the kids jump on someone’s elses bed.

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Country Springs Hotel
2810 Golf Road, Pewaukee, WI 53072 | (800) 247-6640

*Water park with slides, climbing and basketball
*Day passes available




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La Quinta Inn- Gurnee
5688 Northridge Drive, Gurnee, IL 60030 | (847) 662-7600

* Affordable rooms
* Great pool
* Friendly Staff, close to entertainment




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Timber Ridge Lodge and Water Park at the Grand Geneva Resort
7020 Grand Geneva Way, Lake Geneva, WI, 53147 | (866) 636-4502

*Water park hotel with suites for families
*Skiing, ice skating and more available!
* Jessica shares about her family of 5 and how much they enjoyed their trip!






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Have a great spring break and tell them Little Lake County sent you!

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Disclosure: Some listings are paid for by the businesses featured. All thoughts and opinions belong to the author.

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Alli is a boldly authentic mom to three- because who has time to fake it? She enjoys almost all things that moms get to do and strives to find joy in every day. Along with her supportive husband, Alli can be seen (or heard) around Lake County chasing runaway children, eating ice cream and holding someone's hand.

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