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10 Places to Visit in Waukegan This Weekend

Waukegan offers some of the most amazing sights and activities in Illinois and lucky for you, Reserve at Eagle Ridge Apartments offers you easy access to it all! Spend a day exploring all of the amazing shops and restaurants with your friends. Or uncover hidden treasures in one of the amazing gardens located throughout the area like the Chicago Botanic Garden! There are so many activities and places to visit for every occasion, like romantic date nights, family fun days, or a quiet day spent with yourself!

Below is our complete guide to every exciting adventure that awaits you here in Waukegan, IL! Being so close to the action at Reserve at Eagle Ridge you’ll always have something fun to do while you’re in the area.


Top 5 Things To Do In Waukegan 


1. Genesee Theatre

With seating for over 2,400, Waukegan’s historic Genesee Theatre has been a popular venue for concerts, plays, variety shows, movies, and more for nearly 100 years. The ornate building features an exterior of terra cotta and brick, as well as a lavish Spanish Renaissance-style interior featuring ornate tapestries, a hammered silver dome, and Italian Carrera marble. The Theatre can also be rented for grand weddings, corporate events, and private gatherings of all kinds.

A short drive south to Chicago yields multiple options when it comes to live music and entertainment. From the world-famous Chicago House of Blues in River North and eclectic intimate venues like Schuba’s and Green Mill Cocktail Lounge, to indie rock icons like Riveria Theatre, the Empty Bottle, and sprawling arenas and stadiums like the United Center and Soldier Field, the Chicagoland entertainment scene is sure to have something for everyone!

203 N Genesee Theatre
Waukegan, IL 60085


2. Six Flags Great America 

Just a short drive west of Waukegan in Gurnee, 304-acre Six Flags Great America amusement park provides endless all-ages entertainment! The park includes nine themed areas featuring more than fifty attractions, rides, carnival games, and countless concession options throughout. From death-defying roller coasters like the X Flight and Raging Bull, to the children’s Kidzopolis zone, and Looney Tunes characters roaming the park, there’s something for everyone!

Also on site is the 20-acre Hurricane Harbor water park, featuring numerous water slides, tube rides, a wave pool, surf simulator, and Buccaneer Bay kid’s area, plus a lazy river, cabanas, and plentiful lounge chairs when you’re ready to kick back in the shade or catch some rays! In October, the park hosts its annual Halloween Fright Fest with numerous haunted houses and trails and spooky shows, while holiday lights, shows, and parties fill the park with a festive vibe.

1 Great America Parkway
Gurnee, IL 60031


3. Bear King Fishing 

Given Waukegan’s proximity to Lake Michigan, it’s no surprise that fishing is one of the area’s most popular recreational activities. Bear King Fishing offers chartered fishing expeditions on their 33-foot Chris-Craft boat, with Brown Trout, Lake Trout, Steelhead Trout, King Salmon, and Coho Salmon, pulled from the waters of Lake Michigan. Other charter fishing outfits in the Waukegan area include WindyCitySalmon, Spendthirft Charters, Kristy Lynn Charters, and Relentless Charter.

Additional outdoor recreation opportunities are available with swimming, sunbathing, kite surfing, and paddle boarding at Waukegan Municipal Beach, a skate park, ball fields, walking paths through lush gardens and picnic areas at Bowen Park, a variety of nature trails though Lyons Woods Forest Preserve, and abundant boating, hiking, camping, swimming, cycling, birdwatching, and much more at the expansive 4,150-acre Illinois Beach State Park on the shores of Lake Michigan.

55 S Harbor Pl
Waukegan, IL  60085


4. Chicago Botanic Garden 

Just a short drive south of Waukegan, Chicago Botanic Garden features more than 25 exquisite gardens and four natural habitats spanning nearly 400 acres. Since opening in 1972, the award-winning Garden has been one of Chicagoland’s most popular attractions, welcoming more than one million annual visitors. Featuring both native and exotic flora, including an extensive conservation program, this regional treasure makes a great place to escape from the city.

Popular attractions include the Bonsai Garden, Evening Island, Lakeside Garden, English Oak Meadow, Waterfall Garden, the Bruce Krasberg Rose Garden, Spider Island, the Circle Garden, Mary Mix McDonald Woods, and the Grunsfield Children’s Growing Garden, among countless more. The Garden hosts numerous community events throughout the year, as well as an extensive horticultural library and educational programs on conservation, urban gardening, and much more!

1000 Lake Cook Rd
Glencoe, IL 60022


5. Chicago Bulls Basketball Club

Although they may have taken a step back from the 1990s glory days of His Airness, the NBA’s Chicago Bulls are still one of the hottest tickets in town. The Bulls have 6 NBA Championships Home games are played at the 21,000-seat United Center on Madison Street, which is also home to the popular Chicago Blackhawks NHL hockey team, as well as numerous concerts, sporting events, political conventions, trade shows, and other community events throughout the year.

A sports town through-and-through, Chicago is also home to the NFL’s Chicago Bears at Soldier Field, as well as Major League Baseball’s Chicago Cubs at the world-famous Wrigley Field and the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field on the city’s south side. The WNBA’s Chicago Sky and Major League Soccer’s Chicago Fire FC, as well as the DePaul Blue Demons, Northwestern Wildcats, Chicago State Cougars, Loyola Ramblers, and UIC Flames also compete at venues across the city.

1901 W Madison St
Chicago, IL 60612


Top 5 Can't-Miss Waukegan Dining Destinations

Papa Marco's Grill & Kabob

Best Mediterranean

From it’s unassuming digs on Grand Avenue, Papa Marco’s Grill & Kabob serves up authentic Greek, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine. Start with an order of falafel and hummus, baba ghanouj, or dolma, then choose from a variety of kabobs, shawarma, kafta, and gyros. Marco’s also features an excellent selection of Chicago-style sandwiches, hot dogs and more!

622 Grand Ave
Waukegan, IL 60085


Anastasia's Restaurant 

Best Wings

Located near the intersection of Belvidere and Waukegan Road, Anastasia’s Restaurant and Sports Lounge makes a great place to catch a ballgame and enjoy a pitcher of beer. Start with an order of Anastasia’s famous wings, nachos, or potato skins, then choose from a great selection of salads, pastas, sandwiches, burgers, wraps, steaks, seafood, and pizza!

3880 Northpoint Blvd
Waukegan, IL 60085


Big Ed's BBQ 

Best Barbecue 

When you’re in the mood for barbecue, look no further than Big Ed’s BBQ & Bar in southwest Waukegan. From pit-fired classics like ribs, brisket, pulled pork, hot links, and wings, to home-cooked sides like baked beans, mac & cheese, cole slaw, collard greens, mashed potatoes, Big Ed’s is sure to satisfy your pit-smoked cravings! Don’t forget to save room for pound cake, or peach cobbler!

4030 Northpoint Blvd
Waukegan, IL 60085


Quonset Pizza 

Best Pizza 

Although Chicago may be most famous for its deep-dish pizza, Quonset Pizza’s thin crust is a delicacy all its own! Try one of Quonset’s signature pies, or build your own from dozens of fresh ingredients. In addition to pizza, Quonset also offers a full bar, as well as wings, salads, sandwiches, burgers, and Chicago favorite Italian beefs.

2602 Grand Ave
Waukegan, IL 60085


Steven's of Gurnee  

Best Steakhouse 

Just west of Waukegan in Gurnee, Stevens’ of Gurnee features upscale cuisine in an elegant, white-tablecloth atmosphere. Whet your appetite with oysters, lobster mac, or calamari, then choose from a variety of delicious steaks, seafood, salads, pasta, sandwiches, and more. Pair your meal with a handcrafted cocktail, draft beer, or an excellent choice of wines by the glass!

401 N Riverside Dr
Gurnee, IL 60031