Discover the top things to do in Gurnee

Situated almost midway between Chicago and Milwaukee, the Country Inn & Suites in Gurnee, IL is an ideal base for visits to Lake Michigan’s western shore and Chicago metro area attractions. Families can find exciting things to do close to the hotel, from the thrilling rides at Six Flags Great America to shopping and entertainment at the Gurnee Mills complex. More interested in outdoor fun? Head to Illinois Beach State Park to play along Lake Michigan’s coast, or hit Bowen Park to enjoy its playgrounds, woods, and skate park. There’s year-round entertainment at Pleasant Prairie RecPlex, while Rollins Savanna Forest Preserve offers 1,200 restored acres with bird-watching opportunities and trails for hiking and snowmobiling. For a bit of history, visit the National Museum of the American Sailor while you tour Naval Station Great Lakes. If you’re planning a day trip to Chicago, you can easily hop on I-94 and be downtown in about 45 minutes.

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Field House Sports, Fitness & Aquatics Center

3.28 mi / 5.28 km from the hotel
If you’re looking for outdoor fun, this 721-acre complex offers golf courses, tennis courts, soccer fields, playgrounds, and a swimming pool.

Genesee Theatre

5.51 mi / 8.87 km from the hotel
Built in 1927 and restored in 2004, this historical theater offers a stunning venue for film screenings, stand-up comedy acts, and musical performances.

Illinois Beach State Park

7.36 mi / 11.85 km from the hotel
Be sure to pack a swimsuit, hiking shoes, and a camera when you visit this lakeside state park, home to sandy beaches, forest trails, fishing ponds, and acres of wildflowers.

Naval Station Great Lakes

6.69 mi / 10.76 km from the hotel
The home of the US Navy’s only boot camp, Naval Station Great Lakes regularly holds graduation ceremonies along the shores of Lake Michigan. See a loved one graduate or visit the National Museum of the American Sailor on this historic base.

Pleasant Prairie RecPlex

10.41 mi / 16.76 km from the hotel
The country's largest municipal recreation complex, the Pleasant Prairie RecPlex features an ice arena, swimming pools, a children’s water park, and sports facilities.

Six Flags Great America

0.62 mi / 0.99 km from the hotel
Set your heart racing as you anticipate the big drops on roller coasters like Batman: The Ride and American Eagle at Six Flags Great America. When you need a break, hit the concessions for amusement park treats like funnel cake.

The Tempel Lipizzans at Tempel Farms

3.91 mi / 6.29 km from the hotel
Experience the pageantry and elegance of classic dressage featuring the Tempel Lipizzans, a regal breed of horse specially bred and trained at the picturesque Tempel Farms.

Tilt Studio

0.98 mi / 1.58 km from the hotel
Conveniently located at Gurnee Mills mall, this entertainment center invites you to take a break from shopping and enjoy laser tag, mini golf, and arcade games.

Gurnee Mills

1.26 mi / 2.03 km from the hotel
With a cinema, an escape room, and more than 200 stores housed in just under two million square feet of space, Gurnee Mills mall offers enough shopping and entertainment to keep you busy all day.

Rollins Savanna Forest Preserve

4.64 mi / 7.46 km from the hotel
You can hike, bike, or even cross-country ski the trail through this park’s more than 450 acres of restored forests and wetlands. The preserve is recognized for its excellent bird-watching opportunities and its restoration of native plant species.

Great Wolf Lodge

0.51 mi / 0.82 km from the hotel
Purchase a day pass and splash around with the kids at this indoor water park. You can enjoy the slides, water playgrounds, and pools and then stop for a meal at one of the on-site eateries.