Outdoor activities are a way of life in Fox Lake, once known
as a summer destination for wealthy Chicagoans. Now more than
9,000 residents call Fox Lake home. Affordable housing, a
nearby Metra commuter train line, and excellent schools make
living in the area popular year-round.
Summer recreation abounds in the Fox Lake area, including
water sports such as boating, swimming and fishing. For land
lovers, biking and hiking are also popular. When the snow
falls, cross-country skiing, snowmobile rides, ice skating
and sledding offer enough activities for even the most ardent
Chain O Lakes State Park
Chain O Lakes State Park offers 2,793 acres of park,
plus an adjoining 3,230-acre conservation area. Nearly 6,500
acres of water and 488 miles of shoreline make this area a
There are plenty of water sports to enjoy at Chain O
Lakes State Park. Picnicking, boating and swimming all make
for fun summer activities. Four trail systems also offer space
for biking, hiking and horseback riding. For those desiring
more of the great outdoors, campsites and cabins are also
During the winter, ice fishing, sledding and cross-country
skiing take center stage.
Lake County Forest Preserve District
The award-winning Lake County Forest Preserve District also
offers summer and winter activities. Snowmobile and horseback
riding trails, as well as biking and hiking paths provide
year-round recreation. Grant Woods has more than six miles
of walking, jogging and biking trails.
Duck-Lake Crossing children will attend Big Hollow Elementary
School District #38 and Grant Township High School #124. Vern's
Landing children will attend Lotus School PreK-5th grade,
District #114 Stanton Junior High Sschool and Grant Township
High School #124. Both districts have excellent test scores
and a variety of academic and extracurricular activities.
Lake County Attractions
Six Flags Great America provides more than 100 thrilling rides,
as well as food, shopping and entertainment. Gurnee Mills
offers more than 220 renowned outlet stores, as well as entertainment
venues and theme restaurants. Those looking for an outdoor
music venue should look no further than the Ravinia Festival,
held each summer in Highland Park.
Fox Lake Area Chamber of Commerce of Commerce & Industry
A Celebrate Fox Lake parade, festival and craft
show takes place during the Independence Day celebration,
complete with fireworks. An annual golf outing, summer boat
show, Octoberfest, and Breakfast with Santa provide something
for everyone in the family.
Village of Fox Lake
Nestled in the middle of the Chain O Lakes area, Fox
Lake has a long history as a resort and recreation community.
A new Village Hall recently opened to help residents continue
to receive exemplary service from the village.
Fox Lake District Library
More than 70,000 books, videos, compact discs and recorded
books are available.
College of Lake County
The College of Lake County offers a number of classes designed
to fit the needs and schedules of its students. Students can
choose from classes that can be transferred to a four-year
college, or adult education classes that will help study for
a GED. Continuing education courses and career programs are