12 Things at Christmas, Lake County Gave To Me…

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We all love the holiday song the “12 Days of Christmas,” and we’re down to just six days until the big day.

We may not call our area, our ‘true love’ (well at least in public), but every year there are 12 things at Christmas, Lake County gave to me.

Let’s be honest folks, a collection of drummers drumming, pipers piping, lords leaping, ladies dancing, maids milking, swans swimming, geese laying, golden rings, calling birds, French hens, turtle doves and a partridge in a pear tree seem a little excessive (and kind of loud).

Upon second inspection, your giftee may be quite pleased with five golden rings.

To celebrate the holiday season, the aforementioned song and just for good ole fashioned fun, here are the 12 things at Christmas, Lake County gave to me.

The first thing at Christmas, Lake County gave to me…

The world’s tallest, fastest and steepest wooden coaster in the land.

  • In 2015, Six Flags Great America unveiled the thrill ride, Goliath. This coaster at the Gurnee amusement park received accolades from the Guinness Book of World Records.

The second thing at Christmas, Lake County gave me…

Two Rooms to Escape From

The third thing at Christmas, Lake County gave to me…

Three resorts for relaxing

The fourth thing at Christmas, Lake County gave to me…

Four malls for shopping

  • Gurnee Mills
  • Hawthorn Mall in Vernon Hills
  • Deer Park Town Center
  • Pleasant Prairie Premium Outlet Mall

The fifth thing at Christmas, Lake County gave to me…

Five 130-year old buildings (and older)

The sixth thing at Christmas, Lake County gave to me…

Six Lake County Forest Preserve Canoe Launches

  • Captain Daniel Wright Woods Canoe Launch in Vernon Hills
  • Grand Woods Canoe Launch on Long Lake in Ingleside
  • Independence Grove Canoe Launch in Libertyville
  • Oak Spring Road Canoe Launch in Libertyville
  • Sedge Meadow Canoe Launch in Wadsworth
  • Van Patten Woods Canoe Launch in Wadsworth

The seventh thing at Christmas, Lake County gave to me…

Seven Holiday Brews

  • Hat Trick Tripel from Tighthead Brewing Company in Mundelein
  • Imperial Russian from Side Lot Brewery in Wauconda
  • Molé Squirrel from Side Lot Brewery
  • Santa’s Magic from Mickey Finn’s Brewery in Libertyville
  • Barrel Aged Warrior Pain Imperial Coffee Stout from Half Day Brewing Company in Lincolnshire
  • The Hallows from Buffalo Creek Brewing Company in Long Grove
  • Cranberry Wheat Lager from Bosacki’s Home Brew in Mundelein

The eighth thing at Christmas, Lake County gave to me…

Eight stages for show tunes

  • Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire
  • Citadel Theatre Company in Lake Forest
  • Genesee Theatre in Waukegan
  • PM&L Theatre in Antioch
  • James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts in Grayslake
  • Jack Benny Center for the Arts in Waukegan
  • Cultural & Civic Center of Round Lake Beach
  • Three Bros. Theatre in Waukegan

The ninth thing at Christmas, Lake County gave to me…

Nine beaches to chill on

  • Turtle Beach Marina in Antioch
  • Illinois State Beach in Zion
  • Independence Grove Swim Area in Libertyville
  • Paulus Park & Sprayground in Lake Zurich
  • Lake Minear Beach in Libertyville
  • Diamond Lake Beach in Mundelein
  • Fish Lake Beach in Volo
  • Waukegan Municipal Beach
  • Openlands Lakeshore Preserve in Highland Park

The 10th thing at Christmas, Lake County gave to me…

10 hills for tubing

  • Wilmot Mountain
  • Century Park Sled Hill in Vernon Hills
  • Old School Forest Preserve in Libertyville
  • Wadsworth Sled Hill near Village Hall
  • Hart’s Hall in Round Lake
  • Paulus Park in Lake Zurich
  • Blair Park in Lake Bluff
  • Lake Villa Sled hill at Caboose Hill
  • Keith Mione Community Park & Sports Complex in Mundelein
  • Warren Township Sled Hill in Gurnee

The 11th thing at Christmas, Lake County gave to me…

11 Grammy winners and nominees performing  at Genesee Theatre & Ravinia Festival

  • Chubby Checker at Genesee Genesee Theatre Dec. 30, 2017 (won for ‘Let’s Twist Again,’ in 1961)
  • Mary Wilson at Genesee Theatre Dec. 30, 2017 (nominated as member of the Supremes)
  • Martha Reeves at Genesee Theatre Dec. 30, 2017 (nominated as a member of Martha and the Vandellas)
  • The O’Jays at Genesee Theatre Jan. 25, 2017 (won for ‘Love Train’ and ‘For the Love of Money in 2006 & 2016 respectively)
  • Richard Marx at Genesee Theatre Jan. 26, 2018 (won writing Luther Vandross’s ‘Dance with my Father)
  • Dennis Deyoung at Genesee Theatre Feb. 10, 2018 (nominated as a member of Styx)
  • Herman’s Hermits at Genesee Theatre Feb. 15, 2018 (nominated)
  • Boyz II Men at Genesee Theatre Mar. 22, 2018 (won in 1992 for album ‘Cooliehighharmony,’  and in 1995 for Best R&B Album and for the song ‘I’ll Make Love to You’)
  • Chick Corea at Genesee Theatre Mar. 30, 2018 (won 22 Grammy Awards and nominated for 63)
  • David Foster at Ravinia Festiva June. 22, 2018 (won 16 Grammy awards
  • Jethro Tull at Ravinia Festival Sept.3, 2018 (won Grammys in 1988 and 2007)

The 12th thing at Christmas, Lake County gave to me…

More than 12 lakes to play in (actually it’s over 70 lakes)

  • Lake Michigan
  • Chain O’Lakes
  • Bangs Lake
  • Diamond Lake
  • Antioch Lake
  • Gages Lake
  • Fox Lake
  • Lake Zurich
  • Potomac Lake
  • Petite Lake
  • Round Lake
  • Spring Lake

To learn about all of the things at Christmas, Lake County gave to me, continue here. Click here to read more about all upcoming events.

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