Located halfway between Chicago and Milwaukee, Lake County is easy to reach for sports teams from all over the Midwest. The area provides numerous venues, exciting attractions and affordable accommodations, not to mention over 75 inland lakes that can be used for official sports events or leisure activities after the competition is over. With all its amenities, Lake County is a great place for youth athletes and their families.
And plenty of youth sports teams come to Lake County for tournaments, with organizers venturing back for repeat visits.
“Youth sports are a big draw for business here,” said Teresa Lewis, sales manager for Visit Lake County. “We are always looking for more events, and we always welcome repeat business.”
The area has been home to dozens of sports tournaments throughout the years, from the AYSO National Games to the NAIA Volleyball National Championships to the U.S. Club Soccer Nationals. Lake County will soon be welcoming the ECNL Girls National Championships, which will bring in almost 10,000 people and take over close to 12,000 room nights, making it one of the largest events the area has seen. Luckily, Lake County has the sports facilities to handle an event of any magnitude.
It seems there is no limit to what Lake County can handle, especially when it comes to the accommodations and services provided for sports teams. There is a wide array of hotels to choose from, and all are reasonably priced.
“With over 8,500 rooms from economy lodging to golf resorts we have accommodations for everyone’s budget,” Lewis said.
On top of great places to stay, Lake County also provides some of the best hospitality in the state of Illinois. The team at the visitors center will help in anyway they can to make sure a tournament goes off without a hitch. They create information about the tournament to pass out to people in the area, as well as organize venues and hotel arrangements for sports planners, coaches, teams and their families. Local businesses will give out coupons to guests and information about what is around the area. And there is certainly a lot.
Lake County boasts a variety of attractions for teams and their guests to enjoy in between matches, including Six Flags Great America and Gurnee Mills with more than 200 stores, plus many family attractions and hundreds of hiking and biking trails and golf courses.
So if you want to host a successful sports event, why not go to a place where you have every means at your disposal?
“No matter the size of the event,” Lewis said, “everyone will have fun.”
Lake County has it all and so much more.
Libertyville Sports Complex
This year-round sports venue features a 360-degree Climbing Mountain, a 40- tee heated driving range, a ¼-mile running/walking tack, and an open gym for indoor soccer, basketball and other youth sports. There is enough seating inside for 300 fans. The Greater Libertyville Soccer Association also offers 16 outdoor fields, with seating for 100 spectators.
Waukegan Sports Park
One of the top sports facilities in Northern Illinois, the Waukegan SportsPark includes 14 outdoor soccer fields and a lighted synthetic turf field. It also has four lighted softball diamonds.
Field House at Hinkston Park
The 80,000-square-foot sports venue includes a three-story climbing wall; a six-court hardwood gym used for basketball, volleyball, wrestling and other sports tournaments; a 1/7-mile indoor track; and a 14,000-square-foot fitness center.
Lake Barrington Fieldhouse
This sports venue boasts 175,000 square feet of indoor space. It includes a football field, lacrosse field and two baseball diamonds, all situated under a clear canopy. There are also four full-size indoor basketball courts or four volleyball courts, depending on a tournament’s needs.
One of the most visited equestrian stables in the state, Tempel Farms boasts five dressage competition arenas, a jumping competition arena and a warm-up area where riders can practice before a competition.
Round Lake Area Park District
The new sports center, outdoor pool and aquatic center, Fitness Plus fitness center and acres of parkland can be used for a variety of sports events. The Sports Center features an adult-sized, regulation indoor soccer field, an indoor basketball/volleyball court, an indoor climbing wall and three multipurpose rooms that can be combined to accommodate larger events.
Lake County, Illinois CVB
5465 Grand Ave., Suite 100
Gurnee, IL 60031