Explore Lake Michigan

Pavilion

Question – What do man-eating sharks, toxic jellyfish and terrifying 90 foot long sea snakes with bitter dispositions and extraordinarily gnarly fangs have in common?

Answer – You won’t find them on the Waukegan Lakefront (unless some sort of marine biologist super villain is in town, but that happens so rarely that it is hardly worth mentioning).

What you will find on the Waukegan lake front are endless possibilities for having an amazing summer afternoon, autumn walk, winter photo journey, and spring stroll.  With two amazing sandy beaches, there is more than enough space for your beach picnic or Sunday afternoon party. The Waukegan Municipal Beach is open to the public every day of the week, 365 days a year. The beach features beach volleyball courts and plenty of space for football, soccer games and other sports.  Kite surfers are often spotted on the north Beach.  We love Lake Michigan year-round and now you can pledge to, too.

Just off the beach is one of those summertime trappings that you just can’t escape, and that is an enormous band shell. The Stiner Pavilion plays host to several concerts from local celebrities every summer. The Waukegan Band plays Tuesday evenings in the summer under the lights of the shell.  And thanks to the Waukegan Arts District, a couple times of month you’ll hear great Latin music, rock, folk, jazz or blues ringing out over the lake. The Pavilion features a sleek modern design, lawn seating, and the picturesque backdrop of Lake Michigan and the masts of the sailboats bobbing in Waukegan Harbor.  Stiner Pavilion is also a festival zone, meaning you may bring adult beverages to any concert.

Speaking of Waukegan Harbor, it’s one of the nicest and most economical choices for recreational boaters between Milwaukee and Chicago. The harbor has new floating docks, a new gas dock, all sorts of amenities for guests and tenants, secure parking and is easily accessible by Metra and within walking distance of the harbor-side eateries and Waukegan’s Arts & Entertainment District.

You don’t have to leave the Waukegan Lakeside to find great places to walk. Adjacent to the harbor is a walking pier that extends nearly half a mile into Lake Michigan featuring a turn of the century lighthouse.  At the Beach is another, shorter the pier also featuring a lighthouse. And, after all that walking, you may have worked up an appetite.  Check out harbor-side venues, such as Waukegan Yacht Club, Dockside Dogs, Dockside Deli, Dockside Ice Cream, and The Terrace at Siver Place.

For more information on Waukegan Harbor, click here.