VT Members You Can Keep Up at Cyber Arena
Favorite thing: Unbeknown to me until a few days ago is the CYBER ARENA Internet Center in Gurnee Mills Shopping Center. It's a rather small place but large enough to accomodate at least 20 computers that can be rented for internet use.
They also have computers for gaming.
I was told that the price is $1.50 for ten minutes of use and $.15 per minute thereafter.
The computers have flat screens and are high quality machines. The man who owns the store and also manages it, is there to help in case of problems.
Since there are so many Naval personnel who come from Great Lakes Naval Base to write home, the place is usually quite busy.
Monday-Friday 10 am-9 pm
Saturday 10 am-9:30 pm
Sunday 11 am-7 pm
Fondest memory: It's comforting to know that if something goes wrong with our computer, we have an alternative (although a rather expensive one).
However, it is good for tourist to the Gurnee area, especially VT members.
- Family Travel
Marcus Gurnee Cinema
Favorite thing: The Marcus Gurnee Cinema is a state-of-the-art theatre with plush, comfortable, stadium seating, digital sound, crystal clear, big, bright pictures, and high-quality (and expensive) refreshments.
Plus, the Marcus Gurnee Cinema is conveniently located at one of the premiere shopping destinations in northeastern Illinois, the Gurnee Mills Mall.
When Marcus Gurnee Cinema was first built, it had twelve screens; within a few years, eight more screens were added so that it now boasts twenty screens. In 2003 the front entry (outside) to the theatre was completely renovated as a beautifying technique. In 2005, they completely renovated the inside of the theater, and it is much more "classy" now.
The theatre is always busy with retired people in the afternoons, students in the after school hours, in the summer, and on weekends, and (since the Great Lakes Naval Base is so closeby) with Navy personnel at all times.
The negatives for the theatre are the long lines for the restrooms after a movie is over. Also,if you are in the Gurnee Mills Mall shopping and decide that you want to go to the theatre, you have to go outside and walk about half a block to get into the threatre (a real inconvenience).
Address: 6144 Grand Avenue
Gurnee, IL 60031
Fondest memory: Since Allan and I are retired, we try to go to the Marcus Gurnee Theatre on Wednesday and Friday afternoons before 5 p.m. because the cost is only $3.75 for people 60+. At night, seniors pay $5.50. The price of a ticket for the general public is $8.00.
We seldom purchase refreshments because of the cost. If we were to purchase a medium-sized popcorn and a small pop each, it would be over $10.00.
If it is a really popular movie that is just opening, you can order your tickets over the computer to avoid the long lines.
We really enjoy our weekly "dates" to the Marcus Gurnee Threatre here in Gurnee.
- Family Travel
- Theater Travel
Another Great Source for Computer Use
Favorite thing: Warren-Newport Public Library
224 North O'Plaine Road
Gurnee, Illinois 60031
The Warren-Newport Library in Gurnee is really a library for the 21st Century:
Express Checkout (you can check out your own books and magazines).
For $1.00 per page, you can send a fax.
You can check out books and tapes over the phone and get them later from an outside vestibule.
TTY PAY Phone for the hearing impaired.
Free for non-profit community groups are meeting rooms.
Internet Access available.
A community information kiosk with free, easy touch screen access to job listings, child care options, senior services, and recreation is available also.
LARGE PRINT BOOKS in both hardback and paperback books.
Patrons who are physcially unable to visit the library or the bookmobile can request library materials that will be delivered to their residence.
Hand-held magnifiers (2X-20X) are available for in-library use.
Patrons with hearing or speech disabilities can use a text telephone to call a Communications Assistant at :
They will then call the library and relay conversations.
Signed storytimes are held for children periodically.
Nonfiction and fiction recorded books are available for all ages.
Bookmobile drives through most neighborhoods and stops for 30 minutes.
Interlibrary loans available
Sound proof preschool room
Phone (847) 244-5150
Monday-Thursday 9am-9 pm
Friday & Saturday 9am-5 pm
Sunday 1 pm-5 pm
Loan Period = 3 weeks
videos= 1 week
Fondest memory: The coolest thing about the library is:
1. BOOK ENDS. This is a resale of used books in a shop organized by the Friends of the Library and is open during library hours for browsing. It's a really inexpensive way to purchase hardbacks and paperbacks.
2. THE FRONT COVER GIFT SHOP is the Friends of the Library Gift Shop near the entrance. It sells cards, stationery, and unique gift items.
3. THE FIREPLACE in the Quiet room. On cold days, it is delightful to sit in the Quiet Room and feel the warmth of and enjoy the sight of the fireplace.
4. READING GARDEN (see photo) was added in 2002. It has a bench, table, umbrella, and beautiful roses, and other perennials.
- Arts and Culture
Umm... Six Flags! I can tell...
Favorite thing: Umm... Six Flags! I can tell ya some more places to go in a week or so.
Fondest memory: Well, our 8th grade class field trip was to Six Flags. I got to spend time with the person whom I love the most. :) He's my best friend. I also got to spend time with lots of other friends, and even met some people from a different part of Illinois!
Go to Gurnee Mills Only the...
Favorite thing: Go to Gurnee Mills Only the best outlet mall I've ever been to. And Great America. Great for the young and young at heart. One of Six Flags Largest Parks is here in Illinois.
Fondest memory: My first home with my wife. :-)
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