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Gurnee Things to Do

  • Mother Rudd Home

    The Mother Rudd Home was built in 1841 and was renovated in 1991. The home was used as an inn and as a tavern. Some say that it was also used as a stop on the underground railroad. When it was a tavern, it was known as the O'Plain Tavern. Before it was built on the present site, there was a log shelter for new pioneer families to stay until their...

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  • Bass Pro Shops OUTDOOR WORLD

    The Bass Pro Shop was founded by John L. Morris in 1971. The first store was in Springfield, Missouri. Orginally operating from the basement of his father's warehouse, John's company has grown into a complex of facilities, employing approximately 6,000 people. There are shops in Baltimore, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Detroit, Ft....

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  • Six Flags Great America Theme Park in...

    Six Flags Great America is the Midwest's premier theme park with thrilling rides, spectacular shows, and a variety of attractions. Additionally, there is the Pictorium IMAX Theatre, several water rides, multiple food shops as well as gift shops.New in 2005 is the Free Water Park with Great America AdmissionIn 2004 Six Flags Great America introduces...

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  • Six Flags Great America

    One of Six Flags of the midwest located near the border of Wiscousin. Near Gurnee Mills. Just like all the rest of six flags amusement parks. Great rides with the long lines even if you buy the VIP for that ride, that line is also sometimes long. Make sure you ride the Superman though.

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  • Six Flags Great America theme park

    Six Flags Great America theme parkA fun place to go, especially if you love roller-coasters (helter-skelters for my British friends!), or if you have young kids. The coasters are the best I've ever ridden, and they're always building new ones.Also, they turn the whole park into a giant haunted park for Halloween, known as Fright Fest. The water...

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  • Six Flags Great America

    We used to go here several times a season when we were growing up, back then it was called Marriott's Great America. We'd get there before the park opened and run for the water rides ensuring a full day with soggy clothes. And we'd always be there until the park closed at night. I was a big coaster fan, a couple of the originals are gone-the Tidal...

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  • Six Flags Great America

    We didn't have very long.... so being the roller coaster fans we are, we coaster hopped the whole time. The new Superman Ultimate Flight coaster is our favorite roller coaster as of yet. Great! Riders strap in, get turned face down, then fly out head-first.Six Flags website:six flags great america

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  • Best places to hang out in town

    Gurnee is largely a standard shopping and bedroom community, but advantageously placed within an hour of Chicago by car. However, if you happen to be in Gurnee of an evening and need a place to hang out, I suggest the Borders Books and Music store on Grand Avenue, west of Gurnee Mills. They're open until 11PM on weekends, and they have a great...

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  • Gurnee Mills Mall. Shop till...

    Gurnee Mills Mall. Shop till you drop! Includes Serpent Safari-the coolest tour-lots of exotic reptiles!(reported as the only zoo anywhere inside a shopping mall) Planet Hollywood, Bass Pro Shop-huge indoor aquarium! Rink Side Sports-Indoor Ice Rink and Arcade....something for everyone at the Mills. Almost always crowded. You can find alot of great...

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Gurnee Hotels

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Gurnee Restaurants

  • "Vibrant Showplace of Creative Food..."

    Note: So sorry to report that this restaurant has closed! We miss it so.After spending the afternoon on the golf course at Heather Ridge with my husband and being unable to finish because of a downpour, Allan and I decided to try a new restaurant located in Gurnee called Monkey Dish Bar & Grill. Engraved on the glass of the front door is "A Vibrant...

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  • Excellent Italian Restaurant in Gurnee

    Be sure to view the other two photos for a glimpse of the food.Since Tony's Restaurant closed over a year ago, we've been wishing that a new restaurant would take its place. Fortunately, that has happened because in the same location Risotto's Italian Ristorante has opened.So tonight, on this rain-filled March evening, Allan and I decided to give...

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  • Lovely Addition to the Restaurant Scene...

    On August 24, 2007, Allan and I decided that we needed a "Friday Night Out" dinner; thus, we decided to try a restaurant close to home that we had talked about but had never visited. We had heard that the food was excellent but a bit expensive at Stevens' in Gurnee.We parked and went up to look at their menu that was posted outside, deciding that...

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  • Restaurant With Country Charm and...

    The Country Squire was originally built as the residence of Wesley Sears, scion of the Chicago-based mail order firm. He lived here with his family after the house was completed in 1938. For Valentine's Day, 2007, Allan and decided on the Country Squire to celebrateYou will notice the hand-carved woodwork on the ceilings of many rooms. Sears sent...

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  • Old Favorite is New Again

    The In-Laws Restaurant has been around for a long time, but it looks brand new inside and outside because it is newly renovated, due to a fire.In-Laws is now owned by the Khayat Enterprise, Christian Khayat.It's a really large and beautiful restaurant, especially inside. When they remodeled, actually rebuilt, they used lots of beautiful woods and...

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  • Great Pizza and Salad

    Salutos is a family owned Italian Restaurant that is a big favorite to the locals in Gurnee. Bob and Melody Bode own and run it. It was recently renovated and added on to. It has a large, two-story bar, a large dining room, a huge entrance with a gigantic TREE that is always decorated with small, white lights.I always ask for a booth because the...

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  • For a Wild Place to Eat, go to...

    Rainforest Cafe is unlike any other dining experience because it's like dining in a jungle with a canopy of lush foliage overhead, animals along the way, and a thunderstorm rumbling in the distance!You'll also see cascading waterfalls, giant salt water aquariums with beautiful aquatic life forms and fish like you've never seen before, and, finally,...

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  • Best Goumet Coffees in Gurnee

    My favorite gourmet coffee place is Gloria Jean's Coffee at Gurnee Mills in Gurnee.The company is the largest mall-based retailer of specialty coffees in North America.Their first store opened in 1979, and today, there are more than 280 stores around the world.What I like about them is that coffee seems to be their passion. They select arabica...

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  • Great Deli Specialty Store in Gurnee

    For a truly "Italian" eating experience in Gurnee, eat at Tina's Italian Bake Shop. This is a quaint little restaurant that combines a Deli, Bake Shop, Lunch Shop, with a Catering Business. It looks quite small from the outside, but it goes back quite a distance, and the decor is lovely.The shop is immaculate at all times; Tina oversees all aspects...

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Gurnee Shopping

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  • For the Best Bargains in the Area

    The Community Thrift Store of Gurnee is not for everybody. If you are not into Garage Sales or Flea Markets, then this store is not "your cup of tea"!If, on the other hand, you love a bargain and are willing to put up with chaos, then you'll feel right at home!This is a store that takes people's used or new items (left overs from Garage or Estate...

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  • For Finest Antiques Visit ...

    The Gurnee Antique Center is a huge 24,000 square feet building which houses top quality merchandise from an elite collection of 200 dealers. The merchandise changes frequently because of the turnover of merchandise.You are sure to find something that you find interesting and worth purchasing.The Hours for Gurnee Antique Center:Monday-Saturday 10...

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  • The #2 most Popular Tourist Attraction...

    Gurnee Mills is one of the nation's largest "value-oriented" malls. It is a huge Discount Shopping Mall with more than 200 shops plus Two large Food Courts with more than 25 eating places. There are also four additional food restaurants!There are 16 Anchor Stores including:Bass Pro Shops Outdoor WorldBed Bath & BeyondBurlington Coat FactoryCircuit...

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Gurnee Local Customs

  • Patriotic Spirit in Small Town America

    In Gurnee, Illinois, like many other small towns in America, the people and organizations are quite patriotic. When the new Police Station was built a few years ago, they also designated space for a War Memorial.It's located in front of the Police Station at the corner of O'Plaine Road and Washington Street, facing east.This monument is made of...

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  • Senior Dignity: Sunrise Senior Living

    In the U.S., few seniors live with their families as in other countries. Many live in Nursing Homes. Sunrise Senior Living here in Gurnee is an alternative.Over 20 years ago, Paul & Terry Klaassen started Sunrise to create alternative senior living options that emphasize quality of life. Sunrise is a "resident-centered" approach to living & begins...

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  • Church on Sunday is a Tradition in...

    There are several churches representing a myriad of denominations in Gurnee, serving the spiritual and ecumenical needs of residents.If you are ever in Gurnee on a Sunday, feel free to join in with the Sunday morning services at the Church of your choice.Most churches have at least two services for the early risers and for the late risers.Here are...

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Gurnee Tourist Traps

  • Gurnee Mills--a shopping maze, not a...

    This is an extremely popular outlet mall that attracts thousands of visitors every year. However, in my opinion, it's poorly designed, filled with low-quality/over-priced merchandise, and lacking a common sense floor plan. Don't come here on a weekend unless you're happy to walk slowly in a sea of tourists and scrounge for a bargain among the...

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  • Six Flags Great America-Fun...

    Six Flags Great America-Fun time, but bring lots of cash! Major Tourist Trap! www.sixflags.com/greatamerica

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Gurnee Off The Beaten Path

  • Great Lakes Training Center

    Over 1,000 recruits graduate from the Naval training Center at Great Lakes, Illinois, every week.Anyone interested in seeing a graduation ceremony can do so by called the base or visiting their website.The security at the base is at an all-time high since November 11, so be prepared for a great amount of scrunity. But, it will be worth the...

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  • Recreation Opportunities in Around...

    Gurnee is located in Lake County, Illinois, whose recreational activities run the gamut from boating and fishing in Lake Michigan to picnicking and hiking in Lakewood Forest Preserve in Wauconda or frolicing in the Chain O'Lakes area.There are two state parks:1. Illinois Beach State Park between Waukegan and Zion. Sheridan & Wadsworth Roads, East...

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  • Lipizzans Perform For You!

    World reknown Tempel Lipizzans perform classical dressage in Wadsworth during the summer season.They perform at Tempel Farms which is a beautifully rolling countryside suited for breeding, raising, and training of the unique Lipizzan horses.When I drive down Wadsworth Road and pass the Tempel farms, I sometimes see the young horses (which have not...

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Gurnee Sports & Outdoors

  • For Fitness Fun in Gurnee Visit Centre...

    The Centre Club is a world-class health club with all the facilities you'll ever need. If you wish to see it, take a tour, and perhaps have a visitor's pass, just go to the front desk and inquire.This club is in excess of 60,000 sq. feet. It has 1/10 mile cushioned running track, Aerobics training center, free weight training area, Racquetball...

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  • Hunt Club Park Aquatic Center

    Please See all of the PhotographsWeather permitting, the Aquatic Center opens on Memorial Day weekend and opens daily in June until September.This Aquatic Park opened a three years ago and has been well received. The Center features:1. Zero Depth entry for all swimmers, which is especially excellent for small children.2. 1500 swimmer...

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  • Ice Skating and Ice Hockey at Rink Side...

    At Gurnee Mills you will find wonderful facilities for freestyle skating and for ice hockey games. The Facility is caledl Rink Side Sports & Family Entertainment Center.Walk on prices for freestyle skating:60 Minutes $9.0045/50 minutes 5.5030 minutes 5.00Club member prices:60 minutes $7.0045/50 minutes 5.5030 minutes 4.00Times are posted for...

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Gurnee Favorites

  • VT Members You Can Keep Up at Cyber...

    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...

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  • Marcus Gurnee Cinema

    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...

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  • Another Great Source for Computer Use

    Warren-Newport Public Library224 North O'Plaine RoadGurnee, Illinois 60031(847)244-5150The Warren-Newport Library in Gurnee is really a library for the 21st Century:Web-based CatalogExpress 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...

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