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10 Things to Do in Waukegan


Waukegan offers some of the most amazing sights and activities in Illinois and lucky for you, Fox Crest Apartments offers you easy access to it all! Spend a day exploring all of the amazing shops and restaurants with your friends. Or uncover hidden treasures in one of the amazing museums like the Waukegan History Museum! There are so many activities and places to visit for every occasion, like a night out, family fun days, or a quiet day spent with yourself!

Below is our complete guide to every exciting adventure that awaits you here in Waukegan, IL! Being so close to the action at Fox Crest, you’ll always have something fun to do while you’re in the area.


Top 5 Things To Do In Waukegan


1. Illinois Beach State Park 

The Illinois Beach State Park is a must-see attraction near the Fox Crest Apartments. There are many activities that you can do while you are here enjoying your day. Try out the bike trail that connects 29th and 17th street. If you enjoy hiking that is another activity that is also offered at the Illinois Beach State Park. There are 5 miles of trails that you can explore while you are here. You can also enjoy a nice swim at the swimming beach. Don’t forget to bring your fishing pole to go fishing.

Be sure to visit their website as well to see if they are hosting any upcoming events at the park too. There are so many activities to do while you are at the Illinois Beach State Park, you will want to stay for the whole day and try them all. Pack a picnic lunch and have one here.  

1 Lake Front Dr
Zion, IL 60099
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2. Chicago Botanic Garden 

The Chicago Botanic Garden is a beautiful place to walk around for the day and enjoy the beautiful plants. Explore one of the many different gardens like the English Oak Meadow Garden, the Heritage Garden, the Lakeside Gardens, the Rose Garden, and many more. The botanic gardens also have several rotating exhibits that you will want to go and see too. There are so many different gardens to see you will have to come back again and again to explore them all.

There are also a variety of great education programs and ways to learn more about the gardens. Some of these great educational opportunities that are offered are for teachers and students, adults, as well as children and family classes. Visit their website to see all of the events that they are hosting at the gardens too!   

1000 Lake Cook Rd
Glencoe, IL 60022
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3. Waukegan History Museum 

The Waukegan History Museum is another great place that you will want to go to many times while you are living at Fox Crest. Learn the history of Waukegan while walking through the History Museum as well as the Library. The history museum has many different artifacts during the 1870’s. There are also several rotating exhibits that are featured at given times at the museum. Visit the website to see what exhibits are currently on display as well as past exhibits that were there too.

On their website they also post about events that are scheduled to happen at the museum. You will not want to miss exploring the amazing historical center to learn more about Waukegan.

1917 N Sheridan Rd
Waukegan, IL 60087
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4. National Museum of the American Sailor

The National Museum of the American Sailor is a great way to learn more about the U.S. Navy. Explore the many collections that they have at the museum to include photos, uniforms of past sailors, artifacts, and much more. They also have exhibits that you can go and see as well. Two of these exhibits are “Animals and the U.S. Navy” and “The Dawn of the U.S. Navy”.  

There are also several different educational opportunities that are offered at the museum such as STEM programs, Internships, Scouts and Youth Groups, and more. Make sure to visit their website to also see events that they are hosting at the museum each month.

2531 Sheridan Rd Building 42
Great Lakes, IL 60088
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5. Six Flags Great America 

Six Flags Great America is such a fun spot to spend the day with family or friends. Located just a short drive from Fox Crest, you will want to come here every weekend. There are many different rides to try out including family rides, waterpark rides, thrill rides, and more. Try out some of these thrill rides to include the Giant Drop, Revolution, Viper, and more. If you like thrill and an adrenaline rush this fun park is for you.

There are also dining and shopping options. Look at their website to see the events that they have going on that month too. You can even buy a season pass and enjoy the park whenever you want.

1 Great America Parkway
Gurnee, IL 60031
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Top 5 Amazing Places To Eat In Waukegan

There are many different delicious restaurants in Waukegan, IL that you will want to try out. Try all of them and more, you will think they are great!


Anastasia's Restaurant & Sports Lounge 

Anastasia’s Restaurant & Sports Lounge is a short drive from Fox Crest and offers delicious food and a great place to enjoy dinner with friends. Come for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. For breakfast, try one of Anastasia’s Famous Skillets or a Sunrise Sandwich. For lunch, try one of their many salads. For dinner, to start off, try the Fried Mac & Cheese Bites, the Garlic Cheese Bread, or the Fried Ravioli. For mains, try a wrap, sandwich, dinner plate, burger, pizza, or one of their rotating specials.  

3880 Northpoint Blvd
Waukegan, IL 60085



Quonset Pizza

Quonset Pizza is a short drive away from Fox Crest and offers delicious pizza. Try one of their specialty pizzas or create your own. We recommend trying the Chicken Feta Spinach Pizza. If you don’t feel like having pizza try a sandwich, sub, wings, or salad. We recommend the Toasted Turkey Sub or the Meatball Sandwich. You will love anything that you try here.  

2602 Grand Ave
Waukegan, IL 60085


Green Town Tavern 

The Green Town Tavern is a great spot to grab a drink and a bite to eat. Try out one of their great appetizers such as the Green Town Chips or the Ball Park Nachos. Also try one of the salads, burgers, wraps, or sandwiches. We recommend the Cali Wrap, Southwestern Burger, or the Ham & Cheese Croissant. Don’t forget to ask what the desserts are for that day.  

110 S Genesee St
Waukegan, IL 60085


Big Ed's BBQ & Bar 

Big Ed’s BBQ & Bar has great BBQ in the Waukegan area. For a starter, try out the BBQ Nachos or the Fried Pickles. For a main, try the Rib Tip Dinner, Pulled Pork Dinner, The After-Work Burger, The FAT BOY Sammich, or the Chopped Salad. There are also many different sides to choose from to pair with your meal. Try the Big Tony Mac N Cheese or the Sweet Potatoes. For dessert, try the My Wife’s Pound Cake or the Bumpy Chocolate Cake.  

4030 Northpoint Blvd
Waukegan, IL 60085


Pepe's Mexican Restaurant 

If you are looking for a great Mexican restaurant to try in Waukegan. For an appetizer, try out the Queso Fundido or the Taquitos. For a main dish they serve a variety of different options such as salads, nachos, tacos, fajitas, burritos, quesadillas, and more. We recommend trying out the Enchiladas Cozumel, Flautas, Stuffed Taco Dinner, or the Fajita Burrito Dinner. For dessert, try out the Empanada or the Sopapillas.    

760 N Green Bay Rd
Waukegan, IL 60085