Located in the northwest corner of Illinois, Zion is the closest town to South Beach in the Illinois Beach State Park.
Illinois Beach State Park offers two beaches comprising 6.5 miles of shoreline along beautiful Lake Michigan and is the only beach ridge shoreline in Illinois. South Beach is located on the Zion side of the park and offers a picnic area, restrooms and ample parking.
Illinois Beach State Park
Visitors to Zion can choose to stay in the State Park at the campground or the Illinois Beach resort. The campground is located within in the southern unit of the park and boasts 241 sites with electricity and water hookups and shower facilities available. Reservations are recommended during the busy summer months.
The Illinois Beach Resort is also located on the south side of the park and has the distinction of being the only hotel in Illinois located right on a Lake Michigan beach. Guests can get their workouts in at the hotel’s fitness center, which houses a swimming pool and hot tub, exercise machines and fitness classes then pamper themselves with a massage at the spa. The hotel restaurant offers dining options like fried chicken and seafood alfredo, all served against the stunning view of Lake Michigan.
There are also several lodging options outside the park, like the Country Inn & Suites.
Illinois Beach State Park Campground
Illinois Beach Resort
Country Inn & Suites
In addition to two beaches, Illinois Beach State Park offers a network of nature trails for hiking, biking and cross-country skiing in winter. The dune habitat is home to many species of birds, and birdwatchers can seek out uncommon birds like snowy owls and nighthawks. Fishing is permitted at the park’s inland ponds and outside of swimming areas at the beach.
Golfers can head over to the Shepherd’s Crook Golf Course for 18 holes on a championship course that winds among prairies grass and wet lands. After you leave the 18th hole, head over to the clubhouse to refresh yourself with food and drink.
Shepherd’s Crook Golf Course
351 North Green Bay Road
Zion, IL 60099
Phone: (847) 872-2080
Concert in the Park
On Thursday evenings from mid June to late July Zion hosts a concert series at the Zion Park District band shell, featuring musical acts ranging from oldies bands to a chamber orchestra.
2400 Dowie Memorial Drive, Zion.
There are also loads of fun activities not too far away from Zion, like the Six Flags Great America theme park, the seemingly endless Gurney Mills Outlet Mall, the Great Lakes Naval Museum and the Chicago Botanic Garden.