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FEB 2017

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February 2017 44 www.sportseventsmagazine.com a 25-meter, eight-lane pool; and four tennis courts. Evergreen Hollow Park consists of two lighted softball diamonds, one lighted baseball diamond, four lighted tennis courts, soccer fields and a pool. Commu- nity Park has baseball/softball diamonds, outdoor basketball courts, one disc golf course, four lighted tennis courts, one sand volleyball court and one outdoor ice rink. Contact: Effingham CVB, Visit EffinghamIL.com Elgin Elgin is the largest of 11 communities located in the Northern Fox River Valley, an area about 45 minutes from downtown Chicago that's known for its natural beauty and rich heritage. The area has more than 20 high-quality facilities. Hotels: Approximately 15 properties Major facilities: A 307-acre outdoor sports complex that includes 10 soccer fields, 10 softball fields and a BMX track. Numerous multipurpose facilities accom- modate basketball, volleyball, gymnastics, martial arts, wrestling, golf and fencing. Contact: Elgin Area CVB, northern foxrivervalley.com Kankakee County Approximately 50 miles south of Chica- go is Kankakee County. Outdoor sports such as fishing, cycling and equestrian are popular here. Hotel rooms: 500 Major facilities: Legends Sportsplex includes a 50,000-square-foot sportsplex and indoor turf arena. Ice Valley Centre Ice Arena features an NHL-sized rink. Diamond Point Park houses six fields, four of which are lighted. Contact: Kankakee County CVB, visitkankakeecounty.com Lake County Just 30 miles north of Chicago is Lake County. The area offers a wide selection of indoor and outdoor sports venues ideal for youth and adult competitions. Hotel rooms: 8,500+ Hotel tax rate: ranges from 11 to 12 percent Major facilities: The new Waukegan Aquatics Center houses an eight-lane, 25- yard pool. The Greater Libertyville Soccer Association has 20 outdoor fields. The 168,000-square-foot Libertyville Sports Complex has eight full-size courts and two full-size soccer fields. Waukegan Field- house is a 30,000-square-foot facility with six full-size courts. Vernon Hills Sports Complex has 17 to 20 outdoor fields, four softball/baseball fields, one stadium, a gym and an indoor pool. Waukegan Out- door Sports Park consists of four lighted baseball/softball fields and 14 natural-turf fields. Glacier Ice Arena and Twin Rinks Ice Pavilion each house two sheets of ice. Contact: Visit Lake County, sportslake county.com Lisle Outstanding hotels and first-class hospitali- ty can be found in Lisle, a city in northeast Illinois that's known as Chicago's premier western suburb. The city is home to the Chicago Bulls/Sox Training Academy, a 57,000-square-foot facility that focuses on youth player development for baseball, basketball and fast-pitch softball. Hotel rooms: 960 Hotel tax rate: 11 percent Major facility: The Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex includes a stadium with an Olympic-size, nine-lane track, a multi-use field and baseball/softball fields, as well as I L L I N O I S t Two Brothers Artisan Brewing Chill Out! Raging Waves is the state's largest outdoor waterpark and a must-visit during hot sum- mer months. Situated on more than 40 acres in Yorkville, the waterpark features 20 differ- ent styles of water slides, including its latest addition, Wonambi, a four-person tube adventure that will take your breath away. Also on site are kid- die splash areas, cabanas, a quarter-mile lazy river and a giant wave pool. n DON'T MISS: Photo courtesy of Raging Wave AURORA Located next to the Aurora Transportation Center, the largest venue for this nationally distributed craft brewery is in the only lime- stone railroad "roundhouse" still standing. The building itself is on the National Register of Historic Places. With ample full-service restaurant seating indoors and outdoors, two distinct bars, a café and in-house brewing and nightly enter- tainment on the weekends, it's a perfect dining option for groups.

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