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Gurnee Park District Newsletter - July 2024

Summer is officially here, and we’re off to a great start! As we begin July, we’re excited for continued sunny days and all the fun that summer brings. Make sure to get outside and make the most of this fleeting, yet memorable season!

See below for our July happenings here at Gurnee Park District!


The Hunt Club Park Aquatic Center is NOW open! Enjoy fun all summer long!

Hours include:
Monday – Friday: 12:00 – 7:00pm
Saturdays & Sundays: 12:00pm – 7:00pm
*passholder only entry 11:00am-12:00pm
Holidays: 11:00am – 7:00pm

We have a busy summer planned! Visit our Aquatic Center event calendar here!

Purchase your 2024 season pass here!

Or, visit for the day!

Purchase your online $13 day pass here!

*Don’t forget to check Rainout Line for all weather-related updates!


NEW summer location: Gurnee Community Church | 4555 Old Grand Avenue, Gurnee, IL. 60031

Wear your red, white & blue to our “America the Beautiful” celebration. The afternoon begins with a lunch of ham sandwiches on croissant rolls with Swiss cheese, lettuce & tomato, pasta salad, and chips and dessert. Then sit back as we listen to the melodies of America from NY to LA and every stop in between plus patriotic favorites sung by “Ludy & his Lady”.

Registration deadline: 7/8

Friday, July 12 – 11:30am-1:00pm
*Doors open: 11:00am/lunch service begins at 11:30am

Save your seat!


Grab your fishing poles – we’re teaming up with our favorite local heroes from the Gurnee Police Department for our FREE Cops & Bobbers Fishing Event!

Officers and Gurnee Park District staff will be onsite throughout the event to help reel in the biggest catch, create fun crafts, announce raffles, and MORE!

Please note: while we will provide a limited number of fishing poles and bait on a first-come, first-served basis, we encourage you to bring your favorite rod to ensure everyone gets a chance to participate in the fun.

This event is designed with young anglers in mind, welcoming children ages 5 -15 years old.

Wednesday, July 31
5:30 – 7:30pm
*check-in from 5:00-5:30pm
Hunt Club Park (at the pond)

*A waiver must be signed for all participants by a parent/guardian prior to fishing. 

Skip the line and sign up online!


Our Sounds of Summer concert series continues again this month! See below for our upcoming July concerts:

July 11: Sounds of Summer Evening Concert – “Taylor Dance Party” at Viking Park
*thank you to our sponsors, Community Trust Credit Union andOrthodontic Specialists of Lake County, for making this event possible!

July 23: Sounds of Summer Children’s Series: “Miss Jamie and the Farm Hands” at Viking Park
* We’re proud to partner with our friends at Forest Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry. 
Forest Orthodontics & Pediatrics’ SMILE Ice Cream Truck will be onsite! The team will be serving up FREE, sweet treats to guests (while supplies last)!

July 25: Sounds of Summer Evening Concert – “Chicago Tribute Band” at Viking Park
*thank you to our sponsor, Old National Bank, for making this event possible!

Special thank you to the Gurnee Exchange Club, who will be onsite for our evening concerts selling concessions!


It may only be July, but we are already gearing up for FALL FUN!

Mark your calendars – fall registration for fall events, programs, and more opens Tuesday, July 16 at 7:00am!
View our Fall Program & Events Guide online beginning Monday, July 8th!


Happy July 4th to all! We hope you enjoy this day of independence and joy with family and friends!

Please note that our facilities will be operating under the following holiday hours:

Looking to get outside? Our parks will be open from dawn to dusk!



Mark your calendars for MORE fun!

To view all events, please visit our View Special Event Schedule here!

GURNEE DAYS – 8/10 & 8/11

Gurnee Days is right around the corner and sure to be the highlight of the summer! Gear up for a weekend of your favorite time-honored family traditions, including kid’s activities, local food and drinks, LIVE music, the Gurnee Days parade, one of the BEST fireworks shows in Lake County, and much more!

For a complete list of events and schedules, please visit 

Looking for a FUN and REWARDING job? We’re hiring!
Available positions include:

Facility Maintenance I & II (FT & PT)
Fitness Attendant (PT)
Group Exercise Instructor (PT)
Member Services Staff (PT)
Personal Trainer (PT)
Preschool Teacher (PT)

Click here for more information and to apply!

Have a great month! We look forward to seeing you out and about at Gurnee Park District!