The Chain O'Lakes is a waterway system in northeast Illinois composed of 15 lakes connected by the Fox River and man-made channels. Encompassing more than 7,100 acres of water, 488 miles of shoreline and 45 miles of river, the Chain is the busiest inland recreational waterway per acre in the United States. Located on the border of Lake County and McHenry County, about an hour's drive from the cities of Chicago, Milwaukee, and Rockford, the lakes are popular with boaters and fishermen drawing weekend crowds of 30,000 and holiday crowds of 100,000 people.

​The Chain Guide is continuously working to provide the most complete entertainment, dining and lodging guide for Chain O'Lakes area. 

​Meet your old friends and make new ones. Chain Crawl organizes 1-2 group outing per month. We suggest to come by boat but auto transportation is not forbidden.



Chain of Lakes has everything to offer: 

15 Lakes,  Nature Preserves, Boating, Fishing, & so much more

Chain O'Lakes Guide

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