What is GO Lake County?

GO Lake County is a walking initiative that promotes healthy and active living through programing and events within Lake County communities. GO enables everyone in Lake County to increase their level of daily physical activity and foster community engagement. 

The GO initiative was founded by the Gurnee Park District in 2016 and adopted by Live Well Lake County. It was inspired by a presentation and physical activity challenge from the former Surgeon General, Vivek K. Murthy. 

Get Involved

GO events or programs are open to everyone in Lake County! Over 20 communities have partnered to create walking opportunities for children and adults. Grab a friend or family member and visit a local park or walking trail.


Find a local GO initiative and get moving! 

Simply navigate the map below by clicking an icon for more information or clicking the expand button on the top left corner of the map to filter a list of events specific to your area. You can even browse the calendar and click Copy to My Google Calendar to receive event reminders.

GO Lake County Partnerships


The community walking initiative that began two years ago with Go Gurnee, and expanded to Antioch and Waukegan last year, is set to grow a whopping sixfold this year.

Lake County's 'GO' programs growing by 15 communities

There are no mountains, of course, but can awareness of opportunities for a healthy lifestyle be raised enough to make Lake County akin to a Colorado of the Midwest?

Lake County wants to expand Gurnee program to get residents off couches

Eighteen Lake County communities are planning their own versions of a community walking initiative that began two years ago with Go Gurnee.

Most of Lake County's 18 walking programs stepping off soon


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Frequently Asked Questions

If my community does not have a GO initiative, can I participate in another community’s GO initiative?

Anyone can participate in GO initiatives throughout Lake County. If your community is not part of GO, ask your local park district or municipality to join the movement and contact us. 

Is there a cost to attend GO events?

While most GO events are free, local park districts may host GO events that are low cost. Please visit the park district website for more details.

Can I bring my pet to a GO event or program?

Most GO events and programs do not allow pets, but some GO communities hold special walks with pets. Please contact your local GO community for more details.


How can I stay active between GO walks?

We strongly encourage everyone to continue walking between GO events. Simple ways to stay physically active can include walking at a local mall, forest preserve, park district facility, or park.

Media Kit

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