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    About Lake Irene
    Cook County, Illinois

    Lake Irene is in Palatine, Illinois, just under 45 miles from Chicago. Named after statesman Daniel Pope Cook, Cook County is the United States’ second-most populous county with a population of 5.15 million people.

    The closest major airport is O’Hare International, under 20 minutes away. Urgent care can be provided at Northwest Community Hospital, 11 minutes away.

    Groceries and snacks can be found at Jewel-Osco, around seven minutes from the lake. Locals recommend restaurants such as Napoli’s Pizza, The “Original” JJ Twigs Pizza & Pub, and Agio Italian Bistro.

    Urban Paradise

    Lake Irene and its sister lake, Donut Lake, are part of the Twin Lakes Recreation Area. Lake Irene has no fish, but Donut Lake offers bluegill, walleye, yellow perch, channel catfish, common carp, black crappie, and largemouth bass.

    While residents can't use a motorized boat or bring a boat on either lake, paddleboats and kayaks are available for rent. Other amenities here include a restaurant, a nature walk, and a golf course.

    Entertainment Options

    With its proximity to Chicago, there are endless opportunities when it comes to worthwhile activities.

    One of the top attractions is Navy Pier which offers tons of rides, including a Ferris wheel that gives a beautiful view of Lake Michigan and the rest of the city.

    There are lots of shopping around the pier and many different options for food.

    Museum-lovers should visit The Art Institute of Chicago, the Field Museum, and the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago.

    Millennium Park features a theatre, an ice rink, and the famous Chicago “Bean.”

    Shedd Aquarium has a wide range of exhibits and has fish from all over the world.

    Excellent Location for Lake Life

    Whether you are looking to buy a family home, a full-time retirement residence, or waterfront property, Lake Irene is an excellent choice.