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Wright Woods Forest Preserve
The Wright Woods Forest Preserve located in Mettawa offers 4 miles of scenic trails: a short loop for hikers, bicyclists and skiers that circles a pond, and a 3-mile loop for hikers, bicyclists, skiers and horses. This preserve also has footbridge spanning the Des Plaines River, which links Wright Woods to Half Day Forest Preserve.
Willow Glen Golf Club
The Willow Glen Golf Club is home to a picturesque 18-hole layout that provides an enjoyable challenge for all skill levels. The new clubhouse is home to Buckley's Restaurant and Pub making Willow Glen one of the finest golf and dining experiences on the North Shore. Open to the public!
Wildlife Discovery Center
The Wildlife Discovery Center is a special place offering programs for people of all ages who have an interest in wildlife and their habitat. Children's classes, adult programs, and school field trips focus on wildlife conservation, field biology, and ecology. The Center also offers self-guided nature hikes, workshops, eco-based summer camps, wildlife ecology trips, group presentations, traveling animal exhibits and exciting volunteer opportunities. You can visit eye-to-eye with over 150 animals including a bobcat, raptors, Kookaburras, and an assortment of venomous and non-venomous reptiles like crocodilians, snakes, turtles and tortoises. The Wildlife Discovery Center is home to one of the largest public exhibits of rattlesnakes in North America, including four species that are native to Illinois. Indoor exhibits hours are Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10:00am to 4:00pm. The outdoor exhibits and walking trails are open year round.
The Ragdale Foundation
Guided tours (by reservation only) of Ragdale, a nationally renowned artists' community built by noted architect Howard Van Doren Shaw, include a walk through the historic house and gardens as well as a studio visit with an artist-in-residence.
The Ragdale Foundation
Art, architecture, and garden tours of Howard Van Doren Shaw's summer retreat. The house and gardens, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places among examples of the Arts and Crafts movement in the country. It house 12 artists at a time.
The Popcorn Factory
For more than 30 years, The Popcorn Factory has been the "popcorn authority" with our impressive collection of crowd-pleasing gifts and great-tasting snacks. Our factory store in Lake Forest is delighting customers with delicious, premium popcorn, cookies, candies, nuts and snacks of all kinds, plus all your Popcorn Factory favorite items! A trip to The Popcorn Factory Store is sure to be an adventure every time!
The Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival
The Great Highwood Pumpkin Fest will boast fan favorites including all you can carve pumpkins, Trick or Treating, costume contests, Pumpkin Parade, hay rides, pony rides, petting zoo, carnival rides, kids crafts, two stages jam packed with solid entertainment, food and beverage vendors galore and a Superhero 5K Pumpkin Run/Walk. As always, all lit jack-o-lanterns will be placed on pumpkin walls throughout the Festival grounds, with ceremonial wall lightings Friday and Saturday nights, and the grand lighting on Sunday evening.
Sweet Pete's Candy
Sweet Pete's Candy is the sweetest destination on Earth. We offer handmade chocolates and confections, ice cream, frozen yogurt, cupcakes and more. Join us for a party, class or field trip for a sweet candy-making experience you will be sure to love.
Sleep Inn - Lake Bluff
Affordable rates and clean, comfortable hotel rooms with every inch designed to be user-friendly and accommodate those features most frequently requested by travelers. The hotel is conveniently located by an array of local restaurants and attractions including the Great Lakes Naval Training Center, Six Flags Great America, Gurnee Mills and the Veterans Affairs Naval Hospital. The hotel offers free high speed Internet, a free hot waffle continental breakfast, 5,000 sq ft. of banquet facilities and a 100% Guest Satisfaction Guarantee to ensure all your needs are met.
The Silo has been a landmark on the North Shore for over 32 years, serving famous Pan Pizza. Award winning chili, appetizers, salads, sandwiches, hamburgers, dinner entrees, and a full service bar compliment our menu. The Silo seats customers on two different levels! We also provide a complete carryout menu. The Silo is an independently owned and operated family restaurant. Plan your next party or catering event at The Silo.
Residence Inn Chicago Lake Forest Mettawa
The Residence Inn by Marriott Lake Forest/Mettawa hotel in Chicago is ideal for extended stay business travelers and is within easy reach of both downtown Chicago and North Shore businesses and attractions. Conveniences, too, like grocery shopping and dai
Residence Inn Chicago Lake Forest Mettawa
The Residence Inn by Marriott Lake Forest/Mettawa hotel in Chicago is ideal for extended stay business travelers and is within easy reach of both downtown Chicago and North Shore businesses and attractions. Conveniences, too, like grocery shopping and daily housekeeping, free HomeTouch SM hot breakfast buffet and nightly manager's reception all compliments of Residence Inn by Marriott. Our studio, 1 and 2 bedroom suites offer complimentary high speed internet access and HDTV.
Red Carpet Inn - North Chicago
100 spacious, comfortably appointed rooms that are always maintained to the highest standards of cleanliness and comfort to ensure value for all guests. Room sizes range from doubles, kings and Jacuzzi rooms to bi-level suits and all include air conditioning, bath tub and shower, satellite TV, telephone, iron and ironing board and refrigerator. Hotel offers special rates for Navy families attending recruit graduations and free shuttle to and from the graduation. Close to Six Flags Great America , Lake Michigan, Gurnee Mills and many other attractions. Outdoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi available May-October.
R & V Italian Market & Deli
Italian Market & Deli serving authentic homemade Italian recipes daily. The full deli offers sandwiches, salads, soups, pizza, fresh bread, and an Italian bakery. Also enjoy shopping the specialty grocery store's olive oils, pesto, gift baskets and many Italian favorites.
North Shore Distillery
Visit the first craft distillery in Illinois, where award-winning vodkas, gins, liqueurs and more are handcrafted. See the still and learn how spirits are made in a truly unique setting. Or, simply join us or a delicious, seasonal cocktail made with fresh ingredients. Tasting Room open Wednesday & Thursday from 4 pm to 9 pm, Friday from 3 pm to 10 pm, Saturday from 12 noon to 10 pm & Sunday from 12 noon to 7 pm.
Lovells of Lake Forest
Lovells of Lake Forest is a fine dining restaurant located in a beautiful French-styled mansion along Chicago's North Shore. A majority of our menu items are deeply rooted in the American culinary tradition. Private dining for events is also available.
LaQuinta Inn & Suites - Bannockburn
Unwind at La Quinta Inn & Suites with complimentary breakfast, swimming pool, whirlpool, fitness center, Club Room and more. Enjoy our oversized rooms and upscale accommodations complete with in-room coffee maker, refrigerator, microwave, and high-speed wireless internet access.
Lake Bluff Golf Club
The Lake Bluff Park District's 18-hole, 6,589 yard course boasts challenging greens set in a tranquil environment and grass teen practice facility. The Lake Bluff Golf Club is a wonderfully balanced golf course with mature tree-lined fairways and bent grass fairways and greens for a consistently enjoyable playing experience. The facility also includes an expansive practice facility with grass tee driving range, practice putting green, and short-game area with bunker. The professionally stocked Pro Shop and the Village Grill, which serves delicious food and a wide selection of beverages, are a couple of the superior amenities available to guests of the club.
Lake Bluff Brewery
Lake Bluff Brewing Company is a small craft brewery devoted to upholding the lofty standards of quality craft beer being produced by so many fine Chicagoland microbreweries. Striving to create the finest beer available while minding the rich traditions of the brewing craft. Limited menu includes sandwiches, appetizers and pizza. Craft beers on tap that changes from time to time.
Hotel Moraine and Conference Center
Located in a quiet neighborhood on Chicago's North Shore.
Hilton Garden Inn
Centrally located to Vernon Hills, Lincolnshire and Deerfield corporate centers, Great Lakes Navy Base, Six Flags Great America/Hurricane Harbor and Gurnee Mills Mall Outlet Shopping Center. This Lake Forest hotel features170 rooms, each equipped with complimentary high-speed internet access, flat screen TV, microwave, refrigerator and coffeemaker. Relax in the indoor pool, whirlpool or work out in the exercise facility. The on-site restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and evening room service. An exceptional meeting and banquet space for business and corporate meetings, intimate wedding receptions, family reunions, military reunions, or religious retreats is also available.
Highwood's Evening Gourmet Farmers Market
Held at Everts Park, this feast of local produce, gourmet cheeses, homemade pastas, baked goods, breads and pastries, and a variety of Italian, Mexican, French, and Irish delicacies offers something for everyone. With its Evening Concert Series and live cooking demo's in the Gourmet Chef's Corner, this energetic farmers market has become a tradition for friends and family looking for great food, spirits and entertainment. Additionally, Art in the Park will be back for its second year, showcasing local artists, unique jewelry, fashion, and art, alongside 60 vendors.
Highwood's 5th Annual Garlic Fest
This fun, food-filled event showcases the ever-popular taste of Garlic. Attendees come to sample a variety of garlic creations from out-of-the-ordinary garlic ice cream, candy, cupcakes and cocktails, to the more usual pastas, sauces, breads, and butters. Held during the Evening Market, the fest features a Taste of Garlic Competition for the Savory and Sweet categories, as well as the very popular Garlic Queen and Princess Competitions. Attracts 5,000 attendees. Free to attend.
Highwood Days & Taco Fest
This year marks the 48th anniversary of Highwood’s oldest festival. Complete with carnival rides, funnel cakes, a beer & margarita garden, live music and tons of food from local vendors – this is the most traditional festival and will not disappoint! To add to the excitement, Highwood debuts the First Annual North Shore Taco Fest where we will bring together the region’s best taco-centric restaurants, caterers and food trucks to offer a wide range of mouth watering taco creations.