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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.
Clucker's Charcoal Chicken
Clucker's serves only the highest quality organic, natural, golden plump chickens. As each bird is carefully roasted, the irresistible aromas of open air charcoal are infused into the chickens giving them a rich, earthy flavor that’s sure to ignite every appetite. From Cajun to Latin the chickens cater to a wide range of taste buds. Menu also includes turkey burgers, salads, Chicken Enchiladas, BBQ Brisket and more along with an array of sides.
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.
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.
Celebrate the Great Lakes Naval Station's 104th Birthday
Come and celebrate the Naval Station's 104th Birthday in a big way! Enjoy two full days of "fire-cracking" festival fun at one of the biggest celebrations in the region! Each day the celebration will include three stages of exciting live music and family entertainment, a bingo tent with thousands of dollars worth of prizes, a craft fair with handmade items, the Gridiron. Experience with interactive football activities including a "Kicks for Cash" competition, the Kid's Zone with plenty to do for children of all ages, roving entertainment/costumed characters, thrilling carnival rides and games, a 5K Twilight Run, delicious festival food and beverage booths all available from local area vendors, and lots and lots more! Then enjoy the amazing firework displays that will take place this year on both July 3rd and 4th! Free admission. Thursday hours 3pm-11:30pm and Friday hours 12pm-10pm.
7th Annual Bloody Mary Fest
Judged by a host of celebrity experts and real people, professional and amateur mixologists compete for the title of Best Bloody Mary in the Midwest. In it’s seventh year, the festival includes the very popular 5K Buddy Challenge, live entertainment, plenty of food vendors, beverages, and more! This event is held at Everts Park from 10am-5pm.
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.
Days Inn - Great Lakes
Business or pleasure, the newly renovated Great Lakes/North Chicago Days Inn offers you the convenience of a great location coupled with fabulous amenities. Ideally located between Chicago Downtown and Milwaukee off I-94, Exit IL 137 East Buckley Road, on Hwy 41. The newly renovated facility includes new carpeting, newly upgraded lobby furniture, an upgraded breakfast area, and a plasma TV in the lobby. Guaranteed a great room at a great rate, with breakfast included and the opportunity to shop, dine, explore - all while earning Wyndham Rewards points.
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.
City of Lake Forest Open Air Market
This year, the city is celebrating American Farmers. The Market commits to providing the best local, fresh, healthy food to the community and the surrounding area. Farm-to-Table vendors provide vegetables, fruit, artisan breads, jams, honey and specialty items. The market is located at the intersection of Deerpath and Western Avenue. Free parking in all city lots.
Join the 6th annual Fort2Base Race. There are two event distances, 10 Nautical Mile or 3 Nautical Mile events (11.5 miles or 3.45 miles). The 10NM event begins at Fort Sheridan in Highland Park, runs along the North Shore Trail and finishes within the confines of Naval Station Great Lakes. The 3NM event is run solely within Naval Station Great Lakes. All registered participants receive a tech shirt and finishers medals. Runners and walkers welcome!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Glen Rowan House
The Glen Rowan House is the perfect setting for weddings, social parties, private, and corporate events. An estate on Chicago’s North Shore designed by renowned architect Howard Van Doren Shaw, this significant landmark is named for its impressive rowan oak trees and is a part of the Lake Forest College campus.
Heinz Orchard is only 37 miles from downtown Chicago making it the closest apple orchard to Chicago. There are a number of different apples to pick from: Golden Delicious, Empire, McIntosh, Jonathan and Red Delicious. If you’re looking for something different to do, without traveling too far from home, this is a great orchard to check out.
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
Deerpath Golf Course
Deerpath Golf Course in Lake Forest opens for play in March and closes for the season on or about December 15. This 18-hole public course, measures 6,255 yards with a par 70 and 5,487 yards with a par 72 for women. The course has spectacular mature trees, high quality naturalized areas and beautiful water features including ponds and streams. The Deerpath Golf Academy offers the finest golf instruction on the North Shore. Golfers of all abilities will realize immediate and sustainable improvement for a lifetime of better golf.
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.