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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.
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. Tasting room is open on Fridays from 4 to 8 and Saturdays from 1 to 6. Distillery tours are offered on Fridays at 6 p.m. and Saturdays at 2 and 4 p.m.
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!
Built in 1917 for A. Watson Armour, Elawa Farm is a stunning example of estate farm architecture. Come and learn about Historic Elawa Farm and what it looked like way back when and what is happening today at the farm. This farm is a 16-acre parcel of land, including the original farm complex buildings that were part of an early 20th century gentleman's farm and has a unique combination of natural setting, designed landscapes and buildings of architectural and historic significance.
Great Lakes Naval Museum
As an official Navy Museum, the Great Lakes Naval Museum's mission is to tell the story of the United States Navy, with particular emphasis on the Navy's only "boot camp" at the Naval Station Great Lakes.
Citadel Theatre is dedicated to producing inspiring theatre by bringing together gifted professionals from all the theatrical disciplines to create exciting, compelling work of the highest caliber.
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.
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.
Garden Market at Elawa Farm
Seasonal flowers and vegetable crops will be supplemented from the kitchen with soups, jams, pestos, breads and muffins. Please visit our market, kitchen and garden when you come to shop, it's a lovely trip worthy of time spent in a most beautiful place. Open June through October.
Argonne National Laboratory
Argonne is one of the country's premier facilities for energy-related research and development. Visitors must be at least 16 years old.
Greenbelt Cultural Center
Nestled within the native landscape of Greenbelt Forest Preserve, the Center and its outdoor amphitheater can be rented for meetings, conferences, classes, weddings, showers, receptions or family reunions.
Arts at Argonne
A variety of arts events are staged at this location in Argonne.
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.
Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve
Ft. Sheridan's history is closely tied to the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Lt. Gen. Philip Sheridan was put in charge of settling the unrest after the fire. Members of the Commercial Club which represented Chicago businessmen petitioned to establish an artillery school and military installation north of Chicago for their safety. Ft. Sheridan is now a beautiful forest preserve with rolling terrain, bluffs and ravines full of rich history. Trails wind through the preserves for outdoor enthusiasts or tour groups may take a walking or motorcoach windshield tour of the preserve.
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.
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.
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!
Deer Path Inn
Full Service Hotel with Dining and Banquet Facilities.
Hotel Moraine and Conference Center
Located in a quiet neighborhood on Chicago's North Shore.
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.
Great Lakes Naval Museum
As an official Department of the Navy Museum, the Great Lakes Naval Museum's mission is to select, collect, preserve, and interpret the history of the United States Navy with particular emphasis on the Navy's only "boot camp" at the Naval Training Station/Center at Great Lakes, Illinois. Exhibits feature an overview of the boot camp experience and the history of Naval Station Great Lakes. The museum is located at the Great Lakes Naval Station by the Main Gates. Admission and parking are free. Public transportation to the Great Lakes Naval Museum is available via Metra's Union Pacific North Line.
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.
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.
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
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.
Adlai E. Stevenson Historic Home
Adlai Stevenson II was an important and influential figure in the political history of the United States. Stevenson was Governor of Illinois from 1949 to 1953 and ran twice for President as the Democratic National Candidate in 1952 and 1956. He also served as Ambassador to the United Nations from 1961 - 1965. The grounds are open daily for self-guided tours. The peaceful setting allows visitors to experience the historic landscape similar to when the family lived in the house. The house has been designated a National Historic Landmark. Group tours can be arranged through the Forest Preserves - 847-968-3422.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
61st Art Fair on the Square
Art fair consisting of selected exhibitors' work in a variety of disciplines including: ceramics, digital art, drawing/pastels, fiber, glass, jewelry, metal, graphics/printmaking, mixed media, painting, photography, sculpture & wood. Silhouetted against classical architecture and stately mature trees, the artists set up their outdoor galleries around historic Market Square. There will also be a children's art tent for the creative little ones.
Join the 5th 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!
The Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival
The City of Highwood is honored to once again transform into Pumpkin Fest headquarters. This event orchestrates fan favorite activities including a pet costume contest, Light Up the Night Parade, 5K Pumpkin Run, Walk & Kids’ Dash, onsite carving, nightly pumpkin wall lighting ceremonies, hay rides, pumpkin bowling, pony rides, petting zoo, carnival rides, kids crafts, live entertainment, pumpkin beer tasting, and seasonal food and beverage vendors galore.
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.
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.
6th 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 sixth 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. More details to come.
Highwood's 5th Annual Garlic Fest
From 4-9pm, some 5,000 attendees come to Everts Park 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 Highwood’s Evening Market, the Fest features a Taste of Garlic Competition for the Savory and Sweet categories!