Seasonal

Spring

Farmers Markets

Local Farmers Markets

Libertyville Farmers Market
Join us every Thursday morning in downtown Libertyville.
May 30th and June 6th, and then June 20th through October 17th
7am – 1pm


In 2019, we are celebrating our 39th year in operation! 
This year most of your favorite vendors from last year will return, so you’ll be able to find all the fresh food and flowers that you want, and also have fun shopping for them.  Our market provides you with the opportunity to get to know your food and the producer who grows it or makes it.

Radical Root Farm Stand
31330 N. Milwaukee Avenue
Libertyville
Thursdays 2 – 6pm
Fridays 2 – 6pm
Saturdays 8am – 1pm
May – November (closed Thanksgiving weekend)

Mundelein Farmer’s Market
Park Street between Lake & Seymour Streets
Fridays June 14th – September 27th
3 – 7pm

Vernon Hills Farmers Market
Century Park
Thursdays, June 6th – August 29th
Century Park
3 – 7pm

Local vendors will display their goods weekly, June 6 through August 29 on Thursdays from 3 pm-7 pm at the south end of Century Park. There will be no market on July 4.
A parking lot is on site at the corner of Hawthorn Parkway and Lakeview Parkway. Additional parking is available at the Rust-Oleum Development Center.

Grayslake Farmers Market
Center Street

Spring Market
Saturdays
April 13th – June 1st
10am – 2pm

Summer Market
Wednesdays
June 5th – September 25th
3 – 7pm

Fall Market
Saturdays
September 28th – December 14th
10am – 2pm

The Grayslake Farmers Market is a nonprofit organization that fosters a sense of community by operating a weekly three season outdoor shopping experience in the historic downtown center that offers farm fresh and prepared foods, arts and crafts, music and children’s activities.


East Grand Avenue Farmers & Artisans Market 

July 21th
August 18th
September 15th
October 20th
11am – 3pm

The East Grand Artisans & Farmers Market will be located in the parking lot of the Salvation Army (3559 Grand Avenue) at the corner of Belle Plaine/Grand Avenue.

Lake Bluff Farmers Market
Village Green
Fridays
June 8th – October 12th
7am – noon

From produce, proteins and pastries to flowers, cheese and more, the Lake Bluff Farmers’ Market is one of the Village’s best places to stock your fridge and pantry! With knife sharpening services, live music and cooking demonstrations, the Lake Bluff Farmers’ Market works to create an experience that will kick summer weekends in Lake Bluff in style. Join us, join our vendors and join your neighbors on the Lake Bluff Village Green each and every Friday in the summer!

The Garden Market at Elawa Farm
1401 Middlefork
Lake Forest
Fridays and Saturdays
May 17th – October 26th
8am – 1pm

The Garden Market begins mid-May and runs through October, featuring produce, herbs and flowers harvested directly from the Elawa Garden and from selected local visiting vendors. Our small-scale Market Garden provides a remarkable array of heirloom tomatoes, greens, carrots, beets, squash, herbs, honey, flower bouquets and more. 

In addition we offer seasonal homemade items from our own Elawa Kitchen as well as local artisan items for your garden and home.

Note:  Any surplus of produce and food items in our seasonal Garden Market are donated weekly to a local food pantry.

 

 

 

Easter Bunny Photos & Events

 

 

Easter Bunny Photos

Photos with the Bunny 
Hawthorn Mall
122 Hawthorn Center
Vernon Hills

Come visit the Easter Bunny at Hawthorn!
March 22nd – April 20th
Monday – Saturday: 10am – 9pm
Sunday: 11am – 6pm

Photo’s provided by Cherry Hill. Visits with the Bunny are always Free. Photo packages are available for purchase.

Bass Pro Shop Gurnee Mills
6112 W. Grand Avenue
Gurnee

**Easter Bunny photos will be available for pictures at the designated times- pictures will be given at a first come first serve basis. Lines will cut off 15 minutes before photos end.

• Saturday, April 13- 11am-6pm
• Sunday, April 14-12pm-5pm
• Monday, April 15- 5:30pm-7:30pm
• Tuesday, April 16- 5:30pm-7:30pm
• Wednesday, April 17- 5:30pm-7:30pm
• Thursday, April 18- 5:30pm-7:30pm
• Friday, April 19- 2pm-8pm
• Saturday, April 20-11am-6pm
• Sunday, April 21- 12-5pm
FREE Giveaway- Monday-Thursday only to the first 75 kids to have thier photo taken:
April 15 & 16- Stress Bunny
April 17 & 18- Plush Bunny

Easter Crafts**
• Saturdays: Noon-5pm
• Sundays: Noon-4pm
• Friday: 3-7pm

Events

Soothing Bunny

April 7, 9am-10am

Hawthorn Mall will be hosting an opportunity for children with Autism and other special needs (and their siblings) to visit the Easter Bunny in a more soothing and sensory-friendly environment. Pictures are available for purchase from Cherry Hill. Visits are always free!

The first 30 children will receive a Hawthorn Mall Easter Bunny Bag.

*Located Lower Level in Center Court

*No reservations needed

5k Bunny Hop & Egg Hunt
April 13th

The first annual Hawthorn Mall Bunny Rock 5K race will feature egg-stra special entertainment including ‘80’s rock music at the start and finish lines. Race participants will receive a pair of bunny ears, one pair of stylish sunglasses, and a runner’s t-shirt. Those who finish the run will also receive a finisher’s medal. Registration fees for the race start at $39.75 when entrants sign up online at www.bunnydash5k.com.

Following the race, there will be an Easter egg hunt for children ages 2 to 10 featuring more than 3,000 candy-filled eggs. A live petting zoo will round out the fun. Egg hunt participants receive bunny ears and sunglasses, an Easter egg basket and, of course, eggs (while supplies last). Fees for the Easter egg hunt start at just $10 when participants sign up online at www.bunnydash5k.com. A portion of the proceeds from the Bunny Rock 5K Run and the Easter egg hunt will benefit Reach Rescue, a non-profit, no-kill animal rescue group.

Also following the race, Hawthorn Mall will host an after-party at Dave & Buster’s. The party will include a FREE continental buffet and will feature FREE face painting for the children as well as retailer booths with special offers and giveaways. For those over 21 with a valid ID, Sam Adams will be offering FREE beer sampling as well. No RSVP or registration is required for the after-party event.

-Race: Saturday, April 13th, starting at 8:30 a.m. outside the mall in the Dave & Buster’s parking lot. Register in person or in advance at www.bunnydash5k.com.
-Egg Hunt: Saturday, April 13th, at 9:45 a.m. in the Dave & Buster’s parking lot (weather permitting). Register in person or in advance at www.bunnydash5k.com.
-After Party: 10 a.m. to Noon at Dave & Buster’s; no RSVP or registration is required.

Brunch and Cooking Class with the Easter Bunny
Yu Kids Island and Maggiano’s
April 14th 9 – 11:30am

Yu Kids Island is partnering with Maggiano’s to bring you some Easter Joy!
Children will be able to get the full experience of being a Chef right here in Yu Kids Island !

What: Egg coloring with the Chef!, Meet the Easter Bunny & Brunch

Where: Cooking Class with Chef Manny will take place at Yu Kids Island followed by Meet and Greet with the Easter Bunny & Brunch at Maggiano’s

When: Sunday April 14,2019

Time:9:00 am-11:30 am

Cost: $25.00 per child $15.00 per adult

Tickets are available on:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/brunch-with-the-bunny-tickets-58662790987

 

Flashlight Egg Scramble 
888 Dunbar Road
Mundelein
April 18th 7 – 8:30pm

Egg hunts aren’t just for little kids! You are never too old to enjoy plastic eggs filled with candy and prizes!

The night will start with an egg hunt and follow with pizza and games!

You will need your flashlight and bag or basket. You must be registered to attend this event.

Led by Recreational Staff. Deadline to register is 4/11.

 

Spring Egg Hunt Extravaganza – FREE Event
1401 N. Midlothian
Mundelein
April 19th 10am – 12pm

Spring Egg Hunt Extravaganza (ages 2-7)

Ages 2-3: 10:00 am

Ages 4-5: 10:15 am

Ages 6-7: 10:30 am

Spring on over to our annual Spring Egg Hunt, where 10,000 candy filled eggs will blanket Community Park. After the hunt, hop on down to pictures with the bunny in front of our spring photo backdrop. That’s not all, we will have a petting zoo where you can pet real bunnies! Don’t forget, you will need a basket or bag to hold the eggs you collect. Make sure both you and the kids dress for the weather. No registration required. Groups begin promptly at times listed.

Held at Community Park Upper Field

 

Kids’ Castle Dragon Egg Hunt (9-12 years)
Deerpath Park – Kid’s Castle Playground
299 Onwentsia
Vernon Hills
April 19th 7 – 8pm

The dragon has escaped and eggs were spread all over Kids’ Castle playground! We need kids, ages 9-12 years, to bring your flashlights and help us find the eggs at this new event. Meet at Kids’ Castle playground in Deerpath Park. This event will be cancelled in the case of inclement weather. R/NR Fee: $3/4

Easter Egg Hunt 
Yu Kids Island
Vernon Hills
April 19th 10am – 12pm

Join Yu Kids Island for a Bunny Hoppin good time. Our event will take place from 10:00am to 12:00pm on Friday April 19th, 2019. The event is free with paid general admission.

This year we will be starting out to our annual Egg Hunt. Starting promptly at 10:00 am there will be colorful plastic eggs hidden all over YKI’s playground. (arrive at 9:00am for early check in)
Search HIGH and low this year we will be making them worth the search.

After the fun of searching for those goodie stuffed eggs we will be having Art & Crafts in our party room. From Picture frames to decorating your own egg, your child will get to take home this wonderful creation!

Bunny Brunch
Lambs Farm
14245 W. Rockland Road
Libertyville
April 19th & 20th 

We hope you join us for a delicious buffet at the Magnolia Cafe & Bakery and for a visit in the Bunny Patch, where children can enjoy spring crafts, activities and get a photo with the Easter bunny! Some of our adorable Farmyard friends will also be available for petting and learning.

Seatings are at 9am, 10:30am and 12 pm. $17.95, $7.95 for 23 months and younger with activities

Call the Magnolia Cafe & Bakery for reservations at 847-362-5050.

Easter Egg Hunt
Bass Pro Shop Gurnee Mills
6112 W. Grand Avenue
Gurnee
April 20th 2pm

Easter Egg Hunt**
Saturday, April 20 at 2pm
~Registration will begin at 1:30pm; egg hunt will be from 2-3pm. ~Ages 2-10 years old.
~Kids collect 5 eggs and return to the registration table to exchange for candy
~Eggs will be hidden in (5) departments- Apparel, Camping, Fishing, Hunting, and Footwear.
*Bag to collect eggs will be supplied

 

Lunch with the Bunny
Adler Park
1500 N. Memorial
Libertyville
April 20th

Hop on down the Bunny Trail to have lunch with the Easter Bunny. Enjoy the Easter egg hunt in beautiful Adler Park after visiting with the Easter Bunny. Bring your camera to capture this event. All attending must register and pay.

2 years old and up
$10

Easter Brunch with the Bunny
The Claim Company
Hawthorn Mall
122 Hawthorn Center
Vernon Hills
Three seatings: 9am – 11am, 11am – 1pm, 1pm – 3pm

Breakfast buffet three seating 9ams, 11am, 1am
Photo op with the Easter Bunny. Includes breakfast items, lunch items, kids table, dessert table.

 

Nearby:

Big Bunny Celebration with Easter Egg Hunt
5006 S. Sylvania Avenue
Sturtevant, WI 53177

A day with the Big Bunny Celebration with Easter Egg Hunt will be one to remember as you embark on a journey to Bunnyville. The Big Bunny Train Depot will be the first stop on the adventure. There you will receive your ticket and see Grandpa’s Table Top Easter Train as it travels through the town.

It will then be your turn for a ride, but you’ll need to catch your train. The next step is to Bunny Hop your way through the bunny tunnel to aboard the one and only Big Bunny Express Train.

Once you arrive in Bunnyville you will visit the Bunny Hut to see Country Bunny’s original puppet show. You’ll then able to explore the glorious town and all of its happenings! Hunt for Easter eggs, play exciting games, walk through the Bunny Trail, learn about our lovable, baby farm animals and enjoy a hand-led pony ride.

Don’t forget to refuel by enjoying a freshly baked cookie and Apple Holler’s famous apple cider!

Bunny Celebration Includes:

  • Pick up your Big Bunny Express Train Ticket at the Train Depot
  • See Grandpa’s Table Top Easter Train
  • Do the Bunny Hop through the Bunny Tunnel
  • Ride the Big Bunny Express Train
  • Hunt for Easter eggs in Bunnyville
  • Take the Bunny Trail to see the baby animals
  • Play Bunny Bowling, Ring Toss-Every child wins!
  • Hand-lead gentle pony rides
  • Enjoy a freshly-baked cookie and apple cider$10 per person. Reservations required.

 

 

More Coming Soon!

 

Spring Events

 

 

Events

Earth Day Volunteer & Activity Day – FREE
David Adler Music & Arts Center
1700 N. Milwaukee Avenue
Libertyville
April 14th 1 – 3pm

Earth Day Volunteer & Activity Day
FREE
Join the Adler Center for a day of art and activities celebrating Earth Day! Go on a nature scavenger hunt, participate in a group recycled art installation, see the latest Earth-inspired exhibition and meet local conservationists. All ages welcome. Bring shoes, fabric, stuffed animals, glasses, and hearing aids for a recycling drive!

 

Earth Day Expo
Hawthorn Mall
122 Hawthorn Center
Vernon Hills
April 20th 12 – 2pm

Because sustainability and environmentally friendly practices have long been a key tenet for Hawthorn Mall, Earth Day takes on a special significance. To celebrate Earth Day, Hawthorn Mall will host an Earth Day Expo extravaganza that includes two 25-minute sing-alongs to the tune of popular Beatles music performed by the infamous Beat Bugs, television characters who share adventures, overcoming challenges and learning valuable life lessons along the way. Following each performance, the Beat Bugs will be available for two 20-minute meet-and-greets in the H&M Court on the lower level.

The expo will also feature numerous FREE Earth Day activities and opportunities to impact the environment hosted by local non-profit groups. One example is a booth by Pads of Lake County where people can donate brand-new, packaged toiletries for the homeless and others in need; those donating 10 or more toiletry items will receive a free gift card to Sephora.

At a booth hosted by Libertyville Church, attendees will be encouraged to drop off their used plastic grocery bags to be recycled into sleeping mats for the homeless.

At a booth hosted by Centennial, an innovative, fully integrated real estate investment firm with a national portfolio of shopping, dining, entertainment and mixed-use destinations including Hawthorn Mall, sapling trees will be given away via an enter-to-win raffle.

And, for the entire month of April, Hawthorn Mall’s management office (next to JCPenney on the lower level) will be collecting pre-owned shoes to be recycled by the Solid Waste Agency of Lake County (SWALCO) so they don’t end up in landfills; those donating six or more pairs of shoes will receive a free gift card to Finish Line.
-Expo: Saturday, April 20th, from Noon to 2 p.m. in the H&M Court on the lower level

Earth Day Party
1200 Regent Drive
Mundelein
April 22nd 5pm – 6:30pm

Earth Day Party (Ages 5-12)

(Children must be accompanied by an adult.)

Join us for our Earth Day Party where we will learn about promoting environmental awarenessand good recycling habits. Fun Earth Day activities, recycled crafts, yummy treats and planting your own take home plant will all be a part of this event!

Children Must be accompanied by an adult.

Deadline to Register is April 17th

Earth Day Family Event – FREE
1401 Indianwood Drive
Vernon Hills
April 22nd 4:30 – 6:30pm

Celebrate the third annual Earth Day celebration with activities that the whole family will enjoy!

Nature Walk and Scavenger Hunt
Illinois Department of Natural Resources Conservation Trailer
Free Fishing (Children under 16 years)
Bird Watching with the Lake County Audubon Society
David Stokes (Naturalist, Humorist, and Educator)
Frog Lady

Rain or shine!

 

 

More Coming Soon!

 

Summer

Events

Coming Soon!

Fall

Apple Orchards, Pumpkins, Farms, Halloween

Fall Fun

Heinz Orchard
1050 Crest Road
Green Oaks
847-770-3449

This no-frills orchard has been a family favorite for over 60 years!
They are typically open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Check their website for details.
Accepts cash only. No admission or parking fees, just $10 for a 1/2 peck bag or $20 for a 1 peck bag.

Apple Holler
5006 South Sylvania Avenue
Sturtevant, WI
262-884-7100

Orchard (pick your own apples, pears, peaches & pumpkins), farm park, hayrides, bakery and store, restaurant
Open Monday – Thursday 9-4pm, Friday – Sunday 9-5pm
Pricing information can be found on their website

All Seasons Orchard
14510 IL Route 176
Woodstock
815-338-5637

Open Daily in September and October, Weekdays 10-5, Weekends & Holidays 10-6
Apple Orchard, Pumpkins, Corn Maze, Barnyard, Farm Market
Barnyard activities (some only open on weekdays & weather dependent – check website for availability): petting zoo, bunny village, giant swings, tire mountain, pumpkin checkers & bowling, pedal karts, jumping pillow, goat bridge, tube slide, sand box, wagon ride, corn box & hole, duck races, pig races, bull, bee observation, kiddie corral, cow train, magic show, bouncy houses, additional fees: pumpkin patch, apple cannon, pony rides
Pricing information can be found on their website

Stade’s Farm & Market
3709 Miller Road
McHenry
815-675-6396

Market
U-pick: apples, pumpkins, raspberries, strawberries, green beans, tomatoes, snap peas. Pricing info can be found on their website.
Shades of Autumn Pumpkin Festival: Stade’s has been hosting this festival over 20 years!
Farmtractions Theme Park: Open Saturdays & Sundays in September, Open Fridays – Sundays in October 10-6, Open Columbus Day 10/8. Includes petting zoo, giant pumpkin cannon, over 30 family activities with emphasis on agriculture
General admission: includes free parking & unlimited use of Farmtractions (except train & apple cannons). Children 2 and under are free, ages 3-64 $15, ages 65+ $10

Jerry Smith Pumpkin Farm
7150 18th Street (Highway L)
Kenosha, WI
262-859-2645

Open 9/15 – 10/31
Children 2 and under are free
Country Store, Hand Painted Pumpkin Displays – these are open 7 days a week 8am-8pm

Fall Attractions: giant bounce pillow, corn maze, petting zoo, straw maze, hayrides, tire mountain, play area, tube swing
Weekends: the above attractions plus TRUE entertainment, food concessions, additional fees – inflatables, pony & camel rides, face painting
Attraction Hours Monday – Friday 4-8pm admission $5, Saturday & Sunday 10-8pm admission $10, Open Columbus Day 10/8 10-8pm 

Didier Farm
16678 W. Aptakisic Road
Lincolnshire
847-634-3291

Pumpkinfest – Since 1912
Open 9/22 – 10/31
Farmstand open 9-6 daily, Pumpkinfest Activities everyday Monday – Sunday 9-6

Pig races daily, pony rides, hayrides, corn maze, gem mining, animal land zoo, kiddie rides (limited rides on weekdays), pumpkin play land/mini tractor play area
Homemade apple cider, pumpkin donuts, homemade pies & fudge
Weekends only: silly string asylum 
No admission fee, accept cash & cards, activities and rides are individual tickets only ($1/ticket). Most rides and activities are 3 tickets, hayride, corn maze, pony, animal land, crafts, play land (4-5 tickets)
Mondays: Senior Citizens 55+ free corn maze/hayride
Thursdays: 2-6pm wristbands $15 – good on mechanical rides & burlap slide

Green Meadows Petting Farm
33603 High Drive
East Troy, WI

Family business since 1964 – play with and cuddle the animals, milk a cow & much more!
Open Tuesday – Sunday 10-4pm, $13.75 per person, Seniors $11.75, Children 1 and under are free

play areas, pony rides, hayrides, pumpkin patch, pigs, chickens, guineas, baby goats, kittens, ducks & geese, tortoises, ponies & horse, small animals, texas longhorn scottish highland, zebus, sheep, alpacas, emu, pot-bellied pigs, milking cow, donkeys, piglets, llamas, turkeys, peafowl

Kroll’s Fall Harvest Farm
13236 W. Town Line Road
Waukegan

Family Owned Agriculture Education Farm since 1993
Open Monday – Thursday 12-8pm, Fridays 12-10pm, Saturdays 10-10pm, Sundays 10-7pm
No fee for general admission or parking, Cash only with ATM on-site
Educational hayrides $4 per person children 2 & under free, pre-picked pumpkins, gift shop, animals (goats, donkeys, sheep, chickens, turkeys & more), corn maze hours and pricing are available on their website

Country Bumpkin
27691 N. Gilmer Road
Mundelein
847-566-2176

Family owned garden center since 1988!
Pumpkinfest daily 9/22 until 10/30, Activities open Monday – Friday 10-5:30pm, Saturday 10-4:30pm, Sunday 10-3:30pm
Adults $2, Children 41′” tall and above $10, Children 41″ tall or less $6, Wristband includes Moonwalks, straw maze, petting zoo & gold rush. Barrel train tickets sold separately. $4 per child (no charge for adults riding with kids)
Halloween store & gift shop
Nursery, trees, shrubs, perennials.. Firewood available… Gravel, compost, top soil mulch available for pickup or delivery

Goebbert’s Farm & Garden Center
40 W. Higgins Road
South Barrington
847-428-6727

Fall Festival 9/15 – 10/31, 7 days a week 9am-6pm
Red Barn Cafe & Bakery: famous apple cider donuts & pumpkin cookies
Giraffe barn, wagon rides, Little Farmer’s play yard, cornstalk maze, pumpkin eating dinosaur, pig races, corn box, pumpkin tunnel, climbing trucks & tractors, Charlotte’s Web, Corn Hole & ring toss games, duck derby, straw pyramid, pony and camel rides, jumping pillow, haunted house, weekend magic shows
No general admission, free parking. Pricing info can be found on their website

Patch 22
15900 Kelly Road
Wadsworth
847-336-0120

A real, working, family run farm where you can enjoy real, natural family fun!
In October – Open Saturdays and Sundays 10am-5pm
Ponyrides $10 for 20 minutes, hayrides $3 per person, petting farm, children’s spooky hayloft $2/child, no charge for parent, 25 cents to feed the animals
No charge for admission or parking

Aspergren Pumpkin Farm
21675 W. Hawley Street
Mundelein
847-949-5931

We grow and sell pumpkins! Stop by to pick your own or choose from the ones at our stand! We are open Saturdays & Sundays in October 10am-4pm. Check our Facebook page for any closures due to weather.

Trick-or-Treat Hours

Libertyville: Halloween Day, Wednesday, October 31st 4:00-8:00pm

Mundelein: Halloween Day, Wednesday, October 31st 4:00-8:00pm

Vernon Hills: Halloween Day, Wednesday, October 31st 4:00-8:00pm

See our Calendar for many Fall, Halloween, and Trick-or-Treating  events

 

 

Thanksgiving and Giving Back

Thanksgiving and Giving Back

November is a time to for gratitude and connecting with family and friends over a feast. It is one of my favorite months of the year. A time to slow down after the busy back to school season and Halloween festivities and prepare for the holidays ahead.

Where to Buy Your Thanksgiving Turkey, Ham & fixings:

Radical Root Farm
31330 N. Milwaukee Avenue

This year, we are partnering with Gunthorp Farms to bring you your farm-fresh, pasture-raised Thanksgiving turkey.

Turkeys will be 15-20 pounds and cost $5.25 a pound.

Come by the farm during the farm stand hours to get more information, or place your order!

Farm stand hours are as always Thursdays, Fridays 3 to 7, and Saturdays 8 to 1!

Farmer Nicks LLC
815-451-5084

Reserve your Thanksgiving Turkey here!
Heritage breeds
Pasture raised
No hormones
No antibiotics
USDA INSPECTED
$3.50 lb (half the price for similar birds found in area grocery store chains)
Pick up Nov 17th Grayslake Farmers Market 10-2
Nov 18th Lake County Indoor Winter Farmer’s Market 10-2

Call 815-451-5084 to reserve yours today!

Sunset Foods Libertyville
1451 E. Peterson Road
847-573-9570

The Honey Baked Ham Company
4949 Grand Avenue
Gurnee
847-775-1616

The Meat Shop
632 E. Hawley Road
Mundelein
847-566-0224

Trader Joe’s
1600 S. Milwaukee Avenue
Libertyville
847-680-1739

Whole Foods
851 N. Milwaukee Avenue
Vernon Hills
224-504-3990

Elawa Farm
1401 Middlefork Drive
Lake Forest
847-234-1966

 

Where to Buy Your Thanksgiving Pies:

Bakers Square
1195 S. Milwaukee Avenue
Libertyville
847-362-8550

Cheesecake Factory
930 Milwaukee Avenue
Lincolnshire
847-955-2350

Entire Menu is available for pickup and delivery.

Swirl Cafe
847-414-3806

Everything from their truck at the Farmer’s Market is available for pick up at the commercial kitchen in Grayslake. They also make custom holiday baskets.

Elawa Farm
1401 Middlefork Drive
Lake Forest
847-234-1966

See our Bakery section under Restaurants for a comprehensive list of bakeries.

 

Volunteering as a family is a great way to model and teach gratitude to children. Giving back can be an annual family tradition that creates memories and bonds while helping others in your community.

Lake County Haven
Libertyville
847-680-1703

Click here for their current Wish List to see if there are any items you can share.

To find out the many other ways you can volunteer your time to get involved click here.

Hope Food Pantry
St. Lawrence Episcopal Church
Libertyville

The HOPE (Helping Other People Everywhere) Food Pantry serves those in need throughout our community. With over 400,000 people in Northeast Illinois, 80,000 of them children, reporting they do not have enough food, the need continues to be great. Our clients are from all over Lake County and need our services for a variety of reasons. But what has been consistent is the gratitude shown by so many of them. We help create a bridge to get them through a tough period.

We partner with the Northern Illinois Food Bank to purchase many of the core items for the pantry, but we are always in need of monetary contributions and additional product donations. Volunteers do not need to be St. Lawrence parishioners. So please encourage friends and family to join in volunteer and donation opportunities with HOPE Food Pantry.

Hope Cafe
St. Lawrence Episcopal Church
Libertyville

Hope Café is the name given to a Community Meal St. Lawrence provides on the 3rd Saturday morning of every month.  This is a cooperative effort with a mobile food pantry provided by our neighbors at The First Presbyterian Church.  All are welcome to assist and the volunteer times and locations are as follows:

Meal Service and Clean-Up3rd Saturday of every month from 8:00 – 10:30am
(St. Lawrence Church Kitchen Basement).

Bernie’s Book Bank
917 N. Shore Drive
Lake Bluff
847-780-READ

Bring your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers to volunteer and experience how good helping others feels. We welcome volunteers of all ages and abilities. Attend any of our 18 weekly volunteer sessions with a simple online registration. Bernie’s Book Bank offers the perfect opportunity for your corporate, social, civic or religious group to help sort, sticker and pack quality books for at-risk children.

Feed My Starving Children
742 E. Park Avenue
Libertyville
847-984-3846

FMSC offers volunteers a one-of-a-kind experience. You’ll hand-pack rice, soy, dried vegetables and a nutritionally complete blend of vitamins and minerals into bags which are then sealed, boxed, placed on pallets and shipped to our incredible partners working hard to reach the neediest children around the world.

Through volunteering at FMSC, you’ll get the chance to impact hundreds of kids in just two hours per packing shift. You’ll experience what it’s like to make a tangible difference today.

Lake County Center for Independent Living
3477 N. Seymour
Mundelein

Lake County Center for Independent Living (LCCIL) is a non-residential, cross-disability organization governed and staffed by a majority of people with disabilities. We advocate for a fully accessible society that is inclusive of everyone. LCCIL believes that the disability community must have the freedom and opportunity to control our own lives.

SRACLC Special Recreation Association of Central Lake County
290 Oakwood Road
Vernon Hills

The Special Recreation Association of Central Lake County was formed in 1976 as a cooperative effort of Member Agencies with the purpose to provide year round community based recreation services to individuals with disabilities and their families.

Upcoming Fundraising Event:

Holiday Tree Festival
Saturday, November 10, 2018
White Deer Run, Vernon Hills

Please call Carolyn Chambers at 847-816-4866 for more information.

PADS Lake County
Make a Donation, Give Items, Make Lunches, Volunteer

Northern Illinois Food Bank
Northern Illinois Food Bank – a proud member of Feeding America – is the source of nutritious food, innovative feeding programs, and hope for more than 71,500 people each week. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a goal of solving hunger in our 13-county service area, we rely on our generous donors, volunteers, and community partners – the local food pantries and feeding programs, food manufacturers and retailers, companies, foundations and individuals who join with us in our vision for no one to be hungry in Northern Illinois.

Orphans of the Storm
Orphans of the Storm is your community’s animal shelter. By choosing to volunteer your time and talents, you are helping to make a difference to thousands of homeless animals that arrive to our door each year.

Gigi’s Playhouse
We change lives through consistent delivery of free educational, therapeutic-based and career development programs for individuals with Down syndrome, their families and the community, through a replicable playhouse model.

Project Linus
Through the gift of handmade blankets, Project Linus is able to provide a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need. They donate blankets to children from premature babies to eighteen years of age. There are many ways to be involved including blanket making events, the Kids Helping Kids program, the adopt-a-blanket program and many more you can find here.

Twice as Nice Mother & Child
We provide help and hope to families in crisis by distributing diapers and other basic needs at no cost through agency partnerships as well as direct service, while raising awareness about diaper need and working to build a sustainable diaper program in Lake County. As a member of the National Diaper Bank Network, our on-site diaper bank and mobile diaper pantry distributes over 200,000 diapers every year. We also provide other childcare necessities like wipes and infant formula as well as gently used maternity wear, children’s clothing (newborn to size 12), baby gear and children’s books.

Little Giraffe Foundation 
Click here for ways to support this organization dedicated to funding neonatal research and supporting patients and parents of the NICU.

If you’d like to donate a book or toy for their holiday gift bag program to 14 Chicagoland hospital NICUs/special care nurseries, including Advocate Condell Medical Center and Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital, click here for their Amazon Wish List.

Ronald McDonald House Near Lurie Children’s
For over 40 years this organization has been caring for families of children with complex medical needs by providing comfort, compassion and a sense of community. They allow families to stay close to their child in the hospital near the care and resources they need which supports the child and family’s health and well-being while saving the family’s hotel and food costs. The many ways to get involved can be found here. Your generous involvement allows the Ronald McDonald House to offer families home cooked meals, activities for children and their families, shared living space to bond with others, beautiful gardens for rest and play and a home filled with love and support. People can volunteer for the Meals or Cookies form the Heart programs, purchasing from the wishlist, volunteering, purchasing a brick in the garden and much more.

 

See our Volunteer & Donate section for a comprehensive list of local non-profits.

See our Calendar for many November Events

 

 

Winter

Holiday Lights & Christmas Trees

Holiday Lights

Santa’s Rock n Lights
Lake County Fair Grounds
1060 E. Peterson Road
Grayslake
Starting 11/23 4:50 – 11:00 pm

Drive thru Christmas light show experience. The lights are animated to Christmas music.

Neighborhoods with lots of lights or displays:

Milk Jug Luminaries
S. Dymond and Dover Street
Libertyville
Near Golf Road & Butterfield Road

Neighborhood tradition since 1987! Display generally begins the weekend after Thanksgiving and runs nightly from 6:00 – 10:00pm through Christmas. Snow makes these luminaries look even better.

Germann Lights 
4968 Prairie Oak Road
Gurnee

Celebrating 10 years!!! The 2018 show should be up and running December 1st! The hours will be 5:00 – 10:00pm daily. Tune your radio to 87.9 to listen to this family friendly light show! Bring a non-perishable food item for the Northern Illinois Food Bank!

 

Christmas Trees

Richardson’s Tree Farm
9407 Richardson Road
Spring Grove
815-675-9729

Choose and cut down your own Christmas tree! Over 50,000 trees on 75 acres. Hundreds of fresh wreaths and decorations for sale.

On weekends, enjoy a free wagon ride to and from the fields and we’ll haul your tree for you. Also on weekends, there are homemade donuts, hot chocolate, kettle corn and concessions. Daily there is free hot chocolate or coffee, fresh fudge for sale, free shaking and baling of trees, large heated barn with restrooms, and hand saws provided.

Sullivan’s Tree Farm
24774 W. Petite Lake Drive
Lake Villa
847-989-3092

Pioneer Tree Farm
4614 Pioneer Road
McHenry
815-385-8512 

Kroll’s Farm Christmas Trees
13236 W. Town Line Road
Waukegan
847-662-5733

Fresh cut Christmas Trees!

Fraser, Balsam, Canaan, Blue Spruce, White Pine

Handmade wreaths, Roping, Centerpieces, Christmas tree stands and more!

Additional Local Places to buy pre-cut trees: Boy Scout Troop at United Methodist Church, Pasquesi Home & Gardens, Lowe’s, Home Depot, Ace Hardware, Menard’s, Costco

Events & Tree Lightings

Dickens of a Holiday

It’s an exciting and festive time in Downtown Libertyville during Dickens of a Holiday on Saturday December 1st and December 8th from 10am to 3pm.  We hope your whole family can join in the festivities!

*Photos with Santa in Cook Park – Santa will be in town December 1st and 8th from 10am -12pm & 1pm-3pm to spread cheer throughout.  Visit Santa in his sleigh and have your picture taken.  Donations to MainStreet appreciated!

*Visit the Children’s Holiday Shoppe at Petranek’s Pharmacy in their Community Room! Children can purchase gifts for their family with the help of Santa’s Elves! No adults allowed inside while the children shop for their loved ones. Items priced up to $6.

*Victorian Tea – 11am to 1pm – St. Lawrence Episcopal Church – Call the MainStreet office for reservations…847-680-0336

*Donations of non-perishable food items for Libertyville Township food pantry appreciated.

*Ansel B. Cook Museum Tours December 1st and 8th from 11am – 3pm!

Blue Sky Yoga
Family Yoga Pajama Party
700 N. First Street
1:00 – 3:00pm

Join Miss Angie for this fun and festive approach to yoga and mindfulness. We will be playing games, learning Christmas Yoga Poses, and practice “Santa Breath”. We will finish our class with cookies and punch. Don’t forget to wear your pjs and Christmas attire. All ages are welcome! $30 per family

David Adler Music & Arts Center
Perform-a-thon 2018: Making Spirits Bright
Saturday, December 8th
1700 N. Milwaukee Avenue
11am – 8pm

Celebrate the season with a day-long marathon of spirited performances at the Adler Center. Come along for a community caroling party at 7pm featuring Adler voice students and all your favorite holiday songs. Ornament making, maker’s market, refreshments, prizes. All proceeds benefit the Adler Center’s Student Scholarship fund.

Dancenter North – The Magic of the Nutcracker
Genesee Theatre
Saturday, December 8th
1:00pm & 5:00pm
Ticket prices vary. Purchase via Ticketmaster or Genesee Theatre box office. More information can be found on their website.
Libertyville High School
Saturday and Sunday, December 15th and 16th
3:00pm
Ticket prices vary. Purchase in person or over the phone via the Dancenter North office during regular hours.
Saturday, December 15th
10:30am
“Clara’s Dream” (60 minute abbreviated performance)
 Ticket prices vary and include an option “Clara’s Special Party” which is an onstage meet & greet experience with performers and includes photo opportunities and goody bags. Party tickets are limited and must be purchased in addition to a performance ticket. Each party ticket admits one child and up to two chaperones).

A Magical Cirque Christmas
Sunday, December 9th
6:00pm
Genesee Theatre
Ticket prices vary and are available on their website.

Celebrate the holiday season with the world’s greatest variety show! Featuring the best performers from across the globe, A Magical Cirque Christmas will dazzle audiences of all ages.

Experience stunning costume changes, angelic voices singing your favorite Christmas carols and acrobatic feats you just have to see to believe.

It’s a holiday treat the whole family will enjoy!

Breakfast with Santa
Lamb’s Farm
December 8,9,15,16 at 9:00am, 10:30am, and 12:00pm

Kids can enjoy a delicious brunch and visit with Santa.

They can choose a holiday gift, make a picture frame, decorate a gingerbread man, make sand art ornaments and more.

Brunch: $17.95, $7.95 for children 23 months and younger
(includes activities)

Please call the Magnolia Cafe & Bakery to set up your reservations at
847-362-5050

Crawford House at Butler Lake
December 15th, 8:30 – 9:30am & 10:45 – 11:45am
Breakfast and pictures with Santa. Register in advance. $10 per person $2 children 2 and under.

Breakfast ‘N’ Story with Santa
Mundelein Park District
Dunbar Recreation Center
December 15th 9:00 – 11:00am

Children will have an opportunity to share their holiday lists and enjoy Santa reading, “The Night Before Christmas”.

Breakfast will be served, followed by activities, crafts and holiday fun!

Breakfast will be served to everyone.

Cost for Adults: $15 per person/resident, $20 per person/nonresident

Cost for Children(Ages 12 and under): $10 per person/resident, $15 per person/nonresident

Water Wonderland Pool Party
Vernon Hills Park District
December 21st 6:00 – 8:00pm
Lakeview Fitness Center

The weather outside is frightful, but the water inside will be delightful!

Come to Lakeview Fitness for an exclusive open swim with a winter theme.

Santa will even stop by to get his feet wet!

Fee: $3 Pre-registration, $5 Day of Event, 2 years and younger are free.

New Year’s Eve Family Party
Vernon Hills Park District
Sullivan Community Center
December 31st 4:00 – 6:30pm

Looking for a great place to usher in 2019?

Do you want to have the kids home and in bed by midnight?

Come to Times Square in Vernon Hills (also known as the Sullivan Community Center) and celebrate New Year’s Eve, family-style!

We’ll have a DJ spinning your favorite tunes of 2018. The gym will be open for play too.

We’ll finish the party with our very own countdown at 6 pm.  Food will be available for purchase.

This event will sell out, so be sure to buy your tickets early.

Fee: $5, 2 years and younger are free.

Gingerbread House Workshops
Tastebuds Kitchen
2521 Waukegan Road
Bannockburn

Various dates through the holiday season for teens, family, adults only

Tree Lightings

Libertyville
Friday, November 23, 2018
6:30 – 8:30pm
Tree Lighting

Come enjoy the Tree Lighting in Cook Park. Carolers at 6:30pm, Lighting at 7:00pm

Mundelein
Friday, November 30, 2018
300 Plaza Circle
5:00pm
Tree Lighting

Please join us for Mundelein’s Annual Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony at the Village Plaza (new location). Festivities begin with music, singing and other Holiday themed entertainment. Santa Claus will help with the official countdown for the lighting of the Village Holiday Tree and an amazing fireworks display! This is the perfect way to kick-off the beautiful holiday season. We hope to see you there!

Santa’s Cottage
6:00 – 8:00pm

Santa’s Cottage is one of Mundelein’s most cherished events in the eyes of children and their parents. Hosted by the Mundelein Community Connection, a visit to Santa’s Cottage is a memorable experience year in and year out. Santa’s Cottage is located outside of the Mundelein Village Hall-300 Plaza Circle.

Vernon Hills
Saturday, November 24, 2018
291 Evergreen Drive
4:30 – 7:30pm
Tree & Menorah Lighting

The 2018 Vernon Hills Holiday Tree and Menorah Lighting Ceremony will be held at the Vernon Hills Golf Course. Help bring the holiday season in by assisting Mayor Roger Byrne flip the switch to the holiday tree. Bring the family, the neighbors, and the kids out for hot chocolate, cookies, and cider. With the assistance of the Countryside Fire District, Santa has been able to clear his calendar in order to attend this event.

See our Calendar for many more events!

Winter - Daddy Daughter Dances

Daddy Daughter Dance
Libertyville Sports Complex
1950 Highway 45 
Libertyville
Friday, February 8th 7:00 – 9:00pm

Registration required: Code: 7998 $30R/&40 NR per couple Code: 7999 $10 additional child

Enchanted Princess Ball 
SOLD OUT
Dunbar Recreation Center
888 Dunbar Road
Mundelein
Friday, February 2nd 6:00 – 8:00pm

This Daddy Daughter dance gives young ladies a chance to dance the night away with their first Valentine! A memory making night of dancing, entertainment, and refreshments under the sparkling lights. Make sure to bring your best moves as we will be presenting a 2019 ‘Best Dad Dancer’ trophy, plus more fun and games. Every princess will receive a flower as they leave the dance. You can wear your party clothes, but dressing up is optional. This event will be an enchanting way to make lasting memories!

$40 per couple, resident; $44 per couple, nonresident
($16/18 for each additional child)
Ages 3 – 10
All participants need to register and pay including the chaperone.

Deadline to register is 1/25/19.

Just The Two Of Us
SOLD OUT
Sullivan Community Center
635 N. Aspen Drive
Vernon Hills
Friday, February 8th 

This event is just for girls and their special dates. Bring your dad, uncle, grandfather or significant male other who is at least 18 years old. A DJ will provide the music for dancing. Wear your special party clothes. Create a dessert delight. All girls will receive a keepsake. 300501-1

Ages: 3-11 years
R/NR $20/25 couple
R/NR $10/12 each additional child

Cinderella’s Royal Father Daughter Ball
Robert W. Rolek Community Center
Round Lake
Saturday, February 2nd 6:00 – 9:00pm

Princess Cinderella and her Royal Friends invite all little princesses of the kingdom and their fathers to come enjoy an enchanted evening. Princesses and guests will enjoy a buffet of sweet treats, a photo booth, and dancing the night away. So shine your tiaras, dust off your glass slippers and join Princess Cinderella in celebrating together.

Date: February 2, 2019
Time: 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Location: Robert W. Rolek Community Center, 814 Hart Rd, Round Lake
Fee: $30 per couple; $10 each additional child

Daddy Daughter Winter Ball
Lake Forest Recreation Center Gym
400 Hastings Road
Lake Forest
5:30 – 7:30pm

The Lake Forest Parks & Recreation Department invites fathers and
their young princess or princesses to attend our Winter Ball. The gymnasium will be transformed into a beautiful castle, providing a magical night of dinner, dancing, and crafts. Daughters are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite Disney princess. We hope to see you there!

Register with code 20340303 at www.LFParksandRec.com.
R: $53 NR: $64 + $35 per additional daughter

Present your daughter with a keepsake floral gift from Lake Forest Flowers!
> Floral wrist corsage designed on a pearl bracelet – $25 each
> Add a matching boutonniere for Dad – $10

Call Lake Forest Flowers to order! (847) 234-0017
546 N. Western Ave, Lake Forest

Daddy Daughter Dance
Life Time Athletic
680 Woodlands Parkway
Vernon Hills
4:00 – 6:00pm

Join us for the Daddy Daughter Dance on February 23. Dads and their girls will twirl the night away with memorable moments, including games, crafts, food and — of course — dancing! Register today at the Activity Center.

Price per member couple: $45
Price per non-member couple: $55

Sledding & Ice Skating

Sledding & Ice Skating

 

 

Libertyville

Charles Brown “Charlie Brown” Park
Sylvan Drive
Small hill that neighborhood families use for sledding for younger children age 2-6

Adler Park
1500 N. Milwaukee Avenue
Two sledding hill options plus a warming house complete with bathrooms. Features a small ice skating surface available for recreational skating.
For ice surface updates, call the Recreation Department Weather Hotline at (847)247-5433 OPTION 3.

Old School Forest Preserve
St. Mary’s Road, South of 176
Large sled hill

Copeland School
801 S. Seventh Avenue
Small hill for toddlers

Butterfield School
1441 W. Lake Street
Small hill for toddlers

Hill near Condell
801 S. Milwaukee Avenue
Small hill that neighborhood families use for sledding

Nicholas Dowden Park
920 Crane Boulevard
Features a small ice skating surface available for recreational skating and ice hockey play.
For ice surface updates, call the Recreation Department Weather Hotline at (847)247-5433 OPTION 3.

Libertyville Sports Complex
1950 US-45
LSC Outdoor Hockey Rink – The hockey rink will be prepared for ice skating season when winter weather conditions begin in December.

PHONE HOTLINE for skating conditions at (847)247-5433 *OPTION 3.
There is no supervision provided. Therefore, people using the hockey rink are doing so at their own risk. Posted signage indicates General Rules.

“Open Skating” Usage Details

  • Hockey Rink is for “open skating” with users sharing the space for hockey and skating, similar to open gym for soccer, basketball inside the LSC.
  • Open to the public for both residents of Libertyville and non-residents. No Fee for usage.

HOURS OF OPERATION: DAILY, 9am-10pm; Hours subject to change due to weather conditions, ice conditions, etc.

  • Other Important Information
    The LSC is not to be used as a warm-up shelter.
    A Porta Potty is located at the Rink for skaters to use. No usage of LSC indoor washrooms.
    Skaters are to call 911 in the event of accidents or other emergencies.
    Hockey Goals will be provided and on-site
    No special private rental time during the Ice Season due to unpredictable weather.
    Parking available near the hockey rink.

 

 

Mundelein

Keith Mione Community Park
1401 N. Midlothian Road
Chalet and sled hill

John Wiech Park
IL Route 60/83
Snowmobile trail link

Kracklauer Park
Seymour Avenue
Small sled hill for toddlers

Maurice Kroll Park
Huntington Road
Small sled hill for toddlers

Lewandowski Park
Prairie Road
Small sled hill for toddlers

 

 

Vernon Hills

Century Park
1001 Lakeview Parkway
Sled Hill, Pavilion, and Ice Rinks lit until 9:00pm daily.

There will be two rinks in Century Park: one for general skating and the other for hockey. Check the posted sign at the hill, Vernon Hills Park District website, or call the weather hotline to see if conditions are favorable for winter activities on any given day.

Augusta Park
210 Augusta Drive
Small, neighborhood sled hill good for toddlers

 

 

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