Outdoor Ice Rinks in Lake County


Did you know that Lake County has over 30 outdoor ice skating areas?  On a beautiful winter’s day, there’s no better place to be than enjoying the beautiful scenery and making memories with friends and family while ice skating on … Continue reading


Trick Or Treating 2013!


Halloween is creeping up on us, and the time is near at hand!  The trick-or-treaters are brushing off their broomsticks, practicing their potions, and planning their routes.  But not all communities have the same trick-or-treating hours!  So put on that … Continue reading


Lake Forest Festival and Fireworks

Growing up I spent every 4th of July at the Lake Forest Festival and Fireworks at Deerpath Community Park.   I am pleasantly surprised to hear how much this event has grown in the past few years since the friends of Lake Forest Parks and Recreation Foundation took over the event in 2006.  The event is now completely run by volunteers and all proceeds go to the Lake Forest Parks and Recreation to support year round recreation programs.  In the past few years award winning entertainers including The Village People, KC and the Sunshine Band,  Eddie Money, and Rick Springfield have played at this event!

Songwriter and guitarist Kenny Loggins will be playing at the annual Lake Forest Festival and Fireworks this year. With the fields opening at 5:00 pm entertainment includes feature film Sixteen Candles as well as an annual pie eating contest.  Kenny Loggins will begin playing at 8pm and the night will conclude with a spectacular fireworks display.  The event will be catered this year by Lovells of Lake Forest for VIP pass holders to enjoy food and beverages.  Tickets are available to Lake Forest & Lake Bluff residents for only 10$.  Spending the 4th of July at Deerpath Community Park has always been a family tradition of mine and it’s so wonderful to hear how much the event has grown in the past few years.

Kenny Loggins will be playing at the Lake Forest Festival & Fireworks this year!


Good Feed at the Silo

If you’ve driven down Rockland Road in Lake Bluff, just east of Waukegan Road, chances are you’ve noticed a unique building.  Resembling a ramshackle train depot with a giant grain silo, “The Silo,” is a spot where you’ll find good fodder for you and the whole family.

As the exterior would suggest, the interior is comfortable and casual.  The Silo has been a popular spot in the North Shore for decades, and the bustling and casual atmosphere make it the perfect spot for a meal with children.  Ask to be seated in the center of the first floor dining area, where a model train circles overhead.

The Silo serves American standards like burgers, pasta, sandwiches, ribs, etc. but they are best known for their pan pizza which is even available with a gluten-free crust.  Now I have to admit, I committed a sin on my first visit and didn’t try the pizza.  When I returned home from my lunch with the kids, my husband who has frequented The Silo for business lunches berated me.  Apparently, you should not make the same mistake either.  Their pizza has received many accolades, and not just from my disappointed husband.

{Source: Silo Pizza Facebook Page}

I just love locally-owned, family-operated places that know how to cater to families.  For us the overall hustle and bustle of the restaurant and model train were enough to keep my young kids entertained.  But on Sunday nights from 5:00-8:00 pm, The Silo really makes it special for children when they feature BOZ the Magician.  Arrive early to make sure he can get to your table for balloon animals and magic tricks.

The Silo serves lunch and dinner 6 days a week and is open for dinner only on Sundays (see hours below.) Visit their website to print coupons before you go for extra savings.


625 Rockland Road (Rt. 176), Lake Bluff
Hours: Mon-Thu 11am – 10pm,  Fri-Sat 11am-12midnight, Sun 4pm-10pm


Loralie Thomas spends her days exploring with her two pint-sized adventurers, although she refuses to do so in a minivan. She invites you to join her on her quest for civilization north of Peterson Road, and one day hopes to discover decent felafel in the hinterlands of North-Central Lake County. She is a the Managing Editor and Contributing Writer at Little Lake County. All photos credited to Loralie at Little Lake County Unless otherwise stated.