Pick up essential summer wear at Deer Park Town Center with a delicious lunch at Biaggi’s Italian Ristorante which is located right in the center. As you drive towards Wauconda, at Bonner Road, the Long Grove Confectionery Nut & Candy will fill up your needs for additional energy along the way. A leg stretching stop at Volo Bog State Natural Area leads way to the center of Illinois’ only quaking bog. Plan your trip around one of their evening events such as bat watching or moon and star gazing. It’s amazing how bright the stars are once away from all the city lights. Camp out at the Chain O’Lakes State Park or head into Antioch for a quaint stay at the Dragonfly Bed & Breakfast. Definitely save some time for the antique shops surrounding the B&B.
Towns: Antioch, Zion, Wadsworth, Waukegan, Great Lakes, Highwood & Highland Park
After a filling breakfast, you will want visit the Volo Museum and Antique Village. It’s a real multi-generational pleaser. Your lunch stop can include a quick jaunt off the path back up to Miller’s Dog N Suds for a real back in time encounter. Or for an on the water experience, El Puerto Mexican Restaurant offers dining at beautiful colored umbrella tables, authentic Mexican cuisine and boasts the bests margaritas in Lake County. Just don’t drink and drive, relax and watch the glistening water and boats go by. Or if continuing on south, Lindy’s Landing in Wauconda, just east on Route 176 also offers outdoor dining and excellent dishes. Choose from relaxing inside, on the deck or on the sandy beach for a real casual time, no shoes required. Take some time to explore the Main Street shops, weekly farmer’s market and if you linger, both Slyce (brick-oven pizza) and Side Lot Brewery are open in the later afternoon.
Back on the road, some local bottled products can be purchased at Copper Fiddle Distillery, Lake County’s second craft distillery. Or stay for a tour and tasting and learn of the fiddle’s beginnings.
Should a locally sourced restaurant be of interest, Beelow's Steakhouse is your place for dinner. Sit inside the lovely wood interior or in the seasonal patio, complete with fireplace, bar and heated floor should it get a bit chilly. Avoid the traffic and just enjoy reminiscing about your drive along Route 12 in Lake County.
Towns: Zion, Lake Zurich, Wadsworth, Waukegan, Great Lakes, Highwood, Highland Park