Welcome to the Village of Lakemoor Parks & Recreation Website. Our mission is to provide residents and visitors with clean, green, safe, and accessible open space park land throughout the Village. The Village operates neighborhood and community parks. Facilities at developed local parks vary from site to site, and include combinations of, athletic fields, picnic areas and shelters, sitting areas and play equipment. Our number one priority is satisfying and serving the recreational needs of our residents and visitors to our parks. With this in mind, every employee of our Village works hard every day to accomplish these goals. We value your input regardless of the message; good or bad. If you have any suggestions on how we can do a better job of providing these services and programs please contact us at Village Hall (815) 385-1117 or email email@example.com.
Would you like the opportunity to advertise your business on this webpage? This webpage gets many views throughout the week and for a modest annual fee you can have your business logo listed along with a link to your website. This is a wonderful opportunity for your business to get additional exposure as well as help defer some of the costs to our park programs and events. If interested please contact John Guenther at 815-385-1117 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you like to register and pay directly on line please click on this LINK. Sponsorship costs are $200 for a year, $100 for 6 months, and $50 for 3 months.
The Parks and Recreation Department is constantly looking for ways to improve and enhance the events that we currently provide. Your input and feedback is very important to us in determining what events we will continue to provide as well as events that we can possibly have in the future. Please take a brief moment to fill out the survey and let us know how we are doing and how we can perhaps better serve you in the future. Please click here for the survey.
Chicago Wolves Hockey Game
Would you like to go to a Wolves hockey game with your friends and family? If so, then please complete the very short survey CLICK HERE. The cost per ticket would be $30.00 and that includes your ticket, round trip transportation to the game, Hot Dog and Soda voucher, free Wolves hat, and our group being recognized on the Wolves communication screen. I hope to hear from you soon. The seating would be in the GREEN areas CLICK HERE and my choice is section 107 but the actual section has not yet been determined. There will be a limited number of seats available so please complete the survey soon so I can get an idea as to how many would like to go.
Ongoing Community Events
Library Activities and Events
Don’t forget that the local libraries have events and activities ongoing throughout the year. Here are some links to the local libraries:
Check them out. You won’t be disappointed.
Get to know the River East Library
The River East Public Library, located at the corner of Lily Lake Road and Route 120 is the closest library to Lakemoor, in fact we’re right next door! Lakemoor actually has three library districts within the Village, River East, Fox Lake, and Wauconda Public Libraries. The most important thing to know is once you get your card from your “home” library, you can use it at any one of them. In fact, you can use any Illinois Library Card at River East. Your home library can be determined by your tax bill. It will list which library your taxes support. If you have trouble locating your information, you can always give us a call at 815-385-6303. We realize we are much closer than your home library for most of you and we welcome you. Please stop in so we can help with your entertainment, school, research, technology, and programming needs.
River East is located at 813 W. IL Route 120 and at http://www.rivereastlibrary.org. Hours are M-TH 10am to 7pm Fri-Sat 10am to 5pm.
Help Support the River East Public Library
The River East Public Library is in need of your help. Drop off donations are always welcome including monetary donations, books, CDs, DVDs, magazines, and audiobooks and can be made either at the library or at the Village Hall. Please make checks payable to the River East Public Library 813 W. IL Rte. 120, McHenry, IL 60051. Thank you very much in advance for your interest in helping support this worthwhile cause.
Lakemoor Annual Craft Show – Crafters Wanted
We will be having our annual Craft Show again this year on September 6th from 9:00am to 3:00pm at Morrison Park. We had a good turnout last year so I hope you can attend as a vendor or buyer. The fee is $30.00 for the vendors. Admission to the buying public is free. Vendor registration for the event will end on August 15th. For those interested in being a vendor here is a LINK to the registration form or you can pick up a form at the village hall.
Fall Fishing Derby
Registration is now open for the Lakemoor Fall Fishing Derby. The derby will be held on Saturday September 27th from 9:00am to 3:00pm. Prior registration is required and forms can either be pickup at the Village Hall or you can use the online form HERE. There is no cost to enter the event. Deadline for registration is September 15th at 4:30pm. This year there will be only one prize winner per age group. Largest Bass and Largest Pan Fish will be awarded in each age group. Groups are 15 and under and 16 and above. Over 15 make sure that you have a valid Illinois Fishing License. Fish may be caught on shore or in a boat. Hope to see you there.
Kids activities in Lake County
Please click on this LINK to see most of the activities in Lake County that are geared to Kids.
NW Demo New Public Transportation Option
The NW Demo is open to people with disabilities and seniors residing in Wauconda Township as well as Antioch, Avon, Fremont, Grant, and Lake Villa Townships. To utilize this option, you can simply register through your township office, and then you will have access to curb-to-curb dial-a ride service anywhere in the above mentioned townships including Gurnee Mills and the Greenleaf medical offices. For further information please click HERE, contact 847-949-4440 or view this 2014 Rider’s Guide.
Astronomy Nights at the Volo Bog State Natural Area
The Lake County Astronomical Society meets at the Volo Bog State Natural Area on the 3rd Friday of each month(except December). A 7:30pm business meeting is followed by an indoor presentation at 8:30pm and viewing if the skies are clear at 9:30pm. The public is welcome(except August but memberships are available). No admission fee so come on out and enjoy gazing at the night sky and learn about the universe. For more info please call 815-344-1294 or visit their website HERE.
Farmers Markets are now Open
Shop for fresh fruits, vegetables, baked treats and goods while supporting local businesses. For a list of area Farmers Markets please click HERE.
Games and Card Players Club
Join this friendly group of prime timers at Wauconda Township Hall for Pinochle, Rummy, Backgammon, Yahtzee, Sequence and more. This event will take place on Thursday August 21 at 12:30pm. The cost is free. For more information please visit their website HERE.
2nd Annual Color Aloft Balloon Festival
Bring the family out for this exciting new event. The event will take place on Saturday August 23 between 5:00pm and 9:00pm. It will be held at Central Park 250 Library Lane Grayslake, IL 60030. The Color Aloft Festival will begin with Hot Air Balloons being inflated and compete in a “Fox and Hounds” in which competing balloons seek to land closest to the “Fox”. Balloons will be retrieved and return to the park and after dark they will be internally illuminated by their burners or glow. Also enjoy family activities, live music, and food vendors. For more info please click HERE.
Marengo Music Festival
Come on out to Indian Oaks Park, 825 Indian Oaks Trail in Marengo on August 23 between 2:30pm and 10:00pm for a family day offering live entertainment, by four popular bands plus plenty of food, fun and fireworks. All food and drink must be purchased on the premises.
Alzheimer Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser
On behalf of the Illinois Blower’s Team Fan-Tastics, Alzheimer Fund Raising Team. The McHenry Moose Lodge will host a Pancake Breakfast Fund Raiser Sunday August 24 from 9am to 1pm. Cost is $5.00 per person. Enjoy Raffles, Prizes, and a Silent Auction. For more information please visit their website HERE.
Disc Golf Tournament
Experience the excitement of disc golf on August 24 between 1pm and 3pm in Deerfield. Everyone’s invited, beginners to experienced players to join in the 9-hole disc golf tournament. Includes longest drive and closest to the pin contests. Some Frisbees will be available for use. For more information please visit their website HERE.
6th Annual Charity Ride
Come join us for our 6th Annual Motorcycle Charity Ride benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project on August 24 between 8:00am and 6:00pm. Please visit our website HERE for more information.
Browse Better with Google Chrome
Tired of Internet Explorer, Safari, and Firefox? Then come on over to the Wauconda Library on Monday August 25 at 7:00pm to learn Google Chrome. It is a fast, reliable browser that can be used on all of your devices. Learn how to use web apps, themes, and extensions to customize your browsing experience. For more info please visit their website HERE.
Home of the Sparrow Charity Golf Outing
Please join them for their 9th Annual Golf Outing at Bull Valley Golf Club in Woodstock. The event will be held on August 25 starting at noon. Donation is $175.00 per person or $660.00 for a foresome (save $40.00). For more information please visit their website HERE.
Buffalo Grove Days 2014
This event runs from August 28 to September 1. This annual festival has fun for everyone. There will be a beer garden, a business and craft fair, free entertainment all day long, a carnival, games and special events. Please visit their website HERE for more information.
Lake in the Hills Summer Sunset Festival
Join them for the farewell celebration to summer. This event is on August 29 between 3:00pm and 10:30pm and August 30 between Noon and 10:30pm. Entertainment, food, rides, a parade, a custom / classic car show and much more. For more information please visit their website HERE.
Wauconda’s Annual Street Dance
The Annual Street Dance is on Saturday, August 30 between 6pm and 11pm. Live bands, a new teen area with live music, food vendors, raffles and fun for everyone. Please bring non-perishable food items or school supplies to donate. This is a free event for all ages. Please visit their website HERE for more information.
Nightrain: The Guns n Roses Tribute Experience
This event will be held on August 30 from 8:00pm to 10:00pm at the Raue Center for the Arts. Nightrain’s tribute show has been taking the U.S. by storm for 4 years running. This show cannot be missed by any GNR lover, or even an appreciator of the band and how it changed the history of R&R. For more info please visit their website HERE.
Wings Over Waukegan Air Show
Wings Over Waukegan is a great time for the whole family. Enjoy the F-18 SuperHornet, USN Static Aircraft Displays, Classic Warbirds and much more. This event will take place on September 6 between 12:00pm and 3:00pm. For more information please visit their website at http://www.waukeganairshow.com/
Join us for bingo. Doors open at 5pm. Full bar, Pizza, hot dogs, and popcorn available for purchase. Bingo starts at 6:30pm. This event is on Saturday September 6. The location of the event is at the Fox Lake Volunteer Fire Department 114 Washington St. Ingleside, IL 60041.
Superhero Fun Run
Come join us on Sunday September 7 at 8:00am. Runners and walkers will enjoy this easy 2-mile event designed for all members of the family. Participants are encouraged to dress as their own caped(or non-caped) comic book and movie favorites. Register in advance and save. For more information please click HERE.
Lakemoor Charity Car Show
Come on out on Sunday, September 7 at Morrison Park and look at some beautiful cars or enter your own car in the event and help support the Lakemoor Scholarship Fund, a 501(c) 3 charity, which gives scholarships to Lakemoor area students. Your donation is tax deductible. For more info please click HERE or visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/LakemoorScholarshipFund.
Picnic in the Park / Grandparent’s Day
Come and celebrate Grandparent’s Day on September 7 at 10:00am. If you have a grandparent at Paradise Park or just want to stop in for the celebration and bring your family. This event is open to the public. Free event. Picnic lunch, kid’s activities and vendors. For more info please visit their website HERE.
Antique Appraisal Fair
The Wauconda Woman’s Club will begin its 85th year of fellowship and volunteer service with a Tuesday, September 9th Membership Drive, featuring an Antique Appraisal Fair. Reservations are required. For more information please visit their website HERE.
Employment Expo & Workshops
On September 11 between 10:00am and 2:00pm the Village of Round Lake Beach, the Round Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and the Job Center of Lake County are offering this complimentary Job Expo for businesses ( W2 employers only) and job seekers. This is a free event but businesses must register with the chamber. They can be reached at 847-740-6026 x209 or at email@example.com. Event location is at the Village of Round Lake Beach Civic & Cultural Center at 2007 Civic Center Way in Round Lake Beach, IL 60073.
Fall Rummage Sale
The Federated Church of Wauconda will be holding their rummage sale from Thursday September 11 to Saturday September 13. Times for each day will vary. Saturday is the last day of the sale and is a bag sale. Fill up a brown paper bag for only $3.00. For more information please visit their website HERE.
Maze Til Midnight
Maze Til Midnight by the light of the full moon in the World’s Largest Corn Maze. The event will be held on September 12 from 3:00pm to midnight and on September 13 from 10:00am to midnight. The location is at the Richardson Farm and Corn Maze 9407 Richardson Rd Spring Grove, IL 60081. For more information please click HERE.
Touch a Truck
Come and join us on Saturday September 13 at Sunset Woods Park. Climb into the coolest trucks, tractors, cars, helicopters and more. Tasty treats will be available for purchase. The event will be cancelled in the event of inclement weather. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information please click HERE.
Pilots and Puppies
Come on out to Galt Airport along with the Young Eagles. Free Airplane Rides for Kids 8-17. Also guests from the Huntley Animal Shelter. The event will be held on September 13. Come by and give a puppy a home. For more information please click on the link HERE.
Kite Flying Day
Come on out to Heritage park on Saturday September 13 between 10:00am and 2:00pm and fly a kite. You may bring your own kite or we can provide one for you. Come on out and enjoy the fun and hopefully some wind.
10th Annual Law Enforcement Exhibition
Come on out Saturday September 13 from 10am to 9pm or on Sunday September 14 from 11am to 6pm. Police from many villages/cities will be displaying different types of vehicles and equipment. There will be K9 demonstrations, a child ID program and much more. Bring the whole family. For more info please click HERE.
Rock the Block
Come on out to downtown Lake Zurich on September 13 between 6:00pm and 11:00pm for the Annual rockin’ block party. Admission is free but we request that attendees donate 3 unopened, non-perishable food products and receive a raffle ticket for prizes. 3 live bands, food, refreshments, and much more. More info at 847-540-1683.
3rd Annual Montini Family Music Festival
Come on out on September 14 between 2:30pm and 10:30pm at Petersen Park in McHenry. Children’s activities, Drawings, & Games. Former Bears players and music by 7th Heaven and Friction-Serendipity. Admission is $5.00 for Adults. Children 10 and Under get in free with a paying adult. For more info please visit their website HERE.
Paws in the Park Walk & Pet Fest
Come on out on September 14 from 10:00am to 3:00pm for the 15th Annual Paws in the Park event. Enjoy a 1-mile walk through Emricson Park in Woodstock with your friends, family and canines. After the walk spend the rest of the day at the Pet Fest enjoying dog contests, our own photo booth and shopping with sponsors and vendors. For more information and to register please click on this LINK.
Farm Heritage Festival
This two-day event starts on Saturday September 20 to Sunday September 21 from 9am to 4pm. The location of the event is at the Lake County Discovery Museum 27277 N Forest Preserve Rd. Wauconda, IL 60084. For more information please visit their website HERE.
September Movie in the Park
Come on out September 20th at 7:30 at Heritage Park and enjoy the movie. The movie will be “The Lego Movie”. Bring your blankets and chairs and enjoy the show. The concession stand will be open if you would like to purchase some refreshment. I hope to see you there.
Country Meadows & Wine Tasting Festival
Come on out September 21 between 9:00am and 4:00pm at Veteran’s Memorial Park 3400 Pearl St. in McHenry. The show will feature Crafts, a Farmers Market, a small vendor fair and Wine Tasting from 11:00am to 4:00pm. Contact 815-385-4300 or visit http://www.mchenrychamber.com for more details.
Great Ball Race
Come on out September 27 at 3pm for the Great Ball Race. Thousands of colored ball will roll down the hill. Purchase raffle tickets and come to cheer your ball(s) on to win. Grand prize is $1,000.00. The event is on Brink Street in Crystal Lake. For more information please click HERE.
Long Grove’s Fall Annual Apple Festival
Come out for a fun-filled weekend on September 26 to September 28 for live entertainment, music, shopping and fine dining throughout this charming, historic village. Activities include pony rides, kiddie rides and face painting. The location is Long Grove Historic Village 307 Old McHenry Rd. Long Grove IL 60047. For more info please click HERE.
Ride of the Zombies
On September 28 between 8:00am and 4:00pm Ride of the Zombies is a costume-themed cycling and Family Fun Fair charity event designed to benefit the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago’s Sleep Medicine department. Cyclists can choose between a 25 or 50 mile route. The event will be held at Grandpa’s Christmas Tree Farm, 13616 IL Rt. 176 in Woodstock. For more information please visit their website HERE.
Fox Lake Family Fall Fest
Bring the whole family and enjoy a day of food, kid’s and family activities and pumpkin carving on Sunday October 5 between 11am and 3pm. Location is Lakefront Park in Fox Lake.
Zurko Antique and Flea Market
This event is on Saturday October 11 and Sunday October 12. Times on Saturday are 10am to 4pm and on Sunday from 8am to 3pm. Offered for sale will be a variety of antiques and collectables from furniture, jewelry, advertising items, old toys, coins and much, much more. For more information please click HERE.
During this fun-filled event for all ages, you can meet live crocodilians, including Bubba the world famous American Alligator who will be on hand until 2pm. The event is on Sunday October 26 from 10am to 4pm at the Wildlife Discovery Center 1401 Middlefork Dr. Lake Forest, IL 60045. For more info please click HERE.