Summer Fun Guide

As the school year wraps up and summer stretches out before us, it's the perfect time to explore and enjoy all that the Arlington Heights, Lake Zurich, Barrington, and Hawthorn Woods areas have to offer. Whether you're looking for outdoor adventures, cultural experiences, or family-friendly activities, there's something for everyone. Here's your ultimate guide to making the most of your summer in these vibrant communities.

1. Hit the Trails and Parks

Deer Grove Forest Preserve
Located in Palatine, near Arlington Heights, Deer Grove Forest Preserve is a haven for nature lovers. With its extensive trail system, you can hike, bike, or simply stroll through scenic woodlands and meadows. The preserve also offers opportunities for bird watching and picnicking.

Photo Courtesy of the Forest Preserves of Lake County

Lake Zurich Beach and Recreation
Spend a day at Paulus Park in Lake Zurich, where you can swim, rent paddle boats, or simply relax on the sandy beach. The park also features playgrounds, picnic areas, and a splash pad for younger kids. Beach and sprayground updates can be found here

Photos Courtesy of the Village of Lake Zurich

Citizens Park
In Barrington, Citizens Park is a local favorite. It offers beautiful walking trails, a charming gazebo, and the Pepper Family Treehouse, a unique play area that kids adore. Pack a picnic and enjoy a day in this picturesque setting.

Pepper Family Treehouse - Photo Courtesy of the Barrington Park District

2. Dive into Cultural and Educational Activities

Arlington Heights Historical Museum
Step back in time at the Arlington Heights Historical Museum. This complex includes several historical buildings and offers tours that highlight the rich history of the area. It's an educational experience that's both fun and informative.

Photo Courtesy of The Arlington Heights Park District

Lake Zurich Farmers Market
Visit the Lake Zurich Farmers Market on Fridays to enjoy fresh produce, local crafts, and live music. It's a great way to support local farmers and artisans while enjoying a vibrant community atmosphere. Check out our blog post about the area's other Farmers Markets for more options!

Photo Courtesy of The Village of Lake Zurich

Barrington Area Library
The Barrington Area Library is more than just a place to borrow books. Throughout the summer, it hosts a variety of events, including story times, craft sessions, and educational workshops. Check their calendar for upcoming events suitable for all ages.

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3. Enjoy Family Fun and Entertainment

Arlington Heights Frontier Days Festival
Mark your calendar for the Arlington Heights Frontier Days Festival. This annual event, held around the Fourth of July, features a carnival, live music, a parade, and fireworks. It's a highlight of the summer that offers fun for the whole family. Find the detailed schedule here!

Photo Courtesy of The Arlington Heights Park District

Regal Lake Zurich Movie Theater
Escape the heat and catch the latest blockbuster at the Regal Lake Zurich Movie Theater. With comfortable seating and a variety of snack options, it’s a great way to spend a relaxing afternoon or evening.

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Barrington Family Expo
Enjoy a day of kids activities, giveaways, music, entertainment and more.  Grab a snack and some refreshments - all while learning more about the resources available in the Barrington area! Many local businesses and community organizations will have booths offering activities and demonstrations.  The event is open to the public and parking is FREE!

Photo Courtesy of The Barrington Chamber of Commerce

4. Explore Unique Local Attractions

Historic Downtown Long Grove
Take a short drive to Historic Downtown Long Grove, where you can stroll through charming streets lined with unique shops and restaurants. Don’t miss the Long Grove Confectionery Co. for some delicious treats. We are lucky enough to have a Compass office in Downtown Long Grove and we LOVE the Chicken Salad Croissant and Plant Power Sandwich over at Blu Fig Cafe! 


Photo Courtesy of Blu Fig Cafe


Hawthorn Woods Aquatic Center
Cool off at the Hawthorn Woods Aquatic Center, featuring a zero-depth entry pool, water slides, and a splash pad. It’s a perfect spot for families to enjoy a day of water fun.

Photo Courtesy of The Village of Hawthorn Woods

5. Get Active with Sports and Recreation

Sunset Meadows Park
Arlington Heights' Sunset Meadows Park offers a variety of sports facilities, including soccer fields, a golf course, and a skate park. It's a great place to stay active and enjoy the outdoors.

Photo Courtesy of The Arlington Heights Park District

Lake Barrington Field House
For those rainy summer days, head to the Lake Barrington Field House. This indoor sports facility offers a range of activities, including basketball, soccer, and volleyball. They also have fitness classes and camps for kids.

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Battle House Laser Tag

Another great indoor activity right down the street in Lake Barrington! Engage in simulated urban combat in their massive 15,000 square foot arena complete with 8 two-story buildings, tramways, passageways and a crashed helicopter. 


Hawthorn Woods Community Park
This park in Hawthorn Woods provides tennis courts, baseball fields, and a playground. It’s an ideal spot for a family outing or a casual game with friends. It is also the sight of The Concerts in the Park summer concert series, which we have the please of sponsoring again this year, in addition to The Movies in the Park! Come enjoy some live music with us every Friday evening, starting June 3rd! You can find the summer line up here!

Gazebo, Band, The Blackshaw Messel Group


The Arlington Heights, Lake Zurich, Barrington, and Hawthorn Woods areas are brimming with activities to make your summer unforgettable. From outdoor adventures and cultural excursions to family-friendly events and unique local attractions, there's something for everyone to enjoy. So grab your sunscreen, gather your friends and family, and get ready to explore all the fun things to do now that school is out!

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