Are you thinking about living in Lake in the Hills, Illinois, and wonder what there is to do for fun? In this video, I'm going to tell you about the top seven things that we like to do for fun in Lake in the Hills. We’ll look at everything from movie theaters to outdoor fun so you get a good idea of what to expect when you move here.

#1: A Night At The Movies

While your top seven might be different from my top seven, we’re going to talk about all the fun things there are to do in Lake in the Hills. The first one on my list is the AMC movie theater. I know you might be thinking that everybody's got a movie theater, this one is a high-end theater with comfortable reclining seats. Who doesn't love those seats that recline?

While you get comfy, you’ll also have your choice of all the popcorn, candy, and drinks you desire—though it does come with a hefty price tag. They even have a full-service bar in the lobby. How cool is that? 

#2: Pond Hockey Tournament

The next fun thing to do in Lake in the Hills is the annual Pond Hockey Tournament. There is also an annual ice fishing tournament and summer fishing tournament that you can compete in. The Pond Hockey Tournament is held every year—weather permitting—at Indian Trail Beach on Woodscreek Lake.

The 4 On 4 Competition takes place to determine who will be the King of the Lake. this past January was a blast as my son and his team participated in the event. They ended up losing to a team that was—in my opinion—stacked with pros. But it was fun.

#3: White Castle

Next up is White Castle. All you 50-somethings know what I'm talking about. Right? Raise your hand. Come on, get it up. Let's go get it up in the air. I grew up on the northwest side of Chicago near Belmont in Harlem, and there was a 24-hour White Castle. 

Just about every weekend consisted of cruising on Harlem Avenue from Diversity Avenue, which is about 2800 North right on the Elmwood Park border to Lawrence Avenue 4800 North. We would go back and forth all night long until we ended up in the White Castle parking lot for some sliders. We’d also go across the street to Wag’s. Who remembers Wag’s? This place was like a Denny's and it was open 24 hours. You could get some of the best food and breakfast that you could want.  

#4: Sunset Park

Another fun thing to do in Lake in the Hills is Sunset Park. Sunset Park is home to many walking trails and a splash pad in the summertime. You can also find a skate park, football field, and a huge dog park. 

There is truly something for everyone there. In the summer, you'll also find a few festivals going on like Sunset fest and Rib Fest (pre-COVID, of course). 

#5: Disc Golf Course

We can't forget about the disc golf course that opened in the summer of 2012. The Lake in the Hills disc golf course provides nine challenging holes of disc golf that bring guaranteed fun for all ages. The course is located by Linda K. Fisher Park. 

#6: The Airport

The next awesome thing to do in Lake in the Hills is the Lake in the Hills Airport. This is a public airport located at 407 Pilot Road in Lake in the Hills, Illinois. I tell you this because Lake in the Hills and Crystal Lake fought for this airport sometime back.

The airport is owned by the Village of Lake in the Hills has sponsored free rides for kids on the weekends. They also host an annual open house event that showcases the facility. Again pre COVID 

#7: Costco

Lastly, we have Costco. Who doesn't love Costco? I’m there maybe three or four times a week—but definitely avoid it on the weekends. It's absolutely crazy. And I think you know this, but it's one of the best things to do in Lake in the Hills. 

Bonus Lake In The Hills Activities

If these seven fun things to do aren’t enough, we have a few bonus activities. Our first bonus is Indian Trail Beach. You can enjoy a relaxing day at Indian Trail Beach, and it’s also the perfect place for summer barbecues. It also has a shelter pavilion and picnic areas as well as accessible parking to the beach. 

The last bonus I have for you is Butcher on the Block, a gourmet meat and deli market. They opened in 2000, right around the time that we moved to the area from the Norwood Park neighborhood in the city of Chicago. They’ve now expanded several times over the years with a larger selection of meats and deli items, along with an expanded grocery area and a sit-down dining area. You definitely have to check this place out.

Enjoy Lake In The Hills Living

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