Family, Friends and Food on Bangs Lake
1970 – 1990
Bob Lindstrom aka “Lindy” was born in 1926 in Chicago, Illinois. Even as a small child Lindy always seemed to have a passion for people and boating. In the 1960’s Lindy used to drive his family from the outskirts of Chicago to a small town called Wauconda. After falling in love with the town and Bangs Lake, Lindy decided to fulfill a lifelong dream of owning his own lakeside bar/marina. Lindy bought Farman’s rickety old boathouse in 1965 and realized his dream…he called it Lindy’s Landing.
Lindy’s Landing became known as a family place to swim, picnic, boat and fish. In the 1960s, the boathouse remained a version of the original building built in 1908 and consisted of a small bar, candy counter and two pinball machines. In those early years, the business was seasonal and only open Memorial Day through Labor Day. In the 1970s, Lindy’s business continued to grow, so the family permanently relocated to Wauconda and the business began operating year round.
During the next few years there were multiple building upgrades and renovations. Adding more barstools and tables meant more business, so it was then that Lindy started selling fresh hand patted burgers, hot dogs, grilled cheese sandwiches and the occasional Sloppy Joe. At that time the food offering was small, but the menu items were made from fresh ingredients in a small galley style kitchen run by Lindy’s three daughters.
As the bar/restaurant continued to flourish, so did the marina. On most summer days you would find Lindy himself sitting on a picnic table with his black lab, “Old Blue,” greeting the boaters as they launched their boats for a day of fun on Bangs Lake. Lindy loved life, family and friends and lived life to the fullest until February 2000.
Wanting to keep the legacy of Lindy’s Landing alive, not only for Lindy but also the community, his three daughters–Laurie, Cheryl and Bonnie–decided to keep the business going. With help from Lindys’ own family and friends the business continued to flourish and in 2003 the humble boathouse received a facelift with new siding and the addition of an outside beach bar and 2,000-square-foot deck, which still exists today.
The motivation behind these improvements was to restore the resort-style atmosphere of years gone by and continue to provide access for the general public to use and enjoy Bangs Lake. This enabled Lindy’s Landing to grow into a full-service restaurant serving lunch and dinner daily. It was then that Lindy’s Burgers and Friday Night Fish Fry became famous and Lindy’s Landing became known for its live music lineup and annual events such as the Fireworks over Bangs and the Cardboard Boat Regatta. Lindy’s was quickly becoming the place to be for summertime fun!
2003 to Present
The old building was starting to show its age and due to the growing popularity more changes needed to be made to meet customer demand, especially during the winter months. So, in October 2006 the decision was made to remodel yet again, which turned into a complete tear down of the old boathouse. In its place now stands a brand new 7,000-square-foot, 200-seat restaurant and 100-seat dining deck built on the same spot the original boathouse stood some 100 years ago.
As you walk through the restaurant take a stroll down memory lane as you pass by pictures of the original Lindy’s and other Bangs Lake landmarks from years ago. The original bar top from 1965 still remains as a reminder of where it all started. People continue to belly up to Lindy’s old bar as new family, friends and memories are made.
Three generations and more than 45 years later Lindy’s Landing is still going strong. Lindy’s three daughters still operate the business today along with Lindys’ five grandchildren (Brittany, Kellen, Rachel, Carly and Bradley) and amazing staff. As a family, they continue to commit themselves to keeping the Lindy’s spirit alive for many generations to come. With the community’s continued support, the family looks forward to celebrating 50 years of Lindy’s Landing in 2015.