December 2017 Around Town

Not Dead On Arrival: Bikers Ride On

Dozens of cycling enthusiasts gathered at Main Street Outfitter (MSO) in Wauconda for their Annual Day of the Dead Ride, biking to Bang’s-Lake-area hangouts and stopping for a sip at several of the area’s finest bars and brewpubs in full Day-of-the-Dead costumes. (Can you spot SWL Publisher Michael Beightol in the group photo?)

Long Grove Vintage Holidays

An annual tradition returns to its vintage, small town setting at the Long Grove Vintage Holidays Season. Presented by the Historic Downtown Long Grove Business Association, four consecutive weeks of timeless holiday happenings in Long Grove will give visitors authentic, shop small experiences.  Festivities each weekend (Saturdays & Sundays through December 17th) include the famous Christmas Tree Parade, complimentary horse-drawn carriage rides, strolling costumed carolers, Victorian buildings trimmed in lights, a picturesque covered bridge and cobblestone walkways lined in luminaries, and appearances by Mr. and Mrs. Claus. Eighty-plus fresh pine trees are being distributed to local Long Grove businesses, who hand-decorate them to the tune of their store’s distinctive theme for public display throughout the season. 

“Our goal each year is to bring back holiday spirit by giving shoppers a nostalgic alternative to the usual Big Box mayhem from Thanksgiving to Christmas,” said Ryan Messner, President of the Historic Downtown Long Grove Business Association.  “Historic Long Grove is what the holidays are all about… the small shops, the old-world charm, the family memories.  It’s a real winter wonderland that’s close to home.”   Thirty-minute carriage rides continue every Saturday and Sunday from 1 pm to 6 pm through December 17th.  For more information, visit