10 Things to Do in Spring Grove That You Shouldn't Miss

August 11, 2017 Marlin Saiz

Spring Grove is a village in McHenry County, Illinois, United States. The population was 5,778 according to the 2010 census, up from 5,303 in 2005 and 3,880 in 2000. It is also home to Chain O'Lakes State Park.
Restaurants in Spring Grove

1. Stade's Farm and Market

3709 Miller Rd, McHenry, IL 60051-4802 +1 815-675-6396
Excellent
75%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 124 reviews

Stade's Farm and Market

Farm Fresh, non-GMO Produce, Bakery, U-Pick Fruits/Vegetables, Family Fun, Attractions, Concerts & Sunday Outdoor Worship Services. Mission To provide healthy home grown farm products, agricultural education, and fine family entertainment at reasonable prices to our local and surrounding community. Stade's Farm & Market is located in scenic McHenry County in northeastern Illinois approximately 50 miles from Chicago. We produce 2,200 acres of crops that range from traditional corn and soybeans to specialty crops including many fruits and vegetables commonly grown in northern Illinois. Through our own farm market, we sell our fresh fruits and non-GMO vegetables directly to consumers in our local area. Our goal is to provide our customers with the finest quality produce possible.

Reviewed By Kristin G

We went Sunday right at ten am to go apple picking. There was only five rows (each only approximately half picked already) and were able to pick two varieties of apples- honey crisp and gala. The honey crisp were extremely large but very tasty. The gala were reasonable size but not ripe yet. It took us ten minutes to fill our two bags (one small one large). It was rather disappointing for our "day at the orchard". We put the apples in the car and decided to check out the activities area, however we were very disappointed that it was 15$ per person, even adults who wouldn't be "riding" anything. It seemed extremely steep and we chose to just stay in the free area (fun teeter tatter) and have a lemonade and cheese curds (both very good!) We then headed to the market were we tried a few things. We found the zucchini bread to be very dry when we got home. I will choose other apple orchards in the future this did not deliver the apple picking experience we were looking for and the activities area was very expensive. We were also disappointed by the number of people who were smoking on the grounds after it being marked a smoke free environment.

2. Chain 'O Lakes State Park

8916 Wilmot Rd, Spring Grove, IL 60081-8104 +1 847-587-5512
Excellent
36%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
5%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 69 reviews

Chain 'O Lakes State Park

A water-oriented recreation area known for its fishing, boating and water-skiing.

Reviewed By Colleen C - Spring Grove

Chain 'o Lakes State Park has nice trails to hike. The main trails are also bike trails with a rock base. The travel through prairie and waterfront. There is also a boat launch, rentals, and picnic areas. The wild flowers bloom throughout the summer and there are excellent opportunities for bird watching.

3. Route 12 Bar & Grill

37540 Highway Rte 12, Fox Lake, IL 60020 +1 847-629-5075
Excellent
29%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
29%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 17 reviews

Route 12 Bar & Grill

Reviewed By sh1520 - Crystal Lake, Illinois

Went here on a Friday morning at 11 AM to meet some friends for a Bloody and some lunch. Turned into a marathon day-drinking event until 6PM, but what the hell? I'm glad I started out with their signature MEGA MARY! It was a meal + a drink. A LARGE drink too. Underneath the skewers of veggies, pickle, mini burger and brat, hot wing, and assorted cheeses, was a filled to the rim mug with great homemade bloody mary mix. It was awesome.(The pics are NOT exaggerated) And a bit filling. But, I rounded out the day with $2 bottles of Miller Lites, and a couple orders off appetizers. We had the Rueben bites, and Southwestern Eggrolls. They were both great. Bartender was friendly and fun, and the customers I encountered were as well. What's with the flies though?? I regard this as a "roadhouse" type of bar, so they didn't bug me too much. (pun intended) Parking was the only reason I didn't give this review a 5. I was lucky to grab a good spot, but it is limited. And the little "road" that encircles the bar looks like it's been used for artillery practice with all the potholes. But so what? I'll be back!

4. Halftime Bar and Grill Sand Volleyball

2405 W Johnsburg Rd, Johnsburg, IL 60051-5178 +1 815-344-0007
Excellent
48%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
15%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 13 reviews

Halftime Bar and Grill Sand Volleyball

Reviewed By ritapawl - Ingleside, Illinois

We've eaten here on several occasions (not during the dinner hour), and the service has always been extremely slow.

We liked the pizza, esp.
the thin butter crust one. The ribs are very tender. But the wings had a very hard breading and what they call "potato skins" is really just a whole potato cut in half with the skins toppings.

Probably a fun place in the summer with volleyball.

But we probably won't be back because of the service.

5. Volo Auto Museum

27582 Volo Village Rd, Volo, IL 60073-9613 +1 815-385-3644
Excellent
64%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 336 reviews

Volo Auto Museum

Reviewed By Dan B

I’ve literally been driving past the Volo Auto Museum my entire life without ever stopping in. Finally decided to take my two 10 year old boys over for a Saturday afternoon.

Never realized exactly how big the entire place is, there are multiple buildings full of different types of vehicles. A majority of the vehicles displayed are also available for purchase.

Going once is probably enough to say you’ve been there and seen it. Neat place.

6. Volo Bog State Natural Area

28478 W Brandenburg Rd, Ingleside, IL 60041-9314 +1 815-344-1294
Excellent
75%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 34 reviews

Volo Bog State Natural Area

Reviewed By Karen75017 - Paris, France

We certainly intend to be outfitted correctly for our next visit to take the larger/longer tour! We ran into a fellow who knew the bog so very well and he took us all around and told us about it - what a chance!

7. Wilmot Mountain

11931 Fox River Rd, Wilmot, WI 53192 +1 262-862-2301
Excellent
35%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
23%
Poor
11%
Terrible
14%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 34 reviews

Wilmot Mountain

Currently closed for Winter Operations. Please check out website for summer events. Since 1938, Wilmot Mountain has enchanted families as one of the Midwest’s premier Winter destinations for snowsport activities. Just a short drive away from Chicago and Milwaukee, they have made skiing, snowboarding, and tubing an easy, accessible, affordable and fun trip for the whole family. With the recent Vail Purchase, Wilmot Mountain is undergoing a $13.2 million renovation. This renovation includes new lifts, a base area transformation, an expanded state-of-the-art snowmaking system, a new kid's ski and snowboard school with an enhanced beginner's area, and a new terrain park with high speed rope tow. Having converted thousands of first-timers into lifelong skiers and riders, and now with the opportunity to take that passion to Vail Resorts’ iconic western mountains, Wilmot Mountain is truly the place where Epic begins.

Reviewed By Aaron G

Good ski spot close to Chicago.

-Quick (about hour) drive from downtown Chicago.
-Ski runs are short, but fun and interesting. There are some good areas for jumps and tricks as well.
-Rental equipment was a bit old and could use an update. The rental process is also kind of weird. They just tell you to pick out your own boots and you leave them when you’re done—nobody confirms that they’re returned.
-The food at the cafeteria was surprisingly good—pizza was delicious.
-There are a couple bars and they had good live music while we were there.
-All the staff were friendly.

Will definitely go back next time I want a quick ski trip in the area.

8. Ginger Blossom

3016 Il Route 173, Richmond, IL 60071-9303 +1 815-678-4015
Excellent
67%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 12 reviews

Ginger Blossom

Reviewed By Brian D

This place has all kinds of artifacts from all over the world . You can spend $1.oo to thousands of $$$$. Ginger is on the premises from time to time and answers all questions about her travels, collections and stories behind it all. Plan onspending a good few hours to the day at Ginger Blossoms because its spread out and there are barns, huts, cabins and all kins of structures and buildings hosing the different collections.

9. Famous Freddie's Roadhouse

510 Park Ave, Fox Lake, IL 60020-1920 +1 847-587-9677
Excellent
21%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
10%
Terrible
10%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 19 reviews

Famous Freddie's Roadhouse

A restaurant, bar and lakeside entertainment venue. On the shores of scenic Pistakee Lake (on the Chain o' Lakes), Famous Freddie's Roadhouse is a 10,000 square-foot two-story establishment with seating for over 300 diners and includes two 40-seat 35-foot island bars, a 16 seat wall bar and a giant lakeside "Beach Bar" and outdoor patio. Freddie's boasts a open express kitchen serving a new summer menu, including Freddie's famous affordable eats and Chef-inspired comfort food. A second floor nightclub venue, complete with dance floor and state-of-the-art lighting and sound. Accessible by car, bike or boat, Freddie's has free parking and over 100 slips for boats of all sizes.

Reviewed By FastGirl39 - Wisconsin

Get on your Harley and ride to this destination on the lake. Plenty of outdoor seating as well as indoor. Don't miss the shrimp in the shell, delish. Fun place to watch a game or just sit outside and relax after a long cruise. Great people watching.

10. Skate on Grand

720 E Grand Ave, Ingleside, IL 60020 +1 847-546-7000
Excellent
40%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
40%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 5 reviews

Skate on Grand

Reviewed By Grobs3

Went for birthday party . It was great and my 7 year old had a blast. Real fun for me being 34 and her skating together just a great family expierience . I would recommend it to anyone in the area to spend quality time with the family.great time for a birthday party also.

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