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    About Chain O'Lakes - Squaw Creek
    Lake County, Illinois

    Squaw Creek is an outflow of Fox Lake in the Chain O’Lakes region. Surrounding the shore of Squaw Creek are numerous lake homes. Chicago is a little over an hour away, perfect for a day trip.

    The Northwestern Medicine McHenry Hospital is 25 minutes away and the Chicago Midway International Airport is around an hour and a half away.

    The 7,000-acre Chain O’Lakes waterway system rests just below the Wisconsin state border. The chain is reported to be the busiest inland recreational waterway per acre in the United States.

    Rich With Mobster History

    Back in the days of prohibition, the Chain O’Lakes region was popular with gangsters like Al Capone, who owned a lake house in the area. As it turns out, the Chain O’Lakes were ideal for smuggling alcohol over from Canada.

    Outdoor Activities

    The region is very popular for boaters and anglers. Boaters starting in Squaw Creek can access many of the lakes.

    Close to Squaw Creek is the Chain O’Lakes State Park, which borders three of the Chain Lakes and is right next to a 3,230-acre conservation area. The park offers hiking and horseback riding as well as camping and hunting opportunities. In the winter, visitors can ice fish, snowmobile, and cross-country ski.

    Anglers on the Chain O’Lakes can expect to catch a variety of quality and sizable fish including northern pike, muskies, largemouth and white bass, crappies, bluegills, channel cat, bullheads, carp, and yellow perch.

    Food and Drink

    Down the street from Squaw Creek are a few dining venues including Zaza’s Steakhouse and Italian Eatery, an old-fashioned Italian and American diner that also serves quality wine and cocktails. Additionally, Squaw Creek residents can visit J’s Sports Bar and Grill for a classic sports bar experience with pool, darts, and live music.

    Area locals recommend eating at Rosati's Pizza of Lakemoor, Leo’s Chicago Grill, PAWNEY’s Place, and Miller’s Dog N Suds Drive In.

    For boaters who are looking to have a good time, Blarney Island is a highly rated Caribbean-themed bar that, by all definitions, lives up to its name. It is, in fact, in the middle of the lake, and is only accessible by boat. Of course, they have a shuttle for those who don’t wish to drive a boat.

    Blarney Island also hosts drag boat races every Thursday evening from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

    Fun and School for the Kids

    Of course, families have plenty of other options for entertainment. Bella’s Bouncies Skate on Grand Roller Rink offers the classic roller skating experience with roller skate rentals.

    And when the fun is over and it's time to hit the books, the Squaw Creek is excellently located close to Grant Community High School.

    A Quiet Outlet off a Thriving Lake Area

    If you want access to both a relaxing getaway as well as an exciting lake time experience, check out Squaw Creek. It just might be the place for your next lake home!