Welcome summer by enjoying a fun-filled day at Independence Grove, a 1,100-acre nature preserve and recreation are located in Lake County. The pristine and secluded forest preserve is situated on a 115-acre lake and features hiking trails, an outdoor amphitheater, a sand beach, marina, and cafe.

The Cafe at Independence Grove

The Cafe at Independence Grove reopens this Friday, May 26th, and is a delicious attraction that you may not have known about. The cafe is run by Catering by Michaels, so the menu is all freshly prepared, made-to-order food. It’s unlike what most people would expect at a park or forest preserve.

Menu items include thin crust pizzas, gourmet salads, and classic Chicago Style Hot Dogs and Italian Beef Sandwiches. Snack on Asian Sesame Chicken Wings or Spicy Onion Straws, topped with parmesan-garlic buffalo sauce. Cool down with an afternoon sweet treat of soft serve ice cream or relax with a glass of wine.

A special ‘Kids Corner’ menu includes a Turkey “Korn-Dog” and PB&J “Uncrustables.” The cafe is open 7 days a week to the public: Mon-Thurs 10:30am to 4pm, Fri-Sun10:30am to 6pm, and until 9pm on concert evenings. 

Free Summer Concerts 

The lake and cafe alone makes your trip worthwhile, but you might as well stay for the whole day. The summer concert series is a guest favorite and begins on June 13th with a live performance by the New Invaders (60’s Rock & Roll). Concerts take place in the preserves outdoor amphitheater, Millenia Plaza, and continue through August 8th. See the full concert schedule.

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May 17, 2017

2017 NICE Awards Reception in Chicago

May 17, 2017

2017 NICE Awards Reception in Chicago

Catering By Michaels

The annual NICE Awards recognize Chicagoland members of NACE (National Association for Catering and Events) and ILEA (International Live Events Association). They are all based on environmental friendliness, and Catering By Michaels finds itself in the running (and the recipient of!) many of these awards each year.

2017 NICE Awards

This year, Catering by Michaels is proud to have won the following awards:

  • Best Catered Event, On or Off Premise – The NFL Draft.
  • Best Buffet Presentation, On or Off Premise – Ramen Station at Modern Luxury Magazine’s Issue Release Party. 
  • Best Plated Presentation, On or Off Premise – Mediterranean Sea bass at the ILEA Chicago Masters Dinner.
  • Best Creative Cocktail or Beverage Presentation – Martini’s & Oysters were a fan favorite.

Ramen Station

Ramen Station at Modern Luxury Magazine’s Issue Release Party

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May 10, 2017

How to Host the Perfect Graduation Party

May 10, 2017

How to Host the Perfect Graduation Party

Catering By Michaels

Congratulations to our 2017 graduating class! It’s time to celebrate the achievements of your high school or college graduate with a memorable party for their closest friends and family. Make this day extra special and stress-free with graduation party food catered straight to your home or another location.

Read on for everything you need to throw the perfect grad party, with a focus on the food of course.

Throw a Backyard BBQ Party

Choose from a selection of traditional and unique BBQ packages. Or, hand select à la carte items and mouthwatering desserts from our new summer delivery menu. An outdoor party is simple and fun, especially when the weather is nice.

Entrees

  • Pulled BBQ Chicken Quesadillas
  • Orange Herb Grilled Salmon (gluten-free)
  • Taco Bar*

*Let guests make their own tacos with our Miniature Tinga De Pollo Taco Bar. The taco bar includes shredded chicken that has been slow cooked, plus queso fresca, and additional toppings.

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May 4, 2017

How to Plan a Memorable Mother’s Day Brunch

May 4, 2017

How to Plan a Memorable Mother’s Day Brunch

Catering By Michaels

Feel like you’re scrambling to plan a Mother’s Day that’s special and memorable for all? Don’t stress, we have just the answer. This Mother’s Day, skip going out for an overpriced meal on this busy day, and instead host a fabulous champagne brunch at home, the park, or another special location. Here’s everything you’ll need to impress mom and your guests.

Mother’s Day: The Food

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April 25, 2017

Romantic Winter Wedding at Ovation Chicago

April 25, 2017

Romantic Winter Wedding at Ovation Chicago

Catering By Michaels

Spring may be in the air, but this week we’re reminiscing about James + Jane’s romantic winter wedding at Ovation. Maybe it was the light snow falling, or the flickering candlelight and perfectly placed succulents + florals that made this wedding one to remember. Either way, it was an absolute pleasure to work with these Chicago natives, and we couldn’t be more grateful to have been a part of their very magical day.

All photography provided by the very talented Jordan Imhoff.

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