Although my family no longer has the cottage from my childhood, we do have a great place in Shadow Lakes that is only a 40 minute drive from our home. Shadow Lakes is a gated year-round resort community located 55 miles southwest of Chicago in Wilmington, Illinois. There are acres and acres of nature trails, pristine lakes and waterways to be enjoyed on golf carts and boats as well as a beach and even a pool. We always have something to do at the lake whether it is riding our bikes out to the lighthouse, boating, basking at the beach or having a
fierce friendly family badmitton game. We also have lots of time to just do nothing at all but relax and enjoy the surroundings.