Middlefork Farm Nature Preserve  
Sunday, September 30, 2018
4:00 - 7:00 p.m

Highlights Video  

Thanks to everyone who made this year's Bagpipes & Bonfire a success!

To our members, guests, corporate and individual sponsors,
1,800 attendees, and volunteers, we are humbled by your support!

The brief, ‘Scottish Mist’ didn’t dampen the mood and it was followed by
a beautiful rainbow and sunshine which greeted the skydivers arrival and the
marching pipe bands leading up to the lighting of the bonfire.

A special thanks to our Bagpipes & Bonfire Chairs
Sally Searle
Scotty Searle
Betsy Searle
Bagpipes & Bonfire Committee
Charlie and Calvine Bowen     Josh Reichert
David and Lucia Cross     Jake Searle
Rob and Nancy Isham     Kent Searle
Sally Kerr     Bleecker Burnett Ward

Field Marshal
John Dick

Presenting Sponsor
Northern Trust

    Silver Corporate Sponsors
Bartlett Tree Experts


Specialty Food Sponsor
Woodland Foods
Media Sponsor
Forest & Bluff
Program Sponsors
Deerpath Inn    Metro Self Storage
Knauz    Northwestern Medicine
Lighting of the Bonfire Sponsor
Marina and Peter Carney    Chris and Erika Vernon

Skydiver Sponsor
Coldwell Banker
Special Thanks to our Dedicated Volunteers
Lindsey Anderson    John Hinde
Leslie Basedow    Lauren Hirsh
Brooke Rolek    Augie Hoffmann
Janet Brown    Charlie Hoffmann
Elyse Butler    Peter Hoffmann
Brandon Bywater    Gerry Johnson
Lisa Carlson    Karla Johnson
Maureen Clarke    Lori and John Julian
Nancy and Peter Clemens    Jamee Kane
Betsy and Bill Conrad    Margaret Kelley
Alex and Erin Close    Ed McGlynn
Michelle Curley    Cathy McGowan
Courtney Dunne    Eleanor Meeks
Jon Flusser    Colleen Nicholas
Susan Franzetti    Suzanne and Amanda Nyren
David and Tucker Gaspar    Rachel Osborne
Gay Georgi    Gerry Palmer
Sarah and Toby Georgi    Debbie Perlioni
Will Georgi    Nancy and Kyle Pienkosz
Shawn and Beckett Gore    Molly Sarver
Campbell and Sloane Gore    Barb and Pat Storey
Sara Grant    Morley Vahey
Gail Gudgeon    Heather and Andy Wright
Sharon Harvey    

Please save the date for the 2017 Bagpipes & Bonfire on Sunday, September 24th!

Join us for our 31st annual Bagpipes & Bonfire on Sunday, September 30, 2018. Bring the whole family for an evening of games, fun, Scottish entertainment, picnic feast, wine, beer & spirits at the beautiful Middlefork Farm Nature Preserve. The evening culminates with the landing of kilted sky divers, a dramatic bagpipes procession and the lighting of the bonfire. For questions about the event please email or call 847.234.3880 x17.  




Forest & Bluff

Coldwell Banker
Lake Forest


Advance registration is open until midnight, Thursday, September 21. Day of event prices are $175/adult, $50/child (ages 4-20), 3 and under are free.

Rain or shine

Reservations for Bagpipes & Bonfire are held at the gate under your last name. No hard copy tickets will be issued. (Please note, no refunds will be given for this event).

Scroll down for information on joining us as a Patron, Order of the Tartan or Grand Tartan. General ticket reservations will be available in mid-August. Reservations for Bagpipes & Bonfire are held at the gate under your last name. No hard copy tickets will be issued.

Look for your invitation in the mail in August! Tickets will be available to purchase in mid-August.

General Admission reservations:
Members: $100/adult, $35/child (ages 4-20), 3 and under are free (through September 21)
Non-Members and Day of Event: $175/adult, $50/child (ages 4-20), 3 and under are free 

Please consider joining us at one of the following sponsorship levels for Bagpipes & Bonfire and enjoy some of the benefits below:

$750 Patron benefits: 

  • Four tickets to the event;
  • Patron listing in the Bagpipes & Bonfire invitation;
  • One valet parking pass ON SITE (all general admission guest must take a shuttle from an off-site location) with special entrance and patron bar;
  • ​Family photo taken at the event.

$1,650 Order of the Tartan benefits:

  • All of the above plus;
  • Order of the Tartan listing in the Bagpipes & Bonfire invitation;
  • Two additional tickets to the event for a total of 6 tickets;
  • Special Order of the Tartan Hospitality Tent, (relocated closer to parade ground) including special Tartan buffet and full bar.

$7,500 Grand Tartan:

  • Please email for waitlist or sponsorship opportunities.