April Mompreneur Beth Dahlenburg of Chik-fil-A Vernon Hills

Mompreneur of the Month

Welcome to Mompreneur Monday, where we introduce you to mom-based businesses in Lake County. This month it’s our pleasure to introduce you to Beth Dahlenburg, owner of Chick-fil-A in Vernon Hills.


Beth Dahlenburg Chick-fil-A
Beth Dahlenburg, owner of Chick-fil-A in Vernon Hills

Beth Dahlenburg lives in Lake Barrington with Larry, her husband of 20+ years, and together they manage their restaurant. Beth and Larry are the proud parents of 19-year-old son, Wyatt, a freshman at Purdue University; 16-year-old daughter, Kara, a sophomore at Barrington High School; and 13-year-old daughter, Morgan, a 7th grader at Barrington Middle School. Beth grew up in Moline, Illinois, and have lived in the Barrington area for 25 years.

Beth, Wyatt, Kara, Morgan, and Larry pictured with a Chick-fil-A icon.

Is there a hidden gem in your town, or a local activity that you enjoy?

As a resident of Lake County I really appreciate the beautiful forest preserves. I like bike-riding, walking my dogs, and spending time in the beautiful marsh lands, parks and protected areas. The lakes throughout the area also provide opportunities for family outings, boating and beach time.

Beth and family
Beth and family

What is the biggest balance you face in finding a work/life balance?

The biggest adjustment to owning and operating my own business was the magnitude of a six-day-a week / 16 hour a day business. We employ almost 80 people. The first year of operations was overwhelming. We’re so grateful for the patience and support of the community as we seek to bring this outstanding National Brand to the Northern Suburbs of Chicago.

I highly value my family and want to create a healthy work environment for my team. I’m so grateful Chick-fil-A has always been closed on Sunday so our team can spend time with their families and rest.

Beth and Larry, taken during the constructin of their Vernon Hlils restaurant
Beth and Larry, taken during the construction of their Vernon Hills restaurant

What is the most important thing you want people to know about your business?

Our vision is to create memorable experiences for our guests by consistently providing excellent food and remarkable service in a positive environment. We are a family owned and operated franchise thrilled to bring the brand of Chick-fil-A to the northern Suburbs of Chicago. We firmly believe in treating every person who comes through our doors with honor, dignity, and respect. We aim to serve the greater Lake County community through volunteerism and giving. We commit to take care of first responders as we honor the commitment they make to our community. We value families and education and look to partner with schools, businesses and non-profits. We will strive to be a leader in the community that is known for remarkable service, and excellent food.

Our heart and passion is to partner with schools to encourage education, leadership and service. We’re bringing the Chick-fil-A Leadership Academy to the high schools in Lake County.


Beth wants a chance to meet each of you and is extending some very specials offers just for Little Lake County readers. For the entire month of April if you mention “Little Lake County” when you visit you can receive a free small coffee (hot or iced – 1 per person). We will also have a special playdate with them that we will announce at the end of the month (details comings soon!) In the meantime be sure to stop by their storytime on April 13 for a free breakfast! Be sure to mention “Little Lake County” and thank Beth for her generosity!

Watch our Facebook page and Newsletter next week as Beth sits in as our guest editor and share with you her picks for the week!

701 N. Milwaukee Ave., Ste 360, Vernon Hills | (847) 247-8000
(located at the Southeast corner of 60 and 21, next to Olive Garden)
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The Vernon Hills Chick-fil-A is open Monday-Saturday 6:30 am to 10:00 pm
Closed on Sundays





Disclosure: Chick-fil-A Vernon Hills is our featured Mompreneur of the Month. This series of features is part of a paid partnership with Little Lake County. Contact littlelakecounty[at]gmail[dot]com if you are interested in featuring your own locally-owned business in our Mompreneur series.

About Holly Garvey 92 Articles
Stay-at-home mom who works! On again/off again work in family real estate business, babysitter, dog rescue and historical society volunteer all while chasing my new-found dream to be a writer.I live in Antioch with my husband, Jake, and kids, Cecilia (5) and Mark (3), and our dog Isabella. I'm an aspiring vegan (I cheat a lot), Jazzercise addict and runner. As a family, we love to travel and spend time outdoors. I love to go antique shopping and garage sale-ing, cook, and read in my (rare) free time.

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