National Pie Day. Yes, It’s a Thing!

National Pie Day is, January 23rd and I am stoked! Honestly, I had no idea there was such a thing as “pie day” because, in my world, pie day is EVERY day. But, if the Universe intends us to have a dedicated “pie day” then who am I to argue it?

best pie in lake county

It is no secret to those close to me that I love me a good pie.

It started with my mom and grandma raising me in what I like to call a “homemade pie environment”.

My grandma would make a pie or two maybe even three a day every day at times.

Or make them ahead of time to freeze.

Her pie was legendary.

My mom’s homemade pumpkin pie (or homemade anything for that matter) makes all the bad things in life go away.

Shhhh it’s okay, pie is here. Shhhhhh.

Pie does that for a lot of people.

Like the sign that hangs in the kitchen above me as I type this says, “pie fixes everything”.

It. Just. Does.

No one ever says, when happening upon a freshly baked pie, “oh, pie? sigh okay, if I must….”.


When you see a pie, you say “PIE??!?! NO ONE MENTIONED THERE WOULD BE…..PIE!!!!

It’s all- American, it reminds us of home and if you don’t like one flavor, there’s always another just around the corner.

I have written about my affection for pie in the past and mentioned I have a pie accomplice. My friend Shannon and I try to get together once a month for pie and conversation for the past year.

It was over pie that I told her that I need menopause to begin.

It was over pie that we told each other how sometimes we think our teenagers are aliens.

It was over pie that we got big fat tears in our eyes talking about those same teenagers leaving the nest.

In honor of National Pie Day, here are a few places in Lake County to get a slice and celebrate.

Best Pie in Lake County

Ella Bonella 
421 N. Northwest Hwy., Barrington | (847) 560-1523
The former pie purveyors of Frank’s Karma Cafe in Wauconda are now rolling our tasty creations every weekend in Barrington. That’s right they are only open on the weekends but pie is worth the wait. 

Caramel Apple Pie/ Photo Credit Ella Bonella

Lakebilly Pies
Mundelein | [email protected]
Heather and her husband make delicious pies with cheeky names like Notorious P.I.E and Pie Knew you When. Place special orders or check them out this spring at the Mundelein Farmers Market. 

best pies in lake county
Photo credit: Lakebilly Pies

Bent Fork Bakery
Highwood | (847) 926-4438
This family owned bakery is all about small batch, real butter baking. They make everything fresh in house and at the end of the week donate all the remaining product. Closed Sundays and Mondays. 

Photo credit: Bent Fork Bakery

Bakers Square (aka Bakers Frickin’ Square)
Click on the link to see the back story on “Bakers Frickin’ Square”.
Locations in Libertyville on Milwaukee Avenue or Gurnee on Grand Avenue.

You won’t regret it.

My favorite place to get the French Silk pie because my mommy lives 11 hours away. Otherwise, it’s her recipe that’s my favorite. Either drive to Tennessee and have her make you some on Friday or drive to the local BFS near you.

If you’re short on time there is always Jewel and Mariano’s. I know, it’s a stretch, but seriously good pies are made for both of these grocery stores.

Only Jewel has my heart because my grandma used to love to eat Jewel’s cherry pie.

For dinner, at times.

This Friday, go get a cherry pie and think of my grandma Ella when you are eating it.

Vanilla ice cream on the side, please.

Jewel has many locations in Lake County. Go here for the one closest to you.

My favorite Jewel is all the way in Spring Grove. We stop there on the way home from Wisconsin. It’s so pretty.

The Jewel, that is.

So is Wisconsin.

But that Jewel?

Hmm mmm.

Mariano’s has a few locations in Lake County, Gurnee on Grand Avenue; Vernon Hills on Milwaukee Avenue and Lake Zurich on Route 12.

Go out and eat pie this week in honor of National Pie Day!

Your mom would want you to!

Your third-grade teacher would want you to!

The Universe is telling you to!

Or just eat pie every month, like Shannon and I do.

Who do you think has the best pie in Lake County? Tell us in the comments!

About Kari Wagner Hoban 36 Articles
Kari loves to write and take photos, not necessarily in that order. Her journey started in 2010 when she sat down to write a few words on a private blog. She pressed “public” a few weeks later and the rest is history. Kari loves making people laugh, being real, and spending time with her husband and two daughters. She also really loves her dog Buddy and fish Lucy. When she is not busy writing or going through the Starbucks drive thru, you can find her talking to her plants Zoe, Evie and Albert. She didn’t name Evie. Her nine year old did. But she's totally an Edna so that’s what Kari calls her when her nine year old isn’t home.

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