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Things To Do This Weekend April 21-23, 2023

By: Jeff Randolph 04/18/2023

Navigate through Lake County this weekend and take advantage of the events that are going on. Whatever adventure you plan to partake in, take advantage of the final weekend of Lake County Restaurant Week. Let's look at things to do this weekend, April 21-23, 2023.





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For a guide to vegetarian options during Lake County Restaurant Week 2023, click here.

Explore local cuisine as the ten day long food event ends this weekeend. The amusement park in Gurnee opens for the season. An art festival is happening in Grayslake. They are taking it to the air on the stage in Lake Forest. The brass will be showcased in Highland Park. Here we look at the top five things to do this weekend, April 21-23, 2023.

1. Ten Days to Savor: Lake County Restaurant Week





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Lake County Restaurant Week: Ten Days to Savor kicks off April 14-23. The 10-day foodie flagship program highlights 80 restaurants from 27 different land of the lakes communities with special prix fixe menus, food and drink pairings, live entertainment, and other fun promotions to attract new guests and generate awareness. The eighth installment of the fare frenzy revolves around supporting local restaurants. The focus is encouraging residents to generate foot traffic to the cuisine makers in their hometowns and across the land of lakes. Lake County Restaurant Week: Ten Days to Savor allows diners to CHECK IN TO WIN. The contest features various foodie prizes and a chance to win an overnight/theatre package at Lincolnshire Marriott Resort, Marriott Theatre and Three Embers Restaurant or Wright's Brew & Bistro, a cooking class at The Joyful Gourmet in Libertyville, and a gift card to a participating eatery. To enter, aim your smartphone camera at the participating eatery's QR code on the table tent or visit If you check in to win at three or more locations, restaurateurs can be eligible to win. Remember, when visiting an eatery, share your imagery on Instagram using #LakeCountyRW. The foodie event runs through Sunday, April 23.

Through Sunday, April 23; various hours. Various locations in Lake County.

2. Opening Weekend at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee





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Six Flags Great America (SFGAm) reopens the gates for the season on April 22. The Gurnee amusement park features 17 roller coasters, impressive live shows, fireworks, delicious dining options, 11-themed areas with other fantastic rides, and tons more excitement. Take a ride on its flagship coasters like Goliath, Maxx Force, Mardi Gras Hangover, Batman the Ride, and more. Nearly a decade ago, the Guinness Book of World Records officially named Goliath the world's steepest, fastest and tallest wooden roller coaster. Since then, it still stands as the steepest wooden coaster. Blast through the park with Maxx Force's record-breaking launch, sprinting from 0-78 mph in under two seconds; take a spin on the world's largest looping ride, Mardi Gras Hangover, or ride the classic American Eagle. SFGAm also features live shows, delectable eats, many games, and kiddie activities. The park stays open on select days through September 4. Hurricane Harbor Chicago, the neighboring waterpark, opens Memorial Day weekend. Visit for tickets.

Saturday-Sunday, April 22-23; Sat.: 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sun.: 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Tickets: Starting at $44.99 per person. Six Flags Great America, 1 Great America Pkwy., Gurnee.

3. Fear No Art Festival at College of Lake County in Grayslake





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Every year the James Lumber Center gives us a slew of eye-opening performances from the Fear No Art Festival. This year is no different, as the Grayslake Art Festival has featured unbelievable talent for over two decades at the College of Lake County. This lively festival features a variety of artists performing music, dance, and poetry. Also, there will be a stunning display of other art mediums, including paintings, photography, and sculptures by CLC students and community artists. Visit for tickets.

Friday-Saturday, April 21-22; Fri.: 7:30 p.m., Sat.: 2 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $5-$12. James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts, 19351 W. Washington St., Grayslake.

4. "Airness" at Citadel Theatre in Lake Forest





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Find the competition, completion, and your "airness" at Citadel Theatre in Lake Forest. "Airness" opens the curtains for its newest show. The story's main character, Nina, is an air guitarist. Charismatic nerds love her art form as she performs with just raw joy. However, will Nina be able to find peak shredding "airness" and win the contest? The comedic presentation reminds us that everything we need to rock is already inside us. The Lake Forest production was originally written by playwright and director Chelsea Marcantel, who won an American Theatre Critics Association's "New Play Award." The presentation runs on select days through May 21. Visit for tickets.

Friday-Sunday, April 21-23; Fri.-Sat.: 7:30 p.m. and Sun.: 3 p.m. Tickets: $40-$45. Citadel Theatre Company, 300 S. Waukegan Rd., Lake Forest.

5. Gateways Brass Collective at Ravinia Festival in Highland Park





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Ravinia Festival kicks off the year with a fall/spring series of Bennett Gordon Hall performances. The Gateway Brass Collective consists of trumpeters Courtney Jones and Herbert Smith, Isrea Butler on trombone, Larry Williams on French horn, and Jerome Stover on tuba. The quintet inspires artists and audiences of all ages and backgrounds, as the gentlemen are dedicated educators committed to community and learning. The collective ranges in numerous genres like jazz, soul, classical, and more. Public parking is free for BGH concerts in the south parking lot on St. Johns Avenue. Visit for tickets.

Saturday, April 22; 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $15. Ravinia Festival, 201 St. Johns Ave., Highland Park.

For a guide to breakfast and brunch options during Lake County Restaurant Week, click here.

To see more things to do this weekend April 21-23, 2023, click here.

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