Things To Do This Weekend February 17-19, 2023

Things To Do This Weekend February 17-19, 2023

By: Jeff Randolph 02/16/2023

Never take for granted the finer things in life. If you want to gather with family and friends, enjoy the artistry of local creators, and experience something new, the land of the lakes can help. Let's look at things to do this weekend, February 17-19, 2023.





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There are plenty activities throughout the month of February in the land of the lakes. For a list of the top 10 things to do in February 2023 click here.

Our month-long celebration of local brewers, distillers, and makers of wine continues. Horticulture marvels are on display in Glencoe. Thespians take the stage in Lake Forest and Lincolnshire. Local artists are showcased in Waukegan. Let's look at the top five things to do this weekend, February 17-19, 2023. 

1. Lake County Libation Trail Month/Check-In Challenge


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Let's toast to the Lake County Libation Trail! "It's five o'clock somewhere," as suds aficionados, vino connoisseurs, and spirit enthusiasts will be elated with these glasses of "liquid courage." The Lake County Libation Trail is highlighted by nearly 30 of the most delectable flavors from locally-sourced ingredients. Whether your adult beverage is an ice-cold frothy lager, a dry red merlot, or an old-fashioned on the rocks, Lake County has precisely what you need to make your taste buds dance. This Check-in Challenge runs all of February. When craft drinkers arrive at a participating location, they check in using their mobile pass to show they're in attendance. If libation-ers check in to five or more Lake County Libation Trail partners by February 28, they are entered into a sweepstake to win a prize. Hit trail stops like Black Lung Brewing Co. in Round Lake Beach, Bosacki's Brewery and Tighthead Brewing Co. in Mundelein, Broken Tee Brewing Company in Highwood, Buffalo Creek Brewing and Valentino Vineyards in Long Grove, Copper Fiddle DistilleryPhase Three Brewing Co. and Roaring Table Brewery in Lake Zurich, Glunz Family Winery & Cellars and Light the Lamp Brewery in Grayslake, Half Day Brewing Co. and Wright's Brew & Bistro in Lincolnshire, Harbor Brewing Co. in Winthrop Harbor, 9th Hour Brewing and Harbor Brewing Co. in Lake Villa, Liquid Love Brewing in Buffalo Grove, Lynfred Winery and Ravinia Brewing Co. in Highland Park, Mickey Finn's Brewery in Libertyville, Nightshade and Dark's Pandemonium BrewingZümBier Brewery and Oppidan Spirits in Waukegan, North Shore Distillery in Green Oaks, Vigneto del Bino in Antioch and Wild Onion Brewery & Banquets in Lake Barrington. Head to for more information. Get to Trail hoppin'!

Friday-Sunday, February 17-19. Various locations in Lake County, Illinois.

2. The Orchid Show: Magnified at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe





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Roses are red; violets are blue. Orchids range from gray, purple, pink and red, and the Chicago Botanic Garden is hosting a show of it, too. The Chicago Botanic Garden Orchid Show: Magnified, a one-of-a-kind display in the Chicago area, features the striking 25-foot-wide flower this year. More than 12,000 brilliantly beautiful and unusual orchids worldwide will extend throughout the Regenstein Center, including lush presentations within the greenhouses. Several unique events are featured during the show including a preview, live music and more. On select Thursday nights, visitors can wet their whistles and view the flowers up close during the Glencoe spot's Orchids After Hours. Brighten your winter with the Orchid Show, running daily through March 26. For tickets, visit

Friday-Sunday, February 17-19; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tickets: $5-$19 (parking fee not included). Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe.

3. "The Christians" at Citadel Theatre in Lake Forest





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The Citadel Theatre recently received the designation of “Jeff Recommended” as the Lake Forest equity theatre’s “The Christians” achieved the nod. The story follows Pastor Paul, a 20-year clergyman who has grown his small brick-and-mortar parish into a mega church. The aforementioned charismatic protagonist of the production feels there is a flaw in the congregration’s faith when the pastor recites his homily. The play follows the relationship between practicing what you preach and an intriguing take on the modern-day United States. No matter what sector you practice, the presentation dips into a provocative and nonpartisan debate based on a book with the same title written by Lucas Hnath in 2015. The Citadel Theatre stages “The Christians” on Wednesdays-Sundays through March 12. For tickets, visit

Friday-Sunday, February 17-19; Fri. and Sat.: 7:30 p.m., Sun.: 3 p.m. Tickets: $43-$48. Citadel Theatre, 300 Waukegan Rd., Lake Forest.

4. "You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown" at Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire





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“Good grief!” “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown: The Musical” opens at the Marriott Theatre this weekend. Based on the “Peanuts” comic strip by Charles M. Schulz, Charlie Brown and the gang explore life’s great questions as they navigate through adolescence in this comedic musical. Through playing baseball, struggling with homework, swooning over their crushes and celebrating the joy of friendship the Lincolnshire production provides a refreshing look to life through the eyes of Charlie and Sally Brown, Linus and Lucy Van Pelt, Patty, Schroeder and the charismatic beagle, Snoopy. The Tony Award-winning Broadway revival show runs on select days through April 1.

5. ArtWauk in Downtown Waukegan





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The city’s famed ArtWauk “paints” the town with sculptures, film, theatre, comedy, music, performance art, food, and more. The free admission Saturday art event opens the doors to all art galleries throughout Waukegan. So fill your artistic void with the ever-extravagant monthly ArtWauk in Downtown Waukegan. In addition to the portraits, sculptures, and other creative vibes, munch on some delicious dining options downtown or feel the flow of the tunes from the live entertainment. Lake County Libation Trail partners Nightshade and Dark’s Pandemonium Brewing, Zümbier and Oppidan Spirits offer delectable brews and spirits in the downtown area of the City of Progress for February’s Check-in Challenge. In honor of Black History Month, the College of Lake County Lakeshore highlights the work of Bryn Griffin and other emerging artists in its pop-up exhibit. The Dandelion Art Gallery showcases its “Past, Present and Future Artist Retrospective” showcase featuring the co-op’s member’s artistic and creative progression over the years. The Ray Bradbury-themed studio’s evening festivities include a community canvas, artist meet and greet, live demonstrations and more running on select days through March 11. The Dandelion Gallery & Studio also displays its Honoring Black History Month featuring artist Mona J. Phiffer whose collection derives from African Roots and history. The Belvidere Discount Mall across town shows the 1988 renowned comedy flick “Coming To America” starring and created by Eddie Murphy and directed by John Landis at 4 p.m. The Belvidere screenings run during the colder months of ArtWauk through March 18. Saturday, February 18; 4-9 p.m. Various locations in Waukegan.

For a comprehesnive guide to the Lake County Libation Trail 2023 click here.

Click here to see more things to do this weekend February 17-19, 2023.

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