Things To Do This Weekend February 9-11, 2024

By: Stephanie Wylie 02/08/2024

Looking for fun activities in Lake County this weekend? Explore the scenic beauty of the Chain O' Lakes State Park. Experience the thrill of live entertainment at Carmel Catholic High School or catch the breathtaking coloful and fragrant sights of Chicago Botanic Gardens. Indulge your taste buds with something sweet! Whether you're seeking outdoor adventure, cultural experiences or culinary delights, Lake County has something for everyone to enjoy this weekend!





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Don't miss out on the delicious offerings at the Lake County February Flavor Festival! Sample mouthwatering dishes from a variety of restaurants and savor the unique flavors that Lake County has to offer and join our Check-In Challenge for unique prizes! 

Let's delve into the top five activities to embrace this weekend, February 9-11, 2024.

1. Street Scenes Student Show at Carmel Catholic High School in Mundelein





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In a dazzling display of talent and creativity, Carmel Catholic High School is set to celebrate the golden anniversary of Street Scenes. The iconic Mundelein event that has been a staple of the school's cultural calendar for half a century. Both evenings will be a feast for the senses, boasting an impressive lineup of more than 40 live bands, a silent auction, casino games, theatrical performances by students and a mesmerizing magic show. One of the highlights of Street Scenes is the popular cabaret-style student show. Attendees can expect a showcase of the immense talent and creativity within the student body as they take the stage to deliver captivating performances. For more information and to secure your tickets, visit 

Friday-Saturday, February 9-10; 6-11:59 p.m. Tickets: $7-$35. Carmel Catholic High School, 1 Carmel Parkway, Mundelein.

2. 7th Annual Cocoa Crawl in Historic Downtown Long Grove





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Historic Downtown Long Grove Business Association is gearing up to warm hearts and hands with their much-anticipated event – Cocoa Crawl. This family-friendly affair promises a delightful afternoon filled with steaming cups of cocoa, delectable treats, and a variety of cocoa-inspired creations. The quaint charm of Historic Downtown Long Grove will transform into a cocoa haven as tents pop up throughout the town, offering an array of free hot cocoa samples. Participating merchants like Buffalo Creek Brewing, Broken Bridge Treats, ChatterBox, Joanie’s Pizzeria, Long Grove Coffee Co. Ma and Pa’s Candy, Long Grove Confectionery, the Sock Monkey Museum and more are not just stopping at the classic cocoa; they're bringing their creativity to the forefront with cocoa-inspired creations and exclusive merchandise, all available for purchase. As an added incentive, spend $100 at any store or restaurant on February 10, and receive a free Long Grove mug. Bring your receipts to the Visitors Center to claim your mug, available while supplies last. Additionally, the association is offering free carriage rides around town. Whether you're a cocoa connoisseur or simply looking for a family-friendly outing, this event is not to be missed! To find out more about this event, visit

Saturday, February 10; noon-4 p.m. Various locations in Historic Downtown Long Grove.

3. Cookies and Cocoa Children’s Valentine Party at Lambs Farm





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In a celebration tailor-made for the young and young-at-heart, Lambs Farm is hosting the Cocoa and Cookies Children's Valentine Party at Magnolia Cafe and Bakery. Children and their families are invited to indulge in a variety of sweet treats and activities like cookie decorating, Valentine's Day-themed crafts, story time and more. Don't miss the chance to create sweet memories with your loved ones. To join in the festivities, visit

Sunday, February 11; 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Magnolia Cafe & Bakery, 14245 W. Rockland Rd., Libertyville. 

4. The Orchid Show of Wonders at Chicago Botanic Gardens





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Prepare to be enchanted as the Chicago Botanic Garden transforms into a whimsical carnival of floral wonders with "The Orchid Show of Wonders." The Glencoe exhibit promises to be a captivating journey through the mesmerizing beauty of over 10,000 fresh and vibrant orchid blooms. This year's Orchid Show takes inspiration from the charm of carnivals and circuses, breathing new life into familiar attractions. Walk under Ferris wheel seats adorned with delicate orchids, unicycles on tightropes and encounter other gravity-defying surprises under the grand big top. The Chicago Botanic Garden beckons both nature enthusiasts and carnival admirers alike to experience The Orchid Show of Wonders. This exhibit runs through March 24. For more details and to purchase tickets, visit

Friday-Sunday, February 9-11; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tickets: $12-$21. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe.

5. Annual Chain O’Lakes Fishing Derby and Winter Festival in Antioch





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For six decades, the annual Chain O'Lakes Fishing Derby and Winter Festival has been a Lake County staple. This Antioch event has not only stood the test of time but has also become the longest continuously run winter celebration in the state. Although this year the fishing derby will not take place due to unseasonable weather, both children and adults can partake in the excitement with raffles and games scheduled for both days. Bucket raffle participants have a chance to win a variety of prizes such as a smoker, Milwaukee Impact Drive, generator and more. The food festivities take place inside a heated tent. The Conservation Café offers a delectable selection of food to appease hunger. Bring the family and immerse yourself in the charm of this historic winter event. The Chain O'Lakes are calling, and the fun is just beginning! For more information, visit

Saturday, February 10; 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Entry Fee: $20. Turtle Beach Marina, 42273 N. Woodbine Ave., Antioch.

Remember that our annual Lake County February Flavor Fest going on all month long! And don't forget to join the Libation Trail and Flavor Fest Check-In Challenges. Click here to learn more about this month-long celebration. 

Click here to see more things to do this weekend February 9-11, 2024.

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