Things To Do This Weekend January 26-28, 2024

By: Stephanie Wylie 01/24/2024

As January unfolds, a plethora of activities beckon, presenting a delightful dilemma of choices for everyone. With an abundance of engaging events, decisions on which ones to attend may pose a pleasant challenge. Explore the weekend agenda for January 26-28, 2024.

February Flavor Festival combines Lake County Restaurant Week and the Libation Trail initiatives into a month-long celebration, aiming to showcase unique dining and drinking destinations. The event, running from February 1-29, features exclusive dining offers, food and drink pairings, chef demonstrations, libation concoctions, live entertainment and other promotions. Explore Flavor Fest all February long! 





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Let's look at the top five things to do this weekend, January 23-26, 2024.

1. "In the Heights" at Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire





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Get ready to lose yourself in the infectious rhythms and bittersweet stories of Washington Heights! Lin-Manuel Miranda's Tony and Grammy Award-winning musical, "In the Heights," arrives at the Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire, bringing a vibrant slice of New York City community to life. Set in the heart of a close-knit Latinx neighborhood, "In the Heights" weaves a tapestry of stories: Usnavi, the bodega owner yearning for a new life. Nina, the first in her family to attend college, faces cultural clashes and academic burdens. Throughout the bustling streets, a chorus of voices shares their stories of love, loss, and the search for belonging. Expect to be swept away by Miranda's vibrant score, a masterful blend of hip-hop, salsa and traditional Broadway melody. Whether it's the infectious energy of "Paciencia y Fe" or the vulnerability of "Solo le Pido a Dios," the music will stay with you long after the curtain falls. "In the Heights" at the Marriott Theatre promises a vibrant, soul-stirring experience that will leave you buzzing with the rhythm of community, the warmth of hope and the bittersweet beauty of change. Get your tickets and immerse yourself in the vibrant tapestry of Washington Heights at or contact the box office at 847-634-0200. The Lincolnshire production runs Wednesdays to Sundays through March 17.

Friday-Sunday, January 26-28; Fri.: 8 p.m., Sat.: 4 and 8 p.m. and Sun.: 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Tickets starting at $63. Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Dr., Lincolnshire.

2. Alpine Fest at Buffalo Creek Brewing in Long Grove





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Raise a stein and celebrate winter at Buffalo Creek Brewing's Alpine Fest! This two-day Long Grove event promises a frosty wonderland of delicious beer, festive activities and cozy vibes. Start your Alpine adventure in the picturesque Biergarten and relax next to a roaring fire pit. With their wide selection of German-inspired lagers, pilsners and bocks, there's something for everyone. Experience a range of winter-themed games. Channel your inner Viking at the stein-holding competition or see who can conquer the most hammerschlagen challenges. Listen to live music in the taproom each day featuring bands Anderlik and Church and Alpine Thunder. Find food trucks like Fork N Fry and Happy’s Bada-- Bavarian that will be dishing up steaming hot poutine, gourmet fries, and other winter comfort classics. Whether you're a seasoned snow bunny or a fair-weather enthusiast, Buffalo Creek Brewing's Alpine Fest has something to warm your heart and soul this winter. For more information, visit

Friday-Saturday, January 26-27; Fri. and Sat.: 5-11 p.m. Free Admission. Buffalo Creek Brewing, 360 Historical Ln., Long Grove.

3. Dancing for Dancers at James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts at the College of Lake County in Grayslake





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Get ready to tap your toes and warm your heart at Dancing for Dancers' 10th Anniversary Benefit Concert. This exclusive College of Lake County  event promises a celebration of dance, community, and the unwavering spirit of artistic passion. The 10th Anniversary Benefit Concert isn't just a celebratory curtain call; it's an invitation to be part of the ongoing magic. Witness stunning performances by talented dancers and experience the transformative power of artistic expression firsthand at the James Lumber Center of the Performing Arts. Founded in 2014 by Stephanie Schiller (Shparago), Dancing for Dancers is a beacon of opportunity and encouragement for dancers of all ages and backgrounds. The organization provides crucial support to aspiring dancers, offering scholarships and grants that nurture their dreams and make the joy of dance accessible to all, whether budding ballerinas or seasoned choreographers; dancing for Dancers empowers them to pirouette toward their full potential. Make the next decade of Dancing for Dancers even more remarkable, one pirouette and one dream at a time! For information on this event, visit

Sunday, January 28, 1 p.m. Tickets start at $16. James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts at the College of Lake County, 19351 W. Washington St., Grayslake.

4. American Place Casino in Waukegan





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Calling all card sharks and slot spinners! A gamer's paradise awaits you at American Place Casino. This vibrant Waukegan entertainment hub boasts a thrilling temporary casino housed in a unique sprung tent. It offers a taste of what's to come when the permanent, five-star casino and resort opens in 2025. Boasting over 1,000 slot machines, American Place beckons you with 50 table games that offer classic thrills like blackjack, roulette and craps. American Place isn't just about the games; indulge in delicious bites at one of the two restaurants, Asia-Azteca and L’Américain (also participating in the Lake County February Flavor Festival running February 1-29), unwind with a craft beer or signature cocktail at the bar or catch the latest sporting event on the massive screens. Circa Sports Illinois has recently opened its sportsbook at American Place, offering a dedicated wagering area equipped with betting kiosks, ticket windows and digital boards displaying real-time odds. With 36 televisions, bettors can enjoy the sports action, while the mobile Circa Sports Illinois app allows users across the state to register, fund, and place wagers conveniently, complementing the upcoming permanent American Place Casino's retail sportsbook. This temporary structure might be short-lived but packs a punch for entertainment. Ready to plan your visit? Head over to the Waukegan venue’s website for all the details at

Friday-Sunday, January 26-28; open 24 hours and seven days a week. American Place Casino, 4011 Fountain Square Pl., Waukegan.

5. 15th Annual LVVA Ice Fishing Derby in Wauconda





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Gear up, fishing enthusiasts, because the 15th annual LVVA Ice Fishing Derby is casting off for another exciting weekend on the ice! Bangs Lake transforms into a winter wonderland for anglers of all ages and skill levels, benefiting the Veterans Path to Hope Outdoors. Categories include "Biggest Fish" in various divisions and six fish species categories like northern pike, largemouth bass, perch, crappie, walleye and bluegill. Prizes will be distributed to the winners of these categories that include an overnight stay in Hayward, Wisconsin, accommodations for McQuoids Inn in Isle, Minnesota, guided fishing trips, gift cards and many more wildcard prizes. Escape the winter chill and gather with fellow anglers in the cozy Fishin' Village. Enjoy hot food, drinks, raffles and live music throughout the weekend. So, grab your fishing gear, download the FishDonkey app for rules, prizes, and categories, and get ready to reel in some fun for a great cause! Ready to join the fun? Head over to the LVVA Ice Fishing Derby website at

Friday-Sunday, January 26-28; 1 p.m. $25 to enter. Bangs Lake, 112 Park St., Wauconda.

Visit Lake County announces the winners of our 2022 #LetsGoLakeCounty photo contest. See the winners by clicking here.

Click here to see more things to do this weekend January 20-22, 2023.

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