Things To Do This Weekend July 15-17, 2022 - Visit Lake County - Blog

Things To Do This Weekend July 15-17, 2022

By: Nick Borowitz

Road trips, festivals and dramatic performances. The opportunities to get outside and into the community are nigh endless this weekend.

"Let The Ride Take You!" and check out Volo Museum. Their newest exhibit, Jurassic Gardens, features life-size animatronic dinosaurs and the opportunity to dig up some fossils will keep the whole family busy.


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On top of a fun road trip or grabbing a bite to eat, you can sign up for a chance to win an overnight stay at the Great Wolf Lodge Illinois. Alternatively, four tickets to Six Flags Great America can also be yours.

For the Chicago Bears Football Team fans out there, the 2022 Enjoy Illinois Training Camp starts soon. See how you can score tickets to catch them getting ready for the upcoming season.

Here are the things to do this weekend July 15-17, 2022.

1. "Let The Road Take You!" and Lake County Road Trips

@visitlakecounty “Oh the places you’ll go!” Let the Ride Take You to the sites, sounds and feels on #LetsGoLakeCounty ♬ Road Trip (Family Fun Over the Next Horizon) - CCHAudio

Experience five distinct thoroughfares of Lake County and the adventures Lake County Road Trips offer when you “Let the Ride Take You!” Choose to make the trek this weekend and throughout summer via car, bike or on foot and travel on Illinois Route 21, U.S Route 45, Illinois Route 83, Illinois Route 41 and U.S Route 12. Explore the museums in the area including Volo Museum and its captivating Jurassic Gardens exhibit, imbibe at one of the many watering holes of the Lake County Libation Trail, chase thrills and splashes at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, shop along the streets in the downtown districts of our various towns, simply bum it on a beach at one of 75 lakes in the land of lakes and so much more.  Visitors have a chance to win four free tickets to Six Flags Great America or an overnight stay at Great Wolf Lodge Illinois in Gurnee, by registering at "Oh, the places you'll go" and explore, and those sites, sounds and feels will leave you and the family with memory makers. Lake County Road Trips extend through mid-August.

Friday-Sunday, July 15-17. Admission and prices vary depending on activity. Various locations throughout Lake County.

2. "The Wizard of Oz" at The Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire


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Travel down the “Yellow Brick Road” to the Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire and witness their production of Lyman Frank Baum’s original tale “The Wizard of Oz.” The renowned mainstage’s celebrated Children Theatre Production returns after a two-year hiatus following protagonists Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion, accompanied by run-ins with the Wicked Witch of the West. It is the classic story of four unlikely friends in their adventure to find not only the Emerald City, but their own versions of home. The acting skills of the talented cast will be on full display in the one-hour production that features the classic melodies “Follow the Yellow Brick Road,” “Ding Dong the Witch is Dead” and “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” The production is directed by Johanna McKenzie-Miller (Marriott Theatre’s “Kiss Me,” “Madagascar” and “Junie B. Jones”) and the choreography was composed by Tiffany Krause. Tickets start at $15, and the Lincolnshire production runs on select days through August 7.

Friday-Sunday, July 15-17; Fri.: 10 a.m., Sat.: 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Sun.: 10 a.m. Admission starting at $15. Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Dr., Lincolnshire.

3. Vernon Hills Days at Century Park


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Revel in an abundance of food, fun, music and carnival rides for the weekend at Vernon Hills Days at Century Park. The free-admission festival, formally called the Vernon Hills Summer Cel, features live music provided by the legendary Jefferson Starship. The 30-year-old band descends from Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame and Grammy Award-winning Jefferson Airplane (that included former Highland Park resident Grace Slick). The “prog” rock band’s album called “Red Octopus” went double platinum featuring Billboard Chart-Topping “Miracles” and “Play on Love.” Brett Scallions Band headlines Saturday’s festivities, who was also the lead singer of multi-platinum band 1990s band, Fuel. Other local live acts include Mike & Joe and Billboard and MTV Award-winning HiFi Superstar.  The Vernon Hills star-studded musical acts are complemented by a petting zoo, kid’s game show, a carnival, Bingo, Lake County local eats and kid-friendly activities including arts and crafts, face painting and a balloon animal artist. Those confident in their singing abilities have the opportunity to do karaoke on the main stage Sunday. The annual bags tournament is on Sunday as is the beloved Cream-A-Cop fundraiser. For a full schedule of the events, visit

Friday-Sunday, July 15-17; Fri.: 6-11 p.m., Sat.: 1-11 p.m., Sun.: 1-6 p.m. Free admission, carnival ride wristband: $30. Food, activities and merchandise will cost extra. Century Park, 1001 Lakeview Pkwy., Vernon Hills.

4. Taste of Summer in Downtown Antioch

Sample, savor and celebrate the flavors of various restaurants during the Taste of Summer in downtown Antioch. Various Antioch eateries including The Lodge of Antioch, Rivalry Alehouse and others provide enticing eats. Food may be at the forefront of this redolent romp, but the fest is also highlighted by bands playing tunes, a carnival offering fun for the entire family, Sidewalk Sales and the chance to be outside and enjoy the downtown area. The special needs carnival is offered to applicable individuals and their family members to partake between 1-3 p.m., on Friday. Single ride tickets can be purchased, or riders can buy the unlimited ride wristband for $35 per day. The Mega Pass is available for $65 and offers unlimited rides for every day of the Taste. The Patriotic Musical Light Show begins at 9:15 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Local music acts Dancing Queens: An ABBA Salute and Simply Elton will mesmerize audiences on Friday. Aging Teen Idols, Neverly Brothers and Heartache Tonight will rock the stage on Saturday evening. Logan Ramey’s Elvis Tribute will start Sunday and the cover band Modern Day Romeos will close out Sunday evening. For a Taste of Summer schedule, visit

Friday-Saturday, July 15-17; Sidewalk Sales: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Taste of Summer: Fri.: 4-11 p.m. Sat.: noon-11 p.m. Sun.: noon-7 p.m. Free admission, carnival ride wristband: $35-$65. Food, activities and merchandise will cost extra. Antioch Bandshell, 900 Skidmore Dr., Antioch.

5. Carmel Street Scenes in Mundelein


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Carmel Street Scenes returns for its 48th installment in Mundelein celebrating the high school’s 60th Birthday. The free Carmel Catholic High School festival is highlighted by food, games, over 50 musical and live performances, beverages and the family carnival. Student and community acts will perform in the free admission area and spans a large range of theatre, drama, improv and musical performances. Local live entertainment outside of student participation is also provided on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday’s lineup starts with Six Speed Tranny opening the stage and Hi Infidelity closing out the evening. Sunday is Bella Cain Unplugged providing the music. The outdoor fest usually taking place in the winter, also features its Games of Chance Casino including craps and roulette. Visitors can participate in a cornhole tournament both days and 50-50 raffle tickets can be purchased for those wanting to participate. Food and beverage will be available for purchase on site including adult drinks being served by Lake County Libation Trail Partner Tighthead Brewing Co. For more information and tickets to the Cornhole Tournament, food and beverage activity book, 50-50 raffle tickets to Six Speed Tranny, Hi Infedlity Band and Bella Cain, visit

Saturday-Sunday, July 16-17; Sat.: 1:30-11 p.m. Sun.: noon-6 p.m. Free festival admission, main stage: $5-$20. Food, activities and merchandise will cost extra. Carmel Catholic High School, 1 Carmel Pkwy., Mundelein.

Win a chance for an overnight stay at the Great Wolf Lodge Illinois or four free tickets to Six Flags Great America.

"Oh, the memories you'll make" on a road trip right here in Lake County. Take a gander at all the experiences available this weekend.

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