Things To Do This Weekend November 10-12, 2023

By: Stephanie Wylie 11/07/2023

Welcome to an exciting weekend filled with vibrant performances, cinematic masterpieces, enchanting light displays, antique treasures and adrenaline-pumping adventures! Lake County has something special in store for you this weekend. From the soul-stirring melodies of "Beautiful: The Carole King Story" at the Lincolnshire Marriott to the captivating visual extravaganza of Lightscape at Chicago Botanic Gardens, the weekend promises an array of experiences that will leave you enchanted and inspired. Whether you're looking for a cultural escape, a family-friendly outing, or a unique shopping experience, Lake County has it all.

So, grab your calendars, gather your friends and family, and get ready to indulge your senses in a weekend filled with entertainment, creativity and exploration. Let's dive into the captivating events that await you in Lake County, where every moment is an opportunity to create unforgettable memories!





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Here are the things to do this weekend November 10-12, 2023.

1. “Beautiful: The Carole King Story” at the Lincolnshire Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire





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Prepare to be swept off your feet as the enchanting melodies of the most successful female singer-songwriter’s iconic tunes grace the stage in the Broadway sensation, “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.” Set to conclude the 2023 season at the Marriott Theatre, this Tony and Grammy Award-winning musical extravaganza promises an unforgettable experience for music enthusiasts and theater lovers alike. The musical delves into the inspiring and true story of Carole King, a musical genius whose talent knew no bounds. Witness her extraordinary journey, from crafting chart-topping hits for renowned artists to embarking on her groundbreaking solo career. Featuring a plethora of Carole King's beloved songs, each one a timeless gem that has left an indelible mark on music history. Experience the magic of classics like "You've Got a Friend," "One Fine Day," "So Far Away,” "Will You Love Me Tomorrow," and the soul-stirring "Natural Woman.” Book your seats now and prepare for an evening of musical enchantment by visiting or call the box office directly at 847-634-0200. The Lincolnshire production runs on select days through December 31.

Friday-Sunday, November 10-12; Fri.: 8 p.m., Sat.: 4 and 8 p.m. Sun.: 1 and 5 p.m. Tickets: $55-$65. Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Dr., Lincolnshire.

2. Lake County Film Festival at College of Lake County in Grayslake and Lake Forest





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Take a spectacular cinematic journey as the 13th annual Lake County Film Festival unveils its tapestry of creativity and storytelling. Featuring a curated selection of films representing compelling narratives, insightful documentaries, captivating short films and music documentaries, visitors can also delve into the creative process during engaging Q&A sessions following select screenings. The final weekend of this event is hosted at the College of Lake County in Grayslake and Gorton Center in Lake Forest showcasing over 100 diverse films. Some of the features include some of Lake County’s up and coming local talent.. Secure your tickets and check the calendar at you’re whisked away into the enchanting realm of cinema. 

Friday-Sunday, November 10-12; Various times. Admission: $5-$35. College of Lake County-Grayslake Campus, 19351 W. Washington St., Grayslake. Gorton Center, 400 E. Illinois Rd., Lake Forest.

3. Lightscape at Chicago Botanic Gardens





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Get ready to be enchanted this holiday season as the Chicago Botanic Garden transforms into a mesmerizing wonderland during Lightscape. The Glencoe Garden will come alive as you wander through an array of dazzling lights, turning familiar landscapes into enchanting realms of color and magic. The iconic Winter Cathedral, a beloved staple, will once again awe visitors with its ethereal glow. But that's not all – this year, Lightscape expands its magic to include Evening Island, promising an entirely new and captivating experience. UK artist Ithaca's Sea of Light graces Evening Island with mesmerizing light patterns, synchronized to music, created by intriguing light balls. Meanwhile, French artist TILT's Nightlights adorns a section of the path with elegant, 19-foot-tall lampshade-shaped lights, transforming the space into a magical realm. Let the enchanting lights and festive ambiance of Lightscape at Chicago Botanic Garden kindle your holiday spirit and create memories that will last a lifetime. To purchase tickets, visit The illuminating event runs on select days through January 7.

Friday-Sunday, November 10-January 7; 4:30-11 p.m. Admission: $1-$34 per ticket (parking not included). Children ages two and under are free. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe.

4. Grayslake Antique & Flea Market at Lake County Fairgrounds & Event Center in Grayslake





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Calling all antique enthusiasts, collectors and treasure hunters! Get ready for a weekend of unparalleled vintage finds and unique collectibles at the Lake County Fairground and Event Center’s Grayslake Antique and Flea Market. Explore the past with authentic antique pieces, each with a unique story. Discover fashion treasures from past eras, ranging from elegant gowns to stylish accessories, unearth rare and valuable collectibles, from coins and stamps to comics and memorabilia. Whether you're a seasoned collector or a novice enthusiast, you're bound to find hidden gems and one-of-a-kind items that pique your interest. Don't miss this opportunity to explore a treasure trove of vintage delights at the Grayslake Antique & Flea Market. Whether you're a collector, decorator or simply love the thrill of finding unique items, this event promises an unforgettable experience. 

Saturday-Sunday, November 11-12; Sat.: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun.: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission: $8-$25. Kids ages and under 12: Free with an adult. Lake County Fairgrounds and Event Center, 1060 E. Peterson Rd., Grayslake.

5. Launch Gurnee





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Launch Trampoline Park is a dynamic venue redefines recreation with an array of exhilarating activities designed for all ages. From trampolining adventures to exciting arcade games and cutting-edge virtual reality experiences, Launch promises an unforgettable outing for families and thrill-seekers alike. Imagine soaring through the air, defying gravity in the trampoline zone or testing your agility on the ninja course and Warped Wall. Engage in epic battles in the foamed battle pit and dodgeball arena, showcasing your skills and agility. For basketball enthusiasts, the AirTrack basketball court offers an exciting twist to the classic game. Dive into the future of gaming with Omni Virtual Reality, an experience unique to Launch Gurnee. Explore a realm where imagination knows no bounds, thanks to cutting-edge technology that transports you to different worlds and adventures. While the kids immerse themselves in boundless excitement, adults can unwind at BARHOPS' bar or KRAVE restaurant. Savor signature alcoholic beverages and unwind in a relaxing atmosphere while your little ones enjoy the thrill of the park. Embark on a journey of exhilarating fun and unforgettable moments at Launch Gurnee. Pause and unwind from our array of engaging activities at the Launch Arcade. Experience a thrilling blend of classic arcade games and innovative new additions suitable for all ages.  Discover a world where laughter echoes, adrenaline surges and memories are made. Visitors can visit for tickets, or call 224-325-5867. The Gurnee attraction is open year-round.

Friday-Sunday, November 10-12; Fri.: 4-9 p.m., Sat.: 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun.: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Tickets start at $27. Launch Trampoline Park, 8800 Lakeside Dr., Gurnee.

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It's almost time to celebrate the Holiday Your Way in Lake County! Mark your calendars and get ready for food, fun, shopping and adventure!

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