As the crisp autumn leaves carpet the ground and the aroma of pumpkin spice fills the air, Lake County awakens with a vibrant energy, inviting all to indulge in the season's wonders. November, a month of transition from fall's golden hues to the anticipation of winter's embrace, brings forth a plethora of exciting events and experiences. Join us on a journey through the heart of Lake County as we explore enchanting Champagne Walks, magical Christmas creations, the artistry of glassblowing, exhilarating runs and delectable stews and brews. It's a time to savor the last bursts of fall, revel in the anticipation of the holiday season, and create cherished memories with family and friends. Let's dive into the array of activities that await, making this November a month to remember in the scenic landscapes of Lake County!
Here are the things to do this weekend November 3-5, 2023.
Sip, Stroll and Savor! Antioch is buzzing with excitement as the much-anticipated Champagne Walk and Brunch event makes its return. Prepare for a delightful afternoon of indulgence as you and your friends stroll through downtown Antioch, exploring its charming shops and restaurants, all while savoring exquisite champagne samples from participating downtown businesses. Kickstart your day with brunch at Rivalry Alehouse, setting the tone for an enchanting Champagne Walk. Receive a "Bounce Back" Coupon worth $5 off at Antioch Fine Wine and Liquors. As a memento of this extraordinary day, with your $40 admission, each participant will receive a non-breakable champagne glass, a keepsake tote bag and a map of all the participating shops, restaurants and bars. For more information, visit AntiochChamber.org. The 10 and 11:30 a.m. brunches are sold out. The 1 p.m. brunch slots are still available for purchase.
Saturday, November 4; 1-4 p.m. Admission: $40. Rivalry Alehouse, 945 Main St., Antioch.
Prepare to be spellbound in a winter wonderland like never before! Join the esteemed WGN reporter and film critic Dean Richards as he hosts his much-anticipated annual Treetime Christmas Creations 720 WGN-AM Radio broadcast from their enchanting showroom. Located within the vast 50,000-square-foot Lake Barrington Christmas haven, this event is where magic truly comes to life. Marvel at Treetime's signature lifelike artificial Christmas trees, each adorned with sparkling lights, exquisite garlands and charming wreaths. Attendees will not only witness Richards' broadcast but also enjoy live performances and indulge in delectable fare courtesy of the renowned Lou Malnati's Pizzeria, live entertainment to be announced and a special “Dean’s Discount” to shop inside the Lake Barrington showroom. This magical event is open to everyone, inviting you to visit and fully immerse yourself in the spirit of Christmas as the holiday festivities unfold. For those unable to visit the broadcast in-person, the event will also be live streaming live at Facebook.com/WGNRadio.
Sunday, November 5; 9-11 a.m. and noon-1 p.m. Free Admission. Treetime Christmas Creations, 22102 N. Pepper Rd., Lake Barrington.
Embrace your creative spirit and dive into the mesmerizing world of glassblowing at Peter Patterson Glassworks. Craft your own glass ornaments and take advantage of an unforgettable experience. Discover the art of shaping molten glass into exquisite ornaments, perfect for unique gifts or charming additions to your home décor. The Mundelein venue allows visitors to choose from three sizes and let your imagination run wild as you add a touch of elegance to your Thanksgiving table. At Peter Patterson Glassworks, experience comprehensive glassblowing lessons tailored for beginners to advanced enthusiasts. Remember to explore the “Illinois Maker” studio and shop for one-of-a-kind glass art pieces crafted by talented artisans. To schedule your appointment, visit PattersonGlass.com or call 847-949-0013.
Saturday, November 4-5; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Pumpkins start at $45. Peter Patterson Glassworks, 888 Tower Rd., Suite E., Mundelein.
Get ready to hit the pavement and embrace the thrill of a healthy challenge at the 8th annual Hawthorn Hustle 5K Run or One-Mile Walk/Stroll. This exciting event, organized by the Hawthorn Parent-Teacher Organization and Community at the picturesque Century Park, will be the backdrop for this energetic gathering. The route begins at Indianwood Drive and runs around Big Bear, Little Bear Lakes and the Century Park Arboretum. Admission includes a complimentary race T-shirt. The Vernon Hills event is also highlighted by raffle prizes and El Zorro Taco food truck. Whether you're a seasoned runner aiming for a personal best or someone looking to enjoy a leisurely walk or stroll with family and friends, this event welcomes participants of all ages and fitness levels. It's a fantastic opportunity to connect with neighbors, make new friends and support a healthy lifestyle. Lace-up your running shoes, stretch those muscles and get ready to experience the thrill of the Hawthorn Hustle. The faculty race steps off at 10:30 a.m., while the 5K run starts at 11 a.m. The walk portion of the event kicks off at 11:15 a.m. For more details about the hustle, head to HawthornPTO.org.
Saturday, November 4; Check-in runs from 10-10:45 a.m. Races and walks have staggered start times. Registration starts at $25. Century Park, 1001 Lakeview Pkwy., Vernon Hills.
Indulge in Culinary Bliss at Highland Park's Stews & Brews event! Despite a brief delay, the much-anticipated Stews and Brews festival is back to warm your soul! The Highland Park event is far more than your typical chili fest or craft beer event. From hearty chilis and savory pozole to rich lamb stew and comforting beef stroganoff, the menu promises a diverse culinary experience. Explore Hungarian goulash, potpies and a variety of soups. Pair these delectable delights with an impressive selection of brews, including creative coffees, cocoas, craft beers, spiced wines, hot toddies and mulled ciders. Feeling particularly passionate about a specific stew or brew? Exercise your culinary judgment in the People's Choice Competition. Beyond the incredible cuisine offerings, Stews & Brews provides a cozy ambiance. Gather around warm fire pits and heaters, sharing laughter and camaraderie with friends and neighbors. Delight in the creativity of local restaurants like Michael's Grill and Salad Bar, Pixca, Lake County Libation Trail partner Ravinia Brewing Company and more! Be serenaded by the soulful tunes of live blues music by Win Noll and The Rockin' Souls and The Ivy Ford Band. Stews and Brews welcomes everyone! To learn more about this festive fall event, visit EnjoyHighlandPark.com.
Friday, November 3; 5-9 p.m. Free Admission. The Lot, 523 Central Ave., Highland Park.
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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!