Top 10 Things To Do in February 2024

By: Stephanie Wylie 01/31/2024

February ushers in a flurry of events, from the Super Bowl to Valentine's Day, Black History Month, the Academy Awards and even quirky celebrations like National Tater Tot Day (Feb. 2) and the much-anticipated National Drink Wine Day (Feb. 18). And don't forget to mark your calendar for the Lake County February Flavor Fest and the Lake County Libation Trail Check-in Challenge, where you can savor the rich flavors of local wines from establishments like Glunz Family Winery and Cellars in Grayslake, Lynfred Winery in Wheeling and Highland Park, Valentino Vineyards in Long Grove, and Vigneto del Bino and Winery in Antioch. For a complete list of our brewery and distillery partners, check here. Cheers to a month filled with delightful libations

Let's take a look at the Top 10 Things to do in February in Lake County 2024.

1. Lake County February Flavor Fest (All February)





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Lake County February Flavor Fest (LCFFF) invites food enthusiasts to embark on a culinary journey, with over 100 participating restaurants offering prix fixe menus and special offers for the month of February. This annual event, a celebration of local flavors and talent, encourages residents to explore the diverse cuisine in their hometowns and throughout the land of lakes. LCFFF not only supports local restaurants but also offers diners a chance to "Check In to Win," with exciting prizes including $50 gift cards, cooking classes at The Joyful Gourmet in Libertyville, and an opportunity to win an overnight stay at Lincolnshire Marriott Resort with a dinner/theatre package at Wright's Brew & Bistro or Three Embers Restaurant and Marriott Theatre. Don't miss this culinary extravaganza – make your reservations early and share your dining experiences on social media using #LakeCountyRW, #LCFlavorFestival or #LetsGoLakeCounty!

2. Black History Month Happenings (All February)





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Lake County boasts a rich history with deep connections to the Black community. The vibrant influence of African American culture echoes across various aspects of tourism in the land of lakes. During the month of February, we delve into the contributions of Black pioneers, intellects, artistic expressions, and impactful movements. Explore the array of Black History Month programming taking place in the land of lakes.

3. February Festivals (All February)





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Don't let winter slip away with chestnuts, embrace the chilly season and cure your cabin fever with a winter festival in Lake County. Explore the February festivities that await you:


4. Theatre in Lake County (Select days throughout February)





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Lake County boasts a vibrant theatre scene, offering a diverse range of performances that captivate audiences throughout the year. From community theaters to professional productions, the local theatres in Lake County provide enriching experiences for both residents and visitors alike.

5. Chain O'Lakes Fishing Derby and Festival





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The Annual Chain O' Lakes Fishing Derby and Winter Festival at Turtle Beach Marina in Antioch, has been a cherished tradition for six decades. Not only is it the longest continuously run winter event in the State of Illinois, but it has also become a major fundraiser for the Chain O' Lakes community. Beyond the thrill of ice fishing, the festival serves as a heartwarming gathering that brings families together for some good old-fashioned winter fun. Spanning three generations of fishermen and fisherwomen, the event has become a tradition for many. Families and friends are encouraged to join in the festivities, which include raffles and games for both children and adults, weather permitting. This year, fish judging and food offerings will be housed inside a tent, creating a cozy atmosphere for participants. Spectators can watch as fishermen register their catches, vying for prizes in categories like the smallest or largest fish. And when appetites kick in, the Conservation Café promises plenty of delicious fare to satisfy hungry festival-goers.

6. The Orchid Show of Wonders at the Chicago Botanic Garden (February 10-March 24)





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Immerse yourself in the enchanting world of The Orchid Show of Wonders at the Chicago Botanic Garden! This extraordinary exhibition brings your favorite carnival and circus attractions to life in a botanical wonderland, featuring Ferris wheel seats overhead, unicycles on tightropes and other gravity-defying surprises under the big top. With 10,000 fresh and vibrant blooms, this Orchid Show transports visitors to a whimsical realm of floral beauty. Please note that Orchid Show tickets include admission to the Garden, and while parking is not included, the experience promises a mesmerizing journey into the world of orchids.

7. February Shows and Concerts (All February)





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Lake County boasts a dynamic entertainment scene, offering a variety of concerts and comedy shows that cater to diverse tastes and ensure a lively experience for residents and visitors alike.

8. Valentine’s Day in Lake County (All February)





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As Valentine's Day draws near, a wave of love sweeps through Lake County, setting the stage for stylish celebrations of romance. With enchanting dinner experiences and unique events designed for diverse tastes, Lake County offers an abundance of Valentine's Day festivities to make hearts flutter. Whether you're crafting a romantic evening with your significant other, planning a fun-filled day with friends, or embarking on a solo adventure, our guide to Valentine's Day events ensures a memorable celebration full of love, laughter, and delightful experiences. Get ready to create special moments that will make this Valentine's Day truly extraordinary.

9. Deerfield Indoor Winter Farmers Market





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Experience the charm of the Deerfield Indoor Winter Farmers Market, a recurring event taking place on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Saturdays until April at St Gregory's Church in Deerfield. This local market offers a delightful array of goods and produce, providing residents and visitors with an opportunity to support local vendors and indulge in fresh, seasonal offerings. The market is a convenient and enjoyable way to explore the diverse offerings of Deerfield's winter harvest.

10. Lake County Craft Beer Festival (February 24)





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Indulge in a celebration of craft beverages at the Lake County Craft Beer Festival at the Lake County Fairgrounds & Event Center in Grayslake. With VIP access from 4-5 p.m. and General Admission from 5-9 p.m., the event showcases a diverse selection of specialty and seasonal beers from local, regional, and national breweries, distilleries, and wineries. Alongside the tastings, enjoy music, food, games and entertainment, creating a lively atmosphere for attendees. Please note that all participants, including designated drivers, must be 21 or older.

Bonus: Northern Illinois Boat Show (February 29-March 3)





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Dive into the world of boating at the Northern Illinois Boat Show at the Lake County Fairgrounds & Event Center in Grayslake. Discover sale pricing on over 200 new and used boats, with more than 60 top boat manufacturers showcased by local dealers. Explore show specials on a variety of boats, including bow riders, ski boats, wake board boats, cruisers and more. With over 30 exhibitors offering a vast selection of boat trailers, parts and accessories, this event is a must-visit for boating enthusiasts.

More Lake County happenings not listed in the top 10 things to do in February list, continue here. To learn more about Lake County Flavor Festival, click here.

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