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Austin’s Saloon and Eatery offers everything from line dancing to under one roof. Their Fuel Room Bar features nighttime entertainment including live concerts and DJ’s, Trivia nights, Karaoke events and more. The Alley in Highwood is known for its fun atmosphere and Mickey Finn’s Brewery is more than just an award winning brewery, it’s also a great place to catch some live music. Jam out to your favorites with big-name cover bands or find a new up and coming performer. Hang out and have fun with local bands while enjoying a home brewed beer. Downtown Libertyville is alive with nightlife so be sure to take a stroll and find a new favorite restaurant like Firkin, known for its unique menu and recently named one of Chicago Magazine’s Best Chicago Restaurants or 545 North where you can get a creative drink from their unique combination of adult beverages.

Be a part of music history at The Alley in Highwood, a classic music venue where big named bands like REO Speedwagon, Cheap Trick and the Ramones have played. These days The Alley features live music five nights a week. No matter if you love rock, hip hop, dance or if you prefer blues, jazz or even jam bands… The Alley has it all.

In the summer months, Ravinia Festival is an absolute MUST do of Lake County! Lay out on a blanket under the stars, and listen to world class musical performances from all kinds of genres. From the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, to some of the biggest names in the music industry, get lost in a perfect summer evening with lit candelabras, a bottle of wine and good friends and neighbors.

Looking for some outdoor live music with a beautiful lake setting? Look no further than Lindy’s Landing in Wauconda on scenic Bang’s Lake. Let the Tiki torches on their sandy beach set the summer mood, while the gentle lapping of the lake keeps rhythm with lakeside live music. Just around the corner is Dock’s Bar and Grill, which is another great place to spend an afternoon or evening outdoors with live music and great food.

Blarney Island is a summertime hot spot and if you’re looking for nightlife, then this is the place for you. Catch the hottest national and local bands throughout their Summer Concert Series, dance the night away to live DJ sets, or even see a drag boat race! Blarney Island is a mile off shore on the Chain O’Lakes, so leave the world behind and head out to “The Key West of the Midwest”.

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Music Events
06/22/18 - 06/22/18 Jill Scott at Ravinia with Special Guests the Roots
06/22/18 - 06/22/18 Music at the Museum
06/23/18 - 06/23/18 Rock Paper Scissors
06/23/18 - 06/23/18 Los Luzeros de Rioverde at Ravinia
06/23/18 - 06/23/18 Roger Daltry with members of The Who Band and Ravinia Festival Orchestra at Ravinia
06/21/18 - 06/24/18 Wauconda Fest
06/21/18 - 06/24/18 Key West Fest at Blarney Island
06/22/18 - 06/24/18 Long Grove's Strawberry Festival
06/24/18 - 06/24/18 Summer Sampler - Incendio
06/24/18 - 06/24/18 Janis Ian at Ravinia
06/24/18 - 06/24/18 Darin: Bobby's Biggest Hits Starring Christopher Kale Jones ***Sold Out
06/25/18 - 06/25/18 Roger Daltry with members of The Who Band and Ravinia Festival Orchestra at Ravinia
06/26/18 - 06/26/18 Apollo's Fire at Ravinia
06/26/18 - 06/26/18 Waukegan Band Concert - American Celebration
06/27/18 - 06/27/18 Live Music in the Parks: Pirates over 40
06/27/18 - 06/27/18 Jazz Concert
06/28/18 - 06/28/18 Celebrating 30 Years of RSMI Piano and Strings at Ravinia
06/29/18 - 06/29/18 Bryan Adams at Ravinia
06/30/18 - 06/30/18 HarborFest
06/30/18 - 06/30/18 Kevin Cole & Friends
06/30/18 - 06/30/18 Vy higginsen's Sing Harlem Choir
06/28/18 - 07/01/18 Mundelein Community Days
07/01/18 - 07/01/18 Summer Sampler - Rock Therapy
07/02/18 - 07/02/18 Snarky Puppy, Damien Escobar and Jacob Collier at Ravinia
07/03/18 - 07/03/18 Ksenija Sidorova: Russian Accordian
06/30/18 - 07/04/18 July 4th Fest at Six Flags Great America
07/04/18 - 07/04/18 Antioch's Independence Day Celebration
07/04/18 - 07/04/18 Round Lake Beach 4th of July Celebration
07/04/18 - 07/04/18 Buffalo Grove's 4th of July Concert and Fireworks
07/04/18 - 07/04/18 Highland Park 4th of July Celebration
07/05/18 - 07/05/18 Lake County Symphony Orchestra: African Salute
07/06/18 - 07/06/18 First Fridays on MainStreet Libertyville
07/07/18 - 07/07/18 The Roadshow Band
07/07/18 - 07/07/18 Chicago Human Rhythm Project's "Stomping Grounds"
07/07/18 - 07/07/18 Classic Albums Live: Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
07/08/18 - 07/08/18 Summer Sampler - Pirates Over 40
07/08/18 - 07/08/18 Buddy Guy & Jonny Lang at Ravinia
07/09/18 - 07/09/18 RSMI: Brahms and More at Ravinia
07/10/18 - 07/10/18 Waukegan Band Concert Series
07/10/18 - 07/10/18 Evanescence and Lindsey Stirling
07/11/18 - 07/11/18 Live Music in the Parks: Hair Band Night
07/11/18 - 07/11/18 Zukerman Trio at Ravinia
07/12/18 - 07/12/18 Joshua Bell & the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Ravinia
07/13/18 - 07/13/18 Alan Cumming: Legal Immigrant
07/13/18 - 07/13/18 The Swon Bothers at Blarney Island
07/14/18 - 07/14/18 Chicago Symphony Orchestra: Beethoven's 9th
06/29/18 - 07/15/18 The Secret Garden
07/12/18 - 07/15/18 BeachFest
07/15/18 - 07/15/18 Summer Sampler - Out of Storage
07/15/18 - 07/15/18 CSO: Sunday in the Park with Audra McDonald at Ravinia
07/13/18 - 07/16/18 RSMI: Timo Andres Premiere
07/17/18 - 07/17/18 Waukegan Band Concert Series
07/17/18 - 07/17/18 Waukegan Band Concert Series
07/18/18 - 07/18/18 Live Music in the Parks: Boy Band Night
07/18/18 - 07/18/18 CSO: Gustavo Dudamel and Yuja Wang
07/19/18 - 07/19/18 RSMI: Brahms and More
07/20/18 - 07/20/18 Mary J. Blige at Ravinia
07/21/18 - 07/21/18 ArtWauk
07/21/18 - 07/21/18 Elvis at Miller's Dog N Suds
07/21/18 - 07/21/18 CSO: Tchaikovsky Spectacular
07/20/18 - 07/22/18 Alpine Fest
07/22/18 - 07/22/18 Summer Sampler - The B.E.S.T. Show Band
07/22/18 - 07/22/18 Tchaikovsky Spectacular Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Ravinia
06/21/18 - 08/09/18 Zion's Concerts in the Park Series
06/05/18 - 08/28/18 Music on the Esplanade Evenings
Ongoing First Fridays on MainStreet
Ongoing Live Music at Route 41 Roadhouse Every Friday Night
Ongoing Band Beverages
Ongoing MainStreet Libertyville's Car Fun on 21
Ongoing Hawthorn Mall Cruise Night
Ongoing Open Mic Night at The Village Tavern
Ongoing Live Music at Mickey Finns Brewery
Ongoing Karaoke Wednesday and Saturday Nights
Ongoing Open Mic Thursdays
Ongoing Open Mic Night
Ongoing Karaoke Thursdays at Timothy O'Toole's Pub




Nightlife Events
06/22/18 - 06/22/18 Hartford Family Wine Dinner
06/22/18 - 06/22/18 Jill Scott at Ravinia with Special Guests the Roots
06/22/18 - 06/22/18 Family Campfires
06/23/18 - 06/23/18 Hawaiian Luau Dance
06/23/18 - 06/23/18 Rock Paper Scissors
06/23/18 - 06/23/18 Roger Daltry with members of The Who Band and Ravinia Festival Orchestra at Ravinia
06/23/18 - 06/23/18 Families on the Fairway Event
06/23/18 - 06/23/18 6th Annual Midsommar Fest
06/21/18 - 06/24/18 Key West Fest at Blarney Island
06/24/18 - 06/24/18 Summer Sampler - Incendio
06/24/18 - 06/24/18 Janis Ian at Ravinia
06/24/18 - 06/24/18 Darin: Bobby's Biggest Hits Starring Christopher Kale Jones ***Sold Out
06/25/18 - 06/25/18 Roger Daltry with members of The Who Band and Ravinia Festival Orchestra at Ravinia
06/26/18 - 06/26/18 Apollo's Fire at Ravinia
06/26/18 - 06/26/18 Waukegan Band Concert - American Celebration
06/27/18 - 06/27/18 Live Music in the Parks: Pirates over 40
06/27/18 - 06/27/18 Jazz Concert
06/28/18 - 06/28/18 Celebrating 30 Years of RSMI Piano and Strings at Ravinia
06/29/18 - 06/29/18 Bryan Adams at Ravinia
06/29/18 - 06/29/18 Wine Glass Painting
06/30/18 - 06/30/18 HarborFest
06/30/18 - 06/30/18 Kevin Cole & Friends
06/30/18 - 06/30/18 Vy higginsen's Sing Harlem Choir
07/01/18 - 07/01/18 Summer Sampler - Rock Therapy
07/02/18 - 07/02/18 Snarky Puppy, Damien Escobar and Jacob Collier at Ravinia
07/03/18 - 07/03/18 Ksenija Sidorova: Russian Accordian
07/04/18 - 07/04/18 Highland Park 4th of July Celebration
07/04/18 - 07/04/18 Waukegan's July 4th Fireworks Show
07/05/18 - 07/05/18 Lake County Symphony Orchestra: African Salute
07/06/18 - 07/06/18 Movies in the Park - Despicable Me 3
07/06/18 - 07/06/18 First Fridays on MainStreet Libertyville
07/07/18 - 07/07/18 4th of July Celebration
07/07/18 - 07/07/18 The Roadshow Band
07/07/18 - 07/07/18 Classic Albums Live: Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
07/07/18 - 07/07/18 Tempel Lipizzans Evening Performance
07/08/18 - 07/08/18 Summer Sampler - Pirates Over 40
07/08/18 - 07/08/18 Buddy Guy & Jonny Lang at Ravinia
07/09/18 - 07/09/18 RSMI: Brahms and More at Ravinia
07/10/18 - 07/10/18 Waukegan Band Concert Series
07/11/18 - 07/11/18 Live Music in the Parks: Hair Band Night
07/11/18 - 07/11/18 Zukerman Trio at Ravinia
07/12/18 - 07/12/18 Genesee Theatre Summer Film Series Presents Movies, Music and Meals: Selena
07/12/18 - 07/12/18 Joshua Bell & the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Ravinia
07/13/18 - 07/13/18 Alan Cumming: Legal Immigrant
07/13/18 - 07/14/18 Annual Waukegan Scoop
07/14/18 - 07/14/18 Chicago Symphony Orchestra: Beethoven's 9th
07/14/18 - 07/15/18 Family Campout
07/15/18 - 07/15/18 Summer Sampler - Out of Storage
07/15/18 - 07/15/18 CSO: Sunday in the Park with Audra McDonald at Ravinia
07/13/18 - 07/16/18 RSMI: Timo Andres Premiere
07/17/18 - 07/17/18 Waukegan Band Concert Series
07/17/18 - 07/17/18 Waukegan Band Concert Series
07/18/18 - 07/18/18 Live Music in the Parks: Boy Band Night
07/18/18 - 07/18/18 CSO: Gustavo Dudamel and Yuja Wang
07/18/18 - 07/18/18 Car Fun on 21
07/19/18 - 07/19/18 Wine Pairing Dinner
07/19/18 - 07/19/18 RSMI: Brahms and More
07/20/18 - 07/20/18 Mary J. Blige at Ravinia
07/21/18 - 07/21/18 ArtWauk
07/21/18 - 07/21/18 Elvis at Miller's Dog N Suds
07/21/18 - 07/21/18 CSO: Tchaikovsky Spectacular
07/21/18 - 07/21/18 Tempel Lipizzans Evening Performance
07/20/18 - 07/22/18 Alpine Fest
07/22/18 - 07/22/18 Summer Sampler - The B.E.S.T. Show Band
07/22/18 - 07/22/18 Tchaikovsky Spectacular Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Ravinia
06/21/18 - 08/09/18 Zion's Concerts in the Park Series
06/05/18 - 08/28/18 Music on the Esplanade Evenings
Ongoing No-Limit Texas Hold 'Em Poker Tournaments
Ongoing First Fridays on MainStreet
Ongoing Bingo (Loteria) at Uno
Ongoing Pub Trivia Night at Broken Earth Winery
Ongoing Think & Drink Thursdays at Uno
Ongoing Live Music at Route 41 Roadhouse Every Friday Night
Ongoing Pub Quiz Night
Ongoing Happy for Hours in the Bar at Unos
Ongoing Half Price Wines by the Bottle
Ongoing Tournevent Slot Tournaments
Ongoing 5X Points
Ongoing Band Beverages
Ongoing Grillin' and Chillin' at Bonnie Brook
Ongoing Hawthorn Mall Cruise Night
Ongoing Tacos and Tunes
Ongoing New Member Offer
Ongoing Cruise Night at Miller's Dog N Suds
Ongoing Wednesday $1 Off Pints at Bosacki's Home Brew
Ongoing Pub Trivia at Tighthead Brewing Company
Ongoing $4 off Growler Fills on Wednesdays
Ongoing Flight Night
Ongoing Thursday Trivia Nights
Ongoing Improv Comedy Shows
Ongoing $2 off Pints Sundays
Ongoing Wine About Wednesdays
Ongoing 1/2 Price Wine Bottle Mondays
Ongoing Jump N Jam Fridays
Ongoing Tuesday is Senior Day at Potawatomi
Ongoing Open Mic Night at The Village Tavern
Ongoing Live Music at Mickey Finns Brewery
Ongoing Trivia Night at Austins
Ongoing Tuesday Night Trivia at Timothy O'Toole's
Ongoing Karaoke Wednesday and Saturday Nights
Ongoing Open Mic Thursdays
Ongoing Trivia Time?
Ongoing Open Mic Night
Ongoing Karaoke Thursdays at Timothy O'Toole's Pub
Ongoing Karaoke Every Friday Night at 17 North
Ongoing Happy Hour at Sullivan's






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