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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
02/23/19 - 02/23/19 Laurie Rubin
02/23/19 - 02/23/19 Mardi Gras Dance Party
02/23/19 - 02/23/19 CLC's 34th Annual Salute to Gospel
02/23/19 - 02/23/19 Timeless Classics: A Night of Giants
01/28/19 - 02/25/19 Exhibition Opening: Elemental, Contemporary Sculpture
03/01/19 - 03/01/19 First Fridays on MainStreet Libertyville
03/02/19 - 03/02/19 Henhouse Prowlers
03/02/19 - 03/02/19 Community Drum Circle
03/02/19 - 03/02/19 Lake Forest College Band & Orchestra Concert
03/02/19 - 03/02/19 Jazz Brunch
03/03/19 - 03/03/19 Air Supply
03/08/19 - 03/08/19 Concert Series: Flutopia Ensemble
03/08/19 - 03/08/19 Hairball at the Genesee Theatre
03/09/19 - 03/09/19 Ethan Uslan
03/09/19 - 03/09/19 Disney Junior Dance Party on Tour
03/16/19 - 03/16/19 ArtWauk
03/16/19 - 03/16/19 U2 Hype
03/17/19 - 03/17/19 Copper Fiddle 5th Anniversary Party
03/17/19 - 03/17/19 Michael Ingersoll's Artists Lounge Live
03/22/19 - 03/22/19 Blackberry Smoke: Break it Down Tour with Special Guest Ida Mae
03/23/19 - 03/23/19 Ravinia Jazz Mentors
03/23/19 - 03/23/19 Winter Concert Series: Doug Allen Nash
03/23/19 - 03/23/19 Scott Mears County Classics
Ongoing First Fridays on MainStreet
Ongoing Live Music at Route 41 Roadhouse Every Friday Night
Ongoing Open Mic Nights
Ongoing Baroque to Baby Concert
Ongoing Individual Music Lessons--Now Enrolling
Ongoing Karaoke Fridays at the Lodge of Antioch
Ongoing Acoustic Lunch Saturdays at the Lodge of Antioch
Ongoing Live DJ at the Lodge of Antioch - Thursdays/Saturdays
Ongoing Acoustic Breakfast Sundays at the Lodge of Antioch
Ongoing Live Music: Trio Zafiro
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
02/23/19 - 02/23/19 Laurie Rubin
02/23/19 - 02/23/19 Mardi Gras Dance Party
02/23/19 - 02/23/19 CLC's 34th Annual Salute to Gospel
02/23/19 - 02/23/19 Timeless Classics: A Night of Giants
02/23/19 - 02/23/19 A Winter Wonderland Daddy Daughter Dance
02/23/19 - 02/23/19 Lake County Craft Beer Festival
02/08/19 - 02/24/19 The Game's Afoot
01/28/19 - 02/25/19 Exhibition Opening: Elemental, Contemporary Sculpture
02/25/19 - 02/25/19 The Vine - Firestone Beer Dinner
02/01/19 - 02/28/19 February Special: Roast Prime Rib Au Jus
03/01/19 - 03/01/19 Spring Open House at ThunderHawk Golf Club
03/01/19 - 03/01/19 CLC’s International Film Series Featuring Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion
03/01/19 - 03/01/19 First Fridays on MainStreet Libertyville
03/02/19 - 03/02/19 Henhouse Prowlers
03/02/19 - 03/02/19 Lake Forest College Band & Orchestra Concert
03/02/19 - 03/02/19 Comedy Night
03/02/19 - 03/02/19 Golden Dragon Acrobats
03/02/19 - 03/02/19 Vernon Hills' 5th Annual Craft Beer Festival
03/02/19 - 03/02/19 Jeremy Piven at the Genesee Theatre
03/22/19 - 03/02/19 You're My Superhero
03/03/19 - 03/03/19 Air Supply
03/06/19 - 03/08/19 One Earth Film Festival
03/08/19 - 03/08/19 Concert Series: Flutopia Ensemble
03/08/19 - 03/08/19 Bell's Brewery Inc. Beer Dinner
03/08/19 - 03/08/19 Hairball at the Genesee Theatre
03/01/19 - 03/09/19 Oedipus Rex
03/09/19 - 03/09/19 Ethan Uslan
03/09/19 - 03/09/19 Grayslake Wine Walk
03/11/19 - 03/11/19 Adult's Cooking Class
03/12/19 - 03/12/19 Drinking Through the Decades - A Cocktail-Infused Series
03/16/19 - 03/16/19 ArtWauk
03/16/19 - 03/16/19 Malt Whiskey Release
03/17/19 - 03/17/19 Copper Fiddle 5th Anniversary Party
03/17/19 - 03/17/19 Michael Ingersoll's Artists Lounge Live
03/18/19 - 03/18/19 Maggiano's Serves Something Funny
03/21/19 - 03/21/19 Preacher Lawson
03/21/19 - 03/21/19 Rogue V. Citizen Heroes: Superheroes and Zeitgeist
03/22/19 - 03/22/19 Blackberry Smoke: Break it Down Tour with Special Guest Ida Mae
03/23/19 - 03/23/19 Ravinia Jazz Mentors
03/23/19 - 03/23/19 Winter Concert Series: Doug Allen Nash
03/23/19 - 03/23/19 Scott Mears County Classics
02/06/19 - 03/27/19 Pick and Win
03/14/19 - 04/25/19 Cooking 101: Ages 7-12
01/01/19 - 12/31/19 Filler-Up Friday
Ongoing No-Limit Texas Hold 'Em Poker Tournaments
Ongoing First Fridays on MainStreet
Ongoing Live Music at Route 41 Roadhouse Every Friday Night
Ongoing 5X Points
Ongoing Tacos and Tunes
Ongoing Tiki Taco Tuesday
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 Open Mic Nights
Ongoing Wine About Wednesdays
Ongoing 1/2 Price Wine Bottle Mondays
Ongoing Orchids After Hours
Ongoing Tiki Taco Tuesdays
Ongoing Trivia Tuesdays
Ongoing Straight Up Bingo
Ongoing Pub Trivia Fridays
Ongoing Jump N Jam Fridays
Ongoing Karaoke Fridays at the Lodge of Antioch
Ongoing Friday Magician at the Lodge of Antioch
Ongoing Live DJ at the Lodge of Antioch - Thursdays/Saturdays
Ongoing Trivia Tuesdays at Light the Lamp Brewery
Ongoing Beer Bingo
Ongoing Food Truck Thursdays
Ongoing Tuesday is Senior Day at Potawatomi
Ongoing Bingo Tuesdays
Ongoing Fish Fry Friday
Ongoing Lindy's Happy Hour Special
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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Improv Playhouse (Libertyville)
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James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts at the College of Lake County (Grayslake)
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Lake County Fairgrounds & Event Center (Grayslake)
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