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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
10/20/18 - 10/20/18 Pamela Frank
10/20/18 - 10/20/18 Community Drum Circle
10/21/18 - 10/21/18 In Dreams - Roy Orbison in Concert: The Hologram Tour
10/21/18 - 10/21/18 ‘Broadway: Close To You’
10/21/18 - 10/21/18 Folk Concert featuring Brooks Williams
10/21/18 - 10/21/18 Waukegan Symphony Orchestra presents: At the Theatre
10/26/18 - 10/26/18 Concert Series: Classical Guitar with Nanae Fujiwara
10/26/18 - 10/26/18 Smokey Robinson at the Genesee Theatre
10/27/18 - 10/27/18 Halloween Costume Party
10/27/18 - 10/27/18 Fall Choral Concert
11/02/18 - 11/02/18 The Cornerstones of Rock
11/02/18 - 11/02/18 First Fridays on MainStreet Libertyville
11/04/18 - 11/04/18 The Ten Tenors with Special Guests Gentleman's Rule
11/06/18 - 11/09/18 Supertramp's Roger Hodgson
11/16/18 - 11/16/18 Tanya Tucker at the Genesee Theatre
11/17/18 - 11/17/18 Rhythm Future Quartet
11/17/18 - 11/17/18 Tommy James and the Shondells with Special Guest, the Grass Roots
11/17/18 - 11/17/18 ArtWauk
11/18/18 - 11/18/18 42nd Annual Guest Artist Concert: John Fedchock
11/02/18 - 12/13/18 Exhibition Opening: Xtrapolation & Encounters
Ongoing First Fridays on MainStreet
Ongoing Live Music at Route 41 Roadhouse Every Friday Night
Ongoing Band Beverages
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
10/19/18 - 10/20/18 Halloween Hikes
10/20/18 - 10/20/18 Pamela Frank
10/20/18 - 10/20/18 Bottoms Up for Babies
10/20/18 - 10/20/18 SkipperBud's Spooktacular
10/20/18 - 10/20/18 The Ultimate Paranormal Experience
10/21/18 - 10/21/18 In Dreams - Roy Orbison in Concert: The Hologram Tour
10/21/18 - 10/21/18 ‘Broadway: Close To You’
10/21/18 - 10/21/18 Folk Concert featuring Brooks Williams
10/21/18 - 10/21/18 Waukegan Symphony Orchestra presents: At the Theatre
10/24/18 - 10/24/18 Community Pumpkin Carving
10/24/18 - 10/24/18 Gallery Talk: Women Undefined
10/25/18 - 10/25/18 The Magic of Adam Trent
10/25/18 - 10/25/18 Paint Nite at The Lodge - Golden Paris Hour
10/25/18 - 10/25/18 Slam Poetry: Keloaha
10/25/18 - 10/25/18 All Treats, No Tricks
10/25/18 - 10/25/18 Horror Movie Trivia at Roaring Table
10/25/18 - 10/25/18 Illinois Timeline Trivia
10/26/18 - 10/26/18 Concert Series: Classical Guitar with Nanae Fujiwara
10/26/18 - 10/26/18 Halloween Trail of Treats & Fest
10/26/18 - 10/26/18 Hess Collection Wine Dinner
10/26/18 - 10/26/18 Hess Collection Wine Dinner
10/26/18 - 10/26/18 Smokey Robinson at the Genesee Theatre
10/26/18 - 10/26/18 Long Grove Historical Society Ghost Walk
10/26/18 - 10/27/18 Halloween Hoopla
10/27/18 - 10/27/18 Halloween Costume Party
10/27/18 - 10/27/18 Silent Film & Vampire's Kiss Gala
10/27/18 - 10/27/18 Fall Choral Concert
10/27/18 - 10/27/18 Improv Playhouse Presents Dracula
10/27/18 - 10/27/18 Club Tiki Halloween Party
09/28/18 - 10/28/18 The Little Foxes
10/30/18 - 10/30/18 Spoooky Scaaaary Stories
09/15/18 - 10/31/18 Fright Fest presented by Snickers
11/02/18 - 11/02/18 The Cornerstones of Rock
11/02/18 - 11/02/18 CLC International Film Series Featuring Faces Places
11/02/18 - 11/02/18 First Fridays on MainStreet Libertyville
11/03/18 - 11/03/18 Truth Be Told - A Night of Personal Storytelling
11/03/18 - 11/03/18 Chef Fest: Night at the Museum
11/03/18 - 11/03/18 Craig Ferguson: Hobo Fabulous Tour
11/04/18 - 11/04/18 The Ten Tenors with Special Guests Gentleman's Rule
11/08/18 - 11/08/18 Epic Brewing's Big Bad Baptist Stouts on Draft
11/09/18 - 11/09/18 Piff the Magic Dragon at the Genesee Theatre
11/09/18 - 11/09/18 Gluten Free Wine Dinner
11/10/18 - 11/10/18 Gorton Community Center presents – The Best of The Second City
10/01/18 - 11/15/18 Get on Island Time!
11/15/18 - 11/15/18 An Evening of Giving
11/15/18 - 11/15/18 Girls Night Out With After Party
11/16/18 - 11/16/18 Tanya Tucker at the Genesee Theatre
11/17/18 - 11/17/18 Rhythm Future Quartet
11/17/18 - 11/17/18 Tree Lighting and Celebration
11/17/18 - 11/17/18 Tommy James and the Shondells with Special Guest, the Grass Roots
11/17/18 - 11/17/18 ArtWauk
11/18/18 - 11/18/18 42nd Annual Guest Artist Concert: John Fedchock
11/18/18 - 11/18/18 Pablo Francisco at the Genesee Theatre
11/09/18 - 11/25/18 Urinetown the Musical
11/02/18 - 12/13/18 Exhibition Opening: Xtrapolation & Encounters
11/16/18 - 12/23/18 Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Ongoing No-Limit Texas Hold 'Em Poker Tournaments
Ongoing First Fridays on MainStreet
Ongoing Live Music at Route 41 Roadhouse Every Friday Night
Ongoing Half Price Wines by the Bottle
Ongoing 5X Points
Ongoing Band Beverages
Ongoing Tomahawk Tuesday
Ongoing Tacos and Tunes
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 Backyard BBQ
Ongoing $2 off Pints Sundays
Ongoing Wine About Wednesdays
Ongoing 1/2 Price Wine Bottle Mondays
Ongoing Straight Up Bingo
Ongoing Pub Trivia Fridays
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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