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Lake County Nightlife
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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
12/19/18 - 12/19/18 Christmas Caroling at the Fiddle
12/21/18 - 12/21/18 Live Music: Jaik Willis
12/22/18 - 12/22/18 Live Music: Mackenzie O'Brien
12/20/18 - 12/23/18 Illinois Youth Dance Theatre Presents the Nutcracker
12/28/18 - 12/28/18 Six String Jukebox at Ravinia Brewing
12/28/18 - 12/28/18 BoDeans
12/29/18 - 12/29/18 Live Music: Anderlik & Church
11/16/18 - 12/30/18 Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
12/31/18 - 12/31/18 New Year's Eve with Ivy Ford Band at Mickey Finn's
12/31/18 - 12/31/18 New Year's Eve at O'Toole's Libertyville
12/31/18 - 12/31/18 Francesca Castro Jazz Trio
01/12/19 - 01/12/19 Robert Chen & Benjamin Loeb
01/19/19 - 01/19/19 Winter Concert Series: Rico!
01/18/19 - 01/20/19 Strings Attached and Detached
Ongoing First Fridays on MainStreet
Ongoing Live Music at Route 41 Roadhouse Every Friday Night
Ongoing Holiday Special: Baroque to Baby Concert
Ongoing Open Mic Nights
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
12/19/18 - 12/19/18 Christmas Caroling at the Fiddle
12/20/18 - 12/20/18 Celebrating the Illinois Bicentennial
12/21/18 - 12/21/18 Winter Solstice Walk and Campfire
12/21/18 - 12/21/18 Fa-La-La Film Fest: It's a Wonderful Life
12/21/18 - 12/21/18 Live Music: Jaik Willis
12/22/18 - 12/22/18 Live Music: Mackenzie O'Brien
12/02/18 - 12/23/18 5X Points
12/23/18 - 12/23/18 Tighthead Brewing Co.'s 7 Year Anniversary Party
12/28/18 - 12/28/18 Six String Jukebox at Ravinia Brewing
12/29/18 - 12/29/18 Pre-New Years Eve Celebration
12/29/18 - 12/29/18 Live Music: Anderlik & Church
11/16/18 - 12/30/18 Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
11/23/18 - 12/31/18 Holiday Tree Lighting and Santa Visits
11/23/18 - 12/31/18 Holiday in the Park
12/31/18 - 12/31/18 New Year's Eve with Ivy Ford Band at Mickey Finn's
12/31/18 - 12/31/18 New Year's Eve at O'Toole's Libertyville
12/31/18 - 12/31/18 Brew Year's Eve at Buffalo Creek Brewing
12/31/18 - 12/31/18 New Year's Eve Lane Rental at Kristof's
12/31/18 - 12/31/18 New Year's Eve at Timothy O'Toole's Gurnee
12/31/18 - 12/31/18 Kids New Year's Eve Party
12/31/18 - 12/31/18 Francesca Castro Jazz Trio
12/31/18 - 12/31/18 New Year's Eve at the Chocolate Sanctuary
12/31/18 - 12/31/18 New Year's Eve at Whirlyball
12/31/18 - 12/31/18 New Years Eve Celebration
11/24/18 - 01/04/19 Snowland at the Great Wolf Lodge Illinois
01/11/19 - 01/11/19 Lincolnshire Skate Night
01/12/19 - 01/12/19 Robert Chen & Benjamin Loeb
01/12/19 - 01/12/19 Billy Gardell at the Genesee Theatre
01/14/19 - 01/14/19 Maggian's Serves Something Funny
01/18/19 - 01/18/19 Tex-Mex Comedy Tour with Lee Martin and Alex Reymundo
01/19/19 - 01/19/19 Winter Concert Series: Rico!
01/19/19 - 01/19/19 National Ballet Theatre of Odessa's Swan Lake
01/18/19 - 01/20/19 Strings Attached and Detached
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 Tomahawk Tuesday
Ongoing Tacos and Tunes
Ongoing Cruise Night at Miller's Dog N Suds
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 Backyard BBQ
Ongoing $2 off Pints Sundays
Ongoing Open Mic Nights
Ongoing Wine About Wednesdays
Ongoing 1/2 Price Wine Bottle Mondays
Ongoing Tiki Taco Tuesdays
Ongoing Straight Up Bingo
Ongoing Pub Trivia Fridays
Ongoing Jump N Jam Fridays
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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