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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
05/24/19 - 05/24/19 Freddy Jones Band
05/17/19 - 06/08/19 Noises Off
04/25/19 - 04/25/19 Highwood's Annual Girls Night Out!
04/25/19 - 04/25/19 MainStreet Libertyville Turns 30
04/26/19 - 04/26/19 Sipos & Young at Big Ed's!
04/27/19 - 04/27/19 Talkin' Trash at J's Bally Muck
04/27/19 - 04/27/19 Ivy Ford at TR's
04/27/19 - 04/27/19 When Particles Collide with The Brothers GoForth at The Burgundy Room
04/27/19 - 04/27/19 Social Que
05/02/19 - 05/02/19 Annual Hero Party
05/03/19 - 05/03/19 Jazz Ensembles Concert
05/04/19 - 05/04/19 Einav Yarden: Piano
05/04/19 - 05/04/19 Crossroads Live at Green Town
05/04/19 - 05/04/19 Southern rock tribute show
05/04/19 - 05/04/19 May The 4th Beer With You
05/04/19 - 05/04/19 Sing-Along-Evening
05/03/19 - 05/05/19 Cinco de Mayo Festival
05/03/19 - 05/05/19 Grand Re-Opening
05/04/19 - 05/05/19 Bryan Wallick at Ravinia
05/05/19 - 05/05/19 Wind Ensemble Finale Concert
05/11/19 - 05/11/19 The Nils Lofgren Band
05/11/19 - 05/11/19 Thorwald Jorgensen
05/11/19 - 05/11/19 Spring Choral Concert
05/11/19 - 05/11/19 Lake County Concert Association Presents - Alliance Brass
05/12/19 - 05/12/19 Mother's Day Extravaganza Tribute Show
05/15/19 - 05/15/19 Concert Band
05/16/19 - 05/16/19 Burton Cummings
05/18/19 - 05/18/19 StarWauk
05/18/19 - 05/18/19 The Buddy Holly Story
05/18/19 - 05/18/19 Armed Forces Day Wurlitzer Concert
05/18/19 - 05/18/19 ArtWauk
05/18/19 - 05/19/19 Blarney Island Opening Weekend
05/18/19 - 05/19/19 Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 3
05/10/19 - 05/24/19 Six Flags Music Festival
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 Vinyl Night
Ongoing Concert in the Park Series
Ongoing Ravinia Food Truck Thursdays
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
05/24/19 - 05/24/19 Freddy Jones Band
05/17/19 - 06/08/19 Noises Off
03/14/19 - 04/25/19 Cooking 101: Ages 7-12
04/25/19 - 04/25/19 Canvas Painting & Cocktails
04/25/19 - 04/25/19 Cocktails & Crafts
04/25/19 - 04/25/19 Highwood's Annual Girls Night Out!
04/25/19 - 04/25/19 MainStreet Libertyville Turns 30
04/26/19 - 04/26/19 Sipos & Young at Big Ed's!
04/26/19 - 04/26/19 Earth Day Cabaret
04/26/19 - 04/26/19 Wine and Wellness
04/26/19 - 04/26/19 GRIL Cheese Night
04/27/19 - 04/27/19 Derby Hat Day with After Party
04/27/19 - 04/27/19 Talkin' Trash at J's Bally Muck
04/27/19 - 04/27/19 Ivy Ford at TR's
04/27/19 - 04/27/19 When Particles Collide with The Brothers GoForth at The Burgundy Room
04/27/19 - 04/27/19 Social Que
04/03/19 - 04/28/19 TournEvent of Champions
07/19/19 - 04/28/19 The Addams Family
04/29/19 - 04/29/19 The Vine - Two Brothers Beer Dinner
05/02/19 - 05/02/19 Annual Hero Party
05/02/19 - 05/02/19 Sip and Shop Boutique
05/03/19 - 05/03/19 Jazz Ensembles Concert
05/03/19 - 05/03/19 CLC International Film Series Featuring The Square
05/03/19 - 05/03/19 Double Dare Live!
05/03/19 - 05/03/19 First Fridays on MainStreet Libertyville
05/04/19 - 05/04/19 Einav Yarden: Piano
05/04/19 - 05/04/19 Crossroads Live at Green Town
05/04/19 - 05/04/19 Southern rock tribute show
05/04/19 - 05/04/19 Jack Wright's Songs and Stories of Neil Diamond
05/03/19 - 05/05/19 Cinco de Mayo Festival
05/03/19 - 05/05/19 Grand Re-Opening
05/04/19 - 05/05/19 Bryan Wallick at Ravinia
05/05/19 - 05/05/19 Wind Ensemble Finale Concert
05/06/19 - 05/06/19 Maggiano's Serves Something Funny
05/17/19 - 05/07/19 Patton Oswalt at the Genesee Theatre
05/08/19 - 05/08/19 Sangria Dinner
05/10/19 - 05/10/19 Penn & Teller at the Genesee Threatre
05/10/19 - 05/11/19 Lake Zurich Craft Beer Festival
05/11/19 - 05/11/19 Thorwald Jorgensen
05/11/19 - 05/11/19 Spring Choral Concert
05/11/19 - 05/11/19 Lake County Concert Association Presents - Alliance Brass
05/12/19 - 05/12/19 Sunday Funday- Sparkling Floats
05/12/19 - 05/12/19 Mother's Day Extravaganza Tribute Show
05/15/19 - 05/15/19 Carrot Top at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino
05/15/19 - 05/15/19 Concert Band
05/15/19 - 05/15/19 Car Fun on 21
05/16/19 - 05/16/19 Burton Cummings
05/18/19 - 05/18/19 StarWauk
05/18/19 - 05/18/19 The Buddy Holly Story
05/18/19 - 05/18/19 ArtWauk
05/18/19 - 05/19/19 Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 3
05/24/19 - 05/24/19 Steve Martin & Martin Short: Now You See Them, Soon You Won't
04/10/19 - 06/02/19 Footloose at Marriott Theatre
05/18/19 - 09/14/19 The Genesee Tribute Series - 5 Show Package
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 Vinyl Night
Ongoing Concert in the Park Series
Ongoing Ravinia Food Truck Thursdays
Ongoing Straight Up Bingo
Ongoing Pub Trivia Fridays
Ongoing Stand Up Comedy- Improv Playhouse
Ongoing Tiki Taco Tuesdays
Ongoing Flight Night
Ongoing Improv Comedy
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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No matter which route you take, all roads lead to fun in Lake County, Illinois, which is located halfway between Chicago and Milwaukee. Lake County is home to 170 lakes and rivers, 30,000 acres of lush forest preserves, miles of hiking and biking trails, Six Flags Great America, Naval Station Great Lakes, Ravinia Festival and sandy beaches along Lake Michigan's shoreline. Family adventure is around every turn and awaits you in Lake County.
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