Things To Do This Weekend February 16-18, 2024

By: Stephanie Wylie 02/15/2024

Calling all foodies, adventurers and theater lovers! This weekend promises a delectable escape with the Lake County February Flavor Fest (LCFFF) and a captivating theatrical journey with "Silent Sky" at the Citadel Theatre. Discover the vibrant legacy of African American history and culture at the Black History Celebration hosted by the Jack Benny Center for the Arts in Waukegan. Embark on an enriching journey at the Dunn Museum into the life of President Abraham Lincoln and the historical significance of his fiery speech in Waukegan. Prepare to immerse yourself in a world of excitement and wonder as American Place Casino hosts the Cirque Magnifique Marvelous Mystic Mayhem, commemorating its one-year anniversary in Waukegan.

Ready to indulge your senses and explore the richness of Lake County? 





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Experience the delectable delights awaiting you at the Lake County February Flavor Festival!! Indulge in tantalizing culinary creations from a diverse array of restaurants, delighting in the distinctive tastes that Lake County boasts, and participate in our Check-In Challenge for the chance to win exclusive prizes!

Let's delve into the top five activities to embrace this weekend, February , 2024.

1. Lake County February Flavor Fest





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Calling all food fanatics and drink devotees! Get ready to tantalize your taste buds with the Lake County February Flavor Festival (LCFFF), a month-long culinary adventure. This foodie expedition blends the best of both worlds with the fusion of the renowned Lake County Restaurant Week and the Libation Trail. Restaurants will provide exclusive menus, breweries will unveil creative beer pairings, distilleries will concoct innovative cocktails and wineries will share their finest vintages. This isn't just about satisfying your appetite; it's a journey to discover the incredible variety and quality of Lake County's culinary scene. By actively participating, you could win amazing prizes! Visit five or more participating eateries or libation destinations, "check in" using the handy mobile app and you'll be entered into a raffle for a variety of prizes. Hungry for more details? Dive into the official LCFFF website ( where you'll find a comprehensive list of participating venues, mouthwatering offers and event details. LCFFF awaits, promising two more weeks of unforgettable culinary explorations and delicious discoveries. The inaugural fest runs through February 29. Bon appétit!

Friday-Sunday, February 16-18; various hours. Various locations in Lake County.

2. “Silent Sky” at Citadel Theatre in Lake Forest





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The captivating allure of the cosmos takes center stage at the Citadel Theatre as it presents "Silent Sky." The Lake Forest production weaves together the realms of science, humanity and the timeless wonder of the universe.  Set against the backdrop of the late 19th century, "Silent Sky" delves into the remarkable story of Henrietta Leavitt, a trailblazing astronomer whose groundbreaking discoveries revolutionized our understanding of the cosmos. This poignant tale explores Leavitt's relentless pursuit of knowledge and her unwavering dedication to unraveling the mysteries of the stars. Don't miss your chance to embark on a celestial journey of discovery and inspiration. For more information and ticket inquiries, please contact the venue at 847.735.8554 or visit The show runs on select days through March 17.

Friday-Sunday, February 16-18; Fri. and Sat.: 7:30 p.m. and Sun.: 3 p.m. Tickets: $43-$48. Citadel Theatre, 300 S. Waukegan Rd., Lake Forest. 

3. Black History Celebration at Jack Benny Center for the Arts in Waukegan





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The Black History Celebration at the Jack Benny Center offers a unique opportunity to journey through the rich tapestry of African American history and culture. Through a dynamic Waukegan Park District program featuring musical performances, spoken word, dramatic readings, dance and more, guests will have the chance to explore the enduring legacy of Black heroes who have left an indelible mark on our world. From civil rights leaders and cultural icons to innovators in the arts, sciences and beyond, the celebration will highlight the diverse achievements and enduring impact of African Americans throughout history. For more information about the event and to reserve your seat, please visit

Saturday, February 17; 4-5:30 p.m. Free admission. Jack Benny Center for the Arts, 39 Jack Benny Dr., Waukegan.

4. Lincoln in Lake County and Beyond at Dunn Museum in Libertyville





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History enthusiasts and art aficionados alike are invited to embark on a captivating exploration of President Abraham Lincoln’s life and for a captivating exploration of a lost piece of Americana: Abraham Lincoln's fiery speech in Waukegan, Illinois, on April 2, 1860. Local author John Wasik, an expert on Lincoln's economic views, brings his book "Lincolnomics" to life, revealing the forgotten significance of this event for Lincoln's presidential campaign. Discover the answers and delve into the fascinating intersection of history, politics, and even firefighting! Don't miss this opportunity to celebrate the life and legacy of one of America's most renowned leaders through the timeless artistry of sculpture. For more information, visit

Monday, February 19; 2-3 p.m. Admission: $3-$10. Dunn Museum, 1899 W. Winchester Rd., Libertyville. 

5. Cirque Magnifique Marvelous Mystic Mayhem: One Year Anniversary Party at American Place Casino in Waukegan





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Prepare to be dazzled, delighted and amazed as American Place Casino invites you to join in the festivities of Cirque Magnifique Marvelous Mystic Mayhem, celebrating the Waukegan casino's one-year anniversary. Win a share of $50,000 in Cash and Free Slot Play throughout the day, with winners selected every 15 minutes until midnight. Prepare to be transported to a world of wonder from breathtaking acrobatics to jaw-dropping feats of skill, Cirque Magnifique promises to leave audiences spellbound with mesmerizing jugglers, stilt walkers and agile performers. And finally, get ready to dance the night away as Front of House takes the stage, providing the soundtrack for the celebration. Don’t forget to grab a bit to eat at the Waukegan venue’s in-house eatery and LCFFF participant Asia-Azteca. So, roll the dice, embrace the magic and join American Place Casino in celebrating in style. For more information for this spectacular event, visit

Saturday, February 17; 2 p.m.-midnight. American Place Casino, 4011 Fountain Square Place, Waukegan. 

Remember that our annual Lake County February Flavor Fest going on all month long! And don't forget to join the Libation Trail and Flavor Fest Check-In Challenges. Click here to learn more about this month-long celebration. 

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