Things To Do This Weekend March 15-17, 2024

By: Stephanie Wylie 03/14/2024

Get ready to sham-rock Lake County this St. Patrick's Day weekend! Join us for a weekend filled with Irish spirit and festivities. Enjoy traditional music, dance and delicious Irish fare at local pubs and restaurants across the county. Don't miss out on the luck of the Irish as we celebrate in style!





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Let's look at things to do this weekend March 15-17, 2024.

1. St. Partick’s Day Weekend at Mickey Finn’s Brewery in Libertyville





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Get ready for the ultimate St. Patrick's Day celebration at Mickey Finn's Brewery in Libertyville! The Lake County Libation Trail partner promises a weekend-long celebration filled with Irish beer, food specials, live entertainment and traditional festivities The “Erin go Bragh” celebrations are highlighted by the release of Mickey Finn’s Brewery Shannon’s Irish Ale with a portion of the ale funds going to St. Baldrick’s. While experiencing the St. Paddy’s Day festivities and viewing March Madness, the sounds of Irish rock and folk will reverberate through Mickey Finn's Brewery as the acclaimed Chicago-based band Whiskey Mick takes to the stage. Other live performances over the weekend include Moon Money, Fitz and the Celets, Hearthfire and the Tim Gleason Band. The Libertyville brewpub serve Irish food specials like corn beef, potatoes, Shepherd’s Pie and more. Experience the spirit of Ireland at Mickey Finn's Brewery. Visit for more details.

Friday-Sunday, March 15-17; various times. Mickey Finn's Brewery, 345 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville.

2. Easter Bunny Photos at Gurnee Mills in Gurnee





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Capture the magic of Easter at Gurnee Mills, from now through March 30 for cherished photos with the bunny. Located near the Dining Pavilion South in the Macy's Wing, the whimsical set provides the perfect backdrop for lasting memories. With 15-minute sessions accommodating multiple families, everyone can partake in the fun. Professional photographers ensure precision and care, capturing every smile. By making your reservation online at, Peter Cottontail will provide your little ones with a basket of virtual activities, coloring pages and free access to your photos. During your visit, explore over 200 stores and dining options for a full day of fun. For a sensory-friendly experience on Sunday, March 17, families and children with special needs can reserve a visit with the Caring Bunny  from 10-11:30 a.m. at Create unforgettable memories at Gurnee Mills this Easter season. Visits with the Easter Bunny run daily through March 30. 

Friday-Sunday, March 15-17; Fri.: 2 p.m.-7 p.m., Sat.: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and Sun.: 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. andnoon-6 p.m. Admission: free. Photographer packages cost extra. Gurnee Mills Entry C or D, 6170 W. Grand Ave., Gurnee.

3. Deer Park St. Paddy’s 5k & 10k Run at Deer Park Town Center in Deer Park





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Deer Park Town Center is gearing up for an exhilarating event, with runners of all levels invited to lace up their sneakers and hit the pavement for the St. Paddy's 5K and 10K. Participants can choose between the 5K or 10K distance, each offering its own unique challenges and rewards. Competitors will receive a commemorative pint glass to toast their achievement and renowned finish line shamrock cookies to refuel and replenish. Participants are encouraged to don their greenest attire and embrace the spirit of St. Patrick's Day as they tackle the course and celebrate their accomplishments. The event also features a free Kids 100M Dash for kids ages eight and under. Participants are encouraged to park near La Hacienda Restaurant. For more information, visit

Sunday, March 17; 8-11 a.m.  Registration: $12.99-$39.99. Deer Park Town Center, 20506 N. Rand Rd., Deer Park.

4. ArtWauk in Downtown Waukegan





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Immerse yourself in a whirlwind of creativity at Waukegan's renowned ArtWauk. From sculptures to film, theatre to comedy and music to performance art, this free Saturday event offers something for everyone. Visitors to downtown Waukegan are invited to stroll through the streets, exploring galleries, studios and pop-up exhibitions that highlight the work of local artists. Explore Shawn Killackey's innovative "Cover Art Pastiche" exhibit at Dandelion Art Gallery, where classic masterpieces receive a contemporary twist. Celebrate Women's Month with Dandelion Gallery & Studio's showcase at the Jack Benny Center for the Arts in Bowen Park. Don't miss "Matilda Jr. The Musical" at 5 p.m. Also catch the screening of "The Matrix" at Belvidere Discount Mall at 4 p.m. Cap off the day with musical performances by Mindi Abair and Jim Peterik at Genessee Theatre at 7 p.m. Whether you're a seasoned art enthusiast or simply looking for a unique way to spend an evening, ArtWauk invites you to experience the magic of downtown Waukegan transformed into a vibrant hub of artistic expression.  

Saturday, March 16; 5-9 p.m. Free Admission. Various locations in downtown Waukegan.

5. Leaping Leprechauns at Grayslake Park District in Grayslake





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Gear up for a lively evening filled with St. Patrick's Day festivities at the Grayslake Community Park District. Dress in your finest green and gold attire and get ready for an evening of delicious pizza party, craft-making sessions and an exciting hunt for gold. Attendees will have the chance to learn a dynamic Irish jig. This event is guaranteed to be a leaping good time. Don't miss out on the chance to create lasting memories and celebrate the luck of the Irish in style! To register, visit

Friday, March 15; 5:30-8 p.m. Registration: $23-$28. Grayslake Recreation Center, 240 Commerce Dr., Grayslake. 

Lake County has many establishments pouring green beer, serving corned beef and cabbage, and featuring Irish dancers. For a list of places celebrating St. Patrick's Day in Lake County click here.

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