Top 10 Things To Do in June 2023

By: Jonathan Jones 06/01/2023

Lake County has a jam-packed schedule this June! You've come to the right place if you're searching for summer fun.

At this time of year, we pull out our summer garb (if it still fits) and head outdoors to bask in the Lake County sun. 





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Lake County heats up in the summer with outdoor activities, concerts, festivals, nature exhibitions, great food, live theater and so much more. Don’t forget to plan something special for old papa bear as Father’s Day is June 18. Let's look at what's going on in this installment of June's top 10.

1. Beer Garden at Independence Grove (All June)





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Lake County summers have a unique taste, as do the local suds at the Beer Garden at Independence Grove Forest Preserve. Experience this Lake County Forest Preserve District's beer flights for sippers ages 21 and older while viewing the area's natural beauty. The beer garden highlights Lake County Libation Trail partners Mickey Finn's Brewery of Libertyville, Phase Three Brewing of Lake Zurich, Liquid Love Brewing of Buffalo Grove, Half Day Brewing Co. of Lincolnshire, Tighthead Brewing Co. of Mundelein, Buffalo Creek Brewing of Long Grove, Ravinia Brewing Co. of Highland Park, and Harbor Brewing Co. and 9th Hour Brewing of Lake Villa. The Libertyville Sanctuary also offers packaged snacks, non-alcoholic beverages, and lakeside seating. The Beer Garden at Independence Grove Forest Preserve runs on select days through the fall. Visit for more details.

2. Butterflies & Blooms at Chicago Botanic Garden (All June)





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Witness the majesty and beauty of the Swallowtail, Lycaenidae, Nymphalidae, Skipperling, and as many as 500 other colorful butterflies and blooms at the Chicago Botanic Garden. The Butterflies & Blooms exhibition highlights species native to Africa, Asia, North America, and South America. The butterflies are housed in a 2,800-square-foot mesh enclosure on the Regenstein Learning Campus. Visitors can see the cocooned caterpillars transform into butterflies through a window in the pupa emergence room. The exhibition is open daily through September 4 (weather permitting).

3. Lake County Food Truck Events (All June)





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Fare fanatics will go on a frenzy as food trucks enter the county. The land of lakes is full of foodie events highlighted by talented cuisine makers. Dine nightly at the Lake County Food Truck events listed below:

4. Farmers Markets in Lake County (All June)





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Lake County’s farmers markets are more than just places to find the freshest, locally grown, and deliciously ripe fruits and vegetables of the season. The markets are also where neighbors, friends and family shop for unique handmade goods and explore the never-ending variety of local items from welcoming vendors.

5. Lake County Pride Month and Juneteenth Celebrations (Select Days Through June 19) 





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The land of lakes celebrates the LGBTQIA+ and Black communities throughout June during Pride Month and Juneteenth. Show your support as we party in Lake County.

6. June Festivals (All June)





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The sun is out; the streets are over-saturated with humans dancing to live Spotify, exploring their palate with enchanting eats and drinks, seeking thrills on carnival rides and so much more.

7. Live Music in Lake County (All June)





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Bust out your dance shoes and sing along. Here are a short list of the must-see concerts in the land of lakes. 

8. Car Shows in Lake County (Select Days June 7-25)





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Vroom Vroom! Blast "Born to be Wild" as you head to these annual automotive shows. Peruse dozens of classic cars that are in mint condition as the weather warms up and these sporty, flashy, tanky and just flat-out beautiful whips invade the streets.

9. Tempel Lipizzans Summer Spotlights (June 21, 24 and 28)





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The famous white stallions of Old Mill Creek have entertained audiences for six decades with their flying horse movements, four-horse ballet and other historical nuggets. The Lipizzaner Stallions have been an enchanting fixture in Lake County for 60 years. Each of the equine routines is set to music, displaying classical horsemanship that has been practiced in Europe since the 16th century. The Old Mill Creek stable schedule is listed below:

10. "Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story" at the Marriott Theatre (June 21-Aug. 13)





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The Lincolnshire production takes you back to 1956 when Holly first hit the scene and the following three short years that helped cement his legacy in rock music. You'll hear all the classics and the stories behind them. Holly's raw rock 'n' roll style inspired many, including the Beatles and The Rolling Stones. The Texan was among the first artists inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Rolling Stone magazine ranked him no. 13 in its "100 Greatest Artists" list. The show also visits "the day the music died," when Holly, Richie Valens and "The Big Bopper" boarded that fateful plane in Mason City, Iowa. 


For more information about the top 10 things to do in June, continue here. To view all the summer festivals and Ravinia Festival, click here. Oh, the places you can go in Lake County as you take a look of our fair area from the eye in the sky. 

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