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Top 10 Things To Do in November 2021

By: Jonathan Jones 10/28/2021

Hearty eating is in our future as we look at the top things to do in November 2021. Gobble Gobble.

The spooks & spirits have retired to their final destinations for 2021. The lights illuminate the night as we move towards the holiday season.


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Just because the holidays are right around the corner, it doesn’t mean snow is falling just yet. So, snap your #AutumnGrams, and don’t forget to post #LetsGoLakeCounty on them. Continue here to learn more.

Let’s go and shed our cosplay outfits as we head into our most thankful month. Here are Lake County’s top 10 things to do in November 2021.

1. Lake County Film Festival in Grayslake and Lake Forest (Select Days from November 4-29)


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The Lake County Film Festival makes its triumphant return at three locations: College of Lake County Grayslake campus and Waukegan campuses, and Gorton Community Center in Lake Forest, showcasing its longest fest yet. The three-satellite cinema fest features over 150 documentaries, shorts, music-related films, narratives, international presentations, and many other flicks. Continue here to view a rundown of the independent pictures showing.

2. Happenings at Richardson Adventure Farm (Corn Maze through Nov. 7, U-Cut Tree Farm Nov. 27-Dec 12)


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You’ll be amazed by their maize mazes. Richardson Adventure Farm & Corn Maze is known for having the world’s most massive corn maze. This year’s theme to the renowned maze is celebrating the Spring Grove farm’s 20th anniversary. The design features the elements of their farm, from their overlooking structure of the labyrinth to the barn, to the Christmas Tree Farms, to the pumpkins and the tulip fest launched earlier this year. Besides the famous maze, the Adventure Farm features another five mazes, a zip line, a pumpkin patch, Zorbing rides (a ride inside a giant 11-ball available on weekends), live pig races,  a wooded picnic area, free campfires, pedal carts, pedal trikes, a goat farm, a farm carousel and more. Richardson Farm is open through Sunday, November 7. The farm reopens the Friday after Thanksgiving and invites one and all to cut their family Christmas Tree down. You may cut your own fir tree, purchase a pre-cut arbor or pick up a wreath and garland.

3. Lake County Festivals in November (All November)


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There is still a collection of box socials where individuals can taste the harvest goodness, embrace sweater weather, breathe in the autumn vibes and get to ta fall festival in the land of lakes. Here are the parties on the docket for November 2021:

4. Live Performances in Lake County (All November)


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Lake County is known for its theatre. Performers continuously break legs as these February shows feature incredible voices, thrilling dances, great storytelling and some of the most enchanting music ever written for the center stage. Here is your schedule for November 2021:

5. Lake County Libation Trail Check-in Challenge (November 12-21)


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Let’s toast to the Lake County Libation Trail! “It’s five o’clock somewhere,” as suds aficionados, vino connoisseurs and spirit enthusiasts will be elated with these glasses of “liquid courage.” The Lake County Libation Trail is highlighted by 29 of the most delectable flavors from locally sourced ingredients. So whether your adult beverage is an ice-cold frothy lager, a dry red merlot or an old-fashioned on the rocks, Lake County has precisely what you need to make your taste buds dance. When craft drinkers arrive at a participating location, they check-in using their mobile pass to show they are in attendance. If libation-ers check into three or more participants of the Lake County Libation Trail between November 12-21 via indoor dining, outdoor sipping, curbside pickup or carryout, they are entered into a sweepstakes and can win an exclusive prize.  Prizes will be announced soon.

6. Lightscape at Chicago Botanic Garden (Nov. 12-Jan. 2)


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t “Turn up the lights in here, baby, extra bright, I want y’all to see this…cop lights, flashlights, spotlights, strobe lights, street lights…all of the lights!” Meander in the illuminated world of wonder and light at Chicago Bo’s Lightscape. As you enter you walk through a cathedral-esque threshold, you enter a world of the Glencoe sanctuary that’s as luminous as it’s ever been. This is a must-experience event for your eyes and your feels.

7. Vipers Pro Basketball Home Opener in Gurnee (Nov. 13)


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“The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.” – a quote from the NBA’s winningest coach, Phil Jackson. Gurnee just recently received their own basketball team in the Vipers. The Vipers are a semi-pro ABA hoops team consisting of former D-I athletes, international players and local ballers with hopes of moving to the NBA hardwood. Catch these players on their new homecourt at Warren High School and view their talent as they move their way up the ranks.

8. Dickens Holiday Village/Kringle's Christmas Village in Antioch (Nov. 25-Jan. 1)


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Kringle’s Christmas Village illuminates the holiday spirit. After Dickens’ Holiday Village’s spirits of three shall strive within you on Main and Lake Streets. Mosey on over to Piggly Wiggly’s Plaza, a few blocks away in downtown Antioch to experience more of the Christmas spirit. As the night falls in the afternoon, visitors can browse the magnificent illuminated shadowboxes. Many of these beautiful art displays provide that same nostalgia when enjoying Chicago’s Marshall Fields’ windows. Both are on display during the holiday season.

9. Holiday in the Park Lights! at Six Flags Great America (Nov. 26-Dec. 30)


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Six Flags Great America kicks off their second Holiday in the Park event this year. This festival runs from November 26-December 30 on select days. The new holiday party will transform the park into a winter wonderland featuring millions of dazzling lights, a beautiful Christmas tree (5 p.m. lighting every night), a meet and greet with Mr. and Mrs. Claus, festive entertainment and of course, rides on a world-class roller coaster. When it gets a tad nippier outside, Six Flags Great America will run the Holiday in the Park Lights! Drive-Thru Experience through January. See the same flashing lights, except in your whip.

10. Holiday Shopping: Shop Local in Lake County


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The turkey has been devoured, the canned yams are a thing of the past, the apple pie is in mere morsels. Football is on your TV, but really you’re trying to rest for your headstart shopping spree for your family and friends. The land of lakes has one of the best mom-and-pop shopping scenes. These quintessential boutiques and supply shops give Lake County its personality and character. Continue here to view black-owned businesses in Lake County. From downtown areas to mini-malls, from niche stores to shopping centers, independent retail shops keep Lake County extravagant. So peruse, why don’t you?

For more than the top 10 things to do in November 2021, continue here. To learn more about the Lake County Libation Trail 10-Day Check-in Challenge, click here.

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