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12/10/18 - 12/10/18
Jazz Combos Winter Concert
James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts
19351 West Washington Street
Grayslake, IL 60030
CLC’s jazz combos consist of community members and students. They play music in a variety of jazz styles, including swing, Latin, ballad and fusion.
12/11/18 - 12/11/18
Bradbury's Stories of Space
Waukegan Public Library
128 N. County St
Waukegan, IL 60085
Travel to outer space with stories of Ray Bradbury as told by award-winning storytellers Megan Wells, Jim May, and Beth Horn.
12/11/18 - 12/12/18
Melissa Etheridge
Northern Lights Theater
1721 West Canal Street
Milwaukee, WI 53233
Voice: 1-800-PAYSBIG
The iconic Melissa Etheridge performs holiday favorites and more at The Northern Lights Theater inside Potawatomi Hotel & Casino in downtown Milwaukee.
12/12/18 - 12/12/18
Small Discoveries: Winter Wonderland
Bess Bower Dunn Museum
1899 W. Winchester Rd.
Libertyville, IL 60048

Bundle up, it’s a winter wonderland! Enjoy stories and crafts centered around snowflakes, snowmen, and all things winter. Small Discoveries add up to big fun for your little one! Join us as we explore a variety of topics through stories, hands on activities, pretend play, and simple crafts. A great opportunity to learn, make new friends, and get to know other families.

Includes Museum admission.

12/12/18 - 12/12/18
Concert Band Holiday Concert
Mainstage Theatre at the James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts at the College of Lake County
19351 West Washington Street
Grayslake, IL 60030
Directed by John Mose, the Concert Band will perform a wide range of band music, from classic marches and symphonic pieces to Broadway medleys and film scores, including several festive holiday tunes.
11/02/18 - 12/13/18
Exhibition Opening: Xtrapolation & Encounters
The David Adler Music and Arts Center
1700 N. Milwaukee Avenue
Libertyville, IL 60048
Voice: 847.367.0707
Two exhibits, six different artists. Visit the Adler Center galleries for an exhibition full of visual impact and emotional meaning that explores the human story. Free exhibition opening reception with live music.
11/29/18 - 12/13/18
Advanced Holiday Sewing Workshop
Gorton Community Center
400 E. Illinois Road
Lake Forest, IL 60045
Get holiday ready during this three-week sewing workshop. Students will make a holiday themed project and will be able to give it as a gift to a friend, family member or keep it for themselves. This class is great for advanced sewers who have taken sewing classes prior. Sewing supplies, including fabric, thread, needles, and pins, will be provided. Students may choose to purchase additional specialty items on their own. *Returning students welcome!
12/13/18 - 12/13/18
The Phantom of the Opera
John & Nancy Hughes Theater
400 E. Illinois Road
Lake Forest, IL 60045
Based on the hit musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber, the tale tells the story of a disfigured musical genius that haunts the catacombs beneath the Paris Opera, waging a reign of terror over its occupants. When he falls fatally in love with the lovely Christine, the Phantom devotes himself to creating a new star for the Opera–exerting a strange sense of control over the young soprano as he nurtures her extraordinary talents.
12/13/18 - 12/13/18
Paint Nite at the Lodge - Joy Ride
The Lodge of Antioch
899 Main St.
Antioch, IL 60002
Join us for our "Joy Ride" Paint Nite on December 13th!
12/13/18 - 12/13/18
Revolution Pint Night and Glassware Giveaway
O'Toole's Libertyville
412 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Libertyville, IL 60048
Voice: 847.984.2599
Join us Thursday, December 13th, as we team up with @RevBrewChicago to celebrate Holiday Mayhem! Take home a Revolution branded glass (while supplies last). We will also be supporting Catholic Charities with a toy drive all month long, bring in a toy and receive $1 off a pint of Revolution Brewing's Fistmas Holiday Ale. Bring your toy in on December 13th and receive a roll of Revolution Brewing wrapping paper.
12/13/18 - 12/13/18
Music Trivia with Lindy at Bosacki's
Bosacki's
610 E. Hawley St.
Mundelein, IL 60060
Voice: 224.778.5400
Music Trivia Night is coming around again.Come out and test your knowledge of music and bands from the 60's on up to today. Sign up your team when you arrive at the brewery. Teams can be 1-8 people. Win or lose, it's always great beer and a good time at Bosacki's!
12/11/18 - 12/14/18
Santa on the North Pole Express Trains
Antioch Metra Station
305 Depot Street
Antioch, IL 60002
Voice: 847.395.2160
This three and a half hour magical excursion to the North Pole includes lunch, crafts, hot chocolate, cookies, Christmas Carols and fun for all and of course a visit from Santa.
12/14/18 - 12/14/18
Charlie Brown Christmas Jazz with Chris White Trio
Gorton Community Center
400 E. Illinois Road
Lake Forest, IL
Join Chris White and his trio for a Charlie Brown Jazz Christmas Concert! Come listen to the holiday music of Vince Guaraldi, better known as “the Peanuts composer”, at Gorton. The Chris White Trio will tickle the ivories and delight the senses as they entertain everyone right into the holiday mood with these well-known favorites. Don’t miss this special holiday evening out on the town with no holiday stress attached! Chris White is a talented musician originally from Toronto, Canada, and now a highly sought after artist in the Chicago and greater Midwest region, regularly performing at jazz hubs like The Green Mill, The Jazz Showcase, Andy’s, the House of Blues and more. A doctoral graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, he is currently instructor of jazz piano and theory at Lake Forest College, North Park University and North Central College.
12/14/18 - 12/14/18
Navy Band Great Lakes Holiday Concert
Naval Station Great Lakes - Ross Theatre, Building 110
530 Farragut Avenue
Great Lakes, IL 60088

Navy Band Great Lakes will bring the 'Sounds of the Season' holiday concert home to Naval Station Great Lakes on Friday, Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. at Ross Theater onboard the installation. The concert is free and open to all with base access.

Members of the public who would like to attend the concert must be vetted in advance in order to attend. For more information, email pao.navstaglakes@navy.mil.

Seasonal attire is encouraged.

The concert is a collaboration between Naval Station Great Lakes and Navy Band Great Lakes and is an annual tradition for Navy Band Great Lakes.

From 1911, when the band first formed, to 1917, when Lt. Cmdr. John Philip Sousa served as Bandmaster, to today's Director, Lt. Patrick Hill, their music represents the pride and professionalism that is synonymous with the United States Navy.

Navy Band Great Lakes performs for hundreds of thousands annually. They provide musical support for communities of all sizes as well as supporting Navy recruiting in a nine-state area of responsibility stretching from Michigan to North Dakota.

Recognized as the best installation in Navy Region Mid-Atlantic in 2016 and 2017, Naval Station Great Lakes has its own police, fire, public works, recreation, social services, food service and many other services on the installation. Over 25,000 service members, family members and civilians live and work onboard the installation every day.

12/14/18 - 12/14/18
Warrant, Slaughter and the Lynch Mob at the Genesee Theatre
Genesee Theatre
203 N. Genesee Street
Waukegan, IL 60085
Voice: 800.982.2787
Known for heavy, melodic rock anthems and emotional ballads, Warrant returns to The Genesee to make a little noise. These hair metal heroes ruled the airwaves and MTV during the late '80s and early '90s, selling over 10 million albums worldwide. Now they're back to play not only their biggest hits, but also new tracks from their critically acclaimed 2017 album, Louder Harder Faster.

Special guest Slaughter is no stranger to the pop-metal scene. The band was named favorite new artist/heavy metal at the 1991 American Music Awards on the heels of its debut album, Stick It to Ya, which went double platinum. To date, they have sold over five million records worldwide and continue to play in front of their loyal fans.

Known for heavy, melodic rock anthems and emotional ballads, Warrant returns to The Genesee to make a little noise. These hair metal heroes ruled the airwaves and MTV during the late '80s and early '90s, selling over 10 million albums worldwide. Now they're back to play not only their biggest hits, but also new tracks from their critically acclaimed 2017 album, Louder Harder Faster.

12/14/18 - 12/14/18
Pierogi Night
Bosacki's
610 E. Hawley St.
Mundelein, IL 60060
Voice: 224.778.5400
Bosacki's and Pierogi Jo's are together again this Friday, December 14, 2018 at 5:30 to 7:30 pm to bring you a great combination of Pierogi and Beer.
12/14/18 - 12/14/18
Cozy Campfire
Heller Nature Center
2821 Ridge Rd
Highland Park, IL 60035
Spend time inside our Nature Center building learning the different ways animals survive winter, through games, artifacts and interactive activities. Afterwards, we will head outside to the campfire to make a tasty s’more. Children must be accompanied by a paid registered adult. Bring warm clothes for when we go outside to make s’mores.
09/29/18 - 12/15/18
Grayslake Fall Market
Downtown Grayslake
201 Center Street
Grayslake, IL 60030
The Grayslake Farmers Market is a nonprofit organization that fosters a sense of community by operating a weekly three season outdoor shopping experience in the historic downtown center that offers farm fresh and prepared foods, arts and crafts, music and children’s activities.
11/30/18 - 12/15/18
Santa's Cottage
Mundelein Village Hall
300 Plaza Circle
Mundelein , IL 60060
Voice: 847.949.3200
Santa’s Cottage is one of Mundelein’s most cherished events in the eyes of children and their parents. Hosted by the Mundelein Community Connection, a visit to Santa’s Cottage is a memorable experience year in and year out.
12/08/18 - 12/15/18
Breakfast with Santa
Chessie's Restaurant
200 Applebee Street
Barrington, IL 60010
Voice: 847.382.5020
Join Chessie’s for a festive holiday buffet breakfast. Meet Santa and Mrs.Claus, take family photos.Holiday face painting and holiday music by Barrington Suzuki Strings.Call 847-382-5020 for reservations.
12/15/18 - 12/15/18
Breakfast 'N' Story with Santa
Dunbar Recreation Center
888 Dunbar Road
Mundelein, IL 60060
Voice: 847.388.5447
Avoid the lines at the mall and pricey photos at this special time with Santa! Have a peaceful Santa experience! Kids share their holiday lists and enjoy Santa reading, "The Night Before Christmas". Breakfast, activities, crafts and fun!
12/15/18 - 12/15/18
A Chicago Chorale Christmas
Ravinia Festival
418 Sheridan Road
Highland Park, IL 60035
Voice: 847.266.5100

Program

Traditional Hymn:   O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
Rachmaninoff:   Bogorodityse Devo (Rejoice, O Virgin) from All-Night Vigil
Jan Sandström, arr.:   Lo, How A Rose E’er Blooming
Howells:   A Spotless Rose
Biebl:   Ave Maria
Nils Lindberg:   Den signade dag (Oh blessed day)
Bruckner:   Virga Jesse (The branch from Jesse)
Javier Centeno:   Lux Fulgebit Hodie
Holst:   In the bleak midwinter
Randall Thompson:   Alleluia
Poulenc:   Hodie Christus natus est
Brahms:   Es ist das Heil uns kommen her
Rachmaninoff:   Slava v vyshnikh Bogu (Glory to God in the Highest) from All-Night Vigil
Bach:   O Jesulein süss, o Jesulein mild
Javier Busto:   O magnum mysterium
Bairstow:   Let all mortal flesh keep silence
Traditional Hymn:   O Little Town of Bethlehem
David Willcocks, arr.:   Infant Holy, Infant Lowly
Charles Wood, arr.:   Ding Dong Merrily on High
Arthur Warrell:   (We Wish You) A Merry Christmas
12/15/18 - 12/15/18
Michael McDonald
Genesee Theatre
203 N. Genesee Street
Waukegan, IL 60085
Voice: 800.729.7244
You know the voice. Critically acclaimed singer/songwriter and five-time Grammy® Award winner Michael McDonald is a rare performer who transcends all musical boundaries. His husky tenor, soulful style and formidable keyboard playing allow him to seamlessly go where few musicians can.

As a songwriter, his music is deep, melodic, funky and full of emotion. If he's performing a cover, he bends it in such a way that it can only be his.

Enjoy an evening of The Doobie Brothers classics and hits from his solo career, plus timeless holiday favorites. As one of the most prolific artists of our time, this show should be on everyone's bucket list.

12/15/18 - 12/15/18
Breakfast with Santa at Rainforest Cafe
Rainforest Cafe
6170 W. Grand Avenue
Gurnee, IL 60031
Voice: 847.855.7800
Come check out our NEW waffle and omelette bar along with the traditional favorites: breakfast buffet, games and fun activities and much more!
12/15/18 - 12/15/18
Family Craft: Christmas Decoration
Antioch Public Library
757 Main Street
Antioch, IL 60002
Voice: 847.395.0874
(Ages 3-12 with caregiver) Calling all kids! Come on in with a caregiver to make a decoration celebrating the upcoming holiday.
12/15/18 - 12/15/18
Cookie & Wine Pairing
Lynfred Winery
971 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Wheeling, IL 60090
Voice: 847.229.9463
Our annual cookie pairing is getting an upgrade this year! We’re featuring 4 cookies from Bent Fork Bakery in Highwood, IL paired with 4 Lynfred wines! $13 ($11.50 members) includes tasting of 4 wines and 4 cookies Reservations required. Registration closes Wednesday, December 12th at 8:00pm Must be 21 years of age to participate.
12/15/18 - 12/15/18
Barrel Aged Warrior Paint Bottle Release Party
Half Day Brewing Co.
200 Village Green
Lincolnshire, IL 60069
Voice: 847.821.6933
The release party is one of the largest of the year! Purchase your own Warrior Paint just in time for the holidays!
12/15/18 - 12/15/18
HolidayWauk
14 S. Genesee St.
Waukegan, IL 60085
Join us for festive fun activities for families, for kids, refreshments, and art shows! Be sure to use #ArtWauk, #HolidayWauk or #Hwauk on your social media posts to be part of the conversation.

Hop aboard the Greentown Trolley to hit all of the sites!

Take your holiday card picture at ArtPark -Waukegan, decorated for the holidays! Or in front of the lighted tree in Jack Benny Plaza!

Support the young artists' show Breaking Free at Karcher 405 Gallery!

Decorate your own ornament at Tufo Art with artist Patrick Tufo!

Visit the Small works show, held over by popular demand, at Dandelion Gallery!

See Santa Claus conquer those pesky Martians at Three Brothers Theatre Upstage!

Krampus will be at Dinosaur Studio Tattoo ... and will try very hard to be on its best behavior!

Dinosaur Studio Tattoo will also host a HolidayWauk Pop Up Shop - Ed Pincombe & Wauktown Tees!

Enjoy the sounds of the season and hit tunes by Michael McDonald at the Genesee Theatre!

Join in the singing at the Waukegan Park District's Do-It-Yourself Messiah and Carol Sing-along at First United Methodist Church Waukegan!

Get your holiday shopping done at Horsefeathers Inc.'s Big End-of-the-Year sale!

Backroom Gallery will be set up and ready for your at The Parlor with last minute gifts and miniature succulent gardens for purchase!

The Parlor also features 'Genres II' with artists Area FTR, Artsmasher, Tim Flynn, Myrna Magliulo, Matt Specht, Rebecca Stahr, Jane Waller. Anthony Woodman, and Net X-Men!

The Parlor hosts AAUW Preschool's Bake Sale which includes mini-bundt cakes, cookies by the pound, and hot drinks!

The Parlor is also doing The Gift of Art, collecting art supplies for Waukegan Arts. If we ever find the list, we'll share it with you!

Santa Claus Conquers the Martians will be blasting off at Three Brothers Theatre Upstage at 7:30pm!

Josie Perez Messner will be at Three Brothers Theatre Downstage, 115 N. Genesee Street, with holiday gifts for your furry friends!

12/15/18 - 12/15/18
December Wine Pairing Dinner
Vigneto del Bino Winery
42150 N. Crawford Road
Antioch, IL 60002
Voice: 847.204.7352
Appetizer: Cranberry Pecan Goat Cheese Truffles
Honey Balsamic Steak Bites
Paired with Brianna or Summer Splash

Salad: Field Green Salad w/Sliced Pear, Cranberries with Sweet Frontenac Vinegarette, Broiche Rolls & Whipped Honey Butter
Paired with Sweet Gris or Frontenac Gris Amber

Entrée Choices:

  • Steak Diane with Roasted Potato Wedges and Steamed Broccoli
  • Chicken Breast in a Rosemary Cream Sauce on Pasta with Steamed Broccoli
  • Winter Vegetable Tart

Paired with Red Fusion or Sequoit Red

Dessert: Cranberry White Chocolate Cheesecake
Paired with Bino`s Blend or Sweet Frontenac

$49.95/person plus tax (includes 4 course meal with wines and entertainment during dessert)

12/08/18 - 12/16/18
It's A Wonderful Life Radio Play
Improv Playhouse
735 N. Milwaukee
Libertyville, IL 60048
An Inspirational Holiday Family Tradition! See how radio drama was performed why back when!

The Dickensian tale of George Bailey, a savings and loan manager who spends his entire life giving up his big dreams for the good of his town. He struggles against a greedy banker, his own self doubting nature and only after suffering many trials does he return to the idyllic, small town world that he left with renewed faith and confidence in life itself.

12/08/18 - 12/16/18
Breakfast With Santa at Lambs Farm
Magnolia Cafe at Lambs Farm
14245 W. Rockland Road
Libertyville, IL 60048
Voice: 847.362.5050
Ho Ho Ho! Despite his very busy schedule, Santa is making his annual trek to Lambs Farm to celebrate the holiday. Kids can not only enjoy a delicious brunch and visit with Santa, but they can also choose a holiday gift, make a picture frame, decorate a gingerbread man, make sand art ornaments and more!
12/13/18 - 12/16/18
Quentin Road Christmas Musical
Quentin Road Bible Baptist Church
60 Quentin Road
Lake Zurich, IL 60047
Voice: 847.438.4494
Take a special journey with Quentin Road this Christmas as we unlock secrets from Christmas Past. With a 300-voice children-and-adult choir, dramatic lighting, and live animals (including an 8ft camel), we will present what really happened on that first Christmas night long ago. With original songs and orchestration by David Clydesdale, this spectacular Christmas performance will be an instant classic you will want to relive year after year. See for yourself why thousands in the Greater Chicagoland area make this event a part of their annual Christmas celebration.
12/15/18 - 12/16/18
Breakfast with Santa at Chicago Botanic Garden
Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Rd
Glencoe, IL
Visit with Santa and see Wonderland Express!

Ticket price includes parking, a buffet meal, a visit with Santa, and exclusive access to Wonderland Express.

Assortment of Petite Breakfast Pastries Served with Whipped Butter & Whipped Cream
Chef's House Made Strawberry Preserves and Cinnamon Apple Butter
Blueberry Muffins and Mini Bagels
Seasonal Fruit Salad
Fluffy Scrambled Eggs
Silver Dollar Pancakes with Maple Syrup and Butter on the Side & Chocolate Chips with Whipped Cream
Christmas Frittatas with Sweet Red Pepper, Chive & Cheddar Cheese with Tomato Coulis
Pork Sausage Links
Apple Wood Smoked Bacon
Cheesy Tater Tot Casserole
Cinnamon Raisin Pudding with Wild Berry Syrup and Maple Syrup
Bloody Marys and Mimosas (Cash Purchase)

12/16/18 - 12/16/18
Brunch with Santa
Lindy's Landing
115 Park Street
Wauconda, IL
Voice: 847.526.9789
The most wonderful time of the year! Santa Claus is coming to Lindy’s TWICE!! Our annual Breakfast with Santa buffet is a great way to spread holiday cheer with friends and family. Bring your camera to get pictures with Santa and then enjoy our homemade offerings. Come check out this year’s Christmas theme and see what winter at Lindy’s is all about! Reservations fill up quickly, contact michelle@LindysLanding.com or call the restaurant at (847)526-9789.
12/16/18 - 12/16/18
Symbols of Illinois: Cardinal
Edward L. Ryerson Welcome Center
21950 N. Riverwoods Road
Riverwoods, IL 60015
Celebrate the Illinois Bicentennial (1818–2018) by learning about our state symbols. This is the final program in the 10-part series about the origin and natural history of the symbols. May include a brief walk. This program focuses on Illinois' state bird, the cardinal.

$2 residents, $4 non-residents.

Drop-in program, no registration required.

Adult supervision required.

Meet in the Welcome Center program room.

12/16/18 - 12/16/18
Gingerbread House Decorating Party
Gorton Community Center
400 E. Illinois Road
Lake Forest, IL
Celebrate the magic of the season and decorate a tasty treat with Gorton’s Gingerbread House decorating party!

Let your creative juices flow as you turn your freshly baked house into a edible masterpiece. Get in the holiday spirit and have some quality family time while designing your house, sipping hot chocolate and listening to lively sounds of the season.

Spread the holiday spirit and round up families to join you in the quest to create the best Gingerbread House this year!

Each registration is for one gingerbread house and up to 6 people. $60 per group.

12/16/18 - 12/16/18
Masters of Soul Holiday Show
James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts
19351 W. Washington Street
Grayslake, IL 60030
Providing the ultimate musical stroll down memory lane, the Virginia-based Masters of Soul feature seasoned vocalists and musicians who bring their virtuosic harmonies, stylish costumes and smooth moves to ring in the season. The 10-person cast consists of three lead male vocalists and three lead female vocalists backed by a four-piece band of seasoned musicians who have been touring together for decades.
12/16/18 - 12/16/18
Ice Sculpting at the Chicago Botanic Garden
Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Road
Glencoe, IL 60022
Voice: 847.835.5440
Fantastic figures emerge as ice sculptors set up shop outdoors, with blocks of ice, chainsaws, and carving tools. Watch their progress with two carving sessions, snow or shine. Bundle up the kids—they love watching the snow fly in the courtyards of the Regenstein Center.
12/16/18 - 12/16/18
Folk Concert featuring Kerry Patrick Clark
Grayslake Heritage Center & Museum
164 Hawley Street
Grayslake, IL 60030
The Lake County Folk Club hosts a concert at the museum featuring Kerry Patrick Clark with Dan Sylvester. Tickets: General Audience $18, Seniors $15, Folk Club Members $13.
12/16/18 - 12/16/18
Holiday Brunch with Santa
The Chocolate Sanctuary
5101 Washington St.
Gurnee, IL 60031
Voice: 224.944.0808
Brunch served from 10am-2pm
We'll be featuring Carving and Waffle Stations, Chocolate Sourdough French Toast Souffle, and more!
Santa will be be posing for pictures and sharing treats from 10am to 1pm
Adults $25 • Kids $8
Bloody Marys & Mimosas $5
12/18/18 - 12/18/18
Snowman Story and Craft
Antioch Public Library
757 Main Street
Antioch, IL 60002
Voice: 847.395.0874
(Ages 2-4) Children will listen to stories about snowmen and then make a snowman craft.
12/18/18 - 12/18/18
Dinner with Santa
Timothy O'Toole's Pub Gurnee
5572 Grand Ave.
Gurnee, IL 60031
Join us for Dinner with Santa and Kids Eat Free! Kids get a Make & Take Craft, Santa will hand out goodie bags, free hot cocoa and Christmas Cookie for dessert, plus Holly the Balloon Artist! Parents get great drink and food specials plus you can snap a pic of kids with Santa!
12/18/18 - 12/18/18
Michael Ingersoll's Artists Lounge Live
Marriott Theatre
10 Marriott Drive
Lincolnshire, IL 60069
Voice: 847.634
An Unforgettable Nat King Cole Christmas starring Evan Tyrone Martin
12/19/18 - 12/19/18
Tinkering Through Time: Potawatomi Art
Bess Bower Dunn Museum
1899 W. Winchester Rd.
Libertyville, IL 60048
From beadwork to pottery, learn about different Potawatomi art forms, then create your own work of art.
In this new program series, Tinkering Through Time, children will experience a variety of hands-on activities and develop STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, math) and critical thinking skills. Join us after school to discover how history connects to science experiments, nature, crafts, and more!

Includes Museum admission. Program will take place in the North Shore Gas Education Classroom in the Dunn Museum.

12/19/18 - 12/19/18
Christmas Caroling at the Fiddle
Copper Fiddle Distillery
532 W. IL Route 22 Suite 110
Lake Zurich, IL 60047
Voice: 847.847.7609
Join us for a fun night sharing cocktails and caroling together! (Singing NOT required but highly encouraged)
12/20/18 - 12/20/18
Celebrating the Illinois Bicentennial
Bess Bower Dunn Museum
1899 W. Winchester Rd.
Libertyville, IL 60048
As the Illinois Bicentennial celebration comes to a close, hear Raupp Museum curator, Debbie Fandrei, discuss artifacts from the book 200 Objects That Made History in Lake and McHenry Counties. Then view a number of these artifacts on display in the Special Exhibition Gallery.

Enjoy free programs every 1st and 3rd Thursday evening at the Dunn Museum. Experience the Dunn Museum after hours to learn more about your local history and environment, engage in hands-on programs, and expand your curiosity. Programs will be offered for both families and adults. Come discover the possibilities the museum has for all ages!

11/30/18 - 12/21/18
Let There Be Lunch at Fleming's Prime Steakhouse
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
960 Milwaukee Avenue
Lincolnshire, IL 60069
Voice: 847.793.0333
Make Fleming's your lunch getaway just in time for the holidays with their $38 three-course lunch menu.

Fridays only, November 30-December 21 - 11:30AM-2:30PM.

12/18/18 - 12/21/18
Santa on the North Pole Express Trains
Antioch Metra Station
305 Depot Street
Antioch, IL 60002
Voice: 847.395.2160
HAPPY HOLIDAYS, AND THANKS FOR YOUR INTEREST. THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT. This three and a half hour magical excursion to the North Pole includes lunch, crafts, hot chocolate, cookies, Christmas Carols and fun for all and of course a visit from Santa.
12/21/18 - 12/21/18
Winter Solstice Walk and Campfire
Edward L. Ryerson Welcome Center
21950 N. Riverwoods Road
Riverwoods, IL 60015
Voice: 847.968.3320
Join us for a guided walk as we explore Ryerson Woods on the longest night of the year. End the evening around a cozy campfire roasting marshmallows.

Please dress for the weather and wear warm, sturdy boots, this program will be held outdoors. Bring a blanket or chair.

Meet at Welcome Center.

12/21/18 - 12/21/18
Fa-La-La Film Fest: It's a Wonderful Life
Gorton Community Center
400 E. Illinois Road
Lake Forest, IL
After George Bailey (James Stewart) wishes he had never been born, an angel named Clarence (Henry Travers) is sent to earth to make George’s wish come true. George starts to realize how many lives he has changed and impacted, and how they would be different if he was never there.
12/21/18 - 12/21/18
Ski with Santa
Wilmot Mountain
11931 Fox River Rd.
WIlmot, WI 53192
Voice: 262.862.2301
Santa, Mrs. Claus, and Santa's elves will be on-hand skiing the slopes from 3pm - 5pm. Make sure to snap a picture with them on the hill or in the plaza by the fire!

Santa and Mrs. Claus will also be having dinner at Walt's Tavern!

Seating times will be 5:30pm and 7pm. Reservations are preferred. Enjoy complimentary cookies and take home a photo of you and Santa!

11/16/18 - 12/23/18
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Citadel Theatre
300 S. Waukegan Rd.
Lake Forest, IL 60045
Voice: 847.735.8554
Celebrate the holidays at Citadel’s Holiday Show, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. This musical is a re-imagining of the Biblical story of Joseph, his father Jacob, eleven brothers, and the coat of many colors. This inspirational and rollicking musical is fun for the whole family!
11/23/18 - 12/23/18
Create your Own Glass Ornament / Icicles
Peter Patterson Glassworks
888 Tower Road, Unit E
Mundelein, IL
Voice: 847.949.0013
Create your own glass ornament or icicle at Peter Patterson Glassworks. Learn the ropes from a professional glass maker; just in time for the holidays.
11/23/18 - 12/23/18
Vintage Holidays
Historic Downtown Long Grove
308 Old McHenry Road
Long Grove, IL 60047
Long Grove’s historic downtown setting will produce a Norman Rockwell scene once again during its annual Vintage Holidays campaign – five consecutive weeks of exceptional shop small festivities. Beginning on Friday, November 23 and continuing every Saturday and Sunday thereafter through December 23, visitors will receive classically authentic holiday experiences, including complimentary horse-drawn carriage and tractor rides, strolling costumed carolers, a Christmas Tree Parade, appearances by Santa, and more. People are invited to stroll along Long Grove’s cobblestone walkways and take in the sites of Victorian buildings trimmed with lights and a picturesque wintery backdrop.

The streets of downtown Long Grove come alive beginning with complimentary horse-drawn carriages starting November 23rd from 12 pm to 5 pm. Thereafter, the 15-minute carriage rides will continue regularly every Saturday and Sunday (see website for times) through December 23rd. Kids will encounter Santa walking through the village, and on occasion they can formally meet the Jolly Old Elf and have pictures taken at the Long Grove Visitor Center. Also helping set the festive mood each weekend will be strolling holiday carolers and musicians along with the famed Christmas Tree Parade. 70-plus fresh pine trees are being distributed to local Long Grove businesses, who will decorate them to the tune of their store’s distinctive theme for public display throughout the Vintage Holidays campaign.

11/23/18 - 12/23/18
Santa's Frozen Village
Antioch Village Hall
882 Main Street
Antioch, IL 60002
Santa's Village has Frozen, so Santa has invited some of his Special Friends to join him on weekends, offering children two wonderful ways to enjoy Santa this year:
  • Santa's Special Friends will visit with him on Saturdays and Sundays at Santa's Frozen Village in Downtown Antioch on weekends only. Your family will be delighted with Santa's newly Frozen Village. There will be numerous photo ops for you, so don't forget a camera! You'll might meet an Snow Queen, an Ice Princess and/or a Friendly Snowman, plus Santa, on Saturdays and Sundays from Noon till 4 pm. Admission is $5 pp (ages 1-99) on weekends, children receive a fun present (children under the age of 1 are free); or
  • Free Visits with Santa will be available on Thursday and Friday Evenings from 5:30 pm till 9:00 pm (thru 12/23/18). You are welcome to bring a camera with you for your pictures with Santa! (Santas Special Friends are only with Santa on Saturdays and Weekends.)

Santas Frozen Village is open on select days/nights through December 23rd. Bring a camera and take your own photos or have Santa's Helpers take a photo for a nominal charge. Children will enjoy Santa?s Frozen Village with games and indoor waiting for their visit. Admissions and Donations are used towards holidays programs.

11/23/18 - 12/23/18
Richardson Farm Christmas Trees and More
Richardson Tree Farm
9407 Richardson Road
Spring Grove, IL 60081
Voice: 815.675.9729
Richardson Farm provides a great opportunity to renew the tradition of going out into the woods, choosing the perfect tree, and harvesting it for your family Christmas tree. We have over 50,000 trees of many varieties and sizes spread over 75 acres. Our spacious, heated sales barn has indoor restrooms and friendly people to assist you.

On weekends, enjoy a free wagon ride to and from the fields and we'll even haul your tree for you!

When you get back, we shake your tree to get the loose needles out and bale it in plastic netting to keep it manageable for the ride to your home. Your tree is tagged and you receive a numbered receipt to preserve the identity of the tree while you go inside to enjoy a free hot chocolate or coffee.

There are hundreds of fresh wreaths and decorations inside for sale along with fresh, homemade donuts. The majority of our wreaths, garland, decorations and bows are made on our farm. We welcome custom orders. Please call ahead.

11/23/18 - 12/23/18
Deerfield Optimist Club Christmas Tree Lot
Jewett Park
836 Jewett Park Dr.
Deerfield, IL
Voice: 847.945.6666
The Optimist Club wassles into their 40th annual Christmas Tree Lot sale. The Deerfield group will sell trees for the holidays, wreaths and roping. Some of the tree species they carry include fraser firs, balsam firs, canaan firs and scotch pines. Dear Franks will be in attendance providing delectable dogs, burgers and Italian beef sandwiches. The Optimist Club will only accept cash or check payment for your holiday arbors.
12/02/18 - 12/23/18
5X Points
Potawatomi Hotel & Casino
1721 W. Canal Street
Milwaukee, WI 53233
Voice: 1-800-PAYSBIG
Play with your Club card Sundays in December from 6 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. and earn 5X slot points!
12/14/18 - 12/23/18
It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play
P.M.&L. Theatre
877 Main Street
Antioch, IL 60002
Voice: 847.395.3055
This beloved American holiday classic, adapted by Joe Landry, comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. The story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers the meaning of his life on a fateful Christmas Eve.
12/20/18 - 12/23/18
Illinois Youth Dance Theatre Presents the Nutcracker
Lake Zurich Performing Arts Center
300 Church St.
Lake Zurich, IL
Voice: 847.438.4500
Please accompany us in this joyous family occasion in celebrating our 19th annual production of Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker". This holiday tradition is sure to please the whole family!

Illinois Youth Dance Theatre (IYDT) invites you to our 19th annual production of Tchaikovsky's ballet fantasy "The Nutcracker". See these amazingly talented local dancers, as well as professional guest artists, perform this timeless ballet that you will remember for years to come! Special Interactive Stage Tour and visit with Santa after the Sat 12/22 1pm show - please call for details on 'Clara's Dance Party'!

11/10/18 - 12/24/18
Santa's Wonderland at Bass Pro Shop
Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World
6112 W. Grand Ave.
Gurnee, IL 60031
Voice: 847.856.1229
Santa is coming to BPS Gurnee!
Santa will arrive at 5:00pm to officially open Santa's Wonderland! Hot Chocolate and cookies will be served before his arrival in front of the store. We will also have a drawing for a $25 Gift Card every 1/2 hour- Santa will pick the first winner at 5:30pm!

At 6:00pm, Santa will count down to the Tree Lighting in the store lobby; followed by the ribbon cutting and turning on the lights to officially open Santa's Wonderland!

Also a Free 4x6 photo with Santa will begin after the opening of Wonderland. You must have a Bass Pass for a designated time slot for a picture with Santa. The Bass Pass booth will open at 5:00pm. One picture will be printed per Bass Pass per family. A $5 package will be available November 10-20. $5 Christmas Card Packages will be available from November 10-20 only. It will include 8 4x6 Christmas Cards with the picture taken. Limit 3 packages per family.

Santa's Wonderland will be open everyday until Christmas Eve. During November, photos with Santa will be available Monday-Friday from 5-8pm: Saturdays from 10am-8pm: Sundays from 12-5pm. Wednesday, Nov 21 and Friday, Nov 23 photos will be available from 10am-8pm; Thanksgiving Day* they will be available from 10am-5pm. In December, Wonderland will be Monday-Saturday from 10am-8pm: Sundays from 10am-5pm. Christmas Eve* photos will be available from 10am-5pm.

Crafts will be available everyday; however they are only available at the following times:

  • Monday-Friday- 5-7pm
  • Saturday & Sunday- 12-5pm
  • Thanksgiving* & Christmas Eve*- 3-5pm

Santa's Wonderland will have free activities that will be open everyday during store operating hours including:

  • Letters to Santa
  • Shooting Arcade
  • Remote Control Trucks
  • Building & Activity Tables
11/16/18 - 12/24/18
It's Santa Photo Time
Gurnee Mills
6170 W. Grand Ave.
Gurnee Mills, IL 60031
Voice: 847.263.7500
  • 11/16 11am-8pm
  • 11/17 10am-8pm
  • 11/18 12-6pm
  • 11/19-11/21 11am-8pm
  • 11/22 CLOSED
  • 11/23-11/24 10am-8pm
  • 11/25 12-6pm
  • 11/26-11/30 11am-8pm
  • 12/1 10am-8pm
  • 12/2 12-6pm
  • 12/3-12/7 11am-8pm
  • 12/8 10am-8:30pm
  • 12/9 11am-6pm
  • 12/10-12/14 11am-8pm
  • 12/15 10am-8:30pm
  • 12/16 10am-6pm
  • 12/17-12/23 10am-8:30pm
  • 12/24 8am-6pm
12/01/18 - 12/24/18
Ultimate Holiday Sale
Pleasant Prairie Premium Outlets
11211 120th Avenue
Pleasant Prairie, WI 53158
Voice: 262.857.3061
Save big on all of your holiday gifts at Pleasant Prairie Premium Outlets. Visit on the weekends for charming carolers.
11/23/18 - 12/25/18
Long Grove Holiday Season
Historic Downtown Long Grove
Long Grove, IL
An annual tradition returns to its charming, small-town setting when Long Grove Vintage Holidays kick-off on Friday, November 23rd. Presented by the Historic Downtown Long Grove Business Association, four consecutive weeks of timeless holiday happenings in Long Grove will give visitors authentic, shop small experiences. Festivities each weekend (Saturdays & Sundays through December 22nd) include the famous Christmas Tree Parade, complimentary horse-drawn carriage rides, carolers, Victorian buildings trimmed in lights, and cobblestone walkways lined in luminaries, and appearances by Mr. and Mrs. Claus.

The streets of downtown Long Grove come alive for the holidays beginning with horse-drawn carriages starting Friday, November 23rd from 12 pm to 5pm. Thereafter, the 15-minute carriage rides will continue every Saturday and Sunday from 12 pm to 5 pm through December 22nd. Kids will encounter Santa Claus walking through the village, and on occasion, they can also formally meet the Jolly Old Elf and have pictures taken at the Long Grove Visitor Center. Also helping set the festive mood each weekend will be holiday carolers along with the popular Christmas Tree Parade that debuted last year. Once again, 70-plus fresh pine trees are being distributed to local Long Grove businesses, who hand decorate them to the tune of their store’s distinctive theme for public display throughout the season.

Carriage Rides: Sign up in person, day of ride at Visitors Center (308 Old McHenry Road)

  • November 23, 24, 25: 12pm-5pm
  • December 1, 2: 12pm-5pm
  • December 8: 11am-4pm
  • December 9: 12pm-5pm
  • December 15: 11am-4pm
  • December 16, 22 & 23: 12pm-5pm

Free tractor rides through downtown Long Grove! Sign up in person!

11/23/18 - 12/25/18
The Tarkowski Family Light Show
1256 Bradford Ln.
1256 Bradford Ln.
Antioch, IL 60002
62 Light-O-Rama channels and hundreds of pixel channels to control over 16,000 LED lights with about ¾ mile of extensions cords synchronized to 17 songs!
12/25/18 - 12/25/18
Wildfire Open on Christmas
Wildfire
235 Parkway Drive
Lincolnshire, IL 60069
Voice: 847.279.7900
Wildfire Lincolnshire is open Christmas Day. Serving the full dinner menu from 11 - 8 pm. Reservations recommended.
12/27/18 - 12/27/18
Cocktail Glass Painting & Cocktails
North Shore Distillery
13990 Rockland Road
Green Oaks, IL 60048
Voice: 847.574.2499
Join us for an evening of glass painting and cocktails! We’ve partnered with Bottle & Bottega Highland Park to help you personalize a set of two champagne flutes, cocktail glasses or wine glasses with simple, elegant designs while you enjoy a cocktail! All art supplies are provided, as well as easy to follow instructions along with talented artists to help you complete your artwork. $35 per person – includes: 2 glasses to paint on, instruction, all painting supplies, an apron to wear and inspirational images (in case you need inspiration!) Cocktails are not included but available for purchase.
12/28/18 - 12/28/18
Six String Jukebox at Ravinia Brewing
Ravinia Brewing Company
582 Roger Williams Ave.
Highland Park, IL 60035
Come on out for this "all audience requests" fun. Music starts at 8:00.
12/28/18 - 12/28/18
BoDeans
The Northern Lights Theater inside Potawatomi Hotel & Casino
1721 W. Canal Street
Milwaukee, WI 53233
Voice: 1.800.729.7244
BoDeans, Wisconsin’s native sons return to rock The Northern Lights Theater inside Potawatomi Hotel & Casino in downtown Milwaukee.
04/08/17 - 12/29/18
Here Come the Brides: Vintage Wedding Dress Exhibit
Barrington History Museum
212 W. Main Street
Barrington, IL 60010
Voice: 847.381.1730
The museum's folk Victorian Applebee House is the setting for 18 wedding dresses on display dating from 1870-1980. Along with a tour from the curator, there is a media presentation on the history of wedding fashion.
12/29/18 - 12/29/18
Pre-New Years Eve Celebration
North Shore Distillery
13990 Rockland Road
Green Oaks, IL 60048
Voice: 847.574.2499
Join us for an early celebration of the end of 2018 and the arrival of 2019, at our last big cocktail party of the year! We’ll have a special menu of fizzy, festive drinks available, as well as party favors and fun tunes. Stop by and raise a toast with us.
12/29/18 - 12/29/18
Animal Tracking
Volo Bog State Natural Area
28478 W. Brandenburg Road
Ingleside, IL 60041
We’ll start indoors to learn how animals walk in order to leave the tracks that they do. We’ll also learn to ID their scat and other signs. Then we’ll bundle up and head to see who and what we can find.
09/09/18 - 12/30/18
Chicago Bears Gameday Specials
Whirlyball Vernon Hills
285 Center Drive
Vernon Hills, IL 60061
Enjoy delicious Huddle Burgers and Miller Lite Buckets during Bears games!
10/05/18 - 12/30/18
Shrek the Musical
Marriott Theatre
Ten Marriott Drive
Lincolnshire, IL 60069
Voice: 847.634.0200
Once upon a time, there was a little ogre named Shrek.... And thus begins the tale of an unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking Donkey and a feisty princess who resists her rescue. Throw in a short-tempered bad guy, a cookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you've got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there's one on hand... and his name is Shrek.

Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film, Shrek The Musical is a Tony Award-winning fairy tale adventure featuring all new songs from Jeanine Tesori (Thoroughly Modern Millie; Caroline, or Change) and a sidesplitting book by David Lindsay-Abaire. Shrek brings all the beloved characters you know from the film to life on stage and proves there's more to the story than meets the ears.

12/01/18 - 12/30/18
Shiloh House Christmas
Shiloh House
1300 Shiloh Blvd.
Zion, IL 60099
Voice: 847.746.2427
The Shiloh House is all decorated for the holidays and is open for self guided tours, Thursdays-Sundays evenings. Come out and view the beautiful mansion all dressed up with holiday decor. Monday through Friday 12pm - 3pm; Friday-Sunday 5pm - 8pm. General admission for December only. Donations gladly accepted.
12/29/18 - 12/30/18
Great Train Show
Lake County Fairgrounds
1060 E. Peterson Road
Grayslake, IL 60030
Voice: 847.680.7260
The Great Train Show is the nation's only coast-to-coast model train show. The show is designed for the general public, modelers, hobbyists, families, and the just plain curious. Each show features hundreds of tables of trains and accessories for sale, huge operating exhibits, activities for kids, and more. All aboard!
12/30/18 - 12/30/18
Bloody Mary Bash
North Shore Distillery
13990 Rockland Road
Green Oaks, IL 60048
Voice: 847.574.2499
We’re marking our last business day of the year with a repeat of one of our most popular events – the Bloody Mary Bash! Stop by for one (or three) and enjoy our bloody mary garnish bar, or choose from one of our signature mary options!

The Bloody Mary Bash will run all day, from 2 to 7 pm.

07/01/18 - 12/31/18
Embracing Change: The Growth of Grayslake
Grayslake Heritage Center & Museum
164 Hawley Street
Grayslake, IL 60030
Voice: 847.543.1745
The crown jewel of the new museum, Embracing Change explores the origins and evolution of Grayslake. The first section, The Settling of Grayslake covers the area’s early agrarian heritage and the importance of the railroad in creating the Village of Grayslake. This section includes some of the Grayslake Historical Society’s earliest images, relics from early pioneers and farmers, railroad memorabilia and documents and artifacts important to the incorporation of the village. The second section, Goods and Services, uses images and artifacts to discuss early businesses and long standing industries in the community. From the Wilbur Lumber Company to the Grayslake Gelatin factory, whose iconic smokestack is yet a part of the community’s skyline, this section represents the broad sweep of the community’s business history. The third section, Civic Mindedness, explores a myriad of topics. This section includes school life, early houses of worship, and stories of veterans, fire protection and police work. The last section, Past and Present, uses interactive elements to compare and contrast historic and modern images of the community. This section brings the exhibition to a close, using discovery panels to reveal to patrons how the community has changed, and illustrating that some neighborhoods look remarkably similar to a century ago. The exhibition even evokes vanished scents of the old community, such as fresh mown hay and penny candy through four “smell stations.”

Embracing Change has received state and national awards from a number of museum organizations. The Illinois Association of Museums and the Illinois State Historical Society gave Superior Achievement Awards to the Grayslake Historical Society for the exhibition, the highest ranking that both organizations provide. In addition, the exhibition was one of only 52 museums in the country, and the only museum in the state of Illinois, to receive an Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History.

11/22/18 - 12/31/18
Dickens Holiday Village
Downtown Antioch
Lake & Main Street
Antioch, IL 60002
Olde England comes alive in Historic Downtown Antioch with lifelike figures representing scenes from the Dickens era. Experience this public art exhibit while strolling among the delightful streets of Antioch. Enjoy the charm of Dickens among the many boutiques, gift shops and eateries. Also enjoy special Saturday Dickens activities. FREE. Great for all ages.
11/23/18 - 12/31/18
Holiday Tree Lighting and Santa Visits
Six Flags Great America
1 Great America Parkway
Gurnee, IL 60031
Light up the sky each night at Six Flags Great America's Holiday in the Park Presented by Sprint. The massive holiday tree will be illumited with a special ceremony each night at 5 p.m. Grab some hot chocolate and snap the perfect photo as well!

You better believe Kringle and his cronies will make a trip from the North Pole to Gurnee's renowned amusement park. Snap a photo memory, tell him you've been nice and unfurl your wish-list scroll. The man in the big red suit will listen to your requests through December 23. Additional fee for photos; personal photos are not allowed.

11/23/18 - 12/31/18
Holiday in the Park
Six Flags Great America
1 Great America Parkway
Gurnee, IL 60031
The thrill capital of the Midwest announces Holiday in the Park at Six Flags Great America. Deck the halls in a dazzling display of lights, sights, and sounds for its inaugural holiday extravaganza, select days beginning Friday, November 23 and runs weekends through Sunday, December 23 and daily December 26 – December 31. Holiday in the Park at Six Flags Great America offers an entirely new and unique holiday celebration experience unlike anything seen before. Boasting thrilling rides, shows, and attractions, this winter season just got so much cooler.
11/29/18 - 12/31/18
Santa's Rock n Lights
Lake County Fairgrounds & Event Center
1060 E. Peterson Road
Grayslake, IL 60030
Santa’s Rock n Lights is a drive thru Christmas light show experience. This is a totally new tradition in which the lights are animated to Christmas music instead of just your traditional still displays. We invite you to load up family and friends to watch the action of lights dancing to music all from the warmth of your car!
12/31/18 - 12/31/18
New Year's Eve at O'Toole's Libertyville
O'Toole's Libertyville
412 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Libertyville, IL 60048
Voice: 847.984.2599
Join us for our annual New Year's Eve Party beginning at 9PM. $15 Cover includes choice of Champagne Split or High Life Tall Boy, Party Favors, DJ and good times!
12/31/18 - 12/31/18
Brew Year's Eve at Buffalo Creek Brewing
Buffalo Creek Brewing
360 Historical Lane
Long Grove, IL 60047
Voice: 847.821.6140
Beginning at 7:30 pm on December 31, the festive night will include unlimited fresh brews, a hometown Chicago BBQ menu cooked onsite by Steamboat BBQ, and live music featuring the DAMJAX band. Early bird tickets are now on sale through EventBrite, by stopping into the taproom, or by calling the brewery at (847) 821-6140.
12/31/18 - 12/31/18
New Years Eve Celebration
Wilmot Mountain
Wilmot, WI
A family-friendly event throughout the afternoon and evening. Ring in the New Year with Wilmot Mountain! Come and join us for skiing & snowboarding all day and festivities in the evening. Don't like the cold? Grab a hot chocolate in the Lodge.

Fun throughout the day:

  • Games
  • Face Painting
  • Music
  • Party favors
  • Fireworks

Fireworks at 10:15 p.m. Lodge open until 12:30 a.m.

11/06/18 - 01/01/19
Senior Day
Potawatomi Hotel & Casino
1721 W. Canal Street
Milwaukee, WI 53233
Voice: 1-800-PAYSBIG
Just for seniors—earn 55 or more points on Tuesdays from 3 a.m.–11:59 p.m., then play the Wheel Spin Kiosk Game for the chance to win up to $555 in FKC Reward Play! Kiosk Game available once each Tuesday from 6 a.m.–11:59 p.m. (based on points earned that same day).
11/22/18 - 01/01/19
Kringle's Christmas Village Tour in Antioch-2018
Antioch Shopping Plaza, just down from PIggly Wiggly, opposite end past restaurants.
460 Orchard St.
Antioch, IL 60002
Voice: 847.395.2233
Browse in awe at the dozens of oversized shadowboxes that are filled to the brim with quaint scenes. The holiday comes alive as you enjoy the ambiance of quaint Downtown Antioch while you enjoy meandering around town visiting the various shadowbox scenes and other fun decor. New in 2018, Kringle Saturday Family Fun Pop Ups. On Saturdays in December, you'll find various family friendly activities at our Kringle Big Top Tent located next to the intersection of Main Street and Orchard Street. From Noon- 6 pm, find a variety of activities, some lasting throughout the afternoon, others making a brief appearance such as • Fire Pit - Roast Marshmallows; • Carolers or Musicians (12-2) alternating each Saturday; • Pop Up Craft Booths (12-6), weather permitting;
11/23/18 - 01/01/19
Dickens Holiday Village & Kringle's Christmas Village
Throughout Downtown Antioch
Lake Street & Main Street (and indoors at Orchard Plaza)
Antioch, IL 60002
Voice: 847.395.2233
DICKENS VILLAGE: Olde England comes alive in historic downtown Antioch with lifelike figures representing scenes from the Dickens era. Complete with storyboards about the characters. Experience this public art exhibit while strolling among the delightful streets. Enjoy the charm among the many boutiques, gift shops and eateries. FREE. Self-guided, at your own pace. Great for all ages.

KRINGLE'S CHRISTMAS VILLAGE TOUR: Browse in awe at the dozens of over-sized shadowboxes (more unique than some of the great window displays of retailers), filled to the brim with quaint scenes. This holiday delight lets you enjoy the ambiance of the season, daily noon to 8 p.m. The KRINGLE'S scenes can be found INDOORS, on the west end of Orchard Plaza (Piggly Wiggly shopping center), on Orchard Street. FREE. Self-guided, at your own pace. Great for all ages.

NEW: Kringle Saturday Family Fun Pop-Ups. On Saturdays in December, you'll find various family- friendly activities at our Kringle Big Top Tent located next to the intersection of Main Street and Orchard Street. From Noon-6 pm, find a variety of activities, some lasting throughout the afternoon, others making a brief appearance such as • Fire Pit - Roast Marshmallows; • Carolers or Musicians (12-2) alternating each Saturday; • Pop Up Craft Booths (12-6), weather permitting.
01/01/19 - 01/01/19
19th Annual Polar Bear Plunge in Waukegan
Waukegan Municipal Beach
201 Sea Horse Drive
Waukegan, IL 60085
Voice: 847.360.4700
Tis the season for freezin'! Join the Waukegan Park District and the City of Waukegan in the 19th Annual Polar Bear Plunge at the Waukegan Municipal Beach. Start the 2019, New Year off with a splash or watch from the sidelines! The first 500 taking the plunge will receive an event shirt. Food, hot chocolate, and Polar Bear Hats will be sold on site. Aqua shoes or other foot wear is required.
11/24/18 - 01/04/19
Snowland at the Great Wolf Lodge Illinois
Great Wolf Lodge Illinois
1700 Nations Drive
Gurnee, IL 60031
Snowland welcomes your family to the winter holidays in proper north woods style. From November 24th through January 4th, 2019, we transform Great Wolf Lodge into a magical winter wonderland complete with spectacular decorations, visits with Santa, Snow ‘N’ Glow Dance Parties, North Pole University activities, and a life-size gingerbread house big enough to dine in!

Bring joy to your family this holiday season with uninterrupted time together under the enchanting spell of Snowland's twinkling lights, holiday trees, and indoor snow showers that melt into perfect 84-degree basking weather in our water park. Book your family holiday getaway now.

Activity Guide:

GWL Activity Guide
01/05/19 - 01/05/19
New Year, New You Dance-a-thon
Dunbar Recreation Center
888 Dunbar Road
Mundelein, IL 60060
Voice: 847.388.5432
There's no party like a Zumba and WERQ party! Park View's 3 fitness dance instructors are teaming up to bring you a class that will kick your resolution into high gear. Celebrate the New Year by wearing festive accessories. For ages 14+, 12-13 with adult. Register in advance and save $.
11/07/18 - 01/06/19
Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn at the Marriott Theatre
Marriott Theatre
10 Marriott Drive
Lincolnshire, IL 60069
Voice: 847.634.0200
Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn tells the story of Jim, who leaves the bright lights of show business behind to settle down on his farmhouse in Connecticut... but life just isn't the same without a bit of song and dance. Jim's luck takes a spectacular turn when he meets Linda, a spirited schoolteacher with talent to spare. Together they turn the farmhouse into a fabulous inn with dazzling performances to celebrate each holiday, from Thanksgiving to the Fourth of July. Based on the classic film, this joyous musical features thrilling dance numbers, laugh-outloud comedy and a parade of hit Irving Berlin songs.
01/06/19 - 01/06/19
Windy City Wedding Show
Holiday Inn Gurnee
6161 W. Grand Avenue
Gurnee, IL 60030
Voice: 847.278.1050
Join us for Lake County and Southern Wisconsin’s largest bridal show. Hosted at the Holiday Inn Gurnee conveniently located on Grand Avenue across from Gurnee Mills Mall.

You will find everything from invitations to honeymoon destinations and everything in between for your wedding day all in the same beautiful ballroom. Our show features over 40 different local vendors to assist you with your planning. Stay for our amazing fashion show featuring the latest wedding and bridesmaid’s dresses as well as formalwear for the handsome groom and his groomsmen. Our show is the only bridal show in the area that hosts a professional fashion show.

One lucky couple will win a trip for two from Dream Travel Holiday Network. The first 200 brides will receive a $200 gift card from SymbolizeIt.com for attending.

11/23/18 - 01/07/19
Wonderland Express
Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Road
Glencoe, IL 60022
Voice: 847.835.5440
Take a magical trip to a winter wonderland of twinkling lights and holiday beauty at the Chicago Botanic Garden when we kick off the holiday season! Outside, 750,000 lights sparkle and welcome you and your family to the Garden's wonderland. Inside the Regenstein Center, a 10,000-square-foot exhibition of miniature trains winds over bridges, under trestles, past waterfalls, and through more than 80 mini-replicas of Chicago's favorite landmarks. Paul Busse, designer of the Model Railroad Garden, created this amazing exhibition exclusively for the Garden's holiday celebration. Adults tickets are $10 for members and $12 for nonmembers, seniors 62+ are $8 for members and $10 for nonmembers, children 3-12 are $8 for members and $10 for nonmembers and Children 2 and under are free.
11/16/18 - 01/11/19
Chalk Talk Exhibit
Robert T. Wright Gallery of Art
19351 W. Washington Street
Grayslake, IL 60030
Voice: 847.543.2240
What is reality? How do our realities differ from one another? Do we care to know the truth if there is a truth? Explore Photographs from the Zion-Benton Community traveling exhibit — inspired by documentary photographer Wing Young Huie, which grapples with social issues, race, class, gender, sexuality within the context of a diverse American society. Reception Friday, November 16, 6-8 p.m.

Join us for a Chalk Talk Workshop with Wing Young Huie Monday, November 19, 3:00 p.m. in the gallery.

Chalk Talk is a dynamic workshop where participants explore identity, diversity and reality through an activity used in Huie’s recent work, The University Avenue Project. Huie elicited responses from hundreds of people in intersectional contexts by asking a series of fascinating open-ended questions. The messages that you see on the chalkboards are the responses from the participants in each photograph.

11/16/18 - 02/15/19
Family Fun Fridays
Round Lake Beach Cultural & Civic Center
2007 Civic Center Way
Round Lake Beach, IL 60073
Join us as we continue our interactive, entertaining and educational family program into the winter season, one Friday a month inside at the Round Lake Beach Cultural & Civic Center! Exclusive to the winter season, the first 50 pre-registered children will receive a FREE treat or item each month! ?

These events are free, but please use the Eventbrite links below to RSVP so we can prepare seating.

12/06/18 - 02/28/19
Abraham Lincoln Pop-Up Exhibit
Jack Benny Center for the Arts in Bowen Park
39 Jack Benny Dr.
Waukegan, IL 60087
Voice: 847.360.4740
The Waukegan History Museum, of the Waukegan Historical Society and the Waukegan Park District, has a new pop-up exhibit titled Abraham Lincoln: A Man Of His Time, A Man For All Times on view in the theatre at the Jack Benny Center for the Arts in Bowen Park. The exhibit was recently gifted to the Waukegan Historical Society from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. The exhibition runs through February 28, 2019 and is appropriate for All Ages and is Free to view.

The exhibition traces Lincoln’s path from self-education, rough-hewn lawyer with virtually no administrative experience, to the president who guided a divided nation through the crisis of slavery, secession and Civil War. We hope that presenting Lincoln’s own words in speeches, letters, and proclamations will encourage a deeper understanding of our 16th president’s life, accomplishments and legacy.

Additional Waukegan History Museum exhibits have been added to the display. The exhibit The Civil War: The War Efforts in Waukegan tells a comprehensive story of how the Civil War affected local citizens. The years leading up to the war are featured with stories including local Underground Railroad connections as well as Lincoln’s memorable visit to Waukegan. Stories of Waukegan soldiers are told including the famous drummer boy, Orion Howe, who was awarded the Medal of Honor for his bravery on the battlefield at Vicksburg while at the age of 14. Also on display is a feature on the Lincoln assassination, which includes a newspaper from the day of the assassination and a model of the Lincoln Family home in Springfield, Illinois, which is decorated as it was during the Lincoln funeral.

Special Lincoln themed programs and lectures will be featured in the Jack Benny Center Theatre during the duration of the exhibit. All programs are Free and appropriate for All Ages.

Current Schedule of Programs:

  • December 6, 2018 at 7pm- Showing of 2012 award winning movie that features the story of Abraham Lincoln and the passing of the 13th Amendment.
  • December 11, 2018 at 7pm-Presentation titled, “Lincoln Speaks on Race and Slavery” by Josh Bill, Waukegan Historical Society President
  • January 6, 2019 at 4pm-“Lincoln’s Watch” presentation by Doug Stiles. In 1861, Abraham Lincoln brought his watch to a Washington D.C. jeweler for repairs. Did the jeweler add an inscription inside the watch? A local family “legend” said he did. Hear the story from Doug Stiles, a descendent of the jeweler, and his adventure of discovering the truth!
  • January 11, 2019 at 12pm- Lunch & Learn “Waukegan’s Civil War Efforts”
  • February 12, 2019 at 7pm-Lincoln’s Birthday Bash and Trivia Night
  • February 23, 2019 at 7pm-Closing Reception and presentation titled “Abraham Lincoln Goes to Waukegan.”

The Jack Benny Center for the Arts is located at 39 Jack Benny Drive in Bowen Park. The Lincoln pop-up exhibit is open to the public on Mondays from 10:00am-9:00pm, Tuesdays from 12:00pm-6:00pm, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10:00am-9:00pm, Fridays from 10:00am-5:00pm, and Saturdays from 10:00am-4:00pm.

The Waukegan History Museum is located at 1917 N. Sheridan Road in Bowen Park. The museum is open to the public on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00am-4:00pm and Saturdays from 1:00-4:00pm. Admission is free.

For more information, please call the Waukegan History Museum at 847-336-1859 or the Jack Benny Center at 847-360-4740.

12/15/18 - 12/16/19
Shipshewana on the Road
Lake County Fairgrounds & Event Center
1060 E. Peterson Road
Grayslake, IL 60030
Looking for something fun to do this weekend? How about a day of shopping for the most unique trinkets and treasures under the sun? For the past two decades, Shipshewana On The Road Gift, Food and Craft Show has brought the most interesting, most innovative, most creative and just plain awesome products to our customers. You'll find thousands of unique items that you may not find anywhere else! Come and join us! You'll be glad you did!
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No-Limit Texas Hold 'Em Poker Tournaments
Potawatomi Bingo Casino
1721 West Canal Street
Milwaukee, WI 53233
Voice: 1-800-PAYSBIG
Register on the day of the tournament. Players seated in live games will have registration priority. Players must have a Fire Keeper's Club® card when registering. Players have the option to buy back into the tournament during the first four rounds. Payouts are based on the number of entrants.
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Friday Night Fish Fry
Lakeside Restaurant at the Illinois Beach Resort
One Lake Front Drive
Zion, IL 60099
Voice: 847-625-7300
Friday Night is "All you can eat" Fish Fry for $9.95 at the Lakeside Restaurant. Dinner includes crispy Atlantic Cod dipped in classic beer batter and deep fried served with cole slaw.
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Vineyard Tour, Tasting & Wine Appreciation Seminar
Valentino Vineyards
5175 Aptakisic Road
Long Grove, IL 60047
Voice: 847.634.2831
Call today and make reservations, print this voucher and bring it to Valentino Vineyards for a great deal. Enjoy a Vineyard Tour, Wine Tasting and Wine Appreciation Seminar for only $19.95 a person. This is a 60% savings off the regular price of $48. Tax is included and all services must be redeemed during one visit by the same customer. Each person must have a printed voucher.
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First Fridays on MainStreet
Downtown Libertyville
Milwaukee Ave.
Libertyville, IL 60048
Voice: 847.680.0336
Each First Friday of the month from March - December, come to downtown Libertyville. Have dinner at one of our many restaurants and then stop in to the shops to see what is going on. In store promotions, music, special demonstrations or shopping for that perfect gift. It's all here!
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Live Music at Route 41 Roadhouse Every Friday Night
Savanna House Restaurant
38905 Route 41
Wadsworth, IL 60084
Voice: 847.249.3770
The Savanna House has live music every Friday night. Come out with the friends, enjoy a bite to eat and live music.
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The Sanctuary Buffet at The Chocolate Sanctuary
The Chocolate Sanctuary
5101 Washington St.
Gurnee, IL 60031
Voice: 224.944.0808
Join us for a delicious Sunday Brunch every Sunday from 10am-2pm. Choose from the buffet of shrimp cocktail, egg/omelet station, lox, salads, carving station, Ceviche, waffle pops, cocoa ribs, fruit pastries and more. Also enjoy a mimosa for only $5. $22 per adult, $8 for Kids 5-10 and kids under 5 eat free.
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Half Price Wines by the Bottle
Main Street Social
608 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Libertyville, IL 60048
Voice: 847.549.3490
Featuring Bright Angel, Main Street Social and any wine on our by the glass list!!!
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5X Points
Potawatomi Hotel & Casino
1721 West Canal Street
Milwaukee, WI 53233
Voice: 1-800-PAYSBIG
Summer just got better—5X better—with 5X points every single Sunday in June, plus a bonus Sunday on July 1! Just play slots with your Club card on these Sunday Fun-days and kick off the sunny season with 5X faster rewards!
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Band Beverages
North Shore Distillery
13990 Rockland Rd.
Green Oaks, IL 60048
Voice: 847.574.2499
We listen to their music and offer a flight of band-inspired cocktails!
  • June 6: The Beatles
  • June 13: Paramore
  • June 20: Hair Bands
  • June 27: One Hit Wonder night (various artists)
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MainStreet Libertyville's Lunch in the Park
Cook Park
Milwaukee and Church
Libertyville, IL 60048
Voice: 847.680.0336
Libertyville food vendors will sell a variety of delectable treats. Enjoy easy listening music played by local bands. Check our website for list of bands. Special children’s entertainment will be offered each week plus a raffle for a $25 MainStreet gift certificate.
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Free Vineyard Tours at Vigneto del Bino Winery
Vigneto dle Bino Winery
42150 Crawford Road
Antioch, IL 60002
Voice: 847.204.7352
Vigneto del Bino hosts free Vineyard Tours on Sundays at 1 and 3pm. Vigneto del Bino specializes in producing unique wines from grapevines that grow here in Illinois. American and French-hybrid grape varietals, such as: Brianna, Frontenac, Marquette, Sabrevois, St. Pepin, Frontenac Gris, Sommerset and Edelweiss are prominent in the vineyard.
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Tomahawk Tuesday
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
960 Milwaukee Ave.
Lincolnshire, IL 60069
Voice: 847.793.0333
Try the new three-course menu for two, featuring our 35 oz. Prime Tomahawk. For the first course, choose two salads followed by our 35 oz. Prime Tomahawk to share, choose two sides, and then round out your dinner with two dessert selections.

The Prime Tomahawk is a show-stopping experience for any steak enthusiast. The epitome of Prime; it’s heavily marbled, juicy, and brimming with rich flavor from being broiled with the long bone-in. Aged a minimum of 21 days, then cooked to Guests’ desired temperature in our 1600° broiler. Go ahead — have it all.

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Tacos and Tunes
Bonnie Brook Golf Course
Waukegan, IL 60085
Voice: 847.360.4736
Join for live music featuring a local band and all-you-can-eat tacos from 6pm to 9 pm for only $6!
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Cruise Night at Miller's Dog N Suds
Miller's Dog N Suds
517 Washington St
Ingleside, IL 60041
Voice: 847.587.6808
Be there – Bring a lawn chair! Cars Pre 1973 (Street Rods, Muscle Cars, Custom, Classic & Antique) – The Public is Welcome! Lots of parking for newer cars across the street at the train station. Listed in Car Craft Magazine as one of the Top Five Cruise Spots in Chicagoland!
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Mundelein's Farmers Market
Santa Maria del Popolo Parish Parking Lot
Route 45 Between Courtland & Crystal Steets
Mundelein, IL 60060
Voice: 847.970.9235
Come out to the newest Lake County Farmer's Market in Downtown Mundelein. Local vendors (within 200 miles of Mundelein) offering a variety of fresh produce, meats, flowers, cheese and artisanal foods. Fun for the whole family and good food too. A new addition to the market is a tented seating area where market goers can relax, have a snack, and enjoy live music.
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MainStreet Libertyville's Farmers Market
Cook Park
Milwaukee and Church
Libertyville, IL 60048
Voice: 847.680.0336
Imagine fresh produce picked yesterday and ready for your table today. Also featured are pastries, artisanal breads, cheeses, flowers, free range meats and eggs, mushrooms, certified organic vegetables, local honey, goat milk products, appetizers, and even dog treats.
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Barrington's Farmers Market
Village Parking Lot
Park Avenue - Corner of Main and South Cook
Barrington, IL 60010
Voice: 847.382.3829
The Barrington Farmers Market will offer a wide variety of vendors selling everything from fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, meats, cheeses, honey, breads, dog treats, and pasta. Also grab dinner to go.
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Art Exhibition: Head in the Trees
Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods
21850 N. Riverwoods Rd.
Riverwoods, IL 60015
Voice: 224.633
In Head in the Trees, artist Kaye Buchman addresses themes relating to the natural forces and regenerative energies found in our physical environment and the vital stories they tell. Her large scale drawings and mixed-media paintings begin with watercolor under-paintings and spills inspired by algae blooms overlaid with intricate pen & ink drawings. Her inspiration was found in the quiet presence of Ryerson Woods, the lively water currents of Lake Michigan, and the otherworldly qualities of southern Illinois' Shawnee National Forest.

While researching native plant and tree colonies, migratory bird routes, and water currents for this series of work, Buchman was drawn to the life-affirming relationships that exist amongst these ecosystems and the messages they convey about our inter-connectedness. She was also been reminded of the importance of natural spaces for igniting imaginative thought and creative action. With a nod to fairytales and myths, and the potency of the whole of nature as an enduring metaphor, her goal is to bring attention to the intrinsic power of our natural environment and the responsibility we all share in ensuring its survival.

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Ravinia Farmers Market
Ravinia Farmers Market
200 Ravinia Park Rd
Highland Park, IL 60035
Voice: 847.561.1302
Since 1978, Ravinia Farmers Market has been a leading producer of some of the county's freshest goods.

The market runs every Wednesday morning from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. from June 6th through October 31st.

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Rainforest Cafe Educational Adventure
Rainforest Cafe
6170 W. Grand Ave.
Gurnee, IL 60031
Voice: 847.855.7800

Your educational safari adventure begins with our curator, who will take your explorers on an educational adventure of the rainforest! With their expert knowledge of the many lively animal animatronics, our curators discuss the many varieties of species that make the Rainforest unique. Upon completion of your safari adventure, you and your explorers will enjoy a Wild Safari Feast.

  • Tours are available 7 days a week (scheduled prior to 11:00am – times and dates vary by location and availability)
  • The tour is designed for children ages 4 to 12 years old, but can be customized for any age group or special needs.
  • Kids and adults receive lunch included in cost. (All attendees of tour expected to enjoy lunch after the tour.  The menu is served family-style.)
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Tiki Taco Tuesday
North Shore Distillery
13990 Rockland Road
Green Oaks, IL 60048
Voice: 847.574.2499
Join us on Tuesdays from 2 to 9, when we’ll be featuring a special menu of Tiki-themed cocktails, as well as a taco special! Each week, we’ll have new cocktails to try and new tacos to enjoy – just stop by. Our regular menu will also be available.
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Carl and Lily Tolpo: Art Osmosis
Barrington History Museum
212 W. Main Street
Barrington, IL 60010
Voice: 847.381.1730
In this exhibit are featured many works that present an intimate look at a family whose creative instinct seems boundless. It includes sculptures, paintings, newspaper articles, and sketches, most of which have never been exhibited outside the family home before, providing an excellent opportunity to understand the exciting lives of a local family. The Barrington Historical Society would like to thank Vincent Tolpo for the donation of almost all of the works on display.
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Family Movie Series
Waukegan Public Library - Bradbury Room
128 N. County St
Waukegan, IL 60085
Voice: 847.623.2041
Family movies showing each Sunday through November.
  • Sept. 9 - The Fox and the Hound
  • Sept. 16 - Anina
  • Sept. 23 - La leyenda del la llorona
  • Sept 30 - Coco
  • Oct 7 - McFarland, USA
  • Oct 14 - Underdogs
  • Oct 21 - Haunted Mansion
  • Oct 28 - Monster House
  • Nov 4 - Book of Life
  • Nov 11 - Mall Cop
  • Nov 18 - Curly Sue
  • Nov 25 - Pete's Dragon
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Poses and Pints
Tighhead Brewing Company
161 N. Archer Ave.
Mundelein, IL 60060
Voice: 847.970.9174
Tighthead hosts a yoga class in our taproom the first Sunday of every month. Classes are led by Shannon Thomas or Angela Oaks, our Brewmasters wife. Price of the class is $20, which gives you two pints of your favorite Tighthead brew and an hour of yoga class. Tickets are on sale in the taproom only. Tickets will also be available the day of the class. This will be an all levels class! Doors open at 10 AM. B.Y.O.M (bring your own mat)
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Yarnstorm Club
The David Adler Music and Arts Center
1700 N. Milwaukee Avenue
Libertyville , IL 60048
Voice: 847.367.0707
Knit and natter, crochet and chatter with this creative community group. At the Adler Center every second Tuesday of the month.
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Holiday Decorations at Cuneo Mansion Tours
Cuneo Mansion
1350 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Vernon Hills, IL 60061
Voice: 847.362.3042
We will be decorating the interior of the mansion this holiday season so stop by on one of these dates to see the mansion decked out for the Christmas season.
  • November 30
  • December 1
  • December 7
  • December 8 (FREE DAY)
  • December 14
  • December 15 (SANTA's OPEN HOUSE)
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Holiday Special: Baroque to Baby Concert
David Adler Music and Arts Center
1700 N. Milwaukee Avenue
, IL 60048
Voice: 847.367.0707
A baby-friendly concert series that encourages grown-ups and babies to take a break in their day to share the joy of music. Listen to holiday music, play games, and sing a long. Dance, relax, feed, cry--whatever the music and mood moves you to do! Every third Friday.
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Wednesday $1 Off Pints at Bosacki's Home Brew
Bosacki's Home Brew
610 E. Hawley St.
Mundelein, IL 60060
Each Wednesday at Bosacki's Home Brew, pints of delicious home brew beer are $1 off.
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Pub Trivia at Tighthead Brewing Company
Tighhead Brewing Company
161 N. Archer Ave.
Mundelein, IL 60060
Voice: 847.970.9174
Free live trivia at Tighthead Brewery every Wednesday from 7-9PM!

Grab some friends, pick a team name, and enjoy a fun night of beer and trivia!!!! Prizes are given away to the winning teams so get your game face on!

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$4 off Growler Fills on Wednesdays
Roaring Table Brewery
739 W. IL Route 22
Lake Zurich, IL 60047
Voice: 224.662.4562
Stop by the brewery on Wednesdays and receive $4 off of growler fills.
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Flight Night
North Shore Distillery
13990 Rockland Rd.
Libertyville, IL 60048
Voice: 847.574.2499
A selection of mini-cocktails - try three different cocktails for just $10!
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Thursday Trivia Nights
The Lodge of Antioch
899 Main St.
Antioch, IL 60002
Voice: 847.395.3375
Current events, geography, history, movies, music, pop culture, science and more!
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Improv Comedy Shows
Improv Playhouse
735 N Milwaukee Ave
Libertyville , IL 60048
Voice: 847.968.4529
See side-splitting Improv Comedy!

Saturday Nights

  • 7:30p Family Friendly
  • 9:00p Adult Friendly

    BYOB ($5 Corking Fee)

    Call in advance for Pre-Sale Discount!

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Backyard BBQ
Potawatomi Hotel & Casino
1721 West Canal Street
Milwaukee, WI 53233
Voice: 18007297244
Make spring sizzle with a full plate of flame-kissed, down-home-delicious ribs, steaks, pork, chicken, classic southern sides, dessert and more. We’re all fired up!
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20th Century Children's Toys
Barrington History Museum
212 W. Main Street
Barrington, IL 60010
Voice: 847.381.1730
Come and peruse our Children's Toys through the Decades of the 20th Century. This collection is compiled from the Barrington History Museum's collection and Joe Voss's private collection of toys. Some of these toys are lovingly hand made or from the early manufacturers of toys before WW I. Take a look at the brightly colored original lithographic print of these beautiful children's books and imagine a time void of electronic distraction.
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Bad Movies at the Brewery
Bosacki's
610 E. Hawley St.
Mundelein, IL 60060
Voice: 224.778.5400
Join us on Saturdays at 7:30 pm for Bad Movies at the Brewery. We have tirelessly searched the public domain records for classic movies, some you will recognize, some you may not, and some you won't want to
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$2 off Pints Sundays
Roaring Table Brewery
739 W. IL Route 22
Lake Zurich, IL 60047
Voice: 224.662.4562
Stop by the brewery on Sundays to receive $2 off pints.
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Game Days at North Shore Distillery
North Shore Distillery
13990 Rockland Rd.
Green Oaks, IL 60048
Voice: 847.574.2499
Bring a game, or play one of theirs! Board games, card games, RPGs, table games - lots of options. And they'll have a special menu of Sunday Sippers perfect for gaming!
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Open Mic Nights
Dover Straits Seafood House
890 E. Route 45
Mundelein, IL
The Mundelein Arts Commission’s second Open Mic Night of the fall series is THIS WEEKEND at Dover Straits Seafood House, 890 E. Route 45, in Mundelein. Open Mic Nights are scheduled on the first Sunday of each month October – December, from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
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Prime Rib Saturdays
Lakeside Restaurant at the Illinois Beach Resort
One Lake Front Drive
Zion, IL 60099
Voice: 847.625.7300
Saturday Night is our Prime Rib Special! Get a table by the fireplace, glass of wine, enjoy the food and the view! 2 for $25 Prime Rib dinner includes: house salad, choice of either potato or wild rice, vegetable du jour and a mouth watering 12oz Prime Rib.
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Kids Eat Free Mondays & Tuesdays at O'Toole's
O'Toole's Libertyville
412 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Libertyville, IL 60048
Voice: 847-984-2599
Join us every Monday & Tuesday night for Kid's Eat Free. Monday's with Holly the balloon artist. One free kids meal (up to $6) with every adult meal over $10 purchased.
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Wine About Wednesdays
545 North Bar & Grill
545 N. Milwaukee Ave
Libertyville, IL 60048
Voice: 847.247.8700
Every Wednesday, 545 North Bar and Grill will feature Wine About Wednesday! All bottles of wine, including bottles from our special selection will be available at a 35% discount. So come join us this Wednesday to unwind and Wine About Wednesday!
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1/2 Price Wine Bottle Mondays
Wildfire Restaurant
235 Parkway Drive
Lincolnshire, IL 60069
Voice: 847.279.7900
Join every Monday for 1/2 price wine bottles from a select list. If you can't drink it all, they will seal it, bag it and you'll be on your way!
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Tiki Taco Tuesdays
North Shore Distillery
13990 Rockland Road
Green Oaks, IL
Voice: 847.574.2499
Join us on Tuesdays from 2 to 9, when we’ll be featuring a special menu of Tiki-themed cocktails, as well as a taco special! Each week, we’ll have new cocktails to try and new tacos to enjoy – just stop by. Our regular menu will also be available.
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Bunny Hill Basics
Wilmot Mountain
11931 Fox River Rd.
Wilmot, WI 53192
Introducing a brand new opportunity to give skiing a try! Curious what the sport has to offer? Grab our Bunny Hill Basics opportunity and join us Wednesdays, starting 1/9/19, where you can let the fun begin! Our experienced and trained instructors will help you navigate the basics of the sport and get you started on the right foot.
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Navy Tails: Animals in the U.S. Navy
National Museum of the American Sailor
2531 Sheridan Road
Great Lakes, IL 60088
Voice: 847.688.3154
Featuring the Navy's four-legged sailors, this exhibit tells the story of how animals were everything from companions and mascots to decorated seamen.

This exhibit opens on 27 April 2018 and runs until April 2019.

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Straight Up Bingo
Roaring Table Brewery
739 W. IL Route 22
Lake Zurich, IL 60047
Join us for our monthly Wednesday Straight Up BINGO! Collette will be MC'ing and Tim will be pouring!

Enjoy 6 rounds of regular bingo and 1 round of blackout!! Prizes for each round plus a HUGE blackout prize!

COME PLAY ALONG!

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Pub Trivia Fridays
Whirlyball Vernon Hills
285 Center Drive
Vernon Hills, IL 60061
Voice: 847.918.0800
Enjoy craft beers, signature cocktails, good eats and PUB TRIVIA every Friday!

Why you should be here:
Enjoy craft beers, signature cocktails, good eats and PUB TRIVIA EVERY FRIDAY! Bring yourself or bring your team.
Upstairs WhirlyBar will open at 6pm for Pre-Game Primer (food & beverage). Gametime: 7-9pm.
Prizes will be given to the top 3 winners?...
But the fun just doesn't end there.

After 9pm, trivia players will be invited to play WhirlyBall (subject to availability) at only HALF the walk-in price!

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A Retrospective on the Caricatures of Native Son Frank Willmarth
Barrington History Museum
212 W. Main Street
Barrington, IL 60010
Voice: 847.381.1730
Frank “Pancho” Willmarth was born right here in Barrington in 1906. After attending the University of Missouri as a journalism major and writing for a humorous newspaper during his time at the university, Frank headed west with hopes of pursuing a career where he could put his artistic talent to use. His travels took him all over the United States where he would sketch the people and the places that surrounded him where ever he was.

The first sketch he sold was after a football game in Salt Lake City, when his date never showed up he decided to sketch various aspects of the game and sold them to a local newspaper for a dollar. He was now a paid artist…. Frank’s true success would be realized in California.

Though still travelling throughout the state to sketch caricatures at fairs, carnivals, vacation spots and college campuses, his first major opportunity came in Los Angeles. Frank was a very kind and likeable man who got along with most people he met his sense of humor was contagious. This incidentally led to a great many connections, and an opportunity was given to Frank to sketch the who’s who in Hollywood for the Brown Derby Restaurant.

The Derby’s walls were lined with sketches of famous celebrities that would frequent the restaurant during the golden age of Hollywood. A great deal of the Brown Derby’s caricatures were done by Frank himself, which allowed him to meet some of the nation’s biggest stars.

His first job for the derby was to sketch Mae West and Rocky Marciano. Later on in his career he would be hired by the San Francisco Press club to sketch the club’s many guests who were not only Hollywood celebrities, but foreign diplomats, U.S. presidents, famous authors, and the occasional astronaut or FBI agent. Frank had the opportunity to get to know some of the world’s greatest individuals.

After an amazingly interesting career, Frank would eventually settle down with his wife Gertrude and their four children in an old mining town in Sierra County called Downieville where Frank was a columnist writing humorous articles for the Mountain Messenger, a local newspaper. Frank lived out the rest of his days surrounded by his loving family and comforted by the memories and remarkable stories he had accumulated throughout his 96 years on Earth. Frank died in 2002 but this exhibit aims at resurrecting the man known as “Pancho”.

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Jump N Jam Fridays
Jump America
880 Lakeside Dr.
Gurnee, IL 60031
Voice: 224.325.5867
Plenty of Jumping & Jamming going on Fridays at Jump America. Admission includes a live DJ, 4 hours of jumptime, pizza (while supplies last) & access to over 16,000 square feet of trampolines including two dodge-ball courts, foam jumping pit, kids zone, and more.
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Tot Time Wednesdays
Jump America
880 Lakeside Drive
Gurnee, IL 60031
Voice: 224.325.5867
Bring your tot and jump for only $8. One parent jumps for free with each pass!
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Tuesday is Senior Day at Potawatomi
Potawatomi Hotel & Casino
1721 West Canal Street
Milwaukee, WI 53233
Being a Senior has its benefits, and at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino, every Tuesday is dedicated to Seniors. Guests who are 55 years old or older and are members of the Fire Keeper’s Club® will be rewarded on every Tuesday of the month with 3X points and half off at The Buffet.
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Jack Benny: From Waukegan to Hollywood
Jack Benny Center for the Arts in Bowen Park
39 Jack Benny Dr.
Waukegan, IL 60087
Voice: 847.360.4740
Memorabilia from the exhibit includes historic photographs of Jack Benny, programs from Jack Benny performances, and autographed items by Jack Benny, Mary Livingstone, and others. Learn about Benny’s early days in Waukegan, his radio and television career, and the impact that he had on Hollywood and his hometown of Waukegan.
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$2 Dollar Tuesdays at Lindys
Lindy's Landing
115 Park St.
Wauconda, IL 60084
Voice: 847.526.9789
Come to Lindy's on Tuesdays and enjoy $2 Miller Lite and Coors Light Drafts, $2 Well Drinks, $2 House Wines, and $2 off and of our fresh hot burgers from the grill!
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Bingo Tuesdays
Only Child Brewing Company
130 Tri State Parkway, Suite 124
Gurnee, IL 60031
Free to play, prizes given out each round. Grand prize is always something ridiculously awesome like a case of beer! $6 twenty ounce pours of select beers! *Must be 21 and older with valid ID to play*
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Fish Fry Friday
Lindy's Landing
115 Park Street
Wauconda, IL 60084
Voice: 847.526.9789
Come out to Lindy's for a Friday Fish Fry! Your choice of baked or fried North Atlantic Cod with boiled potatoes, coleslaw, and tartar sauce!
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Lindy's Happy Hour Special
Lindy's Landing
115 Park St.
Wauconda, IL 60084
Voice: 847.526.9789
Join Lindy's Landing Monday through Friday from 3-6 p.m. for 1/2 price appetizers!
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Tasting Room at North Shore Distillery
North Shore Distillery
13990 Rockland Road
Green Oaks, IL 60048
Voice: 847.574.2499
Check out this Spirit Lover's Paradise! We are the oldest craft distillery, and we make a wide range of spirits that you'll see all over the Midwest. At our tasting room, you can sample our wares, enjoy a great cocktail, attend an event or class, and more! We are open Wednesday through Sunday for tastings and purchases, and our cocktail bar is open Thurs-Sun. Check our website for hours, upcoming events & more.
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Jump Fitness
Jump America
880 Lakeside
Gurnee, IL 60031
Voice: 224.325.5867
Come out to the popular event Jump Fitness. Workout with the whole body and cardio aerobics. Every Monday & Wednesday there will be a class at 6:00pm.
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Open Mic Night at The Village Tavern
The Village Tavern
135 Old McHenry Road
Long Grove, IL
Voice: 847.634.3117
At The Village Tavern, there is live entertainment six nights a week. Every Thursday is Open Mic Night! Brush up the singing skills and arrive after 6:00 p.m. to take the stage.
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Live Music at Mickey Finns Brewery
Mickey Finn's Brewery
345 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Libertyville, IL 60048
Voice: 847.362.6688
Come out to Mickey Finn's every Friday and Saturday night a enjoy live entertainment. Enjoy a great meal, fresh brewed beer and live music. Visit the website for upcoming shows.
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Trivia Night at Austins
Austin's Fuel Room
481 Peterson
Libertyville, IL 60048
Voice: 847.549.1972
Come out to Austin's every Wednesday night and test your knowledge. Every week at 7:30 pm Egghead Pub Trivia at Austin's in the Lounge. Teams of 8 or less.
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Tuesday Night Trivia at Timothy O'Toole's
Timothy O'Toole's Pub
622 North Fairbanks Court
Gurnee, IL 60611
Voice: 847.249.0800
Come out to Timothy O'Toole's Pub every Tuesday night for trivia. While out, try the beer of the month or any number of drink specials. Grab a bite to eat and enjoy great food at a reasonable price.
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Karaoke Wednesday and Saturday Nights
The Fogcutter
36021 N US Hwy 45
Lake Villa, IL 60046
Voice: 847.356.3555
Come out for live karaoke fun! Sing favorite songs in front of friends and enjoy the many daily drink and food specials. Wednesdays also enjoy Water Pong at 10pm.
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Open Mic Thursdays
Green Town Tavern
110 S. Genesee Street
Waukegan, IL 60085
Voice: 847.224.1001
Thursdays starting at 8 p.m. is Open Mic Night at Green Town Tavern. Acoustic guitar, amp, music stand and 2 microphones are provided. All skill levels and styles are welcome. Bring out friends, sign up at 7 p.m., and show off on stage! No cover charge.
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Trivia Time?
Green Town Tavern
110 S. Genesee Street
Waukegan, IL 60085
Voice: 847.224.1001
Come out to The Green Town Tavern each Wednesday for two hours of 'Trivia Time?' hosted by Tad & Steveo. Good times and prizes await as you compete against friends to become the trivia champion. No cover charge!
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Open Mic Night
Irish Mill Inn
26592 N IL Rte 83
Mundelein, IL 60060
Voice: 847.566.7044
The Irish Mill Inn hosts an 'open mic' night every Thursday and Sunday from 8:30 p.m. until midnight. Bring a guitar, some friends and get up on stage! Don't sing or play an instrument? Come out and enjoy local musicians who are passionate about performing live.
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Kid's Eat Free Tuesday's at Mickey Finns
Mickey Finn's Brewery
412 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Libertyville, IL 60048
Voice: 847.362.6688
Bring the kids out and enjoy a great meal. Kids 12 and under eat free every Tuesday night, so bundle up and come on in. Mom and dad will also enjoy the $1.50 tappers too.
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Karaoke Thursdays at Timothy O'Toole's Pub
Timothy O'Toole's Pub
5572 Grand Ave.
Gurnee, IL 60031
Voice: 847.249.0800
Come out Thursday nights for karaoke night. Pick out a song and sing away. Enjoy a great atmosphere, good food and drinks and friends.
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Karaoke Every Friday Night at 17 North
17 North Bar & Grill
17 N. Genesee St.
Waukegan, IL 60085
Voice: 847.623.9463
Come out with the friends and enjoy a night of karaoke at a great sports bar. Bring out the singing voice and have a great time every Friday night.
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Happy Hour at Sullivan's
Sullivan's Steakhouse of Lincolnshire
250 Marriott drive
Lincolnshire, IL 60069
Voice: 847.833.0311
Every Monday through Friday from 4pm-7pm, Sullivan's is the place to be for a good time. Enjoy great happy hour features including $7 specialty cocktails, featured red and white wines and bar entrees. Come relax after a hard day at work.
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Friday Night Fish Fry at Chessie's
Chessie's Restaurant
200 Applebee St.
Barrington, IL 60010
Voice: 847.382.5020
Come out and enjoy the Friday Night Fish Fry. The dinner features "All you can eat" Beer Batter Icelandic Cod, served with soup or salad, cole slaw and fries.. Chessie's was built around Barrington's former train station and features a vintage Illinois Central railroad dining car.
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Prime Rib Specials at Chessie's
Chessie's Restaurant
200 Applebee St.
Barrington, IL 60010
Voice: 847.382.5020
Come out Saturday Night and enjoy a Prime Rib Dinner at Chessie's. Other menu items include appetizers to salads, sandwiches, pasta, fresh fish and USDA choice steaks from the Stockyards Packing Company. Chessie's was built around Barrington's former train station and features a vintage Illinois Central railroad dining car.
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The Double Nickel Club
Uno Chicago Bar and Grill
6593 Grand Avenue
Gurnee, IL 60031
Voice: 847-856-0000
Are you at least 55 years young? Then you're eligible to join our Double Nickel Club!! Sign up and receive a card and get 30% off a meal every Wednesday.
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Two for You Lunch
Uno Chicago Bar and Grill
6593 Grand Ave
Gurnee, IL 60031
Voice: 847-856-0000
Uno's New Two for You Lunch menu! It allows you to mix & match lunch-sized salads, soups and entree items, at prices starting at $6.99. Lunch Specials are served Monday to Friday until 3pm. Please visit the website for complete menu.
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Chocolate Factory Tour
Long Grove Confectionery
333 Lexington Dr.
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
Voice: 847-459-0269
Hear a brief history of our candy kitchen. See incredible chocolates being produced as you venture down the walkway on a guided tour. Smell the chocolate aroma and finally taste a sample of our gourmet chocolate before visiting the Factory Store. Reservations Mon.-Thurs. Walkins on Sat. (free; no guarantee of live production). Call for more information.
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Guided Tours at Volo Bog
Volo Bog State Natural Area
28478 W. Brandenburg Rd.
Ingleside, IL 60050
Voice: 815-344-1294
As Winter begins to wane, Volo Bog clings tightly to the cold. Layers of peat act as insulation against the thaw, clinging to winter just a little longer. Dormant winter shrubs and deciduous tamarack conifers await a warming of their roots to begin again their active life. While we may be ready for signs of spring, Volo Bog is still offering signs of winter activity. Deer tracks, rabbit scat & the meandering footprints of raccoons all reveal activity in Volo Bog. Peeking through the snow, carnivorous pitcher plants begin to show signs of greening with the lengthing days. Join a guided tour of this fascinating ecosystem - Illinois' only remaining open-water quaking bog - a National Natural Landmark! These public bog tours are open to individuals, families and small groups without reservations, however, groups of 10 or more are asked to please phone 815-344-1294 for special arrangements. Tours are about one hour.
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Buy One, Eat Two Every Wednesday
Mickey Finn's Brewery
412 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Libertyville, IL 60048
Voice: 847-362-6688
Every Wednesday, all night long buy one burger and get one free, with the purchase of two Mickey Finn's Beers. Bring a friend or spouse and enjoy a night out.
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Wednesday Night Dinners at Bonnie Brook
Bonnie Brook Banquet and Dining
2800 N. Lewis Avenue
Waukegan, IL 60087
Voice: 847-360-4730
Year-round, come and enjoy Bonnie Brook's mouth-watering Wednesday Night Dinners. The regulars will be the first to tell you, they love the mid-week break from cooking at home. The dinners feature a wide variety of entrees, such as: fish, pasta, ribs and pot roast, delicious sides and a fresh selection of soups and salads. Visit the website for a complete menu. Also watch for the monthly specials.
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Prime Rib Wednesdays
Cadwell's Grille in the Embassy Suites Deerfield
1445 Lake Cook Rd
Deerfield, IL 60015
Voice: 847-945-4500
Come out and enjoy a delicious Prime Rib dinner at Cadwell's. This Wednesday night special includes prime rib, baked potato, daily vegetable pot, au jus and horseradish creme fraiche. Reservations are recommended. The 14 oz prime rib dinner is $23 and the 10 oz is $21.
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Children's Museum at the Round Lake Area Park District
Robert W. Rolek Community Center
814 Hart Road
Round Lake, IL 60073
Voice: 847 546-8558
Imagine a tot-sized replica of a town built especially for kids or a place where they can drive a car to the grocery store, gas up at the local gas station, be a star on stage or a pizza stand owner! Our Neighborhood is a place where children ages 1-6 can practice various roles in a community, challenging themselves to explore, imagine and create, exercising both mind and body. They may even enter the Neighborhood's "backyard" where they can climb, crawl, slide and be busy bodies in a safe environment! We have designed our Children's Neighborhood Museum specifically for children 1-6 years old.

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