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Next Weekend is just around the corner! Make plans for a night out with dinner and then head to a show at the Genesee Theatre. The kids will love looking at classic cars and movie cars at Volo Auto Museum or enjoy the outdoors at the Lake County Forest Preserve. Every season creates long-lasting memories at Lake County staples like Ravinia Festival, Six Flags Great America, Marriott Theatre, Great Wolf Lodge, the Lake County Libation Trail and so much more.

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Lake County Restaurant Week: Ten Days To Savor
Lake County, IL

Finn's & Friends Beer Fest at Mickey Finn's Brewery
Libertyville, IL

College of Lake County Presents: The CLC Salute to Gospel at Genesee Theatre
Waukegan, IL

Vernon Hills Craft Beer Tasting
Vernon HIlls, IL

30th Annual Black History Month Celebration
Zion, IL
Melissa Etheridge: The Medicine Show Tour at Genesee Theatre
03/26/20

Melissa Etheridge will never be accused of mailing it in. Known for her ...

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Italian Express Lunch Buffet at Cadwell's Grille
02/19/20 - 02/26/20

Need a hot, quick, inexpensive lunch?  Come to Cadwell's Grille...

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Nate Bargatze: Good Problem to Have at the Genesee Theatre
02/27/20

Comic sensation Nate Bargatze is selling out shows across the country, t...

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Thursday Trivia with The Waukegan Public Library at Nightshade and Dark's Pandemonium Brewing
02/27/20

Trivia night presented by The Waukegan Public Library.  Teams...

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Art on the Water at Lindy's Landing Restaurant & Marina
02/27/20

Sipping wine and painting with friends, while aside the fireplace: We ca...

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Orchids After Hours at the Chicago Botanic Garden
02/27/20

This year’s Orchid Show celebrates a modern world of living color ...

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Tiffany Girls: Casting New Light on the Women Behind the Glass
02/27/20

Meet the remarkable women designers of Tiffany Studios and be inspired b...

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Concert in the Gallery:  Nanae Fujiwara at the Adler Center
02/28/20

Nanae Fujiwara brings the so...

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Paint & Sip Party at Nightshade and Dark's Pandemonium Brewing
02/28/20

Let's forget all about the snow and the cold with this lovely summer...

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Hawthorn Day Camp at Hi-Five Sports Zone in Hawthorn Mall
02/28/20

Whenever school is out – Hi-Five School-Break Camps will be in ses...

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Stand & Deliver: Open Mic Night at Gorton Community Center
02/28/20

Storytelling open mics have exploded all over Chicagoland from Evanston ...

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Nicole Nystrom at The Copper Fiddle Distillery
02/28/20

Nicole is a singer/songwriter with influences from Americana, Folk, and ...

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Pierogi Night at Bosacki's Brewery
02/28/20

Pierogi Jos is returning on Friday, February 28, 2020, 5:30 pm

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Black Excellence Awards Gala 2020
02/29/20

We are often overlooked and uncelebrated, and it is time for us to recei...

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College of Lake County Presents: The CLC Salute to Gospel at Genesee Theatre
02/29/20

Enjoy an uplifting, inspirational evening as the College of Lake County ...

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Everything EXPO
02/29/20

The Everything Expo is a free community event which will feature ov...

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Pint of Music: Anderlik & Church at Buffalo Creek Brewing
02/29/20

BCB is proud to present the blues, bluegrass and roots music of Anderlik...

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Finn's & Friends Beer Fest at Mickey Finn's Brewery
02/29/20

Mickey Finn's, Illinois' oldest brewpub, is celebrating leap yea...

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 Tiffany Stained Glass Window Tour with Paul Bergmann at History Center of Lake Forest/Lake Bluff
02/29/20

Join Paul Bergmann for a tour of the Tiffany stained glass windows at Fi...

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30th Annual Black History Celebration in Zion
02/29/20

Bring the family and join the fun! Singing, dancing, guest speakers and ...

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Vernon Hills Craft Beer Tasting
02/29/20

Attention craft beer aficionados! Vernon Hills will be hosting our 7th a...

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The Highland Park Players Present Pinkalicious: The Musical
02/29/20 - 03/01/20

You’ll be tickled pink by Pinkalicious! A special one-hour present...

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Brunch with a Princess at Maggiano's
03/01/20

Maggiano's invites you to join them in a Royal Celebration!

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SCHOOLS OUT!
02/28/20 - 03/02/20

School's out come in and Jump All Day for $19.99! We have awesome de...

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Grayslake Craft Beer Festival Ticket Release Party at Light the Lamp
03/04/20

Join Light the Lamp brewery for the 8th annual Grayslake Craft Beer Fest...

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Orchids After Hours at the Chicago Botanic Garden
03/05/20

This year’s Orchid Show celebrates a modern world of living color ...

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America With Special Guest The Buckinghams at Genesee Theatre
03/06/20

Bringing its signature close vocal harmonies and light acoustic sound to...

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Death of a Gangster at Gorton Community Center
03/06/20

You’re cordially invited to the Dunn Speakeasy to celebrate the we...

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First Fridays on MainStreet Libertyville
03/06/20

Come downtown & see what’s happening on Main Street!  Per...

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As You Like It at the James Lumber Center
02/28/20 - 03/07/20

Comic twists and turns abound in the mythical Forest of Arden, where a d...

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Ladysmith Black Mambazo at the James Lumber Center
03/07/20

South Africa’s renowned singing group, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, re...

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Off the Wall: Adler Art Heist
03/07/20

They begin the evening with fifty pieces of art and end with empty walls...

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2020 STEAM Discovery Fair Hosted by the Waukegan Park District
03/07/20

What better way to inspire youth about careers in science, technology, e...

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The Magic of Bill Blagg Live at Genesee
03/07/20

The Magic of Bill Blagg Live! tour comes to the Genesee Theatre for one ...

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Uncle Joey's Italian Grill at Nightshade and Dark's Pandemonium Brewing
03/07/20

Uncle Joey's Italian Grill will be at Nightshade's and Dark Pand...

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Mystery of the Violin Revealed at the Gorton Community Center
03/07/20

Everything you’ve ever wondered about the violin, but didn’t...

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PASTA Presents: Stuart Little at the Gorton Community Center
03/07/20

When the Little family goes to an orphanage to adopt a new family member...

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Intro to Keeping Honeybees at the Lake County Farm Bureau
03/07/20

An Introduction to Keeping Honeybees
Saturday, March 7, 2020

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Pint of Music:The L&M Experience at Buffalo Creek Brewing
03/07/20

BCB presents The L&M Experience. L&M is comprised of Lindy Johns...

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Lake Zurich Polar Plunge 2020
03/07/20

We will be plunging into the icy waters of Lake Zurich for our 7th annua...

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Members Only 80's Band at Mickey Finn's Brewery
03/07/20

The Members Only 80's Band returns to Mickey Finns on Saturday, Marc...

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Yoga + Cocktails at North Shore Distillery
03/07/20

Come for yoga, stay to drink! Join ...

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Lake County Forest Preserve Solar Trails
11/03/19 - 03/08/20

With small solar lights to guide the way, hikers, skiers and snowshoers ...

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The Fantasticks at Citadel Theatre
02/05/20 - 03/08/20

"Try To Remember" a time when this romantic charmer wasn't...

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Lake County Restaurant Week: 10 Days to Savor 2020
02/28/20 - 03/08/20

It's Ten Days to Savor! Discover delectable dining ...

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Northern Illinois Boat Show in Grayslake
03/05/20 - 03/08/20

Don’t miss Northern Illinois’ largest boat show for the best...

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Maple Syrup hikes at the Ryerson Woods
03/07/20 - 03/08/20

Registration begins in February 2020:

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Sunday Funday Class: Hands on Cocktail Making at North Shore Distillery
03/08/20

Join us for an afternoon of hands on practicing with all the tools and t...

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Edie Carey Live at the Gorton Community Center
03/08/20

Don’t miss this fantastic performance by an artist whose songs hav...

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Jazz Concert with Mike Tomaro at the James Lumber Center
03/08/20

Come hear saxophonist, composer & arranger Mike Tomaro perform with ...

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Reptile Rampage 2020 in Lake Forest
03/08/20

Bring your friends and family and join Wildlife Discovery Center for one...

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Silly Love Songs: Michael Mahler Sings Paul McCartney at Marriott Theatre
03/09/20 - 03/10/20

Award-winning actor/musician/composer Michael Mahler celebrates Sir Paul...

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Meowaste at Lambs Farm
03/11/20

Join Lambs Farm for their first Meowate, also known as yoga with kittens...

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 Brown Bag Piano Series with Ernie Hiltebrand at Gorton Community Center
03/11/20

Treat yourself to a lunchtime break with piano music! Lake Forest reside...

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Orchids After Hours at the Chicago Botanic Garden
03/12/20

This year’s Orchid Show celebrates a modern world of living color ...

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Rethinking Suffrage: Dress Reform and Political Identity History Center of Lake Forest/Lake Bluff
03/12/20

Presented by Professor Catherine Sardo Weidner, Senior Lecturer at Lake ...

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North Shore Night @ The Tavern
03/12/20

Join us and our friends at Tavern Lounge in Libertyville for our seasona...

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An Evening with Tituss Burgess at Genesee Theatre
03/13/20

When Tituss Burgess takes the stage, the charismatic singer and Broadway...

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Behind the Scene Tours with Tempel Lipizzans
03/14/20

Behind the Scenes Tours: Come see what this working performance stable l...

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Jeff Ross & Dave Attell: Bumping Mics at Genesee Theatre
03/14/20

Comedians Jeff Ross and Dave Attell have joined forces to bring their co...

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St. Patrick's Day Fun at the Dunbar Recreation Center
03/14/20

Calling all lads and lassies! Wear green and be a part of a St. Patrick&...

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Anthony de Mare | BGH Classics Series at Ravinia Festival
03/14/20

Liaisons2020: Reimagining Sondheim from the Piano
Program to feat...

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St. Paddy's Day Saturday at Mickey Finn's
03/14/20

Mickey Finn's Brewery is celebrating St. Paddy's Day a little ea...

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Deer Park St. Paddy's 5K & 10K Run/Walk
03/14/20

The Deer Park St. Paddy’s 5K & 10K features live Irish music t...

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01/15/20 - 03/15/20

It's the energetic and electric musical comedy tribute to the age of...

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Zurko Antique and Flea Market at the Lake County Fairgrounds
03/14/20 - 03/15/20

Grayslake Illinois Antique Market - this Chicagoland Antique Vintage &qu...

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Illinois Orchid Society Spring Show & Sale at the Chicago Botanic Garden
03/14/20 - 03/15/20

Displays of orchids from the rarest of species to cultivated hybrids wil...

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Lake Forest Symphony Mentors in Music at the Gorton Community Center
03/14/20 - 03/15/20

All great composers learned from the prolific composers before them. Hea...

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Waukegan Symphony Orchestra presents: Magnificent Suites
03/15/20

Founded in 1974, the Waukegan Symphony Orchestra (WSO) is a true “...

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Kids Cooking Class St. Patrick's Day Lucky Charms Rice Krispie Treats at Maggiano's
03/15/20

Come join in as our talented chef team teaches us how to make yet anothe...

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Wind Ensemble Concert at the James Lumber Center
03/15/20

Come hear the CLC Wind Ensemble perform a variety of exciting band music...

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DIY Wood Sign Workshop at Flesk Brewing
03/15/20

Come enjoy a great time and bring some friends! You will get to take hom...

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Maple Syrup hikes at the Ryerson Woods
03/15/20

Registration begins in February 2020:

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Switchback at the James Lumber Center
03/17/20

This is no ordinary Irish Band. With an exciting mix of mandolin, guitar...

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Hands-on Cooking: Irish Tea at Chicago Botanic Garden
03/17/20

Spend an afternoon baking at this Irish cooking class. Learn how to make...

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St. Patrick's Day Celebration at Buffalo Creek Brewing
03/17/20

Come early for the green eggs and hash. Stay late for the music and fun....

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St. Patrick's Day at Mickey Finn's Brewery
03/17/20

Doors open at 8:00 a.m. for the 15th annual Tom and Emily Shamrock and R...

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PASTA Presents: Fantastic Mr. Fox at Gorton Community Center
03/18/20

“Boggis and Bunce and Bean. One fat, one short, one lean. These ho...

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Boozy Book Club @ NSD
03/18/20

Join us on the third Wednesday of the month for the next meeting our our...

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Orchids After Hours at the Chicago Botanic Garden
03/19/20

This year’s Orchid Show celebrates a modern world of living color ...

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Scorn to Socialization at History Center of Lake Forest/Lake Bluff
03/19/20

A Conversation with Lucas Richert and Carol Summerfield 

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Miranda Sings: Who Wants My Kid? at Genesee Theatre
03/21/20

Overconfident and tone-deaf, Miranda Sings is the hilarious alter ego of...

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ArtWauk in Waukegan
03/21/20

ArtWauk is the monthly celebration of all arts in downtown Waukegan. Eac...

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Little Historians: Children's Storytime with Lake Forest Library at History Center of Lake Forest/Lake Bluff
03/21/20

Learning time meets family time at the History Center! Bring your little...

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The Orchid Show at Chicago Botanic Garden
02/08/20 - 03/22/20

The Orchid Show is the only one of its kind in the Chicago area. play wi...

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Northern Illinois Gesneriad Society Show & Sale at the Chicago Botanic Garden
03/21/20 - 03/22/20

Explore the world of this beautiful indoor plant family, which includes ...

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Maple Syrup hikes at the Ryerson Woods
03/21/20 - 03/22/20

Registration begins in February 2020:

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Annual Princess and Superhero Day at the Volo Auto Museum
03/22/20

Join us for our annual Princess and Superhero day! Kids in costume Free,...

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Saplings Spring Break at Hawthorn Mall
03/23/20

Join Hi-Five Sports Zone for some Spring Break Fun!

Saplings K...

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Welcome Spring with Blooms at Lindy's Landing Restaurant & Marina
03/24/20

Celebrate the start of Spring no matter how cold it might be outside! Wh...

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Spring Break Camp at Hi-Five Sports Zone in Hawthorn mall
03/23/20 - 03/27/20

With your children out of school, Hi-Five Sports Zone at Hawthorn Mall w...

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Spring Break Camp at the Chicago Botanic Garden
03/23/20 - 03/27/20

Sign up for one day or all five days. Children in grades K – 5 wil...

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Spring Bird Walk at the Chicago Botanic Garden
03/18/20 - 03/28/20

Explore the best spots at the Chicago Botanic Garden for locating late-w...

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Vacation Family Photo-Op at the Volo Auto Museum
03/21/20 - 03/29/20

Get a memorable Family Photo during your Spring Break Vacation with the ...

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Ripcord at PM&L Theatre
03/20/20 - 04/05/20

A sunny room on an upper floor is prime real estate in the Bristol Place...

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Photos with the Easter Bunny at the Hawthorn Mall
03/21/20 - 04/11/20

Come visit the Easter Bunny at Hawthorn!

Photo's provided ...

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Reima Ratti: Life and Art in the Great Depression Exhibit at the Bess Bower Dunn Museum
01/25/20 - 04/12/20

Reima Ratti (1914–1945) was born in Waukegan to Finnish immigrants...

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The Princess and the Pea at Marriott Theatre
02/07/20 - 04/19/20

"Hear ye, Hear ye...Prince Wellington is seeking a bride." All...

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Search & Share Genealogy at Grayslake Heritage Center & Museum
12/04/19 - 05/06/20

Join the Grayslake Historical Society and local genealogists for a discu...

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Kiss Me, Kate at the Marriott Theatre
03/25/20 - 05/17/20

Passions run high as leading lady Lilli Vanessi and her ex-husband, acto...

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Tap Room Trivia Wednesday's at Buffalo Creek Brewing
01/01/20 - 12/30/20

Tap Room Trivia is every Wednesday.  Come enjoy a pint while play a...

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Open Mic at Copper Fiddle Distillery
01/02/20 - 12/31/20

Get here early! Every first & third Thursday enjoy Open Mic Nig...

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Tuesday is Senior Day at Potawatomi
Ongoing
Being a Senior has its benefits, and at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino, every Tu...

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Crafting Workshops
Ongoing
Crafting Workshops for all ages!...

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 Liquid Adventure Night at North Shore Distillery
Ongoing

We’re expanding our popular flight night, and adding in some new w...

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Jack Benny: From Waukegan to Hollywood
Ongoing
Memorabilia from the exhibit includes historic photographs of Jack Benny, p...

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First Fridays on MainStreet Libertyville
Ongoing

Each First Friday of the month from March - December, come to downtown L...

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$2 Dollar Tuesdays at Lindys
Ongoing
Come to Lindy's on Tuesdays and enjoy $2 Miller Lite and Coors Light Drafts...

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Bingo Tuesdays
Ongoing
Free to play, prizes given out each round. Grand prize is always something...

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Fish Fry Friday
Ongoing
Come out to Lindy's for a Friday Fish Fry! Your choice of baked or fried No...

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Lindy's Happy Hour Special
Ongoing
Join Lindy's Landing Monday through Friday from 3-6 p.m. for 1/2 price appe...

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Tasting Room at North Shore Distillery
Ongoing
Check out this Spirit Lover's Paradise! We are the oldest craft distillery,...

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Open Mic Night at The Village Tavern
Ongoing

At The Village Tavern, there is live entertainment six nights a week. Ev...

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Long Grove Confectionery Chocolate Factory Tour
Ongoing

Hear a brief history of our candy kitchen. See incredible chocolates bei...

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Live Music at Mickey Finns Brewery
Ongoing
Come out to Mickey Finn's every Friday and Saturday night a enjoy live ente...

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Guided Tours at the Volo Bog
Ongoing

As Winter begins to wane, Volo Bog clings tightly to the cold. Layers of...

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Trivia Night at Austins
Ongoing
Come out to Austin's every Wednesday night and test your knowledge. Every w...

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Tuesday Night Trivia at Timothy O'Toole's
Ongoing
Come out to Timothy O'Toole's Pub every Tuesday night for trivia. While out...

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Karaoke Wednesday and Saturday Nights
Ongoing
Come out for live karaoke fun! Sing favorite songs in front of friends and ...

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Kid's Eat Free Tuesday's at Mickey Finns
Ongoing
Bring the kids out and enjoy a great meal. Kids 12 and under eat free every...

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Buy One, Eat Two Every Wednesday
Ongoing
Every Wednesday, all night long buy one burger and get one free, with the p...

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Karaoke Thursdays at Timothy O'Toole's Pub
Ongoing
Come out Thursday nights for karaoke night. Pick out a song and sing away. ...

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Wednesday Night Dinners at Bonnie Brook
Ongoing

Year-round, come and enjoy Bonnie Brook's mouth-watering Wednesday N...

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Karaoke Every Friday Night at 17 North
Ongoing
Come out with the friends and enjoy a night of karaoke at a great sports ba...

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Children's Museum at the Round Lake Area Park District
Ongoing
Imagine a tot-sized replica of a town built especially for kids or a place ...

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Friday Night Fish Fry at Chessie's
Ongoing
Come out and enjoy the Friday Night Fish Fry. The dinner features "All you...

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Prime Rib Specials at Chessie's
Ongoing
Come out Saturday Night and enjoy a Prime Rib Dinner at Chessie's. Other me...

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Sails Unfurled: The Dawn of the U.S. Navy, 1775-1865 Exhibit at National Museum of the American Sailor
Ongoing

The National Museum of American Sailor's brand new permanent exhibit...

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Lake County Restaurant Week