Lake County, Illinois Convention and Visitors Bureau - Things to Do – Calendar of Events
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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. With summer right around the corner, we can enjoy Lake County staples like Ravinia Festival and Six Flags Great America.

* All efforts have been made to verify information prior to publishing, however, changes do occur. Please contact event producers directly to verify times of operation, location and admission price.


ZombieWauk
Waukegan, IL

Night of 1,000 Jack-0-Lanterns at Chicago Botanic Garden
Glencoe, IL

Antioch Harvest Fest
Antioch, IL

Hop 'N' Shop Craft Beer Walk
Grayslake, IL

Trucks, Trunks and Treats
Vernon Hills, IL
East Grand Farmers & Artisans Market
07/21/19 - 10/20/19

The second year of the East Grand Farmers & Artisans Market will beg...

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Something Rotten!
08/28/19 - 10/20/19

Welcome to the Renaissance! Something Rotten! is “Broadwa...

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Peter and the Starcatcher at Citadel Theatre
09/18/19 - 10/20/19

The Tony Award-winning Peter and the Starcatcher upen...

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Lake County Home Show at the Lake County Fairgrounds & Event Center
10/19/19 - 10/20/19

The Lake County Home and Garde...

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Hainesville's Civil War Encampment & Battle
10/19/19 - 10/20/19
Relive history as knowledgeable re-enactors, both military and civilian in ...

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Gallery Series:  Body and Soul Yoga
10/21/19

Connect breath ...

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Apple Dipping & Pumpkin Carving at Sunset Foods
10/21/19

Nothing says fall like dipped apples and carved pumpkins. Join us in the...

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Bourbon & Bonfires at Three Embers
10/23/19

Bourbon & Bonfires will welcome Sazereac as our featured d...

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Orphans of the Storm Day at North Shore Distillery
10/23/19

Come out for a delicious cocktail, a spirit tasting or a bottle and supp...

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An Evening Travis Tritt at the Genesee Theatre
10/24/19

Enjoy a special evening with CMA and Grammy® Award-winning country artis...

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Gurnee Mills' Boo Bash
10/24/19

Join Gurnee Mills on Thursday, October 24 from 5-7pm near Dining Pa...

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Trail of Treats & Halloween Fest at Zion Park District
10/25/19

Trail of Treats is a fun community event organized by Lakeshore Chamber ...

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Queen Machine at Genesee Thatre
10/25/19

Bohemian Rhapsody
Another One Bites the Dust
We Will Rock ...

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Pierogi Night at Bosacki's Brewery
10/25/19

Pierogi Jos is returning on Friday, October 25, 2019, 5:30 pm

...

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Lincolnshire's Annual Boo Bash
10/25/19

Some of the frightful fun to be had will include a magic show with a fir...

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Trunk or Treat in Barirngton
10/25/19

Preschool through 5th graders are invited to trunk-or-treat in our back ...

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Reformator Can Release at Tighthead Brewing Company
10/25/19

Reformator Doppelbock Lager makes it's yearly return Friday, October...

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Murder Mystery Dinner and Show in Fox Lake
10/25/19

On Friday, October 25, 2019 the Village of Fox Lake will host a Murder M...

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Vernon Hills Fall Fest
10/25/19

Bring your ghosts and goblins to our annual spooktacular family event fe...

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Long Grove Historical Society Ghost Walk
10/25/19

Rumor has it, strange sounds have been heard coming from the woods behin...

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Zombie Apocalypse Training in Mundelein
10/25/19

If the threat of a Zombie Apocalypse brings chills to your body, we have...

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Halloween Hoopla in Deerfield
10/25/19 - 10/26/19

Halloween Hoopla returns to Jewett Park Community Center, on Friday, Oct...

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Halloween Hikes at Ryerson Woods
10/25/19 - 10/26/19

Join a guided group hike along a candlelit path to watch fun nature-them...

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Dracula: A Live Radio Play! at the Improv Playhouse
10/25/19 - 10/26/19

The 1938 Orson Welles Mercury Radio Theatre production of Bram Stoker...

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Village of Gurnee Trick-or-Treat
10/26/19

When getting your little ghosts and goblins ready for an afternoon on th...

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Downtown Grayslake Business Trick or Treating
10/26/19

The Grayslake Chamber of Commerce is once again sponsoring this popular ...

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Waukegan Halloween Trick or Treat Trail
10/26/19

Boo! Walk the Halloween Trick or Treat Trail, a new tradition for famili...

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Halloween Event & Trick or Treat at Deer Park Town Center
10/26/19

Trick-or-Treat at Deer Park Town Center starting at Noon at participatin...

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Hawthorn Mall Spooktacular
10/26/19

Join us for a Spooktacular event!

Enjoy a free movie showing o...

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Afternoon Wine Paring: Wine & Chocolate at The Chocolate Sanctuary
10/26/19

Join Cave De Tain Winery’s Paola Pano and The Chocolate Sanctuary&...

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Lake County Oktoberfest at  Lake County Fairgrounds and Event Center
10/26/19

Live music, German dancers, beer, food, mobile escape room, mobile axe t...

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The Lodge of Antioch Rockin' Halloween Extravagonzo!
10/26/19

The Lodge of Antioch is proud to present this FREE SHOW featuring Wausau...

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Halloween at the Volo Auto Museum with  Svengoolie Meet and Greet
10/26/19

Svengoolie will be making his way to the Volo Auto Museum once again for...

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Fall Trick-or-Treat Festival at Mellody Farm
10/26/19

In celebration of Halloween, M...

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Adam Ferrara at Potatwatomi Hotel & Casino
10/26/19

Adam Ferrara, from the upcoming Why Woman Kill on CBS All...

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Mundelein's Boo Bash
10/26/19

A Halloween themed event with the entire family. Candy and treats are pr...

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Lambs Farm - Farmyard Open for the Season
04/15/19 - 10/27/19
Mark your calendars for April 15, the opening day of the farmyard season! W...

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Haunted Train Tours at Volo Auto Museum
09/21/19 - 10/27/19

Calling all Zombies, Ghouls, undead or alive! Hear the haunted tales of ...

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CROCtoberfest at Wildlife Discovery Center
10/06/19 - 10/27/19

CROCtoberfest will now be a month-long celebration of our ancient reptil...

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Halloween Town in Long Grove
10/11/19 - 10/27/19

Wednesday, 10/24:  Community Pumpkin Carving
...

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Winnie the Pooh KIDS
10/12/19 - 10/27/19

Theatre for Young Audiences is back! Disney's Winnie t...

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Night of 1,000 Jack-o'-Lanterns at Chicago Botanic Gardens
10/16/19 - 10/27/19

More than 1,000 hand-carved pumpkins—some as large as 150 pounds&m...

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Peter Patterson Glassworks Pumpkin Halloween Open House
10/18/19 - 10/27/19

Creat your own Pumpkins. Come and learn how to swirl your color into the...

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Buffalo Grove Trick or Treat Trail and More
10/27/19

You never know who you will see at our Trick-or Treat Trail! Walk throug...

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Fox Lake Halloween Howl
10/28/19

Join the Village of Fox Lake Police Department on Monday, October 28, 20...

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Cocktails with Patricia Schultz & Lake Forest Book Store
10/29/19

Join us at the distillery for a night of cocktails and discussion with a...

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Distilling History: Spirits in the Night
10/30/19

Spirits in the Night: an evening of storytelling fun!

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Ask Us Anything! with Lead and Simply Bee at Gorton Community Center
10/30/19

Join Andy Duran, Executive Director of LEAD, and Audrey Grunst, LCSW &am...

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October Chef's Dinner
10/30/19

Enjoy fabulous French wines paired with dishes featuring France’s ...

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Highland Park Trick-or-Treat Candy Stroll
10/30/19

Join your friends and neighbors for this festive, child-friendly event!<...

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Didier Farms Pumpkinfest
09/21/19 - 10/31/19

Pumpkinfest September 21-October 31, 2019. Tractor drawn hayrides, corn ...

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Howl-O-Ween at Great Wolf Lodge Illinois
10/01/19 - 10/31/19

This October, experience Great Wolf Lodge like never before! Watch as we...

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The Kill on Old Mill in Lake Zurich
10/07/19 - 10/31/19

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Trick or Treating Hawthorn Mall
10/31/19

Come Trick or Treat at Hawthorn Mall! Participating retailers will have ...

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Trick or Treat on MainStreet Libertyville
10/31/19

Bring your children dressed in their favorite Halloween costumes downtow...

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Tom Keifer at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino
10/31/19

Best known as the singer-songwriter/ frontman of the Philadelphia based ...

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Boating Season Begins at Waukegan Harbor & Marina
04/01/19 - 11/01/19
The 2019 boating season is officially underway! Take your vessel out on the...

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First Fridays on MainStreet Libertyville
11/01/19
From 6-9 pm the downtown merchants invite you to stop in their stores for s...

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John Waite at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino
11/01/19

John Waite, along with his band, will be performing his catalog of hits ...

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Realm of Terror Haunted House
09/28/19 - 11/02/19

Highly rated Halloween attraction - recognized as best in Illinois for s...

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Pumpkin Drop in Mundelein
11/02/19

Who said being GREEN can’t be fun?   Watch your pum...

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9th Annual Celebration Dia de Muertos/Day of the Dead at Bowen Park
11/02/19

Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a popular celebration of Life, Death...

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9th Annual Celebration Dia de Muertos/Day of the Dead at the Jack Benny Center
11/02/19

Academia Cultural Xilotl & The Jack Benny Center for the Arts presen...

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ZZ Top 50th Anniversary Tour at Genesee Theatre
11/02/19

The beards. The hats. The dark sunglasses. ZZ Top began developing its b...

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Princess & Monsters Tea at The Chocolate Sanctuary
11/02/19

Adults and children will love sipping on Benjamin Tea while savoring bot...

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Champagne & Chocolate Walk in Antioch
11/02/19

A perfect way of beginning your Holiday Season! A wonderful selection of...

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Richardson Adventure Farm World's Largest Corn Maze
09/07/19 - 11/03/19

Many farms have cool corn mazes, but not many can live up to the size an...

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Fright Fest presented by Snickers at Six Flags Great America
09/14/19 - 11/03/19

Fright Fest, presented by SNICKERS®, is back for select days Septemb...

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The Shanty’s 6th Cooking & Cocktail Class Event
11/04/19

The 2019 Shanty Cooking & Cocktail Class Finale will be on Monday Ni...

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Mike MacDonald at White Deer Run Golf Club
11/06/19

Mike MacDonald:
A Town and Country Garden Club Event

Be...

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Mike MacDonald: A Town and Country Garden Club Event at White Deer Run
11/06/19

Be inspired as this nationally-acclaimed nature photographer, author, co...

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Family Game Night in Mundelein
11/08/19

Join us for a night full of laughs as families go head to head in silly ...

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Dungeon of Doom Haunted House in Zion
09/27/19 - 11/09/19

The Legendary Dungeon of Doom Haunted House, located in Zion, Illinois, ...

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Annual Legions of Craft Beer Fest at Six Flags Great America
11/09/19

Gather with fellow lovers of specialty craft brews for Gurnee&rs...

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Chef Fest: Infinite Flavors in Libertyville
11/09/19

Plans are underway for the fourth annual Chef Fest. Clear your calendar ...

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So You Think You Can Dance Live! 2019
11/09/19

So You Think You Can Dance Live! 2019&...

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The Drifters, The Platters, & Cornell Gunter's Coasters at Genesee Theatre
11/14/19

It's not a concert...it's a party!

Spend a fun-filled,...

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 John Cleese at Genesee Theatre
11/15/19

Emmy® Award-winning actor, comedy icon and author John Cleese makes ...

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HP150 Light Up the Night in Highland Park
11/16/19

On Saturday, November 16, from 1 - 5 PM in Port Clinton Square, the enti...

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Brian Regan at Genesee Theatre
11/16/19

Admired by his peers, Brian Regan has distinguished himself as one of th...

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ArtWauk in Waukegan
11/16/19

Join us for another of our monthly ArtWauk events and experience the art...

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Ultimate Girls Night Out at The Shanty
11/17/19

Stop by the amazing Shanty and Shop 'Til You Drop with 30 of your fa...

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Peter Patterson Glassworks Pumpkin Autumn Open House
11/15/19 - 11/24/19

Creat your own Pumpkins. Come and learn how to swirl your color into the...

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Hike Lake County Challenge with the Lake County Forest Preserves
08/15/19 - 11/30/19

Enjoy fall breezes and autumn colors while exploring designated Hike Lak...

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Open Registration: Private Music Lessons
10/01/19 - 12/01/19

Learn piano, vi...

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Grayslake Fall Farmers Market
09/28/19 - 12/14/19

The Grayslake Farmers Market is a nonprofit organization that fosters a ...

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Oliver!
10/30/19 - 12/22/19
The streets of Victorian England come to life as Oliver, a malnourished orp...

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Annie at Citadel Theatre
11/20/19 - 12/22/19

With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms ...

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Madagascar: A Musical Adventure
10/04/19 - 12/29/19

Join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the hip ...

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Self-Guided Tours at Cuneo Mansion and Gardens
04/05/19 - 12/30/19
The Cuneo Mansion is open for self-guided tours. It is open most Fridays an...

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Senior Day
11/06/18 - 12/31/19

Just for seniors—earn 55 or more points on Tuesdays from 3 a.m.&nd...

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Filler-Up Friday
01/01/19 - 12/31/19
1/2 price growlers & refills every Friday from Noon-5 p.m....

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Day of the the Dead in Southern Mexico Exhibit at the Bess Bower Dunn Museum
09/28/19 - 01/05/20

Each year, families in villages across Mexico gather to welcome home the...

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Holiday Inn Express Birthday Party Package
01/01/13 - 02/12/29
Looking for a place to hold a children's birthday party? This package inclu...

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Opening Day
Ongoing
ABOUT THE COURSE Prepare yourself for an unparalleled golfing experience. ...

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Family Dance! at Dress Up & Dance!
Ongoing

Family Dance! Blue Jeans & Tees

Beatles University with Professor Moptop at Gorton Community Center
Ongoing

For the past 20 years Gregory Alexander has been heard weekly on Chicago...

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Pub Trivia Fridays
Ongoing

Enjoy craft beers, signature cocktails, good eats and PUB TRIVIA every F...

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Sunday Brunch at the Taproom
Ongoing
Our Weekly Sunday Brunch delivers everything from Breakfast Burritos accomp...

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Stand Up Comedy- Improv Playhouse
Ongoing
Stand-Up comedy the FIRST FRIDAY of every month FOR ADVANCE TICKETS CALL 8...

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Chicagoland Illinois Antique
Ongoing

Grayslake Antique Market - this Chicagoland Illinois Antique Vintage Fle...

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Tai Chi on Saturdays with Ken Ning at Gorton Community Center
Ongoing

Tai Chi is a martial art that emphasizes the weight transference to impr...

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Jump & Meal Deal All Day - Jump All Day
Ongoing
Wednesday & Thursday Jump & Meal Deal - $15.99/Jumper Jump All Day + 1 ...

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Trivia at Roaring Table
Ongoing
Trivia is back! Join Roaring Table, and Chicago Trivia Guys every Thursday ...

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Improv Comedy
Ongoing
Improv Playhouse Comedy Shows Ongoing- Saturday Nights 7:30p Family F...

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Comedy Showcase Plus A Chance 2 Dance!
Ongoing

Comedy Showcase with Dance!
$27 per guest $45 for 2 | Bring in yo...

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A Retrospective on the Caricatures of Native Son Frank Willmarth
Ongoing
Frank “Pancho” Willmarth was born right here in Barrington in 1906. After a...

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Half Price Appetizers at Big Bowl
Ongoing

Monday - Friday: 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM in the bar Grab a seat in our bar Mon...

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Jump N Jam Fridays
Ongoing
Plenty of Jumping & Jamming going on Fridays at Jump America. Admission inc...

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Karaoke Fridays at the Lodge of Antioch
Ongoing
Join the Lodge of Antioch on Friday nights beginning at 9 ...

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Acoustic Lunch Saturdays at the Lodge of Antioch
Ongoing
Join the Lodge of Antioch for lunch on Saturdays and enjoy...

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Friday Magician at the Lodge of Antioch
Ongoing
Join the Lodge of Antioch on Friday nights to witness magi...

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Live DJ at the Lodge of Antioch - Thursdays/Saturdays
Ongoing
Visit the Lodge of Antioch every Thursday & Saturday for a...

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Acoustic Breakfast Sundays at the Lodge of Antioch
Ongoing
Join the Lodge of Antioch each Sunday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. ...

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Trivia Tuesdays at Light the Lamp Brewery
Ongoing
Join Light the Lamp Brewery each Tuesday for a night full ...

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Beer Bingo
Ongoing
Join Light the Lamp Brewery each Wednesday for a night ful...

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Pub Trivia at Tighthead Brewing Company
Ongoing
Free live trivia at Tighthead Brewery every Wednesday from 7-9PM!

Gr...

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Live Music: Trio Zafiro
Ongoing
Enjoy an authentic Mexican lunch accompanied by a live, Mexican musical tri...

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Food Truck Thursdays
Ongoing
Visit Tighthead Brewery on select Thursdays for local food...

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Tiki Tuesdays at Northshore Distillery
Ongoing

Join us on Tuesdays from 3 to 9, when we'll be featuring a rotating ...

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Weird Wednesday's at North Shore Distillery
Ongoing

North Shore Distillery is getting weird on Wednesdays! Each month, our n...

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 Liquid Adventure Thursday's at North Shore Distillery
Ongoing

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

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Tot Time Wednesdays
Ongoing
Bring your tot and jump for only $8. One parent jumps for free with each pa...

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

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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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Kids Eat Free Tuesday
Ongoing
Kids eat free! Bring the family out every Tuesday for family days. Kids age...

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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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Jump Fitness
Ongoing
Come out to the popular event Jump Fitness. Workout with the whole body and...

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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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Chocolate Factory Tour
Ongoing
Hear a brief history of our candy kitchen. See incredible chocolates being...

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

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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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Open Mic Night
Ongoing
The Irish Mill Inn hosts an 'open mic' night every Thursday and Sunday from...

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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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Prime Rib Wednesdays
Ongoing
Come out and enjoy a delicious Prime Rib dinner at Cadwell's. This Wednesda...

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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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