40 Ways to Treat Dad to a Happy Father’s Day in Lake County 2019

Show Papa Smurf how much you care by using one of these 40 ways to treat dad to a happy Father’s Day in Lake County.

here are many ways you can show your dad how much you love them: a homemade card, a piece of his favorite pie from one of the farmer’s markets, take flight at Extreme Flight Simulation or make it a thrill ride at Six Flags Great America.

Whatever it is you do for Papa Bear day, they’d probably appreciate if you didn’t get them a commander in chef or a grillmaster apron.

Here are 40 ways to treat dad to a Happy Father’s Day in Lake County. All of these events run from June 13-16.


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  • Take the time machine back to the good old days as you and dad can reminisce the hot rods at Zion’s Nostalgia Days. INFO»
  • Take dad on an adventure full of nature, ziplinging, an obstacle course and teamwork at Boundless Adventures. Dad goes on an expedition free of charge INFO»
  • FORE! Challenge dad to a game of golf at one of Lake County’s many courses. INFO»
  • Take dad to the moon and back as you force dad to go on one of the many carnival rides at Libertyville’s biggest party of the year: Libertyville Days. INFO»
  • Peruse Antioch’s Summer Arts & Crafts Faire and then visit Wizards Weekend to see if dad is magical, muggle or squib. Wizard’s Weekend» Arts & Craft Faire»
  • Munch on brunch with a bunch of farm animals, doggos and kitties at Lambs Farm’s Magnolia Café Father’s Day Brunch. INFO»
  • Learn how to cut a rug with the Ko-Thi Dance Company and feel the rhythm at Ravinia Festival in Highland Park. INFO»

  • Watch Lake County’s trustiest steeds at Tempel Farms trot off to their 61st season. INFO»
  • Explore the exceptional art mediums of Laurie LeBreton and Gina Lee Robbins exhibit “And Then Again…” at Robert T. Wright Gallery of Art at the College of Lake County in Grayslake. The exhibit runs till August 9. INFO»
  • Welcome dad to the “Hotel Kracklauer Park” as Heartache Tonight, an Eagles Tribute Band rocks out Mundelein’s Concert in the Park. INFO»
  • See the Illinois Great Lake as you’ve never seen it before. Paul Lucas presents his “Lake Michigan Low Tide” photo collection at the Heller Nature Center in Highland Park. INFO»
  • Fill papa bear’s belly with food truck fare providing barbecue, innovative sandwiches, seafood options, international eats and so much more at Lincolnshire’s Food Truck Fridays. INFO»

  • Catch over 500 butterflies from four different continents at Chicago Botanic Garden’s Butterflies & Blooms exhibit. INFO»
  • Dance to the music in downtown Highland Park with some extremely talented young artists at the Bitter Jester Music Festival. They’ll rock dad’s socks off. INFO»
  • Get dad his wings as he takes his frequent flyer miles on with 15 percent off Extreme Flight Simulation in the Gurnee facility’s NG737 simulator. INFO»
  • Spiderman, Wonder Woman, Black Panther, Iron Man and a slew of other favorite DC and Marvel Comic characters are showcased through the Lake County Forest Preserve District’s “Marvelocity: The Art of Alex Ross” exhibit at the Bess Bower Dunn Museum. INFO»
  • Cheers to dad at the North Point Marina Pop-up Beer Garden with  Lake County Libation Trail participant Harbor Brewing Co. INFO»
  • For an exceptionally unique occasion, take dad and visit Cuneo Mansion in Vernon Hills originally built over 100 years ago in 1914. INFO»
  • Lay down a straight flush with dad at a Texas Hold’em table at Potawatomi Hotel and Casino. INFO»

  • Take target aim with father time at Zion’s state of the art shooting range at 5 Star Fire Arms. INFO»
  • Test your teamwork at 60 to Escape at Gurnee Mills where you’ll have 60 minutes to discover codes, solve puzzles, open locks, and find secret entrances all to complete your mission and escape the room. Can you escape in time? INFO»
  • If you question your adult linkability, challenge pops to a putt off for bragging rights at Par-King Miniature Golf in Lincolnshire. INFO»
  • Show dad who the real jive turkey is by getting a strike trifecta at Kristof’s Entertainment Center in Round Lake Beach. INFO»
  • Party with the head of the household on “island time” at Antioch’s Blarney Island. INFO»
  • Drink a cold one or two with your “rolling stone” at Flesk Brewing Company’s second birthday party: Flesk Fest in Barrington. INFO»


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  • Beer, Macaroni & Cheese! Who could ask for a better dynamic duo as Lake County Libation Trail participant Bosacki’s Home Brew Microbrewery hosts a cheesy noodle pop-up in Mundelein? INFO»
  • Jam with Lake Street Dive and the Wood Brothers at Ravinia Festival in Highland Park. INFO»
  • Make dad become the family’s new mixologist as he will be the cocktail aficionado at North Shore Distillery’s summer cocktail class. INFO»
  • Witness a legend with the old timer as Chicago’s-own Buddy Guy shreds his ax at Ravinia Festival. INFO»
  • Hooked on fishing? Reel in the “catch of the day” with dad at the Father’s Day Fishing Frenzy at Lakefront Park in Fox Lake! It may not be 90 degrees yet, but we think your angling is just right. INFO»
  • Lose yourself in an intimate acoustic performance from legendary musicians Rick Springfield and Richard Marx at Ravinia Festival. INFO»
  • Sip a Dad Jokes brew at a bbq while having an afternoon chat with father’s forced dad puns at Only Child Brewing Co. in Gurnee. INFO»


  • Chicago Culinary Kitchen and Roaring Table Brewing Co. in Lake Zurich (a Lake County Libation Trail participant) to serve dad delicious eats and brews. INFO»
  • Celebrate dad by uncorking and unwinding at Vigneto del Bino’s June Pairing Dinner in Antioch. INFO»
  • Fill dad’s artistic void with the ever-extravagant monthly ArtWauk in Downtown Waukegan. However, this installment of ArtWauk is a little different. The City of Waukegan celebrates Pride Month and the defending champion U.S. Women’s Soccer Team competing in the World Cup in France. INFO»
  • The “Jailhouse Rock” extraordinaire performs at Miller’s Dog N Suds. View Travis Morris as Elvis as he sings all of the hits. INFO»
  • Celebrate the freedom of our ancestors as Waukegan commemorates the end to slavery at their annual Juneteenth Celebration. INFO»
  • It’s the final weekend of wild costume parties, voodoo dolls and surprise romance at PM&L Theatre in Antioch as the curtain call for Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is June 16. INFO»
  • Create a glass planet masterpiece with dear old dad at Mundelein’s Peter Patterson Glassworks. INFO»
  • Watch the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup as our fair county has plenty of drinking holes to wet your whistle with international suds. Cheers to the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team in repeating as cup champion! INFO»

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