Just when you thought your dreams were drifting away with summer ending, September shows up in Lake County. The result? Autumn for the win!
Fall is a big season! It’s so full of rich colors, robust flavors and so many festive events that it’s hard to make a decision on what to do.
From pumpkin patches to family friendly festivals and haunted houses, Lake County has what you’re looking for in the fall. Summer is all but lost, but in relief: autumn’s here.
The great Chicago critic, Roger Ebert said it best, “There is a part of me that will forever want to be walking under autumn leaves, carrying a briefcase containing the works of Shakespeare and Yeats and a portable chess set. I will pass an old tree under which once on a summer night I lay on the grass with a fragrant young woman and we quoted E.E. Cummings back and forth.”
Scroll down and get info on pumpkin patches, popular and unique festivals and events, Oktoberfest celebrations, Halloween festivities, fun runs and so much more!
10th Annual Bourbon & Beer Fest @ The Vine in Grayslake
Friday, September 9; 6-10 p.m.
This year The Vine in Grayslake is going even bigger to show Lake County what these amazing Spirits are all about. Come enjoy over 70 whiskeys, 30 craft beers, live music, cigars and barbecue. We will be supplying more tented areas and heaters this year. Entertainment includes 3 If by Air, The Whiskey Bends, Kai Andersen & The Pickups, Acoustic Alibi and Mallory Lennon. This will be a fall event that you will not want to miss. Must be 21 years of age or older. Please visit the website for tickets and more information.
6th Annual Mundelein Arts Festival
Saturday-Sunday, September 10-11; 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
The weekend long juried event will showcase the talents of exceptional artists and craftspeople in a variety of media. Student artwork from Mundelein and Carmel Catholic High Schools will also be highlighted. Bring the family! Come share a magical day in the park enjoying original artwork, live music, and a tasty assortment of food from local eateries.
Northern Illinois Airshow – Wings Over Waukegan
Saturday September 10; Noon-4 p.m.
The Northern Illinois Airshow at Waukegan National Airport is scheduled as a one-day event and will carry a “Remember 9-11” theme. Near the Soutch Gate, they will also dedicate an F-111 Aardvark currently undergoing restoration work by the local EAA for a static display in a proposed Lake County Veterans Memorial. This airshow is a platform to remember the sacrifices that veterans gave to our country to preserve and protect freedom. Approximately 10,000 people are expected to watch the exciting aerial performances and share in the excitement that the roar of aircraft engines bring. The show will feature vintage Warbirds, mock dogfights, and aerobatics, along with many aircraft on static display. Unlike other regional airshows, this one is an up close and personal experience. Attendees can actually walk right up to the airplanes and ask the pilots questions; the show is as much education as it is entertainment. There also will be food and refreshment booths.
2nd Annual Legions of Craft Beer Fest
Saturday, September 17; 2-7 p.m.
The festival will feature craft beer and cider from more than 50+ unique breweries along with urban cuisine from a variety of food trucks offering everything from gourmet grilled cheese and cupcakes to sausage, tacos, BBQ, skewers, sliders, and more. Live music from a range of Chicagoland bands and performers will be featured throughout the day. Plus, take part in raffles sponsored by Gurnee American Legion Post 771, and enjoy on-site and on-air interaction with DJs from 102.3 XLC! This beer fest is a one-of-a-kind experience you don’t want to miss.
4th Annual One World Festival
Saturday, September 17; 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Come out and celebrate many different cultures all at one festival. This family friendly event will include food and activities of cultures including Irish, Asian-Indian, Japanese, Russian, Mexican and more. Dancers from the different cultures will also be performing. Also enjoy arts and crafts, beer and wine.
4th Annual Rock the Block Party
Saturday, September 17; 5-11 p.m.
Lake Zurich’s annual rockin’ block party. Enjoy live bands, beer, wine, Mike’s Hard, water, non-alcoholic beverages, food trucks, cart vendors, giant slide, face painting and balloon art. On Main Street between Church and Old Rand Rd. Admission is free but they request attendees donate 3 unopened, non-perishable food products and receive a raffle ticket to win prizes. Food and beverages are available for purchase at an additional charge. Over 21 wristbands $1. No outside food, beverages or coolers allowed.
Long Grove’s Apple Fest
Friday-Sunday, September 23-25
Come out for a fun-filled weekend of live entertainment, music, shopping and fine dining throughout this charming, historic downtown village. This is a great event filled with activities for the whole family including pony rides, kiddie rides and face painting. Restaurants and specialty shops will feature a wide variety of apple-inspired treats for all to enjoy. Plan to welcome the beautiful fall season at Long Grove’s Apple Fest 2016.
Deerfield’s Harvest Festival & Touch A Truck
Saturday, September 24; 8 a.m.-Noon
Begin the day from 8am-noon at Deerfield’s Farmers Market with wonderful fruit, plants, vegetables, and specialty foods and plenty of kid’s activities. Kids will enjoy R.C. Juggle Balloon Creations, Vera Face Painting, pumpkin seed guessing contest, pong darts, gourd bowling, apple bobbing, Jack-O-Lantern bean bag toss, pumpkin ring toss, Touch-A-Truck (fire trucks, military vehicles, snow plows, etc.), great prizes and more! Then come back at 5:30pm for incredible evening of music and fun in downtown Deerfield.
Vernon Hills 11th Annual Oktoberfest Celebration
Saturday, September 24; 3-10 p.m.
Experience an afternoon and evening of fun and laughter. Free crafts, pumpkin painting, live entertainment, petting zoo, raffles, inflatable activities and much more. Food and drinks for this event will be prepared and sold by local not-for-profit organizations. Try the brats, burgers, hot dogs, taffy apples and much more. Please visit the website for more information and updates.
Farm Heritage Festival at Lakewood Forest Preserve in Wauconda
Check out hundreds of antique tractors, cars and steam engines, and other
farm machinery as we celebrate Lake County’s rural roots. Tractor parades, petting zoo, sheep herding demonstrations, scarecrow making, museum exhibits, wagon rides and other activities for kids and families.
Six Flags Great America Fright Fest
September 24-October 31
It’s Thrills by Day, Chills by Night at Fright Fest Presented by Snickers®. Six Flags Great America will be totally transformed into a Halloween playground, Fridays-Sundays & Columbus Day. Have a ghoulish good time with 6 weeks of terror, 6 fantastic live shows, electrifying street entertainment and 6 thrilling haunted houses. Plus, experience all the rides in the dark. There will also be a special trick-or-treat trail just for kids.
Dungeon of Doom Haunted House
Thursdays-Sundays, September 24-November 5
The Legendary Dungeon of Doom Haunted House now located at the old Briquette Factory in Zion, Illinois, is not for the faint of heart. The Dungeon of Doom has earned its legendary reputation as the most bone-chilling, best haunted house in Chicago. This house has an underground feel, and is filled with a cold chill paralleled to what some equate to Paranormal. Dates open are September 24 & 30, October 1, 7-9, 14-16, 20-23, 27-31 & November 4-5.
Savor Libertyville, A Chef Fest!
Saturday, October 1; 6-10 p.m.
MainStreet Libertyville and the David Adler Music and Arts Center have joined forces to co-sponsor an inaugural event for this year. Join your friends for this tasty gathering and enjoy the ambiance of the David Adler Music and Arts Center, one of Libertyville’s historic treasures. The evening will feature gourmet tastings from Libertyville chefs, specialty cocktails and a sweets table. Tickets are $100 and must be purchased in advance.
The Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival
Friday-Sunday, October 7-9; Fri 4-9 p.m., Sat 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
The Great Highwood Pumpkin Fest will boast fan favorites including all you can carve pumpkins, Trick or Treating, costume contests, Pumpkin Parade, hay rides, pony rides, petting zoo, carnival rides, kids crafts, two stages jam packed with solid entertainment, food and beverage vendors galore and a Superhero 5K Pumpkin Run/Walk. As always, all lit jack-o-lanterns will be placed on pumpkin walls throughout the Festival grounds, with ceremonial wall lighting Friday and Saturday nights, and the grand lighting on Sunday evening.
Celebrate Friday and have dinner al fresco or inside and walk down Milwaukee Avenue to support the local downtown stores. You will never know what you might find, including good music, special promotional events and even a wine tasting or two.
Lincolnshire’s Annual Boo Bash
Friday, October 28; 4-9 p.m.
Boo Bash is coming soon! Some of the frightful fun to be had will include a costume parade, pumpkin bounce house, a magic show featuring The Great Boodini, Mad Science Slippery Slime Booth, performances by Starland Theater, a haunted trail/house, food trucks and more.
Head over to our Fall Farm Fun blog for information about Lake County farm activities.
5Ks, 10Ks and more
19th Annual Rotary Race Long Grove
Saturday, September 10; 8:30 a.m.
Register today for this annual race. The course is laid out in a beautiful up-and-back route that starts in downtown Long Grove and takes advantage of some of the area’s picturesque terrain. It’s been described as a ‘rolling’ course with a great downhill finish. Split times are given at 1 & 2 mile marks. Water and aid stations are provided. Race day walk-in registration is allowed.
Dead Last Zombie 5K Run/Walk Grayslake
Saturday, September 10; 9:30-12:30 p.m.
Grayslake’s Inaugural Zombie Run features an actual 5K race for your life in the midst of mind-boggling, brain-eating Zombies! The object of the race is to win-both by speed and by getting to the finish line alive! Zombies will be present on the course at specified intervals throughout the race course and runners will sport flag belts with two flags per runner at the start of the race. Zombies will attempt to remove the runners’ flags – thus taking their ‘life’. Runners must complete the race alive and will find strategically located extra ‘life flags’ along the course route. The trick will be to dodge the zombies that might just be killing time near the ‘life flags’! Runners can win by speed alone but the biggest prize goes to the fastest runners coming out alive with at least one ‘life flag’ left. This year there will also be a 1 mile Fun Run/Walk. Register online.
The 38th Annual Alpine Races Lake Zurich
September 11; 7:30 p.m.
Presented by the Alpine Runners, this is a 1/2 Marathon, 5K Run/Walk, Youth Mile, and also offers kid’s races. Something for all runners and the whole family. The races run through the streets and along the shores of beautiful Lake Zurich. Gatorade, water, and time splits will be available along the course. Food and drinks will be available to participants at the finish line. No dogs, strollers, bikes, rollerblades or headphones are allowed in the races please.
George Bridges 5K Run & Day of Play Waukegan
Saturday, September 17; 9 a.m.
Register online now for this 5k run. Medals will be awarded in multiple categories. Register before 9/1 and runners will receive a t-shirt. Then stay for more fun after with fitness vendors, health screenings, fitness contests, sports, games, crafts and much more.
Prairie State Marathon and Half Marathon Libertyville
Saturday, October 8; 8 a.m.
The course starts in Independence Grove Forest Preserve before traveling onto crushed limestone paths meandering through and by northern Illinois prairie, forests, rivers and lakes. All courses are USATF certified. The Marathon is a Boston Qualifier. Runners and walkers are welcome.
Long Grove’s Annual Turkey Trot
Thursday, November 24; 9 a.m.
This is a great family event for all: walkers and runners, young and old. Run the downtown streets of scenic, historic Long Grove and finish under the signature covered bridge. The course is USATF certified, winding through trails and quaint neighborhoods amid the majestic beauty of Long Grove. Enjoy the live band and beer & hot cider after race completion. Please visit the website to register.
Live Performances and Shows
Tempel Lipizzans 2016 Performances Wadsworth
Sunday, September 11; 1 p.m.
Witness artistry and history come to life as the Tempel Lipizzan stallions enchant audiences with their power, intelligence and grace. From the play of newborn foals to the leaps of athletic stallions, the Tempel Lipizzans are an experience for the entire family. This unique performance set to music has become a Lake County favorite. Enjoy lunch or dinner in the cafe before the show. Save by purchasing tickets in advance. Group rates also available.
The Little River Band at the Genesee Theatre
Thursday, September 15 ; 7:30 p.m.
The Little River Band is stronger than ever with a rock/country crossover sound and the unmistakable feeling of a band really enjoying itself. Join them at the Genesee with special guests Ambrosia.
George Thorogood & The Destroyers at the Genesee Theatre
Friday, September 16; 7:30 p.m.
The most ‘bad to the bone’ performance in rock George Thorogood & the Destroyers are badder then ever. They will be playing a catalog of classics that include Who Do You Love, Bad to the Bone, I Drink Alone, Move it on Over and more.
The Sanfilippo Summer Series Younce Guitar Duo, With Special Guest, Miriam Pico Sanfilippo Estate in Barrington
Saturday, September 17; 6:30 & 8 p.m.
Father & Son duo, Jerry and Ryan Younce from Travis City, Michigan bring their duo guitar stylings, heavily influenced by jazz, gypsy guitar, flamenco and other world music, including Celtic and Latin rhythms, to the Sanfilippo Stage for the first time. Joining them as special guest singer, will be Sanfilippo favorite, Miriam Pico.
An Afternoon with Rita Moreno at the James Lumber Center
Sunday, September 18; 4 p.m.
For pairing an afternoon of story with song, Rita Moreno is both master chef and sommelier. The table is set with a full course that includes some of Rita’s favorites from the American songbook — Broadway classics, including selections from West Side Story, Sunset Boulevard, Master Class, Swing, Jazz, selections from her new Spanish album, Una Vez Más and even Rap. Enjoy a confection of her experiences, anecdotes and encounters collected over her storied lifetime.
Alice Cooper at the Genesee Theatre
Thursday, September 22; 8 p.m.
Alice Cooper pioneered a grandly theatrical brand of hard rock that was designed
to shock. Spend the night with his rock-psycho drama, featuring his greatest hits like School’s Out, I’m Eighteen, Poison, No More Mr. Nice Guy and many more. Tickets on sale now.
Modern Day Romeos at Austin’s
Friday, September 23; 10 p.m.
A top drawing party band with impressive numbers in any venue or festival. All six of its members have come together from different musical backgrounds to create one of the most fun, unique and high-energy shows.
The Great Affairs at Mickey Finns
Friday, September 23; 10 p.m.
With nods to everyone from Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Cheap Trick, and The Cars, The Great Affairs also share common ground with the likes of more contemporary acts as The Gaslight Anthem, Butch Walker, and The Hold Steady; offering up the kind of sweaty, gimmick-free, big guitar anthems that’ll rattle your brain, just as easily as they might slip into lonesome troubadour mode and soothe your soul.
Josh Turner at the Genesee Theatre
Friday, September 23; 7:30 p.m.
Multi-platinum MCA Nashville recording artist Josh Turner, is one of country music’s most recognizable hit-makers. With a rich, deep voice and distinctive style, Turner has sold more than 12 million units, is a disciple of traditional country music and one of the youngest members of the Grand Ole Opry. From his 2003 Platinum-selling debut Long Black Train to his most recent 2012 Billboard No. 1 release Punching Bag, Turner has garnered multiple GRAMMY, CMA, and ACM nominations.
Butterflies are Free at the Three Brother’s Theatre
Blind since birth, Don Baker has had the honor of being the hero of his mother’s
children’s book series, “Donny Dark.” He’s also had the honor of having an overprotective mother watching every single one of his moves, but that’s all about to change once Don moves out into his first apartment in Manhattan. Everything’s fine until Don’s mother meets his hippy dippy neighbor and aspiring actress, Jill. This 1970’s period piece will leave you laughing and crying.
Lambs Farm’s Theater Presents The Lion King
Saturday-Sunday, September 24-25
This wonderful performance will be put on entirely by Lambs Farm Participants – serving as actors, set designers, decorators, choir members and more. The beloved Disney movie takes place in a kingdom of lions in Africa which originally was influenced by William Shakespeare’s Hamlet.” The Lion King tells the story of a young lion, Simba, who is to one day replace his father, Mufasa, as King.
Bill Engvall at the Genesee Theatre
Thursday, September 29; 7:30 p.m.
Bill Engvall is a Grammy nominated, multi-platinum recording artist and one of
the top known comedians in the country. Known for his part in the Blue Collar Comedy troupe, Envall’s humor and southern charm will make it a night not to be missed.
The Birds at the Citadel Theatre
September 30-October 30
Daphne du Maurier’s story, the basis for Hitchcock’s film, is adapted by Conor McPherson—an unsettling look at human relationships in the face of societal collapse. Strangers Nat, Diane and Julia take shelter from relentless masses of attacking birds.
Black Violin at the Genesee
Sat, October 1; 8 p.m.
Black Violin is the blend of classical, hip-hop, rock, R&B, and bluegrass music. Live, they are accompanied by their incredible band, featuring ace turntable whiz DJ SPS and a drummer. Along with Chicago Bucket Boys, this should be a show not to miss. Ticket prices are $23.00, $28.00 & $48.00.
James & the Giant Peach at the James Lumber Center
Thurs-Sun September 29-October 2
A magical peach! An imprisoned boy! Insect friends! An incredible journey! Escape with James and his insect friends as they go on amazing adventures inside a magical peach. All your favorite characters are her– James Henry Trotter, Aunt Sponge, Aunt Spiker, Old-Green-Grasshopper, Ladybug, Earthworm, Centipede and Spider. Roald Dahl’s first and most widely celebrated book for young people comes hilariously to life in this delightful dramatization. Show length: approximately 60 minutes.
Boy Band Review at Austin’s
Friday, October 7; 10 p.m.
Boy Bands Review has captured the hearts of fans with their show that transports audience members back in time to the days of frosted tips and hunky front men professing their undying love. The biggest seller: the band is an incredible throw back experience with dancers and back up singers where the audience members relive the best years.
Carlos Mencia at Genesee Theatre
Friday, October 7; 8 p.m.
Known for his brash comedy about politics and race, Carlos Mencia has been winning over audiences with his take-no-prisoners performing style and humorous observations for decades. Mencia’s show pokes fun at everything and everything, from talking about racist road signs to having religious figures wrestle each other. Ticket prices from $38-$48.
Kashmir Led Zepplin Tribute Band at Austin’s
Saturday, October 8; 10 p.m.
Kashmir is a very entertaining show bringing only the best of Led Zeppelin to their fans. Kashmir seeks to re-create the experience of a 70’s Zeppelin show utilizing authentic vintage stage gear, costumes, and special effects, with great attention to detail in a non-pretentious way.
Here Come the Mummies at the Genesee Theatre
Saturday, October 8; 8 p.m.
Here Come the Mummies is an eight piece funk-rock band of 5,000 year old Egyptian mummies with a one track mind. Their “Terrifying Funk from Beyond the Grave” will make you lose your mind with hits like Pants, Dirty Minds, Freak Flag and Funk Little Baby. With with special guest Chicago Funk Mafia, this should be a great show. Tickets $27.50.
Bill Maher at the Genesee Theatre
Sunday, October 9; 7 p.m.
Come out for an evening with comedian Bill Maher. known for being the host of Politically Incorrect and Real Time, Maher is known for his sarcastic attitude, political satire and sociopolitical commentary. He targets many topics including religion, politics, bureaucracies, political correctness, and the mass media.
Rick Springfield & Loverboy at the Genesee Theatre
Thursday, October 13; 7:30 p.m.
One night, two bands that defined the 80’s. Rick Springfield became a teenage heartthrob after his smash hit, Jessie’s Girl. Loverboy, with their trademark red leather pants, bandannas, big rock sound and high-energy live shows, has sold more than 10 million albums, and earned four multi-platinum plaques. Don’t miss this great night of music.
Sgt. Pepper’s Presented by Art of Time at the Genesee Theatre
Friday, October 14; 7:30 p.m.
Led by Artistic Director Andrew Burashko, Toronto’s Art of Time Ensemble transforms the way the audience experiences music. Fusing high art and popular culture, their reinvention of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band entertains as it enlightens.
GooRoos at Mickey Finns
Friday, October 14
Refreshing high powered current radio super hits from: Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars, Maroon 5, One Republic, Fall Out Boy, Neon Trees, Avicii and more!
Wedding Banned at Austin’s
Friday, October 14; 10 p.m.
Skip the ceremony, start the party! Music- Lot’s of 80’s, some 90’s and other surprises. Be the bride and groom, come sing, dance and laugh. Come out for a great time. 21 and older only.
The Second City “Free Speech (While Supplies Last)” at the James Lumber Center
Saturday, Octover 15; 8 p.m.
The Second City Touring Company performs “Free Speech! (While Supplies Last),” an irreverent look at America’s electoral insanity. This topical new show features political satire made famous by Second City stars like Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert and Keegan-Michael Key. It’s a must-see evening of comedy that features some of Chicago’s best and brightest and a majority of laughs.
This Pulitzer Prize-Winning classic will follow the journey and the rise of eager young J. Pierrepont Finch. Finch, a window-washer joins a huge corporation by starting in the mail room, and becomes chairman of the board two weeks later. This show is one not to be missed.
Peppa the Pig at the Genesee Theatre
Sunday, October 16; 2 p.m.
Based on eOne’s popular Peppa Pig television series, Peppa Pig’s Big Splash is a fully immersive musical production featuring a dozen familiar and original songs, as well as a sing-a-long. An interactive experience full of singing, dancing, games, and muddy puddles, Peppa Pig’s Big Splash is a guaranteed blast for the whole family.
40th Annual Guest Artist Concert Featuring Ernie Watts at the James Lumber Center
Sunday, October 16; 4 p.m.
Two-time Grammy Award winner Ernie Watts has a career that spans 50 years, from playing with the Buddy Rich Big Band in the 1960s to touring with Pat Metheny in the 1980s. As a studio musician in Los Angeles, he has been featured on more than 500 recordings by artists ranging from Cannonball Adderley to Frank Zappa, always exhibiting his unforgettable trademark sound. Watts won the prestigious Frankfurt Music Prize in 2014, and in 2015 was guest of honor at the Telluride Jazz Festival in Colorado. His 2016 release “Wheel of Time” includes a range of tempos and styles, from blues to calypso, waltz to post-bop and a peaceful ballad. The Tuesday Night Jazz Ensemble will also perform.
Dueling Pianos International at the Genesee Theatre
Friday, October 21; 7:30 p.m.
Combine two sharp-witted, incredibly talented musicians with two grand pianos on a stage, then add in a roomful of people and enjoy an evening of fast, funny, and unforgettable entertainment. Their musical repertoire ranges from Classic Rock to Country, Hard Rock to R&B, and Show Tunes to Top 40. Best of all, the audience is the star of the show; shouting out requests, singing along to favorites, bantering with performers, and having the time of their lives.
The Transformation Band at Mickey Finns
Saturday, October 22
Transformation is the most versatile professional Rock/Pop/Country/Motown/R&B Band in Chicago. Transformation is made up of 7 top professional musicians with extensive backgrounds from stage to studio.
Theresa Caputo Live! The Experience
Saturday, October 22; 7:30 p.m.
Theresa Caputo, psychic medium and star of the hit TLC show, Long Island Medium, will be appearing live at the Genesee Theatre. Theresa will give interactive readings to some audience members throughout the show and will also share personal stories about her life and her unique gifts. Tickets start at $39.75 plus applicable fees.
Singin’ in The Rain at the Marriott Theatre
October 26-December 31
Singin’ in The Rain is based on the 1952 American musical comedy film. It offers a lighthearted depiction of Hollywood in the late ’20s, with the three stars portraying performers caught up in the transition from silent films to talkies. This play will include some splashy old-fashioned fun.
Survivor, John Waite and A Flock of Seagulls at the Genesee Theatre
Saturday, October 29; 7 p.m.
Go back in time for a night of 80’s rock with Survivor, John Waite and A Flock of Seagulls. Before the show, tease your hair and wear your best frayed jeans and enter the 80’s costume contest. Prizes for best male, female and couple will be awarded.
The Monkees – 50th Anniversary Tour
Friday, November 4; 8 p.m.
Here they come again hey, hey, it’s The Monkees! 50 years after their groundbreaking show and hit singles first took televisions and record players by storm, original Monkees members Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork of the Monkees reunite to perform a full evening of magic music and multi-media splendor! Don’t miss this incredible evening of history-making hits like Daydream Believer, Last Train to Clarksville, I’m a Believer, A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You. Tickets $40.00 to $95.00 with VIP Packages available.
The Avett Brothers at the Genesee Theatre
Saturday, November 5
The Avett Brothers joined together to present songs about the human experience. Subject matters are tragic, joyful, and inexhaustible. They combine bluegrass, country, punk, pop melodies, folk, rock and roll, indie rock, honky tonk, and ragtime to produce a novel sound. Tickets are priced at $68-$78.
Waukegan Concert Chorus Presents ‘American A cappella’
Sunday, November 6; 4 p.m.
The Waukegan Concert Chorus are semi-professional and community based performance groups. Music will include Thompson’s Peaceable Kingdom and Dailey’s In Remembrance. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for Senior and Military and $5 for students 19 and older, students under 18 years are free and an adult must accompany children under 12.
FAME! The Musical at the James Lumber Center
Sunday, November 6; 3 & 7 p.m.
Derived from the award-winning film and television series, FAME – The Musical follows the incredible journey of a group of vibrant, multi-cultural young artists at New York’s High School of Performing Arts. Featuring music for the ages, this riveting theatrical odyssey inspires audiences to embrace their talents and follow their dreams.
Goo Goo Dolls at Genesee Theatre
Wednesday, November, 9; 7:30 p.m.
Ruling the pop-rock charts since the late 80s, the Goo Goo Dolls never skimp on energy or spectacle with hits like Iris, Slide, Give a Little Bit and Better Days. The Goo Goo Dolls have become one of the most globally respected and influential forces in popular music history, selling more than 10 million albums since 1986. With special guest SafetySuit this is a show not to be missed.
Styx at the Genesee Theatre
Thursday, November 10; 7:30 p.m.
Styx have committed to rocking the Paradise together with audiences far and wide and now coming to the Genesee Theatre for one night of original hits. Enjoy Come Sail Away, Renegade, The Grand Illusion, Blue Collar Man and Crystal Ball.
Blue October at Austin’s
Friday, November 11; 8 p.m.
Blue October is the Texas-based band known for its shimmering melodies and heart-string pulling lyrics, boasting a powerful line-up of players and one of the most emotionally charged and magnetic front men in music today in Justin Furstenfeld. Blue October has charted eight Top 40 singles over seven albums. Don’t miss this great night of music.
The B-52’s at Genesee Theatre
Friday, November 11; 8 p.m.
It is well known that the B-52s are the World’s Greatest Party Band. Thirty-five years and over twenty million albums later, there can be no doubt as to why they remain one of rock music’s most beloved and enduring bands with hits like Love Shack, Rock Lobster, Dance this Mess Around, Roam and Private Idaho. Tickets are $28-$73.
Peter Cetera at the Genesee Theatre
Saturday, November 12; 8 p.m.
Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter Peter Cetera has had two distinct musical careers. During his time with legendary rock group Chicago, 18 of their most memorable albums were recorded. A solo artist since 1986, Cetera has made a name for himself with hits such as The Glory of Love, The Next Time I Fall, Feels Like Heaven, After All, Chances Are and No Explanation. Peter still enjoys performing his timeless hits which continue to touch the lives of people worldwide. Tickets $49.50-$92.50.
Lake Forest Symphony’s Brahms and Dvorak
Saturday – Sunday, November 12-13; Sat 8 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.
Allison Eldredge makes her LFS debut in a program featuring testaments of love by two composers with great admiration for one another. Eldredge brings her deeply communicative tone and commanding technique to Dvorák’s testament of secret love and the last of his ‘American’ works. Maestro Kulenovic leads the orchestra in Brahms’ Third Symphony – a reconciliation of the composer’s love for Clara Schumann.
An Evening With Jillian Michaels at the Genesee Theatre
Thursday, November 17; 7:30 p.m.
Make no mistake; this is no speech! Each show is a truly unique, interactive evening of wit, humor, inspiration, information, and audience Q&A that will help you shatter any and all obstacles holding you back. In her trademark, authentic no-nonsense style, Jillian answers your questions, shares her personal stories, and offers up the critical tools for taking control of your health, your emotions, your relationships, your career, and ultimately your life.
Chris Isaak’s Holiday Tour at the Genesee
Friday, November 18; 7:30 p.m.
Known as one of the best live performers of our time, Chris Isaak never skimps on spectacle, energy, and flare. Now see him live as he brings his rock show full of your favorite hits sprinkled with songs of the Holiday season, including Wicked Games, Blue Christmas, Somebody’s Crying, Baby Did a Bad Thing, and Hey Santa. For Chris Isaak, first comes the song. Tickets are $35.00-$95.00.
Everyman at the James Lumber Center
November 11-19; Thursday-Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.
Everyman is successful, popular and riding high, but when Death comes calling, he is forced to account for his life. He embarks on a last, frantic journey to recruit a friend, family member, anyone to speak on his behalf. But Death is close behind and time is running out. One of English drama’s oldest plays, Everyman explodes onto the stage in a startling new adaptation that wrestles with the concerns of our contemporary age. This production contains adult language.
Gurnee Family Theatre Presents Hansel & Gretel
Saturday-Sunday, November 19-20
Bring the family out and enjoy the Gurnee Park District Family Theatre performance of Hansel & Gretel. Children of ages will enjoy this production. Tickets on sale beginning October 10th and are also available at the door.
A Christmas Story: The Musical at Citadel Theatre
November 18-December 18
This musical received rave reviews on its Broadway run and is based on the movie classic. Set in the 1940s, it follows Ralphie Parker and his quest for the Holy Grail of Christmas gifts—an Official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot Range Model air rifle.
Outdoor and Cultural Activities
Des Plaines River Trail Challenge
Now until November 30
Bike it, boat it, foot it or do a mixture of all three as the Lake County Forest Preserve challenges you to travel the entire 31.4 miles of the Des Plaines River Trail and Greenway from start-to-finish. Accept the Challenge and complete the entire trail or make a donation to receive bragging rights, a sense of fulfillment and, of course, our hearty congratulations with a commemorative ‘I took the challenge,’ sling bag. You also have the opportunity to win great raffle prizes. Be sure to document your journey with a selfie stop and post it to your social media. Continue here to follow the interactive challenge map.
2016 Oakwood Cemetary Walk, Waukegan
Saturday, September 10; Noon – 3:30 p.m.
The Oakwood Cemetery Walk is an annual living history event that showcases the
rich history of Waukegan. The cemetery walk starts at Lilac Cottage in Bowen Park. Buses will depart to the cemetery at 12pm, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2pm, and 3:15pm. There is not public parking. Ticket prices are $3 in advance and $5 the day of.
Invasive Plants in the Natural Landscape Exhibit, Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods
September 11-November 6
Introduced species and garden escapees have an impact on the natural landscape, affecting the survival of native plants, birds and other wildlife. The Reed Turner Botanical Artists exhibit depicts some of those plants in watercolor, graphite and colored pencil.
Classic Cruise Night @ Miller’s Dog N Suds
Saturday, September 10; 6-9 p.m.
Classic Car Cruise Night for cars Pre-1973, Hot Rods, Classics, Custom and Antiques. Come out for a Live Broadcast from WRLR FM Radio. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy great food, homemade creamy Root Beer, great music and fun for the whole family.
Deer Park Art Show
Saturday-Sunday, September 10-11; Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
This new outdoor juried show will feature fine art and fine craft for show and sale over the fall weekend. In addition to the artwork, festival-goers will enjoy live performances from a variety of musical acts on the music stage, great food and art activities for kids.
Mis-Shifts Car Club Cruise, Zion
Sunday, September 11; 9:30 a.m.
Come out and check out the collector cars at the Mis-Shifts Car Club Cruise. There will also be raffles, food and a live music from the Mis Shifts. Over 75 trophies will be awarded. Rain date will be September 18th.
Astonomy Under The City Lights, Lake Zurich
Monday, September 12; 7-9 p.m.
Utilizing powerful telescopes, amateur astronomers from LCAS will share views of the Moon and Jupiter from outside the library. These telescopes can magnify the view of the moon and planets as much as 200 times normal size. Rugged craters, valleys and mountains as well as dry lunar seas, oceans and bays can be seen on the surface of the moon. Participants will be able to see the cloud bands on Jupiter as well as several of Jupiter’s larger moons. This event is free and suitable for all ages. There will be special surprises for the young ‘future astronomers’ who attend. No advanced registration is required.
Maze Til Midnight at Richardson Adventure Farm
Friday-Saturday, September 16-17; Fri 3 p.m. – Midnight, Sat 10 a.m. – midnight
Maze til Midnight by the light of the full moon in the World’s Largest Corn Maze, with 33 acres and 11 miles of trails. Explore the whole thing or just one short trail. Bring flashlights or glow-sticks, or buy some on-site. Wooded picnic area, free campfires, pedal carts, corn crib, pumpkin patch, wagon rides, 50′ tube slide, 50′ observation tower, 700′ zip line, Zorbing and concessions.
Vernon Hills Worldwide Day of Play
Saturday, September 17; 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Put away those electronic devices for an afternoon of “un-plugged” play time! Park District staff will lead games including sack races, hula hoop contests, and the popular egg toss! There will also be several other games and activities available. No registration is required. Event will be canceled due to inclement weather.
Join in the fun with the monthly ArtWauk events and experience the arts revolution in downtown Waukegan. Paintings, sculptures, film, dance, theatre, comedy, music, performance arts, great food, amazing neighborhood, pedicabs and awesome people.
Car Fun on 21, Libertyville
Wednesday, September 21; 6-9 p.m.
Last show for the season! Vintage cars 25 years or older in mint condition will be lining Church Street with their proud owners on hand to answer questions. Take a stroll, have a snack, listen to the band and enjoy the evening.
Antioch’s Fall Wine Walk
Saturday, September 24; Noon-4:30 p.m.
The Wine Walks are for those 21 and older who are looking to try some great wine, food, and the opportunity to make new friends. The cost of this event is $40 per person, which includes a commemorative wine glass, event menu, food, bottle of wine, and free drawing prizes. Tickets can only be purchased beginning July 21st in person at the Parks Department (806 Holbek Drive) or online at www.antioch.il.gov. Limited amount of tickets available.
Deerfield Historic Village Open Sundays
Until September 25
The Deerfield Historic Village, 517 Deerfield Road, is open Sundays from 2-4pm, June through September. Explore five historic buildings including the oldest building in Lake County, the 178 year-old Caspar Ott log house. Children can visit a one-room schoolhouse and learn about life in early Deerfield. Free docent guided tours are available. The Deerfield Historical Society, a donor-supported, nonprofit organization, maintains the Village.
36th Annual Recent Works: A Juried Competiton, Grayslake
October 7 – November 13
The 36th annual competition includes all fine art media and is open to all artists who live or work in Lake County. Approximately $2,000 will be awarded in cash prizes and purchase awards for the college’s art collection. Reception: Friday, Oct. 7, 6-8 p.m.
Lake County HawkFest
Come on out October 14-16th for a fun weekend of viewing raptors, both in migration and up close, at Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve. There will also be a wide variety of excellent workshops and presentations at Lake Forest College designed for birders and non-birders alike, and family friendly activities at both sites. Hawkwatching in mid-October allows for the viewer to witness the largest amount of diversity of species with a backdrop of beautiful fall colors. A large flight can produce an outstanding 14+ species of raptors! For a complete agenda of events please click here.
A Taste of the Grape at Renwood Golf Course
Monday, October 17; 6-9 p.m.
Join us for an evening of wine tasting sponsored by the Friends of the Round Lake Area Parks Foundation. Over 70 wines will be available, light hors d’oeuvres will be served. Registration deadline is October 10. Registration is $30 per person. Tickets can be bought through the website or at the Robert W. Rolek Community Center.
Dicken’s Holiday Village, Antioch
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 delight streets of Antioch. Enjoy the charm of Dickens among the many boutiques, gift shops and eateries. Also enjoy special Saturday Dickens activities.
Lightning Strikes: Tesla, Creativity and the Soul of Innovation Lecture, Cuneo Mansion
Saturday November 5; 1-2 p.m.
John Wasik will give a lecture called “Lightning Strikes: Tesla, Creativity and the Soul of Innovation.” Based on his upcoming book Lightning Strikes, John Wasik will use the life and inventions of the inventor Nikola Tesla as a lens to show how we can spark our own creativity and innovation.
Free Self-Guided Tour at Cuneo Mansion
Saturday, November 5; noon-4 p.m.
Loyola University Chicago invites you to Cuneo Mansion and Gardens for a sneak peek of ongoing restoration projects and self-guided tours. Property Manager, Lisa Cushing-Davis, will be on-hand to brief visitors on the work that Loyola has accomplished and what remains to be done. Tours also available 11/19.
Six Flags Great America Bonus Weekend
November 5-6; Sat 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Sun 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Six Flags Great America will be open an extra bonus weekend before closing for the season. Fright Fest will end on October 31st, but the park will open the following weekend for those who want to take one more thrill ride or have one more funnel cake. There will be special hours for the two days.
Moon Over Waukegan
Wednesday November 9; 6:30-8 p.m.
Astronomy Under the City Lights is a free to all-ages event presented by the Lake County Astronomical Society in cooperation with local libraries. LCAS volunteers will bring sophisticated telescopes to allow the public to view the Moon and other objects in the sky. Visitors are welcome to view at any time during the scheduled hours, and stay as long as they want. No registration is required. Groups are welcome. Event is weather permitting.
Antioch’s Champagne, Cordials & Chocolate Holiday Walk
Saturday, November 12; 1-4 p.m.
Participants will be able to Eat, Shop & Be Merry during the Champagne, Cordials & Chocolate Holiday Walk. Enjoy numerous chocolate delicacies while sipping champagne throughout Downtown Antioch participating businesses. The walk includes tastings at each location, a keepsake glass, in-store surprises and drawings, a certificate for a bottle of champagne, plus there will be 4 Winners of Antioch Chamber Gift Certificates. Check-in anytime for a Walking Map & bag at the Antioch Chamber Office between 12-1 pm. Tickets go on sale September 12th. Only 300 tickets will be sold.
CLC Art Faculty Exhibition
November 18-January 15
The College of Lake County’s full-time and adjunct fine art faculty will present their works in this triennial exhibition. The show will include paintings, drawings, photography, ceramics, sculpture, jewelry, and digital media. Reception: Friday, Nov. 18, 6-8 p.m.
Other Events throughout Fall
Meet SpongeBob Squarepants at Tilt Studio
Saturday, September 10; 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 5 p.m.
Direct from the town of Bikini Bottom comes the famous squeaky clean square of sponge, the one and only SpongeBob Squarepants. SpongeBob will be on hand to meet and greet all of his awesome fans of all ages. He’ll make three very special one-hour-long appearances. Be sure to wear any SpongeBob garb so that SpongeBob knows your a big fan. Free photos will be taken with SpongeBob and will be posted on our Facebook page for all to see and share. Don’t forget to enter the drawing to win one of three SpongeBob keepsake prizes. Admission is free.
Volo Auto Museum’s Annual Hot Rods for Huntington
Saturday, September 17; 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Bring the family or friends out for this annual Hot Rod Car Show. Along with the cars, enjoy live music, silent auction, raffles, beers and ears and a People’s Choice Car Show. The event will have a Blues, beers & ears theme. Live music from Jimmy Nick. General admission for show and museum are standard museum rates. Coupons not accepted for this event.
Focusing on Nature Student Botanical Photography Exhibition
August 26-September 18
Join us for the annual exhibition of botanical photography by students of the Joseph Regenstein, Jr. School of the Chicago Botanic Garden. The exhibition features outstanding works by students and instructors in our diverse offering of photography classes.
Lincolnshire’s Food Truck Fridays
Friday, September 23; 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Don’t miss the last day for Food Truck Fridays. With a variety of food trucks participating there will be plenty of choices to enjoy a gourmet lunch. Food Truck Fridays will be held at the Lincolnshire Corporate Center. Free admission and parking.
Parents Night Out with the Gurnee Park District
Saturday, September 24; 5 p.m.
Children will spend a fun evening engagin in age-appropriate activities, games, crafts and other amenities within the Community Center. Pizza and juice will be served for dinner. Children ages 12 months to 3 years can attend from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Children ages 4-11 years can attend from 5:00-9:00 p.m. Fee is $12.00 for residents/$15.00 for non-residents. Register through the website.
Botanicals: Intimate Portraits Exhibit
April 18-September 25
Laurie Tennent’s collection of photographs capture the dramatic color and texture of her plant subjects. Her use of soft and directional light that rapidly fades to black, combined with her polychrome on aluminum printing process give these images a three-dimensional element not often seen in photography.
Windy City Wedding Show
Sunday, September 25; 11 a.m.- 3 p.m.
Imagine a full day of wedding planning, conveniently located, one-stop-shop for everything needed for the most important day. It’s the largest Wedding Expo in Chicago and the suburbs. Over 250 wedding professionals on hand to answer all the wedding needs, from Chicago bridal salons to honeymoon travel specialists. Attend the amazing fashion show featuring the latest dresses from House of Brides and David’s Bridal and formal wear from Men’s Wearhouse.
Lake Forest Open Land’s Annual Bagpipes and Bonfire
Sunday, September 25; 4-7 p.m.
Come out for the 29th annual Bagpipes & Bonfire. Bring the whole family for an evening of games, fun, Scottish entertainment, picnic feast, wine, beer & spirits at the beautiful Middlefork Farm Nature Preserve. The evening culminates with the landing of kilted sky divers, a dramatic bagpipes procession and the lighting of the bonfire.
MainStreet Libertyville Red Hat Day
Friday, September 30; 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Grab a red or pink hat and come out and enjoy a day in Libertyville. Shop in over 28 independently owned shops and salons, wine tastings, food and so much fun. Goody bags, prizes and special promotions too. A prize will be awarded for Best Autumn Inspired Hat.
Harvest Celebration Crush, Vigneto del Bino Winery
Saturday, October 1; Noon-7 p.m.
Come out as we celebrate the 2016 Harvest! Wine tastings, food, discounts on wine purchases, Stomp the Grapes and make a T-Shirt. Also enjoy music on Sunday from 4pm-7pm.
Trucks, Trunks and Treats, Vernon Hills
Saturday, October 8; 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Wear your Halloween costumes to this exciting event! A variety of local organizations will display some of their most unique vehicles in the parking lot of the Family Aquatic Center. Bring your trick-or-treat bags too, because each organization will have candy and other treats available for you. We will get the kids together with the vehicles they love and the people who make them run! We will also have food available for purchase. Purchase tickets online or in-person at the Sullivan or Lakeview Fitness Centers.
Beer & BBQ Walk, Antioch
Saturday, October 8; Noon-4 p.m.
Adults 21 years and older are invited to come out and enjoy sampling Beer and BBQ as while enjoying Antioch’s quaint Downtown. Besides enjoying all of the samples of Beers and BBQ, also receive a keepsake Beer Mug, a coupon for a complimentary 6-pack, and a bag to carry any extra munchies! Plus there will be a raffle with five winners of Antioch Chamber Gift Certificates at Antioch’s Beer & BBQ Walk! Tickets are limited to 300 and go on sale August 8, 2016.
Free Self-Guided Tour at Cuneo Mansion
Saturday, October 8; Noon – 4 p.m.
Loyola University Chicago invites you to Cuneo Mansion and Gardens for a sneak peek of ongoing restoration projects and self-guided tours. Property Manager, Lisa Cushing-Davis, will be on-hand to brief visitors on the work that Loyola has accomplished and what remains to be done. Tours also available 10/22, 11/5 & 11/19.
For 45 years, Zurko Promotions has been bringing quality antique shows and flea markets to the Midwest. This event will offer a variety of antiques and collectibles, including country furniture, estate jewelry, Victoriana, postcards, art glass and porcelains, advertising items, old toys, vintage clothing and linens, coins, decorator items, paintings, primitives, treasures, and much, much more.
11th Annual Lambs Farm Barn Burner BBQ
Friday-Saturday, October 14-15
Lambs Farm is cooking low and slow at this Kansas City Barbecue Association-sanctioned event. Teams compete for Grand Champion title and the chance to compete at national events. Free to observe – come ask the competitors BBQ questions. Also on Friday, starting at 7pm, we will have food and beer for purchase (from Tighthead Brewing Company) available in the Lambs Farm Food tent, then stick around for a live DJ. Come back Saturday from 10am – 4pm, join us for fun, games and food. Free admission for visitors. Activities available such as face painting, pumpkin painting, bounce house and more (some free, minimal fees for others).
Every Saturday night come enjoy Lake County’s Original Classic Car Night at Miller’s Dog N Suds 50’s Style Drive-In. Cars pre-1973 or older, plenty of parkihg for the public. The Car Hops will be happy to serve frosted mugs of real draft root beer, Coney Dogs, Texasburgers, root beer floats and much more. Bring a lawn chair.
Sunday Tours at the Gold Pyramid House
Sundays until October 23
Come out and take a tour of the Gold Pyramid House on Sunday afternoons April 17 through October 23rd. The tours are usually 1-2 hours long. Visit King Tuts tomb, tour the inside of the pyramid, and discover exciting artifacts in the gift shop. Please arrive a little early to make sure the tour can start on time. Groups of 6 or more can call for private tours. Tours are scheduled for 2pm in April, May September & October and 11am & 2pm June through August.
CROCtoberfest, Wildlife Discovery Center
Sunday, October 23; 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Knowledgeable members of the Chicago Herpetological Society will give short talks about crocodiles and their kin, including some of our very own residents. Jim Nesci and his world-famous American alligator, ‘Bubba,’ will pay a visit from 10 – 12. Come see the skull of a 24-foot saltwater crocodile, today’s largest living terrestrial predator! There’ll be face painting, storytelling and other activities for children. There will also be craft vendors and other fun for the whole family.
Wine Glass Painting Event at Vigneto del Bino
Sunday, October 23; 5-7 p.m.
Paint your individual design on a wine glass, have a tasting while painting, take a bottle of your favorite wine to go. Cost is $40.00. Space is limited, so reserve a spot today.
Trick or Treat on MainStreet Libertyville
Friday, October 28; 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Trick or treat in the perfect safe and secure environment – the stores in downtown Libertyville! Be sure to bring a camera! Participating stores will have a bright orange pumpkin sign on their door or window.
Model Railroad Garden ‘Landmarks of America’, Chicago Botanic Garden
Until October 30; 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Gather the family together for a remarkably fast tour of the United States when the Model Railroad Garden: Landmarks of America exhibition opens May 7th. Walk through the 7,500 sq.-foot exhibition and pass by nearly 50 familiar miniature American landmarks, all handcrafted from natural materials. Each season the 17 garden-scale trains travel over 22,000 miles past the landmarks, which are surrounded by carefully planned landscapes of 5,000 plants. This year, the Garden adds the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. and Lumberyard Railroad siding prop. Garden members save $1 on admission.
Fine Art of Fiber, Chicago Botanic Garden
November 3-6; Thurs 6:30-9 p.m., Fri-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Stunning quilts, lovely knitted artwear, woven wonders, and breathtaking beadwork are among the abundant handcrafted items on view and for sale during the Fine Art of Fiber, held at the Garden’s Regenstein Center. The area’s oldest, largest, and most unique fiber art event, the Fine Art of Fiber is hosted by Illinois Quilters, Inc., North Suburban NeedleArts Guild, and the Weavers Guild of the North Shore. A complimentary opening night, including early buying privileges, is from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday evening.
Dickens Fall Fest in Downtown Antioch
Come Celebrate Dickens Holiday Village with our new Fall Festival that includes a large, family-friendly carnival. This large carnival offers rides for every age. A wide variety of tickets options are available to offer savings for multiple visits. Enjoy some seasonal beverages, foods, and crafts at Dickens Fall Fest. Held in the municipal parking lot near Toft Avenue. Visit the website for a schedule listing and pricing.
Thunder From Down Under Girls Night Out at Austin’s
Tuesday-Wednesday, November 15-16
For 15 years Thunder From Down Under has been “eye candy” for women of all ages with the dancers making women happy in the blink of an eye and the unbuttoning of a shirt! This show is the ultimate bachelorette party experience. This is an added show as the first one sold out quickly.
Grapevine Wreath Decorating Event at Vigneto del Bino Winery
Sunday, November; 4-6 p.m.
Decorate a Sabrevois grapevine wreath from our vineyard for the holidays, have a tasting while decorating and take a bottle of your favorite wine to go. Reserve a spot today as space is limited.
Thanksgiving Dinner Buffet at Chessie’s
Thursday, November 24; Noon-5p.m.
Book reservations today and bring out the family and forget the clean up. Enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner buffet with all the favorite trimmings and much more. Reservations recommended.
Richardson Farm Christmas Trees and More
November 25-December 23
Create memories to last a lifetime. Bring the family out and cut the family Christmas Tree. Over 50,000 trees growing – thousands to choose from, fresh, handmade decorated wreaths and garland. Free hot chocolate or coffee, free shaking and baling of trees, large heated sales barn with indoor restrooms and handsaws provided everyday. On weekends there are free wagon rides out to trees, freshly made donuts and hot chocolate and concessions.
Wonderland Express, Chicago Botanic Garden
November 25-January 1
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.