Hot Town, Summer in Lake County 2016

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Hot Town, Summer in the Lake County 2016, back of my neck getting rays and breezes! Ok maybe that is a stretch in changing the lyrics, but you have to get excited about the summer season change!

Just when you think it’s spring (which kind of showed up), summer comes and spoils the party. Oh wait a second, that’s a win for all of us!

Lake County knows how to make the most of our winters. We also know how to take advantage of the warm summers.

Now that the weather is FINALLY warming up explore next weekend what Lake County has to offer. From festivals to thrills at Six Flags Great America and KeyLime Cove. From the music you can dance to and the classy music wafting through your ears at Ravinia. To the relaxing experience you get boating, fishing or playing in the waters of Lake Michigan, Chain O’Lakes and 70 + lakes in our fair Lake County. To the fantastic memories made in 30,000 acres in Lake County’s forests. To the 88th Annual Lake County Fair, Lake County has all you need to make unbelievable experience in the summer time.

Let’s not forget, it’s Lake County Restaurant Week, June 10-19, giving you 10-days to savor. On June 8, Visit Lake County and 102.3XLC will host a kickoff event at The Chocolate Sanctuary in Gurnee. But let’s celebrate the season with the hot town summer in Lake County 2016 blog, right about……now!

Premier Events during Hot Town, Summer in Lake County 2016

Our visitors guide is coming out quite soon. These are some of the events featured on our calendar:

Tempel Lipizzans 2016 Performances
June 19-Sept 11

Witness artistry and history come to life as the Tempel Lipizzan stallions enchanTempel Lipizzans 2016 Performancest 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. Evening performances are scheduled 6pm for Saturdays June 25, July 16, August 13. Matinee performances are scheduled for 1pm Sundays and Wednesdays, June 19 & 29, July 3,6, 10, 20, 24 & 27 & 31, August 3, 7, 17, 21 & 24 & 28 and September 4, 7 and 11. Enjoy lunch or dinner in the cafe before the show. Save by purchasing tickets in advance. Group rates also available.

Ravinia Festival - Click to EnlargeRavinia Opens


Ravinia Festival is the oldest music festival in North America and is lauded for presenting world-class music in an inviting, natural environment. The festival attracts over 600,000 listeners to some 120 to 150 events that span all genres including classical, chamber music, jazz, rock, world, music theater, dance and kids programming every summer from June-September. Events are hosted in an open-air pavilion that seats 3,200 plus lawn; the 450-seat Bennett ” Gordon Hall; and the 850-seat Arts-and-Crafts-style Martin Theatre, the only building that survives from the park’s original 1904 construction. Ravinia also enables gifted young performers to study under great teachers and perform in concert settings through the world-renowned Steans Institute for Young Artists. The not-for-profit festival also connects music to thousands of families around Chicago through multi-tiered REACH*TEACH*PLAY education programs that range from running a community music conservatory in Lawndale to teaming working musicians with teachers to create music integration in the public schools. For more information, please visit

Stay tuned for our Summer Concert Blog coming up in the next month to see Ravinia and rest of Lake County’s summer concert series.

Third Saturday of each month this summer

Come out for a night of strolling down Genesee Street in downtown Waukegan while enjoying the art galleries, theatres, live entertainment, great food and drinks and friends. Always a good time.

Rust-Oleum Championship Pro-Am at the Ivanhoe ClubRust-Oleum Championship Pro-Am at the Ivanhoe Club
June 6-12

The PGA TOUR and Chicago area-based Rust-Oleum Corporation Monday announced the Tour’s Rust-Oleum Championship will have a new home beginning in 2016, Ivanhoe Club in the northwest Chicago suburb of Ivanhoe, Illinois. The Rust-Oleum Championship field will feature 156 competitors. The Tour is all about competition as well as fun and unparalleled access for the fans, Tickets on sale now.

Zion's Annual Nostalgia DaysZion’s Annual Nostalgia Days
June 17-18

Come out and enjoy the Annual Nostalgia Days Car Show and Cruize. Family movie on Friday night and on Saturday. Also enjoy the antique and custom car show on and cruise on Saturday, food vendors, kid’s activities, DJ’s, radio stations and fun for everyone. Watch the Nostalgia Days video here.


Mundelein Community DaysMundelein Community Days
July 1-4

Event includes musical performances, food, drinks, arts and crafts, car show, carnival, activities for kids and adults, and much more. Live music each day. There will also be a parade and much more fun. Please visit the website for a complete schedule of activities.

Marriott Shows

The two following shows are the summer features at Marriott Resort Lincolnshire

Great Lakes Naval Base 4th of July Celebration
Great Lakes Naval Base 4th of July CelebrationJuly 3-4

For further information about the Great Lakes Naval Base 4th of July Celebration. On July 3, don’t miss a full music line up on the “Rock, White & Blue” main stage featuring Royal Bliss and headlining is Night Ranger. On July 4, festival-goers will enjoy more live music throughout the day. Besides that, children of all ages will have plenty to do in the Kids Zone, featuring tons of dynamite activities! On both days, a full schedule of live family entertainment acts are on the schedule; a “Fun and Fitness” area, designed for those who seek a challenging obstacle course, bingo, the Marketplace, with specialty exhibitor booths for fun shopping; an enormous paintball arena; and roving entertainment and costumed characters! Plus, thrilling carnival rides and games are a must go. After all of that, an abundance of delicious festival food and refreshing beverages and each night a spectacular fireworks show.

Red White & Boom – Adventures in Lincolnshire!Red White & Boom - Adventures in Lincolnshire!
July 3-4

Come out and enjoy this annual celebration. The fun begins on Friday with live entertainment, food and beer tent, carnival games and a classic car show. Then on Saturday start early with the famous Pancake Feast, then join us for the 5K run, followed by the annual 4th of July parade, the Cardboard Boat Regatta, live music, food, zip lining, pony rides and ending with the fireworks extravaganza.

There will be an entire blog that talks about 4th of July festivals and Lake County summer Festivals in general later this month.

Scoop Waukegan 2016
Scoop Waukegan 2016July 8-9

The festival being held on Friday and Saturday will include the Scooping down Genesee St., live music, car show and fun for the whole family. Visit the website for updated information.

Vernon Hills Summer Celebration 2016
July 14-17

Join us for 4 days of food, fun, carnival rides and free entertainment and a huge beer tent. There will also be children’s activities, bingo, live bands every night and fireworks on Thursday. Saturday will feature a car show from 9am-2pm and headliner band Smash Mouth to take stage at 9pm. Sunday enjoy a bags tourny and live entertainment. Other entertainment in the lineup includes The Hot Sauce Committee, Hello Weekend, Mike & Joe and Kaleidoscope Eyes. Please visit the website for updated entertainment schedule. Bring a blanket but leave the coolers home; no alcohol can be brought into the park.

Alpine Fest
July 15-17

ThAlpine Festis family oriented event will bring back all the things people love. There will be well-known bands, events, carnival rides, water fights and activities for the young patrons. In addition to the entertainment there will be some of the best food in Lake County. Enjoy the Alpine Fest Parade downtown Lake Zurich. Admission is free. Please visit website for more details.

UL International Crown at the Merit Club
July 18-24

UL International Crown at the Merit Club

The UL International is coming to Lake County. The competition will take place over four days with 32 players from 8 different countries. It will feature three days of four-ball competition and one day of singles matches on Sunday. Five of the eight countries will advance to the Sunday singles matches based on the outcome of the four-ball matches contested Thursday through Saturday. Tickets are on sale now.

88th Annual Lake County Fair
July 27-3188th Annual Lake County Fair

Come out and enjoy 5 days of fun at the 88th Annual Lake County Fair. Events at the fair include live entertainment, food vendors, carnival rides and games, live animals, motor crossing, banana derby, demolition derby, flower show, expo hall and so much more.

88th Annual Lake County Fair

The 19th Annual Lincolnshire Art Festival
August 12-14

The festival hosts 100 juried artists from around the country in the Village Green of Lincolnshire and offers extraordinary examples of fine art and fine craft in a variety of mediums and price points. Take in the tranquility of Lincolnshire with a wonderful weekend that combines the fun of art with the art of fun. Live music on the music stage, great food and fun activities for kids, including an art scavenger hunt and spin art, make the festival a perfect family experience. Art enthusiasts will have the opportunity to see the masters at work with interactive art demos and booth chats taking place all weekend long! Festival-goers of all ages will have an opportunity to get into the “art-filled” action by contributing to a mural on-site at the festival.

44th Annual Gurnee Days Celebration Celebrating Heroes
August 11-14

Gurnee Days returns this week 44th Annual Gurnee Days Celebration Celebrating Heroes for 4 days of family fun and entertainment.
Activities include a bicycle rodeo, live entertainment, Farmers Market, Gurnee Idol, golf tournament, amusement rides, a 10K race, baby contest, rib fest and eating contest, fireworks, a pancake breakfast, parade, car show, petting zoo, pony rides, a talent show, exhibitors, games, food booths and stage events. Please visit the website for times and entertainment.

Grayslake Summer DaysGrayslake Summer Days
August 19-20

Family music festival with activities for the entire family. Music, carnival games, bingo and beer tents, arts and craft, food vendors, business booth area and Go-Cart races. Bike and Pet Parade – 12 noon Saturday. Summer Days Parade kickoffs at 6:30pm Saturday evening. Visit the website for complete festival activities.

4th Annual Grayslake’s Color Aloft Balloon Festival4th Annual Grayslake's Color Aloft Balloon Festival
August 27

Bring the family out for this exciting new event. The Color Aloft Festival will begin with Hot Air Balloons being inflated and compete in a “Fox and Hounds” contest in which competing balloons seek to land closest to the ‘Fox’. Balloons will be retrieved and return to the park and after dark they will be internally illuminated by their burners or glow. Also enjoy family activities, live music and food vendors. There will also be a Civil War Era Baseball game.

68th Annual Jubilee Days Festival
September 3-5

68th Annual Jubilee Days FestivalThis weekend long festival begins Saturday with the annual 5K run, and in the evening the Miss Zion Pageants followed by an ice cream social. Sunday’s entertainment includes the Arts and Crafts Festival, food, live music and fireworks. Monday will include the Mayors Breakfast, and Arts and Crafts Festival, food and the Jubilee Parade at 1pm. The largest Lake County Labor Day parade.

6th Annual Mundelein Arts Festival
September 10-11

The weekend long juried event will s6th Annual Mundelein Arts Festivalhowcase 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.

2nd Annual Legions of Craft Beer Fest
September 17

2nd Annual Legions of Craft Beer FestThe festival will feature craft beer and cider from more than 35 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 Rock the Block Party
September 17

Lake Zurich’s annual 4th Annual Rock the Block Partyrockin’ 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. Admission is free but we 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.

4th Annual One World Festival4th Annual One World Festival
September 17

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.

Long Grove’s Apple FestLong Grove's Apple Fest
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.


Further Lake County Summer Events

Like we said earlier, Hot Town, Summer in Lake County 2016 is the time to kick back, relax, play and fly! Check out what Lake County has in store for you for the rest of the summer.


Blondie at the Genesee Theatre
June 10; 7:30 pm

Blondie along with guest stars The Smithereens will be rocking the stage at the Genesee Theatrea. Come out for all great music like Atomic, Call Me and Heart of Glass. Tickets on sale soon.

7th Annual Covairs at Volo Auto
June 11; 10 am – 4 pm

Open to all classics but featuring Covairs. There will be dash plaques, trophies, door prizes, and much more. $7 per adult which includes admission to the museum. Prizes for the best patriotic decorated car. Registration from 10am-12pm.

Meet a Stormtrooper at Tilt StudioMeet a Stormtrooper at Tilt Studio
June 11; 11 am – noon, 2-3 pm, 5-6 pm

In a galaxy of games not far, far away, Star Wars is all the rage. So, here’s a chance to get up close and personal with an Imperial Stormtrooper. Have your child’s picture taken with the Stormtrooper for free and posted on our Facebook page. The Stormtrooper will make three special 1-hour-long appearances: 11am-12pm, 2pm-3pm and 5pm-6pm.

Ikebana International Show at Chicago Botanic Gardens
June 11-12; 10 am – 430 pm

The Ikebana International Society presents an exhibition of traditional Japanese flower arranging. This event features many educational opportunities to learn about the mechanics and techniques of ikebana.

18th Annual Nostalgia Car Show
June 12; 9 am – 3 pm

The 18th annual nostalgia car show will roll into Antioch. This free event expects up to 5,000 people to attend. About 400 to 500 show cars will be on-site, and members of the public are also encouraged to bring in their vintage automobiles. Other events include a DJ, raffles, bouncy houses, face-painting, a clown and balloons. Kettle corn and ice cream will also be available.

Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons at Ravinia
Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons at RaviniaJune 12; 8 pm

Come out for a night of music by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Known for songs like My Eyes Adored You, Grease, Walk Like a Man, Big Girls Don’t Cry and many more, this is a show not to be missed. This is Ravinia debut of legendary group.

46th Annual Grayslake Chamber Golf Outing

June 15; 10:30 am

Sign up early for the 46th Annual Golf Outing. For $150.00 each golfer will receive lunch, driving range, golf cart, 2 beverage cart tickets, golf mixer, dinner, silent auction and networking. Reserve a spot before May 15th and save $10 per golfer or $40 per team of 4.

Lincolnshire’s Food Truck Fridays
June 17; 11 am – 2 pm

Every other Friday through September 23rdcome out 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.

Monkey’s & More Exotic Animal Show
June 17; 11-noon

Bring the kids out to Central Park and enjoy this free show. Monkey’s & More Exotic Animal Show will be sure to be entertaining for kids of all ages.

Paul Simon at RaviniaPaul Simon at Ravinia
June 18; 8 p.m.

Come out for a great night of music with singer and songwriter Paul Simon. His diverse music made up of Folk, rock, pop and world will be sure to entertain the entire audience.

Complex Machines: Catapults @ Great Lakes
June 18; 1-3 pm

Students in this class will learn about the history and science of catapults and will build their own. Once the students build their catapults, we will take them outside and put them to the test. This event is free and open to the public and all craft supplies will be provided.

Meet & Greet he Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
June 18; 1;30-2:15 or 245-330 pm

Come get your picture taken with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. There will be 2 different meet and greets to choose from. Space is limited.

Grayslake’s 21st Annual Arts Festival
June 18; 10 am – 4 pm

The festival, held in Downtown Grayslake, promises to be a day of fine art, family entertainment, and great food from local food vendors. Over 60 artists from all over the Midwest will be displaying and selling their work, representing a wide variety of media including pottery, watercolor, oil and pastel painting, pen and ink drawing, wood, photography, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, functional art, and more. Entertainment, children’s activities and a High School exhibit will also be included.’

Sanfilippo Foundation Summer Concert Series Featuring Reginald Robinson, Ragtime Pianist
June 18; 8 pm

This McArthur Grant “Genius” Award winning pianist and historian brings ragtime stylings old and new to the Sanfilippo stage on our 1927 Knabe Concert Grand. Join us as Mr. Robinson demonstrates the various styles that made Ragtime piano the extraordinary and uniquely American genre that it was. Doors open at 6:30 pm for touring, Concert at 8 pm. House only event.

Lake County Restaurant WeekLake County Restaurant Week
June 10-19

Get ready for, 10 Days to Savor. Discover delectable dining all across Lake County. Lake County Restaurant Week is the perfect opportunity to explore new places to dine, or enjoy old favorites. Each participating restaurant will be offering either a pre-fixe menu for you select from, specifically designed for the 10 days, or a special restaurant week dining offer. This 10-day event only happens once a year, so make your reservations now to not miss out.

2016 Libertyville Days Festival
June 16-19

Bring out the family and enjoy carnival rides, food, beer tent, arts & crafts, a parade, live entertainment, and much, much more. Live music from Mighty Wheelhouse, Rollover with Louie Zagoras, Too Easy, Wall of Denial, Hello Weekend, 97Nine, Mellencougar, Sneezy and more.

Antioch’s Summer Arts & Crafts Faire
June 18-19

This newly designed Summer Hand-Crafted Arts and Crafts Faire will feature artisans from around the country. Enjoy more than 140 booths of hand-crafted goods for summer and fall, food and free admission. There will also be plenty of children’s free fun including face painting, balloon art and more!

16th Annual Corvette, Chevy & Street Rod Father’s Day Car Show
June 19; 9 am – 2;30 PM16th Annual Corvette, Chevy & Street Rod Father's Day Car Show

Register a car to show or just come out and see all the great cars. There will be great food, a DJ and raffles. Trophies will be awarded in each category. Rain or shine. Visit the website to register or for more details.

MainStreet Libertyville 11th Annual Golf Outing
June 20; 10 am

One of the premier fun golfing events in all of Lake County. Enjoy all the amenities of a private club. Register early by calling (847)680-0336 or online. Golf cart, hot buffet lunch, cocktail hour with appetizers, dinner with carving and pasta stations and prizes are included.

Cooking With Chef David
June 21; 6:30-8 pm

Sign up for the classes now. Come out and enjoy a cooking demo live with chef David Maish of David’s Bistro. David will prepare 3 courses of fun food that everyone can make at home! $45 includes the full dinner of the three items, white and red wine to compliment the dishes; easy to read recipes, a guaranteed laugh or two and an amazingly fun and educational dining experience. Menu includes Cantaloupe Prosciutto Salad, Scallops en Croute w/ Bacon and Fresh Cherries w/ Almonds & Lemon Cream

Seth MacFarlane With Katharine McPhee at Ravinia
June 22; 7:30 pm

Come out for a night with Seth MacFarlane with the Ravinia Festival Orchestra and special guest Katharine McPhee. The most talked-about show from 2015 returns for more swinging hits and big laughs.

Car Fun on 21
June 22; 6 – 9 pm

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.

Patti LaBelle and the Commodores at RaviniaPatti LaBelle and the Commodores at Ravinia
June 23; 7:30 pm

Patti LaBelle, is an American singer, author, and actress. LaBelle began her career in the early 1960s as lead singer and front woman of the vocal group, Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles. In a career that has spanned fifty years, she has sold more than 50 million records worldwide. Along with the Commodores, this is a show not to be missed.

Bob Dylan and his Band Mavis Staples at RaviniaBob Dylan and his Band Mavis Staples at Ravinia
June 24; 7:30 pm

Bob Dylan is an American singer-songwriter, artist and writer. He has been influential in popular music and culture for more than five decades. Much of his most celebrated work dates from the 1960s when his songs chronicled social unrest, although Dylan repudiated suggestions from journalists that he was a spokesman for his generation.

Did you just see those back to back shows. If this is doesn’t make it a Hot Town, Summer in Lake County 2016 – I don’t know what does!

The Importance of Being Earnest at the Three Brothers Theatre
Now until June 25

Oscar Wilde’s last play has been hailed as one of the most clever comedies in the English Language. Friends Jack Worthington and Algernon Moncrief have both fallen in love. However, their love interests Gwendolyn and Cecily have their hearts set on marrying men named Ernest. Thus begins a subterfuge to conceal their true names. Unfortunately for them, they will quickly realize that no one can truly be Ernest.

Taste of Grayslake and Fireworks
June 25; 4- 10 pm

Fun and entertainment for the whole family. Featuring the “Taste of Grayslake”, and live entertainment. Also enjoy a moonwalks, carnival rides, face painting, obstacle course, climbing wall and much more. Plenty of fun activities to keep everyone happy. Fireworks at dusk.

Key West Fest at Blarney IslandKey West Fest at Blarney Island
June 24-26

We are bringing Key West to the midwest for this special event weekend. Enjoy Key West entertainers and specials all weekend long. Visit the website for more details.

Kathy Griffin at Potawatomi
June 26; 7 pm & 9 :30 pm

Don’t miss the pull-no-punches comedy of Kathy Griffin as she takes the stage for two shows on one night at The Northern Lights Theater inside Potawatomi Hotel & Casino in downtown Milwaukee.

2016 Waukegan Tour of Homes
June 26; 1-5 pm

Come out for the Waukegan Historical Society’s Annual Tour of Homes and spend a Sunday afternoon touring some of the beautiful homes and businesses in Waukegan! The Waukegan Historical Society Annual Tour of Homes showcases beautiful homes of Waukegan. Learn the history of each home and tour the interior. Please call for more information.

4th Annual Good Vibrations Bike Run & BBQ
June 26; 8 am

Register today and enjoy a day on the bike with a 100 mile bike run with 3 stops and BBQ dinner and party at BBQ Productions, Grayslake. Ticket also includes breakfast the Oasis at 8am. Silent auction items and raffle tickets for a 55″ 4K Ultra HDTV also available. Register online.

Growing up in Lake County: Exploring History through the Stories Growing up in Lake County: Exploring History through the Stories of Children Exhibitof Children Exhibit
Now until August 31

Ever wondered what life was like for children in the past? Growing Up in Lake County shares the everyday and extraordinary stories of children who grew up in the county. Try your hand at living and working on a pioneer homestead. Discover what life was like for a young drummer boy in the Civil War. Learn about the first African-American family to settle in the county. Attend school in a one-room schoolhouse and play as children did over 100 years ago. Through real artifacts, historical accounts and hands-on experiences, children connect the stories of the past to their own lives in this new exhibition for families.

Around the World in 180 Days: Adlai E. Stevenson II 1953 World Tour Exhibit at the Lake County Discovery Museum
Now until August 31

Never-before-seen photographs document Adlai E. Stevenson II while on assignment for Look magazine. Stevenson was hired to go on a six-month tour of Europe and Asia to report on social, political and economic conditions in over 30 countries. Follow Stevenson as he meets with the young Queen Elizabeth II in England, Prime Minister Nehru in India, Prime Minister Ben-Gurion in Israel and other heads of state, interacts with local citizens, and sneaks out to visit local markets, all while assuming the role as America’s unofficial diplomat to the world. On display for the first time are more than 40 of Stevenson’s private photographs, along with items gifted to him during his time abroad

Thunder on the Chain Drag Boat RacesThunder on the Chain Drag Boat Races
Now until September 1

“Thunder on the Chain” is Blarney Island’s very own drag boat racing. Beginning in 1978 with just a few patrons who were looking to test out their souped-up motors, the boat races have grown into a weekly event during the summer attracting over 5,000 people weekly and featuring professional race boats & drivers from all around the Midwest. The boat races run Thursday nights for 12 consecutive weeks.


Movies in the Park – The Minions
July 1; 8:30-10:30 pm

Bring a picnic basket, blanket and your family and enjoy the movie. Popcorn and drinks available for attendees. The movie begins at approx. 8:30pm. Movies run the first Friday of every summer month, June-August. The June movie- Good Dinosaur, July-The Minions and the August movie- Inside Out.

4th Annual VooDoo A-Go-Go a Tribute to George Barris
July 2; 10 am

Come out for a day with the Voodoo Kings Car Club. Food, music and raffles. Custom car, hot rod, muscle car and motorcycle show. Pre 1972 only. Participant’s gates open at 9am and spectators gates at 10am. More information to come, please check website for updates.

Mobile Room Escape “The Laboratory” at Gurnee Mills
Now until July 3

Bring a group of friends and you will have 1 hour to solve a series of riddles, puzzles, clues, obstacles, and challenges in order to free yourself from a locked room. By working together you will save the world from eminent danger, but beware as twists and turns lie around every corner. Mobile Room Escape is the first escape room adventure of its kind. A 32 foot luxury climate controlled trailer built just for a great adventure.

37th Annual Freedom Classic 5K and Fun Walk
July 4; 8 am

Celebrate the 4th in a healthy way and join in on this professionally-timed race along a challenging and scenic route. Medals are awarded for the top 3 finishers in each category. Walkers are welcome also. Sign up early and save $5. There will also be a Free 1/2 mile kids run for ages 4-10. Each kid will receive a medal and no registration is required.

Chick Corea Trio, Ms. Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton at Ravinia
July 4; 5 pm

Pianist Chick Corea ranks among a top few in his mastery of jazz dialects, but many among the modern masses speak with his accent. Along with Ms. Lisa Fischer, Grand Baton and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra this should be a great night of Jazz music.

Jelly Belly Summer CarnivalJelly Belly Summer Carnival
July 17-20

Bring the whole family out for 4 days of fun. Celebrate summer with carnival rides, midway games and more at the Jelly Belly Visitor Center. Unlimited rides Friday-Sunday from 12-4 p.m. for $18 per person. There will also be a Belly Flop sale and extended store hours. Please visit the website for updated information at

11th Annual Family Campout
July 9-10

Bring the family out to the annual campout. Attendees may bring their own provisions for dinner, snacks or breakfast. Stop by the registration table to pick up the rules and receive the campsite number. Bring flashlights and see a movie in the park. Sports equipment and grills are available. Campout ends Sunday at 8:30am.

Zurko Antique and Flea Market
July 9-10

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.

25th Annual Civil War Days25th Annual Civil War Days
July 9-10

Northern Illinois’ largest Civil War reenactment. The Lake County Discovery Museum is proud to present the 25th annual Civil War Days encampment. The event features infantry, cavalry and artillery reenactors, as well as musicians, sutlers, medical personnel and civilians. A large-scale battle reenactment, ongoing drills, kids’ activities, and Civil War era shopping are available both days.

Grayslake’s Annual 5K Family Fun Run
July 16; 7:30-10 am

Sign up today for the annual 5K Family Fun Run. The race will begin at 8am, through downtown Grayslake. Race day registration begin at 6:30 AM. Children’s race begins at 7:30. 5K begins at 8am.

Outdoor Summer Concert Featuring Wild Daisy
July 17; 5-6:30 pm

Enjoy free outdoor concerts courtesy of Mundelein Park District and the Village of Mundelein. Bring a chair or blanket for seating. Wild Daisy will be performing great country music this week.

Long Grove Craft Beer DaysLong Grove Craft Beer Days
July 22-23

Craft Beer enthusiasts here is just what you have been looking for. Two days of tastings and food pairings, meet the brewer and more. Live music, beer and cheer created by local brew masters, musicians, chefs and artists. Enjoy the beer, visit our local shops and dine at local restaurants

Lake County Dance ShowcaseLake County Dance Showcase
July 23; 6 pm

The Waukegan Arts Council presents the “Lake County Dance Showcase” on July 23, 2016, 6 p.m. at the historic Genesee Theatre in downtown Waukegan, The event showcases dance groups from across Lake County and celebrates a variety of styles.Please visit the website for a complete list of performances.

Kenny Rogers’ Final World Tour: The Gambler’s Last Deal at Ravinia
July 24; 8 pm

Grammy Award–winning superstar and Country Music Hall of Famer Kenny Rogers takes the festival’s stage as part of his final world tour, “The Gambler’s Last Deal,” with special guests The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Linda Davis. Having been a performer for nearly six decades, Rogers has sold more than 120 million albums worldwide, making him one of the top 10 best-selling male solo artists of all time.

Diana Ross at Ravinia
July 27; 8:30 pmDiana Ross at Ravinia

As a solo artist, Diana Ross is one of the most successful female singers of the rock era. If you factor in her work as the lead singer of the Supremes in the 1960s, she may be the most successful. Come out for Diva supreme while she makes her Ravinia debut.

Oliver at the P.M.&L Theatre
July 22-August 7

Oliver! was the first musical adaptation of a famous Charles Dickens work to become a stage hit. Music, lyrics, and book by Lionel Bart. Directed by Tom Hausman. Show dates include July 22-23, 29-30, August 5-6 at 8pm and July 24 and 31 and August 7 at 2:30pm. Tickets go on sale July 11.

The Velveteen Rabbit at the Marriott Theatre
July 8 – August 14

“When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with but really loves you, then you become real.” Margery Williams’ classic book springs to magical life in this enchanting musical about love, loss and self-esteem. The Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences presents special one-hour presentations for kids (and parents) of all ages!


Eat to the Beat with Scribble Jim
August 3; 11:30 am – 1 pm

Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the entertainment of Scribble Jim. ScribbleMonster’s creator in solo acoustic performance designed to motivate children’s creative expression in thought, music, play and dance.

Antioch’s It’s Thursday ConcertsAntioch's It's Thursday Concerts
June 16 – August 4

Enjoy an evening in the Park after a day of shopping and dining while in downtown Antioch. Thursdays in Antioch, located at the Brook Bandshell. Call for performance schedule.

Movies in the Park – Inside Out
August 5; 8:30 – 10:30 pm

Bring a picnic basket, blanket and your family and enjoy the movie. Popcorn and drinks available for attendees. The movie begins at approx. 8:30pm. Movies run the first Friday of every summer month, June-August. The June movie- Good Dinosaur, July-The Minions and the August movie- Inside Out.

First Fridays on MainStreet Libertyville
August 5; 6-9 pm

Celebrate summer with dining al fresco, then walk around the downtown to see what is happening. Around every corner find music, special treats or a wine tasting. The party starts here and is just waiting for you to join it!

Out to LunchOut to Lunch
August 5; 11 am – 2 pm

One of MainStreet’s most popular events! Enjoy lunch in Cook Park while listening to the sounds of live music. Various food vendors are on hand to satisfy every appetite. enjoy the music of Peter Cimbalo. Out to lunch is held every Friday through August 19th.

Cardboard RegattaCardboard Regatta
August 6; 1 pm

It’s off to the races with this exciting new event! Grab some friends , construct a boat using only cardboard, duct tape and paint, then sail away at Diamond Lake Beach. Awards will be presented to the fastest boats in each class, as well as a host of other awards based on creativity, enthusiasm, and more. A limited amount of cardboard and duct tape to be supplied beginning June 1. Official rules will be provided upon registration. Register by August 3.

MainSweet Dessert Walk
August 6; noon – 3 pm

Stroll around Downtown Libertyville and sample some wonderful tasting-sized portions of desserts at participating shops and restaurants.

David Adler 36th Festival of the Arts
August 6-7

Festival of the Arts has hosted some of the finest work of artists exhibiting in the country. More than 70 talented artists come together to showcase their works of art over the course of the weekend. The artist’s booths will line the gardens of Cook Park. Along with these established artists, a youth art division celebrates the talents of young artists that are 18 years of age or younger. Enjoy original artwork, live music, great food, and a youth art division.

Dolly Parton at Ravinia
August 7

Come out for a great night of music with Country Star Dolly Parton. Parton is the most honored female country performer of all time. Achieving 25 RIAA certified gold, platinum, and multi-platinum awards, she has had 25 songs reach No. 1 on the Billboard Country charts, a record for a female artist. She has 41 career top 10 country albums, a record for any artist, and she has 110 career charted singles over the past 40 years.

Park on Park Cruise NightPark on Park Cruise Night
August 5-9 pm

Bring the family to enjoy a night of entertainment and view hundreds of classic vehicles. Park On Park feature the best collection of pre -1977 classics In Northern Illinois. Event offers food and music. It attracts over 400 vehicles & more than a 1,000 pedestrian classic car admirers. Park on Park is held the 2nd Wednesday of every month from May through September.

Lincolnshire’s Food Truck Fridays
August 12; 11 am – 2 pm

Every other Friday through September 23rd come out for Food Truck Fridays. With a variety of food trucks participating there will be plenty of choices to enjoy a gourmet lunch. Free admission and parking

Tony Bennett at RaviniaTony Bennett at Ravinia
August 13; 8:30 pm

Tony Bennett has released over 70 albums and has received 16 Grammys for his music. This music icon will put on a show that will not be forgotten. This concert will be featuring Tony’s 90th Birthday celebration. Reserved seat tickets are $91-$101 and lawn seats are $34 in advance and $39 the day of performance.

Classic Car Cruise Night at Miller’s
August 13; 6-9 pm

Listen and dance to the great sound of the Lakes Area Swing Band. 18 piece Swing Band with male & female vocalists playing great music from the 30’s, 40’s, 50’s, & more. Enjoy dinner and the show all in one place. Great music, great food, great night. Car cruise for cars pre 1973. No classic car? That’s okay, there’s plenty of parking for the public. Enjoy the picnic area or bring a lawn chair.

Film Festival in the WoodsFilm Festival in the Woods
August 20; 7:30-9:30 pm

It’s movie night under the stars at Ryerson Woods! Bring a picnic blanket or lawn chair to enjoy a variety of award-winning short films inspired by nature. Films will be announced as the date gets closer. In case of rain, films will be shown in the Welcome Center.

Long Grove’s Vintage Days
August 20-21

Summer market place for all things vintage, antique, reclaimed, repurposed, upcycled and handmade. A two day event in the Heart of Downtown Long Grove with an accent on classic cars on Saturday. Enjoy the unique street vendors, live music, wine, beer, delicious street food and visit the local shops and eateries.

Disc Golf Tournament
August 21; 12:30 pm

Players of all levels will experience the excitement of disc golf. Everyone’s invited to join in the 9-hole disc golf tournament, our “Plastic Classic.” Event includes longest drive and closest to the pin contests. If you don’t have your own disc, we will have frisbees for you to use.

10th Annual Taste of the Towns @Paulus Park
August 21; 3-7 pm

This fun, family event will also offer live musical entertainment from local artists. Music will be played on the stage, grab a blanket and enjoy. Taste of the Towns features local restaurants, wineries, and breweries who will be serving samples of their menus. There will be picnic and pavilion seating available. A sampling from each vendor can be tasted by purchasing a Tasting Menu. The Tasting Menu may be shared by more than one individual, although there is just one tasting from each vendor. Additional beverages may be purchased onsite.

22nd Annual Potawatomi Trails Pow Wow22nd Annual Potawatomi Trails Pow Wow
August 27-28

The Potawatomi Trails Pow-Wow is the only event of its kind in this area. This celebration of the Native-American heritage heightens the awareness of the history, traditions and customs of the heritage. Specific activities include demonstrations, music and dance presentations, educational sessions and a trader area.

Lake County Comic Con
Lake Count I County ConAugust 27-28

Lake County’s biggest Comic, Toy, Game and Art convention. Children and adult costume contests, skits, and entertainment hosted on our stage both days, Aussie Pet Care’s Pet Costume Contest, and Magic the Gathering tournaments all day. Commander, and standard MtG tournaments all weekend. There will also be massive video game tournaments with different console and PC gaming tournaments. Discussions with panelist and more. Stay tuned for updated information.


15th Annual Mustang Car Show @ Volo Auto
September 3; 10 am – 4 pm

Come out for the annual Mustang Car Show at the Volo Auto Museum. Pre-register a car to include in the show for $15 with online form or $20 the day of the show. No car to show then come out and check them out. There will also be live music, food and beer and giveaways all day. Admission includes the museum.

Twilight Shuffle 5K Run
September 4; 6 pm

Run through the historic neighborhoods of the east side of Libertyville. Professional timing. Families are encouraged (no children under 9) to run. After finishing the course, all participants are invited to join their fellow racers for a fabulous post-race party (including light dinner and non-alcoholic drinks for all registered participants) at the new Mickey Finn’s Brewery. No registrations will be accepted or processed after 12pm on race day.

Long Grove’s Irish DaysLong Grove's Irish Days
September 3-5

A three-day long fest that can’t be missed. Long Grove invites the whole family out to enjoy all the best that the Irish culture offers including: live music, dancers, best dressed dog competition each day, traditional Irish food and drink, and activities for the “wee” folk.

Deer Park Art Show
September 10 -12

This new outdoor show will juried feature fine art and fine craft for show and sale over a 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.

12th Annual Law Enforcement Exhibition12th Annual Law Enforcement Exhibition
September 10 – 11

Bring the entire family out for the 12th annual Law Enforcement Exhibition. Police from many villages/cities will be displaying different types of vehicles and equipment. There will be K9 demonstrations, a child identification program and much more. As in the past, it promises to be a fun and educational time for everyone.

The 38th Annual Alpine Races
September 11; 7:30 pm

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.

Antioch’s Fall Wine WalkAntioch's Fall Wine Walk
Sept 24; Noon – 4:30 pm

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 Limited amount of tickets available.

Lambs Farm's Theater Presents The Lion KingLambs Farm’s Theater Presents The Lion King
September 24-25

This wonderful performance will be put on entirely by Lamb 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.

Windy City Wedding Show
September 25; 11 am – 3 pm

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.

Oh the places we’ll go in the hottest of hot town summer in Lake County 2016. Experience your on expedition in Lake County and remember Next Weekend Plan for Fun in Lake County

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