Things To Do This Weekend August 21-23, 2020

It may be back to school for some, and in many cases we’ll they will be remote learning. Don’t fret Lake County because there is still some summer left in this installment of things to do this weekend August 21-23 installment.

Fall is rapidly approaching, but there’s still summer fun to be had in the land of lakes.

Catch a flick, choo-choo in the garden, view a work of art, relive the “Hard Knock Life” and blow out 100 candles with the GreenTown griot. Here are your top five things to do this weekend August 21-23.

1. Ray Bradbury’s Centennial Birthday at the Ray Bradbury Experience Museum in Waukegan


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Getting Ready / Behind the Scenes @RBEM We’re in the final days before the Ray Bradbury Centennial Celebration at RBEM in #GreenTown, putting all of the finishing touches on the museum interior and exterior in preparation for our limited opening on Saturday, August 22nd (10am-7pm). A sneak peek at some of the work being done: • Elaine Sinclair, a talented local artist, is creating a series of Ray Bradbury murals connected to aspects of his work. • A selection of movie posters based on Bradbury’s novels is being added. • A view of the creative displays of The Martian Chronicles and Fahrenheit 451 books. • A close-up of one of the many, many Zoom calls that have taken place involving RBEM committee members (a sense of humor always helps). • Chris Foster and Juli Weber working to prepare exhibit signs at Little Fort Media. This is just a brief glimpse of what you can expect to see at 13 N. Genesee Street in Waukegan the Saturday. As you can see, a lot of hard work has been put into getting everything ready, both by a hired staff and volunteers, to ensure RBEM is prepared to host the scheduled visits (under strict health guidelines) on Ray Bradbury’s 100th birthday this weekend. We welcome you to join us! Tickets are still available. Just visit the Ray Bradbury Experience Museum website for details on how to register. #BringRayBradburyHome #WaukeganIL #RsyBradbury #Centennial2020

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“One day, you discover you are alive. Explosion! Concussion! Illumination! Delight! You laugh, you dance around, you shout. But, not long after, the sun goes out. Snow falls, but no one sees it, on an August noon,” said Ray Bradbury. Waukegan celebrates the man, the myth, the legend of GreenTown, who is the century-old birthday boy at the Ray Bradbury Experience Museum. The Centennial Celebration features a preview of multiple exhibits (including his typewriter), a showing of murals from the “Fahrenheit 451” author, a showing of a Ray Bradbury documentary, a virtual walk the museum, a presentation by comic book expert Orty Ortwein, a sidewalk sale and much more. RBEM will do a showing of the Virtual Green Town Tour on their website at The tickets to this box social have timed entry, and visitors will receive a souvenir ticket also located on their website. The 2-2:30 p.m. time slot is currently at capacity. RBEM will reopen periodically through the remainder of 2020, and interested “Martians” should “Chronicle” the museum’s newsletter to find out the dates. The items showcased at the sidewalk sale will be available on their website. RBEM encourages “Dandelion Wine” aficionados to take COVID-19 guideline precautions. Make your reservation on the RBEM website.

Saturday, August 22; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Ray Bradbury Experience Museum, 13 N. Genesee St., Waukegan.

2. Outdoor Cabaret from the Citadel Theatre Cast of “Annie” at Gorton Center in Lake Forest

“The sun will come out tomorrow, so you gotta hang on ‘til tomorrow, come what may.” Experience the heart-warming tale while socially distanced of the cast of “Annie” from Citadel Theatre’s winter presentation at the Gorton Community Center. Bring a chair from home to the center’s parking lot and take a musical adventure that follows little orphan, Annie, who is determined to locate her birth parents. The Lake Forest lead has to deal with the cruel orphanage caregiver Miss Hannigan. Oliver Warbucks, a billionaire, adopts Annie to enhance is public image. View the shenanigans that Annie and “Daddy” Warbucks get into, and you can “bet your bottom dollar” that it will put a smile on everyone’s face. This performance is an outdoor cabaret with two showings. Outside fare and beverages are permitted. Tickets can be found at Donations are accepted. Viewers are encouraged to park in the Metro parking lot off Illinois Road.

Sunday, August 23; 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tickets: Suggested donations of $10-$50. Gorton Community Center, 400 E. Illinois Rd., Lake Forest.

3. Black Artists Showcase Exhibit at Robert T. Wright Gallery of Arts in Grayslake

In the beginning of August, the College of Lake County opened an art collection showcasing Black artists. The Robert T. Wright Art Gallery features African Amerian creative minds like Dr. Margaret T. Burroughs, Terry Dixon, Sandile Goje Jameel Rasheed and 10 other artists. These artists showcase a plethora of mediums like paintings, woodcuts, oil and wax, mixed media and others. The virtual Grayslake exhibit runs through September 15. Visit for the showcase.

Friday-Sunday, August 21-23; Virtual. Robert T. Wright Art Gallery, 19351 W. Washington St., Grayslake.

4. Model Railroad Garden “Landmarks of America” at Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe

Chicago Botanic Garden just opened its 7,500-foot “Landmarks of America” Model Railroad Garden. The Glencoe choo-choo world features rains running on 1,600 feet of track. The garden-scale trains are 1/29th the size of life-size trains. Train and garden enthusiasts, young and old, return year after year for the delightful sights and sounds of the miniature trains traversing high and low through tunnels, across bridges, and around buildings. All are intricately handcrafted with natural materials, including twigs, bark, leaves, acorns, and pebbles. More than 5,000 tiny trees, shrubs, ground covers, and flowering plants of close to 300 varieties re-create America’s topographical landscape. Vignettes of small people and animals give the exhibit a storybook feel, while sound effects and a working geyser capture visitors’ imaginations. The train garden is open through October 11. Face coverings are required for anyone ages two years and older, and six-foot social distancing is encouraged.

Friday-Sunday, August 21-23; 10 a.m.-5 p.m.(weather permitting). Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe.

5. Drive-in Movie At Loft 21 in Lincolnshire


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Looking for some fun on a Friday Night? Join us for a Live DJ and a Movie! Food and Beverages such as hot dogs, chips, snow cones, popcorn, cotton candy and candy available for purchase. Offerings may differ slightly each Friday. 10% Will Be Donated To The Anderson’s League of Leaders Foundation Click on this link to purchase your tickets NOW! Only 200 TICKETS AVAILABLE $30/vehicle General Admission $50/vehicle V.I.P. Admission Live DJ from 7-8:15pm Movie Starts at 8:15pm 8/14 Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse 8/21 Finding Nemo 8/28 Breakfast Club 9/11 Grease 9/18 Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory 9/25 Jurassic Park Sponsored By: @loft21events @hypeproductionsinc @whitesox @leagueofleaders7 @studio18chicago #CelebrationAuthority @buddysspecialevents @photosbycobalt Sound in Broadcast FM only Masks are required if you exit the vehicle to purchase food or use the restroom. Parking spots are spaced with plenty of room to sit outside of vehicles so feel free to bring chairs and blankets to sit on as you enjoy the Live DJ pre-show and movie on the big screen! Attendants will direct taller vehicles and those with open hatches to parking spaces that will not obscure the view of other guests. Rain or shine Event. No refunds available unless show is cancelled by Loft 21. Questions?

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Loft 21 in Lincolnshire in collaboration with Major League Baseball player’s rising star Tim Anderson of the Chicago White Sox and the League of Leaders Charity is hosting a makeshift drive-in movie theater on Fridays throughout August. This weekend the Lincolnshire facility presents “Finding Nemo.” A live interactive DJ highlights the showing, as well as fare for purchase and, of course, the kiddie classic. The parking lot closes at 8:20 p.m., and if you are not parked by then your ticket is null and void. All vehicles will be spaced six feet apart, and if you leave your automobile, visitors are required to wear masks. Drive-in movies, “so totally rock, squirt. So gimme some fin.”

Friday, August 21; Doors open at 7 p.m., movie begins at 8:30 p.m. Admission: $30-$50. Loft 21, 1501 N. Milwaukee Ave., Lincolnshire.

For more things to do this weekend August 21-23 in Lake County, click here. 

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