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Things To Do This Weekend February 12-14

Even though this holiday weekend is packed with below freezing midwest weather, there’s still plenty of things to do from the warmth of your own home or the warmth of your favorite winter jacket.

Take your shot at ice fishing, visit one of Lake County’s premier museum, support small local businesses, create a crafty cocktail or virtually experience songs filled with love. Lake County has you covered in this edition of things to do this weekend February 12-14.

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1. Chain O’Lakes Fishing Derby and Winter Festival

This weekend cast out your rod at the Chain O‘Lakes Fishing Derby and Winter Festival. Antioch’s 61st annual ice fishing experience is headquartered at Musky Tales Boat Ramp off of Route 173. There are 10 fishing categories as the derby’s two judges deliberate on size of catch. Judges will name winners in each category on the hour. The derby will also be hosting a raffle throughout the weekend where winning parties can receive up to $500. There is a $10 entry fee for the weekend which includes an opportunity to be chosen for a guided fishing trip. Bundle up and grab your tackle box for a fun weekend of angling on the ice.

Saturday-Sunday, February 13-14; Sat: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Sun: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. $10 admission. Musky Tails Boat Launch on Channel Lake, 25836 IL Route 137, Antioch.

2. Bess Bower Dunn Museum of Lake County Reopens

 

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Be an adventurer through time this weekend at the reopening of the Bess Bower Dunn Museum of Lake County. Gaze at fossils from the local prehistoric times dating back 12,000 years ago, learn the story of the Native Americans originally residing in Lake County, survey land of lakes from artifacts from the early 1800s and the area’s early settlers and more. Take a trip to the gift shop to support this local business. The Lake County Forest Preserve museum also showcases traveling exhibitions Marvelocity: The Art of Alex Ross, A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words: Sports Photography of Walter Payton, Around the World in 180 Days: Adlai E. Stevenson II 1952 World Tour and so much more. Immerse yourself this weekend as Tier 1 Mitigation permits in-person museum visits. Visit LCFPD.org to register for your timed entry.

Saturday, February 13; 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Admission: $3-$10. Bess Bower Dunn Museum of Lake County, 1899 W. Winchester Rd., Libertyville.

3. Valentine’s Weekend Craft Show at Gurnee Mills

 

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Support local small businesses and stop by the Gurnee Mills mall this weekend for their 4th annual Valentine’s Craft Show. The show gives shoppers an opportunity to peruse for a unique present for their significant other, pick up some accessories for a furry friend, get a bath bomb and candles for much needed relaxation, search for ingredients to prep a Valentine’s home-cooked dinner by purchasing an alcohol mixer and other Lake County local items to make the love holiday magical. All crafters and local artisans highlighted throughout the mall stretching from Bass Pro Shop to Dick’s Sporting Goods.

Friday-Sunday, February 12-14; 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Gurnee Mills Mall, 6170 W. Grand Ave., Gurnee.

4. Valentine’s Day Cocktails at North Shore Distillery

Looking to shake things up not stirred this Valentine’s Day? North Shore Distillery in Green Oaks is conducting a virtual cocktail class for you and your significant other to explore on the annual lover’s holiday. Owner and resident cocktail expert Sonja Kassebaum will lead the discussion, sharing reputed spirits that put some pep in your step for a more romantic Valentine’s Day and how to incorporate them with your drinks. The Lake County Libation Trail partner provides a list of the cocktails and suggested ingredients to utilize in the class after you purchase a ticket to the Zoom meeting. The Green Oaks distillery also provides sipping padawans with an optional cocktail kit for an additional cost. If the 90-minute discussion isn’t your fancy, head down to the Green Oaks tasting room in person to delight in various selections like the For Peat’s Sake Whiskey, Vacation Curaçao and other delectable spirits. Zoom participants must be ages 21 and older. Visit NorthShoreDistillery.com to purchase tickets.

Saturday, February 13; 7 p.m. Tickets: $20. Cocktail Kits: Starting at $50. North Shore Distillery, 13990 Rockland Rd., Green Oaks.

5. Valentine’s Day Virtual Concert: Moonlight Serenade of Love Songs from the Sanfilippo Estate

 

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“We were sailing along on Moonlight Bay. We could hear the voices ringing; they seem to say, you have stolen my heart.” Bust out the vino, light a candle to set the mood ambiance, nudge closer to your significant other and experience a virtual Moonlight Serenade of Love Songs concert compliments of the Sanfilippo Estate in Barrington. Organizsts Zach Frame and Nicolas Renkosik will be tickling the ivory of the storied Sanfilippo Wurlitzer while the virtual show features special guests, the Midwest Dance Collective – Dancewerks. The Valentine Wurlitzer Concert will be available through March by providing a minimum $20 donation to the Sanfilippo Foundation. The proceeds go to the artists, performers and the foundation’s charity work as the Sanfilippo Estate champions the support of independent, gig and nonprofit artists through this public health crisis. Visit SanfilippoFoundation.org to donate and receive concert access.

Friday-Sunday, February 12-14. Virtual concert. Sanfilippo Estate, Plum Tree Road, Barrington.

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