Solve a mystery, enjoy a romantic night out on the town and make a splash in this love-filled edition of things to do this weekend February 14-16.
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Here are the top things to do this weekend in Lake County February 14-16.
Dive in headfirst as brave souls take a dip in the frozen waters and chill out at Fox Lake’s Polar Plunge. The proceeds of this plunge help raise money for the Special Olympics Illinois. After a breezy walk in the Nippersink Lake, a warm lunch will be provided for plungers for $5 (benefits go towards the Special Olympics). Depending on how many funds you and/or your team build, ice divers can win prizes like a polar plunge hooded sweatshirt, a 26-ounce YETI Bottle and other awards. Be sure to dress to impress by wearing your best costume to take on the frigid waters. To register for the Fox Lake Polar Plunge, visit plungeillinois.com.
Sunday, February 16; 1-3 p.m. Contribution: a minimum of $100.Free admission for spectators. Lake Front Park, 71 Nippersink Blvd., Fox Lake.
“What did watermelon the say to their Valentine? You’re one in a melon!” Take a break from the cheesy jokes this weekend at the annual Valentine’s Day Dinner and Comedy Show at the Holiday Inn Chicago North – Gurnee. Kick the night off by sharing a romantic dinner buffet with your special someone. Watch experts in the funny business as 95 WIILRock Morning Show MC Tom Kief introduces two Chicago comedians in Bob Jay and Peter Lipsey. Laugh the night away as Jay specializes in voice-over and impersonations, while one-liner, punchline-heavy Lipsey makes for an unforgettable date night experience. Reconnect on the lover’s holiday with your significant other as the Gurnee hotel offers Valentine’s Day overnight packages (reservations are required).
Saturday, February 15; 7-11:30 p.m. Tickets: $50-$70. Holiday Inn Chicago North-Gurnee, 6161 W. Grand Ave., Gurnee.
Put the “art” in “heart” this Valentine’s Day weekend at ArtWauk in Downtown Waukegan. Get ready to experience the sights and sounds in this monthly celebration of art that showcases mediums of virtuosos and musicians in a can’t-miss night of entertainment. The city’s culinary prowess has a renowned reputation. Grab a bite and a few of 100 varieties of pints that Green Town Tavern offers. Lake County Libation Trail participant, Nightshade and Dark’s Pandemonium Brewing host The Westerlees for live entertainment, while Mac & More pop-up restaurant serves cheesy treats that complement your glass of suds. Next door to the Ray Bradbury-themed brewery, cocktail connoisseurs can taste the innovative flavors from Lake County Libation Trail participant, Oppidan Spirits.
ArtWauk: Saturday, February 15; 5-10 p.m. Admission: Free. Downtown Waukegan, various locations on Genesee Street.
Dance is a universal language, and this Los Angeles-based ensemble is fluent. The esteemed Lula Washington Dance Theatre hits the James Lumber Center stage this weekend for a unique performance. The dance artists tell stories that explore a variety of different social and cultural issues, including aspects of African American culture and history. Witness a one-of-a-kind show immersed creative choreography, leaving audiences entertained and inspired.
Sunday, February 16; 7 p.m. Tickets: $10-$38. James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts, 19351 W. Washington St., Grayslake.
5. Improv Playhouse Presents: Love Overboard: A Love Boat Mystery Dinner at Jimmy’s Charhouse in Libertyville
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Discover your inner Sherlock Holmes as the Improv Playhouse Presents “Love Overboard: A Love Boat Mystery Dinner” on Saturday. This Valentine’s Day-themed murder mystery show, hosted by Jimmy’s Charhouse in Libertyville, the audience plays detective and grills the suspects to crack the case wide open. The “steaks” have never been higher as this interactive performance features props, storylines and planted clues to help solve this whodunit. A delicious three-course meal highlighted by a London broil, chicken parmesan and spaghettini Aglio-eis included with admission (alcoholic beverages not included). The Libertyville charhouse also features a cash bar. Visit improvplahouse.com for tickets or call 847-988-4529.
Saturday, February 15; starting at 7 p.m. Tickets: $62.50. Jimmy’s Charhouse, 1413 Peterson Rd., Libertyville.
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Swivel over frozen terrain with your soulmate to your heart’s content at the Valentine’s Skate Night at Centennial Ice Arena. The Park District of Highland Park event features a variety of holiday-themed raffle prizes that families and couples can enter in. The Centennial Ice Arena offers skates for rent for $3 a pair. Children skaters must be accompanied by an adult.
Friday, February 14; 5:30-7:30 p.m. Admission: Adults: $7/Children: $6 (Skate rental fee: $3). Centennial Ice Arena, 3100 Trail Way, Highland Park.
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