Music, art, wine and cooking are the themes for the top things to do this weekend January 18-21. Could it actually get any better?
Although it’s already mid-month, there are still a ton of incredible things to do in January. Continue here to discover our picks for the top 10 things to do this month!
Warm up during one of the coldest months of the year with Lake County Libation Month! Our Libation Trail features 21 craft breweries, wineries and distilleries from across the county. Continue here for the insider’s scoop: 21 irresistible Lake County Libations. To top it all off, we’re excited to announce our first ever “Tastin’ Tour!” Purchase your tickets today for a shuttle ride between three of the county’s finest craft breweries: Half Day Brewery, Roaring Table, and Tighthead Brewery. “Hop” aboard, you’re guaranteed a good time!
Toss another log in the fire and continue reading for the top things to do this (long) weekend January 18-21!
1. Swan Lake, ZümBier Beer Release and ArtWauk in Waukegan
Wander through Waukegan this weekend for an evening of family fun. Waukegan’s historic Genesee Theatre welcomes the National Ballet Theatre of Odessa as they present one of the most renowned classical ballets in history, “Swan Lake.” The Tchaikovsky score-filled performance features 55 of Ukraine’s finest ballerinas and ballerinos in the Russian fairy tale. The story’s protagonist, Odette, is suddenly turned into a swan from a sorcerer’s curse and only true love can break the spell placed upon her.
Visitors can also stroll through downtown Waukegan Saturday and experience the arts revolution through paintings, sculptures, film, dance, theatre, comedy, music, food and more at the city’s beloved ArtWauk. A handful of galleries will be open late for your perusing pleasure. Once your evening of the arts has concluded, head to ZümBier Brewery for their Whiskey Junction beer release. Pair your freshly tapped brew with fare from Grub-n-Go Tacos and sing the rest of the night away with live blues from Low-reen and Jim Harpdog Hellen.
Swan Lake Ballet: Saturday, January 19; 7:30 p.m. Admission: $29.50-$52.50. Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan.
Whiskey Junction Release: Saturday, January 19; 2-10 p.m. Free admission. ZümBier Brewery, 3232 W. Monroe Ave., Waukegan.
ArtWauk: Saturday, January 19; 5-10 p.m. Free admission. Various locations in downtown Waukegan.
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Saunter the quaint streets of historic downtown Antioch during the coveted Winter Wine Walk this Saturday. Oenophiles will sample from more than 50 wines and 25 different cuisines while visiting some of the town’s small businesses. With admission, each attendee will receive a commemorative wine glass, a menu, a bag and a bottle of vino they can take home. Check in will be held at the Antioch Senior Center located at 817 Holbek Dr. Sip, shop and explore!
Saturday, January 19; 12:45-4:15 p.m. Admission: $45. Various locations in downtown Antioch.
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It’s FINALLY TIME… Tonight, we have our first preview performance of Million Dollar Quartet! We’re so excited to share this show with our audiences, and we love the fact that we can officially say that Million Dollar Quartet is NOW PLAYING! Break legs tonight, everyone! MarriottTheatre.com/MDQ #chicago #chicagotheatre
Join the likes of Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis this weekend as the Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire debuts the Tony Award-winning musical, “Million Dollar Quartet.” Four of the most illustrious singers and songwriters met in Memphis on December 4, 1956 for what would eventually be dubbed as one of the greatest jam sessions of all time. The cast of “Million Dollar Quartet” will perform several hit songs from that generation including “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Walk the Line,” “Hound Dog” and more throughout the evening’s tale. “Million Dollar Quartet” runs through March 16.
Friday-Sunday, January 18-20; Fri.: 8 p.m. Sat.: 4 and 8 p.m. Sun.: 1 and 5 p.m. Admission: $50-$60. Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Dr., Lincolnshire.
Tune up your instruments and tune in to “Strings Attached & Detached” featuring Russell Kerns at the John and Nancy Hughes Theater in Lake Forest on Saturday and the James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts at the College of Lake County this Sunday. Kerns is a member of the Lake Forest Symphony and will feature saxophone overtures from Copland, Mozart, Strauss, Stephenson and more. The symphony’s final number is an impressive performance of Frideric Handel’s “Music for the Royal Fireworks.” The Grayslake performance is preceded by a lecture beginning at 1 p.m.
Saturday, January 19; 7:30 p.m. Tickets starting at $29. John & Nancy Hughes Theatre, 400 E. Illinois Rd., Lake Forest. Sunday, January 20; 2 p.m. Admission: $15-$49. James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts, 19351 W. Washington St., Grayslake.
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Fire up the oven and prep your tots for a French Cooking Mini-Camp for kids with Kristin Ryan at the Gorton Community Center. The Martin Luther King Day event will teach up and coming chefs the kitchen basics and how to prepare an authentic French meal. The Lake Forest camp will run demonstrations on how to make Parisian dishes like fondue, Coq a Vine, ratatouille, chocolate mousse and more.
Monday, January 21; 9 a.m.-noon. Admission: $75. Gorton Community Center, 400 E. Illinois Rd., Lake Forest.
All aboard! Visit Lake County hosts its inaugural Libation Trail Tastin’ Tour on January 27. The “sippin’” circuit will sample selections from Half Day Brewing Co. in Lincolnshire, Roaring Table Brewing Co. in Lake Zurich and Tighthead Brewing Co. in Mundelein. The libation-ers will be shuttled via motor coach bus between the locations, compliments of Vorlauf Brew Tours. Registration for the Tastin’ Tour closes on January 23. Tickets are available at vorlaufbrewtours.com. Participants must be ages 21 and older to register.
Sunday, January 27; Noon-5 p.m. Admission: $69.95. Half Day Brewing Co., 200 Village Green S., Lincolnshire.
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