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Things To Do This Weekend March 19-21

We are feeling lucky to be in Lake County this weekend. With bunnies, running and sweet treats galore, there’s more than enough for everyone this weekend in the land of lakes.

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Lace up your shoes, say cheese, get ready to chow down on some dogs, get blown away by beautiful poetry and more this weekend in Lake County. Here’s this weekend’s edition of top 5 things to do in Lake County, March 19-21.

1. Easter Bunny Photo Experience and Selfie Stations at Gurnee Mills and Hawthorn Mall

 

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Make your Easter egg-cellent this year, hop around Lake County, and get ready for your best selfie! Visit the Hawthorn Mall and Gurnee Mills Mall for their bunny photo experience. Bounce on over to the Hawthorn Mall in Vernon Hills in their Easter Bunny garden set in your finest attire and say cheese for a picture-perfect experience that’s to “dye” for. Hop on back to Vernon Hills next weekend for their official meet and greet with the Easter Bunny. The Vernon Hills mall’s meet and greet with the bunny of the hour occurs Sunday, March 28.  Head over to Gurnee Mills to meet the Easter Bunny and take a socially-distanced snapshot. Each participating family must come wearing masks, and practice COVID-19 mitigation protocols. Reservations for the Gurnee mall’s Bunny Photo Time is strongly encouraged and runs through April 3.  Hoppy Easter to all of our Lake County peeps! 

Friday-Sunday, March 19-21; Hawthorn Mall’s Easter Bunny Selfie Station, Fri. 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., Sun, noon – 6 p.m.; Admission is free. Hawthorn Mall, 122 Hawthorn Center, Vernon Hills. Gurnee Mills’ It’s Bunny Photo Time!, Fri-Sat 12 – 7 p.m., Sun noon – 6 p.m. Admission is free. Gurnee Mills, 6170 W. Grand Ave., Gurnee. 

2. Genesee Street Cabaret Present Brandon Leake

 

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Rising poetry star and America’s Got Talent Season 15 winner Brandon Leake is coming to Genesee Street Cabaret to blow Lake County away with his beautiful sonnets. Head to Waukegan to be moved by Leake’s craft, a unique poetry experience you have never witnessed before. Leakes pieces including “Pookie,” “Letters To My Dad,” “A Prayer for My Daughter” and “A Tribute to My Sister” will have you hitting your own golden buzzer. Stockton, California native tributes his success to family and life experiences that are raw, emotional and will make you feel an abundance of love and loss throughout the theater. Leake’s performance is an experience you will never forget. Tickets for the show include free parking and tableside bar service. Social distancing protocols will be in place. Entry for the show is located at Genesee Theatre, and the performance is hosted at Three Brother’s Theatre.

Saturday, March 20; 6 p.m. Tickets: $99/person. Limit two tickets per party. Call 847-263-6300 or email Tickets@GeneseeTheatre.com to reserve your spot. Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan.

3. Grayslake Heritage Center and Museum Reopens

Calling all history buffs! Experience the art, exhibits and history of Lake County at the Grayslake Heritage Museum this weekend. Visit the village’s museum and peruse their marquee exhibits like “Embracing Change: The Growth of Grayslake” and “Sounds Smells and a Smokestack.” Throughout the weekend, join Grayslake Art Alliance online for their From Shadows to Sunlight Fine Arts Show to celebrate the first day of spring, the center highlights a ton of subject matter. Examine the award-winning “Grayslake Bars and Prohibition” exhibition to learn about historical Grayslake taverns that sold illegal alcoholic beverages during the Prohibition Era. If you’re not yet ready to venture to the museum and want to bring history home to you, stop by the museum to pick up this weekend’s latest installment of their Take Home Kit initiative featuring the activity of building a clothespin doll. Kits are available March 20-21, while supplies last. 

Friday-Sunday, March 19-21; noon – 4 p.m. Free admission. Grayslake Heritage Center and Museum, 164 Hawley St., Grayslake. 

4. Deer Park St. Paddy’s 5K & 10K Run/Walk

 

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Don your green threads and get your running shoes on. Everybody’s Irish this weekend at the Deer Park St. Paddy’s 5K/10K. This in person contest encourages you to race your friends through the village during this socially-distanced course and run for Wings, a charity that aims to break the cause of domestic violence. The Deer Park Town Center-hosted event provides participants with their famous finish line shamrock cookie, a race-themed pint glass and an event commemorative T-shirt. Celebrate the first day of the flowering season and put spring in your step through the Deer Park streets or participate virtually at a location of your choice. This lucky race is a socially-distanced challenge, and all staff will be wearing a mask throughout the event. 

Saturday-Sunday, March 20-21; Times will vary. Admission $39-$44. Deer Park Town Center, 20530 N. Rand Rd., Deer Park.

5. Miller’s Dog-N-Suds in Ingleside

Miller’s Dog-N-Suds Drive-in is celebrating its 54th year serving the Lake County community at their family-run eatery in Ingleside. Cruise over to Dog N Suds to try their delicious root beer floats, world famous “Coney Dogs,” their juicy Texas Burger and fries, paired with sundaes and cones galore.  The 1950s-themed drive-in plans to host their Saturday Night Cruise throughout the season, where Lake County residents ride in their street rods, muscle, classic and antique cars. The century-old Lake County staple is the perfect place to lounge in their picnic area and to chow down on their tasty home cooked classics all night long.

Friday-Sunday, March 19-21. 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Miller’s Dogs-N-Suds, 517 Washington St., Ingleside. 

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