That certain sweetheart is awaiting your master plan on Valentine’s Day. The holiday falls on a Saturday this year, so book your reservations soon! Not only do we celebrate our relationships with our significant others on this Saturday, but some (mainly the kids) have a three-day weekend. You have to keep everyone happy this weekend. Lake County has you covered with a slew of romantic and family events all weekend long.
1.) Do you have that special someone you’re looking to take out on the town, or are you still searching? Whether you have a Valentine’s Day date or not, you can mingle with plenty of suds enthusiasts at the Beer Lovers Meetup at the Lake County Fairgrounds. Adults can enjoy 25 different craft beers from Lake County vendors, live entertainment, delicious food and more. It is advised to buy tickets in advance until February 14 at noon. Get out of the cookie-cutter norm of mushy Valentine’s Day and celebrate the Cupid day with some splendid drinks, eats and live performances!
Saturday, February 14 4-9 p.m.; Tickets range between $45/50. Lake County Fair 1060 E. Peterson Rd., Grayslake, IL 60030.
2.) Searching for a way for you and the family to escape reality and hide
away from the cold? Lake County offers exactly what you’re looking for. Join Tony-Award nominee John Tartaglia as he brings ImaginOcean to the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan. Tartaglia was not only the star of the celebrated musical Avenue Q, but he also has performed on Broadway in Shrek the Musical and Beauty and the Beast. Tartaglia returns with his puppets to display his unique black-light puppet show and magical undersea adventure that is perfect for all ages.
Friday, February 13-Saturday February 14; Fri 10 a.m., Sat 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tickets range between $9-12. Genesee Theatre 203 N. Genesee St Waukegan, IL 60085
3.) You’re sure to find a spot for ice fishing that will get nibbles; especially with the cold weather returning this weekend. On February 14-15, Chain O’Lakes will host their 55th Annual Fishing Derby and Winter Festival. The species of fish that call these lakes home include the walleye, largemouth bass, muskellunge, yellow perch, bluegill, catfish, black crappie, bullhead, white bass, yellow bass, carp, and the northern pike. Not interested in fishing? No worries because there is a carnival atmosphere for the festival aspect. There will be raffles and games for children and adults. Don’t forget to check out the Conservation Café for delightful grub.
Saturday, February 14- Sunday February 15. Sat 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sun 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. Thirsty Beach next to the Thirsty Turtle on Channel Lake 42273 N. Woodbine Ave Antioch, IL 60002
4.) Is dinner not enough for you and your significant other? What about walking off (or skiing off), that big snazzy dinner with a Romantic Night Hike at Ryerson Woods. The Lake County forest preserve hosting a hike or cross country ski for Valentine’s Day. You can also take matters into your own hands for a more secluded nature walk. On the guided tour, you will explore the wildlife courtship behaviors. After the snowy stroll, Ryerson Woods invites you in to munch on hot chocolate and s’mores. Hikers and cross-country skiers must be 18 years old. Register at online at lcfpd.org.
Saturday, February 14 7:30-9 p.m.; Admission is $6 for residents and $8 for non-residents.
5.) Since the kids have the day off, you have a great opportunity to teach your children about this country’s forefathers. The Lake County Discovery Museum is hosting a Presidents Day celebration. Be sure to participate in some hands-on activities, crafts, stories and much more!
Monday February 16 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Lake County Discovery Museum 27277 Forest Preserve Dr. Wauconda, IL.