Brr! It seems like the closer we get to spring, the more Mother Nature wants to make her winter presence felt. In Lake County, we’re used to this by now. Whether it is indoor or outdoor activities, no little snow or brisk air is going to keep us from having some fun on the weekend. Get a glimpse of spring with the Northern Illinois Boat Show at the Lake County Fairgrounds, or celebrate by stargazing under
the moonlight at Heller Nature Center in Highland Park
If you would rather stay indoors, you should contemplate lyrics for the I Love Lake County Song Search, where you have the chance to win $1000 as the Ultimate Grand Prize Winner, a music video and professional recorded edition of the song and a chance to perform your Lake County ode at potential Lake County summer/fall festivals.
Pick your poison on the many splendors occurring this weekend in Lake County.
1.) You only witness the best vessels on the waters of Lake County. Get that taste of summer in Lake County at the Northern Illinois Boat Show. You and the family will see the latest in pontoon, family runabouts, ski boats, jet boats, fishing boats, bayliners, alumacrafts, sea ray boats and then some at this festive event at the Lake County Fairgrounds in Grayslake. You have the opportunity to win a Go Pro Hero4 camera at the boat show if you take a fun picture in the Boating Lake County cutouts placed around the Fairgrounds. Post your pictures to your social media handle labeled #boatinglakecounty and you’re in the running for a new free camera!
Thursday, February 26-Sunday, March 1 Thursday and Friday 12-8 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.- 8 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
2.) The Antioch Fine Arts Foundation is nearing the
end of their Fourth Annual Peoples’ Choice Exhibition. Artists participating have displaying their finest work for best in show for many different niches including painting, photography, stained glass, sketches, wood burning, sculpture jewelry, pottery, scarves and many other categories. Vote for your favorite artists. The award ceremony and reception are to follow.
Friday and Saturday, February 27 & 28; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Awards Ceremony and Reception on Saturday begin at 5 p.m.; 41380 Rt. 83, Antioch, IL 60002
3.) What is more beautiful than gazing upon the night sky in Lake County? The twinkle in the sky is extra accentuated during clear nights in the winter time. The Heller Nature Center in Highland Park invites you and your family to the Winter Astronomy experience. The event is free of admission. Some of the wonders you will see through a telescope are the moon, constellations and even Jupiter!
Friday, February 27; 7-8 p.m. 2821 Ridge Road Highland Park, IL 60035
4.) Are you addicted to such mob flicks like the Godfather saga, Casino and American Gangster? Come to the Illinois Beach Resort & Conference Center in Zion for a night of bootlegging, embezzling and counterfeiting with the DeLuca Family. The Zion resort presents Burying the Mob Mystery Dinner The mystery package dinner, show and overnight accommodations are great idea for a date night.
Saturday, February 28; 6:30 p.m. 1 Lake Front Zion, IL 60099; Mystery Dinner Package is $179, dinner and show is $40 per person.
5.) It is always eye-opening when children have musical talent at such a young age. The Waukegan High School Trapp Auditorium is hosting “Young People’s Concert,” with an up close and personal outlook and tour of the world of music.
Saturday, February 28; 11 a.m. 2325 Brookside Avenue Waukegan, IL 60085