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These leaves are a-changing pretty rapidly in this edition of the top 10 things to do in November 2017.
The holiday season is right around the corner with several of the tree lighting ceremonies, festivals, live entertainment and so much more.
Here’s a fun little nugget: Six Flags Great America is still open in November. If you missed the season during the summer and Fright Fest, you get three more weekends to pay the Gurnee amusement park a visit.
Visit Lake County would also like to extend an early Happy Veterans Day to Naval Station Great Lakes and everyone in the country who has worked tireless hours to keep our country safe. We celebrate this day on Saturday, November 11.
Let’s not forget that turkeys aren’t safe in Lake County because we celebrate Thanksgiving. There are many festivities all over the area, which will be in a later blog.
For all you slapshot fans, a legend is heading to Hawthorn Mall in Vernon Hills. For the opening of My Fan Cave, the three-time Stanley Cup winner and left wing player Patrick Sharp will have a meet and greet with the adoring Mighty Blackhawks fans.
It’s time to shed our Halloween costumes and head into our most thankful month. Here are your top 10 things to do in November 2017.
It is the final weekend of Realm of Terror in Round Lake Beach, Dungeon of Doom in Zion and Gold Pyramid House in Wadsworth. Here are the haunted attractions in Lake County and their end dates.
- Realm of Terror (November 4)
- Dungeon of Doom (November 4)
- Gold Pyramid House Sunday Tours (November 5)
Happy Friday everyone!! Tonight is first Friday and here is what we have planned: • BOGO on all clearance merchandise • New Clothing markdowns will be 20% OFF • And ask us how to receive 10% off on one item.. • Drink of the month will be Apple Cider Mimosas (yum)! 🍏🍎 Hope to see you all there! Cheers!🥂 #atthebootery #carmelapplemimosas #libertyville #mainstreetlibertyville #lakeforest
From the beautiful foliage on the trees in Lake County Forest Preserves to the spooks and spirits to Oktoberfests to pumpkin patches, to Halloween and watching football at the sports bars, Lake County is the place to be during fall and the holiday season. Here are your festivals for November.
- Fine Art of Fiber at Chicago Botanic Garden (November 2-5)
- First Fridays on MainStreet Libertyville (November 3)
- Last Call Fall Festival at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee (November 4-5, 11-12 and 18-19)
- Artwauk in downtown Waukegan (November 18)
- Grayslake Tree Lighting Festival & Holiday market (November 24)
- Step By Step Holiday Arts & Craft Show at Lake County Fairgrounds (November 24-26)
- Annual Lambs Farm Holiday Lights Gift & Craft Fair (November 30)
The grownups will see Newsies while the kiddies get to view Sleeping Beauty. Either way, all are welcome to both shows. Finally the fantastic musical from Disney: Newsies hits the Lincolnshire stage. This story is inspired by a true story about Jack Kelly and the NYC Newsboy Strike of 1899. Kelly is the captivating leader of the newsboy and/or newsies gang. Distribution rates from the newspaper companies raise at the expense of the newsies and Kelly bands his brothers together to rally against the print writing heads. STEEEEERIKE! Everyone remembers the story of Sleeping Beauty. Princess Amber receives a wicked curse from the sorceress Magenta. Only one kiss can break the spell. Prince Hunter will resiliently attempt to plant a big wet one right on the kisser. Does he hit his mark? Find out by visiting the Lincolnshire theatre to view this captivating tale.
Now-December 31; Various times. Various admissions. Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Dr., Lincolnshire.
Did you miss the entire summer season and Fright Fest? Six Flags Great America gives coaster junkies and brew aficionados six more chances to zip on 15 coasters, rides, taste beer and bites. With craft beers from a variety of local and national breweries, delicious new culinary options, and of course thrills – this will be an event you don’t want to miss! Don’t forget to experience THE JOKER, Six Flags Great America’s newest coaster in 2017.
Saturdays & Sundays, November 4-19; 12-8 p.m. Various ticket prices. Six Flags Great America, 1 Great American Pkwy., Gurnee.
The Waukegan theatre is providing visitors with glorious nostalgia as they feature some of our favorite musicians. There are also legendary comedians and artisans gracing the theatre’s stage this month. Here’s what’s going on in November at Genesee Theatre.
- Brad Garrett (November 2)
- Lyle Lovett & John Hiatt (November 3)
- Trace Adkins (November 5)
- Kathleen Madigan (November 9)
- Kansas (November 10)
- The Brian Setzer Orchestra (November 11)
- Alton Brown (November 15)
- Jeffrey Osborne (November 17)
- REO Speedwagon (November 18)
- Phil Vassar & Kellie Pickler (November 30)
6. Santa’s Arrivals (Various dates in November)
Santa Claus is comin’ to Lake County! Make sure you mark your calendars so you can have a meet and greet and photo op with the plump gentleman in the big red suit. Here’s where you can visit the white-bearded guy otherwise known as Mr. Kringle.
- Santa’s Arrival Parade at Gurnee Mills (November 9)
- Santa’s Arrival & Fireworks Extravaganza (November 10)
- Santa’s Arrival at Hawthorn Mall in Vernon Hills (November 17)
- Vernon Hills Holiday Tree & Menorah Lighting Ceremony (November 25)
When the leaves change yellow and orange, it is the viewing party of a lifetime traveling on the best fall hike and bike trails in Lake County. We all can’t get out to New England to see their legendary foliage (and frankly we don’t need to), but Lake County’s trees pack a kaleidoscopic punch of their own. Here are the trails where you can see an explosion of fall colors.
- Des Plaines River Trail
- Illinois Beach State Park
- Chain O’ Lake State Park
- Robert McClory Bike Path
- North Shore Bike Trail
- Buffalo Grove Bikeway System
- Millenium Trail and Greenway
This is the world premiere musical based on Charles Dickens’ a Christmas Carol. The book, music and lyrics are all created by Douglas Post. This family favorite brings all of your most cherished characters and themes to life through an original score, songs and dances. You surely won’t be saying Bah-humbug after leaving this romp!
Select days from November 17-December 23; Various times. Various ticket prices, Citadel Theatre, 300 S. Waukegan Rd., Lake Forest.
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9. Dickens Holiday Village/Kringle Village Tour in Downtown Antioch (Nov. 4-Dec. 25)
Watch Olde England come alive in Historic Downtown Antioch with life-like figures from Charles Dickens’ stories that are caroling, working and so much more. Each collection of statues has a backstory placed beside it as 27 different storylines are there while you enjoy the charm of Dickens, the Antioch boutiques, gift shops and restaurants. A new addition to the Antioch Main Street area is Kringle Christmas Village Tour. View the dozens of oversized shadowboxes that are filled to the brim with quaint holiday scenes. Embrace Antioch’s holiday season with Dickens and Kringle. These two-holiday displays are staged through Christmas Day
All Aboard! Chicago Botanic Garden has the little engines that can, as this weekend marks the finale of the Wonderland Express. The celebrated train set resides inside the Regenstein Center. The collection designed by Paul Busse spans 10,000 square-feet and is equipped with miniature trains, bridges, trestles, waterfalls and 80 mini-replicas of Chicago’s favorite landmarks. This event also features ice carvings, excellent music from carolers and for the kiddie:, Thomas the Tank Engine.
Friday-Sunday, November 24, 2017-January 7, 2018; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission $8-$13. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe.
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