Weekend events: Unofficial Kick off to Summer!

May is upon us and there are plenty of events happening this weekend, that I am positive everyone in your family will enjoy! I say this is the unofficial start to summer because Six Flags Great America opens for the season and Long Grove Chocolate Fest is happening as well. So, let’s get right to it, what are my tops picks to do this weekend? In no specific order…

Six Flags Great America opens for the season and will be open weekends May 5-6, May 11-13 and daily starting May 16. The park will be open May 5 from 10am – 8pm and Sunday, May 6 from 10am – 7pm. If you do not have a season pass buy tickets for this weekend online only for $20. The tickets are only good for this weekend though. The parks new ride X-Flight will be open for season pass holders only on May 12 – 13 and then open to the public on May 16th. If you have not seen this new coaster yet, you can check it out here.

Are you or someone you know a chocolate lover? Then you won’t want to miss this! Back by popular demand is the Long Grove Chocolate Festival. The historic district, home to more than 60 distinctive shops and restaurants, including the world renowned Long Grove Confectionery, becomes a chocolate lover’s paradise! Enjoy chocolate in all its many splendors; sway to the live entertainment throughout the village all three days, and fall to the temptations of the many food, specialty vendors and tasty restaurants. You can view the entire live music line up and see what you should eat at the festival by checking out their blog

The Citadel Theatre in Lake Forest is featuring Ken Ludwig’s Hilarious, Lend Me a Tenor play starting tonight May 4 and will run through June 3. This night of September in 1934 is the biggest in the history of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company. World Famous tenor, Tito Morelli, is scheduled to perform at the gala season opener. The stage is set, the orchestra is ready, but with only three minutes to curtain, Morelli has gone missing. Stuck in a predicament, the general manager coaxes his assistant Max into imitating Morelli for the performance. Soon the farce spins out of control, both onstage and off. Performances will be held Thursdays-Sundays and a special Wednesday matinee May 9th at 1:00pm. Tickets are $35 for Thursday or Sunday performances, $37.50 Friday or Saturday. For more information about the play and to purchase tickets, check out their website

The 6th Annual Antioch Art Crawl is happening this Saturday from 9am – 5pm in Downtown Antioch. Enjoy Antioch’s artistic crawl throughout our downtown as you browse through the talent of Antioch’s students. Artist talents on display along with musical interludes. Sponsored by School District #34, Antioch Fine Arts Foundation, Village of Antioch and the Antioch Chamber.

Also, Saturday is Cinco de Mayo and this are plenty of events happening to celebrate. So be sure to check out our website for these events. I hope that everyone has a great weekend and I will hopefully see you out at one of this events or enjoying a margarita or two. Until then…Let the ride take you to family fun, thrill seeking adventure and much more around Lake County!

– Anthony

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