Things To Do This Weekend April 9-11, 2021

Cheers to the Lake County Libation Trail Check-In Challenge! Raise your glasses this weekend and toast to the amazing local breweries, wineries and distilleries that call Lake County home.

When you’re not sipping the suds, vino and spirits of Lake County, challenge a friend to a game at the world’s most unusual gold course, Par-King skill golf. Get a taste of spring at the Grayslake Farmers Market, supporting local small businesses in the Lake County area. Spend some time with animals and strolling around Deer Park Town center or support Lake Forest’s Citadel Theater at their wine tasting event from the comfort of your own home this weekend.


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Here is this edition of the top 5 things to do this weekend, April 9-11.

1. Lake County Libation Trail Check-In Challenge

It’s time to toast to Lake County’s challenge of the year. The Lake County Libation Trail Check-In Challenge begins this Friday, April 9, and runs through Sunday, April 18. Head to one of these Lake County breweries, distilleries or wineries this weekend to drink and support local! From brew pub drinking holes to classic vino localities to jumping into a dry martini, and everything in between, taste the variety and diversity the Check-in Challenge has to offer. Enjoy the suds from 16 participating breweries including Bosacki’s Brewery and Tighthead Brewing Co. in Mundelein, Buffalo Creek Brewing in Long Grove, Half Day Brewing Co. and Wright’s Brew and Bistro in Lincolnshire, Nightshade and Dark’s Pandemonium Brewing and Zümbier Brewery in Waukegan, Roaring Table Brewing Co. and Phase Three Brewing in Lake Zurich, Harbor Brewing Co. in Winthrop Harbor, Light the Lamp Brewery in Grayslake, Mickey Finn’s Brewery in Libertyville, Only Child Brewing Company in Gurnee, Ravinia Brewing Company in Highland Park, Side Lot Brewery,  and Wild Onion Brewery in Lake Barrington. The Lake County Libation Trail features four participating wineries including Glunz Family Winery & Cellars in Grayslake, Lynfred Winery in Wheeling, Valentino Vineyards in Long Grove and Vigneto del Bino Winery in Antioch. Adult beverage drinkers can also indulge in spirits from three participating distilleries including Copper Fiddle Distillery in Lake Zurich, North Shore Distillery in Green Oaks and Oppidan Spirits in Waukegan. When arriving at a participating winery, distillery or brewery this weekend for your adult beverages, check in using their mobile pass via indoor, outdoor visit or via carryout order at up to two participating locations and you’ll be entered into a sweepstakes throughout the 10 days. To enter, patrons will text “CHEERS” to 224.706.1133.

Friday-Sunday, April 9-11; Hours and prices vary per location. Various breweries, wineries and distilleries in Lake County. 

2. Par-King Skill Golf Opens For The Season


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Have a tee-rific weekend at the world’s most unusual golf course, Par-King Skill Mini Golf. Named one of the top 10 and most original miniature golf courses in the country, the Lincolnshire staple will be sure to challenge you and your friends as you putt through the challenging obstacles. Ball out with 18-hole courses, 19 moving obstacles and seven waterholes. Par-King Skill Mini Golf has achieved accolades by various local and national media syndicates and publications including the Travel Channel, USA Today, Golf Digest and more. Have an un-fore-gettable experience with family and friends this weekend at Lake County’s marquee mini golf adventure. Children must be at least 48 inches in height to be admitted. All visitors must wear a mask and practice social distancing. 

Friday-Sunday, April 9-11; 10:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. Admission: $9-$10 per person (Cash only). Par-King Skill Golf, 21711 N. Milwaukee Ave., Lincolnshire. 

3. Grayslake Springs Farmers Market


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As we approach the summer, we yearn for fresh fruits and vegetables served by vendors of our local communities. Support and eat local and head to the area’s first farmers market of the year in Grayslake. On Saturdays through May 29, visit the downtown Grayslake Spring Farmers Market. Take home farm fresh produce, baked goods and sweets, local wine and more. From gourmet dog treats, to pasture raised pork, to organic ingredient sweet treats, there is something for everyone at this local market. The Center Street market is also highlighted by live music and kiddie activities. 

Saturday, April 10; 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Prices vary, Grayslake Farmers Market, 201 Center St., Grayslake.

4. Citadel Theatre Corks for a Cause

Support Citadel Theatre this weekend at their Corks for a Cause wine tasting event. This virtual event is partnered with online wine and spirit store, Wine Insiders, and Northbrook’s Autohaus on Edens. Order a wine pack of four, eight or 12 with various reds and whites and pour a glass or two from the comfort of your own home. Each sip supports the Lake Forest theatre and their mission to provide art and enrichment to the Lake County area, as well as 11 other social, athletic, theatre and other groups. Expect an entertaining show at this virtual vino party highlighted by a live performance from Paul Bolger of local jam band Mr. Blotto and Jim Didomenico of the Chicagoland area cover band Underwater People.

Friday, April 9; 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Package price: $60-$156, Citadel Theatre Zoom. 

5. Deer Park Town Center’s Walk With Me Animal Therapy Program


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Take care of your physical and mental health this weekend at Deer Park’s “Walk With Me™” Animal Therapy program. Walk alongside miniature horses or therapy dogs raised at Soul Harbour Ranch of Barrington. Put your best foot forward this spring season and enjoy a 30 minute walk around Deer Park Town Center. The initiative was created to encourage individuals about walking for better health. Stroll with a canine or steed and achieve physical activity to work off those “stay-in-place” pounds. Masks are required at the event and the social-distancing protocols are being practiced at the Deer Park shopping center. The event occurs on the second Sunday of each month through October 10. Stick around and peruse one of 70 shops at the open air mall.

Sunday, April 11; 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Free admission. Deer Park Town Center, 20530 N. Rand Rd., Deer Park. 

For more top things to do this weekend April 9-11, continue here. To learn more about the Lake County Libation Trail/Check-in Challenge running April 9-18, click here.

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