Things To Do This Weekend February 15-17

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Until then, stay warm throughout the rest of winter with the top things to do this weekend February 15-17! Celebrating Valentine’s Day this weekend? Check out 34 of our greatest Cupid-Day ideas here!

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Crack open your newly gifted box of chocolates and continue reading for the top things to do this weekend February 15-17.



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1. Dennis Miller, Everclear & Fastball, Waukegan’s ArtWauk

Wander to Waukegan this weekend for a full schedule of comedy, art, music and more. Former “Saturday Night Live” Weekend Update anchor, Dennis Miller, jump starts the weekend at the historic Genesee Theatre on Friday night. Miller’s eccentric analogies and thoughtful metaphors have helped land the five Emmy Awards on his self-titled show on HBO’s “Dennis Miller Live.” The SNL-alum also was recognized on Comedy Central’s 100 greatest comedians. Return to the Waukegan theatre on Saturday for alternative rock group, Everclear with special guest Fastball. The Grammy-nominated pop-rockers will delight attendees with nostalgic tunes from their platinum-selling albums, “Sparkle and Fade,” “So Much for the Afterglow” and more from their recent work. The city’s monthly ArtWauk event showcases paintings, sculptures, film, dance and other mediums scattered along the streets of the busy downtown area.

Dennis Miller: Friday, February 15; 8 p.m. Admission: $39.50-$59.50. Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan.  Everclear with Fastball: Saturday, February 16; 7:30 p.m. Admission: $40-$70. Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan. ArtWauk: Saturday, February, 16; 5-10 p.m. Free admission. Various locations throughout downtown Waukegan.


2. Chicago Botanic Garden’s Orchid Show

Roses are red, violets are blue, the Chicago Botanic Garden is hosting its distinguished Orchid Show and all that’s missing is you. Visit the Glencoe arboretum this weekend to be enamored with more than 10,000 beautiful orchids from several tropical regions across the globe. Roam throughout the beautiful sanctuary that is highlighted by a vast assortment of the plant species from habitats like islands, beaches and rainforests in places like the South Pacific, the Amazon and other climates that are home to the Orchidaceae family. The Orchid Show runs through March 24.

Friday-Sunday, February 15-17; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission: $8-$12. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe.



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3. 95 WIIL Rock’s annual Valentine’s Dinner and Comedy Night

“Treat” your significant other to an evening of food and funnies at 95 WIIL Rock’s 14th annual Valentine’s Dinner and Comedy Night at the Holiday Inn Gurnee Convention Center this Saturday. Indulge in a delectable dinner buffet followed by humorous stand-up performances by Miguel Washington and George Tracy. For hotel rates at $84, contact the Gurnee hotel at 847-336-6300.

Saturday, February 16; 7-11 p.m. Admission: $50-$70. Holiday Inn Convention Center, 6161 W. Grand Ave., Gurnee.


4. Seussical at the Marriott Theatre

“Oh, the thinks you can think when you think about Seuss!” Lincolnshire’s Marriott Theatre opens its doors for another season of the children’s theatre musical, “Seussical.” Several of your favorite characters from Dr. Seuss’ feel-good stories, including Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, Gertrude McFuzz and more come to life in this special hour-long performance. The cast opens the floor to conduct a Q&A session for the youngsters following the show. “Seussical” runs through March 31.

Friday-Sunday, February 15-17. 10 a.m. Admission: $15.23. Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Dr., Lincolnshire.


5. Elisa Monte Dance Does Brubeck at the James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts

“Shimmy” towards Grayslake this Saturday for an evening of music and dance at the James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts at the College of Lake County. The renowned Elisa Monte Dance Company joins critically-acclaimed, Chris Brubeck’s “Triple Play” band (son of legendary jazz great Dave Brubeck) for an evening of high-energy collaboration are sure to have attendees dancing in their seats. The New York-based dance champions will cut a rug to Brubeck staples like “Blue Rondo à la Turk,” “Take Five” and more.

Saturday, February 16; 7:30 p.m. Admission: $35-$40. James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts, 19351 W. Washington St., Grayslake.

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