Things To Do This Weekend February 5-7

Experience the last of the winter season this month. Take it to the slopes and find the best sledding spots in Lake County, support our local restaurants during the 2021 Lake County Restaurant Rally, take some time to celebrate Black History Month and educate yourself, splurge on some treats and be your own Valentine and take a splash to escape the cold at Great Wolf Lodge Illinois.

If you’re looking to lace up your skates this weekend, click here to read about the ice skating locations in Lake County.


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Experience Lake County this weekend with this edition of the top 5 things to do this weekend February 5-7.

1. Great Wolf Lodge Illinois in Gurnee Reopens


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Splash through the weekend with a staycation at Lake County’s premier indoor water park and resort, Great Wolf Lodge Illinois. Opening this weekend at 50% capacity, Great Wolf Lodge Illinois is equipped with an 80,000 square-foot indoor water park highlighted by water slides, a lazy river, a wave pool, a kiddie area and so much more. Once you’re all dried off, put your game face on at at the arcade, grab a putter for a game of mini golf, sift for gold at Olver’s Mining Co., scale the Rustic Ridge Climbing Wall, challenge the family in a game of bowling and partake in other kid-tivities. Relax after an adventurous day in one of the lodge’s 400 suites. Each suite is equipped for an accommodation of all family sizes. Reserve your room today and escape to Lake County’s own paradise. Friday is sold out.

Saturday-Sunday, February 6-7; Park Hours 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Great Wolf Lodge, 1700 Nations Dr., Gurnee

2. Long Grove Semi-Virtual Cocoa Crawl and Horse Drawn Carriage

Support local businesses this weekend and join Historic Downtown Long Grove in their fourth annual Cocoa Crawl. Use the new scavenger hunt mobile phone application while strolling and exploring the downtown area. Registration allows participants app usage, take-home goodies and several in-store offers from 14 participating merchants including Lake County Libation Trail partner Buffalo Creek Brewing Co. After a day of shopping, enjoy a Carriage Ride through the beautiful sites of Long Grove. COVID-19 safety protocols are being enforced in all participating stores. The carriage ride will be offered during the event on Saturday only. To register for the Long Grove Cocoa Crawl and carriage rides, visit

Saturday-Sunday February 6-7; 12 – 4 p.m. Carriage ride $15 reservation fee; Admission $20 per group-maximum six people. Historic Downtown Long Grove, 308 Old McHenry Rd., Long Grove.

3. Waukegan Park District Black History Month Events

Celebrate Black History Month right by immersing yourself in the creations, demonstrations, businesses and history of the African-American community. The Waukegan Park District is hosting several in person and virtual events to honor the contribution of African Americans. The Jack Benny Center for Arts’ #ArtsAtDark program will feature several black composers, performers and artists throughout February on their Facebook page. The park district invites attendees on Friday to learn about Black poets, recite a favorite African American poem or perform a unique piece of your own at their Virtual Poetry Slam on Friday from 6-7 p.m. On Saturday, log on to the African American Music Appreciation Family Art Workshop to acquire knowledge about Black influence in history.

Friday-Sunday, February 5-7; Poetry Slam, Friday 6 – 7 p.m.; African American Music Appreciation Family Art Workshop, Saturday 10 – 11 a.m. Waukegan Park District Facebook. Waukegan Park District, 1324 Golf Rd., Waukegan.

4. Virtual Program: Profiles in Excellence by Lake County Forest Preserve


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The Lake County Forest Preserve is hosting their 38th annual Profiles in Excellence event virtually this year with the 2021 theme “Our Voice is Black History.” The event is filled with inspiring presentations and performances in honor of Black History Month. Profiles in Excellence is highlighted by students and faculty from the College of Lake County in Grayslake and Waukegan sharing their experiences through stories collected from African American Lake County dwellers. The event is paired with an exhibition at the Bess Bower Dunn Museum of Lake County in Libertyville, reopening on February 13 with tier 1 mitigation. Register for the free event at

Saturday, February 6; 3 – 4:30 p.m. Free admission, ticket required. Lake County Forest Preserve Zoom. Lake County Forest Preserve, 1899 W. Winchester Rd., Libertyville.

5. Lakeside Plaza Domed Dining at Lincolnshire Marriott Resort 

The Lincolnshire Marriott Resort is serving an alfresco dinner to remember at their Lakeside Plaza Dome Dining. Whether you’re looking for a romantic date night with your partner or a fun dining experience with your friends, the beautiful views overlooking Lake Lincolnshire and heated dining dome cannot be beat. Each heated dining dome features private, safe, sanitized seating for up to six people. The Lincolnshire Marriott Resort’s igloo dining experience provides foodies a 90 minute reservation window and $100 food and beverage minimum. Call 847-634-0100 to book your dinner. The Lincolnshire outdoor restaurant runs through May 1 with three reservations to select from on Thursdays-Saturdays.

Friday-Saturday, February 5-6.; 3, 5, and 7 p.m. Dinner starts at $100 per table. Reservation required. Lincolnshire Marriott Resort, 10 Marriott Dr., Lincolnshire.

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