Things To Do This Weekend February 7-9

Become a secret agent, munch on some popcorn, reel in a good time and have a (snow)ball in this edition of things to do this weekend February 7-9.

Lake County Libation Trail Month has come to an end, but you can still sip and taste all of the flavors all year-round. To get your sip on, click here to learn more about the 23 stops on the Libation Trail. Continue here to learn more about February’s libation of the month from Side Lot Brewery in Wauconda.

Attention foodies: Lake County Restaurant Week is right around the corner! Click here to stay up to date on all of the latest updates, and be sure to mark your calendars for February 28-March 8 and get ready for this mouthwatering 10-day event.

Here are the top things to do this weekend in Lake County February 7-9.

1. Carmel Catholic High School Street Scenes 

Go undercover at Carmel Catholic High School and embrace your inner secret agent during their annual Street Scenes event. The school has been transformed into a party atmosphere with comedy clubs, the renowned student show, over 50-live bands rocking out the classrooms and much more. Those feeling lucky can head to the gymnasium, which is converted into a Vegas-style casino with blackjack, poker, roulette and other games. A variety of Lake County restaurants will be providing tasty bites and adult beverages for purchase. The Street Scenes “Goes Undercover: Secret Agent 2020” event in Mundelein is an event for adults age 21 and older. The event’s proceeds are used to support the programs at Carmel Catholic High School.

Friday-Saturday, February 7-8; 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $30-$50. Carmel Catholic High School, 1 Carmel Pkwy., Mundelein.

2. Annual Chain O’Lakes Fishing Derby & Winter Festival


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I decided to check out the annual ice fishing derby this morning. By sunrise, Bangs Lake looked like a frozen shantytown. Dozens of fishermen from around Northern Illinois had swarmed the lake and set up a colony of huts. Augers were going full bore, drilling ice holes by the dozen. Hooks were being baited, breakfast beers being cracked, and American flags were glowing in the morning light. A man tossed some venison burgers on a charcoal grill, while a few huts down a fisherman hoisted a 33-inch northern pike from the icy water. “Where’s your pole?” someone yelled in my direction. I held up my camera and said I was doing a different kind of fishing. In the end, I caught a few keepers.

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Don’t “flounder” your chance to partake in the annual Chain O’ Lakes Fishing Derby and Winter Festival.  For nearly six decades, the Northern Illinois Conservation Club has hosted this event that invites families and ice anglers out to celebrate the classic winter sport. Compete or watch as anglers of all ages are awarded prizes hourly for biggest and smallest catch. The Antioch event also features games, raffles and delectable eats for purchase. The fishing event is free, and for every catch, anglers must purchase a raffle ticket for $3-$5. The Antioch derby and festival runs regardless of ice conditions. If the lake isn’t frozen, anglers will fish from the shoreline.

Saturday-Sunday, February 8-9; Sat.: 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun.: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Admission: $3 or 2/$5. Thirsty Beach Marina at Channel Lake, 42273 N. Woodbine Ave., Antioch.

3. Vendor & Craft Show and Best Picture Festival at Gurnee Mills

Gurnee Mills is throwing a shopping and Academy Awards party. The third annual Winter Craft Show offers a unique kind of shopping. Local craft vendors are showcasing a variety of goods such as woodworkings, jewelry and other handmade items for purchase. Also, Marcus Gurnee Mills Cinema, located in the mall, is showing screenings of the 2020 Oscar nominees as they host day two of the Best Picture Festival. Movie buffs will be delighted in viewing the remainder of the 2020 nominated films, including animated shorts, “Ford v. Ferrari,” “Parasite,” and “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” Grab your popcorn and treat yourself to a movie marathon before Sunday’s 92nd Academy Awards.

Craft Show: Friday-Sunday, February 7-9; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: Free. Gurnee Mills, 6170 W. Grand Ave., Gurnee.

Film Festival: Saturday, February 8; 10:30 a.m. Tickets: $28. Marcus Cinema Gurnee Mills, 6144 Grand Ave., Gurnee.

4. Profiles in Excellence: Power Couples at the Greenbelt Cultural Center

Celebrate African American heritage this Sunday with the 37th annual Profiles in Excellence: Power Couples event hosted by the Greenbelt Cultural Center in North Chicago. Black History Month is a time where we honor the achievements and obstacles of African Americans throughout history and modern-day. This Lake County Forest Preserve District program features a presentation from the College of Lake County Associate History Professor Gregory Gordon, live choir performances by Greenwood Elementary School in Waukegan and Unified Glory Choir and keynote speakers Fred and Joan Whitehead Evans. The Evans are pillars of the community in Waukegan, Joan, a retired attorney, educator and corporate executive and Fred, a Waukeganite basketball star at the city’s high school. The couple will provide an insight into their own experiences and reflect upon the times they spent right here in Lake County.

Sunday, February 9; 2-4 p.m. Admission: Free. Greenbelt Cultural Center, 1215 Green Bay Rd., North Chicago.

5. “The 39 Steps” at PM&L Theatre in Antioch

The PM&L Theatre in Antioch continues its production of “The 39 Steps.” Originally adapted from John Buchan’s 1915 novel and a 1935 film by Alfred Hitchcock donning the same name, this two-time Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning show features a four-person cast as they bring over 150 unique characters to life. The plot follows a British civilian man Richard Hannay who meets Annabelle Smith, a spy as assassins are chasing her. To keep her safe, Smith seeks refuge at Hannay’s flat. Later in the evening, Smith is stabbed and warns Hannay to flee. Hannay is the accused suspect of Smith’s murder and the nationwide chase begins. This comedic thriller will have theatre-goers laughing at the edge of their seat.  The show runs through February 16.

Friday-Sunday, February 7-9; Fri. & Sat.: 8 p.m., Sun.: 2:30 p.m. Tickets: $10-$18. PM&L Theatre, 877 N. Main St., Antioch.

6. Wauconda WinterFest and Pond Hockey Tournament at Lindy’s Landing/Bangs Lake


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Wauconda Winterfest @lindyslanding is now just two weeks away! Whether you’re ready to lace ‘em up and skate on the lake for some old-fashioned pond hockey, or just want to sip a nice hot toddy while you watch the world’s largest snowball fight (from the safety of the sidelines, of course!), Winterfest has something for everyone. Kick those winter blues to the side and come live it up on the lake Saturday February 8th for a full day of fun, friends, and festivities. Check the Lindy’s event calendar for specific times; with activities kicking off at 8 AM and not stopping until the after-party closes out back by the fireplace inside a cozy, toasty Lindy’s Landing. We know we sure are excited for Winterfest 2020! Consider this your personal invitation—we’ll see ya there!

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Throw on your stocking hat and skate your way to Lindy’s Landing for a day on Bangs Lake at Wauconda WinterFest. Celebrate all there is to love about winter with activities such as curling, a snowball fight, turkey bowling, the snowball drop, a DJ and much more. The Wauconda restaurant also hosts a three-on-three Pond Hockey Tournament, where teams knock the dust off their skates and compete for cash prizes. Once the outdoor activities end, the festivities continue indoors at Lindy’s Landing during the after-party.  The Wauconda WinterFest Soup Smackdown also runs on February 8 as Lindy’s Landing and other area restaurants compete for the best soup in town from 2-3 p.m.

Saturday, February 8; Pond Hockey Tournament runs 7 a.m.-4:30 p.m., WinterFest begins at 1 p.m. Admission: Free. Lindy’s Landing, 115 Park St., Wauconda.


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