Things To Do This Weekend January 4-6

Happy New Year from Lake County!

We all may still be recovering from New Year’s Eve, but you can bounce back with these top things to do this weekend January 4-6.

Continue here for a lineup of the top things to do in January. See what your youngsters can do as they reach the finale of their holiday break: click here.

January also marks Lake County Libation Trail month. Wet your whistle this winter with a brew, wine or spirit of choice, learn more. To read about the Lake County Libation of the Month, click here.

Dispose of the holiday plant and get out there to start your 2019 the right way with the top things to do this weekend January 4-6 in Lake County.

1. Windy City Wedding Show at Holiday Inn & Convention Center Gurnee

Wedding ceremonies are a beautiful sight because they celebrate life and possibility. Wedding planning is hectic. In just a couple months you will be dressed to kill walking down the aisle and looking deeply into the eyes of your significant other. Holiday Inn Gurnee Convention Center has got you covered as they host the most extensive wedding expo in the Chicago suburbs and southern Wisconsin: the Windy City Wedding Show. Equipped with a full day of wedding planning with a one-stop-shop for everything you need, the event features over 40 wedding professionals to address your big day’s needs, bridal salons, honeymoon travel specialists, a fashion show and more. The first 200 brides-to-be will receive a $200 gift card from, and one lucky couple could win a honeymoon from Dream Travel Holiday Network. Also, lovebirds can head to to enter for the chance to win a $300 Visa Card. The fashion show begins at 1 p.m.

Sunday, January 6; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tickets: $20. Holiday Inn & Convention Center Gurnee, 6161 W. Grand Ave., Gurnee.

2. “Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn” at the Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire

“Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn” is a staple for the holiday season. The Marriott Theatre is staging their curtain call of the renowned musical this weekend. Featuring brilliant gems from the legendary composer like “White Christmas,” “Easter Parade” and “Happy Holidays,” this is a story of Jim who leaves the song and dance world. Jim meets a school teacher who is also a talented songstress. Realizing their chemistry and flair, they turn a farmhouse into a venue for fantastic performances to celebrate every holiday from Thanksgiving to the Fourth of July. Bask in nostalgia throughout this classic adventure at the Lincolnshire theatre.

Friday-Sunday, January 4-6; Fri.: 8 p.m., Sat.: 3 and 8 p.m. and Sun.: 1 p.m. Tickets: $57. Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Dr., Lincolnshire.

3. Snowland at Great Wolf Lodge Illinois in Gurnee

“Let it snow” in Lake County for all we care because inside Great Wolf Lodge Illinois; the temperature is a toasty 84 degrees. This is the final weekend you and the family can experience their annual Snowland celebration. The event is full of holiday season activities like visit’s with Saint Nick, shimmering décor, Snow ‘N’ Glow Dance parties, the North Pole University where your kids can achieve their official “Snowploma” this snow-mester, a life-sized gingerbread house that your family can devour a delectable meal and of course an 80,000 square-foot indoor water park for a splashing good time. The event runs through January 4.

Friday, January 4. Stay starts at $399.99. Great Wolf Lodge, 1700 Nations Dr., Gurnee.

4. Wonderland Express at Chicago Botanic Garden

All aboard the “little engines that can,” for the final weekend of Chicago Botanic Garden’s Wonderland Express. The festive train set resides inside the Glencoe facility’s Regenstein Center. The collection designed by Paul Busse spans 10,000 square-feet and is equipped with miniature trains, bridges, trestles, waterfalls and 80 mini-replicas of Chicago’s favorite landmarks. This event also features ice sculpting, Thomas the Tank Engine and more. The express leaves the station January 6.

Friday-Sunday, January 4-6; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Tickets: $8-$13. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe.

5. Abraham Lincoln: A Man of His Time, a Man for All Times Exhibit at the Jack Benny Center for the Arts in Waukegan


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As we head into year 201 of Illinois, a new exhibit has popped up in the city of Waukegan. Head to “GreenTown” and visit the exhibit “Abraham Lincoln: A Man of His Time, A Man for All Times” at the Jack Benny Center for the Arts in Bowen Park. The exhibition follows the honest 16th president of the United States’ journey as a self-educated lawyer lacking political experience through speeches, letters, proclamations and other historical artifacts. On Sunday, January 6 at 4 p.m. the Bowen Park center features a presentation by Doug Stiles, who is a descendant of a jeweler that Lincoln brought his watch to during his presidency for repairs. The free admission pop-up exhibit runs through February 28.

Friday-Sunday, January 4-6; Fri.: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat.: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun.: 4 p.m. Jack Benny Center for the Arts in Bowen Park, 39 Jack Benny Dr., Waukegan.

For more things to do this weekend January 4-6, click here.


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