Got the Fresh Prince & DJ Jazzy Jeff’s “Summertime” queued up for the weekend. Time off is rapidly approaching and we plenty of things to do this weekend July 17-19.
Lake County Restaurant Rally is running July 31-August 9. Head to the starting line while dining along a Lake County eatery overlooking a body of water. View our lakeside dining options by clicking here.
After months of quarantining, remote learning and siblings nearly at each other’s throats, the kiddies need some plans. Continue here to view the Summer Fun Guide for Lake County kids.
Stare in awe of a Frida Kahlo-esque painting, drive while playing LAX hoops, sip on Lake County Libations paired with land of lakes eats or take an outdoor adventure just north of the Illinois border. Here are your top things to do this weekend July 17-19.
Fill your artistic void with the ever-extravagant monthly ArtWauk in Downtown Waukegan. Experience a plethora of talented individuals showcasing their work in many different art mediums. In addition to the portraits, sculptures and other artistic vibes, munch on some delicious dining options at various downtown Waukegan locations like La Casa de Samuel, Green Town Tavern, Green Town on the Rocks, Win Win Restaurant, Jerk N’ More and others. Visitors are encouraged to wear masks and practice social distancing when entering various art spaces.
Saturday, July 18; 5-10 p.m. Downtown Waukegan, Genesee Street.
Nudge, collide and compete against your friends and family in the unique bumper car sport WhirlyBall. Everyone’s favorite lacrosse/basketball/bumper car fusion game returns as the Vernon Hills facility reopened its doors this week. The all-ages venue also features laser tag and billiards. The play place also has a little something for adults. Besides delectable eats, WhirlyBall has a vast selection of brews while the youngsters duke it out (or you join in on the fun). WhirlyBall is currently open by reservation.
Friday-Sunday, July 17-19. Call 847-918-0800 or visit whirlyball.com/Vernon-hills for rates. WhirlyBall, 285 Center Dr., Vernon Hills.
Experience a delectable dinner compliments of Lake County Libation Trail participant, Vigneto del Bino in Antioch. This installment of Vigneto del Bino’s wine dinner pairing is a Mexican cuisine theme. The four-course meal includes appetizers, a salad, an entrée and dessert. There are two dinner seatings. Reservations and masks are required. Be sure to take home a bottle of the May 2020 Lake County Libation Trail Libation of the Month Vino Colada. The wine, as mentioned earlier, is one of the dessert options as well.
Friday-Saturday, July 17-18; 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: $49.95 per person. Vigneto del Bino Winery, 42150 Crawford Rd., Antioch.
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“For every bear that ever there was, will gather for certain. Because today’s the day, the teddy bears have their picnic.” Visit Lehmann Park for a special Picnic in the Park this Saturday. The feast includes fare from Timothy O’Toole’s Pub Lake Villa, Galati’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria in Lake Villa and suds compliments of Lake County Libation Trail Maker Harbor Brewing Co. in Winthrop Harbor. The event is also highlighted by a live performance by the rock, pop and country musical talent, the Judson Brown Band from 6-9 p.m. Lehmann Park encourages picnickers to socially distance and wear a facemask. No dogs and coolers are allowed in the park, and foodies are directed to park at the Metra Station lot.
Saturday, July 18; 4-9 p.m. Lehmann Park, 89 Cedar Ave., Lake Villa.
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Outdoor adventure seekers can rejoice as Boundless Adventures, just over the Lake County border, has reopened. This nine-course facility empowers and inspires individuals to challenge themselves both mentally and physically. The Bristol, WI entity is the thrill-seekers’ haven and is highlighted by ziplining, obstacle courses, tree climbing and all sorts of challenging athletic expeditions for you. Choose your adventure based on your height, fitness level and comfort zone.
Friday-Sunday, July 17-19; Fri.-Sat. 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Call 262-287-0933 or visit boundlessadventures.net/wi-park for rates. Boundless Adventures, 9800 160th St., Bristol, WI.