Spring is here in Lake County. Plus, we go into week two of March Madness this weekend. My brackets are all busted (if you wanted to know…thanks Villanova).
Also the weather is supposed to be much warmer this weekend. Perfect time for those who’s Spring Break is beginning this weekend.
So as you can see, there are plenty of things to do this weekend March 24-26. Here’s your top 5.
1. Seventh Annual Free Throw Challenge
Libertyville Sports Complex plans to test your percentages at the free stripe as they host the 7th Annual Free Throw Challenge. Friday is the final day you can qualify for the finals. The finalists will be determined that evening. The challenge is divided into groups by grades and ages; Grades 3rd grade to High School, Adult (Men and Women age 18+, Age 30+ and Seniors 55+). Each competitor gets 10 free throw shots and the top five scorers advance to the Championship. The Libertyville hardwood competition will end March 24 and the finals will be held April 2. A waiver must be signed to compete. Can you shoot a better free throw than 2017’s top NBA active free throw shooter Paul George?
Friday, March 24; 5 a.m.- 9 p.m. Admission: $5. Libertyville Sports Complex, corner of Peterson Road and U.S. Highway 45. Libertyville.
2. Orchid Show at Chicago Botanic Garden
Roses are red; violets are blue. Orchids range from gray, purple, pink and red and Chicago Botanic Garden is hosting a show of it, too. This is the final weekend of Chicago Botanic Garden’s Orchid Show. The Orchid Show is the only one of its kind in the Chicago area, and it is featuring the striking Phalaenopsis ‘V3’ orchid this year. More than 12,000 brilliantly beautiful and unusual orchids from around the world will extend throughout the Regenstein Center, including lush presentations within the Greenhouses. There are several special events during the show including a preview, live music and more.
Friday-Sunday, March 24-26; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission ranges between $8-$12. Children two and under are free. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe.
3. History of Entertainment in Grayslake Exhibit Opens at Grayslake Heritage Center & Museum
Get a glimpse of entertainment history in Grayslake as the village’s Heritage Center & Museum opens their new exhibit. Learn about what Grayslake residents did for leisure and get a first-hand look at the places and events these persons attended in the infancy stage of this storied village. The exhibit will also feature engaging images, artifacts and stories that are a slam dunk for attendees of all ages.
Saturday, March 25; Noon-4 p.m. Grayslake Heritage Center & Museum, 164 Hawley St., Grayslake.
4. Upright Grand at the Citadel Theatre
It’s father-daughter day at the Citadel Theatre. The Lake Forest theatre puts on its final weekend of Upright Grand. Dad plays the piano in a dive bar, while his daughter shines in concert halls. Experience how the story of this bittersweet dance between parent and child, present and the past and dream and disappointment plays out in the key of life.
Friday-Sunday, March 24-26; Fri & Sat: 8 p.m., Sun: 3 p.m. Tickets range between $35-$38. Citadel Theatre, 300 S. Waukegan Rd., Lake Forest.
5. Tommy James & the Shondells at the Genesee
Tommy James and the Shondells will perform along with special guests the Association at Genesee Theatre in Waukegan. James’ career has stretched for over half a century. The singer, songwriter, record producer and all-around musician is known for such Billboard Chart toppers ‘Crimson and Clover,’ ‘Three Times in Love,’ ‘Draggin’ the Line,’ ‘Sweet Cherry Wine,’ ‘Think We’re Alone’ and ‘Crystal Blue Persuasion.’ The Association has a plethora of hits of their own like ‘Windy,’ ‘Cherish,’ ‘Along Comes Mary’ and ‘Never My Love.’
Saturday, March 25; 7:30 p.m. Tickets Range from $39.50-$79.50. Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan.
Continue here to see a whole list of the things to do this weekend March 24-26 in Lake County.