Things To Do This Weekend March 5-7

Spring is around the corner in Lake County and as the weather begins to warm up, the opportunities for more fun start to bloom. Whether you’re a local food connoisseur, a shop-a-holic or an animal lover, Lake County has a slew of fun events available to you this weekend.


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Support local shops, breweries, eateries and everything in between this weekend. Here’s this edition of the top 5 things to do in Lake County this weekend March 5-7.

1. Lake County Restaurant Rally


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This weekend marks the finale of the Lake County Restaurant Rally: Feed the Economy. Invite your family and friends to dine in at your favorite Lake County restaurant, try a VLC’s staff favorite, order curbside pickup or eat land of lakes cuisine alfresco-style. However and wherever you choose to dine this weekend, make sure you spend one meal, or all three, supporting Lake County’s own. After dinner, stop at one of Lake County’s many wineries, breweries and distilleries participating on the Lake County Libation Trail. Drop in for a taste, live music and laughs or take the party home and grab your libations to go. Tip servers and delivery drivers generously and snap a picture of your meal for Visit Lake County’s Instagram page, hashtagging #LCRestaurantRally to support local businesses.

Friday-Sunday, March 5-7; Times vary per restaurant. Lake County area. 

2. First Friday on MainStreet

Take a stroll with MainStreet Libertyville down Route 21 for their First Friday event. Grab cuisine and/or a libation to go or dine in at one of Lake County Restaurant Rally’s downtown Libertyville eateries like Chrissoulas Restaurant, Townee Square, Main Street Social, Shakou Libertyville, O’Toole’s Libertyville and various others before shopping all day long. Visit all of the mom and pop shops, boutiques and other varying stores for deals, with up to 40% off at some participating Libertyville shops. End the night with libations and live music from your favorite Libertyville breweries and distilleries. To learn more about the participating shops, visit Kick off the weekend with a Friday experience like no other. 

Friday, March 5; 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Various locations in downtown Libertyville, Milwaukee Avenue, Libertyville. 

3. Antioch’s Champagne and Chocolate Walk

Antioch’s rescheduled Holiday Champagne & Chocolate Walk is this weekend! At this delicious event, oenophiles and chocolate lovers alike will stroll through charming downtown, stopping at participating shops for selections of libation and confection treats to ease their sweet tooth and toast with family and friends. Each participant will receive a goodie bag of delicious chocolate treats, a complimentary bottle of bubbly and a coupon for a delectable Antioch Chocolate ‘tini. Social distancing protocols and mask mandates will be in place. The historic downtown event thrown by the Antioch Chamber of Commerce is for visitors ages 21 and older. Check in at The Lodge of Antioch.

Saturday, March 6; 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tickets: $40 per person. The Lodge of Antioch, 899 Main St., Antioch. 

4. Brunch Fest at Side Lot Brewery


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Taking breakfast to a new level doesn’t mean just calling it brunch. It means getting a flight of mimosas, a bloody mary board, sampling lobster, chicken and waffles, smoked salmon and more. This weekend, join Side Lot Brewery in Wauconda for the most important meal of the day at their Brunch Fest. Get served in a heated dining dome outdoors or make a reservation inside their taproom. Experience this Lake County Restaurant Rally-themed event with your friends or family and sip adult beverages from this Lake County Libation Trail participant that showcases a wide selection of brews. Visitors must be at least 21 years old to dine in the taproom. Foodies ages 21 and younger are welcome to dine outside. 

Saturday-Sunday, March 6-7; Reservations available between 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Side Lot Brewery, 110 Slocum Lake Rd., Wauconda. 

5. Wildlife Discovery Center Outdoor Trail

As spring is around the corner and the weather is warming up, head to the Wildlife Discovery Center as their outdoor trail reopens to the public. Take a stroll down their trail and observe the several warm and cold blooded species in their Lake Forest habitat. The home of one of the largest public exhibits of rattlesnakes in North America also has an assortment of venomous and non-venomous reptiles and over 85 other species of wild animals. Masks and social distancing are required on the trail and the Wildlife Center requests that visitors keep their voices low and movements slow, as the animals are still re-acclimating to having guests. 

Friday-Sunday, March 5-7; 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Free admission, donations encouraged. Wildlife Discovery Center, 1401 Middlefork Dr., Lake Forest. 

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