Things To Do This Weekend March 8-10

“Pull up a chair. Take a taste. Come join us. Life is so endlessly delicious.”  – Ruth Reichl.

Lake County’s 10 Days to Savor are quickly nearing an end so don’t waste any time and make your reservations now for its final week! We’ve compiled a few phenomenal lists to help the indecisive person in your life choose!

This weekend is going to be a SOUPer, so grab a plate and continue reading to discover the top things to do this weekend March 8-10!


1. Lake County Restaurant Week

Discover delectable new dishes from over 65 eateries during Lake County Restaurant Week: 10 Days to Savor. The food frenzy is the perfect opportunity to explore new places to dine or enjoy old favorites. Each participating restaurant provides a prix fixe menu or a special offer for patrons to dine from. Learn more about participating restaurants and view the special menus and offers at This marks the final weekend of Lake County Restaurant Week.

Friday-Sunday, March 8-10; various times and locations throughout Lake County.


2. Reptile Rampage at the Wildlife Discovery Center

Enthusiasts and experts from around the region will showcase more than 150 cold-blooded creatures at the Wildlife Discovery Museum’s Reptile Rampage event this Sunday at the Lake Forest Recreation Center. Attendees at the Lake Forest reptilian exhibition will have the opportunity to meet, handle and learn about snakes, lizards, turtles, tortoises and more from experts at various universities, zoos, museums, nature centers and more.

Sunday, March 10; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission: $10 donation per person. Children under 3 are free. Lake Forest Recreation Center, 400 Hastings Rd., Lake Forest.


3. Maple Syrup Harvest – Highland ParkMaple Syrup Hikes – Ryerson Woods

Who doesn’t like waffles, pancakes or French toast doused in syrup? All throughout March, treat yourself to the sweet sap and sugar maples on a one-hour hike at Ryerson. In this hike, you will learn everything there is to know about how the maple trees supply that sticky substance that you cover your breakfast with. Each walk begins every half-hour between noon and 2 p.m. The family won’t be sappy about attending, but maple they’ll be enticed; especially just days before and after National Pancake Day (on March 12).

Enjoy a ‘sappy’ evening with your family at the Park District of Highland Park’s Maple Syrup Harvest this Sunday. Attendees of the Heller Nature Center sponsored event will heed folklore of how maple sap was discovered, tap a tree from Sunset Woods Park and enjoy a pancake topped with your newly acquired syrup. Additional flapjacks will be available for purchase following the event.

Ryerson Woods Maple Syrup Hikes: Saturday-Sunday, March 9-10; Sat.: 1-2 p.m. and 2-3 p.m. Sun.: noon-1 p.m., 12:30-1:30 p.m. and 2-3 p.m. Admission: $6, children under age three receive free admission. Edward L. Ryerson Welcome Center, 21950 N. Riverwoods Rd., Riverwoods. Maple Syrup Harvest at Heller Nature Center: Sunday, March 10; 10-11 a.m. Admission: $12 (cash only). Sunset Woods Park, 1801 Sunset Rd., Highland Park.



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4. Disney Junior Dance Party On Tour at the Genesee Theatre

Treat your tot to a weekend they’ll never forget. Waukegan’s Genesee Theatre is gathering all of your favorite characters for Disney Junior’s Dance Party On Tour including Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Vampirina, Elana of Avalor, Puppy Dog Pals and more. Attendees will groove along to some of Disney’s biggest hit tunes throughout the interactive live concert. You won’t want to ‘mouse’ this one-of-a-kind event.

Saturday, March 9; 4:30 p.m. Admission: $20-$39, VIP: $78+. Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan.


5. Ethan Uslan at Ravinia Festival

Three-time winner of the “World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing Contest,” Ethan Uslan, graces Ravinia Festival’s Bennett Gordon Hall this weekend. The evening concert features melodies from Uslan’s love for America’s rich ragtime and jazz music heritage, but the ivory prodigy dabbles in blues, 1920s Charlsetons, stomps, rumbas, classical and other music genres. The Highland Park guests will hear traditional tunes like Beethoven’s “Für Elise,” “Georgia on my Mind” and others with a ragtime twist.

Saturday, March 9; 8:30 p.m. Admission: $12. Bennett Gordon Hall at Ravinia Festival, 418 Sheridan Rd., Highland Park.

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