Things To Do This Weekend May 24-27

Extended time off as we celebrate Memorial Day in this installment of things to do this weekend May 24-27.

Don’t forget to mark your calendars and purchase your tickets, because Ravinia Festival begins next Friday starting with Ramsey Lewis, Tash Sultana and the Concert Dance INC.!

Finally, we’re getting some warmth in the forecast, so continue here to see all of the outdoor activities going on in Lake County.


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Stay tuned for a blog tomorrow about all the fabulous things you could do during Memorial Day weekend.

So, Splash and dash, peruse and perform, “because nobody ever suspects the butterfly” in this edition of things to do this weekend May 24-27 in Lake County

1. Hurricane Harbor Opens For The Season


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No complaints about the heat from these guys, we love summer! 🌞 #hot #swimming #fun #summer #family

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“There is a-splishin’ and a-splashin,’ reelin’ with the feelin,’ movin’ and a-groovin, rockin’ and a-rollin’” at Six Flags Great America’s Hurricane Harbor. This Gurnee water park offers 17 refreshing attractions to help you beat the heat. Take a dip in the drink, recline, relax and experience all the thrills of your adventure at Hurricane Harbor this Memorial Day weekend and all summer long. Hurricane Harbor is open through September 2.

Saturday-Monday, May 25-27; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Hurricane Harbor, 1 Great America Pkwy., Gurnee.

2. The Essence of Freedom Run in Deerfield

The Essence of Freedom Run is an annual event to raise funds that are needed for the brave men and women, both active duty and veterans, who defend our country in the armed forces. Choose from a 5K or 10K race and run through the streets of downtown Deerfield. Active duty military officers, police officers and firefighters run free of admission. The Deerfield challenge also will include a pancake breakfast.

Monday, May 27; 8:45 a.m. Registration Fee: $47. Downtown Deerfield, 849 Waukegan Rd., Deerfield.

3. Butterflies & Blooms Exhibit at Chicago Botanic Garden


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Remember this beautiful butterfly? Those of you who’ve followed me for awhile might. It’s one of my favorite butterfly photos, a Leopard Lacewing at the Butterflies and Blooms exhibit at Chicago Botanic Garden last year. I’m revisiting it because it’s up for Best Butterfly @captured.contests today. Vote and comment on it if you would like to. Thank you my friends! 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 P.S. Contest is now closed! . #butterfliesandblooms #butterfliesofinstagram #raw_insects #raw_nature #raw_community_member #1natureshot #orangeflowers #macro_insects #insect_addict #chicagobotanicgarden #butterflylove #macro_captures #insects_of_our_world #macro_freaks #butterfliesofig #igclub_butterfly #ip_insects #butterfly_n_flower #femaleshutterbugs #flowersandmacro #helloitsnature #macrobutterfly #butterflyphoto #butterflyphotography #butterflywings #macro_perfection #pdcmayorangephotos #butterflyart #ip_macro #only_macro_captures

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Witness the majesty and beauty of the Swallowtail, Lycaenidae, Nymphalidae, Skipperling and as many as 500 other colorful butterflies and blooms at Chicago Botanic Garden. The Butterflies & Blooms exhibition highlights species that are native to Africa, Asia, North America and South America. The butterflies are housed in a 2,800-square-foot mesh enclosure on the Regenstein Learning Campus. Visitors can view the cocooned caterpillars make their transformation into butterflies through a window located inside the pupa emergence room. This exhibit runs through September 2.

Saturday-Monday, May 25-27; 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: $6-$8. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe.

4. Illinois Brass Band at the RLBCCC

The winner of six North American Band Association Awards, the prestigious Illinois Brass Band graces the stage at Round Lake Beach Cultural & Civic Center. This free admission concert will be on the RLBCC outdoor stage (will move indoors if there is bad weather), so don’t forget a lawn chair or blanket. Concert-goers will hear some fantastic U.S. traditional tunes in honor of Memorial Day.

Sunday, May 26; 2 p.m. Free admission. Round Lake Beach Cultural & Civic Center, 2007 Civic Center Way, Round Lake Beach.

5. Grayslake Late Night Flea Market + County Pop Culture Con


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Accessories for the Mancave!

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Like the Avengers, Zurko Promotions and Pop-Con join forces for the Grayslake Late Night Flea Market/County Pop Culture Con at the Lake County Fairgrounds and Event Center. Shoppers can peruse everything to antiques, collectibles, jewelry and porcelains to comics, action figures, video games, memorabilia, pop culture wares and so much more. Prior to the event, attendees are invited to explore Bess Bower Dunn Museum’s exhibit “The Art of Alex Ross” featuring the pieces of the DC and Marvel Comic universe artist. The pre-party runs from noon-3 p.m. and will be showcased at the Libertyville museum through September 9. Excelsior!

Saturday, May 25; Pre-Party: Noon-3 p.m., Flea Market/Pop Culture Con: 3 p.m.-midnight. Admission: $7. Lake County Fairgrounds and Event Center, 1060 E. Peterson Rd., Grayslake.

For more things to do this weekend May 24-27 in Lake County, click here.

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