Things To Do This Weekend November 13-15, 2020

As we inch closer to the holiday season, we take a look at the top things to do this weekend November 13-15.

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Welcome to our Taproom. With winter right around the corner, & many businesses facing limited outdoor seating options, many restaurants, bars, & breweries are likely to struggle over the cold months. We wanted to take a second to explain how we do our part to not only provide you with a safe, enjoyable experience, but also go that extra step to help prevent the spread of Covid-19. We require Masks at all times other than when you are seated & drinking. Our staff wears Masks at all times as well. We have multiple hand sanitizer stations available in different areas of the Taproom. Surfaces are sanitized after a customer gets up, prior to allowing a new customer to sit down. Now let’s go over a few things in detail that set us apart. One thing that is vital in preventing the spread of Covid-19 & creating a safe environment is called ACH. That stands for Air Changes per Hour. The fact that our facility has 25 foot high ceilings already helps us to be a safer option than smaller spaces. Combined with the high ceilings & already extremely efficient air flow, we have an industrial exhaust system that provides ventilation throughout the entire space at over 20 Air Changes per Hour. At an ACH Rate of 20, that means new air is circulated in every 3 minutes. This drastically helps to reduce Aerosols present in the air we breathe. Aerosols are the tiny particles that can transmit the virus & is why air replacement, combined with wearing masks are big steps in our fight against Covid-19. Thank you for your continued support through this pandemic. It has certainly been a difficult time, & we would not be here without you. We will continue to do our part in not only providing a safe space, but also, great beer. ✌🏼❤️🍺😷

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Drink and eat Lake County, experience holiday nostalgia, mosey the trails of the land of lakes and shop till you drop in this edition of weekend watch.

Here are your tippy-top five things to do things weekend November 13-15 in Lake County.

1. Lake County Libation Trail Month/Check-in Challenge

Let’s toast to the Lake County Libation Trail! “It’s five o’clock somewhere,” as suds aficionados, vino connoisseurs and spirit enthusiasts will be elated with these glasses of “liquid courage.” The Lake County Libation Trail is highlighted by 23 of the most delectable flavors from locally-sourced ingredients. Whether your adult beverage is an ice-cold frothy lager, a dry red merlot or an old-fashioned on the rocks, Lake County has precisely what you need to make your taste buds dance. The November Check-in Challenge runs throughout the month. When craft drinkers arrive at a participating location, they check in using their mobile pass to show they’re in attendance. If libation-ers check into three or more participants of the Lake County Libation Trail by November 30, they are entered into a sweepstakes to win prizes (this includes during curbside pickup and carryout). The grand prize is the “Libation Package” which includes an overnight stay for two with late checkout at the Lincolnshire Marriott Resort, a $50 food and beverage credit at Wright’s Brew & Bistro and a sample pack of Five Eyes Honey Ale, made with honey produced at the Lincolnshire resort and brewed by Tighthead Brewing Co. in Mundelein. Text “CHEERS” to 224-706-1133 to start. For more information, head to

Sunday, November 13-15; Various Lake County breweries, distilleries and wineries.

2. Vintage Holidays in Historic Downtown Long Grove

“Just hear those sleigh bells jingling, ring-ting tingling too. It’s lovely weather for a sleigh ride together” at Long Grove’s Vintage Holidays. Experience the charming village’s holiday cheer and nostalgic seasonal feels with a variety of specialty shops and eateries as you enjoy the weekend festivities, which include horse-drawn sleigh rides, carolers, holiday lights and a visit from Santa Claus. Old Kris Kringle will be available to take photos with the youngsters, however, his hours have not been posted yet. The holiday tradition begins this weekend and runs through December 20.

Saturday-Sunday, November 13-15; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Admission: Free. Historic Downtown Long Grove, 308 Old McHenry Rd., Long Grove.

3. Eat Lake County Local via Carryout and Curbside Pickup

With infection positivity rates from the novel coronavirus surpassing the 8% threshold for the third straight day, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health suspend indoor service at bars and restaurants in Lake County. However, you can still eat and support local via curbside pickup, carry out, picking up gift cards or braving the chill and eating outdoors. Support your local cuisine makers as they will still serve the high-class fare you know and love. Restaurants we know in love like 129 Center Cut in Grayslake, Jameson Charhouse in Vernon Hills, Route 41 Roadhouse in Wadsworth, Timothy O’Toole’s Pub Lake Villa, Lindy’s Landing in Wauconda, Miramar Bistro in Highwood, El Puerto Mexican Restaurant in Fox Lake, Zin Gastropub in Lake Zurich and much more are providing foodies with top-notch carryout and curbside pickup.

Friday-Sunday, November 13-15. Various locations in Lake County.

4. Hike Lake County Challenge at the Lake County Forest Preserves

No matter the season, we enjoy the fruits of what Mother Nature gave us in Lake County: The tall trees, the winding trails, the serene bodies of waters, the creatures and critters and the picturesque plant life. Lake County provides outdoor escapes from the shelter in place with an up close and personal live-action Claude Monet portraits. LCFPD’s (Lake County Forest Preserve District) Hike Lake County Challenge (on foot only) runs through November 30, and you can earn some hiking swag as well as explore upcoming kaleidoscopic fall colors. The stars on a clear night are spectacular. You can experience a night hike as the LCFPD has solar lit trails through late March. Hey Lake County, take a hike (or bike).

Friday-Sunday, November 13-15; Various forest preserve locations. Lake County Forest Preserves District Headquarters, 1899 W. Winchester Rd., Libertyville.

5. Shop the Block in Highland Park

“Shop the Block” and support Highland Park businesses this holiday season and you could win a gift card to a southeastern Lake County city restaurant of your choice. Visit for a week-by-week list of participating retailers, deadlines and instructions for submitting your receipts.  The shopping challenge this weekend features ENAZ Boutique, Babydreams, Glamour Girlz Central, Adamantem, That Spice, The Jeweled Elephant, Twinkle Twinkle Little one and more. Besides the Shop the Block effort, the Lake Michigan bordering city is pushing their outdoor activities heavily this fall with a feel-good walking trivia tour of the town, the continuation of live music and the addition of fire pits and heaters in the shared al fresco dining space in the Ravinia District of Highland Park.  For the alfresco area, guests are invited to BYO-Blankets.

Friday-Sunday, November 13-15; Various locations in Downtown Highland Park and the city’s Ravinia District.

For more things to do this weekend November 13-15, continue here.

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