Things To Do This Weekend September 18-20, 2020

Fall is near, and it definitely shows in this edition of things to do this weekend September 18-20.

Snap a memory, grab a pumpkin, see historical sites, build a vessel and fly like a butterfly in the land of lakes. Here are your top five things to do this weekend September 18-20

1. #LetsSnapLakeCounty Photo Contest

Alright, Mr. or Mrs. Shutterbug, the land of lakes is ready for its close-up. Visit Lake County invites you to submit your phenomenal pictures in the #LetsSnapLakeCounty Photo Contest. There is an abundance of beautiful, scenic, historical, adventurous, heritage, character and just downright “#InstaGood” shots of Lake County. Visit Lake County would like to showcase where you live, work, eat, play or shop by sharing your best pictures of the county. VLC will accept submissions for five categories: Outdoors, Family/People, Masked, Dining/Libations and Other Travel Culture. There will be a grand prize winner, as well as five other category winners. Individuals may submit up to five photos. Winners of the #LetsSnapLakeCounty Photo Contest will win an exclusive prize and photo credit in future tourism marketing materials. The contest will reveal winners in multiple categories. Participants can submit entries through October 31 at

Friday-Sunday, September 18-20; Various locations around Lake County.

2. Didier Farms in Lincolnshire Opens for the Season

You haven’t lived unless you’ve been to Didier Farms Pumpkinfest. Everyone loves all the extravagant memories from the Lincolnshire Farm. The farm favorite features hayrides, pony rides, camel rides, kiddie rides, an exotic petting zoo, a parakeet exhibit, a corn maze and pig races (the sprinting porkies only gallop on the weekends). Don’t forget to visit Grandma D’s Bake Shop for scrumptious pies, cookies, fudge, homemade apple cider, kettle corn and pumpkin donuts. The farm’s doors are open through Saturday, October 31. The farm, originally purchased by John Link, the father of Mary Sue Didier, has been owned by a Didier descendant since 1912. Visitors of the Lincolnshire Farm must wear facemasks at all times on the grounds by individuals ages two and older. Didier Farms also practices social distancing guidelines. Online ordering of your favorite fall items is also available.

Saturday-Sunday, September 19-20; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Didier Farms, 16678 W. Aptakisic Rd., Lincolnshire.

3. MainStreet Libertyville Historic Home Tour


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Put on your walking shoes and step back in time with MainStreet Libertyville. Join us for the annual Historic Home Tour on Saturday, September 19th from 10:00am – 3:00pm. Tickets can be purchased on our website (link in bio) for $20. . This self-paced, audio enhanced, outdoors and socially distant walking tour showcases Libertyville’s Heritage District and downtown buildings is like no other, including more than 20 area historic homes and 40 commercial buildings. . Learn about great architecture, classic design and the first settlers of this beautiful town. Like Libertyville’s first pharmacist, blacksmith, and the owner of the meat market. . Additionally, all ticket holders will receive one entry into a raffle to win a beautiful, new 9’ x 12’ rug (second pic) donated by Afshin Shabahang, owner of Shabahang Royal Carpet in downtown Libertyville. . This handmade rug retails for $1,800 and features a Persian heriz pattern with a navy blue background and a burgundy border, woven in India. Additional raffle tickets can be purchased in Cook Park on the day of the event for $5. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #communityphotos #ilovethiscommunity #libertyvillestrong #libertyville #mainstreet #mainstreet60048 #localbusiness #thisplacematters #community #family #fun #friends #enjoyyourself #laugh #drink #eat #havefun #instacool #instagood #instadaily #picoftheday #instalike #communitymatters #supportsmallbusiness #shoplocal60048 #hometour #historicalhomes #history #walkingtour #walkinghistorytour

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Take a leisurely stroll or a bike ride on the audio-enhanced MainStreet Libertyville Historic Home Tour. Hosted by the Libertyville-Mundelein Historical Society, The tour begins at Cook Park, and individuals will hear about some of the first settlers in Libertyville. The first pharmacist, the first blacksmith, the meat market owner, MainStreet Libertyville, has records of all of these unbelievable historical nuggets.  Somehow all of these buildings are connected to the Ansel B. Cook House and survived a fire.  Tickets can be purchased online at or on the day of the event (cash or check). Visitors are encouraged to bring your smartphone as the tour is available via audio (with headphones) to use with their printed brochure and map.

Saturday, September 19; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission: $20-$25. Cook Park, 413 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville.

4. Brick by Brick LEGO Virtual Event at NMAS


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Calling all LEGO® builders! There is still time to register and join us online THIS SATURDAY for the first ever virtual Brick by Brick Great Lakes event! ⁣ ⁣ While we’re not able to build in person this year, our LEGO® builders are ready for the show go on! Follow along as we build Navy-inspired ships and vehicles. Discover the stories behind the builds. Meet a Master LEGO® Builder and learn his tricks to creating LEGO® masterpieces. ⁣ ⁣ Visit the Brick by Brick Great Lakes event page for more information and a link to register. #NavyReadiness #NMASLego #LegoGreatLakes⁣ ⁣ Thank you to our partners: @hamptonroadsnavalmuseum, @usnavyseabeemuseum, @snapologychicago

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Your youngsters can become the new master builders to work with Emmet Brickowski and Wyldstyle. The National Museum of the American Sailor hosts their virtual LEGO® Brick By Brick Great Lakes event to share their masterpieces. Children ages four-to-12 years old can register for the free virtual event and build your own nautical or flying vessel, meet with Master Builder Dave Colamaria and learn about Naval Station Great Lakes history on Zoom. Following the event, the sailor museum encourages your architects to submit their own unique U.S. Navy-inspired design to win a LEGO® Store gift card. Designs are divided into age groups and voted on by the National Museum of the American Sailor experts. The museum’s Facebook followers will also vote on the “Fan-Favorite” competition. Visit for more information and registration.

Saturday, September 19; 10 a.m.-noon. Virtual event via zoom. National Museum of the American Sailor, 2531 Sheridan Rd., Building 42, Great Lakes.

5. Butterflies & Blooms Exhibit at Chicago Botanic Garden

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. This is the final weekend of the Glencoe exhibit. The Butterflies & Blooms exhibition highlights native species 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. The exhibit is open daily through September 20 (weather permitting). Face coverings are required for anyone ages two years and older, and six-foot social distancing is encouraged.

Friday-Sunday, September 20; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Various admissions. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe.

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