Things to do this weekend January 16-19

Although it is still quite early in the winter season, Lake County is ready for some warm temperatures. After yet another polar vortex, the weather seems to be back to where it should be. This weekend’s lineup has plenty for the kids after their first full week back to school and for the  adults.

We all are looking forward to an extended weekend with Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Besides the plethora of events in store for Lake County, our friends from Boating Lake County and many of our area’s boating establishments will be exhibitors at the 2015 Chicago Chicago Boat, RV & Strictly Sail Show at Chicago’s McCormick Place January 14th-18th. If you sign up for Boating Lake County’s e-newsletter, you are entered to win four free tickets to the five-day convention.

Treat yourself to what Lake County has planned for you in this installment of the guide to the weekend.

Vernon Hills Winter Fest

The Vernon Hills Winter Fest is a celebration of outdoorWinter Fest
recreation for you and the family on Saturday January 17 from 11 am-2 pm. Don’t forget to bring your sleds and saucers, because this event held at Century Park North – which is right by the sled hills! Besides speeding down the hills, you can also enjoy dog sled demonstrations, ice sculpting, campfires and ice skating. Century Park North, North of Rt. 60, Between Butterfield Rd. & Lakeview Parkway
Vernon Hills, IL 60061 

ArtWauk in Downtown Waukegan

ArtWaukThe night is where art comes alive in downtown Waukegan. On Saturday January 17 from 5-10pm, come for the monthly ArtWauk show. Not only do to witness the talented brush strokes of your peers, but you could also experience live entertainment. Don’t go anywhere after gazing upon the art, because there’s an after party to follow. Downtown Waukegan
Genesee Street Waukegan, IL 60085. 



Live Performances in Lake County

There are plenty of live performances to see in Lake County this week. From Stache! at Austin’s Saloon and Eatery in Libertyville Patio Daddy-O at the Docks in Wauconda and Switchback at James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts in Grayslake, Friday night is full of creative live music. Long-time stand-up comedian Steven Wright heads to Genesee Theatre Saturday January 17. Wright is known for his slow, monotone and witty delivery of jokes. Wright has been in movies such as Reservoir Dogs, So I Married an Axe Murderer and Natural-Born Killers. Austins 481 Peterson Road Libertyville, IL 60048, Docks Bar & Grill 313 E. Liberty Street Wauconda, IL 60084, James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts at the College of Lake County19351 W. Washington St. Grayslake, IL 60030  Genesee Theatre 203 N. Genesee St. Waukegan, IL 60085.

Steven Wright at the Genesee Theatre

Lake Forest Frost Fest

Everyone is tired of driving through the snow. It’s time to enjoy the snow up close and personal at Lake Forest’s Frost Fest Saturday, January 17. This festival from 1-3pm Saturday will include games, activities, hot cocoa and a bonfire. Come on out and enjoy the free event at West Park. West Park 850 N. Summit Ave. Lake Forest, IL 60045. 

Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Lake County

It is nice to relax on a three-day weekend. The area will be honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., all around Lake County on Monday. St. Peter United Church of Christ in Lake Zurich will feature keynote speaker Reverend Dr. John H. Thomas – Senior Advisor to the President and Visiting Professor of Ministry Studies at Chicago Theological Seminary. Highland Park will hold its Sixth Annual Multi-Generational MLK Day of Service at the Recreation Center of Highland Park. Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White will describe his experiences with the late Dr. King. White’s Tumbling Team will also be in attendance to end the service. St. Peter United Church of Christ 47 Church Street Lake Zurich, IL 60047 and Recreation Center of Highland Park 1207 Park Ave. W. Highland Park, IL 60035.

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