Top 10 Things To Do in March 2022

Top of the morning to you as we view the top 10 things to do in March 2022. Although we lose an hour of sleep, everyone has had just about enough of a Lake County winter wonderland. Can you believe the first day of spring is this month?


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Spring brings things like warmer weather, melting snow, bulbs that begin to bloom and a slew of Lake County activities to experience. Why would you leave Lake County for Spring Break when you have all that you need right under your nose? March into March with some pep in your step.

Don’t forget that Lake County Restaurant Week comes right after the end of the month as it runs April 1-10. For other travel pieces, continue here to view the top 101 things to do in Lake County under $10. Click here to view the #LetsSnapLakeCounty Photo Contest winners. Road tripping this spring? Continue here to view the land of lakes road trip routes.

Take in the third-month mania, as we take a look at the top 10 things to do in March 2022

1. Untamed: The Orchid Show at the Chicago Botanic Garden (Through March 27)

Roses are red; violets are blue. Orchids range from gray, purple, pink and red, and the Chicago Botanic Garden is hosting a show of it, too. The Chicago Botanic Garden Orchid Show, a one-of-a-kind display in the Chicago area, features a forest full of wildflowers. More than 10,000 brilliantly beautiful and unusual orchids from around the world will extend throughout the Regenstein Center, including lush presentations within the greenhouses. There are several unique events during the show including a preview, Orchids After Dark, live music and more.

2. March Live Performances in Lake County (All March)


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It is unmatched witnessing a live show. From reciting your favorite tune while singing with an exceptional songster, to the atmosphere of everyone rocking their socks off to a legendary performance. Here are some of the concerts featured in Lake County in March.

  • “West Side Story at Marriott Theatre (through 3/27) INFO»
  • “Outside Mullingar” at the Citadel Theatre (through 3/13) INFO»
  • Ryan & Ran at James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts (3/2) INFO»
  • My Names Is NOT Mom at the Genesee Theatre (3/4) INFO»
  • “I Have a Story to Tell” at Three Brothers Theatre (3/4-6) INFO»
  • Fantastick Patrick at the Orlin Trapp Auditorium (3/6) INFO»
  • CLC Wind Ensemble Concert at the James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts (3/6) INFO»
  • Adam Carolla at Genesee Theatre (3/10) INFO»
  • “Fire and Ice Dance and Music Experience” in Long Grove (3/12) INFO»
  • Jazz Ensemble Concert at the James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts (3/13) INFO»
  • The Magic of Billy Blagg at the James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts (3/19) INFO»
  • Frank Caliendo at Genesee Theatre (3/19) INFO»
  • Lake County Symphony Orchestra plays “Solid brass: Ancient to Modern” (3/19) INFO»
  • Jay Leno at Genesee Theatre (3/25) INFO»
  • Purple Reign: The Prince Tribute at Genesee Theatre (3/26) INFO»
  • “Scooby-Doo! and the Lost City of Gold” at Genesee Theatre (3/27) INFO»

3. March Festivals in Lake County (All March)

Don’t sit wasting your winter with chestnuts roasting by an open fire. When the temperature drops, a March winter festival in Lake County will cure your cabin fever.

  • First Fridays on MainStreet Libertyville (3/4) INFO»
  • Paint and Sip Party at CAP Catering Banquets and Dining on Genesee (3/11) INFO»
  • 10th annual GLMV Extreme Block Party Family Expo (3/12) INFO»
  • 95 WIIL Rock Shamrock N’ Roll Radio Broadcast at Mickey Finn’s Brewery (3/17) INFO»
  • St. Patrick’s Day Weekend Party at Port of Blarney (3/17) INFO»
  • St. Patrick’s Day at Green Town Tavern (3/17) INFO»
  • ArtWauk in Waukegan (3/19) INFO»
  • Pelican Palooza in Fox Lake (3/25-4-9) INFO»

4. Maple Syrup Hikes at Ryerson Woods (Select Days March 5-31)

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). Guided syrup hikes occur on Saturdays and Sundays through March 21, from noon-2 p.m. Self-guided saunters run March 21-31, from 6:30 a.m.-sunset. There is also a senior series of Maple Syrup Hikes on March 16.

5. “How a Lipizzan Learns to Dance” at Tempel Farms (March 5)


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Experience the Tempel Lipizzans for their Stallion Public Tour this weekend. Leave suburbia for a few hours, escaping to a serene country setting. Gaze at the stallions and their trainers while they go through the process of “dressage” training. This rare opportunity will leave you in awe as each beginner, intermediate and advanced trained horse gallops and dances past you, displaying each move they’ve been training to perform for several years. Not only will you have a meet and greet in their dwellings, VIP visitors can also take a trip to the Old Mill Creek breeding stables to say “hello” to their mares and foals.

6. Make Your Own Flower or Shamrock at Peter Patterson Glassworks(Sat.-Sun, Mar. 5-6, 12-13)

Don your green threads and start preparing your corn beef hash because St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner. Visit Peter Patterson Glassworks in Mundelein for their create a glass flower or shamrock open house. Learn the different glass blowing techniques at this flowering art class and take home a shamrock charm or a beautiful spring glass flower at the color of your choosing. Spring into the season and test your craftsmanship at this creative event.

7. Museum Exhibits in Lake County


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Lake County has a rich past and splendid collection of unique museums and historical locations. Expand your horizon with one of Lake County’s exhibitions in March.

  • Ansel Adams: Early Works at Bess Bower Dunn Museum (3/27) INFO»
  • Overcoming Disasters: A Community Comes Together at Grayslake Heritage Center and Museum (through 6/30) INFO»
  • Orchid Show at Chicago Botanic Garden
  • Marked By The Sea: Tattoos in the U.S. Navy at the National Museum of the American Sailor (through 12/31) INFO»
  • Art Exhibition Series at the Adler Arts Center (through 3/31) INFO»
  • The U-505 and the Chicago Tribune: A Voyage Through Red Tabe at the National Museum of the American Sailor (Virtual) (3/5) INFO»
  • Kohl Children’s Mobile Learning Lab at Waukegan Public Library (3/9) INFO»
  • Kohl Children’s Mobile Learning Lab at Zion (3/21) INFO»

8. Pelican Palooza in Fox Lake (March 25-April 9)


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The Fox Lake event celebrates the Lake County village’s local businesses, art and the American white pelican, which migrates to the area from mid-March through early April. Pick up your Pelican Passport and visit participating local businesses for a prize. There will be an abundance of deals from nearly 18 establishments.

9. Ice Skating in Lake County (All March)


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Did you know that Lake County has over 30 ice skating locations? On a beautiful winter’s day, there’s no better place to be scooting over frozen water. It is time to make your best U.S. Olympic Figure Skater Bradie Tennell triple axel impression. It’s an opportunity to slap shot like Chicago Blackhawk’s star Jonathan Toews. Whatever your favorite activity is on the ice, be sure to invite friends and family to create memories on the twirl, twizzle and triple lutz on the Lake County ice.

10. Miller’s Dog N Suds Reopens for the Season (Opening Late March)

Miller’s Dog N Suds is the home of the Coney dog and their famous creamy root beer. The Ingleside drive-thru-styled eatery is a four-generation, family-owned business that recently celebrated its 50th birthday in 2017. A little touch of the past is still relevant today because you can’t pass up a delicious hot dog. Miller’s Dog N Suds regularly hosts concerts and classic car nights as well. At one point, there were 600 locations of the restaurant. Currently, 14 Dog N Suds are still in operation with one other place in Lake County (Grayslake). Other items on the menu at the iconic restaurant include Texasburgers, corndogs, cheese dogs, chicken sandwich and their shake of the month. Miller’s Dog N Suds is open from March through October.

For more information about the top 10 things to do in March 2022, continue here. To learn more about Lake County Restaurant Week, click here.

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