Top 10 Things To Do in November 2017


These leaves are a-changing pretty rapidly in this edition of the top 10 things to do in November 2017.

The holiday season is right around the corner with several of the tree lighting ceremonies, festivals, live entertainment and so much more.

Here’s a fun little nugget: Six Flags Great America is still open in November. If you missed the season during the summer and Fright Fest, you get three more weekends to pay the Gurnee amusement park a visit.

Visit Lake County would also like to extend an early Happy Veterans Day to Naval Station Great Lakes and everyone in the country who has worked tireless hours to keep our country safe. We celebrate this day on Saturday, November 11.

Let’s not forget that turkeys aren’t safe in Lake County because we celebrate Thanksgiving. There are many festivities all over the area, which will be in a later blog.

For all you slapshot fans, a legend is heading to Hawthorn Mall in Vernon Hills. For the opening of My Fan Cave, the three-time Stanley Cup winner and left wing player Patrick Sharp will have a meet and greet with the adoring Mighty Blackhawks fans.

It’s time to shed our Halloween costumes and head into our most thankful month. Here are your top 10 things to do in November 2017.

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1. Haunted Houses and a Gold Pyramid House (Through Nov. 5)

It is the final weekend of Realm of Terror in Round Lake Beach, Dungeon of Doom in Zion and Gold Pyramid House in Wadsworth. Here are the haunted attractions in Lake County and their end dates.

2. November Festivals (All of November)

From the beautiful foliage on the trees in Lake County Forest Preserves to the spooks and spirits to Oktoberfests to pumpkin patches, to Halloween and watching football at the sports bars, Lake County is the place to be during fall and the holiday season. Here are your festivals for November.

3. Marriott Theatre Presentations (Newsies now through Dec. 31; Sleeping Beauty Nov. 10-Dec. 30)

The grownups will see Newsies while the kiddies get to view Sleeping Beauty. Either way, all are welcome to both shows. Finally the fantastic musical from Disney: Newsies hits the Lincolnshire stage. This story is inspired by a true story about Jack Kelly and the NYC Newsboy Strike of 1899. Kelly is the captivating leader of the newsboy and/or newsies gang. Distribution rates from the newspaper companies raise at the expense of the newsies and Kelly bands his brothers together to rally against the print writing heads. STEEEEERIKE! Everyone remembers the story of Sleeping Beauty. Princess Amber receives a wicked curse from the sorceress Magenta. Only one kiss can break the spell. Prince Hunter will resiliently attempt to plant a big wet one right on the kisser. Does he hit his mark? Find out by visiting the Lincolnshire theatre to view this captivating tale.

Now-December 31; Various times. Various admissions. Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Dr., Lincolnshire.

With a view like this, we’re dreaming of weekend thrills! #SixFlags

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4. Six Flags Great America Extends Their Season (Nov. 4-5, 11-12, 18-19)

Did you miss the entire summer season and Fright Fest? Six Flags Great America gives coaster junkies and brew aficionados six more chances to zip on 15 coasters, rides, taste beer and bites. With craft beers from a variety of local and national breweries, delicious new culinary options, and of course thrills – this will be an event you don’t want to miss! Don’t forget to experience THE JOKER, Six Flags Great America’s newest coaster in 2017.

Saturdays & Sundays, November 4-19; 12-8 p.m. Various ticket prices. Six Flags Great America, 1 Great American Pkwy., Gurnee.

Watermelon Negroni: A new spin on the classic for #NegroniWeek. #recipelinkinbio

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5. Genesee Theatre Productions (All of November)

The Waukegan theatre is providing visitors with glorious nostalgia as they feature some of our favorite musicians. There are also legendary comedians and artisans gracing the theatre’s stage this month. Here’s what’s going on in November at Genesee Theatre.

6. Santa’s Arrivals (Various dates in November)

Santa Claus is comin’ to Lake County! Make sure you mark your calendars so you can have a meet and greet and photo op with the plump gentleman in the big red suit. Here’s where you can visit the white-bearded guy otherwise known as Mr. Kringle.

7. Fall Goals: Bike Hike & See Lake County

When the leaves change yellow and orange, it is the viewing party of a lifetime traveling on the best fall hike and bike trails in Lake County. We all can’t get out to New England to see their legendary foliage (and frankly we don’t need to), but Lake County’s trees pack a kaleidoscopic punch of their own. Here are the trails where you can see an explosion of fall colors.

8. Scrooge and the Ghostly Spirit at Citadel Theatre (Select Days from Nov. 17-Dec. 23)

This is the world premiere musical based on Charles Dickens’ a Christmas Carol. The book, music and lyrics are all created by Douglas Post. This family favorite brings all of your most cherished characters and themes to life through an original score, songs and dances. You surely won’t be saying Bah-humbug after leaving this romp!

Select days from November 17-December 23; Various times. Various ticket prices, Citadel Theatre, 300 S. Waukegan Rd., Lake Forest.

9. Dickens Holiday Village/Kringle Village Tour in Downtown Antioch (Nov. 4-Dec. 25)

Watch Olde England come alive in Historic Downtown Antioch with life-like figures from Charles Dickens’ stories that are caroling, working and so much more. Each collection of statues has a backstory placed beside it as 27 different storylines are there while you enjoy the charm of Dickens, the Antioch boutiques, gift shops and restaurants. A new addition to the Antioch Main Street area is Kringle Christmas Village Tour. View the dozens of oversized shadowboxes that are filled to the brim with quaint holiday scenes. Embrace Antioch’s holiday season with Dickens and Kringle. These two-holiday displays are staged through Christmas Day

Wonderland Express at Chicago Botanic Garden (Nov 24-Jan 7)

All Aboard! Chicago Botanic Garden has the little engines that can, as this weekend marks the finale of the Wonderland Express. The celebrated train set resides inside the Regenstein Center. The collection designed by Paul Busse spans 10,000 square-feet and is equipped with miniature trains, bridges, trestles, waterfalls and 80 mini-replicas of Chicago’s favorite landmarks. This event also features ice carvings, excellent music from carolers and for the kiddie:, Thomas the Tank Engine.

Friday-Sunday, November 24, 2017-January 7, 2018; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission $8-$13. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe.

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