Nightlife in Grayslake

Up to Half Off American Food at Firewood Restaurant & Sports Lounge

Firewood Restaurant & Sports Lounge

McHenry

$20 $10

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Sports lounge serves burgers, pizzas, pastas, steak, fish, & more while 36 TVs air sports; champagne included in Sunday brunch

52% Off Movie-Screen Video Gaming Session

Buffalo Grove Theater

Buffalo Grove IL

$120 $58

Bring up to 20 friends to play Xbox, Nintendo Wii, or PlayStation games on one of the theater's movie screens

Up to 46% Off Admission and Small Popcorns for Two

Keno Drive-In

Pleasant Prairie

$20.50 $11

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Double features of first-run flicks pair with audio from FM station or in-car speakers as attendees dig into popcorn

"Suds: The Rockin’ 60′s Musical Soap Opera" – Up to 52% Off

"Suds: The Rockin’ 60′s Musical Soap Opera"

Raue Center for the Arts

$36.50 $17.50

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Heartbroken in a laundromat, Cindy learns about love and life from two guardian angels while singing '60s Motown and pop hits

43% Off Movie Outing

Star Cinema Grill

Arlington Heights

$10.50 $6

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Servers at dine-in theaters deliver optional, freshly prepared menu items as guests enjoy first-run releases

Up to 50% Off Improv Show with Popcorn

Laugh Out Loud Theater

Streets of Woodfield

$22 $11

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Improvisers can perform a show with spontaneous scenes, games, and songs

Up to 78% Off Standup at The Improv Comedy Club

The Improv Comedy Club

Chicago Improv of Schaumburg

$177.95 $39

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Nationally known comics such as Adam Ferrara, Dave Coulier, and Loni Love, paired with appetizers such as crispy jalapeño ravioli

Medieval Times – Up to 44% Off Dinner Show

Medieval Times

Schaumburg

$43.78 $29

Ironclad knights joust atop horses and battle with swords while viewers feast on a four-course meal; VIP package with DVD and banner

"Bye Bye Liver" – Up to 50% Off Comedy

"Bye Bye Liver"

Sunset Playhouse Community Theater

$30 $15

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A troupe performs an interactive comedy show inspired by drinking, barhopping, and male-female relations

Up to 50% Off at Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery

Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery

Roselle

$20 $11

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Waitresses clad in mini kilts ferry burgers, Dublin-inspired stew & ice-cold Guinness to tables with views of HD sports games

Up to 50% Off Movie Outing

Bensenville Theatre

Bensenville

$21 $11

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Guests grab buckets of popcorn and large sodas before heading into intimate twin theaters to view recent releases screening twice daily

Valentino Vineyards & Winery – 60% Off Tasting, Tour & Seminar

Valentino Vineyards & Winery

Long Grove

$48 $19

Following a brief tour in the vineyard, guests enter a winery to sample five estate wines during wine appreciation seminar

Half Off Tropical Snacks and Drinks at Hala Kahiki

Hala Kahiki

River Grove

$30 $15

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Tropical cocktails named for Pelé and coral reefs poured in Polynesian-themed bar opened in 1963

48% Off Pool and Snacks

Elite Cafe & Billiards

Melrose Park

$25 $13

Retro pool hall gives players plenty of space to maneuver around its 17 billiards tables

"Aladdin Jr." – Up to 50% Off Children's Musical

"Aladdin Jr."

Fox Valley Repertory at Pheasant Run Resort

$30 $15

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Beloved Disney film leaps from screen to stage with adored characters and Academy Award–winning score

Chicago Family Fun Expo – Up to 50% Off

Chicago Family Fun Expo

Dupage Expo and Convention Center

$14 $7

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Vendors and demos educate about health and wellness while face painting, obstacle courses, and magic shows entertain

Up to 52% Off a Movie Outing at Studio Movie Grill

Studio Movie Grill

Wheaton

$10.50 $5

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A wide selection of new releases and cult classics is projected on towering screens as viewers watch from leather recliners and tables

The Dancing Horses Theatre – Up to 52% Off

The Dancing Horses Theatre

Delavan

$37.50 $18

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Equestrians and various horse breeds do a Vegas-style performance; backstage pass includes horse-training info and equine meet-and-greets

Up to 46% Off Craft Beer and Appetizers

Chalk

Forest Park

$30 $17

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Craft beer from local breweries such as Revolution and Lagunitas; fries, chicken tenders, and stout beer battered onion rings

"Lost In Time" – Up to 40% Off Drama

Magnified Gift Theater and Dance Company presents "Lost In Time"

Madison Street Theater

$25 $15

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Drama from Chicago director Rosette Jarriet depicts a woman overcoming her past and a family's struggle with death and abuse

Survive Paint Wars – Up to 49% Off EDM Party

Survive Paint Wars

Hawthorne Race Course

$39.50 $20

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Outdoor EDM party mixes tunes from top DJs with hundreds of gallons of colorful paint to be poured on attendees

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Jesse Oaks might seem like a typical American restaurant, best known for its daily specials and pub-food staples: nachos, burgers, and sweets. Look a little closer, though, and you'll see the chefs putting their own creative spin on tried-and-true classics. Sure, they serve regular nachos, but also Irish nachos, swapping out chips for a base of waffle fries. The burgers are innovative too. The 60/40 burger, for instance, boasts a hybrid patty that's comprised of 60% ground beef and 40% bacon, just like the contents of the best gift baskets. Come dessert, there are deep-fried candy bars and peanut butter cups, coated in tempura batter, along with fried brownie bites served fresh out of the fryer. One final dose of the unexpected? The eatery has six sand volleyball courts—including two inside—and hosts tournaments year-round, frequently for charity.

18490 W Old Gages Lake Rd
Grayslake,
IL
US

Green to its core, The Irish Mill Inn first opened its doors in the early 1930s. Though its origins aren’t exactly clear, some believe the small, unassuming venue operated as a speakeasy before Prohibition’s end in 1933. No matter the case, today, The Irish Mill Inn legally fills the mugs of regulars and newcomers alike, pouring from a drink selection that includes Irish beers and scotch. The food menu, meanwhile, provides an array of hearty bases, highlighted by such Irish classics as shepherd’s pie and bangers with chips. On Friday and Saturday nights, live bands rock the venue, and on Sundays and Thursdays, patrons can share their own music or odes to green beer during open mic events.

26592 N Il Route 83
Mundelein,
IL
US

Behind a red-brick storefront and striped awning, Viva Le Vine's vintners curate a collection of vintages both affordable and high end, pairing them with cheeses and other finger foods. Wooden racks hoist obsidian bottles of reds and whites, and the wine bar dispenses pours and sampling flights alongside microbrews, seasonal cocktails, and martinis. Cushy, black leather furniture and high-top tables dot the brightly lit interior and an upright piano stands against the wall for impromptu instrumental renditions of Gangsta's Paradise. A painting of colorful donkeys stares down enviously from rich burgundy walls at rich plates of succulent chocolates and naan covered in hearty toppings. The shop hosts live entertainment, numerous tastings, and trivia events throughout the year.

338 N Milwaukee Ave
Libertyville,
IL
US

Hundreds of LEGO pieces scatter across C&A Robot Factory’s worktables, where kids follow plans or their own imaginations to build everything from programmable robots to remote-controlled vehicles. During the center's projects and camps, children work through projects that explore science, math, and creativity. They might build a LEGO space station, program the movements of a solar-powered robot from a selection of new models in WeDo classes, or use salt water to power a LEGO car. The stop-motion-animation project—where kids assemble LEGO bricks into a movie set and then take hundreds of photographs that are edited together to become a short movie—stretches the potential applications of LEGOs even further.

Creative opportunities, however, aren't limited to structured projects. During open-play sessions kids can use C&A Robot Factory’s thousands of LEGO blocks to assemble buildings or the world’s most uncomfortable carpet. The LEGO Ville area lets toddlers play as well, surrounding them with Duplo blocks, cars, and trains.

326 Peterson Rd.
Libertyville,
IL
US

At Downing's, diners can gobble up a Guinness beer brat, savor Corona-battered cod, or bite into a maple-bacon burger made with beer-infused sirloin. Inventive uses for alcohol aren't the only way the chefs add creative spins to their traditional Irish eats and handheld pub dishes. For instance, you can order a burger topped with fresh mozzarella, pesto, and fresh tomatoes—all the makings of a caprese salad. Downing's takes burgers so seriously that an entire section of the menu is labeled "Not Burgers." It features italian-beef sandwiches and chimichurri beef tacos. Diners can also partake of a deep-fried peanut butter and jelly sandwich, which oozes with warm strawberry jelly between slices of bread dusted with powdered sugar.

Between bites of hearty pub food washed down with beer and spirits, pool players can start their own leagues at Downing's. The pub—which offers alfresco seating in warmer months—also keeps things hopping with weekly musical performances, five flat-screen TVs, and parties to celebrate such holidays as Halloween, Saint Patrick's Day, and Franklin Pierce Fan Club Day.

431 S Milwaukee Ave
Libertyville,
IL
US

The Little Gym of Gurnee, a branch of the nationwide network of Little Gyms, fosters educational wonderment, physical development, and self-confidence in children aged four months to 12 years old through engaging, interactive classes. Trained instructors lead the classes and impart motor skills, language development, and leadership skills through karate and dance classes, as well as brain boost activities—all with the goal of encouraging age-appropriate development in a safe and enjoyable atmosphere.

101 Ambrogio Dr
Gurnee,
IL
US