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Eat Shop Play 2021

Here is the latest list of where to Eat, Shop & Play in our community this week, September 25 - October 1, 2023 🍴🛍 🤸‍♀️ 🍂

Monday, September 25


Tuesday, September 26

💻 12:00 pm-1:00 pm – A Beginner's Guide to Creating a Landing Page for Your Business (webinar) presented by SCORE a-beginners-guide-creating-a-landing-page-your-business

🏡 5:00 pm-6:30 pm – Ribbon Cutting & Grand Opening Celebration: Lauren Collander Interiors ribbon-cutting-grand-opening-celebration-lauren-collander-interiors

🖼️ 6:30 pm-8:00 pm – Art Impact Project: Healing Arts Workshop at The Art Center Highland Park theartcenterhp-event

🍂 7:00 pm-8:00 pm – Art for All Ages: Leaf Printed Pillowcases at Lake Bluff Public Library art-for-all-ages-leaf-printed-pillowcases

🌳 7:00 pm-8:00 pm – Lake Forest Caucus Open Call at Gorton Center Lake-Forest-Caucus-Open-Call


Wednesday, September 27

🧑‍⚕️ 1:00 pm-2:00 pm – Medicare 101 at Elderwerks elderwerks-events

🐭 1:00 pm-3:30 pm – The Mousetrap at Citadel Theatre the-mousetrap-at-citadel-theatre

👨 5:00 pm-6:30 pm – The Importance of Human Connection presented by Elderwerks the-importance-of-human-connection

🏠 6:00 pm-7:00 pm – Frank Lloyd Wright's Wisconsin by Kristine Hansen at Lake Forest Book Store frank-lloyd-wright-s-wisconsin-by-kristine-hansen

😴 7:00 pm-8:00 pm – Punished for Dreaming: How School Reform Harms Black Children and How We Heal at Gorton Center gortoncenter-event

🎥 7:00 pm-9:00 pm – Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World at Gorton Center rumble-the-indians-who-rocked-the-world


Thursday, September 28

🏠 10:00 am-2:00 pm – Spirit of 67 Home Tour with Lake Forest Civic Orchestra lakeforestcivicorchestra

📚 10:30 am -11:00 am – Storytime: Together Time at Lake Bluff Public Library storytime-together-time

🧑‍⚕️ 10:30 am-11:30 am – Understanding Your Medical Bills at Elderwerks understanding-your-medical-bills

🍅 3:00 pm-5:30 pm – Farm Market at College of Lake County (Grayslake Campus) farm-market

🦷 3:00 pm-6:00 pm – Ribbon Cutting & Grand Opening Celebration: Forest North Dental ribbon-cutting-grand-opening-celebration-forest-north-dental

🖼️ 7:00 pm-8:00 pm – Indigenous Art with Art Historian Deb Levie at Lake Forest Library indigenous-art-with-art-historian-deb-levie

💃 7:00 pm-8:00 pm – Introduction to Salsa Dancing at Lake Bluff Public Library introduction-to-salsa-dancing

🍷 7:00 pm-8:00 pm – Wine & Design: Autumn Centerpiece at Lake Forest Flowers floral-workshops

👨‍🏫 7:00 pm-8:30 pm – 38 Miles North and South from Chicago: A Comparative Look at African American History in Lake Forest and Joliet at The History Center of Lake Forest-Lake Bluff 38-miles-north-and-south-chicago

🐭 7:30 pm-10:00 pm – The Mousetrap at Citadel Theatre the-mousetrap-at-citadel-theatre


Friday, September 29

🥕 7:00 am-12:00 pm – Lake Bluff Farmer’s Market at Lake Bluff Village Green farmers-market

🍅 8:00 am-1:00 pm – Garden Market at Elawa Farm elawafarm

⛪️ 9:30 am-10:30 am – Virtual Early Childhood Information Session (Zoom) with School of St. Mary Lake Forest virtual-early-childhood-information-session

👨‍🏫 9:30 am-11:00 am – How Professionals can Help Maximize your Business and Help Get You to the Next Level (webinar) with SCORE how-professionals-can-help-maximize-your-business-and-help-get-you-to-the-next-level

👶 10:00 am-1:00 pm – Drop-in Playtime at Lake Forest Library drop-in-playtime

🖼️ 10:00 am-9:00 pm – Grab & Go Crafts at Lake Bluff Public Library grab-go-crafts

👨‍🏫 11:45 am-1:30 pm – Kitty Brandtner, Co-President & Founder, March Fourth at Suite Escape lfsuite-escape-LFSbiomc

🎹 6:00 pm-8:30 pm – ICA Steinway Soiree icamusic-concert-series

🍷 6:00 pm-10:00 pm – Experience Revelry Food & Wine Festival Lake Forest at The Gallery experience-revelry-food-wine-festival-lake-forest


Saturday, September 30

🥕 8:00 am-1:00 pm – Garden Market at Elawa Farm elawafarm

🏃‍♂️ 9:00 am-10:30 am – Race to Renew 5K & Fun Run at Lake Forest High School RaceToRenew5KFunRun

🪴 10:00 am-11:00 am – Starting Native Plants From Seed at Lake Forest Library starting-native-plants-from-seed

🧘 10:00 am-11:00 am – Yoga on the Farm with Dani at Elawa Farm elawafarm-adult-youth-classes

🎩 11:00 am-12:00 pm – Mad Hatters (ages 3-9) at Lake Bluff Public Library mad-hatters

🧑‍⚕️ 11:00 am-1:00 pm – Patient Self Advocacy and Health Literacy (hybrid) with Encompass Health patient-self-advocacy-and-health-literacy

💐 1:00 pm-2:00 pm – Kids Floral Workshop (Ages 5-13) at Lake Forest Flowers floral-workshops

🥍 1:00 pm-2:30 pm – The Indigenous History and Evolution of Lacrosse at History Center Lake Forest-Lake Bluff indigenous-history-and-evolution-lacrosse

📝 1:00 pm-3:00 pm – Poetry Reading: My SupHER Power at The Art Center Highland Park theartcenterhp-event

🎞️ 2:00 pm-4:30 pm – Manhattan Short Film Festival at Gorton Center manhattan-short-film-festival

🍷 6:00 pm-10:00 pm – Experience Revelry Food & Wine Festival Lake Forest at The Gallery experience-revelry-food-wine-festival-lake-forest

🐴 6:00 pm-10:30 pm – Marty's Barn Party at Equestrian Connection marty-s-barn-party

🎥 7:00 pm-9:30 pm – Manhattan Short Film Festival at Gorton Center manhattan-short-film-festival

🐭 7:30 pm-10:00 pm – The Mousetrap at Citadel Theatre the-mousetrap-at-citadel-theatre


Sunday, October 1

🍂 All Day – Fall StoryWalk with Lake Bluff Public Library fall-storywalk

🍷 11:00 am-3:00 pm – Experience Revelry Food & Wine Festival Lake Forest at The Gallery experience-revelry-food-wine-festival-lake-forest

🚙 11:00 am-3:00 pm – THEN & NOW AUTO SHOW in Lake Forest presented by the Lake Forest/Lake Bluff Chamber of Commerce then-now-auto-show-in-lake-forest

🏈 12:00 pm-3:00 pm – Chicago Bears vs. Denver Broncos at Soldier Field chicagobears-schedule

🎶 1:00 pm-3:00 pm – MYAC Chamber Music Soiree at Bennett Gordon Hall at Ravinia myac-chamber-music-soiree

📚 1:00 pm-5:00 pm – Banned Books Week at Lake Bluff Public Library banned-books-week

🔪 2:00 pm-4:00 pm – Knife and Tool Sharpening at Pasquesi Home & Gardens pasquesi-sales-events

🐭 3:00 pm-5:30 pm – The Mousetrap at Citadel Theatre the-mousetrap-at-citadel-theatre

🎻 4:00 pm-6:00 pm – Delightful Dvorak with International Chamber Artists icamusic.-concert-series


Get outside…be sure to check the status of our amazing community outdoor facilities!

🎾 Lake Bluff Park District:

🏈 Lake Forest Parks & Recreation:

🐕 Lake Forest Open Lands –




👧 CROYA – After School Drop-In Hours croya-calendar

👵 Dickinson Hall – Special Events, Life Enrichment, Ongoing Programs, Healthy Living Lectures and Fitness for Seniors dickinson_hall

❤️ Fill A Heart 4 Kids – See Events & Volunteer Opportunities fillaheart4kids

🥂 The GalleryLucky You - paintings by Cecilia Lanyon thegallerylf-current-exhibit; Happy Hour on the patio every Wednesday & Thursday

🤸‍♀️ Gorton Center – Calendar of Events: gortoncenter-events

🦽 Great Lake Adaptive Sports Association (GLASA) – Calendar of Events

🚶‍♂️ History Center of Lake Forest-Lake Bluff – Docent-Led Walking Tours; Self-Guided Tours – 11 Stately Observers: Witness Trees of Lake Forest, Houses of Lake Road; LF-LB History online; Main Exhibit & Digital Exhibits: Milestone Travels: Leaving Home to Find Yourself; Map Stories: The Hidden History in the Maps of Lake Forest and Lake Bluff; The Holiday Collection: from 1898 to Today; 300 Photos, 30 Days: A Candid Look at Covid-19; 20 in the Twenties: A Century of Change; Facing School 2020; History of Epidemics; History of Vaccines; A Spark of Genius: Local Events and Their Discoveries; Arcady Farm and its Neighbors lflbhistory

🎻 International Chamber Artists – Couch Concerts (Virtual), 2022-2023 Season Celebrating Women Composers icamusic

🚶 Lake Bluff History Museum – The Lake: Lake Bluff and Michi Gami opens July 15 the-lake-lake-bluff-and-michi-gami; Lake Bluff Walking Tours App (nearly a dozen tours available): Uptown Commercial District; Lake Bluff Camp Meeting Grounds; Camp Meeting Cottages; Dogs on the Bluff public art display; Green Bay Road Estates; Moffett Road Estates; Sheridan Road Estates; Lake Bluff Commemorative Plaques Tour; Early Settlers of Lake Bluff, and Development in West Lake Bluff. lakebluffhistory

📕 Lake Bluff Public Library – Calendar of Events: lakeblufflibrary-events; Voter’s Registration other-services

📚 Lake Forest Book Store – The Lake Forest Book Store Book Club meets monthly at the store on the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 7:00 pm October 2023 Book Club Book:  Lone Women by Victor LaValle

🎻 Lake Forest Civic Orchestra – past concerts and recordings archive past-concerts

📚 Lake Forest Library – Calendar of Events: lakeforestlibrary-events

🏡 Lake Forest Preservation Society – 6 app-based tours: East Lake Forest Walking Tour, Stanley Anderson’s Lake Forest, David Adler Architecture Walking Tour, Howard Van Doren Shaw in Lake Forest, West Park Walking Tour, 2020 Lake Forest Historic Preservation Awards, video library lfpf

💼 LifeWorking – Free Day Pass/Book at Tour for prospective members mylifeworking

🍸 Oaken Bistro + Bar at the Forester Hotel – Starter of the Month: Quinoa Salad $16,

Entree of the Month: Lamb Rack accompanied by roasted fingerling potatoes and honey-glazed Brussels sprouts $38, Live Music Fridays with Peter the Pianist

🎻 Rendezvous Arts – Summer Vignette Series and Patreon Channel (Virtual) rendezvousarts



Sales & Specials:


🌮 Authentico: Happy Hour all night Sunday-Wednesday: Sangria Sundays $7; Margarita Mondays $7; Tuesdays with a Twist – House Margarita & Sangria $7; Wine Wednesday $7; Friday Night Fish Fry – Cabo Style authenticorestaurant 

🛌 Bedside Manor: Join our newsletter and take 10% off first purchase, 20% off ALL down comforters, pillows, protectors and more, Save 40% off select Yves Delorme items while supplies last, Save 20% off top brands including Sferra, Peacock Alley, Pine Cone Hill, Signoria and more for a limited time shopbedside-sale

👗 Blu Violet: New Arrivals shopbluviolet-collections-all

🪴 Chalet: Rewards members can save 30% on all in-stock Maples (not Japanese), Viburnum, and Weigela, as well as RARE indoor plants with code PLANT30. Non-members save 20% at checkout, Save 20% on fire pits, Save 30% on select outdoor games and fountains, Save 30-50% on select citronella candles, Save 20-50% on select outdoor furniture, Save 50% on select lightweight planters and solar lights chaletnursery-on-sale

🍻 Chief's Pub: Monday: $3.50 Miller Lite & Budlight bottles; Tuesday: $4.74 Corona & Corona Light Bottles / $5 House Margaritas; Wednesday: $4.75 23oz Budlight and Miller Lite Draft / 1⁄2 Bottles of wine; Thursday: 1⁄2 off Domestic Pitchers; Friday: $5 16oz Craft Draft; Saturday: $17 Domestic Buckets, $25 Whiteclaw and Highnoon Buckets; Sunday: $5 House Bloody Mary’s, Mimosas and Screwdrivers; Happy Hour: M–F 3pm-6pm: $3.50 Miller Lite & Budlight Bottles, $4 16oz pints Miller Lite & Budlight, $4.75 23oz Miller Lite & Budlight, $5 Rail Drinks-House Vodka, Gin, Rum, Tequila & Whiskey + a mixer, $6 House Wine-Red: Cabernet, White: Chardonnay chiefspub

🎭 Citadel Theatre:
Season Subscriptions (2023-2024 Season Line-up: Mousetrap, She Loves Me, Silent Sky, and Baby) $40-$120 citadeltheatre

🍷 Courtyard Wines:
Holiday & Special occasion gift baskets, 10% discount on case purchase winestorelakeforestil

🫖 Deer Path Inn: Local's Only Package: Discover the North Shore, Zero-Proof Experience Mocktail Mixology, Babymoon Getaway - Baby On Board, Gramping Getaway; Girls’ Getaway Tea Time For Two;; Afternoon Tea at The English Room - seatings at 2:00 pm and 2:30 pm Wednesday through Saturday; Afternoon Tea available for carry-out Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 4:00 pm with preorder

🍳 Egg Harbor Café: Free delivery with orders over $15, Seasonal Menu: Autumn Orchard Sangria, Apple Cider Mimosa, Mild or Spicy Bloody Mary, Regular or Strawberry Mimosa, Pumpkin Crème Brulée Waffle, Cozy Scrambler, Pumpkin Pancakes, Orchard Valley Roll-up, World’s Best Granola; Barista Menu: Harborccino, Honeybee Harborccino, Cookies & Cream Harborccino, Pumpkin Spice Latte, S’Mores Mocha, Iced Pumpkin Apples Macchiato, Oatmeal Cookie Latte

💆‍♂️ Elements Massage: $20 off first one-hour massage session, Membership Discounts – one-hour massage session for only $89 (regular $109); 90 minute massage for $129 (regular $149)

🍪 Foodstuffs Gourmet Food & Catering: Sale: S’Mores Crunch, Birthday Crunch, Foodstuffs Mild Salsa, Foodstuffs Peach Vidalia Onion Salsa, El Rey Salted Tortilla Chips, El Rey Lemon Tortilla Chips, Foodstuffs Grilling Plank foodstuffs

🥤 Forest Greens Juice Bar:
10% discount for active military personnel forestgreensjuicebar

🏨 The Forester – a Hyatt Place Hotel: Member Rates, Double Your Points at Participating Hotels theforesterhotel

🧘‍♂️ Forever Om Yoga:
$79 new client offer (local clients only); unlimited golden membership $175, $28 single class, packages available foreveromyoga

🍰 Gerhard’s Elegant European Desserts: French Macarons, Easter Champagne Cake, White Chocolate Christmas Fantasy, Raspberry Mousse Cake, Key Lime Tartlette, Strawberry Cheesecake gerhardsdesserts

☕️ Hansa Coffee Roasters: Free Shipping on orders over $75, Buy a 5 lb Bag of Coffee and Save 10%; Summer Brews: Cold Brew Based – Black Bear Cold Brew, Kaffelemonad, Cold Brew Latte, Kickstart My Heart; Espresso based – Blueberry Iced Latte, Venice Beach Iced Latte, Cream Soda Latte, Mojito Latte; Tea based – Sport Tea, Hansa Gold, Cool Down; Kitchen: Beauty and the Beef, The Furio, The Silvio, The Carmela, The Adriana hansacoffee

🍣 Kuro Bistro
: Lunch Specials - Maki $18, Sashimi $20, Sushi $19, Classic Roll Choices $19-$20, Bento $17-$22, DonBuri $19-$20 kurolakeforest

📚 Lake Forest Book Store: 10% discount available for military personnel and educators lakeforestbookstore

🎻 Lake Forest Civic Orchestra: Season Subscriptions $30-$60 (25% off single ticket price) lakeforestcivicorchestra

💐 Lake Forest Flowers: Fall Fresh Arrangements lakeforestflowers-Autumn-Fall-Designs

🎁 Lake Forest Hardware Cards and Gifts: Bargains of the Month local-ad

🌭 Luke’s of Lake Bluff: 10% off first order; Daily Specials Include Small Fries and Medium Drink, Luke’s VIP Rewards Program $5 off every 8 visits lukeslakebluff

💐 M on the Square: $5 off Bespoke Arrangements – use code: BESPOKESAVINGS, Seasonal florals, tabletop decor, & home accessories monthesquare

🐓 Maevery Public House: Sunday Brunch 10-3, Sunday Night: Fried Chicken & Waffles: Half Amish Chicken, Cornmeal Breading, Sriracha-Honey Glaze, Sweet Potato Waffles $24 maevery

🦙 Mustard Seed: Fair Trade Gift Guide and much more mustardseedfairtrade

🍸 Oaken Bistro + Bar at the Forester Hotel: Weekday Happy Hour 3-6: drink specials from $5 and starters specials from $7 each; 16.18% Conway Park neighborhood business discount weekdays 11-4; E-Club Special – Free Sapling; Citadel Theatre Goers discount 20% off plus Oaken 5 Happy Hour menu outside of the regular weekday 3-6pm hours when you show a same day ticket stub

🛶 Offshore Marine/Paddling Warehouse: Perception Drift 9.5, Current Designs KESTREL 120, Boardworks TRITON, Current Designs SOLARA 120, Current Designs KARLA LV, Aqua-Bound STING RAY PosiLock Paddles, Current Designs VISION 140 HYBRID, Current Designs VISION 130 HYBRID, Blem Boats from Wilderness Systems, Bending Branches SLICE HYBRID Adjustable, Kokatat Men’s SCOUT – Factory 2ndoffshore-chicago

🪴 Pasquesi Home and Gardens: Fall Pansy Sale 3.5" pots: $2.49, reg. $4.99; Bulb Value Pack Now $11.99, reg. $14.99, Garden Fountain Sale 25% off sales-events

👔 Smith’s Men’s Store: Made-to-measure private appointments available smithsmensstore

🍎 Sunset Foods: See Weekly Specials weekly-ad

🍦 Suzy’s Swirl: Senior Citizens 20% off every day, Monday-Thursday 6pm-9pm in Lake Forest: 10% off, School Year Wednesdays 50% off for students and teachers, Super-Size Saturday $2 off large cup suzysswirl

🍫 Sweet’s:  Featured Items: Hostess Tray, English Toffee, Ladybugs, Everyday: Gift Basket, Mixed Chocolate Assortment, Sampler, Fantasy Apples, Caramel Nut Corn, Peanut Brittle, Caramels; Fall: Chocolate Covered Pumpkin Oreos, English Toffee with Fall Festive Wrap, Fall Chocolate Platter, Basket of Fall Favorites, Featured Large Chocolate Turkey, Sweet’s Best Mixed Chocolates with Fall Festive Wrap, Turkey Gift Box, Fall Lady Bugs, Solid Chocolate Turkeys sweetschocolates

🍫 Toffee Traditions: Seasonal Flavors: rosemary with a touch of sea salt, white chocolate, lemon, poppy seed with toasted macadamia nut seasonal-toffee

💆‍♂️ Touched by Jules: 30-minute massage $65, 60-minute massage $120, 90-minute massage $175 touchedbyjules


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