Lake County Events

Chronicle Media Staff

Children of all ages can don their conductor’s hat and operate model trains courtesy of Valley Model Railroad Club from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 22 at Lambs Farm Magnolia Café & Bakery and the Visitors Center, 14245 W. Rockland Road, Libertyville.

April 20

Learning Center Preschool Open House

6-7:30 p.m.

Learning Center Preschool (Diamond Lake Recreation Center), 1016 Diamond Lake Road, Mundelein


Bring the kids to check out the Leaning Center Preschool (for ages 3 to pre-K) in this open house event. Meet staff members, tour classrooms and learn about program offerings. For more information, call (847) 566-5650 or visit


April 21

Earth Day Family Event

4:30-6:30 p.m.

Park Maintenance Facility, 1400 Indianwood Drive, Vernon Hills


Celebrate Earth Day with the family in this Vernon Hills Park District event. The first 250 families will receive a reusable bag filled with Earth-friendly items. Attendees also will have the chance to win sustainable/environmentally responsible items for the home, garden and office. The event includes a walk through Century Park with certified Arborists. No registration is required. For more information, call (847) 996-6817 or visit


April 22

Model Train Day

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Lambs Farm Magnolia Café & Bakery and the Visitors Center, 14245 W. Rockland Road, Libertyville


Children of all ages can don their conductor’s hat and operate model trains courtesy of Valley Model Railroad Club. The club’s portable layout features a CTC-computerized signal system. The event also includes train-related crafts and activities. For more information, call (847) 362-4636 or visit


April 22

Grayslake Arts Alliance Art Show

5-8 p.m.

Grayslake Heritage Center and Museum, 164 Hawley St., Grayslake

$3 (adults), $1 (children)

Stop by the museum for an art show put together by the Grayslake Arts Alliance, a new community group dedicated to promoting the arts through education, participation and development of a strong arts community. For more information, call (847) 543-1745 or visit


April 22


6:30-10 p.m.

Forest Park Beach Boating Pavilion, 801 N. Lake Road, Lake Forest


Join the Lake Forest Recreation Department to celebrate the annual Lake Michigan tradition of smelt returning to spawn in the warm water near piers and beaches. Learn how to catch, clean and cook the tasty little fish. A limited number of nets will be provided. Participants are encouraged to wear warm clothes and bring any smelting equipment they have on hand. For more information, call (847) 234-6700 or visit


April 22

Anna Fedorova

8:30 p.m.

Bennett Gordon Hall, 201 St. Johns Ave., Highland Park


See acclaimed pianist Anna Fedorova perform selections from a variety of legendary composers, including Beethoven, Chopin and Mozart, in this edition of Ravinia Festival’s BGH Classics series. For tickets, and more information, call the Ravinia box office at (847) 266-5100 or visit


April 25

Common Childhood Challenges

10 a.m. to noon

Antioch Public Library District, 757 N. Main St., Antioch


In this adult program, licensed clinical social worker Jessica Gebbink will discuss why kids do the things they do, and also provide proven tools that caregivers can use to help them through any corresponding challenges. The event is sponsored by the Antioch Area Health Accessibility Alliance. To sign up, and for more information, call (847) 395-0874 or visit


April 25

Author Visit: Cammie McGovern

7-8 p.m.

Vernon Area Public Library District, 300 Olde Half Day Road, Lincolnshire


In this program for kids (grades 4 and up with an adult), acclaimed young adult and middle grade author Cammie McGovern will discuss her novel, “Just My Luck,” as well as her new release, “Chester and Gus.” Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing by the author. To register, and for more information, call (847) 634-3650 or visit


April 27

Blues Traveler and Gin Blossoms

7:30 p.m.

Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan


See this concert co-starring Grammy Award-winning rock band Blues Traveler, featuring lead singer/harmonica player John Popper, and chart-topping indie rock act Gin Blossoms. To purchase tickets, visit the box office or call Ticketmaster at 800-982-2787. For more information, call (847) 263-6300 or visit