A large reason that America has been such an economic success story for the greater part of the past hundred years is because of our country’s strong connection to small towns and small businesses based in a free market. In … Continue reading
The Amber Room at Mickey Finn’s is a well known hot spot for live music in Lake County and on March 2, I finally was able to experience it in person. Three bands performed all original music for a reasonable … Continue reading
First Fridays on Main Street. Tonight from 6 to 9 p.m., explore Downtown Libertyville with dinner at one of their many restaurants. Follow-up dinner with a stroll through local shops that offer wine tastings, live music and other promotional events. … Continue reading
January has flown by with the blink of an eye, yet 2013 is still young! With so many fun activities to look forward to in Lake County this year, we have compiled a list of 13 must see events and … Continue reading
If you live in or near Libertyville, chances are that you’ve heard of Mickey Finn’s Brewery. Upon visiting, you would quickly find that this quaint bi-level brewery/restaurant/concert venue has everything you could ask for in a weekend hangout spot. For such a nice and well known local staple, I was surprised to find out that this location will be no more in late 2013.
However, the expression that change can be good seems to apply in this situation. Mickey Finn’s has enjoyed the same location in downtown Libertyville on Milwaukee Ave since 1994, but demand has exceeded capacity. Attempting to park in the rear lot alone can demonstrate this. There is no need to fear the change of location as it pertains to distance either because Mickey Finns II will be located walking distance just south of its current location on the opposite side of Milwaukee Ave.
For a brewery that already feels comfortable, hip and clean, Mickey Finns promises that its reincarnation will be bigger and better. Beyond more square footage, MFII will feature a larger parking lot, bigger brewery, and nicer bathrooms. Will the picturesque atmosphere change at the larger and newer location? We will find out soon enough and I’m definitely curious to see how they will utilize the additional space.
I would highly recommend visiting the original location while you still can. Construction on Mickey Finn’s II begins next month!
1. Bring the family for 4 days of ‘Dancing in the Streets’ at the 39th Annual Gurnee Days celebration happening through Sunday at Viking Park in Gurnee. There is something for everyone in the family to enjoy from a farmers market, Gurnee Idol, golf tournament and bike rodeo to live music from Mellencougar and Suburban Cowboys, rib fest, eating contest and fireworks. Stop by this community event for safe, fun-filled family activities.
2. Experience 4 days of fun, including carnival rides, a parade, games, bingo, food, live entertainment and a battle of the bands contest at Lindenfest 2012 taking place at Village Hall in Lindenhurst. Some of the live entertainment includes Bela Cain, Neverly Brothers, Dot Dot Dot and more.
3. Enjoy soaring kite performances by the Chicago Fire Kite Team at the 8th Annual Kite Festival at the Chicago Botanic Garden, in the open area near Evening Island, this Saturday and Sunday. These high-flying professionals will demonstrate awesome feats of beauty and great skill. Take in the sights and sounds of the garden while you make your way to the festival.
4. You don’t want to miss the 9th Annual Backlot Brewfest at Mickey Finn’s Brewery in Downtown Libertyville this Saturday from noon – 11pm. This one day event features rib cooking, pork pulling, outside music and plenty of food. Live entertainment will be provided Rock City Seven, Betty Soul and Almost Famous.
5. The Great Lakes Naval Museum is hosting a ‘How to Read a Sailor’ activity for children beginning at 1pm on Saturday. Children will learn about Navy uniforms, how to tell officers from enlisted personnel, and to identify rating, paygrade and special qualification insignia. While the kids are learning about the sailors, stroll through the museum and explore our Navy’s history.
A weekend full of family fun adventure can be found on VisitLakeCounty.org.