World-class arts and entertainment is discovered in all corners of Lake County, from fantastic galleries and fine theatrical productions to musical entertainment and cultural centers. Live theatre is enjoyed at Lincolnshire’s Marriott Theatre, an intimate venue offering five wonderful musicals each season. The P.M.&L. Theatre in Antioch, the Kirk Players in Libertyville and the Gurnee Theatre Company are also talented troupes not to be missed.
After an extensive $23 million renovation project in July 2001, the Genesee Theatre has become a modern, 115,000-square-foot entertainment venue capable of accommodating 2,400 guests—establishing it as one of the largest facilities of its kind in this region. The Genesee Theatre welcomes the finest in performances, which includes well-known comedians, national and regional musical acts and fantastic Broadway productions.
Ravinia Festival is another entertainment venue showcasing the best in musical performances. Located in Highland Park, Ravinia Festival is equipped with the 3,200-seat open-air Pavilion, the summer home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and an eclectic array of musicians; the 850-seat Martin Theatre, which welcomes a range of musical events throughout the year; and the 450-seat Bennett-Gordon Hall, home to the Steans Institute for Young Artists.
Further venues to check out include the Jack Benny Center for the Arts, which is home to the Bowen Park Theatre & Opera Companies and the Waukegan Symphony Orchestra & Concert Chorus, the James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts at the College of Lake County and the Round Lake Beach Cultural & Civic Center.
The Gurnee Theatre Company
Jack Benny Center for the Arts
James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts
The Kirk Players
Round Lake Beach Cultural & Civic Center