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The Progressive® Insurance Chicago Boat, RV & Strictly Sail Show® is the perfect oasis for escaping frigid winter temperatures this January! This mega show features hundreds of powerboats, sailboats and RVs on display for attendees to view, board and shop, plus the latest in outdoor and marine accessories and technology, and plenty of hands-on interactive & educational activities for everyone. Powerboats, RVs and sailboats will be showcased in three distinct areas to make it easy for attendees to navigate the show and find what they are looking for.
Experience the flavors of the region with the Joliet area's first ever Restaurant Week. From February 17-26, 2017, area restaurants from Morris to Lockport will be offering exclusive menus and discounts for those looking to discover new and unique dining experiences.
These guys are packing Queen’s biggest hits like “We Are the Champions,” “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Somebody to Love” into one huge set, and they’re doing it with all that over-the-top theatricality that made Queen one of the best-known bands in music history. From the incredible lighting to the epic anthems to lead singer Pablo Padin’s spot-on resemblance (both in voice and looks) to the late, great Freddie Mercury, God Save the Queen will rock you.
Pitch Perfect fan? Sing a capella in college? Just really into music? If you checked “yes” to any of the above, get ready to have your mind blown by Home Free. This pop-meets-country quintet’s high-energy a capella shows and quick-witted, warm personalities on and off the stage won them NBC-TV’s The Sing-Off crown and a devoted fan following in 2013. Since then, they’ve covered Top 40 hits like Andy Grammar’s 2015 smash “Honey, I’m Good” and classic country standards like Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire” with a sound so rich, you’ll forget there aren’t any instruments on stage. With Paramount’s amazing acoustics, this show’s going to be more than just a concert; it’s going to be an experience.
Do you remember when rock was young? We do, so we’re dedicating a full day of shows to celebrate two of the greatest pianists and performers of our time. Musicians Craig A. Newman and Donnie Kehr go “Face to Face” by channeling the flair, charisma and outright talent of Sir Elton John and Billy Joel, and there’s nothing like it. They’ll hammer those keys and play all those classic pop favorites like “Crocodile Rock,” “Uptown Girl,” “Candle In The Wind” and so many more. Plus, with how much these guys look, sound and dress like Elton and Billy, you’ll hardly be able to tell the difference between the men on stage and the superstars they’re portraying. Two pianos, one unforgettable show. Don’t miss it.
Coming to Starved Rock Lodge from her recent role as Patsy Cline in the highly successful Engle Lane Theater production of “Always Patsy Cline”, the talented Mary Pfeifer will perform Cline’s beautiful ballads and hits from the ‘50s and ‘60s, like Crazy, I Fall to Pieces, Sweet Dreams and Walking After Midnight. Don’t miss this tribute to country music’s most beloved singer! Show dates: June 12, August 14, August 15, September 25 and October 16
Based on a Victorian Penny dreadful, this Stephen Sondheim masterpiece has been nominated for Tony Awards in 3 different decades. The original 1979 production was nominated for 9 Tony Awards, bringing home 8 including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book. The 1990 revival saw 4 more Tony nominations, while in 2006, the New York production received 6 Tony nods. Some critics call Sweeney Todd Sondheim’s most perfect score, filled with ravishing beauty. Others have described it as a pitch-black comedy filled with thrills and terrors, while others have heralded it as one of the single greatest achievements of American musical theater in the last 50 years. Decide for yourself and experience Paramount Theatre’s Sweeney Todd.
Get out of the house and strap on some snowshoes! The Forest Preserve District of Will County is offering an incentive to try the sport during its "Warm up to Snowshoeing" program: rent one pair of snowshoes for $10 and get a second pair for free. The program is for ages 7 and older; children must be accompanied by an adult.
An experience like no other! Don’t miss this wildly entertaining music and comedy dueling piano show. Our interactive musical comedy experience will have you singing, shouting, dancing and laughing so hard you’ll be doubled over. Shows: February 20, February 21, April 23, April 24 and April 25 Shows take place on February 20 and 21 at 11:30am.
LAVA Rock presents their newest show “Legends of Rock” featuring the biggest hits from the four greatest rock legends that dominated the ‘70s and ‘80s- (L)ED ZEPPELIN, (A)EROSMITH, (V)AN HALEN, and (A)C/DC. The special theatre-only show features Kerry Devine impersonating Robert Plant, Steven Tyler, David Lee Roth and Brian Johnson in full costume, conjuring the sights, sounds and energy of these four legendary bands in the prime of their careers. Others may play it, but LAVA Rock lives it. The hottest classic rock show in Chicagoland, playing music from your past that still has a future. Get ready to rock with Legends of Rock!
Sit back and enjoy all that Las Vegas has (and had) to offer with “The Fabulous Vegas Guys!” From the Rat Pack and Elvis to Neil Diamond and everything in between! Mixing comedy, great music and dead-on impressions right before your eyes, you’ll never know what’s coming next. A truly must-see show!
Veteran Branson Entertainer’s Gordy and Debbie pay tribute to living legend George Strait. Hear his greatest hits along with fun facts, trivia about George and a dash of comedy sprinkled in. This husband and wife duo is a must see for all George Strait fans.
Chicago’s legendary sketch and improv comedy theater returns to the Egyptian Theatre with “The Best of The Second City.” This must-see show features the best sketches and songs from The Second City’s 55-year history made famous by superstars like Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Gilda Radner, Bill Murray and more– as well as their trademark improvisation. Fresh, fast and always spectacularly funny, The Second City is celebrating 55 years of producing cutting-edge satirical revues and launching the careers of generation after generation of comedy’s best and brightest. May contain Adult or Mature Content.
The synergy of Richard Gersten, Oscar Menoyo and Luis Galvez will amaze you as this trio of professionally-trained tenors presents diverse music encompassing Opera, Broadway and the standard Italian favorites infused with a touch of comedy. Shows take place on March 20, 21 & 22 at 11:30am
Mike Williamson and Patte Armato Lund perform songs written after 1950. There will be a One Hit Wonder medley that includes “The Purple People Eater,” “Itsy Bitsy Bikini,” “The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia” and more. The group’s “Duets Medley” will salute Sonny and Cher, Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash and June Carter and Elton John and Kiki Dee. In honor of Tony Bennett’s birthday, they will be including a medley of his many hits.
Everybody loves somebody sometime… and you’ll love this Tribute to the Stars performance at Starved Rock Lodge. Capturing the spirit of Dean Martin, Peter Oprisko brings the King of Cool back to life, with his renditions of Dino’s signature songs, style and sense of humor. Sway to Blue Moon, Baby It’s Cold Outside and Ain’t That a Kick in the Head.
Country music at its finest! Dave and Daphne, a Nashville duo, perform a high-energy show with classic country music roots! Dave is well known for his 10 years on the road as Barbara Mandrell’s lead guitarist. Daphne was Southern Gospel Music’s Female Vocalist of the Year, having spent many years with the Bill Gaither Southern Gospel Music Conventions. When she sings country music, she’s best described as a cross between Shania Twain and Patsy Cline. Together, they bring country legend favorites like Loretta Lynn, Willie Nelson, Patsy Cline and so many more, to create an afternoon of Nashville fun.
Hosted by Olympia Fields Country Club, this spectator championship features one of the strongest fields in golf, direct access to Metra Electric and affordable ticket options.
Eagles aren't the only birds of prey in the area. Learn about other birds that call the Riverbend home with displays and educational activities throughout the day. TreeHouse will be at the Tower with live raptors. For more information, call The Lewis and Clack Confluence Tower at (618) 251-9101.
Riverbend Paranormal presents Mineral Springs Overnight Investigation! Learn the history of Mineral Springs Mall from its beginnings as an elegant hotel and spa. Its history is filled with tragedy, murders, suicides, natural and accidental deaths, as well as many happy memories. Many of these earth-bound spirits remain to haunt, and make their presence felt and known. Guests will also have a brief Paranormal 101 Q & A Session with members of Riverbend Paranormal to learn more about Mineral Springs and all things paranormal. Spaces are limited, so reserve your tickets today! For more information, call (618) 558-0132.
Direct from the North Pole, Santa and Mrs. Claus will make a special visit to the Confluence Tower to meet children of all ages! Come and have your photo taken or just let the jolly couple know your Christmas wishes! Enjoy hot chocolate, cookies and tour the Confluence Tower to see the views from 50, 100 and 150 feet high. Regular tour rates apply. For more information, call (618) 251-9101.
You are cordially invited to the Hegeler family’s annual Christmas party. Step back in time to 1887 and be whisked away by the staff as you peek into the family’s and guests’ party preparations. Then, experience the fun of the party with carols, stories, and more. Guests at this event will tour the Mansion and will be guided through a play by one of our maids, meeting the Hegeler family and friends as the story unfolds. Actors in period dress in each room will give you a glimpse into the holidays as celebrated during Victorian times. The halls are festively decorated for the occasion. This theatrical tour is different every year and features local stars from Stage 212, Engle Lane, IVCC, and local high schools. This event always sells out quickly and is a fun annual tradition.
Ah, December. Barren trees. Desolate landscapes. Dark evenings and darker nights. What a perfect time to gather for a ghostly tale or two. Settle in for an evening of stories written by the masters of the macabre. Tricia Kelly will read aloud tales from gaslight authors like Bierce, Poe, Stevenson, James, etc. Each tale is long enough to let the creeps set in, but short enough to please the 21st century attention span. Cost per guest: $10. Save $1 if your purchase online by 12-7-16.
The Weber House is decorated in a style reminiscent of a prosperous 18th century home. As was the custom, decorations are homemade from greens, pine cones, fruits, flowers and assorted sweets. The Christmas trees, although common today, are not historically accurate. They did not come on the scene until Queen Victoria. And then they were small table top trees. So come on in and see Christmas of long ago.