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Ribfest Chicago 2015
After being selected and featured on the Food Network’s 2014 “Eating America, with Anthony Anderson” and televised to 100 million households and 150 countries, Ribfest Chicago returns with more smokin’ music and barbecue as we cook up Chicago’s favorite food and music festival. From humble beginnings, Ribfest grew to five city blocks and from 5,000 attendees to 70,000 fans (in 2014). The BBQ component has grown to thirty Chicagoland rib and non-rib vendors, while the quality of entertainment has made Ribfest an internationally-recognized music festival that hosts premier touring bands. But despite its impressive growth and success, the fest has maintained its neighborhood feel. More highlights include the celebrity-judged “Best Ribs” award and “RibMania,” the Midwest’s only professional rib-eating competition featuring top ranked eaters and sanctioned by IFOCE/Major League Eating. For more information visit www.Ribfest-Chicago.com. WHAT: It’s no wonder that Ribfest Chicago has been recognized as Chicago’s “Best Food Fest” for the past three years. This festival remains one of the city’s best summer attractions. As a nationally-recognized music festival, our twenty original bands are a hot blend of Indie, rock, roots and alt country. The 6th Annual RibMania hosts world ranked pro eaters at the Midwest’s only sanctioned rib-eating contest, and families can spend the weekend in Kids Square enjoying entertainment, inflatables, games and more. Ribfest Chicago has contributed $250,000 to more than fifteen Northcenter schools and nonprofits to improve education, assist special needs and fight hunger, in addition to funding chamber projects and annual programming. WHERE: 4000 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago WHEN: Friday, June 12, 2015 - 5 pm to 10 pm Saturday, June 13, 2015 - Noon to 10 pm Sunday, June 14, 2015 - Noon to 10 pm
Sizzle, swing and get lost in the music at Jazz Thaw presented by 90.9 fm WDCB "Chicago's Home for Jazz" and Downtown Oak Park featuring a jazz tour throughout local restaurants. Pop in and out of free live music performances at any jazz tour location with the option to order from the host restaurant's menu. Three renowned jazz performers wrap up the evening with free signature concerts in select restaurants from 7-10 pm. Bobby Broom Trio will be at the Sushi House, Scott Burns Quartet at Khyber Pass, and Tony do Rosario Organ Trio at Bar Louie.
CITY: Oak Park
Uncork Illinois Wine Festival
Wine aficionados will have a unique opportunity to sample over 150 wines from more than 15 local wineries and taste locally-produced artisan foods at Downtown Oak Park's Uncork Illinois.
CITY: Oak Park
Depot District Mini-Golf Pub Crawl
Grab your putter and 3 friends and tour the Depot District's repertoire of taverns and restaurants at the 11th Annual Depot District Mini-Golf Pub Crawl! Each venue will display a handmade mini-golf green to challenge the event's spirited crowd! The event will tour Berwyn's Depot District and takes place rain or shine! A free heated trolley will be available. Sign-in from 11 am to Noon at Connie's Family Restaurant with Tee off at Noon from our participating venues. Join us at the "19th Hole" after-party with food, beginning at 6 pm at Perception Lounge. And don't forget about the prizes! Prizes will be awarded for team's with the lowest - and highest - scores, and the Twisted Putter Trophy will be awarded to the venue voted as having the best designed hole.
Pick any decade and come ready to dance! Event fundraiser features: *King & Queen voting *Groove to the DJ mix *Raffles & Prizes *Finger foods & desserts from local restaurants *A Local Celebrity Lip Sync Battle General Ticket $75: includes open bar, appetizers & desserts and coat check.
Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem Concert
Musically, Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem are a melting pot of American folk melody and style, "a mini music festival of different styles filtered through the vibrant interaction of all four players." (Dirty Linen) Their shows sparkle with songs and stories that celebrate and tackle the human condition. Tickets starting at $26.
CITY: River Forest
Pick any decade and come ready to dance! Vote for King & Queen, groove to the DJ mix, bid on original artworks, win raffles & prizes, dine on finger foods & desserts from local restaurants, and enjoy a local celebrity Lip Sync Battle. General admission tickets are $75, or VIP tickets are $100. *Money raised from this fundraiser will be used to sustain OPAL's historic building.
One Earth Film Festival Edible City Documentary
Edible City is a documentary film that introduces a diverse cast of extraordinary characters who are challenging the paradigm of our broken food system. The film digs deep into their unique perspectives and transformative work, finding inspirational, grassroots solutions based on growing local food systems and economies. This screening is a special View & Brew at Wire. Food tastings will be provided by Sugar Beet Co-Op and, of course, beverages will be available for sale!
Anne Hills & Michael Smith in Concert
Join us at West Suburban Temple Har Zion for a great Folk Concert, starring Anne Hills and Michael Peter Smith! Tickets are $25, doors open at 8:30 p.m. and the concert starts at 9 p.m.
CITY: River Forest
Andy Gross Mindboggling Show
Andy Gross is a multi-talented entertainer that combines stand-up comedy, magic and ventriloquism successfully together making him one of the most sought after entertainers in the world. Audiences are absolutely unanimous in their praise of this amazing performer. His voice throwing is amazing to hear and only a few people in the world can throw their voice, it is must hear to believe! Choose from 2 shows, 3pm or 7:30pm.
Kids Fest 2015
The Kids Fest event is free to all at the Oak Park Conservatory. This year's theme is "I Can save the Earth." Come have fun and learn how kids of all ages can have a positive impact on the environment. Some activities include a bug petting zoo and worm bin, animal pelts and bones from the Trailside Museum, scavenger hunts, flower pot decorating, and a free raffle.
CITY: Oak Park
Deerfield's Annual Fine Arts Festival
Fun for the whole family featuring art from across the U.S., live music, catered festival food, kid's art activities and more! Artists representing media such as painting, photography, jewelry, fiber, sculpture, mixed media and ceramics hail from 20 states will be exhibiting.
Essence Of Freedom Run
The Essence Of Freedom Run is an annual event to raise funds that are desperately needed by the brave men and women both active duty and Veterans, who defend our country in the armed forces. Choose from a 5K or 10K race and run through the streets of downtown Deerfield. Active Duty, including Police and Fire Departments, run free. Register before February 15th and save $5.
Under the Streetlamp at the Genesee Theatre
The dreamy voices of these four lead singers are poised to bring the repertoire of The American Radio Songbook of the ‘50’s, ‘60’s and 70’s to a whole new audience! Individually, all four have been featured on Broadway, in film, and on television showcased on The Tonight Show, Emmy Awards and the Oprah Winfrey Show. Their repertoire features doo-wop, old time rock ‘n’ roll, Motown-era soul classics and exquisite harmonies, including all of your favorite songs from The Drifters, The Beach Boys, The Beatles, The Four Seasons and many more.
Nearly Sane Trail Half Marathon
The Nearly Sane Trail Half Marathon will be 13.1 miles through the trails of Half Day Forest Preserve (permit pending), onto the trails of the Des Plaines River trail and back to the festival area where you can enjoy your well-deserved beer and hot dog! The start/finish area will be located at Shelter C of Half Day Forest Preserve in Lake County and take place on the beautiful trails of Lake County, which are some of the best that Chicagoland has to offer!
CITY: Vernon Hills
MuckFest MS - Chicago
The run is pure athletic hilarity on a 5K course full of mud, and featuring 15+ outrageous obstacles that will spin, swing and fling you up, down and sideways. Entry fees are $55 by Apr 29 and $105 on race day.
Craig Ferguson Hot & Grumpy Tour: Walking the Earth at the Genesee Theatre
Craig Ferguson entered the world of late night comedy following a diverse and eclectic career that encompasses film, television and the stage. Come out and enjoy him and his stand-up routine. Tickets are $35-$55.
Straight No Chaser at the Genesee Theatre
Straight No Chaser is the real deal, the captivating sound of ten unadulterated human voices coming together to make extraordinary music that is moving people in a fundamental sense… and with a sense of humor. On the road, Straight No Chaser has built a reputation as an unforgettable live act.
Gabriel Iglesias at the Genesee Theatre
Iglesias is one of America’s most successful stand-up comedians and he performs in sold-out concerts across the United States and Internationally. His stand-up comedy is a mixture of storytelling, parodies, characters and sound effects that bring his personal experiences to life. His unique and animated comedy style has made him popular among fans of all ages. Meet and Greet Packages available.
North Shore Classic Half Marathon and 5K
On May 31st, the North Shore Classic Half Marathon & 5k is headed back to Chicago’s North Shore! Enjoy a beautiful course running through the Highland Park neighborhood while sporting the premium goodie bag. Please visit the website for complete details and to register.
CITY: Highland Park
Antioch's Summer Arts & Crafts Faire
This newly designed Summer Hand-Crafted Arts and Crafts Faire will feature artisans from around the country. Enjoy more than 140 booths of hand-crafted goods for summer and fall, food and free admission. There will also be plenty of children's free fun including face painting, balloon art and Paint our Town!
The Sklar Brothers at the Genesee Theatre
Randy and Jason Sklar began as one zygote but eventually took Hollywood by storm. As stand-up comedians, they recorded their second half hour Comedy Central presents in November 2009 and it premiered in March of 2010. The Onion A.V Club named the Sklar Brothers’ latest comedy CD Henderson and Daughters in their Top 10 Comedy albums of 2011.
Mark Nizer 4D at the James Lumber Center
Whether juggling laser beams at 1,000 rpms, or five ping pong balls being thrown 20 feet in the air using only his mouth, audiences will be astonished by Mark Nizer, one of the greatest entertainment comedians and jugglers performing today! In this show, he uses black lights, special effects and the magic of 3D and even 4D. Mark has opened for Jerry Seinfeld, Bob Hope, John Byner, Gladys Knight, The Temptations, Johnny Mathis, Ray Charles and Barry Manilow. Please note the special matinee time for this spring break show.
REO Speedwagon at the Genesee Theatre
REO Speedwagon is an American rock band where the main constant over the decades is a never-ending desire to give their all to their fans, year in and year out. Over the course of their career, the band has sold more than 40 million records and charted thirteen Top 40 hits. See them perform their massive hit singles such as 'Keep On Loving You' and 'Take It On the Run'. Tickets range from $45.50 to $78.00.