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Oklahoma! A Paramount Theatrical Production
This is the show that set the standard for all future musicals by incorporating music, lyrics and dance into a well-crafted serious story. It’s also the debut collaboration of one of the most prolific writing teams in American theater history – Rodgers and Hammerstein. Set in the turn of the century Oklahoma Territory, tensions are mounting between the local farmers and cowboys over the use of land. In the midst of it all, is the rugged cowboy Curly, who’s fallen for the strong-headed farm girl, Laurey. Despite their fiery spirits and at times tumultuous relationship, the two are destined to start a new life together in the soon-to-be state called Oklahoma! Nominated for 7 Tony Awards and winner of a Pulitzer Prize, this is the show that sets the standard for the 2015-16 Paramount Broadway Season. It’s filled with some of the most recognized songs in theatre including “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’,” “The Surrey with the Fringe on Top,” “People Will Say We’re in Love,” and of course, the resounding “Ok-la-hom-a,” – all performed by the Paramount’s full-orchestra. Bring the entire family and experience Paramount’s Oklahoma! This will be the production everyone is talking about this fall. Music by Richard Rodgers Book & Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II Based on "Green Grow the Lilacs” by Lynn Riggs Original dances by Agnew De Mille Directed by Paramount Artistic Director Jim Corti.
A Christmas Story - The Musical at the Paramount Theatre
One of the most watched and beloved Holiday movies ever made comes to life in a full-blown musical production on the Paramount stage. It’s the story of nine-year-old Ralphie Parker growing up in middle-America in the 1940s. With Christmas right around the corner, Ralphie has his bespectacled sights set on one thing – a Red Ryder BB Gun. But at every turn, the young daydreamer hears those five words that are the bane of his existence: “you’ll shoot your eye out.” It’s a story filled with laughs, dreams, warmth and family. A story filled with a department store Santa, a Leg Lamp, a Snow Suit and friends that will never leave your side – even if your tongue is stuck to a Flag Pole. The music is energetic, unforgettable and ranges from gentle ballads to full-on show-stopping numbers. The imagery takes you back to an easier time we often long for, but the message stays the same: family, friendship, love – the holidays are nothing without them. Bring your family and celebrate the holidays with the perfect feel-good musical for the season.
West Side Story: A Paramount Theatrical Production
It’s quite possibly one of the greatest love stories ever to be told in a musical. Set in the blue-collar neighborhood of New York’s Upper West Side, racial tensions run high as residents try to grind out a daily living. A turf war is being fought as the Jets, a white gang, and the Sharks, a Puerto Rican gang, battle over boundaries. In the heart of the turmoil, former Jets member Tony meets Maria at a local dance. The chemistry is instantaneous, and for a few hours, there is no race, no hatred, no barriers, just two young people in love. But Maria is the sister of Sharks’ leader Bernardo, and no one is going to make it easy for Tony and Maria to escape.
Hairspray: The Broadway Musical at the Paramount Theatre
Tracy Turnblad is a plus-size teen with plus-size hair, and she has one big plus-size dream – to dance her way onto Baltimore’s smash hit TV show, “The Corny Collins Show.” Every day after school, she and best friend Penny bee-line home to watch the cool kids shake the rafters to the hottest tunes on Collins’ program. When a dance slot opens on the show, Tracy gets help from her friend Seaweed, who puts enough groove in her step to win that dream role – and life is never the same again. But Tracy doesn’t rest on her stardom, instead she uses her new celebrity to racially integrate the TV show and change the lives of Baltimore folks forever. Based on the John Waters hit movie, Hairspray is a high-octane ride with thrilling choreography, rockin’ tunes and explosively colorful costumes – plus some really cool hairdos. More importantly, under all the glitz, Hairspray reminds us of the importance of individuality and the acceptance of one another: a wonderful message to share with everyone.
The Fox Valley Park District makes the glorious season of fall last a little longer with its annual Pumpkin Weekends at Blackberry Farm. During every weekend in October plus Columbus Day – nine days in all – fall is celebrated in its full glory. Families can enjoy safe and fun Halloween festivities including seasonal crafts, harvest décor and pumpkin stories!
Donny & Marie at the Paramount Theatre
From recording artists to television stars to Vegas headliners, Donny & Marie are the epitome of entertainment superstars. Just ask any of the thousands of people who saw them light up the Paramount last summer. Now, this duo is back at it in Aurora, and they’re bringing the songs, the choreography and, of course, the charm. With more than 90 years in show biz between them, Donny & Marie are bringing their catalog of chart-toppers like “Puppy Love,” “Paper Roses,” “A Little Bit Country, A Little Bit Rock N Roll” and countless more to the stage. Add in their fun-loving personalities, high-energy style and serious dance skills, and this is one production that’s a total blast for the young and young at heart. Get in on all the Osmond fun, and come see for yourself why, year-after-year, Donny & Marie are voted the best of Vegas.
Under the Streetlamp at the Paramount Theatre
The Boys are back in town! That’s right, former castmates from Chicago’s very own Jersey Boys are headed back to Aurora, and Michael x2, Chris and Shonn are bringing their stunning voices, their slick dance moves and their electrifying charm with ‘em. These guys sell out the Paramount every season, and with their unforgettable show featuring your favorite Doo-Wop, Motown and old time rock-n-roll tunes (and some surprises, too), this year’s no different. Retro never sounded so now – it’s Under The Streetlamp.
Jay Leno at the Paramount Theatre
Yes, it’s true. Comedy and talk show legend Jay Leno is headed to Aurora for one-night-only, and he’s bringing Paramount audiences along for one of the funniest nights of the season. From performing 300 nights a year in comedy clubs to dominating the late night circuit as NBC-TV’s Tonight Show host for over 17 years, Jay’s Emmy-winning humor has had audiences around the world laughing for decades… and earned him a spot in the Television Hall of Fame while he’s at it. Now he’s bringing the jokes that made him a Rockefeller Center star right here to the Paramount, and you don’t want to miss it. Here’s something special: America’s Got Talent finalist, CMA nominee and recording artist Emily West is kicking off this awesome night with her amazing songs. Get ready for this rising star to light up the stage.
Ballet Folklorico Quetzalcoatl
It’s become a tradition in the Fox Valley to honor the area’s rich Mexican culture with Ballet Folklorico – that tradition continues. The Ballet Folklorico celebrates the traditional Mexican folklorico with colorful costumes, wonderful music and electrifying, elegant and beautiful choreography. You’ll feel your spirits rise and eyes light up as this celebrated group of artists share an important piece of their wonderful culture.
Jack Hanna's Into the Wild Live at the Paramount Theatre
Bring the family for a wild afternoon with “Jungle” Jack Hanna and his animal pals! From lions to lemurs, gorillas to geckos and everything in between, everyone’s favorite animal expert has brought the wonder of the animal kingdom to multiple generations, introducing furry, feathery and just plain fascinating creatures on The Late Show with David Letterman, Good Morning America and The Ellen DeGeneres Show. He’s hosted his own Emmy-winning educational and entertaining TV programs like Animal Adventures and Into the Wild. And now, Jungle Jack’s bringing his hat, his khakis and his coolest friends to Aurora.
Kim Russo: The Happy Medium at the Paramount Theatre
She’s been called a translator for the spirit world. She just recently won Best Psychic of 2015 by The Best of Long Island. But you probably know her as Kim Russo, The Happy Medium, and she’s got a pretty rare talent: she can communicate with spirits. From her appearances on A&E’s hit Paranormal State and The Biography Channel’s Celebrity Ghost Stories to her deeply personal readings, Kim Russo has been changing the lives of celebrities and citizens alike with her shocking talent for years. Come experience Kim’s other-worldly skill for yourself, live on the Paramount stage. Who knows – maybe she’ll pick YOU for a reading!
Frank Caliendo at the Paramount Theatre
From his countless appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman to his hilarious segments on Fox NFL Sunday to his 11-year tenure on MADtv, Chicago-born Frank Caliendo is a comedic genius. His impressions of celebrities like Charles Barkley, Al Pacino and Bill Clinton are dead-on. His jokes will have you in stitches. And his high-energy style has the Hollywood Reporter calling him “a combination of Robin Williams and Jim Carrey.” Whether you’re a sports fan, a political analyst or you just love to laugh, you don’t want to miss Frank Caliendo live at the Paramount.
Peter & Paul at the Paramount Theatre
Join Peter & Paul for a night of gorgeous harmonies, positive messages and hits like “Puff, The Magic Dragon,” “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?” and “Leaving on a Jet Plane” that transcend generational boundaries, inspiring millions of Americans over the last five decades. As core members of Peter, Paul & Mary, they transformed folk music into a powerful language that spoke to the masses. They soundtracked the Civil Rights movement, the anti-war scene and an entire era of social change. They’ve won five Grammys and made it on the Billboard Top 10 list six times over. And they’re celebrating over 50 years of positivity, talent and activism right here at the Paramount.
Josh Turner at the Paramount Theatre
People magazine calls him one of Country’s Hottest Stars. His debut single “Long Black Train” went gold. The Associated Press says he’s “among the most effective – and most hard-core country – performers of his generation.” His hit “Why Don’t We Just Dance” was literally the most-played song of 2010. It’s no wonder Josh Turner is one of the youngest members of the Grand Ole Opry. And this season, he’s bringing his unmistakable baritone voice, double-platinum songwriting skills and dazzling country charm to Aurora. Don’t miss this CMA and Grammy nominee when he rocks the stage with No.1 songs like “Your Man,” “All Over Me” and “Time is Love,” plus tons more off his five history-making albums. And opening for Josh is MCA Recording Artists and rising star Raquel Cole.
After he won Season 2 of America’s Got Talent, Terry Fator’s career in singing, dancing, comedy and mind-blowing ventriloquism skyrocketed… and now’s your chance to experience his endless talents live in Aurora for one-night-only. Be prepared to laugh, cheer and be amazed by Terry Fator. This guy’s known for selling out shows in Vegas, he sold out the Paramount last time, and he’ll do it again.
Mannheim Steamroller Christmas at the Paramount Theatre
There’s no better way to kick off the holiday season than with the band that changed Christmas music forever: it’s Mannheim Steamroller. Helmed by Grammy-winner and musical genius Chip Davis, this world-renowned group takes your favorite songs of the season and beefs them up with their signature new age style that’s been dubbed “18th century Classical Rock.” With 40+ years of live performances under their cummerbunds, these guys know how to put on a show that will leave audiences in absolute awe. Get in the holiday spirit with the uplifting sounds and magical arrangements of Mannheim Steamroller.
The Second City: Holidazed & Confused Revue
Spend your holiday season with the funniest comedy crew in the country: Second City and their hilarious holiday show Holidazed and Confused. These guys are bringing their world-famous skits, songs and laughs to Paramount’s 175-seat Copley Theatre from December 4 to 20 – and in a theatre this intimate, you’re up close and personal with all that Second City fun. Get some eggnog, get out to Aurora and get ready to laugh with Second City.
STOMP at the Paramount Theatre
There’s a reason STOMP sold out every single show they played at the Paramount last time they were in town. Now’s your chance to experience the most successful off-Broadway creation of all time, back in Aurora. STOMP is an inventive, energizing and downright electrifying spectacle that blends dance, music, percussion and theatricals into one gigantic rhythm that will have your heart pounding. After these guys come through town, you’ll never look at paint cans, plumbing fixtures or even the kitchen sink the same. Get ready to get STOMP’d.
God Save the Queen at the Paramount Theatre
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.
The Rat Pack at the Paramount Theatre
World-renowned actor and comedian Buddy Hackett was a lifelong friend of the Rat Pack. Together, those five guys were the epitome of cool, ruling the Las Vegas strip and creating a smooth style that’s still emulated today. Now, years later, Buddy’s son Sandy Hackett and his crew of crooners are bringing the boys’ timeless Vegas show to the Paramount stage, reminding everyone that the Rat Pack is still one of the hottest acts around. Critics have been saying it for years; with Sandy’s personal connection to Frank, Dean, Sammy and Joey, this show is the closest you’ll ever get to seeing the boys back under the stage lights.
Aurora Farmers Market Downtown
Held Saturdays, June 6 through October 17. Shop Aurora's Farmers Market for seasonal favorites! Join neighbors and enjoy the familiar flavors and weekly surprises during our 102nd Anniversary. Illinois' oldest continually-running market, proudly celebrating area history and heritage. Each week with their Healthy Growing Initiative, your shopping experience includes a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables as well as the opportunity to discover unique handcrafts, homemade breads and pastries, specialty meats, artisan cheeses, and beautiful flowers. Pick up your farm fresh produce for the week - and plan to spend some time savoring the sweetness of locally-made baked goods, snacking on fresh popcorn, or tasting delicious hot donuts! The City of Aurora Farmers Markets are more than a place to get your vegetables. An excellent way to kick off your Saturday morning with a mini-festival of socializing, food, music and much more.
Ballydoyle Irish Pub & Restaurant
From the southern midlands of Ireland to the Chicago suburbs Ballydoyle carries the tradition with classic Irish brews, excellent food and live entertainment. Irish fare, boxtys, entrees and burgers. Brews on tap, by the pint, bottle and cans. Live music, parties and events. Celebrate St. Patrick's Day all year!
Winter Lights Aurora
The Merriest And Cheeriest Of Seasons Starts With Winter Lights! As the City of Aurora’s official kick-off to the holiday season, this family oriented event will be filled with merry making moments and a sleigh full of free fun for the entire family! The event starts with the Holiday Parade ushering in the jolly old elf himself, Santa along with Mrs. Claus. It’s followed by a grand fireworks display along the banks of the Fox River. The twinkling lit streets will be filled with a tree lighting, live music, costumed characters, ice sculpting, local art, food vendors, festive photo-ops, live reindeer a trackless train and more. The Come and make Winter Lights, a memory filled family tradition!
Cock-A-Doodle Brew Fest
A one of a kind festival celebrating craft beer, wings and live music and benefiting Operation Support our Troops. The inaugural event will be held at the Hollywood Casino in downtown Aurora from 12 pm-4 pm. Cock-A-Doodle Brew Fest will be offering an atmosphere like no other. Breweries from around the United States will be available for tastings and a variety of food will be available for purchase. For entertainment, a solid lineup of local bands will be playing, such as Rick Lindy and the Wild Ones, Evolution Rock Band and 7th Heaven Band.
Pumpkin Daze at Abbey Farms
Come to Abbey Farms for some good ol’ fashioned outdoor fun! Abbey Farms boasts one of the largest corn mazes in Kane County and has quickly become a favorite among visitors. Craft beer and wine tent available. Last entry is one hour before close and there are limited attractions on weekdays. Petting zoo and pony rides Saturday and Sunday only (weather permitting).
Blackberry Farm Holiday Express
Experience the magic! All aboard! one of the top six most beautiful trains in Illinois! Ride the train through a winter wonderland at Blackberry Farm around the lake and through the tunnel while Christmas holiday music plays. (First three weekends in December.)
Holiday Shopping at Chicago Premium Outlets
Indulge your holiday shopping pallet with over 140 outlet designer brands like Ann Taylor, Armani, Banana Republic, Calvin Klein, Coach, Cole Haan, Gap Outlet, J.Crew, Lacoste, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren, Salvatore Ferragamo, Michael Kors, SAKS Fifth Avenue Off 5th, Theory, Vera Bradley and more! (VIP members enjoy even greater savings!) More premium than ever!
Columbus Day Sale
Join Chicago Premium Outlets for their Columbus Day Sale. Find impressive savings at over 120 designer and name-brand outlet stores.
Batavia Farmers' Market
Come enjoy over 18 different vendors offering a variety of fresh vegetables, fruit, eggs, meat, cheese, herbs, flowers, music and more. Along with weekly pop up vendors, check the website weekly for who will be in attendance. 3rd Saturdays will feature the Artisan Collective where you can enjoy living and shopping local. Shop for handmade items from your favorite artists and designers. Also, be sure to check the website for bi weekly activities just for kids. There will be fun activities such as a "make and take art project", a dress up photo shoot, face painting and more!
BatFest is Batavia's annual Halloween themed family event attracting over 2,500 ghouls. BatFest includes downtown Trick-or-Treating, Mothers' Club Parade, pumpkin roll, contests, BatArt and games for free family fun. Before the festival, join Batavia United Way for their BatFest 5K walk/run and 10K Run along the Fox River Trail. For more information, please visit www.5kbatavia.com
Whose Live Anyway
Whose Live Anyway is 90 minutes of hilarious improvised comedy and song all based on audience suggestions. Ryan Stiles, Greg Proops, Jeff B. Davis and Joel Murray, (Yes, one of the Murray brothers), leave their audiences gasping with the very witty scenes they invent before your eyes. Everyone is amazed at how quickly they make it up and crowds of all ages are astounded. Audience participation is the key to the show so bring your suggestions and you might be asked to join the cast onstage. Whose Live Anyway performs some of the games made famous from the Emmy Nominated TV show Whose Line Is It Anyway plus some new ones.
Jeff Tracta at Batavia Fine Arts Centre
Jeff Tracta has become the most sought-after impressionist in the world today. With an array of over 100 spot-on impressions, Jeff pays tribute to over fifty years of music, comedy, and pop culture.From the most current music artists — the Black Eyed Peas, Eminem, and Lady Gaga — to legendary icons such as Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, and Elton John — and comedy tributes including Adam Sandler, George Lopez, Joan Rivers, Ray Romano, Chris Rock, Jeff Foxworthy, and the entire cast of Family Guy — Jeff’s show has something for everyone.
A Well-Strung Christmas at Batavia Fine Arts Centre
Well-Strung, a string quartet features classical musicians who put their own spin on the music of Mozart, Rihanna, Adele, Vivaldi, and more! Well-Strung performed in Batavia during the 2nd season, and is the most requested group to make a return appearance on the Batavia Fine Arts Centre stage.
Adam Pascal and Anthony Rapp Live
For the first time, original Broadway and movie "Rent" co-stars Adam Pascal and Anthony Rapp come together in a special concert evening. These two Broadway veterans return to the concert stage in a pop/rock evening celebrating their individual musical careers as well as the Broadway cultural hit, “Rent.” These two friends and co-stars will share stories about the hit show that brought them together. It’s sure to be a popular concert tour following on the heels of their two year National Tour of the hit Broadway show. It’s the concert fans have been waiting for!
Chaplin: A Life in Concert
One actor, one piano, one unforgettable performance. This is “Chaplin – A Life. In Concert”, a unique evening of Musical Theater which dramatizes, in song, the life story of the brilliant artist, Charlie Chaplin. The show stars multi-platinum award-winning Performer/Composer, David Pomeranz who portrays more than 40 of the colorful characters in Charlie’s life.
Berwyn Cruise Nites in the Depot District
Head to the Depot District for the 9th Annual Cruise Nites presented by Berwyn Kia, Paisans Pizzeria & Bar, Mike & Sons Auto Services, Cicero Auto Parts, Deece Automotive! Cruise Nites take place on Tuesdays from 6-9pm in the Depot District at Windsor & Grove Avenues steps away from the Berwyn Metra Station. Enjoy your summe evenings while taking a stroll through a combination of car show and nightlife.
Cruise Nites in Berwyn
Head to the Depot District on Tuesday, August 6th for a combination of car show and nightlife. Evening begins at 6pm in the Depot District at Windsor & Grove Avenues steps away from the Berwyn Metra Station.
August 20th Cruise Nite in Berwyn
Come down to the Depot District and enjoy Cruise Nites with other families, residents and car enthusiasts. Learn more about Berwyn's proud classic car culture and historical automotive heritage. Cruise Nites are free! Just show up and have a great time!
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.
Boo! at the Zoo
Halloween fun awaits families at Brookfield Zoo’s annual Boo! at the Zoo celebration. The popular daytime event, presented by Fisher-Price, features a Costume Parade, Costume Showcase, professional pumpkin-carving demonstrations, not-so-scary games and activities, special animal Zoo Chats, and haunted hayrides.
Boo! at the Zoo
Little ghost and goblins of all ages are sure to have a howlin' good time! Our not-so-scary and fun-filled event has something for the entire family to enjoy, from the "Crazy Maize" corn maze, to a spin on the "Haunted Carousel", to professional pumpkin carving, and more.
Taste of Chicago
Taste of Chicago is the nation's premier outdoor food festival showcasing the diversity of Chicago's dining community. The delicious array of food served at Taste of Chicago is complemented by music and exciting activities for the entire family. Every summer since 1980, Chicago's beautiful Grant Park on the city's magnificent lakefront has been home to the world's largest food festival.
McDonald's Thanksgiving Day Parade
Santa Claus, Ronald McDonald and a cast of thousands bring you the 81st Anniversary of the McDonald's Thanksgiving Parade, marching down State Street on Thanksgiving Day, November 26th. Whether you're moving your feet to the melodic carols of marching bands, gazing skyward at the gigantic inflatable helium balloons making their way down the street, or waving at talented entertainers in decorative floats dispensing holiday cheer, there is fun to be had by all at the biggest holiday parade in Chicago. The McDonald's Thanksgiving Parade is the only parade in the city of Chicago to feature inflatable balloons every year. Started in the times of the Great Depression, the Parade has been lifting the spirits of Chicago and bringing the community together in celebration. Over 400,000 people lines the parade route on State Street.
Mercury's Canine Cruise
Dogs on boats? Yes! Bring your pooch on a leash and enjoy quality time with your dog while cruising on Chicago's waterways. This tour highlights dog-friendly hotels, restaurants, dog parks and fire hydrants. Enjoy the cool breeze in your hair (and fur!) aboard the Skyline Queen which offers plenty of safe outdoor-seating. Dogs may choose to sit on your lap, in a seat or on the deck. Don't worry, we have one-restroom for humans and one lined with newspapers for your pet. Water bowls are also onboard. Buy online or at the ticket office open daily at 8:30am.
Magnificent Mile Lights Festival
Kick off the holiday season and create your special memories on The Magnificent Mile in 2014! The BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival, the nation’s largest evening holiday celebration, jump starts the holiday season on Saturday, November 22 with a full day of family friendly activities, concerts by top musical artists and the best holiday shopping. The day’s excitement culminates with a grand evening parade down Michigan Avenue marshaled by Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse from Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, illuminating one million lights on 200 trees. The parade concludes with a grand finale fireworks show over the Chicago River.
Chicago Pride Fest
Get ready for a flamboyant, fun party in Boystown! Show your pride while enjoying an eclectic lineup of crafts, food and entertainment from some of Chicago's finest LGBT performers.
Chicago International Film Festival
The Chicago International Film Festival, now celebrating its 51st year, is North America's oldest competitive international film festival, showcasing over 175 films from 50 countries for two weeks in October. From red carpet galas and film premieres to stars and filmmakers in attendance, the Festival is one of Chicago's highlight events in the Fall!
Chicago Architecture Foundation's Open House Chicago
The Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Open House Chicago is a free public festival that offers behind-the-scenes access to 200 buildings across Chicago. Explore the hidden gems and architectural treasures of Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods—all for free. 200 cool places. 48 hours. Go. It's free.
Chicago South Asian Film Festival
The Chicago South Asian Film Festival’s mission is to advance diversity in Chicagoland through cinema, conversation and culture. The Festival gives South Asian talent, stories and themes a world platform and is committed to providing an experience in cinema for filmmakers and moviegoers alike with the warmth and personal touch that is unique to Chicago. CSAFF is held in late September in downtown Chicago and screens premiere films, hosts exceptional talent and organizes panel discussions, opportunities for filmmakers and film lovers to connect, musical performances, industry workshops, tributes to major artists and awards galas. See website for various event locations.
Pasta Lunch Cruises – Odyssey
Fuel up for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon as Odyssey Chicago hosts two pasta lunch cruises for participants as well as family and friends. For reservations or more information, call 888.957.2634 or visit http://www.odysseycruises.com/chicago/cruises/specialty/pasta-lunch
Thanksgiving Cruises – Odyssey
This Thanksgiving, spend time relaxing out on the water aboard Odyssey Chicago! Celebrate with the entire family as you enjoy a special holiday meal. For reservations, call 888.957.2634 or visit http://www.odysseycruises.com/chicago/cruises/specialty/thanksgiving-day-cruises.
NYE Fireworks Dinner Cruise – Odyssey
Make a magnificent New Year's Eve memory aboard Odyssey's upscale Chicago New Year's Eve Fireworks Dinner Cruise from Navy Pier. It's the perfect, most sophisticated celebration on the lakefront. End 2015 and welcome 2016 with DJ entertainment, dinner, a platinum bar package, a champagne toast and fireworks from Navy Pier at midnight (weather permitting). For reservations, call 888.957.2634 or visit http://www.odysseycruises.com/chicago/cruises/specialty/new-years-eve-fireworks-dinner
Eat, Drink and B. Mary Brunch Cruises – Spirit of Chicago
Experience Spirit of Chicago's new Sunday Brunch Cruises on Lake Michigan. Take in sensational views of the city skyline, enjoy a delicious buffet-style brunch menu and sip a custom Bloody Mary cocktail. Build your own Bloody Mary from a selection of gourmet ingredients, including bacon-infused vodka, blue cheese stuffed olives, antipasto skewers and more. Bloody Marys are available for onboard purchase and are not included in the ticket price.
Laughs on the Lake Comedy Cruises – Spirit of Chicago
Prepare to laugh on Lake Michigan! Come aboard Spirit of Chicago for an unforgettable night of comedy. Grab a group of friends, or make it a date night. Performances by several stand up comedians will have you splitting your sides! Purchase your tickets for a night of laughs, hosted by our very own Darren Georgia. Most cruises will feature opening acts, followed by performances by headlining comedians. Similar to a comedy club, seating is first-come, first-serve, giving you the ultimate experience in the comedy capital of America.
Chicago Gospel Lunch Cruises - Spirit of Chicago
Gather the family at Navy Pier for an inspirational afternoon. Enjoy live entertainment, an all-you-can-eat-buffet, and good fellowship. Come aboard and enjoy the most entertaining lunchtime experience in Chicago featuring our Lunch Buffet! This two-hour cruise along Chicago's magnificent lakefront is perfect for an afternoon getaway.
Senior Casino Lunch Cruise - Spirit of Chicago
Bring your senior citizen group aboard Spirit of Chicago for a fun-filled afternoon during our Spirit-ed Super Senior Tuesdays! Each cruise begins with a delicious buffet style lunch and lively music from the past decades' greatest tunes. Then the fun really gets started with: Slots, Blackjack, Roulette, Poker, Bingo games, plus a chance to win great Spirit prizes!
Chicago December Holiday Cruises - Spirit of Chicago
This December get into the Holiday Spirit! Celebrate the season with a Spirit of Chicago Holiday Cruise. These special holiday events feature buffet dining, engaging DJ entertainment for dancing and dazzling views from the water. See website for Cruise options.
New Year's Eve Fireworks Dinner Cruise - Spirit of Chicago
Spirit of Chicago's 2015 New Year's Eve Fireworks Dinner Cruise is the most festive and entertaining party in the city. Splash aboard for our dinner buffet, premium open bar, champagne toast at midnight, interactive DJ entertainment and midnight fireworks (weather permitting) provided by Navy Pier. Welcome 2016 on the water!
Chicago Valentine's Day Dinner Cruise - Spirit of Chicago
What are your Valentine’s Day plans? For the perfect way to enjoy Chicago with your sweetheart, come aboard Spirit for a special Valentine’s Day Cruise. Nothing beats the atmosphere of a night on the water with the city as your backdrop. With a beautiful setting, delicious dinner and dancing, this cruise is Cupid approved! Now get sailing, you lovebirds.
Chicago December Holiday Cruises - Mystic Blue
This year, celebrate the season with a festive cruise aboard Mystic Blue Chicago! Experience the holidays from an exciting, fresh perspective. Complete with tasty eats, awesome DJ beats for dancing and the best views at the best value! See website for Cruise list.
Chicago New Year's Eve Fireworks Dinner - Mystic Blue
Ring in 2016 with the hottest New Year's Eve celebration on the water! It's all happening aboard Mystic Blue's New Year's Eve Fireworks Dinner Cruise. With the tastiest treats, a platinum open bar package, a champagne toast at midnight, the best views of Chicago's amazing skyline and a fireworks show from Navy Pier (weather permitting), there's no place else you'll want to be when you say farewell to 2015. The night will end with a half-hour dockside party on our cool and contemporary decks. Trust us, you don't want to miss this! New Year's Eve aboard Mystic Blue will be unforgettable.
75-minute River & Lake Chicago Architecture Tour - Seadog
Seadog Chicago's River and Lake Architectural Tour is the only tour to take you from the lakefront, through the locks and along the Chicago River all the way to the famous Willis Tower! Departing from Navy Pier, this 75-minute architecture cruise is the best way to get up-close to all of Chicago’s most famous buildings and unique architecture. It combines amazing views, entertaining narration and an exciting ride along the lakefront. Welcome aboard – Woof!
Chicago Restaurant Week
Get ready for 14 belt-busting days! Chicago Restaurant Week 2016 returns on January 22 and continues through February 4 with two weeks of dining deals. The annual culinary celebration features special prix fixe menus starting at $22 for lunch and $33 and/or $44 for dinner (excluding beverages, tax and gratuity). Over 250 restaurants take part so get a taste of the city's rich, culinary diversity: Italian, French, Spanish, Korean, Thai and more! Between the neighborhood favorites and downtown hotspots, you can feast on delicious multi-course menus all across the city and suburbs. Wondering how to get in on all the fun? Start your foodie adventure by browsing the list below of Chicago Restaurant Week participants and their special lunch/dinner offerings available early January. Then simply make your reservations between January 22 and February 4.
Chicago Haunted Tours - Seadog
Experience the sights, lights, and frights of Chicago this Halloween! Discover Chicago’s architecture at nighttime while exploring the many spirits, scandals, and sins of the Windy City. Our journey will take you through Chicago's darker history with spine tingling tales of supernatural occurrences, moonlit mysteries, and infamous figures along the beautiful Chicago River. Tours depart at 6:15pm every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in October, beginning Friday, October 9. Additional tours depart at 8:15pm on Saturday, October 10, 17, and 24th.
Extreme Thrill Ride at Chicago's Navy Pier - Seadog
For a truly wet and wild experience, the Seadog Extreme is 30% faster than her doggie siblings! Topping out at 45mph on the open water, the Seadog Extreme is the most horse-powered commercial passenger vessel of its kind currently cruising the Great Lakes. With exhilarating high speeds and full 180-360° spins, this jet-propelled ride blasts off to start and splashes down to stop! Experience full throttle slalom runs, sharp twists and turns, and feel the raw power and excitement of the Seadog Extreme's two 1400 HP engines. Also enjoy rock-n-roll music and a fun narration about Chicago.
Chicago Lakefront Speedboat Tour
Are you ready for an entertaining cruise experience along Chicago's scenic lakefront? Our 30-Minute Lakefront Speedboat Tour is the best way to view Chicago from the lake, combining an exciting speedboat ride along the shoreline with informative and amusing descriptions of the world famous Chicago skyline! As you depart Chicago's Navy Pier, we'll tell you interesting facts about the Pier and Chicago's lakefront. Then we'll crank up the music and race south past Navy Pier to Chicago's Museum Campus where we'll pause to hear about Chicago's interesting lakefront landmarks, architecture and history. We will then speed north past Navy Pier to cruise the Magnificent Mile, giving you unique views of the Sears Tower, Buckingham Fountain and Grant Park along the way. After a few quick facts, we'll dash back to our dog house on Navy Pier.
Chicago International Children’s Film Festival
The 32nd annual Chicago International Children's Film Festival, this year held from October 23 - November 1, offers the best film for children, youth, and families from around the world, right nere in Chicago!
Memory, an exhibit of portraits
Memory is an exhibition of portraits that reflect less the "sitter's" likeness than their psychological state. Works include paintings, colored pencil drawings, prints and pastels by Judith Roth, Ellen Holtzblatt, John Smolko and Joseph Taylor.
Gigs Graphics! Gig posters by Chicago graphic designers
Reowned Chicago area graphic designers will present a wide range of posters designed for various music events in Chicago and elsewhere. These creative and unusual posters present the best in Chicago area graphic design. Designers include Jason Teegarden-Downs from Delicious Design League;Dan Grezca;Jay Ryan, the Bird Machine;Joseph Taylor; Dan Macadam, Crosshair, Fugscreen studios; Dan Black from Landland Press, Justin Santora, and Ryan Duggan, Drug Factory Press.
Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference Jazz Festival
Annual festival of jazz bands, combos and ensembles from schools in the conference, who will perform and be rated by a panel of jazz clinicians. 8AM-4PM.
28th Annual Jazz Festival
An annual two-day festival including a concert featuring top jazz artists and two days of instrumental clinics for local junior high and high school musicians.
Deerfield's Annual Winter Celebration
The Village of Deerfield will be celebrating the holidays with festive activities for every age. Enjoy horse-drawn sleigh rides, roasted chestnuts, carolers, live animals and more. Local downtown businesses will have seasonal treats and activities. Music, hot cocoa and more.
Elmhurst Farmers Market
Visit downtown Elmhurst on Wednesday mornings through October for the Elmhurst Farmers Market. You will find a variety of farmers and vendors selling fresh fruit, vegetables, bread, pastries, cheese, flowers, honey and more.
Legendary Diamonds Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary
See the fascinating stories of some of history's most famous diamonds and their equally famous owners. The exhibit blends the lapidary art of faceting with historic figural artistry to tell each diamond's story including The Hope, The Orlov, The Table Cut, and The Regent.
Now celebrating its 34th year, Fountain Square Art Festival is the largest and oldest fine arts fair on Chicago's majestic North Shore. Featuring the eclectic works of more than 225 juried artists, this sprawling art showcase epitomizes words like "cosmopolitan” and "sophistication." The festival takes place in downtown Evanston, just steps from the eponymous Fountain Square. It also features a popular children's art tent with fun activities overseen by the acclaimed Evanston Art Center, food, and a soothing jazz-centric music lineup.
Open House Chicago
The Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Open House Chicago is a free public festival that offers behind-the-scenes access to 200 buildings across Chicago. This year, for the first time, Open House Chicago is extending beyond the city's boundaries into Evanston. Explore the hidden gems and architectural treasures of Evanston and Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods—all for free. See website for full listing.
Northwestern Football Games
The Northwestern Wildcats offer some of the best Division 1 college sports action in the Midwest, featuring 14 teams competing in the Big Ten Conference. Come early and enjoy the festivities at Wildcat Alley for a pre-game fan fest. Home Game Schedule: Saturday, September 5th vs. Stanford Saturday, September 12th vs. Eastern Illinois Saturday, September 26th vs. Ball State Saturday, October 3rd vs. Minnesota Saturday October 17th vs. Iowa Saturday November 7th vs. Penn State Saturday November 14th vs. Purdue
Christmas at the Brewery
Annual family friendly holiday celebration featuring horse drawn carriage rides through quaint downtown Flossmoor, and visits with Santa for the children. 4-8PM.
Halloween Casket Races
The Annual Casket Race is back! The Casket Race features trophies for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, plus the most frightfully funny and creepy designs. Cheer on your favorite team - or join the race!
Autumn Wine Walk
Experience an afternoon of wine-tastings at unique boutiques and specialty shops! Enjoy appetizers from local restaurants and great deals while shopping for the Holidays!
Join us and see what fabulous offerings the boutiques and shops have for Holiday 2015! Bring a food donation for the Forest Park Food Pantry and receive a special savings!
2015 Annual Holiday Walk
Live window displays, horse-drawn carriage rides and Santa and his reindeer are just part of the magic of The Annual Holiday Walk. Enjoy winter on Madison Street!
Kid friendly Halloween event. Price includes: inflatables, spooky games, haunted hay ride, story room, DJ music, entertainment. 6-9PM.
22nd Annual Holiday Craft & Vendor Show
There will be a diverse selection of crafters and vendors with quality products and to browse and buy. Great way to start your holiday shopping!
Glen Ellyn French Market
Visit downtown Glen Ellyn every Sunday through October, and find locally grown produce, organic meats, fresh flowers, baked goods, jewelry and much, much more.
Wonderland Express at Chicago Botanic Garden
Take a magical trip to a winter wonderland of twinkling lights and holiday beauty at the Chicago Botanic Garden when we kick off the holiday season! Outside, 750,000 lights sparkle and welcome you and your family to the Garden's wonderland. Inside the Regenstein Center, a 10,000-square-foot exhibition of miniature trains winds over bridges, under trestles, past waterfalls, and through more than 80 mini-replicas of Chicago's favorite landmarks. Paul Busse, designer of the Model Railroad Garden, created this amazing exhibition exclusively for the Garden's holiday celebration.
Chicago Botanic Garden- Weekend Family Classes
Together, adults and children can explore cool things about how plants connect to science, art, history, and culture. Each program includes a variety of hands-on activities and projects, as well as opportunities to bring the Garden home. Programs run from November through April on Saturdays.
Model Railroad Garden: Landmarks of America
The 7,500-square-foot “Model Railroad Garden: Landmarks of America” exhibition at the Chicago Botanic Garden features trains running on 1,600 feet of track, for train and garden enthusiasts to enjoy the delightful sights and sounds of the miniature trains traversing high and low through tunnels, across bridges and around buildings.
Celebrate Halloween, if you dare, at the Chicago Botanic Garden! Get in the Halloween spirit with face-painting festivities! Bring your camera to capture a photo of your costumed family in friendly and frightening surroundings. As night falls, walk through the Model Railroad Garden: Landmarks of America, decorated in ghostly lights and running special ghost trains; then take a ride around the Garden on the Howlin’ Express—keep your eyes peeled for spooky sights!
Large telescopes fixed on constellations and celestial views will be available thanks to amateur astronomers from the Kankakee Area StarGazers, the Naperville Astronomical Association, and the South West Astronomy Observers Group. 8-10PM.
Sample scrumptious chocolate creations from renowned chocolatiers as they offer the latest and most decadent recipes. 11AM-2PM.
Revolution Brewing Beer Dinner
The growth of craft breweries in the U.S. has been nothing short of a revolution and we're proud to be standing tall in this new crowd. The changing tastes of beer drinkers demand bigger flavors and more variety. That's exactly what we give you at Revolution Brewing. Our brewpub produces about 50 different beer styles each year. We've got session beers like Workingman Mild, hop-bombs like Double Fist and more bourbon barrel aged beers than you can shake a stave at. We have fun doing what we do and invite you to come in and join us. Join us for a 4 course prix fixe dinner paired with 4 Revolution beer and learn about how the flavors are paired together to create a unique dining experience $45 limited seating. Taxes, beverages and service not included.
Enjoy an autumn evening listening to live entertainment, train stories and making s'mores by the bon fire. Participate in the Hobo costume contest and walk through the Illinois Central caboose. This event is located on Park Avenue, at the Rail Park.
Deck out your dog and join us for Haunted Hounds! Come dressed to impress. Award categories include Best Dog & Owner Combo, Best Homemade Costume, Best Big Dog Costume (41+ pounds), and Best Little Dog Costume (under 40 pounds). Don't miss this chance to meet your neighbors, win prizes (including a raffle, no costume required) and check out the latest canine outfits. All friendly canines are invited to this on-leash event. Rover's Run membership is not required.
Butterball Burner Fun Run
Put down those leftovers, grab your running shoes and head over to the H-F Racquet & Fitness Club for the 12th Annual Butterball Burner! Join us as we celebrate twelve years of burning the post Thanksgiving bloat with this fun run. All ages and abilities welcome. 8 am race day registration and check-in.
Farmers Market - Homewood
Shop Homewood's Farmers Market. A wide variety of vendors with the freshest produce, cheeses, breads, pastries and more, on Saturday's 8AM-1PM, come join us!