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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.
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.
Lambs Farm Famous Farmyard
The Lambs Farm Farmyard will open daily March 30th through November 1, 2015. Come and enjoy Lambs Farm's famous Farmyard. Meet Miss Wiggles, the 450-pound pig with an affinity for Bavarian Crème donuts and Oreo Cookies®, and meet all of the new miniature animals, including Levi the miniature horse. Climb into the petting zoo with goats, sheep and lambs. Check out the llamas, alpacas, cows, horses, ducks and more. Enjoy a ride on the old-fashion carousel or the train. Then challenge friends and family to a round of mini golf! Farmyard memberships are available. Day passes for all activities available for $8 for adults and $12 for children 2-12.
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.
Lilac Time Festival
A stunning 8.5-acre horticultural display with 800 breathtaking lilacs & 25,000 eye-catching tulips! Take tours, shop the art and craft fair, and enjoy food, drinks & sports. Enjoy the old-fashioned hospitality, free concerts and attractions that will be provided in Lilacia Park during Lilac Time!
Long Grove's Annual Strawberry Festival
The pleasures of summer are celebrated with “berry” wonderful strawberry-inspired treats. Strawberry lovers of all ages flock to Long Grove’s renown fest to enjoy chocolate covered strawberries, fruit smoothies, and other strawberry drinks, ice creams, strawberry donuts, baked goods and, of course, the farm-fresh berries themselves. There is free live entertainment all three days at venues all over town and most of Long Grove’s many shops, galleries, cafes, and restaurants offer variations of strawberry-themed foods, drinks, and merchandise. Fun for All Ages Strawberry Fest features plenty of activities and fun for children, including a variety of kiddie rides, face painting and outdoor activities and tents full of family and education-oriented products.
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.
Chicago Blues Festival
Chicago Legend Buddy Guy will headline the 32nd Annual Chicago Blues Festival, the largest free blues festival in the world. During three days on five stages at Grant Park, more than 500,000 blues fans prove that Chicago is the "Blues Capital of the World." Past performers include Bonnie Raitt, Ray Charles, B.B. King, the late Bo Diddley, Buddy Guy and the late Koko Taylor.
Six Flags Great America Fright Fest
It's Thrills by Day, Chills by Night at Fright Fest Presented by Snickers®. Six Flags Great America will be totally transformed into a Halloween playground, Fridays - Sundays. Have a ghoulish good time with hair-raising shows, electrifying street entertainment and thrilling haunted houses. Plus, experience all the rides in the dark. There will also be a special trick-or-treat trail just for kids.
Long Grove's Annual Apple Festival
The distinctive Long Grove shops and restaurants help celebrate the Apple Festival with unique seasonal gifts and foods, including cider donuts, caramel apples and the Long Grove Apple Haus’ famous brown bag apple pie. Live toe-tapping music, carriage rides, hayrides and children’s activities round out the fest.
Long Grove's Chocolate Festival
Enjoy the sweet life! Back by popular demand, Long Grove invites you to enjoy the annual Long Grove Chocolate Fest, held every May. Families can fill a day – or a weekend – with chocolaty treats, live music, great food and distinctive shopping in charming Long Grove. Enjoy chocolate demonstrations and workshops, wine parings, live music all over town and plenty of children's activities. Long Grove combines the best of trendy shopping and dining with the ambiance of yesteryear. You will discover beautiful gardens, trendy shops, art galleries and one-of-a-kind restaurants.
Ravinia Festival 2015
Another exciting year of entertainment at the Ravinia Festival. With a variety of performances, there is something for everyone. Choose from artists like Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, Steve Miller Band, Bush and 3 Doors Down, ZZ Top, Little Big Town, Jackson Browne and many more. Please visit the website for a complete schedule and to purchase tickets. Bring a picnic or pick up a complete picnic spread at one of the on-site restaurants or kiosks and sit back and enjoy the show.
Vernon Hills Summer Celebration 2015
Join us for 4 days of food, fun, carnival rides and free entertainment and a huge beer tent. There will also be children's activities, bingo, live bands every night and fireworks on Thursday. Friday night enjoy Modern Day Romeos and Mike & Joe. Saturday Bella Cain and headliner Lonestar will perform along with a car show from 9am-2pm. Sunday enjoy a bags tourny and the music of Kaleidoscope Eyes. Please visit the website for updated entertainment schedule. Bring a blanket but leave the coolers home; no alcohol can be brought into the park.
Rockin' at the Park
Free Summer Concert Series The Rockin' in the Park festival will be a summer-long concert series, beginning in May and continuing through August. The festival features live bands, fireworks and food and beverage tents on the great lawn in the center of MB Financial Park at Rosemont. Visit www.mbparkatrosemont.com for complete line up!
The Stadium at the Ballpark
The Stadium at the Ballpark at Rosemont is the 2,000-seat home of the Chicago Bandits, the 2011 NPF World Champion women's softball organization, East Leyden High School's girls softball team and the Rosemont School's boys and girls softball team. It is located on the west side of 1-294, and is the first facility of its kind in the nation built expressly for women's professional sports. The team plays 25 home games a year, from June through August.
The Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo
Known as C2E2, this convention spans the latest and greatest from the worlds of comics, movies, television, toys, anime, manga and video games. Bringing the best of popular culture to downtown Chicago, C2E2’s show floor is packed with hundreds of exhibitors, panels and autograph sessions giving fans a chance to interact with their favorite creators, and screening rooms featuring sneak peeks at films and television shows months before they hit either the big or small screen!
3rd Annual Color Aloft Balloon Festival
Bring the family out for this exciting new event held at Central Park in Grayslake. The Color Aloft Festival will begin with hot air balloons being inflated and compete in a "Fox and Hounds" contest in which competing balloons seek to land closest to the 'Fox'. Balloons will be retrieved and return to the park. After dark they will be internally illuminated by their burners and glow. Enjoy family activities, a Civil War Era baseball game, live music and food vendors.
Jerry Kleiner's over the top restaurant in this 35,000 sq. ft. space is an explosion of taste, color and sound. "Latino flavors with the spice of life." Authentic soulful cuisine offers simple dishes from all over Latin America. A kaleidoscope of colors, salsa music and playful decor ignite the sense of being in a Latin house party.
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.
Tempel Lipizzan's 2015 Performances
Witness artistry and history come to life as the Tempel Lipizzan stallions enchant audiences with their power, intelligence and grace. From the play of newborn foals to the leaps of athletic stallions, the Tempel Lipizzans are an experience for the entire family. This unique performance set to music has become a Lake County favorite. Save and buy tickets in advance. Come early and enjoy a lunch or dinner in the cafe. Please visit the website for performance schedule.
24th Annual Civil War Days
Make plans to attend Northern Illinois' largest Civil War reenactment. The Lake County Discovery Museum is proud to present the 23rd annual Civil War Days encampment. The event features infantry, cavalry and artillery re-enactors, as well as musicians, sutlers, medical personnel and civilians. A large-scale battle reenactment, ongoing drills, kids' activities, and Civil War era shopping are available both days.
2nd Annual Outdoor Sculpture Walk
Take a self-guided tour of public art from June 2 to September 2 as part of the 2nd annual Sculpture Walk in downtown Oak Park. The walk features 12 world-class sculptures prominently placed among Oak Park's many shops and restaurants.
87th Annual Lake County Fair
Come out and enjoy 5 days of fun at the 87th Annual Lake County Fair. Events at the fair include live entertainment, food vendors, carnival rides and games, live animals, motor crossing, banana derby, demolition derby, flower show, expo hall and so much more. Please visit the website for updated information.
Driving in Style: Promo Cars of the 1950s and 60s
The innovative and flamboyant car designs of the 1950's are now iconic. To whet consumers' appetites for the "latest thing," the Big Three American automakers (General Motors, Ford and Chrysler) began to release new models with slightly redesigned features every year. To promote the new vehicles, dealers distributed highly-detailed plastic models or "promos." Like their full-size versions, these colorful miniatures boasted streamlined tail fins and polished chrome grilles, reflections of the period's Space Age design and general prosperity. Given to potential buyers and their children, these salesman's samples are highly collectible today. Lent by Robert Reinhold and John O'Halloran, the promos in EAM's presentation will be on view in the McCormick House, also designed in the 1950s.
Chicago Botanic Garden Art Festival
The festival showcases the work of 95 unique artists in a pristine setting overlooking a lake, spectacular gardens and 385 acres of majesty. All of the artwork embodies a botanic theme, use or material. Festival-goers will have the opportunity to see the masters at work, with interactive art demos and booth chats taking place all weekend long!
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.
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.
Uncorked Summer Nights
Experience the Oak Park Conservatory from a fresh perspective with Uncorked Summer Nights! Admission includes 2 drink tickets and appetizers. Also, included is showcase tours of the Fern, Tropical and Desert rooms. Enjoy music by the Grosso Family Band and art by Phil Malhiot. Appetizers provided by New Rose Catering and wine and craft beer by Marion Street Cheese Market.
Art Dans La Rue
Join us on Tuesday, August 6th from 12-9pm for Downtown Oak Park's authentic urban French Street Festival! Featuring: art exhibits by local artists, special showing of a French film, Can-Can dancers, French music by "Paris La Nuit," Poodle Parade, French lessons, Fresh made crepes, Wine tastings, Sidewalk chalk contest, Bike Rentals, and much more!
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!
Art on Harrison
Seeking a way to announce the emerging Arts District, galleries and building owners in partnership with the Oak Park Arts Council inaugurated Art on Harrison in 1995. Conceived of as an informal Friday evening gallery walk, the event has continued each September since its inception, expanding to include entertainment and performances at participating galleries. Come out and see what the area has to offer in a convivial atmosphere, a celebration of what the creative spirits of this community have accomplished.
Chicago Improv Festival
The 18th annual Chicago Improv Festival takes over the city for a week, showcasing the best local, national and international on-the-spot comedic talent!
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.
Farm Heritage Festival
Check out hundreds of antique tractors, cars and steam engines, and other farm machinery as we celebrate Lake County’s rural roots. Tractor parades, petting zoo, sheep herding demonstrations, scarecrow making, museum exhibits, wagon rides and other activities for kids and families.
Amadeus, the renowned tale of Mozart as seen through the eyes of his most envious competitor, composer Antonio Salieri. The play is an interesting representative style of the style and values of the time. Jeff Recommended!
Antioch's Taste of Summer Festival
4 Days of fun in Downtown Antioch. Carnival rides, delectable foods, and top entertainment. Enjoy live music, Antioch IDOL and kids activities. Enjoy the sidewalk sales and find craft booths too. Visit AntiochChamber.org for an updated entertainment schedule.
The 18th Annual Lincolnshire Art Festival
The festival hosts 100 juried artists from around the country in the Village Green of Lincolnshire and offers extraordinary examples of fine art and fine craft in a variety of mediums and price points. Take in the tranquility of Lincolnshire with a wonderful weekend that combines the fun of art with the art of fun. Live music on the music stage, great food and fun activities for kids, including an art scavenger hunt and spin art, make the festival a perfect family experience. Art enthusiasts will have the opportunity to see the masters at work with interactive art demos and booth chats taking place all weekend long! Festival-goers of all ages will have an opportunity to get into the “art-filled” action by contributing to a mural on-site at the festival.
Blue's night with Nick Moss & Kevin Purcell and the Nightburners
Singer/songwriter Kevin Purcell welds the gritty, back alley sounds of Chicago blues with the back roads soul of southern rock.Nick Moss was weaned on postwar electric blues, his timely and topical songwriting enveloped in new rhythms and guitar innovations have resulted in music of a higher intensity. Together, these blues heroes, backed by incredible bands, deliver a no-holds-barred show that’s gritty, rockin’ and, above all, a blast.
Barrington Art Festival
Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend at the Barrington Art Festival. The festival offers the work of 125 juried artists from around the country in a variety of mediums, including ceramics, fiber, glass, jewelry, metal, photography, watercolors and wood. Live music, great food and fun activities for kids make the Barrington Art Festival a perfect family experience!
Grayslake Summer Days
Family music festival with activities for the entire family. Music, carnival games, food vendors, business booth area and "Grayslake's Got Talent" Contest. Bike and Pet Parade - 12 noon Saturday. Summer Days Parade kickoffs at 7pm Saturday evening. Festivities will be held downtown Grayslake. Visit the website for complete festival activities. Friday: 5pm-12am, Saturday: 11am-12am.
Six Flags Great America & Hurricane Harbor 2015 Season
Six Flags Great America is fun for the whole family with 14 heart-pounding roller coasters, a free water park with over 30 heart pounding water slides, spectacular shows and parades, family rides and big pint-sized fun for the kids with children's areas and over 35 rides for the little ones. Don't miss Goliath, a triple record breaking roller coaster. It is the world’s fastest wooden coaster with the tallest and steepest drop, plunging riders down 180 feet and rocketing through twists and turns at 72 miles per hour. Also enjoy Hurricane Harbor and Riptide Bay, the water park that boasts more slides and attractions. Catch a wave at the only place to surf on Lake Michigan.
The 12th Annual Buffalo Grove Invitational Art Festival
Currently rated as one of the top 100 art festivals in the country, the festival hosts more than 100 juried artists from around the globe. Art enthusiasts will have the opportunity to watch the masters at work with art demos and booth chats taking place all weekend long! In addition to the work of the 100 juried artists, festival-goers will have the opportunity to view and purchase works from young artists, ages 18 and under, who participate in the Youth Art Division of the festival taking place on Sunday. In addition to the artwork, festival-goers will enjoy live performances from a variety of musical acts, great food and art activities for kids, including an art scavenger hunt and spin art at the festival and much more!
Anything Goes at the Marriott Theatre
Anything Goes is non-stop laughs and madcap fun on the S.S. American with an unusual array of passengers including a gangster, a wealthy debutante, a charismatic nightclub singer and a lovesick stowaway. With spectacular dance and a boatload of Cole Porter tunes like You’re the Top, I Get a Kick Out of You and the title song, the audience will get a ‘kick’ out of Anything Goes.
ARTumn Harvest Art Festival
Come out and discover Deer Park Town Center's 4th Annual ARTumn Harvest Art Festival. Approximately 70 artists come from across the U.S. to participate in our juried art show held around the gazebo. In addition to fantastic fine artists, enjoy the live music, hands on kids art fun and food.
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.
61st Art Fair on the Square
Art fair consisting of selected exhibitors' work in a variety of disciplines including: ceramics, digital art, drawing/pastels, fiber, glass, jewelry, metal, graphics/printmaking, mixed media, painting, photography, sculpture & wood. Silhouetted against classical architecture and stately mature trees, the artists set up their outdoor galleries around historic Market Square. There will also be a children's art tent for the creative little ones.
Highland Park's Art Center's Festival of Fine Arts
Situated on the beautiful tree-lined streets surrounding TAC, the revamped festival will showcase original works from 120 juried artists. Exceptional examples of fine arts and fine craft, including ceramics, fiber, glass, jewelry, wood and more will be featured at the festival. The Art Center’s Festival of Fine Arts will offer activities for children and families, as well as live entertainment and tasty festival treats throughout the weekend. Art enthusiasts will get a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into making these original works of art with live art demos taking place at the festival.
A Gift: Selections from the Cleve Carney Bequest
In 2014, Elmhurst Art Museum was bequeathed nearly 300 works from the collection of Cleve Carney (1939-2013), a longtime Board member, donor and supporter of the museum. The largest gift in EAM's history, these paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints and video installations by an international group of artists will be a significant addition to the collection, broadening the scope of the museum's holdings of contemporary art. This presentation highlights select work from the donation and serves as a tribute to the vision, the patronage and the generosity of Cleve Carney, who will be truly missed.
On the Brink: New Work by Nnenna Okore
EAM presents new work by internationally celebrated sculptor Nnenna Okore. Through repetitive, labor-intensive processes, Okore transforms discarded and organic materials like burlap, newspapers, plastic bags and twine into large-scale wall hangings and installations. Okore-s dramatic and undulating forms float in and across space, often casting shadows on their surrounds. Influenced by the textures, colors and landscapes of her Chicago milieu as well as the more rural environment of the small town in Nigeria where she was raised, Okore's new fiber and paper works explore the fluidity of life, finding beauty in the inevitable processes of aging and decay. Okore is a professor of art at Chicago's North Park University and was the recipient of a Fulbright Scholar Award in 2013.
Wings Over Waukegan Air Show
The Annual Waukegan Air Show, Wings Over Waukegan, is a great time for the whole family and has been extended to a 2-day show. Enjoy the Canadian Forces Snowbirds Demonstration Team, F-18 Hornet, USN Static Aircraft Displays, Classic Warbirds, Jet Bus and Military Aircraft as they soar through the sky performing exciting stunts and procedures. There will also be food and refreshment booths. Gates open at 9:30am and show begins at noon.
America's Baking and Sweets Show
North America’s first and biggest baking and sweets event, America’s Baking and Sweets Show, takes you on a gourmet grand tour of the most delectable and hottest trends in the world of baking and beyond. Following our inaugural success in 2013, the exciting America's Baking and Sweets Show returns to the magnificent Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel in Chicago, Illinois, November 14 to 16, 2014. The show is set to draw crowds of amateurs, enthusiasts, connoisseurs, and professionals, besides the loyal consumers of the baking and sweets industry. From across the world, for three days, America’s Baking and Sweets Show will woo, entertain, and educate fans through amazing competitions, celebrity demos, and hands-on classes at the venue. Our theme this year is ‘Wizard of Oz’ so join our showgirl DOROTHY in the magical world of baking and sweets at The Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center, and ‘Explore. Discover. Shop’.
The French Market of Vernon Hills
This market will include local growers, regional sourced cheeses, breads and other foods, but there also may be pottery, wood carvings, imported olive oils and crafts. Additionally a French market canopy system will be set in place with the canopies coming from Paris. The market will be held at the Metra Station parking lot.
I’ve Got A Little Twist
The New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players perform a comedic mash-up cabaret of musical hits. The Mikado meets The Music Man and HMS Pinafore sets sail for Brigadoon. A fresh and most heartfelt performance, not to be missed.
Join the 5th annual Fort2Base Race. There are two event distances, 10 Nautical Mile or 3 Nautical Mile events (11.5 miles or 3.45 miles). The 10NM event begins at Fort Sheridan in Highland Park, runs along the North Shore Trail and finishes within the confines of Naval Station Great Lakes. The 3NM event is run solely within Naval Station Great Lakes. All registered participants receive a tech shirt and finishers medals. Runners and walkers welcome!
City of Angels
Los Angeles, 1940’s. It’s double the laughs and double the intrigue as two plots unfold at once when a young New York writer is brought to Los Angeles to turn his best-selling crime novel into a screenplay. As we follow the writer’s travails in the film industry, the novel’s private-eye comes to life in the evening’s split screen plot.
Forest Park Wine Walk
Experience an afternoon of wine-tastings at unique boutiques and specialty shops! Enjoy appetizers from local restaurants and great deals while shopping the best on the street.
Port Clinton Art Festival
Port Clinton Art Festival is one of the most successful juried art festivals and attracts more than 250,000 art enthusiasts from places near and far. More than 260 of the world’s most celebrated artists come together to showcase their work over the course of the weekend, creating an atmosphere brimming with renowned creativity. Alongside established artists, a youth art division celebrates the talents of young artists ages 18 and under, offering them the opportunity to participate, exhibit, and experience the inner workings of an art festival.
Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga at Ravinia
Tony Bennett's artistry and accomplishments are applauded here at home and all over the world from people from 12 to 90 years old. Now in his seventh decade of singing, Tony Bennett along with Lady Gaga should be an explosive show! Don't miss this great opportunity. Choose from 2 shows, June 26 or June 27. Tickets are $195/180 and lawn seats are $49 in advance and $54 the day of the show.
Engelbert Humperdinck at Genesee Theatre
Engelbert Humperdinck has been a legend in the international music industry for more than 40 years, with over 150 million records sold. He's recorded everything from the most romantic ballads to a recent platinum-selling contemporary theme song. Tickets $45-$65.
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
Camp Pulse on Tour
An exciting weekend workshop, just for dancers ages 8-13! Camp PULSE features the masterminds behind your favorite Nickelodeon and Disney TV Shows and Movies, including: Shake It Up, iCarly, Camp Rock, Victorious, High School Musical, Hannah Montana, and MORE! Dancers and teachers walk away from our conventions inspired and motivated to reach their next goals in dance. Our faculty and staff are proud of their dedication to building genuine relationships through personal interaction with dancers, parents and teachers. We realize there are many options out there for a dancer’s education, and we hope you will join us for a dance experience of a lifetime!
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!
3rd Annual Run to Zero 5K
The 3rd annual Run to Zero 5K takes place on a scenic, point-to-point course in early spring to kick off the running season. Run includes a single loop, bringing you right back to the North Bay Pavilion where the Finish Line Celebration will be in full swing! With no hills and a few curves as the course follows the outline of the preserve, it is walkable in 45 minutes, so people can walk, run or both! The event also includes refreshments, entertainment, and post-race festivities complete with live music, games and activities
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.
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.
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.
Lombard Cruise Nights
Cruise Nights in Downtown Lombard are always a fun time for visitors and neighbors. Bring the family out to see some cruisin' classics and then rock the night away with some of the area's favorite musical acts. Experience unique classic cars and live musical performances at this Lombard tradition. Celebrate the 17th year of Cruise Nights with Lombard in 2015!
Juilliard String Quartet at Ravinia
The Juilliard String Quartet returns with a program of three B's sure to earn an A+ from every listener. Four selections from Bach’s The Art of Fugue, the Baroque master’s final study in thematic variation, are contrasted with Berg’s Lyric Suite, in which the composer varies a “signature” theme through 12-tone technique. The concert will conclude with Juilliard’s own signature: one of Beethoven’s quartets.
Zion's 29th Nostalgia Days
Come out and enjoy the 29th Annual Nostalgia Days Carnival and Car Show. Listen to live music and DJ's, play our trivia games to win great prizes. Antique and Custom car show and cruise. Enjoy Friday night with outdoor movies and live entertainment. Carnival rides, food vendors, lawn mower races, climbing wall, games and fun for everyone.
Emerson String Quartet at Ravinia
Join the Emerson String Quartet in an evening of great classical music. They will be performing music from Beethoven, Lowell, Liebermann, and Dvorák. Tickets are $40-$60 for reserved seats and $10 for lawn seats.
Umphrey's McGee at Ravinia
Umphrey’s McGee has been relentlessly innovative in both music and fan relations for many years. Whereas the band’s stellar reputation is based on marathon concerts that mix original, technically demanding tunes with complex epics and playful covers (ranging from Toto to Metallica), it has chosen the same kind of attention to melody, song craft, and musicianship. Tickets are $45 for reserved seats and $20 for lawn seats in advance and $25 the day of the show.
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.
David Adler 35th Festival of the Arts
The David Adler Music and Arts Center is proud to present its 35th Annual Festival of the Arts in beautiful Cook Park located in historic downtown Libertyville, Illinois. Over the last several years, Festival of the Arts has hosted some of the finest work of artists exhibiting in the country. To supplement this fine artistry the festival also presents a variety of children’s activities.
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!
Itzhak Perlman and Emmanuel Ax at Ravinia
Join Itzhak Perlman on the violin and Emanuel Ax on the piano for a great night of music under the stars at Ravinia. Program to include violin sonatas by Richard Strauss, Fauré and Mozart. Tickets are $95/80 and lawn seats are $20.
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.
Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Ravinia
Conductor Nikolaj Znaider and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra will be performing Berlioz Symphonie fantastique and Mozart Violin Concerto No. 3 in G Major, K. 216. Come out and enjoy a concert under the stars at Ravinia.
Piano and String Artists from Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute at Ravnia
Join Ravinia's Steans Music Institute performing a program which will include the music of Tchaikovsky, Souvenir de Florence, Op. 70. This is held in Bennett Gordon Hall and is part of the $10 series.
Lincoln Trio at Ravinia
The Lincoln Trio's program to include works by Babajanian, Martin and Clarke. This is a Bennett Gordon Hall $10 concert series. Reserved Ticket Price: $10
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.
Tchaikovsky Spectacular Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Ravinia
Join the Chicago Symphony Orchestra with Conductor James Conlon and Maxim Vengerov on Violin for an All-Tchaikovsky Program with Live Cannons at this Gala Benefit evening. Tickets: $100/25, Lawn: $15
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.
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.
Concert Dance, Inc. at Ravinia
CDI has evolved from a repertory company into a dance collective and artistic incubator; a unique community of collaborators within a growing organism that changes with every new dance that is made. Choose from 2 shows September 1 or 2. This program is a tribute to Frank Sinatra. Tickets are only $10.
Featuring Alt-Country, Americana, Indie Rock, World Music, Soul and Kids Music July 10-12, 2015 in Lincoln Square The Lincoln Square Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce (LSRCC) and Old Town School of Folk Music (OTSFM) present the 4th Annual Square Roots craft beer and music experience in Chicago’s Lincoln Square. Over 30,000 fans attend Square Roots each year to enjoy more than 40 local craft brews (including special batch and limited release taps), great food and the diverse genres of entertainment that only the Old Town School of Folk Music can provide. What: Square Roots isn’t your typical food and music festival; we tap into all that Lincoln Square has to offer to provide a multidimensional event that appeals to music, food and craft beer enthusiasts. Live entertainment: 70 acts including music, jams, dance and family activities on 4 stages (2 indoor and 2 outdoor). Craft Beer: More than 40 tasty selections from the best local and regional craft breweries. Cuisine: Eclectic fare from amazing Lincoln Square and Ravenswood restaurants. Suggested donation $10 for Adults, $5 Seniors/kids, $20 for Families. Why: Proceeds from Square Roots benefit small business workshops and community place-making efforts, and fund the Old Town School of Folk Music scholarship programs. For more info, visit www.squareroots.org
Piano and String Artists from Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute at Ravinia
Join Ravinia's Steans Music Institute with a program for Piano and Strings. Program will include Dvorák’s 'American' Quartet. This is part of the $10 BGH Classics series.
34th Annual American Music Festival
Americana and roots music fans will find a full menu of talent at FitzGerald's 34th Annual American Music Festival brought to you by FitzGerald's. The summer 3-day event features more than 50 artists from Chicago and around the country. FitzGerald's American Music Festival takes place rain or shine on three stages -- club, tent and SideBar. Hours are 4:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. on July 2, 4:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. on July 3 and 4; 1 p.m.-3 a.m.
Gipsy Kings at Ravinia
The Gipsy Kings consist of two bands of brothers, the Reyes and the Baliardos. Together they perform an unique, irresistible blend of traditional flamenco styles with Western pop and Latin rhythms.
43rd Annual Gurnee Days Celebration
Gurnee Days returns this week for 4 days of family fun. Activities include a bicycle rodeo, live entertainment, Farmers Market, Gurnee Idol, golf tournament, and amusement rides, a 10K race, baby contest, rib fest and eating contest, fireworks, a pancake breakfast, parade, Scoop the Loop Car Show, petting zoo, pony rides, a talent show, exhibitors, games, food booths and stage events. Please visit the website for times and entertainment schedule.
Viva Italia: Italian Night
O Sole Mio! Join us for a fabulous Thursday night of great food, music an store specials. We have a lot of Italy on Madison Street!
Gluten Free and Allergen Friendly Expo 2015
The GFAF Expos are the largest and fastest growing special diet consumer events in the US. Started in 2007, the events are professionally managed and have expanded from one to seven cities throughout the United States. In addition to meeting the needs of the Celiac community, the Expo welcomes those with gluten sensitivities, auto-immune/inflammatory diseases and autism. What do you get with your Expo Ticket? Entry into the vendor fair with over 100 brands Valuable coupons at the vendor booths Samples from the vendors Discounted products available for purchase Informative classes related to the gluten free and allergen-friendly lifestyle Free reusable bag to carry your goodies Meet your favorite vendors, authors and blogger
Cinco de Mayo Restaurant & Bar Crawl
Join us in the global celebration of Mexican culture! The Cinco de Mayo Fiesta is a food and bar crawl that will feature live entertainment, food and libations and fun for the 21+ crowd. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. at event headquarters at La Quinta de Los Reyes Restaurant. Participation in the crawl is $15 pre-sale and for BDC members. Registration at the door will be $20 for non-BDC members. Wrist bands include admission to the crawl, free trolley between venues, one drink ticket, $3 beer at participating venues, drink specials, commemorative 12 oz mug to the first 150 registrants and catered buffet and entertainment beginning at 7:30 p.m. at La Quinta de los Reyes. The crawl will tour Berwyn's Cermak Road and takes place rain or shine! This event is brought to you by the Cermak Road Special Events Commission of the Berwyn Development Corporation.
Deerfield Park District's Annual Deer Dash
Deer Dash begins at Jaycee Park and features a 5K race, 10K race, and 1-mile fun run designed for both beginning and experienced runners. Families may come out together and enjoy the event. Youth (8 years and up), teen and adult participants may participate in any of the running venues. Fees (which include a T-shirt, race packet and refreshments) are as follows, on or before May 2: $20/Residents; $25/Non-Residents; after May 2: $25/Residents; $30/Non-Residents.
Designed for experienced triathletes and beginning participants. Triathlon includes a 300 meter swim, 6 mile bike course (helmets required), and a 3 mile run. This event is good for getting in shape for more ambitious triathlons. There are no age group awards, everyone who finishes is a winner. Check-in time is at 7am at Deerspring Park and race begins at 8am. Registration is on a first come/first served basis. Ages 8 & older only. Please visit the website for complete details.
Highwood's 5th Annual Garlic Fest
From 4-9pm, some 5,000 attendees come to Everts Park to sample a variety of garlic creations from out-of-the-ordinary garlic ice cream, candy, cupcakes and cocktails, to the more usual pastas, sauces, breads, and butters. Held during Highwood’s Evening Market, the Fest features a Taste of Garlic Competition for the Savory and Sweet categories!