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The Velveteen Rabbit at the Marriott Theatre
"When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with but really loves you, then you become real." Margery Williams' classic book springs to magical life in this enchanting musical about love, loss and self-esteem. The Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences presents special one-hour presentations for kids (and parents) of all ages!
2012 Libertyville Days Festival
Bring out the family and enjoy carnival rides and game, delicious food, a beer tent, arts & crafts, a great line-up of live entertainment, the Libertyville Days Parade, activities and much, much more. Pirates of the 'Ville is the theme for this year's festival. Entertainment schedule to be announced soon, please visit the website for updates.
Cinderella...After the Ball at the Marriott Theatre
Ever wonder what happens to Cinderella after the Ball? Come witness her quest for happily ever after as she and her besties, Rapunzel and Sleeping Beauty, take matters into their own hands to save the kingdom from the villainous Pinocchio. Girl power abounds in this contemporary world premiere musical tale that is sure to delight children and adults alike with its toe tapping music and quick witted humor. The Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences presents special one-hour presentations for kids (and parents) of all ages!
Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration at Ravinia
Celebrate the songs of and career of Jerry Garcia and The Grateful Dead with this groundbreaking orchestral project featuring Warren Haynes (Gov’t Mule, Allman Brothers Band, The Dead) plus a live orchestra. Relive Garcia’s storied original compositions as well as classic interpretations of timeless standards that were hallmarks of Garcia and the Grateful Dead’s shows with this incredible collaboration!
McHenry Open Air Market - Opening Day
Spend the evening in Downtown McHenry and find great deals, new items, and entertainment from local shops and restaurants. All participating businesses will be open the duration of the event. Begins Thursday, May 19. 4 - 7 p.m.
Cavatina Duo and Avalon String Quartet at Ravinia
Since winning a competition in the Netherlands in 1996, the Cavatina Duo has captivated hundreds of audiences with electrifying performances in over 20 countries across North America, Europe and Asia. The duo's repertoire includes music from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and contemporary periods. A high point of their concerts is pieces inspired by the folk music of their native lands.
Arcadia at Writers Theatre
In the heart of a 19th century English country estate awash in secret desires, illicit affairs and professional rivalries, a brilliant young student proposes an earthshaking scientific theory. Two hundred years later, academic adversaries Hannah and Bernard race to unravel the enticing mysteries left behind in a heated battle for intellectual and sexual dominance. "Arcadia," written by Tom Stoppard, is directed by Artistic Director Michael Halberstam, who previously helmed WT's hit productions of Stoppard's "The Real Thing" and "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead," "Arcadia" serves as an ideal first production in Writers Theatre's new home. About Writers Theatre: The brand new $34 million Writers Theatre Center, featuring two theaters, was designed by internationally-renowned architect Jeanne Gang. The 36,000 sq. ft. theater center will be a vibrant cultural and architectural destination for Glencoe, the North Shore and the entire Chicagoland community.
Skokie Festival of Cultures
Since its inception in 1991, the Skokie Festival of Cultures has become one of the premier ethnic festivals in Illinois, attracting more than 450,000 visitors and dozens of cultures, all representing Skokie's tremendous diversity. Attendees will take their free 'Tour of the World,' enjoying two days of ethnic folk music and dance, a wide range of food, unique arts and crafts, beer tasting, a merchandise bazaar, and dozens of cultural booths and displays.
2016 Big Ten Women’s Lacrosse Tournament at Northwestern University
The 2016 Big Ten Women’s Lacrosse Tournament will be hosted by Northwestern from May 5-8. The tournament will include all six conference programs, with two quarterfinal matches on Thursday. The top two seeds will receive byes to Friday’s semifinals, followed by the championship match on Sunday.
Fifth House Ensemble at Ravinia
The Chicago-based Fifth House Ensemble is a versatile and dynamic group. They are defined by its limitless imagination and energy, and an insatiable desire to bring chamber music to audiences of all types. 5HE harnesses the collaborative spirit of chamber music to create transformative cross-media performance experiences that bring together elements as diverse as storytelling, physical theatre, graphic novels, and fashion design.
Women’s Works is a juried fine art exhibit, celebrating women artists and is presented annually by the Northwest Area Arts Council and the Old Court House Arts Center. Held in the Old Court House Arts Center on the Historic Woodstock Square, Women’s Works provides an opportunity to showcase the creative artwork of women artists in North America and internationally. This is the 29th Anniversary of the Women's Works show.
Duran Duran With Chic at Ravinia
Duran Duran is on the road in support of their 14th studio album, Paper Gods. Focusing on the new album and performing some of the favorites should make this a concert not to be missed.
Colleen McHugh Sings Streisand
iTunes Essential Artist and award-winning Cabaret luminary Colleen McHugh triumphantly returns to Chicago. A veteran of the illustrious Second City Touring Company, McHugh has appeared at Carnegie Hall, Birdland, and Jazz at Lincoln Center. The Wall Street Journal dubs her “a master of old-school cabaret,” and “not to mention funny, funny, funny.” In her Streisand retrospective McHugh sheds light on the diva’s early career performing in NYC nightclubs, on Broadway, and her transition to Hollywood. Featuring eminent musical director Tedd Firth on piano, songs include “People,” and “Come to the Supermarket (In Old Peking).”
Opening Weekend at the Schaumburg Boomers
Make a weekend out of three home games when the Schaumburg Boomers go up to bat against the Windy City ThunderBolts. Friday and Saturday nights will also bring the festivities up a notch with fireworks after the game. Face painting and balloon artists will be on site all weekend. Saturday's special guests will be the Jesse White Tumblers. Sunday, you'll be able to bring your four-legged friend along to the game. Don't forget to meet Coop - the Prairie Chicken!
Earth Day 50K
Celebrate Earth Day by running through the woods, enjoying nature, and making new friends! Join MUDD for our 5th annual race at the hidden gems of Veteran Acres and Sternes Woods in Crystal Lake, IL. The beautiful course features winding single track, rolling hills, blossoming spring flowers, open prairie, and pine forest. The Earth Day trail races make a perfect goal race or last long run before Ice Age 50 & 50k.
Opening Weekend at Arlington International
Opening weekend at Arlington International Racecourse is sure to be a party! Cheer on your favorite thoroughbred alongside your mom! Sunday is Mother's Day, so be sure to celebrate. Post time is at 3:15pm.
Muriel Anderson at the Prairie Center for the Arts
A journey around the world in photos and stunning visuals by award winning photo-artist Bryan Allen with original music and arrangements by Muriel Anderson on harp guitar, flamenco/classic guitars. A new concept in music presentation.
Antiques, Garden & Design Show
Spring's most anticipated event! Insiders know that spring is officially here when the Antiques, Garden & Design Show opens at the Chicago Botanic Garden. The show promises to inspire stylish living, while offering beautiful gardens and objects in a way that transcends the ordinary.
Northern Illinois Boat Show & Sale
Come see the latest pontoons, family runabouts, ski boats, jet boats, fishing boats and products by: Lund boats, Yamaha outboards, Bayliner boats, Alumacraft boats, Mercury outboards, Sea Ray boats and many more brands of boats, parts, trailers and boating accessories, docks and more!
Cristina Pato Quartet
Cristina Pato has opened historical new paths for the Gaita (Galician bagpipe). In 1998 she became the first female Gaita player to release a solo album and since then has collaborated with many high profile world music, jazz, classical and experimental artists including the Chicago Symphony, Yo-Yo Ma, The Chieftains, Arturo O'Farril, World Symphony Orchestra and Paquito D'Rivera. Her powerful style of passionate playing has been acclaimed by The New York Times as "a virtuosic burst of energy" while the BBC crowned her "the Galician bagpipe diva." Show starts at 8 pm.
Genius of Shubert by Fox Valley Orchestra Chorus & AU Chorale
Enjoy classics by Schubert performed live by the Fox Valley Orchestra Chorus and the Aurora University Chorale: Stephen Alltop - Conductor, Lisa Fredenburgh - Chorus Master, Michelle Areyzaga - Soprano, Martha Kasten - Mezzo, Stephen Cannon - Tenor, Aaron Wardell - Bass. Schubert - Symphony No. 3 in D major; Schubert - Mass No. 5 in A-flat major.
Chanticleer Presents "Over the Moon"
Known as an orchestra of voices, this popular 12-member male chorus Chanticleer celebrates the over-the-moon exuberance of popular composers. “Over the Moon” includes magnificent early statements by Claudio Monteverdi and Antoine Busnois giving way to the more romantic yearnings of Gustav Mahler. The program features works by Elgar and Finzi, and a new setting of Albert Giraud’s Pierrot Lunaire poems by Nico Muhly. Registration required. Contact the university for further information.
Chinese New Years at Chicago Premium Outlets
Chicago Premium Outlets will recognize the Year of the Monkey with a week-long Chinese New Year celebration. From Sunday, Feb. 7, to Saturday, Feb. 13, shoppers can stop by Chicago Premium Outlets’ Information Center to pick up a special fortune cookie and a symbolic red envelope filled with Chinese New Year savings coupons to a variety of Chicago Premium Outlets’ most sought after retailers. Participating merchants, including BOGA, Clarins luxury skincare, Gap Factory Store, J. Crew, Robert Graham, Timberland, Toys ‘R’ US Express, Vince, Wellensteyn and more will offer unbeatable deals beyond everyday savings of 25 to 65 percent. Complimentary Shopper Shuttle Service from Chicago’s Union Station will be available on Saturday, Feb. 13 and Sunday, Feb. 14 with advance reservations at pontarelliischicago.com/chicago-bus-tours, using the promo code MONKEY.
Spring Art Festival
The Second Annual Spring Festival of Fine Craft at Oakbrook Center will showcase the work of about 70 juried artists from across the country, featuring painting, photography and fine crafts including ceramics, fiber, glass, jewelry, and wood. Find one-of-a-kind works of art, watch demonstrations, and engage with artists!
Kane County Fair
Family fun. Carnival, bands, demo derby, bull riding, commercial expo, 4-H. Fun for everyone during this 5 day celebration.
Stars of Dance Chicago
This Fermilab tradition returns to Ramsey Auditorium! Curator John Schmitz of the Dance Chicago Festival always pulls together an extraordinary variety to bring The Best of Dance Chicago to Fermilab. With a slate of more than 10 dance companies, there is always something for everyone.
Kool and the Gang at RiverEdge Park
In over 4 decades, Kool & the Gang has sold over 70 million albums worldwide, won 2 Grammys and 7 AMAs, racked up 31 gold and platinum albums and scored a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. This June, they’re bringing their funky jams to RiverEdge Park. You won’t be able to stay in your seat when these guys roll out hits including “Celebration,” “Jungle Boogie” and “Get Down On It.” And to add to the good times, Motown icon and founder of the Commodores Thomas McClary is bringing his legendary Motown sound along. $30 before June 1, $45 starting June 1. All events at RiverEdge Park are General Admission. Guests are welcome to bring lawn chairs.
Off Square Music - Open Mic Nights
Off Square Music is an organization of volunteers who wish to share the folk music art with others in many different ways. We invite the public to be a part of the experience during Open Mic Nights on the second and fourth Fridays of every month* beginning at 7:00 p.m. at Stage Left Café in the Historic Woodstock Square. *Open Mic Nights will be held on the first and third Friday in August.
A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor at Ravinia
A Prairie Home Companion is heard by 4 million listeners each week on more than 600 public radio stations, and abroad on America One, the Armed Forces Networks in Europe and the Far East. Come out and enjoy this last live Ravinia broadcast of this famous radio show.
Charlotte's Web at the Paramount Theatre
Wilbur the pig has a problem: Farmer Zuckerman wants to turn him into pork chops! Good thing his friend, a little gray spider named Charlotte, has a plan to create a sticky solution. Charlotte weaves the words “Some Pig” in her web, catching Farmer Zuckerman’s attention and making Wilbur a prize pig! But will Charlotte’s trick ensure Wilbur’s spot on the farm forever? Based on E.B. White’s treasured story, TheatreWorks USA’s production of Charlotte’s Web will teach the importance of bravery, compassion and the true meaning of friendship. Performance times 9:30 am and noon.
Freedom Train at the Paramount Theatre
A thrilling, inspiring journey on the Underground Railroad with Harriet Tubman! Born into slavery, Harriet escaped a Maryland plantation by following a safe route laid by the Quakers. After making it to safety, Harriet became one of the most celebrated “conductors” on the Underground Railroad, fearlessly guiding more than 300 slaves through the dangers of the South to freedom. Freedom Train not only follows Harriet Tubman’s incredible story, but it’s a celebration of dedication, survival and the human spirit, all set to the beautiful dance, dialogue and songs of the times. Performance times 9:30 am and noon.
Lily's Crossing at the Parmount Theatre
Summer is Lily’s favorite time of the year. With a cozy home on the Atlantic, her best friend Margaret just down the beach and spectacular plans on the horizon, she has not a care in the world,. But this is the summer of 1944, and World War II is about to change Lily’s life. Her father Poppy joins the army, Margaret’s family has moved away and nothing is the same. Now Lily must find it inside herself to be brave, stay strong and find friends in the places she least expects. Based on Patricia Reilly Giff’s Newberry Medal-winning novel, Lily’s Crossing will teach students of all ages the powers of courage, honesty and above all, friendship. Performances 9:30 am and noon.
MainSweet Dessert Walk
Stroll around Downtown Libertyville and sample some wonderful tasting-sized portions of desserts at participating shops and restaurants.
Shakespeare's First Folio Exhibition
The Lake County Discovery Museum has been selected as the host site for the state of Illinois for First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, a national traveling exhibition of the Shakespeare First Folio, one of the world’s most treasured books. Accompanying the rare book will be a multi-panel exhibition exploring the significance of Shakespeare, then and now, with additional digital content and interactive activities. During the exhibition, the Lake County Discovery Museum is planning numerous programs for the public and families around the First Folio exhibition.
42nd Fall Fox Valley Antiques Show and Sale
Sat. 10-5; Sun. 10-4. Authentic antiques exhibited indoors at the Kane County Fairgrounds. Catered lunch is available. Plenty of free parking. Admission $8 benefits local historical, educational endeavors.
59th Spring Antiques Show
The Chicago Suburban Antiques Dealers Association will be presenting its 59th Spring Antiques Show. As usual this quality show will offer genuine antiques beautifully displayed in room settings by 55 dealers from 14 states with an array of Americana, 18th, 19th and early 20th century furniture, textiles, jewelry, stoneware,folk art.
Concert by Musicians from the Ravinia's Steans Music Institute
This spring the ensemble’s program spans two centuries of music: 50 years before Schubert wrote his masterful string quintet (featuring a second cello instead of a second viola), Boccherini utilized the same instrumentation to let the lower-pitched instrument shine, as in his E-major quintet that features his famed minuet. The RSMI musicians will perform works from Mozart, Schoenberg and Brahms.
Pearl Banquets & Conference Center
The Pearl Banquets and Conference Center boasts a comprehensive range of rooms in a wide array of configurations. Lighting can also be customized for your event.
I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues: A Salute to Ella, Judy & Patsy
You can’t say “Ella Fitzgerald,” “Judy Garland” or “Patsy Cline” without thinking the word “powerful.” Ella brought a sultry swing to jazz. Judy pumped each and every performance full with heart-wrenching emotion. Patsy’s tenderness brought an element of sweet soul to country. And all three changed the American musical landscape forever. Join the Paramount for a tribute concert honoring the legacies these amazing artists left behind. Featuring performances of beloved songs like “Cry Me a River,” “Crazy” “The Man That Got Away” and tons more, you’ll be taken on a passionate, soulful and inspiring trip through the spirit of American music. Performance at 3 pm.
Paul Anka at the Arcada Theatre
Anka became famous in the late 1950s, 60s, 70s, with hit songs like "Diana", "Lonely Boy". "Put Your Head On My Shoulder", and "You're Having My Baby". An evening to recall those years gone by.
Jim Brickman at the James Lumber Center
Music lovers will experience the sounds of award-winning hit-maker, pianist and recording artist Jim Brickman as he brings one of the most entertaining and romantic concert events of the year. With four of his albums certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America, Brickman has become the most commercially successful instrumental pop pianist of the last three decades. Overall, he’s sold more than 7 million albums.
Chicago Northwest Restaurant Week
Let the foodie in you enjoy something new! From all-you-can eat soup and salad to soy ginger salmon, you’ll find menus from the area’s most popular steakhouses and international cuisine from over 35 unique restaurants in Chicago Northwest. This 10-day event only happens once a year so don’t miss out!
Luma - Art in Darkness at the James Lumber Center
Take the giant leap into a surreal world of light, color and motion where thinking stops and astonishment begins. This exhilarating light spectacle uses the dark as the canvas and light as the brush to create colorful illusions. It is an experience that will leave you mesmerized and full of wonder.
Manual Cinema's Lula Del Ray at the James Lumber Center
Set in the mid-century American Southwest and inspired by the music of Hank Williams, Roy Orbison and Patsy Cline, Lula del Ray is a mythic reinvention of the classic coming-of-age story. Using overhead projectors, multiple screens, paper puppets, actors live feed cameras and a live band, Manual Cinema transforms the experience of attending the cinema and instills it with liveness, ingenuity and theatricality.
Dervish - Magical Music from Ireland
A Dervish performance ranges from powerful and energetic dance tunes to sublime interpretations of Irish songs and airs with vocals, fiddle, flute, accordion, bodhran, mandola and bouzouki. Interwoven with Cathy Jordan's beguiling voice and engaging stage presence, an evening with Dervish is filled with warmth; conviviality and inspiration.
Bling: The Jewelry & Gift Show
It’s time to get your bling on! Amdur Productions is proud to launch a new holiday shopping festival: Bling, The Jewelry & Gift Show. Sending out some love to all of the jewelers and jewelry lovers with this Highland Park, Illinois indoor festival November 18, 19 and 20; located at the Highland Park Country Club. This event is a free admission, free parking for the public.
Los Lobos with Ballet Folklorico Mexicano at the McAninch Arts Center
See a unique collaboration between Grammy-Award Winners Los Lobos and dancers from Ballet Folklorico Mexicano. This is a celebration of Mexican American culture through a spectacular display of song, dance, music and film.
Mariachi Divas at the James Lumber Center
Directed and founded by trumpet player Cindy Shea in 1999, the Mariachi Divas have made big waves on the national and international music scene. Winners of two Grammy® Awards, this all-female Mariachi group brings new meaning to the genre with their multi-cultural, eclectic and innovative sound.
Minneapolis Guitar Quartet
Through the foursome’s extraordinary abilities, audiences experience performances with beautifully distinct voicing, interwoven clarity of lines and laser-like purity. Minneapolis Guitar Quartet is one of the very few guitar ensembles performing the majority of its repertoire from memory. The MGQ presents original works and commissions as well as its own brilliant arrangements of music.
Illinois Holocaust Museum Exhibit - Nazi Olympics: Berlin, 1936
Coinciding with the 2016 Rio Olympics and the 80th anniversary of the 1936 Games, Nazi Olympics tells an important historical story. Given that sports play a powerful developmental role in the lives of so many youth and adult athletes, this exhibition expands on many important themes—racism and discrimination, propaganda, fair play, and ethical decision making—allowing the public to personally connect to the history and lessons of the Holocaust and relate them to present day Olympics and human rights issues.
Singin' in the Rain at the Marriott Theatre
Singin' in The Rain is based on the 1952 American musical comedy film. It offers a lighthearted depiction of Hollywood in the late '20s, with the three stars portraying performers caught up in the transition from silent films to talkies. This play will offer the audience some splashy old-fashioned fun.
How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying at the Marriott Theatre
This Pulitzer Prize-Winning classic will follow the journey and the rise of eager young J. Pierrepont Finch. Finch, a window-washer joins a huge corporation by starting in the mail room, and becomes chairman of the board two weeks later. This show is one not to be missed.
Jim Witter's The Piano Man at the James Lumber Center
This “must see” multi-media musical journey through the ‘70s featuring the music of Elton John and Billy Joel should be at the top of any Baby Boomer’s bucket list! Jim’s versatility as an artist has allowed him the opportunity to reach out and share his music and his infectious personality with audiences of all ages across Canada and the United States. His rich powerful voice and ease of manner at the piano, make him a favorite with theatre goers everywhere.
Sister Act at the Marriott Theater
Kicking off the 2016 Season, Sister Act will be a show not to be missed. This divine musical comedy is based on the hit 1992 film. Follow Deloris Van Cartier/Sister Mary Clarence through her journey while taking refuge in a convent.
Grayslake's Summer Farmers Market
Over 40 vendors featuring home grown, homemade products. Fruits, vegetables, baked goods, meats, flowers, shrubs, sweets, wine, cooking demonstrations, organic produce and much more will be available. There will also be a Fine Arts Market and a Munchkin Market. Held in downtown Grayslake.
The Peking Acrobats 30th Anniversary Tour at the James Lumber Center
The Peking Acrobats continue to entertain audiences of all ages with their daring maneuvers atop a precarious pagoda of chairs, tick-cycling, precision tumbling and gymnastics. They are guaranteed to keep audiences laughing and smiling as they sit on the edge of their seats!
The Orchid Show
Its the best eye candy ever! The Regenstein Center Greenhouses and Galleries are transformed by trees draped in orange and yellow Dendrobium, a hanging hedge of pink and purple Beallara, and vibrant Vanda in orange, red, yellow, and even blue. See more than 10,000 orchids in all. Bring a camera.
Evita at the Marriott Theatre
Evita is a musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice. It concentrates on the life of Argentine political leader Eva Perón, the second wife of Argentine president Juan Perón. The story follows Evita's early life, rise to power, charity work, and eventual death. Don't miss this great performance at the Marriott Theatre.
Man of La Manchal at the Marriott Theatre
Man of La Mancha is a 1964 musical that tells the story of the "mad" knight, Don Quixote, as a play within a play, performed by Cervantes and his fellow prisoners as he awaits a hearing with the Spanish Inquisition. This will be a poignant story of one man's ultimate quest.
Zoo Zoo by Imago Theatre
Imago's shows have been described as like Cirque Du Soleil - evoking acrobatics mixed with Mummenschanz- like mime, set in a unique, yet accessible, French-influenced, avant-garde playground. ZooZoo works at many levels, with penguins playing musical chairs, a cat trapped in a giant paper bag, hippos with insomnia, and anteaters as waiters. A madcap revue of illusion, Imago presents comedy and fun for all ages that has inspired audiences nationwide. ZooZoo is comprised of a series of short works lasting in length from four to seven minutes. A cast of five plays a multitude of characters ranging from fireflies to giant polar bears in a show that appeals to ages 4 to 104.
Wright Plus: The Great American Housewalk
Join us for the annual Wright Plus, the internationally renowned Great American Housewalk. The 2016 theme, Wright and His Studio, features rare interior tours of private buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and the architects and designers who worked in Wright’s Oak Park Studio. Your Wright Plus ticket also includes entry to landmark Wright buildings. Celebrate architecture, design, Frank Lloyd Wright’s innovative vision and the talents of his fellow architects in historic Oak Park and River Forest, Illinois. Experience extraordinary living spaces and share an enjoyable day with visitors from around the world.
Poi Dog Pondering at the Paramount Theatre
Poi Dog Pondering comes back to their suburban home-away-from-home in Aurora for one night only. It’s Frankie, Susie, Max, Dag, Ted and the rest of the POI family together for a sensory-overload experience. Plus, they’re bringing some very special and talented guests to join them on the enormous Paramount stage. If you've seen POI at the Paramount, then you know exactly why they sell out here every year. If you've never seen POI DOG PONDERING live, then now is the time to experience these amazing artists.
20th Annual Art in the Park
The 20th Annual Art in the Park is a juried show of fine art, craft, and design. The show features over 100 artists from the Midwest displaying works of ceramics, fiber, glass, jewelry, painting, photography, and more. Food vendors will be on site selling delicious snacks and treats. Elmhurst Art Museum will be open 10-5 both days of the show with free admission.
James Lumber Center Presents The Tempest
Marooned on a distant island with his daughter Miranda, Prospero has spent 12 years perfecting his magic and plotting his revenge. When he learns that a ship bearing his old enemies is sailing near the island, with the help of the spirit Ariel, he raises a torrential storm, bringing within his grasp those who robbed him of his dukedom. Shakespeare’s last great masterpiece, The Tempest is an enchanted tale filled with romance, humor and adventure.
Chicago Wolves Hockey
Chicago Wolves Hockey at the Allstate Arena. Four-time league champion Chicago Wolves Hockey team provides fun and affordable sports entertainment for the entire family. Now through April 2016. Tickets plans are available. Visit the website.
Let's Wine About Winter!
Have a great time in downtown Libertyville. It is a store-to-store wine tasting event, strolling throughout downtown historic Libertyville with different refreshments in each store. There will also be artists in some of the stores. Purchase a wine glass at a distribution site. Then spend a leisurely afternoon browsing the shops of downtown Libertyville while sampling wines offered by participating merchants.
Wauconda Farmer's Market
Come out, take a stroll and shop for fresh produce, flowers, herbs, spices, baked goods, and a myriad of other products. Also enjoy live entertainment including local musicians, a pet parade, a scarecrow building contest and comprise the market. Please visit the website for more information.
48th Annual Fair Diddley® 2016
The 48th Annual Fair Diddley® takes place on on the historic Woodstock Square. The square opens to pedestrian-only traffic as over 300 crafters line the streets, exhibiting their hand-crafted items. Join nearly 10,000 shoppers at this must attended event. Fair Diddley® is an outdoor event and takes place rain or shine.
18th Annual Fear No Art Festival at CLC
A festival like no other, the 18th Annual Fear No Art festival is a lively celebration featuring a variety of artists performing music, dance and poetry. Adding to the performances is the stunning display of paintings, photography and sculptures by CLC students and community artists.
Twilight Shuffle 5K Run
Run through the historic neighborhoods of the east side of Libertyville. Professional timing. Families are encouraged (no children under 9) to run. After finishing the course, all participants are invited to join their fellow racers for a fabulous post-race party (including light dinner and non-alcoholic drinks for all registered participants) at the new Mickey Finn's Brewery. No registrations will be accepted or processed after 12pm on race day.
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.
2015 Elgin Short Film Festival
The 7th Annual Elgin Short Film Festival promises to be an entertaining evening of some of the very best in short films by some of the very best up-and-coming filmmakers.You are invited to the award ceremony and screening of finalists taking place in Elgin, IL on Saturday, September 26, 2015.
59th Annual Fox Valley Antique Show
Authentic antiques beautifully displayed in room setting by 55 dealers from 14 states with an array of Americana, 18th, 19th, early 20th century furniture, textiles, jewelry, stoneware, folk art and related items for sale. Free parking.
Reptile Rampage is a great opportunity for the whole family to spend the day getting up close and personal to some amazing and unique reptiles. Visitors can meet over 150 animals including “Bubba” the famous American Alligator, the Wildlife Discovery Center's celebrated rattlesnake collection, lizards, snakes of all shapes and sizes, turtles and tortoises, crocodiles, an assortment of frogs, and so much more. Visitors will also have the chance to talk with some of the Midwest’s most knowledgeable reptile enthusiasts from local zoos, universities, museums, nature centers, and private collections. In addition to the many reptiles on display, there will be children’s arts-and-crafts activities, face painting, a Scout patch challenge and a fabulous auction.
Join the 6th 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!
Highwood's Evening Gourmet Farmers Market
Held at Everts Park, this feast of local produce, gourmet cheeses, homemade pastas, baked goods, breads and pastries, and a variety of Italian, Mexican, French, and Irish delicacies offers something for everyone. With its Evening Concert Series and live cooking demo's in the Gourmet Chef's Corner, this energetic farmers market has become a tradition for friends and family looking for great food, spirits and entertainment. Additionally, Art in the Park will be back for its second year, showcasing local artists, unique jewelry, fashion, and art, alongside 60 vendors.
Frozemont at MB Financial Park
Winter fun in Rosemont! Complete with winter tubing, ice skating, hockey games and more. Free holiday fun for the whole family!
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.
Kane County Flea Market - November
Monthly flea market at the Kane County Fairgrounds. "The Best in the Midwest or Anywhere". Up to 1000 dealers display and sell antiques, collectibles & Francy Junque. Food served all day.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Long Grove's Fall Annual Apple Festival
Come out for a fun-filled weekend of live entertainment, music, shopping and fine dining throughout this charming, historic village. This is a great event filled with activities for the whole family including pony rides, kiddie rides and face painting. Restaurants and specialty shops will feature a wide variety of apple-inspired treats for all to enjoy. Plan to welcome the beautiful fall season at Long Grove’s Apple Fest 2016.
Hairspray: The Broadway Musical
What gives a girl power and punch? 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.” 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. Performances run from January 20 through February 21, 2016.
Kane County Flea Market - August
The best in the Midwest or anywhere. Up to 1,000 dealers display and sell antiques, collectibles and “fancy junque.” A country breakfast is served on Sundays.
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!
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!
Highland Park's Art Center's Festival of Fine Arts
Situated on the beautiful tree-lined streets, the festival will showcase original works from 100 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.
St. Charles Home Show/Spring
Talk to local contractors, learn how to renovate, repair, decorate, and update your home and yard. Shop for marketplace items for the whole family.
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!
Autumn Drive in McHenry County
Welcome to a different kind of fall festival! Spend a leisurely day with family and friends on the country roads of McHenry County. Family farms in rural McHenry County open to the public for three days the third weekend in October. Each stop along the way offers a unique country experience with antiques, arts & crafts, pumpkins, apples, pottery and more. Pick up your map at 16105 Garden Valley Road, Woodstock, then start exploring.
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.
Bye Bye Birdie
To conclude its 2015-2016 season, Drury Lane Theatre presents the classic All-American musical Bye Bye Birdie. It's the late 1950's, and teenagers from across the United States are going crazy for the handsome rock star, Conrad Birdie. Meanwhile, his manager Albert is going into debt and is banking on Conrad's success. Disaster strikes when Conrad receives a draft notice to join the military. Albert stages a publicity stunt for Conrad to kiss one lucky fan on The Ed Sullivan Show before he leaves for the army. Fifteen-year-old Kim MacAfee from Sweet Apple, Ohio is selected. Conrad Birdie gets more than he bargained for when he arrives in the Midwestern town which is reeling with excitement for his visit.
The Annual Buffalo Grove 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!
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.