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Coronado Performing Arts Center - Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
One of the most enduring shows of all time, Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Webber's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is the irresistible family musical about the trials and triumphs of Joseph, Israel's favorite son. Directed and choreographed by Tony Award®-winner Andy Blankenbuehler, this new production is a reimagining of the Biblical story of Joseph, his eleven brothers and the coat of many colors. The magical musical is full of unforgettable songs, including "Go Go Go Joseph," "Any Dream Will Do" and "Close Every Door."
All Aglow Holiday Display - Nicholas Conservatory
Celebrate the holidays at Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens. Come see sparkling holiday lights and beautiful floral displays inside the warm tropical conservatory. Outdoor grounds are also decorated for the season. On Saturdays and Sundays, Trolley Car 36 transforms into the All Aglow Express! Your ride will take you north along the Rock River to the magical North Pole, where you will be greeted by Santa's elves, make gooey s'mores, and drink some warm hot coca. While at the North Pole, you will hear the story of "The Polar Express" by Chris Van Allsburg, and receive "the first gift of Christmas" from Santa himself. Dress warmly, the Trolley is an open-air ride.
Coronado Performing Arts Center - Menopause The Musical
Come join our sisterhood! This hilarious musical parody set to classic tunes from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s will have you cheering and dancing in the aisles! See what millions of women worldwide have been laughing about for over 10 years! It's the Hilarious Celebration of Women and The Change!®
BMO Harris Bank Center - Disney on Ice Presents Treasure Trove
Disney On Ice presents Treasure Trove sets the gold standard with a magical medley of Disney tales in one jam-packed ice show that commemorates the legacy of Disney animated films. Get tangled up in Disney's 50th animated feature with Rapunzel and Flynn and enter the worlds of your other favorite Disney princesses -Tiana, Cinderella, Jasmine, Ariel, Sleeping Beauty, Belle, Mulan and of course, the one who started it all, Snow White. Ahoy, Mateys! Set sail with Peter Pan, the always sassy Tinker Bell and the cantankerous Captain Hook and his pirate pals on an adventure beyond NeverLand! Trek the wilds of Africa with Simba, Nala, Pumbaa and Timon as they discover the true meaning of the ‘Circle of Life.' Tick-Tock! Tick-Tock! Don't be late to a very important date with Alice and the Mad Hatter as they march with the Queen of Hearts' Army of Cards. Set a playdate with Woody and Buzz Lightyear because the toys are back in town. Relive magical moments in this ultimate Disney animation celebration coming to Rockford!
The Buckinghams' The Joy of Christmas Live at the Egyptian Theatre
The Egyptian Theatre proudly presents legendary band, The Buckinghams, in an unforgettable evening, “The Joy of Christmas.” Combining classic rock hits with beloved holiday songs, the Chicago natives present an evening of entertainment guaranteed to delight! You’ll hear your rock favorites “Kind of a Drag,” “Hey Baby, They’re Playing Our Song,” “Don’t You Care,” and more. The brass-infused rock recreates brilliant holiday memories as you’ll want to sing along with the band to “White Christmas,” “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” “Jingle Bell Rock.” We dare you to stay in your seat when all you want to do is the Jingle Bell Rock. It’s the perfect gift for loved ones, and a great way to entertain family visiting during the holidays. Take the night off and amp up your Christmas spirit with us the last Saturday before Santa shows up. Tickets are on sale now!
Columbus Day Sale
Join Chicago Premium Outlets for their Columbus Day Sale. Find impressive savings at over 120 designer and name-brand outlet stores.
YMCA Fall Festival at Camp Winnebago
The YMCA of Rock River Valley is teaming up with Twisted Crypt Productions to transform Camp Winnebago YMCA into the region's newest family-fun destination this fall. Family Fall Festival promises to be your family's new fall tradition complete with trick-or-treating in the Halloween Village, a two-mile corn maze, pumpkin patch, craft bazaar, live music, food and more (Saturdays and Sundays in October). Camp Winnebago YMCA, located one mile north of Rockford, rests in the wilderness just minutes from downtown. The property encompasses 150 acres and prides itself on being a year-round facility. This fall it will be decked out in a kid-friendly Halloween theme.
Brian Regan Live at the Egyptian Theatre
Brian Regan has distinguished himself as one of the premier comedians in the country. Brian’s non-stop theater tour has visited more than 80 cities each year since 2005 and continues through 2015. It is the quality of his material, relatable to a wide audience and revered by his peers, which continues to grow Brian’s fan base. The perfect balance of sophisticated writing and physicality, Brian Regan consistently fills theaters nationwide with fervent fans that span generations. Presented by: Live Nation. Reserved Tickets $43.00. Tickets are on sale now!
Winter Wonderland Festival
Enjoy a horse & carriage ride through the Festival of Lights, great food, shopping, pictures with Santa, cookie decorating, hot chocolate, crafts, a present for every child and so much more.
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.
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.
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!
RIP Productions - Extreme Halloween Events
Experience Rockford's Extreme Halloween Event with three attractions at one location! Wyldside Paintball joins R.I.P. Productions to forge one of the largest and most terrifying Halloween experiences in the region! The scale and variety of this event offers something to thrill even the boldest of Halloween fanatics. The Trail of Screams has been terrifying visitors to death with unique attractions, electrifying 3D artwork, horrifying monsters, chainsaws, darkness and celebrity appearances. The Screamatorium is not only one of the scariest haunted houses, but was ranked the #1 Haunted Attraction in the Northern Illinois area by visitors! Darkness, horror, blood, chainsaws, and total insanity are only the beginning! New for 2015, Zombie Outbreak is a fight for your life through a Zombie Apocalypse! Northern Illinois' most authentic live action paintball will make you feel as if you are stuck in the middle of a video game. Except this time it's for real. Armed only with a paintball gun and all the guts you can muster, Zombie Outbreak will push you to the edge! The Midway of Terror features a full concession stand with everything from sweet treats, nachos, popcorn, hot and cold beverages and all your favorite foods to satisfy your hunger for fear! Browse the "Little Shop of Horrors" for souvenir t-shirts, glow in the dark items and other fun things that make your skin crawl.
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!
Princeton Christmas Open House
On Friday November 20th - Sunday, November 22, come see the Spectacular Christmas Tree Lighting at Darius Miller Park followed by a candy cane hunt at Soldiers and Sailors Park. All weekend you can enjoy Live music, hot chocolate, and luminaries, plus lots of shopping and family fun! Don't forget to visit Santa while your there! For more information please contact the Princeton Area Chamber of Commerce.
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.
Palos Park Holiday Market
We are welcoming in the Holiday Season with the arrival of Santa, the Annual Tree Lighting and holiday vendors, food and entertainment. 5-9PM.
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.
Adult Pumpkin Carving
You asked for it...We listened. It is the adults turn to play fun Halloween Party games with a grown-up twist. We will have fall-themed snacks, fun games and beer tasting. Get a baby-sitter, get a group of friends or come by yourself to meet a new group of friends at the Oaks. Prizes awarded for the best costume and best theme of costumes.
Step Back Into a 1950s Christmas Exhibit
Decorated in vintage Christmas, including Gurley Candles, rotating metal Black Forest Green tree. A nostalgic look at Christmas Past. Call or check website to verify dates. By appointment; call about regular hours.
Oh Ho Ho Holy Night
An original Christmas comedy musical, featuring songs from some of your favorite Christmas carols. F-Sa 7:30PM; Su 2PM.
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.
Comedy Improv & Open Mic Night
Kidz On The Bridge & Graffiti On The Fourth Wall comedy improv troupes will perform, then Open Mic with singers, comics, magicians, dancers and more.
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.
Easter in the Country
The 35th Annual Easter in the Country will be held at Sandwich schools south of Route 34 on Wells, Lions & Dayton Street. Stop by Sandwich to see beautiful crafts such as painted windows, lighted bottles, pop can jewelry, hair bows, porcelain flowers and handmade baskets. Shuttle service will be provided to each location, no strollers allowed. The $3.00 admission fee benefits the Sandwich School Music Association.
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!
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.
VoicePlay at the James Lumber Center
VoicePlay recreates the orchestrated sound of an entire musical production with nothing but the human voice. The cast takes you between eras and styles, channeling the breadth of the musical landscape and lacing it with inventive and often hilarious on-stage theatrics.
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.
A Christmas Carol at Covered Bridge Children's Theater
Covered Bridge Children's Theater presents a production of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. A non musical holiday favorite for all ages. F 6PM; Sa 4:30PM; Su 2PM.
Broadway at the Coronado - The Illusionists
This mind blowing spectacular showcases the jaw dropping talents of the most incredible Illusionists on earth. The show has shattered box office records across the globe and dazzles audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever to be seen on stage. This non-stop show is packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions. To purchase tickets or for more information, call 815-968-0595 or Visit the BMO Harris Bank Center Box Office located at 300 Elm Street, Rockford, IL 61101.
Christopher Cross at the Genesee Theatre
Five time Grammy winner Christopher Cross made history in 1980 when his debut album rocketed to the #2 spot. Breaking out as the biggest new star of that year, he virtually defined adult contemporary radio with a series of smoothly sophisticated ballads including Sailing, Never Be The Same and Ride Like The Wind. Don't miss him at the beautiful Genesee Theatre.
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.
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.
Spring Awakening at the Marriott Theatre
Spring Awakening is a rock musical with music by Duncan Sheik and a book and lyrics by Steven Sater. It is based on the German play Spring Awakening (1891) by Frank Wedekind. Set in late-19th century Germany, the musical tells the story of teenagers discovering the inner and outer tumult of teenage sexuality. In the musical, alternative rock is employed as part of the folk-infused rock score.
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!
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!
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.
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.
Coronado PAC - Russian Grand Ballet Presents Swan Lake
This full-length classic production of the world's most famous ballet, Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake, features Russia's brightest ballet stars. Swan Lake (from 1895), together with The Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker, forms part of the big three of Russian nineteenth century ballets. Composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, together with choreographer Marius Petipa, raised both ballet music and dance as an art form to new heights with this piece. There's a good reason why Swan Lake is so often called the ‘ballet of all ballets.' The combination of pure romanticism, the story about love and deception and Tchaikovsky's famous ballet music all continue to reach new generations of audiences. Full-length ballet in three acts with two intermissions. Tickets are available online at CoronadoPAC.org, or by phone at (815)-968-5222, or in person at the Coronado Performing Arts Center Box Office.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes at the James Lumber Center
The clever and legendary Sherlock Holmes skillfully maneuvers the twisted web of London’s most intriguing cases with split-second deductions and logical reasoning in this witty, fast-paced production. The acclaimed Aquila Theatre brings it’s energetic and physical style to this new adaptation.
New Art Film Festival
The New Art Film Festival (NAFF) presents a unique collection of Illinois-produced independent films every year in the twin college towns of Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, home to the University of Illinois. The NAFF will return for its sixth year to the Art Theater Co-op in downtown Champaign on Sunday, October 4, 2015! The NAFF treats its audiences to a mix of shorts, features, and live presentations, all drawn from a homegrown film culture that has been on the rise in Champaign-Urbana and other nearby cities.
Leave no child inside, family fun day!
Spend some time outside with the kids and have fun with our naturalists. Enjoy activities and games, an obstacle course, nature scavenger hunt and more.
Mystic Chimes, The Legend Dawns at Covered Bridge Teen's Theater
Covered Bridge Teen's Theater presents Mystic Chimes: The Legend Dawns, a prequel to the Peter Pan saga. Suitable for all ages. F 8:30PM; Sa 7PM; Su 4:30PM.
Farmers Market - Tinley Park
Visit the Farmer's Market every week on Saturdays, for the best selection of fruits, vegetables and fresh flowers, from 7:30AM-12PM. Come join us.
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.
Greek Film Fest Chicago
Every year we are proud to bring you and showcase Hellenic films during our annual Greek Film Festival, which this year will take place October 8-12, 2015. Our showcase of Greek cinema will be held at the Skokie Theater in Chicago's northern suburbs.
Collectible Toy Show
Find all the old collectible toys that you can never find anymore! 9AM-2PM. November 8th & December 20th, start your Christmas shopping now!
America’s Got Talent Live: The All-Stars Tour!
Buy tickets now and come see the All Stars of the hit show, America's Got Talent. This show comes with a variety of talent including comedian Taylor Williamson, Emily West the musical maverick, the acrobatics KriStef Brothers and Recycled Percussion. Tickets $32-$65.
Jenny McCarthy at the Genesee Theatre
Jenny McCarthy's Dirty Sexy Funny highlights the scandalous comedy of an eclectic cast of female comedians. Comedians Tammy Pescatelli, Lynne Koplitz, Paula Bel and April Macie will perform. This mixture of hilarious women shed much-needed light on what it's really like to be a woman. The audience will laugh until they cry as they dive into the raw, embarrassing and outrageously funny female facts of life. This is not your typical comedy show!
Brian Wilson With Special Guest Al Jardine at The Genesee Theatre
Two legends of American popular music, The Beach Boys' co-founder Brian Wilson and special guest Al Jardine, reunite to perform material from Wilson's new solo album, "No Pier Pressure," and a selection of some favorite Beach Boys' classics.
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.
15th Annual Fall Family Fun Fest
Enjoy spending time with friends and family on a Fall afternoon. Carnival games, pony/hay rides, face paining, balloon twisting, costume contest and a Spooktacular performance!
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.
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.)
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.
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.
Farmers Market - Oak Lawn
The Farmer's market is located at 52nd Avenue and Cook Avenue, behind the Oak Lawn Library (9427 S. Raymond Ave.) The village has lined up great vendors when you can pick out fresh fruits and vegetables, flowers and plants, find unique gifts, get a rain barrel and visit with Oak Lawn businesses. Wednesdays 7AM-1PM.
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 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.
Come one, come all kids in costume for a Lansing tradition! We'll shut down Ridge Road to show off our Halloween finery! The parade will step off promptly at 10:30am from the Kilroy's parking lot. Parade participants may check in starting at 9:30am. Costume awards will be presented and all participating children will receive a candy bag.
It's Chili in the Park
Come on in from the cold for some homemade Chili in this friendly competition event. Taste over 20 different chili's all in one place. 12:30PM.
“The Third Testament,” the annual Holy Boulders Bouldering Competition
Nestled on a hillside in Pomona, IL, the Holy Boulders is a world-class climbing area offering classic lines of all grades on perfectly textured sandstone. The bouldering competition will help promote access to some of the finest sandstone bouldering in the country, the climbing area is known as “The Holy Boulders.” Last year the ICA’s Holy Boulders competition brought together over 200 competitors from 7 states and raised $15,000 to permanently secure climbing access at the Holy Boulders.
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 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 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Brace yourself, exhale, and enter. It's dark, it's foggy, it's creepy. It's shockingly, frightfully, screamingly delightful! Get back in line- you'll want to go again! The Haunted Hallway is a scary event not appropriate for children under 8. Parents are asked to use judgement before visiting. Ticket sales end at 8:30pm. No advance tickets sold for this event.
Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema
The mission of the Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema (CFIC) is to effectively nurture an appreciation of Israeli culture in the Chicago metropolitan area by multiple generations of American Jews, Israelis and the community at large. Screenings October 28 to November 8, 2015, will take place in Chicago at the famed Music Box Theatre and AMC River East, and in the northern suburb of Northbrook IL, at the AMC Northbrook Court. We will also hold two additional screenings at the Marcus Theatre in Chicago Heights on November 15. Showcased, with occasional mini-retrospectives, are Israel’s most current, internationally award-winning feature films, documentaries, shorts and TV shows of the previous 12 months, with guest appearances by Israeli film stars, filmmakers, film scholars, film critics and other film experts to add context and increase the educational and entertainment value of the film-going experience.
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.
Nicholas Conservatory - Lorikeet Exhibit
For the second year, lorikeets are landing in Rockford! These bright, colorful birds will swoop in for a stay at Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens. Inside the Conservatory, guests will find a special lorikeet house which provides guests with an intimate look into the fascinating world of the lorikeet. Visitors will be "face to beak" with the small- to medium-sized parrots known for their playful personalities, vibrant coloration, and their ability to mimic words and sounds. Lorikeets are a group of birds classified under "true parrots," and are found throughout the Australian region. Lorikeets, or lorys, have a unique brush-tipped tongue for feeding on fruits, vegetables, and flowers and are constantly looking for nectar and fruits due to their rapid metabolism. Guests will be able to purchase a nectar cup for $1 at the front desk and gift shop inside the Conservatory.
Rockford Speedway - National Short Track Championships
This season's edition of NSTC features a wide array of short track racing machines and drivers from across the country converging on Rockford Speedway, vying for a chance at glory on Rockford's famed ‘high banks.' The high-powered Super Late Models once again return as the main attraction of NSTC, taking part both Saturday and Sunday in "One Great Racing Weekend."
Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra Halloween Concert
The Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra is a non-profit community orchestra which provides a place for area musicians to use their talents in an orchestral setting. The orchestra consists of professional, student, and dedicated amateur musicians. The KSO will present its annual free concert of music with a theme appropriate for children and adults. The 5:30 concert will be repeated at 7:30, and there will be trick-or-treating in the building a half hour before the 5:30 concert. The concerts will take place at NIU Boutell Memorial Concert Hall.
The Egyptian Theatre Presents: The Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis Tribute Show
Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis were the hottest act in America during the early 50's. Dean of course, the straight man, with a charming voice and Jerry the lovable goof ball added the comedy. Never have two artists captured the look, the sound, the very essence and chemistry of these two "Icons" more than Tom Stevens and Tony Lewis. Both of these incredible performers have each had amazing success on their own. Tony spent the last 27 years performing in Australia and created a name for himself as the quintessential "Jerry Lewis Tribute Artist" selling out countless venues and earned respect as one of Australia's best entertainers. Since his 1st appearance at the annual Dean Martin Festival in 1998, Tom Stevens has earned his title as "Best Dean Martin Tribute Artist." Even Dean's daughter, Deana said, "I've never seen anyone look and sound more like my Daddy!"
The Brian Setzer Orchestra at the Genesee Theatre
The 18-Piece Brian Setzer Orchestra brings his favorite swing, jump blues, rockabilly and rock and roll hits to his 12th Annual Christmas Tour. Songs include Jump Jive An’ Wail, Let’s Shake, Dig that Crazy Santa Clause, The Dirty Boogie and more.
The Egyptian Theatre Presents: Lightwire Theater’s A Very Electric Christmas
Lightwire Theater’s A Very Electric Christmas is coming back to the Egyptian Theatre. Follow the story of a young bird, named Max and his family, as they begin their journey south for the winter. When Max gets blown off course and ends up at the North Pole…his adventure begins! Dancing toy soldiers, caroling worms and performing poinsettias, light up the stage in Lightwire Theater’s A Very Electric Christmas. Audiences of all ages will treasure this magical and captivating tale of family, friendship and hope set to timeless holiday hits, including Nat King Cole, Mariah Carey and Tchaikovsky. Lightwire Theater is internationally recognized for their electroluminescent artistry, poignant story telling and performs in complete darkness. Brighten your holidays this season with Lightwire Theater’s A Very Electric Christmas.
Stage Coach Players Present Night of the Living Dead
Fallout from a satellite probe shot to Venus returns to Earth carrying a mysterious radiation that transforms the unburied dead into flesh-eating zombies. Seven people trapped in an isolated farmhouse, held hostage by the ravenous ghouls, begin to turn on each other as the dead encroach. A gripping terror-filled monochromatic play that brings all the fright of the cult classic to life. This blend of thrilling horror laced with touches of black humor envelops the audience in the action and unfolds into a shocking theatrical ending. Oct 22 7:30 pm, Oct 23 7:30 pm, Oct 24 7:30 pm, Oct 29 7:30 pm, Oct 30 7:30 pm, Oct 31 2:00 pm and 10:00 pm
Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra Fall Concert
The Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra is a non-profit community orchestra which provides a place for area musicians to use their talents in an orchestral setting. The orchestra consists of professional, student, and dedicated amateur musicians. KSO presents its Fall Concert, Voilà Viola on Saturday, October 10th at 7:30 pm. The concert will be at NIU Boutell Memorial Concert Hall, and there will be a free pre-concert lecture in the hall. Music Selection: Brandenburg Concerto No. 6, by Johann Sebastian Bach, Der Schwanendreher, by Paul Hindemith, Anthony Devroye, Viola, The Enigma Variations, by Edward Elgar
It's a Wonderful Life with Zuzu at the Genesee Theatre
Get in the spirit with a screening of America's favorite Holiday Classic, "It's a Wonderful Life" with a special live appearance, Q&A, and stories from Zuzu herself, Karolyn Grimes. Her sparkling personality and her couragious story allows her audiences to feel good about themselves and their lives, no matter the hardship.
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
GRIMrose Farm: A Halloween Haunt Experience
Find haunted thrills at GRIMrose Farm in St, Charles Illinois. Steel Beam's 5th season expands its 3D spookhouse with haunted hayrides, ghost barn, hot cocoa and more. Fri/Sat 7-10pm; Sun 7-9pm. Monster free 5-6:30pm. $22 per person or $16 per person for monster-free option. Group sales too.
Shadows of the Blue & Gray, Civil War Festival
On Saturday and Sunday, October 10th & 11th, Shadows of the Blue & Gray will be at City County Park in Princeton. Come out and enjoy the sights of the Civil War Reenactment with period dance, demonstrations of crafts from the era by period artisans and talented storytellers and musicians to bring the times alive! This is an annual event that focuses on preserving & promoting Civil War era history through living history artisans, battle reenactments, music, & storytellers. We focus on education and teaching history by bringing it to life & making it exciting!
Alton Halloween Parade
Ghost and goblins beware, the "Most Haunted Small Town in America" will be out in full force at the annual Halloween Parade. See Alton's scariest costumes and comical characters with over 80 participants including floats, bands and parade flair.
Rockford Arts & Crafts Holiday Spectacular - Indoor Sports Center
You will find a wide range of high quality hand crafted items at this year's show, including jewelry, handbags, pottery, ornaments, quilts, toys, photo frames, wooden signs, woodworking, cards and stationary, glass art, home decor, candles, apparel, baby clothing and accessories, pet accessories, hats, scarves, gloves, stone artwork, crochet, graphic art, paintings, ceramics, photography, handcrafted seasonal items, embroidery, all natural bath items, doll clothing, floral arrangements, beadwork, yard decorations, wreaths, and much much more!
Northern Illinois University Art Museum presents Unloaded Exhibition
Northern Illinois University Art Museum presents Unloaded, a nationally-traveling multi-media group exhibition exploring the historic and social issues surrounding the divisive nature of gun ownership curated by Susanne Slavick, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Art at Carnegie Mellon University, opening August 25 and running through October 24, 2015 at the Art Museum's galleries in Altgeld Hall on Northern Illinois University’s DeKalb campus. This exhibition is part of the Art Museum's fall series examining contemporary artists’ exploration of relevant social issues in today’s world.
Eagle Watching with Ranger
Join refuge rangers from Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge for a morning of eagle watching. Visit multiple areas at the wildlife refuge that are known for eagles. A personal vehicle will be needed. Attendees are reminded to dress for the weather. Open to all ages. Space is limited, call 618-883-2524 to register in advance. This program will be on December 5th & 19th, January 2nd & 16th, February 6th & 20th, and March 5th & 19th at 9 am to 10 am each day.
James Lumber Center Present The Diviners
In this marvelously theatrical play, a widowed farmer is raising his son Buddy during the Great Depression. Buddy almost drowned as a child and is still terrified of water, even though he’s blessed with the ability to divine its location. When a disillusioned preacher, C.C. Showers, comes to the farm seeking employment, a unique bond develops between the troubled but gifted Buddy and a man who represents salvation to the beleaguered townspeople. C.C. devotes himself to helping Buddy and his efforts precipitate a startling chain of events.
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!
Jonamac Orchard Demolition Weekend
It’s Pumpkin Demolition Weekend at Jonamac Orchard! Bring your pumpkin back, or use one of ours to smash, blast, crush, and destroy it in one of our many pumpkin demolition machines! This is your last chance to enjoy our Haunted Corn Maze this season, as our last night will be Halloween Night (Saturday, October 31). Hope to see you there, if you dare!
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.