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Bolingbrook's 4th of July
The Village of Bolingbrook and the Bolingbrook Golf Club presents 4th of July 2015, “The All American Celebration.” There will be lots of action, hot bands and food this Fourth of July, starting at 2pm. Free Admission and fun for all ages. Huge selection of kids' activities including inflatables and face painting. Over a Dozen Local Restaurants / Food Trucks featuring local fare for sale, Sauza Blue Tequila Tavern featuring a 50 seat outdoor bar, The Budweiser Entertainment Pavilion with beer garden, 3pm Gina Glocksen Band, 5pm Bad Medicine, 7:15pm ARRA, 4-7:30 pm — BBQ Buffet in the main ballroom, 9:15pm — Jim Cornelison sings the National Anthem (tenor for the Blackhawks home games) and a spectacular fireworks display!
A River Through History - The Des Plaines Valley Rendezvous
A River Through History is a living history reenactment of early American life at Columbia Woods Forest Preserve, as it was on the Illinois frontier prior to 1848, with emphasis on our local history from the fur trade era to the canal era. An exciting, entertaining and educational experience for all ages. We strive to create a better understanding and appreciation of our history by allowing the public and the reenactors to mingle, both as witnesses and participants, in our event. Finally, we seek to have the most authentic and highest quality reenactors and trade goods to represent our vision of the rendezvous to promote and enhance the historic, recreational and economic development of this new style National Park.
An Edwardian Tea at the Mansion
Please join Reddick Mansion Association for an afternoon of sweets, savories, and tea while experiencing life with your favorite Edwardian family and their servants. The Tea Ladies from Bloomington, IL, will present, "A Day at an Edwardian Manor." Reservations required.
Boz Scaggs' remarkable career has spanned an incredible five decades, and includes such radio staples as "Lowdown" and "Lido Shuffle." His most recent work, A Fool to Care, is a pitch-perfect tribute to American roots music that Q Magazine calls "...some of the best music of his career. Every track is a jewel of unforced artistry in America's R&B tradition."
4th Annual Corn Festival Fireworks Venetian Kayak Parade
The 4th Annual Corn Festival Fireworks Venetian Kayak Parade / Family Potluck Campout is another great Morris event! Experience "Glamping Style" with a movie and full hot breakfast Organizers bring/do everything so you can kick back and relax.
John Prine with Loudon Wainwright III at Rialto Square Theatre
With his trademark guitar finger-picking and unmistakable songwriting voice, John Prine continues to mesmerize diverse audiences with his humble poetry, describing often-overlooked crannies of everyday life. With immeasurable accolades, including two Grammys and the distinction of being one of the few songwriters honored by the Library of Congress and US Poet Laureate, Prine is more than a musician...he is an American treasure.
9th Annual Kops-N-Kidz Day
Calling all kids! Come by bike or on foot to Timberline Park at 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 8 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for the 9th Annual Kops-N-Kidz Parade. Join the officers at Centennial Park (Lemont Park District) for lunch, pony rides, a ride on the model train, demonstrations, great prizes and lots of fun activities until 2:00 p.m. Great family fun.
Brian McKnight at the Genesee
Brian McKnight has been bringing his smooth, sultry sound to the delight of audiences across the globe for over a decade. His ability to connect personally with each person in the audience is unparalleled. Brian's voice gives the audience goose bumps while his singing warms their hearts!
Survival Workshop- Native Tracking
Anyone can see tracks in wet soil and snow, but where do they go when they seemingly disappear in to the forest? Get the skills to see tracks and follow trails in the woods others simply cannot see! Learn how to read what an animal is doing – and thinking – from their tracks alone. Discover how and why tracking goes way beyond footprints. Know why people get lost in the woods and how not to yourself. Tracking changes not only what you see, but also opens whole new worlds of how you look at the wild! All classes are held outdoors and you may also want to bring note-taking materials. Class is limited to 10 people, must be 18 years of age or older. Lunch is provided. For more information or to reserve your spot call 815-220-7386.
National Farmers Market Day
Celebrate National Farmers Market Week in Streator. Whether you want to participate by selling goods or simply shop & visit, we encourage you! Educational classes, a petting zoo, Art in the Park and bluegrass music for everyone to enjoy. Time: 9:00am - 1:00pm, Aug. 8. For more information call 815-257-6807.
Wine Down Wednesday
Take a break in the middle of the week and enjoy us on the Veranda for wine tasting, plus relaxing Jazz by the Wes Hausken Trio from 6-8 pm. Complimentary appetizers are also part of the fun! Mark your calendars for Wednesdays: June 3, July 1 and August 5. Please stay for dinner and take in the beautiful view with a sunset added at no charge!
Cocktails In the Park
Celebrate your community with an evening in the park. Enjoy live music, drinks, appetizers, cigar and whiskey or dessert and champagne tasting decks, and more all to support Downtown Batavia. Win a tent full of prizes, or an adventure in our of our other favorite downtown communities. Because Downtown is Everyone's Neighborhood!
Kid'Cation Scavenger Hunt at the Tower
Take part in the Kid'Cation Confluence Tower Scavenger Hunt July 31 and earn fun prizes! All children who tour the Tower can participate. Tour guides will provide a special Scavenger Hunt activity sheet and give clues throughout the tour. At the end of the tour, children will receive a special gift. For this event, the Tower is offering reduced tour rates of $1 per child and $2 for adults.
Green Fair on the Fox
Batavia MainStreet is partnering with the Batavia Environmental Commission and the Batavia Park District to present Green Fair on the Fox. Green Fair on the Fox features an eco-marketplace, local businesses, physical fitness and sustainable, healthy living. There will be food, live music, demonstrations and fun activities for the whole family! This year Green Fair on the Fox is bringing back The Alternative Transportation Show and Bike Expo, Exhibition Space at City Hall and Fox Valley’s Largest Zumba class.
Louie Anderson & Rita Rudner at the Genesee
Come out for twice the laughs with two great comedians! Rita Rudner and her partner in comedy, Louie Anderson make a dynamic slapstick duo that will reduce the audience to a helpless fit of laughter.
Artist Julia Haw and Director John Lustig in Conversation
Artist Julia Haw and Director John Lustig in Conversation at the Illinois State Museum in Lockport. After Hours music courtesy of the City of Lockport. Don't miss this unique experience at one of the state's first class museums. Friday July 31st at 5:00pm.
The Art & History of Falconry
Join local falconer Rich Escutia as he discusses the art and history of falconry. Live hawks! Program starts at 12:30 p.m. and lasts one hour. Held at the Visitors Center at Starved Rock on Sunday, August 2nd.
Sizzlin' Summer Sidewalk Sales
It's Sizzlin' Summer Sidewalk Sales Aug 6-8 from Morris Retail Association. Located on the historic I & M Canal, nostalgic downtown Morris offers a rich history and continues to be the gathering place year after year for community festivals. Nestled along 1-80 just 60 minutes from downtown Chicago, Morris offers the best of both worlds… a quaint old fashioned appeal and a wealth of unique shops that rival the finest any big city has to offer.
31st Annual Car Show
Come check out this spectacular car show! Open to all cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Vehicle registration takes place from 8:00 am. Cash prizes awarded at 3:00 pm. Music provided. Hosted by LaSalle County Cruisers during Riverfest. Location: YMCA Parking Lot, Columbus Street in Ottawa.
Survival Workshop- Native Survival
How did native peoples survive comfortably and with ease from what they gathered and made in the wild? Well, it's time to find out! Make rope from local plants. Practice hunting with the oldest technique known to humankind. Craft a bow drill set and try your hand at making fire by friction. See many reproducible tool demonstrations like traps, snares, the hand drill, and native bowls, as well as getting shelter ideas. All classes are held outdoors and limited to 10 people, must be 18 years of age or older. Lunch is provided. For more information or to reserve your spot call 815-220-7386.
BatFest is Batavia's annual Halloween themed family event attracting over 2,500 ghouls. BatFest includes downtown Trick-or-Treating, Mothers' Club Parade, pumpkin roll, contests, BatArt and games for free family fun. Before the festival, join Batavia United Way for their BatFest 5K walk/run and 10K Run along the Fox River Trail. For more information, please visit www.5kbatavia.com
DeKalb County Farm Stroll
The Illinois Extension office for Boon, DeKalb and Ogle Counties is hosting a DeKalb County Farm Stroll on Sunday, July 19th from 11 am - 5 pm. Wondering where to find local food & farm products in DeKalb County? Satisfy your local food cravings and curiosities on the DeKalb County Farm Stroll! A free self-guided tour of more than a dozen diversified family farms. Some of the farms participating are: Jonamac Orchard, Waterman Winery & Vineyards, Heatherhope Farm, You Pick Berries and Honey Hill Orchard. Each location will have different events going on, but the stroll will allow participants to meet local farmers, get farm tours and demonstrations, sampling of fresh local products, and more. There is no starting location for the stroll, guests are welcome to visit as many or as few as they would like and in whatever order they would like. The address included for this event is just one of the farms on the stroll. Please visit the stroll's Facebook page for a complete list of farms and for more information on the event.
Josh Turner Live in Concert at Walker's Bluff
Walker's Bluff is delighted to announce that we will be "Turning the lights down low" on Saturday, August 8th when Josh Turner takes stage at Legend's Amphitheater. Joshua Turner is an American contemporary country music singer and actor. In 2003, he signed to MCA Nashville Records. That same year, his debut album's title track, "Long Black Train", was his breakthrough single release. His second album, Your Man (2006) accounted for his first two number one hits: "Your Man" and "Would You Go with Me," while 2007's Everything Is Fine included a No. 2 in "Firecracker." Haywire, released in 2010, produced his biggest hit, the No. 1 "Why Don't We Just Dance" and another number one in "All Over Me". It was followed by Punching Bag (2012), whose lead-off single "Time Is Love" was the biggest hit of 2012 according to Billboard Year-End.
Easter Seals 5K Run/Walk for the Kids
Pull out your running shoes because Easter Seals of LaSalle and Bureau Counties' annual 5K Run/Walk for the Kids will kick off during Ottawa's Riverfest festivities, Saturday Aug. 1. The 5K Run/Walk for the Kids starts and ends at Ottawa Township High School, 211 East Main St., Ottawa. Check in and race day registration begins at 6:30 a.m., runners start at 8:00 a.m. The run/walk follows a USA Track and Field certified course, winding through the historic east side of Ottawa including the scenic Illinois and Michigan Canal passage. 99% of all money raised at this event remains local, helping local children to achieve their maximum potential. Pre-registration is open now on line at www.runsignup.com. The registration fee is $25 until July 24 and $30 after. Easter Seals will be offering a new shorter race just for for kids immediately following the 5K awards at Ottawa High School. The race is $10 and each child that participates will receive a t-shirt and prize.
Arts in the Park
The Fine Art Fair will be held on Saturday from 10am to 5pm and Sunday from 10am to 4pm at Latham Park in downtown Lincoln. Traditionally, over 70 juried artists from various mediums make this fine art fair one of Central Illinois’ best. We are proud to offer art of all mediums. Photography, water colors, ceramic, jewelry, pottery, mixed mediums, metal work, wood work, and many more.
Dwight Yoakam at Liberty Bank Alton Amphitheater.
Country legend Dwight Yoakam will be performing in Alton along with The Glendale Riders on July 10th 2015. Yoakam has won two Grammy Awards and has been nominated 15 times. With every online order for Dwight Yoakam show tickets, fans will receive one standard physical copy of his new album “Second Hand Heart." Ticket purchasers will receive instructions via e-mail on how to redeem their album within 10-14 business days after their order.
Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra Fall Concert: Voilà Viola
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 it's 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.
Saturday Night Star Gazing
Bring your family out to Katz Park for a FREE overnight event on Saturday, August 8th. Enjoy learning about the night sky with astronomers from NIU's Observatory who will have telescopes for viewing planets and constellations. Bring some snacks, blankets, and sleeping bags to enjoy watching the night sky change before your eyes. The experts on hand will be available to answer your questions, and education activities will be provided throughout the night by NIU STEM Outreach and Dekalb Park District Staff.
Dick Blick Sunday at Illinois State Museum
This is the day to learn about the latest products being offered by Dick Blick Art Supplies, a family-owned Illinois company since 1911. Representatives will be on hand to demonstrate and answer questions. We’ll be offering three sessions with limited seating for each session. If you want a seat and want the swag, RSVP to ISM Lockport Gallery either by email firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 815-838-7400. Dick Blick Art Supplies is the oldest and largest provider of art supplies in the United States and it all started in Galesburg, Illinois. Times on Sunday, July 26th are: 1:00pm, 2:30pm, 4:00pm.
Taste of Batavia Block Party
Celebrate Labor Day weekend as Batavia MainStreet hosts a 'Taste of Batavia' sampler party complete with live music, activities and dancing! For kids, there will be plenty of activities and a play area-- River City Church will host a bounce house, face painting, balloons, and a raffle. Lawn games and bags Classic Car Show on River St.
Lincoln Balloon Festival
Come enjoy the mass ascension of the hot air balloons in the skies of Logan County. Morning and evening flights both Friday and Saturday (weather permitting). At dusk, the balloons will come back to the Airport and re-inflate for evening glows. This is a spectacular event that is enjoyed by the young and old alike.
Richard Marx Live at the Egyptian
Performer, songwriter, producer, and Grammy award winning music star Richard Marx will be Live in Concert at the historic Egyptian Theatre in Downtown DeKalb on Friday, September 25 at 8:00 PM. As a performer, songwriter and producer, Richard Marx’s nearly three-decade-long career has had innumerable of highlights. The Chicago native has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide, starting with his self-titled debut which went to #8 and spawned four Top 5 singles, including the chart-topping “Hold on to the Nights,” with “Don’t Mean Nothing” earning him a Grammy nomination for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance. Tickets for Richard Marx will go on sale to the general public on Friday, June 12 at 10:00 AM. Ticket prices are $25.00, $35.00 and $65.00.
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.
Antiques & Artisans Market
LaSalle County Historical Society presents Antiques & Artisans Market, first Saturday from June thru September. Antiques, collectibles, handmade and homegrown. Rain or shine, inside and outside. Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm, at 208 Clark Street - on Illinois Rte 178, Canal Market and Heritage Center.
River Night & Ribs
A night fun for the whole family! Live performance from Red Woody runs from 6:30 pm - 10 pm and family activities and the River Night Market run through 9 pm. Features a beer tent, food vendors, Ribs Cook-Off and other free family area activities.
Lynyrd Skynyrd at Liberty Bank Alton Amphitheater.
Southern rock favorite Lynyrd Skynyrd will be performing at Liberty Bank Alton Amphitheater this summer. With a catalog of over 60 albums, sales beyond 30 million worldwide and their beloved classic American rock anthem “Sweet Home Alabama” having sold over two million ringtones, Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Lynyrd Skynyrd remain a cultural icon that appeals to multiple generations.
The State Ballet Theatre of Russia presents Swan Lake
This full-scale production, set to the music of Tchaikovsky and based on Russian folklore and German legend, follows a heroic young prince as he works to free the beautiful swan maiden from an evil spell. The State Ballet Theater of Russia presents 50 of Russia’s brightest ballet stars to bring this romantic tale of true love to glorious life!
34th Annual YMCA/FHN Triathlon
This 34st annual event includes a 400 meter indoor swim, a 17 mile bike ride, and a 3.1 mile run. Individual age divisions include: 17 years and under, 18-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, and over 60. There is also a team option of males, females and co-ed teams. Individual: $35 (before June 30); Team: $60 (before June 30). Call 815-235-9622.
Hippiefest 2015 at the Genesee
Bring Woodstock back to life and celebrate the sounds that defined the 1960s with Hippiefest 2015. Groove to the tunes of yesteryear as the legendary group, The Family Stone headlines with Rick Derringer, Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels, and Badfinger featuring Joey Molland.
STEM Career Explorations
Calling all kids who want to learn more about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), this is your chance to experience Northern Illinois University's beautiful campus and to learn more about these important subjects. Choose a Track: Health Sciences, Engineering, Science, or Video Game Design for campers Entering Grades 10-12. There is not a residency requirement, all students that fit the camp age specifications are welcome to register. Have a little fun while you learn this summer. Parents, while your child is exploring STEM, you can explore DeKalb County and all it has to offer.
Jim Peterik's Lifeforce at the Genesee
Best known as the founder of the band Survivor, Jim Peterik brings an alternative to the raucousness of rock with Lifeforce. This ensemble creates a powerful collection of diverse rock, pop, soul, worldbeat, and contemporary jazz tunes right before the audience. They will enjoy this crisp ensemble action within a game of musical chairs, joyfully jumping from one vibe to the next. Fans of all genres will love this high energy show!
Zappa Plays Zappa
No one is better suited to play Frank Zappa favorites and obscure gems to crazed fans than his son, Dweezil. As a child, he watched his father in concerts from off stage. Zappa Plays Zappa has evolved into a 6-piece band. Dweezil alone is uniquely qualified to bring this father’s compositions back to life; he is both the modern face of Zappa music and the person who can bring it fully formed into the future.
Calling all girls who want to learn more about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), this is your chance to experience Northern Illinois University's beautiful campus and to learn more about these important subjects. Join STEM Divas for a very special, one day summer camp on Tuesday, July 21st from 9 am - 4:30 pm. STEM Divas is an initiative geared towards creating a community of confident female leaders and learners age seven and up who embrace femininity while using hands-on activities to explore science, technology, engineering, and math. During this day-long camp, divas will learn how to solder, take a tour of NIU’s engineering building, use a variety of tools to complete their very own woodworking project, and more! The cost for this camp is $70 per diva, including lunch and materials. There is not a residency requirement, all students that fit the camp age specifications are welcome to register. Have a little fun while you learn this summer. Parents, while your child is exploring STEM, you can explore DeKalb County and all it has to offer.
Prairie Sisters Quilt Show
The show will feature a vendor mall, raffle baskets, food concession, scissor and knife sharpening. Also the Quilt of Valor display and a raffle.
Jacoby Arts Center: Summer Music Series
Jacoby Arts Center presents the Summer Music Series to showcase the diversity and range of regional talent. The doors will open at 7:30 p.m., with the performance starting at 8:00 p.m. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis, and no reservations are required. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $10.
Alton Muny Band: Riverfront Park
Don't miss a beat during the weekly summer concerts performed by the Alton Municipal Band at Haskell & Riverfront Park. Enjoy concert band music, which includes marches, concert pieces, popular tunes, and novelty numbers. This is a family friendly and the concerts are free and open to the public. Every Thursday evening the Alton Muny Band will perform at the Riverfront Park starting at 8:00 p.m. Bring a blanket or lawn chair.
Memory, an exhibit of portraits
Memory is an exhibition of portraits that reflect less the "sitter's" likeness than their psychological state. Works include paintings, colored pencil drawings, prints and pastels by Judith Roth, Ellen Holtzblatt, John Smolko and Joseph Taylor.
Alton Muny Band: Haskell Park
Locals seldom miss a beat during the weekly summer concerts performed by the Alton Municipal Band at Haskell & Riverfront Park. Enjoy concert band music, which includes marches, concert pieces, popular tunes, and novelty numbers. This is a family friendly and the concerts are free and open to the public. Every Sunday the Alton Muny Band will perform at the Haskell Park starting at 7:00 p.m. Bring a blanket or lawn chair.
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.
Gigs Graphics! Gig posters by Chicago graphic designers
Reowned Chicago area graphic designers will present a wide range of posters designed for various music events in Chicago and elsewhere. These creative and unusual posters present the best in Chicago area graphic design. Designers include Jason Teegarden-Downs from Delicious Design League;Dan Grezca;Jay Ryan, the Bird Machine;Joseph Taylor; Dan Macadam, Crosshair, Fugscreen studios; Dan Black from Landland Press, Justin Santora, and Ryan Duggan, Drug Factory Press.
Little Big Town Live at the NIU Convocation Center
The Grammy award-winning country group Little Big Town has added a fall leg to their The Pain Killer Tour that will hit the NIU Convocation Center in DeKalb, IL on October 29th. Hot off their win for Vocal Group of the Year at the Academy of Country Music Awards, the band is touring to support the release of their 6th album, Pain Killer. We hope you'll join Karen Fairchild, Jimi Westbrook, Phillip Sweet, and Kimberly Schlapman in DeKalb on October 29th. Tickets will go on sale Friday, June 5 at 10:00am local time. The band will again offer a unique VIP experience for fans; allowing them to choose from 2 limited packages including meet and greets, exclusive merchandise, and more. Ticket prices range from $35-45 and will be available at the Convocation Center box office, Ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster Outlets, or by phone 800-745-3000. See more at: http://niuconvo.com/convo/events/convo_events/2015/10/LittleBigTown.shtml#sthash.Hozy1c7R.dpuf
STEM Engineering Amuseument
Calling all kids who want to learn more about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), this is your chance to experience Northern Illinois University's beautiful campus and to learn more about these important subjects. Campers will learn the ups and downs of how their favorite amusement park attractions really work, design their own thrill rides, learn how engineers optimize traffic flow and even get to concoct their own carnival confections. One entire day will also be spent doing experiments at Six Flags—Great America. Campers get to experience dorm life and exciting evening science activities throughout the week. There is not a residency requirement, all students that fit the camp age specifications are welcome to register. Have a little fun while you learn this summer. Parents, while your child is exploring STEM, you can explore DeKalb County and all it has to offer.
Calling all kids who want to learn more about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), this is your chance to experience Northern Illinois University's beautiful campus and to learn more about these important subjects. Campers will spend a week in the lab doing hands-on experiments, investigate the science behind making cool art, learn the science behind all their favorite sports or learn all about robots and programming as they construct various LEGO robots. There is not a residency requirement, all students that fit the camp age specifications are welcome to register. Have a little fun while you learn this summer. Parents, while your child is exploring STEM, you can explore DeKalb County and all it has to offer.
The Second City: Holidazed & Confused Revue
Spend your holiday season with the funniest comedy crew in the country: Second City and their hilarious holiday show Holidazed and Confused. These guys are bringing their world-famous skits, songs and laughs to Paramount’s 175-seat Copley Theatre from December 4 to 20 – and in a theatre this intimate, you’re up close and personal with all that Second City fun. Get some eggnog, get out to Aurora and get ready to laugh with Second City.
Under the Streetlamp at the Paramount Theatre
The Boys are back in town! That’s right, former castmates from Chicago’s very own Jersey Boys are headed back to Aurora, and Michael x2, Chris and Shonn are bringing their stunning voices, their slick dance moves and their electrifying charm with ‘em. These guys sell out the Paramount every season, and with their unforgettable show featuring your favorite Doo-Wop, Motown and old time rock-n-roll tunes (and some surprises, too), this year’s no different. Retro never sounded so now – it’s Under The Streetlamp.
Peter Cetera at the Paramount Theatre
With his unmistakable tenor voice, legendary songwriting skills and bass guitar chops to boot, Chicago frontman and solo star Peter Cetera defines an entire era of American rock music. Penning and singing lead vocals on Chicago’s first No. 1 single “If You Leave Me Now,” Peter propelled the group into the worldwide spotlight. His power ballads like “Baby, What a Big Surprise” and ”Hard to Say I’m Sorry” drove Chicago to become one of the best-selling American rock bands of all time.
Frank Caliendo at the Paramount Theatre
From his countless appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman to his hilarious segments on Fox NFL Sunday to his 11-year tenure on MADtv, Chicago-born Frank Caliendo is a comedic genius. His impressions of celebrities like Charles Barkley, Al Pacino and Bill Clinton are dead-on. His jokes will have you in stitches. And his high-energy style has the Hollywood Reporter calling him “a combination of Robin Williams and Jim Carrey.” After all, he didn’t get his own Monte Carlo Las Vegas show for nothing. Whether you’re a sports fan, a political analyst or you just love to laugh, you don’t want to miss Frank Caliendo live at the Paramount.
Peter & Paul at the Paramount Theatre
Join Peter & Paul for a night of gorgeous harmonies, positive messages and hits like “Puff, The Magic Dragon,” “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?” and “Leaving on a Jet Plane” that transcend generational boundaries, inspiring millions of Americans over the last five decades. As core members of Peter, Paul & Mary, they transformed folk music into a powerful language that spoke to the masses. They soundtracked the Civil Rights movement, the anti-war scene and an entire era of social change. They’ve won five Grammys and made it on the Billboard Top 10 list six times over. And they’re celebrating over 50 years of positivity, talent and activism right here at the Paramount.
BMO Harris Bank Center - Breaking Benjamin
Six years have passed since Breaking Benjamin released their last album-2009's Dear Agony-but one listen to their new album, Dark Before Dawn, and it becomes clear that time away from the music world hasn't caused them to lose a step. If anything, the sound is more invigorated, energetic, and purposeful than ever. Appearing on the album with Burnley are guitarists Jasen Rauch (RED) and Keith Wallen (Adelitas Way), bassist Aaron Bruch and drummer Shaun Foist (Picture Me Broken.) The result is simultaneously vintage Breaking Benjamin and yet decisively more cohesive.
Josh Turner at the Paramount Theatre
People magazine calls him one of Country’s Hottest Stars. His debut single “Long Black Train” went gold. The Associated Press says he’s “among the most effective – and most hard-core country – performers of his generation.” His hit “Why Don’t We Just Dance” was literally the most-played song of 2010. It’s no wonder Josh Turner is one of the youngest members of the Grand Ole Opry. And this season, he’s bringing his unmistakable baritone voice, double-platinum songwriting skills and dazzling country charm to Aurora. Don’t miss this CMA and Grammy nominee when he rocks the stage with No.1 songs like “Your Man,” “All Over Me” and “Time is Love,” plus tons more off his five history-making albums. And opening for Josh is MCA Recording Artists and rising star Raquel Cole.
Mannheim Steamroller Christmas at the Paramount Theatre
There’s no better way to kick off the holiday season than with the band that changed Christmas music forever: it’s Mannheim Steamroller. Helmed by Grammy-winner and musical genius Chip Davis, this world-renowned group takes your favorite songs of the season and beefs them up with their signature new age style that’s been dubbed “18th century Classical Rock.” With 40+ years of live performances under their cummerbunds, these guys know how to put on a show that will leave audiences in absolute awe. Get in the holiday spirit with the uplifting sounds and magical arrangements of Mannheim Steamroller.
The Rat Pack at the Paramount Theatre
World-renowned actor and comedian Buddy Hackett was a lifelong friend of the Rat Pack. Together, those five guys were the epitome of cool, ruling the Las Vegas strip and creating a smooth style that’s still emulated today. Now, years later, Buddy’s son Sandy Hackett and his crew of crooners are bringing the boys’ timeless Vegas show to the Paramount stage, reminding everyone that the Rat Pack is still one of the hottest acts around. Critics have been saying it for years; with Sandy’s personal connection to Frank, Dean, Sammy and Joey, this show is the closest you’ll ever get to seeing the boys back under the stage lights.
Aurora Farmers Market East
Held Thursdays, July 9 through August 27. Shop Aurora's Farmers Market for seasonal favorites! Join neighbors and enjoy the familiar flavors and weekly surprises during our 102nd Anniversary. Illinois' oldest continually-running market, proudly celebrating area history and heritage. Each week with their Healthy Growing Initiative, your shopping experience includes a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables as well as the opportunity to discover unique handcrafts, homemade breads and pastries, specialty meats, artisan cheeses, and beautiful flowers. Pick up your farm fresh produce for the week - and plan to spend some time savoring the sweetness of locally-made baked goods, snacking on fresh popcorn, or tasting delicious hot donuts! The City of Aurora Farmers Markets are more than a place to get your vegetables. An excellent way to kick off your Saturday morning with a mini-festival of socializing, food, music and much more.
NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street Legal Drag Racing
The biggest battle of street-legal style race cars in the country are coming to compete at Route 66 Raceway! All-American door-slammer drag racing, massive manufacturer’s Midway, car show and swap meet. Come check it out or test your skills on the drag strip with Sportsman & Street classes offered. Subject to change.
Rockford ProAm Golf Tournament
The Rockford ProAm is the nation's longest-running, free-standing pro/am not associated with a professional tournament. 2014's event featured 20 amateur foursomes paired with 20 professional golfers. The foursomes play in a best-ball handicapped format, while the pros keep straight 18-hole scores. The 2015 ProAm is being held at the Rockford Country Club.
Jack Hanna's Into the Wild Live at the Paramount Theatre
Bring the family for a wild afternoon with “Jungle” Jack Hanna and his animal pals! From lions to lemurs, gorillas to geckos and everything in between, everyone’s favorite animal expert has brought the wonder of the animal kingdom to multiple generations, introducing furry, feathery and just plain fascinating creatures on The Late Show with David Letterman, Good Morning America and The Ellen DeGeneres Show. He’s hosted his own Emmy-winning educational and entertaining TV programs like Animal Adventures and Into the Wild. And now, Jungle Jack’s bringing his hat, his khakis and his coolest friends to Aurora.
Drum Corps "Tour of Champions"
Northern Illinois University and Huskie Stadium will once again play host to the Drum Corps "Tour of Champions”. This show will feature 7 of the World's Top 12 Drum & Bugle Corps. For more information please contact Michael Embrey, m.embrey@FunMEevents.com or (815-756-1263).
World War II Days
World War II Days includes elaborate and realistic battles complete with tanks, artillery, armored vehicles, and exciting pyrotechnic displays. Saturday the battle shows are featured at 1:3 pm and 3:30pm. Sunday the battle time is 2:30 pm. More than 1,200 re-enactors represent the soldiers of the United States, Great Britain, France, Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, Italy and Japan. In addition to the action on the battlefields, enjoy the skirmishes in the Village and Woods, demonstrations and displays in the buildings, woods encampments and the ambiance of the beautiful venue. Maps of the event site will be available when visitors arrive.
After he won Season 2 of America’s Got Talent, Terry Fator’s career in singing, dancing, comedy and mind-blowing ventriloquism skyrocketed… and now’s your chance to experience his endless talents live in Aurora for one-night-only. Be prepared to laugh, cheer and be amazed by Terry Fator. This guy’s known for selling out shows in Vegas, he sold out the Paramount last time, and he’ll do it again.
BMO Harris Bank Center - Jim Gaffigan
Jim Gaffigan is a Grammy nominated comedian, New York Times Best Selling author, top touring performer, and multi-platinum selling father of five. His fourth hour special, "Obsessed," premiered at #1 on iTunes which gave Gaffigan five albums in the Top 25 Comedy category on iTunes. The album also earned a nomination for ‘Best Comedy Album of the Year' at the 2015 Grammy's.
Summer Fest - Braidwood
Annual Event sponsored by the Lions Club at Old Smokey Park First & Center Streets - includes carnival, flea market, parade, beer garden, baby contest, pie eating contest, musical entertainment nightly, fireworks on last evening and much much more! Times: Thurs. 4pm-11pm Fri 4pm-midnight Sat. 8am-midnight Sun. 8am-10pm.
Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring their 50th Annual Welcomeburger in Washington Square Park! This is the kick-off for the Riverfest! Everyone is welcome! Enjoy food, drink, and live music! The fee includes a picnic buffet, with drinks and admission. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce, Reddick Library, or any local bank. (All RiverFest Events subject to change.) View the website for more information.
BMO Harris Bank Center - WWE Live Summerslam Heatwave Tour
WWE comes to Rockford for the only time this year for a WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match - Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins - plus all your favorite WWE superstars including Dean Ambrose, Bray Wyatt, The Big Show, King Barrett, Ryback, The Miz, Kane, The Divas, and many more. (Card subject to change.)
The Duke Ellington Orchestra at the Paramount Theatre
Over the course of 50 years, the great Duke Ellington led a world-renowned jazz orchestra, wrote thousands of compositions and changed the American musical landscape forever. Even decades after his death, Duke’s Orchestra still honors his incredible legacy in the best way possible: by performing his cool musical masterpieces for audiences around the world. These world-class musicians are packing up their pianos, trumpets, drums and more and heading to Aurora – and when they get here, it’s going to be spectacular. They’ll spend a very special evening playing Duke’s biggest numbers, including his foot-tapper “It Don’t Mean A Thing,” his sultry “Take The A Train” and his heart-pounding “Rockin’ in Rhythm,” all with that swinging jazz grandeur that would make Duke proud.
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.
Jay Leno at the Paramount Theatre
Yes, it’s true. Comedy and talk show legend Jay Leno is headed to Aurora for one-night-only, and he’s bringing Paramount audiences along for one of the funniest nights of the season. From performing 300 nights a year in comedy clubs to dominating the late night circuit as NBC-TV’s Tonight Show host for over 17 years, Jay’s Emmy-winning humor has had audiences around the world laughing for decades… and earned him a spot in the Television Hall of Fame while he’s at it. Now he’s bringing the jokes that made him a Rockefeller Center star right here to the Paramount, and you don’t want to miss it. Here’s something special: America’s Got Talent finalist, CMA nominee and recording artist Emily West is kicking off this awesome night with her amazing songs. Get ready for this rising star to light up the stage.
Ballet Folklorico Quetzalcoatl
It’s become a tradition in the Fox Valley to honor the area’s rich Mexican culture with Ballet Folklorico – that tradition continues. The Ballet Folklorico celebrates the traditional Mexican folklorico with colorful costumes, wonderful music and electrifying, elegant and beautiful choreography. You’ll feel your spirits rise and eyes light up as this celebrated group of artists share an important piece of their wonderful culture.
Streator Downtown Farmers Market
The City of Streator would like to invite you to the Streator Downtown Farmers Market. This Market Masters event features homegrown foods and local goods - plenty to take in on your shopping visit in historic downtown Streator
The Skydive Chicago® Summerfest is the summer boogie to be at! This coming year will mark the 14th anniversary of Summerfest and will be the host of the 2015 Vertical World Record Attempts, July 28-31. The event continues to grow with each passing year. As always, there will be plenty of aircraft to choose from, world class organizers for all levels, vendors, and parties to keep you moving all day and night. Stay tuned for registration information, events, load organizers, vendors and entertainment. You will not be disappointed!
Happy Together Tour 2015 at the Paramount Theatre
The Happy Together Tour is back at it, bringing your radio to life on the Paramount stage… and this year’s line-up will totally rock your world. It’s stacked with The Grassroots and their “Midnight Confessions.” Mark Lindsay from Paul Revere & The Raiders. Chicago’s very own The Buckinghams. The Cowsills taking you down “The Path of Love.” The Association and their slew of chart toppers. And, of course, Flo & Eddie singing that classic Turtles hit the tour is literally named after: “Happy Together.” Get ready to celebrate the golden age of rock-n-roll with your favorite hits, and the artists who play them, live on the Paramount stage.
Fly-In or Drive-In and join A&M Airsports and the Rochelle Chamber of Commerce as they host PreOsh Wingfest at the Rochelle Municipal Airport. There will be live music, food, trikes, gliders and airplanes on display and activities for the whole family. The fun begins at 11am.
The Dirt on Dirt: Why do Madagascar's Lemurs Eat Soil?
Enjoy an afternoon learning about lemurs while the kids participate in free monkey-themed crafts! Brandon Semel, a MA in Anthropology candidate, will be discussing Madacascar's lemurs! "Madagascar is a land full of unique plants and animals, including leaping lemurs, colorful chameleons, and bulging baobab trees. This lecture presentation will last approximately 1 hour (from 12-1pm). Free monkey crafts will be available for children during the presentation. The presentation is free with museum admission.
Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps - Show of Shows
Experience the art of musical pageantry as the Show of Shows features some of the best drum and bugle corps in the world. This event has won People's Choice for Special Event at the RAMI Awards (Rockford Area Music Industry) in 2013 and 2014. Come see why this event has become so special in the Rockford area. Location: Boylan High School Stadium. This year's lineup is one of the largest in the Midwest! Along with Rockford's own Phantom Regiment, the lineup includes 2014 fan favorite Bluecoats along with our Midwest rivals The Cavaliers!
Kim Russo: The Happy Medium at the Paramount Theatre
She’s been called a translator for the spirit world. She just recently won Best Psychic of 2015 by The Best of Long Island. But you probably know her as Kim Russo, The Happy Medium, and she’s got a pretty rare talent: she can communicate with spirits. From her appearances on A&E’s hit Paranormal State and The Biography Channel’s Celebrity Ghost Stories to her deeply personal readings, Kim Russo has been changing the lives of celebrities and citizens alike with her shocking talent for years. Come experience Kim’s other-worldly skill for yourself, live on the Paramount stage. Who knows – maybe she’ll pick YOU for a reading!
Marseilles Fun Days
This is a week long summer family festival celebration. Marseilles Fun Days Committee decided to bring the festival back centered around one of the city's premier annual events, The Marseilles Fireman's Car Cruise. The cruise will be part of a busy Saturday, July 18. Fun Days itself will take place Monday, July 13, through Sunday, July 19. Additional festival information is available at the Marseilles Fun Days Facebook page.
Hakuna Matata River Rambler Cruise
Cruise the river, learn its history, and view its geographical features during the River Rambler Tours on the Hakuna Matata, a 49-passenger all weather tour boat. The first level of the boat is fully enclosed with large windows and is seasonally air-conditioned and heated. The upper deck is a huge open air patio offering 360 degree views of the river and surrounding bluffs. Tours set sail from the Grafton Harbor. Admission is $18/adults, $16/seniors, $9/children ages 3-7, $4.50 for children 2 and under.
Annual festival with national bands/acts, diverse ethnic food vendors, huge carnival, arts and crafts, special guest and super Sunday family days.
Hinckley Farmers Market
Shop this unique marketplace for the freshest fruits and vegetables in the area, along with delicious homemade goodies, and specialty crafts all conveniently located with close parking. Opens June 20 and runs from 9 am through noon every Saturday through September.
Riverfest Taste of Ottawa
Let's rock on the river! LaSalle County’s largest festival, Ottawa’s Annual Riverfest, celebrates summer with a bang! Carnival rides, art shows, craft and flea markets, kids activities, sidewalk sales, music and the now famous Taste of Ottawa all come together at the fest. You are sure to find something for everyone! Visit their website for everything this fest has to offer.
Big Band Concert by the Del Bergeson Orchestra
Saturday's Big Band Concert will feature the Del Bergeson Orchestra. This event will be held at Campbell's Park, 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Grundy County Chamber of Commerce/Coal City event.
Streator AG Day
At Streator City Park - Antique tractor show, Clyde Pride Tractor Ride (parade) 2:00 pm, pony rides, barnyard discovery display, farmer's market, blacksmith display, flea market, music & entertainment. Food by the LaSalle County Cattleman (Lunch & Dinner).
Alton Farmer's & Artisans' Market
There will be an abundance of delicious fresh produce, crafts, baked goods, plants & flowers, locally-raised hormone-free meat, handmade soaps, jewelry, artwork, pottery, art demonstrations and more at the Alton Farmer's and Artisans' Market. Admission is free for shoppers and there is plenty of parking at its new permanent location in the city-owned parking lot at the corner of Landmarks and Henry Street. The Alton Farmer's & Artisans' Market is every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Wednesdays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Whole Hog Festival- Custom Car and Bike Show
The First Annual Whole Hog Festival is a new City of Lockport event that's fun for the whole family. The event celebrates custom cars and bikes by inviting owners in the region to show off their rides. Enjoy BBQ from variety of vendors and live music during the event. Time: 11:00am - 6:00pm.
Cosmic Disc Golf Tournament & Cosmic Night Golf - Streator
Two great nights of cosmic fun! Cosmic Disc Golf Night Tournament sponsored by YMCA - Marilla Park - Streator held on July 17th. And also, Cosmic Night Golf - Anderson Fields - Streator, on July 18th.
Our Comic Convention will feature fun for the whole family. Visit with over 25 vendors and artists from the Comic World. Face painters, a photo booth, and special attractions will abound when our library is turned into a Comicoplis for the day! Times: 10:00am - 4:00pm.
Taste of Highland Park
Scrumptious delights from the City’s finest eateries highlight the 2015 Taste of Highland Park held at Port Clinton Square. Visitors can satisfy savory and sweet cravings with everything from sushi to tacos to ice cream. Visit booths beginning Friday, August 28 at 5:00 p.m. Enjoy entertainment all weekend at the Taste Stage and the Port Clinton Art Festival Saturday and Sunday