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Pal Joey's Restaurant
Pal Joey's has prided itself with a pizza that has remained consistent throughout its 32 year history. The pizza was given 4 stars by Chicago Tribune food critics and named as one of the best pan pizzas in the Chicago area. Fine Italian food and award-winning pizza. Outdoor dining by the Fox River is a special treat!
Celebrating 11 years: this annual chicken wing cook-off is not to be missed. Featuring live music all day and through the night with local musician. Free inflatables, fun, games and contests for kids.
Winter Lights Aurora
The Merriest And Cheeriest Of Seasons Starts With Winter Lights! As the City of Aurora’s official kick-off to the holiday season, this family oriented event will be filled with merry making moments and a sleigh full of free fun for the entire family! The event starts with the Holiday Parade ushering in the jolly old elf himself, Santa along with Mrs. Claus. It’s followed by a grand fireworks display along the banks of the Fox River. The twinkling lit streets will be filled with a tree lighting, live music, costumed characters, ice sculpting, local art, food vendors, festive photo-ops, live reindeer a trackless train and more. The Come and make Winter Lights, a memory filled family tradition!
EffingHAM Music Fest
When music reigned supreme in the 1950s and 1960s, the Beach Boys secured their place in pop culture. Relive the glory days with EffingHAM Music Fest, as we welcome original Beach Boys guitarist, David Marks, with support from the Surf City Allstars to the Funfest Amphitheater stage at Mid America Motorworks on Saturday, Sept. 19th at 8 p.m. Tickets are only $15 at www.ticketweb.com. Bring your lawn chairs, and get ready for a great time!
A Sandwich Christmas / Festival of Trees
Christmas fun begins in Sandwich! On Saturday, tour Sandwich with the Sandwich Association of Merchants “Tour of Homes.” Stop by the Festival of Trees at Timber Creek Inn & Suites and experience the magic of a holiday wonderland filled with an assortment of delightfully and uniquely decorated trees. Holiday musical entertainment is scheduled at various times throughout this free festival. Be sure to visit the Holiday Lane Craft Show and Home Business Showcase located in the convention center for a perfect holiday shopping opportunity. Also on Saturday, Secret Santa Shopping fun will be at the Sandwich Opera House. The Sandwich Old Mill Museum will be open to the public. Begin an evening of delight with the Tree Lighting Ceremony at Veterans Park and Railroad Streets. Enjoy a real carriage ride from Veterans Park. Take the trolley tour and participate in the decorating contest.
Enjoy 48 premium flavors of ice cream and sherbet (over 150 flavors rotated)! Kid-approved flavors. Non-dairy sherbet options. Homemade waffle cones. Fruit smoothies. Custom cakes. Specialty drinks. And toppings, toppings, toppings!
Celebrate Halloween, if you dare, at the Chicago Botanic Garden! Get in the Halloween spirit with face-painting festivities! Bring your camera to capture a photo of your costumed family in friendly and frightening surroundings. As night falls, walk through the Model Railroad Garden: Landmarks of America, decorated in ghostly lights and running special ghost trains; then take a ride around the Garden on the Howlin’ Express—keep your eyes peeled for spooky sights!
International Craft Beer Tasting
The Village of Itasca will be hosting its 4th Annual International Craft Beer Tasting at the Holiday Inn Itasca. We will feature over 75 craft beers from microbreweries both locally and internationally. There will be some hard cider tastings also. Come out to enjoy responsibly limitless tastings.
Long Grove's Fall Annual Apple Festival
Come out for a fun-filled weekend of live entertainment, music, shopping and fine dining throughout this charming, historic village. This is a great event filled with activities for the whole family including pony rides, kiddie rides and face painting. Restaurants and specialty shops will feature a wide variety of apple-inspired treats for all to enjoy. Plan to welcome the beautiful fall season at Long Grove’s Apple Fest 2015.
Long Grove Historic Village
Nestled in historic homes and buildings that date back to the community's roots in the 1800's, Long Grove's over 80 shops specialize in unique gifts, boutiques, antiques, clothing, exceptional art and home décor, and distinctive menus. Visitors can stroll the cobblestone walks that wind through the historic downtown and enjoy seasonal lush gardens and scenic views. And they can make it a quick trip or a day's outing, shopping and indulging their tastes with a variety of food and bakery products, cafés, and fine eating establishments. Fun and festivals throughout the year including the famous Chocolate Fest, Strawberry Fest, Apple Fest and a month of Holiday Festivities to name a few.
The Jason Bishop Show at the Effingham Performance Center
Come to the EPC at 7 p.m. to see why Jason Bishop is called America's Hottest Illusionist!
Open Range Southwest Grill
Open Range Grill is a family owned restaurant in Sugar Grove, IL on Bliss Creek Golf Course. We’re open every day and are nearby with nightly dinner specials including our weekly Friday Fish Fry and Saturday Prime Rib, live entertainment every weekend, and an amazing patio overlooking the beautiful Bliss Creek Golf Course. Our food, drinks, and events are close by - stop in and check them out!
NIU Convocation Center Presents: The Second City "Fully Loaded"
Chicago’s legendary sketch and improve comedy theater returns to the NIU Convocation Center with “The Second City: Fully Loaded.” This irresistible new show features classic material made famous by Second City stars like Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert and Steve Carell, as well as brand new scenes, songs and improv straight from their sold out shows in Chicago and Toronto. This must-see evening of comedy features some of Chicago’s best and brightest in a special one night only engagement. Fresh, fast and always spectacularly funny, The Second City is celebrating 55 years of producing cutting-edge satirical revues and continues to launch the careers of comedy superstars. Tickets for The Second City go on sale Friday, July 17th at 10:00am and range from $15.00 - $35.00. Tickets can be purchased at the Convocation Center box office, all Ticketmaster Outlets, Ticketmaster.com, or by phone at 800-745-3000. For more information, please call 815-752-6800 or visit www.niuconvo.com.
Raimondo's Pizza & Pub
Two-time Culinary Champion Raimondo's pizzas and pastas are the best pizza and the best ethnic restaurant in the Aurora Area according to our local mayors. Handcrafted pizza pies, sauces and sandwiches made to order. Each pie dough is rolled by hand and made to order. Salivate over the menu. Experience the best when you experience Raimondo's!
Celeste is a modern, sophisticated, multi-level establishment. The design of the building is reminiscent of turn-of-the-century Chicago and the food is just as innovative. Enjoy classic American drinks, a versatile wine list, and seasonal multi-layered cuisine. Drink and dine at the bar, in the deco room, or in the garden.
Forest Park is a municipal park with the Chautauqua Auditorium, Vietnam Memorial, Family Aquatic Center, picnic areas, pavilions, baseball & softball diamonds, fishing lagoon (Crystal Lake), skateboard park, soccer fields, a youth athletic center, and more. There is an entrance to the General Dacey trail at the back of the park and the Memorial Sunken Gardens have been revitalized. The park is also home to the Festival of Lights.
6th Annual Springfield Oyster & Beer Festival
Join us for the 6th Annual Springfield Oyster and Beer Festival for Charity. In the first 5 years, the event has raised over $30,000 for area charities! Sample upwards of 100 fine craft beers and ciders from local, midwest, and even some national breweries. Tantalize your taste buds on a variety of oyster dishes as well as several food vendors while listening to live bands. Having a good time is that much easier when it's for a great cause! For more information, visit sobfestival.com or facebook.com/sobfestival.
Luigi's House invites you to come and experience true Italian cooking and casual dining in the various rooms of Luigi's home. Themed dining spaces include the kitchen, pottery room (with twinkling lights), library, or the landscaped patio. Inside Luigi’s House is Julian’s Piano Bar, which offers live entertainment three nights per week, great Martini’s and appetizers.
The Drake Hotel Oak Brook
Breathtakingly elegant, lavish, and newly renovated, The Drake Oak Brook features traditional furnishings and timeless architecture. Stunning banquet rooms open to newly designed terraces and courtyards.
America is obsessed with bacon, which is why Pomegranate Restaurant’s bacon waffle just makes so much sense. If bacon’s not your thing but waffles still are, try their pomegranate waffle–it comes with their pomegranate sauce and it’s amazing. Another great thing about this place, aside from their fresh ingredients, is that they serve breakfast all day. Late risers, rejoice! You can get breakfast and a mimosa at 4:00 p.m. Don’t let breakfast bias keep you from ordering off the lunch and dinner menus. All of their food is amazing!
Culinary Champion for Best Seafood! Served in a traditional Italian American atmosphere, a night out at Aliano’s makes for a special dining experience. Every item on Aliano’s extensive menu is made from classic, favorite recipes that have been delighting diners for years.
Culinary Champion for Best Soup, Best Dessert and Best Veggie/Vegan dish! Experience exquisite Italian cuisine and world class culinary arts including their famous wood burning oven techniques. Vegan? Food-intolerant? Let them know and Chefs Gaetano and Wendy DiBenedetto will make up a special culinary delight just for you!
Ballydoyle Irish Pub & Restaurant
From the southern midlands of Ireland to the Chicago suburbs Ballydoyle carries the tradition with classic Irish brews, excellent food and live entertainment. Irish fare, boxtys, entrees and burgers. Brews on tap, by the pint, bottle and cans. Live music, parties and events. Celebrate St. Patrick's Day all year!
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