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Enjoy 44 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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
This is the ultimate destination for anyone who loves sports. The only sports bar with 22 projection TVs and 140 flat screen TVs. If your sport is on TV they have it! OTB, slots, shuffleboard tables, pool tables, sand volleyball, team trivia, indoor tobacco shop and lounge. Fantastic menu, MUG club and drink specials. Three separate bars and private spaces available for catered parties. Salsa dancing w lessons featured on Tuesday’s and Friday’s as well as Team Trivia Tuesday’s and Thursday’s.
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
Doug Firebaugh Observatory
Enjoy the beauty of the night sky. Open whether cloudy or clear. If cloudy, there will be a presentation or discussion on related topics.Open: May thru September: First and Third Saturdays of the Month: 8 pm
Sunday at Sandwich Antique Market
This market made Country Living Magazine's top 24 Antique markets in the country! Monthly market (May-October) produced by seasoned antiques dealers with a focus on quality antiques, collectibles and crafts.
Illinois State Museum-Southern Illinois Art Gallery
A museum gallery featuring theme-based exhibits of works created by past and contemporary Illinois artist and artisans. Less than 1 mile southeast of Rend Lake.
French Connection Day
French Connection Day celebrates Cantigny's French roots, which began when Col. Robert McCormick served with the Army's 1st Infantry Division during World War I at the Battle of Cantigny, near Paris. Great food and entertainment with a French flair are highlights of this free one-day festival.
American Crafts Expo
Passionate about the arts? The American Craft Exposition, one of the country’s premier fine craft shows, has moved to a new location at the Chicago Botanic Garden! In its 31st year, this highly competitive juried show and sale of fine craft features one-of-a-kind, handcrafted artwork and luxury collections, from the country's leading craftspeople. Free Admission (does not include parking fees).
Paramount Theatrical Production: A Christmas Story
One of the most watched and beloved Holiday movies ever made comes to life in a full-blown musical production on the Paramount stage. It’s the story of nine-year-old Ralphie Parker growing up in middle-America in the 1940s. With Christmas right around the corner, Ralphie has his bespectacled sights set on one thing – a Red Ryder BB Gun. But at every turn, the young daydreamer hears those five words that are the bane of his existence: “you’ll shoot your eye out.”
Paramount Theatrical Production: West Side Story
It’s quite possibly one of the greatest love stories ever to be told in a musical. Set in the blue-collar neighborhood of New York’s Upper West Side, racial tensions run high as residents try to grind out a daily living. A turf war is being fought as the Jets, a white gang, and the Sharks, a Puerto Rican gang, battle over boundaries. In the heart of the turmoil, former Jets member Tony meets Maria at a local dance. The chemistry is instantaneous, and for a few hours, there is no race, no hatred, no barriers, just two young people in love. But Maria is the sister of Sharks’ leader Bernardo, and no one is going to make it easy for Tony and Maria to escape.
Skokie's Backlot Bash
Skokie's downtown summer street festival is held annually over three days in late August featuring carnival rides, events for all ages and a concert stage with regional and national acts. Since its inception, Skokie's Backlot Bash has presented some of the nation's most eclectic Rock, Blues and R&B artists. This year includes Fabulous Thunderbirds, Pychedelic Furs and more!