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Liberty Bank Alton Amphitheater
The 4,000 seat Liberty Bank Alton Amphitheater hosts a variety of events from community festivals to live concerts throughout the summer months. With the Mighty Mississippi River as a backdrop, bring your blanket and spread out for an evening under the stars. Check out our website for a list of upcoming events.
Live music venue and pub with full bar. Two stages and an extensive sound system accommodates a variety of live music and entertainment ranging from original songwriters, local talent and regional acts. Open F & S 4 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Family oriented two-day celebration that features the famous burgoo, as well as craft market, games, carnival rides, concessions and contests. Entertainment includes Little Miss & Mr. Burgoo, local talent groups and well-known music acts. Parade at 10am Saturday.
Metropolis Performing Arts Center
More than 40 productions and 360 performances each year ranging from musical theatre, plays, live music, dance, family shows, The Second City Comedy and professional regional children's theatre.
Arlington International Racecourse
At Arlington International, we aim to make every day of the season special by combining the excitement of thoroughbred racing, gorgeous grounds and fantastic food to create a winning track experience for our guests! Whether you're looking for a fun and exciting day out with friends and family, a casual and charming afternoon at the races, or a sophisticated and stylish get-together, Arlington International offers an extraordinary experience for everyone! Live racing and entertainment from May through September or find a full calendar of race dates and events at arlingtonpark.com.
Big Shot Piano Lounge & Restaurant
Big Shot is an upscale Restaurant & Piano Bar. A cozy place to meet, eat, and drink while listening and interacting with talented musicians. From the warm atmosphere to the variety of enticing menu items, this intimate spot will showcase live talent every night. The extremely friendly restaurant will invite its patrons to participate and sing along with new songs performed by talented professionals. This will definitely be a place to start and end an evening.
Arthur Amish Country Cheese Festival
This 3-day outdoor family street festival features 75-80 craft and food vendors, live entertainment all three days, a ceremonial cutting of a 300 pound wheel of cheese, 700 pounds of cheese given away, a 60 foot sub sandwich given away, antique tractor show, kiddie tractor pull, camel rides, stagecoach rides, buggy rides. Also a parade on Monday, and a kid-zone with games, inflatables, pony rides, rock climbing wall, 5K/10K run, car show and much more.
Crazy Horse Bluegrass Festival
A weekend of family fun - Friday and Saturday music performances, concluding on Sunday with a morning gospel show. Featuring: The Harmans, Art Stevenson & High Water, Punches Family, Charlie & the Girls, Blue River, Bluegrass Express, The Burie Family and Flat Mountain.
Ashton Sesquicentennial Celebration
Ashton, Illinois is celebrating 150 years in 2015! They are going big and will celebrate in grand style with four days of music, entertainment, activities for young and old along with food and fun! The village will be full of activity as they celebrate every aspect of Ashton’s rich history and showcasing what Ashton offers today. Go to website for all details
Fox Valley Symphony
Top-notch pop, classical and family performances are presented under the guidance of Maestro Fusao Kajima.
This theatre offers affordable, live entertainment, comedy, concerts, dance and family shows. Group discounts/theatre rentals; perfect for meetings, performances, fundraisers and banquets.
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Originally constructed in 1855-1865, the roundhouse was renovated and now houses Illinois' largest microbrewery and brewpub. Passion for beer, love of food, and appreciation for great architecture flourishes in the walls of this historic 70,000 square foot facility. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Two Brothers Roundhouse is the oldest limestone roundhouse in the United States. As they bring new life to this 155 year old building, enjoy a casual atmosphere in the main dining room gastropub, our sports tavern and music venue or our new cafe and bakery. There is more to do than dinner at the Roundhouse. As with the beer and food, the live entertainment has a local flair. Whether it be a wedding, reunion or corporate event, they have a variety of spaces for friends and family to gather. Cheers!
Soulfeed Smooth Jazz Festival
Soulfeed Smooth Jazz Festival™ is proud to present the 7th Annual Smooth Jazz Festival featuring Hiroshima, Walter Beasley AND Mambo Express with Emcee: Denise Jordan Walker.
Blues On The Fox
A celebration of Aurora’s rich Blues history with incredible music and top Blues artists! Full line up to be announced 10 am on April 2!
Paramount Theatrical Production: Oklahoma!
This is the show that set the standard for all future musicals by incorporating music, lyrics and dance into a well-crafted serious story. It’s also the debut collaboration of one of the most prolific writing teams in American theater history – Rodgers and Hammerstein. Set in the turn of the century Oklahoma Territory, tensions are mounting between the local farmers and cowboys over the use of land. In the midst of it all is the rugged cowboy Curly who’s fallen for the strong-headed farm girl, Laurey. Despite their fiery spirits and at times tumultuous relationship, the two are destined to start a new life together in the soon-to-be state called Oklahoma!
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.
The BoDeans at RiverEdge Park
There’s a reason The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum has a permanent display honoring these Midwest natives. Back in the 80s, the BoDeans blended the grit of American roots music with the upbeat elements of pop, creating a sound that caught the attention of both superstars and music fans around the country. Since then, the BoDeans have brought their unstoppable live talent on tour with legends like U2, The Pretenders and David Bowie. They’ve released Top 40 tunes like “Good Things,” “Stay” and their smash hit “Closer to Free.” And their brand new album "I Can’t Stop" is about to rock around the world. More than 30 years after their first album hit the airwaves, they're bringing that awesome party vibe to RiverEdge Park.
Sacred Heart Festival
It’s a full day of family fun, food and music celebrating the rich culture of Latin America, and it all benefits Aurora’s own Sacred Heart Parish. This year’s fest will feature tons of vendors offering traditional Hispanic items and clothes, endless authentic Latin-American food options and great games for the kids. When the afternoon rolls around, the RiverEdge Park stage fills with some of the area’s biggest and brightest Hispanic bands. Spend your Sunday at the Park having a blast, listening to cool music and giving back to the Aurora community.
Smash Mouth & Toad the Wet Sprocket at RiverEdge
25-year rock vets, Toad the Wet Sprocket, take the stage in what is sure to be an incredible show. What started off as a band jokingly named for a Monty Python sketch became one of the most well-recognized alt-rock groups, and these guys are bringing the laid back rock style to Aurora. Then surfer-meets-garage-band rockers Smash Mouth heat up the Park with a set of everyone’s favorite summer jams. With countless hits like “All-Star,” “Walkin’ On The Sun” and their awesome cover of “I’m a Believer,” these guys are the epitome of warm weather music. Get your summer on at the party of the summer.
Downtown Alive! One of These Nights & Cowboy Jukebox
If you hear the word “weekend” and think kicking back in a lawn chair, grabbing a cold one and jamming to your favorite tunes with family and friends, then you’ve got to be at the Park for Downtown Alive! Aurora’s concert series has become a summer highlight here in the City of Lights, and the musical acts lined up this year keep the tradition goin’.
When Chicago-bred REO Speedwagon launched into the rock scene, they changed the musical landscape forever. Their explosive 1980 record Hi Infidelity rocked the #1 spot on the charts for an incredible 15 weeks, gave music fans some of the greatest rock songs ever like “Keep On Loving You” and “Take It On The Run” and is now certified platinum 9 times over. And they didn’t stop there. Since Hi Infidelity, REO has released many albums, each blowing the minds of rock-n-roll fans around the world. With over 40 million records sold to date, these guys are musical legends.
Rock the Yacht
RiverEdge Park is bringing that beach party vibe to the Park: the awesome music, the cold beer, the breeze off the water – it’s all at Rock the Yacht. Featuring Robbie Dupree, Stephen Bishop, Player, Ambrosia, and the Little River Band, this rockin’, feel-good show brings your summer soundtrack to life.
Daryl Hall & John Oates
If there’s one thing every generation can agree on, it’s the awesomeness of Hall & Oates – and this summer they’re headed to the Park. With 6 number one singles and 6 certified platinum albums, Daryl Hall & John Oates are literally the most successful rock duo in history. Their Philly soul-meets-rock style is smooth, their melodies are timeless and their catchy hooks from hits like “You Make My Dreams,” “I Can’t Go For That” and “Rich Girl” will make you get up and dance. Hot off their 2014 induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Daryl and John are headed to Aurora for a night of everyone’s favorite classics, right on the Fox River.
Downtown Alive! Maggie Speaks & Catfight
The talented musicians of Catfight have a reputation of turning every venue they play into a massive party. So grab a beer, get ready to sing along and have some serious fun when Catfight kicks off the night. Then Chicago favorite Maggie Speaks rocks the Park by bringing your music library to life right before your eyes… and ears. Their huge repertoire includes 5 decades of songs, including everything from 50s favorites to Top 40 hits you heard last week, and their unstoppable energy is totally infectious. With their seamless transitions from pop to rock, country to hip-hop and everything in between, Maggie Speaks is ready to fill the RiverEdge air with the soundtrack of your life.
Get the Led Out
Experiencing Get the Led Out is the closest you’ll get to seeing Jimmy, John, Robert and John Paul back on stage. The 6 talented rockers have made it their mission to bring songs from Zeppelin’s legendary albums like Led Zeppelin I-IV, Physical Graffiti and In Through the Out Door to life… and they’re totally explosive. After all, there’s a reason rock journalists say Get the Led Out “didn’t just pass Zeppelin 101 with flying colors – they’re working on their Ph.D. They didn’t just do their Zep homework – they’re teaching the class.”
Earth, Wind and Fire at RiverEdge Park
They bring the Earth, Wind and Fire, and the Fox River brings the Water. This will be a night you’ll never forget. Earth, Wind & Fire is one of the best selling and top touring group in history. With a signature sound beyond categories – Soul, Pop, Jazz & Funk fusion, they have a groove as deep as the soul of the planet. Earth, Wind & Fire has influenced music and pop culture for over 4 decades. With mega-hits like, “Shining Star,” “September” and “Let’s Groove” it will be hard to stay in your seats, so get up, let your spirit fly and groove the night away with the legendary band, Earth, Wind & Fire.
His album “Bat Out of Hell” is certified platinum 14-times over (yep, you read that right), selling over 43 million copies worldwide – it’s still regarded by Rolling Stone as one of the greatest albums ever. He’s a Grammy-winner, he’s one of VH1’s “Great Artists of Hard Rock,” and he puts on one hell of a show. It’s the one and only Meat Loaf. Known for his wide-ranging voice, over-the-top energy and totally theatrical performances, Meat Loaf’s rockin’ the Park this August with his one-of-a-kind concert style that’s going to bring the place down. And with a new album written by “Bat Out of Hell” genius Jim Steinman in the works, you never know what this hard rock superstar’s got up his sleeves.
Fox Valley Irish Festival
No need to fly across the pond to get in on all that Irish fun. With beer and whiskey tastings, vendors offering phenomenal Irish fare, crafts and games for the kids and, of course, the hottest Irish bands around, the 2nd Annual Fox Valley Irish Fest is the biggest Irish party the Chicago suburbs have ever seen. There’s a little Irish in all of us – come celebrate the food, drink, music and spirit of the Emerald Isle at the Park. There’s something for the whole family at Irish Fest. There’s a huge children’s play area filled with crafts and games, Irish beer will be flowing, and tons of cool vendors will be offering authentic Irish food, gifts and more. Then, when the sun starts to go down over the green hills of the Park, to see three of the hottest Irish bands: Brendan Loughrey, The Ploughboys and The Mahones.
Celebrate the sound, culture and taste of Mexico at Fiestas Patrias. From the delicious food to the variety of musical acts to the children’s play area, there’s something for everyone at this fun festival right on the Fox River.
Hairspray: The Broadway Musical
Tracy Turnblad is a plus-size teen with plus-size hair, and she has one big plus-size dream – to dance her way onto Baltimore’s smash hit TV show, “The Corny Collins Show.” Every day after school, she and best friend Penny bee-line home to watch the cool kids shake the rafters to the hottest tunes on Collins’ program. When a dance slot opens on the show, Tracy gets help from her friend Seaweed, who puts enough groove in her step to win that dream role – and life is never the same again. But Tracy doesn’t rest on her stardom, instead she uses her new celebrity to racially integrate the TV show and change the lives of Baltimore folks forever.
Donny & Marie at the Paramount Theatre
From recording artists to television stars to Vegas headliners, Donny & Marie are the epitome of entertainment superstars. Just ask any of the thousands of people who saw them light up the Paramount last summer. Now, this duo is back at it in Aurora, and they’re bringing the songs, the choreography and, of course, the charm. With more than 90 years in show biz between them, Donny & Marie are bringing their catalog of chart-toppers like “Puppy Love,” “Paper Roses,” “A Little Bit Country, A Little Bit Rock N Roll” and countless more to the stage. Add in their fun-loving personalities, high-energy style and serious dance skills, and this is one production that’s a total blast for the young and young at heart. Get in on all the Osmond fun, and come see for yourself why, year-after-year, Donny & Marie are voted the best of Vegas.
Big Bang at Hidden Lake Winery
Dueling piano's. Meal prepared by Winery Chef.
2015 Christkindl Holiday Festival
Come to downtown Barrington for the annual Christkindl Festival. This is an open-air event during the holiday season featuring authentic German food, live entertainment, drinks, fun activities for families and kids crafts, live reindeer, carousel & train rides, Gingerbread House competition and even Santa's house. Please visit the website for a complete list of entertainment.
Fermilab Ramsey Auditorium
The mission of the Fermilab Arts and Lecture Series is to celebrate the artistic and intellectual vision of Fermilab by actively fostering an appreciation of science and the performing arts in neighboring communities.
Art in Your Eye Fine Art Festival
From August 14th-16th, view art on display in the City Hall Exhibit and Student Legacy Exhibit, listen to live music performances featuring some of the area's most popular bands, watch artists battle it out, partake in a craft beer & wine garden, eat local food and enjoy new activities and exhibits. This is an event fun for everyone!
Batavia Farmers' Market
Come enjoy over 18 different vendors offering a variety of fresh vegetables, fruit, eggs, meat, cheese, herbs, flowers, music and more. Along with weekly pop up vendors, check the website weekly for who will be in attendance. 3rd Saturdays will feature the Artisan Collective where you can enjoy living and shopping local. Shop for handmade items from your favorite artists and designers. Also, be sure to check the website for bi weekly activities just for kids. There will be fun activities such as a "make and take art project", a dress up photo shoot, face painting and more!
Beardstown Fall Fun Festival
Plenty of live music, food and fun! includes a parade on Saturday morning, Little Miss/Mister contest, car & motorcycle show, garden tractor pull, and carnival rides. Featured act is country recording artist Chase Rice.
Goodenow Grove Fall Fest
An estimated 3,500 guests attended Goodenow Grove Fall Fest in Beecher in 2014. This free, annual event features family-friendly fun including music, entertainment, pumpkin painting, a petting zoo, childrens activities and hayrack rides.
Main Street Jazz & Blues
Join the group at this small intimate club featuring performers from St. Louis and the local area.
Wine, Dine & Jazz
Come and taste delicious wines, enjoy delectable food and listen to jazz at this two day event.
Boone County Fair
Come to one of the finest fairs in the state, where you'll enjoy animal shows, antique tractors, tractor pulls, entertainment, a carnival, food and much more.
Bluegill Music Festival
Bluegill Music Festival (BMF) will launch its inaugural event on July 4, 2015 for a one-day festival packed with some of country music's hottest acts. The all-day festival will be complete with Southern Illinois' largest fireworks display, along the shores of the Rend Lake Dam, in Benton, IL. The lineup includes Eli Young Band, LoCash, Clayton Anderson and more exciting acts to be announced.
Bluegill Music Festival
March 16, 2015 - Bluegill Music Festival will lunch its inaugural event on July 4, 2015 for a one-day festival packed with some of country music's hottest acts. The all-day festival will be complete with Southern Illinois' largest fireworks display, along the shores of the Rend Lake Dam, in Benton, IL. The lineup includes Eli Young Band, LoCash, Clayton Anderson and more exciting acts to be announced. Tickets will go on sale this Friday, March 20th and can be purchased at www.bluegillfest.com and at Black Diamond Harley Davidson. Drawing fans from around the country, including Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee and Indiana, the festival is at the intersection of some of the nation's most dedicated country music fans. Bluegill Music Festival will feature nationally recognized BBQ vendors from around the country. Interactive entertainment for fans will also include activations, like: bags, washers, bubble soccer, Illinois longest slip n' slide, helicopter rides from Black Diamond Harley Davidson, a mechanical bull, a kids area with a large inflatable slide and the "Bluegill Lagoon", featuring a 60 x 100' VIP beach, with cabanas, private wading pools & lounge area. Additionally, Southern Illinois' largest fireworks display will begin at 9:30pm, and is free for all guest.
FitzGerald's, just across the street from Oak Park in Berwyn, has built a legendary reputation for an eclectic mix of music in a casual, comfortable setting that attracts music fans of all ages. The New York Times calls the club "a musical gem" and it has consistently been ranked among the top five music venues in Chicago. For special events, FitzGerald's offers a unique setting for all types of gatherings from 30 to 300. The family's award-winning restoration and classic look extends from its intimate private party room to the courtyard and legendary music club next door. An in house event planner can assist with any and all aspects of your event as needed.
Wire is located on Roosevelt Road in Berwyn. Just west of Chicago, something is growing... a facility for music production, performance, education and distribution unlike any other. Come experience this first class venue, boasting top notch audio equipment, as well as full service modern lighting and video production. A place every artist will want to play and every fan will want to see. This very modern venue is available to rent for your especially unique event. A must see!
Pick any decade and come ready to dance! Event fundraiser features: *King & Queen voting *Groove to the DJ mix *Raffles & Prizes *Finger foods & desserts from local restaurants *A Local Celebrity Lip Sync Battle General Ticket $75: includes open bar, appetizers & desserts and coat check.
34th Annual American Music Festival
Americana and roots music fans will find a full menu of talent at FitzGerald's 34th Annual American Music Festival brought to you by FitzGerald's. The summer 3-day event features more than 50 artists from Chicago and around the country. FitzGerald's American Music Festival takes place rain or shine on three stages -- club, tent and SideBar. Hours are 4:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. on July 2, 4:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. on July 3 and 4; 1 p.m.-3 a.m.
The Berwyn Park District presents BAM (Berwyn Arts & Music) Fest on Saturday, July 25th in Proksa Park. This Youth Arts & Music Festival will feature live music, youth art galleries, art creation stations, workshops and fun activities. This event will also feature a battle of the bands and teen lounge with live DJ's.
Midsommar Music Festival
Music and fun for the entire family, participate in musical workshops, jamming sessions and a barn dance with instructions provided. Main stage concerts are held in Village Park. Main Stage Events begin at 11 am, Maypole procession at 4 pm, and Barn Dance at 7 pm.
Christmas Market - Julmarknad
Experience the sights, sounds and aromas of Christmas past. Swedish folk characters roam the village, music plays, shop the Swedish Food specialties, abundance of handmade wares, folk art, antiques. Select homemade chocolate delicacies during the Chocolate Walk.
The Bishop Hill Chatquaqua
We invite you to spend the day in an enchanting village. The park is the center of this small town and will be filled with story telling and music. Join us for the historical re-enactment, a family oriented event sharing true tales of what makes us uniquely American.
Illinois Symphony Orchestra
The Illinois Symphony Orchestra performs diverse concerts for the communities of Springfield and Bloomington-Normal. Single tickets or affordable subscription packages are available.
Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts
Built in 1922 to house the original American Passion Play, the former Scottish Rite Temple is the centerpiece of downtown Bloomington's Cultural District. The Performing Arts Center has a 1,200-seat theater and 1,000-person ballroom.
Twin Cities Ballet
Twin Cities Ballet is a civic ballet company and school of dance which attracts guest dancers throughout the year. The Nutcracker is a local tradition each December.
Famous for Long Island Iced Teas! Always a packed crowd in Downtown Bloomington!
Bourbonnais Friendship Festival
During the five days of fun, rides, games, shows, beer garden, parades, teen Idol, baby contest and more. You are bound to see astronauts, Martians, the Jetsons, Buzz Lightyear, Luke Skywalker and more as you orbit the festival grounds.
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.
Home to the Chicago Fire soccer team, Toyota Park is a world-class stadium and concert venue located southwest of Chicago.
Buffalo Grove Days 2015
This annual festival has fun for everyone. The festival will include the chamber beer garden, a business and craft fair, free entertainment all day long, a carnival, games, special events, a parade and fireworks on Sunday. Please visit the website for more information.
Byron Civic Center
Musicals, comedies and mysteries are performed August-May at this civic center located in Byron High School.
Cambridge Fest & Auto Show
If you enjoy classic cars and trucks in a historic downtown setting, please join us for the annual Cambridge Auto Show in Cambridge. Over 150 cars, trucks and motorcycles will be on display. The day offers live entertainment, tours of the Historical Heritage Village, food and craft vendors, along with many other activities.
Live entertainment. Monday night is jazz, Thursday offers an eclectic mix of local musicians, Sunday is DJ night.
Shawnee Hills Wine Trail
The Shawnee Hills Wine Trail features 12 award-winning wineries located along a 25-mile scenic drive along highway 127 and highway 51 in the Shawnee National Forest. Along the way have a picnic, go on a hike, visit a shop, and stay in a cozy B&B or cabin. Many of the wineries host special events throughout the summer and fall.
The Varsity Center for the Arts
What started as a single-screen movie house in 1940 has become a power house for live music and community theater. This gorgeous theater is one of the greatest components to Carbondale's thriving art & culture scene, as it serves as home to the Jackson County Stage Company, which presents several plays during the year, and hosts the weekly Friday Night Film series. The Varsity serves as a venue for live entertainment during the Carbondale Rocks Revival, an annual city-wide music festival in addition to accommodating local and regional musicians during the year to bring the city exceptional entertainment.
The Hangar 9
Known for its wide selection of craft beer and hosting exceptional music, The Hangar 9 is arguably Carbondale's best venue for nightlife. Built to resemble an airplane hangar, the building is unmistakable. Located on The Strip in Downtown Carbondale, the bar brings everything from karaoke, open-mic, and trivia to recognizable national acts to the downtown.
Greene County Fair
This traditional county fair has been around since 1856 and continues to provide fun for the whole family! Don't miss the great food, entertainment, the annual Queen and Little Miss pageants, carnival rides, sand volleyball, mud drags, truck/tractor pulls, horse racing, and commercial vendors. Live music will fill the air in the evening. Check our Facebook page for updates. Admission fee is collected at the gate.
Southern Illinois Irish Festival
This Festival began in 1997 and continued to grow and expand with new events and excitement for participants of all ages. A Celtic cultural celebration with special concerts, fairs with music, dance workshops & demonstrations, Celtic arts & crafts, and merchandise, children’s activities. This year's Southern Illinois Irish Festival will be hosted by Walkers Bluff. This new venue provides a picturesque location just northwest of Carterville, Illinois.
Carterville High School Performing Arts Theatre
This 750 seat theatre features a full orchestra pit, large stage, air conditioning and convenient and ample parking for audience members. From a performance standpoint, the auditorium also features a large backstage dressing area and wondrous acoustics.
Sousa Archives and Center for American Music
The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music holds diverse collections of personal papers, archival records, and museum artifacts documenting America’s music heritage from the nineteenth century to the present, as well as scholarship produced by nationally and internationally recognized composers, musicians, conductors, and inventors. The Center is home to the world’s largest concentration of original compositions by John Philip Sousa, one of many significant historical collections that document the American band movement and the early evolution of electronic and avant-garde music. The Sousa Archives strives to provide exceptional service, programming, access, and tours of our collections to all visitors.
This traditional pub in Downtown Champaign is off the beaten path and likes it that way. A great selection of beers and a crowd of regulars keep this bar hopping. Live music weekly.
Serving only the finest bar food available, Joe’s is the home of the Super Bird and a great place to grab some tasty wings or burgers, as well as the best fish sandwich you’ll find anywhere. Joe’s continues to provide a high energy atmosphere only available on a college campus as well as great food at a reasonable price. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do.
State Farm Center
The State Farm Center™, formerly the University of Illinois Assembly Hall, is one of the two largest edge-supported domes in the world. More than half a million people annually attend events at the center. The 16,000 plus seat venue regularly accommodates Broadway shows, musicals and major concert performers.
Talk about setting the mood. With an atmosphere flushed with warm reds and bathed in caramel and gold lighting, the mood at Soma is always one of urbane expectation. Anything can happen here, and it does.
Since 1921, The Virginia Theater has been a landmark in the business district of Champaign and in the history of the region. For 75 years, the 1,525 seat theater has offered entertainment as a vaudeville house, legitimate theater, and movie house. The historic theater plays host to Roger Ebert’s Ebertfest Film Festival every spring.
A developing space for visual and performing artists and arts organizations. We are the home of Class Act Interactive, with classes and interactive experiences for children of all ages.
Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival
The stages will be sure to be rocking all day, showcasing our featured Blues bands and singers, featuring such artists as Carolyn Wonder, Ana Popovic, Janiva Magness, Adrianna Marie and many more. This street festival also features some the nations top, and award-winning BBQ so it will be hard to go home hungry.
Friday Night LIve
Downtown Champaign is the backdrop for Friday Night Live, a free street-side performance series open to the general public. Held from 6-8pm every Friday from May 31st to August 16th, Friday Night Live includes an eclectic mix of music and street performances including bluegrass, jazz, folk, rock, and blues, along with a cappella, bellydancing, and street magic.
Champaign Music Festival
The newest of Champaign Park District’s signature events, the Champaign Music Festival, will feature nationally-recognized musicians playing amazing music right here in our own Hessel Park. Join us for this exciting night of music and enjoy food and beverages from your favorite downtown establishments as we pack the streets!
Old Town School of Folk Music
The Old Town School of Folk Music provides a wide range of music, dance, theater, and visual arts courses to people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. Whatever one's interest, the Old Town School provides broad access to more than 700 accredited class offerings, private lessons, and workshops that span an array of artistic genres.The school features a main stage where concerts are held year round, along with a great shop that sells music and instruments.
Beverly Art Center
Located in Chicago's historic Beverly/Morgan Park neighborhood, the Beverly Art Center is a multidisciplinary, cultural center offering classes in art, music, dance, and theater. Offers rotating exhibitions of contemporary art and performing art.
Mexican Folklore Dance Company of Chicago
As Chicago's oldest Mexican dance institution, MFDC has received countless recognitions and awards, performed for three presidents and represented Mexico in the 1994 USA World Cup opening ceremony, as well as numerous national television performances, most recently at the 2009 Latin Grammy Awards. MFDC's performances reflect Mexico's rich history which shapes its traditional arts, culture, and values. The historical periods revealed in the dances include pre-Columbian indigenous times, the Spanish Colonial Period, the Struggle for Independence and the 1910 Mexican Revolution.
Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University
The historic landmark Auditorium Theatre, an architectural masterpiece designed by Dankmar Adler and Louis Sullivan, opened in 1889. The Auditorium, which regularly hosts live performances, is renowned for its amazing acoustics.
Today's Soldier Field comprises two distinct structures. There is classical stone-clad shell designed in the 1920s. Its contemporary interior is a 2003 retrofit designed specifically for the NFL's Chicago Bears. The original stadium seated 120,000. The new Soldier Field seats 61,5000 in a boldly asymmetrical steel and concrete bowl set within the confines of the original colonnades.
The Athenaeum hosts theatrical and dance performances throughout the year.
Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago
The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago is the city's leading presenter of contemporary dance, showcasing artists of regional, national and international acclaim.
Chicago Opera Theater
This opera company specializes in a unique repertoire that focuses on works from the 17th, 18th and 20th centuries, performed beautifully in a small venue.
Music of the Baroque
Music of the Baroque performs classical pieces in venues around Chicago.
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
The world-renowned Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) performs at the grand Symphony Center on Michigan Avenue in the Loop. The CSO is led by Music Director Riccardo Muti, and often collaborates with some of the biggest names in classical music. In the summer, the CSO takes up residence at the outdoor Ravinia Festival in north suburban Highland Park. Photo credit: Todd Rosenberg as photographer for CHICAGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
One of Chicago's best equipped multimedia facilities, this historic theatre has been an integral part of the entertainment scene since it opened in the 1920's. Capacity 100-1000.
Multi-purpose arena, home of the Chicago Bulls (NBA) and the Chicago Blackhawks (NHL). Other events - concerts, ice shows, circus, etc.
Lyric Opera Of Chicago
Lyric Opera of Chicago is one of the world’s great opera companies. It is renowned internationally for its artistic excellence and financial strength. Founded in 1954, since its earliest years Lyric has distinguished itself by presenting the finest international singers, directors, and designers in classic and less-familiar operatic repertoire and in world-premiere productions. Opera performances are from September through March.
Petrillo Music Shell
Located in Grant park, this historic venue houses Chicago's summer music festivals put on by the Mayor's Office of Special Events, the Department of Cultural Affairs and the Chicago Park District.
Aragon Entertainment Center
Built in 1926, this historic ballroom quickly became Chicago's premier place for world-renowned live entertainment. Its unique architecture, design and ambiance have made it a multiuse facility that often hosts live concerts.
The Signature Room at the 95th
Enchanted dining experiences await guests at this contemporary American restaurant. Located atop the John Hancock Center, it offers the best view of the city of Chicago. Live jazz, elegant dark wood and marble tiled artdeco interior compliments the mood.
Find a lot of standing-room shows of predominantly rock bands that play to packed crowds. Play pool, watch the evening's performance on a video screen downstairs, or simply check out the music scene with beer in hand.