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Big Rock Forest
This forest preserve has miles of wooded trails and a quarry lake suitable for hiking and horseback. Fishing, canoeing and kayaking permitted in season.
Bliss Creek Golf Course
Golfers will enjoy all that Bliss Creek has to offer, from the casual atmosphere of the bar and grill, to cocktails on the deck overlooking the first hole. With the addition of the Pine Room, a dedicated building designed specifically for golf outings, it is the perfect course for any size outing or fundraiser. Open to the public daily, it offers beautiful, tree-lined fairways, well-placed water hazards and a challenging 18 holes of golf that can most often be played in less than four hours. Truly one of the best golf values in the Chicagoland area.
Hopvine Brewing Company
Hopvine Brewing Company is an original, locally owned and operated restaurant and brewery in Aurora, IL. Guests immerse themselves in the craft brewing process while looking through windows into the brewery, the fermentation room and ultimately the storage cooler. Hopvine Brewing Company offers a selection of craft beer, fine wines, specialty drinks and an extensive, constantly evolving selection of fresh seasonal menu items.
Maciano's Pizza & Pasteria
Using only the freshest ingredients, Maciano's serves delicious homemade pizza and Italian entrees. They are Casual, Contemporary, Italian with Old-World Craft. Carry out, catering or delivery available.
Settler's Hill Golf Course
Featured on The Golf Scene with Steve Kashul and Heralded as one of Chicagoland's best buys for 18 holes, Settler's Hill is a favorite in Kane County and beyond. Here links, parkland and water holes combine to create a truly varied and memorable golf experience. Quirky greens, deep bunkers and colorful seasonal wildflower displays add to the course's charm. Superb conditioning and a casual atmosphere make Settler's Hill welcoming and enjoyable for all levels of golfers. The course's west-central location in Batavia near the Fox River makes Settler's Hill a natural choice for meeting friends for a round or planning an outing.
Rochelle Cinco de Mayo Celebration
The City of Rochelle is sponsoring a Cinco de Mayo event at the Downtown Rochelle Gazebo from 4-10 pm on Saturday May 2nd. The event is open to the public and will include authentic food; arts and crafts; music and dance demonstrations; and a Chihuahua parade and race throughout the evening.
Roadhouse Country Restaurant, Bar & Grill
The Roadhouse was Runner Up in the Culinary Champions competition for Best Soup for their delicious, like-none-other "Grandmas Homemade Chicken 'n Dumplings!" This award-winning pub specializes in country hospitality, food, fun and friends. The are experts in country-style comfort food. Check out the latest events and entertainment happening on their website.
Glidden Homestead Opening Day
Tours of the Glidden Homestead historic site, blacksmith demonstrations, and tours of the barn. Opening Day is the only day when the barn is open to the public. Noon - 4pm
We are all super excited to tend, cook and serve you while you are here, so come on down, check in, like us on Facebook and give us your feedback. Open 5 pm - 11 pm Tue/Wed, 5 pm - midnight Thurs/Fri/Sat and 5 pm - 11 pm Sundays.
Open since 2009, Lakeview Grille offers the finest cuts of steak and prime rib. Their restaurant menu items not only include steaks but fresh salads, delicious entrees, and decadent desserts. To complement guests' dining experiences, the beer and wine list is extensive. Additional menus available for kids, banquets, or showers. Specials include Tuesday Night Rib Night - Wine Down Wednesdays - Prime Rib Special Thursday night and all day Sunday.
Whitetail Ridge Restaurant
Situated among the rich turf at Whitetail Ridge Golf Club this is the perfect venue for wedding parties, luncheons, meetings or a Sunday Brunch. Mothers will appreciate spending Mother's Day at this beautiful place! Enjoy Friday fish fries, Sunday buffets and weekly specials. Easter Brunch and Father's Day are also special days to spend at Whitetail Ridge. Open 11 am - 9 pm Monday through Saturday and Sundays 8 am - 8 pm. Call for reservations and special holiday hours.
Salsa Verde Mexican Restaurant & Taqueria
Salsa Verde is delicious, authentic, home-made Mexican dishes from authentic Mexican recipes. Their service is friendly in an inviting and vibrant environment. Fresh ingredients make them among the best Mexican restaurants in the area!
Legends Sports Bar & Grill
Sports bar and casual restaurant, Legends combines the best of both into a special kind of neighborhood gathering place. Where friends and family can meet to grab a bite, watch the game, or just enjoy a beer together in a lively atmosphere.
Rowdy's was first runner up as Culinary Champion for Best BBQ with their delicious Hog Wings! A fun local pub with a small town feel. An open kitchen allows customers to watch their food being prepared or their burger being "designed." They have over 50 brews to choose from as well as daily specials and live entertainment. Check their Facebook page for updates.
La Quinta de los Reyes
Dine at La Quinta de los Reyes for the best in authentic Mexican cuisine, drinks and live entertainment. Located on the corner of Broadway (Rt. 25) and New York Street in downtown Aurora between the Aurora Transportation Center and Paramount Theatre.
Come experience a special brand of bowling fun! As one of the largest centers in Illinois, Parkside Lanes is able to offer a variety of bowling formats, including open bowling, junior and adult league bowling, Sport sanctioned bowling, IHSA high school bowling, birthday parties, corporate events, fundraisers and more. Please use their Open Bowl information page or call for lane availability.
North Aurora Hotel Inn and Suites
North Aurora Hotel has 120 comfortable, convenient guest rooms including King, Queen, Double and King Suites. Complimentary continental breakfast from 7 - 10 am every day. 24-hour front desk welcome center. Kitchenettes, free WiFi access and cable TV. Spacious free parking for up to 250 cars. Conveniently located right off I-88, Exit 117 at Rt. 31. Minutes from Chicago Premium Outlets, Hollywood Casino Aurora and the Aurora Transportation Center.
Prairie State Winery Winemaker's Dinner
Come and enjoy Prairie State Winery's Winemakers Dinner. Experience their in-house, hand-crafted cuisine paired with a handful of their wines you've come to love! Dinner will be a specially prepared, elegant five course meal in an intimate 20 person seating. Prairie State Winemaker and Chef will guide you through each of the five unique dishes and their pairings. Space is limited, so reserve your spot now!
Sky Zone Trampoline Park
Sky Zone is the world’s first indoor trampoline park. They’re the inventors of “fun fitness” and the makers of trampolines as far as the eye can see. They offer one of the greatest workouts ever combined with awesome, healthy fun. They’ve been voted the number one “out of the box” workout and the “best party ever.” Experience WOW – the weightlessness of bouncing, flipping and landing in a pit filled with 10,000 foam cubes. Sky Zone is dedicated to providing the pure joy that comes with flying. They are sky lovers, thrill seekers and people who believe that jumping is freedom. They believe fitness can be fun and play can be smart. They are healthy and bursting with energy. They fly high and keep it safe. They are Sky Zone. Have Fun, Fly Safe Aurora!!
Lily's Crossing at the Parmount Theatre
Summer is Lily’s favorite time of the year. With a cozy home on the Atlantic, her best friend Margaret just down the beach and spectacular plans on the horizon, she has not a care in the world,. But this is the summer of 1944, and World War II is about to change Lily’s life. Her father Poppy joins the army, Margaret’s family has moved away and nothing is the same. Now Lily must find it inside herself to be brave, stay strong and find friends in the places she least expects. Based on Patricia Reilly Giff’s Newberry Medal-winning novel, Lily’s Crossing will teach students of all ages the powers of courage, honesty and above all, friendship. Performances 9:30 am and noon.
Whitetail Ridge Golf Club
This premier public golf course was designed by architect Greg Martin on the farmland locally known as "The Ridge" in 2007. The front nine plays as a links-style course, while the back nine features elevation changes and spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. 18 holes, par 71. Distance: 6,604. Whitetail Ridge offers the perfect venue to host your wedding or golf outing. The 24,000 square foot clubhouse features a beautiful restaurant and bar that seats 100 people, with a balcony that overlooks the front nine. The elegant Ballroom accommodates parties of up to 350 people, and is complimented by the Terrace Room, with a private balcony, that can host business meetings and smaller events such as wedding and baby showers, and business meetings. The lower level of the clubhouse features the 19th Hole with a private bar, and seating for up to 50. The patio and outdoor party area provide an ideal place for your outdoor wedding, party, or post-outing summer fun and socializing. Three-time winner Bride's Choice Award and 2014 Couple's Choice Award winner.
An Evening with Amy Grant & Steven Curtis Chapman
Don't miss Grammy Award winning Christian powerhouse Amy Grant and Steven Curtis Chapman, the most awarded Christian artist in music on Friday, February 19th at the NIU Convocation Center. Show starts at 7:30pm with doors opening at 6:30pm.
Charlotte's Web at the Paramount Theatre
Wilbur the pig has a problem: Farmer Zuckerman wants to turn him into pork chops! Good thing his friend, a little gray spider named Charlotte, has a plan to create a sticky solution. Charlotte weaves the words “Some Pig” in her web, catching Farmer Zuckerman’s attention and making Wilbur a prize pig! But will Charlotte’s trick ensure Wilbur’s spot on the farm forever? Based on E.B. White’s treasured story, TheatreWorks USA’s production of Charlotte’s Web will teach the importance of bravery, compassion and the true meaning of friendship. Performance times 9:30 am and noon.
Freedom Train at the Paramount Theatre
A thrilling, inspiring journey on the Underground Railroad with Harriet Tubman! Born into slavery, Harriet escaped a Maryland plantation by following a safe route laid by the Quakers. After making it to safety, Harriet became one of the most celebrated “conductors” on the Underground Railroad, fearlessly guiding more than 300 slaves through the dangers of the South to freedom. Freedom Train not only follows Harriet Tubman’s incredible story, but it’s a celebration of dedication, survival and the human spirit, all set to the beautiful dance, dialogue and songs of the times. Performance times 9:30 am and noon.
Spring at the Farm
Dickson-Murst Farm is turned into an antique truck and tractor show with petting zoo, hayrides, crafts and music the ole' time way!
Country Lights Soy Candles
Country Lights Soy Candles started making candles as a hobby in 1999. At first, the candles were a soy/petroleum mix. After some experimenting, we were happy to go to a 100% soy candle. It did not take long for us to realize that soy candles were becoming very popular. Our "factory" is located on our family's Centennial Farm in north central Illinois. All of the candles are hand poured by family members.
Paint, Drink and be Merry at Prairie State Winery
Join Prairie State Winery for their latest event with with "Vino Van Gogh!" Come for a fun afternoon of wine and painting. Starts at 2pm and pre-registration is required. Love Birds (set of three 6x6 Canvas) will be the featured painting. Don't forget to use promo code "PRAIRIE" for $5 off!
Double Yolk Pancake House and Restaurant
Finding a brunch spot as delicious as Double Yolk is about as rare as finding a double yolk in an egg. With homemade corned beef hash, the shamrock benedict is great! The hollandaise is perfect, especially when paired with the corned beef hash. Their chipotle chicken sandwich is seasoned to perfection. *This restaurant recently ranked one of TOP 25 in the USA by Restaurant.com.*
Kool and the Gang at RiverEdge Park
In over 4 decades, Kool & the Gang has sold over 70 million albums worldwide, won 2 Grammys and 7 AMAs, racked up 31 gold and platinum albums and scored a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. This June, they’re bringing their funky jams to RiverEdge Park. You won’t be able to stay in your seat when these guys roll out hits including “Celebration,” “Jungle Boogie” and “Get Down On It.” And to add to the good times, Motown icon and founder of the Commodores Thomas McClary is bringing his legendary Motown sound along. $30 before June 1, $45 starting June 1. All events at RiverEdge Park are General Admission. Guests are welcome to bring lawn chairs.
Stars of Dance Chicago
This Fermilab tradition returns to Ramsey Auditorium! Curator John Schmitz of the Dance Chicago Festival always pulls together an extraordinary variety to bring The Best of Dance Chicago to Fermilab. With a slate of more than 10 dance companies, there is always something for everyone.
Huntley Park District
The Huntley Park District has been providing Recreation for Generations since 1965. Facilities include the REC Center which features a fitness center, Seedlings Preschool and theater, Stingray Bay Family Outdoor Aquatic Center, Tomaso Sports Park, Pinecrest Golf Club and Restaurant.
Fermilab's Lederman Science Center
The Leon M. Lederman Science Education Center houses hands-on exhibits for ages 10+, technology and science labs, a store and the K-12 Teacher Resource Center. Science Adventures classes for all ages take place at the Lederman Science Center. The Center also has a unique collection of indoor and outdoor exhibits introducing students to the world of particle physics. Open to the public Monday–Friday 8:30 AM–4:30 PM and on Saturdays from 9:00 AM–3:00 PM. The Center can accommodate groups of five or fewer on a walk-in basis. Larger groups must book a visit. Call 630-840-8258 for more information. A guided tour for families is available the first Saturday of the month from 10:00 am to noon.
Scorched Earth Brewing Company
Scorched Earth Brewing Co is a production brewery and tap room in Algonquin, IL. Our world class beer can be found in local establishments throughout the area. The tap room regularly features local food trucks, live music, tours and other special events.
Kane County Fair
Family fun. Carnival, bands, demo derby, bull riding, commercial expo, 4-H. Fun for everyone during this 5 day celebration.
Morkes Chocolates provides high quality and diverse tastes at affordable prices. With a history of candy making going all the way back to 1920, we at Morkes Chocolates continue to make our chocolate confections from scratch, with all natural chocolate, pure butter, fresh roasted nuts, and a lot of fun.
Disney Love Songs - Alexis Cole
Join the Sandwich Opera House in welcoming American jazz singer, Alexis Cole as she sings Disney's favorite love songs with an up tempo and sultry flavor. She will perform numbers and scat solos from jazz standards and blues.
Prairie Brass Band
Join the Sandwich Opera House in welcoming this 25-piece brass band from Arlington Heights performing traditional British brass band instrumentation.
Dakota Swings Bobby Darin
The Sandwich Opera House presents Bobby Darin’s life in song. Las Vegas performer Dakota Horvath is often compared to Harry Connick Jr., Michael Buble, Bobby Darin and Frank Sinatra.
Theresa Caputo live at the NIU Convocation Center
Theresa Caputo, from TLC’s hit show, Long Island Medium, will be appearing live at the NIU Convocation Center in DeKalb on Sunday April 17th at 7:00PM. Tickets go on-sale Friday January 29th at 10:00AM and can be purchased at ticketmaster.com , via phone at 800-745-3000, or at the Convocation Center box office located at 1525 W. Lincoln Hwy. Tickets start at $39.75 (plus applicable service charges) and are subject to change. Purchasing a ticket does not guarantee a reading.
Special Consensus Bluegrass Band
Join the Sandwich Opera House in welcoming Special Consensus Bluegrass Band to the stage. This four person acoustic Bluegrass band has attitude!
Kuba and Rebecca at the Sandwich Opera House
Join the Sandwich Opera House in welcoming Rebecca, singer of country, Broadway, pops, jazz and gospel with Kuba playing vibraphone, drums, guitar, violin, theramin and the kalimba.
Bunny Breakfast and Egg Hunt
Join the Yorkville Parks and Recreation Department and Senior Services for this fun family event! Families will eat a hot breakfast with the Easter Bunny, create crafts, play games, and then, at 9:00 am, hunt for Easter Eggs! The Egg Hunt will be held outside, so please dress appropriately. The cost is $5 a person and includes breakfast, activities, and the egg hunt. All ages are required to register. For more information or to register, please contact the Yorkville Parks and Recreation Department at 630.553.4357. Event will be held 8-9:30 a.m.
Baby Boomer Comedy Show
The Sandwich Opera House presents the Baby Boomer Comedy Show with Kent Rader and Jan McInnes. Be ready to laugh out loud about family, kids, do-it-yourself projects, dieting and aging.
Cristina Pato Quartet
Cristina Pato has opened historical new paths for the Gaita (Galician bagpipe). In 1998 she became the first female Gaita player to release a solo album and since then has collaborated with many high profile world music, jazz, classical and experimental artists including the Chicago Symphony, Yo-Yo Ma, The Chieftains, Arturo O'Farril, World Symphony Orchestra and Paquito D'Rivera. Her powerful style of passionate playing has been acclaimed by The New York Times as "a virtuosic burst of energy" while the BBC crowned her "the Galician bagpipe diva." Show starts at 8 pm.
Genius of Shubert by Fox Valley Orchestra Chorus & AU Chorale
Enjoy classics by Schubert performed live by the Fox Valley Orchestra Chorus and the Aurora University Chorale: Stephen Alltop - Conductor, Lisa Fredenburgh - Chorus Master, Michelle Areyzaga - Soprano, Martha Kasten - Mezzo, Stephen Cannon - Tenor, Aaron Wardell - Bass. Schubert - Symphony No. 3 in D major; Schubert - Mass No. 5 in A-flat major.
Chanticleer Presents "Over the Moon"
Known as an orchestra of voices, this popular 12-member male chorus Chanticleer celebrates the over-the-moon exuberance of popular composers. “Over the Moon” includes magnificent early statements by Claudio Monteverdi and Antoine Busnois giving way to the more romantic yearnings of Gustav Mahler. The program features works by Elgar and Finzi, and a new setting of Albert Giraud’s Pierrot Lunaire poems by Nico Muhly. Registration required. Contact the university for further information.
Mod Rod Stewart & The Piano Man
The Sandwich Opera House presents classic rock n roll with Cliff Tartaglia in a tribute to Rod Stewart and Nick Psyhogios as the Piano Man.
Ericson Holt - Blues & Soul
The Sandwich Opera House presents Ericson Hold, a varied blues and soul influenced singer and songwriter. Included in the show will be a special appearance by Jennifer Lowe of the CoverGirls.
Grape Nuts Wine Education: Italian Food Wines
An expert staff of sommeliers at Ginger + Soul will teach you to build your wine knowledge. In this class you will explore various expressions of popular grapes. Ginger + Soul will provide delicious bites for a great evening out. In this class you will walk away with knowledge of Italy’s regions and methods – paired with delicious appetizers.
Aurora University's Crimi Auditorium
This much-lauded and beautiful auditorium hosts classical and popular musical events as well as popular lectures and recitals. It is located in Aurora University's Institute for Collaboration building.
Chinese New Years at Chicago Premium Outlets
Chicago Premium Outlets will recognize the Year of the Monkey with a week-long Chinese New Year celebration. From Sunday, Feb. 7, to Saturday, Feb. 13, shoppers can stop by Chicago Premium Outlets’ Information Center to pick up a special fortune cookie and a symbolic red envelope filled with Chinese New Year savings coupons to a variety of Chicago Premium Outlets’ most sought after retailers. Participating merchants, including BOGA, Clarins luxury skincare, Gap Factory Store, J. Crew, Robert Graham, Timberland, Toys ‘R’ US Express, Vince, Wellensteyn and more will offer unbeatable deals beyond everyday savings of 25 to 65 percent. Complimentary Shopper Shuttle Service from Chicago’s Union Station will be available on Saturday, Feb. 13 and Sunday, Feb. 14 with advance reservations at pontarelliischicago.com/chicago-bus-tours, using the promo code MONKEY.
Magic Made Me Do It - Daniel Martin
Join Waubonsee Community College at the Sugar Grove Campus Auditorium: Chicago's own Daniel Martin will entertain you and your family with his high energy blend of incredible magic, exhilarating escapes, and sarcastic improv. His magic and comedy have been featured on CBS, NBC, WGN, VH!, ESPN, and at thousands of live events. Show starts at 7 pm.
Parachute Live at the Egyptian Theatre
Will Anderson, Kit French, and Johnny Stubblefield, also known as Parachute, will be rocking the Egyptian Theatre stage. This American pop rock band is from Charlottesville, Virginia. Hit songs include: She is Love, Something to Believe In, Kiss Me Slowly, and Can’t Help. They are about to release their fourth album, “Wide Awake,” March 11, 2016. Come be the first to see them before they kick off their Nationwide tour next month. Look for special guests to join Parachute on stage, making this a jammed packed night of amazing music.
Roger Hoover Folk & Blues
Roger Hoover’s plaintive, original brand of arcane folk and blues seem to come from some unknown time and place. These are timeless laments and rambles of an Ohio guitarist and banjo player who performs with equal parts impassioned vocals and honest lyricism. Summoning the spirits of a forgotten time, “his settings are a combination of words and music that evokes thought and action with the cinematic imagination of Tom Waits and Gillian Welch, crafting songs with a lyrical complexity seldom attained by artists in the Americana genre.” Hosted by Three Angels Brewing, Summer Solstice and Rogue Barrister Records.
Comedian Ralphie May Live at the Egyptian Theatre
For 25 years now, comedian Ralphie May has appeared at the biggest venues, slayed every late-night audience multiple times, recorded a special for every comedy-loving network on television, traveled the world for the USO and reached the level of popularity few standup comedians have attained. Semi-finalist in season one of "Last Comic Standing" on NBC. For Mature Audiences. Tickets go on sale Friday, February 5th!
DeKalb Chamber Restaurant Week
Join the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce for the inaugural DeKalb Chamber Restaurant Week beginning April 10 and concluding April 16, 2016. The week will feature specials from participating restaurants in the DeKalb and Sycamore area.
Taste of Home Cooking School Live at the Egyptian Theatre
Drop your whisks, grab your friends, and join us for a night of fun at the Taste of Home Cooking School's brand new show! During this interactive two-hour event, you’ll watch a top culinary expert demonstrate ten new recipes you can easily recreate in your home. Armed with new culinary tips and techniques, you’ll be sure to impress your family and friends with these sophisticated yet surprisingly easy-to-make dishes. Not only will you leave the event with new recipe ideas, you’ll also go home with a valuable gift bag. Our ever-popular gift bags include an assortment of products and coupons, including two Taste of Home magazines. And while you’re there, remember to enter for a chance to win one of many exciting door prizes. Tickets go on sale Friday, February 5th! (on sale now to Threatre Members)
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