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Heinz Orchard is only 37 miles from downtown Chicago making it the closest apple orchard to Chicago. There are a number of different apples to pick from: Golden Delicious, Empire, McIntosh, Jonathan and Red Delicious. If you’re looking for something different to do, without traveling too far from home, this is a great orchard to check out.
CITY: Green Oaks
Raisin’ Cane: A Harlem Renaissance Odyssey
Raisin’ Cane celebrates and honors the legendary voices of the Harlem Renaissance through text, song, music, movement and imagery. Jasmine Guy, the star of the Bill Cosby spin-off A Different World, is an accomplished actress, singer and comedienne. Avery Sharpe is considered one of the greatest jazz bassist of his generation.
This Abba tribute takes the audience back in time, recreating one of the world's finest pop groups on stage. Enjoy all of the favorites including, Mamma Mia, Voulez Vous, Dancing Queen, Winner Takes It All, Super Trouper and many more.
The Golden Dragon Acrobats Present: Cirque Ziva
Cirque Ziva is a fast-paced, technically innovative and beautifully presented new show, featuring the elite members of the Golden Dragon Acrobats. Enjoy an unique cirque spectacular showcases traditional Chinese acrobats who dazzle with amazing feats of athleticism, daring heart-stopping stunts and the grace of their centuries-old art form.
Dicken's Holiday Village
Olde England comes alive in Historic Downtown Antioch with lifelike figures representing scenes from the Dickens Era. Experience this public art exhibit while strolling among the delight streets of Antioch. Enjoy the charm of Dickens among the many boutiques, gift shops and eateries. Also enjoy special Saturday Dickens activities.
The Second City Hits Home
Come out for a night of laughter as The Second City takes on all the news that’s fit to twist. The biggest headlines! The hot-button issues! All served up with a side of that famous Chicago-style improv. Don’t miss this chance to see the superstars of tomorrow live on stage now!
Under the artistic direction of founder Dame Libby Komaiko, Ensemble Español is internationally recognized as the premier center for Spanish dance, music and culture in America. Quicksilver choreography steeped in an atmosphere of romance, they get to the essence of what dance is all about, emotion in motion.
Michael Londra’s Celtic Yuletide
Described as one of the greatest Irish singers of the time, Michael Londra creates an Irish Christmas with world class dancers and classic stories from his homeland. He sings traditional heartwarming carols like Winter, Fire and Snow, The Maiden's Lullaby and Gaelic pieces like Oiche Ciuin (Silent Night), plus many sing-along carols the audience will know and love!
Itasca Historical Depot Museum
The Itasca Historical Museum was the original Itasca Train Depot built in 1873. A 1939 Milwaukee Road Rib-side Caboose numbered 01839 was acquired and restored to its original bright orange appearance with all new doors, windows and wood interior. Kids love the interactive train display in the Depot which looks like Itasca in the late 1800’s with bells and whistles. Open Tuesdays & Thursdays from 11am-4pm and the 1st and 2nd Saturdays each month from 9am-2pm.
Eddie Money at the Genesee
Touring for over 30 years with strings of Top 40 hits like Two Tickets to Paradise, Take Me Home Tonight, Baby Hold On, and Think I'm in Love, Eddie Money has it all! Having sold 28 million records, his blue-collar brand of Rock n Roll has managed to transcend generations and continues to move audiences today.
Superb songwriting, harmonies and with a repertoire ranging from sentimental ballads to blistering rockers, Brian FitzGerald and Martin McCormack draw on Americana and Celtic themes reflecting their Midwestern roots and Irish heritage.
Broadway’s Next H!T Musical
Every song is fresh. Every scene is new. Every night is different. It’s all improvised and it’s all funny! Master improvisers create an evening of music, humor and laughter gathered from made-up, hit song suggestions from the audience, turning it into a full-blown improvised musical.
Corn Maze 5K
Run or walk the 5k entirely through the World's Largest Corn Maze. Definitely an a-maze-ing experience that is so corny it's crazy. Weave through 100's of turns on the clearly marked course through Richardson Adventure Farm's 33 acre corn maze.
CITY: Spring Grove
All Seasons Apple Orchard
Take a wagon ride to the orchard where you will be surrounded by thousands of apples trees and 12 varieties of apples and pears. Enjoy seasonal activities like pumpkin picking and the corn maze. There is also a cow train, goat bridge, corn crib, giant swings, a spider web, jumping pillow and a petting zoo. The weekends even have pig races and a magic show for the kids. Take your whole family down for some apple picking and make sure to stick around for the many other activities.
A Carpenters Christmas
Based on the music of The Carpenters’ two holiday albums and Christmas variety shows, singer and playwright Lisa Rock and her six-piece band bring their unforgettable songs to the stage. Enjoy tunes such as Merry Christmas Darling and the jazzy Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town. A holiday concert that spreads joy and cheer to all!
Marcus Addison Cinema
The Marcus Addison Cinema is your premiere entertainment destination with 21 state-of-the-art auditoriums. The facility can accommodate rentals for group outings, corporate events, birthday parties & various other occasions.
I’ve Got A Little Twist
The New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players perform a comedic mash-up cabaret of musical hits. The Mikado meets The Music Man and HMS Pinafore sets sail for Brigadoon. A fresh and most heartfelt performance, not to be missed.
61st Annual American Indian Center POW-WOW
Enjoy a native dance competition with singers. Artisans selling jewelry, photography, dream catchers and more. Native American foods from frybread to an "Indian" taco. Storytelling, archery, fishing, boating, and more! A great affordable family event in a natural setting. Enter through the Route 72 entrance at Route 53.
CITY: Elk Grove
Lynfred Winery's Oktoberfest
When the grapes begin to arrive at Lynfred and the crush begins we all know what's right around the corner Lynfred 's annual Oktoberfest! The celebration of Oktoberfest at Lynfred began over two decades ago continues to be a festival that is remembered by all. Two days of German sing-a-longs, grape splitting, grape stomping, cork tossing and barrel races! Bring your friends, bring your family and bring your appetite!
Ride of the Zombies
Ride of the Zombies is a costume-themed cycling and Family Fun Fair charity event designed to benefit Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago's Sleep Medicine Department. Cyclists can choose between a 25- or 50-mile route, riding McHenry County's flat to gently rolling country roads, passing beautiful scenic farms. The family members who stay behind can enjoy the Family Fun Fair, games, food, entertainment, and local artist booths. Presented by Bike Connection of Schaumburg and Children's Sleep Advocacy Foundation.
Turkey Testicle Festival
It’s a great night as you don’t have to bring a dish to pass or talk to relatives. If you have never tried a turkey testicle, this is your chance! No need to worry about the weather the festival is held under one huge heated tent, with plenty of portable potties available. The bar is open but the number of people allowed inside at any one time is limited, as it can become pretty packed. There will also be hats, t-shirts and sweatshirts for sale to remember the night. “So grab a friend that's never been, enjoy a cold brew, great music, and hot nuts!" This is a 21 and older event only so bring your ID. Hope to see you there.
Brit Beat - Tribute to the Beatles
Take a trip back to 1964 with BritBeat's tribute to the Beatles. With mop tops, retro costumes, vintage instruments and harmonizing vocals, BritBeat Beatles Tribute Band performs all of the memorable Beatle hits from the sixties. Their British style, charisma and character creates the ultimate Beatles Tribute concert experience. They display the same youthful excitement and boyish charm as the original "Fab Four" to recreate the electrifying performances made by the Beatles when they first came onto the American scene and started the "British Invasion" and "Beatlemania."
CITY: Arlington Heights
Johnny Appleseed Festival
Crystal Lake's largest one-day event brings families and the community together to celebrate Fall. Activities for the day will include live music, entertainment, pony rides, petting zoo, pumpkin train, pumpkin bowling, clowns, face painting, story telling, temporary tattoos, wagon rides, craft fair, Farmers Market, and so much more! Meet and greet Johnny Appleseed himself, as he strolls the streets of downtown, telling his story.
CITY: Crystal Lake
Village of Itasca's Oktoberfest
Oktoberfest will feature music, German food and drinks, and other entertainment for people of all ages.
Shades of Autumn
"Shades of Autumn" is the annual fall festival at Stade's Farm & Market. Located in McHenry County in northern Illinois, Shades of Autumn is a great place to bring the whole family to enjoy nature's bounty, plus great entertainment, during the most beautiful time of the year. During Shades of Autumn, you can experience a day on the farm filled with family fun. Runs weekends Sept. 8, 2012 through October 28, 2012.
Armenian Fest 2014
Enjoy Armenian food, desserts, beer and wine, dancing, activities for kids, raffles and live music Friday, Saturday & Sunday. Children will especially enjoy Mr. Ash's magic show Saturday. Don't miss the Blessing of the Grapes ceremony on Sunday at 4:30pm.