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Swedish American Museum Center
Located in Andersonville, a Swedish enclave in Chicago, this is a cultural and learning center with artifacts, photographs and exhibits tracing Swedish American history.
Traditional and contemporary Mexican food.
RoSal's wants their guests to remember the sounds, aromas and flavors of the old neighborhood. Fresh homemade Sicilian entrees are the specialty.
Vibrant colors, a dark postmodern interior and hot Latin American specialities make this a River North favorite. Unexpected twists and linusua sauces set off traditional Latin dishes.
LaSalle Power Company
The tri-level rock n' roll inspired restaurant, bar and music venue spins a fresh take on amplified American cuisine and live stage performances weekly. Each floor offers a variety of elements; 170" plasma video wall; two stages; three full bars, large outdoor cafe and a private room offering personable service.
Chicago Jazz Festival
The longest running of the city's lakefront music festivals, the Chicago Jazz Festival has been a Labor Day weekend tradition for the past three decades. See some of the biggest names in jazz, along with local talent.
Mastro's Steakhouse is recognized for the combination of world-class service, highly acclaimed cuisine and live entertainment in an elegant atmosphere, a truly unparalled dining experience.
Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse - Oak Brook
The newest Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse embodies the big city dining experience with big flavor, steaks and chops, fresh fish daily, and enormous lobster tails--all matched with an extensive wine list.
CITY: Oak Brook
Designed by world renowned architect Thomas Lamb, the Lake is a prime example of art deco style with sweeping bands of decorative plaster and light bands. Recently redecorated including new comfy faux leather seats. Seven auditoriums with Dolby digital surround sound and now with digital 3-D projection. Matinees daily.
CITY: Oak Park
Riegel Farm and Conservation Center
This small farm houses a variety of farm animals and exotic birds. Join a tour, offered from April through October.
CITY: University Park
Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park
Sited outdoors over some 300 acres, the 21-piece collection contains monumental works by many of the 20th century's most important sculptors, including Puryear, Nauman, Disuvero and Hunt.
CITY: University Park
PROP THTR - Chicago Cultural Center's Studio Theatre
A series of workshops, readings, performance and talk backs with the playwrights, directors and dramaturgs.
The Dining Room at The Ritz-Carlton
Award winning cuisine featuring one of the country's most extensive wine lists and warm attentive service in a classic setting.
The Fireplace Inn
Main dining room has a ski lodge atmosphere. Exposed brick walls. All season outdoor garden. Seventeen TVs for all major sporting events.
Southern cooking for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
We are a French bistro dedicated to providing the purest and best tasting food that is organically raised on sustainable family farms.
S.R. Crown Hall
Located on the campus of the Illinois Institute of Technology, S.R. Crown Hall is widely regarded as Mies van der Rohe's masterpiece, and is one of the most architecturally significant buildings of the 20th century Modernist Movement.
The first Lettuce Entertain You restaurant, Grunts still exudes the funky, devil-may-care lifestyle of the 70's in its style, decor, music and menu.
An authentic French bistrot serving classic and contemporary French food amid the ambiance of tin ceilings, tile floors and a handcrafted zinc bar.
Leopold offers Belgian inspired food + drink, sourced locally whenever possible, in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood. European-influenced, our menu highlights Belgium and draws from the elegance of French cuisine and the heartiness of German. A neighborhood place, join us for dinner at the bar, in the lounge or in our dining room featuring repurposed raw materials and natural woods all coming together to produce a warm and inviting space that allows the food to shine. Enjoy seasonal cuisine crafted by chef Jeffrey Hedin, complemented by an extensive selection of Belgian beers, food-friendly wines and classic - and new classic – cocktails.
Loni Love at UP Comedy
Just how funny is comedian and actress Loni Love? Ask both Variety and Comedy Central, both of which have named her among their Top 10 Comics to Watch, or Campus Activity magazine, which honored her as its Hot Comic for 2009. Love is not only one of the most hilarious and lovable comics performing stand-up on the comedy club and college circuits but also a busy TV host, guest and actress who has also appeared in films and dramatic plays. Love starred in her own half-hour special for Comedy Central in 2007 and has also been seen on the channel’s “Premium Blend,” “Weekends at the DL” and “Chocolate News”. Her many television appearances include “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn,” “The Best Damn Sports Show Period”, VH1's “I Love the 70's/80's/90's,” “Vh1's The Great Debate” and “Comics Unleashed” among numerous others.
Maz Jobrani at UP Comedy
Maz Jobrani is a founding member of The Axis of Evil Comedy Tour, which aired on Comedy Central in 2007. He has had two Showtime comedy specials, I Come In Peace and Brown and Friendly, and performs stand-up comedy around the world, including the Middle East where he performed in front of the King of Jordan. Maz starred in the films Friday After Next, 13 Going on 30, and The Interpreter. On TV he was a regular on ABC's Knights of Prosperity and FOX's Life on a Stick. He also recurred on ABC's Better Off Ted. Maz has guest starred on Curb Your Enthusiasm, 24, ER, NYPD Blue, Traffic Light, Man Up, Men at Work, and most recently Whitney. He has performed his standup on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, and Lopez Tonight. He has been featured on NPR, CNN, The BBC and in print in The New York Times, Time Magazine, and Newsweek. Maz also co-hosts a popular podcast about fatherhood called “Minivan Men,” and currently is gearing up to shoot JIMMY VESTVOOD: AMERIKAN HERO, a feature which he co-wrote and is starring in.
Kyle Kinane at UP Comedy
Kyle Kinane has been up and at it for almost half his life, mostly searching for what "it" might be. In 1999, Kyle realized there might be something more to it all than pulling nights at a suburban gas station. "Something more" has taken him to comedy festivals across the US, Canada, and England. He has performed in the Leicester, Vancouver, Washington DC, Portland, Just For Laughs/Chicago, and the USCAF/Aspen comedy festivals, and his nights are now occupied with performances at popular venues such as the Upright Citizens Brigade theatre in Los Angeles and the national chain of Improv comedy clubs. He has been on the TV via "Last Call with Carson Daly," "The Very Funny Show" on TBS, "The World Stands Up" on the BBC and the Judd Apatow production Funny People. He was called "bleak and misanthropic" by the London Evening Standard, which he still feels may be a compliment. He is a regular opener for headliners such as Patton Oswalt and Brian Posehn. Askmen.com rated him #5 on their top 10 list of upcoming comedians.
South Suburban Genealogical and Historical Society
Visit the finest genealogical research library in the south suburbs.
CITY: Hazel Crest
Homer Community Festival
The 3rd Annual Homer Community Festival is a 4 day event featuring a huge outdoor carnival, beer tent, live bands, great food and a bean bag tournament. Great family entertainment and free parking!
CITY: Homer Glen
"Family Fiesta" by Joliet's Spanish Center
Celebrate Spanish heritage with a wide variety of entertainment, food and activities for all ages. For event details, visit the Spanish Center’s website. Hours: Saturday 1:00pm- 11:00pm & Sunday 1:00pm- 10:00pm.
Antique Tractor and Steam Engine Show
This mid-July gathering commemorates Will County's agricultural heritage and the tradition of neighbors gathering to thresh wheat after harvest. Those who attend the Will County Threshermen's Association Show can expect to be transported back to yesteryear. Steam engines, antique gasoline tractors, gas engines, antique automobiles, and other machines provide a working testimonial to the genius of previous generations. Visitors can also view live demonstrations of: an antique, steam-powered sawmill, antique plowing demonstrations, wheat threshing, corn shelling, and a tractor parade and tractor pull. Food is available for purchase and there is an on-site flea market.
Midwest Carver's Museum
Almost 1,000 wood carvings created by local and internationally known artists are displayed here. Also visit the gift shop, workshop, educational center and picnic area.
CITY: South Holland
Pullman Visitor Center
Stop here for exhibits and tours of the historic town of Pullman, built in 1880 by railcar magnate George M. Pullman. Several buildings remain on this landmark site.
River North Chicago Dance Company
River North Chicago delivers a show-stopping dance and musical experience, with humor, style and a sense of adventure.
The Newberry Library is an independent library free and open to the public for research and reference in the humanities. The library offers a vast array of lectures, seminars, concerts and exhibits related to its collections.
Located in the new Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago, the highly anticipated Terzo Piano is a must-stop for lunch and Thursday dinner. It features the signature cuisine of Chef Tony Mantuano, who has been delighting Chicagoans for years at the four-star Italian restaurant, Spiaggia. The food is all fresh, local, organic and sustainably produced. There is even an authentic cava di stagionatura (cheese cave), where some of America's most interesting artisanal cheeses are kept at ideal temperature and humidity. Outside you can dine al fresco on the covered piazza, while enjoying spectacular views of Millennium Park, Michigan Avenue and the Bluhm Family Terrace.
A fusion of a sensuous nightclub, state-of-the-art live performance space, and high-end lounge, The Shrine is a next generation nightlife venue in the emerging South Loop district of Chicago. With a finger on the pulse of Chicago’s young metropolitans, The Shrine will bring together the city’s music, fashion, and art communities to create a truly diverse, trendsetting clientele. The Shrine’s mission is to be the city’s new social hub for music across an eclectic cross-section of modern genres.
The Bristol offers a seasonal Midwestern menu with Mediterranean roots. The diverse menu includes bar snacks, daily specials, and rotating chalkboard specials of salami, charcuterie and other sustainable foodstuffs. Besides being an English port city, a "bristol" is also defined as a place where friends and neighbors meet. The latter is the intent of the folks at The Bristol. The team behind the restaurant looks to make this spot both a regular stop for locals and a destination where those who hanker for simple rustic cuisine with world-class beers and wines can relax and make merry. Does not accept reservations.
Tony Rock at UP Comedy
American actor and stand-up comic Tony Rock, the younger brother of actor Chris Rock, grew up in Bedford-Stuyvesant, one of the toughest neighborhoods in Brooklyn. His first big break came when he booked some comedy gigs in Amsterdam, Netherlands, and soon after he was named one of the hot young talents to come out of New York in 'The Hollywood Reporter.' In April 2001, he starred in the pilot for the ABC series "Me and My Needs" and later he got a job hosting the short-lived game show "Can You Tell?" Tony has lent his voice to the show "Battle Bots," and he is best known for his role as Dirk Black in the CW series "All Of Us."
Located in Logan Square, this brewpub is a bustling meeting place for beer enthusiasts from across Chicago and beyond. More than 50 different beer styles are produced each year, served in a converted warehouse with barrel wood walls and benches made from 100-year-old beam salvaged during construction. Hand-crafted food from the kitchen includes everything from farm-raised pork to plenty of vegetarian dishes.
Bluegrass on the Green Fest
The Frankfort Bluegrass Fest is a free 2 day event for the whole family highlighting national touring and regional bluegrass bands performing this great style of acoustic American music. Vendors, kids activities, food & more.
7th Annual Kops N Kidz Day
Tons of activities! Tons of fun! Event starts at Timberline Park with a bike parade to Lemont Park District. Activities and refreshments follow at Centennial Park, Lemont Park District. For more information, call the Lemont Police Department at (630) 257-2229.
Mokena Food & Wine Festival
Join us for our 10th Annual Festival of Food and Wine on the grounds of historic McGovney-Yunker Farm. Taste a variety of wines specially paired with dishes from local restaurants. Enjoy the festival atmosphere, browse the artisan booths and listen to live performances. Ages 21 and over only. All ticket sales final. (This is an outdoor event. For your comfort please dress accordingly).
The Center for Performing Arts at Governors State University
This beautiful 1,171-seat theater hosts professional dance, drama and orchestral performances.
CITY: University Park
Dave Foley at UP Comedy
Join us for a night of stand-up with Kids in the Hall alum, Dave Foley. After the successful television run of Kids in the Hall, Dave signed onto the long running NBC series, Newsradio. In between seasons, he forged a feature film career that is still very active today. In addition to his comedic work, Foley has also been seen in HBO’s critically-acclaimed mini-series From the Earth to the Moon.
2013 Celtic Fest
Come to Will County for a day of celebrating Celtic tradition! There will be food, games, crafts and a step dancing competition! The event runs from 9:00am - 10:00pm and costs $5 for adults and children over 12.
Dr. Dennis Cremin, Associate Professor of History at Lewis University, will present his new historical work, "Grant Park: The Evolution of Chicago’s Front Yard." Discovery Dinners are held periodically on the 2nd Thursday of selected months in The Gaylord Building. Doors open at 5:45pm with a cash bar reception. The full service dinner begins at 6:15pm with the lecture following at 7:00pm. Discovery Dinners conclude with book signings, providing guests with a chance to get up-close and personal with presenters.
The Arts Center
This magnificent Neoclassical architectural gem features a 700-seat auditorium and the Ernest Hemingway Museum.
CITY: Oak Park
Centennial Park West Concert
Rich Daniels and the City Lights Orchestra will perform their renditions of everything from the Beatles to the Big Band Era, Sinatra to Motown. Bring blankets, lawn chairs, picnic baskets. Concessions for purchase.
CITY: Orland Park
All VW's are welcome to our 10th anniversary show at D'Arcy VW. Attendees are free. You can enter your VW in our show for only $15.00. The first 120 entrants will recieve an event T shirt, dash plaque and Goody Bag. Awards will be given for the Best of Show, Top 15, Best Paint, Engine, Interior, Rust Bucket, and Sponsor's Choice. Kids will enjoy the free Jumper, and writting on the Chalk-a-Bug. Great door prizes, 50/50 raffle. All proceeds will go to support Gigi's Playhouse, a Down syndrome awareness center in Aurora.
Blues & BBQ
Enjoy a live blues performance by BMR4 & Toronzo Cannon! Lynnie Ques BBQ will be available for purchase. Don't forget your blanket or lawn chair.
Farmers Market Orland Park
Fresh Produce, flowers, plants, jewelry, specialty foods, home and personal products and more. Barbeque lunches available for purchase through August 9th
CITY: Orland Park
Christopher Titus at UP Comedy
Employing what he’s labeled “hard funny,” Christopher Titus has released three comedy albums in as many years and has had three one-hour comedy specials on Comedy Central. After years of experimentation with dark and personal storytelling, he debuted his one-man show “Norman Rockwell is Bleeding” at the Hudson Theater in Los Angeles. It was from this performance that the dark comedy, “Titus,” was born on Fox. The show earned Titus a Writer’s Guild nomination as well as an Emmy nomination, and Newsday called him “TV’s most original voice since Seinfeld.” After watching Christopher Titus perform live, there is no doubt that he is one of the best comics working today. With the complete package of comedy, acting and writing, there hasn’t been someone like him in a long time.
Piece Brewery & Pizzeria
This local favorite unites classic New Haven-style thin crust pizza with award-winning microbrews served in a laidback loft in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood. The hand-crafted lagers and ales here are produced in small batches under the watchful eye of Brewer Jonathan Cutler, winner of 21 major awards. Just as much care goes into the pizza, earning Piece “Best Pizza in Chicago” honors in 2012 by Chicago Magazine readers.
An Evening of Midsummer Magic
Enjoy children's carnival games, a bounce house, a coloring/activity station, and a live performance by Magician Michael Darnell!
Community Conversations: The Future of Libraries in America
The Future of Libraries in America will examine the role of public libraries in the United States with a “paperless society” that continues to evolve in our age of electronic media. Presenters include Scott Pointon, Executive Director of the White Oak Library District; Paul Mills, Director of Fountaindale Public Library District; and Jennie Mills, Director of the Shorewood-Troy Public Library District. Admission: $10 per person.
Main Street Nights
The Village of Park Forest hosts free entertainment in it's downtown center. The family oriented Main Street Nights features local and regional entertainers on stage in the Village Green located at Cunningham and Victory Boulevard. Vendors include civic groups selling snacks and beverages. So grab a blanket or grab a lawn chair and enjoy the free entertainment under the stars!
CITY: Park Forest
Ian Bagg at UP Comedy
Do not miss your chance to see Ian. After moving to New York City, he quickly became a regular at all the major comedy clubs. After a short three years in New York, Ian had made three appearances on NBC’s “The Conan O’Brien Show”, rocked HBO’s “Aspen Comedy Festival”, and destroyed “Just For Laughs Montreal Comedy Festival”. He has worked as a correspondent for MySpace, hosted Ripe TV’s “The Hollywood Burn” and even had his own live talk show “The Ian Bagg Show”. He’s added credits like NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”, CBS’s “Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn” and CBS’s “The Craig Ferguson Show”. He was able to be apart of a half hour comedy special, “A Comic’s Climb” from HBO and “Comedy Central Presents Ian Bagg." In love with the art of stand up, he was thrilled when The History Channel asked him to be a part of their special, “The History of the Joke”.
Half Acre Beer Company
The Half Acre Tap Room is a traditional tap room that offers only the beers brewed at the onsite brewery. It’s not a bar or a restaurant. It’s just a casual opportunity for the folks here to host some visitors and serve the beers flowing through their brewery. Tours are available.
Insider art is an exhibition of art created by Union Street Gallery insiders: studio and guild artists, a connected group of artists who are part of a unique collaborative that functions inside the influence of Union Street Gallery.
CITY: Chicago Heights
Frankfort Fall Fest
Each year over Labor Day weekend, over 250,000 visitors flock to the charming village of Frankfort to enjoy the Frankfort fall festival. With over 300 (from 30 different states) participating artisans, unlimited entertainment & food options; the festival continues to thrive and grow. The Festival has received continued recognition for the “Best shows in the United States” by Sunshine Artist Magazine. Throughout fall festival weekend you won’t want to miss the special events sponsored by many of our local civic and community organizations. This includes an entertainment tent with dance area, a food court offering a wide assortment of refreshments and live stage entertainment. This annual fall fest provides a chance for visitors to enjoy one of the region’s most charming and distinctive communities. Wander our streets, parks and businesses. Enjoy the warm hospitality that our community extends to each & every guest that visits our village.
Joliet Area Historical Museum
Travel through time and space! Walk through a replica of the I & M Canal, window shop on a turn-of-the-century street, take a virtual ride on a replica trolley, live the legend of Route 66, land on the moon in a walk-in simulator, and experience space exploration and the Apollo missions. Temporary exhibit(s) change often in our Special Exhibition Gallery. There's always family fun in our discovery room, and remember your visit with a souvenir from our Gift Shop.
Dollar General 300 Powered by Coca Cola
Chase weekend kicks-off with the Dollar General 300 Powered by Coca-Cola. Making their second visit to Chicagoland Speedway in 2013, the stars of the NASCAR Nationwide Series will battle door-to-door for 300 miles of high-stakes racing. Tickets starting at $40 & kids are free!
The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup will begin at Chicagoland Speedway on Sunday, September 15. Last year, Brad Keselowski won this race, which catapulted his Chase run to help him win the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup. Who will win this year? Find out. Join us for the 2013 Geico 400! The race is from 1:00pm-11:00pm. Tickets start at $55.
Farmer's Market Lansing
Stock up on fresh from the farm produce, flowers, baked goods, and prepackaged foods. Enjoy cooking demonstrations, weekly craft vendors, children's activities, and more!
Lemont's 23rd Annual Heritage Fest
Outdoor Street Festival. Food, music and tons of family fun in Historic Downtown Lemont! For more information, please contact the Lemont Village Hall at (630) 243-2700. Hours: 1:00pm- 11:00pm
Heritage Village Fest
This event takes place on I & M Canal trail path between Lincoln Landing, 9th Street and Heritage Village (HV)Park, 2nd Street in Lockport. Various historical societies from Wll County will be represented, along with free hot dogs and chips for all, musical events, HV park tour, buggy rides, children's activities and much more.
Fall on the Green Festival
The annual Fall on the Green Festival is held the weekend after Labor Day. This family friendly event has everything you look for in a festival, great food, wonderful entertainment, games, and vendors of all types. This event takes place on the village green located at 95th Street & Cook Avenue. There is no charge for admission, parking or rides. The only cost to attendees is the purchase of food and drink.
CITY: Oak Lawn
Your family will enjoy exploring traditional Dutch food, crafts and entertainment at this year's Dutch Festival.
CITY: Palos Heights
Autumn in the Park Festival
Autumn in the Park Festival has something for the entire family and then some. Two Chili Cook-Off's, BBQ Rib Competition, entertainment, food, drinks and fun.
CITY: Palos Park
Hickory Hills Pumpkin Fest
Rides, games, music, face painting, balloon animals, pony rides, candy and much more all at our annual Pumpkin Fest in Hickory Hills.
CITY: Hickory Hills
Homer Harvest Days
The event will feature food, live music, old-fashioned entertainment and games, children's activities, living history and pioneer demonstrations, a petting zoo, pony rides, antique tractors, hay rides, artisan & unique craft vendors, and other amusements and diversions from a simpler and more rural era.
CITY: Homer Glen
Hoop It Up Chicago
The world's largest 3 on 3 basketball tour! For all ages and skill levels. Awards for 1st and 2nd place for each division; Minimum of 3 games: t-shirt and swag bag, free samples, prizes and shooting contests for players and spectators; Invitation to play in the Hoop It Up World Championship and a chance for Top Gun and u18 division winners to represent USA Basketball in FIBA International Tournaments
The festivities include village garage sale days, carnival, craft show, live entertainment, food and street vendors, bean bag tournament and the premier lighted parade, plus much more.
Bolingbrook's Clow International Airport
This airport offers general aviation, flight school, air charter, restaurant and Illinois Aviation Museum all within the airport.