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Shop Outdoor Sale
Join us in Downtown Oak Park July 16th (10am-9pm), 17th (10am-8pm), and 18th (10am-5pm) for our shop outdoor sale. Browse tables and racks to find the best deals of the season.
Kane County Fair
Family fun. Includes a carnival, bands, demo derby, bull riding, commercial expo, 4-H and many more enjoyable fair treats.
Calling kids and comics fans of all ages! Elmhurst Historical Museum presents a summer of fun with the Peanuts gang through Pigskin Peanuts, a traveling exhibition from the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center. View 50 of Schulz's popular football-themed Sunday and daily strips that depict the cartoonist's wry humor through the exploits of the beloved Peanuts characters. Visitors will enjoy viewing classic Peanuts objects and ephemera, dressing up in the team locker room, taking a photo-op on a football trading card, and trying their own hand at "pulling the football" from Charlie Brown.
Daryl Hall & John Oates at RiverEdge Park
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.
Get ready for the 2nd annual Nitro Nite! This NHRA themed event will include NHRA driver appearances, live music entertainment, food and drink vendors, classic cars & more. Joliet City Center Partnership, 5:00pm - 10:00pm.
Forest Park Sidewalk Sale
Big deals all along Madison Street! Bring friends and browse our stores and grab a bite to eat at one of our many restaurants!
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.
REO Speedwagon at RiverEdge Park
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. 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.
Celebrate fall at this free two day music festival offering a premier line-up, seasonal food, microbrews, wine and Kids' Root Beer Garden. September 18th 4-10 p.m. & September 19th 12-10 p.m.
2015 Annual Holiday Walk
Live window displays, horse-drawn carriage rides and Santa and his reindeer are just part of the magic of The Annual Holiday Walk. Enjoy winter on Madison Street!
Vietnam Special Exhibit at Cantigny Park
The First Division Museum is proud to offer "Five Years in the Jungle: Vietnam Experiences of the 1st Infantry Division 1965-1970." The exhibit coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Big Red One's deployment to Vietnam.
CPX Sports - Hampton Inn I-80
Put some adventure into your getaway with our CPX Package! This package includes two tickets to Challenge Park Extreme Sports, which has a paintball city, skate park and mountain bike park! Also included is overnight accommodations at our hotel, complimentary hot buffet breakfast and unlimited use of our heated indoor pool and whirlpool. You must be at least 10 years of age to participate in any activities at CPX Sports.
Bensenville French Market
Bensenville French Market is a diverse shopping experience in the heart of Downtown Bensenville. It combines local farmer and artisan food products with a wide variety of specialty shops and vendors, reminiscent of a European marketplace. Guests can enjoy all the market has to offer including organic food, vegetables, local specialties, fruits, and flowers.
Sample craft beer from Midwestern microbreweries at this zero-waste event presented by Seven Generations Ahead. Join us in Downtown Oak Park August 15th from 3-7 p.m.
Open, airy dining room, farm to table, freshest alternative to dining, local growers, comfort foods, gluten-free/vegan options, full-service bar, handcrafted cocktails, and fine wines.
Route 66 NHRA Nationals
Returning in 2015, two nights of Nitro! Get the best race day experience in all motorsports because every ticket is a Pit Pass. Meet the drivers, see the teams preparing their car to head down the strip and visit all the displays in Nitro Alley.
Dog Days of Summer
On July 30th this Thursday Night is for the dogs! Madison Street pays homage to the Animal Care League of Oak Park! Dogs and cats will be available for adoption. Contests for dog lovers of the area! Special savings and free treats too. 5% of sales will go to the Animal Care League of Oak Park.
Wood Dale Prairie Fest
Prairie Fest is a four day festival held in Wood Dale, Illinois. The fest began in 2001 as a one day picnic to encourage community involvement and togetherness. The one day celebration has grown into a four day festival, and boasts culinary delights, live music, a carnival and a fireworks display.
Pedal Oak Park Tour
Oak Park is home to the world's largest collection of buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Explore its picturesque historic neighborhoods on the Pedal Oak Park Tour, a guided bicycle tour of the exteriors of 22 Wright-designed structures. Cost is $30 (Trust Members), $35 (Non-members). The Pedal Oak Park Tour operates Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in June-September from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
A Festival of family fun. Carnival rides, music & live entertainment, Worth Days parade and fireworks! Bring out your friends and family for a great few days of fun!
Art dans la Rue
Embrace European culture at Downtown Oak Park's French street festival featuring art, food, wine, music, film, dance and more! The event will be held on August 4th from 12-9 p.m.
Get the Led Out at RiverEdge Park
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.”
Home for the Holidays in Downtown Oak Park
Catch the old-fashioned holiday spirit with free horse-drawn sleigh rides and a visit from Santa!
Critics and peers agree, Brian Regan has distinguished himself as one of the premier comedians in the country. The perfect balance of sophisticated writing and physicality, Brian fills theaters nationwide with fervent fans that span generations.
Taste of Roselle
Roselle will celebrate summer with the 34th Annual Taste of Roselle July 31 through August 2. Bring family, friends, and your appetite and come out and enjoy the great food, live entertainment, carnival, Bingo tent, and craft fair. Taste of Roselle will be held on Main St., between Roselle Rd. and Park St.
Lockrocks Summer Concert Series
Come out for some of the area's best live entertainment at this free concert series. Beer garden and food available for purchase. Please call for band playing. Location: Dellwood Park, State St. & Woods Dr., Dellwood Band Shell State St. & Woods Dr., Lockport. Brass Buckle Band, July 17th; Suburban Cowboys, Aug 14th; Raise Your Glass, Sept 12th.
Movies on the Green
Movies on the Green are held on our Village Green. The event is free. Bring a blanket or lawn chair! Enjoy a movie under the stars! Begins at Dusk.
2015 Summer Rooftop Music Series - M&R Rush
M&R Rush had its beginnings in the early 70's, when a group of five high school friends from Chicago's Roseland neighborhood had a dream of making it in the music business. In 1980, "The Loop" radio in Chicago chose M&R Rush to be on their first hometown album, and the song "Rock & Roll Chicago", written and performed by M&R Rush, became the most requested song off the album. Recently reunited for special tours, M&R Rush has shared the stage with Styx, Survivor, Sammy Hagar, Judas Priest, Black Oak Arkansas, Head East and others. The excitement continues with the band’s 2015 Ready...Set...Rock Tour!, playing their own hits as well as other classic rockers from Styx, Led Zeppelin, Foreigner and more! This summer, a different live performance is featured each month on the Joliet Area Historical Museum's Outdoor Rooftop Terrace! Doors open at 6:45 pm, and performers take the stage at 7:30 pm. Only $8.00 for Students with valid I.D. and JAHM Members or $10.00 for General Public!
Oak Brook Polo
The exhilaration of polo returns to Oak Brook! Be a part of history as you cheer on the ponies and players in this game that's been an Oak Brook tradition since 1922. Each Sunday is themed to add to the celebration with things such as classic car day, hat day and others.
Taste of Westmont
Stop by Downtown Westmont for a fun-filled weekend of carnival games and rides, food and dining tents, one beer garden and live entertainment! Crafters, bingo, beanbags, and vendor booths are located between Irving & Norfolk. The Irving Street Stage/Youth Performance Area will feature a Battle of The Bands, magic and dance performances, mascot visits and more!
Wood Library-Museum of Anesthesiology
The goals of the Wood Library-Museum of Anesthesiology are to collect and preserve literature and equipment pertaining to anesthesiology and to make available to the anesthesiology community, others in the medical profession and the public the most comprehensive educational, scientific and archival resources in anesthesiology.
Rockin' For the Troops
Join us for the tenth annual Rockin' for the Troops fundraiser, with special appearances by the cover band Maggie Speaks, the Chicago Blues Allstars, and the Motown tribute band The Voices. The evening will culminate with headliner Gary Sinise and the 12-piece Lt. Dan Band. Gates open at 12 noon. A Ravinia-like atmosphere, the magnificence of Cantigny Park and the patriotism of a Fourth of July celebration create a "feel-good" event that your whole family can enjoy!
Taste: Just a Bite of Forest Park
On August 27, join all participating eateries for a weekend of locally made home grown food! Special tasting plates and drink specials will be featured at all restaurants.
Halloween Casket Races
The Annual Casket Race is back! The Casket Race features trophies for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, plus the most frightfully funny and creepy designs. Cheer on your favorite team - or join the race!
Join us and see what fabulous offerings the boutiques and shops have for Holiday 2015! Bring a food donation for the Forest Park Food Pantry and receive a special savings!
Wright Ride 2015
Come join us in Oak Park for a family friendly bike ride! Enjoy 10, 30, 50, and 68 mile routes. Experience beautiful tree lined architecturally rich communities, and after the ride dine and shop with us. This leisurely ride is perfect for the novice, casual cyclist, or experienced long-distance rider.
1st Annual Pierogi Polish Fest
The four-day festival will feature: live music (Polka, Polish dance music and your favorite local cover bands), traditional Polish dancers, carnival rides for all ages, Polish beer and other beverages and of course, among a vast selection of other tasty specials, the star of the fest, Pierogis!
Battle of the Bands
Billie Limacher Bicentennial Park hosts Battle of the Bands - a two night event. Local bands compete for prizes, 7:00-10:00pm. Free show - catch all the hot local music! July 17-18, July 24-25.
Winterfest in Downtown Oak Park
Collect sweet treats at this signature holiday cookie walk on December 5th (11 a.m.-3 p.m.). Take photos with Saint Nicholas and enjoy a variety of family friendly entertainment acts.
2015 Summer Rooftop Music Series - Train Company
Train Company plays killer, teeth-kicking blues-rock. Since forming in 2008, John Zozzaro (guitar/vocals), Mark Alletag (saxophone), Mike DeWitte (bass/vocals), Rob Lejman (drums) and Sam Wyatt (keys) have explored a sound that has included everything from jazzy pop to bourbon-soaked rock 'n roll. Train Company’s success continues through constant gigging, including two recent sold out shows at Chicago's House of Blues alongside Counting Crows and Blues Traveler. Crowds can expect sweaty, high energy shows with no two alike! This summer, a different live performance is featured each month on the Joliet Area Historical Museum's Outdoor Rooftop Terrace! Doors open at 6:45 pm, and performers take the stage at 7:30 pm. Only $8.00 for Students with valid I.D. and JAHM Members or $10.00 for General Public!
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.
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!
Bobak's Signature Events and Conference Center
Bobak's is a unique banquet conference facility for corporate, social and family events. Whether you are looking to plan a wedding reception, corporate function or birthday party, expert Event Specialists will work closely with you to ensure that your day is a success. From intimate to exclusive, Bobak's first-rate banquet & meeting facilities, award winning cuisine and unparalleled service will transform your event to extraordinary!
Follow the Green Pumpkin Trail to collect healthy treats from local businesses and participate in kids' activities including pumpkin painting and costume swap. Join us October 17th from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
2015 Summer Rooftop Music Series - Strung Out Band
Strung Out is Chicago’s most unique classic rock band. Their dynamic blend of guitars, cello, violin, keyboards, bass, and percussion, topped off with outstanding vocalists, create an unforgettable sound. You’ll hear the greatest Classic Rock, Pop, Southern Rock, AM/FM Radio Cuts, and everything in between. Songs people know and love, performed by a band that loves to entertain. So get ready to sing, dance, and have fun with the amazing musical experience only Strung Out can provide. This summer, a different live performance is featured each month on the Joliet Area Historical Museum's Outdoor Rooftop Terrace! Doors open at 6:45 pm, and performers take the stage at 7:30 pm. Only $8.00 for Students with valid I.D. and JAHM Members or $10.00 for General Public!
Premium seafood and steak with a touch of Mexico! All the flavors from Mexico are mixed to give our food a unique and authentic flavor.
Pollyanna Brewing Company
Pollyanna Brewing Company experiments with local fruits and spices, seasonal lagers, barrel-aging, wild yeast and bacteria, and cider-beers on occasion. In our intimate and truly unique taproom, we offer tasting flights, pints, and 64oz growlers and 32oz howlers to-go, as well as free tours and a scenic look at the brewery. Bring your own food or look for our special dates with food offerings. Open Mon, Wed, Thurs - 3:00pm - 10:00pm; Fri - 3:00pm - 11:00pm; Sat. - 11:00am - 11:00pm; Sun - 11:00am - 7:00pm. Closed Tues.
There's nothing like participating and watching the Redneck Run at Siegel's Cottonwood Farm! A day of fun, food and fresh air on the farm. Time: 9:00am-1:00pm. Follow us on Facebook for more exciting event details, visit us at www.SiegelsCottonwoodFarm.com or call Kaity at 815-741-2693.
Hinckley Farmers Market
Shop this unique marketplace for the freshest fruits and vegetables in the area, along with delicious homemade goodies, and specialty crafts all conveniently located with close parking. Opens June 20 and runs from 9 am through noon every Saturday through September.
Whole Hog Festival- Custom Car and Bike Show
The First Annual Whole Hog Festival is a new City of Lockport event that's fun for the whole family. The event celebrates custom cars and bikes by inviting owners in the region to show off their rides. Enjoy BBQ from variety of vendors and live music during the event. Time: 11:00am - 6:00pm.
St. James at Sag Bridge
St. James at Sag Bridge is the Oldest Church in Northern Illinois. Built by Irish immigrants who built the canal. Established in 1833, it is the sole country parish of the Archdiocese of Chicago serving a growing community of Catholics who come together to worship God through the celebration of the Eucharist and traditional devotional activities within truly unique and beautiful surroundings.
Wingate by Wyndham - Joliet
Conveniently located near I-55 and I-80, Wingate by Wyndham welcomes business, groups, sports and leisure travelers. Serving hot complimentary breakfast daily.
Annual festival with national bands/acts, diverse ethnic food vendors, huge carnival, arts and crafts, special guest and super Sunday family days.
Enjoy vintage games for kids, special tours and exhibits and free parking all day as the park celebrates the birthday of Cantigny benefactor Robert R. McCormick (1880-1955). This year's event will feature a free evening performance by Chicago Sinfonietta in honor of Cantigny Park's 60th anniversary!
Kim Russo: The Happy Medium at the Paramount Theatre
She’s been called a translator for the spirit world. She just recently won Best Psychic of 2015 by The Best of Long Island. But you probably know her as Kim Russo, The Happy Medium, and she’s got a pretty rare talent: she can communicate with spirits. From her appearances on A&E’s hit Paranormal State and The Biography Channel’s Celebrity Ghost Stories to her deeply personal readings, Kim Russo has been changing the lives of celebrities and citizens alike with her shocking talent for years. Come experience Kim’s other-worldly skill for yourself, live on the Paramount stage. Who knows – maybe she’ll pick YOU for a reading!
French Connection Day
French Connection Day celebrates Cantigny's French roots, which began when Col. Robert McCormick served with the Army's 1st Infantry Division during World War I at the Battle of Cantigny, near Paris. Great food and entertainment with a French flair are highlights of this free one-day festival.
Gelsosomo's Pizzeria & Pub is a new family restaurant located in downtown Lemont. Stop in for some pizza, pasta, sandwiches, salads, beer and fun. Chances are if you've eaten at Gelsosomo’s (Jel-sah-so-mos) in Lemont you’ve met at least one of the owners, Peg and Ed Gricus - a family-run operation.
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.
Ballet Folklorico Quetzalcoatl
It’s become a tradition in the Fox Valley to honor the area’s rich Mexican culture with Ballet Folklorico – that tradition continues. The Ballet Folklorico celebrates the traditional Mexican folklorico with colorful costumes, wonderful music and electrifying, elegant and beautiful choreography. You’ll feel your spirits rise and eyes light up as this celebrated group of artists share an important piece of their wonderful culture.
Our Comic Convention will feature fun for the whole family. Visit with over 25 vendors and artists from the Comic World. Face painters, a photo booth, and special attractions will abound when our library is turned into a Comicoplis for the day! Times: 10:00am - 4:00pm.
The Fox Valley Park District makes the glorious season of fall last a little longer with its annual Pumpkin Weekends at Blackberry Farm. During every weekend in October plus Columbus Day – nine days in all – fall is celebrated in its full glory. Families can enjoy safe and fun Halloween festivities including seasonal crafts, harvest décor and pumpkin stories!
Join us for Itasca Fest featuring tasty festival food, live entertainment, bingo and more. You'll find fun and games for all ages including a 3 on 3 basketball tournament, carnival rides, an antique flea market, a classic car show, children's entertainment, and nightly musical performances.
Route 66 Classic
It’s a quarter-mile blast down memory lane with Nostalgia Match-Racing and tribute to all things vintage! Don’t miss the Nostalgia Funny Cars, Pro Stock, Gassers and more! Bring your car for the Vintage Test & Tune and Cruise-in Car Corral for cars ‘79’s and older.
Aurora Farmers Market West
Held from 1 to 5 p.m. each Wednesday from July 8 through September 30. Shop Aurora's Farmers Market for seasonal favorites! Join neighbors and enjoy the familiar flavors and weekly surprises during our 102nd Anniversary. Illinois' oldest continually-running market, proudly celebrating area history and heritage. Each week with their Healthy Growing Initiative, your shopping experience includes a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables as well as the opportunity to discover unique handcrafts, homemade breads and pastries, specialty meats, artisan cheeses, and beautiful flowers. Pick up your farm fresh produce for the week - and plan to spend some time savoring the sweetness of locally-made baked goods, snacking on fresh popcorn, or tasting delicious hot donuts! The City of Aurora Farmers Markets are more than a place to get your vegetables. An excellent way to kick off your Saturday morning with a mini-festival of socializing, food, music and much more.
Arlington Heights Downtown Business Association
Stroll through our 8-block Downtown Business Association and find a great array of shops, many of which have provided quality services to our community for decades. The Downtown Business Association is home to a pharmacy and grocery store, to jewelry stores and art galleries, to clothing stories and home décor boutiques. Transportation services are also available if you wish to take in other Chicagoland sites.
Jay Leno at the Paramount Theatre
Yes, it’s true. Comedy and talk show legend Jay Leno is headed to Aurora for one-night-only, and he’s bringing Paramount audiences along for one of the funniest nights of the season. From performing 300 nights a year in comedy clubs to dominating the late night circuit as NBC-TV’s Tonight Show host for over 17 years, Jay’s Emmy-winning humor has had audiences around the world laughing for decades… and earned him a spot in the Television Hall of Fame while he’s at it. Now he’s bringing the jokes that made him a Rockefeller Center star right here to the Paramount, and you don’t want to miss it. Here’s something special: America’s Got Talent finalist, CMA nominee and recording artist Emily West is kicking off this awesome night with her amazing songs. Get ready for this rising star to light up the stage.
The Rat Pack at the Paramount Theatre
World-renowned actor and comedian Buddy Hackett was a lifelong friend of the Rat Pack. Together, those five guys were the epitome of cool, ruling the Las Vegas strip and creating a smooth style that’s still emulated today. Now, years later, Buddy’s son Sandy Hackett and his crew of crooners are bringing the boys’ timeless Vegas show to the Paramount stage, reminding everyone that the Rat Pack is still one of the hottest acts around. Critics have been saying it for years; with Sandy’s personal connection to Frank, Dean, Sammy and Joey, this show is the closest you’ll ever get to seeing the boys back under the stage lights.
Harvest Lane Vintage
Scheduled sales once or twice a month featuring a fresh selection of vintage, industrial, farmhouse items for yourself and your home.
Happy Together Tour 2015 at the Paramount Theatre
The Happy Together Tour is back at it, bringing your radio to life on the Paramount stage… and this year’s line-up will totally rock your world. It’s stacked with The Grassroots and their “Midnight Confessions.” Mark Lindsay from Paul Revere & The Raiders. Chicago’s very own The Buckinghams. The Cowsills taking you down “The Path of Love.” The Association and their slew of chart toppers. And, of course, Flo & Eddie singing that classic Turtles hit the tour is literally named after: “Happy Together.” Get ready to celebrate the golden age of rock-n-roll with your favorite hits, and the artists who play them, live on the Paramount stage.
The Duke Ellington Orchestra at the Paramount Theatre
Over the course of 50 years, the great Duke Ellington led a world-renowned jazz orchestra, wrote thousands of compositions and changed the American musical landscape forever. Even decades after his death, Duke’s Orchestra still honors his incredible legacy in the best way possible: by performing his cool musical masterpieces for audiences around the world. These world-class musicians are packing up their pianos, trumpets, drums and more and heading to Aurora – and when they get here, it’s going to be spectacular. They’ll spend a very special evening playing Duke’s biggest numbers, including his foot-tapper “It Don’t Mean A Thing,” his sultry “Take The A Train” and his heart-pounding “Rockin’ in Rhythm,” all with that swinging jazz grandeur that would make Duke proud.
God Save the Queen at the Paramount Theatre
These guys are packing Queen’s biggest hits like “We Are the Champions,” “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Somebody to Love” into one huge set, and they’re doing it with all that over-the-top theatricality that made Queen one of the best-known bands in music history. From the incredible lighting to the epic anthems to lead singer Pablo Padin’s spot-on resemblance (both in voice and looks) to the late, great Freddie Mercury, God Save the Queen will rock you.
Jack Hanna's Into the Wild Live at the Paramount Theatre
Bring the family for a wild afternoon with “Jungle” Jack Hanna and his animal pals! From lions to lemurs, gorillas to geckos and everything in between, everyone’s favorite animal expert has brought the wonder of the animal kingdom to multiple generations, introducing furry, feathery and just plain fascinating creatures on The Late Show with David Letterman, Good Morning America and The Ellen DeGeneres Show. He’s hosted his own Emmy-winning educational and entertaining TV programs like Animal Adventures and Into the Wild. And now, Jungle Jack’s bringing his hat, his khakis and his coolest friends to Aurora.
Josh Turner at the Paramount Theatre
People magazine calls him one of Country’s Hottest Stars. His debut single “Long Black Train” went gold. The Associated Press says he’s “among the most effective – and most hard-core country – performers of his generation.” His hit “Why Don’t We Just Dance” was literally the most-played song of 2010. It’s no wonder Josh Turner is one of the youngest members of the Grand Ole Opry. And this season, he’s bringing his unmistakable baritone voice, double-platinum songwriting skills and dazzling country charm to Aurora. Don’t miss this CMA and Grammy nominee when he rocks the stage with No.1 songs like “Your Man,” “All Over Me” and “Time is Love,” plus tons more off his five history-making albums. And opening for Josh is MCA Recording Artists and rising star Raquel Cole.
The Second City: Holidazed & Confused Revue
Spend your holiday season with the funniest comedy crew in the country: Second City and their hilarious holiday show Holidazed and Confused. These guys are bringing their world-famous skits, songs and laughs to Paramount’s 175-seat Copley Theatre from December 4 to 20 – and in a theatre this intimate, you’re up close and personal with all that Second City fun. Get some eggnog, get out to Aurora and get ready to laugh with Second City.
Out of the Attic Antiques
Located next to Toys R Us, this pickers paradise is 10,000 square feet of antiques, collectibles, vintage, retro and fun stuff! 75 dealers. Open 7 days week! Mon-Sat 10-6, Sun 11-5.
NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street Legal Drag Racing
The biggest battle of street-legal style race cars in the country are coming to compete at Route 66 Raceway! All-American door-slammer drag racing, massive manufacturer’s Midway, car show and swap meet. Come check it out or test your skills on the drag strip with Sportsman & Street classes offered. Subject to change.
Lake View Nature Center
Lake View Nature Center is dedicated to bringing fun, hands-on environmental education and recreation opportunities to promote awareness and appreciation of the natural world. Learn and play with hands-on exhibits, live animals, fishing pond, and summer paddleboat rentals.
Frank Caliendo at the Paramount Theatre
From his countless appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman to his hilarious segments on Fox NFL Sunday to his 11-year tenure on MADtv, Chicago-born Frank Caliendo is a comedic genius. His impressions of celebrities like Charles Barkley, Al Pacino and Bill Clinton are dead-on. His jokes will have you in stitches. And his high-energy style has the Hollywood Reporter calling him “a combination of Robin Williams and Jim Carrey.” After all, he didn’t get his own Monte Carlo Las Vegas show for nothing. Whether you’re a sports fan, a political analyst or you just love to laugh, you don’t want to miss Frank Caliendo live at the Paramount.
After he won Season 2 of America’s Got Talent, Terry Fator’s career in singing, dancing, comedy and mind-blowing ventriloquism skyrocketed… and now’s your chance to experience his endless talents live in Aurora for one-night-only. Be prepared to laugh, cheer and be amazed by Terry Fator. This guy’s known for selling out shows in Vegas, he sold out the Paramount last time, and he’ll do it again.
Mannheim Steamroller Christmas at the Paramount Theatre
There’s no better way to kick off the holiday season than with the band that changed Christmas music forever: it’s Mannheim Steamroller. Helmed by Grammy-winner and musical genius Chip Davis, this world-renowned group takes your favorite songs of the season and beefs them up with their signature new age style that’s been dubbed “18th century Classical Rock.” With 40+ years of live performances under their cummerbunds, these guys know how to put on a show that will leave audiences in absolute awe. Get in the holiday spirit with the uplifting sounds and magical arrangements of Mannheim Steamroller.
Orland Park Place
Orland Park Place features an exceptional line-up of retailers including Old Navy, Marshall's, Nordstrom Rack, DSW, Jared Jewelers and many other fine stores and restaurants.
Peter Cetera at the Paramount Theatre
With his unmistakable tenor voice, legendary songwriting skills and bass guitar chops to boot, Chicago frontman and solo star Peter Cetera defines an entire era of American rock music. Penning and singing lead vocals on Chicago’s first No. 1 single “If You Leave Me Now,” Peter propelled the group into the worldwide spotlight. His power ballads like “Baby, What a Big Surprise” and ”Hard to Say I’m Sorry” drove Chicago to become one of the best-selling American rock bands of all time.
Aurora Farmers Market East
Held Thursdays, July 9 through August 27. Shop Aurora's Farmers Market for seasonal favorites! Join neighbors and enjoy the familiar flavors and weekly surprises during our 102nd Anniversary. Illinois' oldest continually-running market, proudly celebrating area history and heritage. Each week with their Healthy Growing Initiative, your shopping experience includes a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables as well as the opportunity to discover unique handcrafts, homemade breads and pastries, specialty meats, artisan cheeses, and beautiful flowers. Pick up your farm fresh produce for the week - and plan to spend some time savoring the sweetness of locally-made baked goods, snacking on fresh popcorn, or tasting delicious hot donuts! The City of Aurora Farmers Markets are more than a place to get your vegetables. An excellent way to kick off your Saturday morning with a mini-festival of socializing, food, music and much more.
Summer Musical by Joliet Drama Guild
Enjoy Broadway up close and close to home! Join JDG, the 2nd oldest community theatre in Illinois, for their 81st season's finale at the Billie Limacher Bicentennial Park & Theatre. Summer Musical shows are August 7-9 and 14-16 on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2:00 pm. Learn more and reserve tickets by visiting the Joliet Drama Guild website.
Under the Streetlamp at the Paramount Theatre
The Boys are back in town! That’s right, former castmates from Chicago’s very own Jersey Boys are headed back to Aurora, and Michael x2, Chris and Shonn are bringing their stunning voices, their slick dance moves and their electrifying charm with ‘em. These guys sell out the Paramount every season, and with their unforgettable show featuring your favorite Doo-Wop, Motown and old time rock-n-roll tunes (and some surprises, too), this year’s no different. Retro never sounded so now – it’s Under The Streetlamp.
Peter & Paul at the Paramount Theatre
Join Peter & Paul for a night of gorgeous harmonies, positive messages and hits like “Puff, The Magic Dragon,” “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?” and “Leaving on a Jet Plane” that transcend generational boundaries, inspiring millions of Americans over the last five decades. As core members of Peter, Paul & Mary, they transformed folk music into a powerful language that spoke to the masses. They soundtracked the Civil Rights movement, the anti-war scene and an entire era of social change. They’ve won five Grammys and made it on the Billboard Top 10 list six times over. And they’re celebrating over 50 years of positivity, talent and activism right here at the Paramount.
Culinary Champion for Best Seafood! Served in a traditional Italian American atmosphere, a night out at Aliano’s makes for a special dining experience. Every item on Aliano’s extensive menu is made from classic, favorite recipes that have been delighting diners for years.
River Night & Ribs
A night fun for the whole family! Live performance from Red Woody runs from 6:30 pm - 10 pm and family activities and the River Night Market run through 9 pm. Features a beer tent, food vendors, Ribs Cook-Off and other free family area activities.
Old Orland Antique Shops
The Old Orland Historic District has antique and specialty shops, and interesting service businesses nestled in a 1800s neighborhood of historic churches, charming houses and colorful gardens.
STOMP at the Paramount Theatre
There’s a reason STOMP sold out every single show they played at the Paramount last time they were in town. Now’s your chance to experience the most successful off-Broadway creation of all time, back in Aurora. STOMP is an inventive, energizing and downright electrifying spectacle that blends dance, music, percussion and theatricals into one gigantic rhythm that will have your heart pounding. After these guys come through town, you’ll never look at paint cans, plumbing fixtures or even the kitchen sink the same. Get ready to get STOMP’d.
Engelbert Humperdinck at the Rialto Square Theatre
Engelbert Humperdinck has recorded everything from the most romantic ballads to a movie theme song. His name comes from the 1911, century Austrian composer who wrote "Hansel & Gretel." His voice comes from heaven, and he has been a legend in the international music industry for the last forty plus years, with over 150 million records sold. With four Grammy nominations, a Golden Globe for "Entertainer of the Year" (1988), 63 gold and 24 platinum records and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, his remarkable voice and extraordinary talent has endeared him to millions of fans around the globe. 8pm show.
Culinary Champion for Best Soup and Best Dessert! Experience exquisite Italian cuisine and world class culinary arts including their famous wood burning oven techniques. Vegan? Food-intolerant? Let them know and Chefs Gaetano and Wendy DiBenedetto will make up a special culinary delight just for you!
The Aurora Area's Culinary Champion for best steak! The setting and ambiance are 1930's classic Hollywood, but the culinary experience is fine contemporary dining. With USDA prime beef and delicious seafood creations, plus rich pastas, fresh salads, and an award-winning selection of wine, it’s no wonder Fairbanks was named Best Casino Fine Dining Restaurant by the readers of “Midwest Gaming & Travel.”
Raimondo's Pizza & Pub
Two-time Culinary Champion Raimondo's pizzas and pastas are the best pizza and the best ethnic restaurant in the Aurora Area according to our local mayors. Handcrafted pizza pies, sauces and sandwiches made to order. Each pie dough is rolled by hand and made to order. Salivate over the menu. Experience the best when you experience Raimondo's!
Taste of Batavia Block Party
Celebrate Labor Day weekend as Batavia MainStreet hosts a 'Taste of Batavia' sampler party complete with live music, activities and dancing! For kids, there will be plenty of activities and a play area-- River City Church will host a bounce house, face painting, balloons, and a raffle. Lawn games and bags Classic Car Show on River St.
Little Popcorn Store
A cherished landmark in the heart of downtown Wheaton, The Little Popcorn Shop is perhaps one of the most loved and narrowest stores in the Chicagoland area measuring 49 inches wide by 60 feet long. The store’s small, quaint space is like walking into a Norman Rockwell painting. Popcorn is freshly popped, candy lines the wall, and locals greet each other warmly while welcoming newcomers to this very special place called The Little Popcorn Shop.