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Now celebrating its 34th year, Fountain Square Art Festival is the largest and oldest fine arts fair on Chicago's majestic North Shore. Featuring the eclectic works of more than 225 juried artists, this sprawling art showcase epitomizes words like "cosmopolitan” and "sophistication." The festival takes place in downtown Evanston, just steps from the eponymous Fountain Square. It also features a popular children's art tent with fun activities overseen by the acclaimed Evanston Art Center, food, and a soothing jazz-centric music lineup.
Frankfort Fall Festival
The Frankfort Fall Festival is ranked in the top 15 shows to visit by Sunshine Artist. There are 300 artisan from 30 states selling hand-crafted items at our show which includes local civic organizations selling food items, a carnival, entertainment and a community parade.
Gem & Mineral Show
Annual Gem and Mineral Show showing off Indian artifacts, fossils, lapidary displays, shell crafts and much more.
Geneva Arts Fair
Express your originality with the artwork you discover at Geneva’s nationally-acclaimed outdoor gallery of juried art. More than 140 artists will show their work; from drawing, painting and sculpture to ceramics, glass, textiles and jewelry. All art is available for sale. Come for the day or stay for the weekend. We hope to see you.
George Li at Ravinia
Join George Li on piano for a night of great classical music. Program will include Sonatas by Haydn and Chopin, Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 and Rachmaninoff ’s Corelli Variations.
George Thorogood & The Destroyers at the Genesee Theatre
The most 'bad to the bone' performer in rock, George Thorogood & the Destroyers are badder then ever. They will be playing a catalog of classics that include Who Do You Love, Bad to the Bone, I Drink Alone, Move it on Over and more. Tickets - $43-$63.
Get the Led Out at RiverEdge Park
Last summer, these talented rockers lit up RiverEdge Park with shredding guitar, piercing vocals and a head-banging drum solo that made us feel like we were seeing Jimmy, John, Robert and John Paul back on stage. This year, they’re bringing it all back, and then some. Get the Led Out’s mission is to perform songs from Zeppelin’s legendary albums like Led Zeppelin I-IV, Physical Graffiti and In Through the Out Door with the explosive energy the guys were known for.
Gospelfest at the Greenbelt Cultural Center
Be inspired by Lake County's best gospel voices. This annual favorite features choirs, solo performances and praise dancers that will bring you to your feet. This year's headlining performers are Malcolm Williams and Great Faith. Come out and hear this exciting Chicago gospel choir. Also, don't miss soloist Bridgette Campbell and The Lamar Sisters. Children can enjoy fun nature activities during the event. Food available for purchase during event.
Grafton Riverside Flea Market
You won't want to miss this fabulous flea market on the river. There will be over 50+ dealers with all types of goods, antiques glassware, tools, candles, furniture and good old-fashioned junk! Join the fun the fourth weekend of every month from April through October in Grafton. For more information, call (800) 258-6645 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Green Fair on the Fox
Green Fair on the Fox features an eco-marketplace, local businesses, physical fitness and sustainable, healthy living. There will be food, live music, demonstrations and fun activities for the whole family! Over 65 vendors and exhibitors will be on hand showcasing their green product or service. Fun activities for kids and adults alike will be going on all throughout the fair. Musical entertainment on the Peg Bond Stage. Green Fair on the Fox will be held rain or shine.
H.A. Rathje Peotone WindMill Tours
Tour and explore three floors of the largest Dutch/German Illinois Windmill built in 1872, filled with antiques and exhibits. Su 1-3PM.
Happy Together Tour 2016 at the Paramount Theatre
Take a trip through the golden age of rock-and-roll with the artists behind all those 1960’s and 70’s favorites, right before your eyes. In one rockin’ night, the Happy Together Tour 2016 is bringing your radio to life with Chuck Negron of Three Dog Night, Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, Chicago’s own The Cowsills, Mark Lindsay from Paul Revere & The Raiders, The Spencer Davis Group starring (you guessed it) Spencer Davis himself and, of course, Flo & Eddie from The Turtles, all live on the Paramount stage. This show is stacked with what the kids are calling “oldies, but goodies,” and you don’t want to miss it. General Public On-Sale: June 30 at 10 a.m.
This annual festival held the first weekend in October celebrates pioneer life with demonstrations, crafts and food. Features a blue grass band, cemetery walk, and a church service at the historic Mt. Olive Church. Free admission!
“Ciao” on delicious Italian food and delight in a grand parade. This week long festival will include midway rides and games, live music from award winning artists, a bocce tournament, a grape stomp, a pasta cook-off, a kids pet and bike parade, a road race and an art contest.
Highwood Days & Taco Fest
This year marks the 48th anniversary of Highwood’s oldest festival. Complete with carnival rides, funnel cakes, a beer & margarita garden, live music and tons of food from local vendors – this is the most traditional festival and will not disappoint! To add to the excitement, Highwood debuts the First Annual North Shore Taco Fest where we will bring together the region’s best taco-centric restaurants, caterers and food trucks to offer a wide range of mouth watering taco creations.
Historical H.A. Rathje Windmill Fall Festival
Explore three floors of the largest Illinois Windmill built in 1872, the demonstrations of old time crafts as well as expanded children activities - and it’s free.
Illinois Holocaust Museum Exhibit - Nazi Olympics: Berlin, 1936
Coinciding with the 2016 Rio Olympics and the 80th anniversary of the 1936 Games, Nazi Olympics tells an important historical story. Given that sports play a powerful developmental role in the lives of so many youth and adult athletes, this exhibition expands on many important themes—racism and discrimination, propaganda, fair play, and ethical decision making—allowing the public to personally connect to the history and lessons of the Holocaust and relate them to present day Olympics and human rights issues.
Illinois Porcelain Art Show “Celebrating 50 years!-A Golden Year”
Illinois Porcelain Art Show will be celebrating 50 years of Porcelain Painting in Illinois. You will be able to view beautiful displays of hand-painted china by our member guilds, shop with our vendors and porcelain art teachers, vote on museum pieces, have the opportunity to bid on silent auction pieces (will include painted pieces as well as wreaths/swags created by our members) Supplies will be included in fee. We are excited by this new concept of learning.
Illinois Shakespeare Festival
The Illinois Shakespeare Festival is a professional Shakespearean Repertory Festival that is a part of the College of Fine Arts at Illinois State University. The Festival is recognized as a nationally renowned Shakespeare Festival that over 10,000 patrons visit annually. The Festival produces a repertory season of Shakespeare plays and new works during the months of July and August each summer on the grounds of the Ewing Cultural Center. Celebrating its 39th season in 2016, the Festival is a theatrical gem located in the heart of central Illinois.
In the Mood at the James Lumber Center
n The Mood celebrates the music of the 1930s and 40s, the Big Band era, with a sensational 13-piece String of Pearls Orchestra and fabulous singers and dancers. The great melodies and lyrics that are still with us today are presented in a musical revue that is jazzy, sentimental, rhythmic, nostalgic and patriotic-all happening at the same time. With music arrangements, costumes and choreography, In The Mood is as authentic as it gets.
International Bog Day
Celebrate Bogs with an art show and silent auction with an Artists' Reception followed by live music with Briar Road. Extra bog tours & kid's bog crafts throughout the afternoon. Also attendees can meet bog dogs too.
Itasca Oktoberfest 2016
Celebrate all things German at Itasca's Annual Oktoberfest including authentic German food and gift, music, and more! This is a free fest.
Itzhak Perlman With the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Ravinia
The most famous violinist of our time, Itzhak Perlman has helped countless millions become music lovers, not only on the concert stage but also through contributions to film soundtracks, and this year marks the 50th anniversary of his first appearance both with the CSO and at Ravinia
Jacksonville Main Street’s Fine Arts Festival
Have a taste for the arts? Then head to the annual Fine Arts Festival in Downtown Jacksonville! Arts, food and fun all in downtown Jacksonville. Exhibits for show or sale include oil or acrylic paintings, watercolors, pastels, pencil art, photography, and mixed media.
Jazz Patio and Wine Festival
All that Jazz. Join us on Saturday, August 6 from 12-5:00 PM for a one-day jazz & wine festival. Enjoy free face painting and balloon art for kids. Plus, visit participating stores for extra savings. Please visit the website for schedule of entertainment.
Jeff Beck & Buddy Guy at Ravinia
Local legend Buddy Guy returns his unique brand of classic Chicago blues, this time, with former Yardbird and guitar hero Jeff Beck, in his Ravinia debut. Together they will put on a great show.
John Fogerty at Ravinia
Rock icon and Grammy Award winner John Fogerty makes his much-anticipated Ravinia debut as part of his Rollin’ On The River tour. While he was the lead singer and lead guitarist of Creedence Clearwater Revival, Fogerty penned some of the most memorable songs in rock history music.
Jordbruksdagarna – Agriculture days
Celebrate Bishop Hill’s agrarian heritage, this event features traditional 19th century harvest activities and demonstrations, hands-on activities, music, farm produce, and Colony stew. Hours: 10am to 5pm.
Jorge Federico Osorio at Ravinia
Pianist extraordinaire and Highland Park resident Jorge Federico Osorio, returns with a program of works by the three uncontested greatest composers of piano music including Schubert's final sonata.
Joshua Bell & Chris Botti With the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Ravinia
Tonight's program features lifelong friends sharing the stage with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Botti made his Carnegie Hall debut in 1981 as part of the All American High School Jazz Band; Bell debuted there three years later as a soloist with the Saint Louis Symphony. Botti won a Grammy in 2013 for his album, Impressions. Come out for an evening of terrific tunes and virtuosic delights.
Judy Collins Sings Sondheim at Ravinia
The singer that gave Sondheim his biggest hit with "Send in the Clowns" pays tribute to her favorite composer in this melody-filled evening. Along with the Passenger String Quartet this should be one not to miss.
Kendall County Fair
The Kendall County Fair is a fantastic fair full of new and exciting events for the whole family. Enjoy the Truck and Tractor Pull, Western Speed Show, Carnival and Livestock Shows and many new exhibits for your family to enjoy. Fun contests every day. See also the Family Stage, Grandstand Shows and 4 H Auction.
Kenny G at The Genesee
In a recording career that spans almost three decades and 23 albums, Grammy® Award-winning saxophonist Kenny G has grafted elements of R&B, pop, and Latin to a jazz foundation solidifying his reputation as the premiere artist in contemporary jazz. He will be performing many of his career hits and as well as songs of the holiday. Tickets range from $49.50-$89.50.
Kenny Rogers’ Final World Tour: The Gambler’s Last Deal at Ravinia
Grammy Award–winning superstar and Country Music Hall of Famer Kenny Rogers takes the festival’s stage as part of his final world tour, The Gambler’s Last Deal, with special guests The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Linda Davis. Having been a performer for nearly six decades, Rogers has sold more than 120 million albums worldwide, making him one of the top 10 best-selling male solo artists of all time.
Kewanee Chamber of Commerce Concert Series
Enjoy a different band each week. Food is available beginning at 5:15 pm. Music begins at 6:30 pm. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and in case of inclement weather concerts will be at the Boss Community Building, 221 W. 1st Street. Held Thursdays: June 16,23, 30, July 7,14,21,28 August 4,11,18
Enjoy 8 days of Country, Jazz and Classical music concerts, youth events, a parade, car show, street dance, "BaconPalooza", wine tasting, Wild West Shootout events, and much, much more! There is so much to experience and enjoy for the entire family! All events are free to attend.
Kiss: Freedom to Rock Tour at the BMO Harris Bank Center
In their 40 year career, Kiss has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide. Their 1975 album "Alive!" climbed into the Top Ten and their single, "Rock 'N' Roll All Nite," made it to number 12. Their album, "Destroyer," was the group's first platinum album and featured their first Top Ten single, the power ballad "Beth." As America's #1 Gold Record Award winning group of all time, KISS can easily be named one of rock's most influential bands. The Rock & Roll Hall of Famers have released 44 albums and sold more than 100 million albums worldwide.
Lansing Autumn Festival
The annual three-day Lansing Autumn Fest returns for its 5th year. Located at the corner of Ridge and Henry streets in downtown Lansing by the Clock Tower and at Fox Pointe. The family friendly event includes musical entertainment, food vendors, market place and craft fair, kids zone with second entertainment stage and kids games, military recognition day, pancake breakfast, 5K Hero Walk/Run, Pumpkin Cash Raffle and much more. For more information or to be a sponsor, volunteer, food vendor or market place vendor, visit lansingautumfest.org or call 708-832-4584. F 4-11PM, Sa 7AM-11PM, Su 11:30AM-5PM.
Lattice, Landscape and Leaves ~ Bishop Hill Quilt Show
The annual quilt show is like a needle and thread as it joins together family members and friends to create something memorable. This event continues to grow and over 100 quilts and quilted pieces are entered in this judged show at the Colony School. Be sure to visit the Village Smithy and VagnHall Galleri to see additional quilts on display.
Lincoln Trio at Ravinia
The Lincoln Trio's program includes works by Rachmaninoff, Shostakovich, Arvo Part and Arensky. This is a Bennett Gordon Hall $10 concert series.
Long Grove's Irish Days
A three day long fest that can’t be missed. Long Grove invites the whole family out to enjoy all the best that the Irish culture offers including: live music, dancers, best dressed dog competition each day, traditional Irish food and drink, and activities for the “wee” folk.
Long Grove's Vintage Days
Summer market place for all things vintage, antique, reclaimed, repurposed, upcycled and handmade. A two day event in the Heart of Downtown Long Grove with an accent on classic cars on Saturday. Enjoy the unique street vendors, live music, wine, beer, delicious street food and visit the local shops and eateries.
Historic National Landmark, Bishop Hill, glows with luminary lit sidewalks and candle lit windows in honor of St. Lucy, a celebration of lights. Musical entertainment abounds throughout the village. Musicians will perform at the Steeple Building and at Vagnhall Galleri, the air will be filled with melodies. The village specialty shops and dining establishments stay open late for an enchanted evening to remember. Feel like dancing? Experience the Old Colony School barn dance serenaded by the Rusty String Pickup Band. Experience a utopia on the prairie holiday experience this season. Come join us from 6-9pm!
Maddie and Tae at Bllomington Center for the Performing Arts
Nominated for two 2016 AMC awards and quickly becoming country music’s favorite “Fun Show” on the road, the duo’s debut album, “Start Here”, features the #1 Platinum-selling son, “Girl in a Country Song”, “Fly” and their current hit, “Shut Up and Fish”. Don’t miss your chance to see these superstars in an intimate performance at the BCPA.
Man of La Manchal at the Marriott Theatre
Man of La Mancha is a 1964 musical that tells the story of the "mad" knight, Don Quixote, as a play within a play, performed by Cervantes and his fellow prisoners as he awaits a hearing with the Spanish Inquisition. This will be a poignant story of one man's ultimate quest.
Mannheim Steamroller at U.S. Cellular Coliseum
The show features classic Christmas hits from Mannheim Steamroller all with dazzling multimedia effects in an intimate setting. The spirit of the season comes alive with the signature sound of Mannheim Steamroller. Performance begins at 8pm
Marty Stuart & Billy Bob Thorton and the Boxmasters at Ravinia
Marty Stuart is an American country music singer-songwriter, known for both his traditional style, and eclectic merging of rockabilly, honky tonk, and traditional country music. In the early 1990s, he had a successful string of country hits. Along with Billy Bob Thorton and the Boxmasters this should be a great night of music under the stars at Ravinia.
Masters of Soul at the James Lumber Center
The Temptations, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Diana Ross and the Supremes, The Jackson Five, and Stevie Wonder are just some of the iconic Motown artists who have earned their place in the history of all popular music. In this ultimate stroll down memory lane, Masters of Soul celebrates these artists and many more via incredible harmonies, stylish costumes and endless smooth moves.
Matthew Polenzani at Ravinia
Matthew Polenzani is an American lyric tenor. He has appeared with the Metropolitan Opera, Seattle Opera, Royal Opera House, Bayerische Staatsoper, Lyric Opera of Chicago and with many orchestras. This performance will feature songs by Liszt, Ravel, Satie, and Barber.
Merchant Street Music Festival
Merchant Street MusicFest brings together an eclectic range of music, artists, food and people to celebrate diversity throughout the community. Merchant Street MusicFest is a free two-day music and arts festival at the historic downtown train depot located at 199 South East Avenue in Kankakee, IL. The event is a community celebration featuring local, regional, and national musical talent on 3 stages, fine and folk art vendors and great food and drink. Tempt your tastebuds with our local food vendors' best offerings or just sit back with a cold one and let the melodic sounds wash over you.
Midwest Wizard of Oz Fest
The Midwest Wizard of Oz Festival has been a long standing tradition began in 1982 when Wizard of Oz store owner, Jean Nelson, came up with the idea to create an Oz-themed festival. Since then it has grown to be one of the biggest festivals in the nation that produced crowds of about 30,000 people each year.
Mighty Richland Players Annual Christmas Show
The annual show includes favorite holiday tunes, and skits and merriment. Located in the historic Masonic Hall, the audience will not only get to see a great show, but also have a wonderful dessert during intermission. $20.Saturday: 7:30 pm; Sunday: 2 pm.
Mighty Richland Players Dessert Theater “A Nice Family Gathering”
Friday and Saturday: 7:30 pm; Sunday: 2 pm. In this comedy, it’s Thanksgiving Day and the first family gathering at the Lundeen household since the Patriarch died. At the gathering, Dad comes back as a ghost with a mission: to tell his wife he loved her, something he neglected to tell her while he was alive. However, not only can’t she see or hear him, she has also invited a date for dinner. Located in the historic Masonic Hall, the audience will not only get to see a great show, but also have a wonderful dessert during intermission. $20.
Millennium Park Summer Film Series
Calling all movie buffs! Head to Millennium Park on Tuesday evenings this summer to enjoy free movies at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion. It's now home to the latest and most sophisticated outdoor screen with sound projected from the Pavilion's state-of-the-art sound system. The images are bright, clear and visible from the front row to the back of the Great Lawn, so there isn't a bad seat in the park! Be sure to grab a blanket and pack a picnic dinner to enjoy with your friends and family.
Millennium Park Summer Music Series
The 2016 Millennium Park Summer Music Series will offer an exciting line-up of 18 FREE outdoor concerts every Monday and Thursday June 6 – August 25, 2016 (except where noted) at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. The Millennium Park Music Series has been reimagined to feature a wider variety of genre-defying music from top local, national and international artists – both established and emerging.
MIP Arts & Crafts Fair
Heralded as one of the largest arts and crafts fairs in the Midwest, the MIP Arts & Crafts Fair features over 200 vendors - both indoors and outdoors in Milan, Illinois just a few minutes from Rock Island and Moline in the Quad Cities. You are sure to find a treasure to take home with you!
Miriam Fried Complete Bach Sonatas and Partitas at Ravinia
Mariam will be performing Complete Bach Sonatas and Partitas for Unaccompanied Violin, Part 1 at 5:30pm and Part 2 beginning at 8:30pm. Each concert will have a $10 ticket price. Come for one or both.
Misha Dichter at Ravinia
Pianist Misha Dichter returns to Ravinia to showcase his artistry along with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Program will include Second Symphonies of Bernstein & Brahms.
Morris Day at the Genesee
Longtime Prince collaborator and full-time smooth Morris Day is one of the most swaggering and peacockish funk performers to hit the stage since the Purple One himself. As the frontman of the Time, the charismatic Day built a serious name for himself in the ‘80s with his colorful showmanship, introducing international audiences to his slick stage presence in musical films like Purple Rain and Graffiti Bridge. Tickets are $29.50-$54.00.
Mt. Vernon Fall Festival
This three day October festival in downtown Mt. Vernon includes a beer tent with live entertainment, parade, children's area, food, fun, car show, band competition, pumpkin competition, carnival, pet parade and so much more!
Murder in Maybury Mystery Dinner Theater
Welcome to Maybury the quietest little town in the whole country. Join us for an exciting evening of murder, mystery and mayhem at our Mystery Dinner Theater, where you can be the star of the show! Get ready to have fun! For more information, call (618) 786-2331.
Music at Debate Square
Enjoy the serenity of Debate Square and the great sounds of local musicians. Quynetta Sanders opens the series with a jazz performance on June 30. July 14 features Seasaw (Meg Golz and Eve Wilczewski) offering folk and pop tunes. July 21 is Kendra Beth Swanson singing her own mix of folk and bluegrass. Shelby Gahm appears on July 28 offering pop. August 11 is Southpaw Stance (Justin Pasch, Nick Rabb, Adam Rodebaugh) with acoustic Americana rock. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets.
Music On Chicago
Enjoy Freeport’s historic downtown with this music fest featuring two bands, great food and a beer garden. The June concert features “Laura Rae and the Backroads Trio” and “Back Country Roads”. The July concert features “The Funnies”, playing the whole night, and the August concert features “Guitar Ronnie” and “Cash Box Kings”. The first band starts at 6 pm and the second band at 8 pm. Also enjoy the Open Air Market on Chicago Avenue, adjacent to Music on Chicago – open 4 pm to Dusk. Adults: $5; Children Under 21 must be accompanied by an adult. (815-232-9000)
Music Under the Stars
Enjoy music under the stars while the Freeport Concert Band performs at the Koenig Outdoor Performance Amphitheater in lovely Krape Park. Sunday nights: June 19, 26 and July 3, 10, 17 & 24.
North Shore Festival of Art
This festival has a long and rich history in the North Shore. Located in the Old Orchard Shopping Center in Skokie, the North Shore Festival of Art is a free, three-day fine art festival showcasing approximately 140 juried artists from all across the United States and Canada. The artists display stunning works in a large variety of mediums, including painting, photography, jewelry, fiber, glass, wood and more for sale at the festival.
O.A.R. at Ravinia
O.A.R. is renowned for its intense, vibrant live show and the communal feeling it shares with its fans. With each studio album, the band has endeavored to achieve that sense of immediacy. Bring the friends out for this great concert at Ravinia.
Off Square Music - Open Mic Nights
Off Square Music is an organization of volunteers who wish to share the folk music art with others in many different ways. We invite the public to be a part of the experience during Open Mic Nights on the second and fourth Fridays of every month* beginning at 7:00 p.m. at Stage Left Café in the Historic Woodstock Square. *Open Mic Nights will be held on the first and third Friday in August.
Old Settlers Days
Calhoun County was a wild rugged land, and its fall re-enactment festival embraces its past history. Old time crafts, mountain-man activities, black powder shooting, historic demonstrations, food, music, fiddlers jamboree, carriage rides and a petting zoo round out the activities scheduled for the weekend. Admission is free. For more information, call (618) 465-2114.
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.Together (12x12 stretched canvas) will be the featured painting.
Paul Lewis with Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Paul Lewis performs Beethoven's Fourth Concerto and Prokofiev's Symphony No. 5 along with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The conductor will be making his first appearance on Ravinia’s podium and with the CSO is Kirill Karabits, who has established himself as an intuitive leader of Prokofiev.
Pere Marquette Rendezvous
Step back in time to the days when frontier fur trappers met with fur traders and buyers during this reenactment festival at Pere Marquette State Park. The Second Annual Pere Marquette State Park Rendezvous will be a traditional Pre-1840 event with buckskinned re-enactors portraying primitive traders and campers. There will be period demonstrations, black powder and longbow shoots, camp music and food common to days on the Illinois frontier. The public is invited to attend and admission is free.
Port Clinton Art Festival
Port Clinton Art Festival is one of the most successful juried art festivals and attracts more than 250,000 art enthusiasts from places near and far. More than 260 of the world’s most celebrated artists come together to showcase their work over the course of the weekend, creating an atmosphere brimming with renowned creativity. Alongside established artists, a youth art division celebrates the talents of young artists ages 18 and under, offering them the opportunity to participate, exhibit, and experience the inner workings of an art festival.
Prairie on State Wine Cellars
Visit Prairie on State Wine Cellars, a Prairie State Winery tasting room, in downtown Sycamore. The tasting room invites you to sample many of the award-winning wines from PSW, shop for unique gifts or enjoy a glass of wine with a Nosh plate that you create yourself. Also features a weekend music schedule. Open Thursday - Sunday
Prairie State Winery Wine Downs
Enjoy live music & locally made Prairie State Wine during their Friday Night Wine Downs. The event is BYO "Nosh", so order in, bring your favorite wine snack and wine down Friday nights. See website for listing of performers and the weekly location (switches between Genoa and Sycamore Tasting Rooms) - Held most Fridays. Visit their Calendar of Events for each month's dates and location!
Puerto Rican Heritage Festival
It’s a two-day festival celebrating the rich heritage of Puerto Rico. Put on by the Aurora Puerto Rican Cultural Council, the weekend features endless food vendors offering wonderful cuisine; domino competitions; traditional folk music; other Puerto Rican bands; a kids’ play area; novelty vendors; Puerto Rican craftsmanship vendors and non-stop fun. And don’t forget to take in the sights and sounds of the Puerto Rican Day Parade on Sunday.
Ravinia Festival 2016
Another exciting year of entertainment at the Ravinia Festival. With a variety of performances, there is something for everyone. Choose from artists like Tony Bennett, Duran Duran, Phillip Phillips, Train and Andy Grammer, Dolly Parton, Don Henley and many more. Please visit the website for a complete schedule and to purchase tickets. Bring a picnic or pick up a complete picnic spread at one of the on-site restaurants or kiosks and sit back and enjoy the show.
Pick any decade and come ready to dance! Event fundraiser features: *King & Queen voting *Groove to the DJ mix *Raffles & Prizes *Finger foods & desserts from local restaurants *A Local Celebrity Lip Sync Battle General Ticket $75: includes open bar, appetizers & desserts and coat check.
Annual Festival with national bands and acts, diverse ethnic food vendors, huge carnival, arts and crafts. Also, special guest and Super Sunday Family Fun Day.
Riverside Art, Wine & Blues Festival
Enjoy a day of blues music with live bands at the historic band shell in Riverside park. Food & beverages available. All tickets $10, gates open at 11am. Always the first Saturday after Labor Day with multiple Illinois wineries, dozens of fine arts vendors, food and music.
Rock The Block Party
Please join us in Elmhurst City Centre for great local food, beer and wine and some of the area's best live music! The two day festival will run on Friday, September 9th from 4 to 10:30 pm and Saturday, September 10th from Noon to 10:30 pm.
Rock the Hops 2016
Rock the Hops returns to Downtown Alton, Il. A celebration of music, art and craft beer featuring some of the best purveyors of the goods in the region! Tickets are $15 a person with grants you access to beer sampling at each venue, a souvenir tasting glass, and access to shuttles. Beer sampling not your thing? Come out anyway and enjoy music, art and the venues' normal offerings!
Roodhouse Sesquicentennial Celebration
Come celebrate 150 years of food, family and fun in Roodhouse! Festivities include the "There Is No Place Like Home" parade, car show, youth day, heath fair, demonstrators and craft vendors, quilt show, amusement rides, little miss pageant, historical museum, beer tent, BINGO games, historical play, and community church service. Plenty of food vendors and two stages of free entertainment daily. Free parking and free admission.
Roomful of Teeth at Ravinia
The cutting-edge vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth makes its Ravinia appearance. Roomful of Teeth is Chicago premiere of Wally Gunn’s The Ascendant; works by Pulitzer-winning member Caroline Shaw.
Dig out your berets and bowlers, ushankas and sombreros, and celebrate diversity in style! This event is a dancing, eating, creating and learning celebration of Aurora’s diverse cultures, past and present, benefitting Family Focus Aurora, World Relief and the Aurora Historical Society. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. 4-8 pm
Seal at Ravinia
Seal is a British soul and R&B singer-songwriter, and has won numerous music awards throughout his career, including three Brit Awards' winning Best British Male in 1992, four Grammy Awards, and an MTV Video Music Award. Seal is known for his numerous international hits; the best known being "Kiss from a Rose" and "Crazy."
Shakespeare 400 Chicago
Shakespeare 400 Chicago is a yearlong international arts festival in 2016 celebrating the vibrancy, relevance and reach of Shakespeare. As the world commemorates the four hundred years since Shakespeare’s death in 1616, Shakespeare 400 Chicago will engage more than 500,000 Chicagoans and visitors to our City through 850 events.
Skokie's Backlot Bash
Skokie's downtown summer street festival is held annually over three days in late August featuring carnival rides, events for all ages and a concert stage with regional and national acts. Since its inception, Skokie's Backlot Bash has presented some of the nation's most eclectic Rock, Blues and R&B artists. This year includes Blue Oyster Cult, Living Colour, Tributosaurus becomes 'The Police' and more!
Spencer Tracy Film Festival
Spencer Tracy, one of Hollywood’s most cherished actors, comes home to Freeport where his parents lived and where he enjoyed many happy times as a child. Four prized films will be presented on the historic Lindo Theatre’s big screen. Movie Ticket Per Movie: $6.
St. Charles Jazz Weekend
Venues in St. Charles, Illinois will host jazz musicians eager to entertain you for four days. Enjoy as much jazz as possible by staying overnight at one of St. Charles' outstanding hotels. For a schedule of times, venues, and musicians, please visit the website http://www.stcjazzweekend.com.
St. Donatus Feast & Carnival
107th Annual Feast & Carnival. All food homemade, no vendors; pizza, beef, clams, Italian, Mexican, and of course, carnival, rides & bingo. 6-10PM.
Starlight Theatre - July 2016 Productions
Starlight Theatre at Rock Valley College presents its 2016 summer productions of great theater: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang - July 6-10, Jesus Christ Superstar - July 13-17, The Phantom of the Opera - July 20-24, and Children of Eden - July 27-31
Starved Rock Photography Club
Whether you are just beginning in photography, are an advanced amateur or a professional, you are welcome to the Starved Rock Photography Club. Monthly photography walks at Starved Rock State Park’s Lodge with club leader, Jacki Pienta. The Photography Club will meet each month throughout the year for guided walks to planned sites for photography opportunities. Members will informally exchange ideas and tips for quality nature and wildlife photos. We will meet the 4th Saturday of every month at 9am in the back of the Large Parking Lot at Starved Rock Lodge. All meetings will consist of a hike to an area of either Starved Rock State Park, Matthiessen State Park or Buffalo Rock. Please be prepared to carpool if necessary. $25.00 annual fee to join which will include a club t-shirt and an annual cookout! Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm 4th Saturday of each month. For more information, call 815-220-7386.
STORYTelling: Hmong American Voices Exhibit
This collaborative exhibit explores what it means to be Hmong American. How has Hmong life changed since refugees first entered the U.S. in the 1970s? What does it mean to be Hmong American today? Through objects, audio recordings and personal stories of Hmong Americans, this exhibit immerses visitors in the material culture and social issues of Hmong American communities. The exhibition is now open and will run through December 2016. A special opening reception featuring refreshments and live music will be held 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 9, at the museum, located in Cole Hall on the NIU campus. The event is free and open to the public. The Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. Admission is free and all are welcome.
Stravinsky's The Firebird & the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Ravinia
Inspired by the profoundly moving music of Stravinksy's Firebird, the visual performance evokes the conflict of innocence, passion, and creativity versus doubt, defense, and anger. Created by the genius company behind Broadway's and London's War Horse, Stravinsky's immortal Firebird takes on a new life in this visionary puppet interpretation in its Midwest debut.
Styx at the Genesee Theatre
Styx have committed to rocking the Paradise together with audiences far and wide and now coming to the Genesee Theatre for one night of original hits. Enjoy hits like Come Sail Away, Renegade, The Grand Illusion, Blue Collar Man, Crystal Ball and more.
Sunday at Sandwich Antiques Show
Share in the thrill of the hunt and the satisfaction of the find. Discover treasures and hard-to-find items at the historic Sandwich Fairgrounds.This will be a rewarding experience for exhibitors and customers alike. Managed by seasoned antiques dealers, this Second Sunday market of antiques and collectibles has helped to define Sandwich, Illinois as a destination location for both the casual visitor and the sophisticated collector. Held one Sunday of each month May – Oct., except Sept at the Sandwich Fairgrounds, rain or shine. Free parking, food vendors and ATM available. No pets. 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 2016 Summer dates: June 12, July 10, August 14