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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.
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.
Located in Rock Falls Uptown District, The Cooler is attracting regional & nationally known bands and is a great bar featuring live music every weekend!
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.
Heartland Community College
The Heartland Community College campus is a community resource that may be scheduled as available for activities consistent with the mission and policies of the College and Board of trustees. the campus includes several conference rooms, classrooms, computer labs and an auditorium that can hold 430 people. All of these spaces can be reserved through the special events department.
Chicago Symphony Orchestra: Beethoven's 5th Symphony at Ravinia
The perfect concert for new listeners as Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 may be the definitive work of classical music and certainly features the most famous four notes in the entire world.
Rockin' with Robert Concert Series
Enjoy a variety of music at the Robert Wadlow statue. Stop by the statue for a summer of monthly concerts. All concerts are free and open to the public. Don't forget to bring your lawn chairs or a blanket. Refreshments will also be available for purchase. 2016 concerts will be held on June 21, July 19 and August 16 starting at 7 p.m. For more information please contact the Upper Alton Association at 618-465-6303 or 618-466-0100.
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.
Diana Ross at Ravinia
As a solo artist, Diana Ross is one of the most successful female singers of the rock era. If you factor in her work as the lead singer of the Supremes in the 1960s, she may be the most successful. Come out for Diva supreme while she makes her Ravinia debut.
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.
Join us for Itasca Fest featuring tasty festival food, live entertainment, bingo and more. You'll find fun and games for all ages including carnival rides, an antique flea market, a classic car show, children's entertainment, and nightly musical performances.
Chris Cornell at Ravinia
The frontman from Soundgarden, Audioslave, and Temple of the Dog makes his Ravinia debut solo with his Higher Truth tour. This should be a great concert for all the alternative rock lovers.
Chicago Symphony Orchestra's Cole Porter’s 125th Birthday Celebration ar Ravinia
To celebrate the 125th birthday of American musical icon, Cole Porter, Ravinia has assembled a roster of artists who have made a specialty of finding the full measure of joy, humor, and perceptive insight in his immortal songs.
Neil Finn of Crowded House and Guster at Ravinia
Neil Finn has consistently proven his knack for crafting high-quality songs that combine irresistible melodies with meticulous lyrical detail, from his beginnings as the precocious junior member of Split Enz, through his leadership of Crowded House, and, finally, in his distinguished solo career. Neil along with Guster will be great night of music to enjoy.
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.
Takács String Quartet With Anthony McGill at Ravinia
Bring a picnic and some friends for a night of music with one of the worlds most highly regarded string ensembles. This ensemble along with Anthony McGill on the clarinet this is sure to be a great night at Ravinia.
Bryan Ferry at Ravinia
Bryan Ferry is a British singer-songwriter and musician. Famed for his suave visual and vocal style, he came to public prominence in the 70s as the lead singer of the art rock group Roxy Music. After influencing many later bands with his crooning vocals and fashion sense, he has had a highly successful solo career upon leaving the group in 1984. Bryan with guest Laura Pergolizzi will be a great night of music.
Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute: Program for Piano and Strings
Ravinia's Steans Music Institute is Ravinia's summer conservatory, bringing together each summer talented young musicians from around the world to make music together under the supervision of an internationally renowned faculty. This program to include works by Beethoven. This is part of the $10 Bennett Gordon Hall classic series.
Brüegala is an annual charity beer and wine festival run by the Bloomington-Normal Jaycees. The festival has multiple food vendors, over 500 beers, 50+ wines, glasses of draft beer and wine slushies. They also will have entertainment with live music throughout the two-day event.
Zukerman Trio at Ravinia
Pack a picnic and come out to Ravinia for a great night of music with the Zukerman Trio. Music includes piano trios by Shostakovich and Schubert.
Phillip Phillips & Matt Nathanson at Ravinia
Phillip Phillips, is bringing the music from his platinum selling debut album The World from the Side of the Moon to the Ravinia. This Georgia native wows with his songwriting chops, guitar skills, and rich vocals. Along with Matt Nathanson. This will a great show!
Gavin DeGraw & The Fray at Ravinia
Gavin DeGraw returns to Ravinia on June 25 with Grammy-nominated foursome The Fray in its Ravinia debut. DeGraw first broke through in 2003 with the release of his debut album, Chariot, which yielded three singles and earned platinum certification. The Fray struck a huge chord with audiences and turned its organic grassroots efforts into major success, selling over 4 million albums and 20 million singles worldwide.
Hollywood Vampires at RiverEdge Park
Joe Perry, Alice Cooper and Johnny Depp pay tribute to the original Hollywood Vampires. They are an American Rock supergroup formed to honor the musicians who died due to excess in the 1970s. All events at RiverEdge Park are General Admission. Guests are welcome to bring lawn chairs. Gates open at 6:30 pm, show starts at 8:00 pm.
11th Annual "Let's Dance" Big Band Weekend
The event provides a venue and 'live' dance bands ( 10 - 17 pieces) for fans and social ballroom dancers to enjoy. Catered food - healthy, delicious, recommended by dancers. Floor - 13,000 sq. ft. smooth hardwood, well maintained. Advance package deals are available. 'At door' registration will be accepted 30 minutes prior to each scheduled dance.
Cruisin’ to Genoa Car Show
Visit Downtown Genoa for the 3rd Annual Cruisin' to Genoa Car show. See 150 cars, enjoy family fun, music, free movie and more!
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.
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.
Menahem Pressler at Ravinia
Menahem Pressler, founding member and pianist of the Beaux Arts Trio, has established himself among the world’s most distinguished and honored musicians, with a career that spans almost six decades. Now, at 91 years old, he continues to captivate audiences throughout the world as performer and pedagogue, performing solo and chamber music recitals to great critical acclaim while maintaining a dedicated and robust teaching career.
Godfrey Family Fun Fest with Fireworks
Come and let your colors burst with an evening full of fun and fireworks! Festivities will begin at 5 p.m. and continue through to the fireworks display around 9 p.m. Vendors, inflatables, climbing wall, zip line, cow train, games, concessions and much more to celebrate Independence Day. Free and open to the public. The 2016 Great Godfrey Maze theme will be revealed to the public at this event. For more information, call (618) 466-1483.
Taste of Oak Brook
Join us for food, fun, and fireworks! The Taste of Oak Brook will feature live entertainment, delicious food from some of Oak Brook's finest restaurants, beer & wine, kids activities, and more. The fireworks show will begin at dusk.
Yorkville Hometown Days Festival
The 2016 Hometown Days Festival is a family oriented event that provides entertainment the entire family can enjoy! We are excited to bring back again this year the past favorites such as the Pride and Joy Car Show, the Baby Contest, carnival, and live musical performances. We are also excited to announce the return of a 2015 crowd favorite – The Ultimate Air Dogs Show! Headliner entertainment all three days. For more information contact the Yorkville Parks and Recreation Department.
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.
Alton Food Truck Festival
This event will feature food trucks from around the region offering global street food cuisine. In addition, the amphitheater’s concession team will offer beverages of all types to compliment the food trucks. Live music will be showcased on the amphitheater stage with Boogie Chyld as the Food Truck Festival’s headliner. The Alton Food Truck Festival is free to the general public. Each food truck will have a different food offering with a range of prices. A special VIP ticket can be purchased for an upgraded experience that includes parking close to the venue and complimentary drink tickets. For more information, call (800) 258-6645.
Pere Marquette Wine Club Get Together
This event features free wine tasting and free appetizers for Mary Michelle Wine Club Members. New Members can join by paying a one-time $20 fee and will receive a complementary Pere Marquette Lodge Wine Glass filled with their choice of Mary Michelle or Illinois Cellar Wines. Wine Club Members also receive 10% off lodging, dining, gift shop purchases and cases of wine purchased at Pere Marquette Lodge. Enjoy the acoustic tunes of local guitar legend, Gabie McGarra, as you sip wine and reconnect at this wine tasting event. For dates and more information, call (618) 786-2331.
Midwest Garlic Festival
Join us for a celebration of garlic, food, family and music. Lots of kid-friendly fun and activities, a great variety of food and garlic, garlic, garlic!
Brown County Fair
Fun and entertianment for all! Events include Little Mr. & Miss and Queen pageants, horse races, tractor pull, demo derby, food, carnival rides, livestock and expo building displays. The Whistle Stop Depot Museum and Ferguson School will be open each evening.
War & Los Lonely Boys at Ravinia
One of the most popular funk groups of the '70s, War were also one of the most eclectic, freely melding soul, Latin, jazz, blues, reggae, and rock influences into an effortlessly funky whole. Along with Los Lonely Boys, this is sure to be a great night of music.
Grafton Music in the park
Bring your lawn chair and enjoy a free concert at The Grove Memorial Park in Grafton. There will be a 50/50 raffle to benefit the Jersey Community High School bands. For more information, call (618) 535-9922 or check the website for the 2016 concert lineup.
Peppa the Pig at the Genesee Theatre
Based on eOne’s popular Peppa Pig television series, Peppa Pig’s Big Splash is a fully immersive musical production featuring a dozen familiar and original songs, as well as a sing-a-long. An interactive experience full of singing, dancing, games, and muddy puddles, Peppa Pig’s Big Splash is a guaranteed blast for the whole family. Tickets go on sale March 11th.
Taste of Grayslake Family Picnic & Fireworks
Fun and entertainment for the whole family. Featuring the "Taste of Grayslake", and live entertainment. Also enjoy a moonwalks, carnival rides, face painting, obstacle course, climbing wall and much more. Plenty of fun activities to keep everyone happy. Fireworks at dusk. Held at Century Park, 250 Library Lane.
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.
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."
Beach Boys & The Temptations: Surf & Soul Tour
There’s no better way to celebrate the summer than experiencing the band that literally created the beach rock sound live. And there’s no better place to do it than right on the banks of the Fox River. Calling The Beach Boys “legends” is an understatement. Their multi-layer harmonies, unmistakable 1960s surf rock sound and laid-back style launched them into worldwide fame, while simultaneously shaping the future of pop music forever. We like our surf with a side of soul, so joining The Beach Boys are the smooth, the soulful, and the funky Temptations. Known for their Motown smash hits “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg,” “My Girl” and “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone.” Gates open at 5:30 pm - show starts at 7:00 pm. Bring your lawn chair and be early!
Chick Corea Trio, Ms. Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton at Ravinia
Pianist Chick Corea ranks among a top few in his mastery of jazz dialects, but many among the modern masses speak with his accent. Along with Ms. Lisa Fischer, Grand Baton and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra this should be a great night of Jazz music.
Oak Brook Oktoberfest
Live music, food, beer and more! Children's activities too, so there is fun for the whole family. Please see website for times and details.
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.
Danvers Days is fun filled family festivities featuring entertainment, food, raffles, kids games, Bingo and Tug of War. Attendees also enjoy a carnival, craft show, community auction, and one of the biggest parade in Central Illinois. For more details on the schedule of events please visit their website.
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.
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.
Indigo Girls & Shawn Mullins at Ravinia
Together the Indigo Girls and Shawn Mullins will form peerless harmonizers and put on a show that will engage the whole audience.
Long Grove Craft Beer Days
Craft Beer enthusiasts here is just what you have been looking for. Two days of tastings and food pairings, meet the brewer and more. Live music, beer and cheer created by local brew masters, musicians, chefs and artists. Enjoy the beer, visit our local shops and dine at local restaurants.
Haunted America Conference
America's Original Ghost Conference (Founded in 1997 and often imitated, but never equaled) is back for our 20th year and will be held over the weekend of June 24-25, 2016, at the Atrium Hotel in Haunted Alton, Illinois. Join us as we return to "one of the most haunted small towns in America" and present new and returning favorite speakers on ghosts, hauntings, monsters, the supernatural, and the unexplained. The 2016 event will include lectures and presentations, a speaker's panel, haunted tours, ghost hunts, "strange stuff", the Haunted America Masquerade Party and much more! Admission is $50/person for General Admission.
Colona Freedom Celebration
Celebrate and Discover Colona! Breakfast will be served by the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary chefs beginning at 7 a.m. then peruse over 100 vintage cars at the Show & Shine car show from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Join in the fun of the co-ed softball tournament held throughout the weekend at Ty Massey park. Visit for the day and stay for the grand finale fireworks show at dusk. Rise and shine early Sunday morning for the Hennepin Hustle 5K run on Sunday.
Dan Zanes & Friends at Ravinia
Enjoy the music of Dan Zanes and Friends on the new interactive, family-friendly space on the north lawn. Today's KidsLawn offers large-scale percussion instruments that will be open to kids of all ages. Dan plays songs and stories from Americas neighborhoods. Children and their parents sing, dance, listen, and learn to make music.
Urbana Sweetcorn Festival
The Urbana Sweetcorn Festival is Champaign County’s largest free festival. Urbana’s signature summer event is a two-day celebration of food, live music, arts and crafts and of course - all the delicious, locally grown sweet corn you can eat. Taking place in the heart of downtown Urbana, the 2016 festival will run Friday, August 26 from 5 to 11 p.m. and Saturday, August 27 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration at Ravinia
Celebrate the songs of and career of Jerry Garcia and The Grateful Dead with this groundbreaking orchestral project featuring Warren Haynes (Gov’t Mule, Allman Brothers Band, The Dead) plus a live orchestra. Relive Garcia’s storied original compositions as well as classic interpretations of timeless standards that were hallmarks of Garcia and the Grateful Dead’s shows with this incredible collaboration!
Josh Turner at the Genesee Theatre
Multi-platinum MCA Nashville recording artist Josh Turner, is one of country music’s most recognizable hit-makers. With a rich, deep voice and distinctive style, Turner has sold more than 12 million units, is a disciple of traditional country music and one of the youngest members of the Grand Ole Opry. From his 2003 Platinum-selling debut Long Black Train to his most recent 2012 Billboard No. 1 release Punching Bag, Turner has garnered multiple GRAMMY, CMA, and ACM nominations.
Duran Duran With Chic at Ravinia
Duran Duran is on the road in support of their 14th studio album, Paper Gods. Focusing on the new album and performing some of the favorites should make this a concert not to be missed.
Chet Kingery Memorial Bluegrass Festival
The 4th Annual Chet Kingery Memorial Bluegrass Festivall will be held at The Great Pumpkin Patch this year. Headliners include Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper and Blue Mafia. The combination of talent from award winning nationally known groups to local entertainment is sure to please all attendees. All the bands will perform a mixture of traditional and bluegrass/gospel music.
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.
Sgt. Pepper's Presented by Art of Time at the Genesee Theatre
Led by Artistic Director Andrew Burashko, Toronto's Art of Time Ensemble transforms the way the audience experiences music. Fusing high art and popular culture, their reinvention of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band entertains as it enlightens.
Midori, Mozart and More at Ravinia
See great artists perform together on this concert that features violinists Midori and Miriam Fried, violists Atar Arad and Paul Biss, cellist Christoph Richter and pianist Menahem Pressler. Enjoy this concert featuring Mozart and more.
Zuill Bailey All-Russian Program at Ravinia
Come out for an All Russian Evening with Zuill Bailey on Cello and Natasha Paremski on Piano. All-Russian program featuring music from Mussorgsky, Rachmaninoff and Shostakovich.
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.
Julia Hsu and Peter Serkin at Ravinia
Julia Hsu and Peter Serkin together at Ravinia for a night of great music. Enjoy works for four-hands piano by Bizet, Mozart, Schubert, Schumann, and Brahm.
Chicago Symphony Orchestra With Jean Yves Thibaudet Prieto at Ravina
Join the Chicago Symphony Orchestra with Vasily Petrenko, Conductor and Jean-Yves Thibaudet on piano for a great night of music. Bring a picnic, some friends and enjoy a concert under the stars at the beautiful Ravinia Festival.
Chicago Symphony Orchestra Presents Titanic Live at Ravinia
Complete film shown on Pavilion and lawn videos screens. Nothing compares to reliving a favorite movie in the company of thousands of like-minded fans who laugh and cry and thump their hearts en masse in all the right places. Ravinia will embark on this first-class experience by presenting, for the first time in the Midwest, the complete film Titanic accompanied by an orchestra performing its score live. Shown for 2 nights.
Dan Tepfer at Ravinia
Popular pianist Dan Tepfer returns to Ravinia for 2 back to back shows. The first one at 6pm with the Avalon String Quartet. The second with Ben Wendel,begins at 8pm. Choose one or stay for both.
Tony Bennett at Ravinia
Tony Bennett has released over 70 albums and has received 16 Grammys for his music. This music icon will put on a show that will not be forgotten. This concert will be featuring Tony's 90th Birthday celebration.
Taste of Westmont
Visit Westmont in July for the award-winning Taste of Westmont summer festival. A four-day weekend full of fun for the whole family. Thursday is Kidzapalooza featuring carnival specials, Irving stage, battle of the bands, car show and more. More carnival specials all weekend, plus craft show, kids activities, face painting, beer tent, and of course, grab a “taste” at our local restaurant food booths. Free admission to all areas including our Main Stage.
Steve Miller Band at Ravinia
The Steve Miller Band is an American rock band best known for a string of (mainly) mid-1970s hit singles that are staples of classic rock radio, as well as several earlier acid rock albums. Don't miss this great show.
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.
Lyle Lovett & His Large Band at Ravinia
Lyle Lovett & His Large Band perform with special guest Emmylou Harris at Ravinia Festival. Lyle is an American country singer-songwriter and actor. Active since 1980, he has recorded thirteen albums and released 25 singles to date, including his highest entry, the number 10 chart hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, Cowboy Man.
This family oriented event will bring back all the things people love. There will be well-known bands, events, carnival rides, water fights and activities for the young patrons. In addition to the entertainment there will be some of the best food in Lake County. Enjoy the Alpine Fest Parade downtown Lake Zurich. Admission is free. Please visit website for more details.
Music in the Plaza
Enjoy music under the stars. Food and beverages are available. Don't forget your lawn chairs and blankets! Call or visit the website to see who is playing! 7-10PM, call for all exact dates.
Each summer, Montgomery Fest brings together neighbors and friends from throughout the area to enjoy a weekend of old-fashioned family fun. Held the second weekend in August along the banks of the Fox River, highlights of the Fest include musical performances, carnival rides, a wide range of food vendors, free pony rides and petting zoo, a fishing derby, a car show and a parade.
Chicago Symphony Orchestra With Special Guest Jeffrey Kahane at Ravinia
George Gershwin convincingly weaved that most American genre, jazz, into the fabric of a modern orchestra with his Rhapsody in Blue, the original version of which popular pianist Jeffrey Kahane will play and conduct from his keyboard. He will also bring to bear the work of Leonard Bernstein, the enormously talented classical conductor and pianist who brought grand-scale, symphonic sense of occasion to the American Broadway stage in West Side Story.
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.
Fiestas Patrias at RiverEdge Park
Celebrate the sound, culture and taste of Mexico at Fiestas Patrias. From the delicious food to the variety of musical acts to the children’s play area, there’s something for everyone at this fun festival right on the Fox River.
Vladimir Feltsman at Ravinia
Come out for Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition" classical show with Vladimir Feltsman on the piano under the stars 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.
Connie Link Amphitheatre
This beautiful and unique amphitheatre is easily accessible from the Constitution Trail. Some of the current programs include: High School Summer Theatre productions, Dress-Up Movie Nights and the outstanding concert series known as the Sounds of the Amphitheatre, which highlights local talent from the Bloomington/Normal area. Programming begins in May and runs through October, weather permitting.
Chicago Symphony Orchestra Perform With the Film, The Planets at Ravinia
On a space-themed program, Ravinia presents the Chicago premiere of a new HD experience, the new film from NASA that presents jaw-dropping images from its most recent missions that look like they're straight out of science fiction with the music from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Film shown on Pavilion and lawn video screens.
Train With Andy Grammer at Ravinia
For two nights Train and special guest Andy Grammer will be rocking the Ravinia stage. Train known for songs Hey Soul Sister, Marry Me, Drive By, Drops of Jupitor and many more will be sure to put on a great show. Andy Grammer, known for Honey, I'm Good will also be performing his hits.
NW IL Art Fest
Juried art fest showcasing more than 30 area artists in the following categories: ceramics, clay/porcelain, jewelry, photography, drawing, glass, metal, painting, wood, printmaking, fiber/textiles, leather, mixed media, lawn art, paper, graphics & wood.Local food, craft beer, wineries and distilleries. BBQ competition and new this year, live jazz!
Monee Fall Fest
There is no place like Monee for fun. Free admission & parking. Great bands, food & beer garden. Parade carnival and family entertainment. Spectacular fireworks display.
Celebrate the Great Lakes Naval Station's 104th Birthday
Come and celebrate the Naval Station's 104th Birthday in a big way! Enjoy two full days of "fire-cracking" festival fun at one of the biggest celebrations in the region! Each day the celebration will include three stages of exciting live music and family entertainment, a bingo tent with thousands of dollars worth of prizes, a craft fair with handmade items, the Gridiron. Experience with interactive football activities including a "Kicks for Cash" competition, the Kid's Zone with plenty to do for children of all ages, roving entertainment/costumed characters, thrilling carnival rides and games, a 5K Twilight Run, delicious festival food and beverage booths all available from local area vendors, and lots and lots more! Then enjoy the amazing firework displays that will take place this year on both July 3rd and 4th! Free admission. Thursday hours 3pm-11:30pm and Friday hours 12pm-10pm.
Juilliard String Quartet at Ravinia
The Juilliard String Quartet returns with a program of Mozart, Richard, Wernick and Shubert.This concert introduces Astrid Schween as the ensembles new cellist.
Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute: Program for Piano and Strings
Join Ravinia's Steans Music Institute with a program for Piano and Strings. Program will be celebrating Beethoven. This is part of the $10 BGH Classics series.
Plano will be celebrating in super-style. This family-friendly festival commemorates the summer of 2011 when Superman’s enemies came to town and destroyed it during filming of the blockbuster movie, “Man of Steel.” Popular events include the Superman Zipline, the Villian’s Jail, live bands throughout the weekend, old-fashioned children’s games, rock climbing wall, inflatables for the kids and several contests. The Smallville Museum where many different movie and Superman artifacts are housed will be open during the festival. Take advantage of the photo opportunity with the full size statue of Henry Cavill as Superman. See also the cool cars of Cruise Night, live bands and beer tent.
Caribbean Block Party
This popular event offers live music on two stages. Free activities for the whole family, including a kidz zone, a mini-taste of Tinley Park, and so much more.
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.
Tchaikovsky Spectacular Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Ravinia
Join the Chicago Symphony Orchestra with Conductor Itzhak Perlman and Lynn Harrell on the Cello for an All-Tchaikovsky Program with Live cannons at this Gala Benefit evening.
DeKalb Farmer's Market
The DeKalb Farmers Market features locally-grown produce, wine, baked goods, flowers and artisan crafts. The market is open every Thursday (June 2nd - Sept 29th) 10am - 2pm at Van Buer Plaza on the corner of North Second & Locust St. in DeKalb.
Windy City Smokeout
Windy City Smokeout: BBQ & Country Music Fest presented by Bub City returns for its fourth year! This summer festival brings together the best of live country music, beer and BBQ to our city's popular River North neighborhood. Throughout the weekend, guests can enjoy southern-inspired fare from Chicago's BBQ restaurants. Festival-goers will also have the opportunity to interact with chefs and their culinary teams, and enjoy ice cold beers to wash it all down! country fans can also take in performances by country music's biggest stars as well as emerging talent.
Set in McHenry's Petersen Park (4300 Petersen Park Road) and throughout the town, this wildly popular, 10-day July fest features great food, a beer tent, theater, contests, fun for all ages, midway rides, games and more.