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Frank Lloyd Wright's Laurent House - 2015 Public Tours
Public tours of the Laurent House, Frank Lloyd Wright's "Little Gem," are held on the first full and third weekends of the month. There are five tours each day at 11:00am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm, 2:00pm and 3:00pm. All tours begin at Midway Village Museum. Reservations are required and may be made online at www.laurenthouse.com. Frank Lloyd Wright's Laurent House in Rockford, Illinois is the only building ever designed by the famed architect for a person with a disability. Kenneth and Phyllis Laurent commissioned and lived in the home from 1952 until early 2012, when it was acquired by a private foundation and added to the National Register of Historic Places.
Smash Mouth & Toad the Wet Sprocket at RiverEdge
25-year rock vets, Toad the Wet Sprocket, take the stage in what is sure to be an incredible show. What started off as a band jokingly named for a Monty Python sketch became one of the most well-recognized alt-rock groups, and these guys are bringing the laid back rock style to Aurora. Then surfer-meets-garage-band rockers Smash Mouth heat up the Park with a set of everyone’s favorite summer jams. With countless hits like “All-Star,” “Walkin’ On The Sun” and their awesome cover of “I’m a Believer,” these guys are the epitome of warm weather music. Get your summer on at the party of the summer.
Get the Led Out
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.”
Chef Tom's Guest House
Wonderful lodging choice in an owner-occupied bed and breakfast. Makes a perfect choice while visiting the I&M Canal Heritage Corridor. No pets, no smoking. Wi-Fi, kitchen, laundry and tastefully furnished.
Relax Inn - Streator
Recently renovated and locally owned, the Relax Inn features rooms with wood floors and flat screen TV's, microwaves and refrigerators are also available. This pet-friendly hotel is located within 20 miles of four state parks.
Old Times Family Picnic
Bring your friends and neighbors out for a day of old fashion fun! This day will offer food vendors, live music, kiddie rides, bean bag tournaments, kids games, a petting zoo, and much more! Don't miss out on the fun!
Maxim Vengerov & Itamar Golan at Ravinia
Bring the friends and a picnic for a great night of classical music under the stars. Enjoy the music of Brahms, Elgar, Dvorák, Paganini and much more performed by Maxim Vengerov on the violin and Itamar Golan on the piano. Tickets: $60/40 & Lawn: $10
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.
The second annual CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) On-The-Air weekend will be held August 8th and 9th from 9:00a.m.-5:00p.m. both days. The Starved Rock Radio Club will be hosting this event at the West Shelter by the Lodge. Starved Rock State Park had 3 camps; 614, 1609 and the 2601. The call sign will be W9MKS. You will be able to talk all over the United States with other Radio Clubs about the CCC's. Stop by anytime during the hours listed (or use the radio). For information call 815-220-7386.
2015 Summer Rooftop Music Series - The Steepwater Band
The Steepwater Band’s latest album “Live & Humble” was recorded in Chicago on 4/20/13 at the now defunct Ace Bar on West Fullerton Avenue. Formed in Chicago back in 1998, The Steepwater Band’s signature sound is a nod to early British blues, combined with a modern, raw and gutsy musical approach. Although the band got their start as devotees of delta blues, they have since been expanding on their influences, absorbing everything from Psychedelia to Americana, from Jazz to 50’s Rock n’ Roll Music. 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!
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!
2nd Annual Making Trax 4 Jax 5K Fun Run/Walk
Join Skydive Chicago for our 2nd annual Making Trax 4 Jax 5K Fun Run/ Walk, organized by local neighbor Suzannah Etscheid, in honor of her son, Jax, who passed away from SIDS. Stay tuned for details, prizes, start times, and registration costs.
Beach Fest 2015 - Annual Village Festival
Events and activities for all ages! Enjoy main stage live music, Cultural Stage & Children's Stage for awesome entertainment! Great food and drinks! Free entry with fees for some activities. Brass Buckle Band performing on the main stage Friday night and Modern Day Romeos on Saturday night. Please visit the website for more information.
CITY:Round Lake Beach
Batavia Farmers' Market
Come enjoy over 18 different vendors offering a variety of fresh vegetables, fruit, eggs, meat, cheese, herbs, flowers, music and more. Along with weekly pop up vendors, check the website weekly for who will be in attendance. 3rd Saturdays will feature the Artisan Collective where you can enjoy living and shopping local. Shop for handmade items from your favorite artists and designers. Also, be sure to check the website for bi weekly activities just for kids. There will be fun activities such as a "make and take art project", a dress up photo shoot, face painting and more!
Preserving Your Photographs
Judi Weber of Quality Plus Photo, 11523 S. Harlem Ave, Worth, IL, will present a program on preserving photographs.
Hispanic Heritage Celebration
11th Annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration, featuring authentic Hispanic music, food & entertainment. All are welcome.
MJ's Pub & Grill
Great pub food, in fact a notch above the rest. Video games, patio, weekly entertainment, friendly, comfy, safe atmosphere. Hours: Sun-Thurs, 10am-Midnight, Friday 10am-2am and Saturday 10am-3am.
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!
LaSalle County Historical Society Heritage Center
The LaSalle County Historical Society’s museum lies on the north side of the historic Illinois and Michigan Canal, itself a historical landmark. The museum building, erected in 1848 during the presidency of Zachary Taylor, is a beautifully restored sandstone building that was originally a granary and warehouse. The two-story building has walls of sandstone blocks between 18 and 32 inches thick, quarried in Utica, and secured with hydraulic cement of the same kind used in the construction of the I&M Canal. James Clark, the man who commissioned the building, came to Utica in 1833, where he became a land squatter. In 1842 he became a contractor on the I&M Canal and in 1845 he bought the local cement mill. He made it a huge commercial success by selling the cement to the canal contractors and the general public. The cement was used in many parts of the canal.
Windy City Dub Fest
The event will include VW and Audi judging contest for categories of 'Best of'. Winners will take home an award. Online registration will be available in May of 2015. Car Clubs are welcome and will not be limited to just VW’s and Audi’s and will be open to all makes and models. Come with a car or just as a spectator. Food and drinks will available, along with live entertainment. Visit the website for updates.
Rock the Yacht
RiverEdge Park is bringing that beach party vibe to the Park: the awesome music, the cold beer, the breeze off the water – it’s all at Rock the Yacht. Featuring Robbie Dupree, Stephen Bishop, Player, Ambrosia, and the Little River Band, this rockin’, feel-good show brings your summer soundtrack to life.
Chicago Symphony Orchestra All-Russian Program at Ravinia
Join the Chicago Symphony Orchestra along with conductor James Conlon and Lisa de la Salle on piano for their All-Russian program featuring music from Mussorgsky, Rachmaninoff and Shostakovich.
Peter Jablonski at Ravinia
Come out and enjoy a night of classical music by pianist Peter Jablonski. Program will include pieces from Szymanowski, Chopin, Grieg, Rachmaninoff, Scriabin and Copland. This is a BGH $10 series concert.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Doug Firebaugh Observatory
Enjoy the beauty of the night sky. Open whether cloudy or clear. If cloudy, there will be a presentation or discussion on related topics.Open: May thru September: First and Third Saturdays of the Month: 8 pm
Sunset Soiree Free Summer Concert
The Village of Lemont, along with the Lemont Park District, presents a Free Summer Concert Series. Please join us in historic downtown Lemont at the corner of Stephen Street and Talcott Avenue for the following concerts on Thursdays: June 11, June 25th, July 16th, July 30th, and August 6th.
Earth, Wind and Fire at RiverEdge Park
They bring the Earth, Wind and Fire, and the Fox River brings the Water. This will be a night you’ll never forget. Earth, Wind & Fire is one of the best selling and top touring group in history. With a signature sound beyond categories – Soul, Pop, Jazz & Funk fusion, they have a groove as deep as the soul of the planet. Earth, Wind & Fire has influenced music and pop culture for over 4 decades. With mega-hits like, “Shining Star,” “September” and “Let’s Groove” it will be hard to stay in your seats, so get up, let your spirit fly and groove the night away with the legendary band, Earth, Wind & Fire.
Lagoon Fire on the Water
Bring your blanket and cards and relax. We will have fires going in the lagoon for everyone to come and see. We will also have balloon artists (free) and refreshments for purchase. A great night for the whole family!
Gebhard Woods Dulcimer and Traditional Music Festival
The Festival Operates from 9 am till 6 pm. Your generous donations are one of the main sources of financial support for the festival. The festival provides all day entertainment at concerts and unlimited instruction from nationally recognized musicians. Suggested Donations: Individual Adult: $15 - Day or $25 - weekend Family: $30 - Day or $45 - weekend Seniors (60 & older): $12 - Day or $22 - weekend This donation includes admission to the Saturday Night Old-Time Dance at Immaculate Conception School. The festival provides all day entertainment at concerts and unlimited instruction from nationally recognized musicians. Because the festival is held in a state park, there is no charge for admission. Your generous donations are one of the main sources of financial support for the festival. Goold Park, 9:00am - 6:00pm.
Markham 90th Anniversary Celebration & Festival
Come and enjoy the Markham Summer Festival. Bring the entire family for a weekend of Delectable Food, a myriad of vendors, live music, games, live entertainment, ... Jazz, Blues, R&B and Gospel; and fireworks. Fun for the entire family. Free Admission.
Jay Leno at the Genesee Theatre
One of the biggest names in late-night comedy, Leno, is known for skewering pop culture and politics without being mean. Millions worldwide love him for his every man style and personality. Seeing this king of comedy live on stage is not to be missed. Tickets go on sale April 3rd.
The Silver Fox
Unique, historic, elegant venue located in the former Masonic Temple in downtown Streator. Available for weddings, receptions, or any special occasion. Tours by appointment.
Union Dairy Family Day
June 28th, UNION DAIRY FAMILY DAY. Union Dairy Freeport. Time: TBA. After the Dairy Days Parade, enjoy this free family day with a bounce house, pony rides, a petting zoo and face painting.
Father's Day Weekend Kayak Tour & Beach Campout
Camp out on the wooded, sandy beaches of the Illinois River. A potluck dinner on the beach will be followed by a movie, via a pico projector, under the stars. There will be campfires on the beach to enjoy! This event is perfect for the first time camper! A full hot breakfast will be served in the morning before setting out on a guided kayak tour for around 2 hours. This trip will explore either the Mazon River or the Illinois River and the wildlife along the way!
Jeffrey Kahane at Ravinia
Jeffrey Kahane is an American classical music pianist and conductor, playing a night Bach's 'Goldberg' variations. Come out and enjoy a show under the stars at Ravinia.
Chicago Symphony Orchestra With Conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto at Ravina
Join the Chicago Symphony Orchestra along with Carlos Miguel Prieto, Conductor, Michelle DeYoung, Mezzo-soprano, Kevin Murphy, Piano and Dubravka Tomšic, Piano for a night of music by Falla and Beethoven. Tickets: $50/25, Lawn: $10
Thomas Hampson at Ravinia
Bring a picnic and some friends for a night of music with Thomas Hampson on the baritone and Kevin Murphy on piano. The program to include works by Schubert, Mahler, Barber and Jennifer Higdon. Tickets: $60/40, Lawn: $10
Banquet hall and event center specializing in corporate meetings, weddings, family reunions and fundraisers. In-house catering. Handicap accessible.
James Van Praagh
Internationally renowned #1 New York Times Best Selling Author, Clairvoyant, spiritual medium, producer and television personality James Van Praagh is considered a pioneer in the mediumship movement throughout the world, and has been recognized as one of the most accurate spiritual mediums working today. His messages have brought solace, peace and spiritual insights, changing how millions view both life and death. He has received many awards for dedicating himself to changing the consciousness of the planet, and has been a guest on mostly every national radio and television show including Oprah, Larry King Live, Dr. Phil, A & E’s Biography, Nightline, Unsolved Mysteries, The View and others. Join us for a special evening with James as he shares with us special messages from guides, family and friends in spirit.
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.
Twilight Shuffle 5K Run
Run through the historic neighborhoods of the east side of Libertyville. Professional timing. Families are encouraged (no children under 9) to run. After finishing the course, all participants are invited to join their fellow racers for a fabulous post-race party (including light dinner and non-alcoholic drinks for all registered participants) at the new Mickey Finn's Brewery. No registrations will be accepted or processed after 12pm on race day.
The Grove Craft Beer and Wine Festival
The Grove Craft Beer & Wine Festival held in beautiful Glenview IL will have over 2,000 attendees who will sample craft beers and wines from more than 35 makers and over a 70 beers, ciders & wines. Live music and great food available for purchase.
4th Annual All Camaro Show
Come out for the Illinois Camaro Club Car and Chicago 4th Annual All Camaro show at the Volo Auto Museum. All Camaros are welcome! There will be awards, live music, and raffles. For more information please visit volocars.com or call 815-385-3644.
Fly the Ford
The Ford Tri-Motor will be back in Lansing at the Municipal Airport. Rides: $40 Children 6-17 yrs.; $80 Adults. See Chicago from a Ford built tough airplane.
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.
Chicago Symphony Orchestra "Play it Again Marvin" at Ravinia
Join the Chicago Symphony Orchestra along with conductor David Alan Miller, Kevin Cole, Host, Piano and Vocalist and Sylvia McNair, Vocalist for Play it Again, Marvin!, A Marvin Hamlisch Celebration. Enjoy favorites from Goodbye Girl, Sting, Sophie's Choice, The Champ and more.
David Kaplan at Ravinia
Pianist David Kaplan performs at Bennett Gordon Hall. Program includes pieces from Beethoven and Schumann. Reserved ticket price $10.
El Barrio Mexican Restaurant
Dining at El Barrio is always a memorable experience. This family owned restaurant offers a Tex-Mex food, comfortable atmosphere and colorful decor that makes customers feel as if they have traveled to Mexico. The menu is full of authentic Mexican dishes. Be sure to ask about the fine selection of tequila from the bar.
Mike and Lisa Templeton lead their nine children to produce a toe-tappin’, hand clappin’ Bluegrass and Gospel music show. Their songs are upbeat, catchy and fun for all. Every member contributes, even Dominic, age 2, who loves to dance to the fiddle tunes. So come on down, sit a spell and listen, or dust off your boots and dance along. This talented family is sure to entertain! Matinee shows include lunch and show at $32.00 a person. Times: 11:30am - 2:45pm, 6/15-16. For more information or to book, call 815-220-7386.
Daryl Hall & John Oates
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.
Downtown Alive! Maggie Speaks & Catfight
The talented musicians of Catfight have a reputation of turning every venue they play into a massive party. So grab a beer, get ready to sing along and have some serious fun when Catfight kicks off the night. Then Chicago favorite Maggie Speaks rocks the Park by bringing your music library to life right before your eyes… and ears. Their huge repertoire includes 5 decades of songs, including everything from 50s favorites to Top 40 hits you heard last week, and their unstoppable energy is totally infectious. With their seamless transitions from pop to rock, country to hip-hop and everything in between, Maggie Speaks is ready to fill the RiverEdge air with the soundtrack of your life.
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.
Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art
Established in 1991, Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art (Intuit) is the only nonprofit organization in the United States that is dedicated solely to presenting self-taught and outsider art — with world class exhibitions; resources for scholars and students; a Permanent Collection with holdings of more than 1,100 works of art; the Henry Darger Room Collection; the Robert A. Roth Study Center, a non-circulating collection with a primary focus in the fields of outsider and contemporary self-taught art; and educational programming for people of all interest levels and backgrounds.
Disney’s Frozen shattered records, won a few Academy Awards and introduced the world to one of the greatest songs in cinema history. Now, get ready to sing along to this incredible movie that’s fun for the whole family. It’s the story of sisterhood and snowmen, royalty and reindeer and, most importantly, true love appearing in the ways you least expect. The Frozen fun starts with games for the kids, Anna and Elsa costume contests and tons more. Then, when the sun goes down, the Park fills with voices young and old singing along to “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” “Love Is An Open Door” and, of course, “Let It Go.” Bring your kids, friends, neighbors, friendly neighborhood snowman… oh, just bring everyone.
Fox Valley Irish Festival
No need to fly across the pond to get in on all that Irish fun. With beer and whiskey tastings, vendors offering phenomenal Irish fare, crafts and games for the kids and, of course, the hottest Irish bands around, the 2nd Annual Fox Valley Irish Fest is the biggest Irish party the Chicago suburbs have ever seen. There’s a little Irish in all of us – come celebrate the food, drink, music and spirit of the Emerald Isle at the Park. There’s something for the whole family at Irish Fest. There’s a huge children’s play area filled with crafts and games, Irish beer will be flowing, and tons of cool vendors will be offering authentic Irish food, gifts and more. Then, when the sun starts to go down over the green hills of the Park, to see three of the hottest Irish bands: Brendan Loughrey, The Ploughboys and The Mahones.
Pancake Breakfast Fly In
EAA Chapter 260 is hosting their annual pancake breakfast fly in June 14th from 7:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. in the historical Ford Hangar.
The gallery includes a unique collection of oils, watercolors, pastels, graphite and colored pencil, prints, photographs, sculptures, pottery, and miniatures.
Chicago Symphony Orchestra Presents Brahms First Piano Concerto at Ravinia
James Conlon, music director of the CSO and Jorge Federico Osorio on piano performs Brahms First Piano Concerto. Enjoy music from Brahms and Zemlinksy under the stars at Ravinia. Tickets: $50/25, Lawn: $10
Yefim Bronfman Complete Prokofiev Piano Sonatas at Ravinia
Come out and enjoy the day with Part 1 of 3 of Yefim Bronfman's complete Prokofiev Piano Sonatas at Ravinia. Tickets: $60/40 & Lawn: $10
Arias and Duets at Ravinia
Frederica von Stade, Mezzo-soprano and Laurie Rubin, Mezzo-soprano will be performing Arias and Duets under the stars at Ravinia. Music from Wolf, Faure, Jake Heggie, Porter, Stephen, Thomas, Puccini and many more. Tickets: $60/40 Lawn: $10
The Tenors 3 - An Italian Celebration
The synergy of Richard Gersten, Oscar Menoyo and Luis Galvez will amaze you as this trio of professionally-trained tenors presents diverse music encompassing Opera, Broadway and standard Italian favorites infused with a touch of comedy. The Tenors 3 bring class, humor and music to our Lodge. The buffet will feature traditional Italian selections including Italian Sausage, Chicken Parmesan, Mostacolli, roasted vegetables, pasta salad, garlic bread and an Italian dessert. Matinee shows include lunch and show at $35.00 a person. Times: 11:30am - 2:45pm, 6/13-14. For more information or to book, call 815-220-7386.
Don’t miss this wildly entertaining dueling piano show! Our interactive musical experience will have you singing, shouting and dancing and since our performers take requests, you’ll be doing your best to “stump the band.” Matinee shows include lunch and show at $38.00 a person. Evening shows include wine tasting, dinner and show at $43.00 per person. Aug 9 5:00pm - 8:45pm; Aug 10-11 11:30am -2:45pm. For more information or to book, call 815-220-7386.
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.
Oglesby Summer Fun Fest
A four day weekend jam packed with fun! Huge carnival midway, fireworks display, large variety of food and drink vendors, high quality and all free! Musical entertainment, beer tent, Kids Party in the Park, Art Sarver Memorial 5K race, pony rides, bags tournament, water fights, reptile show, acrobatic show, craft and vendor show,and so much more. Musical acts range from country to rock to Irish, to "The Buddy Holly Experience." For more information and a schedule of events, visit www.oglesbyfunfest.com.
His album “Bat Out of Hell” is certified platinum 14-times over (yep, you read that right), selling over 43 million copies worldwide – it’s still regarded by Rolling Stone as one of the greatest albums ever. He’s a Grammy-winner, he’s one of VH1’s “Great Artists of Hard Rock,” and he puts on one hell of a show. It’s the one and only Meat Loaf. Known for his wide-ranging voice, over-the-top energy and totally theatrical performances, Meat Loaf’s rockin’ the Park this August with his one-of-a-kind concert style that’s going to bring the place down. And with a new album written by “Bat Out of Hell” genius Jim Steinman in the works, you never know what this hard rock superstar’s got up his sleeves.
American Crafts Expo
Passionate about the arts? The American Craft Exposition, one of the country’s premier fine craft shows, has moved to a new location at the Chicago Botanic Garden! In its 31st year, this highly competitive juried show and sale of fine craft features one-of-a-kind, handcrafted artwork and luxury collections, from the country's leading craftspeople. Free Admission (does not include parking fees).
Burndown at Sundown!
At sundown, the stars come out for Route 66 Raceway's most intense night of drag racing. "The first true stadium of drag racing" roars to life with fan-favorite fire breathing jet cars and the nitro burning, wheel standing action of the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series.
Cruising at a Light Show
A meet and greet cruise night and to show off your lights (vehicle) event. Awards will be given for best in show.
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!
Nikolai Lugansky at Ravinia
Come out for a great show under the stars featuring Nikolai Lugansky on the piano. The show will contain pieces from Schubert, Grieg and Grieg and Tchaikovsky. Tickets: $60/40, Lawn: $10
Summer Flute Showcase
Join in at the Great Hall of Starved Rock Lodge as they feature the students from Music Suite 408 in Peru, IL for their Summer Flute Showcase. Lead by instructor Sue Gillio, summer flute camp students will perform, demonstrating their musicianship and skills. This is sure to be a lovely evening of beautiful music. Free and open to the public.
The BoDeans at RiverEdge Park
There’s a reason The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum has a permanent display honoring these Midwest natives. Back in the 80s, the BoDeans blended the grit of American roots music with the upbeat elements of pop, creating a sound that caught the attention of both superstars and music fans around the country. Since then, the BoDeans have brought their unstoppable live talent on tour with legends like U2, The Pretenders and David Bowie. They’ve released Top 40 tunes like “Good Things,” “Stay” and their smash hit “Closer to Free.” And their brand new album "I Can’t Stop" is about to rock around the world. More than 30 years after their first album hit the airwaves, they're bringing that awesome party vibe to RiverEdge Park.
Downtown Alive! One of These Nights & Cowboy Jukebox
If you hear the word “weekend” and think kicking back in a lawn chair, grabbing a cold one and jamming to your favorite tunes with family and friends, then you’ve got to be at the Park for Downtown Alive! Aurora’s concert series has become a summer highlight here in the City of Lights, and the musical acts lined up this year keep the tradition goin’.
Fountain Square Arts Festival
Now celebrating its 36th year, Fountain Square Art Festival is the largest and oldest fine arts fair on Chicago's majestic North Shore. Now celebrating its 36th 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 150 juried artists, a popular children's art tent with fun activities overseen by the acclaimed Evanston Art Center, food and a soothing jazz-centric music lineup. Location: Church & Sherman in Downtown Evanston.
Encompass Golf Championship
The Encompass Championship brings a unique Pro-Am format to North Shore Country Club and the greater Chicago area. The tournament will feature a special Pro-Am format during the first two rounds of competition and includes Champions Tour professionals with celebrities and amateurs. Some of the most recognized names in golf will be here!
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.
Historical Walk on Ridge Road
Lansing Historical Society President Paul Schultz will lead a walking tour along Lansing's main street, pointing out sites of historical, geological and architectural interest.
Come golfing at our mini golf course with this "spooktacular" set up! Ghosts and gruesome goblins inhabit this golf course for the day to create a unique and fun golfing experience!
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.
The Best of The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess at Ravinia
Join the Chicago Symphony Orchestra with Bobby McFerrin, Conductor, for The Best of The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess. Bring a picnic and some friends for an evening of great music under the stars at Ravinia. Tickets: $75/25, Lawn: $10
Kids Concert Series Featuring Ko-Thi Dance Company at Ravinia
Ravinia's Kid's Concert Series will feature Ko-Thi Dance Company. They are comprised of artists trained in the history, mythology and techniques of art forms within the African Diaspora. Also enjoy the new interactive, family-friendly space on the north lawn that includes large-scale percussion instruments that will be open to kids of all ages.
Alisa Weilerstein at Ravinia
Come out for a night with Alisa Weilerstein on the cello. Program to include solo cello works by Kodály, Golijov, Cassadó and Sheng. $10 BGH Classics series.
Augustin Hadelich at Ravinia
Join Augustin Hadelich on Violin and Joyce Yang on the Piano for a night of the music of Schumann, David Lang, Janacek and André Previn. Tickets $10.
Little Big Town at Ravinia
Come out for a night of Country music with Little Big Town and guest stars David Nail and Ashley Monroe. This should be a great night of music under the stars at Ravinia. Tickets: $85/75, Lawn: $38 in advance and $43 the day of the show.
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. Since Hi Infidelity, 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.
Kane County Fair
Family fun. Includes a carnival, bands, demo derby, bull riding, commercial expo, 4-H and many more enjoyable fair treats.
Introduction to Culinary Herbs
Presented by Holly Hughes, master gardener and newspaper columnist, topics will include how to identify herbs, when and where to plant them, and the uses of herbs in cooking and baking. Holly will demonstrate harvesting and drying processes. After Q and A session, refreshments will be served. Please call the Reddick Mansion (815-433-6100) to register.
Help support the firemen by attending this 4-day fun family event, including a full carnival with rides and carnival food and a fun time for the kids.
Time Travelled Collectible Toy Show
Have you ever wondered where you can find those old collectible toys that you can never find anymore? Join us for our Toy Show and choose from a huge selection of collectibles such as G.I. Joe, Hot Wheels, Action Figures, PEZ and more!
Chicago Symphony Orchestra With Conductor James Conlon at Ravinia
Join the Chicago Symphony Orchestra with conductor James Conlon and Garrick Ohlsson on piano for an evening of great Mozart and Mahler music under the stars at Ravinia.
Chicago Symphony Orchestra With Special Guests
Join the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on a Scottish Symphony with conductor Pablo Heras-Casado and Peter Serkin on the piano. Music includes pieces from Beethoven, Mozart and Mendelssohn. Tickets: $50/25 & Lawn: $10
The Piano Guys at Ravinia
The Piano Guys, an American musical group, plays piano and cello renditions of popular songs and classical music. Tickets: $60/50, Lawn: $27 in advance and $32 the day of the show.
Brian Regan at Genesee Theatre
Brian Regan is one of the hardest working and most respected comedians in the country. He has been selling out theatres from coast to coast and has earned the praise of the press, the public, and fellow comedians. Tickets run $45 & $55.