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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.
5th Annual Liberty 5K Run/Walk & Kids Fun Run
Kid-friendly fun run and 5k is Friday, July 3, at 7:30pm in Downtown Morris. Proceeds to benefit: Patriots 4 Heroes Local Military Men, Women & Veterans. Liberty 5K is a chip timed race on a certified course. Features: Free Race Entry to any 1st Place overall male or female winner at a certified race in 2014, Cash payouts to the first 4 male and female finishers. For more information visit www.liberty5k.com
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.
The New Chalet Restaurant
Ottawa's South-side restaurant. Popular breakfast & lunch site. Daily Specials, After Hour Parties, Catering, Pick-Up Window, Fri & Sat All You Can Eat Specials. Business Hours: Sun 7am - 2pm, M-Thurs 6am-2pm, Fri & Sat 6am - 7pm.
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.
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.
Sunrise Rotary Garden Walk
The Reddick Mansion is the starting point for this year's garden walk, which includes five additional gardens. While touring the lovely gardens of the Mansion, complete with costumed docents and a certified herb garden, stop and make a Victorian hat with your child--reservation required for hat-making. 1:00pm-4:00pm.
Midwest Independent Film Festival
The Midwest Independent Film Festival is the nation's only film festival solely dedicated to the Midwest filmmaker, presenting audiences with regionally produced independent cinema every first Tuesday of the month at Landmark Century Centre Cinema in Chicago. This year-round film festival sits proudly at the center of the independent film scene in Chicago and the Midwest and is dedicated to celebrating and strengthening the Midwest filmmaking community
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.
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.
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!
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
The Right Spice Supper Club
A family friendly casual dining restaurant where the locals go. Known for good food, good people and great times! Open Monday - Thursday 3:30pm - 9:00pm. Friday and Saturday 3:30pm - 10:00pm. Sunday we are closed.
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!
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!
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.
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’.
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.
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.
Hispanic Heritage Celebration
11th Annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration, featuring authentic Hispanic music, food & entertainment. All are welcome.
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.
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.
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.
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
Kane County Fair
Family fun. Includes a carnival, bands, demo derby, bull riding, commercial expo, 4-H and many more enjoyable fair treats.
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!
David Kaplan at Ravinia
Pianist David Kaplan performs at Bennett Gordon Hall. Program includes pieces from Beethoven and Schumann. Reserved ticket price $10.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
American Toby Jug Museum
The American Toby Jug Museum is home to more than 8,000 Toby and Character jugs, and related derivatives from around the globe. The collection spans the Centuries and features characters representing the times in which they were made, from the oldest dating back to the 1760’s to the most recent ones still in production. It is the largest collection in the world, and is on display and open to the public
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).
Windy City Smokeout
Windy City Smokeout: BBQ & Country Music Fest presented by Bub City returns for its third 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.
Preserving Your Photographs
Judi Weber of Quality Plus Photo, 11523 S. Harlem Ave, Worth, IL, will present a program on preserving photographs.
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
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
Come Celebrate monthly at Whispering Pines, a bed and breakfast with a beautiful, quiet country setting on a heavily wooded three acre lot. May - Honoring our mothers and remembering our veterans - Mom's breakfast recipes/All American brunch. June - Honoring and remembering our fathers and our flag - Dad's breakfast choice/New England to Hawaii. July - Independence Day Celebrations - flags to fireworks. August - Summertime on our deck - nothing like breakfast outdoors. September - Enjoy Our Outdoors & Dwight Harvest Days - country living lifestyle! Times: 7:00am - 11:00 am through September 23rd.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Naperville Park District Frontier Kite Fly Festival
Enjoy gigantic kites, exciting demonstrations, stunts and hands-on activities. Plus live music, games and giveaways! Enjoy live performances by Neuqua Valley High School Steel Band, Andrew Huber and Élan Dance Company! This is a free event for the whole family. Naperville Convention & Visitors Bureau, Meatheads Burgers & Fries and Eye Level are the proud sponsors. Location: Frontier Park; Time: 10:00am-4:00pm.
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.
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.
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.
Banquet hall and event center specializing in corporate meetings, weddings, family reunions and fundraisers. In-house catering. Handicap accessible.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Warm weather is right around the corner and that means so is BenFest 2015! Mark your calendars for July 17-19th for St. Ben’s annual BenFest! Like us on Facebook for more information! This year’s BenFest has something for every age! Come join us for three days of family fun including great bands, cuisine from local resturants, activities for the kids and a chance to win some great prizes. This year’s Grand Prize Drawing is a cash prize for $10,000. St. Benedict Parish BenFest is conveniently located on the northside of Chicago in the North Center neighborhood.
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.
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.
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
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.
Classic Albums Live- Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon
Classic Albums Live re-creates the musical brilliance of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon. Note for note. Cut for cut. This is not a tribute band. There are no gimmicks or fake English accents. This is simply a live re-creation of one of the greatest pop/rock albums ever made. 8:00 pm show time.
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.
Route 66 NHRA Nationals
Returning in 2015, two nights of Nitro! Get the best race day experience in all motorsports because every ticket is a Pit Pass. Meet the drivers, see the teams preparing their car to head down the strip and visit all the displays in Nitro Alley.
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.
New Orleans North
Kick off summer in downtown Joliet. This Mardi Gras themed festival features domestic and craft beers, Cajun & American foods, live music, street performers, and more! Beer tents, food specials, outdoor festival, live bands, 21 and over event. Like us on Facebook at NewOrleansNorth. Times: 5:00pm - 11:00pm. Tickets are $5.00 in advance or $10.00 at the door.
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.
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!
Igor Levit at Ravinia
Join Igor Levit as he performs Bach’s Complete Partitas for Solo Keyboard. Bring some friend and a picnic and enjoy some great music under the stars. Tickets: $60/40 and Lawn: $10
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.
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
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.
Jennifer Koh and Shai Wosner at Ravinia
Jennifer Koh on the violin and Shai Wosner on the piano as the perform the program Bridge to Beethoven. Program includes many Beethoven pieces along with Vijay Iye. This is included in the $10 BGH Classics Series.
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.
Busy Beaver Button Company and Museum
ince pinback buttons were patented in 1896, people have found many ways to express their life events through buttons. They created the Button Museum to show how people commemorated noteworthy times in their lives by creating and collecting these wearable mementos. The words, artwork, printing style, color, and size were the final result of a vision they wanted to communicate or be a part of.
The gallery includes a unique collection of oils, watercolors, pastels, graphite and colored pencil, prints, photographs, sculptures, pottery, and miniatures.
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.
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
An Evening with Chicago at Ravinia
Chicago is back at Ravinia for 2 nights. Don't miss this great band and all the famous songs. Tickets: $115/100, Lawn: $38 in advance and $43 the day of the show.
Craig Ferguson - Hot & Grumpy Tour: Walking The Earth
Craig Ferguson entered the world of late night comedy following a diverse and eclectic career that encompasses film, television and the stage. Since taking the helm of CBS’s “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” in 2005, the show has set all-time viewer records in the nine years that it has been on the air. On April 28, Ferguson announced that he will be stepping down as host of “The Late Late Show” in December 2014. Ferguson was most recently heard on the big screen as he reprised his character ‘Gobber’ in How to Train Your Dragon 2. On September 22, 2014, the new syndicated game show “Celebrity Name Game” debuted with Ferguson as host, from executive producers Courteney Cox and David Arquette. “Celebrity Name Game” puts celebrities on the spot as they compete to identify famous names based on improvised clues. 8:00 pm show time.
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.
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!
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!
Art dans la Rue
Embrace European culture at Downtown Oak Park's French street festival featuring art, food, wine, music, film, dance and more! The event will be held on August 4th from 12-9 p.m.
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
Ramsey Lewis With Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Ravinia
Ramsey Lewis & friends the James Memorial Church Choir makes their debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra with his world-premiere Ravinia-commissioned piano concerto. Tickets: $75/25 & Lawn: $10
Karita Mattila at Ravinia
Karita Mattila is a Finnish operatic soprano singer. Come out and enjoy the beautiful music including works by Brahms, R. Strauss, Sibelius and Merikanto. Tickets: $60/40 & Lawn: $10
Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club Adios Tour at Ravinia
Come out and enjoy the Adios Tour of the Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club. This will be their last Chicago tour. A formidable thirteen piece band direct from Havana, featuring legends of Cuban music and stars of the Buena Vista Social Club film and World Circuit's much acclaimed Cuban albums. Tickets: $65/55 & Lawn: $38 in advance and $43 the day of the show.
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.