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Itzhak Perlman and Emmanuel Ax at Ravinia
Join Itzhak Perlman on the violin and Emanuel Ax on the piano for a great night of music under the stars at Ravinia. Program to include violin sonatas by Richard Strauss, Fauré and Mozart. Tickets are $95/80 and lawn seats are $20.
Midtown Ethnic Parade & Festival
Rockford Midtown District's second 2nd Annual Day of Celebration of all the diverse cultures in Rockford includes a parade of colors and customs and a festival with international foods, performances, information, genealogy, a children's area, a beer garden, and much more.
Quincy Preserves Fall House Tour
Quincy Preserves Fall House Tour featuring seven amazing locations: The Quincy Preserves Annual Behind Closed Doors Home Tour will take place on Saturday, October 17th, from 10 am to 4 pm. For more info visit www.quincypreserves.org
Valley Carvers Woodcarving Expo
The 27th Annual Valley Carvers Woodcarving Expo returns to Starved Rock Lodge (Great Hall & Starved Rock Room). See over 100 exhibits of woodcarving artists. Outside the Lodge, see chainsaw woodcarving in action. Raffles of woodcarvings and other items. Open to the public. Free admission. This program is partially funded by the Illinois Valley Fine Arts Trust. Last Sunday in September, 9:00am - 5:00pm.
Family oriented two-day celebration that features the famous burgoo, as well as craft market, games, carnival rides, concessions and contests. Entertainment includes Little Miss & Mr. Burgoo, local talent groups and well-known music acts. Parade at 10am Saturday.
Christmas in Carterville
This annual Christmas celebration encompasses the entire downtown area of Carterville. Santa and his helpers will be on hand for photos. There will be hot chocolate and cookies, caroling, chili supper, gingerbread contest, festival of trees, Sugar Plum Dance Fairies, face painting, Candy Land Path, Horse and Carriage rides and much much more. This event is held in downtown Carterville.
Concert Dance, Inc. at Ravinia
CDI has evolved from a repertory company into a dance collective and artistic incubator; a unique community of collaborators within a growing organism that changes with every new dance that is made. Choose from 2 shows September 1 or 2. This program is a tribute to Frank Sinatra. Tickets are only $10.
Bye Bye Birdie
To conclude its 2015-2016 season, Drury Lane Theatre presents the classic All-American musical Bye Bye Birdie. It's the late 1950's, and teenagers from across the United States are going crazy for the handsome rock star, Conrad Birdie. Meanwhile, his manager Albert is going into debt and is banking on Conrad's success. Disaster strikes when Conrad receives a draft notice to join the military. Albert stages a publicity stunt for Conrad to kiss one lucky fan on The Ed Sullivan Show before he leaves for the army. Fifteen-year-old Kim MacAfee from Sweet Apple, Ohio is selected. Conrad Birdie gets more than he bargained for when he arrives in the Midwestern town which is reeling with excitement for his visit.
Legacy Girls - 50's, 60's Review
Take a trip back to the 50's & 60's and get ready to rock the songs that shaped the decades! From the Supremes to the Chordettes and the Beatles to Elvis Presley, The Legacy Girls will bring their own sassy style to all of your favorites. Matinee shows include lunch and show at $32.00 a person. For more information or to book, call 815-220-7386.
Glendale Heights Oktoberfest 2015
The fourth annual Glendale Heights Oktoberfest which will be held at Camera Park in Glendale Heights, Illinois. The festival will feature authentic German food prepared by renowned Chef Wolfgang of the acclaimed Schnitzel Platz Restaurant. We will also offer authentic Oktoberfest Beer imported directly from the Hofbräu Brewery in Munich, as well as beer from the oldest Brewery in the world, Weihenstephan Hefe Weiss Bier. Our friendly Dirndl-dressed servers will be there to provide you service with a smile, just like in München. To finish off your meal there will be an assortment of wonderful Austrian and German pastries available. Experience live entertainment daily including strolling German “Oompah” entertainers in one of the most authentic festival tents. There will be a pumpkin patch, a plant sale and many more activities the whole family will enjoy. To round out the Glendale Heights Oktoberfest experience, there will be vendors with German products, souvenirs, hats, steins, and much much more.
Buddy Holly/Herman's Hermits
Enjoy a tribute to Buddy Holly, Herman’s Hermits and more! Mike Bruccoleri will bring back great memories with Peggy Sue, That’ll Be the Day, Kind of a Drag and other favorites of that time! Matinee shows include lunch and show at $32.00 a person. Times: 11:30am - 2:45pm. For more information or to book, call 815-220-7386.
Alton Farmer's & Artisans' Market
There will be an abundance of delicious fresh produce, crafts, baked goods, plants & flowers, locally-raised hormone-free meat, handmade soaps, jewelry, artwork, pottery, art demonstrations and more at the Alton Farmer's and Artisans' Market. Admission is free for shoppers and there is plenty of parking at its new permanent location in the city-owned parking lot at the corner of Landmarks and Henry Street. The Alton Farmer's & Artisans' Market is every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Wednesdays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Fox Valley Irish Festival at RiverEdge Park
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.
Michael St. Angel takes the stage as “The King of Rock and Roll." You can rock to the hits that made Elvis famous such as Jailhouse Rock, Hounddog, Love Me Tender and many more. Keep the spirit of Rockin’ and Rollin’ alive! April 19/Evening; April 20 & 21/Matinees - Matinee shows include lunch and show at $32.00 a person. Evening shows include wine tasting, dinner and show at $37.00 per person. For more information or to book, call 815-220-7386.
2015 Dog Days of Summer - Red Dog Grill
Red Dog Grill is Heritage Harbor Ottawa's new full service restaurant. Saturday Evenings 8-11pm, Memorial Day to Labor Day, is music under the tent. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs. Outdoor bar will be open. See website for full schedule.
Lockrocks Summer Concert Series
Come out for some of the area's best live entertainment at this free concert series. Beer garden and food available for purchase. Please call for band playing. Location: Dellwood Park, State St. & Woods Dr., Dellwood Band Shell State St. & Woods Dr., Lockport. Brass Buckle Band, July 17th; Suburban Cowboys, Aug 14th; Raise Your Glass, Sept 12th.
Genoa Farmers Market
The Genoa Farmers Market features locally-grown produce, wine, baked goods, flowers and artisan crafts. Last Saturday of the month (May 30th - Sept. 26th: 9am - 2pm) Located on the corner of Genoa & Main Street. For more information call 815-784-2212 or visit http://genoaareachamber.com/
Winneshiek Players Present: "Rocky Horror Picture Show"
The Winneshiek stage will transform into a mysterious old castle where two unsuspecting travelers meet a crazy doctor and other crazy creatures. The cult classic film will be presented with a shadow cast and provide many opportunities for audience participation. $15 (Includes Prop Bag).
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.
C-U Pride Festival
The UP Center of Champaign County brings its sixth annual festival to Downtown Champaign. Celebrate with a parade and plenty of entertainment for the whole family. Downtown bars will have dedicated entertainment for the LGBT community.
Greene County Days
Come out to Greene County this September 11, 12 and 13 to see history come to life! The James J. Eldred House will be open and there will be live period music, food vendors, guest speakers, a Civil War encampment, demonstrations and much more! Carrollton will have live music, crafts, baked goods and demonstrations on the courthouse lawn. The Historical Society will have artisan demonstrations along with arts and crafts. Eldred hosts the Baptist Church's salad luncheon. Rockbridge, Hillview, Haypress, Roodhouse and White Hall will also be serving up great food and entertainment! Don't forget to find a treasure or two to take home from the county wide yard sale.
Old Mill Fall Fest
This event gives the public a chance to see the 70 foot Mill which was built in 1872 and view the unique construction inside on the first two floors. Participants will be demonstrating all old time crafts.
Simone Porter at Ravinia
Come out for a night of beautiful classic music with Simone Porter on the violin. This emerging artist has impassioned energy, musical integrity, and vibrant sound. Tickets are $10.
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).
Antiques & Artisans Market
LaSalle County Historical Society presents Antiques & Artisans Market, first Saturday from June thru September. Antiques, collectibles, handmade and homegrown. Rain or shine, inside and outside. Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm, at 208 Clark Street - on Illinois Rte 178, Canal Market and Heritage Center.
Chicago Architecture Foundation's Open House Chicago
The Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Open House Chicago is a free public festival that offers behind-the-scenes access to 200 buildings across Chicago. Explore the hidden gems and architectural treasures of Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods—all for free. 200 cool places. 48 hours. Go. It's free.
Classic Albums Live Performs Led Zeppelin II at Ravinia
They've amazed Ravinia audiences with their uncanny recreations of the Beatles Abbey Road and Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon. Now relive one of the most important rock albums ever released, Led Zeppelin's, Led Zeppelin II - note for note, cut for cut. Tickets: $55/45, and Lawn $27 in advance and $32 the day of the show.
Ellnora: The Guitar Festival
A prodigious array of the world’s most distinctive and influential guitarists will gather for Ellnora | The Guitar Festival, presented by Krannert Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Illinois. The internationally recognized event, deemed “one of the world’s most forward-thinking guitar festivals” by Fretboard Journal, has emerged as a favorite destination for musicians and fans from around the world and will host more than 20 performances by artists rooted in the United States, South Africa, India, Canada, England, Australia, Spain, Croatia, and Norway. 2015 performances include Drive-By Truckers, Punch Brothers, Bela Fleck and much more.
West Side Story: A Paramount Theatrical Production
It’s quite possibly one of the greatest love stories ever to be told in a musical. Set in the blue-collar neighborhood of New York’s Upper West Side, racial tensions run high as residents try to grind out a daily living. A turf war is being fought as the Jets, a white gang, and the Sharks, a Puerto Rican gang, battle over boundaries. In the heart of the turmoil, former Jets member Tony meets Maria at a local dance. The chemistry is instantaneous, and for a few hours, there is no race, no hatred, no barriers, just two young people in love. But Maria is the sister of Sharks’ leader Bernardo, and no one is going to make it easy for Tony and Maria to escape.
Sinatra Centennial at Ravinia
Come out and enjoy a great night of music under the stars with Frank Sinatra Jr. joined by the Ravinia Festival Orchestra with Terry Woodson conducting. Tickets are $80/70 and lawn are $33 in advance and $38 the day of the show.
Fall Harvest & Art Festival in the Vineyard
A fun-filled day celebrating the fruits of our labor: Food booths, art show featuring the talents of the Galena Cultural Arts Alliance, vineyard tours and hayrides. Live entertainment. Fun for the entire family including pumpkin painting and grape stomps.
A Christmas Story: A Paramount Theatrical Production
One of the most watched and beloved Holiday movies ever made comes to life in a full-blown musical production on the Paramount stage. It’s the story of nine-year-old Ralphie Parker growing up in middle-America in the 1940s. With Christmas right around the corner, Ralphie has his bespectacled sights set on one thing – a Red Ryder BB Gun. But at every turn, the young daydreamer hears those five words that are the bane of his existence: “you’ll shoot your eye out.”
Anna Polonsky and Orion Weiss at Ravinia
Come out for another great night of the $10 BGH classics. Anna Polonsky and Orion Weiss will be performing pieces from Brahms, Shubert, Stephen, Hartke and more.
Ballet Folkorico de Mexico de Amalia Hernandez at the Genesee Theatre
Journey through the past as Ballet Folklorico de Mexico performs the dance traditions of Mexico for over 60 years. Considered the cultural representative of Mexico to the world, this ballet offers a lively performance that is full of movement, rhythm, and technical perfection.
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
West Fork Encampment
Re-creation of Frontier and Military life of the 18th century nestled in the beautiful surroundings of Lake Lou Yaeger. There will be cannon demonstrations, period food, music and many more historical demonstrations. Located at Picnic Area #4.
All-Mozart Program at Ravinia
Join Alon Goldstein on piano for an All-Mozart program. Alon Goldstein is one of the most original and sensitive pianists of his generation, admired for his musical intelligence, dynamic personality, artistic vision and innovative programming. This show is included in the BGH $10 series.
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!
Kim Russo: The Happy Medium at the Paramount Theatre
She’s been called a translator for the spirit world. She just recently won Best Psychic of 2015 by The Best of Long Island. But you probably know her as Kim Russo, The Happy Medium, and she’s got a pretty rare talent: she can communicate with spirits. From her appearances on A&E’s hit Paranormal State and The Biography Channel’s Celebrity Ghost Stories to her deeply personal readings, Kim Russo has been changing the lives of celebrities and citizens alike with her shocking talent for years. Come experience Kim’s other-worldly skill for yourself, live on the Paramount stage. Who knows – maybe she’ll pick YOU for a reading!
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.
The Fox Valley Park District makes the glorious season of fall last a little longer with its annual Pumpkin Weekends at Blackberry Farm. During every weekend in October plus Columbus Day – nine days in all – fall is celebrated in its full glory. Families can enjoy safe and fun Halloween festivities including seasonal crafts, harvest décor and pumpkin stories!
Downtown Jacksonville Gallery Hop
Hosted by the Imagine Foundation in historic downtown Jacksonville. Come and hop on the first Friday of every month and check out our downtown businesses! Art galleries, specialty stores, restaurants are just a few of the specialties that await for you when you come! Music, entertainment, food and more!
Lake County Count-I-Con
Lake County’s biggest comic, toy, game and art convention. Children and adult costume contests, skits, and entertainment hosted on our stage both days, Aussie Pet Care’s pet costume contest, Magic the Gathering tournaments all day, and Brass City Games will be hosting drafts, Commander, and standard MtG tournaments all weekend. There will also be massive video game tournaments with different console and PC gaming tournaments. Discussions with panelist, James Renner, Author and cold case investigator, and panelist, Tim Maile, radio show host, author, and paranormal investigator. More to come please watch the website for more information.
Enjoy your bingo at Jackpot Bingo in Peru, IL. Tuesday & Thursday Matinee: Doors open at 11:30 am. Play starts at 12:30 pm. Low $22 buy-in includes lunch. Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday Evenings: Doors open at 4:30 pm. Play starts at 6:15. Nightly prices range from $20 to $70 - paper, computer and combo packages.
The Second City: Holidazed & Confused Revue
Spend your holiday season with the funniest comedy crew in the country: Second City and their hilarious holiday show Holidazed and Confused. These guys are bringing their world-famous skits, songs and laughs to Paramount’s 175-seat Copley Theatre from December 4 to 20 – and in a theatre this intimate, you’re up close and personal with all that Second City fun. Get some eggnog, get out to Aurora and get ready to laugh with Second City.
EXPO Chicago, the International Exposition of Contemporary & Modern Art, opens the fall art season each September at historic Navy Pier. Entering its fourth edition in 2015, EXPO Chicago presents artwork from 140 leading galleries, representing 16 countries and 47 cities from around the world, and includes Exposure—a section that affords younger galleries the opportunity to participate in a major international art fair. Exposure provides critical opportunities for curators, collectors, and art patrons to survey the best in innovative and emerging programs.
Mannheim Steamroller Christmas at the Paramount Theatre
There’s no better way to kick off the holiday season than with the band that changed Christmas music forever: it’s Mannheim Steamroller. Helmed by Grammy-winner and musical genius Chip Davis, this world-renowned group takes your favorite songs of the season and beefs them up with their signature new age style that’s been dubbed “18th century Classical Rock.” With 40+ years of live performances under their cummerbunds, these guys know how to put on a show that will leave audiences in absolute awe. Get in the holiday spirit with the uplifting sounds and magical arrangements of Mannheim Steamroller.
Hairspray: The Broadway Musical
Tracy Turnblad is a plus-size teen with plus-size hair, and she has one big plus-size dream – to dance her way onto Baltimore’s smash hit TV show, “The Corny Collins Show.” Every day after school, she and best friend Penny bee-line home to watch the cool kids shake the rafters to the hottest tunes on Collins’ program. When a dance slot opens on the show, Tracy gets help from her friend Seaweed, who puts enough groove in her step to win that dream role – and life is never the same again. But Tracy doesn’t rest on her stardom, instead she uses her new celebrity to racially integrate the TV show and change the lives of Baltimore folks forever.
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.
Donny & Marie at the Paramount Theatre
From recording artists to television stars to Vegas headliners, Donny & Marie are the epitome of entertainment superstars. Just ask any of the thousands of people who saw them light up the Paramount last summer. Now, this duo is back at it in Aurora, and they’re bringing the songs, the choreography and, of course, the charm. With more than 90 years in show biz between them, Donny & Marie are bringing their catalog of chart-toppers like “Puppy Love,” “Paper Roses,” “A Little Bit Country, A Little Bit Rock N Roll” and countless more to the stage. Add in their fun-loving personalities, high-energy style and serious dance skills, and this is one production that’s a total blast for the young and young at heart. Get in on all the Osmond fun, and come see for yourself why, year-after-year, Donny & Marie are voted the best of Vegas.
Taste of Highland Park
Scrumptious delights from the City’s finest eateries highlight the 2015 Taste of Highland Park held at Port Clinton Square. Visitors can satisfy savory and sweet cravings with everything from sushi to tacos to ice cream. Visit booths beginning Friday, August 28 at 5:00 p.m. Enjoy entertainment all weekend at the Taste Stage and the Port Clinton Art Festival Saturday and Sunday
Jay Leno at the Paramount Theatre
Yes, it’s true. Comedy and talk show legend Jay Leno is headed to Aurora for one-night-only, and he’s bringing Paramount audiences along for one of the funniest nights of the season. From performing 300 nights a year in comedy clubs to dominating the late night circuit as NBC-TV’s Tonight Show host for over 17 years, Jay’s Emmy-winning humor has had audiences around the world laughing for decades… and earned him a spot in the Television Hall of Fame while he’s at it. Now he’s bringing the jokes that made him a Rockefeller Center star right here to the Paramount, and you don’t want to miss it. Here’s something special: America’s Got Talent finalist, CMA nominee and recording artist Emily West is kicking off this awesome night with her amazing songs. Get ready for this rising star to light up the stage.
Ballet Folklorico Quetzalcoatl
It’s become a tradition in the Fox Valley to honor the area’s rich Mexican culture with Ballet Folklorico – that tradition continues. The Ballet Folklorico celebrates the traditional Mexican folklorico with colorful costumes, wonderful music and electrifying, elegant and beautiful choreography. You’ll feel your spirits rise and eyes light up as this celebrated group of artists share an important piece of their wonderful culture.
Ralphie May at the Genesee Theatre
Voted one of Variey's "10 Comics to Watch," Ralphie May Combines the familiar elements of hip-hop and topical comedy with a dash of southern down-home flavor and quick wit. Appearing on the first season of "Last Comic Standing," Ralphie displayed his ability to cross social, cultural, and ethnic barriers. He will capture the audience's heart and make them gleefully uncomfortable. This show was rescheduled from May 16th.
Little Big Town Live at the NIU Convocation Center
The Grammy award-winning country group Little Big Town has added a fall leg to their The Pain Killer Tour that will hit the NIU Convocation Center in DeKalb, IL on October 29th. Hot off their win for Vocal Group of the Year at the Academy of Country Music Awards, the band is touring to support the release of their 6th album, Pain Killer. We hope you'll join Karen Fairchild, Jimi Westbrook, Phillip Sweet, and Kimberly Schlapman in DeKalb on October 29th. Tickets will go on sale Friday, June 5 at 10:00am local time. The band will again offer a unique VIP experience for fans; allowing them to choose from 2 limited packages including meet and greets, exclusive merchandise, and more. Ticket prices range from $35-45 and will be available at the Convocation Center box office, Ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster Outlets, or by phone 800-745-3000. See more at: http://niuconvo.com/convo/events/convo_events/2015/10/LittleBigTown.shtml#sthash.Hozy1c7R.dpuf
Peter Cetera at the Paramount Theatre
With his unmistakable tenor voice, legendary songwriting skills and bass guitar chops to boot, Chicago frontman and solo star Peter Cetera defines an entire era of American rock music. Penning and singing lead vocals on Chicago’s first No. 1 single “If You Leave Me Now,” Peter propelled the group into the worldwide spotlight. His power ballads like “Baby, What a Big Surprise” and ”Hard to Say I’m Sorry” drove Chicago to become one of the best-selling American rock bands of all time.
After he won Season 2 of America’s Got Talent, Terry Fator’s career in singing, dancing, comedy and mind-blowing ventriloquism skyrocketed… and now’s your chance to experience his endless talents live in Aurora for one-night-only. Be prepared to laugh, cheer and be amazed by Terry Fator. This guy’s known for selling out shows in Vegas, he sold out the Paramount last time, and he’ll do it again.
Lynyrd Skynyrd at Liberty Bank Alton Amphitheater.
Southern rock favorite Lynyrd Skynyrd will be performing at Liberty Bank Alton Amphitheater this summer. With a catalog of over 60 albums, sales beyond 30 million worldwide and their beloved classic American rock anthem “Sweet Home Alabama” having sold over two million ringtones, Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Lynyrd Skynyrd remain a cultural icon that appeals to multiple generations.
The Duke Ellington Orchestra at the Paramount Theatre
Over the course of 50 years, the great Duke Ellington led a world-renowned jazz orchestra, wrote thousands of compositions and changed the American musical landscape forever. Even decades after his death, Duke’s Orchestra still honors his incredible legacy in the best way possible: by performing his cool musical masterpieces for audiences around the world. These world-class musicians are packing up their pianos, trumpets, drums and more and heading to Aurora – and when they get here, it’s going to be spectacular. They’ll spend a very special evening playing Duke’s biggest numbers, including his foot-tapper “It Don’t Mean A Thing,” his sultry “Take The A Train” and his heart-pounding “Rockin’ in Rhythm,” all with that swinging jazz grandeur that would make Duke proud.
Under the Streetlamp at the Paramount Theatre
The Boys are back in town! That’s right, former castmates from Chicago’s very own Jersey Boys are headed back to Aurora, and Michael x2, Chris and Shonn are bringing their stunning voices, their slick dance moves and their electrifying charm with ‘em. These guys sell out the Paramount every season, and with their unforgettable show featuring your favorite Doo-Wop, Motown and old time rock-n-roll tunes (and some surprises, too), this year’s no different. Retro never sounded so now – it’s Under The Streetlamp.
The Rat Pack at the Paramount Theatre
World-renowned actor and comedian Buddy Hackett was a lifelong friend of the Rat Pack. Together, those five guys were the epitome of cool, ruling the Las Vegas strip and creating a smooth style that’s still emulated today. Now, years later, Buddy’s son Sandy Hackett and his crew of crooners are bringing the boys’ timeless Vegas show to the Paramount stage, reminding everyone that the Rat Pack is still one of the hottest acts around. Critics have been saying it for years; with Sandy’s personal connection to Frank, Dean, Sammy and Joey, this show is the closest you’ll ever get to seeing the boys back under the stage lights.
Jack Hanna's Into the Wild Live at the Paramount Theatre
Bring the family for a wild afternoon with “Jungle” Jack Hanna and his animal pals! From lions to lemurs, gorillas to geckos and everything in between, everyone’s favorite animal expert has brought the wonder of the animal kingdom to multiple generations, introducing furry, feathery and just plain fascinating creatures on The Late Show with David Letterman, Good Morning America and The Ellen DeGeneres Show. He’s hosted his own Emmy-winning educational and entertaining TV programs like Animal Adventures and Into the Wild. And now, Jungle Jack’s bringing his hat, his khakis and his coolest friends to Aurora.
Freedom Train at the Effingham Performance Center
Freedom Train tells the thrilling story of Harriet Tubman in a series of highly theatrical scenes that use dance, dialogue and music of the period in a way the whole family is sure to enjoy. The show starts at 10 a.m.
Josh Turner at the Paramount Theatre
People magazine calls him one of Country’s Hottest Stars. His debut single “Long Black Train” went gold. The Associated Press says he’s “among the most effective – and most hard-core country – performers of his generation.” His hit “Why Don’t We Just Dance” was literally the most-played song of 2010. It’s no wonder Josh Turner is one of the youngest members of the Grand Ole Opry. And this season, he’s bringing his unmistakable baritone voice, double-platinum songwriting skills and dazzling country charm to Aurora. Don’t miss this CMA and Grammy nominee when he rocks the stage with No.1 songs like “Your Man,” “All Over Me” and “Time is Love,” plus tons more off his five history-making albums. And opening for Josh is MCA Recording Artists and rising star Raquel Cole.
Black Harvest Film Festival
From August 8 through September 3, the Gene Siskel Film Center invites Chicago to celebrate the 21st edition of the “Black Harvest Film Festival,” exploring the stories, images, heritage, and history of the black experience in the U.S. and around the world through film and video. Talent is the key word in describing “Black Harvest:” an abundant manifestation of creativity representing emerging filmmakers and established masters alike. “Black Harvest” most especially promotes dialogue, and we feature many personal appearances for audience discussion.
Frank Caliendo at the Paramount Theatre
From his countless appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman to his hilarious segments on Fox NFL Sunday to his 11-year tenure on MADtv, Chicago-born Frank Caliendo is a comedic genius. His impressions of celebrities like Charles Barkley, Al Pacino and Bill Clinton are dead-on. His jokes will have you in stitches. And his high-energy style has the Hollywood Reporter calling him “a combination of Robin Williams and Jim Carrey.” Whether you’re a sports fan, a political analyst or you just love to laugh, you don’t want to miss Frank Caliendo live at the Paramount.
God Save the Queen at the Paramount Theatre
These guys are packing Queen’s biggest hits like “We Are the Champions,” “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Somebody to Love” into one huge set, and they’re doing it with all that over-the-top theatricality that made Queen one of the best-known bands in music history. From the incredible lighting to the epic anthems to lead singer Pablo Padin’s spot-on resemblance (both in voice and looks) to the late, great Freddie Mercury, God Save the Queen will rock you.
Legendary Diamonds Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary
See the fascinating stories of some of history's most famous diamonds and their equally famous owners. The exhibit blends the lapidary art of faceting with historic figural artistry to tell each diamond's story including The Hope, The Orlov, The Table Cut, and The Regent.
Fetching Market at Ford Hangar
Quality vintage and handcrafted wares, all within an historic atmosphere at the Lansing Municipal Airport Ford Hangar! Barn finds, old doors, old windows, silver, ironstone, vintage glassware, collections, skilled craftsmanship, talent, project finds, pieces of stuff, tables, old, new, painted, chairs, old, new, recovered, re-purposed, lighting, chippy rusty stuff, garden items, beautiful jewelry, great food, great craft beers, great cocktails, great live music, great cause! Friday: 5-9 pm; Saturday: 10 am - 6 pm.
Twenty Dirty Hands
Tour the beautiful Galena countryside, enjoy the fall colors and visit some of the area’s best known pottery and sculpture studios. Some open just for this weekend. Featuring special exhibits and events and allowing visitors a unique view of their kilns, forges and workspaces.
STOMP at the Paramount Theatre
There’s a reason STOMP sold out every single show they played at the Paramount last time they were in town. Now’s your chance to experience the most successful off-Broadway creation of all time, back in Aurora. STOMP is an inventive, energizing and downright electrifying spectacle that blends dance, music, percussion and theatricals into one gigantic rhythm that will have your heart pounding. After these guys come through town, you’ll never look at paint cans, plumbing fixtures or even the kitchen sink the same. Get ready to get STOMP’d.
Frank Caliendo at the Genesee
Frank Caliendo's high energy act is a blend of observations, impressions, characters and anecdotal stories that start at a frenetic pace and never let up. Once described "a combination of Robin Williams and Jim Carrey" Frank is one comedian that should not be missed. Tickets range $38 - $48.
Prairie Sisters Quilt Show
The show will feature a vendor mall, raffle baskets, food concession, scissor and knife sharpening. Also the Quilt of Valor display and a raffle.
Richard Marx Live at the Egyptian
Performer, songwriter, producer, and Grammy award winning music star Richard Marx will be Live in Concert at the historic Egyptian Theatre in Downtown DeKalb on Friday, September 25 at 8:00 PM. As a performer, songwriter and producer, Richard Marx’s nearly three-decade-long career has had innumerable of highlights. The Chicago native has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide, starting with his self-titled debut which went to #8 and spawned four Top 5 singles, including the chart-topping “Hold on to the Nights,” with “Don’t Mean Nothing” earning him a Grammy nomination for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance. Tickets for Richard Marx will go on sale to the general public on Friday, June 12 at 10:00 AM. Ticket prices are $25.00, $35.00 and $65.00.
Hispanic Heritage Celebration
11th Annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration, featuring authentic Hispanic music, food & entertainment. All are welcome.
Peter & Paul at the Paramount Theatre
Join Peter & Paul for a night of gorgeous harmonies, positive messages and hits like “Puff, The Magic Dragon,” “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?” and “Leaving on a Jet Plane” that transcend generational boundaries, inspiring millions of Americans over the last five decades. As core members of Peter, Paul & Mary, they transformed folk music into a powerful language that spoke to the masses. They soundtracked the Civil Rights movement, the anti-war scene and an entire era of social change. They’ve won five Grammys and made it on the Billboard Top 10 list six times over. And they’re celebrating over 50 years of positivity, talent and activism right here at the Paramount.
Zappa Plays Zappa
No one is better suited to play Frank Zappa favorites and obscure gems to crazed fans than his son, Dweezil. As a child, he watched his father in concerts from off stage. Zappa Plays Zappa has evolved into a 6-piece band. Dweezil alone is uniquely qualified to bring this father’s compositions back to life; he is both the modern face of Zappa music and the person who can bring it fully formed into the future.
Autumn Art Walk
Greenville's Autumn Art Walk has it all; fine art, savory food, delicious wine and delightful music. Artist from the region are spotlighted at this outdoor event.
Arts in Central Park
One of Central Illinois' finest art shows! This is a juried art show, featuring a beautiful location in Central Park, with its historic Transfer House and magnificent fountain. Enjoy art activities, an art shop for kids, live entertainment, food booths, and many art vendors.
Gigs Graphics! Gig posters by Chicago graphic designers
Reowned Chicago area graphic designers will present a wide range of posters designed for various music events in Chicago and elsewhere. These creative and unusual posters present the best in Chicago area graphic design. Designers include Jason Teegarden-Downs from Delicious Design League;Dan Grezca;Jay Ryan, the Bird Machine;Joseph Taylor; Dan Macadam, Crosshair, Fugscreen studios; Dan Black from Landland Press, Justin Santora, and Ryan Duggan, Drug Factory Press.
Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra Fall Concert: Voilà Viola
The Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra is a non-profit community orchestra which provides a place for area musicians to use their talents in an orchestral setting. The orchestra consists of professional, student, and dedicated amateur musicians. KSO presents it's Fall Concert, Voilà Viola on Saturday, October 10th at 7:30 pm. The concert will be at NIU Boutell Memorial Concert Hall, and there will be a free pre-concert lecture in the hall.
Lenny Kravitz at Ravinia
Kravitz will be hitting the road for an extensive world tour, performing songs from Strut as well as from a distinguished career that has made him one of the most distinctive and successful recording artists of the past quarter century. With his high energy, optimism and sheer love of music, join Lenny for a great show.
Jim Peterik's Lifeforce at the Genesee
Best known as the founder of the band Survivor, Jim Peterik brings an alternative to the raucousness of rock with Lifeforce. This ensemble creates a powerful collection of diverse rock, pop, soul, worldbeat, and contemporary jazz tunes right before the audience. They will enjoy this crisp ensemble action within a game of musical chairs, joyfully jumping from one vibe to the next. Fans of all genres will love this high energy show!
Lee Greenwood Christmas at the Effingham Performance Center
"A Tennessee Christmas" with Lee Greenwood is a celebration of traditional and popular carols guaranteed to put the entire family in the spirit. See him live at the EPC at 7:30 p.m.
Taste of Batavia Block Party
Celebrate Labor Day weekend as Batavia MainStreet hosts a 'Taste of Batavia' sampler party complete with live music, activities and dancing! For kids, there will be plenty of activities and a play area-- River City Church will host a bounce house, face painting, balloons, and a raffle. Lawn games and bags Classic Car Show on River St.
Hippiefest 2015 at the Genesee
Bring Woodstock back to life and celebrate the sounds that defined the 1960s with Hippiefest 2015. Groove to the tunes of yesteryear as the legendary group, The Family Stone headlines with Rick Derringer, Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels, and Badfinger featuring Joey Molland.
Brian McKnight at the Genesee
Brian McKnight has been bringing his smooth, sultry sound to the delight of audiences across the globe for over a decade. His ability to connect personally with each person in the audience is unparalleled. Brian's voice gives the audience goose bumps while his singing warms their hearts!
Elevation at Effingham Performance Center
Introducing Elevation!! Elevation is without question the most successful U2 tribute band in the world. With their huge repertoire, ranging from U2's first album "Boy" to 2014's "Songs of Innocence", Elevation is the only band that offers the most authentic sights and sounds of U2. If you think this sounds too good to be true, purchase tickets today. After all, seeing and hearing is believing. What a better way to start believing at 7:30 p.m.
Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra Halloween Concert
The Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra is a non-profit community orchestra which provides a place for area musicians to use their talents in an orchestral setting. The orchestra consists of professional, student, and dedicated amateur musicians. The KSO will present its annual free concert of music with a theme appropriate for children and adults. The 5:30 concert will be repeated at 7:30, and there will be trick-or-treating in the building a half hour before the 5:30 concert. The concerts will take place at NIU Boutell Memorial Concert Hall.
Red Hot Chilli Pipers at the Effingham Performance Center
It's Bagpipes. It's Rock. It's Bagrock. AC/DC meets the poet Robert Burns. It's the Red Hot Chilli Pipers-- a 9 piece ensemble consisting of pipers, guitarists, keyboards and drummers--with musicianship of the highest order and a passion for pipes that will leave you breathless. Their trademarked sound is a unique fusion of traditional pipe tunes--like "The Flowers of Scotland," "The Hills of Argyll," and "Amazing Grace"(done Chilli-style, of course!)--and contemporary anthems like Queen's "We Will Rock You," "Clocks" by Coldplay, "Chasing Cars" by Snow Patrol, "Let Me Entertain You" by Robbie Williams, and a fantastic rock medley of Deep Purple's "Smoke on the Water," and AC/DC's "Thunderstruck". There has never been anything quite like The Red Hot Chilli Pipers. Feel the Chilli heat at 8 p.m.!
The State Ballet Theatre of Russia presents Swan Lake
This full-scale production, set to the music of Tchaikovsky and based on Russian folklore and German legend, follows a heroic young prince as he works to free the beautiful swan maiden from an evil spell. The State Ballet Theater of Russia presents 50 of Russia’s brightest ballet stars to bring this romantic tale of true love to glorious life!
Glendale Heights "Show & Shine" Car Show and Swap Meet
The Village of Glendale Heights is excited to present the 33rd annual "Show & Shine" Car Show and Swap Meet. The hours of the event are 10:00 am to 3:30 pm. The Car Show includes food, music, games and crafter. Viewing admission is free!
The Second City: Fully Loaded at the Effingham Performance Center
Chicago's legendary sketch and improv comedy theater returns to Effingham with "The Second City: Fully Loaded." This irresistible new show features classic material made famous by Second City stars like Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert and Steve Carell, as well as brand new scenes, songs and improv. This must-see evening of comedy features some of Chicago's best and brightest in a special one night only engagement. Bring yourself, friends and adult family to this side busting event at 8 p.m.
The Charlie Daniels Band at the Effingham Performance Center
From his Dove Award winning gospel albums to his genre-defining Southern rock anthems and his CMA Award-winning country hits, few artists have left a more indelible mark on America's musical landscape than Charlie Daniels. The Charlie Daniels Band has populated the radio with such memorable hits as "Long Haired Country Boy," "The South's Gonna Do It Again," "In America," "The Legend of Wooley Swamp" and of course, his signature song "The Devil Went Down to Georgia." This amazing artist will be at the Effingham Performance Center at 8 p.m.
27th Annual Edwards Place Fine Art Fair
Shop the fine art and ware of artists from around the region. Enjoy a park-like atmosphere on the grounds of this restored Antebellum mansion while perusing artists’ booths. Includes a children’s area, live music, food, and tours of the home as well as a used book sale.
Memory, an exhibit of portraits
Memory is an exhibition of portraits that reflect less the "sitter's" likeness than their psychological state. Works include paintings, colored pencil drawings, prints and pastels by Judith Roth, Ellen Holtzblatt, John Smolko and Joseph Taylor.