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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.
The Berwyn Park District presents BAM (Berwyn Arts & Music) Fest on Saturday, July 25th in Proksa Park. This Youth Arts & Music Festival will feature live music, youth art galleries, art creation stations, workshops and fun activities. This event will also feature a battle of the bands and teen lounge with live DJ's.
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.
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.
Daryl Hall & John Oates at RiverEdge Park
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.
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.
Harry Connick Jr. at Ravinia
Harry's an American singer, musician and actor. He has sold over 28 million albums worldwide and has had seven top 20 US albums, and ten number-one US jazz albums, earning more number-one albums than any other artist in US jazz chart history. Tickets: $100/90 & Lawn: $38 in advance and $43 the day of the show.
REO Speedwagon at RiverEdge Park
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. 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.
Calling kids and comics fans of all ages! Elmhurst Historical Museum presents a summer of fun with the Peanuts gang through Pigskin Peanuts, a traveling exhibition from the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center. View 50 of Schulz's popular football-themed Sunday and daily strips that depict the cartoonist's wry humor through the exploits of the beloved Peanuts characters. Visitors will enjoy viewing classic Peanuts objects and ephemera, dressing up in the team locker room, taking a photo-op on a football trading card, and trying their own hand at "pulling the football" from Charlie Brown.
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 3 of 3 of Yefim Bronfman's complete Prokofiev Piano Sonatas 8 & 9 at Ravinia. Tickets: $60/40 & Lawn: $10
Frank Fernández at Ravinia
Come out and enjoy the music of Frank Fernandez, pianist. Program to include: Frank Fernández, Suite para Dos Pianos As part of the BGH series this concert is only $10.
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.
Lakelights Arts & Music Festival
One magical day, one magical night, synchronizing, amplifying, enjoying the light! Head over to The Stage at Lake Sara on July 18 for a day filled with great entertainment and fun. Doors open at 10 a.m. Enjoy live musical performances by Aaron Kamm and the One Drops, ClusterPluck, The Thinga-Ma Jug Band, and Garrett Burris and the Bathtub Hooch Band. Community events will take place throughout the day, including the LakeLights 5K at 7 a.m., great local food and drinks, morning flow yoga, face painting, the Effminster dog show, raffles and prizes, dance performances, a bounce house, a community drum circle, Hooping 101, live art demonstrations, evening meditation, and a kids' village from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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.
5th Annual Downhome Music, Beer & Art Festival
The 5th Annual Downhome Music Beer Art Festival will be held on August 7th and 8th 2015 at the corner of 7th and Washington in downtown Springfield, Illinois. The event will feature all local, original live bands with all gate proceeds directly benefiting the artists. There will be local food vendors, 100 different craft beers, as well as a kids area for the little ones. Sponsored by Celtic Mist, Head West and Brewhaus - a festival supporting locally grown and original live music.
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.
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
Llyr Williams at Ravinia
Welsh pianist, Llyr Williams, is widely admired for his profound musical intelligence, and for the expressive and communicative nature of his interpretations. He has worked with orchestras around the world. This program will include pieces from Schubert, Chopin and Schumann.
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
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Performs with Pinchas Zuckerman at Ravinia
Pinchas Zukerman on violin will perform with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Rafael Payare. Program will include pieces from Berlioz, Bruch, and Rimsky-Korsakov. Tickets: $50/25 & Lawn: $10.
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.
NW IL Art Fest
Juried art fest with artists arriving from throughout the tri-state area to showcase and sell their work. Food vendors will be on hand to add to the festivities.
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.
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.
Skokie's Backlot Bash
Skokie's downtown summer street festival is held annually over three days in late August featuring carnival rides, events for all ages and a concert stage with regional and national acts. Since its inception, Skokie's Backlot Bash has presented some of the nation's most eclectic Rock, Blues and R&B artists. This year includes Fabulous Thunderbirds, Pychedelic Furs and more!
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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).
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.
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
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
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!
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.
Phoenix Family Festival
An outdoor festival which includes a carnival, basketball tournament, live entertainment, food/arts & crafts vendors & much more. Something for everyone. Bring the entire family! Th 5-10PM; F 8AM-10PM; Sa 8AM-11PM; Su 8AM-10PM.
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
The Addams Family
The Addams Family features an original story, and it’s every father’s nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family - a man her parents have never met. And if that weren't upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before - keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia.
Starlight Theatre 2015 Season
The area's oldest outdoor summer theatre with four musical productions in June and July. Starlight's home, the Bengt Sjostrom Theatre, features more than a thousand seats and a stunningly artistic and creative retractable roof. 2015 Season: Mary Poppins - June 3-6, July 8-12; The Last Five Years - June 10-13, July 15-19; Memphis - June 17-20, July 22-26; Young Frankenstein - June 24-27, July 29-August 2
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.
Taste of Thornton Township
14th Annual Taste of Thornton, featuring top musical talent, free rides for kids, wide variety of food vendors & craft vendors. All are welcome!
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
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.
Get the Led Out at RiverEdge Park
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.”
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.
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.
The Wizard of Oz
Like so many girls her age, little Dorothy Gale of Kansas dreams of what lies over the rainbow. One day a twister hits her farm and carries her away over the rainbow to another world. Come join Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tinman, the Cowardly Lion and Toto as they travel the universe of Dorothy’s imagination. Including the classic songs Over The Rainbow, Munchkinland (Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead), If I Only Had A Brain, If I Only Had A Heart, If I Were King Of The Forest, We’re Off To See The Wizard
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!
Murder Mystery at the Vineyard
Who did it? Enjoy a wonderful catered dinner and become a part of the mystery that takes you back in time to 1933 at “The Cellars.” Advanced reservations required, limited seating.
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.
The Tenors 3 - An Italian Celebration at Starved Rock Lodge
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.
Rockin' For the Troops
Join us for the tenth annual Rockin' for the Troops fundraiser, with special appearances by the cover band Maggie Speaks, the Chicago Blues Allstars, and the Motown tribute band The Voices. The evening will culminate with headliner Gary Sinise and the 12-piece Lt. Dan Band. Gates open at 12 noon. A Ravinia-like atmosphere, the magnificence of Cantigny Park and the patriotism of a Fourth of July celebration create a "feel-good" event that your whole family can enjoy!
Driving Miss Daisy
Winner of the 1988 Pulitzer Prize, Driving Miss Daisy is a warm-hearted, humorous and affecting study of the unlikely relationship between an aging, crotchety white Southern lady, and a proud, soft-spoken black man. Starring Little Theatre favorite, Glory Kissel, this play will be an extra special end to the 2015 season!
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.
Anderson Japanese Gardens - Japanese Summer Festival
Join in the fun at our two-day cultural event featuring exhibits, traditional demonstrations and unique performances that appeal to all age groups. All Festival activities are included with Garden admission. The Japanese Summer Festival weekend begins with an Opening Ceremony at 10:00 Saturday morning on the lawn near the Pavilion in the Garden of Reflection and will be immediately followed by the first Taiko drum performance.
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.
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!
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.
Market House Suare Arts Festival
Browse the many exhibits by local and regional artists showcasing their paintings, woodwork, jewelry, pottery, baskets, and more for our 8th annual outdoor art festival. Local musicians will perform throughout the day. Plenty of food and beverages available for purchase.
Battle of the Bands
Billie Limacher Bicentennial Park hosts Battle of the Bands - a two night event. Local bands compete for prizes, 7:00-10:00pm. Free show - catch all the hot local music! July 17-18, July 24-25.
Taste of Westmont
Stop by Downtown Westmont for a fun-filled weekend of carnival games and rides, food and dining tents, one beer garden and live entertainment! Crafters, bingo, beanbags, and vendor booths are located between Irving & Norfolk. The Irving Street Stage/Youth Performance Area will feature a Battle of The Bands, magic and dance performances, mascot visits and more!
Art in Your Eye Fine Art Festival
From August 14th-16th, view art on display in the City Hall Exhibit and Student Legacy Exhibit, listen to live music performances featuring some of the area's most popular bands, watch artists battle it out, partake in a craft beer & wine garden, eat local food and enjoy new activities and exhibits. This is an event fun for everyone!
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.
2015 Summer Rooftop Music Series - Strung Out Band
Strung Out is Chicago’s most unique classic rock band. Their dynamic blend of guitars, cello, violin, keyboards, bass, and percussion, topped off with outstanding vocalists, create an unforgettable sound. You’ll hear the greatest Classic Rock, Pop, Southern Rock, AM/FM Radio Cuts, and everything in between. Songs people know and love, performed by a band that loves to entertain. So get ready to sing, dance, and have fun with the amazing musical experience only Strung Out can provide. 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!
10th Annual "Let's Dance" Big Band Weekend
The event provides a venue and 'live' dance bands ( 10 - 17 pieces) for fans and social ballroom dancers to enjoy. Catered food - healthy, delicious, recommended by dancers. Floor - 13,000 sq. ft. smooth hardwood, well maintained. Advance package deals are available. 'At door' registration will be accepted 30 minutes prior to each scheduled dance.
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.
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.
Enjoy vintage games for kids, special tours and exhibits and free parking all day as the park celebrates the birthday of Cantigny benefactor Robert R. McCormick (1880-1955). This year's event will feature a free evening performance by Chicago Sinfonietta in honor of Cantigny Park's 60th anniversary!
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!
French Connection Day
French Connection Day celebrates Cantigny's French roots, which began when Col. Robert McCormick served with the Army's 1st Infantry Division during World War I at the Battle of Cantigny, near Paris. Great food and entertainment with a French flair are highlights of this free one-day festival.
Princess and the Pea
A very sad Prince Valerian can't seem to find happiness! His friend the Page, his mother the Queen and her faithful Wizard try to help find the perfect Princess for Valerian to marry. He meets all the Princesses in the kingdom and finally finds one he thinks he could love. But will she pass the Queen's test? Oh no! This royal musical is fun and magical as everyone tries to decide if the PERFECT princess actually exists. For a complete list of performance dates and times visit www.thelittletheatre.org. Order tickets by phone at 217-728-7375 or online at our website.
GrapeVine Bluegrass Festival
One of the few true American musical forms, bluegrass - that high, lonesome sound created by Bill Monroe over 50 years ago - has steadily gained in popularity over the years, and for good reason. It's natural. It's organic. We are proud to present a few of the finest bluegrass acts to be found anywhere. Hosted by local bluegrass heroes Firebox, Tuscan Hills Winery will have two days of amazing picking, beautiful bowing and soaring vocal harmonies - we can't think of a more harmonious way to bring the summer to a close! This is a rain or shine event. Bring your lawn chairs! There will be a variety of great food and beverages including water, soda, coffee, tea, beer and wine available for purchase on the festival grounds. Parking is free and within 25 to 100 yards away from the venue & of course handicapped parking is available. All ages are welcome. Be sure to check out the web address for more information on tickets and pricing: http://www.grapevinebluegrass.com.
Hispanic Heritage Celebration
11th Annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration, featuring authentic Hispanic music, food & entertainment. All are welcome.
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.
Annual festival with national bands/acts, diverse ethnic food vendors, huge carnival, arts and crafts, special guest and super Sunday family days.
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.
Pluto Polka Party - Streator
Pluto Polka Party with Eddie Korosa Jr, Chicago's #1 Polka band Featuring "Big Bang Brew", Home brew tasting and Star BQ (BBQ) from a galaxy near you. At Streator City Park, Plumb Pavilion.
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.
The gallery includes a unique collection of oils, watercolors, pastels, graphite and colored pencil, prints, photographs, sculptures, pottery, and miniatures.
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!
Our Comic Convention will feature fun for the whole family. Visit with over 25 vendors and artists from the Comic World. Face painters, a photo booth, and special attractions will abound when our library is turned into a Comicoplis for the day! Times: 10:00am - 4:00pm.
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
American Farm Heritage Days
Heritage Days include tractor displays featuring Case and Leader tractors, as well as makes and models of tractors for viewing. Includes 4-corners tractorade, parade, car show, games, Hill’s Fort, crafts, food, train ride, plowing demonstrations, blacksmith, kids’ pedal pull, petting zoo, live music and more.
Big Band Concert by the Del Bergeson Orchestra
Saturday's Big Band Concert will feature the Del Bergeson Orchestra. This event will be held at Campbell's Park, 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Grundy County Chamber of Commerce/Coal City event.
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.
Happy Together Tour 2015 at the Paramount Theatre
The Happy Together Tour is back at it, bringing your radio to life on the Paramount stage… and this year’s line-up will totally rock your world. It’s stacked with The Grassroots and their “Midnight Confessions.” Mark Lindsay from Paul Revere & The Raiders. Chicago’s very own The Buckinghams. The Cowsills taking you down “The Path of Love.” The Association and their slew of chart toppers. And, of course, Flo & Eddie singing that classic Turtles hit the tour is literally named after: “Happy Together.” Get ready to celebrate the golden age of rock-n-roll with your favorite hits, and the artists who play them, live on the Paramount stage.
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.
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.
Join us for Itasca Fest featuring tasty festival food, live entertainment, bingo and more. You'll find fun and games for all ages including a 3 on 3 basketball tournament, carnival rides, an antique flea market, a classic car show, children's entertainment, and nightly musical performances.
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.
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.
Summer Fest - Braidwood
Annual Event sponsored by the Lions Club at Old Smokey Park First & Center Streets - includes carnival, flea market, parade, beer garden, baby contest, pie eating contest, musical entertainment nightly, fireworks on last evening and much much more! Times: Thurs. 4pm-11pm Fri 4pm-midnight Sat. 8am-midnight Sun. 8am-10pm.