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Highland Farmers Market
This midweek farmers market offers a large array of fresh produce that is all locally grown as well as baked goods and farm fresh eggs. Open: Wednesdays: 3 pm - 6 pm. Located at Highland Community College in Parking Lot C.
Piano and String Artists from Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute at Ravnia
Join Ravinia's Steans Music Institute performing a program which will include the music of Tchaikovsky, Souvenir de Florence, Op. 70. This is held in Bennett Gordon Hall and is part of the $10 series.
Close To You: The Music of The Carpenters
The Carpenter's beautiful, memorable love songs topped the Billboard charts with more than a dozen number one hits. Lisa Rock and her six piece band bring these classics back to the stage.
The Legacy Girls-Andrews Sisters Tribute
Andrews Sisters Tribute. Boogie woogie back to the 30s,40s. This renowned trio will capture your heart with their contagious smiles, and delight you as they take you down memory lane.
Bobber's River Tap Presents River Music
Join us by car, bike, or boat on the banks of the Pecatonica River for some live foot stomping river music. Bobber’s is an open-deck, outdoor bar along the banks of the Pecatonica River. It is a relaxing stop for travelers by road or river. Food and beverages available.
Bishop Hill Honor Flight Benefit
The spirit of giving each year is renewed by the Bishop Hill, The Filling Station Restaurant who organizes the annual fundraiser to send the Quad Cities area veterans to Washington, D.C. part of the Honor Flight Network. A barbeque rib dinner, that’s finger licking good right off the grill starts the festivities. Patriot Guard and Legion Riders ride into town and kick off the festivities with an invocation and presentation of colors. Patriotic music is provided throughout the event as well as unique military exhibits and a military retreat is held promptly at 1800 hours with a 21 gun salute and taps. A live auction of donated items, including, locally made artisan craft to sports memorabilia and more is the highlight of the day, besides the eating that is. Golf cart shuttle service from outlying parking areas will be provided to Village Park by Cambridge Cart Sales. Area veterans are provided with a free trip to visit their memorial with priority given to survivors of World War II, Korean War, and any veteran with a terminal illness. Honor Flight Quad Cities operates on donations from organizations and individuals. Representatives from the Honor Flight organization attend the fundraiser. All proceeds from the day’s events are donated to Honor Flight of the Quad Cities, $60,000 and counting. 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Kane County Flea Market
The best in the Midwest or anywhere. Up to 1,000 dealers display and sell antiques, collectibles and “fancy junque.” A country breakfast is served on Sundays.
Gallery on Second
View beautiful works of art from local and regional artists. Choose from watercolor and oil paintings, metal artwork and stained-glass.
Geneseo Maxwell Street Day
Retailers and residents fill downtown State Street with a variety of unique items, all priced to sell. Open 9 am to 2 pm.
Riverside Arts Weekend
The Riverside Arts Weekend (RAW) features a juried arts fair, theater, music, architecture and other arts-related events. This is a vibrant cultural weekend that brings thousands of visitors and residents together to mingle and walk the streets of historic downtown Riverside. The weekend will be located inside Guthrie Park in Riverside, IL.
Hantverk Galleri celebrates handmade every day! Colorful porcelain, wedding cake stands, custom pottery, artisan chocolate from the Bishop Hill Chocolate Company and workshops to discover your inner artist. Open year round.
Puerto Rican Heritage Festival
It’s a two-day festival celebrating the rich heritage of Puerto Rico. Put on by the Aurora Puerto Rican Cultural Council, the weekend features endless food vendors offering wonderful cuisine; domino competitions; traditional folk music; other Puerto Rican bands; a kids’ play area; novelty vendors; Puerto Rican craftsmanship vendors and non-stop fun. And don’t forget to take in the sights and sounds of the Puerto Rican Day Parade on Sunday.
Grayslake's Summer Farmers Market
Over 40 vendors featuring home grown, homemade products. Michigan fruits, vegetables, baked goods, meats, flowers, shrubs, sweets, wine, cooking demonstrations, organic produce and much more will be available. There will also be a Fine Arts Market and a Munchkin Market. Held in downtown Grayslake.
Blues On The Fox
A celebration of Aurora’s rich Blues history with incredible music and top Blues artists! Full line up to be announced 10 am on April 2!
Montgomery County Fair
Located at Montgomery County Fairgrounds and celebrating the American farmer, this fair features free carnival rides in the evening, truck and tractor pulls, a demolition derby, livestock shows, arts & crafts, culinary, floriculture, beer pong tournament, fair queen pageant and much more.
Great Northwest Illinois Bike Tour For Cancer
Ride to fight cancer and enjoy a generous helping of northwest Illinois hospitality. Ride some of the most beautiful roads in Illinois and choose from our 105, 75, 30 and 20 miles routes. Maps are provided, and roads are clearly marked. Start and finish at the YMCA of Northwest Illinois in the Highland Community College campus. Start time 7-9 am. Don't forget your helmet, water bottles and sun block. In lieu of a registration fee, they welcome your gracious donation to the FHN Leonard C. Ferguson Cancer Center.
After 85 years, the golf course is still going strong. This 18-hole championship course features beautiful mature trees, fast greens and great fairways. Enjoy a delicious meal in the clubhouse, Greenside Grill or Roy's Place. 18 holes with a cart: Weekday $32 Weekends $37
Windmill City Festival
The Windmill City Festival has long been a staple of the community and has become a tradition for many families. Come participate in the festivities that every family member is sure to enjoy. Hours: Thurs. at 6 p.m., Fri. at 12 p.m., Sat. at 8 a.m., and Sun. at 11 a.m.
43rd Annual Gurnee Days Celebration
Gurnee Days returns this week for 4 days of family fun. Activities include a bicycle rodeo, live entertainment, Farmers Market, Gurnee Idol, golf tournament, and amusement rides, a 10K race, baby contest, rib fest and eating contest, fireworks, a pancake breakfast, parade, Scoop the Loop Car Show, petting zoo, pony rides, a talent show, exhibitors, games, food booths and stage events. Please visit the website for times and entertainment schedule.
Paramount Theatrical Production: Oklahoma!
This is the show that set the standard for all future musicals by incorporating music, lyrics and dance into a well-crafted serious story. It’s also the debut collaboration of one of the most prolific writing teams in American theater history – Rodgers and Hammerstein. Set in the turn of the century Oklahoma Territory, tensions are mounting between the local farmers and cowboys over the use of land. In the midst of it all is the rugged cowboy Curly who’s fallen for the strong-headed farm girl, Laurey. Despite their fiery spirits and at times tumultuous relationship, the two are destined to start a new life together in the soon-to-be state called Oklahoma!
Wiffle Fest is an annual wiffle ball tournament held in Homewood. Teams compete in two divisions, fast pitch & recreational, in a round-robin format. Come join us and have a ball!
North Aurora Days
The Village of North Aurora is proud to continue the North Aurora Days tradition of providing a fun-filled weekend of activities and entertainment for the whole family in our great community. The sponsors, volunteers, and participants of North Aurora Days have been working hard to plan and provide a great celebration filled with fun for the entire family. This year’s festival will begin on Friday, August 7th with various events during the day. The emergency vehicle parade kicks off the Friday night festivities leading the spectators to our main stage, where they will enjoy a variety of food, beverages, and musical entertainment. Saturday, August 8th will be filled with a 5/10k race, fishing derby, Touch-a-Truck and more all ending on Sunday, August 9th with the fun filled pet parade.
Viva Italia: Italian Night
O Sole Mio! Join us for a fabulous Thursday night of great food, music an store specials. We have a lot of Italy on Madison Street!
The oldest continuing fair in the State of Illinois. The fair includes: harness races, draft horse pulls, carnival rides, demo derby, grandstand shows and the Midwest’s largest display of agricultural and home arts exhibits.
What started out as a customer appreciation party in 1994 is now the largest Corvette party in the world! Join more than 14,000 Corvettes at this four-day celebration with expert seminars, awards, burn-out wars, product displays, fashion shows, Corvette Clubs, a Swap Fest, live entertainment and, of course, Corvettes!
Summer Nights On Madison
Join us in Downtown Forest Park June through August! Special shopping events, drink & food specials, live music and much more-every Thursday night through August. Check the Summer Nights Facebook Page for details.
Epiphany Farms Enterprise (EFE) is a “Farm to Fork” concept that practices sustainable, beyond organic, environmentally friendly techniques. EFE harnesses ideas from a wide range of agricultural theories, such as permaculture and intensive pasture rotation, to cultivate a multitude of fruits, vegetables, herbs, and animals. Pioneering a new food system frontier, they blend their farm and restaurants to create one self-sustaining organism. Tours of the farm are available.
Summer Solstice Festival
Craft Beer and Indie Music Festival along the Fox River. Stay tuned for detailed line-up.
Big Earl's Extreme Race
Big Earl's Extreme Race is a 3+ mile obstacle run in Effingham. There are seven different wave times with over 15 obstacles and all participants will recieve a free hot dog and beer or soda.
Taste of Main Street
Join us for this annual tradition and enjoy an eclectic mix of small plates and sweets. Stick around for an after-party with entertainment. Tickets include food samples and after-party.
Vladimir Feltsman at Ravinia
Come out for an all Schumann program show with Vladimir Feltsman on the piano under the stars at Ravinia. Reserved tickets are $60/$40 and lawn seats are $10.
1st Annual Semi-Truck Cruise In
All truck makes, models and years are welcome. Join this year’s cruise in and let the truck shine. This is a free family friendly event. At the Sandburg Mall 1150 W. Carl Sandburg Drive.
Adams County Fair
Held annually at the Mendon Fairgrounds outside of Quincy, IL. 2014 dates are from July 29-Aug 4th. For more information, contact the office at 217-936-2230. The County Fair includes a carnival, grandstand events, and horse shows every day. Livestock exhibitors and domestic arts exhibits. Admission: $7 Thurs, Fri, Sun, & Tues. $10 Sat, Mon, & Wed.
Gardenstock Art & Music Festival
Get ready to rock your heart out with the 7th annual Gardenstock Art and Music Festival benefiting the Sinnissippi Center’s Gardening Program. Bring a chair and cooler or sample scrumptious offerings from local drink and food vendors. Make yourself at home while you listen to bands ranging from folk, to bluegrass, and rock. Wander the art festival grounds and check out the best in local creativity. A nominal donation at the gate gets you in for the day.
Summer Nights at Brookfield Zoo
Our newest summertime event is back, and it's bigger and better than ever, with more evenings than before! Enjoy Brookfield Zoo in a new light with cooler evening weather, enhanced dining, beer and wine gardens, roaming entertainment, live music, and a new laser light show, all surrounded by wildlife and nature.
Thursday Night Out
Participate in the popular dine-around program and enjoy world music at Thursday Night Out's outdoor concert series - wine and beer available to purchase. May 21-August 27 Thursdays 5-9 p.m.
SUMMER POPS CONCERT
August 2, SUMMER POPS CONCERT. Koenig Theatre, Krape Park, 7 pm. Freeport Choral Society presents this annual summer outdoor pops concert. Rain location: St. John United Church of Christ, 1010 S. Park Boulevard, Freeport.
Kansas City BBQ State Championship
Legacy's Kansas City BBQ Championship is back! Be sure to bring out the family and bring along friends for some good ol' BBQ! For a change of scenery, this event will be held in downtown Effingham on Friday night.
Each summer, Montgomery Fest brings together neighbors and friends from throughout the area to enjoy a weekend of old-fashioned family fun. Held the second weekend in August along the banks of the Fox River, highlights of the Fest include musical performances, carnival rides, a wide range of food vendors, free pony rides and petting zoo, a fishing derby, a car show and a parade.
25th Annual Berwyn Route 66 Car Show
The 25th Annual Berwyn Rt66 Car Show sponsored by Paisans Pizzeria & Bar will be held on Ogden Avenue in Berwyn. Berwyn has always been a great Route 66 town with a thriving, dynamic and fast-growing community at its hear. Stand on Historic Route 66 and see over 500 vintage and custom cars, trucks and motorcycles. This show has something for everyone! Demonstrations of Automobile Flamethrowing will thrill spectators!
This festival is to celebrate the spirit of everyone's favorite SuperHero and what he stands for. "Man of Steel" which was released in 2013, was filmed in Plano, IL and appears as "Smallville" in the film.
The Doobie Brothers at Ravinia
Four-time Grammy winning Doobie Brothers sound has become part of America’s musical firmament, sampled on dance records and a fixture on radio formats from top 40 to classic rock. They continue to write and record new material, tour the world, boasting one of the most loyal fan bases in music, all while breaking new creative ground.
Sprint : 1/4 mile swim, 13 mile bike, 3.1 mile run. Out and back on the bike and run. A few rolling hills on the bike, but the run is completely flat. Fast course on Lake Sara! $100 Cash Prize to Overall Male and Female. $75 Cash Prize to 2nd Overall Male and Female. $50 Cash Prize to 3rd Overall Male and Female
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.
Aretha Franklin at Ravinia
Aretha Franklin has won a total of 18 Grammy Awards and is one of the best-selling female artists of all time, having sold over 75 million records worldwide. Don't miss the Queen of Soul in the special night of music. Tickets: $95/85 and Lawn $43 in advance and $48 the day of the show.
Danny Elfman's Music from the Films of Tim Burton at Ravinia
Join the Chicago Symphony Orchestra along with conductor Ted Sperling and the Lakeside Singers as they perform music from the films of Tim Burton. Selections from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, Beetlejuice, Sleepy Hollow, Mars Attacks, Big Fish, Batman, Batman Returns and much more. This performance will include a big video screen on the lawn.
Forest Park Sidewalk Sale
Big deals all along Madison Street! Bring friends and browse our stores and grab a bite to eat at one of our many restaurants!
Brian Wilson & Rodriguez at Ravinia
Beach Boys mastermind and veteran solo artist Brian Wilson with opening act Rodriguez is sure to be a great night of music under the stars at Ravinia. Bring some friends and a picnic and enjoy the evening. Tickets are $75/65 and lawn seats are $33 in advance and $38 the day of the show.
CSO Presents Disney's Fantasia and Fantasia 2000 at Ravinia
Join the Chicago Symphony Orchestra with conductor Ted Sperling as they go to the movies. This concert will include a big video screen on the lawn to show scenes from Disney's Fantasia and Fantasia 2000 while the CSO performs music from the movies. Tickets: $50/25, Lawn: $25
Yundi at Ravinia
Yundi is a Chinese classical pianist who is known for being the youngest pianist to win the International Frédéric Chopin Piano Competition, in 2000, at the age of 18. Enjoy Choplin's complete ballades and 24 preludes.
Dog Days of Summer
On July 30th this Thursday Night is for the dogs! Madison Street pays homage to the Animal Care League of Oak Park! Dogs and cats will be available for adoption. Contests for dog lovers of the area! Special savings and free treats too. 5% of sales will go to the Animal Care League of Oak Park.
Saturday In The Park
June 6, SATURDAY IN THE PARK. Dakota Park, Main Street, Dakota. 7 am to Dusk. Enjoy a special day at the Park with a Car Show, parade, pancake breakfast, dinner, and fireworks at dusk. Plus enjoy the Route 75 Garage Sales along the Highway from 8 am to 5 pm. Schedule: 7 am to 11 am: Firemen’s Breakfast – at the fire station 9 am to 4 pm: Pony Rides – $3 10 am: Team Horse Shoe Contest – $5 entry fee 10 am to 3 pm: 4th Annual Car Show – $10 entry fee; music by 3-D Sound 2 pm: Parade and Children’s Parade 3:15 pm: Variety/Talent Show 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm: Dakota Lions Evening Meal – Menu includes pulled pork sandwich, chips, baked beans, cheese, applesauce, brownie and beverage. Children’s Hot dog meal (12 and Under): $3; Sandwich Meal: $7 – at the fire station 7 pm: Pie Auction – at the fire station Dusk: Fireworks (Rain date: June 7) Also over 35 Crafters, Vendors, and Artists until 3:30 pm and food available in the Park and at Dakota United Methodist Church
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.
Steve Miller Band at Ravinia
The Steve Miller Band is an American rock band best known for a string of (mainly) mid-1970s hit singles that are staples of classic rock radio, as well as several earlier acid rock albums. Don't miss this great show. Tickets: $85/75 Lawn: $38 in advance and $43 the day of the show.
Wright Plus 2015 Concert
Wrap-up your Wright Plus experience at Unity Temple with a lively evening concert by Chicago's premier gypsy-jazz band, Swing Gitan. The group plays foot-tapping music on acoustic instruments in the style of 1930's guitarist Django Reinhardt. It's a blend of the jubilant swing of early jazz and the feisty passion of gypsy music, with a strong dose of guitar pyrotechnics and virtuosic improvisation.
Taste: Just a Bite of Forest Park
On August 27, join all participating eateries for a weekend of locally made home grown food! Special tasting plates and drink specials will be featured at all restaurants.
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
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.
Mariam Fried, Midori and Friends at Ravinia
Mariam Fried, Midori and Friends: Brahms and Schubert performed in the Martin Theatre. This group of classical musicians is sure to be a great night of music under the stars at Ravinia. Bring a picnic and enjoy the evening.
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
Bluegill Music Festival
March 16, 2015 - Bluegill Music Festival will lunch its inaugural event on July 4, 2015 for a one-day festival packed with some of country music's hottest acts. The all-day festival will be complete with Southern Illinois' largest fireworks display, along the shores of the Rend Lake Dam, in Benton, IL. The lineup includes Eli Young Band, LoCash, Clayton Anderson and more exciting acts to be announced. Tickets will go on sale this Friday, March 20th and can be purchased at www.bluegillfest.com and at Black Diamond Harley Davidson. Drawing fans from around the country, including Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee and Indiana, the festival is at the intersection of some of the nation's most dedicated country music fans. Bluegill Music Festival will feature nationally recognized BBQ vendors from around the country. Interactive entertainment for fans will also include activations, like: bags, washers, bubble soccer, Illinois longest slip n' slide, helicopter rides from Black Diamond Harley Davidson, a mechanical bull, a kids area with a large inflatable slide and the "Bluegill Lagoon", featuring a 60 x 100' VIP beach, with cabanas, private wading pools & lounge area. Additionally, Southern Illinois' largest fireworks display will begin at 9:30pm, and is free for all guest.
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.
Rockin' in the Park
Rockin' in the Park is a summer-long concert series from May 24 - September 6 starting at 7:00pm. The festival features live bands, fireworks and food and beverage tents from the restaurants located within MB Park. The festival is located on the green lawn activity area in the center of the Park. There are picnic tables available, however we suggest bringing lawn chairs and blankets. Outside food and beverages, and coolers are prohibited. (All concerts/fireworks start at 7:00pm and end by 10:00pm)
Sunset Soiree Free Summer Concert
The Village of Lemont, along with the Lemont Park District, presents a Free Summer Concert Series. Please join us in historic downtown Lemont at the corner of Stephen Street and Talcott Avenue for the following concerts on Thursdays: June 11, June 25th, July 16th, July 30th, and August 6th.
Earth, Wind and Fire
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.
Daryl Hall & John Oates
If there’s one thing every generation can agree on, it’s the awesomeness of Hall & Oates – and this summer they’re headed to the Park. With 6 number one singles and 6 certified platinum albums, Daryl Hall & John Oates are literally the most successful rock duo in history. Their Philly soul-meets-rock style is smooth, their melodies are timeless and their catchy hooks from hits like “You Make My Dreams,” “I Can’t Go For That” and “Rich Girl” will make you get up and dance. Hot off their 2014 induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Daryl and John are headed to Aurora for a night of everyone’s favorite classics, right on the Fox River.
Downtown Alive! 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’.
Get the Led Out
Experiencing Get the Led Out is the closest you’ll get to seeing Jimmy, John, Robert and John Paul back on stage. The 6 talented rockers have made it their mission to bring songs from Zeppelin’s legendary albums like Led Zeppelin I-IV, Physical Graffiti and In Through the Out Door to life… and they’re totally explosive. After all, there’s a reason rock journalists say Get the Led Out “didn’t just pass Zeppelin 101 with flying colors – they’re working on their Ph.D. They didn’t just do their Zep homework – they’re teaching the class.”
Downtown Alive! Maggie Speaks & Catfight
The talented musicians of Catfight have a reputation of turning every venue they play into a massive party. So grab a beer, get ready to sing along and have some serious fun when Catfight kicks off the night. Then Chicago favorite Maggie Speaks rocks the Park by bringing your music library to life right before your eyes… and ears. Their huge repertoire includes 5 decades of songs, including everything from 50s favorites to Top 40 hits you heard last week, and their unstoppable energy is totally infectious. With their seamless transitions from pop to rock, country to hip-hop and everything in between, Maggie Speaks is ready to fill the RiverEdge air with the soundtrack of your life.
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.