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The Christkindlmarket Oakbrook is an outdoor holiday market featuring vendors from around the world who display hand-crafted ornaments, toys and unique holiday gifts as well as traditional German foods, sweets and beverages. Visit the new Village Green area near Crate&Barrel for a special selection of the German-American Holiday Market you have come to know and love.
CITY: Oak Brook
17th Annual Chicago Drum Show
World's largest, longest running vintage and custom drum show. Exhibits, clinics, classes, demonstrations, entertainment, celebrity guests. Admission: $15; children 5-12 $10.
CITY: St. Charles
James Taylor in Concert
On Thursday, November 6, James Taylor takes the stage at the iwireless Center in downtown Moline, Illinois at 8 p.m. As a recording and touring artist, James Taylor has touched people with his warm baritone voice and distinctive style of guitar-playing for more than 40 years, while setting a precedent to which countless young musicians have aspired. Over the course of his celebrated song-writing and performing career, Taylor has sold more than 100 million albums, earning gold, platinum and multi-platinum awards for classics ranging from Sweet Baby James in 1970 to October Road in 2002. He has won multiple Grammy awards and has been inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the prestigious Songwriters Hall of Fame. Come spend an unforgettable night with America’s iconic singer-songwriter James Taylor. Ticket Prices: $67.50 $87.50
St. Charles Home Show/Spring
Talk to local contractors, learn how to renovate, repair, decorate, and update your home and yard. Shop for marketplace items for the whole family.
CITY: St. Charles
Relax, this place has a winning combination of fine dining and exciting atmosphere. OTB, cozy fireplace, fine wine, gourmet burgers. American eclectic menu that changes with each season. Whether in one of their three dining rooms, lounge, wine bar or track room you're assured of a great experience. So relax and enjoy the upbeat atmosphere, friendly services and most of all the unique gastronomy.
CITY: North Aurora
2014 Blues Blast Music Awards
The Blues Blast Music Awards Ceremony will make its debut in Champaign with a stellar event, honoring the greatest blues musicians in the nation. Presented by Blues Blast Magazine, the 2014 Blues Blast Music Awards will feature live music from Tweed Funk, Lisa Mann, Lonnie Brooks, and more! Plus, with nominees like Buddy Guy, the Tedeschi Trucks Band, and John Primer, it's sure to be a night to remember!
Cher D2K Tour
Don't miss Cher in concert at the iwireless Center in Moline, Illinois. Tickets are now on sale at Ticketmaster. See Cher in concert on Wednesday, October 22 at 7:30 p.m. Featuring special guests Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo. Ticket Prices: $22.00 $42.00 $77.50 $127.50 TicketMaster Phone Center: 1-800-745-3000
The Benchmark menu includes some new and creative items as well as updated twists on familiar menu favorites. With 46 TV’s Benchmark is the perfect place to catch a game with old friends or make some new ones. The highlight of the venue is the first of its kind, fully retractable roof covering most of the 2nd floor. It’s Chicago’s first convertible beer garden.
RM Champagne Salon
The nationally-revered nightlife visionaries of Element Collective created this opulent, accessibly elegant wine and Champagne salon. The lavish 1,500-square-foot space off Green St. is discreetly tucked-away at the foot of a secluded cobblestone alley. Sit among flowers, topiaries and tea lights in the 150-seat courtyard in this popular city hideaway.
Mindy Friedler and Mark Bires, the husband-and-wife team who also operate downtown po' boy shop Mac and Min's, are behind this sandwich-focused restaurant and lounge in Wicker Park. The encyclopedic menu includes 100 sandwiches (such as the Spence M with bacon, peanut butter, apple, cranberry sauce and basil, and the Walker P with prosciutto, soppressata, fried eggplant, peppers, provolone and Southwest mayo), plus a build-your-own option, all served with a couple of sides of your choice. You'll also five burger varieties, appetizers and one of the more impressive beer and whiskey lists in town. Outdoor seating along Division Street is a big draw during the summer; indoors, a small stage hosts live music acts and a 10-foot big-screen TV shows movies and major sporting events.
Acquaviva Tasting and Wine Bar
Wine tastings, delicatessen meats, cheeses, craft beers, wine bar. Inside and outside garden seating. Enjoy a glass of wine or beer with friends in a relaxing atmosphere.
CITY: St. Charles
Cerno's Bar and Grill
Gather your friends for fabulous food in a warm atmosphere featuring a spectacular 19th century historical bar. The menu selection offers great sandwiches, fantastic pizza, and dinner entrees. Enjoy over twenty different beers on tap at the mahogany back bar imported from Belgium by the Pabst Blue Ribbon Brewing Company.
Pao is a casual gourmet restaurant and bar with a focus on Pacific Coast Cuisine with an American Asian feel. From spring to fall you can enjoy watching the sun set from the outdoor patio, which is one of the best patios Springfield has to offer.
The Terrace at Trump
A sophisticated outdoor oasis showcasing superb al fresco dining amidst the iconic views of Chicago's dramatic landscape is The Terrace at Trump. This Chicago rooftop restaurant and bar offers a specially crafted menu served alongside a variety of boutique wines and hand-crafted cocktails. With a serene ambiance highlighted by vivid, green landscaping guests can relish in the summer sun while taking in vistas that are quintessentially Chicago including the Wrigley Clock Tower, Lake Michigan and Chicago River. Sit and enjoy a cocktail while watching the fireworks from The Terrace at Trump on Wednesdays and Saturdays after Memorial Day.
American Folk Art Show
Extraordinary handmade arts and crafts made by award winning artisans. Reproductions of antique American furniture, historic crafts, folk art, primitives, unique Halloween, Christmas creations! Also some original antiques.
CITY: St. Charles
Good's Furniture Showplace
Start your exploration with a visit to Good’s Furniture. America’s Furniture Showplace is one of the oldest and largest family-owned furniture stores in the Midwest and is the centerpiece of Kewanee’s downtown. The 250,000 square-foot showroom spans two city blocks and encompasses twelve restored buildings that feature over fifty furniture brands. It’s a complete shopping experience: visit Good’s Market Square Gift Emporium with unique gifts including upscale clothing and accessories, fine luggage, gourmet food and wine, and much more! Grab a bite to eat at the Wine Cellar Restaurant on Good’s lower level. For an afternoon pick-me-up, stop by the Coffee & Wine Bar. A skywalk, glass elevators, and a Koi Pond add to the ambience. Visit for the day and pamper yourself with an overnight stay at the in-store European Bed & Breakfast.
For more than 50 years Italian Village Pizza & Pasta has been a social gathering place for great food and fun in Carbondale. Thousands of locals, Salukis and area visitors have provided their autographs and notable memories on the walls of their main dining rooms. Enjoy delicious pizza, complimentary ice cream, and a full salad bar, all in the presence of good company!
Little Goat Diner
Chicago's favorite "Top Chef" Stephanie Izard has again teamed up with Boka Restaurant Group for her spin on an East Coast diner. Experience old-school diner traditions like a stool-lined counter and breakfast served all day. Stop in before closing to grab a late night bite like tiramisu and milkshakes. The attached bread shop serves up coffee drinks and sandwiches all day, and visitors can purchase merchandise or attend a private event or cooking class there.
Old House New House Home Show/Fall 2015
Explore 300 deluxe displays with the latest in kitchens, baths, building, remodeling and landscaping. Meet award-winning contractors and creative craftsmen to improve your home and surroundings.
CITY: St. Charles
The Neighborhood Co-op
If there's one thing the Neighborhood Co-op is known for, it's good food. Between the grocery store and the deli area, this one-stop-shop has everything you need for the perfect meal. Enjoy the fresh taste of locally grown produce, shop the work of Carbondale's thriving art scene, and feast on a hearty sandwich, made with all-organic products.
Danville Symphony Orchestra Presents "Beethoven Lives Upstairs"
Experience the award winning and ever popular dramatic story of Beethoven through the eyes and ears of the young boy who "lives below his apartment" in Beethoven Lives Upstairs presented by the Danville Symphony Orchestra.
Moonshine Brewing Company
Old Wisconsin barn boards cover the walls and two murals of Prohibition-era bootleggers hover above Moonshine's two glowing red bars, where cocktails served in glass jars are the drinks of choice. Thanks to an in-bar brewery added in spring 2008, Moonshine brews are a popular pick, too. During the summer months, locals spend the day and night enjoying cocktails on the dog-friendly patio. An eclectic menu includes everything from pulled pork tacos to burgers to vegan pizza.
Barbakoa is a fun, eclectic restaurant serving delicious Latin cuisine infused with passion, love and an unrivaled quality of service. This modern Latin bistro brings casual fine dining with an urban vibe to the Western suburbs. The restaurant is a lively and upbeat, featuring modern interpretations of Latin cuisine with roots in Central and South America, the Spanish Caribbean, and enriched by European influences.
CITY: Downers Grove
C-U Comedy Festival
Nothing beats a good laugh. The kind you let out when something hilarious happens. Get your fill of laughs October 22-25 at the first C-U Comedy Festival, held at a variety of locations including Champaign's infamous Memphis on Main and Urbana's iconic Canopy Club. This laugh-fest will feature local comedians as well has headliners from St. Louis and Chicago!