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The 2015 James Beard Awards
Known as the Oscars of the food world, the James Beard Awards cover all aspects of the industry: chefs and restaurateurs, cookbook authors and food journalists, restaurant designers and architects, and more. The James Beard Awards are the highest honor for food and beverage professionals in America. 2015 is a historic year for the James Beard Awards. They’re celebrating the Awards’ 25th anniversary, and, for the first time ever, the JBF Awards gala will take place in the city of Chicago. This prestigious ceremony will be held at Lyric Opera of Chicago. Chicago has a rich history with the Foundation, boasting over 40 James Beard Award winners, including four Outstanding Chef winners. They’re thrilled to honor the best of the culinary industry in this world-class destination.
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.
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.
The Tenors 3 - An Italian Celebration
The synergy of Richard Gersten, Oscar Menoyo and Luis Galvez will amaze you as this trio of professionally-trained tenors presents diverse music encompassing Opera, Broadway and standard Italian favorites infused with a touch of comedy. The Tenors 3 bring class, humor and music to our Lodge. The buffet will feature traditional Italian selections including Italian Sausage, Chicken Parmesan, Mostacolli, roasted vegetables, pasta salad, garlic bread and an Italian dessert. Matinee shows include lunch and show at $35.00 a person. Times: 11:30am - 2:45pm, 6/13-14. For more information or to book, call 815-220-7386.
Tribute to the Stars - Dean Martin
Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime…and you’ll love this Tribute to the stars performance. Capturing the spirit of Dean Martin, Peter Oprisko brings the King of Cool back to life, with his renditions of Dino’s signature songs, style and sense of humor. Sway to Blue Moon, Baby It’s Cold Outside and Ain’t That a Kick in the Head. Spend the afternoon with us For the Good Times. Matinee shows include lunch and show at $32.00 a person, 11:30am check in. For more information or to book, call 815-220-7386.
Naperville Park District Culinary: Mother/Daughter Tea Party
Enjoy your Mother’s Day weekend with a cooking class designed for mothers and daughters. The menus will include assorted finger sandwiches and lemon scones. Register child; parent is free. Please call for the sibling rate. No more than two children per adult. Registration deadline is 48 hours in advance of class date. Designed for children 4-10. Times: 11:00am-12:30pm, 95th Street Center Culinary Arts Room 303. Visit www.napervilleparks.org or call 630-848-5000 to register.
Music at the Backdoor Lounge - Starved Rock
There's no better way to relax on a Friday night than with great, live music in the Back Door Lounge. Talented local performers bring a variety of rock and country favorites (mixed with a few original songs) each week. Come early for dinner at Elements! Ask about the wide selection of seasonal beers, Starved Rock wines and specialty drinks. Or, warm up with a coffee drink after dinner. The Back Door Lounge is located just beyond Elements Restaurant. Enter the “Back Door” from the northeast side of the Veranda and don’t miss the amazing view outside the door! Perched on a bluff high above the scenic Illinois River Valley is this laid-back destination they call the "19th Canyon." Held every Friday, 8:00pm - 11:00pm.
Mothers Day Family Potluck Campout / Kayak Tour
Gourmet Potluck Campout Glamping-style with movie and breakfast. We bring/do everything so you can kick back and relax! This event is perfect for the first time camper! A full hot breakfast will be served in the morning before setting out on a guided kayak tour for approx. 2 hours.
Afternoon Music at Cattails - Starved Rock Marketplace
Join us for an afternoon of music at Cattails located at the Starved Rock Marketplace at the intersection of US Route 6 and Illinois Route 178. Enjoy a wine tasting along with the music or purchase a glass of wine or bee as you enjoy local musicians in the lovely setting of the patio at Cattails. This event is free and will take place rain or shine. Saturdays from 3:00pm - 6:00pm, May - October. Contact Cattails for more information - call 815-667-4550.
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.
Sweet Dreams & Honky Tonks
Tom Waselchuk & Jami Lampkins perform their hit revue Sweet Dreams & Honky Tonks: The Music and Lives of Hank Williams, Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline and Johnny Cash. They’ll share stories about the lives and careers of these amazing country music stars and sing their biggest hit songs-some of the best-loved music ever recorded. Matinee shows include lunch and show at $32.00 a person. For more information or to book, call 815-220-7386.
Author Dinner at Hank's
Book Mouse Presents...Poet Night at Hank's Restaurant, featuring Marydale Stewart (of Spring Valley). She will be reading selections from, and discussing, her latest book of poetry, "Let the Thunder In". Marydale will be joined by award-winning author/poet Janet Ruth Heller and local published poet, Paul Wheeler. The event begins at 5:30 pm at Hank's, and the posted price include author discussions, salad bar, dinner, and a non-alcoholic beverage. These events fill up quick, so call Book Mouse to reserve your spot!
Uptown Grill's Playlist Theater presents: Eilen Jewell
Playlist Theater, a cozy concert nook inside LaSalle's famed Uptown Grill, has been entertaining the Starved Rock area since 2006. This venue has hosted dozens of national acts, many of whom are quick to add the Playlist Theater as a favorite stop on their next tour. On April 30th, enjoy the musical stylings of Eilen Jewell. Check out her website: http://www.eilenjewell.com.
Girls Night Out - Morris
This is the 11th year for Girls Night Out. Special pricing at participating stores. After the stores close, the party starts. Lots of prizes are given away at the After Party at Chapin's Restaurant. Great fun night out for you and your girlfriends! Time: 5:00pm - 8:30pm, Morris Retail Association.
4TH ANNUAL RAISE THE WOOF COMEDY NIGHT
May 2nd, 4TH ANNUAL RAISE THE WOOF COMEDY NIGHT. Moose Lodge, 6 pm: Doors Open; 8 pm: Show. Enjoy three professional stand-up comedians, James Uloth, Bobbi Hill, Kristen Toomey, in this benefit for Critter Camp Exotic Pet Sanctuary and for Friends Forever Humane Society. Silent Auction, 50/50 raffle, free chair massages and psychic readings, full bar and grill menu available. Tickets available at Friends Forever, Paws & Claws Vet Clinic, Moose Lodge, Critter Camp, or online at www.crittercamp.org.$15 or $150 for Reserved Table of 8.
Hispanic Heritage Celebration
11th Annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration, featuring authentic Hispanic music, food & entertainment. All are welcome.
Legions of Craft Beer
Plans are in motion for the first Legions of Craft Beer. This event will include at least 30 beer vendors, Gurnee restaurants, food trucks and a wide range of bands. There will also be a shuttle service from the Metra train in Libertyville and Waukegan for the attendees from out of the area. Please watch for updated information.
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.
Pancake Breakfast Fly In
EAA Chapter 260 is hosting their annual pancake breakfast fly in June 14th from 7:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. in the historical Ford Hangar.
Old Times Family Picnic
Bring your friends and neighbors out for a day of old fashion fun! This day will offer food vendors, live music, kiddie rides, bean bag tournaments, kids games, a petting zoo, and much more! Don't miss out on the fun!
Autumn Wine Walk
Experience an afternoon of wine-tastings at unique boutiques and specialty shops! Enjoy appetizers from local restaurants and great deals while shopping for the Holidays!
Berwyn's Oktoberfest 2015
Save the dates for Friday, September 18th from 6-11 p.m. and Saturday, September 19th from Noon-11 p.m. and make the trip to Berwyn's Historic Depot District. The event boasts an international food court, carnival and amusement rides, family entertainment pavilion, and crafters and vendors. Enjoy live musical performances, a Beer Garden featuring special Oktoberfest seasonal selections!
Genoa Farmer's Market
The Genoa Farmer's Market features locally-grown produce, wine, baked goods, flowers and artisan crafts. Last Saturday of the month (May 30th - Sept. 26th: 9am - 2pm) On the corner of Genoa & Main Street - 202 W. Main St. For more information call 815-784-2212 or visit http://genoaareachamber.com/
Boat Captain's Luncheon
The Boat Captain's Luncheon is on Thursday, April 23, 2015 at the Union League Club in Chicago from 11:00 am - 1:30 pm. It is an annual gathering of Canal Corridor Association supporters, in 2015 celebrating 30 partnerships over the last 30 years making the Illinois & Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor a better place to live, work, and visit.