Tickets & Events in Back of the Yards

General-Admission or VIP Entry to Independent Spirits Expo on Tuesday, September 30 at Hilton Downtown (51% Off)

Independent Spirits Expo

The Hilton

$65 $32

Taste indie distilleries' artisinal spirits such as whiskeys, vodkas, and mezcals; VIPs get early access

$67 for $120 Worth of Circus-Arts Classes — Circus Kazoo

Circus Kazoo Llc

Redeem from Home

$120 $67

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

General or VIP Admission to Latino Fashion Week (50% Off). Five Options Available.

Latino Fashion Week

Block Thirty Seven Mall

$60 $30

Celebrate national and international Latino designers with runway shows for women's clothing, menswear, and teen clothing designers

One Ticket to For the Love of Beer, a Beer-Tasting Event at Blackfinn Ameripub on Wednesday, September 24

Fall Beer-Tasting Event at Blackfinn Ameripub

Blackfinn Ameripub

$21.49 $12

3 hours of casual merriment at a sports bar in the heart of River North includes bar bites, samples of 6 fall beers, and $3 pints thereafter

Evening with Mr. Dick Gregory or Comedy Night With Luenell at Castle on Nov. 16 or Dec. 7 (Up to 69% Off)

An Evening with Mr. Dick Gregory or Comedy Night With Luenell

Castle

$53.74 $25

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Sets from comedy legend Dick Gregory or popular standup and actress Luenell

The Dinner Detective Chicago in Chicago or Schaumburg (Up to 50% Off)

The Dinner Detective Chicago

Multiple Locations

$92.09 $46

Amateur sleuths dig into delectable multi-course meals while trying to solve a mysterious murder perpetuated by disguised actors

Standup Show at UP Comedy Club (Up to 38% Off)

UP Comedy Club

Near North Side

$27.50 $17

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Nick Thune, Moshe Kasher, Todd Glass, and other regulars on the club circuit take the stage at The Second City's standup venue

Uncover the Secrets of the Human Body at an Autopsy Seminar

Autopsy Seminar

International Museum of Surgical Science

$50 $50

The founder of the Autopsy Center of Chicago fields questions about death and the body during a slideshow

"The Empire Brings Sexy Back: A Star Wars Burlesque" or "Holy Bouncing Boobies: A Batman Burlesque" (Up to 39% Off)

"Empire Brings Sexy Back" or "Holy Bouncing Boobies: A Batman Burlesque"

Gorilla Tango Theatre

$33 $20

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Performers sling jokes and shed clothes during burlesque parodies of "Batman" and "The Empire Strikes Back"

Dinner Show for One or Two from The Murder Mystery Company (52% Off)

The Murder Mystery Company

Multiple Locations

$60 $29

Interactive dinnertime murder mystery that stars professional actors tests diners’ sleuthing skills throughout a multicourse meal

$12 for a Movie for Two with Popcorn at The Logan Theatre ($20 Value)

The Logan Theatre

Logan Square

$20 $12

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Historic theater features current releases and classic films

Tickets to See "Beauties & Beaus" for 2, 4, 6, or 10 with Champagne at Hydrate Nightclub Chicago (Up to 65% Off)

Hydrate Nightclub Chicago

Lakeview

$36 $16

Audiences watch a rotating guest lineup of drag performers strut their stuff onstage while sipping champagne

Tributes to Nirvana, Dave Matthews, Sublime, Tool & More at The Cubby Bear Wrigleyville (Up to 46% Off)

Cubby Bear

Cubby Bear

$13 $7

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Rock out to spot-on tributes to Tool, Korn, DMB, Sublime, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pearl Jam, Nirvana and more at this Wrigleyville hotspot

Rooftop Tickets with Food & Drinks for a Cubs Home Game at Wrigleyville Rooftops (Up to 51% Off). 15 Games Available.

Wrigleyville Rooftops

Multiple Locations

$200 $99

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Take in a Cubs game from the rooftop while enjoying a complete food and beverage menu; access to climate-controlled suites included

Rooftop View of a Chicago Cubs Game at Wrigley Field Rooftop Club (Up to 50% Off). 16 Games Available.

Wrigley Field Rooftop Club

Wrigley Field Rooftop Club

$141.20 $79

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Watch a Cubs game from rooftop seats overlooking Wrigley Field while enjoying unlimited beer, food, and amenities such as plasma TVs

Rooftop View of a Chicago Cubs Game with Food and Drinks at Lakeview Baseball Club (Up to 41% Off). 15 Games Available.

Lakeview Baseball Club

Lakeview Baseball Club

$109.31 $89

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Indulge in food and drinks while taking in a ballgame from a facility that mixes old-school charm with lush modern amenities

"Desperate 2" at Carver Military Academy High School on November 8 or 9 (Up to 47% Off)

"Desperate 2"

Carver Military Academy High School

$75 $40

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Award-winning singers star in world-premiere drama exploring themes of family, love, and faith

Mind Reading Show at The Bar Below on September 4–24 or October 1 at 8 p.m. or 10 p.m. (Up to 52% Off)

Mark Toland

The Bar Below

$25 $12

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Mark Toland blends fast-paced humor with mind reading and sideshow stunt capabilities for an unforgettable night of entertainment

Movie Tickets, Popcorn, and Drinks for Two or Four at Bensenville Theatre (Up to 50% Off)

Bensenville Theatre

Bensenville

$21 $11

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Guests grab buckets of popcorn and large sodas before heading into intimate twin theaters to view recent releases screening twice daily

$5 for a Movie Outing with a Ticket at Studio Movie Grill (Up to $10.50 Value)

Studio Movie Grill

Wheaton

$10.50 $5

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A wide selection of new releases and cult classics is projected on towering screens as viewers watch from leather recliners and tables

Glendale Heights Oktoberfest at Camera Park on September 12–21 (Up to 44% Off). Four Options Available.

Glendale Heights Oktoberfest

Camera Park

$34 $19

German festival entertains guests of all ages with live music, authentic cuisine, and beer imported from Munich

Oktoberfest Entry to American Aid Society of German Descendants (Up to 53% Off). Four Options Available.

American Aid Society of German Descendants

German/American Cultural Center

$31 $15

Oktoberfest event over several weekends showcases German music, history, folk dancing, and food

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It's no secret that street food requires lots of creativity: not only are people working in smaller spaces without the furnishings of a full kitchen, but they're hoping their food will stand out amid Chicago's many food trucks and street vendors. StreetFood Artistry celebrates their creativity, inviting hundreds of mobile food artisans to show off their culinary treasures in one convenient space. In that same spirit, the culturally conscious affair also gives visibility to local artists—whose work will be on display—and musicians, including DJ Alvin Black III, who will perform throughout the day. General admission include non-alcoholic beverages and access to the entertainment.

But StreetFood Artistry is more than just one annual event. The not-for-profit corporation was founded by Patrice N. Perkins, an attorney who works with creative-minded entrepreneurs. This year, she's introducing Stand Out Creative, an initiative that will help support one of SFA's participants: one participant will win a financial award to help grow their brand and will be set up with 50 hours of pro bono legal services. The winners will be chosen in part by fan-favorite votes at the event.

1029 West 35th Street
Chicago,
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Located within the Bridgeport Art Center, Wet Paint Chicago offers instructional art classes in a social setting. In the evenings, BYOB art classes invite adults to congregate, paint, sip on beverages, and mingle as they equip themselves with provided brushes, aprons, and materials. Meanwhile, afternoon classes invite students of all ages to paint in family-friendly sessions.

1200 W 35th St.
Chicago,
IL
US

Now in its fifth year, the Lincoln Park Arts & Music Festival has become a celebration of art both homegrown and on loan from the rest of country. As you stroll around the fest, handcrafted items from more than 80 area artists vie for attention, with many up for accolades later in a juried art competition. The festivities run from noon to 10 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday, and each day the main stage features a diverse lineup of live music from Chicago and throughout the country. The schedule includes The Giving Tree, an Americana rock band that has opened for The Avett Brothers, and former Barenaked Ladies frontman Steven Page.

2221 West 43rd Street
Chicago,
IL
US

It might be called the Windy City RibFest, but the bosses of sauce who tend to the festival's barbecue come from all over the world. For five years running, these award-winning ribbers have been filling fest-goers with sauce-slathered ribs, frothy brews, and traditional sides, such as baked beans, coleslaw, and another helping of ribs. Tucked between the Aragon Ballroom, the Riviera, and the Green Mill, this year's RibFest welcomes local luminaries such as grillmaster Tom Ferguson, whose Chicago BBQ Company is a perennial favorite at the fest. Out-of-towners are also well-represented. Joey Sutphen of Texas Thunder BBQ whips up batches of his family's nationally known ribs, and Paul MacKay from Aussom Aussie Australian BBQ shares the piquant flavors of his native Sydney. As chefs from Porky Chick's and Famous Daves sizzle up their trademark slabs, local bands such as the funked out vocalists of Su?nalo, the Top 40 cover band Hello Weekend, and Dave Matthews?mimickers Trippin' Billies keep crowds sufficiently entertained.

Groupon Guide to Chicago

Groupon Guide rounded up some of the best barbecue joints in the country. See who made the cut.

2221 West 43rd Street
Chicago,
IL
US

Up to 1,200 fans can dance and sway to the legendary sounds at Durty Nellie's. Planted across the street from the Palatine Metra station, the venue is easily accessible by public transit or private piggyback, the better to explore a 30-tap, 120-bottle beer list full of potions from Three Floyds and Goose Island as well as from France and Germany.

320 West 35th Street
Chicago,
IL
US

Routines from nationally recognized joke wranglers crack up club-goers within Jokes and Notes's elegant club atmosphere. Emceed by BaldHead Phillips, Friday- and Saturday-night shows host itinerant comics who hawk hilarity for two nights before moving on to new audiences or packs of despondent hyenas. January headliners include recent Bay Area Black Comedy Competition finalist Willie Lynch Jr., who adds a goofy edge to drawn-from-life stories. James Davis's youthful observation and high-energy verve have carried him to appearances on Comedy Central, BET, and Bell Bellamy's Who's Got Jokes?, which has also showcased Las Vegas native J. Reid.

4641 S King Dr
Chicago,
IL
US

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