Tickets & Events in Gage Park

$19 for 2014 Jazz Club Tour from Jazz Institute of Chicago ($35 Value)

Jazz Institute of Chicago

Multiple Locations

$35 $19

Jazz musicians showcase their talents at more than 10 Chicago venues, including The 50 Yard Line; trolleys transport guests between clubs

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

Joffrey Ballet Presents "Stories in Motion" at Auditorium Theatre on September 18–21 (Up to 40% Off)

"Stories in Motion"

Auditorium Theatre

$83 $50

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Balanchine's famous ballet of a biblical tale, Tudor's Edwardian love triangle, and Possokhov's story of love and loss

$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

John Leguizamo in "Ghetto Klown" at The Chicago Theatre on Saturday, September 13, at 8 p.m. (Up to 40% Off)

John Leguizamo in "Ghetto Klown"

The Chicago Theatre

$73.81 $44

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The magnetic and manic Leguizamo unleashes mesmerizing and hysterical tales from his career in his latest award-winning one-man show

Comedy Night with Benji Brown at Castle (Up to 55% Off)

Comedy Night with Benji Brown

Castle

$53.74 $25

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Star of Wild ‘N Out and The Rickey Smiley Show and Ghana-born comedian get crowds rolling

"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"

"Late Nite Catechism" at Royal George Theatre, August 9–September 21 (Up to 43% Off). 14 Showtimes Available.

"Late Nite Catechism"

ROYAL GEORGE THEATRE

$30 $17

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Catholic nun comically pontificates on the dangers of the modern world in a participatory theater performance

The Second City's Deep Cuts or Improv All-Stars at UP Comedy Club on September 1–November 10 (Up to 43% Off)

The Second City's Deep Cuts or Improv All-Stars

UP Comedy Club

$24.50 $17

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Annoyance Theatre founder Mick Napier directs a cast of top improv talent; revue about living in the Internet age collects past sketches

"Hank Williams: Lost Highway" at Greenhouse Theater on August 2-31 (Up to 44% Off)

"Hank Williams: Lost Highway"

Greenhouse Theater Center

$43 $24

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The tumultuous, short life of Hank Williams unfolds alongside renditions of more than 20 of his most beloved songs with a full live band.

Four-Hours of Craft Beer, Food Trucks, Music and Games at Lincoln Park Zoo

Lincoln Park Zoo Beer and Music Fest

Lincoln Park Zoo

$49 $39

Lincoln Park Zoo transforms into a craft-brew wonderland for one night, with more than 100 beers to sample, plus live music and food trucks

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

$8 for a Movie and Popcorn for Two at Brew & View ($14 Value)

Brew & View

Lakeview

$14 $8

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An evening of recently released titles as well as cult, classic, and underground favorites in the Vic Theater

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

Weekend Matinee or Midnight Movie for Two or Four at The Music Box Theatre (Up to Half Off). 72 Options Available.

The Music Box Theatre

The Music Box Theatre

$16 $10

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Choose from a wide variety of cult hits and musicals, including Mallrats, Aliens, Bye Bye Birdie, and Cabaret

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

Wrigleyville Rooftops

Multiple Locations

$170 $89

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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

Cubs Right-Field Rooftop Seating with Food and Drinks at Down the Line Rooftop (Up to 56% Off). 17 Games Available.

Down The Line Rooftop

Down The Line Rooftop

$133.28 $59

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Clubhouse staff serve classic ballpark eats and dispense beverages to fans watching Cubs play from indoor seats or outdoor rooftop seats

Cubs Right-Field Rooftop Seating with Food and Drinks at Skybox on Sheffield (Up to 46% Off). 15 Games Available.

Skybox on Sheffield

Skybox on Sheffield

$139.80 $89

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Watch a Cubs game from a three-tiered rooftop overlooking the right-field foul pole while enjoying food and Goose Island beverages

Rooftop View of a Chicago Cubs Game with Food and Drinks at Lakeview Baseball Club (Up to 41% Off). 12 Games Available.

Lakeview Baseball Club

Lakeview Baseball Club

$119.91 $79

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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

Rooftop View of Chicago Cubs Game at 3639 Wrigley Rooftop (Up to 44% Off). Nine Games Available.

3639 Wrigley Rooftop

Lakeview

$141.17 $79

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Gaze over Wrigley Field's right-centerfield wall from a luxurious rooftop as the Cubs continue to charge through the 2014 season

Cubs Game Rooftop Seating at Wrigley Rooftop with All-Inclusive Food & Drink (Up to 53% Off). 12 Sunday Games Available.

Sundays in Wrigleyville

Wrigley Rooftop

$159 $79

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Clubhouse staff serve eats and dispense beverages to fans watching the Cubs play from indoor seats and outdoor rooftop executive seats

Storytelling Show and Class with the Founder of Story Club

Storytelling Show and Class with the Founder of Story Club

Uptown

$20 $20

At Uptown's Holiday Club, Dana Norris hosts an evening of storytelling before the performers take to the audience to help you craft a story

"A Tribute to the King of Pop Michael Jackson" at The Portage Theater on Saturday, August 30 (Up to 41% Off)

A Tribute to the King of Pop Michael Jackson

The Portage Theater

$20.20 $12

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Vegas-style tribute show honors the iconic performer with live music, performers, and movies

David Spade at The Venue at Horseshoe Casino on Friday, September 26, at 8 p.m. (Up to 35% Off)

David Spade

The Venue at Horseshoe Casino

$46 $29.90

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Boyish comedian of Tommy Boy, Grown-Ups, and Saturday Night Live fame entertains audiences with his acidic wit

$15 for One Ticket to See a United Combat League MMA Event at the Hammond Civic Center on September 20 ($25 Value)

Cut Throat MMA: Fight Night

Hammond Civic Center

$25 $15

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Scout some of the Midwest's best up-and-coming fighters during a hard-hitting evening of MMA

Amy Schumer, Bill Burr, Sarah Silverman, Hannibal Buress, and More on August 31 at 5 p.m. (Up to 44% Off)

Oddball Comedy Festival

First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre

$27 $15

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Amy Schumer, Bill Burr, Sarah Silverman, Hannibal Buress, Chris D'Elia, and others star in a two-stage comedy fest blowout

Chicago Pet Show BOGO for Two at Darien Sportsplex on September 6–7 (Up to 50% Off)

Chicago Pet Show

Darien Sportsplex

$14 $7

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Current or potential pet owners attend two days of demonstrations, seminars, and games from pet-friendly retailers and rescue groups

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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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,
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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
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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
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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,
IL
US

On May 20, 1891, an estimated 6,000 people attended the first-ever Opening Day at Hawthorne Race Course. The event featured the Chicago Derby?a quarter-mile race won by a horse named Brookwood. Since that day, the facility has thrilled Chicago-area racing fans season after season with live competition and full-card simulcasting. But it hasn't always been easy. In 1905, for instance, racing was banned in Chicago for more than 15 years after several of the facility's horses became mired in a political scandal. And Hawthorne Race Course itself has had to overcome its fair share of adversity, including two fires, the most recent of which destroyed the grandstand in 1978.

3501 S Laramie Ave
Cicero,
IL
US

Former professional basketball player Mike Robinson—a product of the Chicago Public School system who was drafted by the Utah Jazz and played professionally in Europe for eight years—created In the Paint Basketball to help youths develop as players. His development programs teach the fundamentals of the game, such as shooting and dribbling, but also connect kids to mentors and encourage them to discuss problems they may be having in school with peer pressure or homework.

2700 West 91st Street
Evergreen Park,
IL
US

Gage Park Scene