Festivals in Evergreen 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

One-Day Admission for Two or Four to Taste of Polonia at the Copernicus Center August 29–September 1 (50% Off)

Taste of Polonia at the Copernicus Center

Chicago

$14 $7

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Live bands and orchestras set the soundtrack to this four-day celebration of Polish culture and food; kids’ events and films

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

International Bites Gala for One, Two, or Five at Lacuna Lofts on Saturday, September 13 (Up to 56% Off)

International Bites Gala

Lacuna Lofts

$43.19 $19

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French, Greek, Mexican, Italian, and Jamaican cuisine star in a three-hour tasting menu accompanied by a fashion show and vendor expo

Medieval Times SausageFeast and Tournament for Two (Up to 50% Off)

Medieval Times SausageFeast and Tournament

St. Michael's in Old Town

$24 $12

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Part of Sausagefest Chicago, Medieval Times' feasts and tournaments occur at noon and 2 p.m. on August 23 and 24

$85 for Lobster and Drinks at WXRT and Supreme Lobster's Rockin' Lobster Bash on August 11 at 6 p.m.

WXRT and Supreme Lobster's Rockin' Lobster Bash

Columbia Yacht Club

$85 $85

WXRT and Supreme Lobster host party with a seafood tasting menu from Chicago’s top culinary artists at the Columbia Yacht Club

All-You-Can-Eat Buffalo Roast with Drinks for One or Two at Frontier on August 7, from SELFLESS (Up to 51% Off)

SELFLESS

Frontier

$50 $25

DJ spins tunes as guests chow on barbecue tacos & sliders with buffalo leg meat that is roasted on Frontier's patio; sip cocktails & wine

Ultimate Health, Hair & Beauty Expo Ticket for One or Two at The Grand Ballroom on August 10 (51% Off)

Vance Events LLC

Navy Pier

$35 $17

Tickets to see more than 100 vendors tout the latest healthcare, beauty trends, and products alongside classes from industry professionals

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

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A glass of cold sangria in one hand, a plate of food balanced in the other. The only reason to disrupt such a perfect combination might be to dance to the live band performing just a few feet away. That's the basic Midsommarfest formula, and every summer, nearly 50,000 people flock to Andersonville for this celebration of all things local. Going strong for the past half century, the fest takes over Clark Street from Foster to Catalpa with booths for food and crafts as well as five different stages. These showcase eclectic entertainments that truly reflect the neighborhood's charm: not just cover bands (though there are those, too), but a pet parade, Swedish music, dance troupes, and sets from blues, roots, and funk bands. All the fun also helps the neighborhood, and not just because stoplights are powered by laughter; proceeds go to benefit community causes.

5200 N Clark St
Chicago,
IL
US

Facilitating the fan-delighting collision of comic-book universes and intergalactic heroes, Wizard World organizes Comic Cons and pop-culture conventions across the continent. At each event, stars from the silver screen set down roots in booths across the convention floor, wielding markers for autographs and their photo-op-ready smiles. Past guests have run the gamut from William Shatner, Patrick Stewart, and the cast of AMC?s The Walking Dead. Away from the crowds, stars also participate in talks and Q&A panels as part of the event?s programming. Along with beloved actors, Wizard World?s conventions grant guests a chance to interact with writers and artists as well as partake in activities such as gaming tournaments and costume contests.

5555 N River Rd
Rosemont,
IL
US

The Southside Polish Fest is said to be the largest of its kind in the country, an honor it has earned by attracting not just the local Polish community, but by welcoming Chicagoans of all ethnicities. Whether familiar with the culture or not, revelers can immerse themselves in it by sampling traditional foods and beers and by taking in the live performances scheduled to fill all three days of the festival. This entertainment includes polka bands, Polish musicians, traditional dancers, the unceasing movement of the sun, and even a pierogi-eating contest. Kids will be drawn to the 25 carnival rides, which riders can enjoy by purchasing wristbands good for either 4-hour blocks or all three days of the festival.

7000 South Harlem Avenue
Bridgeview,
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

Disappointed by the relative lack of comedies at film festivals, independent filmmaker Jessica Hardy founded Chicago Comedy Film Festival last year as a much-needed outlet for comedic expression. Now in their second year, Hardy and her staff have picked another round of humorous flicks to the screen over the three-day, second-annual laugh fest, screening both independent feature films and shorts.

Films on Friday include Servitude, starring Kids in the Hall and NewsRadio actor Dave Foley as the manager of a Western-themed restaurant’s overworked staff. Earlier in the day is the screening of Close Quarters, a flick starring renowned local actors T.J. Jagodowski, Susan Messing, and Gregory Hollimon as they debate love, friendship, and jealousy—all over some coffee.

On Saturday, catch the Midwest premiere of Bad Parents, where Janeane Garofalo and Cheri Oteri play stressed-out soccer moms trying to communicate with their inanimate soccer-ball children. On Sunday, those with VIP passes can attend the award ceremony, as well as the after-party at Rockit Bar & Grill.

October 14th & 15th 2011 AMC Loews Pipers Alley 4 1608 N. Wells Chicago, IL
chicago,
Illinois
US

Simply put, Players Sport & Social Group helps more than 60,000 people each year get together, meet new friends, and have fun. The two-decade-old company has more than doubled in size in the last five years, due in no small part to the wide variety of sports leagues and clinics that it offers at venues throughout the city. Teams or individuals can sign up for sports ranging from dodge ball to beach volleyball to games of "bags," otherwise known as cornhole. Players can check their weekly standings online and review each sport's rules, learning exactly what is considered a foul in kickball or how to dispose of a football opponent's captured flag by burning it in a respectful ceremony.

The company also hosts and sponsors social events such as happy hours, fundraisers, and the Luau: a 55,900-participant grass-volleyball tournament with DJ music, food, and beer. Similarly, The Big Dig volleyball tournament offers the same mix of munchies, brews, and live entertainment, but on the sands of North Avenue Beach.

3617 N Ashland Ave
Chicago,
IL
US

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