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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
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Like most brewery owners, Penrose Brewing Company cofounders Eric Hobbs and Tom Korder cannot possibly pick a favorite beer. For them, it?s more about the experience of drinking great beer; and that experience is social ? best shared with friends over hours of conversation and laughter. With a focus on Belgian-inspired session ales, Penrose brews skew toward the lower end of the alcohol by volume, which means people can share a few and keep the party going longer. In Penrose's taproom, customers are able to try year-round favorites like their crisp, dry saison, Devoir saison, to their hoppy Belgian IPA, Fractal, or any number of taproom-only small batch offerings that never leave the brewery. Some pours even come with a brewery tour. The taproom further encourages lingering with its stock of board games, while its BYOF-friendly attitude, rotating art installations, and special events keep visitors coming back often.
509 Stevens St.
Geneva,
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In 2004, four-year-old Jim Zellmer's life was changed forever when he was diagnosed with Type I diabetes. So his family did something about it. His grandparents owned a farm in Iowa, and Jim himself came up with the idea—what if the Zellmers grew pumpkins and sold them to support their cause? They raised more than $6,000 for diabetes research in their first year, and their harvest festival has grown every year since, featuring everything from food tastings to live music, carriage rides, and a petting zoo.
404 South 3rd Street
Geneva,
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Established: 2013 Staff Size: 50+ people Parking: Parking lot Handicap Accessible: Yes Recommended Age Group: All Ages The founders of the Festival of The Horse & Drum describe their event as the "United Nations of horses and humans," and not without good reason. The multicultural, multimedia equestrian gathering educates guests on the importance of horses throughout world history, and transports guests to a Native American pow wow, a cowboy town, and a renaissance faire. Bands representing several cultures perform on the Horse-a-Palooza stage, and the Equus Film Festival showcases long and short works starring stallions and mares, such as renowned horse actor Mare-lon Brando.
37W517 Crane Lane
St. Charles,
IL
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Chicago Food & Wine Festival is just one of a series of vibrant events curated by Distinctive Events, Inc., an organization determined to corral a bastion of delicious offerings for lovers of cuisine and adult beverage. Whether conducting a cooking competition or introducing celebrity chefs directly to a participant’s taste buds, the organizers aim to simultaneously thrill and educate. They also donate a portion of their proceeds to charities such as Susan G. Komen - Chicago and Autism Speaks, an organization that raises awareness and funds for research on Autism Spectrum disorder.
4051 E. Main Street
Saint Charles,
IL
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Music and yoga are perfect bedfellows: both can invigorate the body, and both can mollify the mind. So the Chicagoland yoga community has paired the two together for the Naperville Fusion Summer Music Festival, filling the air with a culture of positivity, creativity, and expression. All day, yoga workshops invite first-timers and experienced flexers alike to tap into the unity of body, mind, and spirit, while musical acts bring crowds together without slowly making the festival grounds smaller and smaller. Lila, for instance, tucks audiences under a blanket of tranquility with her kirtan music, whereas Under the Willow treats ears to traditional bluegrass tunes. A bounce house and family-fun train keep toddlers as peaceful as their parents, and Two Brothers Brothers Company provides liquid serenity in the form of beer and coffee for of-age patrons.
2135 City Gate Lane
Naperville,
IL
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