Festivals in Illinois

Beer Tastings for Two or Four at Big Muddy Monster Brewfest on Saturday, October 18, at 1 p.m. (Up to 50% Off)

Big Muddy Monster Brewfest

Riverside Park

$60 $30

St. Louis' own Irish band Rusty Nail headlines a festival with 200 craft brews; tickets include 30 samples each and a souvenir pint glass

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

EffingHAM Music Fest at Funfest Amphitheater on Saturday, September 27 (Up to 40% Off)

Effingham Music Fest

Funfest Amphitheater

$38.63 $23

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Joe Nichols and Phil Vassar headline a country celebration also featuring local favorites Drew Baldridge and the Matt Poss Band

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

Chicago International Social Change Film Festival at Showplace ICON Theater on September 26–28 (Up to 51% Off)

The Third Annual Chicago International Social Change Film Festival

Showplace ICON Theater

$20 $10

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Documentaries, short films, and features delve into social injustice, discrimination, and programs that help fight both

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

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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

Across 146 acres of gently rolling meadows, visitors of all ages can find something to enjoy at Lockwood Park. Visitors to the farm bask in its bucolic landscape as they stroll through wooden areas or along a stream, or head to one of the regularly held events throughout the year. At dusk every other Saturday, the observatory opens up to guests, who can enjoy free viewings of the sun, moon, stars, and businessmen sleeping in airplanes. Other attractions include a children's farm, equestrian center, and cookhouse.

5201 Safford Rd.
Rockford,
IL
US

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
US

Originally opened in 1927, the Genesee Theatre slowly deteriorated over the course of the century until its closing in 1989. But starting in 2001, a $23 million cash infusion from the city allowed 120 volunteers to restore the theater to its Gilded Age splendor. Its elegant trappings include authentic wall fabrics, an exact replica of the original marquee, and a 2,200-pound chandelier that gently spotlights the grand lobby and every audience member passing underneath to show how everyone is a star if you really think about it.

203 North Genesee Street
Waukegan,
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

Everybody has personal drink specifications—a little more whiskey here, a little less beer there. That's why seven booths at House of Music Entertainment are outfitted with table taps, where diners pour their own brews and spirits. Of course, guests can defer pouring duties to bartenders, who supply drafts, bottles, and cans from an extensive beer selection that includes microbrews, such as Founders alongside beloved classics.

The libations complement House of Music Entertainment's version of American bar food, which includes unorthodox options such as chimichangas filled with Philly cheesesteak or chicken cordon bleu fixings. For night owls, a late-night menu serves bar staples, such as fried zucchini and jalapeno poppers, from 10 p.m. until 1 a.m.

Those late night snacks keep patrons nourished as they watch the latest football matches, baseball games, and referee hugging competitions on the bar's 80 plasma televisions. Inside House of Music Entertainment's 15,000-square-foot theater, concertgoers take in a show by musicians such as Naughty by Nature and Carly Rae Jepsen, both of which recently graced the 28-by-30-foot stage. They've built up an extensive media gallery inclusive of not only national acts but also the local bands and DJs their theater showcases. During the summer season, patrons can also enjoy the al fresco scene on the bar's patio.

1227 North Rand Road
Arlington Heights,
IL
US

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