Tickets & Events in Illinois

"The Addams Family" for Two or Four at Prisco Community Center on January 9–11 (Up to 50% Off)

"The Addams Family"

Prisco Community Center

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Musical originally performed on Broadway follows 18-year-old Wednesday Addams as she introduces her frighteningly normal beau to her kin

$17.50 $9

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"Anything Goes" at Rialto Square Theatre on January 19 at 7:30 p.m. (Up to 42% Off)

"Anything Goes"

Rialto Square Theatre

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Cole Porter’s immortal score springs to life

$54.75 $32

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Steve Trevino at Chicago Improv of Schaumburg on December 26–28 (Up to 48% Off)

Steve Trevino

Chicago Improv of Schaumburg

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Texas native displays the comedic skills that landed him Comedy Central and late-night TV spots

$23 $12

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Weekend Access to the Chicago Pet Show for Two at Oak Lawn Pavilion on April 25–26 (Up to 42% Off)

Chicago Pet Show

Oak Lawn Community Pavilion

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Two days of demonstrations, seminars, and games from pet-friendly retailers and rescue groups, aimed at current and prospective pet owners

$12 $7

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$5.49 for a Movie Ticket at Studio Movie Grill (Up to $10.50 Value)

Studio Movie Grill

Wheaton

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

$10.50 $5.49

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Movie Night with Popcorn for Two or Four at Skyview Drive-In Theater (40% Off)

Skyview Drive-In Theater

Belleville

Drive-in theater screens double features of recent Hollywood releases and broadcasts soundtracks on FM radio

$25 $15

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Two-Hour Movie-Screen Video Gaming Session at Buffalo Grove Theater (52% Off)

Buffalo Grove Theater

Buffalo Grove IL

Bring up to 20 friends to play Xbox, Nintendo Wii, or PlayStation games on one of the theater’s movie screens

$120 $58

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$13 for Movie and Popcorn for Two at Cascade Drive-In ($24.50 Value)

Cascade Drive-In

West Chicago

The double features of first-run flicks pair with the audio from an FM station or in-car speakers as attendees dig into the popcorn

$24.50 $13

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Standup for Two and Tickets to a Future Show at Riddles Comedy Club (Up to 75% Off)

Riddles Comedy Club

Riddles Comedy Club

Weekend sets from nationally touring comedians such as Damon Williams and Meechie Hall

$75 $19

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

The Murder Mystery Company

Multiple Locations

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

$60 $29

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

Brew & View

Lakeview

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

$14 $8

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Nikki Glaser on January 8–9, Ian Karmel on January 22–23, or Chris Gethard on January 29–30 (Up to 38% Off)

Nikki Glaser, Ian Karmel, or Chris Gethard

UP Comedy Club

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See MTV comic Nikki Glaser, Chelsea Lately’s Ian Karmel, or the star of The Chris Gethard Show

$27.50 $17

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Wendy Whelan: "Restless Creature" at Harris Theater for Music and Dance on Wednesday, January 21 (Up to 50% Off)

Wendy Whelan: "Restless Creature"

Harris Theater for Music and Dance

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Acclaimed ballerina joins other accomplished artists for an evening of original contemporary duets

$25 $12.50

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Culinary Fight Club – 2014 End of Year Celebration! at HUB Studio Lofts on December 29 at 6 p.m. (Up to 4% Off)

Culinary Fight Club - 2014 End of Year Celebration!

HUB Studio Lofts

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Year-end celebration of cooking challenges features local chefs, celebrities, and gourmet light bites

$52.24 $50

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Pre-Sale: Tween Stars Live! at The Patio Theater on Saturday, January 24, at 3 p.m.

Tween Stars Live

The Patio Theater

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Stars of Austin & Ally, Liv and Maddie, Jessie, iCarly, and other shows create a family-friendly variety act with comedy and Q&As

$15

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Lisa Lisa and Coro at The Portage Theater on Saturday, December 27, at 7 p.m. (Up to 50% Off)

Lisa Lisa and Coro

The Portage Theatre

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Innovator of the freestyle scene and singer of “Can You Feel the Beat” joins Miami Vice actor and voice behind “Where Are You Tonight”

$25 $15

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Naughty Little Cabaret at She-nannigan's on Select Dates, December 6–27 at 8 p.m. (Up to 33% Off)

Naughty Little Cabaret

She-nannigans

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Male and female burlesque revue dazzles with acrobatics, teasing, and titillating dance moves

$30 $20

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Walker Stalker Con 2015 at Navy Pier on February 21 or 22 at 11 a.m. (Up to 50% Off)

Walker Stalker Con 2015

Navy Pier

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The stars of “The Walking Dead” are joined by actors from horror films and fellow AMC show “Breaking Bad” during panels and events

$38 $19

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$20 for a Movie Package for Two with Drinks and Popcorn at the Gene Siskel Film Center (Up to $35.50 Value)

Gene Siskel Film Center

The Loop

See an independent, international, or classic film while sipping soda and eating popcorn at a major hub of the Chicago film community

$35.50 $20

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"Hitch*Cocktails" at The Annoyance Theatre & Bar, November 21–February 27 (Up to 40% Off)

"Hitch*Cocktails" at The Annoyance Theatre & Bar

The Annoyance Theatre

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Skilled improvisors and live jazz pianist create a feature-length thriller in the style of Hichcock using suggestions from the audience

$20 $12

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Exclusive Presale for Rooftop View of Cubs Home Opener or 17 Other Games with Food and Drinks at Lakeview Baseball Club.

Lakeview Baseball Club

Lakeview Baseball Club

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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

$130.75 $89

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Cubs Game Rooftop Seating at Wrigley Rooftop with All-Inclusive Food & Drink (Up to 53% Off). 11 Games Available.

Wrigley Rooftop

Sky Lounge Wrigley Rooftop

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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

$144 $69

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Cubs Game Rooftop Seating at Wrigley Rooftop with All-Inclusive Food & Drink (Up to 53% Off). 13 Games Available.

Wrigley Rooftop

Sky Lounge at Wrigley Rooftop

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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

$189 $89

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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

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

$36 $16

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Murder Mystery Dinner Show Tickets for Two or Four at the AFC Center on December 26 or 27 (Up to 53% Off)

AFC Center Dinner & Show

Chicago

The dinner show encourages audience members to use their sleuthing skills to solve the crime: a murder in a church

$100 $49

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A nonprofit theater helmed by passionate cinephiles, Facets Cinematheque instills a love of film in its youngest moviegoers through its groundbreaking children's programs. Since establishing their first children's film exhibition series in 1975, the theater's stewards have branched out into education and outreach, introducing students to positive films and the inspiring stories behind them through channels including family film events, in-school screenings, and the Facets Kids Film Camp. They also oversee the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival, which presents hundreds of films from around the globe during its annual autumn run. Though the festival caters to its smallest attendees, its scope is impressively large; welcoming over 20,000 attendees each year, the festival often offers the first screenings of award-winning fare, such as recent Academy Award winner The Fantastic Flying Books Of Mr. Morris Lessmore.

In addition to their children's programming, the theater also lights up its silver screen with indie films, award winners, foreign flicks, and documentaries. Celluloid-caretakers curate a collection of reels that seldom see screenings elsewhere in Chicago, frequently enjoying their city debut within the intimate 125-seat theater. Occasionally, production-team members or film experts join audiences immediately following the show for Q&A sessions—known as film dialogues—taking questions, exploring themes, and providing tips for removing stubborn popcorn kernels from teeth. Upcoming films can be found on Facets’ website.

Eyeballs absorb moving pictures thanks to the dual capabilities of Facets’ projection system, which handles digital and 35 mm films with equal aplomb. While the ephemeral stories fill brains with new ideas, soda and popcorn—acquirable at the old-fashioned concession stand—fill mouths with flavors that have defined every classic moviegoing experience since Orson Welles first invented the snack.

1517 West Fullerton Avenue
Chicago,
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While audiences laugh it up at the rib-tickling comedians, Morty's slick performance space entertains their eyes. Eschewing the dowdy aesthetic of many comedy clubs, Morty's features sleek, modern tables and chairs and a wood-paneled bar. A full menu of tasty food, meanwhile, quells hunger while drinks and craft beers cool tongues and help keep people from spontaneously combusting.

4034 Fox Valley Center Drive
Aurora,
IL
US

  • 16: how many hours it takes to set up The Greatest Show on Earth
  • 10: how many hours it takes to tear it down
  • 2,500: average pounds of popcorn consumed in between
  • 100: the number of performers, including a nine-piece band
  • 500: the number of costumes
  • 3,140,000: the number of rhinestones and sequins on those costumes
  • 85: the number of animals, which include Asian elephants, tigers, lions, leopards, and llamas; all receive superlative animal care
  • 61: the number of cars in the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus train that carries the show from city to city; that?s more than a mile long
  • 20,000: the number of miles that train will cover in one year
  • 3: the miles the train master walks each day as he tends to the animals (all seated at the front of the train for the smoothest ride) and gives them regular water and exercise stops

300 Elm Street
Rockford,
Illinois
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Amid the echoes of squealing tires and humming engines, the grandstands barely have a moment to enjoy any silence. That's because the facility plays host to big ticket racing events such as O?Reilly Auto Parts Route 66 NHRA Nationals, Hollywood Casino Joliet Route 66 Classic, Rockett Brand Racing Fuel ET Bracket Series, and the annual Swap Meet. At the Dirt Oval, fans can satisfy their auto-crunching desires with events such as Monster Truck Mayhem and Team Demolition Derby.

Not limited to spectator races, Route 66 Raceway puts fans' racing pedal to the metal at over 40 drag strip events. Test & Tune events allow thrill seekers to burn a little rubber by racing their own vehicles, while Friday Nights at 66 have trained staff teach prospective dragsters the ropes of racing.

800 Speedway Boulevard
Joliet,
IL
US

Hollywood Palms Theater, modeled after Hollywood Boulevard and the legendary Chinese Theater, engages moviegoers with its opulent design, a restaurant and bar, and seat-by-seat service. Winning praise from myriad press outlets, the movie house boasts nine distinctive auditoriums, each dressed to a cinematic theme, including Coconut Grove and The Rainbow Room. Within the confines of each theater, rows of high-backed leather chairs comfortably cradle bodies, while the latest Dolby surround sound swathes ears in the tummy rumbles of on-screen actors. An attentive wait staff takes orders throughout films from an extensive menu that includes burgers, sandwiches, pizzas, beer, wine, and cocktails.

352 S Route 59
Naperville,
IL
US

It's unlikely that any historic kingdom had batting cages and water slides, but to be fair, Knight's Action Park is a lot more fun than an actual castle. On one side of the park, guests can don swimsuits and hop aboard bumper boats, slip down slides, or set out in paddle boats. Seven mini slides teach smaller children the fun of water-park attractions, while statues of giant sea creatures teach them that life is terrifying. Across the way, a 50-tee driving range lets golfers hone their swing, and an 18-hole mini-golf course caters to putters of all ages. The park's assortment of land-based amusements also includes a Ferris wheel, an arcade, and go-karts.

1700 Recreation Dr.
Springfield,
IL
US

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