Festivals in Lisle

50% Off a Rare Earth Show at Porky's Rib Fest

Porky's Rib Fest

Toyota Park

$80 $40

See blues-rock band Rare Earth at this rib fest at Toyota Park, which includes American and Australian barbecue vendors and carnival rides

Up to 52% Off at Festival of The Horse & Drum

Festival of The Horse & Drum

Kane County Fairgrounds

$15 $7.50

Learn about the history of humans and their horses throughout different cultures during a festival combining music, film, art, and horses

WeishFest 2014 feat. Rodney Atkins – Up to 43% Off

WeishFest 2014 feat. Rodney Atkins

Standard Bank Stadium

$26.25 $15

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Award-winning country star Rodney Atkins headlines a daylong ballpark festival benefiting The Andrew Weishar Foundation

Chicago Hot Dog Fest Presented By The Chicago History Museum

Chicago Hot Dog Fest Presented By The Chicago History Museum

The Chicago History Museum

$20 $20

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Two-day fest celebrates the great American hot dog with specialty dogs, Goose Island brews, and music

51% Off Ultimate Health, Hair & Beauty Expo

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

Up to 70% Off at Festival Cubano featuring Rey Ruiz and El Gran Combo

FESTIVAL CUBANO CORP

Riis Park

$23.08 $12

Celebration of Latino culture includes food, live music from Eddie Santiago, El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico, and others, and kids' zone

WXRT and Supreme Lobster's Rockin' Lobster Bash

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

Enjoy Craft Beer, Delicious Food, and Live Music 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

Up to 47% Off Jeff Fest Arts-and-Music Festival

Jeff Fest Arts & Music Festival

Jefferson Park

$19 $11

Live music by The Bad Examples and Brushville complement drum circles, visual art, and theater at festival, complete with food and beer

43% Off Craft-Beer and Ribs Package at Windy City RibFest

Windy City RibFest

Broadway and Lawrence

$43.95 $25

Annual barbecue festival brings ribbers from all over the world and party-hearty rock bands to boot

Up to 52% Off Whiskey Wine and Swine on North Avenue Beach

Players Sport & Social Group and MyDrinkOn.com

North Avenue Beach

$82.43 $49

North Avenue Beach plays host to wine and whiskey tastings and a pig roast, plus live music and raffles

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The Wizard World Big Apple Comic Con “Spring Edition” herds international artists, writers, and celebrities together into one superpowered carnival atmosphere. Attendees can wander the pavilion's floor and meet their film and comic-book idols face-to-face, asking penetrating questions about their artistic processes, favorite projects, and availability to join a vigilante crackdown on line-cutters. The day’s program features events and guests, including a Q&A with Chandler Riggs of The Walking Dead renown, appearances by Harry Potter’s Tom Felton and Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark artist Greg Horn, and a writing panel featuring Eisner Award–nominee Matt Kindt.

5555 N River Rd
Rosemont,
IL
US

The North Coast Music Festival is a three-day hat doff to the waning days of summer. Send off halcyon hours in style and gird your gooseflesh for the inevitable onslaught of winter with a lineup that includes electronic, hip-hop, jam-band, and indie-rock artists both famous and obscure. On Friday, the electronic poppiness of The Chemical Brothers will waft from the stage until it enters the noses and eventually implants itself in the brains of concertgoers. Saturday's lineup features the progressive improvisation of Umphrey's McGee and a DJ set by Moby, or Richard Melville Hall on his birth certificate, who has provided hot, ambient beats to films such as Any Given Sunday, The Beach, and Citizen Kane. The festival's final day presents Chicago product Lupe Fiasco and crowd-moving collaborators Nasty Nas and Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley.

228 S Racine Ave
Chicago,
IL
US

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

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

Downers Grove Choral Society’s accomplished singers present classic choral works and contemporary masterpieces during concerts in Chicago’s western suburbs. Helmed by new music director Dr. Amy Weller, the choir will explore Rossini’s 149-year old Petite Messe Solennelle, a whimsical mass more playful than a beagle puppy wearing a propeller beanie. An award-winning lineup of guest artists, including soprano Christine Steyer and alto Laura Sauer, will fill each performance with pitch-perfect notes and rich vocal textures. A pair of vintage reed organs also joins the Society's lineup, with an 1884 Mason and Hamlin accompanying the performance in LaGrange and a Story and Clark organ backing the performance in Naperville. The Sunday matinee unfolds in a 13,000-square-foot concert hall designed by the Talaske Group, which perfected the acoustics at Millennium Park’s Pritzker Pavilion. Here, sound ricochets off of two massive chambers and motorized curtains designed to help tune concerts, filling up to 1,210 ears and 650 trick-or-treat baskets with crisp, delicious melodies.

171 East Chicago Avenue
Naperville,
IL
US

From September 13 to 16, Camera Park’s emerald expanse of grass and wooden gazebos braces itself for a lively celebration of German culture as the first annual Oktoberfest in Glendale Heights gets underway. The festival’s spacious tent ensures a full weekend of merriment, whether the sky rains, shines, or finally spills its Big Dipper. As brass-laden live bands lay down rhythms with their oompahs, waitresses clad in dirndl skirts serve up authentic German cuisine prepared by Chef Wolfgang of Schnitzel Platz Restaurant, in addition to Austrian and German pastries and frosty beers imported from Hofbräu Brewery in Munich.

Aside from the festival’s palate-pleasing foods, revelers can work off hearty meals by participating in a strong-arm contest, dancing from noon to midnight, and erupting into a round of applause after an inspiring vocal performance by a German American choir group of children. Youngsters can also meet their daily quotas for fun with a pumpkin patch, pony rides, and huts filled with an array of souvenirs, such as hats, German flags, and apple-juice steins.

101 East Fullerton Avenue
Glendale Heights,
Illinois
US

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