Festivals in Oak Forest

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

Beatles Fest 2014 – Up to 56% Off

Beatles Fest 2014

Downtown Hammond

$12 $6

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Beatles fans of all ages enjoy tribute bands, a beer garden, food and merchandise tents, and more; about 20 miles from downtown Chicago

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

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

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

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

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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

Cigar Event at Bolingbrook Golf Club

Bolingbrook Golf Club

Bolingbrook

$150 $79

Golf club hosts an upscale event celebrating fine cigars with premium cocktails and hors d'ouevres

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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

A celebration of all things ink, Tattoo Arts & Horror Festival brings together celebrities, sideshow entertainers, tattoo artists, and connoisseurs of the horror movie genre for a weekend of macabre camaraderie. The roster of celebrities hews toward the horror film genre—on hand will be George Wilbur of the Halloween films, Ari Lehman from Friday the 13th, and John Carl Buechler, the writer, director, and actor known for his work on Nightmare on Elm Street 4 and Halloween. The rest of the guest list includes tattoo supermodel Heather Moss and enough tattoo artists to honor every MOM in North America.

But there's plenty more to ogle at than just celebrities. Human suspension performers, for instance, challenge viewers' concepts of pain and endurance by piercing their flesh with large hooks and suspending themselves from above. Further impossibilities are on display during the Captain's Sideshow, a performance with beds of nails, mouse traps, and just about anything else that can make you cover your eyes and then peek between your fingers. But at Tattoo Arts & Horror Festival, the show easily crosses the threshold of the stage and into the crowd. Expect to see everybody in their brightest inks, their sharpest piercings, and their most gothic duds, especially during the costume contest and the Ms. Tattoo Pageant.

18451 Convention Center Drive
Tinley Park,
IL
US

Voted "Best Pumpkin Fest" by viewers of Fox News Chicago, Bengtson's Pumpkin Farm captivates visitors with the autumn-themed fun of four new attractions, pig races, a 3-acre corn maze fit for all ages, and the Kids Village complete with a jail and a fire station. Swine speed toward the finish line 10 times daily, spurred on by the cheers of bleacher-seated audiences, and human competitors race playmates or sentient scarecrows through the giant Crazy Corn Maizey's swaying stalks. The Pumpkin Chucker launches gourds skyward, and pint-size patrons mirror mid-air trajectories on kiddy rides such as the new 90-foot Mega Fun Slide and Flying Frogs (free through October 30, excluding pony rides). Ghoulish chefs and mad scientists cook up screams in the Haunted Barn before sending the spooked off to enjoy the soothing effects and bleated lullabies of goats, zebras, kangaroos, and other critters at the petting zoo.

13341 W 151st St
Homer Glen,
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

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