Nightlife in Plano

"Cats" at The Paramount Theatre on October 8–12 (Up to 47% Off)

Paramount Theatre

The Paramount Theatre

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Andrew Lloyd Webber brings the poetry of T.S. Eliot to life with colorful characters and lush, evocative songs such as “Memory”

$51 $30

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Cirque Italia at Westfield Fox Valley on October 3–5 or 8–12 (Up to 41% Off)

Cirque Italia

Westfield Fox Valley

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Capering clowns, strongmen, and death-defying acrobats perform atop a water-filled stage during a two-hour spectacle

$52 $31

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Pub Food and Drinks for Two at Old Towne Pub and Eatery (Up to 50% Off)

Old Towne Pub and Eatery

St. Charles

Selection of burgers, sandwiches, and dinner plates, including barbecue ribs and butterfly shrimp; sports-pub setting

$20 $11

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Chicago Family Fun Expo for Two at Dupage Expo and Convention Center on October 18–19 (Up to 50% Off)

Chicago Family Fun Expo

Dupage Expo and Convention Center

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Vendors and demos educate about health and wellness while face painting, obstacle courses, and magic shows entertain

$14 $7

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Hookah for Two or Four at Aromas Hookah Bar (Up to 50% Off)

Aromas Hookah Bar

DeKalb

More than 200 flavored shisha tobaccos including blueberry, lemon, citrus dream, and strawberry margarita

$20 $10

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Concert and Meal Package for Days of the New or Sponge at Tailgaters Sports Bar & Grill (Up to 52% Off)

Tailgaters Sports Bar & Grill

Bolingbrook

Concertgoers enjoy appetizers and beers along with live rock music from Days of the New and Sponge

$71.99 $39

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Chef Robert Irvine Live! at Rialto Square Theatre on Friday, October 10, at 8 p.m. (Up to 40% Off)

Chef Robert Irvine Live!

Rialto Square Theatre

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Celebrity chef presents an interactive, multimedia event with onstage cooking demos and challenges, spiced up with music and videos

$58.25 $35

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Blackened: Metallica Tribute Plus a Drink at Mojoes on Friday, October 3, at 9 p.m. (Up to 54% Off)

Blackened

Mojoes

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Chicago-based Metallica tribute takes the stage after tributes to Down and Stone Temple Pilots

$17.30 $8

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$25 for Two French Wine or European Beer Flights and One Appetizer at Suzette’s Creperie ($43 Value)

Suzette’s Creperie

Wheaton

Flights of French wine or European beer pair with savory appetizers, including three-cheese soufflés, ham & cheese crepes or croque monsieur

$43 $25

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$5 for a Movie Outing with a 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

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Story Pirates at McAninch Arts Center at the College of DuPage on Saturday, October 4 (Up to 60% Off)

"Story Pirates"

McAninch Arts Center at the College of DuPage

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Grownup actors, including occasional celebrity guest stars, perform imaginative plays written by grade-school children

$47.50 $19

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Appetizers for 2, 4, 8, or 10 People at Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery (Up to 50% Off)

Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery

Roselle

Waitresses clad in mini kilts ferry burgers, Dublin-inspired stew & ice-cold Guinness to tables with views of HD sports games

$20 $11

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The Dinner Detective Chicago in Chicago or Schaumburg (Up to 50% Off)

The Dinner Detective Chicago

Multiple Locations

Amateur sleuths dig into delectable multi-course meals while trying to solve a mysterious murder perpetuated by disguised actors

$92.09 $46

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Food and Hookah at D'wan Hookah Lounge (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

D'wan Hookah Lounge

Orland Park

Freshly packed hookahs filled with aromatic blends of tobacco including safari melon dew, citrus mint, and tangerine dream

$24 $14

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Movie Tickets, Popcorn, and Drinks for Two or Four at Bensenville Theatre (Up to 50% Off)

Bensenville Theatre

Bensenville

Guests grab buckets of popcorn and large sodas before heading into intimate twin theaters to view recent releases screening twice daily

$21 $11

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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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$13 for One Hour of Pool and $15 Toward Drinks and Snacks at Elite Cafe & Billiards ($25 Value)

Elite Cafe & Billiards

Melrose Park

Retro pool hall gives players plenty of space to maneuver around its 17 billiards tables

$25 $13

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Craft Beer Flight and Appetizers for Two, Four, or Six at Chalk (Up to 46% Off)

Chalk

Forest Park

Craft beer from local breweries such as Revolution and Lagunitas; fries, chicken tenders, and stout beer battered onion rings

$30 $17

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One More Time: A Daft Punk Tribute for One or Two at Durty Nellie's on Friday, November 14 (Up to 67% Off)

One More Time: A Daft Punk Tribute

Durty Nellie's

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Re-creation of Daft Punk's 2007 tour includes a full-scale replica of their pyramid

$15 $7

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$19 for a Vineyard Tour, Tasting of Five Wines, and Seminar for One at Valentino Vineyards & Winery ( Value)

Valentino Vineyards & Winery

Long Grove

Following a brief tour in the vineyard, guests enter a winery to sample five estate wines during wine appreciation seminar

$48 $19

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$15 for $30 Worth of Tropical Appetizers and Drinks at Hala Kahiki

Hala Kahiki

River Grove

Tropical cocktails named for Pelé and coral reefs poured in Polynesian-themed bar opened in 1963

$30 $15

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Curating their comedy showcases with the passion of football draft scouts, the team of ComedyComedy has filled many a bill with touring national headliners and prime up-and-comers for more than 20 years. Having populated popular Chicagoland venues such as Walter Payton's Roundhouse and The Funny Bone with sturdy standup lineups, ComedyComedy has now moved its laugh caravan to the Tap House Grill, where buffets of handcrafted brews and a full menu of savory pub fare complement servings of laughter. Some Tap House menu items are available during shows, as well as drinks.

123 W Washington St
Oswego,
IL
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Burgers, sports, and an expansive beer list?what more does a night out need? At Scoreboards Pub & Grill, friends gather to watch games and indulge in pub food, choosing from an ever-evolving brew menu to complement their bites. From Chicago microbrews to imported Belgian bubbles, the beer list overflows with options. In addition to beer, food, and constant sports coverage, live bands get toes tapping at least one night each week.

1100 Douglas Rd.
Oswego,
IL
US

Open since 1945, Elmer's Doghouse has been a haven for generations of diners looking for cold brews, hot meals, and a set of familiar faces to enjoy them with. At this casual neighborhood spot, the kitchen staff still dishes out burgers, pizzas, and steak dinners lit by the neon glow of beer signs. On Monday nights, these meals emerge amid the tuneful clatter of the bar’s acoustic open mic, refueling audiences and musicians alike. Other musical entertainments include karaoke nights and live bands, who often coax diners into dancing or just giving them a bite of their food.

1250 S Broadway Rd
Montgomery,
IL
US

Ballydoyle specializes in comforting Irish fare and even more comforting Irish ales. Folks will wonder why more meat isn't corned after trying the star of Ballydoyle's sandwiches, the corned beef on marble rye (8.95). Heartier Irish specialties include shepherds pie ($11.95), Bangers and Mashed ($11.95), and Dinny's Irish Fry—an aorta-challenging amalgamation of Irish bacon, Irish sausage, black-and-white pudding, grilled tomatoes, sautéed mushrooms, baked beans, two eggs any style, toast, and the keys to Dublin for those that clean their plates ($12.95). Another Irish specialty, boxty ($11.95–$13.95), wraps a homemade potato griddle cake around a variety of fillings, such as vegetables, chicken, and Larry Bird's NBA championship rings. An Irish pub would just be Denny's without an extensive list of draft and bottled beer. Ballydoyle's is one of the only pubs that serves McCaffrey's Irish Cream Ale, making it as delicious as it is exclusive.

28 W New York St
Aurora,
IL
US

The friendly staff at Rudy's Place fuels mealtime revelry and poolroom rivalry with a menu of Mexican favorites alongside classic American sandwiches, burgers, wraps, and pizza. Armed with homemade tortilla chips, diners dive into meals with an appetizer of guacamole or wake up palates with a sampler platter salvo of chicken wings, mini tacos, flautas, and breaded bites of alarm-clock parts. Kitchen magicians pack a half-pound of pure Angus beef into each burger, dressing the most ornate patties in barbecue sauce, pepper jack cheese, and onion rings, or in fried jalapeños and chipotle ranch sauce. Within the bready bookends of a philly cheesesteak, seasoned green peppers and onions fresh from the grill court gooey swiss with charred fragments of the Liberty Bell, and across the table tangy green salsa smothers chicken, beef, steak, or cheese enchiladas as beans, rice, and guacamole offer sideline commentary. Smiling barkeeps pour heaping glasses of beer to refresh over-stimulated palates, whisking away savory sensations with amber bubbles from makers such as Sam Adams, Budweiser, Guinness, Coors, and Miller.

900 Hill Ave
Aurora,
IL
US

Though the Two Brothers Summer Festival might seem like an excuse to celebrate the warm weather, it also serves a second, noble purpose. Devised by the brewery's founders, the Ebel brothers, this week-long event supports the local and regional community, philanthropic programs, and a growing number of charities. Over the past 17 years, the company has been supporting children's charities, such as granting wishes through the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

On Saturday, bands take to the stage at Two Brothers Roundhouse as part of a lineup that includes the group Los Lobos, Cornmeal, and Chicago indie-rock duo Autumn Defense. Activities for kids, including a show from performer Ralph's World, ensure that even the youngest visitors aren't left out. One of the weekend's other big events is a homebrewing competition. The winner's recipe will be brewed at Two Brothers.

205 North Broadway
Aurora,
IL
US