Festivals in North Side, Chicago


"Trapped in a Room With a Zombie II: Still Hungry" - Any Date Through Dec 31, 2016 (Reserve in Advance)

Fine Arts Building
Downtown

$28 $24.75

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"Nature on Tap"

The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

$12 $4.50

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Dog Film Festival

Music Box Theatre
The Music Box Theatre

$15 $4.75

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Taste of Polonia at the Copernicus Center September 2–5 (50% Off). Three Options Available.

Taste of Polonia
Far North Side

40 plus live bands on four stages set the soundtrack to this four-day celebration of Polish culture and food; kids’ events and rides

$10 $5

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Bacon and Beer Classic at Soldier Field on Saturday, October 1

Bacon and Beer Classic
Soldier Field

Unlimited samples of 100-plus craft beers and ciders and 25 bacon-infused dishes, plus games, contests and music inside Levi’s Stadium

$76.37 $65

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“DaVinci Machines Exhibition: The Titans Experience” August 16-September 30

DaVinci Machines Exhibition: The Titans Experience
Water Tower Place

The interactive DaVinci Machines Exhibition, DaVinci Masterpieces combined with live docent guided tour

$31.90 $18.95

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Presale: AAHH! FEST featuring COMMON on September 25 at 3 p.m.

AAHH! FEST featuring COMMON at Union Park
Union Park

COMMON returns to Chicago with his star-studded AAHH! Fest, which in 2014 featured Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco, and Jennifer Hudson

$75 $60

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Regular or VIP Admission to River North Whiskey Festival on Saturday, September 10 (Up to 42% Off)

CHI Life Events
Chicago

Sample whiskeys, bourbons, and scotches from distilleries around the word, with more than 50 varieties to choose from

$50 $29

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Admission and Tasting Pass for One at Throwback Music Fest Craft Beer Tasting on September 10 or 11 (28% Off)

Throwback Music Fest Craft Beer Tasting
Special Events Management: Throwback Music Fest Craft Beer Tasting

$27.94 $20

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Summer Heat Cajun Boil on September 4 at 2 p.m.

Summer Heat: Cajun Boil
Municipal Bar & Grill

During Labor Day weekend, punctuate summer with a tasty note during this Louisiana-style Cajun boil featuring some of the city’s top DJs

$22.56 $12

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$29 for Entry to River North Wine Fest on Saturday, September 17 from CHI Life Events ($50 Value)

CHI Life Events
Chicago

More than 35 wines glitter in glasses at this 21+ festival, which also offers gourmet cheeses

$50 $29

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General-Admission or VIP Entry for One or Two to Independent Spirits Expo on September 21 (Up to 48% Off)

Distilled Events
The Hilton

Taste indie distilleries’ artisinal spirits such as whiskeys, vodkas, and mezcals; VIPs get early access

$65 $39

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Admission to Bloody's & Bears or K-9s & Cocktails at Blackfinn Ameripub (35% Off)

Blackfinn Ameripub
Chicago

Enjoy Bloody Mary samples and brunch bites during the Bears’ season opener or cocktail samples and snacks to benefit Anti-Cruelty Society

$20 $13

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Celebrity Bar Crawl on Saturday, September 10, at 2 p.m.

Celebrity Bar Crawl
BlackFinn

Dress up as your favorite celebrity on this River North bar crawl featuring drink specials, scavenger hunts, and prizes

$20.49 $9

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Big Gig BBQ on September 4 at 5 p.m.

Big Gig BBQ
Henry Maier Festival Park

Barbecue festival features 10 restaurants, cold beer, and live music performances by country artists Chris Janson and Tucker Beathard

$15 $7.50

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Glendale Heights Oktoberfest at Camera Park on September 15–25 (Up to 44% Off). Three Options Available.

Glendale Heights Oktoberfest
Jewell Road

German festival entertains guests of all ages with live music, authentic cuisine, and beer imported from Munich

$34 $19

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Village Pass with Access to Yoga Classes and More at Soul LOVE Fest on September 17 or 18 (Up to 62% Off)

Soul LOVE Fest
Arranmore Farm and Polo Club

A serene country estate is the setting for a mindfulness festival with yoga, outdoor exercise classes, meditation, and nutrition workshops

$50 $19

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Festival Admission and Souvenir Glass for One or Two on Saturday, October 1 (Up to 44% Off)

Woodstock Ale Festival
Woodstock Ale Festival (Adult Child Therapy)

Sample more than 80 beers from craft brewers like 3 Sheeps and Founders, snack on bacon-focused dishes, and tap your foot to bluegrass tunes

$40 $25

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Peoria Blues & Heritage Music Festival feat. Buddy Guy, Mavis Staples, O.A.R., and More on September 2 and 3

Peoria Blues & Heritage Music Festival
The Peoria Riverfront

Buddy Guy, Mavis Staples, and O.A.R. headline two full days of music along the waterfront during this annual end-of-summer festival

$35 $28

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Oktoberfest Entry from American Aid Society of German Descendants (Up to 48% Off). Six Options Available.

American Aid Society of German Descendants
German/American Cultural Center

Oktoberfest event over several weekends showcases German music, history, folk dancing, and food

$31 $16

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Two-Day General or VIP Admission for One or Two to the German Society of Rockford Oktoberfest (Up to 50% Off)

Rockford Oktoberfest
Loves Park City Hall

German cultural festival with kegs of beer, bratwurst, schnitzel, and other specialties; polka bands and other live entertainment

$15 $8

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$34 for General Admission for One to WitchCraft Beer Fest on October 29, 2016 ($45 Value)

WitchCraft Beer Fest
Big Woods Marmion

Craft brewers dole out samples of their hoppy and heady brews to attendees, who are encouraged to come dressed in their Halloween costumes

$45 $34

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"The Hollywood Show"

Hilton Rosemont Chicago O'Hare
Far North Side

$30 $17.50

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"Festival of Praise" - Sunday October 9, 2016 / 8:00pm

San Diego Civic Theatre
Central San Diego

$39 $24.25

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Paramount Music Festival Friday, September 2 – Sunday, September 4

Paramount Music Festival
Coal Dock Park

Tommy Castro and Mud Morganfield headline concerts at 3-day music festivals with 15 acts total

$32.49 $20

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Street Food Cinema: Exposition Park

Exposition Park
Los Angeles

$13 $10.50

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EXPO CHICAGO 2016 - Friday, Sept 23 @ 11am-7pm, Saturday, Sept 24 @ 11am-7pm and Sunday, Sept 25 @ 11am-6pm

Navy Pier Festival Hall
Downtown

$20 $13.75

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Daughtry - Saturday September 3, 2016 / 7:00pm (Gates at 5:00pm)

Grand Victoria Casino - Festival Park
Downtown Elgin

$65 $32.50

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One, Two, or Four Tickets to Wheeling's Restaurant Row Taste of the Town Festival (Up to 51% Off)

Wheeling Area Chamber of Commerce
The Westin Chicago North Shore

Sample offerings from the best of Wheeling’s Restaurant Row restaurants, wineries, and breweries at annual food festival

$45 $25

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"Arizona Summer Ends" Margarita and Mojito Festival - Saturday September 24, 2016 / Noon-10:00pm

Rawhide Western Town
Chandler

$40 $25.25

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All-Inclusive Rooftop Party for a Cubs Game at Down the Line Rooftop (August 29–September 4)

Down the Line Rooftop
Down The Line Roof Top

All-inclusive food and drinks create a party-like atmosphere on a Wrigleyville rooftop as the Cubs take on foes inside Wrigley Field

$119.78 $74

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"Dutchman / TRANSit" through September 25

"Dutchman / TRANSit"
Greenhouse Theater Center

Two one-act plays—a classic and a world premiere—use allegory and the public transit system to explore identity politics and race

$23 $12

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Signature Scent Class - Good For Any Date Through September 30, 2016 (Reserve in Advance)

Aroma Workshop
Lincoln Park

$60 $36.50

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"The Original Improv Gladiators"

The Cornservatory
North Side

$10 $7.50

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Part Dog: "Deliriously Serious"

The Cornservatory
North Side

$10 $7.50

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"Drink! The Sketch Comedy Drinking Game: Back-2-School Edition"

The Cornservatory
North Side

$10 $7.50

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"ComedySportz"

The ComedySportz Theatre
North Side

$25 $16.50

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"Bible Bingo" or "Late Nite Catechism", June 6–September 5

"Late Nite Catechism" or "Bible Bingo"
Royal George Theatre

Two comedies from Vicki Quade and Maripat Donovan skewer Catholic traditions and sensibilities in a lighthearted, interactive romp

$30 $18

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Cubs Rooftop Experience with All-Inclusive Food and Drink at Skybox on Sheffield (August 29–September 25)

Skybox on Sheffield
Skybox on Sheffield Rooftop

Enjoy iconic Wrigleyville experience from a three-tiered rooftop with food, beer, and wine

$99.19 $69

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Chicago Cubs Rooftop Ticket with Unlimited Food and Drinks with Unobstructed Views (August 30–September 4)

Wrigley View Rooftop
Chicago

While enjoying all-inclusive refreshments, peer over Wrigley Field’s left-field wall and watch the Cubs take on MLB rivals

$137.97 $109

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All-Inclusive Rooftop View of Cubs Game at Lakeview Baseball Club (August 29–September 25)

Lakeview Baseball Club
Lakeview Baseball Club - Cubs Rooftop

Indulge in food and drinks while taking in a ballgame from a facility that mixes old-school charm with lush modern amenities

$110.39 $69

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"The Magic Cabaret"

Greenhouse Theater Center
Chicago

$20 $13.75

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Concert Ticket Package for Two at The Elbo Room, Valid Through December 30

The Elbo Room
Elbo Room

Intimate music venue fills with sounds from local & national performers during diverse schedule of nightly concerts

$129.99 $20

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$39 for Date Night with Two Movie Tickets and $100 Restaurant.com eGift Card ($124 Value*)

Ultimate Date Night Package
Lincoln Park Zoo

Create your own ultimate date with movie tickets and a $100 Restaurant.com eGift Card for dinner

$124 $39

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"Ridiculous Jackassery"

Laugh Out Loud Chicago
Laugh Out Loud

$15 $4.75

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"The Nasty Show"

Laugh Factory Chicago
Laugh Factory - Chicago

$17 $5.75

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"CHIGAYGO!" - Thursday September 1, 2016 / 10:00pm

Laugh Factory Chicago
Laugh Factory - Chicago

$17 $5.75

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Chicago's Best Stand-Up

Laugh Factory Chicago
Laugh Factory - Chicago

$17 $5.75

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Weekend or Tuesday Show at the Laugh Factory, through May 31, 2017

The Laugh Factory
Laugh Factory - Chicago

Large lineups of top local standup talent, comedic storytelling, and themed shows

$10 $7

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  • Windy City RibFest
    It might be called the Windy City RibFest, but the bosses of sauce who tend to the festival's barbecue come from all over the world. For five years running, these award-winning ribbers have been filling fest-goers with sauce-slathered ribs, frothy brews, and traditional sides, such as baked beans, coleslaw, and another helping of ribs. Tucked between the Aragon Ballroom, the Riviera, and the Green Mill, this year's RibFest welcomes local luminaries such as grillmaster Tom Ferguson, whose Chicago BBQ Company is a perennial favorite at the fest. Out-of-towners are also well-represented. Joey Sutphen of Texas Thunder BBQ whips up batches of his family's nationally known ribs, and Paul MacKay from Aussom Aussie Australian BBQ shares the piquant flavors of his native Sydney. As chefs from Porky Chick's and Famous Daves sizzle up their trademark slabs, local bands such as the funked out vocalists of Suénalo, the Top 40 cover band Hello Weekend, and Dave Matthews–mimickers Trippin' Billies keep crowds sufficiently entertained. Groupon Guide to Chicago Groupon Guide rounded up some of the best barbecue joints in the country. See who made the cut.
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    W. Lawrence Ave. & N. Broadway St.
    Chicago, IL US
  • Jazz Institute of Chicago
    Take your family on an adventure around the world as you experience a brand new culture at Jazz Institute of Chicago in Chicago. Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles. There's no better way to get acquainted with culture than with a visit to Jazz Institute of Chicago so stop by today.
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    4802 N Broadway St
    Chicago, IL US
  • EDM Nation featuring Cazzette
    Take a trip to Aragon Ballroom in Chicago and make your next meal a good one. The drink list at this restaurant has everything you need to complete your meal (and your night out). For music and dancing, Aragon Ballroom also features live bands and an open floor. The sound levels at the restaurant can reach ear-splitting levels. If you're heading out on a Friday or Saturday, keep in mind that the restaurant gets busy. Take the car and arrive promptly to dinner; parking is plentiful, so don't worry about setting aside time to search for a space. Public transit is conveniently located next to Aragon Ballroom, with nearby stops at Lawrence (Red), Argyle (Red), and Wilson (Red). If cycling is more your speed, you'll find plenty of space to stash your bike outside the restaurant. You'll typically spend about $30 per person to dine at Aragon Ballroom, so plan your budget accordingly.
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    1106 W Lawrence Ave.
    Chicago, IL US
  • ACM School of Music
    The instructors at ACM School of Music pass the torch of musical aptitude with piano lessons and music-theory classes that kindle classical-music appreciation in a new generation. With a focus on teaching students to write their own compositions, experienced musicians explain the rudiments of the form, from a piece's first quarter note to its adolescent experimentation with mixed-meter phrases to its emergence as a full-grown adult arrangement. The school's resident ensemble, Palomar, breathes life into contemporary compositions with an annual concert series. As a nonprofit driven by the goal to expand the cohort of composers and audience members, ACM also facilitates educational initiatives in local schools and offers programming to Boys & Girls Clubs.
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    1758 W. Wilson Ave.
    Chicago, IL US
  • Beer Hoptacular
    A great spot for throwing back a pint or two, Beerhoptacular is home to some of the best brew in Chicago. A variety of drinks are on the menu for you to choose. Parking is plentiful, so guests can feel free to bring their vehicles.
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    1106 West Lawrence Avenue
    Chicago, IL US
  • Andersonville Midsommarfest
    A glass of cold beer 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.
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    5200 North Clark Street
    Chicago, IL US

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