Festivals in Lake Station


Wild Spirits Tasting Event: $49 for Wild Spirits Tasting & Mixology event at Lincoln Park Zoo ($73.56 Value)

$49 for Wild Spirits Tasting & Mixology event at Lincoln Park Zoo ($73.56 Value)

Wild Spirits Tasting Event

Lincoln Park Zoo

Sample spirits at the stations sprinkled throughout various animal houses, listen to music, and watch local mixology celebrities

$73.56 $49

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Copernicus Center: One- or Two-Day Admission for Two to Taste of Polonia at the Copernicus Center September 4–7 (Up to 46% Off)

One- or Two-Day Admission for Two to Taste of Polonia at the Copernicus Center September 4–7 (Up to 46% Off)

Copernicus Center

Jefferson Park

Live bands and orchestras set the soundtrack to this four-day celebration of Polish culture and food; kids’ events and rides

$14 $8

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American Aid Society of German Descendants: Oktoberfest Entry from American Aid Society of German Descendants (Up to 53% Off). Six Options Available.

Oktoberfest Entry from American Aid Society of German Descendants (Up to 53% 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 $15

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Cock-A-Doodle Brew Fest: Cock-a-Doodle Brew Fest with VIP Option on Saturday, October 10, at 11 a.m. (33% Off). Four Options Available.

Cock-a-Doodle Brew Fest with VIP Option on Saturday, October 10, at 11 a.m. (33% Off). Four Options Available.

Cock-A-Doodle Brew Fest

Downtown Aurora

Imbibe local, national, and regional beers; dance to live music; and indulge in savory foods

$15 $10

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Chi Life Events: $29 for River North Wine & Champagne Fest for One from Chi Life Events on September 19 ($55.50 Value)

$29 for River North Wine & Champagne Fest for One from Chi Life Events on September 19 ($55.50 Value)

Chi Life Events

John Barleycorn

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

$55.50 $29

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Country Crawl: $12 for Country Crawl Country-Music-Themed Bar Crawl on Saturday, September 12, at 11 a.m. ($22.80 Value)

$12 for Country Crawl Country-Music-Themed Bar Crawl on Saturday, September 12, at 11 a.m. ($22.80 Value)

Country Crawl

Wrigleyville

As country-music lovers don cowboy boots and saunter into various bars along Clark Street, Wrigleyville morphs into Nashville for bar crawl

$22.80 $12

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Motor Row Craft Beer & Wine Festival: Tasting Admission for Two to the Motor Row Craft Beer & Wine Festival on September 5 or 6 (35% Off)

Tasting Admission for Two to the Motor Row Craft Beer & Wine Festival on September 5 or 6 (35% Off)

Motor Row Craft Beer & Wine Festival

 

Taste samples from a selection of over 50 beers and wines from the Midwest and beyond that converge at the historic Motor Row

$77.22 $49.99

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Players Sport & Social Group and My Drink On: Admission to BBQ Beer Fest Chicago from Players Sport & Social Group and My Drink On (Up to 45% Off)

Admission to BBQ Beer Fest Chicago from Players Sport & Social Group and My Drink On (Up to 45% Off)

Players Sport & Social Group and My Drink On

Sydney Marovitz Golf Course

Sample gourmet BBQ bites, and up to 20 beers and ciders chosen from 40 craft brewers; VIP guests gain early entry

$49.88 $29

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Samuel Adams "For The Love of Beer" Festival: Samuel Adams "For The Love of Beer" Festival for Two or Four at Millennium Park on September 12 (Up to 54% Off)

Samuel Adams "For The Love of Beer" Festival for Two or Four at Millennium Park on September 12 (Up to 54% Off)

Samuel Adams "For The Love of Beer" Festival

Millennium Park

Entry includes 20 tastings and a commemorative glass; more than 60 beers available, including limited-edition and seasonal brews

$93.47 $45

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Riot Fest & Carnival: Groupon Exclusive: Riot Fest w/ System of a Down, Modest Mouse, The Prodigy, Snoop Dogg, and More on Sept 11–13

Groupon Exclusive: Riot Fest w/ System of a Down, Modest Mouse, The Prodigy, Snoop Dogg, and More on Sept 11–13

Riot Fest & Carnival

Douglas Park

Reunions, full-album plays, and rare appearances from System of a Down, Modest Mouse, The Prodigy, Pixies, Snoop Dogg, Iggy Pop, and more

$149.98

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The Argle Bargle Brew Fest: The Argle Bargle Brew Fest on Saturday, October 3 (Up to 49% Off)

The Argle Bargle Brew Fest on Saturday, October 3 (Up to 49% Off)

The Argle Bargle Brew Fest

Dan Rabin Plaza

Sample brews from 3 Floyds, Rogue, Summit, Victory, and more while listening to live music and enjoying selections from food trucks

$12 $8

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Wheaton’s Wine and Cultural Arts Festival: $45 for Tasting Tickets for Two to Wheaton’s Wine and Cultural Arts Festival ($70 value)

$45 for Tasting Tickets for Two to Wheaton’s Wine and Cultural Arts Festival ($70 value)

Wheaton’s Wine and Cultural Arts Festival

Memorial Park in Wheaton

Guests sample wine and peruse fine art, all while enjoying live entertainment

$70 $45

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Circuit Night Club: SinZation Male Revue at Circuit Night Club

SinZation Male Revue at Circuit Night Club

Circuit Night Club

Lakeview

$35 $22.50

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Fashion Meets Music Festival: Fashion Meets Music Festival Feat. Young the Giant and St. Vincent on September 5–6 (Up to 38% Off)

Fashion Meets Music Festival Feat. Young the Giant and St. Vincent on September 5–6 (Up to 38% Off)

Fashion Meets Music Festival

Columbus Arena District

Young the Giant, St. Vincent, and more perform amidst fashion shows featuring lines by burgeoning designers and Project Runway alums

$64.99 $40

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Chi Life Events: $25 for River North Beer Fest Oktoberfest Edition for One from Chi Life Events on October 10 ($55.50 Value)

$25 for River North Beer Fest Oktoberfest Edition for One from Chi Life Events on October 10 ($55.50 Value)

Chi Life Events

John Barleycorn

More than 50 beers flow from the taps at this Oktoberfest, which brings together both hometown and national craft breweries

$55.50 $25

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"I Do" Chicago Luxury Bridal Expo: "I Do" Chicago Luxury Bridal Expo at Embassy Suites Chicago Downtown on May 1 at 1 p.m. (Up to 44% Off)

"I Do" Chicago Luxury Bridal Expo at Embassy Suites Chicago Downtown on May 1 at 1 p.m. (Up to 44% Off)

"I Do" Chicago Luxury Bridal Expo

Embassy Suites Chicago Downtown

Full day of pampering for brides-to-be plus hair and makeup trials, food and wine tastings, and a fashion show featuring local designers

$26.62 $15

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Brick Fest Live: Brick Fest Live LEGO Fan Festival at Donald E Stephens Convention Center on October 3–4 (Up to 30% Off)

Brick Fest Live LEGO Fan Festival at Donald E Stephens Convention Center on October 3–4 (Up to 30% Off)

Brick Fest Live

Donald E Stephens Convention Center

LEGO lovers gather to participate in interactive building activities, exercising their creativity and witnessing huge creations

$28.50 $20

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Jazz Nations Jazz Festival: Jazz Nations Presents: A Festival of Jazz, Reggae & R&B on Saturday, September 19, at 12 p.m.

Jazz Nations Presents: A Festival of Jazz, Reggae & R&B on Saturday, September 19, at 12 p.m.

Jazz Nations Jazz Festival

Riveredge Park

Chicagoland’s top jazz and R&B musicians, including Skinny Williams and Corey Wilkes, deliver smooth melodies at this lakeside festival

$22.09 $12

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

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

Taste of the Town Festival

Wheeling

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

$45 $25

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Lakeview Baseball Club: All-Inclusive Cubs Game Experience at Lakeview Baseball Club (Up to 49% Off). 18 Games Available.

All-Inclusive Cubs Game Experience at Lakeview Baseball Club (Up to 49% Off). 18 Games Available.

Lakeview Baseball Club

Chicago

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

$110.06 $70

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Down The Line Rooftop: All-Inclusive Rooftop Party for a Cubs Game at Down the Line Rooftop (Up to 49% Off). 14 Games Available.

All-Inclusive Rooftop Party for a Cubs Game at Down the Line Rooftop (Up to 49% Off). 14 Games Available.

Down The Line Rooftop

Chicago

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

$140.04 $99

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18th Annual Chicago Football Classic: Morgan State Bears vs. Howard Bison : Chicago Football Classic Between Morgan State and Howard at Soldier Field on Saturday, September 26 (Up to 52% Off)

Chicago Football Classic Between Morgan State and Howard at Soldier Field on Saturday, September 26 (Up to 52% Off)

18th Annual Chicago Football Classic: Morgan State Bears vs. Howard Bison

Soldier Field

The 18th-annual Chicago Football Classic pits MEAC foes against each other as Howard takes on defending conference champion Morgan State

$24.69 $12

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Chicago Sky: Chicago Sky WNBA Game at Allstate Arena  (Up to 61% Off). Seven Games and Two Seating Options Available.

Chicago Sky WNBA Game at Allstate Arena (Up to 61% Off). Seven Games and Two Seating Options Available.

Chicago Sky

Allstate Arena

All-Star Elena Delle Donne leads the Sky onto the court at Allstate Arena as the team pursues its second-straight conference title

$29.75 $16

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Cascade Drive-In: $15 for Movie and Popcorn for Two at Cascade Drive-In ($24.50 Value)

$15 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 $15

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Studio Movie Grill: $5 for a Movie Ticket at Studio Movie Grill ($10.75 Value)

$5 for a Movie Ticket at Studio Movie Grill ($10.75 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

$10.75 $5

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CLS Fantasy Camp or Sprint Cup: 1-Day NASCAR Race Package or Exclusive 3-Day Fantasy Camp Experience During Chase Weekend at Chicagoland Speedway (Up to 70% Off)

1-Day NASCAR Race Package or Exclusive 3-Day Fantasy Camp Experience During Chase Weekend at Chicagoland Speedway (Up to 70% Off)

CLS Fantasy Camp or Sprint Cup

Chicagoland Speedway

Race tickets, pit passes, pace-car rides and more help fans celebrate the start of the Sprint Cup Series playoffs

$200 $99

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AEG Live: The Who on October 15, at 7:30 p.m.

The Who on October 15, at 7:30 p.m.

AEG Live

United Center

Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend, and company deliver a career-spanning set of epic rockers on The Who’s 50th anniversary tour; Joan Jett opens

$61.11 $49.50

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Hydrate Nightclub Chicago: Tickets to See "Beauties & Beaus" for 2, 4, 6, or 10 with Champagne at Hydrate Nightclub Chicago (Up to 65% Off)

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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Laugh Out Loud Theater: Improv-Comedy Show with Popcorn at Laugh Out Loud Theater Through November 7 (Up to 50% Off)

Improv-Comedy Show with Popcorn at Laugh Out Loud Theater Through November 7 (Up to 50% Off)

Laugh Out Loud Theater

Schaumburg

Improvisers can perform shows with spontaneous scenes, games, and songs

$22 $11

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Chicago Soulfest: Maze feat. Frankie Beverly with Chaka Khan: Chicago Soulfest: Maze feat. Frankie Beverly with Chaka Khan on Saturday, November 28, at 8 p.m.

Chicago Soulfest: Maze feat. Frankie Beverly with Chaka Khan on Saturday, November 28, at 8 p.m.

Chicago Soulfest: Maze feat. Frankie Beverly with Chaka Khan

UIC Pavilion

R&B legends with 30 hit singles, including “Back in Stride” and “I Can’t Get Over You,” play alongside Queen of Funk behind “Ain’t Nobody”

$63.08 $47

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Under the Gun Theater: The Last Snob Standing at Under the Gun Theater

The Last Snob Standing at Under the Gun Theater

Under the Gun Theater

Lakeview

$12 $9

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Big Shot Piano Lounge & Restaurant: Upscale American Dinner for Two or Four at Big Shot Piano Lounge (58% Off)

Upscale American Dinner for Two or Four at Big Shot Piano Lounge (58% Off)

Big Shot Piano Lounge & Restaurant

Arlington Heights

Diners enjoy live music while dining on upscale fare like blue-cheese shrimp salad and entrees like seared scallops or Manhattan strip filet

$40 $17

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"We Gotta Bingo": "We Gotta Bingo" Interactive Dinner Comedy on Select Dates, August 30–November 29

"We Gotta Bingo" Interactive Dinner Comedy on Select Dates, August 30–November 29

"We Gotta Bingo"

Chicago Theater Works

Audiences play bingo, swig beer, and savor an Italian family-style dinner in this interactive musical comedy

$51.85 $30

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The Wailers: The Wailers at HOME Bar on September 10 (Up to 49% Off)

The Wailers at HOME Bar on September 10 (Up to 49% Off)

The Wailers

HOME Bar

Reggae band that toured with Bob Marley keeps the legend’s lyrics alive with revolutionary tracks such as “Get Up, Stand Up”

$27.50 $14

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Sinbad: Sinbad on Saturday, October 10 at 8 p.m.

Sinbad on Saturday, October 10 at 8 p.m.

Sinbad

Rialto Square Theatre

Veteran standup named to Comedy Central’s Top 100 Greatest Standups of All Time performs an animated, dynamic set

$46.20 $27

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Margaret Cho: Margaret Cho – The psyCHO Tour on Saturday, October 3, at 8 p.m.

Margaret Cho – The psyCHO Tour on Saturday, October 3, at 8 p.m.

Margaret Cho

The Chicago Theatre

Famed comic and gay icon presents edgy show examining world events and paying tribute to comedy legends Robin Williams and Joan Rivers

$43.57 $29.50

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Athenaeum Theatre Studio Three: Twisted Melodies at Athenaeum Theatre Studio Three

Twisted Melodies at Athenaeum Theatre Studio Three

Athenaeum Theatre Studio Three

Athenaeum Theatre

$37 $24.50

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Laugh Factory: Comedy Show with Optional VIP Seating at Laugh Factory (Up to 43% Off)

Comedy Show with Optional VIP Seating at Laugh Factory (Up to 43% Off)

Laugh Factory

Chicago

Large lineups of top local standup talent, comedic storytelling, and themed shows such as the Facebook-centric Social Takeover

$20 $12

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Skybox on Sheffield: Cubs Right-Field Rooftop Seating All Inclusive at Skybox on Sheffield (Up to 28% Off). 22 Games Available.

Cubs Right-Field Rooftop Seating All Inclusive at Skybox on Sheffield (Up to 28% Off). 22 Games Available.

Skybox on Sheffield

Chicago

Watch a Cubs game from a three-tiered rooftop overlooking the right-field foul pole while enjoying food and Goose Island beverages

$98.59 $81

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Chicago White Sox: Chicago White Sox Game (September 14–October 1)

Chicago White Sox Game (September 14–October 1)

Chicago White Sox

Cellular Field

The White Sox host the Oakland A’s and the Kansas City Royals in some of the final home series of 2015

$22.45 $12.75

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AC/DC: AC/DC on September 15 at Down the Line Rooftop (Up to 57% Off)

AC/DC on September 15 at Down the Line Rooftop (Up to 57% Off)

AC/DC

Down The Line Rooftop

Classic hard rockers play muscular hits and new songs from Rock or Bust

$173.19 $75

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Harvest Moon Twin Drive-In Movie Theatre: Movie Tickets and Popcorn at Harvest Moon Twin Drive-In Movie Theatre (Up to 51% Off)

Movie Tickets and Popcorn at Harvest Moon Twin Drive-In Movie Theatre (Up to 51% Off)

Harvest Moon Twin Drive-In Movie Theatre

Drummer

Classic drive-in theater employs high-tech projectors to show new releases on two screens

$17.50 $10

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Kane County Cougars: $10 for a Kane County Cougars Baseball Game for Two with Hot Dogs at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark ($30 Value)

$10 for a Kane County Cougars Baseball Game for Two with Hot Dogs at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark ($30 Value)

Kane County Cougars

Fifth Third Bank Ballpark

Scorching through the back half of the season, the defending Midwest League champions continue their pursuit of a second-straight title

$30 $10

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Strawdog Theatre: After Miss Julie at Strawdog Theatre

After Miss Julie at Strawdog Theatre

Strawdog Theatre

Lakeview

$28 $18.25

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The Dancing Horses Theatre: The Dancing Horses Theatre Show with Backstage Pass September 1 – October 31 (Up to 52% Off)

The Dancing Horses Theatre Show with Backstage Pass September 1 – October 31 (Up to 52% Off)

The Dancing Horses Theatre

Delavan

Equestrians and various horse breeds do a Vegas-style performance; backstage pass includes horse-training info and equine meet-and-greets

$37.50 $18

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TobyMac: TobyMac, Britt Nicole, Colton Dixon, and Hollyn on Friday, October 23, at 7:30 p.m.

TobyMac, Britt Nicole, Colton Dixon, and Hollyn on Friday, October 23, at 7:30 p.m.

TobyMac

Sears Centre Arena

Grammy-winning leader of DC Talk takes the stage with fellow Christian pop singers Britt Nicole, Colton Dixon, and Hollyn

$37.25 $22

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Michael Blackson and Friends: Michael Blackson and Friends at Harold Washington Cultural Center on Saturday, September 12 (Up to 37% Off)

Michael Blackson and Friends at Harold Washington Cultural Center on Saturday, September 12 (Up to 37% Off)

Michael Blackson and Friends

Harold Washington Cultual Center

With his own unique lingo and style of dress, “The African King of Comedy” nabs laughs with skills he honed on Chappelle’s Show and HBO

$55.76 $35

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Naughty Little Cabaret: Naughty Little Cabaret at She-nannigans on September 11, October 9, or November 20 (Up to 33% Off)

Naughty Little Cabaret at She-nannigans on September 11, October 9, or November 20 (Up to 33% Off)

Naughty Little Cabaret

Shenannigans

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

$30 $20

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Wrigley View Rooftop: Chicago Cubs Game with Food and Drinks at Wrigley Rooftop with Unobstructed Views (Up to 26% Off). 8 Games Available.

Chicago Cubs Game with Food and Drinks at Wrigley Rooftop with Unobstructed Views (Up to 26% Off). 8 Games Available.

Wrigley View Rooftop

Chicago

While enjoying all-inclusive refreshments, peer over Wrigley Field’s left-field wall and watch the Cubs clash with their biggest rivals

$112.49 $99

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  • Andersonville
    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
  • Chicago Latino Film Festival
    Watch your heart out when you see all of the amazing movies at Chicago Latino Film Festival in Chicago. Enjoy the smell of nature when you see a movie outdoors at Chicago Latino Film Festival. Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles.
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    600 South Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL US
  • Beerhoptacular
    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
  • Tattoo Arts & Horror Festival
    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.
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    18451 Convention Center Drive
    Tinley Park, IL US
  • Chicago Comedy Film Festival
    Disappointed by the relative lack of comedies at film festivals, independent filmmaker Jessica Hardy founded Chicago Comedy Film Festival last year as a much-needed outlet for comedic expression. Now in their second year, Hardy and her staff have picked another round of humorous flicks to the screen over the three-day, second-annual laugh fest, screening both independent feature films and shorts. Films on Friday include Servitude, starring Kids in the Hall and NewsRadio actor Dave Foley as the manager of a Western-themed restaurant’s overworked staff. Earlier in the day is the screening of Close Quarters, a flick starring renowned local actors T.J. Jagodowski, Susan Messing, and Gregory Hollimon as they debate love, friendship, and jealousy—all over some coffee. On Saturday, catch the Midwest premiere of Bad Parents, where Janeane Garofalo and Cheri Oteri play stressed-out soccer moms trying to communicate with their inanimate soccer-ball children. On Sunday, those with VIP passes can attend the award ceremony, as well as the after-party at Rockit Bar & Grill.
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    October 14th & 15th 2011 AMC Loews Pipers Alley 4 1608 N. Wells Chicago, IL
    chicago, Illinois US
  • Bottom Lounge Presented by Distilled Events
    On Tuesday, September 30, independent distillers set up shop at the Hilton hotel to display and sample their small-batch, artisanal wares for the third annual Independent Spirits Expo. The exhibitors come from all over the world, and include Grappa Candolini of Italy alongside Indiana's Redemption Rye bourbon. Meanwhile, Uncouth Vermouth will show off its Brooklyn-based martini companions as Traverse City Whiskey Company struts its stuff with its eponymous spirit.
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    720 S Michigan Ave.
    Chicago, IL US

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