Festivals in Northlake, IL

Early Entry or General Admission Ticket for Sessions 1 or 2 at Chicago Ale Fest-Winter Edition (Up to 25% Off)

Chicago Ale Fest - Winter Edition


Sample over 150 American craft beers with food from Chicago’s favorite food trucks and a DJ spinning an all-vinyl playlist

$60 $45

$29 for General Admission to River North Beer Festival on November 18 from CHI Life Events ($55.59 Value)

CHI Life Events

Old Crow- River North

From IPAs to pilsners, this beer fest has over 25 different brews for beer lovers to sample and enjoy

$55.59 $29

$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

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

Fine Arts Building


$28 $24.75

River North Whiskey Festival on Saturday, November 12 at 11 a.m. or 12 p.m. (Up to 48% Off)

CHI Life Events

Old Crow- River North

Sample over 50 whiskeys, bourbons, and scotches from around the world

$55.59 $29

Sazón Soiree - An Exclusive Celebrity Chef Dining Experience on October 26 at 6 p.m.

Sazón Soiree - An Exclusive Celebrity Chef Dining Experience


Four competitors—and one winner—from the shows Top Chef and Masterchef present a Latin-themed four-course dinner for charity

$185.62 $99

"Nature on Tap" - Thursday November 3, 2016 / 6:00pm

The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

$12 $4.50

Gorgeous Glass Pendants Class

Affinity Studios


$60 $60

Wet Felting Class in Artist Studio

Ausrine's Arts Room


$110 $110

Pumpkin Daze Autumn Festival for Four or Six at Abbey Farms of Marmion Abbey (Up to 31% Off)

Abbey Farms of Marmion Abbey

Big Woods Marmion

All-day access to hayrides, corn mazes, picnic areas, and other family-friendly attractions

$56 $39

$8 for Admission to the Night Time Fall Festival on October 28 at Johansen Farms ($13.50 Value)

Johansen Farms


After-dark fall festival celebrates the season with campfires, a corn maze, mini-golf, and access to the zoo with more than 500 animals

$13.50 $8


Navy Pier Festival Hall


$30 $23.75

"The Nutcracker"

Athenaeum Theatre

Athenaeum Theater

$28 $19

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

Studio Movie Grill


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

"Hip Hop Nutcracker" on Friday, December 9, at 7:30 p.m.

Hip Hop Nutcracker

Rosemont Theatre

A dozen dancers pair with a DJ and electric violinist to put an explosive hip-hop spin on this holiday classic

$42.55 $25

Visit to Chicago Toy & Game Fair at Navy Pier on November 19 or 20 (Up to 53% Off). Three Options Available.

Chicago Toy & Game Fair

Navy Pier

Two-day fair to play with toys and games from around world, meet inventors, enjoy interactive exhibits and stage events.

$23 $12

The Dancing Horses from September 1 through October 30

The Dancing Horses

The Dancing Horses Theatre

Equestrians & various horse breeds do a Vegas-style performance, followed by an exotic bird show featuring Echo from America’s Got Talent

$37.50 $18

$10 For 2 Drop-In Sessions (Reg. $20)



$20 $10

"A Christmas Carol"

Metropolis Performing Arts Centre

Arlington Heights

$30 $19.75

Movie Theater Ticket Subscription Plans from MoviePass (Up to 37% Off). Four Options Available.


Online Deal

Smartphone app lets users reserve movie theater tickets at major theaters nationwide, saving them time and money

$17.99 $12.99

"The Rocky Horror Show"

Cutting Hall


$20 $13.75

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

Ultimate Date Night Package

Online Deal

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

$124 $39

"Thrones! The Musical Parody": A Parody of "Game of Thrones" (October 12-October 30)

"Thrones! A Musical Parody"

Apollo Theater

This send up of the HBO phenomenon puts a humorous, musical spin on the world of Westeros, including spoilers all the way through Season 6

$59.75 $25

Saints & Sinners Halloween Party - Saturday October 29, 2016 / 9:00pm-2:00am

Lucky Strike


$25 $14.75

Ladies' Night Holiday Happenings Event for One, Two, or Four from Ladies Night Events (Up to 52% Off)

Ladies Night Events


Get in the holiday spirit at a ladies’ night that includes a chili dinner and shopping at a market with more than 35 vendors

$10 $6

$10 for Admission for One to a Comedy Show at Improv Playhouse (Up to $20 Value)

Improv Playhouse

Improv Playhouse

BYOB drinks help the laughs flow easily during comedy shows

$20 $10

Murder-Mystery Dinner for One or Two at The Murder Mystery Co. (Up to 50% Off)

The Murder Mystery Co.


Interactive murder mystery dinner starring professional actors testing guests’ sleuthing skills throughout a three course meal

$60 $29.99

"The Little Flower of East Orange"

Athenaeum Theatre

Athenaeum Theater

$30 $8

Standup or Improv Comedy Show at The Comedy Shrine Theater through January 28

The Comedy Shrine

The Comedy Shrine Theater

Comics and resident improvisers fill standup showcases and a flagship show of short-form improv a la Whose Line Is It Anyway?

$20 $10

Improv-Comedy Show with Popcorn (Through January 28)

Laugh Out Loud Theater Schaumburg

Laugh Out Loud

Improvisers perform shows with spontaneous scenes, games, and songs

$22 $11

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  • Wizard World Chicago
    Five Things to Know About Wizard World There’s only one convention in Chicago that draws the biggest names in comics and TV (along with massive crowds of their adoring fans): Wizard World Chicago. Founded in 1972 and acquired by the comics experts at Wizard Entertainment in 1997, the convention has been the best place for generations of fans to run into their favorite childhood character or movie star or swap theories and speculation with other fans. Read on to learn more about the thrilling events that bring visitors back every year: The special guests are the biggest draw. In the past, the convention has played host to everyone from 10th Doctor David Tennant to Star Trek’s William Shatner. You may see Batman walking around the convention floor. Cosplaying is king at conventions, and Wizard World gets as many Jokers, Chewbaccas, and Transformers as it can handle. Be ready to fill up nerd-approved merchandise at the countless vendor booths. That includes everything from hard-to-find vintage memorabilia to new merchandise inspired by characters from Star Wars, The Avengers, The Simpsons, and more. You can see live art in action. The convention's artist’s alley brings together well-known comic artists, who sell their work, hand out signatures, and create original art while fans look on. Networking opportunities abound. Amateur creators look for new partnerships throughout the convention, while workshops share advice on everything from self publishing to character development.
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    Rosemont, IL US
  • Lisle Executive Gift Shop Inc
    There's really no better place to spend the weekend with your family than at Lisle Eyes to the Skies Balloon Festival in Lisle. Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles. Lisle Eyes to the Skies Balloon Festival is sure to be a fun experience for the whole family!
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    Lisle, 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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    Chicago, IL US
  • Lincoln Park Zoo
    Lincoln Park Zoo: Names to Know Situated in the heart of its namesake park, the Lincoln Park Zoo is home to animals from around the world. Exhibits range from the Helen Brach Primate House to the beautiful Waterfowl Lagoon, and its ongoing research projects work to protect wildlife from the Serengeti to the Congo. Since opening with just two swans in 1868, the Lincoln Park Zoo has been home to thousands of animals and the trainers that care for them. Before your next trip, familiarize yourself with some of the zoo's most famous names: Marlin Perkins: Though famous for hosting Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom, Marlin Perkins first tried his hand at television during his stint as director of the Lincoln Park Zoo. His first program, Zoo Parade, gave thousands of Chicagoland viewers an intimate look into the lives of the zoo's residents, and even won a Peabody Award in 1951. Bushman: Upon his arrival in 1930, Bushman the gorilla turned the Lincoln Park Zoo from a simple city zoo into an international attraction. Today; his taxidermied remains can be found keeping silent watch over the halls of the Field Museum. Adelor: Many of today's visitors have fond memories of Adelor, the majestic African lion who held court inside the zoo's Kovler Lion House until his death in 2012. Although Adelor is missed by many, his spirit lives on: a life-sized statue of the famous cat sizes up passersby at the zoo's east entrance Clark and Addison: Born in 2015, these adorable red-panda cubs share their names with the Wrigleyville intersection that's home to an entirely different type of Cubs.
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    Chicago, 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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    Chicago, IL US
  • Haunted Halloween Ball
    As one of Chicago's biggest costume parties, the Haunted Halloween Ball combines the lavish experience of a VIP nightclub and hotel gala with the terrifying ambiance of a haunted house. Each year the spooky bash invades the Congress Hotel—which voted one of The Most Haunted Hotels in the World by USA Today—and transforms its 20,000-square-foot ballroom into a nightmarish scene overrun with zombies and ghouls. Costumed go-go dancers, zombie cocktail servers, and vampire bellmen roam the haunted ballroom floor as top DJs fill the air with dance beats. Haunted Halloween Ball also invites its guests to go all out with their costumes with winners receiving $3000 in cash and prizes.
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    Chicago, IL US