CHICAGO – For one night, celebrity chefs Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert will take the Auditorium Theatre stage in Chicago as part of the “Good vs. Evil” tour.
GENEVA – Geneva might get its second microbrewery for tasting and packaged sales if proposed zoning text amendments and a special use are approved, officials said.
BATAVIA – Batavia MainStreet will start off the spring season with Cocktails on Clark in May. The event will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. May 18.
GENEVA – Craft beer abounds at the appropriately named Geneva Ale House located along downtown Geneva’s main drag. The theater marquee – which pokes out from the building’s facade – originally caught my interest, but what got me through the door was the word “Ale.”
ST. CHARLES – The House Pub will host HOSS Unplugged for the One Mik Stand monthly series at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 7 in the pub's upstairs lounge.
ST. CHARLES – Comedian Drew Carey, the host of "The Price is Right" and "Whose Line is it Anyways" will be popping up in St. Charles for show at Zanies Comedy Club at Pheasant Run Resort.
BATAVIA – Markets are popping up in downtown Batavia as a means of helping the local economy and at-home businesses. The initiative, known as Artisan Collective, involves a once-a-month flash market that takes place in different locations throughout downtown Batavia. The market includes handcrafted goods from independent artists, designers and artisans in the Fox River Valley.
AURORA – Liverpool Acoustic, an all-acoustic Beatles cover band, will perform Saturday, March 16, at Culture Stock.
A sign in the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin, Ireland, proudly states “Everyone’s Irish on March 17,” a declaration that rings true for many on St. Patrick’s Day. What was once a religious holiday honoring Ireland’s patron saint has quickly morphed into a secular tradition dedicated to eating, drinking and celebrating all things Irish. Beginning Thursday, March 14, and running through Sunday, March 17, the Tri-Cities are celebrating St. Patrick’s weekend with a slew of local festivities and good “craic” – the Irish word for fun or enjoyment as related to music or drinking.
Chelsea Lately star and stand-up comedian Sarah Colonna will be onstage Saturday, March 23, at Zanies Comedy Night Club in St. Charles.
Flanagan's Wake is one of Chicago's longest running shows. Dear 'ole Flanagan has died again! As his best friend and drinking mate says, "We'll keep waking him until we get it right." This hilarious interactive show transports you to the Emerald Isle where you will be joined by Flanagan's closest friends to grieve as only the Irish can. Celebrate with plenty o'pints, crazy sing-a-longs, and witty tales suggested by YOU, the audience.
The Riverfront Playhouse presents this beloved multi-generational story.
Visit Gibby's Wine Den any Friday evening for a glass of wine from their by-the-glass menu, an item from the Tidbits menu or share a bottle with friends and enjoy the sounds of local musicians. Their wine menu changes monthly, so stop by to try unique wines from different regions around the world.
The Steel Beam Theatre presents "Becky's New Car," a thoroughly original comedy with serious overtones as Becky Foster, caught in middle-age, takes the road less travelled.
Enjoy an evening of side-splitting laughter with Bob Smiley, one of the country's #1 choice for clean and hilarious comedy, on Friday, March 8. Bob has been doing stand-up comedy for more than a decade and his sharp wit and God-given idiocy leave audiences everywhere in hysterics. Show starts at 8 p.m.
The Fox Valley Orchestra presents "All Things English" on Saturday, March 9, at the Norris Cultural Arts Center in St. Charles. Enjoy an array of classical favorites by famed English composer Edward Elgar. His ever popular Cello Concerto will be performed by principal cellist Merrick Jones. The orchestra will also perform Elgars Pomp and Circumstance March No 4, Serenade for Strings, and his Crown of India Suite. Concert starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors.
Join TriCity Family Services for Savory Sips on Saturday, March 9, at The Wine Exchange in St. Charles. This will be an evening of wine tasting, light hors d'oeuvres, socializing and building community for TriCity Family Services. The event is from 4 to 7 p.m.
Ready for a good laugh Saturday night?
The NIU SteelBand takes the stage on Saturday, March 2, at the Norris Cultural Arts Center in St. Charles. Now in its 40th season, this is the internationally acclaimed band's third visit to The Norris with an eclectic program spanning a variety of musical genres. Prepare to be surprised and delighted. Show starts at 7:30 p.m.
The Albright Theatre Company brings "Hollywood Arms," by Carrie Hamilton & Carol Burnett, to the stage.