Wine Festival at Naper Settlement

Along with samples of more than 250 varietals from around the globe for you to sip and savor, the 15th annual Naperville Wine Festival also offers wine seminars, cooking demos and live music from top local bands over the course of two late-summer evenings. This fun and relaxed culinary event unfolds at the outdoor museum known as the Naper Settlement, and is also set to feature signature dishes for purchase from more than a dozen of the area’s top restaurants and caterers.  Goldstar has discount tickets for both days, Friday and Saturday, August 24th and 25th.

Spend last of summer at Santa’s Village

Forget the North Pole — Santa’s Village in East Dundee has all the holiday fun you can handle: tons of cool rides — including the all-new Super Cyclone roller coaster — plus live entertainment, food and holiday shopping. The park is also home to over 200 animals, birds and fish. You’ll want to visit with the Jolly Ol’ Elf himself and check out his Tree House Slide — which has been around since this Chicagoland favorite first opened way back in 1959.  Discount tickets on Goldstar are $17.99 and good for any day through October 28th.

SNL Live: The Experience tkts thru 8/31

We did the family trip on March 24th (check my 4/21 FB post for pix) and it was a total hoot!  You’ve watched SNL for years. Now relive 40 years of the show in a way you never imagined. At Saturday Night Live: The Experience at Chicago’s Museum of Broadcast Communications, you can become immersed in the show’s fast-paced creative processes and see how ideas become reality in just days. Interact with sets, original props and costumes. Take selfies on the Jeopardy set, rock out on the Wayne’s World couch, and deliver the “news” from behind the Weekend Update desk.  Ticket availability on Goldstar has been extended through August 31st for any operating date (buy vouchers now and go whenever).

Goodman Theatre’s A Christmas Carol

Now a beloved Chicago tradition celebrating its 40th anniversary, The Goodman Theatre ushers in the holiday season with its adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic holiday story A Christmas Carol. Audiences look forward to the “bah humbugs,” the electrifying arrival of the ghosts, the jubilant musical numbers and dancing, and Scrooge’s joyful rediscovery of life, love and the Christmas spirit. Goodman’s Carol continues to lift heats and spirits after four decades more than a million visitors, and the timeless holiday tale promises to be merrier and more magical than ever. The Daily Herald says the play is “the crown jewel of the holiday season” — find out for yourself or relive the magic again.  Tickets on Goldstar start for the November 17th performance and go through December 19th.

Chicago Pet Show: Rescues & More

The Chicago Pet Show is back for more animal-related awesomeness at Oak Lawn Pavilion. Scout out a new furry addition to your family from lots of participating local rescues, or bring your vaccinated pet for some fun (on a leash, of course).This two-day family fair also brings together more than 150 pet-related product vendors and offers advice on animal care and socialization from vets and dog trainers. Watch amazing magic acts, let the kids take a pony ride and explore the petting areas where you can handle cold-blooded creatures and more. Plus, half of all ticket sales go to support the participating rescue organizations. Comp tickets are available on Goldstar for May 4th and 5th, 2019.

Lady Antebellum + Darius Rucker

The three members of Lady Antebellum perform musical alchemy, blending contemporary country sounds with a bit of retro ’60s soul to create an infectious brew. Hailing from Nashville, Lady Antebellum didn’t need long to be invited to the Grand Ole Opry stage. From there it was on to platinum records, Grammy nominations and hit singles like “Need You Now,” a six-time platinum single that topped charts around the world. Now you can check out this modern music sensation on their summer 2018 tour with Darius Rucker, another Nashville country boy turned superstar thanks to his rise to fame as a member of Hootie & the Blowfish. He’s topped the Billboard country charts since going solo with hits like “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It,” “It Won’t Be Like This for Long” and “Alright.” See these two country powerhouses at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Tinley Park on September 15th – tickets start at only $24.

Greatest Love of All: Whitney Houston

The acclaimed stage spectacular The Greatest Love of All: The Whitney Houston Show pays tribute to the late, great songstress by re-creating one of her concert extravaganzas, complete with back-up dancers, six-piece band, costumes and video effects. A hit around the world, the show stars the amazing South African singer Belinda Davids, who matches the original diva’s signature style and vocals via her own four-octave range. And as this loving salute proves, Houston’s personal problems and tragic death in 2012 can’t take away her triumphs — she’s still one of the best-selling artists of all time and the only one ever to top the Billboard chart with seven consecutive No. 1 singles. Hear them all and more performed live at the Rosemont. Tickets for the August 11 performance start at only $18 with this Goldstar deal.

American Walks Chicago Food Tours

Choose from one of five neighborhood food tours with more neighborhoods to be added in 2018. Guests can choose between food tours of Lakeview, Hyde Park, Wrigley, Little Italy and Chinatown. All your food is included and most guests get full as each tour has many different stops for food. Every tour can be vegetarian friendly by request.  Get tickets for any Saturday or Sunday 1 pm tour through October 13.  Tours are two hours and tickets are $20-$25.

Peter Pan: A Musical Adventure

Just like Peter Pan himself, the story of his many adventures never grows old — and it’s not hard to see why. Chock-full of fun and imagination, with pirates, a gang of runaways, magic pixie dust and the ultimate wish fulfillment of soaring through the sky, J.M. Barrie’s classic tale continues to enchant and be reinvented for new generations. Now, Chicago Shakespeare Theater stages a fresh musical adaptation from the team behind Broadway’s Mary Poppins. With a 75-minute running time, Peter Pan: A Musical Adventure is the perfect introduction to live theater for young audiences, and will continue to inspire adventures all summer long. Stick around after the show to meet the cast and snap some selfies, then make a day of it at Navy Pier!  Since this is a kids show, all performance dates are daytime – yeah!  Choose a date through the end of July and get tickets as low as $15 through Goldstar.

Barenaked Ladies tickets only $28!

Whether they’re doing a mash-up of rap hits, complete with questionable ’80s choreography, or leading a sing-along of “If I Had $1000000” (please, no flying mac ‘n’ cheese!), Barenaked Ladies have always been a must-see-live band. Their quirky sense of humor, harmonies Paul McCartney is on record as envying, and feel-good grooves make for a perfect night of music. Now the multiplatinum-selling Canadian rockers bring their rollicking roadshow Last Summer on Earth tour to Chicago’s Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island. Jam along to BNL’s biggest hits, like the chart-topping “One Week,” “Pinch Me,” “It’s All Been Done” and the theme song to The Big Bang Theory, plus songs from their latest album, Fake Nudes. Opening the concert are Better Than Ezra and KT Tunstall.