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Forester News

Winter Gala venue announced

Tickets for Winter Gala will be going on sale on Wednesday, January 29. This year’s event will be held from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Saturday, February 22 at Joe’s Live in Rosemont.

Joe’s Live, 5441 Park Place, is located within Parkway Bank Park at the center of the Rosemont entertainment district. Joe’s hosts dozens of concerts with touring artists from a variety of genres annually.

Parkway Bank Park is home to the following venues that give you the opportunity to enjoy your evening prior to the Gala’s beginning at 9 p.m.


  • Adobe Gila’s Margarita Fajita Cantina
  • Bub City
  • Fogo De Chao Brazilian Steakhouse
  • Kings Dining
  • Sugar Factory
  • MacGuffin’s Bar and Lounge
  • Five Roses Irish Pub
  • Hofbräuhaus Chicago
  • Park Tavern


  • King’s Bowling and Entertainment
  • AMC Theatre at Rosemont
  • Big Ten Experience Museum
  • iFLY Indoor Skydiving
  • Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar
  • Zanie’s Comedy Club
  • Fashion Outlets of Chicago 

Also available within a short distance down River Road is one of Chicagoland’s premiere entertainment venues, Rivers Casino.


Five luxury hotels form the eastern border of the Park. They include Aloft, Doubletree, Crowne Plaza, Hilton, and Embassy Suites. If you choose to stay at a hotel that evening, note that ice skating will be available on Sunday, February 23 in the center of Parkway Bank Park.

Please see the attached Park map and this link for more details.


  • CTA Blue Line stops near the venue for those of you that would like to take public transportation. It is roughly a five minute walk from the CTA station to Joe’s Live.
  • Parking is available on site at Parkway Bank Park and is free if you validate your parking at Joe’s Live.
  • Buses will be available to transport students to the venue and back to campus that evening.

Tickets are free for Lake Forest College students but will require a $20 refundable deposit that will be returned to you only if you check in at the venue. Tickets for non-Lake Forest College students are $50 and are non-refundable.

The deadline to purchase tickets is Monday, February 17, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. or when we sell out of tickets, whichever comes first. The link to ticket sales and more details will come on January 29.

Gala Venue Map