The Original & Longest Running Beatles Celebration, Since 1974!
 
  • SHOWTIMES
  • FRI AUG 12TH
    5PM - Midnight
  • SAT AUG 13TH
    Noon - Midnight
  • SUN AUG 14TH
    Noon - 11 PM
Confirmed Chicago Fest Guests
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  • Klaus Voormann
    Musician, Artist: Performed/Recorded with John, George, & Ringo, Member of Manfred Mann Band

    Klaus Voormann

    Musician, Artist: Performed/Recorded with John, George, & Ringo, Member of Manfred Mann Band

    Klaus makes a triumphant return to The FEST to lead the 50th Anniversary celebration of Revolver. Klaus first met The Beatles in Hamburg in 1960. He was so blown away by their music that he brought his girlfriend, Astrid Kirchherr, to see and hear what excited him. Their friendship solidified and that friendship continues to this day. In 1966, John asked Klaus to design the album cover for their next album. The cover has become iconic and won Klaus a Grammy for Best Album Cover of the year for Revolver. As a musician, Klaus was the bass player with the Manfred Mann Band. He also recorded with George (All Things Must Pass, Living in the Material World), John (Instant Karma single, Imagine LP) and Ringo (Ringo LP, where he also created the booklet artwork). When John was asked to perform in concert in Toronto in 1969, he invited Klaus to join him. When George put his band together for the Bangla Desh concert in 1971, he chose Klaus. We are so honored that he has chosen the Chicago FEST for his U.S. launch his brand new graphic novel about the creation of Revolver. More details about the book and his new Art Exhibition in the coming weeks. We are honored Klaus chose to launch the book in Chicago with us. It is his only U.S. appearance this summer.

  • Peter Asher
    Of Peter & Gordon

    Peter Asher

    Of Peter & Gordon

    A titan in the music industry, Peter Asher was one half of Peter and Gordon, who scored their first #1 hit with the Lennon/McCartney tune A World Without Love in 1964. Along with that smash, Asher and band-mate Gordon Waller had hits with songs such as I Go To Pieces and Nobody I Know. Peter went on to work as head of A & R at Apple Records, where he signed James Taylor. He went on to manage and/or produce Taylor, Linda Ronstadt, Carole King, Ringo, Bonnie Raitt, Diana Ross, and many others.   At the Fest, Peter will be joined by Albert Lee for special concerts! Part 1 of the concert will take place on Saturday and Part 2 will be on Sunday. Peter will also be Guest heading the Musician’s Forum on Sunday. He will also be interview Klaus on stage at one of his two talks.

  • Albert Lee
    Legendary Guitarist In Concert with Peter Asher

    Albert Lee

    Legendary Guitarist In Concert with Peter Asher

    Grammy winning guitarist Albert Lee was part of the Concert for George in 2002. He was friends with George, played with Paul on some Buddy Holly classics, was a member of the Crickets, and has toured with the Everly Brothers, Emmylou Harris and Joe Cocker. He was invited to play with Eric Clapton (who called Albert 'The Ultimate Virtuoso') on his Just One Night Album. Known as 'Mr Telecaster,' Lee has also recorded with Bo Diddley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Jackson Browne, and dozens others. We welcome Albert to his first FEST. At the Fest, Albert will be joining Peter Asher in concert for two fantastic shows -- Part 1 is on Saturday, with Part 2 on Sunday.

  • Billy J. Kramer
    British Invasion Star
    in Concert/New Autobiography

    Billy J. Kramer

    British Invasion Star
    in Concert/New Autobiography

    Billy J. Kramer is a native Liverpudlian and was a big part of the British Invasion. John Lennon wrote many of his biggest hits, including "Bad To Me", "I'll Keep You Satisfied" and "From A Window." He  took "Do You Want To Know A Secret" to the top of the UK charts in the spring of 1963 -- before The Beatles --  and was the first artist to take a Beatles song to No. 1.  Billy not only shared a manager with the Beatles ... he became quite close to them and toured with the lads, too.   Billy will be with us all weekend, telling stories, performing in concert with his band (including Liberty DeVitto on drums) on Saturday afternoon, performing with Liverpool on Saturday and Sunday evenings, and discussing his new autobiography, Do You Want To Know A Secret.   Billy has become a great friend to the FEST and it is always an honor to have him join us.

  • Louise Harrison
    Author of "My Kid Brother's Band...a.k.a. The Beatles"

    Louise Harrison

    Author of "My Kid Brother's Band...a.k.a. The Beatles"

    Louise Harrison, George's big sister, is the author of the brand new book, My Kid Brother's Band...a.k.a. The Beatles. In the book, Louise covers lots of interesting Beatles topics from the inside looking out, including her efforts to help promote the arrival of the Beatles in America in 1964 (Louise was living in Illinois at the time).   Last year, Louise returned to the FEST for the first time in 16 years. This year she is making an encore appearance and bringing along her grandson, Tory Rodgers, who shares a resemblance to and encapsulates the spirit of his Grand Uncle George.

  • Joey Molland
    Of Badfinger

    Joey Molland

    Of Badfinger

    Joey Molland  is best known for being a member of Badfinger, the Beatles' protege band on Apple Records. He auditioned for Badfinger in November of 1969, joined the group shortly after, and remained with them until 1974.  From Come and Get It and No Matter What to Day After Day, their driving sound made them an instant sensation in the early 1970s.   In addition to his work with Badfinger, Molland played guitar on George Harrison's albums All Things Must Pass and The Concert for Bangladesh and played on John Lennon's Imagine.   Joey is a native Liverpudlian who will be telling great stories from those hectic Apple days. He will be part of a Scouser's talk with some of his fellow Liverpudlians and will of course be performing his hits (and a few Beatles songs) with Liverpool on Saturday and Sunday evenings.  

  • Mark Hudson
    Musician and Ringo Starr's Former Producer

    Mark Hudson

    Musician and Ringo Starr's Former Producer

    Mark Hudson (The Hudson Brothers) was Ringo's producer for 10 years. During that time, most of the recordings took place in Mark's tiny studio in Los Angeles, which was a shrine to the Beatles. During those sessions, Mark got to work with Paul, George, Eric Clapton, Willie Nelson, Steven Tyler, and dozens others.   At the Chicago Fest, Mark will lead the Grand Jam Finale's at the end of Liverpool's concerts on Saturday and Sunday, and will head up the Musicians' Forum on Sunday!

  • Liverpool
    World's Finest Beatles Tribute Band, Concerts All Three Nights

    Liverpool

    World's Finest Beatles Tribute Band, Concerts All Three Nights

    LIVERPOOL, featuring Drew Hill, Glen Burtnik, John Merjave and Chris Camilleri, is the World's finest Beatles tribute band. Their amazing concerts highlight every FEST, including the last hour of the concert when they bring up all the musical legends of their time to perform their hits live on our stage. In Chicago, the guys will be performing Revolver in its entirety, with Side 1 on Saturday night and Side 2 on Sunday night. They'll also be performing dozens more Beatles cuts!   Just to name some artists Liverpool has played with over the past 36 years - Harry Nilsson, Billy Preston, Donovan, Peter & Gordon, Klaus Voormann, Joey Molland, Gerry Marsden, Billy J. Kramer, Neil Innes/Rutles, The Quarrymen, Ronnie Spector, Alan Parsons, Doris Troy, Norman "Hurricane" Smith, Peter Noone, Micky Dolenz, Six Wings Members, and Gary Wright. For Liverpool, the focus is on the incredible music the Beatles created, and bringing that energy to the stage while performing note-for-note renditions. Friday evening, they welcome fans with a 60s (optional) Dress Up Night that includes a Look-Alike Contest, a Dress Up Contest, Door Prizes and more. Saturday and Sunday evening's concerts begin around 9 PM and are not to be missed.

  • Terri Hemmert
    Master of Ceremonies

    Terri Hemmert

    Master of Ceremonies

    Aside from being a legendary Chicago DJ (WXRT) and a member of the Radio Hall of Fame, Terri Hemmert has been serving as our beloved Master of Ceremonies in Chicago since 1978, which was the second Chicago FEST ever. Terri did attend the first one, in 1977, to check it out and we met her because she won a door prize! Terri has been an integral part of WXRT for 40 years and is the host of Breakfast With The Beatles every Sunday morning at 8 AM. Terri was voted the #1 Beatles Fan in Chicago!!

  • Tom Murray
    Photographer: Mad Day Out

    Tom Murray

    Photographer: Mad Day Out

    In 1968, Tom Murray took some of the most iconic photos of the Beatles ever. His 'Mad Day Out' photo session is legendary, and all of the images will be published for the first time in Tom Murray's Mad Day Out, which is making its World debut at the Chicago Fest. We are thrilled to be welcoming Tom to his first Fest and can't wait to hear his stories of that day with the Beatles and much more! Tom is coming in from the U.K. to help launch the book.

  • The Weeklings
    In Concert

    The Weeklings

    In Concert

    Appearing in concert on Saturday Afternoon, The Weeklings -- consisting of Glen Burtnik and John Merjave from LIVERPOOL, Bob Burger, and Joe Bellia -- will be playing songs the Beatles wrote but never recorded as well as their Beatle-esque originals and more Beatles cuts. They'll also be selling copies of their latest CD and album, so be sure to snatch one up.

  • Vivek Tiwary
    Author of "The Fifth Beatle"

    Vivek Tiwary

    Author of "The Fifth Beatle"

    Vivek Tiwary's New York Times best-selling graphic novel The Fifth Beatle - The Brian Epstein Story, is being turned into a television event series, produced by Sonar Entertainment (MTV's The Shanarra Chronicles, FX + the BBC's Taboo). They will combine Vivek's powerful script with the use of The Beatles' original songs -- a combination that should make for a phenomenal TV Series. Vivek is a multiple Tony Award winner (Green Day's American IdiotThe Addams FamilyThe Producers), and he's very excited to be joining us in Chicago, getting us up to date on the project.

  • Jude Southerland Kessler
    John Lennon Author/Historian

    Jude Southerland Kessler

    John Lennon Author/Historian

    Jude is now working on the fourth volume of the history of John Lennon, scheduled for publication in 2017. The current book, called She Loves You, is a must read, as her writing style is geared for fans, as she explains in great detail all angles of events in a very enjoyable and engaging manner. 800 + pages of day by day accounts of the year Beatlemania broke out in the U.K. -  1963-1964.  The first volume in the series is Shoulda Been There and the second is Shivering Inside. Jude has been a featured writer on the Fest's Blog for the last year, where she is contributing two pieces per month. Her A/V presentations at the FEST are original and you will even learn new things about the Beatles.

  • Bruce Spizer
    Leading Authority on the Beatles Recordings

    Bruce Spizer

    Leading Authority on the Beatles Recordings

    One of the world's leading authorities on the U. S. Beatles recordings, Bruce has been a guest at every  FEST nationwide since 1998. His eight Beatles books are part of every collector and music aficionado's book shelves. His talks on many various topics are legendary in the Beatles world, and we can't wait to see what he has in store for us for the 2016 Chicago FEST.

  • Eric Cash
    Beatles Fine Artist and Illustrator of "Once Upon A Time In Liverpool"

    Eric Cash

    Beatles Fine Artist and Illustrator of "Once Upon A Time In Liverpool"

    Internationally acclaimed artist Eric Cash is back again this year at the FEST displaying and selling his traditional style oil paintings. Eric, who has been at most Fests since 2008, continues to be one of the most well known Beatles artists going.

  • Paul Skellett
    Picture Curator, Artist, Designer: "Mad Day Out"

    Paul Skellett

    Picture Curator, Artist, Designer: "Mad Day Out"

    Paul Skellett is a well known fine artist, designer and forensic remastering expert. For the book Mad Day Out, which will be making its world debut at the Chicago Fest, Paul served as Picture Curator, Artist, and Designer. The book features all the images from the Beatles' iconic 1968 photo session with Tom Murray, published for the first time ever. Paul also worked on the recently released books All You Need Is Love and Eight Arms To Hold You.

  • Simon Weitzman
    Researcher, Project Wrangler: "Mad Day Out"

    Simon Weitzman

    Researcher, Project Wrangler: "Mad Day Out"

    Simon Weitzman served as Researcher and Project Wrangler for Mad Day Out, which is making its world debut at the Chicago Fest. The book features all of the images from the Beatles' iconic 1968 photo shoot with Tom Murray -- restored and remastered and published for the first time ever. Simon previously worked on the recently released books Eight Arms To Hold You and All You Need Is Love.

  • Chuck Gunderson
    Author of "Some Fun Tonight"

    Chuck Gunderson

    Author of "Some Fun Tonight"

    Chuck Gunderson has been attending the FEST since the late 1970s. An avid fan and collector, Chuck's recent book, Some Fun Tonight!: The Backstage Story of How The Beatles Rocked America, The Historic Tours of 1964-1966, is a must have for all fans. Carefully researched with lots of new information, this epic two-volume comprehensive history of the North American tours features many unpublished images along with rare memorabilia from each city the Beatles performed in. He will be treating us to another A/V Presentation and will be participating in some of the Panel Discussions.

  • Tom Frangione
    Beatles Trivia Expert

    Tom Frangione

    Beatles Trivia Expert

    Tom Frangione is a writer for Beatlefan magazine and is a true Beatles expert, being the Trivia Champ for many years at the FEST. Tom will be assisting Terri on the main stage with some of the special guests over the weekend as well as hosting our "Name That Tune" and Beatles Trivia Competitions.

  • Kit O'Toole
    Author of "Songs We Were Singing: Guided Tours Through the Beatles' Lesser-Known Tracks"

    Kit O'Toole

    Author of "Songs We Were Singing: Guided Tours Through the Beatles' Lesser-Known Tracks"

    Kit O’Toole, the author of  Songs We Were Singing: Guided Tours Through the Beatles’ Lesser-Known Tracks, is a Chicago-based freelance writer and blogger who has written about rock, jazz, and R&B for over 20 years. As a blogger, O’Toole writes for Something Else Reviews (including the popular column “Deep Beatles”), Blinded by Sound (including the column “DeepSoul”), and Cinema Sentries, and previously served as a music editor for Blogcritics. Kit is also a longtime contributing editor for Beatlefan magazine

  • Al Sussman
    Fest Favorite/Author 'Changin Times'

    Al Sussman

    Fest Favorite/Author 'Changin Times'

    Al's first book, Changin' Times: 101 Days That Shaped a Generation, November 22, 1963 - March 1, 1964, is a portrait of an unforgettable time in American history. It is more of a history book than a Beatles book, but the British Invasion is key to the story - especially the Beatles. A friend and part of our staff since the first FEST in 1974, Al assists in the Beatles Trivia and Name That Tune Competitions.  Al is also one of the co-hosts of the Things We Said Today podcast.

  • Susan Ryan
    Beatles Historian

    Susan Ryan

    Beatles Historian

    Susan will be giving A/V presentations of her NYC FEST Walking Tours. Last decade, Susan started an online publication called Rooftop Sessions, where fans submit stories and prose about the Beatles.

  • Wally Podrazik
    Panel Discussions

    Wally Podrazik

    Panel Discussions

    Wally has been the Discussions Room host at almost all of our Chicago FESTS (and other cities) since 1977. Wally is one of the most respected Beatles historian in the world and in the from 1976-1983 wrote three books (with Harry Castleman) that became an early part of a journey to delve deeply in The Beatles history. Wally also heads up the Beatles Trivia Competitions each day, with a segment for young fans, too!

  • Anthony Robustelli
    Author of "I Want To Tell You: The Definitive Guide To The Music Of The Beatles Volume 1: 1962/1963"

    Anthony Robustelli

    Author of "I Want To Tell You: The Definitive Guide To The Music Of The Beatles Volume 1: 1962/1963"

    Anthony Robustelli's book, I Want To Tell You: The Definitive Guide To The Music Of The Beatles Volume 1: 1962/1963 digs deep and provides detailed analysis of the music the Beatles recorded in 1962 and 1963. At the Chicago FEST, Anthony will be providing added flavor to his stories in fascinating A/V Presentations over the weekend.

  • Greg Sterlace
    Author of "The Beatles: Having Read The Book: A Collector’s Guide To Beatle Books"

    Greg Sterlace

    Author of "The Beatles: Having Read The Book: A Collector’s Guide To Beatle Books"

    Greg Sterlace's new book, The Beatles: Having Read The Book: A Collector’s Guide To Beatle Books, examines and looks into more than 100 Beatles books while adding insight into each book’s importance. Greg is a native New Yorker and this is his first Chicago FEST appearance.

  • Kenneth Womack
    Author of "The Beatles Encyclopedia"

    Kenneth Womack

    Author of "The Beatles Encyclopedia"

    Kenneth Womack, a literary critic and award-winning author, has written four books about the Beatles. His latest, The Beatles Encyclopedia: Everything Fab Four, addresses the lives and works of the Beatles from their formative years through the present day. It was a huge project and took years of research to complete.

  • Candy Leonard
    Author of "Beatleness"

    Candy Leonard

    Author of "Beatleness"

    Candy's book, Beatleness, has given us a new word to use to describe all things Beatles. Featuring fan vignettes and photographs, Candy's book recounts what it was like to grow up at the height of Beatlemania, and examines the many ways the Beatles changed society forever. Candy is thrilled to be showcasing the book in New York this year!

  • Piers Hemmingsen
    Author: The Beatles In Canada

    Piers Hemmingsen

    Author: The Beatles In Canada

    Author of The Beatles In Canada: The Origins of Beatlemania! Piers' book offers a whole new perspective for U.S. fans. We certainly did not know that She Loves You made it to #1 in Canada in December, 1963, before we ever heard of the Beatles! Piers has created the standard for Canada's Beatles history, much as Bruce Spizer has done with his series of U.S. books. This is Piers' first Chicago FEST. He will be joining us from Saturday evening through Sunday.

  • Robert Rodriguez
    Author of 'John, Paul, George, & Ringo, Solo In The 70s'

    Robert Rodriguez

    Author of 'John, Paul, George, & Ringo, Solo In The 70s'

    Robert Rodriguez' book John, Paul, George & Ringo, Solo in the 70s, puts the decade in perspective with a 30,000 word day-by-day timeline, following rock's evolution through the decade, and giving the reader a better perspective. He interviewed solo Beatles producers, engineers, friends, musicians, and associates. Robert's previous book, Revolver, was one of the best books in recent years, giving reasons why the album was the Beatles' height of creativity as a band.

  • Jorie Gracen
    Author of "I Saw Him Standing There"

    Jorie Gracen

    Author of "I Saw Him Standing There"

    Photojournalist Jorie Gracen is the author of Paul McCartney: I Saw Him Standing There, which features her photos of Paul from 1976 onward. Filled with terrific anecdotes and focusing largely on Paul's solo tours and Wings tours, Jorie's book gives readers a glimpse into Paul's private life while also showing him smack in the middle of his life on the road. Unfortunately, the book is long out of print. Jorie, a native Chicagoan, has never missed a Chicago FEST. She will be treating us to her annual A/V Show with lots of new photos from the more recent tours. She has the most read and informative site on the web dedicated to Paul >> http://themaccareport.com

More Guests to Come

the venue
The Hyatt Regency O'Hare

9300 Bryn Mawr Avenue, Rosemont, IL, 60018 |

 

This is our 30th year at the Hyatt, and it is perfectly suited for the FEST. Rooms are $149.00 per night. For Reservations, call 1-847-696-1234 and tell them you are coming to the FEST to get the reduced rates.

 

If you would like to book your room online, CLICK HERE

 

Reduced parking at the hotel parking lot of $12.00 per day. Guests staying at the hotel have in and out privileges. Daily guests can not go in and out. Upon leaving, show them your Fest program book or Fest wristband to get the special reduced rate.

  • Sgt. Pepper Drum Tee
    $22.00
  • Beatles 1 + Deluxe Limited Edition CD & 2 Blu-Ray
    $65.00
  • Yellow Submarine Pillow
    $22.00