The Original & Longest Running Beatles Celebration, Since 1974!
 
  • SHOWTIMES
  • FRI AUG 10TH
    5PM - Midnight
  • SAT AUG 11TH
    Noon - Midnight
  • SUN AUG 12TH
    Noon - 11 PM
Confirmed Chicago Fest Guests
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  • Peter & Jeremy
    Legendary Duo In Concert

    Peter & Jeremy

    Legendary Duo In Concert

    Together For The First Time As A Duo! The two separate halves of the two most popular British Invasion duos from the 1960s together at last!  The FEST has been fortunate to have presented Peter & Gordon, Chad & Jeremy and (two years ago) even Peter, Chad & Jeremy on the same bill. Well, Chad has now retired, and Peter and Jeremy are teaming up together for a brand new show their premiered at our NY Metro FEST in March, exchanging reminiscences about the London music scene of that time, great songs and great artists of the period (including the Beatles of course) and so much more. They will be performing many of their hits and discussing their extraordinary, multifaceted and peripatetic careers.  This performance will be divided into two parts, Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Peter will also host a new event called Peter Asher and Friends All Together Now, on Friday evening.

  • Roy Orbison Jr.
    In Concert on Saturday

    Roy Orbison Jr.

    In Concert on Saturday

    Roy Orbison Jr. -- the son of the late Roy Orbison -- will be in concert with his band on Saturday, playing Traveling Wilburys cuts to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1, Beatles cuts, and Roy Orbison cuts. The Beatles toured with Roy Jr's Dad in the U.K. in 1963 and were fascinated with him. They developed a life long friendship with him, proven when George invited him to join the Traveling Wilburys. Roy Jr and his brothers and author Jeff Slate have published the official biography if Roy's amazing life, called Orbison. Roy Jr. will be signing copies of this outstanding book at the FEST. Roy Jr. will also be performing a special set of mostly new solo material, on the Apple Jam Stage early  Sunday afternoon.

  • Billy J. Kramer
    British Invasion Star

    Billy J. Kramer

    British Invasion Star

    Legends are hard to come by, but Billy J. is one of them. We are delighted to welcome him back to our stage. On Saturday, Billy will be presenting a new show based on his own unique observations. To Liverpool With Love: The British Invasion Through the Eyes and Ears of Billy J. Kramer. Billy was an integral part of that invasion, grew up in the Liverpool music scene and toured extensively with The Beatles before and during Beatlemania. Where did the seeds come from that created this environment? In the show, through songs and stories, Billy tells it like it was. Our MC Terri Hemmert will help guide the journey that should give us all a new appreciation and understanding of that time and place. On Sunday, Billy is bringing his amazing band back (including the one and only Liberty Devitto on drums and Dennis DelGaudio on guitar) for an Sunday Afternoon Concert featuring some new songs mixed in with his classics.   One of only two artists to have four songs written for them by Lennon/McCartney (Peter & Gordon was the other). Billy took Do You Want To Know A Secret to # 1 in the UK, knocking the Beatles out of the top spot! Other hits by Billy include Bad To Me, I'll Keep You Satisfied, and From A Window. His latest album, I Won The Fight, was produced and written mostly by Billy - a career first. With a song called To Liverpool With Love, Billy helped lead the charge that got his former manager Brian Epstein inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame a few years ago. He will be talking about Liverpool (his hometown) and the 60s at the FEST, and will be having signing sessions all weekend.

  • Jack Douglas
    Legendary Producer

    Jack Douglas

    Legendary Producer

    With 40 Gold and Platinum records to his name, legendary producer/engineer Jack Douglas has carved a legacy five decades deep in the music world. An integral component of many pivotal recordings, Jack has worked with a wealth of extraordinary talent – from Aerosmith, Cheap Trick, and The Who, to Patti Smith, Supertramp, Blue Öyster Cult, and The New York Dolls, to name a few.

     

    Working his way up from janitor to engineer at the famed Record Plant studios, Jack earned the rare opportunity to work with John Lennon. Serving as engineer on his iconic masterpiece  Imagine, Jack Douglas played a key role in Lennon’s return to the business after a six year absence. This cemented a bond that would lead to Jack producing Lennon and Yoko Ono’s Double Fantasy album, for which he won a Grammy Award for Album Of The Year. Jack was also a card-carrying member of the original Hollywood Vampires, often driving the getaway car with John in the backseat during his “gone for a newspaper” daze in LA.They continued to work together diligently, initializing sessions for the Lennon / Ono album Milk And Honey before it was cut short upon Lennon’s tragic death in 1980. Douglas was the last person he saw, departing each other that evening with “See You In The Morning.”

     

    Today, Jack continues to work with established and rising talent, as well as sharing his wisdom with the next generation of music producers / engineers at speaking engagements. His expertise has earned him an Emmy Award (Best Music Written For Children’s Show - ABC “Over 7” After School Special), an induction into the NAMM Technical Hall Of Fame, several Lifetime Achievement Awards (including the LA Music Hall of Fame, and The Institute of Audio Research), and an honorary doctorate from Five Towns College. With his keen ear for bringing out the best of a musician’s sound, Jack Douglas stands as a vital figure in the creation of some of rock’s most important music.

  • 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 Joe Bellia (sitting in for 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 honor of their 50th Anniversary, the guys will be performing many tracks from The White Album and Yellow Submarine. They'll also be performing dozens more Beatles  and solo Beatles cuts!   Just to name some artists Liverpool has played with over the past 37 years at the FEST - Harry Nilsson, Billy Preston, Donovan, Peter & Gordon, Klaus Voormann, Joey Molland, Gerry Marsden, Billy J. Kramer, Mike Pender (Searchers), The Quarrymen, Ronnie Spector, Alan Parsons, Doris Troy, Norman "Hurricane" Smith, Peter Noone, Micky Dolenz, Six Wings Members, Spencer Davis, Terry Sylvester (Hollies), Gary Wright, Albert Lee, Mark Rivera, Randy Bachman, Neil Innes, Gene Cornish (Rascals), Mark Lindsay, Max Weinberg,  and Billy Kinsley (Merseybeats).   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 are not to be missed. You never know who is going to show up unannounced to join in the jam!

  • The Weeklings
    In Concert on Saturday

    The Weeklings

    In Concert on Saturday

    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. They'll also be selling copies of their latest studio album, Studio 2, recorded at Abbey Road Studio 2, as well as their latest Live at Daryl's House, Volume 1 CD Album! This is their 4th year with us and it is exciting to see their popularity increase since then, getting lots of airplay on Little Steven's Underground Garage, and even on Chris Carter's Breakfast With The Beatles, on The Beatles Channel!

  • Leslie Cavendish
    Beatles Hairdresser 1967-75

    Leslie Cavendish

    Beatles Hairdresser 1967-75

    Anything the lads did with their hair, the world followed. Have you ever wondered what it might have been like to be The Beatles’ hairstylist in the late 60s? No it’s not Billy Shears… it’s the one and only Leslie Cavendish and he’s sure to share some fabulous story stylings about his time with John, Paul, George and Ringo from 1967 - 1975, and being part of their iconic transformations. He spent time in the recording studio with The Beatles and was even invited to join them on their Magical Mystery Tour. The US edition of his new book, The Cutting Edge, premiered at the New York Metro Fest in March. We welcome Leslie, who still resides in London, to his very first Chicago FEST.

  • 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. It just wouldn't be a Chicago FEST without Terri. She 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!!

  • 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, getting us up to date on the project and will be treating us to some more exclusive readings from the script.

  • Jude Southerland Kessler
    John Lennon Author/Historian

    Jude Southerland Kessler

    John Lennon Author/Historian

    Jude Southerland Kessler has completed the fourth volume of the history of John Lennon, which will debut at the Chicago Fest. It is called, Should Have Known Better and we will be having a Launch Party for it at the FEST. 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 two years, 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.

  • Simon Weitzman
    Researcher, Project Wrangler: "The Beatles In Stereoscopic 3D"

    Simon Weitzman

    Researcher, Project Wrangler: "The Beatles In Stereoscopic 3D"

    Archivum returns with something really uniquely different! The world’s first 3D photographic album on The Beatles, using state-of-the-art technology to generate stereographic photography (3D). The Beatles were never photographed in 3D, but Archivum has created an innovative and immersive way to allow fans to virtually step back in time and experience The Beatles as if they were right there in the moment, delivering a completely new experience to Beatles fans of all generations around the world. Presented in a specially engineered 10 inch collectors album box The Beatles In Stereoscopic 3D features an accompanying 8 page overview booklet, high quality metal stereograph viewer and 50 digitally mastered viewable stereographic cards painstakingly re-imagined from our Beatles photographic vaults. Stereoscopic is gong to be premiered at the Chicago FEST and In addition to the new 3D book, Simon has served as Researcher and Project Wrangler for the tremendous books Tom Murray's Mad Day OutEight Arms To Hold You, and All You Need Is Love. 

  • Paul Skellett
    Picture Curator, Artist, Designer: "The Beatles In Stereoscopic 3D"

    Paul Skellett

    Picture Curator, Artist, Designer: "The Beatles In Stereoscopic 3D"

    Archivum returns with something really uniquely different! The world’s first 3D photographic album on The Beatles, using state-of-the-art technology to generate stereographic photography (3D). The Beatles were never photographed in 3D, but Archivum has created an innovative and immersive way to allow fans to virtually step back in time and experience The Beatles as if they were right there in the moment, delivering a completely new experience to Beatles fans of all generations around the world. Presented in a specially engineered 10 inch collectors album box ‘The Beatles In Stereoscopic 3D’ features an accompanying 8 page overview booklet, high quality metal stereograph viewer and 50 digitally mastered viewable stereographic cards painstakingly re-imagined from our Beatles photographic vaults. Paul is a well known fine artist, designer, and forensic remastering expert. He was one of the minds behind the tremendous books Tom Murray's Mad Day OutEight Arms To Hold You, and All You Need Is Love. 

  • "Little Nicola" Hale
    Was in Magical Mystery Tour film

    "Little Nicola" Hale

    Was in Magical Mystery Tour film

    My name is Nicola Hale and when I was five years old I was in the Magical Mystery Tour.  The funny thing is that the only times I use Nicola these days is when I am talking about “ Little Nicola”  I go by Nikki.   Throughout my life I have been able to tell the story of this event and each time it brings me joy to see the smiles on the faces of those I get to share it with.  I moved to Chicago in 1987 and have only been able to make it to The Fest once. I was excited to be invited this year and happy my schedule allows me to accept.   These days, Nikki Hale is a “Rebel with a Cause” who creates challenging, supportive and effective learning environments for youth development workers and leaders across the USA.   She now calls Forest Park Illinois her home, and lives there with her wife Beth and black Lab Daisy.

  • Bruce Spizer
    Leading Authority on the Beatles Recordings

    Bruce Spizer

    Leading Authority on the Beatles Recordings

    Bruce Spizer is one of the world's leading authorities on the U. S. Beatles recordings. His latest book, The Beatles and Sgt. Pepper: A Fans' Perspective was released to coincide with the 50th Anniversary of Sgt. Pepper's release.  Bruce has been a guest at every FEST nationwide since 1998 - that's 49 FESTS!! 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 are certain he will come up with some great new subjects for 2018.

  • Gary Astridge
    Ringo's Drum Kits Curator

    Gary Astridge

    Ringo's Drum Kits Curator

    Gary is Ringo's Drum Kits Curator, and will be giving some fascinating A/V presentations on the subject. He will be setting up the kits in his Exhibit Room.

  • David Bedford
    Author of "The Fab 104"

    David Bedford

    Author of "The Fab 104"

    Liverpudlian David Bedford is finishing up his new book, Looking For The 4th Beatle, which will debut at the Chicago Fest. His previous book, The Fab 104, refers to the number of musicians/friends/others who were involved with the Beatles story from the Quarrymen (July 6, 1957) until the day Ringo completed the band in August of 1962. David's first book, Liddypool, is one of those essential books to own, giving us a great glimpse of what it was like to grow up in Liverpool and how that influenced the Beatles. David has added a lot more information to this book, which came out this summer. His always entertaining talks and A/V presentations have become fan favorites.

  • Wally Podrazik
    Panel Discussions

    Wally Podrazik

    Panel Discussions

    Wally Podrazik 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 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! Wally will also be an integral part of Saturday's Tribute (with Deco, Vivek, Victoria and other staff members) called Beyond Brian Epstein, 1968

  • 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, Kit 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.

  • Kenneth Womack
    Author of "The Beatles Encyclopedia"

    Kenneth Womack

    Author of "The Beatles Encyclopedia"

    Kenneth Womack world-premiered his new book on George Martin, called Maximum Volume: The Life of Beatles Producer George Martin, The Early Years, 1926-1966, at the Chicago Fest last August. At the 2018 Chicago Fest, he'll be premiering Sound Pictures, Volume 2! Ken is a literary critic and award-winning author who has written five books about the Beatles. His most recent before the George Martin book, New Critical Perspectives on The Beatles, explores the lives and works of the Beatles with new essays. Kenneth is the Dean of the Wayne D. McMurray School of Humanities and Social Sciences at at Monmouth University in New Jersey. I (Mark) had the opportunity to read through big sections of Sound Pictures, Volume 2 and the detail Ken goes into, during the recording sessions with George Martin is something all fans will crave, and appreciate his attention to detail.

  • Terri Whitney
    Author

    Terri Whitney

    Author

    Terry Lilly Whitney, a.k.a. The Rockin’ Rhymer, is a Michigan native who has been part of the poetry jam and other activities at the Chicago Fest for several years. Her new book, Any Rhyme At All, will be available at the Fest. Her talks take place in the Paperback Writer Room.

  • Susan Shumsky
    Author of Maharishi & Me

    Susan Shumsky

    Author of Maharishi & Me

    Susan has written a book from her personal experiences in the 1960s and beyond, called Maharishi & Me: Seeking Enlightenment. Susan was in India with the Maharishi the same time The Beatles were there, and ended up working for him for six years, really getting to know him. This story has never been told, until now, and should be very fascinating. This is Susan's first appearance at the Chicago Fest.

  • Tom Frangione
    Beatles Trivia Expert, Part of The Beatles Channel Fab Fourum

    Tom Frangione

    Beatles Trivia Expert, Part of The Beatles Channel Fab Fourum

    For over thirty years, Tom’s been covering the Beatles on radio and in print, and is a long-time master of ceremonies and co-host at the Fest, heading up the “Name That Tune” game, trivia contests, and taking part in the auctions, discussions and interviews on the ballroom stage. These days his work can be found in Beatlefan Magazine, on Joe Johnson’s Beatle Brunch Radio, and on Sirius XM’s Beatles Channel, where he serves as the Resident Beatles Expert on the weekly Fab Fourum program, heard live every Wednesday evening at 9PM ET and rebroadcast on Saturday mornings and Sunday late afternoons.

  • Susan Ryan
    Beatles Historian

    Susan Ryan

    Beatles Historian

    Susan Ryan started an online publication over 16 years ago called Rooftop Sessions, where fans submitted stories and prose about the Beatles. Now she hosts groups of women Beatles historians and comes up with new topics to explore each year in always fascinating talks. Susan also conducts Walking Tours of Beatles and John Lennon sites around New York City.

  • Al Sussman
    Fest Favorite/Author 'Changin Times'

    Al Sussman

    Fest Favorite/Author 'Changin Times'

    Al Sussman'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 Tom in the Beatles Trivia and Name That Tune Competitions.  Al, a longtime executive editor for Beatlefan Magazine will also host some of the always fascinating Panel Discussions.

  • 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, a long out of print book, 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. 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 and current tours. She has the most read and informative site on the web dedicated to Paul >> http://themaccareport.com

  • Patti Gallo-Steinman
    Author of Diary Of A Beatlemaniac

    Patti Gallo-Steinman

    Author of Diary Of A Beatlemaniac

    Author of Diary of a Beatlemaniac: A Fab Insider’s Look at the Beatles Era. The memoir is compiled from her own diary, weekly Teen to Teen newspaper columns, extensive scrapbooking and original snapshots. Patti was also Co-President of the Official Victor Spinetti Fan Club of America, Chapter #1. A journalist by profession and Philly girl, she is no stranger to the Fest for Beatles Fans but is making her first author appearance.

  • Danny Donuts
    Nightly Fest Recaps

    Danny Donuts

    Nightly Fest Recaps

    Danny will be creating short video presentations each evening with highlights of the day’s events - always with a song and a unique sense of humor.

  • Alex Cain
    Author of The Beatles Beat

    Alex Cain

    Author of The Beatles Beat

    After a lengthy and successful career in TV Sound, Liverpudlian Alex combined his love of drumming and the Beatles to write (with Terry McCusker) Ringo Starr And The Beatles Beat - the definitive account of Ringo Starr's drumming with the Beatles.

  • Terry McCusker
    Author of The Beatles Beat

    Terry McCusker

    Author of The Beatles Beat

    Terry is the co-author (with Alex Cain) of Ringo Starr And The Beatles Beat, the definitive account of Ringo Starr’s work with the Beatles. Within three years of seeing the Beatles at the Cavern, Terry was himself playing the sweat-clubs of Germany and elsewhere. Working as a freelancer, Terry has played all over the world with many varied bands and artists on stage, screen or radio. Terry actually saw The Beatles at the Cavern at different times, both with Ringo and with Pete Best.

  • 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 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.  It is now available in a 2 volume soft cover edition. He will be treating us to another A/V Presentation and will be participating in some of the Panel Discussions.

  • Aaron Krerowicz
    Beatles Scholar

    Aaron Krerowicz

    Beatles Scholar

    A professional Beatles scholar, Aaron has presented his findings through more than 300 presentations in the United States and England. He has also written numerous books on the subject.

  • Cheryl Jezewski-Hokens
    Author of Happiness Is A Warm Gun - A Vietnam Story

    Cheryl Jezewski-Hokens

    Author of Happiness Is A Warm Gun - A Vietnam Story

    Cheryl is no strange to The Fest For Beatles Fans, but is now a first-time author with her book, Happiness Is A Warm Gun - A Vietnam Story. It is an autobiography of being married to a Vietnam veteran, and an exploration of the absolute power The Beatles ' music -- the musical therapy that kept her alive in the face of the terror of that war.

  • Sara Schmidt
    Author of Happiness is Seeing The Beatles

    Sara Schmidt

    Author of Happiness is Seeing The Beatles

    Sara has written a book from her personal experiences in the 1960s, called Happiness is Seeing The Beatles: Beatlemania in St. Louis. We find out what it was like being a Beatles fan (something we all know about), and the challenges of seeing them in person.

  • Allison Johnelle Boron
    Founder, REBEAT Magazine

    Allison Johnelle Boron

    Founder, REBEAT Magazine

    Allison is a Los Angeles-based music writer and editor whose work has appeared in Goldmine, Paster, and more. She is the founder and editor of REBEAT Magazine, an online publication focused on mid-century music, culture, and lifestyle.

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the venue
The Hyatt Regency O'Hare

9300 Bryn Mawr Avenue, Rosemont, IL, 60018 |

 

This is our 33rd year at the Hyatt, and it is perfectly suited for the FEST. Rooms are $160.00 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 $15.00 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