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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  • Jeremy Clyde
    British Invasion Legend (Chad & Jeremy)

    Jeremy Clyde

    British Invasion Legend (Chad & Jeremy)

    Jeremy Clyde was half of the British Invasion Duo Chad and Jeremy. Some of their hits include A Summer Song, Yesterday's Gone and Willow Weep For Me. This year he has decided to go solo with his Bottom Drawer Band (featuring a Guitarist, Cellist & Violinist). Performing on both Saturday and Sunday afternoons, we are thrilled to be welcoming Jeremy back to the Fest after his prior Fest appearances as part of duos Chad & Jeremy and Peter & Jeremy.

  • Denny Laine
    Formerly of Wings

    Denny Laine

    Formerly of Wings

    Denny is following up his New York Metro appearance -- his first as an announced guest in nine years -- by joining in on the fun in Chicago. He was the only member of Wings (except the McCartneys) from its beginning to the end. With Paul, Denny co-wrote Wings’ biggest U.K. hit Mull of Kintyre. (and also Deliver Your Children). Denny also worked with Paul on Tug of War and Pipes of Peace after Wings disbanded. He was also a founding member of the Moody BluesDenny also sings backing vocals with Paul & Linda on George’s All Those Years Ago. We congratulate Denny on finally being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last year as a founding member of The Moody Blues. Denny sang that soulful lead on Go Now, which became a #1 song and launched their career. We are thrilled and excited that Denny and former bandmates Laurence Juber and Steve Holley are doing a 40th Anniversary salute to Wing's Back To The Egg album.  

  • Laurence Juber
    In Concert, Formerly of Wings

    Laurence Juber

    In Concert, Formerly of Wings

    LAURENCE JUBER joined Wings as Lead Guitarist the same time Steve Holley joined. They were both brought into the band by Denny Laine. We are thrilled that all three of them are joining us in Chicago this Summer to honor the 40th Anniversary of Wings Back to the Egg Album. Laurence is one of our all time favorite guitarists, and you will hear why once he picks up his guitar and plays. Over the years, Laurence has released three CDs of acoustic Beatles tunes and one of Wings tunes. LJ has been name Acoustic Guitarist of the Year twice by Guitar Player Magazine. His brand new CD, Downtown, as released last month. He is performing solo acoustic concerts on both Sat and Sun, and you don’t want to miss them, . His first project in the Beatles world was as a session musician with Cleo Laine, produced by George Martin. Laurence has also worked extensively with Al Stewart. If we counted correctly, this is Laurence's 35th FEST and he keeps getting better!!

  • Ken Mansfield
    Former manager of Apple Records

    Ken Mansfield

    Former manager of Apple Records

    KEN MANSFIELD, the former U.S. manager of Apple Records, was on the rooftop during the Beatles' final live appearance, January 30, 1969.  Ken has written seven books. And aside from working with the Beatles, has been associated with acts such as The Beach Boys, James Taylor, Roy Orbison, Badfinger, and Judy Garland.His latest book, The Roof is our #1 bestselling book of the past 6 months. Ken offers a personal, entertaining, and historically accurate look at the Beatles’ last concert while telling the inside stories and reflections of the Beatles and other characters in the vibrant decade of the sixties. All are interwoven with colorful descriptions on the workings, realities, and the true characters behind the cultural phenomenon that defined a generation. View the modern music industry from someone who was part of its growth and who lets you experience moments of music history that will never come again. Ken Mansfield, the Man in the White Coat, was there!

  • Alan White
    Drummer: John Lennon, George Harrison, YES

    Alan White

    Drummer: John Lennon, George Harrison, YES

    Alan is joining us in Chicago for the very first time. When John Lennon agreed to perform at the Toronto Rock & Roll Festival in Sept, 1969, he put a band together overnight that included Eric Clapton, Klaus Voormann, Yoko, and Alan White (on Drums). John had called this 20-year-old he had heard the night before and invited Alan. He didn’t believe it was John initially. But it was and it was a game changer. They had their only rehearsal on the plane ride from London. The results can be heard on the Live Peace in Toronto Album. Alan joined YES in 1972 and they became one of the premiere Prog rock bands of the 1970s. YES was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame just last year. Alan also played on the single Instant Karma and the Imagine and George’s All Things Must Pass albums. Alan also worked with Denny Laine (pre Wings) and his band Balls for several months. Alan will be performing along with fellow drummer Steve Holley during the jams.

  • Steve Holley
    Drummer, formerly of Wings

    Steve Holley

    Drummer, formerly of Wings

    Steve Holley was a member of Wings from 1978 to 1981. Steve will be performing with his former bandmates Denny Laine and Laurence Juber and will be part of the jams along with fellow drummer Alan White. In honor of the 40th Anniversary of Wings' Back To The Egg album, the Wingmen will be performing an extended set of songs from that classic album, on both Saturday and Sunday evenings. Aside from performing and recording with Paul, Steve has played with Joe Cocker, Elton John, Ben. E. King, Chuck Berry, and more. Steve has been touring with Ian Hunter’s Rant band for the last several years.

  • Mark Lewisohn
    The World's Foremost Beatles Historian

    Mark Lewisohn

    The World's Foremost Beatles Historian

    We’re honored to welcome MARK LEWISOHN back to the FEST for the first time since 2014. Mark is taking a brief time out from preparing the second volume of his history trilogy The Beatles: All These Years to deliver his in-depth presentation about The White Album, called Double Lives. Part 1 is on Saturday and Part 2 is on Sunday. Mark will be here all three days and will be pleased to sign autographs throughout the weekend. Visit Mark's table for his book Tune In in both the original American hardback and paperback formats and also the beautiful deluxe ‘extended’ edition that’s still hard to find here in the US. It’s the first time Mark has signed this version anywhere in the U.S. PLEASE NOTE: We are bringing in a limited quantity of the Deluxe 2 Volume Unedited Edition. We want to have enough for all who want it, so please let us know if you are interested in reserving a copy to purchase at the Chicago FEST (Price is $195.00 + tax). Mark will be happy to personalize and sign your copy.
    The Beatles: An Objective History in five-minute bites Everyone is invited to bring along a Beatles or Beatles-related object which Mark Lewisohn will talk about for a timed five minutes, explaining something of the Beatles’ history through that specific prism. The item can be anything at all – a photo, a record, a document, a press cutting or magazine cover, a piece of memorabilia, a book – just grab any kind of souvenir that grabs you, perhaps something you’ve bought from a Fest dealer, and bring it along. Mark won’t know the items in advance and will illuminate them spontaneously before moving on to the next. This event will take place on Friday evening.
    Considered the world’s foremost Beatles historian, Mark Lewisohn has also written a number of highly-regarded books about the band including The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions, The Beatles Day by Day, The Complete Beatles Chronicle, and The Beatles London.

  • 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, John Merjave, Glen Burtnik, 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 its 50th Anniversary, the guys will be performing Abbey Road in its entirety. They'll also be performing dozens more Beatles  and solo Beatles cuts!   For those of you who are new to the FEST and have never attended one of our celebrations, here are some of the artists Liverpool has played with over the past 40 years at the FEST - Harry Nilsson, Billy Preston, Donovan, Peter & Gordon, Billy J. Kramer, Klaus Voormann, Chad & Jeremy, Randy Bachman, Neil Innes and The Rutles, Gerry Marsden, Mike Pender (Searchers), Joey Molland, The Quarrymen, Ronnie Spector, Alan Parsons, Doris Troy, Norman "Hurricane" Smith, Peter Noone, Micky Dolenz, Seven Wings Members, Spencer Davis, Terry Sylvester (Hollies), Gary Wright, Albert Lee, Gene Cornish (Rascals), Max Weinberg, Mark Lindsay, Phoebe Snow, 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 Sunday

    The Weeklings

    In Concert on Sunday

    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 on Sunday afternoon.  This is their 5th consecutive year with us and it is exciting to see their popularity increase each year, getting lots of airplay on Little Steven's Underground Garage, and on Chris Carter's Breakfast With The Beatles, on The Beatles Channel! They will be doing a signing right after their concert. Don't miss them!!! See them perform their latest single, an amazing re do of the classic hit song, Friday on My Mind. The Weeklings version features guest vocalist Peter Noone.

  • Jude Southerland Kessler
    John Lennon Author/Historian

    Jude Southerland Kessler

    John Lennon Author/Historian

    Jude Southerland Kessler's fourth volume of the history of John Lennon, was debuted at the Chicago Fest last summer. It is called, Should Have Known Better and covers 1964 from the day the returned from their historic American debut in February. This is an amazing book and a must read for all Beatles fans, especially John fans.  Over 900  pages of day by day accounts of the year Beatlemania broke out worldwide.  The first volume in the series is Shoulda Been There, the second is Shivering Inside, and the third is She Loves You.   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.

  • 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 42 years and is the host of Breakfast With The Beatles every Sunday morning from 8-10 AM. Terri was voted the #1 Beatles Fan in Chicago and it surely shows when she is talking with the special guests on our stage!!  She allows the guests to bring out new insights into their relationships with The Beatles.

  • 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 White Album and the Launch of Apple, was released to coincide with the 50th Anniversary of The White Album's release.  Bruce has been a guest at every FEST nationwide since 1998 - that's more than 50 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 2019. His new book on the 50th Anniversary of Abbey Road is coming out late summer. He will do an A/V presentation on it, even if the book isn't out in time for the FEST!!

  • 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. Vivek is also the producer of the current musical Little Jagged Pill, which is opening on Broadway this fall. Congratulations to Vivek on this new feather in his cap!

  • Bob Abdou
    Mr. Puppet

    Bob Abdou

    Mr. Puppet

    A personal message from Bob: Get Back to where you once belonged! After a two year sabbatical, it’s time for me to “get back to where I once belonged” and that place is the Fest for Beatles Fans. I am very grateful to Mark and Carol Lapidos for leaving the door open for me to return.  I am so happy to announce that my shows will be a part of the 45th Anniversary of Fest for Beatles Fans in 2019. I will be premiering a new Beatles character that can only be described as a “real mixer” plus a special surprise new act that will be performed throughout the fest. I have seen many photos and comments on Facebook about how many miss me and my shows. This made me realize I made a positive impact on so many and that I am truly loved.   I can’t wait to return and visit with each and every one of my Beatles family in Chicago, I too love you all.   Peace in the neighborhood,   Bob Abdou/Mr.Puppet

  • Gary Astridge
    Ringo's Drum Kits Curator

    Gary Astridge

    Ringo's Drum Kits Curator

    We are delighted to welcome back Ringo's personal Drum Curator GARY ASTRIDGE. When Ringo needs to send one of his Drum Kits to an exhibition somewhere, it is Gary, who takes care of these important details. Gary will be setting up an Exhibit at The FEST in addition to giving some amazing  A/V Presentations concerning some of the most iconic Drum Kits on the planet! You can even have your photo taken sitting behind The Beatles Kit and all photos will be forwarded to Team Ringo!!! This time, he is sharing the room with Terry McCusker, co author of two great Ringo Books. The Exhibit Room will be called ALL RINGO, ALL THE TIME!

  • Wally Podrazik
    Panel Discussions

    Wally Podrazik

    Panel Discussions

    Wally Podrazik has been the Discussions Room host at almost all of our Chicago FESTS (and numerous 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's insight make his contributions to the daily discussions with our guest authors invaluable. Wally is also part of the FEST staff tribute to Brian Epstein on Saturday evening. This year, Wally, Deco and Victoria have written an original play called Brian Epstein's Legacy: The World is Watching 1969. If you want to be a part of it, see Deco in the Art Museum, or let Wally know by Saturday early afternoon.

  • 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. Al is a friend and part of our staff since the first FEST in 1974. We know each other since 1970, when we worked at the Sam Goody Record Store in Paramus, NJ.  Al assists  Wally in some of the discussions and Tom in the Name That Tune Competitions.  Al is also a longtime executive editor for Beatlefan Magazine.

  • 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” Contests, and assisting Mark part in the Saturday Auction on the main 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. The Beatles Channel just celebrated their second year on SiriusXM. We congratulate Tom for his invaluable input into The Fab Fourum every week.

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

    Simon Weitzman

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

    Archivum's latest release is 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). 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 premiered at the Chicago FEST last August. 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.  Simon is currently finishing up his film focusing on Beatles fans, called Here, There and Everywhere. We will be showing a large chunk of the film on the Friday evening (and in the Video Room over the weekend). It will be FEST centric, so you may be in it!

  • Byrd
    Radio and TV personality

    Byrd

    Radio and TV personality

  • 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.

  • Scott Erickson
    On the Apple Jam Stage

    Scott Erickson

    On the Apple Jam Stage

    With the addition of the Apple Jam Stage in 2015, long time Fest attendee Scott Erickson became a staple of our music lineup. Since then, he has consistently surprised us by playing group and solo songs we all-but-forgot about, as well as entire albums.

  • Phil Angotti & Friends
    On the Apple Jam Stage

    Phil Angotti & Friends

    On the Apple Jam Stage

    Performing Paul McCartney deeper cuts and John Lennon classics, Phil Angotti & Friends will be rocking the stage on Saturday and Sunday in what has become a Chicago Fest tradition.

  • The Pepperland Rockestra
    On the Apple Jam Stage

    The Pepperland Rockestra

    On the Apple Jam Stage

    The Pepperland Rockestra has grown in size over the last few years, and they keep getting better and better. We can't wait to see what surprises they have in store for us this time around.

  • School of Rock Chicago
    On the Apple Jam Stage

    School of Rock Chicago

    On the Apple Jam Stage

    Starting in 2015, School of Rock Chicago has come to melt faces at the Fest. And they haven't disappointed.

  • Pepperland Strings
    On the Apple Jam Stage

    Pepperland Strings

    On the Apple Jam Stage

    Performing cuts from Abbey Road and more, Pepperland Strings always never fails to put on a truly unique and memorable performance.

  • Jay Goeppner
    On the Apple Jam Stage

    Jay Goeppner

    On the Apple Jam Stage

    Jay has been a familiar sight at the Fest for decades, and his rollicking performances are not to be missed.

  • Chad Clifford
    On the Apple Jam Stage

    Chad Clifford

    On the Apple Jam Stage

    Chad has performed at the Fest as part of MegaBeatles and as a solo act. This year, he'll be solo and treating us to George Harrison cuts.

  • Sgt. Sauerkraut's Polka Band
    On the Apple Jam Stage

    Sgt. Sauerkraut's Polka Band

    On the Apple Jam Stage

    Want something truly unique and awesome? Be there for Sgt. Sauerkraut's set.

  • GiGi's Uke Strum
    On the Apple Jam Stage

    GiGi's Uke Strum

    On the Apple Jam Stage

    Ukuleles. Interactivity. The Fest. What more could you ask for?

  • 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.  Chuck will be offering the very limited 2 volume hard cover original edition. He will be treating us to another A/V Presentation and will be participating in some of the Panel Discussions.

  • Kenneth Womack
    Author of Sound Pictures: George Martin Bio Volume 2

    Kenneth Womack

    Author of Sound Pictures: George Martin Bio Volume 2

    Kenneth Womack world-premiered both of his wonderful books on George Martin, called Maximum Volume: The Life of Beatles Producer George Martin, The Early Years, 1926-1966, (in 2017) and Sound Pictures, Volume 2 (last year)! When writing about the recording sessions with The Beatles, he makes the reader feel he is in Studio 2 with them. Such long and exciting details we fans want to read about - and he doesn't rush these long segments of the books. Ken is a literary critic and award-winning author who has written five books about the Beatles. His most recent before the George Martin books, 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. 

  • 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 “Deep Soul”), and Cinema Sentries, and previously served as a music editor for Blogcritics. Kit is also a longtime contributing editor for Beatlefan magazine. Kit and musician Scott Erickson will do another live Deep Beatles Session over the weekend.

  • Professor Moptop Greg Alexander
    Author of Professor Moptop’s Textbook Beatles, Volume I

    Professor Moptop Greg Alexander

    Author of Professor Moptop’s Textbook Beatles, Volume I

    Gregory Alexander aka Professor Moptop, has written the first textbook in what he hopes will be a compilation on Beatles history: Professor Moptop’s Textbook Beatles, Volume I: From the Birth of the Band to December 31, 1962.

  • 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

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

    Cheryl B. Hokens

    Author of Happiness Is A Warm Gun - A Vietnam Story

    Cheryl is no stranger 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.

  • 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. Robert is a Chicago native.

  • 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.

  • Marti Edwards
    Founder of Chicagoland Beatles Club

    Marti Edwards

    Founder of Chicagoland Beatles Club

    Marti Edwards was the founder of the Chicagoland Beatles Fan Club in the 60s and got to meet the band at their first Chicago Press Conference. She tells her story in the book 16 in '64. Marti will be taking part in some of the Panel Discussions over the weekend.

  • Terry McCusker
    Author of The Beatles Beat

    Terry McCusker

    Author of The Beatles Beat

    Terry is the co-author (with Alex Cain, who cannot join us this summer) 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. Terry will be part of our new All Ringo, All the Time Exhibit Room with Ringo Curator Gary Astridge.

  • 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 learned TM in early 1967, and studied with the Maharishi in Rishikesh in 1970. She ended up working for him for six years i Europe, really getting to know him. We welcome Susan back for her second year. This story has never been told, until her book was published, and is very fascinating.

  • 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.

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  • Terry Crain
    Author of NEMS and the Business of Selling Beatles Merchandise

    Terry Crain

    Author of NEMS and the Business of Selling Beatles Merchandise

    Author of NEMS and the Business of Selling Beatles Merchandise in the U.S. 1964-1966. The is Terry's first appearance at the FEST as a guest author.

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More Guests to Come

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