Journey AND Steve Miller — take the money and run

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I had to post this deal because I always cringe at the rhyme… “detective down in Texas… you know he knows just exactly what the facts is.” See? I’m cringing right now typing it. But check this out: $15 plus service fees gets you a ticket to see Journey and the Steve Miller Band with special guest Tower of Power at the First Midwest Bank Ampitheatre. Don’t Stop Believin’ in the Pompatus of Love!

Classic rock icons Journey and the Steve Miller Band, along with special guest Tower of Power, bring their hit-heavy, crowd-pleasing summer tour to Tinley Park. Journey combines the talents of founding member and guitar prodigy Neal Schon with the smooth tenor of the group’s powerhouse vocalist Arnel Pineda. The group’s larger-than-life sound and soulful songcraft has resulted in some of the most popular rock tunes of all time, including the seminal anthem “Don’t Stop Believin’” — the top-selling song from the 20th century in iTunes history. More than four decades into their career, the band can still draw a massive crowd with their powerful live performance. Also taking the stage is the Steve Miller Band. Guitarist and lead vocalist Miller’s trademark blues-rock sound has made him one of the defining artists of classic rock radio and the band became one of the top selling acts of the ’70s and ’80s thanks to enduring hits like “Fly Like an Eagle” and “The Joker.”

See Ina Garten The Barefoot Contessa at a discount

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Ina Garten, The Barefoot Contessa, is coming to Chicago! And you can see her for cheaper with a Goldstar discount — wouldn’t this be a fun event?

Chef Ina Garten, also known as “the Barefoot Contessa” to her many devoted fans, is beloved for her simple, straightforward approach to cooking and effortless take on entertaining. Many a foodie has looked on in envy as Garten shows off her gorgeous Hamptons home and garden, fabulous friends and rich, delicious recipes on her popular Back to Basics on the Food Network. With eight best-selling cookbooks, her ninth, Make It Ahead, is poised to hit the New York Times best-seller list too when it hits bookstores in October. Join Garten when she appears live at Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre to talk about her natural approach to food, sharing tips, stories, and maybe even some recipes. She’ll be joined by special guest host Catherine De Orio, host of Emmy Award-winning Check, Please! on PBS. You may even get a chance to ask Garten a question during the show’s Q&A segment.

Chicago Sky WNBA playoff action starts at $7.50!

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Awesome deal! See the Chicago Sky playoffs with discount tickets on Goldstar — as low as comp + $7.50 in service fees.

Come out and help the Chicago Sky hit a new high this season, as they begin their playoff run to the championship against the league’s best teams. The game experience itself offers plenty of fun and excitement, with every seat offering stellar views of the fast and furious action on the court. Led by the electric 2013 WNBA Rookie of the Year Elena Delle Donne and Defensive Player of the Year Sylvia Fowles, the Sky earned their first trip to the tournament in franchise history last year, and look to go all the way in 2014 — with help from their hometown crowd, of course.

Fiddler on the Roof! If I were a rich man… would I still coupon?

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Discount tickets to Fiddler on the Roof! See the Tony-award winning musical in Evanston, courtesy Goldstar. Prices start at $29 + service fees.

With a score of unforgettable songs like “If I Were a Rich Man,” “Matchmaker, Matchmaker,” “Sunrise, Sunset,” “Tradition” and “To Life,” Fiddler on the Roof follows the life of Tevye, a dairyman in a small Russian village. Tevye attempts to honor and maintain the Jewish religious customs of his ancestors, but times are changing and his daughters are eager to follow new ways. When dangerous forces threaten the village’s way of life, Tevye’s faith and love for his family give him strength to fight for his home and the traditions of his people. Based on the classic stories of Sholem Aleichem, this winner of nine Tony Awards explores timeless themes of community, family, devotion and tradition.

Ghostbusters + Popcorn + Outdoors = $2.00 fun!

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Here’s another fun outdoor screening event at College of DuPage — Ghostbusters next week! These events are free — however, seating is not reserved and popcorn is $3.00. Through Goldstar, you can get reserved front section seating and popcorn for just a $2.00 service fee, which is less than the price of just buying popcorn there!

Spoiler alert: The Stay Puft Marshmallow Man makes an unforgettable cameo, and is bound to look even more delicious on the Starlight Summer Series’ outdoor screen at the new Lakeside Pavilion. You’ll receive special reserved front seating and popcorn (while supplies last) to see Bill Murray, Harold Ramis and Dan Aykroyd star in 1984′s comedy smash Ghostbusters. The trio play Venkman, Stantz and Spengler, paranormal exterminators battling supernatural forces taking over New York — and inhabiting the body of comely Sigourney Weaver. Bring a picnic and a blanket and enjoy the show.

Blues Brothers — Outdoor screening + popcorn for just $2.00!

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How about reserved seating tomorrow 7/31 at an outdoor screening of The Blues Brothers — plus popcorn — at the Lakeside Pavilion at College of DuPage? As low as comp on Goldstar; just pay service fees of $2.00, and how fun does this sound?!

See one of Chicago’s most beloved movie comedies under the stars at the brand-spanking new Lakeside Pavilion, boasting gorgeous views of the water, and enjoy reserved seating and popcorn (while supplies last). The Starlight Summer Series screens The Blues Brothers, the 1980 classic that was filmed in the Windy City and somehow successfully mixed the deadpan humor of Dan Aykroyd and Jim Belushi with amazing R&B music and unbelievable car chases, turning it into an enduring favorite. The Saturday Night Live duo star as Jake and Elwood, who’re on “a mission from God” to raise funds to save the Catholic orphanage where they grew up by playing a show with their former R&B band. Bring a picnic and blanket and check out the show.

Hit Broadway Musical Rent at Stage 773

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Come see Rent — Just $19.50+service fee on Goldstar, such a deal!

Jonathan Larson’s acclaimed Broadway hit Rent follows a year in the life of a group of penniless young artists and musicians on New York City’s Lower East Side, struggling to survive and create under the shadow of HIV/AIDS. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, this timeless and romantic story, based on Puccini’s La Bohème, is brought to vivid life through its modern rock score, including such favorites as “La Vie Bohème,” “What You Own” and the showstopper, “Seasons of Love.”

See Violinist Midori at Ravinia

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Enjoy a night of classical music at Ravinia with violinist Midori and composer Susanna Mälkki. Goldstar has tickets as low as $20 (+ service fees)!

One of the most acclaimed violinists performing today, Midori brings her instrument — which was made in 1731! — to Ravinia, where she will showcase her impressive chops with a stirring performance of Tchaikovsky’s luscious Violin Concerto. Following her performance, conductor Susanna Mälkki makes her Ravinia debut with an all-Russian program featuring a suite from Prokofiev’s ballet adaptation of the world’s fieriest love story, Romeo and Juliet. Discover why the Chicago Tribune raved about Mälkki’s “keen ear, articulate command and ultra-lucid exposition of orchestral detail” in this concert showcase.

 

Oh, I am the very model of a modern major — cheap tickets!

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Want to see an adaptation of The Pirates of Penzance in Evanston? Who wouldn’t?! Discount tickets on Goldstar starting at just $5 + service fees.

Wacky, irreverent and as entertaining today as it was when Broadway was brand new, The Pirates of Penzance spins a hilarious farce of sentimental pirates, bumbling policemen, dim witted young lovers, dewy-eyed daughters and an eccentric Major-General, all morally bound to the often ridiculous dictates of honor and duty. The score features many of Gilbert and Sullivan’s wittiest and most hummable tunes, including the crowd-pleasing favorite “I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General.” This new 90-minute adaptation features a modern sensibility, hilarious gags and thrilling fight choreography.