Tips to Enjoy

Here are some helpful tips to know about Vintage Illinois Wine Festival.

WEATHER: Vintage Illinois is located in a flat grassy area at Matthiessen State Park, and will happen, rain or shine! Don’t forget the sunscreen.

BRING YOUR DRIVERS LICENSE: All guests should be prepared with photo identification showing proof of age.

SEATING: The festival does have chairs and tables, but we encourage you to bring blankets and lawn chairs to guarantee your seat.

OUTSIDE FOOD AND BEVERAGES: There will be plenty of great foods and beverages available for sale at the festival from Starved Rock Lodge9th Street PubPine Hills Golf Club Bar & RestaurantTwyford BBQSherri’s Crab Cakes, and McCormick’s Smokehouse Restaurant and Bula Food Truck. Outside alcoholic beverages are not allowed. You may bring food into the festival to enjoy; however, grilling is only allowed in the parking lot. All coolers are checked for alcohol by security prior to entering the festival grounds.

CHILDREN: While children are allowed into the festival area, this is an adult event, and no family activities are planned. Parents may wish to make alternative arrangements for their children’s care during the event.

PETS: Although dogs are allowed in the state park, the festival area can become quite crowded and may not be the best atmosphere for your pet. If you do bring your dog, make sure it is leashed and please clean up after your pet.

DESIGNATED DRIVER PROGRAM:The festival has a fantastic designated driver program. LEARN MORE


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