Tips to Enjoy

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

BRING YOUR DRIVERS LICENSE OR STATE ID: All guests MUST be prepared to show photo identification to verify your legal age. No exceptions.

WEATHER: This is an outdoor event located in a flat, grassy area at Matthiessen State Park. Dress accordingly. This event will happen rain or shine! Don’t forget your sunscreen, bug spray and anything else you might need to be comfortable for the day!

ENTRY PROCESS: Please line up in the correct place: we will have designated areas for advance ticket holders and those still needing to purchase a ticket to line up. The gate will open for advance ticket holders one hour ahead of the scheduled start time each day. All attendees MUST go through our security and check in process before gaining entry to the grounds, and this takes time. Please be considerate during the wait. Prepared attendees make the process go faster, so have your ID and tickets ready to view.


SEATING: The festival has a very limited number of seating options, so we encourage you to bring lawn chairs, blankets or something to sit on for the day. Other items, such as portable shelters and small tables are allowed. That said, your set-up MUST be considerate of other attendees.

FOOD AND BEVERAGES: Outside alcoholic beverages are not allowed. You may bring food into the festival to enjoy; in fact, we encourage this. Snacks are always helpful when you’re enjoying #IllinoisWine. Hydration is also important. You may not bring in outside grills under any circumstance. If you can find a park-installed grill outside the festival, then you’re welcome to fire it up! We do have 3 food booths onsite: pizza, Mexican food and burgers (soda, lemon shake-ups and water also available).  All coolers and bags are checked for outside alcohol by security prior to entering the festival grounds. All bottled water MUST be sealed.

TASTING: Properly banded attendees will receive a 1-ounce pour in exchange for each tasting ticket. Wineries will only pour into your event glass, so please don’t ask them to pour into anything different. Your event glass cannot be inside a wine sleeve at the time of your purchase. Tasting tickets may also be used to purchase a glass of wine from any of the wineries. Additional tasting tickets are available for purchase at the main entry and at our merchandise booth.

CHILDREN: While children are allowed into the festival area, this is an adult event, and no child or family activities are planned. Parents may wish to make alternative arrangements for their children’s care during the event. All children 5 and up need to purchase admission tickets.

PETS: Vintage Illinois is a service-dog friendly event. We love our cats, dogs and other critters as much as you do, but this festival is just too large for our furry friends.  If you do bring your service-dog, make sure it is always leashed, do not leave it unattended, and please, please, please use an eco-friendly potty bag.

DESIGNATED DRIVER PROGRAM: We have a designated driver program. LEARN




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