Lakeside boasts a celebrated history of famed musicians, entertainers and speakers who have graced the stage of historic Hoover Auditorium since it was built in 1928. The likes of Eleanor Roosevelt, Amelia Earhart, Ray Charles, Amy Grant and Three Dog Night have entertained crowds in our 2,600-seat auditorium. Summer concerts and performances are offered nightly. Marquee entertainers are listed below. View our online calendar for the entire summer entertainment series.

Hotel California

Sunday, May 27
Hotel California will visit Hoover Auditorium with their rendition of the legendary sound of the Eagles. This Original Eagles Tribute Band will perform the band’s greatest hits over Memorial Day weekend.

Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood "Scared Scriptless"

Saturday, June 16
These famous “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” comedians will open Lakeside’s 145th nniversary season with a night of interactive antics and on-the-fly laughs.

Family Entertainment Series

Select Wednesday Evenings
In an effort to offer convenient and kid-friendly shows in Hoover Auditorium, Lakeside is dedicating select Wednesday evenings to family-friendly performances that will start at 7:30 p.m. Highlights of this series include Doktor Kaboom! “Wheel of Science” on July 11 and Chicago Dance Crash “Hip-Hop Game Show,” an interactive dance experience for all ages, on July 18.

Black Violin

Friday, June 29
Black Violin combines classical violin training with hip-hop influences to create a distinctive and multi-genre sound that is often described as “classical boom.”

The Ides of March featuring Jim Peterik

Saturday, July 7
The Ides of March featuring Jim Peterik is now in their 54th year together as a band, still with all four original members. Lead singer and songwriter Jim Peterik is best known for writing Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger.”

The Miracles

Saturday, July 14
The Miracles are still attracting enthusiastic audiences around the world after 40 years in business and are armed with some of the greatest songs ever written. With hits like “Shop Around,” “I Second that Emotion,” “The Tears of a Clown,” “Love Machine” and “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me,” The Miracles were able to grow the popularity of the Motown sound.

Laura Story

Friday, July 20
Multiple Dove and Grammy-Award winning artist, best known for her singles “Blessings” and “I Think of You,” Laura Story will bring her inspiring message of trusting in God.

Tim Hawkins

Saturday, July 21
Tim Hawkins is an in-demand family-friendly comic known for his witty song parodies and painfully honest reflections on parenthood in the Midwest. His observations of life’s daily ridiculousness and hilarity will entertain the entire family.

Home Free

Saturday, July 28
The up-and-coming country a cappella stars, who have made their name by performing Nashville standards and country-dipped pop hits, will perform at Lakeside as part of their TIMELESS world tour.

Lakeside Symphony Orchestra

Wednesday, July 25-Tuesday, Aug. 14
As Lakeside plans the next steps after the retirement of long-time conductor Robert Cronquist, the LSO will deliver seven concerts under the direction of guest conductors, each of whom have their own impressive set of experience.

Sandi Patty

Friday, Aug. 3
Sandi Patty was first introduced to the music scene with a performance of the “Star Spangled Banner” during the 1986 re-dedication of the Statue of Liberty in New York City. She is now one of the most awarded female vocalists in Christian music history.

Journey former lead singer Steve Augeri

Saturday, Aug. 11
Steve Augeri is an American rock singer best known as the lead vocalist of the band Journey from 1998-2006. He draws on a range of diverse musical influences to deliver a unique take on the genre of melodic rock.

Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone

Saturday, Aug. 18
A favorite here at Lakeside and with ‘Noonatics’ around the world, Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone will perform some of their popular hits from the 1960s, including “I’m into Something Good,” “Mrs. Brown You’ve got a Lovely Daughter,” “There’s a Kind of Hush” and “I’m Henry VIII, I Am.”

Stray Cats' Slim Jim Phantom

Saturday, Aug. 25
Relive the era of early rock & roll with Slim Jim Phantom from the hit 1980s band the Stray Cats. More than 30 years and millions of record sales later, Slim Jim Phantom continues to excite audiences worldwide.

Jay White "America's Diamond"

Saturday, Sept. 1
Jay White “America’s Diamond” will close the summer with his tribute performance to Neil Diamond.


Purchasing a Daily, Saturday or Season Chautauqua Pass includes admission into Lakeside Chautauqua and all shows in Hoover Auditorium, plus additional benefits. A separate "ticket" is not necessary to attend a Hoover show. As always, children age 12 and under and guests over age 90 are always free. Parking is an additional charge. Chautauqua Passes and Auto Passes may be purchased online at or upon entering the gates of Lakeside. Please allow two weeks for online processing. There are no reserved seats for Hoover shows; seats are on a first-come, first-served basis. Present your Chautauqua Pass upon entering Hoover Auditorium.

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