The Grandstand was rebuilt in 1927, and is known for holding an assortment of concerts, horse and automobile races.  The north and south interiors accommodates vendors, displays and organizations.


Due to inclement weather, Thursday night’s Thomas Rhett concert was canceled. Refund information:
  • Ticket holders who purchased through Ticketmaster, will receive automatic credit back to the credit/debit card that was used to make the original purchase. Ticketmaster does not require you to submit ticket stubs for a refund. (Purchases made through Ticketmaster will not be refunded by IL State Fair office even if submitted on below form.)
  • If you purchased Thomas Rhett tickets through the Grandstand Box Office, you ARE REQUIRED TO SUBMIT ticket stubs with your refund request. Click here for the Request for Ticket Refund Form.

Thank you for visiting the Illinois State Fair.  ​​​

​​​​Additional Info on Box Office Purchases:

  • ​$2.00 per ticket facility fee, in addition to ticket prices listed, will be assessed to Grandstand concert ticket purchases.
  • 2.25% fee ($1.00 minimum) of total order will be assessed to all credit/debit card ticket orders.
  • Payment types accepted:
    • Cash
    • Credit/Debit - Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express
    • Checks - accepted through July 15th

​​*VIPit Tickets

  • VIPit Tickets are in a Standing Room Only area (no chairs permitted).   Information printed within the Row/Seat area of the ticket is for Accounting Purposes Only.
  • VIPit ticket holders are allowed access into the VIP "pit" area, which is in a sectioned off prime viewing location closest to the stage on the Grandstand track.
  • VIP​it ticket holders MUST enter through Gate 1 to receive their VIPit bracelet. Bracelet is required for entry into the VIPit area. Bracelets will be issued VIP ticket holders when scanning into venue at Gate 1.  One inside the venue - bracelets will not be issued.  (VIP ticket holders attending Stage Side Pre-Show Party will receive their bracelet when scanning into the party tent - must receit it when entering the party; bracelets will nto be issued once entered)
  • Only 1,100 VIP tickets are available. 

*Stage Side Pre-Show Party


Upgrade your concert experience with a stage side pre-show party.  For $30, in addition to a concert ticket, concert-goers are given access to an exclusive Pre-Show party which includes a food bar, entertainment and giveaways (drinks available for purchase).  Party attendees will be allowed early entry to the concert (prior to other ticket holders at the Gate entrances) and will enter the venue from the party tent area.  Limited tickets are available.

Fair will include (1) parking permit with each party ticket for all party tickets purchased through July 31st.  Parking permit will be a dated parking ticket, for Infield Lot 18, that can be used day of party event only.  In-person sales will receive parking permit at time of purchase.  Fair will mail permits for all box office phone orders or Ticketmaster (phone/online) purchases to Purchaser at ad​dress listed for order.  Fair will not be held responsible for any mail delivery issues.  Purchases made on or after August 1st will not be eligible for the free parking permit inclusion with purchase.

Party tent is located near the south end of the Grandstand Stage.  The Pre-Show Party is open for 1 ½ hours – please check party ticket for start time.  Party closes 1 hour prior to concert start time.  Stage side party is only available to those who have purchased a concert ticket to attend that evening's concert (concert ticket is NOT included with party ticket purchase).  BOTH a concert and party ticket will be required to scan in for entrance to the party tent.  *Note – Entrance to party tent is allowed only from party start time to party closing time.  There will be no entry into or through the party tent area once it has closed.  Any party ticket holder that did not arrive prior to party tent closing, will be required to enter the concert venue through the Grandstand Gate shown on their concert ticket.  All attendees of the party will be required to enter into the venue when the party closes.



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