About the Venue
Venue 1012: Outdoor Entertainment in Your Community’s Backyard
1012 Station Drive, Oswego, Illinois (near the intersection of Mill and Orchard Roads)
(630) 551-3618 ׀ firstname.lastname@example.org
Comfortable, Scenic, Fun, Family-Friendly
Oswego’s Venue 1012 is a premier outdoor entertainment destination for the village and neighboring communities. Opened in 2021, the amphitheater brings both free and affordable all-ages entertainment to the region for celebrating spring and summer nights.
Owned and operated by the village of Oswego, the venue currently features an elevated 40’ x 60’ band shell with grass seating for up to 4,000, plus even greater capacity for larger shows.
Family and friends love to gather in our casual, relaxing atmosphere overlooking a picturesque pond. The best is also yet to come as we continue planning for additional landscaping, semi-permanent seating, a playground and walking paths.
If you hear the sounds of inspiring music floating over Oswego, they’re probably coming from Venue 1012. The schedule includes high-energy performances by local and regional bands ranging from original music to country, rock and pop from the 1960s to the present day.
Join us for free live music on select Thursdays and affordable ticketed concerts by top acts on select Saturdays. Bring chairs or a blanket or join the standing room by the stage! (Venue 1012 typically opens one hour before performance start.)
Beer, wine, and hard seltzer, as well as bottled water and soda are available for purchase at all Thursday and Saturday music events.
Free Movies in the Park
It’s a free, relaxing evening for the whole family on select Thursday nights! Bring the kids, a picnic and chairs or a blanket for games and together time under the setting sun starting at 6pm. Then sit back and watch the movie on a big screen as the summer stars twinkle above you.
Food & Beverage
Most Venue 1012 events offer food trucks and beverage service with soda, bottled water, wine, hard seltzers and beer, including craft drafts from Oswego Brewing Co.
For Movies in the Park and special Sunday concerts, you may bring your own food and beverages (i.e. pack a picnic). Food trucks will not be available at these events.
Parking & Accessibility
Venue 1012 offers plenty of conveniently located free parking close to the venue entrance, including accessible parking and entry.
Events take place rain or shine except in extreme weather conditions, which may cause an event to be delayed or cancelled depending on the severity. For weather announcements, view Venue 1012’s home page.
Venue 1012 Guidelines & Policies
- All bags will be checked upon entry.
- Purchases can be made with credit and debit cards (no cash).
- Lawn seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Lawn chairs and blankets are recommended; chairs will not be provided.
- Smoking and vaping are allowed in the designated area only.
- The following are not permitted in the venue (note not all events have the same policies):
- Outside food and beverage for most events (check specific event for details)
- Tents, canopies and umbrellas
- Pets (other than service animals)
- Weapons of any kind
- Fireworks of any kind
Venue 1012 History
Venue 1012 is Oswego’s entertainment center. First proposed by village president Troy Parlier in 2019, the amphitheater was created to bring affordable, all-ages entertainment options to Oswego and beyond. Venue 1012 is a night out – without the hassle.
The community has responded to the mayor’s vision: Developer Kevin Fialko donated the land for the venue, and sponsors great and small made construction possible. In its current form, the venue boasts a 40-foot by 60-foot bandshell and grass seating for up to 4,000 people with even greater capacity for larger shows. And this is just Phase 1 of development. Subsequent phases will include additional landscaping, semi-permanent seating, a playground and walking paths. The best is yet to come.
NOTE: ONLY CREDIT CARDS ACCEPTED, NO CASH.
Support the Venue
Several opportunities are available for individuals and businesses interested in contributing to this community amenity, including sponsorships, potential naming rights and inclusion on The Next Act donor wall. View donation benefits and levels here, or contact the venue to learn more.
Rent the Venue
Venue 1012 is available for rental and to host individual shows. For details, contact the venue.