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Woodstock Groundhog Days
In 1992, something astonishing happened in the historic city of Woodstock, Illinois. People came to town and roped off the picturesque city square, moved all sorts of equipment into the park and started playing the Pennsylvania Polka, over and over and over again. They were filming a movie that has become a favorite of young and old for more than 20 years, and the city gathers each year to remember the fun and celebrate the special community that Woodstock has always been. There are events for everyone during this celebration: Groundhog trivia, free viewing of "Groundhog Day" at the movie theater, walking tours of the film sites, a Chili cook-off, a dinner and dance, bowling, and pancake breakfasts. The main event for Groundhog Day is the annual prognostication. Gather on the Woodstock Square to see Woodstock Willie emerge from his tree trunk home. If he sees his shadow, it means there will be 6 more weeks of winter and if he doesn't see his shadow, it means we will have an early Spring.
Windsor Harvest Picnic
Come and enjoy this family-friendly festival which is in its 118th year. Entertainment comes to you in gospel, country and rock, with entertainers from as far away as Australia.. Fountain City Amusements provides a carnival atmosphere with plenty of food as well as the Ice Cream Social. There is also a 5K run/walk, a pedal tractor pull, parade, and a raffle drawing. This year for one show only is Country Legend Marty Stuart.
Southern Illinois Wine & Art Festival
The last weekend in September the best Southern Illinois wineries and artisans all at one Festival at scenic Rend Lake.
CLC's 31st Annual Salute to Gospel
Enjoy an exciting evening of gospel music at the College of Lake County’s 31st Annual Salute to Gospel Music program featuring Grammy® Award winning singer Donnie McClurkin, who has also won Dove Awards and the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Gospel Artist. The other featured singer is Anita Wilson of Atlanta. The CLC Gospel Choir, directed by Charles Thomas Hayes, will also perform.
Engelbert Humperdinck at Genesee Theatre
Engelbert Humperdinck has been a legend in the international music industry for more than 40 years, with over 150 million records sold. He's recorded everything from the most romantic ballads to a recent platinum-selling contemporary theme song. Tickets $45-$65.
Rodney Carrington at the Genesee Theatre
Rodney Carrington has been making audiences laugh for almost twenty years with his unique brand of stand-up comedy. The country singer-songwriter has recorded eight major label comedy albums which have sold more than two million copies, two of which have been certified Gold. VIP Meet & Greet packages available. For mature audiences.
Rusted Woot and the Wailers at the Genesee Theatre
Rusted Root’s worldly style quickly charmed fans of roots and world music. With a strong percussion section that draws from African, Latin American, and Native American influences, their lyrical content also draws from Christian, Jewish and Islamic influences. Along with The Wailers with Bob Marley this should be a show not to be missed. Tickets range from $23.00 to $53.00.
John Tartaglia’s ImaginOcean at the Genesee Theatre
Tony-Award nominee John Tartaglia starred in the acclaimed musical Avenue Q, appeared on Broadway in Shrek the Musical, and in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Now he has grown some creative gills with the production of John Tartaglia’s ImaginOcean. This is a one-of-a-kind live black-light puppet show and magical undersea adventure for kids of all ages – and it all starts with a treasure map! Perfect for School's and Childcare centers.
Black Violin at the Genesee Theatre
To most people, jazz, hip-hop, funk, and classical are musical genres. But to revolutionary music group Black Violin, they're nothing but ingredients. Combining a daunting array of musical styles and influences to produce a signature sound that is not quite maestro, not quite emcee, this group of two classically trained violinists and their DJ is redefining the music world-one string at a time.
Phil Vassar at the Genesee Theatre
Buy tickets now for a night of great Country music. As a singer/songwriter, Phil has hit the Top 5 seven times with songs like Carlene, Last Day of My Life and American Child and topped the charts with In A Real Love and the perennial favorite Just Another Day in Paradise. Tickets $33 to $48.
Foreigner at the Genesee Theatre
With ten multi-platinum albums and sixteen Top 30 hits, Foreigner is regarded as one of the most popular rock acts in the world with a formidable musical arsenal that continues to propel sold-out tours and album sales. They're one of the world's best-selling bands of all time with international sales of more than 80 million, including 37.5 million records sold in America alone. Don't miss this great night of music.
REO Speedwagon at the Genesee Theatre
REO Speedwagon is an American rock band where the main constant over the decades is a never-ending desire to give their all to their fans, year in and year out. Over the course of their career, the band has sold more than 40 million records and charted thirteen Top 40 hits. See them perform their massive hit singles such as 'Keep On Loving You' and 'Take It On the Run'. Tickets range from $45.50 to $78.00.
SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody at the Genesee Theatre
This show is the whip-smart comedy that takes on the naughty fun of the best selling book and highly anticipated movie, and brings it to outrageous life! Featuring musical numbers, steamy performances highlighting the famous hunk and his grey tie, and lots of hilarious surprises.
Craig Ferguson Hot & Grumpy Tour: Walking the Earth at the Genesee Theatre
Craig Ferguson entered the world of late night comedy following a diverse and eclectic career that encompasses film, television and the stage. Come out and enjoy him and his stand-up routine. Tickets are $35-$55.
Straight No Chaser at the Genesee Theatre
Straight No Chaser is the real deal, the captivating sound of ten unadulterated human voices coming together to make extraordinary music that is moving people in a fundamental sense… and with a sense of humor. On the road, Straight No Chaser has built a reputation as an unforgettable live act.
Under the Streetlamp at the Genesee Theatre
The dreamy voices of these four lead singers are poised to bring the repertoire of The American Radio Songbook of the ‘50’s, ‘60’s and 70’s to a whole new audience! Individually, all four have been featured on Broadway, in film, and on television showcased on The Tonight Show, Emmy Awards and the Oprah Winfrey Show. Their repertoire features doo-wop, old time rock ‘n’ roll, Motown-era soul classics and exquisite harmonies, including all of your favorite songs from The Drifters, The Beach Boys, The Beatles, The Four Seasons and many more.
The Sklar Brothers at the Genesee Theatre
Randy and Jason Sklar began as one zygote but eventually took Hollywood by storm. As stand-up comedians, they recorded their second half hour Comedy Central presents in November 2009 and it premiered in March of 2010. The Onion A.V Club named the Sklar Brothers’ latest comedy CD Henderson and Daughters in their Top 10 Comedy albums of 2011.
Gabriel Iglesias at the Genesee Theatre
Iglesias is one of America’s most successful stand-up comedians and he performs in sold-out concerts across the United States and Internationally. His stand-up comedy is a mixture of storytelling, parodies, characters and sound effects that bring his personal experiences to life. His unique and animated comedy style has made him popular among fans of all ages. Meet and Greet Packages available.
Holiday Lights Train
The Holiday Light Train is Pete's biggest event of the year. The park is decorated for the Holidays. See over 250,000 lights in various displays. Giant toy soldiers, candy canes, cascading snow flakes, flying reindeer, and swans swimming, just to name a few of Pete's displays!
Warrenville Holly Days
Holly Days, sponsored by the Warrenville Park District is the City's annual holiday celebration that marks Santa's official entry into Warrenville. Guests can enjoy a warm bonfire, raffles, free horse and carriage rides, hot cider and cookies, and, of course, a visit with Santa. Local Park District and school dance troops, singers, and bands entertain attendees during the event. It is at this event that Warrenville officially turns on its holiday lights creating an array of colors for passersby along Route 56 to see. Holly Days, primarily for Warrenville residents, gives the community an opportunity to come together and kick off the holiday season.
Tempel Lipizzan's 2015 Performances
Witness artistry and history come to life as the Tempel Lipizzan stallions enchant audiences with their power, intelligence and grace. From the play of newborn foals to the leaps of athletic stallions, the Tempel Lipizzans are an experience for the entire family. This unique performance set to music has become a Lake County favorite. Save and buy tickets in advance. Come early and enjoy a lunch or dinner in the cafe. Please visit the website for performance schedule.
Vernon Hills Summer Celebration 2015
Join us for 4 days of food, fun, carnival rides and free entertainment and a huge beer tent. There will also be children's activities, bingo, live bands every night and fireworks on Thursday. Friday night enjoy Modern Day Romeos and Mike & Joe. Saturday Bella Cain and headliner Lonestar will perform along with a car show from 9am-2pm. Sunday enjoy a bags tourny and the music of Kaleidoscope Eyes. Please visit the website for updated entertainment schedule. Bring a blanket but leave the coolers home; no alcohol can be brought into the park.
CITY: Vernon Hills
Nearly Sane Trail Half Marathon
The Nearly Sane Trail Half Marathon will be 13.1 miles through the trails of Half Day Forest Preserve (permit pending), onto the trails of the Des Plaines River trail and back to the festival area where you can enjoy your well-deserved beer and hot dog! The start/finish area will be located at Shelter C of Half Day Forest Preserve in Lake County and take place on the beautiful trails of Lake County, which are some of the best that Chicagoland has to offer!
CITY: Vernon Hills
Bald Eagle Trolley Tours
Be mesmerized by the beautiful bald eagles at Starved Rock. In January and February ride the trolley from Starved Rock Lodge to the Illinois Waterway Visitor Center for bald eagle viewing and an educational program. Includes lunch during the week and brunch on Sunday in the Main Dining Room. Tour options: 9:00am w/tour first & 11:00am w/lunch first, $25 Includes Lunch/Adults; Children under 10/$5 less. January & February Mon, Wed, Sat & Sunday Monday: Tour begins with lunch at 11am Wednesday: Tours begins with lunch at 11am Saturday: 1st tour begins at 9am, ending with lunch 2nd tour begins with lunch at 11am (Please note: There are no tours on January 24th) Sunday: Tour begins with brunch at 11am (Please note: There are no tours on January 25th).