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The popular Enchanted Railroad pulls into The Morton Arboretum this January! Children and families can enjoy our intricate model railroad as it winds through a four-season display. Watch as more than 10 model trains run on a two-level, larger-than-life platform.
Celebrate chocolate and its connection to the natural world at our annual expo. Visit, taste, and buy specialty chocolates and treats from a variety of vendors.
A Christmastime radio reader’s theater play and musical. The performing ensemble “Pilot Island” will present their holiday show, a live 1940’s-style radio broadcast, complete with commercials. The audience will get a nostalgic taste of what it was like to see a group of actors create a piece of “theater of the mind” using only their voices, musical instruments, and live sound effects.
Ah, December. Barren trees. Desolate landscapes. Dark evenings and darker nights. What a perfect time to gather for a ghostly tale or two. Settle in for an evening of stories written by the masters of the macabre. Tricia Kelly will read aloud tales from gaslight authors like Bierce, Poe, Stevenson, James, etc. Each tale is long enough to let the creeps set in, but short enough to please the 21st century attention span. Cost per guest: $10. Save $1 if your purchase online by 12-7-16.
You are cordially invited to the Hegeler family’s annual Christmas party. Step back in time to 1887 and be whisked away by the staff as you peek into the family’s and guests’ party preparations. Then, experience the fun of the party with carols, stories, and more. Guests at this event will tour the Mansion and will be guided through a play by one of our maids, meeting the Hegeler family and friends as the story unfolds. Actors in period dress in each room will give you a glimpse into the holidays as celebrated during Victorian times. The halls are festively decorated for the occasion. This theatrical tour is different every year and features local stars from Stage 212, Engle Lane, IVCC, and local high schools. This event always sells out quickly and is a fun annual tradition.
The show is a family tradition for many, including some attending their 40th Festival! Journey with the all-age cast as they tell of the “wee” folk’s good works for man and nature, outsmart the Snotgurgle troll and find the true meaning of this giving season. The show is about 90 minutes, no intermission. Meet the gnome cast after the show, visit the "Gnomemade" gift shop, enjoy live music and refreshments in the lobby. Get your gnome cap, and bring it back each year to get a free tassel sewn onto it.
The Weber House is decorated in a style reminiscent of a prosperous 18th century home. As was the custom, decorations are homemade from greens, pine cones, fruits, flowers and assorted sweets. The Christmas trees, although common today, are not historically accurate. They did not come on the scene until Queen Victoria. And then they were small table top trees. So come on in and see Christmas of long ago.
2016 Rock n Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Cheap Trick is part of the fiber of American music, inspiring and delighting generations with their unique union of massive melodies and razorblade riffs, their own special brand of mischievous wit and maximum rock ‘n’ roll.
The Ultimate Holiday Tradition! Mannheim Steamroller Christmasby Chip Davis has been America’s favorite holiday tradition for over 30 years! Grammy Award winner Chip Davis has created a show that features the beloved Christmas music of Mannheim Steamroller along with dazzling multimedia effects performed in an intimate setting. Experience the magic as the spirit of the season comes alive with the signature sound of Mannheim Steamroller. Their holiday CDs have become synonymous with Christmas and continue to occupy top spots on Billboard’s Seasonal Charts every year!
Attention Craft Beer Aficionados! There will be several area breweries pouring samples of their ales, lagers, and stouts. Taste the micro brews of the area’s most skilled brew masters and listen to live music. Food is available for purchase. There is a limited number of tickets available, so don’t wait to buy tickets today! Receive a free tasting glass with each ticket. Must be 21 years or older.
Come Sip, Shop, & Socialize in Downtown DeKalb. Enjoy the spring weather in Downtown DeKalb where stores will be offering Sidewalk sales and new inventory! Shops feature chalk paints, unique finds, antiques and more.
Prairie State Winery is bringing back their Winemaker's Dinners! Experience the intimate 5 course meal that's excellently paired with Prairie State Winery's award winning wines. The December 2016 Menu: First Course: Fresh Seared Sea Scallops with Romoulade Sauce and Water Crest, Second Course: Winter Salad with Goat Cheese and Beets, Third Course: Apple Cheddar Wine Soup, -Palette Cleanser: Lime Sorbet-, Fourth Course: Beef Oscar with Lump Crab, Bernaise Sauce, Asparagus and Rosemary Fingerling Potatoes, Fifth Course: Apple Rosebud Tarts with White Chocolate Mousse. The cost is $85 per person, pre-pay is required. Only 40 seats available, so make your reservations now!
Take behind-the-scene tours of the major research facilities at Fermilab. Tour facilities at the lab that the public would normally not get to see. Enjoy a science and innovation fair and dozens of activities for families. This event is free and open to the public. This final anniversary event will look back on half a century of achievements and look forward to a bright future. 10 am - 4 pm
At a time when the charts were ruled by pop-metal acts, Dokken’s captivating stage presence and high energy style brought us some of the greatest rock music of the 1980s. With Warrant performing hits like Cherry Pie, and Firehouse, performing hits like Love of a Lifetime, this show will rock you.
The Boys Basketball Super Sectionals will be held at the NIU Convocation Center. This is the final stop before the the state tournament, show your support for the teams that have made it this far! 1A & 2A are March 7th, 3A & 4A are March 14th
Broadway’s Next H!T Musical is the only unscripted theatrical awards show. Master improv artists use suggestions from the audience to create an evening of spontaneous music, humor, and laughter! The audience votes for their favorite song and watches as the cast turns it into a full blown improvised musical, complete with memorable characters, witty dialogue, and plot twists galore.
The Stage Coach Players will be performing their production of "Hairspray" based on the New Line Cinema film written and directed by John Waters. This musical sends the message of acceptance by showing the bright, energetic story of Tracy Turnblad who teaches us all to look past the color of one’s skin and fight for every human being’s equal rights.
History could be made this coming weekend when a field of 456 wrestlers from 134 schools across the state will compete in the Illinois Elementary School Association (IESA) state wrestling finals at the 37th annual Boys State Wrestling Tournament held at the Convocation Center on the campus of Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois.
Design a party hat, create a noise maker, and get showered with confetti as we find out where in the world it’s midnight each hour and countdown to fun! Ring in the New Year all afternoon with this energetic blend of fun, art, and music from Kantorei, the singing boys of Rockford. Included with museum admission. Next door at Burpee Museum of Natural History, join the hourly countdown to ring in 2017 across the globe to celebrate and discover New Year traditions from around the world.
Join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the hip hop Hippo and, of course, those hilarious, plotting penguins as they bound onto our stage in the musical adventure of a lifetime. Based on the smash DreamWorks animated motion picture, Madagascar – A Musical Adventure follows all of your favorite crack-a-lackin’ friends as they escape from their home in New York’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien’s Madagascar. A special one-hour presentation for kids (and parents) of all ages. Filled with outlandish characters, adventure galore and an upbeat score,
Picosa is a new Chicago-based mixed chamber ensemble (flute, clarinet, violin, cello, and piano). Noted for its signature symphonic sound and virtuosity, Picosa presents an eclectic variety of works from baroque to contemporary, and soloist to full chamber ensemble. The ensemble’s unique approach to programming presents celebrated masterworks from across the centuries and around the globe. Picosa concerts are community gatherings, with lively conversations after every event. Picosa is also committed to nurturing rising young musicians through our Interludes Chamber Ensembles program, where student and amateur musicians play in pre-concert performances, and through our workshops, concerts, and residencies at local colleges. Additionally, Picosa seeks to be an arts collective, featuring cross-genre collaborations each season. All Chamber Series concerts begin at 2:30 p.m. in the 2nd Floor Art Gallery of Wilson Hall.
Ronnie Milsap’s passionate vocals and rousing showmanship made him a favorite concert attraction for more than four decades. He became country music's first successful blind singer, and one of the most successful and versatile country “crossover” singers of his time. His command of country, country-pop, rock & roll, rhythm & blues, funk, pop, and classical music made the singer-keyboardist a formidable entertainer who defies narrow classification. Nevertheless, he’s one of country’s most successful artists, with six Grammy awards for Best Male Country Vocal performance, four CMA awards, and thirty-five #1 hits. Ronnie Milsap was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2014.
Two-time Grammy award-winner Kacey Musgraves will be ringing in this holiday season by launching her very first Christmas Headling tour, which will feature Kacey showcasing songs off her upcoming debut Christmas album, A Very Kacey Christmas. The tour will hit iconic venues throughout the US including the historic Rialto Square Theatre.
From Respighi’s passionate Fountains of Rome to Russian composer Liadov’s serene Enchanted Lake, these concerts will awaken the senses and present the listener with a musical rainbow of sound. The program also holds Dukas’ The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and Saint-Saëns’ Symphony No. 3, featuring guest organist Jonathan Rudy, and containing a melody called “so gorgeous that it seems plucked from an operatic love scene by Bizet or Gounod.”