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Great River Eagle Days
To celebrate the return of our National bird, the great Bald Eagle, the Standing Bear Council, the US Army Corp of Engineers and the Quincy Area CVB host Great River Eagle Days at the Oakley Lindsay Center and Lock & Dam 21 for viewing. The public is invited to the free activities at the civic center, Black Fox Singers, Native American dancers, vendors, food, live raptors and an eagle watch.
2nd Annual Outdoor Sculpture Walk
Take a self-guided tour of public art from June 2 to September 2 as part of the 2nd annual Sculpture Walk in downtown Oak Park. The walk features 12 world-class sculptures prominently placed among Oak Park's many shops and restaurants.
CITY: Oak Park
Reptile Rampage is a great opportunity for the whole family to spend the day getting up close and personal to some amazing and unique reptiles. For $10 per adult and $5 per child, visitors can meet over 150 animals including “Bubba” the famous American Alligator, the Wildlife Discovery Center's celebrated rattlesnake collection, lizards, snakes of all shapes and sizes, turtles and tortoises, crocodilians, an assortment of frogs, and so much more. Visitors will also have the chance to talk with some of the Midwest’s most knowledgeable reptile enthusiasts from local zoos, universities, museums, nature centers, and private collections. In addition to the many reptiles on display, there will be children’s arts-and-crafts activities, face painting for the kids, a Patch challenge ($5 extra for the patch), a fabulous silent auction, and much more.
CITY: Lake Forest
Eagle Meet and Greet
Come see live eagle demonstrations every Saturday in January at the Alton Visitor Center. See a live bald eagle up close and personal! Ask and learn about their species and habitats. Then, grab your official All Around Alton Eagle Watcher's Guide as you journey out along the Meeting of the Great Rivers National Scenic Byway to see eagles in their natural habitat. Free! For more information, call 1-800-ALTON-IL or go to www.VisitAlton.com.
Kane County Flea Market - May 2014
"The Best in the Midwest or Anywhere"--Up to 1,000 dealers display and sell antiques, collectibles, & Fancy Junque. Food is served both days.
CITY: St. Charles
Winter Wonderland Holiday Light Show
A Lake County holiday tradition. Visit Northern Illinois' largest drive-through Holiday Light Festival, held at the Cuneo Mansion, and view thousands of twinkling lights, animated displays and holiday decorations. While visiting the light show, the Cuneo Mansion & Gardens invites you to walk through the museum for a magical view of Christmas' past. Please visit the website for more information.
CITY: Vernon Hills
Masters of the Sky
Witness the "Masters of the Sky" birds of prey demonstration. Come see eagles, falcons, owls and other birds of prey at this educational and informational program presented by the World Bird Sanctuary. Show times at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Admission fee: $5 for Adults; $3 for children 12 and under; 3 and under are free. Only 10 tickets per person. Also, there will be a free eagle display at noon and 2 p.m. for 30 minutes in the gallery on Feb. 16 - 18. For more information, call the National Great Rivers Museum at (877) 462-6979.
Spring Home Expo
Annual Home Expo with over 70 vendors showing off the latest styles in home decor, improvement and landscaping.
WGEM Home & Living Show
The area's largest show dedicated to the newest in home and living products at the Oakley Lindsay Center in Quincy.
Sweet Autumn Clematis Festival
See and smell hundreds of feet of walls covered in Autumn Clematis; followed by punch served in Luther Hall. The event runs from 10:00am- 5:00pm.
Art Dans La Rue
Join us on Tuesday, August 6th from 12-9pm for Downtown Oak Park's authentic urban French Street Festival! Featuring: art exhibits by local artists, special showing of a French film, Can-Can dancers, French music by "Paris La Nuit," Poodle Parade, French lessons, Fresh made crepes, Wine tastings, Sidewalk chalk contest, Bike Rentals, and much more!
CITY: Oak Park
Titanic New Year's Eve Gala
Attend an elegant dinner dance in the beautiful Crystal River Ballroom of the historic Mineral Springs Hotel. Polish your tiaras and jewels, to embellish your gowns. Doors open at 8 p.m., dinner served at 9 p.m. There will be a bottle of champagne on every table, for a midnight toast to 2014. Cost is $50 for single person or $75 per couple. For more info, call (618) 465-6256.
Tough Mudder events are hardcore obstacle courses designed to test your all around strength, stamina, mental grit and camaraderie. With the most innovative courses, over one million inspiring participants worldwide to date, and more than $5 million raised for the Wounded Warrior Project, Tough Mudder is the premier adventure challenge series in the world. But Tough Mudder is more than an event; it’s a way of thinking. By running a Tough Mudder challenge, you’ll unlock a true sense of accomplishment, have a great time and discover camaraderie with your fellow participants that’s experienced all too rarely these days.
The Nutcracker at The Joffrey Ballet
Don’t miss the glorious Chicago holiday tradition of the Nutcracker! A grand production with Tchaikovsky’s glorious score played live by a full orchestra, this is sure to be an evening of pure enchantment.
Easter Sunrise Service
Annual Easter Sunrise Service held at the 111 foot Bald Knob Cross, music & refreshments.
CITY: Alto Pass
Gazebo Art Festival
The Gazebo Art Festival is held outdoors on the grounds of Chandler Park in downtown Macomb. Chandler Park boasts a picturesque gazebo, fountain, memorials, brick paths and shaded lawns. This setting is a wonderful place for the public to view original art, chat with artists and enjoy live music performances of the Al Sears Jazz Festival. Art activities for children and food vendors will be on site. Artists must represent their own work at the festival. All work is original at this juried event.
Walking Tour of Historic Riverside
The Frederick Law Olmsted Society is pleased to offer great opportunities to learn about our historic landmark village. Discover the winding roads, delightful parks, beautiful landscapes, varied architecture and much more!
Held every year in downtown Chicago, the Color Run is known as the happiest 5k on the planet. The Color Run celebrates healthiness, happiness and individuality. And even though this un-timed event has no winners or prizes to speak of, every runner is showered with colored powder at stations along the route. That does sound fun!
ASA Pro/Am Archery Tournament
Archery Shooters Association's Illinois Championship 3-D Archery Tournament for men, women and Children. Archers from all over North America visit Metropolis for one week in June to compete for cash and prizes and the title of Illinois Champion.
Berwyn Cruise Nites in the Depot District
Head to the Depot District for the 9th Annual Cruise Nites presented by Berwyn Kia, Paisans Pizzeria & Bar, Mike & Sons Auto Services, Cicero Auto Parts, Deece Automotive! Cruise Nites take place on Tuesdays from 6-9pm in the Depot District at Windsor & Grove Avenues steps away from the Berwyn Metra Station. Enjoy your summe evenings while taking a stroll through a combination of car show and nightlife.
Bird Parks Lights Spectacular
Drive through Bird Park's winter wonderland of colorful lights and spectacular displays made up of approx. 40,000 lights. After the tour stop to enjoy a computer controlled light show, choreographed to music. Event is from Fri.-Sun. every week-end, thru the 22nd of Dec.
New Year's Eve Party at Pere Marquette Lodge
Ring in the New Year at Pere Marquette Lodge! Show off your cocktail attire and indulge with appetizers, an open bar and a lavish buffet dinner. Dance the night away with a great band, midnight champagne toast and even party favors! Retreat to cozy accommodations and take the elevator home! Wake up to the New Year with a hearty breakfast and wonderful memories. $379 inclusive, double occupancy. Let us know if you are with a group when making your reservations. Call (618) 786-2331 for details and to make your reservations.
International Lincoln Presidential Half Marathon
This is one of the Midwest’s premier half marathons where you can immerse yourself in Lincoln history and enjoy a scenic run past the only home he ever owned, his law office, the Old State Capitol where he delivered his “House Divided” speech, and his final resting place in Oak Ridge Cemetery.
Rockford IceHogs Hockey - 2013-2014
The 'Hogs are members of the American Hockey League and are proud to be affiliated with the 2010 and 2013 Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League. Home games are played at the BMO Harris Bank Center. See the website for the schedule.
Alton Little Theater: 9 to 5: The Musical
9 to 5: The Musical is based on the 1980s hit movie Nine to Five. Pushed to the boiling point by their boss, three female coworkers concoct a plan to get even with the sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot they call their boss. They conspire to take control of their company and learn there's nothing they can't do - even in a man's world. Set in the late 1970's, 9 to 5: The Musical is a hilarious story of friendship and revenge in the Rolodex era. Outrageous, thought-provoking, and even a little romantic, 9 to 5: The Musical is about teaming up and taking care of business. This production is scheduled for July 24 - 27 and July 31 - Aug. 3, 2014.
August 20th Cruise Nite in Berwyn
Come down to the Depot District and enjoy Cruise Nites with other families, residents and car enthusiasts. Learn more about Berwyn's proud classic car culture and historical automotive heritage. Cruise Nites are free! Just show up and have a great time!
Art on Harrison
Seeking a way to announce the emerging Arts District, galleries and building owners in partnership with the Oak Park Arts Council inaugurated Art on Harrison in 1995. Conceived of as an informal Friday evening gallery walk, the event has continued each September since its inception, expanding to include entertainment and performances at participating galleries. Come out and see what the area has to offer in a convivial atmosphere, a celebration of what the creative spirits of this community have accomplished.
CITY: Oak Park
Cruise Nites in Berwyn
Head to the Depot District on Tuesday, August 6th for a combination of car show and nightlife. Evening begins at 6pm in the Depot District at Windsor & Grove Avenues steps away from the Berwyn Metra Station.
It is possible to miss something that you never had? Acclaimed playwright Conor McPherson (The Seafarer, Shining City, Dublin Carol) drives this point home in a series of interconnected monologues that explore the heart and soul of three generations of Irishmen. A young man escapes his parents’ house to share digs with two alcohol-soaked friends and a mesmerizing young woman; a middle-aged laborer lands a dream job that he’s not remotely qualified for; and a widower receives a mysterious package that touches a hidden part of his memory. The lightly interlocking stories of these three men at three different stages of life weave together a tale that is both spirited and moving in its portrait of ordinary lives. Directed by Writers’ Theatre favorite William Brown (A Little Night Music, Heartbreak House), Port Authority will leave you reveling in the rough lyricism of its language and moved by the poignancy of its stories of lost love, big dreams and the consequences of even our smallest choices.
Red Skeleton--The Legend Continues
From Freddy the Freeloader to Clem Kadiddlehopper, Tom Mullica pays tribute to his friend. His is a living, breathing, giggling portrayal of “America’s Favorite Clown.” Get ready to have gut busting time from 7:30-9:30 p.m.
The Capitol Steps first began tickling political funny bones when Ronald Reagan was president and ketchup was a vegetable. In those thirty plus years, they now have more albums than the Constitution has amendments. Fiscal Shades of Gray is the CapStep’s newest album and live show featuring a collection of songs devoted to that crazy bipartisan spirit in Washington. All the dramatic political comedy from last year, from the election to the sequester, from ObamaCare in the Supreme Court to gay marriage and gun control. The Steps’ annual engagement at the North Shore Center always includes some of their freshest new material pulled right from that day’s headlines, set to song parody and skillfully placed for the first time in the lap of our audience for delicious consumption. Plus, they bring in all the A-Listers for a Grade-A skewering, including David Petraeus, Lance Armstrong, Pope Benedict XVI, Chris Christie, The Rolling Stones, and so many others. The Capitol Steps put the “Mock” in Democracy!
Even the youngest sugarplum will eagerly follow the heroine, Clara, as her lively imagination leads her on a wonderful journey filled with colorful characters: the fearsome Mouse King, dazzling dancers from many lands, the beautiful Sugarplum Fairy and, of course, the Nutcracker Prince! This fresh, lively and thoroughly entertaining production is sure to become a favorite for the entire family. Don't miss the Ruth Page Civic Ballet perform this holiday tradition.
Hallelujah Girls at Alton Little Theater
Hilarity abounds when the feisty females of Eden Falls, Georgia, decide to shake up their lives. The action in this rollicking Southern comedy by the authors of Southern Hospitality takes place in SPA-DE-DAH!, the abandoned church-turned-day-spa where this group of friends gathers every Friday afternoon. After the loss of a dear friend, the women realize time is precious; and if they're going to change their lives and achieve their dreams, they have to do it now! But Sugar Lee, their high-spirited, determined leader, has her hands full keeping the women motivated. The comic tension mounts when a sexy ex-boyfriend shows up unexpectedly, a marriage proposal comes from an unlikely suitor, and Sugar Lee's archrival vows she'll stop at nothing to steal the spa away from her. By the time the women rally together to overcome these obstacls and launch their new, improved lives, you've got a side-splitting, joyful comedy that will make you laugh out loud and shout "Hallelujah!" This production is scheduled for May 1 - 4 and 8 - 11, 2014.
Christmas Feast at the Lodge
The weather outside is frightful, but the Christmas Feast at Pere Marquette Lodge is so delightful! Enjoy our fabulous, mouth-watering spread! Serving from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Reservations for parties of six or more will be accepted. Brunch Prices: Children 0-3: FREE, Children 4-11: $9.95, Adults 12 & Up: $24.95. Call (618) 786-2331 ext: 502 to make your reservations.
Hatch: A Creative-Reuse Art Festival
Hatch: A Creative-Reuse Art Festival opens February 28, 2014 and runs through March 15, 2014. The I.D.E.A. Store is proud to produce a juried artists’ festival focusing on high quality, repurposed craft and fine art from artists all over the Midwest right here in Champaign County, IL.
Veterans Day Parade
Parade begins at 2pm from the Anna City Park entrance on Davie St. and follows Main St. to Jefferson St. and back to the park. The Anna VFW post invites everyone back to the lodge for hot dogs and chili.
Styx in Concert
With a career that is legendary, spanning well over three decades, including albums that consistently have achieved gold or platinum status, millions of fans, and two Super-Bowl appearances, Styx continues to conquer the planet. With the stellar line-up of Tommy Shaw, James "JY" Young, Lawrence Gowan, Todd Sucherman and Ricky Phillips (along with the occasional surprise appearance by original bassist Chuck Panozzo), Styx is the show to see! Tickets are $58 and $83.
North American Vintage Decoy and Sporting Collectibles Show
This is the "granddaddy" of all shows and It's open to the public. For a discount coupon go to the website. One of the largest shows of its kind in the entire country. All types of hunting and fishing memorabelia. Buy, sell and trade. On Wednesday there will be two decoy seminars for collectors and the public. There will be a major exhibition featuring Louisiana Decoys. This exhibit will coincide with the show and is located in the Mega Center.
CITY: St. Charles
Amadeus, the renowned tale of Mozart as seen through the eyes of his most envious competitor, composer Antonio Salieri. The play is an interesting representative style of the style and values of the time. Jeff Recommended!
CITY: Oak Park
The Dance of Death
August Strindberg’s masterpiece tells the deliciously venomous story of a crumbling marriage—laced with black comedy and biting humor. As their 25th anniversary approaches, military captain Edgar and his wife, Alice, face off in a fierce battle of wills. Their sparring proves both harrowing and hilarious, amplified by the voice of celebrated playwright Conor McPherson (The Seafarer, Shining City, Dublin Carol). His adaptation brings lyricism and ferocity to the story of the tyrannical captain and his manipulative wife, and the “innocent” Kurt who stumbles into their midst and quickly finds himself ensnared in the couple’s wicked game. In the intimate confines of the Writers’ bookstore space, this Dance will leave you gasping at every barbed word and sly seduction.
A Mighty Fortress is Our Basement - The Church Basement Ladies
Your prayers are answered; the ladies are back in the basement. With “bright and frothy” songs and side-splitting humor, audiences love this new and “mighty” musical. It’s a recipe for fun. They will be performing two different sets. The first set will be from 2-4 p.m. and the second set 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Orpheum Snow Globe
Spend an enchanted time in a winter wonderland where the tradition of merry-making continues featuring indoor sledding, snowman making, snow ball throwing, ice fishing with prizes, and more!
Thodos Dance Chicago
Thodos Dance Chicago returns to the North Shore Center for one night only! This acclaimed contemporary company with a distinct American choreographic voice and vibrant, award-winning style presents an exhilarating evening of dance featuring the critically-celebrated A Light in the Dark, an inspirational dance theater piece about the life of Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan, choreographed by Artistic Director, Melissa Thodos and Tony award-winning Ann Reinking with an original score by Bruce Wolosoff. The Chicago Sun Times raved, “Thodos Dance’s ‘Helen Keller’ is a feast for the senses…this is a work of tremendous empathy that literally animates a true story.”
Danville Symphony Orchestra Presents "Americana"
You won't believe your ears when you join the Danville Symphony Orchestra and harmonica virtuoso Robert Bonfiglio for an evening of great orchestral music from American film and Broadway. Gershwin's "Symphonic Suite" from Porgy & Bess and Kurt Weill's "Symphonic Nocture from Lady in the Dark" round out the program with music of Stephen Foster and famed Beatles producer George Martin's "Three American Sketches for Harmonica and Strings."
Danville Symphony Orchestra Presents "Two Times the Fun"
Indiana University pianists Charles Webb and Steven Mann join narrator Joseph Mervis for a wonderful evening of spirited elegance in a performance of Mozart's "Piano Concerto in Eb" for two pianos as well as Saint Saens' classic zoological journey, "Carnival of the Animals." Smetena's beautiful portrait of the River Moldau compliment this evening of classics performed by the musicians of the Danville Symphony Orchestra.
Uncorked Summer Nights
Experience the Oak Park Conservatory from a fresh perspective with Uncorked Summer Nights! Admission includes 2 drink tickets and appetizers. Also, included is showcase tours of the Fern, Tropical and Desert rooms. Enjoy music by the Grosso Family Band and art by Phil Malhiot. Appetizers provided by New Rose Catering and wine and craft beer by Marion Street Cheese Market.
CITY: Oak Park
Fresh on the heels of last season’s critically-acclaimed production of Hamlet—one of the most nuanced men in dramatic literature—comes one of the most complex and fascinating female characters: Hedda Gabler. Equal parts idealistic heroine and callous antagonist; victim of circumstance and master manipulator, Hedda finds herself trapped by society in a world that does not fit her. To survive, she sets in motion an array of schemes, sowing seeds of calculated destruction in an attempt to make an impact on her husband, friends and lovers. The result is a journey of impulse and emotion that is both achingly desperate and wildly passionate. Actor Kate Fry and Director Kimberly Senior, collaborators on last season’s hit drama, The Letters, bring their shared passion to this master work, offering you the unique opportunity to get up close and personal with one of the most extraordinary and seductive characters in the dramatic canon.
Home for the Holidays--American Big Band
All time Christmas favorites from Bing to Buble’. Featuring eight glorious, colorful singers and dancers, lush stage settings and a 12-piece big band, this fully-staged, beautifully choreographed holiday spectacular brings Christmas to life. Get in the holiday mood a little early and watch the performance from 7:30-10p.m.
Galesburg Historical Society Annual Chocolate Festival
Annual festival featuring homemade and commercially made chocolate treats. It's an endless buffet of tortes, cakes, pies, cookies, candies, beverages and much more. A chocolate lover's dream. Being held on the third floor of The Galesburg Antiques Mall. Event runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. $8 per person.
Winneshiek Playhouse Presents: "Lend Me A Tenor"
It's 1934, and the world's greatest tenor, Tito Merelli, has come to Cleveland, Ohio, to save its Grand Opera Company by singing Otello. When he is unexpectedly incapacitated, Max, the Opera Director's meek assistant, is given the daunting task of finding a last-minute replacement. Chaos ensues - including a scheming soprano, a tenor-struck ingenue, a jealous wife and the Cleveland Police department. May 9,10 and 15-17. 7:30 pm. $15.
Elvis Tribute Artist Spectacular
Come toast the King’s 79th birthday with the annual concert celebrating the era by era musical career of Elvis Presley. From the early rockabilly and military years, to his time in the movies, then the sexy ’68 comeback in black leather and finally his most famous Las Vegas concert era—nothing is left out! This is absolutely the best Elvis tribute show and features “The closest thing to the King” Shawn Klush, and young and sexy Cody Slaughter. Special guests include Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member DJ Fontana and Elvis’ award winning back-up singers The Sweet Inspirations. Presented by OMAR Presents.
Hustle up The Hancock/Race to the Top
Each year more than 4,000 people climb to the top of John Hancock Center to raise funds for lung disease research, advocacy and education.
Nearly forty years ago, Spyro Gyra formed out of a regular Tuesday night jam session at a club in Buffalo. The jazz-fusion juggernaut would go on to become one of the most prolific and commercially successful groups in their jazz genre. They released twenty-nine albums with sales of over 10 million copies, received 12 Grammy Award nominations and played over five thousand shows in a completely remarkable career.
Michael Londra’s Celtic Fire
Famed Irish tenor, Michael Londra took a tiny spark and created a blazing hot show with his new production, Celtic Fire. With 100% live music, dance and song paying due respect to Irish culture and history, the show generates an electric atmosphere that sweeps audiences away to Ireland, its culture, its pubs, its music and its heart. The music in Celtic Fire is traditional at its core and performed by a talented band of Irish musicians on traditional instruments: Added to guitar and keys, the Irish fiddle drives the frenetic reels, the bodhran beats out the driving rhythms, and the plaintive uileann pipes call back to days of yore with beautiful and haunting slow airs.
Havencrest Castle Holiday Tour
Celebrate Christmas in the Castle. The tour of Havencrest Castle at Christmastime will kick-off the holiday season with loads of cheer! See the Castle rooms sparkling with holiday magic.
Winneshiek Players Present: "Rabbit Hole"
Becca and Howie Corbett have everything a family could want, until a life-shattering accident turns their world upside down and leaves the couple drifting perilously apart. Rabbit Hole charts their bittersweet search for comfort in the darkest of places and for a path that will lead them back into the light of day. Contains adult themes and language. $15. March 1, 6-7, 2014.
The 1960s really began on February 9, 1964 with an Ed Sullivan Show performance by a group of mop-headed kids from Liverpool, England known as The Beatles. Twist and Shout with us on the 50th Anniversary of this momentous music milestone with a flawless recreation of the Ed Sullivan Show performances by BritBeat: America’s Premier Tribute to The Beatles. Get your Ticket to Ride this British Invasion with Ed Sullivan Show songs, ‘She Loves You’, ‘I Saw Her Standing There’ and ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’ and experience the mania, moods and emotions while you dance away to classic hits, like ‘Twist and Shout’, ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ and ‘Help!’
City of Olney Christmas Light Display
Drive through the Olney City Park to see thousands of Christmas lights and displays. Santa will be in the community each Friday and Saturday starting December 6.
David Lee, writing for fromthepit.net says, “REO Speedwagon is still REO Speedwagon and thank goodness for that.” By popular demand, REO rolls back into Effingham for a hit-filled night. Be sure to roll with from 8-10:30 p.m.
Jack Hanna's Into the Wild LIVE
America’s favorite zookeeper, "Jungle" Jack returns to Effingham with "Into the Wild LIVE," an unscripted and action-packed safari sure to leave you with renewed appreciation for all creatures, great and small. Be sure to bring the kids out for a great time from 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Knox College International Fair
This event is always the last weekend in January. It features food, arts, crafts & entertainment from around the world, presented by Knox College students and visiting performers. Knox College is a top Liberal Arts College in Galesburg, Illinois.
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, bags tourney, and a pancake breakfast. 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.
On January 25, 2003, the Marriott Theatre presented a new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s CATS directed and choreographed by Marc Robin. It quickly became the best-selling show in our long history. Cats, based on the poems of T.S. Eliot, with its legendary score, provides the setting for spectacular and breathtaking dance. Our intimate surroundings bring you closer than ever to “The Jellicle Ball” with trouble-makers Mungojerrie and Rumpleteazer, the magical Mr. Mistoffelees and the suave Rum Tum Tugger. Let the “Memory” live again!
2014 Illinois Paddlesports Festival
The 6th Annual Illinois Paddlesports Festival takes place on the 2nd weekend in June, in Aurora’s beautiful Phillips Park on Mastodon Lake. Admission is free. So come on out and enjoy two full days of paddling fun and action.
Adler After Dark
For one night only a month, the Adler’s Doane Observatory is exclusively open for Adler After Dark guests. This tour of Chicago’s largest public telescope is not to be missed and sells out every month.
Eagle Watch Weekend
Come see the most magnificent Eagle watch event out there, Hosted by the Illinois Auduborn Society. Starved Rock Lodge will have free lectures and exhibits on “Birds of Prey”. The real shows are the eagle’s, which can be viewed comfortably from the Veranda, so bring your binoculars! There will also be raptor awareness presentations by the World Bird Sanctuary. Seating is limited so come early and be ready to amazed. Eagle watching and programs will also be held at the Illinois Waterway Visitors Center.
The Ash Brothers: A Tribute to Alabama
Rock in the New Year with the music of country supergroup Alabama. The Ash Brothers produce unbelievable harmonies, reminding us of the family harmonies of the band from Ft. Payne. Rock out with this family from 8-10 p.m.
Gaither Vocal Band
With a legacy of award-winning excellence that has raised the bar for male harmony, The Gaither Vocal Band has produced some of the best-loved voices and music with a messages of grace and hope. Performance will be from 8-10:30 p.m.
The Oak Ridge Boys
40 years of four-part harmonies – one of the most distinctive and recognizable sounds in the music industry. They are back at the EPC to delight and excite, don’t miss out! Be there from 8-10 p.m.
Build It! Make It! - Discovery Center Museum
Creativity will flow in the Build It! Make It! exhibit. Visitors will design, create and construct whatever they can imagine as we fill the 5,000 square feet of the Woodward Exhibit Hall with all kinds of building items. The hall will transform into a creative space to play with ideas, explore materials and tinker with tools! Legos, K'Nex, and our Imagination Playground giant foam blocks are just the beginning of the imaginative construction zone. Additional Tinkering and Make It areas provide opportunities for children to explore and invent using real materials and real tools.
Comedian Brian Regan
Brian Regan has distinguished himself as one of the premier comedians in the country. Brian’s non-stop theater tour has visited more than 80 cities each year since 2005 and continues through 2014. It is the quality of his material, relatable to a wide audience and revered by his peers, which continues to grow Brian’s fan base. The perfect balance of sophisticated writing and physicality, Brian Regan consistently fills theaters nationwide with fervent fans that span generations.
Andover Christmas Julotta
For 163 years this early morning (6:30 a.m.) service has been held at Augustana Lutheran Church. The service is held in a setting similar to that used by the Swedish congregation in 1870. The choir sings a Swedish anthem and the service is in English. Candles in the pews, altar and windows illuminate the sanctuary. Service begins at 6:30am.
Five Little Monkeys
Going shopping…baking cakes…sitting in trees…jumping on beds! Through wonderful costumes and acting, each of the frisky siblings displays their own unique style of mischief while driving Mama monkey crazy. Five Little Monkeys is a zany 60 minute performance, perfect for youngsters and youngsters-at-heart. From Adventure Theatre MTC and based on the books by Eileen Christelow. Be sure to catch them from 11 a.m. until noon.
Gingerbread Walk & Scavenger Hunt
Bring the family and friends to Downtown Antioch to hunt for Gingerbread! Find delightful Gingerbread Sculptures of Houses and other unique creations. Fill out a contest entry form and track down the different Gingerbread Clues throughout Downtown. Turn in the completed entry form for a chance to win exciting prizes and vote for the best one. Enjoy strolling musicians and carolers on Saturdays while finishing all the holiday shopping.
Wonderland Express at Chicago Botanic Garden
Take a magical trip to a winter wonderland of twinkling lights and holiday beauty at the Chicago Botanic Garden when we kick off the holiday season! Outside, 750,000 lights sparkle and welcome you and your family to the Garden's wonderland. Inside the Regenstein Center, a 10,000-square-foot exhibition of miniature trains winds over bridges, under trestles, past waterfalls, and through more than 80 mini-replicas of Chicago's favorite landmarks. Paul Busse, designer of the Model Railroad Garden, created this amazing exhibition exclusively for the Garden's holiday celebration. Adults are $10 non-members and $8 for members, Children 3-12 and Seniors over 62 are $8 non-members and $6 for members.
The Warrior Dash in Channahon, IL is the world's largest running series. Held on challenging and rugged terrain, people come from all over to participate in feats of courage and strength; like sprinting over fire, trudging through mud and scaling at least 12 obstacles during this fierce 5K. From couch potatoes to novice runners to extreme athletes, Warrior Dash truly is an event for all athletic abilities.
Civil War Weekend
Friday evening is the 8th annual Lincoln Legacy Dinner at the Anna Art Center. Saturday & Sunday includes speakers on local history during the Civil War, historic storytelling, period music, art, food and reenactment as well as period displays.
Everyman comic, Bill Engvall, is back with his singular brand of down-home humor and blue collar comedy. His album, “Here’s Your Sign,” is a comedy classic. Don’t miss this evening of silliness and fun. He will be performing two different sets. The first will be from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and the second one will be 9:30-11:30 p.m.
Kewanee Lighted Parade and Windmont Park Lighting
View Kewanee’s magical wonderland of vivid colors and whimsical lights celebrating the spirit of the Christmas season. Open daily 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. through New Years Day.
Play set in Dusseldorf, Germany on 1910, Louis Maske inadvertnetly drops her ill-fitting drawers in the middle of town square during a parade to honor the king.
Fighting Illini Basketball
Join Coach John Groce and his Fighting Illini as they take on their Big Ten opponents. Cheer on the Orange & Blue as they compete for a Big Ten title and chance at the NCAA Championships!
The Irish Comedy Tour
The Irish Comedy Tour- For one night, the EPC becomes an Irish pub, its party atmosphere defined by a boisterous, belly-laugh band of hooligans who will have you “Dublin” over in laughter. They’re Irish, they’re American and they’re not holding back! Be sure to catch them from 7:30-10 p.m.
Mississippi Mud Mania
Up to the challenge of getting dirty? You’ve come to the right place! Welcome to the Tri-State’s Mississippi Mud Mania Run in Quincy, IL. Be the first to get down and dirty and participate in an event that’s fun for the whole family and is sure to become an epic tradition.
Holiday Light Extravaganza
Drive or walk through to see the Christmas lights and animated holiday scenes nightly. Friday and Saturday nights Hill's Fort Cabin is open with 1800s Christmas and American Heritage Railroad's Polar Express is running.
Holly Jolly Christmas
Singer Burl Ives (a.k.a. Sam the Snowman in Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer) recorded Holly Jolly Christmas, which has inspired his hometown to plan this event every year. Puppet shows, carriage and wagon rides, carolers in period dress and Santa Claus are just a few of the activities. On Fridays, leading up to Christmas.
Carl Sandburg in Elmhurst
Prairie poet, Lincoln biographer, newspaperman, political activist, movie critic, family man, author - Carl Sandburg wore many hats during the 1920s when he resided with his family in the Chicago suburb of Elmhurst. This new exhibit, created by the Elmhurst Historical Museum staff, features many rare photos, video footage, and artifacts related to Sandburg from his prolific Elmhurst years. The exhibit profiles one of America's most influential literary figures as he ascended to international fame as one of our country's most beloved poets, an Illinois Poet Laureate, and winner of two Pulitzer prizes. See our Adult Programs, Family Programs and Special Events pages for many interesting exhibit-related activities.
Volo Bog's WinterFest
Looking for a great combination of indoor and outdoor fun in mid January? WinterFest is a long-standing event at Volo Bog featuring live music and storytelling, photo contest awards, and winter-theme and other crafts indoors, while outdoors winter bog hikes, and snow permitting - snow sculpting contests and cross-country skiing, may be enjoyed throughout the afternoon. There will also be cookies, hot cocoa & coffee for sale by the Friends of Volo Bog. Visit the website for a complete agenda. Donations accepted.
Downtown in December
Mark your calendar and bring your friends and family to Edwardsville for the 2nd Annual Downtown in December. In addition to participating merchants having extended hours there will be many activities happening in downtown. Caroling will be heard along parts of Main and Vandalia Streets, Santa will be visiting with Children, decorated store fronts and even an Elves Workshop!
Adapted from T.H. White's novel The Once and Future King, Camelot is a valiant Broadway musical that will transport audiences to the magical and mythical days of medieval England. The legendary characters King Arthur, Queen Guenevere, Sir Lancelot and Merlyn come alive in this exciting tale of love and chivalry. The classic production features a lush, romantic score including "If Ever I Would Leave You," "Camelot," "How to Handle a Woman," and "Follow Me."
CITY: Oakbrook Terrace
Follow the path through “Kringle’s Kingdom” and gaze at more than 75 displays, many animated with characters larger than life. Meander along the path and stop to peak inside the display boxes, visit the unique collection of holiday displays arranged along a path and separated by groupings of lighted evergreen trees, witness a train chugging toward a frozen kingdom, skating bunnies, kissing bears, Christmas puppies and sugar plums dancing. It’s truly a magical holiday experience. Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
47th Annual Elmhurst College Jazz Festival
The 47th installment of the Elmhurst College Jazz Festival is shaping up to be one of our best yet! Featured performers include The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra directed by Scotty Barnhart, Andy Martin, Bobby Shew, Gary Smulyan, and Ryan Truesdell and the Gil Evans Project. College ensembles will also perform throughout the festival.
A new musical of this classic tale comes to life for children of all ages when Marie receives a beautiful nutcracker for Christmas from her mysterious Uncle Drosselmeyer. When the Nutcracker comes to life, it's a magical journey to reach the Sugar Plum Fairy before the wicked Mouse King. Children's Theatre takes place most Sundays through Saturdays at 10 AM. On select days, there is an additional performance at 12:30pm. Performance days and times do vary so please visit the calendar page for each show.
The Game's Afoot
From the creator of Lend Me A Tenor comes this whodunit filled with twists, turns and murderous pandemonium. It is December 1936 and Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over for his portrayal of the lengendary Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast members to his lavish Connecticut castle for a holiday weekend of revelry. When one of the guests is stabbed to death, the festivities in the isolated house quickly turn dangerous. It is up to Gillette who assumes the persona of his beloved Holmes, to track down the killer bfore the next victim appears in this witty, suspenseful caper.
CITY: Oakbrook Terrace
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat!
A musical with lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. The story is based on the "coat of many colors" story of Joseph from the Bible's Book of Genesis. It is set in a frame in which a narrator is telling a story (sometimes to children, encouraging them to dream).
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Tuneful, clever and uproarious, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee follows the story of six overachieving and quirky adolescents pitted against each other in the spelling challenge of a lifetime. To raise the comical bar, four audience members get the opportunity to participate in this quirky musical as onstage bee contestants. Through the ups and downs of the bee, the youngsters are forced to learn that winning isn't everything and losing doesn't necessarily make you a loser.
CITY: Oakbrook Terrace
Fairfield Festival of Lights
Citizens from around Fairfield purchase and then donate lights and displays that decorate the park for the holiday season. You can drive through or, on certain evenings, you can take a horse and carriage ride through the park to see the beautiful lights and displays.