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DeKalb County Barn Tour
The DeKalb County Barn Tour is a self-guided driving tour of 5 DeKalb area barns, plus the Glidden Homestead historic site and barn, and the DAAHA gallery. Enjoy 6 different styles of barn architecture and various activities related to farming throughout your tour. Photography is encouraged. Carload tickets include a tour booklet and map. Admission is $20.00 per carload. List of sites: Joseph F. Glidden Homestead & Historical Center – See the barn where Joseph Glidden first manufactured “The Winner” barbed wire, which earned Glidden the title “The Father of Barbed Wire”. The barn and home are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. DeKalb Area Agricultural Heritage Association (DAAHA) – an air-conditioned gallery exhibiting photographs of local barns taken by the Sycamore Library Photography Club. Jeff Marshall – A large historic barn interior camouflaged with contemporary aluminum siding. Joseph Marshall – Centennial farm with barn built in 1913 Robert Faivre – Two early 20th century barns and two 21st century barns on the picturesque acreage of Camelot Christmas tree farm. Larson/Martz Family Farms – Quonset barn built in 1955 on a large feeder cattle farm. Josie Hopkins – Preserved barn built in 1839, today filled to the brim with merchandise of Josie’s Antiques
Midwest Wizard Of Oz Festival
Join us for the largest Wizard of Oz Festival in the country with costumed characters, carnival, Wizard of Oz and craft vendors, children and adults costume contest, petting zoo, children's attractions, special events and more. See website for event hours - See more at: http://www.midwestozfest.com/
CITY: Orland Park
Fine Line Arts Festival (formerly Raku Day)
Open to all! Explore and, for a small fee, try out Fine Line's exciting activities: raku, metal etching, felting and more. Preview night, June 6th, will feature a metal pour, dinner and live music for limited seating. Visit www.fineline.org for details and registration.
CITY: St. Charles
Miles Davis Jazz Festival
Enjoy an evening of jazz celebrating the music and life of one the true giants of jazz music - Miles Davis. There will be entertainment and more in honor of Miles Davis. For more info, call (618) 462-2763.
Head over to the Effingham Performance Center to see country music superstar Martina McBride in concert! The Country Music Association has named her its Female Vocalist of the Year four times. The Academy of Country Music has presented her with its Top Female honor three times. The Recording Academy has nominated her for 14 Grammy Awards. So don't miss chance to see a legend in concert!! Her show begins at 8 p.m.
Sandburg Days - A Festival of the Mind
An annual festival celebrating the life and legacy of Galesburg native, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and Lincoln biographer--Carl Sandburg. Includes three days of literary, history, sporting, and children's events held at Carl Sandburg College.
Rod Stewart & Santana
With his singular voice, narrative songwriting and passionate live performances, Rod Stewart has built one of the most successful and enduring music careers of all time. For forty years and as many albums later, Santana has sold more than 100 million records and reached more than 100 million fans at concerts worldwide. To date, Santana has won ten GRAMMY ® Awards and three Latin GRAMMY ® Awards. He won a record-tying nine GRAMMYs for a single project for 1999’s Supernatural (including Album of the Year and Record of the Year for “Smooth”).
In Conjunction with the City of Lockport's summer art series, the Visionaries, a Steampunk Expo, will be held at The Gaylord Building. This event will feature makers and retailers of "steampunk" art and merchandise. The Visionaries Gala Weekend will be held the same weekend with weekend activities that will include food and entertainment throughout historic downtown Lockport.
Throttle Fest Chicago
Featuring the entire cast of the hit series on TRU TV: Mike, Angie, Jesse, Goat, Jackyl and much, much more! Burnout pits, Wall Of Death, music all weekend, mainstage concerts, tattoo tent, motorcycle accessories, vendors of all kind!
120th Big Rock Plowing Match Festival
This festival brings to you a plowing competition, horse show, arts and crafts show, children’s games, Junior and Ladies Fair auction, food, and much more! Make sure to bring your kids Friday night for kid's night with rides and attractions!
CITY: Big Rock
Pitchfork Music Festival
Pitchfork is considered one of the most comfortable and reasonably priced weekends of music in Chicago, featuring both emerging and internationally renowned acts. It's all about positivity and fun so both the musicians and crowd can have a great time! Vendors are also on-site, selling a variety of local goods.
Grafton Winery Blues Festival
Kick back for a weekend of blues during the 5th Annual Grafton Winery Blues Festival. Four top-notch blues bands from the St. Louis area will complete the lineup for the festival taking place at the Grafton Winery & Brewhaus, located at 300 W. Main St. in Grafton, Ill. Bands include: Robert Sampson and the Gumbo Band, Tombstone Bullet Band, Pennsylvania Slim Band and Billy Peek. For more information, call (618) 786-3001.
Two Rivers Family Fishing Fair
Want to learn to fish or become a better angler? The Two Rivers Family Fishing Fair offers fun and information for the entire family. Event includes: trout pond, seminars on fishing and water safety, educational activities, gifts, prizes and lots more! Free. For more information, contact Pere Marquette State Park at (618) 786-3323, ext. 1.
American Family Insurance 27th-Mile Celebrate Victory Bash
The American Family Insurance 27th-Mile Celebrate Victory Bash is the perfect place for runners and volunteers to meet up with family and friends for some postrace fun right after the 2014 Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon.
Joliet Public Library's 5th Annual Star Wars Days
Visit Downtown Joliet for a weekend filled with family fun & Star Wars! The 501st Legion and Rebel Legion will be there in costume. They are international fan-based Star Wars™ organizations dedicated to the construction and wearing of screen-accurate costumes. Exhibitors will also include: The Wandering Dragon A local gaming store will be demonstrating Star Wars™ role playing games. Legoland® The Lego Corporation will be on hand with Lego Star Wars™ models and several tables full of Lego pieces that children can assemble. Graham Crackers Comics One of Illinois’ largest comic book stores will be bringing out their Star Wars™ inventory. Tara Schile: owner of Sincere Costumes Fun, affordable, and unique Star Wars™ themed gifts. Gallery 1700 This store sells antiques, arts, and crafts, and will bring a large inventory of Star Wars™ toys. A parade kicks of the festivities at 11:00am. Additional activities will take place at the Joliet Area HIstorical Museum. The Joliet Slammers will host a Star Wars Night on Friday, June 6.
28th Annual Scottish Festival & Highland Games
Experience the best of Scotland without leaving Chicago at the 28th Annual Scottish Festival & Highland Games at Hamilton Lakes. The Chicago Scots invite everyone to be Scottish for this weekend-long annual summer celebration offering an extensive array of unique Scottish traditions, revelry, and culture for the whole family!
2014 Country Life Music Festival
The 2014 Country Life Music Festival will be one of Central Illinois’ largest country music festivals. It is a 3 day event just outside of Peoria, IL at Ravina On The Lakes, with some of the biggest names in country music and campgrounds for staying over for the weekend. Performers include Hank Williams Jr., Brad Paisley, Trace Adkins, Montgomery Gentry, Kellie Pickler, Big and Rich, and many more! Ticket options include a three day pass, and a single day pass and may be purchased online at http://www.countrylifemusicfestival.com/. For more information visit http://www.countrylifemusicfestival.com/, or call (309) 268-1202.
Cinco de Mayo Festival in Little Village
This three-day festival (which is held in the Little Village neighborhood), is celebrating its fifth year in 2014. It will again feature plenty of live music, food, arts & crafts, activities for families and children and much more. The bottomline? Cinco de Mayo Fest celebrates Hispanic culture with a joyous flair!
Montgomery County Fair
Located at Montgomery County Fairgrounds and celebrating the American farmer, this fair features free carnival rides in the evening, truck and tractor pulls, a demolition derby, ATV races, MMA fights, livestock shows, arts & crafts, culinary, floriculture, beer pong tournament, fair queen pageant and much more.
Grafton Catfish Tournament
Try to catch the biggest catfish during the Grafton Catfish Tournament that will be held on the river in Grafton. Competition is 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. There will be food vendors and entertainment throughout both days.
The Decatur-Forsyth Classic is the longest running tournament on the LPGA Symetra Tour. The tournament is held at the Hickory Point Golf Club.
Macon County Fair
Enjoy harness racing, tractor pulls, pageants, a carnival, livestock shows, commercial vendors, musical performances, fair food, and much,much more at the Macon County Fair!
4th of July Celebration events includes: Freedom Run a 5K Run/Walk and Kids Fun Run; a Gospel Show; a Parade; Free Concert at the City Park and much more. Capping off the Freedom Fest is one of the largest fireworks display in Southern Illinois.
Knox County Fair
Come celebrate the 163nd Knox County Fair held in these historic fairgrounds which has been in existence since 1851. Enjoy FREE entertainment, beer garden, food, vendors, nightly grandstand events. Figure 8 racing and the ever popular demolition derby.
Progress City Cluster of Dog Shows
The Progress City Cluster is a combination of dog shows hosted by the Champaign Illinois Kennel Club, the Mattoon Kennel Club, and the Sandemac Kennel Club. The shows begin at 8:30 on all four days and run until mid afternoon. Spectators are welcome to watch all shows at a price of $5 per car load. Please note, though, that un-entered dogs are NOT permitted at any of the shows. Also, please do not pet any dog without the owner/handlers permission.
Mayfest is a one of a kind three-day celebration that kicks off the city of Chicago’s unique festival season. From Chicago’s best bands and amazing entertainment to delectable festival cuisine and delicious beer, the 18th annual Mayfest will be sure to get the summer off to a rocking start, rain or shine.
Moultrie-Douglas County Fair
This annual dual county fair includes the Little, Miss, Jr Miss and Miss Pageants, demo derby, ITPA Tractor Pull and grandstand shows. Also take in the hog and sheep shows, rides, concerts, and fair food.
The Mill Annual Cruise-In
Join us from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm for a car cruise-in with great classic cars, door prizes and a 50/50 drawing. The Mill's new Made in the USA T-shirts with the new Mill logo will be available for purchase. The event is co-sponsored by Railsplitter Antique Auto Club.
Spirit of Peoria Cruises
Enjoy the river by boarding the Spirit of Peoria sightseeing cruise. The cruise will travel the Mississippi River and people will have a chance to enjoy the scenic beauty found here. The boat will depart and return to Riverfront Park in Alton. There are sightseeing, lunch and dinner cruises. For more information or to reserve your ticket, call (800) 258-6645.
Alton Memorial Day Parade
Celebrate Memorial Day by experiencing the oldest consecutive running parade in the entire nation. Celebrate the history of Pie Town, Upper Alton and those that served our country. Bring your lawn chairs and line the streets to show your support and join in on the fun. For more information, call (618) 462-7527.
Alton Farmers' & Artisans's Market
There will be an abundance of delicious fresh produce, crafts, baked goods, plants & flowers, locally-raised hormone-free meat, handmade soaps, jewelry, artwork, pottery, art demonstrations and more at the Alton Farmers' & Artisans' Market. Admission is free for shoppers and there is plenty of parking at its new permanent location in the city-owned parking lot at the corner of Landmarks and Henry Street.
The Stadium at the Ballpark
The Stadium at the Ballpark at Rosemont is the 2,000-seat home of the Chicago Bandits, the 2011 NPF World Champion women's softball organization, East Leyden High School's girls softball team and the Rosemont School's boys and girls softball team. It is located on the west side of 1-294, and is the first facility of its kind in the nation built expressly for women's professional sports. The team plays 25 home games a year, from June through August.
Calvacade of Planes - Bolingbrook
At the Cavalcade of Planes held at Clow Airport in Bolingbrook, you will enjoy all kinds of fun. There will be many types of aircraft to see both flying and on the ground. Experience a great event including skydiving, formation flying, helicopter demonstrations and much more!
Kane County Fle Market - June 2015
"The best in the Midwest or Anywhere". Up to 1000 dealers. Held the 1st Saturday of the month and the following Sunday. Food served all day.
CITY: St. Charles
Ottawa 2Rivers Wine and Jazz Fest
It’s one of Illinois’ biggest and best, featuring wines from over 20 wineries from across the state. Enjoy the best of Illinois wine while listening to outstanding jazz. And this year once again fresh grilled lobster will be available. Charge for Wine tasting and lobster but music is free! Located along the Illinois River at the corner of Route 23 and Main Street.
Wrigley Field's 100th Anniversary Celebration
As we celebrate 100 years of Wrigley Field history, Cubs fans are invited to join the "Party of the Century," a season dedicated to the storied past of this great ballpark. The 2014 season will honor 10 decades of Wrigley Field history with 10 unique decade-themed, throwback homestands complete with special guests, events, food, promotions and more.
Watch as the stars of tomorrow race today in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards ActivArmr 150! This race will run in the daytime. Do you love a good old fashioned night race? Don't miss the NASCAR Nationwide Series night race. Last year, Joey Logano led an impressive race and finished the day in Gatorade Victory Lane. Who will win the race this year when it's run at night for the first time?
Mariposa Music Festival
The newest of Champaign Park District’s signature events, Mariposa Music Festival, will feature nationally-recognized musicians in the heart of Downtown Champaign. Join us for this exciting night of music and enjoy food and beverages from your favorite downtown establishments as we pack the streets!
The Pavilion at Orchard Ridge Farms and Copperstone Inn
The Pavilion at Orchard Ridge Farms and Copperstone Inn are a unique venue for an unforgettable wedding ceremony, reception and rehearsal dinner. An Orchard Ridge Farms/Copperstone Inn wedding offers the combination of rustic charm and sophisticated elegance that will create extraordinary memories that will last a lifetime. Our one hundred and thirty acres creates a majestic stage for your special event, a refreshing change from the average banquet facility.
OSF Heritage Run
The 30th Annual Heritage Run includes 10k (6.2 miles) and 2-mile races along with a 2-mile walk and kids' fun run. Races go through downtown and neighborhoods and finish in front of the BMO Harris Bank Center. Proceeds benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of the YMCA Rock River Valley. OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center is the major sponsor.
Featuring carnival, demo derby, livestock judging, talent show, stock car racing, Red Neck Olympics, live bands and much more. Theme is "Through the Eyes of a Child".
Sterling Main Street Music Fest
The 2014 Sterling Main Street Music Fest will be held at the Grandon Civic Center in downtown Sterling. Musical acts for this year’s festival will be Charlie Siren, four piece pop punk band based out of Minneapolis, Kyle Henderson, a prolific songwriter with a style that melds blues, rock and soul in an original, magical way and The Cole Brothers who have toured the world with Pop Icon Tony Orlando and have shared the stage with the likes of Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, The Beach Boys, Three Dog Night and many more.
Lincoln Highway Heritage Festival
The 17th annual Lincoln Highway Heritage Festival promises a fun-filled weekend with plenty of food, games and entertainment for families to enjoy. In addition to the downtown activities, there's the annual Hub City Cruisers car show starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday in downtown Rochelle and on Sunday the parade starts at 3 p.m.
Here Come the Mummies at the Historic Dixon Theatre
The Nashville-based funk/R&B band, Here Come the Mummies, is touring in full mummy attire. They have been featured on the Bob & Tom Show, in Hollywood productions, and, of course, headlining festivals and fairs all across the Midwest and beyond. The true identities of the band are literally shrouded in secret, but if rumors are true, the band is made up of numerous Grammy Award-winning musicians. The mummified get-up is believed to be used to hide any contract disputes with their music labels. The high-energy show is a performance that will bring the audience to their feet for a night of dancing and good vibes.
1st Annual 'Mawansomag’ Pow Wow
The event will include Native American Singing, Dancing, Artisans and Vendors offering various Native American Arts and Crafts for sale. The Artisan/Vendor Market will open to the general public at 10:00am, with Native American performers following at 11:00am. Singing/Dancing will be on-going throughout the event. For people who want to spend the night enjoy special room hotel rates. Use RSVP Code Pow Wow.
Holiday Lights at Bunker Hill Historic Area
The historic buildings at Kennekuk County Park's Bunker Hill Historic Area will be decorated for the holidays and thousands of lights illuminated Friday - Sunday 5:00 - 8:00 PM through the holiday season.
Kane County Flea Market - Nov. 2015
"The Best in the Midwest or Anywhere". Up to 1000 dealers. 1st Saturday of the month and the following Sunday. (except Jan. & Feb.) Food served all day.
CITY: St. Charles
All-Star Restaurant Week
Join in for an All-Star lunch or dinner special during the All-Star Restaurant Week!
Kane County Flea Market August 2015
More than 1000 dealers offer antiques, collectibles, furniture, and so much more! Held the first Sunday of the month and the preceding Saturday afternoon. Food served all day.
CITY: St. Charles
Kane County Flea Market May 2015
Hours: Sat. 12-5, Sun.7-4. Admission:$5 adults, children 12 and younger, free. "The Best in the Midwest or Anywhere" - Up to 1,000 dealers display and sell antiques, collectibles, & fancy junque. A country breakfast is served on Sundays
CITY: St. Charles
Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure
Whose Life Are You Running For? Participate in a Susan G. Komen Memorial Race for the Cure® Series and show everyone whose life you are running for. Are you running for your mother, your sister, a co-worker, a friend? Are you running for your own life? Or are you running for the future? No matter whose life you are running for, now is the time to get involved and run for their life! All funds from the Race go to research, education, screening and treatment programs.
Rockford Half Marathon and 10K
This year's event features two events: the wildly popular 13.1-mile half marathon and a sibling 10K run. In addition to Rockford area runners, the event draws participants from more than 20 states. Located just an hour's drive northwest of Chicago and a half-hour south of Madison, WI, the course route is along Rockford's scenic Rock River. It's a relaxing, yet challenging, event with two great options for runners at every skill level.
Mineral Springs Haunted Tours
Walking Tours include visits to several haunted buildings as well as an exclusive guided tour of the most haunted building in Alton, the Mineral Springs Hotel. The only tour to enter Mineral Springs! Tour includes light refreshments. Bring cameras, recorders, flashlights, and any ghost hunting equipment you may have. For more info, call (618) 465-3200.
Great Rivers Festival
Celebrate the confluence of the three major rivers - Mississippi, Missouri and Illinois - during the Great Rivers Festival at the National Great Rivers Museum and The Audubon Center at Riverlands. You will have a chance to tour a working towboat and barge. There will also be children's activities, food vendors, live entertainment including animal and reptile shows, living history tours and more. For more information, call (618) 462-6979.
Kane County Flea Market - October, 2015
Monthly flea market at the Kane County Fairgrounds with more than 1000 dealers displaying and selling antiques, collectibles and Fancy Junque. Food served all day.
CITY: St. Charles
8th Annual Midwest Fiber & Folk Art Fair
Come out and enjoy the 8th Midwest Folk & Fiber Art Fair. Attend a workshop, wander through the marketplace, experience the demonstrations, be inspired by the exhibits, enjoy the music, and relax and work on some projects. Admission is $10 a day or $25 for all 3 days.
Birdfest 2014 - Sand Bluff Bird Observatory
Birdfest 2014 takes place during Warbler Spring Migration Week and Mother's Day Weekend. See and touch a wild bird and learn why birds are banded. See raptors, visit the Kid's Korner, Silent Auction, Eickman's food tent and much more.
Vermilion County Civil War Days
Kennekuk County Park takes a trip back to the 1800s with Civil War re-enactments, presentations, music, and food. Participants from around the country come to the Danville Area for this one-of-a-kind weekend experience.
Fun for the whole family including roasting hot dogs on an open fire, haunted trail rides and a kid's activity tent.
Kane County Flea Market - December 2015
"The best in the Midwest" or Anywhere" -- Up to 1000 dealers. 1st Saturday of every month & preceding Sunday. Food served all day.
CITY: St. Charles
Kane County Flea Market July 2015
Monthly flea market at the Kane County Fair Grounds with more than 1000 dealers displaying and selling antiques, collectibles, & Fancy Junque. Food served all day.
CITY: St. Charles
Twilight Thursdays at the Tower
Watch the sunset over the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers from 150 feet in the air at the Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower. Experience the breathtaking view of the landscape during the twilight hours, Thursdays in September from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at “Twilight Thursdays” at the Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower. Admission is $5 per person. For more information, call (618) 251-9101 or go to www.ConfluenceTower.com.
Long Grove's Arts Festival
More than 100 local artists will captivate guests at the Long Grove Art Festival with distinctive, original pieces including oil, acrylic, watercolor, jewelry, sculpture, photography, wood, fiber, glass, paper, metal, and mixed media. This vibrant scene will also give emerging artists the chance to show off their wares during this two day celebration. In addition, find creative collectibles within the artistic shops of charming, historic Downtown Long Grove.
CITY: Long Grove
WWE Live at BMO Harris Bank Center
WWE VIP Experience presents WWE Live, with WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match, Sheamus vs. Randy Orton; 3 on 1 Handicap Match, Big Show vs. The Shield; plus Big E, Cesaro, The Usos, Ryback, Curtis Axel and many more. (Card is subject to change.)
Morton Pumpkin Festival
"Home of the Nestlé Libby's Pumpkin Canning Operations, Morton is proud to say that over 80% of the world's canned pumpkin is processed right here. Each September, in celebration of the pumpkin canning season, Morton hosts the Morton Pumpkin Festival. This year's event will be the festival's 48th year. Our theme is Pumpkins of the West. From our opening day Balloon Release to the Pumpkin Festival Parade, the Morton Pumpkin Festival is a Central Illinois attraction. In fact, the festival draws over 70,000 people each year to downtown Morton. The Morton Pumpkin Festival includes daily live entertainment, a carnival with over 30 rides, the Pumpkin Craft Faire, Pumpkin Expo, Pumpkin Grille, Pumpkin Sweet Shoppe, Pumpkin Classic Run/Walk and over 20 special events and activities that range from pageants to sporting events. Many of our visitors come to taste our homemade foods. You will find a wide variety of high-quality and homemade items to sample at the Pumpkin Grille including our famous butterfly pork chops, ribeye sandwiches, brats, hot dogs, pumpkin baked beans, and pumpkin chili. Our Pumpkin Sweet Shoppe is a popular location to try homemade pumpkin pie, pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin fudge, pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin cookies, and pumpkin donuts. The lines are always worth the wait! You won't want to miss this year's Morton Pumpkin Festival, the premier hometown festival of Central Illinois! You will enjoy every minute...and every mouthful!" This year's theme is "Pumpkins of the West".
Elkhart Bird Watcher Walks
On Saturday, April 26, 2014 the Elkhart Historical Society will host Bird Watcher Walks on Elkhart Hill. Watchers will enjoy looking for migratory birds, this is a perfect opportunity for a spring family event. The outing will be on foot. Walks will last approximately 90 minutes. The walks will be offered at 6 am and 4 pm. Registration is limited to 15 people per walk.
Rockin' at the Park
Free Summer Concert Series The Rockin' in the Park festival will be a summer-long concert series, beginning in May and continuing through August. The festival features live bands, fireworks and food and beverage tents on the great lawn in the center of MB Financial Park at Rosemont. Visit www.mbparkatrosemont.com for complete line up!
Kane County Flea Market - September 2015
"Best in the Midwest or Anywhere" monthly Flea Market with more than 1000 dealers displaying and selling antiques, collectibles & Fancy Junque. The monthly Flea Market is held the first Sunday of each month and the preceding Saturday. Food served all day.
CITY: St. Charles
Run River City Marathon
The 2014 Run River City Marathon is Peoria's premier running event featuring a full marathon, marathon relay, half marathon, 5k, and youth run. The 26.2 run is Peoria's only road marathon, and the new course will be USATF Certified! All races will begin and end in Downtown Peoria. The start is located by the Caterpillar World Headquarters, and the finish line is on Water Street. If you are ready to register for the marathon, relay, half marathon, or 5k, please visit www.runrivercity.com
The Gathering at Macktown - Historical Reenactment, 1650-1850
Take a step back in time to experience American frontier life and Native American cultures of the 1650s through 1850s. Meet traders, trappers, voyageurs, and Native Americans. There will be food and mercantile vendors, demonstrations, militia maneuvers and skirmishes. Tour historic buildings on their original sites, and meet Stephen Mack and Hononegah as they share their home with you. Plenty of hands on activities, music and much more to see, smell, taste, and explore. Rain or shine, free parking.
Victorian Village Opening Day and Main Street Market
As part of the Victorian Village opening weekend, the museum will play host to a new vintage market hosted by Rockford's own Urban Farmgirl. Featuring vendors from throughout the Midwest and across the country, it will be an open-air market showcasing vintage goods and one-of-a-kind artisan pieces. Guided tours of the Victorian Village as well as entrance to the Main Museum Center are also part of admission.
2014 Rockford Midwestern - Biennial Juried Art Exhibition
The Rockford Midwestern is a biennial juried exhibition that originated as an annual showcase for local artists. The year 2014 marks the 73rd presentation of this regional show that draws the best works from artists from a nine-state region. Artists residing in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin participate. With this exhibition, Rockford Art Museum shows its commitment to presenting the breadth and depth of contemporary art in the Midwest.
Festival of Trees
Annually, more than 14,000 visitors stream through the David S. Palmer Arena to see beautifully decorated trees and wreaths, participate in activities and entertainment, special events, and the sounds and tastes of the holidays at the Danville Festival of Trees. Proceeds from the Festival of Trees fund outreach programs that give back to the greater Danville community.
Illinois Renaissance Festival
Welcome everyone to merry old England! Step back in time, a midst the pageantry of the day, and explore our kingdom full of musicians, artisans, eateries, and knights. Test your skills as you attempt to walk across the rope bridge or hit the catapult target with a water balloon. Feast like a King on hearty food and drink. Shop and barter for fine handcrafted treasures in the bazaar, listen to the sounds of performers entertaining the villagers. Fun for the whole family!
Printers Row Lit Fest
The Printer's Row Lit Fest is considered the largest free outdoor literary event in the Midwest. The annual festival draws more than 125,000 book lovers to the two-day showcase. On Dearborn, from Congress to Polk.
11th Annual Spring House Walk: Elegant Estates of Oak Park
The Historical Society of Oak Park and River Forest will put the spotlight on six unique, architecturally significant homes in the famous Frank Lloyd Wright - Prairie School of Architecture Historic District. Elegant Estates of Oak Park is the theme for the Historical Society's 11th Annual interior walking tour from 1 to 5pm. on May 4th. The tour features six sumptuous homes that were built between 1905 and 1924 in the Fair Oaks subdivision, located north of Chicago Avenue between Oak Park and Ridgeland avenues.
CITY: Oak Park
The 41st running of the STEAMBOAT CLASSIC 4 MILE, 15 KILOMETER and 4 KILOMETER RACES will take place on Saturday, June 14, 2014 in downtown Peoria. Regarded as the "World's Fastest Four Miles“, "Illinois Toughest 15K“ and “Peoria's Easiest 4K”, these running events are open and cater to runners and walkers of all ability levels. The Steamboat Classic Four Mile Race is famous as the world’s fastest course. All of the recognized world records for four miles have been set at the Steamboat Classic.The race starts in Downtown Peoria, makes its way to lower Glen Oak Park, returns to Downtown, and finishes with a downhill stretch to the Peoria RiverFront. The Steamboat Classic Fifteen Kilometer Race is regarded as Illinois Toughest 15 Km. Many impressive times have been run at the Steamboat Classic. The race starts in Downtown Peoria, makes its way to lower Glen Oak Park, completes two hilly loops in the Park, returns to Downtown, and finishes with a downhill stretch to the Peoria RiverFront. Lastly, The Steamboat 4K Fun Run/Walk is designed especially for younger runners (pre-high school ages) and individuals with disabilities (all ages). This timed, but non-competitive, event starts at 8:00 a.m. on June 14th at the Steamboat Classic Starting Line. It follows the Steamboat Classic course along Monroe, but turns at Spring Street, joins the 15 Km runners and returns via Madison and Hamilton to the Steamboat Classic Finish Line.
Summer Camp Music Festival
The first Summer Camp Music Festival was held in 2001 at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe, IL. About 1,000 attended the festival that year, and enjoyed over 20 bands on 2 stages over the course of 2 days. Since then, Summer Camp Music Festival has grown to more than 15,000 attendees, hosting more than 100 bands on 7 stages over 3 days. And while our numbers have grown, Summer Camp still maintains the same energy and family feel we had when we started over a decade ago. As one fan put it, “Coming to Summer Camp is like coming home.” You’ll run into old friends, meet a ton of great new ones, and have the time of your life.
Central Illiana Outdoor Expo
A diverse collection of outdoor sports related exhibitors will be on hand along with seminars and free autograph signings with personalities from programs featured on the Outdoor Channel, the Sportsman Channel, and the Pursuit Channel. Special events will also includes a kids' zone, Big Buck Wall of Fame, and buck scoring opportunities.
Fight to the Finish 5k
A 5K race of extreme obstacles and challenging terrain to benefit Children’s Hospital of Illinois. The patients and families helped through Children’s Hospital face obstacles every day, some small and some life changing. As you pull yourself up a brick wall, crawl through the mud and fight to get through the water first, you’ll be reminded of those challenges. Funds raised from this event will be used to support the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and the Pediatric Healthy Living Program. Join us for the race, but plan for a fun day full of activities. There is something for everyone. Make your way through the vendor area on your way to enjoy a bite to eat from several local restaurants. Young visitors will enjoy the kid's activity area! This section opens at 9AM and admission is $5 per child (free to those who are racing in the Kids Run). The kid's activity area includes a hula hoop contest, healthy eating station, healthy activity station, face painting and glitter tattoos by the Zoo Lady & the Zoo Crew.
32nd Annual Midwest Heritage Quilt Show
Beautiful quilts, some nearly 100 years old, will be on display at the Vermilion County Museum throughout the month of July. Awards will be given in 9 categories including bed quilts, purses and clothing, and wall hangings.
We the People
This play will serve as a fine reminder that the remarkable words written by our forefathers many years ago are still a living document, part of our lives each and every day.
Frank Lloyd Wright Trust Legacy Year Benefit Concert
MacArthur Genius Award winner and celebrated ragtime pianist Reginald Robinson will perform at 7pm and 8:30pm, Saturday, May 17th at Unity Temple, in a benefit concert for the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust. Tickets for the one-hour concert will be $15 for the general public and $12 for Trust members. The concert will be presented as part of the Trust's All Wright Architectural Housewalk, which celebrates the 125th anniversary of Wright's Home and Studio and the 40th anniversary of the Trust. In the early 1890s, just as Frank Lloyd Wright was beginning to articulate his vision for a uniquely American architectural vocabulary from his Home and Studio in Oak Park, a new art form known as ragtime emerged as one of the country's first vernacular musical styles. Known for its "ragged," syncopated rhythms and buoyant melodies, ragtime was popularized by composers such as James Scott, Joseph Lamb and Scott Joplin. Ragtime entered the mainstream of American culture in 1893 during the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago. Reginald Robinson is an internationally recognized, self-taught pianist, composer, recording artist and educator. He developed a love for jazz as a child and, in 1986, he was inspired to learn the art of ragtime.
CITY: Oak Park
Autumn Splendor Quilt Show
Over 400 quilts will be on display. There will be a silent auction, also quilt vendors and food concessions are available. Quilt raffle tickets will be sold at the door for the drawing on Sunday at 4 p.m.
The Loop, Lansing Overnight on Pedals
Enjoy a fun, relaxing bike ride through Lansing, Illinois and surrounding communities. Several businesses will be available with open arms to welcome you for either a respite or great fun. This is not a race, but a family-friendly fun event, and what better way to have fun than riding in the middle of the sleepy streets at midnight?! If you prefer to ride a shorter route, earlier while the sun still shines, sign up for the Sunset Ride. Either way you'll get delicious food at the end!
Anderson Japanese Gardens - Opening Day Celebration
Opening Day is a family friendly weekend event for friends and family to gather and enjoy culturally rich Japanese activities in the unique setting of Anderson Japanese Gardens.
Arts in the Park
Danville's Art in the Park features over 60 regional artist booths and two full days of continuous on stage performances, festival food, and a children's tent. The "Art of Wheels" classic car show kicks off the event each year on Saturday (June 21) morning.
ACO Illinois State Championships of Cornhole
The American Cornhole Organziation (ACO) will host its inaugural ACO Illinois State Championships of Cornhole with 160 single players and 160 doubles teams competing for a state title and opportunity to attend the ACO World Championships of Cornhole.
Lincoln’s Trial & Tribulations
Join us for an intimate dinner theater experience in beautiful historic settings while experiencing Lincoln from a whole new perspective - event held on three dates: July 26, Aug. 16, and Sept. 19. Savor a delicious period meal. Hear and watch the story of the 1847 Matson Slave Trial unfold. It is one of the top ten trials in Lincoln’s career and one of the top five in Coles County. It is an evening out of the ordinary!
Park Forest Youth Commission's 1st Annual Carnival
This summer, downtown Park Forest will be the site of carnival rides, food, entertainment, and family fun sponsored by the Park Forest Youth Commission.
CITY: Park Forest
Drivin the Dixie through Beecher
Vintage cars stop in Beecher on their way down historic Dixie Highway. In conjunction with Street Dance and Lion's Beef & Pork roast.
Art in Bloom Cantigny Fine Art Festival
Come to Cantigny for one of the park's biggest events of the year and a Father's Day tradition. Art in Bloom will feature a juried art show, more than 75 exhibiting artists, activities and crafts, demonstrations, live music, great food and more!
Christmas Tea at the Stephenson County Historical Museum
Celebrate this holiday tradition at the historic 1857 Oscar Taylor home decorated in Christmas finery. Enjoy music and and homemade cookies with coffee, tea or punch as your tour the mansion. The Holiday Gift Shop will be open featuring a selection of historical books, toys and other unique gift items.
Riverside Arts Weekend
The Riverside Arts Weekend (RAW), now in its seventh year, features a juried arts fair, theater, music, architecture and other arts-related events. This is a vibrant cultural weekend that brings thousands of visitors and residents together to mingle and walk the streets of historic downtown Riverside. Riverside Arts Weekend takes place in Guthrie Park on Saturday, May 17th from 10am-5pm and Sunday, May 18th from 10am-4pm.
Wines & Finds
Taste, explore and celebrate! Downtown Glen Ellyn announces a new premier event of shopping and wine tasting among 15 businesses. Couples, friends and wine enthusiasts are invited to spend the day enjoying the Downtown and all that it offers. Cabernet & Co. is the starting point where participants will receive their own Wine & Finds glass for the tour with a program detailing the participating businesses and their food and wine pairings. Each store will offer two selections to taste and all wines will be available to be ordered for pickup on a future date. A wide variety of distributors, offering their wine expertise will be available throughout the hosting boutiques.
CITY: Glen Ellyn
Grand Army of the Republic
Parades, encampments, ceremonies, and speeches were hallmarks of the Grand Army of the Republic reunions for years following the Civil War. What was this largest of veterans organizations? Where did they meet? What did they do? Join us at Fischer Farm to learn the answers to these questions and more! Brian Flora, of Oak Park, will present a fascinating look at the Grand Army of the Republic and its impact on post-Civil War America. This will be a fun and informative afternoon!