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Shakespeare 400 Chicago is a yearlong international arts festival in 2016 celebrating the vibrancy, relevance and reach of Shakespeare. As the world commemorates the four hundred years since Shakespeare’s death in 1616, Shakespeare 400 Chicago will engage more than 500,000 Chicagoans and visitors to our City through 850 events.
"Shades of Autumn" is the annual fall festival at Stade's Farm & Market. Located in McHenry County in northern Illinois, Shades of Autumn is a great place to bring the whole family to enjoy nature's bounty, plus great entertainment, during the most beautiful time of the year. During Shades of Autumn, you can experience a day on the farm filled with family fun and forever memories.
Led by Artistic Director Andrew Burashko, Toronto's Art of Time Ensemble transforms the way the audience experiences music. Fusing high art and popular culture, their reinvention of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band entertains as it enlightens.
Join Scott Wattles and the Blue Suede Crew as they celebrate the holidays with their sensational Rock ‘n’ Roll Christmas Show. From the moment the curtain opens, you will find yourself singing right along with the BSC on such classics as “Jingle Bell Rock”, “Rockin Around the Christmas Tree”, “Silver Bells”, “Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer” and many more.
Explore some of cool and interesting careers in STEM fields from the professionals themselves. Science Works is a Museum-wide career fair, perfect for families and students that want to learn more about the dynamic jobs involving different areas of science. Guests can engage with hands-on activities and talk one-on-one with experts from CBS 2 Chicago’s weather team, ArcelorMittal USA, Chicago Veterinary Medical Association, Argonne National Laboratory, the University of Illinois and more. Science Works is included with Museum Entry ($18 for adults, $11 for children ages 3-11).
During the Annual Scarecrow Daze Festival, the entire city of Shelbyville is decorated with scarecrows. With a different theme every year, entrants decorate their homes and businesses to the theme. There is also a large parade on Saturday, kids' games, a beer tent, music, a quilt show, and plenty of food and crafts, in downtown Shelbyville.
MainStreet Libertyville and the David Adler Music and Arts Center have joined forces to co-sponsor an inaugural event for this year. Join your friends for this tasty gathering and enjoy the ambiance of the David Adler Music and Arts Center, one of Libertyville’s historic treasures. The evening will feature gourmet tastings from Libertyville chefs, specialty cocktails and a sweets table. Tickets are $100 and must be purchased in advance.
For the first time this holiday season, Santa’s Magical Trolley Express will have trolley rides through downtown Evanston, and then travel back to Santa’s North Pole workshop at Little Beans Café. The odyssey begins when the little ones board the trolley. They will be greeted by Mrs. Claus and the conductor, professional performers who know how to entertain kids, and build excitement as they journey north on their polar trek. Upon arrival at Santa’s North Pole abode—Little Beans Café—they will visit with old St. Nick, get a picture and let Santa know what they hope to find under the tree. Next comes cookies and cocoa with Mrs. Claus, some exciting Yuletide games with the elves and a special surprise.
Sandi Patty will be bringing her Christmas Blessings Farewell Tour this holiday season one last time to Effingham. Accompanied by members of her family and full live band, Sandi will delight audiences with a full evening of music, including her rendition of "Angels We Have Heard On High," "Jingle Bells ala Sandra," and her moving arrangement of "O Holy Night." Her Christmas Blessings Tour will take place in the middle of her "Forever Grateful: The Farewell Tour." Come and enjoy "The Voice" one last time.
Come to the huge fireworks display at the Mt. Vernon Airport for July 4th. This event also includes live entertainment, children's area, food vendors, and much more!
Over 200 runners participate in this annual “Hardcore” 5k race held, snow, rain or shine beginning at 8am.
Run down Historic Route 66 in this race down memory lane. On this flat course, you will have the opportunity to set a personal best. Plus, its filled with some of the oldest landmarks on Historic Route 66.
16th Annual Fluorspar Festival car, truck, and motorcycle show - City Park Rosiclare, Illinois, Overlooking the Ohio River Registration 8:00a.m. -11:45a.m. Judging at Noon Trophies at 3:30p.m. Entry Fee: $10.00 Dash Plaques to the first 50 registered.
Only a few artists in history have been capable of defining an entire era of music. Ronnie Spector, formerly of the Ronettes, is the embodiment of the heart, soul, and passion of female rock and roll in the 1960's. Now see the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee for a one night performance of her Best Christmas Party Ever. Here songs like Be My Baby, Sleigh Ride, I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus, Walking in the Rain and many more. Tickets $28-$49.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show is an outrageous assemblage of the most stereo-typed science fiction movies, Marvel comics, Frankie Avalon/Annette Funicello outings and rock 'n' roll of every vintage. Rated R. Featuring the live shadow cast of "Irrational Masters". Props that are not allowed are: lighters, candles or flames of any kind, large water guns, toast, hot dogs, or prunes. Prop kits will be available for purchase in the lobby before the show. Show Dates: August 27, September 23, October 28, and November 18
Come celebrate Halloween at the EPC with the film screening of the cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show. This bizarre comedy developed its famous cult following at the Waverly Theater in New York, where the fans began to dress as the characters and recite dialogue with the film, turning the show into what it is today: an offbeat, interactive show bringing the audience into the film and inviting them to play a part themselves.
Come to the Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower and enjoy free live music in the new outdoor amphitheater. Well known musicians from around the region will be featured during this fall's "Rockin' on the Rivers" Concerts at the Confluence. The concerts will be held for seven consecutive Sundays, beginning Sept. 4 and running through Oct. 16 from 2 to 4 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets. Concessions will be available.
This internationally-acclaimed group of foot-tapping men and women is celebrating 2 decades of reels, jigs and just downright spectacular performances, so they’re dominating the Paramount stage for a full weekend of nothing but Irish dance and music. Whether you’ve seen Riverdance before or only heard about their high-energy live shows, you’ll want to see what they’ve put together for this 20th anniversary tour (let’s just say it gives the phrase “the luck of the Irish” a whole new meaning). Join the 25 million people worldwide who have witnessed history in the making. Experience Riverdance!
One night, two bands that defined the 80's. Rick Springfield became a teenage heartthrob after his smash hit, Jessie’s Girl. Loverboy, with their trademark red leather pants, bandannas, big rock sound and high-energy live shows, has sold more than 10 million albums, and earned four multi-platinum plaques. Don't miss this great night of music.
Ribtober Fest downtown Geneseo will feature a rib cook-off contest, bags tournament and outdoor concert all in one! The competition begins with fifteen competitors. Ribs will be smoked, cured and possible other treatments, all ribs will be cooked on site. Limited VIP tasting passes at $10 will go fast. Passes include 1 Pint of Beer and one rib tasting from four different competitors. Vote for your favorite. Winner is determined by most votes received. All ages are welcome and FREE admission for all. Music provided during the day and the evening is Live with the Roy Krunk Trio beginning at 7 p.m until 10 p.m.
Pick any decade and come ready to dance! Event fundraiser features: *King & Queen voting *Groove to the DJ mix *Raffles & Prizes *Finger foods & desserts from local restaurants *A Local Celebrity Lip Sync Battle General Ticket $75: includes open bar, appetizers & desserts and coat check.
His humor is keenly observant and rich in nuance. His style is low key and unpretentious, which for the past fifty years has has thrilled and entertained audiences around the world. From his multi-million selling comedy hit, “The Streak” to the socially aware “Mr. Businessman” to his Grammy award winning pop standard “Everything Is Beautiful” Ray’s talent has touched millions.
Quincy Preserves Fall House Tour featuring seven amazing locations: The Quincy Preserves Annual Behind Closed Doors Home Tour will take place on Saturday, October 17th, from 10 am to 4 pm. Always a favorite fall event, showcasing private homes and buildings of architectural significance in Quincy. The event runs in conjunction with the annual Early Tin Dusters Fall color run, which brings in nearly 900 1949 and older hot rods to show and shine in the downtown streets of the city. For more info visit www.quincypreserves.org
One of the largest quilt guilds in area will host their annual Quilt Show at Whiteside Middle School in Belleville. This show will display over 250 quilts as well as special exhibits and vendors.
Pumpkin Weekends bring the spectacular fall season to life with autumn festivities amid the spectacular fall colors. Enjoy seasonal craft-making, harvest decor and pumpkin stories galore! Kids can roll around in the giant corn crib and enjoy unlimited rides on the train, ponies, hay wagon and carousel. Experience a pumpkin paddle, trick-or-treating and a costume contest. It’s all the best of autumn in one place! Weekends in October and Columbus Day (Oct. 10), 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.
Have you ever seen pumpkins fly at the speed of sound? Watch the Q-9 pumpkin cannon – always shooting for a world record, or pick and shoot your own pumpkin. Distance and accuracy competitions are held twice daily. Two Fun filled weekend's: October 1st and 2nd, Oct. 22nd and 23rd.
Set in a gas station and diner, the “Double Cupp Diner”, on Highway 57 somewhere between Frog Level and Smyrna, NC, the musical stars four gas station attendants and two waitresses who sing and play all manner of instruments including kitchen utensils. The music is a quirky, highly imaginative blend of country, rockabilly, swing, rock and roll and jazz. One selection, “The Night Dolly Parton Was Almost Mine”, reached number 67 on the Hot Country Songs charts. Subsequent productions have been seen across the country including long runs in Chicago, the award--winning run at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium and now the Effingham Performance Center.
The Professional Bowlers Association will have a Pro Am Xtra Frame Open at Parkside Lanes, Aurora. A PBA Tour title is at stake so don't miss this exciting pro-am tournament. (See web site for schedule of events and cost).
Enjoy live music & locally made Prairie State Wine during their Friday Night Wine Downs. The event is BYO "Nosh", so order in, bring your favorite wine snack and wine down Friday nights. See website for listing of performers and the weekly location (switches between Genoa and Sycamore Tasting Rooms) - Held most Fridays. Visit their Calendar of Events for each month's dates and location!
Visit Prairie on State Wine Cellars, a Prairie State Winery tasting room, in downtown Sycamore. The tasting room invites you to sample many of the award-winning wines from PSW, shop for unique gifts or enjoy a glass of wine with a Nosh plate that you create yourself. Also features a weekend music schedule. Open Thursday - Sunday
Join in the fun of Christmas songs made famous across the decades. Michael Bruccoleri will make you smile with the likes of Elvis, Dean, as well as Sinatra. Mary Pfeifer brings you Karen Carpentar, Brenda Lee, a little Eartha Kitt and many more. Covering all of your Christmas favorites, their voices blend in beautiful harmonies as they sing pop, rock and soul.
Bring your antique, classic, or new car to downtown Pontiac and enjoy the fellowship of hundreds of other automobile enthusiasts. The small registration fee is used to support local charities.
The 2016 PNC Bank Peoria Marathon and Run River City Races is one of Peoria’s premier running events! Runners can participate in the full, USATF certified marathon, marathon relay, half marathon, 5k and youth run. Stay for the music, drinks, and food inside Carver Arena at the Peoria Civic Center!
Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter Peter Cetera has had two distinct musical careers. During his time with legendary rock group Chicago, 18 of their most memorable albums were recorded. A solo artist since 1986, Cetera has made a name for himself with hits such as The Glory of Love, The Next Time I Fall, Feels Like Heaven, After All, Chances Are and No Explanation. Peter still enjoys performing his timeless hits which continue to touch the lives of people worldwide. Tickets $49.50-$92.50.
This event features free wine tasting and free appetizers for Mary Michelle Wine Club Members. New Members can join by paying a one-time $20 fee and will receive a complementary Pere Marquette Lodge Wine Glass filled with their choice of Mary Michelle or Illinois Cellar Wines. Wine Club Members also receive 10% off lodging, dining, gift shop purchases and cases of wine purchased at Pere Marquette Lodge. Enjoy the acoustic tunes of local guitar legend, Gabie McGarra, as you sip wine and reconnect at this wine tasting event. For dates and more information, call (618) 786-2331.
Try your hand at fishing and also learn about owls during the Pere Marquette fall program. Children will have an opportunity to fish in the Bluegill Pond before learning about owls and other creatures you may hear at night in the largest state park in Illinois. A 2-mile night hike will follow. A hot dog and marshmallow roast is scheduled after the walk. Please bring one flashlight per family and refreshments and drinks will be provided. This program starts at 5 p.m. on Oct. 7th and 22nd. For more information, call (618) 786-3323 ext. 1.
Based on eOne’s popular Peppa Pig television series, Peppa Pig’s Big Splash is a fully immersive musical production featuring a dozen familiar and original songs, as well as a sing-a-long. An interactive experience full of singing, dancing, games, and muddy puddles, Peppa Pig’s Big Splash is a guaranteed blast for the whole family. Tickets go on sale March 11th.
Since bursting onto the scene in 2011, Platinum selling recording artists Pentatonix have sold more than 2.7 million albums in the U.S. alone, won a Grammy Award, sold out venues worldwide, have amassed over 1.4 billion views on their YouTube channel with over 10 million subscribers and appeared in the feature film Pitch Perfect 2. Their latest release, Pentatonix debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 and Current Albums Chart.
The Pearl Banquets and Conference Center boasts a comprehensive range of rooms in a wide array of configurations. Lighting can also be customized for your event.
Here is your chance to be a part of a real paranormal investigative team as they explore the paranormal claims associated with Pere Marquette Lodge. Enjoy appetizers and one free drink while the team walks you through the process of hunting for the paranormal. Then join the professionals as they investigate the Lodge through the night. If evidence is found, a reveal will be held during breakfast the following morning. Warning, this is a real paranormal investigation and guests should be prepared to witness possible paranormal activity. Add this paranormal investigation package for two people to your room reservation for an additional $65. Does not include taxes or room reservations. Call (618) 786-2331 for details and to make your reservations. Investigations will be held on April 22nd and November 4th from 8:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
The Palos Park Paranormal Conference features a wide variety of vendors, lecturers and presentations in the paranormal field to get everyone in the mood for Halloween. Tarot and palm readers, hypnotists, ufo researchers, alternative healers, even esoteric martial arts are all available to contact and sit in on the associated lectures, many interactive. Fun for all adults.
Come hear the sound of Christmas, the natural warmth and ambience that draws thousands to the downtown, Mason Square, and Douglas Square, the first weekend of December. Carolers, cookie walk, crafts, entertainment, and more.
The Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Open House Chicago is a free public festival that offers behind-the-scenes access to 200 buildings across Chicago. Open House Chicago is extending beyond the city's boundaries into Evanston. Explore the hidden gems and architectural treasures of Evanston and Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods—all for free. See website for full listing.
The Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Open House Chicago is a free public festival that offers behind-the-scenes access to more than 200 buildings across Chicago. Explore the hidden gems and architectural treasures of Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods—all for free. Have you ever walked by a building and thought, "I wish I could see what's inside?" Now you can. Tour soaring skyscrapers, repurposed mansions, opulent theaters, exclusive private clubs, private offices and breathtaking sacred spaces.
Charles Ross will stun and amaze you with his fun, energetic and extremely entertaining performance of One Man Star Wars Trilogy. The result of Charles Ross’ ‘misspent’ youth is the creation of his hilarious One Man Star Wars Trilogy show, where Ross single-handedly plays all the characters with spot-on voice impressions, sings the music, flies the ships, fights the battles and condenses the plots of the three films into one hilarious production. Suitable for Star Wars fans from ages 6 to Yoda! ‘The Force’ will definitely be with you!
Begins at 9 am, Skamperoo starts at 10 am. Over 150 runners each year of all ages enjoy this tradition of family fun running through historic Bishop hill, during the annual 5K run/walk. Runners vie for the coveted hand carved wooden boot trophy, symbolic of the Swedish Stomp. Open to all ages 7 to 107.
Calhoun County was a wild rugged land, and its fall re-enactment festival embraces its past history. Old time crafts, mountain-man activities, black powder shooting, historic demonstrations, food, music, fiddlers jamboree, carriage rides and a petting zoo round out the activities scheduled for the weekend. Admission is free. For more information, call (618) 465-2114.
Start the day off at 9am with having breakfast with Santa, make-it and take-it ornaments for kids, edible Christmas ornaments for wildlife, train and carriage rides, candy cane hunt, viewing mini Christmas trees, and a chocolate fair. Parade features floats, marching bands, and Santa. Dusk falls and tens of thousands of lights light up the decorations at Veteran’s Park downtown Galva. Enjoy the Galva Arts Council entertainment in the evening.
Celebrating Quincy's German heritage and history. Oktoberfest brings live music, food and specialty beers along with contests and home brewers samplings. All located in the German District between 9th -10th & York Streets. Hosted by the Quincy Rotary Club- held from 4-10pm on the 2nd Sat. in October. For questions call (217)214-3700
Off Square Music's Open Mic Nights take place on the second and fourth Fridays of every month (first and third Fridays in August) at the Stage Left Café on the historic Woodstock Square. The evening starts at 7 pm, offering seasoned professionals and up and coming artists an opportunity to showcase their talents. A featured performer anchors each open mic night.
Off Square Music is an organization of volunteers who wish to share the folk music art with others in many different ways. We invite the public to be a part of the experience during Open Mic Nights on the second and fourth Fridays of every month* beginning at 7:00 p.m. at Stage Left Café in the Historic Woodstock Square. *Open Mic Nights will be held on the first and third Friday in August.
The Odyssey Fun Farm Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze is fun for all ages! It is a 110 acre farm! We boast a 13 acre pumpkin patch that you will be able to walk through to find the perfect pumpkin for your family. Our exclusive corn maze is 15 acres! It is shaped to say Odyssey Fun World Tinley Park and displays our mascot Chipper! We also have a 5 acre courtyard full of family friendly activities: The Odyssey Petting Zoo, The Inflatable Kidz Zone, corn cannons, pig races, a cow train, hay rides and pony rides! (Pony Rides only available on Saturday and Sunday. Max weight of 90lbs.) 10AM-6PM.
Bring the family for a beautiful day at the Lodge and enjoy the stunning fall scenery of the River Bend. Enjoy live music in the Great Room and then join us for our traditional everything you could possibly want to eat super buffet. We accept reservations for parties of six or more. Children 0-3: Free Children 4-11: $9.95 Adults 12 & Up: $19.95 For more information, call (618) 786-2331 ext. 502.
The Northwestern Wildcats offer some of the best Division 1 college sports action in the Midwest, featuring 14 teams competing in the Big Ten Conference. Come early and enjoy the festivities at Wildcat Alley for a pre-game fan fest. Home Game Schedule: • Sept. 3: versus Western Michigan • Sept. 10: versus Illinois State • Sept. 17: versus Duke • Sept. 24: versus Nebraska • Oct. 22: versus Indiana • Nov. 5: versus Wisconsin • Nov. 26: versus Illinois
Midwest dealers will showcase a variety of beautiful gemstones, minerals, fossils, jewelry, beads and gifts for holiday shopping. In addition, there will be lapidary demonstrations, a fun-filled children's fish pond and games, speakers and displays.
Celebrating our 20th birthday this year, our Halloween Parade is known throughout the nation for its outlandish costumes, creative programming, and entertaining parade. With over 2,000 entries into our annual Costume Contest, be sure to join the crowd and see Chicago’s most amazing display of costumes. Your 2016 Northalsted Halloween Parade comes to Chicago’s Boystown neighborhood on Monday, October 31st – Halloween Night!
These shows are the best places for the general public and breeders alike to come out & meet many of the World's top reptile breeders. Reptile breeders bring out their top projects & showcase them at the NARBC Shows.The shows also provide a chance to meet some of your favorite TV personalities such as Mark O'Shea, Nigel Marven, Donald Schultz, Ton Jones and a few up and comers that you will soon be watching on Animal Planet and Discovery Channel! We welcome you get up close and personal with some of the rarest and also some of the best "beginner pet" reptiles the reptile breeding community has to offer!
The NIU Huskies Football Team will play five home games at Huskie Stadium during the 2016 season. The Home Season opener is Saturday September 17th vs San Diego State. The season continues with Western Illinois on Saturday, September 25th and Central Michigan on Saturday, October 15th. Homecoming is October 22nd vs. the Buffalo Bulls and the final game at Huskie Stadium is Tuesday November 1st. NIU will also be playing a "Home" game at US Cellular Field on November 9th vs Toledo. See "Huskie Chi-Town Showdown" for more information on that event.
Northern Illinois University and the University of Toledo will play in the "Huskie Chi-Town Showdown," the first football game in the 25-year history of U.S. Cellular Field, on Wednesday, November 9, 2016. Annually one of the Mid-American Conference's premiere contests, the #MACtion game between MAC West Division rivals will air nationally on an ESPN Network at a time to be determined. Single game tickets for the Huskie Chi-Town Showdown will be priced at $45, $55 and $65 and will go on sale via Ticketmaster on August 1 along with single game tickets for NIU's five Huskie Stadium home games. NIU students will be admitted free with their OneCard and can purchase student guest tickets for $22.
Celebrating their Golden (50th) Anniversary together, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band continues to add to their legendary status. With multi-platinum and gold records, strings of top ten hits such as "Fishin' In The Dark" and "Mr. Bojangles", multiple Grammy, IBMA, CMA Awards and nominations, the band's accolades continue to accumulate. Their groundbreaking "Will The Circle Be Unbroken" album has been inducted into the U.S. Library of Congress as well as the Grammy Hall of Fame.
In a new Halloween event called Night of 1,000 Jack-o’-Lanterns, more than 1,000 hand-carved pumpkins—some as large as 150 pounds—will light up the night at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Replacing HallowFest, Night of 1,000 Jack-o’-Lanterns is the only event of its kind in the Chicago area. The LED-lit jack-o’-lanterns will be staged along a festive, paved pathway, starting at the Esplanade. Along the way, encounter entertaining characters, view the ghostly trains in the Model Railroad Garden: Landmarks of America, and find seasonal light food and drink, such as apple doughnuts, cider, and ale, for sale.
For the third year, lorikeets are landing in Rockford! These bright, colorful birds will swoop in for a stay at Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens, but only for a limited time. Inside the Conservatory, guests will find a special lorikeet house custom designed for NCG by Spineless Wonders. The house provides guests with an intimate look into the fascinating world of the lorikeet. Visitors will be “face to beak” with the small- to medium-sized parrots known for their playful personalities, vibrant coloration, and their ability to mimic words and sounds. Guests will be able to purchase a nectar cup for $1 at the front desk and gift shop inside the Conservatory.
The National Short Track Championships (NSTC) return to Rockford Speedway for the 51st edition of "One Great Racing Weekend." Super Late Models are again the main attraction of NSTC weekend, competing both Saturday and Sunday, with a grand prize which could reach $10,000 at the end of the 200 lap main event on Sunday afternoon awaiting the winner! TEN total divisions are set to do battle during NSTC this year, including the Big 8 Late Model Series, Mid American Stock Car Series, Great Northern Sportsman Series, Midwest Dash Series, Illini Racing Series Midgets, Roadrunners, the Hornet/Bandit Challenge, Vintage Racers of Illinois and Super Cups.
Begin your evening of fun and adventure with dinner at the Jacob Henry Mansion but-don't plan on leaving until you have solved the mysterious Murder Mystery! The theme revolves around the 1920 era and dress from that period is encouraged. Costumes add to add to the festivities, but are not necessary. We will meet you at the Town Meeting at the Jacob Henry Mansion for a fun filled, lighthearted, personalized package where guests unknowingly become entangled in an intriguing web of drama and suspense as they become victims - the suspects - or the "KILLER."
There's no better way to relax on a Friday night than with great, live music in the Back Door Lounge. Talented local performers bring a variety of rock and country favorites (mixed with a few original songs) each week. Come early for dinner at Elements! Ask about the wide selection of seasonal beers, Starved Rock wines and specialty drinks. Or, warm up with a coffee drink after dinner. The Back Door Lounge is located just beyond Elements Restaurant. Enter the “Back Door” from the northeast side of the Veranda and don’t miss the amazing view outside the door! Perched on a bluff high above the scenic Illinois River Valley is this laid-back destination they call the "19th Canyon." Held every Friday, 8:00pm - 11:00pm.
This Farmers Market includes local vendors offering a variety of fresh produce, meats, flowers, cheese and artisanal foods. Fun for the whole family and good food too. A new addition to the market is a tented seating area where market goers can relax, have a snack, and enjoy live music. Each week will feature live music and lots of family fun.
Mucca Pazza has been taking Chicago by storm, so what better way to celebrate Fermilab's epic 50th Anniversary! Join us for the pre-party, and come on down to the auditorium for a concert that shows the full musical range of Mucca Pazza, starting in chairs then moving to their trademark funky marching band for the second part of the evening.
Each October the streets of Downtown Mt. Vernon are packed and overflowing with friends and families, live performances, incredible foods and celebrations of autumn. In its fifth year, the Mt. Vernon Fall Fest theme is "My Hometown." You'll see the theme permeating throughout the entire three-day festival where locals and visitors alike will feel at home in Mt. Vernon! Classic favorites return with exciting new events. The Tri-State Treasure Hunt, a new 5k for Special Olympics, a Car and Motorcycle Cruise-In and even a "Great Pumpkin Contest" will be held. Local brewers will be onsite throughout the weekend to offer tastings of their Southern Illinois crafts and wines. Fall Fest 2016 Presented by Continental Tire boasts a parade, expanded kid zone, fan favorite Paw Fest and Main Stage entertainment every day!
Mt Carroll Pumpkinfest includes decorated lampposts, food booths selling everything pumpkin, farmers market, pumpkin catapult, pumpkin drag races, celebrated haunted house tours and more. Visit our website for an updated activity list.
MSI is home to more than 35,000 artifacts, but not all can be shown publicly—until now. Come face to face with some of the quirkiest artifacts kept in the Museum’s Collection during MSI After Hours: Oddities and Curiosities, an adults-only evening event. For the first time, MSI is offering guests the chance to see several hand-picked rare, unique—and downright kooky—artifacts, while learning the compelling and strange backstories of these items. Enjoy an in-depth conversation, led by the hosts of WBEZ’s “Nerdette” podcast with MSI’s head curator and director of collections, Kathleen McCarthy, about these peculiar objects. Admission costs $25 and includes free parking, snacks, a complimentary cocktail, entry to MSI’s newest temporary exhibit Above and Beyond as well as Brick by Brick, Numbers In Nature: A Mirror Maze, Science Storms, YOU! The Experience, and more. A cash bar and other food for purchase will also be available.
Come and enjoy the thrill of watching a movie under the stars in historic downtown Alton at Liberty Bank Alton Amphitheater. Don't forget to bring your blanket or chair! The movie will begin at dusk. Concession stands will be open. For more information, call (618) 463-3580. Schedule of Movies Aug. 19: Zootopia Sept. 23: TBA Oct. 21: TBA
Longtime Prince collaborator and full-time smooth Morris Day is one of the most swaggering and peacockish funk performers to hit the stage since the Purple One himself. As the frontman of the Time, the charismatic Day built a serious name for himself in the ‘80s with his colorful showmanship, introducing international audiences to his slick stage presence in musical films like Purple Rain and Graffiti Bridge. Tickets are $29.50-$54.00.
Discover Mies van der Rohe’s celebrated Farnsworth House in a new light during this special Moonlight Tours, back by popular demand. These exclusive tours will start at dusk and return after dark, lasting approximately 90 minutes. Guests will be led along a lighted path with woods on one side and the Fox River on the other, to enjoy a full guided tour of Farnsworth House illuminated against the evening sky. Reservations required. Moonlight Tour Cost: $30 (plus $2.50 convenience fee online).
The downtown Sycamore shops are once again gearing up for this year’s shopping marathon. Stores will be open late for Moonlight Madness on Friday, November 18. The Moonlight Madness sales will display the best deals of the season! Stroll and shop in our historic downtown and experience one of a kind magical holiday shopping. Watch storefront windows “come alive” as local arts, theater and dance groups perform from 6 to 8pm. Arts and entertainment groups from all over the county will be participating.
Named in honor of Bill Monroe, “The Father of Bluegrass Music,” Monroe Crossing dazzles audiences with an electrifying blend of classic bluegrass, bluegrass gospel, and heartfelt originals. Their superb musicianship and on-stage rapport have entertained audiences across the United States, Canada and Europe. Enjoy this down-home bluegrass event at the historic Sandwich Opera House 7 pm, Sat., Oct. 1.
The 7,500-square-foot “Model Railroad Garden: Landmarks of America” exhibition at the Chicago Botanic Garden features trains running on 1,600 feet of track, for train and garden enthusiasts to enjoy the delightful sights and sounds of the miniature trains traversing high and low through tunnels, across bridges and around buildings.
Heralded as one of the largest arts and crafts fairs in the Midwest, the MIP Arts & Crafts Fair features over 200 vendors - both indoors and outdoors in Milan, Illinois just a few minutes from Rock Island and Moline in the Quad Cities. You are sure to find a treasure to take home with you!
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.
The annual show includes favorite holiday tunes, and skits and merriment. Located in the historic Masonic Hall, the audience will not only get to see a great show, but also have a wonderful dessert during intermission. $20.Saturday: 7:30 pm; Sunday: 2 pm.
Come to a garden oasis in February! With vendors throughout the midwest, nationally known speakers, exhibitors, and topics from water gardening, herb growing, bulbs, bird items, topiaries and antiques; there's something of interest for everyone!
The Mecum Auction Company is the world leader of collector car, vintage and antique motorcycle, and Road Art sales, hosting auctions throughout the United States. The company has been specializing in the sale of collector cars for 27 years, now offering more than 15,000 vehicles per year and averaging more than one auction each month.
Learn the history of the McPike Mansion and take a look at the documented photos of the mansion and paranormal activity. Then, take a tour of the surrounding grounds and the crypt. Talking with the spirits with Dowsing rods and join us for a dark session in the cellar with our experienced medium. Tour lasts approximately 90 minutes. All proceeds go toward the restoration of the mansion. For more information, contact Sharon at (618) 830-2179.
Visit the spirited McPike Mansion and celebrate Halloween during the annual McPike Mansion Halloween Campout. Visit the wine cellar to communitcate with the spirits of McPike Mansion while you enjoy food and fun. Reservations can be made by calling (618) 830-2179. Admission is $35 per person. (18+ only)
The Matt Poss Band is a Midwestern group that sounds like the Mississippi Flyway they grew up in. Twang collides with soulful Blues and Rock to create an explosion that is at once fresh and familiar. The listener can hear hints of Mellencamp and Springsteen, yet there is also Bluegrass, Southern rock and Outlaw Country, constantly laying down the backdrop for all those blue collar, hard knock and hard luck story songs. MPB is always on tour, and they come home to the EPC once a year for their annual "Holiday Homecoming". The Chicago Tribune says MPB is a "High octane Americana show with the grit of a Texas roadhouse and the soul of a Southern tent revival."
The Temptations, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Diana Ross and the Supremes, The Jackson Five, and Stevie Wonder are just some of the iconic Motown artists who have earned their place in the history of all popular music. In this ultimate stroll down memory lane, Masters of Soul celebrates these artists and many more via incredible harmonies, stylish costumes and endless smooth moves.
Locally grown seasonal fruits and vegetables, as well as delicious baked goods, plants and much more. Come out Wednesday and Saturday mornings 6am- 10am to shop fresh twice a week!
Welcome warmer weather and shake off cabin fever during Naper Settlement’s annual tribute to the changing of the seasons. Learn the time-honored method of collecting sap the old-fashioned way and see a maple tree tapping demonstration. Enjoy hands-on activities and presentations that recount Illinois’ Native American heritage and pioneer past and try a tasty maple treat. Each of the historic buildings will have a different theme and special activities for families to enjoy.
The show features classic Christmas hits from Mannheim Steamroller all with dazzling multimedia effects in an intimate setting. The spirit of the season comes alive with the signature sound of Mannheim Steamroller. Performance begins at 8pm
This is a story of love and friendship, of lost dreams and that last chance to make it all right. Best of all, the entire show is set to the music of one of the most popular bands in world – ABBA. From “Dancing Queen” to “Take a Chance,” from “SOS” to “Knowing Me, Knowing You,” it’s one hit song after another that will have you mouthing the words, dancing in your seats and touching your heart. Experience the musical that is an international phenomenon, experience Mamma Mia! Suggested Rating: PG.
This year we have more vendors than ever, so you'll be able to find more fresh food and flowers, and also have more fun shopping for them. This market can provide you with the opportunity to get to know your food and the producer who grows it or makes it. Enjoy a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, fresh baked goods, cheeses, meats, potted plants, cut flowers bouquets, coffee & donuts, kettle popcorn, jams, jellies and sauces.
Kick off the holiday season and create your special memories on The Magnificent Mile! The BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival, the nation’s largest evening holiday celebration, jump starts the holiday season with a full day of family friendly activities, concerts by top musical artists and the best holiday shopping. The day’s excitement culminates with a grand evening parade down Michigan Avenue illuminating one million lights on 200 trees. The parade concludes with a grand finale fireworks show over the Chicago River.
Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Rickie Lee Jones has been called “an original,” “a cult heroine” and “one of the best-if not the best-artist of her generation.” But it’s not only her hits songs like “Chuck E’s in Love,” “Last Chance Texaco” and “On Saturday Afternoons in 1963” that made Rickie a star. Her hip, poetic style, both on and off the stage, turned Rickie into a cultural icon. Atlantic Records A&R rep first heard Madeleine Peyroux is known for melding jazz, blues and pop into songs, like her haunting rendition of Leonard Cohen’s “Dance Me to the End of Love,” that leave listeners in total awe.
Historic National Landmark, Bishop Hill, glows with luminary lit sidewalks and candle lit windows in honor of St. Lucy, a celebration of lights. Musical entertainment abounds throughout the village. Musicians will perform at the Steeple Building and at Vagnhall Galleri, the air will be filled with melodies. The village specialty shops and dining establishments stay open late for an enchanted evening to remember. Feel like dancing? Experience the Old Colony School barn dance serenaded by the Rusty String Pickup Band. Experience a utopia on the prairie holiday experience this season. Come join us from 6-9pm!
The event is family friendly and involves a haunted 45 minute walk through the historic downtown. At about a half a dozen locations you'll stop for a few minutes to meet some characters from Long Grove's past. Some of their tales seem to jive pretty closely with real history, but other parts seem like they're lavishly embellished. Required donation of $5/adult and $3/child. Reservations are required and space is limited.
Announcing the fourth annual Litchfield Half Marathon, 5K, and Mile Dash! If you are looking to race your best half marathon ever, with perfect late fall running conditions, on the fastest course in the Midwest-then this is your Race! Our course is closed to all thru traffic, and is loaded with some of the oldest sites on Historic Old Route 66! Join us this year for a Race Down Memory Lane in Litchfield, Illinois on beautiful Route 66!
This open air market specialized in items prior to 1980 including: antique, vintage, and refurbished items. Hundreds of vendors flood the streets of Downtown Litchfield every second Sunday of the month from April to October from 9 AM to 3 PM, beginning on the corner of Union Avenue (Route 16) and State Street. Food is available and live entertainment happens all day in Library Park.