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Illumination: Tree Lights at the Morton Arboretum
Come to The Morton Arboretum this holiday season to see trees in a different light! Tickets on sale now! Illumination will engage your senses with dazzling projections, trees that respond to your touch and sound, and vivid, electric colors throughout. This is an outdoor event on a one-mile, gently rolling, paved path that takes approximately one and one-half hours to complete. Please dress for the weather. Food and beverage concessions are available for purchase. Walking along the paved trail you can hug a tree to make it grow brighter, sing to a tree and watch it change color, interact with light and color with a swipe of your hand, and many more surprising experiences around every turn! Also, be sure to warm up next to fire pits while enjoying hot cocoa, s'mores, and other delights, visit the Enchanted Railroad and stop in to browse the holiday wares at The Arboretum Store, and enjoy energy-efficient, environmentally-friendly LED lighting that provides beautiful, powerful color while consuming only half the power of traditional incandescent lights. Please note, the event closed November 28, December 2, 9, 16, 24, 25.
Acclaimed playwright Conor McPherson (The Seafarer, Shining City, Dublin Carol) crafts 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 revels in the rough lyricism of McPherson’s language and the poignancy of these stories of lost love, big dreams and the consequences of even our smallest choices.
Christmas in the Village
Spend the day in downtown Cobden, where you can enjoy fresh-roasted nuts while listening to strolling Victorian carolers and madrigal players, take an old-fashioned horse-drawn surrey or wagon ride around the village, and visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Feed Store, where handcrafted wreaths and gingerbread houses will be on display.
19th Annual Galena Triathlon & Duathlon
Ranked by USAT as one of the top 10 sprint distance triathlons in the United States, this challenging multi-sport event offers unique terrain and beautiful scenery, beginning at Nixon Beach on Apple Canyon Lake.
CITY: Apple River
Chicago Botanic Garden- Weekend Family Classes
Together, adults and children can explore cool things about how plants connect to science, art, history, and culture. Each program includes a variety of hands-on activities and projects, as well as opportunities to bring the Garden home. Programs run from November through April on Saturdays.
8 Miles of Ag-tiques
8 Miles of Ag-tiques begins on Highway 26 north of Orangeville. Each stop will feature different tractors including John Deere, Massey Harris, International Harvester, Oliver, Minneapolis-Moline, Allis Chalmers, and other old machinery from the Good Old Days. There will be food, craft shows, tractor drives on Saturday.
Oaktoberfest in Downtown Oak Park
Don't miss this year's Oaktoberfest! Celebrate the coming of fall at Downtown Oak Park's 23rd annual music festival. This free two-day event will offer seasonal food, microbrews, wine and live music! Kids can enjoy zucchini races and a root beer garden Saturday on Marion Street. Event will be on Friday, September 20th from 4-10pm and Saturday, September 21st from 12-10pm.
CITY: Oak Park
16th Annual St. Charles Fine Art Show
Located along the banks of the Fox River, this juried art show features 100 fine artists, live music, demonstrations and artists’ awards.
CITY: St. Charles
Southern Illinois Boat & Fishing Show
A weekend long event sponsored by the Youth Outdoor Education Foundation and the Williamson County Tourism Bureau. The show features boats, trailers, trucks, ATVs, fishing tackle, live entertainment and more. Admission and parking is free. Great fun for all ages.
Now celebrating its 34th year, Fountain Square Art Festival is the largest and oldest fine arts fair on Chicago's majestic North Shore. Featuring the eclectic works of more than 225 juried artists, this sprawling art showcase epitomizes words like "cosmopolitan” and "sophistication." The festival takes place in downtown Evanston, just steps from the eponymous Fountain Square. It also features a popular children's art tent with fun activities overseen by the acclaimed Evanston Art Center, food, and a soothing jazz-centric music lineup.
Artifact Talk: Rescue and Renewal
Grace Cohen Grossman, Curator Emerita, Skirball Museum, Los Angeles, details the history of the JCR & its task at the end of World War II to identify looted, "heirless" Jewish ceremonial objects and books, and to reclaim them for the Jewish people. Over sixty objects were placed in the care of the HTC. On loan to the Museum, these treasured artifacts will now be on display in the Feis Family Lobby. Reservations required; firstname.lastname@example.org. Museum admission.
Celebrate the Christmas season with a parade, horse-drawn carriage rides, food, crafts, music, storytellers, a petting zoo, and children's activities at the Apollo Theater and Fire House on State Street. Seasonal vendors and a Christmas tree display are featured at the Community Building Complex.
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
Belvidere Holiday Walk
Travel back in time for a glimpse of holidays in seasons past. Luminaries will light the way to our log cabins where pioneer families will be celebrating. They might even be serving holiday goodies! Stop by and share your holiday wishes with a Civil War era Santa. Enjoy freshly popped corn along the way and come inside the Nature Center to listen to the sound of music. Held on the Festival Grounds in Spencer Conservation Area.
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.
Enjoy the charm and ambiance of seeing the C.H. Moore Homestead, an 1870 Victorian Mansion, beautifully decorated for a Victorian Christmas as you tour by candlelight. Live entertainment in the parlor. Tours available Friday evenings starting the Friday after Thanksgiving through December 20th.
Come and enjoy this annual downtown Tuscola event featuring craft vendors, a house walk, breakfast with Santa, a parade, the "Santa Chase" 5k run/walk, children's games, Madrigal Dinner at the community center and more!
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
Bradley Lighted Christmas Parade
The Bradley Christmas Fantasy Parade includes a festive Winter Wonderland that features vendors, carolers, storytellers, games and visits with Santa.
Olde Tyme Christmas and Living History
Decorations and period music accompany reenactments of what 18th century life was like at Fort Massac. The park staff and local historical re-enactors will welcome guests to the visitors' center and museum, which will be festively decorated with items based on 17th and 18th century designs. Hot spiced tea will warm visitors as they sample cookies baked in the authentic period bake oven.
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
Victorian Christmas on the Woodstock Square
Not to be missed is Woodstock's Victorian Christmas celebration that begins each Thanksgiving weekend. The Square glows with thousands of miniature lights illuminating the buildings and trees for the annual Festival of Lights. Carolers stroll the streets and visitors can take horse-drawn carriage rides around the Square. Friday November 29, 2013, 7:00pm. Lighting of the Square Sunday December 1, 2013, 2:00pm. Holiday Parade. Every Friday and Saturday November 29, 2013-December 21, 2013 Carriage Rides around the Square.
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.
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.
Christmas Home Tours
Visit Historic Golconda, and tour 4 homes, 1 church and the local museum. Christmas in the courtyard begins at 5:30pm with refreshments and a visit from Santa.
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.
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.
Luminary Night On Stephenson and Lincoln Streets
Enjoy the beauty of the soft light of luminaries and the architecture of these historic homes as you stroll this lovely residential neighborhood. Also, enjoy hot cocoa and cookies. Stephenson Street and Lincoln Boulevard from West Street to Park Boulevard.
Spring Home Expo
Annual Home Expo with over 70 vendors showing off the latest styles in home decor, improvement and landscaping.
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
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!
Easter Sunrise Service
Annual Easter Sunrise Service held at the 111 foot Bald Knob Cross, music & refreshments.
CITY: Alto Pass
A Christmas Carol
The Stagecoach Players Theatre presents "A Christmas Carol." Ebenezer Scrooge has lost his only friend, his business partner Jacob Marley. Seven years have passed since Marley's Christmas death, and Scrooge has not changed a bit. He still refuses to give to the poor, suggesting that for them perhaps the only place better than prison is the grave. He still only grudgingly gives his employee Christmas day off, and he still refuses his nephew's offer of Christmas dinner. He dismisses the whole holiday as a "Humbug." This play is adapted and directed by Amanda Smothers from a story by Charles Dickens. Showing on the following dates and times: Dec 12, 13, 14, 2013 @ 7:30 pm; Dec 14, 15, 2013 @ 2:00 pm
Carlinville Christmas Market
Featuring bright, white tents filled with arts and crafts of talented artisans and food vendors. Also trolley tours, horse-drawn carriage rides, costumed carolers and street performers, children's activities, and other holiday attractions – experience the charm of Carlinville's historic town square and its own special shops.
Thursday Night Out in Downtown Oak Park
Thursday Night Out runs every Thursday between May 23rd and August 29th from 5-9pm. $12 ticket booklets contain 4 dine-around tickets. The Thursday Night Out menu changes monthly!
CITY: Oak Park
If you like art and art for sale then be sure to take part in this traveling art party featuring local artists in numerous venues in the Downtown Rock Island Arts & Entertainment District. Enjoy artist demonstrations and art for sale from over 300 artists at more than 20 venues. Discover beautiful jewelry, paintings, furniture, pottery, glass work and more. The event is free and free shuttle service is provided to take you from one venue to the next. It runs from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
CITY: Rock Island
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.
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.
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.
Yost House Museum Winter Christmas Tea
Come out and enjoy afternoon tea as part of the Four Seasons Tea Series held annually at the Catharine V. Yost Museum. The special winter program is "Christmas Traditions." The tea is from 1pm-3:30pm. Also featured are a collection of antique, handmade quilts.
Here, There, and Every-where: Science Through Analogy, Near and Far
Marshall Public Library will be hosting this NASA traveling display that consists of a series of large image-based panels and supporting hands-on activities that connect Earth and planetary sciences and astrophysics with everyday phenomena. Images displayed in the exhibit include the topics of shadows, wind, colliding atoms, lensing, electrical dis-charge and bow waves. The images are aimed at helping to demonstrate the universality of physical laws to people who may not identify strongly with science. Exhibition hours are hours are 10-6 Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday; 10-8 on Thursday; and 10-5 on Friday and Saturday.
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.
Visit beautiful Glazebrook Park lit up with twinkling lights to celebrate the holiday season. Everyone is invited to attend this free old-fashioned festival complete with carolers, hot cocoa, horse-drawn carriage rides and pictures with Santa! Bundle up since it may be chilly! All ages are welcome. In honor of the giving season, please bring a nonperishable food item for donation to the Crisis Food Center.
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.
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!
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!
Bryant Cottage Holiday Open house/Christmas in Bement
Christmas in Bement includes an open house for Historic Bryant Cottage on the Looking for Lincoln trail. This picturesque one-story, four-room wood frame cottage has been “restored” and is interpreted as an example of a middle-class life in mid-nineteenth century Illinois.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Danville Symphony Orchestra Presents "An Italian Christmas"
Blending the lines between popular and classical music, the three members of the vocal group Poperazzi have performed in everything from opera houses to Las Vegas. Ring in the Christmas spirit with this performance of favorite melodies with an Italian accent this year. Selections include "William the Angel," "Adeste Fidelis," "Funiculi Finicula," "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve," "Libiamo," "Silent Night" and many more.
The Nutcracker at the Egyptian Theater
The Beth Fowler Dance Company will present its Annual production of "The Nutcracker". Many area families have made this magical production a part of their holiday tradition every year. With the beautiful dancing, costumes and stage sets, this favorite holiday classic will tell a story that will make everyone feel like a child at Christmas.
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!
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.
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.
The Second City's Nut-Cracking Holiday Revue
When the same old Holiday Fare just won't cut it, The Second City's Nut-cracking Holiday Revue comes to the rescue! This fast-paced interactive show, filled with style and wit, is the perfect alternative to the same old tired holiday performances. Drawing from holiday film classics to family gatherings to improvised Christmas carols, this bright, funny and completely original show will keep the audience rolling in the aisles.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Geneseo Art League Christmas Forest
View decorated miniature trees, gingerbread, and member holiday artwork. Silent auction bids accepted on display items. Open house weekend features refreshments, and Christmas Walk night is when the silent auction winners are announced. The store has a large variety of fine art and photography that make lovely and fun items for gift giving.
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.”
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.
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
Uncorked Summer Nights
On Friday, July 26th experience the Oak Park Conservatory from a new perspective with Uncorked Summer Nights. The evening features music by TIMITY and a display of ceramic jewelry, available for purchase by local artists, Linda Hillman and Joan Friedberger of Bebeka Design. Enjoy wine and craft beer from Marion Street Cheese Market and appetizers by Taste of Brazil. The event is from 6-8pm, with a cost of admission of $10 per person.
CITY: Oak Park
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.
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."
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.
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.
Annual High Tea: Taking Tea in Taylorville
"Remember Pearl Harbor"- Local hostesses set tea tables with their own heirloom china, crystal and silver. Rising in opulent splendor, sparkling centerpieces will salute the 1940s. Each guest will be served six fanciful sandwiches, four sumptuous desserts, a scone and raspberry tea. WWII military uniforms and apparel will be featured at a style show along with current holiday attire. Live patriotic music. Take-away program includes recipes. Held at Talorville Memorial Hospital Auditorium. Advance reservations recommended
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.
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
Salt Creek Ballet's The Nutcracker
Salt Creek Ballet’s The Nutcracker by Artistic Directors, Sergey Kozadayev & Zhanna Dubrovskaya. The Nutcracker proudly marches back on to the North Shore Center stage to give your whole family an affordable full-length holiday production performed in the grand Russian style by a professional company with incredible guest soloists! Salt Creek Ballet’s whimsical tale of young Clara and her magical journey with waltzing flowers, giant mice and Sugar Plum Fairies are all exquisitely set to Tchaikovsky’s enchanting score is a holiday experience worth sharing.
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.
The Nutcracker presented by the Champaign Urbana Ballet
Tchaikovsky’s dreamy score swirls amid a land of enchanted toys, a princely hero, a confectionery fairy, and fanciful figures. This is the magical story of Clara and her Nutcracker Prince who are led through an enchanted dream by Clara’s godfather, Herr Drosselmeyer. From the exciting battle of mice and soldiers to the magnificent scenes of snow and sweets, the talented dancers of Champaign Urbana Ballet perform this timeless piece directed by Deanna Doty, accompanied by Sinfonia da Camera and a 40-piece orchestra under the direction of Ian Hobson.
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!’
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.
Gun & Sport Show
Showcasing local and regional vendors, the Gun and Sport Show at the Kankakee County Fair Grounds has something for everyone. Whether you are a seasoned collector or just want to view the vintage militia items, this is a must see. This is held several times a year, so be sure to check www.visitkankakeecounty.com for future dates.
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.
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.
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.
Festival of Trees
We've got Santa's arrival, the lighting of the trees, and the holiday spirit all wrapped up! When Santa arrives via fire truck at 6:00PM, you’ll help him ring in the season by lighting the Festival of Trees. Then join him for a snack, a photo opportunity, and a chance to remind him what’s on your Christmas list.
CITY: Lake in the Hills
Andover Christmas Walk
Andover and Andover Lake Park will glow with decorations. Stroll on walkways marked by luminaries or ride in a horse-drawn wagon. Join a soup supper, visit Santa and take part in a Christmas tree silent auction. Refreshments & kids crafts at the American Legion Building from 5pm to 7pm. Visit candle-lit Jenny Lind Chapel and hear live Christmas music from 6pm to 8pm.
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.
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.