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WCIA 3 Home & Garden Expo
Calling all handymen and do-it-yourselfers! The 2015 WCIA 3 Home & Garden Expo brings together some of the brightest minds in the industry to showcase home improvement and gardening ideas in Illinois. Shop the vendors, participate in workshops, or simply network with other like-minded individuals. This is the perfect place to get your creative juices flowing!
The 2015 Stevie Jay Broadcasting Sports and Outdoor Expo
Whether you're a sports fanatic or even an avid outdoorsman, you will have a blast at the inaugural Stevie Jay Broadcasting Sports and Outdoor Expo. Make your way through more than 70 vendors, catch live demonstrations, and you can even participate in a Q&A with the one and only, coach Mike Ditka!
The Warrior Dash in Channahon, IL is the world's largest running series. Held on challenging and rugged terrain, people come from all over to participate in feats of courage and strength; like sprinting over fire, trudging through mud and scaling at least 12 obstacles during this fierce 5K. From couch potatoes to novice runners to extreme athletes, Warrior Dash truly is an event for all athletic abilities.
Canal Alliance Congress
August 24, 2014 marked 30 years since the Illinois and Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor had been signed into existence by President Ronald Reagan. The theme for our 3rd Annual Canal Alliance Congress during this anniversary year is “Looking Back, Looking Forward.” We will be looking back at the founding of the national heritage corridor and past projects and how they are doing today. Then we will look forward at projects in the works and only dreamed of, to envision what the Canal Corridor will be like in the future. There are a variety of sections, including panel discussions, pecha kucha presentations (pecha kucha is a presentation with 20 seconds per slide for 20 slides), and networking breaks, as well as an hour lunch. Reservations required.
Taste of Chicago
Taste of Chicago is the nation's premier outdoor food festival showcasing the diversity of Chicago's dining community. The delicious array of food served at Taste of Chicago is complemented by music and exciting activities for the entire family. Every summer since 1980, Chicago's beautiful Grant Park on the city's magnificent lakefront has been home to the world's largest food festival.
Chicago Flower & Garden Show
There's even more color, fragrance and roll-up-your-sleeves, good ideas at the next Chicago Flower & Garden Show presented by Mariano's, March 14-22, 2015 at Chicago’s Navy Pier, the No. 1 tourist destination in Illinois. More than 20 feature gardens from top designers bring visitors the first joys of spring and exciting ways to "Do Green. Do Good." The Marketplace's 100 exhibitors is a shopper's paradise; the Kids Activity Garden is so much fun, kids don't realize how much they're learning about greening our world. Garden Gourmet features top chefs with cooking demos. Experts present seminars on the best tricks and tips of gardening; Tablescapes show the most gorgeous, dreamy decor for indoor or outdoor dining, and the "Art of Floral,” features interpretive floral designs. For more information and tickets, including group tour rates, visit www.chicagoflower.com/
Mercury's Canine Cruise
Dogs on boats? Yes! Bring your pooch on a leash and enjoy quality time with your dog while cruising on Chicago's waterways. This tour highlights dog-friendly hotels, restaurants, dog parks and fire hydrants. Enjoy the cool breeze in your hair (and fur!) aboard the Skyline Queen which offers plenty of safe outdoor-seating. Dogs may choose to sit on your lap, in a seat or on the deck. Don't worry, we have one-restroom for humans and one lined with newspapers for your pet. Water bowls are also onboard. Buy online or at the ticket office open daily at 8:30am.
Magnificent Mile Lights Festival
Kick off the holiday season and create your special memories on The Magnificent Mile in 2014! The BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival, the nation’s largest evening holiday celebration, jump starts the holiday season on Saturday, November 22 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 marshaled by Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse from Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, illuminating one million lights on 200 trees. The parade concludes with a grand finale fireworks show over the Chicago River.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade & River Dying
One of the largest in the country, the annual downtown St. Patrick's Day Parade honors Chicago’s Irish heritage. The Chicago River goes green as 40 pounds of vegetable dye color the water between Columbus and Wacker drives. Festivities continue after as revelers parade up Columbus Drive with floats and flags to the sound of bagpipes. Hours: Dyeing 9:30 a.m., Parade 12 p.m.
The Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo
Known as C2E2, this convention spans the latest and greatest from the worlds of comics, movies, television, toys, anime, manga and video games. Bringing the best of popular culture to downtown Chicago, C2E2’s show floor is packed with hundreds of exhibitors, panels and autograph sessions giving fans a chance to interact with their favorite creators, and screening rooms featuring sneak peeks at films and television shows months before they hit either the big or small screen!
Chicago Cubs Opening Day
Celebrate the unofficial start to spring with the Chicago Cubs home opener against the St. Louis Cardinals. First pitch is at 7:05pm at the historic Wrigley Field.
Chicago Improv Festival
The 18th annual Chicago Improv Festival takes over the city for a week, showcasing the best local, national and international on-the-spot comedic talent!
Ribfest Chicago 2015
After being selected and featured on the Food Network’s 2014 “Eating America, with Anthony Anderson” and televised to 100 million households and 150 countries, Ribfest Chicago returns with more smokin’ music and barbecue as we cook up Chicago’s favorite food and music festival. From humble beginnings, Ribfest grew to five city blocks and from 5,000 attendees to 70,000 fans (in 2014). The BBQ component has grown to thirty Chicagoland rib and non-rib vendors, while the quality of entertainment has made Ribfest an internationally-recognized music festival that hosts premier touring bands. But despite its impressive growth and success, the fest has maintained its neighborhood feel. More highlights include the celebrity-judged “Best Ribs” award and “RibMania,” the Midwest’s only professional rib-eating competition featuring top ranked eaters and sanctioned by IFOCE/Major League Eating. For more information visit www.Ribfest-Chicago.com. WHAT: It’s no wonder that Ribfest Chicago has been recognized as Chicago’s “Best Food Fest” for the past three years. This festival remains one of the city’s best summer attractions. As a nationally-recognized music festival, our twenty original bands are a hot blend of Indie, rock, roots and alt country. The 6th Annual RibMania hosts world ranked pro eaters at the Midwest’s only sanctioned rib-eating contest, and families can spend the weekend in Kids Square enjoying entertainment, inflatables, games and more. Ribfest Chicago has contributed $250,000 to more than fifteen Northcenter schools and nonprofits to improve education, assist special needs and fight hunger, in addition to funding chamber projects and annual programming. WHERE: 4000 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago WHEN: Friday, June 12, 2015 - 5 pm to 10 pm Saturday, June 13, 2015 - Noon to 10 pm Sunday, June 14, 2015 - Noon to 10 pm
Jerry Kleiner's over the top restaurant in this 35,000 sq. ft. space is an explosion of taste, color and sound. "Latino flavors with the spice of life." Authentic soulful cuisine offers simple dishes from all over Latin America. A kaleidoscope of colors, salsa music and playful decor ignite the sense of being in a Latin house party.
Works in varied media by artisits Reginald Baylor, Mary Croteau and Jordan Scott, using obsessive labor in their production. Artists reception Feb 19, 4:30-7pm.
CITY: Chicago Heights
The Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau's annual MayDays Festival will return to downtown Clinton from May 14 through 17, 2015. Join us for Luehrs' Ideal Rides, food & craft vendors, live music on Mr. Lincoln's Square and lots of fun.
Thanksgiving with Lincoln Heritage of DeWitt County
Join us for a traditional Thanksgiving meal with a little history as you meet Mr.Lincoln and discover his ties with DeWitt County. The Thanksgiving meal is catered and tickets are available from the Clinton Chamber & Tourism Office.
Clinton's Terror on Washington Street Haunted House
Strange things happen when October comes to Clinton. The old VFW Hall is a place no one wants to travel by after sunset. Screams and moans have been heard..Slow moving creatures have been seen around the premises. Find out for yourself what lurks in the shadows when this peaceful central Illinois community becomes home to the creatures of the night. Event dates are Oct 9-10, 16-17, 23-24, 30-31: 7pm-11pm. "Lights On" dates are Oct. 17th and 24th, 5pm-6pm.
Tour DeWitt is back! Plans are in the works for a 10 mile, 20 mile, 40 mile and 60 mile ride through beautiful DeWitt County. Watch our websites and facebook pages for more information as the event develops, or contact the Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Office.
Celebrate the pepper harvest from 11am to 5pm, A favorite gathering for all chile heads and hot pepper fans. Walk the pepper field and see many varieties of hot peppers in bloom, meet the vendors and see who makes the best hot/spicy food, visit the Pepper Farm Store and select your favorite salsa, jellies, spices and pepper products, relax, visit with friends, enjoy great local music and soak in great southern Illinois pepper heat. 618-893-1443. www.darnhotpeppers.com
Cobden Peach Festival
Celebrate the local peach harvest, sponsored by the Cobden Lions Club. Join us for fresh peaches from local orchards, carnival rides and games, crowning of ‘Miss Peach Queen’, homemade food and peach cobbler & pie with a 5K run/walk and parade on Saturday. Free admission.
HalloWine at StarView Vineyards
Live music, wine tasting, nacho & chili bar & other goodies. Come dressed to impress in your best costume for a chance to win prizes. We'll be judging individual, couple & group costumes. Pets & children are invited too!
American Indian and Ethnographic Show
Historic artifacts on display.
Spring Equinox Sunrise Observance at Reconstructed Woodhenge
Meet at the reconstructed Woodhenge to hear an explanation of the discovery, form end function of this post-circle sun calendar. Arrive by 6:45 a.m.
Spring Indian Market Days
Spring Indian Market Days will have Native American artists and vendors displaying and selling their crafts, artwork, clothing, jewelry and more.
Fort Obie Rendezvous and Living Hitory Encampment
Visit the old world featuring a tipi encampment, black powder shoots, pre-1840 demonstrations, bow-shoots, tomahawk and knife throwing, primitive fire-starting, and 1840 trade goods. Open: 10am to 5pm on Saturday, and 10am to 3pm on Sunday. Admission $2.00 per person.
Mother's Day Celebration
Nestled in a beautiful country setting just outside the Quad Cities, Lavender Crest Winery in Colona, Illinois features award-winning wines, wine production, a wine tasting room, a banquet center, entertainment, gift shop, espresso bar that serves lunch, wine tours and more. Spend some time with your mother while enjoying a variety of foods. Reservations are required. Open 11 am to 2 pm
Colona Memorial Day Celebration
Fun begins Thursday on Hennepin Canal Parkway with carnival children’s activities, horseshoe contest, nightly live entertainment in the beer garden and don’t miss the 42nd annual parade starting at 2 p.m on Sunday.
Cowden Pioneer Days
This family friendly festival is set in the city park with plenty of carnival rides, craft vendors, flea market, foods, etc. There is also an IPRA sanctioned rodeo that takes place Friday. A demolition derby takes place on Saturday. You can also enjoy the arm wrestling. There will also be a large parade Saturday morning. Tour the historical cabins set in the park along with collections.
Frozen Princess Tea Party
The Lockport Township Park District is offering Frozen Princess Tea Party for all ages at Prairie Bluff Golf Course, 19433 Renwick Rd., Crest Hill on Sat., Feb. 28th from 11am-1:30pm. Wear your fanciest outfit or princess gown to sip tea and eat delicious snacks with Elsa and Anna. Sing and dance to the music from the Frozen movie. Make a craft and enjoy other royal activities. Fee: $15/Resident-$15/Non-resident; $20 at the door per person.
CITY: Crest Hill
Cache River Nature Festival
Enjoy the area’s rich bird life and wetland habitat. A 12-minute orientation film gives a wonderful overview and introduction of the watershed, explaining the unique bio-diversity of the flora and fauna that can be experienced here. Visitors can also acquaint themselves with the area by exploring an interactive diorama of a bald cypress-water tupelo swamp, area state champion tree information and changing landscape displays. Activities include guided field trips, canoe tours, live bird demonstrations and various exhibits from 8am to 4pm.
Bald Eagle Watching in the Cache River Wetlands
The Cache River Wetlands offers great opportunities for eagle watching, as well as spotting other birds. The Cache River Wetland Center provides resource and identification materials to help you spot eagles and other birds in the area and along the rivers. They will provide maps and directions to the viewing station for the nest just off Illinois Route 37 off Perks road and south of the visitor's center.
Holiday Lights at Bunker Hill
Historic buildings at Kennekuk County Park's "Bunker Hill Historic Area" will be lit for the occasion and decorated for the holidays. Continuing throughout the holiday season, the holiday lights will be displayed weekends from 5-8 p.m.
Hobnob Spring Market
A laughter filled gathering with the feel of a festive village fair. Browse creatively displayed mini shops for vintage antiques and handmade goodies from 50+ of the best vendors around. You'll be amazed by the funky/shabby/cool vintage finds plus the handmade jewelry, art and imaginative home accessories. Enjoy some live music, lunch & sweets, a cash bar and raffle prizes.
NJCAA Division II Men's National Basketball Tournament
Danville Area Community College and the City of Danville will again host the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II Men’s National Basketball Tournament at the DACC campus March 17-21, 2015. This year marks the 22nd year that Danville has hosted the tournament and the 30th year of the tournament.
Danville Symphony Orchestra Presents "Dinner & Dave Bennett"
Join the Danville Symphony Orchestra and Dave Bennett for a spectacular evening of dinner and music! The night will celebrate the early days of jazz where the clarinet joined the trumpet and trombone to create music's signature sound, and continue into the Swing Era, when jazz was America's popular music and dance-party soundtrack.
Danville Symphony Orchestra Presents "Heroes and Heroines"
Heroes and Heroines have been the focus of the greatest story tellers throughout history! Join Danville Symphony Orchestra Maestro Jeremy Sterling and Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Principal French Hornist, Robert Danforth for this musical survey of some of the most heroic stories ever set.
Danville Symphony Orchestra Presents "Beethoven Lives Upstairs"
Experience the award winning and ever popular dramatic story of Beethoven through the eyes and ears of the young boy who "lives below his apartment" in Beethoven Lives Upstairs presented by the Danville Symphony Orchestra.
Haunted Decatur Ghost Tour
Travel throughout the city of Decatur in search of history, hauntings, crime scenes, scandals and spirits! Join us for a journey back into the history of one of America's most haunted towns and discover not only our favorite haunted places, but new locations of crime, infamy and spirits that have never been featured on the tours before. Re-invented in 2009, experience Haunted Decatur in a way that you've never done before! Popular with ghost buffs and history enthusiasts alike and includes new and favorite haunted locations! Lasts approximately 3 hours. $30 per person.
ARTumn Harvest Art Festival
Come out and discover Deer Park Town Center's 4th Annual ARTumn Harvest Art Festival. Approximately 70 artists come from across the U.S. to participate in our juried art show held around the gazebo. In addition to fantastic fine artists, enjoy the live music, hands on kids art fun and food.
CITY: Deer Park
Deer Park St. Paddy’s 5k Run/Walk
The Deer Park St. Paddy’s 5k features live Irish music to get everyone in the spirit, pucker up as you run beneath the on course kiss me I'm Irish arch. At the finish enjoy green soda pop, chocolate gold coins and more Irish inspired treats. The course weaves through the Deer Park Town Center and then onto the streets of the Village of Deer Park. The USATF certified 5k (3.1 mile) course is a completely paved course. All miles will be marked with a water stop along the way. Awards will be awarded to to the top 3 of each age category. For more information or to register please visit the website.
CITY: Deer Park
Deerfield's Annual Fine Arts Festival
Fun for the whole family featuring art from across the U.S., live music, catered festival food, kid's art activities and more! Artists representing media such as painting, photography, jewelry, fiber, sculpture, mixed media and ceramics hail from 20 states will be exhibiting.
Essence Of Freedom Run
The Essence Of Freedom Run is an annual event to raise funds that are desperately needed by the brave men and women both active duty and Veterans, who defend our country in the armed forces. Choose from a 5K or 10K race and run through the streets of downtown Deerfield. Active Duty, including Police and Fire Departments, run free. Register before February 15th and save $5.
Play set in Dusseldorf, Germany on 1910, Louis Maske inadvertnetly drops her ill-fitting drawers in the middle of town square during a parade to honor the king.
The Chicago Rat Pack "One Swingin' Night"
Egyptian Theatre - DeKalb, IL. For over 18 years, the unforgettable trio (Frank, Sammy and Dean) excited audiences nightly at the Copa Room and the Sands Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. These wonderful performances have been recreated with remarkable accuracy. Critics all proclaim “One Swinging Night” as being as close as any person could come to experiencing the original Rat Pack. With so much talent on stage together, these wild wonderful performers would set the standard tone for all those who came to Vegas throughout the Swinging 60's. How could these performances be anything less than historical? The Chicago Rat Pack’s show, “One Swinging Night” is perhaps one of the few special productions that shall become as timeless as the actual counterparts (Sammy, Frank and Dean). This fantastic show transports its audiences to a time when life was a lot less complicated. “One Swinging Night” is a brilliant reenactment of the “Summit.” This was the period at which all three of the magnificent super-stars were at the prime of their wonderful careers. At times, these three actors seem to transcend reality by totally becoming the characters they portray. Along with this and the fact that each member of this cast is very talented in his own right makes “One Swinging Night” a show that must be seen!
Barb City on Tap
Barb City On Tap is coming to Dekalb, Illinois on Saturday, March 28th at the NIU Convocation Center. This three-hour premium event will showcase over 100 releases from some of America’s best craft breweries and imports as well. Attendees will sample beers in an atmosphere filled with live music, delicious food available for purchase, and great vendors. *Participants must be at least 21 years of age to attend* STANDARD TICKET | $35 *TICKET PRICES INCREASE BY $10 AT THE DOOR* INCLUDES: 3 Hours of Beer Sampling (2:30PM – 6:00PM) Souvenir Sampling Glass Live Music Entertainment http://americaontap.com/america-on-tap-dekalb-il/
Billy Riggs at the Egyptian Theatre
Billy Riggs, Master of Enchantment, Entertainment and Empowerment is coming to the Egyptian Theatre. A man who has performed in 50 states and in front of audiences with over 20,000 people is coming to DeKalb to bring you "Grand Illusions, Grander Realities". Billy will perform illusions, use humor and inspire you for a fun filled evening. A portion of the proceeds from this show will be used to assist charities in DeKalb County, including Hope Haven, Feed My Starving Children / Make a Difference DKC and Network of Nations. Come join us for a night out for all ages! Presented by: Hillcrest Covenant Church. http://egyptiantheatre.org/
This award-winning group is coming to NIU Convocation Center on Friday, February 27th for An Evening with Casting Crowns. Tickets go on sale December 19th at 11:00am. Prices start at $18* for groups of 10 or more, and groups receive 1 FREE ticket. Advance tickets are only $25*. For all the details, go to www.premierproductions.com.
Egyptian Theatre Flashlight Tour
**NEW for 2015** Join Egyptian Theatre staff as they provide a tour of the historic Egyptian Theatre using just your flashlights. Guests will be treated to a behind the scenes backstage tour which will highlight the haunted history of the theatre. This is the tour that reveals all the secrets and lets you go places the public has never seen. Don’t forget to bring your camera! You never know what you might capture in your pictures. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students & seniors. Guests must bring a flashlight for the tour. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. This evening tour will last approximately 2 hours and the tickets are limited, so don’t wait! http://egyptiantheatre.org/
ISL State Championships
The Illinois Stepping League presents the 2014-2015 State Championships. The best youth step teams in Illinois will compete for the title of State Champions in the U-12 (elementary), U-14 (middle/junior high school), and U-19 (high school) divisions. http://egyptiantheatre.org/
Kennel Club of Yorkville Dog Show
The Kennel Club of Yorkville Dog Show will be held April 4th and 5th at the NIU Convocation Center in DeKalb, IL. For more information visit www.niuconvo.com
March to Bourbon Street
“A Festival of the Arts – Celebrating the Mardi Gras Experience” Egyptian Theatre – Downtown DeKalb Saturday, March 28, 2015 7:00pm-10:00pm Presented by: The Egyptian Theatre and Dance Dimensions New Orleans jazz music is an identity to American culture and signature to the Mardi Gras event. Experience a tributary extravaganza that celebrates the local art community with connected talents in music, dance, visual art, costume, and food cuisine at this Bourbon Street Blast. Taking place in the historic Egyptian Theatre in Downtown DeKalb this event will immerse guests into the Bourbon Street experience. Food and drinks will be available while enjoying roaming performers, live visual artists, art on display, a variety of live performances throughout the evening and phenomenal music all night long. This captivating event typical of a big city arts scene is being brought to Downtown DeKalb to celebrate the vast array of artistic talent and offerings in our community. Whether you’re an arts enthusiast or looking for a fun night out with friends, the “March to Bourbon Street” will having you dancing in the streets all the way home!
Monty Python's Spamalot - Stage Coach
Stage Coach Players Theatre presents "Monty Python's Spamalot". Check website for show times. http://www.stagecoachers.com
MS: Tour de Farms Bike Ride
NIU Convocation Center - 1525 West Lincoln Highway, DeKalb, IL (map) For more information please visit www.niuconvo.com.
Rick Springfield at NIU
NIU is excited to announce RICK SPRINGFIELD will be at the Convocation Center on May 15, 2015. --- Grammy award-winning musician, actor and New York Times bestselling author Rick Springfield will hit the road to DeKalb, IL with the full band. The iconic rock star will be at the Convocation Center on Friday, May 15th. Doors open at 6:00pm and show starts at 7:00pm. Special guest to be announced early 2015. Tickets for Rick Springfield go on sale Friday, December 19th at 10:00am. All seats are reserved and ticket prices range from $25 to $45. Tickets can be purchased at the Convocation Center box office, all Ticketmaster Outlets, Ticketmaster.com, or by phone at 800-745-3000.
32nd State Square and Round Dance Convention
32nd State Square and Round Dance Convention July 24 - 26, 2015 Held at: Northern Illinois University Holmes Student Center Dekalb, IL Featured Caller is Darryl Lipscobe
Du Quoin Annual Holiday Lights Fair
Starting the day after Thanksgiving and continuing through the month of December. Come experience Du Quoin Tourism’s transformation of the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds into a magical place with lights and decorations. The event features a 1 1/2-mile drive through over $250,000 worth of lighted displays as well as decorated trees, entertainment, food, crafts and visits with Santa in the Expo Hall. The light trail opens nightly from 5:30 – 9:30 p.m., and the Expo Hall will be open on the second and third weekends in December from 5:30 — 9:30 p.m. The Expo Hall features Santa’s train ride and Santa’s Workshop.
CITY: Du Quoin
Buzz the Gut Cruise Night & Car Show
"Let's Buzz the Gut"- A common term used by the youth of many generations for cruising the downtown and outlying areas of Dwight. Enjoy classic cars on display, food vendors, displays, music. Car awards at 8pm. Over 100 cars entered.
Red Carpet Corridor Festival- Dwight
Enjoy the Dog Gone Good BBQ competition, Texaco Station Welcome Center, Barn Quilt self tours (maps available), Route 66 wayside exhibits, historic sites, Tour Dogs on parade, historical museum, Junk in the Trunk, and all town garage sales.
Dwight Harvest Days
Downtown Dwight is the place to be for crafts, flea markets, carnival and kids games, downtown stage full of entertainment, car show, 5K run, parade and band competition are highlights of the weekend, attracting over 10,000 people each year! Sunday's parade is led by hundreds of basset hounds and their owners from around the world.
Guardian Angel Bassett Bash & Waddle
Join in for two days of fun, friends and fundraising to help our favorite four-legged friends. This event, held at the Guardian Angel Basset Rescue Park in Dwight, will raise money for the Guardian Angel Basset Rescue to help Basset Hounds in need of a home. The 'Largest Basset gathering in the World' includes a picnic, 'bassetball' and waddle. A weekend filled with Bassett’s, games, contests, entertainment & the huge finale of the Bassett Waddle with hundreds of Bassett’s leading off the Harvest Day’s Parade.
East Peoria Festival of Lights & Folepi's Winter Wonderland
Light up your night at the East Peoria Festival of Lights (FOLEPI)! The annual Festival of Lights is a one-of-a-kind holiday spectacular. With more than two million lights in the festival, the beauty will be sure to mesmerize you and your family.
CITY: East Peoria
Get Lit New Year's Eve Fun Run
Now in it's 13th year, Get Lit is a fun way to "run" in the new year! Open to men, women and children, this event is a non-competitive run/walk on a two-mile paved course through the Folepi's Winter Wonderland drive-through display.
CITY: East Peoria
Effingham Artisan Fair
Effingham's downtown will transform into an art gallery during the 10th Annual Effingham Artisan Fair. Explore what over 40 artisans from across the region have to offer from paintings and pottery to jewelry and sculptures. This premier two-day event continues to grow each year with wine and beer tasting, live entertainment, Kids Korner, great food and drinks, along with many more fun activities! See live demonstrations and explore downtown Effingham during this fun-filled family-friendly weekend and help celebrate the 10th Annual Effingham Artisan Fair!!
Blessing of the Bikes
People should meet at the Harley Barn, located in Effingham, at 8 a.m. From there they will travel through Effingham and make their way to the Cross to have their bikes blessed. Please contact the Harley Barn for more information.
Effingham Farmer's Market
Effingham Farmer’s Market includes tons of fresh and local foods, handmade crafts and live music each Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. Buy local and help support our community!
This rock and pop driven worship band boasts an impressive track record, including four Grammy nominations. Renowned for their heart pumping live concerts, the tight-knit Newsboys have been featured in Rolling Stone and Entertainment Weekly, among many others. With two decades of performing together, 31 number one radio hits, and a song recently featured in the film God's Not Dead, the Newsboys bring not only a great show, but also a heartfelt message to the stage.
Bret Michaelas Birthday Bash
Get ready and join Bret Michaels as he rocks out the Effingham Performance Center for his Birthday Bash! He's a cultural icon, a rock god, an entrepreneur, a TV star, a father, the face of the American Diabetes Association, a supercross enthusiast, solo artist, and a generous donor to a myriad of charitable causes. Selling over 32 million records, the legendary performer continues to top the charts with his solo releases with three generations of loyal fans. Doors open at 7 p.m. and help celebrate his birthday at 8 p.m.
Having been in the music and entertainment business for more than fifty years now, country music legend Mel Tillis is truly a jack-of-all-trades. This songwriter of the decade for two decades has also appeared in numerous feature films, was a Comedian of the Year for six years, and even turned his hobby, painting, into a charity for speech and hearing impaired. With 36 top ten singles, Country Music Hall of Famer Mel Tillis continues to shine forth as a true entertainer. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and his entertaining show will begin at 7:30 p.m.
The Church Basement Ladies in The Last Potluck Supper
The Last Potluck Supper is the fifth and last installment in the popular comedy series The Church Basement Ladies, based on the books by Janet Letnes Martin and Suzann Nelson. The ladies meet in the kitchen to prepare for the church's Centennial Celebration and, through a series of flashbacks, share memories of the last 100 years. Though times are tough in the community, through the grace, hilarity and antics of their stories, the ladies manage to get through it all with a laugh!! Please note that there will be two different times the show will be performed. The first performance will be at 2 p.m. with doors opening at 1 p.m. And the second performance will be at 7:30 p.m. with doors opening at 6:30 p.m.
in her four decade long career, Lynn Anderson has recieved countless accolades and awards including CMA Female Vocalist of the Year, Billboard's Artist of the Decade, and a Grammy Award. Her sophisticated image and "countrypolitan" sound helped her become one of the first performers to receive mass crossover success in country and pop music, spearheaded by her breakthrough song "Rose Garden". Today Lynn continues entertaining her audiences with no sign of slowing down! Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and she is set to rock the stage at 7:30 p.m.
Equal parts of hard rock, heavy metal and Southern rock, Jackyl brought back rock'n'roll to its down-to-earth, wild, fun-loving origins...And back to the Effingham Performance Center. Jackyl is also full of spit and swagger and a "dirty" sense of humor. The band is best known for its song "The Lumberjack," which features a chainsaw solo by lead singer Jesse James Dupree. Jesse James Dupree is also featured on truTV's hit show Full Throttle Saloon.
It all started when five hard-rockin' kids joined forces in the early 80's to form Night Ranger. Hit songs include "Sister Christian," "When You Close Your Eyes," and the anthemic "(You Can Still) Rock America." The band just released their new studio album, HIGH ROAD and features classic Night Ranger feel-good, high-energy rock'n'roll. The band is very excited to be headed back on the road to share their music with fans and they are headed to Effingham! With 30 plus years and more than 17 million albums sold worldwide, Night Ranger has proven they can still "Rock In America"!! Doors will open at 7 p.m. and the night will be rocked away at 8 p.m.
Gary Krinsky presents Toying with Science
Bringing science and entertainment together in Toying with Science, Gary Krinksy creates a theater experience filled with non-stop energy, combing circus elements, mime, original music, and audience involvement to explore the scientific principles of gravity, leverage, fulcrums and simple machines. This show covers multiple areas of science and is great for kids from second grade to fifth grade. Doors will open at 9 a.m. and this fun-filled learning show will start at 10 a.m.
Alexander and The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Have you ever had a really rotten day? Alexander has.. Laugh and sing along with this hilarious musical adaptation of Judith Viorst's classic children's book, presented by Two Beans Productions, and discover along with Alexander that sometimes, every one of us has a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. The show is about an hour long and is great for children from kindergarten to third grade. It covers arts, literature-based, music, relationships and family which is a great learning experience for children. Doors will open at 9 a.m. and this show will start at 10 a.m.
My Heart in a Suitcase
ArtsPower's presentation of My Heart in a Suitcase is a dramatic adaptation of Anne Lehmann Fox's courages autobiographical account. Forced to leave her family in order to escape 1938 Nazi-controlled Germany, Anne struggles to bring meaning to a world filled with violence and hatred, and must learn to rely on her own courage and the generosity of others to survive. My Heart in a Suitcase is a gripping, poignant and dramatic tribute to the power of love and the strength of the human spirit to triumph over unimaginable hardship. This show is great for children in 4th to 8th grade. It not only teaches them about a world wide lesson, but also shows them how to treat one another. Doors open at 9 a.m. and the show will start at 10 a.m.
4D Comedy Juggler Mark Nizer
Whether juggling laser beams, a 16-pound bowling ball, or running electric carving knife, Mark Nizer, winner of the prestigious International Juggling Championships, is sure to astound! With his combination of original comedy, world class juggling, movement, music, and technology, it is no surprise that has been called, "Nothing less than brilliant," by Performance Magazine among other accolades. This is sure to be a fun-filled show starting at 2 p.m. and doors opening at 1 p.m.
Erth's DINOSAUR ZOO LIVE
Get ready for the ultimate playdate- 65 million years in the making- as Erth's DINOSAUR ZOO LIVE leads you on a breathtaking tour of pre-historic Australia. Meet and interact with an eye-popping collection of life-like dinosaur puppets presented in an entertaining and educational live theatrical performance created by Erth Visual & Physical of Sydney, Australia. This one in a life time show will start at 7 p.m. with doors opening at 6 p.m. Be sure to bring the kids out for a night of pre-historic learning and fun!!
Ride the Ups and Downs Bicycle Ride
This bicycle ride is a one-day tour of beautiful Jo Daviess County, Illinois that features hilly terrain, spectacular ridge top panoramas and long valley views. Choose one of four clearly marked routes, ranging from 26-63 miles, on rolling, low traffic, paved roads throughout our rural setting.
Hardin County Heritage Festival
The Hardin County Heritage Festival is held the Friday and Saturday of Memorial Day weekend and celebrates the county’s rich heritage and history. The event includes exceptional period entertainment and activities to fill your weekend, including; 1800’s outdoor play, Civil War reenactment, pageant, quilt show, duck race, area craft and food vendors. Festivities also include a period ball, a Regal Women’s Tea and live entertainment throughout. Events are held in Elizabethtown (Saturday) and at the Hardin County K-12 School located East of Elizabethtown on 146. (Friday night pageant)
Elmhurst St. Patrick's Day Parade
Elmhurst proudly presents its 19th annual St. Patrick's Day Parade. This year's Grand Marshall is Governor Bruce Rauner. The parade features floats, marching units, and animated characters along with local organizations, businesses and clubs. Don't miss your chance to see over 80 floats, marching units and entertaining entries such as Irish dancers and local team mascots. Come early and enjoy the music. Celebrate Irish tradition with leprechauns, clowns, and jugglers, bagpipe players and marching bands. The parade is only the beginning to this festive day - for the food, music and fun is sure to continue as Elmhurst merchants, restaurateurs and friends welcome visitors for this special community celebration. The parade will begin at noon at the intersection of Wilson Street and Spring Roads and continue north on Spring Road.
Let Children Be Children: Lewis Wickes Hine's Crusade Against Child Labor
A telling look at the industrialization of America, this photographic exhibition from the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film in Rochester, NY reveals the circumstances that poor working children endured until legislation against child labor prevailed as late as 1938. Lewis Wickes Hine (American, 1874-1940) was a sociologist whose photographs captured his abiding concern for children, immigrants, and working-class people. He was hired by the National Child Labor Committee (NCLC) in 1906 to document the harsh conditions in which children worked. Hine spent ten years photographing in the canneries, coal mines, cotton mills, farms, and sweatshops common during the early 20th century. Through the use of photography, Hine and the NCLC gained the attention of government officials and aroused public sentiment against child labor practices in the United States.
Driving in Style: Promo Cars of the 1950s and 60s
The innovative and flamboyant car designs of the 1950's are now iconic. To whet consumers' appetites for the "latest thing," the Big Three American automakers (General Motors, Ford and Chrysler) began to release new models with slightly redesigned features every year. To promote the new vehicles, dealers distributed highly-detailed plastic models or "promos." Like their full-size versions, these colorful miniatures boasted streamlined tail fins and polished chrome grilles, reflections of the period's Space Age design and general prosperity. Given to potential buyers and their children, these salesman's samples are highly collectible today. Lent by Robert Reinhold and John O'Halloran, the promos in EAM's presentation will be on view in the McCormick House, also designed in the 1950s.
A Gift: Selections from the Cleve Carney Bequest
In 2014, Elmhurst Art Museum was bequeathed nearly 300 works from the collection of Cleve Carney (1939-2013), a longtime Board member, donor and supporter of the museum. The largest gift in EAM's history, these paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints and video installations by an international group of artists will be a significant addition to the collection, broadening the scope of the museum's holdings of contemporary art. This presentation highlights select work from the donation and serves as a tribute to the vision, the patronage and the generosity of Cleve Carney, who will be truly missed.
On the Brink: New Work by Nnenna Okore
EAM presents new work by internationally celebrated sculptor Nnenna Okore. Through repetitive, labor-intensive processes, Okore transforms discarded and organic materials like burlap, newspapers, plastic bags and twine into large-scale wall hangings and installations. Okore-s dramatic and undulating forms float in and across space, often casting shadows on their surrounds. Influenced by the textures, colors and landscapes of her Chicago milieu as well as the more rural environment of the small town in Nigeria where she was raised, Okore's new fiber and paper works explore the fluidity of life, finding beauty in the inevitable processes of aging and decay. Okore is a professor of art at Chicago's North Park University and was the recipient of a Fulbright Scholar Award in 2013.
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.
Findlay Walleye Festival
This yearly festival has plenty of entertainment, food and fun. The Walleye is a feature for the festival with the fish being served daily. There will be plenty of entertainment (bands), an ice cream social, fireworks on Friday (which will be moved to Saturday if there is rain), kids games, a farmer's market, tractor pull, car, truck, & motorcycle show, a 5K event and plenty more. A large parade starts at 10am on Saturday and there will be plenty of kids activities and games both days.
16th Annual Spring Craft & Vendor Show
A diverse selection of crafters and vendors. Wonderful spring items and Mother's Day gifts!
Festival 2015: The Power of Music - Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra
The Power of Music is a dynamic, weekend-long exploration of the powers derived from music. The festival opens with the screening of a powerful new film documenting the use of Beethoven's 9th Symphony to affect change in different cultural and social contexts. Day two starts with an afternoon lecture by renowned musicologist, Jason Geary, on the power of music to persuade and its uses in mass media, and finishes with an evening recital by acclaimed Venezuelan pianist, Gabriela Martinez. The festival concludes on day three with a showcase of the power of music to enrich and enhance the lives of young area musicians, with a showcase of local talent. Festival passes are $50, and include admission to all events.
Music Under the Stars
Enjoy music under the stars while the Freeport Concert Band performs at the Koenig Outdoor Performance Amphitheater in lovely Krape Park. Sunday nights: June 21, 28 and July 5, 12, 19 & 26.
Illinois Game and Pet Breeders Spring Swap Meet
Buy, sell and swap birds, animals and supplies. Food available. Adults: $3; Children under 12: Free. There will be vendors selling local honey, garden plants, flowers, and a small flea market. This event takes place at the Stephenson County Fair Grounds. 6 am to 11 am.
Illinois Game and Pet Breeders Fall Swap Meet
This swap meet involves the buying, selling and trading of game birds, animals, pets and supplies. Vendors will also be available with local honey, garden plants, flowers, and a small flea market. Events opens at 6 am. Gate Fee: $3.00 per person over the age of 12.
Northwest Illinois Rock Club's 2015 Jewelry, Gem, Fossil and Mineral Show
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.
46th Annual Threshing Show and Antique Show
The Stephenson County Antique Engine Club proudly presents this annual event, "The Freeport Show". It offers over 300 antique steam and horse-powered engines, equipment, and gas engines. This year's feature is Allis-Chalmers. There will be a huge parade daily at 1 pm, a large flea market, a large display building offering home antiques, crafts, demonstrations, and farm miniatures, Gasoline Alley featuring The Rawleigh gas engines, sawmill, and blacksmith shop. There will be threshing demonstrations with both steam and gas tractors, and working demonstrations throughout the show grounds. Also, ride the Silver Creek and Stephenson Railroad antique steam train. Great food is offered. Don't miss the Farmer's Hitch Class, Horse Pull or the Midwest Championship Antique Tractor Pull.
Gardens United Garden Walk
Some of the finest gardens in the Freeport area are opened for touring. The gardeners generously present their creative efforts for the pleasure of the public. Walk through the gardens and enjoy the colorful scenery. Plus a silent auction and a large variety of garden art items will be offered at one garden. Gardeners will be on site to answer questions and to talk about plants and their gardens.
Stephenson County Home Show
Over 80 exhibitors displaying their products and services. Exhibitors include contractors, home improvement specialist, furniture and appliance deals, carpet stores, health care professionals, home party sales, cash and carry items and much more.