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SUMMER POPS CONCERT
August 2, SUMMER POPS CONCERT. Koenig Theatre, Krape Park, 7 pm. Freeport Choral Society presents this annual summer outdoor pops concert. Rain location: St. John United Church of Christ, 1010 S. Park Boulevard, Freeport.
Ribs on the River & Whitewater Festival
The smell of BBQ ribs will be wafting around the Bicentennial Riverfront Park as the United City of Yorkville hosts its 4th annual Ribs on the River backyard BBQ contest! Enjoy Whitewater events, food and entertainment throughout the day. For more information or to register to participate in the BBQ contest, contact the Yorkville Parks and Recreation Department.
Frankfort Half Marathon
The Frankfort Half Marathon will begin and end in the beautiful historic district of downtown Frankfort. The race will commence right outside the door of Running Excels on the Old Plank Trail and run westward. After 2.7 miles of running on the scenic, tree-lined Old Plank Trail, the racers will turn off into the Hickory Creek Forest Preserve. The rolling hills of the forest preserve will provide a picturesque tour for the runners as they reach the halfway and turn-around point in the race. The runners will then proceed back through the forest preserve and to the Old Plank Trail for their final journey towards the finish line and the post-race party on the Breidert Green. 7AM.
Illinois Junior Golf Association 2 day Tournament
This is a 2 day Junior Golf Tournament hosted by the Illinois Junior Golf Association. Any Junior golfers interested must register online at the IJGA website.
Funfest for Air-Cooled VW
FunFest for Air-Cooled VW's is MidAmerica Motorworks way of saying "Thank You" to all VW enthusiasts. The three day event is the best Air-Cooled enthusiasts party anywhere. Expect to see more than 1,000 VW's and 8, 000 enthusiasts. Enjoy seminars, races, vendors and more! And don't forget about the concert on Saturday night! It's sure to be a fun event! Stop by our Effingham Tourism tent at the MAM grounds for a free souvenir picture!
Lake Zurich Area Triathlon
The area's premier USAT sanctioned Olympic distance triathlon continues its' tradition in Lake Zurich with the Lake Zurich Area Triathlon at Paulus Park. In addition to the one loop swim, the event will feature an updated bike and run course that will primarily be flat and fast. Register now through 11:59pm July 10. There will be No race day registration.
United Warriors Xtreme Race
The United Warriors Xtreme Race is a 5K run with 14 extreme obstacles thrown into the mix to provide a rigorous yet fun challenge for all of you thrill seekers out there! Can you handle the sandpit craw, balance beams, hanging tires, dark tunnels, hay bale jumps, rope walk, tire run, mud pit and more?
Music in the Plaza
Enjoy music under the stars. Food and beverages are available. Don't forget your lawn chairs and blankets. This date will also feature the artists who design the Benches on the Avenue.
Music at Lock 16: No Left Turn
Come listen to the classic rock band, “No Left Turn” perform at Lock 16 Café. The Lock 16 Café and Center provides a quaint, vintage setting with a focus on Illinois history and American heritage. The Lock 16 Café offers healthy and seasonal cuisine, as well as vegetarian-friendly options, all using fresh ingredients and prepared to order.
The McCartney Years
There are many Beatles tributes, but only one note-for-note recreation of a Paul McCartney “Wings Over America” concert from 1973…and this is it! The McCartney Years is the premiere Paul McCartney concert experience.
Ferguson Fine Arts Theatre Presents: “OVER THE TAVERN”
March 26-28, “OVER THE TAVERN”. Ferguson Fine Arts Theatre, Highland Community College. This is a captivating family comedy about a beguiling family depicting 1959 Americana. It’s the story of the intelligent, wisecracking, 12-year-old Rudy Pazinski, who believes that God put us on the earth to “have fun,” and he wonders why his working class, Polish-Catholic family isn’t having any fun. While Rudy shops for a more “fun” religion, life in the world begins to make sense to him. He challenges his teachers, exasperates his parents, and learns a lot about God, family, and growing up in Buffalo, New York. Adults: $10; Seniors: $8; Students: $6. Performances starting at 7:30pm
Vladimir Feltsman at Ravinia
Come out for an all Schumann program show with Vladimir Feltsman on the piano under the stars at Ravinia. Reserved tickets are $60/$40 and lawn seats are $10.
Rock Around the Clock - Patty Waszak
Direct from her Smokey Mountain theater in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee: we present Patty Waszak. Patty combines a wide variety of music along with comedy and audience participation. She is a singer, comedienne, musician. Enjoy all of those upbeat toe tappers people know and love! Matinee shows include lunch and show at $32.00 a person. For more information or to book, call 815-220-7386.
Cinco de Mayo Restaurant & Bar Crawl
Join us in the global celebration of Mexican culture! The Cinco de Mayo Fiesta is a food and bar crawl that will feature live entertainment, food and libations and fun for the 21+ crowd. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. at event headquarters at La Quinta de Los Reyes Restaurant. Participation in the crawl is $15 pre-sale and for BDC members. Registration at the door will be $20 for non-BDC members. Wrist bands include admission to the crawl, free trolley between venues, one drink ticket, $3 beer at participating venues, drink specials, commemorative 12 oz mug to the first 150 registrants and catered buffet and entertainment beginning at 7:30 p.m. at La Quinta de los Reyes. The crawl will tour Berwyn's Cermak Road and takes place rain or shine! This event is brought to you by the Cermak Road Special Events Commission of the Berwyn Development Corporation.
Music in the Street
Be part of the Depot District's tradition at the 5th Annual Music in the Street event on July 18th. The festival will feature live local bands, food and vendors. Admission is free, open to all-ages, and dog-friendly.
Steely Dan at Ravinia
Steely Dan's Rockabye Gollie Angel Tour at Ravinia will perform for 2 consecutive nights. They are considered an American jazz rock band and have sold more than 40 million albums worldwide. Bring a picnic and some friends for a great night under the stars at Ravinia. Tickets: $123/103 and Lawn seats are $38 in advance and $43 the day of the show.
Mid American Junior Golf Tour Event
This is a Junior Golf Tournament hosted by the Mid American Junior Golf Tour. Any young golfers interested must join through the MAJGT website.
Drivin' the Dixie Centennial
Discover America's Greatest Rolling Car Show! Follow the route along the historic Dixie Highway and uncover points of interest and new destinations. Great fun for everyone! Enjoy all day tour celebrating Historic Dixie Highway's Contennial visiting historic sites, car shows and community events with your vintage car or contemporary vehicle. Along Dixie Highway from Blue Island to Momence!
Golfweek Senior Amateur Tour Event
This is a Senior Amateur Golf Tournament run through Senior Amateur Golf Tour sponsored by GolfWeek. Interested participants must register online at the senioramateurgolftour.net website.
Lake Zurich's Farmer's Market
Enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables along with pies, doughnuts, Wisconsin cheese, dips and sausage, fresh made cookies, gluten free snacks, eggs, poultry, breads, soaps and much more. Sharpening by Kris, who sharpens knives, garden tools, skates and more, will also be there. Also local artisans will be displaying artwork and handcrafted items. Market held at Paulus Park.
The Buddy Holly Story
Now in its 25th amazing year, the "World's Most Successful Rock 'n' Roll Musical" continues to thrill audiences on tour in the U.K. and around the world, including at the Rialto Square Theatre. Viewed by more than 20 million people over 20,000 performances worldwide, Buddy opened in London's West End in 1989, and has been seen on Broadway, throughout Canada, the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Germany, Scandinavia, South Africa, the Netherlands and Singapore; wining numerous awards along the way. Buddy tells the story of Buddy Holly through his short yet spectacular career, and features the classic songs, "Peggy Sue", "That'll Be The Day", "Not Fade Away", "Oh Boy", Ritchie Valens' "La Bamba", The Big Bopper's "Chantilly Lace" and many more!
Breakfast with the Easter Bunny
Join us in the Great Hall of the Lodge at 8:30am for a breakfast buffet followed by Magic by Cory and an “egg”citing egg hunt at Fox Ridge plus a visit from the Easter Bunny himself. Reservations are required. There is only one seating time for this event. Adults: $13.50, Children 10 and under: $9.95. For more information and to make reservations, call 815-220-7386.
Puerto Rican Heritage Festival
It’s a two-day festival celebrating the rich heritage of Puerto Rico. Put on by the Aurora Puerto Rican Cultural Council, the weekend features endless food vendors offering wonderful cuisine; domino competitions; traditional folk music; other Puerto Rican bands; a kids’ play area; novelty vendors; Puerto Rican craftsmanship vendors and non-stop fun. And don’t forget to take in the sights and sounds of the Puerto Rican Day Parade on Sunday.
Moccasin Creek Festival
Moccasin Creek Festival is an annual 3-day music festival, which typically celebrates other arts and crafts as well. It takes place at beautiful Lake Sara in Summit Township, just west of Effingham, Illinois. The founder of Moccasin Creek Festival is Bill (Poss) Passalacqua, an Effingham native who has built his life around writing, performing and promoting music. Folk, bluegrass, alternative country, roots rock, and blues - "Americana" music. This is what MCF is all about - in an outdoor setting, using a venue with great acoustics, at a beautiful time of year.
Blondie and Melissa Etheridge at Ravinia
Come out for a great evening of music. Blondie and Melissa Etheridge and all their well-known music will for sure make it a night that should not be missed. A perfect evening - listening to music, drinks and a picnic under the stars on Ravinia's lawn. Pavilion seating also available! Prices vary for lawn and pavilion seats.
Cruisin for a Cause: 2nd Annual Lions Club Car Show
May 9, CRUISIN’ FOR A CAUSE: 2ND ANNUAL LIONS CLUB CAR SHOW. Union Dairy, Freeport. 3 pm to 7 pm. Union Dairy and the Freeport Lions Club host this car show with proceeds going to the Lions Club. Entertainment by 3-D Sound. $10 donation per car.
Music in the Plaza
Enjoy music under the stars. Food/beverages are available. Don't forget your lawn chairs.
Art Exhibition by Karen Gubitz
A solo art exhibition by Karen Gubitz will be on display March 9th-27th in the Wadsworth Family Art Gallery, located on Lewis University’s main campus in Romeoville. The free exhibit is open to the public and will be on display from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. daily. Gubitz is a self-taught, nature-inspired, mixed media/fiber sculptor. Three years ago, Gubitz retired from her full-time career to begin her life as a full-time artist. She has been accepted into and won several awards at various fine art exhibits, galleries and fine craft shows around the country, including Woman Made Gallery in Chicago and The American Craft Exposition in Evanston. Among the numerous awards, she’s won are the Collector’s Award at The Washington Craft Show in Washington D.C., third prize at the Michigan Fine Art Competition, the Artist Choice Award at CraftBoston, an honorable mention at the Water Street Gallery in Batavia, the Award of Merit at Laumeier Sculpture Park and Best in Show at the Oak Park Art League. Gubitz will also conduct an informal Gallery Talk at 7 p.m. March 12 in the Art Gallery at the reception of her show.
Chief Walks with the Wind - A Tribute
Join us as we honor Chief Walks with the Wind and the Native American history from Starved Rock Lodge’s days gone by. Enjoy stories, songs and ceremonies shared by Jerry Savage (the grandson of Sam Sine, who was known by many as “Chief Walks with the Wind”). This is a free event, open to the public. This event will be held in the Great Hall.
Expansive Visions: FUSEDChicago
Please visit this exhibition, curated by Gallery Director Beth Shadur, of works by selected members of the encaustic collective, FUSEDChicago. The works show the rich variety possible in the medium of painting with wax. Artists' reception, June 11, 4:30-7pm M-Th 9AM-3PM; W-Th 4PM-7PM
Party in the Park Celebration
A three day outdoor festival which includes live entertainment, food, children's games, activities, car show/cruise night and fireworks.
Discover Tinley Community Awareness Expo
Visit Discover Tinley to learn more about what the Village of Tinley Park has to offer. This free event features entertainment, food samples and giveaways at many of the booths. 10AM-3PM
"Singers' Choice" by the Prairie Singers
Enjoy the music and song at Reddick Mansion. The songs have been chosen by the Prairie Singers from their past 27 years of musical performances. Coffee and dessert are included. Reservations required.
Chet Kingery Memorial Bluegrass Festival
Musical line-up includes Larry Sparks, Jeff Brown and Still Lonesome, The Spinney Brothers, Mackville and Black Ridge Road. The combination of talent from award winning nationally known groups to local entertainment is sure to please all attendees. All the bands will perform a mixture of traditional and bluegrass/gospel music.
Featuring Alt-Country, Americana, Indie Rock, World Music, Soul and Kids Music July 10-12, 2015 in Lincoln Square The Lincoln Square Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce (LSRCC) and Old Town School of Folk Music (OTSFM) present the 4th Annual Square Roots craft beer and music experience in Chicago’s Lincoln Square. Over 30,000 fans attend Square Roots each year to enjoy more than 40 local craft brews (including special batch and limited release taps), great food and the diverse genres of entertainment that only the Old Town School of Folk Music can provide. What: Square Roots isn’t your typical food and music festival; we tap into all that Lincoln Square has to offer to provide a multidimensional event that appeals to music, food and craft beer enthusiasts. Live entertainment: 70 acts including music, jams, dance and family activities on 4 stages (2 indoor and 2 outdoor). Craft Beer: More than 40 tasty selections from the best local and regional craft breweries. Cuisine: Eclectic fare from amazing Lincoln Square and Ravenswood restaurants. Suggested donation $10 for Adults, $5 Seniors/kids, $20 for Families. Why: Proceeds from Square Roots benefit small business workshops and community place-making efforts, and fund the Old Town School of Folk Music scholarship programs. For more info, visit www.squareroots.org
Effingham Artisan Fair
Downtown is transformed into an art gallery with works from over 40 artists, on display for purchase. Artwork for sale includes oil paintings, pottery, jewelry, and sculptures. Several artists will demonstrate their craft at the event. As part of the event, the Artisan Fair features wine and beer tasting. There will be approximately ten regional wineries and several different craft beers available for tasting. This event will open from 12 – 5 p.m. Other activities include the 5K Run and Walk, Kids Korner, sidewalk chalk art, “Can Do Art,” food fair (including Gabby Goat, IGA, Sausage Haus, Doris Yoder's Kitchen, The Cookie Jar and Tropical Sno) and live musical entertainment at the gazebo. The Historic Court House Museum will be open for tours.
34th Annual American Music Festival
Americana and roots music fans will find a full menu of talent at FitzGerald's 34th Annual American Music Festival brought to you by FitzGerald's. The summer 3-day event features more than 50 artists from Chicago and around the country. FitzGerald's American Music Festival takes place rain or shine on three stages -- club, tent and SideBar. Hours are 4:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. on July 2, 4:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. on July 3 and 4; 1 p.m.-3 a.m.
Tinley Park Brew & Fest
The Brew & Vine Festival is the Tinley Park Chamber of Commerce's signature event that draws 4000+ attendees from the Southwest Suburbs, Chicagoland, and from across the Midwest. Sample brews, wine and food from more than 65 vendors. Enjoy live entertainment and a great night out.
Benches on the Avenue
This award-winning public art program features benches that showcase the unique and colorful designs of professional and amateur artists. The theme for 2015 is "Heroes and Villains".
Amateur Rib Cook Off
Enjoy the favorite rib recipes cooked on site; public tasting of ribs from Noon until 2:00 PM. Live entertainment. This event is co-sponsored with the Frankfort Area Jaycees. ($1/Rib Piece) 12-2PM.
Concert In The Park
This will be the 32nd annual Concert In The Park. Join the Palos Park community as we enjoy a concert band perform crowd favorites. A dance floor is provided. 5-9:30PM.
Stanley Lambchop is just like everyone else. That’s the problem. For Stanley, life is too normal. He wants to travel the world, do something amazing. Something no one’s ever seen before. Careful what you wish for Stanley! One night the bulletin board on the wall above Stanley’s bed comes loose and falls-right on top of Stanley. The next morning Stanley Lambchop wakes up flat. Not just a little flat…Really flat! In a whirlwind musical travelogue Stanley, the ultimate exchange student, explores the globe and learns that heroes come in all shapes and sizes. More info at www.holdenarts.org.
43rd Annual Gurnee Days Celebration
Gurnee Days returns this week for 4 days of family fun. Activities include a bicycle rodeo, live entertainment, Farmers Market, Gurnee Idol, golf tournament, and amusement rides, a 10K race, baby contest, rib fest and eating contest, fireworks, a pancake breakfast, parade, Scoop the Loop Car Show, petting zoo, pony rides, a talent show, exhibitors, games, food booths and stage events. Please visit the website for times and entertainment schedule.
Blues On The Fox
A celebration of Aurora’s rich Blues history with incredible music and top Blues artists! Full line up to be announced 10 am on April 2!
A Scottish Ayre: John McGrosso, Soloist
A Scottish Ayre: John McGrosso, Soloist for the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and Chorale presents their 52nd season Music is in the Air. Concert time is 7:30p.m. at Rammelkamp Chapel on the Illinois College Campus. Tickets go on sale 2 weeks prior to the concert and are available at County Market in Jacksonville. Tickets can be purchased at the door. Youth and students are admitted free. For more information contact 217.245.1181 or visit website at www.jaxsym.com
Chicago White Sox Opening Day
The famed White Sox plays on the South side of Chicago at U.S. Cellular Field. Come for the hits, the fireworks and the fun. Join us for the opening day home game vs. the Minnesota Twins.
April Food Day
April Food Day is an event to promote awareness of food pantries by bringing your local community together to participate in a local food drive.
Old Mill Fall Fest
This event gives the public a chance to see the 70 foot Mill which was built in 1872 and view the unique construction inside on the first two floors. Participants will be demonstrating all old time crafts.
Litchfield Party in the Park
This Litchfield Chamber of Commerce event is held at Library Park, and features annual summer carnival, complete with food, vendors and live entertainment.
Great Northwest Illinois Bike Tour For Cancer
Ride to fight cancer and enjoy a generous helping of northwest Illinois hospitality. Ride some of the most beautiful roads in Illinois and choose from our 105, 75, 30 and 20 miles routes. Maps are provided, and roads are clearly marked. Start and finish at the YMCA of Northwest Illinois in the Highland Community College campus. Start time 7-9 am. Don't forget your helmet, water bottles and sun block. In lieu of a registration fee, they welcome your gracious donation to the FHN Leonard C. Ferguson Cancer Center.
Governor Duncan Christmas Gala
Governor Duncan Christmas Gala at Hamiltons’s. Festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. Gala features silent and live auctions. Tables of 8 are available for $320.00, single tickets are $40.00 each. Entertainment will be provided by Sherri Mitchell, vocalist, accompanying herself at the piano, a holiday sing-along and a special appearance by Dr. E.C. Bone.
Riverside Arts Weekend
The Riverside Arts Weekend (RAW) features a juried arts fair, theater, music, architecture and other arts-related events. This is a vibrant cultural weekend that brings thousands of visitors and residents together to mingle and walk the streets of historic downtown Riverside. The weekend will be located inside Guthrie Park in Riverside, IL.
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
Wiffle Fest is an annual wiffle ball tournament held in Homewood. Teams compete in two divisions, fast pitch & recreational, in a round-robin format. Come join us and have a ball!
Tumbleweed - Eagles Tribute
A tribute to the Eagles and classic rock from the 60's until today including other legendary artists.
Midwest Morel Fest
Learn, hunt and buy morel mushrooms during Ottawa’s Annual Midwest Morel Fest. This unique festival offers ‘everything mushrooms for the morel enthusiast to the curious observer! All events take place at Jordon Block Park (Main & Rt 23/71N). Saturday, enjoy a large variety of handcrafted Vendors, Home Brewers Tasting Tent and Competition, Food and Music. And don’t forget Morel University where you can learn to identify morels then take off for a guided hunt. We have set aside land just for you! Sunday's championship hunt boasts the largest cash purse in the nation. Both hunts have limited availability.
Antique Farm Show at Lincoln's New Salem
Horse drawn plows, historic farming equipment and agricultural techniques from the 19th century will be featured during the Antique Farm Show. A display of historic farming equipment will be set up in a field by the Blacksmith Shop near the entrance to the village, allowing Antique Farm Show visitors to learn about the latest developments in agriculture from Abraham Lincoln's time to the early 1900s. The Vintage Ag Association of Menard County will have an antique tractor display in the parking lot by the Visitor Center.
Rochelle Cinco de Mayo Celebration
The City of Rochelle is sponsoring a Cinco de Mayo event at the Downtown Rochelle Gazebo from 4-10 pm on Saturday May 2nd. The event is open to the public and will include authentic food; arts and crafts; music and dance demonstrations; and a Chihuahua parade and race throughout the evening.
Mid-American Canoe and Kayak Race
Famously fun times! This historic, amateur canoe/kayak race is for paddlers of all ages and abilities, featuring 11 canoe divisions, 8 kayak divisions and 1 open (non-competitive) division. From the ultra-competitive to young families and newbies just wanting to enjoy a memorable paddling experience – it’s all here!
Gipsy Kings at Ravinia
The Gipsy Kings consist of two bands of brothers, the Reyes and the Baliardos. Together they perform an unique, irresistible blend of traditional flamenco styles with Western pop and Latin rhythms.
Depot District Mini-Golf Pub Crawl
Grab your putter and 3 friends and tour the Depot District's repertoire of taverns and restaurants at the 11th Annual Depot District Mini-Golf Pub Crawl! Each venue will display a handmade mini-golf green to challenge the event's spirited crowd! The event will tour Berwyn's Depot District and takes place rain or shine! A free heated trolley will be available. Sign-in from 11 am to Noon at Connie's Family Restaurant with Tee off at Noon from our participating venues. Join us at the "19th Hole" after-party with food, beginning at 6 pm at Perception Lounge. And don't forget about the prizes! Prizes will be awarded for team's with the lowest - and highest - scores, and the Twisted Putter Trophy will be awarded to the venue voted as having the best designed hole.
Woodlawn Spring Bus
Tour starts at Beecher Hall on Illinois College Campus. More information TBA
Wild Game Festival
Head out to the Brown County Fairgrounds for a culinary adventure! Bring your friends for the wild hog roast, join in the poker run, check out the vendor booths, test your luck in the raffle, and don't miss the live music. Did we mention the food? Check the website to see how you can enter your own recipe into the wild game cookoff. Music starts at 2pm, auction at 6:30pm. The band Brushville takes the stage at 8pm. Food and beverages available. There is a $10 cover charge.
RHPLAYERS - Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)
Three intrepid players on a mission, aided by a trunkful of props, wigs and outlandish costumes, present the entire canon of the Bard’s 37 plays…in approximately 90 minutes! Join them on their madcap journey, careening wildly through all the comedies, histories, tragedies and romances in a high-speed roller coaster ride of truly Shakespearean proportions. Comedy by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, Jess Winfield Directed by Tom Morrow Laughter, suspense, sympathy, and even the occasional tear – the colorful, live performances of the Richmond Hill Players will capture your imagination and touch your heart. A converted dairy barn, the Barn Theatre sits atop a bluff in Geneseo’s Richmond Hill Park. It seats 162 spectators beneath original rustic timbers. Joyful memories are made throughout the season which runs April through November, with performances scheduled Thursday through Sunday. Groups are welcome with ample room for bus parking.
Almost Elton John
Craig A Meyer is the legendary premier Elton John Tribute act. Celebrating the music, character, charisma and costumes of Sir Elton John.
IHSA State Bassing Fishing Finals
Illinois is the first state in the Nation to have its high school sports association sanction high school largemouth bass fishing. High school fishermen from all over the state descend on Carlyle to show their fishing skills, catching bass at Carlyle. The city sponsors a food/vendor event to coincide with the Bass Finals. Sanctioned by the Illinois High School Association (IHSA). Professional style weigh-ins are conducted by FLW Outdoors and Wired2Fish.com.
Featuring steel drums, incredible percussion, great vocals, blue man style performance pieces and more high energy fun performed with an exotic twist.
Creativity Redefined Art Exhibit
The community-wide exhibit, Creativity Redefined, highlights the creative talents of regional artists and celebrates the valued diversity and unique perspectives of individuals in the Southern Illinois region.
Young at Heart Festival - Loves Park
Bring the whole family to the 43rd Young at Heart Festival. Events during the weekend include live music, a beer garden, carnival rides, kids' activities and food concessions. Located on the ground of Loves Park City Hall.
Our American Cousin and the Assassination of President Lincoln
Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln with a production of "Our American Cousin." Audience members will watch the play as seen by the president that evening, then follow along through the tragic moments of the assassination and its aftermath before ending with a journey back to the Goosenest Prairie, home of the president’s beloved step-mother, Sarah Lincoln. Audience members will experience the cultural offerings of 19th-century American theatre and be able imagine the grief and horror of a nation’s response to Lincoln’s murder, and closer to home - the grief of the president’s Coles County kin. Directed by Earl Halbe, volunteers will recreate the play President and Mrs. Lincloln attended that fateful evening when the president's life was tragically taken by the assasin John Wilkes Booth. During these dates the site will feature "Draped in Mourning", an examination of mourning customs of the 19th century.
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.
Soulfeed Smooth Jazz Festival
Soulfeed Smooth Jazz Festival™ is proud to present the 7th Annual Smooth Jazz Festival featuring Hiroshima, Walter Beasley AND Mambo Express with Emcee: Denise Jordan Walker.
Shania Twain & Cher Tribute
She looks and sounds exactly like Shania...but, wait....is that Cher? Kelly Smith is the premier Shania and Cher Tribute artist in the country.
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/
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.
Southern Illinois Music
Local musician Bill Reynolds will lead the audience through a historical journey of music in Southern Illinois dating back to the Civil War.
Birdfest 2015 - Sand Bluff Bird Observatory
Look for close encounters with birds and other wildlife at the 17th annual BIRDFEST! The event includes information and demonstrations on bird banding, raptors, attracting birds to your yard with native plants, photographing birds, nature hikes, children's activities, and much more. Bird and nature items and food will be for sale. The Silent Auction helps the net fund.
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/
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/
The Pembroke Rodeo features one of the largest traveling rodeos in Illinois. The rodeo features bare back riding, steer wrestling, calf roping, relay races, barrel racing, flag races and bull riding.
MS: Tour de Farms Bike Ride
NIU Convocation Center - 1525 West Lincoln Highway, DeKalb, IL (map) For more information please visit www.niuconvo.com.
White Christmas The Musical
Celebrate the holiday season with Irving Berlin's White Christmas, the merry and bright stage production based on the classic silver screen romantic comedy. When two former Army buddies, who are now Broadway performers, follow a sister act booked at a charming Vermont Inn, they soon discover that it is owned by their former commander. With no snow and no customers, the General is nearly bankrupt. To save the lodge, the two acts team up and put on a festive show packed with Irving Berlin favorites like Blue Skies, Count Your Blessings, I Love a Piano, and, of course, White Christmas. White Christmas is joyful entertainment for the entire family and will have audiences dreaming of tree tops glistening and sleigh bells in the snow.
Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem Concert
Musically, Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem are a melting pot of American folk melody and style, "a mini music festival of different styles filtered through the vibrant interaction of all four players." (Dirty Linen) Their shows sparkle with songs and stories that celebrate and tackle the human condition. Tickets starting at $26.
First Midwest Bank Half Marathon & 10K
Be a part of the 7th annual First Midwest Bank Half Marathon and enjoy one of the Midwest's finest events of its kind. Proceeds will benefit American Cancer Society for Prostate Cancer and Research, The South West Special Recreation Association and Lake Katherine Nature Center & Botanic Gardens.
You are cordially invited to enjoy the quiet beauty and German flavor of Maeystown, a 19th century village nestled in the Mississippi bluffs. Come and shop antiques and garden items and enjoy delicious treats.
Don't miss the queen pageant and free barbecue Friday night in addition to great entertainment all weekend, car show and more.
Monty Python's Spamalot - Stage Coach
Stage Coach Players Theatre presents "Monty Python's Spamalot". Check website for show times. http://www.stagecoachers.com
Rides, games, food, bands and a parade. http://www.genoamainstreet.com
The Sinking of the Lusitania by Barbara Kay
Hear about the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Lusitania from the perspective of one of the survivors. Returning performer Barbara Kay will provide an engaging performance that will educate the audience about this event and its consequences.
Annual Arthur Quilt Show & Quilt Auction
View the quilts, including the vendor area, and take in demonstrations as well. Lunch available. A double wedding ring quilt will be raffled. Quilt auction held April 26th at noon. Presented by Arthur Area Association of Commerce at the Otto Center.
Piano and String Artists from Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute at Ravinia
Join Ravinia's Steans Music Institute with a program for Piano and Strings. Program will include Dvorák’s 'American' Quartet. This is part of the $10 BGH Classics series.
Wulfe Brothers Perform
A musical journey from the Revolutionary War through the Persian Gulf Crisis. The Indomitable American Spirit is celebrated in patriotic music that will fill your heart with renewed pride in this great nation.
Uncork Illinois Wine Festival
Wine aficionados will have a unique opportunity to sample over 150 wines from more than 15 local wineries and taste locally-produced artisan foods at Downtown Oak Park's Uncork Illinois.
Peter and the Star Catcher
An enchanting, swashbuckling prequel to Peter Pan, Peter And The Star Catcher is an epic romp through the Neverland you never knew. A company of twelve actors play more than a hundred unforgettable characters on a journey to solve the mystery of how Peter Pan become "The Boy Who Never Grew Up." This regional premiere of the hit Broadway play is the captivating coming-of-age tale of one of classic literature's most beloved and unforgettable characters.
9th Annual Red Carpet Corridor - Joliet Area Historical Museum
The 9th Annual Red Carpet Corridor including activities at the Joliet Area Historical Museum. It is all about family fun on the most famous road in America - Route 66. This year’s event will be Saturday, May 2, from 8 AM to 5 PM, and Sunday, May 3, from 8 AM to 3 PM. Sponsored by the twelve communities which make up the 90-mile linear museum from Joliet to Towanda, the annual festival invites everyone to experience the good life in the slow lane. Each community will produce its own events. From full-blown festivals to antique and craft sales, art sales, car and motorcycle shows, live entertainments, and plenty of yard, garage, and sidewalk sales along the way, everyone is sure to discover something unique. Food, snacks and treats will be in abundance, and there are plenty of historic sites, outstanding free museums and unique mom & pop businesses to help create a nostalgic journey for all to enjoy. Visitors can simply enjoy the drive, stop and have their picture taken with Elvis, or do a little shopping in any of the great stores along the Mother Road.
Bye Bye Birdie
To conclude its 2015-2016 season, Drury Lane Theatre presents the classic All-American musical Bye Bye Birdie. It's the late 1950's, and teenagers from across the United States are going crazy for the handsome rock star, Conrad Birdie. Meanwhile, his manager Albert is going into debt and is banking on Conrad's success. Disaster strikes when Conrad receives a draft notice to join the military. Albert stages a publicity stunt for Conrad to kiss one lucky fan on The Ed Sullivan Show before he leaves for the army. Fifteen-year-old Kim MacAfee from Sweet Apple, Ohio is selected. Conrad Birdie gets more than he bargained for when he arrives in the Midwestern town which is reeling with excitement for his visit.