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Superb songwriting, harmonies and with a repertoire ranging from sentimental ballads to blistering rockers, Brian FitzGerald and Martin McCormack draw on Americana and Celtic themes reflecting their Midwestern roots and Irish heritage.
Run Your Ice Off
Over 200 runners participate in this annual “Hardcore” 5k race held, snow, rain or shine beginning at 11am.
Dinner & A Little History in LaSalle
Topic: "The TR! Show". Derek Evans presents "The TR! Show" at our November session. Mr. Evans brings to life the dynamic character of Theodore Roosevelt. Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt, the youngest President of the United States, was one of the most interesting men who ever lived. Throughout his life he was a cattle rancher, deputy sheriff, historian, naturalist, explorer, author of 35 books, police commissioner, assistant secretary of the Navy, governor of New York, war hero, lawyer, and the first American to win a Nobel Prize. Speaker, Mr. Evans was trained for the theatre at Northwestern University, New York University, and the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco. As manager and director of the Monarch Theatre Company, he brought Shakespeare, Opera, and literary adaptations to schools throughout the American Midwest. Reservations required. 5:30pm - 8:00pm, Canal Corridor Association. $24 CCA Members, $29 Non-Members.
Michael Londra’s Celtic Yuletide
Described as one of the greatest Irish singers of the time, Michael Londra creates an Irish Christmas with world class dancers and classic stories from his homeland. He sings traditional heartwarming carols like Winter, Fire and Snow, The Maiden's Lullaby and Gaelic pieces like Oiche Ciuin (Silent Night), plus many sing-along carols the audience will know and love!
Village of Homewood Pop Up Shops
Two dozen new retail options will open this holiday shopping season in downtown Homewood! Home goods, entertaining and gift giving needs, antiques, jewelry and accessories!
Christmas Market - Julmarknad
Experience the sights, sounds and aromas of Christmas past. Swedish folk characters roam the village, music plays, shop the Swedish Food specialties, abundance of handmade wares, folk art, antiques. Select homemade chocolate delicacies for your holiday enjoyment at the Steeple Building from 10am to 4pm.
CITY: Bishop Hill
Reddick Mansion Holiday Decor Preview
Be the first to see the Mansion in its holiday splendor! All of the holiday decorations are sure to put you in the holiday mood. Be the first to purchase lovely and unique ornaments off the Mansion's Christmas trees.
I’ve Got A Little Twist
The New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players perform a comedic mash-up cabaret of musical hits. The Mikado meets The Music Man and HMS Pinafore sets sail for Brigadoon. A fresh and most heartfelt performance, not to be missed.
Victorian Christmas at the Reddick Mansion
The Reddick Mansion will be decked out in it's Victorian Christmas Decor and open for tours! Activities for this weekend include: gingerbread house making, holiday music, photos with Santa, and a walk-through a life size gingerbread house! Check the Reddick Mansion Website for more information. Includes Holiday Open House, Christmas Music, and Refreshments.
Cambridge Main Street Christmas on the Square
70 plus crafters will be featured at the Cambridge Parent Club’s annual craft show. Visit beautifully decorated homes during the Tour of Homes, area churches will feature “specialty treats.” Stop at Cambridge Community Hall and enjoy a visit with Santa, Holiday Music, supper and view the Festival of Trees. End the day and partake in the Baptist Church Christmas Cantata. Hours: 10am to 8pm.
Dinner and Christmas Concert
Lovely Christmas music by the Prairie Singers and a delicious holiday meal by the Cheese Shop of Ottawa. Reservations required. Reddick Mansion Association.
Brit Beat - Tribute to the Beatles
Take a trip back to 1964 with BritBeat's tribute to the Beatles. With mop tops, retro costumes, vintage instruments and harmonizing vocals, BritBeat Beatles Tribute Band performs all of the memorable Beatle hits from the sixties. Their British style, charisma and character creates the ultimate Beatles Tribute concert experience. They display the same youthful excitement and boyish charm as the original "Fab Four" to recreate the electrifying performances made by the Beatles when they first came onto the American scene and started the "British Invasion" and "Beatlemania."
CITY: Arlington Heights
Annual Settlers' Day
Learn about our heritage! Visit with costumed living history demonstrators representing American history from French fur trading days, pioneer times, and the Revolutionary and Civil War periods. Activities include an imaginary wagon trail, guided history hikes, crafts and more!
CITY: South Holland
South Suburban Art Scene Progressive Art Brunch
This tour will feature four wonderful exhibitions at each of the four listed venues, a consortium of exhibition spaces in the Southland area. Each venue will serve yummy refreshments on the brunch tour.
CITY: Chicago Heights
2014 Blues Blast Music Awards
The Blues Blast Music Awards Ceremony will make its debut in Champaign with a stellar event, honoring the greatest blues musicians in the nation. Presented by Blues Blast Magazine, the 2014 Blues Blast Music Awards will feature live music from Tweed Funk, Lisa Mann, Lonnie Brooks, and more! Plus, with nominees like Buddy Guy, the Tedeschi Trucks Band, and John Primer, it's sure to be a night to remember!
Directed by Ellen Marincic, this warm comedy set in a drought-ridden rural town during the Depression features spinster, Lizzy Curry's family, who are beginning to despair of her ever finding a husband. Then into town rides a con man who promises to bring rain in exchange for $100. Can he also change the forecast for Lizzy? Shows are Friday & Saturday at 7:30PM and Sunday at 2:00PM. Tickets are $15.00 each.
Broadway’s Next H!T Musical
Every song is fresh. Every scene is new. Every night is different. It’s all improvised and it’s all funny! Master improvisers create an evening of music, humor and laughter gathered from made-up, hit song suggestions from the audience, turning it into a full-blown improvised musical.
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
He is one of The Most Recognized Personalities on the Planet! He’s an Academy Award winner, Hollywood/Las Vegas icon, Nobel Peace Prize nominee and international treasure. Now you can spend the afternoon with Jerry Lewis as he shares stories and rarely seen film clips of some of his greatest moments on screen with some of the greatest entertainers in history. And let’s not forget the jokes you’ll want to remember to retell your friends and the hilarious Q&A with the audience. You never know, you may get that chance of a lifetime and talk to the King of Comedy. It’s one afternoon only with one of the most unforgettable personalities in entertainment.
Stroll on State - Downtown Rockford
Stroll on State has carolers, roaming musicians, food from street vendors and downtown restaurants, and holiday shops. Kids can visit with Santa and real reindeer, skate at the Winter Wonderland, and watch the City of Rockford Downtown Christmas tree lighting.
Suite Prints: 25th Years of chicago Printmakers Collaborative
This exhibition features the works of 10 artists from this 25 year old collaborative.
CITY: Chicago Heights
Original Quilt & Sewing Expo
Experience seminars, hands-on workshops and an exhibit hall bursting with industry vendors and beautiful quilts!
CITY: Tinley Park
Rockford Arts & Crafts Holiday Spectacular
There is a wide range of high quality hand crafted items at this years show, including jewelry, handbags, pottery, ornaments, quilts, toys, photo frames, wooden signs, woodworking, cards & stationary, glass art, home decor, candles, apparel, baby clothing & accessories, pet accessories, hats, scarves & gloves, stone artwork, crochet, graphic art, paintings, ceramics, photography, handcrafted seasonal items, embroidery, all natural bath items, doll clothing, floral arrangements, beadwork, yard decorations, wreaths, and much much more. Location: Indoor Sports Center
CITY: Loves Park
Sid the Science Kid at Genesee
Sid the Science Kid comes to life in this incredible live stage experience! Kids and parents will be thrilled as Sid, May, Gabriela and Gerald come to their own town to discover the excitement of the world around them. Sid and his friends will have the whole family cheering, exploring, dancing and excited to figure out more about the great unknown together!
La Cage aux Folles
La Cage aux Folles has become a classic musical comedy. Set against the glitter of a Saint-Tropez nightclub, a middle-aged gay couple agree to hide their relationship when their son returns home with his fiancée’s ultra-conservative parents. Feathers get ruffled and households upended in a poignant tale of one family’s struggle to stay together, stay fabulous and above all else, stay true to themselves.
Fine Art of Fiber
Viewers will enjoy an exhibition of more than 150 pieces, including quilts, various types of needle arts, knitting, weaving, wearable art, dolls and jewelry. Sales boutiques offer a similarly wide variety of items for sale, including woven and knitted pieces, artwear, traditional and contemporary quilts, handmade holiday gifts, and much more. There will also be fashion shows and lectures. Parking fees apply.
21st Annual Holiday Craft & Vendor Show
There will be a diverse selection of crafters and vendors. Great way to start your holiday shopping!
Morning Bird Hikes
Join us on our series of morning bird hikes as we explore the woods of Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve in search of late migrants and winter residents. Each month will focus on a different bird group. Bring your binoculars and favorite bird field guide. Participants will enjoy a hike on natural surface trails across uneven terrain. Come dressed for the weather. Indoor viewing of birds is possible after the program or in unfavorable weather conditions. Registration required: 708.946.2216. For information, visit ReconnectWithNature.org
Freeport Community Concert: Crystal Trio
The Freeport Community Concert Association presents The Crystal Trio featuring the Glass Harp, Glass Pan Flute and Verrophone. This is sure to be a stunning performance. Masonic Temple Auditorium.
Coronado PAC - National Acrobats of the People's Republic of China
The national Acrobats of The People's Republic of China is one of the most acclaimed acrobatic troupes in China. Over several generations, the Company has developed many unique acrobatic acts like "Global Motorcycling," "Kicking Bowls to Heads of High Unicycles," "Russian Bars in Chinese Traditional Style," and Aerial Bungee Tumbling." These and many other acts have been enjoyed and praised by Chinese and foreign audiences for decades.
City of Angels
Los Angeles, 1940’s. It’s double the laughs and double the intrigue as two plots unfold at once when a young New York writer is brought to Los Angeles to turn his best-selling crime novel into a screenplay. As we follow the writer’s travails in the film industry, the novel’s private-eye comes to life in the evening’s split screen plot.
Sports Collectible Show
Sports Collectible Show. Sports cards, NASCAR, toys, comic books, collectible cards and other collectible items.
CITY: Orland Park
Anything Goes at the Marriott Theatre
Anything Goes is non-stop laughs and madcap fun on the S.S. American with an unusual array of passengers including a gangster, a wealthy debutante, a charismatic nightclub singer and a lovesick stowaway. With spectacular dance and a boatload of Cole Porter tunes like You’re the Top, I Get a Kick Out of You and the title song, the audience will get a ‘kick’ out of Anything Goes.
Theresa Caputo Live! The Experience
Theresa Caputo, psychic medium and star of the hit TLC show, Long Island Medium, will be appearing live at the Genesee Theatre. Theresa will give interactive readings to audience members throughout the show and will also share personal stories about her life and her unique gifts.
St. Charles Home Show/Spring
Talk to local contractors, learn how to renovate, repair, decorate, and update your home and yard. Shop for marketplace items for the whole family.
CITY: St. Charles
Coronado PAC - Theresa Caputo, Live!
Theresa Caputo, psychic medium and star of the hit TLC show, Long Island Medium, will be appearing live at the Coronado Performing Arts Center. Theresa will give interactive readings to audience members throughout the show and will also share personal stories about her life and her unique gifts.
St. Christopher 42nd Annual Holiday Craft Show
Their show features an array of hand crafted items, vendors such as Tastefully Simple and Tupperware, a full kitchen serving lunch, bake sale, and raffle.
16th Annual Spring Craft & Vendor Show
A diverse selection of crafters and vendors. Wonderful spring items and Mother's Day gifts!
Coronado PAC - The Canadian Brass
The game-changing Canadian Brass has performed in virtually every major concert hall in the world. Renowned for genre-bending versatility and joyous performances, the award-winning Brass is comprised of five extraordinary talents: Chuck Daellenbach (tuba), Caleb Hudson (trumpet), Christopher Coletti (trumpet), Achilles Liarmakopoulos (trombone), and Bernhard Scully (horn). Each possesses the creativity, good humor, and love of performing that is the ensemble's hallmark.
James Taylor in Concert
On Thursday, November 6, James Taylor takes the stage at the iwireless Center in downtown Moline, Illinois at 8 p.m. As a recording and touring artist, James Taylor has touched people with his warm baritone voice and distinctive style of guitar-playing for more than 40 years, while setting a precedent to which countless young musicians have aspired. Over the course of his celebrated song-writing and performing career, Taylor has sold more than 100 million albums, earning gold, platinum and multi-platinum awards for classics ranging from Sweet Baby James in 1970 to October Road in 2002. He has won multiple Grammy awards and has been inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the prestigious Songwriters Hall of Fame. Come spend an unforgettable night with America’s iconic singer-songwriter James Taylor. Ticket Prices: $67.50 $87.50
Holiday Cheers!: Seasonal Tasting
Celebrate not only the holidays, but also Repeal Day - the end of Prohibition. The Garden will do this Chicago-style with tastings of spirits, wine and winter brews that are all local. Also enjoy the surroundings of the Wonderland Express exhibition featuring trains and over 80 Chicago landmarks. Guests receive a wristband, tasting glass and tasting sheet. Light fare and drinks will be available for purchase.
Calling all chocolate lovers! Taste the finest chocolates from exclusive confectioners. Participate in the bake off, judges will determine who has the best chocolate recipe!
T-C-S Toys Comic Statue Show
Superhero Action Figures, toys, comic books, and statues. There will be special character appearances, and artists. Show is for all ages.
CITY: Orland Park
Holiday Happenings in Downtown Tinley
Holiday celebration inside large heated tent featuring entertainment, tasty treats, gift vendors, kid's crafts, carriage rides, children's rides, ice carving, visit with Santa and more.
CITY: Tinley Park
Prairieland Art Mart
Supported by the Illinois Art Council, Momentum Art Guild, and the Freeport Art Museum, this show and sale features some of the areas finest artist and craftsmen. There will be a large selection and variety of art to see and select from including, painting, drawing, pottery, jewelry, photography, mixed media and fiber art. Sat, Nov, 8: 10 am - 4 pm; Sun, Nov, 9: Noon - 4 pm
Family Fun Night Event
This is a perfect event to try out ice-skating and spend quality time with your family and friends
CITY: Oak Lawn
58th Annual Fox Valley Antiques Show
Authentic antiques exhibited indoors at the Kane County Fairgrounds. Plenty of free parking. Admission $8 benefits local historical, educational endeavors.
CITY: St. Charles
Monty Python's Spamalot
Come out and see a wonderful show! Show dates: 11/14, 11/15, 11/16, 11/21, 11/22, & 11/23.
CITY: Oak Lawn
Sports Collectable Show
Sports Collectable Show. Sports Cards, NASCAR, Toys, Comic Books, Collectable cards and other collectable items.
CITY: Orland Park
17th Annual Chicago Drum Show
World's largest, longest running vintage and custom drum show. Exhibits, clinics, classes, demonstrations, entertainment, celebrity guests. Admission: $15; children 5-12 $10.
CITY: St. Charles
Fall on the Wine Trail
Shawnee Hills Wine Trail presents Fall on the Wine Trail: A progressive tour of the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail. Each of 12 unique wineries will present you a sample of a wine/food pairing! Tickets are $35/person - advanced purchase only. Ticket sales will end on Monday, October 27th.
Freeport Community Concert Presents: Primakov and Capps
The Freeport Community Concert Association presents this Piano and Cello concert with Primakov and Capps. Freeport Masonic Auditorium.
The Capital Steps at Genesee Theatre
The Capitol Steps have been a Washington, DC institution for over thirty years, providing a unique blend of musical and political comedy to our Nation’s Capitol and more. Each show consists of tasteful lampooning guaranteed to leave both sides of the political spectrum laughing. Tickets $36.50-$46.50.
Freeport Community Concert: The Dickens Carollers
Freeport Community Concert Presents: The Dickens Carollers. A Freeport tradition,The Freeport Community Concert Association presents this holiday concert. Masonic Temple Auditorium.
Prairie State College Jazz Festival
An annual two day festival including a concert featuring top jazz artists and two days of instrumental clinics for local junior high and high school musicians.
CITY: Chicago Heights
The Temptations Reivew
The Temptations Review featuring Dennis Edwards knows how to generate wonderful “Memories” as they entertain audiences around the globe. For more than 33 years Dennis Edwards, one of the last surviving members of the legendary group “The Temptations,” has been considered a giant in the music industry. Tickets $35-$55.
Holiday Open House
Visits with Santa; performing groups; music and caroling; holiday cookies, punch, coffee; visit the museum which is decorated for the holidays.
Bye Bye Birdie
Come out for an awesome theatre production. Show dates are 2/13, 2/14,2/15,2/20,2/21, & 2/22.
CITY: Oak Lawn
20th Annual Turkey Shoot Free Throw Contest
Parents and kids will win a turkey for Thanksgiving dinner. Teams will consist of one parent and one child and be grouped by child's age.
CITY: Oak Lawn
Holiday activities throughout the village; lunch with Santa; children's activities; trolley rides; craft and bake sales; performing groups; living nativity; evening light parade; pancake breakfast.
During the month of October take a SELFIE with the P.F. Chang's pink warrior horse and post to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with #PaintPFChangsPink and $1 will be donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Order a sushi roll from P.F. Chang's and another $1 will be donated to the foundation as well.
Holly Days Figure Skating
Come out and enjoy the holiday themed skating exhibition.
CITY: Oak Lawn
Jesus Christ Superstar
Come out for this great production! Show dates are 3/20, 3/21, 3/22, 3/27, 3/28 & 3/29.
CITY: Oak Lawn
Freeport Community Concert: Illinois Brass Band
The Freeport Community Concert Association present this concert featuring the Illinois Brass Band. Masonic Temple Auditorium.
Blue's night with Nick Moss & Kevin Purcell and the Nightburners
Singer/songwriter Kevin Purcell welds the gritty, back alley sounds of Chicago blues with the back roads soul of southern rock.Nick Moss was weaned on postwar electric blues, his timely and topical songwriting enveloped in new rhythms and guitar innovations have resulted in music of a higher intensity. Together, these blues heroes, backed by incredible bands, deliver a no-holds-barred show that’s gritty, rockin’ and, above all, a blast.
Chuck Martine and Indigo Jazz 5 Band
This will be a night full of great live Jazz music. Must be 21 or older.
CITY: Oak Lawn
The Christkindlmarket Oakbrook is an outdoor holiday market featuring vendors from around the world who display hand-crafted ornaments, toys and unique holiday gifts as well as traditional German foods, sweets and beverages. Visit the new Village Green area near Crate&Barrel for a special selection of the German-American Holiday Market you have come to know and love.
CITY: Oak Brook
Michael McDonald at the Genesee Theatre
Come join Michael McDonald for his 'This Christmas' Evening of Holiday and Hits. With his distinctive and soulful voice this will be a holiday concert not to be missed. Tickets range from $37.50-$97.50.
Activities include magic, inflatables, concessions, dance performances, black light room, eerie crafts, interactive maze. Come enjoy the Spooktacular event!
CITY: Oak Lawn
Holiday Remodeling & Home Expo - Forest Hills Lodge
Come to this free event to gather ideas to prepare your home for the winter, plan your winter remodeling projects, get in the holiday mood and do a little holiday shopping as well. Plus catch a few holiday clinics.
CITY: Loves Park
Mark Cleveland's Colors and Shapes Exhibit
Now through October 30th come see the work of Mark Cleveland!
Dancenter North's The Magic of the Nutcracker
The Magic of the Nutcracker is the largest and most lavish version of the holiday ballet in Lake County! Clara'a dream has been brought to life in a beautiful production by Dancenter North that features over 100 performers, including internationally renowned guests artists. For over 20 years, Dancenter North's Nutcracker has been Lake County's favorite version of the classic holiday ballet. Choose from 2 shows 1pm or 5pm.
38th Annual Guest Artist Concert Featuring Rufus Reid
Bassist and composer Rufus Reid. His major professional career began in Chicago and continues since 1976 in New York City. He has toured and recorded with Eddie Harris, Nancy Wilson, Harold Land and Bobby Hutcherson, Lee Konitz, and many more. He continues to record adding to his over 400 record discography, 18 of which are under his own name.
Come out for an enjoyable night of spooks and fun with the family. Activities include a scary walk through our haunted trail followed by face painting, pumpkin picking, crafts, and a trick or treat lane. Dusk-10PM
Kenny Rogers Through the Years Tour
Regarded as one of the greatest country singers of all time, Kenny Rogers was recently honored with the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at the 47th annual CMA Awards. A multiple Grammy Award winning artist, Rogers has sold more than 120 million records worldwide and recorded more than 65 albums during his storied 52 years in show business. Don't miss this great night of music. Tickets $39.50 - $79.
America's Baking and Sweets Show
North America’s first and biggest baking and sweets event, America’s Baking and Sweets Show, takes you on a gourmet grand tour of the most delectable and hottest trends in the world of baking and beyond. Following our inaugural success in 2013, the exciting America's Baking and Sweets Show returns to the magnificent Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel in Chicago, Illinois, November 14 to 16, 2014. The show is set to draw crowds of amateurs, enthusiasts, connoisseurs, and professionals, besides the loyal consumers of the baking and sweets industry. From across the world, for three days, America’s Baking and Sweets Show will woo, entertain, and educate fans through amazing competitions, celebrity demos, and hands-on classes at the venue. Our theme this year is ‘Wizard of Oz’ so join our showgirl DOROTHY in the magical world of baking and sweets at The Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center, and ‘Explore. Discover. Shop’.
Death at the Doo-Wop
It’s a fun, ‘50s themed murder mystery dinner just in time for Halloween. Grab your poodle skirt and horn rimmed glasses; the class of 1957 is having one killer Prom! Before the king and queen have their first dance tragedy strikes, and you’ll have to figure out who is responsible. You’ll play detective in this “swell” interactive murder mystery dinner held at the Metropolis Ballroom.
CITY: Arlington Heights
The Tru Impractical Jokers at the Genesee Theatre
Q, Sal, Joe, and Murr have entertained each other for years with the most hilarious practical jokes they could imagine. These real-life best friends challenging each other to the most outrageous dares and uproarious stunts ever can be caught on their hidden camera prank show on TruTV, and now they're bringing their hilarity to the Genesee Theatre.
Rockin' the Holidays with Felix Cavaliere's Rascals
Come out and enjoy a rockin night of holiday music with Felix Cavaliere's Rascals. With a mixture of rock and pop this is a one-of-a-kind holiday performance not to be missed.
A Country Christmas
Celebrate the holiday spirit at Rock Run Peddler's and The Empty Attic's Christmas Open House by browsing these shop's unique collection of primitives, antiques, unique Christmas folk art, gifts, fresh florals and greens. Also enjoy Christmas music and refreshments. Thursday thru Saturday: 9 am to 5 pm; Sunday: Noon to 4 pm.
CITY: Rock City
The Illinois Brass Band Holiday Concert
Come out to the Cultural and Civic Center of Round Lake Beach for a great holiday concert. The program will feature glorious music of the season. The hall will come alive as thirty of the area’s finest brass players fill the air with the sounds of this special time of year. With a cheerful mix of traditional carols, holiday classics, and jazzy updates of Christmas favorites, it will be an afternoon that will put the entire family in the holiday spirit.
CITY: Round Lake Beach
Engelbert Humperdinck at Genesee Theatre
Engelbert Humperdinck has been a legend in the international music industry for more than 40 years, with over 150 million records sold. He's recorded everything from the most romantic ballads to a recent platinum-selling contemporary theme song. Tickets $45-$65.
Holiday Craft & Vendor Fair
Sparklers Cheer Team hosts a craft and vendor fair for unique holiday shopping. Avon, Tupperware, Scentsy, Tastefully Simple, Pampered Chef, Lia Sophia, Miche, Homemade Jewelry and Crafts, baked goods, split the pot raffle and items to be raffled off and much much more. Free admission and concessions available.
CITY: Oak Forest
Stephenson County Historical Museum Christmas Tea
Stephenson County Museum's annual event to kick off the Holiday Season. Live music will fill the historic Taylor Home and Vistorian Christmas decorations and fresh cut pine will fill the air. Enjoy cookies, punch,tea and coffee as you tour the mansion in its Christmas finery.
Old Capitol Holiday Walk
Held December 3, 4, 10, and 17. 5-8 pm each evening. SHOP LOCAL! 30+ shops and restaurants featuring unique shopping and dining. Festive holiday atmosphere with free Santa House, family entertainment and horse drawn trolley and shuttle van.
Winneshiek Players Present: "Greetings"
Winneshiek Players celebrate the holiday season with this hilarious comedy by Tom Dudzick. Andy brings home his fiance to meet the family on Christmas Eve and family blow-ups occur because Andy's family are devout Catholics and his fiance is Jewish and an atheist. All is not lost when, Mickey, Andy's mentally challenged non-verbal brother, suddenly has a lot to say. A heartwarming comedy about family and acceptance. December 5,6, 11, 12, 13. Curtain time: 7:30 pm. $15.
Moraine Valley Jazz Ensemble Holiday Concert
The Moraine Valley Jazz Ensemble is a 20-member big band which explores a wide range of styles from the classic swing of Duke Ellington and Count Basie to soulful blues, burning Latin-jazz and gritty funk. The band also features contemporary works by such composers as Bill Holman and Bob Florence and iconic vocal arrangements such as those performed by Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra. 7:30PM.
CITY: Palos Hills
First Night Springfield
28th Annual First Night Springfield! This family-friendly, alcohol-free event is a Springfield area tradition. Free children's activities from 1 - 4 pm at Springfield High School Commons. Fireworks at 8 pm. Over 30 performances around Downtown Springfield from 6 pm - 11:15 pm.
Visitors Center Holiday Gift Expo
Freeport/Stephenson County Visitors Center, 4596 US Highway 20 East, Freeport. 8 am to 7 pm. Shop for unique local products during this special expo at the Freeport/Stephenson County Visitors Center. Over a hundred local vendors with products ranging from Pretzel items to books to cards to rugs to mugs to more are featured. The gifts are either produced in Stephenson County or highlight some aspect of local culture and history. Open: 8 am - 7 pm seven days a week.
Christmas at Clayville
Enjoy caroling groups from local elementary schools starting at noon. There will be a children's store, face painting and refreshments. Santa will as be there to visit with the children.
CITY: Pleasant Plains
Camp Pulse on Tour
An exciting weekend workshop, just for dancers ages 8-13! Camp PULSE features the masterminds behind your favorite Nickelodeon and Disney TV Shows and Movies, including: Shake It Up, iCarly, Camp Rock, Victorious, High School Musical, Hannah Montana, and MORE! Dancers and teachers walk away from our conventions inspired and motivated to reach their next goals in dance. Our faculty and staff are proud of their dedication to building genuine relationships through personal interaction with dancers, parents and teachers. We realize there are many options out there for a dancer’s education, and we hope you will join us for a dance experience of a lifetime!
The Philadelphia Story
The Lord family of Philadelphia is getting ready for a wedding! A merry mix-up of who is who at the house is just the beginning as reporters try to get the story and our bride tries to find her way to a normal life and we get to find out who she eventually walks down the aisle with! F-Sa 7:30PM; Su 2PM.
CITY: Chicago Heights
Salt Creek Ballet's The Nutcracker
A magical tale featuring Tchaikovsky's enchanting score, a brand new set & costumes along with waltzing flowers, giant mice, and the Sugar Plum Fairy. A delightful holiday tradition for all ages! 1PM & 5PM.
CITY: University Park
A Very Electric Christmas
Saturday, December 20 at 7:30 PM Lightwire Theater "A Very Electric Christmas" The Egyptian Theatre and The Daily Chronicle are proud to bring the brand new Lightwire Theater's A Very Electric Christmas to DeKalb. Follow the story of a young bird, named Max and his family, as they begin their journey south for the winter. When Max gets blown off course and ends up at the North Pole...his adventure begins! Dancing toy soldiers, caroling worms and performing poinsettias, light up the stage in Lightwire Theater's A Very Electric Christmas. Audiences of all ages will treasure this magical and captivating tale of family, friendship and hope set to timeless holiday hits, including Nat King Cole, Mariah Carey and Tchaikovsky. Lightwire Theater is internationally recognized for their electroluminescent artistry, poignant story telling and performs in complete darkness. Brighten your holidays this season with Lightwire Theater's A Very Electric Christmas. Tickets for Friends of the Egyptian Theatre members go on sale Wednesday, October 1 at 10:00 AM. Tickets for the general public go on sale Friday, October 3 at 10:00 AM. Reserved tickets are $15-$35 http://egyptiantheatredekalb.ticketforce.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=74
Winter Wonderland with Mandy Barnett
Acclaimed recording artist and performer Mandy Barnett celebrates the warmth and joy of the holiday season, featuring classic ballads like White Christmas, I'll Be Home For Christmas, and Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, along with spirited standards like Jingle Bell Rock, A Holly Jolly Christmas, Marshmallow World, and Winter Wonderland. Barnett's robust delivery on her contemporary yet retro-sounding country and pop-tinged material harkens back to the likes of all-time great female singers and timeless sounds. Among the many publications praising Barnett's talents, the Los Angeles Times has heralded her pipes of steel,big, brassy voice and vintage-sounding arrangements. USA Today calls Barnett one of the finest classic country and torch singers to come out of Nashville. Here, Barnett takes her cue from the enduring Christmases of the golden era -- imagine the smooth and sophisticated sounds of Perry Como, Brenda Lee, Burl Ives, and Connie Francis updated with Barnett's soaring, sparkling vocals. Barnett's commanding voice and stage presence are sure to put you in the holiday spirit! $24. 7:30PM.
CITY: Park Forest
Tea with Santa
For the ninth year, Santa will visit the Pickwick Society Tea Room one Sunday during December for a family friendly day. Start a new tradition or keep an established tradition alive, visit Santa at the Pickwick. Santa will be on hand to listen to children's requests. Bring your camera to capture this unique event. Reservations are required and tables fill quickly so call as soon as you are able. 12-3PM.