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Eagle Watching Open House
Visit Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge to learn about bald eagles and how to watch for them, then venture out to watch for eagles with a refuge ranger. Experienced eagle watchers will be set up with viewing scopes at various locations at the wildlife refuge. Kids crafts will be available at the visitor center. For more information, call 618-883-2524.
Jim Witter's The Piano Man at the James Lumber Center
This “must see” multi-media musical journey through the ‘70s featuring the music of Elton John and Billy Joel should be at the top of any Baby Boomer’s bucket list! Jim’s versatility as an artist has allowed him the opportunity to reach out and share his music and his infectious personality with audiences of all ages across Canada and the United States. His rich powerful voice and ease of manner at the piano, make him a favorite with theatre goers everywhere.
Suzy's Pizza, Bar & Grill
Your place for live music. Casual atmosphere, separate bar area, pool tables, outdoor volleyball courts. "The pizza is divine - sweet tomato sauce, flaky thin crispy crust, lots of gooey cheese with some spices sprinkled on top. Extra cheese is not really necessary because they are plenty generous. It's simply delicious."
Chicago New Year's Eve Fireworks Dinner - Mystic Blue
Ring in 2016 with the hottest New Year's Eve celebration on the water! It's all happening aboard Mystic Blue's New Year's Eve Fireworks Dinner Cruise. With the tastiest treats, a platinum open bar package, a champagne toast at midnight, the best views of Chicago's amazing skyline and a fireworks show from Navy Pier (weather permitting), there's no place else you'll want to be when you say farewell to 2015. The night will end with a half-hour dockside party on our cool and contemporary decks. Trust us, you don't want to miss this! New Year's Eve aboard Mystic Blue will be unforgettable.
Minneapolis Guitar Quartet
Through the foursome’s extraordinary abilities, audiences experience performances with beautifully distinct voicing, interwoven clarity of lines and laser-like purity. Minneapolis Guitar Quartet is one of the very few guitar ensembles performing the majority of its repertoire from memory. The MGQ presents original works and commissions as well as its own brilliant arrangements of music.
Coronado Performing Arts Center - Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
One of the most enduring shows of all time, Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Webber's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is the irresistible family musical about the trials and triumphs of Joseph, Israel's favorite son. Directed and choreographed by Tony Award®-winner Andy Blankenbuehler, this new production is a reimagining of the Biblical story of Joseph, his eleven brothers and the coat of many colors. The magical musical is full of unforgettable songs, including "Go Go Go Joseph," "Any Dream Will Do" and "Close Every Door."
Oh Ho Ho Holy Night
An original Christmas comedy musical, featuring songs from some of your favorite Christmas carols. F-Sa 7:30PM; Su 2PM.
Special Olympics Illinois Winter Games
State competition for Special Olympics Illinois in alpine skiing, cross country skiing and snowshoeing. Kick off the event with opening ceremonies and parade in downtown Galena, Tues. at 5:30 p.m.
Come learn about the Siberian Husky, the Iditarod, & the sport of mushing, then watch dog sled demos with the Siberian Husky Club of Greater Chicago. Some activities include:“human mushing," snowshoe races, roasting marshmallows, warming tent, pet a husky puppy. Outside vendors & exhibitors include, photos with a sled dog, ice sculpting, food vendors.
Palos Park Holiday Market
We are welcoming in the Holiday Season with the arrival of Santa, the Annual Tree Lighting and holiday vendors, food and entertainment. 5-9PM.
Libation Tastin’ is a craft beer, wine, and spirits tasting event set on Black Friday Weekend. The event will be held in the epicenter of all the holiday shopping action at Block Thirty Seven, which is located on Chicago’s famous State Street. The event will feature 40+ different beverages for its crowd to enjoy over the course of a 4 hour tasting period complete with appetizers, a top 40’s DJ with a light show, live artists & dancers, a Santa Claus photo opp, and many more surprises!
Evita at the Marriott Theatre
Evita is a musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice. It concentrates on the life of Argentine political leader Eva Perón, the second wife of Argentine president Juan Perón. The story follows Evita's early life, rise to power, charity work, and eventual death. Don't miss this great performance at the Marriott Theatre.
Biennial Exhibition Tours
Tours of the Chicago Architecture Biennial exhibition will be held daily at 10:00am. Tours will meet in the lobby near the Washington St. entrance. Please RSVP for the daily tour. No tours on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day New Year's Eve, or New Year's Day.
28th Annual 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.
Singin' in the Rain at the Marriott Theatre
Singin' in The Rain is based on the 1952 American musical comedy film. It offers a lighthearted depiction of Hollywood in the late '20s, with the three stars portraying performers caught up in the transition from silent films to talkies. This play will offer the audience some splashy old-fashioned fun.
A Christmas Carol at Covered Bridge Children's Theater
Covered Bridge Children's Theater presents a production of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. A non musical holiday favorite for all ages. F 6PM; Sa 4:30PM; Su 2PM.
Mystic Chimes, The Legend Dawns at Covered Bridge Teen's Theater
Covered Bridge Teen's Theater presents Mystic Chimes: The Legend Dawns, a prequel to the Peter Pan saga. Suitable for all ages. F 8:30PM; Sa 7PM; Su 4:30PM.
VoicePlay at the James Lumber Center
VoicePlay recreates the orchestrated sound of an entire musical production with nothing but the human voice. The cast takes you between eras and styles, channeling the breadth of the musical landscape and lacing it with inventive and often hilarious on-stage theatrics.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes at the James Lumber Center
The clever and legendary Sherlock Holmes skillfully maneuvers the twisted web of London’s most intriguing cases with split-second deductions and logical reasoning in this witty, fast-paced production. The acclaimed Aquila Theatre brings it’s energetic and physical style to this new adaptation.
Shawnee Hills Wine Trail - Wine & Food Pairing Weekend
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.
It's Chili in the Park
Come on in from the cold for some homemade Chili in this friendly competition event. Taste over 20 different chili's all in one place. 12:30PM.
Wonderland Express is one of the Chicago area’s top holiday “must-sees,” and a family-friendly, made-for-memories experience. Bring the smartphones and video cameras, as our holiday exhibition delights children and parents, friends and families. Kids, look for Thomas the Tank Engine! New this year: A focus on landmark history, plus the Maggie Daley Ice Ribbon, Glencoe's Writers' Theater, Chicago "El" trains, and both Spike and Alice the Amorphophallus join Wonderland Express! Join Landmark Illinois' Bonnie McDonald for narrated tours of the history and architecture of Chicago's landmarks. Kids' tours, too!
Spring Inspirations a Wine & Food Pairing Event
All 12 wineries of the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail have paired up to create a wonderful weekend of savory wine and cheese pairings. We invite you to join us for a progressive tasting along the trail and enhance your appreciation and enjoyment of our wines paired with delicious samples. www.shawneewinetrail.com
Central Illinois Jazz Festival
Put on by Decatur’s Juvae Jazz Society, this annual celebration of all types of jazz is held at the Decatur Conference Center & Hotel. Hundreds of folks come from all around the Midwest to spend the weekend partying, dancing, parading and listening to great jazz musicians with their friends. Book early as the festival fills up fast! The three day, multiple venue festival features world class musicians under one roof. Includes lots of events such as New Orleans style Umbrella Parade, Pianorama, Banjorama, Late Night Jam Session, and Sunday Jazz Brunch. Bands plus special guest performers from East and West Coast and points in between play your favorite music style - Chicago, New Orleans, Swing, Ragtime and Boogie Woogie Piano.
Lehnertz Avenue Christmas Display
This drive-through is where neighborhood residents display a part of the original Christmas story includes lights, sound and all the biblical characters: wise men, camels, shepherds, sheep and manger scene. Peanuts characters with Charlie Brown follow on Lehnertz Circle. All lighted and all free! (Lehnertz is recognized as the oldest, totally free traditional Christmas display in Illinois.) Crib Blessing scheduled 6:00 pm Sunday, Dec. 13. Enter Lehnertz Avenue via Sheridan Street, follow through Lehnertz Circle and exit via Ohio Street.
Luma - Art in Darkness at the James Lumber Center
Take the giant leap into a surreal world of light, color and motion where thinking stops and astonishment begins. This exhilarating light spectacle uses the dark as the canvas and light as the brush to create colorful illusions. It is an experience that will leave you mesmerized and full of wonder.
Manual Cinema's Lula Del Ray at the James Lumber Center
Set in the mid-century American Southwest and inspired by the music of Hank Williams, Roy Orbison and Patsy Cline, Lula del Ray is a mythic reinvention of the classic coming-of-age story. Using overhead projectors, multiple screens, paper puppets, actors live feed cameras and a live band, Manual Cinema transforms the experience of attending the cinema and instills it with liveness, ingenuity and theatricality.
The Buckinghams' The Joy of Christmas Live at the Egyptian Theatre
The Egyptian Theatre proudly presents legendary band, The Buckinghams, in an unforgettable evening, “The Joy of Christmas.” Combining classic rock hits with beloved holiday songs, the Chicago natives present an evening of entertainment guaranteed to delight! You’ll hear your rock favorites “Kind of a Drag,” “Hey Baby, They’re Playing Our Song,” “Don’t You Care,” and more. The brass-infused rock recreates brilliant holiday memories as you’ll want to sing along with the band to “White Christmas,” “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” “Jingle Bell Rock.” We dare you to stay in your seat when all you want to do is the Jingle Bell Rock. It’s the perfect gift for loved ones, and a great way to entertain family visiting during the holidays. Take the night off and amp up your Christmas spirit with us the last Saturday before Santa shows up. Tickets are on sale now!
How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying at the Marriott Theatre
This Pulitzer Prize-Winning classic will follow the journey and the rise of eager young J. Pierrepont Finch. Finch, a window-washer joins a huge corporation by starting in the mail room, and becomes chairman of the board two weeks later. This show is one not to be missed.
Dennis DeYoung & the Music of Styx at the Genesee Theatre
Dennis DeYoung is a founding member of Styx and the lead singer and songwriter on seven of the bands Top Ten Hits. His live concert showcases all of the Styx greatest hits spanning the 70s, 80s and 90s, including Lady, Come Sail Away, Babe, Too Much Time on My Hands, Best of Times and Mr. Roboto.
Chicago Architecture Foundation Tours
Chicago Architecture Foundation offers more than 85 tours, all led by CAF-certified volunteer docents. For the Chicago Architecture Biennial we have curated a set of tours that will compliment your biennial experience.
Tours of Second Presbyterian Church
Chicago's only National Historic Landmark church is an art and architecture treasure with a completely intact 1901 interior featuring Arts and Crafts design, nine Tiffany windows, 13 murals by Frederic Clay Bartlett and two rare Edward Burne-Jones windows. Exterior architecture by James Renwick, Jr. Restoration efforts and challenges are visible.
Mariachi Divas at the James Lumber Center
Directed and founded by trumpet player Cindy Shea in 1999, the Mariachi Divas have made big waves on the national and international music scene. Winners of two Grammy® Awards, this all-female Mariachi group brings new meaning to the genre with their multi-cultural, eclectic and innovative sound.
Swedish Historical Society - Lucia Concert
Rockford's Swedish Historical Society will be celebrating their annual Christmas tradition of Lucia at First Lutheran Church. A choir of children singing Swedish and English traditional songs will warm your heart and start off the Christmas season with joy.
PNC Winterfest at the Peoria Civic Center
PNC Winterfest, Peoria’s newest holiday tradition, is coming to downtown Peoria on November 27th. This 39-day event will give central Illinois the chance to enjoy outdoor ice skating on the corner of Fulton Street and Jefferson Avenue. PNC Winterfest will feature a real ice rink will be ready for you to skate in any type of weather.
Richard Marx at the Genesee Theatre
As a performer, songwriter and producer, Richard Marx’s nearly three-decade-long career has had innumerable of highlights. The Chicago native has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide, starting with his self-titled debut which went to #8 and spawned four Top 5 singles, including the chart-topping Hold on to the Nights, Don’t Mean Nothing, Right Here Waiting & Keep Coming Back.
The Nutcracker at the Prairie Center for the Arts
The Schaumburg Dance Ensemble’s annual production of the Nutcracker continues to delight audiences of all ages. A corps of professional dancers leads a large cast in Tchaikovsky’s magical ballet, following the dreamlike adventures of a young girl who, with the help of an enchanting toymaker, encounters leaping Russians, waltzing flowers, twirling snowflake maidens and more. Complete with grand sets and vibrant costumes, this Nutcracker is not to be missed. Friday, Saturday and Sunday showings only.
East Peoria Festival of Lights
East Peoria presents the 32nd annual Festival of Lights, a festival of electrical lighting displays that help spread the holiday cheer. The festival includes a parade on November 19th and a Winter Wonderland drive thru at Veteran's park that runs Thanksgiving through New Years Eve, allowing visitors to enjoy the lights in their warmth of their vehicles.
Experience the old world charm of a German Christkindl celebration. Horsedrawn wagon rides, St. Nickolas, lantern parade, carolers, music, cookie decorating and more.
Jim Brickman at the James Lumber Center
Music lovers will experience the sounds of award-winning hit-maker, pianist and recording artist Jim Brickman as he brings one of the most entertaining and romantic concert events of the year. With four of his albums certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America, Brickman has become the most commercially successful instrumental pop pianist of the last three decades. Overall, he’s sold more than 7 million albums.
Arrival at Camp River Dubois
Come celebrate the arrival of Lewis and Clark at Camp River Dubois. This annual event commemorates the day William Clark and the men of the detachment arrived at the confluence of the Riviere a Dubois, Mississippi and Missouri Rivers. The event will include members of the detachment portraying military life, re-enactors recreating the civilian population and demonstrators. Site admission is free.
Peach Barn Cafe Four Course Dinner with Paired Wine
Enjoy a four course dinner along the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail, with a wine paired for each course, at the Peach Barn Cafe at Headman Vineyards. Reservations are needed and vegetarian alternatives are available with advance notice. Cost per person is $49.50 (not including tax and gratuity), with reservations required. First Course: Ginger Snaps Paired With: Glogg Second Course: Christmas Ham w/ Swedish Mustard, Meatballs w/ Lingonberries, Redbeet Salad -OR Pickled Herring, Egg w/ Creamed Caviar, Janssons’ Temptation, Crisp Bread w/ Prast Cheese Paired With: Chambourcin Third Course: Seared Cod w/ Red Bell Pepper Sauce Paired With: Villard Blanc OR Saffron Pasta w/ Pork Tenderloin Paired With: Norton Fourth Course: Rice Pudding Paired With: Vidal Blanc
Guided Tours of the Charnley-Persky House
The Society of Architectural Historians will expand the tour program of its National Historic Landmark headquarters, the Charnley-Persky House, during the Chicago Architecture Biennial. Guided tours of the house will be offered every Wednesday and Saturday at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. from October 7 through December 23. Designed by Louis Sullivan of the firm Adler & Sullivan (1891–1982), the Charnley-Persky House is one of the few extant buildings that displays the combined talents of Louis Sullivan and his then-draftsman, Frank Lloyd Wright. The Charnley-Persky House is recognized as a seminal house in the development of modern residential design as well as a keystone in the architectural philosophies of Sullivan and Wright. These tours further SAH’s mission by promoting meaningful public engagement with the history of the built environment.
Forms of Imagination
Forms of Imagination explores the way Arts + Public Life creates ambitious public design and architecture projects that foster creative communities in Chicago's mid-South Side. The exhibition and related programs shift the gaze from design product to design process, giving audiences and visitors the opportunity to examine how Arts + Public Life uses its spaces, programs and other resources, as well as its unique partnerships with local artists, designers, students, youth, business owners to enhance the built environment, cultural landscape and livability of Washington Park. The exhibition will include projects by Carlos Rolón/Dzine, PORT Urbanism, Mikel Patrick Avery, as well as the leading architects’ visions for the Green Line Art Center, a future arts space on Garfield Boulevard.
Water Tower Gallery
A Biennial exhibition will be presented by the City Gallery, located in the Historic Water Tower, a familiar and treasured landmark located along the city’s famed Magnificent Mile. Constructed between 1867 and 1869, the tower was created for Chicago’s municipal water system, and originally housed a 135-foot iron standpipe used to regulate water pressure. It gained special significance as one of the few buildings to survive the destructive path of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. The City Gallery regularly presents art and photography exhibitions.
Champaign Urbana Ballet presents The Nutcracker
It's the classic ballet - "Swirling among snowflakes that float from the evening sky, the sweet sounds of violins and flutes fill the air. It is Christmas Eve, and in every house, warm hearts beat in anticipation of the magic of the night. In one special house - the home of the Stahlbaum family - the music and the magic are about to take an unusual shape." That excerpt from Champaign Urbana Ballet's The Nutcracker sets the stage for what has become a glamorous, magical holiday tradition for local audiences. Our production is presented each December with a live orchestra, the famed CU Symphony Orchestra, in the elegant Krannert Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Illinois. Local children are cast in roles as mice, soldiers and Polichenelles, while company dancers perform the Waltz of the Snowflakes and Flowers, variations of international delights, and the magnificent Pas de Deux that richly defines the Tchaikovsky score.
Chicago Interiors explores extraordinary interior spaces in Chicago presented through notes, models, and material boards from designers responsible for them. As a city that famously rose from the ashes of the Great Chicago Fire, Chicago literally rebuilt itself as an international center for commerce and trade, as well as a burgeoning cultural epicenter. Since the fire, Chicago has retained the old and intermingled it with the new. Like the buildings in this city, interiors have shifted with the times -- from the dust of commerce, slaughterhouses, and industry, buildings were reborn and repurposed time and again as both public and private spaces with new buildings abutting and intermingling with the old. Chicago Interiors showcases new and the re-envisioned.
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.
Stony Island Arts Bank Tour
Join Rebuild Foundation for a tour of Chicago's newest venue for contemporary art. Designed by William Gibbons Uffendell in 1923, the Stony Island Arts Bank has recently undergone a radical restoration led by Rebuild Foundation's artistic director Theaster Gates. As part of the Chicago Architecture Biennial, the tour will include viewings of two Biennial commissions: an installation by Portuguese artist Carlos Bunga and a courtyard designed by Mexican architect Frida Escobedo. Guests will also enjoy an introduction to five of Rebuild Foundation’s collections, several of which focus on black history and culture, including the Johnson Publishing Company's library and “godfather of House music” Frankie Knuckles' vinyl collection. Tours are free and open to the public, but space is limited so please rsvp.
An Irish Christmas at the Virginia Theatre
As seen on PBS, An Irish Christmas brings just about everything to the table! Take a journey through Christmas in Ireland and celebrate the great traditions of Irish mythology, enjoy superb music-making, Christmas carol singing, and great storytelling – all led by an award-winning cast of Irish dancers in a night that sparkles with life and a bit
Santa Cause 5K
The Santa Cause 5K race will be a family friendly event for all ages; a great activity for the whole family to participate in during the holiday season. Join the cause and embrace your inner Santa. For our inaugural event, we are partnering with the Peoria Downtown Development Corporation and bringing the route into the Downtown Warehouse District to show-case major improvements to the area. In addition, all extra proceeds will benefit “Dazzle Downtown,” providing funds for festive lights and decor for the warehouse district.
Holiday Lane Craft Show and Festival of Trees
Experience the magic of a holiday wonderland filled with an assortment of delightfully and uniquely decorated trees. Stroll leisurely through the extraordinary holiday trees represented and decorated by local businesses. The Festival includes holiday musical entertainment by local church choirs, school groups and community musical groups scheduled at various times throughout the festival. Be sure to visit the Holiday Lane Craft Show and Home Business Showcase located in the convention center for a perfect holiday shopping opportunity. This special community event is sponsored by the Sandwich Park District in cooperation with Timber Creek Inn and Suites. Free admission.
Jane Addams Hull-House Museum
Jane Addams Hull-House Museum will host free hour-long public tours with an architectural focus, twice-a-week on Wednesdays and Sundays, 1-2pm. Visitors will learn about neighborhood conditions in the Near West Side at the turn of the twentieth century in Chicago, including life in tenements and sweatshops and the unique work of the Hull-House settlement which responded to the social needs of the neighborhood. Learn about the Model Tenement Movement, the foundational moments of public housing, and how the buildings of the Hull-House settlement embodied the ideals of the Progressive Era.
9th Annual Crazy Horse Bluegrass Festival
The fun starts Friday night at 7 p.m. Two shows on Saturday and a gospel show on Sunday. Lots of fun and great music. Tickets can be purchased at the door if not camping. Line-up will be announced around March/April 2016. Everyone is welcome!
America the Beautiful - Illinois Quarter Launch Ceremony
The U.S. Mint and the Shawnee National Forest will launch the 31st America the Beautiful coin – the Illinois quarter featuring Camel Rock formation at the Garden of the Gods Recreation Area. The event will include speakers and performers, and children under the age of 18 will receive a new Shawnee National Forest quarter to commemorate the event. There will be information about the U.S. Mint’s America the Beautiful program and a coin exchange will follow the event giving patrons the opportunity to exchange their currency for the new Illinois quarter. 10:00 am Southeastern Illinois College gymnasium.
Christmas Village Craft Fair
The Christmas Village Craft Fair includes 22 vendors from around the country selling Christmas crafts and unique gifts. Lunch will be available both days in a cafe with food made entirely from scratch. Free admission, free parking, and handicap accessible.
B96 Jingle Bash
The B96 Pepsi Jingle Bash is coming to Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois on Saturday, December 12th, 2015! The biggest concert of the season is finally here! Demi Lovato, 5 Seconds of Summer, Jason Derulo, Shawn Mendes, Pentatonix, Kygo, Omi, and Ailee Steinfeld will be performing live at the B96 Pepsi Jingle Bash! Doors open at 5pm, and the show starts at 6:30pm.
Danville Symphony Orchestra "The Nutcracker"
Join Clara, the Sugar Plum Fairy, Grandfather Drosselmeyer, and the Mouse King in a fantastic dream where toys come to life. Bring the entire family to celebrate this holiday season with a fully staged performance of Tchaikovsky’s ballet, The Nutcracker, accompanied by the full Danville Symphony Orchestra. The DSO welcomes Von Heidecke’s Chicago Festival Ballet back for one matinee performance of this classic holiday tradition.
The legendary Plaids, an all-male vocal quartet, come back to earth to spread yuletide joy with the greatest Holiday hits of the ages. Performing every Fri. Sat. and Sun, 11.20 thru December 27.
103.5 Jingle Ball
Wednesday, December 16th at 7:30 PM come out and see this great show with an amazing lineup! The performers include Nick Jonas, Selena Gomez, 5 Seconds of Summer, Shawn Mendes, Tove Lo, Charlie Puth, Hailee Steinfeld, R City, Fifth Harmony, Conrad Sewell & DNCE. You can purchase tickets online or listen for a chance to win.
WWE Live Holiday Tour
WWE Returns to Chicago for the Final Time This Year With the WWE Live Holiday Tour! Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match. 6 Man Tables Match plus more of your favorite WWE Superstars including: The Big Show, Cesaro, Stardust, The Divas and many more! Card is subject to change WWE Tickets Make a Great Holiday Gift!
The Orchid Show
Its the best eye candy ever! The Regenstein Center Greenhouses and Galleries are transformed by trees draped in orange and yellow Dendrobium, a hanging hedge of pink and purple Beallara, and vibrant Vanda in orange, red, yellow, and even blue. See more than 10,000 orchids in all. Bring a camera.
Winter Chocolate Walk
Bring your sweet heart or just your sweet tooth to Discover Sycamore’s Winter Chocolate Walk. Enjoy the best of our downtown shops while sampling a vast array of fine chocolate desserts. Enjoy hot chocolate, chocolate covered candy canes, chocolate martinis, homemade chocolate marshmallows, chocolate donuts, chocolate dipped mini cones and much more! Shopping doesn’t get much sweeter than this! The Chocolate Walk will begin at Blumen Gardens at 5pm. You will receive a Chocolate Walk guide listing all participating businesses. Stop at each location and get your card signed when you taste a chocolaty treat. Be sure to make as many stops on the walk as you can – when your card is full – drop your card off with your name and phone number into the bag at your final location. The winner will be drawn from the names of those entered that made the most stops on the walk. We are featuring several wonderful raffle baskets this year.
Gaelic Storm – Live in Concert at Egyptian Theatre
The Egyptian Theatre is excited to welcome back Gaelic Storm featuring their new album on Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 7:30 PM. After nearly two decades and more than 3,000 live shows, Gaelic Storm — the chart-topping, multi-national Celtic band — is looking sharper than ever with their latest release, Matching Sweaters. The new album mixes traditional Irish music with modern influences, creating a sound that’s as wide-ranging as the band’s own audience.
3 Redneck Tenors
The "infamous" 3 Redneck Tenors are back and better than ever!! These boys have seen it all, sing it all and make us laugh until we double over, reminding us that in life, it is not the destination, it's the journey. Get ready for one sidesplitting ride as we go on an excursion only the 3 Rednecks Tenors could have had, delighting the audience with their vocal prowess and a smorgasbord of songs and music ranging from gospel, to country, to broadway and many more areas!! You're going to love them and so will anyone with a sense of humor and appreciation for incredible voices.
Weekend Wedding Affair at Hantverk Galleri
A three day show featuring the best local and handmade wedding ideas. Consider an enchanted wedding in the Village of Bishop Hill a National Historic Landmark. Information will be shared for your consideration on Bishop Hill for a wedding or bridal shower venue.
Three Chicks & A Stage: A Candle in the Window
A small group of weary travelers discover the power of the season while trapped in a lonely train station on Christmas Eve. As a blizzard rages outside, the troubled people are forced to turn to each other for companionship. Be sure to catch this heartwarming play at 7 p.m. on December 5th and if you miss that day you can catch it at 2 p.m. on December 6th.
Chicago Wolves Hockey
Chicago Wolves Hockey at the Allstate Arena. Four-time league champion Chicago Wolves Hockey team provides fun and affordable sports entertainment for the entire family. Now through April 2016. Tickets plans are available. Visit the website.
Midwest Museum of Natural History Festival of Trees
See the Midwest Museum of Natural History decked out for the Holidays during the 2015 Festival of Trees. Local businesses and organizations decorate trees that are displayed around the museum all month long. Visitors to the museum then get to vote for their favorite tree. And if that's not enough, plan your visit around one of the weekly events and programs. View MMNH's calendar of events to see what other fun activities are planned at the museum. December is a great time to visit and experience the Midwest Museum of Natural History.
Holiday Open House at the Sycamore History Museum
Sycamore History Museum says “Thank you” to its supporters Saturday, December 5th during their Annual Holiday Open House. This free event is fun for everyone who loves the holidays. Enjoy festive music, drink hot chocolate, take home a craft activity, and decorate sugar cookies. The museum will also be open for tours led by the Junior Docents.
Carols at Early Candlelight
Singing of Christmas Carols led by Marjorie Brymer and the Gordon Family. Fun for all ages, starts at 4 pm. Casual dress. Refreshments served. Parking behind Stinson Library. Step back in time in this 1886 church listed on the National Register and remember the real meaning of Christmas.
Christmas with the Taylor’s
Join them for an evening of holiday fun. The historic mansion will be decorated in its holiday finery. Enjoy homemade cookies, hors d’oeuvres, tea, and holiday punch. Special holiday music will be provided. Entries from the Gingerbread House Contest will be on display and you can help pick the winner! A special kids Christmas room will provide fun with old fashioned games, classic Christmas videos, and maybe even a surprise visit from Santa! Each child 10 or younger will leave with a Christmas gift bag. Adult Historical Society Members: $3; Adult Non-Members: $5; Children 5 to 16: $2. (815-232-8419)
New Years Arcada Style
Celebrate 2016 and ring in the New Year with the Arcada Theatre. This will be like no other New Year's party in the Midwest! The Bronx Wanderers are Living the American Rock N' Roll Dream. Quite possibly the best two hours of 50's, 60's and 70's rock n' roll that you will experience on stage.
Illinois Holocaust Museum Exhibit - Nazi Olympics: Berlin, 1936
Coinciding with the 2016 Rio Olympics and the 80th anniversary of the 1936 Games, Nazi Olympics tells an important historical story. Given that sports play a powerful developmental role in the lives of so many youth and adult athletes, this exhibition expands on many important themes—racism and discrimination, propaganda, fair play, and ethical decision making—allowing the public to personally connect to the history and lessons of the Holocaust and relate them to present day Olympics and human rights issues.
The Capitol Steps at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts
The Capitol Steps are back for their annual engagement at the North Shore Center with a hilarious lead-up to the 2016 primaries and upcoming presidential election you just can’t miss. Using their always witty musical parody and satire, the Steps freshest political comedy will rock Barak, political hawks and voter blocks ad hoc so we’re all locked to Mock the Vote! That’s the Capitol Steps newest album and live comedy concert celebrating a lame-duck president in a battle of wits against Congressional Republicans.
Christmas with the Lincolns
Discover how the Lincoln family celebrated the holiday by taking a tour through the Lincoln Home, with period decorations.
Ringin' in the New Year in Downtown Naperville
Bring the whole family to enjoy the final day of 2015 shopping, dining and celebrating in Downtown Naperville. Enjoy free performers (face painters, caricature artists, magicians, henna tattoo artists, jugglers, stilt walkers, fortune teller and more) from 1-3pm. Get clues for a scavenger hunt. 50 randomly selected entries will receive a Downtown Naperville gift card. There will also be free trolley rides from 1-4pm and free Shutterbox photos and prizes for kids. Wander around downtown and see all the trains too! Follow the sky lights to the Covered Bridge and stroll down the Riverwalk just a short distance to the Carillon. There will be free hot chocolate at the Riverwalk eatery while you wait for the early evening Countdown to Ring in the New Year at 6pm.
Christmastime at Fine Line
Sale of juried artist created work. Includes pottery, jewelry, textiles, ornaments and more. Opening Fri. Dec. 4 at 6pm.
Lee Greenwood Christmas at the Effingham Performance Center
"A Tennessee Christmas" with Lee Greenwood is a celebration of traditional and popular carols guaranteed to put the entire family in the spirit. This two-time CMA Male Vocalist of the Year has scored 19 Top Ten singles and seven number 1 hits, including his best-loved "God Bless the USA." Share an evening of heartwarming music-from "I'll Be Home for Christmas" to his enduring chart-toppers.
The Wizards of Winter at the Effingham Performance Center
Featuring some of the mid-Atlantic's finest rock and progressive musicians, The Wizards of Winter, reprise a few of the greatest hits of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra's Christmas and Classical catalog. The Wizards of Winter bring their musical intensity, stage theatrics and holiday fun to the Effingham Performance Center at 8 p.m. This 22 member ensemble boasts soaring vocal harmonies, precision string instrumentation, powerful percussion and stunning keyboard work, layered around a rich storyboard that evokes December's past!
Scott Wattles: Blue Suede Christmas
Join Scott Wattles and the Blue Suede Crew as they celebrate the holidays with their sensational Rock'n'Roll Christmas Show. This musical journey down memory lane is packed with the true Christmas classics. From the moment the curtain opens you will find yourself singing right along with the Blue Suede Crew on such classics as "Jingle Bell Rock," "Rockin Around the Christmas Tree," "Silver Bells," "Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer" and many more!! Don't miss this show at 7 p.m. and a chance to get in the mood for the holiday season.
Bald Eagle Watch - Fulton
Stewards of the Upper Mississippi River Refuge & the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, will be presenting the 31st Annual Bald Eagle Watch on Saturday, January 9, 2016. Eagle viewing will be held at Lock and Dam 13 in Fulton, Illinois off IL Hwy 84 starting at 8am.
Jim Brickman: Comfort & Joy- The 2015 Holiday Tour
This year, Jim Brickman will bring together the sounds of the season with Comfort & Joy, the 2015 Holiday Tour. Hailed by the Boston Herald as a ‘crowd-pleaser,’ Jim celebrates this in a one-of-a-kind concert event filled with lush instrumentals and soaring vocals. As he marks this 19 year tradition from coast to coast, Jim will showcase new music, along with holiday favorites and the hits that made him the most charted (30) Billboard Adult Contemporary artist earning him two Grammy nods and four gold albums. With featured musical guests, feelings of comfort and joy are fused together with Jim’s most beloved hits like ‘Valentine,’ ‘If You Believe,’ ‘The Gift,’ ‘Angel Eyes,’ and ‘Sending You A Little Christmas.’ You’ll be reminded of what we cherish during this most wonderful time of the year…Togetherness.
Christmas at the Mack House - Macktown Living History Center
Celebrate Christmas at the Mack House. Visit Stephen Mack's home and enjoy traditional 19th Century treats such as Wassail and warm apple cider, along with an assortment of traditional cookies and sweetbreads. Fun for the entire family in the oldest wood frame house west of Chicago. There will be traditional music and both Christmas and winter songs with bag pipers, native flutes, fiddles, and much more.
First Night Springfield
Head on out to the 29th 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.
The Nutcracker Ballet - Rockford Dance Company & Rockford Symphony
Delight in the magic of Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker, as Clara takes an enchanted journey filled with the beloved melodies and dance that have captivated audiences for more than a century. Guest dancers from nationally renowned dance companies join the Rockford Dance Company and the RSO to present this holiday tradition, great for the whole family. Saturday performance 7:00pm Sunday performance 3:00pm
Visit Frank Lloyd Wright's Dana-Thomas House as the exterior of the home will be lined with 1,000 candles and guests can take a silent tour of the beautiful interior accompanied by holiday music.
Christmas Parade - Metropolis
A holiday tradition in Metropolis, the Christmas Parade features bands, floats and Santa Claus. The parade kicks off at 1:30pm downtown. (Rain date: Sunday, Dec. 6th)
NIU Steel Pan Studio/Music in the Gallery
The NIU Steel Pan Studio is a small ensemble from the full Steel Band, appropriately scaled to provide an excellent steel band experience. For additional information, visit their website or to order tickets call 630.584.7200.
Trans Siberian Orchestra
A rock holiday tradition for a new generation. This year is Trans-Siberian Orchestra's live debut performance of The Ghosts Of Christmas Eve! Allstate Arena December 28th, two shows, 3:30 PM & 8:00 PM.
Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis
Be part of the largest holiday 5K race series aimed to fight arthritis! Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis is a fun and festive way to kick off your holidays by helping others! Wear a holiday themed costume and tie jingle bells to your shoelaces. Raise funds to help find a cure for arthritis, the nation's leading cause of disability.
Fat Tuesday Art Crawl
The Quincy Art Center hosts the new Fat Tuesday Art Crawl, to include artists and multiple art galleries in the Quincy area. This free event will be held on Fat Tuesday from 6-10pm. Contact the Quincy Art Center at 217-223-5900 for a map and listing of the various galleries.
An Historic Christmas Holiday House Walk
Ring in the holidays at six historic sites in one fun-filled day. Step back in time and admire the beautiful decorations of holidays past at Edwards Place, the Lincoln Home, the Governor’s Mansion, Elijah Iles House, the Old State Capitol, and Vachel Lindsay Home. At each home, visitors can listen to 19th century Christmas carols and visit with the Lincolns. There is no charge for admission to any of the houses, and the sites may be visited in any order.
Vespers at the Kirkland Fine Arts Center
One of Millikin University's most popular events, Vespers (which means "evening prayers") provides the context for a seasonal concert that has become one of the University's beloved traditions. Performed by 350 singers and instrumentalists, the concert features traditional and new music for choirs and brass.
Carl Sandburg Days Festival
An annual festival celebrating the life and legacy of Galesburg native, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and Lincoln biographer--Carl Sandburg. Includes three days of literary, history, sporting, and children's events held at Carl Sandburg College.
Illinois Snow Sculpting Competition
As many as 70,000 visitors view these massive works of snow art each year. Teams from around the state will compete in Rockford for the right to represent Illinois in the 2017 U.S. Nationals Snow Sculpting Competition, and high school teams from the Rockford area will compete in the high school division the same week. The public is encouraged to cast their vote for the People's Choice award between 8:30am and 11:00am on January 23. Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony at 1:00pm in the Sinnissippi Park Maintenance Building. Sinnissippi Park is open to the public for sculpture viewing while weather permits. Viewing hours are daily from sunrise until 10:30pm. You may drive or walk through the park. Visitors are encouraged to take the time to walk through to maximize their experience and allow them to view the sculptures from all sides. Limited parking is available at Sinnissippi Park. Additional parking is available at Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens just west of Sinnissippi Park across N. Second Street.