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Easter Sunrise Service
Annual Easter Sunrise Service held at the 111 foot Bald Knob Cross, music & refreshments.
CITY: Alto Pass
Earth, Wind & Fire at Ravinia
Don't miss this great night of music at Ravinia with Earth, Wind and Fire. Bring the friends, a picnic and enjoy a beautiful summer night. Tickets are $100-$115 for reserved seating and $38 for lawn seats in advance and $43 the day of the show.
CITY: Highland Park
Earth Day Celebration
Bring the whole family to Lake Katherine for a day of nature-themed activities, crafts, and educational displays. Free admittance.
CITY: Palos Heights
Eagle Watching at Starved Rock State Park
You don’t have to travel north to see these majestic birds of prey. Thousands of eagles migrate south from Canada during the winter and Illinois is one of the homes of the greatest population of wintering bald eagles. The Starved Rock Lodge in Utica offers a “Bald Eagle Trolley Tour” in January and February on Mondays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Viewing birds from the Veranda at the Starved Rock Lodge is good as well. Dress warmly though. This great viewing spot is right outside the doors of the Great Room. If you’d like some exercise, take a hike on one of the trails at the Starved Rock State Park. One trail begins right at the Veranda. For a birds eye view, hike to the top of the Rock. Another popular event is "Eagle Watch Weekend" with activites both at the Starved Rock Lodge and the Illinois Waterway Visitors Center.
Dwight Harvest Days
Downtown Dwight is the place to be for crafts, flea markets, carnival and kids games, downtown stage full of entertainment, car show, 5K run, parade and band competition are highlights of the weekend, attracting over 10,000 people each year! Sunday's parade is led by hundreds of basset hounds and their owners from around the world.
Du Quoin Annual Holiday Lights Fair
Starting the day after Thanksgiving and continuing through the month of December. Come experience Du Quoin Tourism’s transformation of the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds into a magical place with lights and decorations. The event features a 1 1/2-mile drive through over $250,000 worth of lighted displays as well as decorated trees, entertainment, food, crafts and visits with Santa in the Expo Hall. The light trail opens nightly from 5:30 – 9:30 p.m., and the Expo Hall will be open on the second and third weekends in December from 5:30 — 9:30 p.m. The Expo Hall features Santa’s train ride and Santa’s Workshop.
CITY: Du Quoin
Downtown Car Show/Cruise Night
Downtown Car Show / Mt. Vernon Cruise Night - The Car Show will be located on 9th Street between Harrison and Jordan. Features cruise night, car, truck, and motorcycle show; entertainment, food, demonstrations, and a 50/50 drawing. The Car Show will have various models from "Classics" to "Modern".
CITY: Mount Vernon
Quincy’s spring event opener includes a parade, an annual tradition held the first weekend in May when traditionally the dogwood trees that line Maine street are in their glory. The parade travels from 24th to 4th & Maine beginning at 9:30am Saturday. Washington Park brings vendors, contests for children and carnival rides both Saturday and Sunday.
Dixon St. Patrick's Day Parade and Party
The Rock River Valley Shamrock Club will be holding its annual Parade & Party on Saturday March 15th. Parade line-up starts at 1 PM at Dixon High School with a start time of 3pm. Awards will be given for best float, largest clan and others. The party will be held following the parade at The Knights of Columbus Hall in Dixon. 50/50 tickets will be available along with silent auctions and raffles that help fund the local food pantry and the party. Admission to the party is a minimum $5 cash donation or a minimum 3 can donation per person. The best corned beef dinner in town, prepared by the Knights, will be available for purchase as well. Music this year will start at 5:15 and will be by the Irish Band “Reilly” from Milwaukee.
Des Plaines River Trail Marathon Races
Welcome to year five of the Des Plaines River Trail Half-Marathon, Marathon and 50 Mile Ultra Marathon along the beautiful and fast Des Plaines River Trail. This is a truly special running course. The DPR Trail is a wide, crushed gravel track, free of roots and rocks, and very flat. All of the major road crossings are managed by way of bridges or viaducts This is a great track through alternating lush forests and open wetlands. With cool temperatures expected, and given the flat terrain and ideal running surface, you'll find these to be extremely fast courses. Registration is open until it reaches full capacity or October 10th. Register early and save.
CITY: Vernon Hills
Denny Diamond And The Family Jewels
A Unique and fun tribute to the music of Neil Diamond and other legendary artists like Johnny Cash, Ricky Nelson, Glen Campbell, Elvis and Buddy Holly.
DeKalb Kite Fest
Looking for a fun family day out? The DeKalb Kite Fest is great fun for the whole family whether you choose to make, fly, or just watch the kites fly. There are lots of large beautiful kites that fill the sky. Location: Corner of Lucinda and Kishwaukee Drive DeKalb Kite Fest WhenSunday, Sep 8, 2013 WhereCorner of Lucinda Ave and Kishwaukee Drive, DeKalb (map) DescriptionCorner of Lucinda and Kishwaukee Drive, NIU Campus. Stunt kites, dancing kites, food, and activities for the kids & family. dekalbcountycvb.com
DeKalb Corn Fest
Corn Fest is one of the last, free, summer, music festivals among Illinois music and summer festivals in Illinois. Well over 100,000 people from around Illinois and the Midwest attend the music festival over a three day weekend. This festival features a carnival complete with rides and games, food booths, free live music, kiddie korner with large inflatables, family entertainment and much more. Friday night is carnival wristband nights for the kids with unlimited rides from 6-10pm. Festival areas feature food and business vendor booths, and a beer garden
Deer Park St. Paddy’s 5k Run/Walk
The Deer Park St. Paddy’s 5k features live Irish music to get everyone in the spirit, pucker up as you run beneath the "kiss me I'm Irish" arch. At the finish enjoy green soda pop, chocolate gold coins and more Irish inspired treats. The course weaves through the Deer Park Town Center and then onto the streets of the Village of Deer Park. The USATF certified 5k (3.1 mile) course is completely paved. All miles will be marked with a water stop along the way. Awards go to to the top 3 of each age category. For more information or to register, please visit the website. Register before March 14th and save.
CITY: Deer Park
Come join the hundreds of thousands that blanket the streets of Downtown Decatur during this family street festival. Everyone is certain to find something that will excite them at one of the Midwest's largest street festivals. Families will enjoy a carnival, wine garden, the Razzle Dazzle Goodtime Parade, food and art vendors, and 10 stages of live music, some with national headlining bands! There's even an entire block dedicated just to kids! At Kid's Block, children will enjoy games, shows, and prizes. Don't miss out!
Dave Koz and Friends Summer Horns at Ravinia
Teaming up with three of his most talented and trusted colleagues – Gerald Albright, Richard Elliot and Mindi Abair, Dave Koz revisits the music that made him want to pick up the saxophone in the first place, like classic tracks from Tower of Power and other brassy juggernauts that ruled the airwaves from the late 1960s through the ‘70s – bands like Sly & the Family Stone, Earth Wind & Fire, Chicago and Blood Sweat & Tears. Reserved seat tickets $40-$55 and lawn seats are $22 in advance or $27 the day of the show.
CITY: Highland Park
Daryl Hall and John Oates at Ravinia
Don't miss this exciting show with Daryl Hall and John Oates at the beautiful Ravinia Festival. Bring the friends, a picnic and have a great night out under the stars. Tickets are $75-$90 for reserved seats and $38 for lawn seats in advance and $43 the day of the concert.
CITY: Highland Park
Darius Rucker with Friends at Ravinia
Come out for a great night of country music. Darius Rucker and friends will be sure to put on a terrific show. A perfect evening - listening to music, drinks and a picnic under the stars on Ravinia's lawn. Pavilion seating also available! Reserved seats are $70/$90 and lawn seats are $38 in advance and $43 the day of the performance.
CITY: Highland Park
Danville Symphony Orchestra Presents "Two Times the Fun"
Indiana University pianists Charles Webb and Steven Mann join narrator Joseph Mervis for a wonderful evening of spirited elegance in a performance of Mozart's "Piano Concerto in Eb" for two pianos as well as Saint Saens' classic zoological journey, "Carnival of the Animals." Smetena's beautiful portrait of the River Moldau compliment this evening of classics performed by the musicians of the Danville Symphony Orchestra.
Danville Symphony Orchestra Presents "Americana"
You won't believe your ears when you join the Danville Symphony Orchestra and harmonica virtuoso Robert Bonfiglio for an evening of great orchestral music from American film and Broadway. Gershwin's "Symphonic Suite" from Porgy & Bess and Kurt Weill's "Symphonic Nocture from Lady in the Dark" round out the program with music of Stephen Foster and famed Beatles producer George Martin's "Three American Sketches for Harmonica and Strings."
Crush Winthrop Harbor - The North Point Triathlon
This unique race offers Elite, Individual, Relay, Team and Stand-up Paddle Board Racing. The second race in the Team Challenge Triple Crown, participants will enjoy a beach start swim in Lake Michigan, a rolling bike course with smooth roads, and a scenic run split between road and trail.
CITY: Winthrop Harbor
Cruise Nites in Berwyn
Head to the Depot District on Tuesday, August 6th for a combination of car show and nightlife. Evening begins at 6pm in the Depot District at Windsor & Grove Avenues steps away from the Berwyn Metra Station.
Crazy Horse Bluegrass Festival
A weekend of family fun - Friday and Saturday music performances, concluding on Sunday with a morning gospel show. Bands for 2014 include The Harmans, Trinity River Band, Blue Town, Diamond Hill Station, Charlie & the Girls, Blue River, Illinois Rail, and Rusty Nail Crossing. Food, camping, entertainment.
Crawford County Fair
Featuring Queen & Little Miss Pageant, gospel show, demo derby, truck & tractor pulls, crafts, 4-H livestock exhibits and auction, carnival rides, food booths.
Cowden Pioneer Days
This family friendly festival is set in the city park with plenty of carnival rides, craft vendors, flea market, foods, etc. There is also an IPRA sanctioned rodeo that takes place Friday and Saturday. A demolition derby takes place on Sunday. You can also enjoy the Horseshoe tournament or the arm wrestling. There will also be a large parade Saturday morning. Tour the historical cabins set in the park along with collections.
Country Treasures Craft Show
Freshen up your home and garden for spring! A wide variety of homemade items for sale. Event features holiday items as well.
Country Night in Berwyn with Blue Lorraine, Crazee Heart
Blue Lorraine: If you love to sing country music and you are lucky enough to know the best country musicians for miles and miles...it's about time you do something about it. You might have heard them play as members of the Hoyle brothers and other well known outfits and you may have heard Linda sing a few country tunes here and there. Crazee Heart: John Ballentyne and Gus Noble formed Crazee Heart because they wanted to play their music, their way. They recruited drummer Leslie Walle-Santos and Chicago guitar master Jay Whitehouse. Together they set about building a show that blends John's songwriting craft with a collection of classic and modern covers. Its kind of Americana meets Honky-Tonk and it always ends up rockin'.
Country Folk Art Festival 32nd year
Extraordinary handmade arts and crafts made by award winning artisans. Reproductions of antique American furniture, historic crafts, folk art, primitives, unique Halloween, Christmas creations! Also come original antiques.
CITY: St. Charles
Country Folk Art Festival
Unique handmade Easter and spring items. Historic and primitive crafts, traditional American and Folk art, country furniture and authentic antiques.
CITY: St. Charles
Join Corvette enthusiasts at one of the largest car shows in the nation! Over 13,000 Corvettes are expected to be on display at this event hosted by Mid America Motorworks. Activities include a live Corvette auction, burn-out competitions, technical seminars, live musical entertainment, celebrity autographs and much more!
Coronado PAC - Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
This remarkably versatile band celebrates jazz's large-ensemble tradition by performing a vast repertoire of masterpieces by legends of the genre, including Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Fletcher Henderson, Thelonious Monk, Mary Lou Williams, Billy Strayhorn, Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Goodman, Charles Mingus, Chick Corea, Oliver Nelson, and many others, as well as original works and arrangements.
Concert Dance, Inc. at Ravinia
Chicago’s most inventive performers return once again for two nights to help open Ravinia’s 2014 season, as part of the Ruth Page Festival of Dance. Ravinia regularly commissions new works from Concert Dance Inc. and its award-winning choreographer and artistic director, Venetia Stifler, which are premiered and given repeat performances during the company’s annual sellout appearances. Tickets only $10.
CITY: Highland Park
Concert by Musicians from the Ravinia's Steans Music Institute
Musicians from Ravinia's Stearns Music Institute, lead by violinist Miriam Fried, will kick off its 2014 tour with a performance on its home stage in Highland Park. The program will feature Haydn's Piano Trio in E-flat Major, Schubert's String Quartet No. 15 in G Major and David Ludwig's Aria Fantasy for Piano Quartet. Tickets are $10 or buy a complete package with reserved seating, dinner, catered by City Park Grill served at the same building and adjacent parking for only $40.
CITY: Highland Park
Colour Me Lucky
A new way of celebrating St. Patrick's Day! Colour Me Lucky is a 5k colour run through the town of Hampshire. Run, walk, hop, skip or dance your way through the route. Adults 21 and older will be rewarded a beer at the finish line (green Gatorade for the kiddos) and a band!
Color Vibe 5K
Get ready for the most colorful fun-filled day of your life! You’ll have more color on you than your happy levels can handle! So get your friends and family stretched out for this amazing color blast event where you'll get blasted with color while you run the Color Vibe 5K. Color Vibe is here, and you’re about to get tagged!
Held every year in downtown Chicago, the Color Run is known as the happiest 5k on the planet. The Color Run celebrates healthiness, happiness and individuality. And even though this un-timed event has no winners or prizes to speak of, every runner is showered with colored powder at stations along the route. That does sound fun!
Colona Freedom Celebration
Annual celebration at the Hennepin Canal Parkway featuring a breakfast, the Hennepin Hustle 5kRun/Walk, fishing derby for children 5- 15 years, car show, horseshoe and co-ed softball tournaments and lots of food. Visit for the day and stay for the grand finale fireworks show at dusk.
Cobden Peach Festival
Celebrate the local peach harvest, sponsored by the Cobden Lions Club. Join us for fresh peaches from local orchards, carnival rides and games, crowning of ‘Miss Peach Queen’, homemade food and peach cobbler & pie with a 5K run/walk and parade on Saturday. Free admission.
Clayville Spring Festival
Imagine it's the 1820's at a stage coach stop and pioneer village. Come see how the early settlers lived, artisan demonstrations, historic tours, crafts & games for kids. Re-enactments throughout the day!
CITY: Pleasant Plains
Clayville Fall Festival
Pioneer artisan and craftsman demonstrations, historic building tours, kids activities, craft vendors, food and refreshments. The 10th Illinois Volunteer Calvary Regiment demonstrations and musical entertainment.
CITY: Pleasant Plains
Clayville Fall Festival
Pioneer artisan and craftsman demonstrations, historic building tours, kids activities, craft vendors, reenactments by the 10th Illinois Volunteer Calvary Regiment, Chris Camp-The Whip Guy and with musical entertainment. This will make a memorable day!
CITY: Pleasant Plains
Classics and Chrome Car Show
Classics and Chrome is the largest indoor car show in Northern Illinois and has become one of Rockford's signature events. This automotive haven will display more than 120 vehicles including pre- and post-war classics, sports cars, muscle cars, hot-rod and custom cars, exotic and race cars, specialty cars and motorcycles. Attendees and car owners are both local and national.
CITY: Machesney Park
Classic Film Series: Hollywood and World War II
Highland Community College and the Stephenson County Historical Society partner with the Lindo Theatre to present this film series featuring World War II movies. There will be a brief introduction before each movie and a discussion led by Ed Finch, Director of the Historical Society, and Alan Wenzel, Speech and Communications Instructor at the College, following the movie. The featured movies are: January 8: "Casablanca" 1943; February 5: "30 Seconds Over Tokyo" 1944; March 5: "Run Silent Run Deep" 1955; April 2: "Pride of the Marines" 1945. As a bonus feature for buying a series ticket, the classic 1943 musical, "Hollywood Canteen" will be shown on April 30. There will be a 1:00 pm and 7:00 pm showing for each movie. All movies will be shown at the Lindo Theater. Entire Series plus Musical: $20; Per movie: $5.
Clark County Fair
The 118th annual Clark County Fair features beauty pageants, harness racing, running races, tractor/truck pulls, motocross, demolition derby, horse shows, alpaca and llama show, livestock exhibits, C Bar rodeo, carnival rides and family fun. $5 all you can ride. Free to enter the gates. Grandstand acts $5-$10 per person.
Civil War Weekend
The Shawnee Hills Art Council of Anna Arts Center and P.A.S.T. of Union County are co-sponsoring a Civil War Weekend in Anna, IL. A quick snapshot of the planned events include: Historical bus tour: “Lincoln’s Footsteps and Friends in Anna-Jonesboro”; exhibits which include guns and quilts; re-enactors and encampment; storytelling; and Civil War era food and music. So mark your calendars and plan on coming to Anna Arts Center for a journey back in time.
Civil War Medical Encampment
The Old State Capitol grounds will be transformed into a Civil War Medical Encampment, complete with re-enactors, camp life and activities for the entire family, including authentic Civil War living history programs on the grounds of the Old State Capitol and history education programs in the site's historic rooms.
City of St. Charles RiverFest
Unique among Chicagoland festivals, Riverfest features the annual ancient sport of dragon boat racing, a 40-ton Fantasy Sand Sculpture, water ski shows, carnival, petting zoo, and an assortment of events and entertainment for all ages.
CITY: St. Charles
Cinco de Mayo
A festive Sycamore celebration with games, prizes, crafts, food, petting zoo, live music and family entertainment.
Christmas with the Lincolns
Where did the Lincoln boys hang their stockings for Santa to fill? What might have been in those stockings? What Christmas goodies were on Lincoln's table? Discover how the Lincolns celebrated he holidays by taking a tour through the Lincoln Home.
Christmas in Paris
Come join us for a magical night in Paris, Illinois - full of games, crafts, laughter and fun for the entire family. Most storefronts will be open for shopping or hosting an activity. Most activities are free. All are invited. Visit our facebook page to learn more.
Chinatown Summer Fair
This iconic annual celebration is one of the most ethnically unique outdoor events in the Midwest. Attracting tens of thousands from throughout the region, Chinatown Summer Fair is a true celebration of Far East beauty and culture including food, art and music. Visitors will be amazed by the Lion Dance Procession as well as classical Chinese dance and martial arts demonstrations. There's also Old and New World music acts, kids' activities, artisans, authentic cuisine from neighborhood restaurants and much more.
Nearly two dozen businesses will host either a complimentary chili tasting stop or other treats and refreshments throughout the evening. Festival goers will be given ballets to vote for their favorite chili. Live entertainment will be provided throughout the night.
Chili Cook-Off ICS Illinois State Championship
International Chili Society (ICS) State event held during the Christian County Agricultural Fair. $1000 Grand Prize. Categories: Chili, Chili Verde and Salsa. Held during the Christian County Fair at the fairgrounds in Taylorville.
Chicagoland International Pipe and Tobacciana Show
The largest Pipe Smoking Club Show in the world with vendors from around the globe. On Sunday, they will have the UPCA United States of America National Pipe Smoking Championship, with the winner representing the UPCA in the World Smoking Championships. Adults only.
CITY: St. Charles
Chicagoland Antique Advertising, Slot Machine & Juke Box Show
Antique show with over 300 booths in two exhibition halls. Jukeboxes, pinball machines, arcade games, slot machines, neon signs, coke machines, signs, circus, carnival items, antique gas pumps, gumball machines and more.
CITY: St. Charles
Chicago's Memorial Day Parade
Chicago's Memorial Day Parade honors all men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our country. The Wreath Laying Ceremony will begin at 11am at the Eternal Flame on Daley Plaza (Dearborn and Washington Streets). The parade will step off at noon and proceed south on State Street from Lake Street to Van Buren Street. The Chicago parade is considered one of the largest Memorial Day parades in the nation. Since 1870, Memorial Day parades have graced the streets of Chicago. Wreath Laying Ceremony begins at 11 am; Parade begins at 12 Noon
Chicago White Sox Opening Day
Celebrate the unofficial start to spring with the Chicago White Sox home opener against the Minnesota Twins. First pitch is at 3:10pm at US Cellular Field.
Come join us this summer as the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park blossoms into an urban dance space. Dance to the sounds of 44 different live bands and get into step with dance lessons beforehand. Glide across the restored 4,900-square-foot, 100 percent recycled, open-air dance floor designed by Chicago artist Dan Peterman. Swing, waltz, cha-cha…or simply enjoy the music. Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays Dance Lessons: 6-7pm, Live Music & Dancing: 7:30-9:30pm. Sundays Dance Lessons: 4-5pm, Live Music & Dancing: 5-7pm. All free!
Chicago Kids and Kites Festival
Chicago Kids and Kites Festival is a fun-filled day to celebrate the joys of being a kid. From running around outdoors, flying free paper kites and enjoying family-focused programming including face painting, balloon artists and crafts. All crafts activities are while supplies last. Families will be able to purchase kites onsite at the Kite Harbor booth and enjoy professional kite flying demonstrations and learn tips on how to fly a kite. Weather permitting, the festival will also include the Big Kite Candy Drop, a piñata-like kite filled with candies that drop from the sky. Kids & Kites festival will run from 10am to 4pm on Cricket Hill, near the intersection of Lake Shore Drive and Montrose Ave.
Chicago Gospel Music Festival
Held in Ellis Park, the Chicago Gospel Music Festival showcases the best in local, national and international Gospel Music performers.
Chicago Flower & Garden Show
Sights and scents of beautiful springtime flowers fill the air when the Chicago Flower & Garden Show presents 20 featured gardens from top designers, 34 celebrity Chicago chefs showing how to make sumptuous dishes from garden fare, a shopper's paradise with more than 100 vendors, a children's play area, and illustrated presentations to inspire, educate, and motivate. This nationally-renowned show, drawing tens of thousands each year, returns March 15-23, 2014 at Chicago's Navy Pier. Tickets and info at www.chicagoflower.com
Chicago Fire vs. NY Red Bulls
Be a part of the excitement of Major League Soccer in Chicago. Join us for the home opener vs. NY Red Bulls!
Chicago Cubs Opening Day
Celebrate the unofficial start to spring with the Chicago Cubs home opener against the Milwaukee Brewers. First pitch is at 1:20pm at the historic Wrigley Field.
Chicago Botanic Garden- Weekend Family Classes
Together, adults and children can explore cool things about how plants connect to science, art, history, and culture. Each program includes a variety of hands-on activities and projects, as well as opportunities to bring the Garden home. Programs run from November through April on Saturdays.
Chicago Blues Festival
Sweet Home Chicago has never been better, as the Chicago Blues Festival takes in Grant Park. The largest free admission Blues festival in the world, the three-day festival offers the best in national, international and local blues entertainment on five stages. Bettye Lavette, Aaron Neville and Dr. John among Headliners set to perform at the 31st Annual Chicago Blues Festival
Chicago Air and Water Show
This summertime favorite brings approximately two million people to the lakefront each year to witness the many feats that will be attempted and performed both in water and air. Civilian and military air crafts perform at soaring heights, while parachute teams and flying aerobatic acts entertain the audience below.
Chestnut Mountain Open House & Ski Swap
This ski resort's open house includes hayrides, chairlift rides, resort tours, refreshments, and a ski swap with both new and used equipment available.
Chanticleer 'She Said/He Said' at Ravinia
The world’s reigning male chorus” (The New Yorker) returns to Ravinia with a program displaying its characteristic mix of music spanning 10 centuries, from Gregorian chant to Romantic art song to new, commissioned works and contemporary music arrangements. “She Said/He Said” explores music and texts depicting the feminine ideal in ancient times and forward to the harmony and tension between the sexes as set by later composers. Tickets for reserved seats are $40-$60 and lawn seats are $10.
CITY: Highland Park
Chandlerville's Annual Burgoo, Fish Fry and Homecoming
Serving traditional burgoo, fried buffalo with all the trimmings on Saturday only. Flea market, carnival, pancake breakfast, other contests. Parade at 10:00 am Saturday; free entertainment and dancing Friday and Saturday evening. Also kids games, softball tournament, and new this year - Burgoo Boogie 5K run/walk on Saturday morning. Held at Elmwood Park.
Chamabana Moms Children's Concert Sunday
Held at Allerton Music Barn at Allerton Park & Retreat Center, and featuring interactive exhibits from Orpheum Children’s Museum and others, join us for a fun and kid friendly concert. Serving Food and Drink. Ticket reservations required.
Challenge of the Bluffs
Beginning in front of the Riverbender.com Community Center, runners will make their way up a scenic and challenging 5-mile route through the Christian Hill and Fairmount neighborhoods and finish on Belle and 4th Street. Walking participants have the option of a 2-mile route to Riverview Park and back on the same course.
Central Illinois Braggin' Rights KCBS BBQ Competition
Some of the top KCBS and backyard BBQ teams in the Midwest compete for $14,000 in cash prizes. Featuring BBQ equipment and BBQ food vendors, kids activities, and close up looks at some of the big time BBQ teams you have seen on the Food Channel.
Celebrate Women's History Month at Oak Park Public Library
On Thursday, March 20th at 2pm, celebrate Women's History Month! Learn about one of the most celebrated female World War II resistance fighters when local author, Kathryn Atwood, shares stories from the book, "Code Name Pauline." Pearl Witherington, age 29, parachuted into France to aid the French Resistance as a special agent for the British Special Operations Executive (SOE) in September, 1943. Eventually, she rose to command 3,500 French Resistance fighters. This book contains never-before-published photographs from Pearl's personal collection.
CITY: Oak Park
Celebrate the Great Lakes Naval Station's 103th Birthday
Come and celebrate the Naval Station's 103th Birthday in a "BIG" way! Enjoy two full days of "fire-cracking" festival fun at one of the biggest celebrations in the region! Each day, the celebration will include three stages of exciting live music and family entertainment, a bingo tent with thousands of dollars worth of prizes, a craft fair with handmade items, the Gridiron. Experience with interactive football activities including a "Kicks for Cash" competition, the Kid's Zone with plenty to do for children of all ages, roving entertainment/costumed characters, thrilling carnival rides and games, a 5K Twilight Run, delicious festival food and beverage booths all available from local area vendors, and lots and lots more! Then enjoy the amazing firework displays that will take place this year on both July 3rd and 4th! Free admission. Thursday hours 3pm-11:30pm and Friday hours 12pm-10pm.
CITY: North Chicago
Cedarville Summer Celebration
The 9th annual Cedarville Summer Celebration is a collaborative effort by the Village of Cedarville, Cedarville Lions Club and RAMP. There will be free hot dogs, chips and soda starting a 5 pm. There will be demonstrations by Cedarville Fire Department, games for kids, a vendor market, pillow bingo and Cake-n-roll with all proceeds to benefit RAMP services. There is no charge to attend the event, but there will be charges for individual games.
Cedarhurst Craft Fair Preview Night
Every year visitors look forward to the Cedarhurst Craft Fair Friday evening preview, featuring jazz, great food and beverages, and first choice among hundreds of vendors' merchandise.
CITY: Mount Vernon
Cedarhurst Craft Fair
More than 160 exhibitors from throughout the country show and sell diverse craft items. Includes continuous entertainment, children's activities, and a variety of food.
CITY: Mount Vernon
Cave-In-Rock Frontier Day
Cave-In-Rock Frontier Festival is held on the banks of the beautiful Ohio River. The festival, which commemorates the extensive and colorful history connected to Cave-In-Rock and the surrounding community, is an entertaining and fun filled community event. First held in the 1960’s, the celebration includes a parade, carnival, various entertainment held in the Old Opry House, food and craft vendors. A Little Miss and Mister Frontier Days and Frontier Queen pageant is a highlight as well as various other activities. Come join the festivities for a weekend of fun and entertainment. Contact Information: Perry Foster 618-289-3369
CITY: Cave In Rock
On January 25, 2003, the Marriott Theatre presented a new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s CATS directed and choreographed by Marc Robin. It quickly became the best-selling show in our long history. Cats, based on the poems of T.S. Eliot, with its legendary score, provides the setting for spectacular and breathtaking dance. Our intimate surroundings bring you closer than ever to “The Jellicle Ball” with trouble-makers Mungojerrie and Rumpleteazer, the magical Mr. Mistoffelees and the suave Rum Tum Tugger. Let the “Memory” live again!
Cat Power and Rufus Wainwright at Ravinia
Come out for a great night of opera with Cat Power and Rufus Wainwright at the beautiful Ravinia Festival. Bring the friends, a picnic and enjoy this great evening under the stars. Tickets are $50-$70 for reserved and $27 for lawn seats in advance and $32 the day of the concerts.
CITY: Highland Park
Cass County Fair
Held at the fairgrounds in Virginia, IL, and featuring a queen pageant, tractor pull, demo derby, antique tractors, livestock exhibits, livestock auction and kids games and activities.
Casey Corner Car Show
This 10th annual event is presented by car enthusiast Bobby Staley and features Best of Show, Best Paint and Best Engine categories. Over 100 entries in 19 categories. Local charitable groups will have food stands. The is a vehicle registration fee (proceeds to local charities) but admission is free. Located at corner of US 40 and IL 49.
Carl Sandburg in Elmhurst
Prairie poet, Lincoln biographer, newspaperman, political activist, movie critic, family man, author - Carl Sandburg wore many hats during the 1920s when he resided with his family in the Chicago suburb of Elmhurst. This new exhibit, created by the Elmhurst Historical Museum staff, features many rare photos, video footage, and artifacts related to Sandburg from his prolific Elmhurst years. The exhibit profiles one of America's most influential literary figures as he ascended to international fame as one of our country's most beloved poets, an Illinois Poet Laureate, and winner of two Pulitzer prizes. See our Adult Programs, Family Programs and Special Events pages for many interesting exhibit-related activities.
Capital City Celebration
Let's celebrate the birth of the nation on July 4th! Entertainment starts at noon with local bands, free activities for children. Enjoy food, refreshments and fireworks at dusk.
Adapted from T.H. White's novel The Once and Future King, Camelot is a valiant Broadway musical that will transport audiences to the magical and mythical days of medieval England. The legendary characters King Arthur, Queen Guenevere, Sir Lancelot and Merlyn come alive in this exciting tale of love and chivalry. The classic production features a lush, romantic score including "If Ever I Would Leave You," "Camelot," "How to Handle a Woman," and "Follow Me."
CITY: Oakbrook Terrace
Cambridge Fest & Auto Show
If you enjoy classic cars and trucks in a historic downtown setting, please join us for the annual Cambridge Main Street Fest & Auto Show in Cambridge. Over 150 cars, trucks and motorcycles will be on display. The day offers live entertainment, tours of the Historical Heritage Village, a bake sale, N & G Scale train display, food and craft vendors, along with many other activities. The evening ends with a street dance.
Cache River Nature Festival
Enjoy the area’s rich bird life and wetland habitat. A 12-minute orientation film gives a wonderful overview and introduction of the watershed, explaining the unique bio-diversity of the flora and fauna that can be experienced here. Visitors can also acquaint themselves with the area by exploring an interactive diorama of a bald cypress-water tupelo swamp, area state champion tree information and changing landscape displays. Activities include guided field trips, canoe tours, live bird demonstrations and various exhibits from 8am to 4pm.
Cabela's King Kat Tournament Trail
This catfish tournement will be held at Fort Massac State Park, Metropolis. Bring a rod & reel and enter to win prizes and cash. A $500 big fish award will be given. A kids tournament is also planned.
Cabaret is Kander and Ebb’s legendary musical about English cabaret performer Sally Bowles, American writer Cliff Bradshaw, and the decadence of 1929 Berlin. With mounting fear and uncertainty outside, your Emcee welcomes you into a world where your troubles are left at the door. This Tony Award-winning musical features a classic score including “Maybe This Time,” “Don’t Tell Mama,” “Money,” and of course, “Cabaret.” So “come hear the music play” in this musical theatre treasure. Suggested for audiences aged 16 years and up.
Buzz the Gut Cruise Night & Car Show
"Let's Buzz the Gut"- A common term used by the youth of many generations for cruising the downtown and outlying areas of Dwight. Enjoy classic cars on display, food vendors, displays, music. Car awards at 8pm. Over 100 cars entered.
Burpee Museum Exhibit - Megalodon: Largest Shark that Ever Lived
This traveling exhibit highlights the evolution, biology and misconceptions of Megalodon, an enormous prehistoric shark that once swam the world's oceans. The Megalodon shark is related to the modern great white and mako sharks and was a dominant marine predator for 15 million years before it vanished 2 million years ago.
Explore the wonderful world of bugs! Travel the Fox River bike trail from Red Oak to Lippold Park and meet these amazing creatures that live in the ponds, prairies and forests. This stroller-friendly event includes demonstrations, hands-on activities, prizes and giveaways - all bug-inspired.
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Bubble Festival - Discovery Center Museum
Discovery Center celebrates National Bubble Week with bubble-celebrity Geoffrey Akins’ live performances and sudsy science fun. After the show, join us in the Bubble-Palooza Playground to test your soapy skill with bubble art and activities for the whole family!
Bridge The Gap to Health Marathon
Bridge the Gap to Health 5K, 10K and 1/2 marathon takes off across the Mississippi River each spring, spanning runners and walkers across two bridges. Beginning at 8am and held May 17th in Clat Adams Park on Quincy's Riverfront.
Bring the entire family for an afternoon of fun! See spectacular creations all built from LEGO bricks by LEGO enthusiasts from around the world. Enjoy interactive activities, such as the LEGO and DUPLO play brick areas, seek and finds, and more!
Bourbonnais Friendship Festival
During the five days of fun, rides, games, shows, beer garden, parades, teen Idol, baby contest and more. You are bound to see astronauts, Martians, the Jetsons, Buzz Lightyear, Luke Skywalker and more as you orbit the festival grounds.