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French Wine Pairing Dinner at Pere Marquette Lodge
Let our Chef awaken your senses at this four course Gourmet Wine Pairing Dinner hosted at Pere Marquette Lodge. Enjoy the excellent company of an intimate dinner party as you partake in each of the three specially selected wines which complement each delectable dish. Call (618)786-2331 for details and to make reservations.
Autumn Craft & Treasures Market
The 44th annual Autumn Craft & Treasures Market, sponsored by the Sycamore Music Boosters, is part of the Sycamore Pumpkin Festival weekend October 29 & 30, 2016. This event will be held at the Sycamore High School Fieldhouse, Saturday, October 29 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday, October 30 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. There are over 250 vendors featuring a wide variety of quality crafts, handmade wood products, specialty items such as wool products, candles, spices, candies, antiques, ceramics and much more.
Morton Downtown Super Cruise In
Morton Downtown Super Cruise July 9, 2016 Since 2004 the Village of Morton has been the location for 1-day Vintage Car Cruise. Over 500 cars manufactured from 1930 to 2013 converge upon the village for the 6 hour event, which draws about 1200 visitors. 1950`s music fills the streets and great “All American” food is served in the local restaurants. No entry fee for cars or people.
Byron Dragway Meltdown Drags
The annual Byron Dragway Meltdown Drags is a 3 day event that recreates a 1960’s era drag meet. It features cars from 1966 and older because that was a time when gassers were king! Go to the website for full racing schedule and make sure to follow them on Facebook.
Highwood Days & Taco Fest
This year marks the 48th anniversary of Highwood’s oldest festival. Complete with carnival rides, funnel cakes, a beer & margarita garden, live music and tons of food from local vendors – this is the most traditional festival and will not disappoint! To add to the excitement, Highwood debuts the First Annual North Shore Taco Fest where we will bring together the region’s best taco-centric restaurants, caterers and food trucks to offer a wide range of mouth watering taco creations.
Route 66 Raceway
The world's greatest drag racers light up The World's Premier Drag Racing Facility. See stars like John Force, Ron Capps and Erica Enders-Stevens take to the track! Every ticket is a pit pass and your all-access pass into the epicenter of the drivers and teams as they prep these 10,000-horsepower machines! Feel the rumble beneath your feet, smell the nitro and prepare to be blown away by dragsters exceeding speeds over 300 mph. Four days of racing await and you can experience one or all of them!
Mannheim Steamroller at U.S. Cellular Coliseum
The show features classic Christmas hits from Mannheim Steamroller all with dazzling multimedia effects in an intimate setting. The spirit of the season comes alive with the signature sound of Mannheim Steamroller. Performance begins at 8pm
35th Annual YMCA/FHN Triathlon
Start training for the longest, continually running triathlon in the Midwest. This 35th Annual YMCA and FHN Triathlon event has a rich tradition, and new this year – a Duathlon. The YMCA is the perfect venue for both seasoned and first-time tri/duathletes. Complete the course on your own or divide the course with friends (Register on line at www.freeportymca.org or call 815-235-9622 for more information.
The 38th Annual Alpine Races
Presented by the Alpine Runners, this is a 1/2 Marathon, 5K Run/Walk, Youth Mile, and also offers kid's races. Something for all runners and the whole family. The races run through the streets and along the shores of beautiful Paulus Park in Lake Zurich. Gatorade, water, and time splits will be available along the course. Food and drinks will be available to participants at the finish line. No dogs, strollers, bikes, rollerblades or headphones are allowed in the races please.
2nd Annual Pietown Gospel Music Festival & Ron Dunning Memorial Car Cruise
We are very excited to welcome you, your friends, and your family to the second annual Pietown Gospel Music Festival Have a pork steak, enjoy an ear of corn, chill with some refreshments, stroll through our classic cars, let your kids play in the Kidzone and enjoy the music. For more information, call (618) 550-9291 or email Greg@bluffcitytours.com
DuPage County Fair
The DuPage County Fair provides a variety of fun for all ages. Great music and entertainment, food, moto cross shows, demolition derbies, horse and reptile shows, hands-on activities, carnival rides, petting zoo, pony rides, and so much more! Come for the Fair food and stay for the fun!
Yorkville's 4th of July Celebration
The Yorkville Independence Day Parade steps off on Game Farm Road and proceeds to Somonauk Street, King Street, West Main Street, Church Street and ends at the water tower. Town Square activities begin immediately after the parade and will include children's foot races, rides, water fights, food vendors and a performance by the Yorkville Community Band. Fireworks begin at dusk near the corner of Rt. 47 and Countryside Pkwy. The Yorkville Big Band is scheduled to perform at 8 pm at the Larson-Nelson Funeral Home. All 4th of July activities are free and open to the public. Food and drink are available for purchase.
Indian Princess Storytelling at the Confluence Tower
Meet Indian Princesses Pocahontas and Sacajawea during a special storytelling experience Saturday, July 9 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The two princesses will appear at the Tower's outdoor amphitheater for a storytelling session and meet and greet. Bring lawn chairs and blankets for seating. Admission is free although there is a charge to tour the Tower. For more information, call (618) 258-9101.
Radio Birds Concert at Central Park
Radio Birds’ lively, heartfelt Americana style is the result of four guys writing music together under the belief that it must be played live, and it must be played everywhere. Come listen to them through the Levitt Amp Music Series in the Downtown Jacksonville Square. Opening act Hot Town Trio begins at 5:30 with Radio Birds to follow.
Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival
The Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival will be presenting its 2015 festival from July 24 – 31 at AMC Randhurst 12 in Mount Prospect, Illinois. The festival regularly exhibits over 30 films from around the globe that compete for a variety of awards that range in genre, production, performance and audience categories. Each film selected for exhibition and competition is screened in one theater over the course of eight days. Judges experience each film for the first time along with the audience.
Liberty 5k Run/Walk
Start your Independence Day festivities early this year with some good fun and exercise! On July 3rd, the Morris Downtown Development Partnership (MDDP) will be bringing the 7th annual Liberty 5K Run/Walk back to downtown Morris! The Liberty Run 5K Run/Walk will take place at 7:15 p.m. in downtown Morris. Beginning at Liberty and Jefferson streets, the course will take you through Nostalgic Downtown Morris, area parks, neighborhoods and returns downtown on Liberty Street. The course is completely paved, primarily flat, with some slight hills for a fast and enjoyable race. The Liberty 5K is a chip timed race on a certified course. The event honors, supports and recognizes our military personnel. The race is free to attend. To participate, sign up by June 26 for only $25. (Later entries are $30). Your kids can have fun as well in our kids runs! Only $5 per child (registration on Race Day only).
Travis Tritt at the Liberty Bank Alton Amphitheater
More than 27-years after Travis Tritt launched his music career, the Southern-rock influenced artist continues to display strong sales activity, sell-out shows, and stay true and relevant to Country music fans across the globe. “Country Club,” “Help Me Hold On,” “I’m Gonna Be Somebody” and “Drift Off to Dream” peaked at numbers two and three on the Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts; all which led for Tritt to win Top New Male Artist award from Billboard and the CMA Horizon Award.
Garry Allan Concert at Morgan County Fairgrounds
Spend an evening listening to country artist Gary Allan at the Morgan County Fairgrounds! Standard tickets are $20 and "Big" Tickets, which put you at front stage, are $30. Opening act Madhoss Jackson begins at 7:30 with Gary Allan to follow at 9. Rain or shine, this concert is sure to be a good time.
Fivefold Concert at Central Park
Along with opening act Inner Outlines, Fivefold is sure to give you an exciting Friday evening in Downtown Jacksonville through the Levitt Amp Music Series. Fivefold has developed a distinctive sound that is powerful, unique and different than what you would expect to hear from a standard heavy rock band.
AKC Dog Show
The AKC Dog Show will be held on July 23-24 at the WU Student Recreation Center. All breeds will be welcome for entry. For more information, please visit onofrio.com.
Alton Marina 20th Anniversary Party
Celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Alton Marina with music by The Boat Drunks, a year-in-review slideshow hosted by Elite Events and Black Iron BBQ will be there for all your BBQ needs! For more information, call (618) 462-9860.
MSI After Hours: Brick Bash
MSI’s first public nighttime event includes exclusive access to MSI’s newest temporary exhibit, Brick by Brick, and other popular exhibitions. Guests ages 21 and older will enjoy a night at the Museum in partnership with WBEZ Chicago. Listen to a live “General Admission” podcast taping with Adam Reed Tucker, LEGO® Certified Professional and builder of the 13 impressive LEGO-built structures in Brick by Brick. Build your own sliders or work with an expert mixologist to build your own cocktail.
Geneseo Aisle of Flags
City Park sidewalks are lined with more than 600 flags to honor veterans and those who served our country. Organized & Sponsored by the Aisle of Flags committee.
Get in the game, a game for life! All ages welcome and open to the public. Includes free USA 1-2-3 tennis lessons for juniors and adults, free clinics, Little Mo Regionals, 54-event tournament, Chicago District Junior Team Tennis Championships, pet contest and more! Celebration of the sport of tennis. Opportunities for learning, building self-esteem, competition, coping, problem solving, decision making, and team building. All day.
8th Annual Miles for Meso 5K Race
The annual Alton Miles for Meso 5K Race & 2K Fun Run/Walk will take place in downtown Alton. The race begins at the Simmons Hanly Conroy Law Firm building, across from Marquette High School, and winds through the historic, brick streets of downtown Alton. Cash prizes awarded. All registration fees benefit research from Mesothelioma, one of the most aggressive types of cancer. For additional information, call (877) 304-MESO(6376)
Bad Boys of Baseball
Don’t miss a Q&A with Jose Canseco and John Rocket, and of course a great night of Grizzlies Baseball! A spectacular fireworks show will follow the game.
Chris Janson Concert at Morgan County Fairgrounds
If your taste is in country music, then Chris Janson at the Morgan County Fairgrounds is where you need to be! Standard tickets are $20 and "Big" Tickets, which put you at front stage, are $30. Opening act Broseph E. Lee begins at 7:30 with Chris Janson to follow at 9. Rain or shine, this concert is sure to be a good time.
Aaron Kamm and the One Drops at Central Park
Relax for an evening and listen to this band play in Downtown Jacksonville through the Levitt Amp Music Series at 7 p.m. Aaron Kamm and the One Drops merge flavors of roots reggae, Mississippi river blues, improv-laced jams and soulful vocals.
World Rolle Bolle Tournament
Rolle Bolle developed by Belgians, is a game of skill similar to horseshoes. This event draws over 50 three-man teams. Tournaments begin Friday for teams, Saturday for State and Sunday is the World Rolle Bolle Event held at Howe’s Park in Annawan. Come see how it’s done! Activities begin at 10 am.
Morris Day at the Genesee
Longtime Prince collaborator and full-time smooth Morris Day is one of the most swaggering and peacockish funk performers to hit the stage since the Purple One himself. As the frontman of the Time, the charismatic Day built a serious name for himself in the ‘80s with his colorful showmanship, introducing international audiences to his slick stage presence in musical films like Purple Rain and Graffiti Bridge. Tickets are $29.50-$54.00.
Waterman Summerfest & Tractor Show
Come join us for a day of affordable family fun in the park. All kinds of kid's entertainment: Live music, Crafter/Flea market, Petting zoo, Train rides, Pedal pull, Tractor pull & Tractor/truck parade, draw down raffle, food concession and many other attractions. Starts at 6 a.m. with breakfast. And ends late evening after a fireworks show and live bands by the beer garden.
Rapture Ruckus Concert at Central Park
The Levitt Amp Music Series presents Rapture Ruckus in Downtown Jacksonville at 7 p.m. Formerly a Christian hip-hop crew, Rapture Ruckus now infuses multiple musical genres into their sound, creating their own unique brand of Christian rock.
Angela Perley and the Howlin Moons at Central Park
Summer is coming to a close so wind down on a Friday evening with the Levitt Amp Music Series in Downtown Jacksonville with Angela Perley and the Howlin Moons. Angela Perley's nostalgic and high-energy rock music tells stories of love, death, railroads and everything in-between.
32nd Annual Antique & Classic Boat Show
The 32nd Annual Antique & Classic Boat Show will feature over 40 wooden and classic fiberglass boats in-water for the public to view. Owners will eagerly share their boat's history while docked at Famous Freddies piers in Fox Lake. The classics range in age from the 1930's to the 1970's. It's a great opportunity for people of all ages to experience something they may have only seen in movies.
MSI Summer Brick Party
To celebrate our temporary exhibition Brick by Brick, the Museum of Science and Industry is hosting a Summer Brick Party on Saturday, July 16. Get creative at interactive build stations courtesy of LEGOLAND Discovery Center Chicago. Catch a free screening of “The LEGO Movie.” See impressive brick replicas, like the Chicago skyline, on display. Learn how to build your own podcast, hosted by WBEZ Chicago. Other activities include a performance by musical act Ben and the Tatar Tots, brick character face masks, face painting, and LEGO® Minifigure caricature portraits.
Old Salt Union Concert at Central Park
The last concert of the Levitt Amp Music Series is one that you do not want to miss. In addition to Old Salt Union, see additional act Lowder & Manning. Music begins at 11 a.m. Old Salt Union is a bluegrass band that takes pride in playing music by its own set of rules.
Independence Day 5K Run/Walk
Wear your red, white and blue and show your patriotic spirit at The Independence Day 5K Run! The run will be held on a USATF certified course with chip timing. Walkers are also allowed and welcomed! This is a family friendly event, however, strollers, bikes and dogs are not allowed for safety purposes. Race meeting point is the Hopkins Park Shelter - on site registration will be cash only, early registration is encouraged.
Batavia's 4th of July Sky Concert
The City of Batavia is proud to host one of the most celebrated 4th of July fireworks productions in the western suburbs of Chicago, which we proudly call the “Sky Concert.” It has a more than 50-year history of being produced and paid for by local citizens.
The Fog Lights at Jacoby Arts Center
The Fog Lights have been a long time coming. After a year of playing shows and recording, their album "Manhassett" debuts on July 25th. The first single- "Lead the Way"- features the pair's sweet, high harmonies and dual acoustic guitars, backed with brushed drums and bursts of harmonica. Under it all, gently subversive banjo anchors the folked-ip aesthetic that runs through the album. Loading with chirped strums and warm harmonies. "Manhassett" is minimalist and delicate, sometimes forgoing instruments for punctuated a cappella single lines.For more information, call (618) 462-5222.
Roodhouse Sesquicentennial Celebration
Come celebrate 150 years of food, family and fun in Roodhouse! Festivities include the "There Is No Place Like Home" parade, car show, youth day, heath fair, demonstrators and craft vendors, quilt show, amusement rides, little miss pageant, historical museum, beer tent, BINGO games, historical play, and community church service. Plenty of food vendors and two stages of free entertainment daily. Free parking and free admission.
DCI Marching Band Tour
The Drum Corps International Tour will march it's way to WIU's Hanson Field on August 2. Show time will begin at 7 PM, and tickets will range from $12-$25. To order tickets in advance, and for official prices, please visit dcitickets.showare.com.
Red, White, and Brew
Spend July 3rd the right way in Alton! Old Bakery Beer Co. and Hansen Meat Co. are throwing a fireworks viewing party with live music entertainment from One Take Band starting at 6 p.m. Fireworks show starts at 9 p.m. For more information, call (618) 465-4400. Admission: $5 cover includes chair for the night, and access to concessions!
Andover Swedish Service at Jenny Lind Chapel
Join in a celebration of American pioneer faith held in the historic church "Jenny Lind Chapel". The church as constructed in the early 1850's and named for the celebrated Swedish singer, Jenny Lind. Join a celebration of American pioneer faith at Jenny Lind Chapel. The church is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Starting at 4pm to 6pm.
Flatland Summer Jam
Flatland Summer Jam is almost here! The jam-packed event will feature many musicians with headliner being Levi Riggs. Taking place on August 27 in Veteran's Park, come and enjoy the live music from 12 to 10 PM. A bags tournament will also be taking place! To sign up or view the official line up, check out the website at flatlandsummerjam.com.
Fireworks in Grafton, Illinois
Come out early for entertainment and food specials at local restaurants. As the sun goes down, fireworks will light up the nights sky! For more information, call (618) 786-7000.
MIP Arts & Crafts Fair
Heralded as one of the largest arts and crafts fairs in the Midwest, the MIP Arts & Crafts Fair features over 200 vendors - both indoors and outdoors in Milan, Illinois just a few minutes from Rock Island and Moline in the Quad Cities. You are sure to find a treasure to take home with you!
Bill Engvall at the Genesee Theatre
Bill Engvall is a Grammy nominated, multi-platinum recording artist and one of the top known comedians in the country. Known for his part in the Blue Collar Comedy troupe, Envall's humor and southern charm will make it a night not to be missed.
Huskie Chi-Town Showdown
Northern Illinois University and the University of Toledo will play in the "Huskie Chi-Town Showdown," the first football game in the 25-year history of U.S. Cellular Field, on Wednesday, November 9, 2016. Annually one of the Mid-American Conference's premiere contests, the #MACtion game between MAC West Division rivals will air nationally on an ESPN Network at a time to be determined. Single game tickets for the Huskie Chi-Town Showdown will be priced at $45, $55 and $65 and will go on sale via Ticketmaster on August 1 along with single game tickets for NIU's five Huskie Stadium home games. NIU students will be admitted free with their OneCard and can purchase student guest tickets for $22.
Shop, Sip Socialize #ProudlyDeKalb
Come Sip, Shop, & Socialize in Downtown DeKalb. Stores will be offering Sidewalk sales and new inventory! The Stage Coach Players and the Garage Orchestra will providing entertainment. Downtown Merchants are also raffling off a basket full of goodies.
Aurora Historical Society's Independence Day Celebration
Join the Aurora Historical Society Open House at the Museum! Entertainment on the lawn, a picnic, petting zoo, magician, games, crafts, a pie-eating contest, music by Hudson Crossing and of course, the national bell-ringing ceremony at 1 pm. A free family celebration! (11 am - 2 pm)
Sugar Grove Corn Boil
Join Sugar Grove for their annual festival commemorating sweet corn. Enjoy live entertainment, carnival, parade crafts, 5K race, fireworks, beer tent and lots of corn!
Carlos Menica at the Genesee Theatre
Known for his brash comedy about politics and race, Carlos Mencia has been winning over audiences with his take-no-prisoners performing style and humorous observations for decades. Mencia’s show pokes fun at everything and everything, from talking about racist road signs to having religious figures wrestle each other. Ticket prices from $38-$48.
Stars & Stripes 5K Run presented by First Midwest Bank
The Tinley Park-Park District hosts three races each year. Whether you’re a seasoned cross country runner or just want to set a new fitness goal, our 5K and 8K races bring the community together around the central goal of achieving a new personal-best time. Even walkers enjoy participating with friends and family to get everyone out and moving! Race t-shirts are available for purchase while supplies last. Kick of Independence Day with our Stars & Stripes 5K Race. Awards for top male/female in each category and overall. Pre-registration closes 6/24/16 at 3PM. $22/$16 without shirt. 8AM.
Elmhurst Craft Beer Festival
More than 50 craft brews, ciders, music, and snacks will be on hand for your enjoyment! Rain or shine, come out for a fun day.
Rock the Hops 2016
Rock the Hops returns to Downtown Alton, Il. A celebration of music, art and craft beer featuring some of the best purveyors of the goods in the region! Tickets are $15 a person with grants you access to beer sampling at each venue, a souvenir tasting glass, and access to shuttles. Beer sampling not your thing? Come out anyway and enjoy music, art and the venues' normal offerings!
Autumn Solstice Haunted Extravaganza
Meet paranormal investigators, have a free Tarot card reading and take a free tour of the Historic Museum of Torture Devices during the Mineral Springs Haunted Autumn Solstice Extravaganza. There will be speakers, vendors, door prizes and so much more! For more information, call (618) 465-3200.
Metaphysically Fit Fest Yorkville
Live music, food, yoga, meditation, massage, reflexology, reiki, acupuncture, and much more! Partnering with the City of Yorkville's Veggie Fest. Live entertainment includes Indika Reggae Band, The Giving Tree Band and The Seventh Sons.
Cambridge Aisle of Flags
Rosedale Cemetery is filled with flags honoring veterans and those who served our country.
The Loop! Lansing on Pedals
Enjoy a fun, relaxing bike ride through Lansing, Illinois and surrounding communities. This is not a race, but a family-friendly fun event. This year's route is better than ever! What's really exciting about this year? We have 1 ride that starts at 7:00pm and you can choose to stay on or jump off. Yep, if you prefer to ride a shorter route, you still can and enjoy delicious food at the end! 7PM
Sauce Alton Food Truck Festival
This even will feature food trucks from around the region offering global street food cuisine. In addition, the amphitheater's concession team will offer beverages of all types to compliment the food trucks. Live music will be showcased on the amphitheater stage with Boogie Chyld as the Food Truck Festival's headliner. The Alton Food Truck Festival is free to the general public. Each food truck will have a different food offering with a range of prices. For more information, call (800) 258-6645.
River Bassin' Tournament
The River Bassin Trail is an affordable tournament trail for river bass fishing anglers of all types. Whether you’re a beginner or a hard core tournament angler there is a reason to come have some fun with us at some of the tour stops. It matters not if you fish out of a kayak or canoe. We just want people to see and respect the beauty of our nation’s rivers so that they’re taken care of and given the attention they deserve for future generations to also enjoy. Trail begins on the Fox River in Batavia and ends at Silver Springs State Park, Yorkville/Plano.
The Little River Band at the Genesee
The Little River Band is stronger than ever with a rock/country crossover sound and the unmistakable feeling of a band really enjoying itself. Join them at the Genesee with special guests Ambrosia.
Eagle Meet and Greet & Raptor Awareness Program
This program gives you the opportunity to see multiple species of birds of prey including an American Bald Eagle up close and personal! Ask and learn about their species and habitats. For more information, call (800) 258-6645.
24th Annual State Championship Chili Cook-Off
Come taste the best chili in the State of Illinois and share in the excitement. Three categories of competition: (1) Illinois State Championship Chili Cook-Off (2) Traditional (includes Restaurant Division) (3) New Salsa. Chili & Salsa tasting begins at 2 pm. Tasting cups available for a small fee. Free admission. Concession Available. Presented by Batavia Parks in cooperation by the Batavia Chamber of Commerce and Confident Aire.
Kewanee Windmont Park Lighting and Parade
Walk through the magical park, listen to caroler and enjoy cookies in the Shelterhouse. Drive and view the lights throughout the city streets and neighborhoods of Edgewood, Prospect and Chestnut.
2017 NCAA National Golf Championships at Rich Harvest Farms
The 2017 NCAA National Golf Championships will be held at Rich Harvest Farms and hosted for the first time by Northern Illinois University, with play taking place from May 19-24 (women) and May 26-31 (men). Sugar Grove will be only the third Illinois city to host the Division I Golf Championships. Cook County’s Olympia Fields Country Club hosted the men’s championship in 1943, while Conway Farms Golf Club outside of Chicago played host to the men’s as well in 1997.
Frozen at the Tower
It may be hot this summer, but the Lewis and Clark Confluence Tower is celebrating all things "Frozen" on Saturday, Aug. 6. Anna and Elsa from the movie "Frozen" will be on the upper two levels of the Tower for a meet and greet event and photos with their fans. Free Frozen souvenir balloon art from Jay "The Balloon Dude". Tower admission is $1 for children and $2 for adults.
McPike Mansion Halloween Campout
Visit the spirited McPike Mansion and celebrate Halloween during the annual McPike Mansion Halloween Campout. Visit the wine cellar to communitcate with the spirits of McPike Mansion while you enjoy food and fun. Reservations can be made by calling (618) 830-2179. Admission is $35 per person. (18+ only)
Tri-County Olden Days
Come out and enjoy a family oriented event that has something for everyone in Dow, Illinois! A steam, gas and threshing show will feature antique tractors, engines and heritage demonstrations, along with an antique tractor pull. There will be live entertainment both days, with Cowboy Church on Sunday. Shop the large craft & flea market and enjoy lots of good "old-fashioned" food. Admission is $5 per person. Children 12 and under are free.
Dig out your berets and bowlers, ushankas and sombreros, and celebrate diversity in style! This event is a dancing, eating, creating and learning celebration of Aurora’s diverse cultures, past and present, benefitting Family Focus Aurora, World Relief and the Aurora Historical Society. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. 4-8 pm
Historic LaSalle Street Auto Show
Historic LaSalle Street (Aurora) comes alive with classic cars. The block of LaSalle Street between Downer Place and Benton Street is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Cars were first sold and serviced in Aurora on LaSalle Street in 1907. LaSalle Street was fondly called "LaSalle Street Auto Row". Food vendors, games, prizes and cars! 9 am - 3 pm
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 - Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway
Make sure to join us for the first races in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup! As the first of 10 Chase races, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 begins NASCAR's thrilling playoffs. With a wide variety of family friendly options, you can't beat summer at Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway.
Lucy Haskell's Birthday Celebration
A beloved Alton event, please join us in Haskell Park to celebrate the 136th birthday of Lucy Haskell! Pony rides, vintage games, lemonade cake and ice cream. Hope to see you there! For more information on Lucy's Birthday party, call (618) 465-3026.
The Great Godfrey Triathlon
The Village of Godfrey will host its second annual Great Godfrey Triathlon in the end of August 2016. All athletes are encouraged to participate in this swimming, biking, and running competition. The course will consist of a open swim in the pond at Glazebrook Park, a 14 mile bike race through picturesque Godfrey and a 5K trail run. Early race packet pick up will be available on Friday, August 26 from 3 - 4:30 pm at the Godfrey Village Hall. Packets will also be available for pick up on the day of the race beginning at 5:30 am onsite. Awards will be handed out for the top three male and female finishers in each age division in addition to the top overall male and female finishers. The Great Godfrey Triathlon is participating in the muniTri series in association with Fleet Feet. Entry fee includes a souvenir t-shirt and complimentary lunch. Lunch will be available for purchase for guests and spectators. Please contact the Godfrey Parks and Recreation Department at (618) 466-1483 for additional information. Sponsorship opportunities are still available as well. Please contact the Park and Recreation Department to sponsor the event.
Dueling Pianos at Grafton Winery The Vineyards
Dueling Pianos are coming to Grafton Winery The Vineyards. Join us to sing and dance the night away with Spanky Entertainment. Tickets are $30 per person plus tax and gratuity. Ticket includes dinner and show. Wine Club members enjoy 10% off. Advanced reservations required 618-786-3001.
Jersey County Historic Society's Annual Apple Fest
Enjoy this year's Jersey County Historic Society's Annual Apple Fest. Throughout the day, visitors can browse craft booths, demonstrations, quilt raffle, kettle corn and children's games. Pioneer stew, ham & beans with cornbread, and sweet treats will be sold throughout the day. Historic tours of the Cheney Mansion, Log House and Lone Star School are $5 for adults; free for children 6 and under. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the day. All other events are free. For more information, call (618) 498-2811.
I Never Sang for My Father at the Winneshiek Playhouse
Winneshiek Playhouse, 228 W. Clark, Freeport. 7:30 pm. Gene, a college professor, has tried all of his life to find love and acceptance from his father, a successful, highly respected man, who is sometimes callous, unloving and selfish. Upon the untimely death of his mother, Gene is forced to help his father through his dark days. His sister urges Gene to break the ties for good, or else he’ll wind up as bitter and cold as their father. The story unfolds as we probe into the disquieting alienation that can exist between a father and son, a separation that time and old age can sometimes only deepen, despite the best intentions of both. $15. (815-232-7023)
Chicago Premium Outlets’ July 4th Clearance Event
Shop stars, stripes and everything in between at Chicago Premium Outlets’ annual July 4th Clearance Event. For four days, savvy shoppers can find sizzling hot deals beyond everyday savings of 25 to 65 percent at many of the center’s 160 brand-name retailers, such as Kate Spade New York, Gap Outlet, and Tommy Hilfiger. Extended hours for the much-anticipated sidewalk sale include Friday, July 1 from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m., Saturday, July 2 from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m., Sunday, July 3 from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Monday, July 4 from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m., providing bargain-hunters with even more time to shop!
Day at Dickson-Murst Farm
Visitors to Day at the Farm will see how the oats are removed from the chaff and straw with an antique threshing machine/separator. Kids can pet farm animals, play on a pedal tractor pull, and enjoy pony rides! Bossie the “milk her yourself’ cow will be there as well as the corn box. But there’s more! Antique cars and tractors, tractor-pulled hayrides, and food from the Country Kitchen. All this with live bluegrass music in the air. C’mon out! Caption: Dickson-Murst Farm volunteers were busy harvesting oats using a vintage 1930s-40s hay binder getting ready for old-time harvesting demonstrations during Day at the Farm.
Fox Valley Pro Rodeo
Fox Valley Pro Rodeo includes big hat world championship rodeo action with exciting events including bareback riding, cowgirl barrel racing, and the rodeo's most popular and dangerous event - bull riding! Watch professional riders earn points to win a bid to the Nationals seen on TV. Bring the little buckaroos at 5:00 pm each night for games with the cowboys. Hilarious, family-friendly clowns, kids' games, food and drink vendors, music and fun for the whole family. Event admission prices include a country music concert with dancing immediately following the evening rodeo performance. Parking is FREE - Kids 4 and Under are FREE. Starts 7 pm.
Forest Foundation of Kendall County's Fall Fest
Free family fun in a beautiful and inspiring location. Join the Forest Foundation of Kendall County at their Annual Fall Fest. This family-friendly event will feature live animal interactions and demonstrations, kids' activity areas, live music, concessions sponsored by the Kendall County Pork Producers, and more! Bring chairs to relax in while you enjoy the entertainment. Food will be available for purchase throughout the day. 11 am - 5 pm
Kendall County Fair
The Kendall County Fair is a fantastic fair full of new and exciting events for the whole family. Enjoy the Truck and Tractor Pull, Western Speed Show, Carnival and Livestock Shows and many new exhibits for your family to enjoy. Fun contests every day. See also the Family Stage, Grandstand Shows and 4 H Auction.
Bluegrass Music Festival
Come out for the Annual Bluegrass Music Festival where the jamming doesn't stop! Primitive camping available Friday night. Canteen open Saturday. Suggested donation $5 per person for members and $20 donation for nonmembers which includes a one year Northern Illinois Bluegrass Association (NIBA) membership. Noon - 6 pm
Krazy Kids Inflatable Fun Run 2016
Townsquare Media's Krazy Kids Inflatable Fun Run is the first nation-wide obstacle run created solely for children. The course is one that your kids will never forget. We put a krazy amount of thought into making each inflatable obstacle unique, safe and most importantly, fun!
Starlight Theatre - July 2016 Productions
Starlight Theatre at Rock Valley College presents its 2016 summer productions of great theater: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang - July 6-10, Jesus Christ Superstar - July 13-17, The Phantom of the Opera - July 20-24, and Children of Eden - July 27-31
The Avett Brothers at the Genesee Theatre
The Avett Brothers joined together to present songs about the human experience. Subject matters are tragic, joyful, and inexhaustible. They combine bluegrass, country, punk, pop melodies, folk, rock and roll, indie rock, honky tonk, and ragtime to produce a novel sound. Tickets are priced at $68-$78.
Illinois Whitewater Festival
Join the Chicago Whitewater Association as they host a Buttercup Slalom Race! Come as a participant or a spectator as kayak enthusiasts Slalom Race and BoaterCROSS throughout the day! Enjoy Ribs on the River food and festivities following the event. Hosted by the Chicago Whitewater Association and the Yorkville Parks and Recreation Department. 10 am - 10 pm
Music at Debate Square
Enjoy the serenity of Debate Square and the great sounds of local musicians. Quynetta Sanders opens the series with a jazz performance on June 30. July 14 features Seasaw (Meg Golz and Eve Wilczewski) offering folk and pop tunes. July 21 is Kendra Beth Swanson singing her own mix of folk and bluegrass. Shelby Gahm appears on July 28 offering pop. August 11 is Southpaw Stance (Justin Pasch, Nick Rabb, Adam Rodebaugh) with acoustic Americana rock. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets.
Fall Festival of Crafts
The Fall Festival of Crafts in Sandwich, Illinois is the oldest and largest craft fair in the state! There will be hundreds of vendors! It will be attended by thousands! Held at three locations in Sandwich: Sandwich Fairgrounds (815.498.9688), Downtown Sandwich on Railroad Street (815.786.9404), Indian Springs Shopping Center on Route 34 (630.330.1202). Always the last Thursday in Sept. 9 am - 5 pm
Yorkville Fall Fest and Pumpkin Pull
Watch as hundreds of pumpkins float down the river and have your chance at winning prizes in the second annual Pumpkin Pull at his year's Fall Fest! Join the United City of Yorkville and the Knights of Columbus to enjoy hayrides, pumpkin decorating, live music, great food and more! 10 am - 6 pm
Kiss: Freedom to Rock Tour at the BMO Harris Bank Center
In their 40 year career, Kiss has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide. Their 1975 album "Alive!" climbed into the Top Ten and their single, "Rock 'N' Roll All Nite," made it to number 12. Their album, "Destroyer," was the group's first platinum album and featured their first Top Ten single, the power ballad "Beth." As America's #1 Gold Record Award winning group of all time, KISS can easily be named one of rock's most influential bands. The Rock & Roll Hall of Famers have released 44 albums and sold more than 100 million albums worldwide.
Aurora Historical Society's Independance Day Celebration
Join the Aurora Historical Society Open House at the Museum! Entertainment on the lawn, a picnic, petting zoo, magician, games, crafts, a pie-eating contest, music by Hudson Crossing and of course, the national bell-ringing ceremony at 1 pm. A free family celebration! July 4, 11 am - 2 pm.
Mooseheart's Custom, Classic Car, Truck, Motorcycle Show
Join the Fox Valley Corvette Club of St. Charles and Mooseheart on Saturday, July 16 for their annual Mooseheart Car & Bike Show! See classic, antique, modified, custom vehicles, street rods, trucks, and motorcycles and know that you are helping to support the children and school of Mooseheart while having a good time. Participate in the raffles. Stay to see the awards. Located on the beautiful school grounds with plenty of free spectator parking. Donations appreciated. Food available for purchase. July 16, 8 am - 3 pm. Rain date July 17. All of the proceeds from the show go directly to help fund Mooseheart School. Mooseheart is a residential child care facility located on 1,000-acre campus and the Child City is a home for children and teens in need, from infancy through high school.