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Taste of Chicago
Taste of Chicago is the nation's premier outdoor food festival showcasing the diversity of Chicago's dining community. The delicious array of food served at Taste of Chicago is complemented by music and exciting activities for the entire family. Every summer since 1980, Chicago's beautiful Grant Park on the city's magnificent lakefront has been home to the world's largest food festival.
Festival of the Vine
Geneva restaurants create an array of specialties under an outdoor tent at the “Flavor Fare” partnered with wine and live musical entertainment. The Fall Harvest Market offers food and floral demos, unique displays plus Kid’s Patch activities. An arts and crafts show, flower market, horse-drawn carriage rides and several exceptional wine tasting and dinner events also take place around the historic downtown.
The Christkindlmarket is a four-week, open-air market modeled after the famous Nuremberg Christmas market dating back to 1545. The market offers shopping opportunities and serves as a winter wonderland meeting place for family and friends. Plus, enjoy German delicacies like brats, goulash and potato pancakes while you’re there.
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 9-17 at Chicago's Navy Pier. Tickets and info at www.chicagoflower.com
8th Annual Galena Oktoberfest
Annual German celebration featuring live music, kids games, wiener dog races and lots of food and beverage.
Taste of Lincoln Avenue
One of the city's largest and most popular summer celebrations, Taste of Lincoln Avenue will be celebrating its BIG 30th in 2013! This iconic event takes place over six city blocks and boasts four music stages, food, a one-block long kids' area, the Lill Street Craft Fair and lots more! Located on N. Lincoln Ave between Fullerton & Wrightwood.
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.
Weihnachten (Christmas) at the Vineyard!
Take some time this winter to visit White Oak Vineyards, Inc. for Weihnachten (Christmas) at the Vineyard event! The vineyard currently features Seyval Blanc, Frontenac, Foch, Traminette, Cayuga White, Steuben, Chardonel, St. Croix, Marquette and Johannisberg Riesling grapes on eight acres. A log home on the property has been remodeled into the winery and tasting room with a comfortable, warm and inviting atmosphere perfect for gatherings with family and friends. The wrap around porch offers lovely views of the vineyards, new pond and surrounding countryside.
A Taste of Christmas Progessive Dinner
Select inns will host appetizers, salads, entrees and dessert, with each guest dining at three different Galena bed-and-breakfasts. Tickets are limited to 50.
Begin your holiday celebration escaping from the chaos of the season and experiencing the enchantment of Christmas at the "Christmas Wonderland" holiday light display. The "Grandpa Gang" has been at it again transforming Rock Springs Park in Alton, Illinois into a Winter Wonderland. Visitors can drive through the park to view more than 2 million lights, cascading waterfalls of lights, lighted trees and displays, and visit Santa Claus in the Enchanted Forest. Christmas Wonderland 2009 will be open from November 27th through December 27th. The suggested donation is $7 for cars and small vans or $1 per person for vehicles holding more than 10 people. Carriage rides will be available with advanced reservations by calling Greatting Horse Farm at 618-458-6986. For more information about Christmas Wonderland, call 1-866-465-7890.
Wood Dale Prairie Fest
It's all about community pride when west suburban Wood Dale's popular "Prairie Fest" returns for its 11th year in 2013. Held at the DuPage County city's Town Square, the weekend kicks off with carnival rides and food vendors before three days of expanded activities. In addition to food, arts/craft vendors and the always-popular carnival, Prairie Fest features live music, kids' entertainers, bingo play and a fireworks display on Saturday night.
CITY: Wood Dale
Taste of Chocolate
Love chocolate? This event is for you! Enjoy dozens of homemade chocolate treats from businesses and residents of Grafton. Coffee and hot chocolate will be served, too!
Big Bang at Hidden Lake Winery
Dueling piano's. Meal prepared by Winery Chef.
Kankakee County Fair
Let's spend a day at the Fair. Go to the time-honored livestock shows, play some games, enter contests, enjoy the exciting live entertainment, be brave and ride on the carnival rides, or feast on the fair food but don't forget to see the demolition derby or rodeo.
“Ciao” on delicious Italian food and delight in a grand parade, midway rides and games, live music, a bocce tournament, a grape stomp, a pasta cook-off, a kids pet and bike parade, a road race and an art contest.
Oaktoberfest in Downtown Oak Park
Don't miss this year's Oaktoberfest! Celebrate the coming of fall at Downtown Oak Park's 23rd annual music festival. This free two-day event will offer seasonal food, microbrews, wine and live music! Kids can enjoy zucchini races and a root beer garden Saturday on Marion Street. Event will be on Friday, September 20th from 4-10pm and Saturday, September 21st from 12-10pm.
CITY: Oak Park
Great River Eagle Days
To celebrate the return of our National bird, the great Bald Eagle, the Standing Bear Council, the US Army Corp of Engineers and the Quincy Area CVB host Great River Eagle Days at the Oakley Lindsay Center and Lock & Dam 21 for viewing. The public is invited to the free activities at the civic center, Black Fox Singers, Native American dancers, vendors, food, live raptors and an eagle watch.
Come and enjoy this annual downtown Tuscola event featuring craft vendors, a house walk, breakfast with Santa, a parade, the "Santa Chase" 5k run/walk, children's games, Madrigal Dinner at the community center and more!
Victorian Christmas on the Woodstock Square
Not to be missed is Woodstock's Victorian Christmas celebration that begins each Thanksgiving weekend. The Square glows with thousands of miniature lights illuminating the buildings and trees for the annual Festival of Lights. Carolers stroll the streets and visitors can take horse-drawn carriage rides around the Square. Friday November 29, 2013, 7:00pm. Lighting of the Square Sunday December 1, 2013, 2:00pm. Holiday Parade. Every Friday and Saturday November 29, 2013-December 21, 2013 Carriage Rides around the Square.
Carlinville Christmas Market
Featuring bright, white tents filled with arts and crafts of talented artisans and food vendors. Also trolley tours, horse-drawn carriage rides, costumed carolers and street performers, children's activities, and other holiday attractions – experience the charm of Carlinville's historic town square and its own special shops.
Thursday Night Out in Downtown Oak Park
Thursday Night Out runs every Thursday between May 23rd and August 29th from 5-9pm. $12 ticket booklets contain 4 dine-around tickets. The Thursday Night Out menu changes monthly!
CITY: Oak Park
Gazebo Art Festival
The Gazebo Art Festival is held outdoors on the grounds of Chandler Park in downtown Macomb. Chandler Park boasts a picturesque gazebo, fountain, memorials, brick paths and shaded lawns. This setting is a wonderful place for the public to view original art, chat with artists and enjoy live music performances of the Al Sears Jazz Festival. Art activities for children and food vendors will be on site. Artists must represent their own work at the festival. All work is original at this juried event.
Titanic New Year's Eve Gala
Attend an elegant dinner dance in the beautiful Crystal River Ballroom of the historic Mineral Springs Hotel. Polish your tiaras and jewels, to embellish your gowns. Doors open at 8 p.m., dinner served at 9 p.m. There will be a bottle of champagne on every table, for a midnight toast to 2014. Cost is $50 for single person or $75 per couple. For more info, call (618) 465-6256.
Yost House Museum Winter Christmas Tea
Come out and enjoy afternoon tea as part of the Four Seasons Tea Series held annually at the Catharine V. Yost Museum. The special winter program is "Christmas Traditions." The tea is from 1pm-3:30pm. Also featured are a collection of antique, handmade quilts.
New Year's Eve Party at Pere Marquette Lodge
Ring in the New Year at Pere Marquette Lodge! Show off your cocktail attire and indulge with appetizers, an open bar and a lavish buffet dinner. Dance the night away with a great band, midnight champagne toast and even party favors! Retreat to cozy accommodations and take the elevator home! Wake up to the New Year with a hearty breakfast and wonderful memories. $379 inclusive, double occupancy. Let us know if you are with a group when making your reservations. Call (618) 786-2331 for details and to make your reservations.
Christmas Feast at the Lodge
The weather outside is frightful, but the Christmas Feast at Pere Marquette Lodge is so delightful! Enjoy our fabulous, mouth-watering spread! Serving from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Reservations for parties of six or more will be accepted. Brunch Prices: Children 0-3: FREE, Children 4-11: $9.95, Adults 12 & Up: $24.95. Call (618) 786-2331 ext: 502 to make your reservations.
Uncorked Summer Nights
On Friday, July 26th experience the Oak Park Conservatory from a new perspective with Uncorked Summer Nights. The evening features music by TIMITY and a display of ceramic jewelry, available for purchase by local artists, Linda Hillman and Joan Friedberger of Bebeka Design. Enjoy wine and craft beer from Marion Street Cheese Market and appetizers by Taste of Brazil. The event is from 6-8pm, with a cost of admission of $10 per person.
CITY: Oak Park
Annual High Tea: Taking Tea in Taylorville
"Remember Pearl Harbor"- Local hostesses set tea tables with their own heirloom china, crystal and silver. Rising in opulent splendor, sparkling centerpieces will salute the 1940s. Each guest will be served six fanciful sandwiches, four sumptuous desserts, a scone and raspberry tea. WWII military uniforms and apparel will be featured at a style show along with current holiday attire. Live patriotic music. Take-away program includes recipes. Held at Talorville Memorial Hospital Auditorium. Advance reservations recommended
Galesburg Historical Society Annual Chocolate Festival
Annual festival featuring homemade and commercially made chocolate treats. It's an endless buffet of tortes, cakes, pies, cookies, candies, beverages and much more. A chocolate lover's dream. Being held on the third floor of The Galesburg Antiques Mall. Event runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. $8 per person.
Knox College International Fair
This event is always the last weekend in January. It features food, arts, crafts & entertainment from around the world, presented by Knox College students and visiting performers. Knox College is a top Liberal Arts College in Galesburg, Illinois.
St. Charles Place Restaurant
Ultra-fine American steakhouse with exceptional Alaskan King crab and lobster.
CITY: St. Charles
In 1992, something astonishing happened in the historic city of Woodstock, Illinois. People came to town and roped off the picturesque city square, moved all sorts of equipment into the park and started playing the Pennsylvania Polka, over and over and over again. They were filming a movie that has become a favorite of young and old for more than 20 years, and the city gathers each year to remember the fun and celebrate the special community that Woodstock has always been. There are events for everyone during this celebration: Groundhog trivia, free viewing of "Groundhog Day" at the movie theater, walking tours of the film sites, a Chili cook-off, a dinner and dance, bowling, bags tourney, and a pancake breakfast. The main event for Groundhog Day is the annual prognostication. Gather on the Woodstock Square to see Woodstock Willie emerge from his tree trunk home. If he sees his shadow, it means there will be 6 more weeks of winter and if he doesn’t see his shadow, it means we will have an early Spring.
The annual Christkindl Market will be held December 7th & 8th in downtown Quincy's Washington Park. Visitors can shop in heated tents featuring booths from local merchants, authentic German food and drink, activities for youth, visits with Santa and much more!
Historic National Landmark, Bishop Hill, glows with luminary lit sidewalks and candle lit windows in honor of St. Lucy, a celebration of lights. Musical entertainment abounds throughout the village. Hammer and Pick will perform at the Steeple Building and at Vagnhall Galleri, the Mountain Men, Kewanee Community Choir and the Peoria Children’s Choir fill the air with musical melodies. The village specialty shops and dining establishments stay open late for an enchanted evening to remember. Feel like dancing? Experience the Old Colony School barn dance serenaded by the Rusty String Pickup Band. Experience a utopia on the prairie holiday experience this season
CITY: Bishop Hill
Alton Restaurant Week
Dine with us during the 3rd annual Alton Restaurant Week. Starting Friday, Jan. 17, many of the locally-owned restaurants in Alton will come together to offer visitors a taste of some of their best menu items. For diners, there are no passes to buy, coupons to carry or cards to punch. We ask that you simply pull up a chair and join us for a great meal for lunch or dinner, offered at a fixed price, at the participating restaurant of your choice between Jan. 17 - 26. Lunch is priced at $10 (plus tax and gratuity) and dinner is $25 (plus tax and gratuity). For more information, call (800) 258-6645 or go to www.AltonRestaurantWeek.com.
Christmas in Paris
Come to Paris, Illinois, on December 7th for an entire day of activities that will provide fun for the entire family. The Mistletoe Marketplace will be open from 10 am to 3 pm at 118 E. Court Street featuring 20 plus local vendors available to aid in all your holiday shopping needs. At 2 p.m., head to the Paris Theater, located at 119 N Central, for a free showing of "A Christmas Story." From 4 pm to 7 pm, the downtown area will be a host to many different free activities. Most storefronts will be open, serving as home to either a free activity or a special shopping experience. Activities that night include a magic show, story time with Mrs. Claus, a visit with Santa, cookie decorating, several children's crafts, a silly photo booth, marshmallow roasting, reindeer games on the courthouse lawn, live entertainment and much, much more.
Christmas by Candlelight Dinner
Join us Saturday, December 7 at the winery for an intimate dinner by candlelight. At 6pm, hors d’oeuvres will be served with dinner starting at 6:30pm. Enjoy music and dancing from 7:30-11pm. The menu and music are sure to please! Check our website for more information. Reservations are required for this event.
CITY: Mount Sterling
86th Annual Lake County Fair
Come out and enjoy 5 days of fun at the 86th Annual Lake County Fair. Events at the fair include live entertainment, food vendors, carnival rides and games, live animals, motor crossing, banana derby, demolition derby, flower show, expo hall and so much more. Please visit the website for updated information.
Breakfast with Santa at the Brookfield Zoo
The family can enjoy an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet with a special appearance from Santa and Mrs. Claus along with some special zoo costumed characters. Photo opportunities will be available with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Event also features musical entertainment. December 7, 8, 14, 15, 21 and 22 at the Discovery Center. The breakfast seatings are at 9am and 11am. Reservations are required.
Mardi Gras Brunch & Historic Mansion Tour
Magnolia Manor, a mansion built in 1869, boasts 14 rooms featuring Italianate architecture with high ceilings and spacious rooms adorned with fine original furnishings designed for the gracious living of the period. Brunch includes champagne, live entertainment & a guided house tour. $22 Reservations required: 618-734-0201
Let's Wine About Winter!
Have a great time in downtown Libertyville. It is a store-to-store wine tasting event, strolling throughout downtown historic Libertyville with different refreshments in each store. There will also be artists in some of the stores. Purchase a wine glass at a distribution site. Then spend a leisurely afternoon browsing the shops of downtown Libertyville while sampling wines offered by participating merchants.
Spend the Holidays with the Hemingways on Boxing Day
Join the Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park in celebrating the Hemingway family's tradition of generosity on December 26th. In medieval times on the day after Christmas, nobles presented gifts to people who lived on their land. Their gifts, intended to welcome outsiders as family, were presented in boxes, hence the name of the dday. Traditional English music and food will entertain guests.
CITY: Oak Park