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The Blue Island Farmers Market, which features a wide variety of fresh foods straight from the garden, starts Monday, July 6th and runs through September 28th. It will go from 3:30 to 6:00 pm at the Metro South Park.
Prairie State Winery Wine Downs - July
Enjoy live music & locally made Prairie State Wine during their Friday Night Wine Downs. The event is BYO, so order in, bring your favorite wine snack and wine down Friday nights in July.
WeishFest (pronounced "Wish" Fest) is an all-day music festival unlike anything in the area. WeishFest transforms a baseball stadium into the site which holds the best party of the summer. With incredible music, food, venue and atmosphere, WeishFest brings together thousands for a day you do not want to miss. 100% of proceeds made at this annual event benefit a non-profit organization called The Andrew Weishar Foundation and its mission of supporting families stricken with the burdens of cancer. Welcome Eddie Money, Warrant, Chicago 6 and others; along with 1985 Chicago Bears!
Saturday Night Tunes at Prairie State Winery Featuring Thompson Duo
Saturday Night Tunes featuring Thompson Duo at Prairie State Winery in Genoa. Enjoy good music and pack a picnic from home or order in from a local restaurant. Enjoy! Reservations for music events always open the Monday before and will be held until 15 minutes before music starts. No outside alcoholic beverages.
Stone Bridge Valley Art Center
Stone Bridge Valley Art Center includes an art studio offering open studio time and classes, an art gallery with featured artists, and a gallery boutique with art by local and regional artists available for purchase.
Villa Park Historical Museum
Built in 1929, the Villa Park Historical Museum building originally served the community as the Villa Ave stop for the Chicago, Aurora & Elgin electric train line and an appliance store. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986. Today, it houses relics and artifacts from Villa Park's past including articles from the Ovaltine Factory which once operated in Villa Park and Sears Catalog Homes in the area.
White Tales Lodge
Step back in time to simpler days at White Tales Lodge. Nestled in the beautiful and remote hills of Calhoun County, the lodge has a warm and inviting atmosphere and is surrounded by some of the most unforgettable landscapes in the Midwest. Enjoy hunting packages in season or design your own weekend getaway with the family. Outdoor cooking facilities are available as well as an indoor kitchen, dining room, game room and sleeping accommodations.
Woodland Palace at Francis Park
A must-see attraction in Kewanee is the Woodland Palace at Francis Park, the first “green” home in Illinois. This unusual home was built way ahead of its time and is filled with engineering wonders. Learn about the quirky and eccentric man who built and lived in the home. Fred Francis was an artist, poet, inventor, builder, mathematician, engineer, and a naturist. Francis started to build the home in 1890 and worked on it for the next thirty-six years. It features hand-carved molding, a water purification system, and is the first house in the state of Illinois to have air-conditioning without the aid of electricity. View the sophisticated achievements of disappearing windows, doors, and more. Visit a home where everything seems to work in harmony. Woodland Palace is open seven days a week from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. April through October 1.
Sreator Labor Day Parade
Streator's Annual Labor Day parade will be held at 12:00 noon beginning at the BNSF train station through the downtown business district to the City Park. For more information go to www.streatorchamber.com or call 815-672-2921.
Winter Ice Solstice at the Effingham Performance Center
This year's Winter Ice Solstice will have you frozen to your chair with excitement while watching professional ice skaters glide across the EPC stage in a performance like none other! Take a peek into the winter wonderland and get your snow gear ready for a Solstice for audiences of all ages. So get your tickets now and don't miss the show at 7:30 p.m.
Watkins Place at McCully
Get away from it all and enjoy the peaceful sounds of nature under the shade of the catalpa trees in this two bedroom cabin in scenic Calhoun County. The Watkins Place is private and secluded with access to the hiking trails at the McCully Heritage Project. Amenities include a full kitchen, coffee maker, refrigerator, all kitchen utensils, towels and linens and board games. There is no TV reception, internet or phone service.
The Forge Brewhouse
The Forge Brewhouse is using the old traditions of "Rheinheitsgebot," the German Beer Purity Law of 1516 that only allows beer to contain barley, water and hops, to brew signature beers in house. It's pushing beyond those traditions to make a corn beer to honor one of DeKalb County's specialties, IPAs with jalepenos, and many other varieties. The Forge Brewhouse is also creating Brick Oven wood-fired farm to table pizzas.
Matt Poss Band at the Effingham Performance Center
The Matt Poss Band is steadily proving that an "overnight succuss" can take a while to accomplish. Mixing elements of country, bluegrass, rock and blues, the MPB has earned a passionate and diverse fan base that continues to grow. Sing along to favorites like "Three Bricks Shy" and "Jack Rabbit." Now is your chance to experience the Matt Poss Band Holiday Homecoming Concert 2015 as the boys return home to the Effingham Performance Center. Don't miss the rocking show at 8 p.m.
Last Comic Standing Live Tour at the Effingham Performance Center
Season 9 of Last Comic Standing premiers July 22 on NBC. The Emmy-nominated laugh-fest returns with an all new group of the world's funniest comics. Watch the series this summer on NBC, then see the finalist perform live as the Last Comic Standing Live Tour appears at the EPC! See Last Comic Standing Season 9 finalists perform live at 8 p.m.
Village of Kampsville Campground
Enjoy the beauty and serenity of Calhoun County while camping! The Village of Kampsville Campground, located near the Illinois River, offers electric service, water, sewer and has a shower house.
Winter Holiday Hayride
Our annual holiday hayrides will feature the food, fun and traditions from the pioneers of North America. We'll ride on our decorated hay wagon through the streets of Palos Heights singing Christmas carols then return to the Nature Center to enjoy food, crafts and other activities. Registration and payment to be made in person or by mail no later than the Monday before hayride. $8 per person.
Sleepy Creek Bed & Wine
A truly unique lodging experience is available at Sleepy Creek Vineyards! The lodging facility includes a full kitchen, living space, two private bedrooms, and a sleeping loft with maximum sleeping capacity of 10. The spacious retreat is close to Kickapoo State Park, Kennekuk County Park, and of course just steps away from the scenic 10 acre vineyards at Sleepy Creek.
Route 66 Cruisin' 2015
4th Annual Route 66 Cruisin' 2015, Sept 19th, 4-8pm. Classic cars along with car clubs come to celebrate Route 66 and the Polkadot! DJ, Trophies awarded along with dash plaques and goody bags to first 100 cars!
The Price is Right Live at the Effingham Performance Center
The Price is Right Live is the hit interactive stage show that gives eligible individuals the chance to "come on down!" to win prizes. Play classic games from the television's longest-running and most popular game show at the EPC at 7 p.m.
The Fab Four at the Effingham Performance Center
Experience the best Beatles tribute ever by The Fab Four at 8 p.m. Hear your favorite timeless classics and relive the sixties with their uncanny recreation.
Crystal Gayle at the Effingham Performance Center
Classical, country and spiritual artist Crystal Gayle performs her hits live at the EPC - Mother's Day weekend at 7 p.m.
Tailwinds Distilling Company is Chicago-land’s premiere Micro Distillery. Located just 30 minutes from Downtown Chicago resides the family owned and operated distillery affectionately referred to as “the hangar”. The hangar is a 5000 square foot production facility with an on-site tasting room and store front shop. The fermentation, distilling, aging, blending, bottling, labeling, and packaging is completed entirely on-site, forging a truly hand crafted spirit. By distilling each spirit in small batches as opposed to larger continuous operations, the distillers are able to focus on quality during every step of the process.
Palm's Grill Cafe
Blue-plate specials, bingo, and a bus stop! Lovingly restored to its circa 1935 appearance, the café now invites visitors to step back in time and experience the way it used to taste. Groups welcome. Open seven days a week, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The Wiggles "Rock & Roll Preschool" US Tour at the Rialto Square Theatre
The Rock n' Roll Preschool tour will run from September through November and feature songs from their new Rock n' Roll Preschool CD and DVD. You'll shake to That's the Sound of Rock & Roll, rise and shine with Wake Up!, swing along as you Dance with Emma and be the coolest kid in preschool with I Want a Leather Jacket. The Rock n' Roll Preschool tour will get you all shook up, mixing some of these new hits with Wiggles classics such as Hot Potato!, Rock – a –Bye Your Bear and Do the Propeller. The fab four of fun for under-fives will of course be joined by Dorothy the Dinosaur, Captain Feathersword, Wags the Dog and Henry the Octopus!