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Old Orland Antique Shops
The Old Orland Historic District has antique and specialty shops, and interesting service businesses nestled in a 1800s neighborhood of historic churches, charming houses and colorful gardens.
Orland Park Place
Orland Park Place features an exceptional line-up of retailers including Old Navy, Marshall's, Nordstrom Rack, DSW, Jared Jewelers and many other fine stores and restaurants.
Carbondale Community Friday Night Fair
A free community event for everyone, featuring live music, food court, a variety of products and services for sale, activities for all ages, and more! Every Friday night May 8 - June 26, 6:00pm until 9:00pm on the Town Square in Carbondale at the corner of 51 N. and 13 W. See website for full schedule.
First Stop Bake Shop
Artisan retail bake shop offering a variety of baked goods and wedding cakes. Open Monday-Friday from 7 a.m to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Erlander Home Museum - Midsommar Fest and Midsommar Natt
Join Swedish Historical Society for it´s annual Midsommar Fest (rain or shine) on the Erlander Home Museum grounds. Dance around the Maypole/Majstång at noon. "Midsommar Natt", the evening program, will feature live music performed by Rockford's very own Miles Nielsen and his band. Enjoy the magic of summer by stepping into a quaint Nordic village featuring Mormor's Attic, Blackhawk Wood Carvers, blacksmithing, and an abundance of artisans' shops in the "Marknad." Stockholm Inn will be serving Swedish pancakes, meatballs, herring open faced sandwiches, hot dogs, strawberries and ice cream. The Prairie Street Brewhouse will be serving BBQ and Lingonberry beer among other things. Baked goods and other treats from several local vendors will also be available. As always, there will be music and dancing with the Swedish Folk dancers, Nordic Dancers of Chicago, and entertainment by DJ Dain. The Erlander Home Museum will be open for tours throughout the day. Visitors are encouraged to enter the raffles which promise wonderful prizes. There will also be contests and fun games for children of all ages. The festival also features a children's area with crafts, story-telling and games, including the Viking yard game, KUBB. Throughout the day, visitors will be able to meet Pippi Longstocking and mingle with residents in Swedish costumes adding to the flavor of Midsommarafton. Admission is free for the daytime event and $10 starting at 4:30pm.
Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps - Show of Shows
Experience the art of musical pageantry as the Show of Shows features some of the best drum and bugle corps in the world. This event has won People's Choice for Special Event at the RAMI Awards (Rockford Area Music Industry) in 2013 and 2014. Come see why this event has become so special in the Rockford area. Location: Boylan High School Stadium. This year's lineup is one of the largest in the Midwest! Along with Rockford's own Phantom Regiment, the lineup includes 2014 fan favorite Bluecoats along with our Midwest rivals The Cavaliers!
Rockford ProAm Golf Tournament
The Rockford ProAm is the nation's longest-running, free-standing pro/am not associated with a professional tournament. 2014's event featured 20 amateur foursomes paired with 20 professional golfers. The foursomes play in a best-ball handicapped format, while the pros keep straight 18-hole scores. The 2015 ProAm is being held at the Rockford Country Club.
World War II Days
World War II Days includes elaborate and realistic battles complete with tanks, artillery, armored vehicles, and exciting pyrotechnic displays. Saturday the battle shows are featured at 1:3 pm and 3:30pm. Sunday the battle time is 2:30 pm. More than 1,200 re-enactors represent the soldiers of the United States, Great Britain, France, Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, Italy and Japan. In addition to the action on the battlefields, enjoy the skirmishes in the Village and Woods, demonstrations and displays in the buildings, woods encampments and the ambiance of the beautiful venue. Maps of the event site will be available when visitors arrive.
Literacy on the Lawn
Join the NIU Jerry L. Johns Literacy Clinic for Litracy on the Lawn. Author Tom Lichtenheld (Duck! Rabbit!) and award winning illustrator, Stacy Curti will be part of this family-oriented event whose goal is to “celebrate reading and books, to promote family literacy across the community, and to share free literacy resources,” said Laurie Elish-Piper, director of the Jerry L. Johns Literacy Clinic.
Camping With the Stars
STEM Outreach, NIU Observatory, and DeKalb Park District are partnering to present Saturday Night Star Gazing. This free, family-friendly event offers campers the opportunity to use telescopes to view planets and constellations, talk with astronomers, and participate in educational activities throughout the night. When you wake up, get a unique view of the sun rise through special equipment.
1st Annual Pierogi Polish Fest
The four-day festival will feature: live music (Polka, Polish dance music and your favorite local cover bands), traditional Polish dancers, carnival rides for all ages, Polish beer and other beverages and of course, among a vast selection of other tasty specials, the star of the fest, Pierogis!
Starlight Theatre 2015 Season
The area's oldest outdoor summer theatre with four musical productions in June and July. Starlight's home, the Bengt Sjostrom Theatre, features more than a thousand seats and a stunningly artistic and creative retractable roof. 2015 Season: Mary Poppins - June 3-6, July 8-12; The Last Five Years - June 10-13, July 15-19; Memphis - June 17-20, July 22-26; Young Frankenstein - June 24-27, July 29-August 2
Jay Owenhouse: The Authentic Illusionist at the Coronado
The phenomenal touring Owenhouse show breaks new ground across the nation with a brand new, elaborate stage show. A mind boggling, spell-binding experience that will keep you on the edge of your seat! Jay’s new show is a theatrical event where audiences not only witness the magic, they experience it! You’ll see audience members: Float in mid Air! Get Sawed in Half! And Predict the Future! The show also features Jay’s New Bengal tigers Shekinah, a stunning royal white tiger, and her sister Sheena a beautiful orange Bengal.
BMO Harris Bank Center - WWE Live Summerslam Heatwave Tour
WWE comes to Rockford for the only time this year for a WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match - Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins - plus all your favorite WWE superstars including Dean Ambrose, Bray Wyatt, The Big Show, King Barrett, Ryback, The Miz, Kane, The Divas, and many more. (Card subject to change.)
Annual festival with national bands/acts, diverse ethnic food vendors, huge carnival, arts and crafts, special guest and super Sunday family days.
Elsah General Store
This quaint general store offers an array of of jams, syrups, bbq sauces, coffees and and grocery items as well as greeting cards, unique gifts and antiques. Open Wednesday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
River City Cider House
Serving full menu of fresh salads and sandwiches. Open Wednesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
Bensenville French Market
Bensenville French Market is a diverse shopping experience in the heart of Downtown Bensenville. It combines local farmer and artisan food products with a wide variety of specialty shops and vendors, reminiscent of a European marketplace. Guests can enjoy all the market has to offer including organic food, vegetables, local specialties, fruits, and flowers.
BMO Harris Bank Center - Breaking Benjamin
Six years have passed since Breaking Benjamin released their last album-2009's Dear Agony-but one listen to their new album, Dark Before Dawn, and it becomes clear that time away from the music world hasn't caused them to lose a step. If anything, the sound is more invigorated, energetic, and purposeful than ever. Appearing on the album with Burnley are guitarists Jasen Rauch (RED) and Keith Wallen (Adelitas Way), bassist Aaron Bruch and drummer Shaun Foist (Picture Me Broken.) The result is simultaneously vintage Breaking Benjamin and yet decisively more cohesive.
Vietnam Special Exhibit at Cantigny Park
The First Division Museum is proud to offer "Five Years in the Jungle: Vietnam Experiences of the 1st Infantry Division 1965-1970." The exhibit coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Big Red One's deployment to Vietnam.
The Dirt on Dirt: Why do Madagascar's Lemurs Eat Soil?
Enjoy an afternoon learning about lemurs while the kids participate in free monkey-themed crafts! Brandon Semel, a MA in Anthropology candidate, will be discussing Madacascar's lemurs! "Madagascar is a land full of unique plants and animals, including leaping lemurs, colorful chameleons, and bulging baobab trees. This lecture presentation will last approximately 1 hour (from 12-1pm). Free monkey crafts will be available for children during the presentation. The presentation is free with museum admission.
1904 General Store
The 1904 General Store came from the 1904 World's Fair. We sell fudge, chocolate bars, candy, and retail gifts/furniture. Open Wednesday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.
BMO Harris Bank Center - Jim Gaffigan
Jim Gaffigan is a Grammy nominated comedian, New York Times Best Selling author, top touring performer, and multi-platinum selling father of five. His fourth hour special, "Obsessed," premiered at #1 on iTunes which gave Gaffigan five albums in the Top 25 Comedy category on iTunes. The album also earned a nomination for ‘Best Comedy Album of the Year' at the 2015 Grammy's.
Anderson Japanese Gardens - Japanese Summer Festival
Join in the fun at our two-day cultural event featuring exhibits, traditional demonstrations and unique performances that appeal to all age groups. All Festival activities are included with Garden admission. The Japanese Summer Festival weekend begins with an Opening Ceremony at 10:00 Saturday morning on the lawn near the Pavilion in the Garden of Reflection and will be immediately followed by the first Taiko drum performance.