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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A retreat center and summer residential camp with 1 and 2 week summer sessions for 2nd-8th graders just 2 miles southeast of Rend Lake.
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!
Pure Prairie League with Firefall at the Rialto Square Theatre
Pure Prairie League became fan favorites in the 1970's with radio hits like "Aimee", "Two Lane Highway" and "Falling In and Out Of Love", and are still going strong. Also appearing Firefall, known for "You Are The Woman", "Mexico" "Cinderella" and other chart topping hits.
Tommy James & The Shondells with Gary Puckett & The Union Gap at the Rialto Square Theatre
Tommy James, the music legend responsible for the hits "Crimson & Clover," "Crystal Blue Persuasion," and "I Think We're Alone Now will perform with the Shondells. Tommy James has 23 gold singles, nine platinum albums and has sold more than 100 million records worldwide. Gary Puckett & The Union Gap will start the show.
The Wizards of Winter at the Effingham Performance Center
Featuring some of the mid-Atlantic's finest rock and progressive musicians, The Wizards of Winter reprise a few of the greatest hits of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra's Christmas and classical catalog. See them live at the EPC at 8 p.m.
The Who's "Tommy": A Bluegrass Opry at the Effingham Performance Center
The HillBenders' bluegrass version of The Who's iconic rock opera has been released, and now they bring their live performance to the EPC Jan. 15 at 8 p.m.
Rhonda Vincent & Gene Watson at Effingham Performance Center
See the Queen of Bluegrass, Rhonda Vincent, and her band, the Rage, with duet specials from the masterful country stylist, Gene Watson at 7 p.m.
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.
The Jason Bishop Show at the Effingham Performance Center
Come to the EPC at 7 p.m. to see why Jason Bishop is called America's Hottest Illusionist!
Located right on the Mississippi just four miles south of the Historic Nauvoo Temple. Enjoy a quiet, peaceful setting while being transported back in time to the 1840's. All cottages are decorated by a professional interior designer to make you feel at home. Country French decor with a natural setting makes it the best place to stay in Nauvoo.