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Fox Valley American Indian Artifact Show
Exhibits feature a variety of tools, flint points, weapons, pottery, copper implements and hundreds of other items used by Native Americans over a period of 14,000 years.
Reporting for Duty: The WWII Vehicle Experience
Join the First Division Museum for a one of a kind event. You will get the opportunity to experience the vehicles that soldiers used in World War II. The Museum's professional staff will teach you about the vehicles and let you get inside each vehicle to start your day. During the day, you will learn about and handle the weapons used by American and German forces during the war. We will also show you how the medics treated and transported casualties in the field. Everyone will be served a World War II style lunch. You will then finish your day by going on a convoy in the Museum's World War II vehicles. Participants will receive a personalized dog tag and an event t-shirt. The session is 5 hours long, and lunch will be served at 12 noon. Advanced registration is required. All participants must be 18 years or older. There is a significant amount of physical activity involved in this program.
Sunday Tours at the Gold Pyramid House
Come out and take a tour of the Gold Pyramid House on Sunday afternoons at 2pm, through October. The tours are usually 1-2 hours long. Visit King Tuts tomb, tour the inside of the pyramid, and discover exciting artifacts in the gift shop. Please arrive a little early to make sure the tour can start on time. Groups of 6 or more can call for private tours. Dates for this summer individual tours are June 1, 8, 15, 22, July 6, 13, 27, Aug. 3 ,10, 17, 24, 31, Sept 7, 14, 21, 28 & Oct 5, 12, 19 , 26.
Grand Levee and Harvest Festival
The Grande Levee is a celebration of the grand receptions held during the 1800s to honor government dignitaries and important visitors. Friday evening the event kicks-off with a ham and bean dinner on the Vandalia Statehouse grounds along with musical entertainment. Saturday brings a day full of events at the Statehouse grounds for the Ground Levee. The Harvest Festival, which is held on Gallatin Street, will have vendors, sidewalk sales, bingo, kids' activities, inflatables, RC race car exhibition and more!
Music of the River Cruise and Tour
C'mon aboard the Music of the River Cruise and Tour! Offered every Tuesday from June through September. Meet in Starved Rock Lodge's Great Hall for check in and to receive your boxed lunch. Then, board the trolley and travel a short distance to the Belle of the Rock, an authentic paddle wheel boat. Aboard the boat you will hear and enjoy the history of many river songs, such as Proud Mary, Gentle on My Mind, Alabama's Tennessee River and Credence Clearwater Revival's Green River. After the 1-½ hour lunch cruise you will re-board the trolley for a historic tour with stops at the State Park Visitor Center and the Illinois Waterway Visitor Center. Reservations required. Every Tuesday, June through September - call for times!
Lincoln's Ghost Walks - Legends and Lore
Take a 90-minute nighttime tour of sites throughout Springfield that are linked to spirited stories about Lincoln’s life and death. Founder Garret Moffett based the tour partly on local lore about Lincoln’s visions and dreams, as well as on reported ghost sightings.
Christmas with the Lincolns
Where did the Lincoln boys hang their stockings for Santa to fill? What might have been in those stockings? What Christmas goodies were on Lincoln's table? Discover how the Lincolns celebrated he holidays by taking a tour through the Lincoln Home.
International Lincoln Presidential Half Marathon
The 49th Annual International Lincoln Presidential Half Marathon invites runners from around the world to participate in the 13.1-mile race past the nation’s premier Lincoln sites.
Annual Settlers' Day
Learn about our heritage! Visit with costumed living history demonstrators representing American history from French fur trading days, pioneer times, and the Revolutionary and Civil War periods. Activities include an imaginary wagon trail, guided history hikes, crafts and more!
CITY: South Holland
Annual Heath Toffee Harvest Festival and Parade
Celebrating the delicious Heath Candy Bar, created in 1928 by Heath Brothers Confectionary in Robinson. Features Friday night entertainment, street dance, and car show, and Saturday craft show, live entertainment, toffee bake-off, and parade, capped off by a free chili supper.
Fall Festival at New Salem
Typical autumn life on the 1830s Illinois prairie will be demonstrated. Costumed interpreters will demonstrate daily tasks such as candle dipping, butter churning, soap making, basket making, spinning wool, gardening, natural dyeing, and fishing with nets. Demonstrations of meat smoking will take place in one of the log village's period smokehouses, and wild game cooking will be demonstrated in the log homes. Visitors can step down into the cellar at the tavern to see how fruits and vegetables were preserved during the winter.
Abe’s Trail Trek
Come out for the 3rd year of what may be the toughest one day series of trail races in Illinois. While the 5k is runner, walker and new-to-trails friendly, the 10k and 15k will test the mettle of all but the most seasoned trail runner.
Victorian Christmas at the Reddick Mansion
The Reddick Mansion will be decked out in it's Victorian Christmas Decor and open for tours! Activities for this weekend include: gingerbread house making, holiday music, photos with Santa, and a walk-through a life size gingerbread house! Check the Reddick Mansion Website for more information. Includes Holiday Open House, Christmas Music, and Refreshments.
Haunted History Tour
Listen to ghost stories at the Reddick Mansion and take walking tour of Ottawa's notorious haunted spots. The story of William Reddick is a classic of the American tradition. Born in another country, facing adversity and hardship, Reddick overcame obstacles and excelled in his life through hard work and ingenuity.
Afternoon Tea with Mary Todd Lincoln
Please join us for an afternoon of sweets, savories and tea. Mary Todd Lincoln will be in attendance and will tell stories about her life with her husband, the President. $15.00, Reddick Mansion Association.
Reddick Mansion Holiday Decor Preview
Be the first to see the Mansion in its holiday splendor! All of the holiday decorations are sure to put you in the holiday mood. Be the first to purchase lovely and unique ornaments off the Mansion's Christmas trees.
Dinner and Christmas Concert
Lovely Christmas music by the Prairie Singers and a delicious holiday meal by the Cheese Shop of Ottawa. Reservations required. Reddick Mansion Association.
Canal Boat and Trolley Tours
Start off with a delicious hot lunch at Starved Rock Lodge. Next, board one of our trolleys for a ride through historic downtown Utica and stop at Cattails for shopping. Your trolley will also take you on a relaxing ride to LaSalle where you will board the canal boat. Step back into time with period dressed interpreters on this 1-hour boat ride. There is minimal walking involved in this tour and restrooms are available throughout. For more information or to reserve call 815-220-7386. $39.00 Adult $34.00 children 10 and under. 11:00a.m. every Friday May through October.
Hike into History
This hiking tour is offered on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights every month (excluding July and October). There's nothing better than a guided hike to see the best parts of the park and learn its rich history. Reserve your room or cabin at Starved Rock Lodge on Tuesday or Wednesday night and take a guided hike on Wednesday or Thursday morning at 9:00 am from the Lobby. When you get back from your hike, you'll enjoy lunch in the Dining Room. The hike on Tuesday and Wednesday will go to Starved Rock and French Canyon unless otherwise requested. On Thursday you will join the weekly Walkers Club and go along with them on their pre-scheduled, weekly hike. Family Cabins are excluded from packages.
Christmas at the Mill Holiday Boutique
The Mill and the Graue House will be open for a special holiday shopping event to get you in the Christmas spirit! Talented local artists will be selling handcrafted Christmas decorations, unique jewelry, stained glass, pottery, and handwoven and knitted items. Specially selected ornaments, other great decorative items, and stocking stuffers will be for sale in the Mill's gift shop. Decorated Christmas trees and strolling carolers add to the fun. Sale hours are 10 am to 4 pm, and Santa will stop by from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
CITY: Oak Brook
Lunch with Santa on Train
Come out for Lunch with Santa on the Train at the Wabash Depot in Monticello, Illinois, a holiday favorite for kids of all ages. Enjoy a train ride, individual visit with Santa, and kid friendly sack lunch. The ride is about 60 minutes per trip. Reservations Recommended.
The Polar Express at Monticello Railway Museum
Held at Monticello Railway Museum. Read along with the story as the train makes its round-trip journey to the North Pole. Meet Santa and enjoy caroling, hot chocolate, surprises and a treat. And, for those who believe, a special gift for each child. Children are encouraged to wear their pajamas! Nov 14-15, Nov 21-22, Nov 28-30 & Dec 5-6.
Fort Massac Encampment
This annual reenactment of late-1700s Illinois life on the frontier prairie features blanket traders, merchants, military units, fife and drum corps, and period-style food from more than 20 vendors. The encampment offers military drills, mock battles, along with story telling and children's activities.
Loyal Hearts Civil War Quilters of Illinois
This free exhibit, Loyal Hearts, features quilts and objects from the era that reveal the stories of women's work and struggles on the home front during the Civil War. Illinois State Museum Lockport Gallery, Monday - Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm Sunday - Noon - 5:00pm through October 17. Closed on Saturdays and State Holidays Free Admission and Parking.