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21st Annual Potawatomi Trails Pow Wow
The Potawatomi Trails Pow-Wow is the only event of its kind in this area. This celebration of the Native-American heritage heightens the awareness of the history, traditions and customs of the heritage. Specific activities include demonstrations, music and dance presentations, educational sessions and a trader area.
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.
A River Thru History: The Des Plaines Valley Rendezvous
Step back 200 years into Chicago's past! A River Thru History Rendezvous is an early American party with all the trimmings! Join this festive gathering of fur trappers, settlers, craftsmen, and entertainers along the banks of the Des Plaines River. Enjoy a family-friendly event of: Authentic period food, Music & Entertainment, Craft Demonstrations, Canoe Races, Tomahawk throwing demonstrations, Battle Skirmishes & Canon Kid Games & Trading Post and much more!
CITY: Willow Springs
Fashion Accessories In Vogue...& Out
DuPage County Historical Museum presents vogue accessories from the late 1800s through modern day. The transformation of trends in the fast paced and everchanging world of fashion will be explored through objects and images. See how parasols, chatelaines, and hairpins faded from favor and what modern accessories replaced them.
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!
Take the scenic drive to visit Teutopolis during the Terquasquicentennial Celebration to celebrate 175 years of Faith, Family and Community. Enjoy the historical architecture of over 30 homes and businesses; at least 100 years old, in this quaint little town of 1,600 residents, during the Historical Homes and Businesses self guided tour. Or, gather on Main Street on August 1 for a hilariously good time at the Bed Races starting at 6:00 p.m. The Historical Play is also a must see event and will explain the unique history of Teutopolis and the heritage of its German ancestry. Traditional German music entertain the crowds of festival goers while brats, sauerkraut and beer will be some of the many food and refreshment items available during the celebration. Whether it’s old fashioned youth games, the car show, a trip through the Teutopolis Monastery Museum or the Grand Finale Celebration Parade; there’s something for everyone in Teutopolis during the Terquasquicentennial Celebration.
Sycamore's Steam Show and Threshing Bee
For the last 57 years, the Northern Illinois Steam Power Club has sponsored the Sycamore Steam Show & Threshing Bee the second Thursday in August. The event starts at 6:00 a.m. with breakfast. The afternoon is filled with threshing of steam engines and tractors and spotlights a 1:30 p.m. parade of old steam engines, tractors, cars and other antique machines. Activities for kids, a petting zoo, bake sale and flea market all take place on the fairgrounds as well. Open daily 7:00am to 6:00pm. Free parking.
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.
114th Infantry Regiment Flag Lowering Ceremony
The Regiment, in authentic Civil War uniforms, demonstrates drill movements and performs a beautiful flag-lowering ceremony in front of the Lincoln Tomb. The flag is presented to a member of the audience. Ceremony every Tuesday evening.
13th Annual International Route 66 Mother Road Festival
Come take part in a celebration of America's Highway, Route 66, at the 13th Annual International Route 66 Mother Road Festival. More than 1,000 cool cars will roll into the heart of Springfield's historic downtown this September. Enjoy music, entertainment, great food and a great time, as well as visit some of the nation's most popular automotive aftermarket vendors. It's a wonderful event for the whole family!
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.
History Comes Alive
Every day for 12 weeks this summer, you’ll be able to take a step back in time as you participate in a whole array of living history performances and programs that will both delight and educate about the Springfield Abraham Lincoln knew and loved for most of his life. From Civil War encampments to White House kitchen chats with Mr. Lincoln himself, there’s something for everyone. Some events may have a fee.
Annie Leibovitz: Pilgrimage
“Pilgrimage” is an exhibition of more than 70 stunning Annie Leibovitz photographs and opens in the museum's Illinois Gallery.
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
We the People
This play will serve as a fine reminder that the remarkable words written by our forefathers many years ago are still a living document, part of our lives each and every day.
World War II Days - Midway Village Museum
The largest World War II Days returns this year and promises to be bigger and better than ever! With more than 1,000 re-enactors representing the soldiers of the United States, Great Britain, France, Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, Italy and Japan. Authentic military vehicles, wood encampments, and the ambiance of the beautiful venue add to the quality experience for the visitors.
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.
Central States Threshermen's Reunion
Step back in time at the Central States Thresherman’s Reunion, held annually over Labor Day weekend. Come see and experience traditional events including rock crushing, threshing, sheep shearing, tractor pulls, and a variety of country music shows. Daily attractions include the General Store, 1900 Country School House, Singer Saw Mill, 1910 Era Blacksmith Shop, 1920 Conoco Gas Station, Craft Show, and Flea Market.
Thresherman's Bluegrass Festival
One of the Midwest's best Bluegrass Music Festivals. Music, food, and lots of fun. Performers from all across the nation. Camping available on the grounds. Held at Threshermen's Reunion Park.
Clayville Fall Festival
Pioneer artisan and craftsman demonstrations, historic building tours, kids activities, craft vendors, reenactments by the 10th Illinois Volunteer Calvary Regiment, Chris Camp-The Whip Guy and with musical entertainment. This will make a memorable day!
CITY: Pleasant Plains
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.
Peotone Mill Fall Festival
Explore three floors of this German Windmill built in 1872, filled with antiques, exhibits, and demonstrations of old time crafts.
Blacksmith Hammer In & Old Tyme Antique Tractor Show
Watch live demonstrations of the art of blacksmithing and view the antique tractors. Located at the Chautauqua Auditorium in Pana’s historical Kitchell Park on South Route 51.
Fort LaMotte Days Rangers Reenactment & Festival
Relive the days of yesterday and witness history portrayed in period costume. See, taste and smell the trades and lifestyle of the early 1800’s. Includes encampment, shooting, cookout, traders, musicians and vendors. Held at Leaverton Park.
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.
Civil War '64
Take a step back in time to the civil war! Honoring the life and times of Ottawa Resident General L.H. Wallace, Ottawa’s Civil War '64 has something to offer every member of the family. Events will include Union and Confederate encampments, a civil war era medical tent and rarely available, a Dickey-Wallace guided cemetery tour. Don’t miss these fun and educational two days including Sunday's vintage baseball match!
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.
Lincoln’s Trial & Tribulations
Join us for an intimate dinner theater experience in beautiful historic settings while experiencing Lincoln from a whole new perspective - event held on three dates: July 26, Aug. 16, and Sept. 19. Savor a delicious period meal. Hear and watch the story of the 1847 Matson Slave Trial unfold. It is one of the top ten trials in Lincoln’s career and one of the top five in Coles County. It is an evening out of the ordinary!
Civil War Encampment
Don't miss this favorite annual tradition when members of the 10th Illinois Regiment and their families spend the weekend on the Mill grounds depicting what life was like in a Union military camp. Complete with authentic clothing, weapons, and tools, this event will take you back in time to the 1860s. Experience black powder firing demonstrations and drills, cooking, toys, and crafts. The members of this regiment are excellent presenters who pay attention to historical accuracy, and they are extremely dedicated to creating a unique and unforgettable experience.
CITY: Oak Brook
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
One of America's finest and most popular outdoor pageants. Original music, professional quality actors and colorful costumes will provide an unforgettable 1800's experience. The Nauvoo Pageant is presented on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. While the British Pageant is presented on Wednesday and Friday. Performances begin at 8:30 p.m. Also enjoy free family pioneer games and concessions prior to the performance starting at 7:00 p.m.
Plane & Pilot Midwest LSA Expo
At the Plane & Pilot Midwest LSA Expo, you'll find Light Sport Aircrafts lined on the tarmac of the Mt. Vernon Airport. Also find LSA's for sale, LSA ancillary equipment, and LSA related services.
CITY: Mount Vernon
Come ride the vintage passenger and freight trains on the former Illinois Central and Illinois terminal trackage. One of the trains will feature the steam locomotive #401. Experience the rails just like the maintenance crew did on a motorcar. All-day-tickets! - As many rides as you want! Also enjoy the food tent.
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.
World War II Days
Lockport Township Park District Presents: World War II Days- The March Towards Germany Battle Re-enactment. Experience the WWII Era like never before! WWII Days includes elaborate and realistic battles complete with uniforms, weapons, artillery, vehicles, and campsite displays. Maps of the event site showcase the battlefield and the various encampments and attractions.
Siegel's Cottonwood Farm - Military Appreciation Weekend
As a Thank You from the Siegel Family, Siegel's Cottonwood Farm invites all active and veteran military members and their families to come spend a day "Down on the Farm." Enjoy plenty of "Affordable Fun on the Farm"® with free admission! All Military personnel, veterans and their families will enjoy over 20 fun activities like a petting zoo, hayrides, train rides, obstacle courses, a cornfield maze and more! Come celebrate the military servicemen and women in your lives at the farm from 10am to 6pm.
Statesville Haunted Prison®
The Prisoners have rioted, the guards have fled, a darkness has seized control of this Maximum Security Prison and our Warden has opened the gates for visitors. After the prisoners have processed "The Meat/Visitors", you will be forced to find your way through 23 maximum security cells and come eye to eye with over 100 criminals that were too evil to die. Statesville Haunted Prison®. No one escapes.
Dinner & A Little History in Lockport
Topic: "Searching for Marquette: A Pilgrimage in Art". Through monuments and artwork, Ruth D. Nelson retells the story of the 17th-century French Jesuit missionary-explorer, Father Jacques Marquette, the celebrated surveyor of the Mississippi River. But his expedition down the Great River was only part of the Marquette legacy, which began on the southern shore of Lake Superior and ended on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan. Searching for Marquette follows his journey through today's cities and towns in Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Arkansas to uncover French relics, Native-American royalty, and hearty settlers in a drama of faith, the fur trade and the future of America's heartland. Speaker: Ruth Nelson lives in Downers Grove, Illinois and writes on art in the Midwestern United States. Reservations required. 6:00pm - 8:30pm, Public Landing Restaurant, $24 CCA Members, $29 Non-Members.
2014 Lincoln Art and Balloon Festival
Come out to the Logan County Airport to experience awesome hot air balloon launches and evening balloon glows. Downtown, enjoy musical entertainment, food, an art and craft show, the Art of Wine, and much more.
7th Annual Cruise In at "The Mill"
The event includes a car cruise-in with great classic cars, live acoustic music, food from local restaurants, as well as door prizes and 50/50 drawings. We will have our Made in the USA t-shirts with our Mill logo for sale. Come Celebrate with us!
44th Annual Abraham Lincoln National Railsplitting Festival
From the Civil War Ball to the railsplitting, you'll learn about a unique piece of Route 66 and Lincoln, IL history.
Annual Bluegrass Jam
It’s bluegrass time again at the Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site, with both fans and performers gathering on Sunday, Aug. 10, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Musicians from Illinois and Indiana will converge at the site for a day of jamming with informal groups playing along the creek throughout the day. The site’s volunteers will be serving hamburgers, hotdogs and more with proceeds benefit the historical and interpretive programs at the site. Anyone with a love of this unique style of music is welcome to join one of the many the groups playing in the park.
Harvest Frolic Fall Celebration
Celebrate the arrival of autumn with Lincoln Log Cabin’s annual Harvest Frolic on Saturday and Sunday, September 27-28 from 10am to 4pm daily. Activities will take place at both the Lincoln and Sargent farms including children’s games, doll making and hearth cooking. There will also be a three-legged race, a cast iron skillet toss, two-man saw contest and a “dipping cup race” and a special scavenger hunt will be open to children 12 years of age or younger. Visitors are encouraged to take part in these period games and activities. Demonstrations, food, period music and entertainment along with our featured visiting artisans will round out the weekend programing.
Lemont Street Fair
History will come alive Saturday at the Lemont Historical Society’s annual Lemont Street Fair. From 10 a.m. to 4 pm, the Lemont Street Fair will feature free activities for kids, an antique and craft market, sales of rummage and bakery items, as well as pumpkins by Puckerville Farms and fall decor. Fair-goers can also learn about Lemont’s rich history by touring the historical society museum and pose for photos wearing historic costumes from Granny’s Attic. Bring antique items and find out whether Grandma’s vase or Grandpa’s old milk can is really a treasure – as the popular Road Show appraisals will be on hand from 1 to 3 pm.
Summer Sunset Concert Series
The Hegeler Carus Mansion is once again celebrating the sounds of summer in Starved Rock Country at their outdoor music venue. From jazz to country, from bluegrass to the Rock and Roll Wizzard’s Juke Joint 30th Anniversary, The Hegeler Carus Mansion offers great entertainment all summer, every summer. Held every Friday all Summer long!
I&M Canal Mule-Pulled Boat Rides
Your 90-min, round trip journey on the mule-pulled, full-size replica canal boat will take you on the same hand-dug waterway that 19th century pioneers traveled. Your guides, dressed as Canal Era crew and passengers, will take you back in time to life on the American frontier and the Illinois prairie. Meet our mules, Larry and Moe, and learn how mules and horses powered the boats in the last century. Seating on open-air deck and in enclosed cabin. Plenty of seating for inclement weather - boat runs rain and shine. Handicapped Accessible except motorized wheelchairs. Parking is free. All tickets must be picked up at the Lock 16 Center, 754 First Street, LaSalle, IL. Please plan to arrive at least 20 minutes before scheduled departure. Call 815-220-1848 for questions, special requests & additional days and times, other than Friday through Sunday, LaSalle Canal Boat.
Sunset Storytelling: Tricia Kelly
Hegeler Carus Mansion 2014 Events Saturday, September 06, 2014 at 7:00pm Sunset Storytelling: Tricia Kelly. For prices, information or to register for events (all registration is done online), please visit www.hegelercarus.org.
Sunset Storytelling: Steve Seaborn
Hegeler Carus Mansion 2014 Events Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 7:00pm Sunset Storytelling: Steve Seaborn. For prices, information or to register for events (all registration is done online), please visit www.hegelercarus.org.
Dinner & A Little History in LaSalle
Cowboy Randy Erwin presents "Singing, Yodelin', and Trick Ropin'" at our September session. Hear and participate in music that has made the cowboy such a special part of American history during a show featuring music, folklore, and history - with rope tricks as well! Learn about the origins of cowboy culture, how they lived, worked, and spun tall tales; and about the animals cowboys worked in their daily lives. Pick up some trick-roping tips! Mr. Erwin has performed all over the United States, created four nationally distributed CDs, contributed music for several film scores, including Walt Disney's "Home on the Range". 5:30pm - 8:00pm. Reservations required. $24 CCA Members, $29 Non-Members. Canal Corridor Association.
Sunset Storytelling: Mick Henneberry
Hegeler Carus Mansion 2014 Events Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 7:00pm. Sunset Storytelling: Mick Henneberry. For prices, information or to register for events (all registration is done online), please visit www.hegelercarus.org.
Spooky Lectures: Lizzie Borden by Tricia Kelly
Hegeler Carus Mansion 2014 Events Friday, October 3, 2014 at 7:00pm. Spooky Lectures: Lizzie Borden by Tricia Kelly. For prices, information or to register for events (all registration is done online), please visit www.hegelercarus.org.
Spooky Lectures: A Customary Funeral by Mick Henneberry
Hegeler Carus Mansion 2014 Events Friday, October 10, 2014 at 7:00pm Spooky Lectures: A Customary Funeral by Mick Henneberry. For prices, information or to register for events (all registration is done online), please visit www.hegelercarus.org.
Spooky Lectures: The Terrifying Truth of Victorian Medicine by Tricia Kelly
Hegeler Carus Mansion 2014 Events Friday, October 17, 2014 at 7:00pm. Spooky Lectures: The Terrifying Truth of Victorian Medicine by Tricia Kelly. For prices, information or to register for events (all registration is done online), please visit www.hegelercarus.org.
October Moonlight Tours
If you’ve seen the grandeur of the Mansion during the day, just wait until it gets dark! Amid diffused lighting and soft shadows, guides will take guests back in time to tell the story of the Hegeler Carus family and their extraordinary home. Tours available: Friday, October 24 & 31, 2014 at 9:00pm, 10:00pm, 11:00pm. Online registration is required.
Tales of Terror by Tricia Kelly
Hegeler Carus Mansion 2014 Events Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 7:00pm Tales of Terror by Tricia Kelly. For prices, information or to register for events (all registration is done online), please visit www.hegelercarus.org.
Dinner & A Little History in LaSalle
Topic: "The TR! Show". Derek Evans presents "The TR! Show" at our November session. Mr. Evans brings to life the dynamic character of Theodore Roosevelt. Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt, the youngest President of the United States, was one of the most interesting men who ever lived. Throughout his life he was a cattle rancher, deputy sheriff, historian, naturalist, explorer, author of 35 books, police commissioner, assistant secretary of the Navy, governor of New York, war hero, lawyer, and the first American to win a Nobel Prize. Speaker, Mr. Evans was trained for the theatre at Northwestern University, New York University, and the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco. As manager and director of the Monarch Theatre Company, he brought Shakespeare, Opera, and literary adaptations to schools throughout the American Midwest. Reservations required. 5:30pm - 8:00pm, Canal Corridor Association. $24 CCA Members, $29 Non-Members.
Ryan’s Round Barn Tours
Tour this centennial barn, one of the largest in the country and one of forty-two left in the State of Illinois. It stands 80 feet high and 85 feet in diameter and features a 16-foot diameter floor to ceiling silo. A farm implement museum in on the main floor. Tours are provided by Friends of Johnson’s Park Foundation and groups of ten or more are asked to call ahead. Open 1 to 4 pm.
Kankakee history comes to life with the guided history walk through Mound Grove Cemetery. Actors will portray historical figures sharing their lives and times in Kankakee County. Tours are at 11 a.m and 2 p.m.
This Olde Housewalk
Tour 6 vintage homes in Joliet's historic Cathedral Area. The homes include those of David and Nan Clinton of 355 North Raynor Avenue, Michael and Amy Gahan of 1201 Campbell Street, Carrol Spencer of 509 Western Avenue, Robert and Elizabeth Dow of 1003 Western Avenue, Bob Richards and Nicole Mikuzis of 505 North Raynor Avenue, and Dawn McKenna of 606 Buell Avenue. Porch lunches are available before the walk for $12.50 each. The housewalk begins at 11AM and ends at 5PM.
Light Up the Holidays Parade and Festival
Light Up the Holidays Parade and Festival is held on the Friday following Thanksgiving each year. Activities begin at 10:00am and include the Renaissance Center Fun Fair, activities in the Joliet Historical Museum, Joliet Public Library, Gji's Sweet Shoppe, Jitters Coffeehouse, Chicken-N-Spice, The Red Goose Bakery and more. The Annual Festival of Trees held yearly inside the Rialto Square Theatre also add to the holiday festivities. Tree Lighting begins at 5:15pm in Van Buren Plaza Followed by the Light Up the Holidays Parade at 5:30pm.
Prairie Land Heritage Steam Show & Fall Festival Days
View antique tractors, period demonstrations from blacksmiths, plowing, threshing, baling, grinding and molasses production. Enjoy train rides, tractor pulls, great food and a HUGE flea market.
Cruise Nite and Classic Car Show
One of the largest Cruise Nites in Illinois. This event brings in classic and antique autos for a full day and night of fun for the whole family. Attend the car show on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and cruise from that evening from 5-9 p.m.
Annual Downtown Celebration
Plan to be part of the Downtown Celebration, a festive day of music, food and fun in the heart of Historic Downtown Jacksonville.
Hutson Massacre Pageant
The only outdoor presentation of its kind in the area. The pageant depicts the early settlers coming to what is now Crawford County and the forming of the town of Hutsonville. The town, township and creek were all named for the massacred first family, the Isaac Hutson's. Featuring also music and food - bring your lawn chairs. Pageant is free but a free-will offering will be taken. Event begins at dusk. Learn the history of Hutsonville, tour the museum, Hutson cabin, inn, country store, barn, loom room and Hutson Chapel.
Lewis & Clark Music Festival
Join us for the annual Lewis & Clark Music Festival. Traditional music of the late 1700s and early 1800s will be performed by musicians playing fiddles, dulcimers and flutes. Watch, listen, and participate in this wonderful dance and music festival. Admission is free. For more information, call (618) 251-5811.
Arrival at Camp DuBois
Come celebrate the arrival of Lewis and Clark at Camp River Dubois. This annual event commemorates the day William Clark and the men of the detachment arrived at the confluence of the Riviere a Dubois, Mississippi and Missouri Rivers. The event will include members of the detachment portraying military life, re-enactors recreating the civilian population and demonstrators. Site admission is free. For more information, call (618) 251-5811 or go to www.campdubois.com.
Grand Detour Arts Festival
The 66th Grand Detour Arts Festival will be at the John Deere Historic Site. Two-and three-dimensional art is shown and offered for sale to the public at this juried fine arts event. A discounted admission fee of $2 is charged for entry to both the site and the arts festival. Enjoy the quality artwork by Midwest, watch the blacksmith at work and learn how John Deere invented the plow. Food stands on site as well as performances by area musicians.
CITY: Grand Detour
Join us for the return of the Grafton Rendezvous on the banks of the Illinois River. See pre-1840 history come to life and experience what a busy river port was like during that period. Traders will demonstrate candle and rope making, bead working, wood carving, metal working and leather crafting. There will be tomahawk and knife throwing and much more. Bring the family and enjoy the fun.
Genoa Pioneer Day
The Kishwaukee Valley Heritage Society presents "Genoa Pioneer Day." This event will bring the experience of old time tradesman and crafters by providing a demonstration of skills, stagecoach rides, hands on activities, silent auction, fresh churned butter, fresh made cornbread, Lion's Club pork chops, kids games, music, old time pretend gun fights, President and Mrs Lincoln will be there. Bring your kids, Bring your friends! Bring your grandma and your grandpa!!! A fun and educational event right in your own hometown!! Activities start at 11:00 AM and Finish at 4:00 PM. For more information call 815-784-5559 or 815-784-5498, or visit www.genoamainstreet.com. Sponsored by Kishwaukee Valley Heritage Society.
Antique Engine & Tractor Association Working Farm Show
Visit the 50-acre showground and experience the fall harvest early 1900’s style. Event features the historical value of collection and exhibition of gasoline and steam tractors, power driven farm machinery and other equipment through field demonstrations, displays of gas engines, garden tractors, farm tractors and equipment. Tractor pulls, craft demonstrations, speakers, children activities and music are featured daily. Food is available and parking is free. .
Galesburg Heritage Days
Feel the excitement, experience the history of two time periods in America, featuring Civil War Battle Reenactments and Pre 1840's Rendezvous. A traveling family circus, period food stands and crafts for sale, fishing contest for children, canoe races on the lake, night firing of cannons and a military ball. A great family outing!
National Stearman Fly-in Days
Total Stearman! The 43rd consecutive National Stearman Fly-In will celebrate America’s iconic biplane, and you're invited to join the fun Sept. 1-6, 2014, at Galesburg, IL, Municipal Airport. The must-attend event of the year for Stearman enthusiasts will offer a generous mix of flying events, technical seminars, entertainment and food. Best of all, it’s an opportunity to fly and relax with friends.
47th Annual Tour of Historic Homes
Tour five of the many privately owned and beautifully furnished houses in Galena. The tour also includes admission to the Galena & U.S. Grant Museum, housed in the Daniel Barrows Mansion built in 1858, and free shuttle service.
56th Annual Fall Old Market Day
This turn-of-the-century, open-air market features ladies in period costumes selling wares, arts and crafts vendors, and heritage skills demonstrations.
Fall Festival at Heritage Canyon
Explore life in the log cabin settlement, blacksmith and woodworking shops, Early American crafters in period clothing, vintage farm machinery, a covered bridge, church, one-room school house & demonstrations of pioneer living.
45th Annual Threshing Show and Antique Show
The Stephenson County Antique Engine Club proudly presents this annual event, "The Freeport Show". It offers over 300 antique steam and horse-powered engines and equipment, and gas engines. This year's feature is Allis-Chalmers. There will be a huge parade daily at 1 pm, a large flea market, a large display building offering home antiques, crafts, demonstrations, and farm miniatures, Gasoline Alley featuring The Rawleigh gas engines, sawmill, and blacksmith shop. There will be threshing demonstrations with both steam and gas tractors, and working demonstrations throughout the show grounds. also ride the Silver Creek and Stephenson Railroad antique steam train. Great food is offered. Don't miss the Farmer's Hitch Class Horse Pull or the Midwest Championship Antique Tractor Pull.
Silver Creek and Stephenson Railroad and Silvercreek Museum Labor Day Celebration
All aboard the antique steam train as a 36 ton 1912 Heisler steam locomotive pulls three cabooses, and two passenger flatcars for a four mile ride through farmlands and across a bridge 30 feet above Yellow Creek. Purchase your ticket at the Silver Creek Depot, a turn-of-the-century replica filled with railroad artifacts. Browse for novelties in the Freight House and visit the Silvercreek Museum which offers 25 rooms of early Americana, a display of antique machinery, Henney Motor Company vehicles which were manufactured in Freeport, and the operating Cooper-Corliss engine, a giant 130 ton steam engine. The Silvercreek Museum will be serving sandwiches and deserts. Train: Adults: $7; Children under 12: $3; Cab Rides: $15; Museum: Adults: $3; Children under 12: Free.
Join in an old-fashioned cruise through downtown Freeport. There will be live music by Johnny Rocker, a food court offering a variety of tasty choices, and three contests: the Soundwerks and Tailor Made Autoworks Sound Off Contest, the Gary's Collision & Customs Muffler rapping Contest, and the Dan's Route 66 Service Burn Out Contest. There will be a lot filled with antique cars, Hot Rod Alley and two main parking lots for the classic cars, and cruising all night long. Reserved Parking: $12; Non-Reserved Parking: $10; Cruise Only: Free.
Silver Creek & Stephenson Railroad and Silvercreek Museum Fall Harvest Demonstrations
All aboard as a 36-ton 1912 Heisler steam locomotive pulls three cabooses for a four-mile ride through farmlands. Purchase your ticket at the Silver Creek Depot, a turn-of-the-century replica filled with railroad artifacts, and browse the Freight House Gift Shop and Silvercreek Museum. Weather permitting, there will be fall harvest demonstrations with horses and tractors. The museum will feature sauerkraut, brats, hot dogs, chili and dessert. Train: Adults: $7; Children under 12: $3; Cab Rides: $15; Museum: Adults: $3; Children under 12: Free.
Christmas Tea at the Stephenson County Historical Museum
Celebrate this holiday tradition at the historic 1857 Oscar Taylor home decorated in Christmas finery. Enjoy music and and homemade cookies with coffee, tea or punch as your tour the mansion. The Holiday Gift Shop will be open featuring a selection of historical books, toys and other unique gift items.
Fever River Railroad Fall Open House
For model railroad aficionados-and everyone else who ever enjoyed model trains-this is something to see. The Fever River Railroad is a 103 by 24 foot HO scale model of a hypothetical railroad. The railroad intersects with models of "real" railroads, each of which can be operated independently. Up to 20 trains can be operating at one time. Industries along the railroad right-of-way duplicate either actual facilities or are typically correct of the industries that would be found in the Upper Midwest. The scenery represents the geographical area as well. A collection of railroad memorabilia and pictures are on display.
Lincoln/Douglas Debate Ceremony
Annual public ceremony with speakers, marking the anniversary of the historic, 1858 meeting and debate between Stephen A. Douglas and Abraham Lincoln in Freeport, Illinois. 7 pm
Franklin Grove Summer Harvest Festival
The 35th Annual Franklin Grove Summer Harvest Festival is a city-wide celebration of the area's heritage with a wide variety of activities and events for all to enjoy. . In addition, the festival includes a Pancake Breakfast at the American Legion building, village-wide yard sales, tours of the H.I. Lincoln Building in downtown Franklin Grove, the Franklin Grove Art Festival, the Living History Antique Equipment Show and parade, tours of the Franklin Creek Grist Mill, Nachusa Grasslands – Self-Guided Tours and other events in and around the Village of Franklin Grove.
CITY: Franklin Grove
Greene County Days
Come out to Greene County this September 6 and 7 and see history come to life! The James J. Eldred House will be open and there will be live period music, food vendors, guest speakers, as well as a Civil War encampment., vendors, and demonstrations and much more! Carrollton will have live music, crafts, baked goods and demonstrations on the courthouse lawn. The Historical Society will have artisan demonstrations along with arts and crafts. Eldred hosts the Baptist Church salad luncheon. Rockbridge, Hillview, Haypress, Roodhouse and White Hall will also be serving up great food and entertainment!
The Art of Green
The Art of Green is a cooperative outdoor show with the John Deere Historic Site, The Next Picture Show Gallery and Sauk Valley Bank and will be held on the street along 1st Ave in downtown Dixon. Along with art work by regional artists there will be a variety of John Deere tractors and equipment on display.