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Southern Illinois Wine & Art Festival
The last weekend in September the best Southern Illinois wineries and artisans all at one Festival at scenic Rend Lake.
French Connection Day
French Connection Day celebrates Cantigny's French roots, which began when Col. Robert McCormick served with the Army's 1st Infantry Division during World War I at the Battle of Cantigny, near Paris. Great food and entertainment with a French flair are highlights of this free one-day festival.
Enjoy vintage games for kids, special tours and exhibits and free parking all day as the park celebrates the birthday of Cantigny benefactor Robert R. McCormick (1880-1955). This year's event will feature a free evening performance by Chicago Sinfonietta in honor of Cantigny Park's 60th anniversary!
Cantigny Fall Festival
Enjoy a variety of activities including a Fall craft show, music, hayrides and more. Stop by Bertie's for a taste of autumn with a cup of hot cider or hot chocolate and something decadent to sink your teeth into.
Westmont Street Fair
Join in the fun in Downtown Westmont on Thursday evenings throughout the summer. The Westmont Street Fair features an Open Market and Cruisin' Nights. The Market will have numerous vendors including farmers, specialty foods, unique products & more. Cruisin' Nights features a different theme each week.
The State Ballet Theatre of Russia presents Swan Lake
This full-scale production, set to the music of Tchaikovsky and based on Russian folklore and German legend, follows a heroic young prince as he works to free the beautiful swan maiden from an evil spell. The State Ballet Theater of Russia presents 50 of Russia’s brightest ballet stars to bring this romantic tale of true love to glorious life!
Ralphie May at the Genesee Theatre
Voted one of Variey's "10 Comics to Watch," Ralphie May Combines the familiar elements of hip-hop and topical comedy with a dash of southern down-home flavor and quick wit. Appearing on the first season of "Last Comic Standing," Ralphie displayed his ability to cross social, cultural, and ethnic barriers. He will capture the audience's heart and make them gleefully uncomfortable. This show was rescheduled from May 16th.
Ballet Folkorico de Mexico de Amalia Hernandez at the Genesee Theatre
Journey through the past as Ballet Folklorico de Mexico performs the dance traditions of Mexico for over 60 years. Considered the cultural representative of Mexico to the world, this ballet offers a lively performance that is full of movement, rhythm, and technical perfection.
Brian Regan at Genesee Theatre
Brian Regan is one of the hardest working and most respected comedians in the country. He has been selling out theatres from coast to coast and has earned the praise of the press, the public, and fellow comedians. Tickets run $45 & $55.
Frank Caliendo at the Genesee
Frank Caliendo's high energy act is a blend of observations, impressions, characters and anecdotal stories that start at a frenetic pace and never let up. Once described "a combination of Robin Williams and Jim Carrey" Frank is one comedian that should not be missed. Tickets range $38 - $48.
Zappa Plays Zappa
No one is better suited to play Frank Zappa favorites and obscure gems to crazed fans than his son, Dweezil. As a child, he watched his father in concerts from off stage. Zappa Plays Zappa has evolved into a 6-piece band. Dweezil alone is uniquely qualified to bring this father’s compositions back to life; he is both the modern face of Zappa music and the person who can bring it fully formed into the future.
Jim Peterik's Lifeforce at the Genesee
Best known as the founder of the band Survivor, Jim Peterik brings an alternative to the raucousness of rock with Lifeforce. This ensemble creates a powerful collection of diverse rock, pop, soul, worldbeat, and contemporary jazz tunes right before the audience. They will enjoy this crisp ensemble action within a game of musical chairs, joyfully jumping from one vibe to the next. Fans of all genres will love this high energy show!
Hippiefest 2015 at the Genesee
Bring Woodstock back to life and celebrate the sounds that defined the 1960s with Hippiefest 2015. Groove to the tunes of yesteryear as the legendary group, The Family Stone headlines with Rick Derringer, Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels, and Badfinger featuring Joey Molland.
Louie Anderson & Rita Rudner at the Genesee
Come out for twice the laughs with two great comedians! Rita Rudner and her partner in comedy, Louie Anderson make a dynamic slapstick duo that will reduce the audience to a helpless fit of laughter.
Brian McKnight at the Genesee
Brian McKnight has been bringing his smooth, sultry sound to the delight of audiences across the globe for over a decade. His ability to connect personally with each person in the audience is unparalleled. Brian's voice gives the audience goose bumps while his singing warms their hearts!
Darlene Love at the Genesee Theatre
Get ready for an unforgettable concert experience full of brilliant music and mesmerizing entertainment. Named one the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time by Rolling Stone, Darlene Love brings Love for the Holidays featuring “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home),” a song she performs annually.
Farm Heritage Festival
Check out hundreds of antique tractors, cars and steam engines, and other farm machinery as we celebrate Lake County’s rural roots. Tractor parades, petting zoo, sheep herding demonstrations, scarecrow making, museum exhibits, wagon rides and other activities for kids and families.
Art on the Prairie
Celebration of artistic heritage featuring a juried fine art festival and craft show with jewelry, ceramics, paintings, photography, and other mediums available for purchase. This festival also includes artist demos, music, performing arts, a children's station and more!
Tempel Lipizzan's 2015 Performances
Witness artistry and history come to life as the Tempel Lipizzan stallions enchant audiences with their power, intelligence and grace. From the play of newborn foals to the leaps of athletic stallions, the Tempel Lipizzans are an experience for the entire family. This unique performance set to music has become a Lake County favorite. Save and buy tickets in advance. Come early and enjoy a lunch or dinner in the cafe. Please visit the website for performance schedule.
Autumn Festival - An Arts & Crafts Fair
Each show is brimming with row after row of handcrafted, one-of-a-kind home decor & gifts perfect for the fall season. There will be entertainment & plenty of food & drink. Register for hourly $30 gift certificates!
Starved Rock Photography Club
Whether you are just beginning in photography, are an advanced amateur or a professional, you are welcome to the Starved Rock Photography Club. Monthly photography walks at Starved Rock State Park’s Lodge with club leader, Jacki Pienta. The Photography Club will meet each month throughout the year for guided walks to planned sites for photography opportunities. Members will informally exchange ideas and tips for quality nature and wildlife photos. We will meet the 4th Saturday of every month at 9am in the back of the Large Parking Lot at Starved Rock Lodge. All meetings will consist of a hike to an area of either Starved Rock State Park, Matthiessen State Park or Buffalo Rock. Please be prepared to carpool if necessary. $25.00 annual fee to join which will include a club t-shirt and an annual cookout! Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm 4th Saturday of each month. For more information, call 815-220-7386.
A Tribute to Patsy Cline
Mary Pfeifer has a voice that will take you back to the days of Patsy Cline. From Patsy's first recordings in 1955 to her last in 1963, she covers her famous hits such as Crazy and Walking After Midnight. Mary recently performed the part of Patsy Cline in the highly successful Engle Lane Theater production of "Always Patsy Cline". 2015 Dates: Dates: Jun. 22, 2015 - Jun. 23, Jul 20 - Jul 21, Oct 5 & 6. Times: 11:30am - 2:45pm. For more information and to purchase tickets call 815-220-7386.
Benches on the Avenue
This award-winning public art program features benches that showcase the unique and colorful designs of professional and amateur artists. The theme for 2015 is "Heroes and Villains".
Sycamore's Steam Show and Threshing Bee
The History of the Northern Illinois Steam Power Club invites you to their annual Sycamore Steam Show & Threshing Bee August 13th - 16th, 2015. This family friendly event is a great way to step back in time and see many antique machines at work. Threshing using steam engines and gas tractors. Also, a sawmill in operation sawing logs into lumber using Steam Power and Baling Straw using Club's 1900 Sandwich stationary wire-tie baler are just a few of the engaging machine exhibitions that will be presented at the Bee. There will also be Barrel Train rides, rope making, mule team wagon rides and much more to entertain everyone.