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Wonderland Express at Chicago Botanic Garden
Take a magical trip to a winter wonderland of twinkling lights and holiday beauty at the Chicago Botanic Garden when we kick off the holiday season! Outside, 750,000 lights sparkle and welcome you and your family to the Garden's wonderland. Inside the Regenstein Center, a 10,000-square-foot exhibition of miniature trains winds over bridges, under trestles, past waterfalls, and through more than 80 mini-replicas of Chicago's favorite landmarks. Paul Busse, designer of the Model Railroad Garden, created this amazing exhibition exclusively for the Garden's holiday celebration. Adults are $10 non-members and $8 for members, Children 3-12 and Seniors over 62 are $8 non-members and $6 for members.
WGEM Home & Living Show
The area's largest show dedicated to the newest in home and living products at the Oakley Lindsay Center in Quincy.
Top of the Class Antique Show
Please join us for the return of one of Central Illinois' most hospitable and quality antiques show, with space for 45 quality exhibitors. Hours are as follows: Friday from 5-8pm; Saturday from 10am-5pm; and Sunday from 10am-4pm. Hosted by the Illinois State University School of Communication.
To Kill and to Heal: Weapons and Medicine of the Civil War
The exhibit covers Civil War weaponry, its evolution and the adaptation of medicine for the wounds caused by these weapons. Artifacts & vignettes include guns, explosives, diseases, wounds, medical personnel, ambulance corps and anesthetics.
Sculptures on the Avenue
Come explore the sculptures that have transformed the City of Effingham's avenues into an art gallery. Over 30 sculptures created by some of the Midwest's best known and unknown sculptors bring life to the streets of Effingham as part of the annual "Sculptures on the Avenues" outdoor exhibition. Sculptures on the Avenues is a self-guided walking tour that begins at City Hall, located at 201 E. Jefferson Ave. From there, the exhibition winds in and out of Downtown Effingham. An informative guide, which facilitates a walking tour, is available at the Effingham Visitors Center or City Hall.
Rockford Art Museum Exhibit - Through the Ages: 100 Years of RAM
From its beginnings as the Rockford Sketch Club in 1887, to official organization as the Rockford Art Association in 1913, RAM boasts a rich history that reflects the past, present and future of the Rockford region. On view for an unprecedented length of time throughout all three galleries of the museum, Through the Ages celebrates the centennial of Rockford Art Museum with paintings, prints, drawings, photographs, glass, sculpture and mixed media from the RAM Permanent Collection. Also on view in this commemorative exhibition are rare displays of historic archives that tell the impressive story about the making and sustaining of this community gem.
Reptile Rampage is a great opportunity for the whole family to spend the day getting up close and personal to some amazing and unique reptiles. For $10 per adult and $5 per child, visitors can meet over 150 animals including “Bubba” the famous American Alligator, the Wildlife Discovery Center's celebrated rattlesnake collection, lizards, snakes of all shapes and sizes, turtles and tortoises, crocodilians, an assortment of frogs, and so much more. Visitors will also have the chance to talk with some of the Midwest’s most knowledgeable reptile enthusiasts from local zoos, universities, museums, nature centers, and private collections. In addition to the many reptiles on display, there will be children’s arts-and-crafts activities, face painting for the kids, a Patch challenge ($5 extra for the patch), a fabulous silent auction, and much more.
CITY: Lake Forest
NIU Bridal Expo
Free to the public. Over 50 exhibitors, groom's room, bridal fashion show, taste testing, and more! Stop by between 11am and 4pm to get some of the latest ideas for your wedding.
Model Railroad Garden 'Landmarks of America'
The 7,500-square-foot “Model Railroad Garden: Landmarks of America” exhibition at the Chicago Botanic Garden features trains running on 1,600 feet of track, for train and garden enthusiasts to enjoy the delightful sights and sounds of the miniature trains traversing high and low through tunnels, across bridges and around buildings.
Live Raptor Program
Meet amazing birds of prey from the Northern Illinois Raptor Center. The Northern Illinois Raptor Center was started to make sure we maintain and protect our raptor population. Raptors are like "The Ferrari" of nature and require highly skilled experts to handle and treat these birds. Guests will get a chance to see the Owls of Illinois at this fun and educational event. Space is limited. Ticket information available at www.mmnh.org
LEGO Star Wars MINILAND Model Display
Young Padawans will learn to harness the Force in LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Chicago’s first-ever LEGO Star Wars Miniland – a large-scale, interactive LEGO model display, chronicling the adventures of Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace. Take part in a thrilling Podrace through treacherous terrain on the planet Tatooine, and help defeat the evil Droid Army on the rolling plains of Naboo.
Follow the path through “Kringle’s Kingdom” and gaze at more than 75 displays, many animated with characters larger than life. Meander along the path and stop to peak inside the display boxes, visit the unique collection of holiday displays arranged along a path and separated by groupings of lighted evergreen trees, witness a train chugging toward a frozen kingdom, skating bunnies, kissing bears, Christmas puppies and sugar plums dancing. It’s truly a magical holiday experience. Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Jack Hanna's Into the Wild LIVE
America’s favorite zookeeper, "Jungle" Jack returns to Effingham with "Into the Wild LIVE," an unscripted and action-packed safari sure to leave you with renewed appreciation for all creatures, great and small. Be sure to bring the kids out for a great time from 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Home Garden & Business Expo
Annual Home Garden & Business Expo featuring over 40 exhibitors and 2 full days of "How To" demonstrations. Breakfast and lunch available, hourly door prizes, blood screenings on site and register for the "Grand Prize!"
See the Lights. Feel the Magic. Start a new family tradition at Chicagoland's largest holiday lights festival featuring over one million twinkling lights, animated light displays and a laser light show!Many of our indoor exhibits will be open for viewing favorite animals, including our newest, Great Bear Wilderness. Plus, there is a special dolphin show each evening at 6:30 p.m. In addition, the zoo restaurants and food stands will be open with full menus and holiday treats, and gift shops will have hundreds of unique items for those hard-to-shop-for loved ones.Enjoy a full schedule of nightly music and entertainment in the Pavilions. Outside enjoy nightly ice carving and an amazing magic show. Then step inside the Holly Jolly Theater and enjoy performances by local choirs and many more holiday themed performances. 4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m Regular parking and admission fees apply. Saturdays & Sundays: Nov. 30 - Dec. 1, 7-8, 14-15, 21- 22 Thursday through Tuesday: Dec. 26-31
Holiday LEGO Train Show
Cantigny Park’s popular LEGO® Train Show is a holiday tradition for many families. The show transforms the entire Cantigny Visitors Center into a virtual wonderland for LEGO® fans. Le Jardin, the Visitor Center’s restaurant and banquet room, is home to the primary LEGO® diorama where creative new elements are added each year. Secondary displays and a free craft activity occupy the building’s main gallery area and meeting room.
Here, There, and Every-where: Science Through Analogy, Near and Far
Marshall Public Library will be hosting this NASA traveling display that consists of a series of large image-based panels and supporting hands-on activities that connect Earth and planetary sciences and astrophysics with everyday phenomena. Images displayed in the exhibit include the topics of shadows, wind, colliding atoms, lensing, electrical dis-charge and bow waves. The images are aimed at helping to demonstrate the universality of physical laws to people who may not identify strongly with science. Exhibition hours are hours are 10-6 Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday; 10-8 on Thursday; and 10-5 on Friday and Saturday.
Hatch: A Creative-Reuse Art Festival
Hatch: A Creative-Reuse Art Festival opens February 28, 2014 and runs through March 15, 2014. The I.D.E.A. Store is proud to produce a juried artists’ festival focusing on high quality, repurposed craft and fine art from artists all over the Midwest right here in Champaign County, IL.
Gem & Mineral Show
Annual Gem and Mineral Show showing off Indian artifacts, fossils, lapidary displays, shell crafts and much more.
East Peoria Festival of Lights & Folepi's Winter Wonderland
Light up your night at the East Peoria Festival of Lights (FOLEPI)! The annual Festival of Lights is a one-of-a-kind holiday spectacular. With more than two million lights in the festival, the beauty will be sure to mesmerize you and your family.
CITY: East Peoria
Civil War Weekend
Friday evening is the 8th annual Lincoln Legacy Dinner at the Anna Art Center. Saturday & Sunday includes speakers on local history during the Civil War, historic storytelling, period music, art, food and reenactment as well as period displays.
Christmas Around the World & Holidays of Light
Christmas Around the World began in 1942 as a United Nations Day salute to American allies during the war, is now in its 69th year. The exhibit features more than 60 dazzling trees and displays that are decorated by members of Chicago's ethnic communities to reflect holiday customs from around the world. Holidays of Light showcases various global holidays that celebrate light or enlightenment such as Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and Diwali. Festivities include ethnic dancing and singing, storytellers, and school choir performances.
Chicago Flower & Garden Show
Sights and scents of beautiful springtime flowers fill the air when the Chicago Flower & Garden Show presents 20 featured gardens from top designers, 34 celebrity Chicago chefs showing how to make sumptuous dishes from garden fare, a shopper's paradise with more than 100 vendors, a children's play area, and illustrated presentations to inspire, educate, and motivate. This nationally-renowned show, drawing tens of thousands each year, returns March 9-17 at Chicago's Navy Pier. Tickets and info at www.chicagoflower.com
Carl Sandburg in Elmhurst
Prairie poet, Lincoln biographer, newspaperman, political activist, movie critic, family man, author - Carl Sandburg wore many hats during the 1920s when he resided with his family in the Chicago suburb of Elmhurst. This new exhibit, created by the Elmhurst Historical Museum staff, features many rare photos, video footage, and artifacts related to Sandburg from his prolific Elmhurst years. The exhibit profiles one of America's most influential literary figures as he ascended to international fame as one of our country's most beloved poets, an Illinois Poet Laureate, and winner of two Pulitzer prizes. See our Adult Programs, Family Programs and Special Events pages for many interesting exhibit-related activities.
Build It! Make It! - Discovery Center Museum
Creativity will flow in the Build It! Make It! exhibit. Visitors will design, create and construct whatever they can imagine as we fill the 5,000 square feet of the Woodward Exhibit Hall with all kinds of building items. The hall will transform into a creative space to play with ideas, explore materials and tinker with tools! Legos, K'Nex, and our Imagination Playground giant foam blocks are just the beginning of the imaginative construction zone. Additional Tinkering and Make It areas provide opportunities for children to explore and invent using real materials and real tools.
Bring the entire family for an afternoon of fun! See spectacular creations all built from LEGO bricks by LEGO enthusiasts from around the world. Enjoy interactive activities, such as the LEGO and DUPLO play brick areas, seek and finds, and more!
Bloomington Gold Corvette Show
Bloomington Gold is not only the longest running national Corvette event, but also is noted for innovations that have been commonly copied by many other automotive events. Corvette auctions, swap meets, certification, SURVIVOR®, educational seminars and special museum-type displays all began at Bloomington Gold. Over 4,000 Corvettes will descend on Champaign County for the first time and over 1,000 are expected to take part in the Gold Tour showcasing the open roads.
Bald Eagle Days Environmental Fair
Don't miss the Bald Eagle Days Environmental Fair and Wildlife Art Show at the QCCA Expo Center in Rock Island, Illinois. The show is heralded as the largest event in the Midwest dedicated to the United States' national symbol of freedom. The three-day event includes live eagle, hawk, owl and vulture flying demonstrations along with educational programs and over 200 fun and informative exhibits.
CITY: Rock Island
Artifact Talk: Rescue and Renewal
Grace Cohen Grossman, Curator Emerita, Skirball Museum, Los Angeles, details the history of the JCR & its task at the end of World War II to identify looted, "heirless" Jewish ceremonial objects and books, and to reclaim them for the Jewish people. Over sixty objects were placed in the care of the HTC. On loan to the Museum, these treasured artifacts will now be on display in the Feis Family Lobby. Reservations required; firstname.lastname@example.org. Museum admission.
Art on Harrison
Seeking a way to announce the emerging Arts District, galleries and building owners in partnership with the Oak Park Arts Council inaugurated Art on Harrison in 1995. Conceived of as an informal Friday evening gallery walk, the event has continued each September since its inception, expanding to include entertainment and performances at participating galleries. Come out and see what the area has to offer in a convivial atmosphere, a celebration of what the creative spirits of this community have accomplished.
CITY: Oak Park
American Indian and Ethnographic Show
Historic artifacts on display.
34th Annual Rockford Home Show
The Home Show is the ideal place to shop for new products, services, ideas, concepts and expertise on interior and exterior design. This exciting event provides the perfect atmosphere to attend free seminars of interest to the home owners at no additional cost. Gather your antiques and bring them in for a free appraisal also. Bring the kids for fun in the ""Cave Maze!"
CITY: Loves Park
2nd Annual Outdoor Sculpture Walk
Take a self-guided tour of public art from June 2 to September 2 as part of the 2nd annual Sculpture Walk in downtown Oak Park. The walk features 12 world-class sculptures prominently placed among Oak Park's many shops and restaurants.
CITY: Oak Park
16th Annual St. Charles Fine Art Show
Located along the banks of the Fox River, this juried art show features 100 fine artists, live music, demonstrations and artists’ awards.
CITY: St. Charles