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Wonderland in Lights
Each year, the City of Effingham and the Effingham Convention and Visitors Bureau turn Community Park into a winter wonderland! Wonderland in Lights, a drive-through light display, features a variety of lighted holiday scenes including reindeer flying, Santa coming down the chimney and a Nativity scene. We continue to add new lighting displays each year to grow the display. Santa visits the Wonderland in Lights every Saturday to bring special presents to the children. Come drive through the light display and stick around to talk to Santa and listen to your favorite Christmas carols! The Wonderland in Lights is free, but donations are welcome.
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.
Wheat Fair & Festival
This three day event has a queen pageant, carnival rides, food and drinks, games, antique tractor pull and a washers tournament. Exhibits include farm and homemaking and 4-H and school projects. There will be a large decorated float parade on Sunday at 2:00 p.m.
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.
Valley Carvers Woodcarving Expo
See the exquisite craftsmanship of carvers from throughout the Midwest. Outside the Lodge, see chainsaw woodcarving in action and participate in raffles of woodcarvings and other items too. A wide variety of woodcarvings will be on display and available for purchase. Meet the artists and see who won blue ribbons on their carvings.
Underground Railroad Shuttle Tours
Learn about local, Underground Railroad sites on a shuttle tour with J.E. Robinson Tours and the Alton Regional CVB on the last Saturday of each month (10 a.m. to noon). The two-hour guided shuttle tours will stop at some of the sites that were part of the Underground Railroad system including the Old Rock House, Rocky Fork Church and more. Alton’s riverfront location along the Mighty Mississippi played a vital role in helping slaves make connections to the freedom of the northern states. Buried beneath the streets of Alton and Godfrey, remnants of this period in history still exist. For more information on the Underground Railroad shuttle tours or to make advance registrations, please contact the Alton Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau at (800) 258-6645.
The Old House New House Home Show/Fall 2014
The 60th season of The Old House Home Show. The Mega Center and Ballroom will be brimming with engaging exhibits from 300 outstanding participants.
CITY: St. Charles
The Discerning Eye
This exhibition features the work of photography masters Dawoud Bey, Terry Evans and Joseph Jachna.
CITY: Chicago Heights
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.
Suite Prints: 25th Years of chicago Printmakers Collaborative
This exhibition features the works of 10 artists from this 25 year old collaborative.
CITY: Chicago Heights
Staunton Art and Music Festival
Held at Duda Park and sponsored by the Staunton Art Council and the Staunton Tourism Committee. 5th Annual Art & Music Festival consists of exhibition and sale of fine art, live music, food and fun for the entire family. This event takes place in a relaxing and beautifully landscaped park.
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. They 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 cook out!
Sports Collectable Show
Sports Collectable Show. Sports Cards, NASCAR, Toys, Comic Books, Collectable cards and other collectable items.
CITY: Orland Park
Ripley's Believe It or Not!
This highly interactive blockbuster exhibit is an adventure through the remarkable realms of scientific discoveries and real artifacts. Visitors will discover the real science behind the unbelievable phenomena featured in the six sections of the exhibit.
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.
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.
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.
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
Peotone Mill Fall Festival
Explore three floors of this German Windmill built in 1872, filled with antiques, exhibits, and demonstrations of old time crafts.
Peoria Art Guild Fine Art Fair
The Peoria Art Guild’s Fine Art Fair is one of the largest and top ranking visual arts events in Central Illinois. This year, they are featuring over 150 local, national and international visual artists from 26 states, Canada, Argentina and Israel. Every year, the last full weekend in September, the historic Peoria Riverfront becomes a live and in-person art gallery where visitors can SEE and BUY original artwork from local, national and international artists! Featuring ... a Children's Art Festival - with make-and-take projects; a Community Mural - for anyone to make their mark; Live Music and Dance Performances; great Local Food ...and so much more! Join us and celebrate 51 years!
Original Quilt & Sewing Expo
Experience seminars, hands-on workshops and an exhibit hall bursting with industry vendors and beautiful quilts!
CITY: Tinley Park
Old Settler's Reunion
The Old Settler's Reunion will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will include ribbons for Effingham County residents of over 30 years, awards, historic costumes and exhibits, live music, food and more. The Courthouse Museum will be open during this time.
Old House New House Home Show/Fall 2015
Explore 300 deluxe displays with the latest in kitchens, baths, building, remodeling and landscaping. Meet award-winning contractors and creative craftsmen to improve your home and surroundings.
CITY: St. Charles
North American Vintage Decoy and Sporting Collectibles Show
This is the "granddaddy" of all shows and It's open to the public. For a discount coupon go to the website. One of the largest shows of its kind in the entire country. All types of hunting and fishing memorabelia. Buy, sell and trade. On Wednesday there will be two decoy seminars for collectors and the public. There will be a major exhibition featuring Louisiana Decoys. This exhibit will coincide with the show and is located in the Mega Center.
CITY: St. Charles
North American Reptile Breeders
These shows are the best places for the general public and breeders alike to come out and meet many of the World's top Reptile Breeders. Reptile breeders bring out their top projects and showcase them at the NARBC Shows.
CITY: Tinley Park
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.
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.
John A. Logan College Autumn Fest
This annual event features over 100 original, handmade arts and crafts, great food, free admission, and free parking. For more information call 1-800-851-4720, extension 8287.
Jacksonville Main Street’s Bridal Expo
Join them upstairs at Hamilton's for a a viewing of Bridal Expo Booths, yummy tastings and a wonderful fashion show.
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!"
Gun & Sport Show
Showcasing local and regional vendors, the Gun and Sport Show at the Kankakee County Fair Grounds has something for everyone. Whether you are a seasoned collector or just want to view the vintage militia items, this is a must see. This is held several times a year, so be sure to check www.visitkankakeecounty.com for future dates.
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!
Glidden Homestead Patent Day Celebration!
Joseph F. Glidden was granted a patent on November 24, 1874 for "The Winner," what became one of the most-widely used types of barbed wire in the nation. It all began on the Glidden farm, at the time “a mile west of the City of DeKalb.” Joseph began searching for a better fencing method after his wife, Lucinda, complained about livestock getting into the yard. Hours: Noon to 4:00 pm. Barbed Wire Sites Tour at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm
Gazebo Art Festival
The Gazebo Art Festival is held on the outdoor grounds of Chandler Park in downtown Macomb! This setting is a wonderful place for the public to view art, chat with artist and enjoy live performances and music from the Al Sears Jazz Music Festival. There will also be activities and fun for children!
Fine Art of Fiber
Viewers will enjoy an exhibition of more than 150 pieces, including quilts, various types of needle arts, knitting, weaving, wearable art, dolls and jewelry. Sales boutiques offer a similarly wide variety of items for sale, including woven and knitted pieces, artwear, traditional and contemporary quilts, handmade holiday gifts, and much more. There will also be fashion shows and lectures. Parking fees apply.
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.
Festival of Lights Drive-Through
Outstanding Christmas light drive through. Experience a festival of lights without ever getting out of your car! Located at Clark County Fair Grounds in Marshall during December.
Fall Juried Exhibit
Fiber based works from all over the nation will be exhibited.
CITY: Chicago Heights
EXPO CHICAGO/2014, The International Exposition of Contemporary and Modern Art. Situated at Navy Pier’s Festival Hall , this four-day art event features over 120 leading international galleries and offers diverse programming.
Elegance in Motion Car Classic Car Show
MB Financial Park at Rosemont (5501 Park Place) proudly presents its inaugural luxury sports car show, “Elegance in Motion Car Classic” this summer. Hosted by Dave Miller of the popular automotive website Drive with Dave, modern and vintage automobiles will be on display for MB Financial Park guests to enjoy at no cost. The show is open to visitors from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. every Saturday from August 9 through September 27.
Dicken's Holiday Village
Olde England comes alive in Historic Downtown Antioch with lifelike figures representing scenes from the Dickens Era. Experience this public art exhibit while strolling among the delight streets of Antioch. Enjoy the charm of Dickens among the many boutiques, gift shops and eateries. Also enjoy special Saturday Dickens activities.
Decatur Train Fair
Come enjoy the Fall Decatur Train Fair! Model trains will be on display and available for purchase! This is a family-friendly event sure to please everyone!
During this fun-filled event for all ages, you can meet live crocodilians, including Bubba the world famous American Alligator who will be on hand until 2pm. The expert staff and members of the Chicago Herpetological Society and the Madison Area Herpetological Society will give short talks about crocodiles and their kin, while also providing some close up encounters with a variety of reptiles. There will also be kid-friendly activities, face painting a story teller, craft vendors, the WDC’s Wildside Store, food and refreshments.
CITY: Lake Forest
Chicagoland International Pipe and Tobacciana Show
The largest Pipe Smoking Club Show in the world with vendors from around the globe. On Sunday, they will have the UPCA United States of America National Pipe Smoking Championship, with the winner representing the UPCA in the World Smoking Championships. Adults only.
CITY: St. Charles
Chicago Auto Show
The Chicago Auto Show is the largest auto show in North America and has been held more times than any other auto exposition on the continent. All Chicago Auto Show exhibits are held in the McCormick Place complex. Exhibitions include: multiple world and North American introductions; a complete range of domestic and imported passenger cars and trucks; sport utility vehicles; and experimental or concept cars. In total, nearly 1,000 different vehicles will be on display. Additionally, attendees will also have the opportunity to see numerous accessories and auto-related exhibits, competition vehicles and project, antique and collector cars.
Cedarhurst Craft Fair
More than 160 exhibitors from throughout the country show and sell diverse craft items. Includes continuous entertainment, children's activities, and a variety of food.
CITY: Mount Vernon
Calhoun County Quilt & Church Tour
Over 200 quilts, old to new, more hand stitched than machine stitched, are displayed in historic churches across Calhoun County. Visitors can also take part in quilt demonstrations, quilt appraisals, supplies, sales & raffels.
Boggio's Orchard and Produce Pumpkin Harvest Craft Show
Boggio's Pumpkin Harvest Craft Show features new crafts from over 130 crafters. There's food, music, hay and pony rides, an animal barn, pedal cars, pig races, and a corn maze to keep the kids entertained! The bakery sells delicious cider donuts, award-winning apple cider, fudge, canned jellies honey and fresh vegetables picked daily. Your family will enjoy the option of picking their own apples and pumpkins in the orchard and patch! Open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm with a $3.00 entry to the craft show.
Barn Quilts of DeWitt County Bus Tour
Gearing up for our fourth year of creating barn quilt magic in DeWitt County. Throughout the county, vibrant, hand-painted 8’X8’ quilt blocks on ‘wooden canvases’ adorn numerous barns, making a drive through the countryside all the more enjoyable. Bus tours are on the first Saturday in June and October from 9am - 1pm.
Autumn on the Fox Art and Craft Show
29th annual Autumn on the Fox Art and Craft show. All items are handmade by the exhibiting artist. There are 170 artisans. Jewelry, metal art, stained glass, photography, primitive wood, whimsical folk art and more. Food is available.
CITY: St. Charles
Autumn Festival - An Arts & Crafts Affair
At this annual fest, you can browse the works of more than 500 artists and craftsmen from 30 states. Find home decor and gifts (all handcrafted and one-of-a-kind), entertainment, and plenty of food and drink. Voted one of the top 100 art shows in the country by Sunshine Artist Magazine.
CITY: Villa Park
Autumn Drive in McHenry County
Welcome to a different kind of fall festival! Spend a leisurely day with family and friends on a real country road. Fourteen family farms in rural McHenry County, Illinois are open to the public for three days the third weekend in October. Each stop along the way offers a unique country experience. There are antiques, arts & crafts, pumpkins, and many surprises to discover along the way. Follow us on Facebook - facebook.com/autumndrive
Aurora's Holiday Festival of Lights
Enjoy the sparkle, shimmer and shine of the 2014 Festival of Lights. One of the largest free outdoor holiday light displays in Northern Illinois. Dazzling displays that will delight both adults and children. A winter wonderland of animated visual arts, lighted tunnels, a forest full of lights and more! Open from 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday to Thursday; and 5 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday starting Nov. 28 through Dec. 28, 2014. Donations accepted.
You will see many hand crafted items made by the creative minds of the artists that made all of these beautiful items. Original art work will include water color and oil paintings, blown and fused glass creations, woodworking, jewelry, hand knits, porcelain paintings and other media.
Greenville's Art Walk has it all; fine art, savory food, delicious wine and delightful music. Artist from the region are spotlighted at this outdoor event.
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
Aquatic Experience - Chicago
The Aquatic Experience – Chicago combines everything aquatic under one roof. From saltwater to freshwater with pond and aquatic reptiles, the Aquatic Experience has it all. Consumers and retailers are invited to join in on the educational seminars, fish auctions and a thriving show floor filled with hobbyists from entry level to the most sophisticated aquarium keepers as well as livestock and equipment experts and the industries best and trend setting manufacturers. Add in a bevy of high powered speakers you’ve heard of and read articles from but have not had the chance to meet in person and you’ve got a “must see” for any aquarist no matter what their experience level. Aquatic Experience – Chicago is proudly produced by World Pet Association (WPA), presenter of SuperZoo – The National Show for Pet Retailers and America’s Family Pet Expo, an industry leading consumer event. Located at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel.
American Indian and Ethnographic Show
Historic artifacts on display.
58th Annual Fox Valley Antiques Show
Authentic antiques exhibited indoors at the Kane County Fairgrounds. Plenty of free parking. Admission $8 benefits local historical, educational endeavors.
CITY: St. Charles
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
20th Annual Native American Pow Wow
Enjoy Native American dancing, drumming, cultural demonstrations, kids crafts, art and craft vendors and food vendors including native foods. You can visit a tepee and wigwam and try making an arrow! See Deshka the American Bald Eagle and other birds of prey. This is a fun family event. Visit our website for more information. Tour the Naper Settlement and its buildings from 1:00-4:00pm daily. Discount prices available online. Visit our website for latest updates. Sat. 11:00am - 10:00pm, Sun. 11:00am - 5:00pm.
19th Annual Airport Open House and Fly In
You won't want to miss the 20th annual Fly-In and car show. On Saturday, take a close look at warbirds, antique aircraft and automobiles on display. On Sunday, free flights will be offered for kids ages 8-17, sponsored by Young Eagles EAA Chapter 864. Free admission and parking.
CITY: East Alton
17th 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
17th Annual Chicago Drum Show
World's largest, longest running vintage and custom drum show. Exhibits, clinics, classes, demonstrations, entertainment, celebrity guests. Admission: $15; children 5-12 $10.
CITY: St. Charles