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What's the key to our success? A commitment to excellence. Attention to detail. A first-rate, knowledgeable wait staff. And, of course, the driving forces behind it all: Yoshi and Nobuko Katsumura. You're sure to find new and interesting things at the café, including dishes you won't find anywhere else (have you ever seen barracuda on another menu?!). Our eclectic menu features dishes with influences that run the gamut from Japanese to Italian, French and American. Please join us and experience our fine cuisine in a comfortable atmosphere. At Yoshi's Café, you're like family.
Woodstock Groundhog Days
In 1992, something astonishing happened in the historic city of Woodstock, Illinois. People came to town and roped off the picturesque city square, moved all sorts of equipment into the park and started playing the Pennsylvania Polka, over and over and over again. They were filming a movie that has become a favorite of young and old for more than 20 years, and the city gathers each year to remember the fun and celebrate the special community that Woodstock has always been. There are events for everyone during this celebration: Groundhog trivia, free viewing of "Groundhog Day" at the movie theater, walking tours of the film sites, a Chili cook-off, a dinner and dance, bowling, and pancake breakfasts. The main event for Groundhog Day is the annual prognostication. Gather on the Woodstock Square to see Woodstock Willie emerge from his tree trunk home. If he sees his shadow, it means there will be 6 more weeks of winter and if he doesn't see his shadow, it means we will have an early Spring.
Wonderland in Lights
Each year, the City of Effingham and the Effingham Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) turn Community Park into a winter wonderland! Wonderland in Lights, a drive-thru light display, features a variety of lighted holiday scenes including reindeer flying, Santa coming down the chimney, and a Nativity scene. Last year’s display was such a huge success; the Effingham CVB added additional light displays for your viewing pleasure again this year. In addition, to help get you in the Christmas spirit, the Effingham CVB, along with 97.9 XFM and KJ Country 102.3, continue to bring you the option to tune into continuous Christmas music on 90.7 FM while you drive through the display. The display opens Thanksgiving night, November 27, and runs until Christmas night, December 25. Hours are from 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Community Park is located on East Temple Ave, Effingham, IL. Santa visits the Wonderland in Lights every Saturday to bring special presents to the children. The Wonderland in Lights is free, but donations are appreciated. For more information, please call 217-342-5310 or visit www.visiteffinghamil.com. We look forward to helping to spread Christmas cheer throughout Effingham this holiday season!
Women & Children First Book Store
We are one of the largest feminist bookstores in the country, stocking more than 30,000 books by and about women, children's books for all ages, and the best of lesbian and gay fiction and non-fiction. Our purpose in beginning the store 33 years ago was to promote the work of women writers and to create a place in which all women would find books reflecting their lives and interests. We strive to do this in an atmosphere in which all are respected, valued, and well-served.
Wire is located on Roosevelt Road in Berwyn. Just west of Chicago, something is growing... a facility for music production, performance, education and distribution unlike any other. Come experience this first class venue, boasting top notch audio equipment, as well as full service modern lighting and video production. A place every artist will want to play and every fan will want to see. This very modern venue is available to rent for your especially unique event. A must see!
Willows Hotel, The - Neighborhood Inns of Chicago
This boutique hotel is located in a historic landmark decorated with nineteenth-century French reproduction furnishings. Willows Hotel is close to Boystown bars and restaurants, as well as Lakeview and Lincoln Park shops.
Weddings at Brookfield Zoo
Say I Do at Brookfield Zoo! Imagine a breathtaking water fountain as the backdrop for your ceremony. Enjoy "Cocktails with the Animals" in one of our magnificent animal habitats. Savor an elegant dinner in one of our beautiful dinner venues. Let your Brookfield Zoo Consultant assist you to create the celebration of your dreams!
Walnut Grove Cabins
Couples Getaway Vacation Cabins, perfect for a romantic wine trail getaway, outdoor adventure vacation, or just to reconnect with your loved one in your private wooded retreat.
W Chicago Lakeshore
Overlooking Lake Michigan, this hip hotel is close to Navy Pier, Oak Street Beach and the Magnificent Mile. Indulge in the hotel’s Bliss Spa, sip a cocktail at the 33rd-floor Whiskey Sky bar that offers amazing panoramic views and dine on Mediterranean dishes at Wave.
W Chicago City Center
Located in the Loop, the W Chicago is close to downtown theaters, the Willis Tower, Millennium Park and The Art Institute. The hotel offers in-room spa treatments and the 24-hour Sweat Fitness Center.
Black Vultures and turkey vultures fly and swoop in the skies surrounding Makanda each fall. Local residents await their return each fall as an end to the hot summer and the beginning of cooler fall weather. This event is a celebration of the Vulture’s annual migration with live music and displays by local artists for purchase. Come join the celebration and see this awesome unique event as these birds return.
Visitors Center Holiday Gift Expo
Freeport/Stephenson County Visitors Center, 4596 US Highway 20 East, Freeport. 8 am to 7 pm. Shop for unique local products during this special expo at the Freeport/Stephenson County Visitors Center. Over a hundred local vendors with products ranging from Pretzel items to books to cards to rugs to mugs to more are featured. The gifts are either produced in Stephenson County or highlight some aspect of local culture and history. Open: 8 am - 7 pm seven days a week.
Viper Alley is the hottest private event venue. With only booking one event at a time, guests receive 100% of the staff’s time and attention. If unique is your preference Viper Alley’s industrial-chic atmosphere and vibe will exceed all expectations. The Chef’s beautifully-prepared and delicious cuisine includes everything from appetizers and gourmet pizzas to beef tenderloin. Viper Alley can meet any A/V need with our state-of-the-art, concert quality equipment, including 20 LCD screens. Add value by choosing Viper Alley that offers complimentary boutique bowling, a stage, entertainment coordination (if desired), parking, security, furniture and linen.
Velvet Rope Ultra Lounge
This gay and lesbian Oak Park lounge features a dance floor, martini bar and a menu of small plates. Catch live DJs, drag shows and dancers on the weekends.
CITY: Oak Park
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.
Two Thirteen East
The only gay club in Carbondale features drag shows, Salsa Night on Thursdays and ‘80s dance music on Saturdays.
Tuscan Hills Winery
Tuscan Hills Winery, recently opened in 2011, is on Historic Hills Drive, directly behind the Harley Barn. This winery is located on eight picturesque acres which helps bring an Old World Tuscan feel to the heart of Effingham. The owners are focused on creating elegant, approachable, and perfectly balanced wines of the highest quality. Wine tastings, along with space available for reservations makes this a must stop for group tours. Tuscan Hills Winery wants you to "Come as our guest, but leave as our friends." We welcome you to plan your next event at Tuscan Hills Winery - whether it's a beautiful wedding in our vineyard or book the space for your next meeting.
Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago
Soaring 92 stories above the Loop and North Michigan Avenue, Trump International Hotel & Tower® Chicago is a showcase of bold style and engaging design, polished stainless steel and iridescent-tinted glass. It is the tallest reinforced concrete building in the world, and downtown Chicago's most enviable address.
Trattoria 225 is a full service restaurant and bar featuring rustic Italian dining. They offer wood-fired pizza, fresh salads, house-made pasta and a variety of artisan gelato. They strongly believe in supporting local producers and using organic products whenever possible. Their mission is simple: provide you, your family and friends with a fantastic, affordable meal in a space that is warm, inviting and fun. Trattoria 225 is available for large groups that would like to rent the entire restaurant for lunch or dinner events. The restaurant can seat 140 people and accommodate 300 people for a reception style event. The "Bar Side" is the perfect space for cocktail and hors d'oeuvers parties of 30 to 70 people with direct access to the full service bar. The "Kitchen Side" is the larger of the two sides of the restaurant with seating most comfortable around 100 and 140 for a reception style event. Available for lunch and dinner.
CITY: Oak Park
Towneplace Suites by Marriott
All suite hotel featuring our "Morning Break" breakfast, "In a Pinch" market, and complimentary high speed wireless internet. Our Suites are 30% larger than a standard hotel room and feature fully equipped kitchens.
Timber Ridge Outpost & Cabins
Nestled in the beautiful hills of the Shawnee National Forest, Timber Ridge offers something for everyone, from families and honeymooners to outdoor enthusiasts. Enjoy some Southern hospitality while staying in a real log cabin or one-of-a-kind treehouse. Each of the units, including the treehouse, is equipped with a bathroom, kitchenette, heating and air conditioning.
Thelma Keller Convention Center
Central Illinois' premier meeting destination, the Thelma Keller Convention Center, offers today's meeting/event/wedding planners a relaxed atmosphere, quality service and tempting cuisine designed to make every event impressive and productive. No matter what size event you are planning, they have room for your needs. Deluxe conference facilities. Impeccable service. Dedicated staff. On-site technical and meeting planning resources. The Convention Center offers over 20,000 square feet of space with a grand ballroom measuring 10,500 square feet. Perfect for your next meeting or a beautiful wedding here.
The Station House
Part of the downtown Springfield nightlife scene for more than 15 years, this LGBT-friendly dance club features karaoke on Thursday nights.
The State House Inn - An Ascend Collection Hotel
Located in downtown Springfield, the State House Inn is right across the street from the Illinois State Capitol complex. The hotel is within walking distance of many historic sites, including the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, as well as gay-friendly bars and restaurants.