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Exile on Main Street
Exile on Main Street has the best selection of vinyl in Champaign County. Full of character, this cool little shop has a great variety of new and classic artists. And, with their friendly and knowledgeable staff, you'll be able to find just what you're looking for.
The Pembroke Rodeo features one of the largest traveling rodeos in Illinois. The rodeo features bare back riding, steer wrestling, calf roping, relay races, barrel racing, flag races and bull riding.
CITY: St. Anne
Fabulous Gluten Free Baking
Fabulous February in Bishop Hill Enjoy a morning shopping historic Bishop Hill. Treat yourself to a wonderful lunch at one P.L. Johnson’s, Bishop Hill Bakery & Eatery or The Filling Station. After lunch, learn gluten free baking tips, techniques and baked gluten free treats will be available to take home. 30-minute massages will be available at Twinflower Inn. Hantverk Galleri workshops will inspire you to discover your inner artist! Registration (required) and fees apply.
CITY: Bishop Hill
27th Annual Depot Stove Gang Model Railroad Show
Model railroad show and swap meet with over 25,000 square feet of operating model railroads and railroad memorabilia and numerous vendors with items for both sale and swap. The show is for all railroad enthusiasts. Lunch stand provided.
Bull Moose Bar & Grille - Culinary Champion!
Winner of the Aurora Area's Best Burger Competition Bull Moose offers an inventive menu, with fresh, quality ingredients offered at affordable prices. The Bull Moose has taken on a Cheers-type atmosphere, becoming the local meeting place in town. The spectacular bar provides a great place for afternoon drinks or late night partying. •Award-winning Burgers •Unique Sandwiches •An array of Appetizers •Steaks & Ribs and other delicious entrees •Homemade Soups & Desserts •Great place for both Lunch & Dinner •A Full-service Bar & an Outdoor Patio •Wireless Internet & an ATM •Daily Specials & a NEW Lunch Specials Menu •Dine-In & Carry-Out
Beith House Museum
1850 limestone Greek Revival home restored, developed as preservation study house. June-August, Tues. 1-4pm. Other hours, groups by appointment.
CITY: St. Charles
Homer Soda Company
What started as a retail shop in the small farm town of Homer, has expanded into a national wholesale soda distributor. Shop hundreds of flavors of soda in this adorable little shop located on Homer's main drag. Pick up anything from the classic orange soda to bacon and cherry infused, so you get as creative as you like. While you'll see these sodas at restaurants and shops all over town, there's nothing better than picking these up right from the distributor.
Fabulous Spring Flowers
Enjoy a morning shopping historic Bishop Hill. Treat yourself to a wonderful lunch at P.L. Johnson’s, Bishop Hill Bakery & Eatery or The Filling Station. After lunch, decorate a handmade porcelain bulb vase with your own design. After the bulb blooms you can use the vase for your summer flowers. Vase will be available for pick-up the following Friday. Free your mind and have a tarot card reading by Deborah Freuh at Twinflower Inn from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hantverk Galleri workshops will inspire you to discover your inner artist! Registration (required) and fees apply.
CITY: Bishop Hill
Ryans 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 asked to call ahead. Open 1 to 4 pm. Multiple tour dates available. Please call or check the website for more information.
You've seen them…you just might not have known it. They stunned the world at the Academy Awards with their shape-shifting performance behind the screen. They've done numerous car commercials that leave your jaw on the ground. They've been on Conan, Oprah and over 100 other TV shows. They’re the dance group that defies gravity, taxes muscles beyond conceivable limits and adds an element of unforgettable beauty through dancing. All of this from a group whose name means “a phototropic fungus that thrives in farmyards.” Seeing is believing. See Pilobolus.
Henry County Fair
A week long summer event showcasing Henry County’s premier agricultural talent; area residents display their livestock, art and garden pride. Watch, or better yet, partake in the tractor pull or demolition derby. Food and carnival rides for all to enjoy.
John Lithgow at Paramount Theatre
The Tony®, Emmy® and Golden Globe® Award winning actor offers a touching and humorous reflection on storytelling as the tie that binds humanity. Invoking memories of his grandmother and father before him, Mr. Lithgow traces his roots as an actor and storyteller, interspersing his own story with two great stories that were read to him and his siblings when they were children. STORIES BY HEART provides ample evidence of the power of storytelling, the magic of theatre, and the talents of one of our greatest actors.
A Gift: Selections from the Cleve Carney Bequest
In 2014, Elmhurst Art Museum was bequeathed nearly 300 works from the collection of Cleve Carney (1939-2013), a longtime Board member, donor and supporter of the museum. The largest gift in EAM's history, these paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints and video installations by an international group of artists will be a significant addition to the collection, broadening the scope of the museum's holdings of contemporary art. This presentation highlights select work from the donation and serves as a tribute to the vision, the patronage and the generosity of Cleve Carney, who will be truly missed.
Poi Dog Pondering at the Paramount Theatre
POI DOG PONDERING comes back to their suburban home-away-from-home in Aurora for one night only. It’s Frankie, Susie, Max, Dag, Ted and the rest of the POI family together for a sensory-overload experience. Plus, they’re bringing some very special and talented guests to join them on the enormous Paramount stage. If you've seen POI at the Paramount, then you know exactly why they sell out here every year. If you've never seen POI DOG PONDERING live, then now is the time to experience these amazing artists.
Driving in Style: Promo Cars of the 1950s and 60s
The innovative and flamboyant car designs of the 1950's are now iconic. To whet consumers' appetites for the "latest thing," the Big Three American automakers (General Motors, Ford and Chrysler) began to release new models with slightly redesigned features every year. To promote the new vehicles, dealers distributed highly-detailed plastic models or "promos." Like their full-size versions, these colorful miniatures boasted streamlined tail fins and polished chrome grilles, reflections of the period's Space Age design and general prosperity. Given to potential buyers and their children, these salesman's samples are highly collectible today. Lent by Robert Reinhold and John O'Halloran, the promos in EAM's presentation will be on view in the McCormick House, also designed in the 1950s.
On the Brink: New Work by Nnenna Okore
EAM presents new work by internationally celebrated sculptor Nnenna Okore. Through repetitive, labor-intensive processes, Okore transforms discarded and organic materials like burlap, newspapers, plastic bags and twine into large-scale wall hangings and installations. Okore-s dramatic and undulating forms float in and across space, often casting shadows on their surrounds. Influenced by the textures, colors and landscapes of her Chicago milieu as well as the more rural environment of the small town in Nigeria where she was raised, Okore's new fiber and paper works explore the fluidity of life, finding beauty in the inevitable processes of aging and decay. Okore is a professor of art at Chicago's North Park University and was the recipient of a Fulbright Scholar Award in 2013.
Vicki Lawrence & Mama at the Paramount
They are two of the most recognized women in entertainment, and both performed for over a decade with Carol Burnett. They also worked together on their own hit TV series, Mama’s Family. Now Vicki and Mama are coming to the Paramount, and boy, is it going to be fun. First, Vicki Lawrence takes the stage to share stories from her long and diverse career, including insider scoop on her days with The Carol Burnett Show. Plus, she’ll take the mic to sing a few numbers. Then as you watch a short behind-the-scenes bloopers film, Vicki slips back stage and changes into her alter ego – Mama. Hang on to your handbag after that because Mama is in the house and life ain’t going to be the same. Rated G
Fabulous February in Bishop Hill Hands on workshops to motivate, inspire, and cure the winter blahs! Midwinter yoga to expand radiance within yourself and within your life through gentle yoga poses, breathing, and mindfulness meditation. Treat yourself to a wonderful lunch at P.L. Johnson’s, Bishop Hill Bakery & Eatery or The Filling Station. After lunch, learn to use colorful wool roving to felt heart shaped coasters, bookmarks, a cell phone case or a Valentine card. Hantverk Galleri workshops will inspire you to discover your inner artist! Registration (required) and fees apply.
CITY: Bishop Hill
Let Children Be Children: Lewis Wickes Hine's Crusade Against Child Labor
A telling look at the industrialization of America, this photographic exhibition from the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film in Rochester, NY reveals the circumstances that poor working children endured until legislation against child labor prevailed as late as 1938. Lewis Wickes Hine (American, 1874-1940) was a sociologist whose photographs captured his abiding concern for children, immigrants, and working-class people. He was hired by the National Child Labor Committee (NCLC) in 1906 to document the harsh conditions in which children worked. Hine spent ten years photographing in the canneries, coal mines, cotton mills, farms, and sweatshops common during the early 20th century. Through the use of photography, Hine and the NCLC gained the attention of government officials and aroused public sentiment against child labor practices in the United States.
Close To You: The Music of The Carpenters
The Carpenter's beautiful, memorable love songs topped the Billboard charts with more than a dozen number one hits. Lisa Rock and her six piece band bring these classics back to the stage. For tickets, please call (630) 584-6342.
CITY: St. Charles
Maggie Daley Park
A major construction project continues at the former Daley Bicentennial Plaza site, now being transformed into the magnificent Lakefront recreation center, Maggie Daley Park. As part of a staggered opening, the ice skating ribbon and playground area is now open to the public, and the fieldhouse will be open for winter programs beginning January 5, 2015. Photo credit: ©Adam Alexander Photography, photo courtesy of Choose Chicago
Don't miss this great performance by Taylor Dane held in the historic Arcada Theater. Make it an evening. Arrive early and enjoy a dinner in one of our conveniently located restaurants before going to the theater.
CITY: St. Charles
Offers the finest dining selections including steak, seafood, chops. Visit for the food, stay for the atmosphere. There is a beautiful outdoor deck overlooking the Fox River to be enjoyed in warm weather.
CITY: St. Charles
Frankfort Community Aquatics and Activities Center
Features indoor swimming, gymnasium, exercise room, weight room, and park with playground equipment. Just 10 miles for Rend Lake.
CITY: West Frankfort