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The event is family friendly and involves a haunted 45 minute walk through the historic downtown. At about a half a dozen locations you'll stop for a few minutes to meet some characters from Long Grove's past. Some of their tales seem to jive pretty closely with real history, but other parts seem like they're lavishly embellished. Required donation of $5/adult and $3/child. Reservations are required and space is limited.
Kids enjoy Halloween Fun at the historic Lyon Farm the last two Sundays in October. They can Trick-or-Treat in the historic Lyon Farm Village, participate in a costume parade around the square, earn prizes awarded for best costume, play old-fashioned games, take hay rides, and get spooked in the Haunted house! At the 39 acre Lyon Farm, you can enjoy historic buildings such as the Oswego-Fox House, Union School one-room schoolhouse, the Seward Town Hall, Corrigan’s General Store, the 1850 Plano CB&Q railroad depot, a CB&Q caboose, a blacksmith shop and several large buildings containing displays of household, farming and commercial artifacts and archival records.
Celebrating our 20th birthday this year, our Halloween Parade is known throughout the nation for its outlandish costumes, creative programming, and entertaining parade. With over 2,000 entries into our annual Costume Contest, be sure to join the crowd and see Chicago’s most amazing display of costumes. Your 2016 Northalsted Halloween Parade comes to Chicago’s Boystown neighborhood on Monday, October 31st – Halloween Night!
Come on out and witness an exciting seminar about dog sledding and the Siberian Husky while enjoying exciting sled demos. There will be huskies for you to meet and greet as well as the Husky Boutique and information about the rescue. Admission is free and event is open to the public. Sled demo times are 9:30am,12pm, and 3pm and are located at the Southwest end of the Starved Rock State Park Visitor's Center Parking Lot. Seminar times are 10:30am and 1:30pm and will be in the LaSalle Room in Starved Rock Lodge.
2nd Annual Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by Safe House Animal Rescue. Over 20,000+ Easter Eggs. A Visit with the Easter Bunny. All eggs filled with Candy, toys, with a possibility of larger prizes. Raffle Baskets, Baked Goods. Hunt free for all, age divided. Lunch will also be provided for small fee. Hunt starts at Noon, Pictures with the Easter Bunny and kids crafts starts at 11am, Face Painting, Games, Cake Hop, Bake Sale all start following the Egg Hunt games cost $1 a game.
Who you gonna call? The Douglas-Hart Nature Center for our most popular event – Haunted Hike! Once again the Douglas-Hart Nature Center will transform the trails into a dark and scary experience for Halloween goers on Friday, October 28 and Saturday, October 29 from 5-9p.m. Last year our participants walked with zombies but this year we will be Ghostbusting! We’ve doubled the size of our festival….hikes leave every five minutes. Our guides will escort you through the haunted forest as you encounter many ghostly creatures. We recommend young children walk the trails during our daylight hours, 5-6p.m. Last hike leaves at 8:40p.m.
A Peoria area tradition during the season of fright, Wildlife Prairie Park transforms into a spooky, kid-friendly Halloween experience. See website for dates and times.
Six Flags Great America will be open for an extra bonus weekend this year for those who want to take on the thrill rides one more time before the park closes for the season. With Fright Fest closing on October 31st, the park will open for regular visits on November 5th and 6th with limited hours. Please check the website for special hours.
Walk through the magical park, listen to caroler and enjoy cookies in the Shelterhouse. Drive and view the lights throughout the city streets and neighborhoods of Edgewood, Prospect and Chestnut.
The 2017 NCAA National Golf Championships will be held at Rich Harvest Farms and hosted for the first time by Northern Illinois University, with play taking place from May 19-24 (women) and May 26-31 (men). Sugar Grove will be only the third Illinois city to host the Division I Golf Championships. Cook County’s Olympia Fields Country Club hosted the men’s championship in 1943, while Conway Farms Golf Club outside of Chicago played host to the men’s as well in 1997.
For the third year, lorikeets are landing in Rockford! These bright, colorful birds will swoop in for a stay at Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens, but only for a limited time. Inside the Conservatory, guests will find a special lorikeet house custom designed for NCG by Spineless Wonders. The house provides guests with an intimate look into the fascinating world of the lorikeet. Visitors will be “face to beak” with the small- to medium-sized parrots known for their playful personalities, vibrant coloration, and their ability to mimic words and sounds. Guests will be able to purchase a nectar cup for $1 at the front desk and gift shop inside the Conservatory.
The Siberian Husky Club of Greater Chicago will bring out its fully trained sled dogs to demonstrate mushing or dog sled racing during this family friendly event. Other winter activities include ice sculpting, photos with a husky, human mushing and an outdoor campfire. A warming tent will be on site and food will be available for purchase. The event is held with or without snow. Please leave your own dogs at home. 12-4PM.
Over 200 runners participate in this annual “Hardcore” 5k race held, snow, rain or shine beginning at 8am.
Locktoberfest has something to get your entire family in the spirit of the season every Saturday and Sunday in October through October 30, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Locktoberfest will have a variety of low-fee activities as well as free activities and entertainment for kids and adults to enjoy. Lockwood Park provides a country-type experience just minutes from downtown Rockford. Admission is free with some low-fee activities. Visit the website for a schedule of events.
All aboard! Take a magical ride on the Holiday Express train. You’ll see Lake Gregory and Blackberry Farm in all its holiday glory amid the twinkling lights and songs of Christmas. Back in the village, enjoy storytelling of the classics, festive decorations, reindeer food bar, hay wagon rides and a visit with Santa! And don’t miss the famous Adventure Playground – decorated as Candy Cane Village! It all happens on 8 magical days in December. Admission is just $5 per person. Tasty concessions with seasonal favorites and drinks (non-alcoholic) available for purchase. Fridays: 5 - 8 pm. Saturdays: 2 - 6 pm. Sundays: 2 - 6 pm. Pre-purchase tickets online and avoid lines at the ticket window.
The Odyssey Fun Farm Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze is fun for all ages! It is a 110 acre farm! We boast a 13 acre pumpkin patch that you will be able to walk through to find the perfect pumpkin for your family. Our exclusive corn maze is 15 acres! It is shaped to say Odyssey Fun World Tinley Park and displays our mascot Chipper! We also have a 5 acre courtyard full of family friendly activities: The Odyssey Petting Zoo, The Inflatable Kidz Zone, corn cannons, pig races, a cow train, hay rides and pony rides! (Pony Rides only available on Saturday and Sunday. Max weight of 90lbs.) 10AM-6PM.
Zombies, ghosts, ghouls, monsters, clowns, and more await you on the General Dacey Trail in Forest Park. Come and get spooked while walking the mile loop of the trail. First hour will be less spooky so little kids can enjoy. Times will be 5-8 pm on October 21, 22, 28, 29. This is sponsored by the Shelbyville Chautauqua Preservation Committee.
Celebrate Fall at Abbey Farms Pumpkin Daze! This old-fashioned farm boasts a variety of activities and events for all ages. Who is ready for the Human Hamster Ball Experience? New attractions abound at Abbey Farms Pumpkin Daze this year! Just a few of the fun activities included with the price of admission are tractor hay rides and log balancing beams, a pirate ship imagination adventure and two 200’ foot long zip lines, the all ages jumping pillow and adult pedal go-karts and Kane County’s largest corn maze! New for 2016 (additional cost): Strap yourself into the air-filled Human Hamster Ball experience, take aim with the corn cannon challenge, run a lap on the new bouncing cow train ride and grab a craft beer and or pumpkin from the pumpkin patch! Lastly, be sure to visit our new Pine Tree Café & country store & bakery for a dozen of our famous Apple Cider donuts on your way out!
The NIU Huskies Football Team will play five home games at Huskie Stadium during the 2016 season. The Home Season opener is Saturday September 17th vs San Diego State. The season continues with Western Illinois on Saturday, September 25th and Central Michigan on Saturday, October 15th. Homecoming is October 22nd vs. the Buffalo Bulls and the final game at Huskie Stadium is Tuesday November 1st. NIU will also be playing a "Home" game at US Cellular Field on November 9th vs Toledo. See "Huskie Chi-Town Showdown" for more information on that event.
The 4th Annual Starved Rock Country Marathon and Half Marathon is set to take place in May of 2017! Be one of the first people to run through and around Starved Rock Country. The course will encompass the scenery of the Illinois River and the rolling landscapes in and around Starved Rock State Park. Runners will experience a course that is not a flat fast course as other courses advertise, the course has characteristics that will inspire you with scenic beauty and experience the highs and lows of the hills created by the Illinois River thousands of years ago.
Calling all Volkswagens! Funfest for Air-Cooled VW celebrates all eras of the iconic VW June 2-4, 2017. With thousands of Beetles, Buses, Dune Buggies, Ghias and more on display for 3 full days, this is on every VW-lover’s bucket list! Highlights include Celebrity Choice Awards, Spring Swapfest swap meet, Slalom races, Expert Seminars, VW club activities, tons of VW vendors, Friday night Fun Run road tour, a Saturday night concert, MY Garage Museum and much more! For more information or to register, please check out our website: www.funfestacvw.com/
Join us in Effingham, IL for the Largest Corvette Party in the World! Corvette Funfest is 4 days full of Corvette FUN, with thousands of Corvettes flocking to Mid America Motorworks’ corporate campus in Effingham, IL. Highlights include Celebrity Choice Awards, a Fall Swapfest swap meet, Expert Seminars, tons of Corvette Vendors, Special Display Corvettes, a Saturday night concert, and much more! For more information or to register, please check out our website: www.corvettefunfest.com
This beautiful and unique amphitheatre is easily accessible from the Constitution Trail. Some of the current programs include: High School Summer Theatre productions, Dress-Up Movie Nights and the outstanding concert series known as the Sounds of the Amphitheatre, which highlights local talent from the Bloomington/Normal area. Programming begins in May and runs through October, weather permitting.