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Oktoberfest at Hailstorm Brewing
Oktoberfest celebration, tickets include German food by Check Klaus, 1/2 liter of Oktoberfest beer and live music. Tickets available at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/850704 12-8PM.
CITY: Tinley Park
3rd Annual International Craft Beer Tasting
The Village of Itasca will be hosting its 3nd Annual International Craft Beer Tasting at the Holiday Inn Itasca. We will feature over 75 craft beers from microbreweries both locally and internationally. There will be some hard cider tastings also. Come out to enjoy responsibly limitless tastings.
Calling all chocolate lovers! Taste the finest chocolates from exclusive confectioners. Participate in the bake off, judges will determine who has the best chocolate recipe!
St. Christopher 42nd Annual Holiday Craft Show
Their show features an array of hand crafted items, vendors such as Tastefully Simple and Tupperware, a full kitchen serving lunch, bake sale, and raffle.
Holiday Cheers!: Seasonal Tasting
Celebrate not only the holidays, but also Repeal Day - the end of Prohibition. The Garden will do this Chicago-style with tastings of spirits, wine and winter brews that are all local. Also enjoy the surroundings of the Wonderland Express exhibition featuring trains and over 80 Chicago landmarks. Guests receive a wristband, tasting glass and tasting sheet. Light fare and drinks will be available for purchase.
Christmas Market - Julmarknad
Experience the sights, sounds and aromas of Christmas past. Swedish folk characters roam the village, music plays, shop the Swedish Food specialties, abundance of handmade wares, folk art, antiques. Select homemade chocolate delicacies for your holiday enjoyment at the Steeple Building from 10am to 4pm.
CITY: Bishop Hill
Fabulously Sweet Creations, LLC
Family owned business providing handmade chocolates and sweet treats.
Stroll on State - Downtown Rockford
Stroll on State has carolers, roaming musicians, food from street vendors and downtown restaurants, and holiday shops. Kids can visit with Santa and real reindeer, skate at the Winter Wonderland, and watch the City of Rockford Downtown Christmas tree lighting.
Dinner & A Little History in LaSalle
Topic: "The TR! Show". Derek Evans presents "The TR! Show" at our November session. Mr. Evans brings to life the dynamic character of Theodore Roosevelt. Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt, the youngest President of the United States, was one of the most interesting men who ever lived. Throughout his life he was a cattle rancher, deputy sheriff, historian, naturalist, explorer, author of 35 books, police commissioner, assistant secretary of the Navy, governor of New York, war hero, lawyer, and the first American to win a Nobel Prize. Speaker, Mr. Evans was trained for the theatre at Northwestern University, New York University, and the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco. As manager and director of the Monarch Theatre Company, he brought Shakespeare, Opera, and literary adaptations to schools throughout the American Midwest. Reservations required. 5:30pm - 8:00pm, Canal Corridor Association. $24 CCA Members, $29 Non-Members.
Victorian Christmas at the Reddick Mansion
The Reddick Mansion will be decked out in it's Victorian Christmas Decor and open for tours! Activities for this weekend include: gingerbread house making, holiday music, photos with Santa, and a walk-through a life size gingerbread house! Check the Reddick Mansion Website for more information. Includes Holiday Open House, Christmas Music, and Refreshments.
Downtown Trick or Treat Night
Located on the historic I & M Canal, nostalgic downtown Morris offers a rich history and continues to be the gathering place year after year for community festivals. Morris Downtown Development Partnership, Inc. For more information visit www.shopmorrisil.com.
Dinner and Christmas Concert
Lovely Christmas music by the Prairie Singers and a delicious holiday meal by the Cheese Shop of Ottawa. Reservations required. Reddick Mansion Association.
Good's Furniture Showplace
Start your exploration with a visit to Good’s Furniture. America’s Furniture Showplace is one of the oldest and largest family-owned furniture stores in the Midwest and is the centerpiece of Kewanee’s downtown. The 250,000 square-foot showroom spans two city blocks and encompasses twelve restored buildings that feature over fifty furniture brands. It’s a complete shopping experience: visit Good’s Market Square Gift Emporium with unique gifts including upscale clothing and accessories, fine luggage, gourmet food and wine, and much more! Grab a bite to eat at the Wine Cellar Restaurant on Good’s lower level. For an afternoon pick-me-up, stop by the Coffee & Wine Bar. A skywalk, glass elevators, and a Koi Pond add to the ambience. Visit for the day and pamper yourself with an overnight stay at the in-store European Bed & Breakfast.
Bike Crawl for Food Pantry
Participants ride their bikes from bar to bar sponsor, play games. and raise money for The Local Food Pantry returning to Ninth Street Pub for poker run door prizes and smokehouse food - 815-223-8960 for details. 11:00 sign up, 12 noon start. $15 donation.
Afternoon Tea with Mary Todd Lincoln
Please join us for an afternoon of sweets, savories and tea. Mary Todd Lincoln will be in attendance and will tell stories about her life with her husband, the President. $15.00, Reddick Mansion Association.
It's a Wonderful Life
It's a Wonderful Life. Located on the historic I & M Canal, Nostalgic Downtown Morris offers a rich history and continues to be the gathering place year after year for community festivals. For more information visit www.shopmorrisil.com.
Turkey Testicle Festival
It’s a great night as you don’t have to bring a dish to pass or talk to relatives. If you have never tried a turkey testicle, this is your chance! No need to worry about the weather the festival is held under one huge heated tent, with plenty of portable potties available. The bar is open but the number of people allowed inside at any one time is limited, as it can become pretty packed. There will also be hats, t-shirts and sweatshirts for sale to remember the night. “So grab a friend that's never been, enjoy a cold brew, great music, and hot nuts!" This is a 21 and older event only so bring your ID. Hope to see you there.
Ugly Sweater Extravaganza
Ugly Sweater Extravaganza. Located on the historic I & M Canal, Nostalgic Downtown Morris offers a rich history and continues to be the gathering place year after year for community festivals.
Country Corner Pumpkin Cannon and Military Appreciation Weekend
Have you ever seen pumpkins fly at the speed of sound? Watch the Q-9 pumpkin cannon – always shooting for a world record, or pick and shoot your own pumpkin. Distance and accuracy competitions are held twice daily. Military weekend appreciation events too.
Mt. Carroll Pumpkinfest
Mt. Carroll Pumpkin Fest includes a 5k Ghoulish Gallop, decorated lampposts, food booths selling everything PUMPKIN, farmers market, pumpkin catapult, pumpkin drag races, celebrated haunted house tours and more. Visit our website for an updated activity list.
CITY: Mount Carroll
Dinner & A Little History in Lockport
Topic: "Searching for Marquette: A Pilgrimage in Art". Through monuments and artwork, Ruth D. Nelson retells the story of the 17th-century French Jesuit missionary-explorer, Father Jacques Marquette, the celebrated surveyor of the Mississippi River. But his expedition down the Great River was only part of the Marquette legacy, which began on the southern shore of Lake Superior and ended on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan. Searching for Marquette follows his journey through today's cities and towns in Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Arkansas to uncover French relics, Native-American royalty, and hearty settlers in a drama of faith, the fur trade and the future of America's heartland. Speaker: Ruth Nelson lives in Downers Grove, Illinois and writes on art in the Midwestern United States. Reservations required. 6:00pm - 8:30pm, Public Landing Restaurant, $24 CCA Members, $29 Non-Members.
Neil Diamond 101
Denny Diamond is not a Neil Diamond impersonator but rather a stylist or tribute artist. He is also a talented, original songwriter. Denny, along with his two sons, Lukas and Spenser, will entertain you with Neil Diamond’s biggest hits, some of Denny’s original songs, as well as hits made famous by Johnny Cash, Roger Miller and Tom Jones. See the quick wit, humor and extraordinary talent that make “Denny Diamond and the Family Jewels” such a success. Matinees from 11:00am to 2:45pm. $32 includes the show and lunch.
Midnight in Morris
Celebrate the season and shop in beautiful downtown Morris, located on the historic I & M Canal. Check out all the specials and shop late for all your holiday gifts and supplies. The shops are open from 8:00pm to midnight specifically for this event.
44th Annual Abraham Lincoln National Railsplitting Festival
From the Civil War Ball to the railsplitting, you'll learn about a unique piece of Route 66 and Lincoln, IL history.