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June Jam at John Deere Historic Site
When you step foot on these grounds, it will feel like taking a step back in time. Take in the picturesque landscape and learn of the John Deere Historic site as you enjoy the year's June Jam. This event is an open stage format where musicians have 15 minutes to perform Bluegrass, Country, Folk, and Light Rock Music. Hours noon - 5pm and admission is $5.00 or a canned good that will be donated to a local food bank.
Father's Day at the Tower
Celebrate Father's Day by giving Dad a free tour of the Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower. All fathers, when accompanied by family members, will receive free Tower tours. See the views from 150 feet above the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers.
Horseback Riding with the Homestead 1854
The Homestead 1854 is teaming up with Millbrook Trail Rides for an afternoon horseback ride through the scenic countryside and Forest Preserves. As you are led by one of Millbrook’s professional tour guides, relax and immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the wilderness that surrounds you. Following your ride, retreat back to The Homestead where you will enjoy beer, wine and hors d’oeuvres prior to sitting down for a four course dinner. Cap off the night by relaxing in the library or outdoors around a cozy fire pit. The prices are inclusive of the ride, all food and beverages and overnight accommodation at The Homestead 1854. Reserve your spot today!
Open House at Haskell Playhouse
Come and take a tour of this historic playhouse the 2nd Saturday of every month. This playhouse was built by Dr. and Mrs. William Haskell for their five year old daughter Lucy. It is a rare architectural gem containing many of the flamboyant elements of the Queen Anne style: cartwheels, brackets, spires, diagonal sticking, fish scale shingles and stained glass windows. It's importance is magnified because so few of these accessory structures for children have survived. The playhouse contains a single room, front porch and side porch. The interior has been restored and the playhouse is open for special occasions. The playhouse was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.
Cruisin’ with Lincoln on 66 Visitors Center One Year Anniversary Celebration
Join us on the Museum Square to celebrate the one year anniversary of the Cruisin’ with Lincoln on 66 Visitors Center on Monday, April 25 from noon to 4:00 p.m. Come out and enjoy refreshments and a Route 66 performance from the Sound of Illinois Chorus on the plaza at 12:15 p.m. The Museum will also offer free admission to the new permanent exhibit gallery, Making a Home, which explores the experience of living, working, farming, and creating community in McLean County.
The Lincoln’s Festival in Bloomington is an annual event that celebrates Abraham Lincoln’s connection to Bloomington-Normal and it’s surrounding communities. Through Civil War reenactments, tours of historic sites, lectures, theatrical, and musical presentations, the Festival’s mission is to entertain and engage audiences in the local Lincoln story. Events will take place in seven locations; Downtown Bloomington, McLean County Museum of History, Bloomington Public Library, Franklin Park, Burr House Bed and Breakfast, Illinois Wesleyan University, and the David Davis Mansion.
Miller Park Zoo’s 125th Birthday!
Come celebrate with activities throughout the zoo in honor of the zoo’s 125th Birthday! There will be crafts, vendors and food to purchase as well as the many exhibits and Zookeeper interaction opportunities that are enjoyed by the whole family.
Angel Ambrose Fine Art Studio and Creative Space
You will find a large selection of paintings, gift items, prints, and cards that feature Angel's unique ability to capture unseen concepts and make them visually consumable. She often paints lyrical landscapes using evocative color to allude to idyllic beauty. Writing and speaking developed out of her deep desire to communicate. Speaking is a natural overflow of Angel's passion to communicate, utilizing both her visual vocabulary and words.
Beer Nuts Company Store - Plant
Bloomington, Illinois is the only city in the world where beer nuts are made! A video presentation on the making of beer nuts can be viewed in the gift shop, and nuts are available to sample in the Company Store.
Discover the Nina & Pinta
The Nina and Pinta, replicas of Christopher Columbus' ships will be open to the public for touring at the Loading Dock in Grafton. Archaeology magazine has called the Nina, the most historically correct Columbus replica ever built. While in the port, the general public is invited to visit the ships for a walk aboard self-guided tour. For more information, call (800) 258-6645.
Barn Quilt Heritage Trail
Visitors are invited to explore Bloomington-Normal and join in the celebration of McLean County's agricultural heritage, quilting, local history and the arts. The Barn Quilt Heritage Trail features over a dozen area barns or other farm buildings, each decorated with an 8' x 8' painted quilt square. A complete list of all participating locations is available on the Barn Quilt website. Step-on tour guides are available upon request for bus tour groups.
Treehouse Wildlife Center
TreeHouse Wildlife Center is a non-profit wildlife rehabilitation center dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and release of native injured and orphaned wildlife. Located on approximately eight serene and beautiful acres, it's the ideal environment for injured or orphaned animals who need time to recuperate. Visitors are welcome to come out for a self guided tour of the outdoor cages at our Dow facility. Guided tours also available. We are open from 10am - 3pm everday.
DeKalb County Farm Stroll
The Illinois Extension office for Boon, DeKalb and Ogle Counties is hosting a DeKalb County Farm Stroll on Sunday, July 24th from 12 - 5 pm. Wondering where to find local food & farm products in DeKalb County? Satisfy your local food cravings and curiosities on the DeKalb County Farm Stroll! A free self-guided tour of more than a dozen diversified family farms. Each location will have different events going on, but the stroll will allow participants to meet local farmers, get farm tours and demonstrations, sampling of fresh local products, and more. There is no starting location for the stroll, guests are welcome to visit as many or as few as they would like and in whatever order they would like. The address on this listing is one of the farms participating, please visit the stroll's Facebook page for a complete list of farms and for more information on the event.
Looking for Lincoln Audio Tour
This CD-based audio tour presents President Lincoln as a returning visitor, talking about the places he visited and their meaning to him. Whether you drive the route or enjoy the tour from your favorite armchair, the audio tour is a special and novel way to learn about the history of Lincoln and the role Bloomington-Normal played in his life. The CD can be purchased at the McLean County Museum of History
David Foster Wallace Tour
A self guided tour of places in Bloomington-Normal was developed with a map and description of the sites to explore the life of David Foster Wallace who was an American author of novels, short stories and essays, as well as a professor of English and creative writing. Wallace is widely known for his 1996 novel Infinite Jest, which was cited by Time magazine as one of the 100 best English-language novels from 1923 to 2005. Infinite Jest was completed while Wallace was living in Bloomington and employed in the Illinois State University English Department. In 2013, Illinois State created an annual David Foster Wallace Conference to celebrate his life and review his works.
Pride Inc. Garden Tour
Tour the lush gardens of beautiful homes in Alton and Godfrey during this annual summer event. Enjoy a mix of contemporary, traditional and historic neighborhoods as you venture into some of the most beautifully landscaped gardens in the region. This is a self-guided tour. For additional information, call (618) 467-2375.
Open House at Haskell Playhouse
Come and take a tour of this historic playhouse. This playhouse was built by Dr. and Mrs. William Haskell for their five year old daughter Lucy. It is a rare architectural gem containing many of the flamboyant elements of the Queen Anne style: cartwheels, brackets, spires, diagonal sticking, fish scale shingles and stained glass windows. Its importance is magnified because so few of these accessory structures from children have survived. the playhouse contains a single room, front porch and side porch. The interior has been restored and the playhouse is open for special occasions. The playhouse was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. The open house will be held on June 11, July 9, August 13 and September 10, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Chicago Steakhouse Tours
When it comes to steaks, Chicago has much more than the sizzle, it’s got the meat. Guests on this tour will get the sizzle, the smells and the tastes as they learn about the grand history of steaks in Chicago and go to the great steakhouses that serve them. Chicago Steakhouse Tours is the first excursion of its kind that takes visitors and locals through some of the most historic neighborhoods and to the most iconic steakhouses of Chicago’s rich history. Our guests will take a tour through the River North, Gold Coast and Streeterville neighborhoods via luxury bus and stop at three different Chicago steakhouses to sample a prime cut of meat or a signature dish at each establishment. You will get an exclusive look at what makes each individual steakhouse so special while learning not only the secrets of their steak preparation, but stories of some of the world’s most famous celebrities that have dined and partied there. Each steakhouse has a unique story of its own with it’s own savory flavor.
Rader Family Farms
Attractions inside the farm include: The Pumpkin Blossom Café and Gift Shoppe, Harvest Brew coffee shop, picnic area and a variety of produce. Activity admission includes access to a jumping pillow, school house education barn, little toddler village, giant mountain slide, climbing straw castle, corny bins, cattle chute jump, rodeo roundup, big digger sandbox, family hayrack rides, train rides for kids, farm animals and live music. A key part of our mission at Rader Family Farms is to educate while we entertain. Field trips and tours are available.
Behind the Curtain Tour - Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts
The fascinating history of the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts comes to life in the Behind the Curtain historic tour program. Led by a group of specially trained docents, you'll not only see the beautiful neo-Classical interior design of the BCPA, but also learn all about the many technical and patron service updates achieved in the building's significant renovation. You won't want to miss this surprising, fascinating, and fun-filled look at one of Bloomington's historic and most thriving buildings. Bring your stories, your questions, and, above all, your curiosity. Behind the Curtain tours are one hour in length and can accommodate a wide variety of group sizes.
Bronzeville Visitor Information Center
The BVIC is an African-American heritage tourism destination that serves as the main orientation center for those visiting Bronzeville. Here, visitors, residents, students, researchers and entrepreneurs can receive an orientation and information on Bronzeville's rich history and culture.
25th Annual Champagne British Car Festival
Each summer the Annual British Car Festival presentation by the well-known, highly respected Flatlanders British Car Club takes place on the lawn of the Historic David Davis Mansion. This popular event features all vehicles of British make, displayed in all their unique and varied glory. Tours will be given of the mansion and during the lunch hour a special Bag pipe concert performed by the Prairie Thistle Pipes and Drums group.
We are a diverse, modern farming operation located in the heart of Illinois farm country with state of the art facilities and equipment. We can arrange tours and have banquet and meeting space for groups and weddings.
The Decatur-Forsyth Classic, held at the Hickory Point Golf Course, is the longest running tournament on the LPGA Symetra Tour and the third longest running women’s golf tournament on the LPGA. This year, the tournament at Hickory Point Golf Club will showcase a three day, 54 – hole stroke play professional tournament featuring a purse of $130,000.