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Pasta Lunch Cruises – Odyssey
Fuel up for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon as Odyssey Chicago hosts two pasta lunch cruises for participants as well as family and friends. For reservations or more information, call 888.957.2634 or visit http://www.odysseycruises.com/chicago/cruises/specialty/pasta-lunch
Thanksgiving Cruises – Odyssey
This Thanksgiving, spend time relaxing out on the water aboard Odyssey Chicago! Celebrate with the entire family as you enjoy a special holiday meal. For reservations, call 888.957.2634 or visit http://www.odysseycruises.com/chicago/cruises/specialty/thanksgiving-day-cruises.
NYE Fireworks Dinner Cruise – Odyssey
Make a magnificent New Year's Eve memory aboard Odyssey's upscale Chicago New Year's Eve Fireworks Dinner Cruise from Navy Pier. It's the perfect, most sophisticated celebration on the lakefront. End 2015 and welcome 2016 with DJ entertainment, dinner, a platinum bar package, a champagne toast and fireworks from Navy Pier at midnight (weather permitting). For reservations, call 888.957.2634 or visit http://www.odysseycruises.com/chicago/cruises/specialty/new-years-eve-fireworks-dinner
Full Moon Dinner Cruises – Odyssey
Step aboard Odyssey for an unforgettable evening under a star-filled, moonlit sky. Savor creative appetizers and entrées prepared fresh onboard daily and sample mouthwatering desserts. Dance or sit back and relax as unmatched skyline views drift past your table. After dinner, stroll the outside decks and enjoy the spectacular sights of Chicago when the moon is at its fullest, illuminating the city skyline. For reservations, call 888.957.2634 or visit http://www.odysseycruises.com/chicago/cruises/specialty/full-moon-dinner.
Historic Churches Shuttle Tours
Take a tour of spectacular churches that hold so many treasured tales for this historic river town. During the “Steeple Chase” tour, you will have a chance to explore three of these following historic churches: Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Union Baptist Church, First Presbyterian Church and more. Admission is $25 per person. These tours will take place on Sept. 12 and Oct. 10, 2015 both starting at 10:00 a.m. ****Ticket is non-refundable**** ****Shuttle is not ADA accessible****
Venetian Night Fireworks Dinner Cruise – Odyssey
Join Odyssey for this annual Chicago event that must be seen from the water. Enjoy up close views of the parade of decorated boats, delicious dining, and front row seats to the Navy Pier fireworks display. For reservations, call 888.957.2634 or visit http://www.odysseycruises.com/chicago/cruises/specialty/venetian-night-fireworks-dinner-cruise.
Glidden Homestead and Historical Center Hammer-In
See how blacksmiths work by hand with red-hot steel to create graceful pieces of beauty and elegance at the Glidden Homestead. On Sunday, September 13, 2015, starting at noon, the Blacksmith Club at the Glidden Homestead and Historical Center will host a Hammer-In. The Blacksmith Club will work on six forges around the site and will demonstrate the trade, techniques, materials, and finished pieces. The twenty minute lessons and demonstrations will continue throughout the day. In the days before hardware and home-improvement stores, Blacksmiths worked with 2000 degree steel forming and shaping it. They made useful and essential objects as well as ornate decorative objects. Also on Sunday, you can tour the home where Joseph Glidden and his family lived when he created his most famous invention, see a working onsite blacksmith shop, and walk where Glidden walked. Admission is $4 per adult and free for children younger than 14.
Blue Island Historical Society's Architectural Walking Tour
Our Architectural Walking Tour includes Civil War era homes and homes of Civil War Veterans. Please join us rain/shine and wear comfortable shoes!
Eagle Watching with Ranger
Join refuge rangers from Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge for a morning of eagle watching. Visit multiple areas at the wildlife refuge that are known for eagles. A personal vehicle will be needed. Attendees are reminded to dress for the weather. Open to all ages. Space is limited, call 618-883-2524 to register in advance. This program will be on December 5th & 19th, January 2nd & 16th, February 6th & 20th, and March 5th & 19th at 9 am to 10 am each day.
Colors over the Confluence
Celebrate the start of Fall at the Lewis and Clark Confluence Tower during the popular Colors Over the Confluence! Itchy Brothers Wood Carvers will be on hand to demonstrate their chain saw carving skills. Visitors will be able to purchase completed chainsaw art throughout the day. A variety of craft vendors and food vendors will also be on site. The festival is free. There is a charge to tour the Tower.
Haunted Jacksonville Tour
Discover the History & Hauntings of the Illinois Prairie as the Haunted Jacksonville Tour from American Hauntings returns to offer a chilling new look at the lingering spirits of Jacksonville's historic downtown! Journey back in time and discover the events of the past that have created the hauntings of today! Most of the Haunted Jacksonville Tours are approximately 3 hours in length. Time: 7 p.m. and will depart from the Soap Co. Coffee House on the East Side of the Jacksonville Square. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for children 12 & under and $20 for current MacMurray and Illinois College students. Go to http://www.hauntedjacksonville.com/ to purchase your tickets.
Home for the Holidays
Visit historic Elsah during the holiday season and take a tour of historic homes, the village museum, churches and bed and breakfasts. There is also an option to ride in a horse-drawn carriage or decorated wagon with a team of horses. Ticket price includes a horse-drawn carriage ride. Lunch is available and will be served in Farley's Hall for an additional charge. Advance tickets are $15 per person. Event day tickets are $18 per person. Ticket prices do not include food. For more information visit historicelsah.org. Tickets are limited. All proceeds benefit the Historic Elsah Foundation.
The stage is set for a great evening of festivities and fun for the entire family as the Effingham Central Business Group hosts the 3rd annual Chili Fest on Friday, October 16th, from 5-8 p.m. in Downtown Effingham. Nearly two dozen businesses will host either a chili tasting stop or other treats and refreshments throughout the evening. You can also do a little late night shopping to see what the great stores in the Central Business District have to offer! Many family friendly activities are also planned throughout the evening, including celebrity choice awards, live music, games and more. Bring the entire family!
Stoned Art Studio
Professionally guided photography tours of the tri-state area. Printing/framing services available. Studio gallery displaying photographs by Henry Matthiessen, III.
Wine on the Terrace
The Ellwood House in DeKalb provides an elegant setting for an evening of wines, appetizers and music. Inboden’s of DeKalb, a local specialty food market and wine merchant, is again partnering with the Ellwood House for this event and will serve an array of fine wines and unique appetizers on the Ellwood mansion terrace. As visitors linger on the terrace sipping a selection of wines, they will enjoy music performed by classical guitarist, Quentin Dover. Guests can also take a self-guided first floor tour of the Ellwood mansion, view the exhibits on display in the Visitor Center (where desserts and coffee will be available), or tour the gardens. A silent auction and raffle of elegant offerings and gift certificates will take place throughout the evening. Tickets for Wine on the Terrace are $50.00 and should be purchased in advance. Only 200 tickets will be available, so don’t miss this great opportunity to experience wonderful food and wine in the incomparable setting of the Ellwood House Museum and Park. Tickets may be purchased online at ellwoodhouse.org or by phone at 815-756-4609.
Last Comic Standing Live Tour at the Effingham Performance Center
Season 9 of Last Comic Standing premiers July 22 on NBC. The Emmy-nominated laugh-fest returns with an all new group of the world's funniest comics. Watch the series this summer on NBC, then see the finalist perform live as the Last Comic Standing Live Tour appears at the EPC! See Last Comic Standing Season 9 finalists perform live at 8 p.m.
Woodland Palace at Francis Park
A must-see attraction in Kewanee is the Woodland Palace at Francis Park, the first “green” home in Illinois. This unusual home was built way ahead of its time and is filled with engineering wonders. Learn about the quirky and eccentric man who built and lived in the home. Fred Francis was an artist, poet, inventor, builder, mathematician, engineer, and a naturist. Francis started to build the home in 1890 and worked on it for the next thirty-six years. It features hand-carved molding, a water purification system, and is the first house in the state of Illinois to have air-conditioning without the aid of electricity. View the sophisticated achievements of disappearing windows, doors, and more. Visit a home where everything seems to work in harmony. Woodland Palace is open seven days a week from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. April through October 1.
Candle lanterns illuminate the 1830s village while fireplaces entice visitors to step inside many of the log buildings along Main Street during the annual Candlelight Walk at Lincoln's New Salem pioneer village.
Oktoberfest - Quincy
Celebrating Quincy's German heritage and history. Oktoberfest brings live music, food and specialty beers along with contests and home brewers samplings. All located in the German District between 9th -10th & York Streets. Hosted by the Quincy Rotary Club- held from 4-10pm on the 2nd Sat. in October. For questions call (217)214-3700
Fall Festival at Lincoln’s New Salem
Come and see what a typical autumn life was like on the 1830's Illinois prairie. There will be costumed interpreters demonstrating daily tasks such as candle dipping, butter churning, soap making, basket making, spinning wool, gardening, natural dyeing, and fishing with nets. As well as a demonstration of meat smoking that will take place in one of the log village's period smokehouses. Wild game cooking will be demonstrated in the log homes and you are also welcome to step down into the cellar at the tavern to see how fruits and vegetables were preserved during the winter.
Chicago Helicopter Experience
Offering helicopter tours of the Chicago skyline and private helicopter charters. Arrive at our own private downtown heliport just minutes from the heart of the city. Once you are checked in at the heliport you will explore and learn about Chicago’s rich history in our 6,000sqft Customer Experience Center. Your flight will depart at your scheduled time and take you on an epic journey with unparalleled views of the city.
27th Annual Edwards Place Fine Art Fair
Shop the fine art and ware of artists from around the region. Enjoy a park-like atmosphere on the grounds of this restored Antebellum mansion while perusing artists’ booths. Includes a children’s area, live music, food, and tours of the home as well as a used book sale.
Twenty Dirty Hands
Tour the beautiful Galena countryside, enjoy the fall colors and visit some of the area’s best known pottery and sculpture studios. Some open just for this weekend. Featuring special exhibits and events and allowing visitors a unique view of their kilns, forges and workspaces.
Pedal Oak Park Tour
Oak Park is home to the world's largest collection of buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Explore its picturesque historic neighborhoods on the Pedal Oak Park Tour, a guided bicycle tour of the exteriors of 22 Wright-designed structures. Cost is $30 (Trust Members), $35 (Non-members). The Pedal Oak Park Tour operates Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in June-September from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.