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Riverbend Paranormal presents Mineral Springs Overnight Investigation! Learn the history of Mineral Springs Mall from its beginnings as an elegant hotel and spa. Its history is filled with tragedy, murders, suicides, natural and accidental deaths, as well as many happy memories. Many of these earth-bound spirits remain to haunt, and make their presence felt and known. Guests will also have a brief Paranormal 101 Q & A Session with members of Riverbend Paranormal to learn more about Mineral Springs and all things paranormal. Spaces are limited, so reserve your tickets today! For more information, call (618) 558-0132.
Direct from the North Pole, Santa and Mrs. Claus will make a special visit to the Confluence Tower to meet children of all ages! Come and have your photo taken or just let the jolly couple know your Christmas wishes! Enjoy hot chocolate, cookies and tour the Confluence Tower to see the views from 50, 100 and 150 feet high. Regular tour rates apply. For more information, call (618) 251-9101.
Tour-goers will be the first to see the transformation of the former First Baptist Church sanctuary into an opulent great hall decorated in the tradition of Downton Abbey, the famous PBS series. Guests will enjoy complimentary sparkling cider as they explore the hall, now a new event center. They will be invited to pose for selfies with life-size cut-outs of Lady Mary and other favorites from the TV show. Six private homes decorated in the Downton-style will be open to the public. Other attractions will be Christmas markets, a cookie walk and live Downton music. All tour-goers are eligible for prize drawings for Downton collectibles.
Take behind-the-scene tours of the major research facilities at Fermilab. Tour facilities at the lab that the public would normally not get to see. Enjoy a science and innovation fair and dozens of activities for families. This event is free and open to the public. This final anniversary event will look back on half a century of achievements and look forward to a bright future. 10 am - 4 pm
Visit 6 beautifully decorated homes in Elgin's Northeast Neighborhood, plus a warming house and a craft house. Join us for this delightful family-friendly celebration.
Join Fermilab for an afternoon of science fun. The Fermilab Family Open House is a party for children of all ages to learn about the world of physics. Watch Mr. Freeze's fabulous cryogenics show! Tour the universe! Explore physics concepts with hands-on activities! Ask a scientist your physics questions! Take a tour, and more! (Advanced registration required only for tours. Sign up on their registration page online.) 1-5pm
Enjoy a return to a quieter time at the Bethalto Spirit Victorian Christmas Walk. Stroll through the downtown area, viewing the storefront decorations, children's craft areas, snacks, costumed characters, Father Christmas and more. For more information, call (618) 377-8051.
Celebrate Christmas with a stroll through Central Park in Bethalto, enjoying decorated lighted Christmas-themed cottages, live music, food, Santa Claus, holiday vendors and crafters, live nativity scene and more. Bethalto Christmas Village is a free, family-fun event designed to share the Spirit of Christmas throughout the community and region. Created for all ages, by all ages, Bethalto Christmas Village embodies the cooperation of residents, businesses, churches, civic organizations and village officials to create an amazing Christmas experience! There will be musical entertainment from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. each night. For more information, call (618) 377-8051.
A four-hour bus tour of five bald eagle wintering communities along the Upper Mississippi River. View bald eagles feeding roosting and/or nesting. Reservations required.
Piano sensation and popular radio host Jim Brickman will be bringing songs and feelings of the season to Dominican University's Performing Arts Center with Comfort & Joy, his 2016 holiday tour and the 20th anniversary of his original Christmas concert. Combining beloved holiday classics and festive original compositions, Brickman's enchanting sound and presence evokes the warm sentiments of family and togetherness.Tickets range from $23 to $53 and are available at www.events.dom.edu.
Celebrate the season at Allerton! Come out anytime to shop for gifts, enjoy tours of the decorated Mansion, and relax with friends over lunch. New this year, the Showcase will feature an application process for our 20+ artisans and businesses, selling their unique products, handcrafted wares, and baked goods. Tours of the historic Mansion will be held on the hour from 10am-3pm (no registration necessary) and a warm lunch buffet will be available at 11:30am or 1:30pm (with advanced ticket purchase). End the memorable day with a carriage ride around the Estate! There's a reason why this incredible estate is listed as one of the Seven Wonders of Illinois, and there is not doubt it becomes even more wondrous during the holidays!
John Wood Mansion Candlelight Tours bring the holidays to the mansion each weekend in December. Free and open to the public, the Governor John Wood Mansion is decked out in decorations, with a variety of live performers each weekend from Dec. 3-17th. Held on Saturday evenings from 6-8pm and Sunday's from 1-3pm. For the entertainment schedule or more information contact the Historical Society at 217-222-1835.
The Museum of Broadcast Communications (MBC), at 360 North State Street in Chicago, is an Illinois non-profit corporation and manages two subsidiaries --Museum.TV and the National Radio Hall of Fame (NRHOF) and its website radiohof.org. The MBC’s mission is to collect, preserve and present historic and contemporary and television content as well as educate, inform and entertain the public through its archives, public programs, screening, exhibits, publications and online access to its resources.
‘Tis the season for Christmas Tour of the Manor. Join us on December 15 from 5-8pm at Ewing Manor. Step into the past and enjoy the home Davis and Hazle Buck Ewing decorated for the holidays. Parking is located across the street at St. John’s Lutheran Church. Cross the light on the corner of Towanda and Emerson.
From 1908 to 1940, Sears Roebuck and Company ordered, manufactured and sold homes to hundreds of thousands of Americans. Sears homes were popular in the railroad community of Aurora, which boasts 136 authenticated properties, making Aurora one of the largest concentrations of Sears homes in the country. Take the tour - stop by the literature center at 43 W. Galena Blvd. or download an entire list of Sears Homes from the City's web site.
The David Adler Music and Arts Center is dedicated to promoting music and the arts as an integral part of everyday life. Its year-round activities are designed to foster critical thinking and interpretation, participation, entertainment, and achievement in music and the arts for the people of Northern Illinois. The David Adler Music and Arts Center maintains and interprets the historic home of architect David Adler, which is the base of its activities, and a visual image of the harmony between music, the arts and daily life.
Enjoy a self-guided driving tour of Aurora’s historic districts. Go back in time to Pre-Civil War era when Illinois' second largest city was being formed. Visit the Roundhouse, Stolp Island, Central Fire Station, Auto-Row, the house made of coal and much more. Online tour information available by clicking the link to the City of Aurora's Historic Preservation page of the City's web site.
Sandi Patty will be bringing her Christmas Blessings Farewell Tour this holiday season one last time to Effingham. Accompanied by members of her family and full live band, Sandi will delight audiences with a full evening of music, including her rendition of "Angels We Have Heard On High," "Jingle Bells ala Sandra," and her moving arrangement of "O Holy Night." Her Christmas Blessings Tour will take place in the middle of her "Forever Grateful: The Farewell Tour." Come and enjoy "The Voice" one last time.
Great beers should be distributed on the backs of their followers, not on the trucks of distributors. Three Angels Brewing is a nano scale operation, focusing on the production and development of brews utilizing predominantly locally grown inputs. Economics is an after thought, Quality is a requirement, and Excellence is determined and awarded by consumers, not judges. Tours by appointment.
For the first time this holiday season, Santa’s Magical Trolley Express will have trolley rides through downtown Evanston, and then travel back to Santa’s North Pole workshop at Little Beans Café. The odyssey begins when the little ones board the trolley. They will be greeted by Mrs. Claus and the conductor, professional performers who know how to entertain kids, and build excitement as they journey north on their polar trek. Upon arrival at Santa’s North Pole abode—Little Beans Café—they will visit with old St. Nick, get a picture and let Santa know what they hope to find under the tree. Next comes cookies and cocoa with Mrs. Claus, some exciting Yuletide games with the elves and a special surprise.
America's Original Ghost Conference (Founded in 1997 and often imitated, but never equaled) is back for our 21st year and will be held over the weekend of June 23-24, 2017, at the Atrium Hotel in Haunted Alton, Illinois. Join us as we return to "one of the most haunted small towns in America" and present new and returning favorite speakers on ghosts, hauntings, monsters, the supernatural, and the unexplained. The 2017 event will include a ghostly talk radio speaker's panel, planet weird traveling museum, haunted tours, ghost hunts, and much more! Join us in Alton and explore this historic and haunted region with our many weekend events, including your chance to hear lectures and workshops on ghosts and ghost hunting; listen to presentations on paranormal phenomena and investigating the unknown; take part in discussions and questions & answer periods; visit haunted locations; experience ghost tours, late-night investigations, and much more! Tickets on sale starting January 9, 2017! $50/guest for General Admission the entire weekend
The feel is casual, comfortable yet energetic and an inviting, exciting and sophisticated atmosphere. The menu features artesian hand tossed Pizza made in a wood fired oven with a very thin crust and exceptional flavor profiles, house made chips, Dutch oven steamed mussels, truffle deviled eggs, proprietary ground beef blend hand patty burgers, Braised Beef of the Day and baked pasta dishes. The Brew-House will produce up to 12 different brews to be served, from Lagers to IPA’s, to Stout’s and seasonal, and even some small batch wood barrel aged specialty beers. The Brew Master will also create craft sodas, do brewery tours and walk throughout the facility and let guests sample our craft brews, and be educated on the Half Day Brewing experience.
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.
Take a kayaking class or a kayaking trip with an ACA certified instructor on the beautiful Fox River, Batavia. It's fun and informative. Check out some videos on what you will learn in the different classes. Several group and private kayaking classes - first time kayakers to intermediate. See the calendar for dates and times. So grab your friends and let’s go paddling!