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The Fine Art Fair is one of the largest and top ranking visual arts events in Central Illinois. It features over 150 local, national and international visual artists from 26 states, Canada, Argentina and Israel.
Come help with the Annual White (and gray) Squirrel count of Olney. Each counter will be given a specific area of the town to count. Volunteers are always welcomed. Please, call today to reserve your counting area today for October 1 , 8, or 15th.
Maestro Kulenovic and the Lake Forest Symphony begin the 59th Season with a reverent tribute to the victims and heroes of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Barber’s solemn Adagio opens the program, and guest soloist Stefan Milenkovic champions Beethoven’s Violin Concerto. The orchestra closes the program with the courageous optimism of the Eroica Symphony.
Enjoy two heart-warming stories based on true events on each date. The stories are "Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus" and "The Bells of Charlemont." See these local performance artists live on Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. or Dec. 4 at 2 p.m.
DrumLine Live, the show stopping attraction created by the musical team behind the hit movies, “Drumline” and “Drumline: A New Beat,” embodies the soulful, high-stepping style of the Historically Black College and University (HBCU) marching band experience. With its riveting rhythms, bold beats, and ear grabbing energy, DrumLine Live is a high octane musical roller coaster ride that is guaranteed to touch every emotion in your body. They have a brand new show for the entire family and they promise… you will be on your feet by Halftime!!
Chicago Ideas Week is a seven-day festival featuring over 200 global thought leaders and innovators speaking on a variety of topics ranging from leadership and life’s lessons, to science and technology, to the most pressing issues of the day and the most creative insights in entertainment. We offer more than 150 engaging programs each Chicago Ideas Week to stimulate, inspire and enlighten participants while providing the opportunity for attendees to think, dream and connect.
This year's 5th annual "Taste of Fiesta" family fiesta will be held at the Grandon Civic Center in Sterling. Join us in celebration of Mexican Independence Day! Taste food, enjoy music, art, dance and culture, Kermes fun fair, businesses and resource booths. There will be folkloric dancers, local musicians, artists, kids' crafts and activities! Free admission, all ages, everyone is welcome!
October 25, 1959 then Senator John F. Kennedy gave a speech here at the Egyptian Theatre in front of a packed house. A recording of this very speech has been found and will be played for the first time on the anniversary of his speech 57 years ago. Following the playing of his speech historian, Jim Gibbons, will present the life of our 35th President of the United States, John Fitzgerald Kennedy. Jim Gibbons, a Marengo, IL resident and historian, has made a name for himself teaching the importance of history. Using his passion for and strong knowledge of history, Jim offers riveting presentations on the historical events and figures.
A River Thru History is a living history reenactment of early American life, as it was on the Illinois frontier prior to 1848, with emphasis on our local history from the fur trade era to the canal era. The goal of this rendezvous is to be the premier event of this type in this area by creating an exciting, entertaining and educational experience for all ages. To this end, we strive to create a better understanding and appreciation of our history by allowing the public and the reenactors to mingle, both as witnesses and participants, in our event.
Watch as intricate rod puppets perform A Halloween Spooktacular. Featuring a collection of haunting classics from musicals. Reservations are required.
One of Andersonville’s many traditional Swedish events, St. Lucia begins with a torch-lit procession down the sidewalks of Clark Street at 4:45 p.m., kicking off at the Swedish American Museum, 5211 N. Clark St. The procession highlight is the appearance of the specially chosen “Lucia Girls,” who will lead the crowd, wearing long white robes and beautiful crowns of candles and singing “The Lucia Song.” Children and adults are welcome to join in the procession. Afterwards, all participants are invited to the Lucia celebration at the Swedish American Museum. The Lucia celebration features a telling of the Lucia legend, family entertainment by Dream Big Performing Arts, and Swedish holiday treats including traditional “pepparkakor” ginger snaps. Admission is $1 or can of food to benefit Care for Real, Edgewater’s food pantry.
Kathleen Madigan is a regular panelist on Comedy Central's The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, and she was nominated for a 2014 American Comedy Award for "Best Concert Comic." Her third one hour special, Madigan Again, is currently available on Netflix and was named one of iTunes Best Comedy Albums. Her second one hour special Gone Madigan, premiered on Showtime and is also available on Netflix. Previously she's released 5 CDs, 3 DVDs and starred in 2 HBO specials as well as 3 Comedy Central specials.
German music, food and beer will available for attendees to enjoy. The event is sponsored by Medici, which features delicious entrees, the largest selection of domestic microbrews in Bloomington-Normal, an outdoor patio and a 30-foot Mulberry tree in the atrium.
Ride along with Friends of the Cal-Sag Trail as we explore the deep heritage of Chicago Blues interred along the Cal-Sag. Stand among the ghosts of Muddy Waters, Hound Dog Taylor, Willie Dixon, Jimmy Reed and many others while you learn how Blues set the table for Rock & Roll. Pre-register $20; Day of—if available!—$24. For those who don’t bicycle, we can accommodate automobiles at $70 per car. For more info, email: firstname.lastname@example.org. 9:30AM-3PM
Whether you’re looking for that perfect art piece or just looking, don’t miss Art at the Barn on the grounds of the Joseph F. Glidden Homestead and Historical Center noon to 4 p.m. Nearly twenty local artists will show and sell their work Sunday. Items include sculpture, jewelry, painting, quilting, fiber arts, and much, much more. The Art Sale is free and open to the public. The homestead will be open for tours as well.
WRO-USA is a rapidly growing competition, with plans to expand to 150 teams across at least 15 states in 2016, culminating in the National Championship at Northern Illinois University. Now in its third year in the United States, WRO-USA is expanding its program to reach even more young people throughout the country. They not only encourages young people to develop the necessary technical skills, but teaches significant life skills as well. Visit the Northern Illinois University Convocation Center on September 4, 2016 to watch the World Robot Olympiad-USA 2016 National Competition. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to come and watch our future STEM leaders compete in exciting robotic competitions!
Alley Art Festival is a unique, fun-filled afternoon in downtown Aurora that highlights the local, creative community and brings out all ages to enjoy a day of art, music, and spectacle. More than 65 artists will be part of this year’s festivities along Water Street Mall, a tree-lined walkway sandwiched between Aurora’s City Hall on Downer Place and Culture Stock on Galena Boulevard. Artists set up tables along Water Street Mall to sell their art. Artisans and makers are also part of the festival. Everything from original paintings, hand-crafted drums, pottery, jewelry, and plastic monster figurines can be found at the festival.
Our Architectural Walking Tour includes Civil War era homes and homes of Civil War Veterans. Our tour begins at the BIHS/Albee House where you will receive your tour booklet. Then you'll travel at you own pace to tour designated homes. For more information please email: email@example.com $20. 12-4PM.
Dig out your berets and bowlers, ushankas and sombreros, and celebrate diversity in style! This event is a dancing, eating, creating and learning celebration of Aurora’s diverse cultures, past and present, benefitting Family Focus Aurora, World Relief and the Aurora Historical Society. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. 5-9 pm
The public is invited to the Ellwood House Museum for a new lecture series titled “Local Lore.” Local Lore is an adult lecture series which will cover a wide variety of topics relating to DeKalb history. Each month, a different guest speaker will present these fascinating programs. All lectures take place at the Ellwood House Museum Visitor Center. Visit the Ellwood House Museum webpage for dates and times.
Family friendly cultural fest, German food and beer available. Music by The Tempos and The John Webber Band. $10; under 16 free. Doors open 1PM; German music 2PM; American music 7PM.
Join us for activities that promote a better understanding and appreciation of historic Native American culture. Enjoy guided hikes, archaeology displays, activities and a traditional craft. 10AM-3PM.
The third annual Day of Celebration of all the diverse cultures in Rockford includes a parade of colors and customs with dancing dragons, bagpipes, ethnic dance troupes, music and more. The festival features international foods, a beer garden, performances, information, genealogy, a children's activity area, and much more. The festival begins at noon, the parade begins at 1:00pm.
The 44th annual Autumn Craft & Treasures Market, sponsored by the Sycamore Music Boosters, is part of the Sycamore Pumpkin Festival weekend October 29 & 30, 2016. This event will be held at the Sycamore High School Fieldhouse, Saturday, October 29 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday, October 30 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. There are over 250 vendors featuring a wide variety of quality crafts, handmade wood products, specialty items such as wool products, candles, spices, candies, antiques, ceramics and much more.