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Christmas at Clayville
Enjoy caroling groups from local elementary schools starting at noon. There will be a children's store, face painting and refreshments. Santa will as be there to visit with the children.
CITY: Pleasant Plains
First Night Springfield
28th Annual First Night Springfield! This family-friendly, alcohol-free event is a Springfield area tradition. Free children's activities from 1 - 4 pm at Springfield High School Commons. Fireworks at 8 pm. Over 30 performances around Downtown Springfield from 6 pm - 11:15 pm.
Visitors Center Holiday Gift Expo
Freeport/Stephenson County Visitors Center, 4596 US Highway 20 East, Freeport. 8 am to 7 pm. Shop for unique local products during this special expo at the Freeport/Stephenson County Visitors Center. Over a hundred local vendors with products ranging from Pretzel items to books to cards to rugs to mugs to more are featured. The gifts are either produced in Stephenson County or highlight some aspect of local culture and history. Open: 8 am - 7 pm seven days a week.
Winneshiek Players Present: "Greetings"
Winneshiek Players celebrate the holiday season with this hilarious comedy by Tom Dudzick. Andy brings home his fiance to meet the family on Christmas Eve and family blow-ups occur because Andy's family are devout Catholics and his fiance is Jewish and an atheist. All is not lost when, Mickey, Andy's mentally challenged non-verbal brother, suddenly has a lot to say. A heartwarming comedy about family and acceptance. December 5,6, 11, 12, 13. Curtain time: 7:30 pm. $15.
Old Capitol Holiday Walk
Held December 3, 4, 10, and 17. 5-8 pm each evening. SHOP LOCAL! 30+ shops and restaurants featuring unique shopping and dining. Festive holiday atmosphere with free Santa House, family entertainment and horse drawn trolley and shuttle van.
Stephenson County Historical Museum Christmas Tea
Stephenson County Museum's annual event to kick off the Holiday Season. Live music will fill the historic Taylor Home and Vistorian Christmas decorations and fresh cut pine will fill the air. Enjoy cookies, punch,tea and coffee as you tour the mansion in its Christmas finery.
One More Time Antiques
Repurposed furnishings, antiques, and primitives fill this unique shop in historic downtown Freeport.
James Taylor in Concert
On Thursday, November 6, James Taylor takes the stage at the iwireless Center in downtown Moline, Illinois at 8 p.m. As a recording and touring artist, James Taylor has touched people with his warm baritone voice and distinctive style of guitar-playing for more than 40 years, while setting a precedent to which countless young musicians have aspired. Over the course of his celebrated song-writing and performing career, Taylor has sold more than 100 million albums, earning gold, platinum and multi-platinum awards for classics ranging from Sweet Baby James in 1970 to October Road in 2002. He has won multiple Grammy awards and has been inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the prestigious Songwriters Hall of Fame. Come spend an unforgettable night with America’s iconic singer-songwriter James Taylor. Ticket Prices: $67.50 $87.50
La Cage aux Folles
La Cage aux Folles has become a classic musical comedy. Set against the glitter of a Saint-Tropez nightclub, a middle-aged gay couple agree to hide their relationship when their son returns home with his fiancée’s ultra-conservative parents. Feathers get ruffled and households upended in a poignant tale of one family’s struggle to stay together, stay fabulous and above all else, stay true to themselves.
Danville Symphony Orchestra Presents "Beethoven Lives Upstairs"
Experience the award winning and ever popular dramatic story of Beethoven through the eyes and ears of the young boy who "lives below his apartment" in Beethoven Lives Upstairs presented by the Danville Symphony Orchestra.
Luecke Jewelers Vintage Jewelry and Antiques
Largest collection of pre-owned estate jewelry and antiques in northern Illinois. Opened Monday thru Thursday and Saturday: 9 am - 5 pm; Friday: 9 am - 6 pm.
Barclay's American Grille
Barclay's American Grille, located in the Carleton Hotel, opened its doors in November 2009, with much anticipation and excitement. The restaurant went through an extensive restoration, as well as, a new concept, focusing on affordable, casual dining, The decor blends contemporary and traditional styles resulting in an inviting and comfortable dining experience with exceptional food and service. It is the perfect gathering place for friends and families. The Barclay Room is available for private dining and larger parties and during the summer months, dine al fresco at our outdoor patio.
CITY: Oak Park
The Longbranch Grill
Located in Historic Downtown Shelbyville, this family-owned restaurant has unique clockwork decor, original tile ceiling and exposed brickwork walls. The Longbranch Grill pride itself on its homemade food and casual atmosphere.
Chestnut Street Inn
Award winning bed and breakfast and restaurant featuring Mediterranean Cuisine using locally available ingredients. If you are a foodie, you will love the Chestnut Street Inn. Chef Monika prepares Mediterranean inspired menus featuring locally sourced foods. Her passion for all things food related shines through in her creativity in the kitchen. You can enjoy an overnight and breakfast, a special prix-fixe dinner or even a cooking class. From free snacks and beverages available in the Butler’s pantry to chocolates in the room to an expansive beer and wine list for purchase, anything your palate could desire is available here. Conveniently located off I-80. Four uniquely appointed guest suites, including private bathrooms.
Danville Symphony Orchestra Presents "Heroes and Heroines"
Heroes and Heroines have been the focus of the greatest story tellers throughout history! Join Danville Symphony Orchestra Maestro Jeremy Sterling and Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Principal French Hornist, Robert Danforth for this musical survey of some of the most heroic stories ever set.
Wire is located on Roosevelt Road in Berwyn. Just west of Chicago, something is growing... a facility for music production, performance, education and distribution unlike any other. Come experience this first class venue, boasting top notch audio equipment, as well as full service modern lighting and video production. A place every artist will want to play and every fan will want to see. This very modern venue is available to rent for your especially unique event. A must see!
Prairie Street Brewhouse
The Prairie Brewhouse is the best location in Rockford for hosting your event. With over 7500 square feet of flexible space available, we can host your event of up to 500 people. Perfect for hosting banquets, wedding receptions, parties, weddings, meetings, fundraisers, art shows, craft shows and more. Indoor and outdoor space available, including a deck area right on the river. Available for anything from a luncheon to a week-long conference. Overhead doors allow for easy unloading and setup. During the summer, Dinner on the Dock and listen to live music on Thursdays.
Pleasant Home is an architectural gem that showcases 19th century craftsmanship and artistry. Designed in 1897 by prominent architect George W. Maher, the home is a National Historic Landmark and the only Maher building open to the public as a museum. You and your guests will be surrounded by rich custom woodwork, extraordinary art glass windows, intricate woodcarvings, and the glowing warmth of light from another era. The Pleasant Home's 1st floor includes of the Great Hall, Living and Dining Rooms and enclosed circular porch. The front porch is a great addition to the 1st floor during warmer weather. It is perfect for wedding ceremonies, smaller banquets or cocktail parties. The Library is slightly off the beaten path, but is a great place for a buffet station for a cocktail reception. It is also perfect for small lectures of meetings that do not require the use of the whole house.
CITY: Oak Park
Parkway by the Lake Banquets
For many years we have provided the best in wedding receptions at an affordable price. We take great pride in offering the best in service, the most picturesque setting for ceremony and reception, a huge dance floor and food to rave about for months after the event.
Hampton Inn Freeport Golf Packages
Park Hills Golf Getaway Package: Enjoy a Hampton room, two 18-hole rounds at park Hills Golf Course in Freeport, a cart, a bucket of range balls, and a special golfer's gift bag. Must be booked at least seven days in advance: $153 - $177. Wolf Hollow Golf Getaway Package: Hampton king room, two 18-hole rounds at Wolf Hollow Golf Course in Lena, a cart, a bucket of range balls, and a special gift bag. Must be booked at least seven days in advance: $153 - $163.This historic and charming hotel is located in the heart of Historic Downtown Freeport and features The Main Street Bistro, always the perfect spot to enjoy a great meal, a refreshing drink in a sophisticated atmosphere ideal for mixing, mingling, and enjoying life. The 70 spacious guest rooms and 2 suites feature complimentary hi-speed wireless internet access, High Definition TV with pay-per view movies and games, refrigerators and microwaves available upon request. Guest also have access to the hotel's state of the art fitness center, indoor swimming pool, and the complimentary hot continental breakfast which features over 15 items daily. Non-smoking rooms are available. The Hampton Inn is part of the Hilton Honors preferred guest program. Rates: $89 to $149.
Residence Inn by Marriott Champaign-Urbana
The new Residence Inn by Marriott® Champaign is located just off I-74 and just minutes from the University of Illinois. Our residential-style hotel offers boutique inspired elegance in the heart of Champaign-Urbana. The spacious suites feature separate sleeping and living areas, a fully-equipped kitchen with refrigerator, and 37-inch HD flat panel televisions. Our luxury bedding includes crisp linens, comfy mattresses, custom comforters, and fluffy pillows, guaranteeing a blissful nights rest. Upon waking, join us in the Gatehouse for a complimentary, full-American breakfast buffet offering hot and cold favorites. Business and extended stay travelers will appreciate complimentary wired, wireless Internet access and dual-line phone system. Whether you are here to work or play, the Residence Inn by Marriott® Champaign warmly invites you to make yourself at home.
Hyatt Place Champaign
The Hyatt Place Champaign-Urbana is opening in 2014. This nine-story hotel features 3,200 square feet of meeting space and 145 well-appointed, modern guestrooms. The hotel is located in the vibrant heart of downtown Champaign, featuring 36 restaurants within a two block radius of the hotel. The eclectic dining scene is sure to provide you with numerous choices to dazzle your taste buds with their distinctive twists on worldly cuisine. The Official Hotel Partner of Fighting Illini Athletics, Hyatt Place is conveniently located in downtown Champaign, only minutes from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Campus.
Midlane Golf Resort
With five elegant banquet rooms that serve the needs of groups from thirty to six hundred guests including a championship eighteen hole golf course, driving range, all suites hotel with a pool/ fitness center, and a state-of-the-art nightclub, Midlane is uniquely outfitted to suit any of your banquet needs. Don't gamble on the outcome of your special event - come to the golf, banquet and wedding experts.
Towneplace Suites by Marriott
All suite hotel featuring our "Morning Break" breakfast, "In a Pinch" market, and complimentary high speed wireless internet. Our Suites are 30% larger than a standard hotel room and feature fully equipped kitchens.