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Ellwood House Lecture Series: Local Lore
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.
Autumn Craft & Treasures Market
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.
Rockford Roasting Company
It has become far too easy in our consumer culture for us to forget that coffee is a crop. This means that coffee is something that is grown by farmers; it requires workers to harvest, to mill, to dry, and a list of other tasks that happen well before those beans ever arrive to us. We believe if handled properly at origin, coffee has the potential to be respected and treated like a fine wine. We aim to bring in coffees that have been grown properly and responsibly. Quality sourcing is just the first step in our journey toward the best possible flavor in the resulting cups of coffee we make.
Rockford Art Deli
Rockford Art Deli (R.A.D.) is creative collective, located in downtown Rockford, helping business owners with marketing and screen printing needs through a smorgasbord of delectable art and web design, urban graphic design and screen printing – everything from tee shirts to posters. Amidst the vintage deli decor, R.A.D. holds screen printing classes, hosts art gallery showings, and other events for the public. The store sells t-shirts, signature artist series goods and gift items.
Make America Rock Again Festival
Introducing the inaugural make America Rock Again tour – feeding your need for headbanging American hard rock, coming to a stage in your city this summer! Experience all of your favorite chart-topping bands in your backyard each night: Trapt, Saliva, Saving Abel, Alien Ant Farm, Crazytown, 12 Stones and Tantric. Tickets go on sale Friday, May 20th at 10:00am.
McHenry County Fair
The McHenry County Fair is a 68 year tradition held in Woodstock, Illinois. At the fair you can see 4-H, Open, and Junior Open livestock and non-livestock shows, educational displays revolving around conservation and agriculture, various vendors from different businesses and organizations across the county, a carnival, and a variety of ground and grandstand entertainment. It is an event for families to come to create summertime memories that last a lifetime.
Midtown Ethnic Parade and Festival
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.
Now in its 37th year, this festival offers a taste of McHenry County food and music, attracting more than 50,000 people.
To coincide with our current temporary exhibit ‘Bird’s Eye View’ which ends on June 1st, visit us on Saturday, May 28th at 11 am for Bird Bonanza! In conjunction with the Fox Valley Wildlife Center come explore the various differences in birds with us. Investigate how observing birds in flight helped humans to develop machine flight and see what birds call Illinois home. $5 for members and admission plus $3 for non-members.
My Fair Lady at the Stagecoach Players Theater
The DeKalb Stage Coach Players presents My Fair Lady. Eliza Doolittle, a rough Cockney girl, meets Colonel Pickering and Henry Higgins in Covent Garden where she’s selling flowers. When Higgins remarks that he could help Eliza speak properly and raise her status in the community, Pickering challenges him to do so and Eliza takes him up on the offer. Though difficult and frustrating for both Eliza and Higgins at first, the lessons soon begin to work wonders, and produce results that neither predict.
Literacy on the Lawn
Join the NIU Jerry L. Johns Literacy Clinic for Litracy on the Lawn. The day will be filled with interactive literacy activities, games and fun – All Free of Charge. Carolyn Crimi is our featured author. She has written many books for children such as Where is my Mummy and Tessa’s Tip-Tapping Toes. All children will leave with a new book and a take-home bag
La Quinta Inn & Suites Rockford
The La Quinta Inn & Suites Rockford hotel is located conveniently off of I-90, just twelve miles from the Chicago Rockford International Airport. We have a variety of shops and restaurants within walking distance. Relax in one of our clean and comfortable guest rooms and enjoy access to our business center and new state-of-the-art fitness center. Our 100% non-smoking hotel offers free high-speed Internet access, a refreshing indoor pool and spa, as well as a guest laundry facility available at a nominal fee. Our guest rooms are equipped with microwaves, refrigerators, 40-inch flat screen TVs, pillowtop mattresses, coffee makers, hair dryers, iron and boards, and free local calls. You can also stop by our Bright Side Market if you forget any of your essential amenities. Also, our meeting facilities make this a great place for your next meeting, baby shower or any special events. Start the day right with our free Bright Side Breakfast that includes an assortment of hot breakfast items, tea and hot chocolate, assorted juices, bagels, breads, hot and cold cereals, fresh fruit, and yogurt.
STORYTelling: Hmong American Voices Exhibit
This collaborative exhibit explores what it means to be Hmong American. How has Hmong life changed since refugees first entered the U.S. in the 1970s? What does it mean to be Hmong American today? Through objects, audio recordings and personal stories of Hmong Americans, this exhibit immerses visitors in the material culture and social issues of Hmong American communities. The exhibition is now open and will run through December 2016. A special opening reception featuring refreshments and live music will be held 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 9, at the museum, located in Cole Hall on the NIU campus. The event is free and open to the public. The Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. Admission is free and all are welcome.
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.
Cruisin’ to Genoa Car Show
Visit Downtown Genoa for the 3rd Annual Cruisin' to Genoa Car show. See 150 cars, enjoy family fun, music, free movie and more!
Malta Days Festival! Come share the family fun in downtown Malta. You'll find something for everyone, including a carnival, food booths, crafters, business booths, sound stage, pancake breakfast, a car show, 5K walk/run, auction and a beer garden. Free stage entertainment all weekend!
2016 Harvest of Quilts and Textile Art Show
The DeKalb County Quilter's Guild invites you to our biennial quilt show, October 1-2, 2016. Enjoy this year's expanding our offerings to other textile and fiber arts, such as weaving, spinning, knitting, crocheting, wearable art and more. The featured artist will be Lorraine Torrence, who makes wearable art and quilts, and will be presenting three lectures, "Design Principles for Quilters," "Finding Your Voice," and "Creative Clothing for Everybody." In addition to 300+ quilts on display, there will be exhibits in other disciplines and special exhibits including the Hoffman Challenge and a trunk show by SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates.) There will be demonstrations, workshops, lectures, and a vendors mall with new and longtime favorites. Food will also be available to purchase.
Harvard Milk Days
Illinois' longest-running festival. Includes a carnival, food, petting zoo, races, fireworks, parade and much more.
Crandall's is a local favorite and home to "world famous" broasted chicken. In 2015, they received the Golden Chicken Award for Operator Excellence. They offer a Friday fish-fry and Sunday brunch.
The Dari Company
A Hebron summer tradition since the 1960s, this is a classic corner hamburger/ice cream stand. The menu is simple: Vienna Beef hot dogs, good quality hamburgers,breaded, fried everything and excellent ice cream. The food is cooked to order, and always tastes good. If you are passing through Hebron, The Dari is a must stop. Open seasonally March through October.
Crane Hollow Bed and Breakfast
Come hug an aged oak tree, watch the cranes in their early morning graze or search out the scarlet cardinal flowers. Listen to nature's whisper.
With the most comfortable bar stools in McHenry County, Hart's Saloon is Hebron's premier biker bar. With ice cold beer, premium cocktails, and wood-fired pizza, it's the perfect place to take a break and relax on a ride. Stop in for lunch - the pizza is made completely from scratch in the 600 degree brick oven.
Da Baffone Cucina Italiana
Da Baffone is a cozy little getaway, a family owned Italian Restaurant in downtown Crystal Lake. At Da Baffone we present a unique dining experience with a focus on traditional Southern Italian Cuisine.
Prairie Avenue Antiques & The Tack Exchange
Prairie Avenue Antiques is housed in a turn-of-the-century former Feed & Dry Goods store located on the corner of Rt 47 & Prairie Ave in quaint Hebron, IL. This is a multi dealer shop with a wide range of very attractively priced antiques, furniture and collectibles. New old things are added every day so there is an ever changing array ranging from fine crystal, silver, stained glass, etc to rough primitives, to tools, jewelry, kitchen items, etc. One could furnish a home from bare walls or just add that special piece to an established home! Consignment sale and out right purchase of your unwanted treasures is also possible.