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North Aurora Hotel Inn and Suites
North Aurora Hotel has 120 comfortable, convenient guest rooms including King, Queen, Double and King Suites. Complimentary continental breakfast from 7 - 10 am every day. 24-hour front desk welcome center. Kitchenettes, free WiFi access and cable TV. Spacious free parking for up to 250 cars. Conveniently located right off I-88, Exit 117 at Rt. 31. Minutes from Chicago Premium Outlets, Hollywood Casino Aurora and the Aurora Transportation Center.
Architecture+Art: Inspiration Amplified
Architecture + Art: Inspiration Amplified is a collaboration between the National Trust for Historic Preservation and United States Artists to create a public program for the Chicago Architecture Biennial. The program is the presentation of works by two United States Artists Fellows that have been inspired by the Farnsworth House and its landscape. The two artists are Mary Ellen Childs, a musical composer based in Minneapolis, Minnesota; and Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle, a sculptor based in Evanston, Illinois. Installed on the north lawn, Manglano-Ovalle’s sculpture, entitled Seven Thousand Cords (after Beuys), 2014 – ongoing, incorporates wood from the Farnsworth House property. An original composition by Childs will be performed by a string quartet inside Farnsworth House at 3:00 pm on the following dates: Saturday, November 14th; Sunday, November 15th; and Saturday, December 12th. Tickets to these special performance are limited. Reservations strongly suggested.
Farnsworth House Sat. Evening Guided Tours
Accompany an experienced docent for a fascinating discussion and tour of the Farnsworth House and its fascinating history while the sun goes down. Farnsworth House is showcasing a new Chicago Architectural Biennial exhibit in special Saturday evening guided tours only in October. Group tours available. Private tours also available. Tickets required and reservations strongly encouraged. October 10th, 17th, and 24th at 5:30 pm.
Red Oak Nature Center Fall Fest
Come out to the woods for some fall color fun! Travel from station to station through the woods doing fun fall activities and crafts. This is a free event. No need to sign up, however parents must accompany their children. For groups of 10 or more, please call Red Oak to register.
Brian Regan Live at the Egyptian Theatre
Brian Regan has distinguished himself as one of the premier comedians in the country. Brian’s non-stop theater tour has visited more than 80 cities each year since 2005 and continues through 2015. It is the quality of his material, relatable to a wide audience and revered by his peers, which continues to grow Brian’s fan base. The perfect balance of sophisticated writing and physicality, Brian Regan consistently fills theaters nationwide with fervent fans that span generations. Presented by: Live Nation. Reserved Tickets $43.00. Tickets are on sale now!
The Buckinghams' The Joy of Christmas Live at the Egyptian Theatre
The Egyptian Theatre proudly presents legendary band, The Buckinghams, in an unforgettable evening, “The Joy of Christmas.” Combining classic rock hits with beloved holiday songs, the Chicago natives present an evening of entertainment guaranteed to delight! You’ll hear your rock favorites “Kind of a Drag,” “Hey Baby, They’re Playing Our Song,” “Don’t You Care,” and more. The brass-infused rock recreates brilliant holiday memories as you’ll want to sing along with the band to “White Christmas,” “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” “Jingle Bell Rock.” We dare you to stay in your seat when all you want to do is the Jingle Bell Rock. It’s the perfect gift for loved ones, and a great way to entertain family visiting during the holidays. Take the night off and amp up your Christmas spirit with us the last Saturday before Santa shows up. Tickets are on sale now!
Classic fun food, cruise nights, neon lights and service with a smile. Situated on the historic Illinois Lincoln Highway, Route 30 next to Phillips Park Golf Course & Mastodon Visitors Center and the Illinois Lincoln Highway gazebo.
O'Malleys Pub & Eatery
Established in 1974 and located on Historic Lincoln Highway (Rt. 30) O'Malleys Pub & Eatery is the place to go for great beer, food and a happy atmosphere. Celebrate where great times and great food come together!
Easter in the Country
The 35th Annual Easter in the Country will be held at Sandwich schools south of Route 34 on Wells, Lions & Dayton Street. Stop by Sandwich to see beautiful crafts such as painted windows, lighted bottles, pop can jewelry, hair bows, porcelain flowers and handmade baskets. Shuttle service will be provided to each location, no strollers allowed. The $3.00 admission fee benefits the Sandwich School Music Association.
Think of your dream crust. Is it flaky along the edges, buttery and so full of flavor you don’t know how it could possibly be real? Well, look no further than Pie Boss. With their specialty being pot pies, you won’t find too many desserts here (except on the weekends) so don’t be disappointed if the menu says “sausage” instead of “apple.” Don’t let that detour you–these pot pies are delicious and reminiscent of the ones you had as a child. Only difference? This South African bakery blows those away!
The Lodge on 64
Wood-roasted chicken, ribs. Free s'mores in outdoor fire pit. Seven flat screen TV's to watch sports.
Northern Illinois University Art Museum
NIU Art Museum’s mission is to service the arts curriculum at NIU and to extend arts education and cultural enrichment to the community. The Museum has a permanent collection of 1,000 art pieces and also hosts visiting exhibitions. The Jack Olson Gallery is “the cornerstone of exhibition programming” that is promoted by NIU School of Art. This exhibit space brings thought provoking exhibitions to the northern Illinois community while also offering faculty and students a space to showcase their latest creative endeavors.
Blackberry Farm Holiday Express
Experience the magic! All aboard! one of the top six most beautiful trains in Illinois! Ride the train through a winter wonderland at Blackberry Farm around the lake and through the tunnel while Christmas holiday music plays. (First three weekends in December.)
Sport Zone Family Fun Center
Home for soccer, go-karts, mini-golf, indoor golf and batting cages.
Prairie on State Wine Cellars
Visit Prairie on State Wine Cellars, a Prairie State Winery tasting room, in downtown Sycamore. The tasting room invites you to sample many of the award-winning wines from PSW, shop for unique gifts or enjoy a glass of wine with a Nosh plate that you create yourself. Also features a weekend music schedule.
A unique way to find all your home decor needs, anything from antiques to fabric and decorating items.
Antique Market I
Interesting variety of vintage books, postcards, jewelry, glass, porcelain, military, coins and deco lighting.
The Egyptian Theatre Presents: Lightwire Theater’s A Very Electric Christmas
Lightwire Theater’s A Very Electric Christmas is coming back to the Egyptian Theatre. Follow the story of a young bird, named Max and his family, as they begin their journey south for the winter. When Max gets blown off course and ends up at the North Pole…his adventure begins! Dancing toy soldiers, caroling worms and performing poinsettias, light up the stage in Lightwire Theater’s A Very Electric Christmas. Audiences of all ages will treasure this magical and captivating tale of family, friendship and hope set to timeless holiday hits, including Nat King Cole, Mariah Carey and Tchaikovsky. Lightwire Theater is internationally recognized for their electroluminescent artistry, poignant story telling and performs in complete darkness. Brighten your holidays this season with Lightwire Theater’s A Very Electric Christmas.
The Egyptian Theatre Presents: The Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis Tribute Show
Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis were the hottest act in America during the early 50's. Dean of course, the straight man, with a charming voice and Jerry the lovable goof ball added the comedy. Never have two artists captured the look, the sound, the very essence and chemistry of these two "Icons" more than Tom Stevens and Tony Lewis. Both of these incredible performers have each had amazing success on their own. Tony spent the last 27 years performing in Australia and created a name for himself as the quintessential "Jerry Lewis Tribute Artist" selling out countless venues and earned respect as one of Australia's best entertainers. Since his 1st appearance at the annual Dean Martin Festival in 1998, Tom Stevens has earned his title as "Best Dean Martin Tribute Artist." Even Dean's daughter, Deana said, "I've never seen anyone look and sound more like my Daddy!"
Prindi's Antique Mall
With 35 dealers and 11,000 sq ft., Prindi's Antique Mall has something for everyone including antiques, gift items, collectibles, retro, re-purposed and a ton of jewelry.
Harvest at Pheasant Run Resort
Seasonal dishes inspired by a farm-to-fork theme. Finest grade of aged Midwest beef, market-fresh seafood selections. Recommended for dinner.
Stagecoach Players Theater
The Stage Coach Players is a one of the oldest, continuously operating community theatre troupes in Northern Illinois. In 2001/2002, the troupe moved to it's new permanent location in the former Moose Lodge on 5th Street and Grove in east downtown DeKalb, Since that first night on the farm, several generations of residents have been inspired by the Stage Coach Players...on both sides of the footlights.
Stage Coach Players Present Night of the Living Dead
Fallout from a satellite probe shot to Venus returns to Earth carrying a mysterious radiation that transforms the unburied dead into flesh-eating zombies. Seven people trapped in an isolated farmhouse, held hostage by the ravenous ghouls, begin to turn on each other as the dead encroach. A gripping terror-filled monochromatic play that brings all the fright of the cult classic to life. This blend of thrilling horror laced with touches of black humor envelops the audience in the action and unfolds into a shocking theatrical ending. Oct 22 7:30 pm, Oct 23 7:30 pm, Oct 24 7:30 pm, Oct 29 7:30 pm, Oct 30 7:30 pm, Oct 31 2:00 pm and 10:00 pm
Northern Illinois University Anthropology Museum
The Anthropology Museum at Northern Illinois University was founded in 1964 and is operated as part of the Department of Anthropology. The museum houses over 20,000 objects comprised mostly of ethnographic material with some archaeological material. The museum specializes in cultures of Southeast Asia, New Guinea, and the Southwest and Plains Native Americans. In addition, the museum holds smaller collections from Africa, modern Greece, Mesoamerica, and South America. The museum is particularly proud of the Native American basket collection, featuring over 200 specimens, as well as the Indonesian textile collection, which contains over 600 pieces. In addition, the museum also houses about 100 different Indonesian shadow puppets, a fine collection of Thai khon masks, and important collections of Hmong and Karen artifacts. The museum has a growing collection of modern Mesoamerican artifacts reflecting the cultural and artistic changes taking place in modern Honduras, Guatemala, and Mexico. The Museum is open during the NIU Academic Year.