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Join us at our Baymont Inn & Suites Litchfield hotel. The iconic Route 66 weaves through our area, offering history, charm, and historic sites dating back to the Roaring Twenties. If your travels bring you to the area for business, major companies like Teleflex Marine, Schutt Sports, ITW Building Components Group, Morton Buildings, and Pioneer Seed are headquartered near our hotel.
This park features picnic and playground areas with a shelter house. Plus, a beautiful waterfall, a large shaded sandbox area, horseshoes, and restrooms. Open daily 6 am to 10 pm
The YMCA offers a 25-meter six lane pool, three racquetball courts, two gymnasiums, indoor running track, a multi-purpose room, a state of the art cross training center, plus extensive programs. Open: September thru May: Sundays: 9 am to 5 pm; Monday thru Friday: 5 am to 9:30 pm; Saturdays: 7 am to 6 pm; Closed Sundays. Go to our website for specific dates.
Create a family tradition! Choose and cut your own fresh Christmas Tree. All trees are $30 (tax included) and we'll shake and bale it for free. Open Saturdays and Sundays 8 AM to 4 PM Thanksgiving to Christmas. We have white pine and scotch pine.
Jump start Mother's Day by joining our Sock Hop Hustle 5K 50's themed event for all of the family to participate. Includes music, games and races for kids. $25 Early Bird Registration Fee (ends March 5) $30 (March 6-May14) 8AM
Owned and Operated by Greg and Jennifer Martindill and Family. Open Weekends, Saturday and Sunday starting the weekend after Thanksgiving to Christmas, 10 a.m. to dark. Pick and cut down your own - Saws provided. Scotch Pine Christmas Trees ~ $35 Any size - Table top, Family or Grand Entry.
Connolly's is a fun, family-owned Irish Pub that seeks to embrace the classic traditions and cultural elements found in Irish pubs both in America and the Emerald Isle. With a menu that brings Irish food to the new millennium - a careful blend of feeling good and eating well - and an atmosphere that feels like an extension of the proprietor's living room, Connolly's is a vibrant eatery in the heart of Oak Park.
Hosted by Olympia Fields Country Club, this spectator championship features one of the strongest fields in golf, direct access to Metra Electric and affordable ticket options.
Watch amazing science demonstrations at the annual Wonders of Science show. This event is a fast-paced series of demonstrations on chemical and physical phenomena that will involve you and your young scientists mentally and at times, physically! Wonders of Science is an annual program provided by the Education Office at Fermilab. Each family with at least one child will receive a kit of materials that will enable them to continue their science explorations at home or in the classroom. 1pm. Recommended for families with children ages 7 through 12. Tickets are required and space is limited.
Children’s China portrays the present-day activities that Chinese families practice, as well as their roots in Confucius’ teachings. Read Confucius’ quotes, explore hands-on activities, and immerse yourself in innovative technology and authentic artifacts to gain an understanding of Confucius' impact on modern Chinese life.
Join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the hip hop Hippo and, of course, those hilarious, plotting penguins as they bound onto our stage in the musical adventure of a lifetime. Based on the smash DreamWorks animated motion picture, Madagascar – A Musical Adventure follows all of your favorite crack-a-lackin’ friends as they escape from their home in New York’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien’s Madagascar. A special one-hour presentation for kids (and parents) of all ages. Filled with outlandish characters, adventure galore and an upbeat score,
Discover what an educational toystore can be! We carefully curate our inventory to offer you the best in toys, games, books and crafts. We inspire the imagination and ignite learning! Open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday - 10am - 5:30pm, Thursday 10am - 6pm, Saturday 10am - 3pm
Experience the history of the second of the famous debates between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas. Its was at this site on August 27, 1858 that the Freeport Doctrine, an important statement regarding slavery and state's rights, was proclaimed by Douglas. Although Douglas won the Senatorial campaign for which the debate was held, his statements lost him the support of the South and split the Democratic Party. This enabled Lincoln to win the Presidency in 1860, thus precipitating the Civil War. The site is self-interpretive through a series of waysides that tell of the events and ideas which led up to the debates, and also includes a boulder and plaque dedicated by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1903, as well as the life-size statues "Lincoln and Douglas in Debate" by artist Lily Tolpo which was dedicated in 1992. The park-like setting is complete with benches, lighting, and spacious walks.
The three-hour workshop – made possible with a grant from the Illinois Arts Council – is meant to help participants write poems that may be submitted for VOLTA, an innovative arts program sponsored by the Vachel Lindsay Association and the Springfield Youth Performance Group Foundation each spring. It is open to students ages 13-18. Space is limited. To register, email the Vachel Lindsay Association at email@example.com. Include your full name, grade, school and hometown.
Since opening its gates in June of 1999, Crestwood's Standard Bank Stadium has been a true staple of Chicago's Southland community. As home to the Frontier League's Windy City ThunderBolts' independent professional baseball team, Standard Bank Stadium has welcomed over 1.4 million fans and continues to provide wholesome, family fun for all ages. With a fixed seating for 2,599 fans, the ballpark also has additional seating in multiple areas to accommodate large groups. With an artificial turf playing surface, an HD video board and a professional sound system, this versatile venue also hosts amateur baseball games and tournaments, an IHSA 3A & 4A Super Sectional tournament, concerts and other community events
The festival features annual pancake breakfast, ethnic food fair, arts and craft show, classic car show, steam engine display, antique tractors, a kiddies’ tractor pull, entertainment and tours of Woodland Palace. Stay for the evening and at dusk the Kewanee Chamber of Commerce hosts a fireworks spectacular at Northeast Park in Kewanee. Events begin at 6 am.
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
America’s most beloved animal expert, Jack Hanna, brings his three-time Emmy Award winning television series to the live stage with Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild Live! In this awe-inspiring event, Jungle Jack will introduce you to some of the world’s most spectacular animals. Jack will also share humorous stories and amazing exclusive footage from his worldwide adventures. From the jungles of Rwanda to the savannas of Australia, Jack has explored the corners of the globe as one of the most visible and respected animal ambassadors.
Brian FitzGerald and Martin McCormack of the duo Switchback have been playing their brand of eclectic Celtic and Americana music at sold-out concert halls, performing arts centers and festivals around the world for over twenty years. Switchback plays an exciting mix of mandolin, guitar, and bass and their harmonies have won them comparisons to famous duos, such as the Everly Brothers and Simon and Garfunkel. Humorous, personable, talented, spiritual, and spirited; these all describe the band Switchback.
This all-ages family fun show features the super surfing hits of the 60's, some of the classic rock & roll of the 50's, along with popular favorites from the 70's and the 80's, as well. But it's not just the music - it's so much more. Bob and the Beachcombers bring the beach balls, the Hawaiian leis, the hula hoops, and a summertime beach-party fun attitude. Great music, dancing, audience participation, sing-a-longs, contests and all of the excitement of a beach blanket bingo down in the sand! Performing at the historic Sandwich Opera House 7 pm, Sat., March 18, 2017.
Head to the Kohl Children's Museum in Glenview for its newest exhibit: Children's China. Children’s China portrays the present-day activities that Chinese families practice, as well as their roots in Confucius’ teachings. Read Confucius’ quotes, explore hands-on activities, and immerse yourself in innovative technology and authentic artifacts to gain an understanding of Confucius' impact on modern Chinese life.
Gander Mountain is the nation's largest retail network of outdoor specialty stores for shooting sports, hunting, fishing, camping, marine, apparel, footwear and outdoor lifestyle Gander offers the best selection of national and specialty brands at competitive prices and great values including The North Face, Under Armour, Columbia, Guide Series, GSX, Carhartt, Merrell, Keen, New Balance, Reebok, Rocky and many more.
Warm apple pie, hand-dipped caramel apples, handmade crafts, live music and fresh produce are just a few of the offerings at the Apple Festival at Pere Marquette. The festivities will also include apple wine tasting, kid’s activities and restaurant favorites. An apple pie walk (similar to a cake walk) will be held at 12:30pm where visitors will purchase tickets and take a walk for a chance to take home a fresh baked apple pie. Proceeds for the apple pie walk will be donated to the Friends of Pere Marquette Foundation. The Lodge will also host the Fifth Annual Pumpkin Roll at 2pm. Participants can bring their own pumpkin or purchase one at the festival to decorate for a competitive roll down the hill in front of the Lodge. Second and third place participants will win gift certificates for the Restaurant and the fastest pumpkin will win the grand prize of a free nights stay at the historic Lodge. For more information, call (618) 786-2331.
No entertainer can move and excite an audience like Tony Orlando.Tony brings to the stage a warmth and exhilarating energy that electrifies an audience. In 1973, he recorded Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree. The song was number one for the year, became Orlando's theme song and grew into an American anthem of hope and homecoming, reunion and renewal. For outstanding achievements to the entertainment industry, Tony was also awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
This locally owned yogurt shop brings a ton of flavor to southern Illinois as it boasts 12 flavors of yogurt and over 100 toppings. Flavors change every other week. Seasonally we will offer Italian Ice as well as baked goods and treats. Don't forget to try Ms. Jill's Caramel Apples!
This locally owned and operated restaurant offers a variety of prepared and fresh dishes. The lunch buffet offers old fashioned, homestyle cooking. We offer several different daily specials to keep everyone happy. Locally known for it's wings, Michael's also has banquet space available as well as a daily dine-in menu.
Ottawa presents the 30th Annual Scarecrow Festival! Bring the kids for free buckboard rides, face painting and a petting zoo! While you're downtown check out the farmer's market as well as the shops, boutiques, and restaurants that will be offering special events inside their facilities! And don't forget what this fest is all about - scarecrows that will once again line the streets! 10:00am - 4:00 PM.
Supplement and Nutrition store to meet all your supplement needs! Indoor playground, Rock Climbing, and American Ninja Warrior Obstacles! Krush offers a Play Zone for children ages 12 and under. Inside the Play Zone, kids can jump on trampolines, play in the toddler area, slide down multiple slides, and climb up the tires or the alternating steps to reach the fort near the ceiling. There are also kids ninja obstacles. The Warrior Zone allows you to rock climb (ages 8 and up) or test out your Ninja skills on the American Ninja Warrior obstacles (ages 13 and up). The Ninja course contains 20 obstacles from the show including the warped wall, cliff hanger, and salmon ladder.
One of central Illinois largest and most spectacular light shows! Our unique venue offers viewing from the high school bleachers all the way to the bluffs along the Illinois & Fox Rivers either on shore or in your boat. 9pm show time.
Bill Blagg is one of the nation's top touring illusionists, thrilling thousands and leaving people in complete disbelief as he creates the impossible. Prepare to be amazed as he passes through the blades of an industrial fan, shrinks his body to just 6" tall and instantly teleports across the theatre.
Everyone likes popcorn! Ann's Gourmet Popcorn is a unique experience. Choose from tons of Sweet to Savory flavors of delicious non-GMO gourmet popcorn in Southern Illinois. Individual bags to party options available. Pick up a gift package today!! Currently we are making 72+ flavors of gourmet popcorn. We are keeping around 28 on the shelves on a daily basis. Some flavors are seasonal only and others will be rotated.
Two full days of family fun including maple syrup demonstrations, tree identification hikes, blacksmith demonstrations, lumberjack demonstrations, our portable climbing wall, live music, vendors and artisans, and of course a pancake breakfast.
Locally owned restaurant offering gourmet coffee, fresh deli sandwiches, wraps, panini, salads, and more. Get your coffee piping hot or over ice.
Take in an amazing fireworks display over the mighty Mississippi River as you enjoy live music and entertainment. Get there early for the fun and catch the amazing view of the fireworks display from Schwiebert Riverfront Park in Rock Island, Illinois.
Established in 1982. LaGondola Spaghetti House was based on the founder’s simple belief in homemade food and excellent service. In the years since, nothing has changed. Wholesome ingredients prepared fresh everyday from our signature meat sauce to our made from scratch bread. Offering the famous Kelly Tobin's pan and thin crust pizza, spaghetti, garlic bread, torpedo sandwiches and more!
Charles Ross will stun and amaze you with his fun, energetic and extremely entertaining performance of One Man Star Wars Trilogy. The result of Charles Ross’ ‘misspent’ youth is the creation of his hilarious One Man Star Wars Trilogy show, where Ross single-handedly plays all the characters with spot-on voice impressions, sings the music, flies the ships, fights the battles and condenses the plots of the three films into one hilarious production. Suitable for Star Wars fans from ages 6 to Yoda! ‘The Force’ will definitely be with you!
The HUB Recreation Center is a 64,000 sq. ft. building where activities such as swimming, exercising, and playing sports radiate throughout the facility. The first floor includes the following: Lounge area, snack bar, gymnasium, first aid, competition pool, therapy pool, recreation pool featuring a water slide, lazy river, wading pool, party rooms, conference room, youth center, men’s locker room, women’s locker room, and family locker room, pool viewing area and on-site child watch for members. The second floor includes the following: Three lane running/walking track, cycling room, two group exercise rooms, free weights, elliptical, machine training, treadmills and more. We encourage members and guests to explore the state-of-the-art amenities we offer Southern Illinois and beyond.
The Rock Island County Fair has been celebrated for over 140 years. The fair consists of events like livestock show, arts and craft shows, rides, and live entertainment. More than 40,000 people attend the fair each year.
It's back! The Mushroom Festival is returning to Pere Marquette Lodge and will be bigger than ever before. Come listen to live music, browse vendors, grab lunch in the restaurant, taste local wines and learn all there is to know about mushrooms. The Great Morel Hunt will be held at 1:00 p.m. (weather and morel permitting). Join fellow hunters from all over the areas as they scan the grounds for these delicious delicacies. Then bring your finds back to The Lodge and you can win a great prize! Find the smallest morel, the largest morel or the most morels and you just might go home with a free nights stay. Festival is from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
The Quad Cities Grand Parade travels through downtown Rock Island, Illinois, and features bands, Irish dancers, floats, groups and family clans. The annual parade, organized by the St. Patrick Society of the Quad Cities, starts at 11:30 a.m.
Jaci’s Cookies is a gourmet cookie company based in Woodstock, IL. Open since Halloween of 2008, Jaci’s Cookies offers delicious versions of classic cookie favorites. Jaci’s also offers a variety of cookies catering to those with dietary restrictions, such vegan and gluten-free.
This children's clothing store features boutique clothing at reasonable pricing. They carry a wide variety of styles from newborn to children's size 8. Boutique brands they carry include (but not limited to): Banana Split, Three Sisters, Persnickety, Sweet Petunia, Chibella, Peaches & Cream, Mustard Pie, Flit and Flitter, Moxie & Mabel, and Matilda Jane
Walk through the magical park, listen to caroler and enjoy cookies in the Shelterhouse. Drive and view the lights throughout the city streets and neighborhoods of Edgewood, Prospect and Chestnut.
Situated on the historic Lincoln Highway Dairy Joy is much more than an old-fashioned ice cream parlor or hamburger joint. Dairy Joy is a unique one-of-a-kind classic American restaurant. With inside seating, an outside patio, and a walk-up window, Dairy Joy has been a favorite community gathering place for more than 50 years, where appetites are quickly satisfied and memories are formed and perpetuated.
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.
The newest addition to Forsyth Park is an 18-hole Disc Golf Course. The Forsyth Park Disc Golf Course has been designed to allow anyone from beginning players to experienced players to have a good time. The Course provides players with 5 alternate holes for those players with a more advanced skill level and also includes an alternate tee box for hole 13 for those players unsure of playing around the pond in Forsyth Park.
Eaton Studio & Gallery exhibits and sells the work of local artist Herb Eaton in a 1902 historic building in downtown Bloomington. The paintings, sculptures and drawings reflect the artist's interest in the local rivers, cornfields, gardens, circus, and music scenes. The Gallery hosts art salons, jazz and acoustic musical and theatrical events and sponsors cultural discussions focused on local community interests. Open most Saturdays 10am-2pm, by appointment, special events, and during 1st Fridays 5-8pm.
Cheesecake by James is the best tasting cheesecake in the world as it is known for it's natural ingredients with a unique delicious rich lite taste!
Celebrate and Discover Colona! Breakfast will be served by the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary chefs beginning at 7 a.m. then peruse over 100 vintage cars at the Show & Shine car show from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Join in the fun of the co-ed softball tournament held throughout the weekend at Ty Massey park. Visit for the day and stay for the grand finale fireworks show at dusk. Rise and shine early Sunday morning for the Hennepin Hustle 5K run on Sunday.
The Best Western hotel offers the best in amenities, customer service, and accommodations at an affordable rate. Located about 20 miles from Chicago and located on Old Route 66. Convenient access to I-55 brings them to the favorite Chicago area attractions. Hot breakfast buffet is complimentary along with High-Speed WiFi.
Beautiful sunsets over the lake, delicious breakfasts and welcoming hospitality await guests of the Inn At Lake Elizabeth. Located in Richmond, IL, the Inn offers access to a variety of snow and water sports.
The Discovery Depot museum provides an engaging atmosphere in which children and families explore, learn, and have fun together. Since 1999, we have sought to fulfill our mission, "Inspiring Wonder and Excitement for Learning" through diverse programs, exhibits, and community partnerships. We promote literacy, science, engineering, technology, mathematics, fine arts, and cultural education by engaging families through hands-on learning! In addition to providing exhibits and programs, we lease classroom space for private events, including children’s parties, business meetings, and other special events. The museum is located across the street from the Galesburg Amtrak Station and the Galesburg Railroad Museum.
Come visit Carl's for the best ice cream in Bloomington-Normal. Awesome burgers, sandwiches, cheese fries and more.
Beautiful art will be on display at the 9th Annual Grafton Art in the Park. Enjoy live music, food vendors, art activities, demonstrations and artists presenting their handmade art, fine art, paintings, photography, glass, jewelry and much more. Admission is free.
Located just minutes from downtown Chicago and both Midway and O’Hare airports, the Holiday Inn & William Tell Chicago SW Countryside Banquets and Conference Center is the premier destination for business and leisure travel. We feature 176 comfortable Countryside, IL hotel rooms appointed with modern amenities, over 25,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, onsite dining and easy access to area businesses and sightseeing. While here, guests can enjoy a 25-yard lap pool, sauna, steam room and jacuzzi tub, making us a top choice for families. Our Countryside, Illinois hotel is also pleased to offer complimentary Wi-Fi and a free shuttle within a 5-mile radius upon request. When it’s time to explore, venture out to a plethora of nearby attractions and activities, including the Brookfield Zoo, Max McCook, Toyota Park and much more.
American Grill, located in the lobby of the Clarion Inn-South Holland, offers a refreshing casual dining experience for breakfast. Open kitchen atmosphere.
The Ovation concept is an innovative full-service cinematic dining experience that brings the convenience of dinner and a movie to every oversized luxury seat. The Ovations feature an extensive menu with over 100 premium food and beverage selections providing valued guests to enjoy the biggest Hollywood blockbusters like never before. Ovation also includes amenities such as a cocktail lounge with a full service bar and food service available for guests to enjoy the comfort of community-style dining.
The DeKalb Farmers Market features locally-grown produce, wine, baked goods, flowers and artisan crafts. Live music is presented each week by the Egyptian Theatre. It's a great way to enjoy an afternoon. Open Thursday's from 10-2 June through September.
With engaging music and dance in a kid-friendly setting, the free admission Juicebox programs are geared toward the stroller set and enjoyable for the whole family. Children will experience a diverse range of artistic and educational presentations, with hosts regularly inviting youngsters to move, dance and interact with performers. Presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, the Juicebox series runs on alternating Fridays at the Chicago Cultural Center and Saturdays at the Garfield Park Conservatory, with occasional special events at other venues. Except where noted, performances are 11-11:45am.
Celebrate creativity and public art downtown Kewanee, Illinois, July 15 – 17 during the Prairie Chicken Chalk Art Festival. Professional and amateur artists will compete and create colorful art on a concrete canvas sure to catch your eye. Shaun Hayes, Chicago Chalk Art Champ will be the featured performance artist. Shaun will dazzle you with his 3D illusionary chalk artistry. There is truly something for everyone of any age to enjoy, kid’s area with hand-on art children activities, art vendors and the Kewanee car show with vintage cars lining the streets of downtown Kewanee. Live music will be featured throughout downtown Kewanee while you stroll the car show, shop and dine in Kewanee’s specialty shops and restaurants. Color Run Prairie Run is a 5K run/walk with a twist of color. Start out sparkling clean, be prepared for color cloud bursts of blue, green, pink, purples, and yellow as you run along the course. As you finish you’ll look like a tie-dyed Hippie! A non-competitive run it is open to all ages! Be inspired by color! Pick up some chalk, and be an artist this July downtown Kewanee!
This independently-owned, hometown bookstore offers a great selection of best sellers and local favorites with a knowledgeable staff who will help you choose the perfect read. The store also includes a selection of toys, an old-fashioned candy counter and many local gift items. Located in the Historic Woodstock Square.
Sweet Pete's Candy is the sweetest destination on Earth. We offer handmade chocolates and confections, ice cream, frozen yogurt, cupcakes and more. Join us for a party, class or field trip for a sweet candy-making experience you will be sure to love.
Sugar Grove Nature Center is located in beautiful, historic Funks Grove among over 1,000 acres of forest and prairie. Funks Grove is the largest remaining intact prairie grove in the state of Illinois and is a designated National Natural Landmark. Visitors will enjoy interpretive exhibits, live animals and a wildlife viewing room as well as access to 5 miles of hiking trails. The Imagination Grove Nature Play Area welcomes children to explore, tromp in the creek, climb a tree, ride a zip line and more. A picnic shelter, astronomy observatory, blacksmith forge, corn crib prairie lookout, variety of gardens and many other features help to make Sugar Grove Nature Center a beautiful and unique place. Visit the website to learn more about special events and programs.
Fireside Grille offers a ski-lodge feel, with two fireplaces and a warm, wooden cathedral ceiling. The cozy yet classy atmosphere lends itself to dinner events of all kinds. At first glance the menu reveals a classic American dining experience, but digging a little deeper you'll find a lively helping of creativity that is sure to satisfy.
Step back in time to the days when frontier fur trappers met with fur traders and buyers during this reenactment festival at Pere Marquette State Park. The Second Annual Pere Marquette State Park Rendezvous will be a traditional Pre-1840 event with buckskinned re-enactors portraying primitive traders and campers. There will be period demonstrations, black powder and longbow shoots, camp music and food common to days on the Illinois frontier. The public is invited to attend and admission is free.
Pal Joey's has prided itself with a pizza that has remained consistent throughout its 32 year history. The pizza was given 4 stars by Chicago Tribune food critics and named as one of the best pan pizzas in the Chicago area. Fine Italian food and award-winning pizza. Outdoor dining by the Fox River is a special treat!
Knotty Pine Farm began as a vision in a 7 year old little girl's head many years ago: a farm filled with animals of all sorts to learn about, care for and love. That vision is now a reality! Children of all ages can enjoy horses in a comfortable and safe environment. We are a family owned and operated equine center offering a variety of animal related activities. Located north of Woodstock, IL in beautiful McHenry County. We offer english and western riding lessons, horse camps, pony rides, petting zoo, girl/boy scout outings and a party facility.
Located in Uptown Normal, the Normal Theater originally opened in 1937 and was the first movie theater in Bloomington-Normal built specifically for sound films. An Art Deco showplace built with streamline design, the Normal Theater has been completely restored to its original condition. It now operates as a film center, showing classic films on the big screen as well as independent and world cinema titles. In addition, the theater is used for a wide variety of non-film events and is available for rentals where assembly seating is required.
The Nature Institute is a non-profit land conservation and environmental education organization based in Godfrey, IL. Since its founding in 1980, The Nature Institute's board and staff have worked to foster an awareness and appreciation of the natural world through preservation, restoration, and education. The Nature Institute also owns and manages over 450 acres of protected land, such as the Olin Nature Preserve, the Mississippi Sanctuary, the Kemp and Cora Hutchinson Bird Sanctuary, and the Heartland Prairie Project at Gordon Moore Park. These natural areas provide unique places for the public to experience the diversity of the Riverbend area with its hardwood forests, prairies and wetlands. The preserves are open to the public and free to use from dawn to dusk.
Morkes Chocolates provides high quality and diverse tastes at affordable prices. With a history of candy making going all the way back to 1920, we at Morkes Chocolates continue to make our chocolate confections from scratch, with all natural chocolate, pure butter, fresh roasted nuts, and a lot of fun.
Locally owned and operated since 1971, Gene's takes pride in their homemade novelties. Famous for their soft served cones and the Avalanche. This has always been a favorite family stop on Route 66!
Off Square Music's Open Mic Nights take place on the second and fourth Fridays of every month (first and third Fridays in August) at the Stage Left Café on the historic Woodstock Square. The evening starts at 7 pm, offering seasoned professionals and up and coming artists an opportunity to showcase their talents. A featured performer anchors each open mic night.
Cut your Christmas tree in a backwoods setting. We have many trees, including Norway, white spruce and blue spruce. Family owned and operated. Trees up to 23 feet tall.
McHenry County Conservation District manages over 25,000 acres of diverse woodlands, wetlands and prairie. Explore outdoor recreational opportunities, programs and special events at 33 sites.
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.
Enjoy the perfect ending to the summer. Orion celebrates Labor Day weekend with a long standing tradition. Friday evening begins the event with a pie auction, carnival rides, and arts and crafts. The pie auction is legendary and encapsulates the best of small-town, Midwesterner living. The fun continues Saturday with a 5K run, a parade, and lots of food and fun. Events wrap up Sunday with a talent show.
The Leon M. Lederman Science Education Center houses hands-on exhibits for ages 10+, technology and science labs, a store and the K-12 Teacher Resource Center. Science Adventures classes for all ages take place at the Lederman Science Center. The Center also has a unique collection of indoor and outdoor exhibits introducing students to the world of particle physics. Open to the public Monday–Friday 8:30 AM–4:30 PM and on Saturdays from 9:00 AM–3:00 PM. The Center can accommodate groups of five or fewer on a walk-in basis. Larger groups must book a visit. Call 630-840-8258 for more information. A guided tour for families is available the first Saturday of the month from 10:00 am to noon.
Come and enjoy a hometown filled with pride. 4th of July events begin at 8am, including a pancake breakfast, 5K/fun run, a parade filled with antique tractors, bands and floats. Stop by the park for an art jam, photo photo show, talent show, food and much more. Stay the for the evening and join us at the park for professional entertainment and spectacular fireworks fired by International award winners Melrose Pyrotechnics.
Mandala Gardens offers pathways of beauty and hidden benches. Find quiet sitting spots, have a chat with our goats, chickens, and ducks, and simply enjoy the day. We have a rainbow variety of heirloom vegetables and potted herbs available for purchase when in season. If you are interested in holding a wedding or reunion or other event here, contact us for fees and dates. We also host senior photos, maternity photos, homecoming and prom photos, etc. for a small fee. The money earned from entrance fees and herbs/vegetable sales is directly invested into growing Mandala Gardens.
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.
A fun vibrant weekend in historic downtown Geneseo. Friday evening, the famous Doo-Dah Parade kicks off the weekend at 6 p.m. for the family weekend event. Gather in City Park to enjoy the community supper and watch the queen contest. Saturday, run with dad in the Maple City 4, a 4K race. Roam the farmer’s market and City Park, filled with arts and crafts, antique tractors, family activities, food, and music! Sunday dine on pancakes, peruse the arts and craft vendors while listening to melodies all day long. Your invited to stay the weekend and enjoy a friendly community with heart!
Step back in time a few years and enjoy clean, old-fashioned outdoor fun at Abbey Farms. Unique – no haunting themes, no electronic games, no gimmicks, just clean old-fashioned outdoor fun for everyone. Enjoy three seasons of fun; fresh produce in summer, Pumpkin Daze in fall and U-pick Christmas trees in winter. Shop their fresh bakery goods, cider donuts, and other seasonal delights. Looking for a unique venue for that special occasion? Visit their new rustic-chic barn, the Nagel Emporium.
As the "fresh fish experts" Bonefish Grill specializes in market fresh fish and other wood-grilled specialties combined with a big city bar that offers bar fresh cocktails and an affordable extensive wine list. Our current address is 15537 South LaGrange Road, Orland Park, IL 60462.
The newly renovated Southland Center has 100,000 square feet of space. This includes state-of-the-art Desso Turf, four hardwood basketball courts, a full service restaurant and bar, as well as a concession stand.
Don't miss the excitement of women's basketball during the Missouri Valley Conference Hoops in the Heartland Women's Basketball Championship at the iWireless Center in Moline, Illinois. Ten Colleges compete and include Bradley, Missouri State, Evansville, Illinois State, Southern Illinois, Drake, Indiana State, Wichita State, Loyola, and Northern Iowa. Games begin March 10 with the Championship game being played on Sunday, March 13. Get your tickets through ticketmaster at www.iwirelesscenter.com
Want to learn to fish or become a better angler? The Two Rivers Family Fishing Fair offers fun and information for the entire family. Event includes: trout pond, seminars on fishing and water safety, educational activities, gifts, prizes and lots more! Free. For more information, contact Pere Marquette State Park at (618) 786-3323, ext. 1.
It’s all about the kids! Festivities are held at Howe’s Park and feature kid friendly activities like an obstacle course, pedal tractor pull, water fights, and the Twinkie train! Evenings offer a movie, food, nightly entertainment, and fireworks – first of the season in Henry County! After the Sunday parade, have a slice of pie or buy one to take home from the annual auction.
There's fun for the whole family, and if you would like the collection of David Bradley tractors this is the place to come. Along with the tractors there's farm demonstrations, children activities, tractor pulls, weed wacker pulls, a flea and crafts market, plus for a fun filled experience you don't want to miss the tractor square dancing show.
The 2015 football season will mark the 50th Anniversary of Northern Illinois University's Huskie Stadium, the on-campus facility that has been the site of 163 wins by the NIU football team over the last 50 seasons, four MAC Championship teams and many of the greatest players in school history. Dedicated on November 6, 1965 with a 48-6 NIU win over Illinois State on Homecoming, the stadium was named Huskie Stadium in 1974 as part of NIU's 75th Anniversary celebration. On August 28, 2003, the facility was rededicated as Brigham Field at Huskie Stadium in honor of the late Dr. Robert J. Brigham, an institutional icon who carried the school's colors for more than 50 years as a student-athlete, assistant coach, head coach, director of athletics, and special assistant to the president before his retirement in June 2001. The facility has also been the site of NIU field hockey and soccer matches, high school football games, including the 2013 & 2015 Illinois High School Association Football Championships, drum corps competitions, community events and even weddings.
Penny's has earned a notable reputation due to the ease with which it integrates a wide mix of Asian cuisines - including Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, and Thai - into a varied menu that is appealing to American palates. Founded in 1991, Penny's is just steps from the Frank Lloyd Wright Historic District and is a short walk from the CTA line connecting Oak Park to Chicago's city center. Catering and delivery are available. Visit the website or contact the shop for further details.
The Chocolate Shoppe features handmade confections, including our world famous chocolate covered bacon! We also offer a variety of truffles, fudge, sea-salted caramels, barks and toffees, graham crackers, pretzels, chocolate-covered fruits and nuts, and five flavors of popcorn!
Sky Zone is the world’s first indoor trampoline park. They’re the inventors of “fun fitness” and the makers of trampolines as far as the eye can see. They offer one of the greatest workouts ever combined with awesome, healthy fun. They’ve been voted the number one “out of the box” workout and the “best party ever.” Experience WOW – the weightlessness of bouncing, flipping and landing in a pit filled with 10,000 foam cubes. Sky Zone is dedicated to providing the pure joy that comes with flying. They are sky lovers, thrill seekers and people who believe that jumping is freedom. They believe fitness can be fun and play can be smart. They are healthy and bursting with energy. They fly high and keep it safe. They are Sky Zone. Have Fun, Fly Safe Aurora!!
Blending old world tradition with culinary flair and innovations, this is a celebration of Mediterranean Cuisine. Named after the "royal" herb, Basils brings the delicate balance and warmth of Greek comfort food to the modern dining table. Named one of 15 Unique Restaurants by Only In Your State: "Who knew some of the best Greek food wasn't in Greektown but was instead in a suburb? Yes, it's at Basils, a fantastic restaurant that has phenomenal Greek food perfectly paired with wines." (July 16, 2015)
Every kid walks away a winner in this pre-fourth of July celebration. Family floats, antique tractors, children’s games: ring toss, select a sucker and a frog/toad jumping contest (bring your own) are just a few to mention. Visit and enjoy local organizations home cooked delicacies and buy a pie. Fireworks at dusk are sure to please. Activities begin at 10 am.
Attractions inside the farm include: The Pumpkin Blossom Café and Gift Shoppe, Harvest Brew coffee shop, picnic area and a variety of produce. Activity admission includes access to a jumping pillow, school house education barn, little toddler village, giant mountain slide, climbing straw castle, corny bins, cattle chute jump, rodeo roundup, big digger sandbox, family hayrack rides, train rides for kids, farm animals and live music. A key part of our mission at Rader Family Farms is to educate while we entertain. Field trips and tours are available.
Its the best eye candy ever! The Regenstein Center Greenhouses and Galleries are transformed by trees draped in orange and yellow Dendrobium, a hanging hedge of pink and purple Beallara, and vibrant Vanda in orange, red, yellow, and even blue. See more than 10,000 orchids in all. Bring a camera.