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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.
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.
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.
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
Direct from the North Pole, Santa and Mrs. Claus will make a special visit to the Confluence Tower to meet children of all ages! Come and have your photo taken or just let the jolly couple know your Christmas wishes! Enjoy hot chocolate, cookies and tour the Confluence Tower to see the views from 50, 100 and 150 feet high. Regular tour rates apply. For more information, call (618) 251-9101.
Eagles aren't the only birds of prey in the area. Learn about other birds that call the Riverbend home with displays and educational activities throughout the day. TreeHouse will be at the Tower with live raptors. For more information, call The Lewis and Clack Confluence Tower at (618) 251-9101.
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.
The popular Enchanted Railroad pulls into The Morton Arboretum this January! Children and families can enjoy our intricate model railroad as it winds through a four-season display. Watch as more than 10 model trains run on a two-level, larger-than-life platform.
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
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
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.
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,
Design a party hat, create a noise maker, and get showered with confetti as we find out where in the world it’s midnight each hour and countdown to fun! Ring in the New Year all afternoon with this energetic blend of fun, art, and music from Kantorei, the singing boys of Rockford. Included with museum admission. Next door at Burpee Museum of Natural History, join the hourly countdown to ring in 2017 across the globe to celebrate and discover New Year traditions from around the world.
Join Fermilab for an afternoon of science fun. The Fermilab Family Open House is a party for children of all ages to learn about the world of physics. Watch Mr. Freeze's fabulous cryogenics show! Tour the universe! Explore physics concepts with hands-on activities! Ask a scientist your physics questions! Take a tour, and more! (Advanced registration required only for tours. Sign up on their registration page online.) 1-5pm
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.
Join us for family-oriented winter activities such as snowman building, winter crafts, and even a figure-skating demonstration at the 3rd annual POLARpalooza
Enjoy a return to a quieter time at the Bethalto Spirit Victorian Christmas Walk. Stroll through the downtown area, viewing the storefront decorations, children's craft areas, snacks, costumed characters, Father Christmas and more. For more information, call (618) 377-8051.
The annual Holiday Lights Parade, when people full of anticipation line the streets of Harrisburg, is geared to excite and entertain. This night time parade has many floats, farm and other vehicles decorated with brilliant holiday lights.
Celebrate Christmas with a stroll through Central Park in Bethalto, enjoying decorated lighted Christmas-themed cottages, live music, food, Santa Claus, holiday vendors and crafters, live nativity scene and more. Bethalto Christmas Village is a free, family-fun event designed to share the Spirit of Christmas throughout the community and region. Created for all ages, by all ages, Bethalto Christmas Village embodies the cooperation of residents, businesses, churches, civic organizations and village officials to create an amazing Christmas experience! There will be musical entertainment from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. each night. For more information, call (618) 377-8051.
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.
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.
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.
The Legacy Theater is bringing The Hughes Brothers award winning Christmas Show from Branson to the Tri-States on December 15/16/17. The interactive show is appealing for all ages. For more information on group packages with Lake Hill Winery contact Matt Saunders at The Legacy Theater in Carthage Illinois.
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.
Celebrate the holiday season the old-fashioned way in the heart of Oak Park at Home for the Holidays, a free and family-friendly annual event. Take a horse-drawn carriage ride down festively decorated brick roads, visit with Santa, explore the area's eclectic lineup of charming shops, catch a free movie screening of a holiday favorite at the Lake Theatre, and more! All events and activities are free.
Wildlife Prairie Park transforms into a Winter Wonderland! Take a train ride through the North Pole and enjoy games, crafts, cookie decorating, pictures with Santa and animal encounters!
The Cernan Earth & Space Center, a unique and sprawling space-age facility conveniently located on the Triton College campus in River Grove, combines education and entertainment with shows year round. The special seasonal exhibit, called Holiday Lights, is a jaw-dropping cosmic light show featuring carefully selected holiday tunes accompanied by thousands of starry and brilliantly lit images. Meant to evoke the feeling of a wintry night sky full of drifting snowflakes, Holiday Lights will have the entire family feeling the holiday spirit!
A weekend of winter family fun! In addition to the activities already offered like cross country skiing, sledding and skating at the Nordic Center and sleigh rides at Shenandoah Riding Center, Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa celebrates winter fun with snow golf, ice turkey bowling, live ice sculpture carving and the Fire & Ice Night Glow with Galena on the Fly.
Celebrating 90 iconic years of providing smiles, sportsmanship and service to millions, The Harlem Globetrotters are a worldwide icon, synonymous with one-of-a-kind family entertainment and great basketball skills.
This family-friendly, alcohol-free event is a Springfield area tradition. Free children's activities from 1 pm - 4 pm at Springfield High School Commons. Fireworks at 8 pm. Over 30 performances around Downtown Springfield from 6 pm-11:15 pm.
The Park District of Oak Park presents Winter Fest, a free family-friendly event at the expansive space of Taylor Park. Enjoy games in the snow, horse-drawn carriage rides, roasting s'mores around a campfire, festive tunes, sledding, rich hot chocolate, and more at this beloved annual event!
Celebrate the season at Allerton! Come out anytime to shop for gifts, enjoy tours of the decorated Mansion, and relax with friends over lunch. New this year, the Showcase will feature an application process for our 20+ artisans and businesses, selling their unique products, handcrafted wares, and baked goods. Tours of the historic Mansion will be held on the hour from 10am-3pm (no registration necessary) and a warm lunch buffet will be available at 11:30am or 1:30pm (with advanced ticket purchase). End the memorable day with a carriage ride around the Estate! There's a reason why this incredible estate is listed as one of the Seven Wonders of Illinois, and there is not doubt it becomes even more wondrous during the holidays!
John Wood Mansion Candlelight Tours bring the holidays to the mansion each weekend in December. Free and open to the public, the Governor John Wood Mansion is decked out in decorations, with a variety of live performers each weekend from Dec. 3-17th. Held on Saturday evenings from 6-8pm and Sunday's from 1-3pm. For the entertainment schedule or more information contact the Historical Society at 217-222-1835.
One of the most beautiful and romantic visions of the year. The streets, steps, and sidewalks of Galena will be lined with nearly 5,000 candle-lit luminaries.
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.
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.
Come out to Pere Marquette Lodge where you can not only be personally introduced to our nation’s most majestic symbol, but also shop our unique vendor booths, grab a bite to eat at our restaurant, taste locally made wines, tour our historic Lodge and enjoy time with friends and family. The festival will feature live music, entertainment and the Bald Eagle and several other raptor species during the Masters of the Sky shows at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. The show will be a wonderful opportunity to see and experience the magnificence of the Bald Eagle first hand. For more information call (618) 786-2331.
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.
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.
Bring the family out for Bass Pro Shop's Santa's Wonderland. Free daily activities, including games and crafts. Visit with Santa and receive a free photo, but don't forget the list. Games include a laser arcade, soft gun game, strike and hunt game, slot car racing and more. Each week will feature and new shape bandz. Don't miss this free event and look for great gift ideas while the kids are having fun. Also, don't miss the preview night when Santa arrives on the Tracker boat with giveaways and surprises. Please visit the website for a complete schedule.
A new musical of this classic tale comes to life for children of all ages when Marie receives a beautiful nutcracker for Christmas from her mysterious Uncle Drosselmeyer. When the Nutcracker comes to life, it’s a magical journey to reach the Sugar Plum fairy before the wicked Mouse King. A special one-hour presentation for kids of all ages, featuring Tchaikovsky's beautiful dance music.
The Garfield Park Conservatory, considered the largest indoor conservatory of its kind in the country, showcases vibrant and festive flora with its annual holiday flower show. This year's exhibit, titled Sky Forest, evokes a walk through delicate wintry woods by highlighting snow-topped branches and towering fir trees. The free exhibit will run from November 24, 2016-January 8, 2017.
The United States Air Force Band of Mid-America is proud to present the Freedom Winds. Composed of six virtuoso Airman Musicians, the group adds percussion to traditional woodwind quintet instrumentation. Their diverse repertoire also includes jazz and ragtime classics along with popular themes from Broadway’s hit shows to Hollywood’s greatest films. The Air Force Band of Mid-America’s Freedom Winds deliver a versatile, unique musical product in any performing environment.
Larry Gatlin's career accomplishments include more than 30 Top 40 Hits, a Grammy® Award and a starring role on Broadway. Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers have a signature sound that led to classics like “All the Gold in California” and “Houston.” Gatlin has written songs that were later recorded by Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson and Elvis. His heroes were in gospel music, specifically RW & James Blackwood of the Blackwood Brothers Quartet.
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.
Whether you crave the old-time charms of a horse-drawn carriage ride and admiring beautiful window displays; appreciate the one-stop shopping available in the downtown district (aka Gift Central); or want a hip place to catch up with your friends during break, the 2016 Downtown District Holiday Walks will make all of your holiday wishes come true.
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.
Visitors will welcome Santa and Mrs. Claus as they arrive at Montgomery City Hall on a fire truck! Enjoy free cookies and hot cocoa. See the brightly decorated Christmas trees and vote for your favorite. Be sure to dress for the weather and bring your camera! Trees will be on display on December 4 and will remain on display and voting through December 22.
Start off the winter Eagle Season at the Confluence Tower by watching the Itchy Brothers Chainsaw Art create amazing bald eagles using raw wood and their chainsaws. Luke Harris and Don Johnson, the duo that makes up Itchy Brothers, have over 30 years experience in chainsaw art. There will be pieces of finished wood sculptures available for sale. For more information, call (618) 251-9101.
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.
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.
PNC Winterfest, Peoria’s newest holiday tradition is back and bigger than before! This 2nd annual event gives central Illinois the chance to enjoy outdoor ice skating on the corner of Fulton Street and Jefferson Avenue! Bring your own skates or rent them from the skate shack. The skate shack carries skates from size 9 in juniors through 13 adults. Spectators can watch the action from a heated tent with seating and refreshments. PNC Winterfest will also feature Peoria’s only ice slide, a 100ft long, 6ft wide slide made of ice! Slide down on a disc, fun for all ages!
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.
Away in the Basement takes us back to 1959 and the day of the Sunday School Christmas Program. In the midst of holiday preparations, the ladies are creating their own memories from Christmases past and present. As the children rehearse up in the sanctuary, several of the ladies of the kitchen are finishing up the treat bags while the others put the final touches on the nativity pieces. Mending old bathrobe costumes and discussing who’s going to play the various roles, little do the ladies know what surprises are in store for them. Known for their hilarious antics and subtle charm, they are once again called upon to step in and save the day!
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!!
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!
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.
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.
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.
Sandi Patty will be bringing her Christmas Blessings Farewell Tour this holiday season one last time to Effingham. Accompanied by members of her family and full live band, Sandi will delight audiences with a full evening of music, including her rendition of "Angels We Have Heard On High," "Jingle Bells ala Sandra," and her moving arrangement of "O Holy Night." Her Christmas Blessings Tour will take place in the middle of her "Forever Grateful: The Farewell Tour." Come and enjoy "The Voice" one last time.
Join Scott Wattles and the Blue Suede Crew as they celebrate the holidays with their sensational Rock ‘n’ Roll Christmas Show. From the moment the curtain opens, you will find yourself singing right along with the BSC on such classics as “Jingle Bell Rock”, “Rockin Around the Christmas Tree”, “Silver Bells”, “Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer” and many more.
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!
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.
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.
Locally owned restaurant offering gourmet coffee, fresh deli sandwiches, wraps, panini, salads, and more. Get your coffee piping hot or over ice.
Step into the fantastical imagination of Maurice Sendak, author and illustrator of the beloved children’s book, Where the Wild Things Are. In this special exhibit, you’ll explore 50 original artworks by the creative genius, including sketches, illustrations and works on paper. Presidents, illustrators, friends and celebrities also share their words about the renowned author—how he influenced their careers and touched their lives.
The weather outside is frightful, but the Christmas Feast at Pere Marquette Lodge is so delightful! Enjoy our fabulous, mouth-watering spread! Serving from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Reservations for parties of six or more will be accepted. Brunch Prices: Children 0-3: free, Children 4-11: $9.95, Adults 12 & Up: $26.95. Call (618) 786-2331 ext: 502 to make your reservations.
The Museum is decked out for the holidays; the trees have twinkle lights, Sam is dressed up, and of course the tree competition! During the month of December the Museum gets dressed up for the holidays. The Festival of Trees features a display of over 20 trees decorated by businesses and non-profit groups.The public can vote for their favorite tree by making a donation in jars in the lobby. The Midwest Museum of Natural History also has ‘special events’ happening weekly all December long!
Bald eagles aren't the only raptors that make the region their home. Find out what other raptors live in the area during a live meet and greet with raptors from TreeHouse Wildlife Center. For more information, call (618) 251-9101.
From the infinite treasury of Ireland's cultural heritage comes Tomáseen Foley's A Celtic Christmas - a recreation of a night before Christmas in a remote farmhouse in the west of Ireland in the 1940s. Neighbors gather around the fireside for a night of traditional Irish music, song, dance and storytelling from native Irish storyteller, Tomáseen Foley. There is magic in the air when the neighbors knock sparks off the flagstone floors with their dancing and the rafters sing with fiery traditional music. A wholesome Christmas show for all the family to enjoy. Contact the Box Office for complete details on the tickets.
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.
Watch an expert create an eagle ice sculpture from a block of ice. Chip Off the Block Ice Carvers will return to recreate a sparkling American bald eagle from a single block of ice. The sculpture will remain on display at the Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower until it melts. The Tower will open at 9:30 a.m. with the ice carving from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
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 blockbuster Disney movie comes to life in this awe-inspiring Paramount production that is perfect for the young and the young at heart. This is the kind of production that has the Paramount creative team chomping at the bit. Bringing the underwater surroundings to life, creating the costumes that transform humans into creatures, developing a system that will allow mermaids to swim and arranging a score for the Paramount orchestra that will give audiences chills are exactly the challenges they thrive on. No matter your age, no matter your experience with the story, no matter if you believe in mermaids or not, when that curtain goes up, you will want to be in your seats to experience this production.
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!
The Schaumburg Dance Ensemble’s annual production of the Nutcracker continues to delight audiences of all ages. A corps of professional dancers leads a large cast in Tchaikovsky’s magical ballet, following the dreamlike adventures of a young girl who, with the help of an enchanting toymaker, encounters leaping Russians, waltzing flowers, twirling snowflake maidens and more. Complete with grand sets and vibrant costumes, this Nutcracker is not to be missed. Friday, Saturday and Sunday showings only.
The Magic of the Nutcracker is the largest and most lavish version of the holiday ballet in Lake County! Clara'a dream has been brought to life in a beautiful production by Dancenter North that features over 100 performers, including internationally renowned guests artists. For 28 years, Dancenter North's Nutcracker has been Lake County's favorite version of the classic holiday ballet. Choose from 2 shows 1pm or 5pm.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Take a 45-minute shuttle to spots along the Mississippi River to try to spot some eagles. Pick up will be at the Alton Visitor Center with stops scheduled for Maple Island, Heron Pond, Ellis Island and at the Audubon Center. The shuttle will return to the Alton Visitor Center for drop off. These tours are $5 a person. There will be a guide on board the shuttle who will provide tips on how to eagle watch this season. Shuttles run every Saturday in January at 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, and 1:30pm For more information or to receive a free Eagle's Watchers Guide, contact the Alton Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau at (800) 258-6645.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.