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Tour de Chocolat'
Held on the First Friday of the month, this recurring local cultural and social event showcases the visual arts and artists for the purpose of art education, visibility and the opportunity to purchase and collect art. February’s theme is the Tour de Chocolat’, where businesses will provide chocolate goodies at their stores. The culinary cook-off will take place in the BCPA Ballroom. Entries will be accepted in the following categories: youth, amateur, and professional. Celebrity judges will be doing sampling and making determinations at the beginning of the event. You vote, too! Take samples and vote with your dollars! People’s Choice and Celebrity Judge nominations are revealed at the end of the evening.
Family New Year’s Eve Party
Start the new year off right! Enjoy games, giant inflatables, arts and crafts and dance to the latest tunes! Returning this year…spin the prize wheel and active toddler zone. Celebrate with a balloon drop at noon! Pre-register by Dec. 30 at noon. Children under 2 are free. Ages 2 and up: Pre-registration: $7 – Includes admission, party favors and snack. Day-of: $10 at the door. (Day-of registration does not include party favors or snack.)
Illinois Department of Natural Resources staff will offer an informative presentation about bald eagles, the fish they eat, the native fish, the wildlife and the history of the Grafton area. The program will include a short video presentation. Spotting scopes will be available before, between and after programs to provide live eagle viewing. In addition, a live eagle will be on display from Noon to 3 p.m. from the World Bird Sanctuary. Photos can be take for a small donation.
Heavenly View Cabin
Heavenly View is a luxury cabin with views that will take your breath away! Nestled near the top of the Mississippi River bluff, this cabin provides amazing views of the Mississippi River valley and the surrounding property. The cabin sits on 50 private acres which you can enjoy from the covered patios and screened-in porch that adjoin three sides of the cabin. Wake up in the morning with a cup of coffee and step outside to listen to the wild turkeys gobble around you or watch the whitetail deer feed in the meadow at the bottom of the valley. Savor the sunset and its beautiful colors across the hills.
Lucas Oil Monster Truck Nationals
The astonishing speed, sound, and fury of colossal 10,000-pound, ten-foot-tall machines going for broke in a high-flying, all-out showdown are the ingredients for an unforgettable night of entertainment. The Monster Truck Nationals are back for a high-velocity shootout at the Convocation Center on Saturday, February 6th. The size and scale of the 10-feet-tall machines of The Monster Truck Nationals can only be truly appreciated close-up. And that’s why everyone with an admission ticket is invited to a free Pit Party, two hours before each performance. At the Pit Party, the Monster Truck Nationals drivers give autographs and pose for photos. Everyone can get a close look and a photo of the trucks, pick up a souvenir, and take part in interactive games and displays before heading to their seats for the excitement of the show.
Galva Freedom Fest Celebration
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.
Maple Syrup Time
For 4 weekends in February and early March, you're invited to walk with us into the Garden's sugar bush as we tap our maples. Help us collect the sap as it flows from the trees and cook it down to pure maple syrup. A great way to shake the winter blues!
Ringin' in the New Year in Downtown Naperville
Bring the whole family to enjoy the final day of 2015 shopping, dining and celebrating in Downtown Naperville. Enjoy free performers (face painters, caricature artists, magicians, henna tattoo artists, jugglers, stilt walkers, fortune teller and more) from 1-3pm. Get clues for a scavenger hunt. 50 randomly selected entries will receive a Downtown Naperville gift card. There will also be free trolley rides from 1-4pm and free Shutterbox photos and prizes for kids. Wander around downtown and see all the trains too! Follow the sky lights to the Covered Bridge and stroll down the Riverwalk just a short distance to the Carillon. There will be free hot chocolate at the Riverwalk eatery while you wait for the early evening Countdown to Ring in the New Year at 6pm.
An Historic Christmas Holiday House Walk
Ring in the holidays at six historic sites in one fun-filled day. Step back in time and admire the beautiful decorations of holidays past at Edwards Place, the Lincoln Home, the Governor’s Mansion, Elijah Iles House, the Old State Capitol, and Vachel Lindsay Home. At each home, visitors can listen to 19th century Christmas carols and visit with the Lincolns. There is no charge for admission to any of the houses, and the sites may be visited in any order.
The Wizards of Winter at the Effingham Performance Center
Featuring some of the mid-Atlantic's finest rock and progressive musicians, The Wizards of Winter, reprise a few of the greatest hits of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra's Christmas and Classical catalog. The Wizards of Winter bring their musical intensity, stage theatrics and holiday fun to the Effingham Performance Center at 8 p.m. This 22 member ensemble boasts soaring vocal harmonies, precision string instrumentation, powerful percussion and stunning keyboard work, layered around a rich storyboard that evokes December's past!
Visit Frank Lloyd Wright's Dana-Thomas House as the exterior of the home will be lined with 1,000 candles and guests can take a silent tour of the beautiful interior accompanied by holiday music.
First Night Evanston
A great Evanston New Year's Eve celebration that brings together a great community! Experience an incredible range of music, dance, poetry and more from some of the world's finest artists. It's a family-friendly event too, featuring an afternoon of exciting musical and variety performances geared to young children as well as a teenage battle of the bands and a teen improv performance in the evening. Performance venues include some fantastic acoustical spaces in some of Evanston's greatest old classic houses of worship. $20 in advance; $25 until 12/31; $30 at door. Type: Festival/Special Events. Various locations in Evanston.
First Night Springfield
Head on out to the 29th Annual First Night Springfield! This family-friendly, alcohol-free event is a Springfield area tradition. Free children's activities from 1 - 4 PM at Springfield High School Commons. Fireworks at 8 PM. Over 30 performances around Downtown Springfield from 6 PM-11:15 PM.
Christmas with the Lincolns
Discover how the Lincoln family celebrated the holiday by taking a tour through the Lincoln Home, with period decorations.
Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis
Be part of the largest holiday 5K race series aimed to fight arthritis! Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis is a fun and festive way to kick off your holidays by helping others! Wear a holiday themed costume and tie jingle bells to your shoelaces. Raise funds to help find a cure for arthritis, the nation's leading cause of disability.
Jim Brickman: Comfort & Joy- The 2015 Holiday Tour
This year, Jim Brickman will bring together the sounds of the season with Comfort & Joy, the 2015 Holiday Tour. Hailed by the Boston Herald as a ‘crowd-pleaser,’ Jim celebrates this in a one-of-a-kind concert event filled with lush instrumentals and soaring vocals. As he marks this 19 year tradition from coast to coast, Jim will showcase new music, along with holiday favorites and the hits that made him the most charted (30) Billboard Adult Contemporary artist earning him two Grammy nods and four gold albums. With featured musical guests, feelings of comfort and joy are fused together with Jim’s most beloved hits like ‘Valentine,’ ‘If You Believe,’ ‘The Gift,’ ‘Angel Eyes,’ and ‘Sending You A Little Christmas.’ You’ll be reminded of what we cherish during this most wonderful time of the year…Togetherness.
Holiday Open House at the Sycamore History Museum
Sycamore History Museum says “Thank you” to its supporters Saturday, December 5th during their Annual Holiday Open House. This free event is fun for everyone who loves the holidays. Enjoy festive music, drink hot chocolate, take home a craft activity, and decorate sugar cookies. The museum will also be open for tours led by the Junior Docents.
Midwest Museum of Natural History Festival of Trees
See the Midwest Museum of Natural History decked out for the Holidays during the 2015 Festival of Trees. Local businesses and organizations decorate trees that are displayed around the museum all month long. Visitors to the museum then get to vote for their favorite tree. And if that's not enough, plan your visit around one of the weekly events and programs. View MMNH's calendar of events to see what other fun activities are planned at the museum. December is a great time to visit and experience the Midwest Museum of Natural History.
Chicago Wolves Hockey
Chicago Wolves Hockey at the Allstate Arena. Four-time league champion Chicago Wolves Hockey team provides fun and affordable sports entertainment for the entire family. Now through April 2016. Tickets plans are available. Visit the website.
Santa Cause 5K
The Santa Cause 5K race will be a family friendly event for all ages; a great activity for the whole family to participate in during the holiday season. Join the cause and embrace your inner Santa. For our inaugural event, we are partnering with the Peoria Downtown Development Corporation and bringing the route into the Downtown Warehouse District to show-case major improvements to the area. In addition, all extra proceeds will benefit “Dazzle Downtown,” providing funds for festive lights and decor for the warehouse district.
9th Annual Crazy Horse Bluegrass Festival
The fun starts Friday night at 7 p.m. Two shows on Saturday and a gospel show on Sunday. Lots of fun and great music. Tickets can be purchased at the door if not camping. Line-up will be announced around March/April 2016. Everyone is welcome!
East Peoria Festival of Lights
East Peoria presents the 32nd annual Festival of Lights, a festival of electrical lighting displays that help spread the holiday cheer. The festival includes a parade on November 19th and a Winter Wonderland drive thru at Veteran's park that runs Thanksgiving through New Years Eve, allowing visitors to enjoy the lights in their warmth of their vehicles.
Sweet Pete's Candy
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.
PNC Winterfest at the Peoria Civic Center
PNC Winterfest, Peoria’s newest holiday tradition, is coming to downtown Peoria on November 27th. This 39-day event will give central Illinois the chance to enjoy outdoor ice skating on the corner of Fulton Street and Jefferson Avenue. PNC Winterfest will feature a real ice rink will be ready for you to skate in any type of weather.
Dancenter North's The Magic of the Nutcracker
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 over 20 years, Dancenter North's Nutcracker has been Lake County's favorite version of the classic holiday ballet. Choose from 2 shows 1pm or 5pm.
Experience the old world charm of a German Christkindl celebration. Horsedrawn wagon rides, St. Nickolas, lantern parade, carolers, music, cookie decorating and more.
The Nutcracker at the Prairie Center for the Arts
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.
Arrival at Camp River Dubois
Come celebrate the arrival of Lewis and Clark at Camp River Dubois. This annual event commemorates the day William Clark and the men of the detachment arrived at the confluence of the Riviere a Dubois, Mississippi and Missouri Rivers. The event will include members of the detachment portraying military life, re-enactors recreating the civilian population and demonstrators. Site admission is free.
Lehnertz Avenue Christmas Display
This drive-through is where neighborhood residents display a part of the original Christmas story includes lights, sound and all the biblical characters: wise men, camels, shepherds, sheep and manger scene. Peanuts characters with Charlie Brown follow on Lehnertz Circle. All lighted and all free! (Lehnertz is recognized as the oldest, totally free traditional Christmas display in Illinois.) Crib Blessing scheduled 6:00 pm Sunday, Dec. 13. Enter Lehnertz Avenue via Sheridan Street, follow through Lehnertz Circle and exit via Ohio Street.
Wonderland Express is one of the Chicago area’s top holiday “must-sees,” and a family-friendly, made-for-memories experience. Bring the smartphones and video cameras, as our holiday exhibition delights children and parents, friends and families. Kids, look for Thomas the Tank Engine! New this year: A focus on landmark history, plus the Maggie Daley Ice Ribbon, Glencoe's Writers' Theater, Chicago "El" trains, and both Spike and Alice the Amorphophallus join Wonderland Express! Join Landmark Illinois' Bonnie McDonald for narrated tours of the history and architecture of Chicago's landmarks. Kids' tours, too!
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.
Frozemont at MB Financial Park
Winter fun in Rosemont! Complete with winter tubing, ice skating, hockey games and more. Free holiday fun for the whole family!
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!
A Christmas Carol at Covered Bridge Children's Theater
Covered Bridge Children's Theater presents a production of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. A non musical holiday favorite for all ages. F 6PM; Sa 4:30PM; Su 2PM.
Northern Illinois University Huskie Stadium
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.
Palos Park Holiday Market
We are welcoming in the Holiday Season with the arrival of Santa, the Annual Tree Lighting and holiday vendors, food and entertainment. 5-9PM.
Oh Ho Ho Holy Night
An original Christmas comedy musical, featuring songs from some of your favorite Christmas carols. F-Sa 7:30PM; Su 2PM.
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.
American Grill, located in the lobby of the Clarion Inn-South Holland, offers a refreshing casual dining experience for breakfast. Open kitchen atmosphere.
Pal Joey's Restaurant
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!
Eagle Watching Open House
Visit Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge to learn about bald eagles and how to watch for them, then venture out to watch for eagles with a refuge ranger. Experienced eagle watchers will be set up with viewing scopes at various locations at the wildlife refuge. Kids crafts will be available at the visitor center. For more information, call 618-883-2524.
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.
Allerton Mansion Holiday Open House
Get into the holiday spirit at the Allerton Mansion Holiday Open House. The mansion will be festively decorated for all to see! The weekend will include tours of the mansion, live music, horse and carriage rides and decor from preferred business owners. Bring your last minute shopping list!
Winter Wonderland Festival
Enjoy a horse & carriage ride through the Festival of Lights, great food, shopping, pictures with Santa, cookie decorating, hot chocolate, crafts, a present for every child and so much more.
Sport Zone Family Fun Center
Home for soccer, go-karts, mini-golf, indoor golf and batting cages.
BMO Harris Bank Center - Disney on Ice Presents Treasure Trove
Disney On Ice presents Treasure Trove sets the gold standard with a magical medley of Disney tales in one jam-packed ice show that commemorates the legacy of Disney animated films. Get tangled up in Disney's 50th animated feature with Rapunzel and Flynn and enter the worlds of your other favorite Disney princesses -Tiana, Cinderella, Jasmine, Ariel, Sleeping Beauty, Belle, Mulan and of course, the one who started it all, Snow White. Ahoy, Mateys! Set sail with Peter Pan, the always sassy Tinker Bell and the cantankerous Captain Hook and his pirate pals on an adventure beyond NeverLand! Trek the wilds of Africa with Simba, Nala, Pumbaa and Timon as they discover the true meaning of the ‘Circle of Life.' Tick-Tock! Tick-Tock! Don't be late to a very important date with Alice and the Mad Hatter as they march with the Queen of Hearts' Army of Cards. Set a playdate with Woody and Buzz Lightyear because the toys are back in town. Relive magical moments in this ultimate Disney animation celebration coming to Rockford!
Eagle Watching with Ranger
Join refuge rangers from Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge for a morning of eagle watching. Visit multiple areas at the wildlife refuge that are known for eagles. A personal vehicle will be needed. Attendees are reminded to dress for the weather. Open to all ages. Space is limited, call 618-883-2524 to register in advance. This program will be on December 5th & 19th, January 2nd & 16th, February 6th & 20th, and March 5th & 19th at 9 am to 10 am each day.
Holiday Magic at Brookfield Zoo
See the Lights. Feel the Magic. Continue the Tradition. Chicagoland's largest lights festival surrounds you in the cheer of over 1,000,000 twinkling LED lights, ice carvings, light shows, Santa and Mrs. Claus. You're sure to feel the magic of the holidays! Enjoy a full schedule of nightly music and live entertainment inside the pavilions. Also on the schedule, an amazing magic show, costumed characters, a model railroad display, and the 38 foot Talking Tree. Holiday Magic is from 12/5-12/6, 12-13, 19-20, & 26-31. Regular parking and admission fees apply.
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.
BJ Thomas at the Effingham Performance Center
As a true American institution whose iconic pop, country and gospel hits defined their respective generations and now transcends them, BJ Thomas performs at the EPC at 7 p.m.
Clifford the Big Red Dog Live at the Effingham Performance Center
Watch as children's favorite, Clifford the Big Red Dog, comes to life on stage at the EPC in a big way in this interactive musical, starting at 4 p.m.
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 Chocolate Shoppe
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!
Villa Park Historical Museum
Built in 1929, the Villa Park Historical Museum building originally served the community as the Villa Ave stop for the Chicago, Aurora & Elgin electric train line and an appliance store. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986. Today, it houses relics and artifacts from Villa Park's past including articles from the Ovaltine Factory which once operated in Villa Park and Sears Catalog Homes in the area.
The Jason Bishop Show at the Effingham Performance Center
Come to the EPC at 7 p.m. to see why Jason Bishop is called America's Hottest Illusionist!
The Fab Four at the Effingham Performance Center
Experience the best Beatles tribute ever by The Fab Four at 8 p.m. Hear your favorite timeless classics and relive the sixties with their uncanny recreation.
Enjoy 48 premium flavors of ice cream and sherbet (over 150 flavors rotated)! Kid-approved flavors. Non-dairy sherbet options. Homemade waffle cones. Fruit smoothies. Custom cakes. Specialty drinks. And toppings, toppings, toppings!
Holiday in the Grove
Enjoy Christmas in the Grove this year! Children's Holiday Shop, sleigh rides, tree lighting, caroling, crafts, breakfast and photo op with Santa and cookies with Mrs. Claus. Children's Free Raffle basket returns with goodies for all ages!
Light Up McFerren Park
Come drive the mile long loop at McFerren Park in Hoopeston, IL and experience an unforgettable light display. Tens of thousands of lights and dozens of displays will guarantee a night you won't soon forget. The McFerren Park lights will be on every evening from sundown to 11:00 PM starting November 28 to January 3.
Gaelic Storm at the Effingham Performance Center
Over the course of 10 albums and nearly 3,000 live shows, Gaelic Storm is dishing up a hearty serving of Full Irish tunes: See the Best of Gaelic Storm.
Village of Kampsville Campground
Enjoy the beauty and serenity of Calhoun County while camping! The Village of Kampsville Campground, located near the Illinois River, offers electric service, water, sewer and has a shower house.
Mickey Gilley at the Effingham Performance Center
Country chart-topper Mickey Gilley will perform his hits live at the EPC at 7 p.m.
Collectible Toy Show
Find all the old collectible toys that you can never find anymore! 9AM-2PM. November 8th & December 20th, start your Christmas shopping now!
The Price is Right Live at the Effingham Performance Center
The Price is Right Live is the hit interactive stage show that gives eligible individuals the chance to "come on down!" to win prizes. Play classic games from the television's longest-running and most popular game show at the EPC at 7 p.m.
Basils Greek Dining
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)
Checkout everything there is to do with kids! Toddlers to teens can enjoy crafts, face painting, costume characters, climbing wall, cover search and much more. Enter to win tons of prizes and giveaways. Over 150 Booths.
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.
Little River Band at the Effingham Performance Center
As one of the great vocal bands of the 70s and 80s, Little River Band performs their hits at the EPC to perform live at 7:30 p.m.
Southland Center, A Ho-Chunk Nation Enterprise
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.
Crystal Gayle at the Effingham Performance Center
Classical, country and spiritual artist Crystal Gayle performs her hits live at the EPC - Mother's Day weekend at 7 p.m.
Winter Ice Solstice at the Effingham Performance Center
This year's Winter Ice Solstice will have you frozen to your chair with excitement while watching professional ice skaters glide across the EPC stage in a performance like none other! Take a peek into the winter wonderland and get your snow gear ready for a Solstice for audiences of all ages. So get your tickets now and don't miss the show at 7:30 p.m.
Ellwood House Holiday Traditions Tours
Enjoy a holiday open house and tours of the beautifully decorated Ellwood House Mansion. Every November, the Ellwood Museum partners with area businesses, community sponsors, and volunteers to decorate the mansion room-by-room on all four floors. From November 15-29, (closed Mondays and Thanksgiving) our guided holiday tours give visitors the opportunity to see the mansion in a new light. See our VISIT page for hours and information. At the end of our touring season, we open the doors for a three-day Holiday Open House weekend. Visitors may purchase tickets in the Visitor Center (or online) and present their tickets at the front door of the mansion. Upon entering the decorated mansion, volunteers will be stationed in each room, presenting the history of the Ellwood House and sharing information about the two generations of Ellwood family members who called Ellwood House home.
John Anderson at the Effingham Performance Center
See country chart-topper John Anderson sing his hits on his tour throughout America at the EPC at 8 p.m.
Memorial Day Tribute at the Effingham Performance Center
Three Chicks & A Stage present a Memorial Day musical tribute to our local veterans and military.
America is obsessed with bacon, which is why Pomegranate Restaurant’s bacon waffle just makes so much sense. If bacon’s not your thing but waffles still are, try their pomegranate waffle–it comes with their pomegranate sauce and it’s amazing. Another great thing about this place, aside from their fresh ingredients, is that they serve breakfast all day. Late risers, rejoice! You can get breakfast and a mimosa at 4:00 p.m. Don’t let breakfast bias keep you from ordering off the lunch and dinner menus. All of their food is amazing!
All Spoked Up
All Spoked Up has the best variety of kids, cruisers, road, mountain, fixed gear and BMX bicycles, along with the highest quality and best price service/rep.
Rhonda Vincent & Gene Watson at Effingham Performance Center
See the Queen of Bluegrass, Rhonda Vincent, and her band, the Rage, with duet specials from the masterful country stylist, Gene Watson at 7 p.m.
Frozen Sing-a-Long at the Effingham Performance Center
Come in costume, get your goody bag at the door, get your picture taken with characters, win prizes and enjoy a full-length Sing-A-Long to Disney's Frozen.
Cruisin' Waves Boat Rental
Located at Mastodon Lake at Phillips Park. Cruisin' Waves is proud to present to the public Go-Float electric boats. Come on out and bring the family and enjoy this unique form of recreation and entertainment on the water! Open daily 12 pm - 7 pm Wednesday - Sunday (weather permitting). Regular boat rental pricing is $25/half hour.
Holiday Happenings in Downtown Tinley
Holiday celebration inside a large heated tent featuring entertainment, tasty treats, gift vendors, kid's crafts, carriage rides, children's rides, ice carving, visit with Santa and more.
Junie B. Jones' Essential Survival Guide to School at the Effingham Performance Center
Come see an all-new musical adventure based on Barbara Park's popular book at 10 a.m.
Little Beans Cafe - Chicago
Little Beans is a family café and imaginative indoor playground for kids. Their café boasts a delicious assortment of coffee drinks and snacks where parents can enjoy the ambiance of our comfortable café with their tiny tots. At Little Beans, kids have the freedom to play, learn, imagine and create in their custom interactive indoor village and playground. They are truly a destination that is fun for the whole family.
A social venture that operates as a hub for cultural activities and community programs while serving as a used book and media reseller, offering a full line of books and media (music, movies, etc) for adults and children.
The Wizards of Winter at the Effingham Performance Center
Featuring some of the mid-Atlantic's finest rock and progressive musicians, The Wizards of Winter reprise a few of the greatest hits of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra's Christmas and classical catalog. See them live at the EPC at 8 p.m.
Lake View Nature Center
Lake View Nature Center is dedicated to bringing fun, hands-on environmental education and recreation opportunities to promote awareness and appreciation of the natural world. Learn and play with hands-on exhibits, live animals, fishing pond, and summer paddleboat rentals.
The Math Maniac Show at the Effingham Performance Center
In Max Millions' fast-paced, up-beat and highly visual demonstrations, The Math Maniac proves that learning math and fun go together naturally live at the EPC at 10 a.m.
Colgate Skating & Gymnastics Spectacular Featuring Meryl Davis and Charlie White
Olympic Champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White will headline the Colgate Skating & Gymnastics Spectacular at the Northern Illinois University Convocation Center on Wednesday, December 16, 2015 at 7:30 pm. Doors open at 6:30pm. The cast will feature the most decorated dance team in U.S. figure skating history, 2014 Olympic champions and two-time World champions Davis and White. More gymnastic stars as well as a special guest singing star will be added as the event draws closer. In addition, an Olympic dream team will host the show in DeKalb: Olympic figure skating Champion Kristi Yamaguchi, three-time U.S. Champion Michael Weiss, and Olympic gymnastics Champions Nadia Comaneci and Bart Conner. Tickets will be available at the Convocation Center box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster.com or by phone at 800-745-3000. Ticket prices range from $28.00 to $78.00. NIU Students/faculty get a $10.00 discount with NIU OneCard (Limit 2) at the box office.
Little Popcorn Store
A cherished landmark in the heart of downtown Wheaton, The Little Popcorn Shop is perhaps one of the most loved and narrowest stores in the Chicagoland area measuring 49 inches wide by 60 feet long. The store’s small, quaint space is like walking into a Norman Rockwell painting. Popcorn is freshly popped, candy lines the wall, and locals greet each other warmly while welcoming newcomers to this very special place called The Little Popcorn Shop.
Three Chicks & A Stage: A Candle in the Window at the Effingham Performance Center
Take a journey with a small group of weary travelers on Christmas Eve to see how their interaction with seven youngsters changes their holiday spirit. See Three Chicks & A Stage perform this play Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 6 at 2 p.m.
Scott Wattles Blue Suede Christmas at the Effingham Performance Center
Join musicians, Scott Wattles and the Blue Suede Crew at 7 p.m. as they celebrate the holidays with their sensational Rock 'n Roll Christmas show.
Christmas at the Farm
Experience an old time Christmas with the kids. This exciting day includes a train display around the Christmas tree and, naturally, the kids get to meet, and have their picture taken with Santa Claus. Read some holiday classics and enjoy fresh roasted chestnuts. Eight different hands-on holiday crafts will be available. Chili and hot dogs are available for sale. For two Sundays: December 6 and December 13.
Art 4 Soul
Three floors of fun! Shop our 1st floor boutique, create in our upstairs art studio and upcycle with vintage soul re-sale in our lower level.
Lee Greenwood Christmas at the Effingham Performance Center
"A Tennessee Christmas" with Lee Greenwood is a celebration of traditional and popular carols guaranteed to put the entire family in the spirit. See him live at the EPC at 7:30 p.m.
Winterfest in Downtown Oak Park
Collect sweet treats at this signature holiday cookie walk on December 5th (11 a.m.-3 p.m.). Take photos with Saint Nicholas and enjoy a variety of family friendly entertainment acts.
Kick off the holiday season in Effingham as the community celebrates a Hometown Christmas on Saturday, November 28th in downtown Effingham. Welcome Santa to town at 4 p.m. as he travels down Jefferson Street arriving on the west side of the Courthouse square lawn. Santa will then make his way to his house to greet and hand out treats to all of the children who come to visit him. Carolers will be filling the air with your favorite Christmas songs throughout the evening. There will also be complimentary horse-drawn carriage rides around the downtown area, along with children’s activities and other goodies. Santa will continue making visits to the Courthouse location throughout the holiday season. And be sure to stop by the Effingham CVB's tent in the downtown area to get some free Effingham souvenirs and register to win a great family-friendly Effingham basket! Stick around downtown for the official lighting of the City of Effingham Community Christmas Tree by Santa and Mayor Gillenwater at 6:30 p.m. We’ll countdown and watch downtown become a beautiful winter wonderland!
A wild place to shop and eat! Dine among dolphins, monkeys, gorillas and the tropical fish of the rainforest. Rainforest Cafe serves American cuisine with adventurous flair, such as Jungle Steak and Shrimp, Tribal Salmon, and Mojo Bones slow roasted spareribs. Inquire about special group bookings and Birthday Bash celebrations.