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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.
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.
Bring your family to trick or treat in the safety of Midway Village Museum’s charming Victorian Village! More than 20 village buildings will be specially decorated for Halloween by local community groups, and families can trick or treat in each building to receive candy! There will also be additional children’s activities such as crafts, games and dancing! Starting in mid-afternoon, families can enter the enchanted woods and be transported into the famous adventure of The Jungle Book! Travel along the illuminated path to various scenes from the story and meet famous characters such as Baloo the bear, King Louis, Mowgli, and Shere Khan! Families are encouraged to dress in costume. Advanced tickets may be purchased at the Museum Gift Shop. Admission is also purchased at the gates the day of the event.
Experience the tradition of winter visits as practiced by families in this 1846 brick inn. Hospitality, food, music, and a bake sale. Donations accepted.
Kids enjoy Halloween Fun at the historic Lyon Farm the last two Sundays in October. They can Trick-or-Treat in the historic Lyon Farm Village, participate in a costume parade around the square, earn prizes awarded for best costume, play old-fashioned games, take hay rides, and get spooked in the Haunted house! At the 39 acre Lyon Farm, you can enjoy historic buildings such as the Oswego-Fox House, Union School one-room schoolhouse, the Seward Town Hall, Corrigan’s General Store, the 1850 Plano CB&Q railroad depot, a CB&Q caboose, a blacksmith shop and several large buildings containing displays of household, farming and commercial artifacts and archival records.
The annual Halloween Egg Hunt is a twist on an old tradition! Wear your costume, bring your flashlight, a container for eggs, and at 7:00pm, hunt in the darkness for candy-filled eggs! This event is for children 10 and under! For more information please contact the Yorkville Parks and Recreation Department at 630-553-4357!
Try your hand at fishing and also learn about owls during the Pere Marquette fall program. Children will have an opportunity to fish in the Bluegill Pond before learning about owls and other creatures you may hear at night in the largest state park in Illinois. A 2-mile night hike will follow. A hot dog and marshmallow roast is scheduled after the walk. Please bring one flashlight per family and refreshments and drinks will be provided. This program starts at 5 p.m. on Oct. 7th and 22nd. For more information, call (618) 786-3323 ext. 1.
Plan a fun family night at this spook-tacular event. The evening’s ghoulish activities include wacky games, creepy crafts and trick-or-treating. Don’t forget to wear your Halloween costume! One adult free with every child. Brave participants can buy a $1 ticket for the Haunted House. Space is limited. Please register by 5 p.m. on Oct. 27.
Have you ever met a talking dog, a real talking Dog? Get ready folks because you're going to meet the funniest character on 4 legs! Irving, with a little help from his friend Todd Oliver, is going to talk up a storm. He won't mince words, and if he does it’s Todd’s fault anyways; he's a ventriloquist. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, September 2 at 10:00 AM. Ticket prices are $19.50 and $29.50 with discounts available for 12 & under.
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.
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.
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.
The Matt Poss Band is a Midwestern group that sounds like the Mississippi Flyway they grew up in. Twang collides with soulful Blues and Rock to create an explosion that is at once fresh and familiar. The listener can hear hints of Mellencamp and Springsteen, yet there is also Bluegrass, Southern rock and Outlaw Country, constantly laying down the backdrop for all those blue collar, hard knock and hard luck story songs. MPB is always on tour, and they come home to the EPC once a year for their annual "Holiday Homecoming". The Chicago Tribune says MPB is a "High octane Americana show with the grit of a Texas roadhouse and the soul of a Southern tent revival."
One of the most popular singers in modern country music, Vince Gill is famous for his top-notch songwriting, world-class guitar playing and warm, soaring tenor, all wrapped up in a quick and easy wit. Gill achieved his big breakthrough in 1990 with “When I Call Your Name,” which won both the Country Music Association’s Single and Song of the Year award as well as a Grammy. Gill was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and is a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
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!
Enjoy two heart-warming stories based on true events on each date. The stories are "Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus" and "The Bells of Charlemont." See these local performance artists live on Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. or Dec. 4 at 2 p.m.
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.
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!!
The Prodigal Tour is designed to be an innovative and immersive concert experience hosted by Sidewalk Prophets. The 2010 Dove Award Winners for New Artist Of The Year will perform their new single “To Live Is Christ” currently impacting radio. Join the band as they play the the hit songs you love along with brand new songs from their critically acclaimed new album Something Different. This is a night like no other... full of great music, unforgettable memories and some surprises too.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Who you gonna call? The Douglas-Hart Nature Center for our most popular event – Haunted Hike! Once again the Douglas-Hart Nature Center will transform the trails into a dark and scary experience for Halloween goers on Friday, October 28 and Saturday, October 29 from 5-9p.m. Last year our participants walked with zombies but this year we will be Ghostbusting! We’ve doubled the size of our festival….hikes leave every five minutes. Our guides will escort you through the haunted forest as you encounter many ghostly creatures. We recommend young children walk the trails during our daylight hours, 5-6p.m. Last hike leaves at 8:40p.m.
Direct from Branson, the Ozark Jubilee presents the Branson Classic Country Christmas with an all star cast of Branson’s top entertainers including funniest comedian and world class fiddler Doofus Doolittle! This dynamic show salutes the music of the great legends of country music and variety of Christmas music, from traditional standards you’ll remember to some more contemporary Christmas selections. The show features the true meaning of Christmas with music, comedy and message to provide an evening of entertainment that will touch your heart.
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.
The Stagecoach Players Theatre presents "A Christmas Carol." Ebenezer Scrooge has lost his only friend, his business partner Jacob Marley. Seven years have passed since Marley's Christmas death, and Scrooge has not changed a bit. He still refuses to give to the poor, suggesting that for them perhaps the only place better than prison is the grave. He still only grudgingly gives his employee Christmas day off, and he still refuses his nephew's offer of Christmas dinner. He dismisses the whole holiday as a "Humbug." This play is adapted and directed by Dan Hyde from a story by Charles Dickens. Showing on the following dates and times: Nov. 26th and Dec. 1-3 @ 7:30 pm; Nov. 27th and Dec.3-4 @ 2:00 pm
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.
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.
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!
Locally owned restaurant offering gourmet coffee, fresh deli sandwiches, wraps, panini, salads, and more. Get your coffee piping hot or over ice.
A Peoria area tradition during the season of fright, Wildlife Prairie Park transforms into a spooky, kid-friendly Halloween experience. See website for dates and times.
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.
The Great Carbondale Pumpkin Race is a chance to have fun and raise money for a local charity by designing, building, and racing your very own Pumpkin Racer! Build the fastest racer you can, or go nuts with the most original design you can think of! Saturday October 29th at 1:00pm!
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.
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 Price Is Right Live™ is the hit interactive stage show that gives eligible individuals the chance to "Come On Down" to win. Prizes may include appliances, vacations and possibly a new car! Play classic games from television's longest running and most popular game show from Plinko™, to Cliffhangers™, to The Big Wheel™, and even the fabulous Showcase. If you enjoy the rush of emotions experienced while watching the show on television, just imagine the possibilities if you were actually in the audience watching it live.
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.
Ghost and goblins beware, the "Most Haunted Small Town in America" will be out in full force at the annual Halloween Parade. See Alton's scariest costumes and comical characters with over 80 participants including floats, bands and parade flair. For more information, call (618) 462-7527. The parade will begin at the corner of Washington Avenue and Broadway and continue on Broadway to Piasa Street. The parade will then turn right onto Piasa to 9th Street.
Six Flags Great America will be open for an extra bonus weekend this year for those who want to take on the thrill rides one more time before the park closes for the season. With Fright Fest closing on October 31st, the park will open for regular visits on November 5th and 6th with limited hours. Please check the website for special hours.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Come and enjoy the thrill of watching a movie under the stars in historic downtown Alton at Liberty Bank Alton Amphitheater. Don't forget to bring your blanket or chair! The movie will begin at dusk. Concession stands will be open. For more information, call (618) 463-3580. Schedule of Movies Aug. 19: Zootopia Sept. 23: TBA Oct. 21: TBA
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.
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
This market offers fresh garden produce, bakery items and herbs. Freshly cooked pork sandwiches and tamales are also available. Come to the market to meet friends, chat, browse and shop. For more information, visit our website or call. Sa 7AM-12PM.
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 Village of Evergreen Park Farmers Market is in full swing now until October. It's the Season of Evergreen Park Farmers' Market, 25 Vendors, every Thursday, May 12 - October 27. Bright blooming flowers lined the entrance of the parking lot. The village's warm welcome to summertime! Th 7AM-1PM.
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.
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.
The Beth Fowler Dance Company will present its Annual production of "The Nutcracker". Many area families have made this magical production a part of their holiday tradition every year. With the beautiful dancing, costumes and stage sets, this favorite holiday classic will tell a story that will make everyone feel like a child at Christmas.
Come visit Carl's for the best ice cream in Bloomington-Normal. Awesome burgers, sandwiches, cheese fries and more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In a new Halloween event called Night of 1,000 Jack-o’-Lanterns, more than 1,000 hand-carved pumpkins—some as large as 150 pounds—will light up the night at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Replacing HallowFest, Night of 1,000 Jack-o’-Lanterns is the only event of its kind in the Chicago area. The LED-lit jack-o’-lanterns will be staged along a festive, paved pathway, starting at the Esplanade. Along the way, encounter entertaining characters, view the ghostly trains in the Model Railroad Garden: Landmarks of America, and find seasonal light food and drink, such as apple doughnuts, cider, and ale, for sale.
Watch as intricate rod puppets perform A Halloween Spooktacular. Featuring a collection of haunting classics from musicals. Reservations are required.
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 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.
Winner of ABC's 2013 Great Christmas Light Fight. Over one million led Christmas lights displayed in sync with a dozen different songs including the Blackhawks' song.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Siberian Husky Club of Greater Chicago will bring out its fully trained sled dogs to demonstrate mushing or dog sled racing during this family friendly event. Other winter activities include ice sculpting, photos with a husky, human mushing and an outdoor campfire. A warming tent will be on site and food will be available for purchase. The event is held with or without snow. Please leave your own dogs at home. 12-4PM.
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.
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!
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 on the second Sunday of December. Enter Lehnertz Avenue via Sheridan Street, follow through Lehnertz Circle and exit via Ohio Street.
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.
American Grill, located in the lobby of the Clarion Inn-South Holland, offers a refreshing casual dining experience for breakfast. Open kitchen atmosphere.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
The 44th annual Autumn Craft & Treasures Market, sponsored by the Sycamore Music Boosters, is part of the Sycamore Pumpkin Festival weekend October 29 & 30, 2016. This event will be held at the Sycamore High School Fieldhouse, Saturday, October 29 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday, October 30 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. There are over 250 vendors featuring a wide variety of quality crafts, handmade wood products, specialty items such as wool products, candles, spices, candies, antiques, ceramics and much more.
The annual show includes favorite holiday tunes, and skits and merriment. Located in the historic Masonic Hall, the audience will not only get to see a great show, but also have a wonderful dessert during intermission. $20.Saturday: 7:30 pm; Sunday: 2 pm.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Odyssey Fun Farm Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze is fun for all ages! It is a 110 acre farm! We boast a 13 acre pumpkin patch that you will be able to walk through to find the perfect pumpkin for your family. Our exclusive corn maze is 15 acres! It is shaped to say Odyssey Fun World Tinley Park and displays our mascot Chipper! We also have a 5 acre courtyard full of family friendly activities: The Odyssey Petting Zoo, The Inflatable Kidz Zone, corn cannons, pig races, a cow train, hay rides and pony rides! (Pony Rides only available on Saturday and Sunday. Max weight of 90lbs.) 10AM-6PM.
Celebrate Fall at Abbey Farms Pumpkin Daze! This old-fashioned farm boasts a variety of activities and events for all ages. Who is ready for the Human Hamster Ball Experience? New attractions abound at Abbey Farms Pumpkin Daze this year! Just a few of the fun activities included with the price of admission are tractor hay rides and log balancing beams, a pirate ship imagination adventure and two 200’ foot long zip lines, the all ages jumping pillow and adult pedal go-karts and Kane County’s largest corn maze! New for 2016 (additional cost): Strap yourself into the air-filled Human Hamster Ball experience, take aim with the corn cannon challenge, run a lap on the new bouncing cow train ride and grab a craft beer and or pumpkin from the pumpkin patch! Lastly, be sure to visit our new Pine Tree Café & country store & bakery for a dozen of our famous Apple Cider donuts on your way out!
All aboard! Take a magical ride on the Holiday Express train. You’ll see Lake Gregory and Blackberry Farm in all its holiday glory amid the twinkling lights and songs of Christmas. Back in the village, enjoy storytelling of the classics, festive decorations, reindeer food bar, hay wagon rides and a visit with Santa! And don’t miss the famous Adventure Playground – decorated as Candy Cane Village! It all happens on 8 magical days in December. Admission is just $5 per person. Tasty concessions with seasonal favorites and drinks (non-alcoholic) available for purchase. Fridays: 5 - 8 pm. Saturdays: 2 - 6 pm. Sundays: 2 - 6 pm. Pre-purchase tickets online and avoid lines at the ticket window.
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.
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.
Join the Starved Rock guides as we hike to overlooks and canyons to view the spectacular colors of fall. Learn about the history and geology of Starved Rock. Hikes leave from the Starved Rock Visitor Center at 9:00am & 1:00 pm.
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.
Knowledgeable members of the Chicago Herpetological Society will give short talks about crocodiles and their kin, including some of our very own residents. Jim Nesci and his world-famous American alligator, ‘Bubba,’ will pay a visit from 10 – 12. Come see the skull of a 24-foot saltwater crocodile, today’s largest living terrestrial predator! There’ll be face painting, storytelling and other activities for children. There will also be craft vendors and other fun for the whole family.