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Outdoor Explorers Day Camp at Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge
For one last adventure before school starts, an Outdoor Explorers Day Camp will be help from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. August 2-4 at the refuge visitor center. This free three day, day-camp will introduce children entering grades 3-5 to various outdoors activities including hiking, geocaching, canoeing, bird watching, and much more. Space is limited, register by July 15. Children should bring their own lunch and snacks and dress to be outside most of the day.
Downtown Alton Chili Cook-off
Enjoy the fall weather during the annual Downtown Alton Chili Cook-Off. The Chili Cook-Off will take place from noon to 3 p.m. in the giant warehouse and pavilion at Elijah P's. $100 cash prizes in 5 categories and $25 to register a team. Admission: $6 per adults, $3 per kid 10 and under. For more information, call (618) 463-1016.
Alton Muny Band: Haskell Park
Enjoy concert band music, which includes marches, concert pieces, popular tunes, and novelty numbers. This is family friendly and the concerts are free and open to the public.These concerts take place every Sunday evening June 12- August 7 all starting at 7 p.m. Bring a blanket or lawn chair.
Whimsy, A Children's Clothing Store
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
Francis Park 4th of July Celebration
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.
Sounds of Spring Frog Call Walk at Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge
The popular Sounds of Spring Frog Call Walk will be help from 7-9 p.m. Saturday, May 7 at the Refuge Visitor Center. Participants should register by May 5. On this special evening walk, participants will enjoy the sounds of the frog calls that fill the air at Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge. This program is great for kids 4 and up.
Monarch Butterfly Citizen Science Program at Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge
As monarch butterflies begin migrating south in late summer, Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge invites the public to become citizen scientists and report monarch butterfly sightings and seasonal changes in the environment during the Monarch Butterfly Citizen Science Program at 2 p.m. Saturday, August 13. Participants should register by August 12, At this program, participants will learn the stages of a monarch butterfly's life cycle, how to watch for and report these stages, and how to attract monarch butterflies to their backyards. Then participants will have the opportunity to register to become a citizen scientist with Journey North and share monarch butterfly sightings.
Summer Kick Off at Haskell Park
Please join us for our 5th Annual Summer Kick Off at Haskell Park! Celebrating the return of the Alton Muny Band concert season. Join us from 5-6:30 p.m. with the Muny Band Concert at 7 p.m. The Bubble Bus will be returning, our good friends at The Bridge will be providing hot dogs, and there will be free snow cones! Come enjoy an evening of food, fun, music and bubbles!
Rasmus Memorial Fun Fly
Freeport RC Modelers sponsor this spring fun fly. Pilots from around the area will fly a variety of aircraft including gas, glow and electric-powered. It’s a picnic atmosphere, free and open to the public. A grill is available. Rain date is May 15
Alton Muny Band: Riverview Park
Enjoy concert band music, which includes marches, concert pieces, popular tunes, and novelty numbers. This is family friendly and the concerts are free and open to the public.These concerts take place every Thursday evening June 9 - August 11 all starting at 8 p.m. Bring a blanket or lawn chair.
Open House at Haskell Playhouse
Come and take a tour of this historic playhouse the 2nd Saturday of every month. This playhouse was built by Dr. and Mrs. William Haskell for their five year old daughter Lucy. It is a rare architectural gem containing many of the flamboyant elements of the Queen Anne style: cartwheels, brackets, spires, diagonal sticking, fish scale shingles and stained glass windows. It's importance is magnified because so few of these accessory structures for children have survived. The playhouse contains a single room, front porch and side porch. The interior has been restored and the playhouse is open for special occasions. The playhouse was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.
Mother's Day at the Tower
Treat your mother to something special on Mother's Day! Bring her to the Confluence Tower and enjoy magnificent views of the region from 50, 100 and 150 feet high above the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. All mothers, when accompanied by a family member, will receive half price admission.
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.
Vintage Baseball Game at Lewis and Clark State Historic Site
Take a step back to the 1860's when baseball was played just a little differently. Bring your lawn chairs or blanket and enjoy the spirit of gentlemanly sportsmanship of that time period. This game will be featuring the Alton Baseball Club. For more information please call the Lewis and Clark State Historic Site and ask for Pam (618) 251-5811.
9th Annual Pee-Wee Classic Tournament
Up to 16 teams of 8 year old and younger boys from throughout the Midwest play in this annual tournament and the coaches pitch.
Sugar Grove Nature Center
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.
Wings Over Waukegan Air Show
The Annual Waukegan Air Show, Wings Over Waukegan, is a great time for the whole family. Enjoy the Canadian Forces Snowbirds Demonstration Team, F-18 Hornet, USN Static Aircraft Displays, Classic Warbirds, Jet Bus and Military Aircraft as they soar through the sky performing exciting stunts and procedures. There will also be food and refreshment booths. Gates open at 9:30am and show begins at noon.
A Vintage Baseball Weekend ~ Bishop Hill
Celebrating vintage baseball and Bishop Hill’s baseball roots. Join us for a weekend of 19th century baseball. Three 1850’s baseball teams, the Oregon Ganymedes, the Springfield Long Nine, and the Somonauk Blue Stockings will play old fashion baseball the entire day. Bill Owens, author of The Scorecard, will present a program highlighting how Bishop Hill has ties to the first professional baseball team. The weekend will provide a reason to take the family out to the ball game and more! A special baseball exhibit will be on display the entire weekend at the Steeple Building featuring local Forrest Cady items. Sunday the Henry County Historical Museum will feature a special display and program about the history of baseball.
14th Annual Lincoln Douglas 5K and Fun Run
A series of short distances for children begins at 8 am: ages 8 and under – 100 yards; 9 to 10 – 200 yards; 11 to 12 – 400 yards. All finishers receive ribbons. The boy and girl winners of each age group will run a 100-yard dash following the 5K to determine “The Fasted Kid in Town!”. A One Mile Fun Run begins at 8:15 am. The course consists of one loop around the historic paved road inside Taylor Park. This is an untimed run and all finishers receive ribbons. The 5K begins at 8:35 am. The course consists of three loops around the paved road inside Taylor Park, a 5K (3.1 miles), wheel-measured certified course that is flat and fast designed to help runners achieve a personal best.
Juicebox - Chicago Cultural Center
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.
Butterflies & Blooms Exhibit
Butterflies & Blooms is a butterfly exhibition where visitors can immerse themselves in a habitat filled with hundreds of live butterflies. This exhibition is filled with species native to South America, Asia, North America, and Africa, as well as those native to Illinois. The 2,800-square-foot white mesh enclosure is located on the lawn of the Learning Campus. Weather permitting.
Miller Park Zoo’s 125th Birthday!
Come celebrate with activities throughout the zoo in honor of the zoo’s 125th Birthday! There will be crafts, vendors and food to purchase as well as the many exhibits and Zookeeper interaction opportunities that are enjoyed by the whole family.
Presented by NIU and the City of DeKalb, ARTigras is a Celebration of the Arts. The event will consist of an arts parade, a post-parade party featuring music, crafts and games, Art Gallery shows and receptions, evening concerts and…new this year…an opening night “March to Bourbon Street” event at the Egyptian Theater featuring dance and theatrical performances, live music and an art exhibit.
Star Party at Afton Forest Preserve
The Northwest Suburban Astronomers (NSA), in cooperation with the DeKalb County Forest Preserve District, will be hosting a public star party at the Afton Forest Preserve (north entrance) in DeKalb County, Illinois. Look at stars, galaxies, nebulae, and star clusters with the help of NSA member telescopes. Observing highlights may include Jupiter, nebula M97 (Owl Nebula), galaxy M51 (Whirlpool Galaxy), and globular cluster M13 (Hercules Cluster) among others.
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!
Larsen Light Show
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.
Carl's Ice Cream Factory
Come visit Carl's for the best ice cream in Bloomington-Normal. Awesome burgers, sandwiches, cheese fries and more.
Gene's Dairy Delight
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!
Alton Memorial Day Parade
Celebrate Memorial Day by experiencing the oldest consecutive running parade in the entire nation. The first one was held in 1868, just three years after the end of the Civil War. Celebrate the history of Pie Town, Upper Alton and those that served our country. Bring your lawn chairs and line the streets to show your support and join in on the fun. For more information, call (618) 462-7527.
Harman Family Bluegrass Concert
Enjoy the toe tapping, hand clapping sounds of the Harman Family Bluegrass Band in a live concert at the Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower. The Harman's music style ranges from traditional to contemporary bluegrass, country, gospel and other various types of music. The concert will help kick off the first season of events at the Tower's newly constructed outdoor amphitheater. Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased in advance by calling 618-291-9101. Tickets will also be available at the door.
Eaton Studio and Gallery
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.
Grafton Music in the park
Bring your lawn chair and enjoy a free concert at The Grove Memorial Park in Grafton. There will be a 50/50 raffle to benefit the Jersey Community High School bands. For more information, call (618) 535-9922 or check the website for the 2016 concert lineup.
Rockin' with Robert Concert Series
Enjoy a variety of music at the Robert Wadlow statue. Stop by the statue for a summer of monthly concerts. All concerts are free and open to the public. Don't forget to bring your lawn chairs or a blanket. Refreshments will also be available for purchase. 2016 concerts will be held on June 21, July 19 and August 16 starting at 7 p.m. For more information please contact the Upper Alton Association at 618-465-6303 or 618-466-0100.
Cruisin’ to Genoa Car Show
Visit Downtown Genoa for the 3rd Annual Cruisin' to Genoa Car show. See 150 cars, enjoy family fun, music, free movie and more!
Historic Normal Theater
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.
Carmike Ovation 10 Cinema
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.
Pere Marquette Rendezvous
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.
Forsyth Disc Golf Course
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.
Discovery Depot Children's Museum
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.
Open House at Haskell Playhouse
Come and take a tour of this historic playhouse. This playhouse was built by Dr. and Mrs. William Haskell for their five year old daughter Lucy. It is a rare architectural gem containing many of the flamboyant elements of the Queen Anne style: cartwheels, brackets, spires, diagonal sticking, fish scale shingles and stained glass windows. Its importance is magnified because so few of these accessory structures from children have survived. the playhouse contains a single room, front porch and side porch. The interior has been restored and the playhouse is open for special occasions. The playhouse was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. The open house will be held on June 11, July 9, August 13 and September 10, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Catskill Puppet Theatre Presents The Lion's Whiskers at Ravinia
A delightful musical adaptation of a traditional Ethiopian folktale, this show features a charming cast of human characters as well as our favorite African animals! When lonely Minya marries a widowed man with a son, she goes to a Wise Man for advice. He tells her that in order to win the heart of the little boy she must first pluck three whiskers from a Wild Lion! In doing so she not only finds the courage to tame the lion, but also the secret to gaining the love of her new family. Choose from 2 shows one at 1pm and one at 4pm.
Rader Family Farms
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.
Peppa the Pig at the Genesee Theatre
Based on eOne’s popular Peppa Pig television series, Peppa Pig’s Big Splash is a fully immersive musical production featuring a dozen familiar and original songs, as well as a sing-a-long. An interactive experience full of singing, dancing, games, and muddy puddles, Peppa Pig’s Big Splash is a guaranteed blast for the whole family. Tickets go on sale March 11th.
Godfrey Family Fun Fest with Fireworks
Come and let your colors burst with an evening full of fun and fireworks! Festivities will begin at 5 p.m. and continue through to the fireworks display around 9 p.m. Vendors, inflatables, climbing wall, zip line, cow train, games, concessions and much more to celebrate Independence Day. Free and open to the public. The 2016 Great Godfrey Maze theme will be revealed to the public at this event. For more information, call (618) 466-1483.
Danvers Days is fun filled family festivities featuring entertainment, food, raffles, kids games, Bingo and Tug of War. Attendees also enjoy a carnival, craft show, community auction, and one of the biggest parade in Central Illinois. For more details on the schedule of events please visit their website.
Ten Acre Treehouses
Whimsical treehouse village for nightly rentals. Spend a relaxing, quiet night in a treehouse on 10 acres of secluded timber! Experience outdoor showers from the porch, Kitchenette, Wifi,pets welcome. Two treehouses available, 220 sq. ft Whitetail cabin sleeps 2-4, the Captains Quarters 400 sq. ft. sleeps 4-6. To book or look at availability visit www.vrbo.com. The most unique lodging in Western Illinois.
Taste of Grayslake Family Picnic & Fireworks
Fun and entertainment for the whole family. Featuring the "Taste of Grayslake", and live entertainment. Also enjoy a moonwalks, carnival rides, face painting, obstacle course, climbing wall and much more. Plenty of fun activities to keep everyone happy. Fireworks at dusk. Held at Century Park, 250 Library Lane.
The Dari Company
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.
Join us as we celebrate freedom, family, and country with our historical Underground Railroad program. Enjoy history displays, interactive interpretive hikes, traditional music, wild edibles, crafts and much more. 10AM-3PM.
McHenry Open Air Market - Opening Day
Spend the evening in Downtown McHenry and find great deals, new items, and entertainment from local shops and restaurants. All participating businesses will be open the duration of the event. Begins Thursday, May 19. 4 - 7 p.m.
The Nature Institute
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.
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.
Orion Fall Festival
Enjoy the perfect ending to the summer. Orion celebrates Labor Day weekend with a long standing tradition. Friday evening begins the event with a pie auction, carnival rides, and arts and crafts. The pie auction is legendary and encapsulates the best of small-town, Midwesterner living. The fun continues Saturday with a 5K run, a parade, and lots of food and fun. Events wrap up Sunday with a talent show.
Farmers Market - Oak Forest
Visit the Oak Forest Farmers Market every Saturday from May 28 through October 1 for the best selection of fruits, vegetables, fresh flowers, and home decor. You will also enjoy weekly events such as health screenings, culinary demos, story time for kids, and much more. 8AM-1PM.
Homewood's Rail Fest
A day that rail enthusiasts of all ages will enjoy all things trains! Homewood has always embraced its rich rail history. Trains have always made their way through Homewood. Whether it was historic Illinois Central, Amtrak, Metra, or Canadian National, all had a story to tell that resonates with rail enthusiasts. Families will be able to explore the intricate train layouts for all ages to enjoy. Kids will have fun participating in train crafts, decoding Hobo symbols, and story time with Homewood's favorite train conductor. Rail fans will have the opportunity to meet with vendors to purchase one-of-a-kind collections of antique trains, model trains, train memorabilia, and items associated with model railways. 9AM-3PM.
AMA All Star TT & Springfield Mile Motorcycle Races
Enjoy the fast-paced action and non-spot thrills of national level motorcycle racing at the Multi-Purpose Arena and on the fast mile dirt track.
2016 Big Ten Women’s Lacrosse Tournament at Northwestern University
The 2016 Big Ten Women’s Lacrosse Tournament will be hosted by Northwestern from May 5-8. The tournament will include all six conference programs, with two quarterfinal matches on Thursday. The top two seeds will receive byes to Friday’s semifinals, followed by the championship match on Sunday.
Saturday In The Park
Join us on June 4, for "Saturday in the Park" at Dakota Park, Main Street, Dakota. 7 am to Dusk. Enjoy a special day at the park with a car show, parade, pancake breakfast, dinner, and fireworks at dusk. Spectators get in free and vehicle entry for the car show is just $10.00. Plus enjoy the Route 75 garage sales along the Highway from 8 am to 5 pm.
The Inn At Lake Elizabeth
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.
Homewood Farmers Market
Relax in a friendly atmosphere while listening to music from local musicians. Diverse offerings of produce, baked goods and restaurants booths providing their specialties. Locally grown, organic produce, to fresh baked goods! The appraised chef, Dominique Tougne from La Voute Bistro + Bar, has been known to make his rounds through the Homewood market. Sa 8AM-1PM.
2016 STIHL Timbersports U.S. Pro and Collegiate Championships
The STIHL Timbersports® Series assembles the world's top lumberjack athletes to compete in the Original Extreme Sport. The Series is seen by millions viewers annually in over 62 countries around the world on networks like ABC, Eurosport, and ESPN, where it is now recognized as the second longest running show behind only 'SportsCenter'. Athletes compete in a variety of disciplines based on traditional logging skills to determine the best all-around lumberjack. Disciplines include Hot Saw, Single Buck, Springboard Chop, Standing Block Chop, Stock Saw and Underhand Chop. Schedule: July 15 1PM-5PM, 7PM-10PM; July 16 5PM-9PM.
This wonderful old-world tradition has evolved from a farmer's celebration into a party where people celebrate the return of spring with good food, beer and music. $10; under 16 free. Doors open 4PM; Music begins 5PM.
Connie Link Amphitheatre
This beautiful and unique amphitheatre is easily accessible from the Constitution Trail. Some of the current programs include: High School Summer Theatre productions, Dress-Up Movie Nights and the outstanding concert series known as the Sounds of the Amphitheatre, which highlights local talent from the Bloomington/Normal area. Programming begins in May and runs through October, weather permitting.
The Velveteen Rabbit at the Marriott Theatre
"When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with but really loves you, then you become real." Margery Williams' classic book springs to magical life in this enchanting musical about love, loss and self-esteem. The Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences presents special one-hour presentations for kids (and parents) of all ages!
St. Donatus Feast & Carnival
107th Annual Feast & Carnival. All food homemade, no vendors; pizza, beef, clams, Italian, Mexican, and of course, carnival, rides & bingo. 6-10PM.
Read Between the Lynes
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.
Holiday Inn William Tell Hotel Chicago SW Countryside Banquets and Conference Center
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.
Dan Zanes & Friends at Ravinia
Enjoy the music of Dan Zanes and Friends on the new interactive, family-friendly space on the north lawn. Today's KidsLawn offers large-scale percussion instruments that will be open to kids of all ages. Dan plays songs and stories from Americas neighborhoods. Children and their parents sing, dance, listen, and learn to make music.
Historical H.A. Rathje Windmill Fall Festival
Explore three floors of the largest Illinois Windmill built in 1872, the demonstrations of old time crafts as well as expanded children activities - and it’s free.
Viva Cinco De Mayo Festival
The first annual all-age family 2016 "Viva Cinco De Mayo Festival" is coming to Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL. This four-day outdoor event features plenty of live music, food, arts & crafts, huge carnival, activities for families and children, and much more! Viva Cinco De Mayo Festival celebrates Hispanic families and community with a joyous flair and a continuous stream of live music on two stages. Bands from all over the country perform various styles including traditional and contemporary Mexican music, along with classic rock.
Earth Day / Arbor Day
Children's activities, crafts, petting zoo and pony rides. More than 80 exhibitors; energy solutions, natural products, eco-vehicles and animal presentations. 11AM-4PM.
International SUNday Festival
Get a good look at the sun through special solar telescopes during the first-ever International SUNday Festival at the Confluence Tower. Members of several local astronomical organizations will be on hand to celebrate the Summer Solstice (which falls on Father's Day this year) from Noon to 5 p.m. The first 100 families to visit will receive a pair of free Solar Glasses. There will be food vendors, including "Good Looking Kettle Corn", Eppel's Pantry and Princivalli's Cafe on hand. Representatives will also share information about the sun, our nearest star in the Solar System. Amateur astronomers will provide their own optical equipment to safely view the sun including hydrogen, alpha, calcium and white light views. This event is free, although there is a charge to tour the Tower.
Long Grove's Irish Days
A three day long fest that can’t be missed. Long Grove invites the whole family out to enjoy all the best that the Irish culture offers including: live music, dancers, best dressed dog competition each day, traditional Irish food and drink, and activities for the “wee” folk.
Mighty Richland Players Annual Christmas Show
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.
Hickory Hills Street Fair
The Hickory Hills Street Fair is an annual event in town for over 25 years. It has a beer tent with entertainment; food booths and craft fair. There is also bingo and rides for the kids - something for everyone.
Fermilab's Lederman Science Center
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.
Old Capitol Art Fair
Held in historic downtown Springfield, IL, surrounding the Old State Capitol. This Fair has 150 juried artists in a range of mediums, including oil/acrylic, ceramics, photography, jewelry, mixed media, metal, wood, drawing, fibers, glass, sculpture, watercolor, and printmaking. A children's tent for ages 2-15 will be open selling authentic artwork at small prices - a great way for your child to begin a love of art! There will also be a variety of food vendors and musical acts for entertainment.
Cruisin for a Cause: 3rd Annual Lions Club Car Show
Cruisin’ for a Cause: 3rd Annual Lions Club Car Show will be held at Union Dairy on May 14th in downtown Freeport from 3 to 7 pm. Union Dairy and the Freeport Lions Club host this car show with proceeds going to the Lions Club. Entertainment by 3-D Sound. $10 donation per car.
Bridge The Gap to Health Marathon
Bridge the Gap to Health 5K, 10K and 1/2 marathon takes off across the Mississippi River each spring, spanning runners and walkers across two bridges. Beginning at 8am and held May 17th in Clat Adams Park on Quincy's Riverfront.
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.
Bill's Friendly Christmas Tree Farm
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.
The Hummingbird Festival at Pere Marquette has been a crowd pleaser for years, and this year will be no exception. Join the Lodge in celebrating a creature full of mystery and beauty – the hummingbird. Live entertainment, presentations from naturalists on the hummingbird, catching and banding, plus craft vendors and activities. The event is free. For more information, call (618) 786-2331, or go to www.PMLodge.net.
22nd Annual Airport Open House and Fly In
You won't want to miss the 22nd annual Fly-In and car show. On Saturday, take a close look at warbirds, antique aircraft and automobiles on display. On Sunday, free flights will be offered for kids ages 8-17, sponsored by Young Eagles EAA Chapter 864. Free admission and parking. For more information, call (618) 259-2531.
Knotty Pine Farm Inc
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.
Chicago Kids and Kites Festival
Once again, the City of Chicago will provide kite kits for children to build, decorate and fly, while supplies last. Other activities include face painting, balloon artists and a kite-shaped refrigerator magnet craft. The Big Kite Candy Drop, a piñata-like kite filled with candies that drop from the sky, will take place during the afternoon, weather permitting. Kite Harbor will be onsite for kite buyers, and professional kite flyers will demonstrate their skills with oversized and uniquely-shaped kites. The 18th Annual Chicago Kids and Kites Festival is organized by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. Kids & Kites festival will run from 10am to 4pm on Cricket Hill, near the intersection of Lake Shore Drive and Montrose Ave.
Prairie Chicken Chalk Art Festival
Celebrate creativity and public art downtown Kewanee, Illinois, July 15 – 17 during the Prairie Chicken Chalk Art Festival. Professional and amateur artists will compete and create colorful art on a concrete canvas sure to catch your eye. Shaun Hayes, Chicago Chalk Art Champ will be the featured performance artist. Shaun will dazzle you with his 3D illusionary chalk artistry. There is truly something for everyone of any age to enjoy, kid’s area with hand-on art children activities, art vendors and the Kewanee car show with vintage cars lining the streets of downtown Kewanee. Live music will be featured throughout downtown Kewanee while you stroll the car show, shop and dine in Kewanee’s specialty shops and restaurants. Color Run Prairie Run is a 5K run/walk with a twist of color. Start out sparkling clean, be prepared for color cloud bursts of blue, green, pink, purples, and yellow as you run along the course. As you finish you’ll look like a tie-dyed Hippie! A non-competitive run it is open to all ages! Be inspired by color! Pick up some chalk, and be an artist this July downtown Kewanee!
Fetching Market at Ford Hangar
Quality vintage and handcrafted wares, all within an historic atmosphere at the Lansing Municipal Airport Ford Hangar! Barn finds, old doors, old windows, silver, ironstone, vintage glassware, collections, skilled craftsmanship, talent, project finds, pieces of stuff, tables, old, new, painted, chairs, old, new, recovered, re-purposed, lighting, chippy rusty stuff, garden items, beautiful jewelry, great food, great craft beers, great cocktails, great live music, great cause! Friday: 5-9 pm; Saturday: 10 am - 6 pm.
Great Rivers Festival
Celebrate the confluence of the three major rivers - Mississippi, Missouri and Illinois - during the Great Rivers Festival at the National Great Rivers Museum and The Audubon Center at Riverlands. You will have a chance to tour a working towboat and barge. There will also be children's activities, food vendors, live entertainment including animal and reptile shows, living history tours and more. For more information, call (618) 462-6979.
Brick by Brick at the Museum of Science and Industry
Explore the power of play at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago’s new temporary exhibition, Brick by Brick, opening March 10. Brick by Brick features a spectacular collection of more than a dozen LEGO®-built structures of engineering marvels, including a 60-foot-long Golden Gate Bridge, the International Space Station, St. Louis Gateway Arch, Hoover Dam, Roman Colosseum, the Burj Khalifa and more. These models are constructed by LEGO Certified Professional and Chicago native, Adam Reed Tucker. Guests will also experience hands-on building challenges that reinforce key principles of engineering, construction and architecture—and encourage creativity. Throughout the exhibit, guests learn how architects and engineers push the limits of design, materials and location to make the seemingly impossible, possible; witness how form follows function; and learn how building beautifully uplifts us all.
Back On The Bus - A Back To School Expo
From children's entertainment venues and performers to doctors and dentists, this expo will be a one-stop shop for a new school year. Vendor booths, back to school fashion show, face paintings, balloon artists, photo booth, cooking demos, petting zoo, and free gift bags to first 500 people and more!
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.
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.
Kane County Fair
Family fun. Carnival, bands, demo derby, bull riding, commercial expo, 4-H. Fun for everyone during this 5 day celebration.
Balloons Over Vermilion
Two-day event featuring up to 30 hot air balloons launching and tethering, as well as mass acents, fly ins and balloon glows at the Vermilion Regional Airport. Event will include food vendors, bands, children/family activity area and a Balloon School for Kids.
North American Reptile Breeders
These shows are the best places for the general public and breeders alike to come out & meet many of the World's top reptile breeders. Reptile breeders bring out their top projects & showcase them at the NARBC Shows.The shows also provide a chance to meet some of your favorite TV personalities such as Mark O'Shea, Nigel Marven, Donald Schultz, Ton Jones and a few up and comers that you will soon be watching on Animal Planet and Discovery Channel! We welcome you get up close and personal with some of the rarest and also some of the best "beginner pet" reptiles the reptile breeding community has to offer!
Cinderella...After the Ball at the Marriott Theatre
Ever wonder what happens to Cinderella after the Ball? Come witness her quest for happily ever after as she and her besties, Rapunzel and Sleeping Beauty, take matters into their own hands to save the kingdom from the villainous Pinocchio. Girl power abounds in this contemporary world premiere musical tale that is sure to delight children and adults alike with its toe tapping music and quick witted humor. The Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences presents special one-hour presentations for kids (and parents) of all ages!