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Itchy Brothers Chainsaw Art
Start off the winter Eagle Season at the Confluence Tower by watching the Itchy Brothers Chainsaw Art create amazing bald eagles using raw wood and their chainsaws. Luke Harris and Don Johnson, the duo that makes up Itchy Brothers, have over 30 years experience in chainsaw art. There will be pieces of finished wood sculptures available for sale.
Los Lobos with Ballet Folklorico Mexicano at the McAninch Arts Center
See a unique collaboration between Grammy-Award Winners Los Lobos and dancers from Ballet Folklorico Mexicano. This is a celebration of Mexican American culture through a spectacular display of song, dance, music and film.
NIU School of Art and Design Faculty Biennial invitational exhibition
The 2015 – 2016 Faculty Biennial exhibition features new work and current research of faculty from all divisions of the NIU School of Art and Design. Every two years the biennial emphasizes the caliber of the faculty and the breadth and strength of the arts programs offered at NIU from various disciplines including fibers, time arts, visual communication and illustration, painting, sculpture, photography, ceramics, printmaking, metals and jewelry, and art history, and art education.
Jethro Tull - Written and Performed by Ian Anderson at the Genesee Theatre
Ian Anderson, known throughout the world of rock music as the flute and voice behind the legendary Jethro Tull, celebrates his 47th year as an international recording and performing musician. Since forming in 1968, Ian Anderson and Jethro Tull have released 30 studio and live albums, selling more than 60 million copies.
Playing with Poetry a Winter Writer Retreat
Find your voice as a poet, refine your writing skills, and hear some great poetry! Share a few poems of your own! Whether you already love poetry or simply want to enrich your storytelling performances and/or deepen your non-fiction essays with stronger imagery, this weekend will be a restive and recharging retreat! Spend a rich weekend with a dozen other writers in a supportive and nurturing environment. The third annual Writer’s Retreat, sponsored by The Twinflower Inn, will provide a balance of instruction, coaching, and quiet time to write. If you wish to learn more about building a better essay or structuring your story with clearer metaphorical language, adding poetry to your performances and participating in constructive conversations, then make reservations right away as we tend to fill all of our slots. Folks are encouraged to attend the entire weekend; locals are invited to attend the full schedule Saturday or attend one or two classes. All are welcome. Costs: $125 for the full weekend if you register and pay before December 31, 2015 ($145 after). Price includes workshops and most meals. Three nights’ lodging is available at The Twinflower Inn: single occupancy $150; double occupancy $75.
Jessimae Peluso at Zanies
Star of the hit MTV Show "Girl Code" and named one of the funniest comics to follow on Twitter. With roots in Syracuse, Jessimae sought comedic pastures first in Boston where she performed improv with "The Tribe," laying the sod for what would become a burgeoning spontaneous brand of original comedy.
Shakespeare's First Folio Exhibition
The Lake County Discovery Museum has been selected as the host site for the state of Illinois for First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, a national traveling exhibition of the Shakespeare First Folio, one of the world’s most treasured books. Accompanying the rare book will be a multi-panel exhibition exploring the significance of Shakespeare, then and now, with additional digital content and interactive activities. During the exhibition, the Lake County Discovery Museum is planning numerous programs for the public and families around the First Folio exhibition.
Illinois College Fine Art Series: Made in America - Homer Ferguson
Homer Ashton Ferguson III, a 2000 graduate of Illinois College, will return to the Hilltop for a wonderful evening of organ music. Ferguson is currently a doctoral candidate in keyboard performance at Arizona State University from which he received a Master's degree in 2002.
African Footprint at the McAninch Arts Center
As seen on PBS, South Africa's longest-running musical celebrates its 15th anniversary with a return to the U.S. This amazing production blends raw energy, spirit and passion into a uniquely global performance that celebrates the rich culture of South Africa. An exhilarating journey through Africa's history, culture and spirit. African Footprint is to South Africa what Riverdance is to Ireland.
Christmas with the Nelsons at the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts
Matthew and Gunnar Nelson return to the BCPA in this heart-warming holiday throwback. A genuine blend of Everly Brothers-style harmonies and Smothers Brothers-style comedy, the multi-platinum recording artists remind us that the holidays are best spent with family and friends gathered in cozy living rooms with some hot cocoa and meaningful music.
Mistletoe Stroll Holiday Homes Tour
Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers of Galena invite you to tour historic inns all lavishly decorated for Christmas. From traditions of the past to current day decor, each inn is unique and the experience should not be missed. Sample each inn’s favorite holiday cookie. See the website for homes open Saturday December 12 and December 19. Admission is $10, tickets can be purchased at any of the homes listed.
Olde Alton Arts & Crafts Fair
The 26td Annual Olde Alton Arts & Crafts Fair is a crafters dream come true with over 200 booths of crafters selling their best wares. This is the largest craft fair in the region, featuring holiday decorations, ornaments, furniture, home decor, baked goods and homemade items of all kinds.
David Sanborn at the Genesee Theatre
Grammy Award Winner David Sanborn beautifully blends instrumental pop, R&B and traditional jazz with hits that push the limits of music. Don't miss this great night of music.
Last Comic Standing at the Effingham Performance Center
The Emmy-nominated laugh-fest returns with an all new group of the world's funniest comics. Watch the series this summer on NBC, then see the finalists perform live as the Last Comic Standing Live Tour appears at the Effingham Performance Center. This show does contain adult content. It starts at 8 p.m. and doors open early!
New Year's Arcada Style
Celebrate 2016 and ring in the New Year with the Arcada Theatre. This will be like no other New Year's party in the midwest! The Bronx Wanderers are Living the American Rock N' Roll Dream.
Jacksonville Symphony Concert “Family Connections”
Come hear the joyous sounds of the Christmas Season featuring the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and Chorale, plus the Jacksonville High School Concert Choir.
Pheasant Run Resort's Party Gras
Ring in the New Year with Pheasant Run Resort's Party Gras! With overnight accommodations on December 31st, and multiple celebrations packages available for adults as well as children. Please call 630.584.6300 for details of packages to choose from.
NIU Steel Pan Studio/Music in the Gallery
The NIU Steel Pan Studio is a small ensemble from the full Steel Band, appropriately scaled to provide an excellent steel band experience. For additional information, visit their website or to order tickets call 630.584.7200.
Poss Family Jamboree Holiday Show
The Matt Poss Band is steadily proving that an “overnight success” can take a while to accomplish. Mixing elements of country, bluegrass, rock and blues, MPB has earned a passionate and diverse fan base that continues to grow. Cowboys, bikers, hippies and yuppies can be found arm-in-arm singing along to favorites like “Three Bricks Shy” and “Jack Rabbit.” Each fan is won by live performance and good old word of mouth. With their sixth studio album, Beans And Bullets, looming large over 2015, MPB is poised for the next level. Now is your chance to experience the MPB Holiday Homecoming Concert 2015 as the boys return home to the EPC at 8 p.m. A portion of the proceeds from the Holiday Homecoming 2015 will go to "I Support," which benefits Illinois military families who are struggling financially.
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!
Vespers at the Kirkland Fine Arts Center
One of Millikin University's most popular events, Vespers (which means "evening prayers") provides the context for a seasonal concert that has become one of the University's beloved traditions. Performed by 350 singers and instrumentalists, the concert features traditional and new music for choirs and brass.
Trans Siberian Orchestra
A rock holiday tradition for a new generation. This year is Trans-Siberian Orchestra's live debut performance of The Ghosts Of Christmas Eve! Allstate Arena December 28th, two shows, 3:30 PM & 8:00 PM.
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.
Carl Sandburg Days Festival
An annual festival celebrating the life and legacy of Galesburg native, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and Lincoln biographer--Carl Sandburg. Includes three days of literary, history, sporting, and children's events held at Carl Sandburg College.
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. This two-time CMA Male Vocalist of the Year has scored 19 Top Ten singles and seven number 1 hits, including his best-loved "God Bless the USA." Share an evening of heartwarming music-from "I'll Be Home for Christmas" to his enduring chart-toppers.
The Nutcracker Ballet - Rockford Dance Company & Rockford Symphony
Delight in the magic of Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker, as Clara takes an enchanted journey filled with the beloved melodies and dance that have captivated audiences for more than a century. Guest dancers from nationally renowned dance companies join the Rockford Dance Company and the RSO to present this holiday tradition, great for the whole family. Saturday performance 7:00pm Sunday performance 3:00pm
3 Redneck Tenors
The "infamous" 3 Redneck Tenors are back and better than ever!! These boys have seen it all, sing it all and make us laugh until we double over, reminding us that in life, it is not the destination, it's the journey. Get ready for one sidesplitting ride as we go on an excursion only the 3 Rednecks Tenors could have had, delighting the audience with their vocal prowess and a smorgasbord of songs and music ranging from gospel, to country, to broadway and many more areas!! You're going to love them and so will anyone with a sense of humor and appreciation for incredible voices.
Fat Tuesday Art Crawl
The Quincy Art Center hosts the new Fat Tuesday Art Crawl, to include artists and multiple art galleries in the Quincy area. This free event will be held on Fat Tuesday from 6-10pm. Contact the Quincy Art Center at 217-223-5900 for a map and listing of the various galleries.
Three Chicks & A Stage: A Candle in the Window
A small group of weary travelers discover the power of the season while trapped in a lonely train station on Christmas Eve. As a blizzard rages outside, the troubled people are forced to turn to each other for companionship. Be sure to catch this heartwarming play at 7 p.m. on December 5th and if you miss that day you can catch it at 2 p.m. on December 6th.
America the Beautiful - Illinois Quarter Launch Ceremony
The U.S. Mint and the Shawnee National Forest will launch the 31st America the Beautiful coin – the Illinois quarter featuring Camel Rock formation at the Garden of the Gods Recreation Area. The event will include speakers and performers, and children under the age of 18 will receive a new Shawnee National Forest quarter to commemorate the event. There will be information about the U.S. Mint’s America the Beautiful program and a coin exchange will follow the event giving patrons the opportunity to exchange their currency for the new Illinois quarter. 10:00 am Southeastern Illinois College gymnasium.
Christmastime at Fine Line
Sale of juried artist created work. Includes pottery, jewelry, textiles, ornaments and more. Opening Fri. Dec. 4 at 6pm.
Danville Symphony Orchestra "The Nutcracker"
Join Clara, the Sugar Plum Fairy, Grandfather Drosselmeyer, and the Mouse King in a fantastic dream where toys come to life. Bring the entire family to celebrate this holiday season with a fully staged performance of Tchaikovsky’s ballet, The Nutcracker, accompanied by the full Danville Symphony Orchestra. The DSO welcomes Von Heidecke’s Chicago Festival Ballet back for one matinee performance of this classic holiday tradition.
The Capitol Steps at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts
The Capitol Steps are back for their annual engagement at the North Shore Center with a hilarious lead-up to the 2016 primaries and upcoming presidential election you just can’t miss. Using their always witty musical parody and satire, the Steps freshest political comedy will rock Barak, political hawks and voter blocks ad hoc so we’re all locked to Mock the Vote! That’s the Capitol Steps newest album and live comedy concert celebrating a lame-duck president in a battle of wits against Congressional Republicans.
Illinois Holocaust Museum Exhibit - Nazi Olympics: Berlin, 1936
Coinciding with the 2016 Rio Olympics and the 80th anniversary of the 1936 Games, Nazi Olympics tells an important historical story. Given that sports play a powerful developmental role in the lives of so many youth and adult athletes, this exhibition expands on many important themes—racism and discrimination, propaganda, fair play, and ethical decision making—allowing the public to personally connect to the history and lessons of the Holocaust and relate them to present day Olympics and human rights issues.
103.5 Jingle Ball
Wednesday, December 16th at 7:30 PM come out and see this great show with an amazing lineup! The performers include Nick Jonas, Selena Gomez, 5 Seconds of Summer, Shawn Mendes, Tove Lo, Charlie Puth, Hailee Steinfeld, R City, Fifth Harmony, Conrad Sewell & DNCE. You can purchase tickets online or listen for a chance to win.
Lessons from Modernism: Environmental Design Strategies in Architecture, 1925-1970
Elmhurst Art Museum presents this highly-acclaimed exhibition organized by The Cooper Union in New York that examines twenty-five modern building projects through the lens of sustainability. Incorporating environmental strategies that solve critical issues of comfort, use and economy, these projects, dating from 1925 to 1970, recognize and adapt to natural forces and serve as inspiration and guide for the current green building movement.
Gaelic Storm – Live in Concert at Egyptian Theatre
The Egyptian Theatre is excited to welcome back Gaelic Storm featuring their new album on Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 7:30 PM. After nearly two decades and more than 3,000 live shows, Gaelic Storm — the chart-topping, multi-national Celtic band — is looking sharper than ever with their latest release, Matching Sweaters. The new album mixes traditional Irish music with modern influences, creating a sound that’s as wide-ranging as the band’s own audience.
Jane Addams Hull-House Museum
Jane Addams Hull-House Museum will host free hour-long public tours with an architectural focus, twice-a-week on Wednesdays and Sundays, 1-2pm. Visitors will learn about neighborhood conditions in the Near West Side at the turn of the twentieth century in Chicago, including life in tenements and sweatshops and the unique work of the Hull-House settlement which responded to the social needs of the neighborhood. Learn about the Model Tenement Movement, the foundational moments of public housing, and how the buildings of the Hull-House settlement embodied the ideals of the Progressive Era.
Stony Island Arts Bank Tour
Join Rebuild Foundation for a tour of Chicago's newest venue for contemporary art. Designed by William Gibbons Uffendell in 1923, the Stony Island Arts Bank has recently undergone a radical restoration led by Rebuild Foundation's artistic director Theaster Gates. As part of the Chicago Architecture Biennial, the tour will include viewings of two Biennial commissions: an installation by Portuguese artist Carlos Bunga and a courtyard designed by Mexican architect Frida Escobedo. Guests will also enjoy an introduction to five of Rebuild Foundation’s collections, several of which focus on black history and culture, including the Johnson Publishing Company's library and “godfather of House music” Frankie Knuckles' vinyl collection. Tours are free and open to the public, but space is limited so please rsvp.
B96 Jingle Bash
The B96 Pepsi Jingle Bash is coming to Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois on Saturday, December 12th, 2015! The biggest concert of the season is finally here! Demi Lovato, 5 Seconds of Summer, Jason Derulo, Shawn Mendes, Pentatonix, Kygo, Omi, and Ailee Steinfeld will be performing live at the B96 Pepsi Jingle Bash! Doors open at 5pm, and the show starts at 6:30pm.
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!
Holiday Lane Craft Show and Festival of Trees
Experience the magic of a holiday wonderland filled with an assortment of delightfully and uniquely decorated trees. Stroll leisurely through the extraordinary holiday trees represented and decorated by local businesses. The Festival includes holiday musical entertainment by local church choirs, school groups and community musical groups scheduled at various times throughout the festival. Be sure to visit the Holiday Lane Craft Show and Home Business Showcase located in the convention center for a perfect holiday shopping opportunity. This special community event is sponsored by the Sandwich Park District in cooperation with Timber Creek Inn and Suites. Free admission.
Forms of Imagination
Forms of Imagination explores the way Arts + Public Life creates ambitious public design and architecture projects that foster creative communities in Chicago's mid-South Side. The exhibition and related programs shift the gaze from design product to design process, giving audiences and visitors the opportunity to examine how Arts + Public Life uses its spaces, programs and other resources, as well as its unique partnerships with local artists, designers, students, youth, business owners to enhance the built environment, cultural landscape and livability of Washington Park. The exhibition will include projects by Carlos Rolón/Dzine, PORT Urbanism, Mikel Patrick Avery, as well as the leading architects’ visions for the Green Line Art Center, a future arts space on Garfield Boulevard.
Water Tower Gallery
A Biennial exhibition will be presented by the City Gallery, located in the Historic Water Tower, a familiar and treasured landmark located along the city’s famed Magnificent Mile. Constructed between 1867 and 1869, the tower was created for Chicago’s municipal water system, and originally housed a 135-foot iron standpipe used to regulate water pressure. It gained special significance as one of the few buildings to survive the destructive path of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. The City Gallery regularly presents art and photography exhibitions.
Champaign Urbana Ballet presents The Nutcracker
It's the classic ballet - "Swirling among snowflakes that float from the evening sky, the sweet sounds of violins and flutes fill the air. It is Christmas Eve, and in every house, warm hearts beat in anticipation of the magic of the night. In one special house - the home of the Stahlbaum family - the music and the magic are about to take an unusual shape." That excerpt from Champaign Urbana Ballet's The Nutcracker sets the stage for what has become a glamorous, magical holiday tradition for local audiences. Our production is presented each December with a live orchestra, the famed CU Symphony Orchestra, in the elegant Krannert Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Illinois. Local children are cast in roles as mice, soldiers and Polichenelles, while company dancers perform the Waltz of the Snowflakes and Flowers, variations of international delights, and the magnificent Pas de Deux that richly defines the Tchaikovsky score.
Guided Tours of the Charnley-Persky House
The Society of Architectural Historians will expand the tour program of its National Historic Landmark headquarters, the Charnley-Persky House, during the Chicago Architecture Biennial. Guided tours of the house will be offered every Wednesday and Saturday at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. from October 7 through December 23. Designed by Louis Sullivan of the firm Adler & Sullivan (1891–1982), the Charnley-Persky House is one of the few extant buildings that displays the combined talents of Louis Sullivan and his then-draftsman, Frank Lloyd Wright. The Charnley-Persky House is recognized as a seminal house in the development of modern residential design as well as a keystone in the architectural philosophies of Sullivan and Wright. These tours further SAH’s mission by promoting meaningful public engagement with the history of the built environment.
Chicago Interiors explores extraordinary interior spaces in Chicago presented through notes, models, and material boards from designers responsible for them. As a city that famously rose from the ashes of the Great Chicago Fire, Chicago literally rebuilt itself as an international center for commerce and trade, as well as a burgeoning cultural epicenter. Since the fire, Chicago has retained the old and intermingled it with the new. Like the buildings in this city, interiors have shifted with the times -- from the dust of commerce, slaughterhouses, and industry, buildings were reborn and repurposed time and again as both public and private spaces with new buildings abutting and intermingling with the old. Chicago Interiors showcases new and the re-envisioned.
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.
Tours of Second Presbyterian Church
Chicago's only National Historic Landmark church is an art and architecture treasure with a completely intact 1901 interior featuring Arts and Crafts design, nine Tiffany windows, 13 murals by Frederic Clay Bartlett and two rare Edward Burne-Jones windows. Exterior architecture by James Renwick, Jr. Restoration efforts and challenges are visible.
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.
Chicago Architecture Foundation Tours
Chicago Architecture Foundation offers more than 85 tours, all led by CAF-certified volunteer docents. For the Chicago Architecture Biennial we have curated a set of tours that will compliment your biennial experience.
Jim Brickman at the James Lumber Center
Music lovers will experience the sounds of award-winning hit-maker, pianist and recording artist Jim Brickman as he brings one of the most entertaining and romantic concert events of the year. With four of his albums certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America, Brickman has become the most commercially successful instrumental pop pianist of the last three decades. Overall, he’s sold more than 7 million albums.
Swedish Historical Society - Lucia Concert
Rockford's Swedish Historical Society will be celebrating their annual Christmas tradition of Lucia at First Lutheran Church. A choir of children singing Swedish and English traditional songs will warm your heart and start off the Christmas season with joy.
No Place Like House - Elmhurst Art Museum
Continuing the Museum’s “In the House” series, Chicago architectural designer and critic Andrew Santa Lucia will create a series of altars in the McCormick House, using both the living room space and the newly opened west wing, to transport viewers into a temple of images, objects and offerings. This site-specific installation is guided by “Miesian Mysticism,” a fictional religion uncovered by Santa Lucia in Mies van der Rohe’s architecture, that narrativizes through rituals Mies’s essential design contributions to the discipline of architecture.
Mariachi Divas at the James Lumber Center
Directed and founded by trumpet player Cindy Shea in 1999, the Mariachi Divas have made big waves on the national and international music scene. Winners of two Grammy® Awards, this all-female Mariachi group brings new meaning to the genre with their multi-cultural, eclectic and innovative sound.
Richard Marx at the Genesee Theatre
As a performer, songwriter and producer, Richard Marx’s nearly three-decade-long career has had innumerable of highlights. The Chicago native has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide, starting with his self-titled debut which went to #8 and spawned four Top 5 singles, including the chart-topping Hold on to the Nights, Don’t Mean Nothing, Right Here Waiting & Keep Coming Back.
Sunday Blues at Prairie State Winery - November 15 & 29th
Bloody Mary Sundays in Genoa! Kick your Sunday Blues at our Genoa Tasting Room! We will be serving up wine bloody marys complete with all the fixin's all day long. Kick back and enjoy the live music from 1:30pm to 4:30pm. Pack a picnic from home or order in from a local restaurant. Reservations for music events always open the Monday before and will be held until 15 minutes before music starts. No outside alcoholic beverages. Must be 21 to enter.
Dennis DeYoung & the Music of Styx at the Genesee Theatre
Dennis DeYoung is a founding member of Styx and the lead singer and songwriter on seven of the bands Top Ten Hits. His live concert showcases all of the Styx greatest hits spanning the 70s, 80s and 90s, including Lady, Come Sail Away, Babe, Too Much Time on My Hands, Best of Times and Mr. Roboto.
Biennial Exhibition Tours
Tours of the Chicago Architecture Biennial exhibition will be held daily at 10:00am. Tours will meet in the lobby near the Washington St. entrance. Please RSVP for the daily tour. No tours on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day New Year's Eve, or New Year's Day.
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!
Luma - Art in Darkness at the James Lumber Center
Take the giant leap into a surreal world of light, color and motion where thinking stops and astonishment begins. This exhilarating light spectacle uses the dark as the canvas and light as the brush to create colorful illusions. It is an experience that will leave you mesmerized and full of wonder.
Central Illinois Jazz Festival
Put on by Decatur’s Juvae Jazz Society, this annual celebration of all types of jazz is held at the Decatur Conference Center & Hotel. Hundreds of folks come from all around the Midwest to spend the weekend partying, dancing, parading and listening to great jazz musicians with their friends. Book early as the festival fills up fast! The three day, multiple venue festival features world class musicians under one roof. Includes lots of events such as New Orleans style Umbrella Parade, Pianorama, Banjorama, Late Night Jam Session, and Sunday Jazz Brunch. Bands plus special guest performers from East and West Coast and points in between play your favorite music style - Chicago, New Orleans, Swing, Ragtime and Boogie Woogie Piano.
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.
Manual Cinema's Lula Del Ray at the James Lumber Center
Set in the mid-century American Southwest and inspired by the music of Hank Williams, Roy Orbison and Patsy Cline, Lula del Ray is a mythic reinvention of the classic coming-of-age story. Using overhead projectors, multiple screens, paper puppets, actors live feed cameras and a live band, Manual Cinema transforms the experience of attending the cinema and instills it with liveness, ingenuity and theatricality.
28th Annual Jazz Festival
An annual two-day festival including a concert featuring top jazz artists and two days of instrumental clinics for local junior high and high school musicians.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes at the James Lumber Center
The clever and legendary Sherlock Holmes skillfully maneuvers the twisted web of London’s most intriguing cases with split-second deductions and logical reasoning in this witty, fast-paced production. The acclaimed Aquila Theatre brings it’s energetic and physical style to this new adaptation.
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.
Minneapolis Guitar Quartet
Through the foursome’s extraordinary abilities, audiences experience performances with beautifully distinct voicing, interwoven clarity of lines and laser-like purity. Minneapolis Guitar Quartet is one of the very few guitar ensembles performing the majority of its repertoire from memory. The MGQ presents original works and commissions as well as its own brilliant arrangements of music.
Jim Witter's The Piano Man at the James Lumber Center
This “must see” multi-media musical journey through the ‘70s featuring the music of Elton John and Billy Joel should be at the top of any Baby Boomer’s bucket list! Jim’s versatility as an artist has allowed him the opportunity to reach out and share his music and his infectious personality with audiences of all ages across Canada and the United States. His rich powerful voice and ease of manner at the piano, make him a favorite with theatre goers everywhere.
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!
Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus Live at the Effingham Performance Center
Based on the best-selling book, this hysterical show will have couples elbowing each other all evening as they see themselves on stage. The show starts at 8 p.m.
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.
Man of La Manchal at the Marriott Theatre
Man of La Mancha is a 1964 musical that tells the story of the "mad" knight, Don Quixote, as a play within a play, performed by Cervantes and his fellow prisoners as he awaits a hearing with the Spanish Inquisition. This will be a poignant story of one man's ultimate quest.
Coronado Performing Arts Center - Menopause The Musical
Come join our sisterhood! This hilarious musical parody set to classic tunes from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s will have you cheering and dancing in the aisles! See what millions of women worldwide have been laughing about for over 10 years! It's the Hilarious Celebration of Women and The Change!®
It's a Wonderful Life with Zuzu at the Genesee Theatre
Get in the spirit with a screening of America's favorite Holiday Classic, "It's a Wonderful Life" with a special live appearance, Q&A, and stories from Zuzu herself, Karolyn Grimes. Her sparkling personality and her couragious story allows her audiences to feel good about themselves and their lives, no matter the hardship.
The Peking Acrobats 30th Anniversary Tour at the James Lumber Center
The Peking Acrobats continue to entertain audiences of all ages with their daring maneuvers atop a precarious pagoda of chairs, tick-cycling, precision tumbling and gymnastics. They are guaranteed to keep audiences laughing and smiling as they sit on the edge of their seats!
Brian Regan Live at the Egyptian Theatre
Brian Regan has distinguished himself as one of the premier comedians in the country. Brian’s non-stop theater tour has visited more than 80 cities each year since 2005 and continues through 2015. It is the quality of his material, relatable to a wide audience and revered by his peers, which continues to grow Brian’s fan base. The perfect balance of sophisticated writing and physicality, Brian Regan consistently fills theaters nationwide with fervent fans that span generations. Presented by: Live Nation. Reserved Tickets $43.00. Tickets are on sale now!
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!
Step Back Into a 1950s Christmas Exhibit
Decorated in vintage Christmas, including Gurley Candles, rotating metal Black Forest Green tree. A nostalgic look at Christmas Past. Call or check website to verify dates. By appointment; call about regular hours.
Sister Act at the Marriott Theater
Kicking off the 2016 Season, Sister Act will be a show not to be missed. This divine musical comedy is based on the hit 1992 film. Follow Deloris Van Cartier/Sister Mary Clarence through her journey while taking refuge in a convent.
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.
James Lumber Center Presents The Tempest
Marooned on a distant island with his daughter Miranda, Prospero has spent 12 years perfecting his magic and plotting his revenge. When he learns that a ship bearing his old enemies is sailing near the island, with the help of the spirit Ariel, he raises a torrential storm, bringing within his grasp those who robbed him of his dukedom. Shakespeare’s last great masterpiece, The Tempest is an enchanted tale filled with romance, humor and adventure.
Architecture+Art: Inspiration Amplified
Architecture + Art: Inspiration Amplified is a collaboration between the National Trust for Historic Preservation and United States Artists to create a public program for the Chicago Architecture Biennial. The program is the presentation of works by two United States Artists Fellows that have been inspired by the Farnsworth House and its landscape. The two artists are Mary Ellen Childs, a musical composer based in Minneapolis, Minnesota; and Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle, a sculptor based in Evanston, Illinois. Installed on the north lawn, Manglano-Ovalle’s sculpture, entitled Seven Thousand Cords (after Beuys), 2014 – ongoing, incorporates wood from the Farnsworth House property. An original composition by Childs will be performed by a string quartet inside Farnsworth House at 3:00 pm on the following dates: Saturday, November 14th; Sunday, November 15th; and Saturday, December 12th. Tickets to these special performance are limited. Reservations strongly suggested.
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 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.
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.
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!
Michael Bolton at the Genesee Theatre
Established soft-rock king Michael Bolton has honored several genres besides his own adult contemporary category, including 60’s soul and works from the Great American Songbook. The blue-eyed, soft-rock balladeer has unveiled a total of 17 studio albums, five of which have been certified multi-platinum in the U.S.
Chaplin: A Life in Concert
One actor, one piano, one unforgettable performance. This is “Chaplin – A Life. In Concert”, a unique evening of Musical Theater which dramatizes, in song, the life story of the brilliant artist, Charlie Chaplin. The show stars multi-platinum award-winning Performer/Composer, David Pomeranz who portrays more than 40 of the colorful characters in Charlie’s life.
Darlene Love at the Genesee Theatre
Get ready for an unforgettable concert experience full of brilliant music and mesmerizing entertainment. Named one the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time by Rolling Stone, Darlene Love brings Love for the Holidays featuring “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home),” a song she performs annually.
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.
A Well-Strung Christmas at Batavia Fine Arts Centre
Well-Strung, a string quartet features classical musicians who put their own spin on the music of Mozart, Rihanna, Adele, Vivaldi, and more! Well-Strung performed in Batavia during the 2nd season, and is the most requested group to make a return appearance on the Batavia Fine Arts Centre stage.