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Chicago Cubs Opening Day
Celebrate the unofficial start to spring with the Chicago Cubs home opener against the Milwaukee Brewers. First pitch is at 1:20pm at the historic Wrigley Field.
Backwater Gamblers Water Ski Shows
Enjoy this professional water ski team as they perform on the Rock River with jumps, human pyramids and more. Great fun for all ages and admission is free. Shows are offered every Wednesday and Sunday from Memorial Day through Labor Day beginning at 6:30pm.
CITY: Rock Island
Chicago White Sox Opening Day
Celebrate the unofficial start to spring with the Chicago White Sox home opener against the Minnesota Twins. First pitch is at 3:10pm at US Cellular Field.
Wolff's Flea Market
Come out and enjoy the Rosemont Flea Market every Sunday from June 2nd until October 27th. You will find tons of great deals and rows and rows of great vendors!
Bloomington Gold Corvette Show
Bloomington Gold is not only the longest running national Corvette event, but also is noted for innovations that have been commonly copied by many other automotive events. Corvette auctions, swap meets, certification, SURVIVOR®, educational seminars and special museum-type displays all began at Bloomington Gold. Over 4,000 Corvettes will descend on Champaign County for the first time and over 1,000 are expected to take part in the Gold Tour showcasing the open roads.
Wizard World Chicago Comic Con at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
THURSDAY-FRIDAY-SATURDAY-SUNDAY, AUGUST 8-9-10-11, 2013 Show Hours: Thursday, August 8, 2013 - 12 NOON - 8pm Friday, August 9, 2013 - 12 NOON - 8pm Saturday, August 10, 2013 - 10am - 7pm Sunday, August 11, 2013 - 10am - 5pm All full-price attendees will receive a limited-edition, exclusive cover variant of The Walking Dead #1 by TBD! Artist will be on hand to sign. Extremely limited quantities are available to fans only while supplies last! **Children 10 and under get in FREE when accompanied by a paid adult (Limit 2 Per Paid Adult Tickets). All show tickets will be e-mailed AND available as a pdf file after purchase.**
Wright Ride 2013
Enjoy all the charm, beauty, and architectural character of the near western suburbs. Routes of 10, 25, and 50 miles.
CITY: Oak Park
Kingston Fest & Kardboard Boat Regatta!
Kingston Fest is a craft and vendor fair that offers live music and games in the shady Kingston Township Park. Bring your swimsuit and try the dual slide Water Slide. Race your friends on two huge obstacle courses! Community games will be at 12:30, 1:30 and 2:30. There will be horseshoes, bags and softball tournaments. The Kardboard Boat Regatta is always great family fun, watch boats made out of cardboard race on the Kishwaukee River.
Whirlwind Soccer Tournament
Annual Recreational League Soccer Tournament for ages 5+. Over 100 teams from six states will play for the Whirlwind Title.
American Thresherman Show
This steam and antique tractor show features 5 days of great events such as antique tractor pulls, ITPA & Illinois Hot Farm Stock sanctioned tractor pulls, music, a parade and much more!
ASA Pro/Am Archery Tournament
Archery Shooters Association's Illinois Championship 3-D Archery Tournament for men, women and Children. Archers from all over North America visit Metropolis for one week in June to compete for cash and prizes and the title of Illinois Champion.
Paddock Hills Equestrian Center
Imagine a golden ball of Midwestern sun breaking on the horizon. As the night dew still clings to the vines and the grass in the pastures, a farm comes to life with the sights and sounds of morning. Hot coffee steeps in the pot. Hard-working farm-hands begin the daily chores. Horses whinny as the cool rush of morning air fills their lungs. The gently rolling hills are aglow with another new day. This is the beauty of horses and the magic of a vineyard. Paddock Hills Equestrian Center is located with Prairie Orchard Farm vineyard in the majestic countryside of Union, IL, and is minutes from the I-90 expressway, but miles away from the hustle and bustle of the city and suburbs. Whether, attending one of our many horse shows, riding lessons, clinics, or programs, we are sure that your time with us will be well spent.
Chestnut Mountain Open House & Ski Swap
This ski resort's open house includes hayrides, chairlift rides, resort tours, refreshments, and a ski swap with both new and used equipment available.
Tour de Shawnee Bike ride
Bicyclists meet at the Olive Branch Community Center at 8 AM. Organized bike routes of 15, 30, 45, 62 and 100 mile rides around scenic Horseshoe Lake and area. Entry fee includes: Event bag, chance for attendance prizes. Early registration includes commemorative t shirt.
CITY: Olive Branch
NJCAA Division II Men's Basketball Tournament
Danville Area Community College and the City of Danville will again host the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II Men’s National Basketball Tournament at the DACC campus March 18-22, 2014. This year marks the 21st year that Danville has hosted the tournament and the 29th year of the tournament.
IESA State Wrestling Championships
Good sportsmanship is one of the primary purposes of the junior high school interscholastic activities program. All participants in the Illinois Elementary School Association are responsible for promoting, teaching, enforcing and recognizing the highest standards of sportsmanship. Boys Wrestling State Tournament at the Northern Illinois University Convocation Center March 14th and 15th in 2014.
Archery Tournaments & Festival
Tournaments for men and women in several categories, with targets designed to simulate a variety of hunting situations for archery enthusiasts. An archery festival with archery and outdoor manufacturers showing their newest and latest products, special seminars and presentations, youth programs and bow hunting activities for young and old. It also features a practice range and a chance to watch and meet some of the sport's top professionals. These events will provide bow hunters the opportunity to talk and share experience with fellow archers, learn about the newest equipment and improve shooting skills. Mermet Lake Fish & Wildlife Area off Hwy. 45 in Massac County.
Chicago Fire vs. NY Red Bulls
Be a part of the excitement of Major League Soccer in Chicago. Join us for the home opener vs. NY Red Bulls!
Des Plaines River Trail Marathon Races
Welcome to year five of the Des Plaines River Trail Half-Marathon, Marathon and 50 Mile Ultra Marathon along the beautiful and fast Des Plaines River Trail. This is a truly special running course. The DPR Trail is a wide, crushed gravel track, free of roots and rocks, and very flat. All of the major road crossings are managed by way of bridges or viaducts This is a great track through alternating lush forests and open wetlands. With cool temperatures expected, and given the flat terrain and ideal running surface, you'll find these to be extremely fast courses. Registration is open until it reaches full capacity or October 10th. Register early and save.
CITY: Vernon Hills
Southside Chili Shuffle Cookoff
This is now a two-day regional event at the Southside Shuffle Bar, incorporating the former Lincoln Prairie Trail Chili event formerly held in Pana, IL. Categories: Chili, Chili Verde and Salsa. Live entertainment. Entry fee applies, but admission is free.
International Lincoln Presidential Half Marathon
This marathon has become an international favorite! Run 13.1 miles where Lincoln walked. Proceeds from the race support the shipment of medical supplies to developing nations by Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach.
Chili Cook-Off ICS Illinois State Championship
International Chili Society (ICS) State event held during the Christian County Agricultural Fair. $1000 Grand Prize. Categories: Chili, Chili Verde and Salsa. Held during the Christian County Fair at the fairgrounds in Taylorville.
Gus Macker Basketball
Downtown Quincy is filled with courts of 3 X 3 basketball games throughout Memorial Weekend annually. Food, shopping and a great variety of ball games and contests line the streets of the city.
Starved Rock Country Marathon
Inaugural marathon and half marathon in central Illinois. Be one of the first people to run through and around Starved Rock Country. The course will encompass the scenery of the Illinois River and the rolling landscapes in and around Starved Rock State Park. Runners will experience a course that is not a flat fast course as other courses advertise, the course has characteristics that will inspire you with scenic beauty and experience the highs and lows of the hills created by the Illinois River thousands of years ago. Presented by Heritage Corridor Convention and Visitors Bureau and Starved Rock Country.
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.
Hometown Teams - Smithsonian's Traveling Exhibit
Cobden was one of six Illinois sites chosen for Hometown Teams, the Smithsonian’s newest traveling exhibit. The exhibit seeks to use sports to reflect the trials and triumphs of the American experience that have shaped the country’s national character. All levels of sports will be covered, from professional match-ups to pick-up games on the local playground. The exhibition is national in theme and local in scope, with each site interpreting the exhibit to share their local history and sports heritage. One of the many unique stories that will be showcased is the legendary 1964 run to the state basketball championship final by Cobden High School’s famous Appleknockers. The Illinois Humanities Council will bring the exhibit to the Union County Museum w/Union County Historical & Genealogy Society from March 1 - April 14.
Grayslake's 23rd Annual Family 5K Run and Walk
Sign up today for the annual 5K run & walk. There will also be a special children's race beginning at 7:30am. Registration begins at 6:30am with the 5k starting at 8am. Cost is $20 in advance and $25 on the day of the race.
FrogHops 5k & 10k No. 1 of 4/ & "Bunny Wabbit" Run
Celebrate the warm and beautiful weather in Illinois with us - running through the Des Plaines River Trails (DPRT), enjoying nature, and making new friends! Join us in one of our races at the Independence Grove in Libertyville, IL. The beautiful course features rolling hills, open prairies and lush green forest. 200m Kids Dash starts at 8:15am, 5k and 10k starts at 8:30am. Please visit the website for complete details.
Loop the Lakes 5K
The course winds through picturesque Century Park, one of Lake County's most beautiful community parks. Runners and walkers can enjoy the beautiful sights and sounds of nature as they loop around Big Bear and Little Bear Lakes. This course does have small hills and inclines around the southernmost loop. Post-race snacks and water will be provided during & through the awards. Awards are given to best overall male and female, also, 1st and 2nd place for various age groupings. T-shirt sizes are only guaranteed for those participants that sign up before April 4, 2014
CITY: Vernon Hills
Embrace the Race 10k/5k
The 3rd Annual Embrace the Race 5k/10k will be held on Mother's Day at 8:00am for 10k and 8:15am for 5k. Run or walk in the beautiful streets of Highland Park and experience Highland Park's Famous Beach Hill! Post Race Festivities will include refreshments. Register early and save.
CITY: Highland Park