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Wonderland Express at Chicago Botanic Garden
Take a magical trip to a winter wonderland of twinkling lights and holiday beauty at the Chicago Botanic Garden when we kick off the holiday season! Outside, 750,000 lights sparkle and welcome you and your family to the Garden's wonderland. Inside the Regenstein Center, a 10,000-square-foot exhibition of miniature trains winds over bridges, under trestles, past waterfalls, and through more than 80 mini-replicas of Chicago's favorite landmarks. Paul Busse, designer of the Model Railroad Garden, created this amazing exhibition exclusively for the Garden's holiday celebration.
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.
Winter Holiday Hayride
Our annual holiday hayrides will feature the food, fun and traditions from the pioneers of North America. We'll ride on our decorated hay wagon through the streets of Palos Heights singing Christmas carols then return to the Nature Center to enjoy food, crafts and other activities. Registration and payment to be made in person or by mail no later than the Monday before hayride. $8 per person.
Warrenville Holly Days
Holly Days, sponsored by the Warrenville Park District is the City's annual holiday celebration that marks Santa's official entry into Warrenville. Guests can enjoy a warm bonfire, raffles, free horse and carriage rides, hot cider and cookies, and, of course, a visit with Santa. Local Park District and school dance troops, singers, and bands entertain attendees during the event. It is at this event that Warrenville officially turns on its holiday lights creating an array of colors for passersby along Route 56 to see. Holly Days, primarily for Warrenville residents, gives the community an opportunity to come together and kick off the holiday season.
Walking Tour of Historic Riverside
The Frederick Law Olmsted Society is pleased to offer great opportunities to learn about our historic landmark village. Discover the winding roads, delightful parks, beautiful landscapes, varied architecture and much more!
Volo Bog's WinterFest
Looking for a great combination of indoor and outdoor fun in mid January? WinterFest is a long-standing event at Volo Bog featuring live music and storytelling, photo contest awards, and winter-theme and other crafts indoors, while outdoors winter bog hikes, and snow permitting - snow sculpting contests and cross-country skiing, may be enjoyed throughout the afternoon. There will also be cookies, hot cocoa & coffee for sale by the Friends of Volo Bog. Visit the website for a complete agenda. Donations accepted.
Village of Robbins Open Air Market
Year round, each Tuesday, Thursday, & Saturday. Thinking of going into business? Let us be your testing ground. Become a vendor or shop til you drop. We have new and used merchandise.
Union County Colorfest
Enjoy the fall color of the Shawnee National Forest and guided home tours. Shop at local orchards and farm markets and art and craft fairs. Sample wine along the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail, participate in the fun run or biathlon race.
UL International Crown
The UL International Crown is a first-of-its-kind biennial, team match play competition featuring the best female golfers from the top eight countries in the world, based on the combined Rolex World Ranking of the top four players from each country. Since it will be along the lines of the FIFA World Cup of women’s golf, come root for your country! The tournament also precedes golf’s return to the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Brazil by a few weeks, so meet future Olympians as well. Volunteer registration is open and tickets are now on sale. Visit www.ULCROWN.com to find out more.
Trolley Tours - Starved Rock
Board a trolley outside of the Great Hall area of the Lodge. Learn about the rich history and legends of Starved Rock State Park and Lodge. Travel to the Lock and Dam, through historic downtown Utica and the Starved Rock Visitor Center. Reservations are recommended. April & May: Saturday 3-4:30 & Sunday 12-1:30, 1:30-3 & 3-4:30. Jun. 1, 2015 - Oct. 31, 2015 , Mon-Sat 3:00pm - 4:30pm, Sun 12:00pm-1:30pm, 1:30pm - 3:00pm, 3:00pm - 4:30pm. June-October: Monday-Saturday 3-4:30 pm, Sundays 12:00-1:30, 1:30-3 & 3-4:30. For more information or to book, call 815-220-7386.
Train of Terror
All aboard the Train of Terror for a thrilling and chilling, four-mile ride with a variety of spooky scenes along the route. Buy tickets at the Silver Creek Depot and Freight House. Food and beverages are available. October 10, 17, and 24th. All Tickets: $8.00
Trail of Terror
Tucked among the charming small towns, lush scenery and hassle-free motoring in Northern Illinois is the Trail of Terror, a self-guided tour of the area's finest haunted houses, cemetery walks, pumpkin patches, wineries, festivals and other spook-tacular seasonal sensations. The fun begins in September and continues through all of October across Carroll, DeKalb, Henry, Jo Daviess, Lee, McHenry, Ogle, Stephenson & Whiteside counties. For all the details & more information on all of the cool creepiness, visit www.illinoistrailofterror.com
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.
Torchlight Halloween Hike, Pumpkin Carving and Wiener Roast
Enjoy Lincoln Log Cabin in the dark! We will start at the Visitor Center for a bonfire and wiener roast. Bring out your best carved pumpkin by 4:30 pm and visitors will judge the best carvings and prizes will be awarded. You will also want to hike the paths between our historic farms by torchlight to hear storytellers in the Lincoln Cabin and Sargent House there to entertain guests with seasonal stories. To benefit the educational and interpretation programs of Lincoln Log Cabin, the Foundation will be selling hot dogs and s’mores for you to roast over an open fire.
The Polar Express at Monticello Railway Museum
Held at Monticello Railway Museum. Read along with the story as the train makes its round-trip journey to the North Pole. Meet Santa and enjoy caroling, hot chocolate, surprises and a treat. And, for those who believe, a special gift for each child. Children are encouraged to wear their pajamas! Nov 14, Nov 20-21, Nov 27-29 & Dec 4-5. Reservations required. Tickets go on sale June 6th.
The Halloween Gathering
This powerful event will gather Chicago’s vast and diverse creative communities for an all-day festival culminating with a magical nighttime parade. Drawing together world-renowned institutions including the Field Museum, The Art Institute of Chicago, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Columbia College Chicago and the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, as well as unique local organizations like Louder Than a Bomb, Silent Theatre Company, and guilds of artists in assorted fields, this dramatic display will activate Halloween as the “artist’s holiday” along one of the most prestigious cultural avenues in the world.
Thanksgiving Cruises – Odyssey
This Thanksgiving, spend time relaxing out on the water aboard Odyssey Chicago! Celebrate with the entire family as you enjoy a special holiday meal. For reservations, call 888.957.2634 or visit http://www.odysseycruises.com/chicago/cruises/specialty/thanksgiving-day-cruises.
Take a Hike & a Lunch - Starved Rock Canyons
Join us for a guided hike from the Lodge to LaSalle and Tonti Canyons. Participants meet in the hotel main lobby of the Lodge to pick up a lunch and a “Starved Rock” backpack. Hikers will stop for lunch once they reach a Canyon. The tour concludes at the Lodge about 2:00pm. Please dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear. Hike will be around 4.5 miles round trip. This hike is classified as strenuous. Lunch includes: your choice of turkey, ham or PB&J, bag of chips, homemade granola bar, piece of fruit and a bottle of water. Advanced reservations are required as space is limited. For more information or to book, call 815-220-7386 Saturday hikes will go to LaSalle Canyon. Depart from Lodge and hikers will stop for lunch once they reach LaSalle Canyon. After lunch, the hike continues to Eagle Cliff and Lover’s Leap. The tour concludes at the Lodge around 2:30 pm. Sunday hikes will go to St. Louis Canyon. The hike will depart from the Lodge and go to the top of Starved Rock then hike to Aurora Canyon. After Aurora Canyon, hikers will go to St. Louis Canyon and stop for lunch. After lunch, the hike continues back to the Lodge and ends around 2:30 pm. Saturday & Sundays through November, 11am-2pm. $17 per person.
Sycamore Pumpkin Run 10K
The Sycamore 10K Pumpkin Run is headed into its 37th year! Feet will hit the street Sunday, October 25th at 9:05am. The 10K is held during Sycamore Illinois’ world famous Pumpkin Festival. This race has become a staple in the Northern Illinois race schedule. In 2014, we had over 1,800 participants running. Awards are given to the top three finishers in 11 age groups!
Sycamore Pumpkin Fest
2015 is the 54th Annual Sycamore Pumpkin Festival downtown. What started out as an idea by Wally Thurow in 1956 to offer something creative for the students of Sycamore, has grown from a neighborhood display on his front yard into the towns biggest city wide event beginning on Wednesday with the Opening Ceremony and cake cutting. The festival begins with over 1000 entries in the Lions Decorated Pumpkin Display, 2 carnivals, 2 large indoor craft shows, many non-profit vendors, and culminating with an hour and a half long parade on Sunday.
Sweet Autumn Clematis Festival
See and smell hundreds of feet of walls covered in Autumn Clematis; followed by punch served in Luther Hall. The event runs from 10:00am- 5:00pm.
Steam Weekend at Monticello Railway Museum (October)
Enjoy the unique experience of riding behind our recently restored 1907 Southern 2-8-0 steam locomotive #401! The 401 runs once a month during our regular operating season.
Starved Rock Walkers Club
Join the fun on our weekly, guided hikes! Explore Starved Rock State Park, Matthiessen State Park, the I & M Canal and a nearby Nature Preserve. Every Thursday morning, year round, the Starved Rock Walkers Club meets in the lobby of the Lodge and departs at 9:00 am. Hikes last between 2 and 3 hours, depending on the destination. The hikes vary each week and over a 4-month period, the group will see the entire park. Make some new friends and learn about wildlife, wildflowers and more. This event is free and open to the public. Please note: We will not hike on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve or New Year’s Eve. Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Every Thursday (year round).
Starved Rock Photography Club
Whether you are just beginning in photography, are an advanced amateur or a professional, you are welcome to the Starved Rock Photography Club. Monthly photography walks at Starved Rock State Park’s Lodge with club leader, Jacki Pienta. The Photography Club will meet each month throughout the year for guided walks to planned sites for photography opportunities. Members will informally exchange ideas and tips for quality nature and wildlife photos. We will meet the 4th Saturday of every month at 9am in the back of the Large Parking Lot at Starved Rock Lodge. All meetings will consist of a hike to an area of either Starved Rock State Park, Matthiessen State Park or Buffalo Rock. Please be prepared to carpool if necessary. $25.00 annual fee to join which will include a club t-shirt and an annual cookout! Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm 4th Saturday of each month. For more information, call 815-220-7386.
Large telescopes fixed on constellations and celestial views will be available thanks to amateur astronomers from the Kankakee Area StarGazers, the Naperville Astronomical Association, and the South West Astronomy Observers Group. 8-10PM.
Spring Equinox Sunrise Observance at Reconstructed Woodhenge
Meet at the reconstructed Woodhenge to hear an explanation of the discovery, form end function of this post-circle sun calendar. Arrive by 6:45 a.m.
Come golfing at our mini golf course with this "spooktacular" set up! Ghosts and gruesome goblins inhabit this golf course for the day to create a unique and fun golfing experience!
Southern Illinois Boat & Fishing Show
A weekend long event sponsored by the Youth Outdoor Education Foundation and the Williamson County Tourism Bureau. The show features boats, trailers, trucks, ATVs, fishing tackle, live entertainment and more. Admission and parking is free. Great fun for all ages.
Silver Creek & Stephenson Railroad and Silvercreek Museum Fall Harvest Demonstrations
All aboard as a 36-ton, 1912 Heisler steam locomotive pulls three cabooses for a four-mile ride through farmlands. Purchase your ticket at the Silver Creek Depot, a turn-of-the-century replica filled with railroad artifacts, and browse the Freight House Gift Shop and Silvercreek Museum. Weather permitting, there will be fall harvest demonstrations with horses and tractors. The museum will feature sauerkraut and brats. Train: Adults: $7; Children under 12: $3; Cab Rides: Inquire at the Depot; Museum: Adults: $4; Children under 12: Free.
Shop It Forward
Come out shopping at this special event in beautiful downtown Morris, IL. Brought to you by the merchants that make up Morris Retail Association. Stores will have extended shopping hours. Show your paid receipt from one store to the next and get a discount (participating members only).
Senior Casino Lunch Cruise - Spirit of Chicago
Bring your senior citizen group aboard Spirit of Chicago for a fun-filled afternoon during our Spirit-ed Super Senior Tuesdays! Each cruise begins with a delicious buffet style lunch and lively music from the past decades' greatest tunes. Then the fun really gets started with: Slots, Blackjack, Roulette, Poker, Bingo games, plus a chance to win great Spirit prizes!
Scarecrow Fest at Route 66 Park in Braidwood
Check out the 3rd Annual Scarecrow Fest with live music, chili cookoff, and pumpkin decorating for the kids. Participants enter a scarecrow for judging. Top three winners receive a gift card to a local business.
Scarecrow Daze Festival
During the Annual Scarecrow Daze Festival, the entire city of Shelbyville is decorated with scarecrows. With a different theme every year, entrants decorate their homes and businesses to the theme. There is also a large parade on Saturday, kids' games, a beer tent, music, a quilt show, and plenty of food and crafts, in downtown Shelbyville. Held in conjunction with Touchstone Energy Balloon Fest.
Celebrate the season with this pumpkin patch offering pumpkins, gourds, mums, and straw bales. Plus great photo opportunities. Open 7 days a week, dawn to dusk.
Red Oak Nature Center Fall Fest
Come out to the woods for some fall color fun! Travel from station to station through the woods doing fun fall activities and crafts. This is a free event. No need to sign up, however parents must accompany their children. For groups of 10 or more, please call Red Oak to register.
Pumpkin Fest 2015 At Siegel's Cottonwood Farm
Pumpkin Fest is celebrating its 25th Anniversary. Over 20+ attractions included in your general admission. Challenge yourself in the 15 acre American Sniper corn maze or the 2 acre Spookley the Square Pumpkin corn maze. Take a hayrack ride to the U-Pick Pumpkin field or feed a pixie goat at the petting zoo. An array of food will be available from smoked turkey legs to fresh baked pie slices. Visit www.ourpumpkinfarm.com to see special events and guest appearances. Pumpkin Fest is "Affordable Family Fun" on the Farm. Open daily from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. including Columbus Day, Sept. 26th through Nov. 1st. Come to the farm and Harvest Your Family Memories. Call 815-741-2693 for more information.
Pumpkin Daze at Abbey Farms
Come to Abbey Farms for some good ol’ fashioned outdoor fun! Abbey Farms boasts one of the largest corn mazes in Kane County and has quickly become a favorite among visitors. Craft beer and wine tent available. Last entry is one hour before close and there are limited attractions on weekdays. Petting zoo and pony rides Saturday and Sunday only (weather permitting).
Princeton Christmas Open House
On Friday November 20th - Sunday, November 22, come see the Spectacular Christmas Tree Lighting at Darius Miller Park followed by a candy cane hunt at Soldiers and Sailors Park. All weekend you can enjoy Live music, hot chocolate, and luminaries, plus lots of shopping and family fun! Don't forget to visit Santa while your there! For more information please contact the Princeton Area Chamber of Commerce.
Pasta Lunch Cruises – Odyssey
Fuel up for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon as Odyssey Chicago hosts two pasta lunch cruises for participants as well as family and friends. For reservations or more information, call 888.957.2634 or visit http://www.odysseycruises.com/chicago/cruises/specialty/pasta-lunch
Parade of Lights
Join the Champaign Center Partnership as they officially launch the holiday season with a Parade of Lights. Marching bands and lighted floats weave their way through the streets of Downtown Champaign with Santa making his grand appearance just in time to light the City Christmas Tree.
NYE Fireworks Dinner Cruise – Odyssey
Make a magnificent New Year's Eve memory aboard Odyssey's upscale Chicago New Year's Eve Fireworks Dinner Cruise from Navy Pier. It's the perfect, most sophisticated celebration on the lakefront. End 2015 and welcome 2016 with DJ entertainment, dinner, a platinum bar package, a champagne toast and fireworks from Navy Pier at midnight (weather permitting). For reservations, call 888.957.2634 or visit http://www.odysseycruises.com/chicago/cruises/specialty/new-years-eve-fireworks-dinner
Northwestern Football Games
The Northwestern Wildcats offer some of the best Division 1 college sports action in the Midwest, featuring 14 teams competing in the Big Ten Conference. Come early and enjoy the festivities at Wildcat Alley for a pre-game fan fest. Home Game Schedule: Saturday, September 5th vs. Stanford Saturday, September 12th vs. Eastern Illinois Saturday, September 26th vs. Ball State Saturday, October 3rd vs. Minnesota Saturday October 17th vs. Iowa Saturday November 7th vs. Penn State Saturday November 14th vs. Purdue
Nicholas Conservatory - Lorikeet Exhibit
For the second year, lorikeets are landing in Rockford! These bright, colorful birds will swoop in for a stay at Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens. Inside the Conservatory, guests will find a special lorikeet house which provides guests with an intimate look into the fascinating world of the lorikeet. Visitors will be "face to beak" with the small- to medium-sized parrots known for their playful personalities, vibrant coloration, and their ability to mimic words and sounds. Lorikeets are a group of birds classified under "true parrots," and are found throughout the Australian region. Lorikeets, or lorys, have a unique brush-tipped tongue for feeding on fruits, vegetables, and flowers and are constantly looking for nectar and fruits due to their rapid metabolism. Guests will be able to purchase a nectar cup for $1 at the front desk and gift shop inside the Conservatory.
New Year's Eve Fireworks Dinner Cruise - Spirit of Chicago
Spirit of Chicago's 2015 New Year's Eve Fireworks Dinner Cruise is the most festive and entertaining party in the city. Splash aboard for our dinner buffet, premium open bar, champagne toast at midnight, interactive DJ entertainment and midnight fireworks (weather permitting) provided by Navy Pier. Welcome 2016 on the water!
Mt. Vernon Fall Festival
This three day October festival in downtown Mt. Vernon includes a beer tent with live entertainment, parade, children's area, food, fun, car show, band competition, pumpkin competition, carnival, pet parade and so much more!
Model Railroad Garden: Landmarks of America
The 7,500-square-foot “Model Railroad Garden: Landmarks of America” exhibition at the Chicago Botanic Garden features trains running on 1,600 feet of track, for train and garden enthusiasts to enjoy the delightful sights and sounds of the miniature trains traversing high and low through tunnels, across bridges and around buildings.
Magnificent Mile Lights Festival
Kick off the holiday season and create your special memories on The Magnificent Mile in 2014! The BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival, the nation’s largest evening holiday celebration, jump starts the holiday season on Saturday, November 22 with a full day of family friendly activities, concerts by top musical artists and the best holiday shopping. The day’s excitement culminates with a grand evening parade down Michigan Avenue marshaled by Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse from Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, illuminating one million lights on 200 trees. The parade concludes with a grand finale fireworks show over the Chicago River.
Lunch with Santa on the Train
Come out for Lunch with Santa on the Train at the Wabash Depot in Monticello, Illinois, a holiday favorite for kids of all ages. Enjoy a train ride, individual visit with Santa, and kid friendly sack lunch. The ride is about 60 minutes per trip. Reservations required. Tickets go on sale online Saturday, June 6th.
Locktoberfest Weekends at Lockwood Park
Locktoberfest is a family fun festival, with a different theme each week! Our festival features free and low fee paid activities. Each weekend we will offer carnival rides, games, children's farm, pony rides, wagon rides, pick your own pumpkin, seasonal food, face painting, and more! Parking is free. Saturdays and Sundays in October, plus Monday, October 12.
The oldest footrace in Southern IL. is held the 2nd Saturday in November each year on the Mississippi River levee in Cairo. A long sleeve t-shirt is given to each participant in the 5,000 & 10,000 meter run and awards will be presented to the winners.
Leave no child inside, family fun day!
Spend some time outside with the kids and have fun with our naturalists. Enjoy activities and games, an obstacle course, nature scavenger hunt and more.
Laughs on the Lake Comedy Cruises – Spirit of Chicago
Prepare to laugh on Lake Michigan! Come aboard Spirit of Chicago for an unforgettable night of comedy. Grab a group of friends, or make it a date night. Performances by several stand up comedians will have you splitting your sides! Purchase your tickets for a night of laughs, hosted by our very own Darren Georgia. Most cruises will feature opening acts, followed by performances by headlining comedians. Similar to a comedy club, seating is first-come, first-serve, giving you the ultimate experience in the comedy capital of America.
Lansing Autumn Festival
The annual three-day Lansing Autumn Fest returns for its 4th year at Fox Point & Park Plaza. The family friendly event includes musical entertainment, food vendors, vendor Market Place & craft fair, vintage baseball game, kids zone with second entertainment stage & kids games, chili cook-off, military recognition day, pancake breakfast, 5K Hero Walk/Run, $10,000 Pumpkin Cash Raffle. For more information or to be a sponsor or vendor, visit www.lansingautumfest.org or call 708-832-4584.
Lambs Farm Famous Farmyard
The Lambs Farm Farmyard will open daily March 30th through November 1, 2015. Come and enjoy Lambs Farm's famous Farmyard. Meet Miss Wiggles, the 450-pound pig with an affinity for Bavarian Crème donuts and Oreo Cookies®, and meet all of the new miniature animals, including Levi the miniature horse. Climb into the petting zoo with goats, sheep and lambs. Check out the llamas, alpacas, cows, horses, ducks and more. Enjoy a ride on the old-fashion carousel or the train. Then challenge friends and family to a round of mini golf! Farmyard memberships are available. Day passes for all activities available for $8 for adults and $12 for children 2-12.
Jonamac Orchard's Haunted Corn Maze
This 10-acre cornfield and 3-miles of winding pathways will take on a Halloween makeover! Adventure seekers should prepare to be scared when they challenge the maze during the Haunting! Open on Fridays and Saturdays from October 2 - 31, 2014
Jonamac Orchard Pumpkin PIckin’ Weekend
Come celebrate autumn during Pumpkin Pickin’ Weekend! Catch a free hayride to the pick-your-own pumpkin patch, and check out our Pumpkin Cannon as it blasts Pumpkins into the air. Grab a bag of freshly popped Kettle Corn, and enjoy a crackling apple wood fire in our Campfire Sites! There will be live music on Sunday from Noon to 4pm.
Jonamac Orchard Halloween Bash
Visit our Pumpkin Princess and catch a free hayride to the pick-your-own pumpkin patch! The kids will love our 10 acre corn maze, the Barn Yard Play Area, Apple Train, Apple Launcher, Petting Zoo, and Pony Rides. Enjoy live music on Sunday from noon to 4pm!
Jonamac Orchard Demolition Weekend
It’s Pumpkin Demolition Weekend at Jonamac Orchard! Bring your pumpkin back, or use one of ours to smash, blast, crush, and destroy it in one of our many pumpkin demolition machines! This is your last chance to enjoy our Haunted Corn Maze this season, as our last night will be Halloween Night (Saturday, October 31). Hope to see you there, if you dare!
Jonamac Orchard Antique Farm Equipment Show
Come visit our annual Antique Farm Equipment show featuring working equipment from decades ago! Catch a free hayride to the pick-your-own Pumpkin Patch, and check out our Pumpkin Patch as we blast pumpkins into the air. Pony Rides will be available Saturday, Sunday, and Monday for Columbus Day! Don’t miss our live music on Sunday from Noon to 4pm. Check out our Facebook Page for more information on what is happening around the farm! We are open for Columbus Day from 9-5:30pm with all of our usual weekend activities and activity pricing. This includes our Corn Maze, Apple Cannon and Launcher, Play Areas, Apple Train, Petting Zoo, and more!
Jonamac Orchard and Corn Maze
Bring your family out to our 65 acre site for a day of fall fun this harvest season! Open from mid-August through November, enjoy the horse drawn hay rides, 10 acre corn maze (Beginning Labor Day Weekend), kid's activity area with a barn, bale pile, tractor cab and more. Pick your own apples from any of our nearly 5,000 trees (Begins late August). Stop in our store and visit the bakery for apple donuts, pies, caramel apples and fresh baked bread, and fudge. Pony rides and a petting zoo will be available in the beginning of September. Jonamac Orchard is your family's fall tradition.
Jacksonville Main Street's Pumpkin Fest
Join them for free family fun! Children and adult costume contest, pet costume contest, pumpkin decorating, food, games and entertainment.
The sparkling splendor of over 2,000 hand-carved, illuminated jack-o-lanterns will surround the Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon at Washington Park at this annual Halloween festival.
Indian Summer Festival
Enjoy peak fall colors at this lakeside garden and nature area while listening to music, enjoying refreshments and participating in family friendly crafts and activities.
IHSA State Football Championships
The Illinois high school state football championships are back in DeKalb County! NIU's Huskie Stadium is the site for the 2015 IHSA Football State championships on November 27-28, 2015. 2 Days, 8 Games, 16 Teams, Thousands of Football Fans From Across the State and you
Home Garden & Business Expo
Annual Home Garden & Business Expo featuring over 40 exhibitors and 2 full days of "How To" demonstrations. Breakfast and lunch available, hourly door prizes, blood screenings on site and register for the "Grand Prize!"
Home for the Holidays in Downtown Oak Park
Catch the old-fashioned holiday spirit with free horse-drawn sleigh rides and a visit from Santa!
Holiday Lights Train
The Holiday Light Train is Pete's biggest event of the year. The park is decorated for the Holidays. See over 250,000 lights in various displays. Giant toy soldiers, candy canes, cascading snow flakes, flying reindeer, and swans swimming, just to name a few of Pete's displays!
Holiday Lights at Bunker Hill
Historic buildings at Kennekuk County Park's "Bunker Hill Historic Area" will be lit for the occasion and decorated for the holidays. Continuing throughout the holiday season, the holiday lights will be displayed weekends from 5-8 p.m.
Holiday Lights at Bunker Hill
Historic buildings at Kennekuk County Park's "Bunker Hill Historic Area" will be lit for the occasion and decorated for the holidays. Continuing throughout the holiday season, the lights will be displayed weekends from 5-8 p.m.
Historic Trolley Tour
Take a great adventure every June through December! Board a trolley outside of the Great Hall area of the Lodge. Enjoy a historic trolley ride with stops at the Starved Rock State Park Visitor Center where you will see a short video of the area. You will also travel to the Illinois Waterway Visitor Center where you will see Starved Rock from across the river and watch as the river traffic lock through the locks. You will also travel through the village of Utica and hear about the Illinois and Michigan Canal. While aboard, the driver will narrate the history and legends of the area. For tickets and information please call 815-220-7386. $12 Adults, $10 Seniors, $8 Child 10 and under. 2014 Dates: JUNE – OCTOBER- Tuesday – 3:00pm, Thursday – 3:00pm, Saturday – 3:00pm, Sunday – 12:00pm & 1:30pm. November & December- Saturday - 12:00pm & 1:30pm, Sunday - 12:00pm & 1:30pm.
Deck out your dog and join us for Haunted Hounds! Come dressed to impress. Award categories include Best Dog & Owner Combo, Best Homemade Costume, Best Big Dog Costume (41+ pounds), and Best Little Dog Costume (under 40 pounds). Don't miss this chance to meet your neighbors, win prizes (including a raffle, no costume required) and check out the latest canine outfits. All friendly canines are invited to this on-leash event. Rover's Run membership is not required.
Fun for the whole family including roasting hot dogs on an open fire, haunted trail rides and a kid's activity tent.
Celebrate Halloween, if you dare, at the Chicago Botanic Garden! Get in the Halloween spirit with face-painting festivities! Bring your camera to capture a photo of your costumed family in friendly and frightening surroundings. As night falls, walk through the Model Railroad Garden: Landmarks of America, decorated in ghostly lights and running special ghost trains; then take a ride around the Garden on the Howlin’ Express—keep your eyes peeled for spooky sights!
Halloween Hollow is the largest annual event in Mokena and features many different attractions, such as great amusement rides, the Monster Market, Haunted Trail, hayrides, Jack-O-Lantern and Great Pumpkin Weigh-in contest, great food, musical entertainment, pony rides and more.
Halloween Casket Races
The Annual Casket Race is back! The Casket Race features trophies for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, plus the most frightfully funny and creepy designs. Cheer on your favorite team - or join the race!
Hakuna Matata River Rambler Cruise
Cruise the river, learn its history, and view its geographical features during the River Rambler Tours on the Hakuna Matata, a 49-passenger all weather tour boat. The first level of the boat is fully enclosed with large windows and is seasonally air-conditioned and heated. The upper deck is a huge open air patio offering 360 degree views of the river and surrounding bluffs. Tours set sail from the Grafton Harbor. Admission is $18/adults, $16/seniors, $9/children ages 3-7, $4.50 for children 2 and under.
Follow the Green Pumpkin Trail to collect healthy treats from local businesses and participate in kids' activities including pumpkin painting and costume swap. Join us October 17th from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Great Godfrey Maze
Get your kicks at the Great Godfrey Maze! It’s time to go cruising to the finish line as you race your way through two separate mazes cut into a 7-acre cornfield. You may have to yield to oncoming traffic or hit a few detours along the way, but everyone gets a little lost sometimes. Plus, ride on the car train, check out the zip line or play around in the corn crib. Go to www.GodfreyIL.org and check the calendar for special movie nights, festivities and the haunted maze! In October, the ghosts and goblins will come out after dark. Admission is $6 for 12 and up, $4 for ages 6 through 11 and children 5 and under are free.
Join us for the return of the Grafton Rendezvous on the banks of the Illinois River. See pre-1840 history come to life and experience what a busy river port was like during that period. Traders will demonstrate candle and rope making, bead working, wood carving, metal working and leather crafting. There will be tomahawk and knife throwing and much more. Bring the family and enjoy the fun.
Goose Lake Prairie Partners Holiday Open House
This holiday event features decorated Christmas tree with homemade ornaments. Children will make holiday ornaments. Hot apple cider and homemade cookies will be served. Partners will be in 1830 period dress. Located in the Visitors Center, Sat Nov 14, 1:00pm - 3:00pm. Free admission.
Gem & Mineral Show
Annual Gem and Mineral Show showing off Indian artifacts, fossils, lapidary displays, shell crafts and much more.
Fall Hayride and Campfire
October is pumpkin time! Join Lake Katherine for a fall hayride followed by pumpkin painting, treats and songs around the campfire. Registration and payment to be made in person or by mail no later than the Monday before the event. We do not accept telephone registration. $8 per person Program #429.
Fall Festival at New Salem
Typical autumn life on the 1830s Illinois prairie will be demonstrated. Costumed interpreters will demonstrate daily tasks such as candle dipping, butter churning, soap making, basket making, spinning wool, gardening, natural dyeing, and fishing with nets. Demonstrations of meat smoking will take place in one of the log village's period smokehouses, and wild game cooking will be demonstrated in the log homes. Visitors can step down into the cellar at the tavern to see how fruits and vegetables were preserved during the winter.
Fall Festival at Lincoln’s New Salem
Come and see what a typical autumn life was like on the 1830's Illinois prairie. There will be costumed interpreters demonstrating daily tasks such as candle dipping, butter churning, soap making, basket making, spinning wool, gardening, natural dyeing, and fishing with nets. As well as a demonstration of meat smoking that will take place in one of the log village's period smokehouses. Wild game cooking will be demonstrated in the log homes and you are also welcome to step down into the cellar at the tavern to see how fruits and vegetables were preserved during the winter.
Extreme Thrill Ride at Chicago's Navy Pier - Seadog
For a truly wet and wild experience, the Seadog Extreme is 30% faster than her doggie siblings! Topping out at 45mph on the open water, the Seadog Extreme is the most horse-powered commercial passenger vessel of its kind currently cruising the Great Lakes. With exhilarating high speeds and full 180-360° spins, this jet-propelled ride blasts off to start and splashes down to stop! Experience full throttle slalom runs, sharp twists and turns, and feel the raw power and excitement of the Seadog Extreme's two 1400 HP engines. Also enjoy rock-n-roll music and a fun narration about Chicago.
Eat, Drink and B. Mary Brunch Cruises – Spirit of Chicago
Experience Spirit of Chicago's new Sunday Brunch Cruises on Lake Michigan. Take in sensational views of the city skyline, enjoy a delicious buffet-style brunch menu and sip a custom Bloody Mary cocktail. Build your own Bloody Mary from a selection of gourmet ingredients, including bacon-infused vodka, blue cheese stuffed olives, antipasto skewers and more. Bloody Marys are available for onboard purchase and are not included in the ticket price.
East Peoria Festival of Lights & Folepi's Winter Wonderland
Light up your night at the East Peoria Festival of Lights (FOLEPI)! The annual Festival of Lights is a one-of-a-kind holiday spectacular. With more than two million lights in the festival, the beauty will be sure to mesmerize you and your family.
Eagle Watching with Ranger
Join refuge rangers from Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge for a morning of eagle watching. Visit multiple areas at the wildlife refuge that are known for eagles. A personal vehicle will be needed. Attendees are reminded to dress for the weather. Open to all ages. Space is limited, call 618-883-2524 to register in advance. This program will be on December 5th & 19th, January 2nd & 16th, February 6th & 20th, and March 5th & 19th at 9 am to 10 am each day.
Eagle Watching Open House
Visit Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge to learn about bald eagles and how to watch for them, then venture out to watch for eagles with a refuge ranger. Experienced eagle watchers will be set up with viewing scopes at various locations at the wildlife refuge. Kids crafts will be available at the visitor center. For more information, call 618-883-2524.
Eagle Watching in Alton
Illinois boasts the largest concentration of wintering American bald eagles in the continental U.S., and the Alton area is a great place to see them. Mingle with a live eagle at the National Great Rivers Museum. Get a bird’s-eye view from eight stories high as majestic eagles soar along the Mississippi River at the adjacent Melvin Price Locks & Dam. Or drive along on an exciting eagle-watching expedition with a nature expert at Pere Marquette State Park during Bald Eagle Days, held from late December through mid-February.
Eagle Watching at Starved Rock State Park
You don’t have to travel north to see these majestic birds of prey. Thousands of eagles migrate south from Canada during the winter and Illinois is one of the homes of the greatest population of wintering bald eagles. The Starved Rock Lodge in Utica offers a “Bald Eagle Trolley Tour” in January and February on Mondays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Viewing birds from the Veranda at the Starved Rock Lodge is good as well. Dress warmly though. This great viewing spot is right outside the doors of the Great Room. If you’d like some exercise, take a hike on one of the trails at the Starved Rock State Park. One trail begins right at the Veranda. For a birds eye view, hike to the top of the Rock. Another popular event is "Eagle Watch Weekend" with activites both at the Starved Rock Lodge and the Illinois Waterway Visitors Center.
Du Quoin Annual Holiday Lights Fair
Starting the day after Thanksgiving and continuing through the month of December. Come experience Du Quoin Tourism’s transformation of the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds into a magical place with lights and decorations. The event features a 1 1/2-mile drive through over $250,000 worth of lighted displays as well as decorated trees, entertainment, food, crafts and visits with Santa in the Expo Hall. The light trail opens nightly from 5:30 – 9:30 p.m., and the Expo Hall will be open on the second and third weekends in December from 5:30 — 9:30 p.m. The Expo Hall features Santa’s train ride and Santa’s Workshop.
Downtown Tinley Boo Bash
Dress up and head out to the Downtown Tinley Halloween Boo Bash. Enjoy costume parade, trick-or-treating, games, prizes, snacks, food and refreshments available.
Didier Farms' Pumpkinfest
Pumpkinfest September 19-October 31, 2015. Tractor drawn hayrides, corn maze, New! Buffalo Creek Mining Co, pony & camel rides, Animal Land, Pumpkin Playland, kiddie rides, Parakeet Encounter, Pig Races (Sat, Sun & Mon) Pumpkin Patch Café, homemade apple cider & pumpkin donuts made daily. Antique tractor display, fall produce, birthday parties and school groups by reservation only. Family farm since 1912.
Deerfield's Annual Winter Celebration
The Village of Deerfield will be celebrating the holidays with festive activities for every age. Enjoy horse-drawn sleigh rides, roasted chestnuts, carolers, live animals and more. Local downtown businesses will have seasonal treats and activities. Music, hot cocoa and more.
Cruise Nights in Morris
Years ago there was a tradition in Morris called "Buzzing the Gut", a simple way of saying cruising Liberty Street. Morris is bringing that tradition back to downtown. Any Classic car owners are invited to participate. For a minimal registration fee of $10.00, car owners can display their cars on Liberty Street starting at 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Entry closes at 8:00 p.m. No rain dates. The public is invited to walk around and enjoy these classic cars at no cost! Proceeds go to Grundy Community Hospice. Second Saturdays through October 10.