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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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Chicago December Holiday Cruises - Spirit of Chicago
This December get into the Holiday Spirit! Celebrate the season with a Spirit of Chicago Holiday Cruise. These special holiday events feature buffet dining, engaging DJ entertainment for dancing and dazzling views from the water. See website for Cruise options.
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!
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.
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.
Chicago Lakefront Speedboat Tour
Are you ready for an entertaining cruise experience along Chicago's scenic lakefront? Our 30-Minute Lakefront Speedboat Tour is the best way to view Chicago from the lake, combining an exciting speedboat ride along the shoreline with informative and amusing descriptions of the world famous Chicago skyline! As you depart Chicago's Navy Pier, we'll tell you interesting facts about the Pier and Chicago's lakefront. Then we'll crank up the music and race south past Navy Pier to Chicago's Museum Campus where we'll pause to hear about Chicago's interesting lakefront landmarks, architecture and history. We will then speed north past Navy Pier to cruise the Magnificent Mile, giving you unique views of the Sears Tower, Buckingham Fountain and Grant Park along the way. After a few quick facts, we'll dash back to our dog house on Navy Pier.
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
Chicago Valentine's Day Dinner Cruise - Spirit of Chicago
What are your Valentine’s Day plans? For the perfect way to enjoy Chicago with your sweetheart, come aboard Spirit for a special Valentine’s Day Cruise. Nothing beats the atmosphere of a night on the water with the city as your backdrop. With a beautiful setting, delicious dinner and dancing, this cruise is Cupid approved! Now get sailing, you lovebirds.
Blackberry Farm Holiday Express
Experience the magic! All aboard! one of the top six most beautiful trains in Illinois! Ride the train through a winter wonderland at Blackberry Farm around the lake and through the tunnel while Christmas holiday music plays. (First three weekends in December.)
Chicago New Year's Eve Fireworks Dinner - Mystic Blue
Ring in 2016 with the hottest New Year's Eve celebration on the water! It's all happening aboard Mystic Blue's New Year's Eve Fireworks Dinner Cruise. With the tastiest treats, a platinum open bar package, a champagne toast at midnight, the best views of Chicago's amazing skyline and a fireworks show from Navy Pier (weather permitting), there's no place else you'll want to be when you say farewell to 2015. The night will end with a half-hour dockside party on our cool and contemporary decks. Trust us, you don't want to miss this! New Year's Eve aboard Mystic Blue will be unforgettable.
Chicago December Holiday Cruises - Mystic Blue
This year, celebrate the season with a festive cruise aboard Mystic Blue Chicago! Experience the holidays from an exciting, fresh perspective. Complete with tasty eats, awesome DJ beats for dancing and the best views at the best value! See website for Cruise list.
“The Third Testament,” the annual Holy Boulders Bouldering Competition
Nestled on a hillside in Pomona, IL, the Holy Boulders is a world-class climbing area offering classic lines of all grades on perfectly textured sandstone. The bouldering competition will help promote access to some of the finest sandstone bouldering in the country, the climbing area is known as “The Holy Boulders.” Last year the ICA’s Holy Boulders competition brought together over 200 competitors from 7 states and raised $15,000 to permanently secure climbing access at the Holy Boulders.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Chicago Haunted Tours - Seadog
Experience the sights, lights, and frights of Chicago this Halloween! Discover Chicago’s architecture at nighttime while exploring the many spirits, scandals, and sins of the Windy City. Our journey will take you through Chicago's darker history with spine tingling tales of supernatural occurrences, moonlit mysteries, and infamous figures along the beautiful Chicago River. Tours depart at 6:15pm every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in October, beginning Friday, October 9. Additional tours depart at 8:15pm on Saturday, October 10, 17, and 24th.
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.
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.
75-minute River & Lake Chicago Architecture Tour - Seadog
Seadog Chicago's River and Lake Architectural Tour is the only tour to take you from the lakefront, through the locks and along the Chicago River all the way to the famous Willis Tower! Departing from Navy Pier, this 75-minute architecture cruise is the best way to get up-close to all of Chicago’s most famous buildings and unique architecture. It combines amazing views, entertaining narration and an exciting ride along the lakefront. Welcome aboard – Woof!
43rd Annual Settler's Day
Celebrate our heritage by stepping back into America's past. Don't miss costumed living-history demonstrators, history hikes, crafts, and an imaginary wagon train adventure and more!
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!
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.
2015 Frank Lloyd Wright Races
Registration for the 39th Annual Frank Lloyd Wright Races is now open and if you register before September 1, you save $10! The race date is Sunday, October 18, 2015! Bring your racing and running season to a close in historic Oak Park with the flat, fast, and scenic route of the 2015 Frank Lloyd Wright Races, featuring a 5K Run/Walk, the 10K Run, and the Youth Mile for ages 7-14. All events are on Sunday, October 18 and start just east of Oak Park River Forest High School (201 N. Scoville Avenue in Oak Park) at Scoville and Ontario Streets, and finish on Scoville in front of the school. Have questions? Call 708-725-2000 or email email@example.com for more info
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.
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.
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).
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
American Thresherman Fall Festival
This event will have daily demonstrations and displays of steam and gas engines, draft horses and pony activities, robe making, saw mill, corn shredding and shelling, cider and apple butter making, blacksmithing, steam train rides and much more. This is a family fun weekend!
During this fun-filled event for all ages at the Wildlife Discovery Museum, meet live crocodilians, including Bubba the world famous American Alligator who will be on hand until 2pm. The expert staff and members of the Chicago Herpetological Society and the Madison Area Herpetological Society will give short talks about crocodiles and their kin, including some of our very own residents while also providing some close up encounters with a variety of reptiles. There will also be here will also be kid-friendly activities, face painting, a story teller, craft vendors, food and refreshments.
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!
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
The stage is set for a great evening of festivities and fun for the entire family as the Effingham Central Business Group hosts the 3rd annual Chili Fest on Friday, October 16th, from 5-8 p.m. in Downtown Effingham. Nearly two dozen businesses will host either a chili tasting stop or other treats and refreshments throughout the evening. You can also do a little late night shopping to see what the great stores in the Central Business District have to offer! Many family friendly activities are also planned throughout the evening, including celebrity choice awards, live music, games and more. Bring the entire family!
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
Autumn Wine Walk
Experience an afternoon of wine-tastings at unique boutiques and specialty shops! Enjoy appetizers from local restaurants and great deals while shopping for the Holidays!
2015 Annual Holiday Walk
Live window displays, horse-drawn carriage rides and Santa and his reindeer are just part of the magic of The Annual Holiday Walk. Enjoy winter on Madison Street!
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.
BatFest is Batavia's annual Halloween themed family event attracting over 2,500 ghouls. Includes downtown Trick-or-Treating, Mothers' Club Parade, pumpkin roll, contests, BatArt and games for free family fun. Before the festival, join Batavia United Way for their BatFest 5K walk/run and 10K Run along the Fox River Trail. For more information, please visit www.5kbatavia.com
Balloons Over Mt. Vernon & Fly-In
The event will host over 15 hot air balloons including a 140 foot Shark balloon that goes by “Sharky” taking flight October 16, 17, and 18, 2015 at the Mt. Vernon Outland Airport. There will be a balloon glow, tether balloon offering paid rides, war birds, VIP seating, sponsor booths, family activities, vendors, crafters, inflatables and much more family fun.
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.
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.
Bald Eagle Tours at Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge
Crab Orchard is home to six nesting pairs of resident bald eagles and their offspring. A few nesting sites are visible from public roads throughout the Refuge and eagles are spotted daily. Guided tours visit eagle nests and areas of the Refuge where eagles may be spotted. The cost is $5 for adults and $2.50 for youth under the age of 12, and reservations are required.
Crappie USA Super Tournament
Crappie USA will hold one of the 2015 Super Tournaments on Lake of Egypt in Marion, IL. This will be a guaranteed payout of $10,000 and prizes. The tournament starts at 6:30am and will run until 3pm with a weigh-in at 4pm.
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.
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!
Batavia Farmers' Market
Come enjoy over 18 different vendors offering a variety of fresh vegetables, fruit, eggs, meat, cheese, herbs, flowers, music and more. Along with weekly pop up vendors, check the website weekly for who will be in attendance. 3rd Saturdays will feature the Artisan Collective where you can enjoy living and shopping local. Shop for handmade items from your favorite artists and designers. Also, be sure to check the website for bi weekly activities just for kids. There will be fun activities such as a "make and take art project", a dress up photo shoot, face painting and more!
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.
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.
Clinton's Terror on Washington Street Haunted House
Strange things happen when October comes to Clinton. The old VFW Hall is a place no one wants to travel by after sunset. Screams and moans have been heard..Slow moving creatures have been seen around the premises. Find out for yourself what lurks in the shadows when this peaceful central Illinois community becomes home to the creatures of the night. Event dates are Oct 9-10, 16-17, 23-24, 30-31: 7pm-11pm. "Lights On" dates are Oct. 17th and 24th, 5pm-6pm.
Afternoon Music at Cattails - Starved Rock Marketplace
Join us for an afternoon of music at Cattails located at the Starved Rock Marketplace at the intersection of US Route 6 and Illinois Route 178. Enjoy a wine tasting along with the music or purchase a glass of wine or bee as you enjoy local musicians in the lovely setting of the patio at Cattails. This event is free and will take place rain or shine. Saturdays from 3:00pm - 6:00pm, May - October. Contact Cattails for more information - call 815-667-4550.
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!
Boo! at the Zoo
Little ghost and goblins of all ages are sure to have a howlin' good time! Our not-so-scary and fun-filled event has something for the entire family to enjoy, from the "Crazy Maize" corn maze, to a spin on the "Haunted Carousel", to professional pumpkin carving, and more.
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.
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).
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.
Fun for the whole family including roasting hot dogs on an open fire, haunted trail rides and a kid's activity tent.
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.
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.
Country Corner Giant Pumpkin Festival
Jack O’Lantern meets Jack and the Beanstalk! Like Jack’s plant, a pumpkin can grow, and grow, and GROW – until it becomes one of the stars of the annual Giant Pumpkin Festival! See pumpkins weighing over 500 pounds. Most are for sale, so–give yourself the ultimate challenge and wrestle a giant out in our 20-acre pumpkin patch–or just point at one that’s been pre-picked at the farmstand. We’ll help with the wrestling, weighing and toting. Fall fun park, hayrack rides, corn cannons, our famous “Cow Train” barrel train, “Mining for Gems” ,bounce house, and Kids’ Corn Maze. Free admission, ample parking, nominal charge for events. Fall Fun Park open: 10:30am to 6pm.
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.
Bluegill Music Festival
March 16, 2015 - Bluegill Music Festival will lunch its inaugural event on July 4, 2015 for a one-day festival packed with some of country music's hottest acts. The all-day festival will be complete with Southern Illinois' largest fireworks display, along the shores of the Rend Lake Dam, in Benton, IL. The lineup includes Eli Young Band, LoCash, Clayton Anderson and more exciting acts to be announced. Tickets will go on sale this Friday, March 20th and can be purchased at www.bluegillfest.com and at Black Diamond Harley Davidson. Drawing fans from around the country, including Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee and Indiana, the festival is at the intersection of some of the nation's most dedicated country music fans. Bluegill Music Festival will feature nationally recognized BBQ vendors from around the country. Interactive entertainment for fans will also include activations, like: bags, washers, bubble soccer, Illinois longest slip n' slide, helicopter rides from Black Diamond Harley Davidson, a mechanical bull, a kids area with a large inflatable slide and the "Bluegill Lagoon", featuring a 60 x 100' VIP beach, with cabanas, private wading pools & lounge area. Additionally, Southern Illinois' largest fireworks display will begin at 9:30pm, and is free for all guest.
Christmas in Paris
Come join us for a magical night in Paris, Illinois - full of games, crafts, laughter and fun for the entire family. Most storefronts will be open for shopping or hosting an activity. Most activities are free. All are invited. Visit our facebook page to learn more.
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.
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.
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.
Art Dans La Rue
Join us on Tuesday, August 6th from 12-9pm for Downtown Oak Park's authentic urban French Street Festival! Featuring: art exhibits by local artists, special showing of a French film, Can-Can dancers, French music by "Paris La Nuit," Poodle Parade, French lessons, Fresh made crepes, Wine tastings, Sidewalk chalk contest, Bike Rentals, and much more!
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.
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.
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.
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!"
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
Arthur Amish Country Christmas Kickoff
The Christmas lighted parade steps off at 5:30pm and will showcase Santa & Mrs. Claus through downtown Arthur. Immediately following the parade, Santa will visit with children and parents in Knights Court downtown to start collecting those early Christmas requests. Complimentary hot chocolate and cookies will be served during his visit. Throughout the day, businesses in the downtown area as well as the countryside will feature early Christmas bargains and host Open Houses.