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2015 Time Travelers Bus Tours
On Wednesday, May 20th, from 8am until 4:30pm we'll be visiting some historical and unique churches in the Lemont and Lockport area. Included in the tour will be; Old Congregational Church/Gladys Fox Museum (Lockport), St. Dennis Catholic Church (Lockport), St. James at Sag Bridge Church (Lemont), Old Stone Church (Lemont), Hindu Temple of Greater Chicago (Lemont) Lunch is included at the historic Public Landing Restaurant in Lockport! Tour Admission: $75 Museum Members / $85 Non-Members Registration must be received by May 11th - Space is limited! Time Travelers Bus Tours are made possible by a joint venture of the Joliet Area Historical Museum and Heritage Corridor & Convention Visitors Bureau.
Dinner and a Little History: Domestic Servants in the 19th Century
Having live-in domestic servants seems like the height of luxury today, but in the 19th century, "hired girls" were common in middle-class households in Illinois. In a society without electricity and running water, household chores were onerous, and in the nineteenth century, a wave of immigrants made labor cheap and plentiful. In domestic servant situations, working class men and women lived and worked side by side with their employers yet were considered second class citizens, often leading to tense relationships. Who were these individuals? What were their employers' experiences living and working intimately with a cross section of society that they might never have encountered otherwise? How did the nature of domestic service evolve as the century progressed? Speaker: Erika Holst of Springfield is brought to us as an Illinois Humanities Council road Scholar. She is the curator of collections oat the Springfield Art Association of Edwards Place. Brought to you by Canal Corridor Association.
Uptown Grill: Matthew Ryan & The Northern Wires
Uptown Grill's Playlist Theater presents: Matthew Ryan & The Northern Wires. Playlist Theater, a cozy concert nook inside LaSalle's famed Uptown Grill, has been entertaining the Starved Rock area since 2006. This venue has hosted dozens of national acts, many of whom are quick to add the Playlist Theater as a favorite stop on their next tour. On Thursday, May 21st, enjoy the musical stylings of Matthew Ryan & The Northern Wires. Check out his website: http://www.matthewryanonline.com/. For ticket information, visit http://uptowngrill.com/concerts.htm.
Clean Sweep - Lockport
Meet at the South Public Landing Parking Lot, 10th St at the Canal, to clean and plant the downtown (bring gloves). Free t-shirt and lunch to volunteers and a prize drawing for participants. Sponsored by Main Street Lockport.
Memorial Day Family Potluck Campout / Kayak Tour
Gourmet Potluck Campout Glamping-style with movie and a full hot breakfast. We bring/do everything so you can kick back and relax! If you have never kayaked before try the guided tour also. They are a great way to informally introduce you to the sport of kayaking. The trips are approximately 2 hours in length.
Rock on the Block
Rock on the Block will take place on May 15th, 22nd, and 29th in Ottawa, Fridays only at 6:00pm. Rock on the Block provides all age's entertainment, free to public! Location: Jordon Block - lower lots stage, Ottawa. See more at: www.facebook.com/RockOnTheBlock
Naperville Park District Frontier Kite Fly Festival
Enjoy gigantic kites, exciting demonstrations, stunts and hands-on activities. Plus live music, games and giveaways! Enjoy live performances by Neuqua Valley High School Steel Band, Andrew Huber and Élan Dance Company! This is a free event for the whole family. Naperville Convention & Visitors Bureau, Meatheads Burgers & Fries and Eye Level are the proud sponsors. Location: Frontier Park; Time: 10:00am-4:00pm.
Joliet Slammers Baseball Opening Night
Join the Joliet Slammers for affordable, family fun all summer long! Parking is free or you can take the train to beautiful Silver Cross Field located in downtown Joliet, IL. Special promotions for this event include Opening Night festivities and two dollar tickets ($2 Tuesday)! The Joliet Slammers are a professional baseball team based in Joliet, IL that play in the independent Frontier League. Home games are played at Silver Cross Field in Joliet. They are the 2011 Frontier League champions.
United Way Hops & Vine Fest
Proceeds from this festival at Hollywood Casino Joliet to benefit United Way of Will County. Come out and try over 30 breweries while enjoying food and live entertainment. Time: 4:00pm - 8:00pm. See ticket prices and packages at: www.wantickets.com/hopsandvinefest.
Discovery Dinner: Lincoln and the Close of the Civil War
On Thursday, April 30, 2015, Br. John Vietoris, FSC, PhD, brings to The Gaylord Building an illustrated presentation on the end of the Civil War and the 150th anniversary of the Lincoln Funeral Train, which passed through Lockport, IL. Br. Vietoris is a leading educator and teaches the Civil War course at Lewis University. This program is in partnership with the Joliet Area Historical Museum’s Civil War programming. Lincoln and the Close of the Civil War is a presentation of the Discovery Dinner series at The Gaylord Building (200 W. 8th Street, Lockport, IL 60441). Doors open at 5:45pm with a cash bar reception. A dinner catered by the Public Landing Restaurant begins at 6:15pm. The buffet service dinner includes a choice of entrees with salad, sides, dessert and beverages (non-alcoholic). The presentation begins at 7:00pm and concludes with a question & answer session. Participation fee is $25 (twenty-five dollars) per person, and advance registration is required. For reservations and information, please call 1.815.838.9400 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The Gaylord Building (www.GaylordBuilding.org) is a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation (www.PreservationNation.org).
Pixie Fairies and Pirates on the Farm
Join us this year for our 2nd annual Pixie Fairies and Pirates on the Farm from 10am-1pm on Saturday, May 16th! Siegel's Cottonwood Farm is a 4th generation working family farm. Each season the Siegel's have a different way for you to enjoy visiting there farm and spending time out in the country fresh air. In the Spring, come on out and see the largest variety of Annuals, Perennials, Vegetables, Herbs and Fresh Baked Pies. Pre-register today at www.siegelscottonwoodfarm.com.
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.
Don’t miss this wildly entertaining dueling piano show! Our interactive musical experience will have you singing, shouting and dancing and since our performers take requests, you’ll be doing your best to “stump the band.” Matinee shows include lunch and show at $38.00 a person. Evening shows include wine tasting, dinner and show at $43.00 per person. Aug 9 5:00pm - 8:45pm; Aug 10-11 11:30am -2:45pm. For more information or to book, call 815-220-7386.
Tribute to the Stars - Dean Martin
Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime…and you’ll love this Tribute to the stars performance. Capturing the spirit of Dean Martin, Peter Oprisko brings the King of Cool back to life, with his renditions of Dino’s signature songs, style and sense of humor. Sway to Blue Moon, Baby It’s Cold Outside and Ain’t That a Kick in the Head. Spend the afternoon with us For the Good Times. Matinee shows include lunch and show at $32.00 a person, 11:30am check in. For more information or to book, call 815-220-7386.
The Tenors 3 - An Italian Celebration
The synergy of Richard Gersten, Oscar Menoyo and Luis Galvez will amaze you as this trio of professionally-trained tenors presents diverse music encompassing Opera, Broadway and standard Italian favorites infused with a touch of comedy. The Tenors 3 bring class, humor and music to our Lodge. The buffet will feature traditional Italian selections including Italian Sausage, Chicken Parmesan, Mostacolli, roasted vegetables, pasta salad, garlic bread and an Italian dessert. Matinee shows include lunch and show at $35.00 a person. Times: 11:30am - 2:45pm, 6/13-14. For more information or to book, call 815-220-7386.
Naperville Park District Culinary: Mother/Daughter Tea Party
Enjoy your Mother’s Day weekend with a cooking class designed for mothers and daughters. The menus will include assorted finger sandwiches and lemon scones. Register child; parent is free. Please call for the sibling rate. No more than two children per adult. Registration deadline is 48 hours in advance of class date. Designed for children 4-10. Times: 11:00am-12:30pm, 95th Street Center Culinary Arts Room 303. Visit www.napervilleparks.org or call 630-848-5000 to register.
Spring Festival Fever at Grizzly Jack's
Come join Grizzly Jack's for an extended Spring festival, April 24 & 25th. This includes complimentary: Glow Party, Face Painting, Balloon Character, Family DJ & Family Trivia. Don't miss out!! Limited Availability! Discover a magical family getaway just beyond the glow of Chicago at Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort. Nestled in the Starved Rock area of Illinois, Grizzly Jack's is an oasis of relaxation and adventure - a destination where water park fun meets nature.
Sweet Dreams & Honky Tonks
Tom Waselchuk & Jami Lampkins perform their hit revue Sweet Dreams & Honky Tonks: The Music and Lives of Hank Williams, Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline and Johnny Cash. They’ll share stories about the lives and careers of these amazing country music stars and sing their biggest hit songs-some of the best-loved music ever recorded. Matinee shows include lunch and show at $32.00 a person. For more information or to book, call 815-220-7386.
Hispanic Heritage Celebration
11th Annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration, featuring authentic Hispanic music, food & entertainment. All are welcome.
Mothers Day Family Potluck Campout / Kayak Tour
Gourmet Potluck Campout Glamping-style with movie and breakfast. We bring/do everything so you can kick back and relax! This event is perfect for the first time camper! A full hot breakfast will be served in the morning before setting out on a guided kayak tour for approx. 2 hours.
Markham 90th Anniversary Celebration & Festival
Come and enjoy the Markham Summer Festival. Bring the entire family for a weekend of Delectable Food, a myriad of vendors, live music, games, live entertainment, ... Jazz, Blues, R&B and Gospel; and fireworks. Fun for the entire family. Free Admission.
Girls Night Out - Morris
This is the 11th year for Girls Night Out. Special pricing at participating stores. After the stores close, the party starts. Lots of prizes are given away at the After Party at Chapin's Restaurant. Great fun night out for you and your girlfriends! Time: 5:00pm - 8:30pm, Morris Retail Association.
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!
Genoa Farmer's Market
The Genoa Farmer's Market features locally-grown produce, wine, baked goods, flowers and artisan crafts. Last Saturday of the month (May 30th - Sept. 26th: 9am - 2pm) On the corner of Genoa & Main Street - 202 W. Main St. For more information call 815-784-2212 or visit http://genoaareachamber.com/
Music at the Backdoor Lounge - Starved Rock
There's no better way to relax on a Friday night than with great, live music in the Back Door Lounge. Talented local performers bring a variety of rock and country favorites (mixed with a few original songs) each week. Come early for dinner at Elements! Ask about the wide selection of seasonal beers, Starved Rock wines and specialty drinks. Or, warm up with a coffee drink after dinner. The Back Door Lounge is located just beyond Elements Restaurant. Enter the “Back Door” from the northeast side of the Veranda and don’t miss the amazing view outside the door! Perched on a bluff high above the scenic Illinois River Valley is this laid-back destination they call the "19th Canyon." Held every Friday, 8:00pm - 11:00pm.
Phoenix Family Festival
An outdoor festival which includes a carnival, basketball tournament, live entertainment, food/arts & crafts vendors & much more. Something for everyone. Bring the entire family! Th 5-10PM; F 8AM-10PM; Sa 8AM-11PM; Su 8AM-10PM.
Pancake Breakfast Fly In
EAA Chapter 260 is hosting their annual pancake breakfast fly in June 14th from 7:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. in the historical Ford Hangar.
Uptown Grill's Playlist Theater presents: Eilen Jewell
Playlist Theater, a cozy concert nook inside LaSalle's famed Uptown Grill, has been entertaining the Starved Rock area since 2006. This venue has hosted dozens of national acts, many of whom are quick to add the Playlist Theater as a favorite stop on their next tour. On April 30th, enjoy the musical stylings of Eilen Jewell. Check out her website: http://www.eilenjewell.com.
Legions of Craft Beer
Plans are in motion for the first Legions of Craft Beer. This event will include at least 30 beer vendors, Gurnee restaurants, food trucks and a wide range of bands. There will also be a shuttle service from the Metra train in Libertyville and Waukegan for the attendees from out of the area. Please watch for updated information.
4TH ANNUAL RAISE THE WOOF COMEDY NIGHT
May 2nd, 4TH ANNUAL RAISE THE WOOF COMEDY NIGHT. Moose Lodge, 6 pm: Doors Open; 8 pm: Show. Enjoy three professional stand-up comedians, James Uloth, Bobbi Hill, Kristen Toomey, in this benefit for Critter Camp Exotic Pet Sanctuary and for Friends Forever Humane Society. Silent Auction, 50/50 raffle, free chair massages and psychic readings, full bar and grill menu available. Tickets available at Friends Forever, Paws & Claws Vet Clinic, Moose Lodge, Critter Camp, or online at www.crittercamp.org.$15 or $150 for Reserved Table of 8.
Old Times Family Picnic
Bring your friends and neighbors out for a day of old fashion fun! This day will offer food vendors, live music, kiddie rides, bean bag tournaments, kids games, a petting zoo, and much more! Don't miss out on the fun!
Taste: Just a Bite of Forest Park
On August 27, join all participating eateries for a weekend of locally made home grown food! Special tasting plates and drink specials will be featured at all restaurants.
Earth Day Potluck Glampout & Kayak Tour
Gourmet Potluck Campout Glamping-style, with movie and full hot breakfast. We bring/do everything so you can kick back and relax! Glamping is camping, but with glamour. If you have never kayaked before try the guided tour also. They are a great way to informally introduce you to the sport of kayaking. The trips are approximately 2 hours in length.
The 2015 James Beard Awards
Known as the Oscars of the food world, the James Beard Awards cover all aspects of the industry: chefs and restaurateurs, cookbook authors and food journalists, restaurant designers and architects, and more. The James Beard Awards are the highest honor for food and beverage professionals in America. 2015 is a historic year for the James Beard Awards. They’re celebrating the Awards’ 25th anniversary, and, for the first time ever, the JBF Awards gala will take place in the city of Chicago. This prestigious ceremony will be held at Lyric Opera of Chicago. Chicago has a rich history with the Foundation, boasting over 40 James Beard Award winners, including four Outstanding Chef winners. They’re thrilled to honor the best of the culinary industry in this world-class destination.
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.
Quiz Quest with The Trivia Knights
Quiz Quest with The Trivia Knights is an interactive night of games and music. Quiz Quest is the only live game show in town. You will get the chance to go up and be a contestant and prove your mettle in front of all your friends. It is unlike any trivia you have ever played before. Questions, Physical Challenges, and even interactive music trivia! The Trivia Knights was founded in 2014 by five people with a passion for great music. Their mission is to trigger those memories of joy that only great music can do. The band covers a variety of classic rock spanning from the 60's to the 90's. They also are an integral part of the game show.
Michael St. Angel takes the stage as “The King of Rock and Roll." You can rock to the hits that made Elvis famous such as Jailhouse Rock, Hounddog, Love Me Tender and many more. Keep the spirit of Rockin’ and Rollin’ alive! April 19/Evening; April 20 & 21/Matinees - Matinee shows include lunch and show at $32.00 a person. Evening shows include wine tasting, dinner and show at $37.00 per person. For more information or to book, call 815-220-7386.
Berwyn's Oktoberfest 2015
Save the dates for Friday, September 18th from 6-11 p.m. and Saturday, September 19th from Noon-11 p.m. and make the trip to Berwyn's Historic Depot District. The event boasts an international food court, carnival and amusement rides, family entertainment pavilion, and crafters and vendors. Enjoy live musical performances, a Beer Garden featuring special Oktoberfest seasonal selections!
Sample craft beer from Midwestern microbreweries at this zero-waste event presented by Seven Generations Ahead. Join us in Downtown Oak Park August 15th from 3-7 p.m.
Join us and see what fabulous offerings the boutiques and shops have for Holiday 2015! Bring a food donation for the Forest Park Food Pantry and receive a special savings!
Taste of Thornton Township
14th Annual Taste of Thornton, featuring top musical talent, free rides for kids, wide variety of food vendors & craft vendors. All are welcome!
Saturday In The Park
June 6, SATURDAY IN THE PARK. Dakota Park, Main Street, Dakota. 7 am to Dusk. Enjoy a special day at the Park with a Car Show, parade, pancake breakfast, dinner, and fireworks at dusk. Plus enjoy the Route 75 Garage Sales along the Highway from 8 am to 5 pm. Schedule: 7 am to 11 am: Firemen’s Breakfast – at the fire station 9 am to 4 pm: Pony Rides – $3 10 am: Team Horse Shoe Contest – $5 entry fee 10 am to 3 pm: 4th Annual Car Show – $10 entry fee; music by 3-D Sound 2 pm: Parade and Children’s Parade 3:15 pm: Variety/Talent Show 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm: Dakota Lions Evening Meal – Menu includes pulled pork sandwich, chips, baked beans, cheese, applesauce, brownie and beverage. Children’s Hot dog meal (12 and Under): $3; Sandwich Meal: $7 – at the fire station 7 pm: Pie Auction – at the fire station Dusk: Fireworks (Rain date: June 7) Also over 35 Crafters, Vendors, and Artists until 3:30 pm and food available in the Park and at Dakota United Methodist Church
Thursday Night Out
Participate in the popular dine-around program and enjoy world music at Thursday Night Out's outdoor concert series - wine and beer available to purchase. May 21-August 27 Thursdays 5-9 p.m.
Forest Park Sidewalk Sale
Big deals all along Madison Street! Bring friends and browse our stores and grab a bite to eat at one of our many restaurants!
Naperville Park District Road Rally
Looking for adventure? Grab your neighbors and friends to create a team of four adults per vehicle. You will get a map and bag of clues; you'll need teamwork, logic and luck to stay on track. Some clues are helpful while others are designed to throw you off course. This exciting and somewhat physically challenging four-hour scavenger hunt on wheels will test your mind, body and teamwork, so put on your thinking caps and start your engines! At the completion of the rally, teams meet for an awards presentation and socialize at a pizza dinner. This fun-filled event is coordinated with the Bolingbrook, Lisle, Naperville and Woodridge Park Districts. Space is limited. Woodridge Park District Community Center, 2600 Center Drive, Woodridge. Registration deadline is April 22.
This festival is to celebrate the spirit of everyone's favorite SuperHero and what he stands for. "Man of Steel" which was released in 2013, was filmed in Plano, IL and appears as "Smallville" in the film.
Sprint : 1/4 mile swim, 13 mile bike, 3.1 mile run. Out and back on the bike and run. A few rolling hills on the bike, but the run is completely flat. Fast course on Lake Sara! $100 Cash Prize to Overall Male and Female. $75 Cash Prize to 2nd Overall Male and Female. $50 Cash Prize to 3rd Overall Male and Female
Oak Forest Park District Farmers Market
Join us every Saturday for fresh grown and hand crafted goods. We will also have weekly events in conjunction with the market. See you there!
Celebrate fall at this free two day music festival offering a premier line-up, seasonal food, microbrews, wine and Kids' Root Beer Garden. September 18th 4-10 p.m. & September 19th 12-10 p.m.
Art in Motion - Art Show & Sale
Enjoy an afternoon of art, live music and wine tasting at Starved Rock Lodge's annual art show & sale. Artists representing the Illinois Valley and beyond will share their work as you stroll the beautiful setting of Fox Ridge, just steps away from the Lodge. Many artists will be creating work during the show and items will be available for purchase. The wide array of Starved Rock Wines will be available for tasting and purchase as you enjoy the music of local musician, Kevin Kramer. To participate in the show: Booth space is $20.00 for an 8'x8' area.
Kansas City BBQ State Championship
Legacy's Kansas City BBQ Championship is back! Be sure to bring out the family and bring along friends for some good ol' BBQ! For a change of scenery, this event will be held in downtown Effingham on Friday night.
Summer Nights at Brookfield Zoo
Our newest summertime event is back, and it's bigger and better than ever, with more evenings than before! Enjoy Brookfield Zoo in a new light with cooler evening weather, enhanced dining, beer and wine gardens, roaming entertainment, live music, and a new laser light show, all surrounded by wildlife and nature.
Each summer, Montgomery Fest brings together neighbors and friends from throughout the area to enjoy a weekend of old-fashioned family fun. Held the second weekend in August along the banks of the Fox River, highlights of the Fest include musical performances, carnival rides, a wide range of food vendors, free pony rides and petting zoo, a fishing derby, a car show and a parade.
Adams County Fair
Held annually at the Mendon Fairgrounds outside of Quincy, IL. 2014 dates are from July 29-Aug 4th. For more information, contact the office at 217-936-2230. The County Fair includes a carnival, grandstand events, and horse shows every day. Livestock exhibitors and domestic arts exhibits. Admission: $7 Thurs, Fri, Sun, & Tues. $10 Sat, Mon, & Wed.
Rawshu'a Organic Market
Rawshu’a is a vegetarian-friendly eatery, juice bar, water bar and organic market. Open from 8a to 6p Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and from noon to 6p on Saturday.
Taste of Main Street
Join us for this annual tradition and enjoy an eclectic mix of small plates and sweets. Stick around for an after-party with entertainment. Tickets include food samples and after-party.
3rd Annual Crusin’ To The Dairy Car Show
On September 5 at the Union Dairy in Freeport from 3 pm to 8 pm, cruise in to this great old fashioned ice cream parlor with great cars, 50's and 60's music, and more. Music by 3-D Sound. Hourly drawings for food prizes. Souvenir t-shirts. No entry fee.
Party in the Park Celebration
A three day outdoor festival which includes live entertainment, food, children's games, activities, car show/cruise night and fireworks.
Lake Zurich's Farmer's Market
Enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables along with pies, doughnuts, Wisconsin cheese, dips and sausage, fresh made cookies, gluten free snacks, eggs, poultry, breads, soaps and much more. Sharpening by Kris, who sharpens knives, garden tools, skates and more, will also be there. Also local artisans will be displaying artwork and handcrafted items. Market held at Paulus Park.
Big Earl's Extreme Race
Big Earl's Extreme Race is a 3+ mile obstacle run in Effingham. There are seven different wave times with over 15 obstacles and all participants will recieve a free hot dog and beer or soda.
The oldest continuing fair in the State of Illinois. The fair includes: harness races, draft horse pulls, carnival rides, demo derby, grandstand shows and the Midwest’s largest display of agricultural and home arts exhibits.
Sycamore Farmers Market
The Sycamore Farmer's Market features locally grown produce, wine, baked goods and artisan crafts! Enjoy some live music from local artists and fresh foods brought to you directly from the farmers themselves! Every Tuesday (June 1st - Sept 30th) 3pm - 7pm Corner of Somonauk & Elm St, Sycamore, IL. For more information call 815-895-3456 or visit http://www.discoversycamore.com
Ribs on the River & Whitewater Festival
The smell of BBQ ribs will be wafting around the Bicentennial Riverfront Park as the United City of Yorkville hosts its 4th annual Ribs on the River backyard BBQ contest! Enjoy Whitewater events, food and entertainment throughout the day. For more information or to register to participate in the BBQ contest, contact the Yorkville Parks and Recreation Department.
Summer Nights On Madison
Join us in Downtown Forest Park June through August! Special shopping events, drink & food specials, live music and much more-every Thursday night through August. Check the Summer Nights Facebook Page for details.
Cruisin for a Cause: 2nd Annual Lions Club Car Show
May 9, CRUISIN’ FOR A CAUSE: 2ND ANNUAL LIONS CLUB CAR SHOW. Union Dairy, Freeport. 3 pm to 7 pm. Union Dairy and the Freeport Lions Club host this car show with proceeds going to the Lions Club. Entertainment by 3-D Sound. $10 donation per car.
Taste of Dwight
Held in Renfrew Park, member businesses may set up displays showcasing their business. Local restaurants also are set up selling food from their establishments. Entertainment and children's games also.
What started out as a customer appreciation party in 1994 is now the largest Corvette party in the world! Join more than 14,000 Corvettes at this four-day celebration with expert seminars, awards, burn-out wars, product displays, fashion shows, Corvette Clubs, a Swap Fest, live entertainment and, of course, Corvettes!
6th Annual Bloody Mary Fest
Judged by a host of celebrity experts and real people, professional and amateur mixologists compete for the title of Best Bloody Mary in the Midwest. In it’s sixth year, the festival includes the very popular 5K Buddy Challenge, live entertainment, plenty of food vendors, beverages, and more! This event is held at Everts Park from 10am-5pm. More details to come.
Frank Sinatra Tribute
Peter Oprisko will delight you with this tribute to the Chairman of the Board! A fresh and unique, ultra-modern salute to Ol' Blue Eyes! This exciting and memorable celebration showcases Sinatra like never before. Enjoy such hits as: New York New York, The Way You Look Tonight, My Way, and many more. 11:30am, $32 includes lunch buffet and show.
Amateur Rib Cook Off
Enjoy the favorite rib recipes cooked on site; public tasting of ribs from Noon until 2:00 PM. Live entertainment. This event is co-sponsored with the Frankfort Area Jaycees. ($1/Rib Piece) 12-2PM.
Highwood's 5th Annual Garlic Fest
From 4-9pm, some 5,000 attendees come to Everts Park to sample a variety of garlic creations from out-of-the-ordinary garlic ice cream, candy, cupcakes and cocktails, to the more usual pastas, sauces, breads, and butters. Held during Highwood’s Evening Market, the Fest features a Taste of Garlic Competition for the Savory and Sweet categories!
Music in the Street
Be part of the Depot District's tradition at the 5th Annual Music in the Street event on July 18th. The festival will feature live local bands, food and vendors. Admission is free, open to all-ages, and dog-friendly.
North Aurora Days
The Village of North Aurora is proud to continue the North Aurora Days tradition of providing a fun-filled weekend of activities and entertainment for the whole family in our great community. The sponsors, volunteers, and participants of North Aurora Days have been working hard to plan and provide a great celebration filled with fun for the entire family. This year’s festival will begin on Friday, August 7th with various events during the day. The emergency vehicle parade kicks off the Friday night festivities leading the spectators to our main stage, where they will enjoy a variety of food, beverages, and musical entertainment. Saturday, August 8th will be filled with a 5/10k race, fishing derby, Touch-a-Truck and more all ending on Sunday, August 9th with the fun filled pet parade.
Cinco de Mayo Restaurant & Bar Crawl
Join us in the global celebration of Mexican culture! The Cinco de Mayo Fiesta is a food and bar crawl that will feature live entertainment, food and libations and fun for the 21+ crowd. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. at event headquarters at La Quinta de Los Reyes Restaurant. Participation in the crawl is $15 pre-sale and for BDC members. Registration at the door will be $20 for non-BDC members. Wrist bands include admission to the crawl, free trolley between venues, one drink ticket, $3 beer at participating venues, drink specials, commemorative 12 oz mug to the first 150 registrants and catered buffet and entertainment beginning at 7:30 p.m. at La Quinta de los Reyes. The crawl will tour Berwyn's Cermak Road and takes place rain or shine! This event is brought to you by the Cermak Road Special Events Commission of the Berwyn Development Corporation.
Gluten Free and Allergen Friendly Expo 2015
The GFAF Expos are the largest and fastest growing special diet consumer events in the US. Started in 2007, the events are professionally managed and have expanded from one to seven cities throughout the United States. In addition to meeting the needs of the Celiac community, the Expo welcomes those with gluten sensitivities, auto-immune/inflammatory diseases and autism. What do you get with your Expo Ticket? Entry into the vendor fair with over 100 brands Valuable coupons at the vendor booths Samples from the vendors Discounted products available for purchase Informative classes related to the gluten free and allergen-friendly lifestyle Free reusable bag to carry your goodies Meet your favorite vendors, authors and blogger
Governor Duncan Christmas Gala
Governor Duncan Christmas Gala at Hamiltons’s. Festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. Gala features silent and live auctions. Tables of 8 are available for $320.00, single tickets are $40.00 each. Entertainment will be provided by Sherri Mitchell, vocalist, accompanying herself at the piano, a holiday sing-along and a special appearance by Dr. E.C. Bone.
43rd Annual Gurnee Days Celebration
Gurnee Days returns this week for 4 days of family fun. Activities include a bicycle rodeo, live entertainment, Farmers Market, Gurnee Idol, golf tournament, and amusement rides, a 10K race, baby contest, rib fest and eating contest, fireworks, a pancake breakfast, parade, Scoop the Loop Car Show, petting zoo, pony rides, a talent show, exhibitors, games, food booths and stage events. Please visit the website for times and entertainment schedule.
Montgomery County Fair
Located at Montgomery County Fairgrounds and celebrating the American farmer, this fair features free carnival rides in the evening, truck and tractor pulls, a demolition derby, livestock shows, arts & crafts, culinary, floriculture, beer pong tournament, fair queen pageant and much more.
Wingfest – Elbon Shrine Club
Wingfest is a wing cook-off. This event will be held at Duda Garden with live music from 7pm to 11pm. Wings will be available to purchase after judging. This is a Fundraiser to benefit Elbon Shrine Club.
34th Annual American Music Festival
Americana and roots music fans will find a full menu of talent at FitzGerald's 34th Annual American Music Festival brought to you by FitzGerald's. The summer 3-day event features more than 50 artists from Chicago and around the country. FitzGerald's American Music Festival takes place rain or shine on three stages -- club, tent and SideBar. Hours are 4:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. on July 2, 4:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. on July 3 and 4; 1 p.m.-3 a.m.
Spirit of Peoria - Sights & Sounds of the River
Board the Spirit of Peoria for a rare experience on a genuine paddle wheeler! Go through the locks twice, enjoy lunch and be entertained with music and river lore. You will meet at the Starved Rock State Park boat ramp for boarding. Reservations are required. 11:30am - 2:45pm. $35.00 per person.
Tinley Park Brew & Fest
The Brew & Vine Festival is the Tinley Park Chamber of Commerce's signature event that draws 4000+ attendees from the Southwest Suburbs, Chicagoland, and from across the Midwest. Sample brews, wine and food from more than 65 vendors. Enjoy live entertainment and a great night out.
Featuring Alt-Country, Americana, Indie Rock, World Music, Soul and Kids Music July 10-12, 2015 in Lincoln Square The Lincoln Square Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce (LSRCC) and Old Town School of Folk Music (OTSFM) present the 4th Annual Square Roots craft beer and music experience in Chicago’s Lincoln Square. Over 30,000 fans attend Square Roots each year to enjoy more than 40 local craft brews (including special batch and limited release taps), great food and the diverse genres of entertainment that only the Old Town School of Folk Music can provide. What: Square Roots isn’t your typical food and music festival; we tap into all that Lincoln Square has to offer to provide a multidimensional event that appeals to music, food and craft beer enthusiasts. Live entertainment: 70 acts including music, jams, dance and family activities on 4 stages (2 indoor and 2 outdoor). Craft Beer: More than 40 tasty selections from the best local and regional craft breweries. Cuisine: Eclectic fare from amazing Lincoln Square and Ravenswood restaurants. Suggested donation $10 for Adults, $5 Seniors/kids, $20 for Families. Why: Proceeds from Square Roots benefit small business workshops and community place-making efforts, and fund the Old Town School of Folk Music scholarship programs. For more info, visit www.squareroots.org
Depot District Mini-Golf Pub Crawl
Grab your putter and 3 friends and tour the Depot District's repertoire of taverns and restaurants at the 11th Annual Depot District Mini-Golf Pub Crawl! Each venue will display a handmade mini-golf green to challenge the event's spirited crowd! The event will tour Berwyn's Depot District and takes place rain or shine! A free heated trolley will be available. Sign-in from 11 am to Noon at Connie's Family Restaurant with Tee off at Noon from our participating venues. Join us at the "19th Hole" after-party with food, beginning at 6 pm at Perception Lounge. And don't forget about the prizes! Prizes will be awarded for team's with the lowest - and highest - scores, and the Twisted Putter Trophy will be awarded to the venue voted as having the best designed hole.
Bobby Darin and Sandra Dee
Enjoy all the great songs Bobby Darin made famous including Mack the Knife, Splish Splash & Beyond the Sea along with When I Fall in Love. On the surface Bobby Darin and Sandra Dee had the perfect life. The life of Dream Lovers. But there was so much more to their incredible lives! Matinee shows include lunch and show at $32.00 a person. For more information or to book, call 815-220-7386.
You are cordially invited to enjoy the quiet beauty and German flavor of Maeystown, a 19th century village nestled in the Mississippi bluffs. Come and shop antiques and garden items and enjoy delicious treats.
Cascade Gardens Poultry & Eggs
This is more than the typical greenhouse with beautiful plants and the array of colors amaze you. This is a farm family raising chickens for eggs and meat, offering the “hands-on” experience to see what it is like to “be with the chickens!” In the fall, this is a fun place to go for mums and pumpkins, and they also have fall decorations. Open April-September. Groups are welcome.
Locust Street Historic Fair
The Locust Street Historic Fair offers crafters, artisans, food vendors, antique car show, train display and historical presentations.
Join Starved Rock Lodge, June 2 - 30, 2015, for the best vocal competition in the Illinois Valley. It all takes place on the Veranda of Starved Rock Lodge. Country singers take the stage to sing their hearts out in the hope of winning a cash prize! Outdoor dining and an amazing view of the Illinois River Valley combine to make this a great night out in LaSalle County. Guests can sign up to compete (maybe even sing) for prizes at intermission. 5:00pm grill opens; 7:00pm vocal competition.
Dollinger Family Farm
October brings pumpkins, hayrides, corn maze, train rides, farm animals, and fun. Also come see our Civil war reenactment the third weekend in October. Warrior Dash Midwest in June. On site gift shop.
Don't miss the queen pageant and free barbecue Friday night in addition to great entertainment all weekend, car show and more.
Geneseo Maxwell Street Day
Retailers and residents fill downtown State Street with a variety of unique items, all priced to sell. Open 9 am to 2 pm.
Moccasin Creek Festival
Moccasin Creek Festival is an annual 3-day music festival, which typically celebrates other arts and crafts as well. It takes place at beautiful Lake Sara in Summit Township, just west of Effingham, Illinois. The founder of Moccasin Creek Festival is Bill (Poss) Passalacqua, an Effingham native who has built his life around writing, performing and promoting music. Folk, bluegrass, alternative country, roots rock, and blues - "Americana" music. This is what MCF is all about - in an outdoor setting, using a venue with great acoustics, at a beautiful time of year.
Uncork Illinois Wine Festival
Wine aficionados will have a unique opportunity to sample over 150 wines from more than 15 local wineries and taste locally-produced artisan foods at Downtown Oak Park's Uncork Illinois.
Midwest Morel Fest
Learn, hunt and buy morel mushrooms during Ottawa’s Annual Midwest Morel Fest. This unique festival offers ‘everything mushrooms for the morel enthusiast to the curious observer! All events take place at Jordon Block Park (Main & Rt 23/71N). Saturday, enjoy a large variety of handcrafted Vendors, Home Brewers Tasting Tent and Competition, Food and Music. And don’t forget Morel University where you can learn to identify morels then take off for a guided hunt. We have set aside land just for you! Sunday's championship hunt boasts the largest cash purse in the nation. Both hunts have limited availability.
Wild Game Festival
Head out to the Brown County Fairgrounds for a culinary adventure! Bring your friends for the wild hog roast, join in the poker run, check out the vendor booths, test your luck in the raffle, and don't miss the live music. Did we mention the food? Check the website to see how you can enter your own recipe into the wild game cookoff. Music starts at 2pm, auction at 6:30pm. The band Brushville takes the stage at 8pm. Food and beverages available. There is a $10 cover charge.