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Annual Rhubarb Festival
Bake sale features more than 2,000 rhubarb pies and other delicious desserts. In addition, there will be a huge craft show (on Saturday only) and flea market, music, food, trolley tours of the town and shopping in the historic district. If you want to be guaranteed an opportunity to sample the rhubarb you should be there by noon. Events take place in downtown Aledo, Illinois. Free Admission.
Orchard View Winery
Taste the tradition of over 100 years of quality grown fruit from the Mazanek family orchards. Even connoisseurs will appreciate a glass of John James, a delightful semi-sweet blend of Golden Delicious and Jonathan apples aged in American oak.
Rendleman Orchards Farm Market
Tree ripened peaches & nectarines from July - August, and apples from September - December. This farm market is open 7 days a week with seasonal produce, preserves, pickles and other specialty food items and gifts.
Alto Vineyards Winery & Tasting Room
Nestled in the Shawnee Hills of Southern Illinois, sits Alto Vineyards, the region’s oldest, most award-winning winery. Founded in 1988 by Guy Renzaglia, Alto introduced a new industry to the area, starting a movement that has altered its landscape. Today, Alto Vineyards shares the region with 11 other wineries along the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail, in the state’s first federally recognized grape-growing region, known as an American Viticultural Area (AVA). While continuing to produce some of Illinois’ finest wine, Alto opened a new tasting room in Champaign, IL, and began distributing throughout the state and surrounding regions. Celebrating 25 years in business in 2013, Alto constructed a new, modern tasting room next to the vineyard in Alto Pass. Resting atop the new facility lies an outdoor deck for customers to take in the view on one of southern Illinois’ oldest vineyards – a truly breathtaking sight that exemplifies the beauty of the Shawnee National Forest and Illinois wine country. We invite you to visit our winery and tasting rooms to experience the tradition of Alto Vineyards.
Dawg Daze of Summer
A fun afternoon at Alto Vineyards for family and friends including canine friends. Enjoy music from Rural Kings Bluegrass, The Bankesters, Jenny Johnson Band, and The Swamp Tigers. There will be food, beverages, pet related exhibits and vendors and watering stations for the dogs This is a family and pet friendly event! Pets must be leashed and current on vaccines.
Alton Square Mall
Anchored by JCPenney and Macy's, Alton Square Mall is the area's regional mall destination. A full-service food court, U.S. Post Office, satellite city library and Christian Science Reading Room are also featured at the mall. Hours: Sunday, noon - 6 p.m. Monday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Taste of Downtown
Eat, drink and be merry! Sample a variety of Downtown Alton's local flavors from your favorite downtown dining and drinking establishments. Enjoy the classic flavors that Alton is known for...toasted ravioli, fresh pastas, pepperloin steak, as well as unique twists on traditional favorites, like, wild mushroom stuffed toasted ravioli, cinnamon bread pudding drenched in whiskey sauce and fried canneloni.
Olive Oil Marketplace
A specialty shop devoted completely to the finest olive oils and balsamic vinegar's available, is what you will find at Olive Oil Marketplace. Gathered from top olive farms worldwide, the Extra Virgin Olive Oils are infused with natural flavors included roasted garlic, portobello and garlic, lemon pepper and Italian herb. There are more than 25 flavors of olive oils available. More than 17 flavors of balsamic vinegars are also on hand imported from Modena, Italy. Tasting stations for the olive oils and balsamic vinegars are set up throughout the store for customers. Flavored pastas, coffees and a variety of specialized kitchen gadgets are also available for sale. Open Tuesday - Friday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Imagine a store filled with chocolate - chocolate turtles, carmels, cupcakes and tiered cakes. Add in a dash of antiques and collectibles and you have Chocolate Air in Godfrey. This homey store makes all its chocolate creations from scratch so they are sure to delight. Don't leave without trying their three signature confections: Turtles, Chocolate Covered Bacon and Chocolate Covered Strawberries. Hours: Tuesday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
All Wheels Drive In Car Show
Classic cars, hot rods and motorcycles will be displayed on West 3rd, State and Belle streets for the 16th Annual All-Wheels Drive-In Car Show. Come out for the autos and stay for the music. There will be a great DJ all morning and a live blues band in the afternoon. You won’t want to miss the incredible food, merchant sidewalk sale and 50-50 drawing. 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. For more information, call (618) 463-1016.
1904 General Store
The 1904 General Store came from the 1904 World's Fair. We sell fudge, chocolate bars, candy, and retail gifts/furniture. Open Wednesday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.
Alton Farmer's & Artisans' Market
There will be an abundance of delicious fresh produce, crafts, baked goods, plants & flowers, locally-raised hormone-free meat, handmade soaps, jewelry, artwork, pottery, art demonstrations and more at the Alton Farmer's and Artisans' Market. Admission is free for shoppers and there is plenty of parking at its new permanent location in the city-owned parking lot at the corner of Landmarks and Henry Street. The Alton Farmer's & Artisans' Market is every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Wednesdays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Alton Food Truck Festival
This event will feature food trucks from around the region offering global street food cuisine. In addition, the amphitheater’s concession team will offer beverages of all types to compliment the food trucks. Live music will be showcased on the amphitheater stage with Boogie Chyld as the Food Truck Festival’s headliner. The Alton Food Truck Festival is free to the general public. Each food truck will have a different food offering with a range of prices. A special VIP ticket can be purchased for an upgraded experience that includes parking close to the venue and complimentary drink tickets. For more information, call (800) 258-6645.
Bluff City Grill Restaurant and Bar
Bluff City Grill, located on the edge of Historic Downtown Alton, offers a classic dining experience and a relaxing lounge bar. The menu is exciting and diverse and features daily lunch, dinner and drink specials.
Summer Kick Off at Haskell Park
Please join us for our 5th Annual Summer Kick Off at Haskell Park! Celebrating the return of the Alton Muny Band concert season. Join us from 5-6:30 p.m. with the Muny Band Concert at 7 p.m. The Bubble Bus will be returning, our good friends at The Bridge will be providing hot dogs, and there will be free snow cones! Come enjoy an evening of food, fun, music and bubbles!
Downtown Alton Chili Cook-off
Enjoy the fall weather during the annual Downtown Alton Chili Cook-Off. The Chili Cook-Off will take place from noon to 3 p.m. in the giant warehouse and pavilion at Elijah P's. $100 cash prizes in 5 categories and $25 to register a team. Admission: $6 per adults, $3 per kid 10 and under. For more information, call (618) 463-1016.
2nd Annual Pietown Gospel Music Festival & Ron Dunning Memorial Car Cruise
We are very excited to welcome you, your friends, and your family to the second annual Pietown Gospel Music Festival Have a pork steak, enjoy an ear of corn, chill with some refreshments, stroll through our classic cars, let your kids play in the Kidzone and enjoy the music. For more information, call (618) 550-9291 or email Greg@bluffcitytours.com
Alton Marina 20th Anniversary Party
Celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Alton Marina with music by The Boat Drunks, a year-in-review slideshow hosted by Elite Events and Black Iron BBQ will be there for all your BBQ needs! For more information, call (618) 462-9860.
Cruise Along - More Fun on 81
Start your cruise and travel the Henry County back roads. Craft Shows, Scavenger Hunts, "Chair"ity Auction, Public Art and Barn Quilt Self Guided Tours and more! Enjoy the drive! Illinois Route 81 begins just one mile west of Lynn Center at the junction of US Route 150, and ends 26 miles east at Kewanee after passing through Andover and Cambridge. It's one of two county highways that start and stop in the same county.
Union County Colorfest
Enjoy the fall color of the Shawnee National Forest and guided home tours. Shop at local orchards, farm markets and art and craft fairs. Sample wine along the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail, participate in the fun run or biathlon race.
Annawan Fun Days
It’s all about the kids! Festivities are held at Howe’s Park and feature kid friendly activities like an obstacle course, pedal tractor pull, water fights, and the Twinkie train! Evenings offer a movie, food, nightly entertainment, and fireworks – first of the season in Henry County! After the Sunday parade, have a slice of pie or buy one to take home from the annual auction.
Antioch's Taste of Summer Festival
4 Days of fun in Downtown Antioch. Carnival rides, delectable foods, and top entertainment. Enjoy live music, Antioch Idol and kids activities. Enjoy the sidewalk sales and find craft booths too. Visit AntiochChamber.org for an updated entertainment schedule.
Antioch's Farmers Market
Come enjoy the 2016 Antioch Farmers Market! There will be everything from fruits and vegetables to plants and flowers, sweets, meats and breads and much, much more. Then stay for It's Thursday Concerts in the park starting tonight at 7:30pm and then weekly through August 11.
Vigneto del Bino Winery
Vigneto del Bino Winery is a boutique winery specializing in “Wines grown from local Vines”. The winery sits on one acre of a 10 acre property surrounded by 2,300 grapevines. Vigneto del Bino specializes in producing unique wines from grapevines that grow here in Illinois. The winery building encompasses the manufacturing of the wines, a tasting room and gift shop. Relax and shop for gift items; while sampling our crisp and refreshing wine selection.
The Arlington Million brings together horses, owners, trainers, jockeys and fans from every corner of the world. Immerse yourself in the Arlington Million experience... history and tradition, special performances, fashionable apparel, and delectable cuisine.
Mennonite Relief Sale
The 55th Annual Arthur Mennonite Relief Sale is a very popular event which will be held at the Otto Center, one half mile south of Arthur on Friday, August 26 and Saturday, August 27. Part cookout, auction, festival, and reunion it is a great family activity which raises a large sum of money for the charitable efforts of the Mennonite Central Committee.
Arthur Amish Country Cheese Festival
From the flip of that first pancake at the Firehouse Saturday morning to the last bit of cheese is given away Labor Day afternoon the residents of the Arthur area, along with our mascots Artie Mouse and Miss Slice, invite you to come enjoy the weekend of festivities. We want you to enjoy the main festival area downtown, our businesses along Route 133 as well as the surrounding Amish community and businesses in the beautiful countryside – we are Illinois’ Longest Main Street and we’d love you to visit! See you at the 44th Annual Arthur Amish Country Cheese Festival Labor Day weekend, Saturday September 3 through Monday, September 5.
Shady Crest Farm Market
Come visit this working Amish farm and apple orchard. They have a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables for sale, plus fresh honey, apple butter and maple syrup. A Deli filled with 15 different Country-Cured Meats & 24 different Cheeses is also available Monday - Saturday. While you're there, enjoy a hand-dipped ice cream cone. You can also find Fresh Baked Goods every Thursday - Saturday. Open year round.
Strawberry Jam Festival
Roll out the strawberry red carpet in the Arthur area as it is the start of festival and fair season in the Heart of Illinois Amish Country Friday ans Saturday, June 3 and 4. What better way to celebrate late spring and early summer than with America’s favorite fruit, the strawberry, kid’s activities, contests, crafts, strawberry pie, an old fashioned strawberry social along with a multitude of vendors and some great music all mixed together to create Arthur Amish Country’s Strawberry Jam.
Arthur Area Freedom Celebration
Parades, food, helicopter rides, sky divers, aerial show and one of the largest fireworks displays in central Illinois will make for an All-American day at Arthur's Freedom Celebration held Saturday, June 25. Put on your red, white and blue then bring your entire family for some old-fashioned patriotic fun.
The village of Ashton will host 3 days of live music, entertainment, activities for young and old along with food and fun! Several outstanding local and regionally known bands will be performing live such as American Idol Contestant Tristan Bushman, Burn N' Bush, Ethan Bell Band, Trippin Molly and Snap Shot! For the kids the Great American Carnival will be on the HS grounds Friday, Saturday and Sunday!
Atlanta Fall Festival
A small town festival has carnival rides, a petting zoo, car show, pie and cake baking contest/auction, bingo and bands nightly that are sure to entertain the whole family!
Two Brothers Summer Festival
The Two Brothers Summer Festival is a growing, weekend long music, food and beer festival focused on charity and community. The idea stems from the ideologies of the Ebel brothers, owners of the Two Brothers Brewing Company. Two Brothers Summer Festival was created to raise money and awareness for a growing list of charities, as well as give back to the local and regional community. Two Brothers Brewing Company is proud to have granted several wishes via the Make-A-Wish Foundation and helped a number of other children’s charities in its 18 years. This year The Two Brothers Brewing Company will donate net proceeds from the festival to Make a Wish Illinois and local charities. Music lineup includes Cold War Kids, Lord Huron, The Lone Bellow and PHOX.
Chicago Premium Outlets, Aurora
Find impressive savings at 140 designer and name-brand outlet stores, such as Ann Taylor, Armani, Banana Republic, Calvin Klein, Coach, Cole Haan, Gap Outlet, J.Crew, Lacoste, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren, Salvatore Ferragamo, Michael Kors, SAKS Fifth Avenue Off 5th, Theory, Vera Bradley and more. A recent expansion will bring additional stores in the spring of 2016 making this even more of a Midwest Shopping destination! In Aurora, 37 miles west of Chicago.
Fox Valley Mall - Centennial Collection
Fox Valley Mall is the premier shopping center in Illinois, featuring 130+ specialty stores and dining options! Anchored by Macy’s, Carson Pirie Scott, J C Penney and Sears. Fox Valley Mall has three levels of shopping, a full food court, and a merry-go-round. This mall is a must-shop-stop for everyone!
Fox Valley Irish Festival at RiverEdge Park
No need to fly across the pond to get in on all that Irish fun. With beer and whiskey tastings, vendors offering phenomenal Irish fare, crafts and games for the kids and, of course, the hottest Irish bands around, the 2nd Annual Fox Valley Irish Fest is the biggest Irish party the Chicago suburbs have ever seen. There’s a little Irish in all of us – come celebrate the food, drink, music and spirit of the Emerald Isle at the Park. There’s something for the whole family at Irish Fest. There’s a huge children’s play area filled with crafts and games, Irish beer will be flowing, and tons of cool vendors will be offering authentic Irish food, gifts and more. Then, when the sun starts to go down over the green hills of the Park, to see three of the hottest Irish bands: Brendan Loughrey, The Ploughboys and The Mahones.
River's Edge Cafe
More than just a cup of coffee; a place for minds to meet. A well-made latte paired with a scrumptious sandwich? Yes, please! River’s Edge Café serves up a strong brew with amazing pastries in the morning and unbeatable soups, salads and sandwiches in the afternoon. The options here are outstanding! They have organic and gluten-free options that are deceivingly delicious.
Indoor Winter Market
Fresh produce never tasted better! Shop for breads, eggs, pastries, cheese, soap, meat, plus rotating artisans every week. Watch for Gaetano's delicious surprises and culinary lessons! Saturday mornings November through May, 9 am - noon. Check their web site or Facebook page for special updates.
Wine, Dine & Jazz
Sample a variety of wines from local wineries while enjoying musical bands and a food court on the Pubic Square in downtown Belleville.
Boone County Fair
Come to one of the finest fairs in the state, where you'll enjoy animal shows, antique tractors, tractor pulls, entertainment, a carnival, food and much more.
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.
Pick any decade and come ready to dance! Event fundraiser features: *King & Queen voting *Groove to the DJ mix *Raffles & Prizes *Finger foods & desserts from local restaurants *A Local Celebrity Lip Sync Battle General Ticket $75: includes open bar, appetizers & desserts and coat check.
Laux Brickhouse Grille
The newly renovated Laux Brickhouse Grille is the place to be. Offering great local favorites, daily food specials, and icy cold drinks. Perfect for a casual dinner with the family or a date night. Laux Brickhouse will have your mouth watering the second you walk in the door. Open Monday - Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Thursday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday 11 a.m. to 1 a.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Balloons Over Vermilion
Two-day event featuring up to 30 hot air balloons launching and tethering, as well as mass acents, fly ins and balloon glows at the Vermilion Regional Airport. Event will include food vendors, bands, children/family activity area and a Balloon School for Kids.
Epiphany Farms Restaurant
Epiphany Farms Restaurant is committed to supporting, growing, and showcasing a thriving local food culture. We serve as an anchor for a network of local food producers by increasing community awareness of locally sourced ingredients, increasing interest in the culinary traditions of the Midwest, and providing a positive model for responsible stewardship of the land that nourishes us. Their "Farm to Fork" concept represents a concern for every step of the process linking the meal to the land that produced it. "Farm to Fork" means keeping money in the local economy and using only what the community can provide. It signifies attention to excellence: from the farmer raising the crops to the family sitting down in our dining room to share a meal together.
Downtown Bloomington Farmers Market
The Market is open from 7:30 a.m. to noon every Saturday morning from May through October. Located on the historic downtown square, the Farmers’ Market is managed by the Downtown Bloomington Association. Not only does the market give customers a colorful venue to buy locally grown farm products, it also puts them in touch with local artisans of prepared goods and fine arts, musicians, and community organizations. The Downtown Bloomington Association Farmers’ Market is a producer-only market offering a wide array of farm products — including vegetables, fruits, cheeses, pork, beef, free-range poultry and eggs, flowers, plants, herbs, and more grown and produced by the individual selling these items! The market features different musical performances each week. Cooking demos are offered regularly, and the Kids’ Zone has sponsors that offer weekly hands-on activities for all ages.
Miller Park Zoo’s 125th Birthday!
Come celebrate with activities throughout the zoo in honor of the zoo’s 125th Birthday! There will be crafts, vendors and food to purchase as well as the many exhibits and Zookeeper interaction opportunities that are enjoyed by the whole family.
St. Donatus Feast & Carnival
107th Annual Feast & Carnival. All food homemade, no vendors; pizza, beef, clams, Italian, Mexican, and of course, carnival, rides & bingo. 6-10PM.
Brickstone Restaurant and Brewery
Relax in the warm, comfortable atmosphere and try beers made on-site at Brickstone. Their ample menu includes pub favorites and full meals. During the warmer months enjoy your brew on their outdoor patio.
Bourbonnais Friendship Festival
Building community friendships and memories. Grand parade, battle of the bands, pet contest, children's parade, carnival, concessions, beer garden, and much more.
Porky's Rib Fest
Another annual all-age family 2016 Porky's Rib Fest is coming to Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL! Chicagoland's greatest rib festival that features premier BBQ restaurants & vendors from the Chicagoland area. This annual four-day event also includes live music, a huge carnival, and fantastic unique atmosphere! Come join us at Toyota Park for Porky's Rib Fest! Lots of fun, carnival rides/games, live music, food and beer! Th-F 4-11PM; Sa 1-11PM; Su 12-11PM.
Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant - Burr Ridge
After four years of planning and construction, Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant opened in 2005 in Orland Park, a south suburb of Chicago. The concept was unique. We would create a signature menu with a selection of dishes designed to pair perfectly with our own Cooper’s Hawk wines, made in our own private winery. With sophisticated food and exceptional wines, our concept was born. The Cooper’s Hawk concept includes four distinct components: an upscale casual dining restaurant, full-service bar, private barrel-aging room, and Napa-style tasting room and retail gift store…all under one roof. Each Cooper’s Hawk location is distinctive in layout and décor, but carries the same warmth and elegance that guests have come to expect.
Hailey’s Winery, established in 2009, specializes in handcrafted wines from grape varieties native to Illinois, as well as other varietals, and seasonal fruits. Owned and operated by two women, Hailey’s is a fully functioning winery, producing and bottling award-winning wines in Byron, Illinois location. We strive to offer a variety of wines and an enjoyable experience for each guest, and want our visitors to feel completely at ease with wine tasting and selection. The winery is open year round, with tastings available any time during business hours, monthly live music, and tasting room rental for private celebrations. We carry specialty cheeses, sausage, chocolates, craft beer selections, and gift items. Guests may gather, relax and enjoy our wines in the pleasant tasting room, or on our patio during warm weather.
ByronFest, one of the finest family festivals in Northern Illinois, offers a wide variety of music, kid-friendly events, sports competitions, food booths and more! The main stage venues are located in Byron's downtown area and additional events are held in other venues throughout the city.
McEachran Homestead Winery
McEachran Homestead was settled in 1857 by John McEachran, the great-great-grandfather of Herbert Greenlee, the current owner. In May 2010, it was born from a passion for quality wines. We are directly and meticulously involved with every stage in wine production: from growing the grapes on our two-acre vineyard to finishing and bottling the wine. We practice the philosophy of honoring the grape, not by ageing and adding flavors to the wines, but by keeping the integrity of each grape's flavors intact and allowing the freshness of our wines to speck for themselves. We proudly offer many seasonal fruit and 19 varieties of grape wines for purchase. We also have indoor and outdoor spaces available to hold events, such as weddings, showers, graduations.
The Pumpkin Patch
An ideal family outing for fall! We deeply cherish family, so we have loaded our farm with as many fun things for you and your family as we can fit (and we have a big farm!). With all of our attractions, when you come to The Pumpkin Patch, you can be sure that that special day out with your family will be a day you will always hold dear.
Monte Alegre Vineyard & Cellars
Monte Alegre is a family owned and operated winery located in Carbondale, Illinois. The winery tasting room opened for the public and visitors in 2009 and has been retailing a variety of eight different wines, all wines made from grapes grown, fermented and aged at location in their cellars. Monte Alegre Vineyard and Ponce Cellars offer spectacular views and prime red and white wines that have made Southern Illinois a favorite tourist destination for wine lovers and their families throughout the Midwest. You can also try a port or a sangria, all in a single stop. The main grapes grown at Monte Alegre Vineyard are Vidal Blanc, Chardonel, Seyval Blanc, Traminette, Norton, Chambourcin, Frontenac, Cabernet Franc and Sangiovese. During the harvest season, July to October, you can also enjoy vine ripened table grape varieties like Reliance, Mars and Fredonia.
Shawnee Hills Wine Trail
The Shawnee Hills Wine Trail features 12 award-winning wineries located along a 25-mile scenic drive along highway 127 and highway 51 in the Shawnee National Forest. Along the way have a picnic, go on a hike, visit a shop, and stay in a cozy B&B or cabin. Many of the wineries host special events throughout the summer and fall.
The Neighborhood Co-op
If there's one thing the Neighborhood Co-op is known for, it's good food. Between the grocery store and the deli area, this one-stop-shop has everything you need for the perfect meal. Enjoy the fresh taste of locally grown produce, shop the work of Carbondale's thriving art scene, and feast on a hearty sandwich, made with all-organic products.
Chef Clash in the Arena
This is a fun experience where 100 local people will share a taste of their best dish from one of these categories: appetizer, soup/salad, bread, side dish, main dish or dessert with 600 or more attendees. Tickets are $75 each and include unlimited alcoholic beverages and sampling. There will also be Live & Silent Auctions during the event.
Chairs on Parade
Chairs on Parade is an event where Carlinville businesses purchases a chair and decorates it to their liking. The event is all about bringing old fashioned fun, family and shopping together while supporting the local business community. The chairs will be on display outside of the businesses beginning on Saturday, August 6th. Part of the event includes the first ever Carlinville Restaurant Week from Monday, August 22nd through Sunday, August 28th, celebrating local food establishments and retail stores. The highlight of that week will occur on Friday, August 26th with a flotilla parade and afterwards an auction for chairs that are donated back to Shop Local First. The profit from the chairs will go to the local food bank. The night will also include Mid-West Largest Squirt Gun fight, and a street party with Captain Geech & The Shrimp Shack Shooters rock band.
Greene County Fair
This traditional county fair has been around since 1856 and continues to provide fun for the whole family! Don't miss the great food, entertainment, the annual Queen and Little Miss pageants, carnival rides, sand volleyball, mud drags, truck/tractor pulls, horse racing, and commercial vendors. Live music will fill the air in the evening. Check our Facebook page for updates. Admission fee is collected at the gate.
Lake Hill Winery
Lake Hill Winery was built, not only to be a winery, but to be a gathering place and have the ability to hold a wide variety of functions. Besides the wine production, there is a tasting room bar, a small gift shop, and two banquet rooms. The first is the barrel room, which holds 100 people. This room is typically booked for smaller events such as reunions, rehearsal dinners, showers, company parties, birthday parties, etc. The other banquet room is the main hall. With two levels, capacity for over 400 people, a 160" TV/projector, and two bars, this room is capable of accommodating almost any event.
Famous Fossil Vineyard & Winery
The name Famous Fossil was inspired by the many fossils emerging from the earth as grapevines were planted. Sculpted and reshaped over thousands of years, the rolling hills are now home to over 12 varieties of red and white wine grapes. You’ll taste Marquette, Frontenac and St. Croix in our red wines and LaCrescent, Traminette or our blend of Prairie Star, LaCrosse and Brianna in our whites. Looking for a sweet wine? You’ll fall in love with our Blackberry, Red Raspberry and our “pie-in-a-glass” Summer Rhubarb wine. Enjoy a glass of wine in our tasting room and snack on our delicious Sweet & Savory Plate filled with local cheeses, sausage, crackers and more. We’re open year round with events and festivals every month including painting classes with local artists, wagon tours through the vineyard, and our Fossil Fest in August and Garlic Fest in October. Our beautiful Oak Barrel Room overlooking our vineyard is available for parties, showers and meetings. So come see our vineyard, watch wine being made and taste the best of the Midwest at Famous Fossil Winery. Open daily from 11-6. Visit www.famousfossilwinery.com to learn more.
Crooked Creek Winery
Enjoy fine handcrafted Illinois wines served with a personal touch in a relaxing country atmosphere. Experience the outdoor beauty of Southwestern Illinois' rolling farmland or sip wine indoors by a cozy fire.
The Annual Hot Air Balloon Festival features 40 hot air balloons, races, glows, tethered balloon rides, main stage entertainment, craft fair, free children's activity area and games, cardboard boat races, car show, fireworks and much more.
Alto Vineyards Tasting Room
Alto Vineyards' retail wine shop and tasting room offers custom gift baskets, gourmet foods and local artwork. Indoor and outdoor seating offers a place to relax with a glass of Alto's finest. Alto's original location is situated in Alto Pass, on the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail.
Blind Pig Brewery
Located in downtown Champaign, Blind Pig brews its own craft beers. With its beautiful wood interior, casks full of local brews and friendly locals, this bar is a must-see. When the weather is nice, venture outside and enjoy the large outdoor beer garden.
Market Place Shopping Center
Marketplace Shopping Center offers all of the big names from larger cities, but without the long wait lines! Shop everything from the Gap, Limited, and Banana Republic, to Sephora, Finish Line and Eddie Baur. Complete with four anchor department stores, this shopping center also offers a varied food court, multiple restaurants, and even a carousel for the little ones.
Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery
Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery is Illinois’ first farmstead cheese making facility, founded in 2004. Visit this off the beaten path farm and learn about their cheese-making process and their “Animal Welfare Approved” Goat Dairy. Taste their delicious, award winning varieties of goat cheese and sample their amazing goat milk gelato and organic fruits. The farm is open weekdays for drop-in visitors to see the goats, walk the grounds and purchase farm products. During the summer, you can also visit the farm during Wednesday afternoon open houses. In addition to self-guided tours of the farm, you can get gelato by the scoop and purchase products from their farm as well as those from other farms and food artisans. Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery also offers additional food events in the summer with Dinners on the Farm, Third Friday Pop-Ups, and tasting trail events. This is a working farm, so check their website for hours and activities before venturing out to the farm.
Discover cute boutiques housed in historic storefronts in downtown Champaign, including antique and consignment shops. Be sure to stop at PACA’s Architectural Salvage Warehouse, where you’ll find everything from vintage stained glass to ceramic tiles.
Taste of Champaign-Urbana
Taste of Champaign-Urbana is the area’s premiere outdoor summer festival featuring delicious menu items from CU’s best restaurants, frosty beer from local breweries, lovely arts and crafts from local artists, the 3.14 mile Pie Run, and high quality music and entertainment for the whole family – all in a beautiful park setting. All proceeds from the festival go towards our youth scholarship fund which provides hundreds of local youth with the opportunity to go to camp, learn to dance, take swimming lessons, play baseball, and much more!
Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival
The 2016 Blues, Brews and BBQ Festival will once again be in Downtown Champaign, IL. The festival will feature two stages for musical performances by national touring artists, The 5th Annual Dinosores Motorcycle Show and so much more. The vibrant downtown area boasts more than 90 bars, restaurants and shops all within a few blocks of the Blues, Brews and BBQ Festival. We are certain you will enjoy the festival, the nightlife and the excitement that this event will bring to Downtown Champaign!
Discover Green Street and the heart of campus at the University of Illinois. Restaurants, bars, shops, bookstores and more await your presence in this Orange & Blue themed area.
An eclectic district filled with dining and multi-cultural attractions, Midtown Champaign, with the beautiful Boneyard Creek flowing, connects Downtown and Campustown Champaign.
Follow the Farmstead
Held June 11 from 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m., this tour of farms will focus on Urbana, highlighting farms large and small. Whether you want to discover the emerging technology utilized, tour a centennial farm, interact with farm animals or learn more about equipment used on farms from tractors to combines to tillage equipment and more. Follow the Farmstead will provide numerous opportunities to engage with local farmers, all at no cost. Get connected with the farms that sustain us—locally and nationally. Get educated on what it takes to run a successful farm, large and small. Get your questions answered, engage in demonstrations and hands-on activities—it's all available through this unique event.
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.
Cherry Valley Festival Days
Great food, carnival, on-site activities, and of course, the bands are what make a summer music festival an event to remember. Valley Days at Bauman Park has proven to be the fun-filled summer music festival your family shouldn't miss.
Maxwell Street Market
Visit this flea market that is famous for wonderful bargains on everything from tires and tools, to fresh produce and clothing. The market is a Chicago tradition that's held every Sunday.
Oak Street Shopping
After the Chicago fire of 1871, many wealthy Chicagoans contracted European-trained architects to build new homes and mansions on the City's Near North side. Oak Street soon became the center of the expanding Gold Coast neighborhood and home to some of Chicago's most prominent families. With the turn of the Century, skyscrapers began to grow along neighboring Michigan avenue, but Oak Street retained its historical brownstone character and intimate scale, combining glamorous style with cozy informality. Today Oak Street has become an International style center, housing many of the world's most exclusive boutiques and salons. It is a street which attracts shoppers from all over the world who seek only the best. Oak Street has become a true "destination", a street of dreams where excitement is generated by sophistication and great taste.
Taste of Chicago
Taste of Chicago is the nation's premier outdoor food festival showcasing the diversity of Chicago's dining community. The delicious array of food served at Taste of Chicago is complemented by music and exciting activities for the entire family. Every summer since 1980, Chicago's beautiful Grant Park on the city's magnificent lakefront has been home to the world's largest food festival.
This landmark development on State St. features first-to-Chicago retailers, signature dining and entertainment venues within a five-story atrium. The center has direct access to the CTA Red and Blue Lines as well as Chicago's extensive pedway system.
The Shops at 900
A remarkable collection of 70 distinctive shops and restaurants including Bloomingdale's, Gucci, MaxMara and Michael Kors.
Chicago French Market
Come visit Chicago's first and only year-round, indoor marketplace providing you with permanent, convenient and personal access to local artisans and purveyors.Featuring nearly 30 individual specialty vendors, Chicago French Market offers fresh ingredients for cooking at home, delicious grab-and-go options for breakfast, lunch and dinner, light snacks, picnics, easy party planning for home and office settings, plus meaningful gift ideas, all in one convenient location.
Nuts on Clark
For 35 years world famous Chicago icon offering popcorn, nuts & fine chocolate. Also located at O'Hare & Midway airport & Union Station. Order online.
Chicago Pride Fest
Get ready for a flamboyant, fun party in Boystown! Show your pride while enjoying an eclectic lineup of crafts, food and entertainment from some of Chicago's finest LGBT performers.
Chicago 47th Annual Pride Parade
Celebrate Chicago's LGBT community at the annual Pride Parade, now in its 47th year! The parade will feature floats, decorated vehicles and marching groups representing organizations, groups, businesses, elected government officials and individuals. Be sure to arrive early to get a good spot!
Northalsted Market Days
The 35th Annual Northhalsted Market Days® is coming to you live! Crowds from across the country will come together to celebrate the largest two-day street festival in the Midwest, right here on Halsted Street. Northalsted Market Days® is also famous for its vast array of unique vendors, from local arts and crafts to craft food and drink.
Eataly is an original “marketplace” model inviting consumers to be active participants in an innovative food and beverage experience where they shop, taste and savor high quality traditional Italian food products and beverages along with local produce and artisanal products; a multifunctional marketplace that includes a premier retail center for Italian delicacies and wine, a culinary educational center, and a diverse slate of seven boutique eateries.
“We cook what we sell, and we sell what we cook.” Eataly is an original “marketplace” model inviting consumers to be active participants in an innovative food and beverage experience where they shop, taste and savor high-quality, traditional, Italian food products and beverages along with local produce and artisanal products. This multifunctional marketplace includes a premier retail center for Italian delicacies and wine, a culinary educational center and a diverse slate of boutique eateries. Eataly ambassadors are here to provide a high-quality experience to all of our guests, whether you are here to shop or enjoy a meal.
Windy City Smokeout
Windy City Smokeout: BBQ & Country Music Fest presented by Bub City returns for its fourth year! This summer festival brings together the best of live country music, beer and BBQ to our city's popular River North neighborhood. Throughout the weekend, guests can enjoy southern-inspired fare from Chicago's BBQ restaurants. Festival-goers will also have the opportunity to interact with chefs and their culinary teams, and enjoy ice cold beers to wash it all down! country fans can also take in performances by country music's biggest stars as well as emerging talent.
51st Annual Midsommarfest
Midsommarfest is Andersonville’s annual summer street festival, celebrating its 51st year in 2016! Nearly 50,000 people throng Clark Street from Foster to Catalpa for two days and three nights of music, dancing, kids’ entertainment, and delicious food. Vendors from around the region sell their wares to passers-by, local shops and restaurants welcome the warm season with specials and sales, and dance troupes, Djs, and cutting-edge plus longtime favorite bands keep the party going.
Taste of Andersonville Dinner Crawl
Come take a bite out of the neighborhood at the annual Taste of Andersonville Dinner Crawl, on Wednesday, August 10 from 6PM – 9PM. Enjoy your favorites, find new spots to eat, and meet lots of neighbors and friends. Held in conjunction with the Andersonville Farmers Market, this evening is sure to be a foodie’s dream come true!
A classic neighborhood diner serving a variety of delicious breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night dishes. Founded in 1961, Melrose Diner has been a local staple in the neighborhood. Since then, the menu has evolved to include vegetarian and gluten free options. Come join us on our lush outdoor patio on the corner of Melrose and Broadway in the heart of Lakeview East and bring your friends.
Fresh and Friendly since 1973, Nookies is committed to serving the highest quality and most delicious of comfort foods to Chicago. From our family to yours, Eat, Live and Enjoy.
A Taste of Heaven Bakery and cafe
This Andersonville cafe and bakery sells an array of rich treats: raspberry crumble bars, orange poppy seed cake, giant sugar cookies, and heavenly mini apple pies, not to mention scones tagged the best in town. Breakfast items include French toast, quiche, and a breakfast burrito; lunch and dinner entrees are homey--spinach lasagna, chicken potpie, soups, salads, and sandwiches with meat piled high on homemade bread. The room is cozy, with natural light streaming in through the windows.