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Women’s Works is a juried fine art exhibit, celebrating women artists and is presented annually by the Northwest Area Arts Council and the Old Court House Arts Center. Held in the Old Court House Arts Center on the Historic Woodstock Square, Women’s Works provides an opportunity to showcase the creative artwork of women artists in North America and internationally. This is the 29th Anniversary of the Women's Works show.
Earth Day 50K
Celebrate Earth Day by running through the woods, enjoying nature, and making new friends! Join MUDD for our 5th annual race at the hidden gems of Veteran Acres and Sternes Woods in Crystal Lake, IL. The beautiful course features winding single track, rolling hills, blossoming spring flowers, open prairie, and pine forest. The Earth Day trail races make a perfect goal race or last long run before Ice Age 50 & 50k.
Taste of Home Cooking School Live at the Egyptian Theatre
Drop your whisks, grab your friends, and join us for a night of fun at the Taste of Home Cooking School's brand new show! During this interactive two-hour event, you’ll watch a top culinary expert demonstrate ten new recipes you can easily recreate in your home. Armed with new culinary tips and techniques, you’ll be sure to impress your family and friends with these sophisticated yet surprisingly easy-to-make dishes. Not only will you leave the event with new recipe ideas, you’ll also go home with a valuable gift bag. Our ever-popular gift bags include an assortment of products and coupons, including two Taste of Home magazines. And while you’re there, remember to enter for a chance to win one of many exciting door prizes. Tickets go on sale Friday, February 5th! (on sale now to Threatre Members)
DeKalb Chamber Restaurant Week
Join the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce for the inaugural DeKalb Chamber Restaurant Week beginning April 10 and concluding April 16, 2016. The week will feature specials from participating restaurants in the DeKalb and Sycamore area.
Magic Made Me Do It - Daniel Martin
Join Waubonsee Community College at the Sugar Grove Campus Auditorium: Chicago's own Daniel Martin will entertain you and your family with his high energy blend of incredible magic, exhilarating escapes, and sarcastic improv. His magic and comedy have been featured on CBS, NBC, WGN, VH!, ESPN, and at thousands of live events. Show starts at 7 pm.
The American Boy Choir
For over 75 years, The American Boychoir has long been recognized as one of the finest musical ensembles in the country. Capitalizing on its trademark blend of musical sophistication, spirited presentation and ensemble virtuosity, the Boychoir performs regularly with world-class ensembles. These include The New York Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra and The Boston Symphony, and is often featured with such illustrious conductors as James Levine, Charles Dutoit and Alan Gilbert. Part of the 2015-2016 Illinois College Fine Art Series: Made in America. Tickets are $15 each. For more information go to www.ic.edu.
Parachute Live at the Egyptian Theatre
Will Anderson, Kit French, and Johnny Stubblefield, also known as Parachute, will be rocking the Egyptian Theatre stage. This American pop rock band is from Charlottesville, Virginia. Hit songs include: She is Love, Something to Believe In, Kiss Me Slowly, and Can’t Help. They are about to release their fourth album, “Wide Awake,” March 11, 2016. Come be the first to see them before they kick off their Nationwide tour next month. Look for special guests to join Parachute on stage, making this a jammed packed night of amazing music.
Ericson Holt - Blues & Soul
The Sandwich Opera House presents Ericson Hold, a varied blues and soul influenced singer and songwriter. Included in the show will be a special appearance by Jennifer Lowe of the CoverGirls.
Aurora University's Crimi Auditorium
This much-lauded and beautiful auditorium hosts classical and popular musical events as well as popular lectures and recitals. It is located in Aurora University's Institute for Collaboration building.
Mod Rod Stewart & The Piano Man
The Sandwich Opera House presents classic rock n roll with Cliff Tartaglia in a tribute to Rod Stewart and Nick Psyhogios as the Piano Man.
Underground Railroad Spring Bus Tour
Join our Storyteller tour guides, outfitted in 19th century period attire, as we travel the sites of the Underground Railroad. Learn the fascinating stories of the brave men and women of our history while riding on comfortable modern buses. The tour starts at Illinois College and ends at Woodlawn Farm.
Cristina Pato Quartet
Cristina Pato has opened historical new paths for the Gaita (Galician bagpipe). In 1998 she became the first female Gaita player to release a solo album and since then has collaborated with many high profile world music, jazz, classical and experimental artists including the Chicago Symphony, Yo-Yo Ma, The Chieftains, Arturo O'Farril, World Symphony Orchestra and Paquito D'Rivera. Her powerful style of passionate playing has been acclaimed by The New York Times as "a virtuosic burst of energy" while the BBC crowned her "the Galician bagpipe diva." Show starts at 8 pm.
Genius of Shubert by Fox Valley Orchestra Chorus & AU Chorale
Enjoy classics by Schubert performed live by the Fox Valley Orchestra Chorus and the Aurora University Chorale: Stephen Alltop - Conductor, Lisa Fredenburgh - Chorus Master, Michelle Areyzaga - Soprano, Martha Kasten - Mezzo, Stephen Cannon - Tenor, Aaron Wardell - Bass. Schubert - Symphony No. 3 in D major; Schubert - Mass No. 5 in A-flat major.
Chanticleer Presents "Over the Moon"
Known as an orchestra of voices, this popular 12-member male chorus Chanticleer celebrates the over-the-moon exuberance of popular composers. “Over the Moon” includes magnificent early statements by Claudio Monteverdi and Antoine Busnois giving way to the more romantic yearnings of Gustav Mahler. The program features works by Elgar and Finzi, and a new setting of Albert Giraud’s Pierrot Lunaire poems by Nico Muhly. Registration required. Contact the university for further information.
Baby Boomer Comedy Show
The Sandwich Opera House presents the Baby Boomer Comedy Show with Kent Rader and Jan McInnes. Be ready to laugh out loud about family, kids, do-it-yourself projects, dieting and aging.
Kuba and Rebecca at the Sandwich Opera House
Join the Sandwich Opera House in welcoming Rebecca, singer of country, Broadway, pops, jazz and gospel with Kuba playing vibraphone, drums, guitar, violin, theramin and the kalimba.
Special Consensus Bluegrass Band
Join the Sandwich Opera House in welcoming Special Consensus Bluegrass Band to the stage. This four person acoustic Bluegrass band has attitude!
Theresa Caputo live at the NIU Convocation Center
Theresa Caputo, from TLC’s hit show, Long Island Medium, will be appearing live at the NIU Convocation Center in DeKalb on Sunday April 17th at 7:00PM. Tickets go on-sale Friday January 29th at 10:00AM and can be purchased at ticketmaster.com , via phone at 800-745-3000, or at the Convocation Center box office located at 1525 W. Lincoln Hwy. Tickets start at $39.75 (plus applicable service charges) and are subject to change. Purchasing a ticket does not guarantee a reading.
Prairie Brass Band
Join the Sandwich Opera House in welcoming this 25-piece brass band from Arlington Heights performing traditional British brass band instrumentation.
Dakota Swings Bobby Darin
The Sandwich Opera House presents Bobby Darin’s life in song. Las Vegas performer Dakota Horvath is often compared to Harry Connick Jr., Michael Buble, Bobby Darin and Frank Sinatra.
Jail Hill Inn
Galena’s newest lodging property, located one block from downtown. Be pampered and enjoy the luxury amenities, incredible views, and fascinating history and architecture.
Disney Love Songs - Alexis Cole
Join the Sandwich Opera House in welcoming American jazz singer, Alexis Cole as she sings Disney's favorite love songs with an up tempo and sultry flavor. She will perform numbers and scat solos from jazz standards and blues.
The Inn At Lake Elizabeth
Beautiful sunsets over the lake, delicious breakfasts and welcoming hospitality await guests of the Inn At Lake Elizabeth. Located in Richmond, IL, the Inn offers access to a variety of snow and water sports.
Jaci’s Cookies is a gourmet cookie company based in Woodstock, IL. Open since Halloween of 2008, Jaci’s Cookies offers delicious versions of classic cookie favorites. Jaci’s also offers a variety of cookies catering to those with dietary restrictions, such vegan and gluten-free.
Prairie Avenue Antiques & The Tack Exchange
Prairie Avenue Antiques is housed in a turn-of-the-century former Feed & Dry Goods store located on the corner of Rt 47 & Prairie Ave in quaint Hebron, IL. This is a multi dealer shop with a wide range of very attractively priced antiques, furniture and collectibles. New old things are added every day so there is an ever changing array ranging from fine crystal, silver, stained glass, etc to rough primitives, to tools, jewelry, kitchen items, etc. One could furnish a home from bare walls or just add that special piece to an established home! Consignment sale and out right purchase of your unwanted treasures is also possible.
Hoops Sports Bar and Grill
Offering homemade pizza and other great menu items in a casual atmosphere, Hoops is a great place to stop in Hebron.
Crandall's is a local favorite and home to "world famous" broasted chicken. In 2015, they received the Golden Chicken Award for Operator Excellence. They offer a Friday fish-fry and Sunday brunch.
Da Baffone Cucina Italiana
Da Baffone is a cozy little getaway, a family owned Italian Restaurant in downtown Crystal Lake. At Da Baffone we present a unique dining experience with a focus on traditional Southern Italian Cuisine.
Read Between the Lynes
This independently-owned, hometown bookstore offers a great selection of best sellers and local favorites with a knowledgeable staff who will help you choose the perfect read. The store also includes a selection of toys, an old-fashioned candy counter and many local gift items. Located in the Historic Woodstock Square.
Crane Hollow Bed and Breakfast
Come hug an aged oak tree, watch the cranes in their early morning graze or search out the scarlet cardinal flowers. Listen to nature's whisper.
Lemont Area Historical Society
Historic museum located inside of a national registered church built during the Civil War. We offer exhibits, tours and the "old stone church" chapel is available for rental of weddings and special occasion ceremonies.
Abundance Antiques & Design is located in a 4000 sq. ft. 1880's hardware store building where all the authentic antiques and decor are artfully displayed.
Scorched Earth Brewing Company
Scorched Earth Brewing Co is a production brewery and tap room in Algonquin, IL. Our world class beer can be found in local establishments throughout the area. The tap room regularly features local food trucks, live music, tours and other special events.
Holiday Inn William Tell Hotel Chicago SW Countryside Banquets and Conference Center
Located just minutes from downtown Chicago and both Midway and O’Hare airports, the Holiday Inn & William Tell Chicago SW Countryside Banquets and Conference Center is the premier destination for business and leisure travel. We feature 176 comfortable Countryside, IL hotel rooms appointed with modern amenities, over 25,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, onsite dining and easy access to area businesses and sightseeing. While here, guests can enjoy a 25-yard lap pool, sauna, steam room and jacuzzi tub, making us a top choice for families. Our Countryside, Illinois hotel is also pleased to offer complimentary Wi-Fi and a free shuttle within a 5-mile radius upon request. When it’s time to explore, venture out to a plethora of nearby attractions and activities, including the Brookfield Zoo, Max McCook, Toyota Park and much more.
Residence Inn By Marriott
The Residence Inn by Marriott, Bloomington is the newest and brightest extended stay hotel to the Bloomington-Normal market. Located off Veterans Parkway, minutes from State Farm Insurance Headquarters and Central Illinois Regional Airport. Our residential-style hotel offers boutique inspired elegance in the heart of Bloomington-Normal. The spacious suites feature separate sleeping and living areas, a fully-equipped kitchen with refrigerator, and 39-inch HD flat panel televisions with in-room DVR players. Our luxury bedding includes crisp linens, comfy mattresses, custom comforters, and fluffy pillows, guaranteeing a blissful nights rest. Upon waking, join us for a complimentary, full-American breakfast buffet offering hot and cold favorites. Check-out our outdoor patio, fire up the BBQ grill to cook your favorite meal or unwind and socialize around the fire pit. Pack your bathing suit and dive in our saltwater indoor swimming pool and spa, it's a refreshing experience.
At Patyk's Farm Market and Greenhouse, you will experience a true “working farm.” Freshly harvested, homegrown produce, handmade milk soap, farm fresh eggs, friendly farm animals, and beautiful flowers can be found on our little mom and pop farm. A growing variety of produce is harvested from our fields. Even the expertly crafted, decorative gourds that we display, courtesy of Outta My Gourd, were originally grown on our Hebron Prairie soil! We compliment our products only with the tastiest apples from Haf's Road Apple Orchard and the sweetest berries and peaches from Michigan. May 1st is always opening day for our greenhouse, which will be overflowing with colorful, blossoming annuals and perennials, sweet scented herbs, and ready-for-your-garden vegetable plants. Gorgeous hanging baskets are the perfect gift for Mother's Day or any other celebratory occasion! We're located on East Illinois Route 173 just 3 miles west of Route 12 in Richmond or 4 miles east of Route 47 in Hebron. Look for the big red barn and Patyk's welcoming entrance. Whether you're out for a drive in the country, antiquing in Richmond or Hebron, enjoying Lake Geneva, apple picking at a nearby orchard, or just looking for a genuine, honest to goodness small farm visit, stop by Patyk's Farm Market and Greenhouse. We'd love to get to know you!
Stars of Dance Chicago
This Fermilab tradition returns to Ramsey Auditorium! Curator John Schmitz of the Dance Chicago Festival always pulls together an extraordinary variety to bring The Best of Dance Chicago to Fermilab. With a slate of more than 10 dance companies, there is always something for everyone.
Off Square Music - Open Mic Nights
Off Square Music is an organization of volunteers who wish to share the folk music art with others in many different ways. We invite the public to be a part of the experience during Open Mic Nights on the second and fourth Fridays of every month* beginning at 7:00 p.m. at Stage Left Café in the Historic Woodstock Square. *Open Mic Nights will be held on the first and third Friday in August.
Paint, Drink and be Merry at Prairie State Winery
Join Prairie State Winery for their latest event with with "Vino Van Gogh!" Come for a fun afternoon of wine and painting. Starts at 2pm and pre-registration is required. Love Birds (set of three 6x6 Canvas) will be the featured painting. Don't forget to use promo code "PRAIRIE" for $5 off!
87th Annual Gamma Phi Circus
2016 marks the 87th anniversary of the founding of Gamma Phi at Illinois State University in 1929 by Clifford "Pop" Horton. Come experience the oldest collegiate circus in the United States! Step right up and see fire-eaters, trapeze artists, tumblers, and more! Before Saturday’s 1 p.m. show, there will be a pre-show children’s carnival that begins at noon with games and activities for all ages. This special event is kid-approved and open to everyone that has a youth ticket to the matinee show. Admission to the carnival is the matinee ticket. The pre-matinee carnival is sponsored by the ISU Student Alumni Council.
Embers Tap House
Tap House and purveyor of 42 craft beers on draft, offers a full menu for your dining experience with great food, seasonal outdoor dining and banquet space is available.
An Evening with Amy Grant & Steven Curtis Chapman
Don't miss Grammy Award winning Christian powerhouse Amy Grant and Steven Curtis Chapman, the most awarded Christian artist in music on Friday, February 19th at the NIU Convocation Center. Show starts at 7:30pm with doors opening at 6:30pm.
Spring Bloom Arts Festival
Presented by the McLean County Arts Center, one of the oldest community arts organizations in the Midwest. Held at Illinois State University’s Brown Ballroom, The Spring Bloom Arts Festival is a juried show of fine art and fine craft featuring 70 exhibitors from across the nation.
North Aurora Hotel Inn and Suites
North Aurora Hotel has 120 comfortable, convenient guest rooms including King, Queen, Double and King Suites. Complimentary continental breakfast from 7 - 10 am every day. 24-hour front desk welcome center. Kitchenettes, free WiFi access and cable TV. Spacious free parking for up to 250 cars. Conveniently located right off I-88, Exit 117 at Rt. 31. Minutes from Chicago Premium Outlets, Hollywood Casino Aurora and the Aurora Transportation Center.
Rowdy's was first runner up as Culinary Champion for Best BBQ with their delicious Hog Wings! A fun local pub with a small town feel. An open kitchen allows customers to watch their food being prepared or their burger being "designed." They have over 50 brews to choose from as well as daily specials and live entertainment. Check their Facebook page for updates.
Salsa Verde Mexican Restaurant & Taqueria
Salsa Verde is delicious, authentic, home-made Mexican dishes from authentic Mexican recipes. Their service is friendly in an inviting and vibrant environment. Fresh ingredients make them among the best Mexican restaurants in the area!
Whitetail Ridge Restaurant
Situated among the rich turf at Whitetail Ridge Golf Club this is the perfect venue for wedding parties, luncheons, meetings or a Sunday Brunch. Mothers will appreciate spending Mother's Day at this beautiful place! Enjoy Friday fish fries, Sunday buffets and weekly specials. Easter Brunch and Father's Day are also special days to spend at Whitetail Ridge. Open 11 am - 9 pm Monday through Saturday and Sundays 8 am - 8 pm. Call for reservations and special holiday hours.
Open since 2009, Lakeview Grille offers the finest cuts of steak and prime rib. Their restaurant menu items not only include steaks but fresh salads, delicious entrees, and decadent desserts. To complement guests' dining experiences, the beer and wine list is extensive. Additional menus available for kids, banquets, or showers. Specials include Tuesday Night Rib Night - Wine Down Wednesdays - Prime Rib Special Thursday night and all day Sunday.
42nd Fall Fox Valley Antiques Show and Sale
Sat. 10-5; Sun. 10-4. Authentic antiques exhibited indoors at the Kane County Fairgrounds. Catered lunch is available. Plenty of free parking. Admission $8 benefits local historical, educational endeavors.
59th Spring Antiques Show
The Chicago Suburban Antiques Dealers Association will be presenting its 59th Spring Antiques Show. As usual this quality show will offer genuine antiques beautifully displayed in room settings by 55 dealers from 14 states with an array of Americana, 18th, 19th and early 20th century furniture, textiles, jewelry, stoneware,folk art.
Festival of the Sugar Maples
Just an hour's drive northwest of Chicago, the McHenry County Conservation District's annual "Festival of the Sugar Maples" makes it possible for you and your family to discover how maple syrup is made. The Festival takes place at the Coral Woods Conservation Area near Marengo over two weekends, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday March 5-6 and 12-13.One hour tours leave every 15 minutes and feature the cultural history of the century-old maple grove and stories of how maple syrup was made hundreds of years ago. End your tour with a taste of fresh Coral Woods maple syrup, some hot cocoa and sweet maple treats! The Festival is free and registration is not required. All ages are welcome, but children ages 13 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Patrons are urged to dress for the weather and to wear shoes appropriate for hiking to the maple grove (about ½ mile, or six blocks).
Blossom White Bed and Breakfast
The Blossom White B & B located on a wooded property in Nauvoo, IL hosts an all adult getaway, offering 4 rooms for adults 18 and over. Enjoy only organic, homemade meals. Serving each evening a homemade dessert and hot chocolate refreshment. An all hot breakfast is served each day along with dinner packages available. Guests will enjoy the onsite library, three season room and all en-suite rooms.
Northern Illinois University Huskie Stadium
The 2015 football season will mark the 50th Anniversary of Northern Illinois University's Huskie Stadium, the on-campus facility that has been the site of 163 wins by the NIU football team over the last 50 seasons, four MAC Championship teams and many of the greatest players in school history. Dedicated on November 6, 1965 with a 48-6 NIU win over Illinois State on Homecoming, the stadium was named Huskie Stadium in 1974 as part of NIU's 75th Anniversary celebration. On August 28, 2003, the facility was rededicated as Brigham Field at Huskie Stadium in honor of the late Dr. Robert J. Brigham, an institutional icon who carried the school's colors for more than 50 years as a student-athlete, assistant coach, head coach, director of athletics, and special assistant to the president before his retirement in June 2001. The facility has also been the site of NIU field hockey and soccer matches, high school football games, including the 2013 & 2015 Illinois High School Association Football Championships, drum corps competitions, community events and even weddings.
Paul Anka at the Arcada Theatre
Anka became famous in the late 1950s, 60s, 70s, with hit songs like "Diana", "Lonely Boy". "Put Your Head On My Shoulder", and "You're Having My Baby". An evening to recall those years gone by.
James B. and Rosalyn L. Pick Museum of Anthropology at Northern Illinois University
The Anthropology Museum at Northern Illinois University was founded in 1964 and is operated as part of the Department of Anthropology. The museum houses over 20,000 objects comprised mostly of ethnographic material with some archaeological material. The museum specializes in cultures of Southeast Asia, New Guinea, and the Southwest and Plains Native Americans. In addition, the museum holds smaller collections from Africa, modern Greece, Mesoamerica, and South America. The museum is particularly proud of the Native American basket collection, featuring over 200 specimens, as well as the Indonesian textile collection, which contains over 600 pieces. In addition, the museum also houses about 100 different Indonesian shadow puppets, a fine collection of Thai khon masks, and important collections of Hmong and Karen artifacts. The museum has a growing collection of modern Mesoamerican artifacts reflecting the cultural and artistic changes taking place in modern Honduras, Guatemala, and Mexico. The Museum is open during the NIU Academic Year.
Dervish - Magical Music from Ireland
A Dervish performance ranges from powerful and energetic dance tunes to sublime interpretations of Irish songs and airs with vocals, fiddle, flute, accordion, bodhran, mandola and bouzouki. Interwoven with Cathy Jordan's beguiling voice and engaging stage presence, an evening with Dervish is filled with warmth; conviviality and inspiration.
Antique Market I
Interesting variety of vintage books, postcards, jewelry, glass, porcelain, military, coins and deco lighting.
Fireside Grille offers a ski-lodge feel, with two fireplaces and a warm, wooden cathedral ceiling. The cozy yet classy atmosphere lends itself to dinner events of all kinds. At first glance the menu reveals a classic American dining experience, but digging a little deeper you'll find a lively helping of creativity that is sure to satisfy.
Stagecoach Players Theater
The Stage Coach Players is a one of the oldest, continuously operating community theatre troupes in Northern Illinois. In 2001/2002, the troupe moved to it's new permanent location in the former Moose Lodge on 5th Street and Grove in east downtown DeKalb, Since that first night on the farm, several generations of residents have been inspired by the Stage Coach Players...on both sides of the footlights.
NIU School of Art and Design Faculty Biennial invitational exhibition
The 2015 – 2016 Faculty Biennial exhibition features new work and current research of faculty from all divisions of the NIU School of Art and Design. Every two years the biennial emphasizes the caliber of the faculty and the breadth and strength of the arts programs offered at NIU from various disciplines including fibers, time arts, visual communication and illustration, painting, sculpture, photography, ceramics, printmaking, metals and jewelry, and art history, and art education.
Sleepy Creek Bed & Wine
A truly unique lodging experience is available at Sleepy Creek Vineyards! The lodging facility includes a full kitchen, living space, two private bedrooms, and a sleeping loft with maximum sleeping capacity of 10. The spacious retreat is close to Kickapoo State Park, Kennekuk County Park, and of course just steps away from the scenic 10 acre vineyards at Sleepy Creek.
Gaelic Storm – Live in Concert at Egyptian Theatre
The Egyptian Theatre is excited to welcome back Gaelic Storm featuring their new album on Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 7:30 PM. After nearly two decades and more than 3,000 live shows, Gaelic Storm — the chart-topping, multi-national Celtic band — is looking sharper than ever with their latest release, Matching Sweaters. The new album mixes traditional Irish music with modern influences, creating a sound that’s as wide-ranging as the band’s own audience.
Kinder's No Wake Inn
Located on the Mississippi River on the southern tip of Calhoun County, Kinder's No Wake Inn is the perfect spot for a panoramic view of the river. Serene beauty is what you will experience in your visit to the Inn. Uniquely decorated rooms will add some delight to your stay. Each room has its own outside seating and a large patio with terraced landscaping. Rooms have coffee pots, microwaves and refrigerators.
La Voute Bistro and Bar
Enjoy a unique dining experience in the restaurant’s plush dining room and lounge featuring French inspired cuisine. The focal point of the restaurant is the bank’s vault located in our comfortable bistro setting.
Heavenly View Cabin
Heavenly View is a luxury cabin with views that will take your breath away! Nestled near the top of the Mississippi River bluff, this cabin provides amazing views of the Mississippi River valley and the surrounding property. The cabin sits on 50 private acres which you can enjoy from the covered patios and screened-in porch that adjoin three sides of the cabin. Wake up in the morning with a cup of coffee and step outside to listen to the wild turkeys gobble around you or watch the whitetail deer feed in the meadow at the bottom of the valley. Savor the sunset and its beautiful colors across the hills.
Blackstone Bar & Grille
BlackStone Bar & Grill has an inviting char-house atmosphere accented by a colorful bar, featuring a wide selection of sandwiches, steaks, seafood, and chicken prepared fresh on the grill. We also offer a "home kitchen" menu boasting a variety of "platter-style" recipes passed down through our chefs' families homemade dishes, common when families had more time to spend in the kitchen. BlackStone's diverse selection of appetizers and entrees provides a complete dining experience... whether it be for a romantic dinner for two, or a fun "night out" for the entire family.
Watkins Place at McCully
Get away from it all and enjoy the peaceful sounds of nature under the shade of the catalpa trees in this two bedroom cabin in scenic Calhoun County. The Watkins Place is private and secluded with access to the hiking trails at the McCully Heritage Project. Amenities include a full kitchen, coffee maker, refrigerator, all kitchen utensils, towels and linens and board games. There is no TV reception, internet or phone service.
La Banque Hotel
A boutique hotel rich in history with luxuriously appointed rooms. The unique experience begins at the reception desk set in the majestic bank lobby and continues on to our high end guest rooms.
Villa Park Historical Museum
Built in 1929, the Villa Park Historical Museum building originally served the community as the Villa Ave stop for the Chicago, Aurora & Elgin electric train line and an appliance store. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986. Today, it houses relics and artifacts from Villa Park's past including articles from the Ovaltine Factory which once operated in Villa Park and Sears Catalog Homes in the area.
Lucas Oil Monster Truck Nationals
The astonishing speed, sound, and fury of colossal 10,000-pound, ten-foot-tall machines going for broke in a high-flying, all-out showdown are the ingredients for an unforgettable night of entertainment. The Monster Truck Nationals are back for a high-velocity shootout at the Convocation Center on Saturday, February 6th. The size and scale of the 10-feet-tall machines of The Monster Truck Nationals can only be truly appreciated close-up. And that’s why everyone with an admission ticket is invited to a free Pit Party, two hours before each performance. At the Pit Party, the Monster Truck Nationals drivers give autographs and pose for photos. Everyone can get a close look and a photo of the trucks, pick up a souvenir, and take part in interactive games and displays before heading to their seats for the excitement of the show.
Maple Syrup Time
For 4 weekends in February and early March, you're invited to walk with us into the Garden's sugar bush as we tap our maples. Help us collect the sap as it flows from the trees and cook it down to pure maple syrup. A great way to shake the winter blues!
Boutique Repeats & Gifts
Upscale resale: re-defining the resale experience! Boutique Repeats is designed to provide customers with new and gently used clothes, purses, jewelry and more. At your favorite upscale resale shop, we buy, consign and sell designer and better brand name women’s apparel, accessories, home decor and furniture. Let Boutique Repeats buy your high-end items, so you can go after that new must-have! This hassle-free selling experience is in a boutique environment that carries new inventory daily! Appointments are recommended for a personal buying experience, but not necessary.
Basils Greek Dining
Blending old world tradition with culinary flair and innovations, this is a celebration of Mediterranean Cuisine. Named after the "royal" herb, Basils brings the delicate balance and warmth of Greek comfort food to the modern dining table. Named one of 15 Unique Restaurants by Only In Your State: "Who knew some of the best Greek food wasn't in Greektown but was instead in a suburb? Yes, it's at Basils, a fantastic restaurant that has phenomenal Greek food perfectly paired with wines." (July 16, 2015)
Beer House, located on the outskirts of Yorktown Center, is a unique concept bringing over 60 tap and hundreds of bottled beers to one great venue. You can be sure to find almost half of our tap line dedicated to local Chicagoland breweries. Catering to both the beer aficionado and those wanting to learn more, our staff is willing to answer questions and make suggestions. Come drink the best beers, enjoy live music, catch sports on our 15 televisions, or just relax with friends!
We take great pride in using only the finest quality ingredients that are preservative and filler-free, and freshly-prepared the old-fashioned way. We never cut corners! Our famous Barbecue Ribs and Rotisserie Chicken are always cooked fresh throughout the day, and our signature smoked meats – sliced Beef Brisket, Pulled Pork, and Pulled Turkey – are seasoned and slow-cooked for hours. We make our own soups from scratch daily and we even grind and patty our own hamburgers. The way we do things may require extra effort, but we believe you can really taste the difference! For over 35 years, we continue to follow the same philosophy – quality, value, exceptional service and delicious barbecue!
Monster Truck Nationals
The astonishing speed, sound, and fury of colossal 10,000-pound, ten-foot-tall machines going for broke in a high-flying, all-out showdown are the ingredients for an unforgettable night of entertainment. The Monster Truck Nationals are back for a high-velocity shootout at the Convocation Center on Saturday, February 6th. Tickets for the one night only show (Saturday at 6:30pm) are on sale now! Get your tickets at the Convocation Center box office, Ticketmaster.com or by phone 800-745-3000. Five of the world’s top monster trucks will compete in car-crunching, gravity-defying, earth-shaking action.
Suzy's Pizza, Bar & Grill
Your place for live music. Casual atmosphere, separate bar area, pool tables, outdoor volleyball courts. "The pizza is divine - sweet tomato sauce, flaky thin crispy crust, lots of gooey cheese with some spices sprinkled on top. Extra cheese is not really necessary because they are plenty generous. It's simply delicious."
Northern Illinois University Art Museum
NIU Art Museum’s mission is to service the arts curriculum at NIU and to extend arts education and cultural enrichment to the community. The Museum has a permanent collection of 1,000 art pieces and also hosts visiting exhibitions. The Jack Olson Gallery is “the cornerstone of exhibition programming” that is promoted by NIU School of Art. This exhibit space brings thought provoking exhibitions to the northern Illinois community while also offering faculty and students a space to showcase their latest creative endeavors.
Zoo Zoo by Imago Theatre
Imago's shows have been described as like Cirque Du Soleil - evoking acrobatics mixed with Mummenschanz- like mime, set in a unique, yet accessible, French-influenced, avant-garde playground. ZooZoo works at many levels, with penguins playing musical chairs, a cat trapped in a giant paper bag, hippos with insomnia, and anteaters as waiters. A madcap revue of illusion, Imago presents comedy and fun for all ages that has inspired audiences nationwide. ZooZoo is comprised of a series of short works lasting in length from four to seven minutes. A cast of five plays a multitude of characters ranging from fireflies to giant polar bears in a show that appeals to ages 4 to 104.
America is obsessed with bacon, which is why Pomegranate Restaurant’s bacon waffle just makes so much sense. If bacon’s not your thing but waffles still are, try their pomegranate waffle–it comes with their pomegranate sauce and it’s amazing. Another great thing about this place, aside from their fresh ingredients, is that they serve breakfast all day. Late risers, rejoice! You can get breakfast and a mimosa at 4:00 p.m. Don’t let breakfast bias keep you from ordering off the lunch and dinner menus. All of their food is amazing!
Elsah General Store
This quaint general store offers an array of of jams, syrups, bbq sauces, coffees and and grocery items as well as greeting cards, unique gifts and antiques. Open Wednesday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
Poi Dog Pondering at the Paramount Theatre
Poi Dog Pondering comes back to their suburban home-away-from-home in Aurora for one night only. It’s Frankie, Susie, Max, Dag, Ted and the rest of the POI family together for a sensory-overload experience. Plus, they’re bringing some very special and talented guests to join them on the enormous Paramount stage. If you've seen POI at the Paramount, then you know exactly why they sell out here every year. If you've never seen POI DOG PONDERING live, then now is the time to experience these amazing artists.
Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus Live at the Effingham Performance Center
Based on the best-selling book, this hysterical show will have couples elbowing each other all evening as they see themselves on stage. The show starts at 8 p.m.
Carterville Community Center
The Fred G. Harrison Annex at the Carterville Community Center is a large banquet facility that offers the renter options such as using a full kitchen or just renting one half of the banquet hall. Special events such as bridal showers, baby showers, and children's birthday parties, reunions and other events can be held here.
QCCA Flower & Garden Show
Beautiful garden displays are served up with a great shopping experience. Great ideas for landscaping, decks, fences, sun rooms, and more. A variety of vendors will be on site selling garden items, specialty items, gifts and services.
Through its eccentric decor and delicious desserts, Cafe Melange has become a local and regional favorite for gourmet cuisine. Guests can sit on the patio and enjoy the lively atmosphere of downtown Carbondale, or enjoy a quiet meal near the fireplace inside. Enjoy a stone baked pizza, avocado salmon wrap, or simply treat your taste buds to the decadent taste of their signature cheese cake.
The Forge Brewhouse
The Forge Brewhouse is using the old traditions of "Rheinheitsgebot," the German Beer Purity Law of 1516 that only allows beer to contain barley, water and hops, to brew signature beers in house. It's pushing beyond those traditions to make a corn beer to honor one of DeKalb County's specialties, IPAs with jalepenos, and many other varieties. The Forge Brewhouse is also creating Brick Oven wood-fired farm to table pizzas.
Clifford the Big Red Dog Live at the Effingham Performance Center
Watch as children's favorite, Clifford the Big Red Dog, comes to life on stage at the EPC in a big way in this interactive musical, starting at 4 p.m.
Little River Band at the Effingham Performance Center
As one of the great vocal bands of the 70s and 80s, Little River Band performs their hits at the EPC to perform live at 7:30 p.m.
BJ Thomas at the Effingham Performance Center
As a true American institution whose iconic pop, country and gospel hits defined their respective generations and now transcends them, BJ Thomas performs at the EPC at 7 p.m.
The Fab Four at the Effingham Performance Center
Experience the best Beatles tribute ever by The Fab Four at 8 p.m. Hear your favorite timeless classics and relive the sixties with their uncanny recreation.
Crystal Gayle at the Effingham Performance Center
Classical, country and spiritual artist Crystal Gayle performs her hits live at the EPC - Mother's Day weekend at 7 p.m.
The Jason Bishop Show at the Effingham Performance Center
Come to the EPC at 7 p.m. to see why Jason Bishop is called America's Hottest Illusionist!
48th Annual Fair Diddley® 2016
The 48th Annual Fair Diddley® takes place on on the historic Woodstock Square. The square opens to pedestrian-only traffic as over 300 crafters line the streets, exhibiting their hand-crafted items. Join nearly 10,000 shoppers at this must attended event. Fair Diddley® is an outdoor event and takes place rain or shine.
Mickey Gilley at the Effingham Performance Center
Country chart-topper Mickey Gilley will perform his hits live at the EPC at 7 p.m.
Tree Top- A Loading Dock Guest House
Located in the heart of Grafton, Tree Tops is perfect for a family getaway or a stay-cation with your besties. With a queen sized bed and two twin beds, this cozy cottage is designed for four. Tree Tops boasts breathtaking views of the Mighty Mississippi from the private deck and shared patio below. Tree Tops is a second level guest house equipped with all the bells and whistles you've come to expect from a Loading Dock property.