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Little Beans Cafe - Chicago
Little Beans is a family café and imaginative indoor playground for kids. Their café boasts a delicious assortment of coffee drinks and snacks where parents can enjoy the ambiance of our comfortable café with their tiny tots. At Little Beans, kids have the freedom to play, learn, imagine and create in their custom interactive indoor village and playground. They are truly a destination that is fun for the whole family.
Busy Beaver Button Company and Museum
ince pinback buttons were patented in 1896, people have found many ways to express their life events through buttons. They created the Button Museum to show how people commemorated noteworthy times in their lives by creating and collecting these wearable mementos. The words, artwork, printing style, color, and size were the final result of a vision they wanted to communicate or be a part of.
Midwest Independent Film Festival
The Midwest Independent Film Festival is the nation's only film festival solely dedicated to the Midwest filmmaker, presenting audiences with regionally produced independent cinema every first Tuesday of the month at Landmark Century Centre Cinema in Chicago. This year-round film festival sits proudly at the center of the independent film scene in Chicago and the Midwest and is dedicated to celebrating and strengthening the Midwest filmmaking community
Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art
Established in 1991, Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art (Intuit) is the only nonprofit organization in the United States that is dedicated solely to presenting self-taught and outsider art — with world class exhibitions; resources for scholars and students; a Permanent Collection with holdings of more than 1,100 works of art; the Henry Darger Room Collection; the Robert A. Roth Study Center, a non-circulating collection with a primary focus in the fields of outsider and contemporary self-taught art; and educational programming for people of all interest levels and backgrounds.
Quarryman Challenge 10 Mile & 5K Race
One could make the case that there is nothing that is as unique and challenging as the Quarryman Challenge 10 Mile and 5K in Lemont, Illinois. The Quarryman 10 Mile & 5K offers elite athletes, age group competitors and fitness runners a different, challenging course in Lemont's unique, scenic and small town setting. Visit our community and run one of the most challenging, unique and scenic road races in the Chicago area. Times: 6:00am-7:00am Packet Pick-Up; 7:30am 10 Mile Race Starts; 7:35am 5K Race Starts.
Gelsosomo's Pizzeria & Pub is a new family restaurant located in downtown Lemont. Stop in for some pizza, pasta, sandwiches, salads, beer and fun. Chances are if you've eaten at Gelsosomo’s (Jel-sah-so-mos) in Lemont you’ve met at least one of the owners, Peg and Ed Gricus - a family-run operation.
The Richard H. Driehaus Gallery of Stained Glass at Navy Pier
The Richard H. Driehaus Gallery of Stained Glass, located near the tip of Chicago’s Navy Pier, immerses visitors in darkened rooms bathed in the glow of 11 of Tiffany Studios’ stained glass windows, ranging from ecclesiastical to secular landscapes. Each displays the ways Tiffany Studios reinvented tradition, using embedded colors and new types of glass to create folds, ripples, and other textures that gave life to each scene.
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.
Pollyanna Brewing Company
Pollyanna Brewing Company experiments with local fruits and spices, seasonal lagers, barrel-aging, wild yeast and bacteria, and cider-beers on occasion. In our intimate and truly unique taproom, we offer tasting flights, pints, and 64oz growlers and 32oz howlers to-go, as well as free tours and a scenic look at the brewery. Bring your own food or look for our special dates with food offerings. Open Mon, Wed, Thurs - 3:00pm - 10:00pm; Fri - 3:00pm - 11:00pm; Sat. - 11:00am - 11:00pm; Sun - 11:00am - 7:00pm. Closed Tues.
St. James at Sag Bridge
St. James at Sag Bridge is the Oldest Church in Northern Illinois. Built by Irish immigrants who built the canal. Established in 1833, it is the sole country parish of the Archdiocese of Chicago serving a growing community of Catholics who come together to worship God through the celebration of the Eucharist and traditional devotional activities within truly unique and beautiful surroundings.
Cruising at a Light Show
A meet and greet cruise night and to show off your lights (vehicle) event. Awards will be given for best in show.
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.
OPRF Fashion 4 Student Success//Clothing Swap & Fashion Show
The proceeds from this event will be used to fund a Teacher Appreciation Breakfast on Wednesday, May 6th! Enjoy a fashion show with the latest looks from Sanem's, Muse, & Jayne Boutiques modeled by OPRFHS "hot mamas!" Join the Swap! Swapping is the new shopping! Clean your closets of unwanted items and swap them for something you love! We are accepting clean Spring an Summer women's clothing (on hangers) and accessories at various locations.
The gallery includes a unique collection of oils, watercolors, pastels, graphite and colored pencil, prints, photographs, sculptures, pottery, and miniatures.
Hispanic Heritage Celebration
11th Annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration, featuring authentic Hispanic music, food & entertainment. All are welcome.
Illinois State Open
The Illinois State Open is a five-round miniature golf tournament sanctioned by the USPMGA and held at the championship-level Ball Fore Miniature Golf Course.
Chicagoland Unconventional Bicycle Expo (CUBE)
The only place where you can test ride:unicycles, recumbents, trikes, cargo bikes, tandems and electric bikes all in the same place. Then walk the show and see a full line of the newest accessories, clothing, shoes, etc. Not to mention the touring companies, and bike clubs. You won't want to miss this show. It's the only one of it's kind in the America's.
Lagoon Fire on the Water
Bring your blanket and cards and relax. We will have fires going in the lagoon for everyone to come and see. We will also have balloon artists (free) and refreshments for purchase. A great night for the whole family!
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.
Short Run on a Long Day 5K Run/Walk
15th Annual 5K run/walk. Register at www.frankfortparks.org.
Wright Plus 2015 Concert
Wrap-up your Wright Plus experience at Unity Temple with a lively evening concert by Chicago's premier gypsy-jazz band, Swing Gitan. The group plays foot-tapping music on acoustic instruments in the style of 1930's guitarist Django Reinhardt. It's a blend of the jubilant swing of early jazz and the feisty passion of gypsy music, with a strong dose of guitar pyrotechnics and virtuosic improvisation.
Halloween Casket Races
The Annual Casket Race is back! The Casket Race features trophies for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, plus the most frightfully funny and creepy designs. Cheer on your favorite team - or join the race!
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!
Open, airy dining room, farm to table, freshest alternative to dining, local growers, comfort foods, gluten-free/vegan options, full-service bar, handcrafted cocktails, and fine wines.
Fly the Ford
The Ford Tri-Motor will be back in Lansing at the Municipal Airport. Rides: $40 Children 6-17 yrs.; $80 Adults. See Chicago from a Ford built tough airplane.
Preserving Your Photographs
Judi Weber of Quality Plus Photo, 11523 S. Harlem Ave, Worth, IL, will present a program on preserving photographs.
StoryWalk Grand Opening
This nationally recognized program encourages literacy and promotes physical activity.
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!
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!
Historical Walk on Ridge Road
Lansing Historical Society President Paul Schultz will lead a walking tour along Lansing's main street, pointing out sites of historical, geological and architectural interest.
The Berwyn Park District presents BAM (Berwyn Arts & Music) Fest on Saturday, July 25th in Proksa Park. This Youth Arts & Music Festival will feature live music, youth art galleries, art creation stations, workshops and fun activities. This event will also feature a battle of the bands and teen lounge with live DJ's.
Riverside Historic Walking Tours
Discover the winding roads, delightful parks, beautiful landscapes, varied architecture and much, much more! The North Tour covers the area north of the railroad tracks and features the Longcommon, an architecturally significant school, a place of worship designed by Jenney, and homes by Silsbee, Wright, Perkins, and Purcell & Elmslie. The South Tour includes Swan Pond Park, Scottswood Common, Wright's Country Estate & service buildings, architecture by Jenney, Drummond, Kenny & Vinci, Wittlesey, and a home designed by Olmsted's partner, Calvert Vaux. Dates: May 31 (North), June 28 (South), July 26 (North), August 30 (South), September 20 (North), October 25 (South).
Time Travelled Collectible Toy Show
Have you ever wondered where you can find those old collectible toys that you can never find anymore? Join us for our Toy Show and choose from a huge selection of collectibles such as G.I. Joe, Hot Wheels, Action Figures, PEZ and more!
Movies on the Green
Movies on the Green are held on our Village Green. The event is free. Bring a blanket or lawn chair! Enjoy a movie under the stars! Begins at Dusk.
Follow the Green Pumpkin Trail to collect healthy treats from local businesses and participate in kids' activities including pumpkin painting and costume swap. Join us October 17th from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
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.
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.
All ages are welcome to come and create a kite and enjoy a day of fun! Concessions will be available to purchase for a picnic lunch with your friends and family!
Come golfing at our mini golf course with this "spooktacular" set up! Ghosts and gruesome goblins inhabit this golf course for the day to create a unique and fun golfing experience!
Art dans la Rue
Embrace European culture at Downtown Oak Park's French street festival featuring art, food, wine, music, film, dance and more! The event will be held on August 4th from 12-9 p.m.
Dog Days of Summer
On July 30th this Thursday Night is for the dogs! Madison Street pays homage to the Animal Care League of Oak Park! Dogs and cats will be available for adoption. Contests for dog lovers of the area! Special savings and free treats too. 5% of sales will go to the Animal Care League of Oak Park.
Movie in the Park
Family-oriented movies on the big screen at South Holland's premier park, Veterans Memorial Park. Full concession available at Home Plate Grill.
Walk to Cure Arthritis
The Walk to Cure Arthritis is the Arthritis Foundation's nationwide signature event that unites communities across the country to put an end to arthritis. The event features a three mile and one mile course, with arthritis information and activities for the entire family. Pet owners are encouraged to bring their dogs.
Summer Concert Series
Summer Concert Series kicks off on Sunday, May 31 on the Village Green. BAND TBD visit website www.oaklawn-il.gov for more information.
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!
Thresholds Magic Performance by Jeanette Andrews
Three showings available: April 22, 23, 24 at 7:30 p.m. Jeanette Andrews will astound everyone as she shatters the mold of a traditional magic performance. This totally unique experience, created specifically for Pleasant Home, is composed of a distinctive blend of magic, psychology, science, and art. With Jeanette as their guide, audience members will wind their way through the ornate rooms of Historic Pleasant Home, experiencing highly interactive magic designed for each of the five senses. Ages 12 and up.
Family Camp Out
Enjoy a summer night camping under the stars. Scavenger hung, a late night campfire, hot dog and S'Mores roast is included. Must bring own tent, sleeping bag and camping equipment.
Shop Outdoor Sale
Join us in Downtown Oak Park July 16th (10am-9pm), 17th (10am-8pm), and 18th (10am-5pm) for our shop outdoor sale. Browse tables and racks to find the best deals of the season.
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.
Time Travelled Collectible Toy Show
Ever wonder where you can find those old collectible toys that you can never find anymore? Join us for our Toy Show and choose from a huge selection of collectibles such as G.I. Joe, Hot Wheels, Action Figures, PEZ and more!
Annual Family Festival 2015
5th Annual Family Festival sponsored by the Hazel Crest Park District and the Village of Hazel Crest. Are you looking for a fun place to take your family? Bring your family, blankets, chairs and picnic baskets, relax and listen to live music, test out your Karaoke skills, join in on the line dancing fun or visit the variety of food vendors. Activities for kids include face painting, jumping house, and games.
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!
Winterfest in Downtown Oak Park
Collect sweet treats at this signature holiday cookie walk on December 5th (11 a.m.-3 p.m.). Take photos with Saint Nicholas and enjoy a variety of family friendly entertainment acts.
Home for the Holidays in Downtown Oak Park
Catch the old-fashioned holiday spirit with free horse-drawn sleigh rides and a visit from Santa!
Renowned for fresh seafood and oysters as well as aged steaks. A much respected wine list and bar deep in aged spirits.
Chicago Palestine Film Festival
From April 18 through 30, the Gene Siskel Film Center collaborates with the Chicago Palestine Film Festival to present the fourteenth annual festival representing the spirit and mood of contemporary Palestinian life. This festival is dedicated to exhibiting film and video work that is open, critical, and reflective of the culture, experience, and vision of the artists.
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!
25th Annual Berwyn Route 66 Car Show
The 25th Annual Berwyn Rt66 Car Show sponsored by Paisans Pizzeria & Bar will be held on Ogden Avenue in Berwyn. Berwyn has always been a great Route 66 town with a thriving, dynamic and fast-growing community at its hear. Stand on Historic Route 66 and see over 500 vintage and custom cars, trucks and motorcycles. This show has something for everyone! Demonstrations of Automobile Flamethrowing will thrill spectators!
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!
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.
Art 4 Soul
Three floors of fun! Shop our 1st floor boutique, create in our upstairs art studio and upcycle with vintage soul re-sale in our lower level.
2015 Annual Holiday Walk
Live window displays, horse-drawn carriage rides and Santa and his reindeer are just part of the magic of The Annual Holiday Walk. Enjoy winter on Madison Street!
The Western Open is a ten-round miniature golf tournament sanctioned by the USPMGA and held at the championship-level Ball Fore Miniature Golf Course.
Annual Fishing Derby
Fish for free. The Department of Natural Resources annually allows fishing without a license the first weekend of June, so join us to promote fishing as a sport and as a family-friendly outdoor activity. You must bring your own bait, tackle and pole. In this case, the early worm catches the fish!
Alsip Street Fair
Featuring children's Musician "Laura Doherty and The Heartbeats". and the headlining "Brass from the Past". Also a petting zoo, pony rides, inflatables, kids crafts and gaming, face painting, balloons, bingo, cocktails, food, a raffle, vendors, and more!
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.
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.
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.
Earth Day / Arbor Day
Children's activities, crafts, petting zoo and pony rides. More than 80 exhibitors; energy solutions, natural products, eco-vehicles and animal presentations.
Illinois Junior Golf Association 2 day Tournament
This is a 2 day Junior Golf Tournament hosted by the Illinois Junior Golf Association. Any Junior golfers interested must register online at the IJGA website.
Market in the Park
Annual Market in the Park features fresh local produce and many vendors and handmade crafters. Located next to the Quarry on Ridge Road.
12th Annual Spring Housewalk
"Decades of Design in River Forest" is the theme of our 2015 spring house walk, which features five homes in River Forest, spanning 125 years of architectural design and community history. The 12th annual walking tour of the interiors of five private homes takes place from 1-5 p.m. on Sunday, May 3rd. This year's walk puts the spotlight on the wide variety of homes in the village, from the landmark Blocki House, built around the time the village was incorporated in 1880, to a contemporary home built in 2005 which features a glass atrium. Advanced tickets are $30, $25 for members and can be purchased on our website. Tickets also can be purchased for $35 on the day of the walk at Christ Episcopal Church.
Music in the Plaza
Enjoy music under the stars. Food and beverages are available. Don't forget your lawn chairs and blankets. This date will also feature the artists who design the Benches on the Avenue.
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.
Hailstorm Brewing Company
Hailstorm Brewing is a regional craft brewery with a full tap room offering a variety of rotating and seasonal craft beers. (Food is available from nearby restaurant).
Golfweek Senior Amateur Tour Event
This is a Senior Amateur Golf Tournament run through Senior Amateur Golf Tour sponsored by GolfWeek. Interested participants must register online at the senioramateurgolftour.net website.
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.
Illinois Senior State Amateur Championship
Any Senior golfers interested in participating must register through the CDGA website at www.cdga.org.
Forest Park Music Fest
Celebrate Summer at the all new Music Fest on Madison. Enjoy Chicago's best up-and-coming bands, artisans, local food vendors and merchant sidewalk sales.
Music in the Plaza
Enjoy music under the stars. Food/beverages are available. Don't forget your lawn chairs.
Monee Fall Fest
There is no place like Monee for fun. Free admission & parking. Great bands, food & beer garden. Parade carnival and family entertainment. Spectacular fireworks display.
Frankfort Half Marathon
The Frankfort Half Marathon will begin and end in the beautiful historic district of downtown Frankfort. The race will commence right outside the door of Running Excels on the Old Plank Trail and run westward. After 2.7 miles of running on the scenic, tree-lined Old Plank Trail, the racers will turn off into the Hickory Creek Forest Preserve. The rolling hills of the forest preserve will provide a picturesque tour for the runners as they reach the halfway and turn-around point in the race. The runners will then proceed back through the forest preserve and to the Old Plank Trail for their final journey towards the finish line and the post-race party on the Breidert Green. 7AM.
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.
Mid American Junior Golf Tour Event
This is a Junior Golf Tournament hosted by the Mid American Junior Golf Tour. Any young golfers interested must join through the MAJGT website.
Drivin' the Dixie Centennial
Discover America's Greatest Rolling Car Show! Follow the route along the historic Dixie Highway and uncover points of interest and new destinations. Great fun for everyone! Enjoy all day tour celebrating Historic Dixie Highway's Contennial visiting historic sites, car shows and community events with your vintage car or contemporary vehicle. Along Dixie Highway from Blue Island to Momence!
Open Air Market - Mokena
Open-air market featuring traditional farmers market vendors and artisan crafters. Saturday 8:30AM-12:30PM.
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.
Clean Sweep Garage Sale
One person's junk transforms into another's treasure at the annual Depot District Clean Sweep Garage Sale. Browse 5 stories of good finds and leave knowing that you've lived the spirit of the word "recycle." Future generations will thank you for this shopping trip. Free electronic recycling will be available via a "donation" to Seguin Services. Bounce Sports will be offering free use of their batting cages from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for those that attend the sale! The event will take place in Berwyn's Depot District in the Municipal Parking Facility between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 7th.
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.
Viva Italia: Italian Night
O Sole Mio! Join us for a fabulous Thursday night of great food, music an store specials. We have a lot of Italy on Madison Street!
Expansive Visions: FUSEDChicago
Please visit this exhibition, curated by Gallery Director Beth Shadur, of works by selected members of the encaustic collective, FUSEDChicago. The works show the rich variety possible in the medium of painting with wax. Artists' reception, June 11, 4:30-7pm M-Th 9AM-3PM; W-Th 4PM-7PM
Concert In The Park
This will be the 32nd annual Concert In The Park. Join the Palos Park community as we enjoy a concert band perform crowd favorites. A dance floor is provided. 5-9:30PM.
Amtrak - Chicago to Springfield
The train makes your trip relaxing and pleasant as you watch the miles roll by.
Benches on the Avenue
This award-winning public art program features benches that showcase the unique and colorful designs of professional and amateur artists. The theme for 2015 is "Heroes and Villains".
Wiffle Fest is an annual wiffle ball tournament held in Homewood. Teams compete in two divisions, fast pitch & recreational, in a round-robin format. Come join us and have a ball!