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Smoke on the River
This Illinois state championship BBQ contest features live entertainment and barbecue sampling at Kesler Park on the Riverfront.
Beach Boys at The Virginia Theatre
What better way to spend the early winter months than with the warmest band around! The Beach Boys will take the stage at the historic Virginia Theatre in downtown Champaign, playing a show jam-packed with their greatest hits. This is a show you won't want to miss!
Unwind from your travels at the pet-friendly Econo Lodge® hotel in Lincoln, IL, located near the Lincoln Art & Balloon Festival and Logan County Fair.
Waukegan Charter Boat Fishing
Eight experienced fishing charter boat captains offering World Class Salmon, Trout and Perch fishing April into November. The Waukegan Charter Boat Association is the oldest and largest charter boat fleet on Lake Michigan. Experience Coho Salmon, Chinook ( King ) Salmon, Rainbow (Steelhead) Trout, Brown Trout and Lake Trout fishing on the western shores of Lake Michigan out of Waukegan, Illinois.
Creekside Outdoor Center for Environmental Education
Located along Sugar Creek, about five miles north of Lincoln, Creekside the Outdoor Center for Environmental Education will be an experiential outdoor classroom featuring an outdoor teaching pavilion, insectarium, greenhouse, and a restored prairie. It will include parking space, bioswales, rain gardens, and boardwalks and sidewalks to make the site handicapped-accessible. When complete it will be powered by solar panels and a wind generator.
J.H. Hawes Grain Elevator
Illinois’ only fully restored wooden grain elevator listed on the National Register of Historic Places. An outdoor, self-guided interpretive tour allows visitors to experience the Elevator Museum anytime. Open June, July and August: Sundays 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., call ahead.
Quincy Five Miler & Bear Creek Grunt Rowing Races
The Quincy Five Miler is a 5.4 mile head race on the Mississippi River and Quincy Bay from Hogback Island along the Illinois Shore, through the cut and into the Quincy Bay. Utilizing the same course of the 1st Quincy Boat Race in 1872, the race will begin from the Knapheide Landing. Bring anything you can row, pedal or paddle. $25 per race www.quincy5miler.com or 503-704-2133
Veterans Military Museum Depot
The Veterans Museum Depot is a restored C&I railroad depot that is filled with memorabilia from the Civil War to Desert Storm. It has uniforms of all branches of service, a purple heart, horse saddles from World War I, insignia's & patches, gas masks, a World War II communication system and many other items on display. Many young boys of the Rend Lake area left from this very depot to go to war. On the West Frankfort Main Street just 10 miles south of Rend Lake.
CITY: West Frankfort
Frankfort Area Historical Museum
Only 10 miles south of Rend Lake, the former two story brick Logan School is now a museum featuring area mining history, memorabilia from 1802-1976, a genealogy library, and the Red Geranium Tea Room that serves homemade lunch.
CITY: West Frankfort
Issac's Rusty Wagon
Isaac's Rusty Wagon is an antique mall & More, located on hwy148 in Energy, IL. Specializing in Antiques, Primitive Crafts & Home Decor.
Located in the heart of historic, downtown Plainfield, with its comfortable, “Old World” feel, Game Library, spacious Event Area and eight game rooms available to rent for private parties, The Wandering Dragon is not just an amazing board game store, but a home away from home for family and friends to gather and get lost in some fun.
Champaign Urbana Ballet presents The Nutcracker
It the classic ballet - "Swirling among snowflakes that float from the evening sky, the sweet sounds of violins and flutes fill the air. It is Christmas Eve, and in every house, warm hearts beat in anticipation of the magic of the night. In one special house - the home of the Stahlbaum family - the music and the magic are about to take an unusual shape." That excerpt from Champaign Urbana Ballet's The Nutcracker sets the stage for what has become a glamorous, magical holiday tradition for local audiences. Our production is presented each December with a live orchestra, the famed CU Symphony Orchestra, in the elegant Krannert Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Illinois. Local children are cast in roles as mice, soldiers and Polichenelles, while company dancers perform the Waltz of the Snowflakes and Flowers, variations of international delights, and the magnificent Pas de Deux that richly defines the Tchaikovsky score.
Lincoln Theater 4
Built in 1922, the theater built by Steve Bennis opened in 1923 showing "John Quincy Adams Sawyer." It was originally a single screen featuring an organ and live stage shows as well. The number of screens was doubled in 1985 and then again in the mid nineties. Downtown Lincoln is a great place to grab dinner and a movie while exploring the Mother Road.
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By the Bean
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner!
The Barn Restaurant
CITY: Mount Pulaski
Wild Hare Cafe
Don't be surprised by the Alice-in-Wonderland nature of the Wild Hare Café's décor, which incongruously proves to be a nice complement to its simple but eclectic menu. Serves lunch Tuesday to Saturday and dinner service on Friday and Saturday evenings.
Cabela’s King Kat Tournament Trail
2015 Local Fishing Tournament Event! Tourney Date: 08/29/15 Mail Deadline: 08/14/15 Off Limits: You may not fish from midnight until 6:30 am on tournament day. Start Time: 6:30am Stop Time: 3:00pm Weigh-In: 4:00pm (anyone not in line by this time will be disqualified from the tournament) Details: Anglers may fish Pools 20,21,& 22 on the Mississippi River. Host Hotel will have a special rate of $65 for all King Kat anglers. Just say you are with Cabela's King Kat. Seminar Site: The Eagles Nest Hotel & Conference Center 300 S. 3rd St. Quincy, IL 62301 (217) 224-7733 Late Sign-In: 5-7pm Seminar Begins: 7pm Seminar is open to the public. Weigh-In Site: Kesler Park 1231 Bonansinga Dr. Quincy, IL 62301 (217) 223-7703 Kids' Rodeo: Kesler Park Same as Weigh-In Site
Quincy Classic Boat Show
Quincy Classic Boat Show! Join us at Kessler Park! Classic boats will be making a 17 mile Mississippi River Run from Mark Twain’s home town of Hannibal, MO to Quincy, IL. FREE registration for participants - Also during the event is the self-powered boat sale and swap meet in Kesler Park. For anyone wanting to buy or sell a row boat. For more information or to register your classic boat visit www.quincyboatshow.com
Join us at the Art Center for ArtFest on Saturday, September 19 & 20 from 12 to 5 p.m for hands on art projects! There will be a free clay competition for kids & adults, an art exhibit scavenger hunt, a collaborative mural, live figure drawing, and demonstrations & hands on activities by local artists. quincyartcenter.org
Folk Life Festival
Join us for our Annual Folk Life Festival! Stroll the beautiful grounds of the Quincy Museum and enjoy a variety of demonstrators, crafters and activities for children. Bring your appetite for our famous Buffalo Sandwiches, our Bake Sale booth and delicious caramel apples and old fashioned bottled soda. 1601 Maine Street Quincy, IL 62301 (217)224-7669 thequincymuseum.com
Pickers Paradise Antiques, Crafts and Collectibles
Pickers Paradise has a variety of antiques, crafts and collectibles. Look for one of a kind items like an antique loom, furniture and much more.
Join Clint Black, heralded as one of the Country music's brightest stars for a Christmas performance to remember. Boasting nearly two dozen #1 hit singles and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Black remains a devoted family man and Honorary Chair for the International Rett Syndrome Foundation. This prolific country star invites us to join in the holiday spirit as he performs music to light up the season! Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and Clint will perform at 7:30 p.m.
Annual Barry Apple Festival
Over 50,000 people join this quaint historic town to celebrate the apple industry. Old-time crafts, specialty food, entertainment, a car show, and a parade are highlights of the weekend of festivities.
Shrimp & Crawfish Boil
Hopewell Winery near Pittsfield, IL hosts the annual Shrimp & Crawfish boil from noon-5pm at the winery. This event is a tradition to locals and visitors alike. Enjoy wine tastings from Hopewell Winery partnered with all of the shrimp and crawfish you can eat.
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Log Cabin Quilt Shop
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Hudson's Talk of the Town
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Gunnar Mast Trading Post
Filled with antiques, collectibles, rockabilly art, books, photos, toys and hats, this trading post has something for everyone! Across from the Palms Grill!
Exhibits focused on Abraham Lincoln, Route 66, and other aspects of Atlanta’s history are featured. The Museum’s Local History Resource Center provides extensive genealogy materials accessible to the public. Housed in a beautifully restored 1867 building, the Atlanta Museum presents both permanent and new, rotating exhibits. Open Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed Sundays.
WGEM Home & Living Show Fall Edition
The WGEM Home & Living Show - Fall Edition brings together local residents to see the wide variety of new offerings from show vendors. Show vendors benefited from the face-to-face meetings with potential customers and by the extensive promotion surrounding this event. The Oakley Lindsay Civic Center offers the perfect setting for this upscale show featuring an audience of homeowners and potential homeowners seeking answers and products for their home, garden, and life. 10-7
Smokey Joe's Cafe featuring The Coasters!
Smokey Joe's Cafe featuring The Coasters! Rialto Square Theatre, 11/7 at 8pm. This Tony Award®-nominated and Grammy Award®-winning salute to the famous songwriters Leiber and Stoller is a roof-raising, song-and-dance celebration of some of rock ‘n’ roll’s greatest hits! Call for ticket pricing at 815-726-7171.
Under the Streetlamp
The Boys return to their home-away-from-home as part of their new Let the Good Times Roll tour. It’s an evening of singing, dancing, stories and the kind of in-the-moment fun that was made famous by Frank, Dean and the Pack. If you’ve seen Streetlamp before, then you know why this show is going to sell out. And if you’ve never seen these guys live, then get your tickets now, because Michael, Michael, Chris and Shonn are coming back, and if you wait too long, tickets are going to be gone.
The community of White Hall invites you to come home this holiday season and join in the celebration from 10am to 2pm. Whiteside Park will be transformed into a wonderland of craft vendors offering an array of handmade items for purchase. Take a break from shopping by grabbing a bite to eat at the food booths, then sit back and enjoy the local entertainment.
CITY: White Hall
LEGO Train Show
The LEGO show has become a holiday tradition and this year it is even better with the show extended throughout the entire Visitors Center and restaurant. This extraordinary event is produced by the Northern Illinois LEGO Train Club and is the group’s largest annual show in terms of display space and attendance. Visitors to the show are encouraged to bring a new and unwrapped toy for the Marine Toys for Tots drop boxes inside the Cantigny Visitors Center.
Statehouse Christmas Open House
The oldest surviving capitol building in Illinois is putting on its best holiday duds and throwing the doors open to the public. Visitors to the Vandalia Statehouse State Historic Site will find the building illuminated by more than 250 candles and trimmed with decorations appropriate to the 1840s, when a young Abraham Lincoln served there. Decorations include fresh greenery and fruits.
Hatch: A Creative Re-Use Art Festival
What happens when you mix artists with unwanted materials destined for the landfill? You get Hatch, a Creative Re-Use Art Festival from the I.D.E.A. Store in Champaign, a marketplace of ideas from recycled materials. In its third year, the event will kick off with a “Trashion” Show, where designers use only recycled materials to make the latest in fashion. An exhibit filled with inspired, recycled pieces follows and concludes with an art fair where you can purchase the artwork that you just can’t live without.
Coulterville Holiday Light Display
The half mile walk through display features a million lights and 400 Christmas figurines. Don't miss the walk through version of the "Candyland" game with favorites such as Lolli Pop Lane. Friday and Saturday evenings there's food, crafts and Santa Claus.
Phone Booth on Lincoln City Hall
Built in 1895, the red brick for the building came from the Lincoln Coal Company. A unique telephone booth on the roof was added later and was used by weather spotters to phone in sighted storms. Lincoln City Hall anchors the downtown National Historic Registered District and is one of the city's most visible symbols.
Atlanta Public Library
Built in 1908, this National Register Property is one of Illinois’ few octagonal-shaped public libraries. Its gilded rotunda and interior rooms, filled with solid-oak woodwork, reflect its classic architecture. Local volunteers who comprise the “Keepers of the Clock” take turns on a weekly basis hand-winding the 1909 Seth Thomas clock housed in the library’s clock tower.
Ever After Bridal Show
Buy a dress, pick out flowers, and find a photographer all in one place. Over 100+ vendors to choose from all under one roof. This annual event is presented by River Radio and held at The Pavilion of the City of Marion.
6th Annual Artisan Craft and Food Fair
Prepare for the holiday shopping season by stocking up on local artisan crafts, homemade goodies for family and friends. Over 30 vendors with handmade items, homemade food, glass blowers, artists, jewelry makers, woodworkers, soap makers. Sat. 9-3pm; Sun 11-3pm.
Tinley Park Golf Expo
Build your business at Chicago's Newest Consumer Golf Show! Connect with golfers from Illinois and NW Indiana in Chicagoland's most beautiful, recently expanded, state-of-the-art facility. Free Parking; Just north of I-80 on Harlem (IL 43); Easy access to I-294, I-355 & all major expressways.
CITY: Tinley Park
Noel Neill/Lois Lane Statue
The statue acknowledges Noel's contributions to the Superman Celebration as the "First Lady of Metropolis" and her portrayal of Lois Lane in the Serials and the TV series of the 1950s, "The Adventures of Superman" with an honorable and permanent gesture of love from the citizens of Metropolis and from her countless fans around the world.
Be a Tourist in Your Own Backyard
Come visit the Quad Cities during its annual Be a Tourist in Your Own Backyard weekend. While many local residents take advantage of this annual promotion, it is also a great time to explore the Quad Cities as a visitor. Enjoy discounts on lodging, attractions, dining and shopping during the Martin Luther King Day weekend. Go online to take advantage of the discounts or pick up a coupon booklet at the Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau visitor center - Open Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The President’s Photographer: 50 Years Inside the Oval Office Exhibit
Visitors will be transported through presidential history, from photos made when the first official presidential photographer was hired in 1963, to today’s unprecedented coverage of Barack Obama. This exhibit will showcase the power of the still image as a tool for understanding 50 years of president's history. Assembled by three-time Emmy Award-winner John Bredar, this exhibition features works by veteran presidential photographers David Hume Kennerly (Gerald Ford), David Valdez (George H.W. Bush), Bob McNeely (Bill Clinton), Eric Draper (George W. Bush), Pete Souza (Barack Obama) and many more.
Quincy Preserves Fall House Tour
Quincy Preserves Fall House Tour featuring seven amazing locations: The Quincy Preserves Annual Behind Closed Doors Home Tour will take place on Saturday, October 17th, from 10 am to 4 pm. For more info visit www.quincypreserves.org
Uptown Grill's Playlist Theater presents: Andy Frasco and the United Nations
Uptown Grill's Playlist Theater presents: Andy Frasco and the United Nations, Sat Nov. 1 at 8:00pm. $22 general admission. Purchase tickets online. Uptown Grill has been entertaining the Illinois Valley since 2006. They have brought in dozens of class acts.
Goose Lake Prairie Partners Holiday Open House
Brought to you by Goose Lake Prairie Partners - volunteers at Goose Lake Prairie State Natural Area. The holiday event features decorated Christmas tree with homemade ornaments. Children will make holiday ornaments. Hot apple cider and homemade cookies will be served. Partners will be in 1830 period dress. Located in the Visitors Center, Sat Nov 8, 1:00pm - 3:00pm. Free admission.
Annual Valentine's Dinner/Dance
Join the Jacksonville Rotary Club for their 13th Annual Valentine's Dinner/Dance. Cocktails (cash bar): 5:30 p.m. Dinner: 6:30 p.m. Vegetarian meal available upon request (advance notice required) Exit 52 Band: 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. (Exit 52 delivers high energy classic rock, 80s and Country. They tour extensively throughout Central Illinois. Find out more at www.exit52music.com). Live Auction at 8:30 p.m. and Silent Auction throughout the evening. ADVANCED RESERVATIONS REQUIRED! $35.00 Per person – reserved seating for tables of 8
Tea with Santa
For the ninth year, Santa will visit the Pickwick Society Tea Room one Sunday during December for a family friendly day. Start a new tradition or keep an established tradition alive, visit Santa at the Pickwick. Santa will be on hand to listen to children's requests. Bring your camera to capture this unique event. Reservations are required and tables fill quickly so call as soon as you are able. 12-3PM.
Quincy Museum Valentine Tea
The Quincy Museum invites women and their special young ladies to a Queen of Hearts Valentine Lunch and Tea. A great mother-daughter, grandmother-granddaughter (or any ladies who are young at heart) event! Guests will enjoy a Queen of Hearts themed luncheon including tea and dessert. The fun continues after the meal when adults and children will create a fun Valentine craft to take with them. The cost is $12.50 per person, and reservations are required as the museum has limited seating. The museum will be happy to take your reservation by phone with payment by Visa or MasterCard. Please call the Quincy Museum at 217-224-7669 for more information or to make your reservation today! 1601 Maine.
Earth & Space by Quincy Youth Orchestra
Fantastic performance by the Quincy Youth Orchestra! The Kroc Center 405 Vermont Street Quincy, IL
Quincy Symphony Orchestra Association
The season concludes with our gorgeous Pines of Rome concert on Saturday, April 18th. the concert will open with University of Missouri graduate Stephanie Berg's "Ravish and Mayhem." Violinist Katie Wolfe will perform the beautiful and virtuosic "Scottish Fantasy" by Max Bruch. The performance concludes with Respighi's "Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite No. 1" and the electrifying "Pines of Rome." Tickets $18 Adults, $15 Seniors, Free for youth 18 and under QJHS Morrison Theater, 100 S. 14th St., Quincy, IL For more information call 217-222-2856.
Active Aging - An Expo for ages 50 and older
This free event will offer information to baby boomers and seniors on financial planning, real estate, health, travel and more. 9AM-2PM.
CITY: Orland Park
Barbed Wire Sites Bus Tour
Sunday, November 2, 2014 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. Tour of barbed-wire baron Jacob Haish sites. $15 general; $12 members Narrated by historian Steve Bigolin and Haish descendant Jeff Marshall. Learn the story of German immigrant and DeKalb manufacturer Jacob Haish. Stops will be made at several locations, including the viewing of two significant collections, with drive-by narration and a PowerPoint presentation of former locations of homes and businesses that no longer exist. Stops at: Jacob Haish furniture exhibit at Ellwood House Visitor Center Jeff Marshall personal collection on display at Glidden Homestead Masonic Temple Fairview Cemetery burial site Drive-by narrations at Associated historic buildings Former locations of homes & businesses Register today! 815-756-7904 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Little People’s Golf Championships
International Golf tournament for boys and girls ages 3-17. Held at Westview Golf Course, 2150 S 36th, Quincy. For more info contact 217.257.5718 or littlepeoplesgolf.com
DeKalb Municipal Band Holiday Concert
CELEBRATING 160 YEARS OF CONTINUOUS MUSIC! The DeKalb Municipal Band is recognized throughout the country as one of the Midwest’s most historic musical organizations. This performance will feature newly arranged seasonal music along with musical guests from the area. History: The DeKalb Municipal Band is a tradition that goes back to 1854, when a small group of musicians fresh from the California Gold Rush formed the Silver Cornet Band. Since then, a City Band in DeKalb has existed for 155 years, uninterrupted by wars, and a depression. With such a record, DeKalb claims to be the city with the oldest continuous band in Illinois. When: December 13, 2014 at 7:30 pm Where: Egyptian Theatre http://www.dekalbparkdistrict.com/district/dekalb-municipal-band
Home Wine Maker’s Contest
Baxter's Vineyards & Winery will host its 21th Annual Home Wine Making Competition Awards Celebration on June 27, 2015 at Baxter's Vineyards & Winery in Nauvoo, Illinois. Non-commercial wine makers are invited to enter their best wines into this competition, which is split into five distinct categories: (1) red grape (2) white grape (3) blends (4) fruit wines and (5) other. The deadline to enter wines is Thursday, June 25, 2015. The wines will be judge in a closed, blind judging that will be held on June 26, 2015. The public is welcome to visit baxter's Vineyards on Saturday, June 27, 2015. Entry forms, along with rules of the competition are posted at www.nauvoowinery.com.
25th Annual Chicago Drum Show
World's largest, longest running vintage and custom drum show. Exhibits, clinics, classes, demonstrations, entertainment, celebrity guests.
CITY: St. Charles
Snow Globe Saturdays
Experience the magic of the holidays as downtown Champaign’s historic Orpheum Theater transforms into a winter wonderland! The theater becomes its very own snow globe featuring indoor sledding, snowman making, snow ball throwing, ice fishing, and more! Bring your wish list for Santa and enjoy sounds of the season floating through the glittery air. After a couple of runs down the snow hill, return to the Orpheum’s mezzanine for hot chocolate, treats, and crafts.
4th Annual Center City Restaurant Week
Whether you consider yourself a foodie, have a bit of a sweet tooth, or simply just enjoy tasting new dishes. then you’re going to love Center City Restaurant Week! The concept is simple – restaurants located in Downtown, Midtown and Campustown offer special menus all week, featuring their most delicious dishes at knockout prices! Make Restaurant Week a whole week experience and understand why Champaign is known for great dining.
Lebanon's Winter Wonderland
This annual event is a step back in time. It's a trip to a much simpler time with scenes depicting several of the area's attractions, wonderful childhood memories and fantastic ideas. Come and see all the hand painted scenes, colorful lights and displays of varying shapes and sizes including a life-size Nativity scene.
Art and Artifacts Tour
Art and Artifacts Tour at Hegeler Carus Mansion in LaSalle on Sat-Sun, Nov 1st & 2nd. Guides will tell the story of the Hegeler Carus family and their extraordinary home. For prices, information or to register for events (all registration is done online), please visit www.hegelercarus.org.
Chicago Toy Show an Antique Collectible Toy and Doll Show
42 years at the Kane County Fairgrounds. Toys, dolls, holiday keepsakes from 1900-2014. Six buildings, 600+ exhibitors with rare, unusual treasures. Comic characters, dolls, space toys, automotives, airplanes, DC, Marvel, Disney, Star Wars, Barbee, teddy bears, Star Wars. banks.
CITY: St. Charles
Let the kids stay up late for this one. They’ll be thanking you for weeks. It’s one of the coolest concerts, shows, junk yards, sensory experiences you and they will experience. You may recognize their name as the winners of the 2009 America’s Got Talent show. And while they've been headlining their own Vegas show for years now, it’s still hard for anyone to really describe this concert, so here’s some words: exhilarating, sticks, neon, ladders, monkeys, comedy, sinks, electrifying, break dancing, hilarious, interactive, fun.
Christmas in Carterville
This annual Christmas celebration encompasses the entire downtown area of Carterville. Santa and his helpers will be on hand for photos. There will be hot chocolate and cookies, caroling, chili supper, gingerbread contest, festival of trees, Sugar Plum Dance Fairies, face painting, Candy Land Path, Horse and Carriage rides and much much more. This event is held in downtown Carterville.
An Irish Christmas
Start your holiday season at the Effingham Performance Center with a little Irish magic. From classic Christmas carols to Irish holiday traditions, An Irish Christmas brings holiday cheer through storytelling, music, song, and dance. Featuring the music of uilleann pipes, flutes, fiddles, button accordion and bodhor`ans, and performers from groups such as Riverdance, Magic of the Dance, Kerry Dance Troupe, the voice squad and more, An Irish Christmas is sure to get you in the spirit of the season with some Irish Cheer!! Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the show will start at 7:30 p.m.
Country Treasures Holiday Craft Show
Huge selection of home decor and personal accessories just in time for Spring! Held at the Oakley Lindsay Center, 3rd & York, Quincy. Friday 5pm-9pm, Saturday 10am-5pm & Sunday 10am-4pm. Admission is $3/ kids 12 & under free. 217.223.1000
Sample savory hotwings from the talented chefs of area restaurants. Sponsored by the Great River Restaurant Association and held at the Oakley Lindsay Civic Center in downtown Quincy. Held annually the day before Superbowl Sunday. For more information contact 217-223-1000.
Experience the old world charm of a German Christkindl celebration. Horsedrawn wagon rides, St. Nickolas, lantern parade, carolers, music, cookie decorating and more.
Come learn about the Siberian Husky, the Iditarod, & the sport of mushing, then watch dog sled demos with the Siberian Husky Club of Greater Chicago. Some activities include:“human mushing," snowshoe races, roasting marshmallows, warming tent, pet a husky puppy. Outside vendors & exhibitors include, photos with a sled dog, ice sculpting, food vendors.
The Schaumburg Dance Ensemble’s rich production of Tchaikovsky’s exquisite holiday ballet never fails to win crowds over with its joyous music, lavish costumes, colorful sets and inventive choreography. Live narration provided by wizardly toymaker Drosselmeyer immediately captivates young audiences, as he unfolds a dreamlike tale of a young girl’s encounters with royal subjects, fairies, and a cast of over 100 dancers and performers.
The Philadelphia Story
The Lord family of Philadelphia is getting ready for a wedding! A merry mix-up of who is who at the house is just the beginning as reporters try to get the story and our bride tries to find her way to a normal life and we get to find out who she eventually walks down the aisle with! F-Sa 7:30PM; Su 2PM.
CITY: Chicago Heights
Salt Creek Ballet's The Nutcracker
A magical tale featuring Tchaikovsky's enchanting score, a brand new set & costumes along with waltzing flowers, giant mice, and the Sugar Plum Fairy. A delightful holiday tradition for all ages! 1PM & 5PM.
CITY: University Park
Winter Wonderland with Mandy Barnett
Acclaimed recording artist and performer Mandy Barnett celebrates the warmth and joy of the holiday season, featuring classic ballads like White Christmas, I'll Be Home For Christmas, and Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, along with spirited standards like Jingle Bell Rock, A Holly Jolly Christmas, Marshmallow World, and Winter Wonderland. Barnett's robust delivery on her contemporary yet retro-sounding country and pop-tinged material harkens back to the likes of all-time great female singers and timeless sounds. Among the many publications praising Barnett's talents, the Los Angeles Times has heralded her pipes of steel,big, brassy voice and vintage-sounding arrangements. USA Today calls Barnett one of the finest classic country and torch singers to come out of Nashville. Here, Barnett takes her cue from the enduring Christmases of the golden era -- imagine the smooth and sophisticated sounds of Perry Como, Brenda Lee, Burl Ives, and Connie Francis updated with Barnett's soaring, sparkling vocals. Barnett's commanding voice and stage presence are sure to put you in the holiday spirit! $24. 7:30PM.
CITY: Park Forest
The BoDeans With Taylor Hicks at the Genesee Theatre
Since forming in Waukesha, Wisconsin in 1983, the BoDeans has been bringing American Rock music to fans across the nation and has recently taken new directions into country & soul. They have had several singles in the top 40 Mainstream Rock charts and two top 10 songs in the Adult Contemporary charts. Along with American Idol winner Taylor Hicks this should be a show not to be missed.
Swedish Lucia Concert
Rockford's Swedish Historical Society celebrates their annual Christmas tradition of Lucia at First Lutheran Church. A choir of children singing both Swedish and English traditional songs will warm your heart and start off the Christmas season with joy. Free will offering.
Symphonic Dances by Quincy Symphony Orchestra
Astounding talents of our youth competition winners paired with rousing dance music combine for an outstanding concert event! QJHS Morrison Theater, 100 S. 14th St., Quincy, IL
Mark Twain Toy Show
29th Annual Toy Show The Mark Twain Toy Show is one of the finest toy shows in the Mid-West. It showcases collectible toys and crafts related to agriculture, construction, transportation and motor sports. The various items you will find at the show include die-cast collectibles, scale models, hand-built custom equipment, pedal tractors, autographs, memorabilia, and apparel. Collectibles, new and old, ranging from Hot Wheels to Tonka to Ertl to SpecCast will be on hand in the hotel lobby, ball room and in the second floor hotel rooms. Every kind of tractor, implement, heavy construction equipment, tractor-trailer, circle-track racer and pulling tractor can be found here for your chance to add to your collection. Event held at Town and Country Inn & Suites. http://www.marktwaintoyshow.com/index.html
Holiday Art Sale
Just in time for the holidays, Pleasant Home's annual Holiday Art Sale is sure to delight! With handmade and original work, guests can shop for last-minute gifts or something special for themselves! Art sale includes hand-knit wraps and scarves, photography, jewelry, quilted linens, holiday decorations, hostess gifts, and much more. This year we welcome several new artists to the show with never-before-seen items at Pleasant Home! For more information, call 708-383-2654.
CITY: Oak Park
Gus Macker Basketball
Macker in May means summer starts in Quincy. Gus Macker basketball takes to the streets around Washington Park Central Square for the 27th year May 23-24, which will mean summer has arrived. And once again the family oriented festival of fun celebrates the passion for basketball in this wonderful community. Quincy loves hoops. http://www.macker.com/macker-tournament
Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration
A Martin Luther King celebration, speakers, entertainment, luncheon provided, public welcome.
CITY: South Holland
Shamrockin St. Pat's Weekend Party
Weekend of St. Pats Festivities- 4 Days of Irish Entertainment, Irish Fare, Raffles, St. Pats Day Gear and South Side Irish Parade bus trip. Family friendly all weekend. Family owned and operated for 27 years. 12PM-close.
Married Alive! is a funny and touching new musical that looks in on two married couples, one newlywed and one oldly wed. From babies to empty nests, job stress to domestic bliss, it’s face paced and acerbic, but always affectionate. As one patron put it, “A hoot with a heart!” Married Alive! is a funny, affectionate outrage, and all it takes is four actors and a piano to go on this journey from Niagara to Viagra.
CITY: Crystal Lake
David Strawn Art Gallery
Art Gallery featuring monthly changing art exhibits and a permanent collection.
Good Tequila's Mexican Grill
We serve authentic Mexican Dishes made from only the finest ingredients that the whole family can indulge in. We have an ever expanding menu of dishes that are sure to please and will keep you coming back for more of our unique taste and flavor.
CITY: Elk Grove Village
Enjoy delicious food including breakfast and lunch specialties at our restaurant. We have a location in Wheaton, Illinois as well. With more than 35 years of experience, Egg'lectic Café, Inc. offers freshly made breakfast and lunch throughout the day.
CITY: Rolling Meadows
Maggiano's Little Italy
Maggiano's Little Italy invites you to enjoy authentic, scratch-made Italian-American cuisine in our restaurant or banquet facilities. Bring the family in for dinner or have your next party at one of our banquet facilities.
UNO Pizzeria and Grill
UNO still makes their deep dish pizza fresh, from scratch every day. With the times, Uno® is adjusting its menu to how people want to live their lives. It will always be about amazing flavor and wonderful menus that have the right balance between indulgent treats and delicious and nutritious choices. Every guest can enjoy Uno® in a way that fits their mood and lifestyle.
California Pizza Kitchen
California Pizza Kitchen is a casual-dining restaurant serving up California creativity through its innovative menu items. CPK provides a range of inspired dishes, from hearth-baked pizzas, to creative salads, pastas, entrees, soups and sandwiches. Offering dine-in, take-out, catering, online ordering and an award-winning CPKids Menu.
Fireside Ale House
The Fireside Ale House is a family-owned and operated restaurant designed to offer guests an exceptional dining experience. By offering a menu of satisfying comfort foods prepared by an experienced kitchen, a beer and wine list numbering over 80 entries, and a congenial atmosphere, Fireside Ale House will be a favorite in the Western Suburbs for years to come.