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Free Skateboarding Lessons from Fargo Skateboarding
Fargo Skateboarding is celebrating their 9 year anniversary by passing along their love of skateboarding! Join them May 7, 17 & 21 for free lessons and trick tips at Katz Park.
Marion Farmer's Market
Locally grown seasonal fruits and vegetables, as well as delicious baked goods, plants and much more. Come out Wednesday and Saturday mornings 6am- 10am to shop fresh twice a week!
My Fair Lady at the Stagecoach Players Theater
The DeKalb Stage Coach Players presents My Fair Lady. Eliza Doolittle, a rough Cockney girl, meets Colonel Pickering and Henry Higgins in Covent Garden where she’s selling flowers. When Higgins remarks that he could help Eliza speak properly and raise her status in the community, Pickering challenges him to do so and Eliza takes him up on the offer. Though difficult and frustrating for both Eliza and Higgins at first, the lessons soon begin to work wonders, and produce results that neither predict.
Wing A Ma Jig
Entertainment for the festival includes live music, wing eating contest, chicken wing cook-off in both hot and mild categories, kids play area with Inflatables, beer tent, and a wide array of chicken wings to be sampled as well as other food and craft vendors. Admission is just $5 a vehicle to attend!
Willie Nelson & Family with Kris Kristofferson at RiverEdge Park
Living legend and outlaw country king, Willie Nelson is “On the Road Again” with his friend Kris Kristofferson. After Nashville in the 60s and 70s the braided Texas icon borrowed elements from jazz, rock, honky-tonk and the blues creating the unique, gravelly sound that made him famous.
Chicago Dragon Boat Race for Literacy
Experience the excitement as teams compete in a fast-paced race along the Chicago River on beautifully decorated dragon boats at the 15th Annual Chicago Dragon Boat Race for Literacy. The Chinese Dragon Boat Race dates back to over 2,000 years and is a popular sport amongst Chinese and Asian communities all over the world. Started in 2000, the Chicago Dragon Boat Race is a family-fun activity enjoyed by the residents of Chinatown and the surrounding neighborhoods.
DARPA: Redefining Possible at the Museum of Science and Industry
Explore real artifacts of DARPA's past and present work, like Atlas, a high-mobility humanoid robot, and Spot, the world's most technically advanced robotic dog. Discover the agency's history of scientific innovations that have made their way into our daily lives. Hands-on interactives allow you to create a virtual robot, or highlight the technologies inside a smartphone that were developed by DARPA. You may not have known the name until now, but you're definitely familiar with their work.
Chicago Open Air Music Festival
Bridgeview and Toyota Park will host the three-day debut of the Chicago Open Air music festival, which will feature performances by more than 60 rock music artists, an outdoor Gourmet Man Food and craft beer village and other entertainment.
Dozens of hummingbirds should be present to "wow" the observers. After the birds are captured and banded (through special permits), visitors may wish to adopt one (for a $5 donation to the Lincoln Land Association of Bird Banders, sponsor of the event) and have the privilege of releasing it back to the wild. Those who adopt birds will receive an attractive signed certificate and will be notified if their bird is ever recaptured. Held at the Trail of Tears State Forest pavilion, Jonesboro, 9:00 am to noon. There is no charge for the event.
KC & the Sunshine Band at RiverEdge Park
The “Kings of Disco,” “Founders of the Dance Revolution” and the “Best R&B” hit the RiverEdge Park stage. Wear your bell-bottoms and boogie shoes for this upbeat, optimistic and a feel-good show.
Hollywood Vampires at RiverEdge Park
Joe Perry, Alice Cooper and Johnny Depp pay tribute to the original Hollywood Vampires. They are an American Rock supergroup formed to honor the musicians who died due to excess in the 1970s.
Dawg Daze of Summer
A fun afternoon at Alto Vineyards for family and friends including canine friends. Enjoy music from Rural Kings Bluegrass, The Bankesters, Jenny Johnson Band, and The Swamp Tigers. There will be food, beverages, pet related exhibits and vendors and watering stations for the dogs This is a family and pet friendly event! Pets must be leashed and current on vaccines.
Lincoln Days Civil War Reenactment
Re-enactment, Antique Show & Genealogy Fair will be held together during the annual Lincoln Days, a signature event with Looking for Lincoln. Featuring a civil war battle re-enactment, period demonstrations, encampment all weekend at the scenic lake Pittsfield. The antique show, appraisal and genealogy fair will be held from 9-4pm Friday and Saturday, with a $3 admission at the Crossroads Center, 125 W. Jefferson. Pittsfield, IL www.pikelincoln.com
Downtown Alive! American English at RiverEdge Park
Acclaimed Beatles’ Tribute Band: from that very first song on the Ed Sullivan show to the last note of Abbey Road, it’s a night of hit after bloody hit from Chicago’s very own American English.
Downtown Alive! 7th Heaven at RiverEdge Park
Chicago’s 7th Heaven has been an area staple for 3 decades, playing over 250 dates every single year. In addition to being kings of the Midwest’s cover band circuit, these talented dudes have opened for Bon Jovi, Kid Rock and Styx with their original material and classic favorites. If you’ve never experienced 7th Heaven’s world-famous “30 Songs in 30 Minutes” medley, get ready to be knocked off your feet. And if you have, you know what these guys are capable of. Set up your lawn chair, crack that cold one and get ready to sing along to your favorite hits from yesterday, today and maybe even the future… who knows what tunes these guys are going to bust out at the Park.
Boz Scaggs / America at RiverEdge Park
Blues-soul rocker Boz Scaggs is known for songs like “My Time” and “Slow Dancer.” The songs “Lido Shuffle” and “Lowdown” were smash hits along with “Breakdown Dead Ahead” and “Jo Jo.” His most recent release, A Fool to Care, is a culmination, showcasing soulful originals, country covers and heartfelt features by fellow stars. With a discography as diverse and successful as his, this is going to be one incredible night. After rocking the U.K. charts with their 1971 single “Horse With No Name,” America brought the song to the U.S., where it debuted at #1. This dream team of musical talent recorded honest ballads, folk jams and even some trippy numbers, like “Sister Golden Hair” and “Tin Man.” Today, Gerry and Dewey are still touring together, bringing their classic sound to forever fans and newcomers alike.
Get the Led Out at RiverEdge Park
Last summer, these talented rockers lit up RiverEdge Park with shredding guitar, piercing vocals and a head-banging drum solo that made us feel like we were seeing Jimmy, John, Robert and John Paul back on stage. This year, they’re bringing it all back, and then some. Get the Led Out’s mission is to perform songs from Zeppelin’s legendary albums like Led Zeppelin I-IV, Physical Graffiti and In Through the Out Door with the explosive energy the guys were known for.
The Lincoln’s Festival in Bloomington is an annual event that celebrates Abraham Lincoln’s connection to Bloomington-Normal and it’s surrounding communities. Through Civil War reenactments, tours of historic sites, lectures, theatrical, and musical presentations, the Festival’s mission is to entertain and engage audiences in the local Lincoln story. Events will take place in seven locations; Downtown Bloomington, McLean County Museum of History, Bloomington Public Library, Franklin Park, Burr House Bed and Breakfast, Illinois Wesleyan University, and the David Davis Mansion.
To coincide with our current temporary exhibit ‘Bird’s Eye View’ which ends on June 1st, visit us on Saturday, May 28th at 11 am for Bird Bonanza! In conjunction with the Fox Valley Wildlife Center come explore the various differences in birds with us. Investigate how observing birds in flight helped humans to develop machine flight and see what birds call Illinois home. $5 for members and admission plus $3 for non-members.
“Weird Al” Yankovic at RiverEdge Park
The King of Parody in all his curly-haired, accordion-playing glory is the best-selling comedy recording artist in history. His mind-blowing ability to parody world-famous musicians like Michael Jackson, Billy Joel, U2 and Madonna launched Al into superstardom himself. With a hilarious and wildly-popular musical style he is a true pop culture icon.
Air Supply with Blood, Sweat and Tears at RiverEdge Park
Relish memories of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s hits that soundtracked your favorite moments of years past. Take a trip down memory lane and sing along with Air Supply and Blood, Sweat & Tears, live at the Park. An international music sensation with sweet harmonies and pared-down style Air Supply toured the world and dominated the airwaves with soft-rock ballads like “All Out of Love,” “Every Woman in the World” and “Sweet Dreams,” just to name a few. New York’s Blood, Sweat & Tears, inspired by The Buckingham’s newly-coined “brass-rock,” is popular for hits like “Spinning Wheel,” “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy,” “And When I Die.” The original group’s heavy-on-the-horns and pop-rock-fusion sound still rings loud and clear at every single live show.
Pat Benetar & Neil Giraldo / Melissa Etheridge at RiverEdge Park
This show is for the die-hard rock fan in all of us. First up is rock-n-roll powerhouse duo Pat Benetar and Neil Giraldo. The couple used their fire-power chemistry to record the million-copy-selling “Hit Me With Your Best Shot,” hit singles “We Belong,” “Invincible” and “Love is a Battlefield” and many more. Then, folk-rock star Melissa Etheridge brings us home. With Bruce Springsteen- and John Mellencamp-like vocals she made smash hits like “Come to My Window” and “I’m the Only One.”
Red, Whites and Brews
Celebrate our country StarView style! We'll be cooking hamburgers & hotdogs throughout the day, enjoy live music on the stage by local favorites King Juba from 4-7 and beer specials all day. A beautiful fireworks show at the end of the night will finish off the day.
Alan Jackson with Lauren Alaina at RiverEdge Park
Alan Jackson ranks as one of the 10 best-selling male vocalists of all-time in all genres. He is one of the most successful and respected singer-songwriters in country music. Jackson’s current album, Angels and Alcohol, topped the country album charts when it was released last summer. Lauren Alaina captured America’s hearts when she appeared on Season 10 of American Idol. Recently Lauren released a self-titled five-song EP including her latest single, “Next Boyfriend.” Lauren regularly appears on the Grand Ole Opry, is one of CMT’s “Next Women of Country” and returned to American Idol for its farewell season as a mentor to this year’s contestants.
The Great Race
Vintage automobiles find the finish Line on June 26 in Downtown Moline, Ill., as the 2016 Hemmings Motor News Great Race rolls into the Quad Cities. More than 100 antique and vintage automobiles from around the world battle for $150,000 in prize money during the week-long time/speed/distance rally. The vehicles, each with a driver and navigator, are given precise instructions each day and come rolling in within minutes of each other! Catch the finish of the Great Race on Sunday, June 26 in the Quad Cities.
French Wine Pairing Dinner at Pere Marquette Lodge
Let our Chef awaken your senses at this four course Gourmet Wine Pairing Dinner hosted at Pere Marquette Lodge. Enjoy the excellent company of an intimate dinner party as you partake in each of the three specially selected wines which complement each delectable dish. Call (618)786-2331 for details and to make reservations.
Downtown Alton Chili Cook-off
Enjoy the fall weather during the annual Downtown Alton Chili Cook-Off. The Chili Cook-Off will take place from noon to 3 p.m. in the giant warehouse and pavilion at Elijah P's. $100 cash prizes in 5 categories and $25 to register a team. Admission: $6 per adults, $3 per kid 10 and under. For more information, call (618) 463-1016.
Hometown Flowers & More
Creative floral designs and gifts. They can help decorate your house or send any gift baskets for any occasions. Lots of decor pieces as well as custom pieces.
Katy-Lynn Winery LLC
Katy-Lynn Winery promotes premium quality wines, artistic venues, weekend charity events, classes in wine and cheese making. Try their signature wine, Funky Fly Wine, made with Katy-Lynn grapes and Chilean Juices.
Outdoor Explorers Day Camp at Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge
For one last adventure before school starts, an Outdoor Explorers Day Camp will be help from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. August 2-4 at the refuge visitor center. This free three day, day-camp will introduce children entering grades 3-5 to various outdoors activities including hiking, geocaching, canoeing, bird watching, and much more. Space is limited, register by July 15. Children should bring their own lunch and snacks and dress to be outside most of the day.
Alton Muny Band: Haskell Park
Enjoy concert band music, which includes marches, concert pieces, popular tunes, and novelty numbers. This is family friendly and the concerts are free and open to the public.These concerts take place every Sunday evening June 12- August 7 all starting at 7 p.m. Bring a blanket or lawn chair.
Comedy Hypnosis Show at Pere Marquette Lodge
Come enjoy Pere Marquette Lodge's famous fried chicken buffet and then join in a gut-busting Comedy Hypnosis Show. Watch in wonder as Dan Ladd brings down the house. Reality changes, personalities radically alter, and laughs pile on laughs as your friends and loved once become superstars. Dinner begins at 6 p.m. in the ballroom and includes fried chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, coleslaw, vegetable of the day, hot buttered rolls, dessert, coffee, tea and water. Adult beverages can be purchased at the Restaurant Service Window. For more information, call (618)786-2331.
German Beer Garden at Pere Marquette Lodge
Join us on the terrace at Pere Marquette Lodge for a German Beer Garden. This event will feature special German made beers as well as a delicious variety of bratwursts along with live German music. No reservations are needed but seating is limited so feel free to bring your lawn chairs and picnic blankets just in case. The Beer Garden at Pere Marquette is a wonderful place to spend a relaxing day filled with entertainment, a gorgeous view, cheap beer, awesome food and an ambiance that cannot be found anywhere else. For more information, call (618) 786-2331.
Lisa Rock - Close to You: The Music of the Carpenters at Genesee Theatre
Considered one of the best vocalists of all time, Karen Carpenter captured the attention of a generation with the surprisingly deep material of her unabashedly catchy pop music. Singer and playwright Lisa Rock has compiled a moving tribute to the music and life of Carpenter, and brings it to the stage with her 6-piece backing band. Dedicated to re-creating the true sound of The Carpenters, Rock and her band showcase some of the most memorable songs of the 70s.
Vigneto del Bino Winery
Vigneto del Bino Winery is a boutique winery specializing in “Wines grown from local Vines”. The winery sits on one acre of a 10 acre property surrounded by 2,300 grapevines. Vigneto del Bino specializes in producing unique wines from grapevines that grow here in Illinois. The winery building encompasses the manufacturing of the wines, a tasting room and gift shop. Relax and shop for gift items; while sampling our crisp and refreshing wine selection.
Whimsy, A Children's Clothing Store
This children's clothing store features boutique clothing at reasonable pricing. They carry a wide variety of styles from newborn to children's size 8. Boutique brands they carry include (but not limited to): Banana Split, Three Sisters, Persnickety, Sweet Petunia, Chibella, Peaches & Cream, Mustard Pie, Flit and Flitter, Moxie & Mabel, and Matilda Jane
Meet the Beetles Sunset Tribute Concert
Step back in time to a live Beatles concert as Meet the Beetles recreates the look, sound, and atmosphere of the Beatles with tunes such as She Loves You and I Want To Hold Your Hand. Then travel to the psychedelic sixties with a set of later era Beatle Music, such as Sgt. Pepper and Revolution. This high-energy show includes costumes, accents, Beatle banter, authentic vintage and replica instruments, and all your favorite fab four hits. VIP seats for the over 21 crowd can be purchased in advance for $55 each and includes excellent reserved seats, 3 drink tickets and appetizers. They will be reserved based on when the seats are purchased. Non-VIP guests can take advantage of grass seating on the lawn in front of the Lodge at no charge. Feel free to enjoy the concert from your lawn chairs and picnic blankets. Concessions will be available for purchase, no outside good or beverages allowed. Show begins at 7 p.m. don't miss it!
Stained Glass Retreat
Join us for a beginner stained glass retreat and learn the art of stained glass from an Alton Legend. Artist and owner of Alton Stained Glass Works, Lynne Ulett, will be guiding beginners through glass cutting, grinding, foiling, and soldering. Work at your won pace to complete a unique stained glass window or light catcher to take home as a memory of your stay at Pere Marquette Lodge. All supplies and lunch will be provided during you're creative retreat. Add this package to your room reservation for an additional $94 per person or $150 for two. Guests must stay the night to participate in this creative retreat. Package reservation cannot be made online, please call (618)786-2331 to reserve your room and package.
Dinner with Elvis
Things are about to get "All Shook Up" at Pere Marquette Lodge, when Steve Davis performs his salute to the King of Rock and Roll. Come enjoy Pere Marquette Lodge's famous fried chicken buffet and then sit back and enjoy an hour-long tribute to the King. From the 1950's hits " Heartbreak Hotel," to his later smashes "Devil in Disguise" and "Suspicious Minds," the music of the legend lives on in this special tribute experience. Dinner begins at 6 pm and includes fried chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, coleslaw, vegetable of the day, hot buttered rolls, salad, dessert, coffee, tea and water. Show is performed to pre-recorded tracks and begins at 7 pm. Adult beverages can be purchased separately.
Father's Day at the Tower
Celebrate Father's Day by giving Dad a free tour of the Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower. All fathers, when accompanied by family members, will receive free Tower tours. See the views from 150 feet above the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers.
Francis Park 4th of July Celebration
The festival features annual pancake breakfast, ethnic food fair, arts and craft show, classic car show, steam engine display, antique tractors, a kiddies’ tractor pull, entertainment and tours of Woodland Palace. Stay for the evening and at dusk the Kewanee Chamber of Commerce hosts a fireworks spectacular at Northeast Park in Kewanee. Events begin at 6 am.
Dotty Event Center
The Dotty Event Center with catering by the Annex is Located in the center of downtown Herrin between Baldwin Piano and Organ Center and the Annex Coffee & Deli, Dotty Event Center is the perfect spot for your next reception, meeting or party! Call for information or availability! Amy Scutt at the Annex 618-942-3354 (DELI), or Tara Howell, Events Center coordinator at 618-727-4025. Thanks!!
Sounds of Spring Frog Call Walk at Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge
The popular Sounds of Spring Frog Call Walk will be help from 7-9 p.m. Saturday, May 7 at the Refuge Visitor Center. Participants should register by May 5. On this special evening walk, participants will enjoy the sounds of the frog calls that fill the air at Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge. This program is great for kids 4 and up.
Monarch Butterfly Citizen Science Program at Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge
As monarch butterflies begin migrating south in late summer, Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge invites the public to become citizen scientists and report monarch butterfly sightings and seasonal changes in the environment during the Monarch Butterfly Citizen Science Program at 2 p.m. Saturday, August 13. Participants should register by August 12, At this program, participants will learn the stages of a monarch butterfly's life cycle, how to watch for and report these stages, and how to attract monarch butterflies to their backyards. Then participants will have the opportunity to register to become a citizen scientist with Journey North and share monarch butterfly sightings.
Summer Kick Off at Haskell Park
Please join us for our 5th Annual Summer Kick Off at Haskell Park! Celebrating the return of the Alton Muny Band concert season. Join us from 5-6:30 p.m. with the Muny Band Concert at 7 p.m. The Bubble Bus will be returning, our good friends at The Bridge will be providing hot dogs, and there will be free snow cones! Come enjoy an evening of food, fun, music and bubbles!
Bluesy Beer Garden at Pere Marquette Lodge
Happy Father's Day! Bring your Dad and meet us on the terrace at Pere Marquette Lodge for a Bluesy Beer Garden featuring live blues music, slow cooked BBQ pork steak sandwiches and Shlafly Beer! There is no admission fee and no reservations are needed but seating is limited so feel free to bring your lawn chairs and picnic blankets just in case. The Beer Garden at Pere Marquette is a wonderful place to spend a relaxing day with great beer, a gorgeous view and an ambiance that cannot be found anywhere else in the Midwest. This event is from 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. come out and enjoy!
Beer Garden and Fish Fry at Pere Marquette Lodge
Featuring live bluegrass music, delicious fried fish and Green Jack Ales. Green Jack Ales are well-known for their "hoppy character". With malted wheat and barley, traditional English cone hops are blended with hops from the New World in generous proportions to give the ales floral, citrus and fruity aromas. No entry fees or reservations are taken for this event but seating is limited so feel free to bring your lawn chairs and picnic blankets just in case. Come spend a relaxing day filled with entertainment, a gorgeous view, tasty beer, awesome food and an ambiance that cannot be found anywhere else. Check it out from 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. For more information, call (618)786-2331.
Rasmus Memorial Fun Fly
Freeport RC Modelers sponsor this spring fun fly. Pilots from around the area will fly a variety of aircraft including gas, glow and electric-powered. It’s a picnic atmosphere, free and open to the public. A grill is available. Rain date is May 15
Daniel O'Donnell at the Genesee Theatre
Daniel O'Donnell's is a charismatic, good ol’ Irish boy with a voice of gold who has endeared himself to audiences all over the world. Daniel O’Donnell has been a mainstay in the music industry for a quarter of a century, showcasing a mix of old Irish favorites, warm country tunes, and inspirational pieces. Propelled by his charming personality and engaging stage presence, O’Donnell is foremost a performer who truly loves to perform.
Murder in Maybury Mystery Dinner Theater
Welcome to Maybury the quietest little town in the whole country. Join us for an exciting evening of murder, mystery and mayhem at our Mystery Dinner Theater, where you can be the star of the show! Get ready to have fun! For more information, call (618) 786-2331.
10th Anniversary Celebration at Grafton Harbor
Drop Anchor and start the celebrations! This fun filled day starts in the parking lot with Boat Part Swap Meet. Followed by Blessing of the Boats and Marina. The Tipsy Mermaid Cruise sets sail at 4 p.m. with the Pirate's Love Potion Sunset Cruise to follow. For more information, call (618) 786-7678.
Situated in the picturesque Wicker Park neighborhood in Chicago, Alliance Bakery features fine European pastries and desserts, custom-designed cakes to suit any occasion, and a full espresso bar. Come visit us and enjoy our free wifi lounge and outdoor café. And discover Alliance Patisserie, a modern day pastry boutique rooted in French style and tradition. Here we pair European technique with an artistic eye and an unmatched flavor profile, specializing in macarons, petits gateaux, and viennoiseries. Nestled in the River North neighborhood of Chicago’s bustling downtown, we provide a sweet stopping place for neighbors and visitors alike.
Mother's Day Birding Hike at Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge
The annual Mother's Day Birding Hike will be held at 9 a.m. on May 7 beginning in the Gilbert Lake Division parking area. Participants should register by May 5. Families can join to learn how to identify the hundreds of birds that stop at Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge during their spring migration.
Open House at Haskell Playhouse
Come and take a tour of this historic playhouse the 2nd Saturday of every month. This playhouse was built by Dr. and Mrs. William Haskell for their five year old daughter Lucy. It is a rare architectural gem containing many of the flamboyant elements of the Queen Anne style: cartwheels, brackets, spires, diagonal sticking, fish scale shingles and stained glass windows. It's importance is magnified because so few of these accessory structures for children have survived. The playhouse contains a single room, front porch and side porch. The interior has been restored and the playhouse is open for special occasions. The playhouse was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.
Cajun Beer Garden at Pere Marquette
Welcome to the Cajun Beer Garden! Join us on the terrace at Pere Marquette Lodge for a Cajun Beer Garden starting at 12 p.m. and let the good times roll. Featuring specialty beers from Louisiana as well as a Creole Crawfish Boil and live bluegrass music. No reservations are needed but seating is limited so feel free to bring your lawn chairs and picnic blankets just in case. The Beer Garden at Pere Marquette is a wonderful place to spend a relaxing day filled with entertainment, a gorgeous view, cheap beer, and awesome food. For more information, call (618) 786-2331.
Dolly Parton at Ravinia
Come out for a great night of music with Country Star Dolly Parton. Parton is the most honored female country performer of all time. Achieving 25 RIAA certified gold, platinum, and multi-platinum awards, she has had 25 songs reach No. 1 on the Billboard Country charts, a record for a female artist. She has 41 career top 10 country albums, a record for any artist, and she has 110 career charted singles over the past 40 years.
Apple Knocker Hard Cider
Apple Knocker is an Illinois-based craft cider house that combines their expertise in modern small-lot wine production, and the creativity of craft beer techniques, to produce a new breed of American ciders. They partner with century-old local orchards to grow the highest quality apples for our beverages.
Bonnie Raitt at Ravinia
Bring the friends out for a great night of music with Bonnie Raitt at Ravinia. Her songs and albums incorporate elements of blues, rock, folk and country. This is her Dig in Deep Tour and should be a concert not to be missed.
Alton Muny Band: Riverview Park
Enjoy concert band music, which includes marches, concert pieces, popular tunes, and novelty numbers. This is family friendly and the concerts are free and open to the public.These concerts take place every Thursday evening June 9 - August 11 all starting at 8 p.m. Bring a blanket or lawn chair.
Mother's Day at the Tower
Treat your mother to something special on Mother's Day! Bring her to the Confluence Tower and enjoy magnificent views of the region from 50, 100 and 150 feet high above the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. All mothers, when accompanied by a family member, will receive half price admission.
Mandala Gardens offers pathways of beauty and hidden benches. Find quiet sitting spots, have a chat with our goats, chickens, and ducks, and simply enjoy the day. We have a rainbow variety of heirloom vegetables and potted herbs available for purchase when in season. If you are interested in holding a wedding or reunion or other event here, contact us for fees and dates. We also host senior photos, maternity photos, homecoming and prom photos, etc. for a small fee. The money earned from entrance fees and herbs/vegetable sales is directly invested into growing Mandala Gardens.
Out at the Sox
For $35, you can get a reserved seat at this Chicago White Sox game with other LGBT and ally fans, or for $15 more, you’d gain entry to our pre-game party which will feature giveaways, drink tickets, and light bites. A portion of all proceeds goes directly to Equality Illinois to benefit our continuing work for full LGBT equality.
Willett's Winery & Cellar
Willett’s Winery and Cellar in Manito is located in an 1895 building originally used as a harness shop. Our wines are created to please any palate, from dry oak-aged red (Leon Millot) to our very popular Cranberry Frost, made from 100% cranberry juice.
Lost Trail Cabins
Lost Trail Cabins are fully furnished cabins located at the end of a dead-end road on 62 acres of private and secluded property. Bordering Shawnee National Forest in beautiful Southern Illinois less than three miles from the Johnson Creek Recreation Area of Kinkaid Lake, these cabins are perfectly situated between the Sparta World Shooting Complex and the Shawnee Wine Trail. They cater to all outdoor enthusiasts including equestrians, hunters, hikers, boaters, fishermen, and anyone just wanting to get away from their fast paced everyday life.
Their handmade products are made in small batches to ensure that your family and theirs ONLY get the best. They use the best ingredients they can get their hands on. They are not 100% organic but very close. Their products change with the seasons.
Blessing of the Cars
Drive up to Bald Knob Mountain, Southern Illinois’ highest point and the site of the Bald Knob Cross of Peace, located just outside of Alto Pass, and have your car blessed for the summer season.
Vintage Baseball Game at Lewis and Clark State Historic Site
Take a step back to the 1860's when baseball was played just a little differently. Bring your lawn chairs or blanket and enjoy the spirit of gentlemanly sportsmanship of that time period. This game will be featuring the Alton Baseball Club. For more information please call the Lewis and Clark State Historic Site and ask for Pam (618) 251-5811.
Jonny Lang at the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts
Sixteen years ago, at the age of 16, Jonny Lang found incredible success with the release of his major label debut album Lie To Me as a blues and gospel guitar player. The path Lang has been on has brought him the opportunity to interact with some of the most respected legends in music. See him perform his newest album Fight for My Soul at the BCPA.
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3rd Annual River Rat Catfish Tournament
Try to catch the biggest catfish during the 3rd Annual River Rat Catfish Tournament that will be held on the river in Grafton. Competition starts at 7 a.m. - 2 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. There will be food vendors and entertainment throughout both days until 5 p.m. For information or an application, call Rick Eberlin at (618) 623-9265 or email at email@example.com
9th Annual Pee-Wee Classic Tournament
Up to 16 teams of 8 year old and younger boys from throughout the Midwest play in this annual tournament and the coaches pitch.
Located just outside of the small village of West Salem, Illinois, Homestead Vineyards offers a beautiful outdoor area for their clients. Homestead Vineyard may offer the largest selection of fruit wines in the area and frequently hosts great live music. If you like to visit wineries, and enjoy drinking excellent tasting wines; please put Homestead Winery on your list.
Paula Poundstone at the Bloomington Center for Performing Arts
Comedienne Paula Poundstone will be at The Bloomington Center for Performing Arts. She is Emmy Award-winning comedian, author and humorist, Paula Poundstone, is currently a regular panelist on NPR’s widely popular weekly news quiz show, Wait Wait... Don’t Tell Me, where her distinctive brand of wry, intelligent and witty comedy is heard by 5 million homes across the country, internationally on NPR Worldwide, and on the Internet via podcast.
Sugar Grove Nature Center
Sugar Grove Nature Center is located in beautiful, historic Funks Grove among over 1,000 acres of forest and prairie. Funks Grove is the largest remaining intact prairie grove in the state of Illinois and is a designated National Natural Landmark. Visitors will enjoy interpretive exhibits, live animals and a wildlife viewing room as well as access to 5 miles of hiking trails. The Imagination Grove Nature Play Area welcomes children to explore, tromp in the creek, climb a tree, ride a zip line and more. A picnic shelter, astronomy observatory, blacksmith forge, corn crib prairie lookout, variety of gardens and many other features help to make Sugar Grove Nature Center a beautiful and unique place. Visit the website to learn more about special events and programs.
Weibring Golf Club At ISU
The Weibring Golf Club is 18 holes, 6,915 yards and a par 71. The course offers cart rental and a pro shop with club rental. Extensively renovated in 2000, the course now accommodates approximately 28,000 rounds per year and hosts more than 100 tournaments and outings. Weibring Golf Club features 18 rebuilt greens and two practice greens, bentgrass tees and fairways, Bunker Guard erosion control and tour-quality Best Sand.
Danenberger Family Vineyards
Along a peaceful country road, just minutes from Illinois' capital, you will find one of the most unconventional and unpretentious destinations around. This is home to Danenberger Family Vineyards, where our winery dogs will greet you and you will be treated less like a visitor and more like a friend. When you visit Danenberger Family Vineyards will enjoy memorable experiences that stimulate and engage the senses. Our passion for grapes, wine and food is a part of our lifestyle, and we love to share it.
The Freeport Club
The Freeport Club enjoys a reputation as one of the finest golf courses in Northern Illinois. The challenging design of the well-manicured course winds through a park-like setting of rolling fairways lined with mature trees. The natural rolling terrain, elevation changes, and small-fast greens create a unique playing experience that will test golfers of all skill levels. Condition and playability is the top priority. In addition to maintaining the beauty of the course, the staff works to create some of the best putting surfaces in the area. A fully equipped “Golf Shop” is available to meet your equipment, clothing, and instructional needs. The Freeport Club’s PGA Professional plans and coordinates a full-season of men’s, ladies, singles, couples, social golf, and competitive tournaments plus a junior golf program that targets youth up to the age of 16. Enjoy the full service bar and restaurant in the Foursome Pub. Banquet facilities are available for rent. 2016 Daily Fees: 9 holes – $25.00; 9 holes with cart – $35; 18 holes – $35.00; 18 holes with cart – $50.
O.A.R. at Ravinia
O.A.R. is renowned for its intense, vibrant live show and the communal feeling it shares with its fans. With each studio album, the band has endeavored to achieve that sense of immediacy. Bring the friends out for this great concert at Ravinia.
Hazy Hills Golf Course
The Hazy Hills Golf Course is 9 holes, 2,900 yards and a par 35. The course offers cart rental and a pro shop with club rental. The nine-hole course at the Hazy Hills Golf Course in Hudson was designed by Ben Gildersleeve. The design of the holes, rolling terrain and pond give this course character and add to its charm.
Pooch Parade & Pet Fair
Join us on Saturday, May 21st for Uptown Normal’s Pooch Parade & Pet Fair. Uptown opens its doors to its furry friends and their owners for a Pet Fair featuring pet oriented non profits, businesses and advocacy groups. Dress your pooch up in her most creative costume and participate in the parade! There are lots of great prizes to be won for the best costumes, courtesy of Uptown Normal businesses. The Pet Fair hours: 12pm-3pm, Parade: 1pm. Registration in the parade and pet fair are both free, but donations are encouraged. Registration will be available the day of the event, or in advance via Eventbrite. Proceeds will benefit animal rescue in McLean County. Most Creative Costume – $50 gift card to an Uptown business of your choice Cutest Pet Ever – $25 gift card to an Uptown business of your choice Best Combo Costume (Pet & Human) – $25 gift card to an Uptown business of your choice
Indian Springs Golf Club
The Indian Springs Golf Club is 9 holes, 3,180 yards and a par 36. The course offers cart rental, a driving range and has a pro shop with club rental. This course features a challenging, tree-lined layout with two sets of tees. The practice facilities include an oversized putting green with a side bunker and a full length driving range. Outings, playdays and banquets are welcome but must be scheduled in advance.
Wings Over Waukegan Air Show
The Annual Waukegan Air Show, Wings Over Waukegan, is a great time for the whole family. Enjoy the Canadian Forces Snowbirds Demonstration Team, F-18 Hornet, USN Static Aircraft Displays, Classic Warbirds, Jet Bus and Military Aircraft as they soar through the sky performing exciting stunts and procedures. There will also be food and refreshment booths. Gates open at 9:30am and show begins at noon.
Heartland Community College
The Heartland Community College campus is a community resource that may be scheduled as available for activities consistent with the mission and policies of the College and Board of trustees. the campus includes several conference rooms, classrooms, computer labs and an auditorium that can hold 430 people. All of these spaces can be reserved through the special events department.
Chicago Southland Dragon Boat Festival
The dragons are coming to Blue Island for the inaugural Chicago Southland Dragon Boat Festival. Watch these long 20-seat boats with a dragon decoration on the outside mimic the old war canoes of ancient Asian past. This ancient Chinese sport has become one of the fierce competitions throughout the world, and is growing rapidly in the Southeastern and Midwestern United States. 9AM-3PM.
Golf Learning Center At All Seasons
Named to Golf Range Magazine's Top 100 Ranges in America, the center offers both indoor and outdoor facilities, a full flight driving range, 35 heated hitting bays and two heated teaching bays. Lessons and a full swing indoor golf simulator are available.
UL International Crown at the Merit Club
The UL International is coming to the Merit Club in Lake County. The golfing competition will take place over four days with 32 players from 8 different countries. It will feature three days of four-ball competition and one day of singles matches on Sunday. Five of the eight countries will advance to the Sunday singles matches based on the outcome of the four-ball matches contested Thursday through Saturday. Tickets are on sale now.
A Vintage Baseball Weekend ~ Bishop Hill
Celebrating vintage baseball and Bishop Hill’s baseball roots. Join us for a weekend of 19th century baseball. Three 1850’s baseball teams, the Oregon Ganymedes, the Springfield Long Nine, and the Somonauk Blue Stockings will play old fashion baseball the entire day. Bill Owens, author of The Scorecard, will present a program highlighting how Bishop Hill has ties to the first professional baseball team. The weekend will provide a reason to take the family out to the ball game and more! A special baseball exhibit will be on display the entire weekend at the Steeple Building featuring local Forrest Cady items. Sunday the Henry County Historical Museum will feature a special display and program about the history of baseball.
The Links At Ireland Grove
The Links at Ireland Grove is 9 holes, 1,590 yards and a par 30. The course offers cart rental and a driving range. In addition to the nine-hole course, The Links at Ireland Grove offers a range with weather protected hitting bays, over an acre of target greens, several bunkers, two fairways, nearly two acres of natural grass hitting area and rental clubs.
Cruisin’ with Lincoln on 66 Visitors Center One Year Anniversary Celebration
Join us on the Museum Square to celebrate the one year anniversary of the Cruisin’ with Lincoln on 66 Visitors Center on Monday, April 25 from noon to 4:00 p.m. Come out and enjoy refreshments and a Route 66 performance from the Sound of Illinois Chorus on the plaza at 12:15 p.m. The Museum will also offer free admission to the new permanent exhibit gallery, Making a Home, which explores the experience of living, working, farming, and creating community in McLean County.
El Tapatio Mexican Restaurant
Serving all your Mexican favorites and more! Tortas, appetizers, salads, fajitas, vegetarian dishes, combos and more! All your favorite cocktails plus beer, wine and the best margaritas in the area.
Juicebox - Chicago Cultural Center
With engaging music and dance in a kid-friendly setting, the free admission Juicebox programs are geared toward the stroller set and enjoyable for the whole family. Children will experience a diverse range of artistic and educational presentations, with hosts regularly inviting youngsters to move, dance and interact with performers. Presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, the Juicebox series runs on alternating Fridays at the Chicago Cultural Center and Saturdays at the Garfield Park Conservatory, with occasional special events at other venues. Except where noted, performances are 11-11:45am.
14th Annual Lincoln Douglas 5K and Fun Run
A series of short distances for children begins at 8 am: ages 8 and under – 100 yards; 9 to 10 – 200 yards; 11 to 12 – 400 yards. All finishers receive ribbons. The boy and girl winners of each age group will run a 100-yard dash following the 5K to determine “The Fasted Kid in Town!”. A One Mile Fun Run begins at 8:15 am. The course consists of one loop around the historic paved road inside Taylor Park. This is an untimed run and all finishers receive ribbons. The 5K begins at 8:35 am. The course consists of three loops around the paved road inside Taylor Park, a 5K (3.1 miles), wheel-measured certified course that is flat and fast designed to help runners achieve a personal best.
Breaking the Surface at Touch of Nature
Paddling enthusiasts and new paddlers alike will have the opportunity to paddle Little Grassy Lake for free. Touch of Nature will provide everything you need to get out on the water including canoes, kayaks, personal flotation devices and paddles. Participants are encouraged to bring snacks, water bottles, and water shoes or shoes they don’t mind getting wet. Paddlers may bring their own water craft, but must have a Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge sticker or day pass, which will be available for purchase at the event.
Caffe’ Italia Ristorante
Caffé Italia Ristorante is family owned and the dishes are inspired from memories of the owners home in Sicily. Come in and enjoy a taste of Italy in Bloomington-Normal.
The Den at Fox Creek
The Den at Fox Creek is 18 holes, 6,926 yards and a par 72. The course offers cart rental, a driving range and has a pro shop with club rental. This Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Course features bentgrass tees, greens and fairways that complement the wild prairie grasses which group in the rough. This picturesque Scottish Links Style golf course features 131 strategically placed sand traps and water hazards on 9 of the 18 holes. The Den at Fox Creek has become the host golf course for the Illinois High School Association's Class AA Boys State Championships. Mr. Palmer himself shot 74 during his Grand Opening Round.