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Birck House Nauvoo
A stately home within minutes from Downtown Nauvoo. Home is fully furnished and able to accommodate up to 18 guests. Close to all attractions in Nauvoo including LDS historical sites, Nauvoo Temple, and Nauvoo State Park.
Swamp Bottom Railroad
This is an outdoor railroad using 1/2 inch scale G Gauge with over 1,000 feet of track in a 45 by 60 foot outdoor garden. We run trains modeled from the late 1800's to the present time with both freight and passenger trains. We concentrate on rail cars hauling coal, grain, alcohol, ballast, and various commodities. At any given running, you can see steam and diesel trains depending on the era we are running that day on the inner and outer tracks of this Garden. The engines have digital sound boards for realism.
Earth, Wind and Fire
They bring the Earth, Wind and Fire, and the Fox River brings the Water. This will be a night you’ll never forget. Earth, Wind & Fire is one of the best selling and top touring group in history. With a signature sound beyond categories – Soul, Pop, Jazz & Funk fusion, they have a groove as deep as the soul of the planet. Earth, Wind & Fire has influenced music and pop culture for over 4 decades. With mega-hits like, “Shining Star,” “September” and “Let’s Groove” it will be hard to stay in your seats, so get up, let your spirit fly and groove the night away with the legendary band, Earth, Wind & Fire.
Downtown Alive! One of These Nights & Cowboy Jukebox
If you hear the word “weekend” and think kicking back in a lawn chair, grabbing a cold one and jamming to your favorite tunes with family and friends, then you’ve got to be at the Park for Downtown Alive! Aurora’s concert series has become a summer highlight here in the City of Lights, and the musical acts lined up this year keep the tradition goin’.
Southland Center, A Ho-Chunk Nation Enterprise
The newly renovated Southland Center has 100,000 square feet of space. This includes state-of-the-art Desso Turf, four hardwood basketball courts and a full service restaurant and bar. We are located at 10 Southland Drive Lynwood, IL 60411.
Daryl Hall & John Oates
If there’s one thing every generation can agree on, it’s the awesomeness of Hall & Oates – and this summer they’re headed to the Park. With 6 number one singles and 6 certified platinum albums, Daryl Hall & John Oates are literally the most successful rock duo in history. Their Philly soul-meets-rock style is smooth, their melodies are timeless and their catchy hooks from hits like “You Make My Dreams,” “I Can’t Go For That” and “Rich Girl” will make you get up and dance. Hot off their 2014 induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Daryl and John are headed to Aurora for a night of everyone’s favorite classics, right on the Fox River.
Downtown Alive! Maggie Speaks & Catfight
The talented musicians of Catfight have a reputation of turning every venue they play into a massive party. So grab a beer, get ready to sing along and have some serious fun when Catfight kicks off the night. Then Chicago favorite Maggie Speaks rocks the Park by bringing your music library to life right before your eyes… and ears. Their huge repertoire includes 5 decades of songs, including everything from 50s favorites to Top 40 hits you heard last week, and their unstoppable energy is totally infectious. With their seamless transitions from pop to rock, country to hip-hop and everything in between, Maggie Speaks is ready to fill the RiverEdge air with the soundtrack of your life.
Get the Led Out
Experiencing Get the Led Out is the closest you’ll get to seeing Jimmy, John, Robert and John Paul back on stage. The 6 talented rockers have made it their mission to bring songs from Zeppelin’s legendary albums like Led Zeppelin I-IV, Physical Graffiti and In Through the Out Door to life… and they’re totally explosive. After all, there’s a reason rock journalists say Get the Led Out “didn’t just pass Zeppelin 101 with flying colors – they’re working on their Ph.D. They didn’t just do their Zep homework – they’re teaching the class.”
Run for Recovery Jump from Addiction 5k Walk/Run
Join in for this worthy cause. Run for Recovery Jump from Addiction 5k Walk/Run by Skydive Chicago. The 220-acre resort offers camping, canoeing, hiking, fishing and swimming, all onsite. Times: 6:30am - 3:00pm.
Beach Fest 2015 - Annual Village Festival
Events and activities for all ages! Enjoy main stage live music, Cultural Stage & Children's Stage for awesome entertainment! Great food and drinks! Free entry with fees for some activities. Brass Buckle Band performing on the main stage Friday night and Modern Day Romeos on Saturday night. Please visit the website for more information.
CITY:Round Lake Beach
Iron Horse Social Club Music Festival
Memorial Day Weekend head to downtown Savanna for the Iron Horse Social Club Music Festival featuring Blues, Country & Rock music by regional favorites The Funnies, Righteous Hillbillies, Classical Blast, Jimmy Nick, Doc Ellis, Tripp & Molly and others. American Picker Frank Fritz will be appearing at the Iron Horse Bike and Music Festival on Sat & Sun. Come see Frank, and browse the Antique Mall where you may see one of Frank's Finds you like. Eat, drink, dance and listen to some great music. Hawg Dogs and Iron Horse Social Club will have bands from 1pm to midnight. Go to the Iron Horse Social Club FB page or website for all details.
As the "fresh fish experts" Bonefish Grill specializes in market fresh fish and other wood-grilled specialties combined with a big city bar that offers bar fresh cocktails and an affordable extensive wine list. Our current address is 15537 South LaGrange Road, Orland Park, IL 60462.
Twilight Shuffle 5K Run
Run through the historic neighborhoods of the east side of Libertyville. Professional timing. Families are encouraged (no children under 9) to run. After finishing the course, all participants are invited to join their fellow racers for a fabulous post-race party (including light dinner and non-alcoholic drinks for all registered participants) at the new Mickey Finn's Brewery. No registrations will be accepted or processed after 12pm on race day.
Crete Country Christmas
Come on out to our Crete Country Christmas, 3 days of various activities in Downtown Crete, Illinois, with a lighted parade & great company & cash raffles! A large Christmas Lodge, with heated tent, tables, chairs, and stage on Cass Street. Lots to do & see on a beautiful Christmas lighted night.
Frank Lloyd Wright's Laurent House - 2015 Public Tours
Public tours of the Laurent House, Frank Lloyd Wright's "Little Gem," are held on the first full and third weekends of the month. There are five tours each day at 11:00am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm, 2:00pm and 3:00pm. All tours begin at Midway Village Museum. Reservations are required and may be made online at www.laurenthouse.com. Frank Lloyd Wright's Laurent House in Rockford, Illinois is the only building ever designed by the famed architect for a person with a disability. Kenneth and Phyllis Laurent commissioned and lived in the home from 1952 until early 2012, when it was acquired by a private foundation and added to the National Register of Historic Places.
Oglesby Summer Fun Fest
A four day weekend jam packed with fun! Huge carnival midway, fireworks display, large variety of food and drink vendors, high quality and all free! Musical entertainment, beer tent, Kids Party in the Park, Art Sarver Memorial 5K race, pony rides, bags tournament, water fights, reptile show, acrobatic show, craft and vendor show,and so much more. Musical acts range from country to rock to Irish, to "The Buddy Holly Experience." For more information and a schedule of events, visit www.oglesbyfunfest.com.
Established in 1888, the Sandwich Fair is the oldest continuing county fair in the state of Illinois! The Sandwich Fair is a "happening" of old traditions and new surprises where friends and family come together to enjoy national entertainment, motor events, great food, a large carnival midway, exhibits, livestock judging and the list goes on and on. Whether you are a newcomer to the Sandwich Fair or a long-time attendee, you will find this event has something for everyone and deserves a blue ribbon. http://www.sandwichfair.com/
Sunset Soiree Free Summer Concert
The Village of Lemont, along with the Lemont Park District, presents a Free Summer Concert Series. Please join us in historic downtown Lemont at the corner of Stephen Street and Talcott Avenue for the following concerts on Thursdays: June 11, June 25th, July 16th, July 30th, and August 6th.
Kids can touch and climb aboard all sorts of heavy equipment, dump trucks, fire engines and more. Free event! Times: 10:30am - 2:30pm, at Dellwood Park, State St. & Woods Dr.
Guest house and vineyard situated on rolling hills near Grafton that offers guests " a little something extra".
Canopy Courses with Brian Germain
Join the fun as SDC invites Brian Germain out for a weekend of training at Skydive Chicago. No license pre-requisite for his courses. Whether you are a rookie or seasoned skydiver, there is something to be learned! Please contact Skydive Chicago via phone or email to book your spot today.
Uptown Grill: Matthew Ryan & The Northern Wires
Uptown Grill's Playlist Theater presents: Matthew Ryan & The Northern Wires. Playlist Theater, a cozy concert nook inside LaSalle's famed Uptown Grill, has been entertaining the Starved Rock area since 2006. This venue has hosted dozens of national acts, many of whom are quick to add the Playlist Theater as a favorite stop on their next tour. On Thursday, May 21st, enjoy the musical stylings of Matthew Ryan & The Northern Wires. Check out his website: http://www.matthewryanonline.com/. For ticket information, visit http://uptowngrill.com/concerts.htm.
2nd Annual Making Trax 4 Jax 5K Fun Run/Walk
Join Skydive Chicago for our 2nd annual Making Trax 4 Jax 5K Fun Run/ Walk, organized by local neighbor Suzannah Etscheid, in honor of her son, Jax, who passed away from SIDS. Stay tuned for details, prizes, start times, and registration costs.
Uptown Grill's Playlist Theater presents: Griffin House
Playlist Theater, a cozy concert nook inside LaSalle's famed Uptown Grill, has been entertaining the Starved Rock area since 2006. This venue has hosted dozens of national acts, many of whom are quick to add the Playlist Theater as a favorite stop on their next tour. On June 4th & 6th at 7:30pm, enjoy the musical stylings of Griffin House. Check out his website: griffinhousemusic.com For ticket information, visit http://uptowngrill.com/concerts.htm.
Starved Rock Country Marathon Health & Fitness Fair/Marathon and Half Marathon
The Health and Fitness Fair on Friday from Noon to 8:00pm is the preview to the marathon on the next day. Get your marathon packet picked up, check in at the volunteer booth, and see the health and wellness vendors.The 2015 Starved Rock Country Marathon and Half Marathon is Saturday, May 16, 2015. Marathon Start: 7am – Time Limit: 6.5 hours, Half Marathon Start: 7:15am – Time Limit: 4 hours. Start and Finish Line: Located next to Washington Square in Ottawa.
Memorial Day Family Potluck Campout / Kayak Tour
Gourmet Potluck Campout Glamping-style with movie and a full hot breakfast. We bring/do everything so you can kick back and relax! If you have never kayaked before try the guided tour also. They are a great way to informally introduce you to the sport of kayaking. The trips are approximately 2 hours in length.
2015 Flying Gish Festival and Bow Fishing Tournament
Weigh in is at 2pm at Bass Pro Shops in East Peoria IL. $120/team of up to four Activities: 5am bowfishing tournament begins from Bass Pro Shops 10am-3pm-Flying Fish Festival-Bass Pro Shops Parking Lot Taste Testing, Entertainment, Kids Activities, IL. Dept of Natural Resources, Wildlife Prairie Park, Tons of fun for the family! 6pm Preservation and Conservation Dinner at Itoo Hall CALL: 309-674-9715 for more information A family friendly festival highlighted by the first inaugural Bow Fishing Tournament! This event will include cash prizes, activities on both sides of the river, educational displays, and local chefs preparing cuisine using the flying fish. The tournament is for registered competitors only, however, the additional activities are open to the public. The money raised from this event will go to support the Union Sportsman Alliance and the Preservation of the Peoria Labor Temple. All partners of this event support The Flying Fish Festival as one piece of a larger effort to deal with an Illinois River invasive species: Asian Carp. This Flying Fish Festival gives locals and visitors an opportunity to experience the excitement both on the water, shore and on the plate.
Winery Tour - Prairie State Winery
Join our winemaker on a tour of our production facility! Meet at our Genoa Tasting Room at 1pm and then go behind the scenes and learn all about how our award-winning, Illinois-grown wines are made. The tour includes a tasting with the winemaker and a souvenir Riedel glass. It's fun and educational! Cost is $15 per person in advance or $17 the day of the tour. Reservations are requested and space is limited so give us a call today to save your spot! 815-784-4540 http://www.prairiestatewinery.com
Annual Gus Macker Three on Three Basketball Tournament
Gus Macker teams up with nostalgia, history in Morris, IL, 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. This will be the 13th year of Gus Macker 3-on-3 in Morris, IL, which is a nostalgic slice of America nestled along the 96-mile I and M Canal that connects the Great Lakes to the Mississippi River. Gus likes to think the I and M mean Incredible Macker site, though it really means Illinois and Michigan Canal. In essence, both are true. It is a tremendous and welcoming stop along the historic canal, as well as an incredible Macker site. Abraham Lincoln reportedly received a haircut during a visit to Morris, but that's just a footnote or maybe headnote in the history of the nostalgic downtown atmosphere that greets Macker players each year. Registration is right on the Grunday County Courthouse lawn. The courts branch out from there on city streets named for great competition, and all together it presents a basketball festival for gamily and friends. Come on over on June 7 and 8. Morris is located just a little over an hour's drive from downtown Chicago, a lot closer from all the suburbs and that's a short trip to find fun, beautiful parks, quaint shops and wonderful restaurants. Oh, and basketball. A dunk contest, 3-point shooting contest, free-throw contest and a Dream Court for those young dreamers are annual parts of the fun brought to you by the Morris Downtown Development Partnership, Inc., as well as gracious sponsor partners. All age groups and levels of experience are welcome. Just put 111 East Washington in your GPS application. Hey, you could probably get a haircut like Honest Abe. He was tall, and we figure he probably played center or power forward. Registration will be available soon at www.macker.com. Even if you don't play basketball, you can be involved!
Tree Top- A Loading Dock Guest House
Located in the heart of Grafton, Tree Tops is perfect for a family getaway or a stay-cation with your besties. With a queen sized bed and two twin beds, this cozy cottage is designed for four. Tree Tops boasts breathtaking views of the Mighty Mississippi from the private deck and shared patio below. Tree Tops is a second level guest house equipped with all the bells and whistles you've come to expect from a Loading Dock property.
They are committed to producing the finest small batch hand crafted spirits in the Midwest, using premium locally sourced ingredients, tried and true processes, superior equipment, and the collective knowledge and skill of dedicated entrepreneurs.
The Fish Market- A Loading Dock Guest House.
This upscale cottage was designed with comfort and fun in mind. Perfect for families or singles. The Guest House sleeps up to 6 with one king size bed and 4 twin size bunks. A full kitchen and large living room make for a relaxing stay. The Fish Market is small pet friendly with a fenced-in side garden.
Memorial Day Boogie
Memorial Day Boogie at Skydive Chicago! No registration fee. Take advantage of awesome organizing and entertainment to kick off the Summer season! Skydive Chicago offers the best entertainment in the Midwest. The 220-acre resort offers camping, canoeing, hiking, fishing and swimming, all onsite. Stop by today.
Naperville Park District Frontier Kite Fly Festival
Enjoy gigantic kites, exciting demonstrations, stunts and hands-on activities. Plus live music, games and giveaways! Enjoy live performances by Neuqua Valley High School Steel Band, Andrew Huber and Élan Dance Company! This is a free event for the whole family. Naperville Convention & Visitors Bureau, Meatheads Burgers & Fries and Eye Level are the proud sponsors. Location: Frontier Park; Time: 10:00am-4:00pm.
Pixie Fairies and Pirates on the Farm
Join us this year for our 2nd annual Pixie Fairies and Pirates on the Farm from 10am-1pm on Saturday, May 16th! Siegel's Cottonwood Farm is a 4th generation working family farm. Each season the Siegel's have a different way for you to enjoy visiting there farm and spending time out in the country fresh air. In the Spring, come on out and see the largest variety of Annuals, Perennials, Vegetables, Herbs and Fresh Baked Pies. Pre-register today at www.siegelscottonwoodfarm.com.
4 Rivers Kayak Tour
The 4 Rivers Kayak Tour takes in the I&M Canal, Dupage, Des Plaines and Illinois rivers. People join especially the scenic kayak tours as an alternate fitness activity, an alternate social activity and to learn about nature/kayaking - to learn about a new area. If you have never kayaked before try the guided tour also. They are a great way to informally introduce you to the sport of kayaking.
2015 Time Travelers Bus Tours
On Wednesday, May 20th, from 8am until 4:30pm we'll be visiting some historical and unique churches in the Lemont and Lockport area. Included in the tour will be; Old Congregational Church/Gladys Fox Museum (Lockport), St. Dennis Catholic Church (Lockport), St. James at Sag Bridge Church (Lemont), Old Stone Church (Lemont), Hindu Temple of Greater Chicago (Lemont) Lunch is included at the historic Public Landing Restaurant in Lockport! Tour Admission: $75 Museum Members / $85 Non-Members Registration must be received by May 11th - Space is limited! Time Travelers Bus Tours are made possible by a joint venture of the Joliet Area Historical Museum and Heritage Corridor & Convention Visitors Bureau.
Clean Sweep - Lockport
Meet at the South Public Landing Parking Lot, 10th St at the Canal, to clean and plant the downtown (bring gloves). Free t-shirt and lunch to volunteers and a prize drawing for participants. Sponsored by Main Street Lockport.
Rock on the Block
Rock on the Block will take place on May 15th, 22nd, and 29th in Ottawa, Fridays only at 6:00pm. Rock on the Block provides all age's entertainment, free to public! Location: Jordon Block - lower lots stage, Ottawa. See more at: www.facebook.com/RockOnTheBlock
Cabins on Indian Creek
Offering five cabins combining rustic style with modern amenities including full kitchens, open layouts, luxury baths, beautiful indoor and outdoor entertaining areas and amenities. Minutes from SIU Carbondale, IL, numerous wineries on the Shawnee wine trail, golf courses and Giant City State Park. Custom log and stone exteriors, fireplaces, and wooded lakefront setting.
Little Beans Cafe - Evanston
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.
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.
2015 Summer Rooftop Music Series - Train Company
Train Company plays killer, teeth-kicking blues-rock. Since forming in 2008, John Zozzaro (guitar/vocals), Mark Alletag (saxophone), Mike DeWitte (bass/vocals), Rob Lejman (drums) and Sam Wyatt (keys) have explored a sound that has included everything from jazzy pop to bourbon-soaked rock 'n roll. Train Company’s success continues through constant gigging, including two recent sold out shows at Chicago's House of Blues alongside Counting Crows and Blues Traveler. Crowds can expect sweaty, high energy shows with no two alike! This summer, a different live performance is featured each month on the Joliet Area Historical Museum's Outdoor Rooftop Terrace! Doors open at 6:45 pm, and performers take the stage at 7:30 pm. Only $8.00 for Students with valid I.D. and JAHM Members or $10.00 for General Public!
LaSalle County Historical Society Heritage Center
The LaSalle County Historical Society’s museum lies on the north side of the historic Illinois and Michigan Canal, itself a historical landmark. The museum building, erected in 1848 during the presidency of Zachary Taylor, is a beautifully restored sandstone building that was originally a granary and warehouse. The two-story building has walls of sandstone blocks between 18 and 32 inches thick, quarried in Utica, and secured with hydraulic cement of the same kind used in the construction of the I&M Canal. James Clark, the man who commissioned the building, came to Utica in 1833, where he became a land squatter. In 1842 he became a contractor on the I&M Canal and in 1845 he bought the local cement mill. He made it a huge commercial success by selling the cement to the canal contractors and the general public. The cement was used in many parts of the canal.
Dinner and a Little History: Domestic Servants in the 19th Century
Having live-in domestic servants seems like the height of luxury today, but in the 19th century, "hired girls" were common in middle-class households in Illinois. In a society without electricity and running water, household chores were onerous, and in the nineteenth century, a wave of immigrants made labor cheap and plentiful. In domestic servant situations, working class men and women lived and worked side by side with their employers yet were considered second class citizens, often leading to tense relationships. Who were these individuals? What were their employers' experiences living and working intimately with a cross section of society that they might never have encountered otherwise? How did the nature of domestic service evolve as the century progressed? Speaker: Erika Holst of Springfield is brought to us as an Illinois Humanities Council road Scholar. She is the curator of collections oat the Springfield Art Association of Edwards Place. Brought to you by Canal Corridor Association.
"Simply delicious" pastries and desserts that are sure to please every palate. Whether you are looking for a little taste of Europe, delicious coffee & tea, or cookies like grandma made (with just a little panache) you will find them at LuciAnna's Pastries. Come & relax in our warm inviting atmosphere.
2015 Summer Rooftop Music Series - Strung Out Band
Strung Out is Chicago’s most unique classic rock band. Their dynamic blend of guitars, cello, violin, keyboards, bass, and percussion, topped off with outstanding vocalists, create an unforgettable sound. You’ll hear the greatest Classic Rock, Pop, Southern Rock, AM/FM Radio Cuts, and everything in between. Songs people know and love, performed by a band that loves to entertain. So get ready to sing, dance, and have fun with the amazing musical experience only Strung Out can provide. This summer, a different live performance is featured each month on the Joliet Area Historical Museum's Outdoor Rooftop Terrace! Doors open at 6:45 pm, and performers take the stage at 7:30 pm. Only $8.00 for Students with valid I.D. and JAHM Members or $10.00 for General Public!
The New Chalet Restaurant
Ottawa's South-side restaurant. Popular breakfast & lunch site. Daily Specials, After Hour Parties, Catering, Pick-Up Window, Fri & Sat All You Can Eat Specials. Business Hours: Sun 7am - 2pm, M-Thurs 6am-2pm, Fri & Sat 6am - 7pm.
Critics and peers agree, Brian Regan has distinguished himself as one of the premier comedians in the country. The perfect balance of sophisticated writing and physicality, Brian fills theaters nationwide with fervent fans that span generations.
2015 Summer Rooftop Music Series - 1976 Band
The band 1976 revisits all the great rockin’ music from that 70’s era and takes you along for the ride. These outstanding musicians authentically recreate your favorites by bands like Fleetwood Mac, Peter Frampton, Tom Petty, Heart, Boston, Steve Miller Band, Bad Company, Rod Stewart, Journey, The Eagles, Santana, Elton John, Badfinger, Deep Purple, and many more. Featuring male & female vocals, two outstanding guitarists and a blistering rhythm section, let 1976 take you back to the decade that changed rock music forever! This summer, a different live performance is featured each month on the Joliet Area Historical Museum's Outdoor Rooftop Terrace! Doors open at 6:45 pm, and performers take the stage at 7:30 pm. Only $8.00 for Students with valid I.D. and JAHM Members or $10.00 for General Public!
United Way Hops & Vine Fest
Proceeds from this festival at Hollywood Casino Joliet to benefit United Way of Will County. Come out and try over 30 breweries while enjoying food and live entertainment. Time: 4:00pm - 8:00pm. See ticket prices and packages at: www.wantickets.com/hopsandvinefest.
Doug Firebaugh Observatory
Enjoy the beauty of the night sky. Open whether cloudy or clear. If cloudy, there will be a presentation or discussion on related topics.Open: May thru September: First and Third Saturdays of the Month: 8 pm
Uptown Grill's Playlist Theater presents: Andy Frasco and the United Nations
Playlist Theater, a cozy concert nook inside LaSalle's famed Uptown Grill, has been entertaining the Starved Rock area since 2006. This venue has hosted dozens of national acts, many of whom are quick to add the Playlist Theater as a favorite stop on their next tour. On May 14th, & 15th enjoy the musical stylings of Andy Frasco & The United Nations. Check out their website: www.andyfrasco.com. For ticket information, visit http://uptowngrill.com/concerts.htm
Raggedy Ann 100th Birthday Party
Raggedy Ann turns 100 years old this year and the Arcola Chamber of Commerce is celebrating this wonderful occasion by having a Raggedy Ann Birthday Dinner Party held at the Best Western Plus. Saturday is the Raggedy Sales Room featuring fun events and contests. Saturday night is the 100th Birthday Party Dinner (tickets required).
Summer Flute Showcase
Join in at the Great Hall of Starved Rock Lodge as they feature the students from Music Suite 408 in Peru, IL for their Summer Flute Showcase. Lead by instructor Sue Gillio, summer flute camp students will perform, demonstrating their musicianship and skills. This is sure to be a lovely evening of beautiful music. Free and open to the public.
The second annual CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) On-The-Air weekend will be held August 8th and 9th from 9:00a.m.-5:00p.m. both days. The Starved Rock Radio Club will be hosting this event at the West Shelter by the Lodge. Starved Rock State Park had 3 camps; 614, 1609 and the 2601. The call sign will be W9MKS. You will be able to talk all over the United States with other Radio Clubs about the CCC's. Stop by anytime during the hours listed (or use the radio). For information call 815-220-7386.
Spoon Baking Company
Bakery sweet treats, fresh brewed coffee, specialty coffee, tea, and catering.
American Toby Jug Museum
The American Toby Jug Museum is home to more than 8,000 Toby and Character jugs, and related derivatives from around the globe. The collection spans the Centuries and features characters representing the times in which they were made, from the oldest dating back to the 1760’s to the most recent ones still in production. It is the largest collection in the world, and is on display and open to the public
Mother's Day Swim at Challenge Fitness Pool
Challenge Fitness Pool in Lockport will offer Mother's Day Swim at Challenge Fitness for all ages, Sun., May 10 from 1pm-4pm. All mom's swim free. Regular admission applies to other swimmers. For more info., visit www.lockportpark.org or call 815-838-3621, ext. 0.
3rd Annual Holistic Pet Festival
We are thrilled to announce Blackbird's 3rd Annual Holistic Pet Festival. We have an amazing line-up of Holistic Vets & specialists that will be speaking at this year's event. Plus, the list of Holistic minded vendors and area rescues is already building! Stay tuned to our website and Facebook page for more updates and fantastic announcements! We are currently looking for volunteers for the event. If you love pets and are interested in lending a helping hand, please contact Sara at 815-941-9311 or email@example.com. Educational and Inspirational Presentations! We will have a dynamic trio speaking at this year's event. Read about these amazing women making changes in our pet's lives in our press release here. The event is open to the public and is free! The first 100 attendees will receive a complimentary goodie bag packed with inspiration. To commemorate the event, you can purchase a Festival t-shirt for $20. T-shirt orders will be taken until April 15th at Blackbird’s Bowl, Natural Pet Foods & More located at 221 Liberty St in Downtown Morris.
Star Wars Scavenger Hunt
Join in the fun at the Star Wars Scavenger Hunt at the Joliet Area Historical Museum. Children and families are invited to find all 20 of the original Star Wars figures plus a special bonus figure hidden throughout the Museum's galleries! All participants get a Star Wars game card. Time: 10:00am - 5:00pm.
Rockin' in the Park
Rockin' in the Park is a summer-long concert series from May 24 - September 6 starting at 7:00pm. The festival features live bands, fireworks and food and beverage tents from the restaurants located within MB Park. The festival is located on the green lawn activity area in the center of the Park. There are picnic tables available, however we suggest bringing lawn chairs and blankets. Outside food and beverages, and coolers are prohibited. (All concerts/fireworks start at 7:00pm and end by 10:00pm)
5th Annual Woofapalooza
5th Annual Woofapalooza benefit at Siegel's Cottonwood Farm Sunday June 7th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Woofapalooza, benefiting log dog rescue/shelters, is an event for you and your dog to have a day of "affordable fun on the farm". Woofapalooza has been growing every year! This event provides outdoor family fun for both the owners and their dogs. The day will consists of dog activities, family activities, informative talks, prizes, contests, food and more. Enter your dog into the best dressed dog or smallest/biggest dog contest. There will also be dog/owner lookalike contests and pie eating contests for dogs and humans and much more. Admission is $10 per person. Dogs are free. A day of fun, food and fresh air on the farm. Follow us on Facebook for more exciting event details, visit us at www.SiegelsCottonwoodFarm.com or call Kaity at 815-741-2693.
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 Right Spice Supper Club
A family friendly casual dining restaurant where the locals go. Known for good food, good people and great times! Open Monday - Thursday 3:30pm - 9:00pm. Friday and Saturday 3:30pm - 10:00pm. Sunday we are closed.
The Silver Fox
Unique, historic, elegant venue located in the former Masonic Temple in downtown Streator. Available for weddings, receptions, or any special occasion. Tours by appointment.
Princess and the Pea
A very sad Prince Valerian can't seem to find happiness! His friend the Page, his mother the Queen and her faithful Wizard try to help find the perfect Princess for Valerian to marry. He meets all the Princesses in the kingdom and finally finds one he thinks he could love. But will she pass the Queen's test? Oh no! This royal musical is fun and magical as everyone tries to decide if the PERFECT princess actually exists. For a complete list of performance dates and times visit www.thelittletheatre.org. Order tickets by phone at 217-728-7375 or online at our website.
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
A gypsy inspired coffee shop located inside Alton's historic Milton Schoolhouse.
Ride the Rock
"Ride the Rock" is a free, family 16-mile bike ride and festival hosted by the Forest Preserve District of Will County and presented by CenterPoint Properties, the event's title sponsor for 2015. This event is returning for its ninth year on Saturday, May 16, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lower Rock Run Preserve - I&M Canal Access in Joliet. The ride will begin at I&M Canal Access, located on Hollywood Road (Houbolt Road), 0.25-mile south of I-80, in Joliet.The event is open to all ages, but is recommended for individual riders of at least 11 years of age. In addition to bringing their own bikes, all riders are urged to wear safety helmets and to bring drinking water. Pre-register now on Eventbrite! Pre-registered riders will be able to check in at 9 a.m. at the event. The first 1,000 pre-registered riders to check in will receive a free T-shirt. (Please note that size choice is not guaranteed.) Pre-registration will end at midnight on Thursday, May 14. Family at Ride the Rock On-site registration will be available at the event, but riders who register at the event will not be able to check in until 9:30 a.m. On-site registrants will not receive T-shirts.
Kids Concert Series Featuring Ko-Thi Dance Company at Ravinia
Ravinia's Kid's Concert Series will feature Ko-Thi Dance Company. They are comprised of artists trained in the history, mythology and techniques of art forms within the African Diaspora. Also enjoy the new interactive, family-friendly space on the north lawn that includes large-scale percussion instruments that will be open to kids of all ages.
Banquet hall and event center specializing in corporate meetings, weddings, family reunions and fundraisers. In-house catering. Handicap accessible.
Relax Inn - Streator
Recently renovated and locally owned, the Relax Inn features rooms with wood floors and flat screen TV's, microwaves and refrigerators are also available. This pet-friendly hotel is located within 20 miles of four state parks.
Bobak's Signature Events and Conference Center
Bobak's is a unique banquet conference facility for corporate, social and family events. Whether you are looking to plan a wedding reception, corporate function or birthday party, expert Event Specialists will work closely with you to ensure that your day is a success. From intimate to exclusive, Bobak's first-rate banquet & meeting facilities, award winning cuisine and unparalleled service will transform your event to extraordinary!
Historic Marbold Second Sunday Summer Series
Special programs in the farmstead kitchen: 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Enjoy a lesson in history, tours of the house and grounds along with period craftsmen on site. This Sunday features Dick Lyons, a native of Montgomery County and fourth-generation farmer growing corn, soybeans, and wheat with cover crops, will share his knowledge of farming practices dating from the 1800's to today's technological world of modern agriculture. A special added feature at the June Second Sunday will be Heart Strings, a dulcimer group from Petersburg.
Classic Albums Live- Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon
Classic Albums Live re-creates the musical brilliance of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon. Note for note. Cut for cut. This is not a tribute band. There are no gimmicks or fake English accents. This is simply a live re-creation of one of the greatest pop/rock albums ever made. 8:00 pm show time.
Spring Fashion Show at Reddick Mansion
Featuring clothing and accessories from local boutique clothier, Iconic. Refreshments will be served. William Reddick left his house as a gift to the City of Ottawa for use as a public library and reading room. Reddick's home became known as “Reddick's Library” and opened to the public on September 19, 1888. It served as the public library until 1975 when a combination of endowment and revenue sharing funds enabled construction of a larger facility that could accommodate the library's growing collections. Please contact the Mansion for more information.
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.
2015 Summer Rooftop Music Series - The Steepwater Band
The Steepwater Band’s latest album “Live & Humble” was recorded in Chicago on 4/20/13 at the now defunct Ace Bar on West Fullerton Avenue. Formed in Chicago back in 1998, The Steepwater Band’s signature sound is a nod to early British blues, combined with a modern, raw and gutsy musical approach. Although the band got their start as devotees of delta blues, they have since been expanding on their influences, absorbing everything from Psychedelia to Americana, from Jazz to 50’s Rock n’ Roll Music. This summer, a different live performance is featured each month on the Joliet Area Historical Museum's Outdoor Rooftop Terrace! Doors open at 6:45 pm, and performers take the stage at 7:30 pm. Only $8.00 for Students with valid I.D. and JAHM Members or $10.00 for General Public!
New Orleans North
Kick off summer in downtown Joliet. This Mardi Gras themed festival features domestic and craft beers, Cajun & American foods, live music, street performers, and more! Beer tents, food specials, outdoor festival, live bands, 21 and over event. Like us on Facebook at NewOrleansNorth. Times: 5:00pm - 11:00pm. Tickets are $5.00 in advance or $10.00 at the door.
Maxim Vengerov & Itamar Golan at Ravinia
Bring the friends and a picnic for a great night of classical music under the stars. Enjoy the music of Brahms, Elgar, Dvorák, Paganini and much more performed by Maxim Vengerov on the violin and Itamar Golan on the piano. Tickets: $60/40 & Lawn: $10
Chef Tom's Guest House
Wonderful lodging choice in an owner-occupied bed and breakfast. Makes a perfect choice while visiting the I&M Canal Heritage Corridor. No pets, no smoking. Wi-Fi, kitchen, laundry and tastefully furnished.
Wingate by Wyndham - Joliet
Conveniently located near I-55 and I-80, Wingate by Wyndham welcomes business, groups, sports and leisure travelers. Serving hot complimentary breakfast daily.
Litchfield Pickers Market
It is an open air market featuring vintage, antique, collectible and repurposed items for sale, with many additional special attractions during each Market! The Litchfield Pickers Market will be held the second Sunday of each month from April to October in Downtown Litchfield beginning on the corner of Union Avenue and State Street. The exact dates are April 12, May 10, June 14, July 12, August 9, September 13, and October 11.
‘Two thirds rhythm and one third soul.’ That’s how Fats Waller defined the uniquely American form of popular music and dance known as ‘swing.’ Requiring only joyful enthusiasm and a ready partner, swing exploded out of pre-war Harlem’s hotbed of youth culture and swept the world. It shattered ethnic and cultural barriers, generating specialty styles such as Jive, Swing, Lindy Hop, West Coast Swing, and Hip-Hop Swing. Swing! celebrates this remarkable diversity to the beat of the most exhilarating songs of the period. But as this enthralling song-and-dance show makes abundantly clear, swing was never a time or place -- it has always been a state of mind!
Mike and Lisa Templeton lead their nine children to produce a toe-tappin’, hand clappin’ Bluegrass and Gospel music show. Their songs are upbeat, catchy and fun for all. Every member contributes, even Dominic, age 2, who loves to dance to the fiddle tunes. So come on down, sit a spell and listen, or dust off your boots and dance along. This talented family is sure to entertain! Matinee shows include lunch and show at $32.00 a person. Times: 11:30am - 2:45pm, 6/15-16. For more information or to book, call 815-220-7386.
Don’t miss this wildly entertaining dueling piano show! Our interactive musical experience will have you singing, shouting and dancing and since our performers take requests, you’ll be doing your best to “stump the band.” Matinee shows include lunch and show at $38.00 a person. Evening shows include wine tasting, dinner and show at $43.00 per person. Aug 9 5:00pm - 8:45pm; Aug 10-11 11:30am -2:45pm. For more information or to book, call 815-220-7386.
Centennial Sinatra - A Tribute Celebrating the Life & Music of Frank Sinatra
Centennial Sinatra starring Steve Lippia is a celebration of the life and music of Frank Sinatra. Steve Lippia takes the audience on a musical journey from Sinatra’s earliest crooning days with Harry James and Tommy Dorsey to his historic collaborations with great arrangers. Steve is accompanied by a hot 10-piece swing band as well as a stunning video and photographic imagery that tell the story of this once-in-a-century artist. 7:30pm show time.
James Van Praagh
Internationally renowned #1 New York Times Best Selling Author, Clairvoyant, spiritual medium, producer and television personality James Van Praagh is considered a pioneer in the mediumship movement throughout the world, and has been recognized as one of the most accurate spiritual mediums working today. His messages have brought solace, peace and spiritual insights, changing how millions view both life and death. He has received many awards for dedicating himself to changing the consciousness of the planet, and has been a guest on mostly every national radio and television show including Oprah, Larry King Live, Dr. Phil, A & E’s Biography, Nightline, Unsolved Mysteries, The View and others. Join us for a special evening with James as he shares with us special messages from guides, family and friends in spirit.
Naperville Park District Culinary: Mother/Daughter Tea Party
Enjoy your Mother’s Day weekend with a cooking class designed for mothers and daughters. The menus will include assorted finger sandwiches and lemon scones. Register child; parent is free. Please call for the sibling rate. No more than two children per adult. Registration deadline is 48 hours in advance of class date. Designed for children 4-10. Times: 11:00am-12:30pm, 95th Street Center Culinary Arts Room 303. Visit www.napervilleparks.org or call 630-848-5000 to register.
The iconic image of Abraham Lincoln appears in various forms among the collections of the Illinois State Museum. To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the death of Abraham Lincoln and his funeral in Springfield, this exhibition will feature rarely seen objects that honor the memory of our 16th president. Highlights include a hair work necklace worn by the wife of Lincoln’s bodyguard on funeral train from Washington D.C. to Springfield, a life-size sculpture of the president by Lorado Taft, and a mysterious painting of the president bearing a cross on his forehead.
Held at Columbia College, CineYouth is our yearly student film festival that celebrates and showcases short films made by filmmakers 21 years old and younger from around the world. Celebrating its 11th year May 7-9, 2015, CineYouth strives to encourage the talent of young artists and to provide them with opportunities to tell their stories, network with their peers and be recognized for their creativity.
Gebhard Woods Dulcimer and Traditional Music Festival
The Festival Operates from 9 am till 6 pm. Your generous donations are one of the main sources of financial support for the festival. The festival provides all day entertainment at concerts and unlimited instruction from nationally recognized musicians. Suggested Donations: Individual Adult: $15 - Day or $25 - weekend Family: $30 - Day or $45 - weekend Seniors (60 & older): $12 - Day or $22 - weekend This donation includes admission to the Saturday Night Old-Time Dance at Immaculate Conception School. The festival provides all day entertainment at concerts and unlimited instruction from nationally recognized musicians. Because the festival is held in a state park, there is no charge for admission. Your generous donations are one of the main sources of financial support for the festival. Goold Park, 9:00am - 6:00pm.
Nikolai Lugansky at Ravinia
Come out for a great show under the stars featuring Nikolai Lugansky on the piano. The show will contain pieces from Schubert, Grieg and Grieg and Tchaikovsky. Tickets: $60/40, Lawn: $10
Historic Marbold Second Sunday Summer Series
The Farmstead will offer tours of the house and grounds, history of the Marbold family and light refreshments. The Stier Trolley will be available to take visitors through Greenview where a guide will provide details of the Marbold's influence and impact on the community.Exclusive for August: "One Grand Old Lady" Readers' Theatre.
Starved Rock Country presents Bellamy Brothers
For more than 30 years, the Bellamy Brothers have been an unassuming picture of consistency in Country music, crafting honest, heartfelt songs that connect with millions of listeners around the world. Even more remarkable is the fact that they've remained relevant in a genre that has become increasingly enamored with style over substance, glitz over grit, and fleeting celebrity over artistic vision. Yet Howard and David Bellamy have weathered the trends admirably, enjoying enormous success throughout their career with numerous No. 1 hits on both the Pop and Country charts. Venue: IVCC in Oglesby, 7pm show.