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Irazu Costa Rican Dining
Serving flavorful Costa Rican meals, Irazu located in Chicago is a family-owned restaurant that has been dishing up traditional Costa Rican food since 1990; a must try for anyone who is a lover of food and this Central American cuisine.
At Paradise Pup. in Des Plaines, the "big mess of a burger" is traditional Chicago fast food the way it should be. Folks line up outside the 800-square-foot joint for the one-and-only Char Cheddar burger. As for the Italian beef sandwich, it’s "oh, so good."
CITY: Des Plaines
Smoque (smok) BBQ is a neighborhood kind of place that cooks up BBQ good enough to make it a true destination. The natural flavors of the meat. The savory flavor of hardwood smoke. The spiciness of the rub. The sweetness or pungency of the sauce. When these elements are in balance, you have found BBQ Heaven. And you can find them all coexisting at Smoque.
Get the feel of a classic drive-in in the city of Chicago. Superdawg will take you back to another day and time but their food has kept up with the times. Everything at Superdawg has been created with the same attention and care, as it was when they first opened in 1948. And when you visit don’t forget to say hi to Mr. and Mrs. Superdawg adorning the top of the restaurant for all to see.
Top Notch Beefburgers
Freshly ground round beef burgers are the signature of this friendly, casual and kind-hearted joint. Since 1954, owner Diran Soulian has been behind this grill, forming a huge following and a legendary burger. With a top-notch reputation in the neighborhood for fresh burgers and fries, and a worldwide following; Top-Notch is at the head of its class for great tasting burgers.
Cheaper by the Dozen
This play asks that you suppose you're an attractive high school girl who is a member of a large and unique family in which your father is one of the great pioneers of industrial efficiency. Imagine he decides, for no apparent reason, to apply his unorthodox methods to you and the rest of your big family. The results are terribly embarrassing, funny and—it must be admitted—extremely effective!
Bang Bang Pie Shop
Bang Bang Pie Shop has been banging out delicious pies in Chicago for a short time, but the notoriety they have received is nothing short of delicious. Every day they offer a chocolate, cream and fruit pie option using only the freshest seasonal ingredients. But beware; if you’re looking for a place that just bangs out everything for everyone, you might want to look elsewhere because these guys make their pies like Grandma used to. From made-from-scratch warm biscuits to homemade pies, either way you can’t go wrong.
Billy Goat Tavern - The Original
There are few things as identifiable to Illinois and Chicago as the Billy Goat Tavern. Made popular by the SNL; the Billy Goat Tavern serves up no nonsense fare: Burgers, cheeseburgers, no fries, just chips – and definitely no Pepsi, just Coke. However, if you want something stronger to drink they also have a full bar. Don’t worry Billy Goat Tavern has much more to their menu, but why miss out on the food that made them famous.
The Sugar Path
The Sugar Path in Geneva is an innovative dessert bakery offering cupcakes, artisan cakes and pies. They bake farm-to-table, using ingredients sourced locally from farmers and vendors they have existing relationships with. The menu changes seasonally so you’ll be sure to get the freshest ingredients available.
First Slice in Chicago isn’t just a great place to get slice of pie, it’s much more to the hundreds of people they help feed through their Shareholder Program; and even more to the people they help provide skills for so they can find work in restaurants throughout the city. That warm feeling you get from eating at First Slice could just be from the fresh delicious ingredients they use, or perhaps from the satisfaction of helping out.
Dining at Moto in Chicago is like actively engaging in a multi-sensory dining experience unlike any other in the world. The Moto kitchen serves as a state of the art canvas for Chef Cantu and his gifted team to combine high-tech equipment and intricate techniques with exotic, sustainable and seasonally conscious ingredients from around the world.
Jubelt’s Bakery in Litchfield offers routine breakfasts and lunches, but this family has been in the bakery business since their German immigrant ancestors arrived a century ago. Stop by for a slice of pie or the whole pie, either way you’re sure to leave with a smile on your face.
Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder Co.
You can argue what makes Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder so popular is its location across the street from the famed St. Valentine’s Day massacre, but ask anyone who has ever eaten here and they will tell it’s the pot pie pizza, or perhaps the made from scratch salad dressings or the comfortable environment. Either way, with its famous history, and fantastic food; Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder is a true original.
Bennison’s Bakery has been a North Shore institution since 1938, earning a reputation as a high quality full line bakery with emphasis on European style pastries, cookies, and custom decorated cakes. Bennison’s Bakery is one of the few bakeries in the country to employ two Certified Master Bakers, and with experience comes unsurpassed quality.
With a moniker like Sausage Superstore and Encased Meat Emporium, how could you go wrong with a trip to Hot Doug’s? Well you can’t. Hot Doug’s, located in Chicago is the hot spot for hot dog enthusiasts, with an adventurous side. At Hot Doug’s you’ll find a variety of game meats, exciting toppings, and on Friday and Saturday only, duck fat fries. Don’t let the line outside turn you away, that’s simply the sign of a great food experience waiting for you to try.
Located in Peoria since 1926, Agatucci’s family-owned restaurant hasn’t changed much, which if you ask the throngs of regulars who shuffle in and out of its modest doors every day, that’s a good thing.
Bacchanalia, located in the Little Italy section of Chicago, has been a family-owned business for over 34 years. In fact, it’s the longest single-family owned Italian restaurant in the city. If you’re looking for an authentic Italian restaurant with recipes that go back to the Old Country, look no further than Bacchanalia.
Bayern Stube Restaurant
A real Bavarian experience awaits you in this family-owned and operated restaurant. Bayern Stube, located in Gibson City, offers authentic Bavarian cuisine in a cozy, traditional atmosphere; with dishes like schnitzels, sausages and homemade desserts to fill your soul.
CITY: Gibson City
The Berghoff’s doors opened in 1898 as a men-only saloon serving free corned beef sandwiches with the purchase of a stein of Berghoff Beer. Through the years, the Berghoff expanded into a full-service restaurant rich in German-American cuisine and culture. At today’s Berghoff, diners will find lighter and more contemporary dishes along with treasured old world favorites. The Berghoff Oktoberfest held yearly, is evidence of its deep German roots.
Ferguson Fine Arts Theatre
This theater, located on the campus of Highland Community College, features a variety of fine arts programming including vocal and instrumental music concerts, live theater, special performances, and the popular Summerset Theatre program, a community performing arts theater. The Ferguson Fine Arts Theatre is also home to HCC's Royal Scots, Big Band, Concert Band, Chorale and Highland Gallery. A seasonal listing of performances is available by calling the box office or visiting the website.
Slagel Family Farm
Slagel Family farm is a 6th generation farm in central Illinois. Re-connect with the land and watch the livestock roaming the pastures in the wide-open skies outside the city. As more and more people have the desire to learn more about their food and where it comes from, a farm tour and dinner would be an excellent way to bring you closer to your food. Tours, which run from spring to fall, are a full afternoon of learning and enjoying food. Each farm tour/dinner will be paired with one or more well-known chefs from Chicago. Guests will have the opportunity to ask questions, hold baby piglets, gather fresh eggs, and interact with playful goats and lambs. Following the tour, you will head back to the barn and enjoy a four-course meal prepared using products raised within feet of where we are sitting.
The Shanty located in Wadsworth is a place that once discovered, you always go back. With its comfortable rustic atmosphere and friendly service, this truly is the place where quality food meets a fair price. With a great staff that makes patrons feel right at home, it may be the only restaurant in the area where the customers run the show.
The Fudge Pot
The Fudge Pot in Chicago provides delicious chocolate, daily. Their specialists’ work around the clock making sure only the sweetest covered strawberries, apples and nuts are provided. Take your pick of famous toffees, award winning fudge and chocolate bars. You can always expect only the tastiest treats at The Fudge Pot.
Located in the urban Wicker Park neighborhood of Chicago, Antique Tacos serves up new adventurous flavors in tacos among a rustic environment surrounded by the history of old antiques.
Charlie Parker's Diner
When you need a heaping side of Americana you can’t go wrong at this popular locale. Charlie Parker’s Diner located in Springfield IL has been making mouths water in central IL for sometime. Known for diner delights like burgers, breakfasts and anything else hearty enough for the long road ahead. Don’t miss this hot spot when you’re in the neighborhood.
Just "Topolo" – that’s what people-in-the-know call it. Frontera Grill’s sister restaurant, Topolobampo, shares the front door and bar. But then the sister flaunts her own. If Frontera rocks and claps, Topolo slinks. She is the quiet, sleek, classy sister. And she invites you into an elegant Mexican fantasy world and to dress up a notch for its incomparable, authentic, regional flavors.
At Kinnikinnick Farm, you’ll sleep in tents and feed off the land as you experience life in a more relaxed environment. This is a 30-acre organic market farm that sells organic produce to some of Chicago’s best chefs and restaurants and direct to the public at the Evanston and the Chicago Green City Farmers Markets. In addition to organic vegetables, the farm produces eggs, raises chickens, and is the home for a small herd of sheep, hogs, 6 dogs, a rabbit named Bandit, and Shelly, the family’s Nubian milk goat.
The Hoosier Mama Pie Company
Hoosier Mama Pie Company The Hoosier Mama Pie Company in Chicago is a new artisenal bakery striving to be a great "old" pie company. The pies are created by hand; kneading the dough, pinching the crust and using only the freshest ingredients. It’s one of the greatest pieces of diner pie you’ve never eaten.
For 74 years, Castelli’s has been serving traditional food to the folks of Alton. Known for its Fried Chicken, Castelli’s doesn’t just rest its laurels on the bird because everything from Italian dishes to steaks and sides are prepared especially for you.
In 1950, Lawrence Schweig opened his fish store at the bridge on Canal Street. Over the years, he developed unique recipes for delicious seafood products. Today Lawrence’s reputation for great food at great prices continues as loyal customers bring their children and grandchildren here. As the third generation continues the tradition of Lawrence Schweig and the hallmarks of his vision remain unchanged.
Lincoln-Douglas Debate Square
Experience the history of the second of the famous debates between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas. It was at this site on August 27, 1858 that the Freeport Doctrine, an import statement regarding slavery and state's rights, was proclaimed by Douglas. The site is self-interpretative through a series of waysides that tell of the events and ideas which led up to the debates, and also includes the life-size statues "Lincoln and Douglas in Debate" by artist Lily Tolpo. The park-like setting is complete with benches, lighting and spacious walks.
Stephenson County Farmers Market
This farmers market offers a large variety of local produce, eggs, meat, local honey, baked goods and knife sharping. May thru October: Saturday: 8:00 am - 1:00 pm; Tuesday: Noon - 4:00 pm
Bringing drama to the South Suburbs since 1931, The Drama Group is one of the oldest volunteer community theatres in the country. This drama group is a not-for-profit community theater.
CITY: Chicago Heights
Chef Josh Adams uses organic products to prepare modern American cuisine, in what can only be termed as "farm-to-table with a molecular edge." And that’s a good reason for June to be named one of the Best New Restaurants in America by Travel + Leisure magazine.
CITY: Peoria Heights
Parkway by the Lake Banquets
For many years we have provided the best in wedding receptions at an affordable price. We take great pride in offering the best in service, the most picturesque setting for ceremony and reception, a huge dance floor and food to rave about for months after the event.
Bryant Cottage was built in 1856 by Francis E. Bryant (1818-1889), a friend and political ally of Senator Stephen A. Douglas. According to Bryant family tradition, on the evening of July 29, 1858, Douglas and Abraham Lincoln conferred in the parlor of this house to plan the famous Lincoln-Douglas Debates. The picturesque one-story, four-room wood frame cottage has been “restored” and is interpreted as an example of a middle-class life in mid-nineteenth-century Illinois. The furniture on display is of the Renaissance Revival style, appropriate for a small-town family of the mid-nineteenth century. The cottage is accessible to persons with disabilities. The site hosts portions of a variety of locally sponsored events throughout the year.
A family friendly Sushi-Chinese restaurant. You have the choice of take-out or dining in.
CITY: St. Charles
Wolf Creek State Park
Eight miles northwest of Windsor, Wolf Creek State Park encompass 11,100 acres of water, 250 miles of shoreline and large tracts of carefully maintained indigenous woodlands ideal for camping, horseback riding, snowmobiling, boat fishing, water skiing, pontoon boating, windsurfing or just plain bobbing and drifting on the glittering expanse of the lake itself. In addition to visiting the small, friendly wooded campgrounds or taking part in the action on the lake, swimming is available from the beach. You can also take a leisurely stroll through nearby forests. An abundance of deer, pheasant, rabbits, wild turkey and songbirds are almost always visible.
Bridgeview Inn Motel
This property has 60 guest rooms as well as 2 suites. Other amenities include a business center, data ports (in rooms), entertainment, fitness center, free parking, hair dryers (in rooms), Wi-Fi, interior corridors, microwave and refrigerator availability, handicapped accessibility and rollaway beds. This is a non-smoking facility.
Budget Inn - Burbank
This property has 30 guest rooms as well as 1 suite. Other amenities include free parking, handicapped accessibility, Wi-Fi access, microwave and refrigerator availability, rollaway beds and a spa/sauna. This is a non-smoking facility.
Between Friendz Gifts
Between Friendz Gifts is a store designed to allow shoppers to purchase high quality, handmade items. There are several local craftsman who specialize in handcrafted jewelry, bronze and silver decoration, steam punk jewelry, and original art. We also offer uniquely created purses, scarves and more.
dezine99 is a graphic design studio that has added art and artisan crafts to its business. Local artists along with artists from around the USA. Almost everything is hand crafted: jewelry, pottery, sculpture, wax pottery, pewter gifts, mixed media, watercolor & acrylic art, & embellished apparel.
A' Salute Lounge & Grill
A' Salute is a high class lounge featuring entertainment every Friday and Saturday night with room for dancing. The menu will feature a selection of small sandwiches called "trios" which are served in threes.
CITY: St. Charles
Otter Cove Aquatic Park
Splash park features interactive children's water play area with safety surface.Lazy River, tube and body slides, lap pool, zero-depth entry pool, toddler pool, diving boards, concessions, sand play area.
CITY: St. Charles
Rootabaga Jazz Festival
Orpheum Theatre and McGillacuddy’s, 58 S. Cherry Street - features Internationally recognized jazz artists, plus regional bands and the award-winning Knox College Jazz Ensemble.
Old School Museum
The now renovated Old School Museum offers visitors a view of the history of Scott County and Winchester. This museum preserves and displays artifacts related to local history, agriculture, transportation, communication and public education. Also included is a collection of interesting/unique artifacts from the businesses and society of early Scott County. The Romanesque style building was Winchester’s public elementary school from 1901 through 1958.
Pleasant Home, also known as the John Farson House, is a landmark Prairie Style house museum located in the heart of Oak Park! It is a national architectural treasure, designed in 1897 by prominent Prairie Style architect George W. Maher for investment banker and philanthropist John W. Farson. The home is one of the earliest and most distinguished examples of Prairie School architecture and is the finest surviving example of Maher's work.
CITY: Oak Park
Minneci's serves authentic Italian food made using recipes from the early 1900s. The enchanting, fairy-lit ambiance is sure to impress any date.
This property has 18 guest rooms and 1 suite. Other amenities include free parking, Wi-Fi access, microwave availability, non-smoking rooms, and rollaway beds.
Presidential Inn Motel
This property has 43 rooms and 3 suites. Other amenities include free parking, handicapped accessibility, a laundry facility, non-smoking rooms and refrigerator availability.
Ernest Hemingway Birthplace
Visit the Victorian home where Nobel Prize winning author Ernest Hemingway was born in 1899 and spent his early life.
CITY: Oak Park
Come explore a child-sized world where children, birth to eight years old, experience creative play and develop their imaginations. Wonder Works is 6,400 square feet of fun and excitement with six permanent exhibits and special events. Memberships, daily admissions, field trip admissions, and during and after hours parties available.
CITY: Oak Park
The Cabins & Cottages at Shale Lake
There are four different cabins in various sizes to choose from and each one comes with a beautiful view of the lake. All the cabins have a screened in porch, a/c, full kitchen, 3/4 baths and an open floor plan.
Refinery Event Center
Events at Refinery’s 7000+ square foot ballroom is the perfect setting for any reception style. Our ballroom has hardwood floors, floor to ceiling windows, and a stunning bar. Our reception packages include everything from centerpieces to champagne, and our professional event coordinators are ready to make your reception dreams a reality.
Quality is a simple bar with a big-city vibe that can only be described oxymoronically as "rustic modern." Quality offers a wide selection of American craft beers on tap and new beers are introduced every week.
Above It All
This Bed & Breakfast sits up on a hill and is surrounded by forest on three sides. Sit and relax in the hot tub as you look at the amazing view!
Apple River Canyon State Park - Thompson/Salem Units
This 1,150 acre area allows hunting, fishing; no boating/biking. See postings/fact sheets at registration. Sign in/out at lots #1 or #2. The vegetative cover at the site is a mixture of steep timbered slopes and bluffs with grassland, row crops and hay fields predominate on ridge tops. The topography can be severe especially bordering the Apple River.
Cernan Earth and Space Center
The Cernan Earth and Space Center of Triton College features a variety of earth and sky shows, children's shows, laser light shows, earth and space exhibits, a membership program and the Star Store gift shop. Visit our website for more information on events and hours.
CITY: River Grove
Ernest Hemingway Museum
Explore displays featuring rare photos of Hemingway, his childhood diary, letters, early writings and other memorabilia. Enjoy videos documenting the author's life and work. Museum store on site.
CITY: Oak Park
The Barn at Allen Acres Wedding and Reception Venue
The Barn at Allen Acres Wedding and Reception Venue sits on 3 and 1/2 acres just on the edge of town in Rock Falls IL. The property is surrounded by a cornfield and offers a serene tranquil destination for your wedding and reception. The property is less than a 5 minute drive to restaurants and hotels. The Dairy Barn was built in the 1920's and restored in 2011. It boasts a beautiful 26 foot vaulted ceiling in the upstairs haymow with some of its original architecture still intact. During the process of the restoration, reclaimed barn wood and reclaimed hardware were used whenever possible, maintaining the rustic feel of the Barn. We've added a 5 foot wide set of stairs leading to the upstairs space and a small deck with stairs, off of the back of the Barn, giving the bride a dramatic entrance down the aisle and to the alter. The upstairs haymow has a capacity of 150 people for a wedding ceremony. The downstairs area, where the dairy cows were kept, in the early years of the barn, also has a capacity for 150 people.
CITY: Rock Falls
Midlane Golf Resort
With five elegant banquet rooms that serve the needs of groups from thirty to six hundred guests including a championship eighteen hole golf course, driving range, all suites hotel with a pool/ fitness center, and a state-of-the-art nightclub, Midlane is uniquely outfitted to suit any of your banquet needs. Don't gamble on the outcome of your special event - come to the golf, banquet and wedding experts.
Blaum Bros. Distilling Co.
We are a family owned and run craft distillery that produces handcrafted quality spirits. We offer daily tours and tastings.
Lake Bluff Brewery
Lake Bluff Brewing Company is a small craft brewery devoted to upholding the lofty standards of quality craft beer being produced by so many fine Chicagoland microbreweries. Striving to create the finest beer available while minding the rich traditions of the brewing craft. Limited menu includes sandwiches, appetizers and pizza. Craft beers on tap that changes from time to time.
CITY: Lake Bluff
Eataly is an original “marketplace” model inviting consumers to be active participants in an innovative food and beverage experience where they shop, taste and savor high quality traditional Italian food products and beverages along with local produce and artisanal products; a multifunctional marketplace that includes a premier retail center for Italian delicacies and wine, a culinary educational center, and a diverse slate of seven boutique eateries.
Great Lakes Naval Museum
As an official Department of the Navy Museum, the Great Lakes Naval Museum's mission is to select, collect, preserve, and interpret the history of the United States Navy with particular emphasis on the Navy's only "boot camp" at the Naval Training Station/Center at Great Lakes, Illinois. Exhibits feature an overview of the boot camp experience and the history of Naval Station Great Lakes. The museum is located at the Great Lakes Naval Station by the Main Gates. Admission and parking are free. Public transportation to the Great Lakes Naval Museum is available via Metra's Union Pacific North Line.
CITY: Great Lakes
NIU Bridal Expo
Free to the public. Over 50 exhibitors, groom's room, bridal fashion show, taste testing, and more! Stop by between 11am and 4pm to get some of the latest ideas for your wedding.
Generations Boutique is a blend of fabulous name brand fashions and gifts for the home. Open: Monday thru Friday: 10 am - 5 pm; Saturday: 10 am - 4 pm
T and D Toy & Hobby
T and D Toy & Hobby specializes in diecast toys, both old and new, but also offers new and old model kits, including resin kits, hobby paints and tools, and model railroading items. Open: Monday thru Friday: 11 am - 12:30 pm; 3 pm - 5:30 pm; Saturday: 10 am - 3 pm
Spend the Holidays with the Hemingways on Boxing Day
Join the Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park in celebrating the Hemingway family's tradition of generosity on December 26th. In medieval times on the day after Christmas, nobles presented gifts to people who lived on their land. Their gifts, intended to welcome outsiders as family, were presented in boxes, hence the name of the dday. Traditional English music and food will entertain guests.
CITY: Oak Park
Crush Winthrop Harbor - The North Point Triathlon
This unique race offers Elite, Individual, Relay, Team and Stand-up Paddle Board Racing. The second race in the Team Challenge Triple Crown, participants will enjoy a beach start swim in Lake Michigan, a rolling bike course with smooth roads, and a scenic run split between road and trail.
CITY: Winthrop Harbor
28 Farmstead Rental
Two-bedroom (can rent as a one-bedroom) townhouse with a golf course view in the Galena Territory near Eagle Ridge Resort. Pull-out sofa, washer/dryer, HDTV & WiFi. Call/e-mail for reservations, brochure.
A Charming Galena Vacation Home Rental
Nestled along a secluded ridge, this inviting Galena Territory home provides luxury accommodations for up to 12 guests. Enjoy panoramic views, plasma TVs, billiards, foosball, designer kitchen and spacious decks.
Des Plaines River Trail Marathon Races
Welcome to year five of the Des Plaines River Trail Half-Marathon, Marathon and 50 Mile Ultra Marathon along the beautiful and fast Des Plaines River Trail. This is a truly special running course. The DPR Trail is a wide, crushed gravel track, free of roots and rocks, and very flat. All of the major road crossings are managed by way of bridges or viaducts This is a great track through alternating lush forests and open wetlands. With cool temperatures expected, and given the flat terrain and ideal running surface, you'll find these to be extremely fast courses. Registration is open until it reaches full capacity or October 10th. Register early and save.
CITY: Vernon Hills
Oak Park Visitors Center
Visit us for maps, books, souvenirs and unique gifts. Tickets are available for Hemingway's Birthplace Home and Museum, Historic Pleasant Home and The Historical Society of Oak Park & River Forest. Purchase other seasonal special events tickets here.
CITY: Oak Park
Christmas Concert at Gaelic Park
This new act, making their first appearance in the Chicagoland area, is fresh, talented & unique. Their repertoire features a blend of Irish ballads, popular classics and contemporary songs. The six brothers, with a passion for singing and performing from a very young age, hail from Co. Wicklow in Ireland. They have just completed a very successful Irish tour and have made several appearances on RTE television & performed at the Rose of Tralee festival.
CITY: Oak Forest
James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts at the College of Lake County
The Center is home to a wide variety of entertainment acts from musical performances to live theatre shows to specialty performances. The facilities include the 600-seat Mainstage Theatre, the 250-seat Studio Theatre, the 400-seat C005 Auditorium and three conference rooms. The theatre presents the finest entertainment in the industry, including a season of incredible variety featuring internationally acclaimed performers.
Ice Skating at the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink
The rink, now in its twelfth season and drawing more than 100,000 skaters annually, is free and open to the public. Skate rental is available for $10. The ice rink is located on Michigan Avenue between Washington and Madison Streets.
34th Annual Rockford Home Show
The Home Show is the ideal place to shop for new products, services, ideas, concepts and expertise on interior and exterior design. This exciting event provides the perfect atmosphere to attend free seminars of interest to the home owners at no additional cost. Gather your antiques and bring them in for a free appraisal also. Bring the kids for fun in the ""Cave Maze!"
CITY: Loves Park
Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra
ADM Young Artists Concerto Competition Winner Concert. There will be a free pre-concert lecture at 6:30 p.m. in Room 173. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. Experience La forza del destino: Overture, by Giuseppe Verdi, Winner’s concerto - To be announced, Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, Op. 95 and "From the New World," by Antonín Dvorák.
Festival of Arts and Crafts - November
All crafts are handmade in the U.S.A. including furniture, photography, stained glass, holiday, everyday home decor items, jewelry, doll clothes, much more.
CITY: St. Charles
Green Tea Bake House
Home of the gourmet soft pretzel in Pretzel City USA! Sweet and savory gourmet baked goods, all crafted in house, from scratch, utilizing natural and organic ingredients. Known for our unique Kalamata olive and feta bread, our French "sables" butter cookies and our Asiago cheese asparagus tarts. Open: Tuesday thru Saturday: 9 am - 5 pm.
The Country English Cottages
Cottage gardens, hiking trails, lavish candlelight dinners, delivered gourmet breakfast, all-natural farm, gorgeously English countryside surroundings, hot stone therapy massage and exquisite amenities create the perfect pampered experience.
Monster Jam - BMO Harris Bank Center
Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam stars the biggest performers on four wheels: Monster Jam trucks! The twelve-feet-tall, ten-thousand-pound machines will bring you to your feet, racing and ripping up a custom-designed track full of obstacles to soar over--or smash through. The 2014 touring season brings more Monster Jam excitement tailored perfectly for your family's budget, and these colorful, larger-than-life beasts are sure to capture the hearts of both young and old. Kids 2 and older must have a ticket.
Kristof's Entertainment Center
Complete entertainment for all ages and interests. Bowling, mini golf, Go Karts, redemption arcade, batting cages, birthday parties and a haunted house. Lunch and dinner served daily. Bar and billards with various night time entertainment. A safe and fun environment for all members of the family. Kristof's is a smoke-free facility.
CITY: Round Lake Beach
Residence Inn by Marriott Champaign-Urbana
The new Residence Inn by Marriott® Champaign is located just off I-74 and just minutes from the University of Illinois. Our residential-style hotel offers boutique inspired elegance in the heart of Champaign-Urbana. The spacious suites feature separate sleeping and living areas, a fully-equipped kitchen with refrigerator, and 37-inch HD flat panel televisions. Our luxury bedding includes crisp linens, comfy mattresses, custom comforters, and fluffy pillows, guaranteeing a blissful nights rest. Upon waking, join us in the Gatehouse for a complimentary, full-American breakfast buffet offering hot and cold favorites. Business and extended stay travelers will appreciate complimentary wired, wireless Internet access and dual-line phone system. Whether you are here to work or play, the Residence Inn by Marriott® Champaign warmly invites you to make yourself at home.
A Christmas Carol at Pleasant Home
Charles Dickens, "A Christmas Carol" is Pleasant Home's traditional one man presentation of a touching classic that will delight all ages. Tickets are $10 (Students and Seniors are $8). Advance reservations strongly encouraged.
CITY: Oak Park
Mardi Gras Brunch & Historic Mansion Tour
Magnolia Manor, a mansion built in 1869, boasts 14 rooms featuring Italianate architecture with high ceilings and spacious rooms adorned with fine original furnishings designed for the gracious living of the period. Brunch includes champagne, live entertainment & a guided house tour. $22 Reservations required: 618-734-0201
Run Your Ice Off
Over 200 runners participate in this annual “Hardcore” 5k race held, snow, rain or shine beginning at 11am.
Live Raptor Program
Meet amazing birds of prey from the Northern Illinois Raptor Center. The Northern Illinois Raptor Center was started to make sure we maintain and protect our raptor population. Raptors are like "The Ferrari" of nature and require highly skilled experts to handle and treat these birds. Guests will get a chance to see the Owls of Illinois at this fun and educational event. Space is limited. Ticket information available at www.mmnh.org
Victorian Christmas at Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio
The story of holidays in the Wright household unfolds during the Victorian Christmas Tour when Junior Interpreters, rained 5th-10th grade students, guide visitors through the home. The home will be decorated as it was when the Wright family lived there during the late 1800s and early 1900s. The free event, which is a holiday tradition at the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, takes place 9-11am.
CITY: Oak Park
Glen Rowan House
The Glen Rowan House is the perfect setting for weddings, social parties, private, and corporate events. An estate on Chicago’s North Shore designed by renowned architect Howard Van Doren Shaw, this significant landmark is named for its impressive rowan oak trees and is a part of the Lake Forest College campus.
CITY: Lake Forest
Berwyn Route 66 Museum
The Berwyn Route 66 Museum is not quite what you might be expecting. Aside from hundreds of Route 66 related artifacts, there's also a wall of art hubcaps, a bell from the original LaVergne School that predates Route 66, an electric vehicle charging station in front of the museum. The museum also provides gallery space for the Berwyn Arts Council. Several times every year the Museum hosts shows for area artists. In addition, the Museum has several ongoing restoration projects including cars from the Spindle Sculpture that appeared in Cermak Plaza from 1989 until 2008.
9th Annual John Deere Days
This event features antique two cylinder and new generation tractors plus old time machinery, food, converation, and good fun. Come visit with the owners of these tractors and learn why they love these machines. Food, conversation, crafts, and a good time for all ages.
Let's Wine About Winter!
Have a great time in downtown Libertyville. It is a store-to-store wine tasting event, strolling throughout downtown historic Libertyville with different refreshments in each store. There will also be artists in some of the stores. Purchase a wine glass at a distribution site. Then spend a leisurely afternoon browsing the shops of downtown Libertyville while sampling wines offered by participating merchants.
Metro East Park and Recreation District
More than 150-miles of trails line the rural, suburban, and scenic landscapes found throughout Madison and St. Clair Counties in Illinois. Put it this way, you will personally run out of fuel before you run out of trails! The interconnected system of trails that crisscross the region have been built utilizing partnerships and collaboration amongst multiple public agencies, but no contribution has been more significant than that of both Madison and St. Clair County Transit Districts. Each of the transit districts have made trail building a top priority, so new trails are always coming online. Be sure to check out MEPRD's online trail map to see the latest developments!
Breakfast with Santa at the Brookfield Zoo
The family can enjoy an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet with a special appearance from Santa and Mrs. Claus along with some special zoo costumed characters. Photo opportunities will be available with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Event also features musical entertainment. December 7, 8, 14, 15, 21 and 22 at the Discovery Center. The breakfast seatings are at 9am and 11am. Reservations are required.