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Cruisin for a Cause: 2nd Annual Lions Club Car Show
May 9, CRUISIN’ FOR A CAUSE: 2ND ANNUAL LIONS CLUB CAR SHOW. Union Dairy, Freeport. 3 pm to 7 pm. Union Dairy and the Freeport Lions Club host this car show with proceeds going to the Lions Club. Entertainment by 3-D Sound. $10 donation per car.
3rd Annual Crusin’ To The Dairy Car Show
September 5, Union Dairy, Freeport. 4 pm to 8 pm. Cruise in to this great old fashioned ice cream parlor with great cars, 50's and 60's music, and more. Music by 3-D Sound. Hourly drawings for food prizes. Souvenir t-shirts. No entry fee.
Music in the Plaza
Enjoy music under the stars. Food/beverages are available. Don't forget your lawn chairs.
CITY: Tinley Park
Music in the Plaza
Enjoy music under the stars. Food and beverages are available. Don't forget your lawn chairs and blankets. This date will also feature the artists who design the Benches on the Avenue.
CITY: Tinley Park
Expansive Visions: FUSEDChicago
Please visit this exhibition, curated by Gallery Director Beth Shadur, of works by selected members of the encaustic collective, FUSEDChicago. The works show the rich variety possible in the medium of painting with wax. Artists' reception, June 11, 4:30-7pm M-Th 9AM-3PM; W-Th 4PM-7PM
CITY: Chicago Heights
Drivin' the Dixie Centennial
Discover America's Greatest Rolling Car Show! Follow the route along the historic Dixie Highway and uncover points of interest and new destinations. Great fun for everyone! Enjoy all day tour celebrating Historic Dixie Highway's Contennial visiting historic sites, car shows and community events with your vintage car or contemporary vehicle. Along Dixie Highway from Blue Island to Momence!
CITY: Blue Island
Frankfort Half Marathon
The Frankfort Half Marathon will begin and end in the beautiful historic district of downtown Frankfort. The race will commence right outside the door of Running Excels on the Old Plank Trail and run westward. After 2.7 miles of running on the scenic, tree-lined Old Plank Trail, the racers will turn off into the Hickory Creek Forest Preserve. The rolling hills of the forest preserve will provide a picturesque tour for the runners as they reach the halfway and turn-around point in the race. The runners will then proceed back through the forest preserve and to the Old Plank Trail for their final journey towards the finish line and the post-race party on the Breidert Green. 7AM.
Benches on the Avenue
This award-winning public art program features benches that showcase the unique and colorful designs of professional and amateur artists. The theme for 2015 is "Heroes and Villains".
CITY: Tinley Park
Open Air Market - Mokena
Open-air market featuring traditional farmers market vendors and artisan crafters. Saturday 8:30AM-12:30PM.
Discover Tinley Community Awareness Expo
Visit Discover Tinley to learn more about what the Village of Tinley Park has to offer. This free event features entertainment, food samples and giveaways at many of the booths. 10AM-3PM
CITY: Tinley Park
Hailstorm Brewing Company
Hailstorm Brewing is a regional craft brewery with a full tap room offering a variety of rotating and seasonal craft beers. (Food is available from nearby restaurant).
CITY: Tinley Park
Golfweek Senior Amateur Tour Event
This is a Senior Amateur Golf Tournament run through Senior Amateur Golf Tour sponsored by GolfWeek. Interested participants must register online at the senioramateurgolftour.net website.
Illinois Senior State Amateur Championship
Any Senior golfers interested in participating must register through the CDGA website at www.cdga.org.
Illinois Junior Golf Association 2 day Tournament
This is a 2 day Junior Golf Tournament hosted by the Illinois Junior Golf Association. Any Junior golfers interested must register online at the IJGA website.
Concert In The Park
This will be the 32nd annual Concert In The Park. Join the Palos Park community as we enjoy a concert band perform crowd favorites. A dance floor is provided. 5-9:30PM.
CITY: Palos Park
Amateur Rib Cook Off
Enjoy the favorite rib recipes cooked on site; public tasting of ribs from Noon until 2:00 PM. Live entertainment. This event is co-sponsored with the Frankfort Area Jaycees. ($1/Rib Piece) 12-2PM.
Highwood's 5th Annual Garlic Fest
From 4-9pm, some 5,000 attendees come to Everts Park to sample a variety of garlic creations from out-of-the-ordinary garlic ice cream, candy, cupcakes and cocktails, to the more usual pastas, sauces, breads, and butters. Held during Highwood’s Evening Market, the Fest features a Taste of Garlic Competition for the Savory and Sweet categories!
Lake Zurich's Farmer's Market
Enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables along with pies, doughnuts, Wisconsin cheese, dips and sausage, fresh made cookies, gluten free snacks, eggs, poultry, breads, soaps and much more. Sharpening by Kris, who sharpens knives, garden tools, skates and more, will also be there. Also local artisans will be displaying artwork and handcrafted items. Market held at Paulus Park.
CITY: Lake Zurich
Big Dawg Dare
I double dawg dare you to try this Extreme 5K run at Litchfield’s Big Dawg Dare. You will run over obstacles that will challenge the biggest of the Dawgs
"Native Voices: Native People's Concepts of Health and Illness"
Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness explores the interconnectedness of wellness, illness, and cultural life for Native Americans, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians. Visitors will discover how Native concepts of health and illness are closely tied to the concepts of community, spirit, and the land.This extraordinary exhibition is currently on display in the rotunda gallery of the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland.Trickster Art Gallery continues to welcome all educators and general public to learn more about our culture from a first voice perspective to help create a better experience in the classroom and everyday life. Exposure to lesson planning, a Native way of life and health, while visiting you can also learn about the contributions of Native Veterans in the military, see a gallery of 1500 square feet of Native Veterans art, all in our "Wall of Honor" exhibit. Sharing exhibit space with the Native Voices is our "Walking through Native lands" exhibit designed for school tours, educators and the general public to learn and explore.This exhibit will help to launch an all-inclusive (everyone welcome) 2015 Wellness workshops and talking circles program which will also support the gallery’s veterans program that will be ready to launch in March 2015 with a full schedule for the year.
Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Show
The Dinner Detective is the largest, award-winning, interactive comedic murder mystery dinner show in the Chicagoland area. We are now running public and private shows in 34 cities across the country every week. The shows are set in the present day. Unlike other murder mystery dinner shows, here you will find no cheesy costumes, no recited campy dialogue and no hokey song and dance. Our performers are dressed just like everyone else, leaving all of the guests to suspect who is a part of the show and who is not. In many instances, guests are seated with the performers and don't even realize it until they die...the performers, that is! Our Detectives proceed to interrogate everyone and find clues as more people die. At the end of the night, prizes are awarded to the Top Sleuth who solves the crime. Each ticket includes a reception with tray passed appetizers, mixed green salad, choice of entree (beef, chicken or pasta), dessert, award winning interactive Murder Mystery show, prizes and so much more. **Every Saturday night through 12/26/2015.
Party in the Park Celebration
A three day outdoor festival which includes live entertainment, food, children's games, activities, car show/cruise night and fireworks.
CITY: Orland Hills
Barrel Tasting: Spring Awakening
With the glimpses of spring we often welcome new baby lambs, rabbits and chicks into the world. The Lynfred cellar is also experiencing a spring awakening as the wines begin their adventure to a release date! Lynfred winemakers Andres Basso and Rodrigo Gonzalez will take us on a wine tasting adventure of wines to be released in 2015. Lynfred chef Celeste Pasag will be pairing up some spring-forward bites to accompany our tastings.
The Diary of Anne Frank
The Diary of Anne Frank is a look into the mind and life of a normal teenage girl who was put through extraordinary circumstances. Anne and her family are forced into hiding while the Nazis take over Europe. Through this retelling, we see what life was like for Anne while being hidden from the world for two years. As WWII marches on, Anne grows and matures, questioning why she is being persecuted. It’s a compelling story that shouldn't be missed.Recommended for grades 5-12.
CITY: Arlington Heights
Hang Loose -Let the Good Times Roll" Car Show
See the always fashionable, cool cars from the 1950's and 1960's displayed along Humiston Riverside Park. Enjoy the nostalgia of classic rock and roll music, great food and fun - a truly unique way to celebrate Dad's special weekend. Experience the Pontiac museums, Hot Wheels racing, and more.
6th Annual Bloody Mary Fest
Judged by a host of celebrity experts and real people, professional and amateur mixologists compete for the title of Best Bloody Mary in the Midwest. In it’s sixth year, the festival includes the very popular 5K Buddy Challenge, live entertainment, plenty of food vendors, beverages, and more! This event is held at Everts Park from 10am-5pm. More details to come.
23rd Annual Chicagoland Pet Expo
EXPO HIGHLIGHTS: -Baseball Pet Parade & Contest (10 a.m., Saturday, March 21) -- NEW TO EXPO -That Guy with the Birds performing parrots -Chicago Herpetological Society reptile-fest of wonderful crawling pets -Bow-WOW! Happy Jack Trick Act and Sailor thrill audiences -- NEW TO EXPO -The International Cat Association cat show -Rescue pets – from a 250-pound Saint Bernard to a 5-pound Chihuahua.
Gluten Free and Allergen Friendly Expo 2015
The GFAF Expos are the largest and fastest growing special diet consumer events in the US. Started in 2007, the events are professionally managed and have expanded from one to seven cities throughout the United States. In addition to meeting the needs of the Celiac community, the Expo welcomes those with gluten sensitivities, auto-immune/inflammatory diseases and autism. What do you get with your Expo Ticket? Entry into the vendor fair with over 100 brands Valuable coupons at the vendor booths Samples from the vendors Discounted products available for purchase Informative classes related to the gluten free and allergen-friendly lifestyle Free reusable bag to carry your goodies Meet your favorite vendors, authors and blogger
43rd Annual Gurnee Days Celebration
Gurnee Days returns this week for 4 days of family fun. Activities include a bicycle rodeo, live entertainment, Farmers Market, Gurnee Idol, golf tournament, and amusement rides, a 10K race, baby contest, rib fest and eating contest, fireworks, a pancake breakfast, parade, Scoop the Loop Car Show, petting zoo, pony rides, a talent show, exhibitors, games, food booths and stage events. Please visit the website for times and entertainment schedule.
Macedonia Game Preserve
Full of hospitality and free of highway noises and crowds. Come hunt whitetail and upland birds in a variety of settings.
Edwards Antiques & Jewelry
Antiques & Vintage, furniture, jewelry, seasonal decorations and items. On the Benton Square just 5 miles south of Rend Lake.
Furniture, home décor, collectibles, antiques and jewelry. Just 5 miles south of Rend Lake, 1/2 block off the Benton Public Square.
The Art Association of Jacksonville 58th Annual Beaux Arts Ball
The Art Association of Jacksonville 58th Annual Beaux Arts Ball. More information TBA.
Mid American Junior Golf Tour Event
This is a Junior Golf Tournament hosted by the Mid American Junior Golf Tour. Any young golfers interested must join through the MAJGT website.
Dollinger Family Farm
October brings pumpkins, hayrides, corn maze, train rides, farm animals, and fun. Also come see our Civil war reenactment the third weekend in October. Warrior Dash Midwest in June. On site gift shop.
Tinley Park Brew & Fest
The Brew & Vine Festival is the Tinley Park Chamber of Commerce's signature event that draws 4000+ attendees from the Southwest Suburbs, Chicagoland, and from across the Midwest. Sample brews, wine and food from more than 65 vendors. Enjoy live entertainment and a great night out.
CITY: Tinley Park
A Petterson Springs B&B
Located in a very historic area of Camargo, IL at the well-known Patterson Springs where the spring water fills three concrete pools on the grounds, within three acres of wooded nature land, next to the Embarrass River. The Gothic Revival house with a mansard roof was built in 1880. History abounds on the grounds from Native Americans drinking from the springs, to 1906-16 Chautauqua's, to a $50,000 amusement park from 1927-1942. Relax in the peaceful surroundings and enjoy the aura of a time gone by.
Soulfeed Smooth Jazz Festival
Soulfeed Smooth Jazz Festival™ is proud to present the 7th Annual Smooth Jazz Festival featuring Hiroshima, Walter Beasley AND Mambo Express with Emcee: Denise Jordan Walker.
The Fine Arts/Theatre Dept. at Highland Community College"Over the Tavern"
Mar. 26th, 27th, 28th: The Fine Arts/Theatre Department at Highland Community College will be performing Over the Tavern at 7:30 p.m. in the Ferguson Fine Arts Theatre on the Highland Community College Campus. Tickets are $10 Adult, $8 Senior, $6 Student. The play is set in the Eisenhower years of the 1950s. The Pazinski family has a lot going on in their cramped Buffalo apartment. This is a hilarious and touching depiction of 1959 Americana.
Lancer Twilight Classic
March 20, LANCER TWILIGHT CLASSIC. Immanuel Lutheran School, Freeport, IL. Join in this 3K run and walk through Freeport’s west side starting and finishing at Immanuel Lutheran School. Awards, food and drawstring backpacks. 6:30 pm. Cost:$14.
Lockport Chamber 2015 Community Expo
The Lockport Chamber 2015 Community Expo features health screenings, local business booths, children's activities, performances, DJ, food court, raffle with prizes and more! Fun and healthy awaits you.
West of Wise Winery
Recently opened in February 2015, the West of Wise Winery is a small batch winery located south of Petersburg, Illinois featuring wines from Illinois grown grapes and other select vineyards. Many of the grapes are from the family vineyard - Ratio Vineyard in Kilbourne, Illinois.
April Food Day
April Food Day is an event to promote awareness of food pantries by bringing your local community together to participate in a local food drive.
CITY: Tinley Park
Old Mill Fall Fest
This event gives the public a chance to see the 70 foot Mill which was built in 1872 and view the unique construction inside on the first two floors. Participants will be demonstrating all old time crafts.
Antique Farm Show at Lincoln's New Salem
Horse drawn plows, historic farming equipment and agricultural techniques from the 19th century will be featured during the Antique Farm Show. A display of historic farming equipment will be set up in a field by the Blacksmith Shop near the entrance to the village, allowing Antique Farm Show visitors to learn about the latest developments in agriculture from Abraham Lincoln's time to the early 1900s. The Vintage Ag Association of Menard County will have an antique tractor display in the parking lot by the Visitor Center.
Wiffle Fest is an annual wiffle ball tournament held in Homewood. Teams compete in two divisions, fast pitch & recreational, in a round-robin format. Come join us and have a ball!
The Trading Post
Antiques, Arts & Collectibles
A Scottish Ayre: John McGrosso, Soloist
A Scottish Ayre: John McGrosso, Soloist for the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and Chorale presents their 52nd season Music is in the Air. Concert time is 7:30p.m. at Rammelkamp Chapel on the Illinois College Campus. Tickets go on sale 2 weeks prior to the concert and are available at County Market in Jacksonville. Tickets can be purchased at the door. Youth and students are admitted free. For more information contact 217.245.1181 or visit website at www.jaxsym.com
Litchfield Party in the Park
This Litchfield Chamber of Commerce event is held at Library Park, and features annual summer carnival, complete with food, vendors and live entertainment.
TNT Video Games & Repair
Video games and repair service
Canal Alliance Congress
August 24, 2014 marked 30 years since the Illinois and Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor had been signed into existence by President Ronald Reagan. The theme for our 3rd Annual Canal Alliance Congress during this anniversary year is “Looking Back, Looking Forward.” We will be looking back at the founding of the national heritage corridor and past projects and how they are doing today. Then we will look forward at projects in the works and only dreamed of, to envision what the Canal Corridor will be like in the future. There are a variety of sections, including panel discussions, pecha kucha presentations (pecha kucha is a presentation with 20 seconds per slide for 20 slides), and networking breaks, as well as an hour lunch. Reservations required.
ARTSY Arts & Crafts Exhibit
ARTSY is a free admission, one-day arts and crafts exhibit at Edgebrook Shops supporting local artisans and crafters in our community. The ARTSY Arts & Crafts Event features over 50 talented vendors, live art demonstrations, live music, children’s crafts, and more. Plus, for the third consecutive year, we welcome members of the Rockford Etsy Group as featured vendors. In addition to the event, all Edgebrook merchants and eateries will have normal business hours for your shopping and dining pleasure.
Rochelle Cinco de Mayo Celebration
The City of Rochelle is sponsoring a Cinco de Mayo event at the Downtown Rochelle Gazebo from 4-10 pm on Saturday May 2nd. The event is open to the public and will include authentic food; arts and crafts; music and dance demonstrations; and a Chihuahua parade and race throughout the evening.
Meet farmcrafted spirits. Grown from the finest grain, handcrafted and distilled on our fifth generation family farm. From us to you. From Seed to Spirit. Production Underway! • Tasting room & cocktail patio opens Summer 2015 Bourbon, Corn Whiskeys, Rye Whiskey & Vodka
Central Illinois Policeman Ball
Central Illinois Policeman Ball at Hamilton’s. Social hour starts at 5 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m. There will be dinner, dancing, award presentation, auction, and guest speaker. Tickets are $50 per person and $45 for law enforcement. For more information or to reserve tickets call Tino Vasquez at 217.479.4630.
Spring Pec Thing Antique & Flea Market - Winnebago County Fairgrounds
The 35th Semi-Annual "Pec Thin" Antique & Flea Market Spring show has over 500 vendors selling everything from antiques and collectibles to crafts and home good items. Vendors occupy over 100,000 square feet inside and over 40-acres outside. Parking is free. Concessions will be available. No pets are allowed.
A Change Through Time: A Photographic Exhibit of Tinker Swiss Cottage
This exhibit focuses on the changes to the Cottage and the landscape from the first recorded photographs ever taken of Robert Tinker’s property to the last photographs taken by the Tinker family. The tour focuses on the five main areas of the Tinker Estate: the main drive, the formal gardens, the working farm, and the bridge view. Captured in the timeless photographs is a remarkable visual history of the 150 years of change to the Tinker Estate.
Uncork Illinois Wine Festival
Wine aficionados will have a unique opportunity to sample over 150 wines from more than 15 local wineries and taste locally-produced artisan foods at Downtown Oak Park's Uncork Illinois.
CITY: Oak Park
32nd State Square and Round Dance Convention
32nd State Square and Round Dance Convention July 24 - 26, 2015 Held at: Northern Illinois University Holmes Student Center Dekalb, IL Featured Caller is Darryl Lipscobe
Body N' Sole Sports
Body N' Sole Sports prides themselves on making sure that you purchase the correct shoe for your feet and for your purposes. Discuss your physical needs and concerns with their educated staff, and allow them to observe your foot strike pattern with a digital video recording of your on a treadmill. Talk about high-tech fitness!
Geneva City-Wide Garage Sale
The Geneva Chamber of Commerce will be welcoming thousands of shoppers to Geneva by offering the convenience of a city-wide Geneva garage sale. it will be held April 24th and 25th, 2015 from 8 am – 4 pm both days.
Wild Game Festival
Head out to the Brown County Fairgrounds for a culinary adventure! Bring your friends for the wild hog roast, join in the poker run, check out the vendor booths, test your luck in the raffle, and don't miss the live music. Did we mention the food? Check the website to see how you can enter your own recipe into the wild game cookoff. Music starts at 2pm, auction at 6:30pm. The band Brushville takes the stage at 8pm. Food and beverages available. There is a $10 cover charge.
CITY: Mount Sterling
RHPLAYERS - Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)
Three intrepid players on a mission, aided by a trunkful of props, wigs and outlandish costumes, present the entire canon of the Bard’s 37 plays…in approximately 90 minutes! Join them on their madcap journey, careening wildly through all the comedies, histories, tragedies and romances in a high-speed roller coaster ride of truly Shakespearean proportions. Comedy by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, Jess Winfield Directed by Tom Morrow Laughter, suspense, sympathy, and even the occasional tear – the colorful, live performances of the Richmond Hill Players will capture your imagination and touch your heart. A converted dairy barn, the Barn Theatre sits atop a bluff in Geneseo’s Richmond Hill Park. It seats 162 spectators beneath original rustic timbers. Joyful memories are made throughout the season which runs April through November, with performances scheduled Thursday through Sunday. Groups are welcome with ample room for bus parking.
Almost Elton John
Craig A Meyer is the legendary premier Elton John Tribute act. Celebrating the music, character, charisma and costumes of Sir Elton John.
DeKalb Farmer's Market
The DeKalb Farmers Market features locally-grown produce, wine, baked goods, flowers and artisan crafts. Every Thursday (June 4th - Sept 24th) 10am - 2pm Van Buer Plaza on the corner of North Second & Locust St. in DeKalb. For more information call 815-756-6306 or visit http://www.dekalb.org
Young at Heart Festival - Loves Park
Bring the whole family to the 43rd Young at Heart Festival. Events during the weekend include live music, a beer garden, carnival rides, kids' activities and food concessions. Located on the ground of Loves Park City Hall.
CITY: Loves Park
Depot District Mini-Golf Pub Crawl
Grab your putter and 3 friends and tour the Depot District's repertoire of taverns and restaurants at the 11th Annual Depot District Mini-Golf Pub Crawl! Each venue will display a handmade mini-golf green to challenge the event's spirited crowd! The event will tour Berwyn's Depot District and takes place rain or shine! A free heated trolley will be available. Sign-in from 11 am to Noon at Connie's Family Restaurant with Tee off at Noon from our participating venues. Join us at the "19th Hole" after-party with food, beginning at 6 pm at Perception Lounge. And don't forget about the prizes! Prizes will be awarded for team's with the lowest - and highest - scores, and the Twisted Putter Trophy will be awarded to the venue voted as having the best designed hole.
Woodlawn Spring Bus
Tour starts at Beecher Hall on Illinois College Campus. More information TBA
Midwest Morel Fest
Learn, hunt and buy morel mushrooms during Ottawa’s Annual Midwest Morel Fest. This unique festival offers ‘everything mushrooms for the morel enthusiast to the curious observer! All events take place at Jordon Block Park (Main & Rt 23/71N). Saturday, enjoy a large variety of handcrafted Vendors, Home Brewers Tasting Tent and Competition, Food and Music. And don’t forget Morel University where you can learn to identify morels then take off for a guided hunt. We have set aside land just for you! Sunday's championship hunt boasts the largest cash purse in the nation. Both hunts have limited availability.
Festival 2015: The Power of Music - Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra
The Power of Music is a dynamic, weekend-long exploration of the powers derived from music. The festival opens with the screening of a powerful new film documenting the use of Beethoven's 9th Symphony to affect change in different cultural and social contexts. Day two starts with an afternoon lecture by renowned musicologist, Jason Geary, on the power of music to persuade and its uses in mass media, and finishes with an evening recital by acclaimed Venezuelan pianist, Gabriela Martinez. The festival concludes on day three with a showcase of the power of music to enrich and enhance the lives of young area musicians, with a showcase of local talent. Festival passes are $50, and include admission to all events.
Tumbleweed - Eagles Tribute
A tribute to the Eagles and classic rock from the 60's until today including other legendary artists.
Featuring steel drums, incredible percussion, great vocals, blue man style performance pieces and more high energy fun performed with an exotic twist.
Southern Illinois Music
Local musician Bill Reynolds will lead the audience through a historical journey of music in Southern Illinois dating back to the Civil War.
CITY: Mount Vernon
Our American Cousin and the Assassination of President Lincoln
Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln with a production of "Our American Cousin." Audience members will watch the play as seen by the president that evening, then follow along through the tragic moments of the assassination and its aftermath before ending with a journey back to the Goosenest Prairie, home of the president’s beloved step-mother, Sarah Lincoln. Audience members will experience the cultural offerings of 19th-century American theatre and be able imagine the grief and horror of a nation’s response to Lincoln’s murder, and closer to home - the grief of the president’s Coles County kin. Directed by Earl Halbe, volunteers will recreate the play President and Mrs. Lincloln attended that fateful evening when the president's life was tragically taken by the assasin John Wilkes Booth. During these dates the site will feature "Draped in Mourning", an examination of mourning customs of the 19th century.
Kewanee Historical Society
Founded in 1976, the group maintains the Kewanee Historical Society's Robert and Marcella Richards Museum, featuring numerous exhibits highlighting the colorful history of Kewanee. Open, May 1st to October 1st Thursday & Saturday, 1:30PM-4:00PM Open Everyday Labor Day Weekend
Pamela Welcome as Harriet Tubman
Celebrate Women's History Month - Fundraiser for the Sandwich Opera House Pamela Welcome holds a B.A. degree in Acting and Directing from Northern Illinois University. She has performed in many diverse theatrical productions with roles ranging from 'Mama', in "A Raisin' In The Sun"; 'Sister Margaret', in "The Amen Corner"; 'Jo Jo LaMotte', in "Agatha Christie Made Me Do It"; and 'Mrs. Mercy Croft', in "The Killing of Sister George", to name a few. Mrs. Welcome has also done numerous training films and some voice over and commercial work. She currently performs Black Women In History - featuring Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth and a WWII Riveter/Welder. These programs are performed periodically for libraries, women's groups, churches and historical organizations. Pamela is married with two children, Joseph and Briana. General Admission - $10
2015 IHSA State Wheelchair Basketball Tournament
All ticket sales for each of the 2015 IHSA Boys Basketball tournaments are handled directly by the Peoria Civic Center. Questions regarding ticket sales should be directed to the Peoria Civic Center at (309) 673-3200.
Riverside Arts Weekend
The Riverside Arts Weekend (RAW) features a juried arts fair, theater, music, architecture and other arts-related events. This is a vibrant cultural weekend that brings thousands of visitors and residents together to mingle and walk the streets of historic downtown Riverside. The weekend will be located inside Guthrie Park in Riverside, IL.
Wine & Chocolate Dinner
Do you love wine? How about chocolate? This is the dinner for you then as we incorporate the two for a 4-course meal. Our chef and his team will bring you a chocolate inspired dinner to be paired with the perfect wine. This is a great event for wine and chocolate enthusiasts. This event will begin at 5:30 pm on the “porch” –located within Elements Restaurant in the heart of historic Starved Rock Lodge. Reservations are required due to limited availability. $65 per person. This event will take place on the Porch of Elements Restaurant. For more information or to book, call 815-220-7386.
The Garden Hotel and Conference Center
Located easily off of I-90 in South Beloit, Illinois, The Garden Hotel provides our guests with a clean, comfortable experience in a friendly atmosphere. The Garden Hotel offers 164 Guest Rooms, including an Executive Wing providing our corporate clients a quiet comfortable area of the hotel perfect for maximizing productivity. We can provide accommodations for any number of groups and events including room blocks for family reunions or sports teams. We offer 11,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, whether it is a small business meeting or a large event with over 700 people, we can provide accommodations as well as superior catering options. Some of the other features at the Garden Hotel & Conference Center include wireless internet connectivity throughout the hotel, business center including on site fax and copy service, guest rooms with one or two beds available, our own onsite restaurant and bar, fitness center, and indoor pool and spa.
CITY: South Beloit
First Midwest Bank Half Marathon & 10K
Be a part of the 7th annual First Midwest Bank Half Marathon and enjoy one of the Midwest's finest events of its kind. Proceeds will benefit American Cancer Society for Prostate Cancer and Research, The South West Special Recreation Association and Lake Katherine Nature Center & Botanic Gardens.
CITY: Palos Heights
Gateway Motorsports Park
Racing enthusiasts of all kinds will find special events around every hair pin from the drag strip, oval, road racing track, National sanctioned carting track as well as concerts and corporate functions. Former race car driver Curtis Francois brought back the track and the NHRA Midwest Nationals. Don't miss many of the other events that are held through the year.
Sizzle, swing and get lost in the music at Jazz Thaw presented by 90.9 fm WDCB "Chicago's Home for Jazz" and Downtown Oak Park featuring a jazz tour throughout local restaurants. Pop in and out of free live music performances at any jazz tour location with the option to order from the host restaurant's menu. Three renowned jazz performers wrap up the evening with free signature concerts in select restaurants from 7-10 pm. Bobby Broom Trio will be at the Sushi House, Scott Burns Quartet at Khyber Pass, and Tony do Rosario Organ Trio at Bar Louie.
CITY: Oak Park
9th Annual Red Carpet Corridor - Joliet Area Historical Museum
The 9th Annual Red Carpet Corridor including activities at the Joliet Area Historical Museum. It is all about family fun on the most famous road in America - Route 66. This year’s event will be Saturday, May 2, from 8 AM to 5 PM, and Sunday, May 3, from 8 AM to 3 PM. Sponsored by the twelve communities which make up the 90-mile linear museum from Joliet to Towanda, the annual festival invites everyone to experience the good life in the slow lane. Each community will produce its own events. From full-blown festivals to antique and craft sales, art sales, car and motorcycle shows, live entertainments, and plenty of yard, garage, and sidewalk sales along the way, everyone is sure to discover something unique. Food, snacks and treats will be in abundance, and there are plenty of historic sites, outstanding free museums and unique mom & pop businesses to help create a nostalgic journey for all to enjoy. Visitors can simply enjoy the drive, stop and have their picture taken with Elvis, or do a little shopping in any of the great stores along the Mother Road.
Rockford Aviators Baseball - Home Games at Aviators Stadium
The Rockford Aviators are a member of the Frontier League of Professional Baseball, the longest operating independent professional baseball league in the country. Home games are played at Aviators Stadium.
CITY: Loves Park
Northern Illinois Art Show
June 6 & 7, 2015 Northern Illinois 44th Annual Arts/Crafts Show, DeKalb County Courthouse Lawn, Routes 64 & 23. Over 60 vendors. Contact Larry Bond, 815.895.9648, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.kval.us. Call for Artists deadline March 20, 2015. Application link: https://www.sendspace.com/file/044tpz Hosted by the Kishwaukee Valley Art League ( KVAL ). See website for details. http://www.kval.us
Triyptch Brewing, an award-winning microbrewery in Savoy, is dedicated to the production of high quality craft beer. Triptych beers, rooted in old world brewing traditions, draw upon a variety of inspirations including local ingredients and cover a very wide gamut of tastes. At the tasting room in Savoy, Triptych offers up to 8 different beers in a lineup that changes with the seasons. Their Dirty Hippy English brown ale recently received a silver medal at the 2014 World Beer Cup.
2015 Class 1A & 2A Boys Basketball Tournament
Since 1996, the March Madness Experience™, a family-oriented extravaganza of fun, interactive games, historical exhibits and good times, has been an integral part of the Boys State Finals in Peoria. Just across the concourse from the tournament action at Carver Arena, the March Madness Experience fills up the Peoria Civic Center's huge Exhibition Hall. It's free to fans who have game tickets, and just $2 for everyone else. Once inside, there's no charge for any of the attractions. So mark your calendar and make a date to visit and enjoy Boys State Finals and the March Madness Experience in Peoria.
What better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than at the Starved Rock Lodge listening to the sounds of Illinois. This collage of music will encompass selections from the early 1900’s to present day. You’ll enjoy listening to piano, guitar and vocal interpretations of: Sounds from a Starved Rock Canyon, My Illinois Home, The State of Illinois Song, Illinois and Crossing Paths. We are pleased and proud to have Mr. Steve Seaborn as our Emcee for this event. From the State of Illinois Song in 1925 to “Illinois”, a more current, original composition by Dan Fogelberg, this afternoon is sure to peak your musical interest. This event will take place in the Great Hall. This a free event and open to the public. Donations are encouraged to continue bringing quality events.
Ribfest Chicago 2015
After being selected and featured on the Food Network’s 2014 “Eating America, with Anthony Anderson” and televised to 100 million households and 150 countries, Ribfest Chicago returns with more smokin’ music and barbecue as we cook up Chicago’s favorite food and music festival. From humble beginnings, Ribfest grew to five city blocks and from 5,000 attendees to 70,000 fans (in 2014). The BBQ component has grown to thirty Chicagoland rib and non-rib vendors, while the quality of entertainment has made Ribfest an internationally-recognized music festival that hosts premier touring bands. But despite its impressive growth and success, the fest has maintained its neighborhood feel. More highlights include the celebrity-judged “Best Ribs” award and “RibMania,” the Midwest’s only professional rib-eating competition featuring top ranked eaters and sanctioned by IFOCE/Major League Eating. For more information visit www.Ribfest-Chicago.com. WHAT: It’s no wonder that Ribfest Chicago has been recognized as Chicago’s “Best Food Fest” for the past three years. This festival remains one of the city’s best summer attractions. As a nationally-recognized music festival, our twenty original bands are a hot blend of Indie, rock, roots and alt country. The 6th Annual RibMania hosts world ranked pro eaters at the Midwest’s only sanctioned rib-eating contest, and families can spend the weekend in Kids Square enjoying entertainment, inflatables, games and more. Ribfest Chicago has contributed $250,000 to more than fifteen Northcenter schools and nonprofits to improve education, assist special needs and fight hunger, in addition to funding chamber projects and annual programming. WHERE: 4000 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago WHEN: Friday, June 12, 2015 - 5 pm to 10 pm Saturday, June 13, 2015 - Noon to 10 pm Sunday, June 14, 2015 - Noon to 10 pm
When you’re in the market for comfort foods in Annawan, the Purple Onion is your spot. The homemade pies are a must-order item.
After 85 years, the golf course is still going strong. This 18-hole championship course features beautiful mature trees, fast greens and great fairways. Enjoy a delicious meal in the clubhouse, Greenside Grill or Roy's Place. 18 holes with a cart: Weekday $32 Weekends $37
Celtic Harpist, Kim Robertson with Brett Lipshutz
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Traditional Celtic and folk music. Enjoy music from Celtic Harpist, Kim Robertson with Brett Lipshutz who will be playing the flute and tin whistle. This performance is supported by Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest, which is generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts with additional contributions from the Illinois Arts Council.
Tall Ship Red Witch!
Come sailing in Chicago aboard Tall Ship Red Witch! She is Chicago’s beautiful authentic wooden sailboat, offering a unique sailing experience with their Chicago charters and skyline tours, day sails and Chicago fireworks cruises. They’re the perfect venue for your company outing or small wedding. Welcome aboard!
Shania Twain & Cher Tribute
She looks and sounds exactly like Shania...but, wait....is that Cher? Kelly Smith is the premier Shania and Cher Tribute artist in the country.
You are cordially invited to enjoy the quiet beauty and German flavor of Maeystown, a 19th century village nestled in the Mississippi bluffs. Come and shop antiques and garden items and enjoy delicious treats.