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Outdoor Explorers Day Camp at Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge
For one last adventure before school starts, an Outdoor Explorers Day Camp will be help from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. August 2-4 at the refuge visitor center. This free three day, day-camp will introduce children entering grades 3-5 to various outdoors activities including hiking, geocaching, canoeing, bird watching, and much more. Space is limited, register by July 15. Children should bring their own lunch and snacks and dress to be outside most of the day.
French Wine Pairing Dinner at Pere Marquette Lodge
Let our Chef awaken your senses at this four course Gourmet Wine Pairing Dinner hosted at Pere Marquette Lodge. Enjoy the excellent company of an intimate dinner party as you partake in each of the three specially selected wines which complement each delectable dish. Call (618)786-2331 for details and to make reservations.
German Beer Garden at Pere Marquette Lodge
Join us on the terrace at Pere Marquette Lodge for a German Beer Garden. This event will feature special German made beers as well as a delicious variety of bratwursts along with live German music. No reservations are needed but seating is limited so feel free to bring your lawn chairs and picnic blankets just in case. The Beer Garden at Pere Marquette is a wonderful place to spend a relaxing day filled with entertainment, a gorgeous view, cheap beer, awesome food and an ambiance that cannot be found anywhere else. For more information, call (618) 786-2331.
Downtown Alton Chili Cook-off
Enjoy the fall weather during the annual Downtown Alton Chili Cook-Off. The Chili Cook-Off will take place from noon to 3 p.m. in the giant warehouse and pavilion at Elijah P's. $100 cash prizes in 5 categories and $25 to register a team. Admission: $6 per adults, $3 per kid 10 and under. For more information, call (618) 463-1016.
Hometown Flowers & More
Creative floral designs and gifts. They can help decorate your house or send any gift baskets for any occasions. Lots of decor pieces as well as custom pieces.
Katy-Lynn Winery LLC
Katy-Lynn Winery promotes premium quality wines, artistic venues, weekend charity events, classes in wine and cheese making. Try their signature wine, Funky Fly Wine, made with Katy-Lynn grapes and Chilean Juices.
Alton Muny Band: Haskell Park
Enjoy concert band music, which includes marches, concert pieces, popular tunes, and novelty numbers. This is family friendly and the concerts are free and open to the public.These concerts take place every Sunday evening June 12- August 7 all starting at 7 p.m. Bring a blanket or lawn chair.
Comedy Hypnosis Show at Pere Marquette Lodge
Come enjoy Pere Marquette Lodge's famous fried chicken buffet and then join in a gut-busting Comedy Hypnosis Show. Watch in wonder as Dan Ladd brings down the house. Reality changes, personalities radically alter, and laughs pile on laughs as your friends and loved once become superstars. Dinner begins at 6 p.m. in the ballroom and includes fried chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, coleslaw, vegetable of the day, hot buttered rolls, dessert, coffee, tea and water. Adult beverages can be purchased at the Restaurant Service Window. For more information, call (618)786-2331.
Lisa Rock - Close to You: The Music of the Carpenters at Genesee Theatre
Considered one of the best vocalists of all time, Karen Carpenter captured the attention of a generation with the surprisingly deep material of her unabashedly catchy pop music. Singer and playwright Lisa Rock has compiled a moving tribute to the music and life of Carpenter, and brings it to the stage with her 6-piece backing band. Dedicated to re-creating the true sound of The Carpenters, Rock and her band showcase some of the most memorable songs of the 70s.
Vigneto del Bino Winery
Vigneto del Bino Winery is a boutique winery specializing in “Wines grown from local Vines”. The winery sits on one acre of a 10 acre property surrounded by 2,300 grapevines. Vigneto del Bino specializes in producing unique wines from grapevines that grow here in Illinois. The winery building encompasses the manufacturing of the wines, a tasting room and gift shop. Relax and shop for gift items; while sampling our crisp and refreshing wine selection.
Whimsy, A Children's Clothing Store
This children's clothing store features boutique clothing at reasonable pricing. They carry a wide variety of styles from newborn to children's size 8. Boutique brands they carry include (but not limited to): Banana Split, Three Sisters, Persnickety, Sweet Petunia, Chibella, Peaches & Cream, Mustard Pie, Flit and Flitter, Moxie & Mabel, and Matilda Jane
Francis Park 4th of July Celebration
The festival features annual pancake breakfast, ethnic food fair, arts and craft show, classic car show, steam engine display, antique tractors, a kiddies’ tractor pull, entertainment and tours of Woodland Palace. Stay for the evening and at dusk the Kewanee Chamber of Commerce hosts a fireworks spectacular at Northeast Park in Kewanee. Events begin at 6 am.
Sounds of Spring Frog Call Walk at Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge
The popular Sounds of Spring Frog Call Walk will be help from 7-9 p.m. Saturday, May 7 at the Refuge Visitor Center. Participants should register by May 5. On this special evening walk, participants will enjoy the sounds of the frog calls that fill the air at Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge. This program is great for kids 4 and up.
Bluesy Beer Garden at Pere Marquette Lodge
Happy Father's Day! Bring your Dad and meet us on the terrace at Pere Marquette Lodge for a Bluesy Beer Garden featuring live blues music, slow cooked BBQ pork steak sandwiches and Shlafly Beer! There is no admission fee and no reservations are needed but seating is limited so feel free to bring your lawn chairs and picnic blankets just in case. The Beer Garden at Pere Marquette is a wonderful place to spend a relaxing day with great beer, a gorgeous view and an ambiance that cannot be found anywhere else in the Midwest. This event is from 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. come out and enjoy!
Meet the Beetles Sunset Tribute Concert
Step back in time to a live Beatles concert as Meet the Beetles recreates the look, sound, and atmosphere of the Beatles with tunes such as She Loves You and I Want To Hold Your Hand. Then travel to the psychedelic sixties with a set of later era Beatle Music, such as Sgt. Pepper and Revolution. This high-energy show includes costumes, accents, Beatle banter, authentic vintage and replica instruments, and all your favorite fab four hits. VIP seats for the over 21 crowd can be purchased in advance for $55 each and includes excellent reserved seats, 3 drink tickets and appetizers. They will be reserved based on when the seats are purchased. Non-VIP guests can take advantage of grass seating on the lawn in front of the Lodge at no charge. Feel free to enjoy the concert from your lawn chairs and picnic blankets. Concessions will be available for purchase, no outside good or beverages allowed. Show begins at 7 p.m. don't miss it!
Stained Glass Retreat
Join us for a beginner stained glass retreat and learn the art of stained glass from an Alton Legend. Artist and owner of Alton Stained Glass Works, Lynne Ulett, will be guiding beginners through glass cutting, grinding, foiling, and soldering. Work at your won pace to complete a unique stained glass window or light catcher to take home as a memory of your stay at Pere Marquette Lodge. All supplies and lunch will be provided during you're creative retreat. Add this package to your room reservation for an additional $94 per person or $150 for two. Guests must stay the night to participate in this creative retreat. Package reservation cannot be made online, please call (618)786-2331 to reserve your room and package.
Dinner with Elvis
Things are about to get "All Shook Up" at Pere Marquette Lodge, when Steve Davis performs his salute to the King of Rock and Roll. Come enjoy Pere Marquette Lodge's famous fried chicken buffet and then sit back and enjoy an hour-long tribute to the King. From the 1950's hits " Heartbreak Hotel," to his later smashes "Devil in Disguise" and "Suspicious Minds," the music of the legend lives on in this special tribute experience. Dinner begins at 6 pm and includes fried chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, coleslaw, vegetable of the day, hot buttered rolls, salad, dessert, coffee, tea and water. Show is performed to pre-recorded tracks and begins at 7 pm. Adult beverages can be purchased separately.
Father's Day at the Tower
Celebrate Father's Day by giving Dad a free tour of the Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower. All fathers, when accompanied by family members, will receive free Tower tours. See the views from 150 feet above the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers.
Situated in the picturesque Wicker Park neighborhood in Chicago, Alliance Bakery features fine European pastries and desserts, custom-designed cakes to suit any occasion, and a full espresso bar. Come visit us and enjoy our free wifi lounge and outdoor café. And discover Alliance Patisserie, a modern day pastry boutique rooted in French style and tradition. Here we pair European technique with an artistic eye and an unmatched flavor profile, specializing in macarons, petits gateaux, and viennoiseries. Nestled in the River North neighborhood of Chicago’s bustling downtown, we provide a sweet stopping place for neighbors and visitors alike.
Dotty Event Center
The Dotty Event Center with catering by the Annex is Located in the center of downtown Herrin between Baldwin Piano and Organ Center and the Annex Coffee & Deli, Dotty Event Center is the perfect spot for your next reception, meeting or party! Call for information or availability! Amy Scutt at the Annex 618-942-3354 (DELI), or Tara Howell, Events Center coordinator at 618-727-4025. Thanks!!
Monarch Butterfly Citizen Science Program at Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge
As monarch butterflies begin migrating south in late summer, Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge invites the public to become citizen scientists and report monarch butterfly sightings and seasonal changes in the environment during the Monarch Butterfly Citizen Science Program at 2 p.m. Saturday, August 13. Participants should register by August 12, At this program, participants will learn the stages of a monarch butterfly's life cycle, how to watch for and report these stages, and how to attract monarch butterflies to their backyards. Then participants will have the opportunity to register to become a citizen scientist with Journey North and share monarch butterfly sightings.
Summer Kick Off at Haskell Park
Please join us for our 5th Annual Summer Kick Off at Haskell Park! Celebrating the return of the Alton Muny Band concert season. Join us from 5-6:30 p.m. with the Muny Band Concert at 7 p.m. The Bubble Bus will be returning, our good friends at The Bridge will be providing hot dogs, and there will be free snow cones! Come enjoy an evening of food, fun, music and bubbles!
Beer Garden and Fish Fry at Pere Marquette Lodge
Featuring live bluegrass music, delicious fried fish and Green Jack Ales. Green Jack Ales are well-known for their "hoppy character". With malted wheat and barley, traditional English cone hops are blended with hops from the New World in generous proportions to give the ales floral, citrus and fruity aromas. No entry fees or reservations are taken for this event but seating is limited so feel free to bring your lawn chairs and picnic blankets just in case. Come spend a relaxing day filled with entertainment, a gorgeous view, tasty beer, awesome food and an ambiance that cannot be found anywhere else. Check it out from 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. For more information, call (618)786-2331.
10th Anniversary Celebration at Grafton Harbor
Drop Anchor and start the celebrations! This fun filled day starts in the parking lot with Boat Part Swap Meet. Followed by Blessing of the Boats and Marina. The Tipsy Mermaid Cruise sets sail at 4 p.m. with the Pirate's Love Potion Sunset Cruise to follow. For more information, call (618) 786-7678.
Mandala Gardens offers pathways of beauty and hidden benches. Find quiet sitting spots, have a chat with our goats, chickens, and ducks, and simply enjoy the day. We have a rainbow variety of heirloom vegetables and potted herbs available for purchase when in season. If you are interested in holding a wedding or reunion or other event here, contact us for fees and dates. We also host senior photos, maternity photos, homecoming and prom photos, etc. for a small fee. The money earned from entrance fees and herbs/vegetable sales is directly invested into growing Mandala Gardens.
Out at the Sox
For $35, you can get a reserved seat at this Chicago White Sox game with other LGBT and ally fans, or for $15 more, you’d gain entry to our pre-game party which will feature giveaways, drink tickets, and light bites. A portion of all proceeds goes directly to Equality Illinois to benefit our continuing work for full LGBT equality.
Rasmus Memorial Fun Fly
Freeport RC Modelers sponsor this spring fun fly. Pilots from around the area will fly a variety of aircraft including gas, glow and electric-powered. It’s a picnic atmosphere, free and open to the public. A grill is available. Rain date is May 15
Daniel O'Donnell at the Genesee Theatre
Daniel O'Donnell's is a charismatic, good ol’ Irish boy with a voice of gold who has endeared himself to audiences all over the world. Daniel O’Donnell has been a mainstay in the music industry for a quarter of a century, showcasing a mix of old Irish favorites, warm country tunes, and inspirational pieces. Propelled by his charming personality and engaging stage presence, O’Donnell is foremost a performer who truly loves to perform.
Mother's Day Birding Hike at Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge
The annual Mother's Day Birding Hike will be held at 9 a.m. on May 7 beginning in the Gilbert Lake Division parking area. Participants should register by May 5. Families can join to learn how to identify the hundreds of birds that stop at Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge during their spring migration.
Alton Muny Band: Riverview Park
Enjoy concert band music, which includes marches, concert pieces, popular tunes, and novelty numbers. This is family friendly and the concerts are free and open to the public.These concerts take place every Thursday evening June 9 - August 11 all starting at 8 p.m. Bring a blanket or lawn chair.
Open House at Haskell Playhouse
Come and take a tour of this historic playhouse the 2nd Saturday of every month. This playhouse was built by Dr. and Mrs. William Haskell for their five year old daughter Lucy. It is a rare architectural gem containing many of the flamboyant elements of the Queen Anne style: cartwheels, brackets, spires, diagonal sticking, fish scale shingles and stained glass windows. It's importance is magnified because so few of these accessory structures for children have survived. The playhouse contains a single room, front porch and side porch. The interior has been restored and the playhouse is open for special occasions. The playhouse was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.
Cajun Beer Garden at Pere Marquette
Welcome to the Cajun Beer Garden! Join us on the terrace at Pere Marquette Lodge for a Cajun Beer Garden starting at 12 p.m. and let the good times roll. Featuring specialty beers from Louisiana as well as a Creole Crawfish Boil and live bluegrass music. No reservations are needed but seating is limited so feel free to bring your lawn chairs and picnic blankets just in case. The Beer Garden at Pere Marquette is a wonderful place to spend a relaxing day filled with entertainment, a gorgeous view, cheap beer, and awesome food. For more information, call (618) 786-2331.
Murder in Maybury Mystery Dinner Theater
Welcome to Maybury the quietest little town in the whole country. Join us for an exciting evening of murder, mystery and mayhem at our Mystery Dinner Theater, where you can be the star of the show! Get ready to have fun! For more information, call (618) 786-2331.
Dolly Parton at Ravinia
Come out for a great night of music with Country Star Dolly Parton. Parton is the most honored female country performer of all time. Achieving 25 RIAA certified gold, platinum, and multi-platinum awards, she has had 25 songs reach No. 1 on the Billboard Country charts, a record for a female artist. She has 41 career top 10 country albums, a record for any artist, and she has 110 career charted singles over the past 40 years.
Mother's Day at the Tower
Treat your mother to something special on Mother's Day! Bring her to the Confluence Tower and enjoy magnificent views of the region from 50, 100 and 150 feet high above the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. All mothers, when accompanied by a family member, will receive half price admission.
Lost Trail Cabins
Lost Trail Cabins are fully furnished cabins located at the end of a dead-end road on 62 acres of private and secluded property. Bordering Shawnee National Forest in beautiful Southern Illinois less than three miles from the Johnson Creek Recreation Area of Kinkaid Lake, these cabins are perfectly situated between the Sparta World Shooting Complex and the Shawnee Wine Trail. They cater to all outdoor enthusiasts including equestrians, hunters, hikers, boaters, fishermen, and anyone just wanting to get away from their fast paced everyday life.
Vintage Baseball Game at Lewis and Clark State Historic Site
Take a step back to the 1860's when baseball was played just a little differently. Bring your lawn chairs or blanket and enjoy the spirit of gentlemanly sportsmanship of that time period. This game will be featuring the Alton Baseball Club. For more information please call the Lewis and Clark State Historic Site and ask for Pam (618) 251-5811.
Apple Knocker Hard Cider
Apple Knocker is an Illinois-based craft cider house that combines their expertise in modern small-lot wine production, and the creativity of craft beer techniques, to produce a new breed of American ciders. They partner with century-old local orchards to grow the highest quality apples for our beverages.
Blessing of the Cars
Drive up to Bald Knob Mountain, Southern Illinois’ highest point and the site of the Bald Knob Cross of Peace, located just outside of Alto Pass, and have your car blessed for the summer season.
Bonnie Raitt at Ravinia
Bring the friends out for a great night of music with Bonnie Raitt at Ravinia. Her songs and albums incorporate elements of blues, rock, folk and country. This is her Dig in Deep Tour and should be a concert not to be missed.
Willett's Winery & Cellar
Willett’s Winery and Cellar in Manito is located in an 1895 building originally used as a harness shop. Our wines are created to please any palate, from dry oak-aged red (Leon Millot) to our very popular Cranberry Frost, made from 100% cranberry juice.
Their handmade products are made in small batches to ensure that your family and theirs ONLY get the best. They use the best ingredients they can get their hands on. They are not 100% organic but very close. Their products change with the seasons.
Jonny Lang at the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts
Sixteen years ago, at the age of 16, Jonny Lang found incredible success with the release of his major label debut album Lie To Me as a blues and gospel guitar player. The path Lang has been on has brought him the opportunity to interact with some of the most respected legends in music. See him perform his newest album Fight for My Soul at the BCPA.
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3rd Annual River Rat Catfish Tournament
Try to catch the biggest catfish during the 3rd Annual River Rat Catfish Tournament that will be held on the river in Grafton. Competition starts at 7 a.m. - 2 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. There will be food vendors and entertainment throughout both days until 5 p.m. For information or an application, call Rick Eberlin at (618) 623-9265 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sugar Grove Nature Center
Sugar Grove Nature Center is located in beautiful, historic Funks Grove among over 1,000 acres of forest and prairie. Funks Grove is the largest remaining intact prairie grove in the state of Illinois and is a designated National Natural Landmark. Visitors will enjoy interpretive exhibits, live animals and a wildlife viewing room as well as access to 5 miles of hiking trails. The Imagination Grove Nature Play Area welcomes children to explore, tromp in the creek, climb a tree, ride a zip line and more. A picnic shelter, astronomy observatory, blacksmith forge, corn crib prairie lookout, variety of gardens and many other features help to make Sugar Grove Nature Center a beautiful and unique place. Visit the website to learn more about special events and programs.
9th Annual Pee-Wee Classic Tournament
Up to 16 teams of 8 year old and younger boys from throughout the Midwest play in this annual tournament and the coaches pitch.
Located just outside of the small village of West Salem, Illinois, Homestead Vineyards offers a beautiful outdoor area for their clients. Homestead Vineyard may offer the largest selection of fruit wines in the area and frequently hosts great live music. If you like to visit wineries, and enjoy drinking excellent tasting wines; please put Homestead Winery on your list.
The Freeport Club
The Freeport Club enjoys a reputation as one of the finest golf courses in Northern Illinois. The challenging design of the well-manicured course winds through a park-like setting of rolling fairways lined with mature trees. The natural rolling terrain, elevation changes, and small-fast greens create a unique playing experience that will test golfers of all skill levels. Condition and playability is the top priority. In addition to maintaining the beauty of the course, the staff works to create some of the best putting surfaces in the area. A fully equipped “Golf Shop” is available to meet your equipment, clothing, and instructional needs. The Freeport Club’s PGA Professional plans and coordinates a full-season of men’s, ladies, singles, couples, social golf, and competitive tournaments plus a junior golf program that targets youth up to the age of 16. Enjoy the full service bar and restaurant in the Foursome Pub. Banquet facilities are available for rent. 2016 Daily Fees: 9 holes – $25.00; 9 holes with cart – $35; 18 holes – $35.00; 18 holes with cart – $50.
Paula Poundstone at the Bloomington Center for Performing Arts
Comedienne Paula Poundstone will be at The Bloomington Center for Performing Arts. She is Emmy Award-winning comedian, author and humorist, Paula Poundstone, is currently a regular panelist on NPR’s widely popular weekly news quiz show, Wait Wait... Don’t Tell Me, where her distinctive brand of wry, intelligent and witty comedy is heard by 5 million homes across the country, internationally on NPR Worldwide, and on the Internet via podcast.
Weibring Golf Club At ISU
The Weibring Golf Club is 18 holes, 6,915 yards and a par 71. The course offers cart rental and a pro shop with club rental. Extensively renovated in 2000, the course now accommodates approximately 28,000 rounds per year and hosts more than 100 tournaments and outings. Weibring Golf Club features 18 rebuilt greens and two practice greens, bentgrass tees and fairways, Bunker Guard erosion control and tour-quality Best Sand.
Danenberger Family Vineyards
Along a peaceful country road, just minutes from Illinois' capital, you will find one of the most unconventional and unpretentious destinations around. This is home to Danenberger Family Vineyards, where our winery dogs will greet you and you will be treated less like a visitor and more like a friend. When you visit Danenberger Family Vineyards will enjoy memorable experiences that stimulate and engage the senses. Our passion for grapes, wine and food is a part of our lifestyle, and we love to share it.
O.A.R. at Ravinia
O.A.R. is renowned for its intense, vibrant live show and the communal feeling it shares with its fans. With each studio album, the band has endeavored to achieve that sense of immediacy. Bring the friends out for this great concert at Ravinia.
Wings Over Waukegan Air Show
The Annual Waukegan Air Show, Wings Over Waukegan, is a great time for the whole family. Enjoy the Canadian Forces Snowbirds Demonstration Team, F-18 Hornet, USN Static Aircraft Displays, Classic Warbirds, Jet Bus and Military Aircraft as they soar through the sky performing exciting stunts and procedures. There will also be food and refreshment booths. Gates open at 9:30am and show begins at noon.
Heartland Community College
The Heartland Community College campus is a community resource that may be scheduled as available for activities consistent with the mission and policies of the College and Board of trustees. the campus includes several conference rooms, classrooms, computer labs and an auditorium that can hold 430 people. All of these spaces can be reserved through the special events department.
Hazy Hills Golf Course
The Hazy Hills Golf Course is 9 holes, 2,900 yards and a par 35. The course offers cart rental and a pro shop with club rental. The nine-hole course at the Hazy Hills Golf Course in Hudson was designed by Ben Gildersleeve. The design of the holes, rolling terrain and pond give this course character and add to its charm.
Pooch Parade & Pet Fair
Join us on Saturday, May 21st for Uptown Normal’s Pooch Parade & Pet Fair. Uptown opens its doors to its furry friends and their owners for a Pet Fair featuring pet oriented non profits, businesses and advocacy groups. Dress your pooch up in her most creative costume and participate in the parade! There are lots of great prizes to be won for the best costumes, courtesy of Uptown Normal businesses. The Pet Fair hours: 12pm-3pm, Parade: 1pm. Registration in the parade and pet fair are both free, but donations are encouraged. Registration will be available the day of the event, or in advance via Eventbrite. Proceeds will benefit animal rescue in McLean County. Most Creative Costume – $50 gift card to an Uptown business of your choice Cutest Pet Ever – $25 gift card to an Uptown business of your choice Best Combo Costume (Pet & Human) – $25 gift card to an Uptown business of your choice
Indian Springs Golf Club
The Indian Springs Golf Club is 9 holes, 3,180 yards and a par 36. The course offers cart rental, a driving range and has a pro shop with club rental. This course features a challenging, tree-lined layout with two sets of tees. The practice facilities include an oversized putting green with a side bunker and a full length driving range. Outings, playdays and banquets are welcome but must be scheduled in advance.
Chicago Southland Dragon Boat Festival
The dragons are coming to Blue Island for the inaugural Chicago Southland Dragon Boat Festival. Watch these long 20-seat boats with a dragon decoration on the outside mimic the old war canoes of ancient Asian past. This ancient Chinese sport has become one of the fierce competitions throughout the world, and is growing rapidly in the Southeastern and Midwestern United States. 9AM-3PM.
A Vintage Baseball Weekend ~ Bishop Hill
Celebrating vintage baseball and Bishop Hill’s baseball roots. Join us for a weekend of 19th century baseball. Three 1850’s baseball teams, the Oregon Ganymedes, the Springfield Long Nine, and the Somonauk Blue Stockings will play old fashion baseball the entire day. Bill Owens, author of The Scorecard, will present a program highlighting how Bishop Hill has ties to the first professional baseball team. The weekend will provide a reason to take the family out to the ball game and more! A special baseball exhibit will be on display the entire weekend at the Steeple Building featuring local Forrest Cady items. Sunday the Henry County Historical Museum will feature a special display and program about the history of baseball.
Golf Learning Center At All Seasons
Named to Golf Range Magazine's Top 100 Ranges in America, the center offers both indoor and outdoor facilities, a full flight driving range, 35 heated hitting bays and two heated teaching bays. Lessons and a full swing indoor golf simulator are available.
UL International Crown at the Merit Club
The UL International is coming to the Merit Club in Lake County. The golfing competition will take place over four days with 32 players from 8 different countries. It will feature three days of four-ball competition and one day of singles matches on Sunday. Five of the eight countries will advance to the Sunday singles matches based on the outcome of the four-ball matches contested Thursday through Saturday. Tickets are on sale now.
Breaking the Surface at Touch of Nature
Paddling enthusiasts and new paddlers alike will have the opportunity to paddle Little Grassy Lake for free. Touch of Nature will provide everything you need to get out on the water including canoes, kayaks, personal flotation devices and paddles. Participants are encouraged to bring snacks, water bottles, and water shoes or shoes they don’t mind getting wet. Paddlers may bring their own water craft, but must have a Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge sticker or day pass, which will be available for purchase at the event.
The Links At Ireland Grove
The Links at Ireland Grove is 9 holes, 1,590 yards and a par 30. The course offers cart rental and a driving range. In addition to the nine-hole course, The Links at Ireland Grove offers a range with weather protected hitting bays, over an acre of target greens, several bunkers, two fairways, nearly two acres of natural grass hitting area and rental clubs.
El Tapatio Mexican Restaurant
Serving all your Mexican favorites and more! Tortas, appetizers, salads, fajitas, vegetarian dishes, combos and more! All your favorite cocktails plus beer, wine and the best margaritas in the area.
14th Annual Lincoln Douglas 5K and Fun Run
A series of short distances for children begins at 8 am: ages 8 and under – 100 yards; 9 to 10 – 200 yards; 11 to 12 – 400 yards. All finishers receive ribbons. The boy and girl winners of each age group will run a 100-yard dash following the 5K to determine “The Fasted Kid in Town!”. A One Mile Fun Run begins at 8:15 am. The course consists of one loop around the historic paved road inside Taylor Park. This is an untimed run and all finishers receive ribbons. The 5K begins at 8:35 am. The course consists of three loops around the paved road inside Taylor Park, a 5K (3.1 miles), wheel-measured certified course that is flat and fast designed to help runners achieve a personal best.
Cruisin’ with Lincoln on 66 Visitors Center One Year Anniversary Celebration
Join us on the Museum Square to celebrate the one year anniversary of the Cruisin’ with Lincoln on 66 Visitors Center on Monday, April 25 from noon to 4:00 p.m. Come out and enjoy refreshments and a Route 66 performance from the Sound of Illinois Chorus on the plaza at 12:15 p.m. The Museum will also offer free admission to the new permanent exhibit gallery, Making a Home, which explores the experience of living, working, farming, and creating community in McLean County.
Caffe’ Italia Ristorante
Caffé Italia Ristorante is family owned and the dishes are inspired from memories of the owners home in Sicily. Come in and enjoy a taste of Italy in Bloomington-Normal.
Juicebox - Chicago Cultural Center
With engaging music and dance in a kid-friendly setting, the free admission Juicebox programs are geared toward the stroller set and enjoyable for the whole family. Children will experience a diverse range of artistic and educational presentations, with hosts regularly inviting youngsters to move, dance and interact with performers. Presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, the Juicebox series runs on alternating Fridays at the Chicago Cultural Center and Saturdays at the Garfield Park Conservatory, with occasional special events at other venues. Except where noted, performances are 11-11:45am.
CarbondALE Brew Fest
The Carbondale Brew Fest will be taking place on Friday, May 6th in the Town Square Pavilion at the 100 block of N. Illinois Ave. from 6pm-9pm. This year's Brew Fest will feature tastings from over 25 breweries from Southern Illinois, St. Louis, Kentucky and more! Tickets are $25 in advance, General Admission tickets include entry, promo glass & tastings.Tickets will be available for purchase at CarbondALEBrewFest.com!
Presented by NIU and the City of DeKalb, ARTigras is a Celebration of the Arts. The event will consist of an arts parade, a post-parade party featuring music, crafts and games, Art Gallery shows and receptions, evening concerts and…new this year…an opening night “March to Bourbon Street” event at the Egyptian Theater featuring dance and theatrical performances, live music and an art exhibit.
Butterflies & Blooms Exhibit
Butterflies & Blooms is a butterfly exhibition where visitors can immerse themselves in a habitat filled with hundreds of live butterflies. This exhibition is filled with species native to South America, Asia, North America, and Africa, as well as those native to Illinois. The 2,800-square-foot white mesh enclosure is located on the lawn of the Learning Campus. Weather permitting.
Open Cockpit Day
This family friendly event provides opportunities for visitors to see inside the cockpits of airplanes, visit with pilots who flew the airplanes, and visit our displays inside the museum. In addition to the many exhibits in the museum, we have 8 airplanes and 3 helicopters on display in the Air Park. Get a close-up look at each aircraft and ask a host for information about the aircraft. This event is fun for children from 2 to 100 years of age.
Miller Park Zoo’s 125th Birthday!
Come celebrate with activities throughout the zoo in honor of the zoo’s 125th Birthday! There will be crafts, vendors and food to purchase as well as the many exhibits and Zookeeper interaction opportunities that are enjoyed by the whole family.
Wolves Crossing Golf Course
Wolves Crossing was built in 1993 and features open, rolling landscapes with manageable length and plenty of open space. Located just 15 minutes north of Alton, Wolves Crossing is an excellent choice for golf outings, tournaments, company outings and fund raisers.
Count Me Inn
Over Night Stays in an Historical House located on Main St. in the heart of the rivertown of Grafton. Within walking distance of riverfront, marina, specialty and antique shops, restaurants, wineries and bars. Sleeps up to 10. Short drive to nearby waterpark and hiking, biking trails.
The Den at Fox Creek
The Den at Fox Creek is 18 holes, 6,926 yards and a par 72. The course offers cart rental, a driving range and has a pro shop with club rental. This Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Course features bentgrass tees, greens and fairways that complement the wild prairie grasses which group in the rough. This picturesque Scottish Links Style golf course features 131 strategically placed sand traps and water hazards on 9 of the 18 holes. The Den at Fox Creek has become the host golf course for the Illinois High School Association's Class AA Boys State Championships. Mr. Palmer himself shot 74 during his Grand Opening Round.
Jane Addams Birthday Celebration
Celebrate the birthday of Jane Addams who was born and raised in Cedarville. Begin the day with a 5K run/walk on the Jane Addams Trail and then enjoy lunch at the Cedarville Historical Museum. $17.
Andersonville Arts Weekend
Get your creative juices flowing by celebrating Andersonville’s artistic community and fabulous array of locally-owned businesses. Features original artwork by dozens of local artists and designers showcased in businesses throughout the neighborhood, plus a variety of live shows and performances.
Beginning in 2008, the Swiney Family planted a two acre vineyard consisting of two varieties, Norton and Traminette. Our journey from grapes to wine has led us to the restoration of our century old barn to house our winery called Arpeggio.
Alexander’s Steakhouse is Central Illinois’ unique dining experience! We brought the fun of the backyard cookout with friends and family indoors! At Alexander’s Steakhouse, each guest has the opportunity to select their own Steak from the locker and cook it their own special way over a live charcoal grill. Guests can select from twelve different Steak Cuts, such as Ribeye, T-Bone, Filet or our own “Santa Maria” Top Sirloin. All steaks are hand cut daily by our in-house butchers from aged USDA choice Midwestern Beef.
Prairie Vista Golf Course
The Prairie Vista Golf Course is 18 holes, 6,745 yards and a par 72. The course offers cart rental, a driving range and has a pro shop with club rental. The American Contemporary Style course, designed by Roger Packard, features bentgrass tees, greens, fairways and water hazards on 16 of the 18 holes. Other amenities include a large practice putting green, large practice chipping green and a grass driving range.
Late Night Andersonville
Andersonville makes it easy to save money and support local businesses while shopping for friends and family (or even yourself!) at the 14th annual Late Night Andersonville on Friday, December 2 from 6-10pm. For 4 hours only, over 40 beloved Andersonville stores and restaurants will be open late and offering great savings on distinctive holiday gifts and delectable meals, plus free refreshments and entertainment.
Star Party at Afton Forest Preserve
The Northwest Suburban Astronomers (NSA), in cooperation with the DeKalb County Forest Preserve District, will be hosting a public star party at the Afton Forest Preserve (north entrance) in DeKalb County, Illinois. Look at stars, galaxies, nebulae, and star clusters with the help of NSA member telescopes. Observing highlights may include Jupiter, nebula M97 (Owl Nebula), galaxy M51 (Whirlpool Galaxy), and globular cluster M13 (Hercules Cluster) among others.
Southern Illinois Music Festival
The Southern Illinois Music Festival, now in its 12th season, is presenting Rossini's final opera, William Tell, sung in French with projected English supertitles, at the Marion Cultural and Civic Center June 7, 8, 10 and 11. This opera has only been produced in the United States three times in the last century, so this is an historic event. The Festival Orchestra will also perform a grand orchestral program of Bach, Beethoven and Brahms, including the “Eroica” Symphony and the Double Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra, featuring violinist, Michael Barta and cellist, Eric Lenz. The Festival will also present music by Mozart from 1776, including his three great violin concerti, the concerto for three pianos, the Serenata Notturno and the “Paris” Symphony. Mark your calendars for May 27 through June 13, 2016. The Southern Illinois Music Festival presents three-dozen professional performances of classical music and jazz in two dozen venues throughout Southern Illinois each June.
At Crepe Geeks, we are dedicated to serving excellence to people who want simple, delicious French cuisine. We strive to give our customers the best culinary experience possible. Using only the freshest ingredients and serving them in a warm, comfortable atmosphere, each meal will always be memorable. We are also devoted to making sure your experience is pleasurable. Our portions are as large as our desires, and even though we’re a small restaurant, there is nothing small about our service and quality.
Lilacia Park Lilac Time
The Lombard Park District is an 8.5 acre horticultural showcase featuring 700 lilacs and 25,000 tulips. All ages will enjoy a stroll through the park or one of the many special events from tastings to tours and concerts to coronations, there is something for everyone during Lilac Festival.
Baxters American Grille
Baxters American Grille now offers seasonal menus that boast a variety of signature dishes that you can't get find anywhere else. Our concept provides a delicious variety of Steaks, Seafood and Chops accompanied with a Management & Chef team that are dedicated to a unique culinary experience. We offer a big-city dining experience within dinner, private dining and catering to the Bloomington area. Whether you stop in for one of our new signature martinis or to dine in our upscale open kitchen concept, Baxters is the destination for your evening out!
A tapas restaurant and bar located in the heart of downtown Bloomington, along Historic Route 66. Reality Bites gives you the best of both worlds; great food and an exciting night out on the town. Reality Bites provides a sophisticated, fun feel in a college town, serving a large diverse menu of lunch and dinner as well as a fully stocked bar. Reality Bites is locally owned and takes pride in satisfying our customer’s needs.
Medici in Normal
This bi-level restaurant & bar serving seasonal American fare, pizzas & over 30 drafts. Medici in Normal takes great pride in its unique design. The décor is elegant with many sophisticated touches. With every visit you will find something new, with details you haven't seen before. The 30-foot Mulberry tree graces the atrium of the restaurant. The tree is central to the design, reflecting the owner's passion for forestry.
Thai House of Bloomington
Authentic Thai cuisine is offered at this restaurant with vegetarian options & beer. This small location with big flavors is sure to make your dining experience memorable!
Rolling Hills Golf Course
For over 30 years, Rolling Hills has been providing an enjoyable golf experience and exceptional value for thousands of golfers. Family owned and operated, this 164 acre course facility offers an 18-hole Par 72 course and a 9-hole par 29 Executive course. Rolling Hills offers complete golf, food and beverage services throughout the day. Carts, clubs and practice balls are available for rent. Open daily 7 a.m. to dusk.
Redhead Days Chicago Festival
Redhead Days Chicago Affiliate 2016 will feature two days of live music, local food vendors and food trucks, beer, wine and other red-themed cocktails and soft drinks, a Carrot Cake Throwdown, (will insert any other sponsored activities such as How To Be a Redhead), petting zoo, pony rides, bounce houses and other activities for all ages. Admission is free, but ask all Redheads to register to track attendance of the most Redheads gathered in one city. All activities held at Everts Park in Highwood.
La Quinta Inn & Suites Rockford
The La Quinta Inn & Suites Rockford hotel is located conveniently off of I-90, just twelve miles from the Chicago Rockford International Airport. We have a variety of shops and restaurants within walking distance. Relax in one of our clean and comfortable guest rooms and enjoy access to our business center and new state-of-the-art fitness center. Our 100% non-smoking hotel offers free high-speed Internet access, a refreshing indoor pool and spa, as well as a guest laundry facility available at a nominal fee. Our guest rooms are equipped with microwaves, refrigerators, 40-inch flat screen TVs, pillowtop mattresses, coffee makers, hair dryers, iron and boards, and free local calls. You can also stop by our Bright Side Market if you forget any of your essential amenities. Also, our meeting facilities make this a great place for your next meeting, baby shower or any special events. Start the day right with our free Bright Side Breakfast that includes an assortment of hot breakfast items, tea and hot chocolate, assorted juices, bagels, breads, hot and cold cereals, fresh fruit, and yogurt.
The Woodlands Golf Club & Banquet Facility
Designed around a winding creek and elevation changes, The Woodlands is known as a “shot-makers” paradise. Enjoy breathtaking views from the clubhouse which overlooks the 18th green. The banquet facility can seat 250 and is an ideal location for receptions, parties and more. The Red Barn, also on the golf course property, is available to rent for outdoor weddings.