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Taste of Chicago
Taste of Chicago is the nation's premier outdoor food festival showcasing the diversity of Chicago's dining community. The delicious array of food served at Taste of Chicago is complemented by music and exciting activities for the entire family. Every summer since 1980, Chicago's beautiful Grant Park on the city's magnificent lakefront has been home to the world's largest food festival.
Mt. Vernon Fall Festival
This three day October festival in downtown Mt. Vernon includes a beer tent with live entertainment, parade, children's area, food, fun, car show, band competition, pumpkin competition, carnival, pet parade and so much more!
Candlelight Tour of New Salem
Bring the family to experience New Salem village after dark. Interpreters in period clothing will welcome you into the reconstructed log homes of the historic village where Abraham Lincoln lived for six years.
Chicago Pride Fest
Get ready for a flamboyant, fun party in Boystown! Show your pride while enjoying an eclectic lineup of crafts, food and entertainment from some of Chicago's finest LGBT performers.
“Ciao” on delicious Italian food and delight in a grand parade. This week long festival will include midway rides and games, live music from award winning artists, a bocce tournament, a grape stomp, a pasta cook-off, a kids pet and bike parade, a road race and an art contest.
Fall Festival at New Salem
Typical autumn life on the 1830s Illinois prairie will be demonstrated. Costumed interpreters will demonstrate daily tasks such as candle dipping, butter churning, soap making, basket making, spinning wool, gardening, natural dyeing, and fishing with nets. Demonstrations of meat smoking will take place in one of the log village's period smokehouses, and wild game cooking will be demonstrated in the log homes. Visitors can step down into the cellar at the tavern to see how fruits and vegetables were preserved during the winter.
Big Bang at Hidden Lake Winery
Dueling piano's. Meal prepared by Winery Chef.
Country Treasures Craft Show
Freshen up your home and garden for spring! A wide variety of homemade items for sale. Event features holiday items as well.
American Indian and Ethnographic Show
Historic artifacts on display.
Lansing Autumn Festival
The annual three-day Lansing Autumn Fest returns for its 4th year at Fox Point & Park Plaza. The family friendly event includes musical entertainment, food vendors, vendor Market Place & craft fair, vintage baseball game, kids zone with second entertainment stage & kids games, chili cook-off, military recognition day, pancake breakfast, 5K Hero Walk/Run, $10,000 Pumpkin Cash Raffle. For more information or to be a sponsor or vendor, visit www.lansingautumfest.org or call 708-832-4584.
2nd Annual Outdoor Sculpture Walk
Take a self-guided tour of public art from June 2 to September 2 as part of the 2nd annual Sculpture Walk in downtown Oak Park. The walk features 12 world-class sculptures prominently placed among Oak Park's many shops and restaurants.
Gem & Mineral Show
Annual Gem and Mineral Show showing off Indian artifacts, fossils, lapidary displays, shell crafts and much more.
Pick any decade and come ready to dance! Event fundraiser features: *King & Queen voting *Groove to the DJ mix *Raffles & Prizes *Finger foods & desserts from local restaurants *A Local Celebrity Lip Sync Battle General Ticket $75: includes open bar, appetizers & desserts and coat check.
St. Charles Fine Art Show
Located along the banks of the Fox River, this juried art show features 100 fine artists, live music, demonstrations and artists’ awards.
Now celebrating its 34th year, Fountain Square Art Festival is the largest and oldest fine arts fair on Chicago's majestic North Shore. Featuring the eclectic works of more than 225 juried artists, this sprawling art showcase epitomizes words like "cosmopolitan” and "sophistication." The festival takes place in downtown Evanston, just steps from the eponymous Fountain Square. It also features a popular children's art tent with fun activities overseen by the acclaimed Evanston Art Center, food, and a soothing jazz-centric music lineup.
Annual Wabash Valley Wine and Art Festival
Stroll up and down Palestine's Historic Main Street lined with fine arts, crafts and food. Enjoy free entertainment as you sample wines from more than a dozen central and southern Illinois wineries. Enjoy a relaxing weekend in Illinois' oldest town.
Galena Halloween Parade
The largest and spookiest parade in the tri-state area. The popular event promises to be as enjoyable as in years past featuring spectacular floats, local marching bands, many costumed participants, prizes, and treats for guys and "ghouls" of all ages. Returning this year will be hot air balloons lighting up Main Street as they make their way through the parade.
Clayville Historic Site
The centerpiece of Clayville is the Broadwell Inn, the oldest brick building in Sangamon County, built in 1824 by the Broadwell family as a stage coach stop between Springfield and Beardstown. The Inn is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is surrounded by numerous other historic buildings from Central Illinois moved to Clayville in the 1960s to recreate an early frontier pioneer village. Come see a unique piece of Illinois history.
Starved Rock Photography Club
Whether you are just beginning in photography, are an advanced amateur or a professional, you are welcome to the Starved Rock Photography Club. Monthly photography walks at Starved Rock State Park’s Lodge with club leader, Jacki Pienta. The Photography Club will meet each month throughout the year for guided walks to planned sites for photography opportunities. Members will informally exchange ideas and tips for quality nature and wildlife photos. We will meet the 4th Saturday of every month at 9am in the back of the Large Parking Lot at Starved Rock Lodge. All meetings will consist of a hike to an area of either Starved Rock State Park, Matthiessen State Park or Buffalo Rock. Please be prepared to carpool if necessary. $25.00 annual fee to join which will include a club t-shirt and an annual cookout! Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm 4th Saturday of each month. For more information, call 815-220-7386.
Southern Illinois Irish Festival
This Festival began in 1997 and continued to grow and expand with new events and excitement for participants of all ages. A Celtic cultural celebration with special concerts, fairs with music, dance workshops & demonstrations, Celtic arts & crafts, and merchandise, children’s activities. This year's Southern Illinois Irish Festival will be hosted by Walkers Bluff. This new venue provides a picturesque location just northwest of Carterville, Illinois.
Uncorked Summer Nights
Experience the Oak Park Conservatory from a fresh perspective with Uncorked Summer Nights! Admission includes 2 drink tickets and appetizers. Also, included is showcase tours of the Fern, Tropical and Desert rooms. Enjoy music by the Grosso Family Band and art by Phil Malhiot. Appetizers provided by New Rose Catering and wine and craft beer by Marion Street Cheese Market.
Effingham Farmer's Market
Effingham Farmer’s Market includes tons of fresh and local foods, handmade crafts and live music each Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. Buy local and help support our community!
Planned activities include a craft show, a dance contest, stein holding contests, antique tractor show, races, a church service and delectable international food and much more!
Art on Harrison
Seeking a way to announce the emerging Arts District, galleries and building owners in partnership with the Oak Park Arts Council inaugurated Art on Harrison in 1995. Conceived of as an informal Friday evening gallery walk, the event has continued each September since its inception, expanding to include entertainment and performances at participating galleries. Come out and see what the area has to offer in a convivial atmosphere, a celebration of what the creative spirits of this community have accomplished.
Silver Creek & Stephenson Railroad Steam Train Rides, Silvercreek Museum Soup Supper
All aboard the antique steam train as a 36 ton, 1912 Heisler steam locomotive pulls three cabooses, and two passenger flatcars for a four mile ride through farmlands and across a bridge 30 feet above Yellow Creek. Purchase your ticket at the Silver Creek Deport, and browse for novelties in the Freight House. Visit the Silver Creek Museum which offers 25 rooms of early Americana and featuring the 130 ton Cooper Corliss Steam Engine and its over 25' fly wheel. The museum will feature homemade soups, sandwiches and dessert. Train: Adults: $7; Children under 12: $3; Cab Rides: Inquire at the Depot; Museum: Adults: $4; Children under 12: Free.
This annual festival held the first weekend in October celebrates pioneer life with demonstrations, crafts and food. Features a blue grass band, cemetery walk, and a church service at the historic Mt. Olive Church. Free admission!
Art Dans La Rue
Join us on Tuesday, August 6th from 12-9pm for Downtown Oak Park's authentic urban French Street Festival! Featuring: art exhibits by local artists, special showing of a French film, Can-Can dancers, French music by "Paris La Nuit," Poodle Parade, French lessons, Fresh made crepes, Wine tastings, Sidewalk chalk contest, Bike Rentals, and much more!
Downtown Bloomington Farmers Market
The Market is open from 7:30 a.m. to noon every Saturday morning from May through October. Located on the historic downtown square, the Farmers’ Market is managed by the Downtown Bloomington Association. Not only does the market give customers a colorful venue to buy locally grown farm products, it also puts them in touch with local artisans of prepared goods and fine arts, musicians, and community organizations. The Downtown Bloomington Association Farmers’ Market is a producer-only market offering a wide array of farm products — including vegetables, fruits, cheeses, pork, beef, free-range poultry and eggs, flowers, plants, herbs, and more grown and produced by the individual selling these items! The market features different musical performances each week. Cooking demos are offered regularly, and the Kids’ Zone has sponsors that offer weekly hands-on activities for all ages.
August 20th Cruise Nite in Berwyn
Come down to the Depot District and enjoy Cruise Nites with other families, residents and car enthusiasts. Learn more about Berwyn's proud classic car culture and historical automotive heritage. Cruise Nites are free! Just show up and have a great time!
A Tribute to Patsy Cline
Mary Pfeifer has a voice that will take you back to the days of Patsy Cline. From Patsy's first recordings in 1955 to her last in 1963, she covers her famous hits such as Crazy and Walking After Midnight. Mary recently performed the part of Patsy Cline in the highly successful Engle Lane Theater production of "Always Patsy Cline". 2015 Dates: Dates: Jun. 22, 2015 - Jun. 23, Jul 20 - Jul 21, Oct 5 & 6. Times: 11:30am - 2:45pm. For more information and to purchase tickets call 815-220-7386.
Christmas Market "Julmarknad"
The holiday festivities in Bishop Hill begin with Julmarknad, or Christmas Market. This event is based on Scandinavian customs dating back to the Middle Ages when farmers and artisans would gather in the village squares to sell their wares. Bishop Hill businesses will be offering unique gifts, handmade wares, antiques, quilts, collectibles, baked goods, delicious foods, and Swedish imports. Scandinavian foods such as herring, lutfisk, and rye bread are also in abundance. Select from a large array of delicious holiday cookies, homemade by community bakers on Friday and Saturday.
Amadeus, the renowned tale of Mozart as seen through the eyes of his most envious competitor, composer Antonio Salieri. The play is an interesting representative style of the style and values of the time. Jeff Recommended!
Christmas in Paris
Come join us for a magical night in Paris, Illinois - full of games, crafts, laughter and fun for the entire family. Most storefronts will be open for shopping or hosting an activity. Most activities are free. All are invited. Visit our facebook page to learn more.
Historic National Landmark, Bishop Hill, glows with luminary lit sidewalks and candle lit windows in honor of St. Lucy, a celebration of lights. Musical entertainment abounds throughout the village. Musicians will perform at the Steeple Building and at Vagnhall Galleri, the air will be filled with musical melodies. The village specialty shops and dining establishments stay open late for an enchanted evening to remember. Feel like dancing? Experience the Old Colony School barn dance serenaded by the Rusty String Pickup Band. Experience a utopia on the prairie holiday experience this season.
Village of Robbins Open Air Market
Year round, each Tuesday, Thursday, & Saturday. Thinking of going into business? Let us be your testing ground. Become a vendor or shop til you drop. We have new and used merchandise.
Beaux Arts Ball - Jacksonville
A proud tradition of the community, this gala brings out the finest in the city's youth for a wonderful ball and coronation of king and queen of the event. Largest annual fundraising event for the David Strawn Art Gallery.
Christmas on the Fox/Art and Craft Show
Quality, hand-made arts and crafts. No commercial or manufactured items. Come and experience the delights of the season.
Sunday at Sandwich Antique Market
Discover treasures and hard-to-find items at the historic Sandwich Fairgrounds. Held on the 2nd Sunday of each month from May through October.
Annual Barry Apple Festival
Over 50,000 people join this quaint historic town to celebrate the apple industry. Old-time crafts, specialty food, entertainment, a car show, and a parade are highlights of the weekend of festivities.
The Original American Passion Play
Now in its 93rd season, the American Passion Play is one of the oldest, continuously-performed, passion plays in the United States. This Biblically accurate performance takes the audience on a spiritual journey to Palestine, 30 AD where they travel with the living Christ, meet his Apostles and follow his ministry from the Sermon on the Mount to His resurrection and ascension. The play features beautiful scenery, live pipe organ music, live voices and even live animals.
Peter and the Star Catcher
An enchanting, swashbuckling prequel to Peter Pan, Peter And The Star Catcher is an epic romp through the Neverland you never knew. A company of twelve actors play more than a hundred unforgettable characters on a journey to solve the mystery of how Peter Pan become "The Boy Who Never Grew Up." This regional premiere of the hit Broadway play is the captivating coming-of-age tale of one of classic literature's most beloved and unforgettable characters.
2015 Christkindl Holiday Festival
Come to downtown Barrington for the annual Christkindl Festival. This is an open-air event during the holiday season featuring authentic German food, live entertainment, drinks, fun activities for families and kids crafts, live reindeer, carousel & train rides, Gingerbread House competition and even Santa's house. Please visit the website for a complete list of entertainment.
Beanstalk! The Musical
Jack and the Beanstalk is exactly like nothing you've ever seen before, not even in a book! This fun family show follows the adventures of Jack, a young boy with his nose in a book of fairytales. Filled with hilarious characters, toe-tapping tunes and more twists than a climbing vine Beanstalk! The Musical is one show that is guaranteed to grow and grow and grow right into your heart.
Oklahoma! A Paramount Theatrical Production
This is the show that set the standard for all future musicals by incorporating music, lyrics and dance into a well-crafted serious story. It’s also the debut collaboration of one of the most prolific writing teams in American theater history – Rodgers and Hammerstein. Set in the turn of the century Oklahoma Territory, tensions are mounting between the local farmers and cowboys over the use of land. In the midst of it all, is the rugged cowboy Curly, who’s fallen for the strong-headed farm girl, Laurey. Despite their fiery spirits and at times tumultuous relationship, the two are destined to start a new life together in the soon-to-be state called Oklahoma! Nominated for 7 Tony Awards and winner of a Pulitzer Prize, this is the show that sets the standard for the 2015-16 Paramount Broadway Season. It’s filled with some of the most recognized songs in theatre including “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’,” “The Surrey with the Fringe on Top,” “People Will Say We’re in Love,” and of course, the resounding “Ok-la-hom-a,” – all performed by the Paramount’s full-orchestra. Bring the entire family and experience Paramount’s Oklahoma! This will be the production everyone is talking about this fall. Music by Richard Rodgers Book & Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II Based on "Green Grow the Lilacs” by Lynn Riggs Original dances by Agnew De Mille Directed by Paramount Artistic Director Jim Corti.
The Winter Wonderettes
THE WINTER WONDERETTES takes audiences to Harper’s Hardware for their 1968 holiday party, hosted by the female singing group The Wonderettes. When Santa turns up missing, the ladies must use their talent and creative ingenuity, plus some great holiday tunes such as “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town,” “Jingle Bell Rock,” “ Run Rudolph Run,” “Winter Wonderland” and 20 other seasonal favorites, to save the festivities. This energetic and entertaining show is guaranteed to delight audiences of all ages.
The Nutcracker Ballet is a holiday tradition woven with beautiful choreography, music and a special story. Set to the lovely score by Tchaikovsky, this two act ballet begins with a young girl named Clara who receives a special gift from Herr Drosselmeyer at a Christmas Party. The nutcracker gift quickly becomes Clara’s favorite and soon transforms into a prince who invites her to join him on a special journey. The story continues through the snow, into the Land of Sweets where dancers from many lands entertain them. Is it all a dream? This will be the 15th time that the Kaiser Dance Theatre has brought the lovable ballet to local audiences. The first performance took place in 1985 and since then has become one of Quincy’s very own holiday traditions.
White Christmas The Musical
Celebrate the holiday season with Irving Berlin's White Christmas, the merry and bright stage production based on the classic silver screen romantic comedy. When two former Army buddies, who are now Broadway performers, follow a sister act booked at a charming Vermont Inn, they soon discover that it is owned by their former commander. With no snow and no customers, the General is nearly bankrupt. To save the lodge, the two acts team up and put on a festive show packed with Irving Berlin favorites like Blue Skies, Count Your Blessings, I Love a Piano, and, of course, White Christmas. White Christmas is joyful entertainment for the entire family and will have audiences dreaming of tree tops glistening and sleigh bells in the snow.
Holiday House at Magnolia Manor
The 14 room historic mansion is decorated for the Holidays, with many of the decorations for sale. Holiday luncheons can be scheduled with reservations. Luncheons include a served meal and a house tour. Regular tours are offered from 1 to 4pm daily.
Art in the Park - Highland
The vibrant colors of autumn provide the perfect canvas to paint a relaxing weekend filled with fine art, mouthwatering food and superb entertainment. Lindendale Park offers a tranquil setting where nearly 70 professional artists display their works of fine art. Festival attendees can shop for works of art in twelve categories. Children, too, can shop for just $5.00 at a special art gallery of work donated by the artists.
Quincy Preserves Fall House Tour
Quincy Preserves Fall House Tour featuring seven amazing locations: The Quincy Preserves Annual Behind Closed Doors Home Tour will take place on Saturday, October 17th, from 10 am to 4 pm. For more info visit www.quincypreserves.org
Christmas in Carterville
This annual Christmas celebration encompasses the entire downtown area of Carterville. Santa and his helpers will be on hand for photos. There will be hot chocolate and cookies, caroling, chili supper, gingerbread contest, festival of trees, Sugar Plum Dance Fairies, face painting, Candy Land Path, Horse and Carriage rides and much much more. This event is held in downtown Carterville.
Bye Bye Birdie
To conclude its 2015-2016 season, Drury Lane Theatre presents the classic All-American musical Bye Bye Birdie. It's the late 1950's, and teenagers from across the United States are going crazy for the handsome rock star, Conrad Birdie. Meanwhile, his manager Albert is going into debt and is banking on Conrad's success. Disaster strikes when Conrad receives a draft notice to join the military. Albert stages a publicity stunt for Conrad to kiss one lucky fan on The Ed Sullivan Show before he leaves for the army. Fifteen-year-old Kim MacAfee from Sweet Apple, Ohio is selected. Conrad Birdie gets more than he bargained for when he arrives in the Midwestern town which is reeling with excitement for his visit.
Michael St. Angel takes the stage as “The King of Rock and Roll." You can rock to the hits that made Elvis famous such as Jailhouse Rock, Hounddog, Love Me Tender and many more. Keep the spirit of Rockin’ and Rollin’ alive! April 19/Evening; April 20 & 21/Matinees - Matinee shows include lunch and show at $32.00 a person. Evening shows include wine tasting, dinner and show at $37.00 per person. For more information or to book, call 815-220-7386.
Alton Farmer's & Artisans' Market
There will be an abundance of delicious fresh produce, crafts, baked goods, plants & flowers, locally-raised hormone-free meat, handmade soaps, jewelry, artwork, pottery, art demonstrations and more at the Alton Farmer's and Artisans' Market. Admission is free for shoppers and there is plenty of parking at its new permanent location in the city-owned parking lot at the corner of Landmarks and Henry Street. The Alton Farmer's & Artisans' Market is every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Wednesdays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Chicago Architecture Foundation's Open House Chicago
The Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Open House Chicago is a free public festival that offers behind-the-scenes access to 200 buildings across Chicago. Explore the hidden gems and architectural treasures of Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods—all for free. 200 cool places. 48 hours. Go. It's free.
The Fox Valley Park District makes the glorious season of fall last a little longer with its annual Pumpkin Weekends at Blackberry Farm. During every weekend in October plus Columbus Day – nine days in all – fall is celebrated in its full glory. Families can enjoy safe and fun Halloween festivities including seasonal crafts, harvest décor and pumpkin stories!
Winneshiek Players Present: "Rocky Horror Picture Show"
The Winneshiek stage will transform into a mysterious old castle where two unsuspecting travelers meet a crazy doctor and other crazy creatures. The cult classic film will be presented with a shadow cast and provide many opportunities for audience participation. $15 (Includes Prop Bag).
West Side Story: A Paramount Theatrical Production
It’s quite possibly one of the greatest love stories ever to be told in a musical. Set in the blue-collar neighborhood of New York’s Upper West Side, racial tensions run high as residents try to grind out a daily living. A turf war is being fought as the Jets, a white gang, and the Sharks, a Puerto Rican gang, battle over boundaries. In the heart of the turmoil, former Jets member Tony meets Maria at a local dance. The chemistry is instantaneous, and for a few hours, there is no race, no hatred, no barriers, just two young people in love. But Maria is the sister of Sharks’ leader Bernardo, and no one is going to make it easy for Tony and Maria to escape.
Little Big Town Live at the NIU Convocation Center
The Grammy award-winning country group Little Big Town has added a fall leg to their The Pain Killer Tour that will hit the NIU Convocation Center in DeKalb, IL on October 29th. Hot off their win for Vocal Group of the Year at the Academy of Country Music Awards, the band is touring to support the release of their 6th album, Pain Killer. We hope you'll join Karen Fairchild, Jimi Westbrook, Phillip Sweet, and Kimberly Schlapman in DeKalb on October 29th. Tickets will go on sale Friday, June 5 at 10:00am local time. The band will again offer a unique VIP experience for fans; allowing them to choose from 2 limited packages including meet and greets, exclusive merchandise, and more. Ticket prices range from $35-45 and will be available at the Convocation Center box office, Ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster Outlets, or by phone 800-745-3000. See more at: http://niuconvo.com/convo/events/convo_events/2015/10/LittleBigTown.shtml#sthash.Hozy1c7R.dpuf
A Christmas Story - The Musical at the Paramount Theatre
One of the most watched and beloved Holiday movies ever made comes to life in a full-blown musical production on the Paramount stage. It’s the story of nine-year-old Ralphie Parker growing up in middle-America in the 1940s. With Christmas right around the corner, Ralphie has his bespectacled sights set on one thing – a Red Ryder BB Gun. But at every turn, the young daydreamer hears those five words that are the bane of his existence: “you’ll shoot your eye out.” It’s a story filled with laughs, dreams, warmth and family. A story filled with a department store Santa, a Leg Lamp, a Snow Suit and friends that will never leave your side – even if your tongue is stuck to a Flag Pole. The music is energetic, unforgettable and ranges from gentle ballads to full-on show-stopping numbers. The imagery takes you back to an easier time we often long for, but the message stays the same: family, friendship, love – the holidays are nothing without them. Bring your family and celebrate the holidays with the perfect feel-good musical for the season.
Kim Russo: The Happy Medium at the Paramount Theatre
She’s been called a translator for the spirit world. She just recently won Best Psychic of 2015 by The Best of Long Island. But you probably know her as Kim Russo, The Happy Medium, and she’s got a pretty rare talent: she can communicate with spirits. From her appearances on A&E’s hit Paranormal State and The Biography Channel’s Celebrity Ghost Stories to her deeply personal readings, Kim Russo has been changing the lives of celebrities and citizens alike with her shocking talent for years. Come experience Kim’s other-worldly skill for yourself, live on the Paramount stage. Who knows – maybe she’ll pick YOU for a reading!
Chicago International Film Festival
The Chicago International Film Festival, now celebrating its 51st year, is North America's oldest competitive international film festival, showcasing over 175 films from 50 countries for two weeks in October. From red carpet galas and film premieres to stars and filmmakers in attendance, the Festival is one of Chicago's highlight events in the Fall!
Twenty Dirty Hands
Tour the beautiful Galena countryside, enjoy the fall colors and visit some of the area’s best known pottery and sculpture studios. Some open just for this weekend. Featuring special exhibits and events and allowing visitors a unique view of their kilns, forges and workspaces.
West Fork Encampment
Re-creation of Frontier and Military life of the 18th century nestled in the beautiful surroundings of Lake Lou Yaeger. There will be cannon demonstrations, period food, music and many more historical demonstrations. Located at Picnic Area #4.
Under the Streetlamp at the Paramount Theatre
The Boys are back in town! That’s right, former castmates from Chicago’s very own Jersey Boys are headed back to Aurora, and Michael x2, Chris and Shonn are bringing their stunning voices, their slick dance moves and their electrifying charm with ‘em. These guys sell out the Paramount every season, and with their unforgettable show featuring your favorite Doo-Wop, Motown and old time rock-n-roll tunes (and some surprises, too), this year’s no different. Retro never sounded so now – it’s Under The Streetlamp.
Mannheim Steamroller Christmas at the Paramount Theatre
There’s no better way to kick off the holiday season than with the band that changed Christmas music forever: it’s Mannheim Steamroller. Helmed by Grammy-winner and musical genius Chip Davis, this world-renowned group takes your favorite songs of the season and beefs them up with their signature new age style that’s been dubbed “18th century Classical Rock.” With 40+ years of live performances under their cummerbunds, these guys know how to put on a show that will leave audiences in absolute awe. Get in the holiday spirit with the uplifting sounds and magical arrangements of Mannheim Steamroller.
Freedom Train at the Effingham Performance Center
Freedom Train tells the thrilling story of Harriet Tubman in a series of highly theatrical scenes that use dance, dialogue and music of the period in a way the whole family is sure to enjoy. The show starts at 10 a.m.
Donny & Marie at the Paramount Theatre
From recording artists to television stars to Vegas headliners, Donny & Marie are the epitome of entertainment superstars. Just ask any of the thousands of people who saw them light up the Paramount last summer. Now, this duo is back at it in Aurora, and they’re bringing the songs, the choreography and, of course, the charm. With more than 90 years in show biz between them, Donny & Marie are bringing their catalog of chart-toppers like “Puppy Love,” “Paper Roses,” “A Little Bit Country, A Little Bit Rock N Roll” and countless more to the stage. Add in their fun-loving personalities, high-energy style and serious dance skills, and this is one production that’s a total blast for the young and young at heart. Get in on all the Osmond fun, and come see for yourself why, year-after-year, Donny & Marie are voted the best of Vegas.
The Second City: Holidazed & Confused Revue
Spend your holiday season with the funniest comedy crew in the country: Second City and their hilarious holiday show Holidazed and Confused. These guys are bringing their world-famous skits, songs and laughs to Paramount’s 175-seat Copley Theatre from December 4 to 20 – and in a theatre this intimate, you’re up close and personal with all that Second City fun. Get some eggnog, get out to Aurora and get ready to laugh with Second City.
After he won Season 2 of America’s Got Talent, Terry Fator’s career in singing, dancing, comedy and mind-blowing ventriloquism skyrocketed… and now’s your chance to experience his endless talents live in Aurora for one-night-only. Be prepared to laugh, cheer and be amazed by Terry Fator. This guy’s known for selling out shows in Vegas, he sold out the Paramount last time, and he’ll do it again.
Jay Leno at the Paramount Theatre
Yes, it’s true. Comedy and talk show legend Jay Leno is headed to Aurora for one-night-only, and he’s bringing Paramount audiences along for one of the funniest nights of the season. From performing 300 nights a year in comedy clubs to dominating the late night circuit as NBC-TV’s Tonight Show host for over 17 years, Jay’s Emmy-winning humor has had audiences around the world laughing for decades… and earned him a spot in the Television Hall of Fame while he’s at it. Now he’s bringing the jokes that made him a Rockefeller Center star right here to the Paramount, and you don’t want to miss it. Here’s something special: America’s Got Talent finalist, CMA nominee and recording artist Emily West is kicking off this awesome night with her amazing songs. Get ready for this rising star to light up the stage.
Ballet Folklorico Quetzalcoatl
It’s become a tradition in the Fox Valley to honor the area’s rich Mexican culture with Ballet Folklorico – that tradition continues. The Ballet Folklorico celebrates the traditional Mexican folklorico with colorful costumes, wonderful music and electrifying, elegant and beautiful choreography. You’ll feel your spirits rise and eyes light up as this celebrated group of artists share an important piece of their wonderful culture.
The Rat Pack at the Paramount Theatre
World-renowned actor and comedian Buddy Hackett was a lifelong friend of the Rat Pack. Together, those five guys were the epitome of cool, ruling the Las Vegas strip and creating a smooth style that’s still emulated today. Now, years later, Buddy’s son Sandy Hackett and his crew of crooners are bringing the boys’ timeless Vegas show to the Paramount stage, reminding everyone that the Rat Pack is still one of the hottest acts around. Critics have been saying it for years; with Sandy’s personal connection to Frank, Dean, Sammy and Joey, this show is the closest you’ll ever get to seeing the boys back under the stage lights.
Josh Turner at the Paramount Theatre
People magazine calls him one of Country’s Hottest Stars. His debut single “Long Black Train” went gold. The Associated Press says he’s “among the most effective – and most hard-core country – performers of his generation.” His hit “Why Don’t We Just Dance” was literally the most-played song of 2010. It’s no wonder Josh Turner is one of the youngest members of the Grand Ole Opry. And this season, he’s bringing his unmistakable baritone voice, double-platinum songwriting skills and dazzling country charm to Aurora. Don’t miss this CMA and Grammy nominee when he rocks the stage with No.1 songs like “Your Man,” “All Over Me” and “Time is Love,” plus tons more off his five history-making albums. And opening for Josh is MCA Recording Artists and rising star Raquel Cole.
Brian Regan at Genesee Theatre
Brian Regan is one of the hardest working and most respected comedians in the country. He has been selling out theatres from coast to coast and has earned the praise of the press, the public, and fellow comedians. Tickets run $45 & $55.
Jack Hanna's Into the Wild Live at the Paramount Theatre
Bring the family for a wild afternoon with “Jungle” Jack Hanna and his animal pals! From lions to lemurs, gorillas to geckos and everything in between, everyone’s favorite animal expert has brought the wonder of the animal kingdom to multiple generations, introducing furry, feathery and just plain fascinating creatures on The Late Show with David Letterman, Good Morning America and The Ellen DeGeneres Show. He’s hosted his own Emmy-winning educational and entertaining TV programs like Animal Adventures and Into the Wild. And now, Jungle Jack’s bringing his hat, his khakis and his coolest friends to Aurora.
Hairspray: The Broadway Musical at the Paramount Theatre
Tracy Turnblad is a plus-size teen with plus-size hair, and she has one big plus-size dream – to dance her way onto Baltimore’s smash hit TV show, “The Corny Collins Show.” Every day after school, she and best friend Penny bee-line home to watch the cool kids shake the rafters to the hottest tunes on Collins’ program. When a dance slot opens on the show, Tracy gets help from her friend Seaweed, who puts enough groove in her step to win that dream role – and life is never the same again. But Tracy doesn’t rest on her stardom, instead she uses her new celebrity to racially integrate the TV show and change the lives of Baltimore folks forever. Based on the John Waters hit movie, Hairspray is a high-octane ride with thrilling choreography, rockin’ tunes and explosively colorful costumes – plus some really cool hairdos. More importantly, under all the glitz, Hairspray reminds us of the importance of individuality and the acceptance of one another: a wonderful message to share with everyone.
Legendary Diamonds Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary
See the fascinating stories of some of history's most famous diamonds and their equally famous owners. The exhibit blends the lapidary art of faceting with historic figural artistry to tell each diamond's story including The Hope, The Orlov, The Table Cut, and The Regent.
God Save the Queen at the Paramount Theatre
These guys are packing Queen’s biggest hits like “We Are the Champions,” “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Somebody to Love” into one huge set, and they’re doing it with all that over-the-top theatricality that made Queen one of the best-known bands in music history. From the incredible lighting to the epic anthems to lead singer Pablo Padin’s spot-on resemblance (both in voice and looks) to the late, great Freddie Mercury, God Save the Queen will rock you.
STOMP at the Paramount Theatre
There’s a reason STOMP sold out every single show they played at the Paramount last time they were in town. Now’s your chance to experience the most successful off-Broadway creation of all time, back in Aurora. STOMP is an inventive, energizing and downright electrifying spectacle that blends dance, music, percussion and theatricals into one gigantic rhythm that will have your heart pounding. After these guys come through town, you’ll never look at paint cans, plumbing fixtures or even the kitchen sink the same. Get ready to get STOMP’d.
Frank Caliendo at the Paramount Theatre
From his countless appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman to his hilarious segments on Fox NFL Sunday to his 11-year tenure on MADtv, Chicago-born Frank Caliendo is a comedic genius. His impressions of celebrities like Charles Barkley, Al Pacino and Bill Clinton are dead-on. His jokes will have you in stitches. And his high-energy style has the Hollywood Reporter calling him “a combination of Robin Williams and Jim Carrey.” Whether you’re a sports fan, a political analyst or you just love to laugh, you don’t want to miss Frank Caliendo live at the Paramount.
Cantigny Fall Festival
Enjoy a variety of activities including a Fall craft show, music, hayrides and more. Stop by Bertie's for a taste of autumn with a cup of hot cider or hot chocolate and something decadent to sink your teeth into.
Frank Caliendo at the Genesee
Frank Caliendo's high energy act is a blend of observations, impressions, characters and anecdotal stories that start at a frenetic pace and never let up. Once described "a combination of Robin Williams and Jim Carrey" Frank is one comedian that should not be missed. Tickets range $38 - $48.
Peter & Paul at the Paramount Theatre
Join Peter & Paul for a night of gorgeous harmonies, positive messages and hits like “Puff, The Magic Dragon,” “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?” and “Leaving on a Jet Plane” that transcend generational boundaries, inspiring millions of Americans over the last five decades. As core members of Peter, Paul & Mary, they transformed folk music into a powerful language that spoke to the masses. They soundtracked the Civil Rights movement, the anti-war scene and an entire era of social change. They’ve won five Grammys and made it on the Billboard Top 10 list six times over. And they’re celebrating over 50 years of positivity, talent and activism right here at the Paramount.
The stage is set for a great evening of festivities and fun for the entire family as the Effingham Central Business Group hosts the 3rd annual Chili Fest on Friday, October 16th, from 5-8 p.m. in Downtown Effingham. Nearly two dozen businesses will host either a chili tasting stop or other treats and refreshments throughout the evening. You can also do a little late night shopping to see what the great stores in the Central Business District have to offer! Many family friendly activities are also planned throughout the evening, including celebrity choice awards, live music, games and more. Bring the entire family!
Ghosts of Ottawa Past
Ghost stories at the Mansion and a walking tour of Ottawa's notorious haunted spots. Reddick Mansion is one of Ottawa's greatest treasures. Built in 1858, this three story, 22-room Italianate mansion was possibly the most expensive private home in Illinois at that time.
October Sky at Marriott Theatre
The beloved Universal Pictures film October Sky is now a new musical. It was 1957, and Sputnik lights up the October sky over the small Appalachian mining town of Coalwood, West Virginia. Homer Hickam, the teenage son of a coal miner, is determined not to end up like generations before him. Inspired by the world’s race to space, Homer and his buddies begin to light up the starry skies with their homemade rockets and dreams of glory. This rich and emotional story is for anyone who ever dreamed of something better and reached for the stars.
Hippiefest 2015 at the Genesee
Bring Woodstock back to life and celebrate the sounds that defined the 1960s with Hippiefest 2015. Groove to the tunes of yesteryear as the legendary group, The Family Stone headlines with Rick Derringer, Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels, and Badfinger featuring Joey Molland.
Memorial’s Festival of Trees
A nine-day holiday event featuring more than 200 trees and wreaths decorated with exquisite creativity. Features an elaborate hand-crafted Gingerbread Village and entertainment featuring dozens of musical performances. Please visit website for prices ~ www.MemorialsFestivalofTrees.com. Event is held at the Orr building in the IL State Fairgrounds.
Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra Fall Concert: Voilà Viola
The Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra is a non-profit community orchestra which provides a place for area musicians to use their talents in an orchestral setting. The orchestra consists of professional, student, and dedicated amateur musicians. KSO presents it's Fall Concert, Voilà Viola on Saturday, October 10th at 7:30 pm. The concert will be at NIU Boutell Memorial Concert Hall, and there will be a free pre-concert lecture in the hall.
Scott Wattles Blue Suede Christmas at the Effingham Performance Center
Join musicians, Scott Wattles and the Blue Suede Crew at 7 p.m. as they celebrate the holidays with their sensational Rock 'n Roll Christmas show.
Rocky Horror Picture Show with Live Shadow Cast
The Rocky Horror Picture Show is an outrageous assemblage of the most stereo-typed science fiction movies, Marvel comics, Frankie Avalon/Annette Funicello outings and rock 'n' roll of every vintage. Rated R. Featuring the live shadow cast of "Irrational Masters". Props that are not allowed are: lighters, candles or flames of any kind, large water guns, toast, hot dogs, or prunes. Prop kits will be available for purchase in the lobby before the show. Sept 19, Oct. 2 & 31
Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra Halloween Concert
The Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra is a non-profit community orchestra which provides a place for area musicians to use their talents in an orchestral setting. The orchestra consists of professional, student, and dedicated amateur musicians. The KSO will present its annual free concert of music with a theme appropriate for children and adults. The 5:30 concert will be repeated at 7:30, and there will be trick-or-treating in the building a half hour before the 5:30 concert. The concerts will take place at NIU Boutell Memorial Concert Hall.
Classic Albums Live - CCR Chronicles
Classic Albums Live takes classic albums and recreates them live, on stage - note for note, cut for cut. This is not a tribute band. There are no gimmicks or fake accents. This is simply a live re-creation of one of the greatest rock albums ever made. 8pm at the magnificent Rialto.
The Charlie Daniels Band at the Effingham Performance Center
From his Dove Award winning gospel albums to his genre-defining Southern rock anthems and his CMA Award-winning country hits, few artists have left a more indelible mark on America's musical landscape than Charlie Daniels. The Charlie Daniels Band has populated the radio with such memorable hits as "Long Haired Country Boy," "The South's Gonna Do It Again," "In America," "The Legend of Wooley Swamp" and of course, his signature song "The Devil Went Down to Georgia." This amazing artist will be at the Effingham Performance Center at 8 p.m.
Home Free at the Rialto Square Theatre
"Home Free" continues to entertain audiences with their high-energy show peppered with quick-witted humor that meshes Nashville standards with pop hits dipped in country flavor. No better venue than historic Rialto Square theater. 7:30pm show.