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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.
Ravinia Festival 2016
Another exciting year of entertainment at the Ravinia Festival. With a variety of performances, there is something for everyone. Choose from artists like Tony Bennett, Duran Duran, Phillip Phillips, Train and Andy Grammer, Dolly Parton, Don Henley and many more. Please visit the website for a complete schedule and to purchase tickets. Bring a picnic or pick up a complete picnic spread at one of the on-site restaurants or kiosks and sit back and enjoy the show.
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!
Illinois Shakespeare Festival
The Illinois Shakespeare Festival is a professional Shakespearean Repertory Festival that is a part of the College of Fine Arts at Illinois State University. The Festival is recognized as a nationally renowned Shakespeare Festival that over 10,000 patrons visit annually. The Festival produces a repertory season of Shakespeare plays and new works during the months of July and August each summer on the grounds of the Ewing Cultural Center. Celebrating its 39th season in 2016, the Festival is a theatrical gem located in the heart of central Illinois.
Sycamore's Steam Show and Threshing Bee
The History of the Northern Illinois Steam Power Club invites you to their annual Sycamore Steam Show & Threshing Bee. This family friendly event is a great way to step back in time and see many antique machines at work. Threshing using steam engines and gas tractors. Also, a sawmill in operation sawing logs into lumber using Steam Power and Baling Straw using Club's 1900 Sandwich stationary wire-tie baler are just a few of the engaging machine exhibitions that will be presented at the Bee. There will also be Barrel Train rides, rope making, mule team wagon rides and much more to entertain everyone.
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.
Chicago 47th Annual Pride Parade
Celebrate Chicago's LGBT community at the annual Pride Parade, now in its 47th year! The parade will feature floats, decorated vehicles and marching groups representing organizations, groups, businesses, elected government officials and individuals. Be sure to arrive early to get a good spot!
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.
Grafton Riverside Flea Market
You won't want to miss this fabulous flea market on the river. There will be over 50+ dealers with all types of goods, antiques glassware, tools, candles, furniture and good old-fashioned junk! Join the fun the fourth weekend of every month from April through October in Grafton. For more information, call (800) 258-6645 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hardin County Fluorspar Festival celebrates the influences brought to the area by the Fluorspar Mining Companies. Located on the banks of the Ohio River. Rosiclare (once known as the “Fluorspar Capital”), has a colorful history that revolved around this mineral. Each year, the Festival highlights and brings back memories of days gone by. Held on the first weekend in October in Downtown Rosiclare, the Festival features an ever-growing list of activities and things to do, including a Queen’s Pageant, a carnival, hickory-smoked barbeque, a pet parade, kid’s games, karoke, food and craft vendors, a quilt show, an open-house at the American Fluorite Museum, a car, truck and motorcycle show and a large parade featuring local school bands, groups, floats, a Grand Marshall and horse clubs. Local musical talent will also be on hand and the finale is held Saturday evening at the City Park on the Ohio River.
Tempel Lipizzan's 2016 Performances
Witness artistry and history come to life as the Tempel Lipizzan stallions enchant audiences with their power, intelligence and grace. From the play of newborn foals to the leaps of athletic stallions, the Tempel Lipizzans are an experience for the entire family. This unique performance set to music has become a Lake County favorite. Come early and enjoy a lunch or dinner in the cafe. Please visit the website for performance schedule.
Taste of Champaign-Urbana
Taste of Champaign-Urbana is the area’s premiere outdoor summer festival featuring delicious menu items from CU’s best restaurants, frosty beer from local breweries, lovely arts and crafts from local artists, the 3.14 mile Pie Run, and high quality music and entertainment for the whole family – all in a beautiful park setting. All proceeds from the festival go towards our youth scholarship fund which provides hundreds of local youth with the opportunity to go to camp, learn to dance, take swimming lessons, play baseball, and much more!
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.
Gem & Mineral Show
Annual Gem and Mineral Show showing off Indian artifacts, fossils, lapidary displays, shell crafts and much more.
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.
Geneva Arts Fair
Express your originality with the artwork you discover at Geneva’s nationally-acclaimed outdoor gallery of juried art. More than 140 artists will show their work; from drawing, painting and sculpture to ceramics, glass, textiles and jewelry. All art is available for sale. Come for the day or stay for the weekend. We hope to see you.
Sweet Corn Blues Festival
Over 50,000 ears of fresh sweet corn, sidewalk sales, arts, crafts, and flea market vendors await you on the streets of Uptown! Come out and enjoy the fun, food and some of the best blues music around. On Saturday the festival runs from 10 am to 5 pm (or ’till the corn runs out.) and on Sunday from 11 am to 4 pm. Visit the Sweet Corn Blues Festival page for entertainment listings and details. Free Parking in the College Ave. Parking Deck.
American Indian and Ethnographic Show
Historic artifacts on display.
Lansing Autumn Festival
The annual three-day Lansing Autumn Fest returns for its 5th year. Located at the corner of Ridge and Henry streets in downtown Lansing by the Clock Tower and at Fox Pointe. The family friendly event includes musical entertainment, food vendors, market place and craft fair, kids zone with second entertainment stage and kids games, military recognition day, pancake breakfast, 5K Hero Walk/Run, Pumpkin Cash Raffle and much more. For more information or to be a sponsor, volunteer, food vendor or market place vendor, visit lansingautumfest.org or call 708-832-4584. F 4-11PM, Sa 7AM-11PM, Su 11:30AM-5PM.
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.
18th Annual Prairieland Chautauqua
Modeled after traditional Chautauquas, this three day event features musical shows, historical storytellers, and reenactments portrayed by professionals and communal suppers. Come explore history and have a little fun while you are at it.
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.
Cedarhurst Craft Fair
More than 160 exhibitors from throughout the country show and sell diverse craft items. Includes continuous entertainment, children's activities, and a variety of food.
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.
Millennium Park Summer Film Series
Calling all movie buffs! Head to Millennium Park on Tuesday evenings this summer to enjoy free movies at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion. It's now home to the latest and most sophisticated outdoor screen with sound projected from the Pavilion's state-of-the-art sound system. The images are bright, clear and visible from the front row to the back of the Great Lawn, so there isn't a bad seat in the park! Be sure to grab a blanket and pack a picnic dinner to enjoy with your friends and family.
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!
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!
Jordbruksdagarna – Agriculture days
Celebrate Bishop Hill’s agrarian heritage, this event features traditional 19th century harvest activities and demonstrations, hands-on activities, music, farm produce, and Colony stew. Hours: 10am to 5pm.
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!
Riverside Art, Wine & Blues Festival
Enjoy a day of blues music with live bands at the historic band shell in Riverside park. Food & beverages available. All tickets $10, gates open at 11am. Always the first Saturday after Labor Day with multiple Illinois wineries, dozens of fine arts vendors, food and music.
Ya Maka My Weekend
Ya Maka My Weekend is a celebration of Caribbean culture, the festival brings the islands to the Quad Cities. Featuring nationally known, as well as regional, reggae and steel drum bands. Visit the open-air marketplace offering authentic island wares. Enjoy Caribbean foods, sand volleyball tournaments and a children's craft area. The family area, featuring a pirate costume contest, limbo contests and street performers, is another highlight of this summer festival. Event hours are Friday 5:00 p.m. - 12:30 a.m. and Saturday, 12 noon - 12:30 a.m. Admission Admission Charged. Call (309)788-6311 for more information
Galesburg Railroad Days
The 39th annual celebration of railroad history in downtown Galesburg. This event returns to Main Street. It marks the 160th year of the Railroad in Galesburg. Come by auto via I-74 or by rail via Amtrak. Galesburg is the gateway to the west and leading Amtrak Depot on the corridor to Quincy.
9th Annual Crazy Horse Bluegrass Festival
The fun starts Friday night at 7 p.m. Two shows on Saturday and a gospel show on Sunday. Lots of fun and great music. Tickets can be purchased at the door if you are not camping. Line-up includes The Harmans, Art Stevenson & High Water, Firebox, Williamson Branch, Chris Talley Trio,Dave & Gale Lowe, and much more!
DuQuoin State Fair
The DuQuoin fair is one of the nation's best agricultural events. The fair offers plenty of entertainment, including a carnival, livestock shows, agricultural exhibits, contests, and national acts on the grandstand stage.
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.
The 19th Annual Lincolnshire Art Festival
The festival hosts 100 juried artists from around the country in the Village Green of Lincolnshire and offers extraordinary examples of fine art and fine craft in a variety of mediums and price points. Take in the tranquility of Lincolnshire with a wonderful weekend that combines the fun of art with the art of fun. Live music on the music stage, great food and fun activities for kids, including an art scavenger hunt and spin art, make the festival a perfect family experience. Art enthusiasts will have the opportunity to see the masters at work with interactive art demos and booth chats taking place all weekend long! Festival-goers of all ages will have an opportunity to get into the “art-filled” action by contributing to a mural on-site at the festival.
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. Businesses will be open from 10-5pm. 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.
Downtown Car Show/Cruise Night
Downtown Car Show / Mt. Vernon Cruise Night - The Car Show will be located on 9th Street between Harrison and Jordan. Features cruise night, car, truck, and motorcycle show; entertainment, food, demonstrations, and a 50/50 drawing. The Car Show will have various models from "Classics" to "Modern."
Deer Park Art Show
This new outdoor show will feature fine art and fine craft for show and sale. In addition to the artwork, festival-goers will enjoy live performances from a variety of musical acts on the music stage, great food and art activities for kids, including an art scavenger hunt & spin art at the festival and much more.
Bishop Hill Clay and Fiber Fest
Interact with skilled potters and a variety of fiber artists during this two day event. Artists are featured in an indoor/outdoor classroom at Bishop Hill's Prairie Arts Center. Potters of all levels will demonstrate wheel throwing and hand building techniques, the Native American art of horse hair pottery, pit and raku firing processes and more. Learn weaving, spinning, rug hooking and broom making. Make and take activities will be conducted both days. Local musicians will entertain you with their diverse musical style in the village park Saturday afternoon, and an old-fashioned pie and ice cream social will be held there, too. Saturday evening, a soup supper takes place in the Bishop Hill Colony School. For $10, attendees can pick out a hand-thrown bowl, fill it with homemade soup, and take the bowl home afterward.
Port Clinton Art Festival
Port Clinton Art Festival is one of the most successful juried art festivals and attracts more than 250,000 art enthusiasts from places near and far. More than 260 of the world’s most celebrated artists come together to showcase their work over the course of the weekend, creating an atmosphere brimming with renowned creativity. Alongside established artists, a youth art division celebrates the talents of young artists ages 18 and under, offering them the opportunity to participate, exhibit, and experience the inner workings of an art festival.
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.
Blossoms at Butterworth - Deere Family Mansions
Each June, visitors enjoy the splendor of the Butterworth Center's impressive gardens while participating in several exciting activities; including old-fashioned music, games of the 1800s, jugglers, a scavenger hunt, an antique auto show, tours and refreshments. Come and see these Deere family home gardens at the Butterworth Center & Deere Wiman House.
Prairie on State Wine Cellars
Visit Prairie on State Wine Cellars, a Prairie State Winery tasting room, in downtown Sycamore. The tasting room invites you to sample many of the award-winning wines from PSW, shop for unique gifts or enjoy a glass of wine with a Nosh plate that you create yourself. Also features a weekend music schedule.
DeKalb County Barn Tour
The DeKalb County Barn Tour is a one-day driving tour of barn sites within DeKalb County hosted by the DeKalb Area Agricultural Heritage Association and the JF Glidden Homestead & Historical Center. Participants will receive a map Guide Book containing hand-drawn sketches of each barn and the barn’s history, style and use. Participants drive to each location in any order for a tour of the barn(s), including many interiors. Purchase your event ticket at any of the seven locations. Admission is $20 per vehicle (buses extra) (Museum members receive a 25% discount). Bus groups are welcome. Call for details on pricing; Marcia Wilson at the JF Glidden Homestead & Historical Center at (815) 756-7904 or email@example.com.
Autumn Drive in McHenry County
Welcome to a different kind of fall festival! Spend a leisurely day with family and friends on the country roads of McHenry County. Family farms in rural McHenry County open to the public for three days the third weekend in October. Each stop along the way offers a unique country experience with antiques, arts & crafts, pumpkins, apples, pottery and more. Pick up your map at 16105 Garden Valley Road, Woodstock, then start exploring.
Dicken's Holiday Village
Olde England comes alive in Historic Downtown Antioch with lifelike figures representing scenes from the Dickens Era. The Dickens Holiday Village is back and the handcrafted Dickens characters made by our volunteer artists will bring a Public Art Program that is free for everyone to enjoy! Antioch will proudly displayed 45 Dickens characters for people to tour. Each character has a plaque describing the scene and also serves as an educational tool for students. Take a self-guided tour with one of our Dickens Walking Brochure Maps or reserve a tour guide for groups of 24 or more. Plus there is plenty of Dickens Fun for everyone in November and December. You may enjoy Dickens Teas, an Antioch "Oliver" dog afternoon, Dress like Dickens event, and much more.
Highland Park's Art Center's Festival of Fine Arts
Situated on the beautiful tree-lined streets, the festival will showcase original works from 100 juried artists. Exceptional examples of fine arts and fine craft, including ceramics, fiber, glass, jewelry, wood and more will be featured at the festival. The Art Center’s Festival of Fine Arts will offer activities for children and families, as well as live entertainment and tasty festival treats throughout the weekend. Art enthusiasts will get a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into making these original works of art with live art demos taking place at the festival.
Old Settlers Days
Calhoun County was a wild rugged land, and its fall re-enactment festival embraces its past history. Old time crafts, mountain-man activities, black powder shooting, historic demonstrations, food, music, fiddlers jamboree, carriage rides and a petting zoo round out the activities scheduled for the weekend. Admission is free. For more information, call (618) 465-2114.
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 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. Come join us from 6-9pm!
American Thresherman Show
This steam and antique tractor show features 5 days of great events such as antique tractor pulls, ITPA & Illinois Hot Farm Stock sanctioned tractor pulls, music, a parade and much more! Featured this year is Rumely Products Collectors 24th Annual Expo and the Allis-Chalmers Triple A Tractor Club.
Mighty Richland Players Dessert Theater “A Nice Family Gathering”
Friday and Saturday: 7:30 pm; Sunday: 2 pm. In this comedy, it’s Thanksgiving Day and the first family gathering at the Lundeen household since the Patriarch died. At the gathering, Dad comes back as a ghost with a mission: to tell his wife he loved her, something he neglected to tell her while he was alive. However, not only can’t she see or hear him, she has also invited a date for dinner. Located in the historic Masonic Hall, the audience will not only get to see a great show, but also have a wonderful dessert during intermission. $20.
Art in the Park - Freeport
Join the Freeport Park District and the Freeport Art Museum as they welcome back the 9th annual, award winning Art in the Park. Come to Krape Park and enjoy the sights and sounds at this free community event. Stroll the walks and view the fine art on display by local and regional artists. Purchase a wonderful new piece of artwork to take home with you! Listen as local performing artists take the stage throughout the day. Partake in creative hands-on activities with the kids, and celebrate with some great food. Co-sponsored by the Freeport Art Museum and the Freeport Park District.10 am to 5 pm.
Hardin County Heritage Festival
The Hardin County Heritage Festival and Duck Race on the Ohio river celebrates the county’s rich heritage and history. The event includes exceptional period entertainment and activities to fill your weekend, including; 1800’s outdoor play, Civil War reenactment, pageant, quilt show, duck race, area craft and food vendors. Festivities also include a period ball, a Regal Women’s Tea and live entertainment throughout. Events are held in Elizabethtown (Saturday) and at the Hardin County K-12 School located East of Elizabethtown on 146. (Friday night pageant)
Frankfort Fall Festival
The Frankfort Fall Festival is ranked in the top 15 shows to visit by Sunshine Artist. There are 300 artisan from 30 states selling hand-crafted items at our show which includes local civic organizations selling food items, a carnival, entertainment and a community parade.
Sugar Creek Arts Festival
The streets of Uptown Normal are painted with artists and art lovers alike during this annual festival held each July. The festival only allows original pieces of artwork to be shown, so be ready for a one-of-a-kind experience!
Bishop Hill Spring Jubilee
This celebration welcomes spring with businesses serving treats and refreshments. We invite you to experience Bishop Hill renewed. Spring has arrived in Bishop Hill with special exhibits, shops open with fresh ideas. Refreshments are served in many of the shops and museums. See you soon!
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".
Merchant Street Music Festival
Merchant Street MusicFest brings together an eclectic range of music, artists, food and people to celebrate diversity throughout the community. Merchant Street MusicFest is a free two-day music and arts festival at the historic downtown train depot located at 199 South East Avenue in Kankakee, IL. The event is a community celebration featuring local, regional, and national musical talent on 3 stages, fine and folk art vendors and great food and drink. Tempt your tastebuds with our local food vendors' best offerings or just sit back with a cold one and let the melodic sounds wash over you.
Each August, hundreds of thousands of people come to Central Illinois to experience all the entertainment and excitement that the Decatur Celebration has to offer. Headliners cap off a weekend full of family fun with unique food vendors, 3 blocks of arts and crafts, a carnival, and something exciting around every corner. Please visit the website for a full list of performances.
Chicago Jazz Festival
Known for its artistic creativity, the Chicago Jazz Festival is a favorite Labor Day Weekend tradition. It promotes awareness and appreciation for all forms of jazz through free, quality live musical performance. Since 1979, the festival's mission is to showcase Chicago's vast jazz talent alongside national and international artists to encourage and educate a jazz audience of all ages.
2015 Elgin Short Film Festival
The 7th Annual Elgin Short Film Festival promises to be an entertaining evening of some of the very best in short films by some of the very best up-and-coming filmmakers.You are invited to the award ceremony and screening of finalists taking place in Elgin, IL on Saturday, September 26, 2015.
This annual craft show features the works of more than 300 crafters and artists displayed in booths, buildings and tents at the Boone County Fairgrounds. This show has a reputation for featuring hand-crafted, quality, original work. Vendors go through a juried application process, enabling us to provide you with an outstanding display of folk art, wood carving, dried florals, pottery, painted and appliqued clothing, jewelry, fine art and much more.
Moccasin Creek Festival
Moccasin Creek Festival is an annual 3-day music festival, which typically celebrates other arts and crafts as well. It takes place at beautiful Lake Sara in Summit Township, just west of Effingham, Illinois. The founder of Moccasin Creek Festival is Bill (Poss) Passalacqua, an Effingham native who has built his life around writing, performing and promoting music. Folk, bluegrass, alternative country, roots rock, and blues - "Americana" music. This is what MCF is all about - in an outdoor setting, using a venue with great acoustics, at a beautiful time of year.
The Bishop Hill Chatquaqua
We invite you to spend the day in an enchanting village. The park is the center of this small town and will be filled with story telling and music. What is a Chautauqua anyway? President Teddy Roosevelt once called the Chautauqua “the most uniquely American thing in America.” Pronounced shuh-TAW-kwuh, this traditional form of entertainment is a exploration of American life and liberty. Hear the true tales of what shaped us as a nation from the people who lived it. Humor and a deeply personal perspective mean that history has never been this much fun! Join us for the historical re-enactment, a family oriented event sharing true tales of what makes us uniquely American.
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.
Puerto Rican Heritage Festival
It’s a two-day festival celebrating the rich heritage of Puerto Rico. Put on by the Aurora Puerto Rican Cultural Council, the weekend features endless food vendors offering wonderful cuisine; domino competitions; traditional folk music; other Puerto Rican bands; a kids’ play area; novelty vendors; Puerto Rican craftsmanship vendors and non-stop fun. And don’t forget to take in the sights and sounds of the Puerto Rican Day Parade on Sunday.
Jacksonville Main Street’s Fine Arts Festival
Have a taste for the arts? Then head to the annual Fine Arts Festival in Downtown Jacksonville! Arts, food and fun all in downtown Jacksonville. Exhibits for show or sale include oil or acrylic paintings, watercolors, pastels, pencil art, photography, and mixed media.
St. Charles Jazz Weekend
Venues in St. Charles, Illinois will host jazz musicians eager to entertain you for four days. Enjoy as much jazz as possible by staying overnight at one of St. Charles' outstanding hotels. For a schedule of times, venues, and musicians, please visit the website http://www.stcjazzweekend.com.
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.
Quad Cities Museum Week
Explore museums across the Quad Cities during their annual Quad Cities Museum Week. Exhibits, special events, tours and more can be found during this fun filled week.
44th 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.
Belvidere Mopar Happening
Illinois' best car club show! Family-friendly activities include the car show, a swap meet and car sale corral. Car display and swap meet Saturday; car-show and swap Sunday. Enjoy music all weekend with food vendors to fill you up. Held at the Boone County Fairgrounds.
Music On Chicago
Enjoy Freeport’s historic downtown with this music fest featuring two bands, great food and a beer garden. The June concert features “Laura Rae and the Backroads Trio” and “Back Country Roads”. The July concert features “The Funnies”, playing the whole night, and the August concert features “Guitar Ronnie” and “Cash Box Kings”. The first band starts at 6 pm and the second band at 8 pm. Also enjoy the Open Air Market on Chicago Avenue, adjacent to Music on Chicago – open 4 pm to Dusk. Adults: $5; Children Under 21 must be accompanied by an adult. (815-232-9000)
Spencer Tracy Film Festival
Spencer Tracy, one of Hollywood’s most cherished actors, comes home to Freeport where his parents lived and where he enjoyed many happy times as a child. Four prized films will be presented on the historic Lindo Theatre’s big screen. Films: TBA. Movie Ticket Per Movie: $5.
Trains, Planes and Automobiles
Geneseo’s fastest growing event gets even better. Visit downtown on Saturday as the streets fill up with over 300 vintage cars from all eras, train engines, model trains, airplanes, food and festivities.
Man of La Manchal at the Marriott Theatre
Man of La Mancha is a 1964 musical that tells the story of the "mad" knight, Don Quixote, as a play within a play, performed by Cervantes and his fellow prisoners as he awaits a hearing with the Spanish Inquisition. This will be a poignant story of one man's ultimate quest.
Sycamore's Turning Back Time Weekend
The 50’s are making a come-back in Sycamore during Turning Back Time Weekend scheduled for July 29th through July 31st. Hop into your vintage ride and cruise over to Downtown Sycamore for classic cars, live entertainment, and three days of fun.
Illinois Holocaust Museum Exhibit - Nazi Olympics: Berlin, 1936
Coinciding with the 2016 Rio Olympics and the 80th anniversary of the 1936 Games, Nazi Olympics tells an important historical story. Given that sports play a powerful developmental role in the lives of so many youth and adult athletes, this exhibition expands on many important themes—racism and discrimination, propaganda, fair play, and ethical decision making—allowing the public to personally connect to the history and lessons of the Holocaust and relate them to present day Olympics and human rights issues.
Lattice, Landscape and Leaves ~ Bishop Hill Quilt Show
The annual quilt show is like a needle and thread as it joins together family members and friends to create something memorable. This event continues to grow and over 100 quilts and quilted pieces are entered in this judged show at the Colony School. Be sure to visit the Village Smithy and VagnHall Galleri to see additional quilts on display.
Will County Fair
Our local fair includes livestock as well as arts & crafts judging. With a free Family entertainment tent, a carnival, food, grandstand entertainment & commercial exhibits and a beer tent. 7AM-12AM
Friday night, amateur BBQ enthusiasts will be able to compete in the Hometown Throwdown around the Courthouse Square. You’ll also enjoy BBQ samples, live music, wine & beer tasting and plenty of fun for the whole family. Come back downtown Saturday to see the Kansas City BBQ Society pros square off. You’ll also enjoy live music, food and more fun. Sign up for the Effingham Performance Center’s Cornhole Tournament or enjoy all the fun kids activities planned. It’s sure to be a weekend full of BBQ & fun!
Lincoln Trio at Ravinia
The Lincoln Trio's program includes works by Rachmaninoff, Shostakovich, Arvo Part and Arensky. This is a Bennett Gordon Hall $10 concert series.
Schuyler County Fair
Come out to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Schuyler County Fair! Events include talent contest, Little Miss & Mr. and Queen pageants, tractor pull, harness races, demo derby, livestock shows, kid zone, food and much more! Live performances by Ryan Ideus and The Fuedin Hillbillys, Broseph E. Lee, Mississippi Pearl and A Thousand Horses. Don't miss the fireworks on the 4th!
Itzhak Perlman With the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Ravinia
The most famous violinist of our time, Itzhak Perlman has helped countless millions become music lovers, not only on the concert stage but also through contributions to film soundtracks, and this year marks the 50th anniversary of his first appearance both with the CSO and at Ravinia
Brick by Brick at the Museum of Science and Industry
Explore the power of play at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago’s new temporary exhibition, Brick by Brick, opening March 10. Brick by Brick features a spectacular collection of more than a dozen LEGO®-built structures of engineering marvels, including a 60-foot-long Golden Gate Bridge, the International Space Station, St. Louis Gateway Arch, Hoover Dam, Roman Colosseum, the Burj Khalifa and more. These models are constructed by LEGO Certified Professional and Chicago native, Adam Reed Tucker. Guests will also experience hands-on building challenges that reinforce key principles of engineering, construction and architecture—and encourage creativity. Throughout the exhibit, guests learn how architects and engineers push the limits of design, materials and location to make the seemingly impossible, possible; witness how form follows function; and learn how building beautifully uplifts us all.
Midwest Wizard of Oz Fest
The Midwest Wizard of Oz Festival has been a long standing tradition began in 1982 when Wizard of Oz store owner, Jean Nelson, came up with the idea to create an Oz-themed festival. Since then it has grown to be one of the biggest festivals in the nation that produced crowds of about 30,000 people each year.
Emerson String Quartet at Ravinia
Join the Emerson String Quartet in an evening of great classical music. They will be performing complete Haydn String Quartets Op. 76.
Time Travelled Collectible Toy Show
Have you ever wondered where you can find those old collectible toys that you can never find anymore? Join us for our Toy Show and choose from a huge selection of collectibles such as G.I. Joe, Hot Wheels, Action Figures, PEZ and more!
Chicago Symphony Orchestra's American Premiere of Marsalis Concerto at Ravinia
Ravinia kicks off the 80th residency of the CSO with the American premiere of Marsalis's first concerto for solo instrument, co-commissioned by Ravinia. Nicola Benedetti, the violinist it was written for, plays it with the CSO. The program also features Respighi's Fountains of Rome as part of a season-long celebration of water-themed music to open the new water sculpture, Chorus, at the grand entrance.
Shakespeare 400 Chicago
Shakespeare 400 Chicago is a yearlong international arts festival in 2016 celebrating the vibrancy, relevance and reach of Shakespeare. As the world commemorates the four hundred years since Shakespeare’s death in 1616, Shakespeare 400 Chicago will engage more than 500,000 Chicagoans and visitors to our City through 850 events.
Arts in the Park - Danville
Danville's Art in the Park features over 60 regional artist booths and two full days of continuous on stage performances, festival food, and a children's tent. The "Art of Wheels" classic car show kicks off the event each year on Saturday (June 27) morning.
Sunday Blues at Prairie State Winery
Bloody Mary Sundays in Genoa! Kick your Sunday Blues at our Genoa Tasting Room! We will be serving up wine bloody marys complete with all the fixin's all day long. Kick back and enjoy the live music from 1:30pm to 4:30pm. Pack a picnic from home or order in from a local restaurant. Reservations for music events always open the Monday before and will be held until 15 minutes before music starts. No outside alcoholic beverages. Must be 21 to enter. Held June 12 & 26.
Autumn Splendor Quilt Show
For the fine appreciation of quilt making attend this show and see hundreds of quilts on display; along with quilt making demonstrations. There will be quilt vendors and food concessions; plus raffle tickets that will be sold at the door for a quilt drawing.
Jazz Patio and Wine Festival
All that Jazz. Join us on Saturday, August 6 from 12-5:00 PM for a one-day jazz & wine festival. Enjoy free face painting and balloon art for kids. Plus, visit participating stores for extra savings. Please visit the website for schedule of entertainment.
Millennium Park Summer Music Series
The 2016 Millennium Park Summer Music Series will offer an exciting line-up of 18 FREE outdoor concerts every Monday and Thursday June 6 – August 25, 2016 (except where noted) at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. The Millennium Park Music Series has been reimagined to feature a wider variety of genre-defying music from top local, national and international artists – both established and emerging.