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Holiday Magic at Brookfield Zoo
Saturdays and Sundays, December 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, Friday to Wednesday, December 26-31 (4-9pm) See the Lights. Feel the Magic. Continue the tradition. Chilcagoland's largest lights festival surrounds you in the cheer of over 1,000,000 twinkling lights, caroling to the animals, ice carving, light shows, Santa and Mrs. Claus. You're sure to feel the magic of the holidays! Many of our indoor exhibits will be open for viewing favorite animals, plus there will be Singing to the Animals and special Zoo Chats. In addition, the zoo restaurants and food stands will be open with full menus and holiday treats, and gift shops will have hundreds of unique items for those hard-to-shop-for loved ones. Enjoy a full schedule of nightly music and live entertainment inside the Pavilions. Also on the schedule, an amazing magic show, costumed characters, a model railroad display, and the 38 foot Talking Tree.
Grand Rivers Distillery
A locally-owned craft distillery in Southern Illinois, Grand River Spirits creates a selection of spirits that showcase the delicious fruits and grains of Southern Illinois. This national award-winning micro-distillery offers brandy, whiskey, bourbon, rum, seasonal spirits (such as grappa and schnapps), and of course Red Eye Moonshine. Don't let their small size fool you, all of the storage, packaging, distilling and tasting is housed under one roof. See the action for yourself — Grant Rivers Distillery offers free 30-minute distillery tours for up to 10 people by appointment only, available Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday.
Minneci's serves authentic Italian food made using recipes from the early 1900s. The enchanting, fairy-lit ambiance is sure to impress any date.
This is old school Italian. It could be very romantic, or you can bring your mama. Sabatinos has been in Chicago for 25 years; serving traditional Italian cuisine including warm crusty loaves and addictive pizza bread that comes to the table in a blink of an eye. With dimly lit flowers on every table, tuxedo-clad hosts and strolling musicians, this Italian-American restaurant is everything you’ve come to expect, and more.
Grace in Chicago is an award winning restaurant that doesn’t shy away from the days of multicourse tasting menus, pristine table linens, customized serving pieces and, yes, a hefty price tag. Inside this 64-seat restaurant, Chef Duffy and his army of chefs create progressive, ingredient-driven cuisine that’s as pretty to look at as it is to eat. Elegant, thought provoking and delicious, Grace is all of that and then some.
MANA Food Bar
MANA is a globally inspired, meatless restaurant in Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood, focusing on seasonal ingredients, ethnic flavors, and providing a one of a kind eating experience.
sushiDOKKU boasts a cult following due to the trust the owners have developed with their guests over the years. They have also been awarded a Bib Gourmand for 2014.
Baymont Inn & Suites
Minutes from such major attractions like Chicago Premium Outlet, the Paramount Theatre, Two Brothers Roundhouse, the Aurora Regional Fire Museum and Hollywood Casino Aurora. Wake up to free continental breakfast and a free issue of USA Today. Help yourself to free Wi-Fi Internet access while relaxing in your comfortable room. Head to the fitness center for a workout, then unwind with a swim in the heated indoor pool. This pet-friendly hotel offers free parking for all vehicles, and kids 17 and under stay free with an adult.
CITY: North Aurora
Lady - A Women's Expo
This one day event will feature dozens of booths offer health tips and screening, fashion and beauty, food, home decor, shopping and more.
CITY: Tinley Park
Double A's Pizza Bar & Grill!
Double A's atmosphere is appealing to everyone! We offer a game room for the kids, a full bar for the adults, an outdoor patio, and 20 HDTV's including 10 behind the bar so sports fans of all ages have a front row seat to watch their favorite teams! Most of all, Double A's is known for great customer service! Katie and I have found that service is something that comes second at many places. That will not happen at Double A's. We will personally guarantee that if you choose to spend your hard earned money at Double A's you will receive great food and drink, AND incredible customer service!
Days Inn - Princeton
Book a room at our Days Inn Princeton hotel near Hornbaker Gardens and have great shopping, sightseeing and dining at your fingertips. Our Princeton, IL, hotel offers great ways to start your morning, like enjoying free Daybreak continental breakfast or swimming in our outdoor pool.
Christmas Tea at the Stephenson County Historical Museum
Celebrate this holiday tradition at the historic 1857 Oscar Taylor home decorated in Christmas finery. Enjoy music and and homemade cookies with coffee, tea or punch as your tour the mansion. The Holiday Gift Shop will be open featuring a selection of historical books, toys and other unique gift items.
Holiday House at Magnolia Manor
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Magnolia Manor is adorned in Holiday decorations, and, many of the displays are for sale. Luncheon reservations are available, as well as tours of the 14 room mansion by members of the Historical Society.
Refinery Event Center
Events at Refinery’s 7000+ square foot ballroom is the perfect setting for any reception style. Our ballroom has hardwood floors, floor to ceiling windows, and a stunning bar. Our reception packages include everything from centerpieces to champagne, and our professional event coordinators are ready to make your reception dreams a reality.
BellyQ is a modern Asian barbecue restaurant forged by Chef Bill Kim, Michael Jordan and Cornerstone Restaurant Group. BellyQ redefines Asian barbeque as an interactive dining experience that's both creative and modern.
Juno is a humble offering from partners Chef BK Park and Jason Chan, this small upscale casual restaurant strives to offer Chicago the perfect combination of quality and consistency in food and service. Their integrity and passion for Juno and their customers is paramount as they attempt to create a menu and environment that will exceed everyone's expectations.
Owen & Engine
Owen & Engine is based on a simple idea of offering rustic British-inspired comfort food with real ales and a carefully crafted beverage program.
Bavette's Bar & Boeuf
Bavette’s is a European-Style steakhouse. The signature is a prime rib eye that is dry-aged in house. There is also a wide variety of fresh seafood, including a daily selection of fresh oysters, king crab, and shrimp cocktail. Bavette’s also specializes in classic cocktails with a focus of brown spirits; and the value driven wine list is eclectic and global.
Firehouse Pizza & Pub
Firehouse Pizza & Pub in East Peoria is a family friendly pizzeria offering made-to-order pizzas using the freshest meats, cheeses and vegetables available and using our own dough made daily on-site. Try our special "sweet sauce" or one of our original 8 sauces. After enjoying the highest quality pizza in town, visit our contemporary pub right next door. Small group tours welcome!
CITY: East Peoria
Christmas at the Farm
The Lyon farm and village is operated by the Kendall County Historical Society. For two Sundays in December, kids get to experience what an old time Christmas was like. Tables are set up with eight different holiday crafts. This exciting day includes a train display around the Christmas tree and naturally, they get to meet, and have their picture taken with Santa Claus. A story teller will read some holiday classics and they can enjoy roasted chestnuts. Chili and hot dogs are available for sale. Dec. 7 & 14 1-4 pm.
Blackberry Farm Holiday Express
All aboard for the Blackberry Farm Holiday Express! Experience the holiday spirit of a magical train ride with Yuletide music and thousands of twinkling lights. Scheduled ticketing for fast service! New this year - caroling hayrides, storytellers and craft stations. Make a reindeer treat and warm up at the hot chocolate bar. It's all at Blackberry Farm first three weekends in December.
Country Corner Pumpkin Cannon and Military Appreciation Weekend
Have you ever seen pumpkins fly at the speed of sound? Watch the Q-9 pumpkin cannon – always shooting for a world record, or pick and shoot your own pumpkin. Distance and accuracy competitions are held twice daily. Military weekend appreciation events too.
Turkey Testicle Festival
It’s a great night as you don’t have to bring a dish to pass or talk to relatives. If you have never tried a turkey testicle, this is your chance! No need to worry about the weather the festival is held under one huge heated tent, with plenty of portable potties available. The bar is open but the number of people allowed inside at any one time is limited, as it can become pretty packed. There will also be hats, t-shirts and sweatshirts for sale to remember the night. “So grab a friend that's never been, enjoy a cold brew, great music, and hot nuts!" This is a 21 and older event only so bring your ID. Hope to see you there.
The Smoke Daddy is a must see in one of Chicago's hottest, and most eclectic neighborhoods. The best and most flavorful BBQ in the Windy City also brings you more character than any neighborhood rib joint has to offer. All their meats are smoked in house each day in the "Lil Red Smoker." With great Live Music 7 nights a week at no cost. Do yourself a favor and stop in for some amazing, world-renowned BBQ and enjoy the funky rhythms.
Fulton's on the River
Fulton’s on the River, located on the Chicago River with views of downtown, offers the best of both worlds. A classic seafood and steak house, with an unparalleled devotion to procuring nothing but the highest quality ingredients. Quality service and an extensive wine and cocktail selection provide a great place to dine, relax and celebrate!
Darling's Downtown offers a delicious made-to-order breakfast and lunch menu served Monday - Friday, making Darling's Downtown the perfect place for a weekday break. Darling's is located in the Twin Tower's Mall near a large seating area, convenient for a quick lunch or a meal with friends and family!
Opened in 1994, our Pekin location bar and grill is open until 1:00 AM seven days a week, with the kitchen serving food until 12 midnight. Conveniently located, Pekin Kouri’s is full of Pekin memorabilia, including signed photos of various celebrities and sports stars. Equipped with 22 televisions, seating 125 inside and 80 in our outdoor patio, this is the place for all your sports bar needs. Luxuriate in the resort-like atmosphere of our patio, with a hooded crackling fire pit that adds that extra special touch. Burgers, steak, ribs, and chicken are popular menu items, with catfish served on Fridays. Buffalo wings, boneless wings, and oven-seared wings, in 12 different sauces, from Kamikaze super hot to delicious honey BBQ. An added dining bonus: our Pekin location serves pizza with 5 different sauce selections — and we also offer our own genuine, made fresh daily, Lebanese hummus (served with baked pita dipping bread), that is way better than anything you could buy at a grocery store. We also feature a kids menu, so bring the whole family. Daily food specials, with catfish every Friday.
America's Best Value Inn
Americas Best Value Inn Hotel is located at the intersection of I-74 and I-155 with access to all of the major cities and capital of the state. Morton is located 10 minutes from Peoria and 30 minutes from Bloomington - Normal. Various room types include Single King and Queens Rooms to Double Bed Rooms. We also have an Executive Suite with kitchenette and Honeymoon Suite. We offer various rates from corporate, military, AAA, CDL truck drivers, and weekly Rates. ABVI Morton is the only location in the city that has its own separate truck parking, which makes the in & out convenient for truck drivers. Non-smoking hotel.
Gazebo Art Festival
The Gazebo Art Festival is held on the outdoor grounds of Chandler Park in downtown Macomb! This setting is a wonderful place for the public to view art, chat with artist and enjoy live performances and music from the Al Sears Jazz Music Festival. There will also be activities and fun for children!
Phat Cat's Cafe and Catering
Homemade southern style cooking, made from scratch daily. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Hand cut steaks, BBQ, lunch specials, baskets. Open Tuesday-Saturday 5 am - 9 pm, Sundays 5 am - 8 pm.
October Moonlight Tours
If you’ve seen the grandeur of the Mansion during the day, just wait until it gets dark! Amid diffused lighting and soft shadows, guides will take guests back in time to tell the story of the Hegeler Carus family and their extraordinary home. Tours available: Friday, October 24 & 31, 2014 at 9:00pm, 10:00pm, 11:00pm. Online registration is required.
Green Tea Bake House
Home of the gourmet soft pretzel in Pretzel City USA! Sweet and savory gourmet baked goods, all crafted in house, from scratch, utilizing natural and organic ingredients. Known for our unique Kalamata olive and feta bread, our French "sables" butter cookies and our Asiago cheese asparagus tarts. Open: Tuesday thru Saturday: 9 am - 5 pm.
Jam, one of the nation’s most celebrated brunch restaurants, is located in the heart of Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood. Helmed by acclaimed Chef Jeffrey Mauro, formerly of Charlie Trotter’s and North Pond, Jam treats breakfast & lunch with the same level of reverence and devotion to culinary craftsmanship, all the while, maintaining a commitment to affordability.
Opart Thai House Restaurant
Opart Thai House Restaurant has been serving the Chicago area for many years. Providing great traditional Thai cuisine with an extensive menu of many different kinds of dishes.
Peoria Historical Society
Our mission is to preserve and celebrate Peoria's story. We own two historic house museums and provide certified guides for the History Trolley and other tours. The focus has changed and evolved through the years, but our commitment to preservation remains strong. programs are offered for both local residents and out-of-town visitors. We seek to entertain the eye and stimulate the mind as well as support historical scholarship and collaborate with other preservation organizations. We look to the future with a vision to be the resource and advocate for historical preservation and research on the Peoria area, its organizations and its people. As a collaborative partner of the Peoria Riverfront Museum, we are pleased to have the opportunity to display some of the Society's artifacts and present the history of the Peoria area in the museum.
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Chicago West
Centrally located off I-290 this newly built Holiday Inn Express & Suites features 135 beautifully designed guest rooms. The hotel offers complimentary full hot breakfast, High-speed, wired and wireless Internet access, 24-hour business center. Guests enjoy our outstanding in room amenities like microwave, mini refrigerators, flat panel HDTV and you can relax in our indoor pool and Jacuzzi or workout in our fitness center. Within walking distance from many restaurants & shops. We offer all our guest complimentary shuttle transportation to O'Hare Airport, CTA Blue Line, and all Oak Park businesses & attractions. Special discounts for groups, corporate, seniors and motor coach tour packages. 1,5000 square feet of flexible meeting space including full service catering and audio visual services.
45 North Barn & Grill
A unique, contemporary and nostalgic restaurant offering food that is created with heart and soul in a 'from-scratch' kitchen. Serving locally grown products, whenever possible, to create great meal choices. From hamburgers to steak, soup and salad, sandwiches, Friday night fish fry, and Sunday's Build Your Own Bloody Mary Bar, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
Celebrate the season with this pumpkin patch offering pumpkins, gourds, mums, and straw bales. Plus photo boards for some great photo opportunities. Open 7 days a week, dawn to dusk.
A perfect spot to enjoy excellent Italian cuisine in downtown Skokie. Brothers Ruben and Oscar serve all dishes made to order and the wine options combine perfectly with each dish. Pastas as well as meat and fish dishes round out a full range of entree options. Desserts should not be missed with the cannoli made fresh on site. Serving lunch and dinner.
Lincoln-Douglas Debate Square
Experience the history of the second of the famous debates between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas. It was at this site on August 27, 1858 that the Freeport Doctrine, an import statement regarding slavery and state's rights, was proclaimed by Douglas. The site is self-interpretative through a series of waysides that tell of the events and ideas which led up to the debates, and also includes the life-size statues "Lincoln and Douglas in Debate" by artist Lily Tolpo. The park-like setting is complete with benches, lighting and spacious walks.
A family friendly Sushi-Chinese restaurant. You have the choice of take-out or dining in.
CITY: St. Charles
Blown Away Art & Framing Destination
Blown Away specialize in custom framing pictures. There is a large variety of art for sale in the gallery from limited editions, famous art prints, and art from local artists. Open: Sunday and Saturday: 10 am - 2 pm; Tuesday thru Friday: 10 am - 6 pm.
Bacchanalia, located in the Little Italy section of Chicago, has been a family-owned business for over 34 years. In fact, it’s the longest single-family owned Italian restaurant in the city. If you’re looking for an authentic Italian restaurant with recipes that go back to the Old Country, look no further than Bacchanalia.
Elizabeth serves local, organic, sustainable, and hand-harvested goods. The menu changes seasonally and is influenced by the icons of the logo - Elizabeth's totem: the barn owl for farm-to-table, the deer for the woodlands, and the diamond for the elegant. This award winning restaurant's mission is to highlight nose-to-tail, root-to-branch, and farm-to-table Midwestern bounty. For the best experience, come with an adventurous palate and an open mind.
The casual elegance of art-deco-inspired décor and contemporary classic cuisine come together in deca RESTAURANT + BAR, a brasserie-inspired experience on the Magnificent Mile in The Ritz-Carlton Chicago. Named for its 2010 debut, deca celebrates the latest culinary trends with new twists on classic dishes. Executive Chef Mark Payne’s market-driven menus showcase ingredients from farmers near and far in his innovative cooking style. The authenticity of the cuisine and the warmth of deca's stylish, comfortable setting complement the personable service of its staff, making for a memorable experience morning to night.
GT Fish & Oyster
GT Fish & Oyster opened in March of 2011, and has helped redefine the American seafood restaurant. Michelin starred, and Food and Wines Best New Chef 2008, Giuseppe Tentori, has developed a menu that’s half-traditional, half modern, in an ever-changing small plates format.
Enjoy a prix fixe Pan-Asian experience at Han 202. Select from beautifully plated unique dishes in a five-course menu. It is fine dining at an unbelievably affordable low price; attentive service in a comfortable charming atmosphere. Bring along your favorite wine or beer because it is BYOB.
Located in Chicago, Homestyle Taste carefully picks their ingredients and uses only the freshest and natural ones to prepare every dish. Much attention has been attached to ensure you a cozy and inviting ambiance where you not only enjoy a great meal but also an authentic atmosphere.
Conveniently located in the Landmark Recreation Center, Landmark Cinemas has been proudly servicing the Greater Peoria area since January of 2008. It is our goal to make more movies more affordable for more people. Which is why everyday we offer a $4.50 Matinee on all 2-D shows that start before 6PM and $6.50 for all 3-D shows before 6PM. As well as discounted ticket prices, we are proud to say that Landmark Cinemas offers the most affordable concessions as well, with a small popcorn and soda combo for only $2.00 and a large popcorn and soda for only $6.00. Here at Landmark Cinemas we play all of the new 1st run movies including digital 3-D titles. Being a part of the Landmark Recreation Center, Landmark Cinemas is close to a host of other entertainment activities. Including the Bullpen Sports Bar and Grill and Landmark Lanes.
Rickshaw Rick's Tours & Taxi
Let us save your soles today! We'll take you for a ride, give you a tour, provide shuttles for your party or even run errands with our fleet of pedicabs (aka bicycle rickshaws). Call us at 773-771-3922 or visit www.rickshawrick.com. Catch us at the Oak Park Visitors Center, Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Studio, Write Inn, Harvey House, Under the Ginkgo Tree B & B and other fun spots.
CITY: Oak Park
Rivers Edge Campground
Rivers Edge Campground has modern facilities in a rustic, historical area. Amenities include a Pecatonica River boat ramp, fishing on Pecatonica, Sugar and Rock Rivers, a private pond, pavilion, basketball and golf courses nearby.
Stade's Farm & Market
Stade's Farm & Market is located in scenic McHenry County in northeastern Illinois approximately 50 miles from Chicago. We produce 2,200 acres of crops that range from traditional corn and soybeans to specialty crops including many fruits and vegetables commonly grown in northern Illinois. Through our own farm market, we sell our fresh fruits and vegetables directly to consumers in our local area. Our goal is to provide our customers with the finest quality produce possible.
Adlai E. Stevenson Historic Home
Adlai Stevenson II was an important and influential figure in the political history of the United States. Stevenson was Governor of Illinois from 1949 to 1953 and ran twice for President as the Democratic National Candidate in 1952 and 1956. He also served as Ambassador to the United Nations from 1961 - 1965. The grounds are open daily for self-guided tours. The peaceful setting allows visitors to experience the historic landscape similar to when the family lived in the house. The house has been designated a National Historic Landmark. Group tours can be arranged through the Forest Preserves - 847-968-3422.
IMCA Late Models, A & B Modified and Bombers every Sunday at 6:30PM April through August! Watch for special racing events and concerts throughout the year.
Mott Street serves a menu inspired by the post-service cravings of a hungry Ruxbin team. Partners Chef Edward Kim, Jennifer Kim, Vicki Kim and Nate Chung are proud to share feel-good comforts, spanning poached chicken breast with salt & pepper to eggs in hangtown fry form. Mott St is family style dining and straightforward cuisine paired with a pointed beverage selection.
EL Ideas is a micro restaurant located on a back alley street in downtown Chicago. The name - in addition to being homage to the elevated train system of Chicago (and many other meanings of ‘el’) – is an abbreviation for Elevated Ideas in Cuisine and Dining. The cuisine reflects the approach, standards and experience developed over the career of Chef Foss. Prepared with the heart and precision of classical cooking techniques with modern twists thrown in, items roll onto and off of this award winning restaurants menu, quickly.
The Homestead Bed & Breakfast
Situated on beautifully landscaped grounds featuring a labyrinth and hedge maze this 1854 Italianate country cottage is reminiscent of rural Tuscan villas and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Guests can choose from five bedrooms, with each room/bath combination offering a different level of amenities. The Homestead is ideal for small executive, group and personal retreats, a weekend getaway, an intimate wedding, commitment ceremony, renewal of marriage vows or other special events, bridal and baby showers, romantic getaways, girls weekend escapes, honeymoons, reunions with friends and family, and for business travelers. Our unique property provides the ideal setting to inspire creative minds and rejuvenate tired bodies. Group tours and catered lunches & dinners can be arranged.
Leaverton Park Holiday Lighting Festival
The Friday after Thanksgiving at 5:00 p.m., the park comes alive with over 40,000 lights and displays. Watch the Fireworks and enjoy food and refreshments.
Prairie Street Brewhouse
The Prairie Brewhouse is the best location in Rockford for hosting your event. With over 7500 square feet of flexible space available, we can host your event of up to 500 people. Perfect for hosting banquets, wedding receptions, parties, weddings, meetings, fundraisers, art shows, craft shows and more. Indoor and outdoor space available, including a deck area right on the river. Available for anything from a luncheon to a week-long conference. Overhead doors allow for easy unloading and setup. During the summer, Dinner on the Dock and listen to live music on Thursdays.
Museum Campus is a 57-acre museum park that sits near Lake Michigan and surrounds three of the city's most notable museums, all dedicated to the natural sciences: the Adler Planetarium; the Shedd Aquarium; and the Field Museum of Natural History. It is also known for holding the Soldier Field football stadium and the Lakeside Center of the McCormick Place.
Odyssey Fun Farm
Features a corn maize, pumpkin patch, petting zoo, pig races, corn cannons, hay rides, zip line and much more! Nighttime attractions include a zombie safari ride and nighttime flashlight corn maize.
CITY: Tinley Park
Victory Golf Range
Victory Golf Range is the Rockford area's only indoor golf facility that offers golf entertainment in a controlled environment. Amenities include a large driving area to see true path of golf ball, hitting bays with air-cushioned driving mats, a state-of-the-art putting green, fully netted ceiling, walls and perimeter to ensure a safe hitting environment, a full service restaurant and bar, large screen TVs with latest golf and sports programming, and free WiFi.
CITY: Loves Park
Kai Zan is the brainchild of local sushi legends Melvin and Carlo Vizconde. Also known as the sushi twins. With modern and traditional cooking techniques the twins will create an omakase dinner experience that you will come back for over and over again.
Selected by Warner Bros to represent Smallville in the filming “Man of Steel”, Plano is now the home of the Smallville Museum. The museum collection contains a variety of props and other items used in the filming of the latest Superman movie.
The Creek on State
The Creek on State is a fine dining restaurant that sought to bring a bit of "Classy Chicago" to Peoria. Stepping inside the restaurant, city influence is undoubtedly reflected in The Creek's smooth ambiance. From the clean, whitewashed brick walls to the dazzling blue sconces that adorn them, the dining room boldly exudes contemporary class. The food meets the expectations one might obtain by looks alone. Everything you can order is made from scratch, by the acclaimed head chef. As the weather warms up and The Creek reopens its patio for the summer, expect this corner gem to continue to gain momentum.
NJCAA Division II Men's National Basketball Tournament
Danville Area Community College and the City of Danville will again host the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II Men’s National Basketball Tournament at the DACC campus March 17-21, 2015. This year marks the 22nd year that Danville has hosted the tournament and the 30th year of the tournament.
Le Petit Marche
Recognizing downtown Crystal Lake’s need for a gourmet food shop, Le Petit Marché opened in March of 2005, offering not only baked goods but the first and finest selection of wines in the historic downtown area. Le Petit Marché quickly became a favorite gathering place for patrons of the arts (heading to the Raue Center for a performance) and fine food alike. It has continued to evolve and thrive with the passing years, introducing catering services, open microphone performances, specialty wine tastings and more than forty specialty cheeses from around the world.
CITY: Crystal Lake
Sandburr Run Golf Resort
42 single rooms and eight double rooms with kitchenettes. We also offer a 9 hole golf course and The Sand Trap Bar & Grill.
It’s the Antique Spectacular at the QCCA Expo Center in Rock Island, Illinois. This longstanding event features more than 70 exhibitors for antiques shopping galore! The show will be brimful with a wonderful selection of fine antiques and collectibles for sale. Featured will be select antique dealers with unique merchandise from around the world. Attendees will have an opportunity, all weekend, to shop through the wide range of quality antiques. With the Antique Spectacular, there is always something to interest every collector including: furniture, art pottery, stoneware, books, prints, primitives, jewelry, silver, antique glassware, china, postcards, coins, quilts, dolls, toys, advertising, marbles, rugs, vintage textiles and period pieces.
CITY: Rock Island
Mexique is a full restaurant offering modern Mexican cuisine with a French influence. Enjoy the mix of fusion as executive Chef Carlos Gaytan introduces you to this historical blending with a modern personal style.
We are a newly opened restaurant located in downtown Morton with delicious classic American meals and a fine deli selections. They strive to serve the freshest, made from scratch meals around! Their soups are made every day! Wraps, homemade hummus, burgers, and fresh cut fries from Savory House are out of this world. Banquet rooms available for parties from 15 to 100, beer and wine available.
Wire is located on Roosevelt Road in Berwyn. Just west of Chicago, something is growing... a facility for music production, performance, education and distribution unlike any other. Come experience this first class venue, boasting top notch audio equipment, as well as full service modern lighting and video production. A place every artist will want to play and every fan will want to see. This very modern venue is available to rent for your especially unique event. A must see!
Classic Lake Tour with Shoreline Sightseeing
Explore Chicago on a memorable 40-minute Lake Michigan tour featuring panoramic views of Chicago's world-famous skyline as well as information on the city's dramatic history and impressive landmarks. Departs from Navy Pier.
16th Annual Farmers Market
Our Farmers Market is open every Tuesday, 8 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., rain or shine. This gem of Lemont is located in the Talcott Square parking lot tucked behind LaDolce Vita and Stonehouse Pub, just off Stephen Street with plenty of free parking available. Stop by and visit, stay for lunch! We have fresh veggies and fruit, fresh salsas, baked goods, beef and pork, beautiful plants and shrubs, jams and jellies, knife and scissor sharpening services, lunch and more every Tuesday morning. Master Gardeners attend our market with free advice for anyone looking for assistance with any gardening issue. For more information, call the Village Hall at (630) 243-2700 or visit our website for a list of all our market vendors and any special Market event dates.
Montibello Morgan Horse Farm
A breeder of World Champion quality Morgan horses for over 30 years, this site is also home to Big River Little Ponies Farm. Tours and visitors are welcome by appointment. The farm can accommodate groups up to 20.
Whether you call it the “L” or the “El”, an elevated experience is exactly what to expect at Thompson Chicago. British design icon Tara Bernerd turns her worldly, eclectic sensibility to eleven, with the loft-like, urban industrial bones of the lobby and lounge accented with warm American woods and clean, mid-century lines throughout our unique downtown Chicago hotel. Now imagine your own luxe studio in the skies overlooking the hip Gold Coast neighborhood’s leafy streets, with the Chicago skyline and Great Lake waterscape daring you to look away.
15th Annual Chicago Lakefront 50/50
View the Chicago skyline as you run in either a 50m or 50k race along Chicago's lakefront paved paths. Run for fun or beat the record that was set in 1984! Show off your 50/50 tech shirt and your medal or belt buckles to all of your friends!
Rugby: USA Eagles vs. New Zealand All Blacks at Soldier Field
The reigning IRB Rugby World Cup Champion New Zealand All Blacks will play their first match in the United States since 1980. Fun fact: The match at Soldier Field will be the seventh time Chicago has hosted the Eagles since 1976.
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.
CITY: Bishop Hill
Modern Spanish Cuisine, with the creation of innovative dishes and a tour of classic tapas found throughout the bars of Spain. Macarena Tapas also features a crafted list of Spanish wines and Sangrias. Come and be part of the St. Charles Spanish Allure.
CITY: St. Charles
In Evanston is a dining experience that’s much more than it seems: Found is a kitchen, a social house and a restaurant with a mission. Its rustic new American dishes change with the market and season and are served in a relaxed, creative atmosphere inspired by 1920’s Bohemian Paris and icons of the Beat Generation.
Enjoy affordable rates in a convenient location when choosing the Quality Inn® in Mount Vernon, IL, ideally located off of Interstate 57 near many area points of interest.
CITY: Mount Vernon
The PIT & Frankie's Fun Center
The PIT & Frankie's Fun Center offers a great place where a family, tween or teens can hang out with pizza, hand-dipped ice cream, and snacks. You can also shoot pool or play arcade games.
Baymont Inn & Suites - Peoria
Whether you're looking to escape the city or staying for business, our Peoria hotel off Interstate 74 offers all the conveniences to make your stay fun, comfortable and relaxing. The Caterpillar world headquarters is just three miles away. Relax by our heated outdoor pool, enjoy a workout in our gym, watch your favorite cable TV show or dine at nearby restaurants. Start your day with free hot breakfast and a copy of USA Today. Browse online with free Wi-Fi in the comfort of your room, or get work done in our business center. Our hotel in Peoria is pet friendly.
“We cook what we sell, and we sell what we cook.” Eataly is an original “marketplace” model inviting consumers to be active participants in an innovative food and beverage experience where they shop, taste and savor high-quality, traditional, Italian food products and beverages along with local produce and artisanal products. This multifunctional marketplace includes a premier retail center for Italian delicacies and wine, a culinary educational center and a diverse slate of boutique eateries. Eataly ambassadors are here to provide a high-quality experience to all of our guests, whether you are here to shop or enjoy a meal.
Holiday Under the Stars
A traditional tree lighting ceremony, food, holiday fun activities, Santa’s workshop with a visit from Santa and to the end the evening - a holiday fireworks show.
Wine Tasting Cruises with Shoreline Sightseeing
Featuring the wines of Chicago-area Lynfred Winery plus light refreshments and 90-minute cruise on Shoreline's climate-controlled Celebration. You will also receive a full pour of your favorite wine from the tasting. Depart Gateway Park at Navy Pier at 7:30 p.,m. on Thursdays, July 24, August 21 and September 11. Must be 21, See website for details, 312-222-9328
Drury Inn & Suites
Located at the intersection of I-57 and I-64, the Drury Inn & Suites Mt. Vernon is just moments away from popular attractions, shopping, outdoor adventures and history lessons.
CITY: Mount Vernon
Aquatic Experience - Chicago
The Aquatic Experience – Chicago combines everything aquatic under one roof. From saltwater to freshwater with pond and aquatic reptiles, the Aquatic Experience has it all. Consumers and retailers are invited to join in on the educational seminars, fish auctions and a thriving show floor filled with hobbyists from entry level to the most sophisticated aquarium keepers as well as livestock and equipment experts and the industries best and trend setting manufacturers. Add in a bevy of high powered speakers you’ve heard of and read articles from but have not had the chance to meet in person and you’ve got a “must see” for any aquarist no matter what their experience level. Aquatic Experience – Chicago is proudly produced by World Pet Association (WPA), presenter of SuperZoo – The National Show for Pet Retailers and America’s Family Pet Expo, an industry leading consumer event. Located at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel.
Adjacent to Oakley-Lindsay Convention Center and near South End Industrial Complex businesses. Visit downtown shops and dining, plus historic districts within walking distance of the Hampton Inn. Complimentary breakfast, fitness center, indoor pool and wireless high speed internet.
Budget Host Inn
The Budget Host Inn conveniently located in downtown Quincy overlooking the Mississippi River. Also offering extended stays and within walking distance to downtown shopping and dining and is one block from the Oakley Lindsay Civic Center. Serving a hot breakfast daily with affordable rates and a large outdoor pool.
Offers a wide variety of customer favorites including: Hibachi, Sushi, Thai, Maki Rolls and fine Asian dinners. Our main feature is the Hibachi Style Grill. Customers can select their own meats and vegetables and have it cooked by a professional Hibachi chef right in front of them. If you're a sushi fan, we have an endless sushi bar all freshly prepared. Hokkaido provides a healthy alternative to other restaurant varieties in town with fresh ingredients, delicious entrees' and excellent service.
Across from Northwoods Mall, is where you’ll find our Peoria location. We’ve been serving delicious food and beverages here for 27 years now. Kouri’s Pub on Sterling has been known as the cool place for the hip crowd and we aim to keep it that way. Our fire pit is one of the reasons why folks consider our beer and burger patio to be the best in Peoria. Seating for 300 patrons, you’re sure to enjoy our comfortable environment and friendly efficient service. We’ve got all your “fun food” favorites: catfish strips and fries, hot wings, boneless zinger wings, third pound and half pound hamburger platters, ribeye sandwiches, reubens, tenderloins, mozzarella sticks, fried mushrooms, ham and cheese, chili, and more. Settle down with a domestic or imported beer, a glass of wine, or a perfectly mixed and garnished cocktail — and let the party begin. Open daily from 11 AM - 1 AM, 7 days a week.
Howard Johnson Hotel - Rockford
Experience a winning combination of friendly service, newly renovated accommodations, and spacious, comfortable guest rooms with luxury touches. The hotel includes a heated indoor pool, fitness center and 24-hour game room. Home office rooms are available for business clientele. There is a restaurant and lounge on site.
The new Hotel Lincoln is a window to the most dynamic part of Chicago's North Side, Lincoln Park. Like the neighborhood, the hotel is historic yet fresh, fun though eccentric and active but relaxed. It's where the energy of urban life meets 1,200 green acres and Lake Michigan.
Cacao Sweets & Treats
A boutique-style online bakery offering a gourmet line of delicious delights, specializing in cake truffles, moist cupcakes and signature brownies, all handmade with natural ingredients.