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Pine Manor Estate is a luxury bed and breakfast located in the hills of Southern Illinois that can accommodate over 70 guests. With 126 sprawling acres, Pine Manor provides a beautiful backdrop for a romantic getaway or as the perfect setting for your dream wedding or event.
Known as Chicago’s liveliest Irish bar, located in the heart of downtown Chicago’s River North Neighborhood, The Kerryman is a little piece of Ireland. The 3 owners all hail from Co. Kerry Ireland and the Head Chef Damo Moloney from Co. Limerick, Ireland who creates an upscale authentic Irish menu.
Pere Marquette Wine Club Get Together
This event features free wine tasting and free appetizers for Mary Michelle Wine Club Members. New Members can join by paying a one-time $20 fee and will receive a complementary Pere Marquette Lodge Wine Glass filled with their choice of Mary Michelle or Illinois Cellar Wines. Wine Club Members also receive 10% off lodging, dining, gift shop purchases and cases of wine purchased at Pere Marquette Lodge. Enjoy the acoustic tunes of local guitar legend, Gabie McGarra, as you sip wine and reconnect at this wine tasting event. For dates and more information, call (618) 786-2331.
STORYTelling: Hmong American Voices Exhibit
This collaborative exhibit explores what it means to be Hmong American. How has Hmong life changed since refugees first entered the U.S. in the 1970s? What does it mean to be Hmong American today? Through objects, audio recordings and personal stories of Hmong Americans, this exhibit immerses visitors in the material culture and social issues of Hmong American communities. The exhibition is now open and will run through December 2016. A special opening reception featuring refreshments and live music will be held 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 9, at the museum, located in Cole Hall on the NIU campus. The event is free and open to the public. The Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. Admission is free and all are welcome.
Bridget McNeills Grill & Pub
Bridget McNeill's is not your average Irish Pub. They are serving up affordable, craveable American comfort food in a laid back, local environment. You can find items for every palate and every pocket, and with their rotating beer and drink lists and great wine selections, they've got something for everyone!
Alton Food Truck Festival
This event will feature food trucks from around the region offering global street food cuisine. In addition, the amphitheater’s concession team will offer beverages of all types to compliment the food trucks. Live music will be showcased on the amphitheater stage with Boogie Chyld as the Food Truck Festival’s headliner. The Alton Food Truck Festival is free to the general public. Each food truck will have a different food offering with a range of prices. A special VIP ticket can be purchased for an upgraded experience that includes parking close to the venue and complimentary drink tickets. For more information, call (800) 258-6645.
Chief O'Neill's Pub & Restaurant
Since 1999, Chief O’Neill’s has had the privilege of serving Chicagoland as well as many people from around the world. A Pub, Restaurant and Banquet facility with a majestic garden area and private rooms for you to choose from when hosting your next event.
Behind the Curtain Tour - Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts
The fascinating history of the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts comes to life in the Behind the Curtain historic tour program. Led by a group of specially trained docents, you'll not only see the beautiful neo-Classical interior design of the BCPA, but also learn all about the many technical and patron service updates achieved in the building's significant renovation. You won't want to miss this surprising, fascinating, and fun-filled look at one of Bloomington's historic and most thriving buildings. Bring your stories, your questions, and, above all, your curiosity. Behind the Curtain tours are one hour in length and can accommodate a wide variety of group sizes.
Open House at Haskell Playhouse
Come and take a tour of this historic playhouse. This playhouse was built by Dr. and Mrs. William Haskell for their five year old daughter Lucy. It is a rare architectural gem containing many of the flamboyant elements of the Queen Anne style: cartwheels, brackets, spires, diagonal sticking, fish scale shingles and stained glass windows. Its importance is magnified because so few of these accessory structures from children have survived. the playhouse contains a single room, front porch and side porch. The interior has been restored and the playhouse is open for special occasions. The playhouse was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. The open house will be held on June 11, July 9, August 13 and September 10, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Fresh and Friendly since 1973, Nookies is committed to serving the highest quality and most delicious of comfort foods to Chicago. From our family to yours, Eat, Live and Enjoy.
Happy Together Tour 2016 at the Paramount Theatre
Take a trip through the golden age of rock-and-roll with the artists behind all those 1960’s and 70’s favorites, right before your eyes. In one rockin’ night, the Happy Together Tour 2016 is bringing your radio to life with Chuck Negron of Three Dog Night, Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, Chicago’s own The Cowsills, Mark Lindsay from Paul Revere & The Raiders, The Spencer Davis Group starring (you guessed it) Spencer Davis himself and, of course, Flo & Eddie from The Turtles, all live on the Paramount stage. This show is stacked with what the kids are calling “oldies, but goodies,” and you don’t want to miss it. General Public On-Sale: June 30 at 10 a.m.
Fat Tire Festival
Southern Illinois Fat Tire Festival (FTF) is back for the 12th year in a row! As always we will have miles and miles of great riding, the best food in all of Ozark, IL, a plethora of free beverages, and mountains of schwag and prizes to give away. We are also continuing the CampO traditions; live music, climbing wall, vendor expo, bike demo’s, trail runs, hikes, zip lines and the totally rustic CampO cabins.
Yorkville Hometown Days Festival
The 2016 Hometown Days Festival is a family oriented event that provides entertainment the entire family can enjoy! We are excited to bring back again this year the past favorites such as the Pride and Joy Car Show, the Baby Contest, carnival, and live musical performances. We are also excited to announce the return of a 2015 crowd favorite – The Ultimate Air Dogs Show! Headliner entertainment all three days. For more information contact the Yorkville Parks and Recreation Department.
Rader Family Farms
Attractions inside the farm include: The Pumpkin Blossom Café and Gift Shoppe, Harvest Brew coffee shop, picnic area and a variety of produce. Activity admission includes access to a jumping pillow, school house education barn, little toddler village, giant mountain slide, climbing straw castle, corny bins, cattle chute jump, rodeo roundup, big digger sandbox, family hayrack rides, train rides for kids, farm animals and live music. A key part of our mission at Rader Family Farms is to educate while we entertain. Field trips and tours are available.
Emmit's Irish Pub
Today the old tavern has taken on a new life, yet still with the same spirit. Emmit’s owners, Kevin Doherty and Ron Halvorsen (both firemen) re-opened the bar in July of 1996. With hard work, both renovating and becoming established, these gentlemen have brought back the nostalgia, creating a new Irish Pub with great spirit, great food and more wild times to come.
TK Ranch Campground
Located in the heart of a large trail system called The One Horse Gap Area. Surrounded by mile after mile of the magnificent Shawnee National Forest with new and improved trails that are well marked. We border Shawnee National Forest on all four sides; ride right out of camp into the forest. Whether you enjoy horseback riding, hiking, fishing, hunting or just relaxing, come make your own memories at TK Ranch, LLC.
Run Your Ice Off
Over 200 runners participate in this annual “Hardcore” 5k race held, snow, rain or shine beginning at 8am.
Hoops Sports Bar and Grill
Offering homemade pizza and other great menu items in a casual atmosphere, Hoops is a great place to stop in Hebron.
American taphouse serving flatbreads, burgers & pasta. Located in Downtown Bloomington in Abraham Lincoln's former law office.
2016 Harvest of Quilts and Textile Art Show
The DeKalb County Quilter's Guild invites you to our biennial quilt show, October 1-2, 2016. Enjoy this year's expanding our offerings to other textile and fiber arts, such as weaving, spinning, knitting, crocheting, wearable art and more. The featured artist will be Lorraine Torrence, who makes wearable art and quilts, and will be presenting three lectures, "Design Principles for Quilters," "Finding Your Voice," and "Creative Clothing for Everybody." In addition to 300+ quilts on display, there will be exhibits in other disciplines and special exhibits including the Hoffman Challenge and a trunk show by SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates.) There will be demonstrations, workshops, lectures, and a vendors mall with new and longtime favorites. Food will also be available to purchase.
Jaci’s Cookies is a gourmet cookie company based in Woodstock, IL. Open since Halloween of 2008, Jaci’s Cookies offers delicious versions of classic cookie favorites. Jaci’s also offers a variety of cookies catering to those with dietary restrictions, such vegan and gluten-free.
With the most comfortable bar stools in McHenry County, Hart's Saloon is Hebron's premier biker bar. With ice cold beer, premium cocktails, and wood-fired pizza, it's the perfect place to take a break and relax on a ride. Stop in for lunch - the pizza is made completely from scratch in the 600 degree brick oven.
Godfrey Family Fun Fest with Fireworks
Come and let your colors burst with an evening full of fun and fireworks! Festivities will begin at 5 p.m. and continue through to the fireworks display around 9 p.m. Vendors, inflatables, climbing wall, zip line, cow train, games, concessions and much more to celebrate Independence Day. Free and open to the public. The 2016 Great Godfrey Maze theme will be revealed to the public at this event. For more information, call (618) 466-1483.
11th Annual "Let's Dance" Big Band Weekend
The event provides a venue and 'live' dance bands ( 10 - 17 pieces) for fans and social ballroom dancers to enjoy. Catered food - healthy, delicious, recommended by dancers. Floor - 13,000 sq. ft. smooth hardwood, well maintained. Advance package deals are available. 'At door' registration will be accepted 30 minutes prior to each scheduled dance.
Menahem Pressler at Ravinia
Menahem Pressler, founding member and pianist of the Beaux Arts Trio, has established himself among the world’s most distinguished and honored musicians, with a career that spans almost six decades. Now, at 91 years old, he continues to captivate audiences throughout the world as performer and pedagogue, performing solo and chamber music recitals to great critical acclaim while maintaining a dedicated and robust teaching career.
Cruisin’ to Genoa Car Show
Visit Downtown Genoa for the 3rd Annual Cruisin' to Genoa Car show. See 150 cars, enjoy family fun, music, free movie and more!
Matthew Polenzani at Ravinia
Matthew Polenzani is an American lyric tenor. He has appeared with the Metropolitan Opera, Seattle Opera, Royal Opera House, Bayerische Staatsoper, Lyric Opera of Chicago and with many orchestras. This performance will feature songs by Liszt, Ravel, Satie, and Barber.
Andersonville City Made Fest
Chicago lovers, join us for Andersonville’s celebration of local businesses, brewers, performers, and makers from all across our city at City Made Fest, the only street festival that exclusively features Chicago-made craft beers, original Chicago music, distinctive Chicago food, and an unparalleled Chicago-made artisan marketplace to support and showcase all things local.
Located above "Hamburger Mary’s" Dining Room, Mary’s Attic plays host to a variety of weekly and special events including our famous MaryOke, theatre performances and musical acts. Mary’s Attic is also available for private events. From corporate outings to weddings, let Mary’s take care of all of your special event needs.
Kenny Rogers’ Final World Tour: The Gambler’s Last Deal at Ravinia
Grammy Award–winning superstar and Country Music Hall of Famer Kenny Rogers takes the festival’s stage as part of his final world tour, The Gambler’s Last Deal, with special guests The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Linda Davis. Having been a performer for nearly six decades, Rogers has sold more than 120 million albums worldwide, making him one of the top 10 best-selling male solo artists of all time.
The Lincoln’s Festival in Bloomington is an annual event that celebrates Abraham Lincoln’s connection to Bloomington-Normal and it’s surrounding communities. Through Civil War reenactments, tours of historic sites, lectures, theatrical, and musical presentations, the Festival’s mission is to entertain and engage audiences in the local Lincoln story. Events will take place in seven locations; Downtown Bloomington, McLean County Museum of History, Bloomington Public Library, Franklin Park, Burr House Bed and Breakfast, Illinois Wesleyan University, and the David Davis Mansion.
Piasa Winery and Pub
Piasa Winery and Pub is open all year long. With live music every weekend May throughout October. 16 craft beers on tap and select fine wine.
Carmike Ovation 10 Cinema
The Ovation concept is an innovative full-service cinematic dining experience that brings the convenience of dinner and a movie to every oversized luxury seat. The Ovations feature an extensive menu with over 100 premium food and beverage selections providing valued guests to enjoy the biggest Hollywood blockbusters like never before. Ovation also includes amenities such as a cocktail lounge with a full service bar and food service available for guests to enjoy the comfort of community-style dining.
Big Things in a Small Town
Big Things in a Small Town (a.k.a Casey, IL) is home to Four World Records. Including The Largest Wind Chime, Golf Tee, Knitting Needles and Crochet Hook and we are not stopping there. Come visit the giant attractions, while enjoying small town hospitality.
Highland Park Golf Course
Built in the 1930's, this golf course offers old, mature trees lining each fairway on the 5,539 yard course. In addition to the narrow fairways, small greens make for a challenging round. USGA Course Ratings and Slope Ratings are 66.9 and 111, respectively. A hilly terrain with a beautiful creek meandering through the course make this a very scenic golf course. Golf Digest Places to Play has given Highland Park a 3 Star Rating. The full-line Golf Shop carries a great selection of golf equipment and apparel at discount prices.
Hollywood Vampires at RiverEdge Park
Joe Perry, Alice Cooper and Johnny Depp pay tribute to the original Hollywood Vampires. They are an American Rock supergroup formed to honor the musicians who died due to excess in the 1970s. All events at RiverEdge Park are General Admission. Guests are welcome to bring lawn chairs. Gates open at 6:30 pm, show starts at 8:00 pm.
Zukerman Trio at Ravinia
Pack a picnic and come out to Ravinia for a great night of music with the Zukerman Trio. Music includes piano trios by Shostakovich and Schubert.
Christmastime at Fine Line
Sale of juried artist created work. Includes pottery. jewelry. textiles, ornaments. more. Mon-Thurs 10am-8pm; Fri.Sat 10am-5pm; Closed Sunday.
Prairie Avenue Antiques & The Tack Exchange
Prairie Avenue Antiques is housed in a turn-of-the-century former Feed & Dry Goods store located on the corner of Rt 47 & Prairie Ave in quaint Hebron, IL. This is a multi dealer shop with a wide range of very attractively priced antiques, furniture and collectibles. New old things are added every day so there is an ever changing array ranging from fine crystal, silver, stained glass, etc to rough primitives, to tools, jewelry, kitchen items, etc. One could furnish a home from bare walls or just add that special piece to an established home! Consignment sale and out right purchase of your unwanted treasures is also possible.
Kaskia Woods Estate
Affordable vacation rental home located in the heart of Shelbyville. Enjoy spacious rooms, fully stocked kitchen, outdoor playground. Sleeps up to 15. Pets are allowed and open all year.
The Chicago Bandits are a women's professional softball team based in Rosemont, Illinois. Since the 2005 season, they have played as a member of National Pro Fastpitch (NPF). The Bandits won the 2008 NPF championship, defeating the Washington Glory in the final game of the championship series. The team won their second NPF championship following the 2011 season when they won the championship series two games to none over the USSSA Pride. Following the 2015 season the team won its third NPF championship defeating the USSSA Pride two games to none. They play their home games at Rosemont Stadium in Rosemont, Illinois.
Phillip Phillips & Matt Nathanson at Ravinia
Phillip Phillips, is bringing the music from his platinum selling debut album The World from the Side of the Moon to the Ravinia. This Georgia native wows with his songwriting chops, guitar skills, and rich vocals. Along with Matt Nathanson. This will a great show!
Brüegala is an annual charity beer and wine festival run by the Bloomington-Normal Jaycees. The festival has multiple food vendors, over 500 beers, 50+ wines, glasses of draft beer and wine slushies. They also will have entertainment with live music throughout the two-day event.
Deerfield's Farmers Market
Savor the Flavor of the Seasons' Bounty at the Deerfield Farmer's Market. Look for the bright orange carrot. Locally grown seasonal vegetables and fruit, organic and naturally grown vegetables and flowers, fresh-cut flowers, potted flowering plants, annuals and perennials, freshly baked breads, muffins and cookies, hand-crafted Wisconsin cheese, tasty maple syrup and honey, and other specialty products and much more! This market is held in downtown Deerfield at the Metra Commuter Parking Lot, located at 850 Waukegan Rd. (Deerfield and Robert York Ave).
One of the most authentic Irish pubs in Chicago, Keegan's Pub is a favorite local hangout known to serve the best Guinness in the city. The pub also has a wide selection of draft beers on tap as well as pints. The hip and casual ambiance of the pub is perfect for unwinding after work and mingling with the locals. The extra-friendly service in addition to the affordable prices make Keegan's Pub a must stop when visiting Southside.
Andersonville Dessert Crawl
It’s trick-or-treating with a gourmet flair! More than twenty restaurants in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood showcase their sweetest and most delicious wares during the 10th annual Andersonville Dessert Crawl on Sunday, October 30, 2016, from 2:00-5:00PM. Participants will pick up their Dessert Crawl “passport” at the Swedish American Museum, 5211 N. Clark Street, and then proceed to the participating restaurants and shops for tasting-sized portions at each location.
Revolutionary War Reenactment
Join Cantigny and The North West Territory Alliance in a Revolutionary War Reenactment and Encampment. Get a feel for camp life, experience a battle and enjoy the sights and sounds of the 18th century. Event is free with $10 parking.
Crane Hollow Bed and Breakfast
Come hug an aged oak tree, watch the cranes in their early morning graze or search out the scarlet cardinal flowers. Listen to nature's whisper.
Da Baffone Cucina Italiana
Da Baffone is a cozy little getaway, a family owned Italian Restaurant in downtown Crystal Lake. At Da Baffone we present a unique dining experience with a focus on traditional Southern Italian Cuisine.
The Fuller House
Homemade rolls, pastries and desserts are featured. Entrees are varied and of the highest quality, elegantly served and made “from scratch”. Plus high quality coffee and a full range of espresso drinks. Banquet facilities for 45. Carryouts, Children’s Menu, Catering Service.
Cork & Kerry at The Park
Hang with the Beverly crowd at this Far South Side institution, where Irish brogues are the norm and the staff is among the friendliest in town. The fenced-in, wooden deck has a homey, antique decor along with two bars that are great places to root on the White Sox.
Miles Davis Statue
Miles Davis was born on in Alton, IL on May 26, 1926 and is noted as one of the most influential jazz muscians of the 20th century. Over his lifetime, Davis won nine Grammy awards and recorded more than 100 albums. In 2006 he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Created by sculptor Preston Jackson, the bronze statue stands in the middle of the Miles Davis Memorial Plaza.
Bryan Ferry at Ravinia
Bryan Ferry is a British singer-songwriter and musician. Famed for his suave visual and vocal style, he came to public prominence in the 70s as the lead singer of the art rock group Roxy Music. After influencing many later bands with his crooning vocals and fashion sense, he has had a highly successful solo career upon leaving the group in 1984. Bryan with guest Laura Pergolizzi will be a great night of music.
Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute: Program for Piano and Strings
Ravinia's Steans Music Institute is Ravinia's summer conservatory, bringing together each summer talented young musicians from around the world to make music together under the supervision of an internationally renowned faculty. This program to include works by Beethoven. This is part of the $10 Bennett Gordon Hall classic series.
Chicago Steakhouse Tours
When it comes to steaks, Chicago has much more than the sizzle, it’s got the meat. Guests on this tour will get the sizzle, the smells and the tastes as they learn about the grand history of steaks in Chicago and go to the great steakhouses that serve them. Chicago Steakhouse Tours is the first excursion of its kind that takes visitors and locals through some of the most historic neighborhoods and to the most iconic steakhouses of Chicago’s rich history. Our guests will take a tour through the River North, Gold Coast and Streeterville neighborhoods via luxury bus and stop at three different Chicago steakhouses to sample a prime cut of meat or a signature dish at each establishment. You will get an exclusive look at what makes each individual steakhouse so special while learning not only the secrets of their steak preparation, but stories of some of the world’s most famous celebrities that have dined and partied there. Each steakhouse has a unique story of its own with it’s own savory flavor.
Chris Cornell at Ravinia
The frontman from Soundgarden, Audioslave, and Temple of the Dog makes his Ravinia debut solo with his Higher Truth tour. This should be a great concert for all the alternative rock lovers.
Neil Finn of Crowded House and Guster at Ravinia
Neil Finn has consistently proven his knack for crafting high-quality songs that combine irresistible melodies with meticulous lyrical detail, from his beginnings as the precocious junior member of Split Enz, through his leadership of Crowded House, and, finally, in his distinguished solo career. Neil along with Guster will be great night of music to enjoy.
Jeff Beck & Buddy Guy at Ravinia
Local legend Buddy Guy returns his unique brand of classic Chicago blues, this time, with former Yardbird and guitar hero Jeff Beck, in his Ravinia debut. Together they will put on a great show.
Takács String Quartet With Anthony McGill at Ravinia
Bring a picnic and some friends for a night of music with one of the worlds most highly regarded string ensembles. This ensemble along with Anthony McGill on the clarinet this is sure to be a great night at Ravinia.
Chicago Symphony Orchestra's Cole Porter’s 125th Birthday Celebration ar Ravinia
To celebrate the 125th birthday of American musical icon, Cole Porter, Ravinia has assembled a roster of artists who have made a specialty of finding the full measure of joy, humor, and perceptive insight in his immortal songs.
Join us for Itasca Fest featuring tasty festival food, live entertainment, bingo and more. You'll find fun and games for all ages including carnival rides, an antique flea market, a classic car show, children's entertainment, and nightly musical performances.
Marty Stuart & Billy Bob Thorton and the Boxmasters at Ravinia
Marty Stuart is an American country music singer-songwriter, known for both his traditional style, and eclectic merging of rockabilly, honky tonk, and traditional country music. In the early 1990s, he had a successful string of country hits. Along with Billy Bob Thorton and the Boxmasters this should be a great night of music under the stars at Ravinia.
Heartland Community College
The Heartland Community College campus is a community resource that may be scheduled as available for activities consistent with the mission and policies of the College and Board of trustees. the campus includes several conference rooms, classrooms, computer labs and an auditorium that can hold 430 people. All of these spaces can be reserved through the special events department.
Judy Collins Sings Sondheim at Ravinia
The singer that gave Sondheim his biggest hit with "Send in the Clowns" pays tribute to her favorite composer in this melody-filled evening. Along with the Passenger String Quartet this should be one not to miss.
Discovery Depot Children's Museum
The Discovery Depot museum provides an engaging atmosphere in which children and families explore, learn, and have fun together. Since 1999, we have sought to fulfill our mission, "Inspiring Wonder and Excitement for Learning" through diverse programs, exhibits, and community partnerships. We promote literacy, science, engineering, technology, mathematics, fine arts, and cultural education by engaging families through hands-on learning! In addition to providing exhibits and programs, we lease classroom space for private events, including children’s parties, business meetings, and other special events. The museum is located across the street from the Galesburg Amtrak Station and the Galesburg Railroad Museum.
Diana Ross at Ravinia
As a solo artist, Diana Ross is one of the most successful female singers of the rock era. If you factor in her work as the lead singer of the Supremes in the 1960s, she may be the most successful. Come out for Diva supreme while she makes her Ravinia debut.
Bluff City Grill Restaurant and Bar
Bluff City Grill, located on the edge of Historic Downtown Alton, offers a classic dining experience and a relaxing lounge bar. The menu is exciting and diverse and features daily lunch, dinner and drink specials.
Donnelly's Irish Pub
Donnelly’s Irish Pub has been serving up satisfying, homemade food since 1971. Opened by husband and wife team, Terry and Molly Donnelly, these days the pub is operated by their son Ryan Donnelly. After growing up in the business, Ryan wanted to continue the family tradition of Irish food, drink, and good company.
Historic Normal Theater
Located in Uptown Normal, the Normal Theater originally opened in 1937 and was the first movie theater in Bloomington-Normal built specifically for sound films. An Art Deco showplace built with streamline design, the Normal Theater has been completely restored to its original condition. It now operates as a film center, showing classic films on the big screen as well as independent and world cinema titles. In addition, the theater is used for a wide variety of non-film events and is available for rentals where assembly seating is required.
Chicago Symphony Orchestra: Beethoven's 5th Symphony at Ravinia
The perfect concert for new listeners as Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 may be the definitive work of classical music and certainly features the most famous four notes in the entire world.
Gene's Dairy Delight
Locally owned and operated since 1971, Gene's takes pride in their homemade novelties. Famous for their soft served cones and the Avalanche. This has always been a favorite family stop on Route 66!
Rockin' with Robert Concert Series
Enjoy a variety of music at the Robert Wadlow statue. Stop by the statue for a summer of monthly concerts. All concerts are free and open to the public. Don't forget to bring your lawn chairs or a blanket. Refreshments will also be available for purchase. 2016 concerts will be held on June 21, July 19 and August 16 starting at 7 p.m. For more information please contact the Upper Alton Association at 618-465-6303 or 618-466-0100.
Chicago Southland Dragon Boat Festival
The dragons are coming to Blue Island for the inaugural Chicago Southland Dragon Boat Festival. Watch these long 20-seat boats with a dragon decoration on the outside mimic the old war canoes of ancient Asian past. This ancient Chinese sport has become one of the fierce competitions throughout the world, and is growing rapidly in the Southeastern and Midwestern United States. 9AM-3PM.
Green Fair on the Fox
Green Fair on the Fox features an eco-marketplace, local businesses, physical fitness and sustainable, healthy living. There will be food, live music, demonstrations and fun activities for the whole family! Over 65 vendors and exhibitors will be on hand showcasing their green product or service. Fun activities for kids and adults alike will be going on all throughout the fair. Musical entertainment on the Peg Bond Stage. Green Fair on the Fox will be held rain or shine.
The Dari Company
A Hebron summer tradition since the 1960s, this is a classic corner hamburger/ice cream stand. The menu is simple: Vienna Beef hot dogs, good quality hamburgers,breaded, fried everything and excellent ice cream. The food is cooked to order, and always tastes good. If you are passing through Hebron, The Dari is a must stop. Open seasonally March through October.
Located in Rock Falls Uptown District, The Cooler is attracting regional & nationally known bands and is a great bar featuring live music every weekend!
4204 Main Street Brewing Company
This restaurant is known for the many varieties of beers that complement the food. Brews include Blonde Ale, Chocolate Stout, Saison ( a farmhouse ale brewed in the Belgian style), several different IPA's. Hefeweizen and more. Menu includes certified angus beef steaks, pastas, seafood, burgers and sandwiches. Open Sunday - Thursday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday - Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Features new and repurposed home furnishings, antiques, candles, soaps and gifts. Hours of operation are Saturday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Grafton Winery the Vineyards
Settled among orchards and sprawling farmland, the 11,000-square-foot Grafton Winery, aptly named "The Vineyards," has ample space for a new wine production facility, comfortable seating, a bar and a fireplace. A 5,000-square-foot pavilion with a view of the new vines offers space for outdoor seating, wedding receptions, corporate events, team building, family reunions, and class reunions.
Chairs on Parade
Chairs on Parade is an event where Carlinville businesses purchases a chair and decorates it to their liking. The event is all about bringing old fashioned fun, family and shopping together while supporting the local business community. The chairs will be on display outside of the businesses beginning on Saturday, August 6th. Part of the event includes the first ever Carlinville Restaurant Week from Monday, August 22nd through Sunday, August 28th, celebrating local food establishments and retail stores. The highlight of that week will occur on Friday, August 26th with a flotilla parade and afterwards an auction for chairs that are donated back to Shop Local First. The profit from the chairs will go to the local food bank. The night will also include Mid-West Largest Squirt Gun fight, and a street party with Captain Geech & The Shrimp Shack Shooters rock band.
Maggie Miley's is committed to providing you great food, a perfect pour, and outstanding service. They strive to offer a fun, warm and friendly environment. On behalf of Maggie Miley, they welcome you to their pub. Relax and enjoy the taste of Ireland!
Misha Dichter at Ravinia
Pianist Misha Dichter returns to Ravinia to showcase his artistry along with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Program will include Second Symphonies of Bernstein & Brahms.
Andersonville Arts Weekend
Get your creative juices flowing by celebrating Andersonville’s artistic community and fabulous array of locally-owned businesses. Features original artwork by dozens of local artists and designers showcased in businesses throughout the neighborhood, plus a variety of live shows and performances.
Don Henley at Ravinia
Don Henley is an American singer-songwriter, producer, and drummer, best known as a founding member of the Eagles before launching a successful solo career. Henley was the drummer and co-lead vocalist for the Eagles from 1971–1980, when the band broke up, and from 1994–present, when they reunited.
14th Annual Lincoln Douglas 5K and Fun Run
A series of short distances for children begins at 8 am: ages 8 and under – 100 yards; 9 to 10 – 200 yards; 11 to 12 – 400 yards. All finishers receive ribbons. The boy and girl winners of each age group will run a 100-yard dash following the 5K to determine “The Fasted Kid in Town!”. A One Mile Fun Run begins at 8:15 am. The course consists of one loop around the historic paved road inside Taylor Park. This is an untimed run and all finishers receive ribbons. The 5K begins at 8:35 am. The course consists of three loops around the paved road inside Taylor Park, a 5K (3.1 miles), wheel-measured certified course that is flat and fast designed to help runners achieve a personal best.
Steger Days of Music
Steger Days of Music is a three-day family-friendly music festival located in Steger, Illinois. The event will feature craft and merchandise vendors, as well as a variety of food trucks and booths. There will be activities for the whole family to enjoy during the course of the festival. $20 for Saturday Music Headliner Joe Nichols.
Crandall's is a local favorite and home to "world famous" broasted chicken. In 2015, they received the Golden Chicken Award for Operator Excellence. They offer a Friday fish-fry and Sunday brunch.
The Go Go's, Best Coast and Kaya Stewart at Ravinia
Come out and get the beat with the Go Go's on their farewell tour, along with Kaya Stewart and Best Coast this should be a great night to under the stars at Ravinia. Bring a picnic and enjoy friends and great music.
John Fogerty at Ravinia
Rock icon and Grammy Award winner John Fogerty makes his much-anticipated Ravinia debut as part of his Rollin’ On The River tour. While he was the lead singer and lead guitarist of Creedence Clearwater Revival, Fogerty penned some of the most memorable songs in rock history music.
The Great Race
Vintage automobiles find the finish Line on June 26 in Downtown Moline, Ill., as the 2016 Hemmings Motor News Great Race rolls into the Quad Cities. More than 100 antique and vintage automobiles from around the world battle for $150,000 in prize money during the week-long time/speed/distance rally. The vehicles, each with a driver and navigator, are given precise instructions each day and come rolling in within minutes of each other! Catch the finish of the Great Race on Sunday, June 26 in the Quad Cities.
Land of the Free, Home of the Brave: Aurora's Independence Day Celebration
The City of Aurora's Fourth of July Parade is a popular, not-to-miss parade for the whole family. This year's theme is "Land of the Free, Home of the Brave." Join the thousands of spectators lining the downtown parade route and display your patriotism and civic pride while watching the fabric of the community pass in front of you. The event will begin with a pre-parade ceremony at 9:15 a.m. outside the Paramount Theatre After the parade, enjoy free family activities and fireworks in two locations. Fireworks Celebration: the City of Lights will live up to its name with a pyrotechnic extravaganza illuminating the night sky with a rainbow of colors! Free park and ride shuttle service available 6-9 pm.
Pere Marquette Rendezvous
Step back in time to the days when frontier fur trappers met with fur traders and buyers during this reenactment festival at Pere Marquette State Park. The Second Annual Pere Marquette State Park Rendezvous will be a traditional Pre-1840 event with buckskinned re-enactors portraying primitive traders and campers. There will be period demonstrations, black powder and longbow shoots, camp music and food common to days on the Illinois frontier. The public is invited to attend and admission is free.
A classic neighborhood diner serving a variety of delicious breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night dishes. Founded in 1961, Melrose Diner has been a local staple in the neighborhood. Since then, the menu has evolved to include vegetarian and gluten free options. Come join us on our lush outdoor patio on the corner of Melrose and Broadway in the heart of Lakeview East and bring your friends.
Celtic Mist Pub
Celtic Mist Pub is a home away from home for both locals and visitors alike. The atmosphere has a touch of nostalgia yet it is an alluring new rendezvous for today's modern crowd. The owners, John and Margaret O'Riordan pride themselves on welcoming everyone and providing an atmosphere where friends will gather to chat, laugh and enjoy the banter of the goings-on.
Champaign Garden Inn
The Champaign Garden Inn is a stunning Victorian mansion built in 1900. Located in the Sesquicentennial neighborhood, our Champaign IL bed and breakfast is centrally located and walking distance to the recently re-developed Downtown area. When you arrive at the Inn the first thing you will notice is the gardens. We have numerous garden beds and grassy areas surrounding the Inn, designed to bloom throughout the season. The expansive wrap around porch and wicker furniture provide a perfect place to sit and enjoy the gardens. Through the front door you will be greeted by your innkeeper, Kevin Allen, and our two adorable doggy mascots, Dasher and Princess. Running the Inn is our full time passion, so we will be available to provide area information, restaurant reservations, or in the case of the doggies, make themselves available for scratches and love. On the main level you’ll find the living room, library, dining room and kitchen. The furnishings were selected with your comfort in mind, and hopefully you’ll have some time to enjoy the first floor. There is a 55 inch flat screen smart TV in the living room and lots of soft seating. The Library has books and games, as well as a computer station/wireless printer. The dining room was designed with separate seating so you can choose to socialize or be by yourself while having your morning coffee. The dining room is also a great place to spread out your projects and work while you’re here. Of course there is WIFI broadcast throughout the first floor, and whole house, to ensure you can stay connected.
Dawg Daze of Summer
A fun afternoon at Alto Vineyards for family and friends including canine friends. Enjoy music from Rural Kings Bluegrass, The Bankesters, Jenny Johnson Band, and The Swamp Tigers. There will be food, beverages, pet related exhibits and vendors and watering stations for the dogs This is a family and pet friendly event! Pets must be leashed and current on vaccines.