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Dancenter North's The Magic of the Nutcracker
The Magic of the Nutcracker is the largest and most lavish version of the holiday ballet in Lake County! Clara'a dream has been brought to life in a beautiful production by Dancenter North that features over 100 performers, including internationally renowned guests artists. For over 20 years, Dancenter North's Nutcracker has been Lake County's favorite version of the classic holiday ballet. Choose from 2 shows 1pm or 5pm.
First Floor FHN Memorial Hospital. Open 365 days a year, this is a sophisticated and trendy shopping experience for every age and every member of the family. A must-shop stop in Freeport! Sunday and Saturday: 11 am to 6 pm; Monday thru Friday: 9 am to 7:30 pm
"outhern Illinois’ breathtaking scenery forms the backdrop for local in-season farm to fork cuisine, pleasurable pastimes and world-class entertainment at Walker’s Bluff. What was planted as a family homestead long ago has grown into a picturesque vineyard that guests have been drawn to for its tranquility, style, unmistakable romance and fun family activities. We always extend an open-armed welcome to friends and visitors. We offer four venues to experience.
Water Tower Gallery
A Biennial exhibition will be presented by the City Gallery, located in the Historic Water Tower, a familiar and treasured landmark located along the city’s famed Magnificent Mile. Constructed between 1867 and 1869, the tower was created for Chicago’s municipal water system, and originally housed a 135-foot iron standpipe used to regulate water pressure. It gained special significance as one of the few buildings to survive the destructive path of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. The City Gallery regularly presents art and photography exhibitions.
Chicago Interiors explores extraordinary interior spaces in Chicago presented through notes, models, and material boards from designers responsible for them. As a city that famously rose from the ashes of the Great Chicago Fire, Chicago literally rebuilt itself as an international center for commerce and trade, as well as a burgeoning cultural epicenter. Since the fire, Chicago has retained the old and intermingled it with the new. Like the buildings in this city, interiors have shifted with the times -- from the dust of commerce, slaughterhouses, and industry, buildings were reborn and repurposed time and again as both public and private spaces with new buildings abutting and intermingling with the old. Chicago Interiors showcases new and the re-envisioned.
Champaign Urbana Ballet presents The Nutcracker
It's the classic ballet - "Swirling among snowflakes that float from the evening sky, the sweet sounds of violins and flutes fill the air. It is Christmas Eve, and in every house, warm hearts beat in anticipation of the magic of the night. In one special house - the home of the Stahlbaum family - the music and the magic are about to take an unusual shape." That excerpt from Champaign Urbana Ballet's The Nutcracker sets the stage for what has become a glamorous, magical holiday tradition for local audiences. Our production is presented each December with a live orchestra, the famed CU Symphony Orchestra, in the elegant Krannert Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Illinois. Local children are cast in roles as mice, soldiers and Polichenelles, while company dancers perform the Waltz of the Snowflakes and Flowers, variations of international delights, and the magnificent Pas de Deux that richly defines the Tchaikovsky score.
Creekside Vineyards Winery & Tasting Room
Welcome to the realm of wine, weekend wanderlust, midweek getaways, and what we like to call Wine-derful! Just south of the Quad Cities, wine enthusiasts can discover their own "hidden gem" of a vintage at Creekside Vineyards Winery & Tasting Room. This circa 1938 building, once a family diner & service station, now offers travelers a stopover of good conversation & fantastic artisan wines.
Iron Horse Tap And Spare Time Lanes
Enjoy a full menu with burgers and other sandwiches, drink specials, plenty of televisions to watch sporting events, video poker machines, pool table, dart board and more. Full bar. Open: Sunday: Noon to 10 pm; Monday thru Thursday: 8 am to Midnight; Friday and Saturday: 8 am to 1:30 am Lunch/Dinner: under $10.00. Back
Holiday Lane Craft Show and Festival of Trees
Experience the magic of a holiday wonderland filled with an assortment of delightfully and uniquely decorated trees. Stroll leisurely through the extraordinary holiday trees represented and decorated by local businesses. The Festival includes holiday musical entertainment by local church choirs, school groups and community musical groups scheduled at various times throughout the festival. Be sure to visit the Holiday Lane Craft Show and Home Business Showcase located in the convention center for a perfect holiday shopping opportunity. This special community event is sponsored by the Sandwich Park District in cooperation with Timber Creek Inn and Suites. Free admission.
Jane Addams Hull-House Museum
Jane Addams Hull-House Museum will host free hour-long public tours with an architectural focus, twice-a-week on Wednesdays and Sundays, 1-2pm. Visitors will learn about neighborhood conditions in the Near West Side at the turn of the twentieth century in Chicago, including life in tenements and sweatshops and the unique work of the Hull-House settlement which responded to the social needs of the neighborhood. Learn about the Model Tenement Movement, the foundational moments of public housing, and how the buildings of the Hull-House settlement embodied the ideals of the Progressive Era.
Stony Island Arts Bank Tour
Join Rebuild Foundation for a tour of Chicago's newest venue for contemporary art. Designed by William Gibbons Uffendell in 1923, the Stony Island Arts Bank has recently undergone a radical restoration led by Rebuild Foundation's artistic director Theaster Gates. As part of the Chicago Architecture Biennial, the tour will include viewings of two Biennial commissions: an installation by Portuguese artist Carlos Bunga and a courtyard designed by Mexican architect Frida Escobedo. Guests will also enjoy an introduction to five of Rebuild Foundation’s collections, several of which focus on black history and culture, including the Johnson Publishing Company's library and “godfather of House music” Frankie Knuckles' vinyl collection. Tours are free and open to the public, but space is limited so please rsvp.
An Irish Christmas at the Virginia Theatre
As seen on PBS, An Irish Christmas brings just about everything to the table! Take a journey through Christmas in Ireland and celebrate the great traditions of Irish mythology, enjoy superb music-making, Christmas carol singing, and great storytelling – all led by an award-winning cast of Irish dancers in a night that sparkles with life and a bit
Santa Cause 5K
The Santa Cause 5K race will be a family friendly event for all ages; a great activity for the whole family to participate in during the holiday season. Join the cause and embrace your inner Santa. For our inaugural event, we are partnering with the Peoria Downtown Development Corporation and bringing the route into the Downtown Warehouse District to show-case major improvements to the area. In addition, all extra proceeds will benefit “Dazzle Downtown,” providing funds for festive lights and decor for the warehouse district.
5 Rabbit Cerveceria
Great brewery tours, great beers, Taco Thursdays - you must see 5 Rabbit! The name 5 Rabbit was inspired by the Aztec culture of Latin heritage. 5 Rabbit beers are mysterious and captivating, and every taste reveals a new detail. Great for those seeking fresh, unique and delicious beers.
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 not camping. Line-up will be announced around March/April 2016. Everyone is welcome!
Sweet Pete's Candy
Sweet Pete's Candy is the sweetest destination on Earth. We offer handmade chocolates and confections, ice cream, frozen yogurt, cupcakes and more. Join us for a party, class or field trip for a sweet candy-making experience you will be sure to love.
Roadhouse Country Restaurant, Bar & Grill
The Roadhouse was Runner Up in the Culinary Champions competition for Best Soup for their delicious, like-none-other "Grandmas Homemade Chicken 'n Dumplings!" This award-winning pub specializes in country hospitality, food, fun and friends. The are experts in country-style comfort food. Check out the latest events and entertainment happening on their website.
Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant
The Gordon Biersch experience, inspired by the Reinheitsgebot of 1516, rests upon the foundations of purity, simplicity and precision. This philosophy is most recognizable in their selection of authentic German lagers, each crafted on-site using only malted barley, hops, yeast and pure, filtered water.
Orchard Valley Golf Course
One of Chicagoland's top five courses, Orchard Valley Golf Course is an 18-hole, 6,800-yard, par-72 championship layout open to the public. Featuring four sets of tees, this beautiful course offers the appropriate challenge to all skill levels. Orchard Valley has been distinguished by Golf Digest Magazine as a 4 1/2 star facility.
Christmas Village Craft Fair
The Christmas Village Craft Fair includes 22 vendors from around the country selling Christmas crafts and unique gifts. Lunch will be available both days in a cafe with food made entirely from scratch. Free admission, free parking, and handicap accessible.
America the Beautiful - Illinois Quarter Launch Ceremony
The U.S. Mint and the Shawnee National Forest will launch the 31st America the Beautiful coin – the Illinois quarter featuring Camel Rock formation at the Garden of the Gods Recreation Area. The event will include speakers and performers, and children under the age of 18 will receive a new Shawnee National Forest quarter to commemorate the event. There will be information about the U.S. Mint’s America the Beautiful program and a coin exchange will follow the event giving patrons the opportunity to exchange their currency for the new Illinois quarter. 10:00 am Southeastern Illinois College gymnasium.
The Graham Foundation, one of the Biennial’s presenting partners, will participate by hosting an exhibition and public programs at the Madlener House, a Prairie-style mansion located in the historic Gold Coast neighborhood, where the Graham Foundation is located. Founded in 1956, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts makes project-based grants to individuals and organizations and produces public programs to foster the development and exchange of diverse and challenging ideas about architecture and its role in the arts, culture, and society. Opening Times: Wednesday - Saturday 11:00am - 6:00pm
B96 Jingle Bash
The B96 Pepsi Jingle Bash is coming to Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois on Saturday, December 12th, 2015! The biggest concert of the season is finally here! Demi Lovato, 5 Seconds of Summer, Jason Derulo, Shawn Mendes, Pentatonix, Kygo, Omi, and Ailee Steinfeld will be performing live at the B96 Pepsi Jingle Bash! Doors open at 5pm, and the show starts at 6:30pm.
Girolamo's Italian Restaurant
Authentic Italian food with great atmosphere at affordable prices.
Jo and Al, husband and wife vintners, produce wines made from local fruits of nearby orchards and berry fields. Apples make a nice dry to resemble Chardinay. Blackberries are a little sweet with a dry finish. Strawberries are sweet and smooth. Their country store has home-made jellies, candies, pickles, beef jerky and one of the best salsas in Illinois. Come in for a free taste sample or to browse the gift shop.
103.5 Jingle Ball
Wednesday, December 16th at 7:30 PM come out and see this great show with an amazing lineup! The performers include Nick Jonas, Selena Gomez, 5 Seconds of Summer, Shawn Mendes, Tove Lo, Charlie Puth, Hailee Steinfeld, R City, Fifth Harmony, Conrad Sewell & DNCE. You can purchase tickets online or listen for a chance to win.
The legendary Plaids, an all-male vocal quartet, come back to earth to spread yuletide joy with the greatest Holiday hits of the ages. Performing every Fri. Sat. and Sun, 11.20 thru December 27.
WWE Live Holiday Tour
WWE Returns to Chicago for the Final Time This Year With the WWE Live Holiday Tour! Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match. 6 Man Tables Match plus more of your favorite WWE Superstars including: The Big Show, Cesaro, Stardust, The Divas and many more! Card is subject to change WWE Tickets Make a Great Holiday Gift!
Bliss Creek Golf Course
Golfers will enjoy all that Bliss Creek has to offer, from the casual atmosphere of the bar and grill, to cocktails on the deck overlooking the first hole. With the addition of the Pine Room, a dedicated building designed specifically for golf outings, it is the perfect course for any size outing or fundraiser. Open to the public daily, it offers beautiful, tree-lined fairways, well-placed water hazards and a challenging 18 holes of golf that can most often be played in less than four hours. Truly one of the best golf values in the Chicagoland area.
Danville Symphony Orchestra "The Nutcracker"
Join Clara, the Sugar Plum Fairy, Grandfather Drosselmeyer, and the Mouse King in a fantastic dream where toys come to life. Bring the entire family to celebrate this holiday season with a fully staged performance of Tchaikovsky’s ballet, The Nutcracker, accompanied by the full Danville Symphony Orchestra. The DSO welcomes Von Heidecke’s Chicago Festival Ballet back for one matinee performance of this classic holiday tradition.
Chicago Wolves Hockey
Chicago Wolves Hockey at the Allstate Arena. Four-time league champion Chicago Wolves Hockey team provides fun and affordable sports entertainment for the entire family. Now through April 2016. Tickets plans are available. Visit the website.
Weekend Wedding Affair at Hantverk Galleri
A three day show featuring the best local and handmade wedding ideas. Consider an enchanted wedding in the Village of Bishop Hill a National Historic Landmark. Information will be shared for your consideration on Bishop Hill for a wedding or bridal shower venue.
The Orchid Show
Its the best eye candy ever! The Regenstein Center Greenhouses and Galleries are transformed by trees draped in orange and yellow Dendrobium, a hanging hedge of pink and purple Beallara, and vibrant Vanda in orange, red, yellow, and even blue. See more than 10,000 orchids in all. Bring a camera.
3 Redneck Tenors
The "infamous" 3 Redneck Tenors are back and better than ever!! These boys have seen it all, sing it all and make us laugh until we double over, reminding us that in life, it is not the destination, it's the journey. Get ready for one sidesplitting ride as we go on an excursion only the 3 Rednecks Tenors could have had, delighting the audience with their vocal prowess and a smorgasbord of songs and music ranging from gospel, to country, to broadway and many more areas!! You're going to love them and so will anyone with a sense of humor and appreciation for incredible voices.
Winter Chocolate Walk
Bring your sweet heart or just your sweet tooth to Discover Sycamore’s Winter Chocolate Walk. Enjoy the best of our downtown shops while sampling a vast array of fine chocolate desserts. Enjoy hot chocolate, chocolate covered candy canes, chocolate martinis, homemade chocolate marshmallows, chocolate donuts, chocolate dipped mini cones and much more! Shopping doesn’t get much sweeter than this! The Chocolate Walk will begin at Blumen Gardens at 5pm. You will receive a Chocolate Walk guide listing all participating businesses. Stop at each location and get your card signed when you taste a chocolaty treat. Be sure to make as many stops on the walk as you can – when your card is full – drop your card off with your name and phone number into the bag at your final location. The winner will be drawn from the names of those entered that made the most stops on the walk. We are featuring several wonderful raffle baskets this year.
Open since 2009, Lakeview Grille offers the finest cuts of steak and prime rib. Their restaurant menu items not only include steaks but fresh salads, delicious entrees, and decadent desserts. To complement guests' dining experiences, the beer and wine list is extensive. Additional menus available for kids, banquets, or showers. Specials include Tuesday Night Rib Night - Wine Down Wednesdays - Prime Rib Special Thursday night and all day Sunday.
Illinois Xtreme Whitetails Lodge
The finest accommodations await every hunter and guest at Illinois Xtreme. Relax after a hard day’s hunt in our spacious great room. Our 53 inch big screen TV with satellite helps provide all the comforts of “at home” entertainment. If you prefer a quiet evening of solitude in preparation for the next days’ hunt you can retire to your own private guest room. Each guest room at Illinois Xtreme comes with one full bed, a set of twin bunk beds and its own private bathroom. Other amenities include a TV with satellite service, ceiling fan and an A/C – heater unit in each room. With 8,800 feet of living space there plenty of room to stretch out and relax at Illinois Xtreme.
Gaelic Storm – Live in Concert at Egyptian Theatre
The Egyptian Theatre is excited to welcome back Gaelic Storm featuring their new album on Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 7:30 PM. After nearly two decades and more than 3,000 live shows, Gaelic Storm — the chart-topping, multi-national Celtic band — is looking sharper than ever with their latest release, Matching Sweaters. The new album mixes traditional Irish music with modern influences, creating a sound that’s as wide-ranging as the band’s own audience.
North Aurora Hotel Inn and Suites
North Aurora Hotel has 120 comfortable, convenient guest rooms including King, Queen, Double and King Suites. Complimentary continental breakfast from 7 - 10 am every day. 24-hour front desk welcome center. Kitchenettes, free WiFi access and cable TV. Spacious free parking for up to 250 cars. Conveniently located right off I-88, Exit 117 at Rt. 31. Minutes from Chicago Premium Outlets, Hollywood Casino Aurora and the Aurora Transportation Center.
Maciano's Pizza & Pasteria
Using only the freshest ingredients, Maciano's serves delicious homemade pizza and Italian entrees. They are Casual, Contemporary, Italian with Old-World Craft. Carry out, catering or delivery available.
BuckleDown Brewing is a small craft brewery and taproom just outside of Chicago. They create bold, flavorful beers, and take diligent care to craft the finest small-batch beers with premium ingredients. Taproom open Wed-Sun.
Authentic Mexican restaurant with all of the specialties. Full bar, carryouts, children’s menu, entertainment. Open: Sunday thru Thursday: 11 am to 9 pm; Friday and Saturday: 11 am to 10:30 am
Midwest Museum of Natural History Festival of Trees
See the Midwest Museum of Natural History decked out for the Holidays during the 2015 Festival of Trees. Local businesses and organizations decorate trees that are displayed around the museum all month long. Visitors to the museum then get to vote for their favorite tree. And if that's not enough, plan your visit around one of the weekly events and programs. View MMNH's calendar of events to see what other fun activities are planned at the museum. December is a great time to visit and experience the Midwest Museum of Natural History.
Holiday Open House at the Sycamore History Museum
Sycamore History Museum says “Thank you” to its supporters Saturday, December 5th during their Annual Holiday Open House. This free event is fun for everyone who loves the holidays. Enjoy festive music, drink hot chocolate, take home a craft activity, and decorate sugar cookies. The museum will also be open for tours led by the Junior Docents.
Christmas with the Taylor’s
Join them for an evening of holiday fun. The historic mansion will be decorated in its holiday finery. Enjoy homemade cookies, hors d’oeuvres, tea, and holiday punch. Special holiday music will be provided. Entries from the Gingerbread House Contest will be on display and you can help pick the winner! A special kids Christmas room will provide fun with old fashioned games, classic Christmas videos, and maybe even a surprise visit from Santa! Each child 10 or younger will leave with a Christmas gift bag. Adult Historical Society Members: $3; Adult Non-Members: $5; Children 5 to 16: $2. (815-232-8419)
We are all super excited to tend, cook and serve you while you are here, so come on down, check in, like us on Facebook and give us your feedback. Open 5 pm - 11 pm Tue/Wed, 5 pm - midnight Thurs/Fri/Sat and 5 pm - 11 pm Sundays.
Three Chicks & A Stage: A Candle in the Window
A small group of weary travelers discover the power of the season while trapped in a lonely train station on Christmas Eve. As a blizzard rages outside, the troubled people are forced to turn to each other for companionship. Be sure to catch this heartwarming play at 7 p.m. on December 5th and if you miss that day you can catch it at 2 p.m. on December 6th.
Salsa Verde Mexican Restaurant & Taqueria
Salsa Verde is delicious, authentic, home-made Mexican dishes from authentic Mexican recipes. Their service is friendly in an inviting and vibrant environment. Fresh ingredients make them among the best Mexican restaurants in the area!
Carols at Early Candlelight
Singing of Christmas Carols led by Marjorie Brymer and the Gordon Family. Fun for all ages, starts at 4 pm. Casual dress. Refreshments served. Parking behind Stinson Library. Step back in time in this 1886 church listed on the National Register and remember the real meaning of Christmas.
The Capitol Steps at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts
The Capitol Steps are back for their annual engagement at the North Shore Center with a hilarious lead-up to the 2016 primaries and upcoming presidential election you just can’t miss. Using their always witty musical parody and satire, the Steps freshest political comedy will rock Barak, political hawks and voter blocks ad hoc so we’re all locked to Mock the Vote! That’s the Capitol Steps newest album and live comedy concert celebrating a lame-duck president in a battle of wits against Congressional Republicans.
Moe's Southwest Grill
Serving a wide variety of fresh, made-to-order Southwest fare in a welcoming environment.
New Years Arcada Style
Celebrate 2016 and ring in the New Year with the Arcada Theatre. This will be like no other New Year's party in the Midwest! The Bronx Wanderers are Living the American Rock N' Roll Dream. Quite possibly the best two hours of 50's, 60's and 70's rock n' roll that you will experience on stage.
Christmas with the Lincolns
Discover how the Lincoln family celebrated the holiday by taking a tour through the Lincoln Home, with period decorations.
Rowdy's was first runner up as Culinary Champion for Best BBQ with their delicious Hog Wings! A fun local pub with a small town feel. An open kitchen allows customers to watch their food being prepared or their burger being "designed." They have over 50 brews to choose from as well as daily specials and live entertainment. Check their Facebook page for updates.
Onion Pub and Brewery
The Onion Pub is a perfect place to relax with friends and family. Enjoy fresh handcrafted beers from our own Wild Onion Brewery and hearty comfort food. The timber framed bar and dining room, anchored by a massive stone fireplace, create a comfortable atmosphere that has made the Onion a local favorite since 2003. The Great Hall banquet facility can accommodate 200 people and is anchored by a large timber frame cathedral ceiling that overlooks a beautiful 11 acre lake. Guests can enjoy a champagne toast under a canopy of bistro string lights with the sweet sound of flowing water. Also enjoy brewery tours and live entertainment.
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.
Bald Eagle Watch - Fulton
Stewards of the Upper Mississippi River Refuge & the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, will be presenting the 31st Annual Bald Eagle Watch on Saturday, January 9, 2016. Eagle viewing will be held at Lock and Dam 13 in Fulton, Illinois off IL Hwy 84 starting at 8am.
Legends Sports Bar & Grill
Sports bar and casual restaurant, Legends combines the best of both into a special kind of neighborhood gathering place. Where friends and family can meet to grab a bite, watch the game, or just enjoy a beer together in a lively atmosphere.
Scott Wattles: Blue Suede Christmas
Join Scott Wattles and the Blue Suede Crew as they celebrate the holidays with their sensational Rock'n'Roll Christmas Show. This musical journey down memory lane is packed with the true Christmas classics. From the moment the curtain opens you will find yourself singing right along with the Blue Suede Crew on such classics as "Jingle Bell Rock," "Rockin Around the Christmas Tree," "Silver Bells," "Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer" and many more!! Don't miss this show at 7 p.m. and a chance to get in the mood for the holiday season.
Filbert's Old Time Root Beer
During the early 1900's, George Filbert, his wife and their young son, Charlie, could be seen on a horse-drawn wagon in Chicago's Bridgeport neighborhood delivering bottles of milk to stores and homes. It wasn't until the height of prohibition that Filbert's began making Root Beer. Now 85 years later, Ron Filbert, the fourth generation Filbert, continues to make his families famous Root Beer in the same Bridgeport neighborhood where his Great-Grandfather started it all back in 1926.
Lee Greenwood Christmas at the Effingham Performance Center
"A Tennessee Christmas" with Lee Greenwood is a celebration of traditional and popular carols guaranteed to put the entire family in the spirit. This two-time CMA Male Vocalist of the Year has scored 19 Top Ten singles and seven number 1 hits, including his best-loved "God Bless the USA." Share an evening of heartwarming music-from "I'll Be Home for Christmas" to his enduring chart-toppers.
Whitetail Ridge Restaurant
Situated among the rich turf at Whitetail Ridge Golf Club this is the perfect venue for wedding parties, luncheons, meetings or a Sunday Brunch. Mothers will appreciate spending Mother's Day at this beautiful place! Enjoy Friday fish fries, Sunday buffets and weekly specials. Easter Brunch and Father's Day are also special days to spend at Whitetail Ridge. Open 11 am - 9 pm Monday through Saturday and Sundays 8 am - 8 pm. Call for reservations and special holiday hours.
Big Rock Forest
This forest preserve has miles of wooded trails and a quarry lake suitable for hiking and horseback. Fishing, canoeing and kayaking permitted in season.
Christmastime at Fine Line
Sale of juried artist created work. Includes pottery, jewelry, textiles, ornaments and more. Opening Fri. Dec. 4 at 6pm.
Jim Brickman: Comfort & Joy- The 2015 Holiday Tour
This year, Jim Brickman will bring together the sounds of the season with Comfort & Joy, the 2015 Holiday Tour. Hailed by the Boston Herald as a ‘crowd-pleaser,’ Jim celebrates this in a one-of-a-kind concert event filled with lush instrumentals and soaring vocals. As he marks this 19 year tradition from coast to coast, Jim will showcase new music, along with holiday favorites and the hits that made him the most charted (30) Billboard Adult Contemporary artist earning him two Grammy nods and four gold albums. With featured musical guests, feelings of comfort and joy are fused together with Jim’s most beloved hits like ‘Valentine,’ ‘If You Believe,’ ‘The Gift,’ ‘Angel Eyes,’ and ‘Sending You A Little Christmas.’ You’ll be reminded of what we cherish during this most wonderful time of the year…Togetherness.
The Wizards of Winter at the Effingham Performance Center
Featuring some of the mid-Atlantic's finest rock and progressive musicians, The Wizards of Winter, reprise a few of the greatest hits of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra's Christmas and Classical catalog. The Wizards of Winter bring their musical intensity, stage theatrics and holiday fun to the Effingham Performance Center at 8 p.m. This 22 member ensemble boasts soaring vocal harmonies, precision string instrumentation, powerful percussion and stunning keyboard work, layered around a rich storyboard that evokes December's past!
Christmas at the Mack House - Macktown Living History Center
Celebrate Christmas at the Mack House. Visit Stephen Mack's home and enjoy traditional 19th Century treats such as Wassail and warm apple cider, along with an assortment of traditional cookies and sweetbreads. Fun for the entire family in the oldest wood frame house west of Chicago. There will be traditional music and both Christmas and winter songs with bag pipers, native flutes, fiddles, and much more.
The Nutcracker Ballet - Rockford Dance Company & Rockford Symphony
Delight in the magic of Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker, as Clara takes an enchanted journey filled with the beloved melodies and dance that have captivated audiences for more than a century. Guest dancers from nationally renowned dance companies join the Rockford Dance Company and the RSO to present this holiday tradition, great for the whole family. Saturday performance 7:00pm Sunday performance 3:00pm
Christmas Parade - Metropolis
A holiday tradition in Metropolis, the Christmas Parade features bands, floats and Santa Claus. The parade kicks off at 1:30pm downtown. (Rain date: Sunday, Dec. 6th)
Winslow Township Park
This seven acre park offers two shelter houses, sand volleyball, a full basketball court, a tennis court, playground equipment, and a ball diamond. Open: Dawn to 10 pm
Tuttys Crossing Trailhead
Tutty’s Crossing Trailhead provides easy access to the Jane Addams Trail and to the Pecatonica Prairie Trail (under development). It is located on the banks of the Pecatonica River. A bridge, part of the Pecatonica Prairie Trail, crosses the river and provides scenic views. The Trailhead provides parking, a boat ramp, and walking area. Future planned developments include a shelter/restroom, fishing/observation pier, picnic tables, and floating dock. Open: Dawn to Dusk
Jane Addams Trail
This multi-use 17 mile trail offers beautiful scenery and 22 bridges, including a covered bridge in Orangeville, passing wetlands, creeks, woods, prairies, geologic formations and farmland. The trail, named after Jane Addams, the Nobel Peace Prize humanitarian and Hull House settlement founder born and raised in nearby Cedarville, is part of the Grand Illinois Trail which traverses northern Illinois from Lake Michigan to the Mississippi River. The 13 miles of the trail is a crushed limestone surface which may be used by hikers, bicyclists, snowmobilers, and cross-country skiers. Trail maps are available.
Fat Tuesday Art Crawl
The Quincy Art Center hosts the new Fat Tuesday Art Crawl, to include artists and multiple art galleries in the Quincy area. This free event will be held on Fat Tuesday from 6-10pm. Contact the Quincy Art Center at 217-223-5900 for a map and listing of the various galleries.
First Night Springfield
Head on out to the 29th Annual First Night Springfield! This family-friendly, alcohol-free event is a Springfield area tradition. Free children's activities from 1 - 4 PM at Springfield High School Commons. Fireworks at 8 PM. Over 30 performances around Downtown Springfield from 6 PM-11:15 PM.
Ringin' in the New Year in Downtown Naperville
Bring the whole family to enjoy the final day of 2015 shopping, dining and celebrating in Downtown Naperville. Enjoy free performers (face painters, caricature artists, magicians, henna tattoo artists, jugglers, stilt walkers, fortune teller and more) from 1-3pm. Get clues for a scavenger hunt. 50 randomly selected entries will receive a Downtown Naperville gift card. There will also be free trolley rides from 1-4pm and free Shutterbox photos and prizes for kids. Wander around downtown and see all the trains too! Follow the sky lights to the Covered Bridge and stroll down the Riverwalk just a short distance to the Carillon. There will be free hot chocolate at the Riverwalk eatery while you wait for the early evening Countdown to Ring in the New Year at 6pm.
Grand Victoria Hotel
Located on the east edge of the city, this is a 90 room facility offering both smoking and non-smoking rooms, free wireless high speed internet access, cable TV, in room refrigerators, microwaves, irons and ironing boards, and hair dryers, pets allowed, and breakfast included. Rates: $59.99 to $169.99.
Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis
Be part of the largest holiday 5K race series aimed to fight arthritis! Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis is a fun and festive way to kick off your holidays by helping others! Wear a holiday themed costume and tie jingle bells to your shoelaces. Raise funds to help find a cure for arthritis, the nation's leading cause of disability.
Nevin's Brewing Company
Nevin's Brewing Company opened in December of 2012. Nevin's delivers their spent grain to local farmers to use as feed for livestock and compost to enrich the soil for vegetables. Experience freshly brewed beer - Nevin's own recipe. Their goal is to bring you the freshest, most flavorful food and beer possible.
Trans Siberian Orchestra
A rock holiday tradition for a new generation. This year is Trans-Siberian Orchestra's live debut performance of The Ghosts Of Christmas Eve! Allstate Arena December 28th, two shows, 3:30 PM & 8:00 PM.
Visit Frank Lloyd Wright's Dana-Thomas House as the exterior of the home will be lined with 1,000 candles and guests can take a silent tour of the beautiful interior accompanied by holiday music.
Illinois Snow Sculpting Competition
As many as 70,000 visitors view these massive works of snow art each year. Teams from around the state will compete in Rockford for the right to represent Illinois in the 2017 U.S. Nationals Snow Sculpting Competition, and high school teams from the Rockford area will compete in the high school division the same week. The public is encouraged to cast their vote for the People's Choice award between 8:30am and 11:00am on January 23. Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony at 1:00pm in the Sinnissippi Park Maintenance Building. Sinnissippi Park is open to the public for sculpture viewing while weather permits. Viewing hours are daily from sunrise until 10:30pm. You may drive or walk through the park. Visitors are encouraged to take the time to walk through to maximize their experience and allow them to view the sculptures from all sides. Limited parking is available at Sinnissippi Park. Additional parking is available at Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens just west of Sinnissippi Park across N. Second Street.
Carl Sandburg Days Festival
An annual festival celebrating the life and legacy of Galesburg native, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and Lincoln biographer--Carl Sandburg. Includes three days of literary, history, sporting, and children's events held at Carl Sandburg College.
NIU Steel Pan Studio/Music in the Gallery
The NIU Steel Pan Studio is a small ensemble from the full Steel Band, appropriately scaled to provide an excellent steel band experience. For additional information, visit their website or to order tickets call 630.584.7200.
Vespers at the Kirkland Fine Arts Center
One of Millikin University's most popular events, Vespers (which means "evening prayers") provides the context for a seasonal concert that has become one of the University's beloved traditions. Performed by 350 singers and instrumentalists, the concert features traditional and new music for choirs and brass.
A full service salon offering colors, cuts, makeup, pedicures, shellac and more. Open: Monday thru Friday: 9 am to 7 pm; Saturday: 9 am to 4 pm
First Night Evanston
A great Evanston New Year's Eve celebration that brings together a great community! Experience an incredible range of music, dance, poetry and more from some of the world's finest artists. It's a family-friendly event too, featuring an afternoon of exciting musical and variety performances geared to young children as well as a teenage battle of the bands and a teen improv performance in the evening. Performance venues include some fantastic acoustical spaces in some of Evanston's greatest old classic houses of worship. $20 in advance; $25 until 12/31; $30 at door. Type: Festival/Special Events. Various locations in Evanston.
An Historic Christmas Holiday House Walk
Ring in the holidays at six historic sites in one fun-filled day. Step back in time and admire the beautiful decorations of holidays past at Edwards Place, the Lincoln Home, the Governor’s Mansion, Elijah Iles House, the Old State Capitol, and Vachel Lindsay Home. At each home, visitors can listen to 19th century Christmas carols and visit with the Lincolns. There is no charge for admission to any of the houses, and the sites may be visited in any order.
Plano Synergy Outlet Store
Plano Synergy is a wholesale distributor, whose foundation is built on a dream and a passion for the outdoors. As a newly created family of high performance outdoor brands, Plano Synergy embodies over 150 combined years of industry experience, values and product quality all thanks to each one of its founders. As devout fishermen and passionate hunters, each Plano Synergy brand sought out to create the finest products for their fellow outdoorsman; dedicating themselves to producing top quality tools of the trade to outdoorsmen of all experience and ability levels. Thriving on new challenges, new goals and bold endeavors to become the latest and greatest in the field, the makers of Plano Synergy products are determined to remove all limitations on the water, and on the field-because this isn’t simply a hobby…it’s a way of life. Our brands include Ameristep, Avian-X, Barnett Crossbows, BloodSport, Caboodles, Creative Options, Evolved, Flextone, Frabill, GroundEFX, Halo Optics, Plano Molding, Wildgame Innovations and Zink Calls with hundreds of products made in the United States. With this desire and strive for excellence instilled in the minds of the innovators behind our products, the possibilities for our future are endless. The people who work at Plano Synergy often come and stay awhile, and the same goes for the people that use our products. As a fellow outdoorsman, we feel you will be happy with our products and may go confidently knowing that your outdoor experiences go beyond the what you bring home at the end of the day, but the experience you get out of it.
The Osmonds at the Arcada Theatre
The Osmonds are no strangers to show business. The Osmond family has spent more than 50 years working together entertaining audiences all over the world. For information or to order tickets, please call 630.962.7000. Tickets can also be purchased on line.
Pheasant Run Resort's Party Gras
Ring in the New Year with Pheasant Run Resort's Party Gras! With overnight accommodations on December 31st, and multiple celebrations packages available for adults as well as children. Please call 630.584.6300 for details of packages to choose from.
Participate in Downtown Oak Park’s annual Cookie Walk! A $20 participation fee includes a souvenir cookie tin and a map of over 45 participating shops and restaurants to collect a cookie or candy at each stop. Catch a glimpse of Saint Nicholas on Marion Street, enjoy a variety of family-friendly acts and warm up inside the hospitality tent with free hot chocolate & coffee. Hospitality tent located on Marion Street at South Lake Street.
The Price is Right Live at the Genesee Theatre
The Price Is Right Live™ is the hit interactive stage show that gives eligible individuals the chance to "Come On Down" to win. Prizes may include appliances, vacations and possibly a new car. Play classic games from television's longest running and most popular game show and even the fabulous Showcase.
Lucas Oil Monster Truck Nationals
The astonishing speed, sound, and fury of colossal 10,000-pound, ten-foot-tall machines going for broke in a high-flying, all-out showdown are the ingredients for an unforgettable night of entertainment. The Monster Truck Nationals are back for a high-velocity shootout at the Convocation Center on Saturday, February 6th. The size and scale of the 10-feet-tall machines of The Monster Truck Nationals can only be truly appreciated close-up. And that’s why everyone with an admission ticket is invited to a free Pit Party, two hours before each performance. At the Pit Party, the Monster Truck Nationals drivers give autographs and pose for photos. Everyone can get a close look and a photo of the trucks, pick up a souvenir, and take part in interactive games and displays before heading to their seats for the excitement of the show.
Whitetail Ridge Golf Club
This premier public golf course was designed by architect Greg Martin on the farmland locally known as "The Ridge" in 2007. The front nine plays as a links-style course, while the back nine features elevation changes and spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. 18 holes, par 71. Distance: 6,604. Whitetail Ridge offers the perfect venue to host your wedding or golf outing. The 24,000 square foot clubhouse features a beautiful restaurant and bar that seats 100 people, with a balcony that overlooks the front nine. The elegant Ballroom accommodates parties of up to 350 people, and is complimented by the Terrace Room, with a private balcony, that can host business meetings and smaller events such as wedding and baby showers, and business meetings. The lower level of the clubhouse features the 19th Hole with a private bar, and seating for up to 50. The patio and outdoor party area provide an ideal place for your outdoor wedding, party, or post-outing summer fun and socializing. Three-time winner Bride's Choice Award and 2014 Couple's Choice Award winner.
Settler's Hill Golf Course
Featured on The Golf Scene with Steve Kashul and Heralded as one of Chicagoland's best buys for 18 holes, Settler's Hill is a favorite in Kane County and beyond. Here links, parkland and water holes combine to create a truly varied and memorable golf experience. Quirky greens, deep bunkers and colorful seasonal wildflower displays add to the course's charm. Superb conditioning and a casual atmosphere make Settler's Hill welcoming and enjoyable for all levels of golfers. The course's west-central location in Batavia near the Fox River makes Settler's Hill a natural choice for meeting friends for a round or planning an outing.
Paul Anka at the Arcada Theatre
Anka became famous in the late 1950s, 60s, 70s, with hit songs like "Diana", "Lonely Boy". "Put Your Head On My Shoulder", and "You're Having My Baby". An evening to recall those years gone by.