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The Finery & Blacksmith Bar
An ode to the American table with its diversity and global influence. We set out to be an expressive regional American kitchen, all while remaining approachable, affordable, and welcoming.
Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus Live at the Effingham Performance Center
Based on the best-selling book, this hysterical show will have couples elbowing each other all evening as they see themselves on stage. The show starts at 8 p.m.
Michael Bolton at the Genesee Theatre
Established soft-rock king Michael Bolton has honored several genres besides his own adult contemporary category, including 60’s soul and works from the Great American Songbook. The blue-eyed, soft-rock balladeer has unveiled a total of 17 studio albums, five of which have been certified multi-platinum in the U.S.
Jonamac Orchard Antique Farm Equipment Show
Come visit our annual Antique Farm Equipment show featuring working equipment from decades ago! Catch a free hayride to the pick-your-own Pumpkin Patch, and check out our Pumpkin Patch as we blast pumpkins into the air. Pony Rides will be available Saturday, Sunday, and Monday for Columbus Day! Don’t miss our live music on Sunday from Noon to 4pm. Check out our Facebook Page for more information on what is happening around the farm! We are open for Columbus Day from 9-5:30pm with all of our usual weekend activities and activity pricing. This includes our Corn Maze, Apple Cannon and Launcher, Play Areas, Apple Train, Petting Zoo, and more!
Christmas at the Brewery
Annual family friendly holiday celebration featuring horse drawn carriage rides through quaint downtown Flossmoor, and visits with Santa for the children. 4-8PM.
P.T. Murphy Magic
"Galena's #1 Attraction!" – from TripAdvisor in 2013 & 2014. Enjoy the illusions hosted by critically acclaimed magician P.T. Murphy. The setting for the mystery is P.T. Murphy's private 24-seat theatre located at 204 Hill St., just 39 steps west of Hill and Main Streets in the heart of historic downtown Galena, IL. P.T. Murphy believes in magic. It's his job. He will entertain, mystify and inspire you to believe! P.T. is known for his personable style, mischievous sense of humor and sophisticated sleight of hand that the Chicago Reader called "An evening that shows magic to its best advantage, up close and personal!"
Easy access off I-80 and open 7 days a week from 6:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. Serving delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner. The banquet room has seating for 70. Sunfield is ideal for showers, meetings, family gathering, birthdays and other celebrations.
Holiday Craft & Vendor Fair
Sparklers Cheer Team hosts a craft and vendor fair for unique holiday shopping. Avon, Tupperware, Scentsy, Tastefully Simple, Pampered Chef, Lia Sophia, Miche, Homemade Jewelry and Crafts, baked goods, split the pot raffle and items to be raffled off and much much more.
Eagle Watching Open House
Visit Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge to learn about bald eagles and how to watch for them, then venture out to watch for eagles with a refuge ranger. Experienced eagle watchers will be set up with viewing scopes at various locations at the wildlife refuge. Kids crafts will be available at the visitor center. For more information, call 618-883-2524.
Food & Wine Pairing at Prairie State Winery
Prairie State Winery is hosting monthly food and wine pairings in their tasting room. Their chef will create three courses designed specifically to pair with one of their Prairie State Wines. It's a fun and exciting way to try something new, or in a new context! Price is $17 per person and includes food and wine. Reservations are required and space is limited so give us a call today to save your spot!
18th Annual Fear No Art Festival at CLC
A festival like no other, the 18th Annual Fear No Art festival is a lively celebration featuring a variety of artists performing music, dance and poetry. Adding to the performances is the stunning display of paintings, photography and sculptures by CLC students and community artists.
Lincoln Funeral Commemoration
Join us as we commemorate the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's death with a showing of his replica coffin and presentations by historical speakers including Mary Todd Lincoln and more!.
O'Griff's Grill and Brewhouse
Located in Quincy's downtown central square, O'Griff's Grill & Brewhouse offers American cuisine and on-site brewery. Full lunch and dinner menu or delivery options. Microbrewery with reception halls available. Outdoor seating overlooking Washington Park. Open Mon-Sat. 11am-1am.
Fall Remodeling & Home Expo - Forest Hills Lodge
The Fall Remodeling & Home Expo is the perfect venue to do a little holiday shopping while gathering information to get ready for your fall and winter projects...new baths or kitchens, new windows, flooring, roofs, gutters, the fun interior decorations and more. Plus get a cup of hot chocolate for a penny and check out the clinics on holiday cooking, winter preparation. The best part is the show is absolutely free!
The Indigo Girls at Genesee Theatre
The Indigo Girls, made up of Emily Saliers and Amy Ray, bring you the music of the past, present, and future of boundlessness earned and not bestowed. These songs are rooted in tradition and inventive; nourished in dark soils, leafing and luminous. With a long tenure as torchbearers of a modern approach to folk music that incorporates elements of alternative rock, punk, and country into the genre’s traditional foundation. Tickets are $38-$48.
Chicago South Asian Film Festival
The Chicago South Asian Film Festival’s mission is to advance diversity in Chicagoland through cinema, conversation and culture. The Festival gives South Asian talent, stories and themes a world platform and is committed to providing an experience in cinema for filmmakers and moviegoers alike with the warmth and personal touch that is unique to Chicago. CSAFF is held in late September in downtown Chicago and screens premiere films, hosts exceptional talent and organizes panel discussions, opportunities for filmmakers and film lovers to connect, musical performances, industry workshops, tributes to major artists and awards galas. See website for various event locations.
Waterloo's Christmas on the Square
Please join us in historic downtown Waterloo for our 34th Annual Christmas on the Square Weekend! This tradition takes place every year on Thanksgiving weekend. Visit the participating merchants for a chance to win great prizes! Visit with Santa and enjoy a free carriage ride from Noon-4 p.m. each day! Be sure to grab a great viewing spot for the annual glow holiday lighted parade, taking place on Saturday evening at 5:30 p.m. followed with a post-parade chili supper. On Sunday, vote on your favorite decorated lamppost, located around the courthouse square! Enjoy a free concert, compliments of the Waterloo Municipal Band on Sunday at 1 p.m., and enjoy kettle corn on the courthouse square. So much fun!
Rusty Rooster Old & New
A shop featuring new and old vintage, cottage, re-purposed, primitive, and coastal home decor.
Jonamac Orchard Demolition Weekend
It’s Pumpkin Demolition Weekend at Jonamac Orchard! Bring your pumpkin back, or use one of ours to smash, blast, crush, and destroy it in one of our many pumpkin demolition machines! This is your last chance to enjoy our Haunted Corn Maze this season, as our last night will be Halloween Night (Saturday, October 31). Hope to see you there, if you dare!
James Lumber Center Presents The Tempest
Marooned on a distant island with his daughter Miranda, Prospero has spent 12 years perfecting his magic and plotting his revenge. When he learns that a ship bearing his old enemies is sailing near the island, with the help of the spirit Ariel, he raises a torrential storm, bringing within his grasp those who robbed him of his dukedom. Shakespeare’s last great masterpiece, The Tempest is an enchanted tale filled with romance, humor and adventure.
Large telescopes fixed on constellations and celestial views will be available thanks to amateur astronomers from the Kankakee Area StarGazers, the Naperville Astronomical Association, and the South West Astronomy Observers Group. 8-10PM.
Thanksgiving Cruises – Odyssey
This Thanksgiving, spend time relaxing out on the water aboard Odyssey Chicago! Celebrate with the entire family as you enjoy a special holiday meal. For reservations, call 888.957.2634 or visit http://www.odysseycruises.com/chicago/cruises/specialty/thanksgiving-day-cruises.
Eagle Watching with Ranger
Join refuge rangers from Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge for a morning of eagle watching. Visit multiple areas at the wildlife refuge that are known for eagles. A personal vehicle will be needed. Attendees are reminded to dress for the weather. Open to all ages. Space is limited, call 618-883-2524 to register in advance. This program will be on December 5th & 19th, January 2nd & 16th, February 6th & 20th, and March 5th & 19th at 9 am to 10 am each day.
James Lumber Center Present The Diviners
In this marvelously theatrical play, a widowed farmer is raising his son Buddy during the Great Depression. Buddy almost drowned as a child and is still terrified of water, even though he’s blessed with the ability to divine its location. When a disillusioned preacher, C.C. Showers, comes to the farm seeking employment, a unique bond develops between the troubled but gifted Buddy and a man who represents salvation to the beleaguered townspeople. C.C. devotes himself to helping Buddy and his efforts precipitate a startling chain of events.
75-minute River & Lake Chicago Architecture Tour - Seadog
Seadog Chicago's River and Lake Architectural Tour is the only tour to take you from the lakefront, through the locks and along the Chicago River all the way to the famous Willis Tower! Departing from Navy Pier, this 75-minute architecture cruise is the best way to get up-close to all of Chicago’s most famous buildings and unique architecture. It combines amazing views, entertaining narration and an exciting ride along the lakefront. Welcome aboard – Woof!
Northern Illinois University Art Museum presents Unloaded Exhibition
Northern Illinois University Art Museum presents Unloaded, a nationally-traveling multi-media group exhibition exploring the historic and social issues surrounding the divisive nature of gun ownership curated by Susanne Slavick, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Art at Carnegie Mellon University, opening August 25 and running through October 24, 2015 at the Art Museum's galleries in Altgeld Hall on Northern Illinois University’s DeKalb campus. This exhibition is part of the Art Museum's fall series examining contemporary artists’ exploration of relevant social issues in today’s world.
Palm's Grill Cafe
Blue-plate specials, bingo, and a bus stop! Lovingly restored to its circa 1935 appearance, the café now invites visitors to step back in time and experience the way it used to taste. Groups welcome. Open seven days a week, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Rockford Arts & Crafts Holiday Spectacular - Indoor Sports Center
You will find a wide range of high quality hand crafted items at this year's show, including jewelry, handbags, pottery, ornaments, quilts, toys, photo frames, wooden signs, woodworking, cards and stationary, glass art, home decor, candles, apparel, baby clothing and accessories, pet accessories, hats, scarves, gloves, stone artwork, crochet, graphic art, paintings, ceramics, photography, handcrafted seasonal items, embroidery, all natural bath items, doll clothing, floral arrangements, beadwork, yard decorations, wreaths, and much much more!
Museum of the Matteson Historical Society
History and artifacts of the Matteson area; obituaries, maps, oral histories, library of antique books and newspaper clippings can be found at this informative resource.
Alton Halloween Parade
Ghost and goblins beware, the "Most Haunted Small Town in America" will be out in full force at the annual Halloween Parade. See Alton's scariest costumes and comical characters with over 80 participants including floats, bands and parade flair.
1950s Park Forest Museum
Step back into the 1950s in a representation of an original home with toys, dolls, books, clothes and furnishings of the era, in the first fully-planned post-World War II suburb.
Northern Illinois University Huskie Stadium
The 2015 football season will mark the 50th Anniversary of Northern Illinois University's Huskie Stadium, the on-campus facility that has been the site of 163 wins by the NIU football team over the last 50 seasons, four MAC Championship teams and many of the greatest players in school history. Dedicated on November 6, 1965 with a 48-6 NIU win over Illinois State on Homecoming, the stadium was named Huskie Stadium in 1974 as part of NIU's 75th Anniversary celebration. On August 28, 2003, the facility was rededicated as Brigham Field at Huskie Stadium in honor of the late Dr. Robert J. Brigham, an institutional icon who carried the school's colors for more than 50 years as a student-athlete, assistant coach, head coach, director of athletics, and special assistant to the president before his retirement in June 2001. The facility has also been the site of NIU field hockey and soccer matches, high school football games, including the 2013 & 2015 Illinois High School Association Football Championships, drum corps competitions, community events and even weddings.
La Voute Bistro - Bar
Enjoy a unique dining experience in the restaurant’s plush dining room and lounge featuring French inspired cuisine. The focal point of the restaurant is the bank’s vault located in our comfortable bistro setting.
M & M Shrimp Shack, LLC.
Locally raised fresh shrimp at the largest indoor facility in Illinois. M & M Shrimp Shack is open Saturday's 9am-1pm. Visit www.shrimpshack.com for more information.
Northern Illinois University Anthropology Museum
The Anthropology Museum at Northern Illinois University was founded in 1964 and is operated as part of the Department of Anthropology. The museum houses over 20,000 objects comprised mostly of ethnographic material with some archaeological material. The museum specializes in cultures of Southeast Asia, New Guinea, and the Southwest and Plains Native Americans. In addition, the museum holds smaller collections from Africa, modern Greece, Mesoamerica, and South America. The museum is particularly proud of the Native American basket collection, featuring over 200 specimens, as well as the Indonesian textile collection, which contains over 600 pieces. In addition, the museum also houses about 100 different Indonesian shadow puppets, a fine collection of Thai khon masks, and important collections of Hmong and Karen artifacts. The museum has a growing collection of modern Mesoamerican artifacts reflecting the cultural and artistic changes taking place in modern Honduras, Guatemala, and Mexico. The Museum is open during the NIU Academic Year.
GRIMrose Farm: A Halloween Haunt Experience
Find haunted thrills at GRIMrose Farm in St, Charles Illinois. Steel Beam's 5th season expands its 3D spookhouse with haunted hayrides, ghost barn, hot cocoa and more. Fri/Sat 7-10pm; Sun 7-9pm. Monster free 5-6:30pm. $22 per person or $16 per person for monster-free option. Group sales too.
Shadows of the Blue & Gray, Civil War Festival
On Saturday and Sunday, October 10th & 11th, Shadows of the Blue & Gray will be at City County Park in Princeton. Come out and enjoy the sights of the Civil War Reenactment with period dance, demonstrations of crafts from the era by period artisans and talented storytellers and musicians to bring the times alive! This is an annual event that focuses on preserving & promoting Civil War era history through living history artisans, battle reenactments, music, & storytellers. We focus on education and teaching history by bringing it to life & making it exciting!
Prindi's Antique Mall
With 35 dealers and 11,000 sq ft., Prindi's Antique Mall has something for everyone including antiques, gift items, collectibles, retro, re-purposed and a ton of jewelry.
It's a Wonderful Life with Zuzu at the Genesee Theatre
Get in the spirit with a screening of America's favorite Holiday Classic, "It's a Wonderful Life" with a special live appearance, Q&A, and stories from Zuzu herself, Karolyn Grimes. Her sparkling personality and her couragious story allows her audiences to feel good about themselves and their lives, no matter the hardship.
Antique Market I
Interesting variety of vintage books, postcards, jewelry, glass, porcelain, military, coins and deco lighting.
Pasta Lunch Cruises – Odyssey
Fuel up for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon as Odyssey Chicago hosts two pasta lunch cruises for participants as well as family and friends. For reservations or more information, call 888.957.2634 or visit http://www.odysseycruises.com/chicago/cruises/specialty/pasta-lunch
Stagecoach Players Theater
The Stage Coach Players is a one of the oldest, continuously operating community theatre troupes in Northern Illinois. In 2001/2002, the troupe moved to it's new permanent location in the former Moose Lodge on 5th Street and Grove in east downtown DeKalb, Since that first night on the farm, several generations of residents have been inspired by the Stage Coach Players...on both sides of the footlights.
Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra Fall Concert
The Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra is a non-profit community orchestra which provides a place for area musicians to use their talents in an orchestral setting. The orchestra consists of professional, student, and dedicated amateur musicians. KSO presents its Fall Concert, Voilà Viola on Saturday, October 10th at 7:30 pm. The concert will be at NIU Boutell Memorial Concert Hall, and there will be a free pre-concert lecture in the hall. Music Selection: Brandenburg Concerto No. 6, by Johann Sebastian Bach, Der Schwanendreher, by Paul Hindemith, Anthony Devroye, Viola, The Enigma Variations, by Edward Elgar
Stage Coach Players Present Night of the Living Dead
Fallout from a satellite probe shot to Venus returns to Earth carrying a mysterious radiation that transforms the unburied dead into flesh-eating zombies. Seven people trapped in an isolated farmhouse, held hostage by the ravenous ghouls, begin to turn on each other as the dead encroach. A gripping terror-filled monochromatic play that brings all the fright of the cult classic to life. This blend of thrilling horror laced with touches of black humor envelops the audience in the action and unfolds into a shocking theatrical ending. Oct 22 7:30 pm, Oct 23 7:30 pm, Oct 24 7:30 pm, Oct 29 7:30 pm, Oct 30 7:30 pm, Oct 31 2:00 pm and 10:00 pm
A unique way to find all your home decor needs, anything from antiques to fabric and decorating items.
The Brian Setzer Orchestra at the Genesee Theatre
The 18-Piece Brian Setzer Orchestra brings his favorite swing, jump blues, rockabilly and rock and roll hits to his 12th Annual Christmas Tour. Songs include Jump Jive An’ Wail, Let’s Shake, Dig that Crazy Santa Clause, The Dirty Boogie and more.
The Egyptian Theatre Presents: Lightwire Theater’s A Very Electric Christmas
Lightwire Theater’s A Very Electric Christmas is coming back to the Egyptian Theatre. Follow the story of a young bird, named Max and his family, as they begin their journey south for the winter. When Max gets blown off course and ends up at the North Pole…his adventure begins! Dancing toy soldiers, caroling worms and performing poinsettias, light up the stage in Lightwire Theater’s A Very Electric Christmas. Audiences of all ages will treasure this magical and captivating tale of family, friendship and hope set to timeless holiday hits, including Nat King Cole, Mariah Carey and Tchaikovsky. Lightwire Theater is internationally recognized for their electroluminescent artistry, poignant story telling and performs in complete darkness. Brighten your holidays this season with Lightwire Theater’s A Very Electric Christmas.
Harvest at Pheasant Run Resort
Seasonal dishes inspired by a farm-to-fork theme. Finest grade of aged Midwest beef, market-fresh seafood selections. Recommended for dinner.
Rockford Speedway - National Short Track Championships
This season's edition of NSTC features a wide array of short track racing machines and drivers from across the country converging on Rockford Speedway, vying for a chance at glory on Rockford's famed ‘high banks.' The high-powered Super Late Models once again return as the main attraction of NSTC, taking part both Saturday and Sunday in "One Great Racing Weekend."
Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra Halloween Concert
The Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra is a non-profit community orchestra which provides a place for area musicians to use their talents in an orchestral setting. The orchestra consists of professional, student, and dedicated amateur musicians. The KSO will present its annual free concert of music with a theme appropriate for children and adults. The 5:30 concert will be repeated at 7:30, and there will be trick-or-treating in the building a half hour before the 5:30 concert. The concerts will take place at NIU Boutell Memorial Concert Hall.
The Egyptian Theatre Presents: The Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis Tribute Show
Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis were the hottest act in America during the early 50's. Dean of course, the straight man, with a charming voice and Jerry the lovable goof ball added the comedy. Never have two artists captured the look, the sound, the very essence and chemistry of these two "Icons" more than Tom Stevens and Tony Lewis. Both of these incredible performers have each had amazing success on their own. Tony spent the last 27 years performing in Australia and created a name for himself as the quintessential "Jerry Lewis Tribute Artist" selling out countless venues and earned respect as one of Australia's best entertainers. Since his 1st appearance at the annual Dean Martin Festival in 1998, Tom Stevens has earned his title as "Best Dean Martin Tribute Artist." Even Dean's daughter, Deana said, "I've never seen anyone look and sound more like my Daddy!"
The Lodge on 64
Wood-roasted chicken, ribs. Free s'mores in outdoor fire pit. Seven flat screen TV's to watch sports.
Nicholas Conservatory - Lorikeet Exhibit
For the second year, lorikeets are landing in Rockford! These bright, colorful birds will swoop in for a stay at Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens. Inside the Conservatory, guests will find a special lorikeet house which provides guests with an intimate look into the fascinating world of the lorikeet. Visitors will be "face to beak" with the small- to medium-sized parrots known for their playful personalities, vibrant coloration, and their ability to mimic words and sounds. Lorikeets are a group of birds classified under "true parrots," and are found throughout the Australian region. Lorikeets, or lorys, have a unique brush-tipped tongue for feeding on fruits, vegetables, and flowers and are constantly looking for nectar and fruits due to their rapid metabolism. Guests will be able to purchase a nectar cup for $1 at the front desk and gift shop inside the Conservatory.
Chicago Haunted Tours - Seadog
Experience the sights, lights, and frights of Chicago this Halloween! Discover Chicago’s architecture at nighttime while exploring the many spirits, scandals, and sins of the Windy City. Our journey will take you through Chicago's darker history with spine tingling tales of supernatural occurrences, moonlit mysteries, and infamous figures along the beautiful Chicago River. Tours depart at 6:15pm every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in October, beginning Friday, October 9. Additional tours depart at 8:15pm on Saturday, October 10, 17, and 24th.
Enjoy an autumn evening listening to live entertainment, train stories and making s'mores by the bon fire. Participate in the Hobo costume contest and walk through the Illinois Central caboose. This event is located on Park Avenue, at the Rail Park.
Brace yourself, exhale, and enter. It's dark, it's foggy, it's creepy. It's shockingly, frightfully, screamingly delightful! Get back in line- you'll want to go again! The Haunted Hallway is a scary event not appropriate for children under 8. Parents are asked to use judgement before visiting. Ticket sales end at 8:30pm. No advance tickets sold for this event.
Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema
The mission of the Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema (CFIC) is to effectively nurture an appreciation of Israeli culture in the Chicago metropolitan area by multiple generations of American Jews, Israelis and the community at large. Screenings October 28 to November 8, 2015, will take place in Chicago at the famed Music Box Theatre and AMC River East, and in the northern suburb of Northbrook IL, at the AMC Northbrook Court. We will also hold two additional screenings at the Marcus Theatre in Chicago Heights on November 15. Showcased, with occasional mini-retrospectives, are Israel’s most current, internationally award-winning feature films, documentaries, shorts and TV shows of the previous 12 months, with guest appearances by Israeli film stars, filmmakers, film scholars, film critics and other film experts to add context and increase the educational and entertainment value of the film-going experience.
The Terrace at SiVer Place
SiVer Place cuisine, outdoor dinning on Lake Michigan and live entertainment makes it an experience like any other in Waukegan, or Lake County. The Executive Chef brings an interpretation of modern but fun culinary art to the city of Waukegan. Menu includes salads, tacos, pizza, sandwiches, sliders and more. Kids and desserts menus also available.
NYE Fireworks Dinner Cruise – Odyssey
Make a magnificent New Year's Eve memory aboard Odyssey's upscale Chicago New Year's Eve Fireworks Dinner Cruise from Navy Pier. It's the perfect, most sophisticated celebration on the lakefront. End 2015 and welcome 2016 with DJ entertainment, dinner, a platinum bar package, a champagne toast and fireworks from Navy Pier at midnight (weather permitting). For reservations, call 888.957.2634 or visit http://www.odysseycruises.com/chicago/cruises/specialty/new-years-eve-fireworks-dinner
Eat, Drink and B. Mary Brunch Cruises – Spirit of Chicago
Experience Spirit of Chicago's new Sunday Brunch Cruises on Lake Michigan. Take in sensational views of the city skyline, enjoy a delicious buffet-style brunch menu and sip a custom Bloody Mary cocktail. Build your own Bloody Mary from a selection of gourmet ingredients, including bacon-infused vodka, blue cheese stuffed olives, antipasto skewers and more. Bloody Marys are available for onboard purchase and are not included in the ticket price.
Revolution Brewing Beer Dinner
The growth of craft breweries in the U.S. has been nothing short of a revolution and we're proud to be standing tall in this new crowd. The changing tastes of beer drinkers demand bigger flavors and more variety. That's exactly what we give you at Revolution Brewing. Our brewpub produces about 50 different beer styles each year. We've got session beers like Workingman Mild, hop-bombs like Double Fist and more bourbon barrel aged beers than you can shake a stave at. We have fun doing what we do and invite you to come in and join us. Join us for a 4 course prix fixe dinner paired with 4 Revolution beer and learn about how the flavors are paired together to create a unique dining experience $45 limited seating. Taxes, beverages and service not included.
Extreme Thrill Ride at Chicago's Navy Pier - Seadog
For a truly wet and wild experience, the Seadog Extreme is 30% faster than her doggie siblings! Topping out at 45mph on the open water, the Seadog Extreme is the most horse-powered commercial passenger vessel of its kind currently cruising the Great Lakes. With exhilarating high speeds and full 180-360° spins, this jet-propelled ride blasts off to start and splashes down to stop! Experience full throttle slalom runs, sharp twists and turns, and feel the raw power and excitement of the Seadog Extreme's two 1400 HP engines. Also enjoy rock-n-roll music and a fun narration about Chicago.
Northern Illinois University Art Museum
NIU Art Museum’s mission is to service the arts curriculum at NIU and to extend arts education and cultural enrichment to the community. The Museum has a permanent collection of 1,000 art pieces and also hosts visiting exhibitions. The Jack Olson Gallery is “the cornerstone of exhibition programming” that is promoted by NIU School of Art. This exhibit space brings thought provoking exhibitions to the northern Illinois community while also offering faculty and students a space to showcase their latest creative endeavors.
Blossom White Bed and Breakfast
The Blossom White B & B located on a wooded property in Nauvoo, IL hosts an all adult getaway, offering 4 rooms for adults 18 and over. Enjoy only organic, homemade meals. Serving each evening a homemade dessert and hot chocolate refreshment. An all hot breakfast is served each day along with dinner packages available. Guests will enjoy the onsite library, three season room and all en-suite rooms.
Sport Zone Family Fun Center
Home for soccer, go-karts, mini-golf, indoor golf and batting cages.
Chicago Restaurant Week
Get ready for 14 belt-busting days! Chicago Restaurant Week 2016 returns on January 22 and continues through February 4 with two weeks of dining deals. The annual culinary celebration features special prix fixe menus starting at $22 for lunch and $33 and/or $44 for dinner (excluding beverages, tax and gratuity). Over 250 restaurants take part so get a taste of the city's rich, culinary diversity: Italian, French, Spanish, Korean, Thai and more! Between the neighborhood favorites and downtown hotspots, you can feast on delicious multi-course menus all across the city and suburbs. Wondering how to get in on all the fun? Start your foodie adventure by browsing the list below of Chicago Restaurant Week participants and their special lunch/dinner offerings available early January. Then simply make your reservations between January 22 and February 4.
Holiday Shopping at Chicago Premium Outlets
Indulge your holiday shopping pallet with over 140 outlet designer brands like Ann Taylor, Armani, Banana Republic, Calvin Klein, Coach, Cole Haan, Gap Outlet, J.Crew, Lacoste, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren, Salvatore Ferragamo, Michael Kors, SAKS Fifth Avenue Off 5th, Theory, Vera Bradley and more! (VIP members enjoy even greater savings!) More premium than ever!
Laughs on the Lake Comedy Cruises – Spirit of Chicago
Prepare to laugh on Lake Michigan! Come aboard Spirit of Chicago for an unforgettable night of comedy. Grab a group of friends, or make it a date night. Performances by several stand up comedians will have you splitting your sides! Purchase your tickets for a night of laughs, hosted by our very own Darren Georgia. Most cruises will feature opening acts, followed by performances by headlining comedians. Similar to a comedy club, seating is first-come, first-serve, giving you the ultimate experience in the comedy capital of America.
Chicago Valentine's Day Dinner Cruise - Spirit of Chicago
What are your Valentine’s Day plans? For the perfect way to enjoy Chicago with your sweetheart, come aboard Spirit for a special Valentine’s Day Cruise. Nothing beats the atmosphere of a night on the water with the city as your backdrop. With a beautiful setting, delicious dinner and dancing, this cruise is Cupid approved! Now get sailing, you lovebirds.
Chicago New Year's Eve Fireworks Dinner - Mystic Blue
Ring in 2016 with the hottest New Year's Eve celebration on the water! It's all happening aboard Mystic Blue's New Year's Eve Fireworks Dinner Cruise. With the tastiest treats, a platinum open bar package, a champagne toast at midnight, the best views of Chicago's amazing skyline and a fireworks show from Navy Pier (weather permitting), there's no place else you'll want to be when you say farewell to 2015. The night will end with a half-hour dockside party on our cool and contemporary decks. Trust us, you don't want to miss this! New Year's Eve aboard Mystic Blue will be unforgettable.
Come one, come all kids in costume for a Lansing tradition! We'll shut down Ridge Road to show off our Halloween finery! The parade will step off promptly at 10:30am from the Kilroy's parking lot. Parade participants may check in starting at 9:30am. Costume awards will be presented and all participating children will receive a candy bag.
It's Chili in the Park
Come on in from the cold for some homemade Chili in this friendly competition event. Taste over 20 different chili's all in one place. 12:30PM.
“The Third Testament,” the annual Holy Boulders Bouldering Competition
Nestled on a hillside in Pomona, IL, the Holy Boulders is a world-class climbing area offering classic lines of all grades on perfectly textured sandstone. The bouldering competition will help promote access to some of the finest sandstone bouldering in the country, the climbing area is known as “The Holy Boulders.” Last year the ICA’s Holy Boulders competition brought together over 200 competitors from 7 states and raised $15,000 to permanently secure climbing access at the Holy Boulders.
Sister Act at the Marriott Theater
Kicking off the 2016 Season, Sister Act will be a show not to be missed. This divine musical comedy is based on the hit 1992 film. Follow Deloris Van Cartier/Sister Mary Clarence through her journey while taking refuge in a convent.
Evita at the Marriott Theatre
Evita is a musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice. It concentrates on the life of Argentine political leader Eva Perón, the second wife of Argentine president Juan Perón. The story follows Evita's early life, rise to power, charity work, and eventual death. Don't miss this great performance at the Marriott Theatre.
Farmers Market - Oak Lawn
The Farmer's market is located at 52nd Avenue and Cook Avenue, behind the Oak Lawn Library (9427 S. Raymond Ave.) The village has lined up great vendors when you can pick out fresh fruits and vegetables, flowers and plants, find unique gifts, get a rain barrel and visit with Oak Lawn businesses. Wednesdays 7AM-1PM.
Chicago December Holiday Cruises - Mystic Blue
This year, celebrate the season with a festive cruise aboard Mystic Blue Chicago! Experience the holidays from an exciting, fresh perspective. Complete with tasty eats, awesome DJ beats for dancing and the best views at the best value! See website for Cruise list.
Chicago Lakefront Speedboat Tour
Are you ready for an entertaining cruise experience along Chicago's scenic lakefront? Our 30-Minute Lakefront Speedboat Tour is the best way to view Chicago from the lake, combining an exciting speedboat ride along the shoreline with informative and amusing descriptions of the world famous Chicago skyline! As you depart Chicago's Navy Pier, we'll tell you interesting facts about the Pier and Chicago's lakefront. Then we'll crank up the music and race south past Navy Pier to Chicago's Museum Campus where we'll pause to hear about Chicago's interesting lakefront landmarks, architecture and history. We will then speed north past Navy Pier to cruise the Magnificent Mile, giving you unique views of the Sears Tower, Buckingham Fountain and Grant Park along the way. After a few quick facts, we'll dash back to our dog house on Navy Pier.
15th Annual Fall Family Fun Fest
Enjoy spending time with friends and family on a Fall afternoon. Carnival games, pony/hay rides, face paining, balloon twisting, costume contest and a Spooktacular performance!
Man of La Manchal at the Marriott Theatre
Man of La Mancha is a 1964 musical that tells the story of the "mad" knight, Don Quixote, as a play within a play, performed by Cervantes and his fellow prisoners as he awaits a hearing with the Spanish Inquisition. This will be a poignant story of one man's ultimate quest.
Blackberry Farm Holiday Express
Experience the magic! All aboard! one of the top six most beautiful trains in Illinois! Ride the train through a winter wonderland at Blackberry Farm around the lake and through the tunnel while Christmas holiday music plays. (First three weekends in December.)
America’s Got Talent Live: The All-Stars Tour!
Buy tickets now and come see the All Stars of the hit show, America's Got Talent. This show comes with a variety of talent including comedian Taylor Williamson, Emily West the musical maverick, the acrobatics KriStef Brothers and Recycled Percussion. Tickets $32-$65.
Jenny McCarthy at the Genesee Theatre
Jenny McCarthy's Dirty Sexy Funny highlights the scandalous comedy of an eclectic cast of female comedians. Comedians Tammy Pescatelli, Lynne Koplitz, Paula Bel and April Macie will perform. This mixture of hilarious women shed much-needed light on what it's really like to be a woman. The audience will laugh until they cry as they dive into the raw, embarrassing and outrageously funny female facts of life. This is not your typical comedy show!
Brian Wilson With Special Guest Al Jardine at The Genesee Theatre
Two legends of American popular music, The Beach Boys' co-founder Brian Wilson and special guest Al Jardine, reunite to perform material from Wilson's new solo album, "No Pier Pressure," and a selection of some favorite Beach Boys' classics.
Jim Witter's The Piano Man at the James Lumber Center
This “must see” multi-media musical journey through the ‘70s featuring the music of Elton John and Billy Joel should be at the top of any Baby Boomer’s bucket list! Jim’s versatility as an artist has allowed him the opportunity to reach out and share his music and his infectious personality with audiences of all ages across Canada and the United States. His rich powerful voice and ease of manner at the piano, make him a favorite with theatre goers everywhere.
Collectible Toy Show
Find all the old collectible toys that you can never find anymore! 9AM-2PM. November 8th & December 20th, start your Christmas shopping now!
This cabin is a great place to stay for families or couples on romantic getaway. The cabin property is quiet with large old trees surrounding it for privacy. The view from is beautiful and you can see for miles and miles. A great place to have your morning cup of coffee is the back deck were you can take in all the beauty of Southern Illinois. The deck has a table and chairs for you to enjoy and gas grill for your use. Just inside you will find the full kitchen stocked with all the necessities you may need on during your stay. The living room has a grand TV with just the local channels. We have some DVDs for you to watch or you may bring your own. There are 3 bedrooms all with luxury sheets and beautiful bedding. The smallest has a Full Tempur Pedic bed and the larger rooms each have a queen bed.
Think of your dream crust. Is it flaky along the edges, buttery and so full of flavor you don’t know how it could possibly be real? Well, look no further than Pie Boss. With their specialty being pot pies, you won’t find too many desserts here (except on the weekends) so don’t be disappointed if the menu says “sausage” instead of “apple.” Don’t let that detour you–these pot pies are delicious and reminiscent of the ones you had as a child. Only difference? This South African bakery blows those away!
Leave no child inside, family fun day!
Spend some time outside with the kids and have fun with our naturalists. Enjoy activities and games, an obstacle course, nature scavenger hunt and more.
Mystic Chimes, The Legend Dawns at Covered Bridge Teen's Theater
Covered Bridge Teen's Theater presents Mystic Chimes: The Legend Dawns, a prequel to the Peter Pan saga. Suitable for all ages. F 8:30PM; Sa 7PM; Su 4:30PM.
Farmers Market - Tinley Park
Visit the Farmer's Market every week on Saturdays, for the best selection of fruits, vegetables and fresh flowers, from 7:30AM-12PM. Come join us.
Chicago Gospel Lunch Cruises - Spirit of Chicago
Gather the family at Navy Pier for an inspirational afternoon. Enjoy live entertainment, an all-you-can-eat-buffet, and good fellowship. Come aboard and enjoy the most entertaining lunchtime experience in Chicago featuring our Lunch Buffet! This two-hour cruise along Chicago's magnificent lakefront is perfect for an afternoon getaway.
Greek Film Fest Chicago
Every year we are proud to bring you and showcase Hellenic films during our annual Greek Film Festival, which this year will take place October 8-12, 2015. Our showcase of Greek cinema will be held at the Skokie Theater in Chicago's northern suburbs.
Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference Jazz Festival
Annual festival of jazz bands, combos and ensembles from schools in the conference, who will perform and be rated by a panel of jazz clinicians. 8AM-4PM.
Homewoods Winter Farmers Market
The Village of Homewood is extending their Farmers Market into the winter and spring! Stop by for fresh baked goods, sauces, olive oils, salsas, and more! Last Saturday of each month. 9AM-12PM.
Coronado PAC - Russian Grand Ballet Presents Swan Lake
This full-length classic production of the world's most famous ballet, Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake, features Russia's brightest ballet stars. Swan Lake (from 1895), together with The Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker, forms part of the big three of Russian nineteenth century ballets. Composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, together with choreographer Marius Petipa, raised both ballet music and dance as an art form to new heights with this piece. There's a good reason why Swan Lake is so often called the ‘ballet of all ballets.' The combination of pure romanticism, the story about love and deception and Tchaikovsky's famous ballet music all continue to reach new generations of audiences. Full-length ballet in three acts with two intermissions. Tickets are available online at CoronadoPAC.org, or by phone at (815)-968-5222, or in person at the Coronado Performing Arts Center Box Office.