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Inside Out: Accessible Art
Accessible Art Gallery supports the arts, with an emphasis on the visual, through the provision of a venue for promoting, exhibiting, experiencing, marketing and creating diverse, high quality art and through participation in the local community.
ISU Center For The Performing Arts
The Center for the Performing Arts provides the Illinois State University campus and greater Central Illinois community with a wide variety of cultural activities. More than 20,000 people attend annual performances produced by the Illinois State University Schools of Music and Theatre in the Center and all performances are open to the public. Tickets to all performances are available online at Ticketmaster or by calling the box office.
Merlot and a Masterpiece
At Merlot and a Masterpiece you will find a casual, fun, creative environment where you can relax, imagine, create, laugh and go home with memorable and unique canvas art! Our fun and carefree instructors will facilitate the class and guide you in creating your own work of art. At Merlot and a Masterpiece you will find a casual, fun, creative environment where you can relax, imagine, create, laugh and go home with memorable and unique canvas art! Our fun and carefree instructors will facilitate the class and guide you in creating your own work of art.
Miller Park Zoo’s 125th Birthday!
Come celebrate with activities throughout the zoo in honor of the zoo’s 125th Birthday! There will be crafts, vendors and food to purchase as well as the many exhibits and Zookeeper interaction opportunities that are enjoyed by the whole family.
Prairie Fire Theatre
Since incorporating in 1998, the Prairie Fire Theatre has provided the residents of Central Illinois with a unique musical experience. The Prairie Fire Theatre is a not-for-profit organization whose aim is to bring a high-quality, intimate musical theatre, chamber opera and educational resource to the Bloomington-Normal community. All events are performed and directed by local talent, drawing from a largely untapped but highly skilled pool of professional artists. Call or visit the website for performance and ticket information.
Stevens' is a spirited family owned and operated establishment. that strives to make it the perfect place to relax and enjoy a warm and comfortable experience close to home. Offering a wide selection of finely aged steaks and chops, the freshest seafood, extensive wine and martini list and an eager staff to serve you.
Jane Addams Birthday Celebration
Celebrate the birthday of Jane Addams who was born and raised in Cedarville. Begin the day with a 5K run/walk on the Jane Addams Trail and then enjoy lunch at the Cedarville Historical Museum. $17.
Angel Ambrose Fine Art Studio and Creative Space
You will find a large selection of paintings, gift items, prints, and cards that feature Angel's unique ability to capture unseen concepts and make them visually consumable. She often paints lyrical landscapes using evocative color to allude to idyllic beauty. Writing and speaking developed out of her deep desire to communicate. Speaking is a natural overflow of Angel's passion to communicate, utilizing both her visual vocabulary and words.
Merwin & Wakeley Galleries
The Merwin and Wakeley Galleries provide exhibition schedules that support Illinois Weseyln University's curriculum, the University community and the general public. Each exhibition, consisting of contemporary artworks in all media, is meant to suggest the variety of visual approaches one may choose to present an idea.
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.
Top O' The Morning B&B
Prairie-style brick mansion, built by Hiram S. Cable, President of the Rock Island Railroad, circa 1912. Original country estate used as the summer home for the Cable family. Beautiful view. Central location on the hill in Rock Island, overlooking the Mississippi River Valley across from Long View Park. Enjoy the unique experience of an overnight stay in a private home. Special features include a 600 square foot parlor with gold concert harp, grand piano, chandeliers, and large wood-burning fireplace. A full breakfast of fruit, rolls, juice, and three entrees is served either in the Dining Room or on the deck, weather permitting.
Harold Gregor Gallery
Harold Gregor Gallery features the paintings of artist Harold Gregor in four modes: realist panoramas, colorful aerial flatscapes, energetic abstract "trail" paintings and vibrascapes.
Bandana's is a barbeque restaurant, that is what they are all about, and consistency is the key. You will not find hamburgers, fish or pasta entrees on our menu. What you will find is the best Sourthern Style smoked barbeque pork, beef, chicken, ribs, turkey and sausage you have ever tasted.
Late Night Andersonville
Andersonville makes it easy to save money and support local businesses while shopping for friends and family (or even yourself!) at the 14th annual Late Night Andersonville on Friday, December 2 from 6-10pm. For 4 hours only, over 40 beloved Andersonville stores and restaurants will be open late and offering great savings on distinctive holiday gifts and delectable meals, plus free refreshments and entertainment.
Spencer T. Olin Golf Course
Scenic views are the centerpiece of this 7,000 yard, 18-hole Arnold Palmer designed golf course. The deceptively open design places a premium on accurate iron play in order to get close to the pin. This course is challenging enough for the skilled player but enjoyable for the recreational golfer as well.
Joann Goetzinger Studio and Gallery
A studio and gallery showing the art of Joann Goetzinger. Located in the heart of Downtown Bloomington, the gallery features many of Joann's exhibits made of wood, metalworking sculpture and newer to the gallery is her paintings.
Two Roads Abode
Centrally located and fully furnished. Two Roads Abode features four bedrooms and two full baths. This rural setting has a large yard, grill, picnic table, plenty of parking and an RV hookup. Open all year.
Count Me Inn
Over Night Stays in an Historical House located on Main St. in the heart of the rivertown of Grafton. Within walking distance of riverfront, marina, specialty and antique shops, restaurants, wineries and bars. Sleeps up to 10. Short drive to nearby waterpark and hiking, biking trails.
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.
IWU McPherson Theatre
The Illinois Wesleyan University School of Theatre Arts houses extraordinary talent within its facilities at the McPherson Theatre. Four main stage plays are performed here annually, selected from a playbill including everything from Shakespeare to musicals. McPherson Hall, completed in 1963, is named for IWU's 10th President, Harry W. McPherson, and contains a 300-seat theatre, scene shop, classrooms and other facilities. Call or visit the website for performance dates and tickets
University Galleries of Illinois State University features both emerging and established artists, often those whose work has not been previously presented in a comprehensive manner. University Galleries is open year-round: daily throughout the academic year and Monday-Saturday during the summer. All exhibitions and events are free and open to the general public. Please call to schedule a special tour for your class or community group.
The Woodlands Golf Club & Banquet Facility
Designed around a winding creek and elevation changes, The Woodlands is known as a “shot-makers” paradise. Enjoy breathtaking views from the clubhouse which overlooks the 18th green. The banquet facility can seat 250 and is an ideal location for receptions, parties and more. The Red Barn, also on the golf course property, is available to rent for outdoor weddings.
Literacy on the Lawn
Join the NIU Jerry L. Johns Literacy Clinic for Litracy on the Lawn. The day will be filled with interactive literacy activities, games and fun – All Free of Charge. Carolyn Crimi is our featured author. She has written many books for children such as Where is my Mummy and Tessa’s Tip-Tapping Toes. All children will leave with a new book and a take-home bag
High Flyers Grille
High Flyers is a neighborhood bar and grill serving a full menu of appetizers, salads, soups, pastas, burgers, and steaks (including our famous Pepperloin kabab with garlic butter) and chicken.
The Castle Theatre
Immediately upon entering the main performing area, visitors are reminded of the days when no expense was spared in building a theater. Rich in architectural details such as gilded columns, ornate friezes and art deco-inspired chandeliers, the Castle is the perfect link between Bloomington’s past, present and future. The Castle features local and national emerging and established touring artists in a variety of music types, including Rock, Alternative Rock , Americana, Alternative Country, Blues, Jazz and Contemporary Alternative. Additionally, the space may provide corporate events and weekend children’s musical performances during the day, with the balance of the calendar available to rent for private parties, shows, recitals and other events.
UL International Crown at the Merit Club
The UL International is coming to the Merit Club in Lake County. The golfing competition will take place over four days with 32 players from 8 different countries. It will feature three days of four-ball competition and one day of singles matches on Sunday. Five of the eight countries will advance to the Sunday singles matches based on the outcome of the four-ball matches contested Thursday through Saturday. Tickets are on sale now.
Beginning in 2008, the Swiney Family planted a two acre vineyard consisting of two varieties, Norton and Traminette. Our journey from grapes to wine has led us to the restoration of our century old barn to house our winery called Arpeggio.
Apple Knocker Hard Cider
Apple Knocker is an Illinois-based craft cider house that combines their expertise in modern small-lot wine production, and the creativity of craft beer techniques, to produce a new breed of American ciders. They partner with century-old local orchards to grow the highest quality apples for our beverages.
Prairie Vista Golf Course
The Prairie Vista Golf Course is 18 holes, 6,745 yards and a par 72. The course offers cart rental, a driving range and has a pro shop with club rental. The American Contemporary Style course, designed by Roger Packard, features bentgrass tees, greens, fairways and water hazards on 16 of the 18 holes. Other amenities include a large practice putting green, large practice chipping green and a grass driving range.
Mandala Gardens offers pathways of beauty and hidden benches. Find quiet sitting spots, have a chat with our goats, chickens, and ducks, and simply enjoy the day. We have a rainbow variety of heirloom vegetables and potted herbs available for purchase when in season. If you are interested in holding a wedding or reunion or other event here, contact us for fees and dates. We also host senior photos, maternity photos, homecoming and prom photos, etc. for a small fee. The money earned from entrance fees and herbs/vegetable sales is directly invested into growing Mandala Gardens.
Marion Farmer's Market
Locally grown seasonal fruits and vegetables, as well as delicious baked goods, plants and much more. Come out Wednesday and Saturday mornings 6am- 10am to shop fresh twice a week!
Bona Fide Thai Cuisine
Get rid of your hunger with flavorful creations offered by Bona Fide Thai Cuisine, a Thai restaurant in Bloomington, Illinois. Our family-owned-and-operated restaurant is Bloomington's preferred location for original Thai food. The décor in our restaurant is outstanding, and it provides a comfortable, relaxing atmosphere for the entire family to enjoy. We have wide selection of dishes, including quality food at reasonable prices and wonderful daily specials. We offer plenty of parking, and walk-ins are welcome.
Weibring Golf Club At ISU
The Weibring Golf Club is 18 holes, 6,915 yards and a par 71. The course offers cart rental and a pro shop with club rental. Extensively renovated in 2000, the course now accommodates approximately 28,000 rounds per year and hosts more than 100 tournaments and outings. Weibring Golf Club features 18 rebuilt greens and two practice greens, bentgrass tees and fairways, Bunker Guard erosion control and tour-quality Best Sand.
Cruisin’ with Lincoln on 66 Visitors Center One Year Anniversary Celebration
Join us on the Museum Square to celebrate the one year anniversary of the Cruisin’ with Lincoln on 66 Visitors Center on Monday, April 25 from noon to 4:00 p.m. Come out and enjoy refreshments and a Route 66 performance from the Sound of Illinois Chorus on the plaza at 12:15 p.m. The Museum will also offer free admission to the new permanent exhibit gallery, Making a Home, which explores the experience of living, working, farming, and creating community in McLean County.
“Weird Al” Yankovic at RiverEdge Park
The King of Parody in all his curly-haired, accordion-playing glory is the best-selling comedy recording artist in history. His mind-blowing ability to parody world-famous musicians like Michael Jackson, Billy Joel, U2 and Madonna launched Al into superstardom himself. With a hilarious and wildly-popular musical style he is a true pop culture icon.
Baxters American Grille
Baxters American Grille now offers seasonal menus that boast a variety of signature dishes that you can't get find anywhere else. Our concept provides a delicious variety of Steaks, Seafood and Chops accompanied with a Management & Chef team that are dedicated to a unique culinary experience. We offer a big-city dining experience within dinner, private dining and catering to the Bloomington area. Whether you stop in for one of our new signature martinis or to dine in our upscale open kitchen concept, Baxters is the destination for your evening out!
Alexander’s Steakhouse is Central Illinois’ unique dining experience! We brought the fun of the backyard cookout with friends and family indoors! At Alexander’s Steakhouse, each guest has the opportunity to select their own Steak from the locker and cook it their own special way over a live charcoal grill. Guests can select from twelve different Steak Cuts, such as Ribeye, T-Bone, Filet or our own “Santa Maria” Top Sirloin. All steaks are hand cut daily by our in-house butchers from aged USDA choice Midwestern Beef.
At Crepe Geeks, we are dedicated to serving excellence to people who want simple, delicious French cuisine. We strive to give our customers the best culinary experience possible. Using only the freshest ingredients and serving them in a warm, comfortable atmosphere, each meal will always be memorable. We are also devoted to making sure your experience is pleasurable. Our portions are as large as our desires, and even though we’re a small restaurant, there is nothing small about our service and quality.
Rolling Hills Golf Course
For over 30 years, Rolling Hills has been providing an enjoyable golf experience and exceptional value for thousands of golfers. Family owned and operated, this 164 acre course facility offers an 18-hole Par 72 course and a 9-hole par 29 Executive course. Rolling Hills offers complete golf, food and beverage services throughout the day. Carts, clubs and practice balls are available for rent. Open daily 7 a.m. to dusk.
Golf Learning Center At All Seasons
Named to Golf Range Magazine's Top 100 Ranges in America, the center offers both indoor and outdoor facilities, a full flight driving range, 35 heated hitting bays and two heated teaching bays. Lessons and a full swing indoor golf simulator are available.
El Tapatio Mexican Restaurant
Serving all your Mexican favorites and more! Tortas, appetizers, salads, fajitas, vegetarian dishes, combos and more! All your favorite cocktails plus beer, wine and the best margaritas in the area.
Open House at Haskell Playhouse
Come and take a tour of this historic playhouse the 2nd Saturday of every month. 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. It's importance is magnified because so few of these accessory structures for 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.
Bluesy Beer Garden at Pere Marquette Lodge
Happy Father's Day! Bring your Dad and meet us on the terrace at Pere Marquette Lodge for a Bluesy Beer Garden featuring live blues music, slow cooked BBQ pork steak sandwiches and Shlafly Beer! There is no admission fee and no reservations are needed but seating is limited so feel free to bring your lawn chairs and picnic blankets just in case. The Beer Garden at Pere Marquette is a wonderful place to spend a relaxing day with great beer, a gorgeous view and an ambiance that cannot be found anywhere else in the Midwest. This event is from 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. come out and enjoy!
DARPA: Redefining Possible at the Museum of Science and Industry
Explore real artifacts of DARPA's past and present work, like Atlas, a high-mobility humanoid robot, and Spot, the world's most technically advanced robotic dog. Discover the agency's history of scientific innovations that have made their way into our daily lives. Hands-on interactives allow you to create a virtual robot, or highlight the technologies inside a smartphone that were developed by DARPA. You may not have known the name until now, but you're definitely familiar with their work.
Horseback Riding with the Homestead 1854
The Homestead 1854 is teaming up with Millbrook Trail Rides for an afternoon horseback ride through the scenic countryside and Forest Preserves. As you are led by one of Millbrook’s professional tour guides, relax and immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the wilderness that surrounds you. Following your ride, retreat back to The Homestead where you will enjoy beer, wine and hors d’oeuvres prior to sitting down for a four course dinner. Cap off the night by relaxing in the library or outdoors around a cozy fire pit. The prices are inclusive of the ride, all food and beverages and overnight accommodation at The Homestead 1854. Reserve your spot today!
Chubby's Warehouse Bar & Grill
Taking a cruise on the motorcycle today? Come to Alton and stop at Chubby's Warehouse Bar and Grill. Chubby's offers good food at a great price and ice cold beer. Spacious indoor and outdoor seating available. Must be 21 to enter. Open Tuesday - Thursday 11 a.m. - 1 a.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. - 3 a.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. - 1 a.m.
Caffe’ Italia Ristorante
Caffé Italia Ristorante is family owned and the dishes are inspired from memories of the owners home in Sicily. Come in and enjoy a taste of Italy in Bloomington-Normal.
Medici in Normal
This bi-level restaurant & bar serving seasonal American fare, pizzas & over 30 drafts. Medici in Normal takes great pride in its unique design. The décor is elegant with many sophisticated touches. With every visit you will find something new, with details you haven't seen before. The 30-foot Mulberry tree graces the atrium of the restaurant. The tree is central to the design, reflecting the owner's passion for forestry.
Stumpy's Spirits Distillery
Stumpy's Spirits is a new kind of craft distillery that takes distilling back to its roots. The distillery is built on 10 acres our 8th generation family farm in Columbia, IL where we plant, grow, and harvest the grain used to produce Unbroken Vodka, Old Monroe White Whiskey, and soon a host of other whiskeys. Not only do we use our own grain, but we use fresh well well water too. Small batch, hand-crafted, and fresh from the field...just the way craft spirits were meant to be.
Hazy Hills Golf Course
The Hazy Hills Golf Course is 9 holes, 2,900 yards and a par 35. The course offers cart rental and a pro shop with club rental. The nine-hole course at the Hazy Hills Golf Course in Hudson was designed by Ben Gildersleeve. The design of the holes, rolling terrain and pond give this course character and add to its charm.
Located just outside of the small village of West Salem, Illinois, Homestead Vineyards offers a beautiful outdoor area for their clients. Homestead Vineyard may offer the largest selection of fruit wines in the area and frequently hosts great live music. If you like to visit wineries, and enjoy drinking excellent tasting wines; please put Homestead Winery on your list.
Willie Nelson & Family with Kris Kristofferson at RiverEdge Park
Living legend and outlaw country king, Willie Nelson is “On the Road Again” with his friend Kris Kristofferson. After Nashville in the 60s and 70s the braided Texas icon borrowed elements from jazz, rock, honky-tonk and the blues creating the unique, gravelly sound that made him famous.
Laux Brickhouse Grille
The newly renovated Laux Brickhouse Grille is the place to be. Offering great local favorites, daily food specials, and icy cold drinks. Perfect for a casual dinner with the family or a date night. Laux Brickhouse will have your mouth watering the second you walk in the door. Open Monday - Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Thursday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday 11 a.m. to 1 a.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The Den at Fox Creek
The Den at Fox Creek is 18 holes, 6,926 yards and a par 72. The course offers cart rental, a driving range and has a pro shop with club rental. This Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Course features bentgrass tees, greens and fairways that complement the wild prairie grasses which group in the rough. This picturesque Scottish Links Style golf course features 131 strategically placed sand traps and water hazards on 9 of the 18 holes. The Den at Fox Creek has become the host golf course for the Illinois High School Association's Class AA Boys State Championships. Mr. Palmer himself shot 74 during his Grand Opening Round.
Boz Scaggs / America at RiverEdge Park
Blues-soul rocker Boz Scaggs is known for songs like “My Time” and “Slow Dancer.” The songs “Lido Shuffle” and “Lowdown” were smash hits along with “Breakdown Dead Ahead” and “Jo Jo.” His most recent release, A Fool to Care, is a culmination, showcasing soulful originals, country covers and heartfelt features by fellow stars. With a discography as diverse and successful as his, this is going to be one incredible night. After rocking the U.K. charts with their 1971 single “Horse With No Name,” America brought the song to the U.S., where it debuted at #1. This dream team of musical talent recorded honest ballads, folk jams and even some trippy numbers, like “Sister Golden Hair” and “Tin Man.” Today, Gerry and Dewey are still touring together, bringing their classic sound to forever fans and newcomers alike.
Chicago Dragon Boat Race for Literacy
Experience the excitement as teams compete in a fast-paced race along the Chicago River on beautifully decorated dragon boats at the 15th Annual Chicago Dragon Boat Race for Literacy. The Chinese Dragon Boat Race dates back to over 2,000 years and is a popular sport amongst Chinese and Asian communities all over the world. Started in 2000, the Chicago Dragon Boat Race is a family-fun activity enjoyed by the residents of Chinatown and the surrounding neighborhoods.
Thai House of Bloomington
Authentic Thai cuisine is offered at this restaurant with vegetarian options & beer. This small location with big flavors is sure to make your dining experience memorable!
Wolves Crossing Golf Course
Wolves Crossing was built in 1993 and features open, rolling landscapes with manageable length and plenty of open space. Located just 15 minutes north of Alton, Wolves Crossing is an excellent choice for golf outings, tournaments, company outings and fund raisers.
Indian Springs Golf Club
The Indian Springs Golf Club is 9 holes, 3,180 yards and a par 36. The course offers cart rental, a driving range and has a pro shop with club rental. This course features a challenging, tree-lined layout with two sets of tees. The practice facilities include an oversized putting green with a side bunker and a full length driving range. Outings, playdays and banquets are welcome but must be scheduled in advance.
Lost Trail Cabins
Lost Trail Cabins are fully furnished cabins located at the end of a dead-end road on 62 acres of private and secluded property. Bordering Shawnee National Forest in beautiful Southern Illinois less than three miles from the Johnson Creek Recreation Area of Kinkaid Lake, these cabins are perfectly situated between the Sparta World Shooting Complex and the Shawnee Wine Trail. They cater to all outdoor enthusiasts including equestrians, hunters, hikers, boaters, fishermen, and anyone just wanting to get away from their fast paced everyday life.
My Fair Lady at the Stagecoach Players Theater
The DeKalb Stage Coach Players presents My Fair Lady. Eliza Doolittle, a rough Cockney girl, meets Colonel Pickering and Henry Higgins in Covent Garden where she’s selling flowers. When Higgins remarks that he could help Eliza speak properly and raise her status in the community, Pickering challenges him to do so and Eliza takes him up on the offer. Though difficult and frustrating for both Eliza and Higgins at first, the lessons soon begin to work wonders, and produce results that neither predict.
Danenberger Family Vineyards
Along a peaceful country road, just minutes from Illinois' capital, you will find one of the most unconventional and unpretentious destinations around. This is home to Danenberger Family Vineyards, where our winery dogs will greet you and you will be treated less like a visitor and more like a friend. When you visit Danenberger Family Vineyards will enjoy memorable experiences that stimulate and engage the senses. Our passion for grapes, wine and food is a part of our lifestyle, and we love to share it.
Alton Muny Band: Riverview Park
Enjoy concert band music, which includes marches, concert pieces, popular tunes, and novelty numbers. This is family friendly and the concerts are free and open to the public.These concerts take place every Thursday evening June 9 - August 11 all starting at 8 p.m. Bring a blanket or lawn chair.
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.
Ribs on the River Weekend
The smell of BBQ ribs will be wafting around Bicentennial Riverfront Park as the city hosts its Annual Ribs on the River backyard BBQ Contest. Come all day for the food and stay to hear the following bands; Friday Night – Red Woody and Saturday – County Line Brothers, Back Country Roads and Whiskey Romance! The Ribs on the River event is back due to popular demand! This event will couple the best food, fun and friendly competition all in one great day. Bringing our backyard BBQ rib enthusiasts and those just looking for some good old fun, grill-masters will have the change to get their grill on and test their ribs on the public and the panel of judges. Ribs on the River is not for professionals or businesses, but those guys and gals who endure hours of work to perfect their ribs. Join us at our third annual event that ensures to have you licking your fingers for more at the end of the day! So whether you are in the mood to compete, eat ribs and have a refreshing drink, check out the vendors, enjoy the events at the river or listen to the band, there is something for everyone!
Established in 1982. LaGondola Spaghetti House was based on the founder’s simple belief in homemade food and excellent service. In the years since, nothing has changed. Wholesome ingredients prepared fresh everyday from our signature meat sauce to our made from scratch bread. Offering the famous Kelly Tobin's pan and thin crust pizza, spaghetti, garlic bread, torpedo sandwiches and more!
Sugar Grove Nature Center
Sugar Grove Nature Center is located in beautiful, historic Funks Grove among over 1,000 acres of forest and prairie. Funks Grove is the largest remaining intact prairie grove in the state of Illinois and is a designated National Natural Landmark. Visitors will enjoy interpretive exhibits, live animals and a wildlife viewing room as well as access to 5 miles of hiking trails. The Imagination Grove Nature Play Area welcomes children to explore, tromp in the creek, climb a tree, ride a zip line and more. A picnic shelter, astronomy observatory, blacksmith forge, corn crib prairie lookout, variety of gardens and many other features help to make Sugar Grove Nature Center a beautiful and unique place. Visit the website to learn more about special events and programs.
Chicago Open Air Music Festival
Bridgeview and Toyota Park will host the three-day debut of the Chicago Open Air music festival, which will feature performances by more than 60 rock music artists, an outdoor Gourmet Man Food and craft beer village and other entertainment.
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.
Rent at the Metropolis Performing Arts Center
The Rock Musical that defined a generation and won 4 Tony awards is filled with iconic songs including Seasons of Love, Take Me or Leave Me, and more. The story centers around a group of artists trying to make it in New York during the height of the AIDS epidemic and the struggles they face, both professionally and personally. Hailed by The New York Times as an “Exhilarating, landmark rock opera…can be integrated into a character-driven story for the stage with wildly affecting success.”
A tapas restaurant and bar located in the heart of downtown Bloomington, along Historic Route 66. Reality Bites gives you the best of both worlds; great food and an exciting night out on the town. Reality Bites provides a sophisticated, fun feel in a college town, serving a large diverse menu of lunch and dinner as well as a fully stocked bar. Reality Bites is locally owned and takes pride in satisfying our customer’s needs.
Carnivore Oak Park
We proudly offer locally sourced and responsibly-raised meats, seafood, and produce. Working closely with local farmers and foragers ensures that all of our products are fresh and of the highest quality.
Bow Truss Coffee Roasters
At Bow Truss, their goal is to make specialty coffee more approachable, bringing fantastic single origins, naturals, and delicious direct trade to you through partnerships and collaborations around the world. Visit one of their shops, see what's new, or pick up a subscription for your home or office.
Father's Day at the Tower
Celebrate Father's Day by giving Dad a free tour of the Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower. All fathers, when accompanied by family members, will receive free Tower tours. See the views from 150 feet above the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers.
Wing A Ma Jig
Entertainment for the festival includes live music, wing eating contest, chicken wing cook-off in both hot and mild categories, kids play area with Inflatables, beer tent, and a wide array of chicken wings to be sampled as well as other food and craft vendors. Admission is just $5 a vehicle to attend!
Lusk Creek BBQ Festival
Participate in the BBQ cook off to win awards, or just sample some great BBQ. Enjoy live music with a beer tent and various vendors.
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.
Downtown Alive! 7th Heaven at RiverEdge Park
Chicago’s 7th Heaven has been an area staple for 3 decades, playing over 250 dates every single year. In addition to being kings of the Midwest’s cover band circuit, these talented dudes have opened for Bon Jovi, Kid Rock and Styx with their original material and classic favorites. If you’ve never experienced 7th Heaven’s world-famous “30 Songs in 30 Minutes” medley, get ready to be knocked off your feet. And if you have, you know what these guys are capable of. Set up your lawn chair, crack that cold one and get ready to sing along to your favorite hits from yesterday, today and maybe even the future… who knows what tunes these guys are going to bust out at the Park.
The Links At Ireland Grove
The Links at Ireland Grove is 9 holes, 1,590 yards and a par 30. The course offers cart rental and a driving range. In addition to the nine-hole course, The Links at Ireland Grove offers a range with weather protected hitting bays, over an acre of target greens, several bunkers, two fairways, nearly two acres of natural grass hitting area and rental clubs.
Custom Cup Coffee
Custom Cup is a roast-to-order coffee service in Springfield, IL. They specialize in small batch hand selected beans from around the world, roasted per customer order, and delivered to your door or shipped nationwide.
Murder in Maybury Mystery Dinner Theater
Welcome to Maybury the quietest little town in the whole country. Join us for an exciting evening of murder, mystery and mayhem at our Mystery Dinner Theater, where you can be the star of the show! Get ready to have fun! For more information, call (618) 786-2331.
Out at the Sox
For $35, you can get a reserved seat at this Chicago White Sox game with other LGBT and ally fans, or for $15 more, you’d gain entry to our pre-game party which will feature giveaways, drink tickets, and light bites. A portion of all proceeds goes directly to Equality Illinois to benefit our continuing work for full LGBT equality.
Alan Jackson with Lauren Alaina at RiverEdge Park
Alan Jackson ranks as one of the 10 best-selling male vocalists of all-time in all genres. He is one of the most successful and respected singer-songwriters in country music. Jackson’s current album, Angels and Alcohol, topped the country album charts when it was released last summer. Lauren Alaina captured America’s hearts when she appeared on Season 10 of American Idol. Recently Lauren released a self-titled five-song EP including her latest single, “Next Boyfriend.” Lauren regularly appears on the Grand Ole Opry, is one of CMT’s “Next Women of Country” and returned to American Idol for its farewell season as a mentor to this year’s contestants.
The Freeport Club
The Freeport Club enjoys a reputation as one of the finest golf courses in Northern Illinois. The challenging design of the well-manicured course winds through a park-like setting of rolling fairways lined with mature trees. The natural rolling terrain, elevation changes, and small-fast greens create a unique playing experience that will test golfers of all skill levels. Condition and playability is the top priority. In addition to maintaining the beauty of the course, the staff works to create some of the best putting surfaces in the area. A fully equipped “Golf Shop” is available to meet your equipment, clothing, and instructional needs. The Freeport Club’s PGA Professional plans and coordinates a full-season of men’s, ladies, singles, couples, social golf, and competitive tournaments plus a junior golf program that targets youth up to the age of 16. Enjoy the full service bar and restaurant in the Foursome Pub. Banquet facilities are available for rent. 2016 Daily Fees: 9 holes – $25.00; 9 holes with cart – $35; 18 holes – $35.00; 18 holes with cart – $50.
Bonnie Raitt at Ravinia
Bring the friends out for a great night of music with Bonnie Raitt at Ravinia. Her songs and albums incorporate elements of blues, rock, folk and country. This is her Dig in Deep Tour and should be a concert not to be missed.
Summer Kick Off at Haskell Park
Please join us for our 5th Annual Summer Kick Off at Haskell Park! Celebrating the return of the Alton Muny Band concert season. Join us from 5-6:30 p.m. with the Muny Band Concert at 7 p.m. The Bubble Bus will be returning, our good friends at The Bridge will be providing hot dogs, and there will be free snow cones! Come enjoy an evening of food, fun, music and bubbles!
Meet the Beetles Sunset Tribute Concert
Step back in time to a live Beatles concert as Meet the Beetles recreates the look, sound, and atmosphere of the Beatles with tunes such as She Loves You and I Want To Hold Your Hand. Then travel to the psychedelic sixties with a set of later era Beatle Music, such as Sgt. Pepper and Revolution. This high-energy show includes costumes, accents, Beatle banter, authentic vintage and replica instruments, and all your favorite fab four hits. VIP seats for the over 21 crowd can be purchased in advance for $55 each and includes excellent reserved seats, 3 drink tickets and appetizers. They will be reserved based on when the seats are purchased. Non-VIP guests can take advantage of grass seating on the lawn in front of the Lodge at no charge. Feel free to enjoy the concert from your lawn chairs and picnic blankets. Concessions will be available for purchase, no outside good or beverages allowed. Show begins at 7 p.m. don't miss it!
Pat Benetar & Neil Giraldo / Melissa Etheridge at RiverEdge Park
This show is for the die-hard rock fan in all of us. First up is rock-n-roll powerhouse duo Pat Benetar and Neil Giraldo. The couple used their fire-power chemistry to record the million-copy-selling “Hit Me With Your Best Shot,” hit singles “We Belong,” “Invincible” and “Love is a Battlefield” and many more. Then, folk-rock star Melissa Etheridge brings us home. With Bruce Springsteen- and John Mellencamp-like vocals she made smash hits like “Come to My Window” and “I’m the Only One.”
Festival of the Fox/Dragon Boat Races
The First Annual "Festival of the Fox" offers two weekend days of Dragon Boat races on the Fox River, a "Picnic in the Park", family activities, a community stage, a Family Movie Night, all in one place-beautiful Pottawatomie Park. A carnival June 9-12 with a special invitation to Special Families on Friday afternoon noon-2pm.
8th Annual Two Brothers Summer Festival
The Best Beer, The Best Bands, For the Best Cause. Two Brothers Summer Festival is an annual music and beer festival with the ultimate goal of raising money for charity and providing a great experience for beer and music fans alike. Two Brothers Summer Festival 2016 (June 3-4) marks the eighth year for this ever growing event with this year’s set to be the best and biggest yet. Hosted at RiverEdge Park in Aurora, IL, Two Brothers Summer Festival 2016 will feature headliners Cold War Kids, Lord Huron, The Lone Bellow and PHOX. It will also be the official release event for Two Brothers Hop Centric Double IPA and Hop Centric Black IPA, with a full lineup of Two Brothers beer and guest beers from breweries across the country to enjoy. Proceeds from Two Brothers Summer Festival 2016 will benefit local charities, including Make-A-Wish Illinois.
O.A.R. at Ravinia
O.A.R. is renowned for its intense, vibrant live show and the communal feeling it shares with its fans. With each studio album, the band has endeavored to achieve that sense of immediacy. Bring the friends out for this great concert at Ravinia.
Midsummer Arts Faire
Juried fine art exhibition of local and area talent on display and for sale. Entertainment, food, and hands-on activities. Held in downtown Quincy at Washington Park.
Their handmade products are made in small batches to ensure that your family and theirs only get the best. They use the best ingredients they can get their hands on. They are not 100% organic but very close. Their products change with the seasons.
Cajun Beer Garden at Pere Marquette
Welcome to the Cajun Beer Garden! Join us on the terrace at Pere Marquette Lodge for a Cajun Beer Garden starting at 12 p.m. and let the good times roll. Featuring specialty beers from Louisiana as well as a Creole Crawfish Boil and live bluegrass music. No reservations are needed but seating is limited so feel free to bring your lawn chairs and picnic blankets just in case. The Beer Garden at Pere Marquette is a wonderful place to spend a relaxing day filled with entertainment, a gorgeous view, cheap beer, and awesome food. For more information, call (618) 786-2331.
Downtown Alton Chili Cook-off
Enjoy the fall weather during the annual Downtown Alton Chili Cook-Off. The Chili Cook-Off will take place from noon to 3 p.m. in the giant warehouse and pavilion at Elijah P's. $100 cash prizes in 5 categories and $25 to register a team. Admission: $6 per adults, $3 per kid 10 and under. For more information, call (618) 463-1016.
Lisa Rock - Close to You: The Music of the Carpenters at Genesee Theatre
Considered one of the best vocalists of all time, Karen Carpenter captured the attention of a generation with the surprisingly deep material of her unabashedly catchy pop music. Singer and playwright Lisa Rock has compiled a moving tribute to the music and life of Carpenter, and brings it to the stage with her 6-piece backing band. Dedicated to re-creating the true sound of The Carpenters, Rock and her band showcase some of the most memorable songs of the 70s.