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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
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.
John Fogerty at Ravinia
Rock icon and Grammy Award winner John Fogerty makes his much-anticipated Ravinia debut as part of his Rollin’ On The River tour. While he was the lead singer and lead guitarist of Creedence Clearwater Revival, Fogerty penned some of the most memorable songs in rock history music.
Tony's Prohibition Lounge & Third Street Cafe
Looking for a great place for pizza, pasta, and cold drinks? Check out Tony's Prohibition Lounge. Adjacent to the renowned Tony's Restaurant, the Lounge offers casual dining and a full-service bar. The 75 seat bar also has a charming sidewalk cafe. It is a favorite place in town for meeting friends for drinks, waiting for a table in the dining room, or bringing the family in for a casual dinner. Tony's bar and sidewalk cafe serves pizza, sandwiches, salads, appetizers, and kabobs in a family atmosphere. Open Tuesday - Saturday 4 p.m.- 1 a.m.
David Stine Woodworking
Every piece of custom wood furniture David Stine creates is one-of-a-kind. His designs maximize the raw, natural, singular beauty of the wood graining, knots, live edges, and all. David is the fourth generation to steward his family’s land, where he sustainably harvests and mills all his own lumber. Clients may order a item based on something in our portfolio, or Dave will design and craft something just for them.
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.
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.
Midwest Institute of Opera
The Midwest Institute of Opera is Bloomington-Normal's newest opera company. Performances are held at Illinois State University's Center for Performing Arts Concert Hall. The Institute brings in opera professionals from New York City and participants have come from all over the U.S., Canada, Egypt and Australia. Operas are performed in their original language (with English supertitles) and all productions are fully staged and costumed.
Baymont Inn & Suites Galesburg
The newly remodeled Baymont Inn & Suites is ready to serve guests. Visit Galesburg and our many historic sites. Enjoy learning about Abe Lincoln, Knox College and Illinois in the 1850s with the Lincoln Douglas Debate site at Knox College. Galesburg has the Carl Sandburg Sate Historic Site that honors the legacy of our 2 time Pulitzer Prize winning native son and national treasure. Enjoy the newly re-imagined Discovery Depot Children's Museum, the Galesburg Railroad Museum, wonderful shopping and exceptional cuisine in beautiful downtown Galesburg.
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.
Paul Lewis with Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Paul Lewis performs Beethoven's Fourth Concerto and Prokofiev's Symphony No. 5 along with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The conductor will be making his first appearance on Ravinia’s podium and with the CSO is Kirill Karabits, who has established himself as an intuitive leader of Prokofiev.
Hollywood Vampires at RiverEdge Park
Three years ago, Alice Cooper and good friend Johnny Depp got together and decided the spirit of the Hollywood Vampires should live again. An environment for great artists to hang, laugh and play together. The Alice and Johnny were joined by Joe Perry. All events at RiverEdge Park are General Admission. Guests are welcome to bring lawn chairs. Gates open at 6:30 pm, show starts at 8:00 pm.
Andersonville Dessert Crawl
It’s trick-or-treating with a gourmet flair! More than twenty restaurants in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood showcase their sweetest and most delicious wares during the 10th annual Andersonville Dessert Crawl on Sunday, October 30, 2016, from 2:00-5:00PM. Participants will pick up their Dessert Crawl “passport” at the Swedish American Museum, 5211 N. Clark Street, and then proceed to the participating restaurants and shops for tasting-sized portions at each location.
Sylvia's Irish Inn
Sylvia's Irish Inn is one of Urbana's finest examples of the Queen Anne style of Victorian architecture. It was designed by Rudolph Zachariah Gill, an 1887 graduate of the University of Illinois in architecture and engineering, and was built in 1895 for Dr. Austin Lindley, a prominent physician and surgeon for the Big Four Railroad in Urbana.
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.
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.
Parkview Food and Pub
This locally-owned pub traces its roots back to 1928. Its scenic location across from Miller Park, Forrest Park and on Historic Route 66 makes this restaurant a popular stop for Route 66 travelers. They offer a variety of food specials, drink specials, video gaming, and lottery. Plus you can watch the game on the big screens. Stop by and try some delicious broasted chicken, walleye, burger's and more!
George Li at Ravinia
Join George Li on piano for a night of great classical music. Program will include Sonatas by Haydn and Chopin, Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 and Rachmaninoff ’s Corelli Variations.
Alton Memorial Day Parade
Celebrate Memorial Day by experiencing the oldest consecutive running parade in the entire nation. The first one was held in 1868, just three years after the end of the Civil War. Celebrate the history of Pie Town, Upper Alton and those that served our country. Bring your lawn chairs and line the streets to show your support and join in on the fun. For more information, call (618) 462-7527.
Ironwood Golf Course
The Ironwood Golf Course is the Town's full service golf facility with 18 holes, 7,100 yards and a par 72 championship layout playing from 5400-7100 yards with four sets of tees. The course offers cart rental, a driving range and has a pro shop with club rental. Ironwood was designed by highly regarded golf course designer Roger Packard and meanders through the Ironwood residential subdivision. Opened in 1990, Ironwood Golf Course has hosted numerous high school regional, sectional and conference tournaments, collegiate invitational tournaments, local charity events and site of C.D.G.A and U.S.G.A. qualifiers.
Making Their Mark: Illinois Women Artists, 1940-1960
This exhibition, curated by Channey Lyons with assistance from the Peoria Riverfront Museum, explores a period in Illinois art history through artworks that are often overlooked. These works, created by women artists during the 1940s and 1950s are highly personal, subjective, and occasionally visionary or politically charged in ways that both resonate with the familiar currents of Chicago modernism and offer new dimensions to that story. Making Their Mark features sixty paintings, sculptures, and works on paper by forty artists.
The Lakeside Retreat is the perfect spot for quilters, scrapbookers and rughookers to get together! Located on a private lake. Need a place for you and your friends to just get away? This is the place for you! Nestled among the pine trees is this wonderful four bedroom, two bathroom treasure. Grab your friends and spend some quality time working on your projects in our smoke free/pet free facility. The retreat can accommodate 10 people. There are two queens beds and 6 twin beds.
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.
Carl's Ice Cream Factory
Come visit Carl's for the best ice cream in Bloomington-Normal. Awesome burgers, sandwiches, cheese fries and more.
Gene's Dairy Delight
Locally owned and operated since 1971, Gene's takes pride in their homemade novelties. Famous for their soft served cones and the Avalanche. This has always been a favorite family stop on Route 66!
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.
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.
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.
Scratch Brewing Company
Scratch Brewing Company is a farmhouse brewery and restaurant located 5 miles from the Shawnee National Forest in Ava, Illinois. Named one of the top four breweries for foraged beer by Outside Magazine, and one of the most beautiful places to drink beer in the world by All About Beer Magazine, Scratch Brewing Company focuses on farmhouse beers and other styles brewed with home grown and locally farmed and foraged ingredients.
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.
Midwest SOARRING Foundation's Native American Cultural Center
Midwest SOARRING (Save Our Ancestors Remains & Resources Indigenous Network Group) Foundation was formed in November of 1996. They are a Native American non-profit organization who assists with repatriation, protection of sacred sites and educates the public about Native American culture, through Pow Wows, cultural programs and environmental issues. The new Cultural Center is made possible by a lease obtained through the City of Lockport.
Andersonville City Made Fest
Chicago lovers, join us for Andersonville’s celebration of local businesses, brewers, performers, and makers from all across our city at City Made Fest, the only street festival that exclusively features Chicago-made craft beers, original Chicago music, distinctive Chicago food, and an unparalleled Chicago-made artisan marketplace to support and showcase all things local.
Lake FX Summit + Expo
Immerse yourself in the 2nd annual Lake FX Summit + Expo – the Midwest’s largest free convening of artists and creative entrepreneurs. Join national leaders in the arts and creative industries for conversations, panels and workshops. Connect with expo resources. Discover new talent at evening showcases – and shop our marketplace. Featuring Charles Adler, Nick Cave, Graham Elliot, Rodney Jerkins, Ramsey Lewis, Maria Pinto, Tanya Saracho, Regina Taylor—and Others.
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.
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.
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.
The White Dove Garden and Gallery
Lovely gardens, great large new painting studio, apartments and overnight accommodations. Within walking distance to downtown Champaign, West Side Park and the University of Illinois Campus.
Lewis & Clark Frontier Dog Walk
This event will center on walking your dogs on a two mile course. There will be dog trainers, groomers, and dog adoptions from local societies. At 1:00 p.m. a guest speaker will be hosted within the Interpretive Center's theater. The event is only on Saturday, from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Dogs will only be allowed in the theater between 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. Dogs may be walked through and around Camp River Dubois. For more information, call (618) 251-5811.
Larsen Light Show
Winner of ABC's 2013 Great Christmas Light Fight. Over one million led Christmas lights displayed in sync with a dozen different songs including the Blackhawks' song.
Hazel: A Musical Maid in America at Drury Lane Theatre
The world premier musical comedy, "Hazel" based on the character created by Ted Key and the hit television series, kicks off the 2016-2017 season at Drury Lane Theatre.
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.
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!
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.
Clucker's Charcoal Chicken
Clucker's serves only the highest quality organic, natural, golden plump chickens. As each bird is carefully roasted, the irresistible aromas of open air charcoal are infused into the chickens giving them a rich, earthy flavor that’s sure to ignite every appetite. From Cajun to Latin the chickens cater to a wide range of taste buds. Menu also includes turkey burgers, salads, Chicken Enchiladas, BBQ Brisket and more along with an array of sides.
La Quinta Inn & Suites Rockford
The La Quinta Inn & Suites Rockford hotel is located conveniently off of I-90, just twelve miles from the Chicago Rockford International Airport. We have a variety of shops and restaurants within walking distance. Relax in one of our clean and comfortable guest rooms and enjoy access to our business center and new state-of-the-art fitness center. Our 100% non-smoking hotel offers free high-speed Internet access, a refreshing indoor pool and spa, as well as a guest laundry facility available at a nominal fee. Our guest rooms are equipped with microwaves, refrigerators, 40-inch flat screen TVs, pillowtop mattresses, coffee makers, hair dryers, iron and boards, and free local calls. You can also stop by our Bright Side Market if you forget any of your essential amenities. Also, our meeting facilities make this a great place for your next meeting, baby shower or any special events. Start the day right with our free Bright Side Breakfast that includes an assortment of hot breakfast items, tea and hot chocolate, assorted juices, bagels, breads, hot and cold cereals, fresh fruit, and yogurt.
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.
Highland Park Golf Course
Built in the 1930's, this golf course offers old, mature trees lining each fairway on the 5,539 yard course. In addition to the narrow fairways, small greens make for a challenging round. USGA Course Ratings and Slope Ratings are 66.9 and 111, respectively. A hilly terrain with a beautiful creek meandering through the course make this a very scenic golf course. Golf Digest Places to Play has given Highland Park a 3 Star Rating. The full-line Golf Shop carries a great selection of golf equipment and apparel at discount prices.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
Redhead Days Chicago Festival
Redhead Days Chicago Affiliate 2016 will feature two days of live music, local food vendors and food trucks, beer, wine and other red-themed cocktails and soft drinks, a Carrot Cake Throwdown, (will insert any other sponsored activities such as How To Be a Redhead), petting zoo, pony rides, bounce houses and other activities for all ages. Admission is free, but ask all Redheads to register to track attendance of the most Redheads gathered in one city. All activities held at Everts Park in Highwood.
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.
Lilacia Park Lilac Time
The Lombard Park District is an 8.5 acre horticultural showcase featuring 700 lilacs and 25,000 tulips. All ages will enjoy a stroll through the park or one of the many special events from tastings to tours and concerts to coronations, there is something for everyone during Lilac Festival.
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.
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.
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.
Star Party at Afton Forest Preserve
The Northwest Suburban Astronomers (NSA), in cooperation with the DeKalb County Forest Preserve District, will be hosting a public star party at the Afton Forest Preserve (north entrance) in DeKalb County, Illinois. Look at stars, galaxies, nebulae, and star clusters with the help of NSA member telescopes. Observing highlights may include Jupiter, nebula M97 (Owl Nebula), galaxy M51 (Whirlpool Galaxy), and globular cluster M13 (Hercules Cluster) among others.
Southern Illinois Music Festival
The Southern Illinois Music Festival, now in its 12th season, is presenting Rossini's final opera, William Tell, sung in French with projected English supertitles, at the Marion Cultural and Civic Center June 7, 8, 10 and 11. This opera has only been produced in the United States three times in the last century, so this is an historic event. The Festival Orchestra will also perform a grand orchestral program of Bach, Beethoven and Brahms, including the “Eroica” Symphony and the Double Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra, featuring violinist, Michael Barta and cellist, Eric Lenz. The Festival will also present music by Mozart from 1776, including his three great violin concerti, the concerto for three pianos, the Serenata Notturno and the “Paris” Symphony. Mark your calendars for May 27 through June 13, 2016. The Southern Illinois Music Festival presents three-dozen professional performances of classical music and jazz in two dozen venues throughout Southern Illinois each June.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Andersonville Arts Weekend
Get your creative juices flowing by celebrating Andersonville’s artistic community and fabulous array of locally-owned businesses. Features original artwork by dozens of local artists and designers showcased in businesses throughout the neighborhood, plus a variety of live shows and performances.
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.
Presented by NIU and the City of DeKalb, ARTigras is a Celebration of the Arts. The event will consist of an arts parade, a post-parade party featuring music, crafts and games, Art Gallery shows and receptions, evening concerts and…new this year…an opening night “March to Bourbon Street” event at the Egyptian Theater featuring dance and theatrical performances, live music and an art exhibit.
Juicebox - Chicago Cultural Center
With engaging music and dance in a kid-friendly setting, the free admission Juicebox programs are geared toward the stroller set and enjoyable for the whole family. Children will experience a diverse range of artistic and educational presentations, with hosts regularly inviting youngsters to move, dance and interact with performers. Presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, the Juicebox series runs on alternating Fridays at the Chicago Cultural Center and Saturdays at the Garfield Park Conservatory, with occasional special events at other venues. Except where noted, performances are 11-11:45am.
CarbondALE Brew Fest
The Carbondale Brew Fest will be taking place on Friday, May 6th in the Town Square Pavilion at the 100 block of N. Illinois Ave. from 6pm-9pm. This year's Brew Fest will feature tastings from over 25 breweries from Southern Illinois, St. Louis, Kentucky and more! Tickets are $25 in advance, General Admission tickets include entry, promo glass & tastings.Tickets will be available for purchase at CarbondALEBrewFest.com!
Butterflies & Blooms Exhibit
Butterflies & Blooms is a butterfly exhibition where visitors can immerse themselves in a habitat filled with hundreds of live butterflies. This exhibition is filled with species native to South America, Asia, North America, and Africa, as well as those native to Illinois. The 2,800-square-foot white mesh enclosure is located on the lawn of the Learning Campus. Weather permitting.
Open Cockpit Day
This family friendly event provides opportunities for visitors to see inside the cockpits of airplanes, visit with pilots who flew the airplanes, and visit our displays inside the museum. In addition to the many exhibits in the museum, we have 8 airplanes and 3 helicopters on display in the Air Park. Get a close-up look at each aircraft and ask a host for information about the aircraft. This event is fun for children from 2 to 100 years of age.
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.
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.
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.
14th Annual Lincoln Douglas 5K and Fun Run
A series of short distances for children begins at 8 am: ages 8 and under – 100 yards; 9 to 10 – 200 yards; 11 to 12 – 400 yards. All finishers receive ribbons. The boy and girl winners of each age group will run a 100-yard dash following the 5K to determine “The Fasted Kid in Town!”. A One Mile Fun Run begins at 8:15 am. The course consists of one loop around the historic paved road inside Taylor Park. This is an untimed run and all finishers receive ribbons. The 5K begins at 8:35 am. The course consists of three loops around the paved road inside Taylor Park, a 5K (3.1 miles), wheel-measured certified course that is flat and fast designed to help runners achieve a personal best.
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.
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.
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.
Breaking the Surface at Touch of Nature
Paddling enthusiasts and new paddlers alike will have the opportunity to paddle Little Grassy Lake for free. Touch of Nature will provide everything you need to get out on the water including canoes, kayaks, personal flotation devices and paddles. Participants are encouraged to bring snacks, water bottles, and water shoes or shoes they don’t mind getting wet. Paddlers may bring their own water craft, but must have a Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge sticker or day pass, which will be available for purchase at the event.
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.
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.
A Vintage Baseball Weekend ~ Bishop Hill
Celebrating vintage baseball and Bishop Hill’s baseball roots. Join us for a weekend of 19th century baseball. Three 1850’s baseball teams, the Oregon Ganymedes, the Springfield Long Nine, and the Somonauk Blue Stockings will play old fashion baseball the entire day. Bill Owens, author of The Scorecard, will present a program highlighting how Bishop Hill has ties to the first professional baseball team. The weekend will provide a reason to take the family out to the ball game and more! A special baseball exhibit will be on display the entire weekend at the Steeple Building featuring local Forrest Cady items. Sunday the Henry County Historical Museum will feature a special display and program about the history of baseball.
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.
Pooch Parade & Pet Fair
Join us on Saturday, May 21st for Uptown Normal’s Pooch Parade & Pet Fair. Uptown opens its doors to its furry friends and their owners for a Pet Fair featuring pet oriented non profits, businesses and advocacy groups. Dress your pooch up in her most creative costume and participate in the parade! There are lots of great prizes to be won for the best costumes, courtesy of Uptown Normal businesses. The Pet Fair hours: 12pm-3pm, Parade: 1pm. Registration in the parade and pet fair are both free, but donations are encouraged. Registration will be available the day of the event, or in advance via Eventbrite. Proceeds will benefit animal rescue in McLean County. Most Creative Costume – $50 gift card to an Uptown business of your choice Cutest Pet Ever – $25 gift card to an Uptown business of your choice Best Combo Costume (Pet & Human) – $25 gift card to an Uptown business of your choice
Wings Over Waukegan Air Show
The Annual Waukegan Air Show, Wings Over Waukegan, is a great time for the whole family. Enjoy the Canadian Forces Snowbirds Demonstration Team, F-18 Hornet, USN Static Aircraft Displays, Classic Warbirds, Jet Bus and Military Aircraft as they soar through the sky performing exciting stunts and procedures. There will also be food and refreshment booths. Gates open at 9:30am and show begins at noon.
Heartland Community College
The Heartland Community College campus is a community resource that may be scheduled as available for activities consistent with the mission and policies of the College and Board of trustees. the campus includes several conference rooms, classrooms, computer labs and an auditorium that can hold 430 people. All of these spaces can be reserved through the special events department.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Paula Poundstone at the Bloomington Center for Performing Arts
Comedienne Paula Poundstone will be at The Bloomington Center for Performing Arts. She is Emmy Award-winning comedian, author and humorist, Paula Poundstone, is currently a regular panelist on NPR’s widely popular weekly news quiz show, Wait Wait... Don’t Tell Me, where her distinctive brand of wry, intelligent and witty comedy is heard by 5 million homes across the country, internationally on NPR Worldwide, and on the Internet via podcast.
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.
9th Annual Pee-Wee Classic Tournament
Up to 16 teams of 8 year old and younger boys from throughout the Midwest play in this annual tournament and the coaches pitch.
Jonny Lang at the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts
Sixteen years ago, at the age of 16, Jonny Lang found incredible success with the release of his major label debut album Lie To Me as a blues and gospel guitar player. The path Lang has been on has brought him the opportunity to interact with some of the most respected legends in music. See him perform his newest album Fight for My Soul at the BCPA.