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All Chocolate Kitchen
Chef Alain Roby, a three-time Guinness World Record holder, prepares exquisite desserts and truffles from the finest grand cru-quality Belgian and Swiss chocolate, as well as authentic Italian Gelato, just like in Rome! The Devil’s Food cake he prepared as a guest star on The Martha Stewart Show also can be enjoyed while admiring the life-sized chocolate sculptures that are seen on many Food Network specials.
Ellwood House Lecture Series: Local Lore
The public is invited to the Ellwood House Museum for a new lecture series titled “Local Lore.” Local Lore is an adult lecture series which will cover a wide variety of topics relating to DeKalb history. Each month, a different guest speaker will present these fascinating programs. All lectures take place at the Ellwood House Museum Visitor Center. Visit the Ellwood House Museum webpage for dates and times.
Best Western PLUS Chicagoland - Countryside
The Best Western hotel offers the best in amenities, customer service, and accommodations at an affordable rate. Located about 20 miles from Chicago and located on Old Route 66. Convenient access to I-55 brings them to the favorite Chicago area attractions. Hot breakfast buffet is complimentary along with High-Speed WiFi.
Windmill City Spinners & More Decor
Our shop specializes in artisan garden spinners, crafted by Bill Saloga. These beautiful pieces are as efficient as they are artistic, using an aerodynamic and bearing technology Bill and his dad developed, allowing the spinner to perform with as little as two m.p.h wind speed. As Windmill City Spinners changes from season to season our artistic presentation of home and garden décor makes this little shop a worthy destination.
The 38th Annual Alpine Races
Presented by the Alpine Runners, this is a 1/2 Marathon, 5K Run/Walk, Youth Mile, and also offers kid's races. Something for all runners and the whole family. The races run through the streets and along the shores of beautiful Paulus Park in Lake Zurich. Gatorade, water, and time splits will be available along the course. Food and drinks will be available to participants at the finish line. No dogs, strollers, bikes, rollerblades or headphones are allowed in the races please.
Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival
The Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival will be presenting its 2015 festival from July 24 – 31 at AMC Randhurst 12 in Mount Prospect, Illinois. The festival regularly exhibits over 30 films from around the globe that compete for a variety of awards that range in genre, production, performance and audience categories. Each film selected for exhibition and competition is screened in one theater over the course of eight days. Judges experience each film for the first time along with the audience.
Sugar Grove Corn Boil
Join Sugar Grove for their annual festival commemorating sweet corn. Enjoy live entertainment, carnival, parade crafts, 5K race, fireworks, beer tent and lots of corn!
24th Annual State Championship Chili Cook-Off
Come taste the best chili in the State of Illinois and share in the excitement. Three categories of competition: (1) Illinois State Championship Chili Cook-Off (2) Traditional (includes Restaurant Division) (3) New Salsa. Chili & Salsa tasting begins at 2 pm. Tasting cups available for a small fee. Free admission. Concession Available. Presented by Batavia Parks in cooperation by the Batavia Chamber of Commerce and Confident Aire.
Dairy Joy Drive-In
Situated on the historic Lincoln Highway Dairy Joy is much more than an old-fashioned ice cream parlor or hamburger joint. Dairy Joy is a unique one-of-a-kind classic American restaurant. With inside seating, an outside patio, and a walk-up window, Dairy Joy has been a favorite community gathering place for more than 50 years, where appetites are quickly satisfied and memories are formed and perpetuated.
River Bassin' Tournament
The River Bassin Trail is an affordable tournament trail for river bass fishing anglers of all types. Whether you’re a beginner or a hard core tournament angler there is a reason to come have some fun with us at some of the tour stops. It matters not if you fish out of a kayak or canoe. Outfitter, Rocktown Adventures, 107 Spruce St., Aurora will be the host site for this regional event. Trail begins on the Fox River in Batavia at 5 am and ends at Silver Springs State Park, Yorkville/Plano at 5 pm.
Take a kayaking class or a kayaking trip with an ACA certified instructor on the beautiful Fox River, Batavia. It's fun and informative. Check out some videos on what you will learn in the different classes. Several group and private kayaking classes - first time kayakers to intermediate. See the calendar for dates and times. So grab your friends and let’s go paddling!
Yak Shack makes paddling possible. It doesn't matter if you're a beginner looking for lessons or an expert looking to gear up, they've got what you need to get on the water! Self Guided trips are available for those interested in a calmer recreational paddle. Canoes, recreational kayaks and tube tracker inflatables can be rented for use within the course. Shop is located on the south bank of the Marge Cline Whitewater Course.
Elmhurst Craft Beer Festival
More than 50 craft brews, ciders, music, and snacks will be on hand for your enjoyment! Rain or shine, come out for a fun day.
Metaphysically Fit Fest Yorkville
Live music, food, yoga, meditation, massage, reflexology, reiki, acupuncture, and much more! Partnering with the City of Yorkville's Veggie Fest. Live entertainment includes Indika Reggae Band, The Giving Tree Band and The Seventh Sons.
Kendall County Fair
The Kendall County Fair is a fantastic fair full of new and exciting events for the whole family. Enjoy the Truck and Tractor Pull, Western Speed Show, Carnival and Livestock Shows and many new exhibits for your family to enjoy. Fun contests every day. See also the Family Stage, Grandstand Shows and 4 H Auction.
Dig out your berets and bowlers, ushankas and sombreros, and celebrate diversity in style! This event is a dancing, eating, creating and learning celebration of Aurora’s diverse cultures, past and present, benefitting Family Focus Aurora, World Relief and the Aurora Historical Society. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. 4-8 pm
Historic LaSalle Street Auto Show
Historic LaSalle Street (Aurora) comes alive with classic cars. The block of LaSalle Street between Downer Place and Benton Street is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Cars were first sold and serviced in Aurora on LaSalle Street in 1907. LaSalle Street was fondly called "LaSalle Street Auto Row". Food vendors, games, prizes and cars! 9 am - 3 pm
2017 NCAA National Golf Championships at Rich Harvest Farms
The 2017 NCAA National Golf Championships will be held at Rich Harvest Farms and hosted for the first time by Northern Illinois University, with play taking place from May 19-24 (women) and May 26-31 (men). Sugar Grove will be only the third Illinois city to host the Division I Golf Championships. Cook County’s Olympia Fields Country Club hosted the men’s championship in 1943, while Conway Farms Golf Club outside of Chicago played host to the men’s as well in 1997.
Day at Dickson-Murst Farm
Visitors to Day at the Farm will see how the oats are removed from the chaff and straw with an antique threshing machine/separator. Kids can pet farm animals, play on a pedal tractor pull, and enjoy pony rides! Bossie the “milk her yourself’ cow will be there as well as the corn box. But there’s more! Antique cars and tractors, tractor-pulled hayrides, and food from the Country Kitchen. All this with live bluegrass music in the air. C’mon out! Caption: Dickson-Murst Farm volunteers were busy harvesting oats using a vintage 1930s-40s hay binder getting ready for old-time harvesting demonstrations during Day at the Farm.
Freeman's Sports Inc
Freeman's offers canoe and kayak rental, bait & tackle, metal detectors, fly tying supplies, fishing & hunting licenses. Call to schedule a trip. Freeman's is your one-stop-shop for river recreation.
Fall Festival of Crafts
The Fall Festival of Crafts in Sandwich, Illinois is the oldest and largest craft fair in the state! There will be hundreds of vendors! It will be attended by thousands! Held at three locations in Sandwich: Sandwich Fairgrounds (815.498.9688), Downtown Sandwich on Railroad Street (815.786.9404), Indian Springs Shopping Center on Route 34 (630.330.1202). Always the last Thursday in Sept. 9 am - 5 pm
Yorkville Fall Fest and Pumpkin Pull
Watch as hundreds of pumpkins float down the river and have your chance at winning prizes in the second annual Pumpkin Pull at his year's Fall Fest! Join the United City of Yorkville and the Knights of Columbus to enjoy hayrides, pumpkin decorating, live music, great food and more! 10 am - 6 pm
Aurora's Zagster Bike-Share Program
The City of Aurora and Zagster, Inc. launched a new bike-share program that will provide Aurora visitors with a convenient, affordable and healthy way to get around town. 18 cruiser bikes are available at three downtown stations for riders to use for on-demand, local trips. Stations are located at RiverEdge Park - 360 Broadway Ave., Aurora City Hall - 44 E. Downer Place and Santori Public Library of Aurora - 101 S. River Street. This initiative creates new opportunities for visitors to experience the Aurora Area from a different vantage point and see it in a whole new light.
Grassroots Outdoor Community Market
New local outdoor market featuring locally grown farm produce, meat, eggs, honey, baked goods, gourmet oils, essential oils, body care products, arts, crafts, and much more! With a wide selection of gluten-free, organic, vegan and natural goods. Grassroots Juicery & Cafe will be open and serving smoothies, juices, wraps, soups, salads, teas and more, so you can have lunch while enjoying the market. Serving the Illinois cities of Sycamore, DeKalb, Cortland, Maple Park, Malta, Genoa, and surrounding communities. We are hosting this new Sunday market outside in our parking lot. The market will be open 9 am to 1 pm on these dates: 5/22, 6/12, 6/26, 7/10, 7/24, 8/14, 8/28, 9/11, 9/25, and 10/9.
Forest Foundation of Kendall County's Fall Fest
Free family fun in a beautiful and inspiring location. Join the Forest Foundation of Kendall County at their Annual Fall Fest. This family-friendly event will feature live animal interactions and demonstrations, kids' activity areas, live music, concessions sponsored by the Kendall County Pork Producers, and more! Bring chairs to relax in while you enjoy the entertainment. Food will be available for purchase throughout the day. 11 am - 5 pm
Alley Art Festival
This free, family-friendly event celebrates the Aurora community and its burgeoning arts and cultural scene. The art festival turns Water Street Mall, the brick alleyway between Downer Place and Galena Boulevard, into a vibrant city center featuring more than sixty local artists, crafters, and artisans. Free music on the lawn, a creative children’s booth, delicious food, and so much more is offered to create a fun and exciting day for everyone.This outdoor, grassroots art festival is from noon to 5 p.m. on the last Saturday in August.
Valley Green Executive Golf Course
Valley Green hosts a laid-back, unobtrusive environment perfect for those who are new to golfing, kids, leagues, or those experienced golfers who want to concentrate on their short game. Try their famous Night-light golf! Valley Green is a public, 18 hole, Par 60, 3841 yard executive course. Open all winter...weather permitting.
Cary Ale House & Brewing Company
The Cary Ale House is a gastro pub focusing on high quality food made from scratch daily in our kitchen. All of our signature sauces accompanying the menu items are artfully designed and homemade bringing a unique and wonderful flavor profile for our guests to enjoy. Besides the excellent food, we boast a selection of over 85 beers as well as a fully stocked bar with craft spirits, wine and hand-crafted specialty cocktails.
Three Angels Brewing
Great beers should be distributed on the backs of their followers, not on the trucks of distributors. Three Angels Brewing is a nano scale operation, focusing on the production and development of brews utilizing predominantly locally grown inputs. Economics is an after thought, Quality is a requirement, and Excellence is determined and awarded by consumers, not judges. Tours by appointment.
Emmett's Ale House
Brewery & Restaurant located Downtown Weaton near the Metra Train Station. Upscale Casual Fare & Award Winning Handcrafted Beer.
Urban Legend Brewing Company
Find Urban Legend Brewing Company nestled in an industrial park just off of 63rd street in Westmont. Featuring a lively tap room, taste our legendary craft beers where they are brewed. Join us and enjoy beer by the half pint or sample flight. Want beer to go: take home a howler, growler, bottles, or even a keg!
Emmett's Ale House - Palatine
Emmett's uses only traditional ingredients - water, malt, hops and yeast. When you try a German Pilsener or an English Pale Ale at Emmett's, your pint will be as close to the original as you can get (without actually getting on a plane and flying across the pond).