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Holiday House Walk
Come and enjoy a tour of five beautifully decorated and historic homes in Hinckley open to the public. Five homes will be featured in this holiday event. Tickets will go on sale beginning November 1. Tickets will be available for purchase the day of as well. The house walk will be from 2:00pm-6:00pm. Sponsored by Hinckley Parks and Recreation. Tickets are available at the following locations: Hinckley Fresh Market, Hinckley Public Library, Hinckley Village Office, Jack and Jina’s BP, and Treasures Old and New
Homer Harvest Days 2014
The 7th annual Homer Harvest Days features food, live music, old-fashioned entertainment and games, children's activities, living history and pioneer demonstrations, a petting zoo, pony rides, antique tractors, hay rides, artisan and unique craft vendors, and other amusements and diversions from a simpler and more rural era. The Trantina Farm is conveniently located near I-355 and 159th St, east of Gougar Road.
CITY: Homer Glen
71st Annual National Sweetcorn Festival
Diligence, family, and a whole lot of corn! Each and every Labor Day weekend, for the past 70 years, the Hoopeston Junior Chamber of Commerce (Jaycees) hosts the National Sweetcorn Festival. Classic American festival events include a midway full of carnival rides, games, and stands of delicious fried goodness, smashing cars at the demo derby, and a grand parade featuring marching bands, pageant queens, and plenty of candy. Being the National Sweetcorn Capital of the World, Hoopeston has to have their own unique twists to the festival. An antique steam engine cooks more than 50 tons hot buttered sweetcorn and is served up to approximately 20,000 visitors over the course of the weekend free of charge! With a line that wraps around the park, it is clear that Hoopeston really does sweetcorn the right way, the best way.
Beaux Arts Ball - Jacksonville
A proud tradition of the community, this gala brings out the finest in the city's youth for a wonderful ball and coronation of king and queen of the event. Largest annual fundraising event for the David Strawn Art Gallery.
Modeled after traditional Chautauquas, featuring musical shows, historical storytellers and reenactments portrayed by professionals and communal suppers.This years theme: "E pluribus unum”.
Annual Downtown Celebration
Plan to be part of the Downtown Celebration, a festive day of music, food and fun in the heart of Historic Downtown Jacksonville.
Jacksonville Main Street’s Fine Arts Festival
Arts, food and fun all in downtown Jacksonville. Exhibits for show or sale include oil or acrylic paintings, watercolors, pastels, pencil art, photography, and mixed media.
40th Season of "Concerts On The Hill"
Relax on the big grassy hill at Billie Limacher Bicentennial Park & Theatre while enjoying a variety of free family entertainment every Thursday, June 5 through August 28. Enjoy tasty, affordable concessions in a scenic setting along the waterway. Great $2 hot dogs! Picnic baskets welcome. Bring blankets and chairs for hill seating. Free parking. Visit the park's website for the performers. Every Thursday night at 6:30pm.
The Rooftop Summer Music Series - Soul Motion
The Rooftop Summer Music Series at the Joliet Area Historical Museum features Soul Motion on the museum's outdoor rooftop terrace! Soul Motion is here to wash your blues away and put the groove in your feet by tapping to the music of soul, blues, R&B and Rock & Roll greats. You'll hear classic hits from the likes of James Brown, The Impressions and Joe Cocker, to more recent artists like Popa Chubby; all with the infectious power to get you dancing the night away! Soul Motion brings a fun attitude and the desire to make sure everyone has a great time! Doors open at 6:45pm and the show starts at 7:30pm. General public tickets are $10 and $8 for JAHM members & students.
Light Up the Holidays Parade and Festival
Light Up the Holidays Parade and Festival is held on the Friday following Thanksgiving each year. Activities begin at 10:00am and include the Renaissance Center Fun Fair, activities in the Joliet Historical Museum, Joliet Public Library, Gji's Sweet Shoppe, Jitters Coffeehouse, Chicken-N-Spice, The Red Goose Bakery and more. The Annual Festival of Trees held yearly inside the Rialto Square Theatre also add to the holiday festivities. Tree Lighting begins at 5:15pm in Van Buren Plaza Followed by the Light Up the Holidays Parade at 5:30pm.
Fall Art Stroll
For one day each fall, downtown Kankakee is transformed into a center for arts and entertainment. The Art Stroll brings together artisans from all over the Midwest, including painters, photographers, jewelry makers, potters, glass makers, and a variety of music and performance artists.
Autumn Splendor Quilt Show
Over 400 quilts will be on display. There will be a silent auction, also quilt vendors and food concessions are available. Quilt raffle tickets will be sold at the door for the drawing on Sunday at 4 p.m.
You will see many hand crafted items made by the creative minds of the artists that made all of these beautiful items. Original art work will include water color and oil paintings, blown and fused glass creations, woodworking, jewelry, hand knits, porcelain paintings and other media.
60th Art Fair on the Square
Art fair consisting of selected exhibitors' work in a variety of disciplines including: ceramics, digital art, drawing/pastels, fiber, glass, jewelry, metal, graphics/printmaking, mixed media, painting, photography, sculpture & wood. Silhouetted against classical architecture and stately mature trees, the artists set up their outdoor galleries around historic Market Square. There will also be a children's art tent for the creative little ones.
CITY: Lake Forest
Lansing Autumn Festival
Join us for this annual event where we bring the "hometown back to downtown!" Invite your family & friends! Oktoberfest: A family-friendly event. Friday: brats, burgers, beer & bands; Saturday & Sunday: arts & crafts, bands, bingo, car show, children's activities, food vendors, hayrides & more. For more information or to be a sponsor or vendor, contact: Lansing autumn fest committee, P.O. Box 176, Lansing, IL 60438; firstname.lastname@example.org
Summer Sunset Concert Series: Music in the Air Music Festival
Hegeler Carus Mansion hosts Music in the Air Music Festival. Music starts at 3:00pm, so come early and pick your favorite spot on the lawn! Grab some friends, your favorite bottle of wine, and set up a picnic on the lawn. For prices and to register, visit the Hegeler Carus website.
Sunset Storytelling: Tricia Kelly
Hegeler Carus Mansion 2014 Events Saturday, September 06, 2014 at 7:00pm Sunset Storytelling: Tricia Kelly. For prices, information or to register for events (all registration is done online), please visit www.hegelercarus.org.
Sunset Storytelling: Steve Seaborn
Hegeler Carus Mansion 2014 Events Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 7:00pm Sunset Storytelling: Steve Seaborn. For prices, information or to register for events (all registration is done online), please visit www.hegelercarus.org.
Uptown Grill's Playlist Theater presents: The Brothers Comatose
Playlist Theater, a cozy concert nook inside LaSalle's famed Uptown Grill, has been entertaining the Starved Rock area since 2006. This venue has hosted dozens of national acts, many of whom are quick to add the Playlist Theater as a favorite stop on their next tour. Enjoy music from The Brothers Comatose at 8pm. $25 general admission.
Dinner & A Little History in LaSalle
Cowboy Randy Erwin presents "Singing, Yodelin', and Trick Ropin'" at our September session. Hear and participate in music that has made the cowboy such a special part of American history during a show featuring music, folklore, and history - with rope tricks as well! Learn about the origins of cowboy culture, how they lived, worked, and spun tall tales; and about the animals cowboys worked in their daily lives. Pick up some trick-roping tips! Mr. Erwin has performed all over the United States, created four nationally distributed CDs, contributed music for several film scores, including Walt Disney's "Home on the Range". 5:30pm - 8:00pm. Reservations required. $24 CCA Members, $29 Non-Members. Canal Corridor Association.
Sunset Storytelling: Mick Henneberry
Hegeler Carus Mansion 2014 Events Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 7:00pm. Sunset Storytelling: Mick Henneberry. For prices, information or to register for events (all registration is done online), please visit www.hegelercarus.org.
Spooky Lectures: Lizzie Borden by Tricia Kelly
Hegeler Carus Mansion 2014 Events Friday, October 3, 2014 at 7:00pm. Spooky Lectures: Lizzie Borden by Tricia Kelly. For prices, information or to register for events (all registration is done online), please visit www.hegelercarus.org.
Spooky Lectures: The Terrifying Truth of Victorian Medicine by Tricia Kelly
Hegeler Carus Mansion 2014 Events Friday, October 17, 2014 at 7:00pm. Spooky Lectures: The Terrifying Truth of Victorian Medicine by Tricia Kelly. For prices, information or to register for events (all registration is done online), please visit www.hegelercarus.org.
Tales of Terror by Tricia Kelly
Hegeler Carus Mansion 2014 Events Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 7:00pm Tales of Terror by Tricia Kelly. For prices, information or to register for events (all registration is done online), please visit www.hegelercarus.org.
Directed by Ellen Marincic, this warm comedy set in a drought-ridden rural town during the Depression features spinster, Lizzy Curry's family, who are beginning to despair of her ever finding a husband. Then into town rides a con man who promises to bring rain in exchange for $100. Can he also change the forecast for Lizzy? Shows are Friday & Saturday at 7:30PM and Sunday at 2:00PM. Tickets are $15.00 each.
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
A play based on the book written by Barbara Robinson in 1971. It tells the story of Imogene, Claude, Ralph, Leroy, Ollie, and Gladys, six delinquent children surnamed Herdman. They go to church for the first time after being told that the church offers snacks. Despite protests from other church members, they are given roles in the Sunday school's Christmas play, in which they tell the Christmas story in a non-conventional fashion.
44th Annual Abraham Lincoln National Railsplitting Festival
From the Civil War Ball to the railsplitting, you'll learn about a unique piece of Route 66 and Lincoln, IL history.
31st Annual Harvest of Talents
On the 4th Saturday of October, HARVEST DAY begins with doors opening promptly at 7 a.m. at Lincoln Christian Church, in Lincoln, IL, with homemade cinnamon and pecan rolls. Carry-outs available. Freshly made vegetable soup cooked in outdoor kettles, homemade pie & bread, lots of tasty snacks and beverages in outdoor tent booths, and handmade items of all kinds (for pets, gardens, Christmas, home decor, shabby chic, quilted, babies, baked goods, jams/jellies, fresh produce, gift baskets, etc.) are sold 7 a.m. til 1 p.m. or til the exciting live auction begins at 2 p.m. There’s something for everyone, inc. live entertainment, souvenir photo booth, hand-lettered pressed-flower bookmarks, craft projects & mission classes for children, silent auctions, Harvest logo wear & souvenirs, monitored coat check room, I.D.E.S. information table, and Harvest Ministry Welcome area. A highlight is the live auction in the afternoon of many unique items, such as original design hand sewn quilts, handcrafted furniture, fine needlework, framed photography and artwork, jewelry, pottery, items from the mission field, refurbished antiques, re-purposed items, and other treasures.
On the Town
It’s 1944 and three American sailors hit the Big Apple in search of love, fun, and the beautiful “Miss Turnstiles!” This hysterical musical comedy features an unforgettable score by Leonard Bernstein, and a hilarious book by Comden and Green. In this whirlwind adventure, sailors Gabey, Ozzie and Chip only have 24 hours to see the famous sights and find romance before they report back to the ship. The explosion of song and dance that ensues proves that “New York, New York, it’s a helluva town!”
The King and I
Get swept off your feet all over again when East meets West in this beloved Rodgers and Hammerstein musical. The friendship that grows between the lovely tutor Mrs. Anna and the larger than life King of Siam transcends their conflicting cultures. Set against the exotic backdrop of 19th century Siam, timeless classics like “Getting to Know You,” “I Whistle A Happy Tune” and “Shall We Dance?” spring forth with unforgettable grace and splendor. Journey with us to this captivating land of music, dance and enchantment.
La Cage aux Folles
La Cage aux Folles has become a classic musical comedy. Set against the glitter of a Saint-Tropez nightclub, a middle-aged gay couple agree to hide their relationship when their son returns home with his fiancée’s ultra-conservative parents. Feathers get ruffled and households upended in a poignant tale of one family’s struggle to stay together, stay fabulous and above all else, stay true to themselves.
Anything Goes at the Marriott Theatre
Anything Goes is non-stop laughs and madcap fun on the S.S. American with an unusual array of passengers including a gangster, a wealthy debutante, a charismatic nightclub singer and a lovesick stowaway. With spectacular dance and a boatload of Cole Porter tunes like You’re the Top, I Get a Kick Out of You and the title song, the audience will get a ‘kick’ out of Anything Goes.
City of Angels
Los Angeles, 1940’s. It’s double the laughs and double the intrigue as two plots unfold at once when a young New York writer is brought to Los Angeles to turn his best-selling crime novel into a screenplay. As we follow the writer’s travails in the film industry, the novel’s private-eye comes to life in the evening’s split screen plot.
44th Annual Christmas Crossroads Craft Show
Christmas Crossroads, presented by the Lockport Woman's Club, has been a crowd pleaser since its inception in 1971. Featured this year will be 185-190 artisans and craftsmen from a 6 state area, selling such items as Christmas wreaths, centerpieces, ornaments, dolls and doll clothes. Also highlighted are hand painted glass and windows, bath salts and soaps, purses, plus quilted and sewn creations, dog/cat items, music boxes, jewelry, pottery, candles, garden art, and photographs. Also included are children's and women's clothing, a variety of Christmas angels and snowmen, herbal vinegar's and oils, dips, floral, furniture, American Girl/Bitty Baby accessories and wooden and country crafts. Local organizations participating include Trinity, Lockport Boy Scout Troop 63, Lockport Lion's Club, St. John Episcopal Church and Hospice. All proceeds from the show are used for collegiate, vocational and summer camp scholarships. In addition, community projects and various charities including Will County Historical Society, Lockport Township Park District, and holiday baskets to the needy are supported. 8:30am-5:00pm Sat, 9:30am - 3:30 pm Sun. $3.00 Adults, $2.00 Senior Citizens, $1.00 Students(6-18yrs), 5& under Free.
Dinner & A Little History in Lockport
Topic: "Searching for Marquette: A Pilgrimage in Art". Through monuments and artwork, Ruth D. Nelson retells the story of the 17th-century French Jesuit missionary-explorer, Father Jacques Marquette, the celebrated surveyor of the Mississippi River. But his expedition down the Great River was only part of the Marquette legacy, which began on the southern shore of Lake Superior and ended on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan. Searching for Marquette follows his journey through today's cities and towns in Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Arkansas to uncover French relics, Native-American royalty, and hearty settlers in a drama of faith, the fur trade and the future of America's heartland. Speaker: Ruth Nelson lives in Downers Grove, Illinois and writes on art in the Midwestern United States. Reservations required. 6:00pm - 8:30pm, Public Landing Restaurant, $24 CCA Members, $29 Non-Members.
Yorktown Farmers Market
Yorktown is continuing our early evening Farmers Market outside at The Shops on Butterfield. A wide variety of vendors will be on hand featuring fresh fruits and vegetables, breads, muffins, olive oil, farm fresh cheese and milk, chocolates, fresh flowers and more! Attendees can also partake in weekly activities hosted by local organizations and live music on select dates.
Long Grove's Irish Days
Back by popular demand Irish Days will return Labor Day weekend. A three day long fest that can’t be missed. Bring the whole family and enjoy all the best that the Irish culture offers including live music, dancers, best legs in a Kilt competition, traditional Irish food and drink, activities for the wee folk, a Irish dog competition and a village-wide leprechaun hunt. This family-friendly Irish bash will be stationed in Fountain Square in the heart of Downtown Long Grove.
CITY: Long Grove
Gazebo Art Festival
The Gazebo Art Festival is held on the outdoor grounds of Chandler Park in downtown Macomb! This setting is a wonderful place for the public to view art, chat with artist and enjoy live performances and music from the Al Sears Jazz Music Festival. There will also be activities and fun for children!
Al Sear Jazz Festival
The Al Sears Jazz Festival is an annual jazz festival that takes place in the Fall in Chandler Park. Free to the public, enjoy great music all three days with music also Saturday evening. More information can be found at the Al Sears Jazz Festival Website.
Visit downtown Makanda, Gateway to Giant City State Park, where black vultures and turkey vultures fly and swoop in the skies each fall. This event is a celebration or the vulture's annual migration with live music and displays by local artists for purchase.
National Public Lands Day
National Public Lands Day is an annual nation-wide event to raise awareness of the value of our public lands, e.g. nature preserves, parks, forests, etc. as an environmental refuge, an economic resources and recreational paradise. Getting people out into their public lands helps them understand their importance in their community and the environment as a whole.
Super City - Quilt City Connection
Quilt show, cooking demonstrations and more at Harrah’s Riverfront Event Center and other locations. An assortment of exhibits and activities will be held. Quilts by a local guild combine with artist and culinary demonstrations for an event of super measure at the Harrah's Riverfront Event Center in Metropolis.
East West Riverfest
Come to the Quad Cities and join in on a celebration of arts, culture, history and the Mississippi River during East West Riverfest. The entire Quad Cities will be joining in on the celebration. Enjoy concerts on the riverfront, art fairs & art galleries, live theatre, ballet, museum exhibits, tours, river cruises, cultural festivals, and much, much more. Find out more details at www.eastwestriverfest.com and plan your visit for this first annual, Quad Cities-wide celebration. You can also contact or visit the Quad Cities Visitors Center in Moline for details.
Allerton Music Barn Festival
It's hard to determine which has a greater effect on the soul—music or nature. Now, through a collaborative effort between the University of Illinois School of Music and the University's Allerton Park & Retreat Center, music and nature will become one with the creation of a world-class music venue—set amidst the beauty of an idyllic nine-acre historic farmstead. The natural rustic beauty of exposed timbers in this traditional two-story Dutch hay barn creates a space that is dramatic, inviting, and architecturally significant— resulting in a charming atmosphere with great acoustic sound quality for musical performances. This year's highlights include The Jupiter Quartet, the University of Illinois Jazz Ensemble, a performance of On the Twentieth Century, and selections from Bach.
This annual festival held the first weekend in October celebrates pioneer life with demonstrations, crafts and food. Features a blue grass band, cemetery walk, and a church service at the historic Mt. Olive Church. Free admission!
CITY: Mount Vernon
Mt. Vernon Fall Festival
This three day October festival in downtown Mt. Vernon includes a beer tent with live entertainment, parade, children's area, food, fun, car show, band competition, pumpkin competition, and so much more!
CITY: Mount Vernon
Cedarhurst Craft Fair
More than 160 exhibitors from throughout the country show and sell diverse craft items. Includes continuous entertainment, children's activities, and a variety of food.
CITY: Mount Vernon
Downtown Car Show/Cruise Night
Downtown Car Show / Mt. Vernon Cruise Night - The Car Show will be located on 9th Street between Harrison and Jordan. Features cruise night, car, truck, and motorcycle show; entertainment, food, demonstrations, and a 50/50 drawing. The Car Show will have various models from "Classics" to "Modern".
CITY: Mount Vernon
Cedarhurst Craft Fair Preview Night
Every year visitors look forward to the Cedarhurst Craft Fair Friday evening preview, featuring jazz, great food and beverages, and first choice among hundreds of vendors' merchandise.
CITY: Mount Vernon
Market Days Flea Market & Vendor Fair
Held the first Saturday of every month, this farmers market and flea market features crafts, antiques, furniture, household items, baby furniture, produce, collectibles, art, food booths, and live entertainment!
CITY: Mount Vernon
20th Annual Native American Pow Wow
Enjoy Native American dancing, drumming, cultural demonstrations, kids crafts, art and craft vendors and food vendors including native foods. You can visit a tepee and wigwam and try making an arrow! See Deshka the American Bald Eagle and other birds of prey. This is a fun family event. Visit our website for more information. Tour the Naper Settlement and its buildings from 1:00-4:00pm daily. Discount prices available online. Visit our website for latest updates. Sat. 11:00am - 10:00pm, Sun. 11:00am - 5:00pm.
Live music, native dancing and authentic food are all part of this traditional Mexican and Central American independence celebrations. Enjoy the costumes and flare of Erandi folkloric and Aztec dancers, mariachi and marimba music, soccer games and more.
CITY: North Chicago
Strange Folk Festival
Strange Folk is well-known for its eclectic showcase of talented indie crafters and designers from all over the country. This festival is a Riverfront Times "Best of St. Louis" and St. Louis Magazine "A-List" award winner for Best Festival in St. Louis. The festival features 150 indie vendors selling affordable handmade, up-cycled and vintage wares. In addition to the great crafts and wares there's live music, DIY activities for kids and adults, food and a 5K.
Christmas at the Mill Holiday Boutique
The Mill and the Graue House will be open for a special holiday shopping event to get you in the Christmas spirit! Talented local artists will be selling handcrafted Christmas decorations, unique jewelry, stained glass, pottery, and handwoven and knitted items. Specially selected ornaments, other great decorative items, and stocking stuffers will be for sale in the Mill's gift shop. Decorated Christmas trees and strolling carolers add to the fun. Sale hours are 10 am to 4 pm, and Santa will stop by from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
CITY: Oak Brook
Heritage & Harvest Day
View Ireland’s history as you watch the old threshing mill, piking the straw, making of the sugan, and the churning of milk. The day starts with the “threshing” beginning at 11:30 a.m. with a full schedule of events through the day. This free, family fun-filled day promises to be lots of fun for all ages. Games for kids include a candy in the straw scramble, three-legged race, sack race, dizzy stick race, barrel race and water balloon toss. Games for adults include a barrel race, Wellington throw, skittles, three- legged race and more. Other highlights of the day will include a dancing exhibition by the Cross Keys Irish School of Dancing, a display of the very beautiful Connemara ponies, a homemade apple pie competition, a display of antique tractors, Ceilidh and set dancing, youth Gaelic football, and much, much more.
CITY: Oak Forest
Fall on the Green Festival
All inflatables and rides are free. Shuttle bus service near the train station will be available starting at 6 p.m. Friday, 4 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. Admission, parking and shuttle buses are free. Food Concessions are available for purchase.
CITY: Oak Lawn
2nd Annual Outdoor Sculpture Walk
Take a self-guided tour of public art from June 2 to September 2 as part of the 2nd annual Sculpture Walk in downtown Oak Park. The walk features 12 world-class sculptures prominently placed among Oak Park's many shops and restaurants.
CITY: Oak Park
Amadeus, the renowned tale of Mozart as seen through the eyes of his most envious competitor, composer Antonio Salieri. The play is an interesting representative style of the style and values of the time. Jeff Recommended!
CITY: Oak Park
Uncorked Summer Nights
Experience the Oak Park Conservatory from a fresh perspective with Uncorked Summer Nights! Admission includes 2 drink tickets and appetizers. Also, included is showcase tours of the Fern, Tropical and Desert rooms. Enjoy music by the Grosso Family Band and art by Phil Malhiot. Appetizers provided by New Rose Catering and wine and craft beer by Marion Street Cheese Market.
CITY: Oak Park
Art on Harrison
Seeking a way to announce the emerging Arts District, galleries and building owners in partnership with the Oak Park Arts Council inaugurated Art on Harrison in 1995. Conceived of as an informal Friday evening gallery walk, the event has continued each September since its inception, expanding to include entertainment and performances at participating galleries. Come out and see what the area has to offer in a convivial atmosphere, a celebration of what the creative spirits of this community have accomplished.
CITY: Oak Park
Art Dans La Rue
Join us on Tuesday, August 6th from 12-9pm for Downtown Oak Park's authentic urban French Street Festival! Featuring: art exhibits by local artists, special showing of a French film, Can-Can dancers, French music by "Paris La Nuit," Poodle Parade, French lessons, Fresh made crepes, Wine tastings, Sidewalk chalk contest, Bike Rentals, and much more!
CITY: Oak Park
The Game's Afoot
From the creator of Lend Me A Tenor comes this whodunit filled with twists, turns and murderous pandemonium. It is December 1936 and Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over for his portrayal of the lengendary Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast members to his lavish Connecticut castle for a holiday weekend of revelry. When one of the guests is stabbed to death, the festivities in the isolated house quickly turn dangerous. It is up to Gillette who assumes the persona of his beloved Holmes, to track down the killer bfore the next victim appears in this witty, suspenseful caper.
CITY: Oakbrook Terrace
Adapted from T.H. White's novel The Once and Future King, Camelot is a valiant Broadway musical that will transport audiences to the magical and mythical days of medieval England. The legendary characters King Arthur, Queen Guenevere, Sir Lancelot and Merlyn come alive in this exciting tale of love and chivalry. The classic production features a lush, romantic score including "If Ever I Would Leave You," "Camelot," "How to Handle a Woman," and "Follow Me."
CITY: Oakbrook Terrace
West Side Story
Drury Lane closes its 30th anniversary season with one of the world's greatest love stories. A modern retelling of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story tells the tale of two star crossed lovers caught between rival gangs. A revolutionary work that changed the course of the American musical, West Side Story features an electrifying Latin and jazz-infused score including "Somewhere," "Tonight," "I Feel Pretty," and "America."
CITY: Oakbrook Terrace
Paint and Wine Class
What could be better than an evening of wine, music and art, with YOU as the artist? Enjoy a relaxed painting session with family and friends, or come alone and meet new people. Instructor Melody Best has developed a new and fresh approach to an early 19th century art painting technique; Theorem painting. No painting experience necessary. Evening includes: all of the painting materials you will need, glass of wine, snacks. Everyone will finish a ready-to frame painting to take home. We invite you to come back again and again as progressive training is part of the overall goal to expand your artistic talent. Class can accommodate 15 people, call for reservations. $35.00 per person - class held at The Studio - Cattals, through 9/25/2014.
Tribute to the Stars
Each of the "Tribute to the Stars" musical tribute shows is offered with an overnight stay - just steps away from the Great Hall in the comfort of historic Starved Rock Lodge. From Bing Crosby to Patsy Cline, you've never seen so many stars in one place. Tribute to the Stars Ticket Only Prices: Matinee: $32.00 per person (includes lunch & show), Dinner Show: $37.00 per person (includes wine tasting, dinner & show) Overnight Package Pricing: Matinees: $144.00 - Includes Lunch & Show with an overnight stay for two guests (plus tax). Evening Shows: $154.00 - Includes Wine Tasting, Dinner & Show with an overnight stay for two guests (plus tax). Family Cabins are excluded from packages.
Storytelling at Fox Ridge
Many different storytelling events are held under the serenity of the pines at Fox Ridge, our outdoor education & entertainment venue, across from the main doors of the Lodge. Campfire Stories are every Saturday night from July through October. Join us and some of the Illinois Valley’s most engaging storytellers as they share stories, legends, facts and fiction around the fire. Audience participation is welcome so be ready for some fun! Storytime starts at 7:00 pm. Come and sit around the campfire and share your own stories as well as listen to stories told by professionals. Don't worry about the snacks. Popcorn and supplies for s'mores will be sold at the Fox's Den.
Basket Weaving - Weaving with Natural Elements
A relaxing beginner class with Leesa Tipton, that will teach you the art of basket weaving. Anyone can sign up regardless of skill level. This will be a beginner level basket where everyone will take home their finished basket. Project will be a small basket with a wooden base that will hold a Yankee Candle (not included) and woven with materials from common plants from local gardens. There will also be plenty of time for visiting and sipping wine. Included is all the weaving materials needed and a glass of wine and snacks. Class can accommodate 20 people and reservations are required. 6:30-8:30pm 7/10 & 9/18 at The Studio - Cattails.
Valley Carvers Woodcarving Expo
See the exquisite craftsmanship of carvers from throughout the Midwest. Outside the Lodge, see chainsaw woodcarving in action and participate in raffles of woodcarvings and other items too. A wide variety of woodcarvings will be on display and available for purchase. Meet the artists and see who won blue ribbons on their carvings.
Oktoberfest Dinners are a celebration of Germany! Enjoy food, beer, wine and music. Join the fun! Sample German wine and beer, a buffet of German foods and listen to music by the Doodledorfers Band. Reservations are required for this event. Food, beer, wine and music from 5:00-7:00pm.
Mighty Richland Players Dessert Theater "Opal's Million Dollar Duck"
While rooting through Opal's Antique Junque Shop, two summer stock leads come across a painting that looks a lot like an old master that disappeared from the local art museum. In order to collect the insurance themselves, the divas, Desmond and Queenie, try to acquire the painting from Opal, who has other plans for the painting. The plot thickens hilariously when the two stars resort to everything from outrageous flattery to knockout drops trying to get their hands on the picture. September 27, 28 29 Friday and Saturday: Doors Open: 7 pm; Show: 7:30 pm; Sunday: Doors Open: 1:30pm; Show: 2:00 pm. All performances are in a dessert theater format. $20
Kidgits Club Boo Bash
Come out to the Orland Square Mall! Have a ghoulish time with crafts, trick-or-treating, goodie bags and more! You won't want to miss all the fun activities and give aways. Free for members, $5 yearly membership fee.
CITY: Orland Park
Back On The Bus - A Back To School Expo
From children's entertainment venues and performers to doctors and dentists, this expo will be a one-stop shop for a new school year.
CITY: Orland Park
Sports Collectible Show
Sports Collectible Show. Sports cards, NASCAR, toys, comic books, collectible cards and other collectible items.
CITY: Orland Park
T-C-S Toys Comic Statue Show
Superhero Action Figures, toys, comic books, and statues. There will be special character appearances, and artists. Show is for all ages.
CITY: Orland Park
Victorian Christmas at the Reddick Mansion
The Reddick Mansion will be decked out in it's Victorian Christmas Decor and open for tours! Activities for this weekend include: gingerbread house making, holiday music, photos with Santa, and a walk-through a life size gingerbread house! Check the Reddick Mansion Website for more information. Includes Holiday Open House, Christmas Music, and Refreshments.
12th Annual Wabash Valley Wine and Art Festival
Festival goers will be able to sample wines from approximately a dozen wineries as they stroll among the various artists booths. There will be artwork on display and for sale, live entertainment and food booths. Sat 11:30-6:30 & Sun Noon-5pm.
The Dutch Festival is a fun event for all ages, and all the proceeds from the event benefit over 900 children and adults with disabilities.
CITY: Palos Heights
Lake Katherine's Monarch Butterfly Festival
Come to the park to marvel at the free flying butterfly tent, live animal displays, hayrides, crafts, canoe and kayak rentals, and much more!
CITY: Palos Heights
Chita: A Legendary Celebration
Come celebrate the one and only Chita Rivera in a unique solo concert event celebrating the Broadway legend’s 80th birthday! The two-time Tony Award winner recreates signature moments from her legendary career.
CITY: Palos Hills
Nationally acclaimed vocalist Spider Saloff will perform her original concert of this lively collection of music from the 1920s. Saloff will interject her own special brand of humor into the performance with antidotes about the songs and the prohibition era.
CITY: Palos Hills
Centennial Autumn in the Park Festival
Friday, beverages, live entertainment. Saturday, Village parade, chili cook-off, amateur BBQ contest, kids area, sports cave, Arts Colony, live entertainment, food, beverages. F 5PM-10PM; Sa 1PM-10PM
CITY: Palos Park
Christmas in Paris
Come join us for a magical night in Paris, Illinois - full of games, crafts, laughter and fun for the entire family. Most storefronts will be open for shopping or hosting an activity. Most activities are free. All are invited. Visit our facebook page to learn more.
Pekin Marigold Festival
The Pekin Marigold Festival has been one of the great community festivals of Central Illinois. The festival includes a carnival, entertainment, an arts and crafts fair, parade, food, and much, much more. Special guest this year is Mountain Man from A&E's Duck Dynasty.
Peoria Art Guild Fine Art Fair
The Peoria Art Guild’s Fine Art Fair is one of the largest and top ranking visual arts events in Central Illinois. This year, they are featuring over 150 local, national and international visual artists from 26 states, Canada, Argentina and Israel. Every year, the last full weekend in September, the historic Peoria Riverfront becomes a live and in-person art gallery where visitors can SEE and BUY original artwork from local, national and international artists! Featuring ... a Children's Art Festival - with make-and-take projects; a Community Mural - for anyone to make their mark; Live Music and Dance Performances; great Local Food ...and so much more! Join us and celebrate 51 years!
Erin Feis Annual Irish Festival
The Peoria Park District and the St. Patrick Society of Peoria are pleased to welcome back the annual Irish Festival, Erin Feis! It's a safe bet this year's festival will be a celebration you won't want to miss! This 3-day event showcases Irish heritage through song, dance, food, drink, cultural exhibits and much more. Don't miss the talented Irish bands and musicians on multiple stages, vendor marketplace, and much more! So put on your favorite green outfit and head down to the RiverFront - everyone is a little bit Irish!
The Peoria Park District and the German American Central Society are pleased to welcome back the annual German Festival! This 3-day event showcases German heritage through song, dance, food, drink, cultural exhibits and much more. This year promises to be better than ever, so be sure to put this on your calendar! Don't miss the talented German bands and musicians on multiple stages, vendors, and much more! Put on your authentic German attire and head down to the RiverFront for a true cultural experience. Visit the websites for more information and schedules.
Will County Fair
Our local fair includes livestock as well as arts & crafts judging. With a free Family entertainment tent, a carnival, food, grandstand entertainment & commercial exhibits and a beer tent.
Annual Traditional Music Festival
Early 19th century music and dancing will occur throughout the pioneer village at New Salem State Historic Site in Petersburg. Impromptu demonstrations and performances of music and dancing are featured. The park sets up straw bales for jam sessions, and there is a great deal of bluegrass, old-time, and other music going on. Camping is available and there are evening concerts.
Clayville Fall Festival
Pioneer artisan and craftsman demonstrations, historic building tours, kids activities, craft vendors, food and refreshments. The 10th Illinois Volunteer Calvary Regiment demonstrations and musical entertainment.
CITY: Pleasant Plains
Clayville Fall Festival
Pioneer artisan and craftsman demonstrations, historic building tours, kids activities, craft vendors, reenactments by the 10th Illinois Volunteer Calvary Regiment, Chris Camp-The Whip Guy and with musical entertainment. This will make a memorable day!
CITY: Pleasant Plains
GTOAA Regional All-Pontiac Cruise and Show
Sponsored by the Heart of Illinois GTO Club, the Gateway GTO Club, and the Pontiac-Oakland Automobile Museum & Resource Center. Saturday - Private Collections tour, Museum Tours, Ice Cream Social, live musical entertainment. Sunday - All Pontiac Car Show with expanded Classes.
The Behind Closed Doors Tour
The Behind Closed Doors Tour takes place on the third Saturday in October from 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. Several homes and buildings are selected to be on this tour representing the different architectural styles found in Quincy.
Anderson Japanese Gardens - Japanese Summer Festival
Join in the fun at this two-day cultural event featuring exhibits, traditional demonstrations and unique performances that appeal to all age groups. The Taiko drummers and Candyman, a traditional Japanese street performer, will return for multiple performances on both days. Traditional Tea Ceremonies will be offered for an additional fee; seating is limited and advance registration is required. Please call 815.316.3306 for more information.
Rockford Greek Fest - Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church
Greek Fest offers authentic Grecian food, pastries and a marketplace with jewelry, clothes, books and a variety of gifts. Friday night is "American Night" featuring entertainment by "Men of our Times." The taverna will be open Friday night through Sunday night. Church tours will be offered and kids' entertainment provided. There will be a live Greek band on Saturday and Sunday.
Stroll on State - Downtown Rockford
Stroll on State has carolers, roaming musicians, food from street vendors and downtown restaurants, and holiday shops. Kids can visit with Santa and real reindeer, skate at the Winter Wonderland, and watch the City of Rockford Downtown Christmas tree lighting.