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Now celebrating its 34th year, Fountain Square Art Festival is the largest and oldest fine arts fair on Chicago's majestic North Shore. Featuring the eclectic works of more than 225 juried artists, this sprawling art showcase epitomizes words like "cosmopolitan” and "sophistication." The festival takes place in downtown Evanston, just steps from the eponymous Fountain Square. It also features a popular children's art tent with fun activities overseen by the acclaimed Evanston Art Center, food, and a soothing jazz-centric music lineup.
Winneshiek Players Present: "Rocky Horror Picture Show"
The Winneshiek stage will transform into a mysterious old castle where two unsuspecting travelers meet a crazy doctor and other crazy creatures. The cult classic film will be presented with a shadow cast and provide many opportunities for audience participation. $15 (Includes Prop Bag).
Twenty Dirty Hands
Tour the beautiful Galena countryside, enjoy the fall colors and visit some of the area’s best known pottery and sculpture studios. Some open just for this weekend. Featuring special exhibits and events and allowing visitors a unique view of their kilns, forges and workspaces.
Galena Halloween Parade
The largest and spookiest parade in the tri-state area. The popular event promises to be as enjoyable as in years past featuring spectacular floats, local marching bands, many costumed participants, prizes, and treats for guys and "ghouls" of all ages. Returning this year will be hot air balloons lighting up Main Street as they make their way through the parade.
Prairie State Winery Wine Downs - October
Enjoy live music & locally made Prairie State Wine during their Friday Night Wine Downs. The event is BYO "Nosh", so order in, bring your favorite wine snack and wine down Friday nights in October. See website for listing of performers.
James Lumber Center Present The Diviners
In this marvelously theatrical play, a widowed farmer is raising his son Buddy during the Great Depression. Buddy almost drowned as a child and is still terrified of water, even though he’s blessed with the ability to divine its location. When a disillusioned preacher, C.C. Showers, comes to the farm seeking employment, a unique bond develops between the troubled but gifted Buddy and a man who represents salvation to the beleaguered townspeople. C.C. devotes himself to helping Buddy and his efforts precipitate a startling chain of events.
James Lumber Center Presents The Tempest
Marooned on a distant island with his daughter Miranda, Prospero has spent 12 years perfecting his magic and plotting his revenge. When he learns that a ship bearing his old enemies is sailing near the island, with the help of the spirit Ariel, he raises a torrential storm, bringing within his grasp those who robbed him of his dukedom. Shakespeare’s last great masterpiece, The Tempest is an enchanted tale filled with romance, humor and adventure.
18th Annual Fear No Art Festival at CLC
A festival like no other, the 18th Annual Fear No Art festival is a lively celebration featuring a variety of artists performing music, dance and poetry. Adding to the performances is the stunning display of paintings, photography and sculptures by CLC students and community artists.
The Peking Acrobats 30th Anniversary Tour at the James Lumber Center
The Peking Acrobats continue to entertain audiences of all ages with their daring maneuvers atop a precarious pagoda of chairs, tick-cycling, precision tumbling and gymnastics. They are guaranteed to keep audiences laughing and smiling as they sit on the edge of their seats!
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes at the James Lumber Center
The clever and legendary Sherlock Holmes skillfully maneuvers the twisted web of London’s most intriguing cases with split-second deductions and logical reasoning in this witty, fast-paced production. The acclaimed Aquila Theatre brings it’s energetic and physical style to this new adaptation.
Mariachi Divas at the James Lumber Center
Directed and founded by trumpet player Cindy Shea in 1999, the Mariachi Divas have made big waves on the national and international music scene. Winners of two Grammy® Awards, this all-female Mariachi group brings new meaning to the genre with their multi-cultural, eclectic and innovative sound.
Jim Witter's The Piano Man at the James Lumber Center
This “must see” multi-media musical journey through the ‘70s featuring the music of Elton John and Billy Joel should be at the top of any Baby Boomer’s bucket list! Jim’s versatility as an artist has allowed him the opportunity to reach out and share his music and his infectious personality with audiences of all ages across Canada and the United States. His rich powerful voice and ease of manner at the piano, make him a favorite with theatre goers everywhere.
Minneapolis Guitar Quartet
Through the foursome’s extraordinary abilities, audiences experience performances with beautifully distinct voicing, interwoven clarity of lines and laser-like purity. Minneapolis Guitar Quartet is one of the very few guitar ensembles performing the majority of its repertoire from memory. The MGQ presents original works and commissions as well as its own brilliant arrangements of music.
Luma - Art in Darkness at the James Lumber Center
Take the giant leap into a surreal world of light, color and motion where thinking stops and astonishment begins. This exhilarating light spectacle uses the dark as the canvas and light as the brush to create colorful illusions. It is an experience that will leave you mesmerized and full of wonder.
Manual Cinema's Lula Del Ray at the James Lumber Center
Set in the mid-century American Southwest and inspired by the music of Hank Williams, Roy Orbison and Patsy Cline, Lula del Ray is a mythic reinvention of the classic coming-of-age story. Using overhead projectors, multiple screens, paper puppets, actors live feed cameras and a live band, Manual Cinema transforms the experience of attending the cinema and instills it with liveness, ingenuity and theatricality.
Jim Brickman at the James Lumber Center
Music lovers will experience the sounds of award-winning hit-maker, pianist and recording artist Jim Brickman as he brings one of the most entertaining and romantic concert events of the year. With four of his albums certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America, Brickman has become the most commercially successful instrumental pop pianist of the last three decades. Overall, he’s sold more than 7 million albums.
Colors over the Confluence
Celebrate the start of Fall at the Lewis and Clark Confluence Tower during the popular Colors Over the Confluence! Itchy Brothers Wood Carvers will be on hand to demonstrate their chain saw carving skills. Visitors will be able to purchase completed chainsaw art throughout the day. A variety of craft vendors and food vendors will also be on site. The festival is free. There is a charge to tour the Tower.
“Ciao” on delicious Italian food and delight in a grand parade. This week long festival will include midway rides and games, live music from award winning artists, a bocce tournament, a grape stomp, a pasta cook-off, a kids pet and bike parade, a road race and an art contest.
Art in the Park - Highland
The vibrant colors of autumn provide the perfect canvas to paint a relaxing weekend filled with fine art, mouthwatering food and superb entertainment. Lindendale Park offers a tranquil setting where nearly 70 professional artists display their works of fine art. Festival attendees can shop for works of art in twelve categories. Children, too, can shop for just $5.00 at a special art gallery of work donated by the artists.
Enjoy an autumn evening listening to live entertainment, train stories and making s'mores by the bon fire. Participate in the Hobo costume contest and walk through the Illinois Central caboose. This event is located on Park Avenue, at the Rail Park.
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.
The Midtown Men at the Rialto Square Theatre
This sensational production reunites Four Stars from the Original Cast of Broadway's Jersey Boys. Tony Award winner Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard and Tony Award nominee J. Robert Spencer, star in this one-of-a-kind concert experience celebrating the music that defined the '60s.
Sinbad at the Rialto
Ranked by Comedy Central as one of the top 100 standup comedians of all time, Sinbad has built a loyal following by taking day-by-day life and causing an uproar of comedic hysteria.
Classic Albums Live - CCR Chronicles
Classic Albums Live takes classic albums and recreates them live, on stage - note for note, cut for cut. This is not a tribute band. There are no gimmicks or fake accents. This is simply a live re-creation of one of the greatest rock albums ever made. 8pm at the magnificent Rialto.
The Wiggles "Rock & Roll Preschool" US Tour at the Rialto Square Theatre
The Rock n' Roll Preschool tour will run from September through November and feature songs from their new Rock n' Roll Preschool CD and DVD. You'll shake to That's the Sound of Rock & Roll, rise and shine with Wake Up!, swing along as you Dance with Emma and be the coolest kid in preschool with I Want a Leather Jacket. The Rock n' Roll Preschool tour will get you all shook up, mixing some of these new hits with Wiggles classics such as Hot Potato!, Rock – a –Bye Your Bear and Do the Propeller. The fab four of fun for under-fives will of course be joined by Dorothy the Dinosaur, Captain Feathersword, Wags the Dog and Henry the Octopus!
Illinois Philhamonic Orchestra Brahms Symphony #4 at Rialto Square Theatre
Maestro Danzmayr leads the orchestra in the completion of the Brahms cycle with the majestic and melodic Symphony No. 4. Cellist and IPO favorite Joshua Roman also takes the stage for the World Premiere of his Cello Concerto, a piece commissioned by IPO. Adding to the splendor of the evening is Wagner's Rienzi Overture which showcases the orchestra with its eloquent and brilliant lines.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Rialto Square Theatre
One of the most enduring shows of all time, Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Webber's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is the irresistible family musical about the trials and triumphs of Joseph, Israel's favorite son. Directed and choreographed by Tony® Award-winner Andy Blankenbuehler, this new production is a reimagining of the Biblical story of Joseph, his eleven brothers and the coat of many colors. The magical musical is full of unforgettable songs, including Go Go Go Joseph, Any Dream Will Do and Close Every Door. Book your tickets and be part of the magic!
Charles Eston and Clare Bowen
Stars from "Nashville" will perform and share stories from the show. Appearing together are Charles Esten, who plays Deacon Claybourne, and Clare Bowen, who stars as his singer-songwriter niece Scarlett O'Connor. Charles "Chip" Esten is also a member of the original Whose Line Is It Anyway.
Masters of Illusion at the Rialto Square Theatre
Believe the Impossible! Nothing beats the experience of seeing a magic show in person. You'll see grand illusions, levitating women, appearances and vanishes, escapes, comedy magic, sleight of hand and beautiful dancers...everything you could possibly imagine and performances that you never dreamed possible – all rolled up into a live show.
Pure Prairie League with Firefall at the Rialto Square Theatre
Pure Prairie League became fan favorites in the 1970's with radio hits like "Aimee", "Two Lane Highway" and "Falling In and Out Of Love", and are still going strong. Also appearing Firefall, known for "You Are The Woman", "Mexico" "Cinderella" and other chart topping hits.
Tommy James & The Shondells with Gary Puckett & The Union Gap at the Rialto Square Theatre
Tommy James, the music legend responsible for the hits "Crimson & Clover," "Crystal Blue Persuasion," and "I Think We're Alone Now will perform with the Shondells. Tommy James has 23 gold singles, nine platinum albums and has sold more than 100 million records worldwide. Gary Puckett & The Union Gap will start the show.
During this fun-filled event for all ages at the Wildlife Discovery Museum, meet live crocodilians, including Bubba the world famous American Alligator who will be on hand until 2pm. The expert staff and members of the Chicago Herpetological Society and the Madison Area Herpetological Society will give short talks about crocodiles and their kin, including some of our very own residents while also providing some close up encounters with a variety of reptiles. There will also be here will also be kid-friendly activities, face painting, a story teller, craft vendors, food and refreshments.
Lansing Autumn Festival
The annual three-day Lansing Autumn Fest returns for its 4th year at Fox Point & Park Plaza. The family friendly event includes musical entertainment, food vendors, vendor Market Place & craft fair, vintage baseball game, kids zone with second entertainment stage & kids games, chili cook-off, military recognition day, pancake breakfast, 5K Hero Walk/Run, $10,000 Pumpkin Cash Raffle. For more information or to be a sponsor or vendor, visit www.lansingautumfest.org or call 708-832-4584.
Starved Rock Country presents Legends Tribute
The Legends Tribute is a musical tribute to the stars. This year's performers will be all about rock, soul and country; performing as Elvis Presley, Barry White and Johnny Cash.
October Sky at Marriott Theatre
The beloved Universal Pictures film October Sky is now a new musical. It was 1957, and Sputnik lights up the October sky over the small Appalachian mining town of Coalwood, West Virginia. Homer Hickam, the teenage son of a coal miner, is determined not to end up like generations before him. Inspired by the world’s race to space, Homer and his buddies begin to light up the starry skies with their homemade rockets and dreams of glory. This rich and emotional story is for anyone who ever dreamed of something better and reached for the stars.
Elf, The Broadway Musical
One of the most loved holiday movies is now a full grown Broadway musical. Join Buddy the Elf in his larger than life quest from the North Pole to New York City to find his true identity. This heartwarming and hilarious musical is breaking box office records around the county, and arrives at the Marriott Theatre just in time for the holidays. Audiences from 8 to 80 will get wrapped up in this warm and funny new holiday classic.
Sister Act at the Marriott Theater
Kicking off the 2016 Season, Sister Act will be a show not to be missed. This divine musical comedy is based on the hit 1992 film. Follow Deloris Van Cartier/Sister Mary Clarence through her journey while taking refuge in a convent.
Man of La Manchal at the Marriott Theatre
Man of La Mancha is a 1964 musical that tells the story of the "mad" knight, Don Quixote, as a play within a play, performed by Cervantes and his fellow prisoners as he awaits a hearing with the Spanish Inquisition. This will be a poignant story of one man's ultimate quest.
Dinner & A Little History: Female Spies of the South
Led by a host of mostly female scholars, new research has revealed that women were involved in the Civil War efforts of both the North and the South, in ways most people never expected. Speaker: Amanda Fesperman of the Illinois Valley Community College has been studying women in politics and history for the past 25 years and will lead an informative and fascinating discussion.
Gem & Mineral Show
Annual Gem and Mineral Show showing off Indian artifacts, fossils, lapidary displays, shell crafts and much more.
Winter Wonderland Festival
Enjoy a horse & carriage ride through the Festival of Lights, great food, shopping, pictures with Santa, cookie decorating, hot chocolate, crafts, a present for every child and so much more.
Goose Lake Prairie Partners Holiday Open House
This holiday event features decorated Christmas tree with homemade ornaments. Children will make holiday ornaments. Hot apple cider and homemade cookies will be served. Partners will be in 1830 period dress. Located in the Visitors Center, Sat Nov 14, 1:00pm - 3:00pm. Free admission.
Ridge View Winery Octoberfest
Join us at Ridge View Winery for the annual Octoberfest! Don't miss this celebration offering great food, wine, entertainment and views from the deck. Live music from the band Mississippi Pearl from 2PM-5PM.
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, carnival, pet parade and so much more!
Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema
The mission of the Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema (CFIC) is to effectively nurture an appreciation of Israeli culture in the Chicago metropolitan area by multiple generations of American Jews, Israelis and the community at large. Screenings October 28 to November 8, 2015, will take place in Chicago at the famed Music Box Theatre and AMC River East, and in the northern suburb of Northbrook IL, at the AMC Northbrook Court. We will also hold two additional screenings at the Marcus Theatre in Chicago Heights on November 15. Showcased, with occasional mini-retrospectives, are Israel’s most current, internationally award-winning feature films, documentaries, shorts and TV shows of the previous 12 months, with guest appearances by Israeli film stars, filmmakers, film scholars, film critics and other film experts to add context and increase the educational and entertainment value of the film-going experience.
Collectible Toy Show
Find all the old collectible toys that you can never find anymore! 9AM-2PM. November 8th & December 20th, start your Christmas shopping now!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
Peter and the Star Catcher
An enchanting, swashbuckling prequel to Peter Pan, Peter And The Star Catcher is an epic romp through the Neverland you never knew. A company of twelve actors play more than a hundred unforgettable characters on a journey to solve the mystery of how Peter Pan become "The Boy Who Never Grew Up." This regional premiere of the hit Broadway play is the captivating coming-of-age tale of one of classic literature's most beloved and unforgettable characters.
White Christmas The Musical
Celebrate the holiday season with Irving Berlin's White Christmas, the merry and bright stage production based on the classic silver screen romantic comedy. When two former Army buddies, who are now Broadway performers, follow a sister act booked at a charming Vermont Inn, they soon discover that it is owned by their former commander. With no snow and no customers, the General is nearly bankrupt. To save the lodge, the two acts team up and put on a festive show packed with Irving Berlin favorites like Blue Skies, Count Your Blessings, I Love a Piano, and, of course, White Christmas. White Christmas is joyful entertainment for the entire family and will have audiences dreaming of tree tops glistening and sleigh bells in the snow.
Bye Bye Birdie
To conclude its 2015-2016 season, Drury Lane Theatre presents the classic All-American musical Bye Bye Birdie. It's the late 1950's, and teenagers from across the United States are going crazy for the handsome rock star, Conrad Birdie. Meanwhile, his manager Albert is going into debt and is banking on Conrad's success. Disaster strikes when Conrad receives a draft notice to join the military. Albert stages a publicity stunt for Conrad to kiss one lucky fan on The Ed Sullivan Show before he leaves for the army. Fifteen-year-old Kim MacAfee from Sweet Apple, Ohio is selected. Conrad Birdie gets more than he bargained for when he arrives in the Midwestern town which is reeling with excitement for his visit.
Michael St. Angel takes the stage as “The King of Rock and Roll." You can rock to the hits that made Elvis famous such as Jailhouse Rock, Hounddog, Love Me Tender and many more. Keep the spirit of Rockin’ and Rollin’ alive! April 19/Evening; April 20 & 21/Matinees - Matinee shows include lunch and show at $32.00 a person. Evening shows include wine tasting, dinner and show at $37.00 per person. For more information or to book, call 815-220-7386.
Adult Pumpkin Carving
You asked for it...We listened. It is the adults turn to play fun Halloween Party games with a grown-up twist. We will have fall-themed snacks, fun games and beer tasting. Get a baby-sitter, get a group of friends or come by yourself to meet a new group of friends at the Oaks. Prizes awarded for the best costume and best theme of costumes.
Oh Ho Ho Holy Night
An original Christmas comedy musical, featuring songs from some of your favorite Christmas carols. F-Sa 7:30PM; Su 2PM.
Ghosts of Ottawa Past
Ghost stories at the Mansion and a walking tour of Ottawa's notorious haunted spots. Reddick Mansion is one of Ottawa's greatest treasures. Built in 1858, this three story, 22-room Italianate mansion was possibly the most expensive private home in Illinois at that time.
An Edwardian Tea at the Mansion
Please join Reddick Mansion Association for an afternoon of sweets, savories, and tea while experiencing life with your favorite Edwardian family and their servants. The Tea Ladies from Bloomington, IL, will present, "A Day at an Edwardian Manor." Reservations required.
Winter Holiday Hayride
Our annual holiday hayrides will feature the food, fun and traditions from the pioneers of North America. We'll ride on our decorated hay wagon through the streets of Palos Heights singing Christmas carols then return to the Nature Center to enjoy food, crafts and other activities. Registration and payment to be made in person or by mail no later than the Monday before hayride. $8 per person.
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.
Step Back Into a 1950s Halloween Exhibit
Decorated in vintage Halloween style including die-cuts and Halloween Gurley Candles with a few extra special touches. Nostalgic look at Halloween in the 1950s.
Step Back Into a 1950s Christmas Exhibit
Decorated in vintage Christmas, including Gurley Candles, rotating metal Black Forest Green tree. A nostalgic look at Christmas Past. Call or check website to verify dates. By appointment; call about regular hours.
Fall Festival at New Salem
Typical autumn life on the 1830s Illinois prairie will be demonstrated. Costumed interpreters will demonstrate daily tasks such as candle dipping, butter churning, soap making, basket making, spinning wool, gardening, natural dyeing, and fishing with nets. Demonstrations of meat smoking will take place in one of the log village's period smokehouses, and wild game cooking will be demonstrated in the log homes. Visitors can step down into the cellar at the tavern to see how fruits and vegetables were preserved during the winter.
Farnsworth House Sat. Evening Guided Tours
Accompany an experienced docent for a fascinating discussion and tour of the Farnsworth House and its fascinating history while the sun goes down. Farnsworth House is showcasing a new Chicago Architectural Biennial exhibit in special Saturday evening guided tours only in October. Group tours available. Private tours also available. Tickets required and reservations strongly encouraged. October 10th, 17th, and 24th at 5:30 pm.
Architecture+Art: Inspiration Amplified
Architecture + Art: Inspiration Amplified is a collaboration between the National Trust for Historic Preservation and United States Artists to create a public program for the Chicago Architecture Biennial. The program is the presentation of works by two United States Artists Fellows that have been inspired by the Farnsworth House and its landscape. The two artists are Mary Ellen Childs, a musical composer based in Minneapolis, Minnesota; and Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle, a sculptor based in Evanston, Illinois. Installed on the north lawn, Manglano-Ovalle’s sculpture, entitled Seven Thousand Cords (after Beuys), 2014 – ongoing, incorporates wood from the Farnsworth House property. An original composition by Childs will be performed by a string quartet inside Farnsworth House at 3:00 pm on the following dates: Saturday, November 14th; Sunday, November 15th; and Saturday, December 12th. Tickets to these special performance are limited. Reservations strongly suggested.
Clayville Historic Site
The centerpiece of Clayville is the Broadwell Inn, the oldest brick building in Sangamon County, built in 1824 by the Broadwell family as a stage coach stop between Springfield and Beardstown. The Inn is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is surrounded by numerous other historic buildings from Central Illinois moved to Clayville in the 1960s to recreate an early frontier pioneer village. Come see a unique piece of Illinois history.
Shadows of the Blue & Gray, Civil War Festival
On Saturday and Sunday, October 10th & 11th, Shadows of the Blue & Gray will be at City County Park in Princeton. Come out and enjoy the sights of the Civil War Reenactment with period dance, demonstrations of crafts from the era by period artisans and talented storytellers and musicians to bring the times alive! This is an annual event that focuses on preserving & promoting Civil War era history through living history artisans, battle reenactments, music, & storytellers. We focus on education and teaching history by bringing it to life & making it exciting!
Country Treasures Craft Show
Freshen up your home and garden for spring! A wide variety of homemade items for sale. Event features holiday items as well.
Quincy Preserves Fall House Tour
Quincy Preserves Fall House Tour featuring seven amazing locations: The Quincy Preserves Annual Behind Closed Doors Home Tour will take place on Saturday, October 17th, from 10 am to 4 pm. For more info visit www.quincypreserves.org
Oktoberfest - Quincy
Celebrating Quincy's German heritage and history. Oktoberfest brings live music, food and specialty beers along with contests and home brewers samplings. All located in the German District between 9th -10th & York Streets. Hosted by the Quincy Rotary Club- held from 4-10pm on the 2nd Sat. in October. For questions call (217)214-3700
The Winter Wonderettes
THE WINTER WONDERETTES takes audiences to Harper’s Hardware for their 1968 holiday party, hosted by the female singing group The Wonderettes. When Santa turns up missing, the ladies must use their talent and creative ingenuity, plus some great holiday tunes such as “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town,” “Jingle Bell Rock,” “ Run Rudolph Run,” “Winter Wonderland” and 20 other seasonal favorites, to save the festivities. This energetic and entertaining show is guaranteed to delight audiences of all ages.
The Nutcracker Ballet is a holiday tradition woven with beautiful choreography, music and a special story. Set to the lovely score by Tchaikovsky, this two act ballet begins with a young girl named Clara who receives a special gift from Herr Drosselmeyer at a Christmas Party. The nutcracker gift quickly becomes Clara’s favorite and soon transforms into a prince who invites her to join him on a special journey. The story continues through the snow, into the Land of Sweets where dancers from many lands entertain them. Is it all a dream? This will be the 15th time that the Kaiser Dance Theatre has brought the lovable ballet to local audiences. The first performance took place in 1985 and since then has become one of Quincy’s very own holiday traditions.
Village of Robbins Open Air Market
Year round, each Tuesday, Thursday, & Saturday. Thinking of going into business? Let us be your testing ground. Become a vendor or shop til you drop. We have new and used merchandise.
Cheap Trick at Coronado PAC
Cheap Trick may be one of the most covered bands of all time. Since the 70s they've been blending elements of pop, punk and even metal in a way that is instantly catchy and recognizable. With timeless classics such as "I Want You to Want Me," "Surrender," and "The Flame," Cheap Trick are a musical institution. With more than 5,000 performances, 20 million records sold, 29 movie soundtracks and 40 gold and platinum recording awards, the band is frequently credited as being among the most influential in rock. Cheap Trick was honored in October 2007 by the Chicago Chapter of NARAS (National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences) for their contributions to the music industry and were featured in the John Varvatos Spring 2008 ad campaign.
Jackson Browne at Coronado PAC
Jackson Browne has written and performed some of the most literate and moving songs in popular music and has defined a genre of songwriting charged with honesty, emotion and personal politics. He was honored with induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, and the Songwriter's Hall of Fame in 2007. Jackson's career began in the mid-60s in Los Angeles and Orange County folk clubs. Except for a brief period in NYC in the late 1960s, he has always lived in Southern California. His debut album came out on David Geffen's Asylum Records in 1972. Since then, he has released fourteen studio albums and four collections of live performances. His new studio album, Standing In The Breach, is a collection of ten songs, at turns deeply personal and political, exploring love, hope, and defiance in the face of the advancing uncertainties of modern life.
Coronado PAC - Russian Grand Ballet Presents Swan Lake
This full-length classic production of the world's most famous ballet, Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake, features Russia's brightest ballet stars. Swan Lake (from 1895), together with The Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker, forms part of the big three of Russian nineteenth century ballets. Composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, together with choreographer Marius Petipa, raised both ballet music and dance as an art form to new heights with this piece. There's a good reason why Swan Lake is so often called the ‘ballet of all ballets.' The combination of pure romanticism, the story about love and deception and Tchaikovsky's famous ballet music all continue to reach new generations of audiences. Full-length ballet in three acts with two intermissions. Tickets are available online at CoronadoPAC.org, or by phone at (815)-968-5222, or in person at the Coronado Performing Arts Center Box Office.
Broadway at the Coronado - The Illusionists
This mind blowing spectacular showcases the jaw dropping talents of the most incredible Illusionists on earth. The show has shattered box office records across the globe and dazzles audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever to be seen on stage. This non-stop show is packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions. To purchase tickets or for more information, call 815-968-0595 or Visit the BMO Harris Bank Center Box Office located at 300 Elm Street, Rockford, IL 61101.
Coronado Performing Arts Center - Menopause The Musical
Come join our sisterhood! This hilarious musical parody set to classic tunes from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s will have you cheering and dancing in the aisles! See what millions of women worldwide have been laughing about for over 10 years! It's the Hilarious Celebration of Women and The Change!®
BMO Harris Bank Center - Disney on Ice Presents Treasure Trove
Disney On Ice presents Treasure Trove sets the gold standard with a magical medley of Disney tales in one jam-packed ice show that commemorates the legacy of Disney animated films. Get tangled up in Disney's 50th animated feature with Rapunzel and Flynn and enter the worlds of your other favorite Disney princesses -Tiana, Cinderella, Jasmine, Ariel, Sleeping Beauty, Belle, Mulan and of course, the one who started it all, Snow White. Ahoy, Mateys! Set sail with Peter Pan, the always sassy Tinker Bell and the cantankerous Captain Hook and his pirate pals on an adventure beyond NeverLand! Trek the wilds of Africa with Simba, Nala, Pumbaa and Timon as they discover the true meaning of the ‘Circle of Life.' Tick-Tock! Tick-Tock! Don't be late to a very important date with Alice and the Mad Hatter as they march with the Queen of Hearts' Army of Cards. Set a playdate with Woody and Buzz Lightyear because the toys are back in town. Relive magical moments in this ultimate Disney animation celebration coming to Rockford!
Sunday at Sandwich Antique Market
Discover treasures and hard-to-find items at the historic Sandwich Fairgrounds. Held on the 2nd Sunday of each month from May through October.
A Sandwich Christmas / Festival of Trees
Christmas fun begins in Sandwich! On Saturday, tour Sandwich with the Sandwich Association of Merchants “Tour of Homes.” Stop by the Festival of Trees at Timber Creek Inn & Suites and experience the magic of a holiday wonderland filled with an assortment of delightfully and uniquely decorated trees. Holiday musical entertainment is scheduled at various times throughout this free festival. Be sure to visit the Holiday Lane Craft Show and Home Business Showcase located in the convention center for a perfect holiday shopping opportunity. Also on Saturday, Secret Santa Shopping fun will be at the Sandwich Opera House. The Sandwich Old Mill Museum will be open to the public. Begin an evening of delight with the Tree Lighting Ceremony at Veterans Park and Railroad Streets. Enjoy a real carriage ride from Veterans Park. Take the trolley tour and participate in the decorating contest.
Chautauqua Halloween Ball
Come to historic Chautauqua Auditorium in Forest Park for the Chautauqua Halloween Ball. Costumes are encouraged (and will be judged) but optional. Regional favorite "Captain Rat and the Blind Rivets" will rock the park along with spooktacular treats and eats.
43rd Annual Settler's Day
Celebrate our heritage by stepping back into America's past. Don't miss costumed living-history demonstrators, history hikes, crafts, and an imaginary wagon train adventure and more!
Leave no child inside, family fun day!
Spend some time outside with the kids and have fun with our naturalists. Enjoy activities and games, an obstacle course, nature scavenger hunt and more.
Memorial’s Festival of Trees
A nine-day holiday event featuring more than 200 trees and wreaths decorated with exquisite creativity. Features an elaborate hand-crafted Gingerbread Village and entertainment featuring dozens of musical performances. Please visit website for prices ~ www.MemorialsFestivalofTrees.com. Event is held at the Orr building in the IL State Fairgrounds.
St. Charles Fine Art Show
Located along the banks of the Fox River, this juried art show features 100 fine artists, live music, demonstrations and artists’ awards.
Christmas on the Fox/Art and Craft Show
Quality, hand-made arts and crafts. No commercial or manufactured items. Come and experience the delights of the season.
Beanstalk! The Musical
Jack and the Beanstalk is exactly like nothing you've ever seen before, not even in a book! This fun family show follows the adventures of Jack, a young boy with his nose in a book of fairytales. Filled with hilarious characters, toe-tapping tunes and more twists than a climbing vine Beanstalk! The Musical is one show that is guaranteed to grow and grow and grow right into your heart.
Prairie on State Wine Cellars
Visit Prairie on State Wine Cellars, a Prairie State Winery tasting room, in downtown Sycamore. The tasting room invites you to sample many of the award-winning wines from PSW, shop for unique gifts or enjoy a glass of wine with a Nosh plate that you create yourself. Also features a weekend music schedule.
Kishwaukee Valley Art League Holiday Arts & Crafts Market
Experience the Kishwaukee Valley Art League (KVAL) second annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Market being held at the beautifully refurbished “Old Train Depot” in Sycamore, IL. Enjoy the nostalgia and holiday ambiance that are to be found at this event which promises a little bit of something for everyone and every taste. Local artisans have created one of a kind finds that are sure to add to family traditions and start new ones. Some of the items that will be available for purchase are handcrafted jewelry and soaps, pottery, wood work, digital photography, bottle art, glass painting, purses, fine art pieces, note cards and holiday ornaments. Refreshments will also be served.
Comedy Improv & Open Mic Night
Kidz On The Bridge & Graffiti On The Fourth Wall comedy improv troupes will perform, then Open Mic with singers, comics, magicians, dancers and more.
A Christmas Carol at Covered Bridge Children's Theater
Covered Bridge Children's Theater presents a production of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. A non musical holiday favorite for all ages. F 6PM; Sa 4:30PM; Su 2PM.
Starved Rock Photography Club
Whether you are just beginning in photography, are an advanced amateur or a professional, you are welcome to the Starved Rock Photography Club. Monthly photography walks at Starved Rock State Park’s Lodge with club leader, Jacki Pienta. The Photography Club will meet each month throughout the year for guided walks to planned sites for photography opportunities. Members will informally exchange ideas and tips for quality nature and wildlife photos. We will meet the 4th Saturday of every month at 9am in the back of the Large Parking Lot at Starved Rock Lodge. All meetings will consist of a hike to an area of either Starved Rock State Park, Matthiessen State Park or Buffalo Rock. Please be prepared to carpool if necessary. $25.00 annual fee to join which will include a club t-shirt and an annual cookout! Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm 4th Saturday of each month. For more information, call 815-220-7386.
Autumn Festival - An Arts & Crafts Fair
Each show is brimming with row after row of handcrafted, one-of-a-kind home decor & gifts perfect for the fall season. There will be entertainment & plenty of food & drink. Register for hourly $30 gift certificates!
The State Ballet Theatre of Russia presents Swan Lake
This full-scale production, set to the music of Tchaikovsky and based on Russian folklore and German legend, follows a heroic young prince as he works to free the beautiful swan maiden from an evil spell. The State Ballet Theater of Russia presents 50 of Russia’s brightest ballet stars to bring this romantic tale of true love to glorious life!