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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
Holiday Magic at Brookfield Zoo
See the Lights. Feel the Magic. Continue the Tradition. Chicagoland's largest lights festival surrounds you in the cheer of over 1,000,000 twinkling LED lights, ice carvings, light shows, Santa and Mrs. Claus. You're sure to feel the magic of the holidays! Enjoy a full schedule of nightly music and live entertainment inside the pavilions. Also on the schedule, an amazing magic show, costumed characters, a model railroad display, and the 38 foot Talking Tree. Holiday Magic is on Saturdays and Sundays, December 6-7, 13-14-, 20-21 and Friday to Wednesday, December 26-31. Regular parking and admission fees apply. Free with zoo membership.
Holiday Vignettes at the Mansion
Tour the Hegeler Carus Mansion with the maid and visit with the Hegeler family & their friends in period dress as each room will give you a different peek into the Victorian Holidays. The halls are decorated for the occasion. Tickets include a 1 hour tour with a festive beverage from the wine cellar & holiday cookies. Tours will begin at 6pm and every 15 minutes after.
Travel back in time for a glimpse of holidays in seasons past. Luminaries will light the way to our log cabins where pioneer families will be celebrating. They might even be serving holiday goodies! Stop by and share your holiday wishes with a Civil War era Santa. Enjoy freshly popped corn along the way and come inside the Nature Center to listen to the sound of music. Held on the Festival Grounds in Spencer Conservation Area.
Holiday Windows: “The Journey of a Christmas Wish” at Macy's
Holiday Windows: “The Journey of a Christmas Wish” combines traditional old school artistry with gorgeous visual elements that follows our heroin’s imagination as she mails her wish list to Santa at Macy’s on State Street. Spectators will follow a fantasy voyage through Santa’s workshop with adorable hard working Elves, to Santa’s journey to deliver gifts around the world and concludes with Santa and Rudolph checking their list in front of the famous State Street Great Clock.
Draw a character, whether human, beast, or supernatural being, inspired by the exhibitions Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections and Temptation: The Demons of James Ensor.
I’ve Got A Little Twist
The New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players perform a comedic mash-up cabaret of musical hits. The Mikado meets The Music Man and HMS Pinafore sets sail for Brigadoon. A fresh and most heartfelt performance, not to be missed.
Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra Family Pops Concert- Music From the Movies
Attend the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra Family Pops Concert performance of Music From the Movies. Revel in the drama of music from Star Wars, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Pirates of the Caribbean and Indiana Jones performed live! 3pm show time, tickets are $55, $45, $35, $25 & Student with ID $15.
Illinois State Quartet Convention
This 45th Annual event is one of the most significant southern Gospel singing events in the state of Illinois. Many quartets, duets, and even soloists showcase their talents each year over three days at the Marion Cultural and Civic Center. The Nehrkorns are the host trio for the 2014 year.
A one-of-a-kind live black-light puppet show, John Tartaglia's ImaginOcean is a magical undersea adventure for kids of all ages. Tank, Bubbles, and Dorsel are best friends who just happen to be fish, and they are about to set out on a remarkable journey of discovery. Ultimately they find the greatest treasure of all: friendship. Jam-packed with original music ranging from Swing to R&B to Big Band, John Tartaglia's ImaginOcean is a blast from the first big splash to the last wave goodbye. Doors will swing open at 1 p.m. and dive in for the show to begin at 2 p.m.
International Lincoln Presidential Half Marathon
The 49th Annual International Lincoln Presidential Half Marathon invites runners from around the world to participate in the 13.1-mile race past the nation’s premier Lincoln sites.
Equal parts of hard rock, heavy metal and Southern rock, Jackyl brought back rock'n'roll to its down-to-earth, wild, fun-loving origins...And back to the Effingham Performance Center. Jackyl is also full of spit and swagger and a "dirty" sense of humor. The band is best known for its song "The Lumberjack," which features a chainsaw solo by lead singer Jesse James Dupree. Jesse James Dupree is also featured on truTV's hit show Full Throttle Saloon.
Jesus Christ Superstar
Come out for this great production! Show dates are 3/20, 3/21, 3/22, 3/27, 3/28 & 3/29.
CITY: Oak Lawn
Joliet American Legion Band - Sounds of Christmas
The award-winning Joliet American Legion Band presents, "Sounds of Christmas." Enriched with tradition, military sharpness and musical integrity, these musicians are dedicated to bring you a quality performance with their tremendously rousing musical spirit. Start time is 2pm. Non-perishable food items collected Nov. 29th, Dec. 8th, 10th & 12th.
Knox College International Fair
This event is always the last weekend in January. It features food, arts, crafts & entertainment from around the world, presented by Knox College students and visiting performers. Knox College is a top Liberal Arts College in Galesburg, Illinois.
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.
Legacy Girls Christmas
Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center presents Legacy Girls Christmas. The Legacy Girls humor, choreography and three part harmonies will help you welcome the holiday season in this matinee performance that includes the Lodge’s signature buffet lunch. Call 815-220-7386 for more information and to book your seats. Matinee Performances: 11:30am – $32.00 – includes lunch buffet & show.
LEGO Train Show
The LEGO show has become a holiday tradition and this year it is even better with the show extended throughout the entire Visitors Center and restaurant. This extraordinary event is produced by the Northern Illinois LEGO Train Club and is the group’s largest annual show in terms of display space and attendance. Visitors to the show are encouraged to bring a new and unwrapped toy for the Marine Toys for Tots drop boxes inside the Cantigny Visitors Center.
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.
Historic National Landmark, Bishop Hill, glows with luminary lit sidewalks and candle lit windows in honor of St. Lucy, a celebration of lights. Musical entertainment abounds throughout the village. Musicians will perform at the Steeple Building and at Vagnhall Galleri, the air will be filled with musical melodies. The village specialty shops and dining establishments stay open late for an enchanted evening to remember. Feel like dancing? Experience the Old Colony School barn dance serenaded by the Rusty String Pickup Band. Experience a utopia on the prairie holiday experience this season.
CITY: Bishop Hill
in her four decade long career, Lynn Anderson has recieved countless accolades and awards including CMA Female Vocalist of the Year, Billboard's Artist of the Decade, and a Grammy Award. Her sophisticated image and "countrypolitan" sound helped her become one of the first performers to receive mass crossover success in country and pop music, spearheaded by her breakthrough song "Rose Garden". Today Lynn continues entertaining her audiences with no sign of slowing down! Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and she is set to rock the stage at 7:30 p.m.
Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis
Don't miss this American holiday tradition, as this year marks the 30th Anniversary of the group’s annual tour. Grammy Award winner Chip Davis has created a show that features the beloved Christmas music of Mannheim Steamroller along with dazzling multimedia effects performed in an intimate setting. 8pm start time, tickets are $69, $59 & $54.
Mark Twain Toy Show
29th Annual Toy Show The Mark Twain Toy Show is one of the finest toy shows in the Mid-West. It showcases collectible toys and crafts related to agriculture, construction, transportation and motor sports. The various items you will find at the show include die-cast collectibles, scale models, hand-built custom equipment, pedal tractors, autographs, memorabilia, and apparel. Collectibles, new and old, ranging from Hot Wheels to Tonka to Ertl to SpecCast will be on hand in the hotel lobby, ball room and in the second floor hotel rooms. Every kind of tractor, implement, heavy construction equipment, tractor-trailer, circle-track racer and pulling tractor can be found here for your chance to add to your collection. Event held at Town and Country Inn & Suites. http://www.marktwaintoyshow.com/index.html
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
Married Alive! is a funny and touching new musical that looks in on two married couples, one newlywed and one oldly wed. From babies to empty nests, job stress to domestic bliss, it’s face paced and acerbic, but always affectionate. As one patron put it, “A hoot with a heart!” Married Alive! is a funny, affectionate outrage, and all it takes is four actors and a piano to go on this journey from Niagara to Viagra.
CITY: Crystal Lake
Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration
A Martin Luther King celebration, speakers, entertainment, luncheon provided, public welcome.
CITY: South Holland
Mega Stars of Country
Doug Brewin as Alan Jackson and Larry Turner as George Strait. Together, they are Brooks and Dunn! They're the closet thing to the real deal.
Michael Londra’s Celtic Yuletide
Described as one of the greatest Irish singers of the time, Michael Londra creates an Irish Christmas with world class dancers and classic stories from his homeland. He sings traditional heartwarming carols like Winter, Fire and Snow, The Maiden's Lullaby and Gaelic pieces like Oiche Ciuin (Silent Night), plus many sing-along carols the audience will know and love!
Michael McDonald at the Genesee Theatre
Come join Michael McDonald for his 'This Christmas' Evening of Holiday and Hits. With his distinctive and soulful voice this will be a holiday concert not to be missed. Tickets range from $37.50-$97.50.
Miss Illinois Scholarship Pageant
The Miss Illinois Scholarship Association is a duly-accredited state preliminary scholarship association in the Miss America Organization - the world’s largest provider of scholarship and cash assistance to young women. For four nights, the Marion Cultural and Civic Center will host preliminaries, Outstanding Teen and Pre-Teen pageants, and overall finals.
Moraine Valley Jazz Ensemble Holiday Concert
The Moraine Valley Jazz Ensemble is a 20-member big band which explores a wide range of styles from the classic swing of Duke Ellington and Count Basie to soulful blues, burning Latin-jazz and gritty funk. The band also features contemporary works by such composers as Bill Holman and Bob Florence and iconic vocal arrangements such as those performed by Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra. 7:30PM.
CITY: Palos Hills
Murder Mystery Dinner
Here's the plot: The annual town festival of Market Union is a popular local event, drawing crowds from every corner of the county. This morning, all was in readiness, when disaster struck! Tracy Rounder, one of the stall holders, was discovered dead at the back of her tent. Her death is unfortunate – but the festival must go on! Dinner and Murder Mystery Party tickets are $20. 618-697-0009 or email email@example.com to RSVP by Jan14.
One of America's finest and most popular outdoor pageants. Original music, professional quality actors and colorful costumes will provide an unforgettable 1800's experience. The Nauvoo Pageant is presented on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. This amazing performance will begin at 8:30p.m. Also enjoy free family pioneer games and concessions prior to the performance at 7:00p.m.
This rock and pop driven worship band boasts an impressive track record, including four Grammy nominations. Renowned for their heart pumping live concerts, the tight-knit Newsboys have been featured in Rolling Stone and Entertainment Weekly, among many others. With two decades of performing together, 31 number one radio hits, and a song recently featured in the film God's Not Dead, the Newsboys bring not only a great show, but also a heartfelt message to the stage.
It all started when five hard-rockin' kids joined forces in the early 80's to form Night Ranger. Hit songs include "Sister Christian," "When You Close Your Eyes," and the anthemic "(You Can Still) Rock America." The band just released their new studio album, HIGH ROAD and features classic Night Ranger feel-good, high-energy rock'n'roll. The band is very excited to be headed back on the road to share their music with fans and they are headed to Effingham! With 30 plus years and more than 17 million albums sold worldwide, Night Ranger has proven they can still "Rock In America"!! Doors will open at 7 p.m. and the night will be rocked away at 8 p.m.
Works in varied media by artisits Reginald Baylor, Mary Croteau and Jordan Scott, using obsessive labor in their production. Artists reception Feb 19, 4:30-7pm.
CITY: Chicago Heights
Paramount Theatrical Production: Les Misérables
This monumental novel comes to life in one of the greatest musicals of all time. It’s the story of ex-convict Jean Valjean and his journey for redemption. On that road, he encounters the never-wavering love of a mother, the innocence of a child, the steely determination of a hunter and the passion of youthful freedom fighters.
Paramount Theatrical Production: Mary Poppins
Enormous dance numbers on the ground and the roof tops. Statues coming to life, giant orchestrations for such iconic songs as “Spoon Full of Sugar,” “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” and “Chim Chim Cher-ee.” And of course, a few Mary Poppins magical moments that will leave you flying high. Celebrate the holidays with the ones you love at Paramount’s Mary Poppins! A Musical based on the stories of P.L. Travers & the Walt Disney Film. Rated G
Paramount Theatrical Production: The Who's Tommy
Set in the 1940s, Tommy is the story of a little boy who witnesses his father murder his mother’s lover upon his surprise return home after being released from a prisoner of war camp. Find out the rest for yourself, be a part of the greatest rock opera ever written. Rated PG-13
Phases of the Moon Music & Art Festival
The inaugural Phases of the Moon Music & Art Festival is set to take place September 11-14, 2014 at the beautiful 3.000 acre Kennekuk County Park. Phases of the Moon is a four-day music, arts and camping event thoughtfully tailored to provide a unique festival experience. It boasts four outdoor stages: two main stages that alternate following each set and two smaller stages. Along with amazing music, attendees will have access to farm-to-table food, craft beer, a farmer's market and a mall of diverse craft vendors featuring an array of original items. Large interactive sculptures, live art, and works from renowned national and local artists will be on display.
Port Clinton Art Festival
Port Clinton Art Festival is one of the most successful juried art festivals and attracts more than 250,000 art enthusiasts from places near and far. More than 260 of the world’s most celebrated artists come together to showcase their work over the course of the weekend, creating an atmosphere brimming with renowned creativity. Alongside established artists, a youth art division celebrates the talents of young artists ages 18 and under, offering them the opportunity to participate, exhibit, and experience the inner workings of an art festival.
CITY: Highland Park
Prairie State College Jazz Festival
An annual two day festival including a concert featuring top jazz artists and two days of instrumental clinics for local junior high and high school musicians.
CITY: Chicago Heights
Quincy Preserves Behind Closed Doors Home Tour
Spring beauty in Quincy is welcomed by the annual Quincy Preserves home tours. Held the first Sunday in May accompanied by the annual Dogwood Festival. Homes are adorned with plants and blooming trees in the yards and gardens. Tour 6 homes in Quincy from 1-5pm. Tickets are available at the door of each home for $15 per person or $12 in advance. email at: firstname.lastname@example.org http://quincypreserves.org
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
Rialto Square Theatre Festival of Trees
The Rialto Square/ComEd Festival of Trees is a week-long extravaganza to kick off the holiday season! Festivities include a fabulous display of 60 decorated trees and wreaths, on which bids are taken, plus numerous special events throughout the week that will put you in the holiday spirit. Schedule: 11/24-Opening Night Celebration; 11/25-Festival of the Vine-Wine Tasting, Holiday How-to Seminar & Senior Day; 11/26-"Salute to Our Heroes" Day; 11/28-Kids' Workshop, Santa's Hotline, Teddy Bear Brunch & Young Professionals Party.
Rockin' the Holidays with Felix Cavaliere's Rascals
Come out and enjoy a rockin night of holiday music with Felix Cavaliere's Rascals. With a mixture of rock and pop this is a one-of-a-kind holiday performance not to be missed.
Rodney Carrington at the Genesee Theatre
Rodney Carrington has been making audiences laugh for almost twenty years with his unique brand of stand-up comedy. The country singer-songwriter has recorded eight major label comedy albums which have sold more than two million copies, two of which have been certified Gold. VIP Meet & Greet packages available. For mature audiences.
Rusted Wood and the Wailers at the Genesee Theatre
Rusted Root’s worldly style quickly charmed fans of roots and world music. With a strong percussion section that draws from African, Latin American, and Native American influences, their lyrical content also draws from Christian, Jewish and Islamic influences. Along with The Wailers with Bob Marley this should be a show not to be missed. Tickets range from $23.00 to $53.00.
Southern Illinois Irish Festival
This Festival began in 1997 and continued to grow and expand with new events and excitement for participants of all ages. A Celtic cultural celebration with special concerts, fairs with music, dance workshops & demonstrations, Celtic arts & crafts, and merchandise, children’s activities. This year's Southern Illinois Irish Festival will be hosted by Walkers Bluff. This new venue provides a picturesque location just northwest of Carterville, Illinois.
Southern Illinois Wine & Art Festival
The last weekend in September the best Southern Illinois wineries and artisans all at one Festival at scenic Rend Lake.
Sports Collectable Show
Sports Collectable Show. Sports Cards, NASCAR, Toys, Comic Books, Collectable cards and other collectable items.
CITY: Orland Park
Sports Collectible Show
Sports Collectible Show. Sports cards, NASCAR, toys, comic books, collectible cards and other collectible items.
CITY: Orland Park
St. Patrick's Day Festival
Start the day with the 5K run/walk race at 9 a.m. Watch the parade at 11am, enjoy corned beef & cabbage at the 17th Street Bar and Grill Warehouse. The Irish Kids’ Fest will feature arts and crafts, games and story telling at the Murphysboro Youth Center, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Grab a shillelagh and pour a green beer, or sample local craft beers while listening to the Irish music, and try your hand in the dart tournament or the Leprechaun Classic Bocce Tournament to be held at Riverside Park.
Steven Wright at the Genesee Theatre
Steven Wright is an Academy Award-winning American stand-up comedian, actor, and writer from Burlington, Massachusetts. He is known for his slow, deadpan, monotone delivery of ironic, witty, deeply philosophical and sometimes confusing jokes and one-liners with overly contrived situations. Tickets $31 & $39.
Stroll on State - Downtown Rockford
Stroll on State, a new Rockford tradition, returns for a second year on Nov. 29 from 4-9 p.m. with a wide variety of family-friendly activities, including a candlelight stroll to the tree lighting, ice sculptor Randy Finch and his team from Ice Brigades, horse and carriage/wagon rides, a visit with Santa and some of his reindeer, a fireworks show, “Frosytland” with local artist Lisa Frost, live entertainment, music, and food vendors. There will be shopping opportunities at downtown stores and pop-up shops special to the evening. Shuttles are available from remote parking areas. Visit the website for more details.
Suite Prints: 25th Years of chicago Printmakers Collaborative
This exhibition features the works of 10 artists from this 25 year old collaborative.
CITY: Chicago Heights
Metropolis, Home of Superman, holds a celebration the second weekend in June each year celebrating the 'Man of Steel'. A Superman Drama kicks off the weekend of contests, music, food and fun, as well as a comic book & artist show, fan films, street vendors, a carnival, costume contest and a Super Car Show.
Sweet Dreams: Mandy Barnett Sings Patsy Cline
Mandy Barnett, the originator of the role of "Patsy Cline" in the theatrical production Always...Patsy Cline, brings her world-class vocals to Effingham in a tribute to the memorable country star. Along with other pop and country standards, and selections from her own critically acclaimed albums, Mandy Barnett is sure to bring a spectacular to the stage! Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and Mandy is set to sing the night away at 7:30 p.m.
Superb songwriting, harmonies and with a repertoire ranging from sentimental ballads to blistering rockers, Brian FitzGerald and Martin McCormack draw on Americana and Celtic themes reflecting their Midwestern roots and Irish heritage.
Taste of Chicago
Taste of Chicago is the nation's premier outdoor food festival showcasing the diversity of Chicago's dining community. The delicious array of food served at Taste of Chicago is complemented by music and exciting activities for the entire family. Every summer since 1980, Chicago's beautiful Grant Park on the city's magnificent lakefront has been home to the world's largest food festival.
Team Dance Illinois State Championship
February 14th Team Dance Illinois State Championship NIU Convocation Center • DeKalb www.niuconvo.com
The 12th Annual Buffalo Grove Invitational Art Festival
Currently rated as one of the top 100 art festivals in the country, the festival hosts more than 100 juried artists from around the globe. Art enthusiasts will have the opportunity to watch the masters at work with art demos and booth chats taking place all weekend long! In addition to the work of the 100 juried artists, festival-goers will have the opportunity to view and purchase works from young artists, ages 18 and under, who participate in the Youth Art Division of the festival taking place on Sunday. In addition to the artwork, festival-goers will enjoy live performances from a variety of musical acts, great food and art activities for kids, including an art scavenger hunt and spin art at the festival and much more!
CITY: Buffalo Grove
The 18th Annual Lincolnshire Art Festival
The festival hosts 100 juried artists from around the country in the Village Green of Lincolnshire and offers extraordinary examples of fine art and fine craft in a variety of mediums and price points. Take in the tranquility of Lincolnshire with a wonderful weekend that combines the fun of art with the art of fun. Live music on the music stage, great food and fun activities for kids, including an art scavenger hunt and spin art, make the festival a perfect family experience. Art enthusiasts will have the opportunity to see the masters at work with interactive art demos and booth chats taking place all weekend long! Festival-goers of all ages will have an opportunity to get into the “art-filled” action by contributing to a mural on-site at the festival.
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.
The Bob & Tom Comedy Show
Back by popular demand!! If you love The Bob & Tom Show, don't miss this event. Bob and Tom Comedy Show is a touring comedy act that features recurring characters from the hit radio show. If you have been a longtime listener of the show waiting to see Tim Cavanagh, Ralph Harris, Bob Zaney, or Kristi Lee on stage, now is your chance to enjoy their mature humor. Doors will open at 7 p.m. and this dynamic duo will go on at 8 p.m.
The Golden Dragon Acrobats Present: Cirque Ziva
Cirque Ziva is a fast-paced, technically innovative and beautifully presented new show, featuring the elite members of the Golden Dragon Acrobats. Enjoy an unique cirque spectacular showcases traditional Chinese acrobats who dazzle with amazing feats of athleticism, daring heart-stopping stunts and the grace of their centuries-old art form.
The Illinois Brass Band Holiday Concert
Come out to the Cultural and Civic Center of Round Lake Beach for a great holiday concert. The program will feature glorious music of the season. The hall will come alive as thirty of the area’s finest brass players fill the air with the sounds of this special time of year. With a cheerful mix of traditional carols, holiday classics, and jazzy updates of Christmas favorites, it will be an afternoon that will put the entire family in the holiday spirit.
CITY: Round Lake Beach
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.
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.
The Nutcracker at The Joffrey Ballet
Don’t miss the glorious Chicago holiday tradition of the Nutcracker! A grand production with Tchaikovsky’s glorious score played live by a full orchestra, this is sure to be an evening of pure enchantment.
The Philadelphia Story
The Lord family of Philadelphia is getting ready for a wedding! A merry mix-up of who is who at the house is just the beginning as reporters try to get the story and our bride tries to find her way to a normal life and we get to find out who she eventually walks down the aisle with! F-Sa 7:30PM; Su 2PM.
CITY: Chicago Heights
The President’s Photographer: 50 Years Inside the Oval Office Exhibit
Visitors will be transported through presidential history, from photos made when the first official presidential photographer was hired in 1963, to today’s unprecedented coverage of Barack Obama. This exhibit will showcase the power of the still image as a tool for understanding 50 years of president's history. Assembled by three-time Emmy Award-winner John Bredar, this exhibition features works by veteran presidential photographers David Hume Kennerly (Gerald Ford), David Valdez (George H.W. Bush), Bob McNeely (Bill Clinton), Eric Draper (George W. Bush), Pete Souza (Barack Obama) and many more.
The Second City Hits Home
Come out for a night of laughter as The Second City takes on all the news that’s fit to twist. The biggest headlines! The hot-button issues! All served up with a side of that famous Chicago-style improv. Don’t miss this chance to see the superstars of tomorrow live on stage now!
The Second City Holidays in the Heights
The holidays are a time for giving and joy. Of family parties, too much egg nog, marathon shopping trips, and itchy sweaters with jingle bells on them. Everyone loves the holidays, especially the Second City. Don't miss this hilarious send up of the holiday season featuring a phenomenal cast from Second City and their trademark comedy and improve.
CITY: Arlington Heights
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.
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.
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
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.
Village of Homewood Pop Up Shops
Two dozen new retail options will open this holiday shopping season in downtown Homewood! Home goods, entertaining and gift giving needs, antiques, jewelry and accessories!
Von Heideke's Chicago Festival Ballet - The Nutcracker
The holiday tradition continues as The Nutcracker returns to the Rialto Square Theatre. This holiday favorite fairytale is perfect for the entire family. The magical production features lavish costumes, a growing Christmas tree, a battle between mice and soldiers, a journey through the land of whirling snowflakes and a joyous visit to the Kingdom of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Keep the holiday spirit alive and enjoy this breathtaking performance.
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.
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
WGEM Home & Living Show
The area's largest show dedicated to the newest in home and living products at the Oakley Lindsay Center in Quincy. Friday 5-9 Saturday 10-5 Sunday 12-4
Based on the timeless film, this heartwarming musical adaptation features seventeen Irving Berlin songs and a book by David Ives and Paul Blake. Veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis have a successful song-and-dance act after World War II. The showings are on: December 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 2014 at 7:30 pm December 7, 14, 2014 at 2:00 pm
Winter WonderFest at Navy Pier
Everyone’s favorite winter extravaganza returns to Navy Pier – Winter WonderFest presented by Bank of America! ‘Tis the season to have too much fun inside a 170,000 square foot festive holiday playground. Entertainment for the entire family includes indoor ice skating, rides, attractions, an indoor Ferris wheel and so much more. Bring your family for fun and excitement at the 12th annual Winter WonderFest by Bank of America at Navy Pier!
Winter Wonderland Holiday Light Show
A Lake County holiday tradition. Visit Northern Illinois' largest drive-through Holiday Light Festival, held at the Cuneo Mansion, and view thousands of twinkling lights, animated displays and holiday decorations. While visiting the light show, the Cuneo Mansion & Gardens invites you to walk through the museum for a magical view of Christmas' past. Please visit the website for more information.
CITY: Vernon Hills
Wizard World Chicago Comic Con at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
THURSDAY-FRIDAY-SATURDAY-SUNDAY, AUGUST 8-9-10-11, 2013 Show Hours: Thursday, August 8, 2013 - 12 NOON - 8pm Friday, August 9, 2013 - 12 NOON - 8pm Saturday, August 10, 2013 - 10am - 7pm Sunday, August 11, 2013 - 10am - 5pm All full-price attendees will receive a limited-edition, exclusive cover variant of The Walking Dead #1 by TBD! Artist will be on hand to sign. Extremely limited quantities are available to fans only while supplies last! **Children 10 and under get in FREE when accompanied by a paid adult (Limit 2 Per Paid Adult Tickets). All show tickets will be e-mailed AND available as a pdf file after purchase.**
Woodstock Groundhog Days
In 1992, something astonishing happened in the historic city of Woodstock, Illinois. People came to town and roped off the picturesque city square, moved all sorts of equipment into the park and started playing the Pennsylvania Polka, over and over and over again. They were filming a movie that has become a favorite of young and old for more than 20 years, and the city gathers each year to remember the fun and celebrate the special community that Woodstock has always been. There are events for everyone during this celebration: Groundhog trivia, free viewing of "Groundhog Day" at the movie theater, walking tours of the film sites, a Chili cook-off, a dinner and dance, bowling, and pancake breakfasts. The main event for Groundhog Day is the annual prognostication. Gather on the Woodstock Square to see Woodstock Willie emerge from his tree trunk home. If he sees his shadow, it means there will be 6 more weeks of winter and if he doesn't see his shadow, it means we will have an early Spring.
Wreathing of the Lions
Start the holidays with a roar at this Chicago family favorite. Our beloved lions don their traditional evergreen wreaths at the Michigan Avenue entrance as you warm up with complimentary hot chocolate and a live performance by the Apollo Chorus of Chicago. At 10:30 a.m., following the outdoor ceremony on the Michigan Avenue steps, families are invited to stop by the Ryan Education Center to create holiday wreaths decorated with drawings of your family's favorite holiday traditions. Visit our Neapolitan crèche and the Holiday Thorne Rooms for inspiration.