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NASCAR Tripleheader Chase Weekend
The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Starts Here for the 5th consecutive year! The weekend kicks off Friday night with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Then the NASCAR XFINITY Series takes to the track for the second time of the season. Finally, it all leads up to the start of NASCAR’s playoffs with the MyAFibStory.com 400 on Sunday! Subject to change.
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.
Hegeler Carus Mansion Summer Sunset Concert Series
The Hegeler Carus Mansion is once again celebrating the sounds of summer in Starved Rock Country at their outdoor music venue. Offering great entertainment all summer, every Friday! The gardens open for picnics at 5:30 pm and music starts at 7 pm. See website for full music lineup.
Mazon Creek Fossil Tour
Take advantage of this unique opportunity to learn about the environment, ecosystems, and climate of Northern Illinois as it was 300 million years ago by collecting fossil specimens at the Mazon Fossil Beds. The adventure begins with a hayride to the original site of the discoveries along the Mazon Creek as it was in the mid-1800s and the opportunity to collect the unique concretions such as ferns and horsetails. Bring a bucket, rock hammer, shoes to wear in the creek, and casual clothing. Everyone will have specimens to take home to remember the day. Afterwards, more fun is to be had with cocktails and al fresco dining to celebrate your finds. All proceeds will go to the Canal Corridor Association to help preserve I & M Canal history, protect its environment, and create tourism.
Lawrence County Fall Festival
This is the 53rd year for the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce Annual Fall Festival. Amusement rides for all ages, as well as dozens of food vendors serving up tasty carnival treats. Don't miss Lawrence County's biggest and most popular 4 day event!
Harvest Frolic Fall Celebration
Don't miss experiencing 19th century life on the farm! Activities will take place at both the Lincoln and Sargent farms and will include children's games, craft and doll making, and hearth cooking. Visitors are encouraged to take part in period games and activities. Volunteers will demonstrate apple cider pressing, and food preservation. A number of artisans will be on site demonstrating their crafts including, woodcarving, flax processing, soap making, embroidery, pottery, basket weaving, blacksmithing, wheat weaving, and tatting. Gerry Barker will bring his oxen, the Unreconstructed Civil War Band will perform, and be sure to catch the puppet show. Don't miss the Frolic 5K! A 5k run and mile walk to kick off the festivities on Saturday.
Torchlight Halloween Hike, Pumpkin Carving and Wiener Roast
Enjoy Lincoln Log Cabin in the dark! We will start at the Visitor Center for a bonfire and wiener roast. Bring out your best carved pumpkin by 4:30 pm and visitors will judge the best carvings and prizes will be awarded. You will also want to hike the paths between our historic farms by torchlight to hear storytellers in the Lincoln Cabin and Sargent House there to entertain guests with seasonal stories. To benefit the educational and interpretation programs of Lincoln Log Cabin, the Foundation will be selling hot dogs and s’mores for you to roast over an open fire.
Lambs Farm Famous Farmyard
The Lambs Farm Farmyard will open daily March 30th through November 1, 2015. Come and enjoy Lambs Farm's famous Farmyard. Meet Miss Wiggles, the 450-pound pig with an affinity for Bavarian Crème donuts and Oreo Cookies®, and meet all of the new miniature animals, including Levi the miniature horse. Climb into the petting zoo with goats, sheep and lambs. Check out the llamas, alpacas, cows, horses, ducks and more. Enjoy a ride on the old-fashion carousel or the train. Then challenge friends and family to a round of mini golf! Farmyard memberships are available. Day passes for all activities available for $8 for adults and $12 for children 2-12.
Twilight Shuffle 5K Run
Run through the historic neighborhoods of the east side of Libertyville. Professional timing. Families are encouraged (no children under 9) to run. After finishing the course, all participants are invited to join their fellow racers for a fabulous post-race party (including light dinner and non-alcoholic drinks for all registered participants) at the new Mickey Finn's Brewery. No registrations will be accepted or processed after 12pm on race day.
Lincoln Balloon Festival
Come enjoy the mass ascension of the hot air balloons in the skies of Logan County. Morning and evening flights both Friday and Saturday (weather permitting). At dusk, the balloons will come back to the Airport and re-inflate for evening glows. This is a spectacular event that is enjoyed by the young and old alike.
Didier Farms' Pumpkin Fest
Bring the family out for this annual fall festival. Hayrides, pony rides, camel rides. Children's kiddie rides, exotic petting zoo, Parakeet exhibit, corn maze, concessions, pig races(weekends only). Be sure to visit Grandma D.’s Bake Shop for the best pies, cookies, and fudge. Homemade apple cider, fresh made kettle korn and pumpkin donuts also available.
West Fork Encampment
Re-creation of Frontier and Military life of the 18th century nestled in the beautiful surroundings of Lake Lou Yaeger. There will be cannon demonstrations, period food, music and many more historical demonstrations. Located at Picnic Area #4.
Swimming in Lake Lou Yeager is the best OWS you will have in the Midwest. There really is no comparison to this large beach with pristine flat racing water. The bike course is flat and fast with some great curves to keep you entertained the whole ride. Both the 5k and 10k runs see very honest mile paces with plenty of flats, and a couple hills throughout.
Bike and Dine Lockport
Meet in Lockport at the South Public Landing Parking Lot (10th Street and the Canal) at 9:45 a.m. Ride with guides starts at 10:00 a.m. 2 - 10 mile loops or 2 - 15 mile loops (rider preference). Admission cost is $45. Sign up at Trails for Illinois or http://www.visitlockport.com. Main Street Lockport will sponsor three Bike and Dine Events on Saturdays, June 6, August 1 and September 12, 2015.
Pumpkin Fest 2015 At Siegel's Cottonwood Farm
Pumpkin Fest is celebrating its 25th Anniversary. Over 20+ attractions included in your general admission. Challenge yourself in the 15 acre American Sniper corn maze or the 2 acre Spookley the Square Pumpkin corn maze. Take a hayrack ride to the U-Pick Pumpkin field or feed a pixie goat at the petting zoo. An array of food will be available from smoked turkey legs to fresh baked pie slices. Visit www.ourpumpkinfarm.com to see special events and guest appearances. Pumpkin Fest is "Affordable Family Fun" on the Farm. Open daily from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. including Columbus Day, Sept. 26th through Nov. 1st. Come to the farm and Harvest Your Family Memories. Call 815-741-2693 for more information.
Lockrocks Summer Concert Series
Come out for some of the area's best live entertainment at this free concert series. Beer garden and food available for purchase. Please call for band playing. Location: Dellwood Park, State St. & Woods Dr., Dellwood Band Shell State St. & Woods Dr., Lockport. Brass Buckle Band, July 17th; Suburban Cowboys, Aug 14th; Raise Your Glass, Sept 12th.
Long Grove Apple Fest
Visitors of the annual Apple Fest can expect to have bushels of fun by enjoying the beautiful fall outdoor ambiance and participating in the many activities offered, including free live music throughout the historic village, rock climbing, pony rides, apple pie eating contests and more. Adults $5, children 12 and under free. Visit www.VisitLongGrove.com for more information.
Annual Grape Stomp and Harvest Festival
The Annual Grape Stomp is for those who have the desire to emulate "I Love Lucy" and get their "feet” wet in the wine. There will be wine tasting all day, food by The Catering Company and live music from The Shake performing throughout the day. Yes! is the answer for anyone who wants to come in costume dressed as a Lucy look-a- like and all are welcome to dress up and have fun, there is no charge to enter the Lucy contest. Adding to the fun this year will be a Scarecrow Building Contest. Admission to the event is $5 per person, with 12 and under free. Call for more information to 309-359-9463 or email@example.com.
Al Sears Jazz Festival
The weekend of the Gazebo Art Festival, Macomb’s Western Illinois University hosts the annual Al Sears Jazz Festival, sharing Chandler Park and providing a vibrant atmosphere for music and art lovers alike. The Macomb Public Library also hosts one of its annual book sales and food vendors are available. Art Media Categories include 2-D such as drawing, photography/digital photography, digital art, printmaking, mixed media, painting, fiber arts and 3-D such as clay, jewelry, sculpture, wood and glass.
Macomb Balloon Rally
Enjoy a picnic with the family, while watching beautiful hot air balloons soar in the sky! This event is free and open to anyone who wants to attend. On September 11, the balloons will be flying in at 5:30 pm. Food and live entertainment will kickoff the balloon glow on September 12 from 6 pm to 9 pm.
Gazebo Art Festival
In coordination with the Al Sears Jazz Festival, this event in Macomb's Chandler Park provides a vibrant atmosphere for music and art lovers alike! The Macomb Public Library will also host one of its annual book sales, and food vendors are available. The festival will take place September 19, 9 am to 5 pm.
Macomb Kite Festival
In Conjunction with the Macomb Balloon Rally, this event will feature a professional kite team, and several show kites. Macomb's vibrant kite festival will include activities for all ages and will be happening all day long!
Black Vultures and turkey vultures fly and swoop in the skies surrounding Makanda each fall. Local residents await their return each fall as an end to the hot summer and the beginning of cooler fall weather. This event is a celebration of the Vulture’s annual migration with live music and displays by local artists for purchase. Come join the celebration and see this awesome unique event as these birds return.
Jonamac Orchard and Corn Maze
Bring your family out to our 65 acre site for a day of fall fun this harvest season! Open from mid-August through November, enjoy the horse drawn hay rides, 10 acre corn maze (Beginning Labor Day Weekend), kid's activity area with a barn, bale pile, tractor cab and more. Pick your own apples from any of our nearly 5,000 trees (Begins late August). Stop in our store and visit the bakery for apple donuts, pies, caramel apples and fresh baked bread, and fudge. Pony rides and a petting zoo will be available in the beginning of September. Jonamac Orchard is your family's fall tradition.
Jonamac Orchard Opening Weekend!
We are celebrating the grand opening of our Corn Maze and Activities for the season! During the Grand Opening Weekend, everyone who finds their way out of the maze will get a free apple token! Enjoy the corn maze, petting zoo, kettle corn barn, play area, apple train, apple cannons and launchers and much more! We hope to see you here!
Jonamac Orchard's Haunted Corn Maze
This 10-acre cornfield and 3-miles of winding pathways will take on a Halloween makeover! Adventure seekers should prepare to be scared when they challenge the maze during the Haunting! Open on Fridays and Saturdays from October 2 - 31, 2014
Jonamac Orchard Cider Fest Weekend
Jonamac Orchard is celebrating the first cider pressed this season! Also try a sample of Jonamac’s Apple Wine and new Hard Cider debuting this weekend. There are plenty of apples available for picking in the orchard, and on Sunday enjoy live music from noon to 4pm.
Jonamac Orchard Johnny Appleseed’s Birthday Weekend
This weekend at Jonamac Orchard, we are celebrating Johnny Appleseed’s Birthday with a fun filled weekend of Apple Picking! The apple harvest is in full swing with apple picking open on several varieties. Pony rides will be available all weekend, and on Sunday enjoy live music from noon to 4pm.
Jonamac Orchard Chicago Food Truck Show
This weekend, Jonamac Orchard is having our Annual Chicago Food Truck Show! Come out and get a taste of the Windy City from a variety of Original Chicago Food Trucks, this weekend only! Featuring food from Bridgeport Pasty, La Cocinita Food Truck, and Chubby Weiners! Also this weekend, catch a Hayride to the pick-your-own pumpkin patch, and check out our Pumpkin Cannon as it blasts pumpkins across our firing range. Pony Rides will be available on Saturday and Sunday, and there will be live music on Sunday as well from noon to 4pm.
Jonamac Orchard Antique Farm Equipment Show
Come visit our annual Antique Farm Equipment show featuring working equipment from decades ago! Catch a free hayride to the pick-your-own Pumpkin Patch, and check out our Pumpkin Patch as we blast pumpkins into the air. Pony Rides will be available Saturday, Sunday, and Monday for Columbus Day! Don’t miss our live music on Sunday from Noon to 4pm. Check out our Facebook Page for more information on what is happening around the farm! We are open for Columbus Day from 9-5:30pm with all of our usual weekend activities and activity pricing. This includes our Corn Maze, Apple Cannon and Launcher, Play Areas, Apple Train, Petting Zoo, and more!
Jonamac Orchard Pumpkin PIckin’ Weekend
Come celebrate autumn during Pumpkin Pickin’ Weekend! Catch a free hayride to the pick-your-own pumpkin patch, and check out our Pumpkin Cannon as it blasts Pumpkins into the air. Grab a bag of freshly popped Kettle Corn, and enjoy a crackling apple wood fire in our Campfire Sites! There will be live music on Sunday from Noon to 4pm.
Jonamac Orchard Halloween Bash
Visit our Pumpkin Princess and catch a free hayride to the pick-your-own pumpkin patch! The kids will love our 10 acre corn maze, the Barn Yard Play Area, Apple Train, Apple Launcher, Petting Zoo, and Pony Rides. Enjoy live music on Sunday from noon to 4pm!
Jonamac Orchard Demolition Weekend
It’s Pumpkin Demolition Weekend at Jonamac Orchard! Bring your pumpkin back, or use one of ours to smash, blast, crush, and destroy it in one of our many pumpkin demolition machines! This is your last chance to enjoy our Haunted Corn Maze this season, as our last night will be Halloween Night (Saturday, October 31). Hope to see you there, if you dare!
Maple Park Fun Fest
Maple Park Fun Fest is a classic small town festival geared for big time entertainment. Occurring over Labor Day Weekend, Fun Fest has provided the perfect way to celebrate summer’s end for over 10 years. Visitors enjoy live entertainment, a huge arts and crafts show, car show, 5K Fun Run, Parade, fireworks, and of course, the famous Toilet Bowl Races – those are just a few of the highlights! Both children and adults will find plenty to do all weekend long. Whether it’s participating in the Kid’s Bike Parade, visiting the Fire Station for Touch-A-Truck, or just hanging out in the beer garden enjoying delicious food, Fun Fest will provide a glimpse into our charming community. Come on out and experience the magic of Maple Park Fun Fest.
Southern Illinois Boat & Fishing Show
A weekend long event sponsored by the Youth Outdoor Education Foundation and the Williamson County Tourism Bureau. The show features boats, trailers, trucks, ATVs, fishing tackle, live entertainment and more. Admission and parking is free. Great fun for all ages.
Gem & Mineral Show
Annual Gem and Mineral Show showing off Indian artifacts, fossils, lapidary displays, shell crafts and much more.
Bald Eagle Tours at Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge
Crab Orchard is home to six nesting pairs of resident bald eagles and their offspring. A few nesting sites are visible from public roads throughout the Refuge and eagles are spotted daily. Guided tours visit eagle nests and areas of the Refuge where eagles may be spotted. The cost is $5 for adults and $2.50 for youth under the age of 12, and reservations are required.
Crappie USA Super Tournament
Crappie USA will hold one of the 2015 Super Tournaments on Lake of Egypt in Marion, IL. This will be a guaranteed payout of $10,000 and prizes. The tournament starts at 6:30am and will run until 3pm with a weigh-in at 4pm.
Marshall Autumn Fest
Located on the Courthouse Square and featuring a variety of events, amazing food, live entertainment, vendors and so much family fun. Includes a car/truck/motorcycle show and a large parade on Saturday at 11am.
Quad Cities Marathon
This marathon offers beautiful views of the Mississippi River, entertainment and more. 5 Races to choose from including: Marathon, Half Marathon, 5-Person Relay, 1 Mile Walk, 5K Run/Walk, and kids runs.
Come ride the vintage passenger and freight trains on the former Illinois Central and Illinois terminal trackage. Experience the rails just like the maintenance crew did on a motorcar. All-day-tickets! - As many rides as you want! Also, enjoy the food tent.
Lunch with Santa on the Train
Come out for Lunch with Santa on the Train at the Wabash Depot in Monticello, Illinois, a holiday favorite for kids of all ages. Enjoy a train ride, individual visit with Santa, and kid friendly sack lunch. The ride is about 60 minutes per trip. Reservations required. Tickets go on sale online Saturday, June 6th.
Come and enjoy the live music, kid's activities, food vendors, games, craft booths and more! This features the Paint the Town activity and pet parade. Monticello's premier quality, hometown festival. Many new attractions will be featured this year.
The Polar Express at Monticello Railway Museum
Held at Monticello Railway Museum. Read along with the story as the train makes its round-trip journey to the North Pole. Meet Santa and enjoy caroling, hot chocolate, surprises and a treat. And, for those who believe, a special gift for each child. Children are encouraged to wear their pajamas! Nov 14, Nov 20-21, Nov 27-29 & Dec 4-5. Reservations required. Tickets go on sale June 6th.
Steam Weekend at Monticello Railway Museum (October)
Enjoy the unique experience of riding behind our recently restored 1907 Southern 2-8-0 steam locomotive #401! The 401 runs once a month during our regular operating season.
Grundy County Corn Festival
67th annual Grundy County Corn Festival will be held September 23-27, 2015. The event celebrates the rich agricultural history in Grundy County and offers everything from a farm fair, craft shows, carnival, music and food, food, food. Entertainment of all kinds, food vendors, water fights and a parade on Sunday.
18th Annual Prairie Day
The Annual Prairie Day is a celebration of the prairie environment held in conjunction with National Prairie Week at Goose Lake Prairie State Natural Area. Presentations on the environment and nature play a very important part of the day's activities as well as highlighting on the special features of the park itself. Various presentations, educational talks, and projects for children are the special offerings of the day. All special amenities of the park are open including the Cragg Cabin, the Visitors Center, butterfly barn, nature trails with wagon rides and etc.
Brown Bag Friday Live Entertainment
Live musical entertainment from 11am-1pm provided on the Grundy County Court House Lawn! Brown Bag Friday is sponsored by Grundy Bank. Fridays through Sept 25, 2015.
Cruise Nights in Morris
Years ago there was a tradition in Morris called "Buzzing the Gut", a simple way of saying cruising Liberty Street. Morris is bringing that tradition back to downtown. Any Classic car owners are invited to participate. For a minimal registration fee of $10.00, car owners can display their cars on Liberty Street starting at 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Entry closes at 8:00 p.m. No rain dates. The public is invited to walk around and enjoy these classic cars at no cost! Proceeds go to Grundy Community Hospice. Second Saturdays through October 10.
Columbus Day Family Potluck Campout / Kayak Tour
Camp out on the wooded, sandy beaches of the Illinois River. Includes a potluck dinner on the beach under the stars and there will be campfires on the beach to enjoy! This event is perfect for the first time camper! A full hot breakfast will be served in the morning before setting out on a guided kayak tour for approx. 2 hours. This trip will explore either the Mazon River or the Illinois River and the wildlife along the way!
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.
Labor Day Family Potluck Campout / Kayak Tour
head out for a Gourmet Potluck Campout Glamping-style with a movie and breakfast. We bring/do everything so you can kick back and relax! This event is perfect for the first time camper! A full hot breakfast will be served in the morning before setting out on a guided kayak tour for approx. 2 hours.
4th Annual Corn Festival Fireworks Venetian Kayak Parade
The 4th Annual Corn Festival Fireworks Venetian Kayak Parade / Family Potluck Campout is another great Morris event! Experience "Glamping Style" with a movie and full hot breakfast Organizers bring/do everything so you can kick back and relax.
Shop It Forward
Come out shopping at this special event in beautiful downtown Morris, IL. Brought to you by the merchants that make up Morris Retail Association. Stores will have extended shopping hours. Show your paid receipt from one store to the next and get a discount (participating members only).
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!
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.
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!
Balloons Over Mt. Vernon & Fly-In
The event will host over 15 hot air balloons including a 140 foot Shark balloon that goes by “Sharky” taking flight October 16, 17, and 18, 2015 at the Mt. Vernon Outland Airport. There will be a balloon glow, tether balloon offering paid rides, war birds, VIP seating, sponsor booths, family activities, vendors, crafters, inflatables and much more family fun.
Murphysboro Apple Festival
The Murphysboro Apple Festival is the oldest and largest, alcohol-free festival in Southern Illinois. Over 45,000 people attend the festival each year. During the five days of the Apple Festival, there are numerous activities drawing large crowds such as evening stage shows, carnival/concessions, Queen Contest, Prince and Princess Contest, contests from apple pie eating to apple core throwing, firefighters' water fights, marching band competition, car shows, Appletime 5K Walk/Run and much more. In addition, the festival's Grand Parade is one of the largest parade in Southern Illinois. The parade features an average of about 160 total units, 25 of those marching bands, and a variety of groups and organizations.
Cornfest Family Fun Day
Our popular family picnic returns! Enjoy hot dogs & hamburgers along with roasted corn on the cob, homemade pies, and sweet taffy apples. There will be plenty of entertainment, including games, races, and a fishing tournament for kids. The giant woodpile will be back, so kids can use hammers, nails, and paint to create whatever they want. Make & Take Corn Husk Dolls project. There is no general admission fee, and tickets will be available for all food, drinks, and activities.
Oak Brook Oktoberfest
Welcome to the 5th Annual Oak Brook Park District Oktoberfest! The Park District, combined with the Village and the Ronald McDonald House will feature a softball tournament, live music, food, and beer. Also at the event are Children’s activities (1-5pm), a weekend-long flag football tournament, and other activities!
Come golfing at our mini golf course with this "spooktacular" set up! Ghosts and gruesome goblins inhabit this golf course for the day to create a unique and fun golfing experience!
Fall on the Green Festival
Our annual Fall on the Green Festival is a great event. It begins Friday night September 11th and ends Sunday at 8PM on September 13th. There is a food tent, beer tent, bands, activities for children! It's a great event!
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!
Celebrate fall at this free two day music festival offering a premier line-up, seasonal food, microbrews, wine and Kids' Root Beer Garden. September 18th 4-10 p.m. & September 19th 12-10 p.m.
Follow the Green Pumpkin Trail to collect healthy treats from local businesses and participate in kids' activities including pumpkin painting and costume swap. Join us October 17th from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Home for the Holidays in Downtown Oak Park
Catch the old-fashioned holiday spirit with free horse-drawn sleigh rides and a visit from Santa!
Uncorked at the Oak Park Conservatory
On Friday, September 25th,from 6 to 8pm, attend the Oak Park Conservatory's "Uncorked." See local artists, listen to musicians, and take a tour of the Fern, Tropical and Desert rooms. Admission includes two drinks and food for $15. Adults only.
2015 Frank Lloyd Wright Races
Registration for the 39th Annual Frank Lloyd Wright Races is now open and if you register before September 1, you save $10! The race date is Sunday, October 18, 2015! Bring your racing and running season to a close in historic Oak Park with the flat, fast, and scenic route of the 2015 Frank Lloyd Wright Races, featuring a 5K Run/Walk, the 10K Run, and the Youth Mile for ages 7-14. All events are on Sunday, October 18 and start just east of Oak Park River Forest High School (201 N. Scoville Avenue in Oak Park) at Scoville and Ontario Streets, and finish on Scoville in front of the school. Have questions? Call 708-725-2000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info
Fall Fest at the Oak Park Conservatory
Join us on Sunday, September 27 from 11am-2pm, to celebrate Fall Fest at the Oak Park Conservatory and Rehm Park - free admission! We'll have horse-drawn hayrides, inflatable entertainment, many crafts and activities run by some of our sponsors and delicious food from our local vendors all at Rehm Park! The Rehm Trains will be open during this event. Walk over to the Conservatory where each family will get to pick a pumpkin from our pumpkin patch (while supplies last) and after the kids can decorate their very own masks! All of these fun activities are free, but please bring along some money to enjoy the great offerings from this year's food vendors-cash only at food vendors.
Historic Trolley Tour
Take a great adventure every June through December! Board a trolley outside of the Great Hall area of the Lodge. Enjoy a historic trolley ride with stops at the Starved Rock State Park Visitor Center where you will see a short video of the area. You will also travel to the Illinois Waterway Visitor Center where you will see Starved Rock from across the river and watch as the river traffic lock through the locks. You will also travel through the village of Utica and hear about the Illinois and Michigan Canal. While aboard, the driver will narrate the history and legends of the area. For tickets and information please call 815-220-7386. $12 Adults, $10 Seniors, $8 Child 10 and under. 2014 Dates: JUNE – OCTOBER- Tuesday – 3:00pm, Thursday – 3:00pm, Saturday – 3:00pm, Sunday – 12:00pm & 1:30pm. November & December- Saturday - 12:00pm & 1:30pm, Sunday - 12:00pm & 1:30pm.
Take a Hike & a Lunch - Starved Rock Canyons
Join us for a guided hike from the Lodge to LaSalle and Tonti Canyons. Participants meet in the hotel main lobby of the Lodge to pick up a lunch and a “Starved Rock” backpack. Hikers will stop for lunch once they reach a Canyon. The tour concludes at the Lodge about 2:00pm. Please dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear. Hike will be around 4.5 miles round trip. This hike is classified as strenuous. Lunch includes: your choice of turkey, ham or PB&J, bag of chips, homemade granola bar, piece of fruit and a bottle of water. Advanced reservations are required as space is limited. For more information or to book, call 815-220-7386 Saturday hikes will go to LaSalle Canyon. Depart from Lodge and hikers will stop for lunch once they reach LaSalle Canyon. After lunch, the hike continues to Eagle Cliff and Lover’s Leap. The tour concludes at the Lodge around 2:30 pm. Sunday hikes will go to St. Louis Canyon. The hike will depart from the Lodge and go to the top of Starved Rock then hike to Aurora Canyon. After Aurora Canyon, hikers will go to St. Louis Canyon and stop for lunch. After lunch, the hike continues back to the Lodge and ends around 2:30 pm. Saturday & Sundays through November, 11am-2pm. $17 per person.
Dinner & Evening Cruise on the Belle of the Rock
Tour includes a trolley shuttle to and from the boat. The ride is a relaxing, scenic hour and a half cruise on the Belle of the Rock. It concludes with dinner from our special menu and cheesecake for dessert at Starved Rock Lodge. For more information or to reserve call us at 815-220-7386. $38.50 per person. 5:30p.m.-8:00p.m. Mondays and Thursdays, June through September.
Eagle Watching at Starved Rock State Park
You don’t have to travel north to see these majestic birds of prey. Thousands of eagles migrate south from Canada during the winter and Illinois is one of the homes of the greatest population of wintering bald eagles. The Starved Rock Lodge in Utica offers a “Bald Eagle Trolley Tour” in January and February on Mondays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Viewing birds from the Veranda at the Starved Rock Lodge is good as well. Dress warmly though. This great viewing spot is right outside the doors of the Great Room. If you’d like some exercise, take a hike on one of the trails at the Starved Rock State Park. One trail begins right at the Veranda. For a birds eye view, hike to the top of the Rock. Another popular event is "Eagle Watch Weekend" with activites both at the Starved Rock Lodge and the Illinois Waterway Visitors Center.
The Amazing Race – Starved Rock Style
Spend an exciting day solving devious clues each step of the way and getting to know the Starved Rock Lodge area a little more. Try to be the first to uncover the Legend of Starved Rock. Use your wits, energy and sense of adventure as you race against time and your fellow racers. Enjoy a post-race awards ceremony at the finish line. The Amazing Race is fantastic for families, but children under the age of 8 and guests with limited mobility may find this event too strenuous. Teams are of 2-4 people and at least one person must have a valid drivers license and their own transportation as there is driving involved. Check in for the race will be at 11:15 a.m in the Starved Rock Lodge Lobby. Race start time is 11:30 a.m. $50.00 per couple. 2015 Dates for Amazing Race are: May 17 June 14 & 28 July 12 & 26 August 16 & 30 September 13 & 20.
Afternoon Music at Cattails - Starved Rock Marketplace
Join us for an afternoon of music at Cattails located at the Starved Rock Marketplace at the intersection of US Route 6 and Illinois Route 178. Enjoy a wine tasting along with the music or purchase a glass of wine or bee as you enjoy local musicians in the lovely setting of the patio at Cattails. This event is free and will take place rain or shine. Saturdays from 3:00pm - 6:00pm, May - October. Contact Cattails for more information - call 815-667-4550.
Have you ever wanted to hike all the canyons in the park? Well now you can do it in one day. Hikes leave the Lodge at 8:30a.m. & 9:00a.m. both days. Expected time for lunch is 1:00 & 2:00. Finish times are approximately 4:30 & 5:00p.m. You will board a trolley with a pair of guides and be taken to the east end of the park where you will begin your trek. Included is trolley transportation, guides, boxed lunch (1/2 way) and a specially designed performance T-shirt. $37.00 per person. Reservations a must. Dates 4/25 & 26, 9/26 & 9/27. For more information and to make a reservation please call 815-220-7386.
Valley Carvers Woodcarving Expo
The 27th Annual Valley Carvers Woodcarving Expo returns to Starved Rock Lodge (Great Hall & Starved Rock Room). See over 100 exhibits of woodcarving artists. Outside the Lodge, see chainsaw woodcarving in action. Raffles of woodcarvings and other items. Open to the public. Free admission. This program is partially funded by the Illinois Valley Fine Arts Trust. Last Sunday in September, 9:00am - 5:00pm.
Trolley Tours - Starved Rock
Board a trolley outside of the Great Hall area of the Lodge. Learn about the rich history and legends of Starved Rock State Park and Lodge. Travel to the Lock and Dam, through historic downtown Utica and the Starved Rock Visitor Center. Reservations are recommended. April & May: Saturday 3-4:30 & Sunday 12-1:30, 1:30-3 & 3-4:30. Jun. 1, 2015 - Oct. 31, 2015 , Mon-Sat 3:00pm - 4:30pm, Sun 12:00pm-1:30pm, 1:30pm - 3:00pm, 3:00pm - 4:30pm. June-October: Monday-Saturday 3-4:30 pm, Sundays 12:00-1:30, 1:30-3 & 3-4:30. For more information or to book, call 815-220-7386.
Starved Rock Walkers Club
Join the fun on our weekly, guided hikes! Explore Starved Rock State Park, Matthiessen State Park, the I & M Canal and a nearby Nature Preserve. Every Thursday morning, year round, the Starved Rock Walkers Club meets in the lobby of the Lodge and departs at 9:00 am. Hikes last between 2 and 3 hours, depending on the destination. The hikes vary each week and over a 4-month period, the group will see the entire park. Make some new friends and learn about wildlife, wildflowers and more. This event is free and open to the public. Please note: We will not hike on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve or New Year’s Eve. Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Every Thursday (year round).
Tour de Shawnee Bike ride
Bicyclists meet at the Olive Branch Community Center at 8 AM. Organized bike routes of 15, 30, 45, 62 and 100 mile rides around scenic Horseshoe Lake and area. Entry fee includes: Event bag, chance for attendance prizes. Early registration includes commemorative t shirt.
Music in the Park
The City of Ottawa proudly presents their “Music in the Park” Series every Saturday evening July-Aug at the historic Washington Square Park on Jackson Street. This family friendly event offers a variety of live music for all ages! Don’t forget to bring your lawn chairs, 6pm show time. Rain Location: 807 LaSalle Street.
2015 Dog Days of Summer - Red Dog Grill
Red Dog Grill is Heritage Harbor Ottawa's new full service restaurant. Saturday Evenings 8-11pm, Memorial Day to Labor Day, is music under the tent. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs. Outdoor bar will be open. See website for full schedule.
Pioneer City Rodeo and Labor Day Celebration
Say goodbye to summer in the Pioneer City. Activities include three professional rodeo performances, free entertainment, a carnival, street fair and town-wide yard sales, parade and much more for the whole family. Weekend camping packages available on site.
Annual Wabash Valley Wine and Art Festival
Stroll up and down Palestine's Historic Main Street lined with fine arts, crafts and food. Enjoy free entertainment as you sample wines from more than a dozen central and southern Illinois wineries. Enjoy a relaxing weekend in Illinois' oldest town.
Fort LaMotte Days
Step back in time in an authentically reconstructed fort from the early 1800's. Relive history as settlers, militia, traders and craftsmen gather at Fort LaMotte. Friday is set aside for school children. Saturday and Sunday are open to the public.
Annual Dutch Festival offers fun for the whole family with great entertainment, shopping, activities, and deliciously affordable cuisine!
Monarch Butterfly Festival
Lake Katherine will host its popular festival celebrating the Monarch migration down to Mexico plus all things harvest. Attractions will include a butterfly tent, hayrides, scarecrow making, canoe & kayak rental, children's games & crafts and food vendors.
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.
Fall Hayride and Campfire
October is pumpkin time! Join Lake Katherine for a fall hayride followed by pumpkin painting, treats and songs around the campfire. Registration and payment to be made in person or by mail no later than the Monday before the event. We do not accept telephone registration. $8 per person Program #429.
Autumn in the Park Festival
Autumn in the Park Festival has something for the entire family and then some. Two Chili Cook-Off's, BBQ Rib Competition, entertainment, food, drinks and fun.
Pana Tri-County Fair
Come out to the Tri-County fair! The fair is here to bring together both urban and rural people in a setting that provides entertainment as well as education for all and to help show-case all that the surrounding counties have to offer. Grandstand events include tractor pulls, demo derby and more. Carnival and events for the family.
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.
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.
Traditional Music Festival
Performers from all over the Midwest will entertain on such instruments as mountain and hammer dulcimers, concertinas, bones, autoharps, fiddles, banjos, and guitars. There will be a large clogging platform provided outside the village, which will be filled with cloggers starting at noon on Sunday.