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Come celebrate 95 years of Smiles Day! Schuyler County’s annual festival, Smiles Day, was first held in September 1919. The celebration began as a way to welcome home the soldiers of World War I. In 1969, Smiles Day on the 19th, is combined with the Rushville High School Homecoming activities on the 20th. Smiles Day has always kept the proud tradition of honoring veterans. The event will feature a grand parade which includes over 100 entries as well as a marching band competition. Food booths and entertainment will be held in the vicinity of downtown Central Park.
Trains, Planes and Automobiles
Geneseo’s fastest growing event gets even better. Join Gen-Air for a fly-in luncheon on Thursday, Cruise the Hennepin Canal by golf carts on Friday. Visit downtown on Saturday as the streets fill up with vintage cars from all eras, train engines, model trains, airplanes, food and festivities.
Motel 6 - Harvey
This 22-room property is conveniently located near the I-94 exit, offering clean & comfortable rooms. Free parking is offered during your stay.
Ten Acre Lodge
This beautiful Nauvoo home is situated on ten wooded acres in the country, about 8 miles from the temple. It is a split level and perfect for larger groups or families! There is plenty of room for parking, including RVs. The home features three bedrooms, all with queen beds, on the upper level, sharing a full-bath. The large living room has plenty of seating with a large spacious sectional that is also a sleeper sofa. Pianist will enjoy the Yamaha grand piano! And Also enjoy the Overhead Projection system with BluRay player and DISH network available for movie night with the family. High speed wireless internet is available throughout the home. The spacious kitchen will accommodate large families and has everything you need for your home away from home! Downstairs is a large family room with a couch and futon, and a beautiful fireplace as a center for family visiting. This room has been recently remodeled and also features a flat screen TV with DISH and BluRay player. There is a full bath with shower and tub on this level. The home has central air-conditioning for comfort during the summer months. The home comfortably sleeps 8 adults, and there is room for children and toddlers in sleeping bags on the floor. Large families will appreciate the seclusion of this home, where there is plenty of room on the back deck for bar-b-que, and the newly added fire pit area is great for a campfire for family games and fun, yet just a few minutes from historic old Nauvoo!
Downtown Trick or Treat Night
Located on the historic I & M Canal, nostalgic downtown Morris offers a rich history and continues to be the gathering place year after year for community festivals. Morris Downtown Development Partnership, Inc. For more information visit www.shopmorrisil.com.
Dinner and Christmas Concert
Lovely Christmas music by the Prairie Singers and a delicious holiday meal by the Cheese Shop of Ottawa. Reservations required. Reddick Mansion Association.
RM Champagne Salon
The nationally-revered nightlife visionaries of Element Collective created this opulent, accessibly elegant wine and Champagne salon. The lavish 1,500-square-foot space off Green St. is discreetly tucked-away at the foot of a secluded cobblestone alley. Sit among flowers, topiaries and tea lights in the 150-seat courtyard in this popular city hideaway.
Come out to Hickory Hills Park District's annual Pumpkin Fest & enjoy rides, games, balloon sculptures, face painting & music. Don't forget to bring your camera!
CITY: Hickory Hills
Fall Corn Festival
Come and enjoy a full day of fun at the park that includes an antique tractor and engine exhibit, parade of power, kiddie pedal tractor pull, corn cook-off, the cow train, food, craft vendors, music, corn cook-off and corn-on-the-cob eating contest. Plus, see if you can make it through this year's Great Godfrey Maze.
Lynfred Winery's Oktoberfest
When the grapes begin to arrive at Lynfred and the crush begins we all know what's right around the corner Lynfred 's annual Oktoberfest! The celebration of Oktoberfest at Lynfred began over two decades ago continues to be a festival that is remembered by all. Two days of German sing-a-longs, grape splitting, grape stomping, cork tossing and barrel races! Bring your friends, bring your family and bring your appetite!
Shades of Autumn
"Shades of Autumn" is the annual fall festival at Stade's Farm & Market. Located in McHenry County in northern Illinois, Shades of Autumn is a great place to bring the whole family to enjoy nature's bounty, plus great entertainment, during the most beautiful time of the year. During Shades of Autumn, you can experience a day on the farm filled with family fun. Runs weekends Sept. 8, 2012 through October 28, 2012.
James Myler Manor
Ground floor accommodations include a master bedroom/bath suite featuring a king size bed and a double queen room across the hall. A basic equipped kitchen, dining room, bath and a two story great room with a large screen TV complete the first floor. The back of the home is open and airy with two story windows that give you a beautiful view of the common area. Upstairs, there is a loft with seating and a secretary's desk, two more baths and three bedrooms, including a duplicate of the master suite on the first floor, a single queen bedroom and a large queen bedroom with four singles in two bunk beds. Each bedroom has a large closet and is furnished with a large dresser. In the basement there are laundry facilities, another bathroom and four twin beds. Constructed in 2006, the floor plan is 2,690 square feet and sleeps sixteen to twenty guests. The home has five bedrooms and six full bathrooms between the three levels. The two story great room with living area, dining area and large windows provide an excellent view of the Hyrum Kimball Village Pavilion and recreation area. The home is fully furnished and tastefully decorated.
Odyssey Fun Farm
Features a corn maize, pumpkin patch, petting zoo, pig races, corn cannons, hay rides, zip line and much more! Nighttime attractions include a zombie safari ride and nighttime flashlight corn maize.
CITY: Tinley Park
Uptown Grill's Playlist Theater presents: The Brothers Comatose
Playlist Theater, a cozy concert nook inside LaSalle's famed Uptown Grill, has been entertaining the Starved Rock area since 2006. This venue has hosted dozens of national acts, many of whom are quick to add the Playlist Theater as a favorite stop on their next tour. Enjoy music from The Brothers Comatose at 8pm. $25 general admission.
Dinner & A Little History in LaSalle
Cowboy Randy Erwin presents "Singing, Yodelin', and Trick Ropin'" at our September session. Hear and participate in music that has made the cowboy such a special part of American history during a show featuring music, folklore, and history - with rope tricks as well! Learn about the origins of cowboy culture, how they lived, worked, and spun tall tales; and about the animals cowboys worked in their daily lives. Pick up some trick-roping tips! Mr. Erwin has performed all over the United States, created four nationally distributed CDs, contributed music for several film scores, including Walt Disney's "Home on the Range". 5:30pm - 8:00pm. Reservations required. $24 CCA Members, $29 Non-Members. Canal Corridor Association.
Spooky Lectures: A Customary Funeral by Mick Henneberry
Hegeler Carus Mansion 2014 Events Friday, October 10, 2014 at 7:00pm Spooky Lectures: A Customary Funeral by Mick Henneberry. For prices, information or to register for events (all registration is done online), please visit www.hegelercarus.org.
It's a Wonderful Life
It's a Wonderful Life. Located on the historic I & M Canal, Nostalgic Downtown Morris offers a rich history and continues to be the gathering place year after year for community festivals. For more information visit www.shopmorrisil.com.
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.
A Carpenters Christmas
Based on the music of The Carpenters’ two holiday albums and Christmas variety shows, singer and playwright Lisa Rock and her six-piece band bring their unforgettable songs to the stage. Enjoy tunes such as Merry Christmas Darling and the jazzy Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town. A holiday concert that spreads joy and cheer to all!
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!
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!
Marcus Addison Cinema
The Marcus Addison Cinema is your premiere entertainment destination with 21 state-of-the-art auditoriums. The facility can accommodate rentals for group outings, corporate events, birthday parties & various other occasions.
Festival of Arts & Crafts Shows
The quality, uniqueness and originality of the artists and crafters brings the customers back year after year!
CITY: Tinley Park
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. The marathon runs through 4 Cities - Moline, Rock Island, Davenport, and Bettendorf. It also crosses 3 Bridges I-74, Centennial, and Government bridges. Get the chance to run through 2 States - Illinois and Iowa and across the Rock Island Arsenal Island.
For more than 50 years Italian Village Pizza & Pasta has been a social gathering place for great food and fun in Carbondale. Thousands of locals, Salukis and area visitors have provided their autographs and notable memories on the walls of their main dining rooms. Enjoy delicious pizza, complimentary ice cream, and a full salad bar, all in the presence of good company!
Fort Obie Rendezvous and Living Hitory Encampment
Visit the old world featuring a tipi encampment, black powder shoots, pre-1840 demonstrations, bow-shoots, tomahawk and knife throwing, primitive fire-starting, and 1840 trade goods. Open: 10am to 5pm on Saturday, and 10am to 3pm on Sunday. Admission $2.00 per person.
Old Settlers’ Day and Colony School Reunion
Celebrate the 166th anniversary of the Bishop Hill Colony and the 116th year of the Old Settler’s Association. Enjoy a traditional chicken dinner, the High Society Band Concert and program featuring Bishop Hill Colony descendants’ speakers. Sunday a reunion of students and teachers from the Bishop Hill Colony School takes place and memories are shared. Hours: 11:30 am to 3 pm.
CITY: Bishop Hill
Country Corner Fall Flea Market
Enjoy a large Flea Market with over 20 vendors each day displaying their wares for sale from 10am to 5pm. Hayrack Rides, U-Pick Pumpkins, Corn Maze. Fall Fun Park Hours: 10:30am to 6pm.
Johnny Appleseed Festival
Crystal Lake's largest one-day event brings families and the community together to celebrate Fall. Activities for the day will include live music, entertainment, pony rides, petting zoo, pumpkin train, pumpkin bowling, clowns, face painting, story telling, temporary tattoos, wagon rides, craft fair, Farmers Market, and so much more! Meet and greet Johnny Appleseed himself, as he strolls the streets of downtown, telling his story.
CITY: Crystal Lake
Family fun! Music, kids, entertainment, crafts, inflatables, fun fair games, crafts & a pumpkin patch. Family fun entertainment, come and enjoy with friends and family!
Meadows Monster - "Dual at Dawn"
Meadows Monster - "Dual At Dawn" race offers the runner/cyclist the opportunity to enjoy the cool fall temperatures and beauty of the season.
This Olde Housewalk
Tour 6 vintage homes in Joliet's historic Cathedral Area. The homes include those of David and Nan Clinton of 355 North Raynor Avenue, Michael and Amy Gahan of 1201 Campbell Street, Carrol Spencer of 509 Western Avenue, Robert and Elizabeth Dow of 1003 Western Avenue, Bob Richards and Nicole Mikuzis of 505 North Raynor Avenue, and Dawn McKenna of 606 Buell Avenue. Porch lunches are available before the walk for $12.50 each. The housewalk begins at 11AM and ends at 5PM.
Centennial Family Camp Out
The Centennial Family Camp Out is complete with games, dinner, a campfire, movies and s'mores. All you need to bring is your tent, sleeping bags, and the family! The campfire and movies begin at dusk.
CITY: Palos Park
Early Tin Dusters Fall Color Run
Behold the bright bursts of color all around Quincy as nearly 900 sweet pre-1949 vehicles roll into town for the 39th Annual Color Run.
World Music Festival Chicago
Hear traditional and contemporary music from diverse cultures by acclaimed musicians from around the world during the 16th Annual World Music Festival Chicago. Performances and events, many of which are family-friendly, will be at a variety of locations throughout the city. Lineup to be announced.
32nd Annual Doc Spackman Triathlon
Come to southern Illinois and compete in one of the most long-standing triathlons in the world - the 32nd Doc Spackman Triathlon Festival. New this year are two triathlon distances to choose from- the ever popular Doc Spackman “Classic” Triathlon (350m. swim, 5 mile bike, 2 mile run) and the new Spackman Sprint Triathlon (700m. swim, 10 mile bike, and 4 mile run). The event also offers a Kids/Family .5 mi run/walk, followed by a Standup Paddle board timed race — perfect for kids of all ages.
Little Goat Diner
Chicago's favorite "Top Chef" Stephanie Izard has again teamed up with Boka Restaurant Group for her spin on an East Coast diner. Experience old-school diner traditions like a stool-lined counter and breakfast served all day. Stop in before closing to grab a late night bite like tiramisu and milkshakes. The attached bread shop serves up coffee drinks and sandwiches all day, and visitors can purchase merchandise or attend a private event or cooking class there.
SPAA THEATER is focused on providing quality stage plays and much need programs, such as their; CSI & Film Camps, Adult Acting, Writing & Speaking Classes, SPAA Master's Certification Classes, SPAA Children's Theater, SPAA Radio, SPAA TV and Much more! They are dedicated to providing, developing and enhancing "Edutainment" (Education & Entertainment) through programs, live productions and commitment to the surrounding communities.
CITY: Park Forest
Silver City Treasures
Silver City Treasures offers antiques and collectibles in the grand tradition of all purveyors of objects d'art and objects d'junque, they buy sell and trade just about anything of value although theyhave a personal penchant for the odd and unusual, the grotesque and goofy. The stranger the item, the better they like it! On any given day you might find a silver tea kettle from the 1700s, a brass hook shaped like a mermaid, a hand-carved African fertility god, an ultra-cool set of vinyl and aluminum rock 'n' roll bar stool or a reproduction Andy Warhol poster. A Peter Max maybe-maybe-not reproduction poster and much more! Silver City Treasures is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every day of the week except Thursday.
The Gallery House, built in the early 1900’s, is now a fabulous family retreat, nestled in the heart of Nauvoo, allowing you to leisurely walk the historic and quaint shops down Mulholland Street, on your way to the temple. Enjoy your evenings on the enclosed front porch after you walk across the street to indulge in an ice cream cone from the Mayfly Shop. Grab a frisbee or football from the closet and enjoy an evening outdoors on the beautiful lawn and under the welcoming shade trees around the home. The Gallery House is one of only a handful of vacation homes available right on Mulholland Street, the main street of Nauvoo, and just four blocks from the Nauvoo Temple! This delightful cottage was once considered for a local art gallery and is now tastefully decorated with giclee’s and prints of the LDS Nauvoo Era. There are scenes done locally by artists you won’t see anywhere else. With LDS videos and books, games and toys, your family will enjoy a relaxing and memorable Nauvoo experience.
Afternoon Tea with Mary Todd Lincoln
Please join us for an afternoon of sweets, savories and tea. Mary Todd Lincoln will be in attendance and will tell stories about her life with her husband, the President. $15.00, Reddick Mansion Association.
Tales of Terror by Tricia Kelly
Hegeler Carus Mansion 2014 Events Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 7:00pm Tales of Terror by Tricia Kelly. For prices, information or to register for events (all registration is done online), please visit www.hegelercarus.org.
This Abba tribute takes the audience back in time, recreating one of the world's finest pop groups on stage. Enjoy all of the favorites including, Mamma Mia, Voulez Vous, Dancing Queen, Winner Takes It All, Super Trouper and many more.
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.
Broadway’s Next H!T Musical
Every song is fresh. Every scene is new. Every night is different. It’s all improvised and it’s all funny! Master improvisers create an evening of music, humor and laughter gathered from made-up, hit song suggestions from the audience, turning it into a full-blown improvised musical.
Frank Lloyd Wright Races
Now in our 38th year! Bring your racing and running season to a close in historic Oak Park with the flat, fast, and scenic route of the 2014 Frank Lloyd Wright Races. The races feature a 5k Run/Walk, 10k Run, and a Youth Mile for ages 7-14. All events are on Sunday, October 19th and start just east of the Oak Park River Forest High School at Scoville and Ontario Streets, and finish on Scoville in front of the school.
CITY: Oak Park
The Behind Closed Doors Tour
The Behind Closed Doors Tour takes place on the third Saturday in October from 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. Several homes and buildings are selected to be on this tour representing the different architectural styles found in Quincy.
Comedian Nick Swardson
Every so often, a comedian comes along who emerges as a triple threat: comedian, actor and writer/producer. Nick Swardson is one of the most exciting artists to have taken on this role. He is best known for his recurring role as Terry Bernadino in the comedy series Reno 911!, Tickets going on sale July 18, 2014 at 10:00 AM. Nick's 40+ date tour will commence in Austin, Texas where he'll be filming his special! Nick Swardson will be at the historic Egyptian Theatre in Downtown DeKalb, IL on Wednesday, September 17 at 8:00 PM. The Egyptian Theatre box office will be open for walk-up and phone sales on Friday, July 18 at 10:00 AM when tickets go on sale to the general public. All tickets are $39.50 and are reserved. Tickets can be purchased at www.egyptiantheatre.org or www.livenation.com
Windy City Thunderbolts
The Windy City ThunderBolts baseball brings affordable family entertainment all summer long at Standard Bank Stadium. 2007 & 2008 Frontier League Champions! Call to reserve groups or parties today!
Hamilton's "110 N. East"
Elegant Banquet Facility for both large and small events
Canal Connection 10K
This year marks the 165th Anniversary of the opening of the Illinois-Michigan Canal. Join runners in the Canal Connection and run along the Canal Tow path and end it the historic village of Utica.
Clover Leaf Motel
This 22-room property is conveniently located near the I-94 exit, offering clean & comfortable rooms. Free parking is offered during your stay.
CITY: South Holland
Glitter has over 100,000 different items in stock and new items added weekly. Choose from a wide selection of jewelry, cosmetics and clothing in sizes from youth girl to 3X. Hours: Mon. - Sat. 10am - 8pm and Sun. 11am - 5pm
Charles Hales Home
The Charles Hales Home is a historic Mormon pioneer home with modern amenities in the Hyrum Kimball Village, perfect for your family vacation to Nauvoo. On the first floor there is a master bedroom with a king bed, and a large king bedroom across the hall. Also on the first floor is a full kitchen, dining room, great room/family room and a full bathroom. This floor has a vaulted ceiling above the great room and dining room area with a grand staircase to the second floor loft (with queen size sofa sleeper). The back of the home is open and airy with two story windows that bathe the home with light. The second floor has two king bedrooms and one queen bedroom. In the hall are two full bathrooms with sinks in a vanity. The basement has a full laundry room with washer and dryer.
Built in 1929, this old-fashioned country hotel has every room decorated differently. Enjoy the rich colors of Calhoun County and the Illinois River at this quaint country inn. Reservations are required.
Siegel's Cottonwood Farm - Military Appreciation Weekend
As a Thank You from the Siegel Family, Siegel's Cottonwood Farm invites all active and veteran military members and their families to come spend a day "Down on the Farm." Enjoy plenty of "Affordable Fun on the Farm"® with free admission! All Military personnel, veterans and their families will enjoy over 20 fun activities like a petting zoo, hayrides, train rides, obstacle courses, a cornfield maze and more! Come celebrate the military servicemen and women in your lives at the farm from 10am to 6pm.
Statesville Haunted Prison®
The Prisoners have rioted, the guards have fled, a darkness has seized control of this Maximum Security Prison and our Warden has opened the gates for visitors. After the prisoners have processed "The Meat/Visitors", you will be forced to find your way through 23 maximum security cells and come eye to eye with over 100 criminals that were too evil to die. Statesville Haunted Prison®. No one escapes.
Octoberfest in Coal City
The 29th Annual Octoberfest in Coal City includes craft stations, food, entertainment, a parade, children's games, inflatables and a kiddie parade. This Village of Coal City event is a fun time for the whole family!
CITY: Coal City
October Moonlight Tours
If you’ve seen the grandeur of the Mansion during the day, just wait until it gets dark! Amid diffused lighting and soft shadows, guides will take guests back in time to tell the story of the Hegeler Carus family and their extraordinary home. Tours available: Friday, October 24 & 31, 2014 at 9:00pm, 10:00pm, 11:00pm. Online registration is required.
Offering premium baked goods, specialty cakes, wedding cakes and lunch items, including soups, salads and sandwiches.
Phillips Park Golf Course
The state-of-the-art golf course boasts modern features like “USGA” Greens, multiple tees, larger greens, strategically placed bunkers and water hazards, cart paths, a driving range and a three hole Junior Course. The new driving range has both “All Weather Teeing Surface” for inclement weather and a massive grass tee for a more realistic feel. Phillips Park Golf Course is a quality championship caliber golf course. With three sets of tees, the golf course ranges from 4,760 yards to 6,200 yards, providing a wide range of challenge for varying abilities.
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.
The Anthropology Museum at Northern Illinois University is proud to announce that Forensic Anthropologist, Award-Winning Author, and a Producer of the TV series "Bones", Kathy Reichs, will make an appearance.
American Folk Art Show
Extraordinary handmade arts and crafts made by award winning artisans. Reproductions of antique American furniture, historic crafts, folk art, primitives, unique Halloween, Christmas creations! Also some original antiques.
CITY: St. Charles
Rockford Greek Fest - Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church
Greek Fest offers authentic Grecian food, pastries and a marketplace with jewelry, clothes, books and a variety of gifts. Friday night is "American Night" featuring entertainment by "Men of our Times." The taverna will be open Friday night through Sunday night. Church tours will be offered and kids' entertainment provided. There will be a live Greek band on Saturday and Sunday.
Festival of Lights
Smile, laugh, be de-lighted at the East Peoria Festival of Lights! The festival features the fantastic Folepi's Winter Wonderland lighted drive-through display, open from Thanksgiving through New Year's Eve, and many other events during December including a competitive run, gift show, theatrical productions and more. The Festival of Lights annual Parade of Lights covers three miles of Washington Street starting on one side of the city and ending just past downtown. The parade features floats shaped entirely from lights, including Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, the chopper motorcycle float illuminated with LED lights, a 70-foot long float of the famous Clydesdale horse team pulling a delivery wagon, Frosty the Snowman, the starship Enterprise illuminated with 48,000 LED light bulbs, and the 95-foot-long smoke-spewing China dragon.
CITY: East Peoria
Ride of the Zombies
Ride of the Zombies is a costume-themed cycling and Family Fun Fair charity event designed to benefit Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago's Sleep Medicine Department. Cyclists can choose between a 25- or 50-mile route, riding McHenry County's flat to gently rolling country roads, passing beautiful scenic farms. The family members who stay behind can enjoy the Family Fun Fair, games, food, entertainment, and local artist booths. Presented by Bike Connection of Schaumburg and Children's Sleep Advocacy Foundation.
Run Your Ice Off
Over 200 runners participate in this annual “Hardcore” 5k race held, snow, rain or shine beginning at 11am.
Celebrate the winter holidays in the traditional way. Holiday decorations, gifts, games, and historic reenactments come alive in our reproduction log cabins.
CITY: South Holland
Tower Pizza and Mexican
Can't decide between delicious pizza and tantalizing Mexican food. Head to Tower Pizza and Mexican for an amazing selection of both!
World's Largest Knitting Needles and Crochet Hook
The World's Largest Knitting Needles and Crochet Hook are located inside The Yarn Studio in downtown Casey, Illinois. In order to make it in to the Guinness Book of World Records shop owner, Jeanette Huisinga, had to knit and crochet a 10X10 square with the largest tools. Knitting Needles are 13ft .75in and 25 pounds each. Crochet Hook measures at 6ft. 1.5in and weight is 9lbs.
This longtime eatery known for its massive salad bar plus comfort-food classics & a nostalgic vibe has become an icon in Chicago.
Savanna Museum and Cultural Center
This 3 story historic building contains artifacts telling the story of this Mississippi River community. Noteworthy displays include over 80 mannequins dressed in authentic Civil War uniforms, native son & famous big-band musician Wayne King memorabilia, railroad artifacts and running model RR layout Savanna Ordnance Depot artifacts and much more.
Ugly Sweater Extravaganza
Ugly Sweater Extravaganza. Located on the historic I & M Canal, Nostalgic Downtown Morris offers a rich history and continues to be the gathering place year after year for community festivals.
Corn Maze 5K
Run or walk the 5k entirely through the World's Largest Corn Maze. Definitely an a-maze-ing experience that is so corny it's crazy. Weave through 100's of turns on the clearly marked course through Richardson Adventure Farm's 33 acre corn maze.
CITY: Spring Grove
Capital City Century Cycling
The Capital City Century (CCC) is one of the oldest cycling events in central Illinois, attracting hundreds of riders from multiple states. The CCC is a recreational ride (not a race!) for riders of all ages and ability levels. Riders have distance options of 10 to 100 miles over flat to slightly rolling terrain. A special double metric (125 mile) Challenge option is also offered.
Chicago Fire Soccer Club
Come out and cheer on the Chicago Fire! Experience the fun and excitement of Major League Soccer at Toyota Park today!
Legendary country singer Kenny Rogers will perform at Liberty Bank Alton Amphitheater this September. He was recently awarded the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award by the County Music Association in 2013. He has also won awards for album of the year (Water & Bridges), favorite all time country duet (Islands In the Stream), favorite male country artist, male vocalist of the year, single of the year and many more. His first major award was a 1977 Grammy for best male country vocal performance for “Lucille.” He also won the Academy of Country Music Awards in 1977 for top male vocalist, single of the year and song of the year. Rogers has sold over 130 million albums worldwide since he began his musical career in the mid 1950s.
The Colaw Rooming House
Return to Rt. 66, circa 1947, when you overnight at The Colaw Rooming House. Where you'll experience travel on the Mother Road before Interstates and motel chains were the norm. Located just 2 blocks from Rt. 66 in quaint Atlanta, Illinois, The Colaw Rooming House offers three bedrooms, two full baths, a charming living room with fireplace, dinning room, curved front porch, and delightful yellow and red 1940's kitchen. To further enhance your step back in time, your stay includes a complimentary breakfast at The Palms Grill Cafe-Atlanta's fully restored, circa 1935 small town diner. For more information please visit our website www.thecolawhouse.com
The Millennium Reserve
The Millennium Reserve stretches from downtown Chicago to the Indiana border and suburban Park Forest. It encompasses numerous neighborhoods, the Southeast lakefront, and 37 South suburban municipalities. In aggregate, the Reserve includes a collection of over 15,000 acres of open space such as parks, trails, wetlands, and forest preserves; Making it ideal for runners, bikers and kayakers alike.
The Neighborhood Co-op
If there's one thing the Neighborhood Co-op is known for, it's good food. Between the grocery store and the deli area, this one-stop-shop has everything you need for the perfect meal. Enjoy the fresh taste of locally grown produce, shop the work of Carbondale's thriving art scene, and feast on a hearty sandwich, made with all-organic products.
Village of Itasca's Oktoberfest
Oktoberfest will feature music, German food and drinks, and other entertainment for people of all ages.
Annual Pumpkin Festival
Celebrate the harvest season this fall at Sgt. Means Park for their largest event of the year, the Annual Pumpkin Festival! Enjoy hayrides, face painting, a corn maze, a pumpkin patch, and much more! This event is loaded with great activities and tons of family fun. You won’t want to miss it!
CITY: Olympia Fields
Charleston Challenge 40 Mile Relay
Are you looking for a new and exciting race? Check out the 40 Relay covering the Southeast corner of Coles County! The 40 mile loop course can be run individually or with up to 4 runners.
Bailey's Coffee & Fudge
At Bailey's we offer more than just coffee and treats, because we are more than your typical coffee shop. Our family-owned business means we do more than pour your coffee - we treat you like one of us. So, come on in and stay a while. Connect on our free WiFi or kick back and relax with friends.
Hyrum Smith Farm
The Hyrum Smith Farm is perfect for extended family get-togethers! This historic farm is just one mile from the temple and sleeps up to twenty comfortably. A complete remodel was finished in May 2008 and the home was made ready for families to enjoy beginning June 2008. The original pioneer brick home is 16 x 24 and is used as a dormitory with four bunk beds. The two story brick addition added in 1850 contains two master bedrooms upstairs with king beds, and two bedrooms downstairs with queen beds, plus a parlor with a queen size sofa sleeper. A later addition to the home has a family room with another sofa sleeper, TV/DVD and full bath and laundry. Adjacent to the family room is a full kitchen with all the appliances and kitchenware needed for all the guests in the home. Another addition to the north side has another bedroom with queen size bed, and a large game room and full bathroom. Remodeling included new paint, carpeting and furnishings throughout this home plus the addition of two more bathrooms for convenience and central heat and air for comfort! All utensils, dishware, linens, and towels are provided. A washer & dryer are also provided for guest use. High speed internet is available as well.
Bike Crawl for Food Pantry
Participants ride their bikes from bar to bar sponsor, play games. and raise money for The Local Food Pantry returning to Ninth Street Pub for poker run door prizes and smokehouse food - 815-223-8960 for details. 11:00 sign up, 12 noon start. $15 donation.
Dinner & A Little History in Lockport
Topic: "Searching for Marquette: A Pilgrimage in Art". Through monuments and artwork, Ruth D. Nelson retells the story of the 17th-century French Jesuit missionary-explorer, Father Jacques Marquette, the celebrated surveyor of the Mississippi River. But his expedition down the Great River was only part of the Marquette legacy, which began on the southern shore of Lake Superior and ended on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan. Searching for Marquette follows his journey through today's cities and towns in Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Arkansas to uncover French relics, Native-American royalty, and hearty settlers in a drama of faith, the fur trade and the future of America's heartland. Speaker: Ruth Nelson lives in Downers Grove, Illinois and writes on art in the Midwestern United States. Reservations required. 6:00pm - 8:30pm, Public Landing Restaurant, $24 CCA Members, $29 Non-Members.
Haunted History Tour
Listen to ghost stories at the Reddick Mansion and take walking tour of Ottawa's notorious haunted spots. The story of William Reddick is a classic of the American tradition. Born in another country, facing adversity and hardship, Reddick overcame obstacles and excelled in his life through hard work and ingenuity.
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.
Midnight in Morris
Celebrate the season and shop in beautiful downtown Morris, located on the historic I & M Canal. Check out all the specials and shop late for all your holiday gifts and supplies. The shops are open from 8:00pm to midnight specifically for this event.
All Seasons Apple Orchard
Take a wagon ride to the orchard where you will be surrounded by thousands of apples trees and 12 varieties of apples and pears. Enjoy seasonal activities like pumpkin picking and the corn maze. There is also a cow train, goat bridge, corn crib, giant swings, a spider web, jumping pillow and a petting zoo. The weekends even have pig races and a magic show for the kids. Take your whole family down for some apple picking and make sure to stick around for the many other activities.
44th Annual Abraham Lincoln National Railsplitting Festival
From the Civil War Ball to the railsplitting, you'll learn about a unique piece of Route 66 and Lincoln, IL history.
Moonshine Brewing Company
Old Wisconsin barn boards cover the walls and two murals of Prohibition-era bootleggers hover above Moonshine's two glowing red bars, where cocktails served in glass jars are the drinks of choice. Thanks to an in-bar brewery added in spring 2008, Moonshine brews are a popular pick, too. During the summer months, locals spend the day and night enjoying cocktails on the dog-friendly patio. An eclectic menu includes everything from pulled pork tacos to burgers to vegan pizza.
Arts in Central Park
One of Central Illinois' finest art shows! This is a juried art show, featuring a beautiful location in Central Park, with its historic Transfer House and magnificent fountain. Enjoy art activities, an art shop for kids, live entertainment, food booths, and many art vendors.
44th Annual Christmas Crossroads Craft Show
Christmas Crossroads, presented by the Lockport Woman's Club, has been a crowd pleaser since its inception in 1971. Featured this year will be 185-190 artisans and craftsmen from a 6 state area, selling such items as Christmas wreaths, centerpieces, ornaments, dolls and doll clothes. Also highlighted are hand painted glass and windows, bath salts and soaps, purses, plus quilted and sewn creations, dog/cat items, music boxes, jewelry, pottery, candles, garden art, and photographs. Also included are children's and women's clothing, a variety of Christmas angels and snowmen, herbal vinegar's and oils, dips, floral, furniture, American Girl/Bitty Baby accessories and wooden and country crafts. Local organizations participating include Trinity, Lockport Boy Scout Troop 63, Lockport Lion's Club, St. John Episcopal Church and Hospice. All proceeds from the show are used for collegiate, vocational and summer camp scholarships. In addition, community projects and various charities including Will County Historical Society, Lockport Township Park District, and holiday baskets to the needy are supported. 8:30am-5:00pm Sat, 9:30am - 3:30 pm Sun. $3.00 Adults, $2.00 Senior Citizens, $1.00 Students(6-18yrs), 5& under Free.