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Shawnee Hills Wine Trail - Wine & Food Pairing Weekend
Shawnee Hills Wine Trail presents Fall on the Wine Trail: A progressive tour of the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail. Each of 12 unique wineries will present you a sample of a wine/food pairing! Tickets are $35/person - advanced purchase only.
Annawan Fun Days
It’s all about the kids! Festivities are held at Howe’s Park and feature kid friendly activities like an obstacle course, pedal tractor pull, water fights, and the Twinkie train! Evenings offer a movie, food, nightly entertainment, and fireworks – first of the season in Henry County! After the Sunday parade, have a slice of pie or buy one to take home from the annual auction.
Taste of Downtown
Eat, drink and be merry! Sample a variety of Downtown Alton's local flavors from your favorite downtown dining and drinking establishments. Enjoy the classic flavors that Alton is known for...toasted ravioli, fresh pastas, pepperloin steak, as well as unique twists on traditional favorites, like, wild mushroom stuffed toasted ravioli, cinnamon bread pudding drenched in whiskey sauce and fried canneloni.
Midsummer Picnic Pairings, a Wine & Food Pairing Event
Join us for a Midsummer Celebration and enjoy delightful picnic style pairings with your favorite Shawnee Hills Wine Trail Wines. With summer in full force, a relaxing outdoor picnic is just what the doctor ordered. Grab a few friends and enjoy fresh, local foods of the season with award-winning reds, whites and rose's from your favorite wineries. How it Works: Pre-purchase your ticket online and select your starting point. The first winery that you visit will give you a souvenir wine glass and your tasting ticket. Bring your ticket to each location along the trail to enjoy your pairings. Leave your completed/stamped tasting ticket at the last winery visited to be entered for a chance to win a great prize from one of our associate members. We invite you to join us for a progressive tasting along the trail and enhance your appreciation and enjoyment of our wines paired with delicious samples.
GrapeVine Bluegrass Festival
One of the few true American musical forms, bluegrass - that high, lonesome sound created by Bill Monroe over 50 years ago - has steadily gained in popularity over the years, and for good reason. It's natural. It's organic. We are proud to present a few of the finest bluegrass acts to be found anywhere. Hosted by local bluegrass heroes Firebox, Tuscan Hills Winery will have two days of amazing picking, beautiful bowing and soaring vocal harmonies - we can't think of a more harmonious way to bring the summer to a close! This is a rain or shine event. Bring your lawn chairs! There will be a variety of great food and beverages including water, soda, coffee, tea, beer and wine available for purchase on the festival grounds. Parking is free and within 25 to 100 yards away from the venue & of course handicapped parking is available. All ages are welcome. Be sure to check out the web address for more information on tickets and pricing: http://www.grapevinebluegrass.com.
4th Annual Crusin’ To The Dairy Car Show
On September 3 at the Union Dairy in Freeport from 4 pm to 8 pm, cruise in to this great old fashioned ice cream parlor with great cars, 50's and 60's music, and more. Music by 3-D Sound. Hourly drawings for food prizes. Souvenir t-shirts. No entry fee.
Farmers Market Thornton
Market in the Park will operate every Wednesday June 15th- September 28th, rain or shine. Featuring Dotsons Farms, unique hand crafted items and more. W 8AM-2PM.
Deerfield's Annual Fine Arts Festival
Fun for the whole family featuring art from across the U.S., live music, catered festival food, kid's art activities and more! Artists representing media such as painting, photography, jewelry, fiber, sculpture, mixed media and ceramics from 20 states will be exhibiting.
River's Edge Cafe
More than just a cup of coffee; a place for minds to meet. A well-made latte paired with a scrumptious sandwich? Yes, please! River’s Edge Café serves up a strong brew with amazing pastries in the morning and unbeatable soups, salads and sandwiches in the afternoon. The options here are outstanding! They have organic and gluten-free options that are deceivingly delicious.
Sunday Blues at Prairie State Winery
Bloody Mary Sundays in Genoa! Kick your Sunday Blues at our Genoa Tasting Room! We will be serving up wine bloody marys complete with all the fixin's all day long. Kick back and enjoy the live music from 1:30pm to 4:30pm. Pack a picnic from home or order in from a local restaurant. Reservations for music events always open the Monday before and will be held until 15 minutes before music starts. No outside alcoholic beverages. Must be 21 to enter. Held May 15 & 29
Jazz Patio and Wine Festival
All that Jazz. Join us on Saturday, August 6 from 12-5:00 PM for a one-day jazz & wine festival. Enjoy free face painting and balloon art for kids. Plus, visit participating stores for extra savings. Please visit the website for schedule of entertainment.
Pearl Banquets & Conference Center
The Pearl Banquets and Conference Center boasts a comprehensive range of rooms in a wide array of configurations. Lighting can also be customized for your event.
DeKalb Farmer's Market
The DeKalb Farmers Market features locally-grown produce, wine, baked goods, flowers and artisan crafts. The market is open every Thursday (June 2nd - Sept 29th) 10am - 2pm at Van Buer Plaza on the corner of North Second & Locust St. in DeKalb.
Cademon Brewing Co.
Cademon Brewing Co. is an up-and-coming craft brewery running a seven barrel brewhouse and fifteen barrel fermenters. Cadamon's 40 seat Taproom features 12 taps dedicated to craft beer and craft sodas, with a Steampunk-inspired feel with our hand-made hammered copper bar top, custom light fixtures, and metalwork galore. Come enjoy a pint or flight and strike up some conversation with your fellow patrons.
7th Annual Bloody Mary Fest
Judged by a host of celebrity experts and real people, professional and amateur mixologists compete for the title of Best Bloody Mary in the Midwest. In it’s seventh year, the festival includes the very popular 5K Buddy Challenge, live entertainment, plenty of food vendors, beverages, and more! This event is held at Everts Park from 10am-5pm.
Plano will be celebrating in super-style. This family-friendly festival commemorates the summer of 2011 when Superman’s enemies came to town and destroyed it during filming of the blockbuster movie, “Man of Steel.” Popular events include the Superman Zipline, the Villian’s Jail, live bands throughout the weekend, old-fashioned children’s games, rock climbing wall, inflatables for the kids and several contests. The Smallville Museum where many different movie and Superman artifacts are housed will be open during the festival. Take advantage of the photo opportunity with the full size statue of Henry Cavill as Superman. See also the cool cars of Cruise Night, live bands and beer tent.
Annual Festival with national bands and acts, diverse ethnic food vendors, huge carnival, arts and crafts. Also, special guest and Super Sunday Family Fun Day.
Set in McHenry's Petersen Park (4300 Petersen Park Road) and throughout the town, this wildly popular, 10-day July fest features great food, a beer tent, theater, contests, fun for all ages, midway rides, games and more.
Monee Fall Fest
There is no place like Monee for fun. Free admission & parking. Great bands, food & beer garden. Parade carnival and family entertainment. Spectacular fireworks display.
Windy City Smokeout
Windy City Smokeout: BBQ & Country Music Fest presented by Bub City returns for its fourth year! This summer festival brings together the best of live country music, beer and BBQ to our city's popular River North neighborhood. Throughout the weekend, guests can enjoy southern-inspired fare from Chicago's BBQ restaurants. Festival-goers will also have the opportunity to interact with chefs and their culinary teams, and enjoy ice cold beers to wash it all down! country fans can also take in performances by country music's biggest stars as well as emerging talent.
MainSweet Dessert Walk
Stroll around Downtown Libertyville and sample some wonderful tasting-sized portions of desserts at participating shops and restaurants.
Balloons Over Vermilion
Two-day event featuring up to 30 hot air balloons launching and tethering, as well as mass acents, fly ins and balloon glows at the Vermilion Regional Airport. Event will include food vendors, bands, children/family activity area and a Balloon School for Kids.
All Wheels Drive In Car Show
Classic cars, hot rods and motorcycles will be displayed on West 3rd, State and Belle streets for the 16th Annual All-Wheels Drive-In Car Show. Come out for the autos and stay for the music. There will be a great DJ all morning and a live blues band in the afternoon. You won’t want to miss the incredible food, merchant sidewalk sale and 50-50 drawing. 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. For more information, call (618) 463-1016.
Riverfest Taste of Ottawa
Let's rock on the river! LaSalle County’s largest festival, Ottawa’s Annual Riverfest, celebrates summer with a bang! Carnival rides, art shows, craft and flea markets, kids activities, sidewalk sales, music and the now famous Taste of Ottawa all come together at the fest. You are sure to find something for everyone! Visit their website for everything this fest has to offer.
Downtown Highland Park
The vibrant downtown Highland Park district contains an upscale outdoor shopping destination filled with unique boutiques, jewelry stores, home decor shops, amazing restaurants, and businesses catering to beauty and personal care.
The Finery & Blacksmith Bar
An ode to the American table with its diversity and global influence. We set out to be an expressive regional American kitchen, all while remaining approachable, affordable, and welcoming.
Highwood's 5th Annual Garlic Fest
This fun, food-filled event showcases the ever-popular taste of Garlic. Attendees come to sample a variety of garlic creations from out-of-the-ordinary garlic ice cream, candy, cupcakes and cocktails, to the more usual pastas, sauces, breads, and butters. Held during the Evening Market, the fest features a Taste of Garlic Competition for the Savory and Sweet categories, as well as the very popular Garlic Queen and Princess Competitions. Attracts 5,000 attendees. Free to attend.
Kane County Fair
Family fun. Carnival, bands, demo derby, bull riding, commercial expo, 4-H. Fun for everyone during this 5 day celebration.
Peach Festival at Pere Marquette
Nothing pairs better than a warm, summer day and a ripe, juicy peach! The Peach Festival will feature local farmers displaying their delicious local peaches as well as some of those famous Calhoun Peaches hand picked that morning and still warm from the sunshine. Come on out to the beautiful Pere Marquette Lodge and join us for an afternoon of fun, festivities and peaches. There will be live entertainment, craft vendors, tons of family friendly fun and all the ripe, juicy peaches you can eat!
Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant - Naperville
Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant opened in 2005 in Orland Park, a south suburb of Chicago. The concept was unique. We would create a signature menu with a selection of dishes designed to pair perfectly with our own Cooper’s Hawk wines, made in our own private winery. With sophisticated food and exceptional wines, our concept was born. The Cooper’s Hawk concept includes four distinct components: an upscale casual dining restaurant, full-service bar, private barrel-aging room, and Napa-style tasting room and retail gift store…all under one roof. Each Cooper’s Hawk location is distinctive in layout and décor, but carries the same warmth and elegance that guests have come to expect.
Genoa Days & Cogs Run 5K
This years Genoa Days will be the 81st annual! The dates this year will be June 8th-11th, 2016. The Genoa-Kingston Fire Department is a nonprofit organization that hosts Genoa Days as a fundraiser to support the community with new equipment, gear, vehicles, ect. Skinners Amusements will be providing the carnival again this year! There will be King and Queen contest the first night and live music nightly!
NW IL Art Fest
Juried art fest showcasing more than 30 area artists in the following categories: ceramics, clay/porcelain, jewelry, photography, drawing, glass, metal, painting, wood, printmaking, fiber/textiles, leather, mixed media, lawn art, paper, graphics & wood.Local food, craft beer, wineries and distilleries. BBQ competition and new this year, live jazz!
Old Settlers Days
Old Settlers Days is the largest music festival in the state-line area, and a fundraiser for the Rockton Lions Club charities. The event features live country music performances on the Main Stage and live local music on the Festival Stage, There is a carnival, festival vendors, food booths, a 5K Run/Walk, and fireworks after the last performance on Sunday. Location: Settler's Park at E. Hawich St. and Blackhawk Blvd.
Long Grove's Summer Fest 2016
The pleasures of summer experienced in Historic Downtown Long Grove. Bring the whole family. This fest formerly called Strawberry Fest gives you more than the strawberries. Try apple treats, sample fried foods and chocolate goodies! Shop, dance and enjoy the local dining establishments. Taste the wine or drink a beer! Listen to live music on the three different stages, Main Stage, Fountain Square Stage and Mill Pond Stage.
The Lodge on 64
Wood-roasted chicken, ribs. Free s'mores in outdoor fire pit. Seven flat screen TV's to watch sports.
Here is your chance to be a part of a real paranormal investigative team as they explore the paranormal claims associated with Pere Marquette Lodge. Enjoy appetizers and one free drink while the team walks you through the process of hunting for the paranormal. Then join the professionals as they investigate the Lodge through the night. If evidence is found, a reveal will be held during breakfast the following morning. Warning, this is a real paranormal investigation and guests should be prepared to witness possible paranormal activity. Add this paranormal investigation package for two people to your room reservation for an additional $65. Does not include taxes or room reservations. Call (618) 786-2331 for details and to make your reservations. Investigations will be held on April 22nd and November 4th from 8:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
51st Annual Midsommarfest
Midsommarfest is Andersonville’s annual summer street festival, celebrating its 51st year in 2016! Nearly 50,000 people throng Clark Street from Foster to Catalpa for two days and three nights of music, dancing, kids’ entertainment, and delicious food. Vendors from around the region sell their wares to passers-by, local shops and restaurants welcome the warm season with specials and sales, and dance troupes, Djs, and cutting-edge plus longtime favorite bands keep the party going.
Wild Game Festival
Head out to the Brown County Fairgrounds for a culinary adventure! Bring your friends for the wild hog roast, check out the vendor booths, test your luck in the raffle, and there are activities for kids. Did we mention the food? Check the website to see how you can enter your own recipe into the wild game cookoff. Music starts at 2pm, auction at 6:30pm. Food and beverages available. There is a $10 cover charge.
Prairie Chicken Chalk Art Festival
Celebrate creativity and public art downtown Kewanee, Illinois, July 15 – 17 during the Prairie Chicken Chalk Art Festival. Professional and amateur artists will compete and create colorful art on a concrete canvas sure to catch your eye. Shaun Hayes, Chicago Chalk Art Champ will be the featured performance artist. Shaun will dazzle you with his 3D illusionary chalk artistry. There is truly something for everyone of any age to enjoy, kid’s area with hand-on art children activities, art vendors and the Kewanee car show with vintage cars lining the streets of downtown Kewanee. Live music will be featured throughout downtown Kewanee while you stroll the car show, shop and dine in Kewanee’s specialty shops and restaurants. Color Run Prairie Run is a 5K run/walk with a twist of color. Start out sparkling clean, be prepared for color cloud bursts of blue, green, pink, purples, and yellow as you run along the course. As you finish you’ll look like a tie-dyed Hippie! A non-competitive run it is open to all ages! Be inspired by color! Pick up some chalk, and be an artist this July downtown Kewanee!
Chautauqua Days Celebration
Days of old come together for this festival brought back after many years. This festival showcases the historical Chautauqua auditorium, the centerpiece of Forest Park. There will be live entertainment from Jeannie Kendall & Carl Acuff Jr. Show, the U.S. Army Soldiers of Swing, Eagle Wings Christian Concert, A Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show, A bean Bag Tournament with double elimination, local musicians, a kids area with inflatables, craft vendors, food, and more.
2016 Libertyville Days Festival
Bring out the family and enjoy carnival rides and game, delicious food, a beer tent, arts & crafts, a great line-up of live entertainment, the Libertyville Days Parade, activities and much, much more. Pirates of the 'Ville is the theme for this year's festival. Entertainment includes Mighty Wheelhouse, Rollover with Louie Zagoras, Hello Weekend, 97Nine, Mellencougar, Sneezy and many more.
Union Dairy Family Day
After the Dairy Days Parade, enjoy this free family day with a bounce house, pony rides, a petting zoo and face painting. All at the Union Dairy in Freeport from 1pm to 5pm.
Fine Art Fair
The 5th Annual Fine Art Fair offers more than 50 artists with art for purchase, musical entertainment, vendor booths, community art project, raffle, food, drinks and fun! 11AM-5PM.
Plano Oktoberfest is a traditional Oktoberfest just like in the old country! Do You polka?! Strap on your polka shoes, pack up grandma, grandpa and the kids and come to Plano Oktoberfest! Oktoberfest takes place rain or shine under a huge circus tent located on Main Street in downtown Plano. Oktoberfest features authentic German bands, a beer wagon with real German beers and wine, authentic traditional German food - Schnitzel, Roast Pork, Kassler Rippchen, Bratwurst, Potato Salad, Sauerkraut, Strudel and More! Chicken dance Friday and Saturday nights. Don’t miss the Miss Oktoberfest contest Saturday night. Hours: Friday, 4 pm – 11 pm; Saturday, 11 am – 11 pm; Sunday, 11 am – 6 pm.
Long Grove's Irish Days
A three day long fest that can’t be missed. Long Grove invites the whole family out to enjoy all the best that the Irish culture offers including: live music, dancers, best dressed dog competition each day, traditional Irish food and drink, and activities for the “wee” folk.
Jo-Al Winery and Country Store
Jo and Al, husband and wife vintners, produce wines made from local fruits of nearby orchards and berry fields. Apples make a nice dry to resemble Chardinay. Blackberries are a little sweet with a dry finish. Strawberries are sweet and smooth. Their country store has home-made jellies, candies, pickles, beef jerky and one of the best salsas in Illinois. Come in for a free taste sample or to browse the gift shop.
Taste of Westmont
Visit Westmont in July for the award-winning Taste of Westmont summer festival. A four-day weekend full of fun for the whole family. Thursday is Kidzapalooza featuring carnival specials, Irving stage, battle of the bands, car show and more. More carnival specials all weekend, plus craft show, kids activities, face painting, beer tent, and of course, grab a “taste” at our local restaurant food booths. Free admission to all areas including our Main Stage.
Rockin' for Reptiles
Rock out at the Museum’s annual outdoor event! Don’t miss out on delicious food tents, fun games, crafts, live music, and of course, live reptiles! This event is great for families! All proceeds go towards supporting the Museum’s live animal collection.
Black Jewell Popcorn
Circa 1963 in the small Southern Illinois town of St. Francisville, Black Jewell Popcorn began growing and selling a unique and proprietary strain of black kernel popcorn. It pops snow white and virtually free of hulls. We are a family-owned company, and we’re passionate about and committed to the high quality of popcorns we provide our customers. We believe in the healthy 100% natural grain goodness of our Black Jewell popcorn.
The Arlington Million brings together horses, owners, trainers, jockeys and fans from every corner of the world. Immerse yourself in the Arlington Million experience... history and tradition, special performances, fashionable apparel, and delectable cuisine.
Saturday In The Park
Join us on June 4, for "Saturday in the Park" at Dakota Park, Main Street, Dakota. 7 am to Dusk. Enjoy a special day at the park with a car show, parade, pancake breakfast, dinner, and fireworks at dusk. Spectators get in free and vehicle entry for the car show is just $10.00. Plus enjoy the Route 75 garage sales along the Highway from 8 am to 5 pm.
Music in the Plaza
Enjoy music under the stars. Food and beverages are available. Don't forget your lawn chairs and blankets! Call or visit the website to see who is playing! 7-10PM, call for all exact dates.
VW Welcomefest Downtown Party
Join us for in Downtown Effingham on the Courthouse Lawn for VW Welcomefest, where the night begins with a road tour from Mid America Motorworks. The VWs will make their way through town and come down the parade route about 5 p.m. Food by the Gabby Goat, ice cream, tropical snow and great music will await everyone at the Courthouse lawn from 5-8:00 p.m. Don't forget to sign up to win a Ipad Mini, along with other great giveaways. We've added some cool new things this year you won't want to miss, like "Big Red," a 10,000 pound VW Beetle and a fortune teller! This event is sure to be fun for the whole family!
Brew at the Bridge
Come enjoy Oswego’s craft beer tasting. Brew at the Bridge will also feature great food which serves as the perfect complement to a cold craft beer on a sunny afternoon.
Read Between the Lynes
This independently-owned, hometown bookstore offers a great selection of best sellers and local favorites with a knowledgeable staff who will help you choose the perfect read. The store also includes a selection of toys, an old-fashioned candy counter and many local gift items. Located in the Historic Woodstock Square.
St. Donatus Feast & Carnival
107th Annual Feast & Carnival. All food homemade, no vendors; pizza, beef, clams, Italian, Mexican, and of course, carnival, rides & bingo. 6-10PM.
Herrick Lions Club 4th of July Celebration
Independence Day Celebration with a flag ceremony to kick things off. There are bands, entertainment, a parade, raffle , free carnival, and fireworks.
Urbana Sweetcorn Festival
The Urbana Sweetcorn Festival is Champaign County’s largest free festival. Urbana’s signature summer event is a two-day celebration of food, live music, arts and crafts and of course - all the delicious, locally grown sweet corn you can eat. Taking place in the heart of downtown Urbana, the 2016 festival will run Friday, August 26 from 5 to 11 p.m. and Saturday, August 27 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
More than a music and art festival. It's a three day celebration of the area's culture, rich with arts and entertainment. Music, arts, food, vendors, retail and vintage, Comic Con, street performers, magic, craft beer, car & motorcycle shows, hair Show, flow artists and more!
Taste of Andersonville Dinner Crawl
Come take a bite out of the neighborhood at the annual Taste of Andersonville Dinner Crawl, on Wednesday, August 10 from 6PM – 9PM. Enjoy your favorites, find new spots to eat, and meet lots of neighbors and friends. Held in conjunction with the Andersonville Farmers Market, this evening is sure to be a foodie’s dream come true!
Farmers Market - Oak Forest
Visit the Oak Forest Farmers Market every Saturday from May 28 through October 1 for the best selection of fruits, vegetables, fresh flowers, and home decor. You will also enjoy weekly events such as health screenings, culinary demos, story time for kids, and much more. 8AM-1PM.
A Taste of Heaven Bakery and cafe
This Andersonville cafe and bakery sells an array of rich treats: raspberry crumble bars, orange poppy seed cake, giant sugar cookies, and heavenly mini apple pies, not to mention scones tagged the best in town. Breakfast items include French toast, quiche, and a breakfast burrito; lunch and dinner entrees are homey--spinach lasagna, chicken potpie, soups, salads, and sandwiches with meat piled high on homemade bread. The room is cozy, with natural light streaming in through the windows.
Antioch's Farmers Market
Come enjoy the 2016 Antioch Farmers Market! There will be everything from fruits and vegetables to plants and flowers, sweets, meats and breads and much, much more. Then stay for It's Thursday Concerts in the park starting tonight at 7:30pm and then weekly through August 11.
DeKalb Farmers Market
The DeKalb Farmers Market features locally-grown produce, wine, baked goods, flowers and artisan crafts. Live music is presented each week by the Egyptian Theatre. It's a great way to enjoy an afternoon. Open Thursday's from 10-2 June through September.
Kane County Flea Market/June 2017
"The Best in the Midwest or Anywhere"--Up to 1,000 dealers display and sell antiques, collectibles, & Fancy Junque. Food is served both days.
Long Grove Craft Beer Days
Craft Beer enthusiasts here is just what you have been looking for. Two days of tastings and food pairings, meet the brewer and more. Live music, beer and cheer created by local brew masters, musicians, chefs and artists. Enjoy the beer, visit our local shops and dine at local restaurants.
Danvers Days is fun filled family festivities featuring entertainment, food, raffles, kids games, Bingo and Tug of War. Attendees also enjoy a carnival, craft show, community auction, and one of the biggest parade in Central Illinois. For more details on the schedule of events please visit their website.
Death of a Blackheart Mystery Dinner Theater
We’re talkin’ Captain Jack Blackheart! Gee. I hope no one kills him off. Join us for an exciting evening of murder, mystery and mayhem at our Mystery Dinner Theater, where you can be the star of the show! Tickets for the show are $45 per person and include dinner, taxes and gratuity. Choose to stay the night and add two tickets to your room reservation for an additional $80. Does not include room taxes or room reservations. Call (618) 786-2331 for details and to make your reservations.
Brown County Fair
Fun and entertianment for all! Events include Little Mr. & Miss and Queen pageants, horse races, tractor pull, demo derby, food, carnival rides, livestock and expo building displays. The Whistle Stop Depot Museum and Ferguson School will be open each evening.
Fresh and Friendly since 1973, Nookies is committed to serving the highest quality and most delicious of comfort foods to Chicago. From our family to yours, Eat, Live and Enjoy.
Harvard Milk Days
Illinois' longest-running festival. Includes a carnival, food, petting zoo, races, fireworks, parade and much more.
Pere Marquette Wine Club Get Together
This event features free wine tasting and free appetizers for Mary Michelle Wine Club Members. New Members can join by paying a one-time $20 fee and will receive a complementary Pere Marquette Lodge Wine Glass filled with their choice of Mary Michelle or Illinois Cellar Wines. Wine Club Members also receive 10% off lodging, dining, gift shop purchases and cases of wine purchased at Pere Marquette Lodge. Enjoy the acoustic tunes of local guitar legend, Gabie McGarra, as you sip wine and reconnect at this wine tasting event. For dates and more information, call (618) 786-2331.
Rader Family Farms
Attractions inside the farm include: The Pumpkin Blossom Café and Gift Shoppe, Harvest Brew coffee shop, picnic area and a variety of produce. Activity admission includes access to a jumping pillow, school house education barn, little toddler village, giant mountain slide, climbing straw castle, corny bins, cattle chute jump, rodeo roundup, big digger sandbox, family hayrack rides, train rides for kids, farm animals and live music. A key part of our mission at Rader Family Farms is to educate while we entertain. Field trips and tours are available.
Alton Food Truck Festival
This event will feature food trucks from around the region offering global street food cuisine. In addition, the amphitheater’s concession team will offer beverages of all types to compliment the food trucks. Live music will be showcased on the amphitheater stage with Boogie Chyld as the Food Truck Festival’s headliner. The Alton Food Truck Festival is free to the general public. Each food truck will have a different food offering with a range of prices. A special VIP ticket can be purchased for an upgraded experience that includes parking close to the venue and complimentary drink tickets. For more information, call (800) 258-6645.
Deerfield's Farmers Market
Savor the Flavor of the Seasons' Bounty at the Deerfield Farmer's Market. Look for the bright orange carrot. Locally grown seasonal vegetables and fruit, organic and naturally grown vegetables and flowers, fresh-cut flowers, potted flowering plants, annuals and perennials, freshly baked breads, muffins and cookies, hand-crafted Wisconsin cheese, tasty maple syrup and honey, and other specialty products and much more! This market is held in downtown Deerfield at the Metra Commuter Parking Lot, located at 850 Waukegan Rd. (Deerfield and Robert York Ave).
Midwest Garlic Festival
Join us for a celebration of garlic, food, family and music. Lots of kid-friendly fun and activities, a great variety of food and garlic, garlic, garlic!
Bluff City Grill Restaurant and Bar
Bluff City Grill, located on the edge of Historic Downtown Alton, offers a classic dining experience and a relaxing lounge bar. The menu is exciting and diverse and features daily lunch, dinner and drink specials.
A classic neighborhood diner serving a variety of delicious breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night dishes. Founded in 1961, Melrose Diner has been a local staple in the neighborhood. Since then, the menu has evolved to include vegetarian and gluten free options. Come join us on our lush outdoor patio on the corner of Melrose and Broadway in the heart of Lakeview East and bring your friends.
Andersonville Dessert Crawl
It’s trick-or-treating with a gourmet flair! More than twenty restaurants in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood showcase their sweetest and most delicious wares during the 10th annual Andersonville Dessert Crawl on Sunday, October 30, 2016, from 2:00-5:00PM. Participants will pick up their Dessert Crawl “passport” at the Swedish American Museum, 5211 N. Clark Street, and then proceed to the participating restaurants and shops for tasting-sized portions at each location.
Malta Days Festival! Come share the family fun in downtown Malta. You'll find something for everyone, including a carnival, food booths, crafters, business booths, sound stage, pancake breakfast, a car show, 5K walk/run, auction and a beer garden. Free stage entertainment all weekend!
Brüegala is an annual charity beer and wine festival run by the Bloomington-Normal Jaycees. The festival has multiple food vendors, over 500 beers, 50+ wines, glasses of draft beer and wine slushies. They also will have entertainment with live music throughout the two-day event.
Cruisin’ to Genoa Car Show
Visit Downtown Genoa for the 3rd Annual Cruisin' to Genoa Car show. See 150 cars, enjoy family fun, music, free movie and more!
Chairs on Parade
Chairs on Parade is an event where Carlinville businesses purchases a chair and decorates it to their liking. The event is all about bringing old fashioned fun, family and shopping together while supporting the local business community. The chairs will be on display outside of the businesses beginning on Saturday, August 6th. Part of the event includes the first ever Carlinville Restaurant Week from Monday, August 22nd through Sunday, August 28th, celebrating local food establishments and retail stores. The highlight of that week will occur on Friday, August 26th with a flotilla parade and afterwards an auction for chairs that are donated back to Shop Local First. The profit from the chairs will go to the local food bank. The night will also include Mid-West Largest Squirt Gun fight, and a street party with Captain Geech & The Shrimp Shack Shooters rock band.
DeKalb County Farm Stroll
The Illinois Extension office for Boon, DeKalb and Ogle Counties is hosting a DeKalb County Farm Stroll on Sunday, July 24th from 12 - 5 pm. Wondering where to find local food & farm products in DeKalb County? Satisfy your local food cravings and curiosities on the DeKalb County Farm Stroll! A free self-guided tour of more than a dozen diversified family farms. Each location will have different events going on, but the stroll will allow participants to meet local farmers, get farm tours and demonstrations, sampling of fresh local products, and more. There is no starting location for the stroll, guests are welcome to visit as many or as few as they would like and in whatever order they would like. The address on this listing is one of the farms participating, please visit the stroll's Facebook page for a complete list of farms and for more information on the event.
Redhead Days Chicago Festival
Redhead Days Chicago Affiliate 2016 will feature two days of live music, local food vendors and food trucks, beer, wine and other red-themed cocktails and soft drinks, a Carrot Cake Throwdown, (will insert any other sponsored activities such as How To Be a Redhead), petting zoo, pony rides, bounce houses and other activities for all ages. Admission is free, but ask all Redheads to register to track attendance of the most Redheads gathered in one city. All activities held at Everts Park in Highwood.
Carl's Ice Cream Factory
Come visit Carl's for the best ice cream in Bloomington-Normal. Awesome burgers, sandwiches, cheese fries and more.
Miller Park Zoo’s 125th Birthday!
Come celebrate with activities throughout the zoo in honor of the zoo’s 125th Birthday! There will be crafts, vendors and food to purchase as well as the many exhibits and Zookeeper interaction opportunities that are enjoyed by the whole family.
Late Night Andersonville
Andersonville makes it easy to save money and support local businesses while shopping for friends and family (or even yourself!) at the 14th annual Late Night Andersonville on Friday, December 2 from 6-10pm. For 4 hours only, over 40 beloved Andersonville stores and restaurants will be open late and offering great savings on distinctive holiday gifts and delectable meals, plus free refreshments and entertainment.
High Flyers Grille
High Flyers is a neighborhood bar and grill serving a full menu of appetizers, salads, soups, pastas, burgers, and steaks (including our famous Pepperloin kabab with garlic butter) and chicken.
Marion Farmer's Market
Locally grown seasonal fruits and vegetables, as well as delicious baked goods, plants and much more. Come out Wednesday and Saturday mornings 6am- 10am to shop fresh twice a week!
Laux Brickhouse Grille
The newly renovated Laux Brickhouse Grille is the place to be. Offering great local favorites, daily food specials, and icy cold drinks. Perfect for a casual dinner with the family or a date night. Laux Brickhouse will have your mouth watering the second you walk in the door. Open Monday - Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Thursday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday 11 a.m. to 1 a.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Bluesy Beer Garden at Pere Marquette Lodge
Happy Father's Day! Bring your Dad and meet us on the terrace at Pere Marquette Lodge for a Bluesy Beer Garden featuring live blues music, slow cooked BBQ pork steak sandwiches and Shlafly Beer! There is no admission fee and no reservations are needed but seating is limited so feel free to bring your lawn chairs and picnic blankets just in case. The Beer Garden at Pere Marquette is a wonderful place to spend a relaxing day with great beer, a gorgeous view and an ambiance that cannot be found anywhere else in the Midwest. This event is from 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. come out and enjoy!
Ribs on the River Weekend
The smell of BBQ ribs will be wafting around Bicentennial Riverfront Park as the city hosts its Annual Ribs on the River backyard BBQ Contest. Come all day for the food and stay to hear the following bands; Friday Night – Red Woody and Saturday – County Line Brothers, Back Country Roads and Whiskey Romance! The Ribs on the River event is back due to popular demand! This event will couple the best food, fun and friendly competition all in one great day. Bringing our backyard BBQ rib enthusiasts and those just looking for some good old fun, grill-masters will have the change to get their grill on and test their ribs on the public and the panel of judges. Ribs on the River is not for professionals or businesses, but those guys and gals who endure hours of work to perfect their ribs. Join us at our third annual event that ensures to have you licking your fingers for more at the end of the day! So whether you are in the mood to compete, eat ribs and have a refreshing drink, check out the vendors, enjoy the events at the river or listen to the band, there is something for everyone!
Lusk Creek BBQ Festival
Participate in the BBQ cook off to win awards, or just sample some great BBQ. Enjoy live music with a beer tent and various vendors.
Dawg Daze of Summer
A fun afternoon at Alto Vineyards for family and friends including canine friends. Enjoy music from Rural Kings Bluegrass, The Bankesters, Jenny Johnson Band, and The Swamp Tigers. There will be food, beverages, pet related exhibits and vendors and watering stations for the dogs This is a family and pet friendly event! Pets must be leashed and current on vaccines.
Wing A Ma Jig
Entertainment for the festival includes live music, wing eating contest, chicken wing cook-off in both hot and mild categories, kids play area with Inflatables, beer tent, and a wide array of chicken wings to be sampled as well as other food and craft vendors. Admission is just $5 a vehicle to attend!