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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!
Midwest Institute of Opera
The Midwest Institute of Opera is Bloomington-Normal's newest opera company. Performances are held at Illinois State University's Center for Performing Arts Concert Hall. The Institute brings in opera professionals from New York City and participants have come from all over the U.S., Canada, Egypt and Australia. Operas are performed in their original language (with English supertitles) and all productions are fully staged and costumed.
Midwest SOARRING Foundation's Native American Cultural Center
Midwest SOARRING (Save Our Ancestors Remains & Resources Indigenous Network Group) Foundation was formed in November of 1996. They are a Native American non-profit organization who assists with repatriation, protection of sacred sites and educates the public about Native American culture, through Pow Wows, cultural programs and environmental issues. The new Cultural Center is made possible by a lease obtained through the City of Lockport.
Danenberger Family Vineyards
Along a peaceful country road, just minutes from Illinois' capital, you will find one of the most unconventional and unpretentious destinations around. This is home to Danenberger Family Vineyards, where our winery dogs will greet you and you will be treated less like a visitor and more like a friend. When you visit Danenberger Family Vineyards will enjoy memorable experiences that stimulate and engage the senses. Our passion for grapes, wine and food is a part of our lifestyle, and we love to share it.
Cruisin’ with Lincoln on 66 Visitors Center One Year Anniversary Celebration
Join us on the Museum Square to celebrate the one year anniversary of the Cruisin’ with Lincoln on 66 Visitors Center on Monday, April 25 from noon to 4:00 p.m. Come out and enjoy refreshments and a Route 66 performance from the Sound of Illinois Chorus on the plaza at 12:15 p.m. The Museum will also offer free admission to the new permanent exhibit gallery, Making a Home, which explores the experience of living, working, farming, and creating community in McLean County.
Chicago Open Air Music Festival
Bridgeview and Toyota Park will host the three-day debut of the Chicago Open Air music festival, which will feature performances by more than 60 rock music artists, an outdoor Gourmet Man Food and craft beer village and other entertainment.
Pat Benetar & Neil Giraldo / Melissa Etheridge at RiverEdge Park
This show is for the die-hard rock fan in all of us. First up is rock-n-roll powerhouse duo Pat Benetar and Neil Giraldo. The couple used their fire-power chemistry to record the million-copy-selling “Hit Me With Your Best Shot,” hit singles “We Belong,” “Invincible” and “Love is a Battlefield” and many more. Then, folk-rock star Melissa Etheridge brings us home. With Bruce Springsteen- and John Mellencamp-like vocals she made smash hits like “Come to My Window” and “I’m the Only One.”
Black Violin at the Genesee Theatre
Black Violin is the blend of classical, hip-hop, rock, R&B, and bluegrass music. Live, they are accompanied by their incredible band, featuring ace turntable whiz DJ SPS and a drummer. Along with Chicago Bucket Boys, this should be a show not to miss. Ticket prices are $23.00, $28.00 & $48.00.
Replay Beer and Bourbon
Replay is the premier entertainment establishment. An extensive collection of the finest bourbons and a huge selection of craft beers (over 20 on tap alone!), Replay also boasts the largest collection of vintage arcade games in the East Lakeview!
Weibring Golf Club At ISU
The Weibring Golf Club is 18 holes, 6,915 yards and a par 71. The course offers cart rental and a pro shop with club rental. Extensively renovated in 2000, the course now accommodates approximately 28,000 rounds per year and hosts more than 100 tournaments and outings. Weibring Golf Club features 18 rebuilt greens and two practice greens, bentgrass tees and fairways, Bunker Guard erosion control and tour-quality Best Sand.
Hilldale Dairy is home of the “pretzel dawg”, plus deli sandwiches like Jive Turkey, Boss Hog, Spicy Steer, or Grass Grazer just to name a few. They have homemade soup, pretzels and pretzel crust cheesecakes and so much more. Carry outs and delivery service available. Lunch and Dinner: Under $5 Credit Cards Accepted.
Fox River Distilling Company
Opened in October of 2014 and headquartered in Geneva, Fox River Distilling Company produces premium handcrafted artisan spirits using traditional distilling methods. Free tours are given to the general public on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday afternoons and at other scheduled times for private parties and events. Join us for “First Friday” – A monthly open house where the distillery and tasting room will be open to the public for extended hours.
Super 8 - St. Charles
67 guest rooms. Amenities: Complimentary Continental Breakfast, Pet friendly-charges apply.
Merlot and a Masterpiece
At Merlot and a Masterpiece you will find a casual, fun, creative environment where you can relax, imagine, create, laugh and go home with memorable and unique canvas art! Our fun and carefree instructors will facilitate the class and guide you in creating your own work of art. At Merlot and a Masterpiece you will find a casual, fun, creative environment where you can relax, imagine, create, laugh and go home with memorable and unique canvas art! Our fun and carefree instructors will facilitate the class and guide you in creating your own work of art.
Out at the Sox
For $35, you can get a reserved seat at this Chicago White Sox game with other LGBT and ally fans, or for $15 more, you’d gain entry to our pre-game party which will feature giveaways, drink tickets, and light bites. A portion of all proceeds goes directly to Equality Illinois to benefit our continuing work for full LGBT equality.
JMC Design Gallery
JMC Design offers a distinctive selection of local artisans works, fair trade merchandise and essential oils. Some of the items offered are pottery, wall art, jewelry, bird houses and so much more. Unique gifts for all ages. Hours of operation are Wednesday - Saturday 12 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Sylvia's Irish Inn
Sylvia's Irish Inn is one of Urbana's finest examples of the Queen Anne style of Victorian architecture. It was designed by Rudolph Zachariah Gill, an 1887 graduate of the University of Illinois in architecture and engineering, and was built in 1895 for Dr. Austin Lindley, a prominent physician and surgeon for the Big Four Railroad in Urbana.
Guests have the upper floor with private bath. Full kitchen, living room with TV, wood burning fireplace, dining room and large deck with a great view.
Treehouse Wildlife Center
TreeHouse Wildlife Center is a non-profit wildlife rehabilitation center dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and release of native injured and orphaned wildlife. Located on approximately eight serene and beautiful acres, it's the ideal environment for injured or orphaned animals who need time to recuperate. Visitors are welcome to come out for a self guided tour of the outdoor cages at our Dow facility. Guided tours also available. We are open from 10am - 3pm everday.
Inside Out: Accessible Art
Accessible Art Gallery supports the arts, with an emphasis on the visual, through the provision of a venue for promoting, exhibiting, experiencing, marketing and creating diverse, high quality art and through participation in the local community.
Barn Quilt Heritage Trail
Visitors are invited to explore Bloomington-Normal and join in the celebration of McLean County's agricultural heritage, quilting, local history and the arts. The Barn Quilt Heritage Trail features over a dozen area barns or other farm buildings, each decorated with an 8' x 8' painted quilt square. A complete list of all participating locations is available on the Barn Quilt website. Step-on tour guides are available upon request for bus tour groups.
Parkview Food and Pub
This locally-owned pub traces its roots back to 1928. Its scenic location across from Miller Park, Forrest Park and on Historic Route 66 makes this restaurant a popular stop for Route 66 travelers. They offer a variety of food specials, drink specials, video gaming, and lottery. Plus you can watch the game on the big screens. Stop by and try some delicious broasted chicken, walleye, burger's and more!
Jorge Federico Osorio at Ravinia
Pianist extraordinaire and Highland Park resident Jorge Federico Osorio, returns with a program of works by the three uncontested greatest composers of piano music including Schubert's final sonata.
Drum Corps "Tour of Champions"
Northern Illinois University and Huskie Stadium will once again play host to the Drum Corps "Tour of Champions”. This show will feature 8 of the World's Top Drum & Bugle Corps.
Rock The Block Party
Please join us in Elmhurst City Centre for great local food, beer and wine and some of the area's best live music! The two day festival will run on Friday, September 9th from 4 to 10:30 pm and Saturday, September 10th from Noon to 10:30 pm.
Farmers Market - Oak Lawn
The Farmer's market is located at 52nd Avenue and Cook Avenue, behind the Oak Lawn Library (9427 S. Raymond Ave.) The village has lined up great vendors when you can pick out fresh fruits and vegetables, flowers and plants, find unique gifts, get a rain barrel and visit with Oak Lawn businesses. Wednesdays 7AM-1PM.
McCully Heritage Project
The McCully Heritage Project is a natural area made up of 940 acres of hills and hollows in Calhoun County, Illinois. The project offers 15 miles of hiking and horse back riding trails, two ponds for fishing and turtle watching, a wetland with a boardwalk, a hill prairie plot and more. Hiking is pleasant even in the summer as the wooded trails provide plenty of shade. Facilities are available for group activities, large and small. The focus of the McCully Heritage Project is upon cultural and environmental enjoyment, education, and preservation. The general public is welcome to hike, picnic, bird watch, and enjoy the natural beauty of the site. The McCully Heritage Project is located about 1 mile south of Kampsville, Illinois, off of Illinois Route 100. Take Crawford Creek Road west about 1/2 mile to MHP.
ISU Center For The Performing Arts
The Center for the Performing Arts provides the Illinois State University campus and greater Central Illinois community with a wide variety of cultural activities. More than 20,000 people attend annual performances produced by the Illinois State University Schools of Music and Theatre in the Center and all performances are open to the public. Tickets to all performances are available online at Ticketmaster or by calling the box office.
UL International Crown at the Merit Club
The UL International is coming to the Merit Club in Lake County. The golfing competition will take place over four days with 32 players from 8 different countries. It will feature three days of four-ball competition and one day of singles matches on Sunday. Five of the eight countries will advance to the Sunday singles matches based on the outcome of the four-ball matches contested Thursday through Saturday. Tickets are on sale now.
Real Deals on Home Decor
Home decor in a variety of themed styles. Clocks, mirrors, lamps, and furniture at warehouse prices. Open Thursday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Offers furniture that has been artistically redesigned and repurposed as well as creating custom pieces to fit customer needs. Open Thursday 12 p.m. - 8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
IWU Westbrook Auditorium
Approximately 200 music majors and several hundred additional IWU students participate in music activities at Westbrook Auditorium throughout the school year. Several musical performances of all style periods are featured each semester, and most concerts are free with general seating. Call or visit the website for more information on performances.
Beer Nuts Company Store - Plant
Bloomington, Illinois is the only city in the world where beer nuts are made! A video presentation on the making of beer nuts can be viewed in the gift shop, and nuts are available to sample in the Company Store.
Juicebox - Chicago Cultural Center
With engaging music and dance in a kid-friendly setting, the free admission Juicebox programs are geared toward the stroller set and enjoyable for the whole family. Children will experience a diverse range of artistic and educational presentations, with hosts regularly inviting youngsters to move, dance and interact with performers. Presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, the Juicebox series runs on alternating Fridays at the Chicago Cultural Center and Saturdays at the Garfield Park Conservatory, with occasional special events at other venues. Except where noted, performances are 11-11:45am.
Tony's Prohibition Lounge & Third Street Cafe
Looking for a great place for pizza, pasta, and cold drinks? Check out Tony's Prohibition Lounge. Adjacent to the renowned Tony's Restaurant, the Lounge offers casual dining and a full-service bar. The 75 seat bar also has a charming sidewalk cafe. It is a favorite place in town for meeting friends for drinks, waiting for a table in the dining room, or bringing the family in for a casual dinner. Tony's bar and sidewalk cafe serves pizza, sandwiches, salads, appetizers, and kabobs in a family atmosphere. Open Tuesday - Saturday 4 p.m.- 1 a.m.
Paul Lewis with Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Paul Lewis performs Beethoven's Fourth Concerto and Prokofiev's Symphony No. 5 along with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The conductor will be making his first appearance on Ravinia’s podium and with the CSO is Kirill Karabits, who has established himself as an intuitive leader of Prokofiev.
Rent at the Metropolis Performing Arts Center
The Rock Musical that defined a generation and won 4 Tony awards is filled with iconic songs including Seasons of Love, Take Me or Leave Me, and more. The story centers around a group of artists trying to make it in New York during the height of the AIDS epidemic and the struggles they face, both professionally and personally. Hailed by The New York Times as an “Exhilarating, landmark rock opera…can be integrated into a character-driven story for the stage with wildly affecting success.”
Kewanee Chamber of Commerce Concert Series
Enjoy a different band each week. Food is available beginning at 5:15 pm. Music begins at 6:30 pm. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and in case of inclement weather concerts will be at the Boss Community Building, 221 W. 1st Street. Held Thursdays: June 16,23, 30, July 7,14,21,28 August 4,11,18
Duke Bakery is a full line retail bakery specializing in wedding cakes, specialty cakes, donuts, pastries, pies, breads, buns, and cookies since 1951.
Alice's Snyder House
Alice’s Snyder House was built in 1856 and retains the charm of a bygone era. Decorated with many antique treasures, each room has a unique personality, perfect for a stay in the area.
Lincoln Way Inn Bed & Breakfast
Lincoln Way Inn pays tribute to its turn of the century roots, with a modern, yet rustically elegant touch. Located in the heart of the Midwest, on the historic Lincoln Highway, the Inn offers a destination experience that engages guests in the sights, sounds, and tastes of the prairie countryside. Offering something for everyone, from arts, culture, history, entertainment, and bountiful outdoor activities, Lee County and the surrounding attractions await our guests with first class concierge services provided to assist you in your planning.
Eaton Studio and Gallery
Eaton Studio & Gallery exhibits and sells the work of local artist Herb Eaton in a 1902 historic building in downtown Bloomington. The paintings, sculptures and drawings reflect the artist's interest in the local rivers, cornfields, gardens, circus, and music scenes. The Gallery hosts art salons, jazz and acoustic musical and theatrical events and sponsors cultural discussions focused on local community interests. Open most Saturdays 10am-2pm, by appointment, special events, and during 1st Fridays 5-8pm.
Main Gallery 404
Established in April of 2008, Main Gallery 404 provides downtown location for many local artists to display and sell fine artwork and gifts. The Bloomington-Normal area is rich with talented artists. MG 404 gives these artists the much needed opportunity to make his or her work visible
Apple Knocker Hard Cider
Apple Knocker is an Illinois-based craft cider house that combines their expertise in modern small-lot wine production, and the creativity of craft beer techniques, to produce a new breed of American ciders. They partner with century-old local orchards to grow the highest quality apples for our beverages.
Red, Whites and Brews
Celebrate our country StarView style! We'll be cooking hamburgers & hotdogs throughout the day, enjoy live music on the stage by local favorites King Juba from 4-7 and beer specials all day. A beautiful fireworks show at the end of the night will finish off the day.
Wild Hare Emporium
Wild Hare Emporium offers a wide variety of unique items perfect for gifts. They also offer antique furniture, home decor and collectibles. This is one store you don't want to miss. Open Wednesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Beginning in 2008, the Swiney Family planted a two acre vineyard consisting of two varieties, Norton and Traminette. Our journey from grapes to wine has led us to the restoration of our century old barn to house our winery called Arpeggio.
Lewis & Clark Frontier Dog Walk
This event will center on walking your dogs on a two mile course. There will be dog trainers, groomers, and dog adoptions from local societies. At 1:00 p.m. a guest speaker will be hosted within the Interpretive Center's theater. The event is only on Saturday, from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Dogs will only be allowed in the theater between 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. Dogs may be walked through and around Camp River Dubois. For more information, call (618) 251-5811.
The SoFo Tap
The SoFo Tap is your neighborhood bar South of Foster, located at the corner of Clark and Argyle. Enjoy a game of darts, hang out in our spacious outdoor patio, play your favorite song on the jukebox or check out the videos on our flat panel TVs. Our friendly staff is here, ready to pour your favorite drink.
Chicago Symphony Orchestra Night of Brahms Symphony No. 4 at Ravinia
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra is consistently hailed as one of today's leading orchestras. This show along with feature Gil Shaham playing Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 2 and Brahms: Symphony No. 4.
Feed the Need Concert: Rodney Atkins Featuring Jana Kramer
Listen to the sounds of country star Rodney Atkins with special guest Jana Kramer. The Harmans Family Band will be the opening act. Atkins, an East Tennessee native, has an impressive track record with hitting on sentiments that strike a chord with the country listener: he?s had five number one hits from his first three albums, from "Watching You" and "These Are My People" to his most recent smash, "Farmer?s Daughter," For more information, call (800) 258-6645.
Rocky Springs Cabin
Secluded environment nestled on 40 acres. 792 Square foot cabin with master bedroom, dining area, kitchen, bath, open living area with fireplace. Will accommodate 12 people. There is a fishing pond, picnic tables, and hiking trails.
Courtyard by Marriott St. Charles
121 guest rooms. Amenities: Business center, exercise room, extended stay, indoor pool, restaurant, lounge. Pet friendly-charges apply. Guest rooms renovated 2014
Looking for Lincoln Audio Tour
This CD-based audio tour presents President Lincoln as a returning visitor, talking about the places he visited and their meaning to him. Whether you drive the route or enjoy the tour from your favorite armchair, the audio tour is a special and novel way to learn about the history of Lincoln and the role Bloomington-Normal played in his life. The CD can be purchased at the McLean County Museum of History
George Li at Ravinia
Join George Li on piano for a night of great classical music. Program will include Sonatas by Haydn and Chopin, Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 and Rachmaninoff ’s Corelli Variations.
Larsen Light Show
Winner of ABC's 2013 Great Christmas Light Fight. Over one million led Christmas lights displayed in sync with a dozen different songs including the Blackhawks' song.
“Weird Al” Yankovic at RiverEdge Park
The King of Parody in all his curly-haired, accordion-playing glory is the best-selling comedy recording artist in history. His mind-blowing ability to parody world-famous musicians like Michael Jackson, Billy Joel, U2 and Madonna launched Al into superstardom himself. With a hilarious and wildly-popular musical style he is a true pop culture icon.
Capital City Celebration
Includes a beauty pageant for children ages 0 to 10 years, giant inflatable obstacle courses and a 25-foot tall inflatable rock wall will be available for families free of charge on Sunday, July 3rd from 12:00 noon until 8:00 p.m. Bags Tournament on Saturday afternoon and a CrossFit competition. This year’s entertainment lineup includes Hipbone Sam and FUN DMC on Saturday, July 2nd, and New City Road and the Shenanigans on Sunday, July 3rd. Before the fireworks, the Springfield Municipal Band will set the tone by performing patriotic music on Sunday, July 3rd, at 7:00 p.m. The Fireworks Extravaganza will begin at dusk on Sunday, July 3rd.
European Market - Crete
The European Market hosts locally grown fresh produce, flowers and other seasonal and specialty items.
Forsyth Disc Golf Course
The newest addition to Forsyth Park is an 18-hole Disc Golf Course. The Forsyth Park Disc Golf Course has been designed to allow anyone from beginning players to experienced players to have a good time. The Course provides players with 5 alternate holes for those players with a more advanced skill level and also includes an alternate tee box for hole 13 for those players unsure of playing around the pond in Forsyth Park.
Blue Heron House
Your own private home away from home with 2 bedrooms, 2 full baths with room for 6 guests. Back deck, firepit, grill, picnic tables, fully furnished kitchen.
Old Mill Inn Cafe & B&B
This 3 room Inn has common areas that include a Victorian dining room for your home-cooked country breakfast every morning at 8:30 a.m. Served with coffee and hot tea. Two living rooms complete with DIRECTV with DVR and DVD players. Make yourself at home and feel free to put your feet up. Books, magazines, games and cards are available for your use during your stay. Sixty-foot balcony with tables and chairs for your enjoyment.
George Thorogood & The Destroyers at the Genesee Theatre
The most 'bad to the bone' performer in rock, George Thorogood & the Destroyers are badder then ever. They will be playing a catalog of classics that include Who Do You Love, Bad to the Bone, I Drink Alone, Move it on Over and more. Tickets - $43-$63.
David Foster Wallace Tour
A self guided tour of places in Bloomington-Normal was developed with a map and description of the sites to explore the life of David Foster Wallace who was an American author of novels, short stories and essays, as well as a professor of English and creative writing. Wallace is widely known for his 1996 novel Infinite Jest, which was cited by Time magazine as one of the 100 best English-language novels from 1923 to 2005. Infinite Jest was completed while Wallace was living in Bloomington and employed in the Illinois State University English Department. In 2013, Illinois State created an annual David Foster Wallace Conference to celebrate his life and review his works.
Danielle de Niese at Ravinia
Danielle de Niese, Opera's coolest soprano makes her Ravinia debut. Performing pieces from Dowland, Mozart, Grieg, Poulenc and Bizet.
Clucker's Charcoal Chicken
Clucker's serves only the highest quality organic, natural, golden plump chickens. As each bird is carefully roasted, the irresistible aromas of open air charcoal are infused into the chickens giving them a rich, earthy flavor that’s sure to ignite every appetite. From Cajun to Latin the chickens cater to a wide range of taste buds. Menu also includes turkey burgers, salads, Chicken Enchiladas, BBQ Brisket and more along with an array of sides.
The Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma at Ravinia
Don't miss the spectacular performance by The Silk Road Ensemble along with Grammy winning cellist Yo-Yo Ma. The ensemble is not a fixed group of musicians, but rather a loose collective of as many as 59 musicians who regularly commission new works from across a broad musical spectrum.
Crandall's is a local favorite and home to "world famous" broasted chicken. In 2015, they received the Golden Chicken Award for Operator Excellence. They offer a Friday fish-fry and Sunday brunch.
Champaign Garden Inn
The Champaign Garden Inn is a stunning Victorian mansion built in 1900. Located in the Sesquicentennial neighborhood, our Champaign IL bed and breakfast is centrally located and walking distance to the recently re-developed Downtown area. When you arrive at the Inn the first thing you will notice is the gardens. We have numerous garden beds and grassy areas surrounding the Inn, designed to bloom throughout the season. The expansive wrap around porch and wicker furniture provide a perfect place to sit and enjoy the gardens. Through the front door you will be greeted by your innkeeper, Kevin Allen, and our two adorable doggy mascots, Dasher and Princess. Running the Inn is our full time passion, so we will be available to provide area information, restaurant reservations, or in the case of the doggies, make themselves available for scratches and love. On the main level you’ll find the living room, library, dining room and kitchen. The furnishings were selected with your comfort in mind, and hopefully you’ll have some time to enjoy the first floor. There is a 55 inch flat screen smart TV in the living room and lots of soft seating. The Library has books and games, as well as a computer station/wireless printer. The dining room was designed with separate seating so you can choose to socialize or be by yourself while having your morning coffee. The dining room is also a great place to spread out your projects and work while you’re here. Of course there is WIFI broadcast throughout the first floor, and whole house, to ensure you can stay connected.
Ladysmith Black Mambazo & Sweet Honey in the Rock at Ravinia
All-male South African vocal group Lady Smith Black Mambazo shares the bill with all-female African-American singers Sweet Honey In The Rock. Ladysmith became familiar to American audiences through Paul Simon's landmark Graceland album.
Ironwood Golf Course
The Ironwood Golf Course is the Town's full service golf facility with 18 holes, 7,100 yards and a par 72 championship layout playing from 5400-7100 yards with four sets of tees. The course offers cart rental, a driving range and has a pro shop with club rental. Ironwood was designed by highly regarded golf course designer Roger Packard and meanders through the Ironwood residential subdivision. Opened in 1990, Ironwood Golf Course has hosted numerous high school regional, sectional and conference tournaments, collegiate invitational tournaments, local charity events and site of C.D.G.A and U.S.G.A. qualifiers.
DARPA: Redefining Possible at the Museum of Science and Industry
Explore real artifacts of DARPA's past and present work, like Atlas, a high-mobility humanoid robot, and Spot, the world's most technically advanced robotic dog. Discover the agency's history of scientific innovations that have made their way into our daily lives. Hands-on interactives allow you to create a virtual robot, or highlight the technologies inside a smartphone that were developed by DARPA. You may not have known the name until now, but you're definitely familiar with their work.
Pere Marquette Rendezvous
Step back in time to the days when frontier fur trappers met with fur traders and buyers during this reenactment festival at Pere Marquette State Park. The Second Annual Pere Marquette State Park Rendezvous will be a traditional Pre-1840 event with buckskinned re-enactors portraying primitive traders and campers. There will be period demonstrations, black powder and longbow shoots, camp music and food common to days on the Illinois frontier. The public is invited to attend and admission is free.
Celtic Mist Pub
Celtic Mist Pub is a home away from home for both locals and visitors alike. The atmosphere has a touch of nostalgia yet it is an alluring new rendezvous for today's modern crowd. The owners, John and Margaret O'Riordan pride themselves on welcoming everyone and providing an atmosphere where friends will gather to chat, laugh and enjoy the banter of the goings-on.
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.
Steger Days of Music
Steger Days of Music is a three-day family-friendly music festival located in Steger, Illinois. The event will feature craft and merchandise vendors, as well as a variety of food trucks and booths. There will be activities for the whole family to enjoy during the course of the festival. $20 for Saturday Music Headliner Joe Nichols.
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.
Don Henley at Ravinia
Don Henley is an American singer-songwriter, producer, and drummer, best known as a founding member of the Eagles before launching a successful solo career. Henley was the drummer and co-lead vocalist for the Eagles from 1971–1980, when the band broke up, and from 1994–present, when they reunited.
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!
4204 Main Street Brewing Company
This restaurant is known for the many varieties of beers that complement the food. Brews include Blonde Ale, Chocolate Stout, Saison ( a farmhouse ale brewed in the Belgian style), several different IPA's. Hefeweizen and more. Menu includes certified angus beef steaks, pastas, seafood, burgers and sandwiches. Open Sunday - Thursday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday - Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
The Go Go's, Best Coast and Kaya Stewart at Ravinia
Come out and get the beat with the Go Go's on their farewell tour, along with Kaya Stewart and Best Coast this should be a great night to under the stars at Ravinia. Bring a picnic and enjoy friends and great music.
John Fogerty at Ravinia
Rock icon and Grammy Award winner John Fogerty makes his much-anticipated Ravinia debut as part of his Rollin’ On The River tour. While he was the lead singer and lead guitarist of Creedence Clearwater Revival, Fogerty penned some of the most memorable songs in rock history music.
Located in Rock Falls Uptown District, The Cooler is attracting regional & nationally known bands and is a great bar featuring live music every weekend!
Features new and repurposed home furnishings, antiques, candles, soaps and gifts. Hours of operation are Saturday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Grafton Winery the Vineyards
Settled among orchards and sprawling farmland, the 11,000-square-foot Grafton Winery, aptly named "The Vineyards," has ample space for a new wine production facility, comfortable seating, a bar and a fireplace. A 5,000-square-foot pavilion with a view of the new vines offers space for outdoor seating, wedding receptions, corporate events, team building, family reunions, and class reunions.
Misha Dichter at Ravinia
Pianist Misha Dichter returns to Ravinia to showcase his artistry along with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Program will include Second Symphonies of Bernstein & Brahms.
Mandala Gardens offers pathways of beauty and hidden benches. Find quiet sitting spots, have a chat with our goats, chickens, and ducks, and simply enjoy the day. We have a rainbow variety of heirloom vegetables and potted herbs available for purchase when in season. If you are interested in holding a wedding or reunion or other event here, contact us for fees and dates. We also host senior photos, maternity photos, homecoming and prom photos, etc. for a small fee. The money earned from entrance fees and herbs/vegetable sales is directly invested into growing Mandala Gardens.
Green Fair on the Fox
Green Fair on the Fox features an eco-marketplace, local businesses, physical fitness and sustainable, healthy living. There will be food, live music, demonstrations and fun activities for the whole family! Over 65 vendors and exhibitors will be on hand showcasing their green product or service. Fun activities for kids and adults alike will be going on all throughout the fair. Musical entertainment on the Peg Bond Stage. Green Fair on the Fox will be held rain or shine.
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.
Donnelly's Irish Pub
Donnelly’s Irish Pub has been serving up satisfying, homemade food since 1971. Opened by husband and wife team, Terry and Molly Donnelly, these days the pub is operated by their son Ryan Donnelly. After growing up in the business, Ryan wanted to continue the family tradition of Irish food, drink, and good company.
Chicago Symphony Orchestra: Beethoven's 5th Symphony at Ravinia
The perfect concert for new listeners as Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 may be the definitive work of classical music and certainly features the most famous four notes in the entire world.
Gene's Dairy Delight
Locally owned and operated since 1971, Gene's takes pride in their homemade novelties. Famous for their soft served cones and the Avalanche. This has always been a favorite family stop on Route 66!
14th Annual Lincoln Douglas 5K and Fun Run
A series of short distances for children begins at 8 am: ages 8 and under – 100 yards; 9 to 10 – 200 yards; 11 to 12 – 400 yards. All finishers receive ribbons. The boy and girl winners of each age group will run a 100-yard dash following the 5K to determine “The Fasted Kid in Town!”. A One Mile Fun Run begins at 8:15 am. The course consists of one loop around the historic paved road inside Taylor Park. This is an untimed run and all finishers receive ribbons. The 5K begins at 8:35 am. The course consists of three loops around the paved road inside Taylor Park, a 5K (3.1 miles), wheel-measured certified course that is flat and fast designed to help runners achieve a personal best.
Land of the Free, Home of the Brave: Aurora's Independence Day Celebration
The City of Aurora's Fourth of July Parade is a popular, not-to-miss parade for the whole family. This year's theme is "Land of the Free, Home of the Brave." Join the thousands of spectators lining the downtown parade route and display your patriotism and civic pride while watching the fabric of the community pass in front of you. The event will begin with a pre-parade ceremony at 9:15 a.m. outside the Paramount Theatre After the parade, enjoy free family activities and fireworks in two locations. Fireworks Celebration: the City of Lights will live up to its name with a pyrotechnic extravaganza illuminating the night sky with a rainbow of colors! Free park and ride shuttle service available 6-9 pm.
Big Rock Plowing Match
Festivities include plowing competition, English and Western horse show, arts and crafts show, children's games, ladies and junior fair auction. Food available from local area vendors and much more. Parking is free.
The Dari Company
A Hebron summer tradition since the 1960s, this is a classic corner hamburger/ice cream stand. The menu is simple: Vienna Beef hot dogs, good quality hamburgers,breaded, fried everything and excellent ice cream. The food is cooked to order, and always tastes good. If you are passing through Hebron, The Dari is a must stop. Open seasonally March through October.