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Skokie's Backlot Bash
Skokie's downtown summer street festival is held annually over three days in late August featuring carnival rides, events for all ages and a concert stage with regional and national acts. Since its inception, Skokie's Backlot Bash has presented some of the nation's most eclectic Rock, Blues and R&B artists. This year includes Blue Oyster Cult, Living Colour, Tributosaurus becomes 'The Police' and more!
Open House at Haskell Playhouse
Come and take a tour of this historic playhouse the 2nd Saturday of every month. This playhouse was built by Dr. and Mrs. William Haskell for their five year old daughter Lucy. It is a rare architectural gem containing many of the flamboyant elements of the Queen Anne style: cartwheels, brackets, spires, diagonal sticking, fish scale shingles and stained glass windows. It's importance is magnified because so few of these accessory structures for children have survived. The playhouse contains a single room, front porch and side porch. The interior has been restored and the playhouse is open for special occasions. The playhouse was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.
Dozens of hummingbirds should be present to "wow" the observers. After the birds are captured and banded (through special permits), visitors may wish to adopt one (for a $5 donation to the Lincoln Land Association of Bird Banders, sponsor of the event) and have the privilege of releasing it back to the wild. Those who adopt birds will receive an attractive signed certificate and will be notified if their bird is ever recaptured. Held at the Trail of Tears State Forest pavilion, Jonesboro, 9:00 am to noon. There is no charge for the event.
Orland Park Farmers' Market
Over 30 vendors offering fresh produce, flowers, bakery items, home and garden items, and more. Barbeque lunches sponsored by local charities.
Monarch Butterfly Citizen Science Program at Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge
As monarch butterflies begin migrating south in late summer, Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge invites the public to become citizen scientists and report monarch butterfly sightings and seasonal changes in the environment during the Monarch Butterfly Citizen Science Program at 2 p.m. Saturday, August 13. Participants should register by August 12, At this program, participants will learn the stages of a monarch butterfly's life cycle, how to watch for and report these stages, and how to attract monarch butterflies to their backyards. Then participants will have the opportunity to register to become a citizen scientist with Journey North and share monarch butterfly sightings.
Alton Muny Band: Haskell Park
Enjoy concert band music, which includes marches, concert pieces, popular tunes, and novelty numbers. This is family friendly and the concerts are free and open to the public.These concerts take place every Sunday evening June 12- August 7 all starting at 7 p.m. Bring a blanket or lawn chair.
Downtown Alton Chili Cook-off
Enjoy the fall weather during the annual Downtown Alton Chili Cook-Off. The Chili Cook-Off will take place from noon to 3 p.m. in the giant warehouse and pavilion at Elijah P's. $100 cash prizes in 5 categories and $25 to register a team. Admission: $6 per adults, $3 per kid 10 and under. For more information, call (618) 463-1016.
Farmers Market Park Forest
This market offers fresh garden produce, bakery items and herbs. Freshly cooked pork sandwiches and tamales are also available. Come to the market to meet friends, chat, browse and shop. For more information, visit our website or call. Sa 7AM-12PM.
Get in the game, a game for life! All ages welcome and open to the public. Includes free USA 1-2-3 tennis lessons for juniors and adults, free clinics, Little Mo Regionals, 54-event tournament, Chicago District Junior Team Tennis Championships, pet contest and more! Celebration of the sport of tennis. Opportunities for learning, building self-esteem, competition, coping, problem solving, decision making, and team building. All day.
Fall Fest - Homewood
Homewood's favorite fall festival features live entertainment, horse-drawn wagon, petting zoo, pony rides, games, craft vendors, pumpkin patch, children's crafts and the scrumptious cuisine prepared by local eateries.
Outdoor Explorers Day Camp at Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge
For one last adventure before school starts, an Outdoor Explorers Day Camp will be help from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. August 2-4 at the refuge visitor center. This free three day, day-camp will introduce children entering grades 3-5 to various outdoors activities including hiking, geocaching, canoeing, bird watching, and much more. Space is limited, register by July 15. Children should bring their own lunch and snacks and dress to be outside most of the day.
Oktoberfest - Frankfort
Family friendly cultural fest, German food and beer available. Music by The Tempos and The John Webber Band. $10; under 16 free. Doors open 1PM; German music 2PM; American music 7PM.
Best Western PLUS Chicagoland - Countryside
The Best Western hotel offers the best in amenities, customer service, and accommodations at an affordable rate. Located about 20 miles from Chicago and located on Old Route 66. Convenient access to I-55 brings them to the favorite Chicago area attractions. Hot breakfast buffet is complimentary along with High-Speed WiFi.
Evergreen Park Farmers' Market
The Village of Evergreen Park Farmers Market is in full swing now until October. It's the Season of Evergreen Park Farmers' Market, 25 Vendors, every Thursday, May 12 - October 27. Bright blooming flowers lined the entrance of the parking lot. The village's warm welcome to summertime! Th 7AM-1PM.
Whimsy, A Children's Clothing Store
This children's clothing store features boutique clothing at reasonable pricing. They carry a wide variety of styles from newborn to children's size 8. Boutique brands they carry include (but not limited to): Banana Split, Three Sisters, Persnickety, Sweet Petunia, Chibella, Peaches & Cream, Mustard Pie, Flit and Flitter, Moxie & Mabel, and Matilda Jane
Cheesecake by James
Cheesecake by James is the best tasting cheesecake in the world as it is known for it's natural ingredients with a unique delicious rich lite taste!
2nd Annual Pietown Gospel Music Festival & Ron Dunning Memorial Car Cruise
We are very excited to welcome you, your friends, and your family to the second annual Pietown Gospel Music Festival Have a pork steak, enjoy an ear of corn, chill with some refreshments, stroll through our classic cars, let your kids play in the Kidzone and enjoy the music. For more information, call (618) 550-9291 or email Greg@bluffcitytours.com
Established in 1982. LaGondola Spaghetti House was based on the founder’s simple belief in homemade food and excellent service. In the years since, nothing has changed. Wholesome ingredients prepared fresh everyday from our signature meat sauce to our made from scratch bread. Offering the famous Kelly Tobin's pan and thin crust pizza, spaghetti, garlic bread, torpedo sandwiches and more!
Farmers Market Dolton
Dolton's Farmers Market brings vendors selling healthy and fresh fruits, vegetables, plants and flowers to the area during the summer months. F 8AM-2PM
Eagle Meet and Greet & Raptor Awareness Program
This program gives you the opportunity to see multiple species of birds of prey including an American Bald Eagle up close and personal! Ask and learn about their species and habitats. For more information, call (800) 258-6645.
Lucy Haskell's Birthday Celebration
A beloved Alton event, please join us in Haskell Park to celebrate the 136th birthday of Lucy Haskell! Pony rides, vintage games, lemonade cake and ice cream. Hope to see you there! For more information on Lucy's Birthday party, call (618) 465-3026.
Dairy Joy Drive-In
Situated on the historic Lincoln Highway Dairy Joy is much more than an old-fashioned ice cream parlor or hamburger joint. Dairy Joy is a unique one-of-a-kind classic American restaurant. With inside seating, an outside patio, and a walk-up window, Dairy Joy has been a favorite community gathering place for more than 50 years, where appetites are quickly satisfied and memories are formed and perpetuated.
Tri-County Olden Days
Come out and enjoy a family oriented event that has something for everyone in Dow, Illinois! A steam, gas and threshing show will feature antique tractors, engines and heritage demonstrations, along with an antique tractor pull. There will be live entertainment both days, with Cowboy Church on Sunday. Shop the large craft & flea market and enjoy lots of good "old-fashioned" food. Admission is $5 per person. Children 12 and under are free.
Frozen at the Tower
It may be hot this summer, but the Lewis and Clark Confluence Tower is celebrating all things "Frozen" on Saturday, Aug. 6. Anna and Elsa from the movie "Frozen" will be on the upper two levels of the Tower for a meet and greet event and photos with their fans. Free Frozen souvenir balloon art from Jay "The Balloon Dude". Tower admission is $1 for children and $2 for adults.
Sauce Alton Food Truck Festival
This even 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. For more information, call (800) 258-6645.
Kendall County Fair
The Kendall County Fair is a fantastic fair full of new and exciting events for the whole family. Enjoy the Truck and Tractor Pull, Western Speed Show, Carnival and Livestock Shows and many new exhibits for your family to enjoy. Fun contests every day. See also the Family Stage, Grandstand Shows and 4 H Auction.
Krazy Kids Inflatable Fun Run 2016
Townsquare Media's Krazy Kids Inflatable Fun Run is the first nation-wide obstacle run created solely for children. The course is one that your kids will never forget. We put a krazy amount of thought into making each inflatable obstacle unique, safe and most importantly, fun!
Day at Dickson-Murst Farm
Visitors to Day at the Farm will see how the oats are removed from the chaff and straw with an antique threshing machine/separator. Kids can pet farm animals, play on a pedal tractor pull, and enjoy pony rides! Bossie the “milk her yourself’ cow will be there as well as the corn box. But there’s more! Antique cars and tractors, tractor-pulled hayrides, and food from the Country Kitchen. All this with live bluegrass music in the air. C’mon out! Caption: Dickson-Murst Farm volunteers were busy harvesting oats using a vintage 1930s-40s hay binder getting ready for old-time harvesting demonstrations during Day at the Farm.
Kewanee Windmont Park Lighting and Parade
Walk through the magical park, listen to caroler and enjoy cookies in the Shelterhouse. Drive and view the lights throughout the city streets and neighborhoods of Edgewood, Prospect and Chestnut.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400
Make sure to join us for the first races in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup! As the first of 10 Chase races, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 begins NASCAR's thrilling playoffs. With a wide variety of family friendly options, you can't beat summer at Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway.
Yorkville Fall Fest and Pumpkin Pull
Watch as hundreds of pumpkins float down the river and have your chance at winning prizes in the second annual Pumpkin Pull at his year's Fall Fest! Join the United City of Yorkville and the Knights of Columbus to enjoy hayrides, pumpkin decorating, live music, great food and more! 10 am - 6 pm
Jersey County Historic Society's Annual Apple Fest
Enjoy this year's Jersey County Historic Society's Annual Apple Fest. Throughout the day, visitors can browse craft booths, demonstrations, quilt raffle, kettle corn and children's games. Pioneer stew, ham & beans with cornbread, and sweet treats will be sold throughout the day. Historic tours of the Cheney Mansion, Log House and Lone Star School are $5 for adults; free for children 6 and under. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the day. All other events are free. For more information, call (618) 498-2811.
Forest Foundation of Kendall County's Fall Fest
Free family fun in a beautiful and inspiring location. Join the Forest Foundation of Kendall County at their Annual Fall Fest. This family-friendly event will feature live animal interactions and demonstrations, kids' activity areas, live music, concessions sponsored by the Kendall County Pork Producers, and more! Bring chairs to relax in while you enjoy the entertainment. Food will be available for purchase throughout the day. 11 am - 5 pm
Ann's Gourmet Popcorn
Everyone likes popcorn! Ann's Gourmet Popcorn is a unique experience. Choose from tons of Sweet to Savory flavors of delicious non-GMO gourmet popcorn in Southern Illinois. Individual bags to party options available. Pick up a gift package today!! Currently we are making 72+ flavors of gourmet popcorn. We are keeping around 28 on the shelves on a daily basis. Some flavors are seasonal only and others will be rotated.
This locally owned yogurt shop brings a ton of flavor to southern Illinois as it boasts 12 flavors of yogurt and over 100 toppings. Flavors change every other week. Seasonally we will offer Italian Ice as well as baked goods and treats. Don't forget to try Ms. Jill's Caramel Apples!
Gander Mountain is the nation's largest retail network of outdoor specialty stores for shooting sports, hunting, fishing, camping, marine, apparel, footwear and outdoor lifestyle Gander offers the best selection of national and specialty brands at competitive prices and great values including The North Face, Under Armour, Columbia, Guide Series, GSX, Carhartt, Merrell, Keen, New Balance, Reebok, Rocky and many more.
Michael's Family Restaurant
This locally owned and operated restaurant offers a variety of prepared and fresh dishes. The lunch buffet offers old fashioned, homestyle cooking. We offer several different daily specials to keep everyone happy. Locally known for it's wings, Michael's also has banquet space available as well as a daily dine-in menu.
Geno's Deli & Coffee
Locally owned restaurant offering gourmet coffee, fresh deli sandwiches, wraps, panini, salads, and more. Get your coffee piping hot or over ice.
Tomáseen Foley's A Celtic Christmas at James Lumber Center
From the infinite treasury of Ireland's cultural heritage comes Tomáseen Foley's A Celtic Christmas - a recreation of a night before Christmas in a remote farmhouse in the west of Ireland in the 1940s. Neighbors gather around the fireside for a night of traditional Irish music, song, dance and storytelling from native Irish storyteller, Tomáseen Foley. There is magic in the air when the neighbors knock sparks off the flagstone floors with their dancing and the rafters sing with fiery traditional music. A wholesome Christmas show for all the family to enjoy. Contact the Box Office for complete details on the tickets.
The Magic of Bill Blagg at the James Lumber Center
Bill Blagg is one of the nation's top touring illusionists, thrilling thousands and leaving people in complete disbelief as he creates the impossible. Prepare to be amazed as he passes through the blades of an industrial fan, shrinks his body to just 6" tall and instantly teleports across the theatre.
KR Gathering & Fly-In
A KR is a 2-seat composite home built aircraft, and is named KR after the names of the first builders. Each year enthusiasts, builders, and pilots travel to the KR Gathering to exchange ideas, to learn more about the KR, talk to pilots and other builders, take pictures to assist in the building process and to see friends from past gatherings.
Alton Hauntings Kid Ghost Tour
Take a not-so-scary tour of Alton, considered one of the most haunted towns in America, with an expert guide from Alton Hauntings. This ghost and history tour is geared towards children of all ages and their parents and is based on the book "Haunted Alton" by Troy Taylor. Tour starts at 3 p.m. on July 30, 2016.
South Holland Fall Fest
South Holland Fall Fest features a car show, live music, line dancing, fun inflatable jump, face painting, engaging crafts for kids and more.
Amtrak Train Day
All aboard at Alton's Amtrak Train Day! Meet fellow train enthusiasts and learn about train safety, and the excitement of train travel! Scale models of trains will be displayed. All children will receive a free conductor's hat and train-related coloring books. Refreshments will be available. There will also be a drawing for 2-roundtrip Amtrak tickets to Chicago. Winner will be drawn at the end of the event. You must attend the event to register for the drawing. For more information, call (800) 258-6645.