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Paramount Theatrical Production: The Who's Tommy
Set in the 1940s, Tommy is the story of a little boy who witnesses his father murder his mother’s lover upon his surprise return home after being released from a prisoner of war camp. Find out the rest for yourself, be a part of the greatest rock opera ever written. Rated PG-13
Crowne Plaza Springfield
The Crowne Plaza Springfield hotel is the perfect place to stay to enjoy the area's history, culture and quirks. Whether you’re traveling for business or leisure, their goal is to make your experience a memorable one.
Drury Inn & Suites
Located at the intersection of I-57 and I-64, the Drury Inn & Suites Mt. Vernon is just moments away from popular attractions, shopping, outdoor adventures and history lessons.
CITY: Mount Vernon
Highland Farmers Market
This midweek farmers market offers a large array of fresh produce that is all locally grown as well as baked goods and farm fresh eggs. Open: Wednesdays: 3 pm - 6 pm. Located at Highland Community College in Parking Lot C.
40th Fall Fox Valley Antiques Show and Sale
Produced by the Chicago Suburban Antiques Dealers Assn. Authentic Antiques are exhibited indoors at the bright and spacious Kane County Fairgrounds. Catered lunch is available and there is free parking. Admission $8 benefits local historical and educational endeavors.
CITY: St. Charles
Itasca Historical Depot Museum
The Itasca Historical Museum was the original Itasca Train Depot built in 1873. A 1939 Milwaukee Road Rib-side Caboose numbered 01839 was acquired and restored to its original bright orange appearance with all new doors, windows and wood interior. Kids love the interactive train display in the Depot which looks like Itasca in the late 1800’s with bells and whistles. Open Tuesdays & Thursdays from 11am-4pm and the 1st and 2nd Saturdays each month from 9am-2pm.
Festival of Lights
Smile, laugh, be de-lighted at the East Peoria Festival of Lights! The festival features the fantastic Folepi's Winter Wonderland lighted drive-through display, open from Thanksgiving through New Year's Eve, and many other events during December including a competitive run, gift show, theatrical productions and more. The Festival of Lights annual Parade of Lights covers three miles of Washington Street starting on one side of the city and ending just past downtown. The parade features floats shaped entirely from lights, including Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, the chopper motorcycle float illuminated with LED lights, a 70-foot long float of the famous Clydesdale horse team pulling a delivery wagon, Frosty the Snowman, the starship Enterprise illuminated with 48,000 LED light bulbs, and the 95-foot-long smoke-spewing China dragon.
CITY: East Peoria
Danville Symphony Orchestra Presents "Heroes and Heroines"
Heroes and Heroines have been the focus of the greatest story tellers throughout history! Join Danville Symphony Orchestra Maestro Jeremy Sterling and Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Principal French Hornist, Robert Danforth for this musical survey of some of the most heroic stories ever set.
It’s the Antique Spectacular at the QCCA Expo Center in Rock Island, Illinois. This longstanding event features more than 70 exhibitors for antiques shopping galore! The show will be brimful with a wonderful selection of fine antiques and collectibles for sale. Featured will be select antique dealers with unique merchandise from around the world. Attendees will have an opportunity, all weekend, to shop through the wide range of quality antiques. With the Antique Spectacular, there is always something to interest every collector including: furniture, art pottery, stoneware, books, prints, primitives, jewelry, silver, antique glassware, china, postcards, coins, quilts, dolls, toys, advertising, marbles, rugs, vintage textiles and period pieces.
CITY: Rock Island
Located above Uptowne City Limits, theses suites offer overnight accommodations in the middle of Mt. Sterling. Each suite sleeps up to six people. Each features two bedrooms, large bathrooms and large living-kitchen areas. Suites offer their own washer and dryer, refrigerator, stove, dishes and big screen TVs with cable service. WiFi computer services are included.
CITY: Mount Sterling
Berwyn's Oktoberfest 2014
September can only mean one thing in the Chicagoland festival calendar - Berwyn's Oktoberfest! Save the dates and make the trip to Berwyn's Historic Depot District. The event boasts an international food court, carnival and amusement rides, family entertainment pavilion, and crafters and vendors. Live musical performances will be headlined by 1980s sensations Sixteen Candles on Friday night and rock/pop/indie band 7th Heaven on Saturday night. Let's not forget the Beer Garden, which will feature special Oktoberfest seasonal selections among others!
Green Halloween in Downtown Oak Park
Have a boo-rific time at this EEK-o-friendly, healthy, green event! Stop in participating local businesses on the Green Pumpkin Trail to participate in free kids' activities including a pumpkin patch and kids' costume swap, and collect healthy treats.
CITY: Oak Park
Saukie Golf Course
This golf course is a stunning example of a golf course designed from the early part of the 20th century. Saukie was built in 1927 (opened in 1928) and designed by Thomas Bendelow. This public course is considered to be an “executive length" course and is a classic example of a short course that will challenge every golfer. Tee times available 6 a.m to 6 p.m.
CITY: Rock Island
The Old House New House Home Show/Fall 2014
The 60th season of The Old House Home Show. The Mega Center and Ballroom will be brimming with engaging exhibits from 300 outstanding participants.
CITY: St. Charles
Enjoy a retreat along the Mississippi River in Grafton in this guest house near the public boat ramp and within walking distance of shopping and restaurants. This newly renovated, two-bedroom house has a beautiful view of the river from its 35-foot elevated height. A full kitchen and large wrap-around deck are among the amenities.
Boggio's Orchard and Produce Pumpkin Harvest Craft Show
Boggio's Pumpkin Harvest Craft Show features new crafts from over 130 crafters. There's food, music, hay and pony rides, an animal barn, pedal cars, pig races, and a corn maze to keep the kids entertained! The bakery sells delicious cider donuts, award-winning apple cider, fudge, canned jellies honey and fresh vegetables picked daily. Your family will enjoy the option of picking their own apples and pumpkins in the orchard and patch! Open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm with a $3.00 entry to the craft show.
The Longbranch Grill
Located in Historic Downtown Shelbyville, this family-owned restaurant has unique clockwork decor, original tile ceiling and exposed brickwork walls. The Longbranch Grill pride itself on its homemade food and casual atmosphere.
Autumn on the Fox Art and Craft Show
29th annual Autumn on the Fox Art and Craft show. All items are handmade by the exhibiting artist. There are 170 artisans. Jewelry, metal art, stained glass, photography, primitive wood, whimsical folk art and more. Food is available.
CITY: St. Charles
Old House New House Home Show/Fall 2015
Explore 300 deluxe displays with the latest in kitchens, baths, building, remodeling and landscaping. Meet award-winning contractors and creative craftsmen to improve your home and surroundings.
CITY: St. Charles
Come celebrate Fall at the Manteno Oktoberfest. Attractions include a carnival, craft show, car & motorcycle show, food, beer tent with live entertainment and much, much, more!!
Danville Symphony Orchestra Presents "Beethoven Lives Upstairs"
Experience the award winning and ever popular dramatic story of Beethoven through the eyes and ears of the young boy who "lives below his apartment" in Beethoven Lives Upstairs presented by the Danville Symphony Orchestra.
Jerseyville Harvest Inn
Whether you are in Jerseyville for business or pleasure, be sure to check out the Jerseyville Harvest Inn. This motel is conveniently located in the middle of the business district and is located on U.S. 67 and near Illinois Route 16. Amenities include in-room microwave, refrigerator, free Wi-fi, and free Continental breakfast.
Young Eagles Flight Rally - Freeport
Ever wonder what your neighborhood looks like from the sky? Or maybe you're curious how airplanes work. If you're between the ages of 8 and 17 volunteer pilots would love to take you on a free Young Eagles flight. Parent/Guardian must fill out and sign a registration form before the flight.
Heinz Orchard is only 37 miles from downtown Chicago making it the closest apple orchard to Chicago. There are a number of different apples to pick from: Golden Delicious, Empire, McIntosh, Jonathan and Red Delicious. If you’re looking for something different to do, without traveling too far from home, this is a great orchard to check out.
CITY: Green Oaks
Barbakoa is a fun, eclectic restaurant serving delicious Latin cuisine infused with passion, love and an unrivaled quality of service. This modern Latin bistro brings casual fine dining with an urban vibe to the Western suburbs. The restaurant is a lively and upbeat, featuring modern interpretations of Latin cuisine with roots in Central and South America, the Spanish Caribbean, and enriched by European influences.
CITY: Downers Grove
The Neighborhood Co-op
If there's one thing the Neighborhood Co-op is known for, it's good food. Between the grocery store and the deli area, this one-stop-shop has everything you need for the perfect meal. Enjoy the fresh taste of locally grown produce, shop the work of Carbondale's thriving art scene, and feast on a hearty sandwich, made with all-organic products.
Moonshine Brewing Company
Old Wisconsin barn boards cover the walls and two murals of Prohibition-era bootleggers hover above Moonshine's two glowing red bars, where cocktails served in glass jars are the drinks of choice. Thanks to an in-bar brewery added in spring 2008, Moonshine brews are a popular pick, too. During the summer months, locals spend the day and night enjoying cocktails on the dog-friendly patio. An eclectic menu includes everything from pulled pork tacos to burgers to vegan pizza.
Great Carbondale Pumpkin Race
Folks from all over literally take pumpkins and creatively engineer them into race cars. Participants race their pumpkins down the streets of downtown Carbondale, competing with one another, and hope theirs crosses the finish line first! Pumpkins race in a series of categories (largest, fastest, most creative, etc.), and must travel unassisted on wheels inserted onto axles that penetrate completely through the melon (no caster wheels and no support frame or chassis will be allowed). This family-friendly competition is both challenging and fun.
All Seasons Apple Orchard
Take a wagon ride to the orchard where you will be surrounded by thousands of apples trees and 12 varieties of apples and pears. Enjoy seasonal activities like pumpkin picking and the corn maze. There is also a cow train, goat bridge, corn crib, giant swings, a spider web, jumping pillow and a petting zoo. The weekends even have pig races and a magic show for the kids. Take your whole family down for some apple picking and make sure to stick around for the many other activities.
Country Corner Fall Flea Market
Enjoy a large Flea Market with over 20 vendors each day displaying their wares for sale from 10am to 5pm. Hayrack Rides, U-Pick Pumpkins, Corn Maze. Fall Fun Park Hours: 10:30am to 6pm.
Little Goat Diner
Chicago's favorite "Top Chef" Stephanie Izard has again teamed up with Boka Restaurant Group for her spin on an East Coast diner. Experience old-school diner traditions like a stool-lined counter and breakfast served all day. Stop in before closing to grab a late night bite like tiramisu and milkshakes. The attached bread shop serves up coffee drinks and sandwiches all day, and visitors can purchase merchandise or attend a private event or cooking class there.
Dixon Scarecrow Festival
The 17th Annual Scarecrow Festival will be in downtown Dixon on Saturday, Sept. 27 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. in downtown Dixon. This year, the event will feature many of the fan favorites like: Pumpkin Painting, the Great Downtown Pumpkin Patch, Live Music, Craft and Food Vendors, kids games, Pie-in-the-Face, Chalk The Walk, Doggy Zoo and much more. A full schedule of events is available online at www.dixonmainstreet.com
Cerno's Bar and Grill
Gather your friends for fabulous food in a warm atmosphere featuring a spectacular 19th century historical bar. The menu selection offers great sandwiches, fantastic pizza, and dinner entrees. Enjoy over twenty different beers on tap at the mahogany back bar imported from Belgium by the Pabst Blue Ribbon Brewing Company.
The Terrace at Trump
A sophisticated outdoor oasis showcasing superb al fresco dining amidst the iconic views of Chicago's dramatic landscape is The Terrace at Trump. This Chicago rooftop restaurant and bar offers a specially crafted menu served alongside a variety of boutique wines and hand-crafted cocktails. With a serene ambiance highlighted by vivid, green landscaping guests can relish in the summer sun while taking in vistas that are quintessentially Chicago including the Wrigley Clock Tower, Lake Michigan and Chicago River. Sit and enjoy a cocktail while watching the fireworks from The Terrace at Trump on Wednesdays and Saturdays after Memorial Day.
Frank Lloyd Wright Races
Now in our 38th year! Bring your racing and running season to a close in historic Oak Park with the flat, fast, and scenic route of the 2014 Frank Lloyd Wright Races. The races feature a 5k Run/Walk, 10k Run, and a Youth Mile for ages 7-14. All events are on Sunday, October 19th and start just east of the Oak Park River Forest High School at Scoville and Ontario Streets, and finish on Scoville in front of the school.
CITY: Oak Park
Early Tin Dusters Fall Color Run
Behold the bright bursts of color all around Quincy as nearly 900 sweet pre-1949 vehicles roll into town for the 39th Annual Color Run.
American Folk Art Show
Extraordinary handmade arts and crafts made by award winning artisans. Reproductions of antique American furniture, historic crafts, folk art, primitives, unique Halloween, Christmas creations! Also some original antiques.
CITY: St. Charles
Country Corner Pumpkin Cannon and Military Appreciation Weekend
Have you ever seen pumpkins fly at the speed of sound? Watch the Q-9 pumpkin cannon – always shooting for a world record, or pick and shoot your own pumpkin. Distance and accuracy competitions are held twice daily. Military weekend appreciation events too.
For more than 50 years Italian Village Pizza & Pasta has been a social gathering place for great food and fun in Carbondale. Thousands of locals, Salukis and area visitors have provided their autographs and notable memories on the walls of their main dining rooms. Enjoy delicious pizza, complimentary ice cream, and a full salad bar, all in the presence of good company!
32nd Annual Doc Spackman Triathlon
Come to southern Illinois and compete in one of the most long-standing triathlons in the world - the 32nd Doc Spackman Triathlon Festival. New this year are two triathlon distances to choose from- the ever popular Doc Spackman “Classic” Triathlon (350m. swim, 5 mile bike, 2 mile run) and the new Spackman Sprint Triathlon (700m. swim, 10 mile bike, and 4 mile run). The event also offers a Kids/Family .5 mi run/walk, followed by a Standup Paddle board timed race — perfect for kids of all ages.
Good's Furniture Showplace
Start your exploration with a visit to Good’s Furniture. America’s Furniture Showplace is one of the oldest and largest family-owned furniture stores in the Midwest and is the centerpiece of Kewanee’s downtown. The 250,000 square-foot showroom spans two city blocks and encompasses twelve restored buildings that feature over fifty furniture brands. It’s a complete shopping experience: visit Good’s Market Square Gift Emporium with unique gifts including upscale clothing and accessories, fine luggage, gourmet food and wine, and much more! Grab a bite to eat at the Wine Cellar Restaurant on Good’s lower level. For an afternoon pick-me-up, stop by the Coffee & Wine Bar. A skywalk, glass elevators, and a Koi Pond add to the ambience. Visit for the day and pamper yourself with an overnight stay at the in-store European Bed & Breakfast.
Mt. Carroll Pumpkinfest
Mt. Carroll Pumpkin Fest includes a 5k Ghoulish Gallop, decorated lampposts, food booths selling everything PUMPKIN, farmers market, pumpkin catapult, pumpkin drag races, celebrated haunted house tours and more. Visit our website for an updated activity list.
CITY: Mount Carroll
Pao is a casual gourmet restaurant and bar with a focus on Pacific Coast Cuisine with an American Asian feel. From spring to fall you can enjoy watching the sun set from the outdoor patio, which is one of the best patios Springfield has to offer.
Phillips Park Golf Course
The state-of-the-art golf course boasts modern features like “USGA” Greens, multiple tees, larger greens, strategically placed bunkers and water hazards, cart paths, a driving range and a three hole Junior Course. The new driving range has both “All Weather Teeing Surface” for inclement weather and a massive grass tee for a more realistic feel. Phillips Park Golf Course is a quality championship caliber golf course. With three sets of tees, the golf course ranges from 4,760 yards to 6,200 yards, providing a wide range of challenge for varying abilities.
Built in 1929, this old-fashioned country hotel has every room decorated differently. Enjoy the rich colors of Calhoun County and the Illinois River at this quaint country inn. Reservations are required.
Acquaviva Tasting and Wine Bar
Wine tastings, delicatessen meats, cheeses, craft beers, wine bar. Inside and outside garden seating. Enjoy a glass of wine or beer with friends in a relaxing atmosphere.
CITY: St. Charles
Mindy Friedler and Mark Bires, the husband-and-wife team who also operate downtown po' boy shop Mac and Min's, are behind this sandwich-focused restaurant and lounge in Wicker Park. The encyclopedic menu includes 100 sandwiches (such as the Spence M with bacon, peanut butter, apple, cranberry sauce and basil, and the Walker P with prosciutto, soppressata, fried eggplant, peppers, provolone and Southwest mayo), plus a build-your-own option, all served with a couple of sides of your choice. You'll also five burger varieties, appetizers and one of the more impressive beer and whiskey lists in town. Outdoor seating along Division Street is a big draw during the summer; indoors, a small stage hosts live music acts and a 10-foot big-screen TV shows movies and major sporting events.
RM Champagne Salon
The nationally-revered nightlife visionaries of Element Collective created this opulent, accessibly elegant wine and Champagne salon. The lavish 1,500-square-foot space off Green St. is discreetly tucked-away at the foot of a secluded cobblestone alley. Sit among flowers, topiaries and tea lights in the 150-seat courtyard in this popular city hideaway.
The Benchmark menu includes some new and creative items as well as updated twists on familiar menu favorites. With 46 TV’s Benchmark is the perfect place to catch a game with old friends or make some new ones. The highlight of the venue is the first of its kind, fully retractable roof covering most of the 2nd floor. It’s Chicago’s first convertible beer garden.
Fall Festival at Heritage Canyon
Explore life in the log cabin settlement, blacksmith and woodworking shops, Early American crafters in period clothing, vintage farm machinery, a covered bridge, church, one-room school house & demonstrations of pioneer living.
Boone County Harvest Fest
Stroll along Scarecrow Row, where uniquely designed scarecrows line the path. The Scarecrow Contest is open to everyone! Unique bicycles will be on display on Kishwaukee Riverfront Path, guided tours of the Baltic Mill by a local historian, a children’s area where children can celebrate the harvest with the Build-Your-Own Scarecrow and Pick-A-Pumpkin Patch and much more.
Get ready to SCREAM your head off as R.I.P. Productions brings you the ultimate haunted experience! The Screamatorium is not only one of the scariest haunted houses but was ranked the #1 Haunted Attraction in the Northern Illinois area! This intense cutting-edge haunted house has been striking fear into the hearts of terrified visitors since 2008 and this year has once again risen the bar offering new scares, new scenes and unique special effects with over 10,000 square feet of pure TERROR! Open Friday to Sundays, and a few other dates in October.
CITY: Poplar Grove
Terror on Washington Street
Clinton's Terror on Washington Street haunted house contains intense audio and lighting which includes strobe lights, extreme low visibility, damp or wet conditions, fog and a physically demanding environment. Proceeds benefit the Clinton Chamber of Commerce. Haunt dates are October 10-11, 17-18, 24-25, 30-31.
One More Time Antiques
Repurposed furnishings, antiques, and primitives fill this unique shop in historic downtown Freeport.
Relax, this place has a winning combination of fine dining and exciting atmosphere. OTB, cozy fireplace, fine wine, gourmet burgers. American eclectic menu that changes with each season. Whether in one of their three dining rooms, lounge, wine bar or track room you're assured of a great experience. So relax and enjoy the upbeat atmosphere, friendly services and most of all the unique gastronomy.
CITY: North Aurora
St. Charles Home Show/Spring
Talk to local contractors, learn how to renovate, repair, decorate, and update your home and yard. Shop for marketplace items for the whole family.
CITY: St. Charles
Autumn Leaf Rin
5K run/hike through Oakdale Nature Preserve with varied terrain and acres of oak and hickory woodlands, restored prairies and shallow streams. Runners and hikers will encounter wide tree-lined trails, moderate hills, prairie, bridge crossings and a few single track trail sections.
Freeport Community Concert - Russian Quatro
The Freeport Community Concert Association presents the Russian Quatro 2 Violins and 2 Cellos. Freeport Masonic Temple
Cher D2K Tour
Don't miss Cher in concert at the iwireless Center in Moline, Illinois. Tickets are now on sale at Ticketmaster. See Cher in concert on Wednesday, October 22 at 7:30 p.m. Featuring special guests Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo. Ticket Prices: $22.00 $42.00 $77.50 $127.50 TicketMaster Phone Center: 1-800-745-3000
Disney Live! Mickey's Music Festival
Bring the family to the iwireless Center in Moline, Illinois for Disney Live - Mickey's Music Festival on Friday, October 10th at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Mickey Mouse and friends rock the world with the stars from The Little Mermaid, Aladdin and Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story in their new touring show Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival. Disney hits are remixed to the hottest sounds of today featuring hip hop, pop, swing, reggae, rock, country and much more! The irresistible lineup of performers, including Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy; Ariel, Sebastian and Ursula; Jasmine, Aladdin and Genie; and Woody, Buzz and Jessie; are among the more than 25 Disney stars featured in this jam session fit for the entire family! You can’t resist dancing, singing, playing your air-guitar and laughing with this band of characters! Come join them at Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival for a lively concert experience guaranteed to deliver enough rockin’ memories to last a lifetime. Ticket Prices: $16 $23 $34 VIP $48 Gold Circle $56
Freeport Community Concert Presents: Primakov and Capps
The Freeport Community Concert Association presents this Piano and Cello concert with Primakov and Capps. Freeport Masonic Auditorium.
James Taylor in Concert
On Thursday, November 6, James Taylor takes the stage at the iwireless Center in downtown Moline, Illinois at 8 p.m. As a recording and touring artist, James Taylor has touched people with his warm baritone voice and distinctive style of guitar-playing for more than 40 years, while setting a precedent to which countless young musicians have aspired. Over the course of his celebrated song-writing and performing career, Taylor has sold more than 100 million albums, earning gold, platinum and multi-platinum awards for classics ranging from Sweet Baby James in 1970 to October Road in 2002. He has won multiple Grammy awards and has been inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the prestigious Songwriters Hall of Fame. Come spend an unforgettable night with America’s iconic singer-songwriter James Taylor. Ticket Prices: $67.50 $87.50
17th Annual Chicago Drum Show
World's largest, longest running vintage and custom drum show. Exhibits, clinics, classes, demonstrations, entertainment, celebrity guests. Admission: $15; children 5-12 $10.
CITY: St. Charles