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2014 Blues Blast Music Awards
The Blues Blast Music Awards Ceremony will make its debut in Champaign with a stellar event, honoring the greatest blues musicians in the nation. Presented by Blues Blast Magazine, the 2014 Blues Blast Music Awards will feature live music from Tweed Funk, Lisa Mann, Lonnie Brooks, and more! Plus, with nominees like Buddy Guy, the Tedeschi Trucks Band, and John Primer, it's sure to be a night to remember!
Ferguson Fine Arts Theatre Presents: "Grace and Glorie"
Ferguson Fine Arts Theatre and Highland Community College present "Grace and Glorie". Grace is a feisty 90 year old cancer patient, who checked herself out of the hospital and returned to her beloved homestead cottage to die alone. Her volunteer Hospice worker, Glorie, is a Harvard MBA recently transplanted to the rural backwater area in the Blue Ridge Mountains from New York. Glorie is tense, unhappy and guilt-ridden. As she attempts to care for and comfort the cantankerous Grace, the sophisticated Glorie gains new perspectives on values and life's highs and lows. Thursday: Oct 9 7:30 pm; Friday: October 10 7:30 pm; Sunday: Oct 12 2 pm. Tickets: Adults: $10; Seniors: $8; Students: $6. Fro reservations call 815-599-3718
C-U Comedy Festival
Nothing beats a good laugh. The kind you let out when something hilarious happens. Get your fill of laughs October 22-25 at the first C-U Comedy Festival, held at a variety of locations including Champaign's infamous Memphis on Main and Urbana's iconic Canopy Club. This laugh-fest will feature local comedians as well has headliners from St. Louis and Chicago!
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.
One More Time Antiques
Repurposed furnishings, antiques, and primitives fill this unique shop in historic downtown Freeport.
Freeport Community Concert - Russian Quatro
The Freeport Community Concert Association presents the Russian Quatro 2 Violins and 2 Cellos. Freeport Masonic Temple
Chicagoween - Franken Plaza and Monster Bash
As part of Chicago’s Halloween season, Chicagoween, Daley Plaza is turned into Franken Plaza for this Halloween fest which includes an arts & crafts marketplace, hayrides, trick-or-treating, and giveaways as well as performances by local theatre groups. Also see the fountain turn orange!
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.