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Blue Island Historical Society's Architectural Walking Tour
Our Architectural Walking Tour includes Civil War era homes and homes of Civil War Veterans. Please join us rain/shine and wear comfortable shoes!
Glidden Homestead and Historical Center Hammer-In
See how blacksmiths work by hand with red-hot steel to create graceful pieces of beauty and elegance at the Glidden Homestead. On Sunday, September 13, 2015, starting at noon, the Blacksmith Club at the Glidden Homestead and Historical Center will host a Hammer-In. The Blacksmith Club will work on six forges around the site and will demonstrate the trade, techniques, materials, and finished pieces. The twenty minute lessons and demonstrations will continue throughout the day. In the days before hardware and home-improvement stores, Blacksmiths worked with 2000 degree steel forming and shaping it. They made useful and essential objects as well as ornate decorative objects. Also on Sunday, you can tour the home where Joseph Glidden and his family lived when he created his most famous invention, see a working onsite blacksmith shop, and walk where Glidden walked. Admission is $4 per adult and free for children younger than 14.
The stage is set for a great evening of festivities and fun for the entire family as the Effingham Central Business Group hosts the 3rd annual Chili Fest on Friday, October 16th, from 5-8 p.m. in Downtown Effingham. Nearly two dozen businesses will host either a chili tasting stop or other treats and refreshments throughout the evening. You can also do a little late night shopping to see what the great stores in the Central Business District have to offer! Many family friendly activities are also planned throughout the evening, including celebrity choice awards, live music, games and more. Bring the entire family!
Wine on the Terrace
The Ellwood House in DeKalb provides an elegant setting for an evening of wines, appetizers and music. Inboden’s of DeKalb, a local specialty food market and wine merchant, is again partnering with the Ellwood House for this event and will serve an array of fine wines and unique appetizers on the Ellwood mansion terrace. As visitors linger on the terrace sipping a selection of wines, they will enjoy music performed by classical guitarist, Quentin Dover. Guests can also take a self-guided first floor tour of the Ellwood mansion, view the exhibits on display in the Visitor Center (where desserts and coffee will be available), or tour the gardens. A silent auction and raffle of elegant offerings and gift certificates will take place throughout the evening. Tickets for Wine on the Terrace are $50.00 and should be purchased in advance. Only 200 tickets will be available, so don’t miss this great opportunity to experience wonderful food and wine in the incomparable setting of the Ellwood House Museum and Park. Tickets may be purchased online at ellwoodhouse.org or by phone at 815-756-4609.
Guided Walking Tour - Somonauk Street
Join Steven Bigolin as he leads guided walking tours of Sycamore’s History District – featuring the beautiful homes along Somonauk Street. Meet at the statue of Wally’ Thurow, at Somonauk and Elm Street. Bigolin will lead a tour highlighting the architecture and local history connected to Sycamore. The tour will last about an hour and a half, wear comfortable shoes. Location: Wally Thurow statue (near corner of Somonauk and Elm) Time: 1:00 p.m. Cost: $5 Per Person.
Candle lanterns illuminate the 1830s village while fireplaces entice visitors to step inside many of the log buildings along Main Street during the annual Candlelight Walk at Lincoln's New Salem pioneer village.
Guided Walking Tour - Main Street
Join Steven Bigolin as he leads a guided walking tours of Sycamore’s Main Street. Bigolin will lead a tour highlighting the architecture and local history connected to the homes along Main Street. Stops on the walk will include, the Townsend House (currently the Paper Doll House) and carriage house (Willow’s Hometown Cafe), the Boyton House, the DeKalb County Court House, Library, Post Office and Rick Turner’s Law office. Meet at the Courthouse lawn. The tour will last about an hour, wear comfortable shoes.Location: Courthouse lawn. Time: 1:00 p.m. Cost: $5 Per Person
Bishop Hill Steeple Building
Take a look back in history and visit the Steeple building, built in 1854. Architecturally intriguing it is a three-story stucco Greek Revival structure with a two-story tower and 66 six-over-six windows. It was built to be used as a hotel, but instead was used as a dwelling, school, administration building, and later housed a bank, telephone switchboard and apartments. The museum is home to the Bishop Hill Heritage Asssociation offices. The rooms and exhibit showcase historic artifacts and photos of early Colony days and take visitors back through time to a quaint prairie village. Group tours by appointment, small fee.
Traditional Music Festival
Listen to bluegrass and folk music played on traditional instruments as you stroll among the log cabins and garden paths of the reconstructed pioneer village where Abraham Lincoln lived and worked as a young man.
Indian Summer Festival
Enjoy peak fall colors at this lakeside garden and nature area while listening to music, enjoying refreshments and participating in family friendly crafts and activities.
Vintage Voices Living History Tour
Relive the past firsthand as local actors/historians "bring to life" some of Alton's most interesting citizens. Individuals and groups will have a chance to learn about the women and men who shaped the city's rich history, View some vintage costumes and enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the City and National Cemetery. www.AltonLittleTheater.org.
Mt. Sterling Fall Festival
If you love festival food, you can feast your way through the many food vendors. There are numerous activities planned like the snake dance and bonfire, block party, Little Mr. and Miss and baby contest, talent show, car show and cruise night, chain saw carving demonstration, bake off, children’s games, entertainment, over 20 craft/merchandise vendors, and a church service.
Egyptian Theatre Flashlight Tour
Join Egyptian Theatre staff as they provide a tour of the historic Egyptian Theatre using just your flashlights. Guests will be treated to a behind the scenes backstage tour which will highlight the haunted history of the theatre. This is the tour that reveals all the secrets and lets you go places the public has never seen. Don’t forget to bring your camera! You never know what you might capture in your pictures. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students & seniors. Guests must bring a flashlight for the tour. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. This evening tour will last approximately 2 hours and the tickets are limited, so don’t wait!
Geneseo Christmas Tour of Homes
Some of Geneseo’s most beautiful and unique homes will be featured on the tour, each with a touch of the Christmas season. The Tour of Homes is sponsored by the Geneseo Alliance of Ladies (GALS). The money goes to help women from our community continue their education or get training to re-enter the workforce.
Quincy Preserves Fall House Tour
Quincy Preserves Fall House Tour featuring seven amazing locations: The Quincy Preserves Annual Behind Closed Doors Home Tour will take place on Saturday, October 17th, from 10 am to 4 pm. For more info visit www.quincypreserves.org
McPike Mansion Haunted Tours
Learn the history of the McPike Mansion and take a look at the documented photos of the mansion and paranormal activity. Then, take a tour of the surrounding grounds and the crypt. Talking with the spirits with Dowsing rods and join us for a dark session in the cellar with our experienced medium. Tour lasts approximately 90 minutes. All proceeds go toward the restoration of the mansion.
Chicago Food Tours - Tours By Foot
Like their neighborhood history tours, the Chicago food tours have no upfront costs. All food is chosen and ordered by you. Their guides make recommendations and facilitate ordering, but you have the final say. You choose your own food and pay for it directly. They have planned in 4-5 food shops, including a dessert shop, and sometimes even a tea shop. Each establishment serves up incredibly delicious and inexpensive food served in portions that can be easily divided and shared or singularly devoured. In between the food stops, you’ll have time to digest your food as well as digest the history of the neighborhood, as told to you by one of their entertaining and knowledgeable guides.
Riverside Historic Walking Tours
Discover the winding roads, delightful parks, beautiful landscapes, varied architecture and much, much more! The North Tour covers the area north of the railroad tracks and features the Longcommon, an architecturally significant school, a place of worship designed by Jenney, and homes by Silsbee, Wright, Perkins, and Purcell & Elmslie. The South Tour includes Swan Pond Park, Scottswood Common, Wright's Country Estate & service buildings, architecture by Jenney, Drummond, Kenny & Vinci, Wittlesey, and a home designed by Olmsted's partner, Calvert Vaux. Dates: May 31 (North), June 28 (South), July 26 (North), August 30 (South), September 20 (North), October 25 (South).
Starved Rock Walkers Club
Join the fun on our weekly, guided hikes! Explore Starved Rock State Park, Matthiessen State Park, the I & M Canal and a nearby Nature Preserve. Every Thursday morning, year round, the Starved Rock Walkers Club meets in the lobby of the Lodge and departs at 9:00 am. Hikes last between 2 and 3 hours, depending on the destination. The hikes vary each week and over a 4-month period, the group will see the entire park. Make some new friends and learn about wildlife, wildflowers and more. This event is free and open to the public. Please note: We will not hike on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve or New Year’s Eve. Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Every Thursday (year round).
A Big Ten school and one of the leading universities in the U.S. Its Evanston campus is on the shores of beautiful Lake Michigan. Founded in 1851, this renowned educational institution is rich in stunning architecture. More than 150 historically significant and interesting sites on campus are featured in various walking tours, each taking approximately 30 minutes to complete. Highlights include the Arch, University Hall and the Arts Circle.
The Original American Passion Play
Now in its 93rd season, the American Passion Play is one of the oldest, continuously-performed, passion plays in the United States. This Biblically accurate performance takes the audience on a spiritual journey to Palestine, 30 AD where they travel with the living Christ, meet his Apostles and follow his ministry from the Sermon on the Mount to His resurrection and ascension. The play features beautiful scenery, live pipe organ music, live voices and even live animals.
Epiphany Farms Enterprise (EFE) is a “Farm to Fork” concept that practices sustainable, beyond organic, environmentally friendly techniques. EFE harnesses ideas from a wide range of agricultural theories, such as permaculture and intensive pasture rotation, to cultivate a multitude of fruits, vegetables, herbs, and animals. Pioneering a new food system frontier, they blend their farm and restaurants to create one self-sustaining organism. Tours of the farm are available.
Tours By Foot
Free Tours by Foot is pleased to present the only pay-what-you-like Chicago walking tours. These interesting and informative sightseeing tours will take you through many of the Windy City’s most famous neighborhoods. They’re one of the best things to do on your visit. They offer walking, food, architecture and bike tours. Come experience their Chicago walking tours.
Mineral Springs Haunted Tours
Walking Tours include visits to several haunted buildings as well as an exclusive guided tour of the most haunted building in Alton, the Mineral Springs Hotel. The only tour to enter Mineral Springs! Tour includes light refreshments. Bring cameras, recorders, flashlights, and any ghost hunting equipment you may have.