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Owl Prowl at The Nature Institute
Meet at The Nature Institute to learn about owls and then head on a hike to search for them within the Olin Nature Preserve. Treehouse Wildlife Center will be on site with live owls in Talahi Lodge. See the beautiful creatures up-close and personal while the experts and handlers give information about these nocturnal friends. Then follow TNI education director Patti Brown on the trails of the Olin Nature Preserve to listen and see native owls in their own territory. The prowl starts at 7:00 p.m. Admission: $10/person; $8/TNI Members. Pre-registration is highly encouraged!
Mushroom Festival at Pere Marquette
It's back! The Mushroom Festival is returning to Pere Marquette Lodge and will be bigger than ever before. Come listen to live music, browse vendors, grab lunch in the restaurant, taste local wines and learn all there is to know about mushrooms. The Great Morel Hunt will be held at 1:00 p.m. (weather and morel permitting). Join fellow hunters from all over the areas as they scan the grounds for these delicious delicacies. Then bring your finds back to The Lodge and you can win a great prize! Find the smallest morel, the largest morel or the most morels and you just might go home with a free nights stay. Festival is from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
The Hummingbird Festival at Pere Marquette has been a crowd pleaser for years, and this year will be no exception. Join the Lodge in celebrating a creature full of mystery and beauty – the hummingbird. Live entertainment, presentations from naturalists on the hummingbird, catching and banding, plus craft vendors and activities. The event is free.
A Celebration of Girl Scouts
In honor of National Girl Scouts Day, the Lewis and Clark Confluence Tower will offer half price tours to all active Girl Scouts and their troop leaders! Local Girl Scouts will also be on hand showcasing their projects and greeting visitors. Admission is $1 for Active Girl Scouts; $2 for Troop Leaders.
Haunted America Conference
America's Original Ghost Conference (Founded in 1997 and often imitated, but never equaled) is back for our 20th year and will be held over the weekend of June 24-25, 2016, at the Atrium Hotel in Haunted Alton, Illinois. Join us as we return to "one of the most haunted small towns in America" and present new and returning favorite speakers on ghosts, hauntings, monsters, the supernatural, and the unexplained. The 2016 event will include lectures and presentations, a speaker's panel, haunted tours, ghost hunts, "strange stuff", the Haunted America Masquerade Party and much more! Admission is $50/person for General Admission.
Women’s Works is a juried fine art exhibit, celebrating women artists and is presented annually by the Northwest Area Arts Council and the Old Court House Arts Center. Held in the Old Court House Arts Center on the Historic Woodstock Square, Women’s Works provides an opportunity to showcase the creative artwork of women artists in North America and internationally. This is the 29th Anniversary of the Women's Works show.
Magic Made Me Do It - Daniel Martin
Join Waubonsee Community College at the Sugar Grove Campus Auditorium: Chicago's own Daniel Martin will entertain you and your family with his high energy blend of incredible magic, exhilarating escapes, and sarcastic improv. His magic and comedy have been featured on CBS, NBC, WGN, VH!, ESPN, and at thousands of live events. Show starts at 7 pm.
The outdoor Show returns! This one-day event welcomes the public to a variety of outdoor vendors inside the heat controlled Sportsplex with special expert presentations. Vendors displaying the latest gear and equipment will be on hand to help get you ready for spring and summer. There will be food and beverages available.
Shakespeare 400 Chicago
Shakespeare 400 Chicago is a yearlong international arts festival in 2016 celebrating the vibrancy, relevance and reach of Shakespeare. As the world commemorates the four hundred years since Shakespeare’s death in 1616, Shakespeare 400 Chicago will engage more than 500,000 Chicagoans and visitors to our City through 850 events.
Nicholas Conservatory - Simply Spring: Butterfly Exhibit
Celebrate the arrival of spring at Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens as you experience the magical world of native and tropical butterflies! Enjoy being surrounded by live butterflies in the tropical conservatory, and see the whole butterfly lifecycle in action as you view butterflies emerging from thier chrysalis in the emergence area. Included with Nicholas Conservatory admission.
Adventures with Clifford the Big Red Dog - Discovery Center Museum
Something big and red is coming to Discovery Center - Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog traveling exhibition. Board the Birdwell Island ferry and journey to the world of Clifford, America's beloved big red dog with a heart to match. See Emily Elizabeth and many of the residents of Birdwell Island where playing, working together, and respecting others is all part of being a member of the community. The exhibit is sure to delight young and old alike. Slide down Clifford's tail, work together to fill Clifford's big dog bowl with bones, hunt for sea shells at T-Bone's beach or "work" in the fish and chip shop on Birdwell Island and more. No matter what activity they choose, children will learn valuable life lessons through play. This exhibit is based on Scholastic's top-rated TV Show Clifford the Big Red Dog on PBS Kids® and from the award-winning author Norman Bridwell. Today, the best-selling book series consists of more than 160 Clifford titles and 100 million books in print! The exhibition will be at Discovery Center through May 15 and all signage is in both English and Spanish.
Decatur Train Fair
Come enjoy the Spring Decatur Train Fair! Model trains will be on display and available for purchase! This is a family-friendly event sure to please everyone!
Fever River Railroad Spring Open House
For model railroad aficionados-and everyone else who ever enjoyed model trains-this model railroad is something to see. The Fever River Railroad is a 103 by 24 foot HO scale model of a hypothetical railroad. The railroad intersects with models of "real" railroads, each of which can be operated independently-up to 20 trains can be operating at one time. Industries along the railroad right-of-way duplicate either actual facilities or are typically correct of the industries that would be found in the Upper Midwest. The scenery represents the geographical area as well. A collection of railroad memorabilia and pictures are on display.
28th Annual Depot Stove Gang Model Railroad Show
Model railroad show and swap meet with over 25,000 square feet of operating model railroads and railroad memorabilia and numerous vendors with items for both sale and swap. The show is for all railroad enthusiasts. Lunch provided.
Petals & Paintings at the Krannert Art Museum
Krannert Art Museum celebrates University of Illinois Moms Weekend by opening its doors to world-class floral designers who create one-of-a-kind arrangements inspired by works of art on display at KAM. The 24th annual Petals & Paintings exhibition will be open to the public from 9 am – 5 pm on Saturday, April 9 and from 12 noon – 5 pm on Sunday, April 10, 2014. Special docent-led tours will be available free of charge from 10 am – 4 pm Saturday. The exhibition is free and open to the public. It is curated by Rick Orr, a member of the American Institute of Floral Designers.
Shakespeare's First Folio Exhibition
The Lake County Discovery Museum has been selected as the host site for the state of Illinois for First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, a national traveling exhibition of the Shakespeare First Folio, one of the world’s most treasured books. Accompanying the rare book will be a multi-panel exhibition exploring the significance of Shakespeare, then and now, with additional digital content and interactive activities. During the exhibition, the Lake County Discovery Museum is planning numerous programs for the public and families around the First Folio exhibition.
Kankakee Gun & Sportsman Show
For the sports enthusiast to the avid hunter, law enforcement officer or collector, there’s something for you to buy, sell, or trade with one of the area dealers.
Live Bald Eagle at TreeHouse Wildlife Center
There will be live bald eagles on display every weekend in January and February at the TreeHouse Wildlife Center. Free admission. Donations are appreciated.
59th Spring Antiques Show
The Chicago Suburban Antiques Dealers Association will be presenting its 59th Spring Antiques Show. As usual this quality show will offer genuine antiques beautifully displayed in room settings by 55 dealers from 14 states with an array of Americana, 18th, 19th and early 20th century furniture, textiles, jewelry, stoneware,folk art.
Stephenson County Home Show
Over 80 exhibitors displaying their products and services. Exhibitors include contractors, home improvement specialist, furniture and appliance deals, carpet stores, health care professionals, home party sales, cash and carry items and much more.
Pearl Banquets & Conference Center
The Pearl Banquets and Conference Center boasts a comprehensive range of rooms in a wide array of configurations. Lighting can also be customized for your event.
NIU School of Art and Design Faculty Biennial invitational exhibition
The 2015 – 2016 Faculty Biennial exhibition features new work and current research of faculty from all divisions of the NIU School of Art and Design. Every two years the biennial emphasizes the caliber of the faculty and the breadth and strength of the arts programs offered at NIU from various disciplines including fibers, time arts, visual communication and illustration, painting, sculpture, photography, ceramics, printmaking, metals and jewelry, and art history, and art education.
Illinois Holocaust Museum Exhibit - Nazi Olympics: Berlin, 1936
Coinciding with the 2016 Rio Olympics and the 80th anniversary of the 1936 Games, Nazi Olympics tells an important historical story. Given that sports play a powerful developmental role in the lives of so many youth and adult athletes, this exhibition expands on many important themes—racism and discrimination, propaganda, fair play, and ethical decision making—allowing the public to personally connect to the history and lessons of the Holocaust and relate them to present day Olympics and human rights issues.
The Orchid Show
Its the best eye candy ever! The Regenstein Center Greenhouses and Galleries are transformed by trees draped in orange and yellow Dendrobium, a hanging hedge of pink and purple Beallara, and vibrant Vanda in orange, red, yellow, and even blue. See more than 10,000 orchids in all. Bring a camera.