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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.
Old Settlers’ Day and Colony School Reunion
Celebrate the 166th anniversary of the Bishop Hill Colony and the 116th year of the Old Settler’s Association. Enjoy a traditional chicken dinner, the High Society Band Concert and program featuring Bishop Hill Colony descendants’ speakers. Sunday a reunion of students and teachers from the Bishop Hill Colony School takes place and memories are shared. Hours: 11:30 am to 3 pm.
CITY: Bishop Hill
Sunset Storytelling: Mick Henneberry
Hegeler Carus Mansion 2014 Events Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 7:00pm. Sunset Storytelling: Mick Henneberry. For prices, information or to register for events (all registration is done online), please visit www.hegelercarus.org.
Fort Obie Rendezvous and Living Hitory Encampment
Visit the old world featuring a tipi encampment, black powder shoots, pre-1840 demonstrations, bow-shoots, tomahawk and knife throwing, primitive fire-starting, and 1840 trade goods. Open: 10am to 5pm on Saturday, and 10am to 3pm on Sunday. Admission $2.00 per person.
Sunset Storytelling: Steve Seaborn
Hegeler Carus Mansion 2014 Events Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 7:00pm Sunset Storytelling: Steve Seaborn. For prices, information or to register for events (all registration is done online), please visit www.hegelercarus.org.
The Bishop Hill Chatquaqua
We invite you to spend the day in an enchanting village. The park is the center of this small town and will be filled with story telling and music. Join us for the historical re-enactment, a family oriented event sharing true tales of what makes us uniquely American.
CITY: Bishop Hill
Annual Settlers' Day
Learn about our heritage! Visit with costumed living history demonstrators representing American history from French fur trading days, pioneer times, and the Revolutionary and Civil War periods. Activities include an imaginary wagon trail, guided history hikes, crafts and more!
CITY: South Holland
Sunset Storytelling: Tricia Kelly
Hegeler Carus Mansion 2014 Events Saturday, September 06, 2014 at 7:00pm Sunset Storytelling: Tricia Kelly. For prices, information or to register for events (all registration is done online), please visit www.hegelercarus.org.
Spooky Lectures: Lizzie Borden by Tricia Kelly
Hegeler Carus Mansion 2014 Events Friday, October 3, 2014 at 7:00pm. Spooky Lectures: Lizzie Borden by Tricia Kelly. For prices, information or to register for events (all registration is done online), please visit www.hegelercarus.org.
Spooky Lectures: The Terrifying Truth of Victorian Medicine by Tricia Kelly
Hegeler Carus Mansion 2014 Events Friday, October 17, 2014 at 7:00pm. Spooky Lectures: The Terrifying Truth of Victorian Medicine by Tricia Kelly. For prices, information or to register for events (all registration is done online), please visit www.hegelercarus.org.
Spooky Lectures: A Customary Funeral by Mick Henneberry
Hegeler Carus Mansion 2014 Events Friday, October 10, 2014 at 7:00pm Spooky Lectures: A Customary Funeral by Mick Henneberry. For prices, information or to register for events (all registration is done online), please visit www.hegelercarus.org.
Cruise-In at the David Davis Mansion
The David Davis Mansion is a beautiful venue as an array of classic vehicles park on Clover Lawn. There will be antique, classic and new cars trucks and motorcycles on site for visitors to admire! Live music, food concession and ice cream make this event fun for the whole family.
Tales of Terror by Tricia Kelly
Hegeler Carus Mansion 2014 Events Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 7:00pm Tales of Terror by Tricia Kelly. For prices, information or to register for events (all registration is done online), please visit www.hegelercarus.org.
7th Annual Cruise In at "The Mill"
The event includes a car cruise-in with great classic cars, live acoustic music, food from local restaurants, as well as door prizes and 50/50 drawings. We will have our Made in the USA t-shirts with our Mill logo for sale. Come Celebrate with us!
44th Annual Abraham Lincoln National Railsplitting Festival
From the Civil War Ball to the railsplitting, you'll learn about a unique piece of Route 66 and Lincoln, IL history.
Victorian Christmas at the Reddick Mansion
The Reddick Mansion will be decked out in it's Victorian Christmas Decor and open for tours! Activities for this weekend include: gingerbread house making, holiday music, photos with Santa, and a walk-through a life size gingerbread house! Check the Reddick Mansion Website for more information. Includes Holiday Open House, Christmas Music, and Refreshments.
Dinner & A Little History in LaSalle
Topic: "The TR! Show". Derek Evans presents "The TR! Show" at our November session. Mr. Evans brings to life the dynamic character of Theodore Roosevelt. Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt, the youngest President of the United States, was one of the most interesting men who ever lived. Throughout his life he was a cattle rancher, deputy sheriff, historian, naturalist, explorer, author of 35 books, police commissioner, assistant secretary of the Navy, governor of New York, war hero, lawyer, and the first American to win a Nobel Prize. Speaker, Mr. Evans was trained for the theatre at Northwestern University, New York University, and the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco. As manager and director of the Monarch Theatre Company, he brought Shakespeare, Opera, and literary adaptations to schools throughout the American Midwest. Reservations required. 5:30pm - 8:00pm, Canal Corridor Association. $24 CCA Members, $29 Non-Members.
Reddick Mansion Holiday Decor Preview
Be the first to see the Mansion in its holiday splendor! All of the holiday decorations are sure to put you in the holiday mood. Be the first to purchase lovely and unique ornaments off the Mansion's Christmas trees.
Dinner & A Little History in LaSalle
Cowboy Randy Erwin presents "Singing, Yodelin', and Trick Ropin'" at our September session. Hear and participate in music that has made the cowboy such a special part of American history during a show featuring music, folklore, and history - with rope tricks as well! Learn about the origins of cowboy culture, how they lived, worked, and spun tall tales; and about the animals cowboys worked in their daily lives. Pick up some trick-roping tips! Mr. Erwin has performed all over the United States, created four nationally distributed CDs, contributed music for several film scores, including Walt Disney's "Home on the Range". 5:30pm - 8:00pm. Reservations required. $24 CCA Members, $29 Non-Members. Canal Corridor Association.
Light Up the Holidays Parade and Festival
Light Up the Holidays Parade and Festival is held on the Friday following Thanksgiving each year. Activities begin at 10:00am and include the Renaissance Center Fun Fair, activities in the Joliet Historical Museum, Joliet Public Library, Gji's Sweet Shoppe, Jitters Coffeehouse, Chicken-N-Spice, The Red Goose Bakery and more. The Annual Festival of Trees held yearly inside the Rialto Square Theatre also add to the holiday festivities. Tree Lighting begins at 5:15pm in Van Buren Plaza Followed by the Light Up the Holidays Parade at 5:30pm.
Dinner and Christmas Concert
Lovely Christmas music by the Prairie Singers and a delicious holiday meal by the Cheese Shop of Ottawa. Reservations required. Reddick Mansion Association.
This Olde Housewalk
Tour 6 vintage homes in Joliet's historic Cathedral Area. The homes include those of David and Nan Clinton of 355 North Raynor Avenue, Michael and Amy Gahan of 1201 Campbell Street, Carrol Spencer of 509 Western Avenue, Robert and Elizabeth Dow of 1003 Western Avenue, Bob Richards and Nicole Mikuzis of 505 North Raynor Avenue, and Dawn McKenna of 606 Buell Avenue. Porch lunches are available before the walk for $12.50 each. The housewalk begins at 11AM and ends at 5PM.
Civil War '64
Take a step back in time to the civil war! Honoring the life and times of Ottawa Resident General L.H. Wallace, Ottawa’s Civil War '64 has something to offer every member of the family. Events will include Union and Confederate encampments, a civil war era medical tent and rarely available, a Dickey-Wallace guided cemetery tour. Don’t miss these fun and educational two days including Sunday's vintage baseball match!
A River Thru History: The Des Plaines Valley Rendezvous
Step back 200 years into Chicago's past! A River Thru History Rendezvous is an early American party with all the trimmings! Join this festive gathering of fur trappers, settlers, craftsmen, and entertainers along the banks of the Des Plaines River. Enjoy a family-friendly event of: Authentic period food, Music & Entertainment, Craft Demonstrations, Canoe Races, Tomahawk throwing demonstrations, Battle Skirmishes & Canon Kid Games & Trading Post and much more!
CITY: Willow Springs
Statesville Haunted Prison®
The Prisoners have rioted, the guards have fled, a darkness has seized control of this Maximum Security Prison and our Warden has opened the gates for visitors. After the prisoners have processed "The Meat/Visitors", you will be forced to find your way through 23 maximum security cells and come eye to eye with over 100 criminals that were too evil to die. Statesville Haunted Prison®. No one escapes.
Dinner & A Little History in Lockport
Topic: "Searching for Marquette: A Pilgrimage in Art". Through monuments and artwork, Ruth D. Nelson retells the story of the 17th-century French Jesuit missionary-explorer, Father Jacques Marquette, the celebrated surveyor of the Mississippi River. But his expedition down the Great River was only part of the Marquette legacy, which began on the southern shore of Lake Superior and ended on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan. Searching for Marquette follows his journey through today's cities and towns in Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Arkansas to uncover French relics, Native-American royalty, and hearty settlers in a drama of faith, the fur trade and the future of America's heartland. Speaker: Ruth Nelson lives in Downers Grove, Illinois and writes on art in the Midwestern United States. Reservations required. 6:00pm - 8:30pm, Public Landing Restaurant, $24 CCA Members, $29 Non-Members.
October Moonlight Tours
If you’ve seen the grandeur of the Mansion during the day, just wait until it gets dark! Amid diffused lighting and soft shadows, guides will take guests back in time to tell the story of the Hegeler Carus family and their extraordinary home. Tours available: Friday, October 24 & 31, 2014 at 9:00pm, 10:00pm, 11:00pm. Online registration is required.
Midway Village Museum - Victorian Village Hands-On History Day
Get your hands on history. Explore the Victorian-era in the 13-acre open air museum. Participate in family friendly demonstrations including: rope making, quilting, and home-fire brewing. Enjoy telegraph demonstrations by the Rockford Amateur Radio Association. Come see the print Shop and Blacksmith Shop in action, play 19th century games, and so much more!
World War II Days
Lockport Township Park District Presents: World War II Days- The March Towards Germany Battle Re-enactment. Experience the WWII Era like never before! WWII Days includes elaborate and realistic battles complete with uniforms, weapons, artillery, vehicles, and campsite displays. Maps of the event site showcase the battlefield and the various encampments and attractions.
Lemont Street Fair
History will come alive Saturday at the Lemont Historical Society’s annual Lemont Street Fair. From 10 a.m. to 4 pm, the Lemont Street Fair will feature free activities for kids, an antique and craft market, sales of rummage and bakery items, as well as pumpkins by Puckerville Farms and fall decor. Fair-goers can also learn about Lemont’s rich history by touring the historical society museum and pose for photos wearing historic costumes from Granny’s Attic. Bring antique items and find out whether Grandma’s vase or Grandpa’s old milk can is really a treasure – as the popular Road Show appraisals will be on hand from 1 to 3 pm.
Siegel's Cottonwood Farm - Military Appreciation Weekend
As a Thank You from the Siegel Family, Siegel's Cottonwood Farm invites all active and veteran military members and their families to come spend a day "Down on the Farm." Enjoy plenty of "Affordable Fun on the Farm"® with free admission! All Military personnel, veterans and their families will enjoy over 20 fun activities like a petting zoo, hayrides, train rides, obstacle courses, a cornfield maze and more! Come celebrate the military servicemen and women in your lives at the farm from 10am to 6pm.
Haunted History Tour
Listen to ghost stories at the Reddick Mansion and take walking tour of Ottawa's notorious haunted spots. The story of William Reddick is a classic of the American tradition. Born in another country, facing adversity and hardship, Reddick overcame obstacles and excelled in his life through hard work and ingenuity.
Afternoon Tea with Mary Todd Lincoln
Please join us for an afternoon of sweets, savories and tea. Mary Todd Lincoln will be in attendance and will tell stories about her life with her husband, the President. $15.00, Reddick Mansion Association.
Civil War Encampment
Don't miss this favorite annual tradition when members of the 10th Illinois Regiment and their families spend the weekend on the Mill grounds depicting what life was like in a Union military camp. Complete with authentic clothing, weapons, and tools, this event will take you back in time to the 1860s. Experience black powder firing demonstrations and drills, cooking, toys, and crafts. The members of this regiment are excellent presenters who pay attention to historical accuracy, and they are extremely dedicated to creating a unique and unforgettable experience.
CITY: Oak Brook
High Tea at The Gaylord Building
Join the steampunk movement and Lockport's summer art series with High Tea at The Gaylord Building. Enjoy tea, mimosas, assorted tea sandwiches, mini scones and pastries beginning at 2pm at the Public Landing Restaurant adjacent from the historic Gaylord Building. Tickets are $35 and $12.95 for children 10 and under.
In conjunction with the City of Lockport's summer art series The Visionaries, The Gaylord Building is hosting "A Steampunk Expo." The event will feature makers and retailers of "steampunk" art and merchandise. The Expo will be held in the historic site Friday through Sunday, July 25-27, 2014 which is also The Visionaries' Gala Weekend. Gala Weekend activities include food and entertainment in The Gaylord Building and throughout Lockport's historic downtown. Public admission to the Expo is free. Steampunk artists and merchants who want to participate should contact the historic site's staff at 815-838-9400.
Summer Sunset Concert Series: Meerkat Mobsters Concert
Hegeler Carus Mansion 2014 Events Friday, July 25, 2014 at 7:00pm. Summer Sunset Concert Series: Meerkat Mobsters Concert. For prices, information or to register for events (all registration is done online), please visit www.hegelercarus.org.
Ladies Attire of the Civil War Revisited Exhibit
For a short time, the Lakes Region Historical Society will host an exhibit featuring ladies of the Civil War at the Meeting House. There will be original Civil War gowns and accessories.
Chicago Architecture Foundation's Open House Chicago
The Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Open House ]is a free public festival that offers behind-the-scenes access to 150 buildings across Chicago. Explore the hidden gems and architectural treasures of Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods—all for free. 150 cool places. 48 hours. Go.
Loyal Hearts Civil War Quilters of Illinois
This free exhibit, Loyal Hearts, features quilts and objects from the era that reveal the stories of women's work and struggles on the home front during the Civil War. Illinois State Museum Lockport Gallery, Monday - Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm Sunday - Noon - 5:00pm through October 17. Closed on Saturdays and State Holidays Free Admission and Parking.
Fox Valley American Indian Artifact Show
Exhibits feature a variety of tools, flint points, weapons, pottery, copper implements and hundreds of other items used by Native Americans over a period of 14,000 years.
21st Annual Potawatomi Trails Pow Wow
The Potawatomi Trails Pow-Wow is the only event of its kind in this area. This celebration of the Native-American heritage heightens the awareness of the history, traditions and customs of the heritage. Specific activities include demonstrations, music and dance presentations, educational sessions and a trader area.
Abe’s Trail Trek
Come out for the 3rd year of what may be the toughest one day series of trail races in Illinois. While the 5k is runner, walker and new-to-trails friendly, the 10k and 15k will test the mettle of all but the most seasoned trail runner.
Peotone Mill Fall Festival
Explore three floors of this German Windmill built in 1872, filled with antiques, exhibits, and demonstrations of old time crafts.
Hike into History
This hiking tour is offered on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights every month (excluding July and October). There's nothing better than a guided hike to see the best parts of the park and learn its rich history. Reserve your room or cabin at Starved Rock Lodge on Tuesday or Wednesday night and take a guided hike on Wednesday or Thursday morning at 9:00 am from the Lobby. When you get back from your hike, you'll enjoy lunch in the Dining Room. The hike on Tuesday and Wednesday will go to Starved Rock and French Canyon unless otherwise requested. On Thursday you will join the weekly Walkers Club and go along with them on their pre-scheduled, weekly hike. Family Cabins are excluded from packages.
One of America's finest and most popular outdoor pageants. Original music, professional quality actors and colorful costumes will provide an unforgettable 1800's experience. The Nauvoo Pageant is presented on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. While the British Pageant is presented on Wednesday and Friday. Performances begin at 8:30 p.m. Also enjoy free family pioneer games and concessions prior to the performance starting at 7:00 p.m.
National Stearman Fly-in Days
Total Stearman! The 43rd consecutive National Stearman Fly-In will celebrate America’s iconic biplane, and you're invited to join the fun Sept. 1-6, 2014, at Galesburg, IL, Municipal Airport. The must-attend event of the year for Stearman enthusiasts will offer a generous mix of flying events, technical seminars, entertainment and food. Best of all, it’s an opportunity to fly and relax with friends.
Civil War Encampment
See the civil war cannon, talk to the horse soldiers, view the medical equipment, see a medical operation, march with troops, and more.
Annual Downtown Celebration
Plan to be part of the Downtown Celebration, a festive day of music, food and fun in the heart of Historic Downtown Jacksonville.
Take the scenic drive to visit Teutopolis during the Terquasquicentennial Celebration to celebrate 175 years of Faith, Family and Community. Enjoy the historical architecture of over 30 homes and businesses; at least 100 years old, in this quaint little town of 1,600 residents, during the Historical Homes and Businesses self guided tour. Or, gather on Main Street on August 1 for a hilariously good time at the Bed Races starting at 6:00 p.m. The Historical Play is also a must see event and will explain the unique history of Teutopolis and the heritage of its German ancestry. Traditional German music entertain the crowds of festival goers while brats, sauerkraut and beer will be some of the many food and refreshment items available during the celebration. Whether it’s old fashioned youth games, the car show, a trip through the Teutopolis Monastery Museum or the Grand Finale Celebration Parade; there’s something for everyone in Teutopolis during the Terquasquicentennial Celebration.
Lincoln’s Trial & Tribulations
Join us for an intimate dinner theater experience in beautiful historic settings while experiencing Lincoln from a whole new perspective - event held on three dates: July 26, Aug. 16, and Sept. 19. Savor a delicious period meal. Hear and watch the story of the 1847 Matson Slave Trial unfold. It is one of the top ten trials in Lincoln’s career and one of the top five in Coles County. It is an evening out of the ordinary!
Vermilion County Civil War Days
Kennekuk County Park takes a trip back to the 1800s with Civil War re-enactments, presentations, music, and food. Participants from around the country come to the Danville Area for this one-of-a-kind weekend experience.
I&M Canal Mule-Pulled Boat Rides
Your 90-min, round trip journey on the mule-pulled, full-size replica canal boat will take you on the same hand-dug waterway that 19th century pioneers traveled. Your guides, dressed as Canal Era crew and passengers, will take you back in time to life on the American frontier and the Illinois prairie. Meet our mules, Larry and Moe, and learn how mules and horses powered the boats in the last century. Seating on open-air deck and in enclosed cabin. Plenty of seating for inclement weather - boat runs rain and shine. Handicapped Accessible except motorized wheelchairs. Parking is free. All tickets must be picked up at the Lock 16 Center, 754 First Street, LaSalle, IL. Please plan to arrive at least 20 minutes before scheduled departure. Call 815-220-1848 for questions, special requests & additional days and times, other than Friday through Sunday, LaSalle Canal Boat.
Christmas at the Mill Holiday Boutique
The Mill and the Graue House will be open for a special holiday shopping event to get you in the Christmas spirit! Talented local artists will be selling handcrafted Christmas decorations, unique jewelry, stained glass, pottery, and handwoven and knitted items. Specially selected ornaments, other great decorative items, and stocking stuffers will be for sale in the Mill's gift shop. Decorated Christmas trees and strolling carolers add to the fun. Sale hours are 10 am to 4 pm, and Santa will stop by from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
CITY: Oak Brook
Christmas Tea at the Stephenson County Historical Museum
Celebrate this holiday tradition at the historic 1857 Oscar Taylor home decorated in Christmas finery. Enjoy music and and homemade cookies with coffee, tea or punch as your tour the mansion. The Holiday Gift Shop will be open featuring a selection of historical books, toys and other unique gift items.
World War II Days - Midway Village Museum
The largest World War II Days returns this year and promises to be bigger and better than ever! With more than 1,000 re-enactors representing the soldiers of the United States, Great Britain, France, Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, Italy and Japan. Authentic military vehicles, wood encampments, and the ambiance of the beautiful venue add to the quality experience for the visitors.
Downtown Alive! American English
It’s the 50th Anniversary of when four guys from Liverpool changed America. What better way to celebrate this rock-n-roll moment than with one of the most popular Beatles tribute bands on the planet. They look like the Beatles, they sound like the Beatles, even the Beatles former promoter Sam Leach calls American English “The Beatles Incarnate!” From that very first song on the Ed Sullivan show through to Abbey Road, it’s an evening of hit after hit from the guys who were hand-selected to headline International Beatles Week in Liverpool in front of 50,000 raving Beatles fans.
Hutson Massacre Pageant
The only outdoor presentation of its kind in the area. The pageant depicts the early settlers coming to what is now Crawford County and the forming of the town of Hutsonville. The town, township and creek were all named for the massacred first family, the Isaac Hutson's. Featuring also music and food - bring your lawn chairs. Pageant is free but a free-will offering will be taken. Event begins at dusk. Learn the history of Hutsonville, tour the museum, Hutson cabin, inn, country store, barn, loom room and Hutson Chapel.
International Lincoln Presidential Half Marathon
The 49th Annual International Lincoln Presidential Half Marathon invites runners from around the world to participate in the 13.1-mile race past the nation’s premier Lincoln sites.
Fort LaMotte Days Rangers Reenactment & Festival
Relive the days of yesterday and witness history portrayed in period costume. See, taste and smell the trades and lifestyle of the early 1800’s. Includes encampment, shooting, cookout, traders, musicians and vendors. Held at Leaverton Park.
Summer Sunset Concert Series
The Hegeler Carus Mansion is once again celebrating the sounds of summer in Starved Rock Country at their outdoor music venue. From jazz to country, from bluegrass to the Rock and Roll Wizzard’s Juke Joint 30th Anniversary, The Hegeler Carus Mansion offers great entertainment all summer, every summer. Held every Friday all Summer long!
Grand Levee and Harvest Festival
The Grande Levee is a celebration of the grand receptions held during the 1800s to honor government dignitaries and important visitors. Friday evening the event kicks-off with a ham and bean dinner on the Vandalia Statehouse grounds along with musical entertainment. Saturday brings a day full of events at the Statehouse grounds for the Ground Levee. The Harvest Festival, which is held on Gallatin Street, will have vendors, sidewalk sales, bingo, kids' activities, inflatables, RC race car exhibition and more!
Civil War Saturday: Underground Railroad/The Free Black Experience in Illinois
Learn about the Abolitionist movement, the Underground Railroad and the experience of free African-Americans in Illinois during our early history. Event begins at 2 pm.
We the People
This play will serve as a fine reminder that the remarkable words written by our forefathers many years ago are still a living document, part of our lives each and every day.
This special event will have ancient craft demonstrations, tours of excavations, artifact washing, screening of soils from dig, Indian games, spear throwing, archaeological methods, food & refreshments, and more. 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Free.
Lincoln Highway Heritage Festival
The 17th annual Lincoln Highway Heritage Festival promises a fun-filled weekend with plenty of food, games and entertainment for families to enjoy. In addition to the downtown activities, there's the annual Hub City Cruisers car show starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday in downtown Rochelle and on Sunday the parade starts at 3 p.m.
Thresherman's Bluegrass Festival
One of the Midwest's best Bluegrass Music Festivals. Music, food, and lots of fun. Performers from all across the nation. Camping available on the grounds. Held at Threshermen's Reunion Park.
Greene County Days
Come out to Greene County this September 6 and 7 and see history come to life! The James J. Eldred House will be open and there will be live period music, food vendors, guest speakers, as well as a Civil War encampment., vendors, and demonstrations and much more! Carrollton will have live music, crafts, baked goods and demonstrations on the courthouse lawn. The Historical Society will have artisan demonstrations along with arts and crafts. Eldred hosts the Baptist Church salad luncheon. Rockbridge, Hillview, Haypress, Roodhouse and White Hall will also be serving up great food and entertainment!
Native American Prairie Day
Relive life on the prairie as it was 1,000 years ago with guided tours of the buried Indian village and ceremonial mound, demonstrations of an ancient weapon (atlatl thrower), local archeological collections featuring stone tools, arrowhead points, pottery, trade goods, beads, and even a Woolly Mammoth tooth on display. A native American flute-player, indigenous foods, and face-painting will keep everyone entertained.
The Art of Green
The Art of Green is a cooperative outdoor show with the John Deere Historic Site, The Next Picture Show Gallery and Sauk Valley Bank and will be held on the street along 1st Ave in downtown Dixon. Along with art work by regional artists there will be a variety of John Deere tractors and equipment on display.
Antique Farm Equipment Demo
One day festival to see demonstrations of antique farm equipment at The Great Pumpkin Patch, nestled in beautiful Amish country in Arthur, Illinois. You'll be amazed at how old-style farm equipment works.
Lunch with Santa on Train
Come out for Lunch with Santa on the Train at the Wabash Depot in Monticello, Illinois, a holiday favorite for kids of all ages. Enjoy a train ride, individual visit with Santa, and kid friendly sack lunch. The ride is about 60 minutes per trip. Reservations Recommended.
Annual Bluegrass Jam
It’s bluegrass time again at the Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site, with both fans and performers gathering on Sunday, Aug. 10, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Musicians from Illinois and Indiana will converge at the site for a day of jamming with informal groups playing along the creek throughout the day. The site’s volunteers will be serving hamburgers, hotdogs and more with proceeds benefit the historical and interpretive programs at the site. Anyone with a love of this unique style of music is welcome to join one of the many the groups playing in the park.
Illinois Renaissance Festival
Welcome everyone to merry old England! Step back in time, a midst the pageantry of the day, and explore our kingdom full of musicians, artisans, eateries, and knights. Test your skills as you attempt to walk across the rope bridge or hit the catapult target with a water balloon. Feast like a King on hearty food and drink. Shop and barter for fine handcrafted treasures in the bazaar, listen to the sounds of performers entertaining the villagers. Fun for the whole family!
Cruise-In Car Show on Route 66 Square & “Million Dollar” Courthouse Tour
Lots of fun all day on the only town square in Illinois that Route 66 completely circles. Cars, truck, motorcycles and antique tractors, DJ and Live Entertainment, ' 50s-' 60s Dress Contest. Also take in the tour of the Macoupin County Courthouse, built in 1870, which used to be the largest county courthouse in the United States, with the possible exception of one in New York City.
Grand Detour Arts Festival
The 66th Grand Detour Arts Festival will be at the John Deere Historic Site. Two-and three-dimensional art is shown and offered for sale to the public at this juried fine arts event. A discounted admission fee of $2 is charged for entry to both the site and the arts festival. Enjoy the quality artwork by Midwest, watch the blacksmith at work and learn how John Deere invented the plow. Food stands on site as well as performances by area musicians.
CITY: Grand Detour
32nd Annual Midwest Heritage Quilt Show
Beautiful quilts, some nearly 100 years old, will be on display at the Vermilion County Museum throughout the month of July. Awards will be given in 9 categories including bed quilts, purses and clothing, and wall hangings.
Civil War Weekend
The Shawnee Hills Art Council of Anna Arts Center and P.A.S.T. of Union County are co-sponsoring a Civil War Weekend in Anna, IL. A quick snapshot of the planned events include: Historical bus tour: “Lincoln’s Footsteps and Friends in Anna-Jonesboro”; exhibits which include guns and quilts; re-enactors and encampment; storytelling; and Civil War era food and music. So mark your calendars and plan on coming to Anna Arts Center for a journey back in time.
DeKalb County Barn Tour
The DeKalb County Barn Tour is a self-guided driving tour of 5 DeKalb area barns, plus the Glidden Homestead historic site and barn, and the DAAHA gallery. Enjoy 6 different styles of barn architecture and various activities related to farming throughout your tour. Photography is encouraged. Carload tickets include a tour booklet and map. Admission is $20.00 per carload. List of sites: Joseph F. Glidden Homestead & Historical Center – See the barn where Joseph Glidden first manufactured “The Winner” barbed wire, which earned Glidden the title “The Father of Barbed Wire”. The barn and home are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. DeKalb Area Agricultural Heritage Association (DAAHA) – an air-conditioned gallery exhibiting photographs of local barns taken by the Sycamore Library Photography Club. Jeff Marshall – A large historic barn interior camouflaged with contemporary aluminum siding. Joseph Marshall – Centennial farm with barn built in 1913 Robert Faivre – Two early 20th century barns and two 21st century barns on the picturesque acreage of Camelot Christmas tree farm. Larson/Martz Family Farms – Quonset barn built in 1955 on a large feeder cattle farm. Josie Hopkins – Preserved barn built in 1839, today filled to the brim with merchandise of Josie’s Antiques
Barn Quilts of DeWitt County Bus Tour
Gearing up for our fourth year of creating barn quilt magic in DeWitt County. Throughout the county, vibrant, hand-painted 8’X8’ quilt blocks on ‘wooden canvases’ adorn numerous barns, making a drive through the countryside all the more enjoyable. Bus tours are on the first Saturday in June and October from 9am - 1pm.
The Visionaries: A Steampunk Expo
In Conjunction with the City of Lockport's summer art series, the Visionaries, a Steampunk Expo, will be held at The Gaylord Building. This event will feature makers and retailers of "steampunk" art and merchandise. The Visionaries Gala Weekend will be held the same weekend with weekend activities that will include food and entertainment throughout historic downtown Lockport.
Antique Engine & Tractor Association Working Farm Show
Visit the 50-acre showground and experience the fall harvest early 1900’s style. Event features the historical value of collection and exhibition of gasoline and steam tractors, power driven farm machinery and other equipment through field demonstrations, displays of gas engines, garden tractors, farm tractors and equipment. Tractor pulls, craft demonstrations, speakers, children activities and music are featured daily. Food is available and parking is free. .
The Polar Express at Monticello Railway Museum
Held at Monticello Railway Museum. Read along with the story as the train makes its round-trip journey to the North Pole. Meet Santa and enjoy caroling, hot chocolate, surprises and a treat. And, for those who believe, a special gift for each child. Children are encouraged to wear their pajamas! Nov 14-15, Nov 21-22, Nov 28-30 & Dec 5-6.
Central States Threshermen's Reunion
Step back in time at the Central States Thresherman’s Reunion, held annually over Labor Day weekend. Come see and experience traditional events including rock crushing, threshing, sheep shearing, tractor pulls, and a variety of country music shows. Daily attractions include the General Store, 1900 Country School House, Singer Saw Mill, 1910 Era Blacksmith Shop, 1920 Conoco Gas Station, Craft Show, and Flea Market.
Jordbruksdagarna – Agriculture days
Celebrate Bishop Hill’s agrarian heritage, this event features traditional 19th century harvest activities and demonstrations, hands-on activities, music, farm produce, and Colony stew. Hours: 10am to 5pm.
CITY: Bishop Hill
Galesburg Heritage Days
Feel the excitement, experience the history of two time periods in America, featuring Civil War Battle Reenactments and Pre 1840's Rendezvous. A traveling family circus, period food stands and crafts for sale, fishing contest for children, canoe races on the lake, night firing of cannons and a military ball. A great family outing!
Arrival at Camp DuBois
Come celebrate the arrival of Lewis and Clark at Camp River Dubois. This annual event commemorates the day William Clark and the men of the detachment arrived at the confluence of the Riviere a Dubois, Mississippi and Missouri Rivers. The event will include members of the detachment portraying military life, re-enactors recreating the civilian population and demonstrators. Site admission is free. For more information, call (618) 251-5811 or go to www.campdubois.com.
Blacksmith Hammer In & Old Tyme Antique Tractor Show
Watch live demonstrations of the art of blacksmithing and view the antique tractors. Located at the Chautauqua Auditorium in Pana’s historical Kitchell Park on South Route 51.
56th Annual Fall Old Market Day
This turn-of-the-century, open-air market features ladies in period costumes selling wares, arts and crafts vendors, and heritage skills demonstrations.
Lewis & Clark Music Festival
Join us for the annual Lewis & Clark Music Festival. Traditional music of the late 1700s and early 1800s will be performed by musicians playing fiddles, dulcimers and flutes. Watch, listen, and participate in this wonderful dance and music festival. Admission is free. For more information, call (618) 251-5811.
Cruise Nites in Berwyn
Head to the Depot District on Tuesday, August 6th for a combination of car show and nightlife. Evening begins at 6pm in the Depot District at Windsor & Grove Avenues steps away from the Berwyn Metra Station.
Harvest Frolic Fall Celebration
Celebrate the arrival of autumn with Lincoln Log Cabin’s annual Harvest Frolic on Saturday and Sunday, September 27-28 from 10am to 4pm daily. Activities will take place at both the Lincoln and Sargent farms including children’s games, doll making and hearth cooking. There will also be a three-legged race, a cast iron skillet toss, two-man saw contest and a “dipping cup race” and a special scavenger hunt will be open to children 12 years of age or younger. Visitors are encouraged to take part in these period games and activities. Demonstrations, food, period music and entertainment along with our featured visiting artisans will round out the weekend programing.
Glidden Homestead Patent Day Celebration!
Joseph F. Glidden was granted a patent on November 24, 1874 for "The Winner," what became one of the most-widely used types of barbed wire in the nation. It all began on the Glidden farm, at the time “a mile west of the City of DeKalb.” Joseph began searching for a better fencing method after his wife, Lucinda, complained about livestock getting into the yard. Hours: Noon to 4:00 pm. Barbed Wire Sites Tour at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm
Kankakee history comes to life with the guided history walk through Mound Grove Cemetery. Actors will portray historical figures sharing their lives and times in Kankakee County. Tours are at 11 a.m and 2 p.m.
Join in an old-fashioned cruise through downtown Freeport. There will be live music by Johnny Rocker, a food court offering a variety of tasty choices, and three contests: the Soundwerks and Tailor Made Autoworks Sound Off Contest, the Gary's Collision & Customs Muffler rapping Contest, and the Dan's Route 66 Service Burn Out Contest. There will be a lot filled with antique cars, Hot Rod Alley and two main parking lots for the classic cars, and cruising all night long. Reserved Parking: $12; Non-Reserved Parking: $10; Cruise Only: Free.
Silver Creek and Stephenson Railroad and Silvercreek Museum Labor Day Celebration
All aboard the antique steam train as a 36 ton 1912 Heisler steam locomotive pulls three cabooses, and two passenger flatcars for a four mile ride through farmlands and across a bridge 30 feet above Yellow Creek. Purchase your ticket at the Silver Creek Depot, a turn-of-the-century replica filled with railroad artifacts. Browse for novelties in the Freight House and visit the Silvercreek Museum which offers 25 rooms of early Americana, a display of antique machinery, Henney Motor Company vehicles which were manufactured in Freeport, and the operating Cooper-Corliss engine, a giant 130 ton steam engine. The Silvercreek Museum will be serving sandwiches and deserts. Train: Adults: $7; Children under 12: $3; Cab Rides: $15; Museum: Adults: $3; Children under 12: Free.