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Draw a character, whether human, beast, or supernatural being, inspired by the exhibitions Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections and Temptation: The Demons of James Ensor.
Holiday Magic at Brookfield Zoo
See the Lights. Feel the Magic. Continue the Tradition. Chicagoland's largest lights festival surrounds you in the cheer of over 1,000,000 twinkling LED lights, ice carvings, light shows, Santa and Mrs. Claus. You're sure to feel the magic of the holidays! Enjoy a full schedule of nightly music and live entertainment inside the pavilions. Also on the schedule, an amazing magic show, costumed characters, a model railroad display, and the 38 foot Talking Tree. Holiday Magic is on Saturdays and Sundays, December 6-7, 13-14-, 20-21 and Friday to Wednesday, December 26-31. Regular parking and admission fees apply. Free with zoo membership.
Team Dance Illinois State Championship
February 14th Team Dance Illinois State Championship NIU Convocation Center • DeKalb www.niuconvo.com
Joliet American Legion Band - Sounds of Christmas
The award-winning Joliet American Legion Band presents, "Sounds of Christmas." Enriched with tradition, military sharpness and musical integrity, these musicians are dedicated to bring you a quality performance with their tremendously rousing musical spirit. Start time is 2pm. Non-perishable food items collected Nov. 29th, Dec. 8th, 10th & 12th.
Rusted Wood and the Wailers at the Genesee Theatre
Rusted Root’s worldly style quickly charmed fans of roots and world music. With a strong percussion section that draws from African, Latin American, and Native American influences, their lyrical content also draws from Christian, Jewish and Islamic influences. Along with The Wailers with Bob Marley this should be a show not to be missed. Tickets range from $23.00 to $53.00.
Holiday Vignettes at the Mansion
Tour the Hegeler Carus Mansion with the maid and visit with the Hegeler family & their friends in period dress as each room will give you a different peek into the Victorian Holidays. The halls are decorated for the occasion. Tickets include a 1 hour tour with a festive beverage from the wine cellar & holiday cookies. Tours will begin at 6pm and every 15 minutes after.
16th Annual Holiday Housewalk & Market
Tour gorgeous homes decorated for the holidays, shop our artisan market for unique gifts, enjoy carolers, delicious food and fun with friends. Fee: Housewalk $40; Market: $5 for $15 for the Thursday Preview Party. *The homes are located in different neighborhoods so personal transportation is necessary.
CITY: Oak Park
Animal Care League Hoiday Bazaar
Holiday items, pet items, gift baskets, baked goods, jewelry, music and more! Come and enjoy guest artists throughout the day. All your generosity goes right back to support the daily activities of our shelter. Santa will be there on Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
CITY: Oak Park
Frank Sinatra Christmas
Drop in to Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center for a Christmas Matinee on December 8 or December 9. Get into the holiday spirit while listening to the smooth voice of Peter Oprisko as Frank Sinatra. Enjoy your favorite Christmas songs and some of Frank’s original hits. December 8 & 9, 2014 (Matinees) Matinee Performances: 11:30am – $32.00 – includes lunch buffet & show For more information and to purchase tickets call 815-220-7386.
Legacy Girls Christmas
Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center presents Legacy Girls Christmas. The Legacy Girls humor, choreography and three part harmonies will help you welcome the holiday season in this matinee performance that includes the Lodge’s signature buffet lunch. Call 815-220-7386 for more information and to book your seats. Matinee Performances: 11:30am – $32.00 – includes lunch buffet & show.
Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra Family Pops Concert- Music From the Movies
Attend the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra Family Pops Concert performance of Music From the Movies. Revel in the drama of music from Star Wars, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Pirates of the Caribbean and Indiana Jones performed live! 3pm show time, tickets are $55, $45, $35, $25 & Student with ID $15.
Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis
Don't miss this American holiday tradition, as this year marks the 30th Anniversary of the group’s annual tour. Grammy Award winner Chip Davis has created a show that features the beloved Christmas music of Mannheim Steamroller along with dazzling multimedia effects performed in an intimate setting. 8pm start time, tickets are $69, $59 & $54.
This rock and pop driven worship band boasts an impressive track record, including four Grammy nominations. Renowned for their heart pumping live concerts, the tight-knit Newsboys have been featured in Rolling Stone and Entertainment Weekly, among many others. With two decades of performing together, 31 number one radio hits, and a song recently featured in the film God's Not Dead, the Newsboys bring not only a great show, but also a heartfelt message to the stage.
Blues In The District
Regional and local blues bands provide outdoor free concerts in Quincy's historic Washington Park. Concerts are held from 5-9:30pm and food from local venders is typically available. Dates of concerts: June 12 June 26 July 10 July 24 August 14 August 28 September 11 Bring a chair!
Steven Wright at the Genesee Theatre
Steven Wright is an Academy Award-winning American stand-up comedian, actor, and writer from Burlington, Massachusetts. He is known for his slow, deadpan, monotone delivery of ironic, witty, deeply philosophical and sometimes confusing jokes and one-liners with overly contrived situations. Tickets $31 & $39.
Wreathing of the Lions
Start the holidays with a roar at this Chicago family favorite. Our beloved lions don their traditional evergreen wreaths at the Michigan Avenue entrance as you warm up with complimentary hot chocolate and a live performance by the Apollo Chorus of Chicago. At 10:30 a.m., following the outdoor ceremony on the Michigan Avenue steps, families are invited to stop by the Ryan Education Center to create holiday wreaths decorated with drawings of your family's favorite holiday traditions. Visit our Neapolitan crèche and the Holiday Thorne Rooms for inspiration.
Charlie's Center for the Arts
The "Charlie's event will run from Friday, March 6th thru Sunday, March 8th. Multiple venues all over St. Charles will feature outstanding students performing and visual artists. More information is available at stcharlesartscouncil.org
CITY: St. Charles
Holiday Windows: “The Journey of a Christmas Wish” at Macy's
Holiday Windows: “The Journey of a Christmas Wish” combines traditional old school artistry with gorgeous visual elements that follows our heroin’s imagination as she mails her wish list to Santa at Macy’s on State Street. Spectators will follow a fantasy voyage through Santa’s workshop with adorable hard working Elves, to Santa’s journey to deliver gifts around the world and concludes with Santa and Rudolph checking their list in front of the famous State Street Great Clock.
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
The Bob & Tom Comedy Show
Back by popular demand!! If you love The Bob & Tom Show, don't miss this event. Bob and Tom Comedy Show is a touring comedy act that features recurring characters from the hit radio show. If you have been a longtime listener of the show waiting to see Tim Cavanagh, Ralph Harris, Bob Zaney, or Kristi Lee on stage, now is your chance to enjoy their mature humor. Doors will open at 7 p.m. and this dynamic duo will go on at 8 p.m.
Erth's DINOSAUR ZOO LIVE
Get ready for the ultimate playdate- 65 million years in the making- as Erth's DINOSAUR ZOO LIVE leads you on a breathtaking tour of pre-historic Australia. Meet and interact with an eye-popping collection of life-like dinosaur puppets presented in an entertaining and educational live theatrical performance created by Erth Visual & Physical of Sydney, Australia. This one in a life time show will start at 7 p.m. with doors opening at 6 p.m. Be sure to bring the kids out for a night of pre-historic learning and fun!!
A one-of-a-kind live black-light puppet show, John Tartaglia's ImaginOcean is a magical undersea adventure for kids of all ages. Tank, Bubbles, and Dorsel are best friends who just happen to be fish, and they are about to set out on a remarkable journey of discovery. Ultimately they find the greatest treasure of all: friendship. Jam-packed with original music ranging from Swing to R&B to Big Band, John Tartaglia's ImaginOcean is a blast from the first big splash to the last wave goodbye. Doors will swing open at 1 p.m. and dive in for the show to begin at 2 p.m.
The Winter Wonderettes
THE WINTER WONDERETTES takes audiences to Harper’s Hardware for their 1968 holiday party, hosted by the female singing group The Wonderettes. When Santa turns up missing, the ladies must use their talent and creative ingenuity, plus some great holiday tunes such as “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town,” “Jingle Bell Rock,” “ Run Rudolph Run,” “Winter Wonderland” and 20 other seasonal favorites, to save the festivities. This energetic and entertaining show is guaranteed to delight audiences of all ages.
Folk Art Show
Unique handmade Easter and spring items. Historic and primitive crafts, traditional American and Folk art, country furniture and authentic antiques. Fri. 6-10pm; Sat 10am-5pm' Sun 10am-4pm. Admission Fri. $8; Sat. $6; Sun. $4.
CITY: St. Charles