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Head over to the Effingham Performance Center to see country music superstar Martina McBride in concert! The Country Music Association has named her its Female Vocalist of the Year four times. The Academy of Country Music has presented her with its Top Female honor three times. The Recording Academy has nominated her for 14 Grammy Awards. So don't miss chance to see a legend in concert!! Her show begins at 8 p.m.
Two Rivers Family Fishing Fair
Want to learn to fish or become a better angler? The Two Rivers Family Fishing Fair offers fun and information for the entire family. Event includes: trout pond, seminars on fishing and water safety, educational activities, gifts, prizes and lots more! Free. For more information, contact Pere Marquette State Park at (618) 786-3323, ext. 1.
Joliet Public Library's 5th Annual Star Wars Days
Visit Downtown Joliet for a weekend filled with family fun & Star Wars! The 501st Legion and Rebel Legion will be there in costume. They are international fan-based Star Wars™ organizations dedicated to the construction and wearing of screen-accurate costumes. Exhibitors will also include: The Wandering Dragon A local gaming store will be demonstrating Star Wars™ role playing games. Legoland® The Lego Corporation will be on hand with Lego Star Wars™ models and several tables full of Lego pieces that children can assemble. Graham Crackers Comics One of Illinois’ largest comic book stores will be bringing out their Star Wars™ inventory. Tara Schile: owner of Sincere Costumes Fun, affordable, and unique Star Wars™ themed gifts. Gallery 1700 This store sells antiques, arts, and crafts, and will bring a large inventory of Star Wars™ toys. A parade kicks of the festivities at 11:00am. Additional activities will take place at the Joliet Area HIstorical Museum. The Joliet Slammers will host a Star Wars Night on Friday, June 6.
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.
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
Throttle Fest Chicago
Featuring the entire cast of the hit series on TRU TV: Mike, Angie, Jesse, Goat, Jackyl and much, much more! Burnout pits, Wall Of Death, music all weekend, mainstage concerts, tattoo tent, motorcycle accessories, vendors of all kind!
Midwest Wizard Of Oz Festival
Join us for the largest Wizard of Oz Festival in the country with costumed characters, carnival, Wizard of Oz and craft vendors, children and adults costume contest, petting zoo, children's attractions, special events and more. See website for event hours - See more at: http://www.midwestozfest.com/
CITY: Orland Park
The Stadium at the Ballpark
The Stadium at the Ballpark at Rosemont is the 2,000-seat home of the Chicago Bandits, the 2011 NPF World Champion women's softball organization, East Leyden High School's girls softball team and the Rosemont School's boys and girls softball team. It is located on the west side of 1-294, and is the first facility of its kind in the nation built expressly for women's professional sports. The team plays 25 home games a year, from June through August.
Rod Stewart & Santana
With his singular voice, narrative songwriting and passionate live performances, Rod Stewart has built one of the most successful and enduring music careers of all time. For forty years and as many albums later, Santana has sold more than 100 million records and reached more than 100 million fans at concerts worldwide. To date, Santana has won ten GRAMMY ® Awards and three Latin GRAMMY ® Awards. He won a record-tying nine GRAMMYs for a single project for 1999’s Supernatural (including Album of the Year and Record of the Year for “Smooth”).
Grafton Winery Blues Festival
Kick back for a weekend of blues during the 5th Annual Grafton Winery Blues Festival. Four top-notch blues bands from the St. Louis area will complete the lineup for the festival taking place at the Grafton Winery & Brewhaus, located at 300 W. Main St. in Grafton, Ill. Bands include: Robert Sampson and the Gumbo Band, Tombstone Bullet Band, Pennsylvania Slim Band and Billy Peek. For more information, call (618) 786-3001.
Come out to Allstate Arena this summer to enjoy a night of world-class basketball and family fun with the Chicago Sky! With a season that runs May through August, the Sky provides summer-fun for all ages. Chicago's premier women’s professional basketball team offers fans the unique opportunity to get their group in the game, and on the court. Groups can register to high five the Sky players, deliver the game ball to the referee, play on the same court as the Sky or sing the National Anthem. No other sporting event allows you to get as up-close-and-personal with the players!
Main Street Mile
It's time to get your inner cheetah in shape! Main Street Mile leaves no misunderstanding in it's name. For those who have never heard of the race, it's a mile long run down Main Street here in Peoria. Participants train in hopes of being the fastest runner to the finish line. It's a great event for athletes, families, and children alike! Payment is due at the time of registration. Shirts are not guaranteed to anyone registering after June 26th. Those that register on or before June 16th are guaranteed their shirt size. Registration through June 1st is $20 for students and $25 for adults. Registration from June 2nd - June 26th is $25 for students and $30 for adults. The cost at Packet Pickup on June 27th and at race site on race day on June 28th is $30 for students and $35 for adults. Packet pick up is at Running Central from 10 - 7 pm on June 26th and 4 pm - 5:45 pm on Race Day June 27th at the Corner of Sheridan and Main at the former location of Running Central (700 W. Main Street). Racers will be grouped in heats based on time. Final heat assignments will be made on race day and are at the sole discretion of the race committee. You must run in the heat you were assigned. Running in a different heat than what you were assigned will result in no time for your mile run. Heats will be run in a revolving fashion. To be able to complete all heats on time, walkers must participate in the first heat. HEATS START AT 6:00pm. Please note: There is no parking at the start of the race. Parking is available downtown. Please note that all participants are responsible to get themselves to the starting line for their respective heats.
Spirit of Peoria Cruises
Enjoy the river by boarding the Spirit of Peoria sightseeing cruise. The cruise will travel the Mississippi River and people will have a chance to enjoy the scenic beauty found here. The boat will depart and return to Riverfront Park in Alton. There are sightseeing, lunch and dinner cruises. For more information or to reserve your ticket, call (800) 258-6645.
Downtown Crystal Lake/Main Street
Visit our award-winning Premier Main Street which is full of charming shops, delightful restaurants, quality entertainments and life-enhancing opportunities and events.
CITY: Crystal Lake
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.
Holiday Lights at Bunker Hill Historic Area
The historic buildings at Kennekuk County Park's Bunker Hill Historic Area will be decorated for the holidays and thousands of lights illuminated Friday - Sunday 5:00 - 8:00 PM through the holiday season.
Fun for the whole family including roasting hot dogs on an open fire, haunted trail rides and a kid's activity tent.
Great Rivers Festival
Celebrate the confluence of the three major rivers - Mississippi, Missouri and Illinois - during the Great Rivers Festival at the National Great Rivers Museum and The Audubon Center at Riverlands. You will have a chance to tour a working towboat and barge. There will also be children's activities, food vendors, live entertainment including animal and reptile shows, living history tours and more. For more information, call (618) 462-6979.
Napa Valley Salvage Company
Reimagined Vintage Furniture and home decor. California Shabby Chic. Join Napa Valley Salvage on Face Book, to see new reimagined furniture listed daily. Open: Monday thru Saturday: 10 am 4 pm.
Morton Pumpkin Festival
"Home of the Nestlé Libby's Pumpkin Canning Operations, Morton is proud to say that over 80% of the world's canned pumpkin is processed right here. Each September, in celebration of the pumpkin canning season, Morton hosts the Morton Pumpkin Festival. This year's event will be the festival's 48th year. Our theme is Pumpkins of the West. From our opening day Balloon Release to the Pumpkin Festival Parade, the Morton Pumpkin Festival is a Central Illinois attraction. In fact, the festival draws over 70,000 people each year to downtown Morton. The Morton Pumpkin Festival includes daily live entertainment, a carnival with over 30 rides, the Pumpkin Craft Faire, Pumpkin Expo, Pumpkin Grille, Pumpkin Sweet Shoppe, Pumpkin Classic Run/Walk and over 20 special events and activities that range from pageants to sporting events. Many of our visitors come to taste our homemade foods. You will find a wide variety of high-quality and homemade items to sample at the Pumpkin Grille including our famous butterfly pork chops, ribeye sandwiches, brats, hot dogs, pumpkin baked beans, and pumpkin chili. Our Pumpkin Sweet Shoppe is a popular location to try homemade pumpkin pie, pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin fudge, pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin cookies, and pumpkin donuts. The lines are always worth the wait! You won't want to miss this year's Morton Pumpkin Festival, the premier hometown festival of Central Illinois! You will enjoy every minute...and every mouthful!" This year's theme is "Pumpkins of the West".
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.
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!
Kane County Flea Market - December 2015
"The best in the Midwest" or Anywhere" -- Up to 1000 dealers. 1st Saturday of every month & preceding Sunday. Food served all day.
CITY: St. Charles
Festival of Trees
Annually, more than 14,000 visitors stream through the David S. Palmer Arena to see beautifully decorated trees and wreaths, participate in activities and entertainment, special events, and the sounds and tastes of the holidays at the Danville Festival of Trees. Proceeds from the Festival of Trees fund outreach programs that give back to the greater Danville community.
Central Illiana Outdoor Expo
A diverse collection of outdoor sports related exhibitors will be on hand along with seminars and free autograph signings with personalities from programs featured on the Outdoor Channel, the Sportsman Channel, and the Pursuit Channel. Special events will also includes a kids' zone, Big Buck Wall of Fame, and buck scoring opportunities.
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.
ACO Illinois State Championships of Cornhole
The American Cornhole Organziation (ACO) will host its inaugural ACO Illinois State Championships of Cornhole with 160 single players and 160 doubles teams competing for a state title and opportunity to attend the ACO World Championships of Cornhole.
Tinley Park Farmer's Market
Visit the Farmer's Market every week for the best selection of fruits, vegetables, and fresh flowers.
CITY: Tinley Park
Budget Host Inn
The Budget Host Inn conveniently located in downtown Quincy overlooking the Mississippi River. Also offering extended stays and within walking distance to downtown shopping and dining and is one block from the Oakley Lindsay Civic Center. Serving a hot breakfast daily with affordable rates and a large outdoor pool.
Highland Farmers Market
This midweek farmers market offers a large array of fresh produce that is all locally grown as well as baked goods and farm fresh eggs. Open: Wednesdays: 3 pm - 6 pm. Located at Highland Community College in Parking Lot C.
The Loop, Lansing Overnight on Pedals
Enjoy a fun, relaxing bike ride through Lansing, Illinois and surrounding communities. Several businesses will be available with open arms to welcome you for either a respite or great fun. This is not a race, but a family-friendly fun event, and what better way to have fun than riding in the middle of the sleepy streets at midnight?! If you prefer to ride a shorter route, earlier while the sun still shines, sign up for the Sunset Ride. Either way you'll get delicious food at the end!
Arts in the Park
Danville's Art in the Park features over 60 regional artist booths and two full days of continuous on stage performances, festival food, and a children's tent. The "Art of Wheels" classic car show kicks off the event each year on Saturday (June 21) morning.
Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra
Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra live in concert. Beginning at 7:30 pm
Oak Park Arms Retirement Community
The Oak Park Arms, a luxury hotel originally built in 1922, has a beautifully appointed ballroom and additional spaces available for special events. Residents choose from spacious apartments or single rooms. Independent, Assisted living, and short-term stay services are available. Our social life includes dances, performances, exercise, art, clubs and much more. Some events are open to the public. Our comfortable and convenient facility has been a retirement community for 30 years.
CITY: Oak Park
Park Forest Youth Commission's 1st Annual Carnival
This summer, downtown Park Forest will be the site of carnival rides, food, entertainment, and family fun sponsored by the Park Forest Youth Commission.
CITY: Park Forest
Drivin the Dixie through Beecher
Vintage cars stop in Beecher on their way down historic Dixie Highway. In conjunction with Street Dance and Lion's Beef & Pork roast.
Oak Park Public Library
Architectural award-winning Main Library features extensive contemporary art collection and Art Gallery with rotating exhibits by local artists. Library meeting rooms vary in capacity from 17 to 120 and offer Internet access and a selection of audiovisual equipment. Completely ADA accessible. Convenient parking.
CITY: Oak Park
Military Collectors Show & Sale
Military Collectors Show & Sale. Military collectables including uniforms, decorations, field gear, books, photos & general military items from Civil War to present day.
CITY: Orland Park
Old English Faire
Sound ye trumpets, shine thine armour, sharpen ye olde sword, lace thy corsets and braid thy long, shining tresses. Gather thy children and challenge their imaginations with tales from ye Middle Ages. The Olde English Faire returns for the fourth time to Wildlife Prairie State Park on June 20, 21 & 22, 2014. This fundraiser for Wildlife Prairie State Park pays tribute to the sights, sounds, aromas, speech and activities of the Middle Ages. Come cheer on sword fighters, jousters and archers as they compete in mock battles. Take in the tales, tricks and tunes of roving story tellers, magicians and musicians. Watch the acrobats, musical acts and comedians amongst the flora and fauna of the park. You can shop with our fine artisans for treasures galore. There will be plenty of hearty food and beverages offered throughout the Park, as well as shaded areas to rest, restroom facilities and free parking.
CITY: Hanna City
Lively bistro with everything from coffee to cocktails. Reasonable prices for exceptional fare.
Coopers Hawk Winery & Restaurant
We combine modern casual dining with our own handcrafted, award-winning wines. In addition to a 300-seat restaurant, enjoy our bar, band room, private party spaces, Napa-style tasting room and retail gift store.
CITY: Orland Park
Colona Freedom Celebration
Annual celebration at the Hennepin Canal Parkway featuring a breakfast, the Hennepin Hustle 5kRun/Walk, fishing derby for children 5- 15 years, car show, horseshoe and co-ed softball tournaments and lots of food. Visit for the day and stay for the grand finale fireworks show at dusk.
Memorial's Festival of Trees
This holiday tradition features more than 150 decorated trees, local entertainment, delicious gingerbreak cookies and tasty treats. The Festival includes a children's craft area, rides on the Candy Cane Express train, and a market filled with holiday gift items.
Adjacent to Oakley-Lindsay Convention Center and near South End Industrial Complex businesses. Visit downtown shops and dining, plus historic districts within walking distance of the Hampton Inn. Complimentary breakfast, fitness center, indoor pool and wireless high speed internet.
Vito & Nick's II
Good fun, good people, good food, local neighborhood joint. Now serving deep dish pizza too! Outdoor seating.
CITY: Tinley Park
The menu includes a variety of salads, sandwiches and entrees like grilled salmon, cashew-crushed chicken and filet of beef served with seasonal vegetables. Music is part of the dining experience.
Mother's Day Tea at Peoria Zoo
Join us at the Zoo for a special Mother’s day treat. We’ll have tea and sandwiches along with crafts for the kids, animal encounters and scheduled talks throughout the Zoo. Space is limited, so call to purchase your tickets today at 309-681-3559.
Lake Katherine's Monarch Butterfly Festival
Come to the park to marvel at the free flying butterfly tent, live animal displays, hayrides, crafts, canoe and kayak rentals, and much more!
CITY: Palos Heights
Legacy Of Collaboration
Sponsored by The Jacksonville Symphony Society. The concert will take place at Rammelkamp Chapel at Illinois College, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for each concert or $60 for season tickets. Students and youth are admitted free. Tickets can be purchased at the event or 2 weeks prior to the concert at County Market.
Free concerts in Hopkins Park Tuesday-Thursday. Friday night is the twilight parade thru downtown DeKalb with drum corps and marching bands. The Drum Corps competition caps off the week at Huskie Stadium. All events are free to attend.
Classic, exotic automobiles from the last 100+ years. Car collection is open to the public for complimentary viewing. Also provides brokering, consignment sales, mechanical evaluation for all cars.
CITY: St. Charles
Autumn Art & Craft Fair
Over 90 talented artisans and crafters offer unique, handmade artwork, crafts and jewelry. This indoor event has something for the whole family with a delicious food court. Sponsored by the River Ridge PTO
Illinois Game and Pet Breeders Fall Swap Meet
This swap meet involves the buying, selling and trading of game birds, animals, pets and supplies. Vendors will also be available with local honey, garden plants, flowers, and a small flea market. Events opens at 6 am. Gate Fee: $3.00 per person over the age of 10.
Cambridge Fest & Auto Show
If you enjoy classic cars and trucks in a historic downtown setting, please join us for the annual Cambridge Main Street Fest & Auto Show in Cambridge. Over 150 cars, trucks and motorcycles will be on display. The day offers live entertainment, tours of the Historical Heritage Village, a bake sale, N & G Scale train display, food and craft vendors, along with many other activities. The evening ends with a street dance.
100TH Anniversary of Union Dairy Celebration
Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Union Dairy with a full weekend of special events. Friday is Entertainment Night with a 50s/60s band, Jimmy Fred and the Flames and a country band, Back Country Roads. Plus enjoy a beer tent. Saturday will feature a Car Show with entertainment by 3-D Sound, and Sunday will be Family Day with games, a bounce house, pony rides and more. All three days, enjoy an Historical Downtown Tour by horse and carriage. Plus there will be Union Dairy anniversary souvenirs for sale, "old timers" dipping one more time and more. Friday: 5 pm - 11 pm; Saturday: 4 pm - 8 pm; Sunday: 1 pm - 5 pm.
Minneci's serves authentic Italian food made using recipes from the early 1900s. The enchanting, fairy-lit ambiance is sure to impress any date.
Arthur Area Freedom Celebration
The event kicks off with a parade followed by a gigantic fireworks display with an exceptional array of shells at Jurgens Park. The 500 ft. long Niagara Falls and the Wall of Fire are some of the crowd favorites. The finale and top crowd favorite is the Rural Patriot on his horse of freedom carrying the American Flag. Activities begin at 4pm and include powered parachute helicopters, WW2 aircraft and skydivers from the Mid-America Parachute Club. Food and drink vendors and handicap parking available.
Blown Away Art & Framing Destination
Blown Away specialize in custom framing pictures. There is a large variety of art for sale in the gallery from limited editions, famous art prints, and art from local artists. Open: Sunday and Saturday: 10 am - 2 pm; Tuesday thru Friday: 10 am - 6 pm.
NIU HUSKIES FOOTBALL HOME SCHEDULE FOR 2014
NIU Huskies Football Home Schedule for 2014 Thursday, August 28 - Presbyterian vs NIU at DeKalb Saturday, October 4 - Kent State vs NIU at DeKalb Saturday, October 11 - Central Michigan vs NIU at DeKalb Saturday, October 18 - Miami (Ohio) vs NIU at DeKalb Tuesday, November 11 - Toledo vs. NIU at DeKalb
Refinery Event Center
Events at Refinery’s 7000+ square foot ballroom is the perfect setting for any reception style. Our ballroom has hardwood floors, floor to ceiling windows, and a stunning bar. Our reception packages include everything from centerpieces to champagne, and our professional event coordinators are ready to make your reception dreams a reality.
Six Flags Great America Opening Day
Six Flags Great America re-opens Saturday, May 3. Discount Passes & Memberships on sale now!
Ripley's Believe It or Not!
This highly interactive blockbuster exhibit is an adventure through the remarkable realms of scientific discoveries and real artifacts. Visitors will discover the real science behind the unbelievable phenomena featured in the six sections of the exhibit.
Drivin the Dixie
Groups come together every year to "Cruise" the historic Dixie Highway from Blue Island to Momence. Many of the cars are classics, ranging from Model A Ford's to all kinds cars from past and prrsent. Stops are made along the way in several cities and everyone has a great time while celebrating a piece of history.
Maple City Fine Art Exhibition
Area artists display their artwork at the Geneseo Art League and the Cellar Restaurant and compete for top honors during this exhibit.
Presidential Inn Motel
This property has 43 rooms and 3 suites. Other amenities include free parking, handicapped accessibility, a laundry facility, non-smoking rooms and refrigerator availability.
Country Inn and Suites Golf Packages
Park Hills Golf Getaway Package: Enjoy a Country Inn room for two for one night, two 18-hole rounds at park Hills Golf Course in Freeport, a cart, a bucket of range balls, and a golfer's gift bag. Advance reservations required: $163 - $187. Wolf Hollow Golf Getaway Package: Room for two for one night, two 18-hole rounds at Wolf Hollow Golf course in Lena, a cart, a bucket of range balls, and a special gift bag. Advance reservations required: $163 - $173. At Country Inn and Suites there is one goal - to make you feel at home. They promise to offer caring, consistent and comfortable service to ensure a relaxing enjoyable stay. They offer a complimentary Be Our Guest Breakfast, free wireless high speed internet access, Club Carlson Reward program, indoor pool and whirlpool and a fitness center. These are just a few of the exceptional amenities they offer every guest. The hotel has been voted "Best in the Region" for the past 14 years in a row. It offers consistency you can count on at just the right price. Senior discount, American Express, Diners Club, Discover, Matercard and Visa. Rates: $99.00 to $169.00.
Village of Homer Glen Earth Day Arbor Day
Children's activities include crafts, petting zoo, jump zone, storytelling, hay rides, and pony rides. Exhibits will feature antique cars, eco-vehicles, tractors, a green market with items for sale, energy solutions and demonstrations. Enjoy a special presentation with Jim Necsi's Cold Blooded Creatures! Free admission and parking.
CITY: Homer Glen
Buffalo Wild Wings
Buffalo Wild Wings offers lunch and dinner. It includes an atmosphere great for any sporting event or family gathering.
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. .
Family Fishing Day
Bring the whole family to Lake Katherine for a day of catch and release fishing and no fishing license required, casting lessons, prizes and trophies.
CITY: Palos Heights
Hampton Inn Freeport Golf Packages
Park Hills Golf Getaway Package: Enjoy a Hampton room, two 18-hole rounds at park Hills Golf Course in Freeport, a cart, a bucket of range balls, and a special golfer's gift bag. Must be booked at least seven days in advance: $153 - $177. Wolf Hollow Golf Getaway Package: Hampton king room, two 18-hole rounds at Wolf Hollow Golf Course in Lena, a cart, a bucket of range balls, and a special gift bag. Must be booked at least seven days in advance: $153 - $163.This historic and charming hotel is located in the heart of Historic Downtown Freeport and features The Main Street Bistro, always the perfect spot to enjoy a great meal, a refreshing drink in a sophisticated atmosphere ideal for mixing, mingling, and enjoying life. The 70 spacious guest rooms and 2 suites feature complimentary hi-speed wireless internet access, High Definition TV with pay-per view movies and games, refrigerators and microwaves available upon request. Guest also have access to the hotel's state of the art fitness center, indoor swimming pool, and the complimentary hot continental breakfast which features over 15 items daily. Non-smoking rooms are available. The Hampton Inn is part of the Hilton Honors preferred guest program. Rates: $89 to $149.
The Sleeping Beauty
We all know the story of The Sleeping Beauty…the beautiful Princess Aurora, felled by a curse, saved by a fairy, awakened by true love’s kiss. But you’ve probably never seen it like this…a beautiful, colorful, royal, graceful, fairy tale ballet. Champaign Urbana Ballet – the creative artists who bring you The Nutcracker every December -- presents The Sleeping Beauty.
Bridgeview Inn Motel
This property has 60 guest rooms as well as 2 suites. Other amenities include a business center, data ports (in rooms), entertainment, fitness center, free parking, hair dryers (in rooms), Wi-Fi, interior corridors, microwave and refrigerator availability, handicapped accessibility and rollaway beds. This is a non-smoking facility.
Ernest Hemingway Birthplace
Visit the Victorian home where Nobel Prize winning author Ernest Hemingway was born in 1899 and spent his early life.
CITY: Oak Park
Vermilion River Fall Festival
Arts and crafts, live entertainment, concessions, and one of the area's largest car shows will be held at beautiful Ellsworth Park.
Illinois Game and Pet Breeders Spring Swap Meet
Buying, selling and trading of gamebirds, animals, pets and supplies. This event takes place at the Stephenson County Fair Grounds. There will be vendors selling local honey, garden plants, flowers, and a small flea market. Events opens at 6 am. Gate Fee: $3.00 per person over the age of 10.
Always held the Wednesday after Labor Day. This large DeKalb County Fair held at the fairgrounds on Illinois Route 34, just south of DeKalb, in Sandwich. There will be a carnival, lots of different food vendors, entertainment for all tastes, horse shows to enjoy, truck and tractor pulls, and so much more.
Start the Christmas season off right, head downtown to the City of Effingham and Central Business District's Small Town Christmas and Christmas tree lighting event! Santa will arrive downtown around 4:00 p.m. to officially light the "City of Effingham" Christmas tree on the Courthouse square lawn. Be downtown to see Santa arrive with all of his elves and make sure you get in line to give him your Christmas list! There will also be Christmas Carolers serenading you with songs throughout the event, along with other goodies. Step back in time and take a ride on a horse drawn carriage through the downtown area. Bring the whole family downtown to kick off the holiday season right!
Budget Inn - Burbank
This property has 30 guest rooms as well as 1 suite. Other amenities include free parking, handicapped accessibility, Wi-Fi access, microwave and refrigerator availability, rollaway beds and a spa/sauna. This is a non-smoking facility.
Will County Fair
Our local fair includes livestock as well as arts & crafts judging. With a free Family entertainmet tent, a carnival, food, grandstand entertainment & commerical exhibits and a beer tent.
Sycamore's Turning Back Time Weekend
Saturday is Cruise Night, complete with a free concert by Vintage Vinyl, a classic car cruise, food vendors, beer garden and more. The Classic Car Show is on Sunday featuring over 1,000 cars on display. This event is free to attend.
Lynwood Fest offers kid games, a canine demonstration, food vendors, a beer tent and the most spectacular firework display in the south suburbs.
71st Annual National Sweetcorn Festival
Diligence, family, and a whole lot of corn! Each and every Labor Day weekend, for the past 70 years, the Hoopeston Junior Chamber of Commerce (Jaycees) hosts the National Sweetcorn Festival. Classic American festival events include a midway full of carnival rides, games, and stands of delicious fried goodness, smashing cars at the demo derby, and a grand parade featuring marching bands, pageant queens, and plenty of candy. Being the National Sweetcorn Capital of the World, Hoopeston has to have their own unique twists to the festival. An antique steam engine cooks more than 50 tons hot buttered sweetcorn and is served up to approximately 20,000 visitors over the course of the weekend free of charge! With a line that wraps around the park, it is clear that Hoopeston really does sweetcorn the right way, the best way.
Cheaper by the Dozen
This play asks that you suppose you're an attractive high school girl who is a member of a large and unique family in which your father is one of the great pioneers of industrial efficiency. Imagine he decides, for no apparent reason, to apply his unorthodox methods to you and the rest of your big family. The results are terribly embarrassing, funny and—it must be admitted—extremely effective!
Phases of the Moon Music & Art Festival
The inaugural Phases of the Moon Music & Art Festival is set to take place September 11-14, 2014 at the beautiful 3.000 acre Kennekuk County Park. Phases of the Moon is a four-day music, arts and camping event thoughtfully tailored to provide a unique festival experience. It boasts four outdoor stages: two main stages that alternate following each set and two smaller stages. Along with amazing music, attendees will have access to farm-to-table food, craft beer, a farmer's market and a mall of diverse craft vendors featuring an array of original items. Large interactive sculptures, live art, and works from renowned national and local artists will be on display.
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.
Illinois Products Farmers Market
Held at the Illinois State Fairgrounds Commodities Pavilion across from the grandstand, The Illinois Products Farmers Market features fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, Illinois wine and craft beer, plants and flowers Live entertainment, health screenings, kids activities and more! Takes place every Thursday, excluding Aug. 7 & 14 due to the Illinois State Fair.
Nearly two dozen businesses will host either a complimentary chili tasting stop or other treats and refreshments throughout the evening. Festival goers will be given ballets to vote for their favorite chili. Live entertainment will be provided throughout the night.
Stephenson County Ag Breakfast
A farm breakfast showcasing Stephenson County agriculture producers with a menu of orange juice, coffee cake, scrambled eggs, whole hog sausage, beef bacon, cheese, milk, coffee and ice cream. Additional activities include entertainment, a petting zoo, craft show, games and more as we salute and share the story of Stephenson County agriculture. Adults: $4; Children 5 and under: Free
Residence Inn by Marriott Champaign-Urbana
The new Residence Inn by Marriott® Champaign is located just off I-74 and just minutes from the University of Illinois. Our residential-style hotel offers boutique inspired elegance in the heart of Champaign-Urbana. The spacious suites feature separate sleeping and living areas, a fully-equipped kitchen with refrigerator, and 37-inch HD flat panel televisions. Our luxury bedding includes crisp linens, comfy mattresses, custom comforters, and fluffy pillows, guaranteeing a blissful nights rest. Upon waking, join us in the Gatehouse for a complimentary, full-American breakfast buffet offering hot and cold favorites. Business and extended stay travelers will appreciate complimentary wired, wireless Internet access and dual-line phone system. Whether you are here to work or play, the Residence Inn by Marriott® Champaign warmly invites you to make yourself at home.
Twelve Angry Jurors
The Twelve Angry Jurors is a play where a jury is forced to consider a homicide trial. Several of the jurors have different reasons for discriminating against the witness: his race, his background, and the troubled relationship between one juror and his own son. Showings on: June 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 2014 at 7:30 pm June 15, 2014 at 2:00 pm
Earth Day Celebration
Bring the whole family to Lake Katherine for a day of nature-themed activities, crafts, and educational displays. Free admittance.
CITY: Palos Heights
Pear Tree Estate
Five generations ago the Murray family settled in Champaign County and continues the farming tradition still today. With an inherent appreciation for the beauty and rich history of this area, they are bringing modern American celebrations back to the farm. Pear Tree Estate is excited to share the rustic beauty of the country from the comfort of an elegant space. Pear Tree Estate offers a beautiful canvas inside and out for your special event to be completely unique and easily planned with an onsite coordinator, elegant lighting, linens and chairs. It is a culmination of the highest quality catering, service staff and now a premier venue to make any event memorable.
Spencer Tracy Film Festival
Spencer Tracy, one of Hollywood’s most cherished actors, comes home to Freeport where his parents lived and where he enjoyed many happy times as a child. Four prized films will be presented on the historic Lindo Theatre’s big screen. $5 per film.
Wine, Jazz, Art in the Barn
Enjoy Jazz & wine tasting, art from local artisans. Bring your own picnic. Our own mini Ravinia. 6:30-10PM.
CITY: Olympia Fields
Ellwood Holiday Traditions Weekend
Start your holiday season by taking a guided tour of the decorated Ellwood House mansion. Local businesses, decorators, college groups, and clubs help to present the home in a new, elegant way each year. This is the place to get ideas for your own decorating or view what times were like while the Ellwoods inhabited the opulent home.