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Mississippi Earthtones Festival
Come celebrate life on the Mississippi River through art, music, and conservation! The event will kick-off with a river clean-up beginning at 9 a.m. The festival is part of a statewide celebration of our rivers and an opportunity to learn more about the environmental issues in our region and solutions. The festival will feature informational booths on ecology, native plants & animals, and recycling, as well as arts & crafts, food vendors, litter clean-ups, organized hikes & bike rides, and live music! Free admission. For more information, including contests, activities, and music schedules, please visit www.facebook.com/EathtonesFestival.
Ballet Folklorico Quetzalcoatl
It’s become a tradition in the Fox Valley to honor the area’s rich Mexican culture with Ballet Folklorico – that tradition continues. The Ballet Folklorico celebrates the traditional Mexican folklorico with colorful costumes, wonderful music and electrifying, elegant and beautiful choreography. You’ll feel your spirits rise and eyes light up as this celebrated group of artists share an important piece of their wonderful culture.
Ballydoyle Irish Pub & Restaurant
From the southern midlands of Ireland to the Chicago suburbs Ballydoyle carries the tradition with classic Irish brews, excellent food and live entertainment. Irish fare, boxtys, entrees and burgers. Brews on tap, by the pint, bottle and cans. Live music, parties and events. Celebrate St. Patrick's Day all year!
2015 Christkindl Holiday Festival
Come to downtown Barrington for the annual Christkindl Festival. This is an open-air event during the holiday season featuring authentic German food, live entertainment, drinks, fun activities for families and kids crafts, live reindeer, carousel & train rides, Gingerbread House competition and even Santa's house. Please visit the website for a complete list of entertainment.
41st Annual Arts in the Barn
Fine art on display and ready for purchase to take home. Between visits to each of the over 180 artist tents and/or displays in one of the 3 barns, there are plenty of tasty treats to enjoy while viewing live entertainment on the main stage. New this year kids can enjoy a petting zoo and feed the animals or create their own art in the Children's Art Tent, Chess Without Borders to test player's skill, and 'The Artist Speaks' where selected artists will explain and show how they approach their art medium.
Christmas Market "Julmarknad"
The holiday festivities in Bishop Hill begin with Julmarknad, or Christmas Market. This event is based on Scandinavian customs dating back to the Middle Ages when farmers and artisans would gather in the village squares to sell their wares. Bishop Hill businesses will be offering unique gifts, handmade wares, antiques, quilts, collectibles, baked goods, delicious foods, and Swedish imports. Scandinavian foods such as herring, lutfisk, and rye bread are also in abundance. Select from a large array of delicious holiday cookies, homemade by community bakers on Friday and Saturday.
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.
The Original American Passion Play
Now in its 93rd season, the American Passion Play is one of the oldest, continuously-performed, passion plays in the United States. This Biblically accurate performance takes the audience on a spiritual journey to Palestine, 30 AD where they travel with the living Christ, meet his Apostles and follow his ministry from the Sermon on the Mount to His resurrection and ascension. The play features beautiful scenery, live pipe organ music, live voices and even live animals.
Blue Island Historical Society's Architectural Walking Tour
Our Architectural Walking Tour includes Civil War era homes and homes of Civil War Veterans. Please join us rain/shine and wear comfortable shoes!
Southern Illinois Irish Festival
This Festival began in 1997 and continued to grow and expand with new events and excitement for participants of all ages. A Celtic cultural celebration with special concerts, fairs with music, dance workshops & demonstrations, Celtic arts & crafts, and merchandise, children’s activities. This year's Southern Illinois Irish Festival will be hosted by Walkers Bluff. This new venue provides a picturesque location just northwest of Carterville, Illinois.
Chicago Pride Fest
Get ready for a flamboyant, fun party in Boystown! Show your pride while enjoying an eclectic lineup of crafts, food and entertainment from some of Chicago's finest LGBT performers.
Black Harvest Film Festival
From August 8 through September 3, the Gene Siskel Film Center invites Chicago to celebrate the 21st edition of the “Black Harvest Film Festival,” exploring the stories, images, heritage, and history of the black experience in the U.S. and around the world through film and video. Talent is the key word in describing “Black Harvest:” an abundant manifestation of creativity representing emerging filmmakers and established masters alike. “Black Harvest” most especially promotes dialogue, and we feature many personal appearances for audience discussion.
Chicago South Asian Film Festival
The Chicago South Asian Film Festival’s mission is to advance diversity in Chicagoland through cinema, conversation and culture. The Festival gives South Asian talent, stories and themes a world platform and is committed to providing an experience in cinema for filmmakers and moviegoers alike with the warmth and personal touch that is unique to Chicago. CSAFF is held in late September in downtown Chicago and screens premiere films, hosts exceptional talent and organizes panel discussions, opportunities for filmmakers and film lovers to connect, musical performances, industry workshops, tributes to major artists and awards galas. See website for various event locations.
Midwest Christian Inspirational Indie Film Festival
The Midwest Christian Inspirational Indie Film Festival's mission is to provide a Christian-Inspirational platform for artist to present their work,network and fellowship with others, and encourage independent Christian-Inspirational filmmakers, by offering appropriate recognition for excellence in this genre of film production, while also facilitating the development of alternative and independent vehicles for producing and distributing films outside Hollywood. Check website for screening locations.
Reeling, The Chicago Lesbian & Gay International Film Festival
Reeling: The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival is the second longest-running film festival of its kind, and prides itself on showcasing the best LGBTQ+ films and videos each year. From award-winning international feature films to social documentaries to experimental shorts, Reeling has always presented a range of genres that demonstrate the rich diversity of work being produced. Not only has Reeling become one of the most important cultural events for Chicagoans, it also attracts LGBTQ+ people from throughout the Midwest who consider the festival to be the highlight of their cinematic year. See website for film schedules and screening locations.
Memory, an exhibit of portraits
Memory is an exhibition of portraits that reflect less the "sitter's" likeness than their psychological state. Works include paintings, colored pencil drawings, prints and pastels by Judith Roth, Ellen Holtzblatt, John Smolko and Joseph Taylor.
Gigs Graphics! Gig posters by Chicago graphic designers
Reowned Chicago area graphic designers will present a wide range of posters designed for various music events in Chicago and elsewhere. These creative and unusual posters present the best in Chicago area graphic design. Designers include Jason Teegarden-Downs from Delicious Design League;Dan Grezca;Jay Ryan, the Bird Machine;Joseph Taylor; Dan Macadam, Crosshair, Fugscreen studios; Dan Black from Landland Press, Justin Santora, and Ryan Duggan, Drug Factory Press.
Apple and Pork Festival
Since 1968, the Apple N' Pork Festival with its delightful aroma of smoked ham and spicy apple butter, has ushered in autumn for Dewitt County. From its beginning as a modest event, centered around a kettle of soup and stack of sandwiches, the festival has grown to one of the state's favorite fall festivals. Wear comfortable shoes and stroll through booths offering foods, crafts, antiques, entertainment, and more! Be sure to tour the museum. Plan to spend the day! Tram and bus service to various locations available for a small fee. Located at C. H. Moore Homestead and throughout Clinton.
Thanksgiving with Lincoln Heritage of DeWitt County
Join us for a traditional Thanksgiving meal with a little history as you meet Mr.Lincoln and discover his ties with DeWitt County. The Thanksgiving meal is catered and tickets are available from the Clinton Chamber & Tourism Office.
Northern Illinois University Art Museum presents Unloaded Exhibition
Northern Illinois University Art Museum presents Unloaded, a nationally-traveling multi-media group exhibition exploring the historic and social issues surrounding the divisive nature of gun ownership curated by Susanne Slavick, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Art at Carnegie Mellon University, opening August 25 and running through October 24, 2015 at the Art Museum's galleries in Altgeld Hall on Northern Illinois University’s DeKalb campus. This exhibition is part of the Art Museum's fall series examining contemporary artists’ exploration of relevant social issues in today’s world.
Northern Illinois University Art Museum Unloaded Exhibition Talk
Northern Illinois University Art Museum presents Unloaded, a nationally-traveling multi-media group exhibition exploring the historic and social issues surrounding the divisive nature of gun ownership curated by Susanne Slavick, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Art at Carnegie Mellon University.Curator and artist Susanne Slavick will be on hand for a public Curator and Artist’s Talk Unloaded (or guns: no means to any end) Thursday, October 1 to discuss the exhibition and her personal art practice with a small reception beforehand starting at 6:00 p.m. with talk beginning at 7:15 p.m. in Altgeld Hall, 125.
Northern Illinois University Art Museum Unloaded Exhibition Reception
Northern Illinois University Art Museum presents Unloaded, a nationally-traveling multi-media group exhibition exploring the historic and social issues surrounding the divisive nature of gun ownership curated by Susanne Slavick, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Art at Carnegie Mellon University. Join us for the exhibition opening at the public reception September 10 from 4:30 – 6 p.m.
The Egyptian Theatre Presents: The Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis Tribute Show
Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis were the hottest act in America during the early 50's. Dean of course, the straight man, with a charming voice and Jerry the lovable goof ball added the comedy. Never have two artists captured the look, the sound, the very essence and chemistry of these two "Icons" more than Tom Stevens and Tony Lewis. Both of these incredible performers have each had amazing success on their own. Tony spent the last 27 years performing in Australia and created a name for himself as the quintessential "Jerry Lewis Tribute Artist" selling out countless venues and earned respect as one of Australia's best entertainers. Since his 1st appearance at the annual Dean Martin Festival in 1998, Tom Stevens has earned his title as "Best Dean Martin Tribute Artist." Even Dean's daughter, Deana said, "I've never seen anyone look and sound more like my Daddy!"
The Egyptian Theatre Presents: Lightwire Theater’s A Very Electric Christmas
Lightwire Theater’s A Very Electric Christmas is coming back to the Egyptian Theatre. Follow the story of a young bird, named Max and his family, as they begin their journey south for the winter. When Max gets blown off course and ends up at the North Pole…his adventure begins! Dancing toy soldiers, caroling worms and performing poinsettias, light up the stage in Lightwire Theater’s A Very Electric Christmas. Audiences of all ages will treasure this magical and captivating tale of family, friendship and hope set to timeless holiday hits, including Nat King Cole, Mariah Carey and Tchaikovsky. Lightwire Theater is internationally recognized for their electroluminescent artistry, poignant story telling and performs in complete darkness. Brighten your holidays this season with Lightwire Theater’s A Very Electric Christmas.