A ninety minute ten block walking tour presented by Garret Moffett, that uses the Lincoln sites as the scene for the strange and bizarre history surrounding Lincoln’s life and death.
Plan your 66 trip around a Cubs game! Chicago is celebrating 100 years of Wrigley Field history, and Cubs fans are invited to join the "Party of the Century," a season dedicated to the storied past of this great ballpark. The 2014 season will honor 10 decades of Wrigley Field history with 10 unique decade-themed, throwback homestands complete with special guests, events, food, promotions and more.
Bring your pooch on a leash and enjoy quality time with your dog while cruising on Chicago's waterways. This tour highlights dog-friendly hotels, restaurants, dog parks and fire hydrants. Enjoy the cool breeze in your hair (and fur!) aboard the Skyline Queen which offers plenty of safe outdoor-seating. Dogs may choose to sit on your lap, in a seat or on the deck.
Visitors have the opportunity to see inside the cockpit of airplanes, visit with pilots who flew the planes and visit the aviation displays inside. In addition to many exhibits in the museum, there are seven airplanes and three helicopters on display in the Air Park. 10am-4pm Aug16 & Sept 20.
The 9th Annual "Ride for the Relay" will leave the Navy Pier in Chicago on September 6 and travel all of Old Route 66 to Santa Monica. The motorcyclists arrive in Santa Monica on September 17 and hopefully will have raised over $25,000 for the American Cancer Society to help find a Cure for Cancer. After nine years of traveling the Mother Road, the group has been raising funds for this important cause. The ride leaves the first Saturday of September each year.
The 16th Annual World Music Festival Chicago is presented by the City of Chicago and produced by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. This city-wide, multi-venue, eleven-day festival has attracted over 600,000 concertgoers and has presented more than 600 artists and ensembles from over 80 countries since it began in 1999.
Don't miss The International Exposition of Contemporary & Modern Art, also known as Expo Chicago 2014. Situated at Navy Pier’s Festival Hall , this four-day art event features over 120 leading international galleries and offers diverse programming.
Enjoy pie baking and pie eating contests, hypnosis/magician, Jr. Karaoke contest, Live Country Music, Live Dixieland Band, All Star Jam Band, Hairbanger's Ball, Basset Waddle parade and more.
The Sherman Area Chamber of Commerce hosts Sherman Homecoming Festival at Rail Pointe Development in front of The Rail. Featuring amusement rides, live entertainment and a variety of competitions and contests - an affordable, family-friendly event!
2014 Berwyn Oktoberfest features an international food court, carnival and amusement rides, family entertainment pavilion, and crafters and vendors. Live musical performances will be headlined by 1980s sensations Sixteen Candles on Friday Night and rock/pop/indie band 7th Heaven on Saturday Night.
This long-running festival was developed from Abraham Lincoln's early days when he split logs into fence rails to keep animals in their respective farms, and now has developed into a national competition.
In mid-September the Macoupin County Historical Society again offers a festival at the Anderson Mansion. The grounds are filled with vendors and live music, arts and crafts, antique machinery and homemade food and much more.
All Pontiac Cars invited and on display! Sponsored by the Heart of Illinois GTO Club, the Gateway GTO Club, and the Pontiac-Oakland Automobile Museum & Resource Center. Saturday - Private Collections tour, Museum Tours, Ice Cream Social, live musical entertainment. Sunday - All Pontiac Car Show with expanded Classes.
Springfield Art Association presents one of their longest-running traditions, the Annual Edwards Place Fine Art Fair. View and purchase hand-crafted art at over 60 artists’ booths, from the Midwest and beyond.
5th Annual Art & Music Festival consists of exhibition and sale of fine art, live music, food and fun for the entire family. This event takes place in a relaxing and beautifully landscaped park. Call 618-635-2233 for details.
Bring the family out to the Braidwood Cruisin' - free admission for spectators! Enjoy the classic cars, great music from a local DJ, and check out new Giant Elvis at the Polk-a-Dot Drive-In!
"David Bowie Is" at the Museum of Contemporary Art is the first international retrospective of the extraordinary career of David Bowie. More than 300 objects, including handwritten lyrics, original costumes, photography, set designs, album artwork, and rare performance material from the past five decades are brought together from the David Bowie Archive for the first time.
An interactive, epicurean event showcasing more than 100 of Chicago’s finest restaurants and chefs, as well as hundreds of renowned vintners, spirit makers and premium breweries from around the world. Held in Millennium Park, guests enjoy dozens of live cooking demonstrations, gourmet tastings, wine seminars, and book signings by internationally renowned chefs, master someliers and winemakers.
Over 1,000 cool cars and 80,000 spectators will roll into the heart of Springfield’s historic downtown for a weekend of family fun in the sun and non-stop live music and entertainment!
Run and look like Bears coaching legend Mike Ditka as thousands of runners and walkers take to Soldier Field for the Ditka Dash 5K. All participants will receive an awesome mustache, aviator sunglasses, and a shirt just like Da Coach used to wear!
Route 66 Swap Meet & Show 'n Shine is the event for racers, rodders, restorers and collectors! There's a wide selection for any automotive enthusiast.
The Chicago International Film Festival, now celebrating its 50th year, is North America's oldest competitive international film festival, showcasing over 175 films from 50 countries. Experience red carpet galas and film premieres to stars and filmmakers in attendance!
Lincoln Memorial Garden and Nature Center presents their big annual fundraiser and it is always a beautiful site to see. Brilliant fall colors make the perfect back drop for this family fall festival featuring food, crafts, music and children's activities.
Held annually at the Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon at Washington Park. Check out the 2014 hand-carved, illuminated jack-o-lanterns! Also Tree of Lights, spooky music, food vendors & new features.
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.
The Monster Dash Half Marathon, 10K and 5K races are filled with great scenery, not just the Halloween costumes people wear, but the run along Lake Michigan is beautiful as is the view of Downtown Chicago.
Dress in your best Halloween zombie costume and head to Roosevelt Road for the 5th annual Zombie Walk & Pub Crawl. The event will feature zombie make-up, a pub crawl, food and an after-party. Tour stops: 12th Street Rag, Commodore Berry VFW Post, Paparazzi, Friendly Tap and FitzGerald's Nightclub during the pub crawl.
This iconic event is in its 17th year, and is one of Chicago's largest celebrations of ghosts, goblins and costumes of all types! This Halloween party draws thousands of spectators of all ages who line Halsted Street from Belmont to Addison to enjoy the evening's festivities.
Midwest's largest Bluegrass music festival - experience this true original American art form. Features award-winning artists from across the nation. Acoustic instrument workshops, (youth/adult) guitar show, music-related vendors, open stage for bluegrass jams.
Mark your calendar for the 2014 Festival on November 7-8, in the auditorium adjoining the Capital City Bar & Grill in Springfield - a growing venue for independent filmmakers worldwide. Comedy, Drama, Short, Documentary, Student, Experimental, something for everyone.
Chicago’s Perfect 10 allows runners a unique experience to run along the pier for the first and last segments of the race before turning south along the lakefront path to tour the city skyline.
A holiday tradition that features more than 150 decorated trees, local entertainment, delicious gingerbread 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.
Kick off the holiday season and create your special memories on The Magnificent Mile in 2014! The BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival, the nation’s largest evening holiday celebration, jump starts the holiday season on Saturday, November 22 with a full day of family friendly activities, concerts by top musical artists and the best holiday shopping.
A winter wonderland illuminated by the laughter of children and more than one million lights at Lincoln Park Zoo’s annual ZooLights Presented by ComEd and Charter One. Watch live ice carving then escape Jack Frost with an exotic trip past crocodiles, pygmy hippos and meerkats at the Regenstein African Journey.
Discover how the Lincolns celebrated the holidays by taking a tour through the Lincoln Home in downtown Springfield. The home will be decorated in period decor for the Christmas holiday season.
The Carlinville Christmas Market takes place on the first full weekend in December - Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The Market has retained its earlier romance by presenting bright, white tents lined with the arts and crafts of talented artisans, food vendors, trolley tours, horse-drawn carriage rides, costumed carolers and street performers, children's activities, and other holiday attractions.
Roosevelt Road will light the way to the holiday season with merriment including live music, food and libations. Berwyn's entertainment row will offer festivities for the whole family. Call 708-788-8100.
Saunter over to Berwyn's Depot District for Deck the Depot, a brisk holiday walk through Berwyn's downtown Winter Wonderland complete with lights, live reindeer and a petting zoo at the Municipal Parking Facility. Let Santa know what's on your wish list and then get a complimentary photo with the Big Man in Red at Bounce Sports. Snuggle up on a horse-drawn sleigh ride or a hayride (Windsor & Grove Ave.). Relax to the sounds of Carolers.
This is the largest auto show in North America and has been held more times than any other auto exposition in North America. Exhibitions include: multiple world and North American introductions; a complete range of domestic and imported passenger cars and trucks; sport utility vehicles; and experimental or concept cars. In total, nearly 1,000 different vehicles will be on display.