Summer Events 2011

CHICAGO

Throughout Season

Body Worlds & The Life Cycle

Museum of Science and Industry

57th Street and Lake Shore Drive

Chicago

The stunning new exhibit BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life at the Museum of Science and Industry is an opportunity to peer inside the human body to see it as never before. Making its U.S. debut, this new exhibition from physician and pioneering anatomist Dr. Gunther von Hagens presents the body throughout the human life cycle and across the arc of aging. More than 200 plastinates—real human specimens preserved through Dr. von Hagens’ invention, the remarkable process called Plastination—reveal the human body in all its stages, across youth, growth, maturity and advanced age, and in all its conditions, from health to distress to disease. For more information, please call 1-800-GO-TO-MSI or visit www.msichicago.org.

 

Throughout Season

Whales: Giants of the Deep

Field Museum of Natural History

1400 South Lake Shore Drive

Chicago

The vibrant underwater world of whales comes to life at the Field Museum. Dive to the depths of the sea with a mighty sperm whale in the hunt for giant squid. Climb into and explore a life-sized whale heart. Stand before two massive whale skeletons — each longer than a school bus. Listen to the voices of different whales and see how they use sound to navigate, find food, and communicate with each other.  And meet people whose lives have been inextricably linked with whales — from legendary South Pacific whale riders to whale scientists and former whaling families. For more information, please call 312-992-9410 or visit www.fieldmuseum.org.

 

Throughout Season

Jellies

John G. Shedd Aquarium  

1200 South Lake Shore Drive

Chicago

Be transported to the beautiful and mysterious world of sea jellies. In Shedd’s new special exhibit, Jellies, discover the intriguing ways these pulsing, translucent animals survive—and thrive—in the world’s oceans. Learn how a jelly can devour enough food to double its weight each day, or how sea nettles hunt by trailing their long stinging tentacles to paralyze prey upon contact. And they do it all without blood, bones or brains. On Earth for millions for years, but at Shedd for only a limited time!. For more information, please call 312-939-2438 or visit www.sheddaquarium.org.

 

Throughout Season

Millennium Park

201 East Randolph Street

Chicago

This summer, Millennium Park will host over 500 free concerts, events, exhibitions and open rehearsals that showcase the very best of Chicago. The acclaimed Grant Park Music Festival will return to the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, along with the Music Without Borders, Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz, Downtown Sound: New Music Mondays and Dusk Variations series.  Beginning June 1, visitors can enjoy Lunchbreak, with concerts and open rehearsals in a different genre of music every day at noon.  Again this year, the Family Fun Festival will offer interactive activities and musical games for kids of all ages.  For more information, please call 312-742-1168 or visit www.millenniumpark.org.

 

Throughout Season

Chicago’s Neighborhood Festivals

Various Locations and Dates

Chicago

Some of the liveliest of the more than 400 neighborhood festivals that take place in Chicago each year happen during the warm summer months. Showcasing the city’s ethnic customs, music and food; these festivals highlight the best of the city. Festivals include Northcenter’s Ribfest, Hyde Park’s 57th Street Art Fair and Andersonville’s Midsommarfest in June; Pilsen’s Fiesta de Sol, Lincoln Park’s Arts & Music Festival, and Roscoe Village’s Burger Fest in July; and Little Italy’s Taylor Street Festa Italiana, East Lakeview’s Northalsted Market Days and Logan Square’s Boulevard Bash in August. For more information please visit www.chicagoneighborhoodfestivals.us.

 

Throughout Season

Urban Excursions

Various Locations and Dates

Chicago

From Memorial Day to Labor Day, the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture’s new summer 2011 initiative provides the perfect roadmap for navigating Chicago, one of the premier cities in the world for free and affordable entertainment. With hundreds of suggested itineraries and programs and activities throughout the neighborhoods, visitors and residents can embark on low-cost urban adventures on foot, by bike, boat, or bus to all corners of Chicago. A wide range of free summer events and a host of programs and activities happening all summer long, including Family Adventures, Get Up & Go, Chicago Greeter, and Chicago Neighborhood Tours, complete any trip to Chicago this season. For more information, please visit www.explorechicago/summer.

 

June 2-5

Mayfest Chicago 2011  
The 12th annual Mayfest, voted ”Best Fest” by Chicagoans, offers German food and beers from Hofbrauhaus Munich and Pabst Brewing Company, live entertainment, maypole dancing and, as always, German Gemutlichkeit!  Highlights include the “Rock the May Fest” preview party on Thursday, and a traditional keg tapping and May Queen crowning on Friday.  Mayfest is located in Lincoln Square, the heart of Chicago’s German community.    For more information, please visit www.mayfestchicago.com.

 

June 10 – 12

28th Annual Chicago Blues Festival

Grant Park

Jackson Boulevard and Columbus Drive

Chicago

The Chicago Blues Festival is the largest free blues festival in the world and remains the largest of Chicago’s Music Festivals. During three days on five stages, more than 500,000 blues fans prove that Chicago is the “Blues Capital of the World.” The free festival kicks off with a tribute to the 100th Birthday of Robert Johnson, the most admired and influential of the Delta blues artists, on Friday, June 10. Renowned performers expected to pay tribute include David “Honey Boy” Edwards, Rick Sherry, Rocky Lawrence, Hubert Sumlin and the Duwayne Burnside Band. Other great local artists of international fame slated to perform include Shemekia Copeland, Lonnie Brooks, Billy Branch and The Sons’of Blues, and Dave Specter. For more information, please call 312-744-3315 or visit www.chicagobluesfestival.us.

 

June 24 – July 3

Taste of Chicago 2011

Grant Park

Jackson Boulevard & Columbus Drive

Chicago

Sample a delicious array of food from the city dubbed America’s rising culinary star plus tons of family-friendly music and fun at Taste of Chicago 2011. More than 60 restaurants will be putting it all on the table at this popular free admission lakefront festival, the premier outdoor food event in the US. Foodies will also enjoy watching demonstrations by chefs from the city’s top eateries. For the first time ever, Taste will feature five themed days showcasing Latin, Gospel, Celtic, Country, and Broadway in Chicago music.  Don’t miss the outstanding lineup of free entertainment throughout the fest including musical acts from an array of genres and performances by Midnight Circus plus exciting new activities for kids. For more information, please call 312-742-4387 or visit www.tasteofchicago.us.

 

June 24, July 22 & Augusr 26

Jammin’ at the Zoo

Lincoln Park Zoo

2001 North Clark Street

Chicago

Enjoy live music under the stars at the wildest setting in town.  “Jammin’ at the Zoo” features live bands performing among Lincoln Park Zoo’s famous residents.  6 pm gates open, 7 – 10:30 pm performances.  For more information, please call 312-742-2283 or visit www.lpzoo.org.  

 

June 29 – August 7

Beauty and the Beast by Broadway in Chicago

Ford Center/Oriental Theatre

24 West Randolph Street

Chicago

The romantic Broadway musical for all generations, NETworks presentation of DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, the smash hit Broadway musical, returns to Chicago! Based on the Academy Award- winning animated feature film, this eye-popping spectacle has won the hearts of over 35 million people worldwide. Hailed by the Chicago SunTimes as “warm and winning performances, a tuneful score, and real heart,” the classic musical love story is filled with unforgettable characters, lavish sets and costumes, and dazzling production numbers including “Be Our Guest” and the beloved title song. Experience the romance and enchantment of DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST!  For more information, please call 312-977-1700 or visit www.broadwayinchicago.com.

 

Begins July 7

Chicago SummerDance

Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park

601 South Michigan Avenue

Chicago

Each Thursday through Sunday from July 7 to September 18, the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park blossoms into an urban dance space.  Last year over 100,000 people enjoyed the Chicago SummerDance series, making it the largest festival of its kind in the United States.  Each night of the 11-week series offers an introductory one-hour dance lesson by professional instructors followed by two hours of live music and dancing.  For more information, please visit www.chicagosummerdance.org.

 

July 8 – 10

Dave Matthews Band Caravan

Chicago’s Lakeside

8555 South Green Bay Avenue

Chicago

Enjoy a full set nightly by headliner Dave Matthews Band plus a diverse array of artists on three stages during the thrilling three-day Dave Matthews Band Caravan – the first-ever event at Lakeside, a recently redeveloped U.S. Steel plant site.  With a panoramic view of the city skyline across the water as backdrop, you’ll hear a dazzling lineup that includes David Gray, Ray LaMontagne, O.A.R., Kid Cudi, The Flaming Lips, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Amos Lee, Emmylou Harris, Ben Folds, G. Love & The Special Sauce, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Gomez, Drive-By Truckers, and many others. For more information, please call 800-594-TIXX or visit www.dmbcaravan.com

 

August 5 – 7

Lollapalooza 2011

Grant Park

Jackson Boulevard & Columbus Drive

Chicago

Lollapalooza, three magical days of nonstop music by 130-plus buzzworthy bands, is celebrating it’s 20th anniversary – and you’re invited to the party! With legends like Eminem, Foo Fighters, Coldplay, Muse, My Morning Jacket, A Perfect Circle, Cee Lo Green, The Cars, Ween, Girl Talk, Afrojack, Modeselektor, and Skrillex, this fest will dazzle your ears. And those are just some of the headliners! Adding to the unforgettable Lolla experience are great food in Chow Town North and South and spots to relax and recharge. Stroll Green Street to see why Lolla is one of the world’s most eco-friendly music fests. And don’t miss Kidzapalooza, where little rockers can party down with their parents, get temporary tatz and a punk rock hair do, and jam out rock band style.  For more information, please call 888-512-SHOW or visit www.lollapalooza.com.

 

August 20 – 21

53rd Annual Chicago Air & Water Show

North Avenue Beach on the Lakefront

1603 North Lake Shore Drive

Chicago

Thrill to dazzling displays and daring feats at the 53rd Annual Chicago Air & Water Show – the largest spectator event in the U.S. and longest ongoing show of its kind in North America. The focal point is North Avenue Beach, but views are outstanding all along the lakefront from Fullerton (2400 north) to Oak Street (1000 north) with plenty of room for the crowd of more than 2 million spectators.  Joining headliners U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights, and U.S. Navy Parachute Team Leap Frogs will be a great lineup of military and civilian craft and teams including the USAF B-1B Lancer Bomber, KC 135 Stratotanker Aerial Refueling, C-17, Aeroshell Aerobatic Team, Chicago Fire Department Air/Sea Rescue, Lima Lima Flight Crew, and Sean D. Tucker & Team Oracle. All acts are subject to confirmation. For more information, please call 312-744-3315 or visit www.chicagoairandwatershow.us.

 

Begins August 26

In-Fashion: The Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival

The Magnificent Mile

North Michigan Avenue

Chicago

Experience extraordinary retail adventures at In-Fashion: The Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival – the first-ever event of its kind in the U.S. With more than 400 exclusive stores and boutiques and hundreds of great restaurants, the North Michigan Avenue district has long been a legendary destination for shoppers. This new festival – featuring designer appearances, celebrity chef events, trunk shows, entertainment, special offers, and more – is a retail celebration you won’t want to miss. Be sure to catch the kickoff event featuring renowned stylist and television star Carson Kressley. Then enjoy two big weeks of exciting events and too-good-to-resist incentives in fashion and beauty, lifestyle, culinary, technology, and culture. For information, please call 312-409-5560 or visit www.themagnificentmile.com/events.

CHICAGOLAND

 

Throughout Season

Six Flags Great America and Hurricane Harbor Summer Season

1 Great America Parkway

Gurnee

Six Flags Great America is fun for the whole family with 13 heart-pounding roller coasters, a free 20-acre water park with over 30 heart pounding water slides, spectacular shows and parades, family rides and big pint-sized fun for the kids with children’s areas and over 35 rides for the little ones. New in 2011 – Riptide Bay at Hurricane Harbor! Catch a wave at the only place to surf on Lake Michigan. The newly expanded water park will boast more slides and attractions than any other in the state. Best of all it’s FREE with admission to Six Flags Great America.   For more information, please call 847-249-4636 or visit

www.sixflags.com.

 

Through August 21

In Bloom

Oakbrook Center

IL Route 83 and 22nd Street

Oak Brook

In Bloom is an extraordinary public garden art exhibit on the grounds of Oakbrook Shopping Center and presented by HCS Family Services. A breathtaking showcase of elaborate fine art and fiberglass sculptures painted and embellished by highly-talented local and regional artists. These colorful and imaginative sculptures will be prominently displayed throughout the lush gardens and flowing fountains at Oakbrook Center. For more information, please call 630-323-2500 ext.102 or visit www.inbloom2011.org.

 

June 1 – August 31
Midweek Market
Downtown Oak Park
Lake Street and Harlem Avenue
Oak Park
The Oak Park Mid-Week Market features locally grown fruits and vegetables, food vendors offering a wide selection of ready-to-eat items and local retailers selling goods and services – all in the heart of downtown Oak Park on Lake Street, just east of Harlem Avenue. Held each Wednesday from June 1 through mid-September, the Mid-Week Market is open from 5 – 9 p.m.  For more information, please call 708-358-5401×8425 or visit www.oak-park.us/midweekmarket.

 

June 5

Mid-American Canoe & Kayak Race – 50th Anniversary

Fox River

From St. Charles or Batavia to McCullough Park, Aurora

Grab a paddle and be part of this festive tradition. Paddlers of all ages and abilities are welcome, with two race lengths (10 and 6 miles) offered. This year’s Mid-Am will celebrate the race’s history, combining classic tradition with modern grace. For more information, please call 630-859-8606 or visit www.foxvalleyparkdistrict.org.   
June 5
38th Annual A Day in Our Village
Scoville Park
156 North Oak Park Avenue
Oak Park
More than 150 activity booths representing Oak Park will fill Scoville Park.   Among the various activities will be history games, aikido demonstrations, plant-your-own vegetable or flower to take home, art activities, coloring activities for kids and displays of Police and Fire department vehicle technology. The essential face painting and balloons will be there, too. Local entertainers on the Scoville Park stage will perform a mix of popular music, stage and show reviews.  Food court featuring local restaurants will be on the Oak Park Library plaza adjacent to Scoville Park selling meals, snacks and beer in a picnic setting.  For more information, please call 708-358-5407 or visit www.oak-park.us.

 

Begins June 9

Ravinia Festival

418 Sheridan Road

Highland Park

Another exciting year of entertainment at the Ravinia Festival. With a variety of performances, there is something for everyone. Choose from artists like The Judds, Carrie Underwood, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Chicago, Jennifer Hudson, Steely Dan, Peter Frampton and many more.  Bring a picnic or pick up a complete picnic spread at one of the on-site restaurants or kiosks and sit back and enjoy the show. For more information, please call 847-433-7983 or visit www.ravinia.org.

June 9 – July 31

Broadway Bound

Drury Lane Theatre

100 Drury Lane

Oakbrook Terrace

Called “a mesmerizing journey” by the New York Times, receiving seven Tony Award nominations and nominated for a 1987 Pulitzer Prize for drama, Neil Simon’s endearing classic comedy traces the events of Eugene and Stan Jerome’s attempts to break into show business as comedy writers in the late 1940s. For more information, please call 630-530-8300 or visit www.drurylaneoakbrook.com.

 

June10-12, 2011

Pride of the Fox Riverfest

Downtown St. Charles

St. Charles

Unique among Chicagoland festivals, Riverfest features the annual running of the ancient sport of dragon boat racing, a 40 ton Fantasy Sand Sculpture, water ski shows, canine capers & pet boutiques, and an assortment of events and entertainment for all ages.  New for 2011:  Car show; 3 day craft show; ice cream & burger eating contests.  For more information, please call 630-444-7460 or visit www.prideofthefox.com.

 

June 11

Runnin’ With the Horses 5K/Brewhaha Microbrew Festival

Balmoral Park Race Track

26435 South Dixie Highway

Crete
Runnin’ With the Horses 5K is unlike any other in that you not only run Balmoral Park’s historic grounds, the final mile consists of running up the old thoroughbred shoot and charging for the finish line ON THE TRACK while horses for the night’s races warm up on the outside of the course! The Brewhaha begins immediately after the race and takes place on the Apron, so patrons have a great view of the racing while they enjoy food, craft beers, and live music.  For more information, please call 708-672-1414 or visit www.balmoralpark.com.

 

June 17 – 18

25th Annual Scottish Festival & Highland Games

Hamilton Lakes

Highway I-290 & Thorndale Avenue

Itasca

This two-day summer celebration offers an extensive array of Scottish and festival attractions including: Champion Supreme Piping and Drumming competition; Heavy Athletics U.S. Open Championship, Highland Dance competition; Rugby Sevens Highland Challenge; Coerver Cup 3v3 soccer tournament; traditional and Celtic rock live musical performances and shopping in the Celtic Marketplace.  For more information, please call 708-447-5092 or visit www.chicagoscots.org.

 

June 17-18

Blues on the Fox – 15th Anniversary

River Street Park 

201 North River Street

Aurora

The Downtown Alive! Festival Series has become an Aurora tradition, an icon woven into the fabric of the Midwestern summers here in Illinois’ second largest city. It has invigorated the cultural life of the community as the top hometown summertime event that brings the world to Aurora. Downtown Alive! It is a friendly, must-attend festival experience like no other, filled with memories that will last a lifetime! For more information, please call 630-256-4636 or visit www.downtownaliveaurora.com.  

 

June 18-19

Thunder on the Fox

Fox River in Downtown Elgin

270 North Grove

Elgin

Bring everyone out to watch as Formula Two and Formula Three Tunnel Boats use the Fox River as their racing grounds.   For more information, please visit http://thunderonthefox.com/eventinfo.html.

 

 

June 19, July 24, August 21

Sandwich Antiques Market

Sandwich Fairgrounds 

1401 Suydum Road

Sandwich

The Sandwich Antiques Market is a one-day a month summer market featuring quality exhibitors held at the park-like Sandwich Fair Grounds, with its beautiful 100-year old trees and plenty of places to sit and rest. For more information, please call 815-786-3337 or visit www.antiquemarkets.com.  

 

June 23-26, 2011

Bloomington Gold Corvettes USA

Pheasant Run Resort

4051 East Main Street

St. Charles

See thousands of Corvettes on display from all across the United States.  The largest all Corvettes auction in the world as well as Corvettes for sale by individuals.  Home of the Gold Market-(America’s first swapmeet), Gold Auction (America’s first & largest Corvette auction), and the most factory-original Corvettes on display anywhere!  Four vendors and exhibitors selling everything for a Corvette.  For more information call 309-888-4477 or visit www.bloomingtongold.com.

 

June 24 – 26

Long Grove’s Annual Strawberry Festival

307 Old McHenry Road

Long Grove

The pleasures of summer are celebrated with berry-wonderful strawberry flavored and inspired treats, from melt-in-your-mouth chocolate covered strawberries to strawberry martinis and desserts.  This is the granddaddy of Long Grove’s signature festivals, drawing almost 50,000 visitors to the historic business district for the 3-day event. It is considered one of the premier outdoor festivals in the Chicagoland area.  Live music all day at many different venues, great food, distinctive shopping and children’s activities are other reasons to come for the day – or the weekend.   For more information, please call 847-634-0888 or visit www.LongGroveoOnline.com.

 

June 29-September 29 

Downtown Elgin Harvest Market

Old Library Lot

200 North Grove Avenue

Elgin

This is a weekly market where area growers bring fresh, quality vegetables, fruits, flowers, bread, meat, eggs, olives, spices, pet treats, knife sharpening services and more along with the addition of artisans and organic-sustainable products for sale in this neighborhood setting in Downtown Elgin. Along with vendors there will also be educational opportunities and demonstrations with wellness and sustainability from local organizations and businesses, as well as community partners promoting local events.  For more information, please call 847-488-1456 or visit www.downtownelgin.com/Page.aspx?ID=149&PID=17.  

 

June 30 – July 4

Taste of Lombard

Madison Meadow Park

East Madison Street & South Lewis Avenue

Lombard

Celebrate summer fun and Independence Day with music, family activities, great food, carnival, arts and crafts fair, and more. Don’t miss the Fireworks concert on July 4th at approximately 9:30 pm. For more information, please call 630-375-7474 or visit www.tasteoflombard.com.

 

July 2-3

Kane County Flea Market

Kane County Fairgrounds

Route 64 & Randall Road

St. Charles, IL

Up to 1,000 dealers display and sell antiques, collectibles, & Fancy Junque.  A country breakfast is served on Sundays.  For more information, call 630-377-2252 or visit www.kanecountyfleamarket.com.   

 

July 7 – 10
O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Route 66 Nationals
Route 66 Raceway
500 Speedway Boulevard
Joliet
Feel the Need for Speed at Joliet’s Route 66 Raceway.  Experience the noise as cars travel at the speed of sound (at least it seems that fast).  For more information, please call 815-722-5500 or visit
www.route66raceway.com

July 7 – 10

15th Annual Taste of Westmont

Downtown Westmont

Cass Avenue

Westmont

Get your dancing shoes on and head down to Cass Avenue this summer for the best festival around. We are celebrating our 15th Anniversary with 15 contests, 15 Youth Bands, 15 performances by Dance, Gym and Karate studios and more! The LIVE entertainment is going to have you Dancing in the Street plus great food, beer and margarita tent, vendors, crafters, kids activities, petting zoo and more! For more information, please call 630-829-9378 or visit www.westmontspecialevents.com.

 

July 8-10

Windmill City Festival

Batavia Riverwalk

Houston Street & Island Avenue

Batavia

Bring the family down for a weekend of fun at Batavia’s annual Windmill City Festival. Event includes carnival, pet parade, 5Krun, kids’ run, water games, golf contest, flea market, quilt show, evening entertainment on the main stage, food tent and more! For more information, please call 630-879-5235 or visit www.bataviaparks.org.

 

July 9
Cernan Earth and Space Center Skywatch
Triton College
2000 Fifth Avenue
River Grove
The Cernan Earth and Space Center’s Monthly Skywatch brings you the excitement of the current nighttime sky, the latest discoveries in astronomy and space science and (if weather permits) the opportunity to observe the moon, planets and other wonders of the sky through telescopes.  Because the Monthly Skywatch presents scientific information at a more advanced level than our regular shows, we recommend it only for persons 13 years and older.  For more information, please call 708-583-3100 or visit www.triton.edu/cernan.   

 

July 14-31

Fox Valley Repertory’s Summer Arts Festival

Pheasant Run Resort

4051 East Main Street

St. Charles, IL

Fox Valley Repertory will host the inaugural Summer Arts Festival, which will showcase theatre and the visual arts at Pheasant Run Resort and throughout the city of St. Charles. For more information, please call 630-584-6342 or visit www.summertheatrefest.org.

 

July 14-August 14th

Aladdin

Marriott Lincolnshire Theatre

10 Marriott Drive

Lincolnshire

All of your favorite characters are here in this stage adaptation including Aladdin, Jasmine and of course, the Genie. Filled with magic, mayhem and flying carpet rides, your children’s spirits will soar with excitement. Most of all, the popular Academy award-winning score with songs including ‘A Whole New World’ and ‘Friend Like Me’ will make this a family musical classic for generations to come.  For more information, please call 847-634-0200 or visit www.marriotttheatre.com.

July 17

Caribbean Beach Block Party

Oak Park Avenue

171st Street to Hickory Street

Tinley Park
The Block Party includes live music on two stages, attractions for all ages, variety of foods and beverages, classic car show and much more. For more information, please call 708-444-5678 or visit www.tinleypark.org.

 

July 26 – 31

83rd Annual Lake County Fair

Lake County Fairgrounds

1060 East Peterson Road

Grayslake

Don’t miss the annual Lake County Fair! Motocross, Pro Rodeo, Monster Trucks, Demo Derby, Carnival, games, entertainment, queen pageants, lots of various foods!  Fun for the whole family! Military in uniform will receive free admission and without uniform – $5.00. For more information, please call 847-680-7200 http://www.lcfair.com.

 

Jul 28-31

Ridge Fest ‘11

Freedom Park

6252 Birmingham

Chicago Ridge
Ridge Fest is an annual festival with national band/acts, diverse ethnic food vendors, huge carnival, arts/crafts, special guests and children’s entertainment.  For more information, please call 708-425-7700 or visit www.chicagoridge.org.

 

August 5-7  

Alexian Brothers Tour of Elk Grove 2011

Lions Drive at Elk Grove Boulevard 

Elk Grove Village

The Alexian Brother Tour of Elk Grove is gaining momentum across the globe as the premier international cycling event for professional and amateur competitors. The weekend includes 16 contests and 3 full days of non-stop thrills for amateur and professional cyclists. With more than $150,000 in total prize money, it draws top athletes from around the world.  For the non-athletic among us, block parties, fireworks live music, kids activities, concerts, entertainment, and food will provide plenty of excitement.  For more information, please call 773-868-3010 or visit www.tourofelkgrove.com.

 

August 6-7

Indian Uprising Classic Car Show

DuPage Expo

4050 East Main Street

St. Charles

The Cruisin Tigers GTO club hosts the 2 day All Pontiac car show featuring Saturday seminars with Don Keefe, Dana Mecum and other Pontiac greats, Saturday drag racing against the GeeTo Tiger, a free live concert Saturday night.  Mike Grippo appraisals will be available as well.  Sunday is show day with over 350 cars expected.  For more information, please call 630-541-6029 or visit www.cruisintigersgto.com.

 

August 11
Art dans la Rue (Art in the Streets)
Downtown Oak Park
Lake & Marion Streets
Oak Park
Downtown Oak Park and the Oak Park Arts District team up to present an art fair with over 20 local artists.  There will be live performance art, demonstrations, activities, music, and more.  For more information, please call 708-383-4145 or visit www.downtownoakpark.net.  

 

August 12

The Mane Event

Downtown Arlington Heights

Campbell Street

Arlington Heights

Party on the streets of one of the area’s hottest entertainment & shopping districts, downtown Arlington Heights, on the eve of the Arlington Million.  Food, music, and entertainment, free admission and parking.  Call 847-253-1703; or visit www.arlingtonhtschamber.com.   

 

August 13

Arlington International Festival of Racing

Arlington Park Racecourse

2200 West Euclid Avenue

Arlington Heights

Witness one of the world’s premier turf races at spectacular Arlington Park Racecourse, known internationally for its million-dollar purse and reputation for defining equestrian excellence. Enjoy events for the entire family. Call 847-385-7500; or visit www.arlingtonpark.com.    

 

August 13-14

Art in Your Eye Fine Art Show & Festival

Batavia Riverwalk 

Houston Street & Island Avenue 

Batavia

The Outdoor Fine Art Show features over 70 award-winning artists from around the country in a variety of media. The City Hall Art Exhibit, a juried exhibit features the work of local artists. Exceptional Children’s Art Activities will be in the Children’s Art Tent. Continuous musical entertainment will be on the Art in Your Ear Stage.  Art demonstrations and displays on the Plaza, by artists from Water Street Studios. A special art exhibit will be at the Batavia Depot Museum on the Riverwalk. Gourmet food will be offered by Batavia’s Enticing Cuisine. Visit the Information Tent to purchase Fine Art Posters & T-Shirts. For more information, please call 630-761-3528 or visit www.artinyoureye.com.  

 

August 18-21

South Elgin Riverfest Express

Panton Mill Park

10 North Water Street 

South Elgin

South Elgin’s 15th Annual Riverfest is offering everything from Fireworks to a living Civil War reenactment and much more! Make sure to join us for Trolley Rides and the Craft Show!

For more information, please call 847-774-1151 or visit http://riverfestexpress.net.  

 

August 19-21 & August 27-28

Day Out With Thomas the Tank

Illinois Railway Museum

7000 Olsen Road 

Union

The Day Out with Thomas includes one train ride with “Thomas the Tank Engine” and unlimited rides on all other trains and streetcars. There will also be puppet shows, live music, and magic shows. All Museum exhibits will be open for exploring!  For more information, please call 815-923-4000 or visit

http://www.irm.org.

 

August 21
7th Annual Wright Ride
Downtown Oak Park
Westgate & Marion Streets
Oak Park
Come enjoy the charm, beauty and architectural character of the near western suburbs of Chicago.  The Wright Ride is a fun, interesting bike tour of the western suburbs with notes about landmark architecture along the route.  We will have great food and drinks at rest stops along the way.  Route options this year include 17, 30, 50, and 62 miles.  The starting point is in downtown Oak Park, at the corner of Marion St and Westgate.   For more information, please visit www.oakparkcycleclub.org/wright_ride.
August 24-28

Will County Fair

Will County Fairgrounds

710 West Street

Peotone 
Our local fair includes livestock judging as well as arts and crafts judging. Free family entertainment tent. Carnival, food, grandstand entertainment and commercial exhibits and a beer tent. For more information, please call 708-258-9359 or visit www.willcountyfair.org.

 


NORTHERN

 

June 3-5

Rochelle Railroad Days

Rochelle Railroad Park

124 North 9th Street

Rochelle

Celebrate the pivotal role the railroad has played in the history of Rochelle and its development. Activities include hobo musicians, railroadiana displays, train rides, vendors, food booths, and more.  For more information call 815-562-4189 or go to www.rochellerailroadpark.org/rrdays.html.  

 

June 4 -5
AIRFEST 2011 – CHICAGO ROCKFORD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Chicago Rockford International Airport

60 Airport Drive

Rockford

AirFest 2011 will host the United States Navy Blue Angels, the U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team, the U.S. Navy F-18 Super Hornet and the U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle Demo Team. Also featured are civilian performers and static displays. For more information, please call (815) 969-4000, or visit www.flyrfd.com/airfest.html.

 

June 4 – 5

Ottawa’s 2 Rivers Wine and Jazz Festival

Jordan Block Park

Along the Illinois Riverfront

Ottawa

Nearly 30 vintners from across Illinois, a host of jazz musicians, scheduled cooking and wine demonstrations, fine antiques, botanicals, crafts and more will be showcased to kick off the summer season. Cheers to an amazing weekend of Illinois wine, food and jazz!  For more information, please call
815-434-2737 or visit www.ottawa2riverswinefest.com.

 

June 10, July 8
Music on Chicago
Chicago Avenue between Stephenson and Main Streets
Freeport
Enjoy Freeport’s historic downtown with this music fest featuring two bands, great food and a beer garden. Hours are 5 pm to 11 pm and admission is $5.  For more information, please call 815-232-9000 or visit www.stephenson-county-il.org/events.aspx.

 

June 11 – 12
1900 America Chautauqua – Midway Village Museum

Midway Village Museum
6799 Guilford Road

Rockford

Imagine a world without radio, television, movies, cell phones or computers…How would you get your information about world events, famous people or popular entertainment? The answer in 1900 was a live Chautauqua event that came to your town but once a year. The “1900 America Chautauqua” offers two days of rich entertainment and interactive history programs for visitors of all ages. For more information, please call (815) 397-9112, or visit www.midwayvillage.com/event_calendar.cfm?id=1006.

 

June 11 – 15

10th Annual Heritage Tractor Adventure

Grundy County Fairgrounds

8890 N Route 47 

Morris

Join 300 vintage tractors as they make their way through the communities of the Illinois and Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor for food, entertainment and fun!  New this year is a tractor pull on Sunday, June 12 with Max Armstrong, WGN Radio 720 AM Ag reporter announcing the event.  After the pull there will be dinner, commencing with the Max and Orion (Samuelson) show.  Other stops along the route include Streator, Ottawa, Marseilles and Carbon Hill.  For a complete list of events and how to participate please visit the website.  For more information, please call 866-6-TRACTOR or visit

www.HeritageTractorAdventure.com.

 

 

June 17-19, 2011 

Great Galena Balloon Race

Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa

444 Eagle Ridge Drive

Galena

A spectacular three-day event with more than 20 hot air balloons. Observe the balloons taking flight in two balloon races and lighting up the night with glow extravaganzas. Stroll through a car show, enjoy live music, and participate in activities for the whole family. The Friday night Alefest boasts more than two hundred varieties of Ales and spirits. For more information, please call 800-892-2269 or visit

www.greatgalenaballoonrace.com.  

 

June 18
SWEDISH HISTORICAL SOCIETY MIDSOMMAR FEST

Erlander Home Museum
404 South 3rd Street

Rockford

Celebrate Scandinavia’s Midsommar Fest in Rockford, Illinois. The Festival will be held in Haight Village by the Erlander Home Museum. Enjoy food, music, dancing, Maypole, entertainment, vendors, children’s activities, a Kubb tournament and more. For more information, please call 815-966-1218, or visit www.swedishhistorical.org.

 

June 25, 2011 

Top of Illinois Wine Festival

East-side Galena Riverfront

101 Bouthhillier Street

Galena

Taste and enjoy the magnificent wines from more than a dozen Northern Illinois wineries. Fee of $15 includes glass, wristband and five tasting tickets, additional tasting tickets can be purchased for $1. Designated drivers will receive a special wristband. Please bring a valid photo ID. Bring lawn chairs, picnic blankets and sunblock to ensure a wonderful day. Please NO bottle openers or on-premises bottle consumption.  For more information, please visit www.topofilwinefest.info.

 

June 25, 2011 

1st Annual Summitfest

Chestnut Mountain Resort

8700 West Chestnut Road

Galena

A Summertime fare of live entertainment by Edgar Gabriel’s Stringfusion and fine cuisine at the top of Chestnut Mountain. Dance the evening away while the sun sets on beautiful vistas along the Mississippi River. Admission includes entertainment and dinner.  For more information, please call 800-397-1320 or visit www.chestnutmtn.com/events_calendar_detail.cfm?eventID=214.

 

June 25-26

WWII Historical Re-enactment

Elks Page Park

7883 South Lowell Park Road

Dixon 

Over 100 re-enactors will be present to provide a living history to honor the sacrifices of WWII.  The general plan of activities includes arrival & set-up on Friday and on Saturday the area will be open to the public to view encampments and two “battles” will take place. A USO style dance will take place in the evening.  Militaria vendors will be on site along with large pieces of American & German armored vehicles and other large original pieces of equipment.  Food stands will be available.  For more information, please visit www.worldwartwohrs.org.

 

June 30 – July 4

Dixon Petunia Festival

Galena & Hennepin Ave

Dixon

Come to the Petunia Capitol of Illinois for this annual celebration in the hometown of President Ronald Reagan. Many new additions to the 47th annual Petunia Festival, which this year will feature more than 30 events such as a ski show, Reagan sand sculpture, pancakes in the park, kids & family events, live musical entertainment, a parade & fireworks. Check the website for dates & times of events.  For more information, please call 815-284-3361 or visit www.petuniafestival.org.

 

July 2-3, 2011 

Star-Spangled Shenandoah Pro Rodeo and Fireworks

Shenandoah Riding Center

200 N. Brodrecht Road

Galena

Enjoy two rough ridin’ rodeos with non-stop thrills and spills, laughter and family fun. Bring your lawn chair or blanket for hillside seating. Rain or shine.  For more information, please call 815-648-1971 or visit www.bighatrodeo.com.

 

July 9-10

Whiteside County Barn Tour

Tour starts at Fulton Windmill

1st Street & 10th Avenue

Fulton

The Whiteside County Barn Tour will take place in western Whiteside County and will start along the banks of the Mississippi River in Fulton at De Immigrant Windmill & Cultural Center.  The tour will include 8 historic barns, draft horses, working dairy operation, antique farm machinery and more. The Whiteside County Cattleman’s Association will have lunch available at a barn site. For more information, please call 877-629-3276 or go to www.whitesidecfb.org.

 

July 9-10
Gardens United Garden Walk
Throughout the Freeport Area
Freeport
Some of the finest gardens in the Freeport area are opened for touring. The gardeners generously present their creative efforts for the pleasure of the public. Walk through the gardens and enjoy the colorful scenery. Visit with the gardeners and get advice from Master Gardeners. Plus enjoy a plant and garden sale at one of the gardens as well as a silent auction of garden related items. The hours both days are 9 am to 3 pm. Admission is $10. Gardens United benefits the Assault and Abuse Services of Stephenson County.  For more information, please call 815-232-7200 or visit
www.stephenson-county-il.org/events.aspx.

 

July 12-17
Stephenson County Fair

Stephenson County Fairgrounds
2250 S. Walnut Road
Freeport
Old fashioned county fair, with food, carnival rides, animals, entertainment, tractor pulls, Home Ec displays, youth night, musical entertainment, commercial exhibits, 4-H and more. Tuesday: Youth Night/Queen Pageant. Wednesday: Tony Petersen’s Hell Drivers. Thursday and Friday: Lucas Oil Tractor Pulls. Saturday: SHA NA NA with opening act the Mad Men. Sunday: Demo Derby.   For more information, please call 815-235-2918 or visit www.stephensoncofair.com.

 

July 14 – 17
Old Settlers Days

Settlers Park
E. Hawick Street

Rockton

Bring the whole family for the parade, music, carnival rides, Trading Post, food booth, fireworks and more at this annual festival. A parade kicks off at on Saturday. Watch fireworks on Sunday evening. For more information, please call (815) 624-4211, or visit www.oldsettlersdays.com.

July 15-17

Oregon Trail Days Festival

Lowden State Park

1411 North River Road

Oregon

Oregon Trail Days commemorates the 100th anniversary of one of their most cherished works of art, the Black Hawk Statue. This exciting event will feature Native American dancing, a Wild West Cowboy show with roping and gun tricks, Tipi camping, covered wagon rides, children’s activities, food vendors and merchants selling Native American and Cowboy art. Other activities include musical entertainment, 8 K run, canoe rally and rafting on the Rock River.  There will even be a chance to go inside the Black Hawk Statue (only open during the once a year festival) with the small fee going toward the statue’s restoration. For additional information please visit www.oregontraildays.org.

 

August 5-7 
42nd Annual Threshing and Antique Show
Stephenson County Fairgrounds
2250 South Walnut
Freeport
The Stephenson County Antique Engine Club proudly presents this annual event, “The Freeport Show”. It offers over 300 antique steam and horse-powered engines and equipment, and gas engines. This year’s feature is Case Equipment.  A variety of large and small steam engines will be in operation; there will be threshing demonstrations with both steam and gas tractors, and working demonstrations throughout the show grounds.  For more information, please call 815-235-2198 or visit www.thefreeportshow.com.

 

August 11 – 14
64th Annual Mendota Sweet Corn Festival
Downtown Mendota
Mendota
The Mendota Area Chamber of Commerce is preparing for the gigantic undertaking of hosting over 60,000 visitors, who consume nearly 50 tons of sweet corn during the festival weekend. Plenty of entertainment events for the entire family.  Free musical entertainment, crafters marketplace and flea market feature over 200 dealers.  Queen pageant, beer garden with live bands, grand parade and a carnival with rides and games for people of all ages.  The midways are lined with food booths, featuring a multitude of ethnic, regional and festival foods, but the “BIG EVEVT” is the serving of the free Del Monte sweet corn on Sunday afternoon.  For more information, please call 815-539-6507 or visit
www.sweetcornfestival.com.

 

August 13 
Cruise Night
Downtown Freeport
Join in an old-fashioned cruise through downtown with live music, food, burn out contest, muffler rapping contest, food and fun.  The hours are 4 pm to 11 pm.  For more information, please call
866-279-1350 or visit www.stephenson-county-il.org/events.aspx.

 

August 13

Wingfest VII

Sinsinawa Avenue

East Dubuque

Partake in the biggest annual chicken wing cook-off contest in the state. Some of the highlights include live music by local artists, beer tastings and many different varieties of wings to try. Bring the kiddies to play on the free inflatable toys and participate in games and contests.  For more information, please call
815-747-6249 or visit www.edboosters.com.

 


CENTRAL

June 1 -5

Spingfest

1615 Georgetown Rd, Illinois Route 1

Tilton

The Danville Jaycees will hold it 31st annual Springfest, Amusement rides, car show, Baby contest, Music, Talent Show, Fun Factory. The only cost is to participate in some of the events and to pay for the rides.  For more information, please call 217-304-1046 or visit www.danvillejaycees.org.

 

June 3-12

Macon County Fair

Decatur Macon County Fairgrounds

3700 North Westlawn

Decatur

Carnival and many free events including elephant shows, reptile shows and Fine Art/Photography Exhibits.  For more information, please call 217-877-8941 or visit www.maconcountyfair.net.

 

June 4

Amish Country Strawberry Jam

Downtown Arthur

Arthur

Strawberry pie, strawberry games, Craft show, flea market, commercial vendors and food booths all with a strawberry theme plus a bluegrass jam. Saturday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. in downtown Arthur. For more information, please  call 1-800-72-AMISH or visit www.ArthurFestivals.com.

 

June 10 – August 15

History Comes Alive

Abraham Lincoln historic sites and throughout downtown Springfield

Springfield

During “History Comes Alive,” Springfield visitors will enjoy a wide array of free interpretive experiences at multiple Lincoln historic sites including:  Lincoln Home National Historic Site, Old State Capitol, Lincoln-Herndon Law Office, Lincoln Depot and Vachel Lindsay Home as well as the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. In addition, costumed interpreters will host a variety of programs throughout the historic downtown area.  For more information, please call 800-545-7300 or visit

www.visit-springfieldillinois.com/historycomesalive.

 

June 5 – 12

50th Annual International Carillon Festival

Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon – Washington Park

1021 South Grand Avenue West
Springfield

The Carillon Festival, celebrating their 50th anniversary in 2011, will bring carillonneurs from 7 countries around world playing free concerts on this world-class instrument the week of June 5-12, culminating with an extravagant fireworks display on Saturday, June 11. Come enjoy the beautiful music of the bells at this family friendly event.  For more information, please call 217-753-6219 or visit

www.carillon-rees.org.

 

June 10-12

Civil War Medical Encampment

Old State Capitol

1 Old State Capitol Plaza, Downtown Springfield 

Springfield

The entire Old State Capitol grounds will be transformed into a Civil War field hospital complete with re-enactors, camp life and activities for the entire family during the third annual Civil War Medical Encampment. The Encampment will focus on issues related to health and medicine during the Civil War. For more information, please call 217-785-7960 or visit www.illianacivilwar.org.

 

June 13, July 11, and August 8

Downtown Champaign Streetfest

Downtown Champaign

Champaign

Join us for the Streetfest Festival! Come dance and enjoy downtown Champaign. There will be live music by Cassandra and the Gravel Road Band. Free and Open to all. For more information, please call 217- 398-2550 or visit www.champaignparkdistrict.com.

 

June 13-19

Tate & Lyle Players Championship

Hickory Point Golf Club

727 Weaver Road

Decatur

The LPGA’s Duramed Futures Tour has been in Decatur for many years. The Tate & Lyle Championship is an official event and the longest stop with the largest purse on the tour. The competition will feature a four day, all caddied, 72-Hole Stroke Play Professional Tournament.  For more information, please call 217-421-7444 or visit www.tateandlyleplayerschampionship.com.

 

June 17-19

41st Annual Taste of Champaign-Urbana

West Side Park

400 West University

Champaign

The Champaign Park District’s premiere festival of the summer is here! Make the best out of your summer. There will be music that meets everyone’s taste. Artist and crafters will showcase their work. Creative crafts such as pottery, paintings, jewelry, ceramics, and more. Ticket can be use for food and activities in the event. For more information, please call 217-398-2550 or visit www.champaignparkdistrict.com.

 

June 18

Strawberry Jam 2011

Meadowbrook Park

West Windsor Road

Urbana

Join us for a summertime tradition. Enjoy folk music and free strawberries. Audience must bring chair or blanket to seat on and also pack a picnic dinner. You will be able to take a tour of the park or gardens. FREE and open to all. For more information, please call 217-384-4062 or visit www.www.urbanaparks.org.

 

June 23 – August 7

Illinois Shakespeare Festival

The Theatre at Ewing Manor

48 Sunset Road

Bloomington

Enjoy Shakespeare under the stars!  Experience the intimate atmosphere of historic Ewing Manor and see the Bard’s work brought to life.  The Illinois Shakespeare Festival is regarded as one of the top Shakespearian festivals in the nation.  For more information, please call 309-438-8974 or visit www.thefestival.org.  

 

June 25 & 26, 2011

ARTS IN THE PARK

Lincoln Park

900 W. English

Danville, IL 61832

Two full days of continuous on-stage performances, over 50 artists booths, “Art on Wheels” classic car show, Historic Lamon House Tour, children’s Circle are tent, and festival food all under the century old trees of historic Lincoln Park.  For more information, please call 1-800-383-4386 or visit www.artsinthepark.us.

 

July 1 – 31

29th Annual Midwest Heritage Quilt Show

Vermilion County Museum

116 N. Gilbert Street

Danville

Quilts and quilted items in 15 categories.  A judged show with ribbon awards.  For more information, please call 217-442-2922 or visit www.vermilioncountymuseum.org.

 

July 2

Arthur Freedom Celebration

Downtown Arthur, Illinois  61911

The holiday celebration begins with a patriotic parade at 1 p.m. in downtown Arthur.

Then move to Jurgens Park on the south edge of Arthur for flyovers, parachutes, music, helicopter rides, inflateables, food, Fireworks, and more. For more information, please call 1-800-72-AMISH or visit www.ArthurFestivals.com.

 

July 2-4

Lakeside Music & Arts Festival

Nelson Park

2301 East Lakeshore Drive

Decatur

Celebrate the 4th with FLAIR!  On the 2nd we have Fore On The Floor car show with Captain Rat and the Blind Rivets playing starting at 5 – 7.  Music and art festival on the 2nd and 3rd…Juried art show sponsored by Gallery 510.  Children’s activities along with six bands performing each day.  Lighted boat parade at dusk…and so much more. Fireworks begin at approximately 9:30 p.m. on the 4th.  For more information, please call 217-422-5911 or visit www.decatur-parks.org.

 

July 8-9

Taste of Downtown & American Music Show

Fifth & Washington Streets, Downtown Springfield

Springfield

Give your taste buds a treat when 20+ downtown restaurants showcase their specialty food items at this fun event for the whole family. Enjoy great music at the American Music Show and let the kids play during the many children’s activities. For more information, please call 217-544-1723

www.downtownspringfield.org.

 

July 9-10

Sugar Creek Arts Festival

Uptown Normal

North Street & Beaufort Street

Normal

The streets of Uptown Normal area painted with artists and art lovers alike during this annual festival.  The Sugar Creek Arts Festival features a combination of high-quality art, entertainment and food.  For more information, please call 309-829-0011 or visit www.mcaart.org.  

 

 

July 11–16

81st Annual Moultrie-Douglas County Fair

County Fairground

Arthur

The Moultrie-Douglas County Fair, one of the oldest, continuous fairs in Illinois, will mark its 81st Anniversary in 2011. Arthur, Illinois, will be the place to be from Monday, July 11th – Saturday, July 16th, 2011. The Fair will feature Little Mr. & Jr. Miss Pageants, Miss & Little Miss Fair Queen Pageants, tractor pulls, demolition derbies, livestock shows, agriculture and fine arts exhibits, a midway carnival, beer tent with entertainment, and grandstand entertainment.  For more information, please call 1-800-72-AMISH or visit www.moultriedouglascountyfair.com.

 

July 15-16

Ain’t Nothin’ But The Blues Festival

General Electric Employees Club

1750 General Electric Road

Bloomington

The Ain’t Nothin’ But The Blues Festival has been keeping the blues alive and kicking in Central Illinois.  This festival has grown from a one-day affair with five artists to a two-day, 5,000-plus attendee open air extravaganza with the biggest blues names in the country.  For more information, please call 309-310-9466 or visit www.aintnothinbuttheblues.com.

 

July 16

Cruise In

Chevrolet Hall of Fame Museum

3635 US Route 36 East

Decatur

Annual Charity Classic Cruise benefiting the Reach Foundation.  The Museum is the home to a spectacular collection of Chevrolet automobiles and memorabilia.  More than 50 Chevrolets are on display including a collection of Corvettes and Camaros.   For more information, please call 217-454-4583 or visit www.chevrolethalloffamemuseum.com.

 

July 16-17

Civil War Days & Lincoln’s Bloomington Festival

David Davis Mansion

1000 West Monroe Drive

Bloomington

The McLean County Museum of History, David Davis Mansion, Burr House, Vrooman Mansion and other sites will host Civil War re-enactors, traditional craft demonstrations, children’s activities, musical performances, talks and tours.  For more information, please call 309-828-1084 or visit www.daviddavismansion.org.

 

August 4-7

Decatur Celebration

Downtown Decatur

Decatur

This is the Midwest’s most exciting family street festival. The massive event blankets the downtown with events, arts and crafts, entertainment, carnival rides and over 60 unique food booths.  There is something exciting around every corner.  .  For more information, please call 217-423-4222 or visit

www.decaturcelebration.com.

 

August 12 – 21

Illinois State Fair

Illinois State Fairgrounds

Springfield

If you’re looking for adventure, thrills, top name entertainment and the best agriculture exhibition in the country, the Illinois State Fair is the place to be. From Harness Racing, Conservation World and Ethnic Village to the All American High Dive Show, Happy Hallow-Welcome to the Jungle, the Illinois Wine Experience and every type of food you can imagine, the fair promises a great time for the whole family.   For more information, please call 217/782-6661 or visit www.agr.state.il.us/isf/.

 

August 25-28

Half Century of Progress V Farm Show

Rantoul

Enjoy four days of exciting farming activities and demonstrations during this famous show at the former Chanute Air Field in Rantoul, Illinois.  There will be a parade, daily field demos, tractor pulls, food and fun for the entire family.  See the BIG flag, BIG blue and the BIG four.   For more information, please visit www.halfcenturyofprogress.org.

 

August 26-27

The 36th Urbana Sweetcorn Festival

111 West Main Street

Urbana

Enjoy a sunny day with your family and friends. During the Festival, there will be hot and buttery sweetcorn. There will also be inflatable rides, games, shows, and some baby animals form the Scoville zoo. The festival will start on Friday at 5pm until 11pm and Saturday from 11am until 11pm. FREE admission. Open to all. For more information, please call 217-344-3872 or visit http://urbanabusiness.com/events/sweetcorn.

 

August 27-28

Sweet Corn Blues Festival

North Street & Beaufort Street

Normal

Over 50,000 ears of sweet corn, sidewalk sales, arts, crafts and flea market vendors await you on the streets of Uptown Normal during the Sweet Corn Blues Festival!  Come out and enjoy the fun, food and some of the best blues music around.  For more information, please call 309-433-3420 or visit www.uptownnormal.com.

 

WESTERN

June 4-5

Lincoln Days Civil War Reenactment

Lake Pittsfield

Pittsfield

The annual 2-day reenactment of the Civil War held at Lake Pittsfield annually on the first full weekend in June.  Open to the public are artillery, cavalry and infantry drills, the civil war battle begins at 3pm along with a veteran’s service and a ladies tea.  Reenactments held on both Saturday and Sunday.  For more information, please call 217-285-6995 or visit www.pikelincoln.com.

 

June 6-11

Gumbo Ya Ya – Mardi Gras in The District

120 16 ½ Street

Rock Island

Join in on the fun, food and music during this annual festival featuring Cajun food, authentic southern Louisiana music on two stages, Mardi Gras children’s activities, and a French Quarter marketplace. For more information, please call 309-788-6311 or visit www.ridistrict.com.

 

June 10, 14, July 8, 22, August 12, 26

Blues in the District Concerts

5th & Maine Street

Quincy

Regional and local blues bands provide free outdoor performances in Quincy’s historic

Washington Park.  Food vendors available or bring your own refreshments. Celebrating blues music in a venue appealing to all ages. The concerts are held on the 2nd and 4th Friday’s all summer long from 5pm to 9pm.  For more information please call 217-228-8696 or visit www.downtownquincy.com.

 

June 11, 5, July 9, 23, August 13, 27

Kayak Quincy

Front & Cedar Streets

Quincy

2-hour sea kayak guided tours and rentals are available on the Quincy Bay and Mississippi River from June to September on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month.  Guided sessions are held at 9am, 1pm and 4pm by a certified ACA instructor.  For more information, please call 217-214-3700 or visit www.seequincy.com

 

June 17 – 19

43rd Annual Music and Craft Festival

Geneseo City Park

Corner of Center Street and Main Street

Geneseo

Fine arts and food vendors will fill City Park with a wide variety of handmade products from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.  The Rotary Queen Contest and Family Fun Night will be held on Friday followed by a concert by Ellis Kell.  Musical performances held throughout the day on Saturday.  Sunday starts with the Gen-Air pancake breakfast followed by a worship service in the park and a big parade at 2 PM.  For more information, please call 309-944-2686 or visit www.geneseo.org.

 

June 17-19

General Grierson Days & Veterans Remembered Historic Celebration

Community Park

West Morton Avenue

Jacksonville

Largest mounted Civil War re-enactment in the Midwest.  Major battle re-enactments, full period dress grand ball, exhibits, food and period vendors or “suttlers”. Also, tours of the Grierson home, grave site, Governor Duncan Mansion and Woodlawn Farm. A free educational, fun event for the whole family.  For more information, please call 217-243-4003 or visit www.griersonsociety.com.

 

June 23-25  

Heritage Days

Chandler Park

East Carroll Street

Macomb

Come enjoy a carnival, craft, flea, food, and non-profit vendors, free entertainment, window displays, and a parade June 25 at 10:00 AM.  This year we are celebrating the 150 Anniversary of the Civil War.  For more information please call 309.833.1315 or visit www.Makeitmacomb.com.

 

June 26

Blossoms at Butterworth Center

1105 8th Street

Moline                                                                                                                                                                               Enjoy the splendor of Butterworth Center’s impressive gardens with old-fashioned music, games of the 1800s, jugglers, antique auto show, and free guided tours of both the Butterworth Center mansion and the Deere Wiman Mansions, once home to the John Deere family.  For more information, please call 309-743-2700 or visit www.butterworthcenter.com.

 

June 24-26

Midsummer Arts Faire

5th & Maine Street

Quincy

Held in Washington Park in downtown Quincy, this juried fine arts exhibition and sale provides entertainment and performing arts all weekend. Free admission with hours held on Friday, 5-9pm, Saturday 10-9pm and Sunday 11-4pm.  For more information please call 217-737-1677 or visit www.artsfaire.org.

 

June 25

Baxter’s Vineyards Annual Home Winemaking Contest

2010 E. Parley Street

Nauvoo

Celebrate the art of home winemaking at the 17th annual competition held at the state’s oldest winery.  Baxter’s Vineyards in historic Nauvoo hosts the competition open to the public.  For more information please call 217-453-2528 or visit www.nauvoowinery.com.

 

July 1-4

4th of July Celebration & Parade

Nichols Park

Holken Brink Drive

Jacksonville

Weekend long celebration at Nichols Park.  Parade, concessions, kids events, tournaments, live entertainment, fireworks and more.  For more information, please visit www.jacksonvilleil4th.com.

 

July 4-10

John Deere Classic PGA Tour Event

3100 Heather Knoll

Silvis

Come experience the fun, excitement of the John Deere Classic PGA Tour Event played at TPC Deere Run golf course.  Now in its 39th year on the PGA Tour the John Deere Classic features professional practice rounds on Monday and Tuesday with free admission all day.  Wednesday is the Pro-am and Thursday through Sunday are the official tournament rounds.  For moreinformation, please call 800-336-4655 or visit www.johndeereclassic.com.

 

July 5-10

64th Morgan County Fair

Morgan County Fair Grounds

110 North Westgate

Jacksonville

Carnival, food, live entertainment and a Friday night performance by country star Justin Moore of hits “If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away”, “Backwoods”, and “Small Town USA”. Saturday night performance by country legend Charlie Daniels Band singers of hits “The Devil Went Down To Georgia,” “In America” and “Still In Saigon”.   For more information, please call 217-245-6800 http://themorgancountyfair.com/.

 

July 9

21st Annual Country Antique Market

Colony School Lawn

West Main Street

Bishop Hill

Quality antiques (early country, primitives, folk art, pottery, textiles) on lawn of Colony School.  Over 50 dealers from seven states will be available.  For more information, please call 309-927-3042 or visit www.bishophill.com.

 

July 21-24

Train Festival 2011

100 17th Street

Rock Island

Train Festival 2011 is a four-day rail themed festival featuring steam and diesel engine train rides, model railroads, food and rail vendors, and entertainment for all ages.  The festival takes place right on the Mississippi River at the beautiful, new Schwiebert Riverfront Park. For tickets and information, please call 309-277-0937 or visit www.trainfestival2011.com.

 

July 28-29

Robbie McEvers Memorial Golf Tournament

The Links

319 Holken Brink Dr

Jacksonville

This free tournament for junior golfers, attracts over 350 players each year.  For more information, please call 217-473-8106 or visit www.mceversgolf.org/index.html.

 

August 12-13

Ya Maka My Weekend

120 16 ½ Street

Rock Island                                                                                                                                                             

This celebration of Caribbean culture features nationally known and regional reggae and steel drum bands, along with an open-air marketplace offering authentic island wares. Enjoy Caribbean foods, sand volleyball tournaments and a children’s craft area. The family area, featuring a pirate costume contest, limbo contests and street performers, is another highlight of this summer festival. For more information, please call 309-788-6311 or visit www.ridistrict.com.

 

August 19 – 21

Clay and Fiber Fest

VagnHall Galleri

203 Bishop Hill Street

Bishop Hill

Demonstrations and hands on activities will be offered featuring pottery styles and workshop, spinning, weaving, and broom making.  Hands-on activities include weaving and spinning.  Soup Supper available Saturday.  VagnHall Galleri Special Exhibit and Contest.  For more information, please call 309-927-3008 or visit www.bishophill.com.

 

August 20

9th Annual Main Street Fest and Car Show

Downtown Cambridge

Prospect Street

Cambridge

Early morning Cambridge downtown streets begin to fill with cars, trucks and motorcycles.  Many family fun events are scheduled throughout the day including “Just for Fun” dog show, bake sales, cow patty bingo, and so much more.  New this year is the Wapsi Wranglers Old West Re-enactment Show, which will be held in the Heritage Village.  The evening ends with the adult only street dance downtownFor more information, please call 309-937-2633 or visit www.cambridgemainstreet.org.

SOUTHERN

June 3 – August 26

Carbondale Community Friday Night Fair

On the Town Square

Route 51 North and Route 13 West

Carbondale

Every Friday is a back to basics community event featuring local, home grown and handmade products and services and a place to learn about the businesses, organizations and people of Carbondale, IL.  Have fun, eat good food, be entertained and support locally produced, environmentally conscious products and services.  Purchase a variety of local products including handmade crafts and local produce.  Enjoy fresh food from the Food Court and live entertainment.  Bring the entire family!  Activities and childcare available at the Kids Korner!  For more information, please call 618-529-8040 or visit  www.carbondaledawf.com/friday_fair.html.

 

June 4

The Taste of Tunnel Hill Trail Bike Ride & Wine Festival

Vienna City Park off Hwy. 146, location of the Tunnel Hill Trail Headquarters

Vienna, IL.

Offering rides of 16-95 miles and originate at the Vienna City Park adjacent to the Tunnel Hill Trail. $25 fee includes event bag & t-shirt, and a chance for other prizes.  Riders take off after 8am and finish by 3pm  Wine & food festival in the park from 11am to 8pm offering local foods, wines, arts & crafts and music.  For more information, please call 800-248-4373 or visit www.tunnelhilltrail.com.    

 

June 5th – 25th

Southern Illinois Music Fest

Southern Illinois University

Carbondale

The 7th annual Southern Illinois Music Festival features dozens of performances in venues from Mt. Vernon to Cairo and Murphysboro to Marion and of course Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois, the heart of the Festival. Musicians from throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia perform orchestral and chamber music, opera, ballet, jazz, and new music, in an informal and inviting atmosphere.  For more information, please call 618-453-2776 or visit www.sifest.com.

 

June 9-12 

Superman Celebration  

Uptown Metropolis, IL. 

Superman visits with fans from around the world.  Tour the Super Museum, Comic art gallery, enjoy fan films, celebrity appearances & autograph sessions, Superman Road Race, Super Trek Bike Ride, super car show, kids games, live music, $1000 costume contest, carnival and lots more.  For more information, please call 800-248-4373 or visit www.supermancelebration.net.

 

June 18

Daughters of the American Revolution “Honoring Our Veterans” Parade & Statue Dedication

Downtown Mt. Vernon

101 South 7th Street

Mt. Vernon

The theme for the parade is “We Have Spirit”.  This parade is a part of a celebration that includes the dedication of a statue to honor Illinois veterans with emphasis on women veterans to be placed at the C.E. Brehm Memorial Library.  The statue represents the likeness of Major Tammy Duckworth, Iraqi war veteran, and Molly Pitcher, Revolutionary War, and is commissioned by the Illinois State Organization of the National Society DAR by Luanne Frosch Bruckner, DAR State Regent.  For more information, please call 618-242-3151 or visit www.mtvernon.com.

 

June 21-26

Archery Tournaments & Festival

Mermet Lake Fish & Wildlife Area off Hwy. 45 in Massac County

Tournaments for men and women in several categories, with targets designed to simulate a variety of hunting situations for archery enthusiasts.

An archery festival with archery and outdoor manufacturers showing their newest and latest products, special seminars and presentations, youth programs and bow hunting activities for young and old.  It also features a practice range and a chance to watch and meet some of the sport’s top professionals.  These events will provide bow hunters the opportunity to talk and share experience with fellow archers, learn about the newest equipment and improve shooting skills.  For more information, please call 800-248-4373 or visit www.metropolistourism.com.

 

June 23- 26

DeSoto Daze Community Festival

700 West Main

DeSoto

Community festival featuring the awesome DeSoto Daze Custom Car Show (cars from in state and out of state), talent show, co-ed softball tournament, yard sale/craft sale, parade, gospel sing, karaoke, pet show, horseshoe and washer contests, firemen’s water fight, talent show, food vendors, pony rides, children’s activities and MORE.  Grab the family, grab your friends – Come join the fun!  For more information, please call 618-867-2315 or visit www.villageofdesoto.com/desotodaze.html.

 

 

June 25th

Jackson County Shriner’s Rodeo

Grand Tower Fairgrounds

Grand Tower

Rodeo will include bull riding, bronco riding, barrel racing and junior steer riding. This is a fantastic event in the small Mississippi River community of Grand Tower …alive with excitement!  Event begins at 7:00 pm.  For more information, please call 618-687-1100. 

 

June 25

Elizabethtown Homecoming Festival

Justin Livingston Memorial Park

Elizabethtown

Held the last Saturday in June along the Ohio River.  The celebration includes a parade, games, car show, live music, lots of barbeque, and a great fireworks display to end the evening.  Come join the festivities for a day of fun and entertainment, and take a ride on the Shawnee Queen River Taxi.  For more information, please call 800-248-4373 or visit www.hardincountyil.org.

 

July 4

July 4th Salute to Freedom

Mt. Vernon Airport

100 Aviation Drive

Mt. Vernon

Festivities include food vendors, entertainment, kids’ games, and fireworks. For more information, please call 618-242-3151 or visit www.mtvernon.com.

 

July 9-16

Williamson County Fair

Williamson County Fairgrounds 

101 North Fair Street

Marion

More fun for everyone at the year’s Williamson County Fair! It’s the longest continuous running county fair in the state of Illinois! And you can be part of all the festivities! Entertainment for 2011 includes county acts LoCash Cowboys and Justin Moore in the Entertainment Barn! 80′s party band Brat Pack! Local rockers Revis! and Christian bands Awaken and City Serenade! Two demolition derbies! Motocross! Bull Riding! Horse Shows! Barrel Racing! Harness Racing! And to top it all off, a brand new carnival has been added to the grounds this year, Family Attractions Amusements from Texas!  For more information, please call 618-751-9318 or visit www.williamsoncountyillinoisfair.com.

 

August 5-6

Cobden Peach Festival   

Cobden

For more than 70 years, the Cobden Lions Club has sponsored this eagerly anticipated annual festival, celebrating the area peach harvest.  Enjoy fresh peaches from local orchards, carnival rides and games.  The crowning of the ‘Miss Peach Queen’ Contest highlights the event.  Homemade peach cobbler and pies, showcase the delicious peaches grown in local orchards.  On Saturday, a 5K run/walk and the parade through downtown Cobden round out the festivities.   Free admission.  For more information, please call 800-248-4373 or visit www.southernmostillinois.com.

SOUTHWEST

June 4 – 5

Summer Rendezvous

Fort de Chartres, Prairie du Rocher

Rendezvous is a re-creation of the traditional French fur trapper’s holiday of the eighteenth century, and this is one of the oldest and largest events of its kind in the United States. Join with the buckskinners, militiamen, artisans, and entertainers as they celebrate life in the shadows of the great fortress known as Fort de Chartres.  For more information, please call 618-284-7230 or visit www.ftdechartres.com.

 

June 25, July 30, August 27
Alton Block Party
Downtown Alton
Third Street
Alton
Third Street in Downtown Alton is where you will want to be for live music and dancing in the streets all summer long. Local restaurants and bars from the downtown area will band together to offer festival-goers a wide variety of food.  Live bands will keep the party going all night long!  For more information, please call 1-800-258-6645 or go to www.VisitAlton.com.

June 16, July 21 & August 18
Alton Summer Concert Series
Riverfront Amphitheater
#1 Henry Street
Alton
The Riverfront Amphitheater will be rockin’ all summer long with a free concert series the third Thursday of the month.  Southern Rock, country and some great tribute bands are set to take the stage.  Bring your lawn chair or spread out a blanket and enjoy live music with the rolling waters of the Mississippi River as a backdrop.  For more information, please call 1-800-258-6645 or go to www.RiverfrontAmphitheater.com.

 

June 11
Two Rivers Family Fishing Fair
Pere Marquette State Park
13112 Visitor Center Lane
Grafton
Do you want to learn to fish or become a better angler? The Two Rivers Family Fishing Fair offers fun and information for the entire family. The event includes fishing in the trout pond, trout pond, seminars on fishing and water safety, educational activities, make a cane pole, gifts, prizes and more.  For more information, please call 618-786-3323 or go to http://dnr.state.il.us.

 

June 25
Archeology Day
Center for American Archeology
100 Broadway Street
Kampsville
Join us for an exciting day of exploring the ancient past at one of Illinois’ oldest and largest archeology dig sites.  Activities will include tours of the Koster site, skills demonstrations and hands-on activities for all ages. Admission is free. All ages welcome. Rain or shine! For more information, call (618) 653-4316 or go to www.caa-archeology.org.

 

July 7, 14, 21 & 28
Twilight Thursdays
Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower
435 Confluence Drive
Hartford
Watch the sunset over the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers from 150 feet in the air at the Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower. Experience the breathtaking view of the landscape during the twilight hours.  Bring your camera to capture the beauty of the sun melting into the landscape.  For more information, call 618-251-9101 or visit www.ConfluenceTower.com.

 

August 7
Peach Festival
Pere Marquette Lodge & Conference Center
13653 Lodge Boulevard
Grafton
Got Peaches? Come and check out our 5th Annual Peach Festival and join other peach lovers as they celebrate the wonderful world of peaches. Just across the Illinois River, Calhoun County peaches are some of the sweetest, juiciest peaches you’ll ever taste.  Pick up your Calhoun County peaches by the peck, browse peach-themed vendors and artisans and enjoy live music and kid-friendly activities. Throughout the event, the Lodge Restaurant will feature drink specials and delectable peach treats. For more information, call 618-786-2331 or go to www.PMLodge.net.

 

August 17 – 21

American Thresherman Show

Perry County Fairgrounds

Pinckneyville

Steam and antique tractor show with horse pull, antique tractor pull and ITPA pulls. Day events include plowing with horses, steam engines and tractors. Sawmill, veneer mill, shingle mill and blacksmithing are all demonstrated. Wheat threshing with a Case 110 steam engine is featured along with six to eight other steam engines at the show. Shop the big flea market and see the tractor parade uptown on Thursday.  For more information, please call 618-357-3241 or visit www.americanthresherman.com.

 

August 19 – 20

Balloon Fest

Foundation Park

Centralia

It’s a weekend full of hot air – as in 40 hot air balloons that participate in races and competitions. The Main Stage has entertainment and visitors enjoy the craft fair, free children’s activities and games, cardboard boat races, food & concessions, demonstrations, “Idol” contest, washer tournament and much more.  For more information, please call 618-532-6789 or visit www.balloon-fest.com.

 

August 19 – 21

Spassfest

Schoendienst Field

Germantown

This annual event is 3 days of entertainment celebrating the town’s German heritage. Activities include continuous music, dancing, games, rides and basket bingo with plenty of German food and drinks.

For more information, please call 618-523-4202 or visit www.germantownil.com.

 

August 26-27

Midwest Salute to the Arts

Moody Park at Longacre

Fairview Heights

Salute is celebrating its 23rd year as a juried art show this summer. Visitors can browse and buy the one-of-a-kind jewelry, pottery, photography, painting, glass work and more produced by 100 artists. This is a wonderful way to introduce your children to fine art. They can even shop for a treasure made by the participating artists and priced for a kid-size budget.  For more information, please visit www.midwestsalute.com.

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