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Remembering Lincoln's "Undying Words"
11/22/14 - 12/31/15
Springfield
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Chicago History Museum have joined forces for exhibition on Lincoln’s greatest years. Abraham Lincoln uttered some of the most famous words in history. He spoke out against slavery, urged his countrymen to reject war and defended “government of the people, by the people, for the people.” The exhibition commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Civil War’s end and Lincoln’s death.
Lincoln’s Ghost Walk: Legends & Lore
3/10/15 - 10/31/15
Springfield
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.
2015 Vendor Markets at The Mill on 66 in Lincoln
4/11/15 - 10/10/15
Lincoln
On the second Saturday, April-October, at the historic Mill in Lincoln, located at 738 S. Washington, there will be a variety of vendors taking part in the first of monthly weekend flea markets during the tourist season, on the second Saturday, April through October, from 8am-5pm. Spaces are still available for $10 to $15 dollars for the day and throughout the season.
Pontiac Cruise Nights
5/16/15 - 8/15/15
Pontiac
Pontiac  Cruise Nights are some the best Cruise Nights in Central Illinois. These cruises are produced by a dedicated group of individuals that work year round. Pontiac Cruise Night is now in its 9th year and has become a major community event that brings everyone downtown to see and watch the cars of yesteryear. Pontiac Cruise Night's are held every 3rd Saturday in May, June, July and August in downtown Pontiac around the square.
Music of the Civil War
6/19/15 - 7/31/15
Pontiac
The Pontiac Museum complex is running a special series of summer performances Fridays through July 31st. 150 years ago, the Civil War enveloped the lives of all Americans. Their hardships, pain, sorrow, grief and strength are expressed in the songs of the era. A selection of the music is on display at the Selle-Agner exhibit, "Music of the Civil War." Come see and hear history come alive and learn why it has been said that "The Civil War was the only war fought to music!"
Logan County Fair
8/2/15 - 8/9/15
Lincoln
Long noted as “Illinois Cleanest and Best County Fair”. Offers horse racing, a midway, 4-H and agricultural displays, a fine arts exhibit, grandstand shows, fair foods and a demolition derby.
Illinois State Fair in Springfield
8/13/15 - 8/23/15
Springfield

You get everything you can possibly imagine when you attend the Illinois State Fair in Springfield this August, including top-notch performers at the grandstand shows, including Sammy Hagar, Justin Moore, Rascal Flatts, Hank Williams Jr. and many others!
2nd Annual Get Your 6.6 on Route 66
8/15/15
McLean

Get Your 6.6 on Route 66! Calling all running, walking, Route 66, and local history enthusiasts - come out Saturday, August 15, when CORE of McLean, holds a 6.6k (4.1-mile) run/walk to benefit the community of McLean, IL.
1st Route 66 Kiwanis Art Fair in Romeoville features Bob Waldmire Tribute
8/22/15
Romeoville

The inaugural Route 66 Kiwanis Art Fair in Romeoville, Illinois, on Aug. 22 will include a tribute to late Route 66 artist Bob Waldmire, and also will have a musical tribute to singer Nat King Cole, who popularized Bobby Troup’s song “(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66″. The fair will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 22 at the Edward Hospital Athletic and Event Center in Romeoville, and features live music, a children’s tent, food booths and giveaways. Proceeds will fund charities and scholarships for area youth programs.

Lincoln Balloon Festival
8/28/15 - 8/29/15
Lincoln
Enjoy the beautiful hot air balloon launches beginning Friday through Saturday evening, followed by the balloon glow at dusk. Enjoy tethered rides, live music, giant kites, food, carnival, family games and activities.
2015 Berwyn Route 66 Car Show
8/29/15
Berwyn

The Berwyn Route 66 Car Show is the area's best and biggest car show born from the rich automotive heritage of Berwyn's Historic Route 66. Berwyn's show takes visitors on a stroll through 500+ vintage and custom cars, trucks and motorcycles. Highlights include live music, automobile flamethrowing and a cacklefest of dragsters that will thrill spectators!
Central States Threshermen's Reunion
9/3/15 - 9/7/15
Pontiac
The Nation's second oldest gathering of antique and heritage steam and gasoline powered farm equipment, held in Pontiac, IL. Horse shows, tractor pulls, live entertainment, daily parade of power, and lots of things for the kids. This year will feature Minneapolis-Moline manufactured tractors.
Ride for the Relay 2015
9/5/15 - 9/16/15
Chicago
The 10th and final chapter of "Ride for the Relay" will leave the Navy Pier in Chicago on September 5 and travel all of Old Route 66 to Santa Monica.  The motorcyclists arrive in Santa Monica on September 16 and hopefully will have raised over $45,000 for the American Cancer Society to help find a Cure for Cancer.
Atlanta Fall Festival
9/11/15 - 9/12/15
Atlanta
The Atlanta town festival has a parade, carnival rides, car show, pie and cake baking contest and children's activities that provide entertainment for the whole family.
Dwight Harvest Days & Annual Basset Waddle
9/17/15 - 9/20/15
Dwight

Dwight's premiere annual event is a great time for the whole family. 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, car show, tractor show and hours of fun!
Abraham Lincoln National Railsplitting Festival
9/18/15 - 9/20/15
Lincoln
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.
GTO AA Regional All-Pontiac Cruise and Show
9/19/15 - 9/20/15
Pontiac
Hosted by the Heart of Illinois GTO Club, the Gateway GTO Club, the Windy City GTO club, and the Pontiac-Oakland Automobile Museum and Resource Center. Saturday: Private Collections Tour, Museum Tours, Cruise, Ice Cream Social, and Live Musical Revue Performance. Sunday: All Pontiac Car Show with expanded classes.

23rd Annual Threshermen's Bluegrass Festival
9/24/15 - 9/26/15
Pontiac
Held each year at Threshermens Park a few miles out of the city, this festival celebrates all things bluegrass. Nationally known entertainers, dancers, and festival food.  Bring your lawn chair, settle in, and enjoy the music!

14th Annual International Mother Road Festival
9/25/15 - 9/27/15
Springfield

Over 1,000 cool cars and 80,000 spectators will roll into the heart of Springfield's historic downtown September 25-27, 2015 for a weekend of family fun in the sun and non-stop live music and entertainment! Come celebrate the golden age of Route 66...the cars, the music, the food, the friends - all brought together along Illinois Route 66.
20th Anniversary Civil War Days at Dollinger Farms
10/17/15 - 10/18/15
Channahon
Dollinger Farms will be having their 20th Anniversary Civil War Days on October 17-18. Over 500 re-enactors participate in this annual event. Relive History with President Lincoln, or General Thomas. There are live horses, booming cannons, and a spectacular battle scene! Come experience a piece of American History at the "battlefield."
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