Elkhart Historical Society 2016 Winter Dinner Lecture Series
1/29/16 - 3/18/16
Elkhart, Illinois, The Elkhart Historical Society has announced that    “An Evening with Mark McDonald” will be the first of three scheduled dinner lectures at Elkhart’s Wild Hare Café which will start at 5:30pm on Friday January 29, 2016. McDonald has become a staple in many people’s television preferences due to his award winning, “Illinois Stories” program on PBS. (Note- the January 29th dinner lecture, “An Evening with Mark McDonald” sold out so quickly they have decided to add an additional night, Friday February 5, 2016 - tickets are still available for the February event).
The Midwest Tribute to the King Competition
2/5/16 - 2/6/16

Meet us at the Route 66 Hotel for 20th anniversary of the Midwest Tribute to the King! Elvis tribute artists compete for cash/prizes with a live band. Event is open to the public with admission fee's between $20 - $40.
David Davis Mansion Celebrates President Lincoln’s Birthday February 6th
Who was Old Buck? Why was Abraham Lincoln’s sense of humor so important? What role did Lincoln’s hat play in his political fortunes? Visitors will discover all that and more when the David Davis Mansion State Historic Site throws a birthday party for Lincoln on Saturday, Feb. 6.

From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., families can celebrate at the home of Lincoln’s close friend and political ally, Judge David Davis. Through tall tales and amusing stories, visitors will learn about Lincoln’s life and his relationship with Davis, who became a senator and Supreme Court justice. 
Ragtime The Musical
At the dawn of a new century, everything is changing ... and anything is possible. Ragtime returns to the road in an all-new touring production Directed & Choreographed by Marcia Milgrom Dodge and Produced by the team that most recently brought you The Addams Family, Spamalot, Rock of Ages and The Color Purple.
Free Admission Day at Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum offers two ways for children to learn about the 16th president at no charge this month. First, school groups can make free visits to the presidential library in February. Second, everyone – both children and adults – can visit for free on Feb. 12, Lincoln’s birthday.
Pure Prairie League with Firefall
Pure Prairie League became fan favorites in the 1970’s with radio hits like “Aimee”, “Two Lane Highway” and “Falling In and Out Of Love”, and are still going strong. Also appearing Firefall, known for “You Are The Woman”, “Mexico” “Cinderella” and other chart topping hits. 
The Chieftains with Paddy Maloney
Six-time Grammy Award winners, The Chieftains, have been highly recognized for reinventing traditional Irish music on a contemporary and International scale. After fifty years of making some of the most beautiful music in the world, The Chieftains' music remains as fresh and relevant as when they first began. 
Chicago Flower & Garden Show
3/12/16 - 3/20/16
Get ready for brilliant color, sweet fragrance and great gardening ideas at the annual Chicago Flower & Garden Show presented by Mariano's at Chicago’s Navy Pier. Over 20 feature gardens from top designers bring visitors the first joys of spring and exciting ways to "Do Green. Do Good." The Marketplace's 100 exhibitors is a shopper's paradise; the Kids Activity Garden is so much fun, kids don't realize how much they're learning about greening our world. Garden Gourmet features top chefs with cooking demos.
Spring Equinox Sunrise Observance at Reconstructed Woodhenge
The perfect, peaceful early-bird event at Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site. Meet at the reconstructed Woodhenge to hear an explanation of the discovery, form end function of this post-circle sun calendar. Arrive by 6:45 a.m. One of the greatest cities of the world, Cahokia was larger than London was in AD 1250.
10th Annual Illinois Route 66 Red Carpet Corridor Festival
5/7/16 - 5/8/16
The 10th Annual Red Carpet Corridor Festival traverses 13 Communities from Joliet to Towanda along a 90-mile stretch of Old Route 66 that collectively celebrates the Mother Road. Each town puts together its own events for the weekend, making for a great shopping and sight-seeing experience. Gather the family and take a trip down memory lane. Towns include Joliet, Elwood, Wilmington, Braidwood, Godley, Braceville, Gardner, Dwight, Odell, Pontiac, Chenoa, Lexington and Towanda.
2nd Annual Blue Carpet Corridor Festival
6/10/16 - 6/11/16

The 2nd annual Blue Carpet Corridor Festival is Fri-Sun, June 10-11, 2016, featuring 18 towns from Chatham to Collinsville with a shared history of miners, mobsters and the Mother Road. Enjoy three days of fun and surprises!
10th Annual Route 66 Garage Sale
6/10/16 - 6/12/16

After turning over the Route 66 Garage Sale a few years ago to local entrepreneur and business owner, Andrea Dykman, the annual event is still thriving, with over 75 garage sales for the weekend in Lincoln and nearby communities. The sale runs 8am til dusk all three days.
2016 Route 66 Association of Illinois Motor Tour & Hall of Fame Banquet
6/10/16 - 6/12/16
The 2016 Motor Tour is traveling south to north this year, with the Hall of Fame banquet at the Grand Magnuson Hotel in Raymond. The tour will also be making stops during the new Blue Carpet Corridor event.
Illinois State Fair in Springfield
8/11/16 - 8/21/16

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!
2016 Berwyn Route 66 Car Show

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!
Dwight Harvest Days & Annual Basset Waddle
9/15/16 - 9/18/16

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!
15th Annual International Mother Road Festival
9/23/16 - 9/25/16

Over 1,000 cool cars and 80,000 spectators will roll into the heart of Springfield's historic downtown September 23-25, 2016 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.
Route 66 International Film Festival
11/4/16 - 11/5/16
Mark your calendar for the 2016 Festival on November 4-5, 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. The Festival is 6p-1a Friday and 10a-1a Saturday, 5 viewing sessions (1 Friday night, 4 on Saturday, with a reception each night at 10) $10 each or $40 for full fest. Call 217-670-2755 for info.

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