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Friday Night Dinner at the Palms Grill Cafe
11/3/17 - 3/23/18
Atlanta

The Atlanta Public Library and Museum will host a series of Dinner Programs at the Palms Grill Cafe from November 2017 through March 2018. The events will feature local speakers who will present after-dinner programs at the Palms Grill Cafe, located at 110 SW Arch Street in downtown Atlanta. Dinner begins at 5:30 pm, with the evening’s program starting at 7pm.  Reservations are required and limited to approximately 50 people. The Palms Grill Cafe will feature a set of dinner specials, including homemade desserts for each program, and feel free to BYOB. Phone 217-648-5077 to make a reservation for any of the scheduled Dinner Programs. 

Gettysburg Address to be displayed Nov. 13-26 at Lincoln Presidential Library
11/13/17 - 11/26/17
Springfield
A copy of the Gettysburg Address written by Abraham Lincoln himself will be displayed this month at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum to mark the anniversary of the famous speech. The document – one of just five surviving copies written by Lincoln – will be in the museum’s Treasures Gallery from Nov. 13 to Nov. 26.
Carlinville Christmas Market
12/1/17 - 12/2/17
Carlinville
The Carlinville Christmas Market takes place on the first full weekend in December - Friday & Saturday. 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.
Litchfield Chamber of Commerce Train Show
12/1/17
Litchfield
The Litchfield Chamber of Commerce Train Show will be held on Friday, December 1, 2017 from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM at the Ameriprise Financial Building in Downtown Litchfield. This Model Railroad Open House is hosted by the Litchfield Chamber of Commerce.
Breakfast with Santa
12/2/17
Dwight
Children and parents may enjoy a pancake and sausage breakfast. Santa will be available to visit and pose for pictures. The will also be games to play, face painting and a chance to write Santa a letter. Held the 1st Saturday in December at the Country Mansion Garden Room around 8am.
Elkhart Chapel Christmas Candlelight Service
12/2/17
Elkhart
This year’s Christmas Candlelight Services, “Keeping Christmas”, will be held Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 2:00, 4:00, 5:30, and 8:00 pm. As the number of seats are very limited, please call 217-947-2238 and make your reservation as soon as possible starting November 4. You may pair your reservation with a dining package which appears on the downloadable reservation form available at elkharthistoricalsociety.org. We hope to see you there!
Illinois 200 Bicentennial Celebration 1818-2018
12/3/17 - 12/3/18
Springfield
Year long kick off events for the Illinois Bicentennial begin on December 3rd, 2017at Winter Wonderland at Navy Pier in Chicago and at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum in Springfield. Illinois Route 66 will be prominently featured throughout the year.
Christmas at the Mansions
12/9/17
Bloomington-Normal

The very popular Bloomington-Normal annual holiday event, "Christmas at the Mansions," featuring tours of David Davis Mansion, Ewing Manor, and a third secret location being described this year simply as the "Mystery House," will be held on Saturday, December 9th.

Dana-Thomas House Luminarias
12/17/17
Springfield

The Dana-Thomas House annual Luminaria event, where hundreds of candles are arranged outside the historic home, will be held on Sunday, December 17th. Springfield Civic Garden Club and the Dana-Thomas House State Historic Site are partnering for this event, along with providing additional holiday decorating to the site.

First Night Springfield
12/31/17
Springfield

The First Night® Springfield is the city’s Annual New Year’s Eve Celebration of the Arts, presented by the Springfield Area Arts Council. On New Year’s Eve, First Night’s events begin with free children’s hands-on activities and entertainment from 1:00 to 4:00 PM. From 6:00 to 11:15 PM, the city becomes a stage, with over 30 performances taking place on eight stages in downtown Springfield. The early First Night performances, from 6:00 to 7:45 PM, include magicians, jugglers, and dancers, along with jazz and classical guitar. The traditional First Night fireworks display begins at 8:00 PM at Fourth Street and Capitol Avenue.

12th Annual Illinois Route 66 Red Carpet Corridor Festival
5/5/18 - 5/6/18
Joliet

The 12th 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.

Niehaus Cycle Sales Customer Appreciation Days
5/19/18 - 5/21/18
Litchfield

Every year on the weekend after Mother's Day is the large Appreciation Days event, attended by as many as 5000 people from as far away as Canada, and it features the "Show of Lights Ride" through downtown Litchfield. The Celebration lasts until someone wins a New Gold Wing, F6B, Valkyrie, or Pioneer 1000-5D on Sunday.

Macoupin County Historical Society Spring Festival
5/26/18 - 5/27/18
Carlinville
Each Memorial day, countless visitors are visiting the Anderson Mansion, located on the edge of Carlinville, to mark the beginning of spring. Hosted by the Macoupin County Historical Society, the festival is filled with arts and crafts, along with antique machinery 
Black Diamond Days
6/1/18 - 6/3/18
Macoupin County's "Original Festival of Coal", features a Little Miss& Mini Miner contest, Miss Black Diamond Days Jr. Miss & Black Diamond Days Queen, parade, fishing tournament, Coal Kids Corner, dog show, washer and cornhole tournament, live entertainment and plenty of food and drinks.
Edwardsville Route 66 Festival & Car Cruise-In
6/8/18 - 6/9/18
Edwardsville

Come get your kicks at the Edwardsville, Illinois Route 66 Festival! If classic cars, great food and family fun are your idea of a good time, join us for the Annual Route 66 Festival at City Park in downtown Edwardsville.

The City of Edwardsville is excited to welcome the community back to the park to enjoy great food, live music, the classic car cruise through town, the local talent show, local artists, children's activities, trolley rides and much more.
4th Annual Blue Carpet Corridor Festival
6/9/18
Virden

The 4th annual Blue Carpet Corridor Festival is Sat, June 9, 2018, featuring 12 towns from Virden to Collinsville with a shared history of miners, mobsters and the Mother Road. Enjoy a day of fun and surprises! Participating communities this year are: Virden, Girard, Carlinville, Gillespie, Staunton, Hamel, Edwardsville, Glen Carbon, Litchfield, Mt. Olive, Troy & Collinsville.

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