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Friday Night Dinner at the Palms Grill Cafe
11/21/14 - 2/20/15
Atlanta
The Atlanta Public Library and Museum will host a series of Friday Night Dinner Programs at the Palms Grill Cafe from October 2014 through February 2015. The Dinner Programs feature local speakers who will present after dinner programs and/or activities at the Palms Grill Cafe. Dinner begins at 5:30 pm, with the evening’s program or activity 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. Phone 217-648-5077 to make a reservation for any of the scheduled Dinner Programs.
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. “Undying Words: Lincoln 1858-1865” opens Nov. 22 at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, and runs throughout 2015.
Pontiac Community Art Center Gallery Art Show- "GISHWHES"
1/4/15 - 1/30/15
Pontiac
The first Gallery Show of 2015 at the Pontiac Community Art Center opens on Sunday, January 4, and runs through January 30.  This will be a show entitled "GISHWHES", featuring a collection of photos and items created by the 2014 Runner-Up Team 'Monkey Brigade' featuring local artists.  G.I.S.H.W.H.E.S. is the Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen.


Illinois Grape Growers & Vintners Association Annual Conference and Tradeshow
1/29/15 - 1/31/15
Springfield
The Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Association (IGGVA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to developing the viticulture and enology interests of Illinois through information exchange and cooperation among Illinois grape producers and vintners. Conference is being held at Crowne Plaza Hotel in Springfield, and includes several workshops and presentations.
Top of the Class Antique Show
1/30/15 - 2/1/15
Bloomington-Normal
The Top of the Class Antique Show is held annually at the Bone Student Center on the campus of Illinois State University. You can expect around forty vendors from multiple states, selling a large variety of antiques, including furniture, collectibles, crafts, arts, etc.
Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railway
2/4/15
Joliet
Commemorate Black History Month at The Rialto with this inspiring production. This classic is a tribute to the great American who freed herself and hundreds of her people from the bonds of slavery. As Harriet and her friend Sarah Bradford narrate her adventurous life, we share in the joys, sorrows, and challenges faced by this brave woman, who changed the world through her courage.
Dave Mason's Traffic Jam
2/6/15
Joliet
Take a journey back to the greatest days of rock with Dave Mason's sight and sound experience, Traffic Jam. Join Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and co-founder of the legendary band Traffic, Dave Mason for an evening of music history as he retraces the earliest days of his career with Traffic and the works that launched his successful solo career.
Jekyll & Hyde - The Musical
2/13/15
Joliet
Glamorous, sexy and deliciously wicked, Jekyll & Hyde is the enthralling musical based on Robert Louis Stevenson classic story about a brilliant but obsessive scientist whose alter ego wreaks havoc across Victorian London. An evocative tale of two men - one a doctor, passionate and romantic – the other, a terrifying madman; and two women - one, beautiful and trusting - the other, beautiful and trusting only herself.
2015 Chicago Auto Show
2/14/15 - 2/22/15
Chicago
This is the largest auto show in North America and has been held more times than any other auto exposition in North America. Exhibitions include: multiple world and North American introductions; a complete range of domestic and imported passenger cars and trucks; sport utility vehicles; and experimental or concept cars. In total, nearly 1,000 different vehicles will be on display.
Route 66 Raceway 2015 Snocross
2/20/15 - 2/21/15
Joliet
AMSOIL Championship Snocross is coming to the Route 66 Raceway on February 20-21, 2015. The extreme motorsports action features top athletes who will show off their skills on the slopes at the Route 66 Raceway Snocross National. Visit the manufacturer midway, the warming tent and the Kid Zone.
Chicago Flower & Garden Show
3/14/15 - 3/22/15
Chicago
Get ready for brilliant color, sweet fragrance and great gardening ideas at the annual Chicago Flower & Garden Show presented by Mariano's, March 14-22, 2015 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.
Get the Led Out - Tribute to Led Zeppelin
3/14/15
Joliet
Dubbed by the media as "The American Led Zeppelin," Get The Led Out brings what the audience want - a high energy Zeppelin concert with an honest, heart-thumping intensity. From the bombastic and epic, to the folky and mystical, Get The Led Out (GTLO) have captured the essence of the recorded music of Led Zeppelin and brought it to the concert stage.
Spring Equinox Sunrise Observance at Reconstructed Woodhenge
3/17/15
Collinsville
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.
9th Annual Illinois Route 66 Red Carpet Corridor Festival
5/2/15 - 5/3/15
Joliet
The 9th 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.
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.
2015 Route 66 Association of Illinois Motor Tour - Miners, Mobsters and the Mother Road
6/12/15 - 6/14/15
Berwyn
The 2015 Motor Tour, Miners, Mobsters and the Mother Road, is traveling north to south this year and will be starting in Berwyn. The tour will also be making stops during the new Blue Carpet Corridor event. This will be the 26th year for the Route 66 Association of Illinois event.

Inaugural Blue Carpet Corridor Festival
6/13/15 - 6/14/15
Chatham
The first-ever Blue Carpet Corridor Festival is Fri-Sun, June 13-14, 2015, featuring 18 towns with a shared history of miners, mobsters and the Mother Road. Enjoy three days of fun and surprises! Participating communities include Chatham, Auburn, Thayer, Virden, Girard, Nilwood, Carlinville, Gillespie, Litchfield, Mt. Olive, Benld, Staunton, Livingston, Hamel, Edwwardsville, Glen Carbon, Troy and Collinsville.
Warrior Dash
6/13/15 - 6/14/15
Channahon
The Warrior Dash is billed as the world's largest running series. The course is held on challenging and rugged terrain, and participants come from all over to compete in feats of courage and strength, like sprinting over fire, trudging through mud and scaling at least 12 obstacles during this fierce 5K.
Auburn Brick Road Festival
6/13/15
Auburn
Get your PICS on Route 66 at the Auburn Brick Road Festival! Enjoy the Vintage Cars and Period Costumes from 10am-4pm on Saturday. This famous stretch of the road consists of two sections - a 1932 brick road and a 1921 Portland cement road.
Pontiac Parks & Recreation’s Park Palooza
7/25/15
Pontiac
Annual celebration of Pontiac's fantastic parks. Cardboard Boat Races, kids games, food, entertainment. Humiston-Riverside Park and other locations.
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