David Bowie Is
9/23/14 - 1/4/15
"David Bowie Is" at the Museum of Contemporary Art is the first international retrospective of the extraordinary career of David Bowie. More than 300 objects, including handwritten lyrics, original costumes, photography, set designs, album artwork, and rare performance material from the past five decades are brought together from the David Bowie Archive for the first time.
Friday Night Dinner at the Palms Grill Cafe
11/21/14 - 2/20/15
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.
25th Annual Memorial's Festival of Trees
11/22/14 - 11/30/14
A holiday tradition that features more than 150 decorated trees, local entertainment, delicious gingerbread cookies and tasty treats. The Festival includes a children's craft area, rides on the Candy Cane Express train, and a market filled with holiday gift items.
Remembering Lincoln's "Undying Words"
11/22/14 - 12/31/15
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.
Light Up the Holidays Parade and Festival
The Light Up the Holidays Parade and Festival in Joliet is held on the Friday following Thanksgiving each year. Activities begin at 10:00am and include the Renaissance Center Fun Fair, activities in the Joliet Historical Museum, Joliet Public Library, Gji's Sweet Shoppe, Jitters Coffeehouse, Chicken-N-Spice, The Red Goose Bakery and more.
Pride of the Prairie Folk Arts Show
The annual Pride of the Prairie event features a collection of the area's finest artisans and craftsmen. Exhibitors represent the best selection of the quality and design of their work. Start hour holiday shopping early! Call 217-732-8770 for details.
Lincoln Park ZooLights
11/29/14 - 1/5/15
A winter wonderland illuminated by the laughter of children and more than one million lights at Lincoln Park Zoo’s annual ZooLights Presented by ComEd and Charter One. Watch live ice carving then escape Jack Frost with an exotic trip past crocodiles, pygmy hippos and meerkats at the Regenstein African Journey.
Christmas with the Lincolns
12/3/14 - 1/2/15
Discover how the Lincolns celebrated the holidays by taking a tour through the Lincoln Home in downtown Springfield. The home will be decorated in period decor for the Christmas holiday season.
Carlinville Christmas Market
12/5/14 - 12/6/14
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.
Light the Veltway
Roosevelt Road will light the way to the holiday season with merriment including live music, food and libations. Berwyn's entertainment row will offer festivities for the whole family. Call 708-788-8100.
Origins of "The War to End All Wars"
100 years after World War 1 began, a Lincoln Presidential Library historian explores what sparked unprecedented violence. A century ago, Europe was suddenly plunged into violence. Nation after nation joined the combat until it grew into something totally unprecedented – a “world war."

Historian Mark DePue will explore the origins of World War I on Dec. 9 at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. The free event begins at 6:30 in the museum’s Union Theater. Reservations can be made by visiting the library/museum website and clicking on “Special event tickets and reservations” or by calling 217-558-8934.
Berwyn's Deck the Depot
Saunter over to Berwyn's Depot District for Deck the Depot, a brisk holiday walk through Berwyn's downtown Winter Wonderland complete with lights, live reindeer and a petting zoo at the Municipal Parking Facility. Let Santa know what's on your wish list and then get a complimentary photo with the Big Man in Red at Bounce Sports. Snuggle up on a horse-drawn sleigh ride or a hayride (Windsor & Grove Ave.). Relax to the sounds of Carolers.
White Christmas at the Wildey Theatre
The Friends of Edwardsville Wildey Theatre & Hudson Jewelers present the classic  Bing Crosby holiday film, White Christmas. All audience members receive a free goodie bag filled with special props to use during the movie. Before the show, a Wildey Christmas Party will help you get in the spirit with holiday inspired drinks and hors d'oeuvres! Enjoy Irving Berlin's classic tale with a theater full of your closest friends. Join in the fun!
Pontiac Holiday Tournament
12/29/14 - 12/31/14
The Pontiac Holiday tournament, founded in 1926 by Don “Cash” Seaton, physical education teacher and head basketball coach, has the distinction of being the original and oldest high school Christmas tournament in the nation.  Seaton envisioned an event that would bring teams from different parts of the state to Central Illinois for three days during the week between Christmas and New Year's Day.  Fans have a great experience watching some of the best teams, players, and coaches in Illinois participate in the 84nd tournament.
Illinois Grape Growers & Vintners Association Annual Conference and Tradeshow
1/29/15 - 1/31/15
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.
2015 Chicago Auto Show
2/14/15 - 2/22/15
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.
9th Annual Illinois Route 66 Red Carpet Corridor Festival
5/2/15 - 5/3/15
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  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.
Ride Free Motorcycle and Classic Car Guided Tour
5/22/15 - 6/6/15

Ride Free presents guided motorcycle and classic car tours provides self-guided tours and also guided tours of Route 66. Drive Chicago to LA in a Classic car or Harley Davidson on Route 66 the Mother Road of America. A once in a life time journey and opportunity not many have ever had the chance to do since the 1950’s!

Inaugural Blue Carpet Corridor Festival
6/13/15 - 6/14/15
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.
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