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David Bowie Is
9/23/14 - 1/4/15
Chicago
"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.
Christmas Around the World & Holidays of Light
11/13/14 - 1/4/15
Chicago
The Museum of Science and Industry’s 73rd annual Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light features a Disney theme this year, and more than 50 trees and displays, beautifully decorated by volunteers from Chicago’s ethnic communities to reflect their diverse culture and holiday traditions. Guests can stroll the forest of trees, enjoy intermittent falling “snow” every half hour and enjoy the performances of various dance and choral groups on the Holiday Stage.
Christkindlmarket
11/21/14 - 12/24/14
Chicago
The annual Christkindlmarket is a four-week, open-air market modeled after the famous Nuremberg Christmas market dating back to the 1500s. The market features great shopping and serves as a winter wonderland meeting place for family and friends. Also enjoy German delicacies such as brats, goulash and potato pancakes while you’re there.
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.
A Christmas Carol at the Goodman Theatre
11/22/14 - 12/28/14
Chicago
Charles Dickens’ timeless tale of hope and redemption comes to life in the Goodman Theatre’s enchanting production of "A Christmas Carol" - filled with the electrifying arrival of ghosts, jubilant musical numbers, plenty of “Bah Humbugs” and Scrooge’s joyful discovery of love.
Christmas at Clover Lawn
11/28/14 - 12/31/14
Bloomington-Normal
The David Davis Mansion State Historic Site is lavishly decorated for Christmas and open for free public tours November 28 – December 31 (Wednesday-Saturday,9am-4pm). Fourteen wonderfully decorated trees will grace the Mansion’s rooms, each echoing a different theme of the times. Visitors will be able to view authentic Victorian–era Christmas decorations, including the same kinds of ornaments that were featured on the Downton Abbey Christmas tree during several episodes of the popular PBS television series.
Lincoln Park ZooLights
11/29/14 - 1/5/15
Chicago
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
Springfield
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.
Winter WonderFest at Navy Pier
12/5/14 - 1/11/15
Chicago
The popular winter extravaganza, Winter WonderFest returns to Navy Pier, and is presented by Bank of America. Have tons of fun inside a 170,000 square foot festive holiday playground. Entertainment for the entire family includes indoor ice skating, rides, attractions, an indoor Ferris wheel and so much more.
State Farm Holiday Classic
12/26/14 - 12/30/14
Bloomington-Normal
For over three decades, the State Farm Holiday Classic has been a showcase of great basketball in Bloomington-Normal. The 2014 tournament will be the 36th anniversary for one of the nation’s largest, coed high school holiday basketball tournaments. The Shirk Center at Illinois Wesleyan University (IWU) is the championship site for the event.
Pontiac Holiday Tournament
12/29/14 - 12/31/14
Pontiac
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.
First Night Springfield
12/31/14
Springfield
The 2014 First Night® Springfield is the city’s 28th 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 at Springfield High School. 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.
Illinois Fish & Feather Expo
1/23/15 - 1/25/15
Bloomington-Normal
The Illinois Fish and Feather Expo features over 120 different exhibitors covering the entire spectrum of the outdoor recreation industry. Featured seminars will be given by Colby Simms, an internationally renowned outdoor sports pro and media personality. He’s a multiple-time muskie tournament & bass tournament champion, and has received many other awards and designations, and is an international industry speaker.
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.
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.
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.
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