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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.
Cahokia Mounds Winter Lecture Series
1/25/15 - 3/22/15
Collinsville
A series of winter lectures at Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site begins January 25th with a look at the natural disasters that shape societies and leave marks in the archaeological record. Presentations in February and March will explore what we know about the religion of the people who built Cahokia Mounds and how their designs were influenced by studying the stars and the moon.
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.
Lincoln Presidential Half Marathon
4/4/15
Springfield
This USATF certified course starts and ends at the historic Old State Capitol.  This race has become a Springfield tradition, and is unique in that you can immerse yourself in Lincoln history and enjoy a scenic run past the only home he ever owned, his law office, the Old State Capitol where he delivered his "House Divided" speech, and his final resting place in Oak Ridge Cemetery.
A Nation Mourns, April 15, 1865
4/12/15
Lincoln
Logan County Genealogical & Historical Society will observe the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, death and funeral on Sunday, April 12, 2015, 2:00 p.m. at the Lincoln Heritage Museum.  Charles Fricke will begin the afternoon with a narration, written by Paul Gleason, Logan County Historian, of the life and times of Abraham Lincoln prior to April 15, 1865.  Ron Keller, Lincoln Heritage Museum Director, will give a presentation of national and local media coverage of President Lincoln’s death and funeral.
The 2015 Lincoln Funeral Re-enactment
5/1/15 - 5/3/15
Springfield
For the first time since 1865, re-enactors, period carriages, visitors and dignitaries will convene in Springfield, Illinois, to pay tribute to our 16th President with many events and the historic and solemn re-creation of the funeral procession to Oak Ridge Cemetery. There will also be a host of events beginning in February and leading up to the anniversary weekend, including noted speakers, symposiums, encampments, performances and church services.
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.
Lincoln's Pigs and Swigs
6/5/15 - 6/7/15
Lincoln
Held in Downtown Lincoln, and featuring Up in Smoke KC BBQ competition, live blues music, craft beer tasting, car show, and craft/flea market.
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.
Arts in the Park
7/18/15 - 7/19/15
Lincoln
This event at Latham Park in Downtown Lincoln includes the Art of Wine & Brew and a large juried art show. Includes gourmet food trucks, live jazz music, wine, painting and the fine art fair.
Catfish Days
7/23/15 - 7/26/15
Wilmington
Catfish played a large part in initiating the event, Catfish Days, after Forked Creek spilled over its banks and flooded the cellars of a section of Wilmington called, “Catfish Town”. The annual festival dates back to 1976, and features a carnival, live entertainment, flea market/craft show, 5K race, food & drink, catfish dinners and much more!
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.
Logan County Fair
8/2/15 - 8/9/15
Lincoln
Long noted as “Illinois Cleanest and Best County Fair”. Offers horse racing, a midway, 4-H and agricultural displays, a fine arts exhibit, grandstand shows, fair foods and a demolition derby.
2nd Annual Get Your 6.6 on Route 66
8/15/15
McLean
Get Your 6.6 on Route 66! Calling all running, walking, Route 66, and local history enthusiasts - come out Saturday, August 15, when CORE of McLean, holds a 6.6k (4.1-mile) run/walk to benefit the community of McLean, IL.
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