Giant Lincoln Sculpture Coming to Springfield
5/22/19 - 9/20/20
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and the City of Springfield will host the exhibition of American realist Seward Johnson’s “Return Visit” sculpture, beginning with a spectacular installation process on May 22. A crane will lift the two figures, Lincoln and his companion, high into the air before they are set in place and affixed on their base Wednesday. This monumental-scale piece is the enlarged version of Johnson’s original work of art commissioned for Gettysburg Plaza in Pennsylvania. The life-scale sculpture stands near the historic Wills House in Gettysburg and depicts President Lincoln gesturing with his famous hat to the bedroom in the Wills House where he finished writing the Gettysburg Address before delivering the speech at the dedication of the Soldiers National Cemetery, Nov. 19, 1863. Beside him stands a “modern man” representing all of us. He holds a gigantic bronze copy of the address in his hands, indicating that these words are as valid to our contemporary life as they were in Lincoln’s time.
In This Great Struggle: The Greatest Generation Remembers World War II
6/6/19 - 1/12/20

SPRINGFIELD – The new exhibit “In This Great Struggle: The Greatest Generation Remembers World War II” opens at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum on Thursday, the 75th anniversary of D-Day.


Lincoln Presidential Library to display handwritten Gettysburg Address
11/14/19 - 12/2/19
SPRINGFIELD – The Gettysburg Address is Abraham Lincoln’s most famous speech, containing some of the greatest language in history. It helped changed the way America looked at the Civil War. And now it will be on display at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum for two weeks.
Craft Beer Tasting at the Museum!

Over 50 craft beers and ciders to sample

Breweriana display 

Music from John Ivan

Hot food for all

Free gifts and prizes raffles

Tour the Museum Galleries

Souvenir Sampling glass 

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.
Light Up the Holidays Festival & Parade

Light Up the Holidays Parade and Festival is held on the Friday following Thanksgiving each year. Activities begin downtown as early as 10:00 a.m., and include the Fantastic Fun Fair in the Joliet Area Historical Museum’s auditorium, as well as activities in the Joliet Public Library, Jitters Coffeehouse, Chicken-n-Spice, Chevere Latin Cafe, JJC City Center Campus and more. The Rialto Square Theatre’s annual holiday festivities also add to the holiday spirit in Downtown Joliet!

Lincoln Christmas Express
All aboard the Lincoln Christmas Express!
Beginning on Saturday, November 30th, come tour 21 of your favorite local businesses to launch your Christmas Season. You will receive a ticket that you'll get stamped at each location. Turn in your ticket by December 9th for a chance to win over $500 in local gift cards!*
Carlinville Christmas Market
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.
Dark Side of the Yule in Joliet/Classical Blast! Live Concert at the Museum
Our Dark Side of the Yule holiday concert has become an annual favorite at this gem of a museum on historic Rt 66. Don't miss it!
2nd Annual Holiday Craft Vendor Fair
2nd Annual Holiday Show is a follow up from last year’s successful offering.  Great last chance to pick up that perfect little treasure.  Look forward to 30 booth spaces with creative and unique holiday items.   
Santa will light up the place as he wanders about making dreams come true.   Dog adoptions, Plenty to eat and drink, live music, best fragrances of the season fill the space!    Friendly dogs on leases always welcome!
$5/ adult goes toward future projects and upgrades.  
Park in lot north of barn.   Pay attendant.  
First Night 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 ten 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.

Joliet Public Library Annual Star Wars Day
It's a galactic event of galactic proportions! There will be food, music, games, memorabilia and a parade! Star Wars artists, authors and exhibitors will all be there to celebrate this HUGE event in downtown Joliet!
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