Month: August 2010

Wichita, Kansas

A- Overview:
Wichita, the largest metropolitan area in the state contains nearly one-fifth of the state’s population. It is located on the banks of the Arkansas River and was first settled in the late 1860’s. Wichita has a history of development from its origins as a major trading post along the Chisholm Cattle Trail, to its present status as the largest city in Kansas. Along the way, the city’s residents have enlivened their hometown with a wealth of culture, unique attractions, and entertaining things to do. Wichita welcomes visitors at any season of the year.

A visit to Wichita offers an opportunity to view outstanding museums and galleries, to enjoy the symphony or live theater, to cheer for one of the numerous sports teams, to experience a wide range of dining possibilities, and to shop in local stores. The streets are easy to navigate, and the city is fun to visit for the entire family.

Wichita presents a history lesson in a fascinating and beautiful setting. For example, Botanica, a nature center is filled with colorful plants native to the Kansas prairie. Stroll among hundreds of beautiful butterflies enjoying their own oasis of serenity amid plants that attract and nourish many butterfly species. The Great Plains Nature Center features exhibits interpreting the animals, plants and habitats of the Great Plains of North America. Included are a 2,400 gallon aquarium, a wildlife observatory and nine interactive displays.

The Sedgwick County Zoo is Kansas’s most popular tourist attraction with nearly half a million visitors each year. Its collection of over 2,600 animals is grouped geographically, and includes the African Veldt, Asian Steppes, Jungle, South American Pampas, Australian Outback, North American Prairie.

Visitors are rewarded with a Western belt buckle at the completion of a self-guided tour of the Old Cowtown Museum, Mid-America All-Indian Center Museum, Keeper of the Plains Statue, Charles M. Russell Gallery, A Prairie Garden, North American Prairie Exhibit at the zoo, the Chisholm Trail Exhibit , the Buffalo Bill Monument, the Chisholm Trail Marker and Sheplers Western Store.

In addition, Wichita, is home to classic, western and art museums, a remarkable symphony, classic ballet, music theatre, classic comedies and is a popular convention site. Wichita is conveniently accessible by air or interstate highways. It combines the excitement and imagination of a large metropolitan city with clean air, blue skies, friendly people and excellent food.

Be sure to include Wichita in your travel plans; you will enjoy the time spent in this delightful city!

B- City Information:
Population: 330,000 people living in neighborhoods scattered over 120 square miles.

Area: 120 square miles

Time Zone: Wichita is in the central time zone. When it is noon in New York City; it is 11:00AM in Wichita.

Weather:

Average Temperatures:

Month
High
Low

January
42F
27F

February
47F
26F

March
56F
33F

April
68F
45F

May
77F
55F

June
88F
65F

July
92F
69F

August
93F
69F

September
84F
59F

October
72F
48F

November
55F
34F

December
45F
27F

Emergency numbers

Fire, Ambulance, Police, Sheriff 911

Kansas Road Conditions (800)585-7623

Travel and Transportation

Eleven airlines provide air service to Wichita through Wichita Mid-Continent Airport. You will also discover your many options for getting around Wichita using public transportation.

Wichita Mid-Continent Airport is located 6 miles southwest of Wichita.

As the largest airport in Kansas, Mid-Continent serves more than one million passengers a year. The facility is large enough to handle major airlines but small enough to avoid the confusion of major airports.

The Metropolitan Transit Authority offers bus routes providing service to within one-quarter mile of 90% of the residents within the city limits.

Regular routes beginning at the Transit Center (214 S. Topeka) operate weekdays from 5:45 a.m. through 6:25 p.m., and on Saturdays from 6:45 a.m. through 5:25 p.m. Schedules are available from the Transit Center, City Hall, Wichita State’s CAC, or by calling MTA at 265-7221.

Downtown Trolley Service

During the week the trolley is a principal form of transportation downtown.

On Saturdays, the trolleys run from the Farm & Art Market in Old Town to the Museum District with stops at Cowtown, Botanica, the Wichita Art Museum, and the Mid-American All-Indian Center.

Metropolitan Transit Authority

1825 S. McLean

Wichita, Kansas 67202

316-265-1450

Taxis

Taxis are available at the airport and throughout the city.

Shuttles

Shuttle services available between Wichita and Kansas City with stops in El Dorado, Emporia, Ottawa, and Kansas City. 1-866-838-1419 and 838-1419 (Local).

Greyhound Bus Lines

Provides inter-city transportation with 13 departures daily. Greyhound can be contacted at (316)265-7711 in Wichita or (800)231-2222.

Auto Rental

Rates will depend on availability, size and type of car.

C- Attractions/Things To Do:
Cotillion Ballroom

11120 W. Kellogg

Wichita, KS

316-722-4201

Opened January 1, 1887 as the Carey House, this early landmark was considered to be the finest, most luxurious hotel between Kansas City and Denver, Colorado.

One of the hotel’s most famous visitors was prohibition crusader Carrie Nation, who on December 27, 1900, smashed the hotel’s swank basement level Carey Annex bar. The bar was removed during later year renovations.. The six story hotel is located near the newly restored Old Town area of shops and restaurants and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Old Town

Douglas &Washington Streets

Wichita KS 67212

316-262-3555

Free parking. Trolley service. Store and restaurant hours vary.

This revitalized historic warehouse district features the charm of turn-of-the-century buildings, brick streets, street lights and boardwalks. Over 200 businesses concentrated in a one-block area create a shopping, dining and entertainment center. Old Town features antique shops, specialty retail shops, restaurants, night clubs and dinner theatres.

Great Plains Nature Center

6232 E 29th St North

Wichita , KS 67220

316-683-5499

Monday to Saturday, 9 – 5 Closed Sundays and Holidays.

Chisholm Creek Park is open every day from dawn to dusk.

Learn about the beauty and diversity of the North American prairie at the Great Plains Nature Center. Conveniently located at the corner of 29th Street north and Woodlawn in northeast Wichita – just 1/2 mile south of the K-96 bypass.

Kansas has woodlands, wetlands, rivers, streams and lakes. these environments are featured in the Koch Habitat Hall. State-of-the-art interactive displays and a 2,000 gallon aquarium featuring native fish are highlights of the exhibits.

Just outside the front door is a paved trail system over 2 miles long that allows you to explore the 200+ acres of Chisholm Creek Park

Botanica, The Wichita Garden

701 Amidon

Wichita, KS

316-264-0448

www.botanica.org

The Wichita Botanical Gardens is a beautiful and peaceful place. There are fountains, gazebos, ponds and thousands of flowering plants. The garden is divided into several areas, including the Shakespearean Garden, the Rose Garden, the Aquatic Collection, etc. Recently a butterfly house was opened which operates seasonally.

Omnisphere and Science Center

220 S. Main

Wichita, KS 67202

Admission charged.

316-337-9174

The Omnisphere & Science Center is a delight. Choose from a variety of hands on experiences, from live science shows to the science museum. The Science Museum has exhibits dealing with perception, electricity, chemistry, astronomy, and physics to help students discover the magic of science.

Wichita Air Heritage Tour

Wichita, KS 67202

800-288-9424

The Past, Present and Future of Aviation in Wichita, Kansas “The Air Capital of the World!” Visit Boeing Wichita, and go inside Bombardier-Learjet or Raytheon Aircraft factories! See the building of the finest commercial and general aviation aircraft in the world!

Old Cowtown Museum

1871 Sim Park Drive

Wichita , KS 67203

316-264-6398

daily March – October. Monday – Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm; Sunday, noon – 5

Experience the Old West at Old Cowtown, a seventeen-acre living history museum near downtown Wichita. See how nineteenth-century residents lived and worked in early Sedgwick County. Stroll wooden sidewalks and visit over thirty exhibit areas including Wichita’s first jail, a one room school, six historic homes, a pioneer church, railroad depot, working blacksmith shop, 1870’s newspaper office, saddlery and harness shop, general store, grain elevator, saloon, drug store, law office, and numerous other nineteenth century businesses. Texas Longhorn cattle, horses, and chickens add to the frontier atmosphere.

Lake Afton Public Observatory

MacArthur Road at 247th Street West

across from Lake Afton Park

Wichita , KS

316-WSU-STAR

Telescopes and micro teaching tools provide a means of exploring the galaxies and the mysteries beyond.

The huge silver dome opens up to 13 degrees above the horizon and up.

Also located behind the Observatory building are stands where amateurs can set up their own telescopes.

Indian Center

Museum open Monday – Saturday 10am – 5pm; Sunday 1 – 5pm

Closed Monday, January – March

Special rates for ages 6-12, Children under 6 free

Distant drums still call Native Americans to this special meeting place. Located in the Mid-America -Indian Center, this museum preserves and showcases the heritage of the many native tribes of North America.

Permanent and rotating exhibits of art and artifacts depict the joy, hardship and determination of Native Americans before, during and after the coming of the European settlers. Also located in the building is a unique and colorful display of Native American tribal flags called the “Gallery of Nations”. Gift shop features authentic Native American arts and crafts.

A Prairie Garden

Open Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 5pm; Sunday, 12 noon to 5pm.

Lunch served Tuesday – Friday, 11:30am – 1:30pm.

Sunday brunch, 12 noon – 2pm.

Free admission, except to selected traveling shows.

A total of 26 original paintings, watercolors, drawings and bronzes by the frontier’s most famous artist are included in the outstanding M.C. Naftzger collection. In an era before photography was common this “old master of the old west” captured both the romance and the detail of his time.

The museum also contains the famous Frederic Remington “Bronco Buster” bronze. Prints and related books available in the museum gift store.

Chisholm Trail Exhibit

Open Tuesday – Friday, 11am – 4pm

Saturday & Sunday, 1 – 5pm

Children under 6 free

Jesse Chisholm was the very embodiment of the collision of two great societies. Born in 1805 as the son of a Scottish father and Cherokee Indian mother, Jesse was an in-law of Sam Houston and ancestor of Will Rogers. He established a trading post near present day downtown Wichita. His ancestry enabled him to blaze a trail south to Mexico through the Indian Territory of what is now Oklahoma. The “Chisholm Trail” would make possible the great longhorn cattle drives from Texas to the railroads in Kansas. ( A marker on the grounds of the Metropolitan Baptist Church at Douglas and McLean Boulevard indicates where the trail crossed the Arkansas River).

Buffalo Bill Monument and Gravesite

His home, at the time of his death, is located at 1047 North Market. (The home is a private residence and is not open to the public)

An impressive monument, on the high ground of this pioneer cemetery, marks the final resting place of William Mathewson, the original Buffalo Bill and last of the old scouts.

Born January 1, 1830 in Broome County, New York, Mathewson was an adventurer, entrepreneur, sharpshooter, linguist (he spoke 14 Indian languages) Indian fighter, hero and ultimately Indian peacemaker. (A marker at 61st N. & Seneca streets commemorates the Little River Peace Treaty, one of his peacemaking efforts.)

Chisholm Trail Historical Marker

Douglas & McLean Blvd

Wichita, KS 67202

Marker indicates where the trail crossed the Arkansas River.

This weathered limestone monument marks the spot on the Chisholm Trail where the “walking river” of Texas Longhorn cattle met the Arkansas River, the final natural barrier on their epic journey. The inscription notes that between the years 1865 and 1874 over 3,000,000 Texas Longhorns were driven up the trail. For the saddle weary drovers, many 100 days and 1,000 miles from home, crossing the river signaled that the end of the trail was near. At trails end lay payday and the legendary cow towns.

Keeper of the Plains Statue

Created by Wichita artist Blackbear Bosin this 44 foot tall, 50 ton metal sculpture stands in silent tribute to the native Americans who lived and hunted here. Symbolically located at the confluence of the Big and Little Arkansas Rivers, the “Keeper” reminds us all that history, like the flow of the waters, is never ending.

Exploration Place

300 North McLean Boulevard

Wichita , KS 67203

1-877-904-1444

Exploration Place, located on the scenic banks of the Arkansas River in downtown Wichita, stimulates exploration in people of all ages and interests in an informal, enjoyable environment. unique sweeping architecture with its indoor and outdoor interactive exhibits and theaters, all contained in a 20-acre park setting.

D- Family Fun Attractions:
Sedgwick County Zoo

5555 Zoo Boulevard

Off I-235 at Exit 10

Wichita, KS

316-942-2212

Sedgwick County Zoo is Kansas’ most popular tourist attraction with nearly half a million visitors each year. The nationally renowned zoo is among the top 25 largest in the U.S and is considered one of the best-managed and maintained zoos of its size in North America. Sedgwick County Zoo has an animal collection of 433 species and nearly 2,700 animals. Grouped geographically, the Zoo’s exhibits include the African Veldt, Asian Steppes, Jungle, South American Pampas, Australian Outback, North American Prairie,Herpetarium, Children’s Farms, Apes & Man, and the highly acclaimed Koch

Orangutan and Chimpanzee Habitat. The Zoo’s newest exhibit, which opened in May 2000, is Pride of the Plains, a 55,000-square-foot exhibit designed to look like an African savannah.

Great Plains Nature Center

6232 E. 29th St. N

Wichita, KS 67220-2200

(316) 683-5499

1/2 mile south of the K-96 bypass at the intersection of N. Woodlawn and 29th Street in NE Wichita.

Mon-Sat 9am-5pm; Closed Sundays and Holidays

New nature-education facility located in the northeast part of Wichita. It focuses on interpreting the animals, plants and habitats of the Great Plains of North America. The $1.5 million exhibit hall features a 2,400 gallon aquarium, a wildlife observatory and nine interactive displays including Tallgrass Prairie, Wetland, Woodland, and Riparian Habitats. Natural History audio/visual programs including live animals may be seen in the 190-seat auditorium. Just outside the front door is a 278-acre nature preserve with a paved trail system over 2 miles long. The Center combines state-of-the-art hands-on displays with the option of taking a nature hike.

Great Plains Transportation Museum

700 E Douglas, Upper Lever

Wichita, KS 67201

(316) 263-0944

The railroad museum of Kansas

Apr 1-Nov Sat 9am-3pm; Sun 1-4pm

Omnisphere & Science Center

220 S Main

Wichita, KS 67202

(316) 264-3174

Hwy 54 to Central Business District. Turn North on Main Street. Located at 220 S. Main.

Tues-Fri 8am-5pm; Sat 9am-5pm

Planetarium shows, hands-on science exhibits. An enjoyable experience for the whole family.

Exploration Place

300 North McLean Boulevard

Wichita, KS 67203

(316) 263-3373

Located on the banks of the Arkansas River in the downtown Wichita river district, at 300 N. McLean Boulevard.

Exploration Place is open noon-5pm Monday and 9am-5 pm Tuesday—Saturday. Closed Mondays after Labor Day and on December 25. Call for specific hours of operation. Hours and prices are subject to change.

Exploration Place is a place to discover the extraordinary. A place where you can fly a plane, create your own river and tornado, visit a troll and fight bacteria in the human body, all in the same day. The exhibits and theaters are all contained within a beautifully landscaped 20-acre park. Discover hundreds of interactive exhibits, three theaters and more. Exploration Place symbolizes the community’s commitment to inspire a sense of exploration in people of all ages and interests in this informal, enjoyable environment.

Western Heritage Tour

100 S Main Ste 100, Wichita CVB

Wichita, KS 67202

(316) 265-2800

Earn a Western belt buckle by visiting the sites on this self-guided tour. Sites include: Old Cowtown Museum, Mid-America All-Indian Center Museum, Keeper of the Plains Statue, Charles M. Russell Gallery, A Prairie Garden (Botanica), North American Prairie Exhibit (Sedg. Co. Zoo), Chisholm Trail Exhibit (Historical Museum) Buffalo Bill Monument & Gravesite, Chisholm Trail Marker and Sheplers Western Store.

E- Events & Entertainment:
Events

Annual Wichita Garden Show

Late February – early March.

Kansas State Fair

September: Hutchinson, KS

September

Walnut Valley Festival

Winfield, KS

Frontier Days

Blues Fest

annual Blues Festival held in early June in nearby Newton, KS

Celebrating the Christmas Season

Wichita offers many activities for young and old alike. Whether it’s decorating your home with Christmas wreaths or waving to Santa as he passes by in the Christmas Parade, you are sure to find something that your whole family can enjoy. Be sure to check our Santa Sightings for times and locations where Santa will be appearing around Wichita.

Arts and Entertainment

The Edwin A. Ulrich Museum of Art

2 noon – 5pm daily

Admission is free

316-978-6413.

This museum is recognized among university museums for its outdoor sculpture collection and for the quality of its exhibition program.

The art collection, owned by the Wichita State University Endowment Association and managed by the professional staff of the museum, now numbers more than 7,500 objects. Nineteenth and twentieth century European and American paintings, drawings, sculpture, and prints form the core of the museum’s collection.

Wichita Center for the Arts

9112 E. Central

Wichita, KS 67206

316-634-2787

Tuesday – Sunday 1:00pm-5:00pm

Professional and thought-provoking theatre, off stage productions for family, and cutting edge film series. Extensive galleries host national and regional shows. Year-round school of visual arts. Call for current schedule.

Sports

Wichita Wings

Kansas Coliseum

Wichita , KS

Wichita, Kansas 67201

316-262-3545

Class AA, 1992 Texas League baseball champions. Affiliated with the Kansas City Royals. Season runs April through early September.

Wichita Thunder Hockey

Address: Kansas Coliseum

North of Wichita at I-135 & Exit #17Wichita All, KS

316-264-GOAL

One of eleven teams in the Central Hockey League. Thirty-five home games played October through April.

Springfield, Illinois

A- Overview:
Springfield, Illinois is the site of a number of attractions through which the life and times of President Abraham Lincoln are vividly represented. Lincoln began his political career in Springfield. Included are a national park site, his family home, and the conserved neighborhood surrounding it. The four-block Lincoln Home National Historic Site is closed to automobile traffic, forming a pedestrian court within the neighborhood in which the Lincoln home is situated.

This historic area has been authentically restored in every detail and even has streets with gas lamps and wooden sidewalks. In East Old State Capitol Plaza, visitors can view an original ledger of Lincoln’s account with Springfield Marine & Fire Insurance Co. The Old State Capitol is the site of Lincoln’s “House Divided” speech from his debate as a presidential candidate with his opponent, Stephen Douglas. The Herndon-Lincoln law office, the old capitol building; the newly built Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, the train depot from which he departed to Washington are all sites to be visited. Lincoln’s burial mausoleum is north of Springfield, near the village of Petersburg. There is also a restored settlement of log cabins recreating Salem, the village in which Lincoln lived as a young man.

Springfield is the capital of the U.S. state of Illinois and the county seat of Sangamon County. The city was founded in 1819, became the county seat in 1823, and received its city charter in 1840. It was made the capital of Illinois in 1837, and the Legislature convened there for the first time in 1839. Springfield is now an important government center. Its Governor’s Mansion, at Fifth and Jackson streets, is the oldest continuously occupied governor’s mansion in the nation and a center of Springfield’s social life since 1855. The city lies along two interstates, one of which was formerly known as highway 36; the other was historic Route 66.

Springfield was the birthplace of poet Vachel Lindsay. It was also the point of origin for the Donner Party, a group of pioneers who were tragically stranded in the Sierra Nevada during severe winter storms lasting many weeks. Springfield’s Dana-Thomas House is among the best preserved and most complete of Frank Lloyd Wright’s early “Prairie Houses”. It was built in 1902-04 and contains many of the original furnishings designed for it by Wright. In August, Springfield is the site of the Illinois State Fair. Springfield is also home to the Bunn Company, known for the manufacture of coffee-makers and supplies.

The Springfield campus of the University of Illinois is located on the southeast side of the city.

The corn dog on a stick originated in Springfield, where it was (and still is) called a Cozy Dog. For many years the popular Reisch Beer was brewed in Springfield. Another Springfield culinary invention consists of two pieces of thick, buttered Texas toast, topped with two hamburger patties, surrounded by a pile of French fries, with the entire creation being completely covered by mounds of cheese sauce. To order: just ask for a horseshoe sandwich.

B- City Information:
Population: 111,454

Time Zone: Springfield is in the central time zone.

Average Temperatures:

Month
High
Low

January
36F
21F

February
40F
23F

March
49F
30F

April
63F
42F

May
74F
52F

June
83F
63F

July
88F
66F

August
86F
65F

September
79F
56F

October
68F
45F

November
51F
32F

December
39F
24F

When to Visit: Springfield enjoys moderate year-round temperatures. Average temperatures range from 70-80° in the summer months to 30-40° in the winter months.

Holidays Observed in Springfield:

New Year’s Day Jan. 1

Martin Luther King, Jr., Day 3rd Mon. in Jan.

President’s Day 3rd Mon. in Feb.

Memorial Day last Mon. in May

Independence Day July 4

Labor Day 1st Mon. in Sept.

Thanksgiving Day 4th Thurs. in Nov.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Dec. 24 and 25

New Year’s Eve Dec. 31

How to Get There

By Air

Getting to Springfield is easy. By plane, Springfield’s Abraham Lincoln Capitol Airport is linked with the international gateway airports of St. Louis Lambert and Chicago O’Hare for daily flights, as well as Midway Airport in Chicago.

By Train

Amtrak offers daily stops in Springfield between Chicago and St. Louis.

By Car

By car, take Interstate 55 (a.k.a. Route 66 for nostalgia lovers), just 200 miles from Chicago, and 100 miles from St. Louis.

Getting Around

Springfield Trolley: An old-fashioned, open-air trolley (closed and heated in the winter) with regular stops at the major historic attractions. Tickets are sold at several downtown locations. For a list of stops, ticketing locations and days of operation, call (800) 545-7300 or (217) 789-2360.

Mass Transit Buses: Public buses are available to most areas of the city. The buses run from 6am – 6pm, Monday through Saturday, except for holidays. For bus schedules and maps, stop by the Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau at 109 N. 7th St., or call the mass transit office at (217) 522-5531.

Taxis: Several taxi companies offer service to and from the airport and train station, as well as to all areas of the city. Check the local yellow page listings for phone numbers.

C- Attractions/Things To Do:
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library/University

112 North 6th Street

Springfield, 62701

(217) 558-8844

Mon, Tue, Thurs, Fri 9am-4:30pm; Wed 9am-8:30pm, Sat 8:30am-3:30pm

Free

This library is home to the State of Illinois’ 46,000-item Lincoln Collection and also contains the Illinois State Historical Library and its 12 million items.

Edwards Place

700 N. 4th St.,

Springfield, IL 62702

(217) 523-2631

Tours: Thurs. 7pm, Fri. 1 & 3pm. Admission.

Art Gallery: Mon.-Fri. 10am-5pm, Sat. 10am-3pm

Closed on Major holidays

Donation suggested.

Once the home of Benjamin and Helen Edwards, this beautifully preserved Italianate mansion, built in 1833, is located in a park-like setting. In 1913, Edwards Place was deeded to the Springfield Art Association which now extends into the adjoining complex, housing an art gallery, school of art, and the Michael Victor II Art Library.

Executive Mansion

410 E. Jackson,

Springfield, IL 62701

(217) 782-6450

Tue. & Thur. 9:30am-11am & 2-3:30pm

Sat. 9:30-11am

Closed on Major holidays

Free.

Home of the Illinois governor, seven U.S. Presidents, including Abraham Lincoln, have been received here. Three levels are open to the public including four formal parlors; a state dining room; ballroom; four bedrooms, including the Lincoln bedroom; and a library handcrafted from native American Black Walnut. (Mansion closed during official State functions.)

Lincoln Depot

999 E Monroe St

Springfield, IL 62701,

(217) 544-8695 or (217) 788-1356

Daily Apr.-Aug. 10am-4pm.

Free.

“No one, not in my situation, can appreciate my feelings of sadness at this parting.” These words were spoken by President-elect Abraham Lincoln as he embarked on his journey from his Springfield home to Washington, D.C. to serve as president of the United States. The Depot contains restored waiting rooms, exhibits of people and places dear to Lincoln, and a state-of-the-art video presentation recreating the 12-day journey to his inauguration.

The Lincoln Home Visitor’s Center

426 South Seventh St

Springfield, IL 62701

217-492-4241

8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except January 1st,

Thanksgiving, and December 25th.

Donations accepted

The Lincoln home, the centerpiece of the Lincoln Home National Historic Site, has been restored to its 1860s appearance, revealing Lincoln as husband, father, politician, and President-elect. It stands in the midst of a four block historic neighborhood which the National Park Service is restoring.

Vachel Lindsay Home

603 S. 5th St.,

Springfield, IL 62703

(217) 524-0901

Tue.-Sat. Noon-4pm.

Closed: on Major holidays

Free.

Group tour by appt.

The 1879 birthplace of the native Springfield poet/artist, this house remained Lindsay’s only home until his death there in 1931. The house was built in the late 1840s; an early owner was C.M. Smith, whose wife, Ann, was the sister of Mary Todd Lincoln. Both Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln were frequent visitors.

Adams Wildlife Sanctuary – Springfield – Garden/Nature Park/Area

2315 E. Clear Lake Ave.

Springfield, 62702

(217) 544-5781

Admission is free.

Open dawn-dusk

A green oasis located in the center of town, the sanctuary is open for hiking or walking. The one mile nature trail is open from sunrise to sunset.

Combat Museum

835 Capital Airport Dr.

Springfield, 62707

(217) 544-6122

M-F: 9am-5pm

Closed Holidays

This museum showcases the role of military aviation

Illinois State Capitol

2nd & Capitol

Springfield, 62701

(217) 782-2099

Free

Hours of Operation: M-F: 8am-4pm S, Su: 9am-3pm

Closed on Holidays

The center of state government which houses offices of Governor, Secretary of State, Comptroller and Treasurer as well as House of Representative and Senate Chambers. Visitors can watch politics in action from balcony-level seating when legislature is in session.

D- Family Fun Attractions:
Jungle “O” Fun

3031 Koke Mill Rd.

Springfield, 62704

(217) 787-0707

Admission Price(s): Call for details

Hours of Operation: M: 10am-6pm T-S: 10am-9pm Su: 11am-6pm

Children’s indoor playground with 21-foot, 3-story soft play system, slides, ball pits and air bounce. One price,unlimited play.

Knight’s Action Park and Caribbean Water Adventure

1700 Recreation Dr. & Chatham Rd.

Springfield, 62707

(217) 546-8881

Waterpark – Adult: 16.95 Under 48″: 12.95 Dry Park – Varies w/ activity – Call

Dry Park Hours – Daily: 9am-9pm Waterpark Hours – 10am-7pm

Opening Date: 05/13/2002

Closing Date: 09/02/2002

Two parks at one location – A dry park and water park in one.

Henson Robinson Zoo

1100 East Lake Dr.

Springfield, 62707

(217) 753-6217

Adults: 3.00 Group adult: 1.50 Child: 1.25 Group child: .75 Senior citizen: 1.50

June-August – Daily: 10am-8pm Other months – Daily: 10pm-5pm

The Henson Robinson Zoo is home to over 300 animals and 90 species of animals.

Adventure Village – Amusement Park/Entertainment Center

Sangamon Ave. & Peoria Rd.

Springfield, 62702

(217) 528-9207

May through mid-September, Sat.-Sun. open Noon

Adventure Village is located inside the Main Gate at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. There is everything from Ferris wheels to carousels and many thrill rides.

E- Events & Entertainment:
February

Downtown Mardi Gras Celebration

Downtown Springfield

Pre-Lenten Fun! Evening Sidewalk Parade-participation encouraged! Dress up and join the parade! Promotions and free beads at many locations (purchase may be required.) New Orleans foods and chicory coffee offered at many eateries.

Information: 217-391-0101 or 217-528-2234

March

Shamrock Games

Illinois State Fairgrounds Coliseum

Athletes in traditional Celtic kilts from across the United States participate in events including: the caber toss, hammer throw, weight for height, stone throw & sheaf toss. Admission charged for competition which begins at 9am, Music at 4pm provided by the St. Andrew’s Pipes and Drums. Information: 217-415-8324

Late April, early May

Springfield Air Rendezvous

Abraham Lincoln Capitol Airport

Springfield Air Rendezvous features the BLUE ANGELS! The air show is affordable family fun for all. In addition to the action in the air with aerobatic performers & military demonstrations, the air show provides lots of fun and action on the ground too. Ground activities are everywhere from rock wall climbing to motion rides to great food to pedal airplanes for the smallest of air show fans to visiting with people from all over the world. Information: 217/789-4400

Early May

Pied Piper Downtown Architectural Walking Tour

Begins in front of Lincoln Herndon Law Office at 5 p.m.

Join Anthony Rubano of IHPA in a walking tour discussing the architectural styles, materials, and treatments that make up historic Downtown Springfield. Information: 217-544-1723

3rd Week in May

Illinois Highland Games and Celtic Festival

State Fair Grounds

Celebrate Celtic history, spend a day and go back 400 years in history. Dance, music, athletics, vendors and food. Largest ethnic festival in downstate Illinois.

Information: 217-546-9800

Third week in May

Old Capitol Art Fair

Captial Plaza, Springfield, IL

Rain or shine, the Old Capitol Art Fair is held on the plaza in downtown Springfield. Two days filled with fine art with nearly 200 artistsFood vendors, live entertainment all weekend.

Information: 217.391.0140

Early June

Hot Rod Power Tour

Illinois State Fairgrounds

The Hot Rod Magazine Power Tour is the ultimate Hot Rodders’ vacation. Imagine cruising across America with the staff and editors of Hot Rod Magazine, along with all the icons of the automotive industry. The attention of over 40 million automotive enthusiasts will focus on these seven days in June where the rubber meets the road and the pages of the magazine come alive. Over 3000 cars will stop in Springfield at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. The Hot Rod Power Tour is a family event and is free to the public. Information: (317) 236-6522

Early June

International Carillon Festival, featuring concerts by international carillonneurs Information: Phone: 217-753-6219

Late June

Washington Street Jazz

between 5th and 6th Street on Washington St. in Springfield

Several jazz and blues bands play on two outdoor stages, entertaining audiences of all ages. Festive summertime cuisine is available for purchase. Chance to win prizes. Silent Auction and 50/50 raffle.

Admission charged.

For information: 217-753-3519

Late August

Hot Rod Super Nationals

Illinois State Fairgrounds

For Information: (317) 236-6522

Hot Rod Super Nationals boasts over 3000 cars, consisting of 4 different types: Street Machines-personalized or customized two-wheel drive vehicles encompassing the years of 1949 to the present day; Street Rods–vehicles manufactured prior to1949, designed for street use; Hot Rods-American made vehicles, rebuilt or modified for a higher performance and distinctive functional appearance; Custom Cars-Restyled for a more distinct appearance.

Participants have thirty seconds to perform and the competition is judged by crowd reaction. Admission is charged.

Late August

Old Capitol Blues & BBQs

Washington Street Downtown

Full line-up of local and national blues bands. Sample BBQ from over 20 contestants in a baby-back rib cook-off. Admission charged.

Information: 217-544-1723

Late August-early September

LPGA State Farm Classic

Rail Golf Course

LPGA State Farm Classic is held annually at the Rail Golf Course. Over 140 of the best women golfers in the world convene in Central Illinois to compete for a $1.,300,000 purse. There are many ways

Information: 217-787-5742

Late September-early October

International Route 66 Mother Road Festival

Downtown Springfield, Illinois

Hundreds of high quality vintage cars from around the U.S. and Canada fill the streets of historic downtown Springfield for a 3-day celebration of the cars, food, music, & friends of the heyday of U.S. Route 66. Information: 1-866-RTE-66IL or 217-422-3733

Late October

Harvest Celebration at the Old Capitol Farmers’ Market presented by St. John’s Hospital

Adams Street Downtown

In celebration of another successful market season, we are hosting a fun, family event featuring Jack-o’lanterns on display, musical entertainment by Second Harvest, Trick-or-Treat the Market, and seasonal crafts for sale. Free.

Information:: 544-1723

Mid-December

Evenings at the Dana-Thomas House

Dana-Thomas House State Historic Site

The fully decorated Frank Lloyd Wright designed mansion is open for evening viewing until 8 p.m. on each of three nights. On the Sunday before Christmas the site is lit with 850 luminary sacks. Live music each evening.

Information: 217-782-6776

Arts and Entertainment

Sangamon Auditorium

University of Illinois at Springfield

One University Plaza, MS PAC 397

Springfield, IL 62703-5407

Ticket Office: 217.206.6160

Sangamon Auditorium is the venue for a wide variety of cultural and educational professional arts activities of high quality. It serves audiences on the campus of the University of Illinois, in Springfield, in Sangamon County and in the surrounding areas, reflecting a broad representation of music, theater and dance in all their forms. Groups performing include the Illinois Symphony Orchestra and Springfield Ballet Company.

The Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon

Washington Park

Springfield, IL

Within the open tower hang 67 cast bronze bells covering a range of 5 1/2 chromatic octaves. The total weight of the bells is 82,753 pounds; the largest weighs 7 1/2 tons, while the smallest weighs 22 pounds. Regularly scheduled concerts are given each Sunday afternoon throughout the year, with the addition of a Wednesday evening concert during the summer months. Tours of the tower are given on a daily basis (Closed Monday and Tuesday) from Memorial Day to Labor Day and on weekends after September if weather permits. An annual festival in early June features concerts by internationally known carillonneurs.

Rosemont, Illinois

A- Overview:
Just beyond the bustling activity of Chicago lies Rosemont, Illinois. Rosemont is conveniently located adjacent to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, and 17 miles from downtown Chicago. Rosemont is easily accessible to numerous highways, interstates and public transportation and offers its visitors both the convenience to the airport and the city as well as a lifestyle all its own.

There is plenty to see and do in Rosemont and nearby. It has a population of only 4,000, yet the village excels as a top meeting, convention, and trade show center, and hosts an average of 50,000 visitors a day!

Within its two square mile boundary, visitors will find a thriving village equipped for business. There are state of the art office developments, headquarters of leading international companies, and a full spectrum of vital service businesses.

Rosemont is the home of one of the country’s largest meeting and convention centers, the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont. Whether it’s a sporting event at the 19,000-seat Allstate arena or a Broadway play at the 4,200 seat Rosemont performing arts theater, or enjoying a meal at one of the city’s fine restaurants, there is always something of interest.

One unique Rosemont attraction is the Donald E. Stephens Museum of Hummels. Here, visitors can take a close look at more than 1,000 rare M.I. Hummel figurines and ANRI woodcarvings.

A visit to Rosemont will no doubt include a side trip to the great city of Chicago. There, the Navy Pier is a must see destination. Opened in 1916 as a shipping facility and recreation spot, it has evolved into one of Chicago’s top family and tourist destinations. Other attractions include the three-story Chicago Children’s Museum and live entertainment on the Skyline Stage. Amazing Chicago is a life-sized maze that’s part history and mostly fun, with mirrored corridors and twisted tunnels that depict Chicago scenes. When visitors are ready for refueling, they’ll find everything from fine dining to food-court fare. No visit to the Pier is complete without a spin on the 150-foot-high Ferris wheel with its great views of the skyline and lake. Speaking of height, visitors can also visit the Sears Tower and Skydeck. Chicago’s tallest building boasts the city’s longest view–50 miles in any direction on a clear day. The Sears Tower stands 1,454 feet tall, 110 floors high. On a clear day, viewers can see four states. The average sway is six inches from the center.

For the sports-minded visitor, the area is famous for its professional sports teams. Visiting landmark Wrigley Field, provides a look back into sports history. A Chicago landmark since 1914, this classic ballpark is a monument to the national pastime. From the ivy clinging to the outfield wall to the manually operated scoreboard, Wrigley Field is the real deal. There isn’t a bad seat in the intimate, 39,000-seat house, save for a few behind the supporting beams. The usually rowdy crowd keeps Wrigley lively with sacred traditions like throwing the opposing team’s home run balls back onto the field and traditional outfield chants. Why not make it a family day?

The Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, located in nearby Oak Park, gives an opportunity for visitors to take a walk through the residence of Chicago’s famous, groundbreaking architect. In the living room, sofas sit underneath bay windows, which are built into the wall, creating an illusion of light and roominess. Each room seems to flow into the next.

Whether visiting for business or pleasure; spring, summer, fall, or winter, the village of Rosemont offers convenience to O’Hare airport and proximity to downtown Chicago. As the residents of Rosemont say of their village, “All roads lead to Rosemont”.

B- City Information:
Population: 4,224

Elevation: 666 feet above sea level

Land Area: 1.7 square miles

Location: Rosemont is conveniently located adjacent to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, and 17 miles from downtown Chicago. Rosemont offers easy access to numerous highways, interstates and public transportation.

Time Zone: Central Time Zone (when it’s noon in Rosemont, it’s 1pm in New York City and 10am in Los Angeles). Rosemont observes Daylight Savings Time from April – October

Weather:

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Average temp. (°F)
22.0
27.0
37.3
47.8
58.7
68.2
73.3
71.7
63.8
52.1
39.3
27.4

High temperature (°F)
29.6
34.7
46.1
58.0
69.9
79.2
83.5
81.2
74.0
62.2
47.2
34.5

Low temperature (°F)
14.3
19.2
28.5
37.6
47.5
57.2
63.2
62.2
53.7
42.1
31.6
20.4

Precipitation (in)
1.8
1.6
2.6
3.7
3.4
3.6
3.5
4.6
3.3
2.7
3.0
2.4

Climate:

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Days with precipitation
11
9
12
13
11
10
10
9
9
9
11
11

Wind speed (mph)
11.6
11.4
11.8
11.9
10.5
9.3
8.4
8.2
8.9
10.1
11.1
11.0

Morning humidity (%)
78
78
79
77
77
79
82
86
85
81
80
80

Afternoon humidity (%)
70
67
63
58
57
58
60
61
61
59
66
71

Sunshine (%)
44
49
51
50
58
67
66
62
59
55
38
43

Snowfall (in)
11.2
7.9
6.9
1.6
0.1
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.4
2.0
8.4

Local Seasons:

Due to its proximity to bustling Chicago, the quieter, yet energetic city of Rosemont enjoys year round activity. The city has four distinct seasons. Summers are quite enjoyable with the temperature reaching the low 80’s F on many days during the day and dropping to the comfortable 60’s in the evening. Fall is quite beautiful as the temperature, and leaves, begin to drop. Winters can be cold and there is snow, making Spring a welcome event.

How to Get There:

By Air:

O’Hare International Airport

773-686-2200

The airport is conveniently located adjacent to Rosemont and handles more passengers than any other airport in the world. For visitors needing information or directions, airport information booths are located on the lower levels of the domestic terminals and on the upper and lower levels of the International Terminal. A foreign currency exchange is located on the lower level of the International Terminal.

Midway Airport

773-838-0600

The airport is located at 5700 Cicero Avenue in Chicago. The airport is served by many of the nationally known airlines as well as certain local and regional carriers.

Ground Transportation:

Most of the major car rental companies as well as taxi, limousine, and shuttle bus service are available at both of the airports as well as throughout the city.

By Car:

Rosemont is easily accessible by car via various Interstate Highways. From the east, Interstate 90 becomes Interstate 190 just east of the city, from the north and south, Interstate 294 transects the city. From the west, the best route is via Interstate 90, connecting to Interstate 294 south.

By Train:

Amtrak

The nearest Amtrak station is located in nearby Chicago.

225 South Canal St.
Chicago, IL 60606

800-USA-RAIL

How to Get Around:

Most visitors find the best way to get around is by either personal or rental car.

National Holidays:

New Year’s Day, Jan. 1

Martin Luther King, Jr., Day 3rd Mon. in Jan.

President’s Day, 3rd Mon. in Feb.

Memorial Day last Mon. in May

Independence Day July 4

Labor Day, 1st Mon. in Sept.

Thanksgiving Day, 4th Thurs. in Nov.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, Dec. 24 and 25

New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31

C- Attractions/Things To Do:
D- Family Fun Attractions:
Allstate Arena
6920 N. Mannheim Road
Rosemont, IL 60018
847-635-6601

Hours: Mon.- Fri. 11am – 7pm, Sat. 12 – 5pm; Closed Sunday, unless there is a scheduled event

Admission Charged for events

The Arena hosts more than 150 events annually, attracting an average of 1.5 million audience members to witness some of the world’s top musical performers, exciting sporting events and fun-for-everyone family entertainment.

Chicago Attractions:

Chicago Museum Campus

1400 S Lake Shore Dr
Chicago, IL 60605
312-409-9696

Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged for certain attractions

Ten acres of parkland and pedestrian paths link the Field Museum, John G. Shedd Aquarium, and Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum. The aquarium houses an enormous collection of aquatic creatures, while the adjacent Oceanarium is the world’s largest marine mammal pavilion. Visit the planetarium for a celestial experience or go backward in time at the Field Museum, which showcases more than 16 million artifacts of anthropology, botany, geology and zoology. The green expanse between the museums is a great place to stretch your legs, have an afternoon picnic or just gaze at the Chicago skyline.

Navy Pier

600 E Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
312-791-7000

Hours: Call for additional information

Admission Free

Opened in 1916 as a shipping facility and recreation spot, Navy Pier has evolved into one of Chicago’s top family and tourist destinations. Some of the attractions include the three-story Chicago Children’s Museum and live entertainment on the Skyline Stage. Amazing Chicago is a life-sized maze that’s part history and mostly fun, with mirrored corridors and twisted tunnels that depict Chicago scenes. When visitors are ready for refueling, they’ll find everything from fine dining to food-court fare. And no visit to the Pier is complete without a spin on the 150-foot-high Ferris wheel with its great views of the skyline and lake.

Sears Tower and Skydeck

233 S Wacker Dr.
Chicago, IL 60606
312-875-9696

Hours: Call for additional information

Admission Charged to Skydeck

Chicago’s tallest building boasts the city’s longest view–50 miles in any direction on a clear day. The Sears Tower stands 1,454 feet tall, 110 floors high. On a clear day, viewers can see four states. Don’t get dizzy–the average sway is six inches from the center.

Wrigley Field

1060 W Addison St
Chicago, IL 60613
773-404-2827

Hours: Call for game and event schedule

Admission Charged

A Chicago landmark since 1914, this classic ballpark is a monument to the national pastime. From the ivy clinging to the outfield wall to the manually operated scoreboard, Wrigley Field is the real deal. There isn’t a bad seat in the intimate, 39,000-seat house, save for a few behind the supporting beams. The usually rowdy crowd keeps Wrigley lively with sacred traditions like throwing the opposing team’s home run balls back onto the field and traditional outfield chants.

E- Events & Entertainment:
Events & Entertainment

January

Gingerbread Fantasy Factory

Held through early January

Location: Chicago Children’s Museum

312-527-1000

Call for additional information
Join in as children of all ages “make”, “bake” and decorate pretend gingerbread creations as well as dress up to reenact the Gingerbread Man, catch their breath to read the original story, or create scented gingerbread sculptures.

Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light 2004
Held through early January

Location: Museum of Science and Industry

773-684-3323

Call for additional information

Experience a Chicago tradition more than six decades old. Christmas Around the World features an enchanted forest of glimmering trees, each decorated with meticulous care by one of Chicago’s ethnic communities.

Winter Flower Show and Holiday Garden Railway Exhibition
Held through early January

Location: Lincoln Park Conservatory

312-742-7736

Call for additional information

Several model trains, including an old fashioned steam engine, circus train, freight train and trolley, will wind their way through a miniature village set in a field of vibrant red, pink and white poinsettias.

Winter Wedding Faire & Fashion Show
Held in early January

Location: Oak Lawn

708-229-8850
Call for additional information

Plan every detail of the perfect wedding and see the latest in bridal fashions presented during a fabulous runway show.

SoxFest Annual White Sox Fan Convention
Held in mid January

Location: Hyatt Regency Chicago

312-674-1000

SoxFest offers fans the opportunity to meet their favorite current and former Sox players. These players participate in skills clinics, question-and-answer sessions and autograph signings throughout the weekend.

The Chicagoland Outdoors Show
Held in mid January

Location: Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Call for additional information

The Chicagoland Outdoors Show is the largest consumer event of its kind in the greater Chicago area. People come from Midwest states to view and purchase fishing and hunting products, plan outdoor vacations, shop for boats, RV’s, ATV’s and 4WD’s.

Winter Fest

Held in late January

Location: Centennial Ice Arena

847-433-6901
Call for additional information

Cross-country skiing, sledding, ice skating, dog sled & ice sculpting demos. Food and fun for all to celebrate winter!

The Chicago Boat, RV & Outdoors Show featuring Travel Show
Held in mid January

Location: McCormick Place

312-791-7000

Call for additional information

One of the largest events in the Midwest for recreational and leisure activities featuring more than 600 boats, 300 RVs and hundreds of booths filled with outfitters, charter boats, personal watercraft, fishing equipment, wakeboarding & marine accessories.

Annual Chicago Snow Sculpting Competition
Held in late January

Location: Rolling Meadows

847-394-8500

Call for additional information

At the Atrium Corporate Center located on the north side of Golf Road and about a mile east of Woodfield Mall. Enjoy viewing the work of a three person team that carves a six-foot by six-foot by ten feet block of snow into a masterpiece.

Chicago Winter Delights
Held early January – late February

Location: Chicago Cultural Center

312-744-6630

Call for additional information

This winter festival offers the best in culture and entertainment, as well as special hotel rates, themed weekends and hospitality packages.

February

Strictly Sail Show

Held in early February

Location: Navy Pier

312-595-PIER
Call for additional information

This annual show features accessories and equipment dealers to sailing schools, associations/clubs and exhibitors from every aspect of the world of sailing.

Chinese New Year Parade

Held in mid February

Location: Wentworth from Cermak to 24th Street

312-225-0303
Call for additional information

This Chinatown celebration welcomes the Lunar New Year. The parade includes marching bands, floats, lion teams, 100′ Mystical Dragon, Miss Chinatown and Miss Friendship Ambassador along with “fire Crackers” at individual stores.

Winter Carnival

Held in mid February

Location: Redmond Recreational Complex

630-594-1190

Call for additional information

Weekend of fun on & off the ice. Star studded ice skating show, with top talent at an affordable price! Carvers compete for the National Ice Carver National Championship trophy. Hockey games, ice games, chili cook-off, open skating and more.

The Chicago International Motorcycle Show
Held in mid February

Location: Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont

847-692-2220

Powersports enthusiasts from across the country can see the latest and greatest innovations, products and services, aftermarket products, as well as the hottest new motorcycles, ATVs, scooters and more.

Annual Mardi Gras Competition
Held in mid February

Location: The Edge Ice Arena, Bensenville

630-766-8888
Call for additional information

Figure skating competition for individual skaters and synchronized skating teams from the Chicago area.

Chicago Auto Show
Held in mid February

Location: McCormick Place, Chicago

312-791-7000
Call for additional information

Chicago showcases the entire spectrum of automobile manufacturer offerings on a single show floor in the magnificent McCormick Place. This show features more than 1,000 cars, trucks, SUVs and the always-ready-to-steal-the-show concepts.

Chicago Winter Delights
Held early January – late February

Location: Chicago Cultural Center

312-744-6630

Call for additional information

This winter festival offers both culture and entertainment.

March

Naperville St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Held on March 17

Location: Spring Street in Naperville

630-305-7701
Call for additional information
Featuring approximately 50 entries including Irish dancers, pipe bands and local politicians and a color guard. Celebrate the day of the Irish in Naperville.

Annual Storytelling Festival
Held in mid March
Location: Prairie Center for the Arts, Schaumburg

847-895-3600
Call for additional information

Bringing together nationally renowned artists, this is a day of celebrating one of the most enduring art forms.

Annual Fox Valley Spring Antique Show

Held in mid March

Location: Kane County Fairgrounds

815-838-0606

Call for additional information

Features antique dealers from 14 states.

Maple Sugaring Days

Held in mid March

Location: Naper Settlement, Naperville

630-420-6010

Call for additional information

Observe costumed villages tapping maple trees to collect the sap, which is boiled down to make maple syrup and sugar.

Chicago Golf and Backyard Show
Held in mid March

Location: Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont

847-692-2222
Call for additional information

One of the oldest and largest consumer golf show in the Midwest, and each year it attracts almost 20,000 avid golfers who come to see what’s new in golf.

Chicago Flower and Garden Show
Held in mid March

Location: Navy Pier, Chicago

312-595-PIER
Call for additional information

Heralding the promise of spring with a burst of welcome color, warmth and cheer, the more than 25 themed gardens brim over, featuring hourly educational lectures, hundreds of gardening products, ongoing demonstrations and workshops.

April

Chicago Bike Show
Held in early April

Location: Navy Pier, Chicago

312-595-PIER

Call for additional information

From extreme stunt shows to the latest products in the bicycling industry, this show brings together major manufacturers, tour operators, local stores, clubs and other bike-related organizations.

Greater Woodfield Annual “Original” Chefs’ Fest
Held in mid April

Location: Arlington Park, Arlington Heights

847-490-1010
Call for additional information

Over 40 of the area’s most succulent restaurants all in one place! Cooking demonstrations, games & prizes, silent auction. One low admission price lets visitors eat and drink all night long.

Country Folk Art Festival

Held in mid April

Location: Kane County Fairgrounds

630-858-1568
The country’s top artisans and craftsmen offer for sale exacting reproductions of antique American country and formal furniture and accessories, contemporary folk art, and spectacular crafts.

Illinois State Scramble

Held in mid April

Location: Village Greens of Woodridge Golf Course, Woodridge

630-985-3610

Call for additional information
The Annual Illinois State Scramble is a two person scramble format played at scratch. Any amateur golfer is eligible to enter.

Antique Collectible Toy and Doll World Show
Held in late April

Location: Kane County Fairgrounds

773-736-5140

Call for additional information

1500 tables of antique and collectible toys, dolls, playthings, and childhood memorabilia.

Annual Chicago Improv Festival at Cultural Center
Held in late April

Location: Chicago Cultural Center

312-744-6630

Call for additional information

The Chicago Cultural Center hosts special events including a week of free performances from Chicago’s top improv troupes during the Lunchbreak series and Family Day events.

May

Annual REACH Duck Race
Held in early May

Location: Naperville Riverwalk

630-848-5000

Call for additional information

This event features plastic ducks in a “float” race in the DuPage River along the Naperville Riverwalk, beginning near the Riverwalk Rotary Hill. A pet parade is held in conjunction with the event.

Bike Chicago

Held early May – late July

Location: Varies within Chicago

312-744-3315

Call for additional information

A three-month long celebration. Various events include Bike to Work Day, LATE Ride and Bike Along Lake Shore Drive and numerous workshops to promote health and the environmental benefits of biking.

Blooming Fest

Held in mid May

Location: Wayne & Helen Fox Community Center, West Chicago

630-593-0141
Call for additional information

West Chicago is blooming in Spring! Held in conjunction with the Garden Club plant sale, Blooming Fest is an outdoor gallery of children’s art. Come see what the little Picasso’s are creating. An outdoor craft fair features Chicago artisans.

Railroad Daze in Franklin Park
Held in mid May

Location: Franklin Park

847-671-4800

Call for additional information

Exhibits of trains, engines, and sleeping cars are featured. Additionally, there is great music (2 bands each night – Country-Western & Contemporary Rock) as well as children’s rides, food vendors and more!

Civil War Days

Held in mid May

Location: Naper Settlement, Naperville

630-420-6010

Call for additional information

Gun powder clouds the grounds, shots ring out in the distance and the Civil War re-enactors have set up camp once again.

June

Annual Matteson Festival
Held in mid June

Location: Memorial Park, Matteson

708-748-1080

Call for additional information

Outdoor community festival featuring live entertainment daily. Carnival rides, arts & crafts, food/beer garden and much more. Free parking and admission to festival.

Naper Days Celebration

Held in mid June

Location: Naper Settlement, Naperville

630-420-6010

Call for additional information

Celebrate the best Naperville has to offer, from its past, present and future! Including multiple stages featuring local musical entertainment, a “Taste of Naperville” hosting local restaurants, a wide variety of family entertainment and much more.

Bike Chicago

Held early May – late July

Location: Varies within Chicago

312-744-3315

Call for additional information

A three-month long celebration. Various events include Bike to Work Day, LATE Ride and Bike Along Lake Shore Drive and numerous workshops to promote health and the environmental benefits of biking.

Annual Auto Show
Held in late June

Location: 4101 West 183rd Street, Country Club Hills

708-798-2616

One of the most popular auto shows in the south suburbs featuring old cars, not-so-old cars, today’s special cars and motorcycles of all kinds

July

Tennisfest
Held in mid July

Location: 2920 West 183rd Street, Homewood

708-799-1323

Call for additional information

A 12-day festival with free tennis clinics, free USA 1-2-3 tennis lessons, tennis sculpture contest, famous player pet contest, tournaments and much more.

Gospel Fest

Held in late July

Location: Sesto Park, Chicago Heights

708-755-1351

Call for additional information

Annual Gospel Fest following parade beginning at 10:30am at Wilson Elementary School. Singers, food, games and fellowship.

Ridgefest

Held in late July

Location: Freedom Park, Chicago Ridge

708-425-7700

Call for additional information

Annual festival with national bands / acts. Diverse ethnic food vendors, huge carnival, arts/ crafts, special guests and children’s entertainment.

Bike Chicago

Held early May – late July

Location: Varies within Chicago

312-744-3315

Call for additional information

A three-month long celebration. Various events include Bike to Work Day, LATE Ride and Bike Along Lake Shore Drive and numerous workshops to promote health and the environmental benefits of biking.

September

Frankfort Fall Festival

Held in early September

Location: Frankfort

815-469-3356

Call for additional information

An outdoor show of over 300 crafters and artisans offer an unmatched array of the finest handmade creations.

South Holland Heritage Festival
Held in early September

Location: South Holland

708-210-2900

Call for additional information

5 days of different events you can’t miss. Gallery of Art, Annual Car Show/Swap Meet, One Book One Body Church & Community, Heritage Paarlberg Fest and so much to see each day for all to enjoy.

Lake Katherine’s Monarch Butterfly Festival
Held in mid September

Location: Palos Heights

708-361-1873
Call for additional information

Lake Katherine has one of the oldest butterfly events in North America. Walk through the butterfly house. Spider tent, insect exhibitors, crafters, canoes and hay rides, flood.

November

Gingerbread Fantasy Factory

Held November – early January

Location: Chicago Children’s Museum

312-527-1000

Call for additional information
Join in as children of all ages “make”, “bake” and decorate pretend gingerbread creations as well as dress up to reenact the Gingerbread Man, catch their breath to read the original story, or create scented gingerbread sculptures.

Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light
Held through early January

Location: Museum of Science and Industry

773-684-3323

Call for additional information

Experience a Chicago tradition more than six decades old. Christmas Around the World features an enchanted forest of glimmering trees, each decorated with meticulous care by one of Chicago’s ethnic communities.

Winter Flower Show and Holiday Garden Railway Exhibition
Held November – early January

Location: Lincoln Park Conservatory

312-742-7736

Call for additional information

Several model trains, including an old fashioned steam engine, circus train, freight train and trolley, will wind their way through a miniature village set in a field of vibrant red, pink and white poinsettias.

December

Gingerbread Fantasy Factory

Held November – early January

Location: Chicago Children’s Museum

312-527-1000

Call for additional information
Join in as children of all ages “make”, “bake” and decorate pretend gingerbread creations as well as dress up to reenact the Gingerbread Man, catch their breath to read the original story, or create scented gingerbread sculptures.

Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light
Held through early January

Location: Museum of Science and Industry

773-684-3323

Call for additional information

Experience a Chicago tradition more than six decades old. Christmas Around the World features an enchanted forest of glimmering trees, each decorated with meticulous care by one of Chicago’s ethnic communities.

Winter Flower Show and Holiday Garden Railway Exhibition
Held November – early January

Location: Lincoln Park Conservatory

312-742-7736

Call for additional information

Several model trains, including an old fashioned steam engine, circus train, freight train and trolley, will wind their way through a miniature village set in a field of vibrant red, pink and white poinsettias.

Entertainment:

Allstate Arena
6920 N. Mannheim Road
Rosemont, IL 60018
847-635-6601

Hours: Mon. – Fri. 11am – 7pm, Sat. 12 – 5pm; Closed Sunday, unless there is a scheduled event

Admission Charged for events

The Arena hosts more than 150 events annually, attracting an average of 1.5 million audience members to witness some of the world’s top musical performers, exciting sporting events and fun-for-everyone family entertainment.

Rosemont Theatre
5400 N. River Road
Rosemont, IL 60018
847-671-5100
Hours: Mon. – Fri. 11am – 7pm, Sat. 12 – 5pm, closed Sunday, unless there is a scheduled event

Admission Charged

The plush Rosemont Theatre is the ticket to lavish Broadway musicals, full-scale productions and world class entertainment.

Chicagoland Pops Orchestra

5400 N. River Road
Rosemont, IL 60018
847-825-7677

Performances held at the Rosemont Theatre, call for schedule

The Chicagoland Pops Orchestra, established by the Village of Rosemont, is a full symphonic ensemble which calls the magnificent Rosemont Theatre home. The CPO presents an innovative blend of popular music to give audiences a unique entertainment experience.