IllinoisTimes - IT Picks http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-41-1-it-picks.html Tue, 26 Jul 16 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Food trucks at the fairgrounds http://illinoistimes.com/article-17470-food-trucks-at-the-fairgrounds.html Food trucks at the fairgrounds
 Enjoy cold beverages, delicious food and live music during the first annual Springfield Food Truck Festival hosted by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. The festival will be held on S...]]>
Sing, dance and play http://illinoistimes.com/article-17471-sing-dance-and-play.html Sing, dance and play
 The Springfield Park District is proud to present a free singalong, dance-along and do-along music festival and 40-year celebration for Funshop, the Springfield Park District’s play-based educ...]]>
Bands and bacon http://illinoistimes.com/article-17472-bands-and-bacon.html Bands and bacon
 The WUIS Bedrock 66 Live! concert series is thrilled to present the Bedrock 66 Live! Music Festival in conjunction with the Downtown Bacon Throwdown II on Friday and Saturday, July 22-23, in dow...]]>
An interactive game show http://illinoistimes.com/article-17447-an-interactive-game-show.html An interactive game show
 Fans of NBC’s zany, celebrity-studded game show Hollywood Game Night will enjoy Word Play!, an evening of exciting word games at LOFT 125 in Decatur’s Madden Arts Center. On Friday, July 15,...]]>
A dark musical comedy http://illinoistimes.com/article-17448-a-dark-musical-comedy.html A dark musical comedy
 The Springfield Municipal Opera, commonly known as The Muni, is one of the largest community theater groups in the Midwest. The Muni’s amphitheater, originally built in 1950 atop a 55-acre whe...]]>
Sister Act: The Musical http://illinoistimes.com/article-17438-sister-act-the-musical.html Sister Act: The Musical
 This July, take in one of Broadway’s hottest musical comedies. The Legacy Theatre is proud to present Sister Act: The Musical, based off the 1992 cult film favorite starring Whoopi Goldberg. S...]]>
Celebrate Sherman http://illinoistimes.com/article-17439-celebrate-sherman.html Celebrate Sherman
 The land between The Rail Golf Course and Business 55 in Sherman will be the site of Sherman’s Homecoming celebration this Friday and Saturday, July 8-9. The fun begins on Friday at 5 p.m. wit...]]>
Fun for the Fourth http://illinoistimes.com/article-17404-fun-for-the-fourth.html Fun for the Fourth
 Usher in our nation’s birthday with two days of family fun hosted by the Springfield Jaycees during the annual Capital City Celebration. The festivities begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday, July 2, wi...]]>
Street art http://illinoistimes.com/article-17405-street-art.html Street art
 Join the Springfield Art Association for the annual block party that encourages community members to literally paint the streets of downtown Springfield. For $30 per square, individuals and grou...]]>
Books, animals, crafts http://illinoistimes.com/article-17406-books-animals-crafts.html Books, animals, crafts
 Visit the Henson Robinson Zoo for a Wild About Reading program geared towards children ages 2 and up with a love of books, animals and crafts. The pet-themed program requires preregistration, wh...]]>
A Fourth of July slasher http://illinoistimes.com/article-17407-a-fourth-of-july-slasher.html A Fourth of July slasher
 This Saturday, join B | Movie Studios for the premiere of one of the most anticipated horror movies of the past few years, You Are Not Alone. The first-person POV thriller is considered “one o...]]>
Free family fun close to home http://illinoistimes.com/article-17366-free-family-fun-close-to-home.html Free family fun close to home
 The annual street party and carnival known as Assumption Fest will take place June 23-25. Admission and parking are free all three days. The festival begins Thursday on the main stage with an op...]]>
A celebration of amateur radio http://illinoistimes.com/article-17367-a-celebration-of-amateur-radio.html A celebration of amateur radio
 Join the Sangamon Valley Radio Club, Springfield Community MakerSpace, former WAND-TV chief meteorologist Lee Davis and other technological experts for a Field Day and Family Day celebration to...]]>
An old-fashioned traveling road show http://illinoistimes.com/article-17368-an-old-fashioned-traveling-road-show.html An old-fashioned traveling road show
The live music capital of the world meets Springfield this weekend during two special performances of Branson on the Road, Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m., at the Hoogland Center for the Arts....]]>
LGBT love http://illinoistimes.com/article-17353-lgbt-love.html LGBT love
On Saturday, June 18, join the Coalition of Rainbow Alliances for the 35th Annual Pride Picnic. This summery gathering provides an opportunity for the LGBT community and its supporters to come togethe...]]>
Shellin’ out family fun http://illinoistimes.com/article-17354-shellin%25E2%2580%2599-out-family-fun.html Shellin’ out family fun
 A busy weekend lies ahead for Springfield’s very own Prospect League collegiate baseball team. The Springfield Sliders play in Lisle on Thursday, travel to Quincy on Friday, and then swing bac...]]>
Leadership through Adlai’s lens http://illinoistimes.com/article-17355-leadership-through-adlai%25E2%2580%2599s-lens.html Leadership through Adlai’s lens
 Join former U.S. Senator Adlai Stevenson III on Thursday, June 16, as he discusses modern politics through the multi-generational lens of his family’s political leadership. In additional to se...]]>
Artist on the Plaza http://illinoistimes.com/article-17310-artist-on-the-plaza.html Artist on the Plaza
 This summer, spend your Tuesday and Thursday lunch hours outdoors enjoying the annual Artist on the Plaza free performance series at the Old State Capitol Plaza. Artist on the Plaza is the Sprin...]]>
Party in the parlor http://illinoistimes.com/article-17311-party-in-the-parlor.html Party in the parlor
 On Friday, June 10, History Comes Alive launches their weekly Parlor Pastimes with Mr. Lincoln program at Edwards Place. From 1-2 p.m. every Friday this summer, Mr. Abraham Lincoln will discuss...]]>
First name Barbie, last name Doll http://illinoistimes.com/article-17312-first-name-barbie-last-name-doll.html First name Barbie, last name Doll
 The Vachel Lindsay Association’s popular Poets in the Parlor series continues with a reading by Maureen Bocka, author of First name Barbie, last name Doll, on Thursday, June 12, from 2-3 p.m....]]>
Award-winning Jewish films http://illinoistimes.com/article-17283-award-winning-jewish-films.html Award-winning Jewish films
 For the third year in a row, The Jewish Federation of Springfield, alongside a handful of community supporters, presents its annual film series. The series kicks off on Thursday, June 2, with a...]]>
A rockin’ race http://illinoistimes.com/article-17284-a-rockin%25E2%2580%2599-race.html A rockin’ race
 The SOHO 10K run/walk was added to the SOHO Music Festival lineup in 2014 and is a healthy addition to the SOHO activities. The 6.2-mile point-to-point race will occur on Saturday, June 4, at 8...]]>
33 years of female friendship http://illinoistimes.com/article-17285-33-years-of-female-friendship.html 33 years of female friendship
Last year The Dixie Swim Club, an unforgettable comedy about five women whose friendships began 33 years ago on their college swim team, enjoyed a successful run at the Hoogland Center for the Arts. S...]]>
Your Friend Forever, A. Lincoln http://illinoistimes.com/article-17261-your-friend-forever-a-lincoln.html Your Friend Forever, A. Lincoln
 On Thursday, May 26, join historian and psychoanalyst Charles B. Strozier to celebrate the release of his new book, Your Friend Forever, A. Lincoln: The Enduring Friendship of Abraham Lincoln an...]]>
An old-fashioned gathering http://illinoistimes.com/article-17262-an-old-fashioned-gathering.html An old-fashioned gathering
 Enjoy an early Memorial Day celebration along with the splendor of Oak Ridge Cemetery on Saturday, May 28, from 1-4 p.m. The afternoon begins with a welcome and reflection on the significance of...]]>
Unplug and play outside http://illinoistimes.com/article-17233-unplug-and-play-outside.html Unplug and play outside
 School is almost out for summer! Celebrate by unplugging your electronic devices and playing outside with the Springfield Park District, genHkids, Springfield YMCA and Hy-Vee. While the day’s...]]>
Comedy + wine = fun http://illinoistimes.com/article-17234-comedy-%252B-wine-%253D-fun.html Comedy + wine = fun
 Treat yourself to a bit of fun this Thursday evening, complete with wine, snacks and laughs as Hill Prairie Winery hosts comedian Jay Harris for one very funny show. Jay’s accolades include be...]]>
Broadway and the Beast http://illinoistimes.com/article-17192-broadway-and-the-beast.html Broadway and the Beast
 Experience the classic love story of Belle, a young woman stuck in a provincial town, and the Beast, a young prince trapped under an enchantress’ spell, when the touring Broadway production of...]]>
A delicious comeback http://illinoistimes.com/article-17193-a-delicious-comeback.html A delicious comeback
 On Thursday, May 12, the Illinois Products Farmers Market returns for a ninth year of food and fun. The three-hour night market takes place 4-7 p.m. every Thursday now through October 13. Weekly...]]>
Downtown’s hidden gems http://illinoistimes.com/article-17165-downtown%25E2%2580%2599s-hidden-gems.html Downtown’s hidden gems
 On Thursday, May 5, join Downtown Springfield, Inc. and Illinois REALTORS for a self-guided tour of downtown residential and commercial spaces that are otherwise inaccessible to the general publ...]]>