IllinoisTimes - IT Picks Wed, 23 Aug 17 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Women of WWII Women of WWII
 Step back in time and take in a performance of Loose Lips Sink Ships at Theatre in the Park, located within Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site. Showtime is 8 p.m. nightly Aug. 18-20 and 2...]]>
Celebrate baseball Celebrate baseball
On Saturday, Aug. 19, celebrate America’s pastime with an All-American Picnic. Hosted by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, the all-ages event features an evening of baseball-theme...]]>
Solar eclipse bash Solar eclipse bash
 On Monday, Aug. 21, avoid the chaos and the crowds in southern Illinois and #GetMooned at Danenberger Family Vineyards during the Great American Solar Eclipse. During the eclipse, the moon will...]]>
Three exhibitions; one night Three exhibitions; one night
 On Friday, Aug. 11, celebrate the opening of three new exhibitions at the DEMO Project, a modern art gallery directed by Springfield-based contemporary artists. The first exhibition, titled “D...]]>
Twinning with twine Twinning with twine
 Enjoy a fun night out with your neonate Friday at page261, a boutique-style shop that offers a variety of creative “make-and-take” activities for children and adults. From 7-9 p.m., children...]]>
A successful start to school A successful start to school
 Does your child struggle with attention, learning, behaviors or social skills? If so, don’t miss a free, interactive presentation offering tips and information on how to start the school year...]]>
Circus sans animals Circus sans animals
 If family-friendly fun is what you’re after this weekend, don’t miss Cirque Italia, an animal-free traveling “water circus.” Cirque Italia, which has been performed internationally more...]]>
Hot in here Hot in here
 Get ready to enjoy Decatur’s strongest summer tradition, as the Decatur Celebration roars to life for its 32nd year. The longtime festival, which donates proceeds annually to local service org...]]>
Celebrate the Mother Road Celebrate the Mother Road
 Start your engines bright and early for the Fifth Annual Powerlight Abraham Lincoln Car Show Spectacular. The car show, free to all spectators, will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine....]]>
Two days, three stages, 22 bands Two days, three stages, 22 bands
 Local music lovers rejoice, for Springfield’s yearly showcase of original music, art and craft beer has returned. The seventh annual Downhome Music Festival features 22 bands, mostly local act...]]>
A clergyman remembers the Lincolns A clergyman remembers the Lincolns
 Enjoy dinner and a show on Friday, July 28, when the Elkhart Historical Society hosts a dinner lecture by Rev. Dr. Malcom Shotwell titled “Our neighbors, the Lincolns: A clergyman remembers.�...]]>
Talented quilters Talented quilters
 On July 28-29, Jacksonville High School will be the site of the annual celebration for central Illinois quilters, the River Country Quilt Show. The show is a popular destination for local quilt...]]>
Summer’s sweetest festival Summer’s sweetest festival
 Sink your teeth into a delicious cob of sweet corn this weekend at the 44th annual Chatham Jaycees Sweet Corn Festival, a two-day celebration of food, family fun, athletic tournaments and live m...]]>
Shaking up the social order Shaking up the social order
 Don’t miss Theatre in the Park’s dazzling presentation of High School Musical, the contemporary musical comedy based on the 2006 Disney Channel Original Movie penned by Peter Barsocchini. Th...]]>
A captivating concert A captivating concert
 On Thursday, July 13, enjoy the award-winning sounds of Celtic-Americana duo Switchback during July’s “Music at the Museum” concert, a monthly concert series that showcases all styles of m...]]>
Celebrate the beauty of Springfield Celebrate the beauty of Springfield
  Enjoy a revitalization of Springfield’s premiere downtown food and music festival this weekend during the Amaranth Apple Festival, whose name is a nod to Springfield’s most famous poet Vach...]]>
Obama: The Call of History Obama: The Call of History
 On Tuesday, July 18, enjoy a presentation and book signing by New York Times reporter Peter Baker in honor of his new book, an Obama biography titled Obama: The Call of History. Baker was hired...]]>
Stop the presses! Stop the presses!
 Central Illinois theater lovers are in for a treat this July, as Springfield’s Legacy Theatre has been selected as one of 12 regional theater groups across the United States to receive licensi...]]>
Batty for bats Batty for bats
 Join the Illinois State Museum and the Organization for Bat Conservation on Saturday, July 8, for the Illinois Bat Festival, a division of the Great Lakes Bat Festival, which celebrates bats and...]]>
Small town, big fun Small town, big fun
 Agriculture is at the forefront of the 2017 Assumption Fest, the annual small town festival hosted by the Assumption Fest committee that grows bigger and better every year. One new feature at th...]]>
Patriotism in the park Patriotism in the park
 The fun begins bright and early this Fourth of July in Jacksonville. Nichols Park will once again be the site of the annual Fourth of July Blast, a family-friendly celebration featuring fitness...]]>
Teenage expression through poetry Teenage expression through poetry
 As part of their mission to offer programs and spaces where teens and children can explore and engage with history in a fun way, the Springfield and Central Illinois African-American History Mus...]]>
The Summer Porch Chat series The Summer Porch Chat series
 On Friday, June 23, the Elijah Iles House kicks off its annual “Summer Porch Chat” series with a roundtable discussion centering on Abraham Lincoln’s father, Thomas Lincoln. Two conflictin...]]>
History and video games History and video games
 Don’t miss War Games, a one-day event organized by Lizzie Roehrs, a junior communication major at the University of Illinois at Springfield and current intern at the Illinois State Military Mu...]]>
Step into the 1860s Step into the 1860s
 Step back in time on Saturday, June 17, and take in an afternoon of America’s pastime in accordance with 1860s rules and uniforms. The Vintage Baseball Festival will begin at noon and features...]]>
Fair pricing for all Fair pricing for all
 The Sangamon County Fair has made some exciting pricing changes for the 2017 season. General fair admission has been lowered, and will cost $10 on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and $5 on Sunday...]]>
Relive the golden age of aviation Relive the golden age of aviation
 Experience the golden age of aviation by flying on the Ford Tri-Motor, the plane that revolutionized luxury commercial airline travel. The Ford 4-AT-E aircraft, nicknamed the “Tin Goose,” is...]]>
Vehicles for artistic expression Vehicles for artistic expression
 On Saturday, June 10, join Our Vibrant Community in Enos Park for a free bike parade designed to increase visibility for cycling as participants inventively decorate their bikes into art bikes f...]]>
Hot music, cool drinks, tasty bites Hot music, cool drinks, tasty bites
 Don’t miss the 13th annual Heritage Days Summerfest June 2-4. Enjoy live music, delicious food, cold drinks and family fun while supporting Little Flower School. A kids’ area will be availab...]]>
A new competition for our nation A new competition for our nation
 As a precursor to the 56th annual International Carillon Competition, the Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon is honored to host the first annual “open” carillon competition in the United States....]]>