IllinoisTimes - IT Picks Thu, 22 Jun 17 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 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....]]>
A cemetery celebration A cemetery celebration
 During the 19th century, cemeteries served as gathering places for the community, often hosting speeches, walks and picnics. On Saturday, May 27, Oak Ridge Cemetery will restore that 19th centur...]]>
Five Star Brass Five Star Brass
 Five Star Brass, the United States Army band ensemble, will kick off the Springfield Area Arts Council’s annual Artist on the Plaza summer entertainment series on Tuesday, May 30. The free, se...]]>
Run, ride, skip, skate in the streets Run, ride, skip, skate in the streets
 This summer, enjoy safe, outdoor recreation in one of Springfield’s most historic parks during Washington Park’s Bike and Hike Days. Bike and Hike Days run Memorial Day weekend through Labor...]]>
Awe-inspiring art Awe-inspiring art
 The 56th annual Old Capitol Art Fair will take place in downtown Springfield on Saturday, May 20, and Sunday, May 21. The fair will feature fine art for sale in a wide variety of mediums, create...]]>
Turtle time Turtle time
 On Saturday, May 20, don your green or best turtle-themed outfit to celebrate World Turtle Day three days early at the Vachel Lindsay Home State Historic Site. Children of all ages are invited t...]]>
Outdoor family fun Outdoor family fun
 This Saturday, unplug from your phones, iPads, computers, video games, televisions and other electronic devices and celebrate the beginning of summer during this fun outdoor exercise event hoste...]]>
Summer movie fun Summer movie fun
 Join the Springfield Park District on Friday, May 12, for the first showing in their 2017 “Movies in the Park” series. The film shown will be The Secret Life of Pets, the story of a terrier...]]>
Fur-ever homes for felines Fur-ever homes for felines
 The APL takes in hundreds of stray kittens every year, and they need your help in providing for and caring for these fine young felines. On Saturday, May 13, join the APL in the lobby of their s...]]>
This race has everything This race has everything
 Corn dogs, beer, doughnuts, ice cream, crazy costumes, professional timing for runners, live music and dancers are just a few of the zany things you’ll spot during the tenth annual FatAss 5K a...]]>
Fantastic Finale Fantastic Finale
 Celebrate the close of the 24th season of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra with a concert featuring Grammy Award-winning guitarist Jason Vieaux led by guest conductor Andrew Sewell. Sewell, maest...]]>
Track and field athletics Track and field athletics
 On Sunday, May 7, show your support for nearly 200 Special Olympics Illinois athletes as they compete in track and field events during the largest area event of the year for Special Olympics Ill...]]>
Unlocking spirituality via music Unlocking spirituality via music
 The Liturgical Arts Festival of Springfield is honored to present a gratis jazz concert that celebrates the human quest for spirituality through music on Sunday, May 7, from 3-5 p.m. The special...]]>
Charge into summer Charge into summer
 Support the YMCA’s national initiative to improve the health and well-being of children and their families by attending the Healthy Kids Day Triathlon and Festival. The second annual triathlon...]]>
Sustainability Sustainability
 On Saturday, April 29, area adults and children are invited to celebrate the start of the 2017 growing season with a festival hosted by Grow Springfield and the Lincoln Land Community College Cu...]]>
Porky party Porky party
 For the perfect date night, family fun day or solo outing, look no further than the Springfield Art Associations’ annual Roasted: Hot Pots and Pork event. Choose a pre-made ceramic pot, glaze...]]>
Illinois’ longest-running Earth Day celebration Illinois’ longest-running Earth Day celebration
 According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the first Earth Day was introduced in 1970 by Senator Gaylord Nelson as a way to promote legal and regulatory mechanisms that prot...]]>
Be part of history Be part of history
 If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to volunteer at one of Springfield’s many historical sites, these volunteer recruitment fairs are for you. Join the State Historic Sites at Spri...]]>
Identify flowers, trees and shrubs Identify flowers, trees and shrubs
 Bask in nature this Saturday by enjoying a seasonal wildflower hike at Lincoln Memorial Garden. The guided walks, led by garden volunteers, are an enjoyable way for visitors to explore the Linco...]]>
Keeping seniors safe Keeping seniors safe
 Wandering is a possible symptom of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias experienced by many senior citizens. Learn about the triggers behind and how to help prevent senior wandering on Tues...]]>
Knowledge is power Knowledge is power
 The University of Illinois Springfield is encouraging community members to take charge of their health on Wednesday, April 19, by attending a health and wellness fair at the University of Illino...]]>
Lincoln lovers Lincoln lovers
 For the 2017 edition of Capital City Visitor, the Illinois Times staff asked readers to submit their best artistic renditions of Springfield’s greatest celebrity (Abraham Lincoln) to grace the...]]>