IllinoisTimes - Summerguide http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-92-1-summerguide.html Thu, 24 Apr 14 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Summer Picks http://illinoistimes.com/article-11401-summer-picks.html Summer Picks
Juneteenth CelebrationSaturday, June 15, and Sunday, June 16, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, making this year’s Juneteenth festivities...]]>
Decatur changes its image and its attitude - Rooted in history, growing in confidence, downtown leads a community renewal effort http://illinoistimes.com/article-11402-decatur-changes-its-image-and-its-attitude.html Decatur changes its image and its attitude - Rooted in history, growing in confidence, downtown leads a community renewal effort
Decatur’s historic downtown is launching a new era. A new look, a hip attitude, fresh paved roads, restored storefronts and a refreshed self-image have made downtown Decatur the place to be any ...]]>
A river runs through it - Peoria has something for everyone http://illinoistimes.com/article-11403-a-river-runs-through-it.html A river runs through it - Peoria has something for everyone
Paris, New Orleans, London – many fine cities around the world are built on rivers. And that’s also true in Illinois, where Peoria offers a great opportunity for a weekend getaway or day t...]]>
Zoos and flowers in St. Louis and Chicago http://illinoistimes.com/article-11404-zoos-and-flowers-in-st-louis-and-chicago.html Zoos and flowers in St. Louis and Chicago
Sunshine, flowers and, of course, furry creatures make kids and adults alike light up. This year winter’s grip was a tight one, increasing our longing to shed the coats and head outside. In earl...]]>
Loco-motion - Springfield's race schedule is crazy! http://illinoistimes.com/article-11405-loco-motion.html Loco-motion - Springfield's race schedule is crazy!
The gallons of sweat, aching muscles and months of training have led to this: race day. You’re at the starting line with dozens, hundreds or even thousands of other people, your mind amped up an...]]>
Summer theatrical fare covers all the bases http://illinoistimes.com/article-11408-summer-theatrical-fare-covers-all-the-bases.html Summer theatrical fare covers all the bases
No matter what your taste in theater might be, whether it’s light musical comedy, modern musical bombast, prize-winning drama, kid-friendly shows or Pythonesque parody, at least one of the regio...]]>
Calling all volunteers http://illinoistimes.com/article-10046-calling-all-volunteers.html Calling all volunteers
With summer rapidly approaching, Springfield residents will be planning various ways to spend their summer through activities like vacations and traveling. So, why not plan on spending a little time v...]]>
Release the beast - Biking, running, swimming and obstacle courses in the capital city http://illinoistimes.com/article-10052-release-the-beast.html Release the beast - Biking, running, swimming and obstacle courses in the capital city
With such mild and beautiful weather so far this year, it’s a great time to go outside and get some exercise. And while you’re at it, why not play in the mud?Springfield and the surroundin...]]>
Summer theater has something for everyone http://illinoistimes.com/article-10055-summer-theater-has-something-for-everyone.html Summer theater has something for everyone
It’s that time of year again. Yes, ’tis the season for summer barbecues, local festivals and a boat on the lake. It also marks the start of a magnificent summer of local theater in central...]]>
Meet Me in St. Louis http://illinoistimes.com/article-10057-meet-me-in-st-louis.html Meet Me in St. Louis
Everyone has heard Julie Garland croon the tune, “Meet me in St. Louis, Louis, Meet me at the fair, Don’t tell me the lights are shining any place but there….” For those who w...]]>
Travel back in time to Amish country - Go to Rockome Gardens, Arthur and Arcola http://illinoistimes.com/article-10062-travel-back-in-time-to-amish-country.html Travel back in time to Amish country - Go to Rockome Gardens, Arthur and Arcola
Open for the 2012 season, Rockome Gardens is an iconic place that brings back childhood memories for many. Today, under the management of the Rockome Gardens Preservation Inc., the popular tourist ven...]]>
Life on the Mississippi - Historic Alton offers something for everyone http://illinoistimes.com/article-10065-life-on-the-mississippi.html Life on the Mississippi - Historic Alton offers something for everyone
Don’t take the freeway.A drive into yesteryear is best taken on back roads, so skip Interstate 55 and spend an extra half-hour cruising Illinois 111 south to Alton, a great bet for a day trip 90...]]>
Summerguide Big Events - Festivals, fairs and fun in central Illinois http://illinoistimes.com/article-10067-summerguide-big-events.html Summerguide Big Events - Festivals, fairs and fun in central Illinois
Old Capitol Farmers Market8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays through Oct. 27 Lamb from Knob Hill Livestock Co. in Petersburg, Amish bakery goods from The Homestead Bakery in Arthur, pecan...]]>
Summerguide 2011 http://illinoistimes.com/article-8709-summerguide-2011.html Summerguide 2011
Big Summer Events Excursions Benton and the Shawnee National Forest St. James Farm Activities Theater Children Illinois wine Sports Ultimate Frisbee Sw...]]>
Bike and run for fitness and fun - See the city with pedal power and foot force http://illinoistimes.com/article-7333-bike-and-run-for-fitness-and-fun.html Bike and run for fitness and fun - See the city with pedal power and foot force
There’s no better way to blow off steam and stay in shape than running or biking this fair city. And whether you need a little help working the winter kinks out of your joints, or you’re s...]]>
Raise a glass to nearby winemaking http://illinoistimes.com/article-7334-raise-a-glass-to-nearby-winemaking.html Raise a glass to nearby winemaking
More than 100 years ago, Illinois was the fourth largest wine-producing state in the nation. Now the Treasury Department holds Illinois responsible for just 72,000 of the more than 41 million gallons ...]]>
Summer onstage brings classics and comedies http://illinoistimes.com/article-7335-summer-onstage-brings-classics-and-comedies.html Summer onstage brings classics and comedies
An abundance of exciting and fun theater takes place on area stages this summer. It is interesting to see how summer theater fare has changed in recent years. In years past, summer theater was all com...]]>
The summer of rock - Concerts and festivals from central Illinois to St. Louis to Chicago http://illinoistimes.com/article-7336-the-summer-of-rock.html The summer of rock - Concerts and festivals from central Illinois to St. Louis to Chicago
We know you audiophiles are mourning. Ameren’s Summer Serenades fizzled out and the Washington Street Jazz Festival is no more, but fear not. There’s still a hundred ways to rock your eard...]]>
The 10 top flicks of the season http://illinoistimes.com/article-7337-the-10-top-flicks-of-the-season.html The 10 top flicks of the season
Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, more than 80 different films will be released in North American movie theaters. Some will fly under the radar, with total budgets amounting to less than what’...]]>
Explore central Illinois - For a memorable summer, take these day trips close to home http://illinoistimes.com/article-7338-explore-central-illinois.html Explore central Illinois - For a memorable summer, take these day trips close to home
The sun is shining, the sky is blue and it’s time for summer family fun. Pack for a picnic and head out in the car for a fun day under the Illinois sky. Let Illinois Times and a black ribbon of ...]]>
Isaac Ellwood, Illinois king of the barbed wire http://illinoistimes.com/article-7339-isaac-ellwood-illinois-king-of-the-barbed-wire.html Isaac Ellwood, Illinois king of the barbed wire
Most of us know the song “Don’t fence me in.” For those in the late 1800s who owned cattle, fencing them in was part of the ever shrinking range mentality and the “stay in your...]]>
Plan a summer getaway to the Gateway City - Here are festivals and attractions to get you headed toward the river http://illinoistimes.com/article-7345-plan-a-summer-getaway-to-the-gateway-city.html Plan a summer getaway to the Gateway City - Here are festivals and attractions to get you headed toward the river
It’s known for its 630-foot arch that greets you upon entrance to its city, a site to behold. The “Gateway City” has much to offer. From festivals and fairs to amusement parks, conce...]]>
The summerlong guide - A guide to fun in central Illinois http://illinoistimes.com/article-7353-the-summerlong-guide.html The summerlong guide - A guide to fun in central Illinois
Old Capitol Farmers Market8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays through Oct. 30The excuses not to eat fresh, healthier and local just got fewer in number. Old Capitol Farmers Market spreads it...]]>
The American game - The play-by-play on baseball in and around the capital city http://illinoistimes.com/article-5953-the-american-game.html The American game - The play-by-play on baseball in and around the capital city
Not a full year after the first organized baseball game was played in New Jersey’s Elysian Fields, in 1846, poet Walt Whitman is said to have written of the fledgling sport, “I...]]>
Bike and run, a pace for everyone http://illinoistimes.com/article-5954-bike-and-run-a-pace-for-everyone.html Bike and run, a pace for everyone
As the summer sun emerges and time-consumers like Lost and Dancing with the Stars end (just for the season!), the capital city’s trails and parks come alive with walkers, joggers and ...]]>
Visit Missouri’s Hermann and Hannibal for river lore http://illinoistimes.com/article-5955-visit-missourirss-hermann-and-hannibal-for-river-lore.html Visit Missouri’s Hermann and Hannibal for river lore
For a river adventure with a bit of history, fiction and mystery, take a weekend and hit two Missouri landmarks, Hermann and Hannibal. Start with the farthest point and head for Hermann, ...]]>
Dinosaurs, aliens and magicians - This summer's movie season is no picnic in the park http://illinoistimes.com/article-5956-dinosaurs-aliens-and-magicians.html Dinosaurs, aliens and magicians - This summer's movie season is no picnic in the park
Remember the writer’s strike that hobbled Hollywood 18 months ago? While it had an immediate effect on the television industry, it’s only now being felt on the big screen ...]]>
Visit central Illinois wineries for close-to-home tourism http://illinoistimes.com/article-5957-visit-central-illinois-wineries-for-close-to-home-tourism.html Visit central Illinois wineries for close-to-home tourism
If you’re craving fun in the sun or a relaxing romantic rendezvous this summer, bypass the travel headache and head for a nearby central Illinois winery. The Illinois Grape Gr...]]>
Play in Peoria this summer http://illinoistimes.com/article-5958-play-in-peoria-this-summer.html Play in Peoria this summer
For some, a trip to the Peoria area is sheer Par-A-Dice, as they seek to fatten their pockets on the riverboat. While the riverboat is a popular spot, the river city, about 70 miles north...]]>
Ride the rails to Alton - For affordable day-trips to Alton and St. Louis, take the train http://illinoistimes.com/article-5959-ride-the-rails-to-alton.html Ride the rails to Alton - For affordable day-trips to Alton and St. Louis, take the train
Passenger rail may have seen its heyday come and go, but 21,000 miles of train track still crisscross America. Ten of Amtrak’s routes wind through Illinois and can connect those look...]]>