IllinoisTimes - IT Picks https://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-41-1-it-picks.html Thu, 13 Dec 18 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 19th century holiday decor https://illinoistimes.com/article-20727-19th-century-holiday-decor.html 19th century holiday decor
 See Springfield’s oldest home, the Elijah Iles House, decked with 19th century holiday decor during the Candlelight Tour on Friday, Dec. 14 and the Historic Christmas Open House on Saturday, D...]]>
A country Christmas https://illinoistimes.com/article-20728-a-country-christmas.html A country Christmas
 Classic Nashville Christmas, presented by Jason Petty, Katie Deal and The Classic Nashville Roadshow cast, is a live-stage production that showcases country, gospel and bluegrass Christmas songs...]]>
Holiday charm downtown https://illinoistimes.com/article-20729-holiday-charm-downtown.html Holiday charm downtown
 Enjoy shopping, dining and holiday cheer on Wednesday, Dec. 19 during a Wednesday night installment of the Old Capitol Holiday Walks. In addition to shopping and dining at downtown Springfield�...]]>
A ho-ho-ho holiday parade https://illinoistimes.com/article-20709-a-ho-ho-ho-holiday-parade.html A ho-ho-ho holiday parade
 Enjoy holiday cheer on Saturday, Dec. 8, during the 47th annual Springfield Jaycees Holiday Lights Parade. This festive downtown parade celebrates the start of the holiday season and is a time-h...]]>
Carols, cookies and cocoa https://illinoistimes.com/article-20710-carols-cookies-and-cocoa.html Carols, cookies and cocoa
 On Sunday, Dec. 9, individuals of all ages are invited to sing holiday carols accompanied by the carillon bells during the 37th annual Caroling at the Carillon event at the Thomas Rees Memorial...]]>
Christmas time is here https://illinoistimes.com/article-20711-christmas-time-is-here.html Christmas time is here
 Celebrate the holidays with everyone’s favorite blockhead on Wednesday, Dec. 12, during A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage at Sangamon Auditorium. This brand new touring production is bas...]]>
A classic holiday tradition https://illinoistimes.com/article-20672-a-classic-holiday-tradition.html A classic holiday tradition
 On Saturday, Dec. 1 from 12-4 p.m., families are invited to attend a gingerbread house decorating session at the Springfield Art Association. This is a great opportunity to partake in a classic...]]>
Bah, humbug! https://illinoistimes.com/article-20673-bah-humbug_.html Bah, humbug!
 Warm your heart this holiday season by taking in the Springfield Theatre Centre’s musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ most-loved story. With music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens...]]>
Holidays at the Henson Robinson Zoo https://illinoistimes.com/article-20674-holidays-at-the-henson-robinson-zoo.html Holidays at the Henson Robinson Zoo
 Enjoy the splendor of hundreds of colorful twinkling holiday lights as you leisurely stroll the pathways of the Springfield Park District’s Henson Robinson Zoo during the Winterland Holiday Zo...]]>
A fun alternative to Black Friday https://illinoistimes.com/article-20644-a-fun-alternative-to-black-friday.html A fun alternative to Black Friday
 Avoid the long lines, stress and headaches associated with Black Friday shopping and enjoy a day of family fun during the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum’s fourth annual “Fun...]]>
Crafts, cocoa and a classic holiday film https://illinoistimes.com/article-20645-crafts-cocoa-and-a-classic-holiday-film.html Crafts, cocoa and a classic holiday film
 Don your pajamas and head to The Legacy Theatre this weekend to enjoy a Polar Express Pajama Party. These special holiday events feature a crafting and cocoa party prior to a screening of The Po...]]>
Up close and personal with Illinois authors https://illinoistimes.com/article-20646-up-close-and-personal-with-illinois-authors.html Up close and personal with Illinois authors
 On Saturday, Nov. 24, 11 area authors will be available for book signings and conversation at Books on the Square in Springfield. Featured Illinois authors participating in this event are: Treve...]]>
A musical about fitting in and standing out https://illinoistimes.com/article-20624-a-musical-about-fitting-in-and-standing-out.html A musical about fitting in and standing out
 Take in a performance of 13, a musical that follows Evan Goldman, a preteen who is forced to move from fast-paced New York City to a sleepy Indiana town following his parents’ divorce. 13 is a...]]>
Bring artifacts for identification by ISM staff and experts https://illinoistimes.com/article-20625-bring-artifacts-for-identification-by-ism-staff-and-experts.html Bring artifacts for identification by ISM staff and experts
 Do you have an artifact at home that you’d like to learn more about? Bring it to the Illinois State Museum on Saturday, Nov. 17 from 1-3 p.m. for identification by Illinois State Museum staff...]]>
A timely discussion of public policy https://illinoistimes.com/article-20614-a-timely-discussion-of-public-policy.html A timely discussion of public policy
 On Thursday, Nov. 8, hear a distinguished panel of local public policy experts discuss implications of the Nov. 6, 2018, midterm election with regard to gender politics; public policy affecting...]]>
Creative cookies and ornaments https://illinoistimes.com/article-20615-creative-cookies-and-ornaments.html Creative cookies and ornaments
 Spend Saturday, Nov. 10 getting a jump start on your holiday décor and gift-making during these nature-themed crafting sessions at Lincoln Memorial Garden. Youth ages 5-12 are invited to create...]]>
Affection between African-American men https://illinoistimes.com/article-20580-affection-between-african-american-men.html Affection between African-American men
 On Thursday, Nov. 1, take in a reception for “Love You, Bro,” an exhibition by Chicago-based visual artist Stephanie Graham that explores relationships and the ways in which affection is exp...]]>
Stories from The Biggest Loser https://illinoistimes.com/article-20581-stories-from-the-biggest-loser.html Stories from The Biggest Loser
 On Friday, Nov. 2, join Sonya Jones, a speaker, author and a finalist on NBC’s hit weight-loss reality show “The Biggest Loser,” for a party celebrating the launch of her book, 44 Lessons...]]>
You’ll have nightmares for weeks https://illinoistimes.com/article-20547-you%25E2%2580%2599ll-have-nightmares-for-weeks.html You’ll have nightmares for weeks
 On Friday and Saturday nights in October, experience the horror of the Extreme Haunted Hayrides and Zombie Paintball Rides, located in Riverside Park, just two blocks north of Dirksen Parkway at...]]>
Opening night for the ISO https://illinoistimes.com/article-20548-opening-night-for-the-iso.html Opening night for the ISO
 Don’t miss the performance that kicks off the Illinois Symphony Orchestra’s 2018-2019 season on Saturday, Oct. 20, at 7:30 p.m. in Sangamon Auditorium. The ISO’s Bicentennial Celebration c...]]>
A high-tech haunt https://illinoistimes.com/article-20529-a-high-tech-haunt.html A high-tech haunt
On Friday and Saturday evenings in October and the first Friday and Saturday nights of November, see why the Boo Crew Haunted House and Trail of Lost Souls are rated as one of the top five haunted hou...]]>
Craft beer and Springfield history https://illinoistimes.com/article-20530-craft-beer-and-springfield-history.html Craft beer and Springfield history
 Explore Springfield’s burgeoning craft beer scene during the Drinkin’ Lincoln Craft Beer Walk. These three-hour tours, hosted by Springfield Walks, are open to participants ages 21 and up an...]]>
Audience-driven improvisational comedy https://illinoistimes.com/article-20511-audience-driven-improvisational-comedy.html Audience-driven improvisational comedy
 On Saturday, Oct. 6, enjoy 90 minutes of hilarious improvised comedy and song by Ryan Stiles, Greg Proops, Jeff B. Davis and Joel Murray, four of improv’s biggest names and the current cast me...]]>
Seasonal family fun https://illinoistimes.com/article-20512-seasonal-family-fun.html Seasonal family fun
 Gather the family and spend a gorgeous day (or two) in Cawley Meadow at Lincoln Memorial Garden for the annual Indian Summer Festival. This seasonal festival, a favorite among locals, features c...]]>
‘Fancy’ materials meet everyday objects https://illinoistimes.com/article-20474-%25E2%2580%2598fancy%25E2%2580%2599-materials-meet-everyday-objects.html ‘Fancy’ materials meet everyday objects
 On Thursday, Sept. 27, attend the opening reception for “Let the fancy,” the new exhibition at the UIS Visual Arts Gallery that is inspired by the John Keats poem of the same name. The exhib...]]>
Tractors, small engines and steam engines https://illinoistimes.com/article-20475-tractors-small-engines-and-steam-engines.html Tractors, small engines and steam engines
 Take in three days of family fun during the Prairie Land Heritage Museum Fall Festival and Steam Show. This seasonal festival features bandstand performances, daily demonstrations and displays,...]]>
A fall festival and flea market https://illinoistimes.com/article-20476-a-fall-festival-and-flea-market.html A fall festival and flea market
 Celebrate the fall harvest during the annual Apple ‘n Pork Festival at the C.H. Moore Homestead DeWitt County Museum in Clinton. The family-friendly event, which began 50 years ago with a...]]>
Illinois plants and animals https://illinoistimes.com/article-20452-illinois-plants-and-animals.html Illinois plants and animals
 Visit the Illinois State Museum on Saturday, Sept. 22 for a fun family event that celebrates the plants and animals of Illinois via games, activities and crafts. Children ages 5 and up are invit...]]>
An ECCE Speaker Series presentation https://illinoistimes.com/article-20454-an-ecce-speaker-series-presentation.html An ECCE Speaker Series presentation
 On Tuesday, Sept. 25, take in a panel discussion regarding the Displaced Persons Act of 1948, an act that directly impacted the ethnic composition of Illinois with the influx of a large Lithuani...]]>
Three decades of fine art https://illinoistimes.com/article-20435-three-decades-of-fine-art.html Three decades of fine art
 On Saturday, September 15 and Sunday, September 16, join the Springfield Art Association for the 30th annual Edwards Place Fine Art Fair. Both days of this family-friendly celebration (dogs are...]]>