Archive for July, 2014

2 Passes to “Foot Golf” at Detweiller Park, 2 “Moonlight Cruises” on the Spirit of  Peoria, 4 Tickets to the Science of Ripley’s Believe It Or Not at the Peoria Riverfront Museum & 4 Tickets to a Peoria Chiefs 2014 Season Game!

Is There Life After 50? opens tonight (Thursday) and runs through September 14 with additional performances on Friday, Saturday & Sunday this week at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield. On Thursday, Friday & Saturday, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sunday, doors & the buffet open at noon and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $33 for Thursdays, $35 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $37 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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Arts in the Park will feature The West MacQueen Street Band tonight (Thursday) at the new Idlewood Arts Pavilion (located at the corners of Idlewood & Parkside in Morton) beginning at 7 pm. Admission is free. In case of rain or excessive heat, the concert will be held at the Morton Education and Administration Center Auditorium (located at 1050 S. Fourth Ave. in Morton). Bring a blanket and/or chairs and concessions will be available at 6:30 pm. For more information, visit www.mortonfinearts.org

The CEFCU Jazz Series will take place tonight (Thursday) on the CEFCU Center Stage at the Landing (located at 200 NE Water Street in Peoria) from 7 – 9 pm. Featuring the Brian Choban Jazz Quintet, admission is free. For more information, call 309-689-3019 or visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

Sundy Best with special guests Craig Gerdes and Brian Dennison will perform tonight (Thursday) at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $10 and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

The Illinois Shakespeare Festival will present Elizabeth Rex beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday) and at 8 pm on Saturday, Antony & Cleopatra on Friday at 8 pm and Much Ado About Nothing on Sunday beginning at 7:30 pm at Ewing Manor (located at 617 E. Emerson in Bloomington). Tickets range from $31 – $47 for adults and $27 – $43 for students and are available by calling 309-438-2535 Monday – Friday from Noon – 4 pm, at the on site box office just prior to the performance or online at www.thefestival.org/tickets  For more information, visit www.thefestival.org

Peoria Historical Society’s Grandview Drive & Springdale Cemetery Trolley Tour winds along Grandview Drive takes place every Friday in August beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights).
The Naughty to Nice Trolley Tour takes place every Saturday in August beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street in downtown Peoria) and traces Peoria history from 1920’s to the present and includes stories of the city’s gangster era, including driving by the site of Peoria’s most notorious crime scene.  The “Roll Out the Barrel Tour” takes you through the earliest sections of downtown Peoria and into the Warehouse District where you’ll discover facts about distilling in Peoria every Saturday in August beginning at 1 pm also leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub.  Cost for each tour is $15 and seniors 65 and older ride the trolley free with proof of age and a regular ticket purchase. Pre-sale tickets are available by calling 309-688-5668. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday, Saturday and Sunday with with boarding beginning at 1:30 pm and the cruise running from 2 – 3:30 pm. There will also be an early cruise on Saturday from 11 am – 12:30 pm.  Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, $10 for kids 4-12 and free for infants and are available at the dock or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com

The 9th Annual Tower Park Music Festival will take place at Prospect and Glen in Peoria Heights from 3 – 11 pm on Friday & Saturday featuring a variety of live music plus food, a beer tent and family fun around Tower Park. Bands include Heavy Shake, Roundstone Buskers, Sol, Paige DeChausse and the Reverent Few on Friday and the Robin Crowe Band, The Midnight Special, Celetricity with Barry Cloyd and Drivetrain Feat with Nick Boettcher on Saturday. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriaheights.org

The CIAO First Fridays Artists’ Tour will take place on Friday from 5 – 9 pm at 10 different locations in downtown Peoria including The Mill, Murray Center for the Arts, the Contemporary Art Center, and the Peoria Art Guild where visitors can view artist demonstrations as well as purchase pieces. For a complete map of the locations, visit www.ciaopeoria.com

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature the Charles Walker Band on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members.
Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center will feature a dance lesson from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing to DJ Matt Vasquez from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am also on Friday. A cash bar will be available. Admission is $3 for members or $6 for non-members.  For more information, call 309-674-6877 or visit http://www.peoriacac.org

4 & 20 will perform on Friday at the CEFCU Stage (located at 200 NE Water St. in Peoria) beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $7. For more information, call 309-689-3019 or visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

Corn Stock Theatre will present A Year with Frog & Toad Friday through Saturday, August 9 beginning at 7:30 pm each night. Tickets are $18 for adults & $12 for students 18 & under and are available at the Corn Stock Theatre Box Office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com
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Eastlight Theatre’s YouthLight 2014 will present Sweeney Todd beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday in the East Peoria High School Auditorium. Tickets are $19 and are available online at www.tickets.eastlighttheatre.com  For more information, call 309-699-7469 or visit www.eastlighttheatre.com

Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria featuring live entertainment on Friday with boarding beginning at 7:30 pm and the cruise running from 8 – 10 pm. Tickets are $20 for adults $18 for senior citizens and $14 for children ages 4-12 and free for ages 3 & under. A cash bar is available. Tickets available at the dock: no reservations are required. For more information, visit www.spiritofpeoria.com

Jon Reep will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club on Friday & Saturday at 8 pm and  10:30 pm. Tickets are $20 except for the Friday 8 pm show which is $15. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The Triangle of Opportunity Bike Tour will take place on Saturday from 7 am – 2 pm beginning at Idlewood Park Pavilion (located at 450 E. Greenwood in Morton) at 7am. Choose your course of a 50 or 25 mile ride with periodic stops. Fees are $25 for individuals and $40 for a family. Refeshments will be available at designated stops and a light lunch will take place in Idlewood Park at the end of the tour. For registration and more information, visit www.triangleofopportunity.org

The RiverFront Market takes place on the Peoria riverfront every Saturday morning through September from 8 am – Noon (located in the 200 Block of SW Water Street directly across from the Peoria Riverfront Museum) featuring local produce, meats, cheeses, breads, flowers plus local art, live music and demonstrations each week. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfront.com

The 8th Annual Bilingual Health Fair to promote a “Healthy Happy Community” will take place at Peoria Friendship House (located at 800 NE Madison in Peoria) on Saturday from 9 am – 1 pm. The event is a free, innovative family event featuring Men, Women, Kid, and Community Health Centers with screenings and resources for everyone. Access to a variety of health screenings, medical services and community resources will be available in English and Spanish. For more information, call 309-671-5200.

The Whiskey City Collaborative and ArtsPartners of Central Illinois will host the Better Block Project, a one-day exploration of an active street life with pop-up shops, art and culture on Saturday from 10 am – 6 pm at the corners of Main & Sheridan in Peoria. The neighborhood will be bustling with live theater and live music in the community garden all day, with businesses open for lunch and outdoor seating scattered throughout the neighborhood. For more information, visit www.thewhiskeycity.com

The Peoria Park District and the Indo-American Society will present India Fest at The CEFCU Center Stage on Saturday beginning at 2 pm. Featuring live music, authentic Indian cuisine, traditional Indian dancing, a kids area with henna tattoos, a dress-up photo booth, games and prizes. Admission is $5 for adults before 5 pm and $7 after 5 pm and children under 10 are free. $1 per ticket sales will be donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

The Waugh Fish Fry will take place on Saturday at Three Sisters Park (located at 17189 N. Rt. 29 in Chillicothe) with food beginning at 5 pm and music beginning at 6:30 pm. Live music will feature the Vanessa Davis Band with Robin Crowe and the Bret Bunton Band. Admission is $15 in advance and $20 at the gate. Dinner is $10 and a cash bar will be available. For more information, visit www.threesisterspark.com

Bratfest will take place on Sunday at Hickory Grove Park (located at 12403 Hickory Grove Rd. in Dunlap) from Noon – 8 pm featuring live music by Eddie Korosa and the Rathskellar Brummers – Lindenhof Echoes. There will be a craft & import beer tasting from 1 – 6 pm, a fine arts and craft village, a muscle cars, hot rods and customized motorcycles cruis’n, a shooting tent, soccer, bingo plus brats, sandwiches and complete dinners available. Admission and parking are free. For more information, visit www.peoriagermans.com

In the Good Old Summertime”, a nostalgic photo exhibit featuring historical summer scenes and activities in old Peoria, will take place at the John C. Flanagan House Museum (located at 942 NE Glen Oak Ave. in Peoria) on Sunday from 1 – 4 pm. There will be displays of early swimsuits, delicate white Edwardian lawn dresses, vintage tools exhibits, sports and river life. If you like, bring your picnic basket and enjoy our perennial gardens and view of the river and city in Flanagan’s big backyard. Admission is $7 for adults and $3 for children aged 4 – 12. For more information, visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

The Vintage, Vines and Wines event will be held at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard from Noon – 6 pm. The pavilion will be filled with vintage chic and unique furnishings, accessories, jewelry and clothes in over 20 booths. Enjoy wine tasting and live music by New & Slightly Used and Last Call in the vineyard setting. Band cover charge is $5 with ages 12 and under free. For more information, visit www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

The Peoria Municipal Band will perform on Sunday beginning at 7 pm at the Glen Oak Park Amphitheatre (located at 2218 N. Prospect in Peoria). Directed by conductor David Vroman, admission is free. For more information, call 309-681-2854 or visit www.peoriamunicipalband.com

The Pekin Park Concert Band will perform at Mineral Springs Park (located at 1701 Court Street in Pekin) on Sunday beginning at 7:30 pm. Rain location is Miller Center also in Mineral Springs Park. Admission is free – please bring lawn chairs for seating. For more information, visit www.pekinparkdistrict.org

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2 Tickets to A Year in the Life of Frog & Toad at Corn Stock Theatre, Dinner & the Show “Is There Life After 50?” at Barn 2 Dinner Theatre, 4 Tickets to the Science of Ripley’s Believe It Or Not at the Peoria Riverfront Museum & 4 Tickets to a Peoria Chiefs 2014 Season Game!

The Chillicothe Chamber of Commerce will host Corn Fest at the American Legion tonight (Thursday) from 4 – 8 pm. Featuring hot dogs, baked beans, chips and all you can eat corn plus a home-made apple pie judging contest, there will also be live music, a live street auction, retail vendors, antique tractors and a city wide garage sale. For more information, visit www.chillicothechamber.com

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown continues tonight (Thursday) through Sunday at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield. On Thursday, Friday & Saturday, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sunday, doors & the buffet open at noon and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $35 for Thursdays, $37 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $39 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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Arts in the Park will feature The Pekin Park Concert Band tonight (Thursday) at the new Idlewood Arts Pavilion (located at the corners of Idlewood & Parkside in Morton) beginning at 7 pm. Admission is free. In case of rain or excessive heat, the concert will be held at the Morton Education and Administration Center Auditorium (located at 1050 S. Fourth Ave. in Morton). Bring a blanket and/or chairs and concessions will be available at 6:30 pm. For more information, visit www.mortonfinearts.org

The Peoria Chiefs will take on Great Lakes tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday beginning at 7 pm and on Sunday beginning at 6:30 pm at Dozer Stadium. Individual tickets are $10 for club box seating ($11 on Fireworks nights) and $7 for lawn seats and are available at the Peoria Chiefs Box Office, by calling 309-680-4008 or online at www.PeoriaChiefs.com

Sebastian Bach will perform at the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts (located at 600 N East St. in Bloomington) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets range from $23 to $33 for adults, $21 to $31 for senior citizens and $18.60 to $26.60 for youth. For more information, or call 309-434-2777 or visit www.artsblooming.org

The Illinois Shakespeare Festival will present Antony & Cleopatra beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday) and at 8 pm on Saturday, Much Ado About Nothing on Friday at 8 pm and on Elizabeth Rex on Sunday beginning at 7:30 pm at Ewing Manor (located at 617 E. Emerson in Bloomington). Tickets range from $31 – $47 for adults and $27 – $43 for students and are available by calling 309-438-2535 Monday – Friday from Noon – 4 pm, at the on site box office just prior to the performance or online at www.thefestival.org/tickets  For more information, visit www.thefestival.org

Lachlan Patterson will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $12 for the Thursday and Friday 8 pm shows and $15 for all other shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The 4th Annual BBQ Throwdown Cooking Contest will be held in Downtown Morton beginning at 8 am on Friday and at 7 am on Saturday. Featuring over 40 contestants, there will also be plenty of BBQ items available for purchase. There will also be a “Backyard” contest for amateur grillers to be judged along with the professional contestants. Live music will be provided by Midnight Special, Rewind, Mister Sister and Jammsammich plus there will be crafters, a kid`s play area and vendors. Take part in the “People`s Choice” tasting event where the public gets to judge the best pulled pork prepared by the contestants on Saturday at 11:30 am. Proceeds benefit the The Illinois CancerCare Foundation. For more information, visit www.mortonbbqthrowdown.net

Habitat for Humanity Greater Peoria will host an Outdoor Sale at the East Peoria ReStore (located at 110 Carver Lane in East Peoria) on Friday from 10 am – 7 pm. Offering unique, vintage products, there will also be hot dogs, chips, beverages, and homemade cookies made by local Girl Scouts available for purchase. There is no admission fee. For more information, call 309-676-6729 ext. 2.

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday, Saturday and Sunday with with boarding beginning at 1:30 pm and the cruise running from 2 – 3:30 pm. There will also be an early cruise on Saturday from 11 am – 12:30 pm.  Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, $10 for kids 4-12 and free for infants and are available at the dock or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com

Artists on the Boardwalk will take place at Junction City Shopping Center (located at 5901 N. Prospect Road in Peoria) on Friday from 4 – 8 pm. Local Artists will display and sell their artwork along the boardwalk plus there will be live music. For more information, visit www.newjunctioncity.com

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Cousin Eddie on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6877 or visit http://www.peoriacac.org

The Gentleman’s Cigar Society of Peoria will host the 2014 GCS Cigar Summit at Jimmy’s Bar (located at 2801 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) from 5 – 9 pm on Friday and from Noon – 8 pm on Saturday. Cigar representatives will be available to sell cigars and answer questions. There will also be cigar rolling demonstrations and a dominoes tournament. Admission is free and the event is open to the public. For more information, call 309-339-2896.

The Multi Sport Extravaganza, a festival type event that showcases the many outdoor opportunities and clubs in Central Illinois, will take place at Wildlife Prairie Park on Friday beginning at 6 pm and also on Saturday and Sunday. Cost to participate is $35 per person with a cap of $105 for families. Sunday only admittance is $15 per person with a cap of $30 for families. Live Music on Saturday night will feature Jerry Vandiver. You can try kayaking, SUP, mountain biking, orienteering, running the obstacle course and more. For full details with activity schedules and to register online, visit www.wildlifeprairiepark.org

The Boat Drunks will perform at the CEFCU Stage (located at 200 NE Water St. in Peoria) beginning at 7:30 pm. Admission is $7. For more information, call 309-689-3019 or visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

Wyatt Earp: My Side Of The Story, will take place at the Apollo Theatre (located at 311 S Main St. in Peoria) at 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $10 and are available by calling 309-673-4343 or at the door. Featuring James Wilhelm, the host of WTVP’s award-winning series, Illinois Adventure, who will play Wyatt Earp as he discusses his life from birth in Monmouth, IL to the famous gun-fight at the OK Corral. including his arrests in Peoria in 1872.

Arc Light Productions (located within the Illini Bluffs High School Theatre, 212 N. Saylor St. in Glasford) will present Thoroughly Modern Millie beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for senior citizens and students. For more information, visit www.arclightpro.com

Native American Star Stories around the Campfire with Jo Lakota & Brian “Fox” Ellis will take place on Friday at The Twinflower Inn (located at 110 North Olson Street in Bishop Hill) beginning at 8 pm. Admission is free, however donations are appreciated. Call 309-927-3506 for more information.

Whitney’s Walk for Life 2014 will take place on Saturday at Jubilee College State Park with the 5K Run beginning at 7:55 am and the 5K the Walk beginning at 8 am. Registration fees are $25 for adults for either the run or walk and $15 for kids aged 12 & under for either the run or walk. To register or for more information, visit www.whitneyswalk.com

The RiverFront Market takes place on the Peoria riverfront every Saturday morning through September from 8 am – Noon (located in the 200 Block of SW Water Street directly across from the Peoria Riverfront Museum) featuring local produce, meats, cheeses, breads, flowers plus local art, live music and demonstrations each week. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfront.com

Wildlife Prairie Park will celebrate the lives of early settlers in Illinois with the Kid’s Pioneer Day event on Saturday from 9 am – 6:30 pm. Activities include butter churning, corn grinding, learning how settlers plowed the prairie plus activities with animals that the settlers brought with them. Admission is free for park members or $8 for ages 13 & up, $7 for senior citizens aged 65+, $6 for ages 3 – 12 and free for ages 2 & under. For more information, call 309-676-0998 or visit www.wildlifeprairiepark.org

The Monster Truck Throwdown returns to the Marshall County Sand Trap (located at 1429 9th Street in Lacon) on Saturday & Sunday beginning at 10 am each day. Admission is $20 each day for adults and kids 10 & under receive free admission with each paid adult ticket. To order tickets and for more information, visit www.mcsandtrap.com

The 8th Annual Kids’ Day will take place at Levee District (located at 400 W. Washington St. in East Peoria) from 10 am – 3 pm. Admission is free and all activity fees benefit Crittenton Centers. Activities include a Superhero Cake Walk, bounce houses, fire truck & police car display, a firehouse game, a dunk tank, the Glitter Fairy, Unique Twist balloon artists, face painting and more. For more information, visit www.crittentoncenters.org or call 309-674-0105 for more information.

Peoria Historical Society’s Naughty to Nice Trolley Tour takes place every Saturday in July beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street in downtown Peoria) and traces Peoria history from 1920’s to the present and includes stories of the city’s gangster era, including driving by the site of Peoria’s most notorious crime scene.  The “Roll Out the Barrel Tour” takes you through the earliest sections of downtown Peoria and into the Warehouse District where you’ll discover facts about distilling in Peoria running every Saturday in July beginning at 1 pm also leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub.  Cost for each tour is $15 and seniors 65 and older ride the trolley free with proof of age and a regular ticket purchase. Pre-sale tickets are available by calling 309-688-5668. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

The Fiesta en el Rio will take place on Saturday on the CEFCU Stage at the Landing on the Peoria Riverfront beginning at 4 pm featuring authentic Latin American food and drink, a fun-filled kids’ area, local musicians and much more. Admission is $10 per person and $30 per family living in the same household. Proceeds from soda and water sales will go directly to the Peoria Friendship House. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

A Chicken Fry Fundraiserwill be held at the American Legion (located at 31473 American Legion Dr. in Deer Creek) from 5 – 8 pm. Admission is $10 at the door and includes all you can eat pan fried chicken, home-made mashed potatoes, corn plus water or iced tea. Other drinks will be available for purchase.

The Great Burr Oak Science Club will host Mr. Thomas Vogel, biology instructor for Western Illinois University, at the Speakeasy Art Center (located at 353 Court St. in Pekin) on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. Admission is free. Vogel will discuss the current scientific consensus of the likelihood of death by zombie and how you should confront the brain-munching, limb-dropping, walking dead. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, visit www.thegreatburroakscienceclub.com

Yvonne Greer will perform in a cabaret at Peoria Cabaret Theatre (located in the Broadway Lounge at the Waterhouse at the MAXAM, 316 SW Washington Street) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $15. For more information, call 309-494-9100 or visit www.PeoriaCabaretTheatre.com

Peoria Players will host a Get Acquainted Meeting at the theatre (located at 4300 N University St. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 7 pm where you can meet the directors of their 2014-2015 season, find out about auditions, cast requirements, crew opportunities, and more. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriaplayers.org

The Peoria Municipal Band will perform on Sunday beginning at 7 pm at the Glen Oak Park Amphitheatre (located at 2218 N. Prospect in Peoria). Directed by conductor David Vroman, admission is free. For more information, call 309-681-2854 or visit www.peoriamunicipalband.com

The Pekin Park Concert Band will perform at Mineral Springs Park (located at 1701 Court Street in Pekin) on Sunday beginning at 7:30 pm. Rain location is Miller Center also in Mineral Springs Park. Admission is free – please bring lawn chairs for seating. For more information, visit www.pekinparkdistrict.org

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2 Cruises on the Spirit of Peoria, 4 Passes to Wildlife Prairie Park, 2 Tickets to the Illinois Shakespeare Festival & 4 Tickets to a Peoria Chiefs 2014 Season Game!

The Central Illinois Herpetological Society will meet tonight (Thursday) at Forest Park Nature Center at 7 pm featuring a speaker, raffles, announcements of trips and exhibits and opportunities for hobbyists to interact with one another. Admission is free.

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown continues tonight (Thursday) through Sunday at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield. On Thursday, Friday & Saturday, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sunday, doors & the buffet open at noon and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $35 for Thursdays, $37 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $39 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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The Peoria Chiefs will take on Clinton tonight (Thursday) beginning at 6:30 pm at Dozer Stadium. Individual tickets are $10 for club box seating ($11 on Fireworks nights) and $7 for lawn seats and are available at the Peoria Chiefs Box Office, by calling 309-680-4008 or online at www.PeoriaChiefs.com

Arts in the Park will feature Loose Shoes tonight (Thursday) at the new Idlewood Arts Pavilion (located at the corners of Idlewood & Parkside in Morton) beginning at 7 pm. Admission is free. In case of rain or excessive heat, the concert will be held at the Morton Education and Administration Center Auditorium (located at 1050 S. Fourth Ave. in Morton). Bring a blanket and/or chairs and concessions will be available at 6:30 pm. For more information, visit www.mortonfinearts.org

The CEFCU Jazz Series will take place tonight (Thursday) on the CEFCU Center Stage at the Landing (located at 200 NE Water Street in Peoria) from 7 – 9 pm featuring Kevin Hart and the Vibe Tribe. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-689-3019 or visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

Mike Armstrong will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $12 for the Thursday and Friday late shows and $15 for all other shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday, Saturday and Sunday with with boarding beginning at 1:30 pm and the cruise running from 2 – 3:30 pm. Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, $10 for kids 4-12 and free for infants and are available at the dock or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com
Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday night featuring live entertainment with boarding beginning at 7:30 pm and the cruise running from 8 – 10 pm. Tickets are $20 for adults $18 for senior citizens and $14 for children ages 4-12 and free for ages 3 & under. A cash bar is available. Tickets available at the dock: no reservations are required.  For more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.spiritofpeoria.com

The Heart of Illinois Fair kicks off at Expo Gardens (located at 1601 West Northmoor Road in Peoria) on Friday at 4 pm and runs through Saturday, July 19 with gates open from 10 am – 10 pm each day. Attractions include a carnival, live entertainment, a bags tournament, a kiddie tractor pull, a KCBS BBQ cook-off, a petting zoo, and the Rising Star Singing Contest to name a few. General admission is $10 for ages 13 & over, $5 for children aged 6 – 12 and free for ages under 6 and military personnel with ID. For more information, visit www.heartofillinoisfair.com

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Rob Williams Blues Band on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6877 or visit http://www.peoriacac.org

The Peoria POPS Orchestra will present The Best of the Best at Five Points Washington (located at 360 N. Wilmor Rd. in Washington) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens and $8 for students and are available online at www.fivepointswashington.org

Guys & Dolls opens on Friday at the Corn Stock Theatre main stage tent (located in upper Bradley park) and runs through Saturday, July 19 beginning at 7:30 pm each night. Tickets are $18 for adults & $12 for students 18 & under and are available at the Corn Stock Theatre Box Office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com

The Illinois Shakespeare Festival will present Much Ado About Nothing beginning at 8 pm on Friday at Ewing Manor (located at 617 E. Emerson in Bloomington), Elizabeth Rex on Saturday beginning at 8 pm and Antony & Cleopatra on Sunday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets range from $31 – $47 for adults and $27 – $43 for students and are available by calling 309-438-2535 Monday – Friday from Noon – 4 pm, at the on site box office just prior to the performance or online at www.thefestival.org/tickets  For more information, visit www.thefestival.org

Here Come the Mummies! will perform on Friday at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $21 in advance or $26 the day of the show or $75 for VIP seating and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

Wedding Banned will perform on Friday at the CEFCU Stage (located at 200 NE Water St. in Peoria) beginning at 8:30 pm. Admission is $7. For more information, call 309-689-3019 or visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

The Inaugural Flying Fish Festival and Bow Fishing Tournament will take place outside of Bass Pro Shops in East Peoria on Saturday from 5 am – 1 pm with food samples and educational displays available from 11 am – 3 pm. Registration is $120 per team of four. Money raised will support the Union Sportsman Alliance and the preservation of the Peoria Labor Temple. For more information, click HERE

The RiverFront Market takes place on the Peoria riverfront every Saturday morning through September from 8 am – Noon (located in the 200 Block of SW Water Street directly across from the Peoria Riverfront Museum) featuring local produce, meats, cheeses, breads, flowers plus local art, live music and demonstrations each week. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfront.com

The G-Fit Experience, a free fitness event, will be held at Guardian Fitness (located at 2240 W Townline Road in Peoria) on Saturday from 8 am – Noon featuring various fitness classes, consultations and raffle prizes. All levels of fitness are welcome to workout or watch. For more information, visit www.guardian-fit.com

Peoria Historical Society’s Naughty to Nice Trolley Tour takes place every Saturday in July beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street in downtown Peoria) and traces Peoria history from 1920’s to the present and includes stories of the city’s gangster era, including driving by the site of Peoria’s most notorious crime scene.  The “Roll Out the Barrel Tour” takes you through the earliest sections of downtown Peoria and into the Warehouse District where you’ll discover facts about distilling in Peoria running every Saturday in July beginning at 1 pm also leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub.  Cost for each tour is $15 and seniors 65 and older ride the trolley free with proof of age and a regular ticket purchase. Pre-sale tickets are available by calling 309-688-5668. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

Heartache Tonight, an Eagles Tribute Band, will perform at the CEFCU Stage (located at 200 NE Water St. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $7. For more information, call 309-689-3019 or visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

Earth, Wind & Fire will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $40, $60 and $76 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, online at www.Ticketmaster.com or charge at 800-745-3000.

Yvonne Greer will perform in a cabaret at Peoria Cabaret Theatre (located in the Broadway Lounge at the Waterhouse at the MAXAM, 316 SW Washington Street) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $15. For more information, call 309-494-9100 or visit www.PeoriaCabaretTheatre.com

The Pekin Park Concert Band will perform at Mineral Springs Park (located at 1701 Court Street in Pekin) on Sunday beginning at 7:30 pm. Rain location is Miller Center also in Mineral Springs Park. Admission is free – please bring lawn chairs for seating. For more information, visit www.pekinparkdistrict.org

The Peoria Municipal Band will perform on Sunday beginning at 7 pm at the Glen Oak Park Amphitheatre (located at 2218 N. Prospect in Peoria). Directed by conductor David Vroman, admission is free. For more information, call 309-681-2854 or visit www.peoriamunicipalband.com

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The annual Fireworks Spectacular at Glen Oak Amphitheatre will take place tonight (Thursday) from 4 – 10 pm with live entertainment and fireworks. Admission is free. Entertainment includes the PPD Explosion Cheer Team from 4 – 4:30 pm, Troope Mirage from 4:30 – 5 pm, the cast of Community Children’s Theatre’s “Ragtime School Edition” from 5 – 5:30 pm, the JC & the Redemption from 6 – 7:30 pm and the Municipal Band Patriotic Concert at 8 pm. Fireworks Begin at dark. Bring blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy the show. Pack a picnic dinner or enjoy food from vendors in the park. Paid packages include the Patriot Package: for $25, enjoy reserved bench seating for 4 in the Amphitheatre or the Star package is $50 and includes reserved bench seating or a grassy picnic spot for 4, 2 free meal tickets plus 1 reserved parking spot in the Glen Oak Amphitheatre parking lot. To purchase either of the packages above, Samantha Conrad at 309-681-2854 or email sconrad@peoriaparks.orgfor reservations.

Whisper & Shout at the Contemporary Art Center, open mic for sharing and inspiring poetry, will take place tonight (Thursday) with doors opening at 7:30 pm and the show at 8 pm. Admission is $4 for members or $8 for non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6877 or visit http://www.peoriacac.org

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown continues tonight (Thursday) through Sunday at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield. On Thursday and Saturday (there is no performance on Friday, July 4th), doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sunday, doors & the buffet open at noon and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $35 for Thursdays, $37 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $39 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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Red, White and New Comedy Nights will take place at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $10. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Float Trip will perform on the Peoria RiverFront tonight (Thursday) with Spring Creek Station opening on the CEFCU Center Stage beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $7 at the gate. For more information, visit www.redwhiteandboom.us

The Peoria Chiefs will take on Burlington beginning at 5:30 pm Friday & Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday at Dozer Stadium. Individual tickets are $10 for club box seating ($11 on Fireworks nights) and $7 for lawn seats and are available at the Peoria Chiefs Box Office, by calling 309-680-4008 or online at www.PeoriaChiefs.com

The Red, White & Boom Fireworks Display will take place on Friday on the Peoria riverfront beginning at 5 pm with vendors, live entertainment and more. The synchronized fireworks show is scheduled to begin at 9:30 pm. Listen the soundtrack on any of the following radio stations during the display: 1470 WMBD, 93.3 The Drive, The New 104.9 The Wolf, Lite Rock 107, 102.3 Max FM, and Classic Country 1290 WIRL. For more information, visit www.redwhiteandboom.us

The Peoria Historical Society invites you to enjoy the Peoria fireworks display on Friday from the John C. Flanagan House Museum (located at 942 NE Glen Oak Avenue in Peoria) opening at 6 pm. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children. Soda, water, popcorn and other novelties will be available for $1 each. For more information, visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

The 2nd Annual 4th of July Backyard BBQ fundraiser will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Friday including all-you-can-eat barbecue, beverages, fireworks and access to the exhibits and planetarium shows. Tickets are $40 for adults and $20 for children or $30 for member adults and $15 for member children available by calling 309-863-3036 or email events@peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The East Peoria Fireworks Display will take place behind the Wal-Mart Super Center on Friday beginning at 5 pm. Featuring exhibits from Wildlife Prairie Park, Miss Festival of Lights Lakin Smith leading the Pledge of Allegiance. Parking will be available at the Bass Pro Shops on Riverside Drive. For more information, visit www.cityofeastpeoria.com

The Pekin Fireworks Display will take place at Pekin Memorial Stadium on Friday with gates opening at 6 pm. Featuring live music & concessions, admission is a suggested donation of $5 for adults and $1 for children ages 6 – 12.

The RiverFront Market takes place on the Peoria riverfront every Saturday morning through September from 8 am – Noon (located in the 200 Block of SW Water Street directly across from the Peoria Riverfront Museum) featuring local produce, meats, cheeses, breads, flowers plus local art, live music and demonstrations each week. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfront.com

Peoria Historical Society’s Naughty to Nice Trolley Tour takes place every Saturday in July beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street in downtown Peoria) and traces Peoria history from 1920’s to the present and includes stories of the city’s gangster era, including driving by the site of Peoria’s most notorious crime scene.  The “Roll Out the Barrel Tour” takes you through the earliest sections of downtown Peoria and into the Warehouse District where you’ll discover facts about distilling in Peoria running every Saturday in July beginning at 1 pm also leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub.  Cost for each tour is $15 and seniors 65 and older ride the trolley free with proof of age and a regular ticket purchase. Pre-sale tickets are available by calling 309-688-5668. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Saturday and Sunday with with boarding beginning at 1:30 pm and the cruise running from 2 – 3:30 pm. Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, $10 for kids 4-12 and free for infants and are available at the dock or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com
A Sundae Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Sunday with boarding beginning at 4:30 pm and the cruise running from 5 – 7 pm featuring live music by Chuck Cunningham & the C-Notes. Tickets are $26 for adults or $20 for kids 4-12 and free for infants and are available at the dock or online A cash bar is available. For more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.spiritofpeoria.com

Eddie Money will perform on Friday on the Peoria RiverFront with Southern rock band The Georgia Satellites opening beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $20 in advance online at www.redwhiteandboom.usor $25 at the gate.

In the Good Old Summertime”, a nostalgic photo exhibit featuring historical summer scenes and activities in old Peoria, will take place on Sunday at the John C. Flanagan House Museum (located at 942 NE Glen Oak Ave. in Peoria) from 1 – 4 pm. There will be displays of early swimsuits, delicate white Edwardian lawn dresses, vintage tools exhibits, sports and river life. If you like, bring your picnic basket and enjoy our perennial gardens and view of the river and city in Flanagan’s big backyard. Celebrate our Nations birthday and Miss Jean Morron’s 135th birthday with “The Fine Art of Hospitality” event also on Sunday at the Pettengill-Morron House Museum (located at 1212 W. Moss Avenue in Peoria) from 1 – 4 pm. Experience entertaining in a Victorian era home and by Miss Jean Morron and her staff. Admission for each tour is $7 for adults (or $10 for both tours) and $3 for children aged 4 – 12. For more information, visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

The 100th Anniversary Celebration of the Itoo Society will take place on Sunday at the Itoo Banquet Hall from 2 to 5 pm. Society members will speak and historical items will be on display. For more information, call 309-676-9725 or visit www.itoohall.com

The Pekin Park Concert Band will perform at Mineral Springs Park (located at 1701 Court Street in Pekin) on Sunday beginning at 7:30 pm. Rain location is Miller Center also in Mineral Springs Park. Admission is free – please bring lawn chairs for seating. For more information, visit www.pekinparkdistrict.org

The Peoria Municipal Band will perform on Sunday beginning at 7 pm at the Glen Oak Park Amphitheatre (located at 2218 N. Prospect in Peoria). Directed by conductor David Vroman, admission is free. For more information, call 309-681-2854 or visit www.peoriamunicipalband.com