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Galena Wine Lovers' Weekend

March 28 - 30, 2014   in Galena, Illinois

Join us for Galena's 8th Annual Wine Lovers' Weekend, one of the largest indoor wine tasting events in the state of Illinois. Visitors travel from all over the USA to meet winemakers and savor international cuisine at this four-day event in Galena. Daytime events throughout the town include wine tastings, cooking demonstrations, educational events and pottery demonstrations. Evening events include wine maker dinners and celebrity chef dinners.  Visit:

Annual Long Grove Chocolate Festival

May   in Long Grove, Illinois

Celebrating the beginning of the outdoor special events season in Long Grove, the annual Long Grove Chocolate Fest takes place in the business district, home to 80 shops and restaurants, including the well-known Long Grove Confectioner.  One of Illinois’ sweetest events for chocolate lovers, guests enjoy watching demonstrations, participating in contests, listening to live entertainment and tasting the delectable chocolate confections.  Visit:

Annual Superman Celebration

June 12-15, 2014  in Metropolis, Illinois

It’s the 35th  annual Superman Celebration includes, a comic art gallery, fan films, celebrity appearances, fun run/road race, Superman Drama, super bike trek, Garden tours, super car show, entertainment, "Colgate Country Showdown Talent Show" other contests and carnival. One of the highlights of the celebration is the attempt to set the record for "The Largest Gathering of People Dressed as Superman". Visit:

Taste of Chicago

July 12-15, 2014    in Chicago, Illinois

Taste of Chicago is the nation's premier outdoor food festival showcasing the diversity of Chicago's dining community. The annual Taste of Chicago is a celebration of the city's eclectic food culture. Attracting over 3 million visitors during its 5-day run, the event features everything from extravagant gourmet menus to fast food takeaways. Highlight of the festivities is the program of live entertainment ranging from music to cookery demonstrations.  Visit:

Illinois State Fair

August 7-17, 2014    in Springfield, Illinois

Started in 1853, the annual Illinois State fair today attracts more than 800,000 visitors each year, making it the 13th largest state fair in the USA. Hosted by the State of Illinois, the 10-day festival focuses on the traditional theme of agriculture.  From numerous agricultural exhibits and classic festival food stands to butter cows and nationally recognized pop stars, it’s hard to name something fairgoers won’t see.  Visit:

Chicago Air and Water Show

August 16 & 17, 2014    in Chicago water front, Illinois

The Chicago Air and Water Show presented by the City of Chicago and Shell Oil Products U.S is the the largest FREE show of its kind in the United States. The show can be viewed along the lakefront from Fullerton to Oak Street, with North Avenue Beach as the focal point.  Highlighting the show each year is one of the US military's high speed, precision jet teams, featuring the US Air Force Thunderbirds  and an array of other military aircraft and hardware.  Visit:

International Route 66 Mother Road Festival

September 26 - 28, 2014  in Springfield, Illinois

Over 1,000 cool cars and 80,000 spectators will roll into the heart of Springfield's historic downtown on the 12th Anniversary of this event. Hundreds of vintage cars, entertainment and celebrity guests from around the world fill the streets of downtown Springfield for a three-day celebration of cars, food, music and friends of the heyday of US Route 66.    Visit:  

Illinois Wine and Art Festival

last weekend in September  in Whittington, Illinois

15th Annual Art and Wine Festival - With presentations by more than 50 of Illinois’ best-known artists, live musical entertainment, local food vendors and varietals from more than a dozen Illinois wineries, an authentic Illinois Wine Country experience awaits all visitors. Admission to the festival at the Southern Illinois Artisans Shop and  Visit:

Bank of America Chicago Marathon

October 12, 2014   in Carbondale, Illinois

The Bank of America Chicago Marathon hosts thousands of runners who choose to make their Chicago Marathon experience more meaningful by running on behalf of a charity. This year 10,000 participants are running on behalf of 190 charity partners. A Chicago Marathon record was set last October when charity runners raised $13.4 million. Since 2002, Chicago Marathon runners have raised more than $85 million benefiting local, national and international charities.  Visit:

Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

November    in Chicago, Illinois

On the last Friday of November, a tradition for almost 100 years, the official start of the holiday season is heralded at 5:00 pm when the switch is flipped and the lights begin to sparkle and shine in Daley Plaza. Chicago's massive 90 foot tall holiday tree is comprised of more than 130 smaller Balsam Fir trees illuminated with thousands of lights and hundreds of ornaments. Visit:

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Our favorite events for 2014! 
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Long Grove Chocolate Festival - Everybody Loves it.

Our tourism department comes up with the list each year and selects the top 10 based upon significant anniversaries, unique events and those with large attendance. Nearly 1600 events are scheduled around the State of Illinois for 2014.   Below are the Top 10 Events of 2014 that are listed in the  annual vacation guide/calendar of events covering  events across the State of Illinois.