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Just Good Art: The Chuck Thurow Gift

2/4/2017 - 5/7/2017, Monday - Saturday: 9 am - 4:30 pm, Sunday: Noon - 4:30 pm
The Illinois State Museum invites visitors to a new exhibition that highlights a major gift of more than 100 contemporary artworks given to the museum in 2016 by Chicago collector and arts advocate Chuck Thurow. ""Just Good Art: The Chuck Thurow Gift"" exhibition will be on display from February 4 through May 7, 2017. 

Cubs vs. Cardinals: The Rivalry

3/24/2017 - 12/31/2017, Daily: 9 am - 5 pm

Visitors will see rare artifacts and photographs. They’ll learn about legendary players like Mordecai Brown and Rogers Hornsby and newer stars like Jake Arrieta and Yadier Molina. They’ll also be able to interact with the exhibit by sharing their own Cards-Cubs memories, answering trivia questions and playing a home run derby as their favorite team. “The Rivalry” was developed in conjunction with the National Baseball Hall of Fame, the Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals, an unprecedented partnership from all three organizations for an exhibit of this type. 

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Michiko Itatani: Celestial Visions

4/20/2017 - 6/5/2017, Monday-Saturday 9 am to 4:30 pm, Sunday Noon to 4:30 pm

Michiko Itatani is one of Chicago's most well-respected contemporary artists. This exhibition features new acquisitions of drawings and prints alongside installation-based and heroically scaled figurative paintings from the Museum’s Fine Art Collection. Exhibition will be on display at the Illinois State Museum through June 5, 2017. For more information contact Robert Sill at or 217-524-5744.

Museum Admission: Adults ages 19-64: $5. Members, youth, seniors, military, veterans: Free


Collecting Lincoln

5/3/2017, 6 pm - 8 pm


For almost 50 years, Daniel Weinberg, owner and operator of the Abraham Lincoln Book Shop, Inc. has been a collector and dealer of historical artifacts in the field of Lincoln and the Civil War. In this discussion, Mr. Weinberg will show images and tell the stories behind some of the treasures that have passed through his hands, in order to place meaning in the broader culture. He also will speak to the symbiotic roles of collectors, museums and libraries, museum-goers, and dealers.

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Concert at the Carillon

5/3/2017 - 9/27/2017, Every Wednesday: 6:30 pm
A half an hour, outdoor, live concert with a great variety of music, played by the resident carillonist on the 67-bell Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon.

Free Make and Take Mother's Day Card & Meet Artist Karen Redenbaugh


Every First Friday from 5 pm - 8 pm, participating downtown businesses will give away free wine glass charms, along with other specials.  Studio on 6th is hosting a FREE Make and Take Mother's Day Card and a Meet and Greet with Artist Karen Redenbaugh who makes amazing jewelry perfect for mom. Free Snacks and Wine

Visit any of these locations and pick up your FREE wine glass charms: The Cardologist: 627 E. Adams, Chartruse: 229 S. 6th St., Mangia: 6 Old Capitol Plz, Murphy’s Loft: 210 S. 6th St., Old Capitol Goods: 2 Old Capitol Plz, Robbies: 4 Old Capitol Plz, Studio on 6th: 215 S. 6th St.


Scotty McCreery - LIVE at Boondocks

5/5/2017, 7 pm
Scott McCreery performs live.

Civil War Tech: Mines and Torpedoes

5/6/2017, 10 am - 11 am
Learn how landmines and torpedoes were tested during the Civil War and which side developed the most powerful weapons. Discover how these weapons were used to destroy large ships and ironclads as well as terrify troops traveling on land. Registration recommended. Ages 8-12. Civil War Tech is a monthly program series presented by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum thanks to generous support from AT&T. 

Civil War Tech - Mines and Torpedoes

5/6/2017, May 6 from 10 AM to 11 AM

Civil War Tech invites children ages 8-12 to merge science and history through experiments, artifacts, games, presentations from scientists and scholars, and ALPLM exhibits. Students will be inspired to thinkcritically about the impact Civil War technology had on our nation’s greatest conflict as well as how it affects us today.

Mines and Torpedoes — May 6 — Learn how landmines and torpedoes were tested during the Civil War and which side developed the most powerful weapons.

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