May 12- July 8/MOLINE – At A Taste of Broadway, Circa 21 A mother. A daughter. Three possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you’ll never forget! The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs and incredible dance numbers propel this enchanting tale of love, laughter, and friendship, creating pure joy for audiences! Over 54 million people all around the world have fallen in in love with the characters, the story and the music that make Mamma Mia! the ultimate feel-good show! A mother. A daughter. Three possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you’ll never forget! Writer Catherine Johnson’s, sunny and funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. Don’t miss out on the date or seats you want! Tickets are selling FAST! Make your reservation NOW for the best availability! Call 309-786-7733, ext. 2.
The Long Grove Chocolate Festival
May 19-21/LONG GROVE-The Long Grove Chocolate Festival will return to the historic streets and parkways of downtown Long Grove for the first time in three years, May 19 to 21. Organizers of this season’s Chocolate Fest are working to provide an amazing three days of live music, family activities, chocolate vendors, and chocolate experiences! https://www.longgrove.org/festival/chocolatefest/
Old Capitol Art Fair
May 20-21/SPRINGFIELD- Art lovers find new love and appreciation for artistic expression at the Springfield Old Capitol Art Fair. Discover fine art and hidden jewels from artists on the backdrop of the Illinois Old State Capitol building!
Free to the public, the juried fair is dedicated to top quality and media variety, keeping more than 30,000 eager buyers coming back each year. In addition to a premium fair with many amenities, the Springfield Old Capitol Art Fair boasts a unique Children’s Tent to encourage the young collector, a food court and live music. https://www.springfieldoldcapitolartfair.org/
Pullman Railroad Days
May 20-21/CHICAGO- Pullman Railroad Days is returning for its second year! Hosted within the newly elevated Pullman National Historical Park grounds, this weekend-long celebration will have something for train enthusiasts, national park fanatics, families, and everyone between. In partnership with Metra, and the American Association of Private Railroad Car Owners, visitors will be able to explore historic Pullman rail cars from different eras at the 111th Street/Pullman Metra Electric station over the weekend. Attendees will also be able to enjoy a virtual reality experience and locomotive simulator hosted by Norfolk Southern, tours of the Park, Hotel Florence, Factory Site, and the neighborhood, food trucks from local restaurants, live music, and so much more! https://www.pullmanil.org/special-events/
June 3/VOLO – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Volo Museum — will be one part car show and one part American Diabetes Association fundraiser, with a stupendous side of star car action. See an impressive array of high-performance Chryslers, Dodges, Rams and other models falling within the Mopar realm. They’ll also take in two screen-used “Fast & Furious” Chargers and two historic General Lees from “Dukes of Hazzard” days, one of which has such a high-drama backstory, the car itself could be the subject of a biopic. Amanda Sephton is expected to attend the show, along with guest speaker Tom Sarmento, a former “Dukes” mechanic and stuntman who worked with Richard Sephton. For other details, visit volofun.com