McLean County Calendar of Events

Chronicle Media Staff

The McLean County Museum of History, 200 N. Main St., Bloomington will host “Route 66: Trails, Rails & Roads July 14-16.



Pokemon Party

Thursday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

Children’s Department, Normal Public Library, 206 W. College Ave.


Play Pokemon, go on a scavenger hunt, and make Pokemon crafts. This activity is for children of all ages. For more information, call (309) 454-4668.


Franklin Park Concert

Thursday, 6-8 p.m.

Corner of Walnut and McLean, Bloomington


Join conductor Michael Wallace and the Community Concert Band as they perform a wide variety of music including marches, overtures, show tunes, dance music, novelty and traditional selections. Come early and enjoy the ice cream socials in the historic surroundings of Franklin Park. Bring a blanket or lawn chair for seating. For more information, call (309) 434-2260.


JULY 14-16


Route 66: Trails, Rails & Roads

Friday-Sunday, various times

The McLean County Museum of History, 200 N. Main St., Bloomington

Event will feature living history performances, a car show and cruise-in, period crafts for children, Civil War skirmishes and a cavalry encampment, walking tours, vintage bicycle display and live music by ‘Cornerstones of Rock.’ For more information, call (309) 827-0428.


Rock N’ Rods on Route 66

Friday-Monday, all day

The Chateau Hotel & Conference Center, 1601 Jumer Dr., Bloomington


Musical groups include ‘Southern Culture on the Skids’ and ‘Lance Lipinsky and the Lovers.’ Event includes a vintage camper showcase, a car show and a cruise-in. For more information, call (815) 671-8741 .


Imagination Grove Fun Day

Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Sugar Grove Nature Center, 4532 N. 725 E. Road, McLean


Children will enjoy nature-based play at this drop-in event. There is no fee for admission, but participants are asked to bring birdseed or sugar (for hummingbird feeding) as a donation. For more information, call (309) 874-2174.




Cornerstones of Kick Concert

Saturday, 7:30-10 p.m.

Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, 600 N. East St., Bloomington


For more information, call (309) 434-2777.


Food Forest Work Day

Saturday, 9 a.m.

Refuge Food Forest, One Normal Plaza Park, 701 Lincoln, Normal


Join volunteers in work to maintain the project. Work includes mulching, weeding and maintaining tree protection. For more information, call (309) 663-8306.


History of Bicycles Show

Saturday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

David Davis Mansion, 1000 Monroe Ave., Bloomington


In addition to the bicycle show, there will be an ice cream social and a performance by the 33rd Illinois Volunteer Regiment Band (5-7 p.m.). For more information, call (309) 828-1084.


Jammsammich Performs at the Vineyard

Saturday, 7-11 p.m.

Mackinaw Valley Vineyard, 33633 State Rte. 9


Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the music. Reserved deck seating fee is $5 extra. For more information, call (309) 359-9463.




Art and Wine Festival

Sunday, noon-6 p.m.

Mackinaw Valley Vineyard, 33633 State Rte. 9


Local artists showcase their talents and sell their art work. Local car clubs have been invited to display their cars as well as participte in a cruise-in. For more information, call (309) 359-9463.




Preserving Practice: Tomatoes & Tomato Products

Turner Hall, Room 131, Illinois State University, 700 W. College Ave., Normal


U of I Extension personnel will teach tips and techniques for canning tomatoes. Before coming to the program, participants need to watch videos on safe handling of tomatoes. Register by calling (309) 663-8306.




Meeting at Blooming Grove Cemetery

Tuesday, 6 p.m.

Directions available at


The McLean County Genealogical Society meeting will be held at Blooming Grove Cemetery where Steve Alvis and David Ashbrook will give the history of the site and a tour. For more information, call (309) 454-2688.

–McLean County Calendar of Events–