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Welcome to the Official Illinois Bicentennial Event Calendar. Here, you will be able to view and plan for events throughout the state during the entire Bicentennial celebration.

​Illinois will celebrate its 200th year from December 3, 2017 to our official birthday on December 3, 2018. Look for special events on December 3, 2017, August 26, 2018, and December 3, 2018.

In addition to signature events and projects being led by the Commission, we invite all statewide partners and event and project managers planning activities between December 3, 2017 and December 3, 2018 to apply for endorsement to become an official part of Illinois Bicentennial.

“This Infernal War”: The Civil War Letters of William and Jane Standard

September 08, 2018
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Behind the Tombstone

September 14, 2018 - September 16, 2018
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Vintage Illinois Bicentennial Wine Festival

September 15, 2018 - September 16, 2018
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Illinois in Art & Literature, 1818 to 2017

September 16, 2018
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Foods of Illinois

September 18, 2018
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The Essential Great Chicago Fire

September 18, 2018
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Autumn Pioneer Festival

September 21, 2018 - September 23, 2018
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Thornton: Yesterday and Today

September 22, 2018
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Capital City Chapter Fishing Has No Boundaries 2018 Fishing Event

September 22, 2018
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Ten People From Illinois Who Changed the World

September 27, 2018
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From Galena & Dixon to the White House: Illinois Presidents Journey

September 27, 2018 - September 28, 2018
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Mt. Vernon “Illinois Proud” Fall Fest

September 28, 2018 - September 30, 2018
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1776

September 28, 2018 - October 07, 2018
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Czech Centennial Gala Chicago

September 28, 2018
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The Evergreen Cemetery Walk: Commemorating the Bicentennial of Illinois

September 29, 2018 - October 07, 2018
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Art of Illinois: A Bicentennial Celebration

October 03, 2018 - October 31, 2018
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We’re Gonna Party Like it is 1818!

October 11, 2018
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A Bicentennial Weekend

October 12, 2018 - October 13, 2018
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Schaumburg Township Historic Bus Tour

October 14, 2018
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Echos of Yesteryear: Walk Through Oak Ridge Cemetery Walk

October 14, 2018
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Beyond Duty

October 15, 2018 - October 19, 2018
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Ghost Roads of Illinois

October 16, 2018
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Al Capone and the 1933 World’s Fair: Author Visit

October 16, 2018
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Illinois Symphony Orchestra 2018-2019 Season

October 19, 2018 - May 04, 2019
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From Prairie to Farm City: Music to Commemorate Illinois’ Bicentennial

October 21, 2018
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Shawnee Marathon

October 28, 2018
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Lincoln and Shakespeare

November 02, 2018 - November 03, 2018
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Illinois Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives: Fall Conference

November 07, 2018 - November 09, 2018
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Lake Forest Symphony: Illinois Bicentennial Concert

November 10, 2018
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Lake Forest Symphony: Illinois Bicentennial Concert

November 11, 2018
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