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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.

Illinois in Art & Literature, 1818 to 2017

September 16, 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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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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The Evergreen Cemetery Walk: Commemorating the Bicentennial of Illinois

September 29, 2018 - October 07, 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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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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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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Memorial’s Festival of Trees – “Holidays Through Our History – Celebrating Illinois’ Bicentennial”

November 17, 2018 - November 25, 2018
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Signature Event

Illinois Bicentennial Birthday Party

December 03, 2018
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