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Fun Ways to Celebrate the Illinois Bicentennial

The Illinois Bicentennial Year Is Here

Looking for ways to celebrate the Illinois Bicentennial? Look no further. We’ve compiled a list of events in and around Chicago and the Northwest suburbs to help you celebrate 200 years of state pride.

Celebrate Heritage

On display in the Glenview Public Library in Glenview, IL is a photography exhibit celebrating Illinois’ prairie heritage. Running from January 11, 2018 to March 12, 2018, this is a worthwhile trip for nature photographer lovers. See the bountiful prairie grasses of the Illinois plains from a new perspective. This is a free event.

A Bicentennial Birthday Party

On February 19, 2018, the Fort Dearborn Evanston chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) will host the “Happy Illinois Bicentennial Birthday Bash, 1818-2018” at the Evanston History Center in the Dawes House. Actor Terry Lynch will present the program focused on the grand history of Illinois. Admission is $10.

A Party in Palatine

On November 29, 2018, the Palatine Public Library will host a bicentennial birthday bash for Illinois. The program will include discussion on the early days in Illinois, historical fun facts, information about famous Illinoisans, and more.

Birthday Gala

Not to be outdone, the United Center of Chicago will be hosting a birthday gala on December 3, 2018, the official 200th birthday of Illinois. The gala is the pinnacle of the yearlong bicentennial celebration. Expect multi-media presentations, musical guests from a variety of genres, and celebrity hosts who will announce the Bicentennial Hall of Famers for the Hall of Fame archives.

Gear up to celebrate Illinois’ bicentennial in 2018. You can find many other events scheduled throughout the year in cities across Illinois. Take a moment to reflect on the amazing contributions Illinoisans have made to the State, the Country, and society over the last 200 years.

As with any celebration, stay safe and choose a designated driver if you plan to drink. But no matter the safety precautions you take, know that others on the road might not be so cautious. If you’re involved in an accident in the Northwest suburbs, consult with an experienced Arlington Heights car accident attorney. An attorney can evaluate the facts of your case and help you file a claim to get fair compensation for your losses.

R.F. Wittmeyer

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