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Pontiac is located in central Illinois in Livingston County (of which it is the county seat) about 30 miles northeast of Bloomington and 50 miles east-northeast of Peoria. It is on historic Route 66 just east of Interstate 55 on the banks of the Vermilion River. The population estimate for July 1, 1998 was 11,440, an increase of 12 since 1990.

Several pre-1900 dwellings grace the town including the Catherine V. Yost Museum and the Jones House, an 1858 Gothic Revival brick structure that is the oldest of its kind in Pontiac.

The Humiston Woods Nature Preserve offers outdoor lovers a choice of six trails winding through prairies, creeks and woods. The glacially formed prairies are littered with wildflowers including lilies, mountain mints and shooting stars.


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North Shore Unitarian Church Art Fair Deerfield IL April27-28 NSUC's annual ART FAIR is a juried show featuring the original works of 65+ talented artists and artisans. The fine art and fine crafts exhibited include photography, painting, ceramics, glass, paper, woodwork, metalwork, jewelry, sculpture, fiber, clothing and mixed media. Exhibiting artists come from Illinois as well as from several surrounding states.
Dutch Days Festival Fulton IL May3-4 Arts and Crafts Vendors; Food and Concession Stands; Windmill Tours; Dutch Dancing and Costumes; Antique Tractor Display; Dutch Treasures Display; Heritage Canyon w/Early American Crafters; Hindeloopen Painting Demo and Sales; Stippling Display and Parade.
Chocolate Fest Long Grove IL May3-5 Dive into three days of nothing but CHOCOLATE! Mmm, chocolate strawberries, donuts, and much more! Every spring, the Village of Long Grove celebrates the existence of the world's best tasting antioxidant.
Lilac Time Art and Craft Fair Lombard IL May5 The Lilac Time Art and Craft Fair is held annually on St. Charles Road between Main and Elizabeth in downtown Lombard. All of the proceeds received from the craft booth rentals are donated to local charities. Features 140 craft exhibitors and 4000 attendees throughout the day.
Peoria Heights Art Fair Peoria Heights IL May11 A great weekend is planned; the show coincides with the Race for the Cure and the Illinois Art League members show at the Village Hall. A hospitality tent will be open throughout the Art Fair with coffee and donuts in the morning and water and fruit during the day .
West Chicago Blooming Fest West Chicago IL May18 The City of West Chicago presents another colorful Blooming Fest, an annual downtown garden festival. It combines the West Chicago Garden Club's popular plant sale, with a craft show, children's activities, music, food and fun. Downtown merchants and restaurants get into the act with special promotions, in-store specials and sidewalk sales.