You could visit the Coronado, which celebrated its 90th birthday in October, just to stand around and gape at its architecture. The lush space features imagery of dragons, castles, and villas, as well as a pipe organ, and tours are available throughout the year.
But the Coronado also plays host to a surprising variety of entertainment for a venue that’s 90 miles outside of Chicago. This winter alone, the scantily-clad cast of Dancing with the Stars and the (presumably less scantily-clad) Yamato drummers of Japan have already visited the stage, with Led Zeppelin cover band Get The Led Out and the Staatskapelle Weimar Orchestra (don’t make fun of their name; they’ve been around since 1491) among the acts to come.
Back to that pipe organ for a second: On April 7 & 28, the Land of Lincoln Theatre Organ Society offers Saturday Organ Socials, with coffee, treats, and an hourlong performance featuring music from the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s. Once the professional is done tickling the ivories, guests are invited to play under his or her guidance. You don’t specifically need organ experience to participate, so this could be a chance to channel your inner Iron Butterfly and rock out to “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida.”