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As you travel through the I&M Canal Heritage Corridor, one thing becomes clear, there is always something going on somewhere! Consider this is your personal invitation to hometown celebrations, wine and corn festivals, one-of-a-kind music and theater festivals, historic reenactments, world-class sporting events, concerts and outdoor exploration weekends. Don't miss signature events like Ottawa's Two Rivers Wine Festival, Starved Rock's Flock to the Rock and NASCAR. Whether you are searching for low-key entertainment or high octane adventure, search the Calendar of Events to find exactly your speed.

     
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Bill Kirchen's Honky Tonk Christmas
Dec. 15, 2017 , 7:30 PM ...More Info
Cost: $30 Event Type: Dining
Uptown Grill
601 First Street
LaSalle, IL 61301
815-224-4545
Classical Blast! Holiday Concert
Dec. 15, 2017 , 7:00pm
Classical Blast band plays "The Dark Side of the Yule" at the Joliet Area Historical Museum on Friday, Dec. 15th in the Museum's Indoor Auditorium Theater. From Bach to classic rock to metal to pop, you'll find their approach to music a refreshing change! The Dark Side of the Yule: Christmas Meets Classic Rock! A...More Info
Cost: $12.00 for members and students; $14 for General Public Event Type: Performing Arts Winter/Holiday
Joliet Area Historical Museum
204 N. Ottawa Street
Joliet, IL 60432
815-723-5201
Colors of Christmas
Dec. 15, 2017 , 7:30pm
We invite you to join us for a night of Christmas – A Celebration of Holiday Spirit – We invite you to be part of this exciting tour, to join family and friends experience the harmony and joy of the Christmas season and bring the message of Good Will and Peace on Earth. A Concert for Family, A Concert fo...More Info
Cost: $89.00, $69.00, $49.00 Event Type: Performing Arts Holiday Winter/Holiday
Rialto Square Theatre
102 N. Chicago St.
Joliet, IL 60432
815-726-7171
An Evening On Water St.
Dec. 16, 2017 , 5:00pm - 10:00pm
On December 16, take a walk in downtown Wilmington, IL for your last minute shopping needs from antiques and collectibles, the most beautiful flowers and decor and some great fine dining!! The shops on Water St. and Kankakee St. will be open late for you to enjoy an evening experiencing the feel of a down home Christma...More Info
Event Type: Shopping
Water St., Wilmington, IL
202 N. Water St.
Wilmington, IL 60481
8159262741
Movies at the Rialto - Dr. Suess' How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Dec. 16, 2017 , 1:00pm
Join us for the classic christmas movie, Dr. Seuss' How the Grich Stole Christmas at the Rialto Square Theatre....More Info
Cost: $5.00 Event Type: Performing Arts Holiday Winter/Holiday
Rialto Square Theatre
102 N. Chicago St.
Joliet, IL 60432
815-726-7171
Tuesday Tours at The Rialto Square Theatre
Now - Dec. 19, 2017 , 1:30pm
Go behind the scenes of the Rialto Square Theatre! Walk through the Esplanade and Rotunda then go on stage and through the green room! Tickets are $5 per person. Tickets can be purchased at time of tour. August 15th & 22nd September 5th, 12th, 19th, & 26th October 3rd & 17th November 14th, 21st & 28th December 5...More Info
Cost: $5.00 Event Type: Education/History
Rialto Square Theatre
102 N. Chicago St.
Joliet, IL 60432
815-726-7171
Decembers Death
Dec. 21, 2017 , 7:00pm
Tricia Kelly knows well enough that it's best to leave the ghosts of Christmas past to the writers who first conjured them up. Tricia will pay her respects to the best with a series of ghoulish tales. Gather close and listen to the spine-tingling stories of Poe, Bierce, Irving, Dickens, Crawford, Barrage, and of cou...More Info
Cost: $10.00 Event Type: Education/History Story Telling Winter/Holiday
Hegeler Carus Mansion
1307 Seventh Street
LaSalle, IL 61301
815-224-5892
It's A Wonderful Life
Now - Dec. 24, 2017
Holiday Retail Open Houses  For more information visit http://www.shopmorrisil.com/...More Info
Event Type: Shopping
Morris Downtown Development Partnership, Inc.
Morris, IL 60450
815-941-0245
Sam Llanas
Dec. 29, 2017 , 7:30 PM ...More Info
Cost: $30 Event Type: Dining
Uptown Grill
601 First Street
LaSalle, IL 61301
815-224-4545
Unwrap La Grange
Now - Dec. 31, 2017
Join the La Grange Business Association in partnership with the Village of La Grange as we again "Unwrap" a Holiday tradition beginning on Small Business Saturday. Save your receipts when you shop in La Grange from Nov. 25 through Dec. 31, 2017 and you can earn rewards if you're a qualifying shopper. ...More Info
Event Type: Shopping Winter/Holiday
La Grange
La Grange, IL 60525
Christmas at the Weber House & Garden
Now - Dec. 31, 2017 , Call for times
Christmas at the Weber House & Garden, 1503 Baker Street, Streator, IL. Visitors to this popular tourist attraction will enjoy special holiday decorations of the historic home. Candles illuminate the house and each room has a unique story to be told. For more information call 815-672-8327 or go to the website at www.we...More Info
Event Type: Winter/Holiday
Weber House and Garden
1503 Baker Street
Streator, IL 61364
815-672-8327
New Year's Eve Family Party at Haunted Trails Joliet
Dec. 31, 2017 - Jan. 1, 2018 , 8 PM - Midnight
Ring in the New Year at our New Year's Eve Family Party on Sunday, December 31st from 8 pm to Midnight! Guests will enjoy our famous New Year's Buffet including soft drinks and dessert plus each paid guest receives $7 in Game Play, a Wristband for UNLIMITED Indoor Rides & Laser Tag, Hats & Noisemakers, Karaoke Entertai...More Info
Cost: 24.95/Guest Event Type: Winter/Holiday
Haunted Trails Entertainment Park & Picnic Groves
1423 N. Broadway Street, (Rt. 53)
Joliet, IL 60435
815-722-7800
New Year's Eve Gala
Dec. 31, 2017 - Jan. 1, 2018
Start 2018 out right by partying all night in Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort Grand Ballroom with all of your family and friends. The night starts with a grand dinner buffet followed by drinks and a night of rocking the resort. Bring in the New Year in style while you count down to Midnight!...More Info
Event Type: Holiday
Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort & Waterpark
2643 N. Rt. 178
Utica, IL 61373
866-667-FUNN (3866)
New Year's Day Brunch
Jan. 1, 2018
Shake off the New Year's Eve hangover with a decadent brunch buffet in the resort's Grand Ballroom. Featuring signature entrees, kid's buffet and complimentary mimosas – this brunch will be just what 2018 will need! ...More Info
Event Type: Holiday
Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort & Waterpark
2643 N. Rt. 178
Utica, IL 61373
866-667-FUNN (3866)
Listen for Owls Hike!
Jan. 5, 2018 , 6-8:30 p.m.
Learn about owl biology before heading outside for a hike to listen for these remarkable birds. Please bring a flashlight; we will have red cellophane to cover the end of the flashlight to help prevent disturbance to wildlife. Participants will hike on natural surface trails across uneven terrain. Be prepared to walk 1...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Nature
Four Rivers Environmental Education Center
25055 W Walnut Ln
Channahon, IL 60410
(815) 722-9470
Listen for Owls Hike!
Jan. 6, 2018 , 6-8:30 p.m.
Learn about owl biology before heading outside for a hike to listen for these remarkable birds. Please bring a flashlight; we will have red cellophane to cover the end of the flashlight to help prevent disturbance to wildlife. Participants will hike on natural surface trails across uneven terrain. Be prepared to walk 1...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Nature
Four Rivers Environmental Education Center
25055 W Walnut Ln
Channahon, IL 60410
(815) 722-9470
Living History Demonstration
Jan. 7, 2018 , Noon - 3 p.m.
Experience history up close and personal! On the first Sunday of each month, you may find cooks, seamstresses, voyageurs, soldiers or craftsmen sharing their talents. The Isle a la Cache Brigade is a volunteer group of re-enactors presenting a sample of the 18th-century fur trading life. Depending on the weather, this ...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Education/History
Isle a la Cache Museum
501 E 135th Street
Romeoville, IL 60446
(815) 886-1467
Little Explorers
Jan. 10, 2018 , 10-11:30 a.m.
Children and their parents or guardians are invited to come out and play! A new nature theme is chosen every program date with hands-on activities that may include a story, games, dancing, art, a hike, other outdoor activities and more! Themes planned for this season are January: Owls, February: Eagles, and March: Sign...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Nature
Four Rivers Environmental Education Center
25055 W Walnut Ln
Channahon, IL 60410
(815) 722-9470
Nature Play Day
Jan. 10, 2018 , 10-11:30 p.m.
Children and their parents or guardians are invited to come out and play! A new nature theme is chosen every month with hands-on activities that may include a story, games, dancing, art, a hike, other outdoor activities and more! A variety of group and free play activities will be available. We encourage experiencing a...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Nature
Plum Creek Nature Center
27064 S Dutton Rd
Beecher, IL 60401
(708) 946-2216
Busy Beavers Craft Club
Jan. 20, 2018 - Jan. 10, 2018 , 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Join us on the third Saturday of the month for "Busy Beavers Craft Club." Each day we will have a different craft set up in the museum for you to make and take home. In January, create pipe cleaner animals. In February, build a paper bag owl puppet. In March, create a circle rainbow mobile. This program is offered indo...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Arts/Crafts
Isle a la Cache Museum
501 E 135th Street
Romeoville, IL 60446
(815) 886-1467
DENNIS MILLER
Jan. 12, 2018 , 8:00 pm
He was a regular contributor for "The O'Reilly Factor" on the FOX News Channel, Dennis Miller is also an award-winning comedian, talk-show host, sports commentator, actor, author, and television personality. After captivating audiences on "Saturday Night Live" from 1985 to 1991, he went on to earn five Emmy and three W...More Info
Cost: $94, $74, $59, $45 Event Type: Performing Arts
Rialto Square Theatre
102 N. Chicago St.
Joliet, IL 60432
815-726-7171
Robbie Fulks
Jan. 12, 2018 , 7:30 PM ...More Info
Cost: $25 Event Type: Dining
Uptown Grill
601 First Street
LaSalle, IL 61301
815-224-4545
Morning Bird Hikes
Jan. 13, 2018 , 8-10 a.m.
Join fellow birders as we learn, explore and search for birds. These preserve locations provide a variety of habitats for birds. Plum Creek Nature Center hikes will highlight birds that live in woodlands. This is a great way to learn what to look for when birding in the preserves. Bring your binoculars and favorite bir...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Nature
Plum Creek Nature Center
27064 S Dutton Rd
Beecher, IL 60401
(708) 946-2216
REO SPEEDWAGON ROCKS JOLIET
Jan. 13, 2018 , 8:00 p.m.
Formed in 1967, signed in 1971, and fronted by iconic vocalist Kevin Cronin since 1972, REO Speedwagon is a band where the main constant over the decades is a never-ending desire to give their all to their fans, year in and year out. Formed loosely in the late '60s at college in Champaign, IL, REO (named after the prec...More Info
Cost: $92.50, $74.50, $59.50, $44.50 Event Type: Performing Arts
Rialto Square Theatre
102 N. Chicago St.
Joliet, IL 60432
815-726-7171
Four Rivers Wedding Open House
Jan. 20, 2018 , 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Interested in planning a wedding or event at Four Rivers in 2019? Attend an Open House to view the facility, collect information, ask questions of staff and get ideas for planning an eco-friendly celebration. View photos of previous weddings and events held at Four Rivers and see what a wedding set-up looks like in the...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Other
Four Rivers Environmental Education Center
25055 W Walnut Ln
Channahon, IL 60410
(815) 722-9470
Four Rivers' Wedding Open House
Jan. 20, 2018 , 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Interested in planning a wedding or event at Four Rivers in 2019? Attend an open house to view the facility, collect information, ask questions of staff and get ideas for planning an eco-friendly celebration. View photos of previous weddings and events held at Four Rivers and see what a wedding setup looks like in Four...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Other
Four Rivers Environmental Education Center
25055 W Walnut Ln
Channahon, IL 60410
(815) 722-9470
Snow Day Festival
Jan. 20, 2018 , 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Cure your cabin fever with some winter recreation at Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve. Snowshoe the preserve's trails or conquer its giant hill on a sled or a tube, and meet and greet Siberian husky sled dogs. Warm up by the campfire, and while you're there, make some s'mores. Spend time warming up inside the nature cent...More Info
Cost: Free! All ages. Event Type: Festivals Winter/Holiday
Plum Creek Nature Center
27064 Dutton Rd
Beecher, IL 60401
815-727-8700
Winter Mega Hike
Jan. 20, 2018 - Jan. 21, 2018
Join us for this year's Winter Mega Hike. To participate in this event, you MUST have some sort of additional traction for your footwear, such as Yak-trax or Katoohlas. The terrain is expected to be extremely icy. You will board a trolley with a pair of guides and be taken to the east end of the park where you will ...More Info
Event Type: Ongoing
Starved Rock Lodge
815-220-7386
Winter Wilderness Weekend
Jan. 20, 2018 - Jan. 21, 2018 , 9:00am & 1:00pm
Join the Starved Rock guides as we hike to see the spectacular icefalls of Starved Rock! Don't forget your binoculars. We will have a chance to do some eagle viewing from the top of Starved Rock. Learn about the history and geology of the park. Meet at the Starved Rock Visitor Center at 9:00 am & 1:00 pm. ...More Info
Event Type: Ongoing
Starved Rock Lodge
Uniting the Rivers: The History of the Illinois Waterway
Jan. 21, 2018 , 1:00pm - 2:30pm
The Illinois Waterway, once the skeletal remains of a glacial drainage ditch, has been transformed into an engineering marvel. Discover how this passageway became such an essential link in the economy and continues to draw water and land enthusiasts to its banks. One water enthusiast, the bald eagle, can be seen ...More Info
Cost: FREE Event Type: Education/History
Canal Corridor Association
101 E Canal St
Utica, IL 61373
8152201848
Hoot Hike
Jan. 24, 2018 , 5-6 p.m.
Discover wHOO is on the island! Put on your listening ears and investigate Isle a la Cache after dark while searching for owls. Hike along the path with a naturalist while exploring owl habitat and listening for their calls. Learn about owl biology, mating behavior and owl mythology. Participants will hike 0.3 miles on...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Nature
Isle a la Cache Museum
501 E 135th Street
Romeoville, IL 60446
(815) 886-1467
Eagle Watch Weekend
Jan. 27, 2018 - Jan. 28, 2018
Bird of Prey shows and family activities at the Starved Rock Visitor Center, Starved Rock Lodge and Illinois Waterway Visitor Center. Take a short hike to the top of Starved Rock for live eagle viewing or join the park naturalist for a guided eagle viewing tour. Call for more information, 9:00am-4:00pm each day. Fo...More Info
Event Type: Ongoing
Starved Rock Lodge
Eagle Watch on the River
Feb. 1, 2018 - Feb. 3, 2018 , 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Come take a walk on the paved paths along the Des Plaines River while watching for American bald eagles and other birds wintering around the preserve. Then stop in at Four Rivers Environmental Education Center for a complimentary hot beverage to warm up. Take time to view informative displays about eagles and check out...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Nature
Four Rivers Environmental Education Center
25055 W Walnut Ln
Channahon, IL 60410
(815) 722.9470
Eagle Watch on the River
Feb. 1, 2018 - Feb. 3, 2018 , 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Walk the paved paths along the Des Plaines River while watching for American bald eagles and other birds wintering around the preserve. Stop in Four Rivers Environmental Education Center for a complimentary hot beverage to warm up. Take time to view informative displays about eagles and check out the interactive exhibi...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Nature
Four Rivers Environmental Education Center
25055 W Walnut Ln
Channahon, IL 60410
(815) 722-9470
Sled Dog Demos 2018
Jan. 14, 2018 - Feb. 18, 2018
Free Spirit Siberian Rescue will return for two sled dog demos in 2017. The first is on January 15 (with seminars in the LaSalle Room) and the second one is on February 19 (with seminars in the LaSalle Room at Starved Rock Lodge). Outdoor sled dog demos will take place in the Overflow Parking area South of the Lodge on...More Info
Event Type: Ongoing
Starved Rock Lodge
Bald Eagle Trolley Tours
Jan. 1, 2018 - Feb. 28, 2018 , January & February Mon, Wed, Sat & Sunday
Monday & Wednesday: Tour begins with lunch at 11am?Saturday: 1st tour begins at 9am, ending with lunch?2nd tour begins with lunch at 11am?(Please note: There are NO Tours on January 28th & 29th)?Sunday: Tour begins with brunch at 1030am?(Please note: There are NO Tours on January 29th) Be mesmerized by the beautiful b...More Info
Event Type: Ongoing
Starved Rock Lodge
Don Sala Art Exhibition
Jan. 2, 2018 - Feb. 28, 2018 , Noon - 4 p.m.
Don Sala has been a professional photographer for almost 50 years. View an exhibit of his photography on display for a limited time at Plum Creek Nature Center. This award-winning photographer's work captures images of nature and local barns in eastern Will County. Photographs will be available for sale. Sala's inspira...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Other
Plum Creek Nature Center
27064 S Dutton Rd
Beecher, IL 60401
(708) 946-2216
Bald Eagle Trolley Tours
Feb. 1, 2018 - Feb. 28, 2018
Monday & Wednesday: Tour begins with lunch at 11am?Saturday: 1st tour begins at 9am, ending with lunch?2nd tour begins with lunch at 11am?(Please note: There are NO Tours on January 28th & 29th)?Sunday: Tour begins with brunch at 1030am?(Please note: There are NO Tours on January 29th) Be mesmerized by the beautiful b...More Info
Event Type: Ongoing
Starved Rock Lodge
Guided Winter Hike
Feb. 1, 2018 - Feb. 28, 2018 , 11:00am-2:00pm
Join us for a guided hike with the possibility of frozen waterfalls & Eagles. Participants meet in the hotel lobby of the Lodge to pick up a snack and a "Starved Rock" backpack. The tour concludes at the Lodge about 2:00 pm. Please dress appropriately for the weather and wear proper footwear. In the event of ice and ...More Info
Cost: $12.00 Event Type: Ongoing
Starved Rock Lodge
Winter Wine Walk
Feb. 1, 2018 - Feb. 28, 2018 , 11:00am-5:00pm
There will be 9 wineries in different business in Utica. Start at the Canal Market to get your wine glass and 10 tasting tickets(can buy more tasting tickets for 1.00 dollar each). There will be food at each business for one ticket.  The cost for advanced tickets is two tickets for $25 with ten tasting tickets ea...More Info
Event Type: Ongoing
Starved Rock Lodge
Flight Night Progressive Dinner
Jan. 10, 2018 - Mar. 14, 2018 , 5:00pm-10:30pm
August Hill Winery, The Lone Buffalo and Starved Rock Lodge have teamed up to create an unforgettable event filled with wine, beer and food tastings. Check in for the dinner at 4:45pm in the Great Hall of Starved Rock Lodge and depart on the trolley at 5pm and go to August Hill Winery for wine tastings and appetizers....More Info
Event Type: Ongoing
Starved Rock Lodge
815-220-7386
Guided Winter Hike
Jan. 1, 2018 - Dec. 31, 2018 , 11:00am-2:00pm
Join us for a guided hike with the possibility of frozen waterfalls & Eagles. Participants meet in the hotel lobby of the Lodge to pick up a snack and a "Starved Rock" backpack. The tour concludes at the Lodge about 2:00 pm. Please dress appropriately for the weather and wear proper footwear. In the event of ice and ...More Info
Cost: $12.00 Event Type: Ongoing
Starved Rock Lodge
Starved Rock Walkers Club
Jan. 1, 2018 - Dec. 31, 2018 , Every Thursday (year round)
Weekly guided hike through Starved Rock State Park, Matthiessen State Park, I & M Canal and the occasional walk into a nearby Nature Preserve. Every Thursday morning, year round. The group meets in the lobby of the Lodge and departs at 9:00am. Hikes last between 2 and 3 hours, depending on the destination. The hikes va...More Info
Event Type: Ongoing
Starved Rock Lodge
Starved Rock Walkers Club
Jan. 1, 2018 - Dec. 31, 2018 , Every Thursday (year round)
Weekly guided hike through Starved Rock State Park, Matthiessen State Park, I & M Canal and the occasional walk into a nearby Nature Preserve. Every Thursday morning, year round. The group meets in the lobby of the Lodge and departs at 9:00am. Hikes last between 2 and 3 hours, depending on the destination. The hikes va...More Info
Event Type: Ongoing
Starved Rock Lodge

 


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