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Welcome to Illinois' historic I&M Canal National Heritage Corridor. Situated between Lake Michigan and the Illinois River, the region is an outdoor recreational dream, beginning with miles of trails and waterways stretching from suburban Chicago all the way to Starved Rock State Park. Stay at four star hotels to cozy bed and breakfasts, explore Route 66, shop big-names and boutiques, dine on hearty home cooking or haute cuisine, and play at the area's exciting attractions and gaming venues.

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CANCELLED Migratory Bird Hike
Apr. 4, 2020 , 8:00AM-10:00AM
Many birds use Lake Renwick to rest and refuel during migration. Join us in search of amazing waterfowl, soaring eagles and beautiful songbirds. Bring binoculars and dress for the weather. A limited supply of binoculars will be available for loan. Participants will hike up to 1.5 miles on natural surfaces across uneven...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Nature
Lake Renwick Preserve Heron Rookery Nature Preserve
23202 W. Renwick Road
Plainfield, Il 60544
(815) 886-1467
CANCELLED Scouts Make a Difference
Apr. 4, 2020 , 10:00AM-12:00PM
Scouts make a difference through leadership, service and community engagement. This program is an opportunity to make a difference in the local community by learning about plastic pollution and then spending some time cleaning up the shoreline! Dress for the weather and for getting dirty. Waterproof footwear is highly ...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Nature
Four Rivers Environmental Education Center
25055 W. Walnut Lane
Channahon, Il 60410
(815) 722-9470
CANCELLED Spring into Spring
Apr. 4, 2020 , 10:00AM-4:00PM
Morris Retailers are ready for spring! Visit the stores to see what's new! Watch to see mannequins come to life. This is a free event sponsored by the Morris Retail Association www.ShopMorrisIL.com...More Info
Cost: free Event Type: Shopping
Morris Retail Association
morrisretailassociation@yahoo.com
Morris, Il 60450
815-325-5593
CANCELLED Harvey: A Vermillion Players Dinner Theater at The Eagle
Now - Apr. 5, 2020 , 6:00 doors Fridays and Saturdays, 12:30 doors Sundays
Vermillion Players presents the classic comedy "Harvey" as the final show of their Dinner Theater Season at the Eagle. The ticket price includes the show and a delicious buffet from Bernardi's II in Pontiac. When Elwood P. Dowd starts to introduce his imaginary friend, Harvey, a six-and-a-half-foot rabbit, to guest...More Info
Cost: $37 Event Type: Performing Arts
The Eagle Performing Arts & Conference Center
319 N Plum St
Pontiac, Il 61764
815-844-1187
CANCELLED Musicaviva
Apr. 5, 2020 , 3:00PM
Musicviva presented by the JJC Fine Arts Department Spring 2020 Concert Series, Faculty Artist Rich Moore, clarinet...More Info
Event Type: Performing Arts
Joliet Junior College
1215 Houbolt Rd
Joliet, IL
815-280-2223
CANCELLED Little Explorers: Weather
Apr. 8, 2020 , 10:00AM-11:30AM
Children and their parent or guardian are invited to come out and play! A new nature theme is chosen every program with hands-on activities that may include a story, games, dancing, art, a hike, other outdoor activities and more! There will be a variety of group and free play. This is a great opportunity for parents an...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Nature
Four Rivers Environmental Education Center
25055 W. Walnut Lane
Channahon, Il 60410
(815) 722-9470
CANCELLED New Member Showcase
Apr. 9, 2020 , 5:00PM-7:00PM
New Members will showcase their businesses, products, services and personalities at this can't miss event, hosted by Heartland Bank. Current members are encouraged to come out, meet and support our new members. Let them know all the great things the Chamber has done for you, how they can get involved and maximize th...More Info
Event Type: Other
Heartland Bank and Trust
4456 Wolf Road
Western Springs, IL
CANCELLED Spring Garden Afternoon Tea
Apr. 9, 2020 , 2:00PM-4:00PM
Why not treat yourself to a relaxing Spring themed Afternoon Tea experience? Located in the Lock 16's Vintage Room you will spend time relaxing with friends, or meet new friends. The afternoon tea menu features a variety of tasty teas, delectable savory tea sandwiches, scones served with Devonshire Cream & Jam, sweet m...More Info
Cost: $24.95 per person (Reservation Required) Event Type: Dining
Lock 16 Café & Visitor Center
754 First Street
LaSalle, Il 61301
815-220-1851
CANCELLED Make a Difference in Your Community
Apr. 11, 2020 , 10:00AM-12:00PM
Here is an opportunity for you to make a difference! Learn about plastic pollution and then spend some time making a difference cleaning up our shoreline. Dress for the weather and for getting dirty. Waterproof footwear is highly recommended. Clean-up instructions and safety equipment will be provided on the day of the...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Other
Four Rivers Environmental Education Center
25055 W. Walnut Lane
Channahon, Il 60410
(815) 722-9470
CANCELLED Riverview Farmstead Tour
Apr. 11, 2020 , 1:00PM-2:30PM
Two hundred years ago, prairie grasses dominated northern Will County. Discover three generations of the Clow family and their successful efforts to grow "Riverview" from its first house into a 200-acre commercial farm. A naturalist will share stories of life back then, with a special look at the early farm equipment. ...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Education/History
Riverview Farmstead Preserve
5220 Book Road
Naperville, Il 60564
(815) 886-1467
CANCELLED Living History Encounter
Apr. 15, 2020 , 12:00PM-3:00PM
Experience local history up close and personal. On these Sundays, you may find cooks, seamstresses, voyageurs, soldiers or craftsmen sharing their talents. This is a drop-in program; come anytime between noon and 3 p.m. Depending on the weather, this program is offered indoors or outside. Isle a la Cache Museum is an a...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Education/History
Isle a la Cache Museum
501 E 135th Street
Romeoville, Il 60446
(815) 886-1467
CANCELLED Comedian Carl Giannetto
Apr. 17, 2020 , 8:00PM & 9:30PM
Carl Giannetto started performing stand-up comedy at the age of 14. In highschool he was featured on the nationallly syndicated Bob and Tom radio show. He has worked with many top comics including Bob Zany and Greg Hahn. Carl is sarcastic, he swears alot and is known for sharing alittle more than you really wanted to ...More Info
Cost: No Cover Event Type: Performing Arts
9th Street Pub
253 Ninth Street
LaSalle, Il 61301
815-223-8960
CANCELLED Improv Uncorked Featuring "We've Said Worse"
Apr. 17, 2020 , 7:00PM-9:00PM
Free Admission! Get your laughs on! A fun night of theatre improv by adults and teens. Some mature content. Concessions and cash bar available....More Info
Cost: FREE Event Type: Performing Arts
Billie Limacher Bicentennial Park & Theatre
201 West Jefferson Street
Joliet, IL 60432
815-724-3761
CANCELLED Migratory Bird Hike
Apr. 18, 2020 , 8:00AM-10:00AM
Many birds use Lake Renwick to rest and refuel during migration. Join us for a guided hike in search of amazing waterfowl, soaring eagles and beautiful songbirds. Bring binoculars and dress for the weather. A limited supply of binoculars will be available for loan. Participants will hike up to 1.5 miles on natural surf...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Nature
Lake Renwick Preserve Heron Rookery Nature Preserve
23202 W. Renwick Road
Plainfield, Il 60544
(815) 886-1467
CANCELLED Pollinator Crafts: Bee Hotel
Apr. 18, 2020 , 1:30PM-3:00PM
Build a hotel for your garden's buzzz-iest workers! Check out the traveling exhibit "Pollinators: Little Helpers, Big Results" and visit the on-site pollinator garden for inspiration while we learn about the solitary bees that help gardens flourish. Create a tiny bee hotel to take home. With any luck, you'll have plen...More Info
Cost: $3/person Event Type: Arts/Crafts
Isle a la Cache Museum
501 E 135th Street
Romeoville, Il 60446
(815) 886-1467
CANCELLED Trail Safety
Apr. 18, 2020 , 2:00PM-3:00PM
Start the trail season out right! Learn how to stay aware and be prepared for anything. Whether you're a hiker, runner or cyclist, you deserve to feel secure. Enjoy all that Forest Preserve trails have to offer, while staying safe. This program is offered indoors in an accessible facility. Ages 13 or older (16 and you...More Info
Cost: $10/person Event Type: Sports/Recreation
Four Rivers Environmental Education Center
25055 W. Walnut Lane
Channahon, Il 60410
(815) 722-9470
CANCELLED Return to the Forbidden Planet
Apr. 17, 2020 - Apr. 19, 2020 , Various Times
Inspired by Shakespeare's The Tempest, this jukebox musical is packed with rock 'n' roll classics such as Heard it Through the Grapevine, Young Girl, Good Vibrations and Gloria. Blast off on a routine flight and crash into the plant D'Illyria where a sci-fi version of The Tempest set to rock 'n' roll golden oldies unfo...More Info
Cost: Various Prices Event Type: Performing Arts
Philip Lynch Theatre
One University Parkway
Romeoville, Il 60446-2200
815-836-5500
CANCELLED Dave's Traveling Reptile Show
Apr. 19, 2020 , 1:30PM
Limited seating, first come, first served. Doors will close when auditorium is full. Live reptile and amphibian educational show for all ages. ...More Info
Event Type: Nature
Starved Rock State Park Visitor Center
2678 E 873rd Rd
Oglesby, IL 61348
(815) 667-4726
CANCELLED Earth Day: A Billion Acts of Green - Seed Giveaway
Apr. 19, 2020 , 12:00PM-4:00PM
Help celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day by planting seeds of change and helping the Earth Day Network log 3.5 Billion Acts of Green in 2020! Stop by Isle a la Cache Museum to pick up a free packet of pollinator-friendly seeds to take home and plant. You don't need a big patch of land to have a pollinator garde...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Nature
Isle a la Cache Museum
501 E 135th Street
Romeoville, Il 60446
(815) 886-1467
CANCELLED Planting for Pollinators
Apr. 23, 2020 , 6:00PM-7:00PM
Planting for pollinators is a great action to take to help our environment and it can be a fun family activity. Learn about the diversity of our local pollinating critters, the different plant characteristics they are attracted to, and the blooming season of each plant. An outdoor portion may be included, so please dre...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Nature
Four Rivers Environmental Education Center
25055 W. Walnut Lane
(815) 722-9470
CANCELLED Spring Tea
Apr. 23, 2020 , 2:00PM-4:00PM
Spend the Afternoon with friends in our charming Vintage Room for a Spring Afternoon Tea. This tea features all of the tea classics, homemade scones, Devonshire cream & jam, a full array of tea sandwiches, a variety of sweets, and a selection of tea. Make your reservations now by calling (815)220-1848 ext 1848 Reser...More Info
Cost: $24.95 Event Type: Dining
Lock 16 Cafe & Visitor Center
754 First St
LaSalle, Il 61301
(815) 220-1848 ext 1848
CANCELLED Winter Lecture Series - Tallgrass Prairie Restoration Effects on Snake Communities
Apr. 23, 2020 , 7:00PM
Winter Lecture Series, Speaker - Grace Wu, Masters student - University of Illinois Grace has spent the last two years studying snake populations at Midewin and the possible effects to them from the ongoing restoration activities. Come hear her findings and learn more about the abundance and diversity of the snake ...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Education/History
Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie
30239 South State Route 53
Wilmington, Il 60481
815-423-6370
CANCELLED Hiking with Your Hound
Apr. 25, 2020 , 10:00AM-11:00AM
Enjoy a springtime walk in this wildflower haven with an interpretive naturalist and your pup! Meet new friends and other dog owners as we explore nature and the landscape. Please park at the lower parking lot and be sure to dress for the weather. The hike will be 1-2 miles over uneven, natural terrain. All dogs must b...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Sports/Recreation
McKinley Woods - Frederick's Grove
27110 S McKinley Woods Road
Channahon, Il 60410
(815) 722-9470
CANCELLED Independent Bookstore Day
Apr. 25, 2020 , 10:00AM-3:00PM
Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day! Award-winning authors Denise Swanson, Kristen Lepionka and Cheryl Honigford, live music, Dig Doug's BBQ Truck, raffles, sales, local authors and more!...More Info
Event Type: Story Telling
Prairie Fox Books
719 LaSalle Street
Ottawa, IL 61350
815-433-7323
CANCELLED July 4th Holiday Hike
Apr. 25, 2020 , 9:30AM
Starved Rock State Park/Visitor Center. Guided holiday hike at 9:30 a.m. to Starved Rock. The hike will cover 6/10 of a mile, two staircases, and take 45 minutes of time. ...More Info
Event Type: Nature
Starved Rock State Park Visitor Center
2678 E 873rd Rd
Oglesby, IL 61348
(815) 667-4726
CANCELLED Migratory Bird Hike
Apr. 25, 2020 , 10:00AM-12:00PM
Many birds use Lake Renwick to rest and refuel during migration. Join us in search of amazing waterfowl, soaring eagles and beautiful songbirds. Bring binoculars and dress for the weather. A limited supply of binoculars will be available for loan. Participants will hike up to 1.5 miles on natural surfaces across uneven...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Nature
Lake Renwick Preserve Heron Rookery Nature Preserve
23202 W. Renwick Road
Plainfield, Il 60544
(815) 886-1467
CANCELLED Nature Clay Crafts
Apr. 25, 2020 , 1:00PM-2:00PM
Make a real impression on nature with this fun craft! Play with clay and other natural items to make impression ornaments to take home. Try making creative designs using leaves, rocks, pine cones, shells and more. We even have plastic insects, dinosaurs and animal tracks if these are the impressions you want to make ab...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Arts/Crafts
Isle a la Cache Museum
501 E 135th Street
Romeoville, Il 60446
(815) 886-1467
CANCELLED Photography Bird Hike
Apr. 25, 2020 , 8:00AM-10:00AM
Join other photographers for an opportunity to view and photograph herons, egrets and cormorants at Lake Renwick Heron Rookery Nature Preserve. This is the beginning of the nesting season with hundreds of nesting birds in the preserve. Share insights into this exciting hobby with other like-minded shutterbugs. A natura...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Nature
Lake Renwick Preserve Heron Rookery Nature Preserve
23202 W. Renwick Road
Plainfield, Il 60544
(815) 886-1467
CANCELLED Starved Rock Wildflower Pilgrimage Hikes
Apr. 25, 2020 , 1:30PM
Pre-Registration Event. Please register at www.Eventbrite.com. Starved Rock State Park Visitor Center at 9:30 a.m. Guided hikes to various portions of the park to identify and discover spring ephemerals/wildflowers found in spring at the park. There will be a 30 minute indoor photo presentation on spring wildflo...More Info
Event Type: Nature
Starved Rock State Park Visitor Center
2678 E 873rd Rd
Oglesby, IL 61348
(815) 667-4726
CANCELLED True North Fan Club Party (everyone welcome!)
Apr. 25, 2020 , 10:00AM-6:00PM
Explore +6000 square feet of antiques, vintage, handmade, craft supplies, salvage and furniture. True North voted BEST antique store, BEST gift store and BEST home décor store in Grundy County! Kids are always welcome and they can play on the indoor swing and take part in the free scavenger hunt. Dig in a...More Info
Event Type: Shopping
True North
539 Bedford Rd.
Morris, Il 60450
815-705-0161
CANCELLED True North Fest
Apr. 25, 2020 , 10:00AM-2:00PM
Go outside and play @ True North Fest! Whatever the weather has planned, let's ignore it. If it rains, we'll dance with umbrellas. If it's sunny, we'll put on sunscreen. If it snows, we'll bundle up. It's time to get outside of the house and play. The day will include hot dogs on the grill, beer, music, and ga...More Info
Cost: free Event Type: Festivals
True North
539 Bedford Rd.
Morris, Il 60450
815-705-0161
CANCELLED Take a Hike and Lunch
Apr. 4, 2020 - Apr. 26, 2020 , 11:00AM Saturday & Sunday
Discover Starved Rock's canyons, bluffs and seasonal waterfalls on this guided hike. Listen as the guide tells stories of how Starved Rock got its name along with other legends of the area. Break for lunch at the halfway point. Lunch includes your choice of turkey, ham or veggie wrap, snacks and bottled water. April-N...More Info
Cost: $18.00 Event Type: Nature
Starved Rock Lodge
2668 E. 875th Rd.
Oglesby, IL 61348
815-220-7386
CANCELLED Historic Trolley Tours
Apr. 5, 2020 - Apr. 26, 2020 , 12:00PM & 1:30PM
Learn about the rich history and legends of Starved Rock State Park and Lodge as the trolley takes you to the Lock and Dam, through historic downtown Utica and to the Starved Rock Visitor Center. March & April: Saturday & Sunday at 12pm & 1:30pm May: Saturday & Sunday at 12pm, 1:30pm & 3pm June-Oct: M, W, F at 3pm, ...More Info
Event Type: Nature
Starved Rock Lodge
2668 E. 875th Rd.
Oglesby, IL 61348
815-220-7386
CANCELLED I&M Canal Clean Up
Apr. 19, 2020 - Apr. 26, 2020
The Canal Corridor Association is coordinating a canal-wide cleanup on Monday, April 22nd to Sunday April 28th. All interested volunteers should contact the Canal Corridor Association at 815-220-1848 or by email at imcnha@iandmcanal.org. The Illinois and Michigan Canal State Trail is 62 miles from Joliet to LaSalle and...More Info
Event Type: Nature
754 First Street
LaSalle, Il 61301
815-220-1848
CANCELLED Return to the Forbidden Planet
Apr. 23, 2020 - Apr. 26, 2020 , Various Times
Inspired by Shakespeare's The Tempest, this jukebox musical is packed with rock 'n' roll classics such as Heard it Through the Grapevine, Young Girl, Good Vibrations and Gloria. Blast off on a routine flight and crash into the plant D'Illyria where a sci-fi version of The Tempest set to rock 'n' roll golden oldies unfo...More Info
Cost: Various Prices Event Type: Performing Arts
Philip Lynch Theatre
One University Parkway
Romeoville, Il 60446-2200
815-836-5500
CANCELLED "Yankee Tavern" by Latitude 41
Apr. 24, 2020 - Apr. 26, 2020 , Friday, Saturday 7:30PM | Sunday 2:00PM ...More Info
Cost: $13 in advance | $15 at door Event Type: Performing Arts
Billie Limacher Bicentennial Park & Theatre
201 West Jefferson Street
Joliet, IL 60432
331-725-2841
CANCELLED River Bird Hike
Apr. 26, 2020 , 9:30AM-11:00AM
The best way to learn about birds is to see and hear them! Learn from a naturalist and other like-minded birders as you take a bird hike along the banks of the Des Plaines River. The program begins with a short presentation about one specific bird or bird topic. Please dress for the weather. The hike is up to 2 miles o...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Nature
Four Rivers Environmental Education Center
25055 W. Walnut Lane
Channahon, Il 60410
(815) 722-9470
CANCELLED Smooth Hound Smith
Apr. 29, 2020 , 7:30PM
The saga of Smooth Hound Smith begins in Southern California. It winds from there throughcountless club gigs to East Nashville, big-time arena shows opening for The Dixie Chicks andfinally to a third album, on which the seeds planted by experience blossom into a sound unlikethat of any other artist. Dog In A Manger is...More Info
Cost: $25 Event Type: Performing Arts
Uptown Grill
601 1st St
LaSalle, Il 61301
CANCELLED Starved Rock Walkers Club Thursdays
Now - Apr. 30, 2020 , 9:00AM
Join us on Thursdays for a weekly guided hike through Starved Rock State Park, Matthiessen State Park or along the I&M Canal. Hikes last between two and three hours depending on the destination. The Walkers Club does not hike on Thanksgiving Day....More Info
Cost: FREE Event Type: Nature
Starved Rock Lodge
2668 E. 875th Rd.
Oglesby, IL 61348
815-220-7386
CANCELLED Fine Arts Festival Book Fair
Apr. 27, 2020 - Apr. 30, 2020
Fine Arts Festival Book Fair at Central Intermediate School. District wide artwork, music and great book deals. Open to the public, evening hours. ...More Info
Event Type: Story Telling
Central Intermediate School
815-433-7323
80's Party
May. 1, 2020 , 5:00PM-9:00PM
80's Party at True North 80's Music, Movies & Trivia, Make Friendship Pins, Write Notes to Your BFF, Kamikaze Shots, PAPER Fortune Telling, Arcade Tournament, Shopping, PRETZELS & TOTALLY AWESOME FUN! Wear an 80's outfit and save 10% off any item over $20. 80's party held during the Morris Retail Association's...More Info
Cost: free Event Type: Shopping
True North
539 Bedford Rd.
Morris, Il 60450
815-705-0161
Girls Night Out
May. 1, 2020 , 5:00PM-9:00PM
This annual Morris shopping event is a favorite! Join in this fun tradition by bringing your girls (and guys too) to shop. Participating stores stay open late. ...More Info
Cost: free Event Type: Shopping
Morris Retail Association
PO Box 212
Morris, Il 60450
815-325-5593
14th Annual Red Carpet Corridor
May. 2, 2020
It is all about family fun on the most famous road in America - Route 66. Sponsored by the thirteen communities which make up the 90-mile linear museum from Joliet to Towanda, the annual festival invites everyone to experience the good life in the slow lane. Each community will produce its own events. From full-...More Info
Event Type: Festivals
Along Route 66
FREE Joliet Area Historical Museum Days
May. 2, 2020
The Joliet Area Historical Museum hosts key days throughout the year where children and adults are admitted for free. These FREE days are held on days when most schools are closed, weekends and to recognize special holidays. The Museum FREE Days Program offers free admission; self guided tours of the Main & Special Exh...More Info
Cost: FREE Event Type: Education/History Ongoing
Joliet Area Historical Museum
204 N. Ottawa Street
Joliet, IL 60432
815-723-5201
Joliet Iron Works Tour
May. 2, 2020 , 12:00PM-1:30PM
Which city carried the nickname "City of Stone and Steel"? Joliet's once-thriving industrial plant rivaled Pittsburgh's steel power. Explore its stone foundations that are more than 100 years old. A naturalist will share the fascinating stories of the men and machines that worked to produce up to 2,000 tons of iron a d...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Education/History
Joliet Iron Works Historic Site
501 E 135th Street
Romeoville, Il 60446
(815) 886-1467
Pedal the Prairie: Forked Creek Preserve: Ballou Road Access
May. 2, 2020 , 8:00AM-12:00PM
Registration required: 815.727.8700. Join Forest Preserve staff as we pedal the beautiful trails of Will County. The "Pedal the Prairie" bike series is designed to build in distance and difficulty, with three separate guided rides. The ride at Forked Creek Preserve – Ballou Road Access will cover approximately...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Sports/Recreation
Forked Creek Preserve-Ballou Road Access
Ballou Rd
Wilmington, Il 60481
(815) 727-8700
Springtime Edible Plants for Beginners
May. 2, 2020 , 10:00AM-11:30AM
This wild edibles for beginners' program will connect you to plants in a different way. Through your taste buds! Learn about native plants you can grow in your own backyard to make tasty dishes, and sample a few! The hike will be 1-2 miles over uneven, natural terrain. Foraging on Forest Preserve property is not permit...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Nature
Four Rivers Environmental Education Center
25055 W. Walnut Lane
Channahon, Il 60410
(815) 722-9470
Wildflower Hike
May. 2, 2020 , 1:00PM-2:00PM
Spring wildflowers do not last long! This leisurely hike will include many stops as we talk about and photograph the many beautiful species that are found in our preserve for a short time. This program will take place rain or shine on accessible trails. Registration required by Friday, May 1: 815.722.9470....More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Nature
Four Rivers Environmental Education Center
25055 W. Walnut Lane
Channahon, Il 60410
(815) 722-9470
"Yankee Tavern" by Latitude 41
May. 1, 2020 - May. 3, 2020 , Friday, Saturday 7:30PM | Sunday 2:00PM ...More Info
Cost: $13 in advance | $15 at door Event Type: Performing Arts
Billie Limacher Bicentennial Park & Theatre
201 West Jefferson Street
Joliet, IL 60432
331-725-2841
Swinging Bridges Arts Festival
May. 2, 2020 - May. 3, 2020 , 9:00AM Saturday | 10:00AM Sunday
Greater Livingston County Arts Council and Pontiac Community Art Center present the 2nd Annual Swinging Bridges Arts Festival. Join us on your road trip on Route 66 during Red Carpet weekend. Art vendors, art demos, interactive art booth, make & take booth, performance art, food and entertainment. This event also c...More Info
Event Type: Arts/Crafts Festivals
209 W Madison St
Pontiac, IL 61764
Living History Encounter
May. 3, 2020 , 12:00PM-3:00PM
Experience local history up close and personal. On these Sundays, you may find cooks, seamstresses, voyageurs, soldiers or craftsmen sharing their talents. This is a drop-in program; come anytime between noon and 3 p.m. Depending on the weather, this program is offered indoors or outside. Isle a la Cache Museum is an a...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Education/History
Isle a la Cache Museum
501 E 135th Street
Romeoville, Il 60446
(815) 886-1467
JJC Art Students Juried Exhibition
Now - May. 7, 2020 , 8:00AM-8:00PM
Enjoy the latest installation at Joliet Junior College. JJC Art Students Juried Exhibitions A reception and awards presentation will be May 7 from 4:00PM-7:00PM If the college is closed, the gallery is closed....More Info
Event Type: Performing Arts Arts/Crafts
Laura A. Sprague Art Gallery
1215 Houbolt Road
Joliet, IL 60431
Reels at the Rialto: "Grease"
May. 7, 2020 , 7:00PM
Our May "Reels at the Rialto" movie, "Grease"! A musical about teens in love in the 50's! It's California 1959 and greaser Danny Zuko and Australian Sandy Olsson are in love. They spend time at the beach, and when they go back to school, what neither of them knows is that they both now attend Rydell High. Danny's th...More Info
Cost: $5.00 Event Type: Performing Arts
Rialto Square Theatre
102 N. Chicago Street
Joliet, IL
815-726-7171
80's Party - Girls Night Out Event
May. 8, 2020 , 10:00AM-9:00PM
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun! Dress in your favorite 80's outfit, shop and have a totally tubular time! During the Girls Night Out Shopping Event in Morris. ...More Info
Event Type: Shopping
True North
539 Bedford Rd.
Morris, Il 60450
815-705-0161
A Hike for Mom
May. 9, 2020 , 9:30AM-11:00AM
With spring in full bloom, motherhood is visible everywhere! Witness and learn about the various methods Mother Nature uses to raise up the next generations. On this guided hike, you'll visit woods and prairie all along the rivers allowing for maximum opportunities to see moms hard at work. We'll hike rain or shine, so...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Nature
Four Rivers Environmental Education Center
25055 W. Walnut Lane
Channahon, Il 60410
(815) 722-9470
Flowers for Mothers Hike
May. 9, 2020 , 1:00PM-3:00PM
Do something special with your mother this Mother's Day! Take time to stop and smell the wildflowers. For only a brief time, spring wildflowers fill the forest floor with a variety of color. Hike and explore with a naturalist through Messenger Woods, which is famous for its flower diversity and abundance in the springt...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Nature
Messenger Woods Nature Preserve - Hawthorn Grove Shelter
13800 W. Bruce Road
Homer Glen, Il 60491
(708) 946-2216
FREE Joliet Area Historical Museum Days
May. 9, 2020
The Joliet Area Historical Museum hosts key days throughout the year where children and adults are admitted for free. These FREE days are held on days when most schools are closed, weekends and to recognize special holidays. The Museum FREE Days Program offers free admission; self guided tours of the Main & Special Exh...More Info
Cost: FREE Event Type: Education/History Ongoing
Joliet Area Historical Museum
204 N. Ottawa Street
Joliet, IL 60432
815-723-5201
Pollinator Crafts: Wax & Honey
May. 9, 2020 , 1:30PM-3:00PM
All pollinators are important, but there is a special place in our hearts for honeybees. Learn about this tiny insect that makes important contributions to our lives. And since we use bee products – wax and honey – try your hand at making a rolled beeswax candle. You can also make sustainable food wrap out ...More Info
Cost: $3/person Event Type: Arts/Crafts
Isle a la Cache Museum
501 E 135th Street
Romeoville, Il 60410
(815) 886-1467
Sherri Rinker Author Signing
May. 9, 2020 , 11:00AM
Sherri Rinker, author of Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site, and many other NYT Best Selling Books! Reading, Q & A, book signing....More Info
Cost: FREE EVENTT Event Type: Story Telling
Prairie Fox Books
719 LaSalle Street
Ottawa, IL 61350
815-433-7323
Starved Rock Country Marathon, Half & 5K
May. 9, 2020 , Start Times: Marathon 7:00AM | 5k 7:10AM | Half Marathon 7:30AM |
The 2020 Starved Rock Country Marathon presented by Marathon Brewing Company will be the 7th annual running of the event and is set for May 9th, 2020. The Marathon course will again showcase the scenery of the Illinois River, the neighborhoods of Ottawa and the rolling landscapes in and around Starved Rock State Pa...More Info
Event Type: Sports/Recreation
Begins and ends iin downtown Ottawa
Starved Rock Country Marathon, Half & 5K
May. 9, 2020 , Start Times: Marathon 7:00AM | 5k 7:10AM | Half Marathon 7:30AM |
The 2020 Starved Rock Country Marathon presented by Marathon Brewing Company will be the 7th annual running of the event and is set for May 9th, 2020. The Marathon course will again showcase the scenery of the Illinois River, the neighborhoods of Ottawa and the rolling landscapes in and around Starved Rock State Pa...More Info
Event Type: Sports/Recreation
Begins and ends iin downtown Ottawa
Wildflower Walk and Draw
May. 9, 2020 , 8:00AM-10:00AM
What better way to learn about spring flowers than to draw them? This guided hike will begin at Frederick's Grove Shelter in McKinley Woods. As we hike the preserve, we will look at wildflowers and the features that make each unique, and then spend time sketching them. Bring a journal and a pencil. Sit-upons, field gui...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Nature
McKinley Woods - Frederick's Grove
27110 S McKinley Woods Road
Channahon, Il 60410
(815) 722-9470
Mighty Oaks
May. 15, 2020 , 6:00PM-7:00PM
May 16 is Love a Tree Day! Discover the fascinating world of trees and the animals and insects that depend on them. As we walk, learn how to ID different tree species, then help us determine the age of some of our oldest trees – the mighty oaks! Please wear long pants and closed-toe shoes as we might be getting i...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Nature
Isle a la Cache Museum
501 E 135th Street
Romeoville, Il 60446
(815) 886-1467
Marseilles Home Brew Fest
May. 16, 2020 , 11:00AM-3:00PM
Several area Home Brew groups, including MASH (Marseilles Area Society of Homebrewers). Will be joining us for a Home Brew Event. Tickets 3 for $5.00,for samples, includes admission. Food truck Smokin BB Que, and Marseilles Nursing Service (cooking) Music and Crafters. Apx 30 brews. Sponsored by Marseilles...More Info
Cost: free admit Event Type: Other
Illinois River Area Chamber of Commerce
135 Washington Street
Marseilles, Il 61341
815-795-2414
Pedal the Prairie: Forked Creek Preserve: Lower Rock Run Preserve - I&M Canal Access
May. 16, 2020 , 8:00AM-12:00PM
Join Forest Preserve staff as we pedal the beautiful trails of Will County. The "Pedal the Prairie" bike series is designed to build in distance and difficulty, with separate guided rides. The Lower Rock Run ride is about 22 miles round trip to the Dresden Dam and back. Also a part of the series, a June 6 ride is plann...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Sports/Recreation
Lower Rock Run Preserve - I&M Canal Access
1966 Houbolt Road
Joliet, Il 60436
(815) 727-8700
Sounds of Spring
May. 16, 2020 , 9:30AM- 11:30AM
Spring is all around us! This guided adventure will highlight spring by listening to and identifying some really cool sounds of nature. Who is the first frog to sing in spring? Can you identify the famous kee-ka-re-kee? Dress for the weather. The hike will be 1-2 miles over uneven, natural terrain. Registration requir...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Nature
Four Rivers Environmental Education Center
25055 W. Walnut Lane
Channahon, Il 60410
(815) 722-9470
I Ought to be in Pictures
May. 8, 2020 - May. 17, 2020 , 2:30PM | 7:30PM
Tickets on sale now! Matinee and Evening Performances available, please check website to buy tickets and for more information. Herb, a Hollywood scriptwriter currently "at liberty," is surprised when his forgotten past reappears in the form of Libby, a teenage daughter who's trekked from Brooklyn with dreams of movie...More Info
Cost: $10+ Event Type: Performing Arts
Morris Theatre Guild
516 W. Illinois Ave.
Morris, Il 60450
(815) 942-1966
Live Hawk Show
May. 16, 2020 - May. 17, 2020 , 1:00PM-3:00PM
Live Hawk Show by Eagles Roost Cabin behind the Visitor Center by falconer Rich Escutia. May 16-17 June 13-14 & 27-28 July 18-19 & 25-26 August 29-30 September 12-13 October 17-18...More Info
Cost: FREE Event Type: Nature
Starved Rock State Park Visitor Center (outside)
2678 E 873rd Rd
Oglesby, IL 61348
(815) 667-4726
Marseilles Spring Rummage Sales
May. 16, 2020 - May. 17, 2020 , 8:00AM-3:00PM
Marseilles Spring Rummage Sales, Saturday, May 17 & Sunday May 17. Various sales through out town. 60 plus Sales. Maps of Sales, will be available, Wednesday of week of Sales. Maps available at Twin Oaks Bank, Circle K, Casey's & D & S Grocery. ...More Info
Cost: free admit Event Type: Shopping
Illinois River Area Chamber of Commerce
135 Washington Street
Marseilles, Il 61341
815-795-2414
What's the Big Deal About Pollinators?
May. 17, 2020 , 2:00PM-3:30PM
Get inspired by one person's quest to make her own small changes result in big impacts! Tammy Bristol is an Illinois Master Naturalist, beekeeper, butterfly caretaker, organic gardener and overall nature lover with a degree in biology from Northern Illinois University. She will be sharing fascinating information about ...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Nature
Isle a la Cache Museum
501 E 135th Street
Romeoville, Il 60446
(815) 886-1467
Turtles Rock
May. 23, 2020 , 1:00PM-2:00PM
Celebrate World Turtle Day by painting turtle-inspired kindness rocks. Along the way, discover why North America is called Turtle Island and the legend behind it. Spend time with our resident Blanding's turtles. When the program is done, hide your rock for someone else to find and brighten their day! This program takes...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Nature
Isle a la Cache Museum
501 E 135th Street
Romeoville, Il 60446
(815) 886-1467
WIld Bill Days 2020
May. 23, 2020 - May. 24, 2020 , Saturday/Sunday 12-6pm
Join the LaSalle County Historical Society for our 2nd Annual Wild Bill Days held on the banks of the historic I&M Canal. Live Re-enactments both Saturday and Sunday, special exhibits, and family friendly entertainment. ...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Education/History
LaSalle County Historical Society
101 E. Canal Street
Utica, Il 61373
815-667-4861
Memorial Day Holiday Hike
May. 25, 2020 , 9:30AM
Hike will leave the Starved Rock Visitor Center at 9:30 a.m. The Memorial Day Hike will cover 6/10 of a mile roundtrip, two flights of stairs, and will take 45 minutes of time. ...More Info
Event Type: Nature
Starved Rock State Park Visitor Center
2678 E 873rd Rd
Oglesby, IL 61348
(815) 667-4726
Starved Rock Walkers Club Thursdays
May. 7, 2020 - May. 28, 2020 , 9:00AM
Join us on Thursdays for a weekly guided hike through Starved Rock State Park, Matthiessen State Park or along the I&M Canal. Hikes last between two and three hours depending on the destination. The Walkers Club does not hike on Thanksgiving Day....More Info
Cost: FREE Event Type: Nature
Starved Rock Lodge
2668 E. 875th Rd.
Oglesby, IL 61348
815-220-7386
Longhouse Living
May. 30, 2020 , 10:00AM-12:00PM
Drop by to learn about Native American longhouses, one of several types of dwellings used by the Potawatomi. Our longhouse will be set dressed and open for viewing. Learn about the daily lives of a Potawatomi and discover how longhouses were built and used by the Native people. This is a drop-in program; come anytime b...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Education/History
Isle a la Cache Museum
501 E 135th Street
Romeoville, Il 60446
(815) 886-1467
CANCELLED Pollinators: Little Helpers, Big Results
Now - May. 31, 2020 , 10:00AM-4:00PM closed Mondays
There's a lot of buzz around the importance of bees and their decline in population. Wondering how something so small can affect so much of our world? Visit this special exhibition to learn about small pollinators and what to do to help save them. Discover the diversity of pollinators and how they contribute to our qua...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Nature
Isle a la Cache Museum
501 E 135th Street
(815) 886-1467
Historic Trolley Tours
May. 2, 2020 - May. 31, 2020 , 12:00PM, 1:30PM & 3:00PM
Learn about the rich history and legends of Starved Rock State Park and Lodge as the trolley takes you to the Lock and Dam, through historic downtown Utica and to the Starved Rock Visitor Center. March & April: Saturday & Sunday at 12pm & 1:30pm May: Saturday & Sunday at 12pm, 1:30pm & 3pm June-Oct: M, W, F at 3pm, ...More Info
Event Type: Nature
Starved Rock Lodge
2668 E. 875th Rd.
Oglesby, IL 61348
815-220-7386
Take a Hike and Lunch
May. 2, 2020 - May. 31, 2020 , 11:00AM Saturday & Sunday
Discover Starved Rock's canyons, bluffs and seasonal waterfalls on this guided hike. Listen as the guide tells stories of how Starved Rock got its name along with other legends of the area. Break for lunch at the halfway point. Lunch includes your choice of turkey, ham or veggie wrap, snacks and bottled water. April-N...More Info
Cost: $18.00 Event Type: Nature
Starved Rock Lodge
2668 E. 875th Rd.
Oglesby, IL 61348
815-220-7386
Historic Trolley Tours
Jun. 1, 2020 - Jun. 30, 2020 , Monday, Wednesday, Friday 3:00PM | Saturday & Sunday 12:00PM, 1:30PM & 3:00PM
Learn about the rich history and legends of Starved Rock State Park and Lodge as the trolley takes you to the Lock and Dam, through historic downtown Utica and to the Starved Rock Visitor Center. June-Oct: M, W, F at 3pm, Saturday & Sunday at 12pm, 1:30pm & 3pm Nov & Dec: Saturday & Sunday at 12pm & 1:30pm $12/adu...More Info
Event Type: Nature
Starved Rock Lodge
2668 E. 875th Rd.
Oglesby, IL 61348
815-220-7386

 


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