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The Heritage Corridor Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) encompasses the communities and counties along the historic 97-mile Illinois and Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor. The Heritage Corridor spans from the Chicago Portage Area just southwest of Chicago to LaSalle-Peru including the counties of Will, Grundy, LaSalle and Putnam. The region conveniently located along I-55 from Chicago to Joliet along I-80 west to LaSalle-Peru.

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A River Through History

Step back 200 years into Chicago's past at A River Thru History, The Des Plaines Valley Rendezvous at the Columbia Woods Forest Preserve in Willow Springs, Illinois.  The Rendezvous will be held on September 9 and 10, 2017 - from 10am to 5pm (4pm on Sunday).

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A River Thru History is a living history reenactment of early American life, as it was on the Illinois frontier prior to 1848, with emphasis on our local history from the fur trade era to the canal era.

This will be an exciting, entertaining and educational experience for all ages.  Visitors will gain a better understanding and appreciation of our history by allowing the public and the reenactors to mingle, both as witnesses and participants, in their event.

A River Thru History brings forth quality reenactors and trade goods to represent their vision of the rendezvous, to promote and enhance the historic, recreational and economic development of this new style National Park.

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There will be free parking in the UPS parking lot at Willow Springs Road and 75th Street. Enter from 75th St. There will also be a Free Shuttle bus to the Rendezvous site.

Journey down the I & M Canal for this historic event and enjoy, authentic period food, music & entertainment, craft demonstrations, tomahawk exhibition & throwing competition, canoe races, games and much more.  We hope to see you there!