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4th Annual Liberty Arts Festival 03/21/2018 by  
Get ready for the 4th Annual Liberty Arts Festival, coming back to Downtown Morris, on July 19-21.  If you’re familiar with the Liberty Arts Festival, you know that the Art Walk is one of the highlights of the festival. The Art Walk takes place on Saturday, July 2...READ MORE

Woofstock Pet Adoption Festival 03/21/2018 by  
Join the Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center for a good cause on Sunday, May 20th, as they host Woofstock. Woofstock is a pet adoption festival aiming to help dogs, from local shelters and pet rescue organizations, find new homes  Participating in the event will ...READ MORE

The Super Chevy Show 03/20/2018 by  
A new event comes to Chicagoland Speedway! On September 16, the Chicagoland Speedway brings the pages of Super Chevy Magazine to life, adding The Super Chevy Show to the 2018 season. You'll see the largest collection of Chevrolet vehicles in one place, ranging from class...READ MORE

Buddy Guy at Rialto Square Theatre 03/20/2018 by  
On March 31, Buddy Guy will be bringing his talents to perform at the Rialto Square Theatre. Buddy Guy is a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, which tells you all you need to know about this man's talent. The show starts at 8pm and tickets are available for purchase....READ MORE

Easter Buffet at Starved Rock 03/20/2018 by  
Have you made your Easter plans yet? If not, follow the bunny to Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center for their Easter Buffet. Reservations are required and payment is required at the time of reservation. The buffet will run from 10:30am - 6:00pm. Reserve your spot tod...READ MORE

Route 66 Raceway 20th Anniversary Season 03/12/2018 by  
Route 66 Raceway is kicking off their 20th anniversary season on Saturday, April 14, with the first of a season-long Race Your Ride schedule of events, presented by O'Reilly Auto Parts. Their will be plenty of chances to catch some Route 66 Raceway action. Take a look at...READ MORE

Easter Brunch at Big Fish Grille 03/12/2018 by  
Big Fish Grille will be hosting an Easter Brunch on Sunday, April 1, from 10:30am - 2:30pm. They'll be offering guests a variety of mouthwatering options, such as: omelettes, grilled chicken, salmon, and more - you won't know which option to choose! This brunch is RS...READ MORE

Black Box Blowout 2018 03/12/2018 by  
On Saturday, March 17, head over to Lewis University for the Black Box Blowout 2018! This event is a one-night only performance, and is free and open to the public. Performers will have 24 hours to come up with the entire play... You won't want to miss this!   ...READ MORE

Huge Winter Garage Sale 03/07/2018 by  
Huge Winter Garage Sale at Bureau County Fairgrounds. Buy & Sell your treasures' at the Bureau County Fairgrounds on Sat., March 10th. This event is free admission, but please bring a donation of non perishable food for the local food pantry. Interested in selling? C...READ MORE

Skydive Chicago's 2018 Safety Day 02/28/2018 by  
Calling all skydivers: join your fellow skydivers and gear up for the official opening of the 2018 season with a night of seminars, Q&A sessions, prizes and goodie bags. Safety Day is a great way to prepare to make sure you're ready for the upcoming season. And for t...READ MORE

Deep Sky Wonders of the Universe at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie - March 1, 2018 02/27/2018 by  
Have you ever gazed up at the night sky and wondered? The public is invited to a free presentation by Midewin volunteer Keith Graham, a retired astronomy teacher, about the great wonders of the sky above us on Thursday, March 1, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the USDA Forest Servi...READ MORE

"A Salamander Tale" 02/21/2018 by  
An interactive exhibition, “A Salamander Tale” provides a fun approach to learning about salamanders and ways to protect their habitats. The exhibition includes salamander-shaped furniture displaying text and graphics, a video game guiding a virtual salamander th...READ MORE

Guided Winter Hikes at Starved Rock 02/13/2018 by  
Join the Winter Guided Hikes in Starved Rock for a chance to see frozen waterfalls & eagles. With dates scattered throughout February and March, you shouldn't have a problem finding a day that works for you. This hike is about 4.5 miles round trip, so make sure to dr...READ MORE

Wine & Chocolate Lover's Day 01/31/2018 by  
On February 2nd, all wine & chocolate lovers should make their way to August Hill Winery for Wine & Chocolate Lover's Day! This event will be just as good as it sounds. With flights available all day, live music during the evening - wine & chocolate lovers wi...READ MORE

Gallery Seven's Grand Opening 01/31/2018 by  
We are very excited to team up with The National Trust for Historic Preservation and the City of Lockport to relocate Gallery Seven with the Gaylord Building. Gallery Seven will have their Grand Opening, Feb. 10, from 4pm - 8pm. Admission is free and refreshments will be ser...READ MORE

Bolingbrook's Flurries 'N Fun at Winter Fest 01/24/2018 by  
Make your way to Bolingbrook for Flurries 'N Fun at Winter Fest, Saturday, Jan. 27. This FREE family event will be held at the Annerino Community Center, with outdoor activities held at Central Park. With many fun activities planned, you will not want to miss Flurries &#...READ MORE

Tickets are on-sale now for the NHRA Route 66 Nationals! Joliet, Ill.— January 16, 2018 — As Route 66 Raceway prepares for the highly anticipated 20th anniversary, the 2018 schedule was announced for the famed racetrack. The ...READ MORE

Many Flavors for All Tastes and Budgets - The 2nd Annual Joliet Area Restaurant Week 01/16/2018 by  
The Joliet Area Restaurant Week is back and 39 locations have signed up to take part in this culinary celebration – featuring flavorful meals and amazing deals. “From February 18 to February 25, you’ll be able to get many different tastes throughout the ...READ MORE

A Winter Wilderness Weekend (Jan. 19 & 20, 2018) 01/16/2018 by  
From FlockToTheRock.com There is a lot going on this weekend in the Winter Wonderland of the Starved Rock area - making it a great weekend to "Flock to the Rock."  It's Winter Wilderness Weekend!  A few hikes are planned, some are mild ... some are...READ MORE

Eagle Watch on the River 01/09/2018 by  
Starting Friday, February 1, from 10am - 4pm, come out to the Four Rivers Environmental Education Center for the Eagle Watch on the River! Meander the paved paths along the Des Plaines River while watching for American bald eagles and other birds wintering around the preserv...READ MORE

Hoot Hike 01/03/2018 by  
Come out to the Isle a la Cache Museum for the Hoot Hike, January 24, and investigate to see if there are any owls in the area. Hike along the path with a naturalist, while exploring owl habitat and listening for their calls. Learn about owl biology, owl mythology, and all t...READ MORE

Little Explorers 01/03/2018 by  
On January 10, Four Rivers Environmental Center invites children and their parents/guardians to come out and participate in the “Little Explorers” program! There will be a variety of hands-on activities offered, including a story, games, dancing, art, a hike, oth...READ MORE

Flight Night Progressive Dinner 01/03/2018 by  
On March 14, August Hill Winery, The Lone Buffalo by Tangled Roots Brewing Company and Starved Rock Lodge join forces for a progressive dinner-style evening, called “Flight Night.” The Starved Rock Trolley will take participants from place to place as the three l...READ MORE

Illinois-Made Gifts featured on WGN, including 2 of our very own 12/21/2017 by  
Illinois Tourism Director Cory Jobe appeared on WGN to talk about their #IllinoisMade Holiday Gift Guide, featuring potential gifts made from local makers and entrepreneurs truly representing the spirit of Illinois.  Two of our members were featured in the segment. I...READ MORE

New Year's Celebration in the Area 12/19/2017 by  
New Years is right around the corner and if you’re looking for plans to ring in the New Year, Iron&Glass Tap, Embers Tap House, and Tully Monster Pub & Grill have you covered. Make your way out to one of these New Years Eve Celebrations. You must be 21 to atten...READ MORE

Dennis Miller & REO Speedwagon at Rialto 12/19/2017 by  
On January 12, The Rialto Square Theatre will be packed with entertainment as award winning comedian, Dennis Miller, takes the stage. On the following night, January 13, REO Speedwagon takes the Rialto stage, performing their timeless hits. Join the fun at the Rialto on the ...READ MORE

Bald Eagle Trolley Tours 12/19/2017 by  
From January 1, through the end of February, don’t miss your chance to go on the Bald Eagle Trolley Tour with the Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center. Get a chance to see this American symbol in its natural habitat. Tours will go on at varying times and dates so m...READ MORE

Star Wars: The Last Jedi at iPic Theaters 12/13/2017 by  
Check out Star Wars: The Last Jedi in style at the iPic Theaters located in Bolingbrook, IL. You're in for the ultimate movie experience at iPic Theaters, as they provide guests with a relaxing escape, great comfort, hospitality, and ammenites. iPic Entertainment is A...READ MORE

Paint & Wine Night at The Starved Rock Lodge Cafe 12/13/2017 by  
On December 20, come on out to the Starved Rock Cafe for a Paint & Wine Night. Enjoy a relaxed painting session with family and friends, or come alone and meet new people. No painting experience necessary. Everyone will leave with a finished painting of their own. This P...READ MORE

"Colors of Christmas" & Movies at The Rialto 12/13/2017 by  
On Dec. 15, "The Colors Of Christmas" hits the stage at the Rialto Square Theatre. Join them for a night of Christmas - A Celebration of Holiday Spirit. Also, on Dec. 16, the Rialto Square Theatre will be airing How the Grinch Stole Christmas as part of their Home ...READ MORE

New Year's Eve Family Party 12/05/2017 by  
The Haunted Trails - Joliet will be hosting a Family New Years Eve Bash on December 31. This event will be filled with a variety of fun activities, food, and, more. This should be the perfect way to bring in the New Year with the family so make sure you reserve your spot. ...READ MORE

Pictures With Santa at The Louis Joliet Mall 12/05/2017 by  
Santa’s back! At The Louis Joliet Mall, now until Christmas, there will be plenty of opportunity for the kids to meet Santa. Capture the perfect holiday memory with a photo and make sure you're on the "nice" list this year!   Santa is availabl...READ MORE

A "Pop, Rock, & Soul Christmas" 12/05/2017 by  
On December 11 & 12, the Starved Rock Lodge invites you to the “Pop, Rock, & Soul Christmas.” Sing along to some Christmas classics made famous across the decades with Michael Bruccoleri and Mary Pfeifer. You’ll be sure to hear some of your favorite...READ MORE

A Charlie Brown Christmas Live 12/05/2017 by  
Just in time for the holiday season, A Charlie Brown Christmas Live On Stage will be coming to the Rialto Square Theatre, on Friday, December 8. This on stage performance will send you right down memory lane. Come out and join the Peanuts gang in their journey to uncover the...READ MORE

The 2nd Annual Joliet Area Restaurant Week 11/29/2017 by  
Mark your calendars for The 2nd Annual Joliet Area Restaurant Week, held from February 18-25, 2018. Joliet will be filled with great restaurant deals for everyone to come and taste. As of writing, 31 restaurants throughout the area have signed up to offer flavorful meals dur...READ MORE

Joliet Rocks Returns with Nick Miller & The Legacy Band! 11/29/2017 by  
This year, give the gift of Elvis as “Joliet Rocks” returns to the Jacob Henry Mansion. Nick Miller and The Legacy Band are back with the Tribute to Elvis Presley on March 20, 2018. This concert will make you feel like you're watching Elvis right in front of ...READ MORE

2018 Holiday Weekend 11/28/2017 by  
Plenty to do in an area near you! Kick off the month of December with the Holiday Weekend. Between Joliet, Lemont, and Ottawa, you shouldn’t have a problem finding some holiday fun for the family during this very special time of year. Check out some of the events going...READ MORE

Holiday Events Throughout the Area 11/21/2017 by  
Looking for something to do this Holiday season? Fear no more... Throughout Morris, Wilmington, Lockport, Lemont, and Romeoville their will be plenty of opportunity to find some holiday fun. Below you will find information about holiday events going on in these towns. Mo...READ MORE

WilleyWorld Community Productions presents "It's a Wonderful Life" 11/21/2017 by  
Running from Wednesday, December 6 through Sunday, December 10, WilleyWorld Community Productions will present the classic Christmas play, It’s A Wonderful Life, as its first holiday-themed show. This productuction is sure to be a unique and fun experience, as well as,...READ MORE

Home For The Holidays 11/13/2017 by  
Christmas in the County Seat! November 24 - 26, come out to Downtown Morris to kick off the Holiday season with an old-fashioned holiday celebration. The festive glow of the Downtown area this time of year, with the fun activities provided will be a perfect way to start off ...READ MORE

Canal Corridor Association Dinner & Lecture 11/13/2017 by  
Join the Canal Corridor Association for dinner on Thursday, November 30th, for their dinner lecture series "Illinois Trail Marker Trees: Past & Present" at Lock 16 Cafe & Visitors Center. Enjoy a delicious buffet and learn about the interesting Trail Marker...READ MORE

The Light Up The Holidays Parade & Festival 11/13/2017 by  
The University of St. Francis presents The Light Up the Holidays Parade and Festival in Downtown Joliet on November 24. This annual event is held on the Friday following Thanksgiving, and activities will begin downtown as early as 9:30 a.m. Come Light Up the Holidays this se...READ MORE

Christmas Crossroads Craft Show 11/13/2017 by  
The 47th Christmas Crossroads Craft Show will be held at East Lockport High School on November 18 & 19. The show is limited to handmade crafts only and features over 180 crafters, with 10,000 visitors over the weekend! ALL proceeds will benefit local causes such as schol...READ MORE

Brian Setzer Orchestra at Rialto 11/07/2017 by  
On November 13, The Brian Setzer Orchestra will be rocking in the Holidays at The Rialto Square Theatre.  This Grammy Award Winning, 19-piece orchestra brings their "Christmas Rocks! Tour" to Joliet to kick off this year's Holiday fun! This show will certa...READ MORE

2017 Veterans Day Parade & Observance 11/07/2017 by  
It's impossible to thank our Veterans enough for the bravery, selflessness, and sacrifices made each day for our country. The 2017 Veterans Day Parade & Observance, in Morris, is a great way to show appreciation to our Veterans. As has become an honored tradition in ...READ MORE

The 2nd Annual Joliet Area Restaurant Week Returns in February 2018 11/06/2017 by  
JOLIET – The 2nd Annual Joliet Area Restaurant Week will be held from February 18-25, 2018.  As of writing, 31 restaurants throughout the area have signed up to offer flavorful meals and great deals during the culinary celebration.  The Heritage Corridor Conv...READ MORE

August Hill Winery & Illinois Sparkling Co – November Wine News 11/03/2017 by  
Utica Veteran’s Day Parade & Air Show Utica will be closing down Mill Street for the Veteran's Day Parade! The Utica Veterans Day parade is certainly a sight to see and is one of the largest parades in the state. Along with the parade, there will be a Lima L...READ MORE

Ladies Night Out in Wilmington 11/01/2017 by  
Ladies, on November 10, come on out to Nelson’s Furniture for Ladies Night Out. This event will be an evening filled with pre-holiday fun. With over 50 local artisans and gift vendors in attendance, it will be a perfect way to get started on some of that holiday shoppi...READ MORE

5 Course Craft Beer Pairing Dinner at The Public Landing Restaurant 11/01/2017 by  
Mark your calendars for Friday, November 3, for an evening with Polylyanna Brewing. Make your way to Lockport’s Public Landing Restaurant for this amazing 5-course craft beer pairing dinner. Special guests will include Jeff Potter (Public Landing’s Executive Chef...READ MORE

Joliet Iron Works Tour 11/01/2017 by  
On November 4, you’ll get a chance to discover the interesting history of Joliet, such as why the city has the nickname “City of Stone and Steel,” and can hear the stories of the men who worked at the Joliet Iron Works Historic site. Local history buffs are...READ MORE

Whose Live Anyway at The Rialto Square Theatre 11/01/2017 by  
From the popular television show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” Ryan Stiles, Greg Proops, Jeff Davis and Joel Murray perform live improv scenes and songs at the Rialto Square Theatre on November 3, from 8pm – 9:30pm. You’ve seen the hilarious skits on tel...READ MORE

The Ottawa Historic and Scouting Heritage Museum is hosting its third House Walk on Sunday, November 19, 2017 10/30/2017 by  
The Ottawa Historical and Scouting Heritage Museum is hosting its third Historic House Walk on Sunday, November 19, 2017.  Ticket holders to this event are invited to tour the following:   The Hossack House – 210 West Prospect Avenue – Ottawa,...READ MORE

Halloween Hoedown in Downtown Lemont 10/25/2017 by  
On October 28th, come out to the Village of Lemont’s Annual Halloween Hoedown in Historic Downtown Lemont. This event is free and will be filled with all sorts of fun activities for children, such as a costume contest, a parade and more! The Halloween Hoedown will g...READ MORE

2nd Annual Monster's Ball 10/24/2017 by  
Don’t miss the 2nd Annual Monster’s Ball Halloween Party, October 28, at The Lone Buffalo by Tangled Roots Brewing Company. You must be 21 or older to attend this event. Tickets are available now. The Monster’s Ball will have live music performed by Cras...READ MORE

Halloween Walk in La Grange 10/24/2017 by  
Come out to La Grange and join the fun at the Halloween Walk on October 28th. This trick-or-treat parade is sure to be a blast for the kids and the treats will be provided by local businesses. The Halloween walk will run from 10am – 12pm and the line-up for the...READ MORE

Girls Night Out at August Hill Winery 10/24/2017 by  
August Hill Winery & Illinois Sparkling Co. invite you to join a ‘Girls Night Out’ on October 27th. Gather your friends for a fun night of music, shopping, and much more at the Tasting Room. This fun filled night out is a great reason to get together with ...READ MORE

"Walking Dead" Trivia Night 10/24/2017 by  
Calling all “Walking Dead” aficionados: on October 26th, from 8pm – 10pm, Ember’s Tap House will be hosting a “Walking Dead” trivia night.  Team up and put your “Walking Dead” knowledge to the test against competition. Onl...READ MORE

Chris Kringle Market in Ottawa 10/18/2017 by  
On December 1–3 & December 8-10, get into the holiday spirit at the Chris Kringle Market at Washington Park in Ottawa. A great place for family fun and a perfect way to kick off the Holiday Season! This unique hometown Holiday Market will be filled with a to...READ MORE

World of Dance Live at The Rialto 10/18/2017 by  
On October 27th, World of Dance Live comes to Rialto Square Theatre.  You won’t want to miss the chance to see these very talented and entertaining performances on stage at the Rialto. World of Dance Live consists of engaging and interactive 90-minute dance sho...READ MORE

Chicagoland Speedway "Trunk-Or-Treat" 10/18/2017 by  
On October 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m come out to Chicagoland Speedway for its inaugural “Trunk-Or-Treat!” Participants are encouraged to load up their trunks with candy, put their little ones in full costume and start a new Halloween tradition at Chicagoland Speed...READ MORE

Tangled Roots Oktoberfest at Starved Rock Lodge! 10/18/2017 by  
A celebration of Germany in Oglesby! On October 21st & 22nd, from 5pm - 7pm, and October 23rd, from 11:30am – 2:45pm, join the fun at Oktoberfest with some food, beer, wine and music! Here you’ll have a chance to sample German wine and beer. New this year ...READ MORE

2017 Haunted Houses 10/18/2017 by  
This October, you can find your thrill at HellsGate or Statesville! These haunted houses are a perfect way to get in gear for Halloween season. You’ll want to take advantage of the chance for some spooky fun this October. Zombie Army Productions has joined forces wi...READ MORE

Pine Hill's 4th Annual Beer Drinkers Dinner 10/11/2017 by  
On October 17th, Ottawa Pine Hills Golf Club will be hosting the 4th Annual Sam Adams Beer Drinkers Dinner. Chef Matthew Dean & Chef Matthew Kemp, in conjunction with US Foods & Euclid Beverage, have created a one-of-a-kind food and beer pairing experience! Fo...READ MORE

'The Simon & Garfunkel Story' at Rialto 10/10/2017 by  
On October 15th, The Rialto Square Theatre presents 'The Simon & Garfunkel Story.' This concert style theatre show uses state of the art video projection, has an incredible lighting display, and a full live band! It features some of the classics such as ‘Mr...READ MORE

Ghosts of Ottawa's Past 10/10/2017 by  
On Friday, October 13th, and Saturday October 14th, The Reddick Mansion Association presents “Ghosts of Ottawa Past” with some new and different stories. You’ll go on a guided tour starting in the candle-lit Reddick Mansion where participants will learn abo...READ MORE

Morris's Halloween Cruise Night 10/10/2017 by  
Calling all car enthusiasts: come out for Morris's last Cruise Night of the year in Downtown Morris on October 14th! This Cruise Night will feature a Halloween theme, and you're invited to come walk around, have some dinner on the indoor and dining patio, and check o...READ MORE

Lincoln Day on the I&M Canal 10/03/2017 by  
Ride the I&M Canal Boat on Sunday, October 8th, to celebrate the day that Abraham Lincoln & his family were in LaSalle-Peru!.  Join Mary Todd Lincoln as she hosts this very special canal boat tour! Listen to stories about President Lincoln’s trip down the ...READ MORE

Revolutionary War at Dollinger Family Farm 10/03/2017 by  
Dollinger Family Farm wants to take you back to 1775, when the 13 colonies were fighting for their independence from Great Britian.  As you meander through the town you’ll be able to smell the campfires and visit the people of the time. You’ll have a chance ...READ MORE

48th Annual 2017 Burgoo Festival 10/02/2017 by  
Established in 1969, the Burgoo Festival is one of the longest-running and largest fall festivals in northern Illinois. The Burgoo Festival is an annual village street party featuring flea marketers, craftsmen, musicians, and other entertainment. More than 350 vendors will p...READ MORE

10/02/2017 by  
This Saturday October 7th, Water Street & Route 66 transforms into a Spooktacular Witch-Walk. See the decorations, experience the market, check out the many vendors, and make sure to stop in and support our Antique Trail Members, Milltown Market, Chic, Geek &am...READ MORE

Annual Autumn Craft Beer Tasting Kicks Off Lemonster Days 09/26/2017 by  
Kick off Lemontster Days at the Annual Autumn Craft Beer Tasting! Learn more about different seasonal beer styles from award winning home brewer Scott Pointon.  The event is hosted by the Rotary Club of Lemont-Homer Glen and will take place at Gelsosomo’s Pizzeria...READ MORE

Swap Meet at Route 66 Raceway 09/26/2017 by  
Calling all Racers, Rodders, Restorers and Collectors, you're invited to the 2017 Route 66 Raceway Swap Meet. On hand will be parts, apparel, merchandise, catalogs, manuals, new and used tools and more. Buy, sell and swap. Show off your car at our Show 'n' Shine....READ MORE

Living History at Isle a la Cache Museum 09/26/2017 by  
In southwest suburban Romeoville, history is very much alive at the Forest Preserve District of Will County's Isle a la Cache Museum. Experience this living history demonstration October 3rd, from 12pm-3pm! A "Living History Demonstration" is history up close a...READ MORE

The King in J-Town - Dont miss "Joliet Rocks" Elvis Tribute on October 12 09/26/2017 by  
Nick Miller brings his tribute to the King to The Jacob Henry Mansion for JOLIET ROCKS on October 12. This concert will make you feel like you're watching Elvis right in front of you. Admission is $55 but along with your admission, you'll be treated to a plated lunch...READ MORE

Grundy County Corn Fest 09/26/2017 by  
Celebrating its 69th year in 2017, Corn Festival is the cornerstone event in Grundy County. A county wide celebration - Corn Festival makes its home in the county seat of Morris with an emphasis on events downtown. The festival is a homecoming of sorts and takes place Septem...READ MORE

Boggio's Pumpkin Harvest Craft Show is Here! 09/19/2017 by  
Every year, Boggio’s Orchard & Produce hosts a craft show for local crafters to show off their new crafts. This event is always held on the last weekend of September, and goes on from 9am till 6pm Saturday and Sunday from 9am till 5pm. With...READ MORE

Grab your Lederhosen - Ottawa Oktoberfest 2017 09/19/2017 by  
BEER! BRATS! MUSIC…and fun! Grab your Lederhosen and stop under the tent for Ottawa’s OKTOBERFEST, three days celebrating the fall harvest. Taste German treats, relax to the oom-pah-pah and dance the night away at their authentic beer garden. Commemorative ...READ MORE

Starved Rock Mega Hike 09/19/2017 by  
Grab your hiking boots and head out to Starved Rock for their 2017 Mega Hike.  It's a great opportunity to escape from the clutches of the technology that binds us as well as embrace a renued connection with the outdoors.   Starved Rock Park is a world apart...READ MORE

Galaxy Comic Book and Fantasy Art Expo 09/19/2017 by  
Galaxy Comic Book and Fantasy Art Expo will immerse you in the world of comic books and fantasy art; bringing together fans, collectors, and even future writers and artists of tomorrow. Perfect for those who collect comics as well as those who like to casually read them. Per...READ MORE

GEAR Up for the Great Midwestern Ballyhoo at Chic, Geek and Antique 09/19/2017 by  
The Great Midwestern Ballyhoo in Lockport, IL coming up fast.  Event goers will be GEARING up bringing everything from unique outfits to interesting contraptions.  There will be music, dancing, entertainment and fun. You can try looking online for authentic ...READ MORE

Searching for the I&M Canal Heritage Corridor's Best Burger 09/18/2017 by  
Last year, Nick's Tavern's "Nickburger" took the title of Best Burger in the area.  Will they hold the title this year? We're on the search for the best hamburger in one of our Heritage Corridor towns.  Maybe it has amazing toppings, maybe ...READ MORE

Home Cut Donuts - One of Chicago's Best 09/12/2017 by  
They've been around for over 50 years, so you know they're one of Chicago's Best.  Home Cut Donuts in Joliet started in 1966, as the three Rushaak brothers (Bill, Bob and Dave) put everything they had - including a no-quit work ethic into their business.&nbs...READ MORE

NASCAR Weekend in Joliet ... Tales of the Turtles 400 09/12/2017 by  
The NASCAR Playoffs start in Joliet at September's Tales of the Turtles 400.  Fast speeds will be going on Chicagoland Speedway all weekend with an exciting weekend of racing. Click the link below to jump to the appropriate section ... or scroll down to get all o...READ MORE

Vintage Illinois - The Largest Illinois Wine Fest - Comes to Matthiessen State Park 09/12/2017 by  
On September 16 & 17, 2017, get ready to experience the bubbly at the largest Illinois Wine fest - Vintage Illinois.  The festival takes place at Matthiessen State Park, where 25 wineries will be pouring the "fruits of their labor" for you to enjoy.  ...READ MORE

Fiesta En La Calle 09/05/2017 by  
FIESTA EN LA CALLE  is an annual Street Festival presented by Alianza de Negocios (a division of the Joliet Chamber of Commerce & Industry). The festival supports the Spanish Community Center and Alianza de Negocios. On Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017 ...READ MORE

Siegel's Cottonwood Farm prepared for a "W" in 2017 08/30/2017 by  
A visit to Siegel's Cottonwood Farm will get you a "W" in 2017 ... in fact, it will get you in the W.  The Lockport farm has themed their 15-acre corn maze to honor the 2016 World Champion Chicago Cubs.  The planning for the corn maze takes quite a bi...READ MORE

Wine & Cheese by TCC - One of Chicago's Best 08/29/2017 by  
Stepping into Plainfield's Wine & Cheese by TCC is enough to excite your taste buds.  With a great selection of artisan cheeses, amazing wines, tasty craft beers, flavorful charcuterie and more - you'll know exactly that you are stepping into one of Chi...READ MORE

Geekin' on 66 08/28/2017 by  
Get your nerd on at Geekin' on 66!  On Saturday September 2nd there will be a myriad of geektastic events right alongside the Water Street Market in downtown Wilmington, IL. Don't Miss the Gaming Goat (of Joliet) pop-up store featuring a Magic t...READ MORE

Heritage Fest in Lemont 08/28/2017 by  
Don't miss the 27th Annal Lemont Heritage Fest on Saturday, September 2nd.  Enjoy food, music, and family fun for All Ages!  The fun beings at 3pm in downtown Lemont, with activities and music until 11pm. The amazing musical lineup includes a little variety ...READ MORE

Ye Olde is New At the Marseilles Renaissance Faire 08/28/2017 by  
Make sure to check out the Marseilles Renaissance Faire Saturday, September 9th from 10:00AM – 6:00PM at Knudson Park.    The event starts with a root beer making demo by Mash.  Enjoy the musical stylings of Courtesan & Cabin Boy, the All the ...READ MORE

Trade and Travel along the I&M Canal 08/28/2017 by  
A River Thru History is one of the I & M Canal's signature events, featuring a unique historical reenactment along the Heritage Corridor Illinois and Michigan Canal.  It is important to understand the historical and cultural impacts that the canal has had on bot...READ MORE

234-Year-Old Map Donated to Isle a la Cache Museum 08/24/2017 by  
Map enthusiast Joe Kubal of Naperville recently donated a 1783 French map of Canada and the Great Lakes area to the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Isle a la Cache Museum in Romeoville. The map shows the region where French fur traders were active in the 1...READ MORE

Reliving the City of Steel – A Stroll Through the Joliet Iron Works Historic Site 08/24/2017 by  
Standing in the middle of the Joliet Iron Works Historic Site, the first thought that came through my mind was “Joliet’s Stonehenge.”  But, this was much more than a circular array of standing and balanced stones.  This used to be the second ...READ MORE

The Great Midwestern Ballyhoo Steampunk Fest Comes to Lockport – September 23, 2017 08/18/2017 by  
It’s not often that you can enter a different world when you cross a bridge, but for those entering Lockport on September 23 – you’ll be entering a world of a futuristic past. The city will be concluding its Summer Art Series with “The Great Midw...READ MORE

New pocket guide highlights iconic destinations in Illinois along historic Route 66 08/17/2017 by  
A partnership between Will County and the Heritage Corridor Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) has produced a new pocket guide which highlights locations along the Illinois portion of historic Route 66. The guide gives a detailed listing of restaurants and other iconic sig...READ MORE

The I&M Canal Boat Featured on WGN 08/16/2017 by  
Erin Ivory from WGN has been trekking to different parts of Illinois, highlighting unique adventures and experiences.  Last Friday (August 11), she featured her a one-of-a-kind boat trip along the I&M Canal Boat in La Salle, IL - with the boat being powered by a mul...READ MORE

A River Through History 08/14/2017 by  
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). ...READ MORE

NASCAR Race Weekend 08/14/2017 by  
NASCAR Race Weekend is almost here!  With special events going on each day, there is something for everyone.  The Kids club will have many activities including meeting with the Chicagoland Speedway mascot DASH, face painting, meeting with Kyle Larson and autogra...READ MORE

Many Roads Go Through Joliet – Looking at the Joliet Area Historical Museum 08/14/2017 by  
You may have heard the expression, “All roads lead to Rome.”  It’s a statement that has been used, referring back to the Roman empire when the city was the “Center of the World.”  Rome was a monumental hub in history. The Joliet Are...READ MORE

The Illinois Beer Festival - A Showcase of The Art of Beer 08/14/2017 by  
For one day, the Grundy County Fairgrounds becomes a showcase of a different type of art ... the art of beer.  The festival takes place on August 19, from 3pm - 8pm. There is a lot of creativity in beer, and that creativity is becoming more apparently each day as the...READ MORE

Zip Chicago Featured on WGN, Still Plenty of Time for Summer Adventure! 08/09/2017 by  
The sound, the sense of flight, the speed.  Things synonymous with zip lining. Another thing synonymous with zip lining - Zip Chicago in Marseilles, IL.  The midwest's premier zip lining course is just a short drive away from Chicago.  And there is stil...READ MORE

Grand opening on August 12th for Ryburn Place 08/08/2017 by  
The grand opening of Ryburn Place, the gift shop and information center at the historic Sprague's Super Service station in Normal, Illinois, will be from 6-9pm Aug. 12th. Terri Ryburn, who undertook the restoration of the unique gas station for over a decade before the c...READ MORE

Route 66 Miles of Possibility - October 19-21, 2017 08/04/2017 by  
The Illinois Route 66 Red Carpet Corridor is proud to present the 3rd Annual Route 66 Miles of Possibility Conference that will be held in Joliet, Illinois, on Thursday-Saturday, October 19-21, 2017. The primary venue for the conference is the Joliet Area Historical Museum&n...READ MORE

A Glimpse of a Hidden Gem - The Weber House and Garden (Streator, IL) 08/03/2017 by  
When visiting the Starved Rock State Park area, there is a hidden gem that most people don't know about.  It's about a 30 mins drive from the park, but truly, it's a fantasy world away.  Located inside a ten-foot tall vine-covered fence is the Webe...READ MORE

Wild Bill Hickok Brings His Story to Downtown Ottawa 07/20/2017 by  
Ottawa’s very own Walt Willey takes on the role of Wild Bill Hickok, and you can see him live on Thursday, August 3rd through Saturday, August 5th.  The former "All My Children" star takes you on a journey as James Butler Hickok through hi...READ MORE

Theory of a Deadman, Fuel, LA Guns and more are rocking The Forge in Joliet - July 2017 07/14/2017 by  
Have you been to The Forge?  Joliet’s new hotspot is bringing in great music constantly to The City of Stone and Steel.  Here’s the rundown for the 2nd half of July.  To get more information or to buy tickets, make sure to visit theforgelive.com. ...READ MORE

Tangled Roots Brewing Company Part of "Illinois Made" Shoreline Sightseeing Cruise Set for August 4 07/10/2017 by  
Brewery will offer craft beers featuring locally grown and sourced ingredients. CHICAGO, IL:  Tangled Roots Brewing Company is taking part in the first-ever “Illinois Made” cruise on August 4.  The Ottawa-based brewery will be one of four beverage co...READ MORE

The Frontier League All-Stars are Coming to Joliet 07/03/2017 by  
The Joliet Slammers are hosting the 2017 Frontier League All Star Game on Wednesday, July 12 at Slammers Stadium in Downtown Joliet.  The celebration actually starts on Monday, July 10 with a slate of events for all ages. Monday, July 10 All-Star Game Parade ...READ MORE

Buffalo Rock State Park to Reopen on July 4, 2017 07/03/2017 by  
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources announced that Buffalo Rock State Park in La Salle Co. will reopen to visitors on Tuesday, July 4 at 8:00 a.m.   The park has been closed since significant damage to trees at the park occurred as a result of a tornado that...READ MORE

Get the Best Tailgaiting Spot for NASCAR's September Race 07/03/2017 by  
GET THE BEST TAILGATING SPOT Want the best and biggest parking spot at Chicagoland Speedway? Want to park really, really close to the grandstands? Need the biggest place to party before the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Tales of the Turtles 400 on September 17? THIS...READ MORE

Forest Preserve District of Will County Offers Programs for Birders, Kayakers and Kids 06/28/2017 by  
Forest Preserve District of Will County Offers Programs for Birders, Kayakers and Kids ROMEOVILLE – The Forest Preserve District of Will County’s traveling “Backyard Birds” art exhibit will be on display at Isle a la Cach...READ MORE

Independence Day Events 06/28/2017 by  
This year, celebrate Independence Day at one of the many events along the Heritage Corridor! Here you'll find the dates and times of different Independence Day events throughout the area. Celebrations will be hosted in Joliet, Wilmington, Dwight, Utica, Streator, and Ogl...READ MORE

2017 Joliet Slammer Independence Celebration Festivities 06/28/2017 by  
The Joliet Slammers presented by ATI Physical Therapy will host three days of celebrations for the Fourth of July. Promotions include a left-field BBQ picnic, two fireworks shows, and a military appreciation night. The Slammers host their only Monday night game of the sea...READ MORE

Win 4 Tickets to the Tales of the Turtles 400 (Contest: Week of 6-25-17) 06/27/2017 by  
KEVIN HARVICK IS ON THE ROAD TO CHICAGOLAND! FOLLOW CHICAGOLAND SPEEDWAY ON SOCIAL MEDIA AND YOU COULD BE, TOO! In honor of Kevin Harvick’s big win at Sonoma Raceway, the Chicagoland Speedway is giving away 4 tickets to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series...READ MORE

July & August 2017 Programs at the Joliet Area Historical Museum 06/27/2017 by  
Thursday, July 13th at 7:30pm The ROOFTOP Summer Music Series:  Great Moments in Vinyl The music & stories behing the songs with an amazing tribute to The Beatles White Album featuring Notable area musicians led by founder and narrator William Lindsey Cochran $8 ...READ MORE

Purrrfectly Pet-Friendly Hotels 06/09/2017 by  
There’s need to leave Fido or Fluffy behind when planning your “purrfect” trip to the Heritage Corridor.  Dogs and cats work really hard to be loving and adorable, so they deserve some R & R, too! Whether you’re looking for a hotel or prefer ...READ MORE

Wine & Cheese by TCC Rolls Out Tasty New Menu Items 06/06/2017 by  
On June 3rd, Wine & Cheese by TCC rolled out their new Summer Cafe Menu including these delicious gems: Stuffed Prosciutto Cups filled with Belzeblu Cheese and organic dried figs, then drizzled with Honey. Pickled Cherry Burrata - Pickled Ital...READ MORE

Two Local Wines Take Home Awards From 2017 Indy International Wine Festival 06/05/2017 by  
The results are in for the first wine competition of the 2017 season - the Indy International Wine Competition. Congratulations for August Hill Winery and Illinois Sparkling Company!  The ISC's Brut Ombre Rose (previously known as Franken's) received Best of ...READ MORE

Pollyanna Brewing Company Hosts the 2017 Lemont Beer Fest 06/01/2017 by  
This Saturday, June 3, Pollyanna Brewing Company excited to host the 6th Annual Lemont Beer Fest from 3-11pm in our parking lot. The fest will feature plenty of Pollyanna beer as well as a whole bunch of guest drafts from local craft breweries, live music, loc...READ MORE

Weekly Event Update - May 31, 2017 05/31/2017 by  
Join Marketing Manager Dan Mulka and we take a look at the upcoming events in the Heritage Corridor, including Four Seasons Heating & Cooling Burndown at Sundown at Route 66 Raceway, 2017 Joliet Public Library's Star Wars Day, IHSA Boys Baseball Championships (Class ...READ MORE

Top 5 Bike Trails 05/26/2017 by  
Strap on your helmet and hit these popular paths. I&M Canal State Trail / LaSalle to Ottawa This 15-mile stretch of trail along the western branch of the I&M Canal begins in LaSalle, where the canal meets the Illinois River. Heading east, the trail winds bet...READ MORE

Awesome Antiquing 05/26/2017 by  
Canal House Antiques, Lockport Find American antiques of the 18th and early 19th centuries, including country furniture, folk art, silver and period accessories like oil lamps at this large antiques store on Lockport’s main shopping stretch. Uniques Antiques, Joli...READ MORE

The Convoy is Coming to Pontiac - September 2017 05/24/2017 by  
This 2,400 mile / 29 day Convoy represents America’s longest Veterans’ parade, honoring the service and sacrifice of Veterans of all generations. The Convoy represents the ground forces legacy of the Nation, showcasing America’s Historic Military Vehicles ...READ MORE

Getting Married in Chicagoland? Affordable, Iconic Wedding Ceremony and Reception Locations Await in the Heritage Corridor 05/18/2017 by  
We’ve all been to weddings, and when it comes time to tie the knot – you want your wedding to be memorable … and better than the ceremonies you have attended in the past.  Admit it, you want your guests to look back to your special day saying “T...READ MORE

2017 Morris Cruise Nights - A Morris Tradition 05/10/2017 by  
Press Release Morris Cruise Nights - A Morris Tradition since 2001!   Proudly showcasing all kinds of cars, trucks, and bikes for a fun, family oriented event, in downtown Morris, IL.  Our highest car count to date is 972 cars with 11 states represented.  ...READ MORE

Fore and More: Golfing (& Eating) Along the Heritage Corridor 04/27/2017 by  
Are you an avid golfer, or are you swinging a club for the first time?  No problem, The Heritage Corridor area offers over a dozen pro / amateur courses for any skillset.  Each golf club offers both riding and walking options, providing ease navigating each of navi...READ MORE

What To Do When It Rains in Starved Rock 04/19/2017 by  
You're all set for day of hiking through beautiful Starved Rock State Park, but then the skies open up and the rains come down.  You check the weather, and it doesn't look like the sun will come back out. Your day isn't over!  There is still a lot of...READ MORE

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