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Witches Night Out
Oct. 18, 2018 - Oct. 18, 2018 , 4:00-9:30 pm
This is a costume fundraiser for social service agencies serving women in the Will County area who need help. Join in on the fun and make a positive difference in another woman's life. Witch wear is encouraged but not required.
Cost: $25 - No ticket sales at the door Event Type: Ongoing
The Jacob Henry Mansion Estate
20 South Eastern Avenue
Joliet, IL 60433
815-722-1420
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Oh Freedom
Oct. 19, 2018 - Oct. 19, 2018 , 6:30pm
In a show created to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the civil rights movement, award winning folk singer Chris Vallillo performs pivotal songs from the music that inspired and sustained this landmark movement. Intermixed with the music, Vallillo presents firsthand accounts of the historic struggle and discusses the impact of music to our nation's most important social cause. Light Appetizers and Cash Bar Members: $20 , Non-Members: $25 For additional information or to register contact Liz McNeil at (815) 723-5201x7212 or e.mcneil@jolietmuseum.org
Cost: Members: $20 , Non-Members: $25 Event Type: Education/History
Joliet Area Historical Museum-Lower Level Auditorium
204 N. Ottawa Street
Joliet, IL 60432
815-723-5201
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Oh Freedom! Songs of the Civil Rights Movement
Oct. 19, 2018 - Oct. 19, 2018 , 6:30pm
Billboard Award-winning artist Chris Vallillo returns to the museum to perform "OH FREEDOM! Songs of the Civil Rights Movement." The story of the Civil Rights Movement has been described as one of the greatest singing movements that this country has ever experienced. With liner notes that tell the story of the movement and the history of the songs, Chris Vallillo performs some of the pivotal songs that inspired and sustained this landmark movement. Joining us will be University of St. Francis Professor Cathy Schultz as she discusses clips from the documentary "Eyes on the Prize." Light Appetizers and Cash Bar also included.
Cost: Members - $15, General Public - $18, Students - $5 Event Type: Education/History
Joliet Area Historical Museum
204 N. Ottawa Street
Joliet, IL 60432
815-723-5201
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Halloween Party at Haunted Trails Joliet
Oct. 26, 2018 - Oct. 26, 2018 , Party starts at 7pm
Join us for a "spirited" good time! Haunted Trails' Spooky Costume Parade includes "Trick or Treat" stations, Raffle, Balloon Drop, Pizza & Pop, Karaoke Stage Games, $10 in Game Play & UNLIMITED Bone Shaker, Monster Hop & Tornado rides for only $11.95/person. Seating is limited. Call 815-722-7800 to reserve.
Cost: $11.95/guest (plus tax) for Halloween Party admission Event Type: Holiday - Fall/Winter
Haunted Trails Entertainment Park & Picnic Groves
1423 N. Broadway Street, (Rt. 53)
Joliet, IL 60435
815-722-7800
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Halloween Dance Party
Oct. 28, 2018 - Oct. 28, 2018 , 2:00-3:30 pm
Halloween Dance Party with DJ DreLaurin Children of all ages with adult, no registration Mwahahaha! Wear your costume and bring your friends for a monstrously fun afternoon of music, games, and dancing!
Cost: Free Event Type: Holiday - Fall/Winter
Joliet Public Library
150 N Ottawa Street
Joliet, IL 60432
8158463124
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Haunted Museum Family Free Day
Oct. 28, 2018 - Oct. 28, 2018 , 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Just the right amount of spooky-not too scary-for your little ones! Get your costumes on and bring the whole family for a special day of activities, giveaways, and Halloween fun! Free to the public.
Event Type: Holiday - Fall/Winter
Joliet Area Historical Museum
204 N. Ottawa Street
Joliet, IL 60432
815-723-5201
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Michael Gourley, Psychic Medium
Oct. 29, 2018 - Oct. 29, 2018
Enjoy a delicious luncheon on our historic estate and participate in a Group Reading by Psychic Medium Michael Gourley, one of the "Top 10 Chicago Psychics". Michael will explain how he uses his gifts to deliver messages from loved one's in spirit, and will deliver any messages that come through for our guests-there may even be a message for you!
Event Type: Ongoing Holiday - Fall/Winter
The Jacob Henry Mansion Estate
20 South Eastern Avenue
Joliet, IL 60433
815-722-1420
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Halloween Spooktacular
Oct. 30, 2018 - Oct. 30, 2018 , 6:30-8:00 pm
Children of all ages with adult, no registration Bring the whole family for a Halloween extravaganza! Come in costume for exciting stories, games, crafts, and snacks that will be taking place throughout the library.
Cost: Free Event Type: Holiday - Fall/Winter
Joliet Public Library
3395 Black Road
Joliet, IL 60431
8158463124
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Young Frankenstein
Oct. 30, 2018 - Oct. 30, 2018 , 7pm
Respected medical lecturer Dr. Frederick Frankenstein (Gene Wilder) learns that he has inherited his infamous grandfather's estate in Transylvania. Arriving at the castle, Dr. Frankenstein soon begins to recreate his grandfather's experiments with the help of servants Igor (Marty Feldman), Inga (Teri Garr) and the fearsome Frau Blücher (Cloris Leachman). After he creates his own monster (Peter Boyle), new complications ensue with the arrival of the doctor's fiancée, Elizabeth (Madeline Kahn).
Cost: $5 Event Type: Performing Arts
Rialto Square Theatre
102 N. Chicago St.
Joliet, IL 60432
815-726-7171
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Last Call for Alcohol:The History of Joliet's Breweries
Now - Oct. 31, 2018
Visit the museum to learn more about the rise, fall, and rebirth of Joliet's breweries: from Prohibition to World War 2 and today's renaissance of craft beer. Check website for museum general admission prices and hours.
Event Type: Education/History
Joliet Area Historical Museum
204 N. Ottawa Street
Joliet, IL 60432
815-723-5201
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R.I.P. UNLIMITED Package at Haunted Trails Joliet
Now - Oct. 31, 2018 , Available Mon-Fri after 4pm, Sat. & Sun.
Enjoy 3 hours of UNLIMITED Rides & Attractions PLUS $10 in Game Play for only $23.95/guest (Mon - Thurs. after 4pm) or $28.95 (Fri after 4 pm, Sat.& Sun.). Available Friday, October 5 thru Halloween! See website for details.
Cost: R.I.P. Package: $23.95 (M-Th after 4pm), $28.95 (Fri after 4pm, Sat. & Sun.) Event Type: Holiday - Fall/Winter
Haunted Trails Entertainment Park & Picnic Groves
1423 N. Broadway Street, (Rt. 53)
Joliet, IL 60435
815-722-7800
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Meet the Sugar Plum Fairy
Nov. 4, 2018 - Nov. 4, 2018 , 2-3 pm
Children of all ages with adult, registration opens Oct 22 Join us for a ballet-themed storytime including a demonstration and mini-ballet class taught by a professional ballerina: the Sugar Plum Fairy from Von Heidecke's Chicago Festival Ballet's performance of The Nutcracker! Photo opportunity to follow. No ballet experience necessary. Dance attire/costumes welcome, but not mandatory.
Cost: Free Event Type: Holiday - Fall/Winter
Joliet Public Library
150 N Ottawa Street
Joliet, IL 60432
8158463124
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In Remembrance of World War I
Now - Nov. 11, 2018
Honoring the 100th anniversary of the ending of WWI and the establishment of Veterans Day, we pay tribute to those Jolietans who served during the first great war.
Event Type: Education/History
Joliet Area Historical Museum
204 N. Ottawa Street
Joliet, IL 60432
815-723-5201
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Fall Craft & Import Beer Tasting
Nov. 15, 2018 - Nov. 15, 2018 , 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
A classic event returns: Sample over 40 Craft Beers & Ciders from 12 Brewers from 5:30 pm until 9:00 pm. Learn about Joliet's storied brewery history with a special lecture and exhibit by renowned Joliet Brewery Historian and Collector John E. Bitterman. $20 for Members & $23 for Non-Members.
Event Type: Other Ale Trail
Joliet Area Historical Museum : Lower level auditorium
204 N. Ottawa Street
Joliet, IL 60432
815-723-5201x7213
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Light Up the Holidays
Nov. 23, 2018 - Nov. 23, 2018 , 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Join the museum and the rest of the downtown area as we celebrate the start of the holiday season! Free admission into the museum along with crafts, entertainment and a special guest appearance by "The Man in the Red".
Cost: Free Admission Event Type: Holiday - Fall/Winter
Joliet Area Historical Museum
204 N. Ottawa Street
Joliet, IL 60432
815-723-5201
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Light up the Holidays Festival & Parade
Nov. 23, 2018 - Nov. 23, 2018 , 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Light Up the Holidays Parade and Festival is held on the Friday following Thanksgiving each year. Activities begin downtown as early as 9:30 a.m., and include the Fantastic Fun Fair in the Joliet Area Historical Museum's auditorium, as well as activities in the Joliet Public Library, Gji's Sweet Shoppe, Jitters Coffeehouse, Chicken-n-Spice, Chevere Latin Cafe, JJC City Center Campus and more. The Rialto Square Theatre's annual holiday festivities also add to the holiday spirit in Downtown Joliet! Christmas Tree Lighting begins at 5:15 p.m. in Van Buren Plaza followed by the Light Up The Holidays Parade at 5:30 p.m.
Event Type: Festivals
Downtown Joliet
Chicago Street
Joliet, IL 60432
+18157746066
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Light Up the Holidays Festival and Parade
Nov. 23, 2018 - Nov. 23, 2018 , 10am to 7pm
Presented by the University of St. Francis Light Up the Holidays Parade and Festival is held on the Friday following Thanksgiving each year. Activities begin downtown as early as 10:00 a.m., and include the Fantastic Fun Fair in the Joliet Area Historical Museum's auditorium, as well as activities in the Joliet Public Library, Gji's Sweet Shoppe, Jitters Coffeehouse, Chicken-n-Spice, Chevere Latin Cafe, JJC City Center Campus and more. The Rialto Square Theatre's annual holiday festivities also add to the holiday spirit in Downtown Joliet! Christmas Tree Lighting begins at 5:15 p.m. in Van Buren Plaza followed by the Light Up The Holidays Parade at 5:30 p.m.
Cost: free Event Type: Festivals
Downtown Joliet, along Chicago Street
Joliet, IL 60432
815-774-6067
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Deals & Delights
Nov. 25, 2018 - Nov. 25, 2018 , 12pm - 5pm
Get your one of a kind Joliet Items just in time for the holidays! Stop by the museum to get special discounts in the museum gift shop. Museum members will receive 20% and non-members will get 10%. New merchandise will be added and gift wrapping will be available!
Event Type: Shopping
Joliet Area Historical Museum
204 N. Ottawa Street
Joliet, IL 60432
815-723-5201
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December Deals & Delights
Nov. 25, 2018 - Nov. 25, 2018 , 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Holiday Sales! All members get 20% off -general public gets 10%- off everything in the shop! Get your one of a kind Joliet items just in time for the holidays.
Event Type: Holiday - Fall/Winter
Joliet Area Historical Museum
204 N. Ottawa Street
Joliet, IL 60432
815-723-5201
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"Remembering Marshall Fields' at Christmas"
Nov. 19, 2018 - Nov. 26, 2018
November 13th, November 19th, November 26th. For many Chicagoans, no Christmas season was complete without a visit to Marshall Field's, the city's grand dame of department stores. This illustrated talk traces the store's beloved holiday traditions, including the Walnut Room Christmas tree, the holiday window displays, and the toy department!
Event Type: Ongoing
The Jacob Henry Mansion Estate
20 South Eastern Avenue
Joliet, IL 60433
815-722-1420
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Woods Walk
Now - Nov. 30, 2018 , 8-4 p.m.
Get out and get moving! It's the return of "Woods Walk"! Experience 10 of Will County's top-rated trails during their fall splendor. Trail lengths range from 1.5 to 4 miles, and each trail offers its own unique experience. Bring your binoculars, field guides and a camera. Select trails offer photo staging areas, adding a fun opportunity to share pictures on social media. Don't forget to log your walks as you go. Pick up a "Woods Walk" travel log at most Forest Preserve visitor centers. Complete 7 of the 10 "Woods Walk" trails and receive a 2018 "Woods Walk" hiking medallion.
Cost: Free Event Type: Nature
Sugar Creek Administration Center
17540 W Laraway Road
Joliet, IL 60433
(815) 727-8700
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Victorian Holiday Luncheon in "The Gathering Room"
Nov. 29, 2018 - Dec. 5, 2018 , Nov 29, Nov 30, Dec 5: 11:00am-2:00pm
We welcome you to begin your day with a self-guided tour. The Jacob Henry Mansion is a Historical City, State and National Landmark. This Award Winning Mansion, built in 1873, is known for its original beauty and old Victorian charm. You will feel right at home in The Jacob Henry Mansion, which will be dressed and beautifully decorated for the holidays! Enjoy the ambiance and tradition of Marshall Field's Walnut Room in Joliet's own Gathering Room on the Jacob Henry Mansion Estate. The Jacob Henry Mansion's very own 26-foot fully decorated Christmas tree and live music are sure to set the perfect atmosphere for your new holiday tradition! Dine in our Award-Winning spectacular cuisine, as you take a trip back in time to experience a Victorian Holiday. Enjoy an organ concert in the Old Central Church, located on The Jacob Henry Mansion Estate. The beautifully decorated exterior and interior is a classic example of grand churches in the late 1800's. The chapel is completely remodeled, painstakingly kept in much of it's original condition, from the hand carved stained pillars to the massive domed ceiling and the original 1897 working pipe organ. We welcome you to take some time to stroll through this historic church where Marshall Field IV was married on May 12, 1950! After the self-guided tour, guests will be treated to an Organ Concert on our magnificent 2200 bellow pipe organ!
Cost: $40 Event Type: Ongoing
The Jacob Henry Mansion Estate
20 South Eastern Avenue
Joliet, IL 60433
815-722-1420
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Wine and Soul
Dec. 9, 2018 - Dec. 9, 2018 , 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Enjoy a holiday wine tasting with a complementary wine tasting glass, cash bar, and mini-exhibit that co-inside with our Holiday Tree Traditions event. Members: $20 , Non-Members: $25
Event Type: Holiday - Fall/Winter
Joliet Area Historical Museum : Lower level auditorium
204 N. Ottawa Street
Joliet, IL 60432
815-723-5201x7212
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Classical Blast Presents: Dark Side of the Yule
Dec. 14, 2018 - Dec. 14, 2018 , 7:00 pm
Back for it's third year, Classical Blast plays mashes and medleys of your favorite Rock and Holiday tunes with a Classical twist. Show starts at 7:00 pm. Members: $12.00 , Non-Members: $14
Event Type: Holiday - Fall/Winter
Joliet Area Historical Museum
204 N. Ottawa Street
Joliet, IL 60432
815-723-5201
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Holiday Tree Traditions
Nov. 13, 2018 - Jan. 1, 2019 , 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Help the museum "deck the halls" and receive bragging rights and visibility for your business or organization: Our third annual "Holiday Tree Traditions" tree trimming contest returns, and like last year, is free to participate. All museum visitors will be given a ticket to vote for their favorite tree. The winning tree will be given a special prize and other recognition following the event. Included with general admission.
Cost: Free Event Type: Education/History Holiday - Fall/Winter
Joliet Area Historical Museum
204 N. Ottawa Street
Joliet, IL 60432
815-723-5201
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Oktoberfest
Oct. 2, 2019 - Oct. 2, 2019
Welcome to "Henry Haus"! Enjoy an authentic German-style luncheon and show featuring "The Johnny Wagner Band", specializing in traditional Bavarian, Austrian, and Slovenian styles of Polka Music, including Yodeling, performances on the Swiss Alphorn (a 15 foot long horn from the mountains of Switzerland) and the Austrian cowbells!
Event Type: Ongoing
The Jacob Henry Mansion Estate
20 South Eastern Avenue
Joliet, IL 60433
815-722-1420
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Festa Italiana
Oct. 8, 2019 - Oct. 8, 2019
The Jacob Henry Mansion Estate presents "The Tenors3", a trio of classically trained tenor vocalists! Their diverse musical program, infused with a touch of comedy, encompasses Opera, Broadway, Operetta, Standards, Ethnic Favorites, Holiday Melodies, and much more!
Event Type: Ongoing
The Jacob Henry Mansion Estate
20 South Eastern Avenue
Joliet, IL 60433
815-722-1420
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Mystery in the Mansion
Jun. 13, 2019 - Nov. 12, 2019
June 13th, October 30th & November 12th. Begin your day of fun and adventure with lunch at The Jacob Henry Mansion, but don't plan on leaving until you have solved the Murder Mystery!
Event Type: Ongoing
The Jacob Henry Mansion Estate
20 South Eastern Avenue
Joliet, IL 60433
815-722-1420
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"A Victorian Christmas with Mr. & Mrs. Lincoln"
Nov. 13, 2019 - Nov. 26, 2019
November 13th, November 19th, November 26th. When most people think of a traditional Christmas, they usually mean a Victorian Christmas. Mr. & Mrs. Abraham Lincoln would like to tell you what Christmas was like in America during this time and how some of the customs we observe today came to be, such as the Christmas Tree, Santa Claus, typical menus and the best Christmas present Abraham Lincoln ever received!
Event Type: Ongoing
The Jacob Henry Mansion Estate
20 South Eastern Avenue
Joliet, IL 60433
815-722-1420
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"The Gathering Room" Victorian Holiday Luncheon
Dec. 4, 2019 - Dec. 4, 2019
Enjoy the ambiance & tradition of the Walnut Room in Joliet's own Gathering Room on The Jacob Henry Mansion Estate. Our 26 foot fully decorated Christmas tree, live music, and pipe organ concert in The Old Central Church after lunch is sure to set the perfect atmosphere for your new holiday tradition.
Event Type: Ongoing
The Jacob Henry Mansion Estate
20 South Eastern Avenue
Joliet, IL 60433
815-722-1420
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White Christmas
Dec. 11, 2019 - Dec. 11, 2019
Join us for our annual holiday celebration inspired by the classic film White Christmas. This spectacular holiday concert will take you on a musical journey from a World War II performance for the troops, to the glamour of a Florida nightclub and finally the charm and simple beauty of a New England Town.
Event Type: Performing Arts Ongoing
The Jacob Henry Mansion Estate
20 South Eastern Avenue
Joliet, IL 60433
815-722-1420
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