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Easter Events in the Heritage Corridor

Whether you're looking for a fun activity for the little ones, or for a meal on either Friday or Saturday, the Heritage Corridor has many great places to celebrate on Easter Weekend. 

Thursday, April 18

Golden or Goosed Egg Run at Plainfield's DNA - Active Lifestyle Outfitter
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Come out to our fun run Thursday night and enjoy a little eggs-tra =) fun with an Egg hunt! The eggs will be placed along the 1 mile stretch of the normal route (on your way back) Each egg will be numbered and each runner is to pick only one! Once you get to the store, we will reveal what your prize is based on your number! The prizes can range from a shiny DNA gift card, to a nice ball of lint! Will you get a golden egg or be goosed?!!
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Friday, April 19

Parkie's Egg Hunt at Bolingbrook's Pelican Harbor Aquatic Park
9:00am - 11:30am
Hunt for candy filled eggs in the water with provided bags. Participants are grouped based on age and each age group has 10 minutes to collect eggs. Ages 3 months to 12 years old. After each group has collected, open swim is 10:30am - 11:30am. Registration is required.
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Over-21 Easter Egg Hunt at Utica's August Hill Winery
10:00am - 8:00pm
Find an egg and take it to an AHW associate to claim a prize. Each egg will have something special! One egg per customer. Available all day, 10am-8pm. Participants must be 21 or over.
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Chuck's Lent Specials at Chuck's Cafe in Darien
11:00am - 10:00pm

  • BUILD YOUR OWN SEAFOOD PLATTER: $21.99.  Choice of cup Soup or Side Salad to start.  Choose 3 from the following: Pasta Magnifique, Blackened or Fried, Catfish Strips, Cajun BBQ Shrimp, Fried Shrimp, Fried Perch + Served with sides of Hush Puppies, Fries & Coleslaw
  • FRIED PERCH DINNER- Lake Perch, Served with sides of Hush Puppies, Fries & Coleslaw. $18.99
  • EGG SALAD SANDWICH- Hard boiled eggs, mayo, mustard, celery, onions, seasonings. Served on choice of White or Wheat Bread or Toast. $5.49
  • PEPPER & EGG SANDWICH- Scrambled eggs, green peppers, soft steak roll. $5.49
  • CALIFORNIA FISH TACOS- Grilled Mahi-Mahi, honey-chipotle slaw, roasted tomato salsa, sides of Mexican rice, super Caesar salad. $14.99

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Lent Fish Fry at Wilmington's Big Fish Grille
11:30am - 9:00pm
ALL YOU CAN EAT premium beer battered whitefish, served with fresh tartar sauce, roasted red skin potatoes, coleslaw & hush puppies.
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Fresh Fish Specials at the Morris Chop Shop
4:00pm - 9:00pm
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All Day Fish Fry at Lockport's Public Landing Restaurant
5:00pm - 9:00pm
Enjoy the Cornmeal Dusted Lake Perch, along with $5 drink specials.
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Saturday, April 20

Incredible Eggs at Romeoville's Isle a la Cache Museum
2:00pm - 3:00pm
’Tis the season to be thinking about eggs and what these little beauties have to offer. Learn to identify different reptile and bird species by their eggs and nests. Try an egg-y experiment! Walk through Isle a la Cache preserve to find evidence of our egg-laying friends.  Fee: Free!  Age: Ages 10 or older
Registration required by Thursday, April 18 by calling 815.886.1467 or registering online: https://apm.activecommunities.com/fpdwc/Activity_Search/incredible-eggs/6560.

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Sunday, April 21

Brunch at Joliet's MyGrain Brewing Co.
9:00am - 2:30pm
On the savory side, try the Morning Glory Burger with bacon-tomato jam, sunny-egg, arugula, and cheddar or our homemade Chilaquiles Verde on corn tortillas with salsa verde, queso fresco, avocado crema and sunny eggs. On the sweeter side try our Sweet Potato Pancakes or Bananas Foster French Toast topped with rum-caramelized bananas! Our drink line up starts with 18 different craft beers, next the Mimosas, Beermosas and ends with our Signature Bloody Mary piled high with fixings by the creative minds in the kitchen!
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Easter Sunday Brunch at Romeoville's McWethy's Tavern
10:00am - 2:00pm
Enjoy your favorite brunch preparations and signature photos with the Easter Bunny! Easter Sunday Brunch is the perfect way to enjoy time with family on the Easter Holiday.  Serving up some of your favorite holiday brunch preparations: Carving Station with Smoked Prime Rib and Honey Glazed Ham, Smoked Salmon and Fresh Seafood Display, Roasted Pork Loin, Egg Station with custom omelettes and eggs your way, Assortment of Cold Salads, 'Kid's Corner' with Chicken Nuggets, Mac & Cheese, Tater Tots, French Toast Sticks, and much, much, more!

Adults $50, Kids 10 & Under Free

Reservations book fast!  Call 815.254.7001 or RESERVE ONLINE NOW ---> https://www.yelp.com/reservations/mcwethys-tavern-romeoville?yr_redirect=1

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Easter Brunch at Ottawa's Red Dog Grill
10:00am - 1:00pm
Join us for Easter Brunch as Chef Israel prepares you're favorite brunch items. Brunch menu is served from 10am to 1pm. Make your reservation today by calling 815-434-4406. Limited seating is available.
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Chuck's Easter Sunday Brunch at Chuck's Cafe in Darien
10:00am - 3:00pm
$31.99 Adults | $16.99 Children 4-12 | Kids 3 & Under FREE

Breakfast Selections: * Bananas Foster French Toast * Spicy Southwestern Brisket Hash * Cheese Scramblers * Ham and Cheese Scramblers
* Cajun Hash Brown Potatoes * Hash Browns * Chilaquiles * Fresh Fruit * Bacon & Sausage * Omelet Station * Pancake Station

Lunch Selections: * Spring Salad * Garden Salad * Cream of Chicken Rice * Habanero Corn Chowder * Cajun Shrimp Alfredo * Pulled Pork * Chicken Fingers * Garlic Smashed Red Potatoes * Sage Gravy * Roasted Veggies * Mac N Cheese * Coleslaw

Carving Station Selections: *Smoked Salmon with Mango Salsa * Smoked Leg of Lamb * Cajun Prime Rib * Smoked Ham w/ Pineapple Glaze

Dessert Station Selections: *Assorted Desserts * Ice Cream Station w/ Toppings *Cobblers * Mini Cookies & Brownies

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Easter Brunch at Lockport's Embers Tap House
10:00am - 2:00pm
Seating times for this event will be at 10am, 12pm & 2pm.  Reservations are STRONGLY encouraged.
Make them through facebook messenger or with  hostess at (815)552-3031.  Adults-$26.99, children(4-12)-$12.99, kids 3 & under are free!

Breakfast options: Omelette Station, French Toast Bread Pudding, Biscuits & Gravy, Bacon & Sausage

Dinner options: Lemon Cream of Chicken with Rice, Bacon & Ranch Pasta Salad, Strawberry Salad, Baked Macaroni & Cheese, Roasted Veggies, Roasted Herb Potatoes, Cornbread Casserole

Carving Station: Smoked Bone-In Ham with Pineapple Glaze, Roasted Leg of Lamb, Beef Brisket

For the little ones: Chicken tenders & waffle fries

Dessert: Ice Cream Station, Brookies, & Strawberry Shortcake Parfaits

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Annual Easter Buffet at Minooka's Chapin's Banquets and Catering
10:00am - 3:00pm
This April 21st from 10am - 3pm, join us for our Annual Easter Buffet!  Seatings will be available every hour. --> Reservations are suggested! Call us at 815-521-4000.  Adults -- $26, Kids 10 & Under -- $10, 4 & Under -- Free.

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Easter Plated Brunch at Wilmington's Big Fish Grille
10:30am - 3:00pm
Enjoy scrumptious brunch options along with our dinner menu on Easter morning! Reservations recommended and appreciated.  Brunch Options Include: French Toast, Pancakes, Big Easy French Toast topped with Bananas Foster, Biscuits and Gravy, Eggs Benedict: Traditional, Portobello Mushroom, Crab Cake, Lobster, Florentine
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Easter Plated Brunch at the Morris Chop Shop
10:30am - 3:00pm
Enjoy scrumptious brunch options along with our regular menu on Easter morning! Reservations recommended and appreciated.  Brunch Options Include: Belgium Waffles, Pancakes, Chicken & Waffle Sandwich, Smoked Brisket Hash, Potato & Shrimp Fritatta, Eggs Benedict: Traditional, Grilled Salmon
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Celebrate Easter at Lockport's Public Landing Restaurant
10:30am - 3:00pm
Choose from the Easter Brunch (groups of 5 or more) or Easter Dinner menu. View menus: https://www.publiclandingrestaurant.com/uploads/1/3/0/7/13077171/easter_menus.pdf Tickets sell out quick! Advance reservations required.
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Easter Egg Hunt at Marseilles' Skydive Chicago
11:00am - 1:00pm
Skydive Chicago will be hosting an egg hunt on the south lawn with a guest appearance by the Easter Bunny! As this event has grown over the years, we would greatly appreciate any donations of candy or cash! Donations can be dropped off in the manifest office. Bring the kids, bring the grandkids! Here's hoping for blue skies and low winds! See you all there!
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