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As you travel through the I&M Canal Heritage Corridor, one thing becomes clear, there is always something going on somewhere! Consider this is your personal invitation to hometown celebrations, wine and corn festivals, one-of-a-kind music and theater festivals, historic reenactments, world-class sporting events, concerts and outdoor exploration weekends. Don't miss signature events like Ottawa's Two Rivers Wine Festival, Starved Rock's Flock to the Rock and NASCAR. Whether you are searching for low-key entertainment or high octane adventure, search the Calendar of Events to find exactly your speed.

     
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Beginning Birding
Jul. 28, 2018 , 10-11:30 a.m.
Have you always wanted to know about birds and birdwatching but did not know where to start? Join a naturalist for this program to find out the basics of birdwatching. Learn some basic techniques to help you find birds and identify what you find using field guides, binoculars and a spotting scope. The varied habitat at...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Nature
Isle a la Cache Museum
501 E 135th Street
Romeoville,, IL 60446
(815) 886-1467
Campfire Jam Night with Eric Lambert
Jul. 28, 2018 , 7-9 p.m.
Music listeners, pickers and just plain "singalongers"! Come and jam around a sparkling campfire in the woods with renowned guitarist, Eric Lambert. Bring your instrument or just come to listen, sing along and roast marshmallows. Rock, blues, country and bluegrass in three- or four-chord format will be played. Lambert ...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Performing Arts
Plum Creek Nature Center
27064 Dutton Road
Beecher, IL 60401
(708) 946-2216
Dueling Pianos
Jul. 28, 2018 , 6:30-9:30P
Dueling Pianos featuring Felix and Fingers at Campbell Park Gazebo, Free Admission, Concession and Beer available for a fee. Go to WWW. CoalCity-IL.gov/community-events/...More Info
Cost: free Event Type: Festivals
Village of Coal City
515 S. Broadway St.
Coal City, IL 60416
815-634-8608
Fun Family Paddle (Beginner)
Jul. 28, 2018 , 4-6 p.m.
Bring the whole family out this summer for some fun on the water in a canoe or kayak! Create memories, spending quality family time together in nature. Depending upon group comfort level, we can play paddling games or take a tour, whatever the group is up for! This is a recreational, non-instructional program. All equi...More Info
Cost: $20/person Event Type: Sports/Recreation
Monee Reservoir
27341 Ridgeland Ave
Monee, IL 60449
(708) 534-8499
Lake Renwick Nature Preserve
Jul. 28, 2018 , 8 a.m. - noon
See the dazzling spectacle of nesting herons, egrets and cormorants! Maybe even see one of our resident bald eagles. Because the preserve has controlled access during nesting season to minimize disturbances to nesting birds, the only way to view these amazing creatures during this time of year is to attend a viewing pr...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Nature
Lake Renwick Nature Preserve
23202 W. Renwick Rd.
Plainfield, IL 60544
(815) 886-1467
Midnight Madness
Jul. 28, 2018 , 7 p.m. - midnight
No anglers, you're not dreaming, we are keeping the gates open until midnight for a nighttime fishing opportunity. Fish activity is often greater at night when cooler waters invite our finned friends to be more active. So let the kids stay up late and bring the family out to enjoy fishing under the stars. The parking l...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Sports/Recreation
Monee Reservoir
27341 Ridgeland Ave
Monee, IL 60449
(708) 534-8499
Paddle Rock Run Rookery (Intermediate)
Jul. 28, 2018 , 10-11:30 a.m.
Paddle around the islands and inlets of Rock Run Rookery. We provide all of the necessary equipment and materials required for you to independently explore this natural area and practice your paddling skills. Be sure to wear shoes and clothes that can get wet and don't forget your sunscreen, sunglasses and a water bott...More Info
Cost: $20/person Event Type: Sports/Recreation
Rock Run Rookery
23065 S. Youngs Rd.
Joliet, IL 60436
(815) 722-9470
Paddle Rock Run Rookery (Intermediate)
Jul. 28, 2018 , Noon-1:30 p.m.
Paddle around the islands and inlets of Rock Run Rookery. We provide all of the necessary equipment and materials required for you to independently explore this natural area and practice your paddling skills. Be sure to wear shoes and clothes that can get wet and don't forget your sunscreen, sunglasses and a water bott...More Info
Cost: $20/person Event Type: Sports/Recreation
Rock Run Rookery Preseve
23065 S. Youngs Rd.
Joliet, IL 60436
(815) 722-9470
Paddle Rock Run Rookery (Intermediate)
Jul. 28, 2018 , 2-3:30 p.m.
Paddle around the islands and inlets of Rock Run Rookery. We provide all of the necessary equipment and materials required for you to independently explore this natural area and practice your paddling skills. Be sure to wear shoes and clothes that can get wet and don't forget your sunscreen, sunglasses and a water bott...More Info
Cost: $20/person Event Type: Sports/Recreation
Rock Run Rookery Preserve
23065 S. Youngs Rd.
Joliet, IL 60436
(815) 722-9470
Shooting Stars & Spirits Paddle
Jul. 28, 2018 , 7-10 p.m.
Pamper yourself with some well deserved adult time and wish upon a star. Join certified instructors as we paddle the calm reservoir and experience the sun set in the summer sky leading to the Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower. Bring your favorite adult beverage to enjoy around the fire once nighttime sets in. Canoes and kay...More Info
Cost: $20/person Event Type: Sports/Recreation
Monee Reservoir
27341 Ridgeland Ave
Monee, IL 60449
(708) 534-8499
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Now - Jul. 29, 2018
Festival 56 kicks off it's 15th Season with the Shakespeare in the park that started it all in 2004. Shakespeare's most popular comedy returns, complete with mischievous fairies, foolish donkeys, the hysterical mechanicals, and a love rectangle that gets more complicated with each passing scene. ...More Info
Event Type: Performing Arts
Festival 56
316 South Main Street
Princeton, IL
8158795656

Now - Jul. 29, 2018 , See below
Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen's most beloved stories and the classic animated film, Disney's The Little Mermaid is a hauntingly beautiful love story for all ages. This fishy fable will capture your heart with its irresistible songs, including "Under the Sea," "Kiss the Girl" and "Part of Your World." Ariel, K...More Info
Cost: Adults: $12, Senior/Student: $11, Lewis Students: $2 Event Type: Performing Arts
Philip Lynch Theatre Lewis University
1 University Pkwy
Romeoville, IL 60446
(815)836-5500
NMRA NMCA Superbowl
Jul. 26, 2018 - Jul. 29, 2018 , Times Vary ...More Info
Cost: Prices Vary Event Type: Sports/Recreation
Route 66 Raceway
500 Speedway Boulevard
Joliet, IL 60432
815-722-5500
A Year with Frog and Toad, Musical
Jul. 23, 2018 - Jul. 30, 2018
After waking from hibernation, the cheerful Frog and grumpy Toad enjoy all sorts of adventures, celebrating the differences that make them unique and special. A year with Frog and Toad tells the story of a friendship that endures throughout the seasons with a jazzy score that the whole family will enjoy!...More Info
Event Type: Performing Arts
Festival 56
316 South Main Street
Princeton, IL
815-879-5656
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Now - Aug. 5, 2018
Featuring the acclaimed score to the Disney film, this production transports us to the 15th century Paris where the deformed Quasimodo is sequestered in the Notre Dame bell tower. When the Feast of Fools allows him to escape, he suffers ridicule from an unwelcoming town, but the enchanting Esmeralda recognizes the kind...More Info
Event Type: Performing Arts
Festival 56
316 South Main Street
Princeton, IL
8158795656
Route 66 Street Markets
Now - Aug. 15, 2018 , 4:00-9:00 p.m.
The 2018 Route 66 Street Market in Downtown Joliet is open every Wednesday from 4-9PM between June & August. The 2018 Route 66 Street Market in Downtown Joliet is back and better than ever! Once again our annual market will feature vendors, downtown businesses, community partnerships, live entertainment and featu...More Info
Event Type: Arts/Crafts Ongoing
Located along Chicago Street between Van Buren and W. Jefferson Streets
Chicago Street Between Van Buren and West Jefferson St and the Van Buren Plaza
Joliet, IL 60432
(815)774-6066
Big Day - Bird Hike Challenge
Now - Aug. 17, 2018 , Noon - 4 p.m.
Join us for "Arts & Nature on the River." This event combines the beauty of nature with a sampling of the creative arts it inspires. Stroll the paved trails around Four Rivers Environmental Education Center while exploring several informal venues and galleries located throughout the preserve. Visitors will discover num...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Nature
Plum Creek Nature Center
27064 S Dutton Rd
Beecher, IL 60401
(708) 946-2216
Tuesday Cruise Nights in Downtown Plainfield
Now - Aug. 21, 2018 , 5pm-9pm
Every Tuesday from June 5 to August 21, 2018 (except July 3) there will be Cruise Nights in Downtown Plainfield from 5pm-9pm....More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Other
Plainfield Area Chamber of Commerce
24109 W. Lockport Street
Plainfield, IL 60544
815-436-4431
Lemont Legends Cruise Nights
Now - Aug. 22, 2018 , Wednesday Nights 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Lemont Legends Cruise Nights in Historic Downtown Lemont now featuring the Artisan Market (6/13 - 8/22 from 4:00 - 7:00 pm)in Legion's Park. The Car Show and Market will feature new car schedule, pet night, kids night, local bands, local organization appreciation, Farmer and local vendors as well as Chamber Business B...More Info
Cost: free Event Type: Festivals
Lemont Area Chamber
418 Main St.
Lemont, IL 60439-3675
630-257-5997
Ottawa Music in the Park
Now - Aug. 25, 2018 , 6 p.m. (Saturdays except Aug. 4)
Free concerts in downtown's Washington Square Rain or shine (rain location 807 Building) Washington Square is a natural shady amphitheater air conditioned by nature's breezes and surrounded by monumental sentinels. On summer Saturday nights, small-town charm is in tune as the air fills with the sounds of vintage rock...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Performing Arts
City of Ottawa
301 West Madison Street
Ottawa, IL 61350
815-433-0161
I Spy Wildlife
Now - Aug. 30, 2018 , 1-2 p.m.
School is out for the summer! Now is a perfect time to get outside and explore at Monee Reservoir. Join us each week during the summer as we head out on the trail with a naturalist in search of wildlife. Each week will be a new search to see what we can spy. Are the turtles sunning, are the frogs croaking, is the heron...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Nature
Monee Reservoir
27341 Ridgeland Ave
Monee Reservoir, IL 60449
(708) 534-8499
Dinner & Evening Cruise
Now - Sep. 30, 2018 , June-September Mondays & Thursdays 5:00-8:00 pm
Board a Starved Rock Trolley and travel to the Belle of the Rock for a leisurely, scenic cruise on the picturesque Illinois River. After the cruise, the trolley returns you to the Lodge where you will enjoy dinner from our special dinner menu served with dessert. For more information or to call, please call 815-220-738...More Info
Cost: $40.00 per person Event Type: Ongoing
Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center
2668 East 875th Road
Oglesby, IL 61348
815-667-4211
Land & Water Cruise
Now - Sep. 30, 2018 , June-September Wednesdays & Fridays @ 11am
Tour includes a historic trolley ride, hot lunch at Starved Rock Lodge and a leisurely 1-hour river cruise on the Belle of the Rock an authentic paddle wheel boat. For more information or to book, please call 815-220-7386 ...More Info
Cost: $41 per person Event Type: Ongoing
Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center
2668 East 875th Road
Oglesby, IL 61348
815-667-4211
Visit a Canyon Tour
Now - Sep. 30, 2018 , June- September Mondays & Sundays @ 10am Saturdays @ 10am & 12:30pm
Enjoy a historic trolley ride with stops at Starved Rock State Park's Visitor Center, the Illinois Waterway Visitor Center and a trip through historic downtown Utica and a scenic, guided walk to Council Overhang and Ottawa Canyon. The walk is less than a mile and will take about 45 minutes. Tour includes: a "Starved ...More Info
Cost: $25 per person Event Type: Ongoing
Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center
2668 East 875th Road
Oglesby, IL 61348
815-667-4211
Visit a Canyon Tour
Now - Sep. 30, 2018 , June- September Mondays & Sundays @ 10am Saturdays @ 10am & 12:30pm
Enjoy a historic trolley ride with stops at Starved Rock State Park's Visitor Center, the Illinois Waterway Visitor Center and a trip through historic downtown Utica and a scenic, guided walk to Council Overhang and Ottawa Canyon. The walk is less than a mile and will take about 45 minutes. Tour includes: a "Starved ...More Info
Cost: $25 per person Event Type: Ongoing
Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center
2668 East 875th Road
Oglesby, IL 61348
815-667-4211
History Trolley Tours
Now - Sep. 30, 2018 , Mondays: 1:30pm & 3:00pm Tuesday thru Saturday 3:00 pm?Sunday: 12:00-1:30, 1:30-3pm and 3-4:30pm
Board a trolley outside of the Great Hall area of the Lodge. Learn about the rich history and legends of Starved Rock State Park and Lodge. Travel to the Lock and Dam, through historic downtown Utica and the Starved Rock Visitor Center. Reservations are recommended. For more information or to book, call 815-220-7386. ...More Info
Cost: Adults: $12, Seniors: $10 (60 and over), Children 10 and under: $8 Event Type: Ongoing
Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center
2668 East 875th Road
Oglesby, IL 61348
815-667-4211
Take a Hike & a Lunch
Now - Sep. 30, 2018 , April-November Saturday & Sundays 11am-230pm
Group will depart from the hotel lobby of the Lodge with a knowledgeable guide to see canyons and bluffs made from St. Peter's Sandstone.  Waterfalls are a good possibility in the Spring and early Summer as they are seasonal.  The guide will tell the group how Starved Rock got its name along with other tales ...More Info
Cost: $18 per person Event Type: Ongoing
Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center
2668 East 875th Road
Oglesby, IL 61348
815-667-4211
Falconry with Rich Escutia
Now - Oct. 21, 2018 , 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Join local falconer Rich Escutia with his pair of Harris Hawks and female Red Tailed Hawk for an up close and personal educational visit with birds of prey - located by the cabin behind the Starved Rock Visitor Center. ...More Info
Event Type: Ongoing
Starved Rock Visitors Center
2668 East 875th Rd.
Oglesby, IL 61348
+18156674726
Take a Hike & a Lunch
Now - Nov. 30, 2018 , April-November Saturdays & Sundays 11am-2:30pm
Group will depart from the hotel lobby of the Lodge with a knowledgeable guide to see canyons and bluffs made from St. Peter's Sandstone.  Waterfalls are a good possibility in the Spring and early Summer as they are seasonal.  The guide will tell the group how Starved Rock got its name along with other tales ...More Info
Cost: $18 per person Event Type: Ongoing
Starved Rock Lodge
Guided Winter Hike
Now - Dec. 31, 2018 , 11:00am-2:00pm
Join us for a guided hike with the possibility of frozen waterfalls & Eagles. Participants meet in the hotel lobby of the Lodge to pick up a snack and a "Starved Rock" backpack. The tour concludes at the Lodge about 2:00 pm. Please dress appropriately for the weather and wear proper footwear. In the event of ice and ...More Info
Cost: $12.00 Event Type: Ongoing
Starved Rock Lodge
Starved Rock Walkers Club
Now - Dec. 31, 2018 , Every Thursday (year round)
Weekly guided hike through Starved Rock State Park, Matthiessen State Park, I & M Canal and the occasional walk into a nearby Nature Preserve. Every Thursday morning, year round. The group meets in the lobby of the Lodge and departs at 9:00am. Hikes last between 2 and 3 hours, depending on the destination. The hikes va...More Info
Event Type: Ongoing
Starved Rock Lodge
Starved Rock Walkers Club
Now - Dec. 31, 2018 , Every Thursday (year round)
Weekly guided hike through Starved Rock State Park, Matthiessen State Park, I & M Canal and the occasional walk into a nearby Nature Preserve. Every Thursday morning, year round. The group meets in the lobby of the Lodge and departs at 9:00am. Hikes last between 2 and 3 hours, depending on the destination. The hikes va...More Info
Event Type: Ongoing
Starved Rock Lodge
Starved Rock Walkers Club
Now - Dec. 31, 2018 , Every Thursday (year round)
Weekly guided hike through Starved Rock State Park, Matthiessen State Park, I & M Canal and the occasional walk into a nearby Nature Preserve. Every Thursday morning, year round. The group meets in the lobby of the Lodge and departs at 9:00am. Hikes last between 2 and 3 hours, depending on the destination. The hikes va...More Info
Event Type: Ongoing
Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center
2668 East 875th Road
Oglesby, IL 61348
815-667-4211
C3 Martial Arts Classes
Now - Jan. 5, 2019 , Saturdays 10 am, 11 am, & 12 pm Thursdays 6pm
C3 is a martial arts self-defense program. We offer Taekwondo, Combat Hapkido, and Tai Chi classes. Not only do we teach self-defense, we believe in teaching inner strength, self-discipline, kindness, respect, and responsibility. Sam Murphy is the founder and instructor. He has over 15 years of experience with two s...More Info
Cost: $20.00 per month Event Type: Ongoing
2800 Black Rd. Joliet, IL 60435
2800 Black Rd.
Joliet, IL 60435
8153423538

 


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