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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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Lincoln & the Canal Exhibit
Aug. 25, 2018 - Aug. 28, 2018 , 7:00am - 5:00pm
Come see the Abraham Lincoln & the I&M Canal Exhibit at the Lock 16 Café & Visitor Center during the Doors Open Weekend for the Illinois Bicentennial. Abraham Lincoln believed that the Illinois & Michigan Canal promoted the settlement and growth of northern Illinois. Ultimately the canal made a once small set...More Info
Cost: FREE Event Type: Education/History
Lock 16 Cafe & Visitor Center
754 First Street
LaSalle, IL 61301
815-220-1848
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
Kids Eat FREE
Aug. 27, 2018 - Aug. 31, 2018 , 11am
oin us for our Annual Kids Eat Free Week as Summer Break comes to an end! Things to Know: Dine in Only Kids 12 and under Limit 2 kids meals per purchase of an Adult Entrée Must order off Kids Menu Valid for Lunch & Dinner only Not valid with any other offers...More Info
Cost: 0 Event Type: Dining
Chuck's Southern Comforts Cafe & Banquets
8025 S. Cass Ave.
Darien, IL 60561
331-431-4000
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
"Trail of Scarecrows" Competition
Now - Oct. 24, 2018
Theme: Heroes and Villains VOTE For Your Favorite Scarecrow from October 1 to 24. Register at www.lemontjuniorwomensclub.org/scarecrow-trail-2018 from August 1 to September 12. Drop off participating scarecrows to the Township September 29 between 10am and Noon. Everyone is invited to participate in voting from Oct...More Info
Event Type: Holiday - Fall/Winter
Lemont Township
418 Main Street
Lemont, IL 60439
630-257-1550
Mule-Pulled Canal Boat Tour
Now - Oct. 28, 2018 , 10:00am, 1:00pm & 4:00pm
Climb aboard a replica 19th century mule-pulled canal boat and ride the route Lincoln traveled! Your guides, dressed as Canal era crew, will take you back in time to life on the American frontier and the Illinois Prairie. Meet our mules, Moe & Larry, and learn how horses and mules pulled passengers and cargo between Ch...More Info
Event Type: Education/History
Canal Corridor Association
754 First Street
LaSalle, IL 61301
815-220-1848
Mules, Mansion, Mimosa Boat Tour
Now - Oct. 28, 2018 , 10:00am - 3:00pm
Tours are Friday - Sunday ONLY. Combine a mimosa at Lock 16 Café, a historic 1-hour mule pulled boat ride on the I&M Canal Boat, and a 1-hour tour of the historic Hegeler Carus Mansion. Step back to 1848 and take a ride on the I&M Canal on The Volunteer, a mule-pulled I&M Canal Boat. Meet our guides and hear...More Info
Cost: $45.00 Event Type: Education/History
I&M Canal Boat
754 First Street
LaSalle, IL 61301
815-220-1848
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....More Info
Event Type: Education/History
Joliet Area Historical Museum
204 N. Ottawa Street
Joliet, IL 60432
815-723-5201
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. ...More Info
Event Type: Education/History
Joliet Area Historical Museum
204 N. Ottawa Street
Joliet, IL 60432
815-723-5201
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
The First Course Tour
Now - Dec. 31, 2018 , Wednesdays at 6:00p.m.
Ever wonder how Starved Rock got its name, or who built the Lodge? You can learn the answers to these questions and many more while strolling around the Lodge with our knowledgeable guide. Your tour begins in the Back Door Lounge with check in and your own appetizer sampler plate with a beverage of your choice (specia...More Info
Cost: $20 per person? Event Type: Ongoing
Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center
2668 East 875th Road
Oglesby, IL 61348
815-667-4211

 


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