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Welcome to Illinois' historic I&M Canal National Heritage Corridor. Situated between Lake Michigan and the Illinois River, the region is an outdoor recreational dream, beginning with miles of trails and waterways stretching from suburban Chicago all the way to Starved Rock State Park. Stay at four star hotels to cozy bed and breakfasts, explore Route 66, shop big-names and boutiques, dine on hearty home cooking or haute cuisine, and play at the area's exciting attractions and gaming venues.

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10 Hour of Autobahn
Aug. 15, 2020 , 7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Midwestern Council is proud to be hosting the 10 Hours of Autobahn on Autobahn Country Club South. This race will see a full 10 hour endrance race, plus a 4 hour race option for those looking to run for the Midwestern Council Endurance Championship. Pricing Breakdown 10 Hours of Autobahn Team Entry - Early Bird Disco...More Info
Event Type: Sports/Recreation Adventure Outside Chicago
Autobahn Country Club
3795 Centerpoint Way
Joliet , IL 60436
(815) 722-2223
City of Ottawa, Music in the Park
Aug. 15, 2020 , 6:00PM
An evening of fun at Washington Square in Ottawa! The City of Ottawa is glad that they can bring back a little normalcy with "Music in the Park". Social distancing and mask guidelines in accordance with the state's Phase 4 restoration plan will remain in force. The schedule for "Music in the Park" is: 7/25 - ...More Info
Event Type: Performing Arts
Washington Square
Ottawa, IL
Historical Archaeology along the I&M Canal Webinar
Aug. 15, 2020 , 9:30-10:30am
Thirty-five Years Later: A Retrospective Look at Historical Archaeology Along the Illinois and Michigan Canal Floyd Mansberger. Fever River Research, Springfield, Illinois Link to participate https://usfs.adobeconnect.com/r9-midewin-1000 ...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Education/History
Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie
30239 South State Route 53
Wilmington, Il 60481
815-423-6370
I&M Canal Festival - Webinar
Aug. 15, 2020 , 8:30AM-4:30PM
Celebrate 35 years of America's first National Heritage Area with guest speakers, folk music and more. Link to participate - https://usfs.adobeconnect.com/r9-midewin-1000...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Education/History Festivals
Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie
30239 South State Route 53
Wilmington, Il 60481
815-423-6370
Joliet Blues Fest
Aug. 15, 2020 , TBA
Live blues music on the pavilion, stay tuned for more details!...More Info
Event Type: Festivals Holiday - Spring/Summer
Billie Limacher Bicentennial Park
201 W. Jefferson St.
Joliet, IL
LIVE Performances by Lee Murdock Webinar
Aug. 15, 2020 , 10:30-11am and 12:30-1pm
Enjoy historical music with ties to the Illinois & Michigan Canal LIVE by legendary local Storyteller Lee Murdock! https://artistsofnote.com/lee-murdock/ SET 1: 10:30 to 11 a.m. "The Illinois and Michigan Canal" ("....where the wild bluestem grasses grew!") "The Mules that Walked the Fo'c's'le Deck" "Between Two W...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Performing Arts
Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie
30239 South State Route 53
Wilmington, Il 60481
815-423-6370
Midewin and the I&M Canal-Historical Ties Webinar
Aug. 15, 2020 , 8-9am
What is the historical tie to Midewin & the Canal? Midewin NTP Archaeologist, Heritage Program Manager & Tribal Liaison Joe Wheeler will talk about the storied connections between America's first National Heritage Area and America's first National Tallgrass Prairie. Link to participate https://usfs.adobeconnect.com/r9-...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Education/History
Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie
30239 South State Route 53
Wilmington, Il 60481
815-423-6370
Mystery along the I&M Canal - Webinar
Aug. 15, 2020 , 2-3pm
Greg Peerbolte, Executive Director, Joliet Area Historical Museum/Old Joliet Prison Historic Site will tell us about the research he & others conducted for the museum's popular podcast: "The Spectator: Who Killed Molly Zelko?" Virtual LINK: https://usfs.adobeconnect.com/r9-midewin-1000/...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Education/History Festivals Other
Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie
30239 South State Route 53
Wilmington, Il 60481
815-423-6370
The Grassroots Creating of the I&M Canal Webinar
Aug. 15, 2020 , 11am-12pm
The creation of the I & M Canal National Heritage Corridor: A grassroots example of democracy in action!" Jerry Adelmann, President and CEO of Openlands, will share his reflections about the creation of the nation's first heritage area. Link to participate https://usfs.adobeconnect.com/r9-midewin-1000 ...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Education/History
Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie
30239 South State Route 53
Wilmington, Il 60481
815-423-6370
The Life-Size Silhouettes of the I&M Canal - Webinar
Aug. 15, 2020 , 1-2pm
How many of the life-size steel silhouettes along the Illinois & Michigan Canal have you encountered? Have you snapped a photo of yourself with each of them? How did the silhouettes get there & who put them there? Find out about this wonderful historical project that celebrates the canal & why it is important. Presente...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Education/History Festivals Other
Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie
30239 South State Route 53
Wilmington, Il 60481
815-423-6370
Wine & Music on the Hill
Aug. 15, 2020 , 1 PM - 5 PM
Everyone has fun at Wine on the Hill, happening at the August Hill Winery hillside near the vineyard and winery in Peru, IL! Enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Illinois Valley, live music, and your favorite wine while hanging out on the spacious hillside (there is plenty of room to social distance.) Find out more and r...More Info
Event Type: Performing Arts Wine Tasting Ongoing
August Hill Winery
106 Mill St
Utica , IL 61373
(815) 667-5211
46th Annual Concerts on the Hill
Now - Aug. 27, 2020 , 6:30PM
HOPING FOR JULY/AUGUST CONCERTS. Please check website for up to date information. Every Thursday June through August, enjoy new acts and many returning favorites. Bring blankets and chairs for hill seating. Concessions are available – grab yourself a Billie hot dog, a cold beer and stake out your favorite ...More Info
Cost: FREE Event Type: Performing Arts
Bicentennial Park Bandshell
201 W. Jefferson St.
Joliet, IL 60432
Starved Rock Walkers Club Thursdays
Now - Aug. 27, 2020 , 9:00AM
Join us on Thursdays for a weekly guided hike through Starved Rock State Park, Matthiessen State Park or along the I&M Canal. Hikes last between two and three hours depending on the destination. The Walkers Club does not hike on Thanksgiving Day....More Info
Cost: FREE Event Type: Nature
Starved Rock Lodge
2668 E. 875th Rd.
Oglesby, IL 61348
815-220-7386
Summer Concert Series
Now - Aug. 28, 2020 , Grounds open at 6:00PM | Bands play from 6:30PM-8:00PM
ON THE LAWN OF OUR NATIONAL HISTORIC LANDMARK GOOD TIME, GOOD MUSIC, GREAT SETTING! Our 2020 Outdoor Summer Concert Series. Concerts will begin on June 19th with Steve n" Steve. We have safety protocol rules for the concerts and have spray painted 8' circles over the concert yard with 6' between circles. CON...More Info
Cost: $5.00 per person Event Type: Performing Arts
Hegeler Carus Mansion Lawn
1307 Seventh Street
LaSalle, IL 61301
815-933-4478
CANCELED: Ottawa Music in the Park
Now - Aug. 29, 2020 , 6:00PM-8:00PM
Ottawa's free concert series, Music in the Park, continues in summer 2020, kicking off in late June and continuing on Saturday nights through the end of August. Everybody's welcome! Nine musical acts transform a tranquil Washington Park into a melody-filled amphitheater. The summer's schedule includes some retro roc...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Performing Arts
Washington Park
301 W. Madison
Ottawa, Il 61350
815-433-0161
Monee Reservoir Big Fish Contest
Now - Aug. 30, 2020 , 6 am - 7 pm (Tuesdays - Sundays), closed Mondays
***Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the dates and availability of this program are subject to change based on the progress of the state's reopening plan.*** Calling all anglers! Fish Monee Reservoir for a chance to win a prize for the biggest bass, catfish and panfish by length. Bring your catch to the visitor ...More Info
Event Type: Adventure Outside Chicago
Monee Reservoir
27341 S Ridgeland Ave
Monee, IL 60499re
Monee Reservoir Big Fish Contest
Now - Aug. 30, 2020 , 6 am - 7 pm (Tuesdays - Sundays), closed Mondays
***Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the dates and availability of this program are subject to change based on the progress of the state's reopening plan.*** Calling all anglers! Fish Monee Reservoir for a chance to win a prize for the biggest bass, catfish and panfish by length. Bring your catch to the visitor ...More Info
Event Type: Adventure Outside Chicago
Monee Reservoir
27341 S Ridgeland Ave
Monee, IL 60499re
Monee Reservoir Big Fish Contest
Now - Aug. 30, 2020 , 6 am - 7 pm (Tuesdays - Sundays), closed Mondays
***Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the dates and availability of this program are subject to change based on the progress of the state's reopening plan.*** Calling all anglers! Fish Monee Reservoir for a chance to win a prize for the biggest bass, catfish and panfish by length. Bring your catch to the visitor ...More Info
Event Type: Adventure Outside Chicago
Monee Reservoir
27341 S Ridgeland Ave
Monee, IL 60499re
Old Joliet Prison - Self-guided Prison Tours
Now - Aug. 31, 2020 , Reservation Times from 9 am - 5 pm
Recommended for ages 10 and up Over the course of 1.5 hours, you will be able to freely walk the site on a designated path. While you will not have access to buildings, we have signs along the way for you to learn more about how life would have been. General Public: $20 Museum Members/Residents of Joliet: $15 (...More Info
Cost: See description Event Type: Other
Old Joliet Prison
1125 N. Collins Street
Joliet, IL
Historic Trolley Tours
Now - Aug. 31, 2020 , Monday, Wednesday, Friday 3:00PM | Saturday & Sunday 12:00PM, 1:30PM & 3:00PM
Learn about the rich history and legends of Starved Rock State Park and Lodge as the trolley takes you to the Lock and Dam, through historic downtown Utica and to the Starved Rock Visitor Center. June-Oct: M, W, F at 3pm, Saturday & Sunday at 12pm, 1:30pm & 3pm Nov & Dec: Saturday & Sunday at 12pm & 1:30pm $12/adu...More Info
Event Type: Nature
Starved Rock Lodge
2668 E. 875th Rd.
Oglesby, IL 61348
815-220-7386
PureFest 2020 Submissions NOW OPEN!
Now - Sep. 6, 2020 , All Day
Seeking Christian improvisers, improv troupes, sketch teams, and drama ministries to submit to perform at PureFest 2020. If you have a Christian group that performs, we'd love to see you! If you don't have a team that can come to PureFest, we've got slots for individuals, too! Email info@PureFest.org for de...More Info
Cost: $30/teams, $10/individuals Event Type: Festivals
Cross Point Church
17530 W. Fox Hollow Dr.
Lockport, Il 60441
(304) 952-3475
Weekly Canal Market
Now - Sep. 27, 2020 , Every Sunday 10-4pm
Join the LaSalle County Historical Society each and every Sunday for our Canal Market (open air market)located on the south banks of the I&M Canal. This market features many vendors selling their handmade, homemade, vintage, homegrown wares every Sunday from June til September 10am-4pm. Vendors change from week to we...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Arts/Crafts
LaSalle County Historical Society
101 E. Canal Street
Utica, Il 61373
815-667-4861
Seasonal Guided Hikes
Now - Nov. 14, 2020 , 9:30AM
Hikes are on Saturdays only at 9:30 a.m. Hike to Starved Rock and Wildcat Canyon-2 mile roundtrip loop. Seasonal Hikes will resume third Saturday of June 2021....More Info
Cost: FREE Event Type: Nature
Starved Rock State Park Visitor Center
2688 E 873rd Road
Oglesby, IL 61348
(815) 667-4726

 


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