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As you travel through the I&M Canal National Heritage Corridor, one thing becomes clear. From fishing clinics to safety courses to unique outdoor events, there is always something special going on here. Check out our calendar of outdoor events and start planning your visit to the great outdoors!

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Michael Gourley, Psychic Medium
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 ma...More Info
Event Type: Ongoing Holiday - Fall/Winter
The Jacob Henry Mansion Estate
20 South Eastern Avenue
Joliet, IL 60433
815-722-1420
History Trolley Tours
Now - Oct. 30, 2018 , Monday 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
Oktoberfest Celebration
Now - Oct. 30, 2018 , Begins at 11:30a.m. with seating Food & beer at 12:00p.m. and music from 12:30-2:30p.m.
A Celebration of Germany! Food, Beer, and Music. Join the fun! Sample German Food and Beer. Enjoy a buffet of German foods and listen to German band. Cost: $25.00 buffet only or $40.00 buffet/10 tastings/stein. Reservations are required for this event. Please call 815-220-7386....More Info
Cost: $25.00 buffet only or $40.00 buffet/10 tastings/stein. Event Type: Ongoing
Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center
2668 East 875th Road
Oglesby, IL 61348
815-667-4211
Fall Colors Trolley Tour
Now - Oct. 31, 2018 , October Only!!! Mondays @ 11am?Saturdays@ 930am & 11am
Enjoy Starved Rock during the most beautiful time of the year. Tour includes a relaxing trolley ride, hot lunch in our rustic Main Dining Room and guided scenic walk to Council Overhang and Ottawa Canyon. The walk is less than a mile and will take 45 minutes. This tour is not recommended for individuals with limited ...More Info
Cost: $30.00 per person Event Type: Ongoing
Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center
2668 East 875th Road
Oglesby, IL 61348
815-667-4211
National Bison Day
Nov. 3, 2018 , 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Celebrate America's National Mammal - the bison - with us from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3- National Bison Day! Meet at the Iron Bridge Trailhead. The Trailhead is located 1.5 miles of the Gemini Giant in Wilmington- on the east side of Hwy 53--- old historic Route 66! A herd of bison was introduced at Midewi...More Info
Event Type: Nature
Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie
30239 South State Route 53
Wilmington, IL 60481
815-423-6370
National Bison Day 2018
Nov. 3, 2018
Celebrate American's National Mammal with us on National Bison Day! At Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie we are working with over 275 different species of native Illinois prairie plants. A herd of conservation bison was introduced as a 20-year experiment in 2015. Volunteers, partners & staff are surveying to see wheth...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Nature
Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie
30239 South State Route 53
Wilmington, IL 60481
815-423-6370
Leinenkugel Dinner
Nov. 9, 2018 , 6:00p.m.
This fun evening includes a dinner with all dishes made with Leinenkugel beer. You will also be able to taste the Leinenkugel beer variety. There will also be chances to win great prizes, plus one lucky guest will win a grand prize. MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN!!! Cost: $60.00 per person....More Info
Cost: Cost: $60.00 per person. Event Type: Ongoing
Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center
2668 East 875th Road
Oglesby, IL 61348
815-667-4211
WWII Radio Show
Nov. 11, 2018 - Nov. 14, 2018 , November 11th Evening, November 12th, 13th & 14th
Featuring favorites such as "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy," "In the Mood", and Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree", our costumed and piano-accompanied trio reenact a 1940's radio hour that is perfect for all ages! While answering musical requests from soldiers and loved ones during wartime, the group will entertain the "studio...More Info
Cost: Matinees $34, Evening $39 Event Type: Ongoing
Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center
2668 East 875th Road
Oglesby, IL 61348
815-667-4211
"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...More Info
Event Type: Ongoing
The Jacob Henry Mansion Estate
20 South Eastern Avenue
Joliet, IL 60433
815-722-1420
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
Take a Hike & a Lunch
Now - Nov. 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
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...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Nature
Sugar Creek Administration Center
17540 W Laraway Road
Joliet, IL 60433
(815) 727-8700
Take a Hike & a Lunch
Now - Nov. 30, 2018 , 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
Take a Hike & a Lunch
Nov. 1, 2018 - Nov. 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
WATERPARK RE-OPENING
Nov. 1, 2018 - Nov. 30, 2018
Waterpark Re-Opening in November!...More Info
Event Type: Ongoing
Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort & Waterpark
2643 N. IL Rt. 178
Utica, IL 61373
(866) 399-3866
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 beau...More Info
Cost: $40 Event Type: Ongoing
The Jacob Henry Mansion Estate
20 South Eastern Avenue
Joliet, IL 60433
815-722-1420
Broadway and Christmas
Dec. 3, 2018 - Dec. 5, 2018 , December 3rd, 4th & 5th?
Celebrate the joy of Christmas with us at Starved Rock Lodge while listening to the sounds of Broadway and Christmas with Phil and Amy. A husband and wife team that are known most notably as featured vocalists with Franz Benteler Royal Strings Orchestra. This Chicagoland duo will get you into the Christmas spirit wit...More Info
Event Type: Ongoing
Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center
2668 East 875th Road
Oglesby, IL 61348
815-667-4211
Kenny and Dolly Christmas
Dec. 10, 2018 - Dec. 12, 2018 , December 10th, 11th & 12th
For this first time show we have paired Dave Karl (Kenny Rogers) & Wendy Engler (Dolly Parton) for all of the top songs , mannerisms and humor of the real Kenny and Dolly. This tribute has it all, the best of Kenny, Dolly and of course many of their famous duets. There will be the perfect mix of Christmas music sprin...More Info
Cost: $40 Matinee Event Type: Ongoing
Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center
2668 East 875th Road
Oglesby, IL 61348
815-667-4211
Breakfast with Santa
Dec. 15, 2018 , 8:30a.m.-11:30a.m.
Join the jolliest man, himself, as well as the Mrs. for a breakfast buffet right here at Starved Rock Lodge. Following breakfast, you'll be treated to "Magic by Cory". Also attending will be "Grace" a white tailed deer from the Furry Friends. Children may take turns sitting on Santa's lap to tell him their Christmas...More Info
Cost: Adults $15.50 Children 10 & under $11.95 Event Type: Ongoing
Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center
2668 East 875th Road
Oglesby, IL 61348
815-667-4211
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
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
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
History Trolley Tours
Nov. 1, 2018 - Dec. 31, 2018 , November & December?Saturday & Sundays: 12pm & 1:30pm
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
Starved Rock Walkers Club
Nov. 1, 2018 - 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
Christmas Trolley Lights Tours
Dec. 1, 2018 - Dec. 31, 2018 , 6:00pm-8:00pm
Relax before the holidays on this illuminated tour of the LaSalle, Peru, Oglesby and Utica area, just days before Christmas.  Let our staff plan the route and do the driving so you can enjoy light displays in our fully enclosed trolley.  Our trolleys are heated but you may want to bring along an extra blanket...More Info
Cost: Adults: $15 Children 10 & under: $10 Event Type: Ongoing
Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center
2668 East 875th Road
Oglesby, IL 61348
815-667-4211
Guided Winter Hike
Dec. 1, 2018 - Dec. 31, 2018 , 11:00am-2:00 pm
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 and Conference Center
2668 East 875th Road
Oglesby, IL 61348
815-667-4211
History Trolley Tours
Dec. 1, 2018 - Dec. 31, 2018 , November & December?Saturday & Sunday: 12pm & 130pm
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
Starved Rock Walkers Club
Dec. 1, 2018 - 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 v...More Info
Event Type: Ongoing
Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center
2668 East 875th Road
Oglesby, IL 61348
815-667-4211
Oktoberfest
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 Austri...More Info
Event Type: Ongoing
The Jacob Henry Mansion Estate
20 South Eastern Avenue
Joliet, IL 60433
815-722-1420
Festa Italiana
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!...More Info
Event Type: Ongoing
The Jacob Henry Mansion Estate
20 South Eastern Avenue
Joliet, IL 60433
815-722-1420
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!...More Info
Event Type: Ongoing
The Jacob Henry Mansion Estate
20 South Eastern Avenue
Joliet, IL 60433
815-722-1420
"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 ...More Info
Event Type: Ongoing
The Jacob Henry Mansion Estate
20 South Eastern Avenue
Joliet, IL 60433
815-722-1420
"The Gathering Room" Victorian Holiday Luncheon
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. ...More Info
Event Type: Ongoing
The Jacob Henry Mansion Estate
20 South Eastern Avenue
Joliet, IL 60433
815-722-1420
White Christmas
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. ...More Info
Event Type: Performing Arts Ongoing
The Jacob Henry Mansion Estate
20 South Eastern Avenue
Joliet, IL 60433
815-722-1420

 


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