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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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LEGO Gone Wild
Jun. 29, 2018 , 1-3 p.m.
Let your kid's imagination run wild! The Forest Preserve is pairing your child's favorite pastime activity, LEGO, with outdoor exploration. Travel to different forest preserve sites, explore hidden habitats with a naturalist, and then it's time to get building. We will discover some hidden habitat gems using binoculars...More Info
Cost: $3/person Event Type: Nature
Hadley Valley Preserve
18304 S. Gougar Rd.
Joliet, IL 60432
(708)946-2216
Spot's Clubhouse Scavenger Hunt
Jun. 29, 2018 , 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sniff, see, hear, feel, discover! Spot and his friends are ready to test your hunting skills. Visit Plum Creek Nature Center this summer and explore the forest on a self-guided adventure with a fun scavenger hunt card as your guide. We will run each scavenger hunt all week long, with a new hunt each Friday. A selected ...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Nature
Plum Creek Nature Center
27064 S Dutton Road
Beecher, IL 60401
(708) 946-2216
Dinner & Evening Cruise
Now - Jun. 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
History Trolley Tours
Now - Jun. 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
Land & Water Cruise
Now - Jun. 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
Starved Rock Walkers Club
Now - Jun. 30, 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
Take a Hike & a Lunch
Now - Jun. 30, 2018 , 11:00am-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
Event Type: Ongoing
Starved Rock Lodge
815-220-7386
The Amazing Race Starved Rock Style
Now - Jun. 30, 2018
Spend an exciting day solving devious clues each step of the way and getting to know the Starved Rock Lodge area a little more.  Try to be the first to uncover the Legend of Starved Rock.  Use your wits, energy and sense of adventure as you race against time and your fellow racers.  The Amazing Race is f...More Info
Cost: $50.00 per couple Event Type: Ongoing
Starved Rock Lodge
815-220-7386
Lake Renwick Bird Viewing
Jun. 30, 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 Heron Rookery
23202 W Renwick Road
Plainfield, IL 60544
(815) 886-1467
National Park Service Quilt Exhibition
Now - Jul. 3, 2018 , TBD
Plum Creek Nature Center -27064 S Dutton Rd, Beecher, IL 60401 Four Rivers Environmental Education Center -25055 W Walnut Ln Channahon, Illinois Isle a la Cache Museum -501 E. Romeo Road Romeoville, IL 60446 Sugar Creek Administration Center -17540 W Laraway Rd Joliet, Illinois In celebration of the Na...More Info
Cost: FREE Event Type: Education/History Nature Ongoing
Will County Forest Preserve Sites
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Channahon, IL 60410
+18157278700
Lake Renwick Bird Viewing
Jul. 7, 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 Heron Rookery Nature Preserve
23202 W. Renwick Rd.
Plainfield, IL 60544
(815) 886-1467
Meet a Composter
Jul. 8, 2018 , 1-3 p.m.
See composting in action at Plum Creek Nature Center! Stop by and dig in to the composting possibilities that can happen in your very own backyard. An experienced composter will be stationed at Plum Creek Nature Center's compost exhibit to demonstrate different composting techniques that include tumblers, bins, vermico...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Nature
Plum Creek Nature Center
27064 S Dutton Road
Beecher, IL 60401
(708) 946-2216
Discovery Isle
Jul. 11, 2018 , 1-3 p.m.
Join us every Wednesday of the month for different activities that focus on natural or cultural history. In July, we'll explore the wonderful world of water, a bounty of birds, and the high-energy sport of lacrosse. August sessions will focus on ladybugs, frogs and turtles, native American containers, a.k.a. makuks, an...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Nature
Isle a la Cache Museum
501 E. 135th Street
Romeoville, IL 60446
(815) 886-1467
Little Explorers
Jul. 11, 2018 , 10-11:30 a.m.
Free! Ages 3-5 (accompanied by an adult). Registration required two days before each program: 815.722.9470. Children and their parent or guardian are invited to come out and play! A new nature theme is chosen every month with hands-on activities that may include a story, games, dancing, art, a hike, other outdoor ...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Nature
Four Rivers Environmental Education Center
25055 W Walnut Lane
Channahon, IL 60410
(815) 722-9470
Nature Play Day
Jul. 11, 2018 , 10-11:30 a.m.
Join us monthly for nature-themed programs geared toward 3-5 year olds. Hands-on activities may include a hike, story, games, music, art and more. Be prepared for indoor and outdoor activities. We encourage experiencing all types of weather, rain or shine, so please dress accordingly. Indoor facilities are accessible. ...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Nature
Plum Creek Nature Center
27064 S Dutton Road
Beecher, IL 60401
(708)946-2216
The First Course Tour
Jul. 11, 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: $30 per person Event Type: Ongoing
Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center
2668 East 875th Road
Oglesby, IL 61348
815-667-4211
Beginner Tropical Bonsai Workshop
Jul. 12, 2018 , 6-8 p.m.
Bonsai are admired by many for their ability to represent larger trees in nature that one can hold in their hand. Tropical bonsai, also called indoor bonsai, are often chosen to allow the owner to enjoy their tree inside during the colder months. In this workshop participants will learn the basics of design, styling an...More Info
Cost: $75/person Event Type: Nature
Four Rivers Environmental Education Center
25055 W Walnut Lane
Channahon, IL 60410
(815) 722-9470
Cruise In
Jul. 12, 2018 , 5:00 - 8:00 PM
Join us for a car show and music! All customs, classics, rods and bikes are welcome. ...More Info
Cost: FREE Event Type: Ongoing
Nelly's Restaurant on Route 66
140 Bridge St.
Wilmington, IL 60481
815-476-9590
LEGO Gone Wild
Jul. 13, 2018 , 1-3 p.m.
Let your kid's imagination run wild! The Forest Preserve is pairing your child's favorite pastime activity, LEGO, with outdoor exploration. Travel to different forest preserve sites, explore hidden habitats with a naturalist, and then it's time to get building. We will discover some hidden habitat gems using binoculars...More Info
Cost: $3/person Event Type: Nature
Messenger Woods Nature Preserve
13800 W. Bruce Rd.
Homer Glen, IL 60491
(708) 946.2216
Lake Renwick Bird Viewing
Jul. 14, 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 Heron Rookery Nature Preserve
23202 W. Renwick Rd.
Plainfield, IL 60544
(815) 886-1467
Pop-Up Naturalist Series
Jul. 15, 2018 , Noon - 2 p.m.
Head's up ... there's a naturalist in the neighborhood. Each month a Forest Preserve naturalist will be at a local forest preserve to offer hands-on activities and programs. Programs are designed for families with young children to be engaged, inspired and delighted by nature. Pop-in to enjoy some free nature programmi...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Nature
Lake Renwick Preserve - Turtle Lake Access
23113 W. Lockport St.
Plainfield, IL 60544
(815) 727-8700
The Amazing Race Starved Rock Style
Jul. 15, 2018
Spend an exciting day solving devious clues each step of the way and getting to know the Starved Rock Lodge area a little more.  Try to be the first to uncover the Legend of Starved Rock.  Use your wits, energy and sense of adventure as you race against time and your fellow racers.  The Amazing Race is f...More Info
Cost: $50.00 per couple Event Type: Ongoing
Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center
2668 East 875th Road
Oglesby, IL 61348
815-667-4211
Discovery Isle
Jul. 18, 2018 , 1-3 p.m.
Join us every Wednesday of the month for different activities that focus on natural or cultural history. In July, we'll explore the wonderful world of water, a bounty of birds, and the high-energy sport of lacrosse. August sessions will focus on ladybugs, frogs and turtles, native American containers, a.k.a. makuks, an...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Nature
Isle a la Cache Museum
501 E. 135th
Romeoville, IL 60446
(815) 886-1467
Nature Painting Outdoors for Adults
Jul. 20, 2018 , 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Make room on your wall for your very own masterpiece! Enjoy this adults-only program using nature as our muse. We will paint "en plein air," which is French for painting outdoors. First, we will begin by learning about Monee Reservoir's nature feature to gain an appreciation of our subject before painting. This progr...More Info
Cost: $10/person Event Type: Nature
Monee Reservoir
27341 Ridgeland Ave
Monee, IL 60449
(708) 946-2216
Dragonflies and Ice Cream
Jul. 21, 2018 , 1-3 p.m.
A warm sunny day at Monee Reservoir can be a good time to find dragonflies. These aerial acrobats cruise around the ponds and marsh areas most of the summer. Take a guided hike to look for and learn about dragonflies common to our area. Find out why they get the nickname "Mosquito Hawk," learn other cool dragonfly fact...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Nature
Monee Reservoir
27341 Ridgeland Ave
Monee, IL 60449
(708) 534-8499
Lake Renwick Bird Viewing
Jul. 21, 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
Morning Bird Hikes
Jul. 21, 2018 , 8 -10 a.m.
Whether you are just beginning or are an experienced birder, you will want to join along in these hikes as we search the preserves for summer residents. We start with a quick presentation on what species we can expect to find in our area at this time of year, and then head out on the trail to find them with a naturalis...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Nature
Monee Reservoir
27341 Ridgeland Ave
Monee , IL 60449
(815) 727-8700
Morning Bird Hike
Jul. 22, 2018 , 8-10 a.m.
Whether you are just beginning or are an experienced birder, you will want to join along in these hikes as we search the preserves for summer residents. We start with a quick presentation on what species we can expect to find in our area at this time of year, and then head out on the trail to find them with a naturalis...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Nature
Messenger Marsh
16321 S. Bell Rd.
Homer Glen, IL 60491
(815) 727-8700
"Simply Patsy Cline"
Jul. 23, 2018 , July 23rd Matinee
Since 2010, Mary Pfeifer has delivered the sounds of the late great Patsy Cline in her "Simply Patsy" tribute. Mary has performed throughout Illinois and neighboring states, and was recently an invited guest to perform Patsy songs onstage in Nashville, TN. From Patsy's first recordings in 1955 to her last in 1963, sh...More Info
Cost: $34 per person Event Type: Ongoing
Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center
2668 East 875th Road
Oglesby, IL 61348
815-667-4211
Discovery Isle
Jul. 25, 2018 , 1-3 p.m.
Join us every Wednesday of the month for different activities that focus on natural or cultural history. In July, we'll explore the wonderful world of water, a bounty of birds, and the high-energy sport of lacrosse. August sessions will focus on ladybugs, frogs and turtles, native American containers, a.k.a. makuks, an...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Nature
Isle a la Cache Museum
501 E 135th St
Romeoville, IL 60446
(815) 886-1467
The First Course Tour
Jul. 25, 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: $30 per person Event Type: Ongoing
Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center
2668 East 875th Road
Oglesby, IL 61348
815-667-4211
LEGO Gone Wild
Jul. 27, 2018 , 1-3 p.m.
Let your kid's imagination run wild! The Forest Preserve is pairing your child's favorite pastime activity, LEGO, with outdoor exploration. Travel to different forest preserve sites, explore hidden habitats with a naturalist, and then it's time to get building. We will discover some hidden habitat gems using binoculars...More Info
Cost: $3/person Event Type: Nature
Monee Reservoir
27341 Ridgeland Ave
Monee, IL 60449
(708) 946-2216
LEGO Gone Wild
Jul. 27, 2018 , 1-3 p.m.
Let your kid's imagination run wild! The Forest Preserve is pairing your child's favorite pastime activity, LEGO, with outdoor exploration. Travel to different forest preserve sites, explore hidden habitats with a naturalist, and then it's time to get building. We will discover some hidden habitat gems using binoculars...More Info
Cost: $3/person Event Type: Nature
Monee Reservoir
27341 Ridgeland Avenue
Monee, IL 60449
(708)946-2216
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
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
Discovery Isle
Aug. 1, 2018 , 1-3
Join us every Wednesday of the month for different activities that focus on natural or cultural history. August sessions will focus on ladybugs, frogs and turtles, native American containers, a.k.a. makuks, and monarch butterflies. The possibilities and fun are as great as your ability to discover. Depending on topic a...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Nature
Isle a la Cache Museum
501 E. 135th Street
Romeoville, IL 60446
(815) 886-1467
LEGO Gone Wild
Aug. 3, 2018 , 1-3 p.m.
Let your kid's imagination run wild! The Forest Preserve is pairing your child's favorite pastime activity, LEGO, with outdoor exploration. Travel to different forest preserve sites, explore hidden habitats with a naturalist, and then it's time to get building. We will discover some hidden habitat gems using binoculars...More Info
Cost: $3/person Event Type: Nature
Plum Creek Nature Center
27064 S. Dutton Road
Beecher, IL 60401
(708) 946-2216
A Walk in the Woods Bird Hike
Aug. 4, 2018 , 8-10 a.m.
The best way to learn about birds is to see and hear them! Learn from an interpretive naturalist and other like-minded birders as you take a bird hike through oak-hickory forest near the DuPage River. The program begins with a short presentation about one particular bird or bird topic. Meet at Hidden Shelter, and be su...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Nature
Hammel Woods - Route 59 Access
554 Brookforest Av.
Shorewood, IL 60404
(815) 722-9470
Happy Hoppers and Harpers
Aug. 4, 2018 , 10:30 a.m. - noon
Join us as we try to keep up with grasshoppers, crickets and cicadas, oh my! We'll jump into their differences, sing their similarities and hopefully meet a few of our insect friends along the way. The program may include hiking less than 0.5 mile on preserve trails over uneven terrain. Please dress for the weather. ...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Nature
Isle a la Cache Museum
501 E 135th Ave
Romeoville, IL 60446
(815) 886-1467
Lake Renwick Bird Viewing
Aug. 4, 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
Meet a Beekeeper
Aug. 5, 2018 , 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Meet local beekeeper Mike Rusnak to discuss the art of beekeeping. Feel free to ask questions and chat with Rusnak and other beekeeping enthusiasts. Rusnak has more than 12 years of beekeeping experience to share. Pick up specific beekeeping tips or simply learn more about the world of beekeeping. This program will tak...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Nature
Plum Creek Nature Center
27064 S. Dutton Road
Beecher, IL 60401
(708) 946-2216
Summer Nature Photography Hike
Aug. 5, 2018 , 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Meet at Hickory Hollow Shelter to briefly learn what seasonal changes and other nature notes are happening in the summertime. Then, enjoy a hike with a naturalist and take photos along the way. This program is recommended for any camera, smartphones through digital SLRs. The program will focus on technique and composit...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Nature
Hickory Creek Preserve - LaPorte Road Access
10501 W. LaPorte Rd.
Mokean, IL 60448
(708) 946-2216
Discovery Isle
Aug. 8, 2018 , 1-3 p.m.
Join us every Wednesday of the month for different activities that focus on natural or cultural history. August sessions will focus on ladybugs, frogs and turtles, native American containers, a.k.a. makuks, and monarch butterflies. The possibilities and fun are as great as your ability to discover. Depending on topic a...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Nature
Isle a la Cache Museum
501 E. 135th Street
Romeoville, IL 60446
(815) 886-1467
Nature Play Day
Aug. 8, 2018 , 10-11:30 p.m.
Join us monthly for nature-themed programs geared toward 3-5 year olds. Hands-on activities may include a hike, story, games, music, art and more. Be prepared for indoor and outdoor activities. We encourage experiencing all types of weather, rain or shine, so please dress accordingly. Indoor facilities are accessible. ...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Nature
Plum Creek Nature Center
27064 S Dutton Road
Beecher, IL 60401
(708) 946-2216
Bats! Bats!! Bats!!!
Aug. 9, 2018 , 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Be brave and bask in the brilliance of bats! Bust bat myths. Be creative and build bat bling. Befriend a bat. Be there! This fun family program is going to be a bat-tastic time. Bring a blanket or chairs. Wear long pants and bug spray. The program includes activities that take place on natural surfaces across uneven te...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Nature
Hammel Woods - Route 59Access
554 Brookforest Av.
Shorewood, IL 60404
(815) 722-9470
Turtle Time Play Date
Aug. 9, 2018 , 10:30 - noon
Turtles are some of our favorite animals to see in the forest preserves! Toddle on over to Isle a la Cache Museum to take part in a play date that includes a turtle craft, story and hike. We will make our own turtles, read a reptile book and hike along the riverside searching for our shelled friends. This program will ...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Nature
Isle a la Cache Museum
501 E 135th Street
Romeoville, IL 60446
(815) 886-1467
Lake Renwick Bird Viewing
Aug. 11, 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
Reservoir Frogs
Aug. 11, 2018 , 10 a.m.- noon
Finding frogs is one of the more fun things to do as a kid. They are slippery, jumpy and just fun to find. Their camouflage helps them blend in and keep hidden from predators which can make it challenging to spot them. Come out to Monee Reservoir and see these amphibians close up. Learn how to find and watch them with...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Nature
Monee Reservoir
27341 Ridgeland Ave
Monee, IL 60449
(815) 534-8499
Morning Bird Hike
Aug. 12, 2018 , 8 - 10 a.m.
Whether you are just beginning or are an experienced birder, you will want to join along in these hikes as we search the preserves for summer residents. We start with a quick presentation on what species we can expect to find in our area at this time of year, and then head out on the trail to find them with a naturalis...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Nature
Hickory Creek Preserve - LaPorte Road Access
10501 W. LaPorte Rd.
Mokena, IL 60448
(815) 727-8700
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
Nashville Connection - Dave and Daphne
Aug. 13, 2018 - Aug. 15, 2018 , August 13th, 14th & 15th Matinees
Country music at its finest!  Dave and Daphne, a Nashville duo perform a high-energy show with Classic Country music roots!!  Dave is well known for his 10 years on the road as Barbara Mandrell's lead guitarist.    Daphne was Southern Gospel Music's Female Vocalist of the Year, havin...More Info
Cost: $37 Event Type: Ongoing
Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center
2668 East 875th Road
Oglesby, IL 61348
815-667-4211
Discovery Isle
Aug. 15, 2018 , 1-3 p.m.
Join us every Wednesday of the month for different activities that focus on natural or cultural history. August sessions will focus on ladybugs, frogs and turtles, native American containers, a.k.a. makuks, and monarch butterflies. The possibilities and fun are as great as your ability to discover. Depending on topic a...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Nature
Isle a la Cache Museum
501 E. 135th Street
Romeoville, IL 60446
(815) 886-1467
Little Explorers
Aug. 15, 2018 , 10-11:30 a.m.
Free! Ages 3-5 (accompanied by an adult). Registration required two days before each program: 815.722.9470. Children and their parent or guardian are invited to come out and play! A new nature theme is chosen every month with hands-on activities that may include a story, games, dancing, art, a hike, other outdoor ...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Nature
Four Rivers Environmental Education Center
25055 W. Walnut Lane
Channahon, IL 60410
(815) 722-9470
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
Mazon Creek Fossil Tour
Aug. 18, 2018 - Aug. 19, 2018 , 1:00pm - 7:00pm
Take advantage of this unique opportunity to learn about the environment, ecosystems, and climate of Northern Illinois as it was 300 million years ago by collecting fossil specimens at the Mazon Fossil Beds. The adventure begins with a hayride to the original site of the discoveries along the Mazon Creek as it was ...More Info
Cost: $150.00 Event Type: Nature
Morris, IL
754 First Street
LaSalle, IL 61301
815-220-1848
Pop-Up Natural Series
Aug. 19, 2018 , Noon - 2 p.m.
Head's up ... there's a naturalist in the neighborhood. Each month a Forest Preserve naturalist will be at a local forest preserve to offer hands-on activities and programs. Programs are designed for families with young children to be engaged, inspired and delighted by nature. Pop-in to enjoy some free nature programmi...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Nature
Rock Run Preserve - Black Road Access
3669 Black Rd.
Joliet, IL 60431
(815) 727-8700
Discovery Isle
Aug. 22, 2018 , 1-3 p.m.
Join us every Wednesday of the month for different activities that focus on natural or cultural history. August sessions will focus on ladybugs, frogs and turtles, native American containers, a.k.a. makuks, and monarch butterflies. The possibilities and fun are as great as your ability to discover. Depending on topic ...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Nature
Isle a la Cache Museum
501 E. 135th Street
Romeoville, IL 60446
(815) 886-1467
Reptiles of the Dunes
Aug. 23, 2018 , 6-7 p.m.
Lizards in Illinois ... no way ... yes way! Explore the home of the six-lined race runner, learn about some cool reptiles and understand why they have chosen this place as their home! Our family friendly hike will be approximately 0.5 mile over uneven natural terrain. Please wear long pants and bring along bug repellen...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Nature
Braidwood Dunes and Savanna Nature Preserve
24329 W. Rt. 113
Braidwood, IL 60408
(815) 722-9470
Nocturnal Chorus Hike For Families
Aug. 29, 2018 , 6-7:30 p.m.
Study insects inside Four Rivers Environmental Education Center and then head out to hike, seek and discover marvelously loud little critters. This opportunity to travel the preserve after dark could reveal some fantastic finds. Please dress for indoor and outdoor activities. Indoor facilities are accessible. Outdoor a...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Nature
Four Rivers Education Center
25055 W Walnut Lane
Channahon, IL 60410
(815) 722-9470
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
Nocturnal Chorus Hike for Adults
Aug. 30, 2018 , 6-7:30 p.m.
Study insects inside Four Rivers Environmental Education Center and then head out to hike, seek and discover marvelously loud little critters. This opportunity to travel the preserve after dark could reveal some fantastic finds. Please dress for indoor and outdoor activities. Indoor facilities are accessible. Outdoor a...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Nature
Four Rives Environmental Education Center
25055 W Walnut Lane
Channahon, IL 60410
(815) 722-9470
Meet a Composter
Sep. 9, 2018 , 1-3 p.m.
See composting in action at Plum Creek Nature Center! Stop by and dig in to the composting possibilities that can happen in your very own backyard. An experienced composter will be stationed at Plum Creek Nature Center's compost exhibit to demonstrate different composting techniques that include tumblers, bins, vermico...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Nature
Plum Creek Nature Center
27064 S Dutton Rd.
Beecher, IL 60401
(708) 946-2216
Little Explorers
Sep. 12, 2018 , 10-11:30 a.m.
Free! Ages 3-5 (accompanied by an adult). Registration required two days before each program: 815.722.9470. Children and their parent or guardian are invited to come out and play! A new nature theme is chosen every month with hands-on activities that may include a story, games, dancing, art, a hike, other outdoor ...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Nature
Four Rivers Environmental Education Center
25055 W Walnut Lane
Channahon, IL 60410
(815) 722-9470
Autumn Migratory Bird Hike
Sep. 15, 2018 , 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Join the park naturalist as we hike to seek out resident birds and greet our fall migrators. Bring your binoculars and your favorite bird guide. Hike will leave from the Starved Rock Visitor Center at 8:00 a.m. Hike lasts 2 hours....More Info
Event Type: Nature
Starved Rock State Park
2668 East 875th Rd.
Oglesby, IL 61348
+18156674726
The Krammers
Sep. 17, 2018 - Sep. 18, 2018
The Kramers are a national and international gospel music family group from the Peoria IL Area. D. Scott Kramer, Rachel West Kramer and Maria Kramer Wolfe are recording artists with Electric Station Records. There will be vocals, guitar, keyboards, ukulele and a mandolin. Classic Gospel and Timeless Hymms. $34 per pe...More Info
Cost: $34 per person Event Type: Ongoing
Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center
2668 East 875th Road
Oglesby, IL 61348
815-667-4211
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
Jul. 1, 2018 - 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
Jul. 1, 2018 - 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
Dinner & Evening Cruise
Sep. 1, 2018 - 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
Dinner & Evening Cruise
Sep. 1, 2018 - 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
History Trolley Tours
Sep. 1, 2018 - Sep. 30, 2018 , June-September?Mondays: 1:30pm & 3:00pm Tuesday thru Saturday 3:00 pm?Sunday: 12:00-1:30, 1:30-3pm a
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
History Trolley Tours
Sep. 1, 2018 - 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
Land & Water Cruise
Sep. 1, 2018 - 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
Land & Water Cruise
Sep. 1, 2018 - 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
Oktoberfest Celebration
Sep. 1, 2018 - Sep. 30, 2018 , 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
Event Type: Ongoing
Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center
2668 East 875th Road
Oglesby, IL 61348
815-667-4211
The Amazing Race Starved Rock Style
Sep. 1, 2018 - Sep. 30, 2018
Spend an exciting day solving devious clues each step of the way and getting to know the Starved Rock Lodge area a little more.  Try to be the first to uncover the Legend of Starved Rock.  Use your wits, energy and sense of adventure as you race against time and your fellow racers.  The Amazing Race is f...More Info
Cost: $50.00 per couple Event Type: Ongoing
Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center
2668 East 875th Road
Oglesby, IL 61348
815-667-4211
The First Course Tour
Sep. 1, 2018 - Sep. 30, 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
Visit a Canyon Tour
Sep. 1, 2018 - 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
Mega Hike
Sep. 29, 2018 - Sep. 30, 2018 , 8:30 am, 9 am & 9:30 am
Have you ever wanted to hike all the canyons in the park? Well now you can do it in one day. Hikes leave the Lodge at 8:30, 9:00 & 9:30a.m. both days. Expected time for lunch is 1:00, 1:30 & 2:00p.m.. Finish times are approximately 4:30, 5:00 & 5:30p.m. You will board a trolley with a pair of guides and be taken t...More Info
Cost: $37 Event Type: Ongoing
Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center
2668 East 875th Road
Oglesby, IL 61348
815-667-4211
Valley Carvers Woodcarving Expo
Sep. 30, 2018 , 9am-5pm
See over 100 exhibits of woodcarving artists. Outside the Lodge, see chainsaw woodcarving in action. Raffles of woodcarvings and other items, too. Open to the public. Free admission. This program is partially funded by the Illinois Valley Fine Arts Trust. For more information, contact Bob Wills at (815) 634-4086. ...More Info
Event Type: Ongoing
Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center
2668 East 875th Road
Oglesby, IL 61348
815-667-4211
Elvis at the Starved Rock Lodge
Oct. 1, 2018 - Oct. 2, 2018 , October 1st & 2nd Matinees
Micheal St. Angel will be at Starved Rock Lodge as "The King of Rock and Roll" takes the stage. You can rock to the hits that made Elvis famous such as Jailhouse Rock, Hounddog, Love Me Tender and many more. Keep the spirit of Rockin and Rollin alive! ...More Info
Event Type: Ongoing
Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center
2668 East 875th Road
Oglesby, IL 61348
815-667-4211
Burgoo Festival
Oct. 7, 2018 , 9 a.m. -5 p.m.
LaSalle County Historical Society's 45th Annual Burgoo Festival takes place in downtown Utica. Stroll the main streets of Utica for a day of crafts, shopping food and fun. While you are there be sure to try the pioneer stew (Burgoo). ...More Info
Event Type: Ongoing
Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center
2668 East 875th Road
Oglesby, IL 61348
815-667-4211
Hike for a Cure
Oct. 14, 2018 , 9, 9:30, 10, or 10:30 AM
Depart from the Back Door Lounge at Starved Rock Lodge for 4 guided hikes (9, 9:30, 10, or 10:30 AM), or take your own personal hike to the top of Starved Rock in support of a cure for breast cancer. $20 donation includes T-shirt, light breakfast, and HOPE stone to carry on the hike....More Info
Event Type: Ongoing
Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center
2668 East 875th Road
Oglesby, IL 61348
815-667-4211
185th anniversary River Cruise
Oct. 18, 2018 - Oct. 20, 2018 , 9am-10pm
Spirit of Peoria River Cruise, board at Starved Rock, Friday, Oct 19, 2018, 9am. Return to Starved Rock, Oct 19, 10pm. Join St James at Sag Bridge as we celebrate our 185th anniversary. Special musical guest, Will Kruger. History presentation by Fr Koys ...More Info
Cost: $120 Event Type: Nature
St. James at Sag Bridge
10600 S. Archer Ave
Lemont, IL 60439
630-257-7000
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
Oktoberfest Evening Dinners
Oct. 6, 2018 - Oct. 21, 2018 , October 6 & 7, 20 & 21 Begins at 5:00 with seating. Food, beer, wine and music from 5:00-7:00p.m.
A Celebration of Germany! Food, Beer, Wine and Music. Join the fun! Sample German Wine and Beer. Enjoy a buffet of German foods and listen to German music. Cost: $25.00 buffet only or $40.00 buffet/tastings/stein. Reservations are required for this event. Please call 815-220-7386. ...More Info
Cost: $25.00 buffet only or $40.00 buffet/tastings/stein. Event Type: Ongoing
Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center
2668 East 875th Road
Oglesby, IL 61348
815-667-4211
Fall Colors Weekend
Oct. 20, 2018 - Oct. 21, 2018 , 10:00 am
Join the Starved Rock guides as we hike to overlooks and canyons to view the spectacular colors of fall. Learn about the history and geology of Starved Rock. Hikes leave from the Starved Rock Visitor Center at 10:00 a.m....More Info
Event Type: Nature
Starved Rock State Park
2668 East 875th Rd.
Oglesby, IL 61348
+18156674726
Fall Colors Weekend
Oct. 20, 2018 - Oct. 21, 2018 , 9:00am & 1:00pm
Join the Starved Rock guides as we hike to overlooks and canyons to view the spectacular colors of fall. Learn about the history and geology of Starved Rock. Hikes leave from the Starved Rock Visitor Center at 9:00am & 1:00 pm....More Info
Event Type: Ongoing
Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center
2668 East 875th Road
Oglesby, IL 61348
815-667-4211
History Trolley Tours
Oct. 1, 2018 - 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
Oct. 1, 2018 - 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
Oct. 1, 2018 - 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
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
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
Sep. 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
Take a Hike & a Lunch
Sep. 1, 2018 - Nov. 30, 2018 , 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 and Conference Center
2668 East 875th Road
Oglesby, IL 61348
815-667-4211
Woods Walk
Sep. 1, 2018 - 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
Oct. 1, 2018 - 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
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
Jul. 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
The First Course Tour
Aug. 1, 2018 - 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
Sep. 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
Starved Rock Walkers Club
Oct. 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
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
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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