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3 French Hens Country Market
Bringing the tradition of Open Air Euro Markets to the Midwest, 3 French Hens Country Market is held on the grassy banks of the Historic I&M Canal in downtown Morris, IL. Featuring more than 140 vendors selling homemade, homegrown, antique, one of a kind and re-purposed items. Open the second Saturday May, June, July, August, September and October from 8am-2pm, rain or shine!
30th Annual Cabin Festival
See authentic pioneer crafts done by the Prairie Partners and Friends as they re-enact in authentic dress. Visit the Cragg Cabin history exhibit and prairie life presentations. Park your car in the visitor center parking area. Walk the trail to the Cabin or ride the wagon. Some demonstrators and vendors will have items for sale. The gift shop will be under the tent. The event is to celebrate cabin living and life in the 1830's Location in and around the Cragg Cabin North North-East of the Visitor's Center. 10:00am- 3:00pm
4 Rivers Kayak Tour
The 4 Rivers Kayak Tour takes in the I&M Canal, Dupage, Des Plaines and Illinois rivers. People join the scenic kayak tours as an alternate fitness activity, an alternate social activity and to learn about nature/kayaking. If you have never kayaked before, try the guided tour. This is a great way to informally introduce you to the sport of kayaking. Held May 17th & June 28.
Livingston County 4-H Park is located 1.7 miles from downtown Pontiac. Nightly, weekly, and monthly rates are available. Sites for RVs include water, and either a 50amp or 30amp electrical service. There is a dump station on site. Bathrooms and grills are available. Unlimited tent sites. Pets allowed, but must be leashed at all times.
4-H Park Campground
Unlimited tent sites -- lots of shade trees. Closed one week during July for the Livingston County Fair.
4th of July Weekend Kayak Tour & Beach Campout
Camp out on the wooded, sandy beaches of the Illinois River. A potluck dinner on the beach will be followed by a movie, via a pico projector, under the stars. There will be campfires on the beach to enjoy! This event is perfect for the first time camper! A full hot breakfast will be served in the morning before setting out on a guided kayak tour for approx. 2 hours. This trip will explore either the Mazon River or the Illinois River and the wildlife along the way!
5th Annual Liberty 5K Run/Walk & Kids Fun Run
Kid-friendly fun run and 5k is Friday, July 3, at 7:30pm in Downtown Morris. Proceeds to benefit: Patriots 4 Heroes Local Military Men, Women & Veterans. Liberty 5K is a chip timed race on a certified course. Features: Free Race Entry to any 1st Place overall male or female winner at a certified race in 2014, Cash payouts to the first 4 male and female finishers. For more information visit www.liberty5k.com
Ambler’s Texaco Station in Dwight
This circa 1940s Texaco station was once a thriving service station but now serves as a Route 66 welcome center. The station is listed on the National Register of Historice Places and has been awarded fundng through the Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program to be restored to look like it did in the 1940s.
American Legion Speedway
Offering some of the best dirt track racing in the Midwest, see UMP late models and street stock car racing at American Legion Speedway every Saturday from mid-May through Labor Day weekend.
Annual All Town Garage Sales
You'll find the best stuff at the annual All Town Garage Sales put on by Braidwood Fire Sirens. Maps are are at First Presbyterian Church. Also baked goods and lunch for sale at the church. Fri & Sat, Jun. 12, 2015 - Jun. 13, 2015. Times: 8:00am - 4:00pm.
Annual Gus Macker Three on Three Basketball Tournament
Gus Macker teams up with nostalgia, history in Morris, IL, 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. This will be the 13th year of Gus Macker 3-on-3 in Morris, IL, which is a nostalgic slice of America nestled along the 96-mile I and M Canal that connects the Great Lakes to the Mississippi River. Gus likes to think the I and M mean Incredible Macker site, though it really means Illinois and Michigan Canal. In essence, both are true. It is a tremendous and welcoming stop along the historic canal, as well as an incredible Macker site. Abraham Lincoln reportedly received a haircut during a visit to Morris, but that's just a footnote or maybe headnote in the history of the nostalgic downtown atmosphere that greets Macker players each year. Registration is right on the Grunday County Courthouse lawn. The courts branch out from there on city streets named for great competition, and all together it presents a basketball festival for gamily and friends. Come on over on June 7 and 8. Morris is located just a little over an hour's drive from downtown Chicago, a lot closer from all the suburbs and that's a short trip to find fun, beautiful parks, quaint shops and wonderful restaurants. Oh, and basketball. A dunk contest, 3-point shooting contest, free-throw contest and a Dream Court for those young dreamers are annual parts of the fun brought to you by the Morris Downtown Development Partnership, Inc., as well as gracious sponsor partners. All age groups and levels of experience are welcome. Just put 111 East Washington in your GPS application. Hey, you could probably get a haircut like Honest Abe. He was tall, and we figure he probably played center or power forward. Registration will be available soon at www.macker.com. Even if you don't play basketball, you can be involved!
Located in nostalgic downtown Morris is an extremely unique gift shoppe, Apple Butter and Shugie's. They have one of the largest gift giving inventories in the area. Open Monday - Friday 9:00am - 5:30 pm and Saturdays 9:00am - 4:00pm
Apple Tree Restaurant
Serving breakfast and lunch, Apple Tree offers a full menu of "down-home" cooking in a quaint and cozy atmosphere. Famous for their homemade pies.
Unique eatery and bar filled with local sports memorabilia. Full service menu available daily.
One of the best Italian restaurants in Central Illinois. Famous for pasta, but also serves delicious fried chicken.
Best Western Pontiac Inn
Offering 58 rooms with indoor pool and hot tub. Suites with hot tub available. Amenities include deluxe continental breakfast, coach tour services, and nearby attractions. Handicap rooms, pet friendly.
Big Band Concert by the Del Bergeson Orchestra
Saturday's Big Band Concert will feature the Del Bergeson Orchestra. This event will be held at Campbell's Park, 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Grundy County Chamber of Commerce/Coal City event.
Bill's Antiques and Upholstering
A large selection of antique Victorian and oak furniture. A large selection of old lunch boxes and wooden telephones.
Budget Inn & Suites - Streator
Indoor heated pool, continental breakfast, hot tub suite, family suites with 3 queen beds. Children under 12 stay free. Free local calls. High Speed Internet.
Buzz the Gut Cruise Night & Car Show
"Let's Buzz the Gut"- A common term used by the youth of many generations for cruising the downtown and outlying areas of Dwight. Enjoy classic cars on display, food vendors, displays, music. Car awards at 8pm. Over 100 cars entered.
The menu offers a wide variety of salads, sandwiches, paninis, Neapolitan pizzas and pasta. Entrees include baby back ribs, Marsala boneless pork chops, potato crusted Icelandic cod, filet mignon and New York strip steak. Homemade soup is also served each day. Be sure to save room for our fresh made gelatos.
Canoe the Vermilion
This outfitter in the Illinois Valley offers canoe equipment, instruction, and transportation to help you fully enjoy this scenic stretch of the Vermilion River. Venture out on your own, or choose from excursions that include everything from picnics along the river to overnight camping trips.
Cascade Gardens Poultry & Eggs
This is more than the typical greenhouse with beautiful plants and the array of colors amaze you. This is a farm family raising chickens for eggs and meat, offering the “hands-on” experience to see what it is like to “be with the chickens!” In the fall, this is a fun place to go for mums and pumpkins, and they also have fall decorations. Open April-September. Groups are welcome.
Catherine V. Yost Museum and Art Center
The Yost house was built in 1898 by Z.F. Yost. The museum portrays the life of an upper-middle class family during the late 1800s and early 1900s.