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Red Dog Grill
Red Dog Grill is Heritage Harbor Ottawa's new full service restaurant, and they encourage you to share your favorite pet stories over dinner - the restaurant is named for Sam the red rescue dog. Featuring Friday night family movies and Saturday night live music.
Gurler Heritage Association Folk Music Fest
Join us on the big, beautiful lawn of the Gurler House to enjoy great local music featuring Dave Balika and Friends, The Wacky Keys and A Wing & a Prayer Dixieland Jazz Band. Bring your friends, family, and lawn chair to this fun, free event. Chicago-style hot dogs, baked goods, cold drinks and buttons will be for sale, and all money raised benefits the Gurler House. This historic home is one of the oldest in DeKalb, and it is a few blocks north of downtown on the corner of 2nd and Pine. RAIN LOCATION: Tentatively at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of DeKalb, 158 N. 4th St., DeKalb, IL. For more information, call 815-758-4897 or visit http://gurlerhouse.org/
Riverfest Taste of Ottawa
Let's rock on the river! LaSalle County’s largest festival, Ottawa’s Annual Riverfest, celebrates summer with a bang! Carnival rides, art shows, craft and flea markets, kids activities, sidewalk sales, music and the now famous Taste of Ottawa all come together at the fest. You are sure to find something for everyone! Visit their website for everything this fest has to offer.
The Skydive Chicago® Summerfest is the summer boogie to be at! This coming year will mark the 14th anniversary of Summerfest and will be the host of the 2015 Vertical World Record Attempts, July 28-31. The event continues to grow with each passing year. As always, there will be plenty of aircraft to choose from, world class organizers for all levels, vendors, and parties to keep you moving all day and night. Stay tuned for registration information, events, load organizers, vendors and entertainment. You will not be disappointed!
2015 Dog Days of Summer - Red Dog Grill
Red Dog Grill is Heritage Harbor Ottawa's new full service restaurant. Saturday Evenings 8-11pm, Memorial Day to Labor Day, is music under the tent. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs. Outdoor bar will be open. See website for full schedule.
Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring their 50th Annual Welcomeburger in Washington Square Park! This is the kick-off for the Riverfest! Everyone is welcome! Enjoy food, drink, and live music! The fee includes a picnic buffet, with drinks and admission. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce, Reddick Library, or any local bank. (All RiverFest Events subject to change.) View the website for more information.
Marseilles Fun Days
This is a week long summer family festival celebration. Marseilles Fun Days Committee decided to bring the festival back centered around one of the city's premier annual events, The Marseilles Fireman's Car Cruise. The cruise will be part of a busy Saturday, July 18. Fun Days itself will take place Monday, July 13, through Sunday, July 19. Additional festival information is available at the Marseilles Fun Days Facebook page.
Ride Like An Egyptian
Join us for a fun and enjoyable bike ride through DeKalb and Kane Counties and support the historic Egyptian Theatre on Satruday, August 22nd. Since the ride starts and ends at the Egyptian Theatre, you will have the opportunity to explore this historic landmark. This bike ride offers four mix-n-match 25-mile loops. All participants will be provided with route maps and all routes will be marked with signs. There will be great SAG support on all loops and a well-stocked central rest stop. Bike at your own speed, this is not a race. All ages are welcome, however, those under the age of 16 must ride with a participating parent or guardian. There will be an end-of-ride meal provided for registered riders. Meal will feature soup, sandwiches, and refreshments.
4th of July Fireworks
One of central Illinois largest and most spectacular light shows! Our unique venue offers viewing from the high school bleachers all the way to the bluffs along the Illinois & Fox Rivers either on shore or in your boat. 9pm show time.
Donny & Marie at the Paramount Theatre
From recording artists to television stars to Vegas headliners, Donny & Marie are the epitome of entertainment superstars. Just ask any of the thousands of people who saw them light up the Paramount last summer. Now, this duo is back at it in Aurora, and they’re bringing the songs, the choreography and, of course, the charm. With more than 90 years in show biz between them, Donny & Marie are bringing their catalog of chart-toppers like “Puppy Love,” “Paper Roses,” “A Little Bit Country, A Little Bit Rock N Roll” and countless more to the stage. Add in their fun-loving personalities, high-energy style and serious dance skills, and this is one production that’s a total blast for the young and young at heart. Get in on all the Osmond fun, and come see for yourself why, year-after-year, Donny & Marie are voted the best of Vegas.
Freedom Fest at Skydive Chicago
Take advantage of local organizers, entertainment and the famous firework show at no registration cost. Skydive Chicago offers the best entertainment in the Midwest! The 220-acre resort offers camping, canoeing, hiking, fishing and swimming, all onsite.
Family Potluck Campout / Kayak Tour
Bring the whole family to the gourmet potluck campout to kick back and relax! Camp out on the wooded, sandy beaches of the Illinois River. 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 around 2 hours. This trip will explore area rivers and the wildlife along the way! 7/18 & 7/19; 8/1 & 8/2.
Fly 4 Life Angels Camp
This is a great 4 day skydiving camp. Participants will be organized by skill level in groups of 6. Coaches will rotate every day bringing in different flying styles and ways to explain the techniques in practice. 6 jumps per day (more if there is still time). About 40 minutes between jumps. Plan the flight, Go fly, Pack (use a packer), Video debrief, Repeat.
Music in the Park
The City of Ottawa proudly presents their “Music in the Park” Series every Saturday evening at the historic Washington Square Park on Jackson Street. This family friendly event offers a variety of live music for all ages! Don’t forget to bring your lawn chairs, 6pm show time. Rain Location: 807 LaSalle Street.
Third Thursdays in Morris
Evening shopping event from 5-8pm at participating stores. Brought to you by Morris Retail Association & Downtown Morris. More info at ShopMorrisIL.com. 2015 dates: June 18th, July 16th, Aug 20th, Sept 20th.
Father's Day at Raging Waves
Dads, enjoy your day in the sun at Illinois' largest waterpark! All dads are free with an accompanying paid admission or season pass holder. Take part in the CNH Industrial Father's Day 500, where the fastest lap time gets to take home a trophy! Open 10:00am-6:00pm.
An Evening of Wine Tasting at the Mansion
Enjoy the wonderful Evening of Wine Tasting at the Reddick Mansion! One of Ottawa's greatest treasures. Built in 1858, this three story, 22-room Italianate mansion was possibly the most expensive private home in Illinois at that time.
Kayak Float Trip
Wanna be lazy? Grab some fresh air and be one with nature with our all new Floatastic Kayak Trip. You get a pontoon boat ride upstream and then you jump into your kayak and float (or paddle) back to the campground! A great way to informally introduce you to the sport of kayaking.
10th Annual "Let's Dance" Big Band Weekend
The event provides a venue and 'live' dance bands ( 10 - 17 pieces) for fans and social ballroom dancers to enjoy. Catered food - healthy, delicious, recommended by dancers. Floor - 13,000 sq. ft. smooth hardwood, well maintained. Advance package deals are available. 'At door' registration will be accepted 30 minutes prior to each scheduled dance.
17th Annual Biking with Beanzie
Biking with Beanzie is a recreational ride presented by Kishwaukee Kiwanis Club of DeKalb and sponsored by Kishwaukee Community Hospital.The ride route consists of primarily flat rural roads with some rolling terrain with estimated ride options of 23, 43, 63, 80, or 101 miles. All roads are well-paved, lightly traveled and posted with signs containing ride information and bits of Beanzie humor. This year also includes 3-mile, 5-mile, & 8-mile community bicycle pathway route options.
Vertical World Record Try-Out Camp
You gotta get through the tryout camp at Skydive Chicago June 19-22, before moving on for the world record! The Record Camp will take place during Summerfest July 25 – Aug. 2, 2015. The camp will start July 28th and will consist of 25 jumps. July 27th will be the official warm up day.
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!
Cross County Challenge
Join the Prairie State Road Runners for a free 3 mile cross country race at the Plainfield Central High School Cross County course. All ages are welcome-adults are encouraged to give this race a try.
Run for Recovery Jump from Addiction 5k Walk/Run
Join in for this worthy cause. Run for Recovery Jump from Addiction 5k Walk/Run by Skydive Chicago. The 220-acre resort offers camping, canoeing, hiking, fishing and swimming, all onsite. Times: 6:30am - 3:00pm.