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Uptown Grill: Matthew Ryan & The Northern Wires
Uptown Grill's Playlist Theater presents: Matthew Ryan & The Northern Wires. Playlist Theater, a cozy concert nook inside LaSalle's famed Uptown Grill, has been entertaining the Starved Rock area since 2006. This venue has hosted dozens of national acts, many of whom are quick to add the Playlist Theater as a favorite stop on their next tour. On Thursday, May 21st, enjoy the musical stylings of Matthew Ryan & The Northern Wires. Check out his website: http://www.matthewryanonline.com/. For ticket information, visit http://uptowngrill.com/concerts.htm.
Dinner and a Little History: Domestic Servants in the 19th Century
Having live-in domestic servants seems like the height of luxury today, but in the 19th century, "hired girls" were common in middle-class households in Illinois. In a society without electricity and running water, household chores were onerous, and in the nineteenth century, a wave of immigrants made labor cheap and plentiful. In domestic servant situations, working class men and women lived and worked side by side with their employers yet were considered second class citizens, often leading to tense relationships. Who were these individuals? What were their employers' experiences living and working intimately with a cross section of society that they might never have encountered otherwise? How did the nature of domestic service evolve as the century progressed? Speaker: Erika Holst of Springfield is brought to us as an Illinois Humanities Council road Scholar. She is the curator of collections oat the Springfield Art Association of Edwards Place. Brought to you by Canal Corridor Association.
LaSalle Canal Boat - Opening Weekend
The Canal Corridor Association, which manages the LaSalle Canal Boat, is delighted to announce the Opening Weekend of our 2015 LaSalle Canal Season, April 24th-26th. This season is particularly special, as we will be introducing the newest member of our team; an energetic, 12 year-old mule we've come to call "Larry Jr." Larry was born in Windsor, IL, (just north of Galesburg) and has spent the last 3 years right here in LaSalle. He is incredibly friendly, loves apples, and is very fond of children. Larry will be joining veteran mule "Moe" this summer and fall as they delight visitors and locals alike, re-enacting Illinois history, canal boat in tow. In order to make sure everyone has a chance to meet Larry Jr. and experience the canal boat ride, the Canal Corridor Association is proud to announce that all kids under ten ride free with the purchase of an adult ticket all opening weekend! The Canal Corridor Association preserves history, protects nature and open space, and creates destinations where people can learn and have fun in the I&M Canal National Heritage Corridor, from Lake Michigan in Chicago to the Illinois River in LaSalle-Peru.
LaSalle County Historical Society Grand Opening of Heritage Center
On Sunday, April 26, the LaSalle County Historical Society will celebrate the grand opening of the Heritage Center, the newest addition to its museum campus. The celebration is set for 2 - 4 pm, at the Heritage Center, located at 208 Canal Street in Utica. In keeping with its tradition of preserving and procuring LaSalle County's rich history, the Historical Society purchased the old Utica Co-Op property in August 2012. The Co-op building was fully remodeled and brought up to code transforming it into today's Heritage Center. The Heritage Center reflects the building's original splendor, including a fully restored tin ceiling, with modern touches that will allow for enhanced display space and improved storage for society artifacts, expanded programming, and a location available for rental for community events. Visitors to the Heritage Center will enjoy never-seen-before artifacts and historical displays, many in storage for years but virtually unseen until now. The public is invited to this event, and light refreshments will be served. The grand opening will officially celebrate the preservation of this historic building as well as its addition to the campus of the LaSalle County Historical Society. The LaSalle County Historical Society appreciates the generosity of both time and financial contributions made by loyal volunteers and supporters that made this possible.
LaSalle County Historical Society Heritage Center
The LaSalle County Historical Society’s museum lies on the north side of the historic Illinois and Michigan Canal, itself a historical landmark. The museum building, erected in 1848 during the presidency of Zachary Taylor, is a beautifully restored sandstone building that was originally a granary and warehouse. The two-story building has walls of sandstone blocks between 18 and 32 inches thick, quarried in Utica, and secured with hydraulic cement of the same kind used in the construction of the I&M Canal. James Clark, the man who commissioned the building, came to Utica in 1833, where he became a land squatter. In 1842 he became a contractor on the I&M Canal and in 1845 he bought the local cement mill. He made it a huge commercial success by selling the cement to the canal contractors and the general public. The cement was used in many parts of the canal.
The Right Spice Supper Club
A family friendly casual dining restaurant where the locals go. Known for good food, good people and great times! Open Monday - Thursday 3:30pm - 9:00pm. Friday and Saturday 3:30pm - 10:00pm. Sunday we are closed.
Spring Migratory Bird Hike
Guided hike to seek out resident birds and greet our spring migrators. Bring your binoculars and your favorite bird guide. Meet at the Visitor Center at 7:30 am. Hike is free! Starved Rock Lodge Visitor Center.
Uptown Grill's Playlist Theater presents: Eilen Jewell
Playlist Theater, a cozy concert nook inside LaSalle's famed Uptown Grill, has been entertaining the Starved Rock area since 2006. This venue has hosted dozens of national acts, many of whom are quick to add the Playlist Theater as a favorite stop on their next tour. On April 30th, enjoy the musical stylings of Eilen Jewell. Check out her website: http://www.eilenjewell.com.
JC Whitney Car Show
JC Whitney's annual Car Show. Come and celebrate JC Whitney's 100th year in business. 31 participant judged car classes including Original/Restored, Street Machines, Street Rods, Motorcycle, Jeep, Special Interest, Corvettes, and many more to choose from. Trophies to the top three in each class. A six foot trophy and cash prize for the Best of Show. This is a free event for participants and spectators. 3D Sound will be providing the music for this event. Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm.
Rawshu'a Organic Market
Rawshu’a is a vegetarian-friendly eatery, juice bar, water bar and organic market. Open from 8a to 6p Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and from noon to 6p on Saturday.
Gardenstock Art & Music Festival
Get ready to rock your heart out with the 7th annual Gardenstock Art and Music Festival benefiting the Sinnissippi Center’s Gardening Program. Bring a chair and cooler or sample scrumptious offerings from local drink and food vendors. Make yourself at home while you listen to bands ranging from folk, to bluegrass, and rock. Wander the art festival grounds and check out the best in local creativity. A nominal donation at the gate gets you in for the day.
Starved Rock State Park Canyons Kayak Tour
If you have been to this wonderful state park you know how beautiful it is - consistently rated #1 in Illinois. This trip involves kayaking for approx. 3 hours -back into LaSalle canyon and Hennepin canyon. The views from the water are amazing! 11:00am - 2:00pm.
Sweet Revival Antiques
Located in Kings, Illinois this coffee/antique shop, located in a historic church, is open every week Wednesday through Saturday and hours are Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday 8-2 and Friday 8-6. We have packaged gourmet coffees, sweets, and antiques all in a beautiful, historic building.
Village Cafe of Shabbona
Serving breakfast and lunch 7 days a week 5 a.m - 2 p.m
Coupe's Bar & Grill
Bar & Grill located at 101 S. Viking Vie in Lee, Illinois.
Screamer’s Ice Cream
Ice Cream, Subs, Salads, and Much more!
Spirit of Peoria - Sights & Sounds of the River
Board the Spirit of Peoria for a rare experience on a genuine paddle wheeler! Go through the locks twice, enjoy lunch and be entertained with music and river lore. You will meet at the Starved Rock State Park boat ramp for boarding. Reservations are required. 11:30am - 2:45pm. $35.00 per person.
Flewellin Memorial Library
Aside from offering patrons an impressive collection of books, audio books, DVDs, and magazines the library also provides copy and fax machines, public use computers, and educational programs.
Rochelle Cinco de Mayo Celebration
The City of Rochelle is sponsoring a Cinco de Mayo event at the Downtown Rochelle Gazebo from 4-10 pm on Saturday May 2nd. The event is open to the public and will include authentic food; arts and crafts; music and dance demonstrations; and a Chihuahua parade and race throughout the evening.
Shabbona-Lee-Rollo Historical Museum
Hours: Tuesday and Thursday: 9:00am-11:30am & 12:30pm-3:00pm; Saturday: 9:00am-11:00am This museum holds a large collection of historical information pertaining to the surrounding communities. Admission is free.
Four and Twenty Cafe
Four and Twenty Cafe commits to buying their produce from a local source to create their pies, pastries, smoothies, and more.
The Gathering Place
The Gathering Place is a venue for wedding receptions, reunions and birthday parties. It is located in downtown Dixon next door to the popular Salamandra Mexican Restaurant. Our big party room can seat up to 100 people and Salamandra’s Restaurant also can cater your event as well.
Mr. Tequila Bar & Grill
Mr. Tequila Bar & Grill offers the best in Mexican food. Our menu includes chimichangas, enchiladas, burritos, quesadillas, fajitas and several other Mexican dishes.
Beacon on the Green
Located in the Fairways Golf Course clubhouse. Serving lunch & dinner in a fine dining atmosphere. Also available for banquets & receptions.