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Joliet Public Library's Star Wars Day
Prize giveaways, kids games, costumed characters, live music, food vendors, artists, exhibitors, movie prop exhibits and more! Meet authors Jackson Miller (Star Wars: A New Dawn - 2014) and Keith Ryan Kappel (Fantasy Flight Games for Star Wars: Edge of the Empire and Star Wars: Age of Rebellion). Take your picture with costumed characters from the 501st Legion, Dark Empire, Galactic Academy, Mandalorian Mercs, Rebel Legion and Sandtroopers.com. Meet artists Steve Palenica (Fantasy artist), Dave Dorman (Eisner and Inkpot award winning artist), Mike Babinski (DC and Marvel Comics, Star Wars sketch and trading cards), James Tampa (Marvel, DC, Topps and Dark Horse comics colorist), and Jamie Snell (licensed LucasFilm,ltd. artist, sketch cards from Topps, Brygent, UppderDeck and Rittenhouse).
Adult Fishing Derby
Pack a lunch and bring your favorite fishing pole. We provide one container of bait! Prizes valued at hundreds of dollars will be awarded. The shoreline fishing derby is for ages 16 and older. Registration is required; call 708-534-8499. Day-of registration begins at 7AM. Awards will be announced from 12-1PM. Admission Fee $10. 7AM-1PM.
Liberty 5k Run/Walk
Start your Independence Day festivities early this year with some good fun and exercise! On July 3rd, the Morris Downtown Development Partnership (MDDP) will be bringing the 7th annual Liberty 5K Run/Walk back to downtown Morris! The Liberty Run 5K Run/Walk will take place at 7:15 p.m. in downtown Morris. Beginning at Liberty and Jefferson streets, the course will take you through Nostalgic Downtown Morris, area parks, neighborhoods and returns downtown on Liberty Street. The course is completely paved, primarily flat, with some slight hills for a fast and enjoyable race. The Liberty 5K is a chip timed race on a certified course. The event honors, supports and recognizes our military personnel. The race is free to attend. To participate, sign up by June 26 for only $25. (Later entries are $30). Your kids can have fun as well in our kids runs! Only $5 per child (registration on Race Day only).
Aspects of Realism
Artists include Winifred Godfrey, Roland Kulla, Armin Mersmann, Jacqueline Moses and Victoria Fuller. Works emphasizing many approaches to realism from photorealism to fantastic realism, works that blend fantasy with realistic painting style. M-Th 9AM -3PM; W-Th 5-7PM.
Dairy Days Parade
Enjoy this parade celebrating agriculture in Stephenson County which will wind through the streets of downtown Freeport. Sponsored by the Stephenson County Farm Bureau (815)232-3186. Parade starts at 1:30. After the Dairy Days Parade, enjoy this free family day with a bounce house, pony rides, a petting zoo and face painting at Union Dairy located in downtown Freeport. (815-232-7099).
The 38th Annual Alpine Races
Presented by the Alpine Runners, this is a 1/2 Marathon, 5K Run/Walk, Youth Mile, and also offers kid's races. Something for all runners and the whole family. The races run through the streets and along the shores of beautiful Paulus Park in Lake Zurich. Gatorade, water, and time splits will be available along the course. Food and drinks will be available to participants at the finish line. No dogs, strollers, bikes, rollerblades or headphones are allowed in the races please.
45th Annual Old Canal Days
Young and old will enjoy the fun and excitement of "Old Canal Days" in Lockport, IL. A bigger and better carnival awaits, along with a food court, parade, beer garden, wine tent, craft show, used book sale, tours of Lock #1, and food trucks!
Ellwood House Lecture Series: Local Lore
The public is invited to the Ellwood House Museum for a new lecture series titled “Local Lore.” Local Lore is an adult lecture series which will cover a wide variety of topics relating to DeKalb history. Each month, a different guest speaker will present these fascinating programs. All lectures take place at the Ellwood House Museum Visitor Center. Visit the Ellwood House Museum webpage for dates and times.
H.A. Rathje Peotone WindMill Tours
Tour and explore three floors of the largest Dutch/German Illinois Windmill built in 1872, filled with antiques and exhibits. Su 1-3PM.
Autumn Craft & Treasures Market
The 44th annual Autumn Craft & Treasures Market, sponsored by the Sycamore Music Boosters, is part of the Sycamore Pumpkin Festival weekend October 29 & 30, 2016. This event will be held at the Sycamore High School Fieldhouse, Saturday, October 29 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday, October 30 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. There are over 250 vendors featuring a wide variety of quality crafts, handmade wood products, specialty items such as wool products, candles, spices, candies, antiques, ceramics and much more.
Annual Art Show & Sale
Experience artwork by many local artists at the Annual Art Show & Sale. Enjoy our June reception and live performances in the Gazebo! 10AM-4PM.
Hampton Inn & Suites Minooka
Hampton Inn & Suites Minooka is just 15 miles west of Joliet and the Chicago Speedway, and only 60 miles from Chicago. We are conveniently located near Grainger, Electrolux and BMW. Enjoy easy access to nearby restaurants and attractions including the I&M Canal Heritage Corridor, Starved Rock State Park and Dollinger's Family Farm. Discover modern conveniences suited to business travelers at this Minooka, IL hotel. The free 24-hour business center, with faxing, copying, printing and email services allows you to stay connected during your stay. The meeting room and board room are ideal for small business events for up to 40 people.
At Vosges Haut-Chocolat®, they harness the power of storytelling to open minds, spirits and palates through the medium of esteemed chocolate, inspiring us all to interact with the world in a new and creative way.
Rockford Roasting Company
It has become far too easy in our consumer culture for us to forget that coffee is a crop. This means that coffee is something that is grown by farmers; it requires workers to harvest, to mill, to dry, and a list of other tasks that happen well before those beans ever arrive to us. We believe if handled properly at origin, coffee has the potential to be respected and treated like a fine wine. We aim to bring in coffees that have been grown properly and responsibly. Quality sourcing is just the first step in our journey toward the best possible flavor in the resulting cups of coffee we make.
Tighthead Brewing Company
Tighthead Brewing Company is a craft brewery located in Mundelein, a suburb of Chicago. Our brewpub is a neighborhood institution where friends and families can meet up and enjoy great music, wonderful company, and the best beer in town. Since we opened our doors in 2011, we have poured our heart and soul into every glass. Stop in and taste what we're talking about!
Ellen King is the co-owner and head baker at Hewn. She is a classically trained chef and has worked in various restaurants in Seattle with a specialty in French, Mediterranean and Vegetarian foods. Each day our bakers mix the dough by hand, turning it every 30 minutes over a four hour period. The dough is then shaped and placed into bannetons, where it rests overnight to rise naturally. The results are delicious.
Route 66 NHRA Nationals
The world's greatest drag racers light up The World's Premier Drag Racing Facility. See stars like John Force, Ron Capps and Erica Enders-Stevens take to the track! Every ticket is a pit pass and your all-access pass into the epicenter of the drivers and teams as they prep these 10,000-horsepower machines! Feel the rumble beneath your feet, smell the nitro and prepare to be blown away by dragsters exceeding speeds over 300 mph. Four days of racing await and you can experience one or all of them!
Athletic Memories specializes in the best in customizable sports memorabilia, gifts and promotional products for all types, team and individual athletes, fantasy sports fanatics or organized groups that want to standout. Our products include the best in Mini Helmets and Mini Sports Balls on the market today. Their goal is to provide you the best in quality, delivery, competitive pricing, and excellent service. Athletic Memories is about Customizing – it’s about Personalizing. Let them help you preserve your moment in time. Located in “Little Wrigleyville” across from Little Cubs Field.
The Barn on the Hill
The Barn on the Hill is an old dairy barn with the collection of original sliding doors that allow natural light to pour in. The Barn on the Hill radiates simple elegance. The thousands of white lights strung from the beams give our welcoming space a warm comfortable feel for up to 250 guests. Set on 7.5 acres - plenty of space to make it your own for the event you envision, whether it be a birthday, graduation, anniversary, shower, reunion, corporate retreat, rehearsal, or wedding. We are a rural private venue located 20 miles southwest of Rockford, Illinois. We are located midway between Leaf River, IL and Byron, IL on Route 72.
Farmers Market South Holland
Town Center Marketplace - variety of fresh vegetables, fruits, herbs, oils, organic nutritional supplements, fresh baked pies and more. Sa 9AM-2PM.
Gayety's Chocolates & Ice Cream
At Gayety's we strive to provide every customer with the opportunity to experience chocolate and chocolate gifts made the way they are supposed to be made. Our treats and sweets are hand-dipped, using only top quality ingredients. Our nearly century long love affair with chocolate, our personalized service, and, of course, our delicious Hand-dipped chocolates are all a part of what makes Gayety's, Gayety's.
Enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables and bakery. Shop pumpkin/harvest decorations, U-cut and Pre-cut Christmas trees in season.
Kenny G at The Genesee
In a recording career that spans almost three decades and 23 albums, Grammy® Award-winning saxophonist Kenny G has grafted elements of R&B, pop, and Latin to a jazz foundation solidifying his reputation as the premiere artist in contemporary jazz. He will be performing many of his career hits and as well as songs of the holiday. Tickets range from $49.50-$89.50.
Temperance Beer Company
Our Tap Room is a place where everyone can feel comfortable to enjoy our beer at its freshest. Temperance Beer Company is not a brewpub, but we offer freshly-made sandwiches from our neighbors at Curt's Cafe South. Come meet us, have a tour and a taste. We are excited to offer tours each month on the 2nd Saturday at 1 PM.