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Frankfort Half Marathon
The Frankfort Half Marathon will begin and end in the beautiful historic district of downtown Frankfort. The race will commence right outside the door of Running Excels on the Old Plank Trail and run westward. After 2.7 miles of running on the scenic, tree-lined Old Plank Trail, the racers will turn off into the Hickory Creek Forest Preserve. The rolling hills of the forest preserve will provide a picturesque tour for the runners as they reach the halfway and turn-around point in the race. The runners will then proceed back through the forest preserve and to the Old Plank Trail for their final journey towards the finish line and the post-race party on the Breidert Green. 7AM.
Open Air Market - Mokena
Open-air market featuring traditional farmers market vendors and artisan crafters. Saturday 8:30AM-12:30PM.
Amateur Rib Cook Off
Enjoy the favorite rib recipes cooked on site; public tasting of ribs from Noon until 2:00 PM. Live entertainment. This event is co-sponsored with the Frankfort Area Jaycees. ($1/Rib Piece) 12-2PM.
Dollinger Family Farm
October brings pumpkins, hayrides, corn maze, train rides, farm animals, and fun. Also come see our Civil war reenactment the third weekend in October. Warrior Dash Midwest in June. On site gift shop.
Lockport Chamber 2015 Community Expo
The Lockport Chamber 2015 Community Expo features health screenings, local business booths, children's activities, performances, DJ, food court, raffle with prizes and more! Fun and healthy awaits you.
Old Mill Fall Fest
This event gives the public a chance to see the 70 foot Mill which was built in 1872 and view the unique construction inside on the first two floors. Participants will be demonstrating all old time crafts.
Canal Alliance Congress
August 24, 2014 marked 30 years since the Illinois and Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor had been signed into existence by President Ronald Reagan. The theme for our 3rd Annual Canal Alliance Congress during this anniversary year is “Looking Back, Looking Forward.” We will be looking back at the founding of the national heritage corridor and past projects and how they are doing today. Then we will look forward at projects in the works and only dreamed of, to envision what the Canal Corridor will be like in the future. There are a variety of sections, including panel discussions, pecha kucha presentations (pecha kucha is a presentation with 20 seconds per slide for 20 slides), and networking breaks, as well as an hour lunch. Reservations required.
Festival 2015: The Power of Music - Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra
The Power of Music is a dynamic, weekend-long exploration of the powers derived from music. The festival opens with the screening of a powerful new film documenting the use of Beethoven's 9th Symphony to affect change in different cultural and social contexts. Day two starts with an afternoon lecture by renowned musicologist, Jason Geary, on the power of music to persuade and its uses in mass media, and finishes with an evening recital by acclaimed Venezuelan pianist, Gabriela Martinez. The festival concludes on day three with a showcase of the power of music to enrich and enhance the lives of young area musicians, with a showcase of local talent. Festival passes are $50, and include admission to all events.
9th Annual Red Carpet Corridor - Joliet Area Historical Museum
The 9th Annual Red Carpet Corridor including activities at the Joliet Area Historical Museum. It is all about family fun on the most famous road in America - Route 66. This year’s event will be Saturday, May 2, from 8 AM to 5 PM, and Sunday, May 3, from 8 AM to 3 PM. Sponsored by the twelve communities which make up the 90-mile linear museum from Joliet to Towanda, the annual festival invites everyone to experience the good life in the slow lane. Each community will produce its own events. From full-blown festivals to antique and craft sales, art sales, car and motorcycle shows, live entertainments, and plenty of yard, garage, and sidewalk sales along the way, everyone is sure to discover something unique. Food, snacks and treats will be in abundance, and there are plenty of historic sites, outstanding free museums and unique mom & pop businesses to help create a nostalgic journey for all to enjoy. Visitors can simply enjoy the drive, stop and have their picture taken with Elvis, or do a little shopping in any of the great stores along the Mother Road.
Painting with Wine
Join us at the Joliet Area Historical Museum for an evening of flavorful wine and fun as you create your own masterpiece with the help of a local professional artist. Special admission price of $40 for Museum Members and $45 for Non-Members includes all materials, as well as free access to the Museum exhibits & galleries. Register online to reserve your spot now.
Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra- Let The Music Move You!
Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra- Let The Music Move You! A Collaboration with Chicago Mulit-Cultural Dance Center. John Adams- The Chairman Dances, Lee Actor- Dance Rhapsody Chicago Multi-Cultural Dance Center, Shostakovich- Symphony No. 12. Featuring high-energy dances choreographed for live orchestra.
The Priests are a classical musical trio made up of three Roman Catholic priests from Northern Ireland. Frs. Martin O'Hagan, Eugene O'Hagan and David Delargy are amongst the most recognized and successful acts in both the religious and secular worlds. Their debut album, sold at such a pace, it secured them a place in the Guinness Book of World Records as the fastest-selling classical debut ever.
The Buddy Holly Story
Now in its 25th amazing year, the "World's Most Successful Rock 'n' Roll Musical" continues to thrill audiences on tour in the U.K. and around the world. Viewed by more than 20 million people over 20,000 performances worldwide, Buddy opened in London's West End in 1989, and has been seen on Broadway, throughout Canada, the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Germany, Scandinavia, South Africa, the Netherlands and Singapore; wining numerous awards along the way. Buddy tells the story of Buddy Holly through his short yet spectacular career, and features the classic songs, "Peggy Sue", "That'll Be The Day", "Not Fade Away", "Oh Boy", Ritchie Valens' "La Bamba", The Big Bopper's "Chantilly Lace" and many more!
Manhattan Irish Fest
This annual event includes a parade, 5k run, Irish Breakfast, Irish Mass, craft fair and evening entertainment. Lots of kids activities and of course, kilts! Downtown Manhattan comes alive!
Get the Led Out (Tribute to Led Zeppelin)
Dubbed by the media as "The American Led Zeppelin," Get The Led Out brings what the audience wants…a high energy Zeppelin concert with an honest, heart-thumping intensity. From the bombastic and epic, to the folky and mystical, Get The Led Out (GTLO) have captured the essence of the recorded music of Led Zeppelin and brought it to the concert stage.
Stoney Point Grill
Live Video Gaming, Off-Track Betting, 5 Star Restaurant, Jukebox, 50 TVs (All Sports), official Blackhawks Bar, Party Room, Carry-Out, Family Friendly, Outdoor Seating, Full Service Bar.
Wandering Dragon Game Shoppe
Located in the heart of historic, downtown Plainfield, with its comfortable, “Old World” feel, Game Library, spacious Event Area and eight game rooms available to rent for private parties, The Wandering Dragon is not just an amazing board game store, but a home away from home for family and friends to gather and get lost in some fun.
Chew on this Dog Barkery
Toys, Treats, Accessories, Natural Foods, Holistic Supplements. They carry everything you need for a healthy happy dog and/or cat.
White Street Cafe
White Street Cafe is a family owned business located in charming Frankfort, IL. We offer delicious food that features high quality ingredients and reasonable prices.
Frankfort Historic Business Association
Whatever the season, there's a reason to shop historic Frankfort. Visit our web site for a list of our charming stores, eclectic boutiques and relaxing restaurants, plus monthly special events.
Frankfort Area Historical Society
Small museum with unique display areas and photographs of Frankfort memorabilia.
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.
Pause for Patriotism
The Mission of the "Pause for Patriotism" Committee is: to instill a Love of our Country, demonstrate an attachment to the land and people, an admiration for our customs and traditions, and a devotion to the welfare of our Country, in our children and their families through the annual "Armed Forces Day" celebration and other activities throughout the year. There will also be great entertainment, food, and beverages for people all ages.
KidsWork Children's Museum
KidsWork is an interactive educational experience for ages 0-8. Two floors of exhibits including a theater, art room, tot spot, pet vet, dino dig and more! Visit the KidsWork website for events, programming and new exhibits!
Petals & Twigs
Country gift shop specializing in custom silk floral designs, gift baskets and hand-crafted items.
CITY: New Lenox
Washington Skate Park
Launch off a ramp and go airborne at the area's only skate park! It is an unsupervised skate at your own risk park.
Have To Have
Have to Have carries women's clothing sizes 0-14, Miss Me Jeans, shoes, jewelry, purses and gifts. Open Tuesday-Friday 10:00am-5:00pm, Saturdays 10:00am-5:00pm and Sundays Noon-4:00pm. Closed Mondays.
KVPD Ultimate Outdoor Show
For the avid hunter and fisherman you'll be pleased to see the great fishing demos, games, vendors, food, live concerts, archery, demos, boat show, RV's and camping.
Wine & Cheese by TCC
A fine wine & artisan cheese shop, wine bar and gourmet cafe offering wine tastings twice a week. Open Monday 10:00am-7:00pm, Tuesday 10:00am-9:00pm, Thursday-Saturday 10:00am-10:00pm and Sunday Noon - 5:00pm. See our website for more details.
Friacos Mexican Restaurant
Best authentic homemade mexican food in Will County. Family atmosphere. Mondays kids eat free. Tuesdays half priced margaritas. Sunday Special $2 bottled beer.
Village Flower Shop
Your local florist specializing in creating customized floral designs for any occasion. Open M-F 9am-5:30pm and Saturdays 9:00a-4:00pm
Epic Buffet at Hollywood Casino
Dig into a never-ending parade of flavors - Prime rib, seafood, pasta, salads, a sweet collection of delectable desserts, and plenty more.
Towneplace Suites by Marriott
All suite hotel featuring our "Morning Break" breakfast, "In a Pinch" market, and complimentary high speed wireless internet. Our Suites are 30% larger than a standard hotel room and feature fully equipped kitchens.
Modern French cuisine. Located in an 1895 historic building - Celebrating 32 Years! Open for dinner Wednesday - Sunday. Reservations required. AAA Four Diamond Award Winner - 19th year in a row.
Syl's Restaurant & Lounge
Fine dining specializing in prime rib, steaks, fresh seafood, chicken, ribs, and chops. Private dining rooms available. Specialize in serving groups. Menu information on website. Dinner M-Th 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM, F-S 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM, Sun 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM. Dinner For Two Specials Sun-Thurs $22.95, Fri & Sat $31.95 Ask for "Dinner for Two Special Menu"
Willowhaven Interpretive Center
Whispering Willows Park at Willowhaven Interpretive Center features open prairies, wetlands, interpretive gardens and 1.5 miles of limestone trails surrounding two scenic ponds. All trails begin and end at the Willowhaven Interpretive Center scenic outlook.
Reed's Canoe Trips
Reed's Canoe offers three trips ranging in length from 2 to 6 hours, and are suitable for new and experienced canoeists.
Howard Johnson - Manteno
54 guest rooms with complimentary continental breakfast, indoor pool, and free high-speed internet. Packages are available.
Comfort Inn - Morris
Comfort Inn offers our guests an atmosphere that is friendly, dourteous and above all fun. Indoor pool/hot tub, coffee makes, iron/ board, hairdryers in all rooms. Free Continental Breakfast. Pet Allowed.
The Tawny Tortoise
Retail sales of specialty foods, gifts, dolls; Dollmenders doll repair; Cutlery Corner knife/scissor sharpening; Homewares cutting boards/ wine & pot racks; Sherry's Floral Creations. Open Monday - Saturday 9:30am - 7:00pm. Sunday 11:am - 3:00 pm.
Bring the family to Merichka’s Restaurant in Crest Hill, and try a signature menu item that area residents have loved for many years – the famous Poorboy steak sandwich, smothered in garlic butter on French bread. Stories abound of fans who move away, and upon returning to the area for a visit, head straight to Merichka’s for a poorboy! Owned and operated by the Zdralevich family since 1933, the restaurant continues to serve its customers on traditional red-and-white-checked tablecloths in a casual setting. The affordable menu offers tasty onion rings and fried mushrooms, jumbo hamburgers, veggie burgers, steaks, chops and surf-and turf; fried chicken, crabmeat-stuffed shrimp, Canadian walleye pike, Atlantic wild salmon and much more. Top off your meal with a bottle of domestic or imported beer, wine by the glass, a soft drink, coffee or tea – and save room for one of Merichka’s tasty desserts.
CITY: Crest Hill
Free High speed wireless internet. Free HBO and Showtime. Jacuzzi rooms available. Spacious rooms and guest laundry.
Pioneer Gothic Church
Built in 1857, this church is a fine example of Carpenter Gothic Architecture. Pointed arched windows and doors as well as board and batten frame construction characterize this style. King Edward VII worshipped at the church in 1860, while on a hunting expedition in the area. The church was named as one of the “150 Architectural Treasures” in the State of Illinois by the Association of Illinois Architects in 2007, and is listed on the National Historic Register.
Super 8 Motel-Mokena/Frankfort
Worlds largest hotel rewards program. Somewhere between where you are and where you’re going there’s a Super 8. See you along the way. 69 rooms, near I-80 on route 45, many restaurants, many rooms, refrigerator and microwave, iron, iron boards, hair dryer, coffee pot in all rooms, wireless internet in all rooms, allow pets for a fee, laundry service, family suites.
R Place Family Restaurant
American home-style cuisine, antiques, nostalgic family atmosphere. 24-Hour restaurant & bakery.
24 Rooms, clean, courteous and quiet by the lake. Parking outside the rooms. AARP. High Speed Internet available.
Final Cut Steakhouse at Hollywood Casino
From premium and prime selections of beef to succulent seafood and an incredible selection of wine, enjoy state-of-the-art preparation and exceptional service.
16th Annual Spring Craft & Vendor Show
A diverse selection of crafters and vendors. Wonderful spring items and Mother's Day gifts!
Second Time Around Antique Market
Quality antique furniture, fireplace mantels, pier mirrors, glassware, dinnerware, toys, vintage wicker, collectibles. Furniture restoration available.
Fine, Italian cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere.
The Paper Co.
Specializing in custom printed invitations and announcements for all occasions. We also carry a huge selection of handmade greeting cards, gifts, journals and stationary. Appointments also available.
Old Country Buffet - Joliet
Breakfast on weekends. Lunch and dinner prices. Menu changes daily. Family night Thursday. Buses welcome.
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Morris
Grundy County's only full service hotel. Indoor swimming pool. free coffee in the AM, Free Cookies in the PM.
Chapin's is an upscale casual restaurant located in the heart of Morris's historic downtown. Atmosphere is cozy and welcoming. Menu offers a wide selection of fine steaks and seafood, as well as fresh salads, vegetarian dishes, and scrumptious desserts. Enjoy a cappuccino or glass of wine in front of the fireplace late in the evening. Come in a stranger and leave as a friend. Traditional Olde World ambience.
Hoof & Fin Roadhouse
Entertainment venue in Joliet offering a wide variety of music styles and comedy shows. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Call for entertainment line up and daily specials. Open during the week 6:00am-9:00pm and weekends 6:00am-10:00pm.
24 Rooms, clean, courteous and quiet by the lake. Parking outside the rooms. High Speed Internet available. Microwave and refrigerator in each room.
Hampton Inn - Joliet I-55
Cafe serving a full menu.
Step back into time as you enter the nostalgic, fun atmosphere of Shugie's. Get a gift for everyone!
Clock Tower Antiques
Multi-dealer shop carrying glassware, jewelry, advertisements, collectibles, primitives, linens and furniture.
Heritage Bluffs- The Grille Room
Daily specials, casual atmosphere in the Grille Room Restaurant at the Heritage Bluffs Golf Course. Patio area, meeting room available and banquets. Lunch from 11 - 2.
Ellis Ace Hardware, Rental & RadioShack
Founded in 1872, Ellis Hardware is Illinois' Oldest Family Owned Hardware Store. Ellis Ace Hardware, Rental and RadioShack received the Illinois Historical Society"s Centennial Award in the fall of 2009. At Ellis' you're a neighbor, not just a number. We have over 30 departments with brands you love like Stihl, Toro, Craftsman, Weber and so much more! M-F 8:00am - 8:00pm, Saturday 8:00am - 5:00pm, Sunday 9:00am- 4:00pm. Follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/ellisace & twitter at twitter.com/ellisace & Instagram #ellishardware.
Start your day off with deluxe complimentary continental breakfast with fresh Belgian waffles, hot freshly brewed coffee, fresh breads and pastries, milk, juice, hot and cold cereals and more. Relax at the end of the day or have fun with your family in our indoor pool and spa.
Sweet Pea Children's Boutique
Sweet Pea carries unique children's clothing (newborn to 24 months Boys and Newborn to 4T girls), shoes, toys and more. Have-to-have carries women's clothing sizes 0-14, Miss Me Jeans, shoes, jewelry, purses and gifts. Open Tuesday-Friday 10:00am - 6:00pm, Saturdays 10:00 am-5:00 pm and Sundays Noon - 4:00pm. Closed Mondays.
Golden Corral - Joliet
Family style restaurant offers the biggest and best buffet and grill. Offering senior discounts daily. Offers fresh baked goods and "all you can eat" sirloin steaks.
Visit the Museum Campus at Small Memorial Park from 10-4 for grounds filled with vendors, music, contests, pies, and lovely gardens. The one room school house and the memorial home of Dr. A.L. Small, built in 1855 and boyhood home of Lennington Small, Governor of Illinois from 1921-1929, will be open.
Diamond's Family Restaurant
For breakfast, lunch and dinner. Includes omelettes, skillets, crepes, sandwiches, steaks, fish and more.
Hampton Inn I-80
Newly remodeled hotel features expanded lobby, fitness center with Precor equipment, pool, and whirlpool. Enjoy our complimentary hot "on the house" breakfast & complimentary wireless internet.
Merchant Street Music Festival
Merchant Street MusicFest brings together an eclectic range of music, artists, food and people to celebrate diversity throughout the community. Merchant Street MusicFest is a FREE two-day music and arts festival at the historic downtown train depot located at 199 South East Avenue in Kankakee, IL. The event is a community celebration featuring local, regional, and national musical talent on 3 stages, fine and folk art vendors and great food and drink. Tempt your tastebuds with our local food vendors' best offerings or just sit back with a cold one and let the melodic sounds wash over you.
Chapin's is an upscale, casual restaurant located in the heart of Morris's historic Downtown. Atmosphere is cozy and welcoming. Menu offers a wide selection of fine steaks and seafood, as well as fresh salads, vegetarian dishes, and scrumptious desserts. Enjoy a cappuccino or glass of wine in front of the fireplace late in the evening. Come in a stranger and leave as a friend. Traditional olde world ambiance.
Lone Star Restaurant
Open 7 days a week at 6:00 AM serving breakfast, lunch & dinner. Family restaurant with cocktail lounge. Serving homemade food and chef's specials. Excellent food, friendly service, great prices. Serving our area for more than Thirty years.
Lake Renwick Heron Rookery Nature Preserve
Nature preserve for bird watching. There are herons and egrets which flourish through the parks and around the lake.
Super 8 Motel - Dwight
2 story motel, 30 rooms, some truck parking. Pet friendly.
Hilton Garden Inn Kankakee
Hilton Garden Inn Kankakee is only minutes away from Kankakee River Road Park, Splash Valley Water Park, and Ice Valley Centre Ice Arena. There are also several golf courses as well as our beautiful Kankakee River State Park within only 10 miles of our facility. Our features at the Hilton Garden Inn Kankakee, Illinois include our full breakfast, dinner and evening room service in the Great American Grill. Also enjoy our complimentary workout facility and indoor heated pool and Jacuzzi.
Guest House Antiques
Furniture, costume jewelry, vintage clothing, glass, pottery, Yankee candles, linens.
Bull's Pit Smoked Barbeque
A mouth watering treat, you'll want to come back for more. Rubs and sauces are made from scratch.
Casual, family-friendly dining, with signature pizzas, pasta and sandwiches being the focus of the menu. Jugs of GoomBa Red and GoomBa White table wine will be available. Bar area and adjacent pub room now feature high-top tables, big screen TVs and updated decor.
Giovan's Restaurant & Pizzeria
The complete Italian family dining experience. Family owned and operated.
CITY: Crest Hill
Slovenian Women's Heritage Museum
This museum was established to preserve ethnic Slovenian heritage and honor the immigrants who settled the Joliet area.
Motel 6 South - Joliet
Free local calls, free coffee, and free Wi-Fi access. Microwave/mini-fridges available. Kids stay free. Pets stay free. HBO and ESPN. Conveniently located just off of I-80.
Comfort Inn North - Joliet
Indoor pool and hot tub. Fax, copier, business classroom, 24 hour coffee.
Days Inn Morris
Business or Pleasure you will be treated to all the standard Days Inn extras that make your stay more enjoyable, like our FREE Daybreak Breakfast, refreshing SolTerre shower experience, free WI-FI in every room. Plus, if you are a Wyndham Rewards member, you will continue to receive Wyndham Rewards points for all eligible stays.
Best Western Joliet Inn & Suites
Green Eco-friendly practices, complimentary hot breakfast, new indoor heated swimming pool area, spa, large atrium with a sundeck, retractable roof, a meeting room for up to 40 people, spacious rooms with microwaves, refrigerators and free high speed wireless internet access.
The Pickwick Society Tea Room, Gifts & Antiques
Loosely based on Louisa May Alcott's novel, Little Women, with menu items named for characters. Specialties include homemade bakery items, adult tea parties and showers. Check website for special events.
Ice Cream parlor specializing in homemade hard ice creams, also homemade cookies, brownies, etc.
Country Inn and Suites - Manteno
With generous accommodations and located near Bradley, Bourbonnais, Olivet Nazarene University and Kankakee, this hotel is a hospitable place for all travelers. Convenient location, great service, affordability and comfortable hotel rooms. Located at Exit 322 off I-57 just minutes from the Bradley/Kankakee/Bourbonnais area and less than an 1 hour from downtown Chicago. Maximum 2 pets up to 40lbs each allowed.
The Country Mansion Restaurant
The original structure was built as a boarding house in 1891. It was purchased and moved to its present site in 1895. In 1977, the home was purchased by the Ohlendorfs, remodeled and opened as The Country Mansion. Eight or more need reservations.
Unique gift items and home accents. Framed prints, crystal florals, Yankee Candles and holiday keepsakes.
Olde Barn Antiques
Specializing in furniture. Large selection of armoirs. Only open weekends.
Chicago Street Bar & Grill
Bar and grill serving lunch with daily specials until 8pm on Fridays.
Whispering Pines of Dwight
Bed and breakfast with a beautiful, quiet country setting on a heavily wooded three acre lot. Breakfasts include international recipes. Charger ports for electric cars.
Heidecke State Fish and Wildlife Area
State hunting, fishing, and wildlife refuge.
Morris Antique Emporium
A division of Rusty and Dusty Antiques Inc., built in 1879 and provides a nostalgic look back in time offering jewelry, collectibles, Howard products, toys, gumball machines, furniture, license plates, automotive &rRailroad memorabilia, die cast cars and many other treasues!
Holiday Inn Express Joliet
Enjoy free HBO, CNN, ESPN, hot continental breakfast, free WiFi, fax and copy services and guest laundry. Located just off the I-55 and Rt. 30.
Euorpean imports, estate jewelry, general line. Three buildings with thousands of choice items.