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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.
MJ's Pub & Grill
Great pub food a notch above the rest. Video games, patio, weekly entertainment, friendly, comfy, safe atmosphere, where our guests are the best! Hours: Sun-Thurs, 10am-Midnight, Friday 10am-2am and Saturday 10am-3am.
Antiques & Artisans Market
LaSalle County Historical Society presents Antiques & Artisans Market, first Saturday from June thru September. Antiques, collectibles, handmade and homegrown. Rain or shine, inside and outside. Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm, at 208 Clark Street - on Illinois Rte 178, Canal Market and Heritage Center.
Survival Workshop- Native Survival
How did native peoples survive comfortably and with ease from what they gathered and made in the wild? Well, it's time to find out! Make rope from local plants. Practice hunting with the oldest technique known to humankind. Craft a bow drill set and try your hand at making fire by friction. See many reproducible tool demonstrations like traps, snares, the hand drill, and native bowls, as well as getting shelter ideas. All classes are held outdoors and limited to 10 people, must be 18 years of age or older. Lunch is provided. For more information or to reserve your spot call 815-220-7386.
Wine Down Wednesday
Take a break in the middle of the week and enjoy us on the Veranda for wine tasting, plus relaxing Jazz by the Wes Hausken Trio from 6-8 pm. Complimentary appetizers are also part of the fun! Mark your calendars for Wednesdays: June 3, July 1 and August 5. Please stay for dinner and take in the beautiful view with a sunset added at no charge!
Survival Workshop- Native Tracking
Anyone can see tracks in wet soil and snow, but where do they go when they seemingly disappear in to the forest? Get the skills to see tracks and follow trails in the woods others simply cannot see! Learn how to read what an animal is doing – and thinking – from their tracks alone. Discover how and why tracking goes way beyond footprints. Know why people get lost in the woods and how not to yourself. Tracking changes not only what you see, but also opens whole new worlds of how you look at the wild! All classes are held outdoors and you may also want to bring note-taking materials. Class is limited to 10 people, must be 18 years of age or older. Lunch is provided. For more information or to reserve your spot call 815-220-7386.
The Art & History of Falconry
Join local falconer Rich Escutia as he discusses the art and history of falconry. Live hawks! Program starts at 12:30 p.m. and lasts one hour. Held at the Visitors Center at Starved Rock on Sunday, August 2nd.
Beer Pairing Dinner
Held at Duffy's Tavern in Utica, Friday Aug 21 at 7pm. Hosted by Founders Brewing Company, the dinner consists of six courses, each paired with a different beer. The old fashioned restaurant has a friendly, neighborhood atmosphere and the old time Irish antiques and music give you the feeling of being in Ireland!
Animal Tracks & Print Identification
Have you ever wondered if the animal eating your tomatoes was an opossum, a fox, or a squirrel? Well in this Animal Tracking workshop you will learn to identify critters by the footprints they leave on the earth. Sun., Aug 23rd at 1pm at Starved Rock.
Enjoy this special "Lincoln Tea" afternoon tea at Lock 16 Café on Tues., Oct. 6th from 2-4pm, which includes a full array of tea sandwiches, scones with Devonshire ceram and jam, a variety of sweets and, of course, tea from The Republic of Tea.
Starved Rock Country presents Legends Tribute
The Legends Tribute is a musical tribute to the stars. This year's performers will be all about rock, soul and country; performing as Elvis Presley, Barry White and Johnny Cash.
Mazon Creek Fossil Tour
Take advantage of this unique opportunity to learn about the environment, ecosystems, and climate of Northern Illinois as it was 300 million years ago by collecting fossil specimens at the Mazon Fossil Beds. The adventure begins with a hayride to the original site of the discoveries along the Mazon Creek as it was in the mid-1800s and the opportunity to collect the unique concretions such as ferns and horsetails. Bring a bucket, rock hammer, shoes to wear in the creek, and casual clothing. Everyone will have specimens to take home to remember the day. Afterwards, more fun is to be had with cocktails and al fresco dining to celebrate your finds. All proceeds will go to the Canal Corridor Association to help preserve I & M Canal history, protect its environment, and create tourism.