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Octoberfest in Coal City
The 29th Annual Octoberfest in Coal City includes craft stations, food, entertainment, a parade, children's games, inflatables and a kiddie parade. This Village of Coal City event is a fun time for the whole family!
CITY: Coal City
Team Demolition Derby
The action heats up this summer when Team Demolition Derby encourages you to Light up the Night in your best brights and neons. Cub Scouts are encouraged to participate in this night of fun featuring an Amateur Demo. Come take part in Team Demolition Derby's bone-crushing events at Route 66 Raceway’s Dirt Oval.
44th Annual Christmas Crossroads Craft Show
Christmas Crossroads, presented by the Lockport Woman's Club, has been a crowd pleaser since its inception in 1971. Featured this year will be 185-190 artisans and craftsmen from a 6 state area, selling such items as Christmas wreaths, centerpieces, ornaments, dolls and doll clothes. Also highlighted are hand painted glass and windows, bath salts and soaps, purses, plus quilted and sewn creations, dog/cat items, music boxes, jewelry, pottery, candles, garden art, and photographs. Also included are children's and women's clothing, a variety of Christmas angels and snowmen, herbal vinegar's and oils, dips, floral, furniture, American Girl/Bitty Baby accessories and wooden and country crafts. Local organizations participating include Trinity, Lockport Boy Scout Troop 63, Lockport Lion's Club, St. John Episcopal Church and Hospice. All proceeds from the show are used for collegiate, vocational and summer camp scholarships. In addition, community projects and various charities including Will County Historical Society, Lockport Township Park District, and holiday baskets to the needy are supported. 8:30am-5:00pm Sat, 9:30am - 3:30 pm Sun. $3.00 Adults, $2.00 Senior Citizens, $1.00 Students(6-18yrs), 5& under Free.
Columbus Day Weekend Fall Colors Kayak Tour & Beach Campout
Camp out on the wooded, sandy beaches of the Illinois River. A potluck dinner on the beach, will be followed by a movie, via a pico projector, under the stars. There will be campfires on the beach to enjoy! 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 approx. 2 hours. This trip will explore either the Mazon River or the Illinois River and the wildlife along the way!
Haunted History Tour
Listen to ghost stories at the Reddick Mansion and take walking tour of Ottawa's notorious haunted spots. The story of William Reddick is a classic of the American tradition. Born in another country, facing adversity and hardship, Reddick overcame obstacles and excelled in his life through hard work and ingenuity.
Afternoon Tea with Mary Todd Lincoln
Please join us for an afternoon of sweets, savories and tea. Mary Todd Lincoln will be in attendance and will tell stories about her life with her husband, the President. $15.00, Reddick Mansion Association.
World War II Days
Lockport Township Park District Presents: World War II Days- The March Towards Germany Battle Re-enactment. Experience the WWII Era like never before! WWII Days includes elaborate and realistic battles complete with uniforms, weapons, artillery, vehicles, and campsite displays. Maps of the event site showcase the battlefield and the various encampments and attractions.
Sizzling Summer Sale
The Sizzling Summer Sale begins at 8am! Downtown Morris has been called a “Rockwellian” downtown by the Chicago Tribune. Named among the 50 great day trips in Chicago Magazine, Morris is an original outdoor shopping destination with interesting stores, fun dining, and a variety of recreational activities. Morris Downtown Development Partnership, Inc.
Home for the Holidays
Start the season of good cheer off right with an old-fashioned holiday feeling in downtown Morris. The nostalgic street lights downtown take on a festive glow with wreaths and lights adorning the lampposts. The celebration features a house walk, a night time lighted parade, carriage rides, trolley rides, a children's winter carnival, the festival of trees, live reindeer and of course, Santa!.
25th Pumpkin Pie Bicycle Ride
Ride between 28 and 103 miles along roads and rolling hills. Take a family bike ride on the I&M Canal! After biking, celebrate with pumpkin pie and goodies served at the YMCA. Preregister online by 9/18 at midnight for $23, or register after 9/18 for $30. Start biking as early as 7:00am!
Movie in the Park at Campbell Park
Bring your blanket or lawn chair and enjoy a night in the park where the smell of popcorn will fill the air, and you can watch a free movie under the stars. Concessions and free popcorn are available. Movie starts at 8:00pm at the Campbell Park Gazebo.
CITY: Coal City
Summer Musical by Joliet Drama Guild
Enjoy Broadway up close and close to home! Join JDG, the 2nd oldest community theatre in Illinois, for their 81st season's finale at the Billie Limacher Bicentennial Park & Theatre. Summer Musical shows are August 8-10 and 15-17 on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2:00 pm. Learn more and reserve tickets by visiting the Joliet Drama Guild website.
The Visionaries Gala
Dig out those corsets and goggles, Ladies and Gentlemen! The city of Lockport's Gala is celebrating the amazing artwork from the Summer Art Series. Visit the Gala for a fabulous night of food and art. Steampunk costumes are Highly encouraged for this Black Tie Event. There will even be a contest for the best dressed! Dinner will be held throughout the Public Landing Restaurant that is adjacent to the Gaylord Building. Roam freely through the building to our dinner and dessert stations and visit the art and meet the artists. Visit the Lincoln Landing, along the Historic I&M Canal to the Norton Building and stop by the Illinois State Museum. Throughout the evening there will be Steampunk musicians and entertainment. It's something you will not want to miss! Be prepared to be dazzled by the comedic timing of Moonie the Magnificent, watch a musical Vaudeville act of Candy Town like you've never seen before, be enchanted by the musical duo of Frenchy and the Punk, and spend the evening with DJ and Mix Master Vourteque. Must Be 21 years old to buy a ticket and attend. The Gala begins promptly at 6pm and ends at Midnight.
Statesville Haunted Prison®
The Prisoners have rioted, the guards have fled, a darkness has seized control of this Maximum Security Prison and our Warden has opened the gates for visitors. After the prisoners have processed "The Meat/Visitors", you will be forced to find your way through 23 maximum security cells and come eye to eye with over 100 criminals that were too evil to die. Statesville Haunted Prison®. No one escapes.
Dinner & A Little History in Lockport
Topic: "Searching for Marquette: A Pilgrimage in Art". Through monuments and artwork, Ruth D. Nelson retells the story of the 17th-century French Jesuit missionary-explorer, Father Jacques Marquette, the celebrated surveyor of the Mississippi River. But his expedition down the Great River was only part of the Marquette legacy, which began on the southern shore of Lake Superior and ended on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan. Searching for Marquette follows his journey through today's cities and towns in Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Arkansas to uncover French relics, Native-American royalty, and hearty settlers in a drama of faith, the fur trade and the future of America's heartland. Speaker: Ruth Nelson lives in Downers Grove, Illinois and writes on art in the Midwestern United States. Reservations required. 6:00pm - 8:30pm, Public Landing Restaurant, $24 CCA Members, $29 Non-Members.
Cops and Rodders Car Show
See police cars from departments all over, hot rods and show cars. Enjoy food and a DJ and participate in a 50/50 raffle drawing from 5:00pm to 9:00pm. All proceeds are donated to IL Special Olympics & Minooka Boy Scouts.
Downtown Trick or Treat Night
Located on the historic I & M Canal, nostalgic downtown Morris offers a rich history and continues to be the gathering place year after year for community festivals. Morris Downtown Development Partnership, Inc. For more information visit www.shopmorrisil.com.
Midnight in Morris
Celebrate the season and shop in beautiful downtown Morris, located on the historic I & M Canal. Check out all the specials and shop late for all your holiday gifts and supplies. The shops are open from 8:00pm to midnight specifically for this event.
The Rooftop Summer Music Series -Classical Blast!
The Rooftop Summer Music Series at the Joliet Area Historical Museum features live music on the museum's outdoor rooftop terrace! Classical Blast! A Unique 4-pc band dedicated to bringing the classical arts to mainstream rock & pop music. Classical Blast are classically trained musicians who love to rock and believe in the power of the arts - to inspire, to educate, to uplift, to effect change and even to heal. Classical Blast's style, technique and tools breathe new life into rock music as well as the classics. From Bach to classic rock to metal to pop, you'll find CB's approach to music a refreshing change. An evening with Classical Blast is a total blast for any age! Doors open at 6:45pm and the show starts at 7:30pm. Tickets are $10 for the general public and $8 JAHM members & students.
This Olde Housewalk
Tour 6 vintage homes in Joliet's historic Cathedral Area. The homes include those of David and Nan Clinton of 355 North Raynor Avenue, Michael and Amy Gahan of 1201 Campbell Street, Carrol Spencer of 509 Western Avenue, Robert and Elizabeth Dow of 1003 Western Avenue, Bob Richards and Nicole Mikuzis of 505 North Raynor Avenue, and Dawn McKenna of 606 Buell Avenue. Porch lunches are available before the walk for $12.50 each. The housewalk begins at 11AM and ends at 5PM.
3rd Annual Kayak Tour & Beach Camp Out
Come on down and camp out with on the sandy wooded beaches of the Illinois River. Primitive only camping at its best right between the I & M Canal and the Illinois River! No noisy RV's to listen to and better yet, there will be fireworks across from the campground area. At 7:30pm guests will be guided over to the state park where there will be a venetian boat parade guided kayak tour and then raft up and watch the fireworks show!
Ugly Sweater Extravaganza
Ugly Sweater Extravaganza. Located on the historic I & M Canal, Nostalgic Downtown Morris offers a rich history and continues to be the gathering place year after year for community festivals.
Civil War '64
Take a step back in time to the civil war! Honoring the life and times of Ottawa Resident General L.H. Wallace, Ottawa’s Civil War '64 has something to offer every member of the family. Events will include Union and Confederate encampments, a civil war era medical tent and rarely available, a Dickey-Wallace guided cemetery tour. Don’t miss these fun and educational two days including Sunday's vintage baseball match!
Annual Scarecrow Festival
Ottawa presents the 27th Annual Scarecrow Festival! Bring the kids for free buckboard rides, face painting and a petting zoo! While you're downtown check out the farmer's market as well as the shops, boutiques, and restaurants that will be offering special events inside their facilities! And don't forget what this fest is all about - the "Haunted" themed scarecrows that will once again line the streets! 10:00am - 4:00 PM.
All Town Garage Sale
Come and explore the treasures of the all town garage sale with about 100 garage sales. Maps are available on line at www.coalcity-il.com. 3 days before the event or you can pick them up at the following locations that day Rolando's Appliance Store - 140 S. Broadway Benson's Insurance - 155 S. Broadway Coal City Hall - 515 S. Broadway - come and shop till you drop! 8:00am - 4:00pm.
CITY: Coal City
The Rooftop Summer Music Series - Soul Motion
The Rooftop Summer Music Series at the Joliet Area Historical Museum features Soul Motion on the museum's outdoor rooftop terrace! Soul Motion is here to wash your blues away and put the groove in your feet by tapping to the music of soul, blues, R&B and Rock & Roll greats. You'll hear classic hits from the likes of James Brown, The Impressions and Joe Cocker, to more recent artists like Popa Chubby; all with the infectious power to get you dancing the night away! Soul Motion brings a fun attitude and the desire to make sure everyone has a great time! Doors open at 6:45pm and the show starts at 7:30pm. General public tickets are $10 and $8 for JAHM members & students.
Light Up the Holidays Parade and Festival
Light Up the Holidays Parade and Festival is held on the Friday following Thanksgiving each year. Activities begin at 10:00am and include the Renaissance Center Fun Fair, activities in the Joliet Historical Museum, Joliet Public Library, Gji's Sweet Shoppe, Jitters Coffeehouse, Chicken-N-Spice, The Red Goose Bakery and more. The Annual Festival of Trees held yearly inside the Rialto Square Theatre also add to the holiday festivities. Tree Lighting begins at 5:15pm in Van Buren Plaza Followed by the Light Up the Holidays Parade at 5:30pm.
Dinner and Christmas Concert
Lovely Christmas music by the Prairie Singers and a delicious holiday meal by the Cheese Shop of Ottawa. Reservations required. Reddick Mansion Association.
It's a Wonderful Life
It's a Wonderful Life. Located on the historic I & M Canal, Nostalgic Downtown Morris offers a rich history and continues to be the gathering place year after year for community festivals. For more information visit www.shopmorrisil.com.
Victorian Christmas at the Reddick Mansion
The Reddick Mansion will be decked out in it's Victorian Christmas Decor and open for tours! Activities for this weekend include: gingerbread house making, holiday music, photos with Santa, and a walk-through a life size gingerbread house! Check the Reddick Mansion Website for more information. Includes Holiday Open House, Christmas Music, and Refreshments.
Reddick Mansion Holiday Decor Preview
Be the first to see the Mansion in its holiday splendor! All of the holiday decorations are sure to put you in the holiday mood. Be the first to purchase lovely and unique ornaments off the Mansion's Christmas trees.