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A River Thru History

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Parking at nearby UPS facility 7811 Willow Springs Road, Hodgkins IL, Willow Springs, IL 60480

A River Thru History is an early American party with all the trimmings! Join this festive gathering of fur trappers, settlers, craftsmen, and entertainers along the banks of the Des Plaines River.

A River Thru History Rendezvous demonstrates what a rendezvous might have been like along the banks of the Des Plaines River before Chicago became a city. Re-enactors portray life on the prairie from the time DuSable opened the first trading post at the mouth of the Chicago River until the Laughton brothers closed theirs at the Chicago Portage around 1833. We also strive to highlight the early history of the twelve towns from Lyons to Lemont that compose the "district" of the I&M Canal Civic Center Authority.

Discover the rich history and wonderful stories of our region. Watch ancient crafts demonstrated and canoe races on the river, hear pioneer music played on authentic instruments, taste real root beer, smell pioneer popcorn and "twists" of tobacco and feel the hides, pelts, skins and bones of the fur trade. The past comes alive around you in an unforgettable combination of history, entertainment, learning, shopping, food and fun.

Event access only via shuttle bus from nearby UPS parking lot.


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Admission is cash only
Children under 6 - FREE!
$5.00 Children 6 to 17
$5.00 Senior (over 62)
$10.00 Adults
$25.00 Family (1-2 adults, up to 4 kids)

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