If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.


– Rudyard Kipling

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A River Thru History – The Des Plaines Valley Rendezvous

September 14 @ 10:00 AM - September 15 @ 4:00 PM

Calling all history buffs and adventure seekers!

The Des Plaines Valley comes alive this September 14th and 15th with the return of the A River Thru History Rendezvous! Immerse yourself in an unforgettable journey back to a time before Chicago, when trappers, explorers, and pioneers gathered along the banks of the river.

What awaits you:

  • Living History Encampment: Mingle with fur trappers, settlers, craftsmen, and entertainers dressed in period attire.
  • Voyageur Canoe Rides: Take a scenic trip down the Des Plaines River aboard a traditional Voyageur canoe.
  • Interactive Activities: Learn essential frontier skills, witness camp contests, and discover fascinating historical demonstrations.
  • Pioneer Delights: Savor authentic pioneer food and drinks, from root beer and popcorn to demonstrations of traditional crafts.
  • Family Fun: Keep the little ones entertained with games, chores, storytelling, and a chance to barter at the fur trading post.
  • Meet Historical Figures: Come face-to-face with reenactments of Chicago’s first resident, Jean Baptiste Point DuSable, and explorer Father Jacques Marquette.

Experience history firsthand!

  • Dates: Saturday, September 14th & Sunday, September 15th, 2024
  • Times: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Saturday), 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM (Sunday)
  • Location: Columbia Woods Forest Preserve, Willow Springs (Free shuttle from designated parking at Willow Springs Road & 79th Street UPS facility)
  • Admission: Free for children under 6; $10 for children 6-17 and Seniors over 62; $15 for Adults; $30 for Family Pass

Don’t miss this chance to explore the rich history of the region!

For more information or to register as a participant, vendor, or entertainer, visit the event website: http://www.ariverthruhistory.com/pages/video.html

Brought to you by: The I&M Canal National Heritage Corridor Civic Center Authority, the Forest Preserves of Cook County, and the Heritage Corridor Convention & Visitors Bureau.