WINTER WINE WALK
Wine, Food, Shopping, & Fun – at 12 locations throughout Utica, IL! Wine & Food Tasting: $20 per person for advance online purchase. Includes souvenir glass, passport, and 10 tasting tickets. Online ticket sales end at midnight on February 7. If we do not sell out prior to the event, tickets will be available at the door for $25 (cash only please), while supplies last. Additional tasting tickets are available for $1 each at Canal Market and August Hill Winery. T-shirts & Hoodies available for purchase $12-$28. How does the Winter Wine Walk work? Visit all the locations listed on your passport and enjoy wine and food tastings. Walk between the tasting stops or ride the free trolley bus between stops. This is an open-house type format. You can check in at any time that is convenient to you and can visit the locations in any order you would like. Click here for tickets!
***Early Check-in on 2/8: Skip the lines and check-in the day before the event on Friday, Feb. 8 from 4-7 pm. You can pick up your glass, passport, and tasting tickets at the August Hill Winery tasting room at 106 Mill Street.
February 15 & 16: 2pm – 4pm
Join the Canal Corridor Association for a Valentine’s themed Afternoon Tea in the Lock 16 Café & Visitor Center Vintage Room in LaSlle, IL. Afternoon teas have been enjoyed for centuries and have been touted as a miracle cure and most potent health drink ever. Spend the afternoon with friends in the Vintage Room at the Lock 16 Café sipping a variety of tasty teas and sampling delectable tea sandwiches, scones, sweet treats, and more. Reservations required. Call (815)223-1851 or visit www.iandmcanal.org.
SLED DOG DEMO
Free Spirit Siberian Rescue will return to Starved Rock Lodge for sled dog demos on February 17, 2019. Seminars take place in the LaSalle Room at 10:30am and 1:30pm. Outdoor sled dog demos will take place along the sea wall (just southeast of the Starved Rock Visitor Center) at 9:30am, 12pm and 3pm.
LINCOLN & THE CANAL EXHIBIT
February 17-24: 7am – 5pm
Come see the Abraham Lincoln & the I&M Canal Exhibit at the Lock 16 Café & Visitor Center in LaSlle, IL. Abraham Lincoln believed that the Illinois & Michigan Canal promoted the settlement and growth of northern Illinois. Ultimately the canal made a once small settlement, Chicago, thrive and become a major transportation and economic center for the entire nation. The exhibit explores Abraham Lincoln’s connection to the Illinois &Michigan Canal from his early days in Illinois and the creation of the I&M Canal to his desire to expand it during his Presidency. For more information visit www.iandmcanal.org or call (815)220-1848 x1838
February 21, February 28, March 7, March 14
Who will be Starved Rock’s ROCK STAR in 2019? Join us on February 21, February 28, March 7 and March 14 and see who wins this annual singing contest! Enter if you want a chance at the title of 2019 Rock Star. Shows start at 7pm-9pm in the Main Dining Room at Starved Rock Lodge. Come early and join us for dinner. Rock Star is sponsored by Starved Rock Lodge, 99.3 WAJK & 96.5 WOLF radio stations as well as Euclid Beverage. Contact Starved Rock Lodge at (815) 220-7375 for more information.
MARDI GRAS PARADE
Utica Business Association holds the annual Mardi Gras Parade downtown Utica at 5pm.