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In a Nutshell

The party sends visitors back in time to early Illinois, when fur trading was lucrative and the sound of cannon fire was a part of life

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Promotional value expires Sep 13, 2015. Amount paid never expires. Limit 5 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Valid only for option purchased. Seniors are $5 on site; children under 6 are free; children under family pass are considered ages 6-17; cash only for additional tickets; rain or shine. Tickets good for one day only. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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  • $13 for family pass for two adults and up to four children ($25 value)
  • $10 for two adult tickets ($20 value)

The rendezvous runs Saturday, September 12 from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. and Sunday, September 13 from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Parking on-site is unavailable during event. Free shuttle buses will be available at the UPS parking lot at Willow Springs Road and 75th Street. See more information here.

A River Thru History – The Des Plaines Valley Rendezvous

Each year, storytellers, folk musicians, trailblazers, and fur traders—yes, fur traders—make their way to Columbia Woods Forest Preserve for the Des Plaines Valley Rendezvous. They call it A River Thru History because it's a peek at the Illinois frontier prior to 1848, complete with trading posts, booming cannon fire, and canoe races. Visitors should keep their eyes open for celebrities too, like Jean Baptiste DuSable—the very first Chicagoan—who roams the camp telling first-person tales of early Illinois history.

Customer Reviews

Enjoy the nature!
Christine M. · September 13, 2015
Great day! We loved the root beer. The people were patient and informative and you can tell they loved what they're doing.
Kristine L. · September 12, 2015
This is a great event for everyone. Seeing and understanding Rendezvous in our area is a great way to share history with the whole family. There are many artisans and great food. A fun visit.
Debra B. · September 10, 2014
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    Willow Springs

    Columbia Woods Forest Preserve

    Willow Springs, IL 60480


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