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100 miles due west of Chicago lie the rolling hills, old growth forests and the pristine rivers of the Blackhawk Waterways in Northwest Illinois. With its quaint cabins and darling bed & breakfasts, it's the perfect weekend getaway in Illinois. Every mile is steeped in history, surrounded by outdoor beauty and dotted with charming villages. The Blackhawk Waterways is what your vacation getaway looks like...
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John Deere

Historic Site

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photo: Jack Hughes

Mississippi Palisades

State Park

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photo: Jack Hughes

Nachusa Grasslands

Bison Herd

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De Immigrant Windmill

working windmill

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LIVE MUSIC | Mt. Morris Jamboree

Friday, Jul. 01, 2022 7:00 pm until Friday, Jul. 01, 2022 9:00 pm
LIVE MUSIC | Mt. Morris Jamboree

10 years of free Friday night concerts

Summer signals the time for celebration with free concerts on the Campus in the center of Mt. Morris (two blocks south of Rt. 64 on Wesley Ave.). Marking our tenth year of doing just that, the Mt. Morris Jamboree aims to please with a full schedule of twelve free shows on Friday nights.  All concerts begin at 7 pm.

Food too!

Food concessions are provided by local charitable organizations and food trucks with food being served from 6 pm until midway through the show.


  • June 10 - The Neverly Brothers - Elvis through the Beatles
  • June 17 - Generation - Classic Rock and Soul
  • June 24 - Grass Attack - Country, Folk, Bluegrass, and Newgrass
  • July 1 - The StingRays - Oldies/Classic Rock
  • July 8 - SHiNDiG! - 60's Tribute
  • July 15 - Fortunate Sons - Creedence Clearwater Revival Tribute
  • July 22 - Jonny Lyons and the Pride - Classic Rock
  • July 29 - The Harmans - Bluegrass
  • August 5 - The Jimmys - Blues, Funk, Soul, and R&B
  • August 12 - Howard and the White Boys - Blues
  • August 19 - Dirty Fishnet Stockings - Rockabilly
  • August 26 - Chicago Tribute Anthology - Music from the band Chicago and more

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